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Celebrating Jewish Life in Collier County, Israel and the World

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 8A Community Focus 14A Tributes 14A Focus on Youth 17A Commentary 19A Rabbinical Reflections 20A Synagogues 22A Organizations 24A Business Directory 26A Community Calendar 27A Community Directory 1B Jewish Interest 7B Israel & the Jewish World 10B Recent Event Photos

5A One very special friend of Israel – John Kennedy

6A WCA’s branches are blooming!


June 2013 - Sivan/Tammuz 5773


Vol. 22 #10

FED CUP V golf outing a huge success By Kevin Aizenshtat, Federation Secretary and FED CUP Chair


he fifth annual FED CUP Golf Outing of the Jewish Federation of Collier County was held on Sunday, May 5 at The Club TwinEagles. It was a pictureperfect day for our golf event – great weather, a magnificent golf course in immaculate condition, and a delicious lunch buffet. This fundraising event supports the Federation’s Scholarship Program, offering partial scholarships to teens in our community to attend Jewish summer camps, leadership conferences and Israel experiences. Keeping our youth connected to their Judaism has always been one of our Federation’s funding priorities. Our thanks go to Anthony Solomon and the entire staff of TwinEagles for graciously hosting us for this event. And our thanks also go to all of the participants who played the round of golf and bid on the many auction items. Your support is deeply appreciated. Our sincere thanks also go to the FED CUP V Committee of co-chairs Jerry Bogo and Jacqui Aizenshtat, Rosalee Bogo, Ted Epstein, David Willens and Beth Wolff, for their efforts in making this annual event such a success. An estimated $10,000 was raised from this event to award for scholarships. Beth Wolff, Chair of the Federation’s Scholarship Committee, read

a moving letter from a scholarship recipient who will participate in the Maccabi USA Games in California this summer with help from a Federation scholarship. And the Winners of this year’s FED CUP are: ¡¡ FED CUP V Champions: Kyle, Connor and Dr. Pete Jaffe and Harvey Jaffe ¡¡ Men Closest to the Pin: Harvey Jaffe ¡¡ Women Closest to the Pin: Arlene Levin ¡¡ Junior Closest to the Pin: Max Aizenshtat ¡¡ Men Long Drive: Nick Bobzien ¡¡ Women Long Drive: Betsy Kutner ¡¡ Junior Long Drive: Kyle Jaffe ¡¡ Putting Contest Winner: Cameron Hochman ¡¡ Low Gross: Rick Bobrow, Bill Goldman, Fred Rosenfeld and Ken Gilman We thank all of our corporate and individual Sponsors for their financial support of this event. Each was recognized with a Tee Box Sign along the Talon Course at TwinEagles. Preferred Travel of Naples, Inc. Kevin Aizenshtat, GCIP-Realtor PRO BAR – Stephen Coleman The Club TwinEagles ExecGolf Fred Astaire Dance Studio Uncle Louie G Italian Ice/Ice Cream

11A Triumph 2013 – Lives of Valor

15A BBYO Naples update

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Wollman Gehrke & Solomon, PA RAMM Metals, Inc., Michael Pierce First National Bank of the Gulf Coast Calusa Pine Golf Club Wells Fargo – The Private Bank Brian D. Wolff, M.D. Saul Wilner- Call Saul Sheldon W. Starman, CPA Waldorf Astoria Naples Naples Grande Golf Club Howard L. Isaacson, CRPC Rosalee & Jerry Bogo David Willens Phyllis & Michael Seaman Fabulous and valuable auction items were donated by generous businesses and donors in our community. Our special thanks go to the following for their auction contributions and valued support: Calusa Pine Golf Club Waldorf Astoria Orlando The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort & Lemonia Tiburon Golf Club Waldorf Astoria Naples Naples Grande Golf Club The Club TwinEagles Rabbi Adam Miller Kara’s Skincare Cason Photography Fred Astaire Dance Studio Bokamper’s The Club Pelican Bay Massage Envy The Club at Olde Cypress Capt. Drew Moret Islamorada Fishing Edwin Watts Golf Chop’s Mr. & Mrs. Shepard Scheinberg Dr. Ramon Gonzales & Associates Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Golfsmith PGA Superstore Grey Oaks Country Club Saks Fifth Avenue & Kiehls Chick-fil-A

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Community Relations Committee update Ann Jacobson Community Relations Committee Chair Israel@65 Community Celebration An Israel event celebrating Israel’s 65th birthday was held on Sunday, April 14 at Temple Shalom. The day brought out children, families and the young-at-heart to enjoy Israeli food, music and dancing, as well as an organizational fair featuring information and goods from our local and national Jewish organizations. We thank them all for their participation. Kudos go to Betty Schwartz and Steven Brazina, Israel Affairs co-Chairs, and Melissa Keel, Federation Community Program Director, for spearheading this event. Special thanks to Temple Shalom for hosting

the event and the Religious School for their wonderful project on Israel that was on display. The Israel Affairs Committee of the Community Relations Community of the Jewish Federation underwrote the event. The documentary Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference was shown to a standing-room-only audience and a panel discussion regarding the film concluded the event. See page 11B for photos from this celebration. Stand Up for Justice Educator Award At the Jewish Federation’s annual meeting in May, the Community Relations Committee’s Stand Up for Justice Educator Awards were presented to two winners as follows: Margy Bastida, technology teacher at Pine Ridge Middle School, and Jana Csenger, a District School psychologist who works in several schools. The latter award was for the project conducted at Golden Gate High School.

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Vigilant yet unafraid Judge Norman Krivosha President


o one of any sense can argue that the despicable acts committed by the two deranged brothers during the Boston Marathon were totally and absolutely unforgiveable. While as a member of a Court, called upon to rule on whether the death penalty should be imposed and generally dissenting from its use, these acts would have fallen into my limited sphere and I would have imposed the death penalty upon both brothers without any hesitation. Their acts forfeited their right to live among decent people. But my one objection to the manner in which the two were treated by law enforcement personnel and the press was identifying them as “Terrorist.” In giving these two immoral humans the definition of a Terrorist, we elevated them to a place they did not deserve and must not be permitted to remain, even in death. The dictionary defines “Terrorism” as the systematic use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby bring about a particular political objective. And it is that very objective, creating a climate of fear, which we must not permit to happen or we lose and they win. As difficult as it may seem, only by refusing to become fearful, can we truly defeat these misguided persons. Admittedly, the decisions one must make in a world filled by madmen are not easy, but necessary. In the late ’60s, I served as City Attorney for the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, home of the University of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska football

team. On any given Saturday, Memorial Stadium was packed tightly to capacity with nearly 80,000 fans. And on every Friday before such a game, all of the law enforcement personnel met with me to decide what we would do if we received a call during the game claiming that a bomb had been planted in the stadium. The choices short of canceling the season were not many. But most important, we quickly decided that no matter how difficult the choices might be, canceling the normal life of many would not be an option. As dangerous as the prospect of a bomb might be, succumbing to the threats would be worse. Our family and friends who live in Israel came to that decision long ago. And like so many things we can learn from them about life and living, refusing to submit to acts of terrorism is one. Israelis are faced with this very danger every day of their lives, but insist on living a normal existence, notwithstanding the potential danger. If a venue is bombed, the debris is quickly removed, the site restored and the facility is back in full use immediately. The New York Marathon, the Fourth of July celebration and every other activity we normally engage in must be continued. We must be more vigilant but unafraid. We must pay more attention to announcements concerning unattended packages in public areas, but we must continue to occupy the public areas, unafraid of the possibilities. Only in this way do we defeat the forces that seek to destroy our way of life. Our message to these mad people must be clear. We cannot be intimidated. As former President Roosevelt admonished so long ago, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” Let our actions speak louder than words. Let us not be fearful, thereby making it clear to those who would seek to do us harm, “You are wasting your time.”

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The Israel Scouts are coming to Naples Friday, June 21 Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Road Schedule of Events: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Main performance (free): The Scouts (Tzofim Friendship Caravan) are bright and dynamic performers. Their singing, dancing and storytelling are high-energy and upbeat with an intense love for the land and the people of Israel, and a strong desire to share that passion with you. They will have you singing and dancing in your seat or, if you are lucky, dancing with them. Meet, greet and photo ops with the Scouts and a chance to purchase CDs and T-shirts Dinner: ($10/adult, $5/child). For dinner reservations, call Randi at the Temple Shalom office at 239.455.3030. Thank you to Jewish Family & Community Services – the JFCS Volunteer Program is providing the volunteers for our dinner with the Scouts. Shabbat services with Scouts participation

Special afternoon session for our area’s youth: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Pictured above are the actual Israel Scouts who will be visiting Naples. For more information about each of the Caravan Eden Scouts, visit the Israel Scouts page at

Want to host one or more of the Israel Scouts? We still need a few host families. For more information, call Ted Epstein at 239.249.0699.

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Endowments represent the future David Willens JFCC Executive Director


’m not sure that many of you have ever zoomed in on the many different play-on-words blocks which are located on the Directory page in every issue of the Federation Star. Well, they are funny and clever, but they appear there for a reason. They are a subliminal message for you to consider leaving a bequest or planned gift to the Endowment Fund of our Jewish Federation of Collier County. It’s so important! As a former Federation Endowment Director I know that many of your home communities are chasing you to consider making such a gift. And it’s important to our community as well. We’re a young community compared to so many others, but the need to provide for the future is just as important here as it is elsewhere. Endowments represent their donors’ vision for a bright future for Jews and our Jewish community. And they help perpetuate programs and activities near and dear to their philanthropic objectives – not to mention perpetuating their good name for generations to come. I know a great deal about this. I recently completed a Lion of Judah Endowment Fund gift in my beloved wife Shereen’s memory, not only to

help bolster our annual campaign each year but also to let her good name live on forever. Endowment giving is not an

easy process or for the faint of heart. It represents very serious thought, planning and caring about what is most important to you as a Jew. It’s a

Bad Heir Day Are you having one? Does trying to tie up the split ends of your estate or figuring or how to part with a life’s worth of assets lead you with a wave of anxiety? And nothing seems to gel? Well, fear knot! We can help you comb through some estate planning techniques, such as charitable trusts, bequests, or insurance vehicles, to try to trim your tax bill before you and your beneficiaries get shorn of your assets. If you calculate how much you’ll have toupee in estate taxes and find barely a whisker left, then resolve today before it’s too late to brush off the tax burden with some careful planning and some charitable giving to the community through the Federation’s endowment fund. Like now. Close shave. For more information on gift planning, contact David Willens, Executive Director, at 239.263.4205.

psychological process of the realization that we are all mortal and at one point in time will need to divvy up all that we have amassed during our lifetimes. Certainly family comes first. But after that, community hits high on the priority list. The Endowment Fund of our Federation has recently topped the $1 million mark. I feel pretty confident that this fund is larger than all the local synagogue and organization endowment funds put together – but it simply scratches the surface when it comes to what is needed to plan for the future. Whether you are reading this here or up north, and you have an opportunity to think about what I present to you, please know that your will or trust does not improve with age like fine wine. Life does change, and sometimes it changes very quickly. So think about planning a legacy for our community, where you enjoy the warmth and camaraderie of so many friends from all over the country. Contact your legal and tax professionals over the summer and write a bequest in your will or trust. It won’t change your present lifestyle at all, but it will give you the peace of mind knowing that you have planned for the good of many, including the tax burden on your estate to your family. And if you want to discuss this further, please give me a call at 239.263.4205. At left is just one example of the many play-on-words blocks I have published in the Federation Star.

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JEWISH FEDERATION Jewish Federation of Collier County 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201 Naples, Florida 34109-0613 Phone: (239) 263-4205 Fax: (239) 263-3813 Email: Officers President: Judge Norman Krivosha Vice President: Dr. Karen Ezrine Vice President: Dr. Morton Friedman Vice President: Phyllis Seaman Recording Secretary: Kevin Aizenshtat Assistant Secretary: Alvin Becker Treasurer: Jerry Sobelman Assistant Treasurer: Jerry Bogo Immed. Past President: Rosalee Bogo

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

Past Presidents Gerald Flagel, Dr. William Ettinger, Ann Jacobson, Sheldon Starman, Bobbie Katz

Board Members Emeritus Ann Jacobson Hans Levy Shirley Levy

Synagogue Representatives Cantor Donna Azu Roger Blau Rabbi Ammos Chorny Yale T. Freeman Stuart Kaye Rabbi Edward Maline Rabbi Adam Miller Suzanne Paley Rabbi James Perman Dr. Arthur Seigel Rabbi Sylvin Wolf Rabbi Fishel Zaklos

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Staff Melissa Keel, Community Prog. Dir. Iris Doenias, Administrative Assistant Deborah Vacca, Bookkeeper

Federation is the central Jewish community-building organization for Collier County, providing a social service network that helps Jewish people in Collier County, in Israel and around the world. As the central fundraising organization for Jewish communal life in our area, strength is drawn from organized committees of dedicated volunteers. Programs include: • Annual Campaign & Endowment fund • Community Relations Committee • Educational & cultural programs • Long Range Planning for expected community growth • Publication of the Federation Star, our monthly newspaper; Connections, our annual resource guide; and Community Directory • Women’s Cultural Alliance • Women’s Division • YAD – Young Adult Division • Youth Activities Committee – sponsoring youth education and scholarships for Jewish Summer Camp and the Israel Experience

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The Federation Thanks Our Office Volunteers For 2012-2013 The Board and Staff of the Jewish Federation of Collier County would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who helped us at the Federation offices welcome visitors, answer phones, take reservations for events, and assist with special projects as needed. It is our pleasure to thank them publicly for their interest and com-

mitment to the Jewish Federation of Collier County. We are truly grateful for their assistance in our ever growing organization. Diane Block Betsy Borden Harvey Brenner Maxine Brenner Arlene Copeland

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One very special friend of Israel By David Willens, Federation Executive Director


srael has many friends. John Kennedy is no exception. No, not our former U.S. president, but a very special man who lives in our community. John received his undergraduate degree from UMass Lowell in 1970 and then attended UMass Amherst from 1970 to 1972, when he dropped out. Saving money by working in a restaurant, in September 1972 he went to Europe. In December 1972

he traveled to Israel and stayed until March 1973 on a kibbutz in the Galilee, returning to the U.S. in September 1973. He went back to UMass Amherst in 1974, graduating with his masters in 1976. While working on a kibbutz, John Kennedy, an Irish Catholic from Massachusetts, fell in love with Israel. John is a former CPA, having practiced as a public accountant with KPMG for six years. He also created many different successful business ventures. And his love and appreciation for the Jewish homeland continued during his business career. It was in 1998 to 1999 that he was Chief Financial Officer of Decalog, NV, a developer of enterprise investment management software owned my Oshap Ltd. of Tel Aviv. Rosalee and Jerry Bogo introduced John to me and I Jerry Bogo presents John Kennedy with a beautiful learned of his attachment to fused glass mezuzah from Neve Michael

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Israel. I told him of our many projects which we support there that protect the most vulnerable. John, who has no children of his own, was touched by our project at Neve Michael Youth and Children’s Village for abused and neglected children. You see, more than 25% of Israel’s children live below the poverty line and are at risk of abuse and neglect. Given that this is the only real home that so many of these precious children will ever know, John saw the need and importance of providing a future for them. So through the Federation, John established a college scholarship endowment fund at Neve Michael. In this way, after their service in the IDF, those graduates from Neve Michael can receive some form of assistance to help them continue their education. This is so important to John, as he knows that the youth of this great country and those of Israel hold the keys to the future – through their education. When our friend Hava Levene, Director of Projects at Neve Michael, learned of his gift plans, besides being ecstatic with joy, she asked me what kind of gift she could send to me to present to John. I suggested that every Irish Catholic should have a mezuzah, which is what she sent; it was presented to John in mid-April. He plans to hang it in a new home he is building in South Carolina. This act of kindness from John Kennedy is just one example of the many special friends of our beloved Israel. We thank John for his generosity and for helping some very special children in a very special way.


