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sets Jewish Federation of Greater Naples apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness. Approximately only a quarter of rated charities have CHARITY NAVIGATOR achieved this distinction! RECOGNIZES JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER NAPLES Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine, among others, have profiled and celebrated AS A 4-STAR RATED CHARITY our unique method of applying data-driven analysis SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 to the charitable sector. We evaluate ten times more charities than our nearest competitor and currently attract more visitors to our website than all other charity rating groups Dear Jeffrey Feld: intent of our work is to provide donors with combined, thus making us the leading charessential information to give them greater ity evaluator in America. Our data shows On behalf of Charity Navigator, I wish confidence in both the charitable decisions that users of our site donated more than they to congratulate Jewish Federation of Greater that they make and the nonprofit sector. planned to before viewing our findings, and Naples on attaining the coveted 4-star rating Based on the most recent information in fact, it is estimated that last year Charity for demonstrating strong financial health available, we have issued a new rating Navigator influenced approximately $10 and commitment to accountability and for your organization. We are proud to billion in charitable gifts. transparency. announce that your organization has earned Your achievement and the 4-star rating The nonprofit sector is advancing and a 4-star rating. This is our highest possible will enhance your organization’s fundraising expanding. As our organizations evolve, rating and indicates that your organization and public relations efforts. Our favorable so do the desires and interests of our supadheres to sector best practices and executes review of Jewish Federation of Greater porters. Astute donors are yearning for its mission in a financially efficient way. Naples’ financial health and commitment greater accountability, transparency, and Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Jewto accountability & transparency is now for concrete results from us. With more than ish Federation of Greater Naples exceeds visible on our website. 1.5 million American charities, Charity industry standards and outperforms most We wish you continued success in your Navigator aims to accentuate the work of charities in your area of work. This excepcharitable endeavors. efficient and transparent organizations. The tional designation from Charity Navigator ongratulations to Jewish Federation of Greater Naples for earning Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating of 4 stars, indicating that the organization exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its area of work. Below is the congratulatory letter JFGN President/CEO Jeffrey Feld received from Charity Navigator President/CEO Michael Thatcher.
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Doing good by being “Here for Good” Kirk Wisemayer, Annual Community Campaign Director
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s your new Annual Community Campaign director, here since May 2021, I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to help bring Jewish Federation’s philanthropic goals and your vision as donors to the Annual Community Campaign to life. I am proud and privileged to be the go-to professional for all the good you want to create in our Jewish community and beyond. I am also proud and privileged to be a member of the incredible Jewish community you have established and sustained these many years. As idyllic as the setting is, and Greater Naples is very beautiful, it is the people here who define its true beauty. While I have not met all of you, those of you whom I have been fortunate to meet — leadership, staff and donors — have embraced me in every way with warmth, kindness and generosity. I look forward to getting to know each of you. I am “Here for Good,” I am here for you, and my door is always open. Here for Good is the theme of our 2022 Annual Community Campaign, but it is so much more. For three millennia, Jews have fulfilled, in their individual capacity, the mitzvot of Tzedakah and Tikun Olam. Unlike the concept of charity as benevolence, as Jews, we recognize Tzedakah as an obligation to do good in the world. It is required of us — a duty that cannot be forsaken even by those who are themselves in need. It is our individual obligation to make good on our collective promise as a community, as a people, to partner in and to complete the creation cycle by doing good. In Hebrew, the word that means “to give” is “natan” and is read the same forward and backward, indicating that
when we think about philanthropy, it is as much about receiving as it is about giving. Tzedakah is a form of social justice whereby we, as donors, benefit from giving as much or more than those whom our philanthropy benefits. It is so much more than a financial transaction. It is both an expression and the establishment of a relationship of trust and partnership between the donor, the charity and the recipient, and is one that recognizes contributions of time, effort and insight. It is still early in the New Year, and as our High Holy Day liturgy relates, teshuvah (repentance), tefilah (prayer) and tzedakah (philanthropy) inscribe us for a good year. It is by making good on our promise to do good in the world that we are inscribed for a sweet year, which is why our tradition tells us tzedakah is the highest of all 613 mitzvot or commandments, equal to all the others combined. It is an annual rededication to our past, a guarantee of our present day, and a commitment to our future as a community and as a people Here for Good, to do good. During the High Holy Days, you received an invitation to support the 2022 Annual Community Campaign, one that included a booklet of why your support matters and a pledge card. Be Here for Good, do good in the world, by completing and returning your pledge card. Your pledge of support is the first step, your promise to be Here for Good, one you can pay at any time between now and December 31, 2022. Your past support made great things possible yesterday. Your current support will make great things possible throughout the new year. It is your declaration that you are Here for Good, that you care for the wonderful Jewish community here in Greater Naples, one that is what it is because of you, one you are proud and privileged to share. Your generosity, your commitment to Jewish community and to do good in the world, makes me proud and privileged to be Here for Good with you.
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Growing and changing
Reneé Bialek Program Director
Jane Schiff and Jeffrey Feld Federation activities and the number of participants make this change necessary. MCA and WCA have memberships in the thousands. The Jewish Book Festival events draw hundreds for each occasion. The programs of Mix & Mingle, PJ Library, Young Jewish Professionals, JCRC, CJD, IAC, etc., require more space to meet and have their programs. Space for BBYO is needed to bring the Jewish teens of our community together to meet and have programs. Jewish Federation will continue to be a gathering place for meetings, programs and events for our entire Jewish community. With wonder, excitement and joy, we look favorably to the change that will allow us to meet the growing needs of our community. Of course, growing and building our Jewish community is a primary focus of the Federation. You could say, we make all these c h a n g e s i n t h e n a m e o f Je w i s h continuity.
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ewish Federation of Greater Naples is growing and changing. Our Jewish Federation was incorporated in 1992 as the Jewish Federation of Collier County, and Gerald Flagel was the first chief volunteer officer. As such, our Federation is 29 years old — one of the newer ones in the United States. In respect to many other federations, we are still in the developmental stages of our existence. As Jews, we recite the Amidah, that prayer which is sometimes introduced with the expression, “standing on the shoulders of those who came before us.” In Jewish communal service, as in religion, we know that we do stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and it is our intention that those who come after us have a good foundation upon which to continue to grow and change. Change is a constant. For each of us personally and for organizations as well. Our Federation has changed. The most obvious change is in our name. We are now Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. This change recognizes that we service a larger community than first identified. Over the years, Federation has relocated to two different offices. And as you know, we’re about to make another change. We are going to build a new home for Jewish Federation of Greater Naples — the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center — that will be located on the Temple Shalom campus. We expect that, with this change, our Federation will be able to better serve our Jewish community. The growth in
ore Zoom programs have been added to our October calendar! I am constantly adding more Zoom and in-person programs for the entire community and some October programs are announced throughout this issue. The following are a few being offered for your enjoyment. The Jewish Book Festival will offer a wide variety of genres, with something for everyone! Please join us at the free Virtual Preview Event on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. (ET). Israel Advocacy Committee and Collier/Lee Hadassah is bringing Dina Kraft of “The Branch.” This Zoom program will take place on Monday, Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $18 per household. “What is the meaning of art?” This free Zoom presentation will be led by guest speaker Dale Hackerman on Wed., Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. (ET). Join us Friday, Oct. 29, with guest speaker, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Brandon Kirsch as he talks about “Beautiful Skin from Within.” The free Zoom program begins at 1 p.m. (ET). Please register at www.jewishnaples. org or via our weekly e-blasts for each of
these programs. The Zoom link will be emailed to you two hours prior to the start of each program. These programs are advertised in the weekly e-blast that is sent out each Monday morning. If you are not getting the e-blast, please let me know so we can add your email and ensure that you stay connected. We have a variety of groups and committees at Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, such as PJ Library, Cardozo Legal Society, Catholic-Jewish Dialogue, Israel Advocacy Committee and Jewish Community Relations Council. Please join the group and/or committee that best fits your needs. A taste of each one can be found throughout our website at www.jewishnaples.org.
Save the dates for community-wide events: • Kristallnacht Commemoration Service – Sunday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church. *Please stay tuned as to whether this program will be live, live-streamed and/or on Zoom. • Community-Wide Chanukah Celebration – Monday, Nov. 29, 5 p.m. at Mercato. If you would like to reserve a table or become a sponsor, please contact Reneé. If you have an idea for a program or want to be a guest speaker or facilitator, please contact me, at rbialek@ jewishnaples.org.
New building construction budget approved By Marcy Friedland, Capital Campaign & Planned Giving Director
special Board meeting was called on Aug. 31 to review and approve the construction budget of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples’ Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center. After welcoming Board members to the meeting, Board chair Jane Schiff introduced Building Committee Chair Marc Saperstein, who reviewed the expected project cost and anticipated project timetable, including an expected Oct. 1 construc tion start. Schiff shared that the amount THE raised JEWISH ChallengeFEDERATION Matching Grant hasOF beenGREATER budget projections and the viability of NAPLES BUILDING by the Capital Campaign was presently going forward with the new building. extended to allow everyone in the comat $9.96M — a culmination of thePINE $1M RIDGE Schiff fielded questions from Board munity to help VIEW us reach our $1M goal. ROAD Challenge Matching Grant, which, Steve Strome, finance committee members before Saperstein called for the though remarkably close to goal, had chair, presented an overview of the vote to approve a $10.5M budget for the not hit it quite yet. The deadline for the construction of the building, which the finance committee’s cash ﬂow analysis, board unanimously approved. “This is a monumental day for Federation and Jews in the Greater Naples area,” shared a teary-eyed Schiff as she thanked the Board members, Federation
President/CEO Jeffrey Feld, Saperstein and Strome. “This has been a long time in the making and would not have been possible without the support of Jane as chair, Jeffrey, the building committee members and the entire community,” added Saperstein. Karen Deutsch, chair elect and capital campaign chair, thanked the task force continued on page 5
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comes to reflection upon hat is appealits meaning. ing to one person may be abhorrent Since the beginning of human existence, art has to another when it comes to artistic taste. However, existed. It is the why and how it has existed and expanded sometimes a lack of knowledge about a work of art at the pace of civilization found to be unattractive by that makes it fascinating and ever changing. the viewer, may be directly We will examine specific related to the individual’s background in its meaning Dale Hackerman works of art that illustrate the and significance. This is not important role that art has in our lives, from the past to the presto say that understanding a work that you ent. I look forward to a lively discussion originally disliked will change its appeal. after the presentation, which will take It will, however, enhance your experience place on Zoom Wednesday, Oct. 27 at of its importance. Not every art historian or critic 1 p.m. (ET). Register for Jewish Federation of necessarily has the same interpretation Greater Naples’ free Art Zoom presentaof art. That is why it is important to tion at www.jewishnaples.org. listen to many discussions about art and have an open mind when it
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members, reminding everyone, “There’s still more fundraising that needs to be achieved as well as an additional $4.5M endowment to run the building.” We are targeting the first week of October to commence the construction phase of the building and will continually update the community regarding its progress. We cannot stress enough that “we cannot do this without you!” For more information on how you can contribute to the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center Federation Capital Campaign, contact me at 239-2634205 or firstname.lastname@example.org. “Thank you to the board members, donors and our professional staff, who have implemented programming and cultural events for the Greater Naples area. In my six years as CEO, I have seen exponential growth and I rejoice in the fact that Federation is now positioned to welcome and nurture the much larger and diverse Greater Naples community,” comments Feld.
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Jeffrey Feld: Federation CEO/President ROOM Reneé Bialek: Program Director Marcy Friedland: Capital Campaign & Planned Giving Director Janine Hudak: Admin. Coordinator Nathan Ricklefs: Database Manager Kirk Wisemayer: Annual Community Campaign Director Teresa Zimmerman: Finance & Operations Manager
Federation is the central Jewish community-building organization for Greater Naples, providing a social service network that helps Jewish people locally, in Israel and around the world. As the central fundraising organization for Jewish communal life in our area, strength is drawn from organized committees of dedicated volunteers. Programs include: • Annual Campaign & Endowment Fund • Celebrate Israel • Educational & Cultural Programs • Israel Advocacy Committee • Israel Scouts • Jewish Book Festival • Jewish Community Relations Council • Jewish Young Professionals • Jewish Russian Cultural Alliance • Men’s Cultural Alliance • PJ Library • Publication of the Federation Star, Connections and Community Directory • Women’s Cultural Alliance • Women’s Division • Youth Activities Committee – sponsoring youth education and scholarships for Jewish Summer Camp and Israel Experience
A welcoming place for all Jews in Greater Naples Your support brings our new Nina Iser Cultural Center closer to reality! By Marcy Friedland, Capital Campaign & Planned Giving Director
ur Capital Campaign total to date is $10M! We would like to say Todah Rabah to the following donors who have contributed $500 or more as of Sept. 6, 2021.
