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Celebrating Jewish Life in Collier County

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

September 2012 - Elul 5772 / Tishrei 5773


5A Catholic/Jewish Dialogue celebrates 10th anniversary

Vol. 22 #1



4A Community Relations Comm. 6A Women’s Cultural Alliance 9A Community Focus 14A Tributes 15A Jewish Interest 21A Rabbinical Reflections 22A Synagogues 25A Organizations 28A Business Directory 30A Community Calendar 31A Community Directory 1B Israel & the Jewish World 7B Commentary 10B Focus on Youth


The Jewish Federation extends its warmest wishes for the New Year. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the spiritual calendar and the birth of the world. It reminds us to look within ourselves – and to remember the blessing that comes from helping those in need.

Jewish Federation

OF COLLIER COUNTY At a time when too many are struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, it is up to us to do what we can THE STRENGTH OF A PEOPLE. wherever they are. to help those less fortunate, THE POWER OF COMMUNITY.

On behalf of the Officers, Board of Trustees and Staff, may the New Year bring you and those you love all the blessings of health, happiness and prosperity in a world of Peace.

Jewish Federation OF COLLIER COUNTY


7A Nine-day mission to Ukraine and Israel

6B An unforgettable summer in Israel and D.C.

10B Fun at summer camp

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Federation Star September 2012

Yochi Melnick


L’dor v’dor

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jewish Happenings in September September 8: September 8: September 23: September 24:

Documentary screening, God in the Box, Temple Shalom, page 13A Selichot Dinner, JCMI, page 24A Readers and Thinkers group book discussion, JFCC offices, page 4A Jewish Book Discussion Group, Beth Tikvah, page 23A

High Holiday services will take place on the following dates: Selichot: Sep. 8 Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sep. 16 Rosh Hashanah: Sep. 17-18 Yom Kippur Eve: Sep. 25 Yom Kippur: Sep. 26

Please contact the area’s temples for their specific schedules and more information.

From the shadow of the mountain to the waters that would part We are blessed and we are holy, we are children of Your way And the words that bring us meaning, we will have the strength to say Through your support of the Jewish Federation, we have that strength to carry out the responsibility of preserving our precious heritage. Our Federation is always focused on the future and our next generation. We offer scholarships to send our youth to Jewish summer camps and to Israel. We support Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and the Taglit-Birthright Israel initiative, which has sent over 275,000 college-aged young adults to Israel to help build leaders for the future. And we have helped to engineer the formation of a BBYO initiative in this community to connect as many of our tweens and teens to other young Jews locally, regionally, statewide and nationally. Overseas we support Neve Michael in Israel, a residential community for abused and neglected children. In Kiev, Ukraine, we support the Preschool efforts at the Progressive Reform Synagogue, to help rebuild Jewish presence and pride. At this Jewish New Year and before the end of 2012, I ask you to please support the important work of our Jewish Federation of Collier County so that we can secure our community for today and for future generations. Your gift unites our heritage and our hopes. With warmest wishes to you and your loved ones for a Healthy and Sweet New Year.

David Willens


s there a more appropriate time to talk about the future of the Jewish people than at the beginning of another Jewish New Year? I think not. L’dor v’dor – from generation to generation – we pray for the continuity of our people. We have a budding Jewish community here – one that celebrates a half-century this year. This past May, I attended the 90th anniversary of Temple Israel of Greater Miami, the oldest Reform synagogue in Miami, the synagogue where I was raised. Printed in the special Shabbat service booklet for the occasion were the words of the song From Generation to Generation: L’dor v’dor by Josh Nelson. Allow me to share these meaningful lyrics with you: We are gifts and we are blessings, we are history in song We are hope and we are healing, we are learning to be strong We are words and we are stories, we are pictures of the past We are carriers of wisdom, not the first and not the last L’dor v’dor nagid godlecha L’dor v’dor…we protect this chain From generation to generation L’dor v’dor, these lips will praise Your name Looking back on the journey that we carry in our heart


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3A Federation Star September 2012 September 2012 Federation Star JEWISH FEDERATION

Shana Tova Judge Norman Krivosha President


s I sat down to write a President’s message for the September issue of the Federation Star, I was reminded of the old story comparing life to a roll of toilet paper and the fact that the closer you get to the end the faster it seems to go. It seems to me that I just finished a “Break the Fast” meal following Yom Kippur and took down the sukkah, and here we are getting ready for another year. The end of a year always seems like a good time to take inventory, whether it is in business or in one’s life. For some, it may have been a difficult year while for others it may have been a glorious one, and for most it was probably a little of each. So it was for the Krivosha family. I started 5772 by having both hips replaced and thrice weekly physical therapy, and ended the year by being honored with being elected president of the Jewish Federation of Collier County (JFCC). The end was certainly more glorious than the beginning, for which I remain eternally grateful. Taking inventory of the Federation likewise proved interesting. On the whole it was a very good year. The Women’s Cultural Alliance continues to thrive and grow with more than 800 members under the able leadership of Jane Hersch. Ladies, if you have not yet joined, I urge you to do so. I know you will find the group most satisfying. Jewish Family Services, like many social service agencies throughout the country, started as a department of a Jewish Federation, determined that it was now sufficiently mature to “spread its wings and leave the nest.” It has now established itself as an independent agency with its own offices and we wish it every good success as it becomes an agency funded in part through JFCC to the extent that we can. The annual People of the Book

event was a smashing success with more than 800 in attendance to hear Ted Koppel speak. Sadly, we lost the moving force behind the People of the Book program, Evy Lipp. In her honor the program is now known as the “Evy Lipp People of the Book” and next year’s speaker has already been secured. He is Rabbi Daniel Gordis. While we lost one department in Jewish Family Services, we gained another with the creation of a BBYO here in Collier County under the leadership of Marc Saperstein. (See Marc’s article on page 8A.) More than 100 of our community’s youth and their parents attended an organizational meeting and nearly 30 have already signed up for the program. It is a wonderful opportunity for our young people to meet together regardless of their religious background or affiliation. We continue to provide funding for educational purposes to Temple Shalom, Beth Tikvah and Chabad of Naples, as well as supporting programs in Israel. These, of course, are just a few of the many activities that your Federation helps support. I am constantly amazed at what we are able to do here in Collier County with your generous help. It is my hope that you, too, will take a moment and take inventory of yourself this past year. If you have already made a commitment to our Federation’s Campaign for this year, we thank you; and if you have not yet made that commitment, even though you need not pay it until the end of the year, we urge you to make the commitment now so we can begin to plan our funding for the next year. Our only purpose is to provide necessary financial support for the myriad of activities both within our own community and throughout the world. It is what we as Jews do better than anyone else. None of this however can be accomplished without your generous financial support. Helene joins me in wishing all of you a Very Happy New Year. May 5773 be for you and your loved ones a year of Good Health, Much Happiness and Great Prosperity. Shana Tova Tikatevu Ve’techatemu.




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o! Wait! I just wanted to get your attention. Now that I have it, grab your 2013 calendar and mark the date for our next Evy Lipp People of the Book event: Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Our speaker will be…get ready…the brilliant columnist for The Jerusalem Post and frequent contributor to The New York Times, Daniel Gordis.

Gordis, an American who made aliyah and now lives in Jerusalem, is widely cited on matters pertaining to Israel. Professor Alan Dershowitz has called him “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.” Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic has written, “If you asked me, ‘Of all the people you now, who cares the most about the physical, moral and spiritual health of Israel?’ I would put

the commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis at the top of the list.” There’s a local connection: Our Federation president, Judge Norman Krivosha, reports that his son-in-law was a classmate of Gordis’s and the Krivosha family visited the Gordis family when they were last in Jerusalem. Upcoming issues of the Federation Star will feature more informa-

tion about Gordis and the treat in store for us. Do NOT keep it a secret. Tell everyone. Remember, this event is FREE, gratis, costs nada for all MEMBERS of the Jewish Federation of Collier County. Have you joined or renewed your membership? Do it TODAY. Call 239.263.4205.

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Federation Star September 2012


Community Relations Committee update Ann Jacobson Community Relations Committee Chair Catholic/Jewish Dialogue celebrates 10th anniversary The Catholic/Jewish Dialogue Steering Committee appreciates the excellent response we received to the survey asking for program ideas. We received very good suggestions that will continue to highlight the importance of presenting timely topics. C/J Dialogue to initiate Community Service Project Under the guidance of Rabbi Sylvin Wolf, the Dialogue group has chosen to partner with the Meals of Hope program to involve Catholic and Jewish youth and adults in this meals packaging project that will benefit Jewish Family & Community Services of SWFL and Catholic Charities

food pantries. This event will be held Sunday, December 2 at Beth Tikvah from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Rabbi A. James Rudin to keynote annual Kristallnacht Convocation The 2012 Kristallnacht Convocation will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church on Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m. Rabbi A. James Rudin’s keynote speech will address the “Importance of Remembrance.” Readers and Thinkers group to present book review and film On Sunday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m., the book Coming Together for the Sake of God by Hanspeter Heinz and Michael Signer will be discussed. Readers and Thinkers will facilitate the discussion to be held at the Jewish Federation offices. On Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m., Readers and Thinkers will present Elusive Justice, a PBS documentary on the hunt for Nazi criminals. A film discussion will be led by Steve Brazina at St. Agnes Parish Center, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road.

Judge Krivosha asks you to approach By Carole J Greene


on’t let the “Judge” title throw you. You can easily access our new Federation president, Judge Norman Krivosha. In fact, nothing will please him more than to see people approach the Jewish Federation of Collier County when they need assistance or when they want to provide for that aid in some way. “That’s our function, to provide for those who need our services and to raise the maximum amount of funds so we can deliver on that purpose,” says Judge Krivosha. He feels we are well on the way to our first community campaign to reach or exceed one million dollars. The judge nods as he mentions the formidable standards for presidents of our Jewish Federation established by his predecessors. He expresses humility as he considers how his lifelong experience in the justice system prepared him for this position. As he pointed out in his first Federation Star column as our new president, the Hebrew word for justice, tzedek, closely correlates with the word for charity, tzedakah. Norman spent his entire career blending both aspects of Judaism. “Back when I started, lawyers didn’t specialize. We were country lawyers; we did it all.” Concentrating eventually on being a trial lawyer, he became a star litigator and general counsel of life insurance companies. In 1978, when he became chief justice for the state of Nebraska at age 44, Norman became the youngest state chief justice in the United States. He wrote 600 opinions, sat on fourteen death-penalty cases, and ruled on termination of parental rights. “These were most difficult for me,” he says.

Throughout his law career, he also brought his wisdom and spirit of tzedakah to better his community. He served as president of his Conservative congregation, and as chairman of various community-building boards – to name just a few: Catholic Social Services, Council of Camp Fire Girls, YMCA and Israel Bonds. Born and reared in Detroit, he was immersed in his “Jewish ghetto” community. In fact, he reports that until he was sixteen, he wasn’t aware of any other community. He dated only Jewish girls because to find one who was not Jewish required long bus rides. “They were just too far away.” His wife Helene came from an observant family, and together they forged a kosher home. “I taught myself more about Judaism and became more involved in observance.” The Krivoshas reared two daughters who also followed the family tradition of combining justice and doing good; the younger one married a lawyer, and the older, who IS a lawyer, married a rabbi. Norman notes, “It seems that in our family one must either become a lawyer or marry one. Smart.” The varied experiences in his career, family and charitable life have prepared him for the presidency of our Federation. His goal is to advance the Jewish Federation to the next level. “I have never believed that people are ‘in need’ by choice. When circumstances place them in the position of requiring some assistance, I want them to approach us with confidence that our recipients maintain their privacy and dignity. To that end, I encourage the generous people of our community to recognize the need to contribute to our campaign to provide that help.”

5A JEWISH FEDERATION Federation Star September 2012 September 2012 Federation Star Jewish Federation of Collier County 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201 Naples, Florida 34109-0613 Phone: (239) 263-4205 Fax: (239) 263-3813 Email: Officers President: Judge Norman Krivosha Vice President: Dr. Karen Ezrine Vice President: Dr. Morton Friedman Vice President: Phyllis Seaman Recording Secretary: Kevin Aizenshtat Treasurer: Jerry Sobelman Assistant Treasurer: Jerry Bogo Immed. Past President: Rosalee Bogo

Board of Trustees Alvin Becker 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

Executive Director David Willens

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

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


Catholic/Jewish Dialogue of Collier County celebrates tenth anniversary By Jean L. Amodea


xtending the arm of understanding, the Jewish Federation of Collier County (JFCC) is reaching out to those of the Catholic faith to facilitate communications between the two religious sects through its Catholic/Jewish Dialogue of Collier County (CJD). “The CJD exists to encourage and to extend the bridge that connects our faiths,” said David Willens, executive director of the JFCC. “Our purpose is to engage Catholics and Jews in understanding our past history and to advance the cause of mutual understanding and appreciation of our differences as well as our commonalities.” Willens said that the group’s greatest accomplishment has been the development and growth of the Dialogue from a small steering committee to an organization that has worked collaboratively with many other community organizations. However, he noted that their greatest challenge is to engage the younger generations of Catholics and Jews into the dialogue. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the CJD was birthed from the efforts of a few key individuals who met at the home of Rabbi Howard and Lenore Greenstein to organize the committee, which operates as a sub-committee of the 20-year-old JFCC’s Community Relations Committee. Co-chaired by Ann Jacobson and Marty Gauthier, the CJD is steadily gaining in popularity. Today, some 200 persons of both faiths meet alternately at local Catholic churches and Jewish synagogues to enjoy book and film discussion groups, special programs and classes. Gauthier said that 2,000 years of animosity between the two faiths is being addressed by the work of the Catholic/Jewish Dialogue. He noted the work started by the Chief Rabbi of Rome and the Pope in patching up sins of the past by reaching out to each other and challenging old stereotypes and people’s opinions and misperceptions. Jacobson said that last March, some 800 persons attended a presentation by internationally known speaker Reverend Patrick Desbois, who spoke

about his awarding work with Yahad in Unum. The organization works to identify the mass graves of Jews, Roma and others murdered by Nazis during World War II, in the Ukraine and Belarus. Former CJD co-chair Jack T. Conroy Jr., Ph.D., assistant professor at Barry University and Rice School for Pastoral Ministry, notes that there is a

denying their own. Recognizing the commonalities like the scriptures of the Tanach and the Catholic Bible, Conroy said Catholics owe a sense of responsibility for the world, which Jews call tikkun olam (“repairing the world”) that they must express not only in charity but also through social action. “Perhaps the most significant

Catholic/Jewish Dialogue of Collier County Steering Committee: (seated) Community Program Director Melissa Keel, Isabel B. Price, Father Patrick Desbois (guest speaker), Co-Chair Ann Jacobson, Past Co-Chair Jack Conroy, Dee Donnelly, (standing) Father Bob Kantor, Pastor St. Agnes Catholic Church, Myra Shapiro, Co-Chair Martin Gauthier, Charlotte Milavsky, Rabbi Sylvin Wolf, Naples Jewish Congregation, Ida Margolis, Dr. George Blewitt, Peter McCabe

sense in which the rift that occurred almost two millennia ago between the two faiths can be compared to the experiences of siblings from a divorced family. “During that time, as in most divorces, each party acted out of something other than familial love; they said nasty things about each other and hurt each other. And, the ultimate act of intra-familial hurt was the Holocaust,” Conroy explained. He said that as often happens in the aftermath of a nasty divorce, the children at some point, say “enough” and that is exactly what the Catholic Church did via the Vatican II document “Nostra Aetate,” its statement against anti-Semitism. The decree, spearheaded by Cardinals Cushing, Spellman and O’Connor, condemned the 2,000-yearold Catholic teaching of disdain for Jews, recognizing that Jewish people are the elder brothers and sisters in the Catholic faith, Conroy explained. Conroy said that the process of reconciliation had to be initiated with an engagement of dialogue whereby both faiths acknowledge each other’s value and heritage, and affirm each other’s traditions without

At the candle lighting ceremony at last year’s Kristallnacht Convocation are Holocaust survivors and members of the Second Generation group, GenShoah of Southwest Florida

theological root is the Jewish Sh’ma, ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one,’ that postulates the love of God and the Levitical command to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’” Conroy said. “Jesus quoted this as the ‘Greatest Commandment’ and St. Paul taught that love of neighbor involved the fulfilling of the whole law.” ome of the upcoming Catholic/ Jewish Dialogue offerings include Conroy’s mini-course on the Dead Sea Scrolls at two luncheon sessions on January 8 and 15 at the Federation offices. At 3:00 p.m. on November 4, the Kristallnacht Convocation will be held at St. Agnes Church featuring Rabbi A. James Rudin, who was instrumental in helping the development of the CJD 10 years ago. CJD Readers and Thinkers, a subgroup led by Ida Margolis and Pete McCabe, has also enjoyed great success in its inaugural season, last year. Small groups, book discussions and film showings are scheduled for the season such as the documentary Elusive Justice, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on October 17, followed by lively discussion led by Steve Brazina. For more information, call Ida Margolis at 239.963.9347 or Pete McCabe at 908.763.0495 or email To learn more about the Catholic/ Jewish Dialogue programs or the JFCC, please email Melissa Keel at 239.263.4205 or visit www.jewish The original version of this story appeared on June 22, 2012 © Banner h t t p : / / w w w. n a p l e s n e w s . c o m / news/2012/jun/22/catholic-jewishdialogue-of-collier-county-a/ Jean Amodea is a News Correspondent with the Naples Daily News, Collier Citizen, Banner, Marco Eagle and BB Journal.



