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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 magFederation Board Chair Jane Schiff and azine. Whether you are new to the community or you Federation President/CEO Jeffrey Feld have been in the area over 20 years, many organizations here offer so many programs that, without this magazine as a reference, it is impossible to know about everything available to the local Jewish community. The coronavirus pandemic required us to pivot, doing everything in a virtual kind of way. Notwithstanding, we have all found a way to stay connected. It would seem that in the immediate future, we will continue with the virtual format and work to get back to in-person programs and meetings. 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 everything they offer. We strongly urge you to contact any organization in this magazine for an upto-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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elcome to the 11th edition of Connections — 2022 Guide to Jewish Living in Greater Naples. As an annual resource guide to all things “Jewish” in our area, consider this the publication to turn to for information about the community’s robust offering of Jewish activities, programs, services and organizations. In addition to an overview of local organizations, special interest groups, schools and temples, you’ll find a wide selection of cultural, educational and spiritual opportunities available. In addition to a wide variety of events and offerings in which to participate, you may also see areas for which you can contribute your talent. While COVID-19 has created an obstacle to staying connected, the Jewish community has innovatively addressed the challenges and will continue to keep people connected through vibrant opportunities, regardless of the uncertain environment. This magazine, as well as the Federation Star and the Community Directory, is not possible without the support of advertisers. Please thank them for supporting the Jewish community by using their goods and services whenever you can. ~ Sharon Hood 4


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Table of Contents FEDERATION……………………….........4-15 RELIGIOUS LIFE………………….........44-49

From the President/CEO……………………..............8

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples….............9-11

Our New Building…………………………..........12-13

Jewish Community Relations Council………........14

Israel Advocacy Committee………………….........15

ARTS & CULTURE………………...........16-31

FOCUS ON YOUTH………………........50-55

Chabad FGCU...........................................................50

BBYO Naples…………………………..………..........50


PJ Library……………………………………..............51


ADULT EDUCATION…………...….......32-34 CALENDAR………………………….....56-58

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

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


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

Special Interest Groups……………….……......38-41


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

COMMUNITY SERVICES………….......36-37


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t’s all about connections! Here we are in Greater Naples, Florida, and we are very lucky. We get to enjoy the many wonderful experiences our community has to offer. Beyond the blue skies, white sand beaches, palm trees, wonderful weather, etc., what makes our community wonderful? The first thing JEFFREY FELD that pops into my mind are the peoPresident/CEO ple. Everyone I have met is as warm Jewish Federation and engaging as the climate. It really of Greater Naples is the people talking with each other, socializing, shopping … in other words, making connections. It’s all about the relationships – the connections. While the coronavirus pandemic made it harder this past year, our Federation, local agencies and overseas partners all worked diligently to maintain the relationships and connections we have. We are all doing all we can to meet the growing needs of our local and global communities. We, the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, believe in building connections. We do this formally and informally. We do this singularly and collaboratively. You might ask, how does Federation do this? I’m glad you asked! We build connections through our Federation Executive Committee and Board of Directors as well as through Federation committees and activities, including: • Jewish Community Relations Council • Fund for Human Needs • Stand Up for Justice Grant • Catholic-Jewish Dialogue • Israel Advocacy Committee • Camp Scholarship Committee • Jewish Russian Cultural Alliance • People of the Book Cultural Event • Women’s Cultural Alliance • Men’s Cultural Alliance • Jewish Book Festival • Mix & Mingle • Jewish Young Professionals • Jewish Families with Children • PJ Library In our Greater Naples community, we collaborate with agencies, congregations and organizations to provide: • Youth Programs and Youth Education • Local Humanitarian and Social Services • Cultural Programs and Adult Education 8


We are fortunate in this community to be able to work closely with Beth Tikvah, BBYO Naples, Chabad of Naples, Chabad at FGCU, Temple Shalom, Hillel, Naples Senior Center at JFCS, the Holocaust Museum & Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center, Naples Jewish Congregation, Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero, Jewish War Veterans, Cardozo Society and others. The Federation also works with these national Jewish advocacy organizations: • Anti-Defamation League • American Friends of Magen David Adom • Jewish National Fund • American Jewish World Service Included in our community are these Israel and overseas connections: • The Jewish Federations of North America • Jewish Agency for Israel • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee • Neve Michael Children’s Village • Yad LaKashish – Lifeline for the Old • Sapir Community Center – Kfar Saba • World Union for Progressive Judaism – HaTikvah Preschool in Kiev, Ukraine • Taglit-Birthright Israel • ORT • Ethiopian National Project • Arava Institute • Special in Uniform • American Friends of ELI • Yashar LaChayal • Susan’s House • Leket Israel • American Friends of Eli Being a member of the Jewish community is all about connecting with one another. Federation recognizes the importance of “Kol Yisrael Aravim Zeh L’zeh,” which means, “All Israel is responsible, one for each other.” Again, it is all about the connections we know and even some we may not know. Being connected, being responsible in some way for each other, having all of these opportunities and experiences, is absolutely wonderful! Let’s continue to grow our community through all our connections. We are Here for Good!

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Who is “Federation” and what do we do?


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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 as well as local Jewish organizations. While the Federation is doing this here, other Federations and network communities are doing the same elsewhere; 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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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

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.

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 like-minded 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 $15 million. Currently, we have commitments of $12.5 million. We hope that everyone in the community will help bring the dream to fruition, enabling us to build the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center, a warm and welcoming home for our Jewish community to enjoy for many years to come.

TOP Jewish Foundation

The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples has a legacy partner called the TOP (Tampa, Orlando, Pinellas) Jewish

Foundation. TOP began over four decades ago as a regional endeavor of three Jewish Federations. Since its inception, TOP has grown to manage well over $60 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 maintaining 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 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@

Community Outreach

Each year, the Federation hosts numerous events, affording the community opportunities to gather, socialize, network and connect. Community-wide Chanukah celebration at Mercato



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Women’s Brunch

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The following is a sampling of the larger ones: The People of the Book Cultural Event is attended by 600 to 750 people. Past speakers include Alan Dershowitz, Ted Koppel, Jeffrey Toobin, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and Dr. Daniel Gordis. Our Seventh Annual Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival features 18 authors at 15 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 we look forward to their return.


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 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.


Visitors to 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.

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Celebrations at community-wide Chanukah event CONNECTIONS 2022

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.


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

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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We are underway! Construction on the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center begins


onstruction on the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center has begun, and we can begin to see an end in sight. Appreciating how far we have come; we realize we still have a way to go. “The growth of the Federation since incorporation in 1992 has brought us


here,” says Jeffrey D. Feld, JFGN president and CEO. “We are seeing the culmination of five years of planning and dreaming, and are moving to the exciting moment when the Jewish community and the rest of Southwest Florida will be able to experience and see our impact. We


would not be here without the support of our donors and community.” Construction began with road improvements and site preparation. While that didn’t seem particularly exciting, it marked the beginning of the timeline, which, barring material delivery and other potential construction

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Federation Help Us Reach the Goal!

There’s still time to be counted among the dreamers with a vision for a lasting Jewish impact in the community. Make your contribution today by contacting Marcy Friedland at 239-263-4205 or

THE JEWISH FEDERATION GREATER BUILDING delays, is expected to takeOF about a year. NAPLES and our programming.

G-d willing, we hope to have a grand opening in January 2023! W M A N D E S I we GN G R O Uexcited P InE G addition, are to announce that we have met the $1 Million Challenge Matching Grant generously contributed by: • Shelley and Steve Einhorn • Steve Iser • Debbie Laites and Ben Post • Bebe and Stephen Saks • Joan and Marc Saperstein • Jane Schiff • Phyllis Seaman • Arlene and Michael Sobol Our deepest gratitude goes to these generous donors, as well as the 475 families who have contributed to the center’s Capital Campaign fundraising commitment, which currently totals $12.5 million of our $15 million goal. While it is exciting to get started, the current environment has resulted in pandemic-related inflation of costs and shortages of many building supplies. Our building committee remains committed to monitoring these trends. Recently, we earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating, which ensures donors that JFGN operates with financial health, accountability and transparency. As we celebrate this auspicious beginning, it is worth reflecting on the impact this project will have on our donors, the Greater Naples community

Our LOBBY new 19,000-square-foot building has been thoughtfully designed, with flexible spaces to accommodate the wishes and needs of our donors and the community now and into the future.

We are currently offering personalized engraved brick pavers, which will be located in the plaza area to the left of the entrance to the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center. These bricks offer a permanent marker to honor or memorialize loved ones, friends and an occasion or a special date while helping us reach our $15 million goal. Proceeds will go to the endowment for long-term sustainability of the Cultural Center.

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Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Cultural and Educational Programming

JCRC sponsors several events during Florida Jewish History Month (January), including the annual JCRC/Friends of the Collier County Library Klezmer Revival Band

Concert. JCRC also participates in, and encourages all Jewish community members to join in the annual Martin Luther King Day Parade. The major community event sponsored by JCRC is the annual Jewish Community Day of Learning. A variety of presenters with expertise in numerous topics share their knowledge with the attendees. The purpose of this event is to provide the opportunity for everyone in our community to learn something of interest and to better connect with our shared Jewish heritage. We are still waiting to determine whether the 6th Annual Day of Learning (in 2022) will be conducted virtually or in person. More details about this important event will be forthcoming.

Human Needs Award

For several years, JCRC and JFGN actively acknowledged the positive contributions of several select nonprofit organizations in our community. Annually, monetary awards are given to two small nonprofit agencies. The objective of these annual awards is to identify agencies that serve a severely means-limited, disadvantaged population. We seek agencies with limited ability or success with their own fundraising.

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 must prepare and/or implement lessons or activities of their own design or that have been adapted from other programs. Nominees should be able to show their initiative(s) had a positive influence in their school or venue. 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 those programs submitted for consideration and selects two programs that best achieve the objectives of the program to receive monetary awards.