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WCA’s branches are blooming! By Susan Pittelman, WCA Publicity Chair


embers of the Women’s Cultural Alliance have such a good time in Southwest Florida and form so many wonderful friendships, that they want to “take WCA home.” To make that possible, last year, WCA President Jane Hersch initiated the creation of WCA “branches” in several areas throughout North America. WCA now has nine branches flourishing, as follows: The active Metro Boston Branch is comprised of 38 women from throughout New England. In October the women enjoyed a private tour of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College and lunch in the Faculty Club organized by Branch Leader Rolly Jacob. Once back in Naples, the members gathered for a special showing of the exhibit “Painting Woman” (from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts ) and lunch in a private dining room, arranged by Arlene Sobol. A special afternoon at Tanglewood is being planned for this summer. Rolly explained, “The Metro Boston Branch likes to connect. We are fortunate that women in our branch are willing to help plan and host our gatherings, and that we live in an area that has lots of culture and activities.” Connecticut Branch Leader Linda Hofbauer said that beginning with the group’s first gathering last season, “everyone connected almost instantly.” The branch’s most recent gathering was hosted by Midge Rozen and Sue Horowitz at Midge’s home at The Strand. The women discussed having a summer get-together at one of New Haven’s great museums, including a docent lecture and lunch in a local restaurant. It promises to be a fun day! The Delaware Valley (Philadelphia/South Jersey/SE Pennsylvania) Branch began in January 2013. About a dozen women participated in the

two Naples events held this season: a lovely brunch at Ida Margolis’ home and a luncheon at Seasons 52. Branch Leader Paula Handloff commented, “The best part was getting to know each other and finding out what we have in common.” The women will be getting together this summer for afternoon tea in downtown Philadelphia. WCA members who live or spend the summer in the Delaware Valley are encouraged to join and keep the fun and friendships made through WCA going all year. The Illinois Branch encompasses Chicago proper and the surrounding northern and western suburbs. Approximately 40 women participate in branch programming. Branch Leader Roberta Ury and Dee Bittman have planned a July 18 gathering at the Ravinia Music Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. They will picnic on the lawn and then listen to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, featuring pianist Jorge Federico Osorio. This event is open to WCA members and music lovers of all ages. The Michigan Branch enjoyed a potluck lunch and stimulating discussion in March at the home of Branch co-Leader Judy Hocher. An October get-together in Michigan is planned as women did not want to wait to return to Naples to see each other! Ruth Anne Lippitt is assembling contact information for WCA members from Michigan. If you live in Michigan and have not yet signed up to receive information, Branch co-Leaders Rosalie Gold and Judy Hocher are confident that once you see what you are missing, you will want to be part of the Michigan Branch! Branch Leader Marvelle Colby shared this “update in verse” of the Metro New York Branch: We’re 46 in number If all together, no one would slumber. In 2012, we had a remarkable success

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To mention it, is not in jest. A high time on the High Line Gave us an afternoon sublime. Lunch and a walk And did we ever talk! With 3 events planned for the 2013 summer It is hoped many will show or ’twill be a bummer. Visit a museum, go to the theatre and then there’s a boat ride Our NY Branch walks on the happy side. Be it June, July or August, please join us We promise friendship and fun – on that you can trust. The women from the Ohio Branch gathered for lunch at the Grandezza Club in January. As Branch Leader Lourie Rapport explained, “‘Make new friends and keep the old’ certainly rings true for our members. Now whenever we attend a WCA function, a familiar Ohio face is there.” The Ohio Branch is looking forward to getting together in Ohio for a visit to the Toledo Glass Museum, which is being planned by Carol Simon and her Toledo Committee. The Toronto Branch calls itself “Oh Canada” because it also welcomes women from other parts of Canada. This season the women had tea parties at the homes of Branch Leader Leslie Springman and Marlene Karpman, toured historic Palm Cottage, enjoyed lunch al fresco, and

made plans for more get-togethers next season. To keep the Naples connection alive, this summer they will visit the Art Gallery of Ontario. Leslie commented, “The amazing thing is how lively the conversation is and how warm the connections are. Naples and WCA have brought us together and we love both.” The Washington DC Metro Branch includes women from the Maryland and Virginia suburbs of Washington as well as from the Baltimore area. The women got together a few times “post season” at museums in DC and Baltimore. Branch Leader Jeani Haven, Deedee Remenick and Hedy Pearlman have organized these activities, but as with all WCA efforts, it is hoped that everyone will contribute by planning something new and wonderful. The group is thinking about taking another museum tour this summer and perhaps also visiting The Mansion on O Street. The branch has about 25 members so far, and new members are welcome. Is there a WCA Branch for your area? If there is, contact the Branch Leader(s) to get your name on the list. If not, consider starting one so that you, too, can enjoy the benefits of WCA year round. And if you are not a member of WCA, this is one more reason to join! Complete the WCA membership application today. For more information, visit www.

“Oh Canada” Group (Toronto Branch of WCA) in Naples for a tea party (photo by Heidi Keyes)

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June 2013 Federation Star


Reasons for giving Phyllis Seaman Federation VP & Campaign Chair


s I write this article I’m at 30,000 feet flying to New York for the birth of our third granddaughter. When it comes to babies, planning for an article deadline goes out the window. Our rude awakening at five a.m. and rushing to pack and book a flight didn’t help me realize I only had a few days for my last article of the season. Now that I have two hours of relative peace, I figured I could be productive and informative. Today, I’m thinking about why we give to organizations with our time or money or, like many of us, both. I know why my husband Michael and I do. It’s not only to help those less fortunate, it’s also to make a better world for our children and grandchildren. When we give, we are also teaching and passing on a legacy of giving. Now that season is over, the 2013 Campaign is going strong. We are thrilled with the increase in gifts and new donors this year, but we still have much more work to do and need your support to reach our goal of One Million Dollars. Our season was quite busy and there was great response to the numerous events on the calendar. Here is a recap of our season and the many areas your generous donations support:

Since we are heading into summer and camp season, I’ll start with the youth programs. This summer, nine young campers will have the opportunity to attend four-week programs at a Jewish camp. Thanks go to Temple Shalom and its Men’s Club for their continued support of the scholarship program. Also, our thanks go to Kevin Aizenshtat and his committee for five strong years of the FED CUP golf tournament, which also raises money for this important scholarship program. Three teens have been chosen to attend the Maccabi Games this summer; one will travel to California for the domestic games and two will go to Israel for competitions. Without your support it might not have been possible for these young athletes to represent our people, community and country. How lucky are we to be able to have sent five teens in the last few years to Israel and the Maccabi Games? We have some pretty impressive young athletes. Our thanks go to Beth Wolff for chairing the Scholarship Committee, and Harrilee Shevin for all her years of guidance and input. The Naples BBYO is off and running. They have had some great programs for the area’s teens and middle school kids. Any BBYO alumni out there? Your gift to the Campaign would be appreciated. Our Federation provides office space and the community room for BBYO meetings and events. Hillel at Florida Gulf Coast Uni-

versity is getting programming as well as social and holiday activities off the ground for the Jewish students there. Funds are also provided to the FGCU Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Taglit Birthright Israel is another grant which helps provide free trips to Israel for any Jewish young adult between ages 18 and 26. Our Federation also provides funds to Temple Shalom’s Religious and Preschool, Beth Tikvah’s school, the Chabad Preschool and Camp Gan Israel. Support is also given to cultural programs at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, including the annual Jewish Film Festival and Saul Stern Cultural Series. National organizations with offices in Florida that get contributions from Federation are Jewish National Fund and the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL stepped in a few years ago to provide support when we had an incident at one of our middle schools. Overseas, your campaign contributions help support the Neve Michael home and school for children in crisis and Yad LaKashish, a sheltered workshop for disabled and elderly in Jerusalem. We take care of our most vulnerable. As always, our biggest allocation stays here in Naples. Our grant of $230,000 to Jewish Family & Community Services serves the needs of our most vulnerable Collier County residents. Annually, money goes to The

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), where it is sent to our partner agency, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), for food, clothing and shelter needs in Israel and in 70 countries around the world. Sometimes it is just for needs of socialization for the more isolated elderly. Last fall our Federation sent emergency funds through JFNA for Hurricane Sandy Relief. That meant so much to Michael and me personally since our daughter and son-in-law’s home on Long Beach, New York, was badly damaged. They are hoping to be able to move back next month with their new baby daughter. They were fortunate and didn’t need the relief that so many others needed and still need. These are many things Federation is able to do thanks to your generous support. So you see, season may be over, but the 2013 Campaign and our work are still going on – and will be when you return in the fall. We are already planning programs and events for 2014. Here’s a sneak peak! Save the date for a really different and entertaining Community Celebration Event on Saturday night, February 8, 2014. After much demand we are brainstorming and in discussion about bringing back the Women’s Division Luncheon in late March 2014. We welcome anyone who would like to be on a committee for our upcoming events. Have a wonderful summer and see you in September with lots of exciting news.

MCA adds to growing list of activities By Jeff Margolis


he newly formed Men’s Cultural Alliance (MCA) now boasts a membership of over 300 members. A large part of that growth can be attributed to the wide variety of clubs and groups that have been formed during the first year of the organization. Here are several of the newly formed or currently forming activities: The Current Events/ New Yorker Discussion Group is planning its

first meeting. Led by former college professor Gerry Melnick, the group will discuss a new current topic at each meeting. The newly organized MCA Fishing Club had its first successful outing in April. A number of members did very well with the rod and reel. If you care to join them on future excursions and share the adventure, please contact Sid Freund at sidfreund@

Another newly formed group that took flight this spring was the MCA Bird Watching Group. On the group’s first excursion this spring, over 20 species of birds were spotted and identified. New members are welcome to join. For more information, email group organizer Arthur Sissman at Finally, if you haven’t found a group that is the right fit for you, why not start one? MCA is always look-

Israel Affairs Committee update By Jeff Margolis


ore than 500 attendees participated in the recent Israel@65 Celebration held at Temple Shalom. Visitors enjoyed the Israeli music provided by the Simcha Singers, as well as the dancing of the Shalom Dancers. The temple sanctuary was filled to capacity for the showing of Israel Inside, a documentary that looks at the success of the high-tech industry and agricultural advances in Israel today. A question-and-answer period followed with a lively discussion of the importance of Israel’ public relations efforts on the international stage. Members of the Israel Affairs Committee, spearheaded by Betty

Schwartz and Steve Brazina, who planned the event, were pleased with results. The group decided to take a little breather before discussing Israel@70. At the committee’s April meeting, Ted Epstein, Editor of the Federation Star, discussed the upcoming visit of the Israel Scouts. Ten Israeli teenagers ages 16-17 will be visiting our area on Friday, June 21. They will be presenting an afternoon program for the area’s youth at Chabad, and evening programs at Temple Shalom. This traveling group of five boys and five girls will be entertaining area audiences as well as participating in Shabbat services on Friday evening. Ted

is looking for area families to serve as hosts for the visitors. For more information, see page 3A or contact Ted at 239.249.0699 or fedstar18@ The Israel Affairs Committee of the Jewish Federation of Collier County would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for its support during the past season. The attendance at all the events was spectacular. The committee is busy planning for next season and hopes the community will continue to support its efforts. For more information, please contact Melissa Keel at

ing for ideas for group activities and events for the 2013-14 season. For information about MCA membership or about starting a group, please contact either Les Nizin at lnizin@icloud. com or Steve Brazina at sbrazina@ We hope that all members have a safe and pleasant summer and we look forward to seeing all of you in the fall.

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Jewish Historical Society of SWFL – Who? What? When? By Marina Berkovich


he Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida’s mission is protection and preservation of Southwest Florida Jewish history. This is a broad mission, covering the past, relating to the current, and establishing a trail for the future, so that there will be no guesswork as to who, what, when and how. We are fortunate to live in an area with emerging Jewish history. Dating just over 100 years back, there were no Jews in Southwest Florida, and that somehow puts the entire Jewish population here in the “pioneer frontier.” It is a unique and exciting opportunity. Most Jews residing in Southwest Florida now are neither old-timers nor their descendants. Hurricane Donna separates between old-timers and newcomers for the purposes of most of historical preservation of the region. Not so for the Jewish Historical Society, which established its line at pre-1975. It is now seeking Jewish residents of Southwest Florida who resided, vacationed or visited this area before 1975, or who know of any such Jews. Please email jhsswf@gmail. com or call 239.566.1771 and leave a voice mail with contact informa-

tion, so that our volunteers may get in touch and collect this important information. As newcomers interested in the preservation of this region’s history, and especially Jewish history, the Society feels that keeping membership open to everyone – Jews and non-Jews, regardless of timing of their relocation to Florida or their Floridian birth – is an important part of this preservation effort. One of the challenges of the Society thus far has been convincing the public that there is a need for Jewish historians in Naples. And yet, as early as the 1930s there were Jews residing here. They only stayed a few years, yet left little or no trail of ever being here. This story needs a determined sleuth who will be able to get on this very cold trail and follow it to wherever it may lead. There are many stories to track, many leads to follow, and many tales to hear, record and verify. If you have time, energy and/or other resources to dedicate to this effort, please join the Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida and you will find that we are living in a very exciting place at a very exciting period of time.

By Sid Kleiner, President, Jewish Prisoner Outreach ay Kalbfeld, Executive Director of Jewish Prisoner Outreach, is experiencing legal problems and may not be back at his desk for quite a while. Thus, I find myself at an advanced age and with several health issues trying to cope with accommodating the spiritual and advocacy needs of some 350 Jewish offenders and their loved ones. Frankly, without some volunteer support from the Jewish community, people in need of a link with fellow members of the faith are going to be left to wallow in solitude. What am I specifically seeking? One or more volunteers who can share just a few hours of spare time each week to assist in changing and saving precious human lives. What are we asking our volunteers to do? We are deluged with incoming snail mail – more than one person can handle. Those who volunteer should have some sort of word-processing capabilities at home. Volunteers will take home a few incoming letters that are await-

Interested in your family’s history?

Do you have a similar photo in your home? Who are these people? Are they related to you? Do you know where your forebears came from? Why do you want to know? How do you find out? Do your grandchildren know who these people are? Why should you or they care? Researching your family genealogy can help you find the answers to all these questions. And the answers to questions you don’t even know to ask yet. Want to find out how to get started? Come to the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogy SIG (Shared Interest Group) at the Jewish Federation of Collier County offices (2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201, Naples) on Tuesday, June 11 at 10:00 a.m. Seating is limited. RSVP to You will receive an acknowledgement that you have a reservation. Bring a notebook and pen with you to the meeting.

The Naples Jewish Caring Support Group By Phyllis Lazear

Volunteers needed for Jewish Prisoner Outreach



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ing a response from our organization. Using our name, address and letterhead, volunteers are requested to respond to the contents of three or four letters each week. Volunteers are to remain anonymous at all times! This is not a “pen pal” program. Rather, it involves reaching out to lonely, forgotten and overlooked souls who yearn for some form of communication. I can take care of those with advocacy issues. My primary need for assistance is in processing incoming routine mail. It can be interesting, rewarding and spiritually fulfilling. I should know, I have been answering this kind of mail for nearly thirty years. Potential volunteers seeking further information can contact me at 239.566.7702 or skleiner@comcast. net. If you are seeking opportunities to perform mitzvot, tikkun olam, chesed and tzedakah, this could be an ideal option. I look forward to receiving your inquiries.

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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 confidentiality 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.

