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www.JewishNaples.org Y January 2021 – Tevet/Shevat 5781 Y Vol. 30 #5 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 6 Men’s Cultural Alliance 8 Women’s Cultural Alliance 10 Community Focus 10 Tributes 14 Jewish Interest 16 Israel & the Jewish World 17 Commentary 18 Organizations 22 Synagogues 25 Focus on Youth 28 Community Directory “New Map of the Middle East” Don’t miss IAC’s second speaker series program Jan 4. featuring guest speaker Galit Peleg.
27 The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series This season’s JCMI cultural series offers three wonderful programs, beginning Jan. 16. Page 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Attend this unique virtual program and unveiling of the skylight-powered solar calendar on the “Liberation Wall” on Jan. 27
Planting community roots Jane Schiff Federation Board Chair
have always thought it amazing that Jews have been celebrating trees for centuries. Having been in Israel during Tu BiShevat one year, I remember planting trees on that day. Arbor Day, an American version of Tu BiShevat, was founded in 1872 and Earth Day was founded in 1970. Tu BiShevat appears in the Mishnah and is sometimes referred to as the birthday of trees or the new year of trees. Indeed, arriving as it does in the middle of winter, after Tu BiShevat, the trees begin the new cycle of blooming. Naples, Florida is beginning a new cycle of its Jewish community. Our new Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center is moving forward, even though it looks like nothing is happening. We’re just like the trees in January (up north), which look like they are doing nothing in January, but are actually preparing to start their bloom. We now have zoning approval from Collier County, which is a big deal. We are in the process of ironing out the details of the site plan and the traffic flow. Then comes the building permits. So, while it looks like nothing is happening with the new building, a lot is happening in
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preparation for the forthcoming construction that will happen, God willing. But, like trees need water, air and sunlight, the building needs its infrastructure — sound plans, approvals and money. We have raised (at the time of the writing of this article in early December) just under $8 million. Trees planted and growing together create a forest. Our building will only be created if we have the financial support of a majority of the community. You will use the building. You will enjoy the building. It will be your building — the building for the entire Jewish
community. We need your financial support to build and support its construction and ongoing maintenance needs. Please contact Marcy Friedland at 239263-4205 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to make your contribution. We are counting on you to be the sunlight that helps grow our building, just as trees need sunlight to grow and flourish. Like I planted trees in Israel on Tu Bishevat, you can plant your Jewish roots here in Naples with a contribution to the Capital Campaign.
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Capital Campaign spotlight – Acharai By Marcy Friedland, Capital Campaign & Planned Giving Director
ow fortunate we are that the Greater Naples community has some of the most generous and philanthropic leaders. Listed below are the Jewish Federation donors who have stood up and said, Acharai, “Follow me.”
These are our lead gifts to the Capital Campaign with naming rights, listed in alphabetical order. By committing ourselves today, we can meet our goal of $14 million and ensure that the Jewish Federation of
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Greater Naples will continue to enhance the cultural and social Jewish lives of all of us now and for generations to come. We need everyone in our community to join these leaders and Acharai!
Naming opportunities are available for every giving level. For more information, contact Marcy Friedland, Capital Campaign & Planned Giving Director, at mfriedland@ jewishnaples.org or 239-263-4205.
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odah Rabah Our Capital Campaign total to date is $7.8M! We would like to say Todah Rabah to the following donors who have contributed $500 or more as of Dec. 7. Interested in adding your name to the list in one of our upcoming issues? Contact Marcy Friedland, Capital Campaign Director, at email@example.com or 239-263-4205. Patricia Adkins Michael & Tracy Askotzky Stuart & Tess Axelrod Barry & Sybil Baiman Ronald & Barbara Balser Alvin & Sheila Becker Larry & Nancy Bell Shelly Berkle Bennett & Mardelle Berman Andrew & Beverly Blazar Michael & Margery Bluestein Jerry & Rosalee Bogo Steve & Patti Boochever Braverman Family Foundation Stephen & Rhonda Brazina James & Erica Buchweitz Barbara Carocci Daniel & Linda Carp Harvey & Katie Cohen Barbara Dave Robert Davidson & Shellie Specter Stan & Karen Deutsch Steven & Shelley Einhorn Ron & Kathy Emanuel Stan & Mignon Farb Jeffrey & Susan Feld Ronald & Paula Filler David & Eloyse Fisher Marc & Jennifer Fleischer Marcy Friedland Mort & Myra Friedman Elaine Goecke Annette Goldenberg Gene & Barbara Goldenziel
Bill & Carol Goldman David Goldsteen & Marcia Cohodes Michael & Ellen Gordon Howard & Sherry Greenfield Hank & Nancy Greenberg Lenore & Rabbi Howard (z”l) Greenstein Merrill Hassenfeld & Paula Brody Burton & Carol Hirsch Michael & Susan Horowitz Steve Iser Larry & Wendy Israelite Fred &Elaine Kamin Joseph & Merrylee Kandel Nancy L. Kaplan Dale & Lisa Katz Ed Kaufman Jack & Judith Kaufman James Knafo Gary & Deborah Kohler Gracia Kuller Howard & Gail Lanznar Larry Lechtner Elliot & Helene Lerner Merlin & Harriet Lickhalter Bernard & Bobbie Lublin MCA Howard & Marci Margolis Stuart & Carol Mest Andy & Robin Mintz Les & Gail Nizin Harvey Oriel David & Carol Orloff Marshall & Elaine Paisner Judy & Howard (z”l) Palay William Petasnick Charles & Judith Picus Joel & Susan Pittelman Ben Post & Debbie Laites Charles & Judith Picus Stuart & Estelle Price Ilya & Kate Prizel Mae Riefberg Nat & Susan Ritter Richard & Ellaine Rosen Lyle & Gloria Rosenzweig
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Staying connected as a community Jeffrey Feld Federation President/ CEO
lease accept my best wishes for each of you, and all those dear to you, for a happy and healthy 2021 new year. These past nine months of calendar year 2020 have certainly been a challenge. The coronavirus pandemic has affected each and every one of us in more ways than we can identify. Through it all, the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples continues its essential services to our community. Thanks to your generosity in the Annual Community Campaign, Federation has been able to provide the financial
wherewithal for agencies and programs directly helping individuals who may be struggling at this time. The struggles may be financial, emotional, physical and even social. Even in these challenging times, we are able to continue to build our community, together! Virtual platforms have become a new way of life. We have all had to learn new skills in order to stay connected. “Zooming” is a daily occurrence. Technology is essential in building our community. Our Federation and all its program affiliates are providing a multitude of opportunities to stay connected. It is a challenge! Being together, in person, would be preferable; however, we just cannot do that, as yet. A fatigue sets in when we are not able to do what is “normal” for us. We’d all like to get back to “normal,” whatever that is. But in the meantime, we are all working
to continue building our community, staying connected in helping each other. Our Federation does have a “Federation Reopen Committee” that is exploring how and when we can begin having in-person programs and/or meetings, either outdoors or indoors. For the moment, we are not able to provide that in-person experience. Serving on the Federation Reopen Committee are Dr. Jerry Shier, Dr. Art Seigel, Dr. Bernie Lublin, Dr. Brian Wolff, Dr. Karen Ezrine, Dr. Nat Ritter, Stanley Deutsch, Bill Petasnick, Josh Bialek, Jane Schiff and Jeffrey Feld. This committee has determined that we will follow CDC guidelines as they relate to our functioning and finding a way to be able to reopen. The committee recommends that there should be no Federation-sanctioned, in-person programs, outdoors or indoors,
until there is a positivity rate of less than 5% for two consecutive weeks. This committee will continue to monitor the situation and make recommendations for how we should be able to go forward. We are all aware that vaccines will be available at some point in the, hopefully, not-too-distant future. That will also help us return to in-person opportunities. In the meantime, we need to continue to work together as a community. We need to continue to find ways to stay connected. We need to find ways to be able to help each other. And we need to continue to find ways to stay safe. As we enter calendar year 2021, let’s hope that this pandemic will soon be in our rearview mirror and we can enjoy being together again. I thank each and every one of you for all that you do to help us build our community, together!
Israel Consul General to address community via Zoom By Jeff Margolis
he Israel Advocacy Committee (IAC) of Greater Naples is pleased to announce the second program in its speaker series. On Monday, Jan. 4, at noon, guest speaker Galit Peleg, the Interim Consul General for the Consulate General of Israel in Miami, will address the topic, “New Map of the Middle East.” Prior to her entry into the Israeli Foreign Service in 1998, Peleg served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces and,
upon completion of her military service, earned two degrees at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her areas of studies were international relations and Island and Middle East Studies. Consul General Peleg has served as Deputy Ambassador to Morocco (19992000) and Deputy Ambassador to Serbia (2001-2005), where she focused on reestablishing the mutual relations between Israel and Serbia. From 2007-2011, Galit was head of the liaison office to the
European Parliament at the Israeli Mission to the European Union in Brussels. Most recently, Consul Peleg served as the Head of the Department for Public Diplomacy and Academic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York. Her responsibilities included promoting Israel’s academic relations with local colleges and universities in five states (NY, NJ, PA, OH and DE). Galit is fluent in Hebrew, English and French, and is conversant in Arabic and Serbian.
There is no cost for this program. Please register through the Federation website (jewishnaples.org), so that you may obtain the Zoom link. For more information about the Galit Peleg Israel Advocacy Committee or to suggest topics for future programs, please contact Harvey Cohen, IAC chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow begins today Campaign 2021 continues!
Beneficiaries and community leaders shared stories that demonstrate the challenging times and continued growing needs we face within our community, throughout the world and in Israel for food, shelter, clothing, counseling services, medical attention and socialization programming.
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Tomorrow begins today
appy, healthy secular new year to everyone. Even though we continue to be socially or geographically distanced in this unprecedented, challenging time, we remain connected together as one community, embracing our vision of the future, stepping forward and continuing to support important local educational, humanitarian and social service needs as well as the growing needs of beneficiaries we support nationally, throughout the world and in Israel. There is a heightened urgency to reach out to each person in our community and ask that you make a difference in Jewish lives by donating generously to our 2021 Annual Community Campaign!
Tomorrow begins today At our very special kickoff event last month, our impactful guest speaker, Mike Leven, visionary philanthropist and co-founder of Jewish Future Pledge, highlighted the importance of our 2021 Annual Community Campaign and how your generous donations can transform so many lives, programs, organizations and advocacy efforts, not just for today, but B:5" T:5" for so many future tomorrows. S:5"
Hopefully, you were inspired during the kickoff event by the amazing Rick Recht, singing his song, “Tomorrow Today,” telling us, “Every single step is up to me and you. We will give. We will be strong. We can believe in tomorrow today.” Our Jewish story is still about a shared future, a brighter future and a commitment to making the world a better place through perseverance, continuity, keeping our community safe, healthy and supportive. Your 2021 Annual Community Campaign gift makes a difference to a Jewish child in need of a scholarship to attend religious school. Your Annual Community Campaign gift builds new pathways from our history to our future, by engaging BBYO teens in meaningful dialogue and Jewish social activities. Your 2021 Annual Community Campaign gift supports the Senior Center at JFCS with outreach, mental health counseling and Holocaust survivor aid for housing, trips to physicians, counseling and daily health supplements. Your 2021 Annual Community Campaign gift ensures that the Holocaust
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his is going to be a busy Zooming year. To start off the month of January, we welcome Consul General Galit Peleg, who will be talking to our community about the “New Map of the Middle East” at noon on Monday, Jan. 4. The Catholic-Jewish Dialogue will host author James Barrens on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2:30 p.m. He wrote the book, “In Our Time (Nostra Aetate): How Catholics and Jews Built a New Relationship.” PJ Library’s Tu B’Shevat Storytime will take place on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. Join us at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 for a presentation by Senior Housing Solutions. And of course, throughout the month of January, we continue to present the Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival. (See the Arts & Culture Section for more information.) All of these virtual programs will take place on Zoom. Some programs are free, while others have a fee. More information on all of the above programs can be found throughout this Federation Star and in our Monday weekly e-blast. Please make sure to register via the link that is provided in the weekly e-blasts. If you need help registering, please ask me. A confirmation email will be sent to you immediately after you register. The Zoom link is emailed to you about two hours prior to the start of each program. Please contact me at rbialek@ jewishnaples.org with any questions. Please like us on Facebook!
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Museum & Cohen Education Center will continue teaching lessons of the Holocaust to all eighth-grade students in Florida, inspiring action against bigotry, hatred and violence. Your 2021 Annual Community Campaign gift will continue to provide favorite and new programming to the community, like the Jewish Book Festival, Mix and Mingle, JCRC, Israel Advocacy, Jewish Families with Children, PJ Library for Children, WCA and MCA cultural and entertaining programming and more! Your 2021 Annual Community Campaign gift will impact our partners nationally, overseas and in Israel, advocating for key issues and providing humanitarian assistance through organizations, such as the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and World ORT, to name a few. Your generous gifts support Leket Israel, which provides hot meals for Holocaust survivors and vulnerable seniors; Hatikvah preschool in Ukraine, which enables Jewish life to continue and thrive in Kiev; Neve Michael, a children’s home in Pardes Hanna, Israel serving youth from 4-18 years old who have experienced trauma and abuse; Susan’s House, which employs youth between ages 15-19 and provides the only warm encouraging environment many have known; Yad Lakashish in Jerusalem, providing meals and transportation for the elderly to a creative workplace; Yashar LaChayal, providing assistance to the Needy Soldier Fund, The Ethiopian National Educational Project; and so many other worthy programs! Tomorrow begins today, as you now join us with your gift to our 2021 Annual Community Campaign. New and increased gifts will be matched dollar for dollar through the very generous new Challenge Grant offered by Stuart and Estelle Price. Todah Rabah, thank you to Stuart and Estelle, who truly embrace tomorrow begins today. Everything you do makes a big difference in our world today for a better tomorrow together!