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he primary mission of JCRC is to promote and enhance relationships between the Jewish community and the general Greater Naples community. JCRC participates in many programs with a number of groups with whom it collaborates. To further this goal, JCRC: • Acts as a voice for Jewish causes and concerns in the Greater Naples area • Supports and joins Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and religious institutions to develop and sustain constructive causes • Provides appropriate responses to counter statements of bigotry and acts of antisemitism • Develops educational opportunities with other religious and ethnic groups • Works with other nonprofit organizations to deal with pertinent legislative matters • Emphasizes attempts to foster an ongoing and beneficial relationship with the local media • Cooperates with other Jewish Community Relations Councils throughout Florida. JCRC membership includes representatives from Jewish organizations that serve our community as well as at-large members. This member diversity enables JCRC to represent the opinion of the Jewish community on a variety of issues. Some of the activities JCRC participates in are:

Federation mutual understanding and appreciation for our differences as well as our commonalities. To achieve these goals, the CJD plans events throughout the year, Rabbi Micah Greenstein Father John Pawlikowski including the Kristallnacht Commemoration, films, book discussions, teen programs, interfaith weekends, Passover Seders and much more.

Antisemitism Task Force

The task force fulfills the function of promoting the

he Israel Advocacy Committee was established in 2008 to educate, inform and inspire positive feelings and actions for Israel in Greater Naples. The IAC is made up of full-time and part-time volunteer members of our Jewish community. Some members have lived, worked, volunteered or studied in Israel. IAC members hold a wide spectrum of political and religious views, aligned by their shared passion. The IAC delivers lectures and discussions, via Zoom or in person, to help keep our community engaged. Highlighting last season was a joint presentation by Ambassador Dennis Ross and Professor David Makovsky. Acclaimed Middle East security expert, Avi Melamed, is slated for early 2022. Also slated for early 2022 Khaled Abu Toameh is award-winning journalist and TV producer Khaled Abu Toameh, the Palestinian and Arab Affairs Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. To learn more about the Israel Advocacy Committee, contact Harvey W. Cohen at CONNECTIONS 2022

Legislative Activities Affecting the Jewish Community

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

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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 the local law enforcement agencies to handle antisemitism and hate crimes.

Application Deadline: February 11, 2022 For the 12th year a grant has been established by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. The 2022 STAND UP FOR JUSTICE Educator Grant recognizes High School, Middle School and Elementary school educators who are innovative in bringing respect for others’ differences into their activities with students in a transformative, impactful, and caring way. The goal is to create a resource for educators of any discipline to incorporate strategies that promote understanding and respect among students, countering bigotry and bullying. This grant recognizes teachers, guidance counselors, school librarians, media specialists, school psychologists, administrators etc.

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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 Jewish related, you’ll find out about it in the pages of the Federation Star. First published 30 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, 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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The Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Jewish Film Festival Celebrating our 21st Year of Great Films


he Jewish Congregation of Marco Island’s Jewish Film Festival was founded in 2001 in memory of Sidney R. Hoffman, a devoted JCMI member who avidly supported showing the best Yiddish films of the golden era of Jewish films made in the 1930s. We are deeply grateful for the financial support of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, which enables us

to bring the finest Jewish films to our community. The Festival presents award-winning and entertaining films that reflect current events in Israel and around the world — films that touch on our Jewish past and present, on our culture, our identity, our children and our lives. Films reach out to our entire Jewish community, including visitors and our non-Jewish friends and neighbors.

The Remainder of this Season’s Films

“Latter Day Jew,” Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, 2 p.m. “Tiger Within,” Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, 2 p.m. “Neighbours,” Sunday, March 20, 2022, 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. All films will be shown at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145 as well as via livestream. For more information, you can see our flyer on page 19, visit the JCMI website at www. or contact the JCMI office at 239-642-0800.

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Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers

TELLY Awards-winning documentary film series original production of the Jewish Historical Society of SWFL (JHSSWF)


ewish residents of Southwest Florida are witnesses to the formation and establishment of Jewish communities in the area. JHSSWF is fortunate to have captured many of their stories on film and to have the ability to bring them to light. There are currently 17 films in the series.

Murray’s Mile (2018)

Helen Weinfeld

Elena Rosner

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

2 of the Six L’s (2015) The Lipman family relocated to Southwest Florida in the early 1950s and established Six L’s and Lipman Produce. They still employ hundreds of local and migrant laborers and sponsor many causes.

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 of its Jewish community.

The Labodas of Fort Myers (2017)

These Fort Myers pioneers came to the area in 1965. Jerry was the very first oral surgeon of the region. His mother, Rose, co-founded the local Hadassah Chapter, and his wife, Sheila, started the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties. 20

Once an IRS employee, Murray Hendel’s retirement was one of the most active in the vicinity. Among many important achievements, Murray was unofficially known as the most powerful unelected official in the city of Naples. When Destiny Called (2018) This Holocaust survivor talked 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 Island’s first rabbi, who started the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at FGCU, CatholicJewish dialogue and more.

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 as well as his role in Collier County planning.


Florence Hertzman

By the Pier (2020) This Canadian family 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) City of Naples four-time mayor talks shop, and his friends talk about him. Get to know Barnett as never before.

Gene Goodman

The Song Meister (2021) This 104-year-old music publisher talks charts, songs, celebs and about superfamous brother Benny, the clarinetist.

Sheldon Starman

Down the Memory Lane (2021) A CPA in Naples since 1969, Starman witnessed and participated in the transformation of the city, the county and the Jewish community.

Rosalee Bogo

Our Steel Magnolia (2022) Born, raised and living in the South, from tiny town to big accomplishments, Rosalee’s tender strength forged Jewish communities wherever life took her.

Jack Nortman

Boxcar Education Giant (2022) Once a displaced person, Jack built his life around family legacy of the Holocaust era, fighting to stop genocide wherever his reach encompasses. To attend virtual and live events, contact to become a member and/or supporter of The Society. Visit to sign up for the mailing list.

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e live in uncertain times. The news is filled with dire events — it gets to be too much. Activism and speaking out are a couple of coping tools; being the kind people we know we can be is another. What about a few hours for peace and renewal? How about reading a good book? 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. So, with a love of books, reading and education, we bring you the 7th Annual Jewish Book Festival featuring 18 authors at 16 events! While six of the 16 Festival events will already have taken place by the time you read this article, you can still participate in the other 10 events. Here’s a rundown of the 2021-22 Jewish Book Festival events remaining:

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2 p.m. • The Hilton

Joshua Jay: “How Magicians Think” One of the world’s most accomplished magicians not only reveals the artistry, history and traditions of magic, but also brings us directly into the mind of a magician. He describes how they develop their skills, conjure up illusions and delight their audiences. While doing so, he reveals another kind of secret: what it takes to follow your heart and achieve excellence. Named “Magician of the Year” in 2012, author Jay has made noteworthy appearances on The Tonight Show and The Late Late Show. He has performed and lectured on magic all over the world.

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. • virtual

Sylvia Foti: “The Nazi’s Granddaughter” Growing up in Chicago, Foti was treated like royalty in her tightly knit Lithuanian community. Why? Because her grandfather was hailed as a hero, a martyr for Lithuanian independence, and an unblemished patriot. He’d resisted his country’s German and Soviet occupiers in WWII and survived two years in a Nazi concentration camp, only to be executed in 1947 by the KGB. But author Foti, a journalist and teacher, in 2000, learned a different story, and since then has published research on the deeds of her grandfather, who turned out to be an alleged perpetrator of the Holocaust in Lithuania.


Wednesday, Jan. 19, 12 noon • virtual

Bob Abelman: “All The World’s A Stage Fright” What starts as a stunt to increase readership for the Cleveland Jewish Chronicle becomes much more. Local theater critic Bob Abelman accepts an acting role

with a top-tier theater company so he can write about the experience from the inside. When the play he’s cast in turns out to be Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” he confesses “an irrational, overriding, mind-numbing fear” of Shakespeare. Author Abelman relates his personal battle with the Bard with laughout-loud humor, creating a tale full of twists and turns, endearing characters and behind-the-curtain action.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. • The Hilton

Charles Lichtman: “The Sword of David;” and Alexander Weinstein: “Universal Love” Lichtman, an expert in Middle East affairs, uses that expertise in the creation of his novel “The Sword of David.” Protagonist Chaim Klein unexpectedly finds the long-lost Ark of the Covenant, but then must search for the Ten Commandments tablets. Along the way, he discovers the mystical, awe-inspiring sword of David. Klein must also stop a consortium of Islamic states and terrorists planning a simultaneous attack to obliterate dozens of Western cities and, of course, Israel. Weinstein’s “Universal Love” welcomes readers to a near-future world where technologies have altered the possibilities and limits of how we love one another. These gripping stories spotlight emotions. In one, a young

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boy tries to understand why his father can’t sever ties with the drowned city they call home. In another, a girl gets to know her dead mother’s hologram better than she ever knew her mother when living. Author Weinstein, a professor of creative writing, has received numerous awards for his short story collections.

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. • Temple Shalom

“People of the Book” event Joshua Greene: “Unstoppable: Siggi Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor & Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend” Proving once again that truth can outdo fiction, “Unstoppable” is the ultimate immigrant story and an epic David vs. Goliath adventure. Siggi and his family were deported to Auschwitz. There, Siggi used his wits to stay alive, pretending to possess trade skills the Nazis could

exploit to run the camp. After surviving two death marches and near starvation, he was liberated and went to work for the U.S. Army to hunt Nazis. This service earned him a visa to America, where he vowed three promises: to never be hungry, to always support the Jewish people, to speak out against injustice. From humble beginnings, he made his way to CEO of a major company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Author Joshua Greene is a renowned Holocaust scholar and filmmaker whose biographies have sold more than half a million copies worldwide.

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m. • virtual

Leah Garrett: “X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II” In the midst of WWII, a new commando group is formed of Jewish refugees who have escaped to Britain. Most hail from Germany and Austria, and many have

been interned as enemy aliens. They’ve lost their homes, families, everything. This motley group of intellectuals, artists and athletes will stop at nothing to defeat the Nazis. Trained in counterintelligence and advanced combat, this top-secret unit becomes known as X Troop. Author Garrett is a professor at Hunter College and director of its Jewish Studies Department.

