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Federation Star Published by the Jewish Federation of Collier County serving Naples, Marco Island and the surrounding communities INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

2A Community Relations Comm. 6A Women’s Cultural Alliance 10A Community Focus 12A Jewish Interest 16A Tributes 17A Israel & the Jewish World 20A Focus on Youth 22A Commentary 23A Rabbinical Reflections 24A Synagogues 26A Organizations 28A Business Directory 30A Community Calendar 31A Community Directory 1B Jewish Happenings

4A Federation presents Human Needs Award

5A Mission to Israel – part three

9A Preschool & synagogue in Kiev, Ukraine

20A Focus on Youth

February 2013 - Shevat/Adar 5773



Federation: Chesed, Torah, Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah David Willens JFCC Executive Director


y article this month is about Social Justice – a pillar of the Jewish Federation. In the wake of the events which took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, our partner agency, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), launched a petition, which last reported 16,119 signatures, to help bring an end to gun violence. Contrary to the belief of some and after careful rereading, this petition is NOT about gun control; rather, it is about expressing our community’s pain and our resolve to enact comprehensive reform, including meaningful legislation to limit access to assault weapons and to ensure access to quality mental health care for all who need it. A portion of your donations to Federation is allocated to the JCPA and other advocacy groups, which help protect us as Jews, as well as all Americans. As a member of the JCPA, we felt it appropriate to distribute its message. The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) have for decades had a Washington Action Office to deal with social issues that impact not only Jews, but all Americans. And

JCPA is our partner agency in social justice. We have paid annual dues to JCPA for decades for just this kind of advocacy. JFNA has a robust public affairs agenda advancing the best interests of the Jewish community and the Federation system. With regard to the gun violence petition, all of us remember that the Jewish community is quite vulnerable to mass shootings. We remember the July 04, 2002, incident at the Los Angeles airport when a gunman opened fire and two were killed and three wounded while waiting to check in for an EL AL flight; and, the shootings which took place at the Jewish Federation of Seattle on July 28, 2006, where four were injured and one staff member was killed by a deranged gunman. It is in our interest to advance a public policy to secure ourselves and others. The petition was immediately endorsed by the lay and professional leaders of the Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Orthodox movements. The arguments against the petition have been scarce and misleading (e.g. we are trying to remove guns for self-defense). The petition specifically acknowledges the right to own guns but it seeks a sensible and comprehensive approach to a problem that threatens Jews and all Americans. We were all touched by the story of little six-year-old Noah Pozner, the Jewish child killed in Newtown, who took eleven bullets. We are thought


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The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) represents and supports 154 Jewish Federations and over 300 independent Jewish communities with the mission of: ÎÎ Protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of Jews and Jewish communities in North America, Israel and around the world. ÎÎ Leading a bold continental Federations collective to mobilize financial and social resources through its philanthropic endeavors, strategic initiatives and international agencies to strengthen the Jewish people. ÎÎ Taking responsibility for each other according to the principles of chesed (caring and compassion), Torah (Jewish learning), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedakah (social justice).

leaders…not opinion leaders. We allow for conversation. We are a place for dialogue. We feel it is our responsibility, at the very least, to present to our community members the opportunity to take a stand on this issue, as we have on other important issues which affect us as Jews. Our Federation’s Community Relations Committee has dealt with local issues like “Kick a Jew Day,” school activities scheduled on our High Holy Days, the many facets of the Catholic/ Jewish Dialogue of Collier County, Israel Affairs Committee forums to help keep us better informed, and much more…all in the furtherance of social justice. I wish to acknowledge our constituents who took the time to read the gun violence petition in its entirety and then to send a “thank you” email for our having made this most important message available to our community.


Evy Lipp People of the Book Cultural Event FEATURING

Dr. Daniel Gordis

Wednesday, February 20 Purim begins at sundown on Saturday, February 23. Contact the area’s temples for information on Megillah readings and celebrations. See page 31A for a directory of temples and Jewish organizations.


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jewish Happenings in February February 2: February 3: February 3: February 5: February 6: February 6: February 7: February 9: February 10: February 11: February 13: February 17: February 17: February 17: February 19: February 20: February 23: February 24: February 24:

Monte Carlo Comes to Naples, 2013 Annual Community Celebration, Jewish Federation, page 32A Sunday School for Adults, Temple Shalom, page 2B Catholic/Jewish Dialogue Session, page 2B Paper Clips screening and discussion, page 2B Luncheon and art tour, ORT, page 27A JERUSALEM, Saul Stern Cultural Series, JCMI, page 6B “Epic Trials in Jewish History,” Beth Tikvah, page 25A Dinner and a show, Naples Jewish Social Club, page 27A The Borscht Belt Bash, Hadassah, page 2B Archaeology and the Biblical Record book talk, page 3B Professor Gerald Melnick, ZOA meeting, page 3B Safety Day/Open House, Temple Shalom Preschool, page 20A Rabbi Jeffrey Falick, Humanistic Jewish Havurah, page 28A Dr. Paul Bartrop, GenShoah meeting, page 4B Luncheon and program, NCJW, page 26A Evy Lipp People of the Book Event, page 3A Purim Dance, Temple Shalom, page 2B Installation of Rabbi Chorny, Beth Tikvah, page 25A Grand Purim party, Chabad, page 25A

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The Role of Women in Catholicism and Judaism – February Catholic/ Jewish Dialogue Session The second in this year’s dialogue sessions will be held on Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Avenue North, Naples. The topic of discussion will be presented by a panel of women who are professionals and lay persons representing the two faiths. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling the Jewish Federation at 239.263.4205. Readers and Thinkers of Catholic/Jewish Dialogue presents Paper Clips Paper Clips will be shown on Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Parish Center, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. The documentary tells the story of what began as a lesson by educators for middle school students in Tennessee to understand the enormity of lives lost in the Holocaust, and resulted in a unique memorial teaching the world an important lesson. The discussion after the screening will be led by Felicia Anchor, chair of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, and Marv Weisberg. For reservations, call Ida Margolis at 239.963.9347 or Pete McCabe at 908.763.0495.

Israel Affairs Committee to spearhead Israel@65 event A community-wide event in celebration of Israel’s 65th anniversary of its statehood is being organized by the Israel Affairs Committee. The event will be held at Temple Shalom on Sunday, April 14 beginning at 12:30 p.m. with an Agency Fair, food and music. All synagogues and Jewish organizations serving Collier County have been invited to share their work as well as the partnerships they have with Israel and our community. The documentary Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference will be shown at 3:00 p.m. Producer Matt Weisbaum of Jerusalem Online will introduce the film; a panel discussion will follow the film. Contact Melissa Keel at for more information. Women’s Cultural Alliance and Community Relations Committee sponsor book review WCA and CRC will present Carl Steinhouse, author of We Shall Be Called Israel, on Wednesday, February 20 at 11:30 a.m. in the Jewish Federation’s Community Room. Consider as one of your New Year’s resolutions joining one of the program committees of the Community Relations Committee. We welcome you as a member of the Catholic/ Jewish Dialogue and its Readers and Thinkers group, Israel Affairs Committee, Upstander Awards for Educators, and Human Needs Award. Contact Ann Jacobson at annrj5@aol. com or 239.262.4880.

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f one was asked to name a characteristic of a Jew, among many, I suspect being attracted to books and knowledge would be high on anyone’s list. It is therefore not surprising that the Jewish Federation of Collier County should have as one its principal activities an annual lecture entitled “People of the Book.” And even more fitting, to now call the annual lecture, generally attended by 800 members, the “Evy Lipp People of the Book Cultural Event.” No one cared more about the annual lecture, nor did anyone work harder each year, than did Evy Lipp, of blessed memory, to bring to us a distinguished scholar, teacher, rabbi or reporter to share with us their insight to a current issue of interest to Jews. We shall forever be grateful to Evy and her husband, Stan, who continues to support the series for this ongoing popular event. And in keeping with the tradition started so long ago, this year’s lecturer continues that great tradition. Rabbi/ Doctor Daniel Gordis is a recognized expert regarding Israel and its current problems. I know Rabbi Gordis on a personal level. Daniel and my son-in law, Hayim, attended rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America at the same time. And I have had the pleasure of watching Rabbi Gordis grow and mature into the recognized scholar he is today. He received a B.A. from Columbia University, a master’s degree and rabbinic ordination from JTS, and a PhD from the University

of California. For nearly 15 years, Rabbi Gordis was affiliated with the University of Judaism and was the founding Dean of the University’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, the first rabbinical college located on the West Coast of the U.S. In 1998, he and his family made aliyah, and he served as vice president of the Mandel Foundation and director of its Leadership Institute. In 2007, Rabbi Gordis joined the Shalem Center, Israel’s first liberal arts college, and was appointed president of the Shalem Foundation in 2011. He has written extensively for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Moment, Tikkun, the Jerusalem Post and Conservative Judaism. He is the author of a number of popular books, including If a Place Can Make You Cry, Saving Israel: How the Jewish State Can Win a War That May Never End, which won a 2009 National Jewish Book Award, and his most recent The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness Is Actually Its Greatest Strength. He also just completed a volume in 19th and 20th century Orthodox responsa on conversion, coauthored with Dr. David Ellenson of the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic has written, “If you ask me of all of the people you know, who cares the most about the physical, moral and spiritual health of Israel, I would put the commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis at the top of the list.” We are in for a real treat on the evening of Wednesday, February 20 at Temple Shalom. I urge you to be sure that you have renewed your Federation membership in order to make your reservation. I look forward to seeing you there.

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Jewish Federation of Collier County presents its 2012 Human Needs Award Angels Undercover and Laces of Love are the 2012 recipients


n Tuesday, December 11, the Jewish Federation of Collier County presented its 2012 Human Needs Award to Angels Undercover and Laces of Love. Angels Undercover provides underwear, socks and school uniforms to school children in need. Laces of Love pro-

vides shoes to disadvantaged children in Collier County. Each organization also received a check for $2,400 from the Federation. In 2003, the Federation Board and its Community Relations Committee 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.” Past recipients have included the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Ronald

McDonald Caremobile, the Shelter for Abused Women and Children, Baby Basics, Inc., Bedtime Bundles, Redlands Migrant Christian Association, Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul Society, the NAACP, and the Collier County Education Foundation.

Joe Wall, Secretary, Angels Undercover; Melissa Keel, Federation Community Program Director; David Drobis, V.P., Angels Undercover; Alan Gordon, CRC; Jackie Bennett, co-founder & President, Angels Undercover; Ann Jacobson, CRC Chair; Rabbi Adam Miller, Temple Shalom and CRC

Laces of Love board members Tracy Hunter, Vi Steffan, V.P., and Bette Russo with Ann Jacobson, Community Relations Committee (CRC) Chair

Over two hundred hear Dr. Nurnberger on “The U.S. and Israel Relationship – The View from Washington” By Jeff Margolis


n audience of over two hundred turned out to hear Dr. Ralph Nurnberger speak about “Israel Today: The U.S. and Israel Relationship – The View from Washington.” The lecture was part of the Israel Affairs Forum sponsored by the Israel Affairs Committee of the Jewish Federation of Collier County. Dr. Nurnberger’s remarks to those assembled at Hodges University were more pertinent due to the recent rocket attacks made by Hamas against Israel, and Israel’s response. Hamas had launched over 1,500 rockets into Israel, which employed the “Iron Dome” missile defense system with a great deal of success. Nurnberger warned that the cease fire was just that, and that no long-term peace agreement was in the offing.

There were several salient points made during the discussion. Hamas has taken the lead over the Palestinian Authority as the strong man in the Arab territories. Mohamed Morsi, President of Egypt, emerged as a power broker and key figure in the cease-fire negotiations while maintaining his loyalties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. It was also noted that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played a key role in the negotiations. The situation became murkier, according to Nurnberger, with the November 29 United Nations resolution granting Palestine non-member observer status. Another key point made by Nurnberger was about the new apparent Arab axis that included Egypt, Turkey and Qatar. He also warned the audience to be watchful of


events in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, as they will most assuredly have an impact on Israel. He concluded that President Obama and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were in constant contact during the crisis and that U.S.-Israel relations were strengthened by these events. In other Israel Affairs Committee

news, the group is continuing its plans for the Israel@65 celebration to be held on Sunday, April 14 at Temple Shalom. Be sure to save the date for this fantastic celebration of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel. The committee also welcomed Ilene Stackel as a new member of the group.

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Board of Trustees Stephen Coleman Ted Epstein Beth Grossman Neil Heuer Linda Hyde Wallie Lenchner Dr. Ronald Roth Sandra Roth Dr. Tracey Roth Arlene Sobol Michael Sobol Berton Thompson Dr. Joel Waltzer Dr. Daniel Wasserman Beth Wolff Barry Zvibleman

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Board Members Emeritus Ann Jacobson Hans Levy Shirley Levy

Synagogue Representatives Cantor Donna Azu Rabbi Ammos Chorny Yale T. Freeman Stephen Goldenberg Stuart Kaye Rabbi Edward Maline Rabbi Adam Miller Rabbi James Perman Dr. Donald Pomerantz Dr. Arthur Seigel Rabbi Sylvin Wolf Rabbi Fishel Zaklos

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Mission to Israel – part three Phyllis Seaman Federation VP & Campaign Chair This is the final chapter of my six-part series on the Summer 2012 Campaign Chair/Campaign Directors Mission to Odessa and Israel. n Shabbat, July 14, after morning services, we had breakout sessions and discussions from staff and leadership. We are the engine – the difference we make in this world should make us so proud. We are the coalition of the willing and our visits are like no other. The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) represents and supports 154 Jewish Federations. JFNA provides its member Federations with immediate news information, talking points and the protocols for the “what if” in Israel. Our overseas partner, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), helps the most vulnerable in 70 countries. Our support in times of crisis is invaluable, e.g. when Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast. On Sunday, July 15, our last day of the mission, it was another 7:15 a.m. start. Off to Tel Aviv, to the Israel Defense Central Command Base. No photography allowed. Brig. General Doron Gavish, head of the IDF Aerial Defense Unit, briefed us on the Iron Dome Missile Defense installation. We saw a film clip showing the interception of a scud missile over Ashkelon. Gavish told us that the last three years have seen a huge change in the Israeli Air Force. And there has been important strategic cooperation with the U.S. Then, it was back to Jerusalem to meet with President Shimon Peres at the King David Hotel. I was honored to have met him here in Naples about 15 years ago when he appeared at The Town Hall Series. Six of us were invited to his hotel suite at the then


Registry Hotel. President Peres is 89 years old – still brilliant and inspiring. He quoted his mentor David Ben-Gurion, who told him “to be moral is to be wise.” He feels the strength of the Jewish people is dissatisfaction – because we want to make things better. He stressed that we should be soldiers for peace. His wish for Israeli and American Jews is to contribute to society and remain Jewish. He said, “Shine a light on the elderly and the children. We cannot forget the most vulnerable.” He thanked the U.S. for its support and partnership. Then we had a surprise visit from Michael Oren, the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Again we heard it’s the best and worst of times! The Israeli economy is stronger than ever, tourism is up 30% this year (2012), and Israel is exporting wine to France and caviar to Russia. The Sinai is a multiple threat to Israel and Egypt. The dinner that evening on the terrace of the David Citadel Hotel was lovely. Monday was a beautiful, hot day and my last in Israel. I was off to Pardes Hana, north of Tel Aviv, to spend the afternoon at Neve Michael, the home for children in crisis that our Federation allocates money to every year. I was very excited to see my friend Hava Levene, Special Projects Director, and the children that call Neve Michael home – their only home in most cases. Some of the group homes were going to finally have renovations and

modernization. One of the problems they are having is raising the money for the new bomb shelters that are now mandatory in the buildings. Each shelter costs $150,000. The government provides $11 per month per child for clothes. All of us know that is ridiculous. An additional $360 a year is needed to provide the necessary clothing, including winter coats, shoes and the basics.

Young Australian volunteer with two residents of Neve Michael

The government provides $18 per month per child for counseling and therapy. Remember, these are children in crisis. This year, 180 children needed therapy at a cost of $225,000. Many of the children live at Neve Michael for the majority of their childhood years. They leave at 18 to join the IDF or National Service with a bag containing their clothing, a kettle, a sandwich grill, iron, towels, a blanket, pillow and sheets. It sounds depressing, but there is so much love, care and friendship. After the trauma each has experienced, Neve Michael is heaven. The needs are great. Our Federation allocates approximately $25,000 a year. Some Hava Levene, Phyllis Seaman, and Hava’s husband, generous donors send David Levene in front of their home in Pardes Hana See page 9A for a letter the Federation recently received from Hava.

