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ccording to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word “connection” relates to coherence, continuity and people having an association or common interest(s); something that connects, a link. “Link” sums up the intent of this magazine. Whether you are new to the community or you have been here over 20 years, many organizations here offer so many programs that, without this magazine as a reference, it is impossible to know about all the things available to the local Jewish community. The coronavirus pandemic has required us to pivot Federation Board Chair Jane Schiff and to doing everything in a virtual kind of way. Notwith- Federation President/CEO Jeffrey Feld standing, we have all found a way to stay connected. It would seem that, in the immediate future, we will continue in a virtual platform. By joining a group, attending a program, going to a religious service, seeing a film, volunteering or reaching out to your community, which is here and waiting for your involvement, you enhance your life and enrich the entire Jewish community. We are a community because of the connections we share. We are a community because of the programs we attend. We are a community because we help one another, supporting each of the endeavors listed in this publication. Due to space limitations, each organization is unable to list all that they offer. We strongly urge you to contact any organization listed here for an up-to-date listing of their activities. The Federation’s monthly Federation Star newspaper also publicizes many of the individual programs offered by each organization. This is a guide for you to explore your Jewish community. The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples is thrilled to be an integral part of your Jewish community. ~ Jeffrey Feld & Jane Schiff

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CONNECTIONS 2021 A Guide to Jewish Living in Greater Naples Volume 10, No. 1 2021 Edition 64 pages

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Jewish Federation Staff Jeffrey Feld, President/CEO Renee Bialek, Program Director Marcy Friedland, Capital Campaign & Planned Giving Dir.

elcome to the 10th edition of Connections - 2021 Guide to Jewish Living in Greater Naples. As the name implies, this is an annual Janine Hudak, Administrative Coordinator resource guide to all things “Jewish” in our area. It’s the publication to Nathan Ricklefs, Database Manager turn to for information on the community’s robust offering of Jewish activities, Teresa Zimmerman, Finance & Operations Manager programs, services and organizations. In addition to an overview of local organizations, special interest groups, Advertising Sales schools and temples, you’ll find a wide selection of cultural, educational and spiriJoy Walker tual opportunities available to the Greater Naples Jewish community. Not only will 941.284.0520 you find a variety of events and offerings in which to participate, you may also see walkerjoy62@yahoo.com opportunities to contribute your talents. While COVID-19, by its very nature, has created an obstacle to staying conGraphic Design nected, this Jewish community has innovatively addressed the challenges, keeping & Production its people connected through vibrant opportunities regardless of the environment. MarketCrank, Inc. This magazine, as well as the Federation Star and the Community Directory, is not 239.591.2709 possible without the support of our advertisers. Please thank them for their support of your Jewish community and use their goods and services whenever you can. ~ Sharon Hood 4 CONNECTIONS 2021 A Guide to Jewish Living in Greater Naples


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Table of Contents FEDERATION……………….....………....4-15 RELIGIOUS LIFE……………………......44-48

From the President/CEO…………………….............7

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples…………8-10

Jewish Community Relations Council………........12

Israel Advocacy Committee…………………..........13

Our New Building………………………….…....14-15

ARTS & CULTURE……………………....16-31 ADULT EDUCATION……………..........32-35 COMMUNITY SERVICES…………......36-37

FOCUS ON YOUTH…………………....50-55

BBYO Naples………………………………….........50

Schools……………………………......……..51-54

PJ Library…………………………………….............52

Camps……………………………………….........54-55

CALENDAR…………………………… 5 6 - 5 8

Community Events…………………...................56-57

Candle Lighting Times………………………...........58

Jewish Holidays………………………………...........58

ORGANIZATIONS………………….....38-43 DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS…….......59

Special Interest Groups………………...………39-40

Advocacy Groups……………………………...........41

Israel Connection……………………………......42-43

INDEX…………………………………........60

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t’s all about connections! Here we are in Greater Naples, We are fortunate in this community to be able to work Florida, and we are very lucky. We get to enjoy many closely with Beth Tikvah, BBYO Naples, Chabad of Naples, wonderful experiences our community has to offer. Chabad at FGCU, Temple Shalom, Hillel, Naples Senior CenBeyond the blue skies, white sand beaches, palm trees, the ter at JFCS, the Holocaust Museum & Janet G. and Harvey weather, etc., what makes our community wonderful? The D. Cohen Education Center, Naples Jewish Congregation, first thing that pops into my mind are the people. Everyone Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, Jewish War Veterans, I have met is as warm and engaging as the climate. It Cardozo Society and others. really is the people talking with each other, socializing, shopThe Federation also works with these national Jewish ping…in other words, making connections. It’s all about the advocacy organizations: relationships – the connections. • Anti-Defamation League While it did become harder this past • American Friends of Magen David Adom year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, our • Jewish National Fund Federation, our local agencies and our over• American Jewish World Service seas partners all worked diligently to mainIncluded in our community are our Israel tain the relationships and connections we and overseas connections: have. We are all doing everything that we can • The Jewish Federations of North America to meet the growing needs of our local and • Jewish Agency for Israel global communities. • American Jewish Joint Distribution We, the Jewish Federation of Greater Committee JEFFREY FELD Naples, believe in building connections. We do • Neve Michael Children’s Village President/CEO this formally and informally. We do this singu• Yad LaKashish – Lifeline for the Old Jewish Federation larly and collaboratively. You might ask, how • Sapir Community Center – Kfar Saba of Greater Naples does Federation do this? I’m glad you asked! • World Union for Progressive Judaism – We build connections through our Federation Executive HaTikvah Preschool in Kiev, Ukraine Committee and Board of Directors, and through our • Taglit-Birthright Israel Federation committees and activities, including: • ORT • Jewish Community Relations Council • Ethiopian National Project • Fund for Human Needs • Arava Institute • Stand Up for Justice Grant • Special in Uniform • Catholic-Jewish Dialogue • American Friends of ELI • Israel Advocacy Committee • Yashar LaChayal • Camp Scholarship Committee • Susan’s House • Jewish Russian Cultural Alliance • Leket Israel • People of the Book Cultural Event • American Friends of Eli • Women’s Cultural Alliance Being a member of the Jewish community is all about • Men’s Cultural Alliance connecting to each other. Federation recognizes the impor• Jewish Book Festival tance of “Kol Yisrael Aravim Zeh L’zeh,” which means, “All • Mix & Mingle Israel is Responsible, One for Each Other.” • Jewish Young Professionals Again, it is all about the connections that we know • Jewish Families with Children and even some we may not know. Being connected, being • PJ Library responsible in some way for each other, having all of these In our Greater Naples community, we collaborate with opportunities and experiences, is absolutely wonderful! agencies, congregations and organizations to provide: Let’s continue to grow our community through all of • Youth Programs and Youth Education our Connections. • Local Humanitarian and Social Services No Gift Touches More Lives • Cultural Programs and Adult Education CONNECTIONS 2021

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Federation

Who is “Federation” and what do we do?

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

Where does the money go?

The local Campaign allocation process involves a committee of volunteers as well as Federation staff. They take part in this important process, which balances available resources with community priorities through a grant process.

Locally, the Federation makes a grant to the Naples Senior Center at JFCS in support of the social services it provides for our community. And grants are made in support of a variety of educational and cultural programs conducted by local synagogues, the Holocaust Museum and other local Jewish organizations. Additionally, several national organizations receive support from the domestic allocation. Internationally, your contribution works to support a broad range of social, educational and vocational needs throughout the Jewish world. Our allocation to JFNA is distributed to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), which brings relief to the needy and works to revitalize Jewish life in 60 countries, and the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), which rescues people from countries and resettles them in Israel. We also provide supplemental grants in support of special programs and projects that our community has embraced, like Neve Michael Youth & Children’s Village in Pardes Hana, Israel; the Sapir Community Center in Kfar Saba, Israel; transportation and Shabbat dinners in Cuba; and the Progressive Synagogue Preschool in Kiev, Ukraine. Giving tzedakah to an umbrella organization like Federation, which then distributes it to a number of member agencies, has its roots in early Jewish history. In small towns and large cities, donations were given to a communal kupah as an expression of devotion to community and the entire Jewish people. It demonstrates a love of community that is without limitation.

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


Federation Annual Community Campaign

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

Major Gifts and Lions of Judah Campaigns

Jeffrey Feld, Avram Infeld and Jane Schiff

Pomegranate Society

The Federation’s Pomegranate Society, formed in 2017, represents a new level of giving for women’s philanthropy. A minimum gift to the Annual Campaign of $1,800 in her own name qualifies a woman to be a member of the Pomegranate Society. The Pomegranate Society program represents the best of what Federation does, bringing together likeminded women to do a world of good – promoting, supporting, enhancing and celebrating Jewish life.

New Building/ Capital Campaign

The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples is in the process of building a new home. This decision was based on the information that was gathered from the Needs Assessment/Demographic Study that was conducted by Brandeis University, in 2017. At this time, rezoning has been unanimously granted by the Collier County Board of County Commissioners. The goal of the capital campaign is $14 million. Currently, we have commitments of $7.8 million. We hope that everyone in the community will help bring the dream to fruition,

Estelle and Stuart Price

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

Lions and Pomegranates on the veranda of the Yacht Club

Joan and Marc Saperstein

so that we may create a warm and welcoming home for our Jewish community to enjoy for many years to come.

any such problematic companies to enter its portfolio. TOP offers its partners – organizations and individuals just like you – a level of white-glove service, regardless of your fund’s balance. As a partnership, it recognizes that it is through your generosity that our entire community can continue to grow in strength. Finally, in working with TOP for your philanthropic goals, you’ll find that it truly lives up to its tagline: We make giving easy. For more information about TOP, please contact Marcy Friedland, Capital Campaign & Planned Giving Director, at 239-263-4205 or mfriedland@ jewishnaples.org.

TOP Jewish Foundation

The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples has a legacy partner called the TOP (Tampa, Orlando, Pinellas) Jewish Foundation. TOP began over three decades ago as a regional endeavor of three Jewish Federations. Since its inception, TOP has grown to manage nearly $50 million of the community’s assets and taken a leading role in promoting and securing legacy gifts and commitments, ensuring a strong Jewish future. TOP prides itself on being the only Jewish Foundation that maintains a strict anti-terror and anti-BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) investment policy. It has worked with its investment manager, Goldman Sachs, to create a screening tool that does not allow

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Federation opportunities to gather, socialize, network and connect. The following is a sampling of the larger ones: The Evy Lipp People of the Book Cultural Event is attended by 600750 people. Past speakers include Alan Dershowitz, Ted Koppel, Jeffrey Toobin, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and Dr. Daniel Gordis. Our Sixth Annual Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival features 21 authors at 19 events. The community Chanukah celebrations in Naples and on Marco Island are always festive events, with the lighting of the giant menorah. The Federation has sponsored visits and performances of the Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan since 2015 and will continue to do so on an annual basis.

Publications

The Federation publishes the Federation Star, a monthly newspaper that is mailed to more than 3,400 Jewish households in the Greater Naples area.

The newspaper is the one publication that ties together our Jewish community. If something local is happening that is Jewish-related, you’ll read about it in the Federation Star. The latest and past issues can be viewed online at jewishnaples.org. The Federation also compiles, updates and distributes the annual Community Directory for use by the Jewish community. And this copy of Connections is published by the Federation.

Website

Visitors to jewishnaples.org will find a wealth of information, including upcoming Federation events, the community calendar, the Women’s Cultural Alliance, the Men’s Cultural Alliance, and links to news items relating to Israel and the Jewish world. There is also a directory of local synagogues and organizations and links to online versions of recent issues of the Federation Star and this publication.

Community Calendar

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

eNewsletter

Each week, the Federation emails a community eNewsletter with the latest on upcoming community events and cultural activities, news from Israel, important news updates and more. To sign up, please send your request to info@jewishnaples.org.

And so much more

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

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IT ALLSTARTS STARTS WITH TOMORROW BEGINS TODAY IT ALL WITHYOU YOU You make everything we do — possible.

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You open a child’s eyes to the beauty of our heritage. Revive the Jewish spirit in places where it’s been all but crushed. Arrive with whatever is needed, in the wake of natural or financial disaster. You — together with Federation — are at the heart of all of these, and countless other efforts that invigorate and sustain our community. You have the power to do it. Give today. Everything Federation does is made possible

You open a child’s eyes to the beauty heritage. the of through of the our generous donationsRevive from members YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE! the community. Please consider making a gift today! Jewish spirit in places where it’s been all but crushed. Arrive with I hereby pledge and promise to pay my Federation for the JFGN Annual Community Campaign a contribution of: whatever is needed, in the wake of natural or financial disaster.  $36

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he JCRC’s primary mission is to promote and enhance relationships between the Jewish community and the general community of Greater Naples. The JCRC collaborates with a number of groups, participating in programs and activities that promote religious freedom, separation of religion from government and social justice issues. The membership of JCRC consists of representatives from Jewish organizations serving our community as well as at-large members. Member diversity enables the JCRC to represent the thinking of the Jewish community on social issues of community-wide interest. Among the JCRC’s traditional activities are the following programs:

Cultural and Educational Programming

The JCRC sponsors several events during Florida Jewish History Month (January), including the annual JCRC/ Friends of the Collier County Library Klezmer Revival Band Concert. It is a participant, and encourages all Jewish community members to join, in the annual Martin Luther King Day parade. The major community event sponsored by the JCRC is the annual Jewish Community Day of Learning, at which a variety of presenters with expertise in numerous topics share their knowledge with attendees. The purpose of this event is to provide the opportunity for everyone in our community to learn something of interest and connect with aspects of our shared Jewish heritage. In 2021, the 5th Annual Day of Learning will be conducted virtually and will include both a Day and Evening of Learning. The daytime event is entitled, “It’s Chai Time to Visit Jewish Neighbors.” Speakers will “take”

us to three Jewish communities to learn about Crypto Jews as well as Jews in Persia and China. The evening session will have clergy of three faiths discussing their experiences dealing with the pandemic.