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m. • NJC

Jonathan Santlofer: “The Last Mona Lisa;” and Tracy Walder: “The Unexpected Spy” Santlofer begins his novel in August 1911, when Vincent Peruggia steals the famous Mona Lisa portrait. What happens in the two years before its recovery remains a mystery. Art historians know that many replicas exist. Is the one returned to the Louvre real or a fake? In present time, art professor Luke Perrone digs for the truth

Thank You!

Jewish Book Festival Committee We greatly appreciate your support!

Author Review Team: Reneé Bialek, Gayle Dorio, Jan Goldman & Carol Hirsch Book Review Specialist: Carole Greene Tracy Askotzky, Emily Berkowitz, Patti Boochever, Steve Brazina, Louise Forman, Spencer Forman, Judith Finer Freedman, Sherry Greenfield, Lenore Greenstein, Ronna Hain, Bobbie Katz, Ida Margolis, Jeff Margolis, Robin Mintz, Susan Pittelman, Irene Pomerantz, Estelle Rauch, Gale Schulman, Dina Shein, Iris Shur, Linda Simon, Marc Simon, Elaine Soffer, Phyllis Strome, Steve Yussen

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behind his most famous ancestor, the thief, Peruggia. His search for truth tumbles him deep into the world of art and forgery, of obsession and danger. Author Santlofer has written five novels and earned the Nero Wolfe Award for best crime novel of 2009. “The Unexpected Spy” is the true story of author Tracy Walder’s tenure in the CIA and, later, the FBI. She tells of her assignments to watch al-Qaeda members with drones while President Bush looked over her shoulder and CIA Director George Tenet brought her donuts. Driven to stop terrorism, Walder debriefed terrorists — men who swore

they’d never speak to a woman — until they gave her leads. Author Walder received many awards for her service from the CIA and some foreign intelligence offices. She served as Staff Operations Officer in the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center before, during and after September 11, 2001.

Friday, Feb. 25, 12 noon • virtual

Jan Cherubin: “The Orphan’s Daughter” A work of literary fiction, this debut novel depicts the life of a girl growing up in the shadow of her charismatic but troubled father, Clyde Aronson. The cruelties of Clyde’s boyhood in

a Depression-era Jewish orphanage have scarred him. He yearns for a son to replace the relationship lost when his father abandoned him. Instead, he fathers daughters, the younger of which — Joanna — receives most of his resentment because she most resembles him. Author Cherubin worked as a fact checker at New York magazine, a staff writer at the New York Daily News, an editor at Seventeen Magazine, a playwright and a stand-up comic.

Monday, March 7, 2 p.m. • virtual

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the midst of WWII faces excruciating choices: Do they flee from Stalin’s forces pushing into Ukraine or wait for the Soviet bear’s intrusion and risk a bleak future in Siberia? Or do they reluctantly accept the protection of Hitler’s SS pledged to protect “pure-blood” Germans and evacuate Ukraine for who-knows-where? Author Sullivan is the acclaimed author of more than 20 novels, including the #1 Kindle bestselling “Beneath a Scarlet Sky” and the #1 New York Times bestselling “Private” series, which he writes with James Patterson.

Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater.” As a theater journalist, Shapiro digs deep into each actor’s career, fleshing out the story of what it means to be a leading man on Broadway over the past 50 years. Author Shapiro grew up singing music from every cast album he could get his hands on. He is the son of Don Shapiro of Naples.

Thursday, March 17, 2 p.m. • JCMI

Make Your Reservations

Eddie Shapiro: “A Wonderful Guy” This compilation of intimate, careerencompassing conversations with 19 of Broadway’s most prolific and fascinating leading men comes as a follow-up to his earlier book, “Nothing Like A

The website is filled with all the information and is ready to accept your reservations. A few clicks at and you will be on your way! Become a patron or a sponsor and enjoy!

Calendar of Events TUESDAY, NOV. 9 AT 2 P.M. The New Chardonnay by Heather Cabot WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17 AT 7 P.M. Can Robots Be Jewish? by Amy Schwartz MONDAY, NOV. 22 AT 2 P.M. The Last Green Valley by Mark Sullivan THURSDAY, DEC. 2 AT 2 P.M. The Light of Days by Judy Batalion FRIDAY, DEC. 10 AT 10 A.M. Send For Me by Lauren Fox FRIDAY, DEC. 17 AT 2 P.M. You’re Leaving When? by Annabelle Gurwitch THURSDAY, JAN. 6 AT 2 P.M. How Magicians Think by Joshua Jay WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12 AT 7 P.M. The Nazi’s Granddaughter by Silvia Foti WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19 AT 12 P.M. All the World’s a Stage Fright by Bob Abelman TUESDAY, JAN. 25 AT 7 P.M. The Sword of David by Charles Lichtman Universal Love by Alexander Weinstein WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2. AT 7 P.M. Unstoppable by Joshua Greene THURSDAY, FEB. 10 AT 2 P.M. X Troop by Leah Garrett WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16 AT 2 P.M. The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer The Unexpected Spy by Tracy Walder FRIDAY, FEB. 25 AT 12 P.M. The Orphan’s Daughter by Jan Cherubin THURSDAY, MAR. 17 AT 2 P.M. A Wonderful Guy by Eddie Shapiro 24


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Women’s Cultural Alliance


he Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA), an affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, provides a wide variety of programming for members to meet other women who share similar interests. If you are new to Southwest Florida, membership in WCA is an easy way to become active in your new community. In preparation for its 14th season, WCA introduced a new membership management system, resulting in a new website,, that provides everything you need to know about WCA! Now it is easier to join and register for WCA’s program offerings. In response to COVID-19, WCA drastically changed its plans last season and is modifying them for the first part of 2022. But not even this unprecedented pandemic will deter WCA from meeting its goal of bringing likeminded women together. WCA’s array of offerings typically include a wide variety of interest groups for women who enjoy reading (nine book groups), playing games (bridge, mah jongg, scrabble, canasta), physical exercise (biking, bowling, chair yoga, golf), food (Serious Foodies, Ladies Who Lunch), music (Jazz Junkies, Second Act Singers), movies and film (two film groups), crafts (knitting, crocheting, needlepoint), birdwatching,

drama and literature (Modern Playwrights, Reader’s Theater and two “New Yorker” groups) – and more! WCA offers classes on topics ranging from art to Spanish, French, memoir writing, Jewish WCA’s popular Ladies Who Brunch is an easy way to make new friends. g e n e a l o g y, mental and emotional health, and more. enabling WCA to offer a wide variety A highlight of WCA programming is of programs. We are always looking for its phenomenal Speaker Series. programming ideas and volunteers to accommodate more women in groups and activities. 2022 programs WCA has always had a strong social component, with opportunities for new Satellite groups and renewed friendships. This year, WCA’s programming in Southwest like last, the traditional Welcome Back Florida is year-round. To better serve Luncheon, typically held in Novem- its members, WCA offers programs for ber, will be transformed. We plan to couples and has two “satellite groups,” gather in person in February to cele- each offering additional programs. brate “Our Community of Friendship,” WCA North serves women who live in provided COVID regulations per- Bonita Springs, Estero and south Fort mit. We are looking into the possibil- Myers; WCA South serves south and ity of offering our traditional Welcome east Naples, down to Marco Island. Back Luncheon in November 2022. All members may participate in WCA We also hope to hold our annual Mah North and South programs. Jongg and Canasta Days early in 2002, as well as the popular International WCA Younger Division Potluck Lunch. Even during COVID, WCA continues Members will still to grow. In the summer of 2021, the Topics for WCA’s 2021-22 Speaker Series: have opportunities to WCA Younger Division was started by • Should I Stay or Go? Understanding Senior meet for tea, coffee, the daughter of a board member, offerHousing in Southwest Florida lunch or cocktails, and ing evening and Sunday programming • Overcoming Emotional Eating even participate in art for women younger than 60. This new • Disability Advocate studio tours — but group enables like-minded women to • How COVID Affected Fall Broadway Openings many may need to be engage in activities relevant to younger • Biden’s First Year — A Pollster Examines through Zoom. WCA women, especially those who work or Biden’s Performance is proud to continue have children at home and are unable • Global Children’s Health its annual sponsorship to participate in daytime activities. • Flamenco Presentation of the 2021-22 Jewish • Naples Art Book Festival. Summer Branches • On Moms and Daughters WCA activities are WCA members were having such • Writing Romance Novels run by volunteers, continued on next page CONNECTIONS 2022

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a wonderful time in Southwest Florida that they wanted to “take WCA home with them.” So, WCA established Summer Branches in several areas throughout North America: 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.

Become a member

The wide range of programs offered by WCA is not the only reason more than 1,200 women have joined. With most members being transplants from other cities, WCA provides an easy path to enjoying new friends and becoming involved in the community. WCA is nonpartisan and nonsectarian. However, you must be a member of WCA to participate in its programs. Join today! The membership year runs Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, but new members are always welcome. Membership in WCA automatically makes you a member of JFGN. Visit for more information and how to join. Direct questions to WCA Membership Director Harriett Kleinman at

Men’s Cultural Alliance


he 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. 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

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Musical Programs at Beth Tikvah


eth Tikvah will again be offering musical performances at events during the season. We thank Cantor Norman Brody for launching this season’s performances with a special Hanukkah music performance and lecture on Zoom for the first candle lighting on Nov. 28. The season continues Sunday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m., when Daniel Weiser and Amici Music, creators of “Jewish Jazz,” return to Beth Tikvah for a live concert. The

Amici Music chamber group members for this show are Dan Weiser on piano with a wonderful violinist, Tim Schwarz. We are excited to have Cantor Norman Brody and chanteuse Michal Chorny with us on Sunday, March 27 for The Beth Tikvah Celebration and Brunch at Grey Oaks Country Club. We are in for a treat as they join their voices and love of Broadway music for this very special Beth Tikvah event, our first in 15 years.