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WCA Special Interest Groups appeal to our very interesting women By Susan Pittelman, WCA Publicity Chair


mong the multitude of programs offered by the Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA) are the Special Interest Groups. As WCA member Sue Dean explained, the idea behind the Special Interest Groups is to “find your passion and enjoy it with others who share your passion.” Special Interest Groups typically meet several times during season and complement the other lectures, programs, special events, field trips and social gatherings offered by WCA. Jazz Junkies WCA Jazz Junkies Coordinator Sue Dean and her husband Phil, a former professional jazz drummer, have always loved jazz. When the Deans arrived in Naples, they thought they would never again be able to enjoy live jazz. They were pleasantly surprised to discover that the jazz scene in Southwest Florida is alive and well! Sue took her love for jazz and formed Jazz Junkies. (The name infers that members just can’t get enough jazz!)

Jazz Junkies is open to WCA members and spouses; there are many singles in the group. Over ninety people have signed up to be part of this group. Notices of the three or four events planned for the 2012-2013 season are being sent to those who registered. The first Jazz Junkies event of the season was at The Roadhouse Cafe in Fort Myers. Everyone who attended was “wowed” by both the food and the Danny Sinoff Trio. Sue said, “We definitely heard jazz at its best. It was great fun to share this experience with other Jazz Junkies, and we all look forward to the next evening of great music together.” Opera/Ballet/Symphony in Concert Members of this new and popular Special Interest Group have the opportunity to see performances by the crème de la crème  in the performing arts, filmed live on international stages, and now screened at the Silverspot Cinema at the Mercato.  Coordinator  Denisé Samuel  commented,


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“What I thought would be a relatively small, select group, has ballooned to 120 participants. To date, we’ve enjoyed several performances with highlights in all three categories – some extraordinary.” Emails advise members of each screening, with synopses, video clips and any interesting information that Denisé extracts about the history, performers, orchestras and even the theaters in which they are performed. Enthusiastic responses like “You make everything sound so exciting!” and  “SO enjoying your write-ups... THANK YOU!!!” are very gratifying to Denisé, a former actress, who says, characteristically, “I love applause!” Second Act Singers Move over Spice Girls. The WCA Second Act Singers are singing up a storm in Naples! This new group, comprised of thirty songstresses, sing together each month from January through April for fun and friendship. You don’t need to be a good singer; you just need to love to sing. The women bring copies of music and lyrics of songs of their choice. Golden oldies, jazz standards and Broadway tunes are the most popular. They meet in different women’s homes, all of whom have pianos, and are accompanied live by the Principal Pianist of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. One of the members remarked, “Who ever thought we’d be singing our hearts out with other like-minded women in Naples. The singing group is so much fun and adds happiness to our lives.” Judy Copeland, who coordinates Second Act Singers with Evelyn Hecht, commented, “Judging by the great response to the sing-alongs, the

Second Act Singers will remain an ongoing Special Interest Group at WCA for a long time to come.” One Night Stand This new group gives WCA members who like to explore unique Florida destinations – but who don’t want to travel alone – a chance to go together. Participants will share wonderful experiences as they go on overnight trips to a variety of places that will appeal to both their spirit of adventure and their love of learning. In February, the group will travel to Mt. Dora, a charming, perfectly preserved turn-of-the-century Old Florida village, which is known today as the antiquing capital of Florida. Along the way, the WCA travelers will visit the fascinating Morse Museum, home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of artistic glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany. They will spend the night at the historic and charming Lakeside Inn. The trip will include interesting surprises as well. One Night Stand Coordinator Helene J. Naimon said, “It has been a labor of love for me to research and find enticing places for us to visit throughout Florida.” Helene and the other participants in this group are looking forward to a great year as they expand their Florida horizons! WCA has something of interest for everyone! Join WCA today to begin taking advantage of the numerous programming opportunities. Complete and mail the form below. Visit www. for additional membership benefits and details about other programs available to WCA members.

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Israel – part three...continued from page 5A additional money through our Federation. About 10 years ago, our Federation and community bought Neve Michael a new van to take the kids to doctor appointments and other locations. If anyone has an interest in making a large donation earmarked for Neve Michael, our Federation can accommodate that. Writing this series of articles has allowed me to relive the 10-day

mission. I’m so happy I took so many notes and pictures to share with you all that I experienced. Without them it would have been impossible for me to tell my stories. The feedback and kind expressions of gratitude for sharing my stories have been wonderful. I hope you will continue to read my future articles. They may not be as exciting but, hopefully, they will be filled with more information about our

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10 years ago in the Federation Star By Ted Epstein, Editor, Federation Star


he article below by Carol J Greene in the February 2003 edition of the Federation Star titled “JFCC and Federation Star welcome new editor,” was my introduction to the Jewish community of Collier County. Little did I realize then that becoming the volunteer editor in 2003 would lead, several years later, to my current career of editor/designer of several Jewish publications. About six years ago, David Willens suggested I take over the design/ production of the Federation Star as a paid position. And so I did, beginning with the September 2007 issue. Ultimately, in mid-2009, this led to my becoming the editor/designer of the monthly newspapers (and annual Connections magazines) of the two Jewish Federations immediately to the north of us – covering Lee-Charlotte and Sarasota-Manatee. So if anything Jewish is happening between Marco Island and Bradenton, I will know about it. I have now edited over 100 issues of the Federation Star and designed 60 of them as well. The newspaper has come a long way in the last 10 years. Physically, the February 2003 issue was 28 pages printed on 11.5” x 13” paper. The issue you are holding is 40 pages on 11” x 17” paper. There were four pages of color in the typical issue

in 2003; this issue has 23, and we’ve had several with 28! Being responsible for, and managing both the editorial and the design, including the placement of photos, graphic elements and advertisements, is a win-win-win proposition. For you, the reader, the newspaper is a better looking publication and easier to read; the Federation, other organizations and the local synagogues benefit from the extensive free coverage they get; and advertisers have more choices as far as sizes and color. Here’s a look at some of what was covered and happening in February 2003: ÎÎ David Willens reported (below left) that the 2002 Federation Annual Campaign raised over $561,000. Additionally, the UJC recognized the Federation for its Israel Emergency Campaign drive of over $124,000. And the Federation received a very special restricted gift of over one-half million dollars. ÎÎ Bobbie Katz was Federation President ÎÎ There were four temples: Temple Shalom, Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, Naples Jewish Center (now Naples Jewish Congregation), and Ma’ayan ÎÎ The February 2003 issue carried a guest commentary by Dan-

iel Gordis, who is the featured speaker at this month’s Evy Lipp People of the Book Event. ÎÎ The Naples Dinner Theatre was an advertiser – remember them? There is one thing that has stood the test of time. The back page of the 2003 issue carried David Willens’ “Happy Hunting Ground” play-on-

words gift-planning block. You’ll also find it on page 31A of this issue, although it is now better designed. And while the Federation Star has changed and grown immensely since February 2003, so has the Jewish community of Collier County. And that’s a good thing. Here’s to the next 10 years!

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JEWISH FEDERATION 9A Federation Star February 2013

The heart of the home


o our wonderful Jewish Federation of Collier County family, I often visit the children’s crisis center that is part of Neve Michael. We happen to be the only home in Israel that has a children’s emergency center as well as a crisis center for teenage girls on one campus. We even have an external counseling unit to help families-at-risk receive the required guidance they so badly need. Believe me, it makes all the difference in the world. It breaks my heart to see two little five-year-olds in an emergency center. One just came back from a hearing checkup and ran to find his eight-year-old brother. The other was getting ready for lunch and wanted to sit with his six-year-old sister and hug her. And then I saw two little girls holding hands and laughing, just like regular friends in the outside world who go to school during the day and then spend time together. I was happy for them because they have each other right now, which is crucial, because neither one has a home. I noticed that each one had identical necklaces with LOVE written on

a broken heart. Their two necklaces matched and made one heart. Laura told me that they both saved up their pocket money to buy them together because each of them came to the center feeling broken. But Ruti, Yael and Yechiam knew how to fix their sadness. I loved the way they spoke to me with hope and optimism, as if somehow they knew that Neve Michael can make miracles happen. I guess our job is to make it better, to fix the broken heart of a child at risk. I am old enough to know that we cannot erase all of the terrible memories that bother our children and cause them sadness and nightmares, but we can definitely teach them how to cope and show them that happiness is just around the corner. We are with them all the way. I cannot express the amount of joy I personally feel when I see a happy Neve Michael child. And whenever a wonderful person like you helps us out, it truly makes my day! The very fact that you have chosen to care and assist us gives all of us a reason to continue to save the children. With love and appreciation, Hava and the Neve Michael Family.

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Editor’s note: For many years, the Jewish Federation of Collier County has supported Neve Michael, a residential home for abused and neglected children in Israel. The Federation has also sent grant support to the Progressive Reform Synagogue Preschool in Kiev, Ukraine. We see these children as the most vulnerable of populations in Israel and the Jewish world. On this page are letters from Neve Michael Program Director Hava Levene and Rabbi Alexander Dukhovny, Chief Rabbi of the Reform Movement in Ukraine, as well as an article about the HaTikva congregation in Ukraine.

Chanukah gelt


ear Judi and Howard Palay, I would like to thank you personally for your love to your distant Jewish relatives from Ukraine. The Talmud says, “Love God through the people who are created in His likeness and image!” Thank you for your love to God. The realization of this love was not only in your personal generosity, but also in your ability to help your friends and the members of your congregations to show this love by the means of generosity and gifts. The dollars, which you gave to me, were used to give “Chanukah gelt” to 80 children, in chocolate coins or in Ukrainian currency.

May God give you prosperity, and physical and spiritual health for 2013 and for the other years of your life, and I hope you will continue to enjoy life, friends and your big Jewish family! Cordially, Rabbi Alexander Dukhovny, Progressive Reform Synagogue Preschool in Kiev, Ukraine

were women, whilst the men stood idly by delivering paperwork and cheering them on.” The signing itself was “different than anything else we have ever witnessed,” complete with special paper, holographic stamping, seals, stamps and many signatures. The whole day was replete with emotion, and “when the deal was signed, a surge of simcha engulfed the entire office, local staff and interested parties alike. Toasts were shared, speeches were made, Shehecheyanu was recited, hugs exchanged, and a fresh dose of tikva (hope) was injected into the fabric of the Hatikva community of Kiev.” An emotional Rabbi Alex Dukhovny, Chief Rabbi of the Reform Movement in Ukraine, said that “at this moment my 14-year dream is being realized. Kiev now has a Reform synagogue. The Religious Movement for Progressive Jewish Congregations of Ukraine, as well as the HaTikvah congregation in Kyiv are very excited about the new place (408 sq.m) which the WUPJ has bought with the donation of the Beutel, Klau and PosnerMolloy families. The location of the HaTikvah Centre is in the heart of the old Jewish quarter, where Jewish prayer houses (shtiblachs) once

were located.” Alexander Gaydar, CEO of the Reform Movement in Ukraine, added that “the new premises will allow the Movement and the congregation in Kyiv to develop the existing programs, such as the Netzer youth club, Sunday Jewish Family School, Women’s club, and club of Jewish

Emotional signing in Kiev brings new tikva (hope) to HaTikva congregation in Ukraine Editor’s note: This article is reprinted with permission of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. It was originally published in the WUPJ newsletter at Special thanks to Naples resident Judi Palay, who alerted us to this article. Our Federation supports the preschool at the synagogue in Kiev. Photos were taken by Shai Pinto. n 18-month search, a 6-year plan, and a 14-year dream all came to an exciting and emotional end in late December when the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) signed an agreement for the purchase of premises for the Progressive synagogue and community center in Kiev. With this, the World Union has realized its long-term strategic plan to build Jewish Progressive centers in the key cities of the region – Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk and now Kiev. The building Constructed in 2008, the five-story building is located in Podol (the city center – and a predominantly Jewish


Spacious building courtyard

section prior to the Holocaust), and is easily accessible by public transportation. Located on the 4th floor of the building, the planned space will host a spacious prayer hall, the national offices for WUPJ in Ukraine, classrooms, Netzer activity center, library and meetings halls. It also

provides enough space to allow for future growth in both numbers and scope of activities. In the Executive Board meeting held prior to the signing, Anne Molly, chair of the WUPJ FSU committee, explained that “this type of model of a synagogue and community center as part of a larger structure is one that has worked well for us in Moscow and in Minsk, and therefore should be true for Kiev going forward.” The search for a suitable venue lasted about 18 months, during which the team investigated many properties, and culminated in a race to sign before the end of 2012 due to the introduction of new laws in 2013 that would make this type of purchase difficult. In a freezing city, we found warmth, hope and anticipation The participants in this auspicious event arrived in Kiev from different sides of the city and the world. While the road conditions in this weather would normally result in very long rides, luckily – or miraculously – the trips around the city went fast. Shai Pinto, WUPJ VP & COO, and Alex Kagan, WUPJ FSU Director, led the negotiations at the attorney’s office, while on the other side of the city, important bank transfers were being registered (procedures that normally take days were completed in mere hours). The signing finally began, and as described by Shai Pinto, “The notary sat with our representatives and with the selling party…there was special meaning in the fact that all the people signing the deal

Signing the contract

The multi-stamped and signed document

intellectuals. Also, the bigger area allows to unite the entire congregation under one roof for the celebration of Jewish festivals.” They all went on to thank the donors, Austin and Nani Beutel, Sue and Jim Klau, Anne Molloy and Henry Posner, “for their great hearts and love to Judaism. Also, we appreciate the great professionalism of Shai Pinto, Alex Kagan, Valeriy Sheinin, and many other persons who were involved in the project.” The many people behind this achievement Many people were involved in this process – the entire staff of the World

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10A Federation Star February 2013

“Planting Seeds for Better Tomorrows” Dr. Jaclynn Faffer JFCS Executive Director


anuary was a very exciting time for Jewish Family & Community Services of SWFL. Our first community fundraising event, “Planting Seeds for Better Tomorrows,” an evening to celebrate our ever expanding impact in our community, was a huge success! On Tuesday, January 15 approximately 125 friends of JFCS enjoyed a

beautiful evening under the stars and among the beautiful plantings of the Naples Botanical Garden. Carol Weisman, President of Board Builders, internationally known speaker, author, trainer and consultant, discussed her book, Raising Charitable Children. I had the privilege of sharing some of the stories of JFCS. The response to the stories of the individuals and families we help was well received by all, clearly confirming that JFCS plays a pivotal role in the community. Thank you to all who made this evening a success, with special thanks to co-chairs Myra and Mort Friedman and Carol and Marvin Lader, and, of course, to our corporate sponsor,

BMO Private Bank. Some of the facts that I shared at the event include: December 2012 recipients of JFCS services: XX 40 individuals ages 7 through 92 received Mental Health services XX 99 seniors ages 63 through 101 received Geriatric Case Management services XX 30 isolated seniors attended “Just Lunch,” the JFCS monthly congregate meal program XX 85 individuals ages 5 through 85 received Financial Assistance XX 80 individuals received food from the JFCS Food Pantry XX 130 children ages 6 months

through 8 years received books and media through the JFCSsponsored PJ Library Program JFCS has received a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation and has hired Melissa Kahn, Manager of Volunteer Services. Melissa will be developing programs and recruiting volunteers to provide services to seniors. Among those programs are friendly visiting and telephone reassurance. Please call our office at 239.325.4444 or email Melissa at for more information. As always, thank you for the support you give us to help us help so many.

A day different from all others By Arlene Yedid

with flowers, so lovely, so much like a wedding canopy. This symbolized God’s presence, the holiness of the Torah Project. Resting on the table was parchment paper along with a quill pen and specially prepared ink formulated from ancient recipes. A sofer, a Torah scholar trained to scribe the letters of a Torah, enlightened and provided humorous commentary as over 400 adults and 175 children watched the scribing of the first word, “B’reishit,” “In the Beginning.” The Torah contains the words of our ancestors. We walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and our children follow in ours. This project will create for our children a love for the Torah and an understanding that the words on the scroll tell who we are. This project opens new understandings. The The Goldberg family – Ellen, Steve, Max, Mimi and 3-month-old experience of writing a letter or a word makes this Teddy – scribed the second letter, “reish”


hy was December 9 a day unlike any other? This was the beginning of our journey for all children and adults to better understand and appreciate the Torah. The goal is to have each congregant write a letter in our new Torah, which would create a living connection with the sacred text. This day began Temple Shalom’s Torah Project, “Our Torah.” Situated on the bimah was a chupah – a canopy beautifully adorned

a personal act of commitment and reverence. To enhance our knowledge of Torah, several courses of study are being offered given by Rabbi The Temple Shalom Board of Trustees scribed “yud,” the fifth letter James Perman, in-Residence Rabbi Dr. Joel Hoffman. Dr. Paula Brody and Cantor Donna On Saturday, January 26, Dr. Hoffman Azu. From January 25-27, Rabbi will speak on “3,000 Years of Jewish Adam Miller will welcome ScholarContinuity – 3,000 Years of Hebrew” and “The Bible Doesn’t Say That.” If you are reading this article before these dates, please contact the Temple Shalom office for more information. The sofer will be returning to Naples several times through May. The entire community has the opportunity to become part of this exciting year-long project. After all, the Torah speaks of and to us as Jews. For more information, call the temple office at 239.455.3030. Rabbis Miller and Perman, and Cantor Azu, scribed “aleph,” letter number three

emotional signing in Kiev...continued from previous page Union and its FSU department, led by Shai Pinto and Alex Kagan, as well as our many lay leaders who played an integral role in this venture, especially Anne Molloy. We want to thank Alexander Gaydar, who worked so tirelessly on this project for the last year and a half, and Valery Sheinin, Executive Director for Russia, who oversaw the search process. We also are eternally grateful to our supporters and donors, who have been following

this and other projects. In the Executive Board meeting mentioned above, the Executive Board paid special thanks to honorary board member Betty Golomb, who played a key role in the creation of our FSU activities and laid the foundations for our operations there to this day. Betty herself commented that “this is a wonderful realization of something I could only dream of a decade ago.” Anne Molloy wrote to us after

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the completion of the purchase: “As Chair of the FSU Committee, I applaud the thorough, focused and determined work of our staff in Moscow, Kiev, and Jerusalem that has resulted in the acquisition of a wonderful property that will become the home of our Progressive movement in Kiev. This project completes a strategic plan for the WUPJ in the former Soviet Union, and it will enable us to move forward to strengthen

and support our communities there. I am particularly happy for the staff and members of Congregation Hatikvah in Kiev who celebrated the openings of centers in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk, and now with much hard work, their dream comes true. I look forward to visiting later in the year to tour the new center and celebrate with the community. Mazel tov to all!”