Human Needs Award

The JCRC and JFGN give this award to acknowledge the positive contributions of several select nonprofit organizations in our community. Annually, monetary awards are given to two small nonprofit agencies. The objective is to identify agencies who serve a severely means-limited,

The JCRC has adopted the following goals: • To further the understanding of Jewish heritage and practices within the community and to act as a voice for Jewish causes and concerns in the Greater Naples area • To support and join Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and religious institutions in developing and sustaining constructive causes • To provide appropriate responses to counter statements of bigotry and acts of anti-Semitism • To develop educational opportunities with other religious and ethnic groups • To participate with other groups regarding pertinent legislative matters • To foster an ongoing and beneficial relationship with the local media • To cooperate with other Jewish Community Relations Councils throughout Florida

On July 2, 2020, the JCRC of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples presented a check to the Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County. (L-R) Yale Freeman, HHC Board Chairman; Jeffrey Feld, President/CEO JFGN; Michael Overway, Executive Director HHC (accepting the check); Nadja Joseph, HHC (kneeling); Mitch Watch, HHC; Mary Waller, HHC Board Member; Alex Wertheim, JCRC of JFGN, and Yusleidy Nunez, HHC

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Federation disadvantaged population. We seek agencies who have limited ability or success with their own fundraising. Last year’s recipients were Bikes for Tykes and Collier Resource Center.

Stand Up for Justice Educator Award

Annually, this Educator Grant Award recognizes middle and high school teachers, librarians, media specialists, guidance counselors and administrators who demonstrate outstanding, unique educational initiatives countering bigotry and bullying in the schools. The underlying purpose is for these programs to be replicated and broadly applied in the school system. Nominees’ lessons or activities must be of their own design or adaptations from other programs and should be able to show evidence of a positive nature as a result of implementation. These lessons or activities should teach students to Stand Up for Justice, no matter what religious, racial, cultural or other differences exist. A committee of experienced educators evaluates programs submitted for consideration, selecting the two programs that best achieve the objectives of the award program to receive the monetary award.

Catholic-Jewish Dialogue

The Catholic-Jewish Dialogue engages people of both faiths in understanding our long history and to advance the cause of mutual understanding and appreciation for our differences as well as our commonalities. To achieve these goals, the CJD plans events throughout the year, including the Kristallnacht Commemoration, films, book

Israel Advocacy Committee (IAC)

discussions, teen programs, interfaith weekends, Passover Seders and much more.

Anti-Semitism Task Force

The Task Force fulfills the function of promoting the security of Jewish organizations, religious institutions and the Jewish community. The JCRC and the Federation serve as a collection point for reporting, facilitating assistance to the victim(s) and making referrals to the appropriate agencies where corrective measures are needed. A yearly report is produced and shared with the appropriate outlets. The Federation works directly with local law enforcement agencies to handle anti-Semitism and hate crimes.

Legislative Activities Affecting the Jewish Community

The JCRC monitors local, state and federal legislation and its effect on the Jewish community. For state issues, it works in conjunction with other JCRCs throughout Florida. For federal and international issues affecting Jews throughout the nation and the world, it works with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the national organization for JCRCs. That work includes advocacy for Israel – an activity that is the primary function of the Israel Advocacy Committee.

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he IAC’s mission includes providing informational and educational programming to the community regarding current issues in Israel and its role in world affairs. To meet these goals, the committee presents films, guest speakers and discussions throughout the year on current topics, providing a historical perspective. The committee diligently monitors and responds appropriately to relevant newspaper articles and editorials. Among other programming during the coming season, the IAC will present several speakers, virtual walking tours from Israel, and the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) Friendship Caravan, who visit annually and perform at several venues throughout the Greater Naples area. For more information, please contact Harvey Cohen, IAC Chair, at hwcohen@gmail.com. CONNECTIONS 2021

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his year, following the signing of a 50-year lease containing a 25-year renewal option with Temple Shalom, we began the process of fulfilling two pertinent requirements needing to be met in order to design and construct our new building.

Rezoning the Property

First, the 4.3-acre undeveloped lot, west of Temple Shalom’s parking lot, needed to be rezoned from residential use to one compatible with the approved usage on Temple Shalom’s developed tracts. The rezoning process requires the approval of the Collier County Board of Commissioners and consists of providing a survey, informing the surrounding neighAfter a year of reviews and rezoning THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER bors, holding several public hearings, meetings, Jewish Federation of Greater site plans, architectural renderings Naples was unanimously granted the and various other requirements by appropriate zoning in compliance, and the County. concurrent, with Temple Shalom!

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with our major donors while offering naming opportunities. The next phase began with holding virtual tours of the new building and mailing a brochure to all donor supporters. The total cost of the project is $14 million dollars, which includes the creation of an endowment to help cover operating costs. Presently, we have raised $7.8 million dollars, but still need everyone’s help to make our dream — to create a warm and welcoming place for our Jewish Community to enjoy now and for future generations — a reality. Contact Marcy Friedland, Capital Campaign Director, at mfriedland@ jewishnaples.org or 239-263-4205 for a copy of naming opportunities or to make a donation to your new building.

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Virtual Chanukah Celebration Thursday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m. Register at www.jewishnaples.org

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he monthly newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, the Federation Star is the one publication that ties the Jewish community of Greater Naples and surrounding areas together. If something local is happening that is Jewishrelated, you’ll find out about it in the pages of the Federation Star. First published 29 years ago, the Federation Star offers news and updates on all Jewish-related local events, including Jewish film and book festivals, holiday celebrations, book study groups, timely lectures and concerts. Readers also get updates from the area’s five synagogues, schools and numerous local Jewish organizations.

Rounding out its coverage, the newspaper includes the following sections: Focus on Youth, Israel & the Jewish World, Commentary and Jewish Interest. Mailed free to the Jewish households in the area, the Federation Star is also available at the Federation offices and several local synagogues. Additionally, a digital version can be found at jewishnaples.org, where readers can view the most recent issue and access an archive of past issues. The mission of the Federation Star is to represent Jewish life in the area by providing the voice that reports news, information, programs and events important to the local Jewish community. In accomplishing this mission, the

newspaper seeks to: • Celebrate Jewish life in the Greater Naples area • Inform, enrich and entertain readers • Strengthen Jewish identity and facilitate participation in Jewish community life • Provide an efficient advertising and editorial network to businesses that serve our community • Provide dynamic and effective outreach to the Jewish and interfaith community • Assist the Jewish Federation and its beneficiary agencies to achieve community-building goals • Bring the joy of being Jewish to its readers

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Jewish Film Festivals/Series

Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers

Telly Award-winning documentary film series original production of the Jewish Historical Society of SWFL

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ewish residents of the Southwest Florida region bear witness to the establishment of Jewish communities here. Below is a taste of what is covered in each of the 14 films.

Helen Weinfeld – Naples’ First Jewish Historian (2014)

Helen and her husband, Joe, moved to Naples in the late 1960s, when segregation still existed, and Jews were few.

Gloria and Bill Lipman – Two of the Six L’s (2015)

The Lipman family relocated to Southwest Florida in the early 1950s, established Six L’s and Lipman Produce, and still employ hundreds of local and migrant laborers.

Richard Segalman – The Man and His Art (2016)

From bartending at the famous Anchor Bar on Tamiami Trail to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in his native NYC, it’s quite a journey.

Stuart Kaye – A Mensch for All Reasons (2017)

Raised on the east coast of Florida, a very young professional moves to Naples in the early 1980s and becomes a leader in its Jewish community.

The Labodas of Fort Myers (2017)

They came to Fort Myers as pioneers

in 1965. Gerry was the very first oral surgeon of the region, whose mother co-started the local Hadassah Chapter. Sheila started the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties.

Murray’s Mile (2018)

Once an IRS employee, Murray’s retirement is one of the most active in the vicinity. Among many important achievements, Murray is unofficially known as the most powerful unelected official in the City of Naples.

Elena Rosner – When Destiny Called (2018)

Holocaust Survivor talks a Marco Island developer into granting her a plot designated as “church” to start a Jewish temple.

The Greensteins of Marco Island (2018)

Lenore tells the story of Rabbi Howard, Marco’s first rabbi, who co-started the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at FGCU, CatholicJewish dialogue.

The Power of Two – Judith and Samuel Friedland (2019)

Dr. Judith and Samuel Friedland moved to Naples and found success in their professional careers, the Jewish community and beyond.

Chief Plager (2019)

Sanibel Island’s Police Chief Richard Plager retired from a 38-year career on a Miami-Dade police force, Sanibel police force, and as a volunteer policeman in the Old City of Jerusalem, so far…

Irving Berzon – Engineering the Future (2020)

WWII veteran and Collier County visionary discusses the road he traveled to his goals.

Florence Hertzman – By the Pier (2020)

Canadians found their wintertime heaven on Earth, formed an investors group, and went through many pleasantries, with some unpleasantries.

Bill Barnett – Mayor with a Heart (2021)

Naples four-time mayor talks shop and his friends talk about him. Get to know him as never before.

Gene Goodman – Song Meister (2021)

This 104-year-old music publisher talks charts, songs, celebs and about brother Benny, the clarinetist. To watch the films and attend virtual and live events, contact office@jhsswf.org to become a member and/or supporter of The Society.

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eading into its eighth season, the Naples Jewish Film Festival has gone virtual with a full lineup of films in place. As always, the Festival pulls its selections from current releases that are hits with Jewish film festivals throughout the world. Enjoy four powerful films in the comfort of your own home on four consecutive weekends. “They Ain’t Ready for Me” opens the Festival Feb. 26, 27 and 28. This timely documentary showcases a Black female rabbinical student and rock star, Tamar Manasseh. Tamar sits on a corner in one of the worst areas of Chicago, every day, working to restore family and community values. Festival Members can join us for an exclusive discussion with Tamar and the film’s director on Monday, March 1.

Next up, on March 5, 6 and 7, is “The Crossing,” the story of four children on a journey of survival in December 1942. “Broken Mirrors” on follows March 12, 13 and 14. The acclaimed Israeli actress, Shira Haas, known for her roles in Unorthodox and Shtisel, portrays a teenager overshadowed by her strict father. Closing weekend, March 19, 20 and 21, brings “A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto” to the screen. Enjoy the cinematography of Italy and a fantastic soundtrack in a story that intertwines the past with the present.

The Festival greatly appreciates its film sponsors, who make the festival possible with their support: Kaye Lifestyle Homes, Mondo Uomo Fine Menswear, Premier/Sotheby’s International Realty and Harvey Rosenthal, Friend of the Festival. We are grateful to our business partners, ABG World and Ginsberg Eye, for their support, and to the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, for assistance with advertising. The Festival, this year, will be supporting the Harry Chapin Food Bank in both monetary donation and with a food drive. Subscription sales are now open. For more information and to join the Festival, visit our website at NaplesJewish FilmFestival.org or call 239-434-1818.

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Sponsored by KAYE LIFESTYLE HOMES This timely and moving documentary showcases a Black, female rabbinical student and rockstar, Tamar Manasseh, who sits on a corner every day in one of the worst parts of Chicago restoring family and community values. Join us for an exclusive discussion with Tamar and the film’s director, Brad Rothschild, on Monday, March 1.

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Sponsored by MONDO UOMO FINE MENSWEAR In December 1942, young Jews Sarah and Daniel are hiding in the basement of Otto and Gerda’s family. When they are discovered, the parents are arrested, and the four children flee. On their journey, some will help them… but who can they trust? This exciting tale of trust, courage and friendship is told from a new, young perspective.

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Sponsored by PREMIER SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY Shira Haas (Unorthodox, Shtisel, Zookeeper’s Wife) earned a 2019 Festival du Cinéma Israelién de Montréal Best Actress Award for her role. Teenaged Ariela is overshadowed by her strict military father. When she commits a grave error, he enables her to seek her own punishment where she discovers a secret to her father’s past.

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eginning in December and concluding in March, the Sixth Annual Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival will once again offer a dazzling series of author events. This year’s festival, however, is quite different from previous festivals. Challenged by the social distancing requirements of the pandemic, the Festival is being presented virtually. By offering the events through Zoom, the Jewish Book Festival, a project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council, continues to be a key contributor to the cultural life of our community. While five of the 19 Festival Events will already have taken place by the time you read this article, you can still choose from 14 events. Here’s a rundown:

Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m.

You will have the opportunity to hear from Debbie Cenziper, an investigative journalist who earned the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy award for human rights reporting. Her book, Citizen 865: Hunt for Hitler’s Soldiers, tells a gripping story of Nazi hunters, against the forces of time and political opposition, pursuing WWII mass murderers hiding in the U.S. Sponsored by Jewish Congregation of Marco Island and John R. Wood Properties

Monday, Jan. 11, at 4 p.m.

We are delighted to welcome back author Susan Jane Gilman, who captivated us during our first Book Festival with her bestseller The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. Her newest book, Donna Has Left The Building, is an edgy novel that offers a mix of comedy 20

and tragedy, as it takes us on a road trip through friendships, passionate love and Tikkun Olam. And come prepared to toast the Jewish Book Festival as Susan shares a special drink recipe with us. Sponsored by Daymaker Hair Salon

Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Zoom in for Alexandra Silber, who will not only talk about her memoir White Hot Grief Parade but will also once again enthrall us with a couple of songs. When her father dies after a decade-long battle with cancer, Alexandra, a teenager at the time, feels like his death is the end of everything. Told with raw passion, candor and wit, this reminiscence is an ode to the restorative power of family and friendship. Sponsored by TheatreZone

Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m.

In celebration of the power of women, two authors will explore the struggles women have encountered in making an impact. Janice Kaplan, The New York Times journalist, asks the plaintive question: “Why do 90% of Americans believe that geniuses are almost always men?” Her book, The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World, uses a unique mix of memoir, narrative and inspiration to make surprising discoveries about women geniuses now and throughout history. Jill Wine-Banks, author of The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President,

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was barely 30 when she became the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-ranking White House officials in what the world has forever after known as “Watergate.” The fact that she was called “the mini-skirted lawyer” and “a girl” demonstrates her need to battle to receive the respect accorded her male counterparts. And she prevailed. Sponsored by Women’s Cultural Alliance and Senior Housing Solutions

Monday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m.