All Beth Tikvah events are open to the Greater Naples community, and everyone is welcome. Our events are presented both in person and online in Zoom format. If you are interested in attending any of our events, please go to www. for details. You may contact us at or call 239-434-1818 for reservations, registration fees and information on inperson participation requirements.

The JCMI 2022 Concert Series Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m. - Motown Magic

Back again by popular demand on Jan. 22 is Motown Magic, playing hits from

The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops, The Jacksons, the Commodores, Lionel Richie and many, many more.

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, 7:30 p.m. - Alter Eagles

New this season, the Alter Eagles play Feb. 19. This is, by far, the most authentic

representation of The Eagles in their prime! For reservations and seating, go to, then to the “Flyers & Information” page, then click on the event tickets link.

Temple Shalom Cultural Events donating blood; Beading for Betterment; and more. Please consider joining us.

Mitzvah Day - Sunday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m.

We come together for our annual Mitzvah Day, where we combine our energy and direct it towards tikkun olam, repairing our world through acts of kindness. Activities include Meals of Hope; collecting school supplies, socks, underwear and toiletries for children in need in our area;

Artists-in-Residence - Friday through Sunday, Jan. 28-30 (Please call Temple Shalom for times.)

Cantor Julia Cadrain and singer songwriter Elana Arian join Rabbi Adam Miller and Cantor Donna Azu on the

bima in song, prayer and learning during Friday evening Shabbat service. On Saturday evening, Cantor Cadrain and Elana Arian will present a concert. On Sunday morning, they will present a program for children and families. For more information regarding these programs, please contact the Temple Shalom office at 239-455-3030.

Federation’s Social Groups


et connected with the Federation’s social groups. It doesn’t matter what synagogue you are affiliated with or if you are unaffiliated. You are welcome to join and attend any of these groups and clubs.

For more information, please contact Reneé Bialek, Program Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, at • Cardozo Legal Society • Jewish Russian Cultural Alliance


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JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural Series’ 28th Year


aul I. Stern was an important Washingtonian. He was the man with vast contacts in government and the political world. Most importantly, he was devoted to the State of Israel. Saul and his wife, Marcia, were long-term residents of Marco Island. Each year, they sponsored a tennis charity tournament with the proceeds earmarked for the Immokalee Foundation. The Sterns became active members of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) and introduced the concept of a cultural series that would enhance the congregation, the greater community of Marco Island and the outlying communities. And now, here we are, launching its 28th Season!

This year’s programs

Charlie Blum - Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Come enjoy Charlie’s performance of “Sinatra’s Great American Songbook.” This show has received rave

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reviews. See for yourself! Frank Blocker, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, 7:30 p.m. “Good Jew” is a one-man performance based mostly on the true-life story of one Holocaust survivor. Gulfshore Opera, The Go Divas, Saturday, March 12, 2022, 7:30 p.m. We are so pleased to present The Go Divas, sent to us from Gulfshore Opera, performing songs of Ireland. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. Patron tickets are $75 for the series, which includes preferred seating. Non-patron series tickets are $60. Individual tickets are $25. All programs will be held at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. For tickets and further information, please call the synagogue office at 239-642-0800, visit our website at www.marcojcmi. com or see the order form on the following page.

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


he Holocaust Museum & Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center is celebrating its 20th Anniversary as a committed community partner, striving to improve the quality of life for Southwest Florida students, citizens and visitors by promoting respect and empathy towards others. Its mission is “to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence.” Since its founding, over 500,000 people have been impacted by the Museum’s education programs, exhibits and events. Current programs are held both in person and via Zoom. Created during the pandemic, Zoom programs have provided the Museum with international reach, both for presenters and audiences. A long-time Designated Site of the Florida Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Task Force on Holocaust Education, the Museum offers both student and teacher Holocaust education programming in six Southwest Florida counties. Age-appropriate programming is available for Grades K-12 through college/university, with a concentration on middle- and high-school grades. These programs are offered on campus, on the

Museum’s website and through the use of Pop-up Museum displays. Museum field trips are also available for student groups. Teacher workshops provide educators with the information and classroom activity materials they need to meet the state mandate to teach their students about the Holocaust. The workshops are funded through a generous legacy gift of the Merrill Kuller Educator Series. The Museum also partners with GenShoah of SWFL for programming for adult children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

Visit Us

Located at 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., Suite 108, Naples, FL 34110, the Museum strongly suggests the prepurchase of timed-entry admission tickets. Prepurchase guarantees admission on the date and time slot of your choice. Walk-up visitors will be accommodated if capacity permits. Tickets are available on the Museum’s website, www., where you can also see the current hours of operation. We are closed on major U.S. holidays. Masks are strongly encouraged to protect fellow guests and Museum volunteers and staff.

Tour Programs

Self-guided audio tours of the Museum and maps are included with admission. Docent-led tours for the public are available at 1:30 p.m. for a total of 16 guests on a first-come, first-served basis. School field trips are available by appointment. For more information, contact Director of Operations Sam Parish at Private group tours, which can be customized for your group, are also available by appointment – contact Education Assistant David Nelson for details at

2022 Events and Programs Special Exhibits

Special major exhibitions on display rotate in the Estelle and Stuart Price Gallery. The exhibits feature content related to the people and historical events of the Holocaust and other genocides. These exhibits are created in-house from Museum archives or are special traveling exhibits. Jan. 2 – Feb. 28, 2022 “Vedem Underground in Terezin” 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. March – Sept. 2022 “Letter from Westerbork Transit Camp” is an overview of correspondence between those being held at Westerbork and family and friends.

Lecture Series

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Museum series, “Nazi Looted Art – Unfinished Business,” at the Museum on Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2 and 9, at 5 p.m. The cost for the series is $100/$20 per lecture. RSVP is required. Please visit for tickets and more information. Docent Stuart Mest, M.D. presents “Eugenics, Experiments, Ethics: Nazi Germany, Japan and the U.S.” in two parts on Feb. 23 and March 2 at 5 p.m. Repeat sessions are scheduled on March 9 and 16. The cost of this presentation is $40.


Jan. 27, 2022 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day Complimentary Museum admission is offered along with a film on Abe Price, Holocaust Survivor and Museum cofounder. You must register online for your complimentary ticket.

March 3, 2022 – Triumph 2022 This annual fundraising event will feature special guest speaker, Gen. Romeo Dallaire, hero of the Rwandan Genocide. April - Annual Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration Additional details on the Museum’s programs can be found at www.HMCEC. org and will be forthcoming as the program dates near. For more information, visit or call the Museum at 239-263-9200. We hope to see you, your family and friends at the Museum and on Zoom this coming year. And we hope you all stay safe and healthy in 2022!


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Early 2022 Classes/Lectures

Adult Education at Temple Shalom Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Engaging adult learners in life-enhancing study of Jewish texts, Melton is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world and Temple Shalom is the only location in Southwest Florida where you can take advantage of this innovative, professionally developed curriculum. This year, Temple Shalom is offering three courses taught by Rabbi Adam Miller, Rabbi Ariel Boxman and Temple Shalom Rabbinic Scholar, Rabbi Frank Muller. Classes begin soon. Visit our website at learn/adults for more information or contact the Temple Shalom Education Department at 239-455-2233.

Jewish Spirituality – beginning Jan. 13, 1 p.m.

Temple Shalom member and yoga

teacher Missy Balsam will lead this class that focuses on tikkun middot (spiritual and ethical traits), meditation and other mindfulness practices. The sessions take place every other Thursday for eight weeks with a minimal cost. Please call Temple Shalom for more information.

Wise Aging: Sacred Living – beginning Jan. 6, 1 p.m.

Facilitated by Rabbi Adam Miller and Missy Balsam, this course consists of eight sessions and takes place every other Thursday. Wise Aging will guide you through reflective work that enables you to come to new understandings about your life, self, values and Jewish practices. Learning modes include text study, active listening, mindfulness meditation, exercises, reflection and journaling.

Saturday Morning Torah Study – ongoing at 8:30 a.m.

Study the weekly Torah portion with the guidance of clergy. Learners of all levels are welcome. For more information, contact Temple Shalom at 239-455-3030.

Israel Book Discussion Group – ongoing

The Israel Book Discussion Group will meet monthly on the fourth Monday of the month at 11 a.m. to discuss a selected fiction or nonfiction book about Israel, relating what we learn from it to more current events regarding Israel. Please contact Michael Rubner at for more information.

Beth Tikvah All Things Jewish Program


eth Tikvah offers a myriad of cultural, intellectual, social, musical and religious programming throughout the year, but especially during Naples’ busiest months. Its adult education program is ongoing. All Beth Tikvah lectures and events are open to the Greater Naples community, and all are welcome. Both in-person and online formats are offered.

Lecture Series 2021/2022

Beth Tikvah hosts a seasonal lecture series. This year, there are seven lectures, each presented by a different speaker on interesting topics

throughout the season as shown below. Dec. 2, 2021 – Jeff Margolis launches the series with his presentation on The Demise of the Great American Supermarket. Jan. 14 and 15 – Rabbi Irving Elson addresses Ethical Challenges of Modern Warfare. Jan. 20 and Feb. 3 – Dr. June Sochen and Joyce Schrager discuss current events. Jan. 30 – Dr. Sandra Lillienthal leads a Day of Learning on “Jewish Life Must be Live.” Feb. 10 – Neil Adelman gives “Further Consideration of the Rosenbergs.”

Feb. 27 – Joel Poznansky shares memories of his time as a captain in Her Majesty’s Personal Guard. March 29 – Shelley Goodman delivers the Poznansky Wellness lecture on “Living in the Unpredictable.” Please check times, topics and biographical details for the Lecture Series on the Beth Tikvah website and through its Trumpet Newsletter If you are interested in attending in person or online, please make your reservation at www.bethtikvahnaples. org, contact us at office@bethtikvah. us or call 239-434-1818.


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Beth Tikvah 2022 Scholar-in-Residence Programs


his season, Beth Tikvah is offering a series of Scholar-inResidence programs with the participation of three distinguished Rabbinical educators.