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JFCS to establish senior activity center Dr. Jaclynn Faffer JFCS President/ CEO


e have such exciting news! Jewish Family & Community Services will be opening a senior center this fall in space adjacent to the JFCS offices on Castello Drive. This will be the first senior center in Collier County. A senior center can be defined as a focal point for older adults in the community, with a full range of advocacy activities, services and programs. The purpose of a senior center is to provide a place where older adults can meet with their peers and participate in a system of services they help to

shape. Research has shown that older adults who participate in senior center activities can learn to manage and delay the onset of chronic disease and experience measurable improvements in their physical, social, emotional and mental well-being. The JFCS senior center will have a café, weekly lunch program, computer skills lab, space for non-profit Collier County agencies serving seniors, and a robust activity program including cultural arts, stimulating lectures and other activities that will enhance socialization. The senior center, like JFCS, will be non-sectarian and will serve individuals 60 years of age and older in Collier County who are in need of socialization and activities. The center will be professionally staffed, but key activities will be volunteer driven.

thanks to JFCS board members who JFCS is so proud to be offering staffed the table. this very important venue for our seniors! Please get in touch with me with your thoughts and questions. This is something I love talking about! The fastest way to reach me is via email at jfaffer@ JFCS wants to thank the Naples Botanical Garden for holding a food drive for us as part of its “Garden Gives Back” program. Thanks to all those who visited the Garden on April 27 and to those who made donations of food. We brought Dr. Jaclynn Faffer with JFCS Board members Dick Goldblatt, back two SUVs filled Jennifer Siegal-Miller and Scott Hansen at the Naples Botanical to capacity! Special Garden “Garden Gives Back” day in support of the JFCS Food Pantry

GenShoah concludes season with St. Louis passenger liner presentation By Ida Margolis


enShoah (Generations of the Shoah) of SWFL concluded its very active and successful season with an excellent presentation on the fate of the St. Louis passengers, followed by a discussion of reactions and experiences to public memorials and commemorations of the Holocaust. After a meeting where programs and events for next season were discussed, Steve Brazina gave an interesting and insightful presentation about how the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) launched a project to trace the fate of the 937 passengers of the ill-fated passenger liner, the St. Louis. Steve first gave historical background about the ship, its passengers – nearly all Jews fleeing from Nazi Germany – and the voyage. In 1939, the ship, which was turned away by the Cuban government, was then refused safe haven in the U.S. and returned to Europe. Steve explained how the staff of the USHMM painstakingly uncovered what had happened to each of the passengers. Steve had attended the

United States Holocaust Museum’s 20th Anniversary National Tour in Boca Raton earlier this year and was very impressed by the presentation on this topic of searching for survivors of the St. Louis by Scott Miller, director of curatorial affairs at the USHMM and co-author of Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust. In addition to Steve, Rene and Sam Geist and Ida Margolis, who had also attended the Anniversary Tour in Boca Raton, related their reactions to this program. Rene noted that all of the programs during the Anniversary Tour were informative, thought provoking and emotional, but she found none elicited the measure of hope than the program “Liberation and Return To Life.” Rene noted that looking through the horrified eyes of American soldiers who entered the Nazi concentration camps in spring of 1945, the amateur footage poignantly told the personal stories of those who lived to see liberation and those who liberated them. She added that as today’s observers, we see how lives were rebuilt and relationships blos-

somed, and feel there is hope for those who were so indelibly scarred and those who will come after them. Much of this amateur footage as well as interviews showing the rebuilding of the personal, political and religious lives of Holocaust survivors in displaced persons camps can be found at the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ( The theme of the GenShoah program, “reactions and experiences to public memorials and commemorations of the Holocaust,” continued with a discussion adeptly led by Shelley Lieb, who suggested this significant topic. Shelley’s questions

and comments elicited so many interesting and insightful responses that those in attendance suggested that this discussion be continued at a meeting next season. All of those who were presenters for GenShoah this season did an excellent job and received positive reviews. The group is now in the process of planning programs, events and trips for next season. Anyone who would like information about this group, who has suggestions for future speakers and events, or who would like to chair an event or committee, should contact me at or 239.963.9347.

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72. Kind of Jew from E. Europe 73. “___ and I” (2005 Holocaust film) Down 1. Warsaw ghetto leader Czerniakow 2. Kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley 3. Tuchis 4. Friends in Firenze 5. Franz Kafka novel 6. Jewish Defense League activist Krugel 7. Pesach month 8. Rely upon 9. “Hallelujah, ___ Bum” (Al Jolson film) 10. ___ varnishkes (deli dish) 11. Hebrew ___ College 12. Frisbees, say 14. Slide, like a snake 21. Enzyme 22. Accumulated, as a bill 26. Plotter exposed by Esther 27. Beavers’ creations 28. “March Madness” hoops org. 29. “Call Me Irresponsible” songwriter Sammy 31. Claude Lanzmann’s nine-hour Holocaust film 34. His visit to Israel in 1977 was dramatic 36. “Tales of Hoffmann” composer 38. Matzah brei ingredients 39. Third day, in Hebr. 40. Flotsam and Jetsam, in “The Little Mermaid” 42. The beginning of Adar? 43. Renaissance 48. “Key Largo” star Lauren 50. “The Facts of Life Goes to Paris” actress 52. Get carried away in Hollywood 53. Mail destination, maybe 54. Not appropriate 55. Diner who wrote “Hungering for America” 57. Panache 60. Part of YMHA 61. A couple of chips, maybe 62. Close ___ (near) 63. Place to pick up a kitten 65. Manifest a Jersey accent?


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Museum to focus on the Caribbean from 1938 - 1945 Amy Snyder Executive Director


hat a fascinating season we’ve had at the Holocaust Museum! We’ve gone from superheroes to hidden children, and Girl Power to Major General Sidney Shachnow. With over 4,500 people (not including students!) visiting the Museum since last June, we had a banner year…and it doesn’t look like we’re going to slow down any time soon. Many thanks to all of our community partners, sponsors and friends who continue to help us present engaging programs with a purpose.

We could not accomplish so much without your encouragement, support and participation. We hope to see you in the Museum during June and July as we focus our attention on the Caribbean between 1938 - 1945 with two different exhibits. Sosúa, The Dominican Republic: A Refuge from the Holocaust in the Tropics, is a small panel display

that highlights the role of the Dominican Republic as the only country

willing to offer refuge to Europe’s Jews after the Evian Conference. Dominican president General Rafael Leonidas Trujillo offered settlement to 100,000 Jews and 5,000 visas were offered. However, in the end, only 645 Jews went to safety in the Dominican Republic. Although life was difficult as these families transitioned from professional life to agricultural life, they were not subjected to antiSemitism and were allowed to flourish both culturally and religiously. Few Jews are left in this now-resort community, but it will always be known for the role it played in saving lives during the Holocaust. Southwest of the Dominican Republic is another tiny country that played a virtually unknown role in the cultural experience of World War II. Out of Trinidad comes the won-

derfully descriptive music known as calypso. Emerging from a folklore tradition and telling the stories of neighbors, towns and the national news, calypso was literally “Singing the News of the Day.” In this original exhibit, the Holocaust Museum will highlight the music recorded by Decca Records between 1938 - 1940 that specifically pertains to World War II and Nazi Germany. Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to such tunes as Send Hitler to St. Helena, Hitler Demands Trinidad, Chamberlain Says Peace and Two Bad Men in the World, and learn the historical context in which they are set. We look forward to sharing these exhibits with you. The Museum is located at 4760 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 7 (Sandalwood Square), Naples. For more information, visit our new website at

Major General Sidney Shachnow (left) with Major General Mike Coyne (right) standing with the Palmetto Ridge High School JROTC color guard at Naples Luxury Imports

The Asli Family with Cecilia Ahlberg (grand-niece of Raoul Wallenberg) with the bust later donated to the Holocaust Museum

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Temple Shalom events open to the community For more information on these events, call the temple office at 239.455.3030.


emple Shalom welcomes you to Tuesdays with Torah with Rabbi Adam Miller. Opportunities for learning continue at Temple Shalom this summer. Join us on June 11, 18 and 25. All sessions begin at noon. Bring your lunch and your curiosity, and Rabbi Miller will bring the texts to spark an interactive discussion rooted in our tradition and tackling contemporary issues of today. We welcome and encourage all to attend and participate. No reservations are required.

~~~ Cantor Donna Azu presents Shabbat 101 – an adult education class exploring the structure of the Erev Shabbat service, looking at both the liturgy and the music. We will embrace the meaning of the words and music we hear at services, but may not fully understand. This class is offered on Tuesdays, July 23, 30 and August 6 at noon. All are welcome! Please bring your lunch and your questions. No reservations are required.

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“The Land and the Spirit” Why we all care about Israel an evening with Rabbi Fishel Zaklos

Wednesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. Chabad of Naples ~ 1789 Mandarin Road

~~~ Join Temple Shalom for Shabbat Service at Vanderbilt Beach on Friday, July 26. Enjoy your picnic dinner at 6:00 p.m. Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Please note that NO SERVICES will be held at Temple Shalom on this evening. Bring your family and friends, picnic dinner, and beach chair to Vanderbilt Beach, and enjoy Shabbat services as they can only take place in Southwest Florida!

Men’s Cultural Alliance (MCA) Want to meet other men for golf, tennis, cards, lunch, discussion groups and a host of other activities? The MCA’s first season is wrapping up but there’s still a lot going on.

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Israeli and International Folk Dancing Where: When: Why: Teacher:

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.

~~~ Make Temple Shalom your home in Naples! On Sunday, August 18 at 11:00 a.m.,we look forward to welcoming new and potential members to meet Rabbi Adam Miller and Cantor Donna Azu, Religious School Director Caren Plotkin, Preschool Director Seyla Cohen, and members of our temple leadership. Tour our beautiful temple, religious school and preschool, and enjoy a special brunch. We can’t wait to welcome you to our temple family.

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ith the stock market’s alltime highs and the latest increases in capital gains taxes for high-income taxpayers, the time is ripe for a different kind of savings…and giving. If you have marketable securities that have increased substantially in value, now is the time to consider a gift of appreciated securities to the Jewish Federation of Collier County. For securities held longer than one year, you can deduct their full fair market value and avoid paying capital gains tax. This tax-wise benefit, in turn, means that you can

make your donation for as little as fifty cents on the dollar. You can gift appreciated securities to satisfy existing pledges, make a new gift to the 2013 Campaign or even a gift to the Federation’s Endowment Fund. While your gift may have a minimal impact on your portfolio, it will do a world of good for the Federation and our community. For more information, please contact David Willens, Federation Executive Director, at 239.263.4205 or Thank you.

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The Carlisle provides peace of mind for both seniors & caregivers


ccording to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Women’s Health, sixty-one percent of caregivers are women. Most are adult children caring for an elderly parent, while others are wives providing care for a spouse. Although well intended, women who neglect themselves can often suffer from “caregiver burnout” which may have devastating long-term consequences for both the caregiver and their parent/ spouse receiving care. Recent studies have found that elderly spouses serving as caregivers experience higher rates of influenza and pneumonia. Also, feeling overwhelmed for extended periods can lead to depression, which is associated with heart disease and more debilitating outcomes for patients who already have heart disease. At The Carlisle Naples, a luxury retirement community, our team understands the stress and emotional toll caregiving can create. Our independent and assisted living campus – located off Airport Pulling Road – offers a wealth

of services and amenities to help older adults flourish while easing day-to-day caregiver responsibilities. Our award-winning assisted living community is CARF-accredited. Similar to the five-star rating of the hospitality industry, this certification is the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to a retirement community and shows The Carlisle’s substantial conformance to the advanced values established by CARF. Additionally, The Carlisle holds an Extended Congregate Care (ECC) license, which is held in addition to the standard assisted living licensure. This allows The Carlisle to provide additional supportive and nursing services to residents who would otherwise need to transition to a skilled nursing facility. “The ECC licensure provides more options for our assisted living residents who may prefer to remain in a familiar, residential setting for as long as possible,” said Executive Director Bill Diamond. “They, along with their families, have peace of mind knowing extended

congregate care services are available should their needs change.” The Carlisle is also well suited for wives serving in a caregiving role. Their spouses receive 24-hour access to a team of well-trained professionals and assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, medication assistance, etc.). Without the day-to-day burdens of providing care, the couple now has more time to spend on what matters most: enjoying quality time together. Many older adults often thrive upon moving to a senior living community. Seniors receiving assistance from spouses and/or adult children may often experience feelings of guilt or fear they are preventing the caregiver from living a more active life. With these mental roadblocks removed, they are better able to focus on their overall wellbeing and make positive strides. The Carlisle offers an entire team dedicated to providing exceptional care and service to seniors and their families. Online websites such as the National Caregivers Library and the U.S. Department

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At UF, Israel’s all grown up By Jaime Sloane, Israel Campus Beat, April 9, 2013


hat comes to mind when you hear the word Israel? When University of Florida junior Paige Milch realized that for many people the answer was conflict, war and fighting, she decided to take action. Milch wants you think of innovation, environmentalism and sustainability. “There are so many different avenues to express support for Israel besides politics, and we want to show students that,” she said. To spearhead this apolitical effort, Milch and her co-chair, Emily Sasser, have founded “Grow Israel,” an initiative that focuses on Israeli innovation in the fields of agriculture, art, sustainability and environmentalism. The cornerstone of the budding initiative is the Grow Israel Garden, a new drip irrigation garden which students have built in the front yard of UF Hillel in Gainesville. Developed in Israel in 1959, drip irrigation is an agricultural planting method which saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots through a strategic piping network. “A lot of students think Israel is really interesting but feel their only

way to get involved is politically,” Sasser said. “Not all students want to talk about the peace process or attend cultural events. Grow Israel is a sustainable project that gives students the opportunity to attach themselves to Israel without getting political.” The garden was designed by horticulture student Micah Weiss, and its three planter beds are currently flowering with seeds found commonly in Israel. A majority of the garden’s seeds were purchased directly from Israel, including cantaloupes, pomegranates and figs. Earlier this month, the Grow Israel committee set up a mosaic-making booth on campus where students could create stepping stones for the garden. More than 40 students participated in the arts project by filling pie tins with cement and mortar, then topping the stones with decorative, mosaic tiles. Artwork from seven Israeli artists was displayed around the booth for inspiration. “Israel has always faced many issues with water, so drip irrigation was the solution,” Weiss said. “We’re trying to encourage students to learn a little about what Israel has done and is

doing for technology, environmentalism and innovation.” The garden’s entrance welcomes visitors with a sign that explains the drip irrigation system, accompanied by a piping diagram. Later this month, students will paint an Israel-inspired mural on the garden’s outer walls to give the nursery a warm, friendly feel. But Grow Israel’s programming reach is not confined to the Hillel garden. The initiative is also bringing in non-profit organization Innovation: Africa to speak at the upcoming Florida Loves Israel convention taking place April 12-14 at UF. Innovation: Africa brings Israeli innovations like drip irrigation and solar panels to African villages to power establishments like medical clinics and orphanages. “Innovation: Africa will teach students about how Israel’s innovations are helping people in need all around the world,” Milch said. “It’s a great opportunity for students to learn exactly how Israel’s technological developments are being used for good.” To benefit Innovation: Africa, Grow Israel hosted a “Hummus For

Humanity” event in the garden last week. The event welcomed students to make their own hummus while learning about various Israeli innovations. Explanatory YouTube videos about Israel’s innovations were projected on the garden’s walls while students chowed down on their homemade delicacies and discussed Grow Israel’s upcoming projects. “Grow Israel is great for getting all kinds of students involved with Israel because it’s a noncommittal project,” Weiss said. “You don’t have to be Jewish to participate, we welcome everyone to come enjoy a day of gardening or just to stop by and eat some of the fruit. It’s a different side of Israel that students don’t always see.” Visit for the latest Israel trends and events on campus.

See Section B for “Jewish Interest,” “Israel & the Jewish World,” and photos from recent events.


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Temple Shalom Preschool update By Seyla Cohen, Preschool Director


t’s that bittersweet time of the year. An academic year is coming to an end at Temple Shalom Preschool. It’s a time to reflect on how far these students have advanced in such a relatively short period of time! Most will return to us in August, but those in our Pre-K classes will be leaving us. They are now more than well prepared to enter kindergarten and will progress on from there. We’ve come to know them so well over their years of attendance. We wish them all the very best as they continue on in their journey. However, we will miss each and every one of them tremendously. Many of the school’s staff have known several of these graduates from

the time they were just days old, being proudly presented as “Show and Tell” by their older siblings. We have shared so many experiences with these families over the years, embracing them as members of our own Temple Shalom Preschool family. A special bond has been formed and although we will miss those who will be leaving us, as always, we look forward to learning about their future accomplishments. It is wonderful when our graduates continue to visit and recall their early experiences with us. Friendships formed in preschool often last even though the children go on to attend different schools. Former students may see each other at sporting activities and other events in town. These

special bonds formed so early in life are often sustained and shared by both parents and students alike. Not all graduating families will be leaving us upon graduation as younger siblings continue on. Those in our lower grades will continue upwards to the next level. New students will be enrolled. Our family is forever growing. Many previous graduates return to attend our summer camp program. Camp Einstein provides several weeks of learning and fun to children 5-8 years of age. Both social interaction and academics are addressed, and campers love the fact that they are able to reunite with former classmates. In addition to Camp Einstein,

Camp Shalom offers a summer camp program for little ones ages 2-5. This fun-filled, action-packed program not only offers games, water play, and weekly themes, but helps maintain continuity for our students through much of the summer, and helps introduce new students beginning the academic year in August to gain a jumpstart in meeting new friends and becoming familiar with our program. Registration is now open to the public. For those interested, please me at 239.445.3227 for information and/or a tour.

Temple Shalom Preschool graduates


Israel Scouts events in Naples: BBYO summer Friday, June 21 experiences By Dara Baer, BBYO Naples Program Associate See page 3A for more information.


hat to do for summer? You may be asking yourself that and BBYO can help. BBYO not only offers programs on the chapter and regional level during the school year, it offers unique summer programs as well! During summer, BBYO has different programs where teens can travel, make new friends, and develop more leadership skills to bring back to their chapters at home. The ultimate leadership-based summer experience is called Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC) and it is designed to teach programming, effective communication and membership growth. With interactive sessions throughout the day, the curriculum primes teens to become leaders in their communities. BBYO also offers a variety of

service-based summer programs domestically as well as abroad. These programs are called Impact. This summer we have are lucky to have two Naples teens going to Impact programs. These programs include learning in classrooms at universities and unique on-campus programming, visiting landmarks and the locals’ favorite locations, and learning to navigate and live in some of the world’s most exciting cities, making the IMPACT host-city a second home. Most importantly, Impact summer programs give teens opportunities to Stand UP for the issues and causes that matter to them. For more information on these wonderful summer experiences or if you’re interested in BBYO, please contact me at or 239.325.1428.

For more information, please contact North Florida Region Program Associate Lory Conte at BBYO Naples members at the BBYO table at the Israel@65 Celebration

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Preschool of the Arts update By Ettie Zaklos, Preschool Director Preschool of the Arts Visitors often comment to me about the feeling of calm they experience when they are on the Preschool of the Arts campus. I know this calm comes from the teachers and their assistants, who let the children know they are loved, safe, are taken care of and that they, the teachers, only want the best for each of them. And who better to speak about the past year than the teachers and children themselves? Tiny Da Vinci Class Jen Feinstein teaches our 18-monthold and young 2s class. She says Preschool of the Arts is such a loving and positive place to work. “When you walk through the doors in the early morning, you are greeted by a warm and loving group of fellow teachers and staff,” says Ms. Jen. “And when school begins, we are simply enveloped by 12 children who greet us with smiles and want our love and affection. We mix in some lessons on art, manners, sharing, patience, ABCs

how quickly our days pass.” learn,” says Ms. Kathy. Mini Monet Class Alex shared that during his year Our class for two-year-olds is taught with Ms. Kathy, he enjoyed story time by Ms. Marcia Zuccarello, whose and learning his letters and numbers. passion for teaching was inspired Annie, a budding artist, said she had by the positive, nurturing interaction enjoyed painting pink, purple and red she received from her own preschool flowers, while Kami, another budding teacher. “The highlight of my year is when the children light up when they ‘get it,’ says Ms. Marcia. “I love it when the children are happy to be at school and when they gain the confidence to learn and master a new task.” In Ms. Marcia’s Mini Monet class, Jonathan shared that during the year he enjoyed playing with the airplanes and helicopters in the classroom. JonaExperiencing the arts at the new Outdoor Artists Corner than’s school buddy, Oliver, shared that he loved drinking artist, said when she was not playing the smoothie fruit salads that he made on the swing set in the playground, with his friend in Little Chefs. she enjoyed painting butterflies and Little Van Gogh Class getting messy in the new Outdoor The class for three-year-olds Artists Corner. is led by Kathy Abraham. Her Pre-K Picasso class has blossomed under her Renee Bialik, the lead teacher in the guidance and has made wonPre-K Picasso class, says, “Watching derful new learning discoveries the children learn and progress in a this past year. Ms. Kathy says fun academic environment makes her first year at Preschool of every day fun and exciting for the the Arts has been a great year. children and the teachers.” A budding artist at Preschool of the Arts “There is so much support Emy Hennessy, the assistant and 123s and, before we know it, we from the preschool parents and staff teacher in the Pre-K Picasso class, are saying goodbye to one another at – which makes Preschool of the Arts says she just loves working with the the end of a busy day. It’s amazing a fantastic place to work, play and children. “The kindness they show is wonderful and it is so rewarding for me to be able to give something back to them in the classroom,” says Ms. Emy. “Preschool of the Arts has an amazing atmosphere. My co-workers AMAZN FILMS and the parents are wonderful.” Ms. Renee and Ms. Emy’s prekindergartners also had an opportunity to share their thoughts about their year in Pre-K. Alex said he had enjoyed the cutting and pasting. He said he especially enjoyed the times when “Ms. Renee did silly faces and made us laugh.” An Intensive Filmmaking Program for ages 13-18 Gabriella loved Show and Tell and said, “Now I can read books in REAL FILMMAKING


my classroom all by myself.” David said, “I like that I am learning. I like to learn anything!” Jonah and Chaya agreed that the playground was one of the best places to be. Jonah also said he loved tumbling in the My Gym class, and Chaya said she loved Fridays because she loved making and braiding the cinnamon challah for Shabbat. Marin loved that there were so many books in her classroom, especially “the National Geographic books about animals. Those are my best!” she said. Emma said she was happy to come to school, because “I play with my friends and I love music with Miss Sharon!” And so, the only thing I wish to add is a BIG thank you to everyone who made the 2012-2013 preschool year so special. THANK YOU! For more information, contact me at 239.263.2620 or, or visit

Summer of the Arts is a dynamic six-week summer program for The Minors (ages 18 months to four years) and The Majors (children ages five to nine). Your child will be a part of a warm and nurturing environment under the professional care of experienced, well-trained and qualified teachers. The goal of Summer of the Arts is to expose the children to the world around them through a fun-filled program where they get to experience the arts, music, culture, food, games, crafts and activities from countries around the world. While The Minors will stay on campus throughout the program, The Majors will also get to participate in exciting field trips. To register for our incredible Summer of the Arts program, which runs from June 10 through July 19, please call 239.263.2620. You can enroll your child for the entire six-week program or week by week.


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June 2013 Federation Star



The European Union and Hezbollah By David Harris, Executive Director, AJC, March 21, 2013 El Pais invited AJC Executive Director David Harris to be a guest columnist. El Pais is Spain’s most influential newspaper and is widely read in the Spanish-speaking world, including Latin America. This is David’s fifth monthly column for El Pais. f an organization talks like a terrorist group, walks like a terrorist group, and behaves like a terrorist group, is it? If the question is posed to, say, the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, the answer is clear. For these countries, Hezbollah is a terrorist group, and they have designated it as such. But for the European Union, the answer is different. For many years, some EU countries have pressed other member states to join together in adding Hezbollah to the EU terrorism list, alongside Hamas, but to no avail. As a result, Hezbollah is free to recruit and raise funds on much of European territory. But how can that be on a continent that knows all too well the cost of terrorism in general – and Hezbollah’s record in particular? After all, Hezbollah is not a new face on the terrorist map. In 1983, Hezbollah’s deadly attacks on French and American targets in Lebanon killed hundreds. As Matthew Levitt, a terrorism expert has noted, Hezbollah was then implicated in plots across Europe – from France to Italy, Ger-


many to Greece, Denmark to Spain. It has also been fingered in the terrorist attack in Buenos Aires in 1994 that killed 85 people and wounded 300. The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon indicted four Hezbollah operatives wanted for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others in Beirut. Last month, the Bulgarian government completed its investigation into the killing of six people in Burgas in July, and named two Hezbollah agents as wanted in this deadly assault on EU soil. The trial in Cyprus of a suspected Hezbollah operative, who entered the country with a Swedish passport, has just been completed. The court’s verdict is expected shortly. Meanwhile, the defendant has admitted to monitoring flights from Israel to Cyprus, as well as charter buses and hotels, in what many suspect was a plan for a Burgas-like attack. While the EU anguishes about Syrian violence that has resulted in over 70,000 fatalities to date, the evidence is overwhelming that Hezbollah has been assisting the Assad regime in its desperate effort to hold onto power, even as it literally destroys the nation. Why has it proved so difficult, in the case of Hezbollah, for the EU to call a terrorist a terrorist?

Three answers are most commonly offered in European chancelleries. For some, it is presented as a legal question. If the EU were to list Hezbollah as a terrorist group, the designation could be challenged in the European court system. But Europeans have been investigating Hezbollah for years and have developed quite a hefty dossier, including the result of the most recent Bulgarian investigation. If all these results cannot stand up in court, pity the legal system. For others, the primary concern is the safety of their troops stationed with UNIFIL in Lebanon. They fear that an EU move could put those soldiers at risk. But to make this point is to acknowledge that Hezbollah is in the driver’s seat, and that it has succeeded in intimidating European countries into inaction borne of fear. Moreover, while UNIFIL troops have served commendably, they have not prevented Hezbollah from substantially increasing its arsenal of missiles since 2006. This suggests that the terrorist group may well have an interest in seeing the troops remain for now. Otherwise, without the buffer, they could face Israel directly.

And for still others, the main issue is a concern that labeling Hezbollah a terrorist organization could “destabilize” Lebanon. But that is turning the argument on its head. In fact, Hezbollah has been destabilizing Lebanon for years. What was the assassination of Prime Minister Hariri, if not an effort to destabilize the country? What was Hezbollah’s creation of a statewithin-a-state, with its own army, if not a destabilizing act? What were the cross-border attacks against Israel in 2006 but a destabilizing act that drew Lebanon into a costly war it did not seek? And what will be the impact if Syrian arms, especially long-range missiles and biological and chemical weapons, end up in Hezbollah’s hands? Will that not prove destabilizing? It is high time for the EU to listen to the pleas of the Dutch, support the Bulgarians, and take heed of the Obama administration’s persistent request that the EU do the right thing. Brussels should show the world that when a group talks like a terrorist, walks like a terrorist, and behaves like a terrorist, it warrants designation as a terrorist. For more information, please visit

