Celebrating Jewish Life in Collier County
Federation Star Published by the Jewish Federation of Collier County serving Naples, Marco Island and the surrounding communities
www.JewishNaples.org INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
6A Women’s Cultural Alliance 7A Community Relations Comm. 8A Community Focus 10A Jewish Interest 14A Focus on Youth 17A Tributes 18A Israel & the Jewish World 21A Commentary 22A Rabbinical Reflections 23A Synagogues 25A Organizations 28A Business Directory 30A Community Calendar 31A Community Directory 1B Jewish Happenings
3A BBYO Naples holds inaugural event
5A Major Gifts & Lion of Judah reception
March 2013 - Adar/Nisan 5773
Vol. 22 #7
2013 Federation Community Event – A Casino Night of Fun and Fundraising collectively help to secure Jewish life and Jewish communities all over the world. The Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign is the most trusted name JFCC in charitable giving and is the most Executive accomplished, most envied fundraising vehicle in the world. Every year, Director the campaign literally turns the lights on for the world’s 14 million Jews, he theme was Monte Carlo providing the basic infrastructure in Comes to Naples. The venue which members of our community was Grey Oaks Country Club. get help and give help. The weather was perfect and the atmoAnd our thanks go to our sphere was warm and friendevent sponsors. We value their ly for all those who attended underwriting gifts that helped the Jewish Federation of make the event that much more Collier County’s 2013 Comfun and special. munity Celebration Event on A $1,000 gift certificate Saturday, February 2. was donated by our friends at We thank our event coYamron Jewelers as a special chairs, Jacqui Aizenshtat and silent auction item. The winBeth Grossman, and their ning bidders were Marcy and committee, who planned a Jon Bigel. Our thanks go to the very special evening startBigels for their generous bid. ing with cocktails under the Event Chairs Jacqui Aizenshtat and Beth Grossman with Phyllis Seaman We also thank the many porte cochere, followed by businesses in our community which the Federation may continue to proa delectable dinner and desserts, and generously donated fabulous gift vide needed grants that support our topped off with a fabulous casino with certificates as prizes for the evening’s local, national, Israel and overseas live music and dancing. casino gaming. initiatives. At the event, I noted that 21 The life-saving and life-giving years ago the Jewish Federation of See pages 1B-2B for endeavors of our Federation reach far Collier County was incorporated photos from this event beyond our individual capacity and following the merger of the UJA of
Collier County and the Jewish Council of Collier County. And the State of Israel turns 65 this year thanks to the support of the North American Jewish community and the Jewish Federation system. This was our community kick-off event for our 2013 Campaign, and Federation President Judge Norman Krivosha eloquently presented the case for giving and asked everyone to raise the bar on their gifts so that
Taking care of our own from 1655 to 2013 Judge Norman Krivosha
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s reported in greater detail in David Willens’ article above, on Saturday, February 2, nearly two hundred members and friends of the Jewish Federation of Collier County met at the Grey Oaks Country Club for an evening of good food, good friends and charitable giving.
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We Jews in America have been doing this since 1655 when a band of Jews from Brazil attempted to land in what was then New Amsterdam. The then Governor, Peter Stuyvesant, did not want Jews in his colony and wrote to the Directors of the Dutch East India Company asking for permission to refuse entry to the Jews. Fortunately for the travelers and unfortunately for Stuyvesant, several of the Directors of the Dutch East India Company were Jewish and he was ordered to permit them to land. He reluctantly did so, on condition that the Jews took care of their own and could not look to the Colony for any help.
I believe one could say, with comfort, that was probably the origin of what is today’s Jewish Federations, known throughout the country helping fellow Jews in need. That has been the story of the Jewish Federation of Collier County as well – known over the years by several names, but always dedicated to aiding fellow Jews here and abroad as needed. Not just by raising funds, but by assisting in filling vacuums when innovation and development were required. When it was apparent, a number of years ago, that a Holocaust Mu-
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Happy Passover Passover is a time for family gatherings and happiness as we commemorate the story of the Exodus. The Jewish Federation of Collier County would like to wish your family a happy and healthy Passover.
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jewish Happenings in March March 3: March 6: March 10: March 10: March 15: March 15: March 17: March 17: March 18: March 20: March 25:
Annual Benefit Gala, Chabad of Naples, page 24A Saul Stern Cultural Series, JCMI, page 8B Healing Service, Temple Shalom, page 4B Jewish Film Festival, JCMI, page 11B ORT luncheon, page 25A Federation Shabbat at Beth Tikvah, page 6B JWV meeting, page 25A GenShoah meeting: Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, page 6B Women’s Seder, Temple Shalom, page 24A Luncheon and fashion show, NCJW, page 26A First Night Seder at various temples
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seum was needed in Collier County, your Federation stepped up and helped get it started, and continues today to provide it funding. We have just awarded the Holocaust Museum $10,000 for the year 2013. The same is true of Jewish Family & Community Services. Originally a department of the Federation in Collier County, when JFCS in 2012 believed it was now mature enough to be on its own, your federation gave it $300,000 to do just that. This year, we awarded it $230,000 in grant support. Likewise with regard to BBYO. Recognizing the need to bring the young Jewish people of Collier County together where they can share experiences, your Federation helped to launch the youth group and continues to fund and nurture it. We have this year provided the various synagogues and temples in Collier County nearly $50,000 for their religious school and preschool activities as well as camp scholarships for their children.
And it doesn’t end there. Nearly a third of all that we allocate, from your generosity, goes to aid Israel – Kfar Saba, a community of Ethiopian Jews settling in Israel; Neve Michael, a safe haven for abused and neglected children; Yad LaKashish, allowing disabled and senior citizens an opportunity to create goods for sale and retain their sense of dignity; plus our core allocation to Jewish Federations of North America supporting a myriad of programs in Israel. We are there! The needs are endless and only limited by the funds available for distribution. If you have already pledged for 2013, we thank you. And if you have not yet done so, we urge you to do so. Those of us who have been more fortunate must never forget those in need. That is what we have been doing since 1655. Helene joins me in wishing all of you a healthy, happy and kosher Passover. As we gather together to remember our flight from Egypt to freedom, let us not forget those still in need of our help. Chag Sameach.
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BBYO Naples holds successful inaugural event By Marc Saperstein, BBYO Naples Steering Committee Member he first annual BBYO Naples Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) event was held Sunday, January 27 at the Villages of Monterrey Clubhouse. Seventy-five alumni, BBYO teens and their parents, and local and national Jewish community leaders attended the two-hour event that included updates on BBYO Naples’ progress and an opportunity for extensive networking. BBYO Naples is a pluralistic Jewish youth movement supported by a partnership of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, Temple Shalom, Beth Tikvah and Chabad of Naples. Joining from Washington, D.C., were Estee Portnoy, Chairperson of the BBYO Inc. Board of Directors, and Matt Grossman, Executive Director of BBYO Inc. Portnoy reported that she was brought up in a small town in Pennsylvania with a tiny Jewish population. “BBYO allowed me the opportunity to build a strong Jewish identity, develop my leadership skills and meet other Jewish teens regionally and nationally
who became lifelong friends. I also met my husband at BBYO and now our oldest child has joined an AZA chapter in Virginia.” Grossman said, “To have Jewish organizations come together, as is the case in Naples, for the greater good of all the Jewish teens in the community, whether affiliated or not, is incredibly exciting and a role model for the rest of the country.” Updates on the progress of the teen chapters were provided by their respective presidents, Ben Klausner, AZA Godol, and Victoria Diamond, BBG N’siah. They reported that their two chapters have 33 members to date and have held numerous events in just the short five months they have been in existence, including a beach Shabbat service, a community service event supporting Meals of Hope, chapter business meetings and social events. Marc Saperstein, a member of the BBYO Naples FAN Steering Committee, reported that in addition to the AZA and BBG teen chapters, the local program includes BBYO Connect, an engagement program for 6th8 th graders to allow them the opportunity to meet other Jewish teens in the Matt Grossman-BBYO Inc. Executive Director, Victoria Diamond-BBG N’siah, area and begin Ben Klausner-AZA Godol, local alumni Maury Raizes, Donna Rice, to learn about Jeanne Hochman, Estee Portnoy-BBYO Inc. Board Chair, BBYO. “Many Zoe VanSlyke-BBG Sh’licha
teens view their Bar or Bat Mitzvah as the end of their Jewish journey, when we know instead that it is just the beginning. BBYO Connect bridges this transition to a Jewish teen’s high school experience in BBYO.” Caren Plotkin, Director of the Temple Shalom Religious School and BBYO alum, shared how BBYO had positively influenced both her professional and personal life. Zoe VanSlyke, BBG S’licha (Vice President of Jewish Heritage, Community Service and Social Action), told those attending that BBYO had already profoundly impacted her life. “All I ever wanted to do was help people and make this world a better place. BBYO has given me a way to do that.” The event was a celebration of BBYO Naples’ very successful start here in Collier County, as well as an
opportunity to raise funds to support the local program. Saperstein reported that BBYO Naples is supported by BBYO Program Associate Dara Baer and advisor Jane Podber. Local staff make a huge difference in the success of a program and while Dara and Jane have done a great job, we could still benefit from finding another advisor or two to help the chapters. BBYO’s mission is to engage more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish activities. If you are a BBYO Alumni and would like to become part of BBYO Naples Friends and Alumni Network, become a BBYO volunteer advisor, or would like to financially support this wonderful Collier County Jewish youth movement, please contact Bobbie Katz at 239.363.5963 or Marc Saperstein at 239.273.7936.
BBYO Naples Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) Steering Committee members and BBYO Naples teens attending the event: David Willens-Exec. Dir. Jewish Federation, Rabbi Adam Miller-Temple Shalom/BBYO alum, Caren Plotkin-Dir. Education Temple Shalom/BBYO alum, Ben KlausnerAZA Godol (President), Victoria Diamond-BBG N’siah (President), Bobbie Katz-BBYO alum, Marc Saperstein-Vice Chair BBYO Inc. Board of Directors, Dara Baer-BBYO Naples Program Associate, Alyssa Wolff-BBG member, Taylor Bollt-AZA Sigan (VP), Zoe VanSlyke-BBG Sh’licha (VP), Amanda VanSlyke-BBYO parent, Stuart Kaye-President Beth Tikvah/BBYO alum
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When giving doublechai is just a start By David Willens, Federation Executive Director
e appreciate all of our donors for their contributions to our Annual Federation Campaign. You make it all happen. However, giving double-chai or $36 per person to be an official member of our Federation is just a starting point. We also want you to know where your contributions go and how important they are for the many recipients of our grant support and all of the programs and activities which we conduct for your benefit. The Jewish Federation is a fundraising and community-building organization. We are not a direct service provider, outside of the important social portals we open to the community. We allocate your donations to benefit Jews locally, nationally, in Israel and all around the world. This past December, our Allocations Committee presented to our Board the following list of grants, which were approved and implemented. These grants do not take into account all of our own programs and activities, like our Community Relations Committee, Israel Affairs Committee, Catholic/Jewish Dialogue, Camp Scholarship Program,
our publications (Federation Star, Connections and Community Directory), Evy Lipp People of the Book Cultural Event, Newcomers Brunch, Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA), the newly formed Men’s Cultural Alliance (MCA) and others, plus all of the expenses involved in running the overall organization – all of which are supported by your generous contributions. Take a moment to review the chart of list of grant recipients below. We hope you will be impressed by the breadth and scope of your support. All of these grantees and programs that we support happen because people like you give to our Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. We depend upon you, our donors, and at the same time, we hope that you find value in donating to the Federation, given all that we offer. Our annual Passover direct mail appeal will be sent out soon. This Passover think outside of the box and consider giving more than doublechai…maybe think about doubling the gift you gave last year. Just think, the more funds we raise, the more good we can do.
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And here is a breakdown by geographic area:
Geographic area Local National Israel* Overseas GRAND TOTAL
Grant Totals Percentage of Grants Made $283,650 66.7% $ 15,000 3.5% $123,550* 29.0% $ 3,500 .8% $425,700 100%
*Includes all grants paid for direct support of agencies and organizations in Israel or to agencies who in turn distribute a large portion of their budget for the benefit of programs and projects in Israel.
5A JEWISH FEDERATION Federation Star March 2013 Jewish Federation of Collier County 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201 Naples, Florida 34109-0613 Phone: (239) 263-4205 Fax: (239) 263-3813 www.jewishnaples.org Email: email@example.com 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 Rabbi Ammos Chorny Yale T. Freeman Stephen Goldenberg Stuart Kaye Rabbi Edward Maline Rabbi Adam Miller Rabbi James Perman Dr. Donald Pomerantz Dr. Arthur Seigel Rabbi Sylvin Wolf Rabbi Fishel Zaklos
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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 Lions roared Phyllis Seaman Federation VP & Campaign Chair
’m happy to announce our 2012 Campaign closed at $925,550. We topped the 2011 Campaign, but we were still short of the elusive $1 million goal. On that note, guess what the goal for 2013 is? We were so close, I’m confident we can and will achieve that target. We kicked off this year’s Campaign on Wednesday, January 9 with our Major Gifts & Lion of Judah Cocktail Reception. Linda and Dan Carp graciously hosted 75 guests in their magnificent home in Grey Oaks. It was a beautiful night and the warmth and congeniality was a fabulous start to 2013. Everyone has commented what a wonderful evening it was and our thanks go to Linda and Dan for their generosity and hospitality. Our guest speaker was Gail Norry, Chair of The Jewish Federations of North America’s National Women’s Philanthropy Board. I met Gail last July on the Campaign Chair/ Campaign Director Mission to Odessa and Israel, and was very impressed with her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to Federation. Gail spoke eloquently about having been to Israel twice since November. She was a representative with a group from The Jewish Federations of North America which brought $5 million in aid to Israel at the time of the eight-day military action with Gaza. This is a very important part of where our donations to our campaign go – dealing with crisis situations in Israel. Gail also spoke about her visits to the Ethiopian Absorption Centers. Gail then shared her personal commitment to Federation and her community in Philadelphia. She
movingly told of her family’s struggles with an autistic son and the help and guidance they received from their Jewish Federation and community. Her son is now in college in New York. It always amazes me how many lives are touched all over the world by our campaign dollars and the work of our partner agencies, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). An old tag line… where your dollar does the most… still rings true. Our evening wasn’t over yet. We then introduced the new Lions of Judah in our community. There are now thirty-three Lions with the addition of our four new Lions. We are delighted to welcome Beth Grossman, Pauline Hendel (third generation), Arlene Sobol and Phyllis Strome. These dedicated women are wonderful additions to our Pride. To those of you who are wondering what a Lion of Judah is, I’ll tell
you. A Lion is a woman who commits to a personal yearly gift of $5,000 or more to the Annual Federation Campaign. We also acknowledged the late Shereen Willens as our first Endowed Lion of Judah. May her memory be for a blessing. In this new year, I feel so blessed to be where I am and do what I’m able to do. It is an honor and a privilege I don’t take lightly. On that note, I’m asking everyone to think about their lives now and if raising your gift 1020% will truly affect your standard of living and what that gift could do for others in our community, nationally and in Israel. By reaching our $1 million goal in 2013 we can so do much more. If you have already made your gift to the 2013 Campaign, we thank you. If not, please consider doing so. Our new tagline is We are the Strength of a People, the Power of Community. We make small miracles.
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omen’s Cultural Alliance offers a wide range of cultural programs to serve the varied interests of our membership, including opportunities to participate in intellectual discussions about literature. WCA members have a choice of groups to join, based on the genre they want to read and discuss – with the added benefit of meeting other women who share their same passion for analyzing what they read. Book Study, which meets monthly, offers WCA members an opportunity to participate in an in-depth analysis of interesting and challenging novels. Among the books the group has discussed are Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Room and A Visit from the Goon Squad; upcoming novels include The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and Caleb’s Crossing. Discussions are sometimes facilitated by participants, although WCA Liaison Louise Novis has enjoyed facilitating several discussions herself. Louise didn’t know anyone when she moved to Naples and commented, “Who knew that there would be a book study group in
Naples that would duplicate the book club in which I have been a member my entire life in Toronto? Who knew that there would be a similar minded group of women who are passionate about their fiction, intelligent in their opinions, and insightful in their viewpoints? I have made friends with so many wonderful women and have learned so much from them. Here’s to ‘fiction a-fiction-ados.’” Contemporary Fiction is very popular with WCA members. Over 100 intelligent, interested (and opinionated!) women signed up for the Contemporary Fiction group! Wanting to ensure that the discussions are meaningful, WCA Liaison Sue Bookbinder divided the participants into two groups. Rarely do all 50 women attend on any one day, so everyone gets a chance to voice her opinions openly and comfortably. Sue said, “We all leave each session knowing more about each book than we ever thought there was to know!” She added, “The group gives me great personal pleasure since all of the women are intelligent, respectful,
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knowledgeable and fun.” The Jewish Experience Group discusses books that are either based on a Jewish theme or written by a Jewish author. Over the years, this group of intelligent women has read many terrific books – and a few that were not as well received. However, WCA Liaison Arlene Sobol promises that participants can always count on having a lively discussion at each of the group’s monthly meetings. In December, the women read The Dovekeepers and agreed that it was probably the best book they had ever discussed! The participants read The Lost Wife in January and Jerusalem Maiden in February. The featured book in March is The Hare with the Amber Eyes, which will close out this season. Arlene said, “This special group has swelled to over 30 members this year, but new members are welcome.” Participants in the Great Books Series are assured of always reading a “great” book! The monthly series began in January with a discussion of the thought-provoking The Brothers Karamozov. The selections for the rest of this year are from the anthology Great Conversations 2 from the Great Books Foundation: The Fall of the House of Usher (February), Bartleby the Scrivener (March) and The Goblin Market (April). WCA Liaison Irene Pomerantz explained that this group, which is in its fifth year, works well as everyone always comes to the meetings prepared to discuss the book. She commented, “The women in the group find it to be a very rewarding and intellectually challenging experience.” WCA offers the Contemporary Short Stories group, facilitated by WCA Liaison Linda Hertzberg, for members whose passion is short stories. Each month this group discusses two short stories chosen from The Art of the Story, an international antholo-
gy of contemporary short stories. The stories, written by an array of exciting international authors, represent a variety of themes. A different member of the group leads the discussion each time, with participants enjoying an enlightening afternoon of stimulating views and ideas. For WCA members who prefer to read, analyze and discuss magazine articles, WCA offers workshops on The New Yorker magazine. Organized by WCA Liaison Judy Weintraub, this select group meets monthly throughout the year. Every month both a fiction and a nonfiction article are discussed from this classic, yet timely, magazine. Each participant takes a turn choosing the thought-provoking articles to be discussed and facilitating the discussion. This group seems to be “habit forming,” as a committed nucleus of women has been participating for years. And it is no wonder – in describing their meetings, Judy said, “It is a lively group and there is never a lull in the discussion!” For those whose passions include watching, analyzing and discussing films, WCA offers groups focusing on Foreign/Independent, Documentary and Current films as well as a new Film and Discussion Group Educational Series. WCA members, see the WCA Program Guide for details! If you are not a member of WCA, join TODAY so that you can take advantage of the wonderful cultural opportunities available to our members. Simply fill out the membership form on this page. Shortly after you join, you will receive weekly email notices of WCA programs. Want to know more about WCA? Visit www. WomensCulturalAlliance.com for additional membership benefits and for details about these and other wonderful programs available to WCA members.