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r. Ron Duncan Hart has been selected as one of three key presenters for the Annual Jewish Day of Learning, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples (JFGN). This engaging, two-day virtual event will take place on Sunday, March 7, at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. The theme for this year’s program, presented via Zoom, is “It’s Chai Time to Visit Jewish Neighbors.” Dr. Hart is a cultural anthropologist from Indiana University and completed postdoctoral work in Jewish Studies at Oxford University. He is the former president of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico and, for many years, served as the program director of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society. Dr. Hart is a former university Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs and has worked in South America for 20 years with UNICEF, the Ford Foundation and several other international agencies. He is the author of several books on Jewish life and cultural history. Some
of his recent publications include, “Cr ypto-Je ws: The Long Journey,” “Jews and the Arab World: Intertwined Legacies,” “Judaism,” and “Sephardic Jews: History, Religion Dr. Ron Hart and People.” He is co-author/editor of the award-winning book, “Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition and New World Identities.” Dr. Hart is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society, the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation. He has been invited to lecture at academic institutions throughout the United States and China. In last month’s issue of the Federation Star, readers were introduced to Dr. Steven Derfler who will be giving a presentation on the Jews of China. Next month,
the third speaker, Naples’ own Cantor Donna Azu of Temple Shalom, will be featured. She will give a presentation with music on the Jews of Persia. As has been previously mentioned, this year’s Day of Learning will be a two-day event, with the second event, the JCRC Evening of Learning, taking place on Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. This program will feature a clergy panel, which will discuss “Keeping the Faith and So Much More During the Pandemic.” The panel is comprised of Reverend Edward Gleason, from Trinity-by-the-Cove Naples; Fr. Hugh McGuigan, representing Our Lady of Light Catholic Community in Estero; Rabbi Adam Miller, from Temple Shalom in Naples; Paster Lonnie Mills, from Macedonia Baptist Church in Naples; and Reverend Dr. Dawson Taylor, representing the Naples United Church of Christ. The JCRC has announced that there will be no charge for this year’s event. Please join in this community event. Registration information will be in next month’s Federation Star.
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By Jeff Margolis
he MCA documentary film program is honored to present “Shared Legacies: The AfricanAmerican Jewish Civil Rights Alliance,” a timely film for January. The history of this relationship goes back almost 100 years. Both communities worked together during the founding of the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League. Filmmaker Dr. Shari Rogers put together a compelling continuum of rare film footage, photos and recordings. On Jan. 5, there will be a post-film Zoom discussion with Dr. Rogers and Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel, Memphis. Rabbi Greenstein is the son of WCA member Lenore Greenstein and the late Rabbi Howard Greenstein, spiritual leader of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Be sure to register in advance, both to screen the film and to participate in what is sure to be a scintillating discussion afterward. Be sure to join fellow MCA members for the January virtual luncheon. The featured speaker will be noted criminologist, Dr. Larry Siegle. The topic of the program will be “The Nature of Crime and Violence in America: How, Where, When, Why.” Dr. Siegle earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of New York at Albany. He has written over 15 books and is a noted authority on juvenile law, delinquency and criminology. Dr. Siegle has also been designated as a court-certified expert on the topic of police conduct. This program will
take place via Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration for this and all other events is required. The monthly lecture series continues with several dynamic offerings. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m., Major General Raymond Barrett, Jr. (retired) will present a program titled, “North Korea History, Politics and the Prospects of War.” General Barrett will examine the history and origins of the nation of North Korea and rule of Kim Jung Un. The general served as a U.S. Army Infantry officer for more than 30 years and spent five years stationed along the Korean DMZ. He also served two years as Deputy Operations Officer in the U.S. Pacific Command. The series continues on Wednesday, Jan. 20, with a conversation with Chief Kingman D. Schuldt, fire chief of Greater Naples. The local fire service protects the more than 160,000 residents of the Greater Naples area. Members are invited to Zoom in and learn about the workings of our fire department. The January lecture series concludes with a program at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. Fellow MCA member and author Jeff Margolis will present a program, “Presidential Libraries: Legacies or Revisionism.” Margolis explores the presidential libraries and museums of former chief executives and how they reflect the character of the men they represent. Margolis’ recently published book, “The President’s Pen,” examines the writings of 16 U.S. presidents.
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ber of other activities for MCA members. The MCA virtual breakfasts continue at 9 a.m. every Thursday. Enjoy your breakfast at home while schmoozing with fellow MCAers via Zoom. On Tuesday, Jan. 5, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., world traveler and MCA member Jim Sernovitz continues his globe-trotting programs with a look at the Caucasus. Members have enjoyed his past presentations and this one promises to be every bit as scintillating. The very popular medical lecture series will present its next program on Thursday, Jan. 14. Dr. Paul Stein will present the program, “Blood, Lipids, their Relevance and Treatment,” as well as a discussion about arthritis.
MCA and WCA for a Trivia Night (afternoon) on Monday, Jan. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. Teams can be comprised of up to six people. Detailed instructions will be sent by email to participants prior to the event. The cost of this event is $15. For more information, please contact Ron Mutchnik at email@example.com Not a member yet? New to Greater Naples? Joining MCA is quite easy. Just go the MCA website, MCAnaples.org, and click on the MCA membership form. Current dues are $90 and include membership in the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. For more information about the organization, please contact MCA president Les Nizin at MCAnaplespresident@gmail.com.
Brazina’s role in MCA’s success celebrated at luncheon By Richard Prosten, Secretary, MCA
he MCA’s first luncheon of the 2020-2021 season was a unique mix of tradition and innovation. Forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to curtail in-person activities, the MCA turned its Nov. 12 luncheon into a virtual, albeit foodless, event that captured the collegial atmosphere of luncheons past. After entering the Zoom session, participants were randomly assigned to virtual
“tables” where they schmoozed with old friends and made some new ones as well. As President Les Nizin called the event to order, the virtual tables were merged into a single “room,” and attendees were informed that they were each receiving a gift certificate, courtesy of Brio Italian Grille in Waterside shops The first order of business was the announcement that Steve Brazina was
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this year’s recipient of the MCA’s Founders Award. The award recognizes the service and contributions of a member who, over many years, has dedicated his time and effort to the growth and success of the organization. As President Nizin noted, the decision to honor Brazina, "was an easy and unanimous one for the MCA Board, as Steve Brazina was one of the 18 original founding members, and this organization’s first president ... who single handedly was responsible for creating this vibrant organization and is the driving force behind our amazing success.” In accepting the award, Brazina shared the honor with the many members who have served on the board and volunteered to run MCA programs. As Nizin reminded luncheon attendees, Brazina currently devotes countless hours to the organization, selecting documentary films and MCA's diverse luncheon speakers. Fittingly, Brazina segued into an introduction of luncheon speaker, Mark
Hetfield, the head of HIAS (formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). Because of the pandemic, Hetfield, who had agreed over a year ago to address the event in person, appeared via Zoom. Hetfield recounted his organization's century of work helping many thousands of refugees and immigrants settle in America. For most of that period, the refugees HIAS helped were Jews — Eastern European Jews in the first half of the 20th century, then Jews fleeing Nazis and the Holocaust and, eventually, from the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Currently, in cooperation with many synagogues in the U.S., HIAS has extended its expertise to a broader range of refugees — “We used to take refugees because they were Jewish. Now we take them because we're Jewish.” A spirited question and answer session followed Hetfield’s remarks. Commenting on the success of the virtual luncheon, President Nizin noted that MCA "had not received a single complaint about food or service."
Staying Out Of The Weeds (And Other Helpful Lawn Tips) by Joe Jayne, Truly Nolen
As we head into 2021, one New Year’s resolution you may want to consider setting is how to keep weeds out of your lush and beautiful Southwest Florida lawn. In fact, there are many different factors that make up a lawn and it’s much more than just the grass you can see. These factors include grass type, soil type, climate, pests, other plants, shade and sun exposure, microorganisms like bacteria and fungi, nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen, and more. Because all these components work together and can affect the health and appearance of lawns, caring for them requires understanding how all the pieces work together. No amount of sunlight and water will produce green grass if your soil isn’t healthy. Lawn soil is a whole, complex ecosystem brimming with microorganisms and nutrients that need to live symbiotically in order to create a beautiful, lush lawn. There are over 500 types of pests that can take up residence and make themselves comfortable in your grass and soil. To complicate matters, pests can have different life cycles and seasonal preferences. Your lawn is an entire ecosystem, a network of living, interdependent organisms hard at work. Getting a lush and healthy lawn means understanding all the factors that can affect it and how they work together: grass type, soil type, climate, pests that make their home there, fungi, sun and shade exposure, and the proportion of different nutrients. Because all these factors have to work together, caring for lawns requires understanding how all the pieces work together. The key to a healthy lawn is healthy soil. The key to healthy soil is a healthy lawn. It’s a harsh reality that a beautiful lawn is like a chicken-and-the-egg riddle. As tricky as it sounds, there is a solution: getting your soil and grass to a place where they both help each other. Rich and fertile soil has lots of microorganisms living in it like • Bacteria: lawns can have both healthy and unhealthy bacteria for them, just like humans. While many bacteria need to be present for lawn soil to be healthy, there can be some harmful bacteria that will need to be identified and eradicated.
• Fungi: typically take up the most space underground of the lawn microorganisms. Like bacteria, there can be beneficial and harmful lawn fungi. Beneficial fungi form a symbiotic relationship with plant roots. Harmful fungi can cause diseases and devastate certain plants and grasses. • Actinomycetes: assist with the breakdown of organic matter. • Algae: tends to be beneficial for lawns because they generate their own energy through photosynthesis. • Protozoae: single-celled organisms that decompose organic materials and consume many bacteria. Just like humans need to have certain good bacteria to maintain their health, so does soil. Soil microorganisms are important because they cycle nutrients into the soil. Without them, any nutrients you put on your lawn wouldn’t be digested. It would be like taking a vitamin that your body couldn’t break down. Lawns require certain essential nutrients to help the grass grow. The following nutrients contribute to the mineral composition of your soil and are beneficial to your grass. • Nitrogen: is responsible for the green coloration of plants, which is necessary for photosynthesis to occur. It also helps plants produce chlorophyll, a basic catalyst for photosynthesis. • Phosphorous: aids plants in growth and development. It is one of the essential macro elements necessary for plant growth. • Potassium: helps your grass develop improved resistance to stress and harsh environmental conditions. To improve the potassium concentration organically in your soil, you will need to implement mulching of grass clippings. • Sulfur: improves the disease-resistance ability of your lawn grass by boosting its immune system against disease infestation. Production of amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, and other proteins are made possible by sulfur nutrients.
• Calcium: contributes to the structural development of your plant’s cell wall. It helps in developing the grasses’ support system for its vascular activities. A calci um-deficiency in the grass is characterized by weak lawn grasses looking bent or run over. To maintain your lawn, you’ll need to make sure that it’s being mowed to the proper height, watered the correct amount, and that any trees are trimmed to let enough sunlight in. It is an ongoing process that requires both extensive knowledge and skill. Regarding weeds, there are some things you can do such as being sure to pull them out by the roots (or this practice becomes a vicious weekly cycle), pulling them when the ground is wet or damp (which allows for a lesser chance of roots staying behind), and applying mulch in the winter months to help keep weeds from overtaking your lawn. As I have stated before your local Truly Nolen representative can provide you with a Grass Facts Sheet for your particular type of turf grass with tips on maintenance and proper care. Then, we can do a comprehensive Lawn Analysis that allows us to identify current problems affecting the overall health and appearance of your lawn. We identify the zones of your lawn most susceptible to insect activity, weed intrusion and additional areas of concern. Special care is taken to audit your current maintenance approach and provide tips for maintenance based on the type of grass you have. Whether you take care of your lawn yourself, use our service or another company, we TRULY hope you stay safe and have a Happy New Year! (Joe Jayne is the Manager for Truly Nolen in Naples. His service office can be reached at (239) 643-2555. Founded in 1938, Tucson-based Truly Nolen of America (www.trulynolen.com ) is one of the largest family-owned pest control companies in the United States. To learn about our Lawn Care capabilities, please visit https://www.trulynolen.com/lawn-care/)
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WCA’s Happy Hour-and-a-Half is a virtual triumph! By Emily Berkowitz, WCA Coordinator-at-Large
here were drinks, laughter, singing, astonished looks, surprises and applause — not at all unusual for a Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA) event. But for the first time, the party happened online, as WCA held its “Happy Hour-and-a-Half ” on Zoom in lieu of its annual “Welcome Back Luncheon.” The outcome, though, was just as joyous a celebration of community, thanks to a marvelous creative team headed by WCA Special Events Coordinator Linda Simon. Linda, who has created the highly successful welcome back luncheons for the last eight years, said she faced special challenges this year, in light of the pandemic. “I have produced large, complex onsite events for over 25 years, but doing my first Zoom event, especially one of this complexity, required a coordinated effort from a whole team of people. I truly couldn’t have done it successfully without them,” she remarked. This team of wizards included Marsha Morantz, Robin Mintz, Phyllis Strome, Lea Bendes, Ann Cowen, Susan Pittelman, Ida Margolis, Toby Kosloff and Nancy Kahn. Attendees enjoyed a varied, alwaysentertaining program. New WCA President Patti Boochever warmly welcomed all the guests and lauded Linda and her team for initiating, planning and executing such a spectacular event. President Emerita Elaine Soffer followed, thanking the WCA Board members for all their work and contributions over the years of her presidency. Board member Lea Bendes, on the Board’s behalf, thanked Elaine for her years of leadership and surprised her with a handblown, vibrant-red glass heart. “I very happily shared my delightful surprise, courtesy of the Board and Lea Bendes with everyone,” Elaine said. “I was charmed by her remarks. I will absolutely treasure the beautiful heart and the shared WCA memories it represents.”
