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2014 GUIDE TO JEWISH LIFE IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES Published by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties www.JewishFederationLCC.org 2017 GUIDE TO JEWISH LIFE IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIESPublished by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties www.JewishFederationLCC.org

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SIGN UP TODAY! Enrollment is open to Jewish families with children between the ages of six months to eight years living in Lee & Charlotte Counties. Sponsored by : Judith Roth for the Roth Family Foundation Kenneth & Gwenda Asher for the Asher Family Foundation Families can sign up for PJ Library at www.pjlibrary.org CONNECT ENCOURAGE SHARE

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2 From the EditorWelcome to the sixth edition of Connections. is is THE publication to turn to for the local Jewish communitys activities, programs, services and organizations. Just as LCHAYIM serves to keep you up-to-date on all things Jewish each month, Connections serves as your annual resource guide. When you go through these pages, you will learn a lot about the wealth of opportunities cultural, educational and spiritual available to the Jewish community in Lee and Charlotte counties. Without our valued advertisers, neither LCHAYIM nor Connections would be possible. When you visit an entity that advertises with us, please be sure to say, ank you for advertising with the publications of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties. Everyone involved with Connections hopes you will save it and use it as a guide for the coming year. And please share it with others or have them contact the Federation for their own copy. Ted Epstein, Editor, Connections and LCHAYIM 2014 GUIDE TO JEWISH LIFE IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES Published by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties www.JewishFederationLCC.org Ted Epstein facebook.com/jfedsrq CONNEC T with your Jewish Community www.facebook.com/ JewishFederationLCC Like us on Facebook!2017 GUIDE TO JEWISH LIFE IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES 2014 GUIDE TO JEWISH LIFE IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES Published by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties www.JewishFederationLCC.org 2015 GUIDE TO JEWISH LIFE IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIESPublished by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties www.JewishFederationLCC.org Volume 6, No. 1 2017 Edition 56 pages USPS Permit No. 175PublisherJewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties 9701 Commerce Center Court Fort Myers, FL 33908 Phone: (239) 481-4449 Fax: (239) 481-0139 Email: alanisaacs@jfedlcc.org www.JewishFederationLCC.orgJewish Federation StaAlan Isaacs, Executive Director Leni Sack, Program Director Lori Ramos, Executive Assistant Paula Zlatkin, Bookkeeper Micaela Solomon, Jewish Family ServicesEditorTed Epstein LChayim36@gmail.comAdvertising SalesJames Lewin jameslewin@jfedlcc.org (239) 634-6923Graphic Design & ProductionFederation Media Group, Inc. (239) 249-0699Cover art by Carolyn GoraCarolyn Gora is a local artist and retired art teacher. She is a Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties board member and chair of the Jewish Family Services committee, as well as a super volunteer for numerous organizations in the community. 2017 GUIDE TO JEWISH LIFE IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES

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3Table of ContentsFEDERATION................................................4-7 ARTS & CULTURE.........................................8-17 ADULT EDUCATION..................................18-20 COMMUNITY SERVICES............................22-23 ORGANIZATIONS......................................24-32 Special Interest Groups...................................................24-28 Israel Connection..............................................................29-31 Advocacy Groups....................................................................32RELIGIOUS LIFE.........................................33-41 FOCUS ON YOUTH....................................42-48 Schools.....................................................................42-46 Camps..............................................................................47 Teens..........................................................................................48CALENDAR.....................................................51 Candle Lighting Times...........................................................51 Jewish Holidays........................................................................51DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS.......................52 INDEX.........................................................53 The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties thanks all of our advertisers for their continued support! Without them we would be unable to provide you with Connections. Please support our advertisers and let them know you saw their ad in Connections. 2014 GUIDE TO JEWISH LIFE IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES Published by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties www.JewishFederationLCC.org 2017 GUIDE TO JEWISH LIFE IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES MAKING HISTORY PERSO N A LMay December Tuesday to Sunday, 1:00-4:00 pm January -April Tuesday to Friday, 12:30 pm 5:00 Saturday and Sunday 1:00 4:00 pm 4760 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 7 Naples, Florida 34103 www.HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org 239.263.9200Steen Metz, H oloca u st S ur vivor and Sa nibel r esident E rik K el lar Ph ot ography EVERY FACE TELLS A STORY. Every story, a personal journey. The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida makes history personal every day. Since 2001, our Education programs have reached over 150,000 students in Southwest Florida. We have hosted thousands of visitors from across the U.S. and more than 35 countries. Open year round, closed Mondays & major Jewish and U.S. holidays. Call or visit our website for more information on exhibits, events and programs: HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org

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4 The Jewish Federation in Lee and Charlotte counties ALAN ISAACS Executive Director Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties There is no record of the arrival of the rst Jew in Lee County. Strangely enough, in 1850, Fort Myers was named for a Jew Col. Abraham Myers who had nothing to do with its establishment and (according to most historians) never lived in nor visited the area. During World War II, a Jewish chaplain was assigned to the U.S. Army Base in Buckingham, and for the rst time, the handful of Jews living here could attend services arranged for ser vicemen on the base. In 1947, a local merchant, Sam Posner, placed an ad in the newspaper stating that his variety store would be closed for the High Holidays. Suddenly, unknown Jews in the area began to contact him. In 1948, ten families gathered for High Holiday services. In January 1975, Leo Cooper provided an important link for the Jewish families of Lee County when he set up, edited, published and distributed the monthly newspaper LCHAYIM. e newspaper was the impetus for the community to come together to establish a local Jewish Federation (but not part of the Council of Jewish Federations) in 1976, whose primary purpose was to raise funds for the United Jewish Appeal. e Jewish community began to need services locally and, in 1984, a group of mothers worked tirelessly with thenpresident Sheila Laboda to begin planning a Federation day camp. It was named Camp Genesis and opened in 1985. Under Sheilas steady hand and with the involvement of new leaders, the Federation was incorporated and became recognized as a member of the Council of Jewish Federations in 1986. e Federation hired its rst executive director in 1988 and a program director in 1990. is was followed by the creation of many educational and arts projects, cultural activities, social services and Holocaust education programs. As the Lee County Jewish community continued to expand its programming, the Jews in Charlotte County expressed their desire to join this Federation, which in 1995 ocially became the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties. In 2009, the Federation purchased and moved into its Jewish Community Building with a dedicated Jewish Family Services wing. In recent years the Federation has dramatically increased its range of education, arts and culture programming, and has created a comprehensive Jewish Family Ser vices division. Today, the Jewish community, like the rest of the population in Lee and Charlotte counties, is still growing. Our database comprises over 2,500 households and we estimate there are 6,000 7,000 Jews in our service area.Our Mission To strengthen and enrich the Jewish community by providing and supporting philanthropic, educational and social service programs locally, in Israel and throughout the world. Our Vision A Jewish community that is based on Jewish values such as tzedakah (benevolence), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and klal Yisrael (taking responsibility for one another).

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5 Who is Federation and what do we do? The answer is simple: Its you and every member of the Jewish community of Lee and Charlotte counties. e Federation is the thread that runs through the fabric of our Jewish community, its organizations and ser vices, connecting us all. e mission of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties is to strengthen and enrich the Jewish community by providing and supporting philanthropic, educational and social service programs locally, in Israel and throughout the world. Our vision is a Jewish community that is based on Jewish values such as tzedakah (benevolence), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and klal Yisrael (taking responsibility for one another). Two thousand years ago we vowed to take care of one another like family. Today, thanks to donors like you, that vow still holds. Its an amazing story. We Jews were exiled from the Land of Israel over 2,000 years ago. And yet, with no home, and no one to rely on but ourselves, we developed one of the largest and most eective social service infrastructures in the world. Our local Jewish Federation is now at the heart of that infrastructure, allocating valuable dollars to family and child services, nursing homes, JCCs, summer camps, and a host of vitally important programs here at home, in Israel and around the world. Even in times of increased prosperity the infrastructure that supports our community is being tested. Too many Jewish families cant put food on their tables and are turning to the Federation system for help. Yet, for every story of hardship and despair, there are countless stories of love and hope that donors like you are responsible for every day. Israel and overseas support is essential to Jews in danger, wherever they may be. Wher ever Jews are in harms way from Ukraine to Yemen to Israel our Federation and our overseas partners have a unique ability to act quickly in emergencies. From wars to acts of terror to natural disasters, there is so much we do to alleviate suering. Personnel and programs already on the ground in virtually every part of the world enable us to provide humanitarian assistance. ousands of people receive help. More than 400,000 of Israels children are still at risk of missing out on the life and learning opportunities they need to become independent members of society. In Israel today, one in every three children lives at or below the poverty line. ese astounding gures highlight the cycle of despair and depravity that cripples a disturbingly high portion of Israels children, physically and psychologically. ey dont get the programs and activities they need to develop their educational and personal abilities. eir families cannot aord extracurricular programs and, equally if not more relevant, oen the parents themselves are incapable of functioning as positive role models. SOCIAL ARE YOU DO YOU JOIN US If you are interested in volunteering for the Senior Outreach Program please contact Micaela Solomon at Jewish Family Services, (239) 481 4449 ext. 6.

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7 PARTNERSHIP2GETHERConnecting the global Jewish family, increasing Jewish identity, strengthening Israeli societyThe Jewish Agency for Israels PARTNERSHIP 2GETHER Peoplehood Platform (previously known as Partnership 2000) has become the paradigm for successfully partnering Jewish communities directly with Israeli communities. P2G connects 450 Jewish and Israeli communities in 46 city-to-city and region-to-region partnerships, engaging more than 350,000 participants each year in meaningful ongoing connections between Israelis and Jews around the world, through unique programs and one-on-one encounters. P2G creates living bridges to Israel, genuine friendships, and contributes to understanding life in the Jewish state and the rich variety of religious expression and renewal around the world. At the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties, a member of the Southeast Consortium of communities in the U.S., the relationship has included a variety of personto-person experiences shared with our Hadera Eiron Region in Israel, including a reghter exchange, and hosting delegations. It continues with Art Beyond Boundaries, an arts collaboration that began in the fall of 2015 and continues through April 2017. Led by local artists Carolyn Gora and Shirley Litman, the Southeast Consortium and the Hadera Eiron Region produced a collaboration and an exhibition that was truly a partnership. Fiy artists from both countries answered A Call for Artists. Each American artist was partnered with an Israeli artist. Each pair, or havruta, communicated through social media, which allowed individuals the opportunity to get to know their partner, and work together on their artistic creations. ey participated in a ve-week online course on e eology of Psalms. Aer completing the course, the artist pairs decided on which Psalm, or portion of a Psalm, to use as their artistic inspiration. Our Federation is represented by eight artists: Carolyn Gora, Shirley Litman, Herb Sklar, Celeste Borah, Janice Heligman, Gale Shamblott, Elise Gold Sewall and Juli Bobman. is accounts for the largest contingent of any other member of the Southeast Consortium. ese artists enjoyed getting together and discussing their experiences and the course work. Several of them attended the opening of the show in April in Israel at the 20th anniversary celebration of the P2G program. e exhibit is currently touring Southeast Consortium communities and will open at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers on Sunday, March 5. Tile From Around the World Large Selection in Stock Great Prices Every Day Cape Coral 916 SE 15th Ave. 239-772-5815 www.pcctile.comFort Myers 16165 S. Tamiami Tr. 239-267-1445 Local artists at Ilana Avivs studio in Israel

