Federation Star - September 2023

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Our Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

A reflection of the past and goals for our future

long-term financial strength. One way to achieve this will be to develop revenue streams to monetize our Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center’s usage. Did you know our facility is available to rent for nonreligious events? (Kosher-style food only).

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the secular new year are holidays of self-reflection and a time when one begins to plan what she/he hopes to accomplish in the upcoming year(s). The same introspective process is true for our Jewish Federation of Greater Naples (JFGN). In August 2022, our Federation developed a Strategic Plan for 2022-2027. One of our past and primary goals was to complete the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center, move in and begin using our facility to its maximum potential. I am happy to report that we are well on our way to achieving that goal! We first started with determining our vision and mission.

Our vision: The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples aspires to be the central communal voice for the Jewish community of Greater Naples and the supportive thread that runs through the fabric of the Jewish community, its organizations and services, connecting all.

Our mission: To enhance and enrich the quality of Jewish life by recognizing and supporting the charitable, educational, humanitarian and social service needs of the Jewish community locally, nationally, overseas and in the state of Israel.

Our strategic goals include:

1. Ensure the financial stability of JFGN so we can develop JFGN’s

Another way to achieve financial strength will be to increase our community’s commitment to our annual campaign and to increase active participation as the Jewish community of Naples grows. Additionally, an endowment fund established with JFGN will enhance the long-term stability and needs of our local Jewish community. Jeffrey Feld will be happy to help with this. Please contact him.

2. Enhance our programming and continue to make it relevant and engaging. One of our programming goals is to bridge generations and promote Jewish continuity. We’re proud of accomplishing this through our robust programs like PJ Library, BBYO, WCA and MCA. We will significantly increase our programming and are pleased that Jane Schiff will be our program chairperson. We will have events that are cosponsored with other agencies so that Federation programming will have greater appeal to our community at large.

One of JFGN’s newest programs for the 2023-2024 season will be 92nd Street Y, Live from New York! We will offer live programming and prerecorded programs with discussion groups after each session. More information will follow! Also, your Federation is planning a mission to Israel and Dubai in November 2024. Stay tuned. This upcoming season, the programming WCA and MCA have planned will be unmatched!

3. Increase outreach, community awareness and visibility to both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. JFGN will be proactive against antisemitism and anti-hate. We will increase active participation of our Jewish community in programming through committees such as Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), Israel and Overseas Committee (IOC), Catholic-Jewish Dialogue (CJD), and WCA and MCA. We will have another year of great, inclusive programming that is designed to attract active Federation loyalists as well as new members.

4. We hope to engage more community members that have interest in helping grow JFGN’s fundraising and programming needs. We will look to these community members as future leaders and stewards of the Greater Jewish community’s future and of JFGN’s leadership.

5. Our final goal will be to utilize our wonderful Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center to its fullest extent. We will have programs that are inclusive, interesting and impactful so that you will want to return time and again.

To shape the JFGN future, JFGN will need your input, guidance and continued support to achieve these goals. Your Federation’s staff, board members and volunteers are confident these aspirations meet your expectations and that you can help us achieve these goals.

May 5784 be a prosperous and successful year for all of us and may we go “from strength to strength.” La Shanah Tova!

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Discuss the characters, scenes and plot of this Netflix series Sept. 14. Summer Book Discussion Author Howard Blum will talk about his book, “The Spy Who Knew Too Much” this month as the last summer book discussion.

My first article in the Federation Star appeared in September 2014, when I discussed the notion of change. For me, it was the change of moving from one community to another and, of course, getting to know new lay leaders, staff members, community and even strengths/directions. Many of my Federation Star articles have dealt with change.

One of the changes that struck me then was learning about the notion of “season.” For some people, Naples was/is a permanent home. Others might live here for three or six months a year but are very engaged while here. We always express the importance of understanding that the Greater Naples Jewish community exists year-round. If we want our community to be vital and vibrant, we need to support it appropriately. Our community has adopted that sense of change. Although there are more people here at different times, our Jewish community exists and thrives year-round. To get here, we’ve had several strategic plans and one needs assessment/

demographic study to learn about our community and its needs and wants. We have found a way to engage and involve more and more people to help create this Jewish community to meet those needs and wants.

Change is not easy! But we have been changing. To remind you, here are several significant changes that came about as a result of the needs assessment/demographic study and our strategic planning:

1) We changed our name to become Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. By doing this, we became more welcoming to more people in our geographic area.

2) We changed our fiscal year, which is now July 1-June 30.

3) By changing the fiscal year, we were able to change the time frames of the Annual Community Campaign and allocations. The Annual Community Campaign now begins in November and concludes in March/April. This allows the allocations process to be completed by the end of the fiscal year. Most importantly, with this change, JFGN and its

beneficiaries are better able to plan and anticipate for the following year.

4) As a result of these changes, and by involving more people, there was a need for a new home for JFGN. We answered that need with the grand opening of the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center on Jan. 15, 2023.

I am sure there will be more changes in the future. We cannot sit back and think that we are done. If our goal is to continue to have a vital and vibrant Jewish community, we will all need to continue to work to make that the reality.

We should be very proud of the changes that have led us to this point of success in our Jewish community. We must continue to embrace change to provide for the future of the Greater Naples Jewish community.

Please accept my best wishes for each of you and all those dear to you for a happy, healthy, peaceful and secure Shanah Tovah in 5784.

Thanks to all of you for continuing to keep our Greater Naples Jewish community vital and vibrant.


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Announcing the 2023-24 Jewish Book Festival

Iam honored to chair the Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival for the 2023-2024 season. The mission of our Jewish Book Festival is to showcase Jewish authors as well as books of Jewish content. Each year, we strive to enrich, entertain and engage the members of our community by providing opportunities to come together for experiences that are both educational and social. We have successfully fulfilled our mission for each of the festival’s eight years, and I am confident that we will continue that success this upcoming season.

The season is kicking off with a bang! Mitch Albom, renowned author and sports journalist, will talk about his new fiction book, “The Little Liar,” Sunday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Albom has authored numerous fiction and nonfiction books, which have collectively sold more than 40 million copies in 48 languages worldwide. He has written eight No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, including “Tuesdays with Morrie,” the bestselling memoir of all time, which topped the list for four straight years. We are very excited to welcome Albom to Naples to start off our season.

The entire festival is filled with outstanding authors. The book festival

committee has done an amazing job of creating a well-rounded season with a wide variety of genres. There is something for everyone! I am delighted to share with you the entire schedule of authors and books:

“The Little Liar” by Mitch Albom

Sunday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. All Patrons and ticket holders will receive a book.

“Kantika: A Novel” by Elizabeth Graver

Thursday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 3:30 p.m.

“Because the World is Round” by Jane Saginaw

Thursday, Feb. 1, 1 p.m.

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

Monday, Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m.

“The Golden Doves” by Martha Hall Kelly

Friday, March 1, 10:30 a.m.

“The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World” by Jonathan Freedland

Thursday, March 7, 3:30 p.m. (This event will be “Live from London!”)

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

Tuesday, March 26, 1 p.m.

“The Lioness of Boston” by Emily Franklin

Wednesday, April 3, 10:30 a.m.

The only option to experience the Jewish Book Festival this year is in

person and the best way to ensure that you get a seat is to become a Patron. Patrons at every level are guaranteed entrance to each event. All events will take place at our beautiful Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center, 4720 Pine Ridge Road, Naples.

Visit jewishbookfestival.org to become a Patron or to register for individual events. Questions? Email Reneé Bialek at rbialek@jewishnaples.org.

Join us for the 2023-24 Jewish Book Festival and “Stay True to Your-Shelf!”

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Happy New Year!

It’s a new year and time to take advantage of the programs Jewish Federation of Greater Naples offers.

Learn technology use

Do you need help with email, Facebook or Zoom? If so, the Tech Squad can teach you how to use these apps on your device, free of charge. They will be at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center to help you on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. Please register to reserve your spot.

Arthritic Exercise classes

Arthritic Exercise classes are now being offered by Leslie Lilien on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Please email her at tennislbow5549@gmail.com to let her know you will be attending these classes. There is a $5 fee.

Series discussion

Watch seasons No. 1 and No. 2 of “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem” on Netflix, at your leisure, then join us on Zoom or in person to talk about this series on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m.

Book discussion

Join us for a book talk with author Estelle Rauch, who will present her book, “Sally’s

Dream,” along with some of her other publications. This free program will be on Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m.

Singles lunch

Happy New Year Potluck Brunch for the Singles Social Group will take place on Monday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m.

Summer Book Discussions

Summer Book Discussions will conclude on Wednesday, Sept. 27 with author Howard Blum, who will talk about his book, “The Spy Who Knew Too Much.” Blum will be Zooming in to answer your questions. This book discussion is open and free to the entire community. You can attend in person at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center or attend via Zoom. Register at www.jewishnaples.org. Books can be purchased on Amazon.com

Movies that Matter series

Movies that Matter is scheduled for the following dates: Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. Please look for the advertisement in this issue for more details.

Elliott Katz Lecture Series

The Elliott Katz Lectures Series at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center will start in October and run through December. A different set of lectures will begin in January and run through March.

Magic Matters

Magician Joshua Jay will perform on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Join us for a magical evening.

Why magic matters

Perhaps you are like I am – pleased when I can’t figure out who the “bad guy” is due to all the twists and turns in the story. Suspense, surprise and red herrings make for more interest and entertainment. So, too, it is with magic. I truly enjoy the wonder and disbelief – “now, how did he do that?!”

Several years ago, the Jewish Book Festival of Greater Naples brought worldfamous magician Joshua Jay to speak about his book, “How Magicians Think and Why Magic Matters.” Jay appeared via Zoom and, even in that medium, was able to fascinate and cast his spell of delightful magic and philosophy.

Jay is a brilliant magician and writer, among his many talents. He writes, “Magic occurs not in the magician’s hands but in the minds of the audience.” He quotes several magicians – this one from Dai Vernon, “In the performances of good magic, the mind is led on, step by step to ingeniously defeat its own logic. The magician doesn’t fool you; you fool yourself.” And Jean-Jacques Sanvert, “Magic is the art of making the impossible logical.”

Jay has been performing for over 30 years. One of his shows, 6 Impossible Things, was performed on Broadway nightly for a year and a half. He spent three years on that show and allowed only 20 guests per night. Jay also fooled Penn and Teller on their television show, Fool Us, which has been a hit show lasting more than 8 seasons. He went on that show to do an original piece, called “Out of Sight,” that he created to perform for people who are blind. Jay wore a blindfold to perform sightless as well. He won the trophy and did fool Penn and Teller.

If you’d like to meet Joshua Jay, be entertained by his enormous talent, perhaps learn a bit more about him, how

2023-2024 Jewish Book Festival

The Jewish Book Festival Opening Event features Mitch Albom, who will present his book “The Little Liar,” on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Registration for any of the Jewish Book Festival events, along with the costs and details, can be found at www.jewishnaples.org.

Save the dates for these important community-wide events

• Sunday, Nov. 5 – Kristallnacht Commemoration Program at 2:30 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 11 – Community-wide Chanukah Celebration, 5 p.m. at Mercato

Please register for all events at www. jewishnaples.org.

Dates and times of upcoming events are announced on our website homepage. If you aren’t receiving our weekly Monday e-blast, please email me at rbialek@jewishnaples.org. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link, which is emailed two hours prior to the start of each event.

We have a variety of groups and committees at the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, such as PJ Library, Singles Social Group, Cardozo Legal Society, Catholic-Jewish Dialogue, Israel and Overseas 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.

4720 Pine Ridge Road Naples, FL 34119

Phone: 239.263.4205


Email: info@jewishnaples.org


Board Chair: Nathaniel Ritter

Vice chairs: Marc Saperstein, Arlene Sobol, Beth Wolff

Secretary: Rosalee Bogo

Treasurer: Steve Strome

Immediate Past Chair: Jane Schiff

Board of Directors

Frank Baum, Myra Benedikt, Patti Boochever, Harvey Cohen, Marcia Cohodes, Paula Filler, Cheryl Ginsburg, Steve Iser, Larry Israelite, Tammy Katz, Elliot Lerner, Merlin Lickhalter, Robin Mintz, Joel Pittelman, Stuart Price, Michael Rubinstein, Anne Schuchman, Michael Sobol, Jay Weiss, Jeff Zalasky, Board Member

Emeritus: Alvin Becker, Emerita, Phyllis Seaman

Past Board Chairs

Gerald Flagel, Dr. William Ettinger, Ann Jacobson (z’’l), Sheldon Starman, Bobbie Katz, Rosalee Bogo, Judge Norman Krivosha (z’’l), Alvin Becker, Jane Schiff

Synagogue Representatives

Stan Alliker, Cantor Donna Azu, Rabbi Ariel Boxman, Rabbi Ammos Chorny, Rabbi Mendel Gordon, Rabbi Mendy Greenberg, Rabbi Mark Gross, Joseph Henson, Rabbi Howard Herman, Rabbi Adam Miller, Charles Flum, Rabbi James Perman, Dr. Arthur Seigel, Len Teitelbaum, Rabbi Fishel Zaklos Staff

Jeffrey Feld: Federation President & CEO

Eduardo Avila: Campaign Associate

Reneé Bialek: Program Director Michelle Cunningham: Receptionist Courtney DeVault: Accounting Manager

he thinks and how he performs, please register at www.jewish naples.org to attend the Magic Show with world famous Joshua Jay on Nov. 1. The audience size is limited to about 200 people. I know you won’t want to miss this show. You will be delighted. Magic transports you and fills you with wonder and astonishment.

Thank you to the generous patrons who have already stepped up to support this exciting event.

(as of 7/26):

Stacey and Frank Baum

Anne Schuchman and Stephen Light

If you’d like to further support and make magic happen, contact Reneé at rbialek@jewishnaples.org.


Alicia Feldman: PJ Library Coordinator

Janine Hudak: Admin. Coordinator

Phil Zoltek: Facility Manager

Federation's mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of Jewish life by recognizing and supporting the charitable, educational, humanitarian and social service needs of the Jewish community locally, nationally, overseas and in the state of Israel.

Programs include:

• Annual Community Campaign

• 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 and Connections magazine

• Singles Social Group

• Women’s Cultural Alliance

• Women’s Philanthropy

• Youth Activities Committee –sponsoring youth education and scholarships for Jewish Summer Camp and Israel Experiences

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An Introduction to Moorings Park’s Three Communities

& Our Executive Chef’s Top Culinary Delights

Here’s your chance to get a taste of what life is like at Moorings Park’s three stunning Naples communities.

Successful aging expert and Vice President, Tom Mann, will introduce you to our three premier communities, explaining the amazing bene ts you’ll receive when you make the move. Learn valuable details on costs, oorplans, healthcare, dining, waiting lists, and an innovative approach to successful aging.

During this presentation you’ll enjoy a video tour of each of the communities’ clubhouses and model residences. All while enjoying our Executive Chef’s top culinary delights.

Discover Our Secret Ingredients to Successful Aging

Thursday | October 5th | 2:30 PM Moorings Park in Shef eld Theatre 132 Moorings Park Drive, Naples FL 34105

RSVP by October 3rd by calling 239-356-0540, visiting MooringsPark.org/Events, or scanning the QR code.

Unable to attend? Join our webinar on Friday, October 6th at 10:30 AM. To register, visit MooringsPark.org/Webinar.

RSVP today by scanning the QR code, visiting MooringsPark.org/Events, or calling 239-356-0540. Prices

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Arthritic exercise class with Leslie Lilien

Join us for this $5 program being offered on Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center.

I will teach AEA, arthritic exercises, on Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center. Arthritic exercise covers balance, cardio, mobility, endurance, and much more.

Please come, enjoy and work at your own pace. Bring your water, and wear workout clothes and good supportive sneakers. Bring light weights if you have them.

Please email tennis lbow5549@gmail.com to let me know you will be attending.

“Sally’s Dreams” book talk

Please join me for a talk on my book, “Sally's Dreams,” Thursday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. on Zoom. This Jewish Federation of Greater Naples program is free for all. Just read the book and come with questions!

“Sally’s Dreams” grew out of my very early observations of my own family and, more acutely, out of my work with the many families I encountered as a psychotherapist. The novel depicts a Jewish family

Eliminating over-desire for junk food

struggling to allow love and healthier interaction to triumph over destructive forces. “Sally’s Dreams” and my latest novel, “Trapped,” can be purchased on Amazon.

My next novel, “Masters of Betrayal,” will be submitted for publication shortly.