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Community Relations Committee update Ann Jacobson Community Relations Committee Chair Catholic/Jewish Dialogue program The Readers and Thinkers discussion group will present Sophie Scholl and the White Rose by Annette Dumbach and Jud Newborn. George Blewitt will lead the discussion on Sunday, March 17 at 5:15 p.m. at the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. For reservations, please call Pete McCabe at 908.763.0495 or Ida Margolis at 239.963.9347, or email ReadThinkCollier@gmail. com. Israel@65 Celebration The Israel Affairs Committee of the Community Relations Committee is sponsoring a community-wide celebration on Sunday, April 14. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Temple Shalom and will feature an exhibitor fair, live music, Israeli folk dancing, children’s activities, falafel,
ice cream and exhibits. At 3:00 p.m., the film Israel Inside: How a “Small Nation Makes a Big Difference will be shown. The film will be introduced by Matt Weisbaum, its producer. A panel discussion will follow the film providing timely information about Israel. Jewish organizations that highlight and support Israel will exhibit at the fair. A partial list of exhibitors participating includes AIPAC, American Jewish Committee, Hadassah, Jewish National Fund, National Council of Jewish Women and Technion. Jewish organizations interested in becoming an exhibitor should call Melissa at the Jewish Federation at 239.263.4205. The public is invited and admission is free. Please note that due to seating limitations, reservations are required for the film presentation. Please call the Federation at 239.263.4205 to reserve your spot. CRC establishes scholarship The Community Relations Committee, together with funds from the Ann Jacobson Fund, has established a scholarship in the Take Stock in Children program of the Education Foundation of Collier County.
Gratefully, there are so many donors to our Annual Federation Campaign, that it would take too many pages to publish a list. Instead, we take this opportunity to say
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU To all of our donors to our 2012 Campaign Our community campaign closed at $925,550 We appreciate the contributions of so many generous donors
Here’s to a successful 2013 Annual Campaign and reaching our $1 million goal Judge Norman Krivosha Phyllis Seaman David Willens President Campaign Chair Executive Director
Israel Economics Minister addresses Naples community By Jeff Margolis
t was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” The quote from Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities was an apt way to describe the current situation in Israel. This was the opening statement of Eli Groner, Israel’s Minister for Economic Affairs to the United States, to an audience of over 350 at Temple Shalom on Wednesday, January 16. In his remarks, Groner profiled how the people of Israel created a
nation from scratch. The country its economy through incredible developments in the fields of technology, science and medicine. He noted that the success of the economy of the nation was a tribute to the people and to the Israeli government that invests in its people by subsidizing education. Israel has become globally recognized for its innovation and ingenuity. The nature of the people and the culture has created a “can do” mindset
that encourages independent thinking. Innovators are not afraid to take risks and are not afraid to fail. Groner’s presentation was sponsored by AIPAC and the Israel Affairs Committee of the Jewish Federation of Collier County. Groner graciously agreed to field questions from the audience and covered a wide range of topics in his answers. The Israel Affairs Committee is pleased to invite the public to join in
a community celebration in honor of the 65th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel. Israel@65 will take place on Sunday, April 14 beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Temple Shalom. For additional information, please see Ann Jacobson’s column above.
“The Role of Women in Church and Synagogue” – a Catholic/Jewish Dialogue program By Melissa Keel, Community Program Director, Jewish Federation of Collier County
n Sunday, February 3, at St. John the Evangelist Church, Charlotte Milavsky moderated a most informative program featuring presentations from Cantor Donna Azu, Temple Shalom, Naples; Sr. Christa Cunningham, O.P., Director of Faith Formation, St. William Catholic Church; Dee Donnelly, Coordinator of Bereavement Ministry at St. John The Evangelist Church; and Jane Perman, past Director of Religious Education at Temple Shalom, coordinator of Temple Shalom trips to Israel and teacher of Adult Hebrew at Temple Shalom. The program began with a historical and religious framework of women in the two faiths. The panelists spoke of their faith and how it led them to
seek either professional lives in their faith institutions or how to live their lives in their communities and institutions as volunteers. They all felt that at some point in their lives, experiences led them to their spiritual calling. The Catholic representatives noted that women served in the Church in the early Christian days, but felt that with the Second Vatican Council, doors opened for women to have more responsible roles in the Catholic Church. After their presentations, the panelists joined the small discussion groups that followed. Recurring themes included the fact that faith is evolving, and the challenges for young people to take the time to find their faith, with the
many choices they have today. The discussion groups provided a forum for a great deal of openness and shar-
ing within an environment of respectful appreciation for both differences and similarities of experience.
Program participants: standing: John T. Conroy, Jr. Ph.D., Program Liaison, Catholic/Jewish Dialogue; Martin Gauthier, co-Chair, Catholic/Jewish Dialogue; seated: Charlotte Milavsky, Moderator, Catholic/ Jewish Dialogue Steering Committee; Cantor Donna Azu, Temple Shalom; Sr. Christa Cunningham. O.P., Director of Faith Formation, St. William Catholic Church; Delores Donnelly, Chair, Grief Support Ministry, St. John The Evangelist Church and Catholic/Jewish Dialogue Steering Committee; Jane Perman, former Director of Religious Education at Temple Shalom, Teacher of Adult Hebrew and, along with her husband, Rabbi Emeritus James Perman, organized three Temple Shalom trips to Israel
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JFCS announces new volunteer program Dr. Jaclynn Faffer JFCS Executive Director
e are so excited to announce that Jewish Family & Community Services has received a generous grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to develop and implement a volunteer services program for seniors in Southwest Florida! Melissa Kahn has joined the staff of JFCS as Manager of Volunteer Services. This grant will enable JFCS to enhance current professional services provided to over 100 seniors a month
by utilizing volunteers as friendly visitors, volunteer drivers, providers of daily telephone calls for reassurance, and helping out at “Just Lunch,” our monthly congregate meal program for seniors. Volunteers will be recruited from our local community and matched with seniors to enhance the quality of life of those who need help with socialization, transportation, or just a friendly voice telling them that they are cared about and are important. A significant component of our program will include ongoing support from the Manager of Volunteer Services to make sure the matches are working, as well as monthly educational group meetings where information will be presented related to specific issues and needs of seniors.
Look for photos from the JFCS “Planting Seeds for Better Tomorrows” event on page 29A.
Please contact Melissa Kahn to volunteer or for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239.325.4444. She looks forward to your call. Collier County Conference on Aging I am privileged to chair the Collier County Leadership Coalition on Aging (LCA), a coalition of primarily non-profit groups providing advocacy and services to the seniors in our community. On Wednesday, April 10, LCA will be hosting the Collier County Conference on Aging at the Naples Beach Hotel and Resort. Our keynote speaker is Marc Agronin, MD, who will discuss issues of aging. Dr. Agronin’s presentation will be followed by a panel of local experts. Our luncheon speaker is Brian Klepper, Ph.D., a medical economist. Following lunch we will have three workshops on Caregiving, Dementia and Pharmacology. The cost of the conference is $75 and continuing
education credits will be provided for nurses, social workers, mental health counselors and psychologists. For more information and to register, please visit www.colliersenior resources.org. Seder-in-a-Box Can you believe Passover is just around the corner? Once again, JFCS is partnering with our local congregations for our nationally acclaimed “Seder-in-a-Box” program. Through this program last year we reached out to close to 100 households in our Financial Assistance program and provided them with bags of Kosher for Passover food for the holiday, as well as Publix gift cards so they could truly enjoy a sweet Passover. We are so grateful that our community congregations are supporting this endeavor and partnering with JFCS for Passover 2013. On behalf of JFCS, I wish you a sweet Passover.
Women of Reform Judaism celebrates 100 years! By Susan Pittelman and Diane Kaplan, Board of Directors, Women of Reform Judaism
n January 21-23, 1913, 156 women representing 52 member synagogues and sisterhoods of the Union for Reform Judaism (formerly known as the Union of American Hebrew Congregations - UAHC) convened at the Sinton Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. There, in conjunction with the UAHC’s 23rd Council, the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS) was founded.
This year, 100 years later, Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) marks its centennial birthday, celebrating its outstanding legacy. The achievements of WRJ have built on one generation to the next, l’dor v’dor. Throughout each generation, the women of NFTS/ WRJ have supported youth programs, camping, congregations, religious schools, rabbinical and cantorial scholarships, and Reform institutions with financial support from WRJ’s
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YES Fund (Youth, Education and Special Projects). The YES Fund is a collective fundraising effort of local Sisterhoods designed “to strengthen the institutions of our Reform Movement and ensure the future of Reform Judaism.” From its beginning, advocacy has been an important part of NFTS/ WRJ’s agenda. The delegates at the first NFTS biennial assembly in 1915 adopted resolutions protesting the requirement of literacy tests for immigrants, and called for raising funds for the Jewish women of Palestine. Over the past century, WRJ has continued to speak out on issues that affect women, children and those who cannot speak out for themselves. High in priority of WRJ’s advocacy efforts have been issues related to health care, reproductive rights, hunger and poverty, domestic abuse, the environment, equal pay for women, and the increased presence of women in worship and synagogue governance. WRJ’s leadership role in Reform religious life is exemplified by its publication of the ground-breaking Women’s Torah Commentary in 2007. WRJ has extended its advocacy and educational work to Israel as well, nurturing 25 women’s groups in Israeli Reform congregations. Today WRJ is an integral part of modern Judaism, representing more than 65,000 women in nearly 500 affiliated Sisterhoods across North America and around the globe. Temple Shalom Sisterhood in Naples is proud to be an affiliate and a partner in the outstanding work of Women of Reform Judaism. Throughout 2013, WRJ will be celebrating a century of shaping Jewish leadership, advocating for social
justice, raising funds for Jewish education, and supporting the dreams and ideals of the next generation. WRJ’s Centennial Year will be filled with events – local, national and global – as we recognize and acknowledge the achievements of the past 100 years. To kick off the celebration, in January WRJ sponsored the WRJ Fried Leadership Conference, which was held in Cincinnati and attended by over 250 women. During the conference, the Covenant of the Generations was released and the Centennial Poster Collection unveiled. During the year, the results of the NFTY essay contest will be announced, the WRJ Cookbook Collection at the library on the HUC-JIR Cincinnati campus will be highlighted, Sisterhoods throughout North America will host a Centennial Shabbat Service, a Centennial Academic Symposium will be held in New York in partnership with the American Jewish Archives, and the list goes on. The celebration will culminate at WRJ’s Centennial Assembly in San Diego December 11-15, 2013. (For further information about WRJ’s centennial year, please visit www.wrj. org/centennial.) Local event Temple Shalom will honor Sisterhood at a special Shabbat service on Friday, March 22, celebrating Sisterhood and its affiliation with Women of Reform Judaism. We hope that you will join us in celebrating the achievements of Temple Shalom Sisterhood and of WRJ at this very special service. The service will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. Contact Temple Shalom at 239.455.3030 for further information.
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Locals attend 20th Anniversary National Tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum By Ida Margolis
an you remember when you heard that there was going to be a Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.? It was quite astounding to hear this news. There was anticipation and excitement about the prospect of such a museum, along with some trepidation as to how it was going to present such a horrific and unspeakable event. From the opening ceremonies of the Museum, to the first visits, it was evident that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) was an amazing place, with every visit moving and meaningful. Now, millions of visitors later, the Museum will be 20 years old in 2013. In honor of this anniversary, the USHMM is sponsoring a National Tour Program that is stopping at four cities, and a
of survivors, and four members of Generations of the Shoah of Southwest Florida. Sam and Rene Geist, Steve Brazina and Ida Margolis all agreed that the programs, workshops and films presented were amazing. From the one-man theatrical performance about the secret archives of the Warsaw Ghetto, to the Museum’s Director of Curatorial Affairs’ explanation of the painstaking investigation of uncovering the fate of every passenger on the St. Louis, to expert panel discussions, and the world memory project, the day was filled with an astounding number Steve Brazina (in center) with researcher of activities.
National Tribute in Washington, D.C. in April. The first stop on the National Tour was in Boca Raton on December 12. More than 2,100 people attended the programs there, including 300 survivors, 175 WWII veterans, history buffs, grandchildren and children
The Naples Jewish Caring Support Group By Phyllis Lazear
hen some of my friends and I watched illness attack our loved ones, we found ourselves isolated by the job of caregiving. Some of us became surviving spouses and that left an empty spot filled with grief and loneliness. We craved the closeness we once had with family and friends. Where could we find companionship where it was safe to discuss our distress and find the encouragement we needed? It was then that we joined the Naples Jewish Caring Support Group and found compassionate friends who shared so much with us. Some of us had to make life-changing decisions and it felt good to talk things through in this safe and friendly environment. All this we could do because we knew that confidentially was paramount to our group.
We are our in our fifth year now and the group has helped us to accept the stress of being a caregiver or a lonely survivor of that journey. We help each other overcome uncomfortable and unwanted feelings, such as anger and frustration, that are the normal human reactions to undesired change. The upbeat attitude and acceptance we find in our bi-monthly meetings comfort us and give us the confidence we need. Our meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Temple Shalom has kindly offered the use of its chapel. This is a free service to the entire Jewish community. After our meetings many of us go out for lunch. For more information, please call me at 239.352.2907. Our next meetings will be March 11 and 25.
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This meaningful and memorable day culminated in a tribute ceremony for Holocaust survivors and WWII veterans that opened with the dramatic presentation of the flags of the U.S. Army liberating divisions and ended with a “call on the next generation to carry Holocaust memory into the future.” There was no cost to attendees although registration was required. The 20th Anniversary National Tour will make stops in New York on March 3, and Chicago on June 9. The National Tribute to Holocaust Survivors and World War II Veterans and the marking of the Museum’s 20 year milestone will take place in Washington, D.C., April 26-29. To learn more about this event, call 866.998.7466 or visit www.ushmm.org/neveragain.
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Nazi Germany and the Jews of Austria By Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, Professor of History, Director, Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, FGCU
Jewish presence is believed to have existed in the Austrian region from as early as the time of the Roman Empire. The fate of the Jews there waxed and waned over the centuries, but in March 1938, with the invasion of Austria by Nazi Germany, that presence came to a shuddering halt. This month marks the 75 th anniversary of that tragic event. In March 1938, Dr. Paul Bartrop Austria had a Jewish population of some 192,000. This represented almost four percent of the total population of the country. The overwhelming majority of Austrian Jews lived in the former imperial capital of Vienna, which served as an important center of Jewish culture. Within the capital, Jews comprised about nine percent of the population. The term given to the Nazi takeover of Austria, Anschluss, is usually understood to mean “linkage,” “connection,” “union,” or “annexation.” Historically, it has come to refer specifically to the annexation of the country by Germany on March 12, 1938. After a prolonged period of authoritarian rule, economic diffi-
culties, and intense localized Nazi propaganda, on the morning of March 12, the 8th Army of the German Wehrmacht crossed the border to Austria. The troops were not met with any significant military or official resistance, but were, instead, greeted enthusiastically by cheering Austrians with Nazi salutes, Nazi flags and flowers. Austria was incorporated into the German Reich the next day. Shortly thereafter, the Nazi racial laws were instituted against Austria’s Jewish population, with some 76,000 (mostly men) arrested in the days following their implementation. Many Jews were sent to the concentration camp at Dachau, which was established, almost to the day, exactly five years earlier. (Dachau, therefore, also commemorates an anniversary this month: it is 80 years since the establishment of this, the first of the Nazi camps.) The full force of what the Nazis had been evolving against the Jews in Germany over the previous five years was now brought to bear against Austria’s Jews within a matter of weeks. Universities, from which Jews were henceforth banned, lost over 40 percent of their students and professors in a matter of hours, while Jews
had their property confiscated, and their homes looted or appropriated. After the Anschluss, many Jews tried desperately to leave Austria, but their means to do so were increasingly blocked by mean-hearted bureaucrats in the countries to which they sought refuge. A lucky few managed to escape, but this was, sadly, only a minority. The city of Vienna, given its large Jewish population, was particularly hard-hit by the Nazi measures, and the grainy images we have today of Jews being humiliated through being forced to scrub sidewalks with toothbrushes and prayer shawls are, tragically, all too accurate. In addition, street attacks and brutal persecution became daily occurrences in the lives of Austrian Jews of all social classes. For a time, Vienna became the suicide capital of the world, as, in utter desperation at the speed of the horror, the month of March saw 311 cases of suicide registered in the Viennese Jewish community. (The next month, April, saw 267 more take their own lives.) Across March and April, at least 4,700 Jews managed to flee Austria altogether. The response of other European countries to the Anschluss was timid. Although the victorious Allies of World War I had prohibited the union
of Austria and Germany, their reaction to the Anschluss was to a large degree reassuring for the Nazis. The Italy of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini had already been bought off by Hitler, while France and Britain considered that the action was a fait accompli that in any case could not have been stopped other than by force – something they were not prepared to undertake. From this, Hitler drew the conclusion that aggression would be the new order of the day, and would win out. As for the Jews of Austria, they now had to face the same future that had been confronting the Jews of Germany since 1933 (and, increasingly, since the Nuremberg Laws of 1935): namely, that the new order had no place for them, and they would have to find a way to either accommodate themselves to the changes, or a way to leave. Caught between the rock and the hard place of these two options, they looked to the countries of the free world as a source of succor. Tragically, as the events of the next few months would show, none of the nations of the world stepped up to the plate, while the Jews were left to contemplate their future in tears and sorrow.
