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February 4 - “Remembering Gene Wilder” – (English)

This highly anticipated documentary explores the life and career of the legendary comedic actor revealing insights into his life and career with many astonishing surprises. Gene Wilder, the prolific actor and screenwriter, is known all over the world for his endearing roles in classic films. Featuring rare never-beforeseen home videos and memorable scenes from our favorite films. You won’t want to miss it!

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February 18 - “Barren” – (Hebrew)

This graceful and compelling Israeli drama touches on the tough topic of infertility in the Hasidic community. When the difference between good and evil is unclear, the family must deal with unresolved secrets that raise fundamental questions about religion and faith. This film will, no doubt, stimulate conversation.

March 3 - “All About the Levkoviches” – (Hungarian/Hebrew)

Sit back and enjoy this contemporary drama about family dynamics telling the story of a generous, stubborn and loving boxing coach who gets along with everyone except his own son. When the son returns to sit shiva for his mother, they are forced to face old grievances.

March 17 - “ Irena’s Vow” – (English)

Fresh off its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival, this gripping drama tells the true story of a 19-year old nursing student, Irena, who is employed by a Nazi officer. Irena secretly smuggled Polish Jews out of the ghetto and to safety. Irena’s Vow sheds light on the untold stories of courage and compassion during the Holocaust. It serves as a poignant reminder of the indomitable human spirit and the potential for heroism, even in the darkest of times. • Q&A with Guest Speaker: Jeannie Opdyke Smith, daughter of Irena Gut

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CONNECTIONS 2024 Guide to Jewish Living in Greater Naples

From Federation Leadership



ccording to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word “connection” relates to coherence, continuity and people having an association or common interest(s); something that connects, a link. “Link” sums up the intent of this magazine. Whether you are new to the community or you have been 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. 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 Jeffrey Feld, Federation Nathaniel Ritter, President/CEO Federation Board Chair 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. Jewish Federation of Greater Naples is thrilled to be an integral part of your Jewish community. ~ Jeffrey Feld & Nathaniel Ritter

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elcome to the 13th edition of Connections — 2024 Guide to Jewish Living in Greater Naples. This annual resource guide to “all things Jewish” in our area is your resource to turn to for information about the community’s robust offering of Jewish activities, programs, services and organizations. Here you’ll find an overview of local organizations, special interest groups, schools and congregations as well as a wide selection of cultural, educational and spiritual opportunities. In addition to a variety of events and offerings in which to participate, you may also find areas to which you can contribute your talent. There has never been a better time to get involved in our area’s vibrant Jewish community! This magazine, as well as the Federation Star newspaper, 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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Jewish Film Festivals..………….......….……......20-21 PRESENTATION SCHEDULE


Jan. 12 – The United Nations Blinks, Again

From April 1992 until November 1996 Bosnian Serb soldiers and Serbian Army units conducted a campaign of genocide against Bosnian Muslims. Learn how NATO was useless when handcuffed by the U.N.

Entertaiment and Learning.......….….......…......25-27

Jan. 26 – Very Rich, Very Beautiful, Very Bad

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While living in France during WWII, Florence La Caze Gould, wife to the son of one of America’s richest men, befriended and bedded some of the worst Nazi murderers in the country. Investigated by J. Edgar Hoover and F.B.I. for treason after the war, what was her excuse?

Feb. 9 – These Were Not Nice Jewish Boys

During the 1930s, there was an almost unfathomable rise of antisemitism. One man enlisted a group of Jews to stop Jew baiting and harassment. They were known nationwide as Murder, Inc. What did they do?

Feb. 23 – They Said It Couldn’t Happen Here, It Did

19th century America was in turmoil. Mormon immigrants were the subject of an expulsion and extermination order. Later, a Union General, who later became the President of the United States, ordered Jews living in the South to be deported. How could this happen and who did this?

Women’s Cultural Alliance........................................26

Holocaust Museum & Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center...................................................28-29

ADULT EDUCATION…………....….......30-33 COMMUNITY SERVICES……….….......34-36 ORGANIZATIONS……………………...37-43 Special Interest Groups……………..….……......37-40 Israel Connection……...…….…….………….......41-43

March 8 — The Black Experience Under the Swastika, You Will Be Surprised

Adolf Hitler and National Socialism had only hatred and scorn for black skinned people. Ironically, one black “American Prisoner of War” became a hero to a generation of white concentration camp and labor camp inmates. Hear about Johnny Nicholas and his courage.

March 22 – The New York Times, It Never Learns

RELIGIOUS LIFE………………..….........44-49 FOCUS ON YOUTH……………..…........50-55

The New York Times reporting on the rise of Fidel Castro, violence in the middle east and Israel’s need to defend itself reaffirms the view that the Sulzberger Dynasty continues to let ideology, politics and prejudices dictate “all the news fit to print.”


March 29 - Saluting America and the American Soldier


81 years ago, the United States Marines captured Iwo Jima, steppingstone to Japan. 6,000 Marines died and 18,500 were injured. Today we tell the story and honor every man and woman serving to protect America.

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Youth Programs…………...…………....………..........55

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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, beautiful weather, etc., what makes our community wonderful? The first thing that pops into my mind are the people. Everyone I have met is as warm and engaging as the climate. It really is the people talking with each other, socializing, dining … in other words, making connections. It’s all about the relationships – the connections. Because of all our connections, we now have the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center, the new home of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, located at 4720 Pine Ridge Road. Our grand opening was Jan. JEFFREY FELD 15, 2023. We are about to celebrate President/CEO the building’s first birthday. We Jewish Federation truly have begun to realize that, in of Greater Naples moving into our new home, we do have the opportunity to continue connecting with members of our community and our partners. We have the good fortune to be able to welcome people here for all kinds of programs and meetings. Security is always at the forefront of what we do. Members should always remember to bring and utilize their identification badge to get into the building. 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: • Camp Scholarship Committee • Catholic-Jewish Dialogue • Fund for Human Needs • Israel and Overseas Committee • Jewish Book Festival • Jewish Community Relations Council • Jewish Families with Children • Jewish Russian Cultural Alliance • Jewish Young Professionals

• Men’s Cultural Alliance • PJ Library • Singles Social Group • Stand Up for Justice Grant • Women’s Cultural Alliance In our Greater Naples community, we collaborate with agencies, congregations and organizations to provide: • Cultural Programs and Adult Education • Local Humanitarian and Social Services • Youth Programs and Youth Education 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, Baker Senior Center Naples, 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. Federation also works with these national and international Jewish organizations: • American Friends of Magen David Adom • Anti-Defamation League (ADL) • Jewish National Fund (JNF) • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) • Arava Institute • Ethiopia National Project (ENP) • Jewish Agency For Israel (JAFI) • Neve Michael Children’s Village • ORT • Sapir Community Center – Kfar Saba • Special in Uniform • Susan’s House • Taglit-birthright Israel • Yad LaKashish-Lifeline for the Old • Jewish Federations of North America 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 have and even some we may not have. 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.

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Who is “Federation” and what do we do?


he answer is simple: It’s you — and every member of the Jewish community of Greater Naples and the surrounding areas. Jewish Federation of Greater Naples is the thread that runs through the fabric of our Jewish community, its organizations and services, connecting us all. Federation is your center for Jewish Philanthropy. 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, spear-heading rescue and relief efforts for isolated Jews in distressed regions, and funding innovative Jewish educational and unity initiatives. Federation creates a sense of community for thousands of Jewish residents in Greater Naples and its surrounding areas by developing and supporting programs to further Jewish learning, identity, pride and culture. Federation meets the challenge of providing for the needs of our Jewish brethren, from young children and families to seniors.

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 Federation is doing this here, other Federations and network communities are doing the same elsewhere; all are connected through Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

Founded on the principles of unity and dignity for all, our Federation has evolved into a major fundraising, planning and coordinating entity of the Greater Naples Jewish community. 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 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, Federation makes a grant to the Baker Senior Center Naples 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.

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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, including Neve Michael Youth & Children’s Village in Pardes Hana, Israel and the Sapir Community Center in Kfar Saba, Israel. 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.

are the premier fundraising divisions of 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

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

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples recently moved into its new home. The decision to build it was based on the information that was gathered from the Needs Assessment/Demographic Study that was conducted by Brandeis University in 2017. Permission to rezone was unanimously granted by the Collier County Board of County Commissioners. The goal of the capital campaign is $15 million. As of the end of December 2022, we had commitments of $13.3 million. We thank our community for helping to bring the dream to fruition, enabling us to continued on next page

Annual Community Campaign

The annual fundraising arm of 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

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build the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center, a warm and welcoming home for our Jewish community to enjoy for many years to come.

our Jewish community. If something local is happening that is Jewish related, you’ll read about it in the Federation Star. Recent as well as past issues can be viewed online at Federation also compiles, updates and distributes this Connections publication.

TOP Jewish Foundation

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples has a legacy partner called TOP Jewish Foundation. TOP began over four decades ago as a regional endeavor of three Jewish Federations (Tampa, Orlando, Pinellas). Since its inception, TOP has grown to manage well over $60 million of community 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 Alicia Feldman, Development Director, at 239-263-4205 or

Our Ninth Annual Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival features 9 authors at 9 events. The community Chanukah celebrations in Naples and on Marco Island are always festive events, with the lighting of the giant menorah. Federation has sponsored visits and performances of the Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan since 2015 and we look forward to their return.

Community Outreach


Each year, Federation hosts numerous events, affording the community opportunities to gather, socialize, network and connect. Some of the larger events include: 12


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.

Community Calendar

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.

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



Each week, 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 Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.

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The Israel and Overseas Committee (IOC)


or many years, the Israel Advocacy Committee (IAC) of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples served the Naples community under the most recent leadership of Dr. Ed Ezrine and Harvey Cohen, fulfilling its mission with a diverse array of informative Israel programs. The committee has now become the Israel and Overseas Committee (IOC) of JFGN. This additional focus will broaden the scope of what the committee can bring to our community. The IOC, with Myra Benedikt as the new chair, will continue to concentrate on Israel as well as offer programs of interest about other Jewish communities around the world. The mission of the Israel and Overseas Committee is to educate about, engage with and advocate for Israel and global Jewry. The committee provides opportunities for our Naples community to experience Israel and Jewish life around the world through a variety of events, lectures, cultural programs and missions.

December 2023

For December, we engaged Dr. Scott Lasensky. a lecturer at University of Maryland’s Center for Jewish Studies and Institute for Israel Studies. Lasensky served as a senior policy advisor on Israel, the Middle East and Jewish affairs in the Obama Administration from 2011-2017, serving in Washington and in Israel. He represented U.N. Ambassadors Susan E. Rice and Samantha J. Power in the interagency policymaking process. In Israel, he served with Ambassador Daniel Shapiro and was involved in all aspects of the U.S.-Israel bilateral relationship. Besides briefing us on the fluid situation in Israel, Lasensky shared the latest developments and debates about a big idea — Jewish Peoplehood — which is seeking to reshape Jewish belonging, cross-communal relations and Israel-Diaspora ties. Lasensky is senior advisor with ENTER: the Jewish Peoplehood Alliance, an initiative

co-founded by philanthropist Charles Bronfman and devoted to ensuring the Jewish people remain a global community that is united, secure and inclusive. Lasensky’s topic was “Can ‘Jewish Peoplehood’ Save the Jewish People? — In an age of polarization, disruption and fractures erupting all across the Jewish world, can the idea and practice of Jewish Peoplehood, a uniquely Jewish American ideology, meet the challenges World Jewry faces today?”

January 2024

In January, we will bring CEO of Jewish Community Centre of Krakow, Poland Jonathan Ornstein to the community. Since the April 2008 opening of JCC Krakow by the Prince of Wales, Ornstein has served as executive director of the organization devoted to rebuilding Jewish life in Krakow. The JCC has become one of Poland’s most visible signs of Jewish revival. Ornstein also is a founding member of the Krakow Association of Christians and Jews, where he serves as vice president. He also serves on the boards of the Krakow branch of the Child Survivors of the Holocaust organization, Hillel Poland, JCC Global and the Abraham Global Peace Initiative. A primary architect of Poland’s contemporary Jewish rebirth, Ornstein is a frequent international speaker and media contributor on issues relating to Jewish Poland as well as an activist for Holocaust survivors.