Interested in adding your name to the list in one of our upcoming issues? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-263-4205.
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COLLIER/LEE HADASSAH presents
SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE LIVING A LONGER, MORE PURPOSEFUL LIFE
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SELF-CARE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
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NUTRITION AND WOMEN’S HEART HEALTH
Judith Belmont, MS, LPC Psychotherapist, consultant, author and motivational speaker
Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, DSW President/CEO of Naples Senior Center @JFCS, consultant and author
Dee Harris, RD Registered/Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, owner of D-Signed Nutrition
THE VITALITY OF MOVEMENT Susan Gold Falkenstein
THE POWER OF LAUGHTER The Delightful Mrs. Dorio
THE MAGIC OF MUSIC Frannie Faith Southworth
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Jewish Book Festival set to begin By Gayle Dorio, 2021-22 Jewish Book Festival chair
e live in uncertain times. The news is filled with dire events, pandemic numbers, terrorist advancement, shootings, conspiracies, global climate crises and people generally finding reasons to be angry and upset with one another. It gets to be too much. Activism and speaking out are a couple of coping tools; being the kind people we know we can be is another. What about a few hours for peace and renewal? How about reading a good book? Books offer us new worlds to explore and a means to escape. I have often remarked that I love big, thick books that let me live inside them for a little while. Yes, we are referred to as “People of the Book.” When I looked up the term, good old Wikipedia had several explanations. I encourage you to do this, also. Besides a number of people claiming association with this term, when referring to Judaism, several notable Rabbinic scholars opined: “The Spanish philosopher, physician and poet Rabbi Yehudah HaLevi writes of the importance of books by commenting, ‘My pen is my harp and my lyre, my library is my garden and orchard.’” Provencal scholar, Rabbi Yehudah ibn Tibbon, further elaborates on the importance of his library by commenting, “Make books your companions; let your bookshelves be your gardens: bask in their beauty, gather their fruit, pluck their roses, take their spices and myrrh. And when your soul be weary, go from one garden to the other, and from one prospect to the other.” So, with a love of books, reading and education, we bring you the 7th Jewish Book Festival! The preview event on Oct. 6 showcases the 15 events and 17 authors that will enlighten and delight you! The website is filled with all the information and is ready to accept your reservations. A few clicks at
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www.jewishbookfestival.org and you will be on your way! Become a patron or a sponsor and enjoy! If you think the registration process on the website is easy, and it is, we have Larry Israelite to thank for that. Larry spent countless hours perfecting, editing and redoing. He designed the program to make it easy to select the events, books and whether you wish to attend in person or via Zoom. With just a few clicks, it’s done. Thank you, Larry! We begin the first six events via Zoom. We hope that by the time December arrives, we will be able to meet in person, also. We planned nine events to be virtual and six events to be in person. Of course, time will tell, and vaccination efforts, too. Livestreaming is a wonderful addition to the festival, and going forward, we expect to be “Better Together” in many ways: in person and virtually, with books and friendship! As you can see from the information in pages 4B-6B of this Federation Star, we have an exciting lineup! Please look over the authors and books and make your reservations! Barnes and Noble has informed us that they are not able to accept book returns from us as they have in the past. We used to order boxes of books and return those that didn’t sell, but no more. That’s why we are asking you to pre-order as much as possible. Any questions or comments, feel free to let Reneé Bialek and me know! Thank you to Reneé, the tireless worker doing everything behind the scenes. She is amazing. Thanks to the committee members who have contributed in many ways. It truly takes a village. Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you and “seeing” you at each event. I hope your holidays have been happy and healthy and you are all safe. On behalf of all, L’Shalom!
Jewish Book Festival Preview Event! See what’s in store for the 2021 – 2022 festival Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m. • virtual Register at www.JewishBookFestival.org
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Welcome back to a new MCA season By Jeﬀ Margolis
o those Men’s Cultural Alliance members and their families who have returned to Greater Naples, welcome back! Members of MCA have been diligently working throughout the spring and summer months to plan exciting and engaging programs for the coming season. With all of our hope for a “normal” season, caveats remain due to COVID19 and some programming will continue to be broadcast via Zoom. It is our great hope to be able to proceed with in-person programs. Stay tuned to MCA e-blasts for updates. That being said, here are some of the upcoming planned activities.
Ongoing activities The very popular MCA travelogue series with Jim Sernovitz continues Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m. via Zoom. The topic will be “Japan – Cherry Blossoms and Mt. Fuji.” Be sure to register via the MCA portal on Wild Apricot. The Jewish Genealogy group continues its monthly program (via Zoom) on Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. To register and for more information, contact program chair, Arthur Sissman. For members who would enjoy sightseeing via bicycle, you are invited to a cycling event on Sunday, Oct. 31. There are two routes — a coastal ride that leaves
from Waterside Shops at 10:30 a.m. and the inland route, which departs from Logan Blvd. and Immokalee Road at 9 a.m. The rides are approximately 15 miles long. For more information, contact Michael Sobol for the coastal route, and Larry Israelite for the land route (firstname.lastname@example.org). MCA’s monthly book discussion selection for October is “The Septembers of Shiraz,” by Dalia Sofer. This work is a critically acclaimed historical novel that narrates the lives of a prosperous Jewish family who remained in Iran after the Islamic Revolution. The program will be via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact program chair, Stan Farb, at email@example.com. Tuesday morning breakfasts at Patio Cafe in Naples are continuing. No reservations are required. Want to go out to lunch with fellow MCAers? Join ROMEOs (retired old men eating out). They meet for lunch every Wednesday, noon, at Jason’s Deli on Immokalee Road.
Upcoming major events Documentary film guru Steve Brazina and his committee have put together a stellar program of thought-provoking films. The season begins on Tuesday, Nov. 2 with a
MCA Monthly Luncheons MCA/WCA Documentary Film Series MCA Comedy Night and Candle Lighting MCA Sweetheart's Dance
If you like sports, MCA offers: • • • • • •
Pickleball Biking Bocce Kayaking Shooting Fishing
If you like to learn, MCA offers: • • • •
Just a reminder It’s time to renew your membership. MCA dues are $90 and include membership in Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. Please visit the website at www. MCAnaples.org. Click on the MCA membership form and complete it. You can pay by credit card or check. MCA welcomes new members to join in the numerous events and activities planned for the coming season. For more information regarding MCA and its activities, or to suggest new ones, please contact MCA president, Les Nizin, at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are 3 Ways to Join the MCA!
There are 3 Ways to Join the MCA! 1. Visit the website at www.MCAnaples.org. Click on
1. Visit the website at www.MCAnaples.org. Click onmembership the MCA membership the MCA form and complete it. You pay by card or check. form and complete it. You can pay by creditcancard orcredit check.
2. Send an email with your name, email address and
2. Send an email with your name, email address and phone number to phone number to joinMCA@MCAnaples.org. joinMCA@MCAnaples.org.
3. Mail your name, email address and phone number
to Larry Israelite, Savona Court, Naples, 3. Mail your name, email address and phone number to8820 Larry Israelite, FL 34119. 8820 Savona Court, Naples, FL 34119.
Dues for current year are $90 and include membership in the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.
Dues for the current year are $90 and include membership in Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.
MCA Has something for everyone! Here are some examples of what you can expect during the 2021 - 2022 season.
If you like MCA Signature Events: • • • •
showing of “Mendelsson, The Nazis, and Me.” All films are tentatively scheduled to be shown at Temple Shalom, subject to COVID guidelines. Our highly popular monthly luncheon program is scheduled to resume in person on Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. at the Audubon Country Club. Featured speaker, Michael Farr, will discuss “Climbing Walls of Worry – Economic Forecasting in the Post Pandemic World.” The cost of the luncheon is $35. Reservations are required and can be made through the MCA website and the Wild Apricot portal. Please refer to future e-blasts for any changes to this event.
MCA Speaker Series (live) Virtual Speaker Series (Zoom) * Israel Update (twice a year) Men’s Medical Seminars
If you like to talk, MCA offers: • • • • •
Men’s Discussion Group Book Discussion Group Israel Discussion Group * Financial Health Discussion Group * Science Discussion Group
If you like to tours MCA offers tours of the: • • • • •
The Holocaust Museum The Bird Garden of Naples The Guadalupe Center Revs Institute for Automotive Research Art Basel (in Miami Beach) *
If you like to play games, MCA offers: • • • • •
Canasta Bridge Poker Pool Bingo
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Zoom Golly Golly comedy show By Richard Prosten
Israel Advocacy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples
& Collier/Lee Hadassah PRESENT:
Speaker: Dina Kraft Taking a look at “The Branch” Dina Kraft covers Israel and the Palestinian areas for The Christian Science Monitor out of Tel Aviv. She’s a long-time foreign correspondent who began her overseas career in the Jerusalem bureau of The Associated Press. Dina is drawn to stories featuring unlikely connections, dual narratives and the impact of conflict on ordinary lives. She hosted “The Branch” podcast, sponsored by Hadassah, that tells the stories of friendships among Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians.
Dina will highlight two epsiodes of “The Branch”: Singers in the Rana Choir of Jaffa are Jewish, Christian and Muslim, from different educational and socioeconomic backgrounds and different political outlooks. Note by note and song by song, the choir proves that different voices and views can still join together in harmony. From each side of the Israel-Gaza border, two peace advocates – Rami and Roni -- organize via Skype and WhatsApp, convinced that people-to-people ties can help break the deadlock of decades of cross-border fighting.
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he MCA has announced that this year’s Chanukah candle lighting and comedy night will be offered to the entire Greater Naples community — without charge. Noting that COVID-19 and its Delta variant forced his organization to rethink its traditional supper clubbased celebration, MCA President Les Nizin pointed out there was an upside to the switch. “In the past, we’ve had to limit attendance based on venue capacity. This year, everyone in the community will be able to share our fun — it’s the MCA’s gift to its supporters and neighbors. “We expect a return to the intimacy of a club setting in future years, but this year, we are happy to invite all to join us, including those who are homebound or not currently in the Naples area,” Nizin added. The Dec. 1 event (7 p.m.) will feature candlelighting blessings by Cantor Donna A z u ( Te m p l e Sh a l o m ) a n d the humor of nationally famous comedian David Glickman and his Zoom Golly
Golly Comedy Show (https://jewish comedian.com/). “We had booked David long ago to appear in person and were delighted when he agreed to rework his presentation to accommodate our COVID safety measures,” said MCA Program Chair Michael Sobol, who will emcee the event. Glickman’s musical comedy celebrates “What’s So Funny About Being Jewish,” featuring song parodies, observational humor, funny slides and laugh-out-loud stories that all combine for an exciting entertainment experience. He promises “Hilarious Renditions of All Our Traditions,” and that the material is “Clean, Clever and Kosher!” To register, go to the MCA website, www.mcanaples.org.
Do you want to be an inspiration for Israel? By Harvey Cohen, IAC Chair
he Israel Advocacy Committee (IAC) of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples is recruiting a few new members. Our mission is to bring timely Israel-focused information, education, and yes, inspiration, to greater Naples. Members help plan our programs, recruit, market participation, and when we can again be ‘in person,’ greet and register eager attendees. Past programming has ranged from Israeli election discussion by Herb Keinon of the Jerusalem Post to a fascinating talk by Ambassador Dennis Ross and Professor David Makovsky on the impact of the inauguration of President Biden. On Oct. 25, with our Hadassah chapter, we will jointly bring Dina Kraft
from Jerusalem, via Zoom, to share podcasts of Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs and her colleagues in Gaza, telling very personal stories of engaging with ‘the other.’ The Israel Advocacy committee seeks to have all voices heard to ensure that we reach and touch as many people as possible. We are neither right wing nor left wing; we are unabashedly pro-Israel. With your pride and passion for Israel, perhaps joining our committee is right for you. P l e a s e e m a i l m e , H a r v e y, a t email@example.com to set up a time to explore whether this opportunity is right for you.