WCA’s “Delightful Mrs. Dorio” serving as emcee
WCA Board member Lea Bendes presents a special gift to Elaine Soffer
After Jewish Federation of Greater Naples (JFGN) President Jeffrey Feld and Federation Board Chair Jane Schiff welcomed attendees, the four-part virtual entertainment was off to a delightful start, with the charming WCA member Gayle Dorio as host. Drink in hand, she introduced Gil Barros, a Boston, Massachusetts celebrity mixologist, who created three different signature WCA cocktails, the ingredients for which had been provided earlier to all attendees. With easy-to-follow instructions, he shared lots of tips. “The secret to making drinks,” Gil said, “is like making food. Use your favorite ingredients.” Attendees then thoroughly enjoyed the irresistible Loretta LaRoche, an Emmy Award-winning comedienne, speaker, author and stress management/humor consultant. Weaving wisdom into her stand-up routine, she reminded the audience that an antidote to stress might be to let go of trivial matters and laugh at ourselves, citing the adage, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Other stress busters? Try singing, dancing or dressing in costumes, Ms. Laroche offered. Donning a red clown-nose and other costumes, she was always giggleinducing, her insights wrapped in humor. Music took center stage with on- and off-Broadway music director/arranger Andrew Wheeler, who is also a brilliant
Magician extraordinaire Ben Seidman astounds us
Andrew Wheeler delights us with show tunes
performer. With great passion, he swept the audience away with vocal favorites from “West Side Story,” “My Fair Lady,” “Hairspray” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” It was thrilling to enjoy his superb performance. Magician Ben Seidman, Princess Cruises’ Entertainer of the Year and resident magician at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, was the next entertainer to truly take everyone’s breath away. He astounded the audience. His sleight-ofhand tricks were masterfully performed, proving that his art is equally mesmerizing in virtual form. Most attendees will likely always wonder how he was able to imperceptibly change into different clothing by the end of his act, though the proof was in the photos the attendees had taken at the start of his performance. WCA per formed magic of its own, by creating a virtual event that
WCA President Emerita Elaine Soffer expresses her appreciation to WCA members
delighted, entertained and exuded warmth and friendship. In addition, WCA followed its annual luncheon tradition of supporting the Naples Senior Center and the JFGN Jewish Summer Scholarship Fund by giving proceeds of this event to support Holocaust survivors at the Naples Senior Center, the JFGN Scholarship Fund and the local Harry Chapin Food Bank. WCA member Flory Herman echoed others’ comments, “Kudos to WCA for creating a much-needed hour-and a-half of entertainment. It was special to know I shared it with so many friends with whom I previously gathered in person. The music and mind-blowing magic were second to none. I want more!” The community of friendship, a hallmark of WCA, is off to a brilliant new season.
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Print your name as you want it to appear on the badge MEMBERSHIP DUES: $90 (US Funds only, Minimum for the year; includes membership to the JFGN):____ $ I am also including a voluntary donation to the Federation in the amount of: _ $ I am including $8 for a replacement Name Badge: __ $ Total enclosed or authorized: __ $ I will be paying by check. Please make your check payable to JFGN/WCA.
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As a participant in a WCA event,* I, acting for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns agree as follows: That I waive all rights, claims and/or causes of action of any kind whatsoever that I or my heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns may claim to have against either the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, and/or the Women’s Cultural Alliance, their members, agents, servants, and/or employees, for any loss, injury, or damage sustained by me while participating in a WCA event. This waiver and release shall be construed broadly under the Laws of the State of Florida.
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Now is the perfect time to become a member of the Pomegranate Society! By Betty Schwartz and Susan Pittelman, Pomegranate Society
little more than three years ago, the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples (JFGN) held the inaugural event of the Pomegranate Society, a valuable addition to our Women’s Division. The Pomegranate Society is a philanthropic group of strong, dedicated Jewish women, who share a commitment to playing a vital role in supporting those in need as well as in building a strong and vibrant Jewish community. The Pomegranate Society represents the best of what Federation does, bringing together like-minded women who recognize the importance of giving back. Our Pomegranate Society, which currently has 38 members, has participated in special programs and events, enjoying the camaraderie of being in the company of other dynamic and philanthropic women. This past spring, the “Poms” engaged in a successful service project in cooperation with the Naples Senior Center, providing women with personal care items that were not eligible for purchase through food stamps. We also joined with the Lions of Judah for brunch with author Elizabeth Weitzman, who challenged us with the stories of women who succeeded against all odds in changing the movie industry, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
In July, the Poms and Lions participated in a virtual tour of the Ruth Bader Ginsberg exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. Because we took that tour, we all felt as if we really knew RBG. We were deeply saddened by her passing and grateful that we had the privilege of “celebrating” the life of Justice Ginsberg together, while she was still alive. As the Pomegranates plan for this coming season, we will continue our hands-on involvement in service projects that address needs in our community. We
you help feed the hungry, care for our elders, assist our children in developing a strong Jewish identity, support the Israeli people and stand up against hate. This year especially, you have come to the aid of individuals and families struggling with the effects of the pandemic as well as the Jewish institutions they depend on. Without the funds provided by our Federation, these needs would go unmet. The Federation’s philanthropy touches more lives than any other organization,
strengthen your connection to our Jewish community. To become a member, a woman needs to make an annual minimum gift of an $1,800 donation in her own name to the Annual Campaign. In return, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to making a better world and ensuring Jewish continuity. As a member of the Pomegranate Society, you will have the opportunity to wear the beautiful sterling silver pin/pendant, and add a ruby each year, to signify your
Being a part of the Pomegranate Society means being part of a remarkable, committed group of women who recognize the importance of giving back. Jewish values are at the heart of all we do. will also plan events that allow us to come together — virtually as well as in person, when it is safe to do so. Being part of the Pomegranate Society creates a special bond, as we work together to help meet the needs of our community. At the 2021 Annual Community Campaign kickoff in December, we heard about the growing needs of the Jewish people, not only in our own community, but in Israel and throughout the world. With your gift to the Annual Campaign,
and women play a powerful role in making that happen. The Pomegranate Society, as part of the Women’s Division, makes a significant contribution to the Annual Campaign, helping to fulfill the Jewish obligation of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. The theme of the 2021 Annual Campaign is Tomorrow Begins Today. Right now, today, is the perfect time for you to join the Pomegranate Society. It is a meaningful way for you to
personal commitment to actively helping our Federation support and sustain our community and ensure the future of the Jewish people. Please join us. Become a member of this special group of women who make a difference in Jewish lives every day. For additional information about the Pomegranate Society, please contact Betty Schwartz at email@example.com, Susan Pittelman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeffrey Feld at jfeld@JewishNaples.org.
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s you are all aware, Naples Senior Center has a vibrant program for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia (ADRD), as well as programs for their caregivers. Through a recent grant from the Moorings Park Foundation, we have been able to significantly expand our caregiver support programs. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related disorders
can be a long, stressful and intensely emotional journey. Family caregivers of people with ADRD are often referred to as the “invisible patient.” Caregiving can put a person at increased risk for significant health problems and many dementia caregivers say they experience depression, high levels of stress or burnout. Having help and support along the way is not a luxury; it is a necessity. Research has shown that the more the caregiver learns about their loved one’s disease and how it will progress over the years, the better they will be able to prepare for future challenges, reduce frustration and foster reasonable expectations. Naples Senior Center’s Connecting Caregivers Support Program expands upon current dementia services to create
a multifaceted program to support and empower caregivers. By providing the resources, education and social engagement, caregivers will feel they are part of a broader community. They are not alone. The comprehensive caregiver program is comprised of three components: 1) Resources and support, including a weekly caregiver support group, individual caregiver support and our dementia respite support groups 2) Education, including a monthly caregiver virtual informational discussion, led by various experts in the field, and a quarterly four-hour caregiver “boot camp” 3) Social engagement, including group social activities (for now, virtual) and a private Facebook page for the caregivers
The initial response to NSC’s comprehensive caregiver support program has been significant. Particularly during these difficult times of limited interaction outside the home, this new program is true to our mission of combating isolation and loneliness in seniors. For more information about the caregiver program and/or the dementia respite program, please contact Simona Staicu-Levy at 239-325-4444 or email@example.com. Naples Senior Center continues to offer all programs on a virtual platform, and we will continue to do so until it is safe to bring our members, clients and volunteers back onsite. We appreciate the creativity, resilience and patience of all those we serve, and all those who work on their behalf.
Temple Shalom events open to the community
emple Shalom offers many virtual opportunities to stay connected during this time of social distancing. In addition to the events listed below, please visit our YouTube channel, Temple Shalom Naples, for beautiful music from Cantor Donna Azu and previously recorded programs from Rabbi Adam Miller, Cantor Donna Azu, Rabbi Ariel Boxman, Rabbi James Perman and Rabbi Frank Muller. Follow us on Facebook, TempleShalomNaplesFL,
for informational links and live content. For Zoom links to our other programs and events, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shabbat services These services are available via our livestream (found on our website under the Media tab) and Facebook Live (on the Temple Shalom Facebook page) Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m.
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Havdalah service Every Saturday evening at 7:30, the Havdalah service is live on our Facebook page and interactive on Zoom. Please email email@example.com for the link.
Saturday morning Torah Study Torah Study takes place every Saturday at 9 a.m. via Zoom. Please email info@ naplestemple.org for the link.
Stories of Music Facilitated by Cantor Donna Azu, Stories of Music is an adult education project of the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Each class offers a broad range of musically related topics about the American Jewish experience through stories of the evolving nature of Jewish music. On Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. via Zoom, the topic will be “Yiddishe Amerika.” Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
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This six-week course begins Thursday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Are you interested in exploring Judaism? Do you know someone that is? The Introduction to Judaism class at Temple Shalom is an engaging, multi-session course for anyone interested in exploring Jewish life, facilitated by Rabbi Adam Miller and Cantor Donna Azu. This course is free. Registration is required. Please visit https:// tinyurl.com/TSintrotoJudaism to register.
Special Havdalah with musician Jacob Kraus Join us for this special Havdalah Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook Live, as musician Jacob Kraus leads us in bidding farewell to Shabbat and welcoming the new week. For more information on these events, go to www.naplestemple.org or call 239-455-3030.
Tributes to the Jewish Federation Campaign To: Michael Gordon In honor of your birthday From: Arlene & Michael Sobol To: Carol Halbert & Family In memory of Stanley Halbert From: Mary & Ronald Jarvis
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Tributes require a minimum donation of $18. To place a Tribute in the Federation Star in honor or memory of someone, please contact Nathan Ricklefs at the Federation office at 239.263.4205 or email@example.com. Tributes require a minimum donation of $18. A note will be sent to the person you are honoring. Tributes help further the work of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.
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Happy New Year! Susan Suarez President & CEO
any thanks again to all of you who supported us during 2020. Your continued generosity during a difficult time, and your willingness to continue participating in Museum programs (often via Zoom!), is greatly appreciated. We ended the year on a high note with our first-ever virtual winter fundraising event. Thanks to all the virtual luncheon sponsors and participants who made this so successful. It was an honor to share the story of unsung Holocaust Hero, El Salvadoran diplomat Colonel José Arturo Castellanos Contreras, in an exclusive interview with his grandsons, Boris and Alvaro Castellanos, and Museum Board Member, Rob Nossen. Rob’s family was among the estimated 40,000 Jewish people who were protected during the Holocaust by citizenship papers issued by Col. Castellanos.
Coming up in 2021 Looking ahead, we have an exciting schedule of exhibits, programs and events planned for this coming year. Here are some of the activities scheduled for January:
New exhibit A new exhibit, “Girl Power … How
Women Impacted the Holocaust and Beyond,” debuts in the Estelle and Stuart Price Gallery on Jan. 5. The women profiled represent a variety of backgrounds, ages, historical periods and countries. Yet one common element binds them all together — in the face of great personal risk they fought against bigotry, hatred and violence. They found the courage to act and help others. Through their stories, the exhibit also honors all the women who did what was right when others would not, and whose stories are sadly lost to history. We welcome you to view the exhibit in person or take a virtual tour through videos posted to our YouTube channel. Girl Power will be on display through May 25, 2021.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Wednesday, Jan. 27 The Museum will commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a unique virtual program. It will include a tribute to local survivors as well as music selections from the Terezin Music Foundation. The highlight of the program will be the unveiling of the unique, skylightpowered solar calendar on the “Liberation Wall” in the Rissa and Richard Grossman Reflection Room in the Museum. This calendar feature won an AIA design award for Museum architect David Corban. Lines at different heights on the “Liberation Wall” mark the dates that
concentration camps were liberated. The skylight feature was designed to use the sun to highlight an individual date on its solar noon. The first date on the Liberation Wall is Jan. 27, the date that Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet forces. Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 27, noon – 1 p.m. to watch. RSVPs are required to receive the Zoom link. Please visit our website at www.HMCEC.org to register. We will also be offering the public complimentary Museum admission on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Museum hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m., with the last visitor entry at 3 p.m. As capacity is limited, we recommend you pre-purchase your timed entry tickets on our website at www.HMCEC.org.
Teacher workshop series continues The virtual Teachers Workshop series continues in January with Session 7, “China Part 1 - 1900-1949.” Session 8, “China Part 2 - 1949 to the present,” will be presented in February. Each program will contain a lesson plan, video and student activities. These online programs can be found on the Museum’s website and YouTube channel, and are accessible at the teacher’s convenience. The workshops are sponsored by the Merrill Kuller Educator Series and the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Task Force on Holocaust Education.
Museum tours update The Museum now offers three types of in-person tours to the public. All can safely accommodate up to 12 people, with a minimum of four people attending. All safety protocols are followed, including social distancing, use of masks by all who enter the Museum and sanitizing commonly touched areas, such as door handles. The tours are the “private group self-guided tour” that uses tablets; the “Morning Docent-led Tour;” and the new “Perfectly Paradise Authentic Experience Tour,” created in conjunction with the Naples/Marco Island/Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau. Preregistration is required for each tour. More information on rates and dates is available on our website in the “Special Tour Programs” section under the “Visit” tab. Additional programs will be available throughout the spring on the theme of “Heroes, Heroines and Helpers.” We invite you to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter on our website at www.HMCEC.org. All of us at the Museum wish you and your family a safe and healthy 2021. Hopefully, the expected availability and distribution of vaccines will significantly lessen the impact and duration of the pandemic and allow for a return to a more normal life by year’s end. If you have any questions or would like to support our mission, please contact me at Susan@HMCEC.org or call 239-263-9200.
