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halom and welcome to the second annual edition of Connections! Feedback on the first edition was extremely positive. The email I received that said it best came from Jerry Flagel, the first president of the local Federation: “Congratulations on a wonderful job! The Federation certainly went above and beyond for a first effort. I must admit that some tears came to my eyes upon reading it, cover to cover. The pride of how far the local Federation has come in less than two decades from the initial formation makes me feel really good.” The goal of Connections is to offer you a comprehensive directory that will enhance your “connection” to our Jewish community. We’ve updated and changed several of the listings from the 2010 edition, added several items, created new calendars, and organized it a little differently. You’re holding a copy of Connections or reading it online thanks to: • Federation Executive Director David Willens and Federation President Rosalee Bogo, who gave me the green light to produce this edition. • The 57 businesses and professionals in our community whose advertisements helped pay for the cost of compiling, printing, mailing and distributing Connections. It was good to see over 30 repeat advertisers. • The dozens of contributors of information found in these pages…from rabbis and synagogue presidents and volunteers, to organization leaders and museum directors, and many more. While compiling, researching and reading the information in this guide, I learned a lot about the wealth of opportunities – cultural, educational, spiritual – available to me and you, members of the Jewish community in Collier County. The success of the Collier County edition of Connections has led to two additional editions for the areas just to the north of Collier. See the following page for details on how you can view those editions online. Everyone involved with Connections hopes you will save it and use it as a guide for the coming year. And please share it with others or have them contact the Federation for their own copy.

Ted Epstein

Connect with Connections! Email your comments, questions, kudos, criticism and suggestions to federationstar@comcast.net. Or send a letter to: Connections Editor, Jewish Federation of Collier County, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201, Naples, FL 34109

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Table of Contents FEDERATION...............................................8-13

From the Executive Director.................................................8 Jewish Federation of Collier County.............................9-11 Community Relations Committee.....................................12

COMMUNITY SERVICES............................14-19

Jewish Family Services.....................................................14-15 Health & Support Programs..........................................16-17 Senior Services.........................................................................18 Life Cycle Resources...............................................................19

ARTS & CULTURE.......................................20-31 COMMUNITY HISTORY...................................32

EDUCATION - CHILDREN...........................60-66

Schools.....................................................................60-63 Camps.......................................................................64-66 Youth Groups............................................................................66

CALENDAR................................................67-70

Community Events...........................................................67-69 Candle Lighting Times...........................................................70 Jewish Holidays........................................................................70

DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS.......................71 INDEX.........................................................72

RELIGIOUS LIFE.........................................33-39 ORGANIZATIONS......................................40-55

Special Interest Groups...................................................40-44 Israel Connection..............................................................46-51 Advocacy Groups..............................................................52-55

ADULT EDUCATION..................................56-59

The Jewish Federation of Collier County thanks all of our advertisers for their continued support! Without them we would be unable to provide you with Connections. Please support our advertisers and let them know you saw their ad in Connections.

Visiting other areas in Southwest Florida and want to know about all things Jewish there? There are Connections publications for the Lee & Charlotte counties area as well as for Sarasota-Manatee. To view the online versions, visit the Federation websites listed below.

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or over ten years, I have had the privilege of serving believe, comes from something we call Jewish values. We in our Jewish Community as the Executive Director of the Jewish community have a sacred mission of collective rethe Jewish Federation of Collier County. During sponsibility. Although we have been dispersed throughout that time, I have had the opportunity and the the world, we are all connected. We are closely pleasure of connecting with many donors connected through gemilit chasidim, the acts and volunteers – the backbone of our Jewish of loving kindness we perform. We believe in Federation. It is through their hard work and the concept of holiness and pursue the ideals of dedication that we are constantly in a state of justice, goodness, wisdom and truth. flux – determined to make things better. You may wonder how these values reOur first issue of this magazine was a huge late to our Jewish Federation. Here are a few success and our second issue of Connections: examples: A Guide to Jewish Living in Collier County Social Service: Our Jewish Family Services continues to highlight our community and the division provides emergency financial assismany organizations, agencies and synagogues tance, information and referral services, grief DAVID WILLENS at your fingertips. support, senior services, volunteer activities, Executive Director Through the efforts of Ted Epstein, editor/ and counseling to individuals and families in Jewish Federation designer of our Federation Star and this Concrisis. of Collier County nections magazine, advertising sales represenCharity: The Federation Annual Campaign tatives Ariana da Frota and Jill Schreidell, as has for several years raised more than $750,000 well as the many advertisers in Connections magazine, you each year, which allows us to provide some needed services have a keepsake directory of “all things Jewish” – a way for to our Jewish community and to help provide life-saving and everyone to make a connection with Jewish life here in Col- life-enhancing humanitarian relief to Jews in need in Collier lier County and the surrounding communities in our area. County, in Israel and in 60 countries around the world. Connections magazine is a helpful resource to those Hospitality: Every year we welcome newcomers to our interested in moving here, to newcomers who recently ar- community. Our outreach activities, including Connections rived, to old-timers and to those needing guidance, help and magazine, our Federation Star newspaper, our website www. support. JewishNaples.org and our eNewsletters, offer opportunities The Federation Board of Trustees constantly seeks out for people to learn about our growing and thriving Jewish ways to improve upon how we can provide the very best pos- community here in Collier County. All of our events have sible service for our community members. an important social component built in to make people feel For me, I continue to ask, “What is the vision of our welcome. community and how can we use that vision to be the very Education and Culture: We offer grants to our local best Jewish community we can possibly be?” The answer, I synagogues in support of religious education for their youth

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2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the UJA/Federation drive in our community. This is a very special milestone for our Federation. We are the newest organized Jewish community in the State of Florida, and probably one of the youngest in the country. In this anniversary year and always, we welcome you to join us in all of the Federation and community-wide events and programs that celebrate Jewish life in Southwest Florida.

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Federation and adult members. Our annual People of the Book Community Cultural Event brings renowned Jewish authors to enrich our lives. The Women’s Cultural Alliance provides the opportunity to meet others who share similar interests. There are study groups in art, film, literature and other interest areas, and a strictly social component where you can have lunch or dinner, meet new people and renew friendships. We also support the Jewish Film Festival and Cultural Series conducted by the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Tikkun Olam – Repairing the World: Our Community Relations Committee (CRC) conducts outreach within the Jewish and general communities, fostering awareness and cooperation through programs and activities of the Israel Affairs Committee and Catholic/Jewish Dialogue of

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Collier County, and during Florida Jewish Heritage Month. The CRC Annual Human Needs Award provides support for at-risk populations in our community. These are but a few examples of Jewish values. Basically everything that we do in this community and everything we make possible for Jews in need wherever they may be, derive direction from these values. I believe that the Jewish Federation of Collier County and its partners – our donors, the agencies and organizations – do an exemplary job. But do not think for one moment that all the work is done. I invite you; I urge you; I challenge you; take a role, play a part in connecting to make our community an even better place to live. Together we can continue to create a beautiful kehilla, a community, which can be proud of the work it does.

Who is “Federation” and what do we do?

he answer is simple: It’s you—and every member of the Jewish community of Collier County and the surrounding areas. The Federation is your center for Jewish Philanthropy. The Jewish Federation of Collier County is the thread that runs through the fabric of our Jewish community, its organizations and services, connecting us all. The Federation supports programs for Jewish people in need in Collier County, Israel and throughout the world, providing food for the hungry and counseling for the troubled, spearheading rescue and relief efforts for isolated Jews in distressed regions, and funding innovative Jewish educational and unity initiatives. The Federation creates a sense of community for thousands of Jewish residents in Collier County and its surrounding areas by creating and supporting programs to further Jewish learning, identity, pride and culture. Federation meets the challenge of providing for the needs of our Jewish brethren, wherever they may be, from young children and families to seniors. The Jewish Federation of Collier County is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing connection, advocacy, education and care for anyone in need through its network of beneficiary and constituent agencies and local Jewish organizations. While the Federation is doing so here, elsewhere other Federations and network communities are doing the

same; all are connected through United Jewish Communities (UJC). Founded on the principles of unity and dignity for all, today’s Federation Campaign has evolved into a major fundraising, planning and coordinating body of Collier County’s Jewish community. UJC and the Federations of North America are meeting places for Jews from all backgrounds, ensuring the continuity of the Jewish people here at home, through national initiatives, in Israel and in 60 countries globally. Through your support of the Federation’s Annual Campaign, you play a vital role in helping Federation “get the job done.” Think of it as a triangle: Federation, its agencies and you. So, if anyone asks you who Federation is—just point to yourself—because that’s where it all begins.

Where does the money go?

The local Campaign allocation process involves a committee of volunteers as well as Federation staff. They take part in this important process, which balances available resources against community priorities through a grant process. Additionally, several national organizations receive support from the domestic allocation. Internationally, your contribution works to support a broad range of social, educational and vocational needs throughout the Jewish world.

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Federation Locally, the Federation makes an allocation to operate its Jewish Family Services division. And grants are made in support of a variety of educational and cultural programs conducted by our local synagogues, the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida and other local Jewish organizations. Our allocation to UJC is distributed to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), which brings relief to the needy and works to revitalize Jewish life in 60 countries; the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), which rescues people from countries and resettles them in Israel; and for supplemental grants in support of special programs and projects that our community has embraced like Neve Michael Youth & Children’s Village in Pardes Hana, Israel, the Sapir Community Center in Kfar Saba, Israel, transportation and Shabbat dinners in Cuba, and the Progressive Synagogue Preschool in Kiev, Ukraine. Giving tzedakah to an umbrella organization like Federation, which then distributes it to a number of member agencies, has its roots in early Jewish history. In small towns and large cities, donations were given to a communal kupah as an expression of devotion to community and the entire Jewish people. It demonstrates a love of community that is without limitation.

Federation events

At the 2010 Annual Community Celebration: Gary Lenchner, event co-chairperson Wallie Lenchner, and special guest, columnist Dave Barry

Annual Campaign

The annual fundraising arm of the Jewish Federation is organized to secure maximum funds to meet the financial needs of its local, regional, national and overseas humanitarian organizations and beneficiary agencies.

Major Gifts and Lions of Judah Campaigns At the 2010 People of the Book event: Federation President Rosalee Bogo, event chairperson Evy Lipp, CBS Journalist Bob Simon (guest speaker), and Michael Seaman

Major Gifts and Lions of Judah are the premier fundraising divisions of the Jewish Federation. These divisions provide exclusive social experiences to the community’s leading Jewish philanthropists who give a major portion of the Annual Campaign dollars raised each year. These donors are dedicated leaders involved in Federation’s extended lifeline of humanitarian relief and support.

Community Outreach

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Each year, the Federation hosts numerous events, affording the community opportunities to gather, socialize, network and connect. Here is a sampling of the larger ones: The Annual Community Celebration kicks off the new campaign with a lavish event featuring a well known personality. Columnist Dave Barry and actor Henry Winkler were the special guests at the 2010 and 2009 events. The World of Jewtopia will entertain the crowd, and Jerry Silverman, President and CEO of Jewish Federations of North America, will be our guest speaker at the February 5, 2011 event at The A Guide to Jewish Living in Collier County


Federation Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. The People of the Book Community Cultural Event is usually attended by over 500 people. Past guests include Alan Dershowitz, Jeffrey Toobin, Dennis Prager and Bob Simon. The 2011 event features best-selling author Rabbi Harold Kushner. The event is free to Federation members. The Community Hanukkah Celebrations in Naples and on Marco Island are always festive events with the lighting of the giant menorah, treats for the kids, the Naples Klezmer Revival Band, local choirs, and greetings from local dignitaries.

Publications

The Federation publishes the Federation Star, a monthly newspaper that is mailed to over 3,200 Jewish households in the Collier County area. The newspaper is the one publication that ties

together the Jewish community of Collier County and surrounding areas. If something locally is happening that is Jewish-related, you’ll find out about it in the Federation Star. The latest issue and an archive of past issues can be viewed online at www.JewishNaples.org. The Federation also compiles, updates and distributes a Community Directory for use by the Jewish community. And this copy of Connections is published and by the Federation.

eNewsletter

Each week the Federation emails a community eNewsletter with the latest on upcoming community events and cultural activities, news from Israel, important news updates and more. To sign up, visit www.JewishNaples.org.

Website

Visitors to www.JewishNaples.org will

find a wealth of information including upcoming Federation events, Jewish Family Services, the Women’s Cultural Alliance, the Video Collection and a monthly calendar. There is also a directory of local synagogues and organizations, and links to recent issues of the Federation Star.

Community Calendar

The Federation, as the community clearinghouse to coordinate services, compiles and maintains a calendar for scheduling meetings and events of all Jewish organizations in the area, in an effort to avoid scheduling conflicts.

And so much more

These are just some of the highlights of “Who is Federation and what do we do?” You’ll find lots more in this resource guide, courtesy of the Jewish Federation of Collier County.

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he Community Relations Committee (CRC) conducts outreach within the Jewish and general communities. It educates, informs and provides programs for the community on Jewish issues and experiences. It monitors state and federal legislation and its effect on the Jewish community, advocates for Israel, promotes separation of religion from government and public schools, provides programs on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, and promotes religious freedom. The Catholic/Jewish Dialogue holds a series of lectures, and sponsors several events including the annual Kristallnacht Memorial Convocation. The CRC also sponsors several events during Florida Jewish History Month, and co-sponsors the annual UN Holocaust Remembrance Observance, which is held at a local synagogue or church, and features local clergy, a guest speaker and musical performances.

Annual Human Needs Award

Several years ago the Federation Board and the CRC established a “Fund for Human Needs” to recognize organizations for their generous spirit and service to the entire community. It was another way for Jews in Collier County, as represented by their Federation, to practice tikkun olam, “bettering the world.” Grants have been made to the

Harry Chapin Food Bank, Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Collier Council on Aging, the NAACP, the Collier County Education Foundation, Baby Basics, Bedtime Bundles, and the Shelter for Abused Women and Children.