Thought provoking program with Dina Kraft “The Branch” By Jeﬀ Margolis, IAC Committee Member
he Israel Advocacy Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, in conjunction with the Collier/Lee chapter of Hadassah, is pleased to present a Zoom program featuring Dina Kraft on Monday, Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Kraft hosts “The Branch,” a podcast that features stories of friendships between Jews, Arab-Israelis and Palestinians. She
has been a foreign correspondent based in Tel Aviv and has reported for The Christian Science Monitor as well as the Jerusalem bureau of The Associated Press. The Branch is a project of the Education and Advocacy Division of Hadassah. Kraft’s program will highlight two recent podcasts from “The
Branch.” One examines the success of the Rana Choir of Jaffa. The group of dedicated singers, comprised of Jewish, Christian and Muslim members, proves that music has the power to transcend their differences. The other episode will focus on Ram and Roni —
two advocates for peace from each side of the Israel-Gaza border. The cost for this thought-provoking event is $18 per household. Please register at www.jewishnaples.org. For more information on the IAC or about the work of the committee, upcoming events or to suggest topics for future programs, please contact IAC chair Harvey Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Micah Greenstein speaks at Kristallnacht service By Ginny Segaloﬀ, Chair Kristallnacht Commemoration Program
he Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County invites the community to its annual Kristallnacht Commemorative Service on Sunday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. The event is free and open to the public. Stay tuned as to whether this program will be live, live-streamed and/or on Zoom. The CJD is affiliated with Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and the Collier County Parishes of the Diocese of Venice Florida. Its purpose is to engage Catholics and Jews in understanding our history and advancing the cause of mutual understanding and appreciation of our differences as well as our commonalities. “Kristallnacht” or the “Night of Broken Glass” recounts the attacks on Jewish communities throughout Germany
on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938. Our Association. He was recognized as Memphis Magaupcoming event will memorialize the 6 million Jews and millions zine’s first “Memphian of the Year” in 2013. He was of others who were exterminated the first rabbi to preach at during the Holocaust and as part of “The Final Solution.” Washington Cathedral on a major State day for TennesWe remember and honor those who perished, the survivors and see in 2005. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, their families. Rabbi Greenstein served Over 80 years later, the HoloRabbi Micah Greenstein on the Clergy COVID-19 caust still challenges our ability to Task Force with bishops and adjudicacomprehend man’s inhumanity to man. Our guest speaker will be the esteemed tory heads of Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faith leaders. Rabbi Micah Greenstein, who has served Rabbi Greenstein was named among almost three decades at the historic 167-yearAmerica’s Top Rabbis in 2012 and old Temple Israel in Memphis, Tennessee, sustaining its position as the largest syna2013 by Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Since the 1990s, Rabbi Greenstein has gogue in Tennessee and the Deep South. published in Southern Rabbis and Black Rabbi Greenstein is two-time past Civil Rights, and facilitated interfaith president of the Memphis Ministers
and interracial dialogue with international delegations. He also received the Dr. Martin Luther King Junior “Be the Dream Legacy” Award in 2016. He served at the Memphis Theological Seminary, where he taught future ministers about Judaism. The rabbi currently serves on the board of directors of the National Civil Rights Museum and the national board of the NAACP. Rabbi Greenstein is a Cornell University National Scholar and Harvard University Kennedy Fellow. Rabbi Greenstein’s address is entitled, “Interfaith Relations 83 years after Kristallnacht: What Have We Really Learned?” He will discuss Kristallnacht and its call to action for social justice today. For more information, contact CJDialogue@naples.net.
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WCA has had a great impact on my life It can enhance yours as well! By Iris Shur, WCA Member
ow many of you moved to Naples not knowing a soul? Well, I did, in 2000. At first, I just wanted to “chill out,” having been very active in organizations “up north.” That lasted two weeks. After that point, I cried to my husband, “No one is knocking on my door!” I realized that I would have to jump back in and find activities to meet people and make friends. One thing I did was join Brandeis and then, when Brandeis closed shop in 2008, I joined the newly formed Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA). WCA started small with about 250 members — small, that is, in comparison to our current membership, which is more than 1,100! (Pre-pandemic, there were nearly 1,400 members.) Initially, I was just an attendee. The short story group appealed to me because you didn’t have to read an entire book to participate. We had a very knowledgeable moderator and the women in the group were articulate and engaging. It was a good way to connect with people. I was also active in the play reading group and attended some art history programs. I love playing canasta and Canasta Day remains one of my favorite WCA activities. More than 10 years ago, I had an idea. At the time, I was writing a column for the Naples Daily News called “The Shur Thing.” I had always loved writing, but my career as an audiologist did not afford me time to write creatively. When I retired and moved to Naples, I had time to concentrate on writing. Maybe, I thought, there were other members of WCA who liked to write, who didn’t have an outlet for their writing. Eventually, with the help of WCA member, Estelle Rauch, we came up with the WCA Salon, patterned after the salons held by Gertrude Stein. The first annual Salon was at Federation. Not only did we have 15 women read their prose and poetry, but we also had a violinist, and of course, wine and cheese at intermission. Over the years, we had to move The Salon to a larger venue as more than 100
help us get to know platform for member writers. Eventually, I came up with WCA WORDS. Maureen each other by talkSchaab is my sidekick for this project and ing about our areas lends her computer expertise to help me o f e x p e r t i s e . We publish this WCA online literary journal. had 12 unbelievably interesting speakers We have already published four issues, with articles from 31 members! come forward for the Participation in WCA Women of first annual WOW Wonder and WCA WORDS is for event, and all who WCA members only. So, if you are not a attended were most enthusiastic. member, why not join and participate in these offerings in addition to all the other So, where’s the events, groups, speakers, movies, etc. that second event, you WCA offers? ask? Ask COVID. We decided to skip 2020WCA has many programs that appeal to my sedentary nature. But, if you are 21 and wait to proRhonda Brazina (left) and Iris Shur work on more energetic, WCA also has activities duce another WOW the next Women of Wonder (WOW) event. like chair yoga, golf, bowling, biking and event when we could do it in person. So, sometime in January birdwatching. Check them out under WCA members attended the annual 2022, we hope to produce another WOW “Groups” on the website. If horseback event. We held The Salon for nine riding, skateboarding or synchronized program. If you have a career, a hobby or consecutive years, during which we had swimming are your passion and you can a passion for almost anything that you several wonderful musicians and singers find interested members, WCA might would like to talk about, we want to hear and about 70 writers, not to mention you. You’ll get five minutes to WOW us consider offering those activities, too! great homemade baked goods that were You can bring your talents to WCA. with your discourse! added to our wine and cheese offerings. It The organization is open to ideas you About six months ago, I was thinking was a lot of fun, but I always like variety might have for programs that will not again. Dangerous! I had discontinued in my life, so I came up with another only enrich the membership but may have The Salon for the time being and thought plan – WOW. about how else WCA could provide a a positive impact on your life as well. No, WOW isn’t a word, it’s an acronym for another idea called WCA Women of Wonder. Rhonda Brazina and I developed and produced this new program designed to highlight the accomplishments of some of our members. We felt that, among 1,100 members, there were many women who had interesting careers, fascinating hobbies and life experiences they could s h a re w i t h t h e membership. At the same Participants in The Salon, 2019 time, it would
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Naples Senior Center COVID protocols and building groundbreaking Dr. Jaclynn Faffer President/ CEO
aples Senior Center has been physically open at 30% capacity since August 2, after having closed its doors in March 2020. Of course, as we all know, we are in the midst of a resurgence of the COVID19 virus. To protect our members and clients, who are among the most vulnerable, we have put the following protocols in place: • Everyone entering the building must be masked. • Temperatures are taken. • A questionnaire regarding potential exposure, health and travel is presented and answered each time a member or client comes into the building. • Social distancing is practiced in each program. • The space is cleaned between each program. • Members preregister for programs, and after a program is over, they leave the building.
Prentiss C. Higgins, Naples Senior Center Board Chair; Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, Naples Senior Center President / CEO; and Jay H. Baker, Naples Senior Center Board Trustee, unveil Naples Senior Center new building sign. new building groundbreaking event for Nov. 12. It will be a busy day with several events, embracing key donors to the capital campaign as well as the general community. These exciting events have been a long time coming! We thank our team of professionals for getting us to this point. And we thank members, volunteers and clients for their patience. Our dream is closer to becoming a reality.
• All staff and volunteers must be vaccinated, with proof of vaccination on file. • All vendors who come into the building must show proof of vaccination. I know you all join me in looking forward to the day when COVID-19 is a distant memory.
Groundbreaking for new building Naples Senior Center has scheduled its
Booster shots We all have been hearing about COVID-19 booster shots. Rest assured that Naples Senior Center is working with the Collier County Department of Health to make information available and help those who wish to obtain a booster shot.
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Temple Shalom events open to the community By Jeanette Fischer, Temple Shalom Director of Communications
Torah talk Join this lay-led Zoom discussion of the week’s Torah portion every Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. Please contact the Temple Shalom office at info@naples temple.org for the Zoom link.
Jewish yoga Join yoga teacher, Missy Balsam, via Zoom as she guides you through an all-level gentle yoga stretch session interwoven with Jewish spiritual teachings, designed to relieve stress and calm the mind. This class will be practiced lying down and seated on the ﬂoor. Open to all,
no experience necessary. The cost is $54 for an eight-week session. Call the Temple Shalom office to register and receive the Zoom information.
Shabbat ShaPlay Join Rabbi Boxman and Miss Jane on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. as we sing, dance, play and celebrate Shabbat in the park. All young families are invited to attend. Temple Shalom membership is not required. Please contact the Temple Shalom Preschool office at 239-455-3227 for more information and to register.
Wicked – A Retrospective Popular “edu-tainer” Ellen Katz presents a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Broadway hit, “Wicked,” Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Learn about the set and costume designs, music and characters. This program is presented via Zoom. Call the Temple Shalom office to register and receive the Zoom information.
Family Shabbat Join Rabbi Boxman and Miss Jane on Friday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. for a family-friendly celebration of Shabbat featuring an activity, service and dinner.
October Jewish Historical Society events By Marina Berkowitz, JHSSWF president
he Jewish Historical Society is pleased to be able to bring you the following educational events, films and discussions. All October events will be on Zoom. Topic: SWFL Jewish Pioneers – Richard Plager in “Chief Plager” Time: Thursday, Oct. 7, 4 p.m. (ET) Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/ j/84061062151?pwd=MVp1eDRsbXAv N21aTDVHajE3eGtzQT09 Meeting ID: 840 6106 2151; Passcode: 173508 Topic: Lunch and Learn SWFL Jewish History Part I Time: Thursday, Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. (ET) Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8504204 7565?pwd=L2FhUXJyR3p1bm9iSDAw Tkh2cGEvdz09 Meeting ID: 850 4204 7565; Passcode: 973153 Topic: Lunch and Learn SWFL Jewish History Part II Time: Thursday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. (ET) Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83807501
977?pwd=WDV5VUFUemVTdTBGT2 FIVklVRXFFdz09 Meeting ID: 838 0750 1977; Passcode: 152362 Topic: SWFL Jewish Pioneers – Richard Segalman, “The Man and His Art” Time: Thursday, Oct. 28, 4 p.m. (ET) Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8492052 0928?pwd=Z1F5Ulk4bklOamVNWGd FWTkweW9HUT09 Meeting ID: 768 919 8715; Passcode: 776987 If you wish to see some of our other educational SWFL Jewish Pioneer films or show them to your organization, kindly contact us to schedule. If you have questions, problems or suggestions, contact us at 833-547-7935 (833-JHS-SWFL), firstname.lastname@example.org or write to JHSSWF, 8805 Tamiami Trail N, Suite 255, Naples, FL, 34108. Read more about us at www.jhsswf.org or visit the Virtual Museum of SWFL Jewish History http://jewishhistory southwestﬂorida.org. The Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida is a section 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Registration is required. There will be a minimal cost if you choose to attend the dinner. Please contact Mary Flores, education administrative assistant, at 239-455-2233 or education@naples temple.org.
Soulful Shabbat Everyone is invited to the popular Soulful Shabbat on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Soulful Shabbat is a Shabbat evening service conducted entirely in song and accompanied by a professional band. All are welcome!