Jewish American Heritage Month announces 2013 theme: American Jews in Entertainment
ewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), a national commemoration of the contributions that American Jews have made to the fabric of our nation’s history, culture and society, announces the theme for the May 2013 celebration. Entertainment is among the many industries to which Jews have contributed in far greater proportion than their numbers would suggest. The 2013 theme is intended to explore how and why. The history of American mass entertainment and the history of the Jewish people in the United States are inextricably intertwined. Immigrant Jewish entrepreneurs or their sons (like Sam Goldwyn, Jack and
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Harry Warner, Louis B. Mayer) were integral to the creation of Hollywood. Jews were once the heads simultaneously of the three major American television networks: William Paley at CBS, David Sarnoff at NBC and Leonard Goldenson at ABC. Jews now comprise about 2 percent of the nation’s population. Yet, today, about two-thirds of leading TV and movie producers are estimated to be Jewish, and thus the impact of Jews upon the nation’s popular culture has been immeasurable. The list of names of Jews in entertainment is too vast to include here. A few examples of Jews who have provided Broadway and Hol-
lywood with some of their most enduring talent include playwrights like Arthur Miller, Wendy Wasserstein and Tony Kushner; directors like Jerome Robbins, Billy Wilder, Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg; composers like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; and performers like Gertrude Berg, the Marx Brothers, John Garfield, Lenny Bruce, Dustin Hoffman, Jerry Seinfeld and Barbra Streisand. Conversely, show business has provided Jews with a means of upward mobility, a model for how to “become American,” and a source of ethnic pride. In order to assist communities in celebrating JAHM, the JAHM website, www.jahm.us, will be updated with educational resource materials
related to the theme American Jews in Entertainment. Also in January, the JAHM website rolls out “Speaking of American Jewish Heritage,” an online resource listing speakers, musicians, artists and authors whose area of expertise is American Jewish heritage and history. Special emphasis will be given to American Jews in Entertainment. Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is a national month of recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture, celebrated in May. JAHM acknowledges the achievements of Jewish Americans in fields ranging from sports and arts and entertainment to medicine, business, science, government and military service.
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What words are for: two reviews from Jewish Book World By Philip K. Jason, Special to the Federation Star Judaism’s Great Debates: Timeless Controversies from Abraham to Herzl, by Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz. Jewish Publication Society. 128 pages. $15 (paperback). Jews and Words, by Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger. Yale University Press. 248 pages. $25 (hardcover).
n various ways, these two recent books explore the age-old observation about how Jewish culture holds a defining fascination with language, learning and argumentation. Insisting that argumentation is at the heart of the Jewish experience historically and theologiPhil Jason cally, Rabbi Schwartz presents a concise guide to ten classic controversies.
bates, it is noteworthy Representing various crucial pethat the prevailing view riods in Jewish history, these debates does not erase its adverare arranged in three categories: Biblical Judaism, Rabbinic Judaism sary’s view. In the “content” secand Modern Judaism. The author’s tions, Rabbi Schwartz method of analysis for each debate is takes the liberty of mixto consider its context, its content, and ing direct quotation with its continuity. The latter term involves the ongoing relevance of the issues dialogue that he invents to sharpen and clarify each issue. This poetic at stake. license may present problems For, as Rabbi for some purists, but it makes Schwartz insists, the the discussions much more acimportance of argumentation in Jewcessible for students. It is clear that the author intends the book ish culture is not so to be a teaching text, an entry into much its resolution a much vaster realm of Jewish as its process. Most thought and expression. Indeed, of these controversies have outcomes a student version of the book is forthcoming from Behrman that are not clearly House. resolutions. The isRabbi Barry L. Schwartz Representative topics insues remain alive. In cases where one view has prevailed, clude “Moses and Korah,” “The Five Daughters and the Twelve Tribes,” as in the Hillel versus Shammai de“The Vilna Gaon and the Baal Shem Tov,” and “Herzl and Wise.” All are handled with appealing vividness and spirit. Throughout, Rabbi Schwartz encourages the exercise of “Holy Chutzpah,” by which he means arguing “for the sake of Heaven.” Jews and Words, an unconventional book-length essay filled with chutzpah, wisdom, humor and common sense, posits a stunning thesis about the Jewish experience across time and space. The authors argue that Jewish civilization is not defined theologically or racially, but textually. They take the expression “People of the Book” both literally and figuratively. However, “the book” is not merely the Jewish Bible; nor is it the Bible plus its Talmudic aftermath. It is the “textual continuum” of transmit-
Fania Oz-Salzberger and Amos Oz (credit: Ben Weinstein Photography)
ted written and spoken expression over the centuries. It is a heavyweight continuum of bookishness – of both religious and secular writing and reading – that distinguishes collective Jewish identity. Not that the authors have much respect for collective notions of Judaism; they prefer a focus on Jewish individuals: endlessly radiating links between parents and children, teachers and students, writers and readers. They savor the push and pull of argument, of verbal engagement, of striving for the last word. “All functional families,” they write, “depend upon putting disagreements into words.” But especially Jewish families – and the embracing Jewish Family. While tracing the “Jewish peculiarity” of storytelling as a “textanchored precept,” the authors, father and daughter, provide copious historical examples and incisive glosses on those examples. The essay has four major focal points developed in chapters titled “Continuity,” “Vocal Women,” “Time and Timelessness,” and “Each Person Has a Name; or, Do Jews Need Judaism?” Within each, there are abundant cerebral surprises, often interwoven, always passionately attentive to intellectual nuance and literary grace. The authors have added meaningfully and joyfully to the continuum they celebrate. Readers will come away from this entrancing meditation needing to add comments of their own. These reviews are reprinted, with permission, from the Winter 2012 issue of Jewish Book World. 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. philjason.wordpress.com.
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Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle he Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle’s creator, David Benkof, has been creating puzzles since 1999. He’s had two puzzles published in the New York Times and hundreds in the Jerusalem Post and other Jewish newspapers. The Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle draws on every aspect of Jewish life – Israeli cities, Jewish holidays, Hollywood luminaries, famous rabbis, Yiddish expressions, etc.
The puzzle delights in the occasional use of Jewish wordplay, misleading and trickery. Examples: A. A reader seeing a 4-letter entry for “Conservative Cantor?” might think about a woman hazzan or something, but the answer is ERIC Cantor, the House Republican Majority leader. B. A reader seeing a 7-letter entry for “Where to find a nun in December” might think about churches
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Since the 1920s, the game of mah jongg has ignited the popular imagination with beautiful tiles, mythical origins and communal spirit. This exhibit provokes memories of the intergenerational tradition of this game, ion. s and Photographs Divis Library of Congress, Print and illuminates mah jongg’s influence on contemporary culture.
Larry Dreaming About the Beach, acrylic on canvas, 2008.
Project Mah Jongg was curated and is circulated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, New York.The exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the National Mah Jongg League. Additional support is provided by Sylvia Hassenfeld and 2wice Arts Foundation. Local funders for Project Mah Jongg include Robert Arthur Segall Foundation, Funding Arts Network, Charles & Sandra Simon, Joni & Stanley Tate.
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Elaine in Green Dress, acrylic on canvas, 2009.
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Portraits by Inez Hollander Through vibrant primary colors and strong, unrelenting brushstrokes, this series documents a community teeming in diversity and captures the emotions of its subjects.
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and Christmas, but the answer is DREIDEL, because the Hebrew letter nun is found there.
Benkof is originally from St. Louis and made aliyah in 2010. He currently lives in Jerusalem.
Across 1. Prayer after mincha 6. Like the Torah 10. “___ teaches you when to be silent”: Disraeli 14. Worker’s request 15. Suffix with “chick” 16. Beginning of a magician’s incantation 17. 2003 film starring Adam Goldberg 20. Text, briefly 21. Agrees nonverbally 22. Czarist edicts 23. Whence the missiles of November 2012 24. “___ Hu” (seder song) 25. American anarchist 29. 1,200, in Roman numerals 32. ___ Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University 33. Not Seph. 34. “___ of Flying” (Erica Jong book) 35. “Annie ___” (Best Picture of 1977) 36. Nadel and Mayer 38. Many an archaeological find 39. Everybody, in Dusseldorf 40. Apple computer 41. Fictional journalist Sagdiyev 42. “___ Gadol Haya...” 43. Israeli fruit with many seeds 46. “The Divine ___ M” (Bette Midler) 47. Pulitzer-prizewinning musical by Jonathan Larson 48. Former Knesset member Rabbi Meir 51. Eric who payed a Mossad agent in “Munich” 52. “Norma ___” (1979 film involving a Jewish union organizer) 55. Octogenarian officeholder from New Jersey 58. French phone greeting 59. Israeli NBA star Casspi 60. New York politician Bella 61. Applaud (for) 62. Barkat and Bergman 63. Bats flies?
Down 1. Garfunkel and Spiegelman 2. Mayor of America’s third-largest city 3. Has a rivalry 4. The Chazon ___ (20th century Torah scholar) 5. Appropriate for NFTY or USY 6. Ultra-orthodox but nationalist (literally, “mustard”) 7. Lyric verses 8. White House chief of staff Jacob 9. Alkalai and Amichai 10. Rav Kook expert Ross (Bar-Ilan U.) 11. Iron Dome, essentially 12. Ontario natives 13. Besmirches 18. Larry Harmon’s clownish alter ego 19. Alike 23. Gothic adornment 24. “I ___ happy!” 25. “Blue River” novelist Canin 26. ___ Adumim (suburb of Jerusalem) 27. Ponders 28. Hora, e.g. 29. Ben Stiller’s mom Anne 30. Diamond measure 31. Aegean land 34. Jewish national ___ (far-right party) 36. Author, “The Israelis: Founders and Sons” 37. Sacrificial animals 41. 1971 Woody Allen comedy 43. Way to be tickled 44. Free 45. French jurist Cassin 46. Shalach ___ 48. ___ Sava (Israeli city) 49. “City of New Orleans” singer Guthrie 50. Kind of effect 51. Stewart ___, Vietnam Silver Star recipient 52. Playwright Yasmina (“God of Carnage”) 53. In ___ (doing boring work) 54. Shakshuka ingredients 56. Dove Jeremy Ben-___ of J Street 57. JWI’s former initials
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Stars of David
By Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist Editor’s note: Persons in BOLD CAPS are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish for the purpose of the column. Persons identified as Jewish have at least one Jewish parent and were not raised in a faith other than Judaism – and don’t identify with a faith other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism, of course, are also identified as Jewish. Jews on Ice The 113-day lockout of National Hockey League (NHL) players by the owners ended in early January. Here are the four Jews playing NHL hockey as the delayed season began: MIKE BROWN, 27, right wing, Toronto Maple Leafs; MICHAEL CAMMALLERI, 30, left wing, Calgary Flames; JEFF HALPERN, 36, center, NY Rangers; and ERIC NYSTROM, 29, left wing, Dallas Stars. Halpern and Brown are the sons of two Jewish parents. Nystrom, who was raised Jewish and had a bar mitzvah, is the son of a non-Jewish father and a Jewish mother. Cammalleri, who is also the son of a Jewish mother/non-Jewish father, was raised secular, but has no problem being identified as a “Jewish athlete.” Jewish Sports Review magazine says that 10 Jewish players are now playing in the highest minor league, the AHL. Several have a good chance of being called up to the NHL this season or next. Now He Can Speak Freely Frank Langella, 75, is a highly respected actor, best known for his stage work. I recently came across his 2012 memoir, Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew
Them. About 60 quite famous people are the subject of short profiles. All are deceased, so Langella can be completely candid. I found many of his entries really fresh and interesting. Famous Jewish subjects include TONY CURTIS, LEE STRASBERG, DINAH SHORE, ELIZABETH TAYLOR, ARTHUR MILLER, and PAUL NEWMAN. About Newman, Langella writes: “He was a deeply feeling, decent man...[but he was] a pretty dull companion. Never rude or unkind, just dull...But he was so beautiful, people thought it must be their fault if he went silent or just emptily gazed at them.” Chuck Lorre Speaks/ Charlie Sheen Redux CHUCK LORRE, 60, is famous as creator or co-creator of many big TV hits including Cybill, Dharma and Greg, Grace under Fire, Two and a Half Men” and Big Bang Theory. Lorre, who was born Charles Levine, is also well-known for his personal essay, “vanity cards,” which flash on the screen for an instant at the end of an episode of his shows. For many years, you could read the cards online and now, with a DVR, you can easily hit “pause” and read them. A card (labeled #396) that ran last fall after
Interested in Your Family’s History? Ten years of doing a Jewish celebrities column has turned Nate Bloom (see column at left) into something of an expert on finding basic family history records and articles mentioning a “searched-for” person. During these 10 years, he has put together a small team of “mavens” who aid his research. Most professional family history experts charge at least $1,000 for a full family tree. However, many people just want to get “started” by tracing one particular family branch.
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by well-organized ethnic cleansing. Which is why I celebrate the magnificent, muddle-headed ineptitude of our democracy. As far as I’m concerned, a little confusion and waste may keep the trains from running on time, but it also keeps people like me from getting a one-way ticket in a cattle car. [Yes, there’s a lot of waste] But keep in mind that bureaucrats who can’t find their tush with a flashlight are not likely to find you either.” As many of you know, Lorre fired Two and a Half Men co-star Charlie
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FOCUS ON YOUTH
UCF opening “Google-inspired” Hillel center for one of the largest Jewish campus populations
esponding to a continuing surge in its Jewish student population, the University of Central Florida (UCF) is preparing to open a new 20,000-square-foot Hillel facility, which has been uniquely designed to be a center for creativity, social action, student leadership development and Jewish activities. With more than 6,000 Jewish undergraduate students, UCF has the second largest Jewish student population of any public university in the United States. Increasing demand for Jewish student services led Central Florida Hillel to plan its new facility, which is scheduled to open in August 2013 on the ground floor of UCF’s newly constructed NorthView complex. “The new Hillel facility will add an exciting new dimension to Jewish campus life at UCF,” said Hank
Katzen, chairman of the Board of Directors of Central Florida Hillel. “Beginning in August, we will finally have a destination that is designed to meet our diverse programs and needs, while appealing to the individual lifestyles and interests of our students.” UCF’s Jewish students will benefit from a 21st century “Google-inspired” Hillel, designed to tap into student
pus Life, the world’s largest Jewish creativity and to empower students campus-based organization, Central to create their own visions of Jewish community on campus. The facility Florida Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate will feature a modern theater, game room, café, lounge areas, meeting and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and rooms and various other amenities. the world. NorthView’s upper floors will feature ultra-modern, upscale housHillel student leaders, professionals and lay leaders are dedicated to ing for 600 UCF students. Centrally located directly across the street from creating a pluralistic, welcoming and Bright House Stadium, inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encourNorthView combines convenient campus access aged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Hillel helps students with an array of sophistifind a balance in being distinctively cated amenities and satisfying social opportunities Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek unparalleled by any other housing option at UCF. (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and About Central Florida Hillel to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Central Florida Hillel serves not only one of Hillel is committed to excellence, A recent construction photo of NorthView, the complex that will house the new Hillel center the largest Jewish campus innovation, accountability and results. populations in North America, it also More information is available by is emerging as one of the most innovavisiting www.gohillel.org or by callStars of David...continued from previous page tive Hillel programs in the country. ing Sam Kauffman, Central Florida a Southern Baptist. Sheen in February 2011 after months As an accredited affiliate of HilHillel’s interim executive director, at Well, Charlie is still singing the of dealing with Sheen’s drug-fueled 407.382.2658. lel: The Foundation for Jewish Camsame song about his mother. Recently, bizarre behavior. Behavior that inhe was interviewed by the Brit paper, cluded disparaging remarks by Sheen The Guardian. The reporter prefaced about Lorre, including at least one the interview text by noting that that virtually everyone took as antiTV for dogs, doggie resorts, high-tech pooper Sheen: “Talks thorough his nose, in Semitic. scoopers – ISRAEL21c brings you some of the rapid jags that sound like the sideSheen parried the charge of antimore unusual ways that Israelis are making effect of whatever he has done to Semitism by noting that his then-wife, his brain over the years.” When the BROOKE MUELLER, 35, is Jewlife better for their pet pooches reporter mentioned his controversial ish (Mueller’s mother, a Palm Beach remark about Lorre, Sheen once socialite, is Jewish). Sheen added that again lied, or fantasized, telling the his mother is Jewish, too. The latter Guardian, “My mom’s Jewish. I’m claim is a “Charlie Sheen fantasy” – Jewish.” his mother comes from an old WASP Maybe Charlie should enter a family – and Charlie’s (full) brother, rehab center for the “factually chalactor Emilio Estevez, has told interlenged.” viewers that she was born and raised
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Write A Letter To God
Join us in the mitzvah of scribing a Torah Everyone is invited to participate! You don't have to be a Temple member The Our Torah scribe will be at Temple Shalom on these dates: Wed, March 13, 2013 Thurs, March 14, 2013 Sun, March 17, 2013
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To schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Michael Rubner at OurTorah@naplestemple.org, or call the Temple, 455-3030, ext. 202.
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March 2013 Federation Star
BBYO: Busy, busy, busy By Dara Baer, BBYO Naples Program Associate
uring the weekend of January 25-27, BBYO Naples joined all the other chapters throughout the North Florida Region at the MIT/AIT (Member-in-Training/ Aleph-in-Training) Convention. The convention was filled with inspiration and education, as the NFR teen leaders shared the history, songs and cheers, as well as the traditions of what it means to be part of the AZA and BBG movements. Sarah Minion, BBYO’s International N’siah, was a special guest throughout the weekend and helped lead sessions around building leaders and creating meaningful experiences.
One of the highlights of the convention was Shabbat, which was celebrated with convention-themed services on Friday night and Saturday morning with the musical talents of our song leader, Amber Ikeman, Community Building Associate at The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee. Convention participants also experienced a number of BBYO’s international campaigns, including StandUP and summer programs. The teens from North Florida have aligned themselves with Natural Disaster Relief as their StandUP cause and we enjoyed a presentation from the
BBYO members at MIT/AIT Regional Convention
American Red Cross. Everyone had a great time connecting with Jewish teens from all over North Florida and they are looking forward to seeing everyone again during Spring Regional Convention in a few months. Back in Naples, fourteen mem-
bers of our BBYO Connect (6th-8th graders) program went ice skating on MLK Day at Germain Arena and had an icy cold blast of fun. For information on future events or to get involved, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239.325.1498.