Israel Affairs Committee

The Israel Affairs Committee was established in 2008 as a sub-committee of the CRC to “promote a positive image of Israel through community-wide information distribution programs throughout Collier County.” The Israel Affairs Committee is made up of members of our Jewish community. Several members have lived, worked, volunteered or studied in Israel. The Israel Affairs Committee has conducted an Israel Affairs Forum Series featuring speakers from business, technology, education, media and government, who have brought our community the latest information regarding the critical issues facing Israel today. The Israel Affairs Committee has adopted the following goals: ÎÎ To continue to educate themselves first as a Committee ÎÎ To conduct symposiums, forums and seminars ÎÎ To monitor and respond appropriately to newspaper articles and editorials

ÎÎ To create a speakers bureau to provide topical information about Israel  to local organizations and schools ÎÎ To develop education and information kits for use by public schools, colleges and universities

The CRC has adopted the following goals: • To further the understanding of Jewish heritage and practices within the community and to act as a voice for Jewish causes and concerns within Collier County • To cooperate with existing Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and religious institutions and join with them in supporting and sustaining constructive causes and organizations • To provide appropriate responses to counter statements of bigotry and acts of anti-Semitism • To develop educational opportunities with other religious and ethnic groups • To participate with other groups on behalf of pertinent legislative matters • To foster relations with the local media • To cooperate with other Jewish community relations committees throughout Florida

President Truman’s grandson to participate in EDDIE presentation

At the 2010 Kristallnacht Memorial Convocation: John T. Conroy, Jr. Ph.D., Past co-Chair Catholic/Jewish Dialogue (CJD); Martin Gauthier, co-Chair CJD; Bishop Frank Dewane, Diocese of Venice; Ann R. Jacobson, co-Chair CJD; Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Keynote Speaker

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EDDIE, a one-man show, will be presented on March 23, 2011 as a CRC community event. This presentation portrays the relationship of Eddie Jacobson with President Harry S. Truman. A panel will follow the play. Panelists include Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Truman; and Elinor Borenstine and Gloria Shusterman, daughters of Eddie Jacobson. Organizations and individuals are invited to sponsor this event. For more information, please contact Melissa Keel at (239) 263-4205. Watch for more details in the Federation Star.

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As one of America’s most trusted names in charitable giving, the Jewish Fe d e ra t i o n A n n u a l Campaign is an incredibly responsive grassroots effort dedicated to strengthening and supporting our Jewish community from the ground up. Whatever being Jewish means to you, repairing the world and building community is something we can all celebrate. And it’s a feeling like no other.

To learn more about the power of community, To learn more about the power of community, visit visit www.JewishNaples.org or call (239) 263-4205. JewishFederations.org/annualcampaign

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Jewish Family Services – We are here to help!

ewish Family Services (JFS), a division of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, provides support to individuals and families who are struggling with the challenges affecting day to day life. Through a variety of programs, JFS provides mental health counseling, emotional support and financial assistance. All services provided by JFS staff are confidential. JFS is a highly

regarded human service agency reflecting the Jewish tradition of caring and compassion by providing the following services:

Counseling

Assessment and short-term counseling are available for individuals, couples and families in the areas of grief, career and personal growth, life transitions, anxiety and depression, and issues of domestic violence.

Financial Assistance

Direct assistance is available on a case by case basis to help pay rent and utilities, for the purchase of food, and aid with transportation.

Information and Referral

income and number of dependents. Some services are provided at no cost.

Volunteer Activities

A wide range of short-term and longterm volunteer activities are available within JFS and in collaboration with other organizations.

Family Life Education and Workshops

Parenting classes, lunch-time talks and theme-based programs are currently being developed for the community.

Older Adult Services

Outreach to older adults includes assessment, work with family members, resource allocation and counseling.

Referrals can be made to agencies in the community for specific needs such as housing, assisted living, nursing homes, hospice care and home health care.

Grief Support

Bereavement support groups and individual/family counseling are available on a sliding fee scale according to

Donations of Household Goods/Furniture at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Greatly Helps Jewish Family Services Clients If you are moving, remodeling or cleaning out your home, please consider donating unwanted household goods and furniture in good condition to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store. Free pickup is available by appointment by calling (239) 775-2907 in Naples or (239) 992-1899 in Bonita Springs. Please write “On Behalf of Jewish Family Services” on the form for the description of the item(s) you are donating. If you do so, our clients are able to receive vouchers toward clothing and/or furniture at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store. Thank you. 14

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Community Services Jewish Family Services Bereavement Calling all volunteers… Your answers to this self-screening t Jewish Family Services (JFS) Support Group of Collier County, the need for will help us find the best volunteer fit

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ewish Family Services offers bereavement support as a group service in order to give members of the community an opportunity to mourn the loss of a loved one in a safe place. You will be able to explore your feelings with those who understand, and learn what to expect of yourself and what to ask of others. Exploring the transition and change resulting from the loss of a loved one will help you in the handling of an event you did not choose to experience. The Bereavement Group meets weekly in sessions lasting 90 minutes. Call (239) 325-4444 for more information or to reserve a place in the group. The social worker in charge of the group will make an appointment to meet with you to assess your readiness to be in this group.

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he JFS therapy/support group provides an opportunity to work on personal issues and concerns with the input and support of others. It is facilitated by professional staff, and is confidential and ongoing. If you would like to discuss how a therapy group differs from individual therapy, please call (239) 325-4444. The charge is $5 per weekly session.

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a “few good volunteers” is always of primary importance. Many of you have come forward to offer your services for programs, events, special projects, as board officers and committee chairs. Thank You! We hope you will continue to work on our behalf. As you consider your availability, you might ask yourself these questions: XXHow often am I available? XXAm I willing to offer someone a ride? If yes, can I offer it occasionally or with some regularity? XXAm I interested in visiting someone in their home? If yes, how often would I visit? Would I be able to during season or throughout the year? XXAm I most interested in special projects such as the Meals on Wheels holiday delivery, the holiday soup kitchen service, Hanukkah basket delivery, or JFS office projects? XXAm I able to offer a particular skill or service? (Frequent requests are for budget instruction, legal assistance, home repair and/or auto repair.) XXAm I willing to provide services pro bono or at a reduced cost?

The work of the Jewish Federation represents both our community and our community’s most generous tradition — to give to others even in the most difficult times.

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for you. Don’t hesitate to let us know your preferences. A good volunteer experience can be mutually delightful. Here’s what we anticipate for volunteer opportunities. The volunteer needs at JFS fall into these categories: FRIENDLY VISITING is a senior outreach program matching individuals in the community with isolated seniors who need social contact and conversation. Volunteers for this program meet with staff to assure a “perfect match.” Staff is available for continued discussion. The TRANSPORTATION CONNECTION is a general service offering rides to those in the Jewish community needing transportation to Club Fed movies, religious services, and medical and other professional appointments. If you are interested in volunteering your services for JFS, or if you have a question or suggestion for our Volunteer Services Program, please contact Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, Executive Director, at (239) 325-4444 or jfaffer@jewishnaples. org. We hope to hear from you!

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Community Services ¡¡ Dr. Bernard Lublin has prepared two brochures which are available at Jewish Family Services (JFS)— “Breast/Ovarian Cancer and Jewish Inheritance” & “Medical Disorders of Disproportionate Jewish Inheritance.” Critical new information on Jewish Genetics and breast/ovarian cancers is not well known, either by most physicians or by the Ashkenazi Jewish community. The BRCA (BReast CAncer) mutations (three possible chromosomal mutations) occur in the population-at-large at the incidence of 1:800. Among Ashkenazi Jews, the incidence is 1:40. Please stop in to pick up your copies or call (239) 325-4444 to have them mailed. You will also find valuable information, resources and links on the Jewish Genetics page at www.JewishNaples.org. ¡¡ Sharsheret has available publications ‘linking young Jewish women in their fight against breast cancer.’ Sharsheret is a national organization of Jewish breast cancer survivors. Hebrew for “chain,” Sharsheret pairs those facing breast cancer with volunteers who can share their experiences. Their programs respond to the needs of the women they serve and include peer support, education/outreach programs, and quality of life programs. If you would like more information please call (866) 474-2774. Brochures are available at JFS. ¡¡ American Cancer Society, 900 First Ave. South, #200, Naples. (239) 261-0337 for general information. Bosom Buddies support group call (602) 231-6648. ¡¡ Cancer Alliance of Naples, 733 4th Ave. N., Naples, (239) 436-4673 or www.cancerallianceofnaples.org. Assistance to cancer patients and their families. Resource library and support groups available. ¡¡ Cancer National Information Center provides medical informa-

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Health & Support Programs tion 24/7 at (800) 227-2345. ¡¡ Senior Friendship Centers, located at 2171 Pine Ridge Rd., Suite F, Naples, is a Medicare provider and uses a sliding fee scale for the uninsured patient 50+. Patient incomes must meet low-income guidelines. Open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (239) 5667425 for an appointment. The clinic provides: • Primary Care • General physicals, including EKGs • Referrals for lab work and x-rays • General dental services • Medication/prescription assistance • Monitoring of chronic illnesses, including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease • Health Screenings ¡¡ Neighborhood Health Clinic, located at 120 Goodlette Road N., Naples, provides quality health and dental care for low-income, working but uninsured Collier County adults, using a volunteer professional staff. Clinic hours are Monday and Thursday from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. and alternate Saturday mornings. Call (239) 261-6600 for documentation necessary for first appointment. ¡¡ ACCESS Florida Partner - Jewish Family Services serves the community as a Department of Children and Families ACCESS Florida Partner. You may apply, report any changes or complete an updated review for Public Assistance Benefits including food stamps, temporary cash assistance & Medicaid. www.myflorida.com/accessflorida or (866) 762-2237. If you need help with computer availability or form filing, please call Jewish Family Services at (239) 325-4444. ¡¡ File of Life: Many individuals in our community either live alone or are the primary caretaker to a loved one. Sometimes a crisis situation may leave an individual in a situa-

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tion where assistance is needed and their medical and emergency information is pertinent. File of Life is a free program that can be utilized to inform EMS with vital medical emergency information that can be life-saving. You may obtain a File of Life packet at JFS. ¡¡ Collier County Public Library “Mail a Book Program” is a free service to residents of Collier County who are physically unable to come to the Library. The elderly, homebound and those who have disabilities will qualify. Once registered in the program, patrons may request items by mail. Library materials are mailed in nylon bags and may be returned by mail (postage not required). Materials available include: Regular books, Large print books, Paperbacks, Audio books, CDs, Videos, DVD Movies, DVS Videos (with narrative for the visually impaired). To apply by phone call (239) 261-8208 ext 15 or email rbass@collier-lib.org. ¡¡ Elder Helpline (800) 963-5337: The Department of Elder Affairs’ Elder Helpline is your information and Referral Service. The Helpline exists to help you find answers to questions about aging issues, services and opportunities in your community: • In-Home Services for Frail Elders • Nutrition and Meal Programs • Adult Day Care • Housing • Legal Assistance Providers • Recreation • Education Opportunities • Volunteer Opportunities • Health Care • Transportation Providers • Retirement • Employment • Medicare and Medigap This list of programs was compiled by Carrie Neville, JFS Intake Coordinator.

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he Jewish Caregivers Support Group is a cohesive, understanding and caring group of women and men who are caring for loved ones suffering from many different diseases. Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 10:30 a.m. Temple Shalom (4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples) has kindly given the group the use of its Chapel. This is a free service to the entire Jewish community. Caregiving can be a job without clearly defined goals. This can lead to physical exhaustion, frustration, guilt and depression. At group meetings, participants can safely and privately talk about these concerns as well as share tips about community resources, major life decisions, and dealing with daily problems. Discussions include strategies to help participants cope with stress and enhance their ability to stay in control of their shrinking world. Florette Kahn, LCSW, is the group leader. She is a licensed retired psychotherapist who is also a caregiver for her husband Jack, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease. Phyllis Lazear helps organize the group. She can be reached at (239) 352-2907.

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Arts & Culture News and Information Federation Star

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he Federation Star, the monthly newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, is the one publication that ties together the Jewish community of Collier County and surrounding areas. If something locally is happening that is Jewish-related, you’ll find out about it in the pages of the Federation Star. The newspaper was first published 20 years ago, and has gone through several design, paper, size and editorial changes. Typical issues have 32-44 pages. Each month, readers of the Federation Star get news and updates on all Jewish-related local events including the Marco Island Jewish Film Festival, holiday celebrations, book study groups and timely lectures. They also get updates from the area’s five synagogues and numerous local Jewish organizations. It’s the place they turn to for community news, the community calendar, candle lighting times, a business directory and much more. Ted Epstein has been the Managing Editor since 2003 and has designed and produced the newspaper since the September 2007 issue. The Federation Star is mailed free to the Jewish households in the area and is also available at the Federation offices,

Jewish Family Services, several local synagogues, and the Naples Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center. It can also be found online at www. JewishNaples.org. Readers can view the most recent issue as well as an archive of past issues in a unique Flash Edition format. The mission of the Federation Star is to represent Jewish life in the Naples area by providing the voice that reports news, information, programs and events important to the local Jewish community. In accomplishing this mission, the newspaper seeks to: • Celebrate Jewish life in Collier County • Inform, enrich and entertain readers • Strengthen Jewish identity and facilitate participation in Jewish community life • Provide an efficient advertising and editorial network to businesses that serve our area • Provide dynamic and effective outreach to the Jewish and interfaith community • Provide a forum for discussion to engage and educate the Jewish family • Assist the Jewish Federation and its beneficiary agencies to achieve community building goals • Bring to its readers the joy of being Jewish

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Film

Jewish Heritage Video Collection What do these films have in common? u Gentleman’s Agreement u The Jazz Singer u Funny Girl u Dirty Dancing

u Cast a Giant Shadow u A Woman Called Golda u Night and Fog u The Pianist

u Blazing Saddles u The Great Dictator u The Producers u Annie Hall

They’re all part of The Jewish Heritage Video Collection (JHVC) which is housed and maintained at the Jewish Federation’s offices. The JHVC library contains 200 films and television programs chosen for both quality and relevance. The JHVC was created to use the best of film and television to stimulate learning, thinking and discussion about Jewish history and culture. The Collection also provides courses that address vital issues of Jewish history, identity and culture. These

courses are available to schools, organizations and congregations in the area to explore the heritage of American Jewish community through the unique resources of film and television. For a list of available titles organized by category (Children, Comedy, Holocaust, International Jewry, Israel, Jewish Experience in America, Religion and Identity), visit www.JewishNaples.org. For more information, call the Federation at (239) 263-4205.