Myra & William Benedikt In memory of Joshua Mitnick
Milli-Ann Hershman In honor of your 75th birthday
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Susan & Jeffrey Feld In honor of the marriage of your daughter Jennifer to Sean
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ow that fall is here, school is underway and the Museum is ready to welcome students and teachers back for field trips, virtual lessons, installations of our “Pop-up Museum” displays at school libraries and much more. As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we hope you’ll join with us in a year of special programming. We are so blessed to have had the many volunteers and donors who came together to turn a middle school project into a nonprofit organization that has served nearly half a million people since it began. Today, seasoned and new volunteers continue to fill me with gratitude for their dedication, resilience and generosity to provide Holocaust education during a year filled with challenges. We have many interesting programs planned for the coming year, both in person and on Zoom. Here are just a few in which we hope you will participate:
October: Movies that Matter Zoom discussion series For the last several years, the “Movies that Matter” series has provided an opportunity for the community to discuss national and international human rights issues impacting Southwest Florida. This year, we will address genocide education, homelessness and farmworker rights. We’ll provide you with viewing information on the three selected documentary films prior to each of the scheduled Zoom discussions. All discussions will include a Q&A with experts who will explain the broad issues and how local
action can make a difference. Audience members are encouraged to submit comments and questions in the “Chat” section. Please note that reservations are required to receive the Zoom links, which are sent 24 hours prior to the start of each program. You can RSVP for the whole series or for individual discussions on our website at www.HMCEC.org. The series is free of charge and donations are welcome. Sponsorships are also available. Please visit our website for more information. All Zoom discussions will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. (ET) on the dates noted in the program schedule below.
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We are also planning a Volunteer Appreciation/Welcome Back event in November. Additional details will be available in next month’s column.
Quo Vadis, Aida Wednesday, Oct. 13 Discussion issue: Genocide Food Chains — The Revolution in America’s Fields Wednesday, Oct. 20 Discussion issue: Farmworker Rights The Florida Project Wednesday, Oct. 27 Discussion issue: Homelessness
November: New special exhibit and Kristallnacht commemoration We are excited to present a new special exhibit in the Estelle and Stuart Price Gallery. “Vedem Underground in Terezin” explores the little known but brave publication created and published by the teenage prisoners in the Terezin/Theresienstadt camp. It will be on display through Feb. 28, 2022. The annual community commemoration of Kristallnacht, in partnership with the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7.
Join with us on Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the kickoff of our 20thanniversary celebration, The Luncheon. It will take place at the Arthrex One Event Center and include the premier of the new, short play, “Remember — The Story of Abe Price.” The play honors the late Holocaust survivor and co-founder of the Museum. It was created in partnership with Gulfshore Playhouse’s education department for use in middle school Holocaust education programs. With the new year, we will have many more interesting programs, including two docent lecture series; a new special exhibit, “Letters from Westerbork;” and a special 20thAnniversary Triumph event. We hope you’ll join us! All of us at the Museum are saddened by the loss of Museum member Phyllis Maizlish, who was a strong supporter of our mission. Phyllis and her husband, Irv, were very active in the Naples community. After Irv passed away, she moved to Arizona to be closer to family. Our condolences to her children Leslie, Shelly, Jody and Scott, along with their families. I hope to see you soon at the Museum (or on Zoom)!
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ne of the participating Jewish artists in the HotWorks.org 5th Naples Fine Art Show, coming to Naples Oct. 30-31, is Naples resident Isack Kousnsky. Born in Haifa, Israel, in the 1950s, Kousnsky is a member of the first generation born after the Holocaust. Kousnsky came of age in an atmosphere pervaded by survivors’ angst. By the time he turned 18, he was drafted into the Israeli military — just as the Egyptian and Syrian armies crossed into the Golan mountains. Having witnessed the destruction left behind by battle, Kousnsky learned a hard lesson in the disastrous consequences of fundamentalism, be they religious or political. These early experiences in Israel are at the core of Kousnsky’s artistic outlook. Seeking peace over war, unity over divisiveness and creativity over commercialism, Kousnsky’s art might be seen as a way for him to heal the world’s ills, large and small. In one part of his art practice, Kousnsky critiques social and political injustice. In the other, he fashions transcendent images of nature and fantastic views of the city, meant to jolt us out of our hectic, urban routines. Upon moving to New York in the early ’80s, Kousnsky thrived in the burgeoning downtown art scene in the East Village. He exhibited at the Now and Sixth Sense galleries and installed a large, public installation, “The World,” in Tompkins Square Park, one of East Village’s most iconic sites.
In his paintings, sculptures and installations from this period, Kousnsky engaged local and global politics — from tenants’ rights to protests against apartheid. He also began to integrate the alternative ethos of the East Village avantgarde into his own practice. In 1987, he founded the Hiro Project, an alternative art venue that functioned as a cafe and exhibition space devoted to paintings, sculpture and installation. At the Hiro Project, Kousnsky curated one of the largest exhibitions of the era, including artists as diverse as Salvador, Rosilio and Keith Haring. Among Kousnsky’s accomplishments and awards: • His work graces the walls of designer Rachel Roy’s office. • In 2011, his piece, “Crashing Clouds with Dream Sky,” was featured at the Christie’s Green Auction on Earth Day. • In 2012, his art was featured at World Oceans Day, supporting the preservation of world oceans. • His piece, “Vertical Blue Orange Bridge,” was featured in the movie, “Wall Street 2: Money Never Stops.” • His work has been featured in Town & Country Magazine. HotWorks’ associated 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm, Institute for the Arts & Education, focuses on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth. IA&E integrates a Budding Artist Competition within the show, encouraging students to enter original art that is publicly displayed the entire weekend.
HotWorks.org Naples Fine Art Shows Oct. 30-31, 2021 and March 26-27, 2022 Outdoors at Naples Italian American Foundation, on the corner of Airport-Pulling Road and Orange Blossom Drive in Naples. Free admission: $5 parking supports local troop of Boy Scouts of America, IA&E and helps to pay the costs of producing the show.
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Pepi Litman Yiddish drag king By Arlene Stolnitz
nyone who had ever heard ringlets, the whole atmosphere of the room was different. It was dominated by Pepi Litman sing with her deep, a personality. She is the incarnation of the hoarse, mannish voice could joyous spirit of the Jew, with moments of never forget it! Nowadays, we are used to seeing men as “drag queens,” but what pathos and sentiment. Listening to her sing, I forgot that I was in Galicia — forabout women as “drag kings?” got the horrible depressing poverty with Long before Barbara Streisand played which I had been surrounded….” the part of Yentl, we knew of men in In another account, “wearing short drag in the days of Shakespeare, but is it so surprising that, in Judaism, there is a pants, white socks and house slippers, with both hands under the sidelocks or rich tradition of women dressing in drag? Purim, as well as Yiddish Theater, are just on her hips, she used to pop out from behind the curtain with a song, and at two examples of women dressing as men. Case in point is Pepi Litman, singer, that moment, the audience would light actor, Yiddish theater star, who, during up as though struck by lightning.” Pesha Kahane, later known as Pepi, the early 1900s, performed as a “drag was born in Tarnopol, a city in Galicia, king” in the vaudeville circuit. Part of Poland around the year 1874 and lived the famous troupe known as Der Broderzingers, the Broder Singers, Pepi until the early ’30s. She is known today as a proto-drag traveled all over Eastern Europe king performer, paving the performing songs, skits and way for future drag performplays, often poking fun at Jewish life. Changing her given name ers. Pepi was known to speak several languages, was active in from Pesha to Pepi, she was the Yiddish circles, and while on ultimate star of the program. the road, observed Jewish law, “The moment she stepped on the stage, dressed as a Galiincluding keeping kosher and Arlene Stolnitz lighting Shabbat candles. She cian youth, with skull cap and
Surele my wife made a kugel Hot a yid a vaybele hot er fin ir tsures. Hot ir fin a vaybele Toyg zi af kapures A man (Jew) has a wife She gives him trouble, A man has a wife And she is not good for anything.
Pepi Litman was known in her time as a ‘“chansonette in Khosidic trousers.” One of her most popular tunes, known by nearly everyone in the Hungarian/ Slovak region she came from (largely forgotten after WWII) is “Hot a Yid a Vaybele,” (A Jew Got a Wife), klezmer style, with piano and violin, 1913. Excerpt Fin mitvokh in der fri biz fraytik far nakht hot Surele mayn vayb deym kigl gemakht From Wednesday in the morning Until Friday twilight,
Please note the sexist, misogynistic wording, which would never be acceptable today. Still, there are some elderly Jews who remember the song fondly. Listening to Pepi’s recordings, which you can easily find on YouTube, her voice does not seem mannish to me at all! Arlene Stolnitz, founder of the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, is a member of the Jewish Congregation of Venice. A retired educator from Rochester, New York, she has sung in choral groups for over 25 years and also sings in The Venice Chorale. Her interest in the preservation of Jewish music of all kinds has led to this series of articles on Jewish Folk Music in the Diaspora.
Ghouls and gangsters, a royal musical, and more Stars of David By Nate Bloom, Stars of David Contributing Columnist
ditor’s Note: Persons in bold are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish for the purpose of this column. Persons identified as Jewish have at least one Jewish parent and were not raised in, or identify with, a faith other than Judaism. Converts to Judaism, of course, are also identified as Jewish. The pandemic has long affected the production and/or release of films. Vaccines and safety protocols have eased the effect of the pandemic and this month sees the largest release of films in over a year. However, the number of new “scripted” series (broadcast or streaming) is still way down compared to prepandemic Octobers. “The Addams Family 2,” an animated film, opens in theaters Oct. 1. Because of the Delta variant upsurge, it is also
available via streaming rental on the 1st. Of course, there is a long line of Addams Family projects since the ’60s. This film is a sequel to a 2019 hit animated film. The returning (voice) cast includes Nick Kroll, 43, as Uncle Fester and Bette Midler, 75, as Grandmama. “The Many Saints of Newark,” a film, is a prequel to “The Sopranos,” the hit HBO series. It will be released to theaters and begin streaming on HBO Max (for 30 days) Oct. 1. The film, set in the late 1960s, was co-written by “Sopranos” creator, David Chase (who is ItalianAmerican), and Lawrence Konner, 70 (who wrote many “Sopranos” scripts). The late James Gandolfini, of course, played the series star character, Mafia family head Tony Soprano. Michael Gandolfini, 22, James’s son, plays Tony as a
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shooter. This film won’t get a big theater opening. It co-stars busy British Jewish actor, Jason Isaacs, 58 (Lucius Malfoy in “Harry Potter”). Opening on the 15th is “Halloween Kills.” You guessed it: it’s another Michael “the monster” Meyers’ movie and Jamie Lee Curtis, 62, again costars. “Dune” and “French Dispatch” both open in theaters Oct. 22. “Dune” is the second film to try to make a good movie out of the famous 1965 sci-fi novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. Timothee Chalamet, 25, has a starring role as the overseer of a dry planet with a valuable product. (“Dune” will also be released on HBO Max Oct. 22 and stream for 30 days.) “Dispatch” is a comedy with three different plotlines. These plotlines are all connected to the closing of a French newspaper’s Kansas office. Directed and written by the “quirky” Wes Anderson, the cast includes Timothee Chalamet (again); Adrien Brody, 48; and French actor, Matthieu Amalric, 55. Finally, there is “Dopesick,” an 8-episode Hulu miniseries that begins streaming Oct. 13. It focuses on the victims of the Oxycontin opiate addiction “plague” and, oy, the role of the (Jewish) Sackler family. The Sacklers are now notorious as the former owners of Purdue Pharma, the company that developed, marketed and “pushed” OxyContin. Michael Stuhlbarg, 53, co-stars as Richard Sackler, 76, the former head of Purdue Pharma. The series was created by Danny Strong, 48 (two Emmys for “Game Change”). Oscar winner Barry Levinson, 78, is the series principal director.
Do resentments hold back your happiness? Aging Jewishly — What our traditions tell us about growing old By Rabbi Barbara Aiello
hen I was a little girl, one of my greatest adventures was shopping with my mother. We were a struggling immigrant family, but my mother found creative ways to distract from situations that emphasized how little we had. Her endeavors worked for a while, but as I got a little older, it was no longer fun to go to Goodwill or The Salvation Army and “shop” for clothes. What used to be a great adventure, me with my Mama riding all over Pittsburgh on the streetcars, now became an ordeal of great embarrassment. I started making excuses about why I couldn’t go, and after a while, my mother stopped asking me. She’d just go alone. I remember one winter, when she came back from a “shopping trip.” She had found, she said, something brand new! “Look, a new winter coat!” And what a coat it was. Deep purple wool with a leopard collar, leopard cuffs and six leopard covered buttons, big as 50-cent pieces. A coat fit for a queen, I thought. And putting aside all of my uneasiness, I dressed myself up extra nice and wore my new coat to school. That afternoon, on the playground, one of the “cool” girls came over to me. I was flabbergasted and I thought, “This coat must really say something. Look who’s noticing me.” And notice she did. From halfway across the playground, she shouted, “That’s my coat.”