Author Meg Waite Clayton will talk about her bestselling novel, The Last Train to London. Based on actual events, her book tells the story of a Dutch woman, known as Tante Truus, who dares to approach Adolf Eichmann to rescue thousands of children from Nazi-occupied Vienna through the Kindertransport operation. Clayton’s screenplay of the novel was chosen for the prestigious The Writers Lab, sponsored by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. Sponsored by Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center

Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 10:30 a.m.

Did you know that Israel’s Mossad operated a luxury diving resort? Author Raffi Berg will fill you in on the details. His book, Red Sea Spies, explains that guests from around the world flocked to the resort, where staff members were undercover spies working for Israel’s secret service. What began with one cryptic message pleading for help morphed into the secret evacuation to Israel of thousands of Ethiopian Jews.

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This nonfiction page-turner tells the true story that inspired the recent Netflix drama “The Red Sea Diving Resort.” Berg, who is the Middle East editor of the BBC News website, has extensive experience reporting on Israel and the wider region. Sponsored by Jewish National Fund and Naples Jewish Congregation

Monday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

We can all use a good laugh, and Alan Zweibel will not disappoint! Join us 4.75) when this five-time Emmy Award-winner once again regales our community with his humor. His new book, Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier, weaves his own stories with interviews of his famous friends and contemporaries. The book thus becomes a humorous and warmhearted cultural memoir of American comedy. Sponsored

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Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m.

Steven Zipperstein, author of Law and the ArabIsraeli Conflict: The Trials of Palestine, will provide a historical perspective of this conflict. In the late 1920s and 1930s, the ArabJewish conflict in Palestine had become as much a battle fought in the courtroom as in the streets. It played out in three separate, little-known trials. Zipperstein paints a brilliant portrait of how the arguments the parties made in those three trials continue to resonate today, nearly 100 years later. Zipperstein, a former U.S. federal prosecutor, is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Development at UCLA’s Global Studies program and School of Public

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Get ready to hear about a harrowing nonfiction tale that unfolds like a stirring novel. Bestselling author Howard Blum will talk about Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler’s Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill and Stalin. At a top-secret conference in Tehran in 1943, President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill and Premier Stalin meet to discuss further prosecution of the war. A hand-picked team of Nazi commandos have six days to accomplish their daring assignment. Pitted against them are the head of FDR’s Secret Service detail and a Soviet agent from the NKVD, precursor to the KGB. Sponsored by Beth Tikvah

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JC is proud to bring which has garnered rave back, this time “virtureviews, both nationally and ally,” Rabbi Bob Alper, internationally. who has been NJC’s Artist in This unique program Residence on two prior occaexplores the pivotal role of sions, in 2016 and 2019. Bob humor in both ancient and is a practicing rabbi (albeit modern Jewish tradition. Bob Rabbi Bob Alper part-time) whose day job hapexamines why laughter has pens to be as a stand-up comedian. His long been such an integral part of the shows embrace the timeless themes of Jewish culture and a mainstay of daily the centrality of humor to the Jewish Jewish life. This engaging and inspiring experience and the absolute necessity program averages two genuine belly of laughter as a tonic to the trials and laughs per minute! tribulations that have beset the JewBob has authored three books. “Life ish people through the ages. Although Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This” is stand-up comedy doesn’t work in these a collection of warm, inspiring, true times of sheltering in place and no large stories, which a 4-star review in The in-person gatherings, Bob does have a Detroit Free Press called “a volume of program that will work. spiritual gems.” His newer, similar colOn Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., Bob lection is called, “Thanks, I Needed will present, via Zoom and through That.” He has also authored the hilarithe auspices of the Jewish Federation ous cartoon book, “A Rabbi Confesses.” of Greater Naples (JFGN), his widely Bob has appeared at such prestiacclaimed “Spirituality of Laughter,” gious venues as the Montreal Comedy

Festival and the Hollywood Improv, as well as on Good Morning America, Showtime, CNN and BBC. He has regularly partnered with Muslim and Christian comedians in his Laugh in Peace tour of college and university campuses as well as synagogues, mosques, churches and corporate events, such as The World Bank. The tour performs throughout North America, Europe and Israel. This Zoom program is free and open to the general public. NJC is most appreciative that the Federation is cosponsoring this wonderful Zoom event and providing the technological expertise to present this program. NJC, a warm and welcoming URJaffiliated Reform congregation serving the Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero communities, values its affiliation with the always supportive Federation. Go to www.naplesjewishcongregation.com for more information.

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family members, 25 were murdered by the Nazis. One of the survivors was the author’s father, who built an industrial empire in Venezuela, but could never talk about the unspeakable experiences of the Holocaust. After he died, Ariana found a trove of letters, diary entries and other items, launching her on a world-wide search to discover more. Sponsored by Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center

contributor to The New Yorker, Bess Kalb saved her grandmother Bobby’s voicemails. When Bobby died at age 90, Bess was not surprised that her voice continued to speak to her. This debut memoir channels the grandmother who regales Bess with stories of four generations of indomitable women and the men who loved them. Sponsored by Naples Senior Center

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The 2020-21 Book Festival will conclude with Pamela S. Nadell, American historian, researcher, author and lecturer focusing on Jewish history. Nadell’s book, America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, is a

You will have the opportunity to listen as Bess Kalb tells her story, Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story. Emmy-nominated TV writer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and

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gripping historical narrative, in which the author weaves together the stories of a diverse group of extraordinary people, including such luminaries as Grace Nathan, Emma Lazarus, Bessie Hillman and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Together, they showcase how Jewish women maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history. Sponsored by Women’s Cultural Alliance For a complete schedule of events, registration information, book synopses and information about becoming a Patron as well as a list of contributing Sponsors, please visit JewishBook Festival.org. For questions, email Reneé Bialek at rbialek@jewishnaples.org.

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The Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA), an affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, provides the opportunity for its members to meet other women, who share similar interests, through a wide variety of programming. If you are new to Southwest Florida, membership in WCA is an easy way to become an active participant in your new community. Life in Florida is greatly enhanced by the wonderful women and activities that make up WCA. This season marks the 13th year of WCA providing its membership with a multitude of cultural, educational, fitness and purely social events. WCA’s extensive program offerings typically include an array of interest groups for women who enjoy reading (seven book groups), playing games (bridge, mah jongg, scrabble and canasta), physical exercise (biking, bowling, chair yoga, golf, walking), food (“Serious Foodies”), music (“Jazz Junkies” and “Second Act Singers”), movies and film (two film groups), crafts (knitting, crocheting, needlepoint), birdwatching, drama and literature (“Modern Playwrights” and two “New Yorker” groups) – and more! In response to COVID-19, which required everyone to social distance, WCA had to drastically change its plans for this season. But not even this unprecedented pandemic could deter WCA from meeting its goal of bringing like-minded women together through programming that offers something for everyone. They jumped in full force and quickly took advantage of “Zoom” to continue their programming. WCA offers classes on topics ranging from cards and fused glass to Spanish, French, memoir writing, Ikebana, Jewish Genealogy and more. A highlight of WCA programming is its phenomenal Speaker Series. Unfortunately, the very popular bus trips to unique destinations had to be indefinitely postponed. WCA has always had a strong social component, with opportunities to meet new people and renew friendships. This year, the traditional Welcome Back Luncheon was transformed into the virtual celebration, “Happy Hour and a Half.” While Mah Jongg and Canasta Days as well as the International Pot Luck have to be postponed until next season, members still have opportunities to meet for tea, coffee, lunch or cocktails, and even to participate in art studio tours. However, this season, they will all be through Zoom. WCA is also proud to continue its annual sponsorship of the 2020-21 (virtual) Jewish Book Festival. One of the wonderful things about WCA activities is that they are all run by volunteers. Volunteering not only enables WCA to offer a wide variety of programs, it also provides an easy way to become involved and to make new friends. 24

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WCA’s programming in Southwest Florida is year-round. To better serve its members, WCA offers programs for couples and has two “Satellite Groups,” each offering a wide variety of additional programs during the year: WCA North serves women who live in the Bonita Springs, Estero and South Fort Myers areas; WCA South serves members who live in the Southern and Eastern areas of Southwest Florida – along the East Trail down to Marco Island. The programs offered by WCA North and South are open to all WCA Members. WCA members had such a wonderful time in Southwest Florida that they wanted to be able to “take WCA home with them” in the summer. In response, WCA established “Summer Branches” in several areas throughout North America so that WCA members,

WCA Speaker Series Topics Throughout the year, WCA offers lectures presented by a wide variety of outstanding speakers. Selected topics for the 2020-21 Speaker Series include: • From the Newsroom to the Art Studio • Women’s Financial Lives • The Electoral College • Medicare 101 • The National Popular Vote • Family Birding Fun in Southwest Florida • Gene Therapy: The New Frontier • An Immigrant’s Search for Identity • Roe v. Wade • Cooper’s Moon Trilogy • Pink Breast (Breast Cancer Awareness) • From Liberation to Loss and Love • The Golden Age of the Catskills • Self-Esteem • Terrorism • Anxiety • Turning White House Experience into Thrillers

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Entertainment and Learning who return north over the summer, are able to continue the wonderful friendships they had formed with WCA members from the same city. Branches have been established in Canada, the Berkshires, Boston Metro North, Connecticut, Del Valley (New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware), Illinois, Michigan, New York City/Metro New Jersey, and Washington DC/Virginia/Maryland. The wide range of programs that WCA offers is not the only reason that more than 1,200 women have joined WCA, even during this pandemic! With most members being transplants from other cities, WCA provides an easy path to enjoying a new life with new friends and becoming involved in the community. Nonpartisan and nonsectarian, WCA welcomes women of all faiths. But you must be a member of WCA to participate in its programs. If you are not already a WCA member, join today. The WCA membership year runs from September 1 through August 31, but new members are always welcome. Membership in WCA automatically makes you a member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. Please visit WomensCulturalAlliance.com for more information about WCA or for a membership form. (You will be able to pay online with a credit card.) A membership form is also in every issue of the Federation Star. Questions? Contact WCA Membership Director Harriett Kleinman at hmkleinman@ gmail.com.

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The Men’s Cultural Alliance (MCA) is an affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. The organization, now in its seventh year, offers recreational, social and cultural activities for its members. Membership in MCA includes membership in the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. Annual programming includes monthly luncheon meetings with dynamic guest speakers, members-only and couples-only outings, as well as special interest activity groups. These groups include golf, boating, fishing, birding, poker, bocce, biking, book club, pickleball and a documentary film group as well as thought-provoking discussion groups. Members are encouraged to create their own interest groups and participate in the development of new programs. MCA program information can be obtained at www. MCAnaples.org or from the weekly e-blasts and program guide available to all members. New members are always welcome. For more information about MCA and its many programs, contact MCA President Les Nizin at mcanaplespresident@gmail.com.

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who holds the Lerner Chair at Brandeis; the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s display of the voyage of the St. Louis; and leading musicians from the Naples Philharmonic. This year marks the 27th year for the JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural Series. To keep everyone safe in the COVID-19 environment, the Cultural Series will be livestreamed this season.

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he Jewish Congregation of Marco Island is known for its signature events — Monday Night Bingo, the Barbara P. Katz Mah Jongg Tournament, the Saul Stern Cultural Series and the Sidney R. Hoffman Jewish Film Festival, to name a few. This is a unique time, when we must socialize with great caution. Though JCMI looks forward to resuming all its splendid events, it will remain closed until its large following can be safely accommodated. However, with social distancing and today’s technology, JCMI continues to offer a few of its most precious gems.

The Women’s Book Club

The book club resumed Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m., with an outdoor venue. The meeting took place on the beautiful grounds of the Synagogue. Chairs were provided, and participants brought a snack or bag lunch if they wished. This season’s first book was “Body and Soul” by Frank Conroy. Please see page ? for this season’s titles.

The Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Jewish Film Festival

JCMI is proud of being the first Jewish Film Festival in Southwest Florida with its premiere of the Sidney R.

Hoffman Jewish Film Festival in 2000. Films offered focus on Jewish themes and Jewish life. This year, the virtual venue is free of charge. The first awardwinning film, “The Interpreter,” aired Sunday, Dec. 20. As of the writing of this article, additional films had not been selected. Check www.marcojcmi.com for current information.

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Each year, JCMI strives to offer patrons educational and entertaining events. This season, three wonderful programs are planned: Jan. 16 – Tim Schwarz and Dan Weiser – Broadway Violins Feb. 6 – The Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet, our 15th year of magical music March 6 – Frank Del Pizzo, singer and comedian straight from Las Vegas For further information on pricing and venues, contact the Synagogue office at 239-642-0800 or check the Flyers & Information page of our website, www.marcojcmi.com.

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he Holocaust Museum & Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center in Naples will celebrate its 20th anniversary in November 2021! What a journey it has been, from the founding inspiration of the “Out of the Ashes” Golden Gate Middle School project created by teachers David Bell and Michelle Lee, to the creation, 2019 opening and expansion of the multiaward-winning new Museum.

Education Mission

The Museum’s mission is to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence. Since its founding, over 175,000 Southwest Florida students, grades K-12 through college/university, have been impacted by the Museum’s education programs. Students and visitors are encouraged to not only reflect on the importance of respect for others, but to commit to do the right thing by taking action to stand up for others in need. The education department’s ageappropriate programming, conducted on campus pre-COVID-19, is now available on the Museum’s website. Museum Field Trips continue to be available for small student

groups accompanied by teachers and chaperones. The Holocaust education workshops for teachers are now available on the Museum’s website and YouTube channel as a year-long monthly series. This provides teachers with lesson plans, student activities and videos, which can be downloaded at their convenience. The workshops are funded through a generous legacy gift of the Merrill Kuller Educator Series.