Federation Star September 2012 WOMEN’S CULTURAL ALLIANCE

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A bird’s eye view of WCA’s new program offerings By Elaine Soffer, WCA Programming Director


he upcoming WCA season will be exciting with the continuation of favorite programs and the introduction of many new ones. The spectrum of programs is broad, ranging from enriching the way we visualize and hear, to improving our balance. Details for all events as well as the date, time and registration information are provided in the WCA Program Guide that is mailed to all WCA members. Except where noted in the WCA Program Guide, programs are free and open only to WCA Members. Our homes are important to our senses of well-being and pleasure. New programs this season will help us use both floral and decorative arts to beautify our homes. “Ikebana,” the Japanese art of flower arranging, will teach concepts such as harmony, balance and unity. Classes in floral design will enable WCA members to learn the art of creating fabulous floral designs using containers found in their homes. Participants will learn to create their own floral designs to take home. The talented design staff of Clive Daniels Home will be presenting decorating seminars and tours of the showrooms. They will be sharing information with us on using accessories and accent pieces as well as on creating a new look for our homes using our existing furniture. Music is an important part of our lives. This year, new programs

will enable members to share their love of musical genres. Participants in “Opera and Ballet in Cinema” will attend special showings of filmed operas and ballets. “Broadway Composers” is perfect for lovers of musicals; this delightful two-session program focuses on the music of the composing teams Lerner & Loewe and Rogers & Hart. We will learn about their lives and listen to music from their musicals. “Second Act Singers” will give members a chance to join with others who love singing with an accompanist; various types of music will be sung. Who knows, this may be the start of something big! “Jazz Junkies” says it all; this group will attend jazz sessions around town. For the techies among us, there are new programs for using digital cameras and iPhones. “Where Would We Be Without Our Apps,” a new group, will discuss favorite iPhone and iPad applications. “Introduction to Digital Photography” will use the (free) Google program Picasa to help us use digital cameras to copy photos to our computers, and then to edit and share them via email or on the Web. To further enhance your camera expertise, sign up for “Photographing Your Family.” During this special

seminar, a professional photographer will discuss posing, lighting, expression and tips on how to capture the best images. Another facet of our lives is a healthy brain. This season, several new courses to stimulate our thinking will be offered. “History of Israel” is a three-part course that will discuss the early days of Israel, the newly published book We Shall be Called Israel, and culture and education in Israel today. “Not Coming to a Theatre Near You” will screen a different documentary each month, followed by a group discussion of each of these thought-provoking films. “A Gathering of Women” will meet regularly to discuss members’ personal life journeys. Looking backward, at the present and to the future, participants will reflect upon the choices made that shaped them into today’s women and help prepare them for a fulfilling future. Other featured programs “Creating Balance in Your Life” is a gentle introduction to Tai Chi, the art of moving meditation followed by Yoga for well being. This course will be taught by a certified instructor. “One Night Stands” is a new overnight travel group for WCA members who would like to explore

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great Florida destinations in more depth than a day trip permits. Overnight trips that will appeal to both our spirit of adventure and our love of learning are planned. Three new games groups are forming this year. “Party Bridge” is a weekly group for intermediate and experienced bridge players. A “Canasta” group will meet weekly for the fun and strategic game following a standard set of rules. “Hand and Foot Canasta,” for couples, will meet regularly to play another version of the game. The creative side of our brains will be stimulated by new art programs like “Zentangle,” an easy-tolearn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. You will have the opportunity to create an original piece of art during this relaxing and uplifting workshop. A special group of courses on calligraphy, fiber arts and creating coverings will also be offered. “Express Yourself in Color” will give you the opportunity to create a painting under the watchful eye of a local artist at her lakeside studio. If you are a member of WCA, your Program Guide should be arriving in your mailbox very soon. If you are not a member – why not??? Hurry up and join WCA today so that you can sign up for WCA’s fabulous programs! I look forward to seeing you at some of WCA’s great new offerings.

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7A Federation Star September 2012 September 2012 Federation Star JEWISH FEDERATION


A moving nine-day mission to Odessa, Ukraine, and Israel of our partner agencies and projects that my head is still spinning. As Campaign Chair, I was compelled to go on this mission, hoping Federation VP it would help me help our Federation & Campaign reach our goal of over $1 million for this year’s campaign. What I have Chair learned, seen, heard and felt will hope you have had a wonderhopefully resonate in some way with ful summer. I have just returned all of you over the next few months from a memorable, exhausting as I share my stories. We are supposed and emotionally-charged Jewish Fedto have “a” story. So much moved erations of North America Campaign me that it’s almost impossible to pick Chairs & Campaign Directors Misone. I’m now going to share some sion with over 100 other participants memorable highlights, as telling you from all over the U.S. and Canada. everything would take up most of the It was a nine-day mission to space in the Federation Star. Odessa, Ukraine, and Israel. Our days Spending a day in Odessa last year were quite long, usually 7:15 a.m. on a Black Sea cruise didn’t give me until 11:00 p.m., and so packed with a chance to see the vibrant and, yes, meetings and spending time with all thriving Jewish community there. Our Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Michael Paley (Newsweek listed him as one of the 50 most influential Rabbis in America), opened our first gathering by inspiring us with the fact that Odessa was at the heart of Zionism. Hebrew was the language of Odessa, not Yiddish, which was considered shtetl language. In the 1800s, Odessa was the intellectual capital of the Russian Jews. It was the starting point for Phyllis Seaman (standing, far left) with mission participants on their Hesed home visit with Freema Kuperman (next to Phyllis) the Jews going to Pales-

Phyllis Seaman


tine. Today, Odessa is not a city of the past, but one of the future. There are 35,000-40,000 Jews in Odessa. More than 40% receive assistance from the JDC (Joint Distribution Committee) – mostly senior citizens. Usually these elderly pensioners receive a JDC $14 monthly food card to help them survive, above their $120 monthly pension. Our mission group was assigned to small teams to food shop and then have a home visit with a senior citizen who is homebound due to illness. These elderly Hesed (social service) recipients get assistance from JDC, a partner agency of the Federation system. My group of five shopped for and visited 86-year-old Freema Kuperman. She is a former high school teacher who also worked as an editor for a writing and copy center. On occasion she contributes articles to the local Jewish community newspaper (through JDC)…we have a lot in common. Freema’s story truly resonated with me, as she related it to us. She and her family were sent to Siberia during WWII. My maternal grandmother and her mother and grandmother were also sent to Siberia (also from the Ukraine) in 1917 by the Bolsheviks. We cried and hugged. Feeling her tears on my cheek will stay with me forever. Seeing the peeling paint of her run-down, shabby but clean fourth floor walk-up was quite an eye opener. When she showed us her bathroom,

Freema Kuperman tells her story to the group

you could feel her embarrassment. Then she shrugged “but it’s mine,” not communal. Freema said one more thing on our departure after thanking us. She stated that she would not be alive if not for Hesed. It is everything for her – a second home – and it keeps her connected to her Jewish heritage. Freema then urged us to tell our people that, “People say beauty will save the world, but I say charity will save the world.” With the High Holy Days upon us, please think about how blessed we all are and remember the story of Freema and all the others in need all over the world. L’Shanah Tovah from Michael and me to all of you. P.S. Stay tuned for more highlights from my trip to Odessa and Israel in the coming months.



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Collier County BBYO Update By Marc Saperstein, Collier County BBYO Friends and Alumni Network Committee Coordinator


fter a very successful informational meeting in late May that attracted more than 100 parents, teens, tweens and alumni, BBYO is off and running in Collier County. BBYO in Naples is open to all Jewish teens and is unaffiliated with any specific congregation. Given the community’s strong level of support, the Collier County Youth Group Exploratory Committee, which has been leading this effort, has been renamed the Collier County BBYO Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) Committee. The Committee includes David Willens (Jewish Federation of Collier County), Rabbi Adam Miller (Temple Shalom), Rabbi Fishel Zaklos (Chabad of Naples), Rabbi Ammos Chorny (Beth Tikvah), Rabbi Sylvin Wolf (BBYO alumna), Stuart Kaye (interested parent), Bobbie Katz (BBYO almuna), Caren Plotkin (BBYO alumna), Marc Saperstein (BBYO International Board Member) and Gary Levin (BBYO Director of Field Operations Southeast). This FAN Committee will provide the strategic leadership for fundraising, parent support, and alumni outreach efforts. This September, the committee will begin looking for volunteers interested in getting involved in one or more of these three areas to help assure BBYO’s long-term success in Naples. Our local BBYO activities will fall under BBYO’s North Florida Region, which already has over 200 AZA and BBG members throughout Sarasota, Tampa and Orlando. BBYO has increased its reach dramatically over the past five years from 25,000

involved teens to more than 37,000 in North America today. In Florida, BBYO has close to 1,000 AZA and BBG members and over 2,000 Jewish teens involved. BBYO’s vision is to be one of the world’s leading Jewish movements, convening and connecting teens of all backgrounds who will be inspired to live Jewish lives while making a difference in the world. “This partnership between the Jewish Federation of Collier County and three of our community synagogues is a wonderful example of cooperation that is a model for other smaller Jewish communities in the U.S.,” commented Matthew Grossman, BBYO’s Executive Director. “There are already 28 teens who have signed up for BBYO membership in Naples, and many more who have expressed interest. The AZA (boys) and BBG (girls) chapters will be planning events starting this fall and throughout the school year,” reported North Florida Region Program Associate Leah Wapnitsky. Along with AZA and BBG for teenagers, BBYO will also be starting a BBYO Connect program for middle school tweens (grades 6-8). BBYO Connect is a transition program to attract and engage tweens in the years just prior to their Bar or Bat Mitzvah in social and community service efforts as an entry point to joining the BBYO teen programs. In addition, four local teens, Hannah Daugherty, Ben Kaye, Ben Klausner and Zoe van Slyke, chose to go to BBYO’s Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC) over the summer. CLTC is a two-week program

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which helps prepare Jewish teens to effectively lead its AZA and BBG teen chapters. BBYO International and the Jewish Federation of Collier County provided scholarship funds to those teens attending CLTC this year in an effort to help the new chapters get off to a strong start. Hannah (on the left) called CLTC “the best 12 days of my life. It made me feel more connected to my Judaism and helped me to find where I stand in my faith.” Zoe (on the right) reported that “the brotherhood and sisterhood at CLTC was just amazing. I went there not knowing anything about BBYO, and left knowing what the B’nai Brith girls are all about!” Ben Klausner (with Leah Wapnitsky) said, “I liked the feeling of fraternity. I’ve never felt that before. I want to bring the brotherhood back to Naples AZA. I made my best friends at CLTC and I am more connected to my Judaism. It was nice to make connections with other Jewish teens.” And Ben Kaye said, “Although I was hesitant to go to CLTC, I was enjoying every moment by the second or third day. The conference was a success in developing my leadership skills as well as sharing the nuts and bolts which will be helpful in growing our new BBYO chapter here in Naples. I look forward to doing

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my part in Naples and in the Jewish community.” Other recent activities include: ¡¡ A pool party was held in midJune, attracting more than 25 local Jewish teens and several leaders of the BBYO North Florida Region Board. The North Florida Region teen leaders came to Naples to introduce themselves and welcome those local teens interested in joining BBYO. ¡¡ A Collier County BBYO Facebook group was set up by one of the local teens to allow the new members to communicate with each other online. At last count there were 35 teens participating in this online community. Finally, BBYO has posted an open position on numerous Jewish job-posting sites for a part-time Program Associate (15 hours per week) who would be headquartered in Collier County. This individual will be responsible for supporting the AZA and BBG chapters, leading a BBYO Connect program for Jewish tweens (grades 6-8), and working on North Florida Region events. In addition, Collier County BBYO will be looking for two to four chapter advisors to work with the teens who will be leading the AZA and BBG chapters. Anyone interested in the part-time Naples Program Associate position should contact Gary Levin at glevin@ If you are interested in being a volunteer chapter advisor, contact Leah Wapnitsky, BBYO Program Associate for North Florida Region, at 407.765.9234 or at lwapnitsky@ (See page 11B for more information.)

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Look for more High Holiday greetings from members of our Jewish community throughout this issue.

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My first trip to Israel! Holocaust museums in the world, and certainly at the top of Holocaust Amy Snyder research and education. It was both exciting and daunting to be in the Executive company of 350 Holocaust educaDirector tors from around the world for the 8th Annual International Conference on Holocaust Education: Telling the Story, Teaching the Core, with an une 2012 – my first trip to Israel! emphasis on knowing and teaching With the Museum being so busy the core history of the Holocaust. this year, I didn’t really have time In the world of comparative genoto think about the trip. Everyone I cide courses, and connecting every talked to had expectations for me, but social ill to the Holocaust, the keynote I didn’t have time to think about my presenters stressed the importance of own expectations, and maybe that was understanding, as best we can, the hisa good thing. tory of this watershed event and the Yad Vashem is one of the oldest best practices of how and when to compare it to other events, past and present. Each genocide is unique in its time and place, and if we expect to teach the topic well, we need to understand the issues that surround each one. Social concerns have taken a center stage lately with all roads leading Inside the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem


to the Holocaust. It is imperative that Holocaust educators set the tone for appropriate connections and possible lessons to be learned. I certainly returned home with a deeper understanding of the history we Monument to Jewish soldiers and partisans at Yad Vashem teach and a greater appreciation for the lives affected by constant activity, comfortable and yet tragedy. at odds with itself. Not so different On a personal note, having grown from humanity; having a long and up reading the Scriptures from Gendiverse history, embracing its past esis to Revelation, I was looking forwhile trying to improve the future, ward to seeing the land of David and knowing difficult days may be ahead Jesus. Visiting the Old City, the Mount and that perseverance is key. of Olives, Masada, the Dead Sea and As Jeremiah tells us, “For I know the Western Wall was both stirring and the plans I have for you, declares the overwhelming. Three and a half days LORD, plans to prosper you and not was most certainly not enough time to to harm you, plans to give you a hope take it in and make sense of a bustling and a future.” Hope is the essential city with so much history attached to element in the human experience and it. The essence of what I brought home what we must always hold on to as is that Jerusalem has always been and we attempt to transform the world continues to be a city of diversity and for the better.

JFCS welcomes new staff members Dr. Jaclynn Faffer JFCS Executive Director


ewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida has had a very busy summer. Requests for services have increased and we are fully staffed to address the increased needs – whether for food, counseling, case management, financial assistance or information and referral. I would like to introduce you to our new staff members who are making it possible for us to deliver the highest quality of service. Casey Eike, LCSW joined our staff as our licensed clinical social worker. Casey is here Monday

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through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and brings to JFCS a high level of clinical experience and expertise. She will be continuing our counseling sessions for individuals, couples and families, as well as our Bereavement Support Groups. Casey has some exciting ideas about programs for adolescents and we will be telling you about some new services in the months to come. As always, counseling is offered on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay. Susan Cartwright has joined JFCS as our full-time administrative assistant. Susan’s welcoming voice will be the first you hear when you call our office. Susan sits up front at our reception desk and in the short time she has been here has proven to be invaluable to everyone who reaches out to JFCS for information and assistance.

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Although not new to our staff, case manager Leslie Weinreb is now full-time and providing services to an increasing number of frail seniors who need our assistance to age safely in place. Leslie has also taken on the responsibility of our financial assistance program, which now includes a case management component. Like every JFCS through North America, our agency will not only provide financial assistance during a time of crisis, but will work with our clients to help them make changes in their life situations and move towards independence. JFCS would not be in a position to help so many without the generous support of our major funder, the Jewish Federation of Collier County, and all of you, our JFCS “Friends.” We thank you for your generous support. May the New Year bring peace to all. L’Shana Tova.

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Quiet hunger By Arlene Rutstein


unger knows no color. Hunger respects no religion. And the hungry are with us, around the corner and down the street. Soon it’ll be Rosh Hashanah, the head of the year, and we’ll be worshiping at Naples Jewish Congregation. Led by our Rabbi Sylvin Wolf, we’ll chant, solemnly praying our good deeds will stand us in good stead in the coming year. But why will those paper grocery bags be on the bima? This is why. We’ll take those bags and fill them with foods – nonperishables, please. Then we’ll bring filled grocery bags back to the temple on Yom Kippur, the final and most sacred holiday. We’ll abstain from food and drink on this holiest Day of Atonement. But, the hungry can eat when these groceries are delivered. For the hungry, fasting may be what they face daily. Quietly, and without fanfare, Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida maintains a food pantry at its Naples address and supplies food to more than 100 people regularly. Operating year round, donations of food and money are welcomed. So, too, will be our filled grocery bags. And, no matter their ethnicity, families, seniors and the disabled come for aid. No one needy is turned away. “We never allow our shelves to be bare,” assures JFCS Executive Director Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, “and we can’t and won’t say we don’t have any more food.” With dignity and kindness the hungry are fed. With dignity and kindness we start our New Year.


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Jewish Community Directory Our Jewish community continues to grow. To help everyone keep in touch with one another, your Jewish Federation of Collier County will be publishing the 2013 Community Directory. Free copies will be made available to all. But first...

We need your help! We’re gathering information now so we can distribute the new Directory in December 2012. ÎÎ If your information has NOT changed from what appears in the 2012 edition, you do not have to do anything. We will print the same information in the next edition. ÎÎ If your information has changed, or if you are not listed in the 2012 edition, complete and return this form by mail or by fax. All requested information is optional. ÎÎ If we do not hear from you by October 31, we will assume we have your permission to publish your name(s) and contact information as we currently have them in our files.

COMMUNITY DIRECTORY 2013 The Jewish serves 3,200 Jewi Federation of Collier County sh households in Naples, Marc and the surroundi o Island ng communities and addressin by recognizing g the charitabl e, educational, humanitarian, cultural, and social servi ce needs of the in our commun Jews ity and around the world.

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The Naples Jewish Caring Support Group


hen engulfed with stress, have you ever craved the closeness you once had with family and friends? For the last four years the Naples Jewish Caring Support Group has provided us with a safe and friendly environment. Talking through our pent-up emotions is possible because we know confidentiality is paramount with our group. We have become a cohesive, understanding and sensitive group of men and women who give each other the gift of experiential wisdom. We are led by a retired psychotherapist, Florette Kahn. Florette practiced with her husband for over twenty-five years

in New Jersey, doing individual and group therapy. She is in the discipline of Clinical Social Work, holds an MSW degree and is licensed (LCSW). Phyllis Lazear assists her and is a retired educator from Ohio. The support we give each other helps us feel the warmth, comfort and love that binds us together. Some of us are caregivers for a loved one; others may have completed the “caregiving journey” and are now going through the process of being widowed. We help that individual through the period of loneliness, facing living alone and changes in lifestyle. It’s certainly not an easy transition but with the group of people we have to support other in

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time of need it is a lot easier. Issues like aging, health, relationships with adult children, and many others are explored. The stress of living in an emotional roller coaster can sometimes lead to physical exhaustion, frustration, guilt and depression. At group meetings we can share our concerns and receive compassionate understanding, acknowledgement and appreciation for our efforts. We discuss serious matters in this confidential setting and, together with our therapist and group members, provide important feedback and resource information in order to help the individual gain more control and put balance back into their


are being discussed to embark upon a special Second Generation project. In addition to monthly meetings, GenShoah sponsors a variety of activities and events for members as well as for the public, and partners with other groups that support our mission. An even greater variety of events, including trips and receptions, are being planned for the coming year. Anyone who is interested in the mission of this group is not only welcome but encouraged to attend meetings and activities. The first meeting for this season is scheduled for Sunday, October 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Holocaust Museum. The group will also be attending the screening of the enlightening film Against the Tide: The Story of America and the Holocaust is scheduled to be shown at the Museum on Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. A survey to help better serve the needs of members has been sent to all those on our email list. If you have not yet returned it, you still have time. A survey for prospective members appears below. For more information on GenShoah, contact Ida Margolis at 239.963.9347 or GenShoahSWFL@

Next meetings: September 10 & 24


Once Upon a Time in LITHUANIA & the Florida Connection T hru September 30, 2012

By Ida Margolis

lthough articles appear monthly about Generations of the Shoah - Southwest Florida (GenShoah), there are many people who are not familiar with this group. Formed in 2009 through an initiative by the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida, GenShoah was originally a group of only children of Holocaust survivors. However, the membership of this group has grown to include not only children of survivors (the Second Generation), but also others who are interested in Holocaust education and preserving the memory of the Holocaust. GenShoah meets monthly between October and May. Whenever possible, meetings are held on the third Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Holocaust Museum. The mission of this group is fourfold: promotion of Holocaust education, preservation of memories of the Holocaust, connection of Second Generation members to one another, and support of the Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida. This group disseminates information relevant to the Holocaust and current Holocaust-related projects and initiatives to our members. Plans

lives. These discussions are meaningful in this confidential setting. We also like to have some fun and some of us go out for lunch following our group meetings. We welcome new members. We meet in the Temple Shalom Chapel the second and fourth Mondays of each month, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This is a free service to the entire Jewish community. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, please call Phyllis at 239.352.2907.