“Is not!” I responded with to do with me. Because, if great indignation. My mother the story of the purple coat bought it for me yesterday. It’s has any meaning at all, it brand new and it’s mine.” is this — what do we do “Well, it might be yours with those humiliations, now, but it’s not brand new. slights, embarrassments Look inside on the label. My and horrible moments that initials are right there.” we carry with us for years? So sure was I that my What do we do with mother had finally bought me the bad memories? Do we something new, I undid the think about them, hang on beautiful leopard buttons. to them and never let them Rabbi Barbara That’s when the “cool” girl go? Do we let our own Aiello told me to look down along the hem. purple coat stories fester into resentments She shouted, “See that label? My Nana that can last a lifetime? embroidered my initials right there. Go Are there situations where someone on, look.” hurt us, that have become vivid memories By now a group of about 100 girls of what someone did or didn’t do? Have crowded around me. OK, it wasn’t 100, it we allowed these memories to stay stuck was more like six or seven, but it seemed inside us, affecting our actions and evenlike 100. I couldn’t stand it. I looked tually defining our personality? down and there were the letters, R.W. I am now in my 70s and my purple stitched into the label of my coat. coat story happened more than 60 years I was humiliated and I can still hear ago, yet I’m still talking about it. Isn’t it them laughing. time to just let it go? For, if the new year is For weeks, I was furious, and I blamed anything at all, it is about new beginnings, my mother. How could she do this to and new beginnings can only happen me? For several days, I sulked, cried and when we leave the old baggage behind. gave her the silent treatment. My mother Imagine our parents and grandparents left me alone to blow off steam. Today, I trying to decide what to take with them cringe when I think of how she took a lot to America. If any of them wanted to of guff and ingratitude from me when she take every single thing they owned, they was doing the best she could. would have never left Krakow or Odessa But the new year question of the day or Prague, Vienna or Rome. But many has less to do with my mother and more of them did leave, as did my own family
members who carried only two suitcases and a shopping bag, but because they were willing to leave the past behind, had the emotional space necessary to start something new. It’s not easy, but it can be done. The High Holy Day cycle has passed, but there is still time to think about our own “purple coats” — those nasty upsets and resentments we’ve been carrying around for years. My mother hadn’t planned to harm me. That girl with the R.W. initials didn’t set out to hurt me, and even if she did, it happened more than half a century ago. The recovery community defines resentment as the act of reliving all those unfortunate conflicts of yesterday. We allow them to weigh heavily on our hearts, taking up precious emotional space and keeping us from living in the moment. As the sound of the shofar fades and the taste of the honey cake recedes into memory, we can move forward into a new year if we become willing to leave those slights, hurts and negative memories behind. For 10 years, Rabbi Barbara Aiello served the Aviva Campus for Senior Life (Sarasota, FL) 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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n the most recent Hadassah magazine, there was an article about how philanthropy creates a lasting impact during our own lifetimes. I know that for some of you, when you hear “Hadassah,” you immediately think that we are always asking for money. Well, of course we are. We are the ones raising the funds that run the hospital! We are the ones behind the administration that chooses the doctors,
purchases the equipment, does the research and outreach, educates and advises, and so on. By no means am I a mega philanthropist, but what I can donate and contribute makes me feel I have a stake in the outcome, a voice in how we can provide a better future for all. Investing your time, experience and vision allows you to grow and make personal connections you otherwise would not have made. You set an example for your children and grandchildren, to care about a community, a country, the world. There are many giving opportunities, so please don’t overlook them. Our upcoming programs will engage, entertain and educate you for only a modest contribution.
On Oct. 7, Collier/Lee Hadassah will present a Blue Box event that commemorates a practice that began in 1901 — small tin boxes were distributed to Jewish communities across the globe, eventually numbering over 1,000,000 by WW Il. These JNF (Jewish National Fund) boxes have helped to develop and cultivate the land of Israel and continues to do so. JNF is responsible for the greening of the desert, building parks, creating new communities, bolstering the water supply, helping develop innovative area agricultural techniques and educating both young and old about the importance of Israel and Zionism. On Oct. 25, we will present a joint program with Jewish Federation of
Greater Naples. Dina Kraft, based in Tel Aviv, will highlight two episodes of her podcast, “The Branch,” sponsored by Hadassah. Kraft has been a long-time foreign correspondent, reporting for The Associated Press and has written for The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. In 2020, she received the B’nai B’rith World Center Jerusalem award for Journalism. Kraft gives voice to Palestinian/ Israeli friendships. Her podcasts tell the story of different pairs working together, from peace activists on the Gaza-Israeli border to a soccer captain and coach in the Galilee. Please watch for our e-blasts and join us! Help us kick off the New Year with a greater involvement to benefit others!
The Symposium on Women’s Health and Wellness By Diane Schwartz, Immediate Past President of Hadassah
ollier/Lee Hadassah announces the Symposium on Women’s Health & Wellness, “Body, Mind and Spirit,” a virtual program that will be presented as a webinar on Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. In this interactive, educational and fun program, participants will learn many aspects of self-care and the important interrelationship of body, mind and spirit.
“This program is an outreach to follow Hadassah’s commitment to women’s health, and builds upon Hadassah’s focus on health care and medical research in Jerusalem,” said Chapter President Joyce Toub, who added, “Geared to the community as well as Hadassah members, participants will hear from experts in their fields about topical issues and can join the conversations through Q&A opportunities.”
Join Judith Belmont, psyThe symposium presents keynote speaker, Dr. Marc chotherapist, consultant, mental health author and Agronin, who will address, “The End of Old Age, motivational speaker; Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, president/ Living a Longer, More PurCEO of Naples Senior Cenposeful Life.” Dr. Agronin is senior ter, who has been a consultant, author and professor at vice president of behavioral health and chief medical offiacademic institutions; and Dee Harris, a registered dieticer for Miami Jewish Health’s MIND Institute, which protian/nutritionist, licensed dietitian/nutritionist, certivides a wide range of services Dr. Marc Agronin fied diabetes educator and for individuals with memory owner of D-Signed Nutrition, offering changes, Alzheimer’s disease, and all other personalized health consulting. neurocognitive disorders. He is a leading expert on Alzheimer’s and geriatric mental Other highlights include “Interludes” on the importance of movement, the health as well as a sought-after speaker and power of laughter and the joy of music, author of 10 books and numerous articles. all contributing to health and wellness. A panel discussion, “Body, Mind & Spirit” brings together local experts to We invite you to mark your calendar discuss the importance of emotional for Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon. To register and receive the link, contact Carol health, care for the caregivers and nutriWeisberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. tion for women’s heart health.
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ave you ever been to a sand floor synagogue? There are only five of them in the entire world. Jews began escaping the Spanish Inquisition to the Americas with Columbus’ expeditions. Sha’are Shalom Synagogue is in Kingston, Jamaica. Built in 1885, after the merger of Sephardi and Ashkenazi synagogues and originally consecrated in 1704 and 1796, respectively, it united Jews from (familiar to our ears) cities, such as Port Royal, Spanish Town and Montego Bay. Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas is in Charlotte Amalie. Built in 1833, home to a congregation that dates to 1796, it is the second oldest synagogue in the U.S. after Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI, built 1763. The third Caribbean basin sand floor synagogue, Mikve Israel-in, Emanuel, in Curacao, was built in the 1650s. This island has always been Dutch, so there is a lot of tradition carried forward from there.
The Neveh Shalom Synagogue in Suriname, South America, is also of Dutch origin, although currently home to the Ashkenazi community, and is affiliated with Orthodox Judaism. It was built in 1716-1723 by the Sephardi Jews. The fifth sand floor synagogue is the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, known as Esnoga. Constructed from 1671 to 1675, it is home for Ladino-speaking Jews. Esnoga means synagogue. In the post-Alhambra Decree of 1492 — choice of conversion to Christianity or exile — many Iberian Peninsula Jews fled to the north. With them came the need to hide the details of their religious practices from their neighbors. Sandy floors did not give away the sounds of the wooden shoes like wood floors. The experience of standing on the sandy floor is, perhaps, also meant to return our minds to the days of wandering through the desert for 40 years. Or, in my humble opinion, to remind us that no matter how high and mighty we may think ourselves at times, we are still nothing but individual grains in the sand, and for some inexplicable reason, always the hunted. There are times when the sand is on dry land and times when the same sand is deep underwater, but in the
end, it is the fate of each grain’s journey and its destination. One may take a handful of sand from the beach in St. Thomas to add to its synagogue’s floor and ponder the meaning of our interconnectivity to Jews of all times. With every year, the more we uncover about the Jewish sand grains of Southwest Florida, the more fascinating the story becomes. I find it quite a coincidental sand story that Collier County has five synagogues now. Although none of them
have a sand floor — at least, not yet. But with the rise of worldwide antisemitism, I, the observer of historical patterns, want to ask how soon we should cover the floors with sand? Luis Farrakhan addressed the Sha’are Shalom Jamaican congregation in 2002, a demonstrative attempt at reconciliation, that did not change history or his behavior. As the leader of the Nation of Islam, he is revered, and his hatred of Jews is contagious.
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he Post has been minimally active during the hot summer months. We have continued to participate with the Veterans of Foreign Wars as part of its Ceremonial Honor Guard to honor the memory of each deceased veteran’s service to the United States. The Honor Guard recently received recognition and the distinction of First Place in honor guard service across the United States. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. There will be recognition ceremonies throughout Collier County. Our Post will be participating as will many of the local veterans groups.
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Become a member We stand for equality and diversity, no matter race, gender, age or religion. It is our duty to advocate for our members and veterans. We owe this to every man and woman who dedicated their lives to defending our great nation. We welcome those who have served in the U.S. military, combat not required. Nonveterans and friends who are patriotic and dedicated to our values are invited to join us as guests and patron members. Contact us at jwvpost202@ gmail.com or 239-261-3270 (Harve Sturm, Commander).
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Application Deadline: February 11, 2022 For the 12th year a grant has been established by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. The 2022 STAND UP FOR JUSTICE Educator Grant recognizes High School, Middle School and Elementary school educators who are innovative in bringing respect for others’ differences into their activities with students in a transformative, impactful, and caring way. The goal is to create a resource for educators of any discipline to incorporate strategies that promote understanding and respect among students, countering bigotry and bullying. This grant recognizes teachers, guidance counselors, school librarians, media specialists, school psychologists, administrators etc.
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Cmdr. Harve Sturm and Vice-Cmdr. Earl Taub. JWV also visit Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens each Veterans Day to honor all veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
COMMENTARY / SYNAGOGUE NEWS
The life-sustaining wellspring of Judaism Rabbi Ammos Chorny
ost books we read, we open but once! A classic draws us to revisit it on occasion. Not so with the Torah. As we finish its yearly reading in synagogue, we immediately begin it afresh, without interruption. By the Middle Ages, a special festival of Simhat Torah emerged to mark the completion of the cycle. As the name suggests, our “joy in the Torah” gives expression to the centrality of the sacred book in our lives. The processions around the synagogue with bundles of palm, myrtle and willow branches in hand, transmuted into a seven-fold procession of dancing and singing with Torah scrolls in thankfulness for the privilege of finishing yet another round of reading from beginning to end.