I hope you’ll join me for this Zoom presentation, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m.

Please register at www.jewishnaples. org to receive the Zoom link.


There are both physical and mental reasons why we over-desire sugar and flour. Losing weight by diet and exercise alone is only treating the symptoms, we need to retrain our brains to eliminate these causes of over-desire:

1. Sugar and flour produce a dopamine “feel good chemical” response in the brain, similar to addictive drugs or alcohol.

2. Sugar, flour and feel-good chemicals in our brain can temporarily numb emotional pain, which encourages us to do it often.

3. There are also habitual and cultural reasons why we crave sugar and flour; it’s become normal to eat abnormal foods. Why do we think sugared coffee and donuts are a good breakfast?!

These causes produce tricky thoughts that’ll make you over-desire, overeat and then gain weight over and over again. It’s critically important to get your brain chemicals and thoughts under control if you want to lose weight permanently. Question your thoughts and beliefs!


Free session at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center

September 13th 3-5 PM

If you think dessert has control over you and you can’t resist, that will likely become true for you. But it doesn't have to be. You can train your brain to become aware of dangerous thoughts and create healthier beliefs supporting your weight loss goals.

If you’d like to learn how to rewire your brain to finally be free from the addiction and in control of your weight, sign up for our series of classes called Permanent Weight Loss for Emotional Eaters launching in September. Learn more at www.jewishnaples.org.

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples is cosponsoring these classes and a portion of the tuition will benefit them. Eight consecutive classes meet online via Zoom once a week for an hour. You pick the class series that starts on the day and time that works best for you. Each class builds on the next, so please plan to attend all eight. However, if you need to miss one, arrangements can be made for you to watch a recording to catch up.

Want to feel more confident using technology?

Tech Squad is here to help!

Have you ever asked your child or grandchild for help with your computer or phone? Have you needed assistance to set up your Facebook account? Or to FaceTime? Have you had trouble using Zoom?

Well, the Neumann Tech Squad is here to help! The Tech Squad is comprised of high school students from St. John Neumann School in Naples who have

computer, app and social media skills they want to share with you — at no cost!

All you have to do is register at https:// forms.gle/Tyq1t26u2N35N1aK8, then come to the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.

It’s time to fully put technology to work for you!

...of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples is to enhance and enrich the quality of Jewish life by recognizing and supporting the charitable, educational, humanitarian and social service needs of the Jewish community locally, nationally, overseas and in the state of Israel.

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“If you don’t use it, you will lose it.”

The 92nd Street Y, New York is coming to Naples

News flash!

If you are from the New York metropolitan area, you need no introduction to the 92nd Street Y. Many of us from other parts of the country know of the 92nd Street Y. And, there are some in our community who have never heard of the 92nd Street Y. So let me give you, dear reader, a small taste of what is coming to our Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center.

From the organization’s website: For nearly 150 years, the 92nd Street Y, New York has been serving its communities and the larger world by bringing people together and providing exceptional, groundbreaking programs in the performing and visual arts; literature and culture; adult and children’s education; talks on a huge range of topics; health and fitness; and Jewish life.

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples applauds and wants to provide programming of the highest caliber to our Jewish community in the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center here in Naples.

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Discussion on Zoom and in person

The 92nd Street Y provides programming in the following categories: arts and entertainment, comedy, dance, literary, science and technology, business and finance, concerts and food talks. The biggest names to have appeared include Josh Groban, Gene Wilder, Billy Joel and Beverly Sills, to name just a few. These programs will come to you in our own Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center, starting in October.

The topics and speakers will be announced approximately one month before its presentation, so you will need to pay attention to the weekly e-blasts for details, cost and registration, then register at www.jewishnaples.org.

Our collaboration with the 92nd Street Y brings cultural events to Naples from the most cultural organization in the United States. How lucky we are that they have chosen us to present their offerings here in Naples, Florida!

We Understand the Legal Needs and Traditions Of Our Community.

Watch “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem” at your leisure on Netflix and come together to discuss. Watch seasons No. 1 and No. 2, then discuss the characters, scenes and plot.

This free program for all will be held Thursday, Sept. 14, 11-11:45 a.m. at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center. Register at https://JFGN.regfox. com/the-beauty-queen-of-jerusalemdiscussion. The Zoom link will be emailed two hours prior to the start of this program to those who register.

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Naples man leads effort to honor late Swedish diplomat

Stockholm sculpture pays tribute to Raoul Wallenberg, whose bravery amid the Holocaust spared thousands of lives

NAPLES, Fla. — It’s been more than three decades since Naples businessman Abe Asli, 78, a Persian Europhile who speaks six languages and holds dual U.S.-Swedish citizenship, left his beloved adopted country to give his children the opportunity to live and study in the United States.

As the years passed, Asli’s love for Sweden never wavered. Nor did his abundant admiration for Raoul Wallenberg, whose heroism in the face of the horrors of the Holocaust inspired Asli to commission a bust of the late Swedish diplomat at his own expense.

In late May, what grew into a decadelong effort culminated with the unveiling of Stockholm’s first Wallenberg statue at a prominent waterfront spot in Stockholm.

Until recently, the bust remained in Asli’s East Naples office for nearly 10 years, he said, as he navigated from afar the Byzantine twists of municipal bureaucracy in Sweden’s capital and largest city.

“I talked to him every day,” said Asli, whose trim physique hints at his years as a competitive wrestler and coach. Having won the Czech national championship while pursuing a master’s degree in physical education in Prague, he moved to Sweden after his studies to work as an elite wrestling coach.

“I told him, ‘Don’t be sad, my friend, I’ll get you in a good place. I will never give up before I get you home.’”

Frustrated at times, he remained undeterred, enlisting support from officials not

only in Sweden but also United States and Israeli diplomats.

The bust is located near the site where Wallenberg (representing a neutral country in the war) was commissioned to lead a rescue operation in Budapest, Hungary, where the U.S.-educated businessman had contacts.

Sheltering both Jewish refugees and other victims of political persecution in a series of safe houses, Wallenberg was last seen in January 1945, when he left the city to meet a Soviet commander and never returned. He is believed to have died in a Soviet prison two years later.

“He fought against injustice, and brutality – political brutality,” Asli said. “And they killed him.

“In many, many countries, people are sitting in prison for having conversations like this,” Asli added, describing the

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contemporary relevance of Wallenberg’s legacy and his own efforts to keep history alive.

“That is why we need to remember. Wallenberg is not finished. The injustice and brutality continue. Maybe far from our eyes, but it is happening. So, we must keep fighting for democracy, for justice, for children’s rights, for human rights.”

Jeffrey Feld, president and CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, hailed Asli’s persistence, determination and commitment to create a modern memorial to a 20th-century humanitarian.

“Abe’s efforts to honor Raoul Wallenberg in the country both men called home are truly inspirational,” Feld said. “He is a shining example of the selfless sacrifice for the greater good that guided Wallenberg’s own bravery and commitment to the best humanity has to offer.”

Wallenberg’s rescue mission is already commemorated elsewhere in Sweden as well as here in the U.S.

In Stockholm, there’s a monument near the Baltic Sea waterfront, with a dozen elongated bronze figures framed by a bronze replica of Wallenberg’s signature — a commemoration of the many lifesaving Swedish passports which bore his name.

In his hometown on the outskirts of Stockholm, a bronze briefcase engraved with Wallenberg’s initials depicts the nondescript accessory in which he carried those prized passports. Similar sculptures

are on display at the Holocaust Museum in Washington and outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Olle Wastberg, a former Swedish member of Parliament and consul-general in New York, collaborated closely with Asli on the project. He called the role of the Swedish-American — a self-described Persian who is born in what is now Iran — pivotal in the statue finding a new home.

Among those in attendance at the bust’s unveiling was Kate Wacz, who as a child was rescued by Wallenberg; Israeli Ambassador to Sweden Ziv Nevo Kulman; Adrien Muller, Hungary ambassador to Sweden; and members of the Wallenberg family.

“Whether in Europe, the U.S. or across the world, intolerance and hate are at levels not seen in generations,” Wastberg said. “We need more people like Abe Asli committed to shining a powerful beacon on the forces of peace, goodwill and humanitarian values.”

Asli is insistent that he deserves no special credit for the Stockholm project. He defers credit to his colleagues while emphasizing that Wallenberg, nearly 80 years after his death, is to be not just admired but to also serve as an example of real change.

“Raoul Wallenberg is a movement,” he said, “a movement of equality and human rights. We must learn from his example and be in solidarity with one another.”

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Tips for Choosing a Senior Living Community

Selecting the right senior living community may be one of the most important decisions you and your loved ones will make. Although there is no magic formula for determining when a move will be right for you, these tips will help you navigate the process with confidence.

Be Proactive: Begin exploring your options before there is an urgent need such as a health crisis. This allows you ample time to research, visit communities and make an informed decision without feeling rushed. Being proactive also gives you the opportunity to plan for the future and ensure a smooth transition.

determine if it offers programs that align with your interests. Ensure the community provides a variety of activities that you can enjoy and actively participate in.

At The Carlisle, an entire team is dedicated to appealing to residents’ mind, body, and soul. Zest, the community’s holistic health and wellness program, offers a wealth of programs to pique every interest –from college-level courses and instructor-led fitness classes to live concerts and arts and crafts.

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Visit the Community and Interact with Residents: Visiting a senior living community is crucial in determining whether it’s the right fit. Take the time to tour the community, meet the staff and engage with residents. Speaking with current residents can provide valuable insights into the community’s atmosphere and lifestyle.

Community is still tantalizingly close to Tiburon Golf Club. It’s just 3,520 you will. And Arrowhead Golf Club is only 7.5 miles away as well. for golfers and non-golfers alike. In fact, most folks can’t help but feel a tropical beauty of southern Florida.

spectacular views and amenities straight out of a resort you And assisted living services are always available if needed. at a complimentary lunch and tour. (It’ll be a great walk unschedule.

Mary Beth Baxter, Assistant Executive Director at The Carlisle Naples, encourages prospective residents to attend one of the active retirement community’s many social events and programs to sample the lifestyle. She believes it is a way to get to mix and mingle with residents and get to know potential neighbors.

Review the Community’s Calendar and Activities: An important aspect of senior living is the opportunity for social engagement. When evaluating a community, review the activity calendar to

Consider Your Future Needs: Look for communities that offer a continuum of care to ensure that as your needs change, the community can provide the appropriate level of care and support. Th e Carlisle Naples, for example, holds an Extended Congregate Care (ECC) license, which allows assisted living communities to provide additional supportive and nursing services. Additionally, an innovative, personcentered program, “Club Carlisle,” has been developed to address the needs of assisted living residents whose needs will be best served in smaller groups.

Check for Accreditation and Certifications: Research whether the senior

living community is accredited or holds relevant certifications. Accreditation from trusted organizations indicates the community meets high standards of quality and care. The Carlisle Naples was recently reaccredited by CARF International, the fourth consecutive three-year accreditation awarded to the community.

Similar to the fivestar rating of the hospitality industry, this certification is the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to a retirement community.

Located at 6945 Carlisle Court in Naples, The Carlisle offers independent and assisted living lifestyles featuring spacious one-and two-bedroom residences, weekly housekeeping and flat linen services, basic cable TV, all utilities except telephone, and delicious dining with daily, chef-prepared specials. The community is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an important distinction that provides residents with the assurance that the highest standards of quality care, services and safeguards are maintained. For more information about the community, please call 239-221-0017 or visit www.TheCarlisleNaples.com.


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9 September 2023 Federation Star CARLISLE ADVERTORIAL If you believe that the perfect place is not just about where it is, but about how it makes you feel, then The Carlisle might be the perfect place for you. Discover new friendships, new passions, new freedoms. It’s all here at The Carlisle Naples senior living community. Live in your element. 6945 Carlisle Court • Naples, FL • TheCarlisleNaples.com • 239.444.6891 CARF-ACCREDITED INDEPENDENT & ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCES • ECC LI CENSED Located just south of Orange Blossom Drive on the west side of Airport-Pulling Road ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY #9408 EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY DINING OPTIONS • TRANSPORTATION • VIBRANT WELLNESS PROGRAMS AFTERNOON IN PARIS | THURSDAY, SEPT. 28TH • 4:00PM Join us
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Kristallnacht commemorative program 2023


The Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County invites the entire community to our annual Kristallnacht Commemoration. This year’s event, sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and Diocese of Venice in Florida, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 5 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church on 5225 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples at 2:30 p.m.

Please register for this free event at www.jewishnaples.org so that we can plan accordingly. Refreshments will be served.

Our speaker will be Rabbi David Maayan of Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies. Rabbi Maayan’s extensive teaching background has been dedicated to promoting understanding between Catholics and Jews.

Rabbi Maayan’s topic will discuss Catholic-Jewish relations after the Holocaust with a focus on the concept of “the other.” The Holocaust awakened many to the horrific possibilities of an approach that demonizes “the other” in

Why I volunteer

Icannot idly watch my people slip through the cracks of indifference.

As a fresh-off-the-boat immigrant from the USSR, the place of hell most Americans still only tangentially understand, I made it my decades-long mission to impart history I know, via first-hand experiences, so that some of the mistakes Jews made in the 20th century may be anticipated and averted in the 21st.

By my 18th year in the U.S., I had doubled in age and began giving back to my communities, both Jewish and

immigrant, by transitioning out of a lucrative corporate career to be Bramson ORT’s solver of first-gen immigrants’ problems. The knowledge and love of pedagogy I initially acquired while still in the USSR and a strong pull to mentor recent young adult immigrants, guided me. My students began understanding capitalist business practices, getting into four-year colleges and securing jobs. Consequently, their earnings potential increased, thus validating their American dreams.

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new Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center? Contact me at eavila@jewishnaples.org or 239-263-4205.

order to construct a "positive" self-image for their own agenda or cause.

This topic reflects the same theme as Pastor Martin Niemöller’s poem:

First They Came

First they came for the Communists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me

And there was no one left To speak out for me




Make your check payable to JFGN and send it, with this completed form, to: JFGN, 4720 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34119.

Since moving to Naples, I served on the local ORT America chapter board, as its former dean of academic services; then formed the JewishRussian Cultural Alliance (JRCA), which helps recent Russian-speaking Southwest Floridians grow new roots. I also co-founded The Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida to formalize local Jewish history records and

educate the entire community, and beyond, of the accomplishments by Jews in this area, which did not particularly welcome Jewish presence until fairly recently.

I am also a second- and third-generation Holocaust survivor and still volunteer as Oral-Visual History interviewer at our local museum.

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Jewish Young Professionals

Over the summer, members of Jewish Young Professionals (JYP) of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples gathered for a campthemed Shabbat. We participated in Shabbat and summer camp traditions together — having a fire pit and playing camp games!

To get involved with JYP, please contact Maya, JYP coordinator, at mayajw3@ gmail.com.

Singles Social Group potluck brunch

A great way to connect with one another

Are you Jewish and single and looking to meet others? If yes, then this group is for you.

Members of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, MCA and WCA Jewish singles are invited to bring your favorite holiday dish to share and meet new friends at the Single Social Group’s Happy

New Year Potluck Brunch Monday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please bring kosher-style, dairy or parve foods, snacks or drinks to share. Email Reneé at rbialek@jewishnaples. org to RSVP and let her know what you will bring.

wishes you and your loved ones a Happy & Sweet New Year!

Get “out of the box”

During the High Holidays, the doors to Heaven are open to all…and so are ours!

Come enjoy an uplifting High Holidays with Chabad Naples. Hebrew-English prayer books, enlightening commentary, children’s program, and delicious luncheon. Start the new year off on a high by rejuvenating

RSVP required. To registerorto learn morevisit ChabadNaplesHighHolidays.com orcall 239-262-4474.

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Iam proud to be president of WCA and am thrilled by our organization’s success, which I attribute to each of you. After successfully navigating the challenges of COVID-19, our 2022-2023 season was better than ever. Special thanks to the WCA Board of Directors, group liaisons, branch leaders, and the women who planned special events, along with the multitude of volunteers who worked at these events this past season.

As of the end of July 2023, we are 1,550+ members strong and continue to receive new members and renewals every day! (Our computer management system has made processing memberships and renewals online so much easier.)

WCA is planning an exciting season — our busiest ever! We already have a great lineup of speakers, and we are

planning some “don’t-miss” trips. As always, if you have ideas for programs — or any suggestions for WCA — please share them with me.