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A box car

By Abe Price, Holocaust survivor box car was the most efficient and cruel weapon the Nazis used to murder the Jews of Europe. The Nazis and their multinational collaborators disgraced themselves and the human race when they forced 120 people into each cattle car. With the doors and small windows closed, and standing room only, without air and water and no sanitary facilities, many people suffocated after riding for two or three days and nights to their destination – the extermination camp. The cattle cars became a torture chamber. The devil himself could not have devised such “hell.” The desk murderers that managed Hitler’s chancellery, called T-4, figured out to the last detail how to rob, torture,


murder and rob again the dead bodies of their Jewish victims. The Gestapo confiscated all Jewish businesses and factories and Deutsche Bank collected the daily deposits for years. This is why Deutsche Bank is one of the richest banks in the world. The Nazis had a special school for their S.S. troops and Einsats Commandoes to teach them how to torture and murder innocent civilians. The evil empire of Germany and Austria build in secret six extermination camps in Poland starting in 1940. During the deportations the Gestapo, S.S., Nazi police and Einsats Commandoes used infants, pregnant women and old people that could not walk as target practice. When the Nazis opened the doors of the box cars in the extermination

camps, half of the people were dead. The gas chamber was a relief for the suffering. This genocide was going on for years while the leaders of the free world kept silent, and in the face of genocide, silence means collaboration. Twice I experienced a ride in a box car. The first time was in July 1940 when, together with my two older brothers, we were transported in box cars from Kielce, Poland, to the Lublin S.S. barracks, and from there to Mircze to build a highway. A year later the S.S. barracks became an extermination camp called Majdanek. The second time I traveled in a box car was in June 1944, when a labor camp from a woodworking factory was transported from Kielce

to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. After spending three days in Birkenau, we were sent to work in an oil refinery called Trzebinia, only 15 miles from Auschwitz. There we received 300 calories per day, performing hard labor 12 hours daily under the machine guns of the S.S. Many people died from starvation, and in January 1945 we were taken on a death march to Germany. The second night of the death march I escaped with a friend from Prague and luck was with us, we survived. After spending six years in hell under the Nazi occupation of Poland, I now live with my family in Paradise in the U.S. Every day, when my wife was alive, we sang a song, and the song was God Bless America.

New peace talks begin in June! By Gene Sipe, VP Southwest Florida Chapter ZOA


he U.S. appoints another Secretary of State and immediately calls for new peace talks. Every time there is a change in the administration on the opposite side of the world from Israel, optimism blossoms. According to the current Secretary’s prognostication, we have one to two years before this window of opportunity for peace will be permanently closed. Hold on just one minute. When did the Israeli Arabs acknowledge they would accept the existence of the State of Israel, yet alone express a desire for peaceful coexistence? At the time of this writing, the Council of Ministers, a large contingent of EU leadership, has acknowledged by letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu that the Oslo agreement has “nothing more to offer.” This comes as no surprise to Israelis who have since come to accept this reality and demonstrated the need for an alternative approach by electing a Knesset comprised of a large number of young people who have grown up with the failures of the Oslo fiasco. In Hamas’ new base of operations, Doha, Qatar, their members are openly campaigning to the Politburo against cooperation with the leader-

ship of the Palestinian Authority. The relationship between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas is so far from reconcilable that Mahmoud Abbas was recently in Istanbul requesting Turkey mediate their disputes. Meanwhile, Abbas continues to vacillate on reappointing the recently fired Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Fayyad’s disfavor is largely due to his open disputes with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. Abbas’ Fatah party’s financial stability has been severely jeopardized by this “forced resignation” as the majority source of its income hinges on funding from the international donor community. Fayyad’s previous background as the party finance minister made him invaluable in finding approval in the international community. Simplistically, without Fayyad, Fatah is basically bankrupt, and without him there is little opportunity to even start negotiations with Hamas. Additionally, elections are due to be held next year, which, at this point, looks rather unlikely. So back to the NEW peace talks – with whom should Israel be negotiating? Peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan have, while tenuous, been workable. In both cases there have

been peace partners and motivation for both parties to enter into and maintain these agreements. In the case of the Israeli Arab population, there is little agreement among their own leadership, let alone any motivation to acknowledge Israel. By Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity – doing the same thing over

and over again and expecting different results – we must be insane to be optimistic. Since the initial splitting of Transjordan, there has been only one single, successful solution to this conflict: stop trying to kill Jews and displace them from Israel. Now this would be a real “NEW” on which to begin peace talks.

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Es passt nit Rabbi Edward M. Maline, D.D.


ome actions are morally or legally wrong, forbidden by the Torah or by civil law. Other actions are not necessarily wrong morally or legally, but are considered to be inappropriate. There is a beautiful Yiddish expression that characterizes such actions: es passt nit – it is not nice, it is in bad taste. Derision of another Jew or Jewish group by Jews falls into this category. Not too long ago, and rather repeatedly thereafter, some Orthodox groups put ads in newspapers denigrating Reform Jews and telling people not to worship in their synagogues. Inevitably, when my wife and I go to a restaurant, we hear people talking about a rabbi (Christians rarely speak

about their ministers or priests). I can’t avoid listening to what they are saying and it usually is not complimentary, but es passt nit, it is not nice. Israel is not perfect. In many respects she is a nation like other nations and her people are very much like other people, subject to the same imperfections, foibles and behavior as other people. We are embarrassed, however, when Israel or individual Israeli leaders are guilty of criminal acts. When allegations are made against a president, a prime minister or whomever, if it is an allegation politically charged and motivated, es passt nit – it is not nice in a Jewish state. Israel should aspire to a higher level of moral decency in such matters. If the allegations are true, then the actions fit into the category of crimes. If not true, allegations unproven represent a disservice to the nation and es passt nit. Should we criticize Israel publicly? No, we should not, because Israel

has few friends and many adversaries. As Jews we have the responsibility of being protective of Israel whenever we can. Criticize the powers to be, yes, but privately and not publicly. Public criticism in this case is not called for, es passt nit. Should we sue fellow Jews in civil court? It is preferable to call upon the Beth Din, the Rabbinic Court, to adjudicate such matters. I recall an incident in Philadelphia where my wife and I sued a doctor for a real estate transaction. The doctor didn’t show up in court because he was in jail. His wife came and screamed at me in front of the judge. The judge asked if we were members of the same congregation. Es passt nit for Jews to squabble with one another before a judge or jury if the matter in dispute can be settled by the Rabbinic Court. We have to reinvest the Beth Din of our community with the power and the authority to become a true court of law in the Jewish community. The Omaha situation involved a kosher

butcher where the Beth Din of Boston was called in and resolved the issue. When members of the Jewish community allegedly commit crimes – ponzi schemes, embezzlement or other sins – we hold our heads in shame and are embarrassed that they are Jews. And all we can say about the allegations is es passt nit. The expression “es passt nit” encompasses in a few words a value judgment which emerges out of the Yiddish language. That language is a reflection of the spiritual idealism of the Jewish people – a people who quest after a norm of conduct, a standard of behavior, which if attained elevates the moral character of our people. There may be some acts that are morally wrong, others that are morally right, still others about which we can say “es passt nit.” It is not nice, it is not appropriate, it is in poor taste. This is the Yiddish expression all of us should know.

Jewish identity does not form overnight Rabbi Adam F. Miller


ometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. Many years ago I went to have x-rays taken of my neck and shoulder following an auto accident. The technician took several x-rays, and then sent me to the waiting room while the pictures were developed. A few minutes later, the technician returned to say that they needed to retake the pictures. When I asked why, she showed me the images from the first series. She explained that she neglected to remove my necklace prior to the x-ray. Looking at the images, one immediately noticed that in the center of my chest was a Star of David. We retook the x-rays and, thankfully, I had not suffered any serious injury. But the image of that Jewish star on my chest remains in my mind to this day. To me, that picture was not a mistake – Judaism is at the center of my identity. I credit the strength of my Jewish identity to the experiences I had during my youth. My parents demonstrated by their actions the importance of one’s own Jewish identity. Although we moved several times, my parents always made joining a synagogue a priority. They encouraged me to participate in youth group activities, and I learned quickly that no matter where we lived, I always had a home in the Jewish community. In today’s world it remains vitally important that we impart a strong sense of Jewish identity to our children, who represent our future. It begins with preschool education, continues through religious school,

and includes the lifecycle events of bar/bat mitzvah and confirmation. These formal education experiences are enhanced when children participate in informal youth programming. One year after the formation of the community youth initiative in Collier County, it is exciting to see the success of BBYO and BBYO Connect. With several dozen members already involved, more teens are remaining engaged Jewishly. This increased level of engagement bodes well for the state of our community. Additionally, the next generation needs to learn that their Jewish identities do not end when religious school goes on vacation or when they leave the sanctuary after services. Jewish camping teaches our children that their Jewish identities remain important outside the walls of our synagogues and homes. Thank you to the Jewish Federation of Collier County, the Temple Shalom Sisterhood, and the Temple Shalom Men’s Club for enabling so many students to attend camp every summer. Even with all of these opportunities for Jewish children in our area, one factor ultimately determines the success or failure of our efforts: the dedication of parents and grandparents to prioritize Jewish experiences. As adults we have the opportunity to demonstrate through our words and our deeds the importance of being Jewish. When we speak positively about Jewish education, participate in the Jewish community, and encourage children to have Jewish experiences, the message to children and grandchildren is clear. Jewish identity does not form overnight. One class, one service, one mitzvah does not create a Jew. Over time, these Jewish experiences shape our beliefs and our identity. While one cannot measure their impact with an x-ray, they will be imprinted

on our hearts and woven into our souls – v’ahavta et Adonai Elohecha, b’chol l’vavcha, u’vchol nafsh’cha uv’chol m’odecha – And you shall love Adonai your God, with all your

heart, with all your might. May you and your loved ones have a summer full of warmth, peace and blessing.

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Beth Tikvah update By Stuart Kaye and Rosalee Bogo, co-Presidents


ast month we introduced some of the changes to our board. Now we are pleased to announce five new members: Dr. Karen Ezrine, Shelley Goodman, Justin Land, Paulette Margulies and Susan Platt. Each of these new board members adds valuable experience and expertise to our governing body. We look forward to tapping into their ideas and skills. A major goal is to get the word out about our enhanced Youth Education Program. Last fall, we introduced Aviva Chorny, profiling her background in Jewish education and indicating that Aviva would teach in and head our religious school. We benefit greatly from the sparking personality of Mallie Duboff, who has been with us for several years. Mallie is a well-rounded, experienced Jewish educator with special skills in music and the arts. She visits Beth Tikvah regularly from her home base in Fort Lauderdale. Less familiar is Julie Levine. Julie has broad experience in Jewish educa-

tion. She has coordinated programming for national United Synagogue Youth, has run the Children’s Shabbat Program at New York’s trailblazing Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, and taught in the West End (NY) Synagogue’s religious school. She has also worked as a teacher and Youth Group Advisor at Temple Beth Shalom in Framingham, Massachusetts. Julie has a B.A. from Brandeis University, a master’s degree from Simmons College in Library and Information Science, and another master’s degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology, from Framingham State College. As the congregation and the religious school evolve, we will put her talents and accomplishments to good use. We will soon hold a religious school Open House. Contact us via email if you’d like to be notified. Adult education courses Rabbi Chorny continues to offer two courses on Tuesdays. Torah Study meets at 12:15 p.m. (bring a dairy lunch). Liturgical Hebrew, designed to

make people more comfortable with the siddur, meets at 4:00 p.m. Each class runs about 75 minutes. A new addition is Conservative Judaism. Also led by Rabbi Chorny, the course is keyed to chapters in the widely praised The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Conservative Jews. This book is a wonderful teaching, learning and living tool. It is an amazing compendium of information and insight, valuable to Jews of all stripes. Copies of the book (free to members) are for sale at the synagogue. This course meets at 8:00 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Book Group On Monday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. our Book Group meets to discuss Nancy Richler’s brilliant The Imposter Bride. First published in Canada, this gorgeously written novel explores the ramifications, and also the causes, of a strange deceit. At the end of WWII, Lily Azerov appears in Montreal’s Jewish community to fulfill an arranged marriage with Sol Kramer.


However, the would-be groom backs out as soon as he meets her, and his brother Nathan marries the attractive immigrant. A year later, they have a daughter, and not long after that Lily disappears, veiled in suspicion about her true identity. The daughter’s quest to know her own identity leads to the revelation of startling secrets. (See Phil Jason’s review of The Imposter Bride on page 6B.) 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. 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. / 239-642-0800

President’s message Roger Blau JCMI President


began a 30-year career with AT&T when I was very young. Back then (mid-1960s) it was widely believed in the Jewish community of greater Detroit that “the phone company didn’t hire Jews.” I only went for an interview so I could “practice” the art of job hunting because I had no experience interviewing for a “real job” as an adult. During the interview I even felt compelled to tell the interviewer that I was Jewish just so there would be no misunderstanding. I was shocked when a week later I received a call inviting me back for a second interview over lunch, during which I was offered a very good, well-paying position.

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I never encountered discrimination during my career other than the occasional offhand rude remark or the disbelief I encountered when I mentioned that I was Jewish. The typical shocked response was, “You’re Jewish?” Not only did I face no overt discrimination, my career seemed to be on fast forward. While still in my early twenties I was promoted to my first junior level executive position. Most of my peers were in their forties, fifties and sixties. Shortly after my promotion I attended my first ever high-level corporate social event. Actually it was a Christmas party. At the party our vice president of personnel stood up and announced to the group of executives

and their wives that he had done some research and found that “Roger Blau is the youngest manager at this level in the entire Bell System of over one million employees.” I received a round of applause and I’m sure I blushed. I was thrilled and surprised and, of course, very full of myself. All of this is by way of background to the brief point I want to make. A few days after this event I received a call in my office from a very high-level AT&T executive in New York. I was amazed that he even knew I existed, let alone that he would call me. On that call he gave me some advice that I think guided my entire career and brought me whatever success I achieved. When I answered

the phone, he announced his name and said simply, “Roger, I want to congratulate you on your promotion and give you some advice…ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING.” That was it. Then he just hung up. It wasn’t a confusing abstraction. In fact, it was so simple that it hit me like a hammer on my head. “Always doing the right thing” makes every aspect of your life simple. And guess what? Always doing the right thing makes you a good person and a good Jew as well. Nobody’s perfect. We all make mistakes and have regrets. But if you keep it simple and always try to “do the right thing,” you will improve your success, your happiness, your faith and your health.


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Chabad Jewish Center of Naples update Partner Project Appreciation Brunch We recently hosted our second annual Partner Project Appreciation Brunch to recognize our Chabad Partners. We had a huge turnout of partners who enjoyed a delicious brunch in a lively atmosphere with music provided by Art Eisenberg and beautiful centerpieces by Jen Feinstein. Photos from this event can be found on page 10B. Our Partner Project has grown to 275 partners since its inception and we have seen tremendous success already, thanks to the enthusiastic response of our generous community. Regardless of participation level, each Partner does make a difference as we continue our success in securing our future as a thriving Jewish community. For more information or to receive your Partner Package, call 239.262.4474, e-mail or visit Jewish calendar Each year, Chabad of Naples distributes a Jewish calendar free of charge to members of our community. If you

would like to place an advertisement or dedication in our upcoming calendar – or be placed on our mailing list to receive the calendar – please call 239.262.4474 or e-mail office@ First women’s mikvah in Naples We are very excited to announce we have broken ground on the first mikvah in Naples! Through the generosity of Sally Aaron and the Elias Brothers, the plans are well underway for the five-star facility with modern spa-like amenities, elegant waiting area, fully equipped preparation area and beautifully designed mikvah. We are thrilled we will soon be able to provide this service for our local community and visitors! Hebrew School 2013-2014 Chabad Hebrew School is currently enrolling students for our 2013-2014 Hebrew School year. Our curriculum includes: Hebrew reading (using the Aleph Champ reading program); Jewish history; mitzvot and Jewish practice (the hows and whys of Jewish living); and tefillah (prayer). Lessons are engaging and exciting, with lots


of projects, activities and discussions that provide meaningful insight into contemporary Jewish life. Our mission is to make the richness of our Jewish heritage accessible to every Jewish child regardless of his or her background or education. Hebrew School is held on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. To enroll your child, please call 239.262.2620 or visit 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. The message is always topical, contemporary, meaningful and relevant. Services are followed by a delicious Kiddush buffet lunch. Bring your children and grandchildren along with you! Our Junior Shabbat Minyan, a children’s service for ages 3 to 11, gets the kids up and moving as our teachers follow the parsha of the week through games, songs, stories, activities and a snack (and some fun on the outdoor playground, too). It

is a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn in a fun environment. To sponsor a Kiddush in honor of, or to commemorate someone special, please call 239.262.4474. Flying Challah Each week, we distribute freshlybaked 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 you are thinking about them. A Flying Challah needs only your suggestion and a call to Ettie Zaklos at 239.262.4474. Chabad Naples Community Care Chabad Naples has 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 appreciate a visit from a fellow Jew, please call 239.261.0772. Weekly email and mailing List If you would like to be added to the our weekly updates and mailing list, call 239.262.4474 or e-mail info@ / 239-455-3030

President’s message By Yale Freeman, President