New Location and Hours

The Museum’s new location is 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., Suite 108, Naples, FL 34110. The museum’s current hours are 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. It is closed Monday, Tuesday, Friday and major U.S. Holidays. Go to www.HMCEC.org for details.

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ticketing. The pre-purchase of timedentry tickets on the Museum’s website is available and suggested. Self-guided audio tours and Museum maps are available at no charge.

Special Tour Programs

Special tours of the Museum are now available by appointment. These include school field trips, private group tours, docent-led small group public tours, and the “Perfectly Paradise Authentic Experience Tour,” created in conjunction with the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Visitor Bureau. More information is available on the website’s “Education” and “Visit” tab sections or via e-mail at Sam@HMCEC.org (for school field trips), David@HMCEC. org (for non-school tours) and Info@ HMCEC.org (for general information).

Museum Exhibits

Three major exhibits will rotate on display in the Estelle and Stuart Price Gallery in 2021. The first, “Girl Power! How Young Women Impacted the Holocaust and Beyond,” will celebrate women from a variety of backgrounds and time Please visit our website periods for their courage to act against or call for information on: evil despite the personal cost of doing of from the so. Pre-purchase Included will be women Holocaust, civil rightstickets and contempotimed-entry rary eras. Girl Power will run from JanMuseum uaryNew 5 through May 23. hours The nextvisiting major exhibit will feature New procedures the Museum’s Ken Regele World War II photography collection. The military photographer generously donated film of photos he had taken as well as&film he G. a The Holocaust Museum Janet found during the war. The comprehenHarvey D. Cohen Education Center sive exhibit will profile images from his 975 Imperial Golfwith Course Bouleva collection, beginning the D-Day invasion through the post-war NuremSuite 108, Naples, FL 34110 burg Trials. Among the subjects to be included will be life behind the front Votedcelebri2019 lines, military leaders, USO Best Museum ties, and images from captured enemy

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film. The exhibit will run from June 6 through late October. The final exhibit of 2021, “Vedem Underground,” is a special traveling exhibit from the Vedem Foundation. Vedem was a long-running underground magazine created by teenagers and young men documenting their lives in the Theresienstadt Ghetto. The exhibit will begin in November and run through the end of the year. Special virtual events are planned to accompany these exhibits. More information will be available on the Museum’s website, www.HMCEC.org.

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Museum’s programs are now held via Zoom. In 2021, programs will explore the theme of “Heroes, Heroines and Helpers.” Presented are the stories of individuals and groups, whose brave actions against bigotry, hatred and violence continue to provide important lessons and inspire us today. Some of the programs are being jointly offered with GenShoah of SWFL. The periodically scheduled “Discussions with Docents” Zoom programs and Zoom film and book discussions with special guests are very well attended, with people joining from their homes across the U.S. Participants are encouraged to engage in the lively Q&A sessions.

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Most programs are free to attend, with an RSVP required to receive the Zoom links. To receive timely information on these programs, sign up for the Museum’s monthly newsletter and program emails via the link provided on the website. In addition to the to-bescheduled “Discussions with Docents” and film/book Zoom presentations, among other upcoming virtual programs, are: • Wednesday, Jan. 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Zoom program with survivors’ tribute, music from the Terezin Music Foundation, unveiling of Liberation Wall solar calendar in the Rissa and Richard Grossman Reflection Room. • Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Program about Hidden Children • Early March – Triumph 2021 with special guest speaker • March date TBD – Discussion of film “Inside Hana’s Suitcase” • Sunday, April 11– Annual Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration Additional details on the programs can be found on the Museum’s website, or will be forthcoming, as the program date gets nearer. For more information, visit www.HMCEC.org or call the Museum at 239-263-9200.

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Jewish Community Day and Evening of Learning: Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

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he 5th Annual Jewish Community Relations Council Day of Learning will be a virtual Day and Evening of Learning this year. “It’s Chai Time to Visit Jewish Neighbors” is the theme for Sunday, March 7, when speakers will “take” us to three Jewish communities. During this interesting and uplifting afternoon, Cantor Donna Azu, Dr. Ron Duncan Hart and Dr. Steven Derfler will tell us about Crypto Jews as well as communities in Persia and China. Cantor Donna Azu received a Bachelor of Music degree in Opera Performance and Music Education from California State University, attended the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in New York City, taught both music and theater, and sang professionally. Having earned a master’s degree in Sacred Music Cantor Donna Azu from the Hebrew Union College in 2009 and her Cantorial Ordination in 2010, Cantor Azu has served as co-clergy at Temple Shalom in Naples, Florida since 2010 Ron Duncan Hart, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist and the Director of the Jewish Learning Channel, which provides educational film on Ron Duncan Hart, Ph.D. Jewish life. He is the former President of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, has received numerous awards and served as the Program Director of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society. 32

Hart is an invited lecturer and has written a number of books on Jewish life and cultural history, the more recent of which are, “Crypto-Jews: The Long Journey,” “Jews and the Arab World: Intertwined Legacies,” “Judaism,” and “Sephardic Jews: History, Religion and People.” He is co-author/editor of the award-winning book “Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition and New World Identities.” Dr. Steven L. Derfler is an international educational consultant, archaeologist, historian and researcher, teacher and author. Dr. DerDr. Steven L. Derfler fler has been uncovering the histories of ancient civilizations for 45 years and brings insight to current political and social events. Throughout his career, he has worked aggressively to bring the community together for education and celebration of ethnic and cultural diversity. Dr. Derfler recently retired from the University of Wisconsin and has lectured in a wide variety of venues. He also served as the Minnesota Area Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee. As part of his commitment to diversity and international awareness, Dr.

Derfler has directed academic study tours to Israel and Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Greece and Turkey.

Evening Event

This year, nearly a year into the pandemic, individuals were curious about how clergy navigated this new world. To satisfy their curiosity, JCRC will present an added Evening of Learning, titled “Keeping the Faith and So Much More During the Pandemic.” Local clergy scheduled to participate are Rabbi Miller from Temple Shalom, Pastor Lonnie Mills from Macedonia Baptist Church, Reverend Edward Gleason from Naples United Church of Christ and Fr. Hugh McGuigan from our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Estero. The panel may answer questions about how they dealt with life cycle events, how they tried to bring comfort and faith when their buildings were closed, and what new approaches they developed. The Day of Learning will be available on Zoom on Sunday, March 7, beginning at 2 p.m. The Evening of Learning will be available on Zoom on Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. To join the community for these special programs, register at www.jewishnaples.org

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Beth Tikvah Lecture Series 2021

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eth Tikvah offers a myriad of cultural, intellectual, social, musical and religious programming throughout the year, especially during Naples’ busiest months. All Beth Tikvah lectures and events are open to the greater Naples community and everyone is welcome. As part of its adult education programing and “All Things Jewish,” Beth Tikvah hosts a seasonal lecture series. This year, there are six lectures offered, each presented by a different lecturer on interesting topics held throughout the season:

Rabbi Irving Elson, Jan. 15 Dr. David Danoff, Jan. 17 June Sochen and Joyce Schrager, Jan. 28 and Feb. 11 Dr. Mark Poznansky, Feb. 4 Sam Geist, March 11. Please check times, topics and biographical details for the 2021 speakers online at BethtikvahNaples.org, where you can also make your reservation. Alternatively, contact office@bethtikvah.us or call 239-434-1818. Our appreciation goes to Jeff Margolis, Neil Adelman and Justin Land who contributed to this series in the fall of 2020.

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eth Tikvah is pleased to announce that Dr. Sandra Lilienthal, a dynamic and inspirational Jewish educator, will return to Beth Tikvah as our Scholar-in-Residence from Friday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 21. Dr. Lilienthal is the author of “Pillars of Judaism,” a two-year curriculum for adult learners. She holds a Doctorate in Jewish Education and is a member

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of the Hebrew University Florence Melton Adult Jewish Learning Faculty. A master teacher with a warm and sparkling personality, Dr. Lilienthal has taught at every level, both in her native Brazil and the United States. Beth Tikvah is proud to offer a weekend series of four lectures through which she will address the theme, “Through a Jewish Lens: Anxiety and Fear in Uncertain and Unpredictable Times.” Dr. Lilienthal possesses a unique ability to draw us into the journey and bring us to the moment. Her presentations will be conducted via Zoom, available through Beth Tikvah’s streaming channel. Further details about the timing and format of each presentation will be available through the Beth Tikvah website. All Beth Tikvah lectures and events are open to the Greater Naples community and everyone is welcome. If you are interested in attending, please go to www.bethtikvahnaples.org, contact us at office@bethtikvah.us or call 239-434-1818 for reservations and registration fees.

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abbi Ammos Chorny’s “Jewish Perspectives” class meets on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. Participants are invited to enjoy lunch while participating in the online discussion via Zoom. There is no charge to attend these discussions. Rabbi Chorny will lead four sessions on “Jewish Values in a Changing World” on Wednesdays in January and February. This program is based on Jewish Theological Seminary materials. In February and March, he will lead a series of four sessions on “Jews in Their History.” Together with Aviva Chorny, Rabbi Chorny will teach “Practice Makes Perfect: Learn to Read Hebrew in a Day (Year 2).” This will be held on Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required. All Beth Tikvah events are open to the greater Naples community and everyone is welcome. At present, all of our events are available in remote format online. Please visit us online to check for exact dates and fees for all courses. Go to our website at www.bethtikvahnaples. org or contact us at office@bethtikvah.us or 239-434-1818 for all reservations.

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“All Things Jewish” at Beth Tikvah

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s Naples’ conservative congregation, we strive to offer learning opportunities of solid Jewish intellectual content, such as “Jewish Values in a Changing World” (four sessions), developed by the Jewish Theological Seminary and “Jews in their History” (four sessions). Both programs are taught by Rabbi Chorny. Practice Makes Perfect: Hebrew in One Day will be taught by Rabbi and Aviva Chorny. These classes are scheduled for January and February.

Speaker Series

This year’s Speaker Series amplifies the theme of “All Things Jewish,” with seven lectures given by congregants, either on Jewish subjects or on topics which highlight the speaker’s own expertise in a secular subject. As part of the series, Dr. June Sochen and Joyce Schrager return this year, on Jan. 28 and Feb. 7, for their very popular and always stimulating take on current events. Other speakers in the series include Dr. David Danoff speaking on “Books that Never Made it into the Bible,” and Sam Geist on “How Technology Changes our Lives ... Every Minute of Every Day!”

Scholar-in-Residence

Dr. Sandra Lilienthal, a dynamic and inspirational Jewish educator, will return as Scholar-in-Residence for four talks Feb. 19-21. She possesses a unique

ability to draw us into the journey and bring us to the moment. The weekend’s theme is “Through a Jewish Lens: Anxiety and Fear in Uncertain and Unpredictable Times.”

Dr. Dulcie Poznansky Memorial Lecture

Dr. Mark Poznansky will deliver the annual Dr. Dulcie Poznansky memorial lecture on Feb. 4. Director of the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center at Harvard Medical School, Dr.Poznansky will focus on the latest developments bridging academic research and clinical care.

Other Offerings

Here are some of the other exciting events, learning sessions and holiday festivities in the works at Beth Tikvah. Because we enjoy being together and seeing one another, our three erev Shabbat eat-and-learns, which began in December during Hanukkah, continue on Jan. 15, with Rabbi Irving Elson, and on Feb. 19, with Rabbi Sandra Lilienthal. Reservations are needed. Rabbi Chorny’s weekly Tuesday, 12:15 p.m. “Lunch and Learns” are also virtual. Follow the link and drop in any time. Our Women’s Rosh Chodesh Study Group meets monthly on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. Topics and

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facilitators vary. All sessions are online: Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14. Check www.bethtikvahnaples.org for sessions and topics. Expanded programming this year also offers live programs with a focus on Jewish music. We welcome 2021, on Jan. 3, with an afternoon of special music and the extraordinary voices of three Chorny women. Jewish Jazz returns on Jan. 13. The Naples Jewish Film Festival will be held remotely on four Sunday evenings, beginning at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 and continuing on March 7, 14 and 21. All Beth Tikvah events are open to the Greater Naples community and are presented in a remote access format. We welcome all to attend. Please visit www.bethtikvahnaples.org for more information, reservations and payment or contact us at office@bethtikvah.us or 239-434-1818.

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ome onto Zoom or YouTube Live to experience informative and intriguing Jewish learning sure to provoke thought and foster dialogue. Rabbi Howard Herman’s adult education sessions at Naples Jewish Congregation (NJC) will be held on Zoom and YouTube Live on the following dates and times: 34

• Monday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m. – Modern Israel at a Glance • Monday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m. – Great Schisms in Jewish History • Monday, Mar. 22, 2 p.m. – Torah Study: The Parsha of the Week When our adult education sessions resume in October 2021, we will follow our usual format with the lesson at 5 p.m.,

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followed by a light dinner on the patio at 6 p.m. and Friday night Shabbat services at 7 p.m. There is no charge and unaffiliated guests are welcome. The fall sessions will be held in the sanctuary at NJC, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. For more information, please visit www.naplesjewishcongregation.org.

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he Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah Study Group meets on the third Monday of the month October through June. The Study Group has studied Jewish biographies from Golda Meir and Rabin to Jewish artists, Israel and Jewish History as well as contemporary issues facing Israel. The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at First Watch on Pine Ridge and Livingston Roads and then at the Temple Shalom library at 1 p.m. For more information, please contact Arlene Yedid at 239-455-1912 or arleney2001@embarqmail.com.