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8 16 L'CHAYIM DECEMBER 2016 Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties Presents the 21st Annual Jewish Film Festival of Southwest FloridaAll lms will be screened at the Regal Cinemas Bell Tower.Open seating at all lms for general admission tickets. Tickets will be mailed up to December 31. Tickets ordered after December 31 will be available after 6:00 p.m. inside the theater on the day of the show. Sponsorship opportunities are available that include reserved seating. See the form on page 18. Thank You to these Sponsors of the Jewish Film Festival: Principal Sponsor Lin & Ron Klein Barbara & Barry Epstein Zelda Dubin Memorial Philanthropic Fund Marsha & Mike Kistler Anna & Yale Levin Cheryl & Michael Goldstein Lynda & Michael Rubenstein Thursday, January 19 at 7:15 p.m. FANNYS JOURNEYFannys Journey is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year-old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, these eleven children will do the impossible to reach the Swiss border in order to survive. Language: French Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min. Thursday, January 12 at 7:15 p.m. SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSIONThis docu-drama is based on previously undiscovered audio recordings of former pilot Captain Reginald Levy. Captain Levy, now deceased, was in command of Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels, Belgium, to Tel Aviv on May 8, 1972, when it was hijacked by four members of Black September, wracking captivity. It fuses candid interviews with dramatic reenactments. hijackers threaten to explode hand grenades unless 300 prisoners were historical and political questions that helped to shape the Israel of today. Language: English /Hebrew/Arabic/French Running Time: 1 hr. 38 min. Tuesday, January 17 at 7:15 p.m. IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today. Through interviews with chefs, farmers, home cooks, vintners and cheese makers, to visits to farms, markets, restaurants and kitchens, audiences will discover that this hot, multi-cultural cuisine has developed only in the last 30 years. In that short time, Israel went from being one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the most advanced. Its sophistication mirrors the current state of the Israeli people and their food: secular, Solomonov, the James Beard award-winning chef/owner of Zahav and a number of other restaurants in Philadelphia. Language: English Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min. Tuesday, January 24 at 7:15 p.m. KEEP QUIET Csanad Szegedi regularly espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denials. He was a founder of the Hungarian Guard, a now-banned militia inspired by the Arrow Cross, a pro-Nazi party complicit in the murder of thousands of Jews during WWII. Then came a revelation which transformed his life. Szegedis maternal grandparents were revealed to be Jewish and his beloved grandmother an Auschwitz survivor who had hidden her faith fearing further persecution. Keep Quiet depicts Szegedis three-year journey as he is guided by Rabbi Boruch Oberlander to embrace his newfound religion, forced to confront the painful truths of his familys past, his own wrongdoing, and the turbulent history of his country. But is this astonishing transformation a process of genuine reparation and spiritual awakening or is he simply a desperate man with nowhere else to turn? Language: English, Hebrew with English subtitles Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min. Dr. Brian and Sara Krivisky Linda & Charles Idelson Martha & John Wolf Helene & Jorge Glocer LChayim, a word used in toasts and blessings, literally means To Life, and we use it to express the vitality of Jewish life in Southwest Florida. LCHAYIM, the name of our monthly newspaper, keeps thousands of local readers informed about local, national and international Jewish news. LCHAYIM has articles submitted by the Jewish clergy and lay leaders in Lee and Charlotte counties. Federation Board members and sta also contribute articles of interest to the readers. e newspaper was rst published 40 years ago, and has gone through several design, paper, size and editorial changes. Typical issues have 28-36 pages. Each month, readers of LCHAYIM get news and updates on all Jewishrelated local events including the Jewish Film Festival, Jewish author programs, holiday celebrations, concerts, food festivals, book study groups, timely lectures, mah jongg and much more. ey also get updates from the areas synagogues and numerous local Jewish organizations. Its the place they turn to for community news, the community calendar, candle lighting times, and a business directory. e newspaper also features Israel & the Jewish World items, commentary pieces and general Jewish interest News and Information LCHAYIM For more information about LCHAYIM, to receive a free subscription, or to advertise: Call: 239.481.4449 x4 Email: loriramos@jfedlcc.org Website: LCHAYIM page at www.JewishFederationLCC.orgarticles. Ted Epstein, the editor/designer of Connections has been the managing editor and designer of LCHAYIM since October 2009. LCHAYIM is mailed free to 2,500 homes and businesses in the area, and is available to everyone at the Federation oce. It can also be found online at www.JewishFederationLCC.org. Readers can view the most recent issue as well as an archive of past issues in PDF format. e mission of LCHAYIM is to represent Jewish life in the area by providing the voice that reports news, information, programs and events important to the local Jewish community. In accomplishing this mission, the newspaper seeks to: Celebrate Jewish life in Lee and Charlotte counties Inform, enrich and entertain readers Strengthen Jewish identity and facilitate participation in Jewish community life Provide an ecient advertising and editorial network to businesses that serve our area Assist the Jewish Federation and its beneciary agencies to achieve community building goals 21 L'CHAYIM DECEMBER 2016 Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD JEWS & BROADWAY BROADWAY & SOCIAL CHANGERABBI KENNETH KANTER Thursday, February 9 at 7:30PMOpera Naples2408 Linwood Avenue, Naples Rabbi Kanter presents We Jews On Broadway, a sing-along history of the American musical from the Gay s operetta of Romberg & Friml through Berlin, Kern, the Gershwins and Rodgers & Hart to Sondheim, Mel Brooks and Kander & Ebb the Broadway of today. $50.00 General seating $75.00 Benefactor Preferred seating Event concludes with an elegant wine and dessert reception Tickets are available at naplesjewishcongregation.org or mail your check made out to Naples Jewish Congregation, along with your name, address and phone number, to: NJC, PO Box 111994, Naples FL 34108, Attn Tickets Friday, February 10 at 7:30PMUnitarian Universalist Congregation6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples Free admission! Rabbi Kanter will be our guest at Shabbat services, and will trace the dominant role played by Jewish composers in Tin Pan Alley. From Irving Berlin and George Gershwin to Jerome Kern and Billy Rose, these songs are musical companions to American history. Rabbi Kenneth Kanter is a nationally known author and entertainer focusing on the Jewish inuence on American popular music. Viewers have called his unique sing-along concert/ lecture events high-energy, inspiring, exhilirating, an absolutely superb night of entertainment and joy and the kind of event we will long remember. RABBI KENNETH KANTER , an absolutely superb night of entertainment WARM REFORM AFFORDABLE ADULTNAPLES JEWISH CONGREGATION Shabbat services are held every Friday night at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6340 Napa Woods Way, NaplesMore information at 239-431-3858 or www.naplesjewishcongregation.org Shabbat services are held every Friday night at the SOCIAL CHANGE SOCIAL CHANGE SOCIAL CHANGE RABBI KENNETH KANTER RABBI KENNETH KANTER RABBI KENNETH KANTER Events sponsored in part by J e w i s h F e d era t i o n Israel rushes aid to the worlds worst earthquakesBy Nicky Blackburn, ISRAEL21c, www.israel21c.org, September 13, 2016 W hen Krishna Devi Khadka, was pulled out of the rubble devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in she saw were Israeli. Khadka, a maid at the hotel, had been trapped in an air pocket covered by a corpse. She was rescued after a dramatic 10-hour operation led by IsraAID, an Israeli humanitarian aid organization. The 24-year-old was taken immediately to the only working hospital in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Khadka was one of thousands of people across Nepal who survived the 7.3 quake that followed two weeks later, thanks to Israeli aid. The two quakes were a catastrophic double blow for Nepal that left 9,000 people dead, 22,000 injured and hundreds of thousands of or damaged. to send humanitarian aid to Nepal, and the range and breadth of that aid from so many sectors of Israeli life the government, the military and various NGOs was so significant that the Nepalese today regard Israel as a source of inspiration. CNN, Israel sent more personnel to the disaster scene than any other country. The IDF arrived in Nepal two days 260 physicians and search-and-rescue experts. Within 12 hours they had set IDFs largest ever, which included two operating tents, four intensive-care tents, 60 hospital beds, and specialists in neonatal and adult care. The team brought 95 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies from Israel, and during their stay they treated 1,600 patients, performed more than 85 surgeries and delivered eight babies. ings, and conducted safety and survival workshops for 605 Nepalese citizens. Israeli civilian NGO IsraAID also arrived two days after the quake, with an emergency relief team of doctors and search-and-rescue specialists. The team quickly established a temporary field clinic in the Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal, one of the worst-hit areas. The organization brought supplies and medical services, and opened psychologist-staffed safe spaces for children left wandering the streets after the quake. Tevel bTzedek (The Earth in Justice), which has been carrying out humanitarian work in Nepal since 2007 and already had a team on the ground, rushed to help, providing connections, training and understanding of the region to other NGOs arriving on the scene. Magen David Adom (MDA) sent out a trained disaster delegation including 10 paramedics and two physicians, and later distributed building supplies and food to 800 Nepali families. The Dream Doctors sent medical clowns to bring relief and cheer to survivors. Other Israeli NGOs ZAKA, United Hatzalah, Natan International Humanitarian Aid and Israeli Flying Aid were also involved in rescue, recovery and relief operations in Nepal along with FIRST, a consortium of Israeli government and army rescue services. Over a year later, Tevel bTzedek and IsraAID are still at work in Nepal, villagers get back on their feet. Tevel bTzedek runs a youth service program modeled after Israels Shnat Sherut, year of national service, in earthquake-devastated villages to help rebuild communities. Tevel also runs a variety of recovery programs in agriculture, education, disaster-risk reduction, resilience, crisis intervention and income generation for some 25,000 villagers in six of Nepals most impoverished regions. IsraAID runs a variety of humanitarian projects in Nepal and plans to be there for at least three more years. The organization distributes warm clothing to Nepali children, has brought in Israeli specialists to train local NGOs to run an emotional support hotline, and has by women who lost their homes and sources of income in the earthquake. The organization also trained six theater troupes to present plays in information about community resilience and trauma, a model that is now being adopted by UNICEF. Israel has rushed to provide aid in the wake of a deadly earthquake. Israeli humanitarian workers have helped out after earthquakes in India, Turkey, Peru, and the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Southeast Asia in 2004. Here are the main earthquakes where Israel has given aid since 2010: Jan 2010: Israel gained worldwide in the wake of a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed around 160,000 people and left 280,000 buildings destroyed. Five years later, Israel was still in Haiti helping rebuild the community. Feb 2011: A 6.3 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand, which killed 185. March 2011: The 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, Japan, which killed some 16,000 people and left 230,000 homeless. As in Haiti, Israeli aid organizations remain in Japan today long after all other foreign aid organizations have left. Aid workers are helping to build a mental health support network in the country, and recording the testimonies of survivors. April 2015: A double earthquake in Kumamoto City, Japan, which killed 49 and injured 3,000. Feb 2016: A 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan, which killed 117 people, 115 of them in one residential building in Kaohsiung City. April 2016: The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador, which killed 661 and injured nearly 28,000 people. To view more stories on Israels exceptional humanitarian aid efforts abroad in the My Name is Israel aid exhibition, or to download the exhibit for display, visit http://www.israel21c. org/exhibition/my-name-is-israel/. Editor and Israel Director, Nicky journalist and editor both in Britain and national publications including Travel Weekly, Israel High Tech Investor and The Times of London She was The Jerusalem Post. ...en you want to give us a call. e product has a xed rate of 5% per annum or higher, paid monthly! No waiting around until the end of the term to receive your interest!For more information, please contactBruce Greenstein, LUTC Tim Shaw Financial Consultants (239) 425-9707 ~ Bruce@Timshaw.com IF YOU ARE NOT MAKING 5% ON YOUR MONEY Your Principal and Interest are SECURED No long term commitments short duration of about a year is is NOT an ANNUITY is is NOT STOCKS, OPTIONS or a REIT is is NOT Gold, Silver or any other Commodity ere are NO TRANSCTION FEES OR COMMISSIONS for you to pay EVER!100% OF YOUR MONEY GOES TO WORK FOR YOU IMMEDIATELY! for display, visit http://www.israel21c. 6 L'CHAYIM DECEMBER 2016 Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties OUR COMMUNITY Amy Snyder By Amy Snyder, Executive Director, Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFLI t is hard to believe we have come to the end of another year, and 2017 is fast approaching! We look forward to welcoming you in 2017 with a number of very special programs and events. Please visit our website at www. HolocaustMu seumSWFL.org and look for our January column to provide additional details. Annual Luncheon The Museums Annual Luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The RitzBeach Road, Naples. Host Sponsors for the event are Estelle and Stuart Price. Our guest speaker is author Louise Borden, who will discuss her book, The Journey that Saved Curious George The book describes the story behind the story of the creation of the muchloved Curious George character. Be prepared to learn a lot of curious facts about everyones favorite monkey. Did you know that his original name wasnt George? Or that he wasnt the main character starring in the books created by H.A. and Margret Rey? Or that he almost never got to be famous at all? Ms. She is also the author of several childrens books dealing with World War II and the Holocaust. Five of her books will be available for purchase at the event as a set for $60. Titles included are The Journey that Saved Curious George 75th Anniversary Edition, The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II, Across the est Skating Race and His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg. The set can be pre-ordered with a signed bookplate, at no extra charge, and will be ready for pickup at the event. Luncheon tickets are $150 per person, and sponsorships are available. Dress is business casual. Net proceeds benefit the education programs of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL. For more information on reservations and sponsorships, please contact Development Specialist Tim Morrison at Tim@HolocaustMuseum SWFL.org or call 239.263.9200. Memorial Garden Art Installation nearing completion The Museums Memorial Garden Art Installation in our front windows is nearing completion. As mentioned in our October column, artist Juan Diaz created the four beautiful panels in, and as part of, the LIGHT Performance Art Style Series for which he is well known. When he received the Memorial commission from the Museum, Mr. Diaz considered options for its creation. Contemplating the tragedy of the Holocaust and all of the genocides which had occurred in history and continue to occur in the modern world, he decided to create a work of art that would convey serenity and beauty, always keeping in mind our hopes, to live in balance, peace and love in the world society, moving away from our mistaken primitive ways of thinking and going forward with the lessons learned. Entitled The Garden, 2016, the individually-framed painted backgrounds feature an idealized meadow scene. The ing the November workshops will be incorporated into the design. Under Mr. Diazs direction, some were created by Holocaust survivors in honor of the family members they lost, and others were created by the families of Holocaust survivors and camp liberators we worked with in our education programs who have passed away. The community also for relatives lost in the Holocaust, as garden background scene. rial Garden will take place in late January 2017 as part of the commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Museum is located at 4760 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 7, in Naples. It is open year-round Tuesday through Sunday; closed Monday and major Jewish and U.S. holidays We extend our best wishes for Happy Holidays to you and your family. Coming up at the Holocaust Museum A DAY TO SALUTE OUR SOLDIERSAN INTRODUCT I ON TO THE FR I ENDS O F THE I D F A SPECIAL PERFORMANCEOF POPULAR AND TRADITIONAL ISRAELI SONGS PERFORMED BY ISRAELI SOLDIERS TUESDAY, D ECEMBER 13T H 20167:00PM CONCERTT EMPLE SH ALOM 4630 P INE R IDGE R OAD N APLES FL 34119EV E NT CHAIRS:E LLAINE AND R IC K R OSEN$90 P ATRON VIP SEAT*P ATRON S PONSORS ARE INV ITED TO A PRIV ATE C O CK TAIL REC EPTION B EFORE T H E PERFORMANC E$18 G ENERAL A DMISSION S EAT F REE A GES 12 AND U NDER T O PURCHA SE TICKETS O NLI NE: https://www.df.org/Naples-IDF-Ensemble16F OR T ICK ETS C ALL FIDF GREATER M IAMI CHAPTER 305.354.8233 | J AIME SAGONA FIDF ORG Phone (305) 354-8233 | Fax (305) 354-8296 | E-mail Miami@FIDF.org Friends of the Israel Defense Forces is a 501(c) (3) not-for-prot organization. C ontributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. With special guest Rayna Rose Exelbierd Southeast High School Coordinator 4:00 P.M. 6:30 PM Pizza & beverages will be served Hear hand account of how one student o vercame Learn about what's happening on college campuses today Israel movements. A PROGRAM FOR 11TH AND 12TH GRADERS or lenibsack@jfedlcc.org Happy Holidays to you and your Read the current and previous editions of LCHAYIM online at www.JewishFederationLCC.org. NONPROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID FT. MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 1759701 Commerce Center Court Fort Myers, Florida 33908 DELIVER TO CURRENT RESIDENT OR POSTMASTER: DATED RELIGIOUS NEWS ITEMS. TIME SENSITIVE PLEASE EXPEDITE! 9701 Commerce Center Court Fort Myers, Florida 33908 DELIVER TO CURRENT RESIDENT OR Alan Isaacs FROM THEEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Further the mission of our Federation and communitycontinued on page 3 www.JewishFederationLCC.org Vol. 39, No. 4 December 2016 / 5777 B y the time you read this we will have voted to elect the next president of the United States and, hopefully, he or she will have received a clear mandate to lead our country. We, as Jews, have endured, through our long history as wanderers, the hazards of life under dictators, monarchs and other manifestations of governance into which we have had little, if any, input. We have often been the victims of these rulers and their The Jewish destiny resided often in the hands of a capricious individual and a hostile society. I think that it is important in these on our standing today as Jews in our society, in our country and in our community, and to appreciate what we, as Jews, have accomplished and will continue to accomplish irrespective of who governs this country. While I know intimately of Jews in our community who struggle to put food on the table, we are a community anguish of isolation and loneliness, our community reaches out and supports. While some Jewish communities itism, repression and poverty, we are alert and provide relief. We cannot predict with any assurance how we as individuals and as outcome of the election. It is reasonably safe to assume however, that the needs of our community will not reduce in quantity or urgency. It is sad to realize that, in my years in Jewish philanthropy, neither a Democratic nor a Republican administration positive manner those who need help the most. There is never enough public assistance to go around. And thats where the Jewish Federation comes in and where you, as individuals, can have a decisive impact on the outcome no matter who presides over our country. I call on you to reconcile with the election outcome as soon as possible and begin again to further the mission of our Federation and our community To strengthen and enrich the Jewish community by providing and supporting philanthropic, educational and social service programs locally, in Israel and throughout the world and to pursue our vision of A Jewish community that is based on Jewish values such as Tzedakah (benevolence), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Klal Yisrael (taking responsibility for one another).Anti-Israel media bias A CAMERA Letter-Writing WorkshopThink the media are biased? If you answered yes, youre not alone. Americans trust in the media has sunk to an all-time low, according to a Gallup survey released this past September. report the news fully, accurately and fairly plunged to its lowest level in Gallup polling history. Only 32% of those polled said they had a great deal or fair amount of trust in the news. News about Israel can be particularly distorted and unfair. In September, the same month in which the Gallup poll came out, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) prompted corrections from 20 major news outlets that had published false information about the Jewish state. CAMERA, the oldest and largest Middle East media monitoring organization in the world, will be presenting a workshop to teach local residents how to combat media bias. The workshop, to be held on Monday, December 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Beth El (16225 Winkler Rd, Fort Myers), is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties and Temple Beth El. The workshop will be led by Sarit Catz, the international director of CAMERAs letter-writing team, a network of 17,000 volunteers who respond to distorted news coverage of Israel. Catz will speak about recognizing media bias and then conduct a handson letter-writing workshop that will provide attendees with the tools needed to faulty reporting. I dont believe theres a journalistic conspiracy to denigrate Israel, said Catz. But coverage does frequently Journalists, she said, are sometimes just uneducated about Middle East history. Reports can lack crucial historical context, she said. Our researchers The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties Presents the 21st Annual Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida. See pages 16-17 for complete details. David G. Dalin, an ordained rabbi and historian, is the author, co author or editor of eleven books on American He has taught at Seminary of America, a Research Fellow at Stanford Based on his book, Dr. Dalin will talk about the role and He will illuminate the history of Jewish policies on Jewish interests and concerns. Guest Speaker : Dr. David Dalin Topic : The Presidents of the United States and the Jews: From Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama Fort Myers Couvert: $18/person 239.481.4449 x3 or lenibsack@jfedlcc.org JEWISH FEDERATION COMMUNITY BREAKFAST Sunday, December 11 10:00 a.m Yisrael (taking responsibility for one

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9 Israeli Folk DancingDo you want to feel connected, get a workout, express your creativity, use your brain, feel rejuvenated? en Israeli folk dancing is for you! All levels of dance expertise are welcome; no previous dance experience required. Each dance session starts out with easy, beginner dances so that even newcomers feel comfortable. e group is warm and congenial and anxious to help anyone with basic steps. New dances are added all the time. e local growing group of dancers has the pleasure of dancing in the Federations beautiful new facility. People come from all walks of life, from all levels of experience, range in age from 30-year-olds to 90-year-olds, and from as far away as Naples, to revel in the joy of dancing. It usually takes about six lessons to become acquainted with all the basic steps and the easier dances. Israeli folk dancing then builds on these basic steps, incorporating them into all other dances. Its in the repetition of the dances from week to week that real learning takes place until one internalizes the dances. Group leader Marsha Kistler shares her 30 years of Israeli dancing experience and encour ages participants to share their favorite dances. Dancing usually starts at 4:00 p.m. on Sundays at the Jewish Federation building at 9701 Commerce Center Court, Fort Myers. Check out the schedule in the calendar section of LCHAYIM or at www.JewishFed erationLCC.org. Mellow Mah Jongg Each Tuesday afternoon, an open session of Mah Jongg is held at the Jewish Federation. Players must be at least advanced beginners, as no lessons are given. DAY : Tuesdays, 12:30 3:30 P.M. FEE: $1 per week For more information, call Rona Strausberg at 239.949.9003 RSVPs are a must each week to Marsha Kistler at marshatemple2012@ gmail.com or 239.947.5118. Its a simple but effective way of helping people reach their nancial goals and its a way of doing business that Raymond James has pioneered for more than 50 years. Make your voice count. Partner with me and get guidance thats in tune with your life. LIFE WELL PLANNED. WHEN MY CLIENTS SPEAK, I LISTEN. WHEN MY CLIENTS SPEAK, I LISTEN. Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. 15-BDMKT-1770 ME/CW 4/15 Cary R. Kleinfield | CFP,MBA Registered Principal 9726 Commerce Center Ct., Ste 2, Fort Myers, FL 33908 T 239-322-5022 // T877-752-3691 cary.kleinfield.raymondjames.com // raymondjames.com/invest Its a simple but effective way of helping people reach their nancial goals and its a way of doing business that Raymond James has pioneered for more than 50 years. Make your voice count. Partner with me and get guidance thats in tune with your life. LIFE WELL PLANNED. WHEN MY CLIENTS SPEAK, I LISTEN. WHEN MY CLIENTS SPEAK, I LISTEN. Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. 15-BDMKT-1770 ME/CW 4/15 Cary R. Kleinfield | CFP,MBA Registered Principal 9726 Commerce Center Ct., Ste 2, Fort Myers, FL 33908 T 239-322-5022 // T877-752-3691 cary.kleinfield.raymondjames.com // raymondjames.com/invest Its a simple but effective way of helping people reach their nancial goals and its a way of doing business that Raymond James has pioneered for more than 50 years. Make your voice count. Partner with me and get guidance thats in tune with your life. LIFE WELL PLANNED.WHEN MY CLIENTS SPEAK, I LISTEN. WHEN MY CLIENTS SPEAK, I LISTEN. Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. 15-BDMKT-1770 ME/CW 4/15 Cary R. Kleinfield | CFP,MBA Registered Principal9726 Commerce Center Ct., Ste 2, Fort Myers, FL 33908 T 239-322-5022 // T877-752-3691 cary.kleinfield.raymondjames.com // raymondjames.com/invest Its a simple but effective way of helping people reach their nancial goals and its a way of doing business that Raymond James has pioneered for more than 50 years. Make your voice count. Partner with me and get guidance thats in tune with your life. LIFE WELL PLANNED.WHEN MY CLIENTS SPEAK, I LISTEN. WHEN MY CLIENTS SPEAK, I LISTEN. Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. 15-BDMKT-1770 ME/CW 4/15 Cary R. Kleinfield | CFP,MBA Registered Principal 9726 Commerce Center Ct., Ste 2, Fort Myers, FL 33908 T 239-322-5022 // T877-752-3691 cary.kleinfield.raymondjames.com // raymondjames.com/invest