There is no Hebrew word for history Ida Margolis GenShoah Chair
ecently, while watching one of the many Zoom programs that I am watching, as are many of you, I heard a woman say, “There is no Hebrew word for history.” I don’t recall her name or exactly why that statement would have
come up, but I thought that she must have been mistaken. As a history major, I was immediately motived to do some research to disprove this statement. That research proved to be extremely interesting. At first, I was amazed to discover that she was technically correct. Most languages have a word for history, even languages like Esperanto, Afrikaans and Basque. The word for history can be found in over 100 languages on the website www.indifferentlanguages.com, but not in Hebrew. That website had the Yiddish word for history, geschichte, which
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is the same as the German word. But to me and many others, that word is more like the English word story or tale than our word history. In further research, I did find that there is a word for history in modern Hebrew, and that word is historia, the same word used in Latin, Polish and many, many other languages, apparently “word-lifted” from English. So, perhaps this woman was wrong in her statement. But was she? I ran across a number of articles titled, “There is No Hebrew Word for History.” One article stated that there is no word for history but, rather, the word to use is zechira, which can be defined as remembrance. One article noted, “Zechira is a dynamic process, that people have to understand what led to things and what came out of them, not just what occurred at that moment.” Very interesting, I thought. Zechira reminded me of the word Zachor, to remember, the very same word that is on pins that were given to many members of GenShoah by the Zachor Remembrance Foundation. This Foundation was founded by an amazing Holocaust survivor, Ben Lesser, who is dedicated to ensuring the remembrance of the Holocaust. Zikaron (memory), is a distant cousin of history, and while I and others have always recognized the importance of history, many people currently, especially those who want things done in 140 letters,
have no interest in, nor patience for, history. Many young people don’t know or want to know history. But they would certainly want to have memory. Why do we commemorate events of 75 years ago? Why is it important in a time and age when people want to forget? When we commemorate an event, like the Holocaust, it should be more than just telling history, it should be remembering. We can understand from remembering and we can learn lessons from remembering. The United Nations has designated Jan. 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. We can and should remember what happened to 6 million Jews and millions of others. And we can learn the lessons of the Holocaust by remembering. And, as in the mission of the Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center, the lessons of the Holocaust can be used to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence. The Museum will commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at noon with a special virtual program including a tribute to local survivors, moving music from the Terezin Music Foundation and a special presentation of the solar calendar on the Liberation Wall in the Museum. To view this program, you must make a reservation at HMCEC.org. There is no cost.
Holocaust survivors are heroes to many By Ida Margolis, GenShoah Chair
ince the theme for GenShoah programs this season year is “Heroes, Heroines and Helpers,” I have been writing monthly columns in the Federation Star and the GenShoah Newsletter about heroes. The focus of the theme includes not only heroes of WWII and the Holocaust, but heroes of any era — well-known heroes, lesser-known heroes and everyday, unsung heroes. As a lover of history, I have enjoyed researching heroes, from Friedl Dicker Brandies to Roddie Edmonds to Aldolfo Kaminsky, who were featured in earlier columns. I have recently been moved to see stories on TV about heroism of everyday heroes, including health care workers, clergy and teachers. The 27th of this month is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, when UNESCO pays tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and also “reaffirms its unwavering commitment to counter anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence.” The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops in 1945. This month, I thought of many famous heroes but, thinking that this date pays tribute to victims of the Holocaust, I thought I would like to pay tribute to the survivors of the Holocaust. Surviving a tragedy does not necessarily make someone a hero. But all those who have read about, studied and know about the Holocaust, should be able to appreciate what
these individuals had to endure. And the more one knows about the Holocaust, the more one understands that to survive such horrors and try to begin a new life alone, without a home, without family members, without resources, was quite an extraordinary accomplishment. To go to a new country without knowing the language or understanding the culture is difficult in and of itself. Add all the other aspects and these people’s lives certainly were heroic. Every time I read about some accomplished person and find out he or she was a Holocaust survivor, or a child or grandchild of survivors, I have tears in my eyes. Rather than write about one of the very famous survivors, I think every Holocaust survivor who started a new life, found a job, had a family and became a good citizen of a new land should be the heroes of this month’s column. Especially heroic are those survivors who have dealt with the difficulty of telling their stories to audiences, allowing others to put a face to what happened so that such horrors will never happen again. Our deepest gratitude and respect for those survivors who have dedicated so much of their time as volunteers for our Holocaust Museum, sharing their memories with students and adults alike, so that these important facts and personal stories inspire others to fight against hatred.
A number of years ago, members of GenShoah and I heard a child of survivors speak. She said it is so sad that Holocaust survivors, like her parents, cannot love their children. We looked at each other with sadness for her, as we had often said how lucky we were to have such loving, kind parents, even though they may have been overprotective, which we, as adults, now understand. I asked some of those who attended this presentation with me if they consider their survivor parents as heroes. All did. Rene Geist said of her parents, “Each in their own way, both my parents were heroes. My mother was a magical hero. She was able to morph difficult situations into triumphant ones. On the death march at the end of the war, she walked for miles with holes in the sole of one of her shoes. She never complained. My father was a do-it-all hero. He was able, until the end of his life, to fix anything, alter anything, make anything, no matter whether he had any experience with it or not.” Shirley Besikof thought her parents showed heroism in the “way they treated everyone with dignity and respect.” There was always generosity in their home, and “a delicious piece of cake was always served. “No one should ever be hungry!” My mother was kind, courageous, patriotic and generous beyond her means.
She received so many grateful thank you letters from students who heard her speak about her experiences and listened to her message of the importance of acceptance, the evil that results from hatred and the importance of doing good. Let’s take a moment to think about the survivors and their amazing heroism. For International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Rene Geist wrote this poem: “Our Promise To You” On this Holocaust Remembrance Day And every day We remember you. We remember your strength, your bravery. On this Holocaust Remembrance Day And every day We honor you. We honor your determination, your resolve. On this Holocaust Remembrance Day And everyday We thank you. We appreciate your guidance, your teaching. On this Holocaust Remembrance Day And every day We give our heartfelt thanks for you.
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Seniors dealing with hearing loss and masks Aging Jewishly — What our traditions tell us about growing old By Rabbi Barbara Aiello
he COVID-19 era has created myriad lifestyle changes for seniors, among them the social isolation that results from limited contact with others. So, imagine how happy Lydia was when she noticed that right in front of her in the grocery checkout line — albeit socially distant by six feet or more — stood Ruthie, one of her very best friends. Of course, Lydia was wearing her COVID mask. She wouldn’t venture out without it. Ruthie had her mask on, as well. It boasted a three-layered flower pattern that matched the scarf that she’d tied around her sun hat. “Ruthie, Ruthie,” was Lydia’s muffled cry. “Dahling, it’s been ages. And I must say, that’s quite a hat!” Ruthie squared her shoulders. “Lydia, you haven’t seen me in months, and the first thing you say is that I look fat?” While she tapped her head, Lydia strained to hear her friend. “It’s your hat. Hat on your head. It’s a nice match with your mask.” Ruthie responded, “Sure, we wear masks, but we don’t have matching masks. Lydia is now shaking her head, “It’s a match. Your mask and your hat.” Ruthie, still miffed, mutters, “OK, I put on a few pounds, but stop saying that I’m fat!” Thanks to health professional and author Joy Stepheson-Laws, we learn
that Lydia’s and Ruthie’s dilemma is not unique. In her article, “How to Overcome Boomer Hearing Challenges in a Masked World,” (Sixty and Me 11/15/20), SteRabbi Barbara phenson-Laws disAiello cusses hearing loss among seniors and how these difficulties are exacerbated when masks cover both the speaker’s and the listener’s mouths. Stephenson-Laws explains that since 70% of seniors who are 70 years or older experience some degree of hearing loss, wearing a facial mask can create special challenges for them in three main areas: volume, clarity and process. When Lydia met Ruthie in the supermarket, she began to speak with her friend in what was, most likely, her normal tone. Specialists have determined that when the mouth is covered by a mask, the volume of the person speaking is diminished by as much as 12 decibels. If Ruthie’s friend, Lydia, or any speaker is soft-spoken, the listener may hear nothing above a whisper. When a mask covers the speaker’s mouth, speech clarity suffers. The spoken word becomes muffled, garbled and often distorted, creating misunderstandings
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such as Ruthie’s confusing “hat” with “fat.” Understanding what is said to us is a process that combines facial expressions, smiles, frowns, quizzical contortions, mugging and even wrinkling the nose. Stephenson-Laws reminds us that “a facial covering makes it very difficult to detect and process the multitude of facial cues” … that give speech “emotional context.” In this example, it was almost impossible for Ruthie to discern what Lydia was trying to tell her, while Lydia was frustrated because Ruthie was obviously annoyed. Apparently, mask wearing will be with us for a while, and if so, what can be done to increase communication and comprehension while our noses and mouths are covered? Stephenson-Laws offers suggestions for both the listener and the speaker. If you are the speaker, speak as clearly as you can, and take a pause between words and phrases. Avoid having conversations in noisy venues where a television or loud music compete for the listener’s attention. Find a quiet place to talk — or better yet, use your smartphone to take advantage of texting. Writing your message will ensure that your listener has understood, especially if the conversation includes important dates, times and places. Remember that body language and gestures play a large part in completing the loop of understanding. Lean forward, shrug your shoulders, point and shake your head so that your listener has every opportunity to comprehend what you’ve said. If you are the listener, who, preCOVID-19, experienced hearing challenges, be aware that now it is even more important that you serve as your own advocate. That means asking friends and family to speak more slowly and to repeat when you aren’t sure what was said.
Remember that louder isn’t always better; asking the speaker to use lower tones is often more effective. Carry a notebook and pen so that you can ask the speaker to write the question or comment, thus avoiding misunderstanding. And if you wear hearing aids, Stephenson-Laws cautions that “using a mask with ties rather than elastic or fixed ear loops (will) help you better fit your mask and reduce the risk of the mask knocking your hearing aid out of your ear.” Speaking through a mask and understanding what the “mask-er” has said requires patience. Abigail Treu, writing for JTS Torah Online (12/11/20) reminds us that Jewish tradition emphasizes that “patience is one of the key character traits we are to focus on in our spiritual, ethical and emotional development.” Indeed, Rabbi Menachem Mendel defines the trait of savlanut, patience, as “when something bad happens to you and you did not have the power to avoid it, do not aggravate the situation even more through wasted grief.” Abigail Treu goes on to say that “underneath patience lies hope. In fact, kivah in Hebrew means both wait and hope.” While we wait for the pandemic to dissipate and hope for a worldwide cure, there are actions that we can take, no matter how small, that will build bridges of understanding between us. Speaking and listening will help us stay connected. And although there will be challenges (just ask Ruthie and Lydia), our sages tell us that patience will see us through. For 10 years, Rabbi Barbara Aiello served the Aviva Campus for Senior Life as resident rabbi. Her most popular columns are now published in her new book, “Aging Jewishly,” available on Amazon Books. Rabbi Barbara now lives and works in Italy, where she is rabbi of Italy’s first Reconstructionist synagogue. Contact her at Rabbi@RabbiBarbara.com
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Falafel: The dish of 2020 Recipe by Chef Dalia
omething good is happening to the falafel. Our favorite and most popular vegetarian dish in Israel is finally getting the respect it deserves, ranking high from the street food, food courts and take-out, straight to the front stage. Even Apple, the ultimate trend forecaster, is getting behind the up-andcoming falafel by announcing that the Falafel emoji is finally here! 2020 seems to be the year of the falafel. The Israeli national snack is taking over the world. And now, more and more chefs are talking about this delicious dish from the Middle East. Mid-level to fine-dining restaurants are reviving the modest, spiced patty by previsualizing it in new and delicious ways. More and more new falafel shops are opening up all over the United States. Falafel has been on my menu since day one, and there’s no way it will ever leave the menu. For me, it’s really important that people know it’s more than just an Israeli national snack. It’s a special, even celebratory, dish that can be enjoyed anytime, especially on festive occasions. Just a few months ago, my husband and I celebrated our triplet boys’ b’nai mitzvah. On the menu was ribeye steak, sushi and falafel. It was no surprise to hear the falafel took over and was a hit. When I started the culinary chapter of my life in 2002, it was the falafel stand at the Israeli fest at that time that put me on the map of local cuisine. After my first falafel, it was impossible to go back. People loved it, and it became an integral part of the menu. Later, it led to the successful opening of “Dalia Hemed’s Tasteful Affairs.” Even today, I remember the great falafel days of my childhood. My grandmother adopted her Egyptian neighbor’s recipe, serving hot Falafel balls in her
restaurant in Jaffa. The scent filled the air throughout the neighborhood and attracted the children of Jaffa to my grandmother’s restaurant. She made the falafel using a manual meat grinder. I remember standing next to her. First, the mustard-colored snakes came out of the machine. Then, the green snakes of the coriander and parsley, and then the white snakes of the onion. I was fascinated. When I grew up, she let me turn the knob and grind it myself. The falafel was made of local chickpeas. She rarely used dry spices, and she cooked with fresh herbs. Simple food with deep flavors. That’s how I cook to this day. My Grandma Dalia’s kitchen has had a great influence on my kitchen over the years. Although I still considered her falafel as one of the best in Israel, when I approached the dish, my way was a bit different. I wanted a gluten-free falafel, so I removed the challah from the original recipe. In the absence of challah that raises the sweetness. I decided to use a mountain of fresh red onion for a natural sweetness. But the onion causes the mixture to be too liquidy - a disaster in terms of frying. Not to worry, as my solution is simple. I drain the vegetable mixture well after grinding it in a food processor. Then I grind chickpeas (after soaking them overnight in water) and combine the two masses. Also, I add baking soda. The addition of a teaspoon of baking soda makes the patties light and fluffy, for a crispy ball that is to die for. Over the years, I have not served falafel in pita. The modern way was made from four patties on a plate with hummus, tahini, pickled lemon and schug sauce, with pita on the side. I made my falafel balls large, and there is no need for pita. I found a new mess-free way of eating falafel.
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Falafel is a vegan, gluten-free, relatively inexpensive and balanced dish. It’s a great combination for the human body and, not to mention, very tasty. You get a whole meal. In Egypt, falafel was made from fava beans, in Syria and Lebanon — from chickpeas (hummus). What makes the dish Israeli is the decision to make it a pita sandwich with a large variety of salads, tahini and spicy schug. Although I grew up on the Egyptian flavors (with fava beans), I can testify that in a taste test, the chickpeas won. Today, with those memories from home, I wanted whoever makes and eats this falafel recipe to take one bite and experience an explosion of flavors: bitter, sweet, salty, sour. That’s what happiness is! Unfortunately, one happiness I will not get to experience is that my grandmother will not eat my falafel. But if there is a paradise, surely the wonderful, hot falafel balls are served in it.