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lub Fed’s “Afternoons at the Movies” made its debut in July 2009 with a showing of Radio Days. Since then, an assortment of classic films and current favorites have been shown to a loyal and varied movie audience. Community volunteers have been the heart of this effort, providing technical support, set-up, popcorn popping, and transportation. Their work has created a warm and welcoming environment and enabled people to come together for entertainment and social contact. Club Fed films are usually shown on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. at the Federation offices at 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201, in Naples. If you can offer transportation to someone desiring to attend, please let us know of your availability. For schedule updates and more information: Carrie Neville, (239) 325-4444 or carrie@jewishnaples.org Website: Visit the Club Fed page at www.JewishNaples.org Newpaper: See the current issue of the Federation Star

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Live Events Calendar of live events at local theaters featuring Jewish performers or themes

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5 An evening with stand-up comedian Rita Rudner. (www.thephil.org) 18-23 The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific. (www.bbmannpah.com)

February 2011

8-13 West Side Story is an American musical with a script by Arthur LauPhilharmonic Center for the Arts 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. Naples, FL 34108 (239) 597-1900 www.thephil.org Gulfshore Playhouse Norris Center Theater 755 8th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102 Tickets: (866) 811-4111 www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org The Naples Players Sugden Community Theatre 701 5th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102 (239) 263-7990 www.naplesplayers.org TheatreZone 13275 Livingston Road Naples, FL 34109 (888) 966-3352 www.theatrezone-florida.com Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 8099 College Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 481-4849 www.bbmannpah.com

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For a calendar of major Jewish Federation community events plus select events from area synagogues and organizations open to the entire community, please see pages 67 - 69.

rents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins. (www. bbmannpah.com) 17 Singer/pianist Michael Feinstein presents The Sinatra Project – Part 2, a stirring tribute to the music and style of Ol’ Blue Eyes. (www.thephil.org)

4-20 The American classic, A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller is a fiercely compelling drama about love, belonging and betrayal. The play just finished a Tony Award-winning run on Broadway. (www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org)

19 Israel Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Music Director Zubin Mehta. (www.thephil.org)

7 Mandy Patinkin in Concert presents the acclaimed Emmy Award-winning TV star and Tony Award-winning Broadway legend in his most electrifying role: concert performer. (www.thephil.org)

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3 The world’s pre-eminent violinist, Itzhak Perlman teams up with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra for a special concert event. (www.thephil.org)

20 - May 15 Rumors by Neil Simon, whose sure hand with witty dialogue ensures that the wisecracks are plentiful in this farce. (www.naplesplayers.org)

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en years ago, the start-up of something new and unique occurred in Collier County – the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island’s (JCMI) Jewish Film Festival. What began as a memorial to JCMI member and Jewish film enthusiast, Sidney R. Hoffman, evolved into a tool for building bridges and connections among the Naples/ Marco Jewish community and with non-Jewish friends and neighbors. Each season, the audience has grown as the secret gets out that JCMI’s Jewish Film Festival screens terrific, new films which promote discussion and dialogue. Of course, it could also be due to the post-screening reception with delicious noshes. Opening night of the 10th season, on Sunday, December 19, 2010 features an amazing, award-winning film topping the charts at Jewish film festivals around the world. The film, Saviors in the Night, is a little known story of how a German farm family chose humanity over Nazism and hid their Jewish friends all through World War II. The season continues in January and February 2011 with films that tell stories – some that will touch you, some that delight, and some that raise hard questions. One film, a drama made in France and Israel, tells the story of two Jewish brothers rescued during the war but not returned to their families when the war was over. Another film will bring pleasure and pride to American Jewish heroes and their love affair with baseball. The will also be a few surprises and the film festival committee is working on bringing filmmakers to lead the Q&A. In this day and age, film is how we tell stories about ourselves, and the more we understand our own experiences, the stronger our community becomes and the stronger the bond with those outside our community. Get your tickets early for this tenth year celebration of excellent film. See you at the movies! For more information and a ticket order form, see page 27.

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he Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA) is an affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Collier County. The Women’s Cultural Alliance provides the opportunity to meet others who share similar interests. There are study groups in art, film, literature and other interest areas, and a strictly social component where you can have lunch or dinner, meet new people and renew friendships. New members are always welcome. Currently, over 500 women have joined the WCA. Membership in the WCA makes each woman an official member of the Federation. Proceeds from WCA fundraising activities will benefit the Federation, Jewish Family Services and special activities of the WCA. To the right is a sampling of what the WCA offers. Hopefully, you’ll find something of interest and join the group. To become a member, contact membership co-chairs: Lea Bendes, (239) 596-1532 or sedneb@aol.com Jane Hersch, President, (239) 948-0003 or janehersch@comast.net For a Membership Form or more information on the current or upcoming month’s schedule, please visit www.WomensCulturalAlliance.com. You’ll also find a Membership Form in every issue of the Federation Star.

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comedy about a dog by A.R. Gurney, Jan. 12 - Feb. 5, 2011

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musical highjinks by Lane & Yazbek, March 2 - April 2, 2011

RUMORS

farce from Neil Simon, April 20 - May 15, 2011

Tobye Studio

ART OF MURDER

witty mystery by Joe DiPietro, Feb. 2 - 26, 2011

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orld famous clarinetist Julian Milkis and his piano accompanist will highlight the annual benefit dinner given by Gulf Beaches ORT on Wednesday, February 23 at the Quail Creek Country Club. Hailed as one of the world’s greatest living clarinetist, not to mention the distinction of being Benny Goodman’s only student, Julian Milkis has been described as a dazzling soloist, chamber musician and jazz clarinetist. His unique interpretations and captivating sound have brought him critical acclaim throughout the world. He has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall. He is a faculty member of the Summit Music Festival at Manhattanville College, New York’s Summer Institute for Intensive Chamber Music and Instrumental Training. Milkis’ unique branded sound, virtuosic technical ease, and musical imagination have captivated critics and audiences alike. The event, which is open to the entire community, will begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For further details, please contact Hella Amelkin at (239) 649-4000 or hellaam@aol.com.

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THE NAPLES PLAYERS: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

drama by David Lindsay-Abaire, March 30 - April 23, 2011 Call The Naples Players’ Box Office:

263-7990

FOR THE YOUNGER SET: COURSES AND FULL PRODUCTIONS ALL YEAR ROUND The Naples Players’ long-established Youth Theatre program.

CLASSES: After-school theatre classes for ages 5-18 register in December for the winter/spring term beginning in January. Full productions are presented during the term. Classes in all aspects of theatre – Acting, Singing, Dance & Creative Dramatics – are offered yearround in Winter/Spring, Summer and Fall term sessions. Scholarships are available for all classes. KidzAct Information & Registration Naples Daily News • naplesnews.com Bonita Daily News • BonitaNews.com

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Sugden Community theatre Performances Year-round, Weds.-sat. 8 Pm • sundaYs 2 at

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Tickets: Blackburn Hall $30 adults (musicals $35) • $10 students through age 18 Tobye Studio $20 adults • $10 students through age 18

701 5th Ave. South, NApleS, Fl 34102 • www.NApleSplAyerS.org Box Office open 10-4 M-F, 10-1 Sat, & 2 hours before the curtain

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n Florida Gulf Coast University’s first years, Rabbi Howard Greenstein, Ann Jacobson, Saul Stern and others developed a vision and a plan for a Judaic and Holocaust Studies Center. With strong financial support from the Ann Jacobson Fund and other local contributors, the Center was created in 2005. (Ann is currently a coDirector of the Center along with John Cox.) The Center organized an impressive array of activities. Among the more noteworthy: high school teachertraining workshops with the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida; an adult education lecture series on Islam, Christianity and Judaism at Temple Shalom, Naples; two interfaith clergy seminars; a lecture by Deborah Lipstadt, the foremost expert on Holocaust denial; and numerous artistic, musical and cultural events. More recently, the Center displayed the World War II-era boxcar acquired by the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. In early 2009, the Center brought leading Holocaust historian Christopher Browning to campus. In 2011, the Center is holding a fourth clergy seminar, hosting a human-rights symposium, offering film showings and lectures, and working with the campus Hillel chapter on a series of events. For more information, contact: John Cox, co-Director c/o History Program, Mod. 1 Florida Gulf Coast University 10501 FGCU Blvd., South Fort Myers, FL 33965 Website: http://www.fgcu.edu/hc Email: jmcox@fgcu.edu

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People of the Book A COMMUNITY CULTURAL EVENT FEATURING A SPECIAL EVENING WITH

Rabbi Harold Kushner Tuesday, January 18, 7:30PM Temple Shalom, Naples

This Event is FREE to all MEMBERS of the Federation. Call (239) 263-4205.

FIRE & ICE ILLUMINATING ICELAND PHOTO ARTISTRY EXHIBIT BY MORRIS HERSTEIN

Jewish Federation of Collier County 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201

Thursday, February 10, 4 - 6 pm Gallery Talk by the Artist Exhibition and Sale will be on display until February 28

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The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island presents The 2011 Saul I. Stern Cultural Series Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

SOUNDS OF THE BIG BAND ERA presented by the award winning Lely High School Band under the direction of Marco Island resident John Stein, now in his 7th year of directing the band. A Deli sandwich with potato salad, chips, coffee, tea and cookies will be served at 6 PM at an EXTRA COST OF $10 PER PERSON. Please check the box below if you will attend and ADD THIS AMOUNT TO YOUR TICKET COST.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

THE NAPLES PHILHARMONIC returns with the Brass Quintet performing a delightful selection of classical music, followed by contemporary tunes, with a salute to the Beatles. A Viennese table follows the program with a sampling from Starbucks.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

SUSAN M. MICHAEL, Director of the U.S. Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, who earned a Master’s Degree in JudeoChristian studies at the Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem. She is a regular speaker to Christian and Jewish audiences with an experience in Jewish-Evangelical relations and Christian support of Israel. Ms. Michael brings thousands of visitors to Israel each year. The Prime Minister often appears to greet the groups. A Question and Answer period and coffee hour follow the program.

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For more information, call the Synagogue Office at 642-0800. Please send this form and payment to the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Dr., Marco Island, FL 34145. Please send me tickets for the following Cultural Series programs: ____ $75 Patron, series ____ $50 Series for members ____ $60 Series for non-members ____ $20 Single tickets for members ____ $25 Single tickets for non-members ____ $10 Deli Supper on January 19

For those wishing single event tickets: # of tickets:____ Sounds of the Big Band Era # of tickets:____ The Naples Philharmonic # of tickets:____ Susan M. Michael

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Fun and Games JCMI Bingo

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ingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI), now in its 12th year, provides great fun, community fellowship, lots of good food and prizes. A dedicated group of volunteers runs the Monday night Bingo from the first Monday in October through the first Monday in May. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first game is called at 7:00 p.m. On the first and third Monday of each month everyone is served free kosher hot dogs with all the fixings; delicious sandwiches are served on the second and fourth Mondays. For more information, call the JCMI office at (239) 642-0800.

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he Naples Jewish Social Club (NJSC) offers a variety of monthly social events, including Cantors’ concerts, art gallery tours, theater nights and game nights. Additionally, the club holds weekly Mah Jongg games and monthly social and duplicate bridge games. The NJSC is a friendly and fun social group, and welcomes couples and singles. Their dues are the best bargain in town – $12.50 a year. See the current issue of the Federation Star for a listing and description of upcoming events. For membership information, please contact Illeen Mittleman, President, at (440) 221-6446.

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Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida Unique beginning

The Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Naples is unique in that it grew out of a classroom exhibit created by local students studying the Holocaust. Today, the Museum is a not-for-profit organization hosting between 5,000 and 6,000 visitors annually and with outstanding Educational programs that reach students in its six-county area.

Education mission

The Museum teaches the history and lessons of the Holocaust to promote respect for others and to help offset hatred and bigotry in today’s world. Age-appropriate programs are available for students in kindergarten through university, as well as professional development opportunities for teachers. Museum field trips and outreach programs provide a wide variety of programs, including presentations by Holocaust

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survivors and concentration camp liberators; displays about Holocaust history and more current genocides; the Boxcar Transportation & Education Project; and many more.

Visits

Visitors to the Museum participate in either Docent-led or self-guided tours of the chronologically arranged exhibit, starting with Germany before the war, and moving to the rise of Nazism, the Holocaust, Liberation, and the Nuremberg trials. The Museum houses a large number of related photos and artifacts. An extensive lending library is available to members. Private group tours are arranged during the time the Museum is closed to the public.

Support

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Location and hours

The Museum is located at 4760 Tamiami Trail N. (US 41) just south of Pine Ridge Road in Naples. Hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. all days except Mondays and major holidays. For more information, call (239) 263-9200 or visit www.hmswfl.org.

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his is the only museum telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish life. Jewish Museum of Florida on South Beach is housed in two lovingly restored buildings that were formerly synagogues for Miami Beach’s first congregation. Both on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1936 Art Deco building features Jewish historical exhibits and boasts

a copper dome, marble bimah and 80 stained-glass windows while the 1929 building contains Jewish art exhibits. The core MOSAIC exhibit shows how Jews maintained their traditions and communities as they contributed to develop the state. Changing temporary exhibits focus on themes of Jewish history, art and culture—each with a Florida connection. Jewish history time

Itzhak Perlman

Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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lines, films, Museum Store, Bessie’s Bistro, Collections and Research Center, a schedule of public programs that complement exhibit themes and guides complete the experience. Annual programs include Florida Jewish History Month and Jewish American Heritage Month (both initiated by the Museum), Purim events, Judaica Competitions and Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards. Open 10 to 5 every day except Mondays and civil and Jewish holidays. For more information: Marcia Jo Zerivitz, Founding Executive Director & Chief Curator, (305) 672-5044 x3180 or mzerivitz@jewishmuseum.com Website: www.jewishmuseum.com 301 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 Michael Feinstein

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A VARIETY OF GREAT ENTERTAINMENT ONLY AT THE PHIL IN NAPLES! The Jewish Federation of Collier County is an important supporter of the arts in our area. Please join us for the best entertainment in this part of the country!