I hope that these photos of some of last year’s special events get you excited for the new season. (Below the photo is the event date for the 2023-2024 season.)

But, to be able to participate, you need to be a member of WCA. To join WCA or to renew your membership, visit our website, wcanaples.org. Click on “Join or Renew” under “Membership” on the menu bar. It’s that easy!

To our members who celebrate the Jewish New Year, on behalf of the WCA Board of Directors, I wish you and your loved ones, a year filled with good health, joy and numerous gatherings with friends.

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Luncheon (planned for Nov. 10) Annual Mahjong Day (planned for Jan. 23) Style Show (planned for Jan. 15)
WCA Community Volunteer Expo (planned for Jan. 31) Chanukah Dinner Dance (planned for Dec. 13) Susie Golubock, Iris Shur and Marguerite Rubin helped women prepare for Canasta Day (planned for March 19). NextGen visit Naples Botanical Garden (Many outings are planned for WCA members this year.)

to our 2023-24 Jewish Book Festival Look Who’s Coming OPENING EVENT!

World-renowned author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” and celebrated sports journalist Mitch Albom will kick off our 2023-24 Jewish Book Festival with thoughts on his newest book, “The Little Liar.”

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center

Mitch Albom is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books, which have collectively sold more than 40 million copies in 48 languages worldwide. He has written eight No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, including “Tuesdays with Morrie,” the bestselling memoir of all time, which topped the list for four straight years.

An outstanding line-up of noted authors from the Jewish Book Council continues throughout the Jewish Book Festival season.

Visit jewishbookfestival.org and read the October Federation Star to see the list of authors and their books along with opportunities to become a Patron and to purchase tickets.

Registration for individual events are available; however, the best way to ensure you have a seat for the authors you want to see is to become a Patron.

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MCA is gearing up for the 2023-2024 season

The MCA Program Committee has been hard at work this summer, planning interesting and exciting programs for the coming season. Here is a list of several special events that MCA members and members of the Greater Naples Jewish community can look forward to.

For MCA members only

Nov. 4: Oldie's Sock Hop – Join your MCA friends and their partners for an evening of music, dancing and nostalgia.

The Brazina Documentary Film Series – The series will comprise 6 films, shown on the first Tuesday of the month, starting Nov. 7 and running through April.

Nov. 9 (monthly luncheon): The Future of Healthcare – Paul Hiltz, CEO Naples Community Hospital Healthcare

Dec. 9: Comedy Night and Candle Lighting – MCA is happy to welcome Sarge back to Naples. Three years ago, he performed for a sellout crowd at Off the Hook Comedy Club.

Dec. 14 (monthly luncheon): Heat and Human Health: Solutions to Save Lives From These Deadly Events –Laurence S. Kalkstein, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

Jan. 11 (monthly luncheon): The Federal Court System: My Life as a Federal Judge – Richard Linn, Senior United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals

January 31: Monte Carlo Night –Come play your favorite ‘Vegas’ games, win some prizes and have fun with your friends.

Feb. 8 (monthly luncheon): Hello Darkness, My Old Friend – with MCA Member Bob Gage and Sandy Greenberg, author of “Hello Darkness, My Old Friend”

March 2: Eighth Annual MCA Sweethearts Dance – Another evening of dinner, music, dancing and a great time for everyone.

March 14 (monthly luncheon): Overview and Update of Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) – Presented by Ben Siegel, Lee County Port Authority executive director

March 17: “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical” – Have dinner and then watch this inspiring true story of one woman’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater.

April 11 (monthly luncheon): My Journey Through American and International Jewish Organizations – Presented by MCA Member Michael Siegal, former Chairman of the Board of The Jewish Agency for Israel

For all members of the Greater Naples Jewish Community

Dec. 12: Jewish Genetics and the Health of the Jewish Community – Learn about how JScreen, a national nonprofit at-home education and genetic screening program, is making genetic testing accessible while debunking the many misconceptions people have about this important topic.

Jan. 17: From Green Beret to the 19th Director of the U.S. Secret Service – Lew Merletti will talk about serving under Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton, about his days on the elite Counter Assault Team, and on the presidential protective detail.

Feb. 21: Greatest Jewish Composers

Piano Concert – In this one-of-a-kind presentation, international concert pianist and former university professor Peter Simon both performs and narrates the history and greatness of Jewish composers who have positively influenced western music throughout the years.

These events, along with our monthly discussion groups and documentary films, weekly athletic events, tours of local points of interest, opportunities to share meals, and many other activities provide MCA members many opportunities to stay active, engaged and part of a vibrant community. Go to the MCA website, MCANaples.org, or watch for our weekly e-blast.

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Museum expansion news

We can’t wait to welcome you to our expanded and updated Museum! We will tentatively reopen Tuesday, Oct. 31 and have special reopening celebrations planned in November. Our website, hmcec.org, will have additional opening information as we get closer to October.

In addition to new galleries and classroom space in the new North Wing, you will also find new displays in the existing Museum. The “Resistance and Rescue” displays will highlight upstanders who demonstrated the strength and power of moral courage in many different situations during the Holocaust. Among the areas covered are the Kindertransport, Hidden Children, the Warsaw Underground (Zegota), the Reigner Telegram, Oskar Schindler, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Danish Rescue, the Auschwitz Revolt, and more.

As you reflect on the brave acts of the people in these stories, we hope you, too, will be inspired to stand up for those who are unjustly bullied or persecuted because of who they are, not what they do.

New Holocaust education programs

Now that school is in session, we invite Southwest Florida teachers to contact our education department to schedule their 2023-2024 student field trips and at-school Museum educator visits.

We’re introducing several new student activities for fifth grade through high school, available at the Museum and for in-school classes. Reservations are also being accepted for the traveling Boxcar exhibit and popup Museum displays.

Please note these exhibits are also available to community organizations. Contact Education Specialist David Nelson, David@hmcec.org, for more information.

Our Holocaust education programs are available to teachers and students at public, private, charter, home school and alternative school learning environments in five Southwest Florida counties. If you know of a teacher interested in learning more about the Museum and its programs, please ask them to contact Education Specialist David Nelson at David@hmcec.org.

Museum public programming

We have many interesting programs

and events scheduled for the 2023-2024 season and we hope to see you there! Please grab your calendars and save the following dates.

2023-2024 Museum fundraising events

• Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023: The Luncheon with special program “Letters from Anne and Martin,”11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at The Vineyards Country Club; RSVP required; tickets $150; sponsorship packages available.

• Wednesday, March 6, 2024: Triumph 2024 Annual Fundraising Evening; 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Arthrex Conference Center; RSVP required; tickets $350; sponsorship packages available.

Movies That Matter Series

Three documentaries on important social topics will be discussed with expert panels and Q/A:

• Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. on Zoom – “Poor Kids” (about child poverty in America)

• Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. on Zoom – “Repairing the World” (about combatting antisemitism)

• Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. on Zoom – “The Invisible Class” (about homelessness) Sponsorships are available. Registration is required at hmcec.org.

Exhibits in the new Estelle and Stuart Price Gallery

October-December 2023: “Forgeries and the Holocaust”

January-March 2024: “Stitching History from the Holocaust”

April-October 2024: “Lawyers Without Rights: The Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Berlin After 1933”

Lectures and programs

in the new Herbert H. Schiff classroom

• Saturday, Nov. 4: Family Day –reopening celebration with activities for kids of all ages, 1-3 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 11: Special Veterans Day Museum reopening program, 1-3 p.m.; complimentary admission; film program; RSVP required

• Wednesday, Jan. 17: “The Rescue in the Philippines,” 2-4 p.m., film/Q&A with the filmmakers; ticketed event; RSVP required

• Friday, Jan. 26: International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 1-3 p.m.; complimentary admission; film program; RSVP required

• Wednesday, Feb. 7, 14 & 21: Ellaine Rosen Lecture Series “Witness to Goodness;” 2-4 p.m.; ticketed events; free of charge/donations appreciated; RSVP required

• Thursday, Feb. 15: Jack Nortman and The Boxcar Film and Survivor Talk, 3 p.m.; ticketed event; RSVP required

• Wednesday, March 20: Stuart Mest, M.D. Lecture “The Holocaust: Medically Driven Genocide,” 2-4 p.m.; ticketed event; RSVP required

• Wednesday, May 8: VE Day Commemoration, 1-3 p.m.; complimentary admission; film program; RSVP required


commemoration events

• Sunday, Nov. 5: Annual Community Kristallnacht Commemoration; 2:30-4:30 p.m.; St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Naples. Open to the public and free to attend.

• Sunday, May 5: Annual Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration; 4-5 p.m., Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, 4720 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. Open to the public and free to attend.

New private group tour options

If you are looking for a memorable experience for your community, organization, friends and family members, schedule a private group tour of our new, expanded Museum! Four new tour options will be available this year. Private group tours are offered when the Museum is closed to the public and can be customized for your group's interest and time schedule. For questions and to schedule a private group tour, please contact Education Specialist David Nelson at David@hmcec.org or 239-263-9200, ext. 205.

Many thanks to all who support our important mission to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence. We look forward to sharing our new space and exhibits with you this coming season!

“Movies That Matter”

Steve Brazina Memorial Film Series Discussion Programs with Expert Panels/Q&A

We hope you'll join us for these important discussions of Human Rights topics affecting SWFL, and learn how you CAN make a difference in our community. Free of charge to participate, reservations are required, and donations are appreciated. Sponsorships are also available.

Please visit www.hmcec.org for more information.

“Poor Kids” - Wednesday, October 18 ZOOM Discussion at 4:00pm EST (U.S. and Canada) on Zoom. Documentary exploring what poverty means to children in America, through the stories of three families.

“Repairing the World” - Wednesday, October 25 ZOOM Discussion at 4:00pm EST (U.S. and Canada) on Zoom. Documentary on the Pittsburgh community's response to hate and antisemitism following the 2018 Tree of Life Synagogue attack.

“The Invisible Class” - Wednesday, November 1 Zoom Discussion at 4:00pm EST (U.S. and Canada) on Zoom. This documentary examines homelessness in America, and the stereotypes and systemic causes of this issue.

Note: Film Viewing links will be provided prior to the ZOOM Expert Panel/Q&A discussion.

2023 "Movies That Matter" Series Partners: Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center, GenShoah SWFL, Interfaith Alliance, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, Naples United Church of Christ, Temple Shalom


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Save the dates for the sixth annual Movies that Matter

The Steve Brazina memorial human rights film series

There are human rights film festivals throughout the U.S. and internationally but Movies that Matter is the only human rights film festival in Southwest Florida. What differentiates human rights film festivals from others is the mission — to educate, engage and facilitate discussion around human rights topics through film. An important aspect of Movies that Matter and most human rights film festivals is that, after viewing the film, a panel of experts is invited to discuss it and explain how these issues affect our area as well as how those attending can help.

This is the sixth year that Movies that Matter SWFL: The Steve

Brazina Memorial Film Series will bring documentaries regarding crucial contemporary issues to our area. The film series is now also named in memory of a cofounder of the series and lover of documentary films, Steve Brazina.

The 2023 series will begin with virtual availability of the film “Poor Kids,” followed on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m. with a Zoom panel discussion of the film and childhood poverty in our area.


To: Rosalee & Jerry Bogo

In your honor of your new home

From: Phyllis & Stanley Magrill Susan & Nat Ritter

To: Rosalee & Jerry Bogo

In honor of your special anniversary

From: Carol & Bill Goldman

To: Corky Kaplan

In memory of Dr. Alan Kaplan

From: Gail & Mel Ufberg

To: Karen Saeks

In memory of Dr. Eddie Saeks

From: Linda & Allen Saeks

To: The Family of Barbara Wolf

In memory of Barbara Wolf

From: WCA Single Girlfriends

To: Ellen & Ed Wollman

In honor of the birth of your granddaughter, Aliza James Wollman

From: Susan & Nat Ritter Jane Schiff

Tributes require a minimum donation of $18.

To place a Tribute in the FederationStarin honor or memory of someone, please contact Janine Hudak at the Federation office at 239-263-4205 or jhudak@jewishnaples.org. Tributes require a minimum donation of $18. A note will be sent to the person/family you are honoring. Tributes help further the work of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.


A child of Holocaust survivors? (2G)

A grandchild of Holocaust survivors? (3G)

A great-grandchild of Holocaust survivors? (4G)

Contact: genshoah@hmcec.org

• Promoting Holocaust Education and Human rights

• Preserving the history and memories of the Holocaust

• Connecting with other second- and third-generation families

• Supporting the Holocaust Museum and Cohen Education Center

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, there will be an in-person screening of the prize-winning documentary “Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life.” This film presents unheard stories of hope and shows what it means to be “stronger than hate.”

Time and location will be announced.

A films that gives insight into the problems of the unhoused and homeless as well as present a solution is “Invisible Class.” The link will be sent to registrants

and an expert panel will discuss the film, issue and solutions on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m.

This year, there will be no cost to view or attend the films or view the panel discussions but donations of any amount are appreciated and welcome. Sponsorships will be available, beginning at only $75. For details, please visit hmcec.org.

More information about the films and in-person locations will be provided in next month’s issue of Federation Star Interested participants can also visit the website of the Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center, hmcec.org, for more information and to register.

GenShoah SWFL items of interest

Save the dates!

GenShoah SWFL is planning a number of programs for the upcoming season. You may want to mark your calendar for some of them. Dates are subject to change.

Something new — Book Discussion Group

A new addition to GenShoah programs this season will be the GenShoah Book Discussion Group led by Estelle Kafer. The first meeting was held on Tuesday, Aug. 22 via Zoom. Future meetings may be held in person.

The book discussed was “One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World” by prize-winning author Michael Frank.

"The remarkable story of 99-year-old Stella Levi, whose conversations with the author over the course of six years, brings to life the vibrant world of Jewish Rhodes, the deportation to Auschwitz that extinguished 90% of her community, and the resilience and wisdom of the woman who lived to tell the tale."

Additional events

The third Sunday, Oct.-April, 3:30 p.m. –“Zoog Mir in Yiddish” Yiddish Discussion Group. All levels of Yiddish welcome to schmooze a bissel. (Location: Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center.) Registration required at hmcec.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m. – Movies That Matter. “Poor Kids” on Zoom. Expert panel will discuss film. Link to film available prior to panel discussion. Registration required at hmcec.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 – Movies That Matter. Important and powerful film “Repairing the World” will be shown, with a panel discussion/Q&A following. (Time and location TBD.) Registration required at hmcec.org.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m. – Movies That Matter on crucial housing and homeless issues. Viewing link available

prior to panel discussion on Zoom. Registration required at hmcec.org.

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m. – Kristallnacht Commemoration. (Location: St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 5225 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples)

Sunday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m. – Annual Potluck. (Location: private residence.) More information to follow.

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m. – Watch “The Rescue in the Philippines” followed by Q&A. (Location: Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center.) Registration required at hmcec.org.

Friday, Jan. 26 – Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Location: Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center.) More information to follow.

Sunday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m. – “Our Stories.”

(Location: private residence.) Registration required with Shelley at liebro@ gmail.com.

Sundays, Feb. 25 and April 7, 1-3 p.m. – Genealogy Workshops, Naples. Register and get more information through Shelley at liebro@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 5, 4-5 p.m. – Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration.

(Location: Jewish Federation of Greater Naples Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center, 4720 Pine Ridge Road, Naples.)

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Fighting antisemitism

As we prepare to welcome a new year on the Jewish calendar (5784) and consider our past transgressions for Yom Kippur, let us introduce an opportunity to make a difference in our community — Interfaith Alliance of SWFL, a local group that is challenging antisemitism and working to protect our community from bigotry and all forms of hate.

You are familiar with the latest frightening news about the rise of antisemitism. You likely read something about antisemitism nearly every day. Headlines come from a variety of sources such as “The Dark Side of Social Media: How it Fuels Antisemitism” (Brandeis University, May 2022), “Antisemitic incidents on the rise across the U.S., report finds” (PBS, April 2023), and “Why Has Antisemitism Gained Momentum Again” (AARP, May 2023).

The Anti-Defamation League reported in March 2023 that antisemitic incidents in Florida more than doubled since 2020, and the SunSentinel noted that antisemitic incidents surged in Florida, growing more than nationwide (March 2023). News organizations throughout Florida and beyond reported that a “Naples rabbi was harassed outside a school board meeting” (May-June 2023).

Many years ago, there was a commercial on TV that said, “Wishing won’t do it, saving will.” How does that apply to antisemitism? Just reading articles and

sending them to your friends doesn’t do anything about reducing antisemitism. You were familiar with the headlines above, but are you familiar with what your friends are doing, and have you been motivated to act?