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Ingredients 1 pound chickpeas (soaked overnight in water, filtered and washed) 2 large purple onions 10 garlic cloves 1/2 bunch parsley 1/2 bunch cilantro 1 Tbsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. coriander ½ tsp. black pepper ½ tsp. hot paprika 1 tsp. baking soda 1 Tbsp. salt Frying oil Pita to serve (optional)
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Preparation 1. Soak chickpeas in a large bowl with plenty of water. Leave to soak for 8 to 10 hours — overnight is best. Drain and wash chickpeas well. 2. Grind the chickpeas in a food processor to a smooth mash and transfer to a bowl. (No need to rinse the container after processing the chickpeas) 3. Add onions, garlic, parsley and cilantro to the food processor container and grind to a fine paste. Transfer the pureé to a colander and squeeze.
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4. Add the ground vegetables, cumin, coriander, black pepper, paprika, baking soda and salt to the bowl of ground chickpeas and mix until smooth. 5. Form balls about the size of a pingpong ball. Place them on tray, ready to be deep-fried. 6. Heat frying oil in a deepfryer or large pot about 3 inches deep so the falafel balls will float.
7. On medium heat, deep fry the falafels in the oil for about 5 to 6 minutes each. 8. When done, drain on a paper towel to absorb extra oil. 9. Continue until all the balls are deep-fried. 10. Serve with Israeli salad, hummus, tahini, pickled lemon and schug sauce inside a pita or with pita on the side. Enjoy!
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268,000 families in Israel pushed into extreme poverty amid coronavirus pandemic Latet organization finds 22.6% of families in Israel suffer today from food insecurity
erusalem, (December 9, 2020) – A new report presented today to Israel President Reuven Rivlin, detailed a worrying increase in the depth of poverty, financial hardship and food insecurity among Israeli households amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Alternative Poverty Report released by the Latet organization, a nonprofit that provides various welfare and food aid services, shows that during 2020, the number of households living in poverty has jumped from 20.1% of households before the pandemic to 29.3% (now a total of 850,000 households), meaning some new 268,000 households now live in poverty. Unlike the State of Israel’s official poverty report, which measures poverty based on income alone, Latet’s Alternative Poverty Report measures poverty according to households lacking in essential needs such as housing, education, health care, food security and the ability to cover the cost of living. However, this year, Latet did not calculate the report according to the multidimensional poverty index, but rather, conducted research that enables a broader understanding of the impact of the Covid19 crisis relating to changes in employment and economic status of Israeli households compared to before the pandemic. According to the new report, today 656,000 Israeli households (22.6%) suffer from food insecurity, compared to 513,000 (17.8%) before the pandemic. Among them, 286,000 (9.9%) live in
extreme food insecurity, up from 252,000 (8.8%) before the pandemic (according to the National Insurance Institute of Israel). About 143,000 (+4.8%) households have been newly categorized as food insecure since the beginning of the pandemic, and 34,000 have been newly categorized as dealing with extreme food insecurity. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, 422,000 new Israeli households found themselves in financial hardship. The percentage of the households that suffer from financial hardship jumped from 24.1%, before the pandemic, to 38.6% (an increase of 14.5%). Of the households that reported encountering financial hardship during the pandemic, 77% are Jewish families. In comparison, 58% of the households that reported encountering financial hardship before the pandemic were Jewish. The study also reports that 86% of elderly aid recipients are experiencing loneliness. Of this group, 21.6% fear they might die at home with no one knowing. The Latet Alternative Poverty Report, analyzed by the Rotem AR Institute, is an integrative study comprised of three questionnaires. The study sampled 1,818 Israelis ages 18 and older (including members of the general public, people in financial need and heads of nonprofit charities) during September-October of 2020. In order to determine the effect of the coronavirus on the financial situation of Israeli households, an additional study was held by
the ERI institute and Latet among 1,350 adults (a representative sample of the Israeli general population). This study was based on three components: income, the fulfillment of basic needs and the subjective feeling of economic distress. The margin of error for the Latet Alternative Poverty Report is 2.7%. The report also found that during the pandemic, Israel’s middle class shrunk by 15.5%, with 29% of the middle class’s financial scores decreasing. Amid the pandemic, 50.7% of Israel’s general population reported significant economic damage, while only 19.6% reported significant health damage. Only 23% of Israeli households report that their financial condition is standard or above standard, compared to 45% pre-pandemic. The need for financial help among Israel’s population jumped by 70% amid the pandemic. Twenty-four percent of Israel’s population report that they did not get financial help although they needed it. Further, 79.1% of the Israeli public believe that the government should be the one to address the rising poverty numbers. Only 21.3% think that the government is fulfilling its responsibility to do so. “The surge in poverty rates confirms the most pessimistic economic forecasts of the beginning of the crisis and highlights the weaknesses of the ecosystem in Israel,” said Founder and President of Latet, Gilles Darmon. “The coronavirus has upset the delicate economic balance and pushed tens of thousands of new families into economic
hardship and poverty, but it is the state that has created the conditions for this fragility, by previously refusing to invest significantly in those families to build social resilience,” Darmon said. “The coronavirus pandemic erupted as a health epidemic and has developed into an unprecedented socioeconomic epidemic,” said Latet’s Executive Director, Eran Weintrob. “We are in the worst economic crisis in the country’s history, which will take Israeli society years to recover from. We have to stop the bleeding as hundreds of thousands of Israelis descend from a temporary crisis due to loss of employment into a life of poverty from which it is difficult or impossible to recover. If the government does not invest tens of billions of shekels (NIS) in the most vulnerable communities, the collapse will be inevitable and create social gaps that cannot be bridged.”
About Latet Israeli Humanitarian Aid Latet was founded in 1996 and is the largest Israeli NGO combating poverty. Acting as an umbrella organization to 180 local NGOs, Latet provides for the basic needs of populations living in poverty and food insecurity on an equal basis, giving ongoing food assistance to over 200,000 Israelis. The organization operates one of the largest national food banks and runs impactful aid programs with responsibility, effectiveness, and innovation while relentlessly advocating for a better society.
Don’t sell yourself short: Everyone can learn Rabbi James Perman
an you believe we’re now in the New Year 2021? But alas, we are still struggling with the pandemic. Nothing seems normal — least of all the passage of time and how we experience it. On some days, the hours seem interminable. Yet we have to ask, “What happened to the days, the weeks, the months? How could they fly by like that? And now you say it’s January? A new year? Really? People are distressed. Some are depressed, some despondent, some tragically lonely, some explosively angry, or any combination of these. We are obsessed with all the things we used to do and can’t do now. And of course, we can’t help but wonder how it will be when the pandemic fades away. It can’t possibly be a return to normal. There is a remedy, though. It’s called focusing on opportunities. Yes, they are the candles to illumine the darkness. How about looking for what’s possible instead of what you can’t do? Here is a New Year’s resolution we should
make right now. It has to do with learning new things. How about making a resolution to learn something new, especially about our comforting Jewish heritage? Every synagogue, organization and academic institution in America has produced on-line offerings. Yet, when I mention the amazing opportunities for that kind of high-quality learning, someone invariably replies “Oh no, I’m too old for that. I can’t learn anymore.” Well, that’s an excuse. It’s simply not true. Let me tell you a story, straight out of classical Jewish tradition. It describes the sage Rabbi Akiba in middle-age, long before he ever became Rabbi Akiba — when he was still just Akiba. We are told that up to the age of 40, he had never studied anything. Once, while drawing water from a well in Lydda (the ancient site of today’s Ben Gurion Airport), he noticed a hollowedout rock. “Who did this to the rock?” he asked. His friend answered, “Akiba, haven’t you read [in scripture] that ‘water can even wear away stone?’” (Job 14:19) He looked again. It was only water! It was water from the well, dripping upon it constantly, day and night, that made the hollow in this rock. At that, Akiba asked himself, “Is my mind harder than this stone?” I will go
and study at least one section of Torah. He went straight to the schoolhouse, and he and his son began reading from a child’s tablet. Akiba took hold of one end of the tablet, and his son held the other end. The teacher wrote down alef, then bet, and eventually the whole alphabet. The story continues to the point where he masters the alphabet, then the Torah and its commentaries. He ultimately astonishes his teachers. You get the point, right? A little at a time, plugging away with lots of repetition, and you’ve got it. Didn’t get it right the first time? Then repeat it again. And again. It’ll work. That’s New Year’s resolution No. 1: Do not sell yourself short. Everyone can learn. And it’s good for your brain, your spirit and — these days — even for your sanity. So, let’s just quietly and sanely and safely welcome the new year, with face masks and proper social distance. We pray that we have an effective vaccine speedily in our days ahead. And we sincerely pray that America — indeed, the whole human race — will get its act together, figure out how to get along with each other, live together peacefully on this planet and possibly … even show some improvement. Stay well. Stay safe. And Happy New Year 2021! Rabbi Perman serves at Temple Shalom.
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The future we dare to build Rabbi Mark Wm. Gross
s we turn a corner, this is a poignant time of year. I’m not talking about Jan. 1 and “Auld Lang Syne” (thank you, Bobbie Burns), but rather the conclusion of the first Book of the Torah on Jan. 2. True it is that Exodus, which we begin on Jan. 9, represents a vast and sweeping historical spectacle, as our fabulously ancient people is born through the drama of the midnight exodus from Egypt, and the constitutional convention with God at Mount Sinai 50 days later. But precisely because Genesis is a much smaller-scale narrative, its more intimate scope makes it, in many ways, the more interesting and engaging of the two books. We resonate to the courage Abraham and Sarah showed in leaving Haran to establish a homestead for their descendants in the Promised Land. We relate to Isaac, the prized and protected child, and admire the resourcefulness with which his beloved bride, Rebekah, takes the initiative to put history on the right track. We sympathize with Jacob,
because we follow his every plodding, patient step on the way to becoming a patriarch and the founder of our People. We feel we know his kids, from the impulsive and unstable eldest Re’uven to the boldly imaginative initiative-taker Judah (for whom we Jews are named) to the self-sufficient and always-competent next-to-youngest Joseph — as well as all their siblings, progenitors of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Now a lot of water has flowed under the bridge, for the fabulously ancient Jewish People descended from those 12 Tribes. And yet, there is a certain evocative reluctance to put Genesis aside, every year at this time, as we prepare to move on to the big story in Exodus. Before striding boldly forward into whatever comes next, we take one long look back at Genesis with wistful longing and affection, and with gratitude for our long-ago progenitors, whose story it tells. Perhaps there is, very bluntly, nothing as boring as looking at old family photo albums … unless, of course, it is your own family album, in which case, the exercise acquires a whole new level of meaning. It all feels more immediate and meaningful, since their story is also very much our own. My eldest daughter at 18, leafing through my late mother-in-law’s photo collection, came across a picture of her grandmother at the same age and
demanded accusingly, “What are you doing, with my face?” Looking back at the ancient family record enshrined in Genesis, we don’t know whose face they have, or what they are doing with it. But we do recognize our impulses and motivations in theirs; we resonate to the challenges they faced, and to the choices they made in response. And we see in them evocative and surprising intimations of our own innermost selves, far beyond mere matters of physiognomy alone. So, we anticipate with pleasure and expectation, moving on deeper into the Torah, to meet God once more, as we reenact the birth of the Jewish People through the Exodus experience. But first, before we move on, we linger for a poignant moment of farewell on the first Shabbat in January (as the last Shabbat in Genesis) to pay tribute to our long-ago forebears. We are the future they dared not only to dream, but to bring into fruition by their own imaginative acts of moral courage. The future we dare to build, in turn, is an act of continuity with all the generations of Israel past, and a precious legacy to all those still to come. A very happy and healthy and blessed New Year 2021. Rabbi Gross serves at Jewish Congregation of Marco Island.
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Investing in the preservation of America’s history and educating future generations, America’s Story builds on our country’s foundation of strength, and creates the teachers and leaders of tomorrow. The purpose is to teach, educate, motivate and share with each new generation the history and legacy of the men and women who served and supported the armed forces of the United States of America and the circumstances and passions that guided their action. The values instilled include character, personal social responsibility, selfless service to community and others, student achievement, fitness, leadership, teamwork, American heritage and history, moral principles and a higher standard of behavior.
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Members from Post 202 participated in a special Veterans’ Shabbat on Nov. 13, at Temple Shalom. Following a pledge of allegiance, Vice-Cmdr Post 202 Sam Oshry and Vice-Cmdr. Post202 Martin Cohn read a prayer for our veterans and to the nation. Members from Post 202 also participated in a special Veterans’ Shabbat on Nov. 14, at Chabad Naples. Rabbi Fishel honored all veterans. Vice-Cmdrs. Post 202 Sam Oshry and Martin Cohn were honored with an Aliyah during the
Martin Cohn Vice Commander JWV Post #202 service. Commander Harve Sturm gave a speech, which was well received by congregants. Also attending were Post 202 Members, Earl Taube, Hank Benina and Foster Kawaler.
Post 202 announcements A Happy Birthday to David Isaacson, age 100, Member Post 202 and WWII Veteran who landed on Utah Beach, during the Normandy Invasion, France. Happy Anniversary to Commander Harve and Sue Sturm – married 57 years. Happy Anniversary to Vice Commander Martin and Karen Cohn – married 53 years. As Jewish veterans, we are proud to have served our country. We are proud that we brought honor and recognition to our people. We stand for Jewish pride, identity and the American military to our nation. We invite those who have served in the U.S. Military (combat not required) to join us at our monthly meetings. If you are not a veteran, but are grateful for their dedication to our country, you are invited to support and uphold our values as a patron member. To learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 239-272-5999 or go to jwvpost202.wordpress.com. God Bless America.