Rabbi Irving Elson joins us Friday evening, Jan. 14 to speak on “Using Jewish Values as a Military Officer.” On Saturday, Jan. 15, he will address “Modern Warfare and its Ethical Challenges.” Rabbi Elson is head of the Jewish Welfare Board’s Chaplains Council. Also in January, Rabbi Dr. Sandra Rabbi Irving Elson Dr. Sandra Lilienthal Lilienthal, a dynamic and inspirational Jewish educator, will return to Beth Tikvah for a All Beth Tikvah lectures and events are open to the Greater Scholar-in-Residence Day of Learning on Sunday, Jan. 30. Naples community, and everyone is welcome. Our events Rabbi Lilienthal holds a doctorate in Jewish Educa- are presented both in person and online in Zoom format. tion and is a member of the Hebrew University Florence If you are interested in attending, please go to Melton Adult Jewish Learning faculty. Her theme will, contact us at office@beth be “Jewish Life Must be Live: To Live Jewishly is to Live or call 239-434-1818 for reservations and with Community.” registration information. Dr. Lilienthal possesses a unique ability to draw us into the journey and bring us to the moment. She is the author of “Pillars of Judaism,” a two-year curriculum for adult learners. A master teacher with a warm and sparkling personality, Dr. Lilienthal has taught at every level, both in her native Brazil and in the United States. Her presentation will be conducted live and via Zoom.


Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires will be with us on Feb. 18 and 19 for Shabbat and to offer the sermon. Rabbi Skorka is a personal friend of His Holiness Pope Francis. This program is in cooperation with the Catholic/ Jewish Dialogue. Further details about the timing and format of each presentation will be available through the Beth Tikvah website.

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Adult Education

Early 2022 Classes/Lectures

Jewish Learning Activities at NJC


xperience 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 Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 – “Are Jews White, or does it matter?” Feb. 16 – “Jewish Gangsters” March 16 – Social action discussion

about the book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” by Isabel Wilkerson The above are free and open to the public. In February, we will be supporting the Jewish Book Festival. On March 10, Rabbi Ken Kantor will be our Guest Artist in Residence. He will speak about Jews on Broadway. Please go to naplesjewishcongrega for more information concerning attending these programs.

At Beth Tikvah with Rabbi Chorny


abbi Ammos Chorny’s weekly Jewish Perspectives class meets on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. Participants are invited to enjoy their own lunch while participating in the class discussion, either in person or by Zoom. There is no charge to attend these discussions. Check with Beth Tikvah for exact dates and for information on requirements for in-person participation. 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. Check for exact dates, how to register and fees for all courses. Participation may be either in person or by Zoom. All Beth Tikvah events are open to the Greater Naples community, and all are welcome. All our events are available inperson and via a remote format online. Please visit us online for more information. Go to our website at www., contact us at or call 239-4341818 for all reservations.

Adult education at Chabad of Bonita Springs & Estero


habad of Bonita Springs & Estero currently offers some classes in person (with social distancing) as well as via Zoom: • Chassidic Philosophy: Every morning, 1/2 hour before services • Torah class: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. • Hebrew language: Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. 34

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Hadassah Book Clubs


he Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah has several active Book Clubs, open to all members, that currently meet via Zoom due to COVID-19. 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 • Judy Donaldson, 336-813-4522 or

Hadassah Nonfiction Book Club and More

• Linda Wertheim, 301-801-6631 or

JCMI Women’s Book Club


urrently in its 14th season, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) Women’s Book Club has four book events remaining. Jan. 18, 2022 – “The Scarlet Letter,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne Feb. 15, 2022 – “The Shell Seekers,” by Rosamunde Pilcher March 15, 2022 – “The Book of Lost Names,” by Kristin Harmel April 19, 2022 – “Inheritance,” by Dani Shapiro 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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Community Services

Naples Senior Center at JFCS


aples Senior Center at JFCS empowers seniors and their families by giving them tools to address life’s challenges, like the isolation and loneliness faced by so many older adults. Located at 5025 Castello Drive, the nonprofit organization provides critical programs and services to those 60 years of age and older throughout Collier and southern Lee counties.

Senior Center

Naples Senior Center opened the doors to the first senior center in Collier County on January 22, 2014. It has since grown to more than 1,400 members. The center is a vibrant place for seniors to socialize, receive services and participate in a variety of stimulating programs. Services and activities are provided in a nurturing environment, helping seniors maintain a healthy, satisfying quality of life, and individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs are welcome. The center is open five days a week, offering over 100 different activities, including art and music classes, computer instruction, exercise and dance, movies, lectures, card games, discussion groups, foreign language, book club and other in-person programs. A number of programs also are offered “virtually” online. Annual membership is just $25 per person. There are no additional fees and scholarships are available for those who cannot afford to pay. NAPLES SENIOR CENTER AT JFCS 5025 Castello Drive, Suite 101 Naples, FL 34103 Telephone: 239.325.4444 Email: Website: Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, President/CEO 36

Members of the community are invited to make an appointment to visit the Naples Senior Center. For a full calendar of activities, visit our website at The Center’s core programs and services are as follows.

Geriatric Case Management and Senior Outreach

The Naples Senior Center Geriatric Case Management and Senior Outreach program includes a variety of supportive services for frail seniors who are unable to come into the office. The Naples Senior Center Outreach and Support program provides a wide range of additional services addressing the isolation of the atrisk elderly. Among those services are: • Geriatric Case Management • Information and Referral • Friendly Visiting • Volunteer Driving • Telephone Reassurance

Dementia Respite and Memory Support

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Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Seven groups are in Naples and two are on Marco Island. The fourhour highly structured and supportive groups are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals and a corps of highly trained volunteers. 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

Naples Senior Center has an Early Memory Loss (EML) program 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 and 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

Naples Senior Center provides emotional support to older adults and their families. Licensed social workers and counselors assist with challenges

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The Jewish Memorial Garden

I Jewish Community Mikvah


pened in March 2014, the Jewish community mikvah is designed to provide Jewish women in the Naples 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 perform this lifefulfilling 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.

n early 1988, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island entered into an agreement with the Marco Island Cemetery to create a section for Jewish burial. The Jewish Memorial Garden has grown from 40 gravesites initially, to the current 213 gravesites. Any Jewish person, together with his or her Jewish or nonJewish spouse/partner or family member, will be allowed to be interned here. In April of 2011, a cemetery beautification project was completed. The JCMI Cemetery Committee works hard to ensure all Jewish burial customs are observed and the Garden remains a peaceful resting place. The Jewish Memorial Garden is located in the Marco Island Cemetery at the corner of Bald Eagle Drive and E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. For further information, please contact the JCMI office 239-642-0800.

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brought about by life transitions such as aging, cognitive decline and loss of a loved one.

Financial Assistance

Direct assistance is available on an emergency, short-term basis to help pay utilities and for the purchase of food. The Naples Senior Center Food Pantry is available to the community. Financial assistance is provided on a case-by-case basis.

Information and Referral

Information about community resources

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

Volunteer Services

Naples Senior Center has a dedicated corps of over 200 carefully vetted and trained volunteers who assist the frail senior population who are participants 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 frail, homebound seniors • Telephone reassurance calls to the frail, homebound seniors • Driving seniors to life-sustaining activities, such as doctor visits and quality-of-life activities, including visiting a loved one in a nursing home • Assisting on site at the Naples Senior Center • Providing assistance in the Structures Dementia Respite programs

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Special Interest Groups

Women’s Cultural Alliance

There are 3 Ways to Men’s Cultural Alliance (MCA) Join the MCA!

he Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA), a nonfundraising affinity group of 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 14th 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, nonsectarian and welcomes women of all faiths. Membership in WCA includes membership in Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. For a sampling of programs, see the WCA information in the “Arts & Culture” section on page 25. For an overview of the wide variety of programming offered by WCA, visit our new website, 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. You can join WCA or find additional information on our website, www. InforHarriett Kleinman, mation about WCA is WCA Membership Director also in every issue of hmkleinman@ the Federation Star.

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 mem-Click on 1. Visit the website at MCA membership form and complete it. You bers from all across the United Statesthe and Canada, MCA can pay by credit card or check. offers a wide variety of activities and events to its 700-plus members. 2. Send an email with your name, email address and phone number to MCA’s programming includes monthly luncheon programs 3. Mail your name, email and phone (when possible) with engaging guest speakers, andaddress events andnumber to Larry Israelite, 8820 Savona Court, Naples, outings for members only as well as members and spouses. FL 34119. The organization offers a myriad ofcurrent activities that include Dues for year are $90 and include membership in the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. 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, 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. MCA is an affiliate of Jewish FedLes Nizin eration of Greater Naples and MCA president Federation membership is included with annual dues.



Jewish Russian Cultural Alliance


ewish Russian-American Cultural Alliance (JRCA) is a but mostly, it is all about introductions and forging a group under the auspices of Jewish Federation of Greater special-bond community of peers. During May meetings, Naples. Jews from the former Soviet Union and coun- tributes to relatives who lived through WWII or perished tries that evolved after its collapse, are moving to Southwest in it, story and photo sharing, and occasional singing are Florida and seeking out new connections. JRCA’s mission always included. is to enhance the social and cultural lives of this emergMany newcomers pop in to find new friends and stay faithing community. Non-Jewish relatives and friends are, of ful or break off into smaller circles of like-minded friends. course, welcome. That’s what this is all about – no membership The group is now in its seventh year and has fees, no commitments, just fun! Cooking and traditionally met to celebrate Rosh Hashabaking contests for Hanukkah and Purim have nah, Hanukkah, Purim and Israel Day/WWII produced undisputed winners and now everyVictory in Europe Day at JFGN or Russianone has yet another reason to look forward to Jewish businesses in the area. Meetnew talent moving into our area. ings include a kosher-style community To learn more and to get on Mark Katsnelson meal, film presentations, poetry readthe email list, please contact Mark 856.912.0894 or ings and similar cultural exchanges, Katsnelson at 856-912-0894. 38


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Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida


he Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida’s (JHSSWF) mission is to educate, celebrate and promote awareness of the contributions Southwest Florida Jewish residents have made in the establishment and development of the region to date, documenting contemporary Jewish presence and role in the area.

presentations offer additional material to those seeking historical information, both factual and anecdotal. Since the Zoom era, JHSSWF moved most of its programming to virtual platforms. Two major in-person fundraisers are planned for 2022, one of them jointly with the Holocaust Museum & Janet and Harvey u� �� �Lu�,�t\ D.G. Cohen EduPrograms cation Center. We In its Virtual Museum encourage you to join of SWFL Jewish Histhe Society’s email list by tory, JHSSWF continually contacting expands its collection of records relevant to early Southwest Florida Jewish presence. The SWFL Jewish Film Series History Timeline/Lunch and Learn The JHSSWF-produced “Southwest .