Israeli Prime Minister participates in TaglitBirthright Israel Bar Mitzvah kick-off celebration
aglit-Birthright Israel, the organization responsible for sending approximately 400,000 young Jewish adults on a free 10-day trip to Israel to learn about their heritage, celebrated its Bar Mitzvah (13th year) with a recent event in Jerusalem attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Prime Minister Netanyahu helped greet an estimated 3,000 Taglit-Birthright Israel participants from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, Russia and Israel, noting that, “You come from different countries and speak different languages, but you have one thing in common: Israel is your birthright. “I believe that Birthright has indeed changed the Jewish future,” said PM Netanyahu. “Our goal is that any young Jewish man or woman who
wants to come to Israel will be able to come to Israel. Because anybody who comes here sees the true Israel. Israel is the place where Jewish history comes alive. Because Israel is not merely about the Jewish past, it’s about the Jewish future.”
“Taglit-Birthright Israel has enhanced the direct connection of young adult Jews from around the world with Israel as their birthright,” said Taglit-Birthright Israel CEO Gidi Mark. “The impact of spending 10 days in Israel with one’s Israeli peers leads to a long-lasting commitment to Jewish identity, Jewish continuity and solidarity with Israel. Our vision for the future is for Birthright Israel to become a permanent milestone in becoming a Jewish adult.” With trips taking place in two Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. participants of Taglit-Birthright Israel sessions annually,
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winter (December - March) and spring/summer (May - August), attendees visit Jewish historical sites, history museums, Holocaust remembrance sites, arts and culture events, and the Western Wall, among others. Themes covered include the creation of the modern State of Israel, values of the Jewish people, encounters with Israeli peers, ecology and the environment. Taglit-Birthright Israel is a partnership between the Government of Israel, private philanthropists and Jewish communities around the world (The Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel and Keren Hayesod). To register for spring/summer 2013 trips, visit www. BirthrightIsrael.com.
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FOCUS ON YOUTH
Preschool of the Arts update By Ettie Zaklos, Preschool Director
2013-2014 Registration Registration is in full swing for our 2013-2014 school year and our 18-month-old, two-year-old, threeyear-old and four-year-old classes (including VPK) are already filling up! Preschool of the Arts – a proud partner of the Eco-Healthy Child Care Network – is committed to creating a warm, enriching and nurturing early-childhood learning environment where children can mature socially, emotionally and cognitively. We promote a progressive approach that encourages learning through hands-
Little gardeners digging in at Preschool of the Arts
on experiences and opportunities for multi-sensory exploration and discovery. In support of our vision, our goal is to empower children to take intellectual risks while they explore the wonder of our Jewish and American heritages. Our diverse arts program offers activities that enhance social and emotional skills, foster independence, create a love for learning and ready the children for higher learning. The curriculum includes a visual arts program (also reflected in the names of our classes, Tiny Da Vinci, Mini Monet, Little Van Gogh and Pre-K Picasso), a performing arts program (music and ballet), a culinary arts program, yoga, My Gym and educational (and fun!) field trips. For the children, we provide an exciting, creative and stimulating learning environment that is safe, healthy and green. For parents, we offer a superior preschool education for your children – as well as extended pick-up times (need an extra hour or two every now and then?) and extended care (available until 5:00 p.m.). To learn more about our preschool, Winner of the 2012 Preschool Champion Choice Award, visit www. naplespreschoolofthearts.com or, for a private tour of our preschool, call 239.263.2620.
were smiles all around from the children – and grandparents and special friends – during our fun-filled morning together. All were treated to an exuberant musical performance as well as delicious snacks. Well done to everyone who learned the words to the songs and sang with such enthusiasm! Annual Benefit Gala On Sunday evening, March 3 we – the Preschool of the Arts, together with
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 seven). Your child will 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 Thumbs up for another great day at Preschool of the Arts arts, music, culture, Chabad of Naples – will celebrate food, games, crafts and activities from our vibrant and ever-growing comcountries around the world. munity. It would be our great pleasure To register for our incredible to welcome you at this evening of Summer of the Arts program, please philanthropy, humanitarianism and call 239.263.2620. tribute. The evening promises to be Grandparents’ Day a wonderful time to greet old friends The hard work and effort of our and make new friends, too. To make preschool children, under the expert a reservation for this memorable instruction of our wonderful music gala event at The Ritz-Carlton Beach teacher, Sharon True, paid off at our Resort, please call 239.263.2620. recent Grandparents’ Day. There
Temple Shalom Preschool update By Seyla Cohen, Preschool Director
here’s nothing like tradition and holidays to let us know where in the year we are. Children thrive on structure and repetition so it’s no wonder that the festivals we celebrate at Temple Shalom Preschool each year create lasting memories. Purim, with its wonderful stories and custom of dressing in costume, is always one of the favorites and this year was no different. Miss Jane treated us to her wonderful songs and the children paraded and enjoyed the festive day. Now we look forward to Passover, another much-loved celebration. Children become familiar with the different foods offered and the
meaning behind their presentation. As in many Jewish holidays, the menu plays an important part. It is through the fare that the history of the holiday is explained. We are all anticipating our annual Passover seder where traditional dishes are savored. In our Storyland Children’s Library, The Story of Moses is told and acted out on stage; in art class, traditional seder plates are crafted; in music, customary songs are sung and danced to; and in our classrooms, creative Haggadahs are constructed. All of this combines to make for a fun learning experience for our little ones! As these children progress through Temple Shalom Preschool year after
year, these customs are repeated, forming a constant reminder of where they come from and instilling in them a sense of belonging. Those students who are not of the Jewish faith are exposed to practices that other religions follow, broadening their horizons. Now that we are approaching the last quarter of the school year, we are planning registration for the 2013-2014 school year. Those students who are currently enrolled are given first opportunity to sign up for the upcoming year. Once those spots have been filled, enrollment is open to the general public. Providing a nurturing, caring, academicallychallenging program, state-of-the art equipment, and experienced, educated teachers, Temple Shalom Preschool looks forward to continued success for the upcoming school year. For
more information, please call me at 239.455.3227.
Miss Jane sings while the children parade
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Preschoolers try on their masks in preparation for Purim
TRIBUTES 17A Federation Star March 2013
Tributes to the UJA Federation Campaign To: From:
David Willens and Family In memory of your beloved wife, Shereen Willens Blanche & Robert Stone The Staff at the Boulder County Housing Authority Susannah & Avery S. Cohen Karen Sloane
Marilyn Dolid In memory of your beloved husband, Paul Dolid Renee & Dr. Richard Brams
To: Judge Mort Riefberg Wishing you a speedy recovery From: David Willens To: From:
Nan & Mike Suffian In appreciation of your wonderful hospitality and lovely evening Phyllis & Michael Seaman
To: Dr. Geraldine Feldman & Family In memory of your beloved mother From: Jackie & Lucian & Simon Sitwell
March 2013 Federation Star
Betsy Coplan Erlich & Family Marianne Coplan Schapiro & Family In memory of your beloved mother, Shirley Coplan Eddie Erlich & Brian Kudler Mr. Charles W Spiegle, Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Virginia Siebert Phyllis Aaron Flo Chelm Eric & Debra (Vinocur) Friedman Mary Solomon Marc Weil and the partners and staff at Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn, P.A. Norma & Evan Solomon Cecily & James Lawless Susan & Jeffry Weiler The Falitz Family
Arlene & Jack Copeland Mazel Tov on the safe arrival of Harris Copeland Jackie & Lucian Sitwell
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Florence Feinson & Family In memory of your beloved husband, Joel Feinson Judy & Ben Peltz The Tuesday WCA Mah Jongg Ladies
The Jewish Federation of Collier County extends:
• Condolences to Rona Segall and family on the passing of her beloved mother, Pearl Segall • Condolences to Dr. Geraldine Feldman and Family on the passing of her beloved mother • Condolences to Betsy Coplan Erlich and Marianne Coplan Schapiro and Families on the passing of their beloved mother, Shirley Coplan • Condolences to Jamie Ross and Family on the passing of her beloved mother • Condolences to Florence Feinson and Family on the passing of her beloved husband, Joel Feinson • Condolences to Linda Hertzberg and Family on the passing of her beloved mother • Condolences to Louise Orkin and Family on the passing of her beloved husband, Leonard Orkin
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ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD
Don’t let a physical disability keep you from the Promised Land
Yad Sarah lends a helping hand...and everything else Israelis and tourists may need By Ted Epstein, Editor, Federation Star Editor’s note: Recently, I had the good fortune of participating, along with 20 other Jewish press professionals, in an 8-day trip to Israel sponsored by the Israel Ministry of Tourism and El Al. It was a fascinating journey, as expected. This is the first in a series of articles about several of the people I met, places I saw, and things I learned. ow, I never thought I’d see a nice Jewish boy like Ted using a power tool,” exclaimed one of my fellow tour participants as they watched me screw two leg pads into a chair used for optical procedures. The real power tools, though, are the 6,000 volunteers who devote their time and energy at Yad Sarah, Israel’s largest volunteer-staffed organization, providing innovative programs
designed to support the efforts of families caring for the frail elderly, homebound, the ill and injured, and people with disabilities.
turned into the largest national volunteer organization in Israel. Yad Sarah receives no government funding and relies on donations; 200,000 people donate to the organization each year. Though its annual operating budget is $69,000,000, Yad Sarah saves the Israeli economy $400,000,000 in hospital, long-term care and medical equipment costs! More than 420,000 people are helped
“If not for Yad Sarah, I’d be lying in bed all day.” – Yad Sarah volunteer
The volunteers, from ages 15 to 95, are as diverse as their clientele, with no regard to income, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation. Helping me clean and put together the chair was 13-year volunteer Avraham Griefler. Though he didn’t speak much English, Avraham was able to communicate what needed to be done through his eyes, gestures, warm smile and positive attitude. People power During my group’s tour of Yad Sarah headquarters in Jerusalem, Vice Chairman Meir Meyer shared some impressive numbers and details. He said that this vision of one man – Rabbi Uri Lupolianski, who served as mayor of Jerusalem from Yad Sarah volunteer Avraham Griefler with Ted Epstein 2003 to 2008 – has
Yad Sarah Vice Chairman Meir Meyer demonstrates how various equipment is used
each year, and there are 270,000 annual equipment loans. 33 wheelchairaccessible vans, located at 9 centers throughout Israel, make 500 daily trips. In fact, one of two Israeli families has been helped by Yad Sarah.
24,000 seniors who live alone are connected to an alarm center. These seniors can contact someone at Yad Sarah with the push of a button. There are 200 real emergencies (medical/ police) per day, plus another thousand calls – though not true emergencies, they’re considered as such to these homebound elderly. Supporting the alarm center are the microphones located in the seniors’ apartments. Once a button is pushed, the microphone is activated. This allows the volunteers to hear the caller throughout the home and they cannot be disconnected accidentally. Volunteers also call people who have not been in touch for a month. Yad Sarah is the only place in Israel focusing on geriatric dental care. “Mobile” dental services send dentists and equipment directly to clients’ homes. It also provides a play center for special-needs kids, a daytime rehabilitation center, oxygen service, and it can create a whole hospital at home, saving thousands of dollars compared to being in a hospital. During our tour, we saw several volunteers repairing wheelchairs, walkers and other items lent by Yad Sarah. Meir said, “Typically, these wheelchairs last about seven years.
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BRIEFS ISRAEL PARLIAMENT GETS NEW LOOK The new Israeli parliament’s freshman class includes two youth protest leaders, an Ethiopian immigrant, a hightech millionaire and more women than ever. They include Shimon Solomon, who came to Israel as a child in the covert Operation Moses airlift that brought thousands of Ethiopian Jews from refugee camps in Sudan. He became a major in Israel’s paratroops and a social worker. Another is Rabbi Dov Lipman, who immigrated from the U.S. in 2004 and became a deputy mayor in Beit Shemesh. Naftali Bennett is a high-tech millionaire, while Orit Struk, mother of 11, is a settler leader in Hebron. (Reuters)
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JEWISH IMMIGRATION TO ISRAEL: 18,691 IN 2012 Jewish immigration to Israel stood at 18,691 in 2012 compared to 19,135 in 2011, according to an annual analysis by the Jewish Agency for Israel. 7,755 came from the former
ISRAELI HIGH-TECH START-UPS SOLD FOR COMBINED $5.5 BILLION IN 2012 Fifty Israeli high-tech start-up companies were bought out in 2012 for
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BRIEFS continued from previous page a total of $5.5 billion, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers Israel. In recent years, buy-out deals in the Israeli high-tech sector have become fewer, but larger. Rubi Suliman, the head of PwC’s high-tech practice, noted: “Recently, we are seeing Israeli companies grow, and become world leaders in their areas. We are seeing companies with revenues of over $100 million. We did not see these in the past. They were being sold much earlier, often pre-revenue.” (Israel Hayom)
ISRAELI WOMEN SOLDIERS HAVE “RIGHT STUFF” FOR BORDER WATCH When it comes to keeping the peace on the border with Egypt, women IDF soldiers are valued perhaps even more than their male counterparts. “It is no accident that so many women are in field intelligence. With all due respect to the men, women bring a special capability,” said Major Oshrat Bachar. Retired Brig.-Gen. Ruth Yaron said that at draft age, women tended to be better suited for the patient vigilance required of surveillance. Women make up 55% of Israel’s field intelligence corps, compared to just 33% of the armed forces overall. (Reuters)
ISRAEL TO RECONSTRUCT KING HEROD’S TOMB A replica of the tomb of King Herod, the Judean king famous for renovating the Temple Mount and building Masada, will rise again at Herodion and, at 83 feet, will be visible from Jerusalem. Herodion, a fortified royal palace built between 23 and 15 BCE, was destroyed in 70 CE during the Great Revolt against Rome. Reconstruction of Herod’s Tomb is part of a larger government plan to refurbish some 300 biblical and national heritage sites. Hebrew University archaeology professor Ehud Netzer ascertained Herodion to be the biblical king’s burial site in 2007. (Times of Israel)
ISRAEL’S EMERGED MARKET Israel’s previously labeled “emerging market” is now the 17th most developed in the world. In 2013, its GDP is projected to grow 3.8%, versus 2.5% in the U.S., and it has an unemployment rate of 6.6%. It spends more on education as a percentage of its budget than the U.S. The nation avoided the mortgage meltdown that affected dozens of other countries. Its central bank has been called one of the best-run in the world. It’s a hotbed of technological innovation. All this, despite a population of less than eight million – and being surrounded by enemies. (Seeking Alpha)
ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD ISRAELI MEN HAVE SECOND-HIGHEST LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THE WORLD Israelis have among the highest life expectancies on the globe, with an overall life expectancy of 81.7 years, according to a study recently released by the Central Bureau for Statistics. Israeli men have the secondhighest life expectancy in the world, after Swiss men. (Israel Hayom)
ISRAEL’S ARABS: DEPRIVED OR RADICALIZED? Thanks to Israeli health care, the average Israeli Arab male can expect to live longer than his American and many European counterparts. Since Israel’s founding, its Arab population has grown tenfold, while the number of Arab schoolchildren has multiplied by a factor of 40. During the past twelve years, relative investment in Arab education has far exceeded that in the Jewish sector. Contrary to the image of cramped neighborhoods and acute land shortages, population density in Arab localities is substantially lower on average than in equivalent Jewish locales. Since the late 1990s, the unemployment rate in Israel’s Arab sector has been consistently lower than in Jewish development towns in the periphery. Allocations to Arab municipalities
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Overobsession with settlements By David Harris, Executive Director, AJC, January 31, 2013, Der Tagesspiegel Der Tagesspiegel is one of Germany’s leading and most influential newspapers. David Harris has been invited over the years to publish a number of op-eds in this newspaper. The January 31 op-ed appeared as AJC’s Board of Governors visited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of AJC’s Berlin Office.
hen AJC opened its Berlin office in 1998, many things were different. Helmut Kohl was Germany’s chancellor. There were 15 European Union members. The Eurozone was still in the planning stage. King Hussein was Jordan’s monarch. Hosni Mubarak was Egypt’s president. Yasser Arafat was the Palestinian leader. Hafez el-Assad was Syria’s strongman. 9/11 was three years away and the American-led invasion of Iraq five years off. One thing has not changed. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister in 1998, holds the same office today. While from 1999 to 2009 Netanyahu was out of office, he is widely expected to serve a third term as Israel’s leader after the country’s January 22 elections. Compared to 1998, Netanyahu faces an even more complex regional picture. First, Iran now looms as the greatest threat to Israel and Sunnidominated Arab governments. There is the approaching prospect of Ira-
nian nuclear capability, all the more ominous when combined with the regime’s apocalyptic theology and its oft-stated desire to annihilate Israel. Second, Israel’s two unilateral gestures – withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005 – strengthened the hands of Hezbollah and Hamas, respectively. With Iran’s help, both terrorist groups have been building up their military strength. Third, four successive Israeli leaders – Barak, Sharon, Olmert and Netanyahu – have endorsed a twostate deal with the Palestinians. Each tried to reach an accord, but failed. In all four cases, whether under Arafat or his successor, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinians refused to go along. Fourth, the Arab upheaval has created a new dynamic in the region and for Israel. Those who thought the Arab world would follow the model of post-1989 Eastern Europe failed to grasp the deeply-rooted systemic issues and the absence of democratic traditions. Instead, the Islamists have shown impressive strength in Egypt, and the future direction of the Arab world’s largest country is anyone’s guess. Meanwhile, Syria, Israel’s neighbor and home to a massive arsenal of chemical weapons, has become a tragic case study in regime brutality and UN inaction. Fifth, many Israelis have grown more skeptical of the possibility of
peace. Some in Europe fail to grasp this essential point. Israelis retain their thirst for peace, but see a regional climate less conducive to achieving it. They remember what happened in Lebanon, as Hezbollah became a state-within-a-state, and in Gaza, as Hamas violently ousted the Palestinian Authority. They recall that after the Clinton-Barak effort to reach a deal with Arafat, he unleashed a new intifada. And they see Egypt in the throes of change, raising questions about the future of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. Maybe elsewhere wishful thinking can be allowed to substitute for reality, but not in Israel, where the stakes could not be higher. But there is a wide and growing gap between a majority of Israelis and Europe. To listen to European pronouncements, Israeli settlement policy is the nub of the problem, with only occasional references, usually in muted tones, to destructive Palestinian behavior. Not only is this factually flawed, but it also raises profound questions among Israeli policymakers about the way Europe perceives reality. If Egyptian President Morsi’s repugnant anti-Semitic comments, recorded in 2010 but only now revealed, and if Palestinian President Abbas’s recent praise for Amin el-Husseini, the wartime mufti of Jerusalem and a Nazi ally, do not trigger howls of
protest, then Europe and Israel are not just living on different continents, but perhaps planets. Germany, as always, is central to the equation. Its special link with Israel and its acute sensitivity to the dangers the Jewish state faces, coupled with its leadership role in the EU, place it in a unique position. While Berlin has made no secret of its unhappiness with Israeli settlements, it recognizes there are larger issues at work, and settlements, however controversial, are not the root cause of the conflict. Rather, it is Israel’s very right to exist as an expression of Jewish sovereignty. That is also the position of the U.S. Much has been made of the differences between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, but such tension has arisen in every administration. No two countries, even the best of allies – as America and Israel are – have identical interests. Yet that tension has never defined the overall bilateral relationship. Indeed, cooperation today between Washington and Jerusalem has never been closer, and that will continue. Much has changed since AJC established its Berlin office in 1998. Unfortunately, when it comes to the Middle East, not all of the change has been for the better. For more information, please visit www.ajc.org.