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very happy, healthy and prosperous 2021 to all my readers. May you completely recover from 2020 and make only forward strides from here on! January is Florida’s Jewish History month, and the Jewish Historical Society’s 10th Anniversary Celebration with Naples Mayor Bill Barnett Virtual Zoom fundraiser is happening on Monday, Jan. 7, 2021, from 3 to 5 p.m. This is our major annual fundraising event that was postponed from March 23, 2020. It will include surprises, as planned, and the premiere of the 13th film in the Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers documentary series, “The Mayor with a Heart,” about Bill Barnett, four-time Mayor of the City of Naples. Fundraiser tickets can be purchased by emailing email@example.com or at JWSSWF.org. Ticket cost is $72, which includes $18 event attendance fee, $36 individual membership and $18 donation to The Society. We hope you will be able to join us, so we can celebrate the Jewish history of Southwest Florida together.
Jews have made a significant impact on this region, as proven by various corners of the community at large, as well as from within the Jewish Community. We are grateful to all governors of our magnificent state of Florida for establishing and continuing the designation of the month of January to Florida’s Jewish History since 2003. Just as we entered the first COVID-19 lockdowns last March, we received a very special letter from Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis. He writes, “It is my pleasure to congratulate the Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida on your tenth anniversary. I appreciate your efforts to preserve and share the history of Jewish citizens who call Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and South Manatee counties home… Thank you for your work to serve your community. Best wishes on your continued success.” We want to share this message with each and every one of the people who helped us in our work over the years by being loyal members, donors, sponsors and friends to the Society, those who have attended our live events and those who attend our Zoom virtual presentations. Five years ago, when we came out with our Virtual Museum of SWFL Jewish History concept, we had no idea that “virtual” would become normal in so short a time span.
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In the year 2021, we will continue fulfilling our mission virtually, really and truly. We will be Zooming Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers documentaries, the broadcast-quality films JHSSWF created from the eyewitness testimonies the Society records. We will also be adding new films as they are released through 2021. The next round of film presentations will take place on Sundays, starting Feb. 7 at
5 p.m. It’s the time when we remember and honor our local Jewish heroes, hear their reminiscences about the bygone days and their vision of the future. To sign up, please visit jhsswf.org Events Page. If you have a suggestion for the next SWFL Jewish Pioneer story to be preserved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you for 10 years of your unwavering support of our small, all-volunteer, local organization.
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visited Israel in 1968, 1992, 2008, 2009 and 2019. Each time I entered Jerusalem, and the few times I’ve been to Hadassah Hospital at Ein Kerem, I trembled with excitement. I have been a Lifetime Hadassah member for more than 40 years and a Keeper of the Gate for the last 10 years. I never realized the payback would be so great: the friends made, the good done, the education encouraged and the experiences gained. I retired from teaching high school (biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics) in 2015. In 2016, I moved our “winter” home to Naples from Saratoga County, New York. My late husband, Mel Toub, was a Hadassah Associate, as are my sons, Joshua and David. My daughter, Julia, is a lifetime member. I was a past president, a member of the Upper New York State Region board and an attendee of several national
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conventions. My kids grew up with a mom running to all sorts of Hadassah activities. These activities take on a different form in today’s world. When my husband and I first moved here, we immediately found ourselves in a whirlwind, belonging to several orchestras and music groups, Temple Beth Tikvah, Temple Israel, Federation and Hadassah. I quickly transferred my Hadassah membership to the Collier/ Lee chapter and tried to be active, while dividing my time between the NY and Naples chapters. When I was asked to assume the presidency of the Collier/Lee chapter, I was honored and privileged. After connecting with the current board and experiencing their enthusiasm first-hand, my decision was easy, realizing what we women working together can achieve. We’ve worked so hard to Zoom together and ingeniously. Expanding Horizons I, created by our President, Diane Schwartz, and her board, featured a wide variety of educational programming and entertainment. This will be continued as Expanding Horizons II and will, furthermore, give you continued on page 24
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e hope to see you on Zoom at these interesting and diverse programs. For your convenience, these offerings are being presented as a series of programs. You may subscribe and choose any and all programs. Please be sure to share your email to receive the Zoom link. Watch for the weekly e-blast with registration information coming soon. Contact Carol Weisberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-254-8282 or Elyse Morande at email@example.com or 239-498-0623 Jan. 20, 10 a.m. – Installation of Officers followed by Ellen Katz “Celebrates Broadway,” taking us to the musical, “Chicago.” Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m. – “Protecting Southwest Florida’s Natural Environment and Quality of Life…Now & Forever,” presented by Katie Ferren, Community Engagement & Marketing Coordinator, Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Feb. 24, 11 a.m. – “When the World Came Together: Success Stories in Global
Child Health,” presented by Mandy Slutsker, Director of Global Child Health Advocacy, Department of Federal Affairs for the American Academy of Pediatrics March 19, 11 a.m. – “Coffee Time with The Grand Piano Series,” presented by Co-Founder/Artistic Director Milana Strezeva and guest artist, award-winning pianist Mackenzie Melamed. April 5, 10:30 a.m. – “Remember the Ladies: Insights and Interesting Facts About the Writings and Education of Several of America’s First Ladies,” presented by Jeff Margolis. April 12, 10:30 a.m. – “The Art of Fused Glass & Mosaics,” presented by Judy Belmont of Naples Glassworks from her studio. May 3, 3:30 p.m. – “Dessert Anyone?” A baking demonstration presented by bakery chef, Stephani Schwartz. May 19, 1 p.m. – “Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia,” presented by Clark Pollard, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Support Network.
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s we begin the year 2021, we wish you a happy New Year and pray that our days will be filled with good times, good friends, good health and opportunity to again hug each other. Beth Tikvah will be offering musical performances during this season. Sunday, Jan. 3 at 4 p.m., we welcome the new year with music of the voices of the three Chorny women — Cantor Nicole Chorny, Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny and Broadway performer Michal Chorny. This concert, sponsored by the “Beth Tikvah Women of Influence” program, is in memory of Linda Zell Randall. Details regarding costs and Zoom links will be posted on the Beth Tikvah website, or you can reserve by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. On Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., “Jewish Jazz” returns to Beth Tikvah. Jewish Jazz dynamic concert and historical presentation explores the interaction between traditional Jewish music and American jazz. The Amici Music chamber music group members are Dan Weiser on piano and a wonderful violinist, Tim Schwarz. Reservations can be made by contacting email@example.com or through the website. As part of our Adult Education Programing and All Things Jewish, Beth
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Tikvah hosts a seasonal lecture series. This year, there are six lectures offered, each presented by a different lecturer on an interesting topic. Please check times, topics and biographical details for the 2021 lecture series speakers: • Rabbi Irving Elson Jan. 15 • Dr. David Danoff Jan. 17 • June Sochen and Joyce Schrager Jan. 28 and Feb. 11 • Dr. Mark Poznansky Feb. 4 • Sam Geist March 11 If you are interested in attending, please make your reservation by going on the website, www.bethtikvahnaples.org, or contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239 -434-1818.
Rabbi Chorny will lead four sessions on “Jewish Values in a Changing World” on Wednesdays in January and February. This program is based on Jewish theological seminary materials. Please register if interested in attending. Rabbi Chorny, together with Aviva Chorny on Jan. 24, will teach “Practice Makes Perfect: Learn to Read Hebrew in a Day (Year 2).” Registration is required. Beth Tikvah is the affiliated congregation in Greater Naples of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ). We are grateful to the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples (JFGN) for its support of our Scholar in Residence, Naples Jewish Film Festival and All Things Jewish programs. All Beth Tikvah events are open to the greater Naples community. Go to our website, www.bethtikvahnaples.org, for all reservations.
Sunday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m. – Rosh Chodesh Shevat Women’s Study Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. – Daniel Weiser and Amici Music, “Jewish Jazz” Friday, Jan. 15, 6:15 p.m. – Eat-andLearn with Rabbi Irving Elson Sunday, Jan. 17, 3:30 p.m. – Speaker Dr. David Danoff, “Books Not included in the Biblical Canon” Wednesday, Jan. 20 and 27, 12:151:45 p.m. – “Jewish Values in a Changing World,” JTS course Rabbi Chorny Sunday, Jan. 24 and 31, 10 a.m. – “Practice makes Perfect.” Learn to read Hebrew with Rabbi Chorny and Aviva. Thursday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m. – Speaker Series, June Sochen and Joyce Schrager discuss current issues Saturday, Jan. 30, 9:30 a.m. – Shabbat Shira, traditional female-led service
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Thursday and Sunday morning services begin at 9 a.m. Friday services begin at 6:15 p.m. Saturday services begin at 9:30 a.m. We convene Yahrzeit minyanim upon request. You may reach Rabbi Chorny directly at 239-537-5257.
Jan. 3, 4 p.m. – 3 Chorny Women Concert sponsored by Beth Tikvah Women of Influence in memory of Linda Zell Randall Tuesdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 12:15 p.m. – Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Chorny
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The promise and the challenge of the new year Steve McCloskey President
s I write this in late November, we have endured over eight months of the overwhelmingly deleterious effects of the global pandemic, borne by many of us, mostly in abject isolation. This has taken a huge toll on us, both individually and societally, in terms of tragic deaths, devastating illness, both short- and long-term; severe economic dislocation, both short- and long-term; and exacerbation of already glaring inequities and inequalities, all requiring diversion of resources necessary to address a host of other pressing and vexing concerns. We will all be relieved to see 2020 give way to 2021. The new year brings hope of the promise of safe and effective vaccines to inoculate us and achieve herd protection from the ravages of the coronavirus. We will strongly encourage our members, families and friends to get the vaccine, most of which require two doses. We will be able to gather in person sooner — both for services and for other events — if everyone follows the CDC guidelines to get the vaccine and wears a mask, physically distances and avoids large crowds, until herd protection is achieved. One of the positive changes wrought by this most unusual year of 2020 has been the emergence of virtual platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangout and other platforms to keep us connected during our extended time of mostly sheltering in place. At NJC, we had never utilized livestreaming of our Shabbat services until early April of this year. It has been a learning experience, to be sure, but has provided a vital lifeline to our members for most of this year.
When we do begin gathering again for Shabbat services sometime in 2021, we hope to livestream our services on Zoom and YouTube Live to accommodate our members who are unable to attend in person. It is a matter of some conjecture as to how many will return to in-person Shabbat services, given some of the advantages of tuning in from the comfort of one’s home. Look for our Shabbat services on Zoom/YouTube Live on Friday evenings at 7 pm. We have Saturday Shabbat Torah service on Jan. 9, Feb. 13 and March 6. As we anticipate a better year in 2021, we know that we will look forward to our stellar adult education sessions led by Rabbi Howard Herman on Zoom/ YouTube Live. On Monday, Jan. 25, the topic will be Modern Israel at a Glance; on Monday, Feb. 22, Great Schisms in Jewish History will be featured; and on Monday, March 22, the focus is the Torah portion of the week. We will also continue with our NJC Connects events in 2021, by which we provide additional educational and social support for our members. As we all know, humor has played an outsized role in the lives of the Jewish people. We have employed it to help shepherd us through difficult and trying times. NJC has a terrific comedic respite for you coming up on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 pm. Co-sponsored by the Federation, NJC will present Rabbi Bob Alper via Zoom. This free program is open to the public. It promises to be memorable, with details to follow in the ad that appears on page 10A of this issue of the Federation Star. NJC is also sponsoring the Jewish Book Festival (JBF) event on Wednesday, Feb. 3, when author Raffi Berg will present “Red Sea Spies,” the true story of the secret evacuation of thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, set in motion by the Mossad. May 2021 be a better year!
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Traditional JCMI January events to continue By Sue Baum, President
he wonderful programs that have become the signature of JCMI shall continue with livestreaming. The public is welcome! Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. The Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival, sponsored by our congregation, will present author Debbie Cenziper via Zoom. Cenziper is the director of investigative evidence at Northwestern University and a Pulitzer Prize winner for her nonfiction book, “Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America,” the gripping story of a team of Nazi hunters at the U.S. Department of Justice as they raced against time to expose members of a brutal SS killing force who disappeared in America after World War II. Go to
www.JewishBookFestival.org to register. The charge is $10. Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. JCMI opens the 27th year of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, in partnership with the Federation. Music from Jewish composers who shaped the music of Broadway will be presented by two outstanding musicians and world ambassadors of music, Dan Weiser and Tom Schwartz. The timeless music and interesting dialogue about the history of the composer has attracted international acclaim. The presentation will be provided by streaming. For information, contact the Synagogue at 239-642-0800 or visit our website at www.MarcoJCMI.com.
Don’t miss this year’s Jewish Book Festival! The mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples is to enhance and enrich the quality of Jewish life by recognizing and supporting the charitable, educational, humanitarian and social service needs of the Jewish community locally, nationally, overseas and in the State of Israel.
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Shalom Naples families! By Jessica Zimmerman, Associate Regional Director, North Florida Region
n December, Naples BBYO participated in Global Shabbat along with BBYO International. Each year, Holocaust survivors, business professionals, faith leaders, cross-cultural activists, politicians and entrepreneurs join with Alephs and BBGs worldwide to share inspiring stories and take part in a meaningful, teen-led Shabbat experience. This year’s Global Shabbat was embraced and elevated around the world through a diverse array of thoughtful programming designed to bring the community together around the
strength that Shabbat brings to our communities. Naples and Fort Myers teens celebrated Global Shabbat on Dec. 11, along with Temple Shalom, Jessica by assisting to lead Zimmerman a children and family service. We thank Temple Shalom for including us! Quickly approaching in February is BBYO’s International Convention or IC.
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Chabad remains strong amid pandemic By Ariana Milian
espite the raging COVID-19 pandemic, Chabad has managed to keep Jewish life on campus at FGCU alive and active. While there were some adjustments, the friendships, bonds and Jewish connections have remained strong and just keep growing. Two incredible new initiatives of educational programming have begun this semester for students to actively engage in Jewish traditions and values. Sinai Scholars gives students the opportunity
to get a deeper picture of Jewish basics and tradition in a hands-on learning setting. Jewish U allows students to declare a “major” in Jewish heritage and values through discussions on a series of topics. Both initiatives will continue this coming semester and beyond. Chabad also continues to offer outdoor Shabbat dinners, with students sitting distanced from each other to ensure everyone is safe. For those who cannot attend Shabbat dinner, Chabad also offers
Shabbat to-go packages with challah, grape juice, mouth-watering matza ball soup and dessert, so students can celebrate Shabbat in their own dorm room. Another incredible program just started this semester as we moved programming outdoors — a live Musical Havdala and fireside s’mores. A special thanks to local musician, Avi Gev, for enhancing and sharing his music. There have also been social events, like paint nights, a Chanukah party in
partnership with other Jewish organizations on campus, and a virtual Zoom speaker, a rapping rabbi. While it’s easy for people to feel distant and lonely during this pandemic, Chabad reminds us that as long as we have Jewish connections, we are never alone. We may be physically distant, but our hearts are close when we engage in Jewish life on campus.