Simhat Torah points to the momentous shift from sacred space to sacred Book, which Judaism negotiated after the destruction of the Second Temple. The void came to be filled by the synagogue, with Scripture serving as its oxygen. Words replaced sacrifices, while public reading of the Torah became the vehicle for adult education, the Psalms providing the lion’s share of the liturgy. Emanating from the Book, study and prayer shaped the character of the institution. Unlike the Temple, the synagogue was portable, democratic and unencumbered by laws of purity. Jews could now build places of worship wherever they might settle. Therein, they approached God in prayer on their own, without a priestly hierarchy. Only ignorance barred one from reading Torah or from leading services. Above all, the synagogue took refuge in the sanctity of the Book par excellence, which harbored not only God’s word but God’s manifest presence. Every Jew has had access to, and a share in, God’s word, which is why the Torah is never read without asking a
specified number to experience the act up-close (a minyan) by taking an Aliyah. As the final portion, read on Simhat Torah, emphatically affirms the Torah is the sacred heirloom of the entire people: “Moses commanded us the Torah as the heritage of the congregation of Jacob” (Deut. 33:4). From earliest age, children are brought to appreciate that the life-sustaining wellspring of Judaism is a book that, in time, they will make their own. In short, the Torah is an extension of God’s persona. There is no greater sacrilege in Judaism than the desecration of a Torah scroll. We rise in its presence, carry and kiss it like a child and bury it when worn and tattered as if it were human. Reading it is the central feature of the synagogue service and retaining the archaic format of a scroll over a codex heightens our sense of otherness and holiness. Among life’s most important and enduring tasks is to study its endlessly expansive contents. Thus, the wraparound ritual of Simhat Torah comports expressively with this book-based value
system. The absence of a caesura signifies our yearning to be ever in the shade of God’s protective presence. Especially in dark times, Jews repeatedly took refuge in their books: from the time of the Mishnah to the Warsaw ghetto … the people of the book met brutality with spiritual resistance. The response, in truth, failed to avert death for many of the victims, but it often left behind a testimony of inspiring consolation. By infusing suffering with dignity and purpose, we have given meaning to our untrammeled lives. I am reminded of the older men, fathers and educators, whom we never met or of whom we have no memory, who in their last tormented months before death in the concentration camps, transcended their appalling confines by reading. Let us now, in the threshold of a new year, grab hold of the torch that is the Torah, and illuminate the path forward with God’s word and its millenary teachings. Rabbi Ammos Chorny serves at Beth Tikvah.
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e just gathered to celebrate Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (the Feast of the Tabernacles), concluding the holiday season celebrating Shemini Atzeret and Simchas Torah (rejoicing with the Torah). We celebrate all these holidays in synagogue with friends and family. While celebrating this way is not unique to the Jewish religion, what separates us from other religions is that, at these special times, we Jews also remember our departed friends and family. Four times a year, during the Yiskor service, Jews publicly remember loved ones, members of our congregation and those who perished in the Holocaust. It is during these family holidays that we are reminded of our heritage; that who we are today is based on those from which we came. For me, this is what makes Judaism special, and Beth Tikvah a unique place. Beth Tikvah not only holds Yiskor services on these special holidays, we also provide minyanim whenever someone requests, to recite Kaddish on the anniversary of the passing of a loved one as well as during the Shiva period, when someone is grieving a recent passing of a loved one. It is these times that a congregant learns their Beth Tikvah family is there to solidly support them during a difficult period. While Beth Tikvah is a warm and caring Jewish community, we are also a very vibrant synagogue, with happenings going on all the time. Yes, we know how to pray and remember, but we also know how to learn, how to rejoice and how to
have fun. I invite everyone to come experience what makes Beth Tikvah so special. Please remember to keep Sunday afternoon, Dec. 5 clear on your calendar. State Attorney for the 13th District of Florida (Tampa area), Andrew Warren, is coming to Beth Tikvah to discuss antisemitism. I’ve had the privilege of listening to State Attorney Warren speak on this topic. He was so dynamic, that I immediately asked him to come to Beth Tikvah. This event will be cosponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. Please follow our website to see all the exciting happenings being scheduled at Beth Tikvah for the new season ahead.
Beth Tikvah October “Happenings” (In person and on Zoom) Sunday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. – Rosh Chodesh Women’s Study Thursday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. – Movie plus discussion
Religious services streaming schedule 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. There are many people working very hard to make Beth Tikvah a very special place — it is truly a team effort. If you have energy and a few available hours, please let me know. We could always use more great ideas and assistance. I would also like to remind everyone that Beth Tikvah is now offering new members their first year’s dues free of charge. If you or a friend want to experience the warmth and community found at Beth Tikvah, please come experience our special congregation.
Beth Tikvah is the affiliated congregation in Greater Naples of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ). We are grateful to Jewish Federation of Greater Naples (JFGN) for support of our
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Full schedule planned at Naples Jewish Congregation – We hope Roberta Obler President
t’s a new year and a new season of exciting programs at Naples Jewish Congregation. All of our programs are subject to the caveat that COVID-19 may ruin or modify our plans. Our High Holiday services ran very smoothly, despite concerns about COVID, thanks to Rabbi Howard Herman, Ritual Chair Charles Flum, Cantorial Soloist Jane Galler and Music Director Alla Stadnik. We had services in person in the sanctuary as well as on Zoom for members and participants who could not attend, and YouTube for all others. We hope we will see all restrictions removed soon. We have a whole new schedule of Adult Education classes. Rabbi Herman has planned a series of six informative lectures/ discussions, with topics ranging from Plagues in Jewish History to a Social Action book discussion to Jewish Gangsters and other interesting topics. These programs were to be in person. They have been rescheduled to Zoom events due to COVID concerns.
NJC’s Sisterhood has new leadership in Shelley McCloskey and Marilyn Goldenberg. They have planned a wonderful slate of monthly activities from November through April, all of which are fun and interesting at the same time. Planned events include luncheons; a women’s Seder; a tour of a local resort and spa; and a Conservancy talk, tour and boat excursion. Of course, these may be modified or replaced, depending on the current situation. We hope to revive our Book Club with the new season. We read several interesting books last year and expect to resume now that our northern friends are returning. We are continuing our NJC Connects program, which provides informative and entertaining programs that help us connect congregants with each other while we are not fully in person. Theses NJC Connects programs were hosted by members of our larger community as well as our own talented members. Right now, our main concern is the health and safety of our congregants during this strange and difficult time. We will continue planning for a year of great programs while making sure our members stay safe and can find ways to connect with each other.
JEWISH CONGREGATION OF MARCO ISLAND
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Pivoting and keeping the spirit of the Holy Days By Sue Baum, JCMI president
s we conclude the year 5781, we do so with pride regarding the manner in which our synagogue leadership conducted religious services and other events during the COVID-19 pandemic. The congregation had access to the Holy Days 5781 through streaming. Only Rabbi Gross, Cantor Hari Jacobsen, the musical accompanist and me (as president of the synagogue) were present. Aliyot and other honors took place virtually. A distant Davening Siddur was prepared by the Rabbi and Cantor. The spirit of the Holy Days was achieved. A task force, comprised of 11 members of the congregation, including two doctors, was created with the mission to advise the Board of Directors on the reopening of the synagogue. The synagogue reopened May 7, with a choice of praying in the synagogue or virtually at home. Attendance exceeded prior years.
The Jewish Film Festival proceeded, offering excellent films by streaming, without charge; the Saul Stern Cultural series proceeded virtually with a nominal charge; and the Book Club met monthly off-site. Unfortunately, bingo, the concert series and the annual mah jongg tournament had to be suspended. We returned this year to the tradition of celebrating our country’s birthday with a family barbecue. Admission fees from more than 50 members eager to see one another were donated to local food pantries. As the new year arrives, services will continue to be conducted in the synagogue and virtually. We return to the synagogue with a spirit of hope for our members and their families for good health, happiness and peace. The officers, Board of Directors and staff wish you Shanah Tovah!
CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF NAPLES
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Extending our hands with love to the community Rabbi Fishel Zaklos
t Chabad Naples, we’re always here for you, but even more so during these difficult and awkward times, when people have been homebound and unable to access their usual sources of help. Many have reached out to let us know what they needed and how we could assist them. We have responded whenever possible, by extending our loving hands to help. • We distributed 60 kosher High Holiday meals and 75 boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need. • We gave out 175 challahs and honey cake in our drive-thru. • In addition to High Holiday services, we held indoor and outdoor High Holiday experiences, such as the Beekeeper’s visit, the Shofar Factory, children’s Shofar blowing in the park and other family special events. • We sent a magazine full of insights and articles pertaining to the High Holidays to 5,000 homes. • We sent out 150 “Do-It-Yourself Holiday Guides.” • We supplied 50 prayer books for home services. • We continue to add inspirational messages and videos online. In our unique Chabad Naples style, respecting the health and safety of all, we have continued to connect and stay in touch with as many people as possible, thanks to an incredible team of volunteers.
Four Torahs Helping restore and repair the four Torahs is a unique opportunity to celebrate the High Holiday season and participate in some Chabad history. Please reach out if you are interested.
Partner Project Here is your opportunity to share in the amazing projects we offer. Join our Partner Project and choose how you wish to participate — no pressure!
Volunteer assistance Our volunteers continue to be available for elderly and homebound people who need help shopping for groceries and medicine –– just let us know.
Shabbat services Join us for uplifting Shabbat services every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The Torah service, which begins at 11 a.m., includes a contemporary, meaningful and relevant message from the rabbi.
Hebrew School Our Hebrew School classes provide the best in Hebrew language and religious education available. Registration is open for next year. Contact us at 239-262-4474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Torah class A Torah class is offered on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Please RSVP to our office and we will send you the link. As the schedule changes at times, please confirm weekly.
Sukkot During Sukkot, people may drop by Chabad, a few at a time, to enjoy the Sukkah, shake the Lulav and hold the Etrog. We also offer a Sukkah-On-Wheels that will come to your Naples home by request!
Simchat Torah This will be our first year to celebrate with our four newly acquired Torahs. For details about Simchat Torah services, contact the Chabad office.
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Each week, we send an uplifting message in the form of a tasty fresh challah. Nominate a recipient by sending us an email, and we will have it delivered.
Rabbi Fishel offers a video each week. To receive them, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also view the past 12 months’ worth of videos at www. chabadnaples.com.
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CHABAD OF BONITA SPRINGS AND ESTERO
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Programs and Services open to all By Rabbi Mendy & Luba Greenberg, Co-directors
habad of Bonita Springs and Estero, led by Rabbi Mendy and Luba Greenberg, welcomes Jews of all backgrounds. You do not need to be a member to join our services or programs as shown below.
JLI adult education Please join Rabbi Mendy Greenberg for a remarkable new four-week course, “Outsmarting Antisemitism,” from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. It’s hard to outrun it. It’s time to outsmart it. Against the backdrop of a recent uptick in antisemitism and the increased anxiety it has brought to the Jewish community, this course sets out to beat this age-old cancer — with purpose, positivity and pride. Marshaling historical analysis, Talmudic sources, Jewish mysticism and contemporary expert analysis, the four lessons of this course provide insight, perspective, practical direction and personal reassurance to motivate and inspire proud, fearless Jewish life. It will be held four Tuesday evenings starting Oct. 26, 7:30-9 p.m. Please call 239-949-6900, email email@example.com or sign up at www.myjli.com/learn/bonita.
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• Chassidic philosophy – Every morning, ½ hour before services • Torah class – Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Zoom class – Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. • One-on-one classes – Study Talmud, Jewish mysticism or subject of your choice, by calling or emailing.
Kosher Meals on Wheels The Kosher Meals on Wheels program will deliver nutritious kosher meals to homebound seniors and disabled individuals in the Jewish community. If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, please call or email us.
Kosher grocery store Bonita Kosher Market features an extensive line of kosher meats, chicken, deli, dairy, groceries, bakery goods and more. Hours are by appointment. Our goal is to serve the community and help make it easier to keep kosher. To that end, we are committed to keeping our prices very reasonable and our overhead as low as possible. Shoppers will be doing a mitzvah each time they shop, as proceeds go to further the programs offered by Chabad.
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Commencing Oct. 8, these dinners will be held the second Friday night of each month. This month’s cuisine is kosher Chinese. For reservations, go to www.jewishbonita.com/shabbatrsvp.
We operate an independent center servicing the Jewish students at FGCU, now led by Rabbi Mendel and Shternie Gordon. Visit www.chabadFGCU.com for more information.
Other programs and services
Every Sunday at 9 a.m., Monday through Friday at 8 a.m.
Shabbat service timing Begins at 10 a.m., Torah reading at 11:15 a.m., sermon at 11:45 a.m. and Kiddush and lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Ongoing Adult Education We currently offer some classes in person as well as via Zoom.
Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero also offers a Hebrew School and Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons as well as hospital and nursing home visitations. We are located at 24611 Production Circle in Bonita Springs (facing U.S. 41 just north of Old 41). For more information, please call 239-949-6900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website at www.Jewishbonita.com.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples serves more than 3,000 Jewish households in Naples, Marco Island and the surrounding communities. The Federation recognizes and addresses the charitable, educational, cultural, humanitarian and social service needs of the Jews in our community and around the world.