GenShoah is often asked to show more films about antisemitism and send more articles about antisemitism. GenShoah could do this, but perhaps reminding GenShoah members what they could do would be more valuable. Nationally, there are organizations committed to combating antisemitism including the ADL, AJC and the World Jewish Congress. Locally, supporting the Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center is a great place to start.

A new organization in our area also deserves our attention because of its mission. Its statement of who it is, what it believes and, most importantly, what it plans to do, is “work in partnership with others to protect our communities from bigotry, discrimination, prejudice, racism and all forms of hate against all people regardless of faith, race, gender, creed, sexual orientation or national origin.” This group is the Interfaith Alliance of SWFL which was founded in March 2023 in response to numerous concerns, including recurring “threats to public education and increasing levels of hate-based activity targeting Jews” and other groups. This is a local affiliate of the national Interfaith Alliance, which has a national campaign against antisemitism.

Please read more about this group at www.interfaithalliance.org/swfl. Once you know more, you may be motivated to attend one of its meetings (in person or via Zoom) and perhaps get involved in planning future events, programs and activities that will make a difference in our community. Write to swflinterfaith@ gmail.com to get on its mailing list and learn more.

In a guest commentary published in the Naples Daily News and the News-Press, the Steering Committee of the Interfaith Alliance of SWFL stated, “Eradicating antisemitism is a core component of achieving a more inclusive vision of religious freedom that protects people of all faiths and no faith. All of us can do our

part to challenge antisemitism and push back on hate.”

Think globally, act locally and, if not now, when?

About GenShoah SWFL

GenShoah SWFL is a group for children and descendants of Holocaust survivors and anyone interested in the mission of GenShoah SWFL, which is promotion of Holocaust education and human rights, preservation of history and memories of the Holocaust, connecting the second generation with one another and support of the Holocaust Museum & Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center.

Our group is always open to interested people. There are no dues or forms to fill out. If you would like to receive our newsletter and program announcements, just send an email to liebro@gmail.com. And, if you would like to volunteer to help with future programs, please let us know that, too!

Thank you to those who support our mission, read the newsletter, attend GenShoah programs and are members of the Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center in Naples. We do encourage membership at the Museum, as we are an affinity organization with it. If you are not already a member of the Museum, please consider joining or making a donation.

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Zoog mir in Yiddish

It’s agreed that the Holocaust was the worst catastrophe to strike the Jewish people. But alongside the Holocaust was another disaster. Of the Jewish people overcome during World War II, 85% spoke Yiddish. That means that out of some six million men, women and children, 5.1 million spoke Yiddish.

It has been said that there is not enough ink or paper to properly write what happened during this awful time. Concerning Yiddish, there is not enough time left for humanity to hear what was said by those anguished before being overcome.

Temple Shalom events open to the community

In the meantime, here are a few gems heard this time of year.

Yiddish words dealing with Rosh Ha Shanah

1. Ah GIT YOOR! (a good year) Lomir zec’h os bayten off Ah Git Yoor! (Let us be prayerful for a good year!)

2. Dee enTOYven (time of the High Holidays) Dee Entoyven kimmen oop. (The High Holidays are approaching.)

The following Temple Shalom events are open to everyone.

High Holy Days at Temple Shalom

For the full schedule of High Holy Days services, please visit our website at www.naplestemple.org. Tickets are required for High Holy Days services. To inquire about High Holy Days tickets, please call the Temple Shalom office at 239-455-3030.

Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. Delve into the rich wisdom of the weekly Torah portion with thoughtful discussions and meaningful reflections. Led by a member of our clergy or a lay leader, this interactive session welcomes all to explore and connect with Jewish teachings. Please contact the Temple Shalom office at info@naplestemple.org for the Zoom link.

Jewish yoga

In English, it is known as the Holocaust, in Hebrew it is the Shoa and in Yiddish it is called Deh C’horban, the sacrifice.

As we approach a new year in our faith, let us keep in mind the importance of how tightly Yiddish and the Holocaust are woven. The purpose of the Holocaust Museum is to enlighten and educate those around us; the same goes for Yiddish.

Why? Because that passionate, love-filled and joyously laden language was spoken first throughout Europe for 1,000 years.

It is up to us to preserve and enhance inzeh Looshen, our language, by speaking and sharing it amongst us Yeeden. I am grateful to Susan Suarez for another opportunity to offer Yiddish programs for your enjoyment. My thanks to Shelley Lieb for all the help she has provided.

If you have suggestions to enhance our conversation, I’m anxious to hear from you.

3. RIND-ik (round) Zayn noh! Deh challeh iz rindik! (Look! The challah is round!)

4. ZEES (sweet)

Meh zoll naw hoob’n ah zees yooweh! (We should only have a sweet year!)

5. LAY-ben (life)

Meh zoll naw layben un geh zint zahn! (We should only live and be well!)

6. MAH-zel (luck)

Doos mahzel zoll t’zee laac’hten! (Luck should only add to the light!)

7. SHEEL (Shul, Temple) Meh geit in Sheel morgen. (We are going to Shul tomorrow.)

8. IBBEH bayten (to reconcile, to make up) Lomir zec’h ibbeh bayten fah ah git yoor! (Let’s make up and have a good year!)

9. ahVEYres (sins) Siz Tashlic’h, varf ahvek dee ahvayres in vaaseh! (It’s Tahslic’h, throw away your sins in the water!)

Beach Shabbat

Join us on Friday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. for a beautiful sunset Shabbat service at Lowdermilk Park. We meet at the north end of the beach. Please bring a beach chair. There will be no service at Temple Shalom on that evening.

Soulful Shabbat

Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Experience the transformative power of music and spirituality at our Soulful Shabbat service, a soul-stirring service conducted entirely through the enchanting melodies of Cantor Donna Azu and the Temple Shalom Band.

Torah Study

Join our vibrant virtual Torah Study every

Discover tranquility and balance in our Jewish yoga class, meeting weekly on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Unite mind, body and soul with gentle stretches and enriching Jewish spiritual insights. All levels welcome. Only $54 for 7 sessions. Namaste! Contact the Temple Shalom office at info@naplestemple.org to sign up.

Israel Book Discussion

Explore aspects of Israeli society in the monthly Israel Book Discussion on Zoom. Join every fourth Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. to delve into captivating fiction and nonfiction works. Engaging conversations guaranteed. Contact the Temple Shalom office at info@naples temple.org for more information and the Zoom link.




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Curse the Rains That Bring Ants Indoors This Time of Year

When summer showers turn longer and autumn brings even more rains, a pest like ants can wreak even more havoc than in dry times. Much like humans, ants prefer dry harborage, which is why when rains become heavier, ants look for ways into homes stay dry. Even the smallest cracks or unsealed openings can be the perfect entrance for ants into your Southwest Florida home.

Why are ants problematic? As you may already know, ants can pose health and property risks –from food contamination to costly property damage.

Ants are social insects and typically live in large groups or colonies. There are more than 700 ant species found in the United States, although only about 25 species are known to commonly invade homes. Depending on the species, ant colonies can consist of millions of ants. Their structured nest communities are commonly constructed with soil and plant materials and located underground. However, depending on the type of ant species, nests can also be found in mounds built on the ground level or even in trees.

Ants will eat practically any kind of food, but are especially attracted to sweets as they supply a large amount of energy to the relatively small ants. Depending on the species, ants can range in size from 1/12 to 1 inch and are usually red or black in color.

While most ants are considered harmless, an ant infestation can be a major nuisance and may be difficult to control. There is the common myth that seeing one ant indoors does not equal a full-blown infestation. Although this can be true, ants cooperate by leaving an invisible chemical trail (pheromones) for other ants to follow once they locate a promising food source. If that food source is in your home, you can count them quickly entering your home through the smallest cracks and crevices.

Ant colonies can be found anywhere in and around your home. Although they typically won’t harm you, there are those – such as fire ants (that sting) and carpenter ants (that damage wood) –that can actually pose a threat to your family’s health and property.

While most ants are usually just a nuisance, a few varieties are capable of biting people. Most ant bites cause itching, which may last from a few hours to a few days. These mild reactions are very common and home treatment is often all that is needed to relieve the symptoms. If the bite causes a severe reaction, seek immediate medical attention.

The main tactic in effective prevention plan is to create a less inviting environment for pests around your home. This includes eliminating access and removing suitable sources of food and water. Exclusion is the process of keeping pests outside

of your home; however, exclusion can prove difficult to the untrained eye and covering every entry point is virtually impossible without the assistance of a pest control professional.

Another suggestion is to reduce moisture content around the exterior of your home in surrounding flower beds and other landscaping. Reduce the watering times and increase the frequency of your irrigation system. Direct the downspout flow as far away from your home as possible; add downspout extensions if needed.

Also, reduce the depth of mulch around the exterior of your home to no more than one inch –the deeper the ground cover, the more moisture will be trapped, creating an ideal breeding area for all pests.

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September senior programming

Welcome to September, when thoughts turn to everything special about the High Holidays. From brisket recipes to holiday services, the apple and honey give us pause as we pray for a sweet year ahead.

Summer has been a busy one here at Baker Senior Center Naples (BSCN). We have welcomed over 1,200 new members

for a total of 1,800 and have added four new respite groups for a total of nine — and we continue to grow!

Twenty-two Holocaust survivors joined us for our second Café Europa. The theme was “afternoon tea,” which was celebrated with traditional tea sandwiches and tiered plates of sweets. Tea was served in beautiful teacups and saucers, each with a different design, given to our guests as party favors to take home. We look forward to continuing our Café Europa program into next year.

September is National Senior Center Month and BSCN is celebrating by featuring special programs that highlight the creativity and the resilience of our



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Founded in 1998, NJC is a mature congregation offering opportunities for observance, study and fellowship in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our inspirational and throught-provoking High Holy Days services, led by Rabbi Howard Herman, are infused with beautiful music from Cantorial Soloist Jane Galler, Music Director Alla Gorelick and our choir. Please join us to experience the NJC difference!


members. Our flourishing garden, writers’ workshop and programs for veterans are among those being featured.

September is also National Fall Prevention Month and BSCN has partnered with Step Smart Collier to offer an educational “hands-on” program as another example of Senior Center Month programming. The event is taking place Sept. 18 from noon to 3 p.m. and is open to the public. Please call 239-325-4444 to register.

Plans are being finalized for our Jan. 13th gala, An Evening for Better Tomorrows. This year’s theme is “These Magic Moments” and I can promise you the

event will truly be magical! Tickets are $650 each for an evening of dining, dancing and excitement. Patron tables are available for $10,000.

Over the summer, BSCN welcomed several new staff members. Tim Morrison joined us as chief development officer; I am sure many of you know Tim from his time at the Holocaust Museum. Pam Osborne joined the team as chief clinical officer.

All of us at Baker Senior Center Naples wish you a healthy, happy and peaceful new year.

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How to tackle too much stuff

Aging Jewishly – What our traditions teach us about growing old

Can I help you with that?” The question came from the UPS driver who had just delivered a package to Jeanette’s next-door neighbor. Jeanette offered a grateful smile and let the young man lift the box she was carrying and place it in the open trunk of her car. The box would later make its way to the local Goodwill store, joining about a dozen others Jeanette had already taken there this week alone.

“Decluttering,” Jeanette said to the young driver. “Over the years, we’ve accumulated so much stuff. It’s overwhelming.”

Jeanette’s dilemma and her dogged solution are not unique. In recent years, books, articles, YouTube videos and television programs have touted the benefits of leading a simpler, “stuff-free” life — a laudable goal but, as Jeanette has discovered, not as easy as it sounds.

As the Jewish new year approaches, the time is right for a fresh start, sans the trappings of rampant consumerism, retail therapy and a gnawing sense of “I just can’t let this (dish, picture, love letter, award, mug, etc.) go.” But how to tackle what seems to be an insurmountable task?

Call for reinforcements. Take to heart Ken Bresler’s assessment of the cluttering problem (“A Jewish Take on Decluttering”), where he explains in the Boston Jewish Times that “For Jews, decluttering is not a fad. It’s a tradition starting with God, the first organizer.”

Bresler even points to the Jewish prayer for getting rid of stuff; “Blessed is the One who brings order to the world, as You bless my efforts to bring order.”

Journalist Bresler found the prayer (offered in English and Hebrew) in “The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLAL’s Guide to Everyday & Holiday Rituals & Blessings.” This 2001 publication by the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership has a two-page spread titled, “Organizing Your Room, Your House, Your Office, Your Affairs, Your Life.”

So, now that we’ve said the prayer, let’s get at it. That’s where author Rita Wilkins comes in. Writing in the online magazine, Sixty and Me, Wilkins outlines a method for moving mountains of papers, clothing, keepsakes and mementos of all kinds. The Wilkins article, “The Therapeutic Benefits of Decluttering Your Home and Your Life,” (July 30, 2023) offers an organizational basis for approaching an activity that seems to be beyond impossible.

Breaking clutter down into manageable categories is an essential but often overlooked first step, says Wilkins, who cautions that the random accumulation of a variety of tangible and intangible

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possessions can literally make us sick. To that end, the author offers an overall framework from which to begin.

“Digital clutter” manifests itself in unopened emails, disorganized desktops or hundreds of undeleted photographs, while “sentimental clutter” includes little chachkies like our children’s art projects, years of birthday greetings and holiday cards — stuff we’ve relegated to cardboard boxes in the basement or plastic bins in storage facilities that we pay for each month but haven’t visited for years.

Have you considered “calendar clutter?” Rita Wilkins has. She writes, “When our calendars are filled with too many commitments and obligations (the “have to’s” but “I don’t want to’s”) and when we allow unsolicited expectations of others to consume our time, attention and energy, our calendars leave no room, no white space for our own priorities and desires.”

Then there’s “financial clutter” in the piles of unfiled receipts often mixed with unpaid bills, not to mention the often-ignored

hidden clutter in the form of “relationship clutter,” that Wilkins describes as patterns of toxic behavior such as constant yelling, blaming and enabling that, “just like physical clutter, can hold us back from living the life we want and deserve.”

In an upside-down version of the six days of creation, these six clutter categories represent a personal Rosh HaShanah — a place to start as we work toward effectuating a seventh day of peace.

In Kohelet, we read “There is a time for everything … a time to keep and a time to cast away … a time for every purpose under heaven.”

According to the experts, decluttering your home and your life has great benefits, including a feeling of great relief. To begin, focus on one of these six categories. As the burden of too much stuff is lifted, you will be able to create space for a simpler, more abundant life.

For 10 years, Rabbi Barbara Aiello served the Aviva Campus for Senior Life as resident rabbi. Her most popular columns are now published in her new book, “Aging Jewishly,” available on Amazon books. Rabbi Barbara now lives and works in Italy, where she is rabbi of Italy’s first Reconstructionist synagogue. Contact her at rabbi@rabbibarbara.com.

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The heroes and the tragedy of Vilna

Early on Sept. 1, 1943

— 80 years ago this month — the Vilna ghetto was surrounded by German and Estonian security forces who began arresting Jews and removing them from the ghetto. This was the culmination of an action that had begun on Aug. 6, when SS chief Heinrich Himmler ordered that the Germans commence the deportation of Vilna’s Jews to Estonia. The Germans demanded that the Jewish Council (Judenrat) provide 3,000 men and 2,000 women for deportation to Estonia.

Immediately, the Fareynegte Partizaner Organizatsye (United Partisan Organization or FPO), led by Yitzhak Wittenberg, issued a general call to arms.

Inspired by the Warsaw ghetto fighters who rose in rebellion in April 1943, the Fareynikte Partizaner Organizatsye (FPO) was organized in the ghetto on Jan. 21, 1942, led by Wittenberg, Abba Kovner and Josef Glazman. The group was one of the first resistance groups to form in a ghetto in Nazi-occupied territory during World War II.

The FPO hid weapons for self-defense throughout the ghetto, with Kovner making the call to the remaining inhabitants of the ghetto: “Hitler plans to destroy all the Jews of Europe, and the Jews of Lithuania have been chosen as the first in line. We will not be led like sheep to the slaughter! True, we are weak and defenseless, but the only reply to the murderer is revolt!”

After World War I, both Lithuania and Poland had claims on Vilna (in Lithuania, modern-day Vilnius), and it was part of Poland prior to World War II. After the Germans and Soviets signed their nonaggression pact in August 1939, Vilna, along with the rest of eastern Poland, was handed over to Soviet occupation. The Soviets in turn, then considered Vilna to be part of Lithuania.