Florida Jewish Pioneers” film series features personal accounts by eyewitnesses who share memories of the evolution of the Jewish presence in Southwest Florida. This original production earned a prestigious Telly Award and is now included in the ANU Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, Israel. You must be on Society’s membership list to receive the calendar reminders and event access information to Zoom. How can you help? Annual individual membership is $36; annual family membership is $54. Any donation is welcome.

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Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah


ver 110 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 chapter,

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 Barbara Ritter Membership Vice President 301-467-6535

Mix & Mingle Singles Group


ix & Mingle, a group under the umbrella of 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. If you are interested in becoming a member of Mix & Mingle, email Reneé at

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Cardozo Society


he Cardozo Legal Society is a civic group that strengthens relationships among practicing and retired Jewish attorneys in the Greater Naples area. It’s an affinity 40

group formed by the Federation to raise awareness of Jewish attorneys promoting professionalism, cooperation and identification. The group meets periodically for


luncheon programs and seminars to accomplish networking goals. For more information, contact Reneé Bialek at 239-263-4205.

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Jewish War Veterans


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.

American Jewish Committee


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 well-being 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 •

Harve Sturm, Commander, Post 202 239-261-3270 Erle Taube, Vice-Cmdr., Membership, Post 202

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Israel Connection

American Friends of Magen David Adom


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

For more information: 800-626-0046 or

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.

Zionist Organization of America


ounded 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 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. ZOA is an ecumenical organization open to the public and seeks new membership from those interested in supporting Israel. Contact us for more information or to be added to the local mailing list. Jerrold L. Sobel, Chapter President

Additional Organizations With Offices in Florida

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AIPAC Florida Regional Office 954-382-6110; Anti-Defamation League 561-988-2900 Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico 305-925-9400


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Simon Wiesenthal Center Rabbi Meyer H. May SWC Executive Director Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Kelley Whiter, J.D. Senior Associate Director of Development, Florida 561-395-7206;

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Jewish National Fund


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 and Jewish people everywhere. 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 through events like our online “Conversations on Zionism” series (, build medical centers and trauma centers, fund agricultural and culinary research and run our Alexander Muss High School in Israel, an American semester abroad experience for high school teens (

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-USA: 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

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces


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

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Religious Life

Temple Shalom


emple Shalom is 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, representing every stream of Jewish

Rabbi Adam Miller

Cantor Donna Azu

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 TEMPLE SHALOM OF NAPLES 4630 Pine Ridge Road Naples, FL 34119 239-455-3030 Preschool: (239) 455-3227 Education Department: (239) 455-2233 44

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.

Youth Education

Youth Engagement at Shalom (YESh), formerly known as the Religious School, is led by Rabbi Ariel Boxman and provides outstanding religious and Hebrew education for children grades K-12, Consecration, B’nai Mitzvah and Confirmation. Temple Shalom’s award-winning preschool is the premier preschool in Collier County. Creative learning, outstanding eduRabbi Ariel Boxman cation and a nurturing environment continues yearround and includes music, art, science, technology, fitness & yoga, gardening, Spanish and, of course, enriching playtime. Registration for preschool is ongoing throughout the year.

Adult Education

Adult Education is an important part of temple life. Year-round programming includes:

Senior Rabbi Adam F. Miller, MAHL Cantor Donna Azu, MSM Director of Lifelong Learning, Rabbi Ariel Boxman, MAHL, MARE Rabbi Emeritus James H. Perman, D.D. Deborah R. Fidel, J.D., MAJPS, Executive Director Daryl Sissman, President CONNECTIONS 2022

• The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish learning • Jewish Spirituality classes • Wise Aging classes • Scholar-In-Residence and Artist-in-Residence • Weekly Torah discussions and learning opportunities • Adult Hebrew & Adult B’nai Mitzvah

Affiliated Clubs

Temple Shalom Sisterhood includes an intergenerational membership and operates Collier County’s only Judaica Shop. Sisterhood provides excellent programming, support for YESh 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 Volunteers (TOV) of Temple Shalom offer many creative and diverse opportunities to help repair the world. Focusing efforts on one or two projects every month, TOV 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, the Harry Chapin Food Bank 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 Volunteers Services: Shabbat Eve – Friday 7:30 p.m. Shabbat – Saturday 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


eth Tikvah is an egalitarian Jewish community established under the umbrella of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Members come together because Judaism is their joy and passion. They want to celebrate with each other, their community and their children and are committed to fostering a Jewish spiritual experience through participatory and egalitarian services that are at once traditional and innovative. Beth Tikvah is a place of Jewish learning, spiritual growth and communal participation. Members can study traditional teachings in a way that is provide Yahrzeit minyans upon request. meaningful in our time and in our The programs connect the community world. It is a welcoming and inclusive with the people of Israel and to the State community, at once vibrant and car- of Israel. Beth Tikvah supports social ing. The Beth Tikvah community has a service and Tikkun Olam. close connection to the State of Israel Beth Tikvah is led by Rabbi Ammos and Zionism. Chorny, an experienced spiritual leader Beth Tikvah defines itself as a fam- ordained by the Jewish Theological ily-friendly community. Jewish learn- Seminary. Born and raised in Bogota, ing is a cornerstone of programming, Columbia, Rabbi Chorny brings an with opportunities for international flavor to people of all backhis pulpit. He is a man grounds. Visitors who of great learning and wish to discover what has a profound abilBeth Tikvah has to ity to share it. Rabbi offer are welcome. Chorny’s wide range Aside from weekly of experience includes worship services and being a chaplain in the holiday observances, United States Army. He Beth Tikvah offers served, among other Rabbi Ammos and Aviva Chorny adult education, complaces, in Saudi Arabia. munity events and social events. We Aside from English and Hebrew, Rabbi also provide for Life Cycle ceremo- Chorny is fluent in Spanish, German nies and observances and strive to and Yiddish.

For information on Beth Tikvah’s Naples Jewish Film Festival, see page 17.

BETH TIKVAH OF NAPLES 1459 Pine Ridge Road Naples, FL 34109 239-434-1818 Rabbi Ammos Chorny President: Steven Chizzik 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


he Naples Jewish Congregation (NJC) has served the Greater Naples area, including Bonita Springs and Estero, for over 23 years. NJC was founded to provide Reform Jews with an inspiring, affordable and participatory religious experience in a welcoming, intimate setting. We are “the Little Temple with a Big Heart.” As a mature, active congregation, NJC fosters strong bonds among its members through involvement in Tikun Olam projects and participation in a myriad of activities, both educational and social. NJC is an URJ-affiliated congregation that seeks to impart Reform Jewish principles to all its members. NJC considers its members a part of our NJC “family” and strives to provide the most meaningful experiences it can for each person.

Rabbi Howard Herman Rabbi Herman leads and Cantorial Soloist Jane our Pesach seder as Galler, accompanied by well as our Chanukah Music Director Alla Goreand Purim celebralik, conduct High Holy Day tions. Additionally, he services as well as joyful conducts an adult eduShabbat services three Frication course once a days a month at 7 p.m. and month, October through one Saturday a month at 10 March. a.m., September through NJC promotes, and April. May through August, its members engage in, Rabbi Howard Herman, D.D. services are held one Friday interfaith dialogue and per month. NJC’s volunteer choir, con- services as well as social justice projects. ducted by Alla Gorelik, perform at our A new activity, Flamingle, has recently High Holiday services and once per been instituted, where congregants month at our Shabbat services. gather for a meal and activities designed Due to the global pandemic, NJC to get to know more about each other. Connects events as well as services have The Sisterhood and Men’s Club solidbeen held virtually on Zoom and You- ify friendships via book discussions, Tube Live. We anticipate returning to in- luncheons, outings and other events. person services and events early in 2022. NJC’s annual Artist-in-Residence is a well-received community-wide event. This year’s event is scheduled for March 10, 2022. 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 Congregation 6340 Napa Woods Way Naples, FL 34116 239-431-3858 rabbi@ 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


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 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 beautifully designed synagogue, social hall, kosher kitchen, award-winning pre-

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school, 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 person. 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 artsbased preschool and summer camp, have been widely recognized as local pioneers in Jewish youth engagement. Chabad of Naples offers “Flying Challah,” gifts of freshly baked Challah that are hand 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 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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Chabad of Bonita Springs & Estero


habad of Bonita Springs & Estero welcomes Jews from all backgrounds. We offer daily services, Shabbat Services, adult education, Hebrew School, Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons, senior programs, hospital and nursing homes visitations, kosher meals on wheels, a kosher grocery store, holiday programs, lectures, and in the preCOVID era, and hopefully, once again soon, our popular Shabbat dinners and Kiddush luncheons. Join us for Hebrew lessons, Yiddish language, study of Chassidic philosophy and Torah study. We are currently offering some classes in person (with social distancing) as well as via Zoom. All our services are in person, with social distancing and masks.


You do not need to be a member to join our services or programs. All our services are in person, with social distancing and masks at this time. Daily services – Every Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. Shabbat Services – 10 a.m.; Torah reading 11:15 a.m.; Sermon 11:45 a.m. Due to COVID, no Kiddush lunch is being offered at this time.