English artist Naomi Alexander, ROI, records the last remnants of Jewish heritage in Lithuania today. Alexander traveled the country depicting her impressions of the people and their communities. The Museum adds photographs, artifacts and stories from Floridian Jews whose origins are from Lithuania. Kitchen interior, Zeizmariai, detail, oil on wood, 2003.

Organized by the London Jewish Cultural Centre in association with the Ben Uri Gallery, the London Jewish Museum of Art.

Woman of Telz and red door, oil on wood-triptych, 2002.

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Featuring a lifetime of work by acclaimed photojournalist Mel Finkelstein, these images from the 1950s-1980s focus on iconic symbols of our cultural past, Mel Finkelstein & Kim Novak, from presidents to performers, giving a gelatin silver print, 1960. sense of this larger-than-life man and Exhibit curated by Donna Wendler and Susan J. Geier his world of time, place and celebrity. and circulated by the Mel Finkelstein Family Trust. Partially sponsored by Congregation Beth Jacob

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The Museum is supported by individual contributions, foundations, memberships and grants from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts; the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners and its Cultural Affairs Council and Tourist Development Council; and the City of Miami Beach and its Cultural Arts Council.

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GenShoah - SW Florida Prospective Member Survey Name: ____________________________________________________________ Address(es): _______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Phone(s): __________________________________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________________ What are the dates that you are usually in SWFL? _____________________________ How did you find out about GenShoah? __________________________________ Personal Involvement: Our current mission is 4-fold: “promotion of Holocaust education, preservation of memories of the Holocaust, connection of Second Generation members to one another, and support of the Holocaust Museum.” 1. What is most important to you as a participant? _______________________ __________________________________________________________________ 2. Please indicate which of the items below are of interest to you: ˆˆ active participation ˆˆ sharing experiences/information ˆˆ meeting others ˆˆ helping others ˆˆ knowledge from others ˆˆ other (please specify) ____________________________

3. Please indicate ways in which you are willing to contribute to this group: ˆˆ share experiences with others in this group ˆˆ share experiences with the public (i.e. students) ˆˆ provide professional expertise (please specify) ˆˆ write your story ˆˆ other (please specify) _____________________________________________ 4. Who/what do you know that would be an asset to this group? _____________ ___________________________________________________________________ 5. Which types of meetings do you prefer to attend? Please indicate all that apply. ˆˆ social event with our group ˆˆ program with guest speaker ˆˆ trips ˆˆ events in partnership with ˆˆ special events the Museum or other groups ˆˆ program w/speaker from our group ˆˆ other (please specify) ___________________________ ˆˆ film presentations Other Suggestions/Comments: ________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

Please return to: Ida Margolis, 5588 Hammock Isles Dr., Naples, FL 34119

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Kosher Food alert – Preparing for Shabbos & the New Year By Lynda Stewart, Academic Dean for Maimonides Hebrew Day School and Beverly Leah Mitchell, Kosher Food Coordinator for Chabad of SW Florida


e have researched and compiled information to assist you in finding kosher foods and items locally. You can purchase these fresh or shelf foods in our local supermarkets and health food stores. Supplies of some items may be limited, so please don’t wait for the last minute. Plan ahead and order or purchase now to secure that you have what you want and need for your Shabbos, simchas and upcoming holidays. The Publix at Market Place in Pelican Bay (8833 Tamiami Trail, Naples): Publix Manager Steve Micheli and his assistants continue to serve the needs of their Jewish customers. The kosher wine selection has been extended. See Manager Gene Nichols for 5 percent off four bottles

or 10 percent off eight or more bottles. The store continues to offer fresh kosher meats and poultry as well as oven-ready meals and a variety of kosher cheeses. The bakery is helping you observe our kosher traditions with frozen (not baked) O/U challah, marble, honey cakes, and assortments of pastry and cookies. You can call and place orders for Shabbos, a special event or holiday. In the Bakery Department contact Joel Crepo or Susanna Taska; in the Meat Department contact Raul Saldiyar or Jose Almanza. They can make arrangements to have a whole line of fresh made-to-order kosher foods with two weeks notice. Special order foods need to be placed by Monday for arrival on Wednesday of the following week. The Publix at Market Place can be reached

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directly at 239.596.1982. Trader Joe’s, located at 10600 Tamiami Trail in North Naples is a trendy California-based grocery store chain. Take your time and browse for kosher shelf foods and wine. If a kosher item is not in stock, it can be ordered at the Customer Service Dept. Service Manager Bernadette Pauls can be reached at 239.596.5631. Visit for a complete list of the variety of foods and their kosher symbols grocery list. Whole Foods in the Marcato can be reached at 239.552.5100. Julie Joiner or Jessica Varnes will be happy to assist you with orders. They have

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an array of appealing kosher shelf foods, Glatt Kosher Valley fresh chicken and ground beef, frozen kosher items, as well as Gelfon shelf products and frozen dinners. Aroma Market & Catering at 8819 Stirling Road in Ft. Lauderdale can be reached at 954.252.2600 or They will take orders on the Internet for delivery to the Chabad in Naples on Thursdays. For more information, call Rabbi Fishel Zaklos at 239.262.4474. The management of the shops listed above have made efforts to help the Jewish community observe kosher traditions and holidays. Everyone is encouraged and responsible to thank these stores for caring and providing kosher foods locally. Many of the managers are wondering about the need to continue stocking kosher items. If you have any questions about information in this article, please contact Beverly Leah Mitchell, Coordinator for Chabad Lubavitch, at 239.939.5888.

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Temple Shalom events open to the community


emple Shalom’s Cantor Donna Azu warmly invites all interested parties to join our wonderful High Holy Day Choir! No previous experience is required. Choir rehearsals are scheduled for Thursdays, September 6, 13 and 20. The choir will participate at services on September 16, 17, 25 and 26. For additional information, please contact Cantor Azu at 239.455.3030. ~~~ On Saturday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m., Temple Shalom invites you to attend a screening of the movie God in the Box. What does God mean to you? What does God look like? These questions are at the center of God in the Box, an intriguing documentary that premiered at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival, and chronicles the journey to try and understand what God looks like and why – if God exists at all. The film is shown in conjunction with our observance of S’lichot. The movie and discussion

will be followed at 9:00 p.m. by our S’lichot service and a reception. You are invited to attend all or part of this wonderful evening. Reservations are not required. For additional information, please contact Temple Shalom at 239.455.3030. ~~~ On Sunday, November 11, the entire Jewish community is invited to join together and celebrate everyone’s return to Naples with our annual Welcome Back Community Dance. This is a great way to see your friends who have been away and see some new faces as well. Let’s kick off the season together! The festivities will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Shalom, featuring the band Night Train. Their music is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor! Let’s join together on November 11 at Temple Shalom for friends, fun, light refreshments and dancing. Tickets are just $18 per person. Watch this space for more information.


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e are excited to be celebrating our ninth “Jewish Women’s Circle” season. The Jewish Women’s Circle has truly become a coveted tradition in our community. The planned gatherings provide you the opportunity to relax and socialize while you explore both the practical and mystical aspects of our heritage. Through innovative workshops, lectures and creative activities, we explore contemporary Jewish issues and discuss subjects related to our tradition. 

The beauty of Chabad’s Women’s Circle is that women from all parts of the Jewish spectrum come together in a warm and inviting setting to share and celebrate our Jewish experiences. If you have attended our events in the past, welcome back! And if you are new to the Women’s Circle, come join the family! To receive a brochure or sign up to join, please contact us at 239.263.2620 or, or visit for more information.

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A true story of obsession, faith, and the pursuit of an ancient Bible By Philip K. Jason, Special to the Federation Star The Aleppo Codex, by Matti Friedman. Algonquin. 320 pages. $24.95.


his brilliant piece of investigative reporting traces the origins, travels and controversies surrounding a bound, parchment manuscript know as the Aleppo Codex (or the Aleppo Crown). This manuscript is valued as the most authoritative text of the Hebrew Bible. It was written to be the standard against which later versions of these scriptures were Phil Jason tested. Created about 930 C.E. in Tiberias, it was meant to insure that the Jewish communities of the Diaspora were studying the same text – the same stories, chronicles, prophecies and laws – word by word and letter by letter. Compiled by the scholar Aaron Ben-Asher and scribed by Shlomo Ben Buya’a, the Crown was, and perhaps still is, the ultimate book of the People of the Book. It got around. First safeguarded in a Jerusalem synagogue, the Crown was taken by Frankish Crusaders during the Sack of Jerusalem in 1099. Through an exciting series of events that Friedman traces with skill and grace, it ended up

nium, the other covers a few years. in Fustat (now part of Cairo), where It’s hard to tell, sometimes, which it was safeguarded by the sizeable story is wrapped around which. Jewish community there. Next, it We are offered an intricate, satcame under the purview of the great isfying weave. Jewish philosopher Maimonides, The fulcrum on the broad who drew upon it in the writing of timeline is 1947, when the deceits his magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah. that Friedman exposes begin and Spanish by birth, Maimonides became when the Crown is moved from an influential courtier and physician Aleppo back to Jerusalem. in Cairo. After Maimonides’ death Friedman meticulously lays out in 1204, the Crown remained with how the Crown survives the Muslimhis descendants until his great-greatArab attacks on Aleppo’s synagogue great grandson brought it (and other after the United Nation’s vote to usher important books) to Aleppo, Syria, in modern Israel into being. He then the late 14th century. traces the hands it passed through, its There it remained “for six huninterval in Turkey, and its delivery to dred years, until the Jews in the land the authorities in Jerusalem. Clearly of Islam – the world of Maimonides enough, for the nascent Israeli gov– disappeared.” ernment, the Crown represents part I should make clear that one of the of the nation-building strengths of Friedman’s book enterprise. Its connection is that he avoids organizing to Jerusalem and Tiberias by the strict chronology that are, symbolically at least, I’ve been employing. Rather, part of the Jewish claim to he moves back and forth, the land. juxtaposing ancient pieces However, once in the of the story with modern hands of the Ben-Tzvi Inand even contemporary ones, stitute, it seems as though allowing them to interact this treasure is sometimes with one another. He really Matti Friedman neglected, and at other has two major stories to tell: times purposely made inaccessible. one is the history and importance of Questions about its condition arise the Codex, the other is the story of that do not receive convincing anhis investigation, which peels back swers. Huge sections (including most layers of ignorance, obfuscation and of the Five Books of Moses) are found raw deceit. One story covers a millen-

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to be missing, but just when did these leaves disappear? During the attacks on the synagogue before the Crown left Aleppo? While in Turkey? In exploring this dilemma, Friedman encounters a conspiracy of silence. Useful facts are few, though there is some finger-pointing. Slowly, patiently, Matti Friedman presses his investigation forward. Eventually, he comes to a conclusion that is consistent with all the evidence he has gathered, including the personalities and opportunities of the principal players. Friedman’s book is subtitled “A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible.” It delivers on all those ingredients and more as the author orchestrates his materials into a fine, suspenseful symphony of detection and revelation. Philip K. Jason is Professor Emeritus of English from the United States Naval Academy. He reviews regularly for the Naples edition of Florida Weekly and for Fort Myers Magazine. For more of Phil’s insights and reviews, as well as literature/publishing links, visit his website at www.


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Stars of David

By Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist Olympic Round-Up Four “confirmed” Jewish athletes were medal winners. New Zealand sailor JO ALEH, 26, won a gold medal captaining a two-woman 470 class dinghy. The daughter of a New Zealand Jewish mother and an Israeli Jewish father, Aleh has halfsiblings in Israel. American swimmer JASON LEZAK, 36, won silver in the 4x100 relay. This is on top of six medals, including four golds, he won in prior Games. Lezak belongs to a Los Angeles synagogue. The other medal winners were gymnast ALY RAISMAN (see below) and Aussie JESSICA FOX, 18, who won silver in the one-woman kayak. Fox’s non-Jewish British father, Richard Fox, and her French Jewish mother, MYRIAM JERUSALMIFOX, 51, were both top kayakers. Myriam won the Olympic bronze in 1996 in the same event as Jessica. Richard, Myriam and Jessica (then just 5 years old) moved to Australia in 1999 after Richard was made head of the Aussie national kayak team. Last week, Myriam spoke to Ha’aretz, the Israeli newspaper, and recalled competing in the 1997 Maccabiah Games. She added that she has several cousins in Israel and she hopes to bring her whole family to Israel and visit these relatives. Athletes who didn’t medal include U.S. “Star class” sailor and lifelong St. Petersburg, Florida resident MARK MENDELBLATT, 39 (he and his partner finished in 7th place); American fencer SOREN THOMPSON, 31; breaststroke specialist SARAH POEWE, 29, who swims for Germany and won a bronze in 2004; DAVID BANKS, 29, a member of the U.S. eight-man oar boat team that

finished 4th; VASYL FEDORSHYN, 32, a Ukrainian Jew, and a 2008 silver medal winner, who made it to the quarter-finals of the 60KG freestyle wrestling competition in 2012; American swimmer ANTHONY ERVIN, 31 (5th in the 50M freestyle); MERRILL MOSES, 34, the U.S. water polo team goalie. In 2008 he won a team silver; in 2012, the U.S. finished 7th; and Australian STEVE SOLOMON, 19, who ran a personal best to make the finals of the 400M sprint, plans to attend Stanford Univ. this fall on an athletic scholarship and eventually follow his physician father into medicine. I’m still trying to learn more about New Zealander Nathan Cohen (gold in the two-man sculls). Also: American breaststroke swimmer Rebecca Soni, 25, who won multiple medals in 2008 and 2012, was the subject of a recent piece in the Israeli paper, Ma’ariv, which implied that her father, Peter Soni, who has cousins in Israel, is Jewish. A friend contacted Peter and he said that his father, a Holocaust survivor, was Jewish. But his mother wasn’t Jewish. Peter’s wife, Rebecca’s mother, also isn’t Jewish. Raisman’s Rabbi Speaks The Jewish heroine of the games is, of course, gymnast ALY RAISMAN, 17, who won a team gold, an individual gold in the floor exercise competition, and an individual bronze on the balance beam. Raisman performed her floor exercise routines to the tune of Hava Nagila and, after winning her gold medal, said she had been in favor of a moment of silence for the Israeli athletes murdered 40 years ago. Her family rabbi, KEITH STERN, spoke to the New York Post recently and

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is paired in a two-person team with an elite military veteran and all the celebs are competing to win money for a military/veteran-related charity. The show is co-hosted by Gen. Wesley Clark, 67, the former NATO commander, and SAMANTHA HARRIS, 38, the former co-host of Dancing with the Stars. Harris, who was a bat mitzvah, now has two young daughters with her (Jewish) husband, MICHAEL HESS. Gen. Clark, now a Catholic, is the son of a Jewish father and a Methodist mother. His father died when he was very young and he didn’t know that his father was Jewish until he was a teen. He then sought out his Jewish relatives and remains close to some of them.

Interested in Your Family’s History? Ten years of doing a Jewish celebrities column has turned Nate Bloom (see column above) 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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Ted Epstein, editor of the Federation Star, available to speak to your organization this season Title of talk: Jewish life in Southwest Florida as seen by the editor of three Jewish Federation newspapers Brooklyn-born Ted Epstein, son of Orthodox Holocaust survivors, thought he was escaping the Jewish world of New York and New Jersey when he moved to Naples thirteen years ago. Little did he realize that he would wind up as the editor and designer of three Jewish newspapers covering Southwest Florida. If something Jewish-related is happening from Bradenton to Marco Island and all points in between, Ted will know about it. Ted will also share what it takes to produce the three newspapers – The Jewish News (Sarasota-Manatee), L’CHAYIM (Lee-Charlotte) and, in particular, the Federation Star (Collier) – as well as the three annual editions of Connections.

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Matisyahu’s new album Spark Seeker debuts in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 album chart


os Angeles, CA – July 25, 2012 – Grammy nominated artist Matisyahu’s fourth studio album, Spark Seeker, released on July 17, debuts at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart, No.1 on the Reggae Chart, No.3 on the Independent Album Chart, and No. 7 on the Digital Album Chart this week. This is Matisyahu’s first studio album released independently via his own label, Fallen Spark Records via Thirty Tigers/RED. “For my first studio release on my own label to do so well in its first week is a true testament to the loyalty of my fans. I have never

been more proud of a record and to be their Spotlight Songs for the month able to finally share it with them, and of July. Currently, Live Like a Warsee their reaction on rior is No. 1 on the Facebook and Twitter Reggae Single Chart has been an incredible and Sunshine is at No. experience for me.” 2. Live Like a Warrior Matisyahu’s fresh sold over 20,000 copies sound is gaining poputhis week. larity and traction across Spark Seeker, prothe country. HOT AC duced by Kool Kojak and pop stations are (Nicki Minaj, Travis starting to play numer- photo credit: MaryMargaret Chambliss Barker, Ke$ha) is a ous tracks from the re13-track album recordcord, such as first single Sunshine and ed in Los Angeles, New York and Israel with collaborators from around I Believe in Love. ESPN has chosen Sunshine and Live Like a Warrior as the world. The album showcases a lightness but carries on the tradition within Matisyahu’s music of socially Wishing you and conscious and spiritual lyrics and those you love a themes. sweet New Year of For those who have been questioning his new sound and appearhappiness,

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ance, Matisyahu explains within the record that everything in life, especially music, exists in mixtures and blends. “Things are not as black and white as we would like to think. Not everything can be oversimplified.” Matisyahu will also be starring in his first feature film, titled The Possession (Lionsgate), in theatres on August 31, starring Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Matisyahu stars as a Hassidic exorcist freeing a child from an evil spirit trapped in a Dibbuk box, known in the Kabbalah. Fans can expect Matisyahu to announce in the coming weeks that he is going on a countrywide college tour this October/November, making stops in over 40 cities. Currently, Matisyahu is on an extensive summer tour with co-headliners Dirty Heads.