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Israeli border By Gene Sipe, VP Southwest Florida Chapter ZOA
quick review of the Middle Eastern political scene in the past two years shows that Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen have completely overthrown their governments. Syria is still embroiled in a bloody civil war. Ongoing civil disorder and protests are occurring in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. To date, the international estimates have the death toll in the range of a million people and climbing. A change in the United States political policy for the Middle East in 2010 was a direct signal to the radical Islamic world that there would be no opposition to their increased political influence, and was the unequivocal cause of what we now refer to as the Arab Spring. The countries bordering Israel are of special concern to Zionists because of this policy change and the resulting makeup of their new governments due to the potential effect they ultimately have on the Israeli state. For the purpose of this article, we will attempt to focus on the Muslim Brotherhood border issue at this time and address the situation with Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia in future articles. The treaty with Egypt is volatile at best and highly dependent on U.S.
funding. The new regime remains unstable, and outbreaks of violence are ongoing as we begin the third year of Egypt’s Revolution. Massive anti-government rallies continue with violent clashes between protesters and security forces. In a show of support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the United States agreed to supply twenty F-16 fighter jets at a cost of $213,000,000.00 of additional American taxpayers’ dollars. This is only part of a $1 billion foreign aid package. In Lebanon, the Muslim Brotherhood is said to dominate only 20-25% of the country’s political influence, however, their influence on Hezbollah is successful due to their shared animosity towards Israel. Hezbollah, meanwhile, continues to stockpile weapons in anticipation of the next opportunity to wage war on the Israeli state. The ongoing civil war in Syria threatens to spill over Israel’s border. The movement of both chemical and anti-aircraft weapons poses a threat to the Israeli population and Israel’s ability to fly reconnaissance flights along its borders. As of this writing, the United Nations has appealed for an additional $1.5 billion for the Syrian insurgency, of which the United
States has already committed $365 million. Jordanian Islamists are emboldened by western support for the Muslim Brotherhood. The MB is the largest political party in the country and they boycotted the national elections to make the point that there will be no changes in Jordan as long as the country is controlled by the Hashemite king. It would certainly be reasonable to ask if the king will be targeted for deposition, just as the other recent leaders in the region have been. The Muslim Brotherhood, through Egypt, presents themselves as mediators between Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in Judea and Samaria. This provides them untold influence on these Israeli borders. Meanwhile, they tell the Egyptian people that Egypt should prepare for war against Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood has never made
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any effort to conceal their designs for the destruction of Israel. They now dominate the political picture along the entire Israeli land border. It is imperative that we contact our elected representatives and let them know that the continued U.S. funding of the Muslim Brotherhood can only be sustained if the interests and survival of the State of Israel are assured.
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New questions for Pesach Rabbi Edward M. Maline, D.D.
he Passover seder should not be a mere repetition of the traditional Haggadah but should be updated each year to make the story of the Exodus relevant to the events of our own time. New questions in addition to the traditional Four Questions represent a way to enliven the seder experience with discussion and dialogue between the leader of the seder and the participating guests. Some suggestions for possible
“new” questions include the following: Is it appropriate, mandatory or legitimate for the United States to intervene in other countries to remove dictatorships and promote democracy, especially at the cost of so many lives as we are experiencing with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? If our answer to that question is “No,” then is it justifiable to criticize the United States for not intervening in the Holocaust to prevent the extermination of so many millions of our people? Anti-Semitism, discrimination against Jews, and oppression were principal reasons explaining Jewish identity in the past. Can Judaism survive on its own merits without
anti-Semitism and oppression? Can we survive in freedom and in prosperity? Should Jews vote for political candidates who support “Jewish” issues or should we vote for candidates who support more universal issues that pertain to all people and not necessarily to members of the Jewish faith? There is much discussion among Arabs who are citizens of Israel to seek greater equality. They wish to become a bi-national state and no longer wish to be governed by a Jewish majority. They seek this as an alternative to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict. What effect would such a solution have upon the Jewish state?
These are just a few possible questions that might be asked at the seder table to encourage discussion about issues that concern us today in addition to the traditional questions which ask about the meaning of the seder service. Our rabbis said, “He who elaborates on the story of the Exodus from Egypt is indeed praiseworthy.” Let us update the Haggadah to relate the Exodus story to our world today and to the moral concerns we face as a people and as a nation. I wish each of you and your loved ones a happy and joyous celebration of Passover – the story of our deliverance from the bondage of Egypt and all forms of oppression.
relationship with God, and that is why it has remained alive as a holiday even for so many otherwise disengaged Jews. Celebrating freedom certainly is part of the Passover story, but it’s not simply a “freedom from.” More importantly, it is “freedom to” – freedom to serve God. Certainly our ancestors needed to be free of the demands of the Egyptians before they could be free to serve God. Today. to be able to serve God, family and the Jewish people, each of us needs to be free from whatever our personal ‘Egypt‘ is. For most of us, the trick is learning to say “dayeinu,” enough. When we
put money or career ahead of making time for the things that are truly important, we remain slaves. When you sit down at your seder this year, remember that the holiday is NOT just about celebrating freedom from Egyptian enslavement. Spend a few minutes of your seder conversation exploring the question of why God wanted us to be free, and what we are doing to accomplish that mission. May your holiday celebration be filled with all the blessings of joy, happiness and well being! Chag Kasher v’Sameach!
Passover thoughts Rabbi Ammos Chorny
n the night of March 25, something miraculous will happen once again: About 93% of the Jews in North America will attend a seder in order to celebrate Passover with other Jews. Regardless of affiliation, level of observance, or commitment to religious practice, for one night, most of us will do the same thing: recall the Exodus from Egypt. What makes Passover so important, and what is its essential message? Most will suggest that the message of Passover is “Freedom.” We were slaves, now we are free! But if that were all, Passover would not have endured as a holiday for millennia. Passover is about faith, about our fundamental beliefs as Jews. The Mishnah exhorts every generation to view itself as the exile generation – as if we, personally, were brought out from Egypt. Thus, we are commanded to tell the story in the first person. Why? Because the true purpose of Passover is for us to draw near to God. The text of the Shema we recite
on a daily basis reminds us that “… the Lord your God brought you out of the land of Egypt in order to be your God.” The redemption from Egypt was not just so we could be free from oppression – it was so we would be free to serve God with full faith. The most effective path toward faith is direct experience, which is why it is so important to bring our sedarim to life – to strengthen faith, to reinforce our Jewishness, and to remind us of the universalistic values that transcend nationalism. Why is the Exodus story so central to Judaism? Why do we mention it several times a day in our prayers? Why does the Torah insist (as quoted in the Shema), “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt” instead of “I am the Lord your God who made you?” Wouldn’t it be more compelling to focus on God as Creator as a reason to obey the commandments? The Exodus story is so central because it celebrates the formation of the Jewish people. Before the Exodus and the Revelation on Mt. Sinai there was no such entity as the “Jewish people.” There were 12 tribes, all descendants from Abraham, but it was only after the Exodus and the receiving of the Torah that God gave us the laws that identify us as Jews. Passover is a celebration of our Jewishness, and our special
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Beth Tikvah update Stuart Kaye Beth Tikvah President
t’s official. Rabbi Ammos Chorny, as most of you know, was installed as Beth Tikvah’s spiritual leader on Sunday, February 24, concluding a glorious Purim-Installation Shabbaton. Congratulations to him, to us, and to the entire Naples area Jewish community. We look forward to continuing the fruitful, dynamic relationship already so well underway. Rabbi Chorny’s Tuesday courses in Torah Study and Liturgical Hebrew are highlights of each week at Beth Tikvah. Drop in and find out why. Relatively new to Beth Tikvah, but expected to grow in the months and years to come, is the practice of setting aside special Friday night services to honor important groups. This began a while back when we honored and learned about Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest
Florida. In January, we honored ORT and our local chapter. That service was especially well attended, and all who came learned much about ORT’s mission and activities. This month, we offer a special Women’s Cultural Alliance Shabbat on March 1, and the Jewish Federation of Collier County will be honored on March 15. Our Friday night services begin at 7:30 p.m. Seder news For the first time, Beth Tikvah will be able to hold a Kosher first seder in its own space. The date is Monday, March 25, and the time is tentatively set for 7:30 p.m. We are just now reading kosher provider menus and setting prices. Call us for details. As a prelude to Pesach, Beth Tikvah will hold a Hametz Bash. So, at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, everyone should bring sealed packages of hametz to the synagogue for donation to the food bank. The provided meal for our fressing pleasure is $7 per adult with children 12 and under free. Reservation with payment must be received by close of business on March 15.
Lectures Our 2012-13 Fall-Winter lecture season has been packed with variety. In November, Rabbi James Rudin offered a book talk on his newest book, Cushing, Spellman, O’Connor: The Surprising Story of How Three American Cardinals Transformed Catholic-Jewish Relations. This event was co-sponsored by the Catholic/ Jewish Dialogue’s Readers and Thinkers group. Next, in December, came a “Meet the Author” evening when Ellen Brazer, who discussed her new novel about the Bar Kokhba rebellion, And So It Was Written. More recently, attendees enjoyed listening to Sam Geist speak on business trends in the light of new technologies. Dr. June Sochen and Joyce Schrager recapped national election results and their meaning for Israel. Dr. Sochen presented a separate talk on Dr. Isaac Max Rubinow, the first medical director of Hadassah (19191923). That event was co-sponsored by Hadassah Associates. Bernard and Fran Alpert delighted listeners with a presentation on their new book, Archaeology and the Biblical Record.
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Noted artist Helene Aylon spoke about and read from her stirring memoir Whatever Is Constrained Must Be Released. Popular Jewish history lecturer Gerald Ziedenberg presented the first two of his three-part series on Famous Jewish Trials. He concludes this lecture series on Thursday, March 14 with a presentation at 7:30 p.m. on the Soviet Doctors’ Plot Trial. There is no charge. Please let us know if you are coming. Religious services schedule Friday services begin at 7:30 p.m; Saturday services begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude with a Kiddush Luncheon. Sunday morning minyan runs from December through May at 9:00 a.m. We regularly convene Yahrzeit minyanim upon request. Please join us at any service. Our participatory worship services and most other events are held at 1459 Pine Ridge Road just west of Mission Square Plaza. For more information, call 239.434.1818, email email@example.com or visit www.bethtikvahnaples.org. You can reach Rabbi Chorny directly at 239.537.5257.
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President’s message Stephen Goldenberg JCMI President
he 2013 season is coming to an end. After all, that little furry groundhog says spring is coming quickly. But March is always different down here. No snow, no frozen roads. And for those of us at JCMI, March is always bustling with activities. And this March is no exception. Rabbi Maline completes his fourpart Adult Education series on the Prophets of Israel on Sunday, March 3. This has been an interesting and informative series looking at some of the less well-known ancient prophets of Israel and examining their teachings and beliefs and their relevance to us today. The final session will look at how the Christian community interprets and misinterprets the prophets and their lessons. The morning commences with coffee and cake at 9:30 a.m. followed by the lecture at 10:00 a.m. It is a great way to start a Sunday. This is quickly followed by the third session of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, now in its 19th year, on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.. Howard Hoffer will examine the Dead Sea Scrolls, what they are, where they
come from, what we learn from them, and are they really of any importance today. His presentation is informative, interesting, and one that will provide new insight to the existence of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then on Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m., the JCMI Jewish Film Festival concludes its season with the Collier County premiere of A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, a moving story of friendship and confusion between people of different cultures and beliefs, and a story of hope for the future in the Middle East. The film will be followed by a reception. The Jewish Federation of Collier County has been a co-sponsor of both the Cultural Series and the Jewish Film Festival and we at JCMI are thankful and appreciative of its support of these events. And, speaking of the Federation, the editor of this very newspaper has agreed to speak at JCMI before our Men’s Club on Sunday, March 17. Ted Epstein will present a look at life in the Jewish community not just here but in other Jewish communities in Southwest Florida. Are we all the same? What similarities and what differences exist? Ted is a bright and engaging young man who will make you smile, laugh and recognize, if not yourself, at least your neighbor, in many of his observations. Come and enjoy the Men’s Club’s famous breakfast at 9:30 a.m. (we promise not to have green bagels!),
followed by Ted’s presentation at 10:00 a.m. This event is open to all, not just Men’s Club members, and women are more than welcome. And then comes the holiday of Pesach, the holiday that more than any other is the cornerstone of Judaism, the holiday that celebrates the Exodus from Egypt. We at JCMI hold our traditional Community Seder at the synagogue on the first night of Passover; this year it’s Monday, March 25. This is one of our most popular events on the Island and we welcome you to partake. Please make your reservations early as there is a tremendous amount
of preparation that needs to take place in order to put the service together and to prepare the Passover feast that follows. As you can see, JCMI is going to have a very busy March. But we love to be busy and to hold true to our origins as The Jewish Community Center of Marco Island (our original name). So come, eat, laugh, learn, inquire and explore all that we have to offer. We would love to see you at some or all of our events during this month. Make your plans and join us. You won’t be disappointed. A joyous and peaceful Pesach to all.
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A Women’s Seder By Caren Plotkin
n Monday, March 18 I will have the honor of leading the 13th annual Women’s Seder at Temple Shalom. Every year, women, both Jewish and non-Jewish, gather to celebrate the women in the Bible. We dance, we sing and we celebrate with our daughters, mothers and grandmothers. We celebrate some old traditions and we introduce new ones. So, why a women’s seder? Francine Klagsbrun, author of The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day and writer for The Jewish Week and Moment Magazine, explains: “Women’s seders have become a phenomenon of our time. From New York to Nebraska, from Berlin to London, thousands of Jewish women throughout the world celebrate the Passover holiday every year with an evening of ceremony and remembrance led by women for women. For most participants, these gatherings supplement traditional family and community seder meals that honor the festival. For some, a women’s seder is the only connection to Passover observance. For all, this special ritual provides a venue for women’s voices to be heard and their experiences commemorated.” But why? Why a women’s seder when the traditional Passover seder includes both women and men? Why a separate seder, when women have by now won the battle to be integrated into all aspects of Jewish life, from
serving as rabbis to leading major communal organizations? In The Continuing Value of Separatism, Judith Plaskow points out that although Jewish women have expanded their roles greatly in the past thirty years, contradictions endure. In most homes women still carry the major burden of preparing for Passover, a massive undertaking. More important, the Haggadah, the traditional text read aloud at a seder, relegates women to the background in the Passover saga of Jewish liberation from Egyptian slavery. We hear no mention of the courageous midwives the Bible describes as having saved Hebrew babies from destruction. But we hear a great deal about the need for men to teach their sons the story of the Exodus from Egypt and about men discussing and interpreting biblical passages. Women’s seders round out the telling by allowing participants to raise questions and add practices that might be out of place in an ordinary seder. Indeed, women have written Haggadot specifically for use at a women’s seder; they’ve also created new liturgy and rituals, poems, songs and commentaries that expand on the conventional Haggadah text. In addition to some of the traditional symbols on the seder table, you may see some new symbols incorporated into a women’s seder as well. Miriam’s Cup is a new ritual
object that is placed on the table beside the Cup of Elijah. It serves as a symbol of Miriam’s Well, the source of water for the Israelites in the desert. Tambourines are deeply connected to the story of the Exodus as they were used by Miriam and the women when they danced and sang at the shores of the Red Sea after having successfully left Egypt and escaped the Egyptian army. You may even see an orange on the seder plate alongside the other traditional items. There are many different explanations about the orange, some of which will be shared at the Women’s Seder on March 18. Temple Shalom’s Sisterhood sponsors the Women’s Seder, and all who attend will enjoy this interactive
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evening of music, primarily composed by singer and songwriter Debbie Friedman, performed by Cantor Donna Azu, Jane Galler and Lori Cohen. There will be dancing and celebrating with tambourines and other musical instruments, so bring yours along or we will provide you with some. Following the seder there will be a Passover food tasting, so bring your favorite Passover dish to share. This is an evening for mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and women of all ages. After attending the Women’s Seder, our guests leave with a sense of empowerment and admiration for the women of the Bible. For more information and reservations, call the temple office at 239.455.3030.
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Chabad Jewish Center of Naples update First-rate AV system to Chabad Many thanks and appreciation to the outstanding group of people who brought a first-rate AV system to Chabad. The three coaches who spearheaded the project are Marty Rubin, George Schaffer and Marv Bomberg. We now have the ability to show videos, presentations to the preschoolers, and hold social events. We now have lighting, huge screens, and much more. Annual Benefit Gala You are invited! Our Annual Benefit Gala on Sunday, March 3 will celebrate nine years for the Chabad of Naples and two years for PreSchool of the Arts. The evening is called “Recognizing a Momentous Gift, Building our Children’s Future.” The event will honor Sally Aaron, Patti and Jerry Cohen and their daughter Sydny, Laurie and Bruce Pivar, and the Herman B. Lustigman Foundation. The preschool will also recognize Beth and Ronald Levine for dedicating two classrooms, Mark Schwartz, whose company Storm Force sponsored the preschool’s sunshade, and Melanie and Stephen
Schwartz for dedicating the Studio of the Arts classroom. Invitations have already been mailed. Please call us at 239.262.4474 if you have not received your invitation. Camp Gan Israel and Summer of the Arts Registration for our two summer camps has begun. Camp Gan Israel starts on June 24 and runs for four weeks. Summer for the Arts (for preschool children) begins on June 10 and runs for six weeks. Children can enroll for the entire period or week by week. Preschool of the Arts Our preschool continues to flourish as we make plans to add two new classrooms in our south parking lot. Please call Ettie at 239.263.2620 to register or if you would like to visit the preschool. Community Passover Seder Enjoy the holiday of freedom with your family at an inspirational seder, complete with the original hand-baked Shmura Matza, four cups of kosher wine, and a gourmet Passover dinner conducted in a royal and traditional setting at the Chabad of Naples Jew-
ish Center. The seder takes place on Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. Please call 239.262.4474 for reservations. Kosher food In search of Kosher food but keep coming up short? Chabad of Naples has teamed up with Aroma Market to bring Kosher food to you! At Aroma Market & Catering, they are dedicated to providing superior quality meats, poultry and fish. Their wide assortment of freshly-made salads, groceries, bakery and cooked foods are all prepared by their chefs in-house. We facilitate the delivery so that it is convenient and affordable for you. Please call Chabad of Naples at 239.262.4474 if you have any questions.