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WGCU Public Media announces “Makers: Women Who Make Southwest Florida” Ann Jacobson among 21 women selected as “Makers”

Heartwarming By Arlene Rutstein


he Sisterhood of Naples Jewish Congregation held a Kids Book Giveaway in a Bonita Springs park on a chilly December morning. We turned up our collars and turned on our smiles. And the kids turned up in single file at the end of the tables. They knew the routine. And some of us, new to this routine, seemed surprised. “Those children are so polite, so well behaved,” one attendee said. But the kids, their eyes on the prize, seemed oblivious to the chill. We unpacked the books, spread them out on the tables, and welcomed the children to check and choose as many as they pleased. And so they did. They’d tuck a ‘keeper’ under an arm and continue their journey around the book and toy-laden tables. They knew their favorites and chose carefully. Little arms have limits so we helped them stash their presents in bags. Some toddlers, so small their eyes barely made tabletop, needed a little help. Bigger children took for themselves, but they helped the little ones too.

Sisterhood, anxious to take on a project, elected to sponsor this book giveaway program for the kids who visit this Bonita Springs park on their days off from school. Members had collected books and toys for weeks, and now many came to help in the Giveaway program. The shyness on both sides turned into friendliness. The kids were grateful, and we forgot the chill as we helped them find just the right books. There can be pain and sadness in this world. We’ve seen and heard so much, but not this morning and not here at this hardscrabble empty lot in Bonita, and not with our book program. Here there is gentleness, generosity and genuine gratitude. Here there is love and safety, and that’s where the ‘heartwarming’ comes in.


community, affecting lasting change, defying social norms, and serving as a “first” in her field. To honor these extraordinary women, WGCU will produce video and audio portraits to air on WGCU TV, WGCU FM and at WGCU will also feature written

portraits in its member magazine, Expressions. WGCU will also produce a television documentary exploring how women have helped to shape our region. The documentary will air in spring 2013 on WGCU-HD in conjunction with the PBS Makers series highlighting trailblazing women.

Can We Kvell?

Richard and Grace Plager, Federation and Beth Tikvah members, participated in the December 16 Gulf Coast Runners Club’s Naples Chill Duathlon (2 mile run, 10 mile bike, and then another 2 mile run) at Eagle Lakes Community Park and Lely Resort. Grace won the Grand Masters First Place Award for the ladies, and Richard won first place for men over 75, and was acknowledged as the oldest present.

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tions Committee Chair, was selected in the social justice category. In partnership with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida, WGCU received 200 online nominations from the public. A committee of community leaders and WGCU staff members reviewed each nominee and selected the 21 Makers. The nominees were rated on these criteria: leaving a legacy, building

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Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle

The Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle draws on a wide variety of Jewish knowledge, from Israeli cities to Jewish holidays to Hollywood luminaries to Yiddish terms. There’s also some fun wordplay – 4-letter word for “Conservative Cantor?”: ERIC; 7-letter word for “Place to find a nun in December?”: DREIDEL. If you enjoyed this puzzle and would like to see one in every issue of the Federation Star, send an email to with the subject line: Crossword - Yes!

Solution on page 5B Across 1. Glaser and Fox 5. “I and the Village” painter Chagall 9. ___-esh-Sharif (Temple Mount) 14. Sephardim eat it on Passover 15. Contents of una fontana 16. Grab ___ (eat on the run) 17. “Jaws” craft 18. Repent 20. Camp conveyance 22. Dining table condiment, sometimes 23. Passover month, in 2013 24. Sculptor Yaacov 26. Rachel on “Glee” 27. Practices exogamy 31. “I’ll be Your Mirror” photographer Goldin 32. Corn or cycle starter 33. Poet-partisan Kovner 36. 1896 book by Theodor Herzl 41. “S’iz shver tzu zayn ___” (“It’s tough being Jewish!”) 42. 1960s peace sign 43. Napkin spot 45. Hebrew Scriptures 50. Oklahoma town 53. Middle East diplomat Dennis 54. Benghazi locale 55. Seductress 58. “A Woman of ___” 59. 1960 Grammy co-winner for the song “We’ve Got Us” 62. Alexander III, e.g. 64. “When General Grant Expelled the Jews” author Jonathan 65. Author Jonathan Safran ___ (“Everything is Illuminated) 66. Director Preminger 67. Contemptuous countenace 68. Cheese in Greek salads 69. “I __ You Now”: Eddie Fisher hit Down 1. “Full,” on B’way 2. El Al’s competitor in the Tel Aviv-Toronto route 3. Linda married to a Beatle

4. Meeting of spirits? 5. Word after ready, self or man 6. Fourth word in the “Star Wars” opening crawl 7. Groove 8. “Your Show of Shows” regular 9. “Good joke!” 10. Take ___ (use public transit) 11. Gladstone, to Disraeli 12. “I’ll tell ___...” (Start of “Candlelight” by the Maccabeats) 13. Israel’s “Music Director for Life” since 1981 19. 18-wheeler, briefly 21. ___ Somayach (Jerusalem yeshiva) 23. “Hamotzi Lechem ___ Ha’aretz” 24. ___ W (root beer brand) 25. Laments 28. When doubled, plus-size attire 29. “Thou shalt not ___ of it” (Gen. 3:17) 30. US loan agcy. 34. Capable, efficient housewife 35. Regardless 37. 2016 Olympics site 38. Org. founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane 39. ___ Ziona (Israeli city) 40. Collection of like items 44. Bake sale organizer, maybe 46. Dana International’s specialty 47. Fill the gas tank to the brim 48. Bit of French on a menu 49. Berle of TV fame 50. Make ___ of (bungle) 51. Former Israeli defense minister Moshe 52. French Holocaust novelist Schwarz-Bart 56. Feature of a fork 57. Bring up, as children 58. “Alice” waitress alongside Linda Lavin’s character 60. Salmon-to-be 61. Crossed paths 63. “Night Gallery” host Serling


Stars of David

By Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist Editor’s note: Persons in BOLD CAPS are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish for the purpose of the column. Persons identified as Jewish have at least one Jewish parent and were not raised in a faith other than Judaism – and don’t identify with a faith other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism, of course, are also identified as Jewish. Oscar Time The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 24. The ceremony will be telecast live on ABC, starting at 8:00 p.m. Below is a list of Jewish nominees (and a few others of “Jewish interest”) in most of the non-technical categories. Due to press deadlines, I did not have the time to research the nominees in the documentary and short-film categories for this column. Note: Daniel Day-Lewis and Joaquin Phoenix always bedevil me. I have always counted the former as non-Jewish and the latter as Jewish – mostly because Day-Lewis was involved in Christian stuff well into his teens, while Phoenix was a small child when his Jewish mother left the screwed-up Christian cult group she belonged to and ended any religious affiliation for herself and her kids. Acting categories Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln; JOAQUIN PHOENIX, The Master. Both these actors come with an asterisk. Day-Lewis is the son of a Protestant father (the late poet laureate of England, Cecil Day-Lewis) and an English Jewish mother (the late actress JILL BALCON). While secular as an

adult, Daniel was baptized and sang in a church choir. He doesn’t meet my criteria to be counted as Jewish for the purpose of this column. But I am including him here for informational purposes. Phoenix, likewise, is the son of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father. His parents were members of a Christian cult group until he was about 8 years old. After they left the group, Joaquin was raised secular and remains secular. Best supporting actor: ALAN ARKIN, Argo; Best supporting actress: Helen Hunt, The Sessions. Hunt’s paternal grandmother was Jewish. The rest of her grandparents were not Jewish. She is nominated for playing (real life) sex therapist CHERYL COHEN-GREENE, who is a convert to Judaism. Directing, Music, Screenplay Best director: BENH ZEITLIN, Beasts of the Southern Wild. Zeitlin, who is only 30, made his film for less than two million dollars and is the ‘dark horse wunderkind’ of this year’s Oscars. The son of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, he was raised Jewish and had a bar mitzvah. Beasts is also a best picture

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continued from previous page nominee; STEVEN SPIELBERG, Lincoln. Ironically, many sharp critics have compared Zeitlin to a young Spielberg; DAVID O. RUSSELL, Silver Linings Playbook. Russell is the secular son of a Jewish father/ non-Jewish mother. Best Original Song: Suddenly from Les Misérables. Music by CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHONBERG; Lyrics by HERBERT KRETZMER and ALAIN BOUBIL. Schonberg and Boubil are French Jews who wrote the original stage version of Les Misérables. Kretzmer, an English Jew, wrote the lyrics for the English-language version of the stage show. All three wrote a new (now-nominated) song for the film version; Best adapted screenplay: Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild); TONY KUSHNER, Lincoln; Russell, Silver Linings Playbook; Best original screenplay: MARK BOAL, Zero Dark Thirty. Best Picture The best picture Oscar goes to a film’s principal producers. Here are the best picture nominees with a “confirmed” Jewish producer: GRANT HESLOV, Argo; ERIC FELLNER, Les Misérables; Spielberg, Lincoln; Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty. New Twilight? Opening on Wednesday, February 13 is the supernatural film, Beautiful Creatures. It is based on a bestselling young adult novel of the same name. If this film does well, it likely will be the start of a film series, as with the Twilight books and films. Already, three hot selling book sequels have

followed the first Creatures book. The film opens with teenager Lena (Alice Engelbert) arriving in a small town. Lena is a “Caster,” and like the rest of her extended family, has strong supernatural powers. When she turns 16, she will be required to decide whether she will follow a “light” (good) or “dark” (evil) path. Lena quickly bonds with Ethan, a local teen who is bored with his hometown. Playing Ethan is the very handsome ALDEN EHRENREICH, 23. He was discovered by STEVEN SPIELBERG when he was 14. Spielberg chanced to see a funny video that Ehrenreich starred in while attending a bat mitzvah. He contacted Ehrenreich and helped him get some TV guest roles. In 2007, Francis Ford Coppola picked Ehrenreich to star in his film Tetro. It didn’t do well when it opened in 2009. EMMY ROSSUM, 26 (Shameless), has a big supporting role as Lena’s cousin Ridley, who has chosen the “dark” path. ZOEY DEUTCH, 18, has another large supporting role. She plays Emily, a former girlfriend of Ethan who now hates Ethan and Lena, and leads a group opposed to any Caster. Deutch’s father is HOWARD DEUTCH, a film director and producer. Her mother is wellknown actress Lena Thompson. Zoey Deutch calls herself Jewish and was raised Jewish. Her mother isn’t Jewish by birth, but there are some “clues” that Thompson may be a convert to Judaism.

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“The White Rose” group – a nation’s conscience By Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, Professor of History, Director, Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, FGCU


y column this month is not about Jews, but about a few brave German kids and their philosophy professor, who, exactly 70 years ago, stood up to the might of the Third Reich in the name of decency. Calling themselves “The White Rose” (Die Weisse Rose), this was a group of anti-Nazi students organized mainly at the University of Munich Dr. Paul Bartrop in late 1942 and early 1943. Its leading members included Professor Kurt Huber, Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie, Willi Graf, Alexander Schmorell and Christoph Probst. Hans and Sophie, who were at the forefront of organizing the movement, joined their friends and their professor in order to publish and distribute a series of numbered leaflets campaigning for the overthrow of Nazism and the revival of a new Germany dedicated to the pursuit of goodness and founded on the purest of Christian values. Several of the male students involved in the movement had already undergone military service in the Soviet Union, and were thoroughly disgusted by the anti-human brutality and massive destruction they had seen while there. The leaflets they wrote and dis-

tributed appealed to educated Germans, the White Rose members believing that such people should be intrinsically opposed to Nazism. Leaflet No. 1 asked the question, “Isn’t it true that every honest German is ashamed of his government these days? Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes – crimes that infinitely outdistance every human measure – reach the light of day?” Building on this general statement, Leaflet No. 2 was more explicit regarding the unfolding Holocaust: “Since the conquest of Poland, three hundred thousand Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way… The German people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage these fascist criminals… Each man wants to be exonerated of a guilt of this kind, each one continues on his way with the most placid, the calmest conscience. But he cannot be exonerated; he is guilty, guilty, guilty!” At first, the leaflets were sent out rather than hand delivered; no mean feat for a group possessing little in the way of money, a printing press or paper. By January 1943, however, the White Rose produced several thousand copies of Leaflet No. 5 using a

hand-cranked duplicating machine. Through couriers and trusted runners, copies began to appear in cities all over Germany and Austria. These leaflets warned that Hitler was leading Germany toward ruin, and that defeat was highly likely. Readers were urged to “Support the resistance movement!” in the struggle for “Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and protection of the individual citizen from the arbitrary action of criminal dictator-states.” In mid-February 1943, the White Rose arranged a small anti-Nazi demonstration, their ideals inspiring them to more and more acts of daring such as running through the halls of the University of Munich, scattering leaflets condemning the Nazis in the hallways, and throwing them from the second and third-floor balconies. On February 18, 1943, Hans and Sophie were reported to the Gestapo by a building superintendent. Arrested along with Christoph Probst and the others, they were brought before the People’s Court (Volksgericht), and on February 22, 1943, Hans, Sophie and Christoph were found guilty of treason, sentenced to death, and executed by beheading the same day. After a later trial, Dr. Huber, Willi Graf and Alexander Schmorell met the same fate, while other White Rose members were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment. After the defeat of the Nazis, the

story of the White Rose spread, and in death they became both an inspiration to free-thinking peoples everywhere. They also offered rehabilitation – of sorts – for the German nation’s inaction to offer any kind of worthwhile opposition to the excesses of the Nazi regime. It is worth reflecting today that when confronted by tyranny of a most horrible and obnoxious kind, a teacher and a group of his students, barely in their 20s, took on the most powerful presence in Europe at the pinnacle of its power (the same month saw the German surrender at Stalingrad, and the start of Nazi Germany’s demise). In this, the 70th anniversary of the martyrdom of the White Rose, it is incumbent on all of us to remember their sacrifice, when, acting without personal interest or self-aggrandizement, they sought a better world, for the good of all mankind, in the face of almost certain death. The students of the White Rose are about all that can be pointed to as any sort of movement from within the German people themselves. Their example shines as a tiny light within the murderous dark that was the Third Reich. Dr. Bartrop will be the guest speaker at the GenShoah meeting on Sunday, February 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. See the article on page 4B for more information.