n behalf of Temple Shalom, I want to begin by expressing our appreciation to the Jewish Federation of Collier County for all that it does to help and support us. Federation has always been there to work with us and to look for new ways we can support one another and thereby support our overall Jewish community. Looking to the future, Temple Shalom has introduced a “One

Family” initiative. We are taking a series of steps to nurture stronger connections within our Temple Shalom family as well as our Naples Jewish community. This is one aspect of our Strategic Plan which was just unveiled. More to come in the next few months. Meanwhile, day-to-day life is full. A few days ago, I sat in on Temple Shalom’s calendar meeting for the upcoming year. It continues to be

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an amazing process to me. Almost 30 of our youth will become bar/bat mitzvah. The preschool and religious school have countless events scheduled. Plus, a variety of Adult Education, Social Action and other special events are planned. And it all starts in August! Finally, the Our Torah project continues. We are scribing a new Torah for Temple Shalom and our community. Everyone in our Jewish

community as well as the greater community is welcome to scribe a letter in Our Torah and experience the spiritual journey described by those who have participated. Both Jews and non-Jews can scribe a letter in Our Torah. Scribing appointments can be scheduled at www.naplestemple. org or by calling the temple office at 239.455.3030. Be well and have an enjoyable summer. / 239-234-6366

President’s message By Suzanne L. Paley, President Exciting times I want to extend congratulations and kudos to Dr. Jaclynn Faffer and her staff at Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) for acquiring the funding needed to open the very first senior center in Collier County! It is hard to believe that Collier County, with its large senior population, has been without a much needed senior center. This milestone could not have been achieved without a lot of hard work and dedication. Jackie – we are so proud! Care Connection NJC We are moving forward with plans for Care Connection NJC. We will be able to meet the situational needs of our congregants with our own volunteers,

whose training will be provided by JFCS. Further, we will partner with JFCS to provide chronic or ongoing services for those whose needs are greater or long-term in nature. This is a very big step in the development of our committee and the desire of those involved to further meet the needs of our members. Summer plans I want to remind everyone that during the months of May, June, July and August we only hold Shabbat services the last Friday of each month. This does not mean that many of us are not as busy or busier than usual during these months! Our ritual committee, rabbi, cantorial soloist and music director are using this time to consolidate plans for

High Holiday services, which come very early this year. In addition, our Sisterhood and Men’s Club are making arrangements for their respective activities to be held during the more populated seasonal months. I understand that Sisterhood’s focus this year will be on having fun and a good time with each other, leaving more serious discussions to Sisterhood’s book club, which will continue to meet during the summer. For more information on any

aspect of Naples Jewish Congregation, you can always contact me at 239.776.7559 or suzanne.paley@ If you choose to use email, please use the words ‘Temple Information’ in your subject line. Here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe summer. For those of you who travel or don’t remain here in the Naples area for these hot and humid months, I will be thinking of you as I enjoy the pool and the air conditioning.

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Hadassah update Shelley Skelton President


nce upon a time, in a city far away, there was a lady who had the hardest time making chicken soup! Actually, the soup was okay, but her matzo balls never seemed to be right. They would just fall apart and didn’t look round. I would say, “Mom, it’s okay. They don’t have to look good, as long as they taste good. Why don’t you just call them kneidlach?” And so, she did. Kneidlach they were, but she constantly worried about her chicken soup

being different than everyone else’s. I did not learn to make chicken soup until many years later, and as a newlywed, I found a recipe and taught myself. By this time, I had moved away from home, and so when the holidays rolled around, my friend’s mother would invite me and my small family to celebrate with them. These were such happy occasions, and lo and behold, my friend’s mother made the best chicken soup I’d ever tasted, with the most perfect matzo balls. One year, I decided to ask her how she got the chicken soup so clear. It was the most beautiful lemony color with not one tiny piece of chicken or parsley, or anything, floating in it. “This is easy,” she said. She just strained the soup with cheesecloth. The next time I was preparing

At the Hadassah table at the Israel@65 Celebration: Lynn Weiner, Shelley Skelton, Debbie Slutsker


chicken soup, I was so excited. I had the cheesecloth ready and when that soup was cooked, it was going to be the best ever. I would do my mother proud. I placed the cheesecloth in a big strainer, set it in the sink, removed the huge pot of soup from the stovetop and carefully carried it over to the sink, tipped the pot over and watched the soup flow gloriously through the cheesecloth – and instantly down the drain! My mother’s Yahrzeit is this month, and I think of her every time I make chicken soup, and how much she laughed when I told her that story. My mother was very proud to be a volunteer. She devoted many hours to raise money for the Women’s Heart Association connected with the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She was always selling something to benefit this organization, and she, herself, suffered from heart disease. She was also a worrier – always asking what if, or who will take care of this or why did this happen. And believe it or not, she really, really worried about who would say Kaddish for her. I’m not sure why she wondered about that, but after all, a worrier will worry about everything.

Hadassah’s Perpetual Yahrzeit program ensures that Kaddish will be recited, under the breathtaking Chagall Windows at the Fannie and Maxwell Abbell Synagogue at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. Your one-time, tax-deductible donation of $1,000 will ensure that Kaddish will be recited for your loved one in perpetuity in Israel, in accordance with the Hebrew calendar. In addition, our chapter receives 100 percent credit toward our annual goal. Your donation will benefit the Hadassah Medical Organization and enable Hadassah to continue its preeminent role in healing, teaching and research. Wouldn’t our loved ones be happy to know that Hadassah empowers women by providing health initiatives necessary to make informed medical decisions? Be sure to watch for an upcoming Hadassah program on Women’s Heart Health brought to you by Dr. Karen Ezrine. If you would like to establish a perpetual Yahrzeit for yourself or a loved one, please call me at 239.676.3052. We remember those we have loved, and lost...and the sweetness they brought to our lives. / 239-498-2778

JWI teams with campus communities on Healthy Relationship Program Millie Sernovitz JWI Past International President ating abuse is a significant issue on college campuses. A 2011 survey from “Love Is Not Abuse” found that nearly 1 in 3 upperclassmen experienced dating abuse in college. Moreover, the majority of students said dating abuse is difficult to identify, and more than half would not know how to help someone they knew was a victim. JWI, in partnership with the sorority  Sigma Delta Tau  (SDT) and fraternity  Zeta Beta Tau  (ZBT), is developing a workshop on healthy


relationships for students on college campuses. This program will empower young people to make healthy relationship choices and support their peers. The relationship between Sigma Delta Tau, Zeta Beta Tau and JWI is the first of its kind, and is looking to educate not only the members on the importance of healthy relationships, but also fraternity men and sorority women across the globe. This program will give JWI a chance to reach young people who can immediately benefit from this knowledge and carry it with them into their future relationships, in addition to sharing it with others. This groundbreaking program, which will be piloted on three campuses in the fall of 2013, will examine relationships through the lens of

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power and control; explore gender norms, elements of healthy and unhealthy relationships, and dating abuse; and teach how to be an active bystander. After the program has been piloted in the fall, JWI will help train SDT and ZBT leaders to conduct the program on their own campuses. Program elements will ultimately include a facilitators’ guide and a video, and will incorporate creative use of social

media and advocacy efforts. To learn more about JWI’s partnership with SDT and ZBT on healthy relationships or other JWI endeavors locally and nationally, please contact Millie Sernovitz at 239.498.2778 or Also, please visit the JWI website at or its companion website for Jewish Woman magazine at www.jwmag. org.

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


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300,000 faces of ORT every year By Marina Berkovich, Gulf Beaches ORT America Chapter President


n its 133 year history, ORT has been present around the world and making a daily difference in times of prosperity and in times of decline and despair, in such unexpected places like Chad, Uruguay, India and Latvia, or places that most identified with ORT history, like Russia, the U.S. and Israel. Every generation has its education needs, so ORT changes with the changing times, keeping the essentials like “education for life,” always dependable, and adding much needed excitement and edge to get the new generations motivated and interested in the process of learning and educating. The globe became an ORT country before the world went global. Children hospitalized in Israel for more than three days must have school instructions. The ORT Kav-Or initiative and Kadima Mada (Science Journey) made sure that every hospital that treats children can now enjoy the benefits of ORT educational programs. A $3.2 million investment by a Swiss-based foundation allowed 27 general schools located inside Israeli hospitals to be transformed and updated, creating opportunities for patients to maintain social and educational links with friends and schools through distance learning. U.S. ORT Operations manages schools carrying the ORT name and satellite and branch campuses and educational programs in the U.S.

It provides support in educational programming, career development, financial management, accessing governmental funding, compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, accreditation requirements, and serving the educational needs of communities within the U.S. Bramson ORT College offers quality programs in business, technology and health services that meet the educational and career needs of a diverse New York community. The latest exciting programs are in Renewable Energy and Game Design. Zarem/Golde ORT Technical Institute serves the local population in Skokie, Illinois, as well as new immigrants from over 45 different

nations, offering an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, and certificate programs including Accounting, CADD, Medical Assistant and Pharmacy Technician. Los Angeles ORT College is directly involved with the local community and provides an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting and certificate programs, including Computer and Medical Technology Programs, Graphics and Web Design. The David B. Hermelin ORT Resource Center serves as a technological resource for Jewish educators and offers job training programs for the local Detroit community, while marketing its design service to community organizations and businesses. The ORT E-Learning Center in

At the ORT table at the Israel@65 Celebration: (standing) Sharon Lemoff, Marina Berkovich, (seated) Dottie Magen, Midge Rauch


Brooklyn, New York, provides tutorials to students of yeshivot and Jewish schools in Math, English, Science and Jewish Studies. It also prepares students for entrance exams for Bramson ORT’s Brooklyn Center. In the U.S., ORT America Next Generation is a network of young professionals dedicated to improving local communities and the world through the support of education. They offer social programming and volunteer opportunities empowering the next generation to better the world through education. While it is no longer their grandmother’s ORT, the next generation groups are mostly descendants of the loyal ORTists of yesteryear, proving that ORT is a tradition for the entire family to share and carry on. The Gulf Beaches ORT America Chapter is a group of dedicated, loyal ORT supporters, many of whom are lifetime members. During the 20122013 fundraising season, the chapter crossed a few milestones – attendance, membership, presence and donations are all up. At the recent Jewish Federation Israel@65 celebration, local ORTists were happy to share with the local youth some of their ORT passion. Call Hella Amelkin, Past Chapter co-President, at 239.649.4000 to join, renew your membership, transfer chapters after relocating to Florida, donate, get involved, or have your questions answered. / 239-495-8197

The values of Humanistic Judaism Paula Creed President


mong the many options for participation in the Jewish community the Humanistic Jewish Havurah is unique. Humanistic Judaism – a national movement with which the Humanistic Jewish Havurah is affiliated – was created by Jews who wanted their Jewish identity to be consistent with the reality of how they lived. It meets the needs of people who rely on science and academic study to understand their history and themselves, who expect a Judaism that incorporates current scholarship into its self-conception, even if new ideas lead to very different conclusions from traditional teachings. It provides opportunities to meet, learn from and love people from other cultures and with different life styles,

and is a Judaism open enough to welcome and celebrate such encounters. It affirms the right of individuals to shape their own lives independent of supernatural authority. We are the fifth denomination within Judaism. What are the values of Humanistic Judaism? TRUTH: We rely on what we can know about human experience. My experience, your experience, the human experience and our knowledge of the natural world can be reasonably and scientifically explored to discover new, powerful truths about human and Jewish history, and human and Jewish potential. Do we know everything? Of course not, but what we can and do know about the world and ourselves is very important. We rely on what we can know, and we know a great deal. DIGNITY: The “Holy of Holies” for humanistic Jews is human dignity. When our sense of dignity inspires us to modify Jewish tradition to appropriately articulate our values we do. When our quest for truth leads us to conclusions that challenge sacred

stories, we value our dignity and understand our founding narratives as powerful literary myths but not history. And as human beings, our dignity goes hand in hand with the dignity of all peoples. REALITY: It is more honest to champion the reality of choice that permits those who wish to observe traditionally to do so, and those who celebrate their holidays differently to do that. We accept the reality of intercultural marriage – the result of an open society, and the power of love, and we welcome such families who seek connections with Jewish culture. The most satisfying and honest approach is to deal constructively with reality. INTEGRITY: The words we use are very important, especially at important times in our lives. What could be more satisfying than celebrating our connection to the Jewish people at holidays and life-cycle events with the integrity of believing what we say and sing, even if it is in Hebrew? The joy of Humanistic Judaism is knowing that what you say and practice in your

ritual is the same way you live your life – no hypocrisy, no pretending, just honest expression of our values and our Jewish cultural connections. In this way we can be true to our convictions as our ancestors were to theirs. Say what you mean and mean what you say in any language. JUDAISM: The Jewish people created Jewish culture. Being Jewish means being part of a world family, to have a large attic of memories, traditions and ethics inherited from our ancestors as well as those created in recent memory and in our own days. Connections with our Jewish family are very important to us, as are our sense of truth, dignity and integrity. Humanistic Judaism may be the right Judaism for you and your family. For more information, please visit our website at www.humanisticjewish Save the date A Humanistic Jewish commemoration of Yom Kippur, including break the fast, will take place Saturday, September 14. Details to follow in a later issue of this publication.

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Naples Jewish Social Club update By Arnold Bresnick, co-President Picnic & Games Fun Night: Sunday, June 30 Save the date for a great Inside Picnic & Entertaining Game Night Featuring Prizes. The location is the Clubhouse at the Waterways of Naples. Food will be all the traditional picnic fare with a cold buffet and hot dogs as well. The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. and extend into the early evening. Dessert and beverage is included. No alcoholic beverages please. An exciting card game with everyone paired into groups is planned. Each person is to bring three pennies and $1 in small change. Every couple is to bring a deck of cards. We need a minimum of 20 attendees to make it happen. The clubhouse is limited in size to 50 people. Get your reservation in early. The Waterways of Naples Clubhouse is located off Immokalee Road next to the Collier County Fairgrounds. Swimming is also available to you. Sondra Greer and Sandy Epstein

are planning this event. Please send your reservation checks to Sondra at 935 Tropical Bay Court, Naples, FL 34120. For information and directions, call Sondra at 239.353.4468. The deadline for reservations is June 10. The member cost is $20; nonmembers are $25. Chanukah party for 2013 The Naples Jewish Social Club has moved the annual “Gala Affair” to January to accommodate our members returning from the north. In so doing we have had to eliminate our Chanukah celebration. Our plan is to now celebrate Chanukah on November 23, the Saturday prior to the start of Chanukah. The location is Heritage Bay Country Club located on Immokalee Road just two miles east of 951 (Collier Blvd.). Last year the Heritage Bay Chanukah celebration was outstanding. The dinner was exquisite, the potato latkes were scrumptious, and the DJ played wonderful dance music. In

addition, a rabbi gave an interesting explanation of Chanukah and then the candles were lit. Heritage Bay has a minimum requirement of 50 people to have the celebration. The Social Club needs a rough count so we can go ahead in planning this event. The cost last year was $35 per person. A price is not available but will be announced as soon as possible. Sondra Greer is coordinating this event. Please email her at to let her know your wishes, or call 239.353.4468 if you want to discuss this further. Bridge and Mahjongg In addition to our regular monthly events, we offer bridge and Mahjongg. 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. For membership info, please 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







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


ur concluding luncheon of the season was held on Tuesday, April 16 at the Vineyards. We honored Jeff Silverman of Naples Envelope and Printing Company, Jewish Family & Community Services, and Redlands Christian Migrant Association. We honored our life members for their ongoing support of NCJW. The life members who were present – Ellen Gurnitz, Jeri Hall, Muriel Hurwich, Bobbie Katz, Judy Kaufman, Carol Klein, Dottie Magen, Fran Nossen, Marcelle Reiss, Wendy Riedel, Pearl Thall and Linda Wainick – were recognized and presented with flowers.

Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, President/ CEO of Jewish Family & Community Services, was presented with a check in support of JFCS children’s services. In February, our section hosted “Just Lunch,” a JFCS congregate meal for isolated elders. Dr. Faffer spoke about the services that are being provided to a couple who attend “Just Lunch” to enable them to remain in their home. Gloria Padilla, Area Coordinator for Redlands Christian Migrant Association, was presented with a check in support of RCMA early childhood programs. Velma Adame, Food Service Manager for the State of Florida, has

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worked for 30 years for the RCMA food program, teaching cooks how to prepare nutritious foods, and to keep records. She spoke about how RCMA helped her. She comes from a large, loving family. Her father was a crew leader, and the family traveled every summer, picking the crops. The work was difficult – poor housing, working in the hot sun, pouring rain, with no benefits. She eloped when she was in high school, and has been married for 34 years. Her father was her inspiration to get an education. In 1981, she went to night school to get a GED, and got her first job with RCMA in 1982. When her younger son enrolled

Gloria Padilla and Velma Adame

in Hodges University, she did as well and earned a bachelor’s degree. She is looking forward to continuing her education. RCMA has been a major support in allowing her to follow her dream of education and meaningful employment. Thanks to Velma for sharing her story. NCJW National NCJW expressed its deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed by explosions recently at the site of the Boston Marathon, and sends thoughts and prayers to the many who were injured. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement: “Our hearts go out to the families of those killed and injured and the entire Boston community. NCJW deplores acts of terrorism targeted against innocent people.” NCJW recently renewed its call for actions to make equal pay for equal work a reality. Women earn 77 percent of what men earn for the same or similar work. NCJW continues to advocate for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the ability of victims of pay discrimination to seek justice through our legal system.

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Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU to debut poster collection seized by Nazis in 1938 Collection returned to family 75 years later