Hear the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra! The nationally-recognized, award-winning symphony presents a full season of classical, pops, chamber and more!

Expand your mind with Lifelong Learning at the Phil, featuring enlightening lectures and workshops by internationally known arts scholars and experts.

Thrill to Broadway, jazz, ballet, country, modern dance, classical or popular music in the 1,425-seat main hall or the 283-seat black box theater at the Philharmonic Center.

Explore the visual magic of the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, the region’s only full-scale art museum. Visit the Museum Store and find unique, art-inspired items.

For inquiries about 15 or more tickets, please contact Group Sales at (239) 254-2741.

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For tickets and information, visit , call (800) 597-1900 or visit our Box Office at 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples, FL 34108 · Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

PHILHARMONIC CENTER for the ARTS® You can be a part of the Phil’s cultural future by making a tax-deductible contribution today. Please contact Myra Janco Daniels at (239) 597-1111.

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Community History Pioneers of the Jewish Presence in Naples and Collier County

In the early 1950s there were no admitted Jewish residents in Naples or Collier County because it was known that the community did not embrace Jews. However, between 1954 and 1959, four couples, independently of each other, came to Naples with their families, and were charmed by the city and its potential. The Gilmans and the Freschels, who were related, came together and went into business together. The Dinaburg and Luff families also arrived and found Naples to their liking. The Weinfelds discovered the city, invested in Naples and Collier County, made several business trips each year to Naples, but continued to live in New Jersey while their children were growing up. In 1969, they settled permanently in Naples. In 1954, however, when the Weinfelds first looked for a home in Naples, they had several offers turned down because of their religion. But in 1969, such problems were not as widespread. By 1962, Gulf American Corporation was selling property in Golden Gate, and there were enough Jewish salesmen employed by the company to augment those Jews who were already here; together they formed the Jewish Community Center of Collier County (the forerunner of Temple Shalom). There were 12 original members, eight of whom were Golden Gate salesmen

who left the community by 1970. There were four remaining “charter” members —Garson Dinaburg, William Freschel, Gabriel Luff and Arnold Rosen. In 1965, Avrum Chudnow, who was head of a corporation that was building in Naples and Ft. Myers, asked the Golden Gate management if there were enough Jewish men to form a minyan for a yahrzeit service for his brother. A minyan was arranged among the members of the Jewish Community Center, and in appreciation, the Chudnow family presented the congregation with its first Torah. By 1970, the Jewish population had increased – retirees had become part of the Jewish community as well as professionals, retailers, and a few families with children. In 1982, a classified advertisement in a local newspaper attracted a nucleus of 60 enthusiastic and dedicated people who evolved into today’s Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, serving the Jewish community on Marco Island and the southern end of Collier County.

Jewish Education in Naples

In 1972, Joe Weinfeld determined it was his responsibility to provide for the Jewish education of the children in the community and started the Religious School. He appointed Eugene Linz chairman of the Religious School Committee. Linz taught Hebrew and conducted a group bar mitzvah in 1973 – the first in Naples. He also conducted the first Chanukah service on Decem-

“To all we say—we will grow in spite of ourselves, because it seems to be so ordained, so great is our community. However, we don’t want merely to survive, we want to flourish and bloom, and this will happen only if each family displays its fine moral support.” —Joe Weinfeld, 1973, to a group attending services at Temple Shalom

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ber 1, 1972, with 75 adults and children participating. The following year at Chanukah services, the Gilmans and Freschels presented a small Torah to the children of the congregation. In 1975, when a small Temple was built, the Religious School had 19 children. When the current building of Temple Shalom was erected in 1991, the school had 75 students. There are currently over 200 students. The first Youth Group was started in 1973. And a preschool at Temple Shalom held its first session in 1990.

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As you can tell by looking through Connections, the Jewish community in Collier County is thriving. Naples is home to a vibrant Jewish Federation (with a list of 3,200 Jewish households out of an estimated 6,000 to 7,500 in the area), five synagogues, numerous Jewish organizations, Jewish Family Services, a Jewish Film Festival, and the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. Oh, and our mayor is Jewish! Temple Shalom, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012, and the entire Jewish community have come a long way since 1962! Many thanks to Helen Weinfeld, Temple Shalom Historian (appointed in March 1989), for providing most of the information for this article. For more details on the history of Jews in Naples, as well as Temple Shalom, visit the Judaica Shop at Temple Shalom for copies of the booklets The Jewish Presence in Naples and Temple Shalom: A Brief History – both by Helen Weinfeld.

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emple Shalom is a Reform Jewish congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, and serving as Naples’ primary place of Jewish worship since 1962. Temple Shalom represents the great diversity of the Jewish population, enjoying a sense of identity, attachment and family through Temple membership. The synagogue offers Friday night and Saturday morning services, and the first Friday of each month during Season features a special, musical Friday Night Live Shabbat Service. The youngest members enjoy monthly Tot Shabbat services, and all are welcome at monthly Torah Talk sessions. All major holidays are celebrated with special services. The Rabbi Rabbi Adam Miller Abraham Shusterman Religious School provides outstanding religious and Hebrew education from grades pre-K-12, consecration, b’nai mitzvah, confirmation and Senior Study! Both senior and junior youth groups are affiliated with NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth), and enjoy many fun-filled educational and social activities. Adult Education is an important part of Temple life. In addition to yearround programming, Temple Shalom features: ÎÎ Brown Bag Lunch Series: addressing a wide range of topics

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and interests ÎÎ Sunday School for Adults: conducted on three consecutive Sundays and covering a common theme ÎÎ Scholar-In-Residence: featuring a guest speaker providing in-depth exploration of a specific topic ÎÎ “Tea and Cookies” series: featuring authors and subjects of interest to the Jewish community ÎÎ The Rabbi James and Jane Perman Library: the only Judaica library in Collier County Temple Shalom’s fully-licensed Preschool is the premier preschool in Collier County. Registration is ongoing throughout the year. Temple Shalom Sisterhood boasts hundreds of intergenerational members. Sisterhood runs Naples’ only Judaica Shop, sponsors their weekly Oneg Shabbat, offers excellent programming, and provides support with emphasis on the Religious School. The dynamic Men’s Club has a great time while raising funds to support the temple and a host of Cantor Donna Azu worthy causes in the community. They sponsor lectures, sports outings, family get-togethers, Religious School programming and more.

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TEMPLE SHALOM OF NAPLES 4630 Pine Ridge Road Naples, FL 34119 • Telephone: (239) 455-3030 • Fax: (239) 455-4361 • Email: info@naplestemple.org • Website: www.naplestemple.org • Rabbi Adam F. Miller • Cantor Donna Azu • James H. Perman D.D., Rabbi Emeritus • Donald L. Shapiro, President • Susan Shechter Daugherty, Executive Director • Movement/Affiliation: Reform/ Union of Reform Judaism • Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Youth Group • Services: Shabbat Eve 8 p.m.; Shabbat 10 a.m. • Judaica Shop • Special Programs/Features: Adult Education, Havurot, Religious School, Judaic Library, Hebrew School, Preschool, Adult Choir, Social Action, Outreach

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eth Tikvah is a young congregation dedicated to inspiring Jews of all ages and personal beliefs to embrace a meaningful Jewish identity. Beth Tikvah is an egalitarian Jewish community established under the umbrella of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. The Members

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come together because Judaism is their joy and passion. They want to celebrate with each other, their community and their children. They are committed to fostering a Jewish spiritual experience through participatory and egalitarian services that are at once traditional and innovative.

Beth Tikvah is a place of Jewish learning, spiritual growth and communal participation where adults and children can study the traditional teachings in a way that is meaningful in their time and in their world. It is a welcoming and inclusive community, at once vibrant and caring. The Beth Tikvah community has a close connection to the State of Israel and Zionism. Beth Tikvah offers experiences that include attractions for the disenfranchised or unaffiliated. At the same time, the synagogue honors the traditions that foster stability and identity. Beth Tikvah defines itself as a family-friendly and child-friendly community. Jewish learning is a cornerstone of our programming efforts, with opportunities for people of any and all backgrounds. Our doors are open to visitors who wish to discover what we have to offer. Aside from weekly worship services and holiday observances, Beth Tikvah offers Adult Education, Youth Education, Community Events and Social Events. It provides for Life Cycle Ceremonies and Counseling. It fosters programs that connect our community to the people of Israel and to the modern State of Israel. It supports Social Service and Tikkun Olam. Beth Tikvah is led by Rabbi Chezi

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Zionce, whose warmth, humor and vitality have been recognized throughout the community, as have his dynamic spirituality, his deep learning and his impressive communicative skills. BETH TIKVAH OF NAPLES 3765 Airport-Pulling Rd., Ste. 200 Naples, FL 34105 Note: This address is likely to change in early 2011. Check the website or call the synagogue. • Telephone: (239) 434-1818 • E-Mail: bethtikvahnaples@aol.com • Website: www.bethtikvahnaples.org • Rabbi Chezi Zionce • Movement/Affiliation: Conservative / United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism • Membership: 150 members • Religious School: K-7 and post-b’nai mitzvah program • Services: Shabbat eve and morning, Sunday morning in season • Special Programs: Lecture Series, Book Discussion Group, Holiday Celebrations, Community Leadership Award, Social / Cultural / Community events, Adult Education Courses, Social Action

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he Jewish Congregation of Marco Island is the spiritual home to more than 200 families of diverse ages and backgrounds, welcoming both permanent and part-time congregants to its open door policy. In 1982, a classified advertisement in a local newspaper attracted a nucleus of 60 enthusiastic and dedicated people who evolved into today’s active volunteers who offer and participate in a wide variety of stimulating educational, cultural and social activities. Although primarily an Rabbi Edward M. adult commuMaline, D.D. nity, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island has the staff and flexibility to offer children’s programs and tutoring as required. The current professional staff in-

cludes Rabbi Edward M. Maline, D.D., Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen, a president and board of directors. Services are offered every Friday evening at 8 p.m., followed by an Oneg Shabbat. During the months of January through April, the Saturday Torah Study begins at 9:30 a.m. and is immediately followed by Shabbat services and a complimentary lunch. The temple’s doors are always open to greet those who wish to worship with them. Located at 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, the temple can be

Is there a Treasure in your Attic? Yiddish Books are a Cultural Treasure of the Jewish People The National Yiddish Book Center is a non-profit organization working to save Yiddish culture. Please check around your home for old Yiddish books and records, and inquire among friends and relatives. Gifts of these books are tax deductible. Please drop off your Yiddish books and records at the Jewish Federation, for further delivery to the National Yiddish Book Center, or call Louis Rusitzky at 455-6447 to schedule a pick-up. Visit the National Yiddish Book Center at www.yiddishbookcenter.org.

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easily accessed by crossing the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge and continuing south on Collier Boulevard to Winterberry Drive (opposite the Hilton Hotel). Turn left, go two blocks, and the synagogue is on the right. JEWISH CONGREGATION OF MARCO ISLAND 991 Winterberry Drive Marco Island, FL 34145 • Telephone: (239) 642-0800 • E-mail: mgr.jcmioffice@ embarqmail.com • Website: http://marcojcmi.tripod.com • Rabbi Edward M. Maline, D.D. • Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen • Movement/Affiliation: Reform inclusive • Membership: 200 families • Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Club • Services: Friday night 8 p.m.; January – April, Shabbat morning 9:30 a.m. • Cemetery • Brownstein Judaica Shop • Library with extensive Jewish content • Special Programs: Jewish Film Festival, Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi’s Adult Study Series, Duplicate Bridge, Mah Jongg, Bingo, community and holidayaffiliated events as appropriate

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he Naples Jewish Congregation (NJC) began serving the greater Naples area in 1999. NJC was founded to provide a thoughtful religious experience in a welcoming, intimate affordable setting following the Reform Judaic tradition. As a small congregation of mostly retired adults, NJC has created a strong Rabbi Sylvin Wolf, bond, promotPh.D, D.D. ing warmth and good fellowship among the members. They take an open-minded and tolerant view to all members with respect to the Judaic rituals. NJC considers its members as part of their ‘temple” family. Rabbi Sylvin Wolf and cantorial

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he Temple Shalom Judaica Shop is your full-service stop for all Judaic ritual and gift needs in Naples. There’s a wide selection of kippot, tallitot, mezuzahs, candle sticks, jewelry, cards, candles, children’s toys and books, bar and bat mitzvah gifts, and many more Judaic items. Beautiful and unique items are available for every holiday and life-cycle event, and their inventory is updated regularly. If they don’t have an item available in stock, they will happily order it for you. Do you prefer to order online? Visit the Temple Shalom Judaica Shop’s new website at www.naplestemple. judaicabeautiful.com, where you can order directly!  Shop hours are 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Sunday through Friday, and 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings

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soloist Jane Galler conduct services every Friday from September 1 to April 30; then once monthly in May, June, July and August. They are accompanied by music director Alla Gorelick. A small choir performs at High Holiday services and once a month during season. The Rabbi also conducts High Holy Days services, and leads their community Passover Seder (for the first night) as well as Purim and Chanukah celebrations. Other holidays are usually celebrated on the closest Friday evening. Once a month, at Shabbat Torah services, the members recognize birthdays and anniversaries of that month with a blessing by the Rabbi. The Rabbi conducts an adult study group, usually once or twice a month from November through March. The Sisterhood and Men’s Club foster friendships by scheduling book discussions, theatre outings, luncheons, sporting and fashion events, and holiday parties.