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February 2013 Federation Star


Seeking to reconcile Judaism and feminism through art By Philip K. Jason, Special to the Federation Star


elène Aylon’s astonishing book balances the two dimensions of her life that are expressed in its subtitle: “My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist.” It’s a magical book, not nearly as egocentric or “in your face” as one might expect at first glance. Thoughtful, properly proud, and modestly grateful for the distance she has traveled on her unusual Phil Jason journey, Aylon mixes facts, feelings and meditation. Over and over, she adjusts the tension between these two identities – identities which paradoxically poison and nourish one another. Young Helène loved her traditional household in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn. Even when she was feeling stifled or misperceived, which was often, she knew that her parents loved her deeply and had her best interests at heart. While her mother lacked the worldliness that this young girl craved and eventually attained, there was no doubt about her mother’s essential goodness and the depth of her passionate caring. This particular Orthodox community invested significant resources

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in the education of its young females. Helène absorbed an abundance of Jewish learning; however, there was little – as a female – that she could do with it. And she had plenty of questions that would not be truly heard or respectfully answered. Before she knew what feminism was, she was asking feminist questions. At bottom, the question is: how can a woman belong to a religion that disrespects (or seems to disrespect) women in its sacred writings and in its traditions? Helène married young (a successful arranged marriage), had children young, but was already drifting toward the educational opportunities that would stimulate her self-creation as an artist. This self-creation involved selecting her own last name. When her husband, a rabbi, died in his thirties, the young mother could not continue to wear her partly hypocritical mask of Orthodoxy. She admitted to, and began to act out her “post-Orthodoxy” self, moving more and more into the world of art and artists. She liberated herself socially and intellectually, while never forgetting the warm enclosure of her childhood home and community. Fighting with Jewish attitudes toward women, especially their place (or lack thereof) in ritual life and in scriptural modeling, she found a second religion in feminism – and in time she became a strong force in this arena. Her artworks, primarily multimedia installations, expressed this theme, as well

as those of environmentalism and anti-war activism. A major part of her journey as an artist took place in California, where she encountered many kindred spirits and forged mutually supportive relationships. However, Boro Park remained in her thoughts, as did her love-hate relationship with Jewish wisdom and – as she felt it – Jewish misogyny. In what is roughly the second half of the book, Aylon’s discussion of her artistic experimentation and growth is bolstered by a generous array of photographs that give readers some idea of the power of her installation art. Over and over again, her particular post-Orthodox feminism combines with her other themes in highly original, powerful and daring visual compositions, works that are challenges both to her and to those who behold them. Some are inspired by Kabbalah, the mainstream of Jewish mysticism. Others involve technologies and materials that allow the installations to undergo change over time. Still others enact curative processes, such as redeeming the earth (in Jewish tradition, tikkun olam). Many of these projects – like the sequences that assemble sacs of sand, stone and earth – required not only visionary insight and purpose, but

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also physical exertion and potential confrontation. Her Earth Ambulance project, carried out near nuclear power facilities and military sites, expressed and connected anti-war and conservationist perspectives. For Aylon, such battles are truly women’s work: housekeeping, nurturing and healing on a grand scale. More and more, her achievement was recognized with well-received gallery exhibitions as well as exhibitions in public spaces. However, finding display venues for installation art is often far more difficult than finding space on a gallery wall. Often, Aylon means to be shocking – shocking enough to wake people out of their slumbers and force them to confront major issues. The ongoing, mutating story of Helène Aylon’s relationship with her mother and her Orthodox heritage binds together the passages of this attractive, uplifting and powerful memoir. Philip K. Jason is Professor Emeritus of English from the United States Naval Academy. He reviews regularly for the Naples edition of Florida Weekly and for Fort Myers Magazine. For more of Phil’s insights and reviews, as well as literature/publishing links, visit his website at www.

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Tributes to the UJA Federation Campaign

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Condolences to Anthony & Ashley Solomon on the passing of Anthony’s beloved mother, Denny Pollock Condolences to Betty & Alan Novick on the passing of Betty’s beloved brother, Dr. John S. Mutterperl Condolences to Brian Cassell on the passing of his beloved father, Murray Cassell Condolences to Marilyn Dolid on the passing of her beloved husband, Paul Dolid Condolences to Paula & Richard Federman on the passing of Paula’s beloved father, Ralph Macher Condolences to Arlene & Harry Yedid on the passing of Arlene’s sister, Barbara Jean Miller Condolences to Stacy & Mike Sokol & Family on the passing of Stacy’s mother, Addie Perl Condolences to Cynthia & Bruce Sherman on the passing of Bruce’s beloved mother, Sylvia Sherman

The work of the Jewish Federation of Collier County 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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February 2013 Federation Star


Canceling cancer cells with new radiation Israeli scientists find a way to generate millimeter rays and use them to render cancer cells incapable of reproducing By Abigail Klein Leichman, ISRAEL21c


omewhere on the spectrum between electromagnetic waves that produce visible light, and those that cook food in a microwave oven, are millimeter waves that might hold the key to conquering cancer cells. When tested in an Israeli lab on human lung-cancer cells, millimeter wave radiation knocked out the cells’ ability to reproduce. “It disrupts their activity, although we don’t yet know how beyond some speculation regarding the mechanism,” says Asher Yahalom, head of Ariel University Center’s Free Electron Laser (FEL) Laboratory User Center, who also noted that the rays seem to have no effect on normal cells. Millimeter waves have lots of possible applications – everything from diagnosing skin cancer to improving communication devices – but the Israeli research team is the first in the world to study their effect on lung cancer. Yahalom tells ISRAEL21c that until quite recently nobody had the tools to produce millimeter waves. The university’s FEL lab developed

a free-electron laser that does this by accelerating electrons close to the speed of light and setting them on a wiggly trajectory. “The question was what would be an application for this laser, and we thought about trying it for different things,” says Yahalom, currently a visiting fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, England. The Ariel team presented the dramatic results at November’s third International IEEE Conference on Microwaves, Communications, Antennas and Electronic Systems in Tel Aviv. The researchers have collaborated on more in-depth studies with colleagues at a Danish university, funded by the Eva and Henry Fraenkel Foundation in Denmark. “We are still gathering more data to be absolutely sure this effect is statistically significant and not due to any unrelated factors,” Yahalom says. New approach to radiation therapy A better alternative to x-rays has long been sought because although they kill cancer cells, they also kill healthy

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This article is included as part of the Jewish Federation’s year-long Israel@65 celebration. During this time, in a series of articles, the Federation Star will spotlight Israeli innovation. surrounding cells. Millimeter radiation is an entirely different approach, says Yahalom. “There are two kinds of radiation,” he explains. “Ionizing radiation is what is usually used for cancer. It has the ability to tear apart molecules, so it causes death to all cells. What we have done is quite different. Millimeter wave radiation is non-ionizing, so it may interrupt functionality but not the cell itself.” Once the Ariel lab devised a way to source millimeter rays, physics Prof. Konstantin Komoshvili began the experiments on specially incubated lung-cancer cells in conjunction with Prof. Jacob Levitan, microwave and millimeter wave expert Prof. Boris Kapilevich, and molecular biologist Stella Aronov. While the Israeli and Danish

scientists check and double-check the results of their experiments using radiation sources that do not exist anywhere else in Israel, scientists in several countries are studying terahertz waves, which are a bit shorter than millimeter waves. Prof. Rafi Korenstein’s team from Tel Aviv University had previously looked at their effects on healthy white blood cells. “We went the other way around – we wanted to see how the radiation affects non-healthy cells, and this is quite novel,” says Yahalom. Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984.

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Golan Heights Winery is first Israeli winery to win prestigious Wine Star Award


n the eve of its 30th anniversary, Golan Heights Winery has won the coveted 2012 Wine Star Award from Wine Enthusiast Magazine in the New World Winery of the Year category. The award is a first for an Israeli winery and is an indicator of the tremendous growth in quality recognition of Israeli wineries led by Golan Heights Winery. “We are so honored to win such a prestigious award,” said Anat Levi, CEO of Golan Heights Winery. “This recognition gives us added motivation to continue our efforts to fully exploit the vast potential of our wonderful winegrowing area. We are excited to be a leading player in the renewal of winegrowing in Israel, and to receive this award as a leading new world winery.” Winemaker Victor Schoenfeld echoes those thoughts: “Our proudest achievement is our ongoing effort to work in tune with our natural elements, making high-quality wines that are a true reflection of our unique combination of latitude, high attitude and beautiful volcanic soils. We continue to realize what an amazing region we have, and how much the potential seems limitless.” The achievement caps off several exciting years as the winery continues to garner global awards and recognition. In 2008, Golan Heights Winery

became the first winery from Israel to rank in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year. In March 2011, Golan Heights Winery was awarded the World Wine Cup from VinItaly, the first winery from Israel ever to be named the Best Wine Producer of the Year from the international organization, besting over 1,000 wine producers from 30 different countries, including France, Italy and Spain. In June 2011, the winery also received a Special Prize of Distinction in Les Citadelles du Vin in Bordeaux, a blind tasting of over 1,000 wines from multiple countries. Golan Heights Winery and the winners of the 2012 Wine Star Awards were honored by leading members of the wine and spirits industry at a gala, black-tie awards ceremony at the New York Public Library in New York City in late January. About Golan Heights Winery Founded in 1983, Golan Heights Winery is based in the small town of Katzrin. The weather in the Golan region is ideal for growing grapes with warm, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. Elevations vary from 1,300 feet above sea level in the south to 3,900 feet in the north, and soils vary from welldrained and airy basaltic soil, rich in minerals, to heavier and deeper soils, with higher clay content. The topographic and climatic conditions in the Golan Heights are considered a rare

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What I feel

By Sharon Cahn, Director of Business Development, Ulpan-Or, Jerusalem, Israel Editor’s note: Sharon Cahn is Naples resident Irv Litt’s niece. She wrote this just after the truce was declared recently between Israel and Hamas. keep asking myself how do I feel? Am I scared? Strangely enough the answer is no. Is it because I feel safe in Jerusalem? If I hear that air raid siren will I feel the same? I feel sad. I feel sad that my friends and colleagues are being called up to reserve duty. I feel sad that my fellow Israelis are sitting in shelters, I feel sad that I actually feel some kind of satisfaction that the Israeli Army, my Israeli army, is bombing targets in Gaza, where I am sure there are a lot of innocent people who just want to live happily and quietly just like me. I feel sad that I want to fight back, when my natural instinct is to make peace. I also feel proud, proud that my Israeli army takes every precaution not to hit civilians, when rockets are being shot at our cities with exactly that intention. I feel proud of my niece who is in the Army now, devoting two years of her life to her country. I feel proud of my friends who go willingly and motivated to the army to protect Israel and fight for the right for our citizens to live without fear. And I feel proud of Israel and who we are as a nation, a country and as individuals. I feel hopeful. It is so easy to lose


hope, but if that happens we are lost. Israelis are resilient, and not because we are tough but because we are hopeful. Against all odds we truly believe we can have a good life here surrounded by people and countries that want to destroy us. We continue to create, build and prosper economically, technologically and spiritually. Only real hope can inspire and grow the kind of creativity and success we have seen in Israelis in the past years. I feel loved. Loved by all the friends and family who are calling and emailing, showing their love and support. I feel loved by my clients and students at Ulpan-Or who have not stopped sending their warm wishes and thoughts to us at this time. I feel loved by my fellow Israelis at home who, like me, feel that feeling of togetherness and solidarity. And I feel loved by our soldiers who are willing to leave at home all that is precious to them to protect me personally, my country and all Israelis. I wish for a life and world of peace, where people and countries will understand that life without war is what we all need to strive for. Sadly, we don’t always get exactly what we wish for. But if we have hope, pride, love and solidarity, we can get through all life’s challenges in Israel and everywhere.

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BRIEFS ISRAEL HOME TO 8 MILLION CITIZENS Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Sunday, December 30, that the state’s population numbers 7,981,000. 6,015,000 (75.4%) of Israelis are Jews, 1,648,000 are Arabs and 318,000 are affiliated with other religions and ethnic groups. 170,000 babies were born in 2012, in addition to the arrival of 16,500 new immigrants. (Ynet News)

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR VISITS HER ETHIOPIAN HOMETOWN Belaynesh Zevadia left her village in Ethiopia when she was 13 years old in order to immigrate to Israel. Nearly three decades later she has returned as the official Israeli envoy. Visiting her home village and the school she used to attend, “I told the kids I attended their school and they were shocked.” The ambassador arrived with a group of Israeli eye doctors who work with Eye from Zion, providing medical humanitarian aid. The doctors set up two clinics where they are to undertake an eye surgery “marathon,” aiming to restore the eyesight of some 1,000 Ethiopians, including some who have been blind for many years. (Ynet News)

ISRAEL ECONOMY BEST IN THE WEST, GREW 3.3 PERCENT IN 2012 Israel’s economy grew an estimated 3.3% in 2012, its slowest pace in three years, but it still outpaced the 1.4% average growth rate for Western nations. Growth slowed from 4.6% in 2011, mainly due to recessions in Europe, Israel’s largest trading partner, weak growth in the U.S. and slower growth in Asia. “Given the international situation, the Israeli economy is doing very well,” Shlomo Yitzhaki, the government’s statistician, said. (Reuters)

LEADING CHINESE FIRMS EYE ISRAELI TECH INVESTMENTS A delegation of senior Chinese business leaders visited Israel in December in search of investment opportunities in technology. Bilateral trade between China and Israel totaled $8 billion in 2011, according to Israel’s Foreign Ministry. Chinese have invested $3 billion in Israeli companies to date. The biggest investment was the $1.4 billion acquisition of 60% of MA Industries, the world’s largest maker of generic crop protection chemicals, by China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) in 2011. (Reuters)

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Temple Shalom Preschool update By Seyla Cohen, Preschool Director


emple Shalom Preschool is proudly hosting its annual Safety Day/Open House on Sunday, February 17. This is a very special activity-packed day-long program educating our young citizens about safety within our neighborhood. Various community helpers come to present awareness about their in-

dividual departments. The children enjoy seeing fire trucks up close and personal. They are able to climb on board and view firefighters’ gear and equipment. EMTs show off their ambulances, allowing the children to examine what’s inside these specialized vehicles. And the Police Department brings its mascot, McGruff the Crime Dog, to teach us about combating crime in the area. Water safety, a major concern for parents in the area, is reinforced. Domestic animal services are present, as is our good friend Smokey the Bear from the Department of Forestry… not to mention The Bug Guy, exhibiting

his unique collection of critters to all those interested. Safety Day is open to the general public and is a welcomed and wellreceived program for the community each year. Also in February, Temple Shalom Preschool is open for registration for the upcoming school year. Temple Shalom Preschool has been distinguished as the top preschool in Naples for many years. Its programs for children from birth to age 5 are top quality, dedicated to preparing a firm foundation for students entering kindergarten and successive school years. Beginning with its “Baby and Me” and “Mommy, Me and More” programs, children begin their formative years in a safe, wholesome, academically challenging environment, conducive to promoting self-esteem,

confidence and individuality. The preschool’s dedicated and well-trained staff provides a caring and loving atmosphere in which each child flourishes and grows to meet his or her full potential. Our beautiful and secure campus, featuring a one-of-akind children’s library, an incredible and stimulating children’s science laboratory, wonderful playground and Grand Prix bike track, computer lab, and more, enables us to provide the finest in preschool education, as well as enrichment programming in Art, Computers, Science, Storytelling, Puppetry, Music, Aerobics and Spanish. General sign-up becomes available to the public as space permits once current families have had a chance to enroll their children.

Preschool of the Arts update By Ettie Zaklos, Preschool Director


e’re only into our second month of 2013 and already our preschool children have accomplished so much under the guidance of our dedicated teachers and wonderful parents. We’ve got it covered At Preschool of the Arts, we are guided by the Reggio philosophy, which, at its heart, is a learning collaboration between children, parents and teachers. Integral to this learning process is the layout of the physical space of our preschool. We believe a

well-planned environment encourages interactions, communication and relationships. This is why the placement of our structures, objects and activities is so important to us. Our state-of-the-art outdoor playground has recently been covered with a second sunshade – this one, a large, retractable, bright sunny-yellow sunshade made possible by the generous donation of Mark Schwartz, owner of Storm Force, a company that provides hurricane protection in Southwest Florida. Not only does the new sunshade enhance the aesthetics of our outdoor playground, it means our children can spend even more time outside exploring their environment and their blossoming friendships with their school friends – and be protected from the harsh rays of the sun. Thanks, Fun in the shade at Preschool of the Arts is made possible by a generous donation by Mark Schwartz of Storm Force Mark!

Sign up for The PJ Library and you’ll receive a FREE, high-quality children’s book or CD each month. The PJ Library will enrich your family’s life with Jewish stories and songs – and it’s absolutely FREE for families with children from six months up to eight years of age in Collier County.

The PJ Library is brought to the Collier County community by Jewish Family and Community Services of Southwest Florida, Inc. For more information, call 239.325.4444.