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10 21st Annual Jewish Film Festival of Southwest FloridaThe 21st annual Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida, produced by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties, will begin January 12 and run through February 7. e local festival captures the avor of the larger Jewish lm festivals that are held each year in cities like New York, Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles. is years lms include a wide variety of international and domestic productions that run the gamut of moving you to tears to setting you on the edge of your seats. Ticket prices for this years event, which includes nine lms, are $96 for the series or $12 for individual lms. For more details, call the Jewish Federation oce at 239.481.4449 x3 or visit www.jewishfederationlcc.org. Schedule of lms: All lms are shown at the Regal Cinema Bell Tower in Fort Myers at 7:15 p.m. except for the 3:00 p.m. matinee on January 22. January 12: Sabena Hijacking January 17: In Search of Israeli Cuisine January 19: Fannys Journey January 22: Mr. Predictable January 24: Keep Quiet January 26: e Womens Balcony January 31: e Pickle Recipe February 2: Just Another Version of You February 7: Harmonia e theater is located at 13499 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers. e theater does not sell Jewish Film Festival tickets. Special thanks to: Principal Sponsor: Advanced Pain Management & Spine Specialists Producer Sponsors : Radiology Regional Center, Dr. Brian & Sara Krivisky; Martha & John Wolf and Miromar Outlets; FineMark National Bank and Trust; Northern Trust Director Sponsor : Kushner and Kushner, Attorneys Screenwriter Sponsors: Gulf Coast Orthodontics, Dr. Michele Laboda; Lin & Ron Klein; Barbara & Barry Epstein; Sylvia & Paul Simko, Investors Security Trust, Linda & Charles Idelson; PCC Tile, Helene & Jorge Glocer; Zelda Dubin Memorial Philanthropic Foundation; Law Firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes and Holt, P.A., Guy Whitesman Film Star Sponsors: Ear, Nose & roat Specialist of Florida, Dr. Howard N. Barrow; Judi & Richard Davis; Shirley & Byron Frank; Cheryl & Michael Goldstein; Harriet & Alan Josephson; Marsha & Michael Kistler; Anna & Yale Levin; Lynda & Michael Rubenstein Festival Friend: Signarama ank you to Regal Cinema for hosting the festival each year. A big thank you to the Film Festival Committee: Chair Sara Krivisky, Susie Ferkel, Helene Glocer, Claire Goldhagen, Carolyn Gora, Irwin Kash, Dan Shar, Lynn Talone and Sid Wilker.To order tickets, use the form at right, download an order form at www.JewishFederationLCC.org or call Leni Sack at 239.481.4449 x3. Thursday, January 19 at 7:15 p.m. FANNYS JOURNEYFannys Journey is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year-old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, these eleven children will do the impossible to reach the Swiss border in order to survive. Language: French with English subtitles Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min. Thursday, January 12 at 7:15 p.m. SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSIONThis docu-drama is based on previously undiscovered audio recordings of former pilot Captain Reginald Levy. Captain Levy, now deceased, was in command of Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels, Belgium, to Tel Aviv on May 8, 1972, when it was hijacked by four members of Black September, wracking captivity. It fuses candid interviews with dramatic reenactments. historical and political questions that helped to shape the Israel of today. Language: English /Hebrew/Arabic/French Running Time: 1 hr. 38 min. Tuesday, January 17 at 7:15 p.m. IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE interviews with chefs, farmers, home cooks, vintners and cheese makers, to visits to farms, markets, restaurants and kitchens, audiences will discover that this hot, multi-cultural cuisine has developed only in the countries in the world to one of the most advanced. Its sophistication mirrors the current state of the Israeli people and their food: secular, Solomonov, the James Beard award-winning chef/owner of Zahav and a number of other restaurants in Philadelphia. Language: English Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min. Tuesday, January 24 at 7:15 p.m. KEEP QUIETAs Vice President of Jobbik, Hungarys far-right extremist party, Csanad Szegedi regularly espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denials. He was a founder of the Hungarian Guard, a now-banned militia inspired by the Arrow Cross, a pro-Nazi party complicit in the murder of thousands of Jews during WWII. Then came a revelation which transformed his life. Szegedis maternal grandparents were revealed to be Jewish and his beloved grandmother an Auschwitz survivor who had hidden her faith fearing further persecution. Keep Quiet depicts Szegedis three-year journey as he is guided by Rabbi Boruch Oberlander to embrace his newfound religion, forced to confront the painful truths of his familys past, his own wrongdoing, and the turbulent history of his country. But is this astonishing transformation a process of genuine reparation and spiritual awakening or is he simply a desperate man with nowhere else to turn? Language: English, Hebrew with English subtitles Running Time:

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11 ORDER FORMIndicate your choices on the form below and send it along with your payment to:The Jewish Federation 9701 Commerce Center Court Fort Myers, FL 33908Questions? Call 239.481.4449 x3 or email lenibsack@jfedlcc.org.Name______________________________________ Address____________________________________ City____________________ ST____ Zip_________ Phone______________________________________ Email______________________________________Tickets will be mailed up to December 31. Tickets ordered after December 31 will be available after 6:00 p.m. inside the theater the day of the show. No refunds on tickets.OPEN SEATING AT ALL FILMS Check payable to Jewish Federation enclosed Charge: MasterCard Visa Amex Discover Name on card________________________________ Card#______________________________________ Exp. Date____________________________________SERIES OF 9 EVENING FILMS: $96 INDIVIDUAL FILMS: $12 each _____ _____ Sabena Hijacking....................1/12/17 _____ In Search of Israeli Cuisine....1/17/17 _____ Fannys Journey.......................1/19/17 _____ Keep Quiet................................1/24/17 _____ The Womens Balcony..............1/26/17 _____ The Pickle Recipe....................1/31/17 _____ Just Another Version of You.....2/2/17 _____ Harmonia...................................2/7/17 MATINEE _____ Mr. Predictable........................1/22/17 _____ Total Due Thursday, January 26 at 7:15 p.m. THE WOMENS BALCONYAn incident during a Bar Mitzvah celebration leads to a gendered rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. The day of Oshers Bar Mitzvah begins auspiciously, with happy guests in their Sabbath best making their way through Jerusalems streets. They congregate in the synagogue and the men look up adoringly at the womens balcony where their wives, daughters, sisters, cousins and grandmothers are gathered. several injured. Most everyone regards the collapse as a tragic result of from God until Rabbi David comes along. Language: Hebrew with English subtitles Running Time: 1 hr. 36 min. JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU known for creating a number of groundbreaking 1970s sitcoms All in the Family Sanford and Son , One Day at a Time Maude, that mirrored the cultural changes roiling the country. shifted the national consciousness into sociopolitical debates on race, his work and his impact on American society. Language: English Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.Thursday, February 2 at 7:15 p.m. HARMONIA Sarah, the harpist of the Jerusalem Philharmonic, is married to Abraham, from East Jerusalem joins the orchestra, Sarahs world changes. The two Sarah to have a baby for her, from Abraham. When the baby is born, Abraham. Twelve years pass, Ben is a phenomenal pianist, yet wild and uncontrollable. Something is wrong, he feels it deep inside. At the same time, Sarah gets pregnant in her late forties and gives birth to Isaac. When events lead to the fated ending. Language: German with English subtitles Running Time: 1 hr. 37 min.Tuesday, February 7 at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, January 22 at 3:00 p.m. MR. PREDICTABLE he left home, his father made Adi swear he would be a good boy, help his mother and be responsible. Adi kept his promise: he helped more than enough at home, at school, in the military, in his marriage he became the most thoughtful man you can imagine. Or to say it another way Adi became a sucker who was exploited by his mother, his wife, his son, his boss and nearly everyone he ever met. Things change radically on and his family. Language: Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.Matinee Tuesday, January 31 at 7:15 p.m. THE PICKLE RECIPEJoey Miller is a single father and deeply in debt. To make matters worse, daughter Julies Bat Mitzvah is only four weeks away and she is counting on him to DJ her party. After exhausting all his options, he turns to his shady Uncle Morty, who agrees to give him the money he needs to get back into business, but only under one condition. Joey must steal his grandmother Roses most prized possession her famous top-secret dill pickle recipe. Its a recipe she has vowed to take to her grave. Language: English Running Time: 1 hr. 37 min.

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12 2017 Shared Scholar: Heidi Neumark Federation Book ClubThe Jewish Federation book club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Federation building. Members of the book club bring their dinner and enjoy sitting around the table to discuss the months selection. Book club members take turns selecting the monthly read, as well as leading the discussion. While most books read are of Jewish content, it is not a requirement in deciding what to read. As one member pointed out when the book club was newly formed: Even if the content is not Jewish, our opinions, our ideas and our perspectives are all inuenced by our Jewish backgrounds. For more information, contact Leni Sack at 239.481.4449 x3 or lenibsack@ jfedlcc.org. JOIN US FOR AN AUTHOR EVENT with Victoria Kelly author of the bestselling novel, Mrs. Houdini Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. Co The Reverend Heidi Neumark, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan, was selected as the 2017 Shared Scholar. She will present her program at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 23 in the Sanctuary of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. Reverend Neumarks presentation will expand upon the story of her discovery of her Jewish ancestry, which she detailed in her book, Hidden Inheri tance: Family Secret, Memory and Faith. Her search includes nding that her grandfather died in the Terezin concentration camp. Her journey into her past has had life-changing repercussions for her future. Her book combines per sonal narrative, social history and theology, interweaving them into a story that portrays the challenges to the authors identity, vocation and theology. e Shared Scholar program is cosponsored annually by Temple Bat Yam, the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, St Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, First Church JFed StitchersThe JFed Stitchers started as a group taking on a mitzvah project to benet the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Knitters and crocheters were recruited to make wool helmet liners and caps for Israeli soldiers dur ing the winter months. e patterns and the yarn were provided by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties, and the skill and commitment to contribute to the project were provided by the volunteers! It was a great beginning project because the knitting or crocheting could be done at home or in a group. e group also meets once a month to share progress on the mitzvah project, as well as to share their own knitting or crocheting designs. Once the helmet liners are completed, the group is committed to working on other mitzvah projects to benet those in need. e group welcomes anyone who enjoys doing this needlework, as well as the comradery of sharing that skill with others. If you would like to participate, contact Leni Sack at 239.481.4449 x3 or lenibsack@jfedlcc.org. of Christ Scientist and Captiva Chapel by the Sea. Bat Yams share is provided by the Leo Rosner Foundation in honor of June Rosner. For more information, call the temple oce at 239.395.2544.

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13 Douglas Renfroe in concertResidents of Sanibel and sur rounding communities can hear Temple Bat Yams Cantorial Soloist, Doug Renfroe, at several venues this season. Dougs magnicent bassbaritone singing will include selections from operas, operettas and Broadway. In other events, he sings with and conducts the choral group. e pub lic is welcome. ere is no fee. A good will oering is appreciated. For more information, call the temple oce at 239.395.2544. Sunday, January 22 at 3:00 p.m.: Doug and Friends, Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.: Evening of Love Songs, FGCU, Bonita Springs Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m.: Voices of Naples, Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ Sunday, February 26 at 3:00 p.m.: Voices of Naples, Naples United Church, NaplesGod As Seen In Broadway Musical TheatreCantorial Soloist Doug Renfroe and Reverend John Danner present God As Seen In Broadway Musical eatre on Wednesdays, February 8 and 15 at 10:00 a.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. e events are free and take place at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. For more information, visit www. batyam.org or all the Church oce at 239.472.0497.Psalms Beyond BoundariesOn Wednesday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Alliance of the Arts, the Sisterhood of Temple Beth El invites you to attend an Israeli Art Exhibit. Carolyn Gora will serve as the docent for this extraordinary exhibit and there is no charge. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call the temple oce at 239.433.0018. stay connected at www.JewishFederationLCC.org

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14 Brown Bag Movie NightsOne evening a month throughout the year e Community Free Synagogue oers its Brown Bag Movie Night in the synagogues Community Hall. Its called that since participants are encouraged to pack brown bag dinners to enjoy dur ing the movies. Admission is always free, and C.F.S. supplies complimentary so drinks. Rabbi Bruce Diamond oen accepts recommendations for the features that he picks for the movie nights. Past favorites have included e Frisco Kid Enemies: A Love Story, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg and the Sophie Tucker biopic, e Last of the Red Hot Mammas, to name just a few. C.F.S.s Brown Bag Movie Nights are open to all. For a schedule of lms, visit www.fortmyerssynagogue.com. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR ADVERTISERS To contact the editor of Connections, send an email to LChayim36@gmail.com. Studying family history brings more than just historical knowledge, Laugh with HadassahWhat could be more artsy than revisiting the Catskills and going back to the Borscht Belt for some entertainment? e Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah presents e Kosher Comedy Tour headlined by Peter Fogel, Stu Moss and Marlyn Sanchez, who will sing, dance, tell jokes and do major shtick! e event takes place on ursday, February 2 at Temple Shalom in Naples. For more information, email Elissa Goldstein at feb22017@gmail.com. Please come to this delightful event and support the incredible organization that does so much for Israel, the Jewish people, and people all over the United States and the world Hadassah! Ronny S Taschner DDS Active Member of the American Academy of Periodontology Jennifer Taschner DDS MMSc Diplomat e of the American Board of Peri o dontology 1645 Medical Lane Fort Myers, FL Phone 239 9360635 Visit Our Website www.taschnerperio.com

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15 Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide StudiesThe Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Flor ida Gulf Coast University is a university-focused academic institution, established in 2005 due to the pioneering eorts of several members of the Jewish communities of Southwest Florida. Conscious of the fact that the past century was the bloodiest in history, the Center has several priorities: to increase knowledge and understanding about the Holocaust and other genocides; to enhance understanding of Jewish life through educational initiatives; and to rescue the history of the vibrant Jewish communities that were lost. Over the years the Center has grown from oer ing a few events relating to Holocaust and other commemorations, to one which has become a focus in Southwest Florida for all academic matters relating to Jewish civilization, the Holocaust, genocide and remembrance. In the forthcoming year the Center will continue in its quest to increase knowledge and understanding about the Holocaust and other genocides, as well as to strengthen the democratic institutions that can confront genocide and other threats to human rights, such as intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism and ignorance. e Center seeks to achieve these aims through providing educational opportunities within the university, the wider community, and in partnership with educational and other organizations throughout the State of Florida, the United States and internationally. e Center will host a number of events of various types during the course of the year, all with the intention of educating new generations of students. Where it is possible and feasible, events will be open to the wider community as well as the university community, and these will be advertised widely beforehand. In such circumstances, it is always imperative that outside guests of the university obtain a parking permit from the Welcome Booth upon arriving on campus. Interested members of the community are invited to refer to the Center website in order to learn of new initiatives and developments. For information about the Center and its events, as well as giving oppor tunities to assist in the development of Center programs, please contact: Dr. Paul Bartrop, Director 239.590.7239 or pbartrop@fgcu.edu www.fgcu.edu/hc/ Florida Gulf Coast University 10501 FGCU Boulevard South Fort Myers, FL 33965Holocaust Studies Annual Holocaust Memorial ServiceEach year, the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties sponsors a moving educational program to remember the Holocaust and teach about it to the next generation. e service reminds us of what can happen when bigotry, hatred and indierence go unchecked. e 2017 service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at Temple Beth El, 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers.An Afternoon with Maude DaumeThe community is invited to An Aernoon with Maude Daume, a Holocaust program presented by the Sisterhood and Mens Club of Temple Beth El. e event will be held at the temple on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. and includes a movie about her life followed by a presentation by Maude Daume. ere is no charge and refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the temple oce at 239.433.0018. R OLaura E Ryder, CPO, FAAOPProsthetist/Orthotist 1500 Royal Palm Sq Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33919 239-939-0009 1250 Tamiami Trail N #104 Naples, FL 34102 239-643-6673INC.Adult and Pediatric Prosthetics and Orthotics For a continuously updated calendar of events, visit www.JewishFederationLCC.org. www.gskattorneys.com rf ntbf bfbnnbLowell S. SchoenfeldFlorida Board Certified Wills, Trusts & Estates Attorney