NJC produces a monthly Bulletin to alert its members of events, and has a new website at www.naplesjewish congregation.org.

when Religious School is in session. Volunteers are available to assist you. All proceeds support Temple Shalom’s Sisterhood as it promotes the welfare of our Jewish community and the religious education of our children. Temple Shalom Judaica Shop 4630 Pine Ridge Road Naples, FL 34119 Telephone: (239) 455-3030

Menorahs – regular and electrified, breathtakingly beautiful? This is just a sampling. Visit the Judaica Shop and explore the boutique selection. Thehandbags, travel bags, and jewelry are “tres chic” and reasonably priced. You’ll also find an extensive Mah Jongg collection featuring clear Lucite pushers, aprons, mugs, purses, key chains, and spectacular Mah Jongg necklaces, bracelets, earrings and eye glass holders. New merchandise comes in weekly! Call Phyllis at (239) 394-4425, Shirley at (239) 389-7872, or Sharon at (239) 919-2585. Brownstein Judaica Shop at the Jewish Cong. of Marco Island 991 Winterberry Drive Marco Island, FL 34145 Telephone: (239) 642-0800

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NAPLES JEWISH CONGREGATION Services are held at: Unitarian Universalist 6340 Napa Woods Way Naples, FL 34116 • Telephone: (239) 234-6366 • Email: sylvinwolf@comcast.net • Website: www.naplesjewishcongregation. org • Rabbi Sylvin Wolf, Ph.D, D.D. • Cantorial Soloist Jane Galler • Movement/Affiliation: Reform • Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Club • Services: September 1 - April 30, every Friday night 7:30 p.m.; May - July, once monthly

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he Chabad Jewish Center of Naples is a warm traditional Synagogue and a welcoming center for Jews of all backgrounds who want to learn more about their Jewish roots. Traditional Jewish values are brought to life in a joyous, warm and non-judgmental atmosphere. The Center embodies Chabad’s philosophy that every single Jew is dear and important to G-d. Under the spiritual guidance of Rabbi Fishel Zaklos who, together with his wife Ettie, formed the congregation in 2004, Chabad of Naples fulfills the vision of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson who encouraged his young disciples to bring the light and richness of Judaism to their fellow Jews and to their surroundings. Shabbat services held each Saturday morning are traditional, conducted in a joyous and inviting atmosphere. The prayer book is bi-lingual and English readings are incorporated into the service. Children are included and welcome, and separate children’s services are also offered. A large Kiddush/luncheon always follows the Saturday morning service along with the enjoyable “Stump the Rabbi” discussion of the Torah portion. The Chabad Jewish Center offers a wide variety of other spiritual and educational opportunities for all segments of the Jewish com-

munity. You’ll find information about these throughout Connections. They include Chabad’s Hebrew School, Camp Gan Israel Summer Day Camp, and the Jewish Women’s Circle. Throughout the year, Chabad provides numerous holiday observances including: High Holiday services, Sukkot and Simchat Torah festivities, lighting of a giant Chanukah menorah for the entire Naples community, a community Passover seder, and creative Purim and Shavuos celebrations. Chabad transforms Jewish holidays into experiential opportunities for neighbors and friends to celebrate their common bonds without considering levels of observance, beliefs or knowledge. In addition, Chabad has created and implemented programs that serve the community at large, including family/

Chabad Jewish Center of Naples 850 Seagate Drive Naples, FL 34103 • Telephone: (239) 262-4474 • Email: info@chabadnaples.com • Website: www.chabadnaples.com • Rabbi Fishel Zaklos • Movement/Affiliation: Chabad Lubavitch • Programs/Features: Weekly Saturday morning services and kiddush, Hebrew School, Adult Jewish Learning Institute, Shabbat dinners, holiday programs, Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, Gan Israel Summer Day Camp, Women’s Circle, Flying Challahs, and hospital/ home visits • Special features: Chabad Community Care • Services: Shabbat and holidays

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individual counseling, hospital visitation, Kosher-on-Wheels (which brings a trailer of kosher products to Naples), and a Jewish calendar which is distributed free of charge to the entire Jewish community of Naples and Marco Island. All are welcome to visit for services or any other program. As the door to the Center exclaims, this is a shul “Where all Jews are Family.”

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tools of technology, thus giving them a bright future. This has been ORT’s mission since it began in Tsarist Russia in 1880. ORT schools in Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City continue to serve the many students in need in the United States. There are 10,000 active ORT members in Florida. The Gulf Beaches Chapter of ORT America, located in Naples, is fairly new, but they have a growing membership and feature several special cultural events featuring artists in every field – theater producers, authors, columnists, photographers and musicians. A benefit dinner every winter is the big fundraising event of the year and provides a large chunk of Gulf Beaches’ contribution to the ORT efforts worldwide. Members (which include men and women) and the public are cordially invited to attend all ORT events. For more information about Gulf Beaches Chapter of ORT America, please contact: Hella Amelkin, (239) 649-4000 or hellaam@aol.com Midge Rauch, (239) 353-3065 or milloyd@juno.com

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he Collier County Chapter of Hadassah is the local chapter of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America which was founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold. Nationally, Hadassah has approximately 300,000 members. Since its inception, Hadassah has remained unwavering in its devotion to improve the quality of life for all the people of Israel and to strengthen Jewish life in the United States. Hadassah focuses on Medicine and Health, Education, Youth and the Future, as well as the Environment. As a fundraising organization, Hadassah’s major projects include the Hadassah Medical Organization, Young Judaea, Youth Aliyah, Hadassah College Jerusalem and Jewish National Fund. Collier County Chapter holds three main luncheons each year as well as exciting educational programs, membership activities and fundraising events. The Associates, the men of Hadas-

welcome to join and participate in the local Chapter. If you would like to become a member of Hadassah, a Hadassah Associate or learn more about the extraordinary work of Hadassah, please contact: Lynn Weiner, President, (239) 5981009 or lynninaples@yahoo.com Donna Goldblatt, Membership Vice President, (239) 597-3441 or mom443@aol.com Roberta Ury, Membership Vice President, (239) 732-7616 or robertaury@comcast.net

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independent of supernatural authority. Organized Humanistic Judaism began in 1963 with the founding of the Birmingham Temple in Michigan by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine. There are now over 30 communities of Humanistic Jews in North America. The Naples-based Havurah was formed in the late spring of 2008, and received its 501(c) (3) status in the summer of 2009. They are at the beginning of developing their presence in this part of the state. Over half of the membership resides in Southwest Florida year round while the rest are snowbirds. The Havurah holds community meetings once a month, but has more frequent activities for members, including home Shabbats, a Humanistic Chanukah celebration and Seder. For more information and upcoming events, check their monthly column in the Federation Star or contact: Paula Creed, (239) 495-8484, (248) 417-2514 or prcreed@prodigy.net

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he Mix & Mingles group serves the needs and interests of 60+ Jewish singles in our community. The group’s Mission Statement is: “To enhance and enrich the quality of life both spiritually and socially and to make a contribution to our Jewish community.” Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Collier County and supported by the Federation staff and a group of dedicated volunteers, the Mix & Mingles have an active and diversified Calendar of Events. For the area’s 60+ Jewish singles, there is no better way to meet new people and “have a purpose to your day” than to participate in planning and attending Mix & Mingle programs. Recent events have included a Chanukah brunch, dinner at a restaurant after the community Chanukah celebration, pot luck dinners, and an Oneg Shabbat following services at Temple Shalom. For more information about upcoming events or to volunteer, call co-Directors: Ellie Cantor (Naples), (239) 594-1091 Paul Kurtzman (Marco Island), at (239) 370-3890

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he Naples Jewish Social Club (NJSC) has been serving the Jewish community in Naples and neighboring communities for more than 20 years with a variety of monthly social events. Cantors’ concerts, picnics on the beach, art gallery tours, Chanukah celebrations, theater nights, game nights, ice cream socials, and their annual Break the Fast are only a few of the hundreds of events they have sponsored over the years. Additionally, the club holds weekly Mah Jongg games and monthly social and duplicate bridge games. The NJSC is a friendly and fun social group, and welcomes couples and singles. Their dues are the best bargain in town – $12.50 a year. For membership information, please contact: Illeen Mittleman, President, (440) 221-6446

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ormed in 2009 through an initiative by the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida, this group meets monthly (usually at the Museum) between October and May. Members of this group share a common bond and discuss common and varied issues. Social events are planned as well. Some meetings are open to spouses, close friends and relatives who are an important part of the members’ support system. For more information and an upcoming schedule, please contact: Sandy Levine, sandylevine@aol.com Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida, (239) 263-9200

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organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safe-guarding individual rights and freedoms. Organized just 32 years ago, the Naples/Marco Section of NCJW became the first Jewish Women’s Social Service organization in Naples. Each year since its inception, they have hosted a luncheon for the Visually Challenged. Other community service projects include, but are not limited to, Court Watch in conjunction with the Women’s Shelter, Friendly Visitors with Jewish Family Services, NCH Birthplace/Knitting Project, and volunteering at Parkside School, a public elementary school. NCJW is represented on the Collier County Non-Discrimination Coalition. The NCJW Naples/Marco Section supports in principle all of the concerns of the national organization which prides itself on furthering the rights of women, children and families, and supports NCJW advocates who take action on social issues such as health care, reproductive rights, separation of church and state and civil rights. NCJW Naples/Marco Section meets the third Tuesday of each month from October through the spring. Luncheon meetings are held at the Vineyards Country Club and feature noted speakers who share concerns, problems or “good news items” about the state of our community, Israel, and our nation.  For more information or to join NCJW please contact one of the coPresidents: Linda Wainick, (239) 354-9117 or wainjl@aol.com Bobbie Katz, (239) 353-5963 or gbkatz5804@aol.com

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Special Interest Groups an actress’ one-woman play. Jewish Women JWI celebrates and inspires women’s achievements—in person, in print and International

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ewish Women International (JWI) is the leading Jewish organization empowering women and girls – through economic literacy, community training, and women’s leadership. Innovative programs, advocacy and philanthropic initiatives protect the fundamental rights of all girls and women to live in safe homes, thrive in healthy relationships, and become strong women. Organizations turn to JWI for critical resources and training, delivered through national and local forums that empower professionals, advocates and clergy to end domestic violence. Locally, JWI, in cooperation with other Jewish organizations, has convened violence prevention programs including a noted author, a domestic violence survivor/medical doctor, and

online at www.jwi.org. Started as B’nai B’rith Women over 100 years ago, JWI’s network now spans the globe. Today’s philanthropic initiatives reflect its long-held and long-term commitment to transform at-risk young lives – here in the U.S. and in Israel at JWI’s Children’s Home. For more information, contact: Millie Sernovitz, JWI Board of Trustees, (239) 498-2778 or millie@sernovitz.com

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ewish War Veterans in the area meet at the Federation offices for brunch and to hear a speaker on the third Sunday of the month.

Organizations The group also participates at the Naples Patriotic Moments and attends all local High School Jr. ROTC assemblies to present medals to the outstanding students. JWV also makes its presence known on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. For more information, contact: Gil Block, Commander Post #202, (239) 304-5953 or naplesgranpa@aol.com M/Gen. Bernard L. Weiss, USAF Ret., Senior Vice Commander, (239) 594-7772

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health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Only with respect, dignity and equality will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in the vision of a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity. PFLAG’s Annual Interfaith Convocation is held each May at Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Road, Naples. PFLAG is inviting people of all faiths to worship together in

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he Cardozo Society, an affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, was formed as a way to network the many existing and new Jewish attorneys in our legal community, including the current practitioners and the retired. With the constant influx of new residents to Collier County, the Federation is reaching out to raise awareness through this association of Jewish attorneys promoting professionalism, cooperation and identification with our Jewish community. The group meets periodically for luncheon programs and seminars to accomplish their networking goals. For more information, contact: Melissa Keel, Jewish Federation of Collier County, (239) 263-4205 or Melissa@jewishnaples.org

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merican Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) supports the lifesaving efforts of Magen David Adom (MDA) in Israel and represents MDA in the U.S. MDA is Israel’s only governmentmandated ambulance and emergency medical responder. A team of professionals and trained volunteers provide all of Israel’s population with pre-hospital emergency medical needs including disaster, ambulance and blood services. The MDA National Blood Services Center provides 100% of the blood requirements of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and 97% of the blood needs of Israel’s hospitals and the general population. MDA’s fleet of 800 MDA ambulances and Mobile Intensive Care Units are on call 24/7, operating from

over 100 Emergency Medical Stations and 11 dispatch stations throughout

Israel, logging almost ten million miles and taking care of more than 520,000 patients annually. AFMDA can provide an interesting perspective of Israel through the eyes of Magen David Adom. The organization can customize a site visit to group size, itinerary and age group, which will allow tourists to meet and interact with MDA staff, volunteers and young

American overseas volunteers who can talk about their experiences. For more information, contact: Robert Schwartz, Southeast Regional Director, (800) 626-0046 or southeast@afmda.org Website: www.afmda.org

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journey through Israel uncovers abundant evidence of nation-building by means of Israel Bonds. On Israel’s Mediterranean coast, for example, lies the port of Ashdod, which enabled Israel to solidify its economy via exports to Europe and North America. Continuing up the coast is another outstanding example of the Bonds legacy – the Hadera power plant, helping Israel meet crucial energy needs. Turning inland past Haifa and its recently expanded port, Bonds-supported communities and industrial complexes will turn the Galilee into a major population area and center of cutting-edge hi-tech. Visible at its starting point near Lake Kinneret is one of Israel Bonds’ most historic projects – the National Water Carrier, a turning point in Israel’s

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quest for agricultural self-sufficiency. A major beneficiary is the Negev. The arid region was dramatically altered by the National Water Carrier, and today, Israel Bonds continues to reshape the Negev by turning the once harsh landscape into a hospitable environment for families and industry. Returning north via Bonds-funded roads or rail lines, one arrives in Jerusalem. Soon, Jerusalem will be the site of the latest Bonds-assisted undertaking – an efficient new light rail system that will substantially ease congestion while transporting residents and tourists throughout the city. Golda Meir observed, “The central role in building our economic strength has been played by Israel Bonds.” Golda’s words were both appropriate and prophetic as, 60 years on, the Israel Bonds mission continues unabated.