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New additions update process with our preschool parents is In January, plans were drawn up for an important element of the Reggio an outdoor art environment. With teaching philosophy, which guides us the installation of our new sunshade, at Preschool of the Arts. Our dedicated our planned outdoor art environment teachers, who are skilled observers, has now found a home – under our send home daily detailed notes about wonderful new sunshade. Soon our our children‘s learning experiences. children will get to learn and develop We believe these important notes their senses in a space where art and allow our teachers to share the new nature come together during teacherskills the children have learned durguided learning-center time. ing their school day so that parents Safety and security can provide the continued support The safety and security of our children and guidance their children need to is always foremost on our minds. With reinforce the learning discoveries they national school security a key topic in have made at preschool. the news, we have reassessed our own For more information or to schedsecurity and gate system at Preschool ule a tour, contact Ettie Zaklos at of the Arts and have further enhanced 239.263.2620 or naplespreschoolof our own security system and gate, or visit www. system to include cameras in every classroom as well as on the outdoor playground. Tu B’Shevat What better way to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the day that marks the beginning of a “New Year for Trees,” than to pay a visit to the Naples Botanical Gardens? This is exactly what our three- and four-year-olds did! Our excited group got to experience the wonders of Good friends bring out smiles at Preschool of the Arts nature right on our doorstep – and was especially enthralled by the Children’s Garden, a carefree world full of flowers, vegetables, butterflies, tree houses and babbling streams. What a great interactive learning environment for our children to connect with plants and people through display, education, conservation and science. Dedicated teachers, informed parents Sharing our daily learning Cultivating friendships at Preschool of the Arts

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BBYO: Busy, busy, busy By Dara Baer, BBYO Naples Program Associate


hen December ended you would think we would have had some down time to relax after a busy holiday season. Well, our January in BBYO was just as busy. We had our first AZA athletic event. On January 12, we saw the Everblades play the Toledo Walleye in an exciting ice hockey match. The girls had a Shabbat service and bonded over the six folds of sisterhood with their first BBG sleepover. We will be ending our busy month with our first North Florida Regional Convention in Parish, near Bradenton, the last weekend in January. It should

be a great weekend filled with guest talks by community leaders, programs for leadership development, and a visit by American Red Cross representatives, who will speak about natural disaster relief. Since service is such an important part of BBYO, we want to help the relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. We’re planning to stuff backpacks with school supplies to help the schoolaged children in the Northeast. For more information or if you would like to get involved with BBYO Naples, please contact me at dbaer@ or 239.325.1428.

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2012-13 day school enrollment data demonstrate stability and commitment


he question raised frequently in the press, at board meetings and around Shabbat tables across the country has been how the recent and lingering economic crisis is affecting day school enrollments. Since 2009 there have been widespread predictions of significant enrollment decline, including in the Modern Orthodox sector. Just-released research by Dr. Marvin Schick provides 2011-12 enrollment data for all schools outside the yeshiva world and Chassidic sectors.

While the data (see chart below) provide but a snapshot of the day school enrollment situation, they indicate that day school enrollment has remained fairly stable, despite the continued stresses of the economy. This year’s essentially flat enrollment suggests that, on the whole, day schools have thus far weathered the economic crisis, notwithstanding the strains on both parents and scholarship budgets. “We once again thank Dr. Schick for his work in providing important

information on day school enrollment. The data is heartening in that it demonstrates quite clearly that despite the economic difficulties of the past three years, parents see the value proposi-

tion in day schools as outweighing the economic burden,” says Arthur Fried, Chairman of The AVI CHAI Foundation. Source:

College Democrats, Republicans sign Letter of Solidarity By Ilana Levinson, Israel Campus Beat Reporter, December 12, 2012


residents and executive board members of College Democrats of America and the College Republican National Committee have come together to sign a Letter of Solidarity with Israel. The Letter of Solidarity with Israel expresses both groups’ unwavering support of Israel’s right to defend its citizens against terror as well as its right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. “We express unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognize and strongly support its inherent right to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism,” the letter states. “As a bipartisan group of student

leaders committed to Israel’s security, we express our solidarity with Israel during this deeply challenging period and denounce the reprehensible and indiscriminate rocket attacks launched by Hamas and Islamic Jihad against innocent Israeli citizens.” Alex Schriver, national chairman of the College Republican National Committee, said the letter was a way for both groups to come together and stand with a cause that they believe in. “The idea behind this letter is one that both groups shared,” he said. “It was a unique opportunity to come together to support one issue that we both care about.” Schriver noted that it was not difficult for both groups to collaborate

on the letter, because both groups consider Israel’s security to be a bipartisan topic that aligns with the values of both organizations. These individuals have attended AIPAC’s Policy Conference and/or traveled to Israel as part of AIPAC’s bipartisan student leadership missions. The letter was drafted last spring when leaders of the College Republican National Committee and College Democrats of America were together in Israel. However, leaders of both organizations decided that with the recent Pillar of Defense campaign in Gaza and the Palestinian bid for Observer State Status at the United Nations, now would be an appropriate time to show that American college students support Israel’s

right to self determination and self defense. Visit for the latest Israel trends and events on campus.

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Europe and Israel By David Harris, Executive Director, AJC, December 18, 2012 In October, AJC was invited to write a monthly op-ed for El País, the best known newspaper in Spain and left-of-center in its orientation. Here is the most recent piece, “Europe and Israel,” in the English original. That invitation was important for us, as Spain is one of the EU’s six most populous countries. It was also significant because El País is widely read throughout Latin America, thus further enhancing its clout. This is our third op-ed in the paper this fall. Impressively, the last one, on Israel and Gaza, received more than 2,000 Facebook “likes” on the El País website, a high response rate for such a piece. AJC has built a multimedia, multilingual communications program, as befits a global agency today. This is one vivid example.


uropeans often express frustration that they are not more involved in seeking to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Given the geographical proximity and financial support for Palestinian development, Europeans wonder why their political role is so circumscribed. The answer, I believe, lies in a widespread Israeli belief that Europe too often gives short shrift to Jerusalem’s concerns. Take, for example, the UN General Assembly vote on November 29 to upgrade the Palestinians to nonmember observer state status in the world body.

Despite strenuous objections from Jerusalem (and Washington) that such a move would deal a setback to reviving the peace process, reward the Palestinians for bypassing the negotiating table, and undermine the 1993 Oslo Accords, 14 EU countries, including Spain, opted to support the gambit. Only the Czech Republic voted against. But if I had to choose just one EU capital to oppose the measure, Prague would have been it. No other EU country has such a long record of outspoken support for the creation of a Jewish state, dating back almost a century to the legendary President Thomas Masaryk and inter-

rupted only in the communist era. Moreover, given its own history, the Czech Republic uniquely understands Israel’s vulnerability. After all, in 1938, Britain and France sacrificed then Czechoslovakia in a vain effort to satisfy the Third Reich. Instead, of course, Berlin’s appetite was only whetted, leading to the devastation of the Second World War. Had the EU abstained as a group on the UN vote, as some member countries wished, it would have sent a more balanced message, but, led by France, that was not to be. Or consider the EU’s unwillingness to add Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organizations. Here is an organization that has been implicated in repeated murderous plots, from Latin America to Asia, from Europe to the Middle East. Yet, years have passed since the issue was first raised in Brussels and nothing has happened. Now, we are told, everything hinges on the Bulgarian investigation of the deadly attack in July that killed six people. But why should that become the linchpin, as if there were not already reams of

evidence of terrorist involvement, not to mention repeated threats to incinerate Israel? And in recent days, there have been reports of four EU nations – Denmark, Finland, Ireland and Portugal – seeking to block an EU statement that included condemnation of the incendiary comments of Khalid Mashaal, the Hamas chief. Here is an excerpt of his remarks earlier this month: “Today is Gaza. Tomorrow will be Ramallah and after that Jerusalem, then Haifa and Jaffa.” Only the intervention of Germany and, again, the Czech Republic ensured rejection of this hateful rhetoric reiterating Hamas’ oft-stated desire to wipe Israel off the map. If the EU cannot recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist group, and has difficulty condemning eliminationist remarks by the Hamas leader, how can Israel have confidence in a greater European role? If the EU truly wants to increase that role, let it first show more sensitivity to Israel’s unenviable security

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The two-state option has run its course By Gene Sipe, VP Southwest Florida Chapter ZOA


f one were to apply a single attribute to Zionists, in one word, it would be “hope.” Zionists remain optimistic even after the world, through the UN, reaffirmed that international rule is a sword wielded by dictators, and granted statehood to terrorists disregarding its own edicts, while blatantly ignoring the massacre of innocents. By the time you read this, the Israeli election will have concluded and the building of a coalition will be in process. Regardless of the determination of the Prime Minister for the next term, one thing that can be reasonably predicted is that the next government of Israel will be shaped by young Israelis. Zionism was the source of young energy that built a thriving Israel, and Zionism in young Israelis continues to be the spark of hope that Israel’s next government will utilize to contend with the numerous challenges facing the state. The majority of the leadership of Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) is under 40. The newly formed Calcala (Economy) party strongly appeals to the under-30 voter. Both will have significant influence on the new coalition. Young Israelis have seen the unsatisfactory results of appeasement diplomacy and are concluding that the two-state solution has run its course. Land for peace was effective while there was land available without jeopardizing the very existence of the state, however, like every consumption principle, there is a point of diminishing returns. Arab leadership has no interest or desire to let go of victim status because it is their best and last international bargaining chip. They continue

to use this approach to whittle away at the Israeli resolve while garnering additional world support. As Israel reaches the “red line” for its continued existence, history demonstrates that the Arab world will once again step up the violence against them. Israel’s title to the state and right of self-determination is firmly established in international law. Regardless of the doctrine of right of conquest, which was the rule of international law at the time of the forming of the state, there also exists the more contemporary doctrine of the international treaty by virtue of the Balfour Declaration. It reaffirmed the 1920 San Remo Resolution and then the 1922 Mandate of the League of Nations. That mandate states that no territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of the Government of any foreign Power. Israel has proven to unquestionably uphold the most humanitarian rule of engagement in the history of mankind. Its survival, however, requires that it clearly demonstrate that it will continue to be humanitarian while being stalwartly willing to defend itself. The new makeup of the Knesset will tend toward a strong belief in peace through strength. As this reality comes to be public policy, it will be determined that the Palestinian Arabs must lose their capacity to fight in order to establish a normalized life for both Israelis and Arabs. The Arab right to a state within Israel does not legally exist. It is becoming increasingly evident to young Israeli voters that their survival is dependent upon a unified show of

strength. For the Palestinian Arabs, they must be forced to look beyond the borders of Israel if they intend to pursue independence. At the same time, Israeli Arabs can and should

come to understand that their lives will far exceed that of anyone else in the Arab world if they choose to live peacefully within Israel.

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A sense of direction Rabbi Sylvin L. Wolf


n ancient Roman religion and mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions. He is usually a two-faced god since he looks to both the past and the future. The month of January was named in honor of Janus by the Romans. As we begin a new year, I’m sure we, too, consider both the past year and look to the future. Considering

the tragedy in Newtown, I’m sure we hope for a future with less violence and more goodness and blessing. For me, the recent past calls to mind these children and adults from Shady Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut: Charlotte Bacon, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine F. Hsu, Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, Jamese Mattioli, Gace McDonnell, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler, Allision N. Wyatt, Mary Sherlach, Vicky Soto, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Dawn

Hochsprung, Rachel D’Avino. Rabbi James Goodman wrote these words as a Vidui – a Confessional: I settled into silence, into the heart of grief mourning for the dead and the living dead. After three days I got up. We have failed every single dream and fine idea that was planted in me and in my generation when I was young and I accept responsibility. Part of the world I am; sacrificing every fine young/old idea that I was given or I thought through myself. I can’t bear to hear another cliché or partial solution to perceived problems.

We are undone. We should all be in deep mourning for what we as a people failed to be, and unless we look deep into the mirror of our culture and claim its reclamation and repair, we dedicate the future to the same failed set of ideas we inherited and neglected to fix. We are sacrificing our children now to our sorry promises and hollow, empty language. Enough. Better, more, smarter. (End of Vidui) May our future be better and smarter and more life-giving. Sandy joins me in wishing for you and yours a very good new year.

How to be happy when the circumstances tell you differently Rabbi Fishel Zaklos


e celebrate Purim this month, the month of Adar. Purim is one of the most joyful holidays in the Jewish calendar, so I’d like to share a perspective on happiness that my parents instilled in me from a young age. It is the Jewish custom that when a glass breaks, we scream mazal tov! Why? Why don’t we say, “Oy, 20 dollars down the drain!” When a child of ours drops one of our good dishes on the floor, we say mazal tov as well.

Why? Because this broken plate means I have a home, I own dishes, and I have a child who is alive and breaks dishes. We were always taught to try to put the problem into perspective. In the Book of Genesis we see that Jacob’s beloved son, Joseph, endured tremendous pain and suffering in his lifetime. His brothers despised him, he was sold into slavery, he was accused of promiscuity, and thrown into a dungeon for twelve years. And yet, throughout his entire life, Joseph never lost his joy, his grace, his gusto, his passion for life, his love for people, his ambition to succeed, and his ability to forgive. Joseph comes across as one of the most integrated, wholesome, cheerful, loveable persons in the entire Torah. With a

story like his, we would expect him to be bitter, cynical, resentful, angry, stone-like, rough, hard and tough, yet Joseph weeps more than everyone in the Bible. How did he do this? Ah! This was his mother Rachel’s gift. Though she died when he was merely nine years of age, she inculcated within him her spirit and perspective on how to live: Every challenge can only exist because in the larger context, there is a blessing. I feel pain? That means I am alive and I have feelings. I am hurt, but that means that I have a heart and I am sensitive. I have a conflict with my spouse? That means I am blessed to have a soul partner in my life. My children make me meshugah? That means I have children. They tell a story about the holy

Reb Zusha of Anipoli. When he was a child, he often went hungry. But he was always thankful for his life. Once, when he was really hungry, someone overheard him talking to G-d. This is what he said: “G-d, I want to thank you so much for giving me an appetite.” Yes, he was hungry. But he cherished being alive and an appetite means you are alive. So how can you be happy when the circumstances tell you differently? Simply take some time to focus on all the blessings that you do have in your life, and you will be on the road to happiness. I wish you a happy month of Adar and a joyous Purim. May we always see our blessings in a revealed way and live our lives in true peace.

mixed signals – one day calling for peace talks, the next day refusing to condemn Hamas-fired missiles at Israel and then seeking reconciliation with the group, whose covenant explicitly calls for Israel’s annihilation. That is the regrettable reality of Israel’s neighborhood. It is a far cry from Spain’s or Sweden’s. And the overlay of Jewish history makes it still starker. After all, as a people of memory, the Jews recall

that, more than once, those who called for our elimination tried to implement it, whether in the Middle East or Europe. By showing more sensitivity to Israel’s unique situation, Europe would be doing the right thing – and, no doubt, earning itself a greater role in the political process. For more information, please visit

David Harris...continued from previous page position – in both words and deeds. After all, in any peace process leading to a two-state agreement, Israel, two-thirds the size of Belgium, would be asked to take unprecedented risks for peace. Europe needs to ask how it can help mitigate those risks. Seeing terrorist groups for what they really are is one way. So is exploring seriously what could be the EU role “the day after” any peace accord, insofar as Israel’s security is concerned.

Recent events in the Arab world underscore once again the dangers of the area. Syria’s deadly violence may be a matter of concern to the EU, to be sure, but Damascus shares a border with Israel. So do Hezbollah-dominated Lebanon and Hamas-dominated Gaza, as do Muslim Brotherhoodruled Egypt and the increasingly lawless Sinai. Meanwhile, the West Bank is ruled by the Palestinian Authority, which makes an art form of sending

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Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Joel M. Hoffman


r. Joel M. Hoffman will be our Scholar-in-Residence for the weekend of January 25-27. He is the author of And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning and In the Beginning, A Short History of the Hebrew Language. Here is the schedule: Friday, January 25: Four Exiles & Four Spiritual Revolutions: From ancient prophets to modern Naples Judaism has seen four spiritual revolutions, each in the wake of a major exile. Our Temple was destroyed

twice. We were exiled from Spain, and we were nearly destroyed in 20th century Europe. After each attack, we emerged stronger than ever. Discover the fascinating pattern that unites these historic events as part of a look at where we’ve been and where we are going. Saturday, January 26: Morning Session: 3,000 Years of Jewish Continuity as Seen Through 3,000 Years of Hebrew An exploration of the remarkable history that links the Jewish people to its historic language and identity

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through time: the fascinating story of how Hebrew began, why almost every written alphabet today can trace its roots to Hebrew, how Hebrew developed, where the text of the Bible comes from, the relevance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and finally, how modern Israeli Hebrew developed. Evening Session: The Bible Doesn’t Say That The original Hebrew of the Ten Commandments doesn’t say “don’t covet” or “don’t kill” and they’re not commandments. The translation “the Lord is my shepherd” is misleading, and the

English phrase “with all your heart and all your soul” is just wrong. Like the game of telephone that prompts children to pass messages around a circle, hundreds of generations have handed translations of the Bible one to another, along the way distorting the original meaning. Unlike in the children’s game, we still have the original. Dr. Hoffman explains how we see past our modern, flawed translations. Book signing to follow. The Sunday morning program Mystery and Blessing will be presented to our children, ages 10-17. / 239-234-6366