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16 Museums Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SW FloridaThe Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida in Naples celebrates its 16th anniversary in 2017. It has hosted thousands of visitors from all over the world. Mission e Museums mission is to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence. Students and visitors alike learn that one person can make a dierence by promoting positive change in their homes and communities. Education Programs Since 2001, the Museum has helped educators comply with the Florida State mandate on teaching about the Holocaust through semi-annual professional development seminars, providing classroom-ready teaching materials and thoughtful, age-appropriate programming. To date, Museum Educators have taught in six Southwest Florida counties, impacting over 150,000 SWFL students, grades K-through college/ university level. In addition, the Boxcar Exhibit, on loan to the Museum from Jack and F.E. Nortman and e Boxcar Foundation, has served as the centerpiece of many community-wide events seen by approximately 90,000 people on its travels throughout SWFL. Museum Exhibits and Special Events e Museum hosts both a permanent collection of artifacts, photographs and documents as well as special temporary exhibits throughout the year. Special events open to the community include lm and discussions, lecture series, student activities, guest speaker and Holocaust survivor presentations. Location, Hours, Tours e Museum is located at 4760 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 7, in Naples. It is open year-round Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed Mondays and major Jewish and U.S. holidays. Hours: January April: Tuesdays-Fridays 12:30-5:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 1:004:00 p.m.; May-December: Tuesdays through Sundays 1:00-4:00 p.m. School groups and private tours available by appointment. For more information, please visit www.HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org or call 239.263.9200. LEHIGH ACRES1530 Lee Boulevard Suite 1700, Lehigh AcresRIVERWALK ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER8350 Riverwalk Park Boulevard Suite 1, Ft. Myerswww.jointteam.com 239-482-5399ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS CALL TODAY FOR A CONSULTATION David M. Heligman, M.D.University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Doctorate of Medicine Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center, Chicago, IL Orthopaedic Surgery Diplomate American Board of Orthopaedic SurgeonsESTERO MEDICAL CENTER10201 Arco Avenue Suite 206, Estero Joint replacement & reconstruction surgery Outpatient hip & knee replacement Minimally invasive technologies Arthroscopic surgery of the knee & shoulder Treatment of sports-related injuries, pains & problems Joint pain & arthritis care Fracture care Janet Astrin Sales Associate 14360 S. Tamiami Trail Fort Myers, Florida 33912 (239) 482-3001 Fax (239) 482-8846 leelightingflorida.com Like us on Facebook

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17 Museums Jewish Museum of Florida-FIUThis is the only museum telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish life.Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU on South Beach is housed in two lovingly restored buildings that were formerly synagogues for Miami Beachs rst congregation. Both on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1936 Art Deco building features a copper dome, marble bimah and 80 stained-glass windows. MOSAIC, the permanent exhibition, shows how Jews maintained their traditions and communities as they contributed to develop the state. Changing temporary exhibits focus on themes of Jewish history, art and culture each with a Florida connection. Jewish history time lines, lms, Orovitz Museum Store, and a Collections and Research Center complete the experience, in addition to a full schedule of events and educational programs that complement the current exhibits. Annual programs include Florida Jewish History Month in January and Jewish American Heritage Month in May (both initiated by the Museum), Purim Gala, Judaica competitions and Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards. Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day except Mondays and holidays. For more information: Jo Ann Arnowitz, Executive Director & Chief Curator 305.672.5044 x3180 or director@jewishmuseum.com www.jewishmuseum.com 301 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 rff fnt bbbb b rfntrbrrnfnftrnbtrfrrbtnrnrbbfnrnrfntfnrnrrrfntrrtbrbr The Rehabilitation Center at Shell Point features a state-ofthe-art aqua therapy pool rf rr frfrf ntf f PAV-558-16 Connections Directory 2017_Rehab.indd 1 10/24/16 8:23 AM

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18 Early 2017 & Ongoing Classes Jewish Learning Institute at Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest FloridaServing learning centers in over 900 communities online, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) is the worlds preeminent provider of Jewish learning. eres an aha! moment in every lesson. JLIs mission is to make Jewish learning accessible and personally meaningful to every Jew, regardless of background or aliation. JLIs insightful curricula utilizes cutting-edge pedagogic techniques, embracing the multiple intelligence model and utilizing multimedia and an array of approaches to engage, educate and inspire all kinds of minds in a dynamic Jewish learning experience. Upcoming courses: Ethical Conundrums: Modern Dilemmas. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions Strange as it may seem, this is a course without a topic. Instead, it provides an engaging new approach to Talmud study. Each lesson presents a case study with a seemingly impossible ethical conundrum, and explores original Talmudic texts for solutions. Students study texts in pairs, ar riving at their own conclusions, and Bar / Bat Mitzvah SpecialistChoosing the right photographer is an important decision. Michael Shapiro has more than 30 years experience in media and journalism. He is able to capture images that are unique, unexpected and spontaneous.Other Services: Weddings / Family Portraits / Events239.770.6860mike@shapiro-photography.com www.shapiro-photography.com utilize electronic polling to communicate their answers. Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel rough the Lens of the Six-Day War e y-year anniversary of the SixDay War provides an historic opportunity to discover what Israel means to us today. More than a history, it is a course about connection; understanding our connection to our land, to our people, and to our heritage through the prism of the events and themes of the Six-Day War. For more information, please call 239.433.7708 or visit www.chabadswf. org. Stay Connected.Register for our email newsletter. www. jfedsrq.org Stay in touch throughout the year. Sign up for the Federations e-blasts. Send an email to lenibsack@jfedlcc.orgGet the latest information on upcoming community events and cultural activities, breaking news, updates from Israel and more.

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19 Early 2017 & Ongoing Classes Gerald Ziedenberg lecturesGerald Ziedenberg, historian, lecturer, author and winter resident, is returning to present his popular lecture series at Temple Beth El in Fort Myers. e community is invited to attend each Monday evening beginning on January 9 through March 27 (excluding February 13 and 27) from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and learn about history through lectures, discussions and lms. Topics for the winter series include: e Holocaust: Dr. Januscz Korczak, the heroic doctor of the War saw Ghetto who would not leave his 200 orphan children and save himself Gerald Ziedenberg e Right Wrong Man, the story of John Demjanjuk and the last great Nazi War Crimes Trial e Russian Jews: Vasilyu Grossman, one of the greatest gures of Soviet literature and a war correspondent, one of the rst to tell the story of the Nazi death camps Natan Sharansky, who led the ght to free Soviet Jewry and led the immigration that changed the face of Israel e Scientists: Dr. Jonas Salk, the renowned scientist who saved tens of thousands from the scourge of polio Albert Einstein, a one-time mathematician, physicist, philosopher, cosmologist, Zionist and a refugee from Nazi Germany Classes are free. Please call the temple oce for further information at 239.433.0018. Adult Education at Temple Beth ElRabbi Nicole Luna hosts Torah Study on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Her Liturgy and Learning Class is held each Wednesday aernoon at 1:30 p.m., and a Lunch and Learn at a local restaurant is scheduled at noon on the third ursday of each month. Winter resident and historian Gerald Ziedenberg holds weekly evening lectures on a variety of subjects throughout the season. Members hold a weekly Current Events class each ursday morning at 10:00 a.m. e Media Monitors Roundtable group, which discusses and takes actions regarding examples of current media bias of Israel and events in the Middle East, meets on the fourth Monday of each month in the temple library at 11:00 a.m. For more information, please call the temple oce at 239.433.0018. Are sexual behaviors interfering with your daily life? in your relationships? Now theres help. 21 years experience as a Therapist with Jewish Family Services Certied in Couples and Family Therapy Certied Sex Addiction Therapist with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr CollegeDont wait call today and get your life backI offer condential and non-judgmental assessment and treatment for compulsive sexual behaviors and adult relationship issues.Rena Essrog, MSS, LCSW, CSAT 215-939-6476rena@evolvecenterforhealing.com Conveniently located in Estero Park Commons Youve found your home in Florida702 SE 24th Ave Cape Coral FL 33990 239 772 4555 / www.templebethshalomcc.orgCome as a guest, leave as a friend, return as familyTemple Beth Shalom

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20 Early 2017 & Ongoing Classes Simple Truths at Chabad of Charlotte County Adult Education at Bat YamBat Yams Saturday morning adult education classes are held from November through April each year and are open to the public. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., Rabbi Myra Soifer leads a session of Hebrew reading and translation from the Linear Chumash/Devorim. At 9:30 a.m., Rabbi Soifer shis from Hebrew to English and to this seasons topic, Its a Mitzvah. Each week she will explore one of the 613 ethical and ritual mitzvot that Jews are expected to follow. e third segment of the morning is the province of Bat Yams members. Each week a member speaks about some aspect of Jews in the Diaspora, this seasons theme. On ursdays at 12:30 p.m., Rabbi Soifer will teach the o-season Torah portions. On Wednesdays, January 11, 18 and 25, at 10:00 a.m. and repeated at 7:30 p.m., Rabbi Soifer, Reverend Danner and Imam Abdul Haq Muhammed from Fort Myers will jointly lecture on e Status of Women, War and Peace and e Messiah. On ursday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m., Rabbi Soifer and Reverend Danner will oer a dierent perspective on those Bible texts oen cited as anti-LGBT. All classes are free and held at Bat Yams host, the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ located at 2050 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. For more information, go to www. batyam.org. For the joint programs, call the Church oce at 239.472.0497.The Jewish Womens Circle of Chabad of Charlotte County presents a new course: Simple Truths Pivotal Jewish Insights for Centered Living. Life is tumultuous, like a ship crashing about on the waves of a roar ing ocean storm. At times it can seem directionless, with unexpected challenges throwing us about in every which way. However, fortunate for us, buried within our tool chest is an anchor we can cast to restore stability. is course is about taking to heart lifes simple truths, the ones that empower us to overcome our everyday struggles; not by facing the challenges one by one, but by nding our center and aligning with our inner truth. It is a spiritual search for G-d, but from a cosmopolitan, down-to-earth and plain-spoken approach. Its about training ourselves to see G-d in the small miracles of everyday life and about gaining perspective when were in the gym, on the road or in the kitchen. In Simple Truths we grapple with fundamental Jewish viewpoints that profoundly shi our perspective. We train ourselves to see G-ds hand in every situation; and, where G-d is discovered, challenge becomes opportunity, negative becomes positive, setback becomes turning point, and vulnerability and weakness become impetuses for growth and connection. e course includes seven classes that meet once a month for seven consecutive months. e rst class took place in December. e course fee of $100 includes a course workbook. e fee per class is $18. For more information, please call Sheina at 941.258.0188 or visit chabad ofcharlottecounty.com.Jewish Learning Institute at Chabad Jewish Center of Cape CoralServing learning centers in over 900 communities and online, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) is the worlds preeminent provider of Jewish learning. Chabad Jewish Center of Cape Coral is proud to be an afliate of JLI. JLIs mission is to make Jewish learning accessible and personally meaningful to every Jew, regardless of background or aliation. JLIs insightful curricula utilizes cutting-edge pedagogic techniques, embracing the multiple intelligence model and utilizing multimedia and an array of approaches to engage, educate and inspire all kinds of minds in a dynamic Jewish learning experience. Upcoming courses include Talmud Interactive: Ethical Conundrums. Ancient Debates. Your Solutions. and Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel rough the Lens of the Six-Day War. For more information and to register, please call the Chabad oce at 239.963.4770 or visit www.chabadcape. com. To read this publication online, visit the Connections page at www.JewishFederationLCC.org.

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22 Support Programs & Resources Senior VisitsThe Jewish Federations Senior Visits program takes place three times a year just before Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah and Passover. ese visits mean the world to the senior citizens that the volunteers encounter. Volunteers ll gi bags with edible kosher treats, prayer guides and gis, sometimes handmade by children in our community. en more volunteers stop by the Federation oce to pick up pre-lled bags and deliver them to Jewish senior citizens throughout Lee and Charlotte counties. Many Jewish seniors are isolated from the rest of their families and have limited contact with the world outside of their homes or assisted living facilities. ese visits provide this segment of our population with a Jewish connection, which is uniquely important at this life stage. e Senior Visits for Passover will take place on Sunday, April 2. Gi bags are also given to seniors for Rosh Hashanah and Chanukah. For more information on how to get involved with this rewarding program, contact Leni Sack at 239.481.4449 x3 or lenibsack@jfedlcc.org. Jewish Family Services, located in the Jewish Federation building at 9701 Commerce Center Court, Fort Myers, can be reached at 239.481.4449 x6.The Food PantryThe Jewish Federation Community Food Pantry, a division of Jewish Family Services and afliated with the Harry Chapin Food Bank, provides sustenance to those in the Lee and Charlotte County area who are in need of the most basic nourishment and support. e pantry is stocked with nonperishable food items and is open ve days a week to the general public. Appointments to pick up items must be made in advance. Call 239.481.4449. Items may be dropped o at the Jewish Federation Food Pantry, 9701 Commerce Center Court, Fort Myers, Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Here is a list of items that are cur rently needed (in standard-size packages, not family size): Canned tomato products, pasta sauce, pasta, mac and cheese mixes, canned vegetables, canned fruit, cereals (hot and cold), tuna sh, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, cookies, rice, beans (dry and canned), powdered soups, powdered milk, coee, tea, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, shampoo. We accept checks made out to the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties and gi cards from any of the supermarkets in the area. We cannot accept the following: pork products, outdated items, opened packages, perishable food products. We thank you in advance for helping those in need in our community!