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The “Greater Florida” Israel Bonds office covers all of Florida except for Palm Beach, Miami/Dade and Broward Counties. For more information, please contact: Reva Azneer Pearlstein, Assistant Director, (727) 539-6445, (800) 622-8017 or reva.pearlstein@israelbonds.com Website: www.israelbonds.com

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Jewish National Fund

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ith the popularity of its Blue Box campaign and tree planting drives, many forget that 100 years ago, Jewish National Fund (JNF) purchased the land that determined the borders of the modern State of Israel. After 1948, JNF helped create new communities in Israel so that Jews from around the world would have a place to call home. Scientists at JNF R&D centers discovered drip irrigation and new means of growing plants under arid conditions, bringing green to the desert. JNF took the leadership role dur-

ing Israel’s water crisis, building over 200 reservoirs and water recycling centers, providing water to 1.5 million Israelis every day. JNF planted 240 million trees, created over 1,000 parks and recreational areas, built security roads, and educated students around the world about Israel, the environment, and their connection to the Jewish homeland. Today, JNF is taking a leadership role in developing and strengthening Israel’s final frontier—the Negev. Jewish National Fund is the central address for partnering with the land

and people of Israel. Jewish National Fund. For Israel, forever. The Collier County area is served by the Northern Florida Regional Office: Uri Smajovits, Regional Director, usmajovits@jnf.org Beth Glickman Morris, Campaign Executive, bmorris@jnf.org (727) 536-5263 or (888) 563-0099 Website: www.jnf.org Jewish National Fund’s Tree of Life™ Award Dinner will take place on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Quail West Golf & Country Club in Naples.

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he strength of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which has been guarding the State of Israel since it declared independence in 1948, derives from the selfless determination and great capabilities of the young men and women who form it. At the age of 18, these courageous young people join the IDF, promising to uphold the difficult tasks of defending the State of Israel and guaranteeing the safety of those who reside within its borders. The responsibility of the Israeli government is to prepare and train these soldiers and provide them with the necessary tools. Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) has assumed the responsibility of providing these soldiers with love and support in

an effort to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide. In 1981, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces was created as a notfor-profit organization with the mission of providing and supporting social, educational, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. It also offers these services to the families of fallen soldiers. FIDF operates through 15 branches around the United States and Latin America, located close to large Jewish communities. Thanks to an expanding donor base and exceptional generosity, FIDF has experienced unprecedented growth over the last few years.

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n just a few short years, the Naples Chapter of the American Technion Society (ATS) has become the go-to place in Southwest Florida for interesting, provocative lectures. ATS programs educate and inform the public on issues dealing with Technion, Israel, and the role of science and technology in the country’s future. Known as the MIT of Israel, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is recognized as one of the world’s leading hightech innovators. An amazing 85% of Israel’s workforce is employed by companies led by Technion graduates. Technion researchers are breaking ground in every important field of research, from medicine and communications to water and anti-terror technologies. This season, they will host visits from several of Technion’s top researchers, including a rocket scientist, a leader in the fight against autoimmune diseases, and the head of Technion’s industrial design program. For more information, contact: L.C. (Lou) Goldman, Naples Chairman, (239) 592-5884 Jennifer Singer, Chapter Director, (941) 378-1500 or jennifer@ats.org Website: www.ats.org

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FIDF proudly offers its support to soldiers and their families through a variety of unique and innovative programs. Providing financial aid to soldiers in need, granting academic scholarships to former combat soldiers, helping bereaved families, and sponsoring fun days for combat battalions are just some of their endeavors. Thanks to a low overhead, they ensure the needs of the soldiers are provided in the best possible way. Through FIDF missions to Israel, donors are able to visit bases, meet with soldiers, and tour the country. These opportunities reinforce the significant bond between the Jewish community in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel. Contact the Miami Chapter: Dina Ben-Ari, Executive Director, (305) 354-8233 or miami@fidf.org Website: www.fidf.org

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Organizations Florida Israel Chamber

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ince 2000, Israel has been the largest American trading partner in the Middle East—larger than American trade with Saudi Arabia, including U.S. oil imports. Today there are more Israeli companies listed on American securities exchanges than any country after the U.S. and Canada. America-Israel relations are based on common values – democracy, free markets and the rule of law. Business is the manifestation of the strong values shared by Americans and Israelis. The Chamber’s mission is to connect American and Israeli businesses, to increase trade and commerce between America and Israel, and to fuel economic growth for both regions. For more information, contact:

Israel Connection Linda Chase, (954) 725-2788 or linda@israeltrade.org Website: www.floridaisraelchamber.org

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he Consulate General of Israel, one of nine in the U.S., officially represents the State of Israel in all aspects of Israel’s relations with the government and societies of the State of Florida and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Consulate General is the bridge between Israel and the political and business communities of Florida and Puerto Rico, as well as the media, academia, and the cultural and Jewish communities, with the aim of strength-

ening the bonds between us. The Consular Department serves foreign citizens and provides various services to Israeli citizens. The Consular & Visa Department serves Israeli citizens as well as nonIsraelis with issuing visas and renewing passports. The Israeli House (Bayit Israel) provides a cultural center and connection with Israel for the Israeli community by sponsoring lectures and concerts by Israeli performers. The office also provides assistance to Israeli and American businesses. For more information, contact: Ofer Bavly, Consul General, (305) 925-9400 or paofficer@miami.mfa.gov.il Website: http://miami.mfa.gov.il

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he Hebrew University of Jerusalem was founded in 1918 by brilliant thinkers, among them Chaim Weizmann, Albert Einstein, Martin Buber and Sigmund Freud. Today, the university’s award-winning faculty of 1,100 includes Nobel and Israel Prize winners as well as leading scientists and scholars in every field of academic and research endeavor. Ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide, Hebrew University generates more than one-third of Israel’s research. Its work encompasses cutting-edge pursuits such as biotechnology, interdisciplinary brain

sciences and sustainable agriculture. This expertise is shared with countries worldwide. Hebrew University alumni include present and former Israeli Prime Ministers, the nation’s first female Supreme Court President and the majority of Supreme Court justices. The Hebrew University is also acclaimed for its unwavering commitment to multiculturalism, pluralism and the cause of peace. Each year, 23,000 students from throughout Israel and more than 50 countries engage in a community of dialogue and intellectual inquiry.

American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU), a national nonprofit organization, has devoted close to nine decades raising awareness of, and support for, The Hebrew University in the U.S. AFHU supporters come from every part of our country and nurture Israel’s greatest asset: the intellectual strength of the nation’s people. For more information, contact: Monica Loebl, Executive Director, Southeast Region, (561) 750-8585 or southeast@afhu.org Website: www.afhu.org

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Advocacy Groups American Israel Public Affairs Committee

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or more than half a century, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has worked to help make Israel more secure by ensuring that American support remains strong. From a small pro-Israel public affairs boutique in the 1950s, AIPAC has grown into a 100,000-member national grassroots movement described by The New York Times as “the most important organization affecting America’s relationship with Israel.” Political advocacy is one of the most effective ways in which AIPAC works to accomplish its mission. Each year, AIPAC is involved in more than 100 legislative and policy initiatives involving Middle East policy or aimed at broadening and deepening the U.S.-Israel bond. AIPAC works to secure vital U.S. foreign aid for Israel to help ensure Israel remains strong and secure. AIPAC is working to promote strategic cooperation between the two nations, to develop sound U.S. anti-terrorist policies, and to share homeland security techniques and technologies. These efforts are critical to Israel’s security and to American interests in the Middle East and around the world. In addition to working closely with Congress, AIPAC also actively educates and works with candidates for federal office, White House, Pentagon and State Department officials, and other policymakers whose decisions affect Israel’s future and America’s policies in the Middle East. For more information, contact: Eric Ross, AIPAC’s North & Central Florida Area Director, (954) 295-3707 or ERoss@aipac.org Website: www.aipac.org

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he Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization that confronts antiSemitism, hate and terrorism; promotes human rights and human dignity; stands with Israel; defends the safety of Jews worldwide; and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. With a constituency of over 400,000 households in the United States, it is accredited as an NGO at international organizations including the United Nations, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Paris, Buenos Aires and Jerusalem. The Center’s Southern office represents the Simon Wiesenthal Center in the Southern Region of the U.S. and promotes and supports the Center’s mission. The Southern office furthers the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s mission through outreach, education, social action and media projects. Extensive activities and programs are offered throughout the Southern Region including: • Tribute dinners honoring community leaders • Film premieres and screenings from the Center’s twotime Academy Award™-winning Moriah Films division • Special lectures and forums • Educational programs The Southern Region promotes the educational arms of the Simon Wiesenthal Center through its Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, Museum of Tolerance New York, and soon-to-be built Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem. Funds raised by the Southern Region help support the critical work of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and all of its divisions around the world. For more information, to get involved, or support its important work, please contact: Tamar Kohn Marks, Southern Region Director, (305) 935-2280 or tmarks@wiesenthal.com Website: www.wiesenthal.com/southernus

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JC (American Jewish Committee), established in 1906 by a small group of American Jews deeply concerned about pogroms aimed at Russian Jews, determined that the best way to protect Jewish populations in danger would be to work towards a world in which all peoples were accorded respect and dignity. Over 100 years later, AJC continues its efforts to promote pluralistic and democratic societies where all minorities are protected. Some key areas of focus for AJC are: • Combating anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry • Promoting pluralism and shared democratic values • Supporting Israel’s quest for peace and security • Advocating for energy independence • Strengthening Jewish life AJC’s approach, tackling a breadth of interests in a deliberate and diplomatic manner, contributes to a success that gains trust, earns access, and most importantly, produces results. AJC’s West Coast Florida Regional Office, located in Sarasota, is one of 26 Regional offices in the United States. In addition, AJC has offices in 20 foreign countries. For more information about AJC, please contact: Brian Lipton, Regional Director, (941) 365-4955 or liptonb@ajc.org Website: www.ajc.org

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he Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. A leader in the development of materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups, carrying out its mission through a network of 30 Regional and Satellite Offices in the United States and abroad. Anti-Semitism in Florida is not a history lesson, it’s a current event. As the 9-1-1 for the Jewish community in Florida, one of the largest growing

Organizations Jewish populations in the United States, the ADL Florida office serves as the primary resource for victims of antiSemitism. To prevent and combat anti-Semitism, the ADL Florida office delivers effective anti-bias education programs to educators and students of all ages; trains law enforcement about hate crimes and extremist groups; safeguards civil rights and the separation of church and state; confronts anti-Semitism on college campuses; provides security seminars to religious institutions; fields discrimination complaints of all kinds; advocates for Israel; and promotes interfaith relations. The ADL Florida Office is on the frontline of ensuring the safety of the Jewish community in Florida. For more information, contact them at: Telephone: (561) 988-2900 Email: Florida@adl.org Web site: www.adl.org

Elli Taylor, P.A., Broker Associate Whether you’re in the market to buy or sell real estate, my commitment is to be the most credible and honest resource to achieve your goal. You can depend on me to work with you in a professional manner built on trust and exceptional customer service. Originally coming from New England, I know firsthand the attraction that Southwest Florida offers. I have been a Naples resident for more than 20 years and have been a full-time Realtor since 2000. I have been instrumental in helping others connect with their own piece of Gulf Coast paradise. ~ Elli Taylor To receive quarterly market reports or monthly newsletters, please contact me: (239) 860-2064 etaylor@johnrwood.com www.ellisellsnaples.com

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three-part lecture series with Dr. June Sochen, Distinguished Professor Emerita of History from Northeastern Illinois University will take place at Beth Tikvah at 7:30 p.m. on January 11 and February 17 (the first session took place on December 13, 2010). The subjects are Jewish American Women, Obama and the

Jews (with Joyce Schrager), and Jews in Popular Culture. Professor Sochen’s many books include Consecrate Every Day: The Public Lives of Jewish American Women (1880-1980), and From Mae to Madonna: Women Entertainers in 20th Century America. Her current project is a biography of Henrietta Szold. Joyce Schrager is a popular Chicago-area lecturer on politics, current events and literature. She is also a renowned tour guide for group trips to points of

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The listings below are just a sample of the numerous cultural and educational programs available in the area. Please see the Religious Life & Organizations sections for contact information.

Classes with the local rabbis/at the synagogues • Temple Shalom’s Senior Study, Sunday School for Adults, Institute for Jewish Learning (WIJL) • Chabad’s Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) • Weekly Torah Study with Rabbi Chezi Zionce, Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. at Beth Tikvah • JCMI’s Breakfast with the Rabbi Plus several synagogues have: • “Eat & Learn” Shabbat • Scholar-in-Residence weekends

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oin Rabbi Edward Maline at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island for the Rabbi’s Adult Education Winter 2011 series – Great Trials in Jewish History. Schedule of classes: Sunday, January 9, 10:00 a.m.: The Trial of Alfred Dreyfus – The emergence of Zionism and the role of Theodore Herzl Sunday, February 20, 10:00 a.m.: The Trial of Baruch Spinoza – Why was he ex-communicated by the Jewish community of Holland? Sunday, March 20, 10:00 a.m.: The Trial of Deborah Lipstadt and David Irving – The role Steven Spielberg and Penguin Books played in the most recent trial in Jewish history Programs will be preceded by cof-

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Adult Education drug chain. Contact: Phil Jason at (239) 5982880 or the synagogue at (239) 4341818 or email bethtikvahnaples@aol. com. For more details and locations, visit www.bethtikvahnaples.org.

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emple Shalom’s Adult Education Brown Bag Series features speakers on a wide range of topics of interest to Jews of all ages and backgrounds. Bring your lunch and enjoy interesting and stimulating presentations and discussions. Brown Bag luncheons are scheduled at noon on January 18 and 25, February 15 and 22, and March 15 and 29. There is no cost, and all are welcome. For more information, please contact Temple Shalom at (239) 455-3030.

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emple Shalom welcomes Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature at Hebrew Union College (HUC) - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, as our 2011 Scholar-in-Residence. Rabbi Panken serves as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at HUC, where he has taught since 1995. He earned his doctorate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, where his research focused on le-

gal change in Talmudic and Midrashic Literature. He has served as a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Ethics Committee, the Joint Commission on Sustaining Rabbinical Education, the Birthright Israel Education Committee and in a variety of other leadership roles within the Reform movement and greater Jewish community. Please contact Temple Shalom at (239) 455-3030 for additional information.