Adult education

We currently offer some classes in person (with social distancing) as well as via Zoom. • Chassidic Philosophy: Every morning, 1/2 hour before services • Torah class: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. • Hebrew language: Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. • Zoom class: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. • One-on-one classes: Study Talmud, Jewish mysticism or subject of your choice by calling or emailing.

delivers nutritious, kosher meals to homebound seniors and disabled individuals in the Jewish community. If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, please call or email us.

Kosher Grocery Store

Bonita Kosher Market features an extensive line of kosher meats, chicken, deli, dairy, groceries, bakery goods, and more. Our goal is to serve the community and help make it easier to keep kosher. To that end, we are committed to keeping our prices very reasonable and our overhead as low as possible. Shoppers will be doing a Mitzvah each time they shop, as proceeds will go to further the programs offered by Chabad. Hours are by appointment.

Jewish Center at FGCU

We operate an independent center


CHABAD OF BONITA SPRINGS & ESTERO 24611 S. Tamiami Trail Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239-949-6900 Rabbi Mendy & Luba Greenberg Co-directors Services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.; Friday evening, varies by time of the year; Shabbat morning, 10 a.m.; Torah reading, 11:15 a.m.; Sermon, 11:45 a.m.; Kiddush lunch, 12:30 p.m. Programs/Features: Adult education, Challa of Love, community events, daily Minyan services, Hebrew School, kosher grocery, Kosher Meals on Wheels, Smile on Seniors

Kosher Meals on Wheels

The Kosher Meals on Wheels program

servicing the Jewish students at FGCU now led by Rabbi Mendel and Shtenie Gordon. Visit for more information. We also offer Hebrew School, Bar/ Bat Mitzvah lessons and hospital and nursing home visitations.

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Jewish Congregation of Marco Island


he Jewish CongregaGross and Cantorial Soloist tion of Marco Island Hari Jacobsen, a president and (JCMI) is the spiriboard of directors. tual home to many families In-house and live-stream of diverse backgrounds, welservices are offered year-round coming both permanent and every Friday evening at 7:30 part-time congregants with an p.m. September through April, open-door policy. Saturday Torah Study begins at Rabbi Mark Gross In 1982, a classified adver9:30 a.m. and is also available tisement in a local newspaper via Zoom for those who wish to attracted a nucleus of 60 enthusias- join remotely. tic and dedicated people, evolving into Our temple doors are always open to today’s active volunteers who offer and greet those who wish to worship with participate in a wide variety of stimu- us. Located at 991 Winterberry Drive, lating educational, cultural and social Marco Island, the temple can be easily activities. Although primarily an adult accessed by crossing the Judge S.S. Jolley community, the Jewish Congregation Bridge and continuing south on Collier of Marco Island has the staff and flex- Boulevard to Winterberry Drive (oppoibility to offer children’s programs and site the Hilton Hotel). Turn left, go tutoring as required. The current profes- two blocks and the synagogue is on sional staff includes Rabbi Mark William the right.


JEWISH CONGREGATION OF MARCO ISLAND 991 Winterberry Drive Marco Island, FL 34145 239-642-0800; 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. Special Programs: When CDC guidelines permit….Jewish Film Festival, Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, Scholar-in-Residence, Duplicate Bridge, Mah Jongg, Bingo, Cemetary and community and holiday-affiliated events as appropriate

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Chabad at FGCU


habad at FGCU serves the religious, educational and social needs for Jewish students at FGCU and other nearby colleges in a warm welcoming environment, emphasizing Jewish tradition and unity. We are a home where every Jewish student, from any background and affiliation, feels welcome and accepted. Chabad inspires Jewish students to

proudly resonate with their Judaism, love it and progress continuously. Rabbi Mendel 347-452-0489



he leading Jewish pluralistic teen movement that aspires to involve Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences, BBYO has been shaking up the Naples community for eight groundbreaking years. We’ve reached as many as 50 Naples Jewish teens, and each year, we work to welcome them to the brotherhood and sisterhood that is BBYO Naples. The 8th- to 12th-grade chapters are Negev AZA #2560 (boys) and Mishpacha BBG #2552 (girls), which are part of North Florida Region (NFR) BBYO, engaging teens from Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Melbourne, Gainesville, Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples. On Wednesdays each week, Negev and Mishpacha teens meet at the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples for chapter programming and leadership training. Our 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. NFR hosts three conventions each year — fall, winter and spring. BBYO also promotes events, such as International Convention (IC), the largest gathering of Jewish teens in the U.S., 50

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 and Temple Shalom’s Men’s Club. We are indebted to the generosity of our community partners and their commitment to assist all Jewish teens, ensuring that no teen is turned away from an experience for monetary reasons. What makes Naples BBYO special is support from the entire Jewish community of Naples. The organization receives support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, Temple Shalom, Beth Tikvah and the Chabad of Naples, with the goal of welcoming the entire 8th- to 12th-grade Jewish community to the movement. We are supported by many donors making up the Naples Jewish community, resulting


in a very successful youth program for which we are extremely grateful. We are also supported by the Naples BBYO Board of Directors, a dedicated group of 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 teens leadership skills designed to take them through college and beyond while offering them the opportunity to explore their Jewish identity in a safe, supportive community. The question is, what are you waiting for? Come out and join the fun! Follow BBYO on Instagram @mish pacha_bbg & @negevaza. Like us on Facebook @NaplesandFtMyersBBYO. For more information on 8th- to 12th-grade Jewish programming in Naples, please contact: Jess Zimmerman Regional Director of North Florida Region 941-677-3018

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Temple Shalom Preschool


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 teacher-pupil 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

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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). Rabbi Ariel Boxman Director of Lifelong Learning 239-455-3227



e don’t need to tell you that reading to your children is important. Study after study shows it impacts a child’s development. Even the mere presence of books in a home increases the level of education they can reach. But finding the right books and making the time to read as a family can be hard. That’s where PJ Library comes in. PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk about values and traditions important to you. A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations, like JFGN. Families raising kids from birth Alicia Feldman

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Preschool of the Arts


his award-winning, boutique preschool 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 child care award in the Southwest Florida Choice Awards for over 10 years. A progressive, Reggio-inspired preschool, POTA 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-of-theart classrooms, a spacious outdoor playground, an inspiring natural play space,

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. The school’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 are offered that introduce students to creative, physical and stimulating activities beyond the classic classroom routine. Specials include science, Spanish language, music and performing arts, visual arts, sports, yoga, gardening, Little Chefs, Little Explorers and weekly Shabbat celebrations. Preschool of the Arts’ program is geared for children ages 16 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.

your family — because you’ve got to get out of the house and meet new people sometimes. Your children are learning about the world around them through the stories they hear. PJ Library books can bring Jewish ideas and inspiration for you and your children to share.

PJ Library is part of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.

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through 9 years old, with Judaism as part of their lives, are welcome to sign up. PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever your background, knowledge or family makeup or observance may be. In the Greater Naples area, monthly activities are also offered for 52


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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 their time in school, 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

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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!

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YESh (Youth Engagement at Temple Shalom)


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 seventhgrade students. Jewish education is a sacred partnership among 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

Summer of the Arts


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 award-winning, 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 experienced 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, multisensory, hands-on and spirited setting. The camp’s curriculum and programming are custom designed each year by educators to meet 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 54

program, where they get to experience art, science, music, yoga, 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 half day availability. Extended hours 7:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.


Two 3-week sessions: June 7 – June 24, 2022 June 27 – July 15, 2022 For more information or to schedule a tour, call: Ettie Zaklos, Founder & Director 239-263-2620

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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

Camp Einstein


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 thought-

provoking 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

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples scholarship programs Financial need-based scholarships for Jewish Summer camp and Israel Experience

Jewish Federation of Greater 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 throughout the world. Qualifying students can apply through JFGN. Through a committee, JFGN awards financial need-based assistance to help families provide a Jewish overnight camp experience to a young person, who otherwise might not be able to participate. CONNECTIONS 2022

Patricia J. Adkins Youth Leadership Award

JFGN awards annual scholarships to two deserving Collier County high school seniors who demonstrate Jewish leadership, academics and community service. For more information and guidance, please call the JFGN office at 239-263-4205.

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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 January 2022

Jan. 2 – Feb. 28 “Vedem Underground in Terezin” traveling exhibit The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center 239-263-9200 Jan. 6, 2 p.m., Hilton Naples “How Magicians Think” by Joshua Jay Jewish Book Festival Reneé Bialek, rbialek@ Jan. 9, 2 p.m. “Latter Day Jew” JCMI Jewish Film Festival 239-642-0800 Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Daniel Weiser and Amici Music, Jewish Jazz 239-434-1818 Jan. 12, 7 p.m. “The Nazi’s Granddaughter” by Sylvia Foti Jewish Book Festival Reneé Bialek, rbialek@ Jan. 14, 6:15 p.m. Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Elson “Ethical Challenges of 56

Modern Warfare” 239-434-1818 Jan. 15, 9:30 a.m. Rabbi Elson, guest sermon 239-434-1818 Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. Sinatra’s Great American Songbook JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural Series 239-642-0800 Jan. 19, 12 noon “All The World’s A Stage Fright” By Bob Abelman Jewish Book Festival Reneé Bialek, rbialek@ Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. June Sochen and Joyce Schrager, speakers 239-434-1818 Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. Motown Magic JCMI 2022 Concert Series 239-642-0800 Jan. 23, 9:30 a.m. “Tell Me a Story (or Three)” Rabbi’s Life-Long Learning Series Jewish Congregation of Marco Island CONNECTIONS 2022 239-642-0800 Jan. 23, 9 a.m. Mitzvah Day Temple Shalom No RSVP required Jan. 23, 2:30 p.m. Movie plus discussion 239-434-1818 Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Hilton Naples “The Sword of David” by Charles Lichtman and “Universal Love” by Alexander Weinstein Jewish Book Festival Reneé Bialek, rbialek@ Jan. 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center 239-263-9200 Jan. 28 – 30 Artists-in-Residence Cantor Julia Cadrain & Elana Arian 239-455-3030 Jan. 30, 11 a.m. Sandra Lillenthal, Day of Learning 239-434-1818