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Preschool of the ArtsBy Ettie Zaklos, Preschool of the Arts Founder & Director
020 was a roller coaster of a year for us all. At Preschool of the Arts, we are so grateful for a community that has ridden it out with us, entrusting us with the care of their precious children during a pandemic, and continues to look to the future with hope. We have come out of a challenging year stronger, more resilient and more dedicated to our mission than ever before. We know the importance of children learning in person in a safe and enriching way. We have seen first-hand the value of community in times of crisis. We have discovered that in limitation comes creativity and innovation and that there is a silver lining in every storm. The lessons from our year were highlighted in our unique Chanukah event — a large car parade that lit up Naples with the light of hundreds of menorahs. The COVID-safe event allowed our community to revel in the power of togetherness watching a grand drive-in Menorah lighting and fire juggling show — while each family stayed safe in their own car. It was a memorable holiday event that was all the more special in a year of surprises. What is most special about our POTA community is its forward-focused
perspective – dreaming of a better future for our children. This year, our community came together in an incredible way for our “Art With Heart” project that is raising funds for two new Studios of the Arts. The art studios are specially designed to embody our Reggio philosophy with natural art materials and every opportunity for our children’s imaginations to soar. We are so blessed that our community stepped up to partner with us in achieving this dream and build an even more magical environment for our children to explore the world around them. At Preschool of the Arts, we believe artistic expression is a constant process that begins with our youngest learners and explorers. It is deepened and refined as they form relationships and connections with their world. Each step is part of a larger story and narrative that defines the individual and collective members of our community. Our unique custom-tailored, child-centered curriculum allows children to emerge as independent thinkers with the ability to stretch their minds. Each of our state-of-the-art classrooms is set up with carefully curated learning centers that include blocks, art, dramatic
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play, books, manipulatives and scientific discovery. These centers allow the children to choose their area of interest and exploration, exposing them to a wide variety of new and exciting discoveries. Our children learn best by interacting with their peers, teachers and the varying provocations in their environment. Each center has a specific aim, and with the teacher’s guidance, helps the children’s emotional, cognitive and physical growth. Our preschool environment is one that fosters questions, provokes curiosity and stimulates intellectual growth. The outdoor Garden of the Arts and Natural Playscape, indoor Children’s Marketplace dramatic play center, culinary arts and STEM programs all encourage natural curiosities, while our movement, music and gym instructors enhance our innovative curriculum. Each child’s journey has endless possibilities and applications well beyond the walls, spaces and environments that define Preschool of the Arts. Enrollment is now open (and quickly filling up) for Preschool of the Arts 20212022. We are honored by the overwhelming response and encourage prospective applicants to register before all our spaces are filled. Our acclaimed Summer of the
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Random acts of loving kindness Temple Shalom Preschool Temple By Rabbi Ariel Boxman
arlier this week, I stopped at Dunkin Donuts to pick up a coffee on my way to school. As I was handing my credit card to the cashier, she informed me that the woman in front of me had already paid for my coffee. Feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude, I said, “Ok, well please use my card to pay for the person behind me.” I drove off with a huge smile on my face and heart full of love. Not only was I a recipient of a random act of kindness, I had the opportunity to pay it forward. The next day at Dunkin Donuts, I asked the cashier how long the kindness train lasted, and she reported that for
over four hours, each car paid for the car behind them. While paying for someone else’s coffee or donut is a small gesture, it has a huge impact. A random act of kindness is surprising and meaningful and has the ability to change the world. In the movie, “Pay It Forward” featuring Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osmont, a young boy is tasked by his teacher to change the world. After much brainstorming and self-doubt, the main character, Trevor, decides that he can impact the world by simply helping one person at a time, well actually, three people at a time. Trevor’s idea is to perform one act of kindness for three individuals, who
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would then be asked to “pay it forward.” Those three people would then each help an additional three people and the chain of good deeds would be set into action. The Dunkin Donuts kindness train was a perfect example of this “pay it forward” concept. At Temple Shalom Preschool, we teach our students about random acts of kindness and the impact they can have on others. We not only talk about random acts of kindness, but we model them for the students. When we see a child engage in an act of kindness, we mark it and celebrate it. This has led our students to not only happily “pay it forward,” but to
Hayley Grant mastering the monkey bars
actively search for opportunities to make someone else smile. In the midst of this pandemic, there is a lot of darkness around us. Depression rates are higher than ever, and many are walking around feeling anxious and agitated. With a small act of kindness, we can brighten the world and, even just for a moment, bring a smile to another’s face. We hope that you, like our precious preschool students have an opportunity to perform a random act of kindness, and God willing, also be a recipient of one!
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Meet Jewish artist Simon Cherkasski Hot Works presents the 24th Estero Fine Art Show outdoors at JetBlue Park, Jan. 2 and 3 The focus of this show is visual arts, featuring fine art and fine crafts created by award-winning artists from around the world. All disciplines — paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber, wood, jewelry and more — juried by art professionals is for sale. One of the participating artists is sculptor Simon Cherkasski from Israel, who was born in 1966 to Bessarabian Jewish parents. Cherkasski finished ORT Hana Senesh Professional Art School in 1984, lived in Kiriat Bialik and served in the IDF from 1984 to 1987 as a tank crew member. After the Army, Cherkasski spent a year in Paris, randomly studying the arts. Deciding not to join the Fine Arts Academy, he spent one more year in the U.S. After returning to Israel in 1989, he worked at Colbo Haifa newspaper as an illustrator and, later, as a graphic designer. Cherkasski participated in a long series of private art shows with black and white drawings and charcoal, thanks to an enthusiastic art-loving couple who arranged private locations and guests. In 1992, Cherkasski was hired as art director at a different newspaper, Vestnik, and stopped the private shows due to lack of time. In 1999, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland and shortly after, started working with Maryland Jewish Artist Smadar Livne.
In 2006, Cherkasski started his own art and graphic design studio, and began participating in public and private shows. After a fire in the studio destroyed years of work, Cherkasski shifted to metal arts in 2007. A year into working with iron, he fell in love with copper and works primarily with this material today from Greenacres, Florida. Cherkasski loves to create art with Jewish motifs, both because of his heritage and because so little has been done in the Judaica field in recent years. Together with a few friends, we worked to establish Judaica Heritage Foundation to promote the genres.
You can meet him personally at Estero Fine Art Show. As part of Hot Works’ commitment to bring art education into the community, a youth art competition has been integrated within the art show. The competition encourages students ages 5-13 or grades K-8 to enter original art to be publicly displayed in the art show the entire weekend. On Sunday, at 3 p.m., a $250 Youth Art Award will be presented at the show. Each youth art winner also receives the same, two-foot-long colorful, gorgeous ribbon that the professional artists receive.
Great food from local area restaurants and music add to the ambiance of this beautiful show. With COVID-19 safety precautions in place, such as all booths are six feet apart, social distancing, the show promises to be a safe place to enjoy original art and artists creating it. Join us Jan. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at JetBlue Park, 11500 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers. Admission is free. $5 parking supports Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc. For more information, go to www.artsandeducation.inc.org.
Book Festival off to a stellar start A message from your Book Festival Co-Chairs
e hope you enjoyed the Opening Event of our 202021 Jewish Book Festival, featuring author and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb in conversation with Cary Barbor, local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” and WGCU reporter. In the past, as we planned these events, we worked with our Book Festival Committee to make sure the presentations were more than simply “talks,” they were “events.” In fact, many considered the Book Festival events among the highlights of our community’s cultural and social season. Planning this year’s Opening Book Festival event certainly reinforced that it was more than just another Zoom program. During the past five Book Festivals, we enjoyed “setting the stage” for the author
events with decorations and themed food. Last year’s cruise-oriented opening event even had a signature cocktail and a photo booth! But this year, having to present the event through Zoom, our opening kickoff on Dec. 3 actually turned an event into a “production.” In preparation, we consulted with a technical advisor, wrote a script, selected an opening song, created the “run-of-show,” arranged for closed captioning, designed visuals, and even had a dress rehearsal. Nothing
was left to chance. And fortunately, our planning paid off. We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did.
We send a sincere thank you to our patrons and sponsors for both their financial support and their enthusiastic response to the Book Festival. And to you, our wonderful community, who “Zoomed” along with us in December. The 2020-21 Jewish Book Festival is off to a stellar start. We look forward to you joining us at future events as we welcome an outstanding line-up of authors. We are Virtually Yours,
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Sponsored by KAYE LIFESTYLE HOMES This timely and moving documentary showcases a Black, female rabbinical student and rockstar, Tamar Manasseh, who sits on a corner every day in one of the worst parts of Chicago restoring family and community values. Join us for an exclusive discussion with Tamar and the film’s director, Brad Rothschild, on Monday, March 1. Sponsored by MONDO UOMO FINE MENSWEAR In December 1942, young Jews Sarah and Daniel are hiding in the basement of Otto and Gerda’s family. When they are discovered, the parents are arrested, and the four children flee. On their journey, some will help them… but who can they trust? This exciting tale of trust, courage and friendship is told from a new, young perspective.
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Sponsored by PREMIER SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY Shira Haas (Unorthodox, Shtisel, Zookeeper’s Wife) earned a 2019 Festival du Cinéma Israelién de Montréal Best Actress Award for her role. Teenaged Ariela is overshadowed by her strict military father. When she commits a grave error, he enables her to seek her own punishment where she discovers a secret to her father’s past.
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Sponsored by HARVEY ROSENTHAL, Friend of the Festival Enjoy the cinematography of Italy with a fantastic soundtrack! This story intertwines the past and present as an old photograph of a little girl leads Jewish and Christian students on a search for the truth. Together they learn the powerful lesson that sometimes indifference is worse than hate.
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Check the events you will be attending for easy reference:
a o Thursday, Dec. 3 • 7:30 p.m., Lori Gottlieb
o Wednesday, Feb. 3 • 10:30 a.m., Raffi Berg
a o Wednesday, Dec. 9 • 7:30 p.m., Andrew Michael Blauner
o Monday, Feb. 8 • 7:30 p.m., Alan Zweibel
a o Friday, Dec. 11 • 10:30 a.m., Elayne Klasson & Nessa Rapoport
o Wednesday, Feb. 10 • 1 p.m., Steven E. Zipperstein
a o Thursday, Dec. 17 • 1 p.m., Lew Paper
o Monday, Feb. 15 • 1 p.m., Howard Blum
a o Tuesday, Dec. 22 • 1 p.m., Rabbi Corinne Copnick
o Sunday, Feb. 21 • 7:30 p.m., Jonathan Reed Kaufman
o Wednesday, Jan. 6 • 3 p.m., Debbie Cenziper
o Wednesday, March 3 • 7:30 p.m., Neal Bascomb
o Monday, Jan. 11 • 4 p.m., Susan Jane Gilman
o Thursday, March 11 • 1 p.m., Ariana Neumann
o Thursday, Jan. 14 • 7:30 p.m., Alexandra Silber
o Monday, March 15 • 1 p.m., Bess Kalb
o Tuesday, Jan. 19 • 10:30 a.m., Janice Kaplan & Jill Wine-Banks
o Tuesday, March 30 • 7:30 p.m., Pamela S. Nadell
o Monday, Jan. 25 • 1 p.m., Meg Waite Clayton
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A woman’s perspective on a critical episode in U.S. history Don’t miss the Book Festival event on Tuesday, Jan. 19, when Jill Wine-Banks relates how she navigated the crossroads between the Watergate Scandal and the Women’s Movement For a preview of what’s to come, read this review by Gayle Dorio, Jewish Book Festival Committee Member.
he Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President gives fascinating details about a period of time in 1972 when the president embraced conspiracy theories, thought the media was out to get him, and believed he was above the law. The author reminds us of the adage: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Barely 30 years old at the time, she was the only female prosecutor assigned to the Watergate case.
Richard Nixon was highly regarded. His ratings were excellent. In fact, he won reelection in 1972 with 49 states voting for him — a landslide victory! Three major television networks covered the news, and all reported the same facts. No social media existed, also no pseudo-news shows slanting their reports to favor one political party. Newspapers and journalists were respected and considered the fourth branch of government. Their job was to make sure the public was kept aware of happenings, both good and bad. Shining a light on government was thought helpful, keeping politicians honest and government functioning above board.
We were watching “The Waltons,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and “Gunsmoke” on television and “The Godfather” won Best Picture in that year’s Academy Awards ceremonies. The Women’s Movement saw women able to get their own credit cards, sit on juries and own their own homes. Even as some constraints were eased, women still fought to be treated with respect. Remember our fashion style in the 1970s? The author was known by the press as the “mini-skirted lawyer.” No one ever commented on the appearance of the male attorneys. She was forced to stand up for herself when demeaning comments were made by other lawyers and judges. Did you know that the Watergate break-in was the second break-in? Yes, back then, if you wanted to get dirt on your opponent, you weren’t able to hack into a computer. Instead, you broke into the opponent’s office and planted listening devices (bugs). The first break-in was in May 1972 to plant the bugs. Because one didn’t work, five men broke in one month later to replace the defective bug. This time, they were caught. Payoffs were different then too. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash were in their possession, along with bugging devices and rolls of film. The White House denied involvement. Proof showed that in early January 1972, G. Gordon Liddy, a member of the Committee to Re-elect the President (creep) (you can’t make this up!) received approval from Attorney General John
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, 10:30 a.m. The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President Jill Wine-Banks Sponsors: Women’s Cultural Alliance and Senior Housing Solutions Jill Wine-Banks is currently an MSNBC Legal Analyst, appearing regularly on primetime and daytime shows. She began her career as the first woman to serve as an organized crime prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice and was selected as one of the three Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutors. She was the first woman to hold numerous other high-profile legal positions, including U.S. General Counsel of the Army, Deputy Attorney General of the state of Illinois, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Bar Association, the largest professional association in America. Mitchell for an extensive plan to spy on the Democratic Party. We read about the inner workings of the prosecution, how the President stonewalled and refused to cooperate. We are taken inside the courtroom, into the attorneys’ strategies, and feel as if we are right there, reliving every moment. Refusing to cooperate with a subpoena isn’t tolerated. Stonewalling isn’t tolerated. The President, who has an approval rating at this point in the 90% range and won reelection in a landslide, becomes enraged that he is being questioned. Republicans are unsure what to do. They find out, thanks to media investigations, that there are tapes — secret recordings that President Nixon has been accumulating to preserve his place in history, recordings that he wishes will be ensconced in a presidential library in the future. Republicans state that only if and when they hear in the President’s own words some culpability, will they do something.