February 2024

In February, Chief Policy Officer of Israel Policy Forum Michael Koplow, who also serves as a senior research fellow at the Kogod Research Center of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, will join us. Before coming to Israel Policy Forum, he was the founding program director of the Israel Institute. Koplow holds a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University, where he specialized in political development


and ideology, and the politics of Middle Eastern states. He writes Israel Policy Forum’s weekly Koplow column and edits the Israel Policy Exchange, a leading source for commentary and analysis on Israel and American Jewry. In addition to his Ph.D., Koplow holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, a J.D. from New York University and an A.M. in Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University. Koplow’s topic will be “Israel in this Moment: A Crisis of Policy and Politics — How are the latest political developments shaping Israel’s future and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What is threatening Israel’s well-being as a secure, Jewish and democratic state?” Join us as Koplow helps unpack this moment and the challenges and opportunities it presents for Israel, diaspora relations and the prospect of a viable two-state outcome.

March 2024

On March 28, our own Dr. Karen Ezrine, chair of Hadassah International, will update us on medical innovations happening at Hadassah Hospital. Most recently, Ezrine co-chaired Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO). In Baltimore, she worked closely with the health coordinator to develop a number of medical education programs (cardiovascular disease, mental health and genetic diseases). She was a member of the National Board of Hadassah. A retired medical oncologist, Ezrine previously held the position of co-chair of the Hadassah National Physicians Council, which included planning and leading three continuing medical education programs in Israel and serving as the Hadassah representative for the Victor Center for Prevention of Genetic Diseases. In Collier County, she has cochaired or served on the committees of several Major Gift and Keepers events and chaired a program on Jewish genetic diseases. Recently, Ezrine was honored to accept the co-chair of Founders.

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Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)


he primary mission of JCRC is to promote and enhance relationships between the Jewish community and the general Greater Naples community. JCRC collaborates with other groups in our community, often participating in many of their programs. 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 atlarge 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:

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 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 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, to connect with our Jewish heritage and to strengthen our relations with the larger Naples community.

Human Needs Award

For several years, the JCRC and JFGN (Jewish Federation of Greater Naples) has actively acknowledged positive contributions of several nonprofit organizations in our community. Monetary

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awards are given each year to two small nonprofit agencies that practice “tikkun olam” — helping to repair our world. These agencies fulfill the mission of the JCRC and JFGN.

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.

Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. – Join us at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center for a program with Fr. Ratzmann and Rabbi Gross. More details coming soon along with the registration link for this free program. Sunday, March 17 at 2:30 p.m. – Join us at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center for another CJD program. More details coming soon along with the registration link for this free program. For more information, please contact the CJD at CJD is a subcommittee of the JCRC of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.

Antisemitism Task Force

The task force fulfills the function of promoting the security of Jewish organizations, religious institutions and the Jewish community. The JCRC and the Federation serve as a collection point for reporting, facilitating assistance to the victim(s) and making

referrals to the appropriate agencies when corrective measures are needed. A yearly report is produced and shared with the appropriate outlets. Federation works directly with the local law enforcement agencies to handle antisemitism and hate crimes.

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 and Overseas Committee.

Catholic-Jewish Dialogue

The Catholic-Jewish Dialogue (CJD) engages people of both faiths in understanding our long history and to advance the cause of mutual understanding and appreciation for our differences as well as our commonalities. To achieve these goals, the CJD plans events throughout the year, including the Kristallnacht Commemoration, films, book discussions, teen programs, interfaith weekends, Passover Seders, and much more. CJD programs scheduled for the 2024 season include:

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Ninth Annual Jewish Book Festival features Nine Authors and Their Books


resented by Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, the Jewish Book Festival (JBF), which showcases an outstanding collection of books and authors in a variety of genres, is now in its ninth year. The JBF Committee, along with Chair Robin Mintz and Program Director Reneé Bialek, work hard to select the authors each year and take care of all details to ensure successful events. This year, nine authors will discuss their books with attendees, all in person at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center. Truly a labor of love, we believe it is important to offer this enrichment. It is a strong component of excellent programming brought to you, making our community a vibrant and rewarding one! While two of the festival events will have taken place by the time you read this, you can still participate in the other seven events. Here is a summary:

“The Little Liar” by Mitch Albom

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, 7 p.m. Beloved bestselling author Mitch Albom returns with a powerful novel that moves from a small village in Greece during the Holocaust to America, where the intertwined lives of three survivors are forever changed by the 16

perils of deception and the grace of redemption. Sponsored by Ginsberg Eye What others are saying: “A moving parable that explores honesty, survival, revenge and devotion, ‘The Little Liar’ is Mitch Albom at his very best.”

the Jazz Age roar as she played hostess to every gangster, politician, writer and sports star worth knowing. What others are saying: “‘Madam,’ Debby Applegate’s tour de force about Jazz Age icon Polly Adler, will seize you by the lapels, buy you a drink and keep you reading until the very last page.”

“Kantika: A Novel” by Elizabeth Graver

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, 1 p.m. Kantika, a remarkable, lyrical work that conjures and embellishes the journey of the author’s maternal grandmother from Istanbul to Barcelona, Havana and New York, is the novel that many of us have been waiting for. It is a beautiful work of historical fiction that tells the epic story of a modern Sephardi family with sensitivity, intimacy and cultural responsibility. What others are saying: “Both epic and heartfelt, ‘Kantika’ belongs in the company of the great 20th-century immigrant Jewish writers, such as Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley and Henry Roth.”

“Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age” by Debby Applegate

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, 3:30 p.m. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author is the compulsively readable and sometimes jaw-dropping story of the life of Polly Adler, Manhattan’s most notorious madam. Her decadent parties made


“Because the World is Round” by Jane Saginaw

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, 1 p.m. In her lyrical memoir, Jane Saginaw presents a coming-of-age portrait of both her family and herself. Focusing on a year-long family trip through Europe and Asia in 1970 when she was a teen, Saginaw describes how, in stepping away from their lives in Texas, the family gained a new understanding of their relationship with each other. What others are saying: “With empathy and wit, in sharply observed prose, Saginaw gives insight into families, mothers and daughters. ‘Because the World is Round’ is a book full of wisdom and delight.”

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and celebrities, speaks to dozens with the last name Einstein (including two rabbis), and even tracks down the brain of Einstein, stolen from his body during the autopsy. What others are saying: “‘The Einstein Effect’ is a fascinating and funny guide to history’s favorite genius — and why he still matters.”

“The Einstein Effect: How the World’s Favorite Genius Got into Our Cars, Our Bathrooms, and Our Minds” by Benyamin Cohen

Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, 1:30 p.m. Cohen embarks on a global quest to unearth Einstein’s ongoing relevance today. Along the way, he meets scientists

“The Golden Doves” by Martha Hall Kelly

Friday, March 1, 2024, 10:30 a.m. Two former female spies, bound together by their past, risk everything to hunt down an infamous Nazi doctor in the aftermath of World War II — a pulse-pounding novel inspired by true events from the New York Times bestselling author of “Lilac Girls.” Sponsored by Women’s Cultural Alliance

What others are saying: “Compelling … Readers will be equally captivated and educated by this original and thought-provoking book, ‘The Golden Doves.’”

“The Escape Artist, The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World” by Jonathan Freedland Thursday, March 7, 2024, 3:30 p.m.

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“The Lioness of Boston” by Emily Franklin

December 3, 2023 – April 3, 2024

9 Authors • 9 events

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 7:00 PM

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 1:00 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024 3:30 PM

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 1:00 PM

Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 1:30 PM

Friday, Mar. 1, 2024 10:30 AM

Thursday, Mar. 7, 2024 3:30 PM

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2024 1:00 PM

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2024 10:30 AM

All events take place at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center. Jewish Federation of Greater Naples 4720 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples, FL 34119 239-263-4205


The first witness to reveal the full truth of the Holocaust ... Award-winning journalist and bestselling novelist Freedland tells the astonishing true story of Rudolf Vrba, the man who broke out of Auschwitz to warn the world of a truth too few were willing to hear. Winner of the 2023 National Jewish Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. (Live from London.) What others are saying: “Raw and gripping... ‘The Escape Artist.’ This compelling portrait of a neglected hero of Holocaust resistance leaves an inescapable imprint of a past now in danger of being minimized or forgotten.”

Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 10:30 a.m. A deeply evocative novel of the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a daring visionary who created an inimitable legacy in American art and transformed the city of Boston itself. “The Lioness of Boston” is a portrait of what society expected a woman’s life to be, shattered by a courageous soul who rebelled and was determined to live on her own terms. What others are saying: “‘The Lioness of Boston’ is a treasure trove of art, sensuality, Boston history, and more. Emily Franklin has captured Isabella Stewart Gardner’s blazing life and the light it sheds on the lives of women then and now.”

“The Jewish Deli, An Illustrated Guide to the Chosen Food” by Ben Nadler

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 1 p.m. A delightful celebration of Jewish delicatessens in a graphic format, full of history and humor and guaranteed to make you hungry. What others are saying: “‘The Jewish Deli’ is a magnificent way to discover, through illustrations, the culinary history of Jews and the role that food plays


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RICK RECHT COMMUNITY CONCERT A musical celebration for all ages! This high-energy, interactive concert with Jewish rock pioneer Rick Recht will be held Thursday, Feb. 29, 6 PM at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center.

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Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Jewish Film Festival Celebrates 23rd 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 of the old 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 – to visitors and to our non-Jewish friends and neighbors.

This Season’s Films


Annual FREE Concert Tuesday, January 30, 2024 6-7 pm

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“The Shadow of the Day,” Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023 at 2 p.m. “SHTTL,” Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. “March 68,” Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. “Brothers,” Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. Single tickets are $30 per person and Patron tickets are $100 per person. Everyone is welcome. All films will be shown at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145 and will be available via livestream as well. Reception to follow after each film. For more information, you can see our ad in this issue, visit the JCMI website at or contact the JCMI office at 239-642-0800.

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Naples Jewish Film Festival Celebrates 11th Anniversary


he Naples Jewish Film Festival is returning to celebrate its 11th annual festival beginning Sunday, Feb. 4. The festival will be held at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center, while the Sugden Community Theatre is under renovation. Powered by our sponsors and business partners, the Festival features the best and brightest cinematic moments from newly released Israeli and Jewish cinema. This year, we are excited to host Jeanne Opdyke Smith, daughter of the late Irene Opdyke, a brave and inspiring figure who received international recognition for her lifesaving actions during the Holocaust. The Festival Committee introduces a varied and compelling array of films in this year’s lineup, affording movie-goers the opportunity to see Jewish films not available in theaters. The

committee worked tirelessly to get some of the hottest, most sought out films on the market. They are not to be missed!

This year’s films

“Remembering Gene Wilder” – Sunday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. “Barren” – Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. “All About the Levkoviches” – Sunday, March 3 at 7 p.m. “Irena’s Vow” – Sunday, March 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets and additional information are available at www. or by calling 239-434-18181.




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“Celebration of Jewish Life” program features music, theater and comedy


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he “Celebration of Jewish resilience and joy, expressed through 90 Life” (CJL) program, hosted black-and-white portraits of Holocaust by Chabad of Naples, brings a survivors and personal stories of their n of Jto ewNaples o i showcase of Jewish presenters postwar lives. t to entertain and engage community members. It provides opportunities to Monday, Feb. 26 – come together for cultural and social “Tevye in New York!” experiences, and to explore the richness Tom Dugan’s one-man show, “Tevye of Jewish life. There is something for Enrichment • Entertainment • Empowerment in New York!,” is based on Sholem Enlightenment Engagement beloved characters, immortalized in “Fiddler on everyone: stand-up comedy, theater and music, plus presen- •Aleichem’s tations about food, sports, Israel ... and Jewish matchmaking! the Roof.” This show takes up where the original stories left The 11 CJL events began in November 2023 and run off. It’s a tale filled with laughter, heartbreak and joy, as Tevye through March 2024 at several Naples tries to balance tradition with what it venues. Here’s the remaining lineup of means to be an American Jew. afternoon and evening events:

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Tuesday, Feb. 27 – “Wiesenthal”

Monday, Jan. 8 – Chanie Apfelbaum

“Wiesenthal” is the culmination of Tom Dugan’s journey as a playwright and actor during the 10-year national tour of his off-Broadway play of the same title. The book reveals how this charming man solved his most sensational cases and includes the playscript and photographs from the production.