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New York Jews: The five and a half tribes Important connotations for overall American Jewish trends By Scott A. Shay, Chairman, Jewish Community Study of New York


ccording to Jewish tradition, the Jewish people originally consisted of twelve tribes, each descended from one of Jacob’s sons. The Assyrian empire exiled 10 of these tribes about 2,800 years ago. The newly released Jewish Community Study of New York (JCSNY), sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York, indicates a new twist in Jewish history. While the study identified many demographic patterns, my reading of its findings is that New York Jewry (with important connotations for overall American Jewish trends) now consists of five and a half distinct tribes. This new tribal alignment has far reaching implications for the face of American Jewry, Jewish engagement and Jewish communal responsibility. Looking at this new alignment, the first tribe is the Engaged nonOrthodox Jews. With a substantial percentage of adult Jews at 30 percent, but only 25 percent of the children, this group consists largely of Jews with affiliations to the Reform and Conservative movements, ties to Jewish organizations ranging from AIPAC to J Street, and often correlates with high levels of secular education and income. This group used to be thought of by most as “American Jewry” and set its agenda. However, today, despite its many achievements,

it is aging and its institutions, both religious and secular, are struggling. Each of the Reform and Conservative movements lost about 40,000 members in the New York area in the last decade. The American Jewish Congress, once a voice of American Jewry, closed down, unable to appeal to a broader constituency. The question for this tribe is whether current institutions can inspire a renewal and tribal growth, or whether they should down-size their organizational infrastructure. The second tribe is the Less Engaged Jews. At 25 percent of the Jewish population, of which a disproportionate number are young, this tribe is made up of two groups: intermarried families that are not raising their children as Jewish and of a broad gamut of Jews who just are not into being Jewish. This tribe has similarly high rates of secular education and income as other non-Orthodox Jews and participates in a large range of community initiatives in American society at large. It does not, however, have strong ties to Jewish institutions, Jewish communities or Jewish causes. Rather, Less Engaged Jews maintain their tether line to the Jewish people through the internet and cultural activities that are Jewish but involve non-Jews as well (think Matisyahu concerts or Adam Sandler’s Eight

they disengage totally from the other Jewish tribes or will they strike a balance between tribal identity and broader community involvement? The fourth tribe is the Russianspeaking Jews which accounts for 14 percent of the New York Jews. While the Russian-speaking tribe is decidedly secular – only a small minority affiliates with any religious movement of Judaism – it identifies very strongly with the Jewish people. Intermarriage is rare, affinity for is high, and soDespite the current divisions Israel cial engagement within of American Jewry, there is no the Jewish world is double that of doubt that Jews maintain the almost other non-Orthodox ability to act in unity when Jews. Other Jewish groups, such as the there is a compelling need. early secular Zionists, in the past have divorced being ethachieved its goal of rebuilding Jewish nically Jewish from the practice of institutions, especially yeshivot, and Judaism as a religion. The question replenishing their numbers after the for this tribe is whether their cultural Holocaust. While some Haredi comJewish identification will keep them munities like Chabad have been very connected to other Jews. active in community-wide initiatives, The fifth tribe is the Modern others inside the Haredi tribe lack the Orthodox Jews. This tribe comprises desire, skills and financial resources about 10 percent of New York Jews to engage outside of their own group. and 12 percent of its children. PreviIn the New York Hassidic communious studies often considered the Modties, just 13 percent of adults have ern Orthodox and the Haredi as part earned a college degree, two thirds of the same tribe, based on orthodox of households earn less than $50,000, religious affiliation and commitment and 63 percent are poor or near poor. The question for this tribe is will continued on next page

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continued from previous page to Jewish education. However, their differences are substantial. Modern Orthodox Jews have achieved their goal of combining tradition and modernity: their Jewish engagement is both more intense than non-Orthodox Jews and more diverse than all the other tribes, while they demonstrate levels of secular education, income and participation in the labor market that are barely distinguishable from the non-Orthodox population. The question for this tribe is whether it will use its extensive engagement and ties to different Jews to forge a link between the different tribes. Finally, the “half tribe” in American Jewry is quite a surprise. Five percent of people who identified as Jewish in the study for whom neither parent was Jewish and never underwent a formal conversion (an additional 2 percent did complete a conversion). The study carefully excluded Messianic Jews. Among the answers we found for people in this group were, “My ex-wife and children are Jewish so I consider myself Jewish,” or “my friends are mostly Jewish, I keep kosher and I give to Jewish charities.” What is most astounding about this statistic is its implication. Whereas after World War II, Jews faced discrimination by colleges and employers, today Jews are such a well-regarded group that 77,000 New Yorkers have chosen to identify themselves as such. While there are those who might respond to the results of this study with anxiety, that is not the conclu-

sion I would draw. For the Engaged non-Orthodox this is a wake-up call, and wake-up calls can be useful. For the Less Engaged American Jews there is good news too. We now have a treasure trove of information about which initiatives are meaningful for this group and which are not. For example, we do a pretty good job as a community of the first step of “outreach,” that is, welcoming all Jews, but a worse job at engaging those who tentatively “try out” Jewish activities. So it is time to move away from “welcoming” as an outreach focus toward true engagement. e know affiliation creates connections with the Jewish community as a whole and leads to more investment in Jewish education, support for Israel, and giving to Jewish as well as American causes. We understand that we need to re-double our efforts to make supplemental schools effective, to make Jewishly-oriented camping commonplace for young Jews, and to work so that that two teen or young adult peer trips to Israel become the gold standard for American Jewry. For the Russian Jews, we can say with pride that the second-generation continues to be involved in Jewish community initiatives. For the Haredi, there is a model of strong tribal identity and broader community involvement that they can follow, namely the Chabad movement. Finally, for the Modern Orthodox, we have learned that they have taken strong community-wide leadership and have the


skills to provide the glue for keeping different tribes together. We have always been a community of tribes. When the twelve tribes of Israel camped in the wilderness, each camp separately aligned by the identity of their traditional matriarch, Leah, Rachel, Billah and Zilpa. These tribes all had very different tribal personalities, yet when the non-Jewish prophet Balaam looked out at them, he famously said, “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings O Israel (Numbers 24:6). Jews have long practiced unity through diversity. Each group has had an important contribution to make. Despite the current divisions of American Jewry, there is no doubt that Jews maintain the ability to act

in unity when there is a compelling need. Although it may seem like ancient history, this year marks just the 25th anniversary of the massive Soviet Jewry rally in Washington D.C., attended by all sectors of American Jewry that hastened the fall of the Iron Curtain. The rally demonstrated that American Jews can set aside their differences to make change happen. It is my fervent hope that American Jewry once again harnesses that capacity in the current challenging geo-political and social environment to again be “a light unto the nations.” If we do so, it will be beautiful to gaze upon. Scott A. Shay is author of Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry.

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Recipes for the festive Rosh Hashanah meal By Dalia Hemed

Moroccan Fish Ingredients • 1.5-2 lbs. boneless skinless fish fillets (best if you use a firm, dense fish like halibut or snapper) • One bunch fresh cilantro, cut into large pieces • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into long thin strips • 5 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped • 3 large dried red chili peppers • ¼ tsp turmeric • 1 ½ cups water • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil • 1 heaping tablespoon paprika • Salt and pepper to taste Serves 4 For this recipe, you will need a sauté pan; it’s like a wide, deep skillet with higher sides. Before you start cooking, reserve a few pieces of the cilantro for garnish. Place cilantro, bell pepper slices, garlic and chili peppers in the bottom of the pan to create a “bed” for the fish. Place fish fillets on top of the other ingredients. Season fillets generously with salt and pepper, then sprinkle turmeric evenly across fillets. Add 1 ½ cups of water to the pan. Cover pan, turn flame on high, and bring to a boil. As soon as the water boils, reduce heat to medium and uncover the pan. Mixture should

be simmering lightly at this point. Allow mixture to simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes, basting fillets periodically, until the water reduces by half and turns yellow. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil and paprika with a fork. Pour red oil mixture over the fish fillets, coating them evenly. Let the fish simmer uncovered for 20 minutes more, basting frequently. Fish is done when liquid is reduced to about a quarter of what it was originally, and the fish has turned a rich red color. Serve fish and bell peppers together with a grain and/or vegetable of your choice. I like to serve it with a starch like mashed potatoes (or couscous, if it’s not Passover); the red sauce from the pan can be poured over the top of the fish and the potatoes. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.

Honey Roasted Chicken Ingredients • One whole chicken, 4-5 pounds, split down the back • ¼ cup olive oil • 2 tsp yellow mustard • 2 tsp honey • 5 cloves crushed garlic • 1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed in hand to release flavor • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes • 1 lemon • ¼ tsp lemon zest (from the peel of the lemon)

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• Salt and pepper • 1 whole head of garlic (optional) • Fresh curly leaf parsley, extra lemons (optional, for garnish) Serves 4-6 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine olive oil, mustard, honey, crushed garlic, rosemary and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Rinse and dry the lemon; zest ¼ tsp of lemon peel into the olive oil mixture. Cut the lemon in half and juice it, add the lemon juice to the olive oil mixture. Preserve lemon. Use a fork to stir olive oil mixture until well combined. Rinse chicken, pat dry. Place chicken breast side up in a roasting pan. Turn drumsticks so that the end tips are facing outward. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then brush the olive oil mixture liberally over the exposed parts. Push juiced lemon halves underneath the breast, flat side up, so the lemon will release its aroma into the chicken. If you’d like to roast a head of garlic with the chicken, peel off the outer skin until the cloves of garlic are visible and place it root side down in the roasting pan. Cover roasting pan with foil and pierce the outer edges of the foil a few times. Place in oven and roast for 90 minutes-2 hours, depending on the size of your chicken. Chicken is done when internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F as measured by a food thermometer. Remove foil for the last 30 minutes of cooking to make the skin brown and crispy. Garnish chicken with fresh parsley and lemon halves.

Sweet Barbecue Brisket Ingredients • 1 brisket, 3-5 pounds, trimmed • 1 ½ cups sweet barbecue sauce • 2 tbsp brown sugar • 1 tsp onion powder • 1 tsp coarse ground black pepper • ½ tsp salt • ½ tsp cumin • ½ tsp garlic powder • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional – adds spice) • 1 sprig fresh parsley, minced (optional – garnish) Serves 6-10 Rinse brisket and pat dry. Mix barbecue sauce and brown sugar in a bowl, set aside. Mix remaining seasonings in another bowl till well combined. Dry rub the brisket on both sides with the seasoning mixture. Pour half of the sauce mixture into the bottom of the slow cooker. Place seasoned brisket in the cooker with the fatty side facing up. Pour the remaining sauce mixture over the top of the brisket, coating evenly. Cover slow cooker and turn heat to low setting. Cook for 9-10 hours on low until fork tender, turning brisket once halfway through cooking. The meat will make its own sauce during the slow cooking; skim the fat and pour sauce over the meat prior to serving. Serve garnished with fresh parsley.

Dalia’s recipes have appeared in L’CHAYIM, the monthly newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties, since May 2011.

Honey Apple Cake Ingredients • 3 eggs • 3/4 cup honey • 1/2 cup white sugar • 1/4 cup light brown sugar • 1 1/4 cup canola oil • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla • 3 cups all purpose baking flour • 1 tsp baking powder • 1 tsp baking soda • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon • 3/4 tsp salt • 1/4 tsp allspice • Dash of ground cloves • 4 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored, and shredded 10 servings YOU WILL ALSO NEED 9 inch Bundt cake pan, sifter, wire cooling rack, parchment paper, Ziploc bag Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs until they are frothy. Whisk in the honey, white sugar, brown sugar, oil and vanilla. In a separate medium mixing bowl, use a fork to thoroughly mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and spices. Incorporate the flour mixture into the liquid, stir to blend. Fold in the shredded apples. Spray your Bundt pan with cooking spray, pour the batter into the pan. Make sure the batter fills the pan ¾ full. Bake cake in preheated oven for 75-90 minutes. When the edges darken and pull fully away from the sides of the pan, and the cake browns all the way across the surface, it should be done. You should be able to insert a toothpick into the thickest part of the cake and have it come out clean. Let the cake cool for exactly 10 minutes, and then invert it onto a flat plate. Tap the Bundt pan gently to release the cake. If your cake sticks, use a plastic knife to carefully loosen the cake around the center tube and sides. Allow cake to cool completely. Now it’s time to decorate your cake. Put 3 tbsp of powdered sugar into a handheld mesh strainer or sifter. Sprinkle sugar onto the top of the cake by tapping the strainer or sifting to release an even shower of sugar around the surface of the cake.

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The wisdom of the Olympic athletes and Reb Zusya Rabbi Adam F. Miller


few weeks ago, people around the world gathered to watch the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Commissioned to replicate the ancient games of Greece, the modern Olympiad was intended to bring together the people of the world. From the pageantry of the Opening Ceremonies onward, we watched, engrossed in the thrill of victory, as well as the agony of defeat. From across the ocean we joined the athletes on their emotional roller coasters. We celebrated, cried, and celebrated again with American gymnast Dannel Leyva, as his team succeeded and then failed; and then he received the bronze medal in the all-around competition. Interviews and background stories connected us with gold-medal

rower Taylor Ritzel, whose last promise to her dying mother was that she would “get to the Olympics,” as well as the courageous efforts of paraplegic sprinter Oscar Pistorius. Beyond the emotions, we watched for the spirit of competition. Something inside of us feels drawn to the decisive nature of sports. At the end of each event, an individual or team is identified as the best. In many events, the gold-medal winners, even the silver and bronze medalists, become household names. However, we should not lose sight of the accomplishments made by the other athletes who participate in the Olympiad. Of the 204 countries represented at the Olympics, more than eighty began this year’s Games having never won a medal. Countless athletes from all nations came to the Games knowing they were unlikely to receive a medal. They participated in the Opening Ceremonies, only to be eliminated in preliminary rounds. Their losses and subsequent departures from the Games took place without fanfare, yet they should not be ignored, for these

athletes demonstrate a lesson of great importance. Each athlete who reaches the Olympics embodies the teaching of Reb Zusya. We read that when Reb Zusya was near his dying day, his students gathered around to ask him questions. When asked what he feared in the world to come, Reb Zusya responded, “When I reach the Gates of Heaven I will not be asked why I haven’t lived my life as Abraham or as Moses, but why I didn’t live it as Reb Zusya.” Olympic athletes strive to reach their highest potential, even when their best may not be enough to win gold. In some competitions, it was clear that certain individuals were not going to win. They were so far behind the leaders, so far out of contention, that they stood no chance of reaching the medal stand or even advancing to the next level. Yet not one of them stopped. Every single one finished the event. Winning would have been fantastic. But finishing – doing their best – was an even higher priority. As the New Year approaches, embrace the wisdom of the Olympic

athletes and Reb Zusya. Reflecting upon this year’s accomplishments and struggles, let us only use ourselves as the standard by which we are judged. Rather than comparing ourselves to others, we need to ask ourselves whether we lived up to our own potential. Did we do as much as we could? Were there missed opportunities to do more? Looking ahead, aspire to complete all of the tasks that you take on in 5773. Even when success may be unattainable, achieve what you can. Along the way you are certain to learn lessons that will improve your future results. Gold, silver and bronze represent the pinnacle of sport. But even sweeter than those accomplishments is the realization when we have reached our full potential, when we have maximized our abilities, and in doing so fully embraced our role as God’s partners to bring blessing, hope and peace into our world. May you and all those you love have a year filled with sweetness. Shanah Tova U’metukah.

50 – the story of Joseph’s reconciliation with his brothers. What a spark of genius and creativity on the part of the editors. The story of Joseph and his reconciliation with his brothers is a marvelous tale of “forgiveness” and what better time to read this story than on Yom Kippur, whose theme is “forgiveness” – reconciliation and atonement. Many people do not usually attend the afternoon service on Yom Kippur. Perhaps a new Prayer Book, the new ideas suggested by the story of Joseph,

and a plethora of new readings, new thoughts and insights will enrich our worship experience and make Yom Kippur truly a time for forgiveness for the wrongs we have committed and acceptance of atonement for the hurts inflicted upon us by others. The New Year indeed becomes “new” when creative and progressive ideas, especially those found a in new Prayer Book, become available to us to share and enjoy, and to uplift us intellectually and spiritually.

A new Prayer Book Rabbi Edward M. Maline, D.D.


he Central Conference of American Rabbis is in the process of publishing a new Machzor for the High Holy Days. This year, only a pilot service for the afternoon of Yom Kippur will

be available. I have long felt that the afternoon service is in need of drastic change. I am pleased that at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island we will be able to use this pilot service this year. I just had the opportunity to peruse a draft copy of the service and one of the changes that caught my attention was the addition of a new Torah reading. Previously, we read Leviticus 19 – the Holiness code – on Yom Kippur afternoon. The new suggested Torah reading is Genesis

Lessons from the Olympics Rabbi Sylvin L. Wolf


t is August. I’m watching some Olympic events. I thought there might be a message from the Olympics for our New Year. I thought that I might write about Olympic values in our lives. I searched for material on such questions as what makes an Olympian. I found such words as confidence, goals, focus, determination, desire, drive, dreams and the power to do good. I also found this statement: It takes more than being a brilliant sports man or woman to become an Olympian...Top-class athletes try to live according to a set of beliefs and ideas that help them to be the best they can be, and to respect other competitors. Olympic values are friendship, respect, excellence, determination, courage, equality and inspiration. These values can help all of us

live as best we can, achieving our personal ambitions and dreams without deliberately hurting other people. Well, I thought, that’s a good message. Then I found an article written by a professor at the University of Calgary: “Why the Olympic Spirit Lacks a Jewish Neshama.” He wrote: There exists an essential conflict between traditional Judaism and the world of athletics. And the conflict becomes more exacerbated when the pursuit of athletics is translated into a value system. He writes about the Greeks vs. Jews.: When the author of the First Book of Maccabees, our main source for the events, wishes to characterize the wicked Jewish accomplices of Antiochos’ Hellenization program, the first act he sees fit to describe is how the traitors “built a gymnasium in Jerusalem in the heathen fashion, and submitted to uncircumcision, and disowned the holy covenant; they allied themselves with the heathen and became the slaves of wrongdoing.” The professor also included the views of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook. He wrote: A radical departure from

the normative Jewish antipathy towards athletics is to be found in the writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the revered Chief Rabbi of the Land of Israel during the formative years of the Zionist revival in Eretz Yisrael. Rav Kook’s Zionist outlook saw that the life of Torah must exist in harmony with nature, and the spiritual redemption promised by the re-establishment of Jewish independence must be accompanied by a corresponding physical rebuilding of Jewish bodies. He even cites the Hebrew equivalent of Juvenal’s famous dictum Mens sana in corpore sano (a healthy mind in a healthy body). “When the holy people will be physically firm and strong,” Rav Kook wrote, “holiness will prevail in the world. When Jewish children

will be strong, sound and healthy, the air of the world will become holy and pure.” Clearly, physical achievements (or, for that matter, military heroism) cannot become ends in themselves. They must always be employed as a means to a spiritual goal. Rav Kook insisted that physical education should be an important part of the curriculum of the yeshivah. Yet, the professor concludes, it is when people begin to attach an inherent value or “spirit” to athletic achievement, that Jewish tradition must find itself at odds with the secular environment, forced to stand at some distance from the Olympic arena. Have a good workout and engage in Jewish study! May you and yours be inscribed for a good New Year.