A city of 200,000 people, 30% of whom were Jewish, Vilna was known as the “Jerusalem of the North,” with 106 synagogues, despite a 60% Catholic presence. Approximately 265,000 Jews lived in various parts of Lithuania at the time of German occupation in 1941, though the majority were in Vilna.

After the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Vilna was quickly overrun. Nazi administrators and policemen were not far behind the German army. By July 1941, the Nazis had implemented a series of antisemitic laws in Vilna and the rest of Lithuania, and soon after this, mobile killing units, the Einsatzgruppen together with Lithuanian collaborators, began to murder the Jewish population.

In short order, they were responsible for the murder of 5,000 Jewish men

in the Ponary Forest, eight miles outside of Vilna. Such killings at Ponary would continue well into 1944, resulting in the death of over 100,000 people. Of these, approximately 70,000 were Jews.

In June 1943, Himmler issued his first instructions for the ghetto’s liquidation, which commenced on Sept. 1, 1943. The FPO found their moment, just as the Germans were closing in and entering the ghetto to begin the deportations. Many of the fighters stepped forward, but about 100 who had mobilized around secret arms caches were surrounded by German troops before they managed to arm themselves. Their subsequent removal was a bitter blow to the already small FPO force.

Unfortunately for the FPO, the ghetto inhabitants did not respond. Yechiel Scheinbaum, a fighter who led his own underground force known as the “Yechiel Group,” was one of the first casualties. Jacob Gens, the leader of the Judenrat, refused to support the revolt.

Following an order of Rudolf Neugebauer, the Nazi head of the Vilna Gestapo, the ghetto was liquidated on Sept. 23-24, 1943, under the command of Oberscharführer (Sergeant First Class) Bruno Kittel.

The FPO fighters were defeated quickly, and Kovner’s proclamation calling on the Jews of the ghetto to arms became irrelevant. When the battle seemed lost, all that was left was for the remaining fighters to escape. Moving through the city’s sewers, some 80 to 100 members of the FPO managed to make their way to the forests, where they could continue the fight outside of Vilna. Establishing their own units and becoming transformed into Soviet partisans to continue the war from there, FPO resisters lived to participate in the liberation of Vilna by the Red Army on July 13, 1944.

Meanwhile, back in the ghetto, the liquidation process proceeded apace. Most of those who did not join the revolt — the majority — were captured and sent to labor camps in Estonia, where they were eventually killed by the SS, with few survivors. By the end of World War II, 95% of the Jews of Vilna had been exterminated.

No other Jewish population was so devastated in the Nazi-occupied areas of Eastern Europe. Of the 57,000 Jews who lived in the city when the Germans invaded Vilna, it is estimated that only 2,000 to 3,000 survived the war.

Paul R. Bartrop is Professor Emeritus of History and the former Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Research at Florida Gulf Coast University.

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Mostly “Oppy”

Editor’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.

Since the pandemic, broadcast networks have moved most of the premieres of new series to October. So, there isn’t a lot to write about in September and “new stuff” may be rare in October, even if the writers and actors strike is settled by the time this column is published.

For whatever reason, there aren’t any notable new films this month with a strong Jewish connection.

So, I decided to look back to two films that opened on the same day (July 21) and have become cultural events — “Oppenheimer” and “Barbie.” As I write this, “Barbie” has grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, and “Oppy” has grossed over $500 million. Even before the films opened, a term was coined to celebrate their same-weekend opening — “Barbenheimer.”

I have seen a few articles that talk about “Oppenheimer” as an intro to discussing “Barbie.” One Wall Street Journal article noted that Ruth Handler (19162002), the woman who created the Barbie

doll, founded her toy company (in her garage) the same year (1945) the A-bomb was dropped.

But I haven’t seen a single article that notes, in the same article, that Handler and J. Robert Oppenheimer were both Jewish. I would love to see a T-shirt or poster that has side-by-side images of Handler and “Oppy” with this caption: “The Jewish father of the A-Bomb and the Jewish mother of Barbie.” Except for the word “Jewish,” that’s what these two inventors were called in their lifetimes.

To me, the most surprising thing about “Oppenheimer” was how little screen time so many characters had. Even Einstein had a couple of brief scenes. If you ‘blinked,’ you’d miss the names of many characters.

Just below are three Jewish “Oppenheimer” characters (all physicists) who had more than a very brief appearance. Even so, I don’t think the film did them justice.

The film does convey that Danish physicist Niels Bohr (1885-1962), a Nobel Prize winner, was a “giant’ and without his work, nuclear power, etc. would have never existed. The film also accurately shows that Bohr declined an invitation to work on the Manhattan Project (the A-bomb project).

However, I was annoyed that his Jewish background (his mother was Jewish), was never mentioned. The film did show Bohr being welcomed in America following his escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark, but it didn't note that he fled (Sept., 1943) when he got “word” that he was probably going to be arrested because the Nazis viewed the secular Bohr as a Jew.

Bohr was smuggled out of Denmark and taken on a fishing boat to neutral Sweden, then on to the States. Less than a month later, most Danish Jews (about 3,000) were taken to Sweden in the same way. Bohr fervently lobbied on behalf of Danish Jews and, according to many sources, really helped to get the Swedes to decide to accept a “mass exodus.”

I.I. Rabi (1898-1988), as depicted in the film, had grave misgivings about making “the bomb.” He didn’t work at Los Alamos but agreed to consult with Oppenheimer when asked. As depicted in the film, he was at Los Alamos for the first A-bomb test.

Rabi’s and Oppenheimer’s Jewish backgrounds were made clear in the same early scene. What isn’t mentioned is that Rabi won the Nobel Prize (1944) as WWII raged. His prize was for his discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance. Unlike many scientific discoveries, Rabi’s discovery has led to very ‘practical’ things

— the invention of microwave ovens, microwave radar and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.

Rabi lived long enough to have an MRI test. He said that he saw his reflection on the machine’s shiny inside and said to himself, “I never thought my work would lead to this.”

Physicist Frank Oppenheimer was the brother of J. Robert. As depicted in the film, he couldn’t work on the “Project” because he was briefly a member of the Communist Party. The film mentions that he was blacklisted after the war. It doesn’t mention that he made a huge career comeback. He couldn’t get a teaching job until 1959, so he bought a cattle ranch and ran it for 10 years. In 1967, he moved to San Francisco and created the Exploratorium, a hands-on science, technology and arts museum. It started with a smallish grant and became, over time, a major city attraction — and a model for similar museums all over the country. He was the museum’s director until his death in 1985 at age 72.

All the info written above couldn’t be worked into the film. But, I think, the audience would have benefited if there was a “fact” scroll, after the film ended, of information about the characters. I think most of the audience would have stayed to read it.

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Tour includes 10 days in Israel and 4 days in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

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Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m. refreshments, 6:30 p.m. presentation

At the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center

Free event for the community, but please register at www.jewishnaples.org so we can plan accordingly.

About the presenter

Avital Sandler Loeff is the executive director, JDC’s Global Response, International Development (GRID), which works globally to provide short/long-term disaster relief and carries out international development initiatives focused on agriculture, women's economic empowerment and health innovations. These lifechanging efforts bolster both the local and global Jewish community, while strengthening Israel's economy.

Loeff mobilized the GRID Team in the early days of the Ukraine crisis, providing a comprehensive medical aid response for refugees at the region's borders. She spearheaded operations in partnership with key local and international players, building upon Israeli-based telemedicine technology and local capacity for sustainable solutions during unstable times.

Previously, Loeff served as Director of JDC- Israel Unlimited, which develops community-based support systems for people with disabilities. She was also a member of the JDC-Israel Senior Management Team. She also worked as a researcher at MyersJDC Israel, and taught program evaluation at Tel Aviv University.

Throughout her 20-year tenure with JDC, Loeff has worked to coalesce the resources of government agencies, municipalities, NGOs, foundations, and academia. Her talents have created partnerships that in turn transform concepts into realities.

Loeff lives with her family in Bait Zayit, a charming moshav overlooking the greater Jerusalem area in Israel.

About JDC (American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee)

What started with a cablegram in 1914 requesting the American Jewish community’s support in aiding starving Jews in Ottoman-era Palestine continues to serve as a beacon of hope for Jews and others in 70 countries today. JDC is the leading global Jewish humanitarian organization.

The closest you can get to Israel without being there

Thousands Expected at Global Conference for Israel

NAPLES, Fla., June 6, 2023 — Places are filling up fast for one of the largest-ever international gatherings for Israel supporters. The Global Conference for Israel will unite thousands of philanthropists, high school and college students and the Israelis who manage and benefit from Jewish National Fund-USA’s philanthropic investments, for a weekend of unparalleled conversations, enrichment and entertainment.

The Global Conference for Israel will take place Nov. 30 through Dec. 3, 2023, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, with highlights set to include high-level briefings from His Excellency Isaac Herzog, president of the state of Israel (invited); Ambassador Gilad Erdan, Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations; Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States; and Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado.

The conference will feature an incredible lineup of presenters highlighting why it is more important than ever to stand up for the only democracy in the Middle East. Attendees can expect to hear insights from key thought leaders; explore an interactive expo featuring Jewish National Fund-USA’s unparalleled affiliates from Israel; take part in one of the largest Shabbat dinners in the world; and be transformed by riveting sessions including “Israel, A Nation of Start-up People,” “You Don’t Have to be Jewish to Stand Up for Israel,” “Aliyah Through the Ages,” “Let There Be Water, Energy and Food,” “Countering Anti-Zionism Campaigns on Campus” and “Winning the Global Media War,” among others.

“Those who hold our Jewish homeland deep in their hearts and who are looking to nourish their souls while surrounded by thousands of peers who envision a bright and prosperous future for the land and people of Israel should not miss this conference,” said Global Conference Recruitment Chair and member of Jewish National Fund-USA’s Naples board of directors Sue Bookbinder.

The conference’s entertainment will be headlined by stand-up comic star Alex Edelman, fresh from his summer run on Broadway. In addition, participants will witness a jaw-dropping musical performance by Jewish National Fund-USA’s Special in Uniform Band. The band’s talented singers and instrumentalists are members of the life-changing initiative, Special in Uniform, which empowers young people with disabilities to serve in the Israel Defense Forces and enjoy the same “rite of passage” as their peers.

The Global Conference for Israel will also feature exclusive events for young professionals ages 22-40, as well as special programming for college and high school students.

“We look forward to welcoming over 500 young philanthropists to our Global Conference for Israel, where we will have specially crafted content and discussions focused on their interests and a not-tobe-missed exclusive young professionals celebration of Israel,” said Jewish National Fund-USA's national director, JNFuture, Melissa Asarch Wittenberg.

Various discounted pricing and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to register, visit jnf.org/global or contact National Conference@jnf.org.

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A delegation from Northern and Western Florida at JNF-USA's 2022 National Conference

Schneider Lesser family endows Birthright Israel’s social diversity module

New York, NY (July 17, 2023) —

The Schneider Lesser family is making a transformational endowment gift to the Birthright Israel Foundation to fund the Birthright Israel Social Diversity Module, a program that educates tens of thousands of Jewish young adults each year about the true face of Israel, in which Jews, Arabs and other ethnic groups live and work together. The gift is part of a new strategic partnership between Birthright Israel and the Schneider Lesser family and is emblematic of both sides’ visionary leadership.

The family is best known for its extraordinary involvement in the Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel in Petach Tikva, which treats Israel’s and the surrounding area’s diverse pediatric population.

Birthright Israel’s Social Diversity Module offers programming highlighting Israel’s social diversity and how it is a valuable asset to the country, even amid challenges. The program is dedicated to working with entities presenting the complex reality of living as a minority in Israel. Such minority communities include Bedouin, Druze, LGBTQ+, Haredi and secular Jews, Christians, Muslims and Arab-Israelis.

“Many people don't understand what Israel is. Israelis actually work together, and to see these people from these distinct communities collaborate is a remarkable thing,” said Mindy Schneider, who is making the contribution with her husband, Michael Lesser.

“You can hear about Israel, and you can read about Israel, but you don’t know Israel until you visit and see what's going on. You realize it's not like the newspapers describe, which is an Israel always in crisis. You can see that Israel is a great, booming country, a young people's country,” said Michael Lesser.

The Birthright Israel Social Diversity Module is one track that Birthright participants may select for their 10-day

Israel experience. The module exposes participants to the Jewish state’s diversity and helps them to grasp the complexity of modern Israel, particularly important in today’s anti-Israel climate on social media. Birthright Israel promotes inquiry and openness, which enables participants to reflect thoughtfully and critically during their Jewish journey of developing a personal relationship with Israel.

The module includes visits to a center on Ethiopian-Jewish culture and history; Sindyanna of Galilee, a female-led nonprofit organization that promotes fair trade and the business of peace; and Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel. Participants also meet members of the LGBTQ+ community of Jerusalem and communal leaders, such as Sheikh Bader Qassem, a Druze official.

Overall, the module’s participants are exposed to the intricacy of Israeli society, and learn of different communities’ decency, compassion and joined human values in genuine and touching contexts.

“Birthright Israel does not propagate any specific political, religious or ideological stance. Instead, it introduces and discusses certain key issues vital to understanding the intricate nature of Israel’s overall social reality,” said Gidi Mark, Birthright Israel’s CEO. “Today’s socio-political climate often aims to amplify conflict and wrap every aspect of Israeli life in rival ideological schools. Our Social Diversity Module, however, aims to show the opposite: that thinking of Arabs and Israelis does not always need to be an association with conflict. Instead, we highlight splendid displays of human decency in Israel and peoples’ contribution to the greater good.”

He added, “The Schneider Lesser family’s generous gift will help Birthright Israel to educate young Jews and strengthen their Jewish communities. They’ll be exposed to people of different cultures throughout Israel, and that will broaden their perspectives and enrich them.”

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With the growing threat of a war with Hezbollah, we can’t ensure this Rosh HaShanah will usher in a peaceful year. But with a new campaign to add 300 urgently needed ambulances to MDA’s fleet, we can save lives no matter what 5784 brings. Make a donation today or contact us about how you, your family, or synagogue can provide the ambulances MDA will need. Visit afmda.org/give or call 866.632.2763. Catering & platters available See our full menu and order online at KatzNYDeli.com We have joined Gourmet Mama 2063 Pine Ridge Road, next to Chinatown restaurant Summer hours 11-3, longer in the Fall All of your favorites are there for dining in or takeout. Delivery remains available. TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT THE HIGH HOLIDAYS Check our website katznydeli.com for holiday packages. Order early, the number will be limited. KATZ New York Deli has arrived in Southwest Florida By popular demand, we now have a physical location!
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Mindy Schneider Lesser, Katie Lesser, Jake Lesser and Michael Lesser MD Credit: Birthright Israel Foundation

FIDF appoints Alisa Chessler to director of Miami chapter


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Miami, FL (July 17, 2023) — Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) proudly announces the appointment of Alisa Chessler as director of the Miami Chapter, effective immediately.

Chessler joins the FIDF family with a deep-rooted dedication to defending the Jewish State. With a Master of Science degree in marketing and dual bachelor's degrees in arts management/Jewish studies and theatre/ Spanish, Chessler’s lifelong passion for learning and philanthropy make her a valuable addition to the Miami Chapter.

"We are thrilled to welcome Chessler to the FIDF Miami chapter and look forward to working with her as we continue to support the courageous soldiers of the IDF," expressed Sam Moshe, Miami board chairman.

After a career that has taken her across the globe, Chessler found her paradise in the vibrant community of South Florida. With an exceptional track record of achieving outstanding results, Chessler has held multiple sales executive positions at prestigious companies in the science and health care industries, including Medtronic, Allergan and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

In 2014, Chessler made a significant career shift to address the growing issue

of antisemitism on college campuses. She founded her own nonprofit organization, implementing targeted initiatives that transformed the environment for Jewish students, fostering an atmosphere conducive to free speech and learning. Her effectiveness and results-oriented approach earned recognition within the community, leading her to collaborate with various prominent proIsrael organizations.

Beyond her professional achievements, Chessler has demonstrated leadership and dedication to building community and teaching tolerance throughout her life. She played a pivotal role as a founding member of a coalition for Blacks and Jews in Charleston after the 1991 Crown Heights riots and serves on numerous advisory boards for organizations both in the United States and Israel, further exemplifying her commitment to fostering strong relationships and supporting impactful initiatives.