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February 2022

Feb. 2, 7 p.m., Temple Shalom People of the Book event “Unstoppable: Siggi Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor & Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend” by Joshua Greene Jewish Book Festival Reneé Bialek, rbialek@ Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. June Sochen and Joyce Schrager, speakers 239-434-1818 Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. The Good Jew JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural Series 239-642-0800 Feb. 10, 8:30 a.m. Barbara P. Katz Mah-Jongg Tournament Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 239-642-0800 Feb. 10, 2 p.m. “X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II” by Leah Garrett Jewish Book Festival Reneé Bialek, rbialek@

Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. Neil Adelman, speaker “Further Consideration of the Rosenbergs” 239-434-1818 Feb. 12, Evening “A Noteworthy Night” Honoring Cheryl & Ed Alexander, Dr. Paul Brody & Merrill Hassenfeld and Bebe & Steve Saks Featuring the musical talent of NYNY Dueling Pianos 239-455-3030 Feb. 13, 2:00 p.m. “Tiger Within” JCMI Jewish Film Festival 239-642-0800 Feb. 16, 2 p.m., NJC “The Last Mona Lisa” by Jonathan Santlofer and “The Unexpected Spy” by Tracy Walder Jewish Book Festival Reneé Bialek, rbialek@ Feb. 18 – 19 Scholar in Residence Rabbi Skorka 239-434-1818 Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Alter Eagles JCMI 2022 Concert Series 239-642-0800 Feb. 25, 12 noon “The Orphan’s Daughter” by Jan Cherubin Jewish Book Festival Reneé Bialek, rbialek@

Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m. Federation Shabbat at Beth Tikvah 239-434-1818 Feb. 27, 9:30 a.m. “The Most ‘Grown-Up’ Book in the Bible” Rabbi’s Life-Long Learning Series Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 239-642-0800

March 12, 7:30 p.m. Go Divas – “Songs of Ireland” JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural Series 239-642-0800

Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. Lecture Series Joel Poznansky, speaker 239-434-1818

March 2022

March – Sept. 2022 “Letter from Westerbork Transit Camp” The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center 239-263-9200 March 3 Triumph 2022 With special guest speaker, Gen. Romeo Dallaire The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center 239-263-9200 March 6, 13, 20, 27 Naples Jewish Film Festival Movies by Link 239-434-1818 March 7, 2 p.m. “The Last Green Valley” by Mark Sullivan Jewish Book Festival Reneé Bialek, rbialek@


March 10 Guest-Artist-in-Residence Rabbi Ken Kantor www.NaplesJewish 239-431-3858

March 16, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom Purim Shpiel 239-455-3030 March 17, 1 p.m. “A Wonderful Guy” by Eddie Shapiro Jewish Book Festival Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 239-642-0800 March 16 6:15 p.m. Purim Celebration and Megillah Reading 239-434-1818 March 18, 10 a.m. Docent Tour of Holocaust Museum with Elaine Rosen 239-434-1818 March 20, 2 p.m. “Neighbours” JCMI Jewish Film Festival 239-642-0800 March 23, 6 p.m. IAC program Avi Melamed speaker sponsored dinner 239-434-1818

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March 27, 9:30 a.m. “Culinary Crossroads: Jewish Cooking” Rabbi’s Life-Long Learning Series Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 239-642-0800 March 27, 11 a.m. Beth Tikvah Celebration Brunch at Grey Oaks Entertainment by Cantor Norman Brody and Michal Chorny 239-434-1818 March 29, 7:30 p.m. Poznansky Wellness Series Shelley Goodman, speaker “Living in the Unpredictable” 239-434-1818

April 2022

April Annual Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center 239-263-9200 April 15, 6:15 p.m. Erev Passover First Seder at Beth Tikvah 239-434-1818 Apr. 15, 6:30 p.m. JCMI Congregational Passover Seder 239-642-0800 April 16, 6 p.m. Second Night Seder 239-455-3030 57

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2022 Candle Lighting Times for The Greater Naples Area Jan. 7: 5:32 p.m. Jan. 14: 5:37 p.m. Jan. 21: 5:43 p.m. Jan. 28: 5:48 p.m. Feb. 4: 5:54 p.m. Feb. 11: 5:59 p.m. Feb. 18: 6:03 p.m. Feb. 25: 6:07 p.m. March 4: 6: 11 p.m. March 11: 6:15 p.m. March 18: 7:19 p.m. March 25: 7:22 p.m. April 1: 7:25 p.m. April 8: 7:29 p.m. April 15, Eve of First day Passover: 7:32 p.m. April 16, Eve of Second day Passover: 8:26 p.m. April 21, Eve of Seventh day Passover: 7:35 p.m. April 22 Eve of Eighth day Passover: 7:36 p.m. April 29: 7:39 p.m. May 6: 7:43 p.m. May 13: 7:47 p.m. May 20: 7:51 p.m. May 27: 7:54 p.m.

June 3: 7:58 p.m. June 4, Eve of First day Shavuot: 8:55 p.m. June 5, Eve of First day Shavuot: 8:56 p.m. June 10: 8:01 p.m. June 17: 8:03 p.m. June 24: 8:05 p.m. July 1: 8:05 p.m. July 8: 8:05 p.m. July 15: 8:03 p.m. July 22: 8:01 p.m. July 29: 7:57 p.m. Aug. 5: 7:53 p.m. Aug. 12: 7:47 p.m. Aug. 19: 7:41 p.m. Aug. 26: 7:34 p.m. Sept. 2: 7:27 p.m. Sept. 9: 7:19 p.m. Sept. 16: 7:11 p.m. Sept. 23: 7:04 p.m. Sept. 25, Eve of First day Rosh Hashanah: 7:01 p.m. Sept. 26, Eve of Second day Rosh Hashanah: 7:52 p.m. Sept. 30: 6:56 p.m. Oct. 4, Eve of

Yom Kippur: 6:51 p.m. Oct. 7: 6:48 p.m. Oct. 9, Eve of First day Sukkot: 6:46 p.m. Oct. 10, Eve of Second day Sukkot: 7:38 p.m. Oct. 14: 6:41 p.m. Oct. 16, Eve of Shemini Atzeret: 6:39 p.m. Oct. 17, Eve of Simchat Torah: 7:31 p.m. Oct. 21: 6:35 p.m. Oct. 28: 6:29 p.m. Nov. 4: 6:24 p.m. Daylight Saving Time: Not in effect. Times have been adjusted accordingly. Nov. 11: 5:20 p.m. Nov. 18: 5:17 p.m. Nov. 25: 5:16 p.m. Dec. 2: 5:16 p.m. Dec. 9: 5:17 p.m. Dec. 16: 5:19 p.m. Dec. 23: 5:22 p.m. Dec. 30: 5:26 p.m.

2022 (5782/5783) Holidays

Holidays start at sundown on the evening before the dates listed. Tu B’Shevat: Jan. 17 (Monday)

Tisha B’Av: Aug. 7 (Sunday)

Purim: March 17 (Thursday)

Rosh HaShanah 5783: Sept. 26 (Monday)

Passover (Pesach): April 16 (Saturday)

Yom Kippur: Oct. 5 (Wednesday)

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah): April 28 (Thursday)

Sukkot: Oct. 10 (Monday)

Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron): May 4 (Wednesday)

Shemini Atzeret: Oct. 17 (Monday)

Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut): May 5 (Thursday)

Simchat Torah: Oct. 18 (Tuesday)

Lag B’Omer: May 19 (Thursday)

First Hanukkah Candle: Dec. 18 (Sunday)

Shavuot: June 5 (Sunday)

Hanukkah (Chanukah): Dec. 19 (Monday)



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Directory of Advertisers Beth Tikvah Page 23

Kaye Lifestyle Homes Page 1

Chabad Naples Page 53

Naples Jewish Film Festival Page 3

Fuller Funeral Home Page 41

Skin Wellness Physicians Page 33

Hilton Naples Page 35

Temple Shalom Inside Back Cover

Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center Page 39 Temple Shalom Preschool Page 51 Jewish Book Festival Page 6

TheatreZone Back Cover

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island Page 49

TOP Jewish Foundation Page 5

2022 JCMI Jewish Film Festival Page 19

Tuscany Villa at Naples Page 13

2022 JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural Series Page 29

Up Art & Design Gallery Page 7

Jewish Historical Society of SWFL Inside Front Cover

Wynn’s Market Page 28

Jewish National Fund Page 59

Deborah Zvibleman, John R Wood Properties Page 26

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Index Adult education 32-34

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 49

American Friends of Magen David Adom 42

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples 8-15

American Jewish Committee 41

Jewish Historical Society of SWFL 39

Anti-Defamation League 42

Jewish holidays 58

Antisemitism Task Force 15

Jewish National Fund 43

Arts & Culture 16-31

Jewish Russian Cultural Alliance 38

BBYO Naples 50

Jewish War Veterans 41

Beth Tikvah of Naples 45

Men’s Cultural Alliance 26

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 14

People of the Book Cultural Event 6

Cemeteries 37

PJ Library® 51

Chabad of Naples Jewish Community Center 47

Preschool of the Arts 52

Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero 48

Religious Life 44-49

Chabad of Naples Hebrew School 53

Saul I. Stern Cultural Series 28

Community Services 36-37

Scholarship Programs 55

Consulate General of Israel for Florida & Puerto Rico 42

Schools 51-54

eNewsletter 11

Simon Wiesenthal Center 42

Evy Lipp People of the Book Cultural Event 11

Stand Up for Justice Award 14

Federation Star newspaper 16

Summer of the Arts 54

Film Festivals 17-18

Synagogues 44-49

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces 43

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology 42

Funeral homes & cemeteries 37

Temple Shalom 44

Hadassah 40

Temple Shalom Camp Shalom 55

The Holocaust Museum & Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center 30-31

Temple Shalom Preschool 51

Human Needs Award 14

Temple Shalom Youth Engagement 54 Women’s Cultural Alliance 25-26

Israel Advocacy Committee 15

Zionist Organization of America 42

Jewish Book Festival 21-24 Jewish Community Relations Council 14 60


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