President’s message By Don Pomerantz, President


s we settle in to 2013, the congregants and Board of Directors of Naples Jewish Congregation continue to initiate and participate in array of activities Always mindful that our congregation must strive to be a force for social betterment and caring as well as spiritual comfort, Rabbi Sylvin Wolf and groups of volunteers continue to work toward improving the lives of those in need – be they within or outside of our congregation. After Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, Executive Director of Jewish Family & Community Services, spoke to us in January about the need to replenish its food bank, it took only several announcements from the bimah to

motivate our members to contribute 500 pounds of food. This was the largest amount of food JFCS has received from one single organization. Thanks to Rabbi Wolf’s sponsorship with the Catholic/Jewish Dialogue, a team from NJC had the pleasure of participating in the Meals of Hope food drive held at Beth Tikvah on December 2. It was an inspiring experience to be a part of a community project whose goal was to package 60,000 meals in two hours. A fine example of how one person can make a big difference in the lives of others is demonstrated by Arlene Rutstein’s work in expanding the Salvation Army’s program, Café of Life, which brings hot meals to the

working poor, to include “Kids Book Giveaway.” When the need for books and toys was announced, NJC became immediately engaged and collected many books and toys. On December 27, a group of our congregants distributed the materials at a spot in Bonita Springs called “Under the Banyan Tree.” It was a heartwarming experience to bring joy to children less fortunate than ours. Understanding that there are needs within our congregation which should be addressed, NJC is actively engaged in creating a “Care Connection” program initiated by Rabbi Wolf and chaired by Art Blatt and Sandy Dadus. As Art: “In the past there has been discussion of developing a


mechanism within NJC to provide a service to our members dedicated to reaching out to our congregants during the time of illness, injury, loss, isolation and other life-challenging situations.” A committee of interested members has been meeting for the past few months to organize this effort. Some of the needs we are addressing include transportation, visitation, providing meals, and information regarding resources available in Collier and Lee counties.” It is essential to highlight the acts of goodness done by our congregation because it reaffirms the importance of “tzedakah” – a core value of our religious thought. / 239-642-0800

President’s message Stephen Goldenberg JCMI President


e are so fortunate to live here in Collier County and no month showcases why better than February! Many of us – if not all of us! – are transplants. We come from the Midwest, New England or other parts of the United States. Some even from Canada or other countries. Why? One doesn’t have to be a Jeopardy winner to know the answer. We are here because of the weather and the type of life we can enjoy. And February is the very heart of what we call “the season.” It is when we know that all our friends will return, when the restaurants and the roads will be crowded, when activities are at their most hectic. No matter how frustrating that may seem at times, we

only have to think about how people are doing in Chicago or New York, and things just don’t seem that bad down here. And they are not. Activities are the best way to relieve any stress that one may have. All the local synagogues as well as the Jewish Federation of Collier County offer a myriad of activities, groups, discussions, games, theater parties, etc. We on Marco are no different. Whether it’s our weekly bingo game, our Sisterhood and Men’s Club, our Cultural Series, or our dinners, you can be sure that JCMI will be busy every day of the shortest month of the year. But I hope we don’t forget that our most important activity is the one we rarely publicize. We don’t advertise it and, unfortunately, it is not our most popular activity. It is at the very heart of what we do, what we are. Yes, I am talking about our Sabbath services. No matter what, we are commanded to keep the Sabbath. “Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy” it says in the Torah. Every Collier County

synagogue holds services. In season, we at JCMI hold our Friday night Shabbat services at 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday we have Torah study at 9:30 a.m. and a traditional Shabbat service at 10:30 a.m. Shabbat is a celebration of the work of creation; it is at the heart of who we as Jews are. We should endeavor to keep it holy, to recognize it and, yes, enjoy it. It is a special time, a quiet time, a peaceful time. A time for Jews to put aside our calendars, our daily chores, our plans for the future. It is a time to sit, to pray, to think, to find your inner soul. It is time to experience the calm of Shabbat, the feeling of being part of something greater than yourself. Please take the opportunity to come to JCMI or your own synagogue and experience what Shabbat is, what it can be, what it can do for you. You won’t be disappointed. February brings numerous opportunities for fun, enjoyment and learning. As part of the Saul Stern Cultural Series, Chaim Silberstein

will present JERUSALEM. This is a chance to really learn about the holiest of cities, the city we are not to forget that harbors the dreams and hopes of the Jewish people and those of other religions. Why? How did it acquire that status? We shall travel that journey of understanding together on Wednesday evening, February 6. We will see the Jerusalem of ancient times and the Jerusalem of today. We will talk about the past, the present and the future. You really should be part of that discussion; after all, the Bible tells us not to forget Jerusalem. This is the chance to understand why. We have much to look forward to in 2013. We hope you will take advantage of all that we have to offer. We are a proud people, and let us all continue to work together to build a long-lasting and vibrant Jewish community here in Southwest Florida. You are a part of that community, and we welcome you to experience all that JCMI has to offer.

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Beth Tikvah update Stuart Kaye Beth Tikvah President


any exciting events are on the calendar this month. Perhaps the most exciting is the installation weekend for Rabbi Ammos Chorny. Though it may seem unusual that this momentous but one time occasion will overlap with Purim, it is a good thing. Celebration is celebration. We begin on Friday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. with a special Shabbat dinner followed by services at 7:30 p.m. The dinner is in honor of Shabbat, of Purim’s approach, and of the installation of Rabbi Chorny as Beth Tikvah’s spiritual leader. Please con-

tact the synagogue at 239.434.1818 for details and reservations. On Shabbat morning, February 23, the 9:30 a.m. service will be led jointly by Rabbi Chorny and visiting scholar Rabbi Irving Elson. Navy Captain Rabbi Elson is the most senior Jewish chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces, and a colleague, mentor and friend to Rabbi Chorny for over three decades. He will address the congregation at both services. A special Kiddush luncheon in honor of Rabbi Elson and his wife Francine will follow the service. The public installation ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. The event will be a highlight in the life of our community. Mark your calendar for this weekend of Celebration and Learning at Beth Tikvah. Call for further details. “Where is Purim?” Just where it should be, with evening services on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. and morning services on Sunday, February 24 at 9:30 a.m.

Enjoy our readings of Megillat Esther and the traditional mixture of Purim lore and upbeat frivolity. Hamentashen? Costumes? You bet. Seder news For the first time, Beth Tikvah will be able to hold a Kosher first seder in its own space. The date is Monday, March 25, and the time is tentatively set for 7:30 p.m. Details will be coming via email and in our March Federation Star column. As a prelude to Pesach, Beth Tikvah will hold a Hametz Bash. So, at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, everyone should bring sealed packages of hametz to the synagogue for donation to the food bank. The provided meal for our fressing pleasure is $7 per adult, with children 12 and under free. Reservation with payment must be received by close of business on March 16. Lectures Our lecture season continues. Though there is no charge; donations are welcome. Popular Jewish history lecturer Gerald Ziedenberg continues his lecture series on “Epic Trials in Jewish History.” The dates are Thursdays, February 7 (Deborah Lipstadt Libel Trial) and March 14 (Soviet Doctors’ Plot Trial). There is no

charge. Both begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 11 brings an exciting book talk and signing with authors Bernard and Fran Alpert. Their new Archaeology and the Biblical Record is causing a stir. Find out why at 7:30 p.m. as they answer the question “What is the relationship between archaeological findings and the historical aspects of the Jewish Bible?” On Monday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m., Dr. June Sochen, Distinguished Professor Emerita of History from Northeastern Illinois University, will speak on “Dr. Isaac Max Rubinow, the first medical director of Hadassah (1919-1923).” Co-sponsored by Hadassah Associates. Religious services schedule Friday services begin at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday services begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude with a Kiddush Luncheon. Sunday morning minyan runs from December through March at 9:00 a.m. We regularly convene Yahrzeit minyanim upon request. Please join us at any service. Our participatory worship services and most other events are held at 1459 Pine Ridge Road just west of Mission Square Plaza. For more information, call 239.434.1818, email or visit You can reach Rabbi Chorny directly at 239.537.5257.

Beth Tikvah held a Latke Lunch on December 11. Above left: Jenna Mazer, her parents Sandy and Bruce Mazer, and Ari Schneider

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Chabad Jewish Center of Naples update Grand Purim Party Chabad of Naples is known for its grand Purim parties and this year will be no exception as we host our annual “Purim Around the World” bash on Sunday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m. Hundreds of adults, students and children are expected to attend our celebration of this joyous holiday. The event will begin with the customary reading of the Megillah (Scroll of Purim) along with a slide show for children. This will be followed by a Glatt Kosher buffet dinner along with traditional hamentashen cookies. Various forms of entertainment, including a magician and costume contest, are also planned. Annual Benefit Gala On Sunday, March 3 we will celebrate nine years for the Chabad of Naples and two years for the Preschool of the Arts. The evening is called “Recognizing a Momentous Gift, Building our Children’s Future.” Please come and celebrate with us and be the first to hear our truly “monumental” news! The event will also honor Sally Aaron, Patti and Jerry Cohen and their daughter Sydny, Laurie and Bruce Pivar, and

the Herman B. Lustigman Foundation. The preschool will recognize Beth & Ronald Levine for dedicating two classrooms; Mark Schwartz, whose company Storm Force sponsored the preschool’s sunshade; and Melanie and Stephen Schwartz for dedicating the Studio of the Arts classroom. Invitations have already been mailed. Please call us at 239.262.4474 if you have not received your invitation. Camp Gan Israel and Summer of the Arts Registration for our two summer camps has begun. Camp Gan Israel (for children ages 6-13) starts on June 24 and runs for 4 weeks. Summer of the Arts (for preschool children) begins on June 10 and runs for 6 weeks. Children can enroll for the entire period or week by week. Please call Ettie at 239.263.2620 for information on both. Junior Shabbat Minyan We are pleased to announce that Jen Feinstein and Rachel Kassof will alternate in leading our Junior Shabbat Minyan beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings. We look forward to a wonderful year with these two

incredible teachers. Chabad Naples Annual Partner Project During the month of January, we are pleased to announce that we added 12 new partners. We thank all of our partners who touch the lives of so many people each day and have made it possible for us to have our beautiful new building. If you haven’t become a partner yet, we ask that you consider partnering with us to bring the joy of Judaism – including successful social and humanitarian programs – to many more people throughout Collier County. For more information or to receive your partnership package, call 239.262.4474, email rabbi@, or visit www. Regular Shabbat services Our warm and welcoming Shabbat services are held every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. The Torah service begins at 11:00 a.m. and includes the rabbi’s insights during the Torah reading which always has a contemporary, meaningful and relevant message. Services are followed by a delicious Kiddush buffet lunch.

Flying Challah Each week, Chabad of Naples randomly and lovingly distributes freshly baked challahs to families in our community. Would you like to welcome a new family to town? Perhaps you are aware of someone who is not feeling well? Or maybe you want to let someone know that you are thinking about them. A Flying Challah needs only your suggestion and a call to Ettie at 239.262.4474. Chabad Naples Community Care Chabad of Naples has formed a special committee of professionals and lay volunteers who are available and trained to visit any Jew in need. If you know someone in the hospital or at home who would enjoy a visit from a fellow Jew, please let us know at 239. 261.0772. Weekly email and mailing list If you would like to be added to our weekly updates or mailing list, contact the Center at 239.262.4474 or rabbi@ The Chabad Jewish Community Center of Naples is located at 1789 Mandarin Road, Naples.


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Hadassah update Shelley Skelton President


ew beginnings are what most of us think of at the start of a new year. Even though it’s a secular holiday, just the word “New,” especially with a “Happy” in front of it, conjures up all kinds of hope, that maybe now, things will be just a little bit different, and that it’s a chance to “do over,” so to speak. Of course, we are well into the new year, but it was not very long ago, someone jokingly asked me, “Just how long do you say ‘Happy New Year’ to someone you haven’t seen for a while? Wouldn’t it be nice to say it every day, and treat each

day as a new beginning? Wouldn’t it be nice to use the time given to us by hope, or the hope given to us by time, to support the wonderful work of Hadassah by helping Israel’s children? They are the beginning, they are the hope, they have the time and they need our help. Youth Aliyah has saved thousands of children. After the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, every wave of immigration brought new children to Youth Aliyah. With each crisis, Hadassah was there for the world’s Jewish children. Today, Hadassah has responsibility for three residential villages. In addition, five day centers receive support. Since it began in 1935, Youth Aliyah has touched the lives of almost 400,000 children. And so it seems it is not hard to realize why so many support the wonderful work of Hadassah by helping

Israel’s children and giving them the opportunity to make a difference. It is our hope that the lifelong connection between Jewish Youth and Israel promises a solid commitment to future generations. Of course, there are goals, and the achievement of our goals is only possible with the help of our members and the hard work and effort put forth by everyone involved. It is such a pleasure to thank Nancy Wiadro, Ruth Barber and Ruth Stockinger for planning an outstanding reception and luncheon honoring our Major Donors and Keepers of the Gate. The ambience of Quail West Golf & Country Club and our guest speaker, Israeli Doctor Noam Shussman, made the event even more special. The event we all have been waiting for takes place on Sunday, February 10. It is a nostalgic visit to the Jewish Borscht Belt, and it’s no


surprise that we are calling it The Borscht Belt Bash! When you walk into the Club at Olde Cypress, you might close your eyes and think you are at Grossinger’s Hotel in the Catskills or one of the other well known resorts of that time. There will be an array of sumptuous Jewish foods, cha cha demonstrations, Broadway songs, fabulous prizes and more. And don’t miss the best part of the evening – we are honoring some very special people for their dedication to Hadassah and the community. They are Muriel and Irv Berzon, Karen and Ed Ezrine, and Lynn Weiner – tributes not to be missed! So we’re reminiscing and celebrating the past, as we honor and remember some very special people, but we’re also looking to the future, and hoping that the children we help are blessed with new beginnings.

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National Council of Jewish Women update By Linda Wainick, co-President


lease join us on Tuesday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Vineyards for a delicious lunch and most informative program. Our speaker will be Naomi Buck, Director of Programming and Production for the Naples Philharmonic, who will share how plays get from Broadway to Naples. To make a reservation, please send your check ($22 for members; $25 for nonmembers) to Doris Feuer, 3953 Isla Ciudad Ct., Naples, FL 34109. On December11, NCJW once again joined with Jewish Family & Community Services to deliver Chanukah baskets to residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and private homes in our area. Thank you to our many volunteers who make this happen. Without you, we would not be able to bring a little bit of Chanukah to our elderly and often isolated seniors.

We also provided Chanukah programs at two assisted living facilities. For the residents, it is an opportunity to celebrate Chanukah. On Wednesday, February 27, NCJW will be hosting “Just Lunch,” the JFCS monthly congregate meal program, at Temple Shalom. Volunteers are need to help serve, make desserts, and provide transportation. Please contact Marilyn Goldenberg for more information. The annual luncheon for the Collier Association for the Visually Impaired, chaired by Carol Emerson, was held on December 3 at Temple Shalom. The Naples/Marco section of NCJW has been preparing and hosting this luncheon for 33 years. A NCJW member brought this community service project to Naples to carry on a tradition started by her mother-inlaw in Kansas City many years ago.

Special thanks to our wonderful chefs – Evelyn Cole, Judy Kaufman, Sandy Stone and Helen Weinfeld – who continue to prepare a delicious meal each year. Thank you to committee members Marcelle Reiss, Gina Cannon, Marilyn Dano, Gayle Dorio, Bobbie Katz, Doris Feuer and Bev Brower. Special thanks to Jane Galler for providing wonderful entertainment, and to Jeff Silverman of Naples Envelope & Printing for his continued support. This team effort, under the leadership of Carol Emerson, has created a successful and rewarding community service project. Parkside School has a variety of volunteer opportunities. This is a school of walkers in the Naples Manor community. Parents, educators and children are eager for our involvement. This is truly an opportunity to make a difference and better the lives

of women, children and families. Please contact Judy Kaufman for more information. NCJW National NCJW released the following statement: “We are deeply saddened to hear of this senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The fact that children were targeted in this violent act makes it all the more tragic, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of all the victims. In the wake of this incident and a shooting earlier this week at a mall in Oregon, we call on federal and state leaders to enact tougher laws to control the sale and possession of guns.” NCJW joined with a coalition of religious leaders to call for a renewed effort to enact stricter gun laws and end the scourge of gun violence.