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Thriving forward into a new year! By Rabbi Mendel Gordon
habad has been super busy since the new school year started, starting off with a welcome BBQ and a mini golf trip. It is amazing to see so many new faces and many old ones, too, some returning after being online last year. Mezuzahs have been popping up on dorm rooms all over campus as students are making sure to give their room a proud Jewish stamp. “My grandparents are Jewish,” Drake from Arcadia commented to a group of us sitting by the food court for lunch and learn. And before you knew it, Drake was welcomed into the FGCU Jewish family and had a “drive-through Bar Mitzvah,” putting on Tefillin for the first time. A large Jewish leadership team has also been formed of fellow students to help grow Jewish activity on campus. Community service is back in full swing as well, with our Jewish friends at American House enjoying the students’ visits. Pre Rosh Hashanah, the main library lawn on campus turned into a workshop, where we made our own shofars, getting into the Rosh Hashanah spirit. Over the month of October, we will be starting our Sinai Scholars course; two JewishU courses; Judaism decoded, giving an overview of the development of Torah from Mt. Sinai until today; and Jewish perspectives on modern polices, discussing the Torah’s view on some of today’s controversial topics. Chabad at FGCU caters to all Jewish students in Southwest Florida, providing them a Jewish home away from home. Join us to learn, celebrate or just meet Jewish students your age. For more information or to get involved, contact Rabbi Mendel Gordon at 347-452-0489 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at Chabadfgcu. com.
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PRESCHOOL OF THE ARTS
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Celebrating the Jewish holiday season By Ettie Zaklos, Preschool of the Arts Founder & Director
t Preschool of the Arts, we are guided by our understanding of how young children learn best. Our program offers students the opportunity to develop the building blocks for future success — positive self-image, social skills, language communication and independence. We know that, even at a very young age, children have infinite potential to absorb knowledge and they do that best through hands-on learning. Our days are filled with opportunities to explore new skills, concepts and ideas, building on children’s natural curiosity and thirst for learning. One of our favorite ways to open new worlds of learning is through joyful holiday and community experiences. Throughout the month of September, Preschool of the Arts enjoyed celebrating the Jewish holiday season with students, marking special days and learning all about our beautiful traditions. In keeping with the Jewish new year theme, our school welcomed a local beekeeper who brought in thousands of buzzing bee for an incredible hands-on experience that taught the children about bees’ habitats and honey-making ability. The children had a great time helping extract the honey from the beekeeper’s cylinder and collecting it in their very own jar. Aside from the seasonal fun and delicious taste, honey also has some scientific superpowers. Raw honey, which has not been processed in any way, is incredibly healthy and is full of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and powerful antioxidants. It was wonderful to see the children’s enthusiasm during the fun-filled lesson and the connections they made to the world of bees and honey that they had been exploring in their classroom centers. The exciting and educational visit brought classroom learning to life. On Rosh Hashanah, our center hosted a bevy of exciting family-oriented activities, including a well-attended Shofar and Tashlich service at Lowdermilk Park. The outdoor event allowed our families to gather in honor of the holiday and hear the Shofar blown on the special day. Children were well entertained with many exciting and educational activities, including a craft and, of course, sweet holiday treats! The fun continued as we celebrated the joyous holiday of Sukkot. The holiday’s numerous themes and exciting traditions inspired much of our daily curriculum. In the classrooms, teachers provided many opportunities for students to explore the different
fall and harvest-inspired elements of Sukkot, discovering the holiday for themselves. A handyman guided the children in using construction tools to build a real-life Sukkah, which they then decorated. Our little engineers practiced their budding STEM skills as they measured and hammered away! It was a joy to watch the children discuss what a Sukkah is and take ownership of their holiday experience. Our school community also enjoyed a delicious Pizza in the Sukkah event. It was lovely to all sit together and enjoy a yummy pizza provided by Preschool of the Arts. Sitting outdoors in the Sukkah that the children helped build and beautifully decorate with their own artwork in a hands-on activity with Handyman Seth, while enjoying a fun holiday meal, made us all feel like we were one big happy family! Our holiday curricula are always supported by classroom learning and enhanced with our extensive Specials programming, including music and performing arts, visual arts, sports, yoga, gardening, science, Spanish and Shabbat celebrations. Each Special is designed to maximize our school’s wonderful facilities and resources, such as the Outdoor Nature Discovery Classroom, state-ofthe-art playground, Marketplace, Garden of the Arts and indoor and outdoor art studios.
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TEMPLE SHALOM PRESCHOOL
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Strengthening community through relational Judaism By Rabbi Ariel Boxman, Director of Lifelong Learning
few years ago, I read a book by Dr. Ron Wolfson, titled, “Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community,” and I still can’t seem to get it out of my head. In the book, Wolfson presents a new philosophy of Jewish engagement based on extensive field research (including observations within megachurches) and experience in the Jewish community. Wolfson’s philosophy identifies nine levels of relationship that s t re n g t h e n i n d i v i d u a l Jewish identity and commitment to the Jewish world. These range from “bein adam l’atzmo” (a relationship with oneself ) to “bein adam l’makom” (a relationship with God). In accessing these nine levels of relationship, Wolfson argues that Jewish organizations can begin to form meaningful relationships Snacks served at our first park play date with those in their Jewish community, becoming visionary and restarted monthly POTS (Parents of engaging places of worship and learning. Temple Shalom) committee meetings in Ever since reading this book and meetorder to engage parents in the planning ing Dr. Wolfson last spring, I have been of school events and fundraisers. committed to not only speaking about In the month of September, we kicked relational Judaism but doing relational off our Shabbat ShaPLAY series, in which Judaism. Within the school walls, we do we invite all families to join us at Sea Gate a wonderful job fostering meaningful Park on Shabbat morning for singing, relationships among students and staff dancing and delicious Shabbat treats. members. Relational Judaism makes its Finally, this month, we will be inviting way into every activity and lesson we do as young Jewish families to participate in we teach children the value of friendship, our Shalom Yeladim program on Sunday kindness and inclusiveness. However, mornings at Temple Shalom, joining us this year, my goal has been to expand as we learn about the Jewish holidays, our emphasis on relationship buildsing with Miss Jane and socialize. ing to parents and families of Temple As we engage with one another and Shalom Preschool. increase relationships among preschool In an effort to strengthen the bonds families, our Jewish community will among our school parents, we have implebe strengthened. mented a few new programs, including a From all of us at Temple Shalom Premonthly Moms Night Out and weekend school, we wish you a Shana Tova! May it family play dates (offsite). We have also be a year of growth, health and peace!
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Southwest Florida Warmth Always Lures Spiders by Joe Jayne, Truly Nolen
As seen in recent years and demonstrated once again with fall beginning here in Southwest Florida, since our area is warm basically year-round, the ongoing warmth helps create the perfect conditions for spiders to thrive and become a pest in your home. But why? Simple biology comes into play. Warmer weather increases breeding for flying insects, which are the meal of choice for spiders (mosquitoes, flies, etc.). As the flying insect population increases, so does the spider population. Fortunately, spiders rarely bite humans unless their nests or webs are disturbed. Except for a few species, the venom in spider bites affects individuals in various degrees from mild to a severe allergic reaction when bitten. The Black Widow, which is about a half inch long, black, and is most easily identified by the red hourglass shaped mark on the underside of its abdomen, and the Brown Recluse Spider, which is usually brown in color and ¼- ½ inch in length, are two to be aware of. If you are bitten by one, seek medical attention immediately. However, because spiders feed primarily on other insects, their presence in your home can be a sign of a larger pest infestation, and their building of webs indoors can prove to be a nuisance for most homeowners when left untreated. Some things you can do indoors to help keep spiders from wreaking havoc include high
areas where plastic plants, knickknacks, decorative items are placed. We also suggest dusting often on curtains, skylights, ceiling fans, behind furniture, garage ceiling corners near entry and of course in areas that we do not often look. This ensures spiders have less places in which to hide. A homeowner can thoroughly vacuum any areas where spiders or spider webs are found using their wand attachment to ensure they get all the small cracks and crevices. In addition, keeping pet food tightly covered and not leaving food bowls out all day can be a big help in this ongoing battle. From an outdoor perspective, taking your broom and sweeping down any webs you see around your house paying special attention to the eaves of the house can help turn the tide. Seal all exterior cracks as best as possible paying special attention to doorways, window casings, basement walls and door frames will help prevent entry points from increasing. Trim back trees, bushes or other vegetation that can be found touching the walls of the home to keep spiders from using them to crawl across outdoor plants and furniture, pool equipment, BBQs storage areas, ceiling fans, windows, and bird blocks. Remove piles of wood or rotting leaves and other vegetation from around the foundation of the home. Finally, keep trash bins away
from the house, as spiders will often lurk near them in hopes of preying on other insects. While I know the above indoor and outdoor tips can certainly help keep your house from becoming spider central, should the problem become overwhelming, contact your local pest control professional. A professional can assist you with interior web wiping to remove spider webs from ceiling corners and beams, windowsills, and other surfaces to destroy the spiders’ source of food – its web. They can also assist you with exterior web wiping which will remove spider webs from eaves, under patio covers, around doors and overhangs, and other areas to destroy the web. In addition to removing unsightly webs, the wiping also leaves behind a repellent to discourage further insect activity. Here’s to spiders only overrunning your home at Halloween! (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 more about spiders and how we treat them, please visit https://www.trulynolen.com/pest-control/spiders/ )
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Check the events you will be attending for easy reference: o Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. – Heather Cabot o Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. – Amy Schwartz o Monday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. – Mark Sullivan o Thursday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. – Judy Batalion o Friday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. – Lauren Fox
o Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. – Charles Lichtman and Alexander Weinstein o Wednesday, Feb. 2. at 7 p.m. – PEOPLE OF THE BOOK Joshua Greene o Thursday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. – Leah Garrett o Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. –
o Friday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. – Annabelle Gurwitch
Jonathan Santlofer and Tracy Walder
o Thursday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. – Joshua Jay
o Friday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. – Jan Cherubin
o Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. – Silvia Foti
o Thursday, Mar. 17 at 2 p.m. – Eddie Shapiro
o Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 12 p.m. – Bob Abelman
Did you notice our new logo? “Better Together,” what exactly do we mean? by Gayle Dorio, JBF Chair
here are several meanings actually. When we started planning this, the 7th Jewish Book Festival for Greater Naples, we expected the COVID19 pandemic would be winding down. We hoped that with vaccinations and people following safety guidelines, we would be able to meet a few times in person. We planned nine virtual events and six inperson events with the first in-person event scheduled for the beginning of December. Of course, with live streaming, it is entirely
possible to enjoy the book festival via Zoom. No worries though, we will remain flexible, making changes, if needed. Above all, everyone’s health and well-being are our primary concerns. So, “better together” means we love seeing one another and being together in person. It also means that it is wonderful to have both options — virtual and in person. Why not?! “Better together” also means that when we come together to support our
community, we all benefit. Each year, the book festival has enjoyed growth and support from our patrons, sponsors and you — our community members who attend. Your generosity and commitment to the book festival show what a wonderful community we have. You value the cultural arts, and you enjoy the opportunity to further your education, be entertained and inspired! “Better together” means it takes hardworking, dedicated individuals to plan,
organize and execute a book festival. The Jewish Book Festival Committee members; Reneé Bialek, the amazing program director for Jewish Federation of Greater Naples; and Larry Israelite, guru in all things, have been essential in putting this together. I can’t thank everyone enough! We did this together and we hope you enjoy every author, every book and every event! Thank you!
Answers to your burning questions! Q: How do I register for a book festival event? A: Visit www.Jewish BookFestival.org • You will receive a confirmation email after you register. The Zoom link will be emailed one to two hours prior to each event and is good for your entire household. • Event reservations are not transferable. Please do not forward the Zoom link. • Payments are not tax-deductible. • If a start time or author needs to be changed, you will be notified via email. • If an author cancels, an attempt will be made to reschedule the author; your original reservation will be good for the rescheduled event. • No refunds unless the entire event is canceled. • Books may be purchased at Barnes & Noble at Waterside Shops and online at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com. If you have any questions, please email Reneé, Program Director, at rbialek@ jewishnaples.org.