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Change starts with us Rabbi Fishel Zaklos


here is an old Jewish joke that actually carries an inspirational message for the New Year. Harold is out shopping with his wife Sadie, but he is not enjoying this shopping expedition at all (as with most such outings for him). He’s been “stuck” with Sadie in the Macy’s women’s department for over forty-five minutes while she looks for a suitable new outfit. His patience is wearing thin, and he is beginning to become very tired, hungry and irritable. Then, for the seventh time, Sadie emerges from the changing rooms

wearing yet another outfit. He looks at Sadie and says, “Darling, that’s the one. Not only does it fit you perfectly, but it’s your favorite color as well. It’s absolutely beautiful! Buy it now and let’s go get something to eat.” “Don’t be ridiculous, Harold,” says Sadie. “This is the same outfit I came here in.” Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is here once again. With it comes the opportunity for fresh beginnings, change, new resolutions and personal growth. It begins a whole month of rich, colorful, meaningful holidays, with a spiritual energy that ranges from the solemn to the ecstatic. But will we go through the whole month and come out at the end looking like Sadie, garbed in the same habits, foibles and attitudes as when we began, or will some of our good intentions stick?

A good way to predict the success of our resolutions is to look at the scope of what we have undertaken. If we decide that we will try to become a completely different person this year, or maybe solve world hunger singlehandedly, we are not likely to get too far. Sometimes we are more successful at implementing and maintaining change when we take on smaller, more immediately achievable goals. We are more likely to keep to our plan when we connect these goals with something real and tangible. For example, if you want to become more sensitive or kind this year, choose one specific caring act that you will begin doing. If you are concerned about world hunger, find a soup kitchen nearby and help them out by giving them monetary donations or by volunteering. If you wish to become more knowledgeable in your Jewish

heritage, incorporate one small, new Jewish ritual into your daily or weekly life. And then, slowly but surely, bigger change will come as well. Yes, we can improve the world. After all, this is why we are here. And the best place to start is by improving ourselves. As we do that, we will also see the global picture falling into place as well. This Rosh Hashanah let us resolve to make the world a better place – after all, it is our responsibility. Let us dream big. But let us also remember that change starts with us, and that progress takes place in small steps. And then, not only will we see our resolutions withstand the test of time, we will also see gradual change in the world around us. May you be inscribed and sealed for a Shana Tova U’metukah, a Good and Sweet New Year to all.

have successfully relocated to our new community here in Naples, and are delighted to have discovered many new friends, as well as many opportunities for growth. As I write this note, we have completed our first month in Naples, and although I have been busy  learning the  ropes of a new job, planning, and anticipating new prospects, I am aware that the summer months here in Naples present a different set of challenges from the busy ‘winter’ months yet to come. Thus,  in the course of those exciting cooler months, I look forward to welcoming all of our Beth Tikvah family/members back  and getting to know each and every one personally. With the anticipation of the fall, also begins the preparation for the High Holidays. This is the time of year when all humans are equal in the eyes of the Lord. In the next few weeks, we

are all afforded the opportunity to try – with all our might – to find forgiveness and thank the Creator for all we have received. The Talmud explains that although God created man with the intention that he be perfect, alas, circumstances are such that none of us can say that we have not sinned. Therefore, in His mercy He decided to allow each and every one to be able to repent for our wrongdoings, and that in fact is what we are about to do during the High Holidays: To take hold of the opportunity to do Teshuva, and repent and vow to be better. What is  Teshuva?  Teshuva  literally means to return, but in order to “return” we must begin by examining ourselves, our actions and our commitments. Still, we must not end with ourselves; the verb “laShuv”  (to  return) implies more than mere repentance and good deeds. It means that as we turn into our own beings, as people

lost in a maze of self-love, we find an open door to God, a door that allows us to do all the things He has intended for us. Repentance can only be an incentive for “returning,” for  just to feel guilty or to have feelings of inadequacy is not enough.  Rather, as stated in the Psalms, “…we must turn our back to any wrongdoing, and simply do good…” (Ps. 34). Even if we have done wrong, let us mend our  ways by turning in the direction of good deeds and love for our neighbors. In this spirit, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all a Very Happy  New Year, a year full of health, happiness and well-being. I pray the Almighty will grant all your wishes, and inscribe you and your loved ones in the Book of Life for a joyful and prosperous  5773. Shanah Tova!

Returning Rabbi Ammos Chorny


s the summer months draw near to a close, and in particular the month of Elul, so does the Jewish year, and we must prepare ourselves to account for all our actions, and prepare for a New Year. For our family, the year 5772 has been one of transition and adjustment. In the course of the last few months I have had an opportunity – through my recent job search  – to visit new communities, and get to know many wonderful people around the  country; and now have the privilege of being appointed as the new rabbi at Beth Tikvah of Naples. To date, we

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President’s message By Don Pomerantz, President


ur Board of Directors have been meeting to plan for the coming year and to assure our congregants that we are committed to offer services and programs that fulfill their spiritual and social needs. As we approach the High Holidays, NJC feels that it is essential to embrace those who need help. Therefore, we are pleased to highlight two programs that exemplify our core commitment to those who are looking for a gratifying religious experience in a warm and accepting environment. In the true spirit of tzedakah (charity), our programs will serve both our congregants and residents of Collier County who are in contact with Jewish Family & Community Services

of Southwest Florida (JFCS). With the cooperation of Rabbi Wolf and the Caring Committee, NJC is forming a MITZVAH CORPS dedicated to reaching out to our congregants during times of illness, loss, and other life-challenging situations. Activities will include providing meals in certain circumstances, coordinating rides to services and special events, and visiting the sick during or after hospitalization. To complement our “in-house” gifts of giving, this year Naples Jewish Congregation is partnering with JFCS to provide its clients with much needed food during the High Holy Days. Special bags will be available

for pickup at Rosh Hashanah services with a list of requested items attached. They are to be returned on Yom Kippur so they may be delivered to the JFCS Food Pantry. There is an urgent and immediate need to support those individuals and families who are having a difficult time. What a wonderful way to start the New Year! It is a true mitzvah. Special thanks to Nancy and Hank Greenberg for spearheading this valuable project. Schedule of High Holy Day services Sunday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.: Erev Rosh Hashanah service Monday, September, 17, 10:00 a.m.: Rosh Hashanah service

Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.: Kol Nidre service Wednesday, September 26: Yom Kippur Morning service: 10:00 a.m. Torah service: 3:00 p.m. Yizkor service: 4:00 p.m. Concluding service & Break the Fast: 5:00 p.m. For further information, please call 239.352-4395. Naples Jewish Congregation wishes everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year. With renewed cooperation and involvement, our congregation will endeavor to be a meaningful part of your lives.

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President’s message By Yale Freeman, President


ummer is coming to an end and we are about to share the beautiful and inspirational High Holy Days. Although we may perform our sacred tasks in different ways and with varying interpretations, we are connected, as we are all part of the Jewish community in Naples, Florida. A brief introduction: I am the new president of Temple Shalom. I run a full-time criminal law practice both here and in Miami. I’ve served the Jewish community on the boards of Temple Shalom, the Jewish Federation of Collier County, and Jewish Family Services. I have served our greater community through service on the boards of the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Alliance For Community Response, and the United Way. Several years ago, I closed my practice for one year to serve as the Executive Director of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Collier County. “Community” is important to me.

Within that word, I like to emphasize the concept of “unity.” Temple Shalom has long been a part of the greater Naples community. This involvement and participatory attitude was nurtured in the past and will expand over the next few years. We are fortunate to have Rabbi Miller and Cantor Azu committed to providing strong Jewish leadership both within and outside of Temple Shalom. Our Religious School is currently exploring some new and exciting directions. Our Preschool has just finished a fun-filled summer camp program and reopened in August with a fresh spirit and innovative ideas. Our lay leadership is committed and involved, and, together, our efforts will create a future with great promise. All of these initiatives are supported by an office team that is looking forward to taking part in the events of the upcoming year, as well. Temple Shalom provides to the Jewish community, both full-time


and seasonal, the opportunity to participate in a Reform Jewish congregation, as well as a congregation with Saturday morning services leaning toward a more Conservative tradition. Throughout the year, we will continue to provide a wide variety of both educational and social programs. During the High Holy Days, unique programs, fresh attitudes and different ways to give, receive and become engaged will be presented. With gratitude for the simchas, the lessons, and the firm foundation provided by our first 50 years, Temple Shalom is ready to explore new opportunities and embark on new adventures as we enter our next 50 years. Wishing all L’shana Tova! ~~~ Temple Shalom is pleased to advise that tickets are available for the High Holy Days. Tickets that include all High Holy Day services are available at the cost of $225 per person, and that cost can be applied to temple

membership. Active duty military personnel and college students receive complimentary tickets. For additional information regarding services, tickets or membership, please contact Temple Shalom at 239.455.3030. / 239-434-1818

Beth Tikvah update Stuart Kaye Beth Tikvah President


nce again, the High Holy Day season is upon us. As we gather in our places of worship to mark the passing of another year and to prepare ourselves spiritually for the future, we ask for the strength to honestly evaluate the year just concluding, make necessary amends, and set worthy and demanding goals for the year about to unfold. L’shana Tova from the Kaye family and the Beth Tikvah family to the entire Naples Jewish community. As I write this, renovations are underway at Beth Tikvah. We are hoping that the enhanced space is ready for use by the High Holy Days. Whatever the status of these renovations, they do not affect our sanctuary space or our ability to hold worship services. We are hoping, as well, to dedicate our first Memorial Tablet and install many of the memorial plaques by Yom Kippur. With Rabbi Ammos Chorny in place as our spiritual leader, we will be offering the full range of High Holy Day services. Please join us for some or all of them. High Holy Day schedule September 8 at 9:00 p.m. – Selichot

service; September 16 at 7:30 p.m. – erev Rosh Hashanah; September 17 & 18 at 9:30 a.m. – Rosh Hashanah; September 25 at 7:30 p.m. – Kol Nidre; September 26 at 9:30 a.m. – Yom Kippur; September 30 at 7:30 p.m. – Erev Sukkot; October 1 & 2 at 9:30 a.m. – Sukkot Selichot will be introduced with a special film, most likely either Eyes Wide Open or An Unfinished Life, both of which raise important questions about forgiveness and repentance. Book Group On Monday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m., our Jewish Book Discussion Group resumes with an exploration of Ellen Cassedy’s We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust. “In building a democratic Lithuania, we must have the courage to bring bitter truths out of the shadows and learn from our history. This eloquent book can help us to reach out, open our hearts, and rediscover one another in a spirit of mutual understanding.” – Hon. Valdas Adamkus, Former President of Lithuania. For the meeting on Monday, October 22, the subject is real-life detective story, The Aleppo Codex. March 2013 theater event Beth Tikvah has reserved a block of 50 seats to award-winning Gulfshore Playhouse (in Norris Center, Cambier Park) for its Sunday, March 17, 3:00 p.m. performance of The Whipping Man. The cost is $40 per seat; check to Beth Tikvah. Call Phil at

239.598.2880 regarding availability. Here’s the story: 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 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.

Religious Services schedule Friday services begin at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday services begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude with a Kiddush Luncheon. Sunday morning minyan runs from December through March at 9:00 a.m. We regularly convene Yahrzeit minyanim upon request. Please join us at any service. Our participatory worship services and most other events are held at 1459 Pine Ridge Road just west of Mission Square Plaza. For more information, call 239.434.1818, email bethtik or visit www. If you need to reach Rabbi Chorny directly, the number is 239.537.5257.

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Chabad Jewish Center of Naples update High Holidays We invite you to join the Chabad of Naples for the High Holidays. To join Chabad for the High Holidays is to feel at home. Whether your background in Jewish prayer and practice is extensive or limited, attending services at Chabad of Naples will leave you feeling enriched, connected, uplifted and inspired. All services will be held at the Chabad Naples Jewish Community Center, 1789 Mandarin Rd. Simultaneous children’s programs will also be held. All services (with the exception of Kol Nidre) will be followed by a lovely Kiddush. For reservations, to sponsor a Kiddush, or for a complete schedule of Chabad High Holidays, call 239.262.4474 or visit Hebrew School registration We are planning an exciting, educational year for Chabad Hebrew School. The richness and beauty of our Jewish traditions come to life at Chabad. Our dynamic programs educate, stimulate and excite children, and offer practical relevance. We believe that a child’s Jewish learning must be creative, memorable and

fun. Our top priority is to create an interactive learning environment in which each child feels welcome and motivated. Hebrew school meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit or call 239.262.4474. Jewish Community Art Calendar Chabad of Naples will present an attractive multi-color publication and mail it to the Collier County Jewish community free of charge. We are now in our 10th year! Please don’t miss receiving our beautiful calendar, FREE! If your address has changed, or if you haven’t received our calendar

last year and would like to have one this year, please update your address with us. You can also add children who moved to their own place, and parents, family or friends who you know would enjoy receiving our calendar. Please make sure we have your correct address. Chabad Naples Annual Partner Project We launched this project last year in August, and we thank all of the partners who have joined since then. All Partners touch the lives of so many people in so many ways. We embrace each day we have in our beautiful new building. If you haven’t become a partner yet, we ask that you consider partnering with us to bring the joy of Judaism – including successful social and humanitarian programs – to many more people throughout Collier County. We want to gratefully acknowledge all our Partners and Premier Partners for their dedication to the Naples Jewish community. For more in-


formation, call 239.262.4474, email or visit   Flying Challah Each week, the Chabad Jewish Center of Naples randomly and lovingly distributes freshly baked challahs to individuals, couples and families in our community. If you would like to suggest someone to receive a “Flying Challah,” please call Ettie at 239.263.2620 or email chabad Regular Shabbat services Our warm and welcoming Shabbat services are held each and every Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Torah service begins at 11:00 a.m. and includes the rabbi’s insights during the Torah reading, which always has a contemporary, meaningful and relevant message. Services are followed by a delicious Kiddush buffet lunch. Weekly email & mailing list If you would like to be added to our weekly updates or mailing list, call the Center at 239.262.4474 or email / 239-642-0800

President’s message Stephen Goldenberg JCMI President


he High Holidays are upon us. Selichot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the Holy Days that truly awaken in all of us the thoughts and feelings about being Jewish. Even my former Congressman, Barney Frank, who was not a religious Jew, said that he didn’t celebrate the Jewish holidays but knew that it would be inappropriate for him

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to be seen doing anything on Yom Kippur. He wouldn’t go to services but he wouldn’t leave his house. I would like to think that if he came to JCMI maybe he would have experienced the warmth and friendliness that characterizes our congregation and maybe, just maybe, he would find that coming to pray wasn’t such a bad thing. But then again, Barney might well have been a somewhat polarizing figure (!), so I’m not sure that would work. Nonetheless, the High Holidays are those days when we all recognize we are Jewish. Many Jews don’t join temples throughout the United States, and Southwest Florida is no exception. Yet on the High Holidays there is something in all of us that says we belong, we are different, these days are special. These are not the bright and happy celebrations of Purim or Chanukah; these are rightfully called the Days of Awe. Even non-affiliated Jews feel a need to attend a service or at least to become introspective and treat these days as...dare I say it, Holy. We think about ourselves, our families, our parents, our own early days, our relationships with each other. We become quieter, more willing to admit our own limitations, our errors, our own moral actions. And just like on January 1, that other New Year, we tend to make resolutions, promises to ourselves and to the Almightily, to do better, to try harder, to be better people.

Many of us, myself included, find solace and peace in our services on these Holy Days, so ably led by Rabbi Maline and Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobson. And it encourages us to improve ourselves and act more in accord with the standards that we all know we should set for ourselves. I urge you to consider being part of our community by attending High Holy Day services. You will find your neighbors, your friends, and a warm and welcoming spirit that unites us as a congregation, as a people. We would, of course, like to have you join us here at JCMI. Our doors are open to all. Individual tickets for a single service are $50 and for the entire High Holiday season only $100. We always welcome the stranger, the friends we haven’t met yet, with a smile, and will do our best to make you part of our congregation. But if JCMI is not close by, we urge you to attend services at a temple near you. Make the High Holy Days different this year, more meaningful, more special. Make this the year that you truly celebrate these days the way you always thought you should. To all our friends on Marco, in Naples and up north, we wish each of you a New Year of health, of happiness and, above all, a New Year of peace. ~~~ Join us on Saturday, September 8 for a Selichot Dinner of brisket, salad, vegetable, kasha and shells, and

dessert. Dinner is open to members, guests and non-members. $18 for members; $25 for non-members and guests. Reservations are required by August 31. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., immediately followed by a Special Musical Program and Selichot Service, conducted by Rabbi Maline and Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen. For more information, contact the JCMI office at 239.642.0800. ~~~ High Holy Days Schedule Selichot Saturday, September 8 6:30 pm Dinner followed by Service Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, September 16,8 pm, Service Rosh Hashanah Monday, September 17,10 pm, Service Tuesday, September 18, 11 pm, Tashlich Service (On the Beach meet at JCMI 10:30) Cemetery Memorial Service Sunday, September 23, 1 pm, Jewish Memorial Garden Yom Kippur - Kol Nidre Tuesday, September 25, 6 pm, Dinner at Da’ Vinci’s Restaurant 8 pm, Service Yom Kippur Wednesday, September 26, 10 am, Service 3:30 pm, Afternoon Service, Yizkor, Ne’ilah 6 pm, Break the Fast Dinner For price information, please call 239.642.0800.