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he Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah has several active Book Clubs, open to all members, that meet in members’ homes. Participants have lunch either at the home or a local restaurant. If you are interested in joining a Hadassah Book Club or starting one of your own, please contact the following:

Hadassah North Book Club • Diane Schwartz, 732-539-4011 or dianepschwartz@gmail.com • Judy Donaldson, 336-813-4522 orkadonaldson@yahoo.com Hadassah Nonfiction Book Club and More • Linda Wertheim, 301-801-6631 or werthla@gmail.com (Hadassah Book Club North)

JCMI Women’s Book Club

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urrently in its 13th season, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) Women’s Book Club has four book events remaining. Jan. 19, 2021 – “The Taming of the Queen,” by Philippa Gregory Feb. 16, 2021 – “Walking Lions,” by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

March 16, 2021 – “The Silent Patient,” by Alex Michaelides April 20, 2021 – “The Flight Portfolio,” by Julie Orringer The book club is held on the grounds of JCMI, with chairs provided. Bring a mask, and lunch if you wish. Everyone is welcome to participate,

regardless of temple membership and whether or not you have read the book being discussed. For more information, call Sandra at 239-394-6953. Reserve your seat a week prior to each event by calling Sandra as well.

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People of the Book Cultural Event Neal Bascomb author of Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best Wednesday, March 3 • 7:30 pm

As Nazi Germany launched its campaign of racial terror and pushed the world toward war, three misfits banded together to challenge Hitler’s dominance at the apex of motorsport—The Grand Prix. Bringing to life this glamorous era and the sport that defined it, Faster chronicles one of the most inspiring, deathdefying upsets of all time. Neal Bascomb is the award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of The Winter Fortress, Hunting Eichmann and The Perfect Mile.

Register at www.JewishBookFestival.org Registration fee: $18

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Naples Senior Center at JFCS

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aples Senior Center at JFCS empowers seniors and their families by giving them tools to address life’s challenges. Naples Senior Center, located at 5025 Castello Drive in Naples, provides services to the communities of Collier and southern Lee counties.

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On Jan. 22, 2014, Naples Senior Center at JFCS opened the doors to the first senior center in Collier County. The Naples Senior Center is a vibrant place for seniors to socialize, receive services and participate in a variety of stimulating programs. Open to all denominations of adults 60 years and older, the Naples Senior Center helps them maintain a healthy, satisfying quality of life by providing services and activities in a nurturing environment. Presently, the Center has 1,400 members. Offering a weekly lunch program followed by entertainment, the Center is open five days a week. Over 100 different activities, including art classes, computer instruction, movie afternoons, lectures, cards, discussion groups, foreign language classes, book club, and tai chi and other exercise programs are part of the Center’s vibrant programs. Annual membership is $25 per person. There are no additional fees. Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford to pay. Reservations are requested for Lunch and More and specific programs. The Naples Senior Center provides a variety of core programs and services as follows:

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Outreach program includes a variety of supportive services to frail seniors who are unable to come into the office. The program provides a wide range of services addressing the isolation of the frail elderly. Among those services are: • Geriatric case management • Information and referral • Friendly visiting • Volunteer driving • Telephone reassurance

Dementia Respite and Memory Support

The Center currently has 11 dementia respite groups for men and women who have been diag-nosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Seven groups are in Naples and two are on Marco Island. The four-hour, highly structured and supportive groups are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals and a corps of highly trained volunteers.

NAPLES SENIOR CENTER AT JFCS 5025 Castello Drive, Suite 101 Naples, FL 34103 Telephone: 239-325-4444 Email: info@naplesseniorcenter.org Website: naplesseniorcenter.org Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, President/CEO jfaffer@naplesseniorcenter.org

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Activities include Dakim Brain Fitness; art and music therapy; activities that strengthen language and organizational skills; and reminiscence activities. The groups provide a cognitively stimulating experience in a safe and nurturing environment for the person with dementia and four hours of respite for the caregiver. Caregivers receive support through a variety of programs, including professionally facilitated support groups, individual support, socialization activities and membership in an exclusive Facebook group.

Early Memory Loss Program

The Early Memory Loss (EML) program is designed to preserve and challenge cognitive abilities, teach memory strategies and encourage active lifestyles. The program serves individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), early memory loss or individuals with a significant concern about their memory. The program is for individuals who are mindful of the challenges they are experiencing and choose to participate in group activities that promote brain health. It is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker.

Emotional Support Services

In the Center’s emotional support services offered to seniors and their families, licensed social workers and counselors assist with challenges brought about by life transitions such as aging, cognitive decline and loss of a loved one.

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n 1988, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island entered into an agreement with the Marco Island Cemetery to create a section for Jewish burial called the Jewish Memorial Garden. It has grown from an initial 40 gravesites to the current 213. Any Jewish person, together with his or her Jewish or nonJewish spouse/partner or family member, will be allowed to be interned here. The JCMI Cemetery Committee works hard to ensure all Jewish burial customs are observed and the “Garden” remains a peaceful resting place. The Garden is located in the Marco Island Cemetery at the corner of Bald Eagle Drive and East Elkcam Circle. For more information, call the JCMI office at 239-642-0800 or Bernie Seidman, Cemetery Committee Chair, at 239-248-5566.

Funeral Homes & Cemeteries Fuller Funeral Home (two locations) 1625 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, 239-592-1611 4735 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, 239-417-5000 Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens 525 111th Ave. N., Naples, 239-597-3101 Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home 577 Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, 239-394-7573 Palm Royale Cemetery / Shalom Gardens 6780 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, 239-354-5330

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pened in March 2014, the Jewish community mikvah is designed to provide Jewish women in the Naples Jewish community with a unique and invigorating mikvah experience. Located on the grounds of the Chabad campus, the world-class mikvah serves women in a sensitive fashion that enhances the meaning of this special ritual. Generously underwritten by Sally Aaron of Marco Island and the local Elias and Yitzchak families, the spalike facility offers the best in comfort, hygiene, aesthetics and privacy. Its luxurious bath and preparation rooms are state of the art and designed with ultramodern décor. Mikvah attendants provide warm, caring individual attention for each client, enabling each woman to discover the spiritual mystery in this life-fulfilling mitzvah in a tranquil and supportive setting. If you are interested in more information on the practice of, or wish to use, the mikvah, please call Rebbetzin Ettie Zaklos at 239-262-4474.

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pay utilities and for the purchase of food. Financial assistance is provided on a case-by-case basis. The Naples Senior Center at JFCS Food Pantry is available to the community.

Information and Referral

Information about community resources and referrals to appropriate agencies for specific needs, such as housing, assisted living and home health care agencies, are available.

Volunteer Services

The Center’s vibrant volunteer program serves the frail senior population participating in the case management program. The Center is always looking for new volunteers, who are interested in making a difference in someone’s life. Volunteer opportunities include: • Friendly visits to the frail, homebound senior • Telephone reassurance calls to the frail, homebound senior

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• Driving seniors to life-sustaining activities, such as doctor visits, and quality-of-life activities, like visiting a loved one in a nursing home • Assisting at the Naples Senior Center • Providing assistance in the dementia respite programs Members of the community are invited to visit the Center. For an upto-date calendar of activities, visit our website at www.naplesseniorcenter.org.

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Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah

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Over 108 years ago, one Jewish woman, Henrietta Szold, had the ability and determination to take action and create change — at a time when women were not even permitted to vote — and Hadassah was born. Hadassah, committed to strengthening the unity of the Jewish people, provides regional health care and medical research through the Hadassah Medical Organization and two hospitals in Jerusalem. Both provide world-class care for over one million admissions a year, regardless of race, religion or nationality. Hadassah emphasizes that healing is not only medical. It is about fixing

what is problematic in society: women’s health issues, women’s rights, antiSemitism and more. We welcome Hadassah Associates, men who wish to participate in the mission of supporting Israel, providing healing and focusing on enhancing the quality of Jewish life in the U.S. Associates can work alongside Hadassah women or create their own initiatives. The Collier/Lee Chapter is pleased to announce its new group, the “Simcha Sisters.” This group is available to young women who support Hadassah’s mission and goals and, as does the chap-

ter, offers the opportunity to meet and interact with Jewish women focused on “The Power of Women Who Do.” We have the power to heal our world, raise our voices and take action — making a difference and creating a better future for our children and our grandchildren. Joyce Toub, President 518-330-1559 Joyt211639@aol.com Donna Goldblatt, Membership Co-Vice President 239-597-3441 Mom443@aol.com

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he Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida’s (JHSSWF) mission is to educate, celebrate and promote awareness of contributions Southwest Florida Jewish residents have made in the establishment and development of the region to date, and document the contemporary Jewish presence and role in the area. In its Virtual Museum of Southwest Florida Jewish History, JHSSWF continually expands its collection of

records relevant to early Southwest Florida Jewish presence. The Southwest Florida Jewish history timeline presentations offer additional material to those seeking historical information, both factual and anecdotal. Occasional master classes of SWFL Jewish History have resonated within the community and beyond. During this Zoom era, JHSSWF moved most of its programming to virtual platforms. We encourage you to join the Society’s email list by contacting office@jhsswf.org.

The JHSSWF-produced “Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers” film series, featuring personal accounts by eyewitnesses who share their memories of the evolution of the Jewish presence in Southwest Florida, earned a TELLY Award. You must be on the Society’s membership list to receive the calendar and access to the series while it is on Zoom. How you can help? Annual individual membership is $36. Annual family membership is $54. Any donation is welcome.

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Women’s Cultural Alliance

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he Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA), a non-fundraising affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, is an independent organization run entirely by volunteers. WCA offers a wide variety of cultural, educational, fitness and social programs, through which women can meet other women who share similar interests. Formed in 2008, WCA is beginning its 13th season of offering outstanding programs year-round to women in Southwest Florida. WCA currently has more than 1,200 members, and new members are always welcome! WCA is nonpartisan, nonwsectarian and welcomes women of all faiths. Membership in WCA includes membership in the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. For a sampling of programs, see the WCA listing in the Arts & Culture section on pages 24. For this season’s program guide, visit www.WomensCulturalAlliance.com.

Sue Dean, Mary O’Haver, Susan Koeppel, Barbara Karp, Harriett Kleinman, Lenore Greenstein, Susan Pittelman, Phyllis Strome, Arlene Sobol, Elaine Soffer, Nancy Kahn, WCA President Patti Boochever, Barbara Suden, Toby Kosloff, Dina Shein, Lea Bendes, Robin Mintz and Linda Simon Not Pictured: Emily Berkowitz, Ann Cowen, Cathy Lone-Dawson and Leslie Wasserman

WCA programs are available only to WCA members, so if you are not already a member of WCA, join today to ensure that you, too, can be part of all that WCA has to offer. For a membership form or more information, please visit the website at www.WomensCulturalAlliance.com. A Harriett Kleinman, membership form is also WCA Membership Director in every issue of the Fedhmkleinman@ gmail.com eration Star.

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aunched over seven years ago, the Men’s Cultural Alliance of Greater Naples (MCA) has grown into the pre-eminent men’s social and cultural organization in the area. Comprised of members from all across the United States and Canada, MCA offers a wide variety of activities and events to its 700-plus members. MCA’s programming includes monthly luncheon programs (when possible) with engaging guest speakers, and events and outings for members only as well as members and spouses. The organization offers a myriad of activities that include golf, boating, fishing, pickleball, birding, bocce ball, biking, and discussion and book review groups. The highly regarded Documentary Film program has been a perennial sellout. Members of MCA have also been involved in many local charitable endeavors, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and Bikes for Tykes. The organization is a sponsor of the annual Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival. Members are encouraged to start new programs, activities and events. For more information about MCA or to become a member, please visit the website mcanaples.com. E-blasts are sent to all members periodically, with a listing of events and how to sign up. An online program guide is also distributed to members annually. For more information about MCA and its programs, please contact MCA president Les Nizin at mcanaplespresident@gmail.com. MCA is an affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and Federation membership is included with annual dues.

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he Jewish Russian Cultural Alliance (JRCA) is a Day. Meetings always include a kosher-style community group under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of meal, followed by a film presentation, poetry readings or a Greater Naples. Jews from the former Soviet Union, similar cultural exchange. and countries which evolved after its collapse, are moving to Meetings in May always include tributes to relatives who Southwest Florida and seeking out new connections. lived through WWII or perished in it, story and photo sharJRCA’s mission is to enhance the social and cultural ing, and occasionally singing. lives of this emerging community. Non-Jewish relatives and Many newcomers pop in to find new friends or break friends are welcome. off into smaller circles of like-minded friends. That’s what The group is now in its fifth this is all about — no membership fees, no year and has traditionally met commitments, just fun! Cooking contests Mark Katsnelson to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, for Hanukkah and Purim have produced 856.912.0894 or JRCAGroup@gmail.com Hanukkah, Purim and Israel undisputed winners. CONNECTIONS 2021

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enerations of the Shoah of Southwest Florida (GenShoah) was formed in 2009 through an initiative by the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. This group is not only for children of Holocaust survivors (2gs), but for all those who share our fourfold mission: “promotion of Holocaust education

and human rights, preservation of the history and memories of the Holocaust, connection of members of the Second Generation to one another and support of the Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center. GenShoah Southwest Florida presents programs from October to April and sends out a monthly informational newsletter announcing programs and related local and national events. GenShoah programs include “Movies That Matter,” Holocaust-themed films, meetings for 2gs to share their stories, local and nationally known speakers and Featured Speaker for the 2020 International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Sidney book discussions. Many Tassig (seated center), the last surviving “Boy of Terezin,” pictured here with his family and members of GenShoah SWFL. programs this season

are related to the inspirational theme of “Heroes, Heroines and Helpers,” including the discussion of the book “Witness: Lessons From Elie Wiesel’s Classroom,” written by Ariel Burger. The public is welcome to attend most programs, which this season have been presented virtually, but hopefully will also be in person. Any visitors to our community, who are Holocaust survivors, children or grandchildren of survivors, or who share the GenShoah mission, are encouraged to get in touch with GenShoah. Contact us to receive the newsletter or for more information. Ida Margolis 239-263-9200 genshoahswfl@gmail.com

Mix & Mingle Singles Group

Jewish War Veterans

ix & Mingle, a group under the umbrella of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, invites all Jewish singles ages 55+ to socialize and participate in monthly planned activities. The goal of the group is to improve the social lives of Jewish senior singles in our community, and to find a way to involve Jewish senior singles in service projects.

ewish War Veterans (JWV) Post 202 meets the third Thursday of the month at a local restaurant. Post 202 also attends local high school JROTC assemblies to present achievement awards to outstanding cadets, and participates in local events to honor Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and other holidays.