he Jewish Museum of FloridaFIU, the only museum dedicated to the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture, is proud to present posters from the renowned collection of Dr. Hans Sachs, confiscated by the Nazis in 1938 and just returned to his son, Peter Sachs, this year. Sachs has generously offered to display part of the collection at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, which will include many works that have never been seen by the public. The exhibit will open on Tuesday, July 9 and remain on display through December 2013. Dr. Hans Sachs was a German Jewish dentist who amassed the largest and most significant private poster collection in the world, totaling 12,500 posters in 1938. The posters were displayed as mounted exhibits, open to the public, through a society of friends. After the Nazi occupation, Joseph Goebbels, chief of Nazi propaganda, sent police to Dr. Sachs’ home to confiscate the entire collection, telling him it would be transferred to a new museum. That would be the last time the Sachs family would see the posters for 75 years. “We feel honored to have Peter Sachs choose the Jewish Museum of

Florida-FIU to display his father’s treasured art,” said Jo Ann Arnowitz, executive director. “As a historically significant collection, we hope the whole community will enjoy these rare pieces of art that were stolen and took so long to be returned to its rightful owners.” The extensive collection of posters include mostly small original print runs of art, propaganda, politics, entertainment, travel, sports, consumer products, and scenes of war, some dating back to 1885. Dr. Sachs’ collection included works by notable artists such as Mucha, Steinlen, Cassandre, Cheret, Bernhard, Edel, Gipkens, Klinger, Carlu, Schnackenberg, Dufau, Grasset, Fennecker, Hohlwein, Kainer, Pechstein, Scheurich, Biro, Leyendecker, Christy and Flagg, among others. Dr. Sachs organized the first poster collecting society and, in 1911, published Das Plakat (The Poster), an international magazine which quickly developed a devoted following. The Sachs family has been fighting for the return of the poster collection since pieces of the collection were seen in East Berlin in 1966. Each attempt had been met with contention from the German art organizations and courts. In 2009, Peter Sachs, a former Sarasota resident, won a test

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case at Berlin’s administrative court over one poster, but the German Historical Museum, which admitted to holding 4,000 of the posters, appealed. Moreover, the Museum had acknowledged they had 8,000 of the posters in 1992. In January 2010, the German judicial system affirmed that the posters belonged to the Sachs family, but said the collection must remain in Berlin. The case eventually went to the Constitutional Supreme Court of Germany where it found the family was the rightful owner. In 2013, the German Historical Museum finally released what remained of the collection, an estimated where they were carried off – never 4,259 posters. Some of the posters will to be seen again!” go to museums, including the JewAbout the Museum: The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU and The ish Museum of Florida-FIU is the Wolfsonian-FIU; others have been only museum dedicated to telling the and will be auctioned off to the public. story of 250 years of Florida JewPeter Sachs explained his reasoning ish heritage, arts and culture. The to The Huffington Post: “There’s of museum is housed in two adjacent course no practical way that I could lovingly restored historic buildings, frame and hang 4,300 posters, so I just at 301 Washington Avenue on South didn’t see any other alternative than to Beach, that were once synagogues for do what we’re doing. But I don’t feel Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregaguilty in any way whatsoever – even tion. The museum’s focal point is its with them being auctioned I think core exhibit, MOSAIC: Jewish Life it’s far preferable that they will wind in Florida, 1763 to Present, and its up in the hands of people who truly temporary history and art exhibits that enjoy them and appreciate them rather change periodically. Now on display: than sitting in a museum’s storage for Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age through another 70 years without seeing the September 15, and FRYD ON FIRE light of day.” by Carol Fryd through October 20. The value of the collection is A Collections and Research Center, estimated to be between $6 million several films, Timeline Wall of Jewand $21 million. ish history, Museum Store filled with Dr. Sachs died in 1974, never unique items, and Bessie’s Bistro having seen his poster collection afcomplete the experience for visitors ter the fateful day in 1938 when they of all ages and backgrounds. For more were seized by the Nazis. In a report, information, call 305.672.5044 or Dr. Sachs recalled that day: “The day visit after next, three giant trucks appeared. The blackest day of my life had begun. With my own hands, I took 250 aluminum arms, each containing 50 posters, from their supports, removed the bibliography with its 80 larger works and hundreds of single articles, carried 12 full card index boxes with 1,000 cards each and the entire miniature Dr. Hans Sachs in parlor, Berlin, 1899 graphic to the trucks,

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Statement from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater regarding the unanimous passage of reforms to aid Holocaust survivors


lorida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today (April 26) released the following statement regarding the passage of Senate Bill 936 and House Bill 913 today, sponsored by Senator Tom Lee (R‐ Brandon) and Representative Michael Bileca (R‐Miami) and prime co‐ sponsor Representative Kevin Rader (D‐Delray Beach). This bill allows the Department of Financial Services to seek restitution for Nazi‐confiscated bank accounts, art and property; provide education to Holocaust survivors as to the existence of the restitution program; and to assist survivors in receiving needed health benefits. “When I first took office, I was astonished to learn that financial institutions were assessing a wire transfer fee on Holocaust survivors’ reparation payments from the German government. The fee, essentially a 10 percent tax, was a significant financial burden considering that the vast majority of the victims are elderly and rely on these payments. To remedy this, my office partnered with 23 financial institutions in Florida to waive the wire transfer tax on these payments. “This year, we have taken our efforts to help survivors and their families a step further and advocated for the authority to seek restitution from Nazi‐confiscated accounts and

property. I thank Sen. Lee, Rep. Bileca and Rep. Rader for their leadership on this issue and for passing this legislation. “Although nothing we do will ever fully repay the suffering these survivors experienced, passing this bill is a powerful reflection of the Legislature’s desire to contribute to the well‐being of this important group of Floridians.” Sen. Lee, the Senate sponsor, offered the following statement in support: “I applaud CFO Atwater for his continued support of Holocaust victims and allowing me to sponsor such important legislation.” Rep. Bileca, the House sponsor, offered the following statement in support: “Although we can never fully comprehend the inhumanity that our Holocaust survivors experienced, I am proud that our Legislature, through CFO Atwater’s leadership, is providing our CFO with the increased ability to deliver justice for our survivors.” Rep. Rader, the House prime co‐ sponsor, offered the following statement in support: “Today, I am proud to be a part of a Legislature that unanimously recognized the need, and took action to increase assistance available to Florida’s Holocaust survivors.” Jacob Solomon, President & CEO, Greater Miami Jewish Federa-

tion, offered the following statement in support: “The Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Florida Association of Jewish Federations applaud the leadership of CFO Atwater and the Legislature on the passage of the Holocaust Victims Assistance Act of 2013. This Bill, by expanding assistance to Holocaust survivors seeking restitution of Nazi‐confiscated bank accounts, art and other property and assets, will help ensure that the unique needs of our most vulnerable and aging population are met. We hope it will bring a measure of dignity and improve the quality of life for these seniors. The unanimous support for this legislation in the House and Senate is truly heartwarming for our survivors, their families and all Floridians.” Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director for the Florida Holocaust Museum, offered the following statement in support: “The Florida Holocaust Museum recognizes and commends CFO Atwater’s leadership and advocacy for the improvement of the quality of life of the Holocaust survivors residing in the State of Florida. Florida remains a national leader in

supporting Holocaust education and survivor rights.” Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government; reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away capital; and ensuring transparency and accountability in spending. Since 1998, 5,269 Floridian claims have been processed and payments of more than $12,000,000 have been received. The new and expanded Legislation will provide new recovery of bank accounts, art and other property assets. Many of our Jewish Family Service agencies are under contract with the CFO to help identify survivors and families and to work together to process claims. Please make sure that you send letters of thanks to Representative Michael Bileca, Representative Kevin Rayder, Senator Tom Lee and CFO Atwater for all their hard work on this important legislation.


The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida thanks all those who supported its April 7th annual fundraiser, Triumph 2013 – Lives of Valor. The event was a great success and benefitted the Museum’s Education programs. Our appreciation also goes to Collier's Reserve Country Club for hosting our Patron Dinner on April 6th. To those who could not attend, but still sent in a donation, we are very grateful. A special "Thank You" to all of our Sponsors, Business Partners and Culinary Partners for the evening. Please visit these establishments or give them a call to let them know how much you appreciate their support of our Museum and Mission.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 20th anniversary emphasizes “Never Again” By Jeff Margolis


f all of the museums in Washington, D.C, the Holocaust Museum is the only one dedicated to our national conscience.” This observation was made by former President Bill Clinton at a gathering of over 3,000 Holocaust survivors, liberators, rescuers and their families. Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel were the keynote speakers before an emotional crowd as part of a two-day event at the end of April commemorating the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Both men participated in the museum’s dedication twenty years ago. Wiesel, who is also the Museum’s Founding Chairman, noted that “Life is made not of years, but of moments that define our being.” These were abhorrent moments that the world chose to ignore. Wiesel also took the opportunity to chide the Roosevelt Administration for not doing enough to help the Jews of Europe that had fallen under the brutal Nazi regime. He said that this was a painful truth in our history despite the fact many American Jews liked FDR and voted for him four times. The 2013 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Elie Wiesel Award was presented to all World War II veterans and was accepted by Susan

Eisenhower, granddaughter of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. A special commemorative pin was created for the occasion and was presented to all veterans who were in attendance. By most accounts the museum is one of the most visited and most successful in the nation’s capital, hosting more than 35 million visitors since its opening in 1993. Museum staff have trained over 13,000 teachers and have catalogued over 13,000 artifacts that have served to document mankind’s most inhumane event. But for man’s inhumanity to his fellow man, this museum and memorial should never needed to have been built. One Holocaust survivor observed that “there is not enough paper in the whole world nor are there enough pens to tell all the stories of the Holocaust.” I had the opportunity to hear some of the stories at a dinner to mark the museum’s anniversary. I met a cantor, David Wisnia from Levittown, Pennsylvania. He was born in Poland, escaped from Dachau Concentration Camp, and somehow managed to join the famed U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division where he was trained as a machine gunner. I also had the good fortune to sit next to George Oscar Lee, who currently lives in Aventura, Florida. Now 91 years old,

Mr. Lee has written five books about his personal experiences during the Holocaust. GenShoah of Southwest Florida had representation at the 20th Anniversary National Tribute. My wife Ida and I, along with Dr. Ken and Goldie Wetcher, participated in the events and commemoration ceremonies. We all took the time to strike up friendships with survivors and liberators. Ken is a both a child of survivors as well as a survivor himself, having been born in a slave labor camp. Ida Margolis,

at the 20-year mark rather than waiting for 25 years because many of the survivors as well as the liberators are in their 80s and 90s and may not be able to participate in such an event five years from now. The two-day event included films, workshops and discussions as well as an opportunity to meet with museum staff to search personal family histories. The somber event concluded with an uplifting klezmer concert where survivors and families were able to celebrate. Through their stories,

Jeff & Ida Margolis and Goldie & Ken Wetcher

chair of GenShoah of Southwest Florida, is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors and editor of her mother’s book, Angels at My Back. The Museum planning committee decided to hold this commemoration

contributions and resolve, they are determined to make the phrase “Never Again” a meaningful one. President Clinton said, “You know the truth. You have enshrined it here.”

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June 1943 and the end of the ghettos By Paul R. Bartrop, PhD


einrich Himmler (yimakh shemo – may his name be blotted out) was born in Munich in 1900. Originally destined for the Jesuit priesthood, he studied agriculture and economics, and worked as a salesman and chicken farmer, joining the Nazi Party in the early 1920s. In 1929 he took over leadership of the SS, the feared SchutzDr. Paul Bartrop staffel, or “Protection Squad,” first created in 1923 to serve as Hitler’s personal bodyguard. Himmler then expanded its size and strength, creating such departments as the Sicherheitsdienst (Security Service) or SD, the intelligence agency of the SS and the Nazi Party; the Geheime Staatspolizei or Gestapo (Secret State Police), the official secret police of Nazi Germany; and the Rasse-und Siedlungshauptamt-SS (SS Race and Settlement Main Office) or RuSHA, the organization responsible for “safeguarding the racial purity of the SS” in Nazi Germany. It was Himmler who organized the first concentration camp at Dachau in 1933, and was the primary architect of the Kristallnacht pogrom in November 1938. His racist views, his commitment to “racial purity,” and his belief in occult forces enabled him to become the principal instigator of the extermination of the Jews, with overall responsibility and implementation for the concentration and death camp system, and the criminal medical experiments undertaken within them. As a young man, Himmler – a devoted Catholic – displayed evi-

dence of being anti-Semitic, though not necessarily an extremist. In the early 1920s he became involved with right-wing paramilitaries in Munich, and met Ernst Röhm, an early member of the Nazi party and co-founder of the Sturmabteilung or SA (Storm Detachment). In 1922, Himmler became more interested in the “Jewish question,” and his political and anti-Semitic views became more and more radical. In August 1923 Himmler joined the Nazi Party (NSDAP) as a member of Röhm’s SA. From this point on, Himmler became involved in local, then national, politics. After the unsuccessful Beer Hall Putsch of November 9, 1923, when Hitler attempted to take power by force, Himmler lost his job and was forced to move back home with his parents. He now became increasingly irritable, aggressive and opinionated. Over the next several years, Himmler became one of the three or four most powerful men in Nazi Germany behind Hitler. Certainly, from his office, he was one of those most directly responsible for the Holocaust. As Reichsführer-SS in overall command of all security agencies in Nazi Germany, Himmler was the man who, 70 years ago this month, ordered the liquidation of all ghettos within the Reichskommissariat Ostland (the Baltic States and Belorussia), and the transfer to concentration camps of the remaining Jewish inhabitants still capable of working. For those who could no longer work, they would be transferred to the extermination camps in German-occupied Poland that had been established since the spring of 1942, where they would be murdered.

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Himmler’s order of June 21, 1943 directed that all Jews still remaining in ghettos be collected into concentration camps. The order stated that after August 1, 1943 it would be forbidden to release Jews from concentration camps for outside work. From this point on, there would be no hope of escape for the Jews of Europe remaining alive in Nazi Europe. Already, the Jewish community of Warsaw had been destroyed in the aftermath of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which was brought to an end the previous month with the death and deportation of the remaining 50,000 ghetto inhabitants. Throughout the rest of June, and in the months following, the other ghettos in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia were systematically emptied of their Jewish populations. On June 19, not to be overlooked, Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels declared Berlin to be Judenfrei (cleansed of Jews), and on June 25 a new gas chamber and crematorium complex opened at Auschwitz. With its completion, the four crematoria at Auschwitz could “process” a daily capacity of 4,756 bodies. This month in history, therefore, is – like so many before and after it – one of central significance in the development of the Shoah. If we can say that the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941 saw the gestation of the “Final Solution” (a detestable euphemism) and the Wannsee Conference of January 1942 was its birth certificate, Himmler’s order liquidating the ghettos 70 years ago this month realized its maturation.

Of interest here is that Belzec and Chelmno had been closed down by this stage, leaving Sobibor, Treblinka, Majdanek and Auschwitz to carry out the remaining tasks of carrying through Himmler’s directive. After this, a massive number of Jews who had so far escaped death were murdered, caught in a trap from which there was no escape and no alternatives. Himmler himself went on to further promotions, and by the end of the war had established himself as an alternative to Hitler as a German leader with whom the Nazis could negotiate. As World War II was drawing to a close, he realized the likelihood of Germany’s eventual defeat, and sought a parley with the Allies that they would not recognize. After Germany’s surrender on May 9, 1945, he attempted to go into hiding, but was captured by British troops on May 21, 1945. On May 23, during an interrogation session, he bit into a hidden cyanide pill and was dead within fifteen minutes. This mass murderer of the Jewish people thus cheated the prospect of a trial before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, which would sit just a few months later. His death, at his own hands, could not expiate the sins committed upon his orders. Dr. Paul Bartrop is Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. He can be reached at pbartrop@

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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. Major League Hebrews The following players are on a Major League Baseball roster (active or disabled) as of April 16. All have at least one Jewish parent and were raised secular or Jewish: RYAN BRAUN, 29, outfielder, Milwaukee; CRAIG BRESLOW, 32, pitcher, Boston; IKE DAVIS, first base, New York Mets; SCOTT FELDMAN, pitcher, Chicago Cubs; NATE FREIMAN, 26, first base, Oakland; SAM FULD, 31, outfielder, Tampa Bay; IAN KINSLER, 30, second base, Texas; JASON MARQUIS, 34, pitcher, San Diego; MICHAEL SCHWIMER, 27, pitcher, Toronto; KEVIN YOUKILIS, 34, third and first base, New York Yankees. Freiman, who is 6’8”, is the only rookie this season. He played for Israel (2012) in the World Baseball Classic qualifier and his mother is on the faculty of Hebrew College, a Boston-area, Reform-affiliated school. Jewish Sports Review magazine also lists Ryan Kalish, 25, outfielder, Boston, as Jewish. Kalish’s father is Jewish, but he was raised in his mother’s Catholic faith. The Review lists him because, about two years ago, Kalish said he is no longer a religious believer and was okay with being identified as a Jewish athlete. I leave his “status” up to you, the reader. The Time 100 The April 29 issue of Time magazine featured its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” You can read the article online at Here are the “tribe members” I’m sure about: talent manager SCOTT “Scooter” BRAUN, 31; JARED COHEN, 31, political advisor and director of Google Ideas; college board head DAVID COLEMAN, 43; actor DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, 56; actress LENA DUNHAM, 26; hedge fund manager DAVID EINHORN, 44; former Congresswoman GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, 42; veterans helper ERIC GREITENS, 39; Supreme Court Justice ELENA KAGAN, 62; fashion designer MICHAEL

KORS, 53; Israeli finance minister YAIR LAPID, 49; Facebook COO SHERYL SANDBERG, 43; film director STEVEN SPIELBERG, 66. (A JTA piece on “The 100” which listed about half the people above, erroneously identified as Jewish, Yahoo head Marissa Mayer and Tesla Motors head Elon Musk.) Here is a little more on three of the lesser known “Jewish 100”: Coleman, a prominent education reformer, grew up in an intellectual household; his father is a psychiatrist and his mother is now president of Bennington College. A November 2012 Atlantic magazine article says: “To prepare for his bar mitzvah at age 13, Coleman learned to chant in Hebrew the story of Joseph interpreting the pharaoh’s dreams. He recalls debating the parable’s many interpretations with his family rabbi, telling him proudly, ‘There’s no watered-down version of the Bible.’” Greitens, who was a bar mitzvah, is a Rhodes Scholar who led Navy Seal missions in Iraq that hunted down Al-Qaeda cells. He wrote a bestselling book about being in combat and, in 2007, he founded The Mission Continues, an organization to help veterans. Last year, he was the winner of the 100K Bronfman Award, given to young Jewish heroes. Sandberg’s stellar academic career led to top government and private sector jobs. She became a bit better known this year with the publication of her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. She pushes herself hard in business and in philanthropic work. In 2010, she told a Jewish Federation meeting about her charities: “I’m discontented with myself. I should be doing more. We must leverage our discontent to do true tzedakah.” Ah, Beauty and More People magazine has largely eliminated the “cheesecake” aspect of its annual April issue featuring beautiful women. The issue is now more about looking as good as you can, and being healthy at any age. So it’s understandable that they picked GWYNETH