We are treated to the 18½-minute gap and who gets blamed for the missing portion. We learn there are other tapes that suddenly aren’t available. We see a President, sure that he will weather this storm, arrogantly denying that he is a crook. Finally, when the evidence is clear that the President wanted dirt on his opponent and would allow anything and anyone to break the law, when it is clear that he runs a corrupt administration, the Republican senators demand that he resign. They gather around him and tell him he will be impeached and removed from office. It is better to resign. Wine-Banks leaves us with this cautionary tale, urging us to stop the current threat that puts in peril the fundamental principles upon which our nation was founded. She ends with “America survived Watergate because our institutions were strong at their core. Our leaders spoke to one another across the political divide and felt a responsibility to preserve democracy.”
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Debbie Cenziper Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America
In Prague, in 1990, two American historians found a document that helped unravel the details behind the most lethal killing operation in World War II. A story spanning seven decades, Citizen 865 chronicles the harrowing wartime journeys of two Jewish orphans who outran the men of Trawniki and settled in the United States, only to learn that some of their captors had followed. A tenacious team of Nazi hunters pursued these men against the forces of time and political opposition. Debbie Cenziper is the director of investigative journalism at Northwestern University. A reporter for The Washington Post, she has won many major awards, including the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.
Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. • $10
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The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World
We tell girls that they can be anything, so why do 90% of Americans believe that geniuses are almost always men? Kaplan’s book explores the powerful forces that have rigged the system—and celebrates women geniuses, past and present, who have triumphed anyway. Using her unique mix of memoir, narrative and inspiration, she shares surprising discoveries about women geniuses now and throughout history in fields from music to robotics. She proves that genius isn’t just about talent. It’s about having that talent recognized, nurtured and celebrated. Janice Kaplan enjoyed success as a television producer, writer and journalist. The former editor-in-chief of Parade magazine, she is the author or coauthor of 14 books. W O M E N ’ S
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Susan Jane Gilman
Donna Has Left the Building
Gilman captivated us during our first Book Festival with her bestseller The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. Her newest book, Donna Has Left the Building, is an “edgy” novel about 45-year-old Donna, a former Jewish “bad girl.” A mix of comedy and tragedy, Gilman takes us on a road trip through friendships, passionate love and Tikkun Olam. This unforgettable tale reveals what it means to love in today’s broken, but beautiful, world. Come prepared to toast the Jewish Book Festival as Gilman will share a special drink recipe with us. Susan Jane Gilman has written several bestsellers. She has provided commentary for NPR and written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Ms. Magazine.
Monday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. • $10 Sponsored by Daymaker Hair Salon M E M O I R
Alexandra Silber White Hot Grief Parade
The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President Jill Wine Volner (as known then) was barely 30 years old when she served as the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-ranking White House officials. Called “the mini-skirted lawyer,” she fought to receive the respect accorded to her male counterparts and prevailed. Both a cautionary tale and an inspiration for those who believe in the power of justice, The Watergate Girl is a revelation about our country, our politics and who we are as a society. Jill Wine-Banks is an MSNBC legal analyst. She was one of three assistant Watergate special prosecutors and the first woman to hold numerous legal positions, including general counsel of the U.S. Army and EVP/COO of the American Bar Association.
Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m. • $10
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Meg Waite Clayton The Last Train to London
“Al” Silber seems to have everything: brilliance, beauty and talent. But when her father dies after a long battle with cancer when she is just a teenager, it feels like the end of everything. Lost in grief, Al and her mother hardly know where to begin. Told with raw passion, candor and wit, White Hot Grief Parade is an ode to the restorative power of family and friendship—and the unbreakable bond, even in death, between father and daughter. Alexandra Silber is an actress and singer. Among her many credits are starring as Tzeitel in Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof and as Hodel in London’s West End production. She presented her first book, After Anatevka, at our 2017-18 Book Festival.
When the Nazis take control, a member of the Dutch resistance risks her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Austria—a mission that becomes even more dangerous as borders close to refugees. “Tante Truus” dares to approach Adolf Eichmann, the man who would later help devise the “Final Solution,” in a race against time to rescue children. This richly detailed novel about the Kindertransport operation allows readers to identify with heroes and survivors instead of victims. Meg Waite Clayton is the author of seven novels. The Last Train to London, an international bestseller, is being published in 19 languages. Her screenplay for the novel was chosen for the prestigious Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidmansponsored The Writers Lab.
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Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best
Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort
Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 10:30 a.m. • $10
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Wednesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. • $18
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Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier
When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains
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Bess Kalb Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story
Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Trials of Palestine
Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. • $10
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Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler’s Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin
America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today
Monday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. • $10
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What a plot! Join us at the JBF event on Wednesday, Feb. 3 to discover the secrets behind one of the Mossad’s most clandestine missions! In the meantime, enjoy the review of Red Sea Spies by JBF Committee Member Carole J Greene.
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m. Red Sea Spies by Raffi Berg
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The characters: agents of the Mossad, Israel’s version who went from bondage in Egypt to that Ferede and his family made it to Zodiacs offloaded their human cargo onto of the CIA, working undercover at what redemption in the Promised Land. They Israel, Dani worked to find another way. the Bat Galim, a ship in the middle of appears to be a resort catering to scubafelt they were carrying out something In 1982, Dani and his Mossad colthe Red Sea, which headed for Israel. But diving enthusiasts from around the world; similar in the modern age.” leagues took over an abandoned Red Sea soon, Sudanese politics made it necessary also, Jews from Ethiopia risking their lives The lead character — protagonist, if resort, outfitted it for scuba divers, and to scale back smuggling from Arous. The to reach Jerusalem. 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t’s likely that you know a few of the following persons are Jewish. But I am quite certain that most will be “new to you.” For brevity’s sake, I am omitting all or most of their biography, which you can easily find online. As I write this (Dec. 6), the following “tribe members” have been announced as nominees for cabinet-level positions in the Biden administration: Ron Klain, 59, Chief-of-Staff; Antony Blinken, 58, Secretary of State; Alejandro Mayorkas, 61, Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary (he is the Cuba-born son of a Sephardi father and an Ashkenazi mother); Avril Haines, 41, Director of National Intelligence (her late mother was Jewish and she identifies as Jewish); and Janet Yellen, 74, Secretary of the Treasury. As I write this, the COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna are on the cusp of FDA approval for distribution to the public. They will almost certainly be the first COVID-19 vaccines given in the United States. The CEO of Pfizer is Dr. Albert Bourla, 59, a Sephardi Jew, who was born, raised and trained (as a veterinarian) in Greece. Pfizer’s chief scientist is a Swedish Jew, Dr. Mikael Dolsten, 62. He was born, raised and trained in Sweden. Both Bourla and Dolsten first did outstanding work in their home countries. This led to job offers by international drug companies. Both eventually accepted posts in the United States and have made America their home. Over at Moderna, Dr. Tal Zaks, 54, has been Moderna’s chief medical officer since 2015. He is the “point man” on their vaccine development. Zaks was born, raised and trained in Israel. Of course, the big film release of the last few weeks is the Warner Bros. movie “Wonder Woman, 1984” starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, 35, in the title role. The surprise was that it was released (Dec. 25) on HBO Max at the same time it was released to theaters and it will remain streaming on “Max” for a month. AT&T owns Warner Bros. and HBO, and it decided that getting more cable subscribers was more important now
than anemic theater revenues. Another 17 more Warner Bros.’ new movies will be released during 2021 in the same way. Last September, the documentary, “Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President,” got a brief theater run. It begins streaming on CNN Jan. 3. Carter, now 96, likes rock and roll, which he made clear even before he became president in 1977. He became friends with many popular musicians, including Bob Dylan, 79. Dylan rarely gives interviews, but he movingly talks in this film about how he and Carter hit it off during their very first meeting in 1974, and have remained good friends (who happen to be Nobel Prize winners). “Call Me Kat,” a new comedy series, premieres on Fox on Jan. 3, at 8:30 p.m. The second episode will air at its regular time (Jan. 7, 9 p.m.). Mayim Bialik, 44 (“Big Bang Theory”) stars as an unmarried and unsuccessful 39-year-old woman, who sinks her life savings into a cat café (much to her mother’s chagrin). Complications ensue when her old crush, Max (played by African-American actor Cheyenne Jackson), takes a job in a piano bar near the café. Jim Parsons, who played Bialik’s husband on “Big Bang,” is an executive producer of “Call Me Kat.” He is gay in real life, as is Cheyenne Jackson. When asked how they “faked” being romantically interested in Bialik, Parsons gave a great answer: “Everybody loves Mayim. She is easy to love.” Jackson seconded this answer. A TV premiere is rare during the pandemic, and so is a second season. Well, the 2nd season of the pretty good musical comedy series, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” begins on Jan. 5 (NBC, 8 p.m.). Jane Levy, 30 (whose father is Jewish) plays Zoey, and Skylar Astin, 37, co-stars as Max, Zoey’s co-worker (who has feelings for her). Another returnee is “The Good Doctor,” which aired five new episodes on ABC in November and will air about as many in January and February (first one: Jan. 11 at 10 p.m.) In the third November episode, there was a brief statement that this episode and future ones posited that the pandemic was over — and we were introduced to a new hospital resident, Dr. Asher Wolke, a rabbi’s son who grew up in a Hasidic community. However, he has lost his faith and he’s gay. Noah Galvin, 26, who is gay in real life, plays Wolke. His mother is Jewish and he identifies as a Jew.
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New Orleans Klezmer All Star Band A band with a difference! By Arlene Stolnitz
heard about this group from Dr. Stacy Lang, licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) of Venice, Florida. Stacy, who is Assistant Professor of Social Work at Florida Gulf Coast University, and her husband, Rabbi Ben Shull, moved here recently. He is the rabbi at the Jewish Congregation of Venice. Stacy had posted some comments on Facebook a while back about the NOLA Klezmer All Stars saying she “had never heard anything quite like them before.” She especially recalled a tune called “Not Too Eggy,” which was an ode to a band member’s wife’s chopped liver! I noted that someday I would find out more about them for a future article. All of this got me thinking about the reason I have always loved klezmer music. Back in the “old country,” my ancestral relatives were klezmer musicians. So, it’s probably in my DNA. My genealogy expert is my cousin, Cheryl Lester, from Lawrence, Kansas, Assistant Professor Emerita of American Studies and English, University of Kansas. Her research has shown that my great-grandparents were from Seirijai, which in the mid-1800s was a “tiny shtetl of 1,492 Jews” in Lithuania. Cheryl found out our relatives were klezmer musicians. Joel Rubin, klezmer clarinetist and scholar of Ashkenazi Jewish klezmer music, notes that klezmer musicians were looked upon unfavorably and often were spurned by the community. Their interactions with non-Jews made other Jews suspicious of them. But, because of travel and contact with non-Jews, klezmer musicians had unique opportunities to interact with wealthy Polish non-Jews. This was the case in our family, and as a result, some of our relatives were exposed to educated secular non-Jewish families, even becoming proficient in other languages. Cheryl’s extensive research on our family history includes this excerpt of a letter in “Yinglish” by Guta Ruchel Trotsky, a daughter of my GG written over 100 years ago. I was a Jewis girl you know your grandfather ust to write musick for them. where I got to know thath little whath keeps me up with my memory from my Past when I was a little girl and I was singin dancing and playing vilin and Piano and my Father was so happy to see me that was takin up the langwich rushing Polish Jewish in rieding and writhing. and now comes very handy to me.
But I have digressed, now back to the subject of this article, The NOLA Klezmer AllSt a r Ba n d . The band, which has Arlene Stolnitz been around for over 20 years, marries klezmer dance music with legendary New Orleans rhythm, creating a funky and unique sound all its own. It’s hard to not get caught up in the feeling! One reviewer describes the group as, “coming out of the turn-of-the-century klezmer renaissance, the All Stars add a special twist to Jewish roots music, based deep in the musical traditions of the group’s hometown. Street parade and Mardi Gras music, Dixieland, traditional, and contemporary jazz were mixed with traditional Yiddish tunes… to produce a unique, joyous and absolutely glorious sound.” Guitarist Jonathan Freilach, bassist Joe Cabral, drummer Doug Garrison, saxophonist Ben Ellman and other wellknown New Orleans musicians, together with accordionist Glenn Hartman, have been called The Hebrew Allman Brothers Band. One of my most favorite YouTube videos of them is part of a series of performances called Bloody Sunday Sessions, featuring various jazz groups. It is a stroll down Orleans Avenue with the band seated in the back of an iconic New Orleans mule-driven carriage while playing klezmer music. This is clearly a group that doesn’t take itself too seriously. A couple of their albums have hilarious names, such as “Mozeltov Cocktail” and “Manichalfwitz” (Net Wt. Heavy). In an interview, guitarist Jonathan Freilach said he likes music that has seven letters in it. (Klezmer). He says, “Without their audience, they would just be another bar mitzvah band.” *More information about klezmer music can be found in my earlier article entitled “As my grandmother would say, ‘Klezmer! Oy vey! I can hardly believe it!’” (Jewish News, May 2015) Arlene Stolnitz is a retired educator from Rochester, NY., who has lived in Venice, Florida for the last 25 years. Founder of the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, her interest in Judaic Music has led to her column, which appears monthly in Southwest Florida Federation newspapers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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