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he American Jewish Committee (AJC), established in 1906 by a small group of American Jews deeply concerned about pogroms aimed at Russian Jews, determined that the best way to protect Jewish populations in danger would be to work towards a world in which all peoples were accorded respect and dignity. AJC is the global advocate for the wellbeing of the Jewish people and for the advancement of democratic values for all. For more than 100 years, AJC has sought to advance the peace and security of the Jewish people around the world. Through high-level diplomacy, strong legislative advocacy, and effective interreligious and interethnic coalitions, AJC has made a significant impact on issues critical to the Jewish people. With key relationships at the regional, national and international levels — from diplomats, to global decision-makers and community leaders — AJC is the preeminent global Jewish advocate. AJC’s West Coast Florida Regional Office, located in Sarasota, is one of 22 regional offices in the United States. For more information about AJC: Brian Lipton, Regional Director 941-365-4955 or liptonb@ajc.org www.ajc.org

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nparalleled in the Jewish philanthropic world, Jewish National Fund-USA’s strategic vision has been, and always will be, to ensure a strong, secure and prosperous future for the land and people of Israel. Everything we do — every project, initiative and campaign we take on — is integral to our vision of building and connecting to our land. We plant trees, build houses and parks, source water solutions, buy fire trucks and improve the lives of people with disabilities and special needs. We boost tourism, support Aliyah, promote Zionist education and engagement, build medical centers and trauma centers, fund agricultural and culinary research, and run Alexander Muss High School in Israel, an American semester abroad school. We do all these things because each project, each program, each partnership

is consistent with our strategic vision — population growth in the north and south, connecting the next generation

to Israel, infrastructure development, ecology, forestation, heritage preservation and more — all for the land and people of Israel. Jewish National Fund: We are unique, we are strategic, we are visionary, and we have been that way since 1901. Joshua Mellits, Director, Western Florida 941-462-1330 x865 jmellits@jnf.org www.jnf.org

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heir job is to look after Israel. Ours is to look after them.” This is the motto of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

(FIDF), a 501(c)(3) organization that cares for the educational and well-being needs of Israel’s soldiers. A group of Holocaust survivors founded FIDF in 1981 to recognize the courageous young Israeli men and women who join the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at age 18 to defend the State of Israel. FIDF has assumed the responsibility of providing these soldiers with love and support in an effort to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide. Since its inception, FIDF has grown to over 150,000 loyal supporters across 20 chapters in the U.S. and Panama, and provides a range of well-being

programs for Israeli soldiers. These include the IMPACT! Scholarship Program, which grants four-year scholarships to combat veterans from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the Lone Soldiers Program, which supports soldiers who volunteered to leave their countries of origin to serve in the IDF. For more information about FIDF and its programs, and how to support the IDF soldiers, contact the Miami Chapter. Dina Ben-Ari, Executive Director 305-354-8233 miami@figf.org www.fidf.org

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American Friends of Magen David Adom

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agen David Adom is Israel’s ambulance, blood services and disaster relief organization, serving as emergency medical first responders for the state’s more than 8 million people. MDA is the only organization mandated by the Israeli government to serve in this role, but it’s not a government agency, so it relies on people like you for funding. Every Israeli knows someone whose life has been changed by MDA, whether as a volunteer or a

patient. The people of Israel count on MDA EMTs and paramedics to rush to the scene of every emergency. In Israel, that can be anything from a terror attack to a heart attack. But they also count on the Americans who feel the urgency of Israeli ambulance sirens from across the globe and join MDA’s rescue efforts with their generous support. When you give to MDA, it’s as if you’re sitting in the ambulance next to the paramedics sharing in the mitzvah of saving lives.

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Founded in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is the world’s oldest pro-Israel organization. It was instrumental in the Jewish state becoming a reality by mobilizing the support of the U.S. government, Congress and the American public for the creation of Israel. Under the leadership of such illustrious past presidents as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, ZOA has been on the front lines of Jewish activism. Today, with a national membership of over 30,000 and chapters throughout the United States, ZOA works to

strengthen U.S.-Israeli relations through educational activities by working Capitol Hill and combating anti-Israel bias in the media and on college campuses. The local chapter is proactively involved with all issues concerning Israel and the worldwide Jewish community. Meetings are held monthly at supporting synagogues in Naples featuring noted speakers. Past speakers have included Morton Klein, ZOA National President; Joseph Sabag, Esquire, Regional Director Florida ZOA; Dr. Andrew Bostom, foremost

Additional Organizations With Offices in Florida AIPAC Florida Regional Office 954-382-6110 flreg@aipac.org Anti-Defamation League 561-988-2900 http://florida.adl.org Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico 305-925-9400 www.consulateisrael.com

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authority on Islamic anti-Semitism; and Mr. Mat Leisbaum, producer of the movie documentary “Israel Inside, How a Small Nation Makes A Big Difference.” The local chapter maintains a speakers guild available to speak to community organizations about Israel advocacy issues. ZOA is an ecumenical organization open to the public and seeks new membership from all who are interested in supporting Israel. For more information, to be added to the local mailing list or to arrange to have a ZOA presentation for your organization, contact: Jerrold L. Sobel, Chapter President jerrysobel@aol.com

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Temple Shalom

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emple Shalom has a warm, welcoming, diverse and dynamic congregation. At Temple Shalom, members can enhance their spirituality through worship services, enjoy Jewish learning opportunities for all ages and stages of life, partake in meaningful social action programs and celebrate Jewish holidays and life cycle events with friends and family. Led by Rabbi Adam Miller, Cantor Donna Azu and Rabbi Ariel Boxman, Temple Shalom is more than a building, school or set of programs. Temple Shalom is about being part of one family. Members come from all over the world and represent every stream of Jewish thought and practice. Sacred experiences are shared by learning together, supporting each other in times of need, celebrating life’s milestones and finding opportunities for Tikkun Olam — repairing the world. Believing that one’s financial situation should not be a barrier to synagogue membership, Temple Shalom has replaced its traditional dues system with L’Shalom, a system that allows members to determine their own annual pledge amount. The synagogue offers Shabbat worship services, and all major holidays are celebrated. Livestreaming of services and special events allows those who are unable to attend to remain connected. YESh, Youth Engagement at Shalom (formerly known as the Religious School), is led by Rabbi Ariel Boxman

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and provides outstanding religious and Hebrew education for children in grades K-12, Consecration, B’nai Mitzvah and Confirmation. Adult Education is an important part of temple life. Year-round programming includes: • The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning • Jewish Spirituality and Wise Aging classes • Sunday School for Adults • Scholar-In-Residence and Artist-in-Residence • Weekly Torah discussions and learning opportunities • Guest speakers Temple Shalom’s award-winning preschool is the premier preschool in Collier County. Creative learning, outstanding education and a nurturing environment continues year-round and includes music, art, science, technology, fitness and yoga, gardening, Spanish, and of course, enriching playtime. Registration for preschool is ongoing throughout the year.

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Temple Shalom Sisterhood includes an intergenerational membership and operates Collier County’s only Judaica Shop. Sisterhood provides excellent programming, support for the Religious School and an unmatched Oneg Shabbat. The Men’s Club offers lectures, sports outings, a golf tournament and family get-togethers to create a strong sense of community while also raising funds to support the youth education and life of the congregation. If social action and social justice are your passion, the Tikkun Olam Council (TOC) of Temple Shalom offers many creative and diverse opportunities to help repair the world. Focusing its efforts on one or two projects every month, the TOC has tackled such issues as water quality in Southwest Florida and reducing gun violence, as well partnering with organizations, such as Grace Place, Meals of Hope and the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee, to name just a few.

Movement/Affiliation: Reform/Union of Reform Judaism Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Tikkun Olam Council Services: Shabbat Eve 7:30 p.m. • Shabbat 10 a.m. Special Programs/Features: Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Adult Education, YESh (Hebrew School & Religious School), Preschool, Havurot, Judaica Shop, Judaica Library, Adult Choir, Social Action, Outreach

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Beth Tikvah of Naples

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eth Tikvah is an egalitarian Beth Tikvah defines itself as a familyJewish community established friendly community. Jewish learning is under the umbrella of the United a cornerstone of our programming, Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. with opportunities for people of all Members come together because Juda- backgrounds. We welcome visitors who ism is their joy and passion. They want wish to discover what we have to offer. to celebrate with each Aside from weekly other, their comworship services and munity and their holiday observances, children. They are Beth Tikvah offers adult committed to fostereducation, commuing a Jewish spiritual nity events and social experience through events. It provides for participatory and Life Cycle ceremonies egalitarian services and observances and that are at once tradistrives to provide YahRabbi Ammos and Aviva Chorny tional and innovative. rzeit minyans upon Beth Tikvah is a place of Jewish request. Its programs connect its comlearning, spiritual growth and com- munity with the people of Israel and to munal participation. We can study the State of Israel. Beth Tikvah supports traditional teachings in a way that is social service and Tikkun Olam. meaningful in our time and in our Beth Tikvah is led by Rabbi Ammos world. It is a welcoming and inclusive Chorny, an experienced spiritual leader community, at once vibrant and car- ordained by the Jewish Theological ing. The Beth Tikvah community has Seminary. Born and raised in Bogota, a close connection to the State of Israel Columbia, Rabbi Chorny brings an and Zionism. international flavor to his pulpit.

A man of great learning with a profound ability to share it, Rabbi Chorny’s wide range of experience includes being a chaplain in the United States army. He served in Saudi Arabia, among other places. Aside from English and Hebrew, Rabbi Chorny is fluent in Spanish, German and Yiddish. BETH TIKVAH OF NAPLES 1459 Pine Ridge Road Naples, FL 34109 239-434-1818 office@bethtikvah.us www.bethtikvahnaples.org Rabbi Ammos Chorny Co-Presidents: Shelley Goodman and Sue Hammerman Movement/Affiliation: Conservative/ United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Membership: 180 members Services: Fridays at 6:15 p.m., Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., Sunday minyan at 9 a.m. in season. Special Programs: Lecture series, holiday celebrations, social/cultural/ community events, adult education courses, Rosh Chodesh Women’s Study, Naples Jewish Film Festival

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Naples Jewish Congregation

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he Naples Jewish C ong re g at i on (NJC) has served the Greater Naples area, including Bonita Springs and Estero, for over 20 years. NJC was founded to provide Reform Jews with an inspiring, affordable and participatory religious experience in a welcoming, intimate setting. NJC is proudly and unabashedly “Hamish.” As a mature, active congregation, NJC fosters strong bonds among its members through involvement in Tikkun Olam projects and participation in a myriad of activities, both educational and social. NJC is an URJ-affiliated congregation that services and events sometime during seeks to impart Reform Judaic prin- the first six months of 2021. NJC’s volciples to all its members. NJC consid- unteer choir, conducted by Alla Goreers its members to be part of our NJC lik, performs at our High Holy Days “family” and strives to provide the services and once per month at our most meaningful experience it can for Shabbat services. Rabbi Herman also leads our Passeach person. over Seder and our Chanukah and Rabbi Howard Herman and Cantorial Soloist Jane Galler, accompanied Purim celebrations. Additionally, he conducts an adult educaby Music Director Alla tion course once a month, Gorelik, conduct High October through March. Holy Days service and NJC promotes, and joyful Shabbat services its members engage in, three Fridays a month at interfaith dialogue and 7 p.m. and one Saturday services as well as in a month at 10 a.m., Sepsocial justice projects. tember through April. NJC has organized sevMay through August, sereral havurot to enhance vices are held one Friday its members’ participer month. pation in congregaDue to the global Rabbi Howard Herman, D.D. tional life. The Sisterhood pandemic, NJC Connects events and services have been held and Men’s Club solidify friendships “virtually” on Zoom and YouTube Live. through book discussions, luncheons, We anticipate returning to in-person outings and other events. NJC’s annual 46

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Artist-in-Residence program is a wellreceived community-wide event. NJC produces a comprehensive “Weekly eNEWS” and e-blasts to inform its members of congregational and community events. NAPLES JEWISH CONGREGATION Services are held at: Unitarian Universalist Cong. 6340 Napa Woods Way Naples, FL 34116 239-431-3858 rabbi@ naplesjewishcongregation.org naplesjewishcongregation.org Rabbi Howard S. Herman, D.D. Cantorial Soloist Jane Galler Movement/Affiliation: Reform Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Club Services: September - April: three Fridays at 7 p.m. and one Saturday at 10 a.m. May - August: once monthly

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Chabad of Naples Jewish Community Center

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he Alex and Carol Glassman Chabad Naples Jewish Community Center has become an immensely popular center for Jews, of all backgrounds, who want to learn more about their Jewish roots. Located in the heart of Naples, Chabad offers a wide variety of educational and spiritual opportunities, including Torah classes and lectures, Shabbat dinners and an array of engaging family and social programs. Established by Rabbi Fishel and Ettie Zaklos in 2004, Chabad of Naples brings traditional values to life in a

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meaningful, nonjudgmental environment. At Chabad, every Jew is family! Judaism is joyful, authentic and encouraging. There is something for everyone, and everyone is always welcome to attend — just ask its many frequent attendees. The state-of-the-art 22,000 squarefoot community center hosts a newly

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remodeled synagogue, social hall, kosher kitchen, award-winning preschool, Hebrew school and shaded playground. The spacious campus serves all segments of the Jewish community, regardless of a person’s level of religious observance. Guided by a deep commitment to the Naples community, Chabad’s leadership creates programming and events that promote the highest quality of educational scholarship, pride and joy in one’s Jewish identity, and unconditional acceptance and love for every Jew. Welcoming, easy-to-follow Shabbat services are held every Saturday morning with English translation/ transliteration prayer books, followed by a Kiddush luncheon and social hour. Meaningful children’s Shabbat programs and services are also available. Holiday programs throughout the year include a community-wide Chanukah extravaganza with a giant public menorah-lighting, a sukkah, Purim parties, Passover Seders and High Holiday services. Preschool of the Arts and Summer of the Arts, Chabad’s acclaimed arts-

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based preschool and summer camp, have been widely recognized as local pioneers in Jewish youth engagement. Chabad of Naples offers a Flying Challah, freshly baked and delivered, to randomly selected people in the community. Chabad of Naples welcomes everyone to visit and participate in its services and special events. Come experience welcoming hospitality, the benchmark for acceptance and appreciation extended to all who attend.