The founder of the popular blog “Busy in Brooklyn” and cookbook author Chanie Apfelbaum will be in conversation with Ettie Zaklos of Chabad of Naples. Apfelbaum makes cooking fun, fresh and practical. She will share many of her secrets. The evening concludes with a reception where attendees will enjoy desserts from her book, “Totally Kosher.”

Monday, Feb. 5 – Jews in Sports

Sunday, March 3 – Children’s Event

The event begins with Ted Epstein’s presentation, “Stars of the Mic.” Epstein will include clips of famous calls by Jewish sportscasters who will be featured in his upcoming book covering 70 men and women who have lent their voices to the world of sports. Then, meet Art Shamsky of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets! Shamsky will discuss being Jewish in the Major Leagues, his two books and baseball in Israel. Shamsky’s books and memorabilia will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Finding Hope After the Holocaust

Photojournalist B.A. Van Sise spent four years working with Holocaust museums and organizations to compile captivating images and textual vignettes for his book, “Invited to Life.” It’s a moving and joyful celebration of survival, 22


Micah Siva will share her children’s book, “1, 2, 3, Nosh with Me,” with preschoolers, followed by a hamantaschen decorating workshop! This free event is for preschoolers and their parents. Each family will receive a copy of Siva’s book.

Monday, March 4 – Jewish Matchmaking

Join relationship expert and host of Netflix’s “Jewish Matchmaking,” Aleeza Ben Shalom, for a presentation about her dating show and behind-the-scenes secrets. You can expect live matchmaking on stage, your questions answered and special surprises. As you can see, “Celebration of Jewish Life” has something for everyone. And several events offer the opportunity for a pre-event social gathering with the presenter. For full details, event descriptions, tickets and more, visit

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Jewish Congregation of Marco Island Announces 2024 Saul I. Stern Cultural Series


CMI offers its 30th year of the Stern Cultural Series in partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This Year’s Five Events

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023, 7:30 p.m. – presenting the king of rock ‘n roll, Through the Years — Elvis Tribute. This show is dynamic, mixed with humor and brilliance. You will hear from Elvis’ 1956 rise to fame to his ’68 comeback special. You will be mesmerized by this uncanny rendition of the “Greatest Entertainer of All Time.” The show will conclude with an extraordinary dedication to Elvis’ historymaking 1973 “Aloha from Hawaii” performance.

amazing mystery, all packaged together and delivered by an engaging and very funny comedic personality. Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. – Charlie Blum presents Swinging and Singing Broadway. Back by popular demand, Charlie Blum brings a fresh take on the Great American Songbook this season with a stroll down Broadway, singing the show tunes that have become standards over the years, along with stories behind some of these iconic productions. Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. – Elton John’s The Rocket Man Show. The world’s number one tribute to Elton John, this event is a night of greatest hits, gorgeous costumes and fierce piano playing. A show that has been described as “Amazing” by Jimmy Fallon and “Phenomenal” by Queen’s Adam Lambert. Single tickets are $40 and may be purchased online at For more information, call the Synagogue office at 239-642-0800.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. – A Celebration of Motown, presenting The Motowners. The audience will hear smash hits by The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and many more. Saturday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. – Jon Stetson presents The Stetson Experience. A truly mind-blowing, crowd-pleasing, audience interactive mix of magic, mind-reading and CONNECTIONS 2024

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The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island/ Marco Island Music & Cultural Series

The 2024 Saul I. Stern Series ~ Now in our 30th Year! Join us at 991 Winterberry Drive on Marco Island Saturday, January 27, 2024 7:30 PM

The audience will hear smash

The Motowners A Celebration of Motown

hits by the Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many more. A truly mind-blowing, crowd-

Saturday, February 17, 2024 7:30 PM

Jon Stetson America's Master Mentalist

pleasing, audience interactive mix of magic, mind reading, and amazing mystery all packaged together and delivered by an engaging and very funny comedic personality.

Saturday, March 16, 2024 7:30 PM

Back by popular demand Charlie Blum

Swingin’ and Singin’ Broadway

brings a fresh take on the great American Songbook this season with a stroll down BROADWAY singing the show tunes that have become standards over the years, along with stories behind some of these iconic productions.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

The World’ Number One Tribute to

The Rocket Man Show

7:30 PM

Elton John - a night of greatest hits, gorgeous costumes and fierce piano playing. A Show that has been described as “Amazing” by Jimmy Fallon and “Phenomenal” by Queen’s Adam Lambert.

Tickets are $40/person

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Listen Up! is Returning to Naples


isten Up!, a Jewish a cappella group, will appear in concert under the sponsorship of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and the Naples Jewish Congregation. This feature event is part of the congregation’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. The concert takes place at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center on March 10, 2024. Listen Up! is a nationally known, Chicago-based, Jewish vocal band whose four members perform in many styles, from traditional to celebratory Hebrew melodies to jazz done vocalese to modern pop overlaid in Yiddish or Hebrew. Listen Up! delivers warmth and sheer knock-your-socks-off vocal power through a love of Judaism and Israel.

The Chicago Tribune writes, “What comes across in every moment of their performance is an adoration for singing — turning melodies and harmonies on their heads to come up with something unique and full of freshness and appeal. When redefining musical rules, it helps to be good — and Listen Up! is very good, lacking nothing in imagination and the ability to sell their vision of a song.” Please mark your calendars for Sunday March 10 at 7 p.m. A dessert reception will follow the concert. Reservations may be made at

Temple Shalom Cultural Events Mitzvah Day – Sunday, Jan. 21 at 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; donating blood; Beading for Betterment; and more. Please consider joining us. For more information, visit the Temple Shalom website at

experience by matching special recipes and songs. Visit the Temple Shalom website for registration information.

One Family Festival – Sunday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m.

Honoring Neil and Tussy Shnider and the One Family Committee chairs, the day includes a concert by the Jewish rock band Dan Nichols & Eighteen, plenty of food, raffles, and more. For more information on this event chaired by Bobbie and Gene Katz, visit our website at

Savor: A Sephardic Music & Food Experience – Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.

“Savor” captures the flavors and sounds of Sephardic Jews. Susan Barocas, writer, cook and teacher, and Sarah Aroeste, singer composer and author, present a multi-sensory

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 • Jewish War Veterans – Post #202 • Jewish Young Professionals – 20- to 30-year-olds • Maimonides Medical Society • PJ Library • Singles Social Group – Jewish Singles (all ages) • Summer Book Club CONNECTIONS 2024

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Women’s Cultural Alliance


he Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA), an affinity group of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples (JFGN), provides a wide variety of programming for members to meet other women with similar interests. If you are new to Southwest Florida, membership in WCA is an easy way to become part of your new community. Its website,, provides everything you need to know about WCA! Using the website, women can easily join WCA and register for programs and events, as well as view interest group offerings, a WCA calendar, publications, and much more. The new Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center offers beautiful and spacious venues, providing opportunities for even more meetings and programs. WCA’s array of offerings typically include a wide variety of interest groups: • Reading (10 book groups) • Playing games (bridge, mahjong, canasta, Scrabble) • Physical exercise (biking, bowling, chair yoga, golf, pickleball, walking, bocce) • Food (Serious Foodies, Ladies Who Lunch, Ladies Who Brunch) • Music (Second Act Singers) • Movies and film (three film groups)


• Crafts (knitting, crocheting, needlepoint) • Birdwatching • Drama and literature (Modern Playwright’s, Reader’s Theater, two “New Yorker” groups, Ted Talks) • WCA continues to be a proud annual sponsor of the Jewish Book Festival — this year, it is sponsoring Martha Hall Kelly, author of “The Golden Doves,” on March 12. • WCA offers classes on topics ranging from Spanish and French to the arts. • Speaker Series – A highlight of WCA programming is its phenomenal Speaker Series, generally on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. • Bus trips – currently including one to the Palm Beaches in January and to the Wick Costume Museum and Theater in Boca Raton in March.


A Community of Friendship

WCA has always had a strong social component, with opportunities for new and renewed friendships. The very popular annual Welcome Back Luncheon was held in November 2023. Nearly 400 women gathered and were treated to a presentation by comedian Caryn Bark. In December, WCA lit up the night and the menorah at the Chanukah Dinner Dance. Its annual Mah Jongg Day and Couples Canasta Night will be in January, and the popular International Potluck Lunch and annual Canasta Day will be held in March. Other programs include a Style Show and a Community Volunteer Expo to acquaint members with local volunteer activities, both in January. Members have numerous opportunities to meet for tea, coffee, lunch or cocktails. Koffee Klatch, New Member

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Coffees and Ladies who Lunch have many dates scheduled. Five local art studio tours and opportunities to explore your creative side with art classes offered by WCA members are also scheduled. All WCA activities are run by volunteers, enabling the organization to offer a wide variety of programs. It is always looking for programming ideas and volunteers to accommodate more women in groups and activities.

Satellite Groups

WCA’s programming in Southwest Florida is year-round. To better serve its members, WCA offers programs for couples and has two “satellite groups,” each offering additional programs. WCA North serves women who live in Bonita Springs, Estero and south Fort Myers; WCA South serves south and east Naples, down to Marco Island. All members may participate in WCA North and South programs.

WCA NextGen

In the summer of 2021, the daughter of a board member started WCA NextGen, offering evening and Sunday programming for women younger than 65. This very successful group enables like-minded women to engage in activities relevant to younger women.

Summer Branches

WCA members were having such 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. During the summer of 2023, many WCA members participated in “northern” activities.

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Men’s Cultural Alliance


he Men’s Cultural Alliance (MCA) is an affiliate of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. The organization, now in its 12th year, offers recreational, social and cultural activities for its members. Membership in MCA includes membership in 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, go to www. IN THE SHADOW OF AUSCHWITZ: HOW JCC KRAKOW IS REBUILDING JEWISH LIFE IN POLAND AND SUPPORTING UKRAINIAN REFUGEES Everyone is invited to attend this free presentation brought to you by Israel and Overseas Committee and Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, 7 p.m. At the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center Please register at for this FREE event to allow us to plan accordingly.

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IN THIS TALK We are grateful to these businesses and organizations The wide range of programs offered by WCA is not the only for their support of the 2019-20 Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival: Jewish Book Festival Patron Levels and Benefits

reason more than 1,400 women have joined. With most Platinum Gold Silver Patron transplants Benefits: members being from other $500 cities, $360 WCA $225provides Tickets all 12 events (anew $320 value) ü and becoming ü ü involved an easy path to toenjoying friends Copy of Lori Gottlieb’s book ü ü ü in the community. WCA is nonpartisan and nonsectarian. FastPass & separate check-in ü ü ü However, you must be a Star member of in Recognition in Federation ü WCAüto participate ü enter Reserved VIP seating its programs. ü Reserved seating area Join today! The membership year runsü Sept. 1 through Free book voucher(s) 2 1 31, butPatron new members are always welcome. Membership ____ ($40 Aug. at the door) event with an author TBA ü ü ____ ($55 in at theWCA door) automatically makes you ü a member of JFGN. Visit Extra luncheon event ticket for guest ____ ($45 at the door) for more information and how to join. Direct ____ ($45 at the door) Venues questions to WCA Membership Director Harriett Kleinman Hilton Naples: 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples ____ ($25 at the door) Jewish Congregation of Marco Island: 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island at ____ ($35 at the door) Naples Conference Center: 1455 Pine Ridge Road, Naples ü ü ü ü

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JCC Krakow CEO Jonathan Ornstein will discuss the center’s mission to rebuild Jewish communal life in the shadow of Auschwitz, the idea and celebration of Holocaust Survivor Day, and the impact of the Jewish community’s work with Ukrainian refugees.