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23 Life Cycle ResourcesGarden of Memories CemeteryTemple Beth El owns a small cemetery located within the City of Fort Myers at 3200 Michigan Avenue. is is the oldest Jewish and only temple-owned cemetery in Lee County. It is exclusively for temple members and their immediate family. Also in the cemetery is a solid granite Memorial Wall where names and dates of loved ones buried elsewhere can be engraved. Each year, two special services are held in the cemetery to honor and remember those buried there and those whose names have been inscribed on the Wall the High Holy Days Cemetery Memorial Service and a Veterans Memorial Day Service. For more information, please call the temple oce at 239.433.0018.MikvahMikvah Bashka (named in memory of Bernice/ Bashka Orkin Kaye) serves Jewish women in an elegant, spa-like facility. Personal instruction is offered prior to the use of the mikvah, in order to familiarize a Jewish woman with the laws and customs associated with Jewish family purity. Private appointments are necessary for use of the mikvah. Please call Chava at 239.898.0079 or Sivan at 646.200.3671.Chevra KadishaThe Chevra Kadisha, or Jewish Burial Society, is an organization of Jewish men and women who see to it that the bodies of Jews are prepared for burial according to Jewish tradition. e two main requirements are the showing of proper respect for the deceaseds body, and the ritual cleansing and subsequent dressing for burial. For further information and guidance, please call Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz at Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida at 239.433.7708. rf r f f n The AARP Automobile Insurance Program from The Hartford is underwritten by Hartford Fire Insurance Company and its affiliates, One Hartford Plaza, Hartford CT 06155. CA license number 5152. AARP membership is required for Program eligibility in most states. AARP does not employ or endorse agents or brokers. You have the option of purchasing a policy directly from The Hartford. Your price, however, could vary, and you will not have the advice, counsel or services of your independent agent. Call Today for your FREE, no-obligation quote:LOTT & GAYLOR INC2120 WEST FIRST STREET FORT MYERS, FL, 33901 pgaylor@lott-gaylor.comPhil Gaylor rf r f f n The AARP Automobile Insurance Program from The Hartford is underwritten by Hartford Fire Insurance Company and its affiliates, One Hartford Plaza, Hartford CT 06155. CA license number 5152. AARP membership is required for Program eligibility in most states. AARP does not employ or endorse agents or brokers. You have the option of purchasing a policy directly from The Hartford. Your price, however, could vary, and you will not have the advice, counsel or services of your independent agent. Call Today for your FREE, no-obligation quote:LOTT & GAYLOR INC2120 WEST FIRST STREET FORT MYERS, FL, 33901 pgaylor@lott-gaylor.comPhil Gaylor Temple Beth Els Annual Mitzvah DayOne of the most important dates on Temple Beth Els calendar is its annual Mitzvah Day each spring. From supporting the troops to caring for the environment, from helping sick children to feeding the hungry, there is a project for everyone. Temple members, young and old, participate in the many activities planned. It has always been an opportunity to work together on a variety of projects that help the synagogue, our community and the world. In past years, volunteers have written letters to solders, made and delivered sandwiches for the homeless, collected and created baskets of necessary toiletries for women in shelters, delivered homemade knit shawls to cancer patients in treatment, delivered gi bags to the Childrens Hospital, made and sent hundreds of cool ties for troops in the deserts, cleaned up Fort Myers Beach, raised money for Relay for Life and Lighthouse for the Blind, donated items to Dress for Success and the local Humane Society, held successful blood drives, and educated and signed up people to be organ and bone marrow donors. Over 200 men, women and children participate each year, and Temple Beth El is proud to be continuing this annual event. For more information, please call the temple oce at 239.433.0018. www.doctorben.net INTERNIST OF THE YEAR AWARD Presented by the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians Funeral Homes & CemeteriesFort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home & Cemetery 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239.936.0555 Kays Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes Port Charlotte 941.625.4113; Punta Gorda 941.639.1133 Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery Garden of David Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park 239.334.4880 Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cemetery 239.283.0540 Hodges Kiser Funeral Home 239.481.4341

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24 Special Interest Groups Collier/Lee Chapter of HadassahOver 100 years ago, one Jewish woman, Henrietta Szold, had the ability and determination to take action and create change at a time when women were not even per mitted to vote, and Hadassah was born. Hadassah is committed to strengthening the unity of the Jewish people. In Israel, it accomplishes this through progressive healthcare, education, youth institutions and volunteerism. In the United States, Hadassah reaches its goals through Jewish and Zionist education programs, Zionist Youth programs and health awareness programs, as well as by advocating for issues of importance to women and to the American Jewish community. Nominated for a Nobel Prize in 2005, Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) treats approximately one million patients a year regardless of religion or nationality. HMO is internationally recognized for decades of leadership in stem cell research, and for immunotherapies that marshal the bodys own resources to ght disease. e stunning results of HMO clinical trials for potential treatments of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases have riveted the worldwide medical community. Hadassah receives a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator due to its high percentage of funds that are devoted to the organizations projects. It has a very high ranking for transparency and accountability. By becoming a Hadassah Associate, men can participate in Hadassahs mission of peace and healing. Working alongside Hadassah women or spearheading initiatives on their own, Associates make a signicant contribution to the basic values of the Jewish people: tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedakah. Everyone is welcome to join, so if you would like to become a member, or learn more about the extraordinary work of Hadassah, please contact: Gayle Dorio, co-President 239.530.8992 or gayledorio@gmail.com Karen Cohn, co-President 239.370.6220 kcohnrdh@gmail.com Donna Goldblatt, Membership co-Vice President, 239.597.3441 or mom443@aol.com Brian Simon, ChFC, CLUFinancial Advisor, Park Avenue Securities, LLC henlaw.com 239.344.1100 Wills, Estates and TrustsEric Gurgold, Esq.Florida Bar Board Certi ed Wills, Trust and Estate AttorneyBusiness and Tax PlanningGuy E. Whitesman, Esq.Florida Bar Board Certi ed Tax Attorney Jewish Young ProfessionalsLooking for a vibrant Jewish life with other young adults? Looking for engagement in the Jewish community through volunteerism and philanthropy? Looking to do some social and professional networking? Created for Jewish 25to 40-yearolds, the Jewish Young Professionals (JYP) group of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties features social activities that foster long-lasting friendships and professional connections. Events include volunteer oppor tunities, happy hours, dinners, holiday celebrations and more. To get connected or for more information: Leni Sack, 239.481.4449 x3 or lenibsack@jfedlcc.org

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25 Special Interest Groups Hadassah Sharon Chapter (Charlotte County)Originally part of the Lee County Chapter of Hadassah, the Sharon Chapter of Port Charlotte got its own charter on January 23, 1979. e primary purpose of the Port Char lotte chapter is to raise funds for two hospitals in Jerusalem: Mount Scopus and Ein Kerem. Hadassah is now proud to announce the opening of the newest hospital, the Sara Westman Davidson Tower in Jerusalem. Hadassah also provides education about health care issues in the United States. e Sharon Chapter meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Programs vary with health education be-The JFed Social Club is a social group to bring Jewish community members together to do a variety of activities. Dining out, having potluck dinners, visiting a museum, going to a play, and celebrating a Jewish holiday together are just some of the activities the group has enjoyed over the past year. is is a great opportunity for newcomers to the area to meet others and for established members of our community to make new friends. e primary interest in the group has come from couples and singles, who are empty nesters and/or retirees. For more information: Leni Sack 239.481.4449 x3 or lenibsack@jfedlcc.orgJFed Social Club rfntbn tbbnSarasotas Only Independent & Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Rental CommunityAssisted Living Facility #8951 Skilled Nursing Facility #130471046 r fn t rb tbtbb ttt rt brtbtr rrttt ing of prime importance. Physicians, nutritionists, health and tness professionals, and representatives of health service agencies are featured. e chapter received a Golden Gavel award from the Sarasota HeraldTribune for its Osteoporosis Education & Awareness Program, which was sponsored by the Florida Department of Elder Aairs. Programs are entertaining as well as educational, and include card par ties, fashion shows, book club meetings, and performing mitzvot by visiting seniors in nursing homes during the Jewish holidays. e Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties provides Hadassah with the Goody Bags. For more information or to join: Odette Port, President 941.505.1409

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26 Special Interest Groups Generations of the Shoah SWFLGenerations of the Shoah of Southwest Florida (GenShoah) was formed in 2009 through an initiative by the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. is group is not only for children of Holocaust survivors, but for all those who share its fourfold mission of: Promotion of Holocaust education and human rights, preservation of the history and memories of the Holocaust, connection of members of the Second Generation to one another, and support of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. GenShoah presents programs from October to April at the Holocaust Museum and other announced venues. Programs include lms, local and nationally-known speakers, and book discussions. e public is welcome to attend these presentations. Any visitors to our community who are Holocaust survivors, children or grandchildren of survivors, or who share GenShoahs mission are encour aged to attend programs. GenShoah sends out a monthly enewsletter announcing programs and related local events. To receive the enewsletter or for more information: Ida Margolis genshoahsw@icloud.com or 239.963.9347 Ida Margolis, GenShoah Chair, and Steve Brazina, Program Director Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide StudiesDedicated to educating all sectors of society about Jewish civilization, the Holocaust, and genocide through: scholarship outreach inquiry sharing knowledge preserving the record helping teachers encouraging studentsVisit www.fgcu.edu/hc/ Dr. Paul Bartrop, Director Shalom Life Center is a nondenominational Jewish spiritual community founded to meet the changing needs of Southwest Florida. e Center provides a warm, welcoming and inspiring environment for all regardless of age, background and level of observance. rough acts of loving kindness, music and prayer, the Center provides a nonjudgmental spiritually upliing atmosphere. Oered are Torah study, choir, a Yiddish Culture Club, Womens Circle, Mens Club, BBYO, and individualized Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation for typical and neurodiverse teens. In addition, there are many special events and concerts throughout the season like Shabbat Rock Caf, Cocktails and Kvelling, and the annual Bark Mitzvah, which are open to the entire community. Spiritual Leader Lawrence Dermer is formerly of the clergy team of one of the largest synagogues in the country, Temple Beth El of Boca Raton. Along with his wife, Robin, they are inspir ing and transformational leaders whose vision, enthusiasm and spirituality help people to actualize their highest potential. e Centers message is traditional and the worship is contemporary. Join the Shalom Life Center Band every Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. for a joyful, musical and meaningful Shabbat worship experience in the beautiful sanctuary. e Shalom Life Center is located at 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers. To learn more: 239.218.3433 info@shalomlifecenter.org www.shalomlifecenter.orgShalom Life Center stay connected at www.JewishFederationLCC.org

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27 Special Interest Groups Jewish Historical Society of SWFL The Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida was established in 2010. e Societys mission is to educate, promote and celebrate awareness of Jews in Southwest Florida from their rst arrival to their current makeup here. JHSSWF activities include preser vation and protection of the Jewish history of South west Florida by collecting living legacies, testimonies, videos and other items of relevance to early Southwest Florida Jews. e Society seeks out, collects and preserves written, spoken and photographic records for the purpose of creating archives and keeping historical accuracy of the Jewish presence in this area. It has created e Virtual Museum of Southwest Florida Jewish History. Now everyone, everywhere may explore, learn and contribute their knowledge, research or resources. Visit the museum at http://jewishhistory southwestorida.org. To celebrate Florida Jewish History Month, in January, JHSSWF presents its original Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers lm series. e lms are personal accounts by eyewitnesses who helped establish and expand the Jewish presence in Southwest Florida. e The Virtual Museum of Southwest Florida Jewish History collage lms are repeated throughout the year for those who sign up for the Societys email or mail lists. e Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preservation of the local Jewish History. Membership is open to all. For more information: oce@jhsswf.org 239.566.1771 (leave a message for Marina Berkovich) www.JHSSWF.org

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28 Special Interest Groups Humanistic Jewish HavurahHumanistic Judaism is a voice for Jews who value their Jewish identity and who seek an alternative to conventional Judaism. e movement founded by Rabbi Sher win Wine in 1963 has grown to be considered a h branch of Judaism. A basic tenet of Humanistic Judaism is that our power resides within each of us. Whether a higher power exists is mostly irrelevant because no matter what we say we believe, its what we do that counts. (Humanism is compatible with atheism, agnosticism, ignosticism, deism and naturalism.) Humanistic Jews arm their identity as members of the Jewish people drawing strength from Jewish history and culture. ey see Jewish history as testimony to the continuing struggle for human dignity and, like the history of other peoples, as a product of human decisions and actions. ey demonstrate connection to Jewish culture and history through Humanistic celebrations of Jewish customs and holidays, creating Jewish rituals, services and celebrations in ways that help them express their Humanistic values. ey seek to foster a positive Jewish identity that is committed to intellectual integrity and ethical behavior. e Humanistic Jewish Havurah of Southwest Florida, formed in late spring 2008, soon aliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism (www. shj.org), the umbrella organization for the nearly 30 other Humanistic Jewish communities throughout North Amer ica. Members receive the benets and publications of SHJ along with having the opportunity to express their Jewish identity with like-minded people here in Southwest Florida. Members meet one Sunday afternoon each month in the David G. Willens Community Room of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, the Jewish War Veterans Post 400Jewish War Veterans Victor Paul Tuchman Post 400 (JWV) is the local post of the oldest active veter ans organization in America, founded in 1896. Active membership may be granted to any person of the Jewish faith of good character who is a U.S. citizen and was an active duty member of the U.S. military (including the National Guard and Reserves) in or during any war, campaign or conict with honorable military discharge. Paul Victor Tuchman Post 400 supports our Jewish troops serving in the battle zones with gi packages containing appreciated items from home. e Post also supports the Fort Myers VA along with the many homeless and disadvantaged veterans in the area. Members of the Post are veterans from WWII through the present, including members on active duty presently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Breakfast meetings, which are held at 9:30 a.m. on the last Sunday of each month (with a few exceptions) at the Jewish Federation oces, include bagels/lox/cream cheese, coee, active discussions and engaging speakers. All veterans are welcome. For more information: Harvey Charter, Post Commander 239.561.6535 Bob Ruberto, Senior Vice Commander, 239.482.2552 Berny Aronson, Quartermaster 239.225.0178 rst Friday of every month for Shabbat dinner and discussions, as well as gatherings to observe Rosh Hashanah, commemorate Yom Kippur, celebrate Chanukah and enjoy a wonderful Humanistic Jewish community Seder. Several cultural events take place each season as well. For more information: Dena Sklaro, 239.591.0101 www.hjhsw.org HAZAK 55+Temple Judeas HAZAK 55+ Chapter is for singles or couples of at least 55 years of age. e organization is aliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Temple Judeas HAZAK chapter was formed seven years ago and is a Chartered member. Its purpose is to allow members to meet and socialize with each other while enjoying enter taining, educational and religious programs. And, of course, having lunch or dinner together as a group is always enjoyable. Two examples of programs planned include HAZAK Shabbat on Saturday, January 14, when Amy Snyder will be the guest speaker. Amy is the Executive Director of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Flor ida. HAZAK will sponsor the Kiddush lunch. On Sunday, February 5, local artists Carolyn Gora and Herb Sklar will give a PowerPoint presentation and speak about their recent trip to Israel. In addition to other programs, a trip to the Holocaust Museum in the spring is also being planned. Information about HAZAK events appears monthly in the LCHAYIM newspaper and Temple Judeas Scroll Annual dues are a modest $5 per person. New members are always welcome. If you are new to Fort Myers, please give the group a try. If you are not new to the area, come and meet new friends. For more information: George or Joyce Rosinger 239.437.1566 Temple Judea oce 239.433.0201 PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERSTHEY HELP MAKE CONNECTIONS & LCHAYIM POSSIBLE.

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29 Israel Connection American Technion Society Technion-Israel Institute of TechnologyThe Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is a major source of the innovations and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, and a key to Israels renown as the worlds Start-Up Nation. Its three Nobel Prize winners exemplify academic excellence. Technion people, ideas and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world including life-saving medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology. e Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute is a vital component of Cornell Tech, and a model for graduate applied science educations that is expected to transform New York Citys economy. American Technion Society (ATS) donors provide critical support for the Technion more than $2 billion since its inception in 1940. Based in New York City, the ATS and its network of chapters across the U.S. provide funds for scholarships, fellowships, faculty recruitment and chairs, research, buildings, laboratories, classrooms and dormitories and more. For more information: Ariane Aronhime Regional Director 410.602.0275 or ariane@ats.orgConsulate General of Israel for FL & PRThe Consulate General of Israel, one of nine in the U.S., ocially represents the State of Israel in all aspects of Israels relations with the government and the people of Florida and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. e Consulate General is the bridge between Israel and the region in multiple realms ranging from academia, Christian, cultural, economic, Hispanic, Jewish, media and the political arenas and communities. e aim is to strengthen the bonds between us. e Consular Department serves foreign and Israeli citizens with various documentation procedures including issuing visas and passports. For more information: 305.925.9400 or www.consulateisrael.com rfntbbrbn bbrr 239.989.04442619 Forum Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33905 Supervised Independent Living | Assisted Living | Memory Care WONDERFUL WONDERFUL SENIOR LIFE! WONDERFUL ITS A Where Friendships are Celebrated 239.989.0444 SCHEDULE YOURTOUR AND FREE LUNCHAND SEE WHAT A DIFFERENCE OUR LIFESTYLE MAKES!239.989.0444www.DiscoveryVillages.com YOUR RENT TODAY! LOCK IN All-inclusive Assisted Living & Memory Care with no care levels On-site Medical Director and 24-hour nursing Comprehensive wellness programs Grande Clubhouse with resort-style amenities Healthy gourmet meals Full calendar of events Concierge services and weekly housekeeping

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30 Israel Connection Zionist Organization of AmericaFounded in 1897, the Zionist Or ganization of America (ZOA) is the worlds oldest pro-Israel organization. It was instrumental in the Jewish state becoming a reality by mobilizing the support of the U.S. government, Congress and the American public for the creation of Israel. Under the leadership of such illustrious past presidents as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, ZOA has been on the front lines of Jewish activism. Today, with a national member ship of over 30,000, and chapters throughout the United States, ZOA works to strengthen U.S.-Israeli relations through educational activities; by working Capitol Hill; and by combating anti-Israel bias in the media and on college campuses. e local chapter is proactively involved with all issues concerning Israel and the worldwide Jewish community. Meetings are held monthly at supporting synagogues in Naples, and feature noted speakers. To name just a few who have appeared over the years: Bret Stephens: Pulitzer Prize winner and Wall Street Journal columnist Jonathan Tobin: editor of Commentary Magazine and syndicated column, View From America Yoram Ettinger: Former Israeli Ambassador and Publisher of the Ettinger Report e local chapter maintains a speakers guild available to speak to community organizations about Israel advocacy issues. ZOA is an ecumenical organization open to the public and seeks new membership from all who are interested in supporting the State of Israel. For more information, to be added to the local mailing list or to arrange to have a ZOA presentation for your organization, contact: Jerrold L. Sobel, Chapter President jerrysobel@aol.com WHAT IS YOUR LEGACY?A WORLD FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS Creating a legacy is rewarding not only to the giver, but to our community. And perhaps most important is the enduring nature of planned giving -use the fund to honor or remember a loved one, perpetuating your family name long beyond your lifetime.DECIDE HOW YOUR GIFT IS USEDProvide unrestricted funds to help meet community needs now and in the future or provide permanent resources to aid programs or initiatives that are of particular interest to you and your family. SHAPE THE JEWISH FUTURE The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee works to instill in our community a strong sense of Jewish identity and a deep connection to our shared Jewish heritage, to Israel and to Jews around the world. You can ensure that Jewish traditions and values are passed on to the next generations. USE A TRUSTED PARTNERFor decades, hundreds of donors entrusted The Jewish Federation to be their partner in their thoughtful planning of Jewish philanthropy and management of charitable assets. Visit www.TheJewishFederation.org or contact Marty Haberer at 941.552.6303 or mhaberer@jfedsrq.org. SHAPE THE JEWISH FUTURE The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties works to instill in our community a strong sense of Jewish identity and a deep connection to our shared Jewish heritage, to Israel and to Jews around the world. You can ensure that Jewish traditions and values are passed on to the next generations. Visit www.JewishFederationLCC.org or contact Alan Isaacs at 239.481.4449 x7 or alanisaacs@jfedlcc.org.