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Hadassah update Shelley Skelton President


ave you ever been asked, “What is Hadassah?” Hadassah is the largest women’s and the largest Jewish membership organization in the United States. Our members are dynamic women of all ages who work together to make a real difference. Our mothers and grandmothers helped build the State of Israel and started Hadassah. Now it is up to our generation, our children and grandchildren to continue the extraordinary work of Hadassah. Hadassah is known for its commitment to health, education and youth programs in Israel and the Jewish community worldwide. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Hadassah researchers were in the forefront of the campaign to find the BRCA 1 gene. Our medi-

cal centers are world renowned for their experience in cancer treatment, detection and research. This is just one area of expertise in the field of health. Others include research in the fields of organ donation and tissue typing for transplants, stem cell research, programs and materials on heart disease, nutrition, and teenager self-esteem. In the area of education, throughout the United States there are programs of crafts and music for parents and young children celebrating Jewish holidays, conversational Hebrew Language programs in many communities, Bat Mitzvah classes and more. Hadassah is active in protecting the First Amendment, separation of Church and State, preventing genetic discrimination by insurance companies, acting against domestic violence, and supporting women’s rights. Globally, Hadassah provides emergency relief to countries in need, teaches students to improve the health conditions in their own countries, and offers expert treatment regardless of

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race, religion and nationality. To support all these programs and more, it is crucial that we work together efficiently and wisely. We have the resources to accomplish our goals, and our volunteers are hard at work making sure this happens. This is such an exciting time for Hadassah. As we approach a New Year, we look forward with great excitement and anticipation to the dedication of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower in Jerusalem. Moving in day was March 19, and many of our members are traveling to Israel in October to witness the dedication and join in the Centennial celebration. The Hospital Tower, of course, is part of a larger and fully functioning medical center. In the past year, medical research at the Hadassah Medical Organization has continued at the highest level. Imagine, fully separated patient bays with electronically activated glass doors to avoid the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria! All of these are just some of the reasons why our members are so

dedicated to Hadassah and why we volunteer our time to keep the dream alive. One of the events to help us in this effort is our Chapter’s Opening Meeting/Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, October 30 at The Club at Olde Cypress. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Bill Beckwith, a neuropsychologist, speaker and author of Managing Your Memory: Practical Solutions for Forgetting. This luncheon is open to all who wish to attend. Cost per person is $27. Contact Susie Golubock at 239.254.9968 or Ida Margolis at 239.963.9347 for reservations. Save the date of February 10, 2013, to attend the fabulous, unprecedented Borscht Belt Bash – an evening you will not want to miss! More details will follow. And now, as we continue to educate and connect members to Hadassah, may we wish each other the blessings of a Sweet New Year. The “sweetest” joy is knowing we make a difference in each other’s lives. “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” / 440-221-6468

Naples Jewish Social Club update By Illeen Mittleman, 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 take shape. Tuesday, October 23: Sightseeing Cruise Join us and bring your friends for a day cruise on the S.S. Mein Kindt (also known as J.C. Cruises, a 500 Passenger 3 Deck Paddle Wheeler). The cruise duration is 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The boat has three decks, two enclosed with air conditioning or heating depending on the season and one deck for sun bathing. The cruise includes sightseeing, schmoozing, an all-you-can-eat buffet, music, dancing and, of course, sunbathing. The member price is $25; $27 for guests. This is a special price for the social club. Board the boat at 1300 Hendry Street, at the Yacht Basin in downtown Fort Myers. For directions, visit www. or call 239.334.7474. Send your check to Harvey Chodock, 26445 Williamsburg Drive, Bonita Springs, FL, 34135. Your check is your reservation. Call Harvey at 239.949.4927 with questions. Sunday, November 4: Comedy and Dinner Show The club is having a comedy/dinner show staging with Compton and Bennett at 6:00 p.m. at the Southern Pines Community Clubhouse located in Bonita Springs. The dinner will

consist of salad, roasted herbed chicken, parslied potatoes, peas with pearled onions, and many different desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. The cost for the evening beginning is $32 for members and $37 for nonmembers. Reservation deadline is October 29. Your participation and attendance will make this another successful event. Forward your reservation with check made payable to NJSC to Sondra Greer, 935 Tropical Bay Court, Naples, FL 34120. If you have any questions or special dietary requests, call Sondra at 239.353.4468. Saturday, January 20, 2013: Annual Dinner Dance Save the date; invitations to follow. The dinner dance committee, chaired by Sondra Greer with Arleen Sivakoff and Pauline Taxman, is already hard at work planning the event at Long Shore Lake Clubhouse. Entertainment will be provided by Cahlua & Cream. A wonderful dinner is in the works. Bridge and Mahjongg In addition to our regular events, we offer Bridge and Mahjongg. Our special interest groups of Bridge and Mahjongg remain an active, social part of our group. Thirty members attend our terrific bridge games which include social and duplicate, and are played respectively on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at Sterling Oaks in Naples. Games begin at 6:00 p.m. Coffee and cookies are served. Cost is $8 per couple. Reservations are a must

by the preceding Thursday. Contact Tilda Ellis at 239.949.9913. Our Mahjongg game is a spirited one played weekly at Long Shore Lake Clubhouse in Naples every Thursday. Twenty ladies or more attend our Mahjongg games. Lunch is served 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 4:00 p.m. Contact Pauline Taxman at 239.775.1632 or Sondra Greer at 239.353.4468.

We are always open to suggestions for special interest groups as we do in Bridge and Mahjongg. For Sunshine matters, please contact Judy Lansat for updates on members’ health and life events at 239.352.0287. For Membership matters, please contact Sondra Greer 239.353.4468. Summer contacts Contact our co-chairs Arnold Bresnick (239.566.1126 or abnaples@comcast. net) or Harvey Chodock (239.949.4927 or

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Why ORT? See below… By Helene Dorfman Fuchs


easons both profound and simple (and sometimes both) prompted Gulf Beaches board members to join ORT and, over the years, to remain committed to the global organization that both “educates and elevates.” Gulf Beaches president Marina Berkovich knew nothing about ORT back in her native Kiev. She writes in an email: “I was absolutely clueless about ORT, but as a first-generation immigrant who underwent a challenging assimilation process in New York City, I was ready to “give back,” to help the newly arrived. So every time I had an opportunity, I offered practical career advice and, whenever I could, hired new immigrants to work with me so I could share my knowledge. I just never imagined that I would be doing it in an organized way. “But then a friend brought me into Bramson ORT College in Queens

and I started teaching a group of adults who grasped at every word I was saying, whether it had to do with class material or American culture. They gave me so much more than I gave them – a chance to be their first American teacher and an opportunity to show them that even in busy New York, where everyone seems to not care, there is a college full of people who are never indifferent to their students’ future. “At Bramson, the nurturing atmosphere encourages students to embark on their future confidently, knowing they have a home-like college campus to return to after graduation, where they will be welcomed. “I am an ‘ORTie’ because I firmly believe that, while providing education in 61 countries to about 300,000 students each year, ORT delivers messages of peace and inspiration, which are then carried forward.”

Past presidents Dottie Magen and Midge Rauch both had emotional reactions when they saw an early ORT film called The Mellah, about the horrendous living conditions of Jews in the Moroccan ghetto. “About 55 years ago I was invited to a get-together at a friend’s home at which a moving film was shown about the work of ORT,” Dottie, a Gulf Beaches founder, emailed. “The film was The Mellah. I was so impressed that I joined a local ORT chapter as soon as possible. The scope of the organization is mind-boggling. As I was able to travel around the world and observe the operations in various countries, I could not help but be overwhelmed by the impact that ORT is making on a global level. “ORT is very relevant to the 21st century. It is offering disciplines in current technologies and in other areas where employment is available for ORT-trained workers.” Midge initially joined ORT “to meet everyone,” but soon found herself, like Dottie, emotionally stunned by the film. “We were new to the town of

Oradell, New Jersey, and my neighbor said, ‘You are joining ORT, aren’t you? You’ll meet everyone there.’ So I did, and I did meet ‘everyone.’ And I still have those friends today. I went to the first meeting and The Mellah did it for me! What a great tool that was. But the question really is, ‘Why did I stay with ORT for 54 years?’ A local man who was a graduate of ORT education inspired me and made real to me what this organization was doing for our fellow man. “Then in 1971, my husband and I traveled to Israel on vacation. While there we visited an ORT school. The students came up to us and said, ‘You are from Women’s American ORT? (our name in those days). Thank you so much for giving us this school and such opportunity.’ Ours was not an organized tour; it was a spontaneous reaction from the students. And so through the years many such things have inspired me (and my husband too; he’s a member). ORT really does help a man to help himself. I’m so glad my social ‘needs’ became such a worthwhile project.” To be continued...



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The evolution of Yom Kippur Paula Creed President


ewish holidays – like the holidays of most national and religious groups – are connected with historical and mythical events. Today they have become the lifeblood of Jewish identity. They are marvelous opportunities for reliving Jewish history, but they had to be reclaimed for humanistic use. Our holidays were not invented by the leaders of Rabbinic Judaism; they were appropriated by them and put to rabbinic use. Religious authority made them convenient vehicles for the rabbinic view of Jewish history. In Orthodox Judaism, the holidays became testimonies to divine power and supernatural intervention. In each era of ancient Jewish history, festivals were created that were bound up with the ideas, the emotions

and conceptions of the Jews of that particular era. It was not necessary to create new holidays. Old festivals were altered and re-created; a new spiritual content was poured into them and they became new institutions. Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah evolved from the harvest holiday Sukkot, a wild revel which Jews took over from peoples living around them. Yom Kippur became a new holiday when it was entirely separated from Sukkot and assumed a new character and a new significance, but the core of Yom Kippur was not new. Back in the time of Solomon’s Temple, a definite time was established to cleanse the sanctuary, and from this cleansing activity, Yom Kippur eventually evolved over hundreds of years to become the holiest holiday of the year. Over the ages, it became a time of awe and reverence, a “Day of Repentance,” when human beings seek divine forgiveness for sin. Penitential prayer and fasting formed the heart of Yom Kippur observance. Humanistic Judaism continues the historic Jewish tradition of observ-

ing Yom Kippur, but in a fashion that is congruent and meaningful to our own time in history, an age of science and reason. Prayers and stories that turn the Jewish experience into a testimony to supernatural reliability have no place in Humanistic Jewish philosophy. Instead, the Humanistic Jewish commemoration of Yom Kippur contains meditations and a message that provides us an integrity compatible with our beliefs, and gives meaning appropriate to our presentday lives. Humanistic Jews make Yom Kippur a time of self-forgiveness and forgiveness to others. The world we live in is filled with terror and undeserved pain. Only through the use of human will and human intelligence can we tame our environment, making it less terrifying and more conducive to human happiness. Exploding stars and galactic circuits may be beyond our control, but cancer and floods are natural enemies that we may someday conquer. If we seek to reconcile ourselves with anybody, we reconcile ourselves with the men and women who share our

struggle and who offer us the only realistic support we can expect. The High Holidays are a necessary time of self-reflection and reflection on the relationship of the universe to human need and human desire. On Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 26 at 4:15 p.m., members of the Humanistic Jewish Havurah of Southwest Florida will congregate at the Carlisle, 6945 Carlisle Court, Naples (located on the west side of Airport-Pulling Road, just south of Orange Blossom Drive), to share a meaningful commemoration of this holiday. Immediately following, there will be a lovely break-the-fast in the dining room. Reservations may be made by mailing a check payable to “HJH” in the amount of $24 per person to Cynthia Cook, 25051 Banbridge Court, #202, Bonita Springs, FL 34134. Because space is limited, reservations are essential. Payment must be received by September 22. We hope you will join us for this most important Jewish holiday.

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National Council of Jewish Women update By Linda Wainick, co-President he officers and board of NCJW wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. Please join us at our opening meeting on Tuesday, October 16 at the Vineyards. Our guest speaker will be Howard Simon, ACLU - Florida Executive Director. NCJW is a member of numerous coalitions that aim to ensure the rights and well-being of Israeli women, children and families, including the Israeli Forum of Foundations, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arabs, and the International Coalition on Agunah Rights (ICAR). Through its coalition work in Israel, NCJW is actively involved in social action and advocacy issues in the areas of poverty and food insecurity; tolerance, co-existence and


promotion of equal citizenship for Israeli minorities; and children’s and women’s empowerment, including the rights of agunot (women who are refused a ‘get’ or Jewish divorce by their husbands), human trafficking, and the equal participation and representation of Israeli women in all national conflict resolution processes. NCJW’s advocacy and coalition work is rooted in a commitment to advancing women’s status and rights in Israel by helping them develop a stronger voice on all levels of Israeli society, as well as supporting at-risk populations, with a special emphasis on children. NCJW believes that Israel’s future as a Jewish state and a democracy lies in the freedom and capacity of its citizens to participate


equally in its governance and welfare. Since the State of Israel was established in 1948, NCJW has been working to ensure that all of its citizens enjoy the same rights and opportunities. In recent months, NCJW’s members and supporters have used the NCJW Action Center to contribute to this progressive agenda, taking action on a variety of issues, including the provision of nutritious meals for all school-aged children in Israel, promotion of equal access to opportunities for all Israelis, support for the implementation of laws to include women in conflict resolution processes, and protection of agunot. ~~~ On July 18, NCJW CEO Nancy

K. Kaufman released the following statement: NCJW strongly condemns the bombing in Bulgaria today of a sightseeing bus filled with Israeli tourists as a heinous act of terrorism targeting innocent people, one all too reminiscent of the bombing of the Jewish community center in Argentina that killed 85 people 18 years ago today. Our hearts go out to the families of those killed and injured. All who are responsible for this hate-filled crime must be brought to justice. It is especially disturbing that this attack occurred as the world prepares to remember the murder of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes 40 years ago this summer. NCJW deplores the persistence of terrorism that continues to claim so many innocent lives. / 239-498-2778

JWI’s Summer Series empowers and educates interns and young professionals Millie Sernovitz JWI Past International President


ver the course of the summer, through sweltering Washington, D.C. heat, Jewish Women International held three workshops for young professional women. Covering topics as diverse as professional development, sexual assault, and financial literacy, the programs demonstrated JWI’s commitment to providing tangible resources to build a generation of informed and empowered women. The Summer Series for Interns and Young Professionals is one of JWI’s initiatives to create strong female leaders. Over the past eight years, over 400 young women have benefitted from these breakfast briefings. Summer Series is unique in that it does more than simply affirm the already-empowered women who attend; it gives them specific, practical skills to plan for their own lives

and for their communities. The first workshop, titled “Being a Young Professional Woman in D.C.,” exposed participants to the realities of finding work and improving professionally in today’s economy. Speakers from both the office of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz and of OMP, a consulting firm specializing in non-profit organizations, spoke honestly about career advancement. They challenged those in the room to think honestly about their assets and to articulate their desires with directness that most women shy away from. As a result, one attendee decided afterward to “come up with a list of my assets, what is in my ‘tool box’ so to speak.” That type of self-assured frankness is uncommon among this generation of women, yet incredibly important in interviews and salary negotiations. The second seminar, on sexual assault, taught participants how to be effective advocates for the rights of survivors on their college campuses. The Assistant Dean of Students for the Catholic University of America thoroughly and eloquently covered this serious topic. Hearing an ad-

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ministrator’s perspective was helpful and new, according to one attendee. Additionally, the speaker discussed a university’s legal duty to provide accurate information about its policies on this issue to all students, as well as how to confront university authorities when they shirk this responsibility. JWI Senior Policy and Advocacy Specialist Miri Cypers wrapped up the morning by providing information and resources about JWI’s advocacy work on related initiatives such as VAWA reauthorization and Campus SaVE. Finally, participants learned how to take control of their funds and plan for their future with “Economic Empowerment and Women: From the Personal to the Political.” JWI Director of Programs Deborah Rosenbloom gave participants a taste of JWI’s signature financial literacy program, Life$avings: Financial Literacy for Young Women. Beyond simple discussions of credit and debit cards, this workshop covered topics females

are often taught little about, such as retirement and investing. One woman learned, “The importance of the Roth IRA, mutual funds, [and] how savings accounts really should just be for emergencies and short-term goals.” This knowledge at a young age can save women thousands of dollars and set them up for a comfortable financial future. While many organizations offer programs for summer interns, JWI’s Summer Series stands out for its focus on empowerment. It’s a great service to the intern/young professional community. JWI hopes to see more participants in D.C. learning with them next summer! To learn more about the JWI’s Summer Series or other JWI endeavors locally and nationally, please contact Millie Sernovitz at 239.498.2778 or Also, please visit the JWI website at www.jwi. org or its companion website for Jewish Woman magazine at www.

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

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All eyes on Israeli trial of methanol fuel

Israelis are first to test whether a greener, cheaper fuel from natural gas can be used in existing cars without ill effects on the engine By Abigail Klein Leichman July 24, 2012, ISRAEL21c


ith gas-pump prices soaring along with the demand for energy independence, energy experts in the United States are eagerly awaiting the results of an Israeli pilot using M15, a fuel made of 15 percent methanol and 85% gasoline. Methanol is made from natural gas, a substance that both countries have in abundance. M15 is produced by Dor Chemicals of Haifa, which is running the six-month trial along with gas station chain Ten Petroleum with the support and supervision of Israel’s ministries of energy and water resources, transportation and environmental protection. “We would like to prove that no changes are necessary to cars or to gas-station equipment in order to use this blend,” Ten CEO Danny Ben-Ner tells ISRAEL21c. M15 is already popular in China, but test results on its possible effects to car engines and gas pumps have not been made public. “We are closely monitoring the project because this is the most important experiment that is currently taking place in the world outside of China,” says Gal Luft of the Institute for Analysis of Global Security, a Washington, D.C. think tank. Expectations are that the pilot will show no modifications are necessary and no harm is done to the

engines or pumps. “The standards will allow us to use the information to demonstrate to the U.S. government and auto industry that existing vehicles can run on blends of methanol,” says Luft. Makes sense to replace oil with natural gas Ben-Ner explains that 11 cars are participating in the test – 10 of them are from Dor’s corporate fleet and the other one belongs to a Ten station manager. “They were all checked before the start of the pilot in early June and will be double tested again after they drive 30,000 kilometers,” says Ben-Ner. “All the components from the fuel station, including pumps, will also be tested.” “We have identified the potential of natural gas-based oil to replace gasoline and diesel fuel in transportation, and methanol is one of the best candidates for short- and medium-term implementation,” says Brachah Halaf, senior manager of oil replacement for the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources. “When we got a request to finance and oversee this pilot project from Dor, we embraced it. We were looking for experiments that are systemoriented and need to be coordinated in many aspects among several ministries.” Emissions from natural gas-based

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This article is included as part of the Jewish Federation’s year-long Israel@65 celebration. During this time, in a series of articles, the Federation Star will spotlight Israeli innovation. fuel are much less toxic than those of regular gasoline, and methanol is biodegradable. It’s also cheaper. Using M15 would reduce gas prices in Israel by 50 agorot per liter (roughly equivalent to 50 cents per gallon). “The question is how to best use natural gas to replace oil,” says Luft. “It’s a question being asked in Israel and also in the United States, which has abundant natural gas and a dependency on oil. Natural gas is one-sixth the price of oil on an energy-equivalent basis, so it makes total sense to replace oil with natural gas in transportation. Our view is that turning gas into methanol is the easiest and most economical way to do it.” Methanol at the pump within two years Rich stores of natural gas have been discovered in Israel and in the United States over the past couple of years, and the race is on to plan how to use it in the most efficient way for fuel. “The idea of producing liquid fuel from gas would be a real change in our way of using energy,” says Ben-Ner, who says that an interested U.S. company has visited Ten twice to learn more about integrating M15 into gas stations. “This will be a significant collaboration between us and the United

States,” he says. “We are the first pilot and can use the outcome to help others.” If the trial does prove the ease of switching over to M15, the next step would be a much larger-scale pilot involving tens or hundreds of cars over the course of about a year, says Ben-Ner. “Then we’ll have final results. Our goal is that M15 will become part of our products in our stations in the near future – within two years if everything goes according to our expectations. It will cost less than regular gasoline, in addition to its advantages of reducing environmental harm and dependence on foreign oil.” Adds Ten spokeswoman Ortal Ganot, “All eyes are looking at Israel because this is an amazing project, the first in the world to check the engine before, during and after to see the effect of M15. We believe nothing will happen to the engine, and that Israel is going to use M15 so that in 10 years from now we can be more energy independent.” Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of periodicals since 1984.

