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Kirk Weisman

Kirk is a founding member of Chabad of Sarasota and a member of the holy burial society-Chevra Kadisha, for the past 20 years. Kirk’s friendship with Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz began over 30 years ago.

Kirk embodies Tikkun Olam, the idea that Jews bear responsibility not only for their own moral, spiritual and material welfare, but also for the welfare of society at large.

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, at age 12 Kirk moved with his parents and his brother to Tampa. He graduated from Plant High School and subsequently attended the University of Florida where he was a proud member of Tau Epsilon Phi.

A Graduate Gemologist, one of the most prestigious credentials in the industry, Kirk has been blessed with a successful career. He is the owner of A. Tifaney & Son Jewelers in Sarasota for 41 years.

His passion outside of the office can be found on the water - fishing. As a child he was introduced to the sport by his dad, but it wasn’t until he ventured to Guatemala that he learned to catch the big fish on a fly rod. Kirk is a former world record holder for catch and release of the most Sailfish on a fly rod in one day…24! His love and passion for the sport has taken him to the open seas around the world. In keeping with family tradition, Kirk passed his love and knowledge for the sport to his daughter, Kara.


The great loves of his life? The aforementioned fishing and Jo Ellyn Yturraspe, and not necessarily in that order! He is a proud father to his daughter Kara and his bonus children Max, Ava, Matthew and Bode.

His greatest accomplishment to date  -  this year he celebrates 16 years of sobriety!

about The Entertainment

The Israeli-born "Jewish Cowboy of Encino" has appeared on television and in the movies "Tell Me a Riddle."  His humor, songs and amazing memory make for a hilarious one-man show!

An accomplished pianist and accordion player, you can watch videos of his performances on his Shalom Sherman Facebook page, or on YouTube.  


Shalom Sherman resides in Rainbow, California.

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