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31 Israel Connection Jewish National FundJewish National Fund (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until, ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. Today, JNF continues to give all generations a unique voice in building and ensuring the prosperity of the land of Israel through their generosity and partnership with the people of Israel. JNF embodies both heart and action; its work is varied in scope but singular in benet. It strives to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israels residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israels water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and impor tance of Israel and Zionism. JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) or ganization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers. e Lee-Charlotte area is served by the Northern Florida Regional oce. For more information: Uri Smajovits Northern Florida Director usmajovits@jnf.org 727.536.5263 Marcy Friedland Western Florida Senior Campaign Executive mfriedland@jnf.org 941.217.7400 www.jnf.org RICK SNYDERMANLicensed Pedorthist 1900 Trailwinds Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33907 Ph: (239) 939-2239 Fax: (239) 939-7792We Specialize In All Widths We Will Ship AnywhereFIT SERVICE QUALITY FORT MYERS Stacy Hersha, CPACall for appointment 239-200-4745 Corporate, Partnership, Trusts & Estates ~ ~ ~ QuickBooks, IRS Representation, Business Consulting Services and BookkeepingAmerican Friends of Magen David AdomMagen David Adom is Israels ambulance, blood-services and disaster-relief organization, serving as emergency medical rst-responders for the states more than 8.5 million people. MDA is the only organization mandated by the Israeli government to serve in this role, but its not a government agency, so it relies on people like you for funding. Every Israeli knows someone whose life has been changed by MDA, whether as a volunteer or a patient. e people of Israel count on MDA EMTs and paramedics to rush to the scene of every emergency. In Israel, that can be anything from a terror attack to a heart attack. But they also count on the Americans who feel the urgency of Israeli ambulance sirens from across the globe and join MDAs rescue eorts with their generous support. When you give to MDA, its as if youre sitting in the ambulance next to the paramedics sharing in the mitzvah of saving lives. For more information: Tammy Karu, AFMDA Southeast Region Director 800.626.0046 or southeast@afmda.org www.afmda.org If you are a non-prot Jewish agency in South Florida and we missed you, and you would like to be listed in the next edition of Connections, please call or write:(239) 249-0699 LChayim36@gmail.com Display ads are also available. DID WE MISS YOU?

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32 Advocacy Groups American Israel Public Affairs CommitteeBorn out of the ashes of the Holocaust when the Jewish community had no political strength, the American Israel Public Aairs Committee empowers pro-Israel activists to advocate on behalf of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. As Americas leading pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC works with Democrats, Republicans and Independents on Capitol Hill and in all 435 congressional districts. With a sta of just 11 professional lobbyists, AIPACs strength comes from its 100,000 members nationwide who are politically active and develop relationships with their members of Congress and educate them about the importance of U.S.-Israel ties. AIPAC believes it is in Americas best interests to maintain a strong alliance with Israel, and to exercise our constitutional right to advocate on behalf of that alliance. e 2017 AIPAC Annual Pol-Media Monitors RoundtableMedia Monitors Roundtable is a non-partisan group dedicated to promoting accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East. Additionally, the group monitors and exposes instances of antiSemitism in the mainstream media. It accomplishes this task by monitoring and analyzing news reports and editorial content. rough analysis, research and fact-checking, the group is able to counter inaccurate and distorted media accounts of events. is local group is proactive about recognizing and responding to the frequently inaccurate and skewed char acterizations of Israel and of events in the Middle East which may further fuel anti-Israel and anti-Jewish prejudice. e group meets the last Monday of each month at 11:00 a.m. in the Temple Beth El library. For more information: Laurie Morris laurie2287@gmail.com Linda Sweet linsweet8@gmail.com icy Conference in Washington, D.C., (www.aipac.org/pc) will be held March 26-28. Join over 13,000 pro-Israel friends from all 50 states as they descend on our nations capital to hear from leading policy-makers and elected ocials. For more information: Elana Rickel, AIPACs North & Central Florida Director 954.382.6110 or erickel@aipac.org www.aipac.orgStandWithUsStandWithUs (SWU) is a 15-yearold, international, non-prot Israel education organization. It believes that education is the road to peace. rough fellowships, conferences, materials, social media, educational lms and missions to Israel,StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their campuses and communities about Israel. Based in Los Angeles, SWU has chapters throughout the United States including the Southeast, in Israel, Canada, the U.K. and Australia. StandWithUs/Southeast, based in Boca Raton, opened three years ago and in a short time has markedly increased awareness of the importance of Israel education and advocacy. SWU has educated thousands of people through programming in high schools, college campuses and community events. SWU/Southeast oers fellowship programs on college campuses that work to develop pro-Israel leaders; its high school programs empower teens to stand up for Israel now and in the future. StandWithUS is proud of its partnerships that help reach all these audiences andit looks forward to continuingto collaborate on events relevant to Israel. For more information: Sara Gold Rafel, Director, StandWithUs/Southeast sarar@standwithus.com or 561.961.0752 www.standwithus.com www.facebook.com/ standwithussoutheastThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is on the frontline of ghting anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of hatred in America and abroad. Founded in 1913, ADL is one of the nations leading civil rights agencies, with a mission to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all. As the 9-1-1 for the Jewish community in Florida, ADL serves as the primary resource for victims of antiSemitism. ADL also elds discrimination complaints of all kinds. e ADL Florida oce delivers anti-bias education programs to educators and students; trains law enforcement about hate crimes; safeguards civil rights; confronts anti-Semitism in schools and on college campuses; provides security seminars to religious institutions; and advocates for Israel. A leader in the development of anti-bias curricula, materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups. It carries out its mission through a network of ofces in the U.S. and abroad, including the Florida regional oce. For more information: 561.988.2900, orida@adl.org, or http://orida.adl.orgAnti-Defamation League

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33 Temple Beth El TEMPLE BETH EL OF FORT MYERS 16225 Winkler Road Fort Myers, FL 33908 Telephone: (239) 433-0018 Fax: (239) 433-3235 Email: temple.info@ templebethel.com Website: www.templebethel.com Rabbi Nicole Luna Movement/Aliation: Reform Services: Shabbat Eve 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Torah Study 9:00 a.m. Organizations: Sisterhood, Mens Club, Garden of Memories Cemetery, Junior Youth Group, BEFTY Senior Youth Group, Social Action Committee, Sharing and Caring, Schmoozers, Machers and Mavens Book Club TBE Gift Gallery Special Programs/Features: Adult Education (including Life and Liturgy, Lunch and Learn, Jewish current Events) Mah Jongg Tournaments, Family Shabbat Potluck Dinners, TBE Cruise, Trips to Israel, Religious and Hebrew School, Learning Tree PreschoolTemple Beth El, Lee Countys rst and largest Jewish congregation, was founded over 62 years ago by a small group of people who dreamed of an organized Jewish community. In October 1954, land was pur chased for $1,200 and the rst Jewish Community Center building was built. e congregation quickly outgrew its rst sanctuary, and fundraising efforts began for the construction of a larger building. In 1964, land in Cape Coral was donated and a new temple was built. In 1991, land was donated to build a synagogue on Winkler Road in South Fort Myers. Designed by architect and temple member Bruce Gora, the new building was completed in 1994 and its members continue to worship there today. e continuing preeminence of Temple Beth El is attributed to its outstanding rabbinic and professional leadership, its dynamic lay leaders, its creative and dedicated membership, and its wide range of activities. e congregation is open and welcoming to all who seek to explore the principles and beliefs of Reform Judaism. Rabbi Nicole Luna recognizes the power of a welcoming rabbi and congregation, and works to build a sacred community. Among a myriad of educational opportunities, Rabbi Luna leads Saturday Torah Study at 9:00 a.m., a Life and Liturgy Class on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., and a monthly Lunch and Learn. Temple Beth El is especially proud of its Religious School, under the leadership of Director Dale Cohen, and the Learning Tree Preschool, under the direction of Jesyca Virnig. e Learning Tree just received its second Star rating, the rst in Southwest Florida to receive this prestigious designation. Many activities are oered yearround by the Mens Club, Sister hood, Machers and Mavens Bookclub, Schmoozers Social Group, Mah Jongg, current events class, adult choir and much more. e Temple Beth El Gi Gallery displays the areas largest and nest selection of Judaica items and gis from Israel and around the world. Temple Beth El welcomes all to attend its services and participate in its many activities. Rabbi Nicole Luna leads Temple Beth Els Tot Shabbat

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34 Temple Judea TEMPLE JUDEA 14486 A&W Bulb Road Fort Myers, FL 33908 Telephone: (239) 433-0201 Fax: (239) 433-3371 Website: www.tjsw.org Rabbi Marc Sack President: Jennifer Manekin Movement/Aliation: Conservative/United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Services: 6:15 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday; minyan: 9:00 a.m. Monday and Thursday Gift shop benetting Yad LaKashish, Jerusalem Special Programs/Features: Family Holiday events, Religious School, Preschool, Mommy and Me, Adult Education, Womens Rosh Chodesh Group, Junior Congregation, Once a month Shabbat Potluck Dinner, Meditation Circle, Hazak 55+Temple Judea is a progressive yet traditional egalitarian congregation aliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. e congregation encourages and supports all people who seek to explore and express Jewish commitment. Temple Judea opens doors to Jewish learning and growth, prayer and observance, and acts of social responsibility. It oers services and programs on both Friday evenings and Shabbat mornings, as well as a minyan on Monday mornings. Services at Temple Judea, which are largely lay-led, are in Hebrew with English readings. A Companion to Prayer provides a full transliteration of the Shabbat services and a guide to Jewish ritual life. Attendees at Shabbat and holiday morning services enjoy a delicious Kiddush luncheon prepared by members. Temple Judea is connected to and involved in the greater community. It serves dinners twice monthly at Sallys Caf, the Salvation Army soup kitchen. It has also hosted an interfaith luncheon, Bible study, and an interfaith anksgiving service. e temple regularly has leaders from the greater community speak at Friday night dinners. Rabbi Marc Sack is a graduate of the Jewish eological Seminary and Columbia University. Rabbi Sack also has training in community organizing with the Industrial Areas Foundation. Rabbi Sack and his wife, Leni, came to Fort Myers from Tampa, where he led a congregation for eighteen years. Leni Sack is the program director for the Jewish Federation of Lee and Char lotte Counties. e religious school provides excellent Hebrew and Judaic education for children in pre-K through 10th grade. Children develop a strong Jewish identity in a positive and fun atmosphere. e school program includes both classroom learning and experiential activities. Most impor tantly, students master the skills of leading Shabbat services and reading Torah so they can par ticipate fully in synagogue life. Temple Judea also oers many opportunities for adult Jewish learning. Rabbi Sack leads a monthly lunch-andlearn Torah study on the rst ursday of the month, as well as an Introduction to Judaism and Talmud study. Temple Judea is a social congregation. Its Hazak chapter oers relaxed activities for people ages 55+. Chaverot is the social and service organization for women. Kadima and USY are groups for students in grades 6-12. Temple Judea Preschool is an accredited preschool and is considered one of the top programs in the area for children ages 18-months to pre-K. All people are welcome to par ticipate in and join the Temple Judea community. Karina Lewin and Rabbi Marc Sack Jan and Jed Klein Alexandra Polk

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35 Temple Beth Shalom TEMPLE BETH SHALOM 702 SE 24th Avenue Cape Coral, FL 33990 Telephone: (239) 772-4555 Email: oce@templebethshalomcc.org Website: www.templebethshalomcc.org Rabbi Devora Buchen Movement/Aliation: Reform Services: Shabbat and Holidays; 7:30 p.m. every Friday; Family Shabbat Service on the rst Friday of the month ALL ARE WELCOME Organizations: Sisterhood, Brotherhood Special Programs/Features: Weekly Friday evening kabbalat Shabbat services with oneg, Shabbat dinners, Holiday programs, Religious School (pre-K to grade 6), Bnai Mitzvah training, Adult Jewish Education and Conversion Classes, Saturday morning Torah Study with the Rabbi, Rosh Chodesh meetings for women, Bowling League, Golf TournamentsSince its founding in 1973, Temple Beth Shalom has been home to Reform Judaism in Cape Coral, Pine Island, North Fort Myers and the greater Fort Myers area. All are welcome in the tradition of liberal, charitable open arms that bring many dier ent ages, backgrounds, mixed marriages and lifestyles together in spiritual harmony. e temple building houses the sanctuary, social hall with full kitchen, two classrooms and meeting rooms. Recent renovations have kept the building up to date, mostly through the generous input of temple volunteers. Rabbi Devora Buchen has been leading the congregation for more than twelve years. She tirelessly directs the choir, Saturday morning Torah Study, and programs such as adult and youth Bnai Mitzvah classes, as well as a Brown Bag Lunch discussion group every other Wednesday. Rabbi Buchen has been a personal inspiration to all the Bnai Mitzvah children in keeping them in the fold of Jewish life and traditions. She leads a special Shabbat service for the children on the rst Friday of each month, bringing the youth onto the bimah and having them participate in the service. On the other Friday nights there is a Kabbalat Shabbat service lled with song and joy, and a mingling of old, new and prospective members at the Oneg Shabbat. No one goes away unwelcomed, unattended or unfed from the dessert tables. Birthdays and special occasions are also celebrated as the Sisterhood prepares a beautiful spread. All the major holidays are celebrated with the temple choir a group of members who lead the congregation in singing the traditional songs. Temple Beth Shalom has a fortyyear tradition of truly servicing the congregation and its because the congregants participate in the many social, cultural and educational opportunities oered. Many dedicated members are involved in planning and leading these activities. A food and supplies drive is held for local charities like schools and food banks. ere are special events including bowling, mah jongg, bingo and dance parties. Other events include the annual Samuel Belkin Golf Tour nament, which benets a local charity, monthly Rosh Chodesh meetings, a latke party during Hanukkah, Sukkot dinner under the stars, museum visits, shing trips and sporting events attended together. ere is truly something for everyone who walks in the door. e temple motto is Come as a guest, leave as a friend, return as family.Cleaning the silver for the High Holy Days Rabbi Devora Buchen

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36 The Community Free SynagogueNow in its 12th year, the Community Free Synagogues name was chosen to describe its philosophy and function. e Community Free Synagogue sets right the idea of belonging you dont belong to the synagogue and it does not sell memberships. e synagogue spiritually belongs to all those who regard it as an essential part of their Jewish lives. As a vital, thriving community resource, it serves both the needs of those who enjoy the closeness and warmth that comes with regular participation, and also of those who turn to it in times of special need. is is what the Community means in its name. e Free in the Community Free Synagogue has two meanings: e rst is that it never charges for anything nor does it ever solicit funds. One of CFS founding principles is that people are to be treated and respected as adults who can be relied upon to do the right thing when given the chance. is principle has served the synagogue well, since it has always comfortably supported itself through broad-based volunteerism and the generosity of those who regard the Community Free Synagogue as their spiritual home. e second mean ing of Free is the synagogues politics-free environment. While its deeply committed religious leader, Rabbi Bruce Diamond, sets the religious course and high standards of the synagogue, the day-to-day life of the congregation reects a broad consensus of those who par ticipate, since everyones voice matters and is given equal weight. Tremendous energy and creativity are generated by interested people coming together to achieve their goals without having to get permission from committees and ocers in charge. CFS freely provides: weekly Sabbath Eve dinners and worship Sabbath morning Torah Study breakfasts quality Adult Education courses on THE COMMUNITY FREE SYNAGOGUE Meets at the Southwest Florida Masonic Center, 10868 Metro Parkway, South Fort Myers, FL Mailing Address: P.O. Box 07144 Fort Myers, FL 33919 Telephone: (239) 274 SHUL 7485 Email: synfree@comcast.net Website: www.fortmyerssynagogue.com Rabbi Bruce Diamond, D.D. Music Director: Dianne Coman Movement/Aliation: Progressive Shabbat Activities: Community Sabbath Eve Dinner & Services 6:30 p.m.; Sabbath Morning Torah Study Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Special Programs/Features: Open-Door High Holiday Worship and Free Community Seders, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Adult Education, Israel tripsRabbi Bruce Diamondbasic and advanced levels free weekly eective Youth Education culminating in Bar and Bat celebrations a full range of festival observances throughout the year including Seder suppers monthly Brown Bag Movie Nights biennial Israel Pilgrimages ample parking and transportation to those in need While there still remains a place for brick and mortar synagogues and the congregations that occupy them, the dynamic changes in Americas 21st century Jewish population require creative new adaptations in its progressive communal religious life. e Community Free Synagogue is one exciting expression of this. Feel free to think of e Community Free Synagogue as yours, since it is meant for you!Celebrating Sukkot at the Community Free Synagogue sukkah Simchat Torah celebration