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Smart Classrooms, ART and ORT, and upcoming events By Helene Dorfman Fuchs, Dottie Magen and Marina Berkovich Smart Classrooms make smart students Smart Classroom is changing education in Israel, and ORT America is the key funding partner for this phenomenon. Smart Classroom is a Kadima Mada (Science Journey) program, which transforms the way teachers interact with their pupils. Students are

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no longer passively learning by scribbling down notes from the chalkboard or overhead projector. Instead, Smart Classroom teachers connect their computers to interactive white boards, which in turn link to students’ laptop computers. These interconnected laptops allow students to visualize concepts, repeat theories and examine scientific studies in depth. Afterwards,

students can review their lessons on their laptops, helping them to complete their homework assignments or study for exams. ORT America supports Kadima Mada programs. ART and ORT People who are involved in ORT stay involved in ORT. Dottie Magen, for one, has been an active ORT member for more than 50 years. She is a graduate of Temple and Antioch Universities and The Barnes Foundation. A native of Philadelphia, Dottie served as a docent at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She is a past president of Suburban Mount Airy Chapter of Women’s American ORT in Pennsylvania and a founder and past president of ORT America Gulf Beaches Chapter. In addition to her devotion to ORT, and to her two daughters and two grandchildren, Dottie is also devoted to the study of art. She teaches art history at Hodges University, Renaissance Academy and Shell Point. Since 1994, Dottie has been a popular

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docent at the Philharmonic Galleries and the Naples Museum of Art. Because of her long-term association with the local art world, Dottie Magen was able to arrange for a unique and exclusive local opportunity to benefit ORT America. On Wednesday, February 6, Gulf Beaches Chapter ORT members and guests are invited to the home of Naples’ most prominent art collectors for an intimate tour and a discussion behind the gate of this architecturally modern, multi-acre home. The guided tour will include the outdoor sculpture park and inside the home. “We will see the works of Larry Rivers, Jim Dine, Alex Katz, Albert Paley, Alexander Calder, Wolf Kahn, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso and many more 20th and 21st century artists. The collectors’ names and address will be available only to those who attend this extraordinary event. This insures the privacy of our hosts. We will first meet for lunch at Seasons 52 restaurant, then we will

car pool to the Pine Ridge home of the art collectors,” says Dottie. “I am very happy that our 2013 annual fundraiser is all about my two favorite subjects – ART and ORT.” This event takes place on Wednesday, February 6 at 11:30 a.m. Admission: $85. Proceeds benefit ORT America. Please call Sandee Weseley at 239.434.9495 for reservations and information. Other upcoming events Please also mark your calendars for Friday, March 15 at noon for “Jewish Life in Southwest Florida,” presented by Federation Star editor Ted Epstein; and Wednesday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. for a special ORT ART event. All ORT events are open to the public. For more information on ORT, visit or call Hella Amelkin at 239.649.4000. To join this exceptional organization, send a $36 check for annual dues, payable to ORT America, to Hella Amelkin, 3200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Apt. #307, Naples, FL 34103. / 239-566-1126

Naples Jewish Social Club update By Arnold Bresnick, co-President


he Naples Jewish Social Club is a friendly group from southern Lee, Collier and Marco representing the entire Jewish spectrum. We encourage members to jump on board and let your ideas blossom. Join the Naples Jewish Social Club for a Sterling Dinner and Star Tribute on Saturday February 9. Dinner at Café Luna, 467 5th Avenue South, Naples, begins at 5:00 p.m. Featured are two dinners and a bottle of wine for $29 for each couple. The social club will have a private dining room. Dinner is on your own. After dinner we will proceed to the Norris Center (at Cambier Park) to see a tribute to Johnny Cash featuring Ralph Curtis. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. The Norris Center is located at 755 8th Avenue South. Our special discount rate for the show is $20 for members and $22 for nonmembers. Your check is your reservation. Make your check out to NJSC. Deadline for reservations is January 23. Tickets will go fast. Send your check for the show to Harvey Chodock, 26445 Williamsburg Drive, Bonita Springs FL 34135, and indicate the number attending the dinner and the number attending the show. Note: there is no refund on theatre tickets. Harvey will make the group reservations with the restaurant and the theatre. Call Harvey at 239.949.4927 for details. Annual Dinner Dance Our Annual Dinner Dance held at Longshore Lake was an extraordi-

nary event. The food catered by the Longshore Lake kitchens was a culinary delight. The well known team of Cahlua & Cream was wonderful in their rendition of many pleasing musical numbers. The event was planned by the committee chaired by Sondra Greer with Arleen Sivakoff, Pauline Taxman and Arnold Bresnick. Many thanks to the committee for their tireless efforts to make this event a great success. New ideas Share your ideas for new events. The NJSC board is hard at work planning new events similar to the enjoyable activities we’ve had in the past. Our future events build on past successes. All of our events were very successful as evidenced by the rave comments made by our members and guests. New Board of Directors for 2013: • Co-Presidents: Arnold Bresnick, 239.566.1126 and Harvey Chodock, 239.949.4927 • Membership: Sondra Greer, 239.353.4468 • Treasurer: Sandy Epstein, 239.597.7677 • Sunshine: Rowena Galerston, 239.596.9037 • Secretary: Vacant • Members at Large: Carolyn Chodock, 239.949.4927; Paula Nisenson, 239.390.1555; Illeen Mittleman,440.221.6446 Bridge and Mahjongg In addition to our regular monthly events, we offer bridge and Mahjongg. Our special interest groups

of bridge and maj remain an active, social part of our group. Our terrific bridge games, which include social and duplicate, are played respectively on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at Sterling Oaks Clubhouse in North Naples. Games begin at 6:00 p.m. Coffee and cookies are served. The cost is $8 per couple. Reservations are a must by the preceding Thursday. For Social Bridge contact Tilda Ellis at 239.949.9913; for Duplicate Bridge contact Rhoda Abramovitz at 239.514.1296. Our Mahjongg game is a spirited one played weekly at Longshore Lake Clubhouse in North Naples every Thursday. Lunch is available at the Clubhouse followed by a fast-paced game for experienced players. Be

there for lunch at 11:30 a.m. and continue with play ending at 3:30 p.m. Contact Barbara Bresnick at 239.566.1126 or Sondra Greer at 239.353.4468. We are always open to suggestions for special interest groups as we do in bridge and mahjongg. For Sunshine matters, please call Rowena Galerston at 239.596.9037 for updates on members health and life events. For membership info, call Sondra Greer at 239.353.4468. To contact the Naples Jewish Social Club, contact co-Presidents Arnold Bresnick at 239.566.1126 or, or Harvey Chodock at 239.949.4927 or harvey

Jewish Heritage Video Collection The Jewish Heritage Video Collection (JHVC) is now housed and maintained at the Federation’s offices. The JHVC video library contains nearly 200 films and television programs carefully chosen 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 will be available to schools, organizations and congregations in the area. For a list of available titles organized by category (Children, Comedy, Holocaust, International Jewry, Israel, Jewish Experience in America, Religion and Identity), visit For more information, call us at 239.263.4205.

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Humanistic Jewish Havurah lecture: Understanding the Recent Israeli Vote Paula Creed President


he public is invited to attend a meeting of the Humanistic Jewish Havurah on Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jewish Federation of Collier County at 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201, Naples. Our guest speaker will be Rabbi Jeffrey Falick, Vice President of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis and executive committee member of The Society for Humanistic Judaism. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Contact Dena Sklaroff at or 239.353.0909. Rabbi Falick has served as an Israel and Zionist educator for many years, offering classes and workshops on Israeli history, the Arab-Israel conflict, and Israeli society. He travels frequently to Israel and will have re-

turned just a week before this presentation. He monitors the major Hebrew language press every day to present the issues facing the Jewish state. Last May, Rabbi Falick led a tour group of Humanistic Jews to Israel for a unique and distinctly secular view of the country. In addition to his work for Humanistic Judaism, he serves as the assistant executive director of the Alper JCC in Miami. Elections in Israel were held January 22, but in Israel the post-election bargaining is the real story. In a Jeffrey Falick year when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s election was a foregone conclusion, the greatest mystery is how his coalition will come together. As political forces tug at him from both the left and the right, Netanyahu will have a great many choices and a great many headaches, too. Rabbi Falick will review the results of the election with a special

focus on the various parties and factions competing in the post-election round for a seat at the cabinet table. This talk will go well beyond the headlines found in the western press to provide an inside view – from an American Jewish perspective – of the political horse-trading and what the emerging coalition will mean for the future. Many of the Zionist pioneers were secularists and humanists. Theodore Herzl, Max Nordau, David Ben-Gurion and Shaul Tchernikovsky were typical of the secular fervor of early Zionism. For them, Zionism was a repudiation of the passivity and human self-deprivation of rabbinic Judaism and an affirmation of a new faith in human power and Jewish self-esteem. The Jewish state that the Zionists envisioned would be a secular-liberal-democratic state in which Jewish talent and creativity would flourish. Humanistic Jews do not affirm all forms of Zionism. They reject the notion that the State of Israel should be a theocratic state, subject to the control

of Orthodox rabbis. They also reject a Zionism that denies the value of the Diaspora and insists that all Jews make aliyah – come to live in Israel. The Jews are a world people, a historic international family. The modern State of Israel is not the creation of the Bible or any messiah. It is the creation of Jews themselves. Secular Humanistic Judaism exists as a vital organized movement in Israel. There is the Israel Association for Secular Humanistic Judaism, the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, Israeli Section and the headquarters of the International Federation of Secular Humanistic Jews. Founding leaders include Yehuda Bauer and Zev Katz, noted historians at Hebrew University, and Haim Cohn, former Israeli Supreme Court Justice. Save the date: The Humanistic Jewish Havurah will host a community seder at the Bonita Bay Club on Tuesday evening, March 26. Details will be provided in the next edition of this publication, or visit www.human





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9:00am BT Religious School 10:30am TS Naples Jewish 9:30am BT Purim Services Caring Support Group 10:00am CHA Megillah Rdg 5:30pm JCMI Bingo 10:00am NJC Educ. Prog. 7:30pm BT Book Group 11:00am TS Purim Shpiel 12:00pm TS Purim Carnival 2:00pm BT Rabbi Installation 5:00pm CHA Purim Party

Candle lighting times: February 1: February 8: February 15: February 22:

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Throughout the year, some holidays fall within the normal work week. The Federation office will be closed in observance of those holidays which are listed in all CAPITAL LETTERS.

Key: • AJC: American Jewish Committee • ATS: American Technion Society • BT: Beth Tikvah • CHA: Chabad Jewish Center of Naples • CHA-M: Chabad Men’s Club • CJD: Catholic/Jewish Dialogue • CRC: Community Relations Committee • HDH: Hadassah • HJH: Humanistic Jewish Havurah • HM: Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida

Federation Star Publication Policy The Federation Star is a subsidized arm of the Jewish Federation of Collier County (JFCC). Its purpose and function is to publicize the activities and programs of the “Federation,” and to publicize the ongoing activities of the established and recognized Jewish organizations within Collier County. The mission of the JFCC is to reach out and unite all Jews of the greater Collier County area. While offering opinions and points of view do, and will continue to, exist about many issues of importance to Jews, the Federation Star will confine itself to publishing ONLY items that report the facts of actual events of concern to Jews and will only offer commentary that clearly intends to unite all Jews in a common purpose or purposes. Critical or derogatory comments directed at individuals or organizations will NOT be published in the Federation Star.

• JCMI: Jewish Congregation of Marco Island • JCMI-M: JCMI Men’s Club • JCMI-S: JCMI Sisterhood • JFCC: Jewish Federation of Collier County • JFCS: Jewish Family & Community Services • JNF: Jewish National Fund • JWV: Jewish War Veterans • MCA: Men’s Cultural Alliance • MDA: Magen David Adom • NCJW: National Council of Jewish Women (Adopted by the Officers and Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Collier County 1/98) To avoid misunderstandings, controversies and destructive divisions among our people, the Officers and Board of Trustees of the “Federation” have adopted the following publication policy: Advertisements: All advertisements, regardless of their sponsor, shall be paid for in full, at the established rates, prior to publication. The contents of all advertisements shall be subject to review and approval of the Federation Board or its designee. Commercial advertisers may make credit arrangements with the advertising manager, subject to the approval of the Federation Board. Regular Columns: Regular columns shall be accepted only from leaders (Rabbis, Presidents, Chairpersons) of established and recognized Jewish organizations within Collier County and the designated Chairpersons of the regular committees of the Jewish Federation of Collier County.

• NJC: Naples Jewish Congregation • NJC-M: Naples Jewish Congregation Men’s Club • NJC-S: Naples Jewish Congregation Sisterhood • NJSC: Naples Jewish Social Club • ORT: Organization for Rehabilitation/Training • TS: Temple Shalom • TS-M: Temple Shalom Men’s Club • TS-S: Temple Shalom Sisterhood • WCA: Women’s Cultural Alliance • ZOA: Zionist Organization of America

Special Announcements: Special announcements shall be accepted from established Jewish organizations within Collier County and may, at the discretion of the Federation Board, be subject to the conditions applicable to paid advertisements, as set forth above. News Items: Only those news items pertaining to matters of general interest to the broadest cross-section of the Jewish Community will be accepted for publication. Note: Items of controversial opinions and points of view, about political issues, will not be accepted for publication without prior approval of a majority of the Federation Officers and Trustees. All persons and organizations objecting to the actions and rulings of the Editor or Publications Committee Chairman shall have the right to appeal those rulings to the Officers and Board of Trustees of the JFCC.

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According to the By-Laws of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, members are those individuals who make an annual gift of $36 or more to the UJA Federation Campaign in our community. For more information, please contact the Federation at 239.263.4205.

February 2013 COMMUNITY DIRECTORY 31A Federation Star TEMPLE SHALOM OF NAPLES (Reform) 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34119 Phone: 455-3030  Fax: 455-4361 Email: Rabbi Adam Miller Cantor Donna Azu James H. Perman, D.D., Rabbi Emeritus Yale T. Freeman, President Susan Shechter Daugherty, Exec. Dir. Caren Plotkin, Religious School Dir. Seyla Cohen, Preschool Director Peter Lewis, Organist/Choir Director Shabbat Services: Shabbat Eve - Friday 7:30 p.m. Shabbat - Saturday 10:00 a.m.





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Rabbi Edward M. Maline, DD Hari Jacobsen, Cantorial Soloist Stephen Goldenberg, President Shabbat Services Friday 8:00 p.m. Torah Study and Saturday Services • Sisterhood • Men’s Club • Brownstein Judaica Gift Shop

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Bear with us if we remind you not to worm or weasel your way out of our request of you to consider a gift to the Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Collier County. Or play possum if and when you are asked. It’s easy to squirrel away assets and groundhog them for oneself. But hare’s a solution where your charitable giving can do a lot of good and skunk the tax collector at the same time. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we would like you to make a lifetime gift or bequest to the Federation’s Endowment Fund. Gopher it. Make your gift a real killer. Be a deer! For more information on gift planning, contact David Willens, Executive Director at 239.263.4205.

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Jewish Organizations to Serve You in Collier County (All area codes are 239 unless otherwise noted.)

Jewish Federation of Collier County Phone: 263-4205  Fax: 263-3813 Website: Email: • Federation President: Norman Krivosha • Executive Director: David Willens

American Technion Society • Chapter Dir: Jennifer Singer, 941-378-1500 • Naples Chairman: L.C. Goldman, 592-5884

Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah • President: Shelley Skelton, 676-3052

Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida • President: Joshua Bialek, 263-9200

Humanistic Jewish Havurah of Southwest Florida • Paula Creed, 495-8484

Israel Bonds • Reva Pearlstein, 800-622-8017 • Tyler Korn, 354-4300

Jewish Family and Community Services of Southwest Florida Phone: 325-4444 • Chairperson: Millie Sernovitz • Executive Director: Dr. Jaclynn Faffer

Jewish National Fund • West/Central FL Office, 800-211-1502 Uri ext 8910, Beth ext 8911

Jewish War Veterans Post 202,Collier Co. Chapter • Commander, Gil Block, 304-5953 • Senior Vice Commander, M/Gen. Bernard L. Weiss, USAF Ret. 594-7772

Naples Friends of American Magen David Adom (MDA) • Exec Dir: Robert Schwartz, 954-457-9766

Naples Jewish Social Club • Co-President: Arnold Bresnick, 566-1126 • Co-President: Harvey Chodock, 949-4927

National Council of Jewish Women • Co-President: Bobbie Katz, 353-5963 • Co-President: Linda Wainick, 354-9117

ORT - Gulf Beaches Chapter • President: Marina Berkovich, 566-1771

Women’s Cultural Alliance • President: Jane Hersch, 948-0003

Zionist Organization of America • President Southwest Florida Chapter: Jerry Sobel, 597-0855


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February 2013 - Shevat/Adar 5773


Vol. 22 #6

Jewish Happenings

February exhibits and events at the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL By Amy Snyder, Executive Director


ith the recent and upcoming release of films of iconic superheroes such as Batman, Ironman and Superman, we have only to look around to see that the world still yearns for those who refuse to give in to the darkness. In times of crisis and turmoil, we search the news for the heroes – the men and women who understand absolute truth and take a stand for what is right, no matter the cost. We know that all too often, there are not enough people to take that stand. We long to be that person, but know that most likely,

we would not be able to withstand the pressure that comes with such a stand. During the years of WWII and the Holocaust, many true heroes did emerge – their lives made an impact far beyond what they could have envisioned, and their examples stand the test of time. Girl Power! How Young Women Impacted the Holocaust is a series of events taking place at the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida during February and March. The focus of

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these exhibits, films, book talks and play is three heroines of the Holocaust: Sophie Scholl, Irena Sendler and Hannah Senesh. The amazing stories of a German Protestant, a Polish