ALEX & CAROL GLASSMAN CHABAD OF NAPLES JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER 1789 Mandarin Road Naples, FL 34102 239-262-4474 info@chabadnaples.com www.chabadnaples.com Rabbi Fishel Zaklos Ettie Zaklos, Dir. of Education Arthur Seigel MD, President Movement/Affiliation: Chabad Programs/Features: Weekly Saturday morning services and kiddush, Preschool of the Arts, Hebrew School, Adult Jewish Learning Institute, Shabbat Dinners, Holiday Programs, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, Camp Gan Israel, Summer of the Arts, Women’s Circle, Flying Challahs, Friendship Circle, Judaica Shop, Men’s Club, Community Care, Partner Project

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Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

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he Jewish Congregation of Marco Island is the spiritual home to just under 200 families of diverse backgrounds, welcoming both permanent and part-time congregants to its open-door policy. In 1982, a classified advertisement in a local newspaper attracted a nucleus of 60 enthusiastic as well as a president and board of and dedicated people who evolved into directors. today’s active volunteers, offering and Livestream services are offered yearparticipating in a wide round every Friday evening variety of stimulating at 7:30 p.m. and, during the educational, cultural months of January through and social activities. April, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday Although primarily an Torah Study begins at 9:30 adult community, the a.m. via Zoom from SeptemJewish Congregation of ber to April. Please contact the Marco Island has the synagogue or visit its website staff and flexibility to for timely information on viroffer children’s programs tual services and reopening of and tutoring as required. its doors. Rabbi Mark Gross The current professional We look forward to welcomstaff includes Rabbi Mark William Gross ing those who wish to worship with and Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen, us. Located at 991 Winterberry Drive,

Marco Island, the temple can be easily accessed by crossing the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge and continuing south on Collier Boulevard to Winterberry Drive (opposite the Hilton Hotel). Turn left, go two blocks and the synagogue is on the right. JEWISH CONGREGATION OF MARCO ISLAND 991 Winterberry Drive Marco Island, FL 34145 239-642-0800 office@marcojcmi.com www.marcojcmi.com Rabbi Mark Gross Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen Movement/Affiliation: Reform Inclusive Virtual Services Membership: 200 families Services: Friday 7:30 p.m.; January - April, Shabbat morning 9:30 a.m. Cemetery Special Programs: When CDC guidelines permit….Jewish Film Festival, Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, Scholar-in-Residence, Duplicate Bridge, Mah Jongg, Bingo and community and holidayaffiliated events as appropriate

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BBYO

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he leading Jewish pluralistic teen movement, BBYO, aspires to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences, and it has been shaking the Naples community for eight groundbreaking years. It has reached as many as 50 Naples Jewish teens, and each year, it works to welcome more Jewish teens to the brother- and sisterhood that is BBYO Naples. The eighth- to 12th-grade chapters are Negev AZA #2560 (boys) and Mishpacha BBG #2552 (girls), which are a part of North Florida Region (NFR) BBYO, engaging teens from Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Melbourne, Gainesville, Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples. Each week, Negev and Mishpacha teens meet at the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples on Wednesdays for chapter programming and leadership training. Its Naples teens plan larger-scale events for the weekends, like day trips to Miami, private experiences at Revolution Cable Park, spa days, cycle or yoga studio takeovers, pickup basketball and football games, sorority themed events like bid day, and themed boys’ and girls’ sleepovers, to name a few.

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NFR hosts three conventions each year, in fall, winter and spring. BBYO also promotes events such as International Convention (IC), the largest gathering of Jewish teens in the U.S., and summer programs and travel experiences like Chapter Leadership Training Camp (CLTC) and International Leadership Seminar in Israel (ILSI). Last year, Naples teens participated in IC, CLTC, ILSI and the March of the Living, with the assistance of the incredible Jewish Federation of Greater Naples as well as Temple Shalom’s Men’s Club. BBYO is indebted to the generosity of community partners and their commitment to assist all Jewish teens, assuring no teen is ever turned away from an experience due to monetary reasons. BBYO Connect aims to engage sixth to eighth graders in a variety of experiences for social, Judaic and community service programs. It offers five to six events each year, focusing only on the sixth- to eighth-grade Jewish community. An example of an activity being planned is a community-wide latke cookoff, complete with guest judges, raffles for swag and gift cards for our winning team.

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What makes Naples BBYO special, is that the entire Jewish community of Naples supports our movement. It receives support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, Temple Shalom, Beth Tikvah and Chabad of Naples, with the goal of welcoming the entire Jewish community, from grades six to 12, to the movement. BBYO is supported by many donors who make up the Naples Jewish community, equating to a very successful youth program. The organization is also supported by the Naples BBYO Board of Directors, made up of dedicated community leaders, parents, advisors and BBYO staff. BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering fun, meaningful and affordable experiences to the post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience. BBYO looks to offer leadership skills that will take teens through college and beyond and offer them the opportunity to explore their Jewish identity in a safe, supportive community. If you’re a teen, the question is, “What are you waiting for?” Come out and join the fun! Follow BBYO on Instagram: @mishpacha_bbg and @negevaza Like us on Facebook: @NaplesandFtMyersBBYO For more information on sixth to 12th grade Jewish programming in Naples, please contact Jess Zimmerman, Associate Regional Director of North Florida Region, at 239-263-4205 or jesszimmerman@bbyo.org.

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Temple Shalom Preschool

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emple Shalom Preschool offers a high-quality academic experience for young children in a Jewish setting that is nurturing, diverse and inclusive. The teaching staff takes delight in each child’s unique development and shares their love of exploring, learning and discovering. A full day of care is offered, and exciting enrichment opportunities are available throughout the school day. The preschool’s mission is to provide for the social, emotional and cognitive growth of young children in a Jewish setting. It offers a unique educational opportunity that is both enriching and fulfilling. The teacherpupil ratio is low, and children receive individualized attention to enhance their self-esteem and capacity for learning. All faculty and staff receive 18 hours annually of high-quality

early childhood training. Faculty and staff hold current infant/child CPR certification and are first aid trained. The goal of the faculty and staff is to build trusting relationships with children and their families. A strong love and respect for Judaism are communicated through actions, celebrations, intergenerational connections, traditions and learning experiences. Beyond customs, rituals and holidays, the preschool seeks to convey a depth of Jewish values every day, and with holiday celebrations and weekly Shabbat with Miss Jane and Rabbi Boxman. The preschoolers attend enrichment programs daily, which include Fitness/Yoga, Storytelling, Music and Movement, Science, Nature, Technology and food shopping in our new little market (Markolit).

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premier boutique preschool. Inspired by the Reggio approach, this award-winning school combines the arts, nature, academic excellence and values to create a culture of learning and exploration. Preschool of the Arts (POTA) is Naples’ premiere early childhood program that has won the top childcare award in the Southwest Florida Choice Awards for nine years running. It is a progressive, Reggio-inspired preschool that

aims to provide students with the highest quality education in a secure, loving and stimulating environment. At Preschool of the Arts, a warm, enriching and nurturing early childhood environment is created to imbue children with the foundation they need to mature socially, emotionally and cognitively. Carefully selected and skilled faculty bring passion,

dedication and a broad depth of knowledge to the work they do every day. Located in the heart of Naples, POTA’s expansive campus provides an ideal space to nurture a warm community with a young and active spirit. A strong emphasis is placed on creating an aesthetically pleasing and invigorating environment, inspired by nature and the cultural arts. Amenities include beautiful state-ofthe-art classrooms, a spacious outdoor playground, an inspiring natural play space, its Garden of the Arts, indoor Children’s Marketplace, fully equipped indoor and outdoor art studios, a large social hall and a commercial kosher kitchen. Preschool of the Arts offers two healthy snacks and a hot, nutritious lunch daily. The objective of the curriculum is to provide developmentally appropriate experiences in math, science, language and literacy concepts. Units incorporate a range of sensory, educational and creative activities that integrate Jewish values with the development of secular skills. The carefully crafted program helps foster independence and a love of learning. It is designed to give children the fundamental skills and framework necessary for

the transition to elementary school and beyond. POTA’s foundational principle is a deep respect for children — viewing them as strong, competent learners who have much to contribute to their environments and to our world. The holistic program is designed to promote each child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth. To that end, a wide range of weekly specials that introduce students to creative, physical and stimulating activities beyond the classic classroom routine is incorporated. Specials include science, Spanish language, music and performing arts, visual arts, sports, dance, gardening, Little Chefs, Little Explorers and weekly Shabbat celebrations. Preschool of the Arts’ program is geared for children ages 12 months to 5 years and is recognized as a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Provider (VPK). Twothrough five-day a week programs (full and half-day) are available. To schedule a school tour or apply, please visit our website or call 239-263-2620. For more information, contact: Ettie Zaklos, Founder & Director 239-263-2620 Naplespreschoolofthearts@gmail.com www.naplespreschoolofthearts.com

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J Library is an international family engagement program that sends a Jewish-themed children’s book each month to more than 230,000 subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. More than 680,000 PJ Library books are delivered around the world in 29 countries and seven languages each month. All told, more than 41 million books have been distributed by PJ Library in the past 15 years, with 20 million in North America alone. 52

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a local Jewish organization in each community. Jewish children are eligible to receive age-appropriate books from PJ Library from birth through 12 years old. Sign up at www.pjlibrary. org. For more information about PJ Library, contact Reneé at rbialek@jewishnaples.org.

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Chabad of Naples Hebrew School

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habad Naples Hebrew School instills Jewish pride and creates spiritual connections that last a lifetime. The supplemental Judaic education is open to everyone and its inclusive policy means every child, ages 5 to 13, is welcome, regardless of affiliation, religious observance or prior knowledge. This program, which meets Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., provides a robust supplemental Judaic education with a fun, hands-on curriculum covering Jewish traditions, history and culture. The acclaimed Aleph Champ program is used to ensure that your child will read Hebrew fluently at the end of his/her Hebrew School experience. The school’s underlying approach is for the children to enjoy the time spent, so they are left with positive feelings and fond memories of their Jewish education. The richness and beauty of Jewish traditions come to life through multi-sensory learning, ensuring that students truly experience what they are being taught. Highly motivated teachers have a proven track record and every child enjoys individual attention from instructors who are carefully selected for their abilities to cater to the needs of each student. The goal at Chabad Naples Hebrew School extends beyond giving students the basic skills and knowledge they need to prepare for their bar or bat mitzvah. Its mission is to open the soul of a young child, instill pride in their Jewish identity and inspire a lifelong love of Jewish living and learning. We believe that a child equipped with an education and a feeling for Judaism’s beautiful teachings, traditions and historical lessons is a child better equipped to face the awesome moral challenges of today’s society. For more information, contact: Michelle, 239-262-4474 office@chabadnaples.com

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Chabad Naples is bursting with energy and enthusiasm with our expanded Synagogue, award winning Preschool of the Arts, banquet hall, state-of-the-art outdoor playground and Hebrew school classrooms. There has never been a better time to join the Chabad Naples family! Women’s Circle

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Hebrew/Religious Schools/Camps

YESh (Youth Engagement at Shalom)

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ur new program, YESh, has replaced the traditional religious school model. The program is committed to helping students and families build a foundation of knowledge and skills to live meaningful Jewish lives and embrace a passion for lifelong learning. Students can expect a quality and engaging experience, a love of learning and the ability to seek not only answers, but questions.

Instructional methods include engaging and interactive experiences for all learners. The YESh curriculum encompasses three main areas of Jewish learning and living: Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Chasadim. YESh programming is available on Sundays for kindergarten through 10th grade. Hebrew instruction for grades three to six is offered as a choice on either Sunday morning or Wednesday afternoon. B’nai Mitzvah Hebrew and

tutoring is offered for seventh grade students. Jewish education is a sacred partnership between home, school and community. YESh values and recognizes the importance of this trust and appreciates and values this partnership. Rabbi Ariel Boxman Director of Lifelong Learning 239-455-3227 aboxman@naplestemple.org

Summer of the Arts

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ummer of the Arts is Naples’ most exciting summer camp experience for children ages 18 months to 8 years. The camp is located in the heart of Naples, on an awardwinning, child-oriented campus, and has become known throughout Naples for its incredibly diverse and exciting programming as well as its caring and dedicated staff. Campers are welcomed to a warm and nurturing environment under the professional care of experi-

enced and qualified teachers, counselors and instructors. At Summer of the Arts, your child will have the opportunity to make new friends, develop new skills and cultivate new interests. The program integrates various creative arts and educational themes in a safe, multi-sensory, handson and spirited setting. The camp’s curriculum and programming are custom-designed each year by educators to meet the campers’ needs with age-

appropriate activities and one-of-akind experiences. Summer of the Arts is renowned for combining a dozen specialty camps into one. Its goal is to expose the campers to the world around them through a fun-filled program, where they get to experience art, science, music, gymnastics, dance, cooking, sports, water play, weekly entertainers and cultural experiences. The program is designed to maximize each child’s experience with nonstop fun and enrichment! Five-day programs. Full and halfday availability. Extended hours 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Two 3-week sessions: June 7 - June 25, 2021 June 28 - July 16, 2021 For more information or to schedule a tour, call: Ettie Zaklos, Founder & Director 239-263-2620 www.NaplesPreschooloftheArts.com

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Temple Shalom’s Camp Shalom

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reschoolers rule at Temple Shalom’s Camp Shalom, where an outstanding 7-week summer program is specifically targeted to children ages 1-5. Returning campers and new participants all look forward to a wide variety of exciting experiences, new friendships and nonstop fun.

