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RELIGION BRIEFS Alaya and Hana picked strawberries at Temple Emanu-El's 'Strawberry Shabbat.' Contributed photo TEMPLE EMANU-EL FAMILIES ENJOY 'STRAWBERRY SHABBAT' Temple Emanu-El's young families headed to Hunsader Farms on March 16 for the synagogue's first "Strawberry Shabbat." "Grandparents, parents and children spent the Sabbath morning thanking God for the natural world and celebrating the blessings of nature together," a news release says. After a bagel breakfast and an outdoor Shabbat service conducted by Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman, families enjoyed feeding the farm animals, frolicking on the playground and in the sandbox, taking a hayride and picking plenty of strawberries, the release adds. "Strawberry Shabbat" is one of Temple Emanu-El's Shabbat Playdate events for young families, as well as part of the synagogue's outreach to Jewish and interfaith families in the Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton area, the release points out. Fully funded by an Incubator Grant from the Union for Reform Judaism, "Strawberry Shabbat" and other family programs at the synagogue are offered free of charge, the release notes. For more information, call 379-1997.

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