Sophie Scholl, Irena Sendler, Hannah Senesh

Catholic and a Hungarian Jew show us that nationality and religion need not be barriers to doing what is right. Respect for human life should know no boundaries, and compassion can be found in all of us. Sophie, Irena and Hannah displayed courage and commitment in times of trouble. They are role models for each of us, no matter what kind of situation we face in the coming year. Upcoming events All these events are open to the

public, but please call the Museum at 239.263.9200 or visit www.holo for admission fees and RSVP requirements. ¡¡ February 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Museum: Sophie Scholl: The Final Days film and discussion ¡¡ February 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Museum: Lunchtime Lecture Series, Part 3 with Elliott Katz ¡¡ February 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the South Regional Library: Life in a Jar play with troupe from Kansas ¡¡ February 20 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Museum: Afternoon Lecture Series, Part 1 with Elliott Katz ¡¡ February 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Museum: WWII in Focus Series, Part 2: D-Day, A Pictorial Review of the American Sectors with Darren Moran


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Temple Shalom events open to the community For additional information on any of the events below, please call Temple Shalom at 239.455.3030. Rosh Chodesh Group The Temple Shalom Rosh Chodesh Group – a Women’s Gathering – meets at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, February 7 and April 11. Facilitators Cantor Donna Azu and Jane Perman lead a wide variety of activities and discussions that center around issues of importance to Jewish women. This diverse and welcoming group is comprised of women who gather on a monthly basis to celebrate the new month and their lives as Jewish women, to learn and to share as a community. There is no cost and all are welcome. ~~~ Women of the Bible Series In honor of Our Torah: Scribing the Future, Temple Shalom’s year-long Torah writing project, Dr. Paula Brody will present an exciting and dynamic series honoring women in the Bible. This 3-part series will be held as follows: ¡¡ February 4: Creation and Creativity: A Hands-On Experience ¡¡ February 11: Reenvisioning Eve: The Garden of Eden Through a Contemporary Lens ¡¡ March 4: Biblical Matriarchs: Daughter, Sister, Wife and Mother Each session will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There is a $36 charge for the series, and a light lunch is included. ~~~

Sunday School for Adults On February 3 and 10, Temple Shalom’s Rabbi Emeritus, James Perman, shares his extensive knowledge in his inimitable style for Sunday School for Adults, now in its 18th year. This year’s program is entitled “Where did you get that great idea? It’s the Evolution of Torah!” Rabbi Perman will consider how ancient ideas from the Torah spin out and take shape over the centuries. Come see how the best and most creative Jewish thinking grew out of traditional Jewish learning as it encountered different surrounding cultures. Understand how our most cherished Jewish values evolved, offering a framework of comfort and certainty again and again in an everchanging world. Starting with the revolutionary discovery of monotheism to the latest post-modern Jewish thinkers today, Jewish ideas have exercised a powerful influence on Western civilization. Here is a concise glimpse of this process, so essential to our self-understanding as Jews. There is no cost and all are welcome. ~~~ Purim Dance! Temple Shalom invites you to a Purim Party for adults on Saturday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. Fabulous music will be provided by Jeremy Schaab. There will be lots of dancing, snacks and fun, and prizes for the best costumes. ~~~

Hollywood Casino Bus Trip sponsored by Temple Shalom Men’s Club On Sunday, March 3, we will be leaving from Temple Shalom for a fun-filled day at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. We will leave promptly at 9:30 a.m. and return around 5:30 p.m. The cost of $35 includes the bus ride, a voucher for $30 of free slot play, and a $7.50

food voucher. There will also be door prizes on the bus. This trip is open to all members of our community and their friends. Respond soon as seating is limited. Please make your check payable to Temple Shalom Men’s Club and send it to Gene Helfand, Temple Shalom Men’s Club, 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34119.

“The Borscht Belt Bash” By Arlene Yedid


n Sunday, February 10, the Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah will present a special evening to benefit the extraordinary work of Hadassah. You will be transported to the fun-filled, joyous, carefree days of the Catskill Mountain resorts, famous for hotels such as The Concord and Grossinger’s, huge, tasty Jewish meals, and exceptional entertainment that made this a vacation paradise. The Bash will serve a huge assortment of food that will tantalize your Jewish soul. You’ll hear popular songs and Broadway music sung by talented Cantors Donna Azu, Faith Steinsnyder, Donna Goldstein and

Cantorial Soloist Douglas Renfroe. You’ll see a dancing exhibition which is the modern Naples’ version of Dirty Dancing, and you’ll even learn to cha cha! Plus, a DJ will spin nostalgic favorites. In addition, you are invited to join in honoring Muriel and Irv Berzon, Karen and Ed Ezrine, and Lynn Weiner for their community leadership and dedication to Hadassah. The Borscht Belt Bash kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at the Club at Olde Cypress, 7165 Treeline Drive. The cost for this exciting evening is $125 per person. For more information, call Lauren Becker at 239.592.5304 or Shelley Skelton at 239.676.3052.


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Fran and Bernie Alpert discuss Archaeology and the Biblical Record


onday, February 11 brings an exciting book talk and signing with Bernie and Fran Alpert. Their new Archaeology and the Biblical Record is causing quite a stir. Find out why at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Tikvah, 1459 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. From a Jewish Book World review by Phil Jason: “Though the Alperts make great efforts to distinguish (and separately value) the world of faith from the world of scientific discovery, their compact, knowledgeable book will probably ruffle many feathers and be declared heretical by those who read the Bible literally... The authors assert that there is very little archaeological evidence to support the events and personages laid out in the Bible (which here means Old Testament). What we have in that assemblage of narratives, laws and prophecies is a magnificent attempt, assembled in the 6th century BCE, to

give coherence, meaning and status to the Israelite experience. Divinely inspired? Perhaps. The material evidence that does relate to human affairs described in these scriptural writings requires that the events be significantly re-dated... The most reliable history in the Bible is that written about the most recent events. Only events that occurred after the 7th century BCE are corroborated by independent evidence. The authors’ clear, authoritative and respectful discussion is in itself a gift. The final chapter, “Educational Perspectives,” begins the important effort of addressing how religious/Biblical/ historical education needs to be reshaped for the 21st-century student, appropriately adjusting curriculum at all levels to the realities that modern archaeology reveals.” For more information about this event, please call 239.434.1818.

“The Hidden Documents of the Warsaw Ghetto”


he February meeting of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the ZOA is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Tikvah, 1459 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. This month’s presentation will be “The Hidden Documents of the Warsaw Ghetto” by Professor Gerald Melnick, Retired from Kean University, Director of the Holocaust Resource Center. Gerald holds Fellowships to

Israel, Germany and Poland. Light refreshments will be served. Couvert is $5 per person. RSVP by Monday, February 11 to Chapter President Jerry Sobel at jerrysobel@ or Chapter VP Gene Sipe at If you are interested in learning more about our local chapter or how to get involved, feel free to email either Jerry or Gene at the email addresses above.

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hen some of my friends and I watched illness attack our loved ones, we found ourselves isolated by the job of caregiving. Some of us became surviving spouses and that left an empty spot filled with grief and loneliness. We craved the closeness we once had with family and friends. Where could we find companionship where it was safe to discuss our distress and find the encouragement we needed? It was then that we joined the Naples Jewish Caring Support Group and found compassionate friends who shared so much with us. Some of us had to make life-changing decisions and it felt good to talk things through in this safe and friendly environment. All this we could do because we knew that confidentially was paramount to our group.

We are our in our fifth year now and the group has helped us to accept the stress of being a caregiver or a lonely survivor of that journey. We help each other overcome uncomfortable and unwanted feelings, such as anger and frustration, that are the normal human reactions to undesired change. The upbeat attitude and acceptance we find in our bi-monthly meetings comfort us and give us the confidence we need. Our meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Temple Shalom has kindly offered the use of its chapel. This is a free service to the entire Jewish community. After our meetings many of us go out for lunch. For more information, please call me at 239.352.2907. Our next meetings will be February 11 and 25.

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Holocaust scholar Paul Bartrop to speak at February GenShoah meeting By Ida Margolis


enerations of the Shoah of Southwest Florida (Genshoah) will hold its next meeting on Sunday, February 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. Following a brief discussion of agenda items, Dr. Paul Bartrop,

Jeff Margolis (at left) with Louis Rusitzky, a “Zamler” (collector) for the National Yiddish Book Center: The zamlers for the Book Center help collect Yiddish books and assure that they are delivered to the Center. In the photo Jeff is holding a copy of Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky, the founder of the Yiddish Book Center.

Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and professor of history, will speak about a piece of Holocaust history that he uncovered. Dr. Bartrop is recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars of the history of the Holocaust and genocide. He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles, has taught at universities in Australia, and was a Visiting Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Dr. Bartrop’s presentation, “LastDitch Haven: Portugal, Jamaica, and a Lost Episode in the Re-Rescuing of Jews from the Holocaust,” will focus on the rescue of over 200 Jewish refugees who managed to achieve safety in the British colony of Jamaica in 1942, after being evacuated from Portugal. Bartrop will explain why the refugees were sent to Jamaica and how he discovered this piece of otherwise lost Holocaust history. He will also give a brief update on some of the developments at FGCU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies since his arrival. Dr. Bartrop will begin speaking at approximately 5: 00 p.m. The public

is invited to hear his presentation, and Holocaust Museum & Education Centhose interested in the history of the ter of Southwest Florida is welcome Holocaust should make an effort to atto attend meetings and activities. For tend this interesting and enlightening more information on GenShoah, conpresentation. Space is limited in the tact Ida Margolis at ida.margolis2@ Museum and RSVPs are requested at or 239.963.9347. or 239.963.9347. The December meeting, led by Shelley Lieb, was followed by a talk by Jeff Margolis about the National Yiddish Book Center, which attracted a standing-room-only crowd. Any individuals who are Holocaust survivors, or children or grandchildren of Holocaust survivors are always invited to all GenShoah meetings and activities. In addition, anyone interested in our mission of promotion of Holocaust education, preservation of memories of the Holocaust, Amy Snyder, Executive Director, Holocaust Museum & connection of Second GenEducation Center of Southwest Florida, and Jeff Margolis: eration members to one Jeff is holding a sheet of Yiddish sheet music over 100 years old that was purchased from the Yiddish Book Center. another, and support of the 

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Israeli and International Folk Dancing

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Fleischmann Community Center, 1900 Fleischmann Road, Naples, opposite Coastland Center Mall Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Exercise, relaxation, socializing, learning, good health and fun Richard Eddy, member International Dance Council (CIDUNESCO) and Florida Folk Dance Council Cost: only $5/session Questions: Richard Eddy at 703.303.4719; Fleischman Community Center at 239.213.3020 Come join our beginners group for dancing to classic music featuring both traditional and new Israeli and international folk dances. Richard has been dancing for about 14 years in Europe and the U.S. He has studied under many international teachers and choreographers, including Meir Shem-Tov, Rafi Ziv, Matti Goldschmidt, Mona Goldstein, Israel Shiker, Roberto Bagnoli, Paola Pagliani, Lucrezia LoBianca and Andi Kapplin.


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The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Collier County presents The 2013 Saul I. Stern Cultural Series – now in its 19th year!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Chaim Silberstein lives in JERUSALEM and is a lifetime scholar of the history of that city. He will discuss the knowledge he has acquired from his research, tracing the existence of Jerusalem from antiquity to modern times.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Howard Hoffer will present an exciting lecture and multi-media program on the DEAD SEA SCROLLS. Hoffer is associated with the Christian/Jewish Scholars from Hebrew University, the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem, The Orion and Oxford Center for PostGraduate Studies, and the Israel Antiquities Authority. He has presented throughout the United States and recently during a two-month tour in Canada.

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The U.S.-Israeli alliance is a two-way partnership whose economic, military and political benefits to the U.S. have been substantial. Israel remains a counterweight against radical forces in the Middle East, including political Islam and violent extremism. It has also prevented the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the region by thwarting Iraq and Syria’s nuclear programs. The two countries share intelligence on terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and Middle Eastern politics. Israel’s military experiences have shaped the U.S. approach to counterterrorism and homeland security. The two governments work together to develop sophisticated military technology, such as the David’s Sling counter-rocket and Arrow missile defense systems. Israel’s military research and development complex has pioneered many cutting-edge technologies that are transforming the face of modern war, including cyberweapons, unmanned vehicles (such as land robots and aerial drones), sensors and electronic warfare systems, and advanced defenses for military vehicles. Israeli high-tech firms often turn to U.S. companies as partners for joint production and marketing opportunities in the U.S., creating tens of thousands of American jobs. And although Israelis make up just 3% of the population of the Middle East, in 2011 Israel was the destination of 25% of all U.S. exports to the region, having eclipsed Saudi Arabia as the top market there for American products. (Michael Eisenstadt and David Pollock fellows at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, in Foreign Affairs)


A trove of ancient manuscripts in Hebrew characters rescued from caves in a Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan is providing the first physical evidence of a Jewish community that thrived there a thousand years ago. Israel’s National Library unveiled the cache of recently purchased documents that include biblical commentaries, personal letters and financial records. Researchers say the Afghan Geniza marks the greatest such archive found since the Cairo Geniza, a vast depository of medieval manuscripts, was discovered in an Egyptian synagogue more than 100 years ago. The Afghan collection gives an unprec-

edented look into the lives of Jews in ancient Persia in the 11th century. The paper manuscripts, preserved over the centuries in the dry caves, include writings in Hebrew, Aramaic and Judeo-Persian, which were written in Hebrew letters. (AP)


IDE Americas Inc., a subsidiary of Israel’s IDE Technologies Ltd, will be designing the biggest desalination project in the Western Hemisphere in the San Diego region. The company has worked in 400 plants in 40 countries over four decades. (Jerusalem Post)


Along with nationalist radicalization and widespread support for Hamas, far-reaching changes are taking place among Arabs in east Jerusalem that can be described as “Israelization,” “normalization” or just plain adaptation. Examples of this trend include increasing numbers of applications for an Israeli ID card; more high-school students taking the Israeli matriculation exams; greater numbers enrolling in Israeli academic institutions; a decline in the birthrate; more requests for building permits; a rising number of youth volunteering for national service; and surveys showing that in a final settlement, more east Jerusalem Arabs would prefer to remain under Israeli rule. There are now about 10 colleges in east Jerusalem that specialize in preparing students for Israeli universities. Eid Abu Ramila, who teaches civics, explains, “If you go to school in Bethlehem or to Al-Quds University, the only place you’ll be able to find work after you graduate is at the PA, for NIS 2,000 ($525) a month. So everyone is now flocking to Israel.” (Ha’aretz)


From drawing board to deployment in 2011, Israel completed the Iron Dome in three years. The first two batteries – developed and financed entirely by Israel – took down dozens of Hamas rockets, making Iron Dome the first anti-missile system ever to succeed in combat. The generous support of President Obama and the U.S. Congress enabled the construction of four additional batteries. Ultimately, 10 to 13 batteries will be needed to defend the entire country. Israeli engineers combined cut-

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ting-edge tracking radar with electrooptic sensors, mounting them on highly mobile, all-weather air-defense systems. (As part of our vast alliance with the U.S., we have offered to share this pioneering technology.) By neutralizing most rockets headed for populated areas, the Iron Dome gives decision makers invaluable time to find diplomatic solutions. By denying the terrorists a decisive offensive advantage, Iron Dome will save lives and prevent wars. During Israel’s recent Operation Pillar of Defense, the terrorists fired 1,500 rockets, some aimed at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Iron Dome downed nearly 85% of those headed toward populated areas. Combined with Israel’s world-class civil-defense system, Iron Dome thwarted the terrorists’ aim to wreak intolerable damage. (Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., in the Wall Street Journal)


76% of Israelis (83% of Jews) believe that a withdrawal to the 1967 lines and a division of Jerusalem would not bring about an end to the conflict with the Palestinians, according to a survey of Israeli public opinion by the Dahaf Institute released in late December by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. 61% of the Jewish population believes that defensible borders are more important than peace for assur-

ing Israel’s security (up from 49% in 2005). 78% of Jews indicated they would change their vote in the upcoming elections if the party they intended to support indicated that it was prepared to relinquish sovereignty in east Jerusalem. 59% of Jews said the same about the Jordan Valley. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)


Here are examples of some of the inconvenient truths that the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank does not want others to know about: Over 100 senior PLO and Fatah officials hold Israeli-issued VIP cards that grant them privileges denied to most Palestinians. Out of the 600 Christians from Gaza who visited the West Bank to celebrate Christmas, dozens have asked to move to Israel. Dozens of Christian families from east Jerusalem have moved to Jewish neighborhoods because they no longer feel comfortable living among Muslims. PA security forces in the West Bank continue to arrest journalists and bloggers who dare to criticize the Palestinian leadership. Tens of thousands of PA civil servants in Gaza have received salaries to stay at home and not work since 2007. More than 40,000 Palestinians have received permits to work in Israel, while another 15,000 work in Jewish settlements in spite of an official ban. (Gatestone Institute)


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