"We are delighted to welcome Alisa Chessler as the new Director of the Miami Chapter," said Brian Sarran, vice president, Southeast Region at FIDF. "Her passion for the IDF and her extensive leadership experience makes her the ideal candidate to advance the mission of

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January 11: The Federal Court System: My Life as a Federal Judge – Richard Linn, Senior United States Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals

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April 11: My Journey Through American and International Jewish Organizations – Presented by MCA Member Michael Siegal, Former Chairman of the Board of The Jewish Agency for Israel

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Hadassah news

It is important that you know Hadassah’s position on Israel’s judicial reform legislation. Rhoda Smolow, Hadassah’s national president, and Naomi Adler, Hadassah CEO, shared the following with pride, passion and purpose:

“As devoted supporters of the beloved land of Israel and her people for more than a century, Hadassah has continuously expressed its values regarding Zionism, democracy and respect for all. We believe Zionism can best flourish in a democratic Israel that includes checks and balances and inclusive, open-minded dialogue to reach consensus, compromise and mutual understanding. We echo President Herzog‘s sentiments from his speech, ‘We must find a way to talk to each other no matter how long it takes.’

We must remember that what unites us is more important than what divides us. Hadassah will continue to meet with Israeli and U.S. leaders to voice our concerns and advocate for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship as we remain steadfast in our unwavering commitment to our mission.”

In other Hadassah news, Carol Ann Schwartz was elected as the 28th Hadassah national president at the National Assembly Meeting in Chicago last month. Her vision and leadership have helped advance Hadassah’s mission in the U.S., Israel and beyond. She is a proud member of a four-generation Hadassah family and will begin her term Jan. 1. She is currently the chair of the national speakers bureau; a representative to the American Zionist movement; a director of the Hadassah Medical Organization board, having been one of the six national vice presidents; and has held many other positions.

The power of Hadassah Advocacy contributed to broad bipartisan support of our legislative priorities in the 117th

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FIDF in Miami. We are confident that, under her guidance, the Miami Chapter will flourish, making a lasting impact on the lives of IDF soldiers and the state of Israel."

Chessler has instilled in her daughter, Golda, a profound love for Israel. In fact, Golda has enlisted in the IDF, making the commitment to protect and serve their beloved homeland as a Lone Soldier.

85th Anniversary of

Congress. Over 600 advocates met (in person or online) from 46 states resulting in more than 375 congressional cosponsors that supported Hadassah’s policy priorities. This includes support of U.S.-Israel medical partnerships, and affirming congressional commitments to address infertility causes, diagnosis, treatment and costs.

Hadassah spoke out against antisemitism, educating and advocating against hate. Hadassah encouraged healthy moves in Every Move Counts, Hadassah’s health and wellness program, part of Every Beat Counts, Hadassah’s heart health program.

Hadassah is focusing on the future with “Evolve,” empowering the next generation of strong women to make an impact on the organization and within their communities; to advocate loudly for women’s issues, combating antisemitism; to support each other and women everywhere; and to build personal connections that will last a lifetime.

Collier Lee Hadassah upcoming programs

Please join us for Collier Lee Hadassah’s upcoming programs:

• Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m. – “Whatever Happened to the Great American Railroad?” is the last of our Expanding Horizons Plus program. Jeff Margolis will enlighten us during brunch at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center.

• Nov. 15, 11 a.m. – “Keeping Our Faith” will be a Crafty Women artisans’ showcase at the Audubon Country Club. Cantor Azu joins us in an interview with Diane Schwartz. A delicious luncheon is planned.

Hadassah members will always get more information and details in their “Hadassah Happenings.” If you are not a member and want more information, please contact me!

As the High Holidays are approaching, I want to wish all of you and your families a wonderful new 5784! May you and all your loved ones be inscribed for a life filled with joy, health and peace!


The Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County invites the community to this commemorative service.

Kristallnacht is recognized by most historians as “the Night the Holocaust Began.”


“There are many incredible organizations supporting the Jewish state, but none which support the young men and women who ensure that the integrity, security and sovereignty of Israel is maintained, like FIDF. Being appointed director for the Miami chapter is truly serving the Jewish people worldwide and an incredible honor,” said Chessler.

Guest speaker: Rabbi David Maayan, Maureen and Douglas Cohn Visiting Chair in Jewish Thought and Assistant Director of The Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (CCJS)

Theologies of the Other: Catholics and Jews After


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My report on places far and away

In the 1930s, several European Jewish families seeking refuge from Hitler made their way to Barbados. Nidhe Israel Synagogue in Bridgetown, Barbados was rescued and restored by their descendants. The 1654 original was built by the Sephardim who escaped from Europe’s antisemitism, first to Brazil, then to Barbados. That community vanished 200 years later, when antisemitism caught up with them. Current Barbadian Jewish website states, “although we are a Conservative congregation, our community is made up of Reform, Liberal, Conservative and Orthodox members. We are bound by our belief in Judaism ...” They assemble on Fridays. We were there Sunday.

An Australian Jewish couple we met aboard our cruise ship had visited Casablanca before and led us to its Jewish treasure, hidden away in a tiny medina

(market) alley. Would have never found it if not for these angels. We got there early, took and posed for pictures and were observed by many male passersby eyes. One man edged around the Australian male, whispered a barely audible “shalom,” then moved on without turning back. He was clad in a striped Moroccan garb. I have no idea if he was a Jew or a Jew-friendly Moroccan. One thing I know for certain, people who live in countries that do not persecute their Jewish neighbors are unafraid to be seen talking to Jews.

Ettedgui Synagogue is located on Rue Al-Aidi Ali Al-Maaroufi. It’s near the Casablanca port, which is commercial and walking out of its gate takes about 20-25 minutes on dusty roads amid heavy machinery. Most passengers who walked out with us, including some Jews, headed to the mosque. Incidentally, Israelis were not even permitted to disembark in Casablanca. Neither were passengers from 14 other countries.

Father’s Day found us in Belfast, Northern Ireland. On a bus tour, a prerecorded narration mentioned the former Belfast Hebrew Congregation, now Belfast Jewish

Community. The entire city of Belfast never fully recovered from its “struggles,” and it pales in comparison to its Republic of Ireland peers Cork and Dublin.

Inside St. George’s Market, nothing caught our attention until a man with payoses and kippah popped into my husband’s view. Jacob de Rothschild, as he wants to be called, is the last openly religious Jew of Belfast. He’s been insulted and beaten and yet he proudly wears his Jewish attributes. A native of Belfast, he has lived in Israel but returned. Marguerite took over the adjacent booth from her Jewish grandmother who was Jacob’s friend. Both are Ashkenazi, descendants of Jews who’d escaped Russian pogroms. Their children, like most Jewish youth of Northern Ireland, left Judaism.

“There are several hundred of us in the country, only about 50 here, no rabbi. Too many antisemites. But Jewish tourists love to take my picture,” Jacob said. We sang a little “Hava Nagila” together, hugged and parted. Jews are less than half of 1% of the present Northern Ireland population. Maybe Hashem brought me there to offer encouragement. You can do it to “contact us” at collectablecurios.co.uk.

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Members receive announcements, reminders and other wonderful information you would not want to miss. Your generosity helps us continue our work. No amount is too small, and you may donate online, by mail or contact us at office@jhsswf.org.

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Marguerite, Jacob and Marina at St George's Market in Belfast Jacob with Marina Berkovich at Belfast St George's Market Casablanca Synagogue at Medina Old Synagogue in Belleville, Bridgetown, Barbados Jacob's market stand


At Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center

Oct. 6: “Oh Canada”

When it came to accepting Jewish refugees from Europe from 1933 until 1948, no Western democracy exceeded Canada in its zeal to limit such immigration, a policy the country later apologized for.

Oct. 13: “The Universities. The lvys and The Jews”

In the 1920s and ’30s, many Ivy League Universities were anxious to limit the number of Jewish students while simultaneously rolling out the welcome mat for Nazi students.


and Jewish Federation of Greater Naples for six more History Uncompromised presentations that challenge the conventional view of many 20th century events. Meticulous research supports critical assessments made and archival and original documentation is utilized to demonstrate that history is often recorded or revised to fit political, public and media prejudices and predilections.


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Nov. 3: “Hooray for Hollywood”

Hollywood’s film moguls decided to take action against the West Coast Nazis who seemed hell bent on spreading their poison and infiltrating the movie industry.

Nov. 17: “Casablanca”

Morocco, Vichy France and a city teeming with refugees, collaborationists’ and spies was also the site where Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met to determine the fate of Europe. You will be surprised at what FDR said there about the Jews.

Dec. 1: “Hitler’s Jewish Princess”

Hitler called her, “My Princess.” He was enamored with this Jewish woman, FDR despised her. How did she end up?

Dec. 15: “The Farhud”

For thousands of years, Iraqi Jews prospered in their Mesopotamian homeland. Then the acknowledged leader of the middle eastern Arabs decided it was time for a pogram. It was called The Farhud.


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Promise and challenges

Rabbi Mark Wm. Gross





This month marks a fascinating milestone in world history. Sept. 8 commemorates the occasion in 1522 when Ferdinand Magellan’s ship, La Vittoria, dropped anchor in Sevilla, having completed the first human circumnavigation of the world.

That may be a real yawn for us today, living in an era when international space stations orbit the planet every 90 minutes and a dozen people from our planet have left footprints on the moon. And yet that 16th-century venture in global exploration has a profound and timeless message for us to ponder as the Jewish new year begins.

Consider Magellan’s mission. The King of Spain sought to do an end-run around the Arab-controlled overland and Indian Ocean trade routes to the fabled “Spice Islands” of the Indonesian archipelago. He, therefore, outfitted the Portuguese navigator with a flotilla of five ships crewed by 270 men tasked with finding a southwest passage from the Atlantic Ocean to the far side of the Pacific.

The whole venture soon bogged down. Sailing vessels of old were moldy, rat-infested breeding grounds for every conceivable air-, food- and water-borne disease, and deaths at sea from infection, accident and drowning were routine. So it is that, once into the South Atlantic, the tedium of tacking against the wind and bucking the current took its toll on

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Magellan’s crew, to the point that three of his five ships gave up and turned back to Spain.

The other two fought their way around Cape Horn and all the way across the Pacific. But when Magellan rashly intervened in a tribal war in the Philippines and was killed, the crew of his flagship turned around and headed east across the Pacific for the long voyage back to Spain.

The crew of the remaining ship, La Vittoria, continued down the coast of East Asia, traded in the Moluccas for a cargo of cloves, and made the arduous westward voyage across the Indian Ocean and around Africa to return home. The 18 surviving mariners arrived in Spain on Sept. 8, 1522, after a voyage of almost three full years, as a literal skeleton crew, gaunt from scurvy and the privations of the sea.

But they disembarked with the distinction of being the first people to circle the globe. And more to the point, they had the gratification of having loyally acquitted their duty regardless of the personal cost.

Wherein lies a timely parable for all of us. This new year, on which we are embarked this month, represents both promise and challenges; it is an endeavor fully as mysterious and unknowable as the voyage on which Magellan’s 270 crew members set sail. There were some among them who demonstrated exemplary courage and dedication in their duty to the King of Spain. May all of us show ourselves faithful to the sovereign of the universe in the adventures that 5784 will bring us.

Rabbi Mark Wm. Gross serves at Jewish Congregation of Marco Island.

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Make new choices in the year ahead

Several years ago, Ted Koppel spoke at the People of the Book event.

Mr. Koppel addressed the paradigm shift he observed in American culture, particularly in his field of news journalism. When he began his career, journalism focused on providing “the information that people needed to know.” Reporters sought to provide the public with the objective truth. That changed, in Mr. Koppel’s opinion, with the realization that news could be profitable. The reporting of news shifted to what Koppel described as “telling you what you want to know.”

We certainly can see this in the reality of today. We have news outlets that target audiences providing information that fits their perspective and worldview.

The shift Koppel identified in American society fits with human nature. It is always more desirable to hear the news we want to hear, or that suits our established views of the world. As a result, we tend to dismiss information that is not satisfactory, or doubt that which forces us to confront uncomfortable realities.

In one parable, a hospital patient becomes angry when his physician arrives. “Doctor, I have seen you numerous times in the last year. Every time you said there was nothing to worry about. Now I don’t have long to live. What happened?”

“I was the fifth doctor you visited for an opinion on your health,” replied the doctor. “I told you what you wanted to hear and each time you left my office happy. Do you really think that excessive drinking and smoking are good for your health?”

The medieval scholar and physician Moses Maimonides wrote, “Let the truth and right by which you are apparently the loser be more preferable for you than the falsehood and wrong by which are you are apparently the winner.”

We have an obligation, according to Maimonides, to seek out the truth, to be honest with others and, indeed, be honest

with ourselves. The truth may be hard to hear, but it will be, for all of us, a blessing in the end.

One can accept the wisdom of Maimonides and, at the same time, acknowledge that this teaching does not make it any easier to overcome the natural inclination to take the easier path in life. We are especially conscious of this challenge during the upcoming Days of Awe. Beginning with that first call of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, we will be called to review our choices from the past year. For 10 days, we will wrestle with the decisions that shaped our lives. Did we treat others with respect? Have we lived up to our potential? Does the path we have chosen lead to the outcome we desire?

As we contemplate those questions, one must also take stock of the answers being given and examine whether they represent an honest description of what took place. Are we giving the news as we want it to be with answers that spin the situation in our favor? Have we made mistakes and not yet owned them? What can we learn from this year to change ourselves and our choices for a better year ahead?

Each one of us must answer those questions, address the year that passed and prepare ourselves for the year ahead. Know that the path you have been on is not set in stone — we all have the power to make new choices in the year ahead. We can choose to hear the rest of the story, not only the parts that make us feel good.

We can choose to accept the moments when we are wrong and seek to repair the damage that has been done.

We can choose to move out of the places where we are comfortable and seek out the spaces that will challenge us to be our best selves.

We read those familiar words of Dr. Seuss in “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on your own.

And you know what you know.

And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

May the choices we make lead to a path of sweetness and blessing.

Rabbi Adam Miller serves at Temple Shalom.

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Among the Americans we all ought to know is Howard Thurman, who cofounded San Francisco's Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, the first integrated interfaith religious congregation in the United States in 1944 and, in 1953, became first Black dean of Marsh Chapel, a mostly white American university, mentoring, among many others, Martin Luther King, Jr. His insights are timeless. He was a Christian and a Black man. And, like other remarkable believers, he managed to translate his deep personal faith into teachings that were meaningful to all.

Recently, I have spent some time studying writings from some whose names most would recognize as important and responsible public figures. An interesting feature about this collective is that, for the most part, they are not Jewish, not that it would matter! They speak about the rich landscape within, which too often goes unexplored in the commotion of their calling to service. In many cases, they have used, to great effect, some of Thurman’s words.

Here is the quotation most used from an address Thurman delivered near the end of his life at Spelman College, entitled “The Sound of the Genuine.”

“There is something in you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in other people. And if you can’t hear it, then you are reduced by that much. If I were to ask you what is the thing that you desire most in life this afternoon, you would say a lot of things off the top of your head, most of which you wouldn’t believe but you would think that you were saying the things that I thought you ought to think that you should say. But I think that if you were stripped to whatever there is in you that is literal and irreducible, and you tried to answer that question, the answer may be something like this: ‘I want to feel that I am thoroughly and completely understood so that now and then I can take my guard down and look out around me and not feel that I will be destroyed with my defenses down. I want to feel completely vulnerable,

As a pulpit rabbi, I carry the important responsibility of constantly writing and delivering sermons, but particularly during the sacred High Holy Day season. With the arrival of the mid-summer heat, I tend to ask myself what message I need to prepare. In my younger years, that message may have had to do with matters of politics. Somewhat less often, I’ve felt compelled to defend the particularity of Jewish life, likely a reflection of my own insecurities. These days, my messages are different. It would be akin to what the grandson of a slave sought to convey to the promising generation of proud and educated younger versions of himself.

As I expect to be facing my congregation during this time of repentance and look at the assembly of those who have committed some part of three full days articulating their contrition and their intention to live a better life, I think I must also urge them to be less concerned about ticking off a list of shortcomings and aspirations. Yet, we should not do away with them; the fact is that the liturgy — recited in the company of others — is the key this tradition affords us to open the channels of introspection without being swept away by the fear of self-humiliation.

But the real goal of the Days of Awe must be what Howard Thurman was brave enough to articulate: “I want to feel that I am thoroughly and completely understood so that now and then I can take my guard down and look out around me and not feel that I will be destroyed with my defenses down. I want to feel completely vulnerable, completely naked, completely exposed and absolutely secure.”