There is something to capture everyone’s interest. Campers participate in water play, dancing, arts and crafts, STEAM activities, shopping in our little market (Markolit), cooking — including making mini challahs on Shabbat — performing arts, foreign language, science and music, all while exercising their creativity, imagination, talent and funny bones. Camp Shalom makes the Naples’ summer a gift to the preschool population. Whether they are playing in water, sand

or are covered in paint, they are enjoying the company of friends and the love and caring of fabulous adult teachers and wonderful assistants, who engage the children in fun games and exploration in a safe and loving environment created just for them. For more information, contact: Rabbi Ariel Boxman Director of Lifelong Learning 239-455-3227 preschool@naplestemple.org www.templeshalompreschool.org

Camp Einstein

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amp Einstein is an outstanding academic camp for children 5-8 years old, led by adult preschool teachers. This program involves learning through hands-on games, creative writing and illustrating, and thoughtprovoking activities, providing a wonderful opportunity for the children to expand their knowledge and continue to learn while having a fun and creative experience. Whether the children are writing a business plan and opening their

very own store, designing and building their very own city, or learning about measurements and baking yummy treats, they are always learning through doing. This 7-week camp bridges the summer gap and helps keep the knowledge ‘in.’ Camp Einstein is designed to fill young minds with wonder and possibility, ensuring that learning is a yearround experience.

For more information, contact: Rabbi Ariel Boxman Director of Lifelong Learning 239-455-3227 preschool@naplestemple.org www.templeshalompreschool.org

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples scholarship programs Summer camp and Israel experience scholarship

Financial need-based scholarships for Jewish The Jewish Federation of Greater Sleepaway Camp Naples (JFGN) has a proud tradition and responsibility of helping our Jewish youth, the future of our Jewish community, with scholarships for various Jewish camps and programs available throughout the country and the world. Qualifying students will have an opportunity to apply for the scholarships through JFGN.

Patricia J. Adkins Youth Leadership Award

JFGN awards annual scholarships Through a committee, JFGN awards to two deserving Collier County financial need-based assistance to help high school seniors who demfamilies provide a Jewish overnight onstrate Jewish leadership, acacamp experience to a young person, demics and community service. who otherwise might not be able to For more information and guidance, please call the JFGN office participate. at 239-263-4205.

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Calendar

Major community events plus select events from area temples and organizations open to the entire community. Please note that event details are subject to change. For up-to-date information on these and other community events, please check the Federation Star newspaper, Federation e-blasts and the individual temple and organization websites. For a full calendar of community events, check www.jewishnaples.org. January 2021 Jan. 5 - May 23 “Girl Power … How Women Impacted the Holocaust and Beyond” exhibit www.HMCEC.org 239-263-9200 Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. “Jewish Composers of Broadway” JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural Series www.MarcoJCMI.com 239-642-0800

Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m. The Genius of Women From Overlooked to Changing the World by Janice Kaplan Jewish Book Festival www.JewishBookFestival.org Reneé Bialek, rbialek@jewishnaples.org Jan. 25, 1 p.m. The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton Jewish Book Festival www.JewishBookFestival.org Reneé Bialek, rbialek@jewishnaples.org

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February 2021 Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m. Red Sea Spies by Raffi Berg Jewish Book Festival www.JewishBookFestival.org Reneé Bialek, rbialek@jewishnaples.org Feb. 4, 7 p.m. “Spirituality in Laughter” featuring Rabbi Bob Alper Naples Jewish Congregation www.NaplesJewishCongregation.com

Jan. 17, 3:30 p.m. Dr. David Danoff, “Books Not Included in the Biblical Canon” Beth Tikvah Speaker Series www.BethTikvahNaples.org 239-434-1818

Jan. 27, Noon International Holocaust Remembrance Day The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center www.HMCEC.org 239-263-9200

discuss current issues Beth Tikvah Speaker Series www.BethTikvahNaples.org 239-434-1818

Feb. 4, 7 p.m. Dr. Mark Poznansky: “All Things COVID-19” Dr. Dulcie Poznansky memorial lecture Beth Tikvah Speaker Series www.BethTikvahNaples.org 239-434-1818 Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. The Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural Series www.MarcoJCMI.com 239-642-0800 Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier by Alan Zweibel Jewish Book Festival www.JewishBookFestival.org Reneé Bialek, rbialek@jewishnaples.org Feb. 10, 1 p.m. Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Trials of Palestine by Steven Zipperstein Jewish Book Festival

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www.JewishBookFestival.org Reneé Bialek, rbialek@jewishnaples.org Feb. 11, 7 p.m. June Sochen and Joyce Schrager discuss current issues Beth Tikvah Speaker Series www.BethTikvahNaples.org 239-434-1818 Feb. 15, 1 p.m. Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler’s Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill and Stalin by Howard Blum Jewish Book Festival www.JewishBookFestival.org Reneé Bialek, rbialek@jewishnaples.org Feb. 19 Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Sandra Lilienthal Beth Tikvah www.BethTikvahNaples.org 239-434-1818 Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. The Last Kings of Shanghai by Jonathan Kaufman Jewish Book Festival www.JewishBookFestival.org Reneé Bialek, rbialek@jewishnaples.org Feb. 24 Hidden Children Program The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center www.HMCEC.org 239-263-9200 Feb. 25, 6:15 p.m. Erev Purim party and Megillah Reading Beth Tikvah www.BethTikvahNaples.org 239-434-1818

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Feb. 26, 27 & 28 “They Ain’t Ready for Me” Naples Jewish Film Festival presented by Beth Tikvah www.NaplesJewishFilmFestival.org 239-434-1818

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples www.JewishNaples.org 239-263-4205 March 11, 1 p.m. When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains by Ariana Neumann Jewish Book Festival www.JewishBookFestival.org Reneé Bialek, rbialek@jewishnaples.org

March 2021 Early March Triumph 2021 with special guest speaker The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center www.HMCEC.org 239-263-9200 March date TBD “Inside Hanna’s Suitcase” discussion The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center www.HMCEC.org 239-263-9200 March 3, 7:30 p.m. Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best by Neil Bascomb Jewish Book Festival www.JewishBookFestival.org Reneé Bialek, rbialek@jewishnaples.org March 5, 6 & 7 “The Crossing” Naples Jewish Film Festival presented by Beth Tikvah www.NaplesJewishFilmFestival.org 239-434-1818

March 11, 7 p.m. Sam Geist Beth Tikvah Speaker Series www.BethTikvahNaples.org 239-434-1818 March 12, 13 & 14 “Broken Mirrors” Naples Jewish Film Festival presented by Beth Tikvah www.NaplesJewishFilmFestival.org 239-434-1818 March 15, 1 p.m. Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story by Bess Kalb Jewish Book Festival www.JewishBookFestival.org Reneé Bialek, rbialek@jewishnaples.org March 18, 7 p.m. Pre Pesach Study Beth Tikvah Speaker Series www.BethTikvahNaples.org 239-434-1818

March 6, 7:30 p.m. Entertainer-comedian Frank Del Pizzo JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural Series www.MarcoJCMI.com 239-642-0800 March 7, 2 p.m. Jewish Community Day of Learning Jewish Federation of Greater Naples www.JewishNaples.org 239-263-4205 March 10, 7 p.m. Jewish Community Evening of Learning

March 19, 20 & 21 “A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto” Naples Jewish Film Festival presented by Beth Tikvah www.NaplesJewishFilmFestival.org 239-434-1818 March 21, 11:30 a.m. Celebration Brunch Jewish Federation of Greater Naples www.JewishNaples.org 239-263-4205

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March 30, 7:30 p.m. America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today by Pamela S. Nadell Jewish Book Festival www.JewishBookFestival.org Reneé Bialek, rbialek@jewishnaples.org April 2021 April 11 Annual Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center www.HMCEC.org 239-263-9200 April 14 Israeli Night at Beth Tikvah www.BethTikvahNaples.org 239-434-1818 June 2021 June 6 - late Oct. Ken Regele World War II photography collection exhibit The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center www.HMCEC.org 239-263-9200 October 2021 Oct. 19 The Federation Cup Golf Tournament Jewish Federation of Greater Naples www.JewishNaples.org 239-263-4205 November 2021 Nov. through Dec. 31 “Vedem Underground” traveling exhibit www.HMCEC.org 239-263-9200 Nov. 29, 5 p.m. Community-wide Chanukah Celebration www.JewishNaples.org 239-263-4205

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Calendar

2021 Candle Lighting Times for The Greater Naples Area Jan. 15: 5:38 p.m. Jan. 22: 5:44 p.m. Jan. 29: 5:49 p.m. Feb. 5: 5:54 p.m. Feb. 12: 5:59 p.m. Feb. 19: 6:04 p.m. Feb. 26: 6:08 p.m. March 5: 6: 12 p.m. March 12: 6:16 p.m. March 19: 7:19 p.m. March 26: 7:23 p.m. March 27, Eve of First day Passover: 8:16 p.m. March 28, Eve of Second day Passover: 8:16 p.m. March 29: 8:17 p.m. April 2, Eve of Seventh day Passover: 7:26 p.m. April 3, Eve of Eighth day

Passover: April 9: April 16: April 23: April 30: May 7: May 14: May 16, Eve of First day Shavuot: May 21: May 28: June 4: June 11: June 18: June 25: July 2: July 9: July 16: July 23:

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Holidays start at sundown on the evening before the dates listed. Tu B’Shevat: Jan. 28 (Thursday) Purim: Feb. 26 (Friday) Passover (Pesach): March 28 (Sunday) Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah): April 8 (Thursday) Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron): April 14 (Wednesday) Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut): April 15 (Thursday) Lag B’Omer: April 30 (Friday) Shavuot: May 17 (Monday) Tisha B’Av: July 18 (Sunday) Rosh HaShanah 5782: Sept. 7 (Tuesday) Yom Kippur: Sept. 16 (Thursday) Sukkot: Sept. 21 (Tuesday) Shemini Atzeret: Sept. 28 (Tuesday) Simchat Torah: Sept. 29 (Wednesday) Hanukkah (Chanukah): Nov. 29 (Monday) 58

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July 30: 7:56 p.m. Aug. 6: 7:52 p.m. Aug. 13: 7:46 p.m. Aug. 20: 7:40 p.m. Aug. 27: 7:33 p.m. Sept. 3: 7:26 p.m. Sept. 6, Eve of First day Rosh Hashanah: 7:22 p.m. Sept. 7, Eve of Second day Rosh Hashanah: 8:14 p.m. Sept. 10: 7:18 p.m. Sept. 15, Eve of Yom Kippur: 7:12 p.m. Sept. 17: 7:10 p.m. Sept. 20, Eve of First day Sukkot: 7:07 p.m. Sept. 21, Eve of Second day Sukkot: 7:07 p.m. Sept. 24: 7:02 p.m. Sept. 27, Eve of Shemini Atzeret: 6:59 p.m. Sept. 28, Eve of Simchat Torah: 7:50 p.m. Oct. 1: 6:54 p.m. Oct. 8: 6:47 p.m. Oct. 15: 6:40 p.m. Oct. 22: 6:34 p.m. Oct. 29: 6:28 p.m. Nov. 5: 6:23 p.m. Daylight Saving Time: Not in effect. Times have been adjusted accordingly. Nov. 12: 5:20 p.m. Nov. 19: 5:17 p.m. Nov. 26: 5:16 p.m. Dec. 3: 5:16 p.m. Dec. 10: 5:17 p.m. Dec. 17: 5:20 p.m. Dec. 24: 5:23 p.m. Dec. 31: 5:27 p.m.

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Index Adult education 32-35

Jewish Community Relations Council 12-13

American Friends of Magen David Adom 43

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 48

American Israel Public Affairs Committee 43

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples 4-15

American Jewish Committee 41

Jewish Historical Society of SWFL 38

Anti-Defamation League 43

Jewish holidays 58

Anti-Semitism Task Force 13

Jewish National Fund 42

Arts & Culture 16-31

Jewish Russian Cultural Alliance 39

BBYO Naples 50

Jewish War Veterans 40

Beth Tikvah of Naples 45

Men’s Cultural Alliance 25, 39

Calendar 56-58

Mikvah 37

Camp Einstein 55

Mix & Mingle Singles Group 40

Camps 54-55

Naples Jewish Congregation 46

Candle lighting times 58

Naples Senior Center at JFCS 36-37

Cardozo Society 40

Organizations 38-43

Catholic-Jewish Dialogue 13

People of the Book Cultural Event 35

Cemeteries 37

PJ Library® 52

Chabad of Naples Jewish Community Center 47

Preschool of the Arts 52

Chabad of Naples Hebrew School 53

Religious Life 44-48

Community Services 36-37

Saul I. Stern Cultural Series 26-27

Consulate General of Israel for Florida & Puerto Rico 43

Scholarship Programs 55

eNewsletter 10

Schools 51-54

Evy Lipp People of the Book Cultural Event 35

Simon Wiesenthal Center 43

Federation Star newspaper 10, 16

Stand Up for Justice Award 13

Film Festivals 17-19

Summer of the Arts 54

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces 42

Synagogues 44-48

Funeral homes & cemeteries 37

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology 43

Generations of the Shoah - SWFL (GenShoah) 40

Temple Shalom 54

Hadassah 38

Temple Shalom Camp Shalom 44

The Holocaust Museum & Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen

Temple Shalom Preschool 51

Education Center 30-31

Temple Shalom Youth Engagement 54

Human Needs Award 12

Women’s Cultural Alliance 24-25, 39

Israel Advocacy Committee 13

Zionist Organization of America 43

Jewish Book Festival 20-23 Jewish Community Day of Learning 32 60

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