Hunsader Farms Hosts Strawberry Fields Shabbat in East Bradenton | Eastern County

Samantha Wagner, 6, of Sarasota, reached out to a miniature Sicilian donkey and watched it eat corn out of her hand.

“It tickled so much,” Wagner said.

4-year-old Charlotte Detwiler of Sarasota prepares to feed the animals with her one-year-old sister, Emery Detwiler, and mother, Laura Detwiler.

Wagner and his family joined other member families of Temple Emanu-El of Sarasota at Hunsader Farms in East County for Strawberry Fields Shabbat on Feb. 26.

Families spent time feeding the animals, took a buggy ride through the swamps, picked strawberries and shared Shabbat prayers, blessings, songs and a story.

“It’s always fun to have a change of scenery and it gives kids new experiences while being with the community,” said Shauna Wagner, Samantha Wagner’s mother.

Rabbi Michael Shefrin said being able to host Strawberry Fields Shabbat again after having to cancel last year’s one due to the pandemic was something new.

“It’s special to be in a space where everyone feels comfortable and can appreciate each other,” Shefrin said.

Shayna Shefrin of Sarasota looks forward to spending time at Hunsader Farms with her 4-year-old son, Jacob Shefrin, Rabbi Michael Shefrin and Mimi Weisel.

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