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Hanukkah stamp for 2013 Hanukkah comes early this year, beginning the evening of Wednesday, November 27. The United States Postal Service has informed me that the Hanukkah stamp should be available in mid-October. However, it will most likely be the same stamp design as issued in 2012 and 2013. As this will not be a new issue, it will not be sent out automatically to all post offices. Many post offices may not order Hanukkah stamps, saying, “It is an old issue and we do not order old stamps.” If you want to buy Hanukkah stamps this year, I suggest you stop by your local post office and tell the postmaster that you would like him to order a supply of Hanukkah stamps in time for you to mail your Hanukkah cards. – Ronald Scheiman, The quest for Annual Hanukkah Stamps,


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Identity quests drive thrilling psychological novel By Philip K. Jason, Special to the Federation Star The Imposter Bride, by Nancy Richler. St. Martin’s Press. 368 pages. $24.99.


his probing, dazzling fiction explores the nature – the relative stability and malleability – of identity. Its initial center of focus is the attractive but enigmatic Lily Azerov, a survivor of the Holocaust, who as a young woman arrives in Montreal to fulfill an arranged marriage with Sol Kramer. Improbably, Sol severs the plan after glimpsing her at the train station. Nathan, Sol’s Phil Jason brother, partly out of genuine attraction but also motivated by family shame, takes Lily for his bride. Almost nothing is known about her background. At the wedding, an uninvited guest suspects that something is wrong. Ida Pearl Krakauer, an immigrant diamond cutter and dealer, has crashed the event to see if this woman is her cousin Lily Azerov who vanished in the Holocaust. She is quite sure that this young woman is an imposter, even though she has identification papers. Ida’s suspicions eventually threaten Lily’s fragile cocoon of deception. Lily lives reclusively among the Kramers, rarely venturing out of the room provided for her and Nathan.

Her mother-in-law, Bella, cannot fathom Lily’s behavior. It’s clear that Lily is lost in her own thoughts, minimizes interaction, and probably has something to hide. A year goes by, during which Lily gives birth to Ruth, but soon after disappears without a trace. Her legacy is a diary and an uncut diamond, which at one point she had brought to Ida’s shop for an estimate of its worth. With her disappearance, the mystery of her true identity deepens, as does the reason behind her deceit. Most of the story is told from the perspective of the daughter, Ruth, who is communally mothered in her Jewish Canadian Kramer family. She is raised in part by her grandmother Bella, and later also by her Aunt Elka, Ida’s young daughter whom Sol chooses to marry. The story eventually covers sixty years of history, from the late Holocaust years to 2005. During the journey, we receive a brilliant portrait of Jewish Montreal and an even more brilliant probing into the psychology of identity, the focus slowly shifting from Lily’s gradually uncovered secrets to Ruth’s need to define herself. Generally, the story moves forward as it follows Ruth’s life: her school years at a Young Israel (modern Orthodox) day school, her college years at McGill University, her father’s remarriage and second family, her own marriage to the more

religious Reuven, the births of her three children, her ongoing interaction with her father’s family, and the various degrees of emptiness and pain consequent upon being abandoned by her mother. Interspersed throughout Ruth’s story are vignettes that go back to Lily’s time in Montreal, and Lily’s longer-reaching memories, each flashback revealing some important information. These occur, then, not where they fit into the larger timeline, but rather when they best serve readers’ needs to further understand Lily and when they maximize suspense. Finding Lily is always somewhere in Ruth’s thoughts and reveries. The connection is fostered for a long time by mysterious gifts that Lily sends to her without a return address. These are smooth stones, with notes about precisely where and when they were found. At first, they come at short intervals, then at much longer ones. Their colorings and other physical properties are provocative, but their meaning remains as elusive as Lily herself. That Lily has touched them and remembers Ruth is what’s important. Thus, these symbolic items connect to Ruth’s other items of inheritance: the uncut diamond and the

diary of a young girl – the real Lily Azerov – that had been the imposter’s keepsakes since the war years. Like the stones sent by Lily, the diary and the diamond are totems of identity. The uncut diamond and the interrupted diary suggest unfinished processes. The stones are like ellipsis marks awaiting closure. The final steps in Ruth’s quest are remarkable: courageous, revealing, and filled with a glimmering sadness all at the same time. I won’t give them away. The Imposter Bride is meticulously constructed, and it is scored in glowing prose. Its combination of imagination and craft may remind readers of the novels of the late Canadian literary giant Mordechai Richler, Nancy Richler’s cousin. Ms. Richler, too, is highly acclaimed. Her first novel, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award. The Imposter Bride, first published in Canada last year, was short-listed for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize. 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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Umoove operates your mobile through head movements alone Newsgeek chose Israel’s Umoove as one of the three most promising Israeli startups for 2013

This article is included as part of the Jewish Federation’s year-long Israel@65 celebration. During By Abigail Klein Leichman, ISRAEL21c this time, in a series of articles, the Federation Star will spotlight hat the Kinect motionof the three most promising Israeli Israeli innovation. sensing device did for startups for 2013. the Xbox game console, “Many companies are trying to user range. A mobile device offers difIsraeli startup Umoove proposes to decipher the DNA of how to do this, ferent possibilities and challenges. do for your mobile. You won’t have but most probably we are the first “My Samsung Galaxy has one to move your whole body – only to achieve consumer-grade perforbasic camera, a CPU with maybe onethe parts from the chin up – to play mance using no special hardware at fifth the memory of a traditional PC or games, scroll down a page or dial all, just your phone,” Krispil tells notebook, and yet amazingly you can your mother. ISRAEL21c. use it while in motion,” says Krispil. “Kinect holds a Guinness record “Everyone wants to deliver “The device is constantly shaking, and for being the fastest-selling consumer something robust enough to work, the perspective and distance changes electronics device because it was and that can be scaled down to perall the time as you use it. A solution much more immersive and engagformance on a mobile phone. That’s like ours is more dynamic than Kiing than other ways to play,” says the reason for our existence.” nect, and must constantly operate on Moti Krispil, one of the company’s Aiming to be disruptive the go.” founders. Whereas Kinect’s sophisticated hardUmoove is based on technol“We are following that paradigm ware setup – built on the 3D sensing ogy pioneered by Kempinski, now in the mobile space, where the only CTO of the company. thing visible is your head and eyes. Originally searching You are constantly looking at the for an affordable soluscreen, so why shouldn’t they become tion to allow paralyzed the interface?” people to read content Krispil, 34, co-founded Umoove or browse the Web in 2010 along with Yitzi Kempinski, using only their face Nir Blaustein and Tuvia Elbaum, muscles, Kempinski Umoove founders Yitzi Kempinski, Moti Krispil, who is still a student at the Jerusalem found that existing Tuvia Elbaum and Nir Blaustein College of Technology-Machon Lev. technologies failed to Based in Jerusalem, the company now technology of the Israeli company deliver under extreme conditions – employs 13, including four additional PrimeSense – has the operational adaside from pricey setups involving Machon Lev students or graduates. vantage of being fixed below the TV multiple hardware devices. Newsgeek chose Umoove as one or PC, that also limits its distance-to“So he built an intelligent solu-


tion from scratch that contradicts any known algorithm out there,” says Krispil. “Once we delved into this challenge, we discovered what we want is much, much bigger; extremely disruptive in potential.” Umoove began with $850,000, and got another $2 million from a strategic investor in April 2012. Daily functionality becomes hands-free The head-tracking technology is already being integrated on some games and is available to third-party partners and developers for gaming, commerce, security and entertainment on all mobile platforms. “We are trying to operate below the radar, waiting for the first big transaction to leverage the product,” says Krispil, who recently demonstrated Umoove at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and is in talks with potential corporate prospects. “It’s easy to show customers how the quality of life of a typical user can dramatically improve when browsing

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Jerusalem Day is a holiday commemorating the reunification of the city during the Six-Day War in 1967. Jerusalem’s population at the end of 2011 was 804,400, including 499,400 Jews, 281,100 Muslims, and 14,700 Christians, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. In 2011 the average Jewish woman in the capital had 4.24 children. The average Muslim woman in Jerusalem had 3.71 children. (Times of Israel)


On Sunday, May 5, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarked on an official visit to China, the first by an Israeli prime minister since 2007. Two-way trade between China and Israel has increased from $50 million in 1992 to $9.91 billion in 2012. Netanyahu’s visit is of great significance, and will promote a new high in ChinaIsrael relations. The friendship between the Chinese and Jewish nations dates back more than 1,000 years. The Jewish people in then-Chinese capital Kaifeng enjoyed equal rights to the Chinese. From the 1880s onward, thousands of Jews went to northeast China because of rising anti-Semitism in Russia and Eastern Europe. Before and during World War II, when Jewish people were struggling for survival against the Nazi Holocaust, Shanghai became the only city in the world open to Jews. (H.E. Gao Yanping, People’s Republic of China’s ambassador to Israel, Jerusalem Post)


On Wednesday, May 8, University of Cambridge physicist Prof. Stephen Hawking reiterated that he pulled out

of the fifth President’s Conference in Jerusalem because he supports an academic boycott of Israel. “I have received a number of emails from Palestinian academics,” Hawking said in a letter. “They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott. In view of this I must withdraw from the conference.” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, noted, “His whole computer-based communication system runs on a chip designed by Israel’s Intel team.” (Jonny Paul, Jerusalem Post)


Every year on “Victory in Europe” Day (Thursday, May 9 this year), Jewish World War II veterans in Israel from the former Soviet Union parade in uniform to celebrate Nazi Germany’s surrender. About 1.5 million Jews fought in Allied armies, including 550,000 in the American army, 500,000 in the Red Army, 100,000 in the Polish army and 30,000 in the British army, according to Israel’s Holocaust museum Yad Vashem. About 200,000 Soviet Jewish soldiers fell on the battlefield or into German captivity. About 7,000 Jews who served in the Soviet Red Army are still alive today and living in Israel. (Daniel Estrin, AP)


The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology was ranked in 6th place in the world for entrepreneurship and innovation, in the first comprehensive survey conducted by MIT. The Technion was one of only two of the top 10 universities world-


wide outside the U.S. and Europe. (The other is the National University of Singapore.) The survey also cited the Technion among the “emerging giants whose reputation had grown considerably in recent years.” A fourth of the Technion’s 60,000 alumni who are of working age have, at one time or another, initiated a business, and a fourth are CEOs or vice presidents. The annual output of its graduates in high-tech industries is estimated to be at least $21 billion. Among inventions from Technion research labs: the memory stick, drip irrigation, the Parkinson’s drug rasagiline, the Iron Dome air defense system, and instant messaging. Courses that combine business and innovation – like “Technological Entrepreneurship,” taught by Dan Shechtman, a Nobel laureate in chemistry – are the most popular on campus. (David Shamah, Times of Israel)


The economic and strategic situation for Israel is surprisingly bright right now. During 2012, Israel’s economy grew by 3.1%, which is amazing given the international economic recession. The debt burden fell from 79.4% of GDP to 73.8%, while the debt of the U.S. and other countries zooms upwards. Standard and Poor lifted Israel’s credit rating from A to A+. Moody’s and Fitch also increased Israel’s rating. Unemployment fell from 8.5% in 2009 to 6.9%. The completion of the border fence with Egypt increases security in places where Palestinian and Egyptian Islamist groups are trying to attack. It also has reduced illegal civilian crossings to zero. The picture is even bright regarding U.S.-Israel relations, certainly



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compared to the previous four years. So what often seems to be the world’s most slandered and reviled country is doing quite well. (Barry Rubin, Jerusalem Post)


Israel’s tourism is breaking records, with international travel at an all-time high. Visitors have said that Israel has a strong “magnetic pull.” I never understood what this meant until I experienced it myself. On my first day in Israel, after wandering around Tel Aviv for about five hours, I had already found myself completely enamored by everything in front of me. This country sends out a vibration that everyone seems to feel. Maybe it’s the holiness, the history, or the unusual, mysterious beauty; whichever way you look at it, Israel is a destination that simply cannot be missed. Because of Israel’s size, travelers can rent a car and really see it all. The country is an ideal destination for a two-week vacation crunch. 2012 saw the arrival of 3.5 million travelers, and Israel hopes to see 5 million by 2015. This country is an unparalleled, matchless and entirely transcendent experience. (Tracey Greenstein, Forbes)


The flow of natural gas from Israel’s Tamar field in the Mediterranean was inaugurated on March 30, 2013, ushering in a new era in Israel’s energy sector. The Tamar field alone represents two decades of consumption, with an estimated 9.7 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of natural gas. Israel will not only become independent in being able to supply its own energy needs, but it is likely to become an energy exporter in the future. Tamar was only the beginning. The monstrous gas field appropriately called Leviathan is now estimated to contain 18 TCF and could begin supplying gas in 2016. The amount of gas discovered offshore now dwarfs any feasible, projected Israeli demand for at least half a century. The Israeli gas discoveries are only part of new gas fields in what is called the Levant Basin, which includes the maritime areas of Israel, Cyprus, Lebanon, and even parts of Syria’s waters. The Levant Basin could hold 125 TCF of natural gas – about one-third of Russia’s gas reserves. The most likely short-term destination for Israel’s natural gas is Jordan. Connecting Israel’s emerging gas grid to Jordan is a relatively inexpensive and simple endeavor. Given its geographic proximity, Europe would seem to be the natural

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June 2013 ISRAEL & THE WORLD Federation StarJEWISH 9B continued from previous page export market for Israeli gas. Yet Asia may emerge as Israel’s preferred export destination. The Australian firm, Woodside, which acquired about a third of the rights to the Leviathan field, is oriented toward marketing gas in Asia, and envisions building a liquefaction plant to service that trade. Israeli officials view a cross-Israel natural gas pipeline connecting the Mediterranean and Red Seas as an alternative to the Suez Canal. But an export structure operating directly from Eilat to markets in Asia would face a rising strategic problem: Iran’s increasing naval presence in the Red Sea. This will require Israel to establish and expand a Red Sea fleet as well as a significant expansion in the size and capability of its Mediterranean fleet. (David Wurmser, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)


Israeli President Shimon Peres recently praised Azerbaijan for taking “a clear stand” against war and terrorism, on the occasion of a visit to Israel by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, accompanied by a large delegation of Azerbaijani Jews, including a Jewish member of the parliament. Azerbaijan, a secular country with a predominantly Shiite Muslim

population, has had a close relationship with Israel since the beginning of its independence from the Soviet Union a generation ago. It supplies some 40% of Israel’s oil, shares a border with Iran, and has a close partnership with Israel in the defense sector. (Nasimi Aghayev, Azerbaijan’s consul general to the western U.S., Washington Times)


Arin Shaabi, a military prosecutor in the Israel Defense Forces, is one of 94 Arab Christians in the IDF. Arabs like Shaabi are exempt from military service, but she volunteered, and even fought against cultural and bureaucratic resistance, to get a job in which she is responsible for prosecuting Palestinians. Shaabi comes from the Arab city of Nazareth. Her maternal grandmother was born Jewish, but converted to Christianity when she got remarried to an Arab Christian man in the late 1950s. Her mother was raised Christian, and raised Shaabi that way. “I grew up with the idea that this is where we live, this is our country. And in the same way that we have rights, we have responsibilities,” she says. “So I felt that even though it’s not mandatory for me to join [the IDF], it’s my responsibility to do it.” (Christa Case Bryant, Christian Science Monitor)

For daily news stories related to Israel & the Jewish world, visit Umoove...continued from page 7B the Web, watching a video or playing a game. Head and eye tracking simplifies everyday tasks – not just games and not just for people with disabilities. Daily functionality becomes hands-free.” Imagine a video player that automatically pauses when you raise your head to look at someone calling you, and then continues playing when you look back at the screen. “Once you get used to the concept, it becomes a language to use in many other places,” says Krispil, whose four-year-old daughter uses Umoove to play game apps as she’s moving from room to room and

even outdoors. “The application possibilities are endless,” says Krispil. “Our strategy is driven by the vision to be the de facto standard for natural user interface on mobile devices. We’re not just delivering technology, but actually suggesting a new language.” 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.

Florida reinvests $10 million in Israel Bonds As Chief Financial Officer, I oversee the state Treasury and serve as a conscientious steward of the State of Florida’s financial assets. We manage investments in a manner that maximizes returns for the state while using safe, conservative investment principles. With that goal in mind, we invest in one of the most sound and dependable investment vehicles available, Israel Bonds. By investing in Israel Bonds, we are helping support one of our nation’s most important allies in the Middle East while safely securing state funds in a strategic resource with a proven track record. This month (May) we were proud to reinvest $10 million in Israel Bonds, and we look forward to continuing to make Israel Bonds an important part of the Treasury’s investment strategy. Sincerely, Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer

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FED CUP V Golf Outing

3rd Place Low Net: Jon Bigel, Kevin & Max Aizenshtat, Marcy Aizenshtat Bigel

Closest to the Hole Junior: Max Aizenshtat

Kevin Aizenshtat with Men’s Long Drive Winner Nick Bobzien

Kyle & Connor Jaffe, Cameron & Jordan Hochman, Bryce & Max Aizenshtat

Women’s Long Drive Winner Betsy Kutner

Women’s Closest to the Pin Winner Arlene Levin

Bill Goldman, Fred Rosenfeld, Ken Gilman, Rick Bobrow

Ron Shulman, Richard Crystal, Tim Cannon, Stu Schweitzer

Chabad Partners Appreciation Brunch

Rabbi Fishel Zaklos and Dr. Allen Weiss

Michele Trope and Ettie Zaklos

Ellen Seigel, Dr. Dan & Julie Wasserman

(Top row) Pamela Goldschmidt, Rabbi Fishel Zaklos, Jeffery & Amy Glassover, Dr. Judith & Sam Friedland, (bottom row) Eric Goldschmidt, Stan & Carol Klein

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Israel@65 Celebration

(Standing) Les Schwartz, Steve Brazina, Betty Schwartz, Jeff Margolis, Pearl Thall, John Sukolinskiy, Melissa Keel, David Willens, (seated) Ann Jacobson, Alan Gordon

The cutest attendee at the event

The Shalom Dancers entertained the large crowd

Jerry Sobel, Eli & Yvonne Zonana at the ZOA table

Charlie Sues and Beth Glickman Morris at the JNF table

Simcha Singers Ron and Jean Amodea

Lloyd Rauch, Gil Block, Marty Rubin and Charlie Sues at the Jewish War Veterans table

Bob & Dottie Ruberto and Randy & Mike Kashi at the Project Ezra table

Harvey & Maxine Brenner at the Israel Ministry of Tourism table

Bobbie Katz, Linda Wainick and Carol Emerson at the NCJW table



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