Since its opening in April 2008, Ornstein has served as executive director of Sisterhood the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow, Poland, an organization devoted to Temple Shalom our temple, our community and each other rebuildingStrengthening Jewish life in Krakow and one of Poland’s most visible signs of Jewish revival. A native of New York City, Ornstein moved to Israel in 1994, lived on a kibbutz in the Negev desert for 7 years and served in a combat unit in the I.D.F. before moving to Poland in 2001 and lecturing in Modern Hebrew at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University Department of Jewish Studies for 6 years. OF GREATER NAPLES

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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’s mission is “to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence.” Since its founding in 2001, hundreds of thousands of people from across Southwest Florida, the country and the world have been impacted by the Museum’s Education programs, film and discussion series, special exhibits and events. As a long-time designated site of the Florida Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Task Force on Holocaust Education, the Museum provides age-appropriate Holocaust Education programming to students in five Southwest Florida counties, with a concentration on middle and high school grades. In addition to on-campus educator visits, other Holocaust education program options include student field trips to the Museum, online programs on the Museum website, the traveling authentic Boxcar exhibit and customizable PopUp Museum displays for schools and organizations. Through a generous legacy gift of the Merrill Kuller Educator Series, the Museum offers teacher workshops providing Southwest Florida educators the information necessary to meet the state mandate on Holocaust education, as well as free classroom activity materials for their students. The Museum also partners with GenShoah SWFL for


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programming for Holocaust survivors and their descendants.

Recent Expansion

The Museum recently completed an extensive expansion and renovation project. Two adjoining office suites were purchased and combined to create a new North Wing, providing an additional 3,600 square feet to the existing Museum space. A major renovation of the existing Museum included the installation of new exhibits, artifacts and interactive displays. New galleries in the North Wing include the Auschwitz Gallery, the Estelle and Stuart Price Gallery for Special Exhibits, the Shelley and Steven Einhorn Genocide Gallery, and the Herbert H. Schiff Classroom. The Auschwitz Gallery details the horrors of what happened to people once their boxcar arrived at the camp. The Price Gallery creates the opportunity to host


larger special traveling exhibits from other Museums as well as larger exhibits created in-house with items from the Museum’s archives. The Einhorn Genocide Gallery is dedicated to the overview of human rights issues and genocides through history. The Schiff Classroom expands to host larger student field trips and private group tours. The Schiff Classroom is also available for use by community organizations for their meetings. Student field trips, private group tours and Schiff Classroom access are scheduled by appointment. For more information, please contact Education Specialist David Nelson at David@

Upcoming Exhibits

On display in the new Estelle and Stuart Price Gallery: • December 2023-March 2024 – “Forgeries and the Holocaust”

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• April through October 2024 – “Lawyers without Rights: The Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Berlin after 1933”

Special Programs and Events

Reservations are required for all Museum events. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website, www. • Jan. 17, 2-3 p.m. – Film/Q&A program on “The Rescue in the Philippines” • Jan. 26, 1-4 p.m. (last guests admitted at 3 p.m.) – International Holocaust Remembrance Day with complimentary admission and film on Abe Price, Holocaust survivor and Museum co-founder • Feb. 7, 14 and 21, 2-4 p.m. – “Witness to Goodness” lecture series by Museum Docent Ellaine Rosen • March 6, 5:30-8 p.m. – Triumph 2024, the Museum’s annual fundraising

event at the Arthrex Conference Center • March 20, 2-3:30 p.m. – “The Holocaust: Medically Driven Genocide” presented by Board Vice Chair and Museum Docent Stuart Mest, M.D. • May 5, 4 p.m. – Annual Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center

Information for Your Visit

Location: 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., Suite 108, Naples, FL 34110 Admission: Prepurchase of timedentry admission tickets available on is strongly encouraged. Prepurchase guarantees admission on preferred date and time slot. Walk-up guests accommodated if capacity permits. Closed on Mondays and major U.S. holidays. See Museum website,, for hours of operation and other details.

Tour Programs

Self-guided audio tours of the Museum using Museum tablets are included with admission, as are maps for self-guided walking tours. A limited-size docentled public tour is available at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays with preregistration and payment required to participate. 24-hour cancellation notice required for refund. Visit www.hmcec. org to RSVP for public docent-led tour. Student field trips and private group tours are available by appointment. Visit for details. For more information and scheduling availability, please contact Education Specialist David Nelson at David@ For more information about the Museum and its programs, please visit or call 239-263-9200.

Teaching The Lessons of the Holocaust To The Next Genera�on Is More Important Than Ever … The Holocaust Museum & Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center recently expanded its educational capabilities, adding 3,600 square feet of new exhibits, displays, and classroom space. Using artifacts, documents, photographs, and the moving family stories of local Holocaust Survivors, the next generation will learn why all of us must be Upstanders. We invite you to visit our extraordinary new North Wing featuring the Auschwitz Gallery, the Shelley and Steven Einhorn Human Rights and Genocide Gallery, the Estelle and Stuart Price Special Exhibits Gallery, and the Herbert H. Schiff Classroom. For more information on Museum hours, admission, and upcoming programs, please visit 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 239-263-9200


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

Scholar-in-Residence – Thursday, Jan. 4 through Engaging adult learners in life-enhanc- Saturday, Jan. 6 ing 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 two courses taught by Rabbi Adam Miller and Rabbi Ariel Boxman. Classes begin soon. Visit our website at www.naples for more information or contact the Temple Shalom Education Department at 239-455-2233.

Jewish Spirituality – beginning Jan. 11 at 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. Visit www.naples for more information or contact the Temple Shalom Education Department at 239-455-2233.

Wise Aging: Sacred Living – beginning Jan. 18 at 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. Visit www.naplestemple. com for more information or contact the Temple Shalom Education Department at 239-455-2233. 30

Cantor Jonathan Comisar is on the faculty of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music where he teaches classes on music, theory, arranging and composition. On Thursday, Cantor Comisar will present a lecture titled “Around the World in 80 minutes: Stories & Songs from the Tapestry of Jewish life.” On Friday evening during Shabbat service, he will deliver a sermon on “Leonard Berstein: His Jewish Legacy.” During the Saturday morning Kiddush, Cator Comisar will present a documentary with an opportunity for discussion. The Scholar-in-Residence program is generously supported by The Shirley and Henry Kraus Scholar-in-Residence Fund. Visit for more information or contact the Temple Shalom Education Department at 239-455-2233.

Dream” In this film, filmmaker Michael Levine captures the Streit’s 90-year saga. Enjoy a sampling of dessert matzo after the film. Co-sponsored by the Temple Shalom Sisterhood. Visit www.naples for more information or contact the Temple Shalom Education Department at 239-455-2233.

The Development of Modern Israeli Culture Through Film Part 2 – Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14 and 21 at 12:30 p.m.

This class will continue the exploration of different aspects of Israel history and culture through film clips. Each session will begin with a short discussion. Instructor: Rabbi Ariel Boxman. Visit for more information or contact the Temple Shalom Education Department at 239-455-2233.

Women & Wealth Lunch Series – Jan. 31, Feb. 28 & March 27 at noon

The three sessions in this series will cover topics that include trust and Study the weekly Torah portion with estate planning, investments, financial the guidance of clergy via Zoom. Learn- markets and high-impact philanthropy. ers of all levels are welcome. For more Presented by Vice President of JP Morinformation, contact Temple Shalom at gan Private Bank Mia Hyatt. Lunch 239-455-3030. generously provided by J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Co-sponsored by the Temple Shalom Sisterhood. RegistraCreative Midrash – tion is required. Contact the Temple Wednesdays, April 10 & 17 Shalom office at 239-455-3030. at 10 a.m. Join Rabbi Ariel Boxman for a creative writing workshop exploring the classic Israel Book Discussion Group Rabbinic midrashim. Bring your cre- The ongoing Israel Book Discussion ativity and humor! Visit www.naples Group meets monthly on the fourth for more information or Monday of the month at 11 a.m. to contact the Temple Shalom Education discuss a selected fiction or nonfiction book about Israel, and to relate what Department at 239-455-2233. we learn from it to more current events regarding Israel. Please contact Michael Foodie Film – Wednesday, Rubner at for April 10 at 3:30 p.m. “Streit’s: Matzo and the American more information.

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Hadassah Book Clubs


xperience informative and intriguing Jewish learning, sure to provoke thought and foster dialog. Rabbi Howard Herman’s adult education sessions at Naples Jewish Congregation (NJC) will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples at 5 p.m. as follows: • Jan. 19 – Who is Righteous? • Feb. 23 – Jewpernatural: Signs, Spirits and Superstitions in Jewish Life • March 22 – Is Democracy in Danger in Israel? The above are free and open to the public. Please go to for more information concerning attending these programs which are held monthly from October through March.


he Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah has two book clubs that are open to all members.

Hadassah Fiction Book Club

This group meets every six weeks to discuss works of fiction. For dates, books and to sign up, contact CollierLeeHadassah@ and put “Hadassah Fiction Book Club” in the subject line.

Hadassah Nonfiction Book Club, and More

This group meets monthly to discuss works of nonfiction as well as a variety of other topics. For dates, books and other materials to be discussed, contact CollierLeeHadassah@ and put “Hadassah Nonfiction Book Club” in the subject line.

Exciting programs coming to Beth Tikvah!


s we begin full season both in Greater Naples and at Beth Tikvah, you will definitely want to join us for our many events. Beth Tikvah began the season with a special Shabbat honoring and remembering all those who served our country. We then met at the St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church on Sunday for the Catholic/Jewish Dialogue of Collier County recognition of Kristallnacht. Our Rosh Chodesh Women’s’ group started with its Nov. 12 meeting, where Odette Masliyah led the group on the topic: “Light and Darkness.” It was an enlightening discussion in these troubled times. Jeff Margolis was the first in our Speakers’ Series on Dec. 5. He spoke about the Iconic Amusement Parks of America.

He was followed by Dr. Stuart Mest on Dec. 19. Shelley Goodman will present on Jan. 18. Our very special evening will be on Jan. 5, when Dr. Leo Gordon joins us to discuss the “Clandestine Medical School of the Warsaw Ghetto.” We will have Shabbat Services at 6:15 p.m., followed by a delicious catered dinner prepared by Prestige Catering. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. The fee for this will only be $36. Rabbi Chorny is continuing his classes on “Six Who Changed the World” on Wednesdays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31 at 12:15 p.m. in our shul. For further details on these events (and more), look on our website,

JCMI Women’s Book Club


urrently in its 16th season, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) Women’s Book Club has four book events remaining. Jan. 16 – “Horse” by Geraldine Brooks Feb. 20 – “The Maid” by Nita Prose March 19 – “Lady Clementine” by Marie Benedict April 16 – “Night Angels” by Weina Dai Randel



The book club is held the third Tuesday of each month, 11 a.m. in the Meer Room at Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (991 Winterberry Dr.). Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of temple membership. For more information, call Sandra at 239-394-6953.

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ewish Congregation of Marco Island offers a two-tiered approach to adult education — weekly Torah study and monthly special presentations.

Weekly Torah Study

Rabbi Gross guides an investigation of the themes, inner meaning and timeless significance of the weekly parashah every Saturday morning at 9:30, September through April. Everyone is welcome; no prior preparation is required; and study materials are furnished. Interested people unable to attend in person are invited to participate from a distance via Zoom. You can download that week’s study packet from the congregation’s website,, every Friday and contact the Synagogue office beforehand for login information.

Monthly Special Presentations

“Ta Sh’ma – Come and Hear” Life-Long Learning series, held on the fourth Sunday of the high-season winter months for the current 5784 (2024) season, features these titles: • Sunday, Jan. 21 – “Biblical Portraits: Samuel, Author of National Unity.” Our ongoing exploration of fascinating individuals from the Bible focuses this year on the courageous and resourceful prophet whose summons to service to God from a young age turned our long-ago forebears from a loose confederation of tribes into a unified nation of Israel. • Sunday, Feb. 18 – “The President who Loved [Being] Abraham.” In celebration of the long Presidents Day weekend, we explore how words of Torah

inspired Abraham Lincoln … and, among other things, prompted his accessibility to and his ready advocacy for the Jews of a still-young United States. • Sunday, March 17 – “(Far) West of the Hudson: Some Unique Pioneers of 19th-century Jewish America.” The rabbi invokes his roots as a Californian, to emphasize that there are and have always been Jews, Jewish communities and Jewish characters outside the five boroughs of New York. All sessions in our Ta Sh’ma LifeLong Learning series begin at 10 a.m. at the Synagogue (991 Winterberry Drive), preceded by a coffee social at 9:30 a.m. There is no fee to attend, and you are invited to follow these presentations by livestream from the congregational website,

Adult Education at Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero


e are thrilled to announce that our Chabad center offers a wide range of adult education classes to cater to your spiritual growth and intellectual curiosity. Whether you are seeking to deepen your understanding of Judaism, explore Chassidic philosophy or engage in Talmudic study, we have something for everyone. Here are some of the exciting classes we have to offer:

JLI (Jewish Learning Institute)

Join us for three engaging semesters throughout the year, where we delve into thought-provoking topics that are relevant to our lives as Jews in the modern world.