The assurance that any good faith tradition brings is that if you have the courage to be completely exposed, you will nonetheless be absolutely secure. You will be loved, not in the sense of admired or adored, but affirmed for who you really are. And if you do not profess a faith in some locus of wisdom or power outside yourself, then what you must expect from your most cherished relationships is no different

If you will be in synagogue, actually or virtually, in the weeks ahead, I wish success for you in this endeavor. If not, I wish success for you wherever you find it.

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Be the change you hope to see

As Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur come into focus, we find ourselves faced with immense and seemingly insurmountable challenges to which our attention gravitates. As Jews, we are generally counseled to use this period of time in a reflective manner and we tend to concentrate our energies on how to make things better, or at least what we need to do in order to bring about some kind of change, be it in ourselves or in our environment. We are urged in popular psychology to “be the change you wish to see.” In other words, take the lead and institute the change in yourself first and then allow your example to spread to others.

You might think to yourself, “that is really a slow way of achieving an effect but perhaps the changes that come about slowly and deliberately are the ones that last the longest.” As much as we hope we might convince others to change, our powers only extend over ourselves. Our influence and our example, on the other hand, do allow the possibility to spread to other like souls who might also be searching to change something about themselves in this new Jewish year.

How do we motivate change? To begin with, one must personally feel the need or desire for change to occur. One way we accomplish this is by strengthening our capacity for vision and imagination. In other words, we need to envision or imagine what it is we wish to become. What do we want to build and how are we going to execute it? The upheavals we experience give us a glimpse of what we hope something better might look like. What does a better me or a better world look like and how shall I make that happen? These are questions that only you can answer for yourself as life continues to unfold in front of your eyes. No one else sees life or the world exactly the way you

do, so you need to make change happen on the basis of what you see.

If you can ally others to your vision, then you might have the chance to bring about these changes as a team. You can attract others by paying attention to their voices crying out for some kind of change. At this time of year, the shofar is blown many times in an attempt to get us to stop and pay attention. We need to listen and hear others who are crying out for the same things that we might be needing.

Maimonides, in his Laws of Repentance, says that as God judges the world annually before Yom Kippur, God finds it perfectly balanced between its sins and good deeds. God’s judgement is withheld until your mitzvot are put on the scale. If your good deeds and bad actions are equal, you just need one more good deed to tip your scale to the greater positive and, in turn, the world’s. It doesn’t have to be a big one. It just needs to be big enough to tilt the scale in one direction. What Maimonides is saying here is that every person and every person’s little action makes a difference to the whole world.

All the traditions for the High Holidays underscore the theme of “beginning.” So, this is a time for significant initiatives. It is an opportunity to recreate ourselves in some significant way that might bring us closer to God. The overarching theme of these days is “change.” No one expects 100% change but, hopefully, we can bring about some kind of change where the motif behind it is accountability. We are responsible for our actions; we don’t live in a vacuum. What we do or say has an impact and a resonance in the world.

We are not eternally condemned to follow a certain habitual path; we do have the ability and wherewithal to, if we choose, change our ways. In the Talmud (Nedarim), we are told “teshuva” change, also translated as repentance, was created before the world was created. It means that the idea of a person changing themselves and changing their course is an integral part of Creation — the world could not exist without it.

Shanah Tovah U’metukah.

Rabbi Howard S. Herman DD serves at Naples Jewish Congregation.

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The new year starts with you

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is upon us once again. It inaugurates a month of rich, colorful, meaningful holidays, with a spirit that ranges from the solemn to the ecstatic. With it come opportunities for fresh beginnings, personal growth and new resolutions. We enter the month of Tishrei with the intention of embracing new resolutions, engaging in self-transformation and uniting with those around us to cultivate a more cohesive community.

A good way to predict the success of our resolutions is to look at the scope and scale of what we want to achieve. Should we aspire to become a completely different person, or maybe single-handedly solve world hunger, we are not likely to get too far. Implementing and maintaining

change is achievable when we take on smaller, immediately attainable goals. We are more likely to keep to our plan when we connect these goals with something real and tangible.

For example, if you want to kindle greater sensitivity or kindness this year, select one specific compassionate action that you will start doing. If you are concerned about world hunger, volunteer at a nearby soup kitchen.

If you wish for a deeper connection to your Jewish identity, incorporate one small, new Jewish ritual into your routine. Gradually, these steps will pave the way for a more significant transformation.

A story to help illustrate

A father once gave his 10-year-old daughter a puzzle of the map of the world for her to put together. Ten minutes later, she handed in the puzzle, perfectly

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Shofar blowing on the beach and Tashlich

On Sept. 17 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., we will hold a special shofar blowing and Tashlich service on the beach for the whole family with high holiday treats. Put this one on your calendars.

completed. The father was amazed. “How did you know where to put everything, and to do it so fast?” The child had a simple explanation. “Daddy, I am really not so good at geography, but I noticed a picture of myself pasted to the back of the map. I figured if I focus on putting myself back together then the world will come together, too.”

As we navigate our daily lives, it is apparent that we are living in a world rife with discord, marked by political turmoil and disunity, in Israel and around the globe. Thus, the importance of self-improvement takes on a profound meaning. The idea that "First, I need to change myself, then change the world" resonates deeply, encouraging us to acknowledge our own shortcomings and biases before attempting to heal larger divides.

It's easy to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the world's problems, but

the lessons from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur teach us that success lies in focusing on manageable, attainable goals. By connecting our aspirations for personal growth with tangible actions, we can navigate a path of meaningful change. And, as we put ourselves back together, piece by piece, we can join together with our friends, family and neighbors to build a stronger, more unified community on a local, regional and global scale.

This Rosh Hashanah, dream big, but remember that change starts within each of us, and that progress takes place in small steps. Then, not only will we see our resolution withstand the test of time, but we will also see a gradual change in the world around us until we speedily merit that time promised by our prophets of old, a time of world peace, perfection and tranquility.

May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a Shana Tova Umetukah, a good and sweet new year for all.

Rabbi Zaklos Fishel serves at Chabad Jewish Center of Naples.

As we approach the new year, we look forward to offering our High Holiday services with Rabbi Fishel, filled with enlightening commentary both in English and in Hebrew and a great program for the children as well. Inspiring, family-friendly, soul stirring, uplifting and insightful.

We will be accompanied by Cantor Rabbi Choni, known for his beautiful voice, then, as families, we can enjoy a pleasant social time with delicious lunches following services.

All are welcome. For further information and reservations, call our office or visit our website at Chabadnaples highholidays.com.

We will hold a special dinner, by reservation only, on Rosh Hashanah eve, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Come join us!

If you are aware of anyone who needs some love or assistance before the holiday, please let us know. We are here to help.

Shofar Factory

Don't forget our exciting Shofar Factory will be 'in production' on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. Make your very own Shofar. Saw it, drill it, carve it, sand it and take it home! Beautifully crafted from genuine ram's horn. Come and see how it's done!

Shabbat and Kiddush luncheon

Join us weekly for uplifting Shabbat services with meaning, melody and humor. All are welcome to our warm, friendly community with a relaxed, nonjudgmental atmosphere and Hebrew/ English prayer books. One of the weekly highlights has always been the Kiddush luncheon, sponsored every week by a family wishing to honor the memory of a loved one, celebrate a simcha or just sponsor the happiness and appreciation of being with family and friends.

The Torah service begins at 11 a.m. and includes the rabbi’s insights during the Torah reading, which always have a contemporary, meaningful and relevant message. Kiddush luncheon at 12:15 p.m.!

Hebrew School 2023-2024

Chabad Hebrew School is currently enrolling students for its 2023-2024 Hebrew School year. Our curriculum includes Hebrew reading (using the Aleph Champ reading program); Jewish history; miztvot and Jewish practice; and tefillah. Lessons are engaging and exciting, with lots of projects, activities and discussions that provide meaningful insight into contemporary Jewish life. Our mission is to make the richness of our Jewish heritage accessible to every Jewish child regardless of his or her background or education. Hebrew School is held on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. To enroll your child, please call 239-262-2620 or visit www.chabadnaples.com.

The Big Build has begun!

Thanks to those who have already participated! Chabad of Naples and Preschool of the Arts has launched a capital campaign to extend the campus, thus

increasing facilities to enable muchneeded additional preschool and Hebrew school classrooms, expand summer camp and provide new spaces for community events.

"The Big Build" is a communityinspired and community-funded effort. Help us make this a reality! Please visit www.NaplesBigBuild.com for more information or reach out!

The flying challah and kosher meals from the heart

Know someone in need of just a little extra love right now? All you have to do is nominate a recipient by sending us an email and we will have it delivered. We will be happy to arrange to have one sent.

Adult education

We have a fascinating course called “Kabalah's best-kept secrets” starting in November for six weeks. To register and to find out more details about the course, call the office. Sign up at chabadnaples. com/adulteducation.

All of us at Chabad wish you a very special Shana Tova.

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Join us in our mission

As an organization, we need to know where we are and where we are going. That is why we created a mission statement to be our overall guide: “Naples Jewish Congregation (NJC) is an inclusive, vibrant Reform congregation serving Southwest Florida. We embrace diversity, spirituality, friendship, learning and social justice.” Below are examples of how we are working to be true to this mission statement.


We welcome all to “The Small Temple


Doctor’s orders: Take two hours of shul every Shabbat with a glass of Kiddush wine and a nice meal. You will feel better.

For many, this is a truism. However, for others, the physical and psychological health benefits of religious participation or spirituality are controversial and increasingly not universally embraced. One way this trend can be seen is through declining participation in organized synagogue and/ or church affiliation. In 1990, only about 5% of the population de-claimed any religious affiliation versus 29% in 2000.

with a Big Heart.” Jew, non-Jew, LGBTQ; in fact, people of any kind will be included in our family.


Why don’t you come and worship with us on the High Holidays and throughout the year? If you have never attended High Holiday services with us, there is no cost. If you have come in a previous year, the cost is $100. In either case, please register at office@naplesjewishcongregation.org to let us know you are coming and let us know if this is your first time or you have come before.


We Flamingle nearly every month. This is a gathering of congregants in various venues to enjoy different experiences while getting to know each other better.


We have a fabulous adult education program, thanks to our very erudite Rabbi Herman. All are at 5 p.m., followed by a low-cost light supper and services. More information is on our website, naplesjewish congegation.org. Come join us. His topics this year are:

• Wise aging with joy and resilience and spirit (Oct. 13)

• Sinning for God – when do the ends justify the means? (Nov. 10)

• Who is righteous? (Dec. 15)

• Jewpernatural – signs, spirits and superstition in Jewish life (Jan. 19)

• Is democracy in danger in Israel? (Feb. 23)

• What is “truth” – can we know it in more than words? (March 22)

Social justice

Social justice or Tikun Olam, repairing the world, is not only a core value for us,

but also a core value for Judaism. We practice this in many ways. On Rosh Hashanah, we have a clothing drive and, on Yom Kippur, we have a food drive, both to aid the less fortunate in our community. We also help make the world a better place by being election poll watchers, helping to ensure fair elections.

Last year, and again this year, congregants are painting bowls for the Empty Bowls organization. The bowls will be sold so the proceeds can help alleviate hunger. From their website — “Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement by artists and crafts people in cities and towns around the world to raise money for food-related charities to care for and feed the hungry in their communities.”

I urge you to go to naplesjewish congregation.org to see what we are doing and come join us. I look forward to greeting you at any of our services.

However, a number of professional studies indicate people who are in ill health can benefit from religious or spiritual belief. There is a large volume of research that indicates that people who are more religious and/or spiritual have better mental health and adapt more quickly to health problems compared to those who are less religious and spiritual. Harvard Review reported a positive benefit, saying, “within the experience of serious illness, empirical research reveals an indelible connection between medicine and spirituality — broadly defined as the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose, and experience connectedness to self, others, the significant or sacred.”

In light of this, of the approximate 150 U.S. medical schools, a substantial percentage now offer formal training on the connection between spirituality, religious belief and health outcomes. Medical

schools offering course work are not limited to just those with a church affiliation but secular universities as well, for example, Duke, Northwestern and University of Chicago, among others.

There seems to be a general societal expectation that doctors can and should cure everything. But, despite the incredible success rate of TV doctors, actual practicing physicians are not always going to be able to cure the sick. What then?

Within the extended Beth Tikvah family, those who are ill can take comfort knowing that their Beth Tikvah family remembers them during the Mi Shebeirach prayer, they will receive calls from the rabbi and other Temple members with words of support and other forms of facilitation. Beside maintaining a social connection when one may feel ill or isolated, religious faith or spirituality can help the ill and their families cultivate positive emotions

Looking back and planning forward

It is hard to believe that another year has gone by so quickly and it is time to send our L’Shana Tova wishes for a joyous and healthy year to everyone in our community. As happens in life, this past year was a bittersweet one for JCMI due to painful losses of dear longstanding congregants soothed by both a joyful bat mitzvah and a sweet baby naming.

Here at JCMI, we have been “back to normal” from restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID experience, however, left a positive legacy of livestreaming services that we have kept for those who join us for “long distance davening” using our “Satellite Sedur.”

During this past year, we have enjoyed coming together in person for weekly services along with our rabbi’s Torah Study and Lifelong Learning Series. We reveled in the return of our Book Club, Jewish Film Festival, weekly mahjong games, yearly mahjong tournament and, of course, our Monday Night Bingo.

Our Cultural Series gave us Gulfshore Opera’s “A Night in Italy,” Beatlemaniax, Charlie Blum’s “Sinatra’s Great American

Songbook” and Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” The surrounding community has been very supportive, making each event a resounding success.

JCMI celebrated 40 years as the sole Temple serving Marco Island and surrounding communities. The Temple initiated a chess club that is open to the community. During the summer, we continued religious services led by Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen and our resourceful, articulate congregational members who gave us their interpretations of the weekly Parashot. We celebrated July 4th together and provided, by popular demand, three additional Monday Night Bingo games.

The summer has also been a time of planning for our Temple. Our religious

of inclusion that are good for their mental and physical well-being.

Beth Tikvah, as a religious body, knows that providing religious and spiritual support is a meaningful part of fulfilling its mission. This important element of Rabbi Chorny’s clerical mission is not limited to supporting only Beth Tikvah members, as he extends the benefits of pastoral care to the wider community in the Greater Naples area. Rabbi Chorny is active with area hospitals, nursing homes and hospice centers. He is available to respond to the needs of their patients and residents when needed.

Articles espousing good health tips are everywhere. So here is my health tip: Eat your fruits and vegetables, get a good night’s sleep and join Beth Tikvah.

In closing, and on behalf of Beth Tikvah, may I extend to everyone our very best wishes for a sweet, happy and especially healthy New Year 5784!

leaders have been busy preparing for the High Holidays and tickets may be purchased through our office at 239-642-0800. Planning is underway for the next thought-provoking and entertaining Jewish Film Festival and the always exciting Cultural Series. Our congregation’s superb bakers are beginning preparations for “Bubbe’s Bakery” open to the community on Sunday, Dec. 3. The ever-popular Monday Night Bingo will return beginning in October.

Again, I take this opportunity to wish our friends and supporters for the year 5784, “Leshanah tovah tikateiv v’teichateim — May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!”

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Celebrating our 13th year

It's not every day that a preschool gets to celebrate its bar mitzvah.

This August, we welcomed new and returning families for our milestone 13th year at Preschool of the Arts! Over the summer break, our POTA team worked tirelessly to curate an exceptional curriculum that will spark creativity, ignite curiosity and foster a love for learning in each precious little heart under our care.

Since its founding, our preschool has prided itself on our ability to give the children who walk through our doors every opportunity for success in learning and in life. Our goal was to not only introduce our students to the wonders of the world around them but also open their eyes to infinite possibilities.

The school’s educational philosophy is inspired by the Reggio approach to learning. This means that children are not fed information through predetermined activities. Instead, our teachers strive to inspire inquiry-based learning. Perhaps the most distinctive difference between traditional learning and inquiry-based learning is that the children explore, experiment and test their ideas through play invitations.

A play invitation is an open-ended exploration. There is no predetermined outcome. The children may use the play invitation the way the educator envisioned or take the materials and use them in entirely different ways. In a play invitation, children are not bound by the constraints of the materials they are offered. Instead, a play invitation acts as a launch pad for children’s own ideas and theories to develop.