Q: Why should one become a Patron of the Jewish Book Festival? A: Many reasons! People tell us their most important reason is knowing that their support is integral to the success of the Jewish Book
Festival. The generosity of our Patrons helps underwrite expenses of our Jewish Book Festival. In addition, money raised helps our Jewish Federation of Greater Naples fulfill its mission of building a vibrant Jewish community in Greater Naples and supporting the social service needs of the Jewish people in our community, in North America, in Israel and around the world. There are three Patron levels: Platinum at $500, Silver at $225 and Bronze at $118. If purchased separately, the cost for the entire festival is $230; you save money at both the Silver and Bronze levels. • Patrons will be acknowledged in the Federation Star as well as on the Jewish Book Festival webpage. • Patrons are preregistered for each event; you simply sign up once. Platinum Patrons receive additional benefits: • One copy of the author book of their choice • Invitations to one virtual and one inperson Patron gathering with book festival authors following their presentations • Preferred seating at in-person events Silver Patrons receive additional benefits: • Invitation to one virtual Patron gathering with book festival author following their presentation • Preferred seating at in-person events
More questions Q: I am not sure if I want to attend in-person events, how should I register? A: It’s best to choose in-person events now, before they fill up. You can always let Reneé know in advance your desire to switch to Zoom. As long as there are seats at the venue, you can switch from Zoom to in-person. Q: What is Zoom and how do I get it? A: Zoom is free to all. Please download the app. Reneé is happy to give you a personal tutorial if you have never used Zoom. Q: I want to buy a book and I want it signed by the author, but I don’t want to attend the in-person event. What do you suggest I do? A: After you purchase the book via the JBF registration link, please email Reneé to let her know that she needs to get the book signed and save it for you until you can personally pick it up from the JFGN office. Q: I know of a professional who has an office in Naples and in Ohio. How can they sponsor an event? A: Please have the potential sponsor contact Reneé. It’s never too late to be a sponsor! Q: I received the Zoom link, but the link says it is not available. What does this mean?
A: The Zoom link will be emailed two hours prior to the start of each event. If you click on it earlier than the start time, Zoom will say “Waiting for host to start the meeting.” If you get any other error message, please email Reneé ASAP! Q: Who should I call if I can’t attend or have any issues with Zoom? A: Please do not call Reneé or the JFGN office. Please email Reneé to let her know you are having issues. If you include your phone number, she will call you if she can’t resolve the problem via email. Q: I am a Patron, and I would like my spouse/friend to sit with me. Can you save me an extra seat? How much is an additional ticket? A: Reserved seating is for Platinum and Silver Patrons. You are more than welcome to sit with your friend/spouse in general seating. Please notify Reneé so that she can release your reserved seat. Additional tickets can be purchased via the JBF website. Q: I am a Platinum and my BFF is a Bronze. Can we sit together? A: Yes, you can sit together! You can both sit in the general section. Please notify Reneé that your reserved seating is being released. If you have additional questions, contact Reneé at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Book Festival Committee We greatly appreciate your support!
Author Review Team: Jan Goldman & Carol Hirsch | Book Review Specialist: Carole Greene Tracy Askotzky, Emily Berkowitz, Patti Boochever, Steve Brazina, Louise Forman, Spencer Forman, Judith Finer Freedman, Sherry Greenfield, Lenore Greenstein, Ronna Hain, Bobbie Katz, Ida Margolis, Jeff Margolis, Robin Mintz, Susan Pittelman, Irene Pomerantz, Estelle Rauch, Gale Schulman, Dina Shein, Iris Shur, Linda Simon, Marc Simon, Elaine Soffer, Phyllis Strome, Steve Yussen
Book Festival Chair: Gayle Dorio | Program Director: Reneé Bialek
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2021-22 Jewish Book Festival 17 Authors • 15 Events Register at www.JewishBookFestival.org
Heather Cabot “The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream”
Amy Schwartz “Can Robots Be Jewish?: And Other Pressing Questions of Modern Life”
A deeply researched journey into the new world of legal cannabis by an award-winning reporter. From edibles to CBD lotions to Martha Stewart’s recipes for marijuana munchies, this narrative posits that pot has shed its stoner image. Author Cabot is an acclaimed journalist, keynote speaker, and contributor to ForbesWomen. She has taught part-time at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and serves on the J-school alumni board.
Rabbis span the range of modern Jewish thought to agree — or not — on questions we often ponder. Should we edit our children’s genes? Do Jews still expect the Messiah? Are we commanded to vote? When does life begin? Can robots be Jewish? Author Schwartz is Moment Magazine’s opinion and book editor, as well as editor of the magazine’s popular “Ask the Rabbis” section. She runs workshops nationwide on topics of Jewish commentary, psalms and literature.
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Lauren Fox “Send For Me”
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. virtual, in conversation • $10
Annabelle Gurwitch “You’re Leaving When?: Adventures In Downward Mobility”
Dreaming of her future while working at her parents’ bakery in Feldenheim, Germany, Annelise dismisses rumors of anti-Jewish sentiment on the rise. She falls in love, marries, has a baby — all as dangers grow closer. When given the chance to emigrate to America, Annelise and her husband must leave their parents behind — to an uncertain and likely disastrous future. Author Fox has written numerous novels and seen her work appear in prestigious publications such as The New York Times, Marie Claire, Parenting, and Psychology Today.
In these essays, Gurwitch gives irreverent yet empathetic voice to a generation hurtling into the future with no safety net. She embraces homesharing by welcoming a young couple and a bunny into her home. She relearns how to parent her college student offspring shedding the gender binary. She flunks the magic of tidying up. All stories prove that our no-frills new normal does not mean a deficit of humor. Actress, activist, and author of five books, Gurwitch received a 2020 Excellence in Journalism award from the Los Angeles Press Club.
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Bob Abelman “All the World’s a Stage Fright”
What starts as a stunt to increase readership for the Cleveland Jewish Chronicle becomes much more. Local theater critic Bob Abelman accepts an acting role with a top-tier theater company so he can write about the experience from the inside. When the play he’s cast in turns out to be Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” he confesses “an irrational, overriding, mind-numbing fear” of Shakespeare. Author Abelman relates his personal battle with the Bard with laugh-outloud humor, creating a tale full of twists and turns, endearing characters and behind-the-curtain action. Sponsored by TheatreZone
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Charles Lichtman “The Sword of David”
Lichtman, an expert in Middle East affairs, uses that expertise in the creation of his n Ark of the Covenant, but then must search for the Ten Commandments tablets. Along t consortium of Islamic states and terrorists planning a simultaneous attack to obliterate d Weinstein’s “Universal Love” welcomes readers to a near-future world where technolo stories spotlight emotions. In one, a young boy tries to understand why his father can’t s mother’s hologram better than she ever knew her mother when living. Author Weinstein, a professor of creative writing, has received numerous awards for h
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“The Last Green Valley”
“The Light of Days”
A young family in the midst of WW II faces excruciating choices: Do they flee from Stalin’s forces pushing into Ukraine or wait for the Soviet bear’s intrusion and risk a bleak future in Siberia? Or do they reluctantly accept the protection of Hitler’s SS pledged to protect “pure-blood” Germans and evacuate Ukraine for who-knows-where? Author Sullivan is the acclaimed author of more than 20 novels, including the #1 Kindle bestselling “Beneath a Scarlet Sky” and the #1 New York Times bestselling “Private” series, which he writes with James Patterson. Sponsored by Casual Connection
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A cadre of Jewish women in Poland use courage, guile and nerves of steel to transform Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. They flirt, bribe and seduce their German captors, then kill them. They bomb German train lines and blow up a town’s water supply. Author Judy Batalion, Jill of many trades, writes essays and articles for such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vogue, Forward, Salon, and Jerusalem Post. Sponsored by WCA and Collier/Lee Hadassah
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“How Magicians Think”
“The Nazi’s Granddaughter”
One of the world’s most accomplished magicians not only reveals the artistry, history and traditions of magic, but also brings us directly into the mind of a magician. He describes how they develop their skills, conjure up illusions and delight their audiences. While doing so, he reveals another kind of secret: what it takes to follow your heart and achieve excellence. Named “Magician of the Year” in 2012, author Jay has made noteworthy appearances on The Tonight Show and The Late Late Show. He has performed and lectured on magic all over the world.
Growing up in Chicago, Foti was treated like royalty in her tightly knit Lithuanian community. Why? Because her grandfather was hailed as a hero, a martyr for Lithuanian independence, and an unblemished patriot. He’d resisted his country’s German and Soviet occupiers in WW II and survived two years in a Nazi concentration camp, only to be executed in 1947 by the KGB. But author Foti, a journalist and teacher, in 2000 learned a different story, and since then has published research on the deeds of her grandfather, who turned out to be an alleged perpetrator of the Holocaust in Lithuania.
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exander Weinstein “Universal Love”
novel “The Sword of David.” Protagonist Chaim Klein unexpectedly finds the long-lost the way, he discovers the mystical, awe-inspiring sword of David. Klein must also stop a dozens of Western cities and, of course, Israel. ogies have altered the possibilities and limits of how we love one another. These gripping sever ties with the drowned city they call home. In another, a girl gets to know her dead
his short story collections.
lton Naples and virtual • $25
“Unstoppable: Siggi Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor & Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend” “Unstoppable” is the ultimate immigrant story. Deported to Auschwitz, Siggi used his wits to stay alive, pretending to possess skills the Nazis could exploit. After liberation, he went to work for the US Army hunting Nazis. Earning a visa to America, he vowed three promises: to never be hungry, to always support the Jewish people, to speak out against injustice. From humble beginnings, he made his way to CEO of a major company. Author Joshua Greene is a renowned Holocaust scholar and filmmaker whose biographies have sold more than half a million copies worldwide. Sponsored by Ginsberg Eye, Temple Shalom Men’s Club, People of The Book Patrons and Wollman, Gehrke & Associates, P.A.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. • Temple Shalom $36 “People of the Book” event
Leah Garrett “X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II”
In the midst of WW II, a new commando group is formed of Jewish refugees who have escaped to Britain. Most hail from Germany and Austria, and many have been interned as enemy aliens. They’ve lost their homes, families, everything. This motley group of intellectuals, artists and athletes will stop at nothing to defeat the Nazis. Trained in counterintelligence and advanced combat, this top-secret unit becomes known as X Troop. Author Garrett is a professor at Hunter College and director of its Jewish Studies Department.
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Sponsored by Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m. virtual • $10
Jonathan Santlofer “The Last Mona Lisa”
Tracy Walder “The Unexpected Spy” Santlofer begins his novel in August 1911, when Vincent Peruggia steals the famous Mona Lisa portrait. What happens in the two years before its recovery remains a mystery. Art historians know that many replicas exist. Is the one returned to the Louvre real or a fake? In present time, art professor Luke Perrone digs for the truth behind his most famous ancestor, the thief Peruggia. His search for truth tumbles him deep into the world of art and forgery, of obsession and danger. Author Santlofer has written five novels and earned the Nero Wolfe Award for best crime novel of 2009. “The Unexpected Spy” is the true story of author Tracy Walder’s tenure in the CIA and, later, the FBI. She tells of her assignments to watch al-Qaeda members with drones while President Bush looked over her shoulder and CIA Director George Tenet brought her donuts. Driven to stop terrorism, Walder debriefed terrorists — men who swore they’d never speak to a woman — until they gave her leads. Author Walder received many awards for her service from CIA and some foreign intelligence offices. She served as Staff Operations Officer in the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center before, during and after September 11, 2001. Sponsored by Naples Jewish Congregation and Wollman, Gehrke & Associates, P.A.
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m. • NJC and virtual • $18
Jan Cherubin “The Orphan’s Daughter”
A work of literary fiction, this debut novel depicts the life of a girl growing up in the shadow of her charismatic but troubled father, Clyde Aronson. The cruelties of Clyde’s boyhood in a Depression-era Jewish orphanage have scarred him. He yearns for a son to replace the relationship lost when his father abandoned him. Instead, he fathers daughters, the younger of which — Joanna — receives most of his resentment because she most resembles him. Author Cherubin worked as a fact checker at New York magazine, a staff writer at the New York Daily News, an editor at Seventeen Magazine, a playwright, and a standup comic.
Eddie Shapiro “A Wonderful Guy”
This compilation of intimate, career-encompassing conversations with 19 of Broadway’s most prolific and fascinating leading men comes as a follow-up to his earlier book, “Nothing Like A Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater.” As a theater journalist, Shapiro digs deep into each actor’s career, fleshing out the story of what it means to be a leading man on Broadway over the past 50 years. Author Shapiro grew up singing music from every cast album he could get his hands on. He is the son of Arlene and Don Shapiro of Naples.
Sponsored by Temple Shalom Sisterhood and Elli Taylor, John R. Wood Properties
Sponsored by Jewish Congregation of Marco Island and Wollman, Gehrke & Associates, P.A.
Friday, Feb. 25, 12 noon virtual • $10
Thursday, March 17, 2 p.m. JCMI and virtual • $18
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