Rosh Chodesh Society Jewish Women’s Circle

Ladies, you are invited to join our monthly class, designed specifically for Jewish women. Come together to learn, connect and grow in a warm and supportive environment.

Chassidic Philosophy

Immerse yourself in the rich teachings of Chassidic philosophy. We offer classes on Sundays at 8:30 a.m., Monday

through Friday at 7:30 a.m. and on Shabbat at 9:30 a.m. Start your day with inspiration and spiritual upliftment.

Talmud Study

Dive into the depths of Jewish legal and ethical teachings with our Talmud study class. Join us every Monday from 9:15 to 10 a.m. as we unravel the wisdom contained within this sacred text.

Lunch ’n Learn Torah Class

Take a break from your busy day and nourish your soul with our Lunch ’n Learn Torah class. Join us every Wednesday from 12 to 1 p.m. for an insightful exploration of Torah teachings.

One-on-one Classes

If you prefer a personalized learning experience, we offer one-on-one classes tailored to your interests. Whether you want to study Talmud, Jewish mysticism or any other subject of your choice, simply give us a call or send us an email to schedule your session.

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Baker Senior Center Naples


aker Senior Center Naples provides confidence, connection and support to seniors living in Collier and southern Lee counties. Located at 6200 Autumn Oaks Lane, the nonprofit organization provides critical programs and services to those 60 years of age and older. The center is open five days a week (Monday-Friday). Annual membership is $100 per person and there are no additional fees (scholarships are available for those with the inability to pay). Baker Senior Center Naples is one of only 80 nationally accredited senior centers and our evidence-based care is delivered by credentialed professional staff and vetted volunteers. Our nurturing environment invites seniors to socialize, stay active and learn at their own pace, while our programs offer essential human services and enrichment for a growing senior population. Participants in our programs often learn to manage and delay the onset of chronic disease and experience overall well-being.


Wellness, education, socialization, arts and entertainment programs support the lives of our members and their families in Collier and Southern Lee


counties by providing tools to address life’s challenges in a safe, nurturing environment to socialize, learn and stay active.

Cognitive Health Center

The center’s Cognitive Health Center offers weekly dementia respite groups for individuals with early- to mid-stage dementia focusing on language skills, memory and relaxation techniques, music and art therapy, socialization and self-esteem. Participants work with a board-certified music therapist. Caregiver support groups are facilitated by licensed clinical social workers for caregivers of loved ones struggling with dementia.

Geriatric Case Management

This service helps seniors combat loneliness and isolation while helping them age safely in place. A range of professional and volunteer services gives seniors the socialization and support they need to thrive.

Geriatric Mental Health Counseling

Mental health counseling is provided by licensed clinical social workers assisting seniors and their families with challenges brought about by life transitions


such as aging, cognitive decline, grief, depression and anxiety.

Food Pantry

The center’s food pantry is open to anyone experiencing a situational crisis or long-term food insecurity. With the support of community partners, donors and volunteers, shelves are stocked with nonperishable items from the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Midwest Food Bank, Collier Harvest and community donations.

Information and Referral Services

These services ensure seniors in the community receive the best support possible through partnerships with local organizations and care partners.

Volunteer Services

Baker Senior Center Naples has a dedicated corps of over 270 carefully vetted and trained volunteers who assist the senior population. The center is always looking for new volunteers who are interested in making a difference in a senior’s life. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Baker Senior Center Naples at 239-325-4444 or visit

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The Jewish pened in March 2014, the facility offers the best in comfort, Memorial Jewish community mikvah hygiene, aesthetics and privacy. Its lux- Garden is designed to provide Jew- urious bath and preparation rooms are

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ish 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 spa-like

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 life-fulfilling mitzvah in a tranquil and supportive setting. If you are interested in more information on the practice of, or wish to use, the mikvah, please call Rebbetzin Ettie Zaklos at 239-262-4474.

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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 called the Jewish Memorial Garden. It grew from the initial 40 gravesites to the current 213 gravesites. Any Jewish person, together with his or her Jewish or non-Jewish 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 that 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 at 239-642-0800.

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(also known as “Jewish Burial Society”) he Southwest Florida Chevra Kadisha is here to help any Jewish family, from Naples to Venice, with the age-old traditional preparation of the body of your departed loved one before burial. We work with all area rabbis, congregations and funeral parlors, having teams for both men and women, and are on call at all times (aside from Shabbos and Jewish holidays). We also offer advice and counsel before the time of death if a family needs more information or guidance, 36

and it seems a loved one’s demise is imminent. Southwest Florida Chevra Kadisha is ready to assist when that hour of need is upon you. The organization can also help you find the appropriate document for a halachic “living will” to ensure proper measures will be taken when the time comes. You may contact us at swflorida or by phone: reach men’s team leader Shmuel Aaron Forsher at 609-315-2300; reach women’s team leader Malka Forshner at 786-319-6844.


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Women’s Cultural Alliance


he Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA), a non-fundraising affinity group of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, is an independent organization run entirely by volunteers. WCA offers a wide variety of cultural, educational, physical fitness and social programs, providing women with opportunities to meet other women who share similar interests. Formed in 2008, WCA is beginning its 16th season of offering outstanding programs year-round to women in Southwest Florida. WCA currently has more than 1,400 members, with new members always welcome! WCA is nonpartisan and nonsectarian, welcoming women of all faiths. Membership in WCA includes membership in Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.

For an overview of the wide variety of programs WCA offers, see the WCA information in the “Arts & Culture” section on page 26. 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 and find additional information about WCA on our website, If you have membership questions, please contact WCA Membership Director Harriett Kleinman at Harriett Kleinman, Information about WCA WCA Membership Director is also in every issue of the hmkleinman@ Federation Star.

Men’s Cultural Alliance


n Nov. 15, 2012, a group of men gathered at the offices of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples (then named Jewish Federation of Collier County) to discuss the formation of a men’s group similar to the Women’s Cultural Alliance. One month later, on Dec. 17 of that year, the very first MCA luncheon (originally designated as Men Enjoying Leisure) was held at Brio Italian Grille in Naples, attended by 60 men. It has been 11 years since that inaugural event and the organization’s membership now boasts more than 800 members. From that singular luncheon has sprung dozens of activities, clubs and events that go on throughout the year. MCA’s diverse activities include golf, pickleball, birding, bocce ball and discussion groups that include book discussions, financial health, Israel, science, medical issues, travelogs and the highly regarded Brazina Documentary Film Series. MCA also

offers trips and tours to view the many interesting places in and around the state of Florida. The organization strives to be a good neighbor, with members volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and Meals of Hope. Members are always encouraged to start new groups and activities to meet the expanding interests of a growing membership. MCA president Michael Sobol cordially invites men in the Greater Naples community to join MCA. Our weekly e-blast, sent to all members, includes information about the many activities MCA sponsors. For more information or to become a member, please visit our website,, or scan the QR code at right. The Men’s Cultural Alliance is an affinity Michael Sobol, MCA president group of Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Naples.

Singles Social Group

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he Singles Social Group is comprised of members of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, Men’s Cultural Alliance and Women’s Cultural Alliance. We invite all Jewish singles to join us for dinner and other planned activities throughout the year. If you are not a member of either group and would like to join, please contact Michelle at

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 group formed by 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 Michelle Cunningham at


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stablished in 2010, The Jewish world current events are loosely inter- Florida as well as their individual JewHistorical Society of Southwest twined with roots of our community, ish experiences in the area. This work Florida’s (JHSSWF) mission is to we started including regional perspec- already earned a prestigious TELLY educate, celebrate and promote aware- tives of Jewish history, beginning with Award and is now included in the ANU ness of contributions Southwest FlorUkraine, Uzbekistan, Crimea and Museum of the Jewish People in Tel ida Jewish residents made into Kievan Rus, and expand- Aviv, Israel. the establishment and develing geohistory presenYou must be on JHSSWF’s memberopment of the region to tations to Israel and ship list to receive the calendar reminddate and to document neighboring coun- ers and access event information to contemporary Jewish tries that once upon online and live events. Please sign up presence and role in a time were home through our website. the area through proto thriving Jewish How can you help? We encourage ��· t..,�'t.� u� �� �Lu�,�t\ tecting Jewish history of communities. you to join the JHSSWF’s email list by Southwest Florida. Fundraiser events contacting JHSSWF continually are planned for FlorAnnual individual membership $36; builds and expands its colida Jewish History Month annual family membership $54; any lection of records relevant to early (January) and American Jewish donation is welcome. Southwest Florida Jewish presence. Heritage Month (May). We usually preSouthwest Florida Jewish History in- miere new original documentary films Marina Berkovich, President person and online presentations offer from the JHSSWF-produced “South833-JHS-SWFL (833-547-7935) additional material to those seeking west Florida Jewish Pioneers.” • historical perspectives, both factual and nesses share memories of the evolution anecdotal. Recognizing that some of the of the Jewish presence in Southwest .




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enerations of the Shoah of Southwest Florida (GenShoah SWFL) was formed in 2009 through an initiative by the Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center of Southwest Florida. This group is not only for children of Holocaust survivors (second generation or 2Gs) but for all those who share our fourfold mission: “promotion of Holocaust education and human rights; preservation of the history and memories of the Holocaust; connection of members of the Second Generation to one another; and support of the Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center.” GenShoah SWFL presents most of its programs from October to May and sends out a monthly informational newsletter announcing programs and related local and national events. GenShoah programs include “Movies That Matter,” Holocaust-themed speakers, films and experiences. In addition, there are meetings for 2Gs to share their stories, get help with researching genealogy and book discussions. The public is welcome to attend most programs. Any visitors to our community who are Holocaust survivors, children

or grandchildren of survivors or who share the GenShoah mission are encouraged to get in touch with GenShoah. To receive the newsletter or for more information, contact Ida Margolis or Shelley Lieb at genshoahswfl@ or call the Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center at 239-263-9200.

Some of this season’s programs

Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This Open House/New Member Reception for GenShoah SWFL will be held at Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center. RSVP at March 13, 2 p.m. – “Growing Up Sephardic in an Ashkenazi World” (by 2G Sam Varsano) at the Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center. RSVP at May 5, 4 p.m. – Yom HaShoah Community Program at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Ida Margolis Center. 239-963-9347 •

Jewish Russian-American Cultural Alliance


ewish Russian-American Cultural Alliance (JRCA) is a group under the auspice of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, formed in 2015 to service the needs of Jews from the former Soviet Union and successor countries, which evolved after its collapse. JRCA’s Mission is to enhance the social and cultural lives of this expanding community. Non-Jewish relatives and friends are, of course, welcome. “Jewish” in our context is an ethnic, cultural and religious reference. We place importance on Jewish, but no preferential status to any denomination is extended. “Russian” in our context is a linguistic reference, regardless which former USSR group members come from, because we have that language to unify us. We are a group of friends and potential friends who do not discriminate against one another on a basis of geography,


politics, outside affiliations or ethnicity. We welcome old-timers and newcomers who want to join us! The group is now in its eighth year and has traditionally met to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Purim and Israel Day/VE WWII at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center. Meetings include a kosher-style community meal, film presentations, poetry readings and similar cultural exchanges, but it is mostly all about introductions and forging a special bond with a community of peers. During May meetings, we always include tributes to relatives who lived through WWII or perished in it, story and photo sharing, and occasional singing. Cooking and baking contests for Hanukkah and Purim have produced undisputed winners and now everyone has yet another reason to look forward to new talent moving into our area. We do not schedule events to take place on Shabbat or to conflict with any other community Jewish calendar observances. We may hold additional gatherings, so check the Federation Community Calendar or email To learn more and to get on the email list, please contact JRCA Chair Marina Berkovich, JRCA Chair Marina Berkovich 646-330-7551 • at 646-330-7551.