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oin Temple Shalom on the first Saturday of each month for Torah Talk, a lay-led discussion of the week’s parachat. Enjoy a light breakfast at 8:15 a.m., with discussion at 8:30 a.m.. Regular Shabbat service begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Kiddush luncheon. There is no cost, and all are welcome. For more information, contact Gerry Sugarman at (239) 304-5444.

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he monthly “Eat and Learn” on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. at Beth Tikvah offers study, song and supper, followed by services; $10 charge and RSVP for the meal. Scheduled dates: January 28, February 25, March 25. Other dates to be determined. RSVP to bethtikvahnaples@aol.com.

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Early 2011 Classes form close personal bonds with Chabad’s Jewish and their Jewish neighbors in a warm and inviting setting. Women’s Circle

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habad’s Jewish Women’s Circle has truly become a coveted tradition in our community. These gatherings provide you the opportunity to relax and socialize while you explore both the practical and mystical aspects of our heritage. Through innovative workshops, lectures and creative activities, members of the Women’s Circle explore contemporary Jewish issues and discuss subjects related to our tradition. The beauty of the Women’s Circle is that women from all parts of the Jewish spectrum come together in a warm and inviting setting to share and celebrate our Jewish experiences. The Women’s Circle has been a great opportunity for women in the community to get to know one another

See the Calendar section for a description of this season’s events, which will take place on January 9, February 17, March 14 and April 11. For more information, call Ettie Zaklos at (239) 262-4474.

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Tale of Two Cultures: Our Amazing Jewish Cultural History is the title for Sunday School for Adults 2011. Rabbi Emeritus James Perman shares his extensive knowledge in his inimitable style. The first class, on Sunday, February 6, is titled European Lessons Learned. On Sunday, February 13, the class concludes with American Lessons Learned.

Adult Education Sunday School for Adults begins at 10:30 a.m. and is always very well attended, so arrive early for good seats! There is no cost, and all are welcome. Please contact Temple Shalom at (239) 455-3030 for additional information.

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he Temple Shalom Rosh Chodesh Group meets on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. on January 6, February 10, March 10 and April 7. Join facilitators Cantor Donna Azu and Jane Perman as they lead a wide variety of activities and discussions that center around issues important to Jewish women. There is no cost, and all are welcome. For more information, please contact Temple Shalom at (239) 455-3030.

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he Temple Shalom Religious School strives to maintain a happy, positive and creative atmosphere for Jewish learning. Their goal is to help children develop a strong and positive Jewish identity by giving them the opportunity to acquire knowledge of Jewish culture, learn Jewish ethics and values, and gain familiarity with ritual and liturgy in the context of Reform Judaism. Temple Shalom recognizes each child’s uniqueness and strives to meet his or her needs while providing a hands-on learning environment of Judaism and Jewish culture, enabling children to become devoted, committed and well-informed Jews. Temple Shalom offers programs once a week for Grades Pre-K-2 and 8-10, twice a week for Grades 3-7, and monthly for Grades 11-12.

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The program includes the following: • Orientation to the various concepts of God, prayer and worship in contemporary Judaism • Knowledge of the stories of the Bible and their interpretation for our daily lives • Familiarity with Jewish holidays, their origins, traditions and celebrations • Presentation of Jewish ethics and their relationship to our Jewish life cycles, including the Jewish family and home, the Religious School and Temple, other Synagogues in the community and the non-Jewish community • Knowledge of Jewish heroes and history, and the development of the State of Israel • Appreciation of Jewish art, music and literature • Knowledge and fluency of the Hebrew language and prayers • Development of a personal value system through discussions and studies of current issues • Assuring our children a sense of security, confidence and self-worth in themselves and their religious beliefs • Raising Jewish consciousness and helping children integrate that awareness into their daily lives and their communities through social action For more information, contact: Caren Plotkin, Religious School Director (239) 455-2233 or cplotkin@naplestemple.org

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eth Tikvah’s Religious School meets on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until noon and on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Because the program is small, students benefit from individual attention. Rabbi Zionce is the administrator and primary teacher, focusing on Torah, Hebrew, Jewish History, and Prayer. Mallory Duboff, 26, has been teaching Jewish youth for many years. She has made several trips to Israel, not only with teens but also for personal study and growth. Her broad background and professional training, specializing in Jewish music and prayer, enhance the program. Beth Tikvah takes advantage of community expertise, bringing in volunteer instructors on subjects ranging from archeology to medical and

legal ethics to present-day Israel. Its three learning groups serve younger, intermediate and older students. Participants benefit from computer-based learning sessions, accessing Internet resources that they can share and continue to explore at home. Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation is handled by Rabbi Zionce. The broad goals for all learners include: • Developing a keen sense of one’s place among the Jewish people, whether defined as a culture, a religion or nation • Learning about ancient and modern Israel • Participating in a year-long study of “The Jewish Life-Cycle” • Selecting and carrying out community service/social action projects in

the spirit of Tikkun Olam • Building skills in, and commitment to, religious observance, and discovering keys to spirituality and community through study, participation and enhanced awareness of Jewish values and traditions • Participating in Jewish music and song A six-page curriculum overview is available upon request or from the synagogue website at www.bethtikvah naples.org. For more information, contact: Phil Jason, Vice President, (239) 598-2880 Rabbi Zionce, (239) 734-0688

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pen to all Jewish children regardless of affiliation or knowledge of Judaism, the Chabad Jewish Center of Naples Hebrew School meets every Sunday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. throughout the school year. The program, used by the worldwide network of Chabad Hebrew Schools, has been tremendously successful in providing children with a joy and love for Judaism in a positive, fun and dynamic atmosphere. Drama, singing, arts and crafts, baking, interactive workbooks, and educational

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Schools excursions are all used to bring the information to life. The hands-on learning style encourages children to be active and involved learners, and the worldfamous Aleph Champ teaching method motivates students to excel in Hebrew language skills. Also included are classes in Jew-

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ish history within the context of world events and the deeper meaning of the Jewish holidays. Special holiday parties bring each significant day to life and create positive and warm feelings for the child’s first formal Jewish experiences. With years of experience behind them, the teachers of the Chabad of Naples Hebrew School are devoted and trained to use this multi-sensory curriculum for connecting with children in their most comfortable learning style or format. Chabad Jewish Center of Naples invites you to give your child the gift of Jewish pride and awareness. For more information, please contact: Ettie Zaklos, Educational Director, (239) 262-4474 or ettie@chabadnaples.com

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Education - Children Schools activities, the children participate in demically, socially and spiritually. Temple Shalom The Preschool is the recipient of a age-appropriate special classes that inGold Seal of Excellence from the Florida clude music, art, movement, story tellPreschool

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emple Shalom Preschool specializes in Early Childhood Jewish education for children ages two through five. The outstanding staff is dedicated to nurturing and encouraging children to grow and learn aca-

Department of Children and Families, and boasts state-of-the-art classrooms, a children’s library, art room, computer room, music room, beautiful playground and indoor gym. The preschool program considers each child’s individual needs while providing a loving and supportive environment in which they are able to learn more about themselves and their world. Students are prepared for the academic and social requirements of kindergarten, and provided a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences. In addition to the classroom

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ing, computers and Foreign Language. An afterschool enrichment class providing Spanish instruction is available. For more information, contact: Seyla Cohen, Preschool Director, (239) 455-3227 or scohen@naplestemple.org

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emple Shalom’s Mommy and Me and More classes are geared for children from birth to preschool age. In addition to the rewards inherent in spending time with your little one, Mommy and Me classes foster the development of critical developmental and learning skills, help to build cognitive and reasoning skills, improve fine and gross motor movements, and encourage socialization. Young children become accustomed to learning in a stress-free, fun-filled, loving and structured setting, and look forward to the preschool experience. Both mom and baby benefit from learning in a program filled with music, movement and fun! Each 45-minute session provides valuable skills for the children and practical advice for parents. For more information, contact: Seyla Cohen, Preschool Director, (239) 455-3227 or scohen@naplestemple.org

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habad Jewish Center of Naples sponsors a four-week summer day camp from mid-June to mid-July. Called Camp Gan Israel or “Gan Izzie,” the camp attracts more than 80 youngsters between the ages of 4 and 13. Children are offered tennis, swim-

ming, arts and crafts, as well as such diverse activities as Tae Kwon Do and horseback riding. Numerous special activities, workshops and even a fire juggling show are very popular. The camp also sponsors twice-a-week field

HEY KIDS! What are your plans for the summer of 2012? Would you like to go to a Jewish Summer Camp or visit Israel? The Jewish Federation of Collier County, Temple Shalom Sisterhood and Temple Shalom Men’s Club, together offer PARTIAL scholarships for Jewish Summer Camps and the Israel Experience for teens. There are scholarship opportunities for all Jewish children in the community regardless of congregation affiliation. For information and a scholarship application, contact your local synagogue or call the Jewish Federation at (239) 263-4205.

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trips to such varied destinations as Sun Splash, Museum of Discovery and Science, and Wannado City. The camp’s trademark hot kosher lunch is served each day to every camper. Camp Gan Israel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish children from diverse backgrounds and affiliations. It is a place where children learn the importance of caring, sharing, tolerance, patience and working with others. Currently utilizing the space and grounds of a local Naples public school, Rabbi Fishel Zaklos and his wife Ettie Zaklos, who is the Camp Director, oversee a staff which includes head counselors, group counselors and numerous volunteers. Safety is the number one priority and the counselor camper ratio is one counselor for every five children. All counselors have prior camping experience and are well trained in safety. An indication of the close bond which develops between campers and counselors is the tearful good-byes which occur on the last day. Planning for 2011 Camp Gan Israel is already underway. For more information: Ettie Zaklos, (239) 262-4474 Website: www.cginaples.com

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reschoolers rule at Temple Shalom’s Camp Shalom where a seven-week summer program is provided specifically for children ages two through five. Each year, since 2002, the camp program has expanded to meet the needs of families. Returning campers look forward to a wide range of experiences, and new participants anxiously await the fun. There’s something to capture everyone’s interest. Campers participate in Water Play, Dancing, Arts & Crafts, Performing Arts, Foreign Language and Music, exercising their creativity, their imaginations, talents and funny bones. Camp Shalom makes the Naples’ summer a gift to the preschool population. Whether they are playing in water or sand or are covered in paint, they are enjoying the company of friends and the love and caring of fabulous teachers and wonderful assistants who engage the children in fun games and exploration in a safe environment created just for them. For more information, contact: Seyla Cohen, Preschool Director (239) 455-3227 or scohen@naplestemple.org Website: www.naplestemple.org

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tatistics have shown that our Jewish youth have a much greater sense of, and connectivity to, their Judaism from having attended Jewish summer camps and teen peer group trips to Israel. We recognize this and have established a scholarship fund to encourage and assist families in affording these experiences for their children. The Federation also provides grant support for other youth programs including Birthright Israel and Hillel – The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life nationally and on Florida college and university campuses. Our community’s Jewish Camp/Israel Experience Scholarship Fund is comprised of monies contributed by the Jewish Federation of Collier County, Temple Shalom Sisterhood, Temple Shalom Men’s Club, and some very generous private donors in our community. Partial scholarships are offered for educational programs and experiences in Israel and Jewish summer camps, available for Jewish children residing in Collier County. There is a set amount of money budgeted each year, while the number of applicants varies from year to year. The amount of each scholarship depends on individual need as well as the number of children requesting scholarships. It is our goal to make scholarships available to all eligible applicants. We consider applications for admission to Jewish camps – URJ (Union of Reform Judaism) Camp Coleman, USY (United Synagogue Youth) Camps and all other qualified Jewish camps. The application deadline is December 1st for the following summer activities. Contact the Federation at (239) 263-4205 or your local synagogue for a Scholarship Application.

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ocated on the edge of the Ocala National Forest, Camp Shalom was established in 1971 by Shelley and David Sokol. The camp is still owned and operated by the Sokols, along with daughter/camp director, Heidi Sokol-Weinstein and son and daughter-in-law/resident owners, Michael and Sarah Sokol. Camp Shalom is the only co-ed (girls and boys, ages 7-16) Jewish overnight camp in Florida. Through the

Camps / Youth Groups values. The opportunities for fun at Camp Shalom are endless. Camper favorites include the sports program, arts & crafts, dance, drama, waterfront, the swimming pool, cooking, music, video game challenges and much more. At the end of the day, every camper goes back to the cabin feeling accomplished and having learned new skills. For more information, contact: (800) 279- 0401 or CampShalom@aol.com Website: www.campshalom.net

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outh Group participation is available to children of all ages at Temple Shalom. Kindergarten to sixth-grade events are scheduled periodically throughout the year, with activities on and off campus. In Junior Youth Group, seventh and eighth-graders participate in

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monthly events. Members are encouraged to participate in a regional Kallah (convention) each year. N.Aw.T.Y. – “Naples Awesome Temple Youth” – is for Senior high school students. They participate in monthly meetings and other social, cultural and community events. N.Aw.T.Y. takes an active role in planning and running the Purim Carnival. The Board meets regularly to discuss, plan and implement upcoming events. Members may choose to attend up to four N.F.T.Y. (North American Federation of Temple Youth) conventions a year. Involvement in youth group activities promotes friendships and socialization among Jewish peers. Annual membership fees apply, and a nominal fee may be required to cover the cost of some events. For more information, contact: Caren Plotkin, Religious School Director, (239) 455-2233 or cplotkin@naplestemple.org Website: www.naplestemple.org

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Major community events plus select events from area temples and organizations open to the entire community For up-to-date information on these and other community events, please check the Federation Star newspaper, www.JewishNaples.org, and the individual temple and organization websites.