Weekly email & mailing list If you would like to be added to our weekly updates or mailing list, contact the Center at 239.262.4474 or rabbi@ chabadnaples.com. The programs offered at the Chabad of Naples Jewish Community Center include Preschool of the Arts, Hebrew school, teen groups, youth programs, synagogue services, Flying Challah, holiday outreach projects, Women’s Circle, and adult education classes. On the social services front, the Center offers crisis counseling and hospital visitations, and operates the nonsectarian Friendship Circle, providing assistance and programming for children with special needs.
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President’s message By Don Pomerantz, President
n Sunday, January 27, our annual welcome back barbeque combined with an Open House for prospective members was held on the patio of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Under a beautiful blue sky and warm temperature, a group of 60 attendees, 15 of whom were nonmembers, enjoyed a meal of hot dogs, hamburgers, a variety of salad and desserts. After the meal, guests and members were invited into the sanctuary for an informational and musical presentation. Rabbi Wolf and I took this opportunity to highlight our spiritual, social and civic activities. To demonstrate the important role that music plays in our services, Jane Galler, our Cantorial Soloist, Alla Gorelik, our Musical Director, and our choir delighted the audience with
a short program of songs. In addition to its monthly book club, Sisterhood had a variety of activities in February including a visit to Grace Lakes Florist where members learned how to arrange their own bromeliad and succulent plants. The Sisterhood Annual Women’s Weekend began on Friday, February 15 with a Women’s Shabbat Service, using prayers, poetry and songs written by women and arranged and led by Sisterhood members. On February 16, they met at the home of Nan Fogelson where they had a discussion on “How Women Cope,” led by member and licensed psychoanalyst Florette Kahn, followed by the making of Miriam’s goblets for use at their own seders. The Men’s Club held its monthly luncheon meeting at the Pelican Marsh Golf Club. On Thursday, February 21,
Dr. Harold Fogelson, a longstanding NJC member, gave an enlightening presentation on Alzheimer’s disease. A sports tradition continues with a group attending the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Boston Red Sox baseball game at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. A dedicated group of NJC members has been meeting to make CARE CONNECTION-NJC a reality. Its goal is to provide the support and resources that close the gaps of caring and comfort to meet the needs of our congregation. Major components of the project include: • To help congregants with meals when needed • To provide transportation to and from services and essential appointments • To supply information about
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community resources CARE CONNECTION-NJC demonstrates our congregation’s commitment to tzedakah, be it for our members or for the Jewish community of Collier County. Thanks to the generous contributions from a group of congregants, the NJC Memorial Board has been fully funded and will be dedicated at our Shabbat Service on March 29. The major event in March is our First Night Passover Seder on Monday, March 25 at Naples Heritage Golf and Country Club at 5:30 p.m. Rabbi Wolf, assisted by Cantorial Soloist Jane Galler and Music Director Alla Gorelik, will conduct an inspirational service. For details, please call Iris Weismann at 239.431.7944.
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ORT America, Israel, Collier County. . . By Helene Dorfman Fuchs and Marina Berkovich
very year, Gulf Beaches ORT chooses a school or program as the beneficiary of its fundraising efforts. In the recent past, the chapter has made contributions to a school in Argentina, to Bramson ORT College in New York, and ZaremGolde Institute in Chicago. A few years ago, an Argentine ORT graduate spoke at the annual ORT Shabbat, and many members have roots in New York and Illinois. Naples is a unique place, where scores of residents have international backgrounds. Gulf Beaches chapter of ORT America celebrates 2013 as a year of Israel, with funds earmarked to support an ORT school there. And Israeli native Miriam Netanel just became a part of the Jewish history of Naples. As a five-year-old, Miriam wanted to be an El Al stewardess and travel the globe. Years later, when her family moved from bustling Tel Aviv to the
small town of Bat Yam, the teenager thought that “life was over.” But her parents enrolled Miriam in a local ORT high school that offered a tourism major in addition to the standard curriculum, and her dream suddenly appeared possible “ORT made my dream come true,” Miriam said in her keynote speech on Friday, January 25 at the ORT Shabbat at Beth Tikvah synagogue. After serving in the Israeli Armed Forces, where she was responsible for parachutes and was ultimately in charge of her airbase’s warehouse, Miriam went on to an exciting career in the tourism industry, in Israel and the U.S., culminating with five years at El Al ground operations at JFK Airport. She credits her ORT education for many of her successes. Now Miriam is a licensed makeup artist and cosmetologist, while taking care of her family and teaching Sunday School.
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Jewish War Veterans update By Gil Block, Commander Post # 202
ur meeting on Sunday, January 20 had a nice turnout and a great speaker. Darren Moran made a fantastic presentation, describing in exact detail the landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He is well studied on the subject, and gave us great insight and details. We hope to have Darren back for our March fundraiser on Sunday, March 17 at Syd Fishman’s home. If you missed this meeting, you missed the best one
we have had in years. We also inducted 3 new members: Bob Grossman, Joel Treewater and Abe Zubrow. A special thank you to Jerry Goldman and Ed Cohen for the new members. They are continuing to solicit new members. Our sincere condolences to the Feinson family. Joel was a loyal member of our Post, and a kind, softspoken man.
Beth Tikvah Vice President Phil Jason introduced Miriam, and Rabbi Ammos Chorny ended the Friday night services by sharing his personal knowledge of the work ORT carries on in South America. So how can Gulf Beaches follow up an emotional experience such as ORT Shabbat? By presenting Federation Star Editor Ted Epstein, of course. He will speak on “Jewish Life in Southwest Florida” at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 15 at M Waterfront Grille, 4300 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Born in Brooklyn to Holocaust survivors of Orthodox background, Ted followed his 12-year Yeshiva education with a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Brooklyn College. Through most of his 30-year career, he has worked in publishing and marketing. In 2003, Ted became the volunteer editor of the Jewish Federation of Collier County’s monthly newspaper, the Federation Star. Since 2007, he also has been the newspaper’s graphic designer. In addition, he is the editor/designer of The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee and L’Chayim,
in Lee and Charlotte counties. So if something Jewish-related is happening from Marco Island to Sarasota, Ted knows about it. Also, if you have special ORT memorabilia, such as your mother’s ORT cookbook or your aunt’s ORT pin, please bring it to show, share and tell your ORT history and make ORT part of the Jewish history of Collier County. The cost for lunch and the program is $35. All proceeds benefit ORT America. Call Simonne Kott at 239.566.9299 for reservations and more information. All ORT events are open to the public. Please also mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. for a special ORT Art event. For more information on ORT, visit www.ortamerica.org or call Hella Amelkin at 239.649.4000. To join this exceptional organization or renew your membership, please send a $36 check for annual dues, payable to ORT America, to Hella Amelkin, 3200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., #307, Naples, FL 34103.
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National Council of Jewish Women update By Linda Wainick, co-President
lease join us on Wednesday, March 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Vineyards for our luncheon and annual fashion show, presented by Casual Connection. This fundraiser benefits RCMA early childhood programs and Jewish Family & Community Services’ children’s services. There will be door prizes and raffles. Please send your reservation with your check for $35 to Doris Feuer, 3953 Isla Cuidad Court, Naples, FL 34109. *** At our January meeting, Suzanne Graziano, Director Restorative Microsystem: 5N Orthopedics, and 5S Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center, at NCH, presented “Oh, My Aching Joints: A Holistic Approach for Promoting and Maintaining Muscle Skeletal Health.” We learned that common bone and joint problems include Arthritis - Osteoarthritis (OA)
and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Osteoporosis, Repetitive Stress Injuries and Fractures. These conditions affect more Americans than any other health problem, occurring in 1 of 2 adults. Health care costs are estimated at $850 billion a year. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 27 million Americans, and now over one million total joint replacements are being performed in our country annually. OA damages cartilage, resulting in bone-on-bone grinding. OA causes stiffness, pain, and decreased range of motion. Rheumatoid Arthritis makes the body’s immune system attack joints and inflames the synovial fluid of joints. This is our nutrient supply to our joints. RA causes extreme pain, heat and redness, and affects 1.3 million Americans. Osteoporosis, which results in
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decreased bone strength, and bone density compromising bone quality and quantity, affects 11 million Americans. Bones become weak, brittle and thin to support daily activities. Weak bones have lower amounts of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, phosphorous and other essential minerals. Repetitive Stress Injuries and Fractures include Bursitis, Tendonitis, Shin Splints, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Blackberry Thumb and Stress Fractures. Controllable risk factors include inadequate nutrition, lack of exercise, smoking, alcohol, obesity, repetitive motion and overexertion. Foods that trigger inflammation include trans fats (fried foods, red meats, dairy products), processed/chemical laced foods and artificial sweeteners (aspartame). Foods that heal include fruits and vegetables (all berries, avocados, kale, spinach, papaya, pineapple,
figs), foods rich in essential fatty acids (cold water fish, flax seed, nuts and nut butters), ad whole natural unprocessed food (organic when possible). Hydration is most important. Water is the elixir of life and an age-defying nutrient. Water helps to cushion and lubricate joints – 8-10 servings of 8 ounces of purified water per day is recommended. Other recommendations include nutritional supplements and natural remedies. Physical activity is an essential part of effective treatment for OA and RA. Recommended exercises that are less likely to inflame joints are water aerobics, cycling and yoga. Additional treatments are rehabilitation, acupuncture, massage therapy and reiki/energy work. Our thanks to Suzanne Graziano for a most informative program that was truly appreciated by all who attended.
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Naples Jewish Social Club update By Arnold Bresnick, co-President
he Naples Jewish Social Club is a friendly group from southern Lee, Collier and Marco representing the entire Jewish spectrum. We encourage members to jump on board and let your ideas blossom. Bridge and Mahjongg In addition to our regular monthly events, we offer bridge and Mahjongg. Our special interest groups of bridge and maj remain an active,
social part of our group. Our terrific bridge games, which include social and duplicate, are played respectively on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at Sterling Oaks Clubhouse in North Naples. Games begin at 6:00 p.m. Coffee and cookies are served. The cost is $8 per couple. Reservations are a must by the preceding Thursday. For Social Bridge contact Tilda Ellis at 239.949.9913; for Duplicate Bridge contact Rhoda Abramovitz
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at 239.514.1296. Our Mahjongg game is a spirited one played weekly at Longshore Lake Clubhouse in North Naples every Thursday. Lunch is available at the Clubhouse followed by a fast-paced game for experienced players. Be there for lunch at 11:30 a.m. and continue with play ending at 3:30 p.m. Contact Barbara Bresnick at 239.566.1126 or Sondra Greer at 239.353.4468.
We are always open to suggestions for special interest groups as we do in bridge and mahjongg. For 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Harvey Chodock at 239.949.4927 or harvey email@example.com.
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JWI celebrates 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade Millie Sernovitz JWI Past International President t’s going to be a long fight,” said Barbara Greenberg. “It’s not something that’s going to be resolved in the immediate future. It’s going to be a long time.” This insight was shared over 20 years ago by a Jewish Women International (JWI) – then called B’nai B’rith Women (BBW) – activist speaking on the right to choose. JWI has a proud and rich history of pro-choice advocacy and continues to fight for reproductive freedom today. On this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, JWI takes joy and pride in
remembering the inspiring activism that our members have spearheaded over the years. In 1968 – five years before the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Roe vs. Wade — the delegates of our 1968 Convention passed a resolution calling for the liberalization of abortion laws. After Roe, the 1974 BBW International Convention adopted a platform stating “The right of a woman to plan her family through free choice must be guaranteed. Antiquated laws restricting family planning and contraception information, or forbidding abortions should be abolished.” BBW continued to mobilize when Roe v. Wade was attacked. In 1989, Webster v. Reproductive Health
Services upheld a Missouri law imposing restrictions on the use of state funds, facilities and employees in performing, assisting with, or counseling on abortion. BBW women took action. BBW activist Paula Weinberger recalls, “We went out and marched… because it really affects us. It shows that the religious right has increased influence in public policy in this country, and where is that influence going to stop?” A massive demonstration was held in Washington in November 1989, and hundreds of B’nai B’rith Women members were among the estimated 300,000 people who marched for abortion rights. Showing solidarity, B’nai B’rith Women members marched in other cities across the
(From many years ago) Millie Sernovitz (far left) and winter resident Deedee Remenick (in front)
nation – from Boca Raton to Kansas City to San Francisco. A 1990 article quotes Robin Winner, BBW’s Gateway Region President of Kansas city, recalling “In terms of the Jewish community, we were the focal point…
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COLLIER/LEE CHAPTER OF HADASSAH
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Hadassah update Shelley Skelton President
ecently I was reminded of a story about how each one of us has the power to make a difference in the world. You may have also heard the story, and it goes like this: An old man walked along a shore littered with starfish, beached and dying after a storm. A young boy was picking them up and tossing them back into the ocean. “Why do you bother?” the old man asked. “You are not saving enough starfish to make a difference.” The boy picked up another starfish and sent it spinning back into the ocean. “Made a difference to that one,” he replied. Each of us is capable of making a difference in the lives of others. No matter how small we think our act is,
to another, it can be life-changing. And speaking of life-changing events, a very big difference was made in our Hadassah world when, in 1996, Keepers of the Gate was created. An annual giving program had never been part of Hadassah’s fundraising and yet, Keepers of the Gate has now become this organization’s “bread and butter” with over 4,100 men and women contributing $1,000 or more annually, with over $30 million raised since its inception. What an impact we have made on Hadassah’s lifesaving programs of healing, teaching, research and rehabilitation. Keepers of the Gate can be counted on 365 days of the year, year after year. Every day, Keepers of the Gate play a critical role in Hadassah’s lifesaving and life-enhancing work. There are three Keepers giving categories: Traditional Keeper, $1,000 to $1,799; Chai Keeper, $1,800 to $4,999; and Golden Keeper, $5,000+. Each level is recognized by a customized David’s Harp pin, created by Israeli artist Rachel Gera. The name
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of every Keeper who has given for at least five years is inscribed on a permanent pillar at Hadassah HospitalEin Kerem. Each gift is on a yearly basis for as long as you are able, and may be paid by credit card for as little as $83.33 per month. Good news for those who hope to become Hadassah Founders: your giving is cumulative, which means that with your next Keepers gift, all of your prior Keepers gifts will now accumulate along with any new gifts (Keepers and otherwise). It is important to remember that although Hadassah was founded as a women’s organization, the work of Hadassah and its mission to build bridges to peace through medicine know no gender boundaries. We share the work, we share the goals and we share the values. Over time, as I became more active in our chapter, learned more and more about Hadassah, and ascended to the presidency, I realized that my husband, Ben, who was already a Hadassah Associate, was committing
more and more of his time to helping me. I cheerfully joked about him being a “Keeper,” but at our most recent reception and luncheon honoring both Major Donors and Keepers, I made it official and surprised him by making him an Associate Keeper of the Gate. We share our commitment to the lives we affect every day and we will continue to contribute to the survival of Israel and the Jewish people. We share the value of membership, we understand the importance of tzedakah and we preserve the integrity of Hadassah and its mission. It is with extreme pride, also, that I share with you the news that our chapter has not only met our fundraising allocation to National Hadassah for the year 2012, but we have surpassed it by 119%! Congratulations to us! And a huge thank you to all of our Chapter Members and Associates who made this possible. We wear our Keepers of the Gate pins proudly and know that we have made a difference!
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Humanistic Jewish Havurah celebrates Passover Paula Creed President
he Humanistic Jewish Havurah of Southwest Florida invites you to attend an evocative seder, to be celebrated Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bonita Bay Club, 26660 Country Club Drive, Bonita Springs. The cost is $50 per person including tax and gratuities. While the dinner will consist of the traditional foods of Passover, the reading of our Humanistic Haggadah before the meal will be a special treat. Reservations may be made by sending a check payable to “HJH” to Cynthia Cook, 25051 Banbridge Court, #202, Bonita Springs, FL 34134. For more information, please visit www. humanisticjewishhavurahswfl.org. The oldest of the Jewish festivals, Pesach, usually called Passover, has
its roots in pre-biblical times as a celebration of spring, renewal and rebirth. It was later merged into a story of the biblical exodus of the Jews from Egypt. Passover was not always the holiday we know today. Epoch upon epoch of Jewish life passed by, and each contributed its strivings and ideals, its hopes and emotions to the festival before it became the great holiday it is today. The beginnings of Pesach carry us back to those pre-historic days when Jews were still tribes of shepherds wandering the desert. In the month when kids and lambs were born, the month that ushered in spring, they observed a festival at full moon. An animal was sacrificed just before nightfall and roasted whole, and all members of the family made a hasty meal in the middle of the night. This observance was known as Pesach, a word whose original meaning has been lost and to which new interpretations have been given. The ceremony was not tied up with any sanctuary or priesthood. It was a family festival,
conducted by the head of the family. When the Jews ceased to be nomads and settled in Palestine, Pesach continued to be observed in the rural districts where shepherds made a living from their flocks. Meanwhile, Jewish peasants of Palestine who lived by tilling the soil had another form of spring festival, one related to the cutting of the grain, which they called “The Festival of Matzos” (Unleavened Bread). The grain harvest began in spring with the cutting of the barley. Before the start of the barley harvest, Jews would get rid of all the sour dough (fermented dough used instead of yeast to leaven bread), and the old bread, chomets, the leaven of the last year’s crop. The real importance of the holiday, however, centered on the ceremony of the omer. The first sheaf of newly cut barley was offered to the priest on the first day of the harvest as a sacrifice, as a gift to God. In the oldest days before Jerusalem, offerings were brought to sacred hill tops, which served as sanctuaries in the
many small towns and villages. Thus Pesach and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were originally two distinct festivals, observed at the same time. Both were spring festivals, but the Feast of Unleavened Bread was observed by the entire community gathering in one place, while Pesach was celebrated in the home as a family festival. In the course of time, as life of the people changes, then the festivals of that people also change and assume a new character. While ceremonies and rites to a great extent remain, they take on a new meaning. Humanistic Jews identify with their Jewish history and ceremonies but, like Jews throughout history, have adapted traditions to our own times. The Humanistic Jewish Haggadah and seder ceremony retain our recognition of Pesach with a meaning and an integrity that is important to 21st century Humanistic Jews.
ministration to ensure the access to comprehensive reproductive health services that will benefit millions of women and families across the country. We know that it’s going to be a long fight, and it’s one we’re fighting every day. Take a stand today! Rededicate yourself to pro-choice activism in 2013 by signing JWI’s pledge at www.signon.org/sign/speak-out-
for-a-womans-1?source=c.url&r_ by=6746080%20. To learn more about the JWI’s activities for a woman’s right to choose or other JWI endeavors locally and nationally, please contact Millie Sernovitz at 239.498.2778 or millie@ sernovitz.com. Also, please visit the JWI website at www.jwi.org or its companion website for Jewish Woman magazine at www.jwmag.org.