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Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah


oin Hadassah in making a difference and creating a better future for generations to come. The organization’s motto is “The Power of Women Who Do.” We have the power to heal our world by working together, raising our collective voices and taking action. Hadassah enhances the health and lives of people in Israel, the United States and worldwide. Hadassah’s vision is all about bringing more healing and justice to our world through education, advocacy and youth development, and its support of cutting-edge medical care and research at Hadassah Medical Organization. Whether fighting for Holocaust and anti-hate education funding in schools, uncovering groundbreaking medical research or setting a young person on a path to success, Hadassah’s global impact brings healing to the world.

While Hadassah is a connected community of 300,000 women, the organization welcomes Hadassah Associates, men who participate in supporting Israel, providing healing and focusing on enhancing the quality of Jewish life in the U.S. When a sculptor was creating a bust of Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, she asked him to “make my eyes look to the future.” Szold is a testament to what one person, one organization and one vision can accomplish. Hadassah continues to advance her legacy and lifesaving work today.

Jewish War Veterans

American Jewish Committee

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.

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.


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

Janett Edelberg, President’s Council Lila Rosenweig and Deena Caplan, Co-Membership For more information, contact with “Information” in the subject line.


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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 proIsrael 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 antiIsrael 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 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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If you are a nonprofit Jewish organization in Southwest Florida and you’d like to be listed in the next edition of Connections: Call Federation office at 239-263-4205 or email

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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Friends of the Israel Defense Forces


stablished in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as a 501(c)(3) notfor-profit organization, FIDF’s mission is to offer educational, cultural, recreational and social programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide. Today, FIDF has 24 chapters throughout the United States. The organization proudly supports IDF soldiers, families of fallen soldiers and wounded veterans through a variety of innovative programs that reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States and the soldiers of the IDF. For more information, please visit or contact Dina Ben-Ari, Executive Director, at Dina Ben-Ari, Executive Director 305-354-8233 or miami@ 305-354-8233 •

WAR FOR OUR HOME Friends of the IDF is the fastest and most direct way to lend meaningful support to IDF soldiers. 100% of your contribution will go to meet their emergency needs. For information, please contact Alisa Chessler, Director. 561-873-5452 and Donate here! Their job is to look after Israel. Ours is to look after them.



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Jewish National Fund-USA


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, 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 FundUSA: We are unique, we are Joshua Mellits, Director, strategic, we are visionary Western Florida and we have been that way 941-462-1330 x865 since 1901. •

Visionary Jewish National Fund-USA in Naples strives to ensure a strong, secure, and prosperous future for the land and people of Israel.

Join us today. For more information, please contact Joshua Mellits Director, Western Florida and Orlando or 941.462.1330 x865 800.JNF.0099


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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

For information on Beth Tikvah’s Naples Jewish Film Festival, see page 21.


participation. Mema cornerstone of probers can study tradigramming, with opportional teachings in a tunities for people way that is meaningof all backgrounds. ful in our time and in Visitors who wish to our world. It is a weldiscover what Beth coming and inclusive Tikvah has to offer community, at once are welcome. vibrant and caring. Aside from weekly The Beth Tikvah comworship services and Rabbi Ammos and Aviva Chorny munity has a close connection to the holiday observances, Beth Tikvah offers state of Israel and Zionism. adult education, community events and Beth Tikvah defines itself as a family- social events. We also provide for Life friendly community. Jewish learning is Cycle ceremonies and observances and strive to provide Yahrzeit minyans upon request. The programs connect the community with the people of Israel and to the state of Israel. Beth Tikvah supports social service and Tikkun Olam. Beth Tikvah is led by Rabbi Ammos Chorny, an experienced spiritual leader ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary. Born and raised in Bogota, Columbia, Rabbi Chorny brings an international flavor to his pulpit. He is a man of great learning and has a profound ability to share it. Rabbi Chorny’s wide range of experience includes being a chaplain in the United States Army. He served, among other places, in Saudi Arabia. Aside from English and Hebrew, Rabbi Chorny is fluent in Spanish, German and Yiddish. BETH TIKVAH OF NAPLES 1459 Pine Ridge Road Naples, FL 34109 239-434-1818 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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Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero


estled in the heart of Bonita Springs, Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero is a warm and welcoming hub for Jews from all backgrounds. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive Jewish experience, catering to individuals of all ages and interests. Here, you can find a wide array of services, educational programs, social events and holiday celebrations that will enrich your spiritual journey.

Daily services

We are proud to be the only center in the area that offers daily services. Our community understands the significance of coming together to pray, find spiritual inspiration and build connections. Whether you are a local resident or a visitor, our doors are always open for you. Join us for our daily services, and let’s grow, learn and share meaningful experiences together.

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

also committed to serving our commuOur Shabbat services are a true celebra- nity. Our “Kosher Meals on Wheels” tion. Friday evenings are a joyous occa- program delivers nutritious kosher meals to homebound sion from October seniors and individuthrough April at 6 p.m. als with disabilities. and May through SepOur kosher grocery tember at 7 p.m. Saturstore, Bonita Kosher day mornings bring a Market, offers a wide heartwarming atmoselection of kosher sphere with services at products to make 10 a.m., Torah reading keeping kosher more at 11:15 a.m., a sermon accessible and affordat 11:45 a.m. and KidRabbi Mendy & Luba Greenberg able. The very much dush at 12:30 p.m. The Kiddush gatherings are the most popu- anticipated Kosher Deli is scheduled to lar place to be on a Saturday afternoon. open early 2024. Stay tuned for grand Here, you can connect with fellow con- opening info. gregants, enjoy traditional Jewish delicacies and share stories that strengthen our Supporting Jewish students Chabad of Bonita Springs operates an bonds as a community. independent center serving Jewish students at FGCU. Led by Rabbi Mendel Educational programs At Chabad of Bonita Springs, we believe and Shternie Gordon, this center proin nourishing both the mind and the vides resources and a welcoming comsoul. We offer a range of educational munity for students. programs, including the Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), the Rosh Chodesh Contact information Society for Jewish women, Chassidic You can find us at 24611 S. Tamiami philosophy discussions every morning, Trail in Bonita Springs. For more inforTalmud study on Mondays, a lunch ‘n mation, don’t hesitate to call us at 239learn Torah class on Wednesdays and 949-6900 or email chabad@jewish one-on-one classes tailored to your Visit our website at www. interests. There are opportunities to for the latest updates delve into Hebrew lessons, Yiddish lan- and event details. guage, and the study of Chassidic phiAll are welcome losophy and Torah. Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero welcomes everyone, and you don’t need Making a difference We are not just a place of worship; we’re to be a member to join our services or programs. We are here to embrace, educate and celebrate together. Join us for a spiritual journey that offers much more than just prayer — it offers a sense of community, a shared history and an open heart. We look forward to welcoming you to Chabad of Bonita Springs!

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Temple Shalom


emple Shalom is a outstanding education and warm, welcoming, a nurturing environment diverse and dynamic continues year-round and congregation. At Temple includes music, art, science, Shalom, members enhance technology, fitness and yoga, their spirituality through gardening, Spanish and, of worship services; enjoy Jewcourse, enriching playtime. ish learning opportunities Registration for preschool is Rabbi Adam Miller Rabbi Ariel Boxman Cantor Donna Azu for all ages and stages of life; ongoing throughout the year. partake in meaningful social action celebrated. Livestreaming of services Temple Shalom Sisterhood includes programs; and celebrate Jewish holi- and special events allows those who are an intergenerational membership and days and lifecycle events with friends unable to attend to remain connected. operates Collier County’s only Judaica YESh, Youth Engagement at Shalom Shop. Sisterhood provides excellent and family. Led by Rabbi Adam Miller, Cantor (formerly known as the Religious programming, support for YESh and Donna Azu and Rabbi Ariel Boxman, School), is led by Rabbi Ariel Boxman an unmatched Oneg Shabbat. Temple Shalom is more than a building, and provides outstanding religious The Men’s Club offers lectures, school or set of programs. Temple Sha- and Hebrew education for children in sports outings, a golf tournament and lom is about being part of one family. grades K-12,consecration, b’nai mitz- family get-togethers to create a strong Members come from all over the world vah and confirmation. sense of community while also raising Adult education is an important funds to support the youth education and represent every stream of Jewish thought and practice. Sacred experi- part of temple life. Year-round pro- and life of the congregation. ences are shared by learning together, gramming includes: If social action and social justice are • The Florence Melton School of your passion, the Tikkun Olam Volunsupporting each other in times of need, celebrating life’s milestones and finding Adult Jewish learning teers (TOV) of Temple Shalom offers • Jewish Spirituality classes opportunities for tikkun olam — repairmany creative and diverse opportuni• Wise Aging classes ing the world. ties to help repair the world. Focusing • Scholar-in-Residence and Artist- efforts on one or two projects every Believing that one’s financial situation should not be a barrier to syna- in-Residence month, the TOV has tackled such • Weekly Torah discussions and issues as water quality in Southwest gogue membership, Temple Shalom has replaced its traditional dues sys- learning opportunities Florida and reducing gun violence as • Adult Hebrew and Adult B’nai tem with L’Shalom, a system that allows well partnering with organizations members to determine their own Mitzvah such as Grace Place, Meals of Hope, the Temple Shalom’s award-winning Harry Chapin Food Bank and Guadaannual pledge amount. The synagogue offers Shabbat wor- preschool is the premier preschool lupe Center of Immokalee, to name just ship services, and all major holidays are in Collier County. Creative learning, a few.

TEMPLE SHALOM OF NAPLES 4630 Pine Ridge Road Naples, FL 34119 Telephone: 239-455-3030 Preschool: 239-455-3227 Education Department: 239-455-2233 Email: Website:


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. Executive Director Deborah R. Fidel, J.D., MAJPS President Leonard Teitelbaum


Movement/Affiliation: Reform/Union of Reform Judaism Shabbat Services: Shabbat Evening, Friday 7:30 p.m. & Shabbat Morning, Saturday 10 a.m. Special Programs/Features: Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Adult Education, Hebrew School, Religious School, Preschool, Havurot, Judaica Shop, Judaica Library, Adult Choir, Social Action

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Jewish Congregation of Marco Island


he Jewish Congregation of and Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen, a Marco Island is the spiritual president and board of directors. home to many families of diverse In-house and livestream services are backgrounds, welcoming both perma- offered year-round every Friday evening nent and part-time congregants to its at 7:30 p.m. During the months of Sepopen-door policy. tember through April, Saturday In 1982, a classified adverTorah Study begins at 9:30 tisement in a local newspaper a.m. and is also available via attracted a nucleus of 60 enthuZoom for those who wish to siastic and dedicated people join remotely. who evolved into today’s active Our temple doors are volunteers that offer and paralways open to greet those ticipate in a wide variety of who wish to worship with us. stimulating educational, culLocated at 991 Winterberry Rabbi Mark Gross tural and social activities. Drive, Marco Island, the temAlthough primarily an adult com- ple can be easily accessed by crossing the munity, the Jewish Congregation of Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge and continuing Marco Island has the staff and flexibility south on Collier Boulevard to Winterto offer children’s programs and tutor- berry Drive (opposite the Hilton Hotel). ing as required. The current professional Turn left, go two blocks and the synastaff includes Rabbi Mark William Gross gogue is on 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 available Membership: 100+ families Services: Friday 7:30 p.m.; January -April, Shabbat morning 9:30 a.m. Special Programs: Jewish Film Festival, Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, Scholar-inResidence, Duplicate Bridge, Mahjongg, Bingo, Cemetary and community and holiday-affiliated events as appropriate

JEWISH CONGREGATION OF MARCO ISLAND AN INCLUSIVE REFORM CONGREGATION Shabbat & Holiday Services, Adult Education, Cemetery, Adult Education, Cemetery, Saul I. Stern Cultural/ Concert Series,

Sidney R. Hoffman Film Festival

Rabbi Mark Gross ~ Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145 ~ (239) 642-0800

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Naples Jewish Congregation


he Naples Jewish Congregation (NJC) has served the Greater Naples area including Bonita Springs and Estero for the past 25 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 Congregation 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 and Cantorial Soloist Jane Galler, accompanied by Music Director Alla Gorelik, conduct High Holy Day services as well as joyful Shabbat services three Fridays a month at 7 p.m. and one Saturday a month at 10 a.m. September through April. May through August services are held one Friday per month. NJC’s volunteer choir, conducted by Alla

Rabbi Howard Herman, D.D.