Our play-based curriculum is supported holistically by our extensive “Specials” programming, including music, visual arts, sports, gardening, STEAM, Spanish, Little Chefs, yoga and Shabbat celebrations. The curriculum and each Special are uniquely designed to maximize our school’s wonderful facilities and resources, such as the Nature Playscape,

outdoor kitchen and our revamped Garden of the Arts, state-of-the-art playground, Children’s Marketplace, and indoor and outdoor Studios of the Arts. Every day, as I walk around the campus and hear the happy sounds of children playing, learning and laughing — swinging and climbing in the playground, cooking up muddy messes and building forts in the Nature Playscape, singing in Spanish, experimenting and creating in the art studio, digging up a fresh harvest in the garden and cooking up a delicious snack outdoors — I watch the magic of this unique form of learning and discovery happen. This is what our preschool is all about. The sweet smiles and eagerness on the children’s faces as they begin to explore their new classrooms and make new friends never fails to tug at my heartstrings.

We are so proud of how far we have come in these past 13 years and how we have grown from a fledgling preschool to the top-quality program we have today. As we look to the future, we are thrilled to share that we will shortly be breaking ground on our new preschool expansion: The Big Build! This exciting $7.5 million expansion of our campus will allow us to welcome hundreds more children through our doors. We believe so strongly in our vision for excellence in early childhood education that we are working tirelessly to ensure that as many children as possible can benefit from a high-quality preschool experience during their most formative early years. Learn more and partner with us at www.NaplesBigBuild.com.

I am humbled and honored to have founded and led POTA since its inception. None of this would have been possible without our community’s continued support. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of our extended POTA family.

Our innovative programs and incredible staff are an open Naples secret, and our award-winning preschool is growing exponentially every year. We are excited about the school year ahead and look forward to sharing our highlights along the way.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 239-263-2620 or visit our website at NaplesPreschoolof theArts.com.

40 Federation Star FOCUS ON YOUTH FREE Jewish books kids will love, sent every month! Learn more at jewishnaples.org/pj-library OF GREATER NAPLES OF GREATER NAPLES OF GREATER NAPLES Add Jewish connections to reading time with curated stories for ages 0-12 FABULOUS FALL FASHION SHOW TEMPLE SHALOM SISTERHOOD NOVEMBER 7, 2023 11:30AM-1:30PM Features raffles and opportunities to contribute clothing to Dress for Success, a nonprofit program empowering women to achieve economic independence. For more information email sisterhood@naplestemple.org
PRESCHOOL OF THE ARTS www.chabadnaples.com / 239-262-4474
Olam www.jewishnaples.org


Latest news from BBYO Naples and Fort Myers

We hope you are ready for an exciting fall season because the BBYO teens are ready to jump into the 2023-2024 school year. The teens had a busy summer, with summer camp,extracurricular activities and summer jobs. Some BBYO teens attended a couple of NaplesBBYO Ice Cream Socials at Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt, which creates ice cream in front of customers using liquid nitrogen. The teens were excited to connect over the summer while learning about nitrogen and seeing ice cream creations being made in front of their own eyes.

The teens plan to hold a BBYO Naples kickoff called the Macabeach games on Sunday, Aug. 27. They will have volleyball matches, bracelet making and spike ball matches. This event is open to all Jewish teens attending eighth through twelfth grades whether they are a BBYO member or a prospect.

Our region, the North Florida Region, is hosting a regional kickoff on Sunday, Sept. 10 at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games in Orlando, Florida. Naples and Fort Myers teens will travel with Tampa teens to this event. They are excited to see their BBYO friends again.

September will be a busy month with Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur — the High Holy Days. Our Naples and Fort Myers teens; Naples BBYO Advisor, Ben; myself; and BBYO wish everyone a wonderful, happy, healthy and sweet new year! L’Shana Tova!

What is BBYO?

BBYO is a diverse and inclusive Jewish youth group to encourage Jewish teens to become more immersed and interested in meaningful Jewish activities and programs. This organization accepts Jewish teens attending eighth through twelfth grades of all backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender, race, denominational affiliation or socioeconomic status. BBYO currently reaches over 70,000 teens worldwide with participants in over 60 countries and hundreds of chapters across the United States.

What do you think?

Supporting our teenage Jewish community

It is extremely important to engage teens post-B’nai Mitzvah age in Jewish activities. Having teens get involved in BBYO and be eager to create and confidently continue their own Jewish community within their Greater Jewish communities is critical to our future.

The BBYO chapter of Naples has entered its 11th year of partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, Temple Shalom, Chabad of Naples and Beth Tikvah. Each of these organizations provides financial support, volunteers and community involvement opportunities for the BBYO teens. We

thank each and every one of our BBYO alum, friends and other supporters for making this a safe and positive environment for the teens of BBYO Naples and Fort Myers.

If you know of someone who has a teen who might like to join BBYO Naples or Fort Myers, or someone who might like to be an advisor to our chapters, please email me, Southwest Coordinator, at cschreier@bbyo.org. You can also follow us on Instagram at Mishpacha_BBG and Negevaza.

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Dubai: a destination for Jewish FGCU students?!

Would you think that Dubai, an emirate of the United Arab Emirates, is a Jewish destination? I certainly would not have thought it was, but this past summer proved me wrong!

Five of our FGCU students went on an incredible trip they earned by joining and participating in an incredible Jewish learning program called JewishU.

College students are generally preoccupied with taking courses in their major preparing them for their future careers. But, sometimes forgotten, the most important “subject” for them to study is our holy Torah that will connect them to their soul and teach them about their Jewish identity.

JewishU is a program that offers students the special opportunity to learn Torah, thus learning all about who they are! JewishU offers many “mini courses” from which to choose, with hours flexible enough to fit any busy college student’s schedule.

Five of our students finished five courses and were able to join 150 other Jewish students from across America for a five-day trip to Dubai.

Dubai is known not just for its stereotypical sand dunes, camel rides and hot desert winds, but also for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and extravagant night life. But there is a whole other side. The students picked up an amazing Jewish feeling on this trip there.

“It’s amazing how you can be Jewish anywhere,” shared Nicole from Naples. She was impressed by how Jewish life in Dubai has flourished in the last few years.

Jack, a sophomore from Melbourne, Florida, said he was impressed by the beautiful synagogue built by the government in Abu Dhabi. He found it impressive to see how well respected the Jews are by both the locals and the government.

Of course, jeeping in the desert as well as going into the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest skyscraper) were both unforgettable, but most impressive of all was the amazing Jewish pride with which our students returned.

We owe a huge thank you to Chabad on Campus International for arranging such an amazing trip for our FGCU students, as well as to our many local friends and supporters who make our students’ Jewish growth possible.

We are gearing up for another incredible year for Jewish life on campus. If you know any Jewish students at FGCU or other Southwest Florida colleges, please reach out to connect them with the local Jewish student community.

For more information or to help make that connection, please reach out to Rabbi Mendel at Rabbi@chabadfgcu.com or call 239-355-8481.

42 September 2023 Federation Star FOCUS ON YOUTH CHABAD FGCU www.Chabadfgcu.com / 347-452-0489
Julian at the Burj Khalifa Nicole on the Havdala ferry (r-l) Preston and Jack (FGCU); Avin and Matt (ASU) embark on desert ride


4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34119

Phone: 455.3030  Fax: 455.4361

Email: info@naplestemple.org


Rabbi Adam Miller, MAHL

Cantor Donna Azu, MSM

Rabbi Ariel Boxman, MAHL, MARE, Director of Lifelong Learning

Rabbi James H. Perman, D.D.,

Rabbi Emeritus

Deborah Rosen Fidel, J.D., MAJPS, Executive Director

Len Teitelbaum, President

Jim Cochran, Music Director

Shabbat Services:

Shabbat Eve - Friday 7:30 p.m.

Shabbat - Saturday 10 a.m.


Men’s Club

Adult Education


Youth Groups

Religious School

Judaic Library

Hebrew School


Adult Choir

Social Action

Naples’ only Judaica Shop


serving Naples and Marco Island

1789 Mandarin Road, Naples, FL 34102 Phone: 262.4474

Email: info@chabadnaples.com

Website: www.chabadnaples.com

Rabbi Fishel & Ettie Zaklos Co-directors

Dr. Arthur Seigel, President

Shabbat Services

Shabbat - Saturday 10 a.m.

Camp Gan Israel

Hebrew School

Preschool of the Arts

Jewish Women’s Circle

Adult Education

Bat Mitzvah Club

Friendship Circle

Smile on Seniors

Flying Challah

Kosher food delivery


24611 Production Circle

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Phone: 239-949-6900

Email: chabad@jewishbonita.com

Website: www.JewishBonita.com

Rabbi Mendy & Luba Greenberg Co-directors


Sunday 9 a.m.

Monday through Friday 8 a.m.

Shabbat 10 a.m.

Adult Education

Challah of Love

Community Events

Daily Minyan Services

Hebrew School

Kosher Grocery

Kosher Meals on Wheels

Smile on Seniors


991 Winterberry Drive

Marco Island, FL 34145

Phone: 642.0800  Fax: 642.1031

Email: tboxma@marcojcmi.com

Website: www.marcojcmi.com

Rabbi Mark Gross

Hari Jacobsen, Cantorial Soloist

Stan Alliker, President Shabbat Services

Friday 7:30 p.m.

Seasonal: Saturday Talmud-Torah at 9:30 a.m. and Shachrit at 10:30 a.m.

Rabbi’s Lifelong Learning Series

Sidney R. Hoffman Jewish Film Festival

Saul I. Stern Cultural Series JCMI Book Club


Services are held at:

The Unitarian Congregation

6340 Napa Woods Way

Rabbi Howard Herman 431.3858

Email: rabbi@naplesjewishcongregation.org


Charles Flum, President

Jane Galler, Cantorial Soloist

Shabbat Services

Friday evenings 7 p.m.

May - August: services once a month

Sisterhood • Men’s Club

Adult Education • Adult Choir

Social Action • Community Events

BETH TIKVAH (Conservative)

1459 Pine Ridge Road Naples, FL 34109 (just west of Mission Square Plaza) Phone: 434.1818

Email: office@bethtikvah.us

Website: www.bethtikvahnaples.org

Rabbi Ammos Chorny

Joseph Henson, President

Roberta Miller, Secretary

Shabbat Services

Friday evenings 6:15 p.m.

Saturday mornings 9:30 a.m.

Youth Education

Adult Education Community Events

Jewish Organizations to Serve You in Greater Naples

(All area codes are 239 unless otherwise noted.)

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

Phone: 263.4205

Website: www.jewishnaples.org

Email: info@jewishnaples.org

• Federation Board Chair: Nathaniel Ritter

• Federation President/CEO: Jeffrey Feld

American Jewish Committee

Regional Dir: Brian Lipton, 941.365.4955

American Technion Society

TOP Jewish Foundation helps our partners - organizations and individual donors like you - to make the most of their charitable dollars to ensure a strong and secure Jewish future.


Ellen Weiss, Executive Director phone: 813.769.4785 ellen@topjewishfoundation.org

Elyse Hyman, Dir. of Philanthropy phone: 813.769.4769 elyse@topjewishfoundation.org

It is through your generosity that our entire community can continue to grow in strength.


The Federation Star is published monthly, September through July, by Jewish Federation of Greater Naples 4720 Pine Ridge Road • Naples, FL 34119 Phone: 239.263.4205

E-mail: info@jewishnaples.org • Website: www.jewishnaples.org

Volume 33, No. 1 • September 2023 • 44 pages USPS Permit No. 521

Publisher: Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

Editor: Sharon Hood • 239.591.2709 • sharon@marketcrank.com

Design: MarketCrank, Inc.

Advertising: Joy Walker • 941.284.0520

October 2023 Issue Deadlines: Editorial: August 30 • Advertising: September 6 Send news stories to: sharon@marketcrank.com

Chapter Dir: Kelley Whiter, 561.395.7206

Baker Senior Center Naples

Phone: 325.4444

Chairperson: Prentiss Higgins

President/CEO: Dr. Jaclynn Faffer

Friends of the IDF

Exec. Dir.: Dina Ben Ari, 305.354.8233

GenShoah SWFL


Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah

President: Joyce Toub, 518.330.1559

Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center

Chairperson: Stuart Price

President/CEO: Susan Suarez, 263.9200

Israel Bonds

Monica DiGiovanni, 727.282.1124

Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida

President: Marina Berkovich, 566.1771

Jewish National Fund

Joshua Mellits, 941.462.1330 x865

Jewish War Veterans Post 202

Commander, Harvey Sturm, 261.3270

Men’s Cultural Alliance

President: Michael Sobol, 508.733.9427

Naples BBYO Cayla Schreier, 845.405.1991

Naples Friends of American Magen David Adom (MDA)

SE Reg Dir: Joel Silberman, 954.457.9766

PJ Library

Coordinator: Alicia Feldman


Women’s Cultural Alliance

President: Patti Boochever, 518.852.3440

Zionist Organization of America

President: Jerry Sobel, 914.329.1024

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Articles inside

Culinary journey to Morocco article cover image

Culinary journey to Morocco

Dubai: a destination for Jewish FGCU students?! article cover image

Dubai: a destination for Jewish FGCU students?!

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Latest news from BBYO Naples and Fort Myers article cover image

Latest news from BBYO Naples and Fort Myers

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Celebrating our 13th year article cover image

Celebrating our 13th year

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Looking back and planning forward article cover image

Looking back and planning forward

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News from Chabad article cover image

News from Chabad

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Be the change you hope to see article cover image

Be the change you hope to see

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Completely exposed and absolutely secure article cover image

Completely exposed and absolutely secure

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Make new choices in the year ahead article cover image

Make new choices in the year ahead

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My report on places far and away article cover image

My report on places far and away

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FIDF appoints Alisa Chessler to director of Miami chapter article cover image

FIDF appoints Alisa Chessler to director of Miami chapter

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Schneider Lesser family endows Birthright Israel’s social diversity module article cover image

Schneider Lesser family endows Birthright Israel’s social diversity module

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The closest you can get to Israel without being there article cover image

The closest you can get to Israel without being there

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Mostly “Oppy” article cover image

Mostly “Oppy”

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How to tackle too much stuff article cover image

How to tackle too much stuff

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Temple Shalom events open to the community article cover image

Temple Shalom events open to the community

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Fighting antisemitism article cover image

Fighting antisemitism

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GenShoah SWFL items of interest article cover image

GenShoah SWFL items of interest

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Save the dates for the sixth annual Movies that Matter article cover image

Save the dates for the sixth annual Movies that Matter

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MCA is gearing up for the 2023-2024 season article cover image

MCA is gearing up for the 2023-2024 season

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Greetings! article cover image


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Singles Social Group potluck brunch article cover image

Singles Social Group potluck brunch

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Why I volunteer article cover image

Why I volunteer

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Naples man leads effort to honor late Swedish diplomat article cover image

Naples man leads effort to honor late Swedish diplomat

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“The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem” article cover image

“The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem”

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The 92nd Street Y, New York is coming to Naples article cover image

The 92nd Street Y, New York is coming to Naples

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Want to feel more confident using technology? article cover image

Want to feel more confident using technology?

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Why magic matters article cover image

Why magic matters

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Happy New Year! article cover image

Happy New Year!

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Announcing the 2023-24 Jewish Book Festival article cover image

Announcing the 2023-24 Jewish Book Festival

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Our Jewish Federation of Greater Naples article cover image

Our Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

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L’Chayim article cover image


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Join us in our mission article cover image

Join us in our mission

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The new year starts with you article cover image

The new year starts with you

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Promise and challenges article cover image

Promise and challenges

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Hadassah news article cover image

Hadassah news

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The heroes and the tragedy of Vilna article cover image

The heroes and the tragedy of Vilna

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September senior programming article cover image

September senior programming

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Zoog mir in Yiddish article cover image

Zoog mir in Yiddish

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Museum expansion news article cover image

Museum expansion news

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Jewish Young Professionals article cover image

Jewish Young Professionals

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Welcome guests to our new center with a brick paver article cover image

Welcome guests to our new center with a brick paver

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Kristallnacht commemorative program 2023 article cover image

Kristallnacht commemorative program 2023

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Eliminating over-desire for junk food article cover image

Eliminating over-desire for junk food

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“Sally’s Dreams” book talk article cover image

“Sally’s Dreams” book talk

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Arthritic exercise class with Leslie Lilien article cover image

Arthritic exercise class with Leslie Lilien

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Reminiscent article cover image


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