JWI...continued from previous page It was clear that BBW is a leader in the prochoice movement.” In recent years, Jewish Women International (JWI) has upheld BBW’s legacy by fighting to protect women’s reproductive rights on a national scale. JWI leaders and activists have been vocal in their opposition to dangerous anti-choice legislation and efforts to undermine women’s reproductive health, from abortion
services to contraception to family planning, in Congress. JWI leaders have also advocated for many key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law that will give women preventive services like contraception, well-woman visits and domestic violence screenings with no co-pays. Today, JWI is committed to working with Congress and the Ad-
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May 5, 2013 at TwinEagles Scott Hansen, BMO Private Bank; Carol Lader and Marvin Lader (co-chairs); Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, President/CEO JFCS; Myra Friedman and Dr. Morton Friedman (co-chairs)
Ellen and Edward Wollman
Dr. Karen and Ed Ezrine (JFCS Vice Chair)
Rabbi James Perman and Rabbi Adam Miller Jim and Millie Sernovitz (JFCS Board Chair)
A golf event for all skills & ages to benefit young Jewish children and 20 teens to experience Jewish Summer Camp and travel to Israel.
Z $136 per participant – includes boxed breakfast, golf, cart and buffet lunch Z 8:00am Registration and Warm Up Z 9:00am Shotgun Start Z Prizes for long drive and closest to the hole Z Boxed breakfast along with coffee and juice bar upon arrival Z Elegant country club buffet lunch after golf Z Awards and Auction
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8:30am TS Torah Talk 9:30am BT Services 9:30am JCMI Services 10:00am CHA Services 10:00am TS Services
9:00am BT Religious School 10:00am NCJW Board Mtg 9:30am JCMI Rabbi Adult Ed 2:00pm HDH Board Mtg 5:30pm JCMI Bingo 11:00am HDH New Pros. Member Brunch 5:00pm CHA Annual Gala
10:00am TS-S Board Mtg 10:30am JCMI-S Board Mtg 12:00pm TS Brown Bag Ln 12:15pm BT Torah Study 1:00pm JCMI Dup Bridge 1:30pm CJD Steering Cmt 5:00pm HM Teacher Wkshp
11:30am CHA-M Lunch 11:30am JCMI Mah Jongg 1:00pm JCMI Bridge 1:00pm NJC Board Meeting 2:30pm CRC Meeting 4:30pm BT Religious School 4:30pm CHA Hebrew School 4:30pm TS Religious School 5:00pm HM Teacher Wkshp 7:30pm JCMI Cultural Series
9:30am WCA Board Mtg 7:30pm BT Services 7:30pm NJC Services 7:30pm TS Services 8:00pm JCMI Services
9:30am BT Services 9:30am JCMI Services 10:00am CHA Services 10:00am TS Services
9:00am BT Religious School 10:30am TS Naples Jewish 10:00am NJC Educ. Prog. Caring Support Group 1:00pm NJSC Bingo Party 5:30pm JCMI Bingo 2:00pm JCMI Film Festival 6:30pm CHA Women’s Cir
11:30am TS-S Luncheon 12:00pm JCMI-S Gen Mtg 12:15pm BT Torah Study 1:00pm JCMI Dup Bridge 4:00pm FGCU Ctr JHG Lecture 7:30pm JFCC Board Mtg
9:00am BT Religious School 12:00pm NJC-S Book Club 12:15pm BT Torah Study 1:00pm JCMI Dup Bridge 9:30am JCMI-M Mtg 5:30pm JCMI Bingo 9:30am JWV Meeting 6:00pm TS Women’s Seder 7:00pm TS Board Mtg 11:00am HDH Crown of Esther Brunch 3:00pm BT Theater Trip 4:30pm GenShoah Meeting 5:15pm CJD RT Book Disc
9:00am BT Religious School 10:30am TS Naples Jewish 10:00am NJC Educ. Prog. Caring Support Group 5:30pm NJC Seder 6:00pm JCMI Seder 31 7:00pm CHA Seder 9:00am BT Religious School 7:30pm BT Seder
11:30am CHA-M Lunch 12:00pm HDN K&N 1:00pm JCMI Bridge 4:30pm BT Religious School 4:30pm CHA Hebrew School 4:30pm HM Lecture Part 2 4:30pm TS Religious School
11:30am JCMI Mah Jongg 11:30am ATS Lunch & Lect 2:30pm Israel Affairs Cmte 3:00pm HM Exec Cmte Mtg 7:00pm HDH Evening Group 7:30pm BT Lecture
11:30am ORT Luncheon 7:30pm BT Services 7:30pm NJC Services 7:30pm TS Services 8:00pm JCMI Services
9:30am BT Services 9:30am JCMI Services 10:00am CHA Services 10:00am TS Services
11:30am JCMI Mah Jongg 9:30am HJH Board Mtg 1:30pm TS-S Book Bag 11:30am CHA-M Lunch 11:30am NCJW Fundraiser 4:00pm BT Board Meeting 12:00pm NJC-M Mtg 1:00pm JCMI Bridge 4:30pm BT Religious School 4:30pm CHA Hebrew School 4:30pm TS Religious School
9:30am BT Services 10:00am CHA Services 10:00am TS Services 12:15pm BT Torah Study 5:30pm HJH Seder 6:00pm TS Second Seder 7:00pm TS Board Meeting
9:30am BT Services 11:30am JCMI Mah Jongg 11:30am CHA-M Lunch 3:00pm HM Board Meeting 4:30pm CHA Hebrew School 7:00pm JCMI Board Meeting 4:30pm TS Religious School
7:30pm BT Services 7:30pm NJC Services 7:30pm TS Services 8:00pm JCMI Services
9:30am BT Services 9:30am JCMI Services 10:00am CHA Services 10:00am TS Services
7:30pm BT Services 7:30pm NJC Services 7:30pm TS Services 8:00pm JCMI Services
9:30am BT Services 9:30am JCMI Services 10:00am CHA Services 10:00am TS Services
Throughout the year, some holidays fall within the normal work week. The Federation office will be closed in observance of those holidays which are listed in all CAPITAL LETTERS.
Key: • AJC: American Jewish Committee • ATS: American Technion Society • BT: Beth Tikvah • CHA: Chabad Jewish Center of Naples • CHA-M: Chabad Men’s Club • CJD: Catholic/Jewish Dialogue • CRC: Community Relations Committee • HDH: Hadassah • HJH: Humanistic Jewish Havurah • HM: Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida
Federation Star Publication Policy The Federation Star is a subsidized arm of the Jewish Federation of Collier County (JFCC). Its purpose and function is to publicize the activities and programs of the “Federation,” and to publicize the ongoing activities of the established and recognized Jewish organizations within Collier County. The mission of the JFCC is to reach out and unite all Jews of the greater Collier County area. While offering opinions and points of view do, and will continue to, exist about many issues of importance to Jews, the Federation Star will confine itself to publishing ONLY items that report the facts of actual events of concern to Jews and will only offer commentary that clearly intends to unite all Jews in a common purpose or purposes. Critical or derogatory comments directed at individuals or organizations will NOT be published in the Federation Star.
• JCMI: Jewish Congregation of Marco Island • JCMI-M: JCMI Men’s Club • JCMI-S: JCMI Sisterhood • JFCC: Jewish Federation of Collier County • JFCS: Jewish Family & Community Services • JNF: Jewish National Fund • JWV: Jewish War Veterans • MCA: Men’s Cultural Alliance • MDA: Magen David Adom • NCJW: National Council of Jewish Women (Adopted by the Officers and Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Collier County 1/98) To avoid misunderstandings, controversies and destructive divisions among our people, the Officers and Board of Trustees of the “Federation” have adopted the following publication policy: Advertisements: All advertisements, regardless of their sponsor, shall be paid for in full, at the established rates, prior to publication. The contents of all advertisements shall be subject to review and approval of the Federation Board or its designee. Commercial advertisers may make credit arrangements with the advertising manager, subject to the approval of the Federation Board. Regular Columns: Regular columns shall be accepted only from leaders (Rabbis, Presidents, Chairpersons) of established and recognized Jewish organizations within Collier County and the designated Chairpersons of the regular committees of the Jewish Federation of Collier County.
• NJC: Naples Jewish Congregation • NJC-M: Naples Jewish Congregation Men’s Club • NJC-S: Naples Jewish Congregation Sisterhood • NJSC: Naples Jewish Social Club • ORT: Organization for Rehabilitation/Training • TS: Temple Shalom • TS-M: Temple Shalom Men’s Club • TS-S: Temple Shalom Sisterhood • WCA: Women’s Cultural Alliance • ZOA: Zionist Organization of America
Special Announcements: Special announcements shall be accepted from established Jewish organizations within Collier County and may, at the discretion of the Federation Board, be subject to the conditions applicable to paid advertisements, as set forth above. News Items: Only those news items pertaining to matters of general interest to the broadest cross-section of the Jewish Community will be accepted for publication. Note: Items of controversial opinions and points of view, about political issues, will not be accepted for publication without prior approval of a majority of the Federation Officers and Trustees. All persons and organizations objecting to the actions and rulings of the Editor or Publications Committee Chairman shall have the right to appeal those rulings to the Officers and Board of Trustees of the JFCC.
According to the By-Laws of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, members are those individuals who make an annual gift of $36 or more to the UJA Federation Campaign in our community. For more information, please contact the Federation at 239.263.4205.
March 2013 COMMUNITY DIRECTORY 31A Federation Star TEMPLE SHALOM OF NAPLES (Reform) 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34119 Phone: 455-3030 Fax: 455-4361 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.naplestemple.org Rabbi Adam Miller Cantor Donna Azu James H. Perman, D.D., Rabbi Emeritus Yale T. Freeman, President Susan Shechter Daugherty, Exec. Dir. Caren Plotkin, Religious School Dir. Seyla Cohen, Preschool Director Peter Lewis, Organist/Choir Director Shabbat Services: Shabbat Eve - Friday 7:30 p.m. Shabbat - Saturday 10:00 a.m. • Sisterhood • Men’s Club • Adult Education • Havurot • Youth Groups • Religious School • Judaic Library • Hebrew School • Pre-School • Adult Choir • Social Action • Outreach
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Services are held at: The Unitarian Congregation 6340 Napa Woods Way Rabbi Sylvin Wolf Ph.D, DD 234-6366 Email: email@example.com www.naplesjewishcongregation.org
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Rabbi Edward M. Maline, DD Hari Jacobsen, Cantorial Soloist Stephen Goldenberg, President Shabbat Services Friday 8:00 p.m. Torah Study and Saturday Services • Sisterhood • Men’s Club • Brownstein Judaica Gift Shop
Don Pomerantz, President Jane Galler, Cantorial Soloist Shabbat Services Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. May - August: services once a month Sisterhood • Men’s Club Adult Education • Adult Choir Social Action • Community Events
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Phone: (239) 434-1818 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.bethtikvahnaples.org Rabbi Ammos Chorny Stuart Kaye, President Phil Jason, Vice President Sue Hammerman, Secretary Shabbat Services Friday evenings at 7:30pm Saturday mornings at 9:30am Youth Education - Adult Education Community Events
Jewish Organizations to Serve You in Collier County Jewish Federation of Collier County Phone: 263-4205 Fax: 263-3813 Website: www.jewishnaples.org Email: email@example.com • Federation President: Norman Krivosha • Executive Director: David Willens
American Technion Society • Chapter Dir: Jennifer Singer, 941-378-1500 • Naples Chairman: L.C. Goldman, 592-5884
Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah • President: Shelley Skelton, 676-3052
Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida
The Jewish Federation Annual Campaign is a grassroots enterprise designed to strengthen and support our Jewish community from the ground up. It is America’s most trusted name in charitable giving.
• President: Joshua Bialek, 263-9200
Humanistic Jewish Havurah of Southwest Florida • Paula Creed, 495-8484
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David Willens, Executive Director – email@example.com Melissa Keel, Community Prog. Dir. – firstname.lastname@example.org Iris Doenias, Administrative Assistant – email@example.com Deborah Vacca, Bookkeeper – firstname.lastname@example.org
• Reva Pearlstein, 800-622-8017 • Tyler Korn, 354-4300
Jewish Family and Community Services of Southwest Florida Phone: 325-4444 • Chairperson: Millie Sernovitz • Executive Director: Dr. Jaclynn Faffer
Jewish National Fund • West/Central FL Office, 800-211-1502 Uri ext 8910, Beth ext 8911
Jewish War Veterans Post 202,Collier Co. Chapter • Commander, Gil Block, 304-5953 • Senior Vice Commander, M/Gen. Bernard L. Weiss, USAF Ret. 594-7772
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Naples Jewish Social Club • Co-President: Arnold Bresnick, 566-1126 • Co-President: Harvey Chodock, 949-4927
National Council of Jewish Women • Co-President: Bobbie Katz, 353-5963 • Co-President: Linda Wainick, 354-9117
ORT - Gulf Beaches Chapter • President: Marina Berkovich, 566-1771
Women’s Cultural Alliance • President: Jane Hersch, 948-0003
Zionist Organization of America • President Southwest Florida Chapter: Jerry Sobel, 597-0855
Celebrating Jewish Life in Collier County
Federation Star Published by the Jewish Federation of Collier County serving Naples, Marco Island and the surrounding communities
March 2013 - Adar/Nisan 5773
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Jewish Happenings Annual Community Celebration, February 2
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Ann Jacobson Preferred Travel of Naples Pearl & Gerry Sugarman The Carlisle Naples
Kevin Aizenshtat – Realtor Rogers Wood Hill Starman & Gustason
Thank You to these businesses for their prize donations: A. Jaron Fine Jewelry Alexander’s Fine American & European Cuisine All About Smiles – Elizabeth Pfent, DMD Cason Photography Clive Daniel Home Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse Golden Door Spa Kara’s Skincare LA Fitness Lemonia at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort M Waterfront Grille Robert of Philadelphia Season’s 52 Spa Blue at Riverchase Dermatology VanBuskirk Opticians Waldorf Astoria Naples Watermark Grille
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Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL presents Triumph 2013 – Lives of Valor
By Amy Snyder, Executive Director
he Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce the honorees for Triumph 2013 – Lives of Valor. The event is a celebration of four individuals whose lives have had local, national and international impact. ~ Ann R. Jacobson, M.S.W., a Holocaust survivor who has led an amazing life of service to her community in Kansas City and in Southwest Florida. As the Founding President of the Holocaust Museum in Naples in 2001, she helped create a unique opportunity for young people to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust. More recently, Ann founded the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is also an integral part of the Catholic/Jewish Dialogue, an interfaith organization that promotes respect and understanding.
~ Lorie Mayer, a Holocaust survivor and a co-Founder of the Holocaust Museum. Lorie is also a Life Member of the Museum’s Board of Directors. She developed the Museum’s permanent collection, which now numbers over 1,000 unique Holocaust and World War II photographs and personal artifacts. Through her work, she has reached and instructed thousands of people in the Museum’s first decade, promoting respect and understanding by teaching the history and lessons of the Holocaust. ~ Major General Sidney Shachnow, USA, Ret., a Holocaust survivor and Former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Forces. He survived the Holocaust as a child, coming to the United States after the war as a teenager. He joined
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the U.S. Army and rose through the ranks to become the leader of the specialized troops known as the Green Berets. He is also the author, along with Jann Robbins, of Hope and Honor, which chronicles his childhood in war-torn Europe, his heroic service in Vietnam, and his final command of the Army’s elite Special Forces Unit. Towards the end of his Army career, he was present in Berlin for the fall of the Berlin Wall. ~ The legacy of Raoul Wallenberg will also be honored at this year’s Triumph event. Mr. Wallenberg was a Holocaust rescuer who saved thousands of lives. He tragically disappeared at the end of the war, and was never found. It was believed he was arrested by the Russian army, imprisoned and held incommunicado until he passed away. His family never gave up searching for him. A bust of Mr. Wallenberg, commissioned by Abe Asli and created by Swedish artist Ladislav Vlna, will be presented to the Museum by Cecilia Ahlberg, a grandniece of Mr. Wallenberg.
When: Sunday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. Where: Naples Luxury Imports, 900 Tamiami Trail N., Naples Cost: $150 per person Food: Dinner-by-the-Bite provided by area restaurants
Community events at the Museum in March:
Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. Blesses is the Match film & discussion led by Steve Brazina Reservations requested at 239.263.9200 Suggested donation of $10 Wednesday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. Afternoon Lecture Series with Elliott Katz Holocaust History: Hall of Shame – Unlikely Villains Reservations REQUIRED at 239.263.9200 $15 for Museum members/ $20 for nonmembers A light dinner is included Sunday, March 17 at 5:15 p.m. Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Book Discussion Led by George Blewitt Presented by GenShoah of Southwest Florida and the Catholic/ Jewish Dialogue of Collier County Reservations requested: Pete McCabe at 908.763.0495 or Ida Margolis at 239.963.9347 or email ReadThinkCollier@gmail.com Books will be available for purchase at the Museum
ONE FAMILY IS ABOUT TO FACE THE MUSIC
MARCH 7-17, 2013 Winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this hopeful musical makes a direct grab for the heart with its story of a family coming to terms with its past and bravely facing its future.