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37 In January of 1991, Bat Yam became the rst and only Jewish congregation on Sanibel Island to serve residents and guests of Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers and surrounding communities. Seventy-ve people attended the rst meeting of the new Reform Jewish congregation. e group developed a mission statement that remains the same today. Bat Yam is to provide a place of worship in the Reform tradition and create an extended Jewish family. e Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ agreed to host the new Jewish congregation and permitted Bat Yam to build an ark in Fellowship Hall so that Shabbat ser vices could be held. is close relationship with the Church continues to this day. ere is an annual pulpit exchange and classes are cotaught by Rabbi Myra Soifer and the Reverend Dr. John Danner, Senior Pas-Bat Yam Temple of the Islands BAT YAM TEMPLE OF THE ISLANDS Meets at Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, FL Mailing Address: P.O. Box 84, Sanibel, FL 33957 Email: batyamsanibel@gmail.com Website: www.batyam.org Rabbi Myra Soifer Cantorial Soloist: Douglas Renfroe President: Alan Lessack Movement/Aliation: Reform/ Union for Reform Judaism Services: Friday at 7:30 p.m. (Nov-Apr); Friday at 7:00 p.m. (May-Oct); Saturday classes: 9:00 11:30 a.m. (Nov-Apr) tor of the Church. Bat Yam Cantorial Soloist Douglas Renfroe and Reverend Danner combine their musical talents to co-teach classes and present an annual concert. e ark holds two Torahs. Becky and Beno Kon donated one Torah. Ann and Len Arno, in memory of their daughter, made the arrangements for a Holocaust Torah. e Torah is on per manent loan from the Westminster Holocaust Museum in London. It was own to Florida and carefully transported to Sanibel. Each Torah has a hand-embroidered distinctive cover. In January 2014, Rabbi Myra Soifer joined the Bat Yam family. Or dained in 1978 by Hebrew Union College/ Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, she was one of the rst ten women rabbis. Prior to Bat Yam, Rabbi Soifer retired as Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Reno, Nevada, aer twenty-ve years. Bat Yam celebrated its 25th anniversary with a splendid gala event in January 2016. It expects to have many more notewor thy milestones.The temples hand-embroidered Torah cover Rabbi Myra Soifer Stay in touch throughout the month. Sign up for the Federations e-blasts.Get the latest information on upcoming community events and cultural activities, breaking news items, updates from Israel and lots more. Send an email to lenibsack@jfedlcc.org.

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38 Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA 5620 Winkler Road Ft. Myers, FL 33919 Telephone: (239) 433-7708 Fax: (239) 481-9109 Email: info@chabadswf.org Website: www.chabadswf.org Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz Director Nechamie Minkowicz Movement/Aliation: Chabad Lubavitch Services: Friday night, Shabbos morning and holidays Special Programs/Features: Maimonides Hebrew Day School, Congregation Bais Shmuel, Mikveh Bashka of Southwest Florida, Grand Chanukah Celebration, Kabbalah Class, JLI Jewish Learning InstituteAs the story goes, when Rabbi Yitzchok and Nechamie Minkowicz arrived in Fort Myers 22 years ago, a few local Jews asked them if they got o on the wrong exit. But youd never ask that today, once you see their brand new 11,000 sq. building that houses the headquarters of Chabad of Southwest Florida, Chabad of Fort Myers, Congregation Shmuel Synagogue, Maimonides Hebrew Day School, and a myriad of other Jewish programming, spanning the entire calendar year, and tailored to meet the needs of Jews of all ages, and all levels of Jewish knowledge and observance. Rabbi Yitzchok and Nechamies vision was to create an environment for everyone to experience Judaism with their heart, mind and soul. In a warm, family-friendly setting, each visitor can immediately begin to feel at home hence the phrase Chabad House, a special place that taps into the energy of Chabads philosophy, that of the uniqueness of every individual on their personal, spiritual mission in the world. Alongside the new, main building, which houses the synagogue, social hall and elementary school, there is a preschool facility, with its own outdoor play area. Additionally, the grounds include Mikveh Bashka. Use of a mikveh is a cornerstone of Jewish family life. e sanctication of the union of husband and wife, which holds the potential of bringing new lives into the world, adds immeasurably to the sacredness of marriage. New brides and married women of all ages can avail themselves of this special experience. Personal instruction on the laws of family purity are available, which include a private tour of this elegant facility. e center oers extensive educational and cultural opportunities including: For children and families: Maimonides Hebrew Day School and Preschool, e Jewish Resource Center and Interactive Play Space, Hebrew School, the Grand Chanukah Celebration, and community Passover seders. For adults: JLI, the internationally acclaimed Rohr Jewish Learning Institute courses (www.myjli.com), weekly Kabbalah classes, Torah por tion of the week, and Whats Cooking at Chabad? culturally diverse, Jewish holiday-related hands-on cooking (and tasting) for ladies. All of these classes and more are available for all segments of the Jewish community, regardless of personal level of observance and educational background. At Chabad of Southwest Flor ida, Jews from all walks of life can come together, learn and celebrate as one! Rabbi Yitzchok and Nechamie Minkowicz For 2017 candle lighting times for the LeeCharlotte area, please see page 51.

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39 Chabad Jewish Center of Cape CoralChabad Jewish Center of Cape Coral is home to hundreds of Jews who are living, working or touring in this great city built on canals. In the true spirit of the worldwide Chabad Lubavitch movement, the Center is a warm and welcoming refuge, attractingJews of all backgrounds and aliations since its inception in 2004. Rabbi Yossi and Rivky Labkowski are young emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. ey arrived in Cape Coral 12 years ago, eager and ready to build a Center for Jewish life, oering educational programs, family events and community life to the Jews of the city. ough the Center serves as a venue for all aspects of Jewish life, its most appealing component is its warm, welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere. It is a place where educational, nancial, religious and ethnic dierences melt into the background. It is a place where Jews of all ages immediately feel comfortable. It is a place where a successful lawyer and a young kibbutznik, a middle-aged housewife and an experienced career woman, a teenager and a retired senior can each nd his or her place it is a home away from home. Chabad Jewish Center oers synagogue services that are both user-friendly and child-friendly. Shabbos and holiday services are easy to follow, lively and intellectually stimulating. Separate childrens services are engaging and fun for all. e center is alive and bustling at holiday times with a variety of Family Holiday Events as well as communal Shabbos dinners. Jewish Education is oered to all ages and in a variety of formats, from one-on-one Bar/Bas Mitzvah and Hebrew classes to formal Hebrew School and First Taste for younger children. JLI courses and Torah Learning classes, both for beginners and those more advanced, Womens classes and study groups are all available. Winter and Summer camps oer both learning and enjoyable activities for youngsters, while Teen Club and JGirls for girls 10-13 also contribute positively to the community at large. In addition to building their knowledge of Jewish culture, history and lifestyle, these programs develop Jewish pride and a true love of Judaism. Chabad Jewish Center of Cape Coral is not only a Center for Jewish life, but a vibrant community, a place of friendship and celebration, where each Jew is encouraged to attend, partake and make Judaism his or her own. CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF CAPE CORAL 1716 Cape Coral Pkwy W Cape Coral FL 33914 Telephone: (239) 963-4770 Email: info@chabadcape.com Website: www.chabadcape.com Rabbi Yossi Labkowski Movement/Aliation: Chabad Lubavitch Services: Shabbat at 9:30 a.m.; Daily at 7:00 a.m. Hebrew School: Sunday 10:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. JGirls: Tuesday 6:00 7:00 p.m. CTeen: Thursday 7:00 p.m. Judaica Shop Mikvah Cape Coral: Contact Rivky at (239) 699-0166 Special Programs/Features: Family Holiday Events, Weekly Shabbat Kiddush Luncheon, Summer & Winter Camp Gan Israel, JLI Courses, Adult Education, Jewish Womens Circle, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training, Communal Shabbat Dinners, First Taste Program, Chanuka Shop, Hospital & Home Visitations, Family CounselingRivky and Rabbi Yossi Labkowski The Jewish Federation Community Food Pantry sustains many individuals and families. Your generosity is a wonderful act of tzedakah. To make a donation of food or funds, please contact the Federation at 239.481.4449 x6.

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40 Chabad Jewish Center of Charlotte CountyChabad Jewish Center of Char lotte County is a center of Jewish life for Jews of all backgrounds who want to learn and experience more about their roots. Jewish values are brought to life in a joyous, warm and non-judgmental atmosphere. Rabbi Simon Jacobson and his wife, Sheina, founded Chabad of Charlotte County in 2005, inspired by the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, who taught that every single Jew is dear and impor tant to G-d. Shabbat services, held Friday night and Shabbat morning, will leave you feeling enriched, connected and energized whether your background in Jewish prayer is extensive or limited. Bilingual prayer books are used. Children are welcome. Shabbat morning services are followed by a kiddush and discussion on the weekly Torah portion. roughout the year, Chabad hosts several Community Shabbat Dinners, which are known for the best kosher food in Charlotte County. A wide variety of spiritual services and educational programs are oered, including Adult Education, the Jewish Womens Circle, Camp Gan Israel Day Camp, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes for children and adults. ere are numerous holiday programs, including High Holiday services, Sukkot and Simchat Torah festivities, a community-wide Chanukah celebration, Purim parties, Passover seder and Shavuot festivities. Chabad also provides hospital visitation, counseling, home visits to the elderly, and all life cycle events. CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY 204 E Mckenzie St. Unit B Punta Gorda, FL 33950 Telephone: (941) 833-3381 Email: info@ ChabadofCharlotteCounty.com Website: www. ChabadofCharlotteCounty.com Rabbi Simon Jacobson Movement/Aliation: Chabad Lubavitch Services: Weekly Friday night/ Saturday morning services and kiddush Special Programs/Features: Adult Educational Classes, Shabbat Dinners, Holiday programs, Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, Gan Israel Summer Day Camp, Jewish Womens Circle, Hospital/Home VisitsRabbi Simon and Sheina JacobsonA Jewish Art calendar is distributed free to the entire Jewish community of Charlotte County. All are welcome to participate at any of Chabads programs.Chabad of Bonita Springs & Estero CHABAD OF BONITA SPRINGS & ESTERO 24850 Old 41 Road, Suite 20 (Bernwood Centre) Bonita Springs, FL 34135 Telephone: (239) 949-6900 Email: jewishbonita@gmail.com Website: www.JewishBonita.com Rabbi Mendy Greenberg Movement/Aliation: Chabad Lubavitch Services: Shabbat at 10:00 a.m. followed by a kiddush PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS! THEY HELP MAKE CONNECTIONS AND THE JEWISH NEWS POSSIBLE. ENJOY ONLINE V E RSIONS OF@ www.jfedsrq.org & Enjoy the ONLINE version of @ www.jewishnaples.org A Guide to Jewish Living in Collier CountyA FREE PUBLICATION READ IT ONLINEwww.jewishnaples.org Enjoy the ONLINE version of@ www.JewishFederationLCC.org 2014 GUIDE TO JEWISH LIFE IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES Published by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties www.JewishFederationLCC.org 2015 GUIDE TO JEWISH LIFE IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIESPublished by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties www.JewishFederationLCC.org

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41 Temple Shalom of Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf IslandsTemple Shalom has served the Jewish community and residents of Charlotte County and surrounding area for over y years. e congregation came together in 1961 when land was made available to group of dedicated Jews who knew a synagogue was needed. Temple Shalom adopted its name aer receiving its charter in 1976 from the Union for Reform Judaism. Since its beginning as the rst ofcial Jewish presence in Charlotte County, Temple Shalom has provided spiritual support, religious guidance, and leadership to the local Jewish community while promoting understanding with, and participation in, the broader Charlotte County and Southwest Flor ida community. Temple Shalom has been described as a caring, friendly congregation. Reaching out to as many Jews as possible, services are in English and Hebrew. Provision is extended to recognize and welcome interfaith marriage. Temple Shalom has a strong, vigorous, and active religious school program which culminates in joyous Bnai Mitzvot. Weekly adult classes focus on Judaic topics and Hebrew language. e temple has a small but adequate Judaic Library. Year round Friday night services frequently feature guest soloists. Some services are preceded by family dinners and every service ends with an Oneg. High Holy Days and holidays are celebrated much as you remember. Sisterhood and Hadassah meet to provide a wide variety of programs. Services and programs sometimes feature outside speakers who come to share events and perceptions of the greater world and community. Temple Shalom is an active, vibrant congregation: maintaining tradition while examining a changing world, preparing for the future. Temple Shalom gener ates area-wide annual attention with its comedy night program and Art Auction, TEMPLE SHALOM OF CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS 23190 Utica Avenue Port Charlotte, FL 33949 Telephone: (941) 625-2116 Fax: (941) 625-0842 Email: shalom06@netzero.com Website: www.templeshalom.com Rabbi Solomon Agin, D.D. Movement/Aliation: Reform Services: Shabbat Eve 7:30 p.m. year round Organizations: Sisterhood, Brotherhood Judaica Shop Judaic Library Special Programs/Features: Religious School (K-7), Adult Education courses, Guest cantorial soloists, Holiday Celebrations, Community Menorah lighting, Social & Cultural Events co-sponsored with the American Red Cross. A Boy Scout troop meets weekly in the temple and has done so for over y years. Temple Shalom is a good citizen: it supports the local food bank, raises money and resources for local charities and causes, and participates in the events and supports the activities of the Jewish Federation, Charlotte County, and surrounding region. Stay connected at www.JewishFederationLCC.org

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42 Preschools Temple Judea PreschoolTemple Judea Preschool is an Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment providing care for children 18 months to 5 years. Temple Judea Preschool serves families of all faiths and denominations that desire a program which provides varied enriching experiences and activities that contribute to and stimulate the development of the child. e preschools philosophy is to recognize each child as a unique individual. Each child is nurtured and cared for in a loving atmosphere, allowing them to progress according to their rate of development. e school fullls this goal through carefully planned programs developed by a trained, caring sta. Temple Judea Preschool is the only Conservative Jewish Early Childhood program in Lee County. A safe environment is provided that reinforces a childs natural curiosity and allows each child to experience challenges and successes. Children are exposed to a variety of age-appropriate learning activities to meet each childs social, intellec-Temple Judea Toddler TimeThe Toddler Time Program is for children from 12 months to 2 years of age. e program is oered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. e children are placed in the proper class according to their age. e program is an opportunity to socialize through interactive play. New activities are provided each week. You and your child will have the opportunity to cook, sing, dance, play instruments, participate in art, and have a fun and memorable time. All of the activities are age appropriate. For more information, please call 239.482.1121. tual and emotional development. is helps stimulate creative development as well as exploring the world around them. e school encourages parental involvement in their childs preschool experience. Parents and teachers gain valuable insights and techniques from each other and, at the same time, share their talents and interests to maintain the excellent quality at Temple Judea Preschool. e fulland part-time programs include Language, Science, Reading Readiness, Math Concepts, Writing Skills, Computers, Music, Cooking, PE, Dramatic Play, Yoga, and Arts and Cras. To learn more about these programs, please call 239.482.1121 or stop by the preschool for a tour. Sponsored byArthur & Susan Karp Family Charitable Foundation, IncA Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee This program sends a new age-related book or cd every month! Visit the Federation website to signup:www.jfedsrq.org Sponsored by Judi Roth for the Roth Family Foundation Kenneth and Gwenda Asher for The Asher Family FoundationFor more information, visit www.JewishFederationLCC.org.

