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October 9, 2015  RSS feed
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Federation’s ‘Art of Giving’ event at Dali set for Nov. 4


Dr. Lewis Bernstein of Sesame Workshop will be the speaker. Dr. Lewis Bernstein of Sesame Workshop will be the speaker.

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties will hold a new signature event called “The Art of Giving” on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. inside the Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg.

The event will serve as the launch party for the Federation’s 2016 Annual Campaign.

Special guest speaker will be Dr. Lewis Bernstein, who has had a 40+- year association with Sesame Workshop and its most beloved and well-known product, Sesame Street.

Currently executive vice president of research and education for Sesame Workshop, Bernstein has held a variety of positions for Sesame Street, beginning as director of research and eventually serving as executive producer for three years. His work led to the development of “Global Grover” a Sesame Street segment in which the character Grover travels around the world to teach children about diversity of people and cultures. His has won three Emmys for his work in connection with the show.

Bernstein, who received his master’s degree in Communication from Hebrew University, also took the lead role in the launch of Shalom Sesame and Sha’ra Simsim, the Israeli/ Palestinian co-production.

Bernstein will speak on the important dynamic of using an art form to transmit values.

“He has been a long-time fan of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s international work with the PJ Library program and its ability to engage the entire family around Jewish values,” said Emilie Socash, executive director of the Federation.

Bernstein, Socash said, “relates PJ Library to the work of Sesame Street and its decades-long commitment to promoting the values of tolerance, diversity, and community.”

The evening will also feature an update from Federation leadership, including President Margot Benstock and Socash.

“The Federation is more relevant than ever, and this festive event shows that we are committed to being a part of the fabric of Jewish life,” said Benstock.

Major donors will be invited to a special pre-reception event within the M.C. Escher exhibit at the Dali. All donors of $5,000 or more, or community members interested in learning more about this giving level, are invited to participate.

All guests may walk through sections of the museum until 7:45 p.m. Hors d’oevres will be served at the event.

“These are troubled times. The strength of our Jewish community is in our hands. If we don’t make a difference, no one else will. I’m asking the community to join me in support of our Federation,” said John Rinde, longtime supporter of the Federation and many local Jewish institutions.

Donors to the Federation’s Annual Campaign who make their 2016 commitment of $72 or more by Oct. 31 are invited to attend the event at no charge. Tickets are $36 for all others planning to make their 2016 pledge at the event.

RSVPs are required. For more information, visit www.jewishpinellas.org or call (727) 530-3223.


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