Gorelik, performs at our High Holiday services and once per month at our Shabbat services. Rabbi Herman leads our Pesach seder as well as our Chanukah and Purim celebrations. Additionally, he conducts an adult education course once a month, October through March. NJC promotes, and its members engage in, interfaith dialogue and services as well as social justice projects, such as feeding and clothing the destitute. We regularly participate in Flamingle, a monthly activity designed to help us learn more about each other as well as indulge in that quintessential Jewish activity, eating. The Sisterhood and Men’s Club solidify friendships via book discussions, luncheons, outings, and other events. We sponsor, with help from JFGN, an annual Artist in Residence program open to the public This year, we will feature the Jewish singing group Listen Up! on March 10. This is a concert you do not want to miss. Go to naplesjewish for information on this and all of our other activities. 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 is something for everyone, Glassman Chabad and everyone is always welNaples Jewish Comcome to attend — just ask munity Center has become its many frequent attendees. an immensely popular The state-of-the-art center for Jews of all back22,000-square- foot comgrounds who want to learn munity center hosts a more about their Jewish beautifully designed synaroots. Located in the heart gogue, social hall, kosher Rabbi Fishel and Ettie Zaklos of Naples, Chabad offers a kitchen, award-winning wide variety of educational and spiri- preschool, Hebrew school and shaded tual opportunities, including Torah playground. classes and lectures, Shabbat dinners The spacious campus serves all and an array of engaging family and segments of the Jewish community social programs. regardless of a person’s level of religious Established by Rabbi Fishel and Ettie observance. Guided by a deep commitZaklos in 2004, Chabad of Naples brings ment to the Naples community, Chabad’s traditional values to life in a meaning- leadership creates programming and ful, nonjudgmental environment. At events that promote the highest qualChabad, every Jew is family! Judaism is ity of educational scholarship, pride joyful, authentic and encouraging. There continued on the next page

ALEX & CAROL GLASSMAN CHABAD OF NAPLES 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 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

A PLACE FOR EVERYONE! Rabbi Fishel & Ettie Zaklos


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! HEBREW/ENGLISH PRAYER BOOKS • UPLIFTING SHABBAT SERVICES WITH MEANING, MELODY & HUMOR! CONNECTIONS 2024

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Chabad Naples Hebrew School


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 multisensory 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. Michelle 239-262-4474 •

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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


Monday, January 15, 2024

Meet: 10:00 am • Parade Start: 11:00 am Location: Broad Avenue S & 3rd St. S

Please walk in the MLK Jr. parade with the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. Come hold our banner while we walk in the parade!

CELEBRATE AND REMEMBER The celebration will continue with food, music and entertainment at Cambier Park. The Jewish Community Relations Council is looking for volunteers to walk with us in the parade. This is a family friendly, kid friendly program and everyone is invited to walk with us.

prayer books, followed by a Kiddush luncheon and social hour. Meaningful children’s Shabbat programs and services are also available. Holiday programs throughout the year include a community-wide Chanukah extravaganza with a giant public menorah lighting, a sukkah, Purim parties, Passover Seders and High Holiday services. Preschool of the Arts and Summer of the Arts, Chabad’s acclaimed arts-based 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.


FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL! The first 50 registrants will receive a free t-shirt to wear in the parade. Wear comfortable shoes! Please register to walk with us at: OF GREATER NAPLES



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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 certifications and are first-aid trained. The goal of the faculty and staff is

YESh (Youth Engagement at Temple Shalom)

to build trusting relationships with children and their families. A strong love and respect for Judaism are communicated through actions, celebrations, intergenerational connections, traditions and learning experiences. Beyond customs, rituals and holidays, the preschool seeks to convey a depth of Jewish values every day, and with holiday celebrations and weekly Shabbat with Miss Jane and Rabbi Boxman. The preschoolers attend enrichment programs daily, which include Fitness/Yoga, Storytelling, Music and Movement, Rabbi Ariel Boxman Science, Nature, TechDirector of Lifelong Learning nology and food shop239-455-3227 ping in our new little market (Markolit).



ur 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. B’nai Mitzvah Hebrew and tutoring is offered for 7th grade students. Jewish education is a sacred partnership among home, school and community. Rabbi Ariel Boxman YESh values and recogDirector of Lifelong Learning nizes the importance of 239-455-3227 this trust and appreciates and values this partnership. CONNECTIONS 2024

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boutique preschool, Preschool of the Arts (POTA) was inspired by the Reggio approach, combining the arts, nature, academic excellence and values to create a culture of learning and exploration. As Naples’ premier early childhood program, POTA has won the top child care award in the Southwest Florida Choice Awards for 12 years. It is a progressive preschool that aims to provide students with the highest quality education in a secure, loving and stimulating environment. At POTA, 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-the-art classrooms, a spacious playground, an inspiring natural play space, a Garden of the Arts with an outdoor kitchen, a Children’s

Marketplace, fully equipped indoor and outdoor art studios, a large social hall and a commercial kosher kitchen. Preschool of the Arts has launched a $7.5 million capital campaign to expand its facilities with a new 17,000-squarefoot addition. The campaign, called The Big Build, will offer new classrooms, a children’s library, a STEM center and exciting new opportunities for the children’s learning and growth. To learn more about the campaign, visit www. 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. Our carefully crafted curriculum 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.

We offer a wide range of weekly specials 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, Gardening, Yoga, Little Chefs, Little Explorers and weekly Shabbat celebrations. Preschool of the Arts’ program is geared for children ages 12 months to 5 years and is recognized as a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Provider (VPK). Two- through 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. Ettie Zaklos Founder & Director

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples scholarship programs Financial need-based scholarships for Jewish summer sleep-away 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. 52


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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ummer of the Arts is Naples’ most exciting summer camp experience for children ages 18 months to 8 years. The camp is located on the award-winning Jay and Patty Baker Preschool of the Arts campus and is known throughout Naples for its incredibly diverse and exciting programming as well as its caring and dedicated staff. Campers are welcomed in a warm and nurturing environment under the professional care of experienced and qualified teachers, counselors and instructors. Our uniquely developed program integrates various creative arts and educational themes in a safe, multisensory, hands-on setting. The theme of SOTA 2024 is Storybook Summer, where children will enjoy a page-turning adventure that will set their imaginations soaring! The educationally rich programming is custom designed to meet the campers’ needs with age-appropriate activities and one-of-a-kind experiences. Summer of the Arts is renowned for combining a dozen specialty camps into one. Its goal is to expose campers to the world around them through a fun-filled program. Children get to experience art, science, music, yoga, cooking, sports, water slides, water play, STEM, weekly entertainers, challah

baking and cultural experiences. The program is designed to maximize each child’s experience with nonstop enrichment! Two 3-week sessions of 5-day programs are offered with full- and half-day availability and extended hours of 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Session 1: June 3-June 21; Session 2: June 24-July 12 Ettie Zaklos, Founder & Director • 239-263-2620



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Free Jewish Children’s Book Program


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 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 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. Amber Ferren PJ Library Coordinator


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BYO is the leading pluralistic Tampa, Orlando, Melbourne, JackJewish teen movement aspirsonville and Gainesville. Twice a ing to involve more teens in year, the region’s members meet more meaningful Jewish experiences. with one another for the day to enjoy Participation in BBYO officially activities such as visiting an amusebegins in eighth grade and continment park or a roller rink, driving ues through high school graduation. go-karts and competing in laser tag. Membership in BBYO requires a oneMembers can also spend two weektime fee of $250. This membership fee grants teens access to ends a year at NFR conventions, where they focus on Jewish special events, exclusive programs, a peer group that spans enrichment and making life-long friends through interactive the globe and a robust alumni network that can support their programs planned by teen coordinators. success well beyond high school and into adulthood. BBYO has over 70,000 members in 60 countries. These All members of AZA (boys) and BBG (girls) belong to a members are represented by the AZA and BBG International chapter. Here in Naples, we offer two chapters: Negev AZA Board, a body of 12 elected teens supporting and training #2560 (for boys) and Mishpacha BBG #2552 (for girls). In their counterparts. Every year in February, over 5,000 teens BBYO, teens are responsible for developing programming, from across the globe gather for International Convention contacting members and organizing events. Our teen chapter (IC). IC will be in our own backyard, Orlando, Florida, in board plans programs targeted toward the interests of cur- 2024. NFR is thrilled to be the host of IC this year. Because rent and prospective members. It also educates new mem- this IC coincides with the 100-year anniversary of BBYO, bers in the traditions and expectations of AZA and BBG. there will be even more excitement surrounding this event. During the school calendar year, Negev and Mishpacha If you’re an alumnus of BBYO, please let me know. You won’t meet in the BBYO Lounge located at the Nina Iser Jewish want to miss this! Cultural Center. Our teens are fortunate enough to have a We’re fortunate to have a community of partners who beautiful lounge fully equipped with a Smart TV, beanbag assist in providing resources, which lead to incredible expechairs, ping pong table and foosball table. The teens also plan riences for our teens. With the generous support of individevents that take place within the greater Southwest Florida ual generous donors, Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, region, such as an afternoon at the beach at the Maccabeach Temple Shalom, Naples Chabad, Beth Tikvah and Temple games and Shabbat beach clean-ups. Shalom’s Men’s Club, Naples teens are offered opportuniA new leadership board is elected every six months to ties with unlimited potential. Naples BBYO is thankful to all give every teen the opportunity to perform a these donors as well as the Naples BBYO Board leadership role. AZA and BBG chapters located of Directors for their continued championing Cayla Schreier in the same geographical area are further orgaof the organization. And a special shoutout to Southwest Coordinator nized into regions. Mishpacha and Negev are Marc Saperstein, who not only brought BBYO 845-405-1991 part of the North Florida Region (NFR), which to Naples a little over a decade ago, but gave us currently consists of chapters from Sarasota, a home at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center.

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. Rabbi Mendel Chabad inspires Jewish 347-452-0489 students to proudly resonate with their Judaism, love it and progress continuously. CONNECTIONS 2024

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Directory of Advertisers Anago Cleaning Systems........................................................7

Kotler Law Firm P.L. ..............................................................38

Beth Tikvah...........................................................................35

Naples Jewish Film Festival....................................................3

Chabad Naples..............................................................49 & 53

Sweet Art Gallery..................................................................21

Comfort Keepers..................................................................19

Temple Shalom............................................Inside Back Cover

FIDF Friends of the IDF.........................................................42

Temple Shalom Preschool....................................................53

Fuller Funeral Home.............................................................15

The Naples Players................................................................31

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt.............Inside Front Cover

TheatreZone...........................................................Back Cover

Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center.....................29

TOP Jewish Foundation.........................................................5

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island..................................47

Truly Nolen..............................................................................9

2023 JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural Series.................................24

Wynn’s Market......................................................................25

Jewish National Fund...........................................................43

Deborah Zvibleman, John R Wood Properties...................31

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 2024

Now through March “Forgeries and the Holocaust” The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center 239-263-9200 Jan. 8 Chanie Apfelbaum presentation Chabad of Naples 239-262-4474 Jan. 12 Elliott Katz Lecture 239-263-4205 Jan. 14 Alta Rockers Sing A Long 239-263-4205 Jan. 15 JFGN Joins in the MLK Jr Parade 56 239-263-4205

Jan. 21 Mitzvah Day

Jan. 16 Speaker: Jonathan Ornstein Jan. 21 “Biblical Portraits: 239-263-4205 Samuel, Author of National Unity” Jan. 17 Rabbi’s Life-Long Speaker: Bruce Learning Series Rosenblatt on Senior Jewish Congregation Housing Solutions of Marco Island 239-263-4205 Jan. 21 Jan. 17 “SHHTL” Film/Q&A on “The JCMI Jewish Film Festival Rescue in the Philippines” The Holocaust Museum & 239-642-0800 Cohen Education Center Jan. 23 239-263-9200 “Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of Jan. 21 the Jazz Age” Catholic-Jewish By Debby Applegate, Dialogue Program Jewish Book Festival Phone number 239-263-4205 CONNECTIONS 2024