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Temple Shalom events open to the community Teacher Appreciation Shabbat Please join us on Friday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. as Temple Shalom celebrates teachers from our schools and throughout the community for the gifts they share with our children. All are welcome. For more information, please call the temple office at 239.455.3030. ~~~ Healing Service On Sunday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m., Rabbi Miller and Cantor Azu will
lead a special Healing Service at Temple Shalom. This beautiful service provides community, inspiration, and a place where the focus is on healing the spirit. All are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the temple office at 239.455.3030. ~~~ Theatrical performance Back by popular demand, on Tuesday, March 12 at 11:30 a.m., the Sisterhood of Temple Shalom is thrilled to welcome Bobbi Bassewitz, who
will provide a wonderful theatrical performance that is guaranteed to entertain! Join us for a luncheon and a one-of-a-kind presentation. For more information or to make your reservations, please contact Judi Spintman at firstname.lastname@example.org. ~~~ Our Torah project Our scribe, Rabbi Levi Selwyn, returns to Temple Shalom on Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14 as we continue to Scribe Our Future in our new Torah. To schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Michael Rubner at OurTorah@ naplestemple.org.
~~~ Sisterhood’s Book Bag group There’s still time to join the Temple Shalom Sisterhood’s Book Bag group as they meet on Thursday, March 21 for The Cat’s Table by Michael Andaatje, and on Thursday, April 18 to discuss The Woman Who Heard Color by Kelly Jones. The Book Bag group meets in the treasure-filled Perman Library, and new attendees are always welcome. The discussions are thought-provoking, the women are fabulous, and the snacks are pretty good, too! For more information, call Helen Weinfeld at 239.261.2421.
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SUNDAY, APRIL 14
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THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO ENJOY AN AGENCY EXPO, ISRAELI FOOD, MUSIC AND DANCE. PEOPLE OF ALL AGES, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE.
DON’T MISS THE OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FILM BELOW FOLLOWED BY A PANEL DISCUSSION.
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“Israel Inside” explores the positive characteristics of Israeli society from a humanistic, psychological, and emotional perspective. This insightful and uplifting film sidesteps the usual conversation of politics, conflict and violence and tells the story of the Israeli people whose resilience has propelled Israel to the forefront of world innovation and progress.
RESERVATIONS FOR THE FILM ARE REQUIRED SEATING IS LIMITED CALL THE JEWISH FEDERATION AT 239.263.4205
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Please join us at our next meeting, Sunday, March 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Federation offices, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 2201, Naples.
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Group trip to The Whipping Man
eth Tikvah has arranged to see The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez, produced by the Gulfshore Playhouse at Norris Center, on Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m. Beth Tikvah has reserved a block of excellent seats. However, they are close to being sold out. Call Phil at 239.598.2880 to check availability. Tickets are $40. It’s a perfect prelude to Passover. In 1865, the Civil War is over and throughout the south, slaves are being freed, soldiers are returning home and, in Jewish homes, the annual celebration of Passover is being celebrated. Three men are at a crossroads – a Jewish Confederate soldier who has returned from battle, and his two former slaves. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, they wrestle with their shared past and the reality of the new world in which
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they find themselves. The Whipping Man is a play about redemption and forgiveness, about the lasting scars of slavery, and the responsibility that comes with freedom. “Haunting, striking, and powerful” — Charles Isherwood, The New York Times “...wonderfully satisfying...the action spools out elegantly as new revelations arise and characterizations deepen.” — Alexis Soloski, The Village Voice “The audacious work marks the debut of a Fresh Talent” — Mark Kennedy, Associated Press “This affecting, suspenseful and at times searing play strips the skin off such lofty ideas as freedom and honor to peer at the raw nerves underneath, and lay bare the cost paid for such lofty notions.” — James Hebert, San Diego Union Tribune
JCMI Passover Seder he JCMI Sisterhood will once again be hosting its Annual Passover Seder, but this time, as our caterers, we will be featuring our own JCMI Chefs, known for their fabulous meals! It promises to be one of the best seders on record. The Passover Seder is chaired by Mary Pinto. The seder will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25. The Haggadah will be read by1the atFederation-halfPg-9.75X7.5_Layout 12/8/12
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tendees, led by Rabbi Edward Maline and Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen. The cost is as follows: adult members, $35; members’ children (4-12), $15; adult nonmembers, $45; nonmembers’ children, $20. For reservations, please call the JCMI office at 239.642.0800. Also, please let them know if you have a preference in seating.
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Public invited to discussion of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose at GenShoah meeting By Ida Margolis
enerations of the Shoah of SW Florida (GenShoah) will hold its next meeting on Sunday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. Following a brief discussion of agenda items, Dr. George Blewitt will lead a discussion of the book Sophie Scholl and the White Rose by Annette Dumbach and Jud Newborn. The White Rose was a group of anti-Nazi students organized in late 1942 and early 1943. The students, mainly at the University
of Munich, published leaflets pushing for the overthrow of the Nazis. Dr. Blewitt , a retired physician, is a member of the Catholic/Jewish Dialogue of Collier County Steering Committee. He is also a co-chair of the Readers and Thinkers of The Catholic/Jewish Dialogue of Collier County, which is co-sponsoring the book discussion in conjunction with The Holocaust Museum’s exhibit “Women and the Holocaust.” The exhibit focuses on Irena Sendler and Hannah Senesh in addition to
Sophie Scholl. Dr. Blewitt and his wife Anne have visited the University of Munich and observed the memorials to the White Rose members on the campus grounds. In addition, they have toured Nazi concentration camps in Germany and Poland. The public is invited to hear Dr. Blewitt’s discussion, which is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. He will provide a summary of the book at the beginning of the meeting for participants who have not had the opportunity to read it. Space is limited in the Museum and RSVPs are requested for this meeting. Any individuals who are Ho-
locaust survivors, or children or grandchildren of Holocaust survivors are always invited to all GenShoah meetings and activities. In addition, anyone who is interested in our mission of: promotion of Holocaust education, preservation of memories of the Holocaust, connection of Second Generation members to one another, and support of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida is welcome to attend meetings and activities. For more information on GenShoah or to RSVP for the upcoming meeting, contact Ida Margolis at email@example.com or 239.963.9347.
Federation Shabbat at Beth Tikvah Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Join us at Beth Tikvah as Jewish Federation representatives, including President Judge Norman Krivosha, Executive Director David Willens, and several board members, will be on hand to speak about the important work the Federation does locally, nationally, in Israel and around the globe. Then participate in the Oneg Shabbat hosted by the Federation. Beth Tikvah is located at 1459 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. For more information call 239.434.1818.
TRIUMPH 2013 – LIVES OF VALOR
Sunday, April 7th, 2013 Naples Luxury Imports 900 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34102 6:00 p.m. Tickets: $150
Honoring – ANN R. JACOBSON Founding President of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida
MAJOR GENERAL SIDNEY SHACHNOW, USA, RET. Former Commanding General, US Army Special Forces
LORIE MAYER Co-Founder and Honorary Curator of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida.
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Holocaust Memorial Week at Edison State College
he Lee Campus of Edison State College will observe the Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22. The program, now in its seventeenth year, is named in memory of Edison’s long-time professor, Dr. Talbot Spivak, whose determination to teach the lessons of the Holocaust both in and outside the classroom led him to create this week-long program with college-wide support in 1996. Dr. Spivak continued to chair the volunteer planning committee until his retirement and death in 2006. In selecting this year’s theme, “The Next Generation – Never Forget,” the planning committee wanted to ensure that the program reaches out to the next generation with an opportunity for the community to listen to, interact with, and learn from local Holocaust survivors and children of survivors. Survivors will share their personal Holocaust experiences in individual sessions and in “roundtable discussions,” where each survivor shares his personal history with a small group of attendees sitting at the table with him. In this informal environment, the conversations flow easily and attendees feel comfortable enough to ask questions they might not ask in front of a large group. As of the writing of this article, Rene Bedouk, Cesare Frustaci, Steen Metz, Anneliese Salamon, and Lore and
Fred Rosenstrauch will be sharing their personal Holocaust histories. Several other sessions will reflect on this year’s theme. Theme-related activities include a showing of the film Everything is Illuminated. This year’s events will begin on Monday, March 18 with a lecture presentation, “The Holocaust: Background and Overview” by Dr. Mark Herman. Dr. Wendy Chase will discuss “Nihilism, Realism, and Fantasies of Revenge: Addressing Nazi Guilt and Justice in Contemporary American Cinema” on Tuesday, March 19. A third Edison faculty lecture, “Else Lasker-Schuler and the German-Jewish Art Scene in the Mid-20th Century,” will be presented by Dr. Catherine Wilkins on Wednesday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. This presentation will be followed by a chamber music concert at the Rauschenberg Gallery. The Planning Committee is delighted to welcome Dr. Paul Bartrop and Richard H. Korengold to this year’s program. Dr. Bartrop, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, will speak on “When Good Breaks Out During Genocide: Case Studies of Heroic Acts in the Face of Evil.” Mr. Korengold is a trained docent of The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Chairman of the Education Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee
of the Board of Directors. His topic will be “Empowering Youth: Learning about Resistance and Taking a Stand to create a more Human World.” On Thursday, March 21, a student art exhibition opening reception at 5:30 p.m. will precede the presentation of Project Tolerance – a collaboration of art and literary work
by Sanibel artist Myra Roberts and Robert Hilliard at 7:00 p.m. in Rush Auditorium. For additional information, please call Professor JoAnn Lewin at 239.489.9429, Professor Rona Axelrod at 239.432.9437 or Cindy Campbell at 239.489.9367.
All events are free and open to the public. The full program schedule will be available after March 1 on the Edison State College website at www.edison.edu/holocaust.
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The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU presents Miami Mosaic: Portraits by Inez Hollander
he Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, the only museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture, is proud to present Miami Mosaic: Portraits by Inez Hollander, on display through May 5. This portrait series created by Hollander, a life-long resident of Miami, includes bold and vibrant colored paintings and sketches of people representing Miami’s multifaceted and contrasting community. A self-described chronicler and storyteller, Hollander’s Miami Mosaic series documents the Miami of today: a community teeming in diversity. Through Hollander’s use of primary
Larry Dreaming About the Beach, acrylic on canvas, 2008
colors and strong, unrelenting brush strokes, she captures the emotions of her subjects, enabling the viewer to see not only the many faces of Miami as a whole, but also as individuals. Her work is influenced in color, style and composition by artists such as Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, David Hockney and Elizabeth Peyton.
Hollander states that she “teaches through the eyes of Matisse.” “Everyone will find images that symbolize people they recognize in the many faces of Miami portrayed in this exhibit,” said Jo Ann Arnowitz, executive director and chief curator of JMOF-FIU. “In keeping with our mission of presenting the Florida Jewish experience as an example of the acculturation process of everyone’s family in our multicultural state, this exhibit showcases the work of a Florida Jewish artist and highlights the ethnic diversity in our community.” The inspiration for the Miami Mosaic series began with models from Hollander’s class at Miami Art League in 2003, where her subjects included a lawyer, real estate agent, floral assistant, construction worker, hairdresser, mother of three trying to become a singer, Tango dance teacher working with blind students, and a retired civil service worker known as the “King of the Nude Beach.” Hollander realized that this diverse group coincidentally represented a cross-section of Miami and thus began her Miami Mosaic series. Hollander considers the series a work in progress, with more than 200 portraits to date, including watercolors, oil pastels, water-soluble crayons and acrylics. Hollander’s impetus for the series stemmed from her frustration of the media representing the city as a crime and drug-ridden home to gangsters and delinquents. The first piece, “Time Flies Over Miami” depicting a pelican and a Rolex, was in response to the media’s over dramatization of finding a Rolex watch on a crime victim in the 1980s. It was her artis-
tic statement that Miami has more to offer, such as its ecology and unique subtropical environment. Hollander is a graduate of Miami Beach Senior High School, where she had her first art education internship. She earned her BA from the University of Miami, where she studied with Gene Massin and Clayton Charles (who was the head of the liberal arts program at the time). Upon seeing her work, both Massin and Charles were instrumental in finding Hollander a scholarship, enabling her to study full-time. In 1983, after a 13-year hiatus from painting, Hollander took a workshop with renown artist Roberto Juarez in Miami. Previously she had painted with watercolor and oils, and with this workshop, she began using acrylics and mixed metaphor. Hollander has been teaching and exhibiting in the South Florida community for more than 40 years. She has been involved with The Bass Museum School, WLRN, South Florida Art Center and Miami Wa-
Caron Reflecting Back-view, acrylic on canvas, 2009
tercolor Society, and her work has been featured in American Artist Watercolor magazine and Palette Magazine.
Elaine In Green Dress, acrylic on canvas, 2009
About the Museum The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is the only museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture. The Museum is housed in two adjacent lovingly restored historic buildings, at 301 Washington Avenue on South Beach, that were once synagogues for Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Mondays, civil and Jewish holidays. Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Families $12, Members and children under 6 always free, Saturdays free. To become a member of the Museum, call 786.972.3164 or email membership@jewishmu seum.com. For more information, call 305.672.5044 or visit www.jewish museum.com.
The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Collier County presents The 2013 Saul I. Stern Cultural Series – now in its 19th year! Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Howard Hoffer will present an exciting lecture and multi-media program on the DEAD SEA SCROLLS. Hoffer is associated with the Christian/Jewish Scholars from Hebrew University, the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem, The Orion and Oxford Center for PostGraduate Studies, and the Israel Antiquities Authority. He has presented throughout the United States and recently during a two-month tour in Canada.
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The top 10 unique ways Israelis love their dogs
TV for dogs, doggie resorts, high-tech pooper scoopers – ISRAEL21c brings you some of the more unusual ways that Israelis are making life better for their pet pooches By Abigail Klein Leichman, ISRAEL21c
sraelis love their dogs. Nearly 400,000 pet dogs are listed on the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture’s National Dog Registry, and Tel Aviv has the largest number of registered dog owners in the country. But Israelis aren’t content just to feed and shelter Lady, Lucky and Bonnie (the three most popular Israeli dog names). In the Israeli entrepreneurial spirit, they’re also working to keep canines everywhere happy, healthy and safe, using technology, innovation and a great deal of imagination. Whether it’s high-tech ways to get rid of doggie doo, unique training programs to turn pooches into Alzheimer’s guide dogs, new vaccines, or even special television channels for dogs, Israelis are leading the way to make life better for man’s best friend. Here are some of ISRAEL21c’s favorite ways Israel loves dogs – things that will help you love your dog, too, no matter where you live. 1. DogTV The made-in-Israel cable TV channel for dogs went live in Israel on January 15 through the YES network, following a highly successful six-month
pilot in San Diego, California. In February, according to DogTV CMO Zuri Guterman, “we will launch with a big platform on the U.S. West Coast, and later in 2013 we plan to expand nationally with at least four or five platforms around the U.S. We signed several partnership deals with inKeeping dogs entertained while their ternational disowners aren’t home tributors in Asia and South America, and hopefully this will mature during 2013 as well.” DogTV, also available online, is a 24-hour digital channel scientifically programmed to keep pooches stimulated, happy and comforted when they’re home alone. Three different programs were developed with input from Tufts University animal behavior expert Prof. Nicholas Dodman, Animal Planet trainer Victoria Stilwell and animal rights activist Warren Eckstein. There are 46 million households with dogs in the United States, encompassing a total of 78.2 million pet canines.
This article is included as part of the Jewish Federation’s year-long Israel@65 celebration. During this time, in a series of articles, the Federation Star will spotlight Israeli innovation. 2. AshPoopie Serial biotech inventor Prof. Oded Shoseyov of the Hebrew University came up with a novel pooper-scooper that gathers dog droppings and turns them into odorless, sterile powder within seconds after the dog-walker releases an activation capsule from a cartridge inside the unit. Ramat Gan-based Paulee CleanTec, the company founded to develop this and related patented products for cats and even humans, is working with engineers to finalize the design ahead of a prodPaulee CleanTec’s prototype scooper uct launch in the United States. It will probably be marketed under a different name, but for now the working name remains AshPoopie. At the low-tech end of the same topic, Israeli inventor Israel Solodoch is awaiting patent approval for his lightweight plastic harness that
attaches to the back of a dog and collects the waste in a pouch so owners can dispose of it without scooping or bagging. 3. New vaccine against deadly dog disease Canine monocytic ehrlichiosis (CMT) is the most common infectious dog disease, carried by ticks. It can even be fatal. Until now, there has been no cure for CMT. Recently, Dr. Shimon Harrus and Dr. Gad Baneth of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Koret School of Veterinary Medicine in Rehovot revealed that they have a formula for the world’s first vaccine for CMT. Commercial partners are now being sought to further develop and market the drug. Canine vaccines are the fastest-growing segment within the global veterinary vaccine market, which in 2011 grossed $4.23 billion. 4. KelevLand dog resort Pro dog trainer David Sidman just opened Kelev (Dog) Land in the
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ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD continued from previous page Judean Hills with partner Shmuel Edelblum. Sidman tells ISRAEL21c the doggie hotel is unique in the world as far as he knows. “There are dog resorts elsewhere, but their activities don’t match what we are offering,” he says. “This is for people who want their dog to be exercised and learn and have fun and come back happy and tired.” Accommodating up to 11 dogs in private, tiled, air-conditioned rooms decorated in colors dogs can see (with DogTV about to be installed), KelevLand has a saltwater swimming pool that conditions the dogs’ skin as
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they learn water rescue or just enjoy movement therapy. There is an agility course, obedience training and water hikes in the nearby Nahal Prat stream and nature park. A summer camp option also is planned. 5. Alzheimer’s guide dogs Israel’s Service and Therapy Dog Center was the first in the world to train dogs as helpers for people suffer
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ing from mental and physical limitations, including Alzheimer’s, autism and brain or orthopedic injuries. The training protocol was developed over four years by geriatric social worker Daphna Golan-Shemesh and professional dog trainer Yariv Ben-Yosef, using calm, sociable and intelligent female collie shorthairs. Alzheimer’s patients frequently can’t leave home because they are easily disoriented, but they’re safe with a guide dog leading the way. As an extra precaution, a GPS navigation system is embedded in the dog’s collar. At home, the dog will press an alarm button if her owner falls and doesn’t get up quickly, or if she hears choking sounds from her master. 6. Take Fido on vacation For vacationing Israelis who prefer not to part with their pooches, the PetBuy chain is offering deluxe doggie accommodations in the guest houses on Kibbutz Eilon, Kibbutz Gesher Haziv and Kibbutz Malkiya, with a choice of Nutram Super Premium food (a diet variety, a “health food” variety, one for allergic dogs and another for older dogs). Owners who present a PetBuy receipt at one of the hotels get entered into a raffle for a free night.
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