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Florida Jewish Symposium report By Steve Brazina


n early June, I attended a twoday Florida Jewish Symposium in Boca Raton, sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico. The conference was a wonderful opportunity for Florida’s Federations, agencies and organizations to meet under one roof and to discuss issues of common concern to all of us. The keynote speaker on the first day of the conference was Ambassador Ron Prosor, Israel’s 16th Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He spoke of a new strategy that he has initiated with his staff. In the past, Israel’s delegation has been mostly reactive to condemnations of Israel in the UN, primarily by reporting these back to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem. Under his leadership, the Israel delegation is now going on the offensive and standing up

for Israel’s position. He cited, as an example, his recent speech in which he condemned the ongoing slaughter in Syria. Apparently, the Arab representatives have taken note of Israel’s more assertive posture and now their rhetoric is noticeably subsiding. They are very adept at harshly condemning Israel, but not accustomed to dealing with criticism of their own regimes. Ambassador Prosor also spoke about the important implications for the Middle East of the growing Shiite/ Sunni divide and the fact that the Right of Return demanded by the Palestinians is the major hurdle to concluding a peace agreement. Later that day, Jonathan Medved, an American Israeli venture capitalist, spoke about Israel’s dynamic high-tech economy and the major investments in Israel by American Corporations. He also highlighted

the many Israeli companies with operations in the United States, and Florida in particular. He was followed by Israel’s Consul General to New York, Ido Aharoni, who spoke about the “branding of Israel” as a dynamic and creative society. The emphasis of all of the speakers was to provide a fuller picture to the world of Israel’s accomplishments and move beyond the image of only the Arab-Israel conflict. On the conference’s second day, the 100 attendees were privileged to watch Governor Rick Scott sign SB792, which places strong reporting requirements on Florida financial institutions to ensure they are not doing business with Iran or any of Iran’s proxies. Following Governor Scott’s remarks, there was a panel discussion regarding the security of Florida’s Jewish institutions with a

security expert, the regional director of the ADL, and the chairman of the Jewish Life and Learning Task Force of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Another panel discussion followed, entitled “Working With Our Elected Officials, which was composed of Florida State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff, Bernie Friedman, the lobbyist for the Florida Association of Jewish Federations, and Matthew Levin, the Southeastern State Director of AIPAC. There were numerous other speakers as well as breakout brainstorming sessions covering the branding of Israel. All in all, it was an intense two days, hearing provocative ideas, learning new strategies, and networking with colleagues from several Florida Jewish Federations and other related organizations.

“News of the Jews, Israel and the World” – but is it accurate? By Gene Sipe, VP, Southwest Florida Chapter ZOA


e base our entire perception of the world at large and form our opinions, and make decisions based largely on what we read and what we hear in and from the media. This is awesome power and implies two sets of responsibilities – first, from the journalist, to get it right, and second, from the reader,

to critically analyze the report. Recently, an Israeli friend emailed me because of a disturbing article claiming American Federations were moving away from support of Israel and Zionism. Here is the critical thinking part. The news report of Jewish Federations not supporting the Zionist cause was just unimaginable. To make

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a long story short, before I even had an opportunity to get up to speed, Jerry Silverman, President and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), responded to this very misleading article. Mr. Silverman responded that these claims are unfounded and distracting from the Federations’

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mission(s). He elaborated: “The ongoing support of Israel has always been fundamental to  Federations and to JFNA. Our system sends hundreds of millions of dollars each year to Israel to support the vulnerable, to assist in education programs, to help new immigrants, to assist in job and skills development, and to provide concrete expressions of solidarity during Israel’s darkest hours. We connect American Jews to Israel and Israelis by supporting Birthright and other youth and young adult programs, community and national missions to Israel, and innovative partnerships between our communities and Israeli communities. We are proud to be holding our 2013 General Assembly in Israel, where we will have an opportunity to highlight the important work we do with our partners in Israel.” Fortunately, we were able to get to the specifics of this story in very short order. Back to the critical thinking part. Whatever your source for news, you have the responsibility to look below the surface. Journalists have deadlines and are motivated toward being the first with the story, so occasionally the odd article will make it to press before all the facts are confirmed. Our ZOA chapter in Southwest Florida supports the Federation’s Zionist mission and encourages critical thinking, in particular with regard to media coverage relating to Israel. We plan to continue to present top caliber programming after the New Year to help our community members be the most well informed Zionists in Florida. We will take a program break for the month of September due to the busy High Holiday schedule. Watch for program updates in future issues. On behalf of our chapter president Jerry Sobel and me, we wish you and your loved ones L’Shanah Tovah.

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Iraq and Israel do not enjoy diplomatic relations but the Israeli port of Haifa has been secretly serving as a conduit for trade between Iraq and Europe for a long time, Haifa mayor Yona Yahav told Al-Jazeera. Trucks from Jordan carrying Iraqi merchandise arrive at Haifa port and load it onto ships that travel to Europe. A WikiLeaks document published in October 2010 revealed a conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin in February 2009 in which Netanyahu spoke of “strong but unpublicized trade between Haifa port and Iraq via Jordan.” Yahav said the Israeli government is investing $70.6 million in a train line between Haifa and Beit She’an, on the border with Jordan. Trade expert Matanis Shahadeh told Al-Jazeera that from Iraq’s point of view, the Iraq-Haifa route is much more direct and cost-efficient than the alternative maritime route through the Persian Gulf. (Times of Israel)

expecting the free trade agreement to be signed by the end of 2012 and then the volume of trade can go up to $10-15 billion,” Israel’s Ambassador Alon Ushpiz recently told reporters in India. (Hindustan Times - India)


Contrary to claims made by Dr. Shaddad Attili, the Minister of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), in a Huffington Post Canada commentary, Israel exports volumes of water to the West Bank greatly in excess of what the Oslo Accords had mandated. West Bank Palestinians have access to over 248 million cubic meters (MCM) of fresh natural water as Israel

Israel and China recently signed historic cooperation agreements in Beijing to build the Eilat railway and future projects, including an inland canal port north of Eilat. The cargo rail line will link Israel’s Mediterranean ports in Ashdod and Haifa with Eilat. There are also plans to extend the line to Jordan’s Aqaba port. The estimated cost of the line is at least NIS 20 billion. The Chinese proposed financing part of the cost through the government-owned China Development Industrial Bank. Israel is considering awarding construction of the project to Chinese companies because of their rapid work. (Globes)

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The Israeli military is the most progressive in the world in terms of gender equality. Almost one-third of the force and 50% of its officers are female. Some 92% of roles are now open to women. In the UK, only 13% of the armed forces are women, while there are only slightly more in the U.S. army (13.4%). (Guardian-UK)

wide. “It’s five percent of what once flowed,” said Ramon Ben Ari, head of Israel’s Southern Jordan Drainage Authority. “You can easily walk across without getting your head wet.” Almost all the water that feeds the river is diverted by Syria, Jordan and Israel before it reaches the south, he explained. The government plans to spend tens of millions of dollars to clean the Jordan River valley and develop it into an even bigger tourist hotspot, with campgrounds and lodgings by its banks. A major wastewater treatment facility is being constructed at the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee which, when opened in two years, will improve river water quality. (Reuters)

supplies an extra 21 MCM beyond its obligations under the Interim Agreements. This is done, among other reasons, to compensate for the PWA’s repeated failures to implement approved water projects. Under Jordanian rule prior to 1967, only one in 10 West Bank households was connected to running water. Today, owing to Israel’s water policy, the figure stands at 96% and is rising. (Mike Fegelman, executive director of HonestReporting Canada, in Huffington Post-Canada)

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At the end of World War II, 850,000 Jews lived in Arab countries. Just 8,500 remain today. After Arab leaders failed to annihilate Israel militarily in 1948, they launched a war of terror, incitement and expulsion to decimate their own ancient Jewish communities. In Iraq, Jewish businessman Shafiq Adas, then the country’s wealthiest citizen, was immediately arrested on trumped-up charges and publicly lynched. This was followed by bombings targeting Jewish institutions, arbitrary arrests of Jewish leaders, and massive government seizures of property. Similar scenes played out from Egypt to Syria to Libya to Yemen.

State-sanctioned pogroms descended on Jewish neighborhoods, killing innocents. The total area of land confiscated from Jews in Arab countries amounts to nearly 40,000 square miles – about five times Israel’s entire land mass. Year after year Palestinian refugees attract attention and resources at the UN, yet not a single syllable about the Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries can be found in any of the 1,088 UN resolutions on the Middle East or the 172 UN resolutions dedicated to Palestinian refugees. The historic Jewish presence in the Arab world must be recognized. The grave injustices inflicted upon them must be acknowledged. The crimes committed against them must

be rectified. (Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, in Huffington Post)


At the Ashkelon Desalination Plant south of Tel Aviv, 15,000 cubic meters of seawater is converted into fresh water every hour. The plant churns out 15% of Israel’s yearly water supply. Israel currently has three large-scale desalination plants and two more are coming. Israel is also a world leader in recycling waste water, reusing over 80% of “treated wastewater,” or approximately 400 million cubic meters a year, far beyond that of any other

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country. By comparison, Spain, in second place, recycles 20% of its wastewater. (International Business Times)


The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2012 Annual Report found: Egypt: Where the small remnant of a once sizeable Jewish community now consists of fewer than 100 people, “in 2011, material vilifying Jews with both historical and new anti-Semitic stereotypes continued to appear regularly in the state-controlled and semi-official media. This material includes anti-Semitic cartoons...comparisons of Israeli leaders to Hitler and the Nazis, and Holocaust denial literature. Egyptian authorities have not taken adequate steps to combat anti-Semitism in the media, despite official claims that they have advised journalists to avoid anti-Semitism.” “Human rights groups cite persistent, virulent anti-Semitism in the education system, which increasingly is under the influence of Islamist extremists, a development the Egyptian government has not adequately addressed. Iran: “Official policies promoting antiSemitism have risen sharply in Iran, and members of the Jewish community have been targeted on the basis of real or perceived ties to Israel. President Ahmadinejad and other top political and clerical leaders have made public remarks during the reporting period actively denying the Holocaust and calling for the elimination of the State of Israel.” “Numerous programs broadcast on state-run television advanced anti-Semitic messages, a prominent newspaper held a Holocaust denial editorial cartoon contest, and the Iranian government sponsored a Holocaust denial conference. Official government discrimination against Jews continues to be pervasive, fostering a threatening atmosphere for the approximately 25,000-30,000-member Jewish community.” Venezuela: “State media and pro-government media continue to make anti-Semitic statements...As the October 2012 presidential election approaches... Henrique Capriles Radonski, the opposition candidate, was raised as a Roman Catholic but is the grandson of Polish Jews who fled Nazi persecution, and his great-grandparents were killed in the Treblinka concentration camp. Within a week of Capriles’ selection in February 2012, state-run Radio Nacional de Venezuela posted on its website a column calling him a supporter of ‘international Zionism’ and including a number of traditional anti-Semitic themes and conspiracies; and a mob formed in front of a Caracas synagogue until it was broken up by the police.” (U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

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Frankfurt, Germany, has elected its first Jewish mayor in almost 80 years and only its second in history. Social Democrat Peter Feldmann, a 53-yearold economist, former director of a senior citizens’ home and cofounder of the Working Group of Jewish Social Democrats, bested his opponent from the conservative Christian Democratic Union. According to the Jerusalem Post, Feldmann says that his Jewish background was “not a topic” in the election: “I did not cite it as a theme. The voters know I am Jewish. Period!” Feldmann worked on a kibbutz in his youth, is a strong advocate of Israel’s security and of relations with Tel Aviv, Frankfurt’s partner city. (Petra Roth, outgoing mayor, did not seek reelection; her decision to invite anti-Israel academic Alfred Grosser to deliver a speech at a  Kristallnacht  commemoration in 2010 triggered international criticism.)  Frankfurt’s Jewish community of 7,000 – many from the former Soviet Union – represents a small percentage of the city’s total population of 650,000 and is less than a quarter of its size before the Holocaust. The city’s other Jewish mayor, Ludwig Landmann, served for nine years until the Nazis came to power in 1933. (Rahel Musleah in Hadassah Magazine)


On July 24, 2012, the EU and Israel completed negotiations to increase trade and diplomatic cooperation in the framework of the EU-Israel Association Agreement. A number of Europe-based, Palestinian, and Israeli political advocacy NGOs condemned this cooperation, and lobbied the EU to freeze and abrogate the agreement. Many of these anti-peace NGOs are funded by the EU and its member states, meaning that the EU is paying for political campaigns that undermine its own objectives. The NGOs include ICAHD, Christian Aid, Coalition of 11 Palestinian NGOs, EMHRN, Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, PCATI, Amnesty International and Oxfam International. (NGO Monitor)


One reason Palestinian economic growth has been so disastrously slow is the terror war that Yasser Arafat launched against Israel in 2000 – the Second Intifada. It shattered Israeli hopes for peaceful concert with a new neighboring country, and led to an economic estrangement that proved horribly costly to Palestinians. Israelis stopped employing Palestinian workers and stopped buying Palestinian goods. Transit and trade between the two became difficult and painful.

And whose fault was it? Israel, which agreed in principle to a deal at Camp David in 2000 granting Palestinians a state with sovereign dominion over nearly 94% of the West Bank? No, it was exclusively the doing of Arafat, who served as a reverse George Washington – rejecting nationhood for violence. Saeb Erekat blames “occupation” for Palestinian poverty. But the PA has dominion over almost all of the West Bank, and Hamas has control over all of Gaza, so the word “occupation” is all but meaningless. (John Podhoretz in the New York Post)


A monumental synagogue building dating to the Late Roman period (ca. 4th-5th centuries CE) has been discovered in archaeological excavations at the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee. Excavations have revealed portions of a stunning mosaic floor with a scene depicting Samson placing torches between the tails of foxes (see Judges 15). In another scene, two human faces flank a circular medallion with a Hebrew inscription. “Only a small number of ancient synagogue buildings are decorated with mosaics showing biblical scenes, and only two others have scenes with Samson,” said Prof. Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Israel Antiquities Authority)


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Homeland will begin its second season on Showtime on September 30. The Golden Globe-winning show will also be returning to its roots – in Israel – where it will be shooting several scenes, as it did for season one. Homeland is an American remake of the popular Israeli television series Hatufim (Kidnapped, in Hebrew, or Prisoner of War). Both the Israeli and the American versions are about POWs returning home after years in captivity.  Hatufim  examines the return of two soldiers 17 years after their abduction in Lebanon and their physical and emotional scars.  In Homeland, a United States marine (Nicholas Brody, played by Damian Lewis) returns home after being held by terrorists in Afghanistan for eight years; a CIA operative with bipolar disorder (Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes) is convinced that he was “turned” and is determined to uncover his betrayal. The psychological thriller looks at the volatile mix of a fearful post-9/11 America and the actions of a damaged soldier-spy. The second season is bringing the destructive reach of al-Qaeda-like enemies into the very

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An unforgettable summer in Israel and D.C. By Pammie Shapiro


from underdeveloped countries (including the West Bank) into Israel and performs life-saving heart procedures for free. Our time in the south also included walking around Jaffa Port and a strategic tour of the city of Sderot, a city famously known for being the site of thousands of rocket attacks. And how can a trip to Israel be complete without a night in the Bedouin tents, hiking Participants visit the non-profit Save A Child’s Heart in the desert and, of course, a camel ride? ance (, a The next leg of our journey took grassroots organization working to efus to Jerusalem for eight days where fect change in the areas of violence the thirty other college students on prevention and conflict resolution. my trip and I spent time learning Another two and half days each week and discussing various topics about were spent taking classes that focused Judaism and how to be an advocate on the application of Jewish values to for Israel. After our morning classes, current social justice issues. I enjoyed we were free to explore, and explore gaining important practical experience we did. I was able to use my at my internship where I planned and burgeoning Hebrew skills to executed a three-day conference for haggle in The Shuk and to pursupporters of The Peace Alliance. chase my favorite food items However, the moments I enjoyed including shawarma, falafel most were exploring D.C. and spendand Israel’s version of iced ing time with my fellow participants. coffee. We spent time on Ben I also really enjoyed leaving my desk Yehuda Street and even venand immersing myself in the D.C. cultured into the boisterous and ture. This summer I stood outside the colorful Arab Shuk. Shabbat Supreme Court when the Affordable in Jerusalem is an unbelievCare Act decision was handed down. able experience, and we were I went to conferences, meetings and fortunate enough to be there presentations where I made connecduring Shavuot. The next few tions with people who I will be sure Pammie and fellow University of Florida students Pammie at an army base in the West Bank days in Jerusalem consisted of to reconnect with. My first summer in do the Gator Chomp in front of the Western Wall more learning, exploring, and D.C. allowed me to discover the city a trip to the West Bank (in an armored as a center for change and a hub for bus and through check points). passion. This summer, thanks to the After eight incredible days in support and teachings from the RAC Jerusalem, our group boarded the bus and Machon Kaplan, I learned how and headed north. The next three days to make my own changes and how were spent biking around the Kinto show my own passion in D.C. The neret, kayaking in the Jordan River, next time I come back to D.C., I’ll not What are your plans for the summer of 2013? and hiking through the Golan Heights overlooking Syria. Shabbat in the mystic city of Tzfat was one of my favorite experiences and an incredible way to end our time in the north. We headed back south for one last day in Jerusalem then departed to Tel Aviv in the evening Machon Kaplan participants in the White House bowling alley for an early morning flight back to the U.S. It was sad leaving a The Jewish Federation of Collier County, only return with practical know-how place where I felt so at home, but I like navigating the streets, but more Temple Shalom Sisterhood left with a smile knowing I would be importantly with the knowledge of and Temple Shalom Men’s Club, back very soon to spend five months at how to make an impact on the issues the University of Haifa International I care about and with the confidence together offer PARTIAL scholarships School the following spring. that I  can  make a difference in the for Jewish Summer Camps and ith just over a week to get world. rid of jetlag and become It is incredibly important, espethe Israel Experience for teens. re-acclimated to America, cially for college students, to take I quickly repacked my bags and advantage of the opportunities we There are scholarship opportunities for made my way to the nation’s capital are given, and I would say I definitely all Jewish children in the community to be a participant in the Machon did that this summer. My experiences regardless of congregation affiliation. Kaplan study-internship program in Israel and with Machon Kaplan sponsored by the Religious Action made for an intense and rewarding For information and a scholarship application, Center (RAC). Twenty passionate summer. I would sincerely urge any contact your local synagogue or call college students moved into the dorms college student to look into both of at George Washington University and these programs. Please feel free to the Jewish Federation at 239.263.4205. began a six-week journey that none of contact me at with us will ever forget. any questions about Machon Kaplan I spent three and a half days each or the Israel programs provided by week interning at  The Peace AlliAish and Israel 2.0.!

ummer break for most students is a time to relax, catch up on sleep, get some sun, and spend time with friends and family. It’s three months of rest and relaxation. But for me, summer has always been a chance to experience new places and different activities. After attending Camp Shalom of Central Florida for nine years, I took the summer off to spend an unforgettable four weeks in Israel through the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). In the summer of 2009, I traveled to Warwick, New York to NFTY’s Kutz Leadership Camp in order to help Temple Shalom’s youth group, NAwTY, continue to grow. And last summer, I spent almost twelve weeks

in Washington, D.C. interning for the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. It’s fairly obvious that I make the most of my three months away from school, and this year was no different. Three weeks after finishing my second year at the University of Florida, I was off to Israel for two weeks, and less than a week after returning from the Holy Land, I settled myself in Washington, D.C. for a six-week internship experience with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism . My whirlwind summer began with a sixteen-day tour of Israel sponsored by Aish and Israel 2.0. We spent the first three days in the south where we visited a local social justice organization called Save A Child’s Heart (, a non-profit group of Israeli doctors and surgeons that brings children


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The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part By Dr. Steven Derfler, university professor (ret), scholar-in-residence, Florida Gulf Coast University, July 25, 2012


very two years, the world comes together to share in the excitement of universal athletic competition and camaraderie. As the Olympic creed suggests, “The Olympic ideal is the premise that individuals, not countries, compete against each other in sport...peaceful competition without the burden of politics, religion or racism. The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” The games are an extraordinary international venue, witnessed by millions around the world. However, as is the case with everything involving human nature, politics would continually intrude into the Olympic arena. Forty years ago, these noble games and their peaceful intention were shattered through a heinous act of terror and violence. The 1972 Munich Olympic Games venue would be enough to affect the psyche of Jewish athletes competing from around the world; and weigh heavily on those Jewish athletes representing the State of Israel which would eventually rise from the ashes of the Nazi Final Solution.