January 2011

January 9, 2:00 p.m. Catholic/Jewish Dialogue “Who is Chosen? – Who is ‘saved’ and ‘how’ in Judaism and Catholicism” Presenters are Rabbi Sylvin Wolf, Naples Jewish Congregation, and Father Robert J. Kantor, St. Agnes Catholic Church. San Marco Catholic Church Jewish Federation, (239) 263-4205 January 9, 7:00 p.m. Jewish Women’s Circle Jewish singing sensation Kineret, acclaimed as being the world’s number one Jewish Orthodox female singer and recording artist. Tickets and venue to be announced (239) 262-4474 or info@ChabadNaples.com January 15, 7:30 p.m. Beth Tikvah’s Mix and Mingle Night Adult “Show & Tell” in which telling the story of personal items helps us get to know one another and discover people with common interests. Entertainment, dessert and beverages. Beth Tikvah $15 RSVP: bethtikvahnaples@aol.com January 16, 2:00 p.m. Jewish Film Festival Hidden Children – The Finaly Affair Jewish Cong. of Marco Island $25 or $60 for the series (239) 642-0800

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January 18, 7:30 p.m. People of the Book A community cultural event featuring author Rabbi Harold Kushner at Temple Shalom. Free to Federation members (Become a member with a contribution of $36 or more to the Federation Campaign.) (239) 263-4205

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January 19, 6:00 p.m. Klezmer Revival Band Concert A Florida Jewish History Month event featuring Sergiu Popa, Klezmer & Gypsy Virtuoso Accordionist.

January 20 Jewish National Fund’s Tree of Life™ Award Dinner Quail West Golf & Country Club JNF: (727) 536-5263

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Calendar February 2011 February 3 – March 10 The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France Exhibit featuring the story of the creators of Curious George, who made an incredible journey to escape the Nazi invasion at the start of World War II. Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida www.hmswfl.org February 5 Annual Community Celebration Featuring The World of Jewtopia The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort Jewish Federation (239) 263-4205 February 6, 8:00 a.m. Annual Blood Drive Temple Shalom RSVP: Jane Perman, permajane@ comcast.net February 9, 7:30 p.m. Saul Stern Cultural Series Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet Jewish Cong. of Marco Island Pricing varies (239) 642-0800

February 10, 4:00 p.m. Art in the Afternoon Photo artistry exhibit and sale featuring the work of Morris Herstein, with a gallery talk by the artist. Jewish Federation office (239) 263-4205 February 13, 2:00 p.m. Catholic/Jewish Dialogue “Judaism and Catholicism: How do we worship, what are the differences?” Presenters are Rabbi Sylvin Wolf, Naples Jewish Congregation, and Father Robert J. Kantor, St. Agnes Catholic Church St. William Parish Hall Jewish Federation, (239) 263-4205 February 16, 7:00 p.m. Beth Tikvah’s Annual Community Leadership Award Beth Tikvah toasts its honoree at an elegant event featuring champagne and fabulous desserts. Proceeds go to honoree’s designated charity. Location to be determined. $54 in advance RSVP to bethtikvahnaples@aol.com

February 17, 7:00 p.m. Jewish Women’s Circle Discovering the World of Color – Finding Your Unique Style Learn about the concept of colors according to Kabbalah and enjoy a colorful buffet of refreshments. Hostess: Ellen Siegel (239) 262-4474 or info@ ChabadNaples.com February 19, 8:00 p.m. A Federation Event at The Phil Featuring the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta, followed by a private dessert reception. Jewish Federation $150; A few tickets may still be available (239) 263-4205 February 23, 6:00 p.m. ORT Fundraiser Annual benefit dinner featuring Julian Milkis, who has been called “the best clarinetist in the world” by critics and audiences alike. Quail Creek Country Club Cost: TBA Hella Amelkin, (239) 649-4000 or hellaam@aol.com

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For a continuously updated community calendar and news on major events, visit . . . February 27, 2:00 p.m. Jewish Film Festival Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story Jewish Cong. of Marco Island $25 or $60 for the series (239) 642-0800

March 2011 March 2 Award-winning author James Carroll Temple Shalom $15 in advance; $20 at the door (239) 455-3030 March 6, 2:00 p.m. Jewish Film Festival Killing Kasztner Jewish Cong. of Marco Island $25 or $60 for the series (239) 642-0800 March 9, 7:30 p.m. Saul Stern Cultural Series Featuring Susan M. Michael, Director of the U.S. Branch of the International

Christian Embassy Jerusalem Jewish Cong. of Marco Island Pricing varies (239) 642-0800 March 10, 4:00 p.m. Art in the Afternoon Lynda Braun’s “Palestine 1937: A Photographic Journey into the Past” Jewish Federation office (239) 263-4205 March 14, 7:00 p.m. Jewish Women’s Circle Math Education Night Assessing the quality of math in our children’s education. Delicious ice cream buffet bar. (239) 262-4474 or info@ChabadNaples.com March 16, 11:30 a.m. NCJW Fashion Show presented by Patchington’s Vineyards Country Club $32 Marlene Oshry (239) 304-5963

March 23 EDDIE A one-man show that portrays the relationship between Eddie Jacobson and President Harry S. Truman. A panel will follow the play, featuring Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Truman, and Elinor Borenstine and Glorida Shusterman, daughters of Eddie Jacobson. Jewish Federation Melissa Keel, (239) 263-4205 March 25, 6:00 p.m. Hadassah Annual Fundraiser “Musical Memories” honoring Nancy and Jack Wiadro Heritage Bay Golf and Country Club Lynn Weiner, (239) 598-1009 or lynninnaples@yahoo.com March 27 Chabad Naples Annual Benefit Event details will be posted at www.chabadnaples.com

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April 11, 5:00 p.m. Women’s Seder Temple Shalom Social Hall $18 RSVP: (239) 455-3030 or info@naplestemple.org April 11, 7:00 p.m. Jewish Women’s Circle Pre-Passover Food Demonstration Featuring Rebbetzin Ettie’s delicious salads; Hostess: Kim Jaffe (239) 262-4474 or info@ChabadNaples.com

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2011 Candle lighting times for the Naples/Marco Island area: January 7: 5:33 pm January 14: 5:38 pm January 21: 5:43 pm January 28: 5:49 pm February 4: 5:54 pm February 11: 5:59 pm February 18: 6:04 pm February 25: 6:08 pm March 4: 6:12 pm 6:16 pm March 11: March 18: 7:19 pm March 25: 7:22 pm 7:26 pm April 1: April 8: 7:29 pm April 15: 7:32 pm April 18, Eve of First day Passover: 7:34 pm April 19, Eve of Second day Passover: after 8:28 pm 7:36 pm April 22: April 24, Eve of Seventh day Passover: 7:37 pm April 25, Eve of Eighth day Passover: after 8:31 pm April 29: 7:39 pm May 6: 7:43 pm May 13: 7:47 pm May 20: 7:51 pm May 27: 7:54 pm June 3: 7:58 pm June 7, Eve of First day Shavuot: 8:00 pm June 8, Eve of Second day Shavuot: after 8:57 pm 8:01 pm June 10: June 17: 8:03 pm June 24: 8:05 pm July 1: 8:06 pm July 8: 8:05 pm July 15: 8:04 pm July 22: 8:02 pm July 29: 7:58 pm August 5: 7:54 pm 70

August 12: 7:48 pm August 19: 7:42 pm August 26: 7:36 pm September 2: 7:28 pm September 9: 7:21 pm September 16: 7:13 pm September 23: 7:05 pm September 28, Eve of First day Rosh Hashanah: 7:00 pm September 29, Eve of Second day Rosh Hashanah: a fter 7:51 pm September 30: 6:57 pm October 7, Eve of Yom Kippur: 6:50 pm October 12, Eve of First day Sukkot: 6:45 pm October 13, Eve of Second day after 7:36 pm Sukkot: October 14: 6:43 pm

October 19, Eve of Shemini 6:38 pm Atzeret: October 20, Eve of Simchat after 7:30 pm Torah: October 21: 6:36 pm October 28: 6:30 pm November 4: 6:25 pm November 11: 5:21 pm November 18: 5:19 pm November 25: 5:17 pm December 2: 5:17 pm December 9: 5:18 pm December 16: 5:20 pm December 23: 5:23 pm December 30: 5:27 pm

2011 (5771/5772) Holidays Holidays start at sundown on the evening before the dates listed. Tu Bishvat: January 20 (Thursday) Purim: March 20 (Sunday) Passover (Pesach): April 19 (Tuesday) Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah): May 1 (Sunday) Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron): May 8 (Sunday) Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut): May 9 (Monday) Lag B’Omer: May 22 (Sunday) Shavuot: June 8 (Wednesday) Tisha B’Av: August 9 (Tuesday) Rosh HaShanah 5771: September 29 (Thursday) Yom Kippur: October 8 (Saturday) Sukkot: October 13 (Thursday) Shemini Atzeret: October 20 (Thursday) Simchat Torah: October 21 (Friday) Hanukkah (Chanukah): December 21 (Wednesday)

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Directory of Advertisers Professional Services

Attractions Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track 29

Cultural Centers/Performing Arts

Naples Envelope & Printing 65 Zelman & Hanlon, P.A., Attorneys at Law 44

Gulfshore Playhouse 30 Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida 11, 46 Jewish Museum of Florida 45 Naples Players 23, 25 Philharmonic Center for the Arts 31

Real Estate

Entertaining

Restaurants

R.S.V.Parties, Inc. 40 The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples Catering 63

Funeral Homes Fuller Funeral Home 19 Hodges Funeral Home 18

Health/Medical Services

Dermatology & Dermasurgery of Naples 58 William Ertag, MD 52 Kathy Feinstein M.S., LMHC 15 Gulfcoast Foot & Ankle Center, Inc. 41 Hearing in Paradise, Inc. 52 Lado Healing Institute 2 Specialists in Urology 3

Home & Design Abbie Joan Enterprises 61 Coni Mar Designs 51 Design Sense, Inc. 53 Sarracino Painting 60

Jewelers Yamron 36

Organizations/Agencies American Friends of Magen David Adom Inside Front Cover American Friends of The Hebrew University 4 Israel Bonds 7 ORT America 43 PFLAG – Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays 52 71

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Arline Bauer, Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. 23 Sharon Cohan, Prudential Florida Realty 15 Ben Skelton, Islandwalk Realty of Naples 18 Ellie Taylor, John R. Wood Realtors 55 Debbie Zvibleman, John R. Wood Realtors 65 Sea Salt 53

Senior Living Alternatives Arbor Glen at Arbor Trace 30 Aston Gardens at Pelican Marsh 57 Barrington Terrace 53 The Carlisle 1 Terracina Grand 37 Tuscany Villa of Naples 48

Senior Services

AmeriCare Home Health Services, Inc. 39 Assisting Hands 24 CSI/Caregiver Services, Inc. 56 Friendly Hearts Senior Services 17 Just Like Family Home Care 21 LifeBridge Solutions, LLC 18 SeniorBridge 49 VITAS Innovative Hospice Care 59

Synagogues Beth Tikvah 47 Chabad Jewish Center of Naples 62 Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 50 Naples Jewish Congregation 42 Temple Shalom Inside Back Cover

Transportation American Auto Transporters, Inc. 22 Classic Transportation 40

Travel Preferred Travel 54 A Guide to Jewish Living in Collier County

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Index Adult education 56-59 Advocacy Groups 52-55 American Friends of Magen David Adom 46 American Friends of The Hebrew University 51 American Israel Public Affairs Committee 52 American Jewish Committee 55 American Technion Society 49 Anti-Defamation League 55 Arts & culture 20-31 Bereavement Support Group 15 Beth Tikvah of Naples 34 Beth Tikvah’s Youth Education program 61 Bingo 29 Brit Milah 19 Calendar 67-70 Calendar of live events at local theaters 22 Camp Shalom 65,66 Camps 64-66 Candle lighting times 70 Cardozo Society 44 Cemeteries 19 Chabad Jewish Center of Naples 39 Chabad Jewish Center of Naples Camp Gan Israel 64 Chabad Jewish Center of Naples Hebrew School 62 Chabad’s Jewish Women’s Circle 59 Chevra Kadisha 19 Club Fed’s “Afternoons at the Movies” 21,67 Community Celebration 68 Community events 67-69 Community history 32 Community Relations Committee 12 Community services 14-19 Consulate General of Israel for Florida & Puerto Rico 50 Education - Children 60-66 Education - Adult 56-59 eNewsletter 11 FGCU Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies 26 Fed Cup golf tournament 66 Federation Star newspaper 20 Florida Israel Chamber 50 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces 49 Funeral homes & cemeteries 19 Generations of the Shoah - SW Florida 42 Hadassah 41 Health & Support Programs 16 Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SW FL 30 Human Needs Award 12 72

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Humanistic Jewish Havurah 41 Israel Affairs Committee 12 Israel Connection 46-51 Jewish Caregivers Support Group 17 Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 35 Jewish Family Services 14-15 Jewish Federation of Collier County 8-13 Jewish Film Festival 23,27 Jewish Heritage Video Collection 21 Jewish holidays 70 Jewish Museum of Florida 31 Jewish National Fund 48 Jewish War Veterans 43 Jewish Women International 43 Judaica shops 38 Life Cycle resources 19 Mix & Mingle 60+ Jewish Singles 41 Museums 30-31 Naples Jewish Congregation 38 Naples Jewish Social Club 29,42 National Council of Jewish Women 42 News and information - Federation Star 20 Organizations 40-55 ORT America 40 Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays 44 People of the Book event 26 Religious Life 33-39 Saul I. Stern Cultural Series 28 Scholarship Programs 64,65 Schools 60-63 Senior services 18 Simon Wiesenthal Center 53 Singles group 41 Special Interest Groups 40-44 State of Israel Bonds 47 Synagogues 33-39 Temple Shalom 33 Temple Shalom Camp Shalom 65 Temple Shalom Mommy & Me 63 Temple Shalom Preschool 63 Temple Shalom Religious School 60 Temple Shalom Youth Groups 66 Therapy/Support Group 15 VITAS Innovative Hospice Care® 18 Volunteering 15 Women’s Cultural Alliance 24 Yiddish Club of Naples 34 Youth groups 66

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A guide to Jewish living in Collier County, Florida. This is the 2011 annual edition.

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