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Jan. 26 Speaker: Elliott Katz Lecture 239-263-4205 Jan. 26 International Holocaust Remembrance Day complimentary admission and film on Abe Price The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center 239-263-9200 Jan. 27 The Motowners JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural & Concert Series 239-642-0800 Jan. 30 Naples Klezmer Band 239-263-4205 239-262-4474

February 2024

Feb. 1 “Because the World is Round” By Jane Saginaw, Jewish Book Festival 239-263-4205 Feb. 4 Savor: A Sephardic Music & Food Experience Feb. 4 “Remembering Gene Wilder” www.NaplesJewishFilm 239-434-1818 Feb. 5 “Jews in Sports” featuring Art Shamsky of 1969 Mets Chabad of Naples

Feb. 7 “Witness to Goodness” lecture series The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center 239-263-9200 Feb. 9 Elliott Katz Lecture 239-263-4205

Feb. 15 Adamah Family Program 239-263-4205 Feb. 15 Barbara P. Katz Mah-Jongg Tournament Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 239-642-0800

Feb. 17 The Stetson Experience JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural Feb. 12 & Concert Series “The Einstein Effect: How the World’s Favorite Genius 239-642-0800 Got into Our Cars, Our Bathrooms, and Our Minds” Feb. 18 By Benyamin Cohen, Jewish “Barren” Book Festival www.NaplesJewishFilm 239-263-4205 239-434-1818

Feb. 18 “The President who Loved [Being] Abraham” Rabbi’s Life-Long Learning Series Jewish Congregation of Marco Island Feb. 18 “March 68” JCMI Jewish Film Festival 239-642-0800 Feb. 20 Beading for Betterment 239-263-4205 Feb. 20 “Invited to Life” with B.A. Van Sise Chabad of Naples 239-262-4474


Stand Up for Justice

Application Deadline is February 2,2024 2024 ApplicationDeadline Deadline is is February February 2,2, Application 2024 The Stand Up for Justice educator grant recognizes elementary, middle, and high school educators who are Application Deadline is February 2, 2024

The Stand Up for Justice educator grant recognizes elementary, middle, and high school educators who are innovative in infor bringing respect forgrant others and their into their students in caring, impactful, and in bringing respect others and their differences intodifferences their activities withactivities students in caring, impactful, and The innovative Stand Up for Justice educator recognizes elementary, middle, and highwith school educators who aretransformative innovative transformative ways. The teachers, guidance counselors, school librarians, mediaschool specialists, school ways. The grant teachers, guidance counselors, school librarians, media specialists, psychologists, bringing respect for recognizes others andgrant theirrecognizes differences into their activities with students in caring, impactful, and transformative psychologists, administrators, and others who create resource for educators inmedia any discipline to incorporate strategies administrators, and others who create aguidance resource for aeducators in any discipline to incorporate strategies that promote ways. The grant recognizes teachers, counselors, school librarians, specialists, school psychologists, The Stand Up forand Justice educator grant elementary, middle, and high school who arethat innovative in thatothers promote respect and understanding among students, countering bigotry and bullying. respect and understanding among students, countering bigotry andeducators bullying. administrators, who create a recognizes resource for educators in any discipline to incorporate strategies promote bringing respect for others andand their differences into theirstudents, activitiescountering with students in caring, impactful, and transformative respect understanding among bigotry and bullying. ways. The grant recognizes teachers, guidance counselors, school librarians, media specialists, school psychologists, administrators, and others who create aTo resource forvisit educators in any discipline to incorporate strategies that promote To apply, please apply, please visit respect and understanding among students, countering bigotry and bullying. For more information, please call (239) 263-4205 For more information, please call (239) 263-4205 To apply, please visit For more information, please call (239) 263-4205 OF GREATER NAPLES

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Feb. 23 Elliott Katz Lecture 239-263-4205

March 6 Beading for Betterment 239-263-4205

Feb. 25 One Family Festival

March 6 Triumph 2024 – Annual fundraising event The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center 239-263-9200

Feb. 26 “Tevye in New York” Hilton Naples 239-262-4474 Feb. 27 “Wiesenthal” with Tom Dugan Chabad of Naples 239-262-4474 Feb. 28 Speaker: Michael Koplow 239-263-4205 Feb. 29 Rick Recht Concert 239-263-4205

March 2024

March 1 “The Golden Doves” By Martha Hall Kelly, Jewish Book Festival 239-263-4205 March 3 “All About the Levkoviches” www.NaplesJewishFilm 239-434-1818 March 4 Aleeza Ben Shalom Live in Naples for Jewish Matchmaking Chabad of Naples 239-262-4474


March 7 “The Escape Artist, The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World” By Jonathan Freedland, Jewish Book Festival 239-263-4205 March 8 Elliott Katz Lecture 239-263-4205 March 10 Listen Up! Nationally known Jewish vocal band Mar. 10 “Brothers” JCMI Jewish Film Festival 239-642-0800 March 13 Beading for Betterment 239-263-4205 Mar. 16 “Swinging and Singing Broadway by. Charlie Blum” JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural & Concert Series 239-642-0800


March 17 Catholic-Jewish Dialogue 239-263-4205

March 28 Hadassah Speaker: Karen Ezrine 239-263-4205

March 17 “Irena’s Vow” www.NaplesJewishFilm 239-434-1818

March 29 Elliott Katz Lecture Phone number: 239-263-4205

Mar. 17 “(Far) West of the Hudson: Some Unique Pioneers of 19th- century Jewish America” Rabbi’s Life-Long Learning Series Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 239-642-0800

April 2024

March 18 Dead Sea Presentation 239-263-4205 March 20 “The Holocaust: Medically Driven Genocide” The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center 239-263-9200 March 22 Elliott Katz Lecture 239-263-4205 March 26 “The Jewish Deli, An Illustrated Guide to the Chosen Food” By Ben Nadler, Jewish Book Festival 239-263-4205

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April through Oct. 2024 “Lawyers without Rights: The Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Berlin after 1933” The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center 239-263-9200 April 3 “The Lioness of Boston” By Emily Franklin, Jewish Book Festival 239-263-4205 Apr. 4 Elton John’s - “The Rocket Man Show” JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural & Concert Series 239-642-0800 April 7 Power of Community Celebration 239-263-4205

May 2024

May 5 Yom HaShoah Community Program 239-263-4205

2024 Candle Lighting Times for The Greater Naples Area Jan. 5: Jan. 12: Jan. 19: Jan. 26: Feb. 2: Feb. 9: Feb. 16: Feb. 23: March 1: March 8:

5:26 p.m. 5:31 p.m. 5:36 p.m. 5:42 p.m. 5:47 p.m. 5:52 p.m. 5:57 p.m. 6:01 p.m. 6:05 p.m. 6:08 p.m.

Daylight Saving Time: In effect. Times have been adjusted accordingly. March 15: 7:12 p.m. March 22: 7:15 p.m. March 29: 7:25 p.m. April 5: 7:22 p.m. April 12: 7:25 p.m. April 19: 7:28 p.m. April 22, Eve of First day Passover: 7:30 p.m. April 23, Eve of Second day Passover: 8:24 p.m. April 26: 7:32 p.m. April 28, Eve of Seventh day Passover: 7:33 p.m. April 29 Eve of Eighth day

Passover: 8:27 p.m. May 3: 7:35 p.m. May 10: 7:39 p.m. May 17: 7:43 p.m. May 24: 7:46 p.m. May 31: 7:50 p.m. June 7: 7:53 p.m. June 11, Eve of First day Shavuot: 7:54 p.m. June 12, Eve of Second day Shavuot: 8:52 p.m. June 14: 7:55 p.m. June 21: 7:57 p.m. June 28: 7:58 p.m. July 5: 7:58 p.m. July 12: 7:57 p.m. July 19: 7:55 p.m. July 26: 7:52 p.m. Aug. 2: 7:48 p.m. Aug. 9: 7:43 p.m. Aug. 16: 7:37 p.m. Aug. 23: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30: 7:23 p.m. Sept. 6: 7:16 p.m. Sept. 13: 7:08 p.m. Sept. 20: 7:01 p.m. Sept. 27: 6:53 p.m.

Oct. 2, Eve of First day Rosh Hashanah: 6:48 p.m. Oct. 3, Eve of Second day Rosh Hashanah: 7:39 p.m. Oct. 4: 6:46 p.m. Oct. 11, Eve of Yom Kippur: 6:38 p.m. Oct. 16, Eve of First day Sukkot: 6:34 p.m. Oct. 17, Eve of Second day Sukkot: 7:25 p.m. Oct. 23, Eve of Shemini Atzeret: 6:27 p.m. Oct. 25: 6:26 p.m. Nov. 1: 6:21 p.m. Daylight Saving Time: Not in effect. Times have been adjusted accordingly. Nov. 8: 5:17 p.m. Nov. 15: 5:14 p.m. Nov. 22: 5:12 p.m. Nov. 29: 5:11 p.m. Dec. 6: 5:12 p.m. Dec. 13: 5:14 p.m. Dec. 20: 5:17 p.m. Dec. 27: 5:20 p.m.

2024 (5784/5785) Holidays

Holidays start at sundown on the evening before the dates listed. Tu B’Shevat: Jan. 25 (Thursday)

Tisha B’Av: Aug. 13 (Tuesday)

Purim: March 24 (Sunday)

Rosh HaShanah: Oct. 3 (Thursday)

Passover (Pesach): April 23 (Tuesday)

Yom Kippur: Oct. 12 (Saturday)

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah): May 6 (Monday)

Sukkot: Oct. 17 (Thursday)

Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron): May 13 (Monday)

Shemini Atzeret: Oct. 24 (Thursday)

Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut): May 14 (Tuesday)

Simchat Torah: Oct. 25 (Friday)

Lag B’Omer: May 26 (Sunday)

First Chanukah Candle lighting: Dec. 25 (Friday)

Shavuot: June 12 (Wednesday)

Chanukah: Dec. 26 (Saturday)


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Index Adult Education..........................................................30-33

Jewish Book Festival..................................................16-18


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

American Friends of Magen David Adom........................41

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island.............................47

American Jewish Committee...........................................40

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples...........................8-15

Anti-Defamation League..................................................41

Jewish Historical Society of SWFL..................................38

Arts & Culture..............................................................16-29

Jewish Holidays................................................................59

Baker Senior Center Naples at JFCS.................................34

Jewish National Fund USA...............................................43

BBYO Naples....................................................................55

Jewish Russian-American Cultural Alliance.....................39

Beth Tikvah of Naples.......................................................44

Jewish War Veterans.........................................................40


Men’s Cultural Alliance...............................................27, 37



Candle lighting times........................................................59

Naples Jewish Congregation...........................................48

Cardozo Society...............................................................37

Naples Jewish Film Festival..............................................21

CJL Celebration of Jewish Life..........................................22



PJ Library®.......................................................................54

Chabad at FGCU..............................................................55

Preschool of the Arts.......................................................52

Chabad of Naples Jewish Community Center...................49

Religious Life...............................................................44-49

Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero...............................45

Saul I. Stern Cultural Series..............................................23

Chabad of Naples Hebrew School.................................50

Scholarship Programs......................................................52

Community Services....................................................34-36


Consulate General of Israel to Florida & Puerto Rico.........41

Simon Wiesenthal Center................................................41

Federation Star newspaper..............................................35

Singles Social Group.......................................................37

Film Festivals...............................................................20-21

Summer of the Arts.........................................................53

Focus on Youth............................................................50-55

SWFL Chevra Kadisha.......................................................36

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces...............................42


Funeral homes & cemeteries...........................................36

Technion — Israel Institute of Technology........................41

Genshoah SWFL...............................................................39

Temple Shalom................................................................46


Temple Shalom Preschool...............................................51

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Temple Shalom Youth Engagement................................51

Education Center........................................................28-29

Women’s Cultural Alliance....................................26-27, 37

The Israel and Overseas Committee................................13

Zionist Organization of America.....................................41



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