At 4:30 a.m. on September 5, 1972, as the members of the Israeli Olympic team slept, eight tracksuitclad members of Black September carrying duffel bags loaded with AKM assault rifles, Tokarev pistols, and grenades scaled a two-meter chain-link fence with the assistance of unsuspecting athletes who were also sneaking into the Olympic Village. Once inside, they used stolen keys to enter two apartments being used by the Israeli team at 31 Connollystraße. Later that day, Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, appealed to other countries to “save our citizens and condemn the unspeakable criminal acts committed.” The bravery of one of the most influential peacemakers in the Arab world, King Hussein of Jordan, would be the only leader of an Arab country to publicly denounce the Olympic attack – calling it a “savage crime against civilization... perpetrated by sick minds.” By early morning the following day, a terribly planned rescue attempt by the German police would leave eleven members of the Israeli team dead. Jim McKay, the stellar sports broadcaster, emotionally reported the tragic news to the world. He said, “When I was a kid, my father used to say ‘Our greatest hopes and our

worst fears are seldom realized.’ Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They’ve now said that there were eleven hostages. Two were killed in their rooms yesterday morning, nine were killed at the airport tonight. They’re all gone.” On September 6, a memorial service was attended by 80,000 spectators and 3,000 athletes in the Olympic Stadium. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Avery Brundage barely referenced the murdered athletes but praised the strength of the Olympic movement. For a wide variety of reasons, a portion of the international community has chosen athletic events, including the Olympic Games, to vilify Jewish athletes and the State of Israel. The context appears to the continued rise of anti-Semitism in the late 20th and 21st centuries and the constant uphill battle that the State of Israel has faced since its birth to legitimately be recognized in the international community. Some of these events have included the unsportsmanlike conduct of refusing to shake the hands of Israeli or Jewish athletes, refusal to participate in events with Israeli athletes, or athletes being jeered by hostile crowds during international competition.

The spirit of the Olympic Games seems to have been lost on the current IOC president, Jacques Rogge. He has repeatedly been asked by a large portion of the international community to initiate a moment of silence for the slain Olympians during the opening ceremonies. There has been a precedent. In 2010, during the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, a luger from Georgia was tragically killed during a training run. There was a moment of silence held in his memory. Jacques Rogge officiated over that moment of silence. International leaders have called on the IOC to support a moment of silence in London. The widow of the fencing coach for the 1972 Israeli Olympic team, Ankie Spitzer, summed it up perfectly. She said, “You don’t have to say that they were Israeli or Jewish. Just say that eleven members of the Olympic family were murdered and should be remembered.” And now, with the premier venue for international athletic competition ahead of us in just two weeks, it is incumbent upon the International Olympic Committee, and fans and supporters of the spirit of the games, to honor the memory of those Olympic athletes who were brutally murdered forty years ago.

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A neglected anniversary By David Harris, Executive Director, AJC, July 9, 2012


ibya is once again in the news. It’s been a while, since the media largely lost interest following Muammar el-Qaddafi’s ouster and assassination. The North African nation just held its first election. What emerges will doubtless have regional consequences. But there’s another reason Libya should be in the public eye now, though don’t hold your breath it will make the news anytime soon. Forty-five years ago this month, the last Jews of Libya were forced to flee the country. They included my wife, then 16 years old, her seven siblings and her parents. In the end, they were among the lucky ones. Some would call them, and the few thousand other Jews who remained in the country after 1951, naïve. That’s when Libya gained its independence from the British. There had already been pogroms in 1945 and 1948. The vast majority of Jews had no confidence that a newly sovereign Libya, whatever its constitutional guarantees might promise, would emerge democratic and law-abiding, and they left. The remaining Libyan Jews were targeted following the outbreak of the 1967 Six-Day War, a thousand miles away, for no other reason than that they were Jews. My wife’s family found a raging mob in front of their Tripoli home, and calls rang out to burn the house down. The ten occupants trembled in fear inside. Miraculously, they were saved.

One man courageously addressed the mob and told them to leave the family alone. He knew them, he said, and they were good people. The crowd dispersed to look for other Jews, while this lone individual arranged for the family to be shuttled to a safe house for a couple of weeks until they could manage to go abroad. They left on July 14, never to return. The link with the country today known as Libya – believed to date back to the tragic 15th century exodus of Jews from Spain, in the case of my wife’s maternal lineage, and 2,000 years to the involuntary Roman transport of Jews from Palestine in the case of her paternal lineage – was severed. Italy, which had once been the colonial power in Libya, gave the family refuge. With nothing other than a few suitcases and barely a couple hundred dollars, they started new lives. But rather than wallow in victimization, they put one foot in front of the other and moved forward. It wasn’t easy, especially for such a large family, but they did what they had to do. Meanwhile, dozens of other Libyan Jews weren’t as fortunate. With no one to stand up for them, and the government of Libyan King Idris quite impotent, they were hunted down and killed. What happened to the brave soul who saved my wife’s family? He survived, but begged the family never to disclose his name.

He feared retribution from fellow Libyans who might do him harm for the “crime” of saving ten Jews. And what of the Jewish legacy in Libya? Here was a community that had lived on the soil for more than two millennia, long predating the occupation by invading armies from the Arabian Peninsula. And Jews, numbering nearly 50,000 at their peak, had contributed in every way imaginable to the area’s development. Libya went to work to erase every trace of Jewish existence. hat lessons can we take from this neglected anniversary? First, if a new regime in Tripoli wants to distinguish itself from its predecessors, one way would be to acknowledge that Jews once lived in the country, that they were forcibly expelled and their synagogues and cemeteries destroyed, and that a process of honest reckoning with these crimes is warranted. Second, the international community should at long last acknowledge these Jewish refugees from Arab lands and the injustices they endured. When people meet my wife and hear her story, many ask why they didn’t know what befell the Jews of Libya. The answer begins with the fact that no UN body, neither at the time nor since, has ever taken action in response to what happened. Nor did the international media focus on what took place. To the contrary, the tragic events hardly merited any space in the world’s leading print and broadcast outlets. And last, but by no means least, there’s the inevitable contrast with the Palestinians. Libyan Jews, like the hundreds of thousands of other Jews from Arab countries uprooted and sent packing simply because they were Jews, found new homes primarily in Israel, but


also in Western Europe and North and South America. Were many bitter about their forced exodus? No doubt. But they impressively started over and quickly began playing a part in their new countries. In the case of the Palestinians – some of whom were encouraged to leave their homes by Arab leaders who promised a quick return, and some of whom became refugees in a war their Arab brethren began against Israel – the story has been entirely different. They always seem to be in the news. They have a special agency, UNRWA, devoted entirely to them, with no mandate for resettlement in other countries and an unprecedented, open-ended definition of “refugee,” which is transferred from one generation to the next. With support from colleagues on both sides of the aisle, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, to his great credit, has begun to shine the spotlight on this ongoing travesty. Moreover, Arab countries, with the exception of Jordan, cry crocodile tears for the Palestinians, but largely refuse to give them citizenship and, in places like Lebanon, even restrict their participation in the economy. So while the world watches postelection Libya to see what unfolds, I’ll be watching, too. And I shall also be waiting to see if, after 45 years, Libya is ready to confront its past. Yes, this is about Jews, but not only. For the Arab upheaval to have a chance to turn into an Arab spring, newly emerging regimes need to demonstrate a genuine commitment to the protection of minorities – and, yes, to confront the consequences of that lack of protection in the past. It’s high time, I’d say. For more information, visit www.

How dare the world shun Israel on terrorism By Jose Maria Aznar


hen we are about to mark the 40 th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the Olympic Village in Munich, in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian terrorists, it is a real paradox to see Israel excluded from the first meeting of the Global Counter-terrorism Forum in June in Istanbul. Worse still, in July, the forum organized its first victims-of-terrorism meeting. Israel was excluded. When we see deadly terrorist attacks, such as the recent one in Bulgaria, targeting tourists simply because they were Israeli, the marginalization of Israel is totally unacceptable. As a terrorism victim myself, who was fortunate to survive a car-bomb attack, I cannot understand or justify the marginalization of other terrorist victims just for political reasons. If we extrapolate Israel’s experi-

ence of slaughter to Britain, it would mean that in the past 12 years about 11,000 British citizens would have died and 60,000 would have been injured in terrorist attacks. In the case of the U.S., the figures would be 65,000 dead and 300,000 injured. Israel’s ordeal is far from insignificant. Israel has much to contribute in this area and everyone else has a lot to learn if we really want to defeat the terrorists. Isolation not only renders Israel weaker against its enemies, but also makes all Westerners weaker. Israel is not the problem; it is part of the solution. We will become the problem if we continue to cold-shoulder Israel, the country most affected by terrorism and, possibly, the one that knows best how to defeat it. Jose Maria Aznar was Prime Minister of Spain from 1996 to 2004 and is chair of the Friends of Israel Initiative. Source: The Times of London

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Spy vs. Spy, America vs. Israel By Daniel Pipes, August 6, 2012


sraelis spying on Americans is in the news again: leaders of the Jewish state just petitioned for Jonathan Pollard’s release and the Associated Press reported with alarm that U.S. national security officials at times consider Israel to be “a genuine counterintelligence threat.” Its tone of breathless outrage suggests: How dare they! Who do they think they are? But spying on allies is the norm, and it’s a two-way street. Before getting too worked up, Americans should realize that Washington is no innocent. From Reagan to Obama, the U.S. government has sustained a massive spying effort against Israel. Examples: ¡¡ Yosef Amit, a former major in Israeli military intelligence, spied for the CIA for several years, focusing on troop movements and policies toward Lebanon and the Palestinians, until his 1986 arrest. ¡¡ Itamar Rabinovich, Israel’s ambassador to Washington in 1993-96, revealed that during his tenure, the U.S. government deciphered an Israeli code: “The Americans were certainly tapping the [embassy’s] regular phone lines” and even its secure line. As a result, he says, “Every ‘juicy’ telegram was in danger of being leaked. We sent very few of them. Sometimes I came to Israel to deliver reports orally.” ¡¡ A mysterious submarine in Israeli territorial waters 11 miles from Haifa in November 2004, which fled upon discovery, turned out to be American, raising memories of the USS Liberty’s covert mission in June 1967. ¡¡ Yossi Melman, an Israeli journalist

specializing in intelligence, found that U.S. military attachés in Tel Aviv gathered covert information; Israeli officials, he discloses, believe the U.S. intelligence services have been eavesdropping on conversations between key staff in Israel and at foreign missions. U.S. spying, he concludes, has exposed “Israel’s deepest policy secrets.” ¡¡ An official history of Israel’s intelligence services published in 2008 found (as reported by Reuters) that U.S. spy agencies use the embassy in Tel Aviv to engage in electronic eavesdropping and train embassy staff for “methodical intelligence gathering.” ¡¡ Barak Ben-Zur, a retired Shin Bet intelligence officer, wrote in that same volume that “The United States has been after Israel’s nonconventional capabilities and what goes on at the decision-making echelons.” ¡¡ A 5,000-word secret memorandum dated October 31, 2008 (released by WikiLeaks), sent under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s name, catalogues topics that State wants information on. The very long list includes intelligence on “Israel’s decision-making process for launching military operations and determining retaliation for terrorist attacks”; “evidence of Government of Israel” involvement in “settlement and outpost growth” on the West Bank; details on Israel Defense Forces operations against Hamas, “including targeted assassinations and tactics/techniques used by ground and air units”; and everything about information

technologies used by “government and military authorities, intelligence and security services.” ¡¡ The National Security Agency employs large numbers of Hebrew speakers at its Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, where they listen to intercepts of Israeli communications. The 2009 legal problems of one of their number, Shamai K. Leibowitz, concerning his leaking information, revealed that he translated Hebrew-language conversations at the Israeli embassy in Washington into English, neatly confirming Rabinovich’s revelation. Observers have drawn the obvious conclusion: Yitzhak Rabin, twice prime minister, commented, in Caroline Glick’s paraphrase, that “every few years Israel discovers another U.S. agent committing espionage against the State.” An Israeli counterintelligence agent notes that Americans “are trying to spy on us all the time – every way they can.” Matthew M. Aid, the American author of Intel Wars (2012), finds that Washington “started spying on Israel

even before the State of Israel was formally founded in 1948, and Israel has always spied on us.” As Aid indicates, the spying is reciprocal. More: it’s been routine, known and implicitly accepted by both sides. It’s also not terribly worrisome, for these allies share much in common, from moral values to ideological enemies, and they often work in tandem. Therefore, the mutual spying has few larger consequences. Why then spy at all? Why not invite Israel into the Anglophone “five eyes” grouping that promises not to spy on each other? Because Israel is at war. As Ben-Zur of Shin Bet puts it, “At the end of the day, the U.S. does not want to be surprised. Even by us.” Nor, for that matter, do the Israelis want to be surprised. Even by Americans. So, let’s be adults about this and calm down. States spy, even on allies. That’s okay. Mr. Pipes ( is president of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. © 2012 by Daniel Pipes. All rights reserved.

BRIEFS continued from page 5B heart of Washington, as Brody is being promoted for national office. When the crew is in Israel, their stay won’t be as grim as the show’s theme. In an interview with Conan O’Brien in 2011, Danes said regarding filming parts of the series’ first season in Israel: “It was wonderful, I loved it,” adding that Tel Aviv is “the most intense party town I’ve ever been to.” (Zelda Shluker in Hadassah Magazine)


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman recently traveled to Albania on an official visit. In Tirana he met with President Bujar Nishani, Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Minister of Foreign Affairs Edmond Panariti, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy Edmond Haxhinasto and opposition leader Edi Rama. FM Liberman also held additional meetings. FM Liberman inaugurated the Israeli embassy in Tirana at a festive ceremony. Prior to the establishment of the embassy, Albanian issues were handled by a non-resident ambassador. This is the tenth diplomatic mission to be inaugurated since FM Liberman began serving as foreign minister. An additional three missions are due to be opened within the next year. FM Liberman stated that the opening of each new diplomatic mis-

sion is a festive occasion for the State of Israel, the citizens of Israel and for Israeli diplomacy. This is especially true with regard to a country such as Albania, which has a Muslim population of 70% and is a NATO member. (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


By installing a small set of solar panels in some of the most remote of African villages, Sivan BorowichYa’ari and her organization, Jewish Heart for Africa, are able to bring electricity to schools, orphanages and medical clinics that have never seen artificial light before. Jewish Heart for Africa has helped 250,000 people throughout the continent. Based in New York City, the organization’s goal is to save African lives using Israeli sustainable technology. Founded in 2008 by French-Israeli Borowich-Ya’ari, 33, the group had completed 58 solar projects in villages throughout Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi. (Jerusalem Post)


The guessing game of who will perform at Israel’s first Lollapalooza Festival has already begun, following the exciting announcement that Israel will join Chile and Brazil as the third

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Preschool of the Arts & Summer of the Arts By Ettie Zaklos, Preschool Director


reschool of the Arts is honored to have received the Champion Award in the tenth annual Southwest Florida Choice Awards. The Southwest Florida Choice Awards are a chance for Southwest Florida residents to vote on their top local businesses for a wide variety of categories. Preschool of the Arts is the proud first-place winner in the Child Care category! We are very excited to begin our second school year at Preschool of the Arts. Since opening last August, the enrollment in our beautiful, state-ofthe-art facility has doubled. We are proud to be a VPK Provider for the 2012-2013 school year. Our brand

new, beautiful Pre-K classroom is ready just in time for the new school year. This class contains a loft, reading nook, art center, dramatic play area, math corner and writing center. Our philosophy at Preschool of the Arts is that the environment is the third teacher. Therefore, there is a strong emphasis on creating a beautiful, safe, clean, loving and esthetically pleasing environment for the children. Creating an atmosphere where children can thrive, learn, grow and blossom is essential. Preschool of the Arts offers a high-quality program for children ages 18 months to 5 years. We offer 2, 3 and 5-day options as well as half

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and full-day options. Preschool of the Arts provides a top-notch curriculum guided by warm, professional staff. In addition, we offer daily specials including My Gym, Performing Arts, Baking, The Arts and Musical Shabbat Celebrations. We are located at 1789 Mandarin Road. Please visit us at www.NaplesPreschoolOfTheArts. com or call Ettie at 239.263.2620 for your personal tour. Space is very limited for the coming school year. ur two summer day camp programs, Summer of the Arts and Camp Gan were a tremendous success this year. A record-breaking number of children participated in our amazing programs. The theme for our programs this summer was “Around the World,” where we focused on a different


New Pre-K classroom

country each week. Summer of the Arts, for children ages 18 months to 5 years, was six weeks of adventure including daily water play, music and movement, the arts, tae kwon do, baking and many other exciting activities. Camp Gan, for children ages 6-12, consisted of four action-packed weeks of fun including woodworking, water slides, field trips, swimming, sports, tennis, martial arts and exciting entertainers.

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international location for the legendary Chicago festival. Some 50 shows of leading singers and bands from across the globe will take over Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park from August 20-22, 2013. “Lollapalooza Israel will be the first-ever large-scale international music festival in the country and will provide the same world-class experience that fans across the globe have come to expect,” the festival’s website announces. Musicians featured at past Lollapalooza events include Broken Social Scene, Wilco, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among many others. Lollapalooza founder and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell says choosing Tel Aviv as a new location was an obvious choice as the city is “widely recognized as an international culture capital and is known across the world for its art, architecture and bustling nightlife.” In a video announcement for the new festival, Farrell says: “Tel Aviv’s got all the hotels right on the beach. And man let me tell you it’s sexy. You talk about an after party. We go to Yarkon Park and when that party lets out go right on to the next one. They love to dance.” The music happening was conceived and created in 1991 by Farrell as a farewell tour for his band. The event ran annually for six years until 1997 and was revived in 2003. Lollapalooza is being brought to Israel by NMC United, a prominent home entertainment and music distributor and publisher in Israel, and Plug Productions Generator, a leading production and promotion company. (Viva Sarah Press on ISRAEL21c)



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