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43 Preschools The Learning TreeDistinguished as the rst preschool in our four-county area to earn the prestigious star designation for program excellence, e Learning Tree has been a part of Temple Beth El for over 20 years. Children ages 18 months to 5 years attend a exible array of part-time and fulltime schedules. An optional hot lunch is oered daily. Aer school programming includes cooking classes, yoga, dance, academic enrichment and introductory sports. e Learning Tree is recognized as a community model of quality and Little BranchesThe Learning Tree at Temple Beth El of Fort Myers oers an exciting option for children up to 3 years old to become familiar with the preschool environment with a trusted caregiver by their side. Parents, nannies and grandparents enjoy the weekly Little Branches class featuring music, art, stories, cooking activities and more. is is a great way to oer your child a gentle introduction to the preschool environment. Classes are 45-60 minutes each and run in sessions of 4-6 weeks each. For more details, call 239.433.5499 or visit www.learningtreefortmyers.com. provides: Low teacher-student ratios Top teacher qualications Strong family partnerships Spectacular math, literacy and science Newly renovated playground Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year begins on February 1. Interested families are invited to schedule a tour to see these unique qualities rsthand and learn more about how e Learning Tree will welcome and celebrate their childs learning journey. For more information, visit www. learningtreefortmyers.com or call Preschool Director Jesyca Virnig, MAEd at 239.433.5499. PARENTS AND CHILDREN ARE INVITED TO A PURIM PJ LIBRARY PROGRAM Sunday, March 12 9:30 a.m. noon COSTUMES, GAMES, CRAFTS, SONGS AND STORIES TO CELEBRATE PURIM! This is a free program open to all families in our community! If you are already signed up, you know how great PJ Library is. If not, sign up today for your children ages 6 months to 8 years to receive free monthly books and CDs of Jewish content. Visit www.pjlibrary.org. At LAKES REGIONAL PARK 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33907 RSVP to Leni at 239.481.4449 x3 or lenibsack@jfedlcc.org PARENTS AND CHILDREN ARE INVITED TO A PURIM PJ LIBRARY PROGRAM Sunday, March 12 9:30 a.m. noon COSTUMES, GAMES, CRAFTS, SONGS AND STORIES TO CELEBRATE PURIM! This is a free program open to all families in our community! If you are already signed up, you know how great PJ Library is. If not, sign up today for your children ages 6 months to 8 years to receive free monthly books and CDs of Jewish content. Visit www.pjlibrary.org. At LAKES REGIONAL PARK 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33907 RSVP to Leni at 239.481.4449 x3 or lenibsack@jfedlcc.org

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44 Preschools The PJ LibraryWe all know the power of reading stories with young children. ese nurturing, joyous and benecial early learning experiences build the emotional and cognitive foundation for each child. e PJ Library (PJ as in pajamas) provides your family with a FREE treasury of Jewish books and music. Each child, 6 months to 8 years old, enrolled in e PJ Library receives a monthly gi of a high-quality, age-appropriate Jewish book or CD as well as a reading guide to enhance your familys experience. All materials are carefully selected by a team of experts. anks to the generosity of our local funders Judi Roth for e Roth Family Foundation and Kenneth and Gwenda Asher for e Asher Family Foundation e PJ Library is available free to children who register in the Lee and Charlotte County area. Along with Harold Grinspoon, the visionary founder of e PJ Library, we are committed to bringing e PJ Library to every family who wants to participate. e Harold Grinspoon Foundation signicantly underwrites the cost of this program. Whether youre a parent, grandparent or friend of someone with young children, please help us share news of this special program with Jewish families throughout the area who have children through age 8. For more information, please call the Jewish Federation oce at 239.481.4449 or visit www.Jewish FederationLCC.org. Maimonides Hebrew Day School PreschoolMaimonides Hebrew Day School (MHDS) is a statelicensed and certied child day care center. It is the only Jewish VPK (voluntary Pre-kindergarten) and Early Readiness Center in Southwest Florida, providing services to families of Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Early Readiness is a scholarship program designed to assist families dealing with the nancial diculties of the economy and the need for aordable child care. e school serves preschool children from 2 months old in the new infant class, to pre-K age 5. Free VPK for 4-year-olds is oered. Creative Curriculum for Toddlers and VPK programming provide an exciting developmental environment. Children ages 2-4 are actively engaged in hands-on learning in a variety of centers including: dramatic play and housekeeping; listening, speaking and language development; and motor skills for ne and large muscle coordination. Young students are introduced to music; science and discovery; and the beginnings of reading, writing and mathematics as part of this comprehensive program. MHDS has a unique dual curriculum which includes all these aspects of a secular education combined with a comprehensive Judaic studies curriculum, including basic instruction in the Hebrew language. e Judaic program is tailored to accommodate each familys level of Jewish observance, and includes instruction and hands-on learning about the Jewish Sabbath and holidays, good character traits, Torah studies on the weekly portion, all in an ageand grade-appropriate format. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Lynda Stewart at 239.910.0293 or email Maimonides HDaySC@aol.com.Temple Beth El Tot ShabbatLooking for a great way for young Jewish families to get to know each other and for non-Jewish spouses to feel comfortable in the synagogue? Want to share Jewish tradition and joy with your grandchildren? Come to Tot Shabbat at Temple Beth El once a month on Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. In addition to singing Shabbat songs and basic prayers, and hearing a Jewish story, the babies, toddlers and young children will meet Sababa the Shabbat dinosaur, a blue dinosaur who loves to celebrate Shabbat. All are invited to enjoy a vegetarian pot luck Shabbat dinner and schmoozing following the brief service. Parents and grandparents are welcome. For dates and more information, call Rabbi Nicole Luna at 239.433.0018.Rabbi Nicole Luna leads Temple Beth Els Tot Shabbat Look for school updates and Focus on Youth items each month in LCHAYIM.

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45 Hebrew/Religious Schools Temple Beth El Religious SchoolTemple Beth El Religious School strives to promote a love and pride of being Jewish. It wants its students to have a positive Jewish identity and a strong understanding and application of Reform Jewish ethics. Students learn about Jewish history, practices and spirituality, and gain a knowledge and appreciation of the Hebrew language while fostering a kinship with Israel, the motivation to pursue lifelong Jewish learning, and a personal relationship with G-d Under the direction of Dale M. Cohen, R.J.E., MA Ed. for the past 19 years, the school oers a curriculum designed to help each child feel great about being Jewish. e majority of the teaching sta has been working together for over 10 years. Areas of study include Hebrew reading accuracy and uency, familiarity with prayers, blessings and their meanings. Creative art projects and music are an integral part of the cur riculum, and Jewish customs and traditions are taught as cornerstones of religious practice. Sunday classes meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon for students in kinder garten through grade seven. Conrmation grades (8 and 9) have a separate schedule and meet on Sundays twice monthly. Wednesday Hebrew classes meet from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and are for students in grades 3-7. For more information, contact Religious School Director Dale M. Cohen at 239.433.9808 or daletemplebethel@ gmail.com, or visit www.templebethel. com.Temple Shalom Religious SchoolThe Religious School of Temple Shalom of Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands is small in size but unique in its ability to educate the students and present a positive attitude towards Judaism. Under the careful attention of Rabbi Solomon Agin, D.D., Mr. Irv Forsch, Mrs. Brooke Raider and Ms. Nicole osath, the students are guided Chabad Hebrew School of Cape CoralThe Chabad Hebrew School of Cape Coral is a trendsetter in creative Jewish education. e school makes our 5,000-year-old tradition and ancient history come alive and relevant to the youth of today. Children ages 3-13, from diverse backgrounds and aliations, fall in love with Judaism, as they are introduced to mitzvot (Jewish practices), Jewish ethics and Jewish holidays through a multi-sensory approach, using art, music and drama. Mastery of the Hebrew language is accomplished in an ecient, motivational and fun manner. e experienced teachers imbue the children with Jewish pride, a love of G-d, love of their fellow Jews and love for the land of Israel. At Chabad Hebrew School, children will gain aJewish perspective on life and involvement beyond the Hebrew School yearsthrough a variety of extracurricular activities such as Friday night dinners, family fun days and contests. Chabad Hebrew Schoolwill add an enriching spiritual dimension to the lives of your entire family which will ultimately perpetuate onto future generations. For more information, email Rivky Labkowski at rivky@chabadcape.com or visit www.chabadcape.com.Temple Judea Religious SchoolTemple Judea Religious School provides a nurturing environment that fosters an enduring relationship with Judaism for every young Jew. Each child is treated as an individual. e school specializes in addressing the needs of every learner. Learners from every background are welcome and will experience a place for them to discover the richness of Judaism. e schools goal is to provide a forum that helps students integrate Judaism and its meaning into their daily lives. An experiential learning environment is created within the school in which children not only learn about Judaism but live it. Teachers are dedicated to instilling in each student a core set of Jewish values, cultural arts, a love for Torah and God, a prociency in reading Hebrew, and an independence in leading prayers. Bnai Mitzvah preparation is also included in the Religious School curriculum. e Religious School holds monthly student-led Shabbat evening services, and a yom iyun (day of learning) centering around each holiday. e structure of the training that Temple Judea provides encourages students to hold leadership roles so that wherever they may later nd themselves in college and beyond they will have skills to contribute. For more information, please contact Liz Singer, Director of Congregational Learning, at 239.433.0201 or tjswedu@gmail.com. through the pathways of Jewish Education using the standard method of the text with the added hands-on of meaningful cras. Every session includes music, which is led by Rabbi Agin, and later incorporated into the Family Friday Evening Shabbat Service with Cantorial Soloist Jane Galler. For more info, email shalom06@ netzero.com or call 941.625.2116.

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46 Hebrew/Religious Schools Maimonides Hebrew Day SchoolMaimonides Hebrew Day School (MHDS) is the only Jewish educational facility that oers a complete full-time (or part-time) learning experience for children (and their families). e school offers a dual curriculum for students in kindergarten through grade 8. e curriculum individualizes lessons in all aspects of Judaic/Hebrew studies and Secular/English studies, following the New Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards. MHDSs Judaic studies acknowledges and accommodates the full possible range of Jewish religious observance. e full-day program integrates instruction in English language: speaking, phonics, grammar, reading and writing, which is also mirrored in Hebrew Language instruction. e day also includes the crucial elements of this unique double curriculum: math, science and social studies, coupled with Torah studies, Jewish History and Holidays, and various traditional modes of Jewish observance. is academic program is complemented with art, music, drama and PE. e recently completed new facility is equipped with the latest in technology and materials, including a library for students, their families and the community. e low student-teacher ratio enables individualized instruction and the possibility of accelerated learning, or personal, remedial tutoring. ere is a strong emphasis on character development, critical thinking and independent learning. e school annually participates in standardized assessment of all students, from kindergarten thru 6th grade, using the Stanford 10. e schools students perform either on or above their gradelevel in these tests. Maimonides is licensed and certied to accept McKay scholarships for those students already identied as qualifying for special services. is is the only Jewish facility in Southwest Florida that has this program. MHDS is also able to accept Early Readiness Funding and Step-Up scholarships. To register your child, tour the facility, or for more information, email MaimonidesHDaySc@aol.com or call Lynda Stewart at 239.910.0293. Temple Beth Shalom Religious SchoolFounded in 1973, Temple Beth Shalom in Cape Coral is one of the oldest Reform congregations in Lee County. Building on its diverse, multi-generational resources, the temple oers a true sense of social community with traditional worship of Shabbat and other holidays, education for young and old, and guidance for all. Rabbi Devora Buchen coordinates both the adult and childrens educational programs. She tutors the Bnai Mitzvah students and presides over the religious schools holiday activities, which parallel that of the adult congregation. For love of the children and concern for the future of Judaism, the religious school is tuition-free for all children of members in good standing. It is believed that without educating the children there is no future. Barby Barlow has been supervising the school structure and activities for many years. Teacher and Israeli immigrant Aliza Bental works with the class on their Hebrew, the Jewish holidays, the history of the Jewish people and their homeland of Israel. Students also participate in the an-TBS Class of 2016-2017 nual food drive, in planting trees on Tu BShevat, and in Simchas Torah festivities. ey perform a skit for the Passover Seder and decorate the sukkah. If you have children of school age and want them to grow up with an understanding of what it means to be Jewish, and the comfort of knowing how, please call Barby Barlow at 941.639.9273 or the temple oce at 239.772.4555, or visit www.templebethshalomcc.org.Chab ad of Charlotte County Hebrew School Girls and Boys age 3-12 Friendly, caring teachers Aordable tuition Fun, hands-on lessons No synagogue membership required Scholarships available Call for details: 941.833.3381

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47 Camps Temple Judea Summer Camp Summer Camp at The Learning TreeThe Summer Camp at e Learning Tree oers very exible scheduling to meet your summer needs. Parents may enroll children for one week or all summer! Full or part days can be chosen and schedules can be 2, 3 or 5 days a week. e camp is organized into independent weekly adventures designed to delight your child, 2-6 years of age. Each week includes outdoor water play, ice cream truck, shaded playground, and critical thinking activities. Special activities abound with indoor bounce houses for cool jumping in the Florida heat, pony rides, petting zoo, tea time with popular princess characters, and much more! For more information, please call Preschool Director Jesyca Virnig, MAEd at 239.433.5499 or visit www. learningtreefort myers.com. There is nothing like the energy of summer camp. e excitement and delight that summer camp oers is an experience that all preschoolers need. e children look forward to the change in routine from preschool to camp. At Temple Judea Summer Camp, there is a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Campers learn new skills, working cooperatively with others, and engage in creative outdoor play. e caring sta ensures individual attention, maximum participation and success for each camper. Best of all, each day at camp is lled with summer fun. Your child will be inspired to explore, create, play and socialize during the weekly themes. Children participate in fun movement games and musical exploration while learning cooperation and socialization skills with friends. You can enroll for one week or several weeks. Please call 239.482.1121 to learn more about the camp.Camp Gan Israel of Cape CoralLooking for an exciting Jewish camp experience for your child? Camp Gan Israel of Cape Coral, part of the largest and fastest-growing network of Jewish day camps in the world, oers programs that are fun, stimulating and bolster Jewish pride in a safe, caring environment. e camp caters to children ages 3-12 and features Kiddie Camp for three-year-olds. Exciting activities include arts & cras, swimming, sports, eld trips, carnival, dress-up days, Shabbos parties, Challah baking and so much more. Judaic themes come alive through stories, songs, games and contests, which are part of the unique Gan Israel experience. Parents trust, and children adore, the dedicated and dynamic sta who love and nurture every child. Camp sessions are held both in the summer and winter. Camp Gan Israel is not just a vacation experience; the memories and lessons learned remain forever. Enroll your child now for an experience that will last a lifetime. For more information, please contact Rivky Labkowski at 239.541.1777 or camp@chabadcape.com, or visit www. chabadcape.com. The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties is interested in hearing from teenagers in high school who might like to earn CAS credits though various work in the Jewish community. If you are interested, please send the following information to lenibsack@jfedlcc.org: Name Address Phone # Age Grade School Preferred volunte er hours (e.g. 2-5pm Sundays)Earn CAS Credits

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48 Teens/Youth Groups Temple Beth El Junior Youth GroupTemple Beth El Junior Youth Group is a community of Jewish middle schoolers in Lee County who share friendship, camaraderie and an action-based vision for tikkun olam. Members meet monthly for fun events or celebrations related to the Jewish calendar. Recent activities have included a KICK Teen Leadership workshop on overcoming anti-Semitism and prejudice, High Holiday gi bag deliveries, an aernoon of Jewish Jeopardy, sandwich making for the homeless, eld trips, scavenger hunt and many other fun and fullling activities. All Jewish middles school students are welcome to join. Please email volunteer parent advisor Nadine Goodman at nhglaw@comcast.net for more information.SAT Preparation CourseThe Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties oers a comprehensive SAT preparatory course, complete with instruction provided by high school and college-level educators, a current study guide, materials, snacks and beverages. ere is a maximum of 12 students per session, with two sessions oered per calendar year. Classes are held at the Jewish Federation oce twice a week for 2 hours per class. Enrollments costs $375 per session. is is a tremendous value compared to other prep courses, which can cost over $500 per session for instruction alone. For more information, contact Leni Sack at 239.481.4449 x3 or lenibsack@jfedlcc.org. JGirls Good Friends. Good Deeds. Good Times.JGirls is the newest club geared to Jewish girls who are up for having a blast, diving into some real Girl Talk, and discovering just how powerful and important they really are. JGirls features Fun, Social, Art, Hot Topic Discussions, Community Outreach and much more. It is open to girls ages 10-13 and meets on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center in Cape Coral For more information or to RSVP, email rivky@chabadcape.com or call 239.541.1777. BEFTY Youth GroupBEFTY (Beth El Federation of Temple Youth) is the high school youth group at Temple Beth El. Two events are held each month to keep teens involved in the temple and their Judaism, all while being social with other Jewish teens. Events range from bowling to laser tag and from edible sukkahs to brunch. If you have a teen interested in joining BEFTY, contact the advisor, Elana Beame, at ebeame13@gmail.com.All Jewish teens in grades 8-12 are welcome to join BBYO! BBYO is a pluralistic teen organization with a mission of involving more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. BBYO teens plan and lead programs that interest them with guidance from adult advisors and sta. BBYO is a great way to get involved aer your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. BBYO is newly launching in the Fort Myers community with the goal of connecting local teens with a larger network of Jewish teens throughout the State of Florida. For more information on BBYO, contact Skylar Haas, Associate Regional Director, at shaas@bbyo.org. Check out more online at www.bbyo.org.BBYO Jewish Campus Engagement AssociateThe Jewish Federations of Collier County, Lee & Char lotte Counties, and Sarasota-Manatee Counties have worked collectively to hire a Jewish Campus Engagement Associate, Jeremy Dictor. Jeremy is working with students at Ringling College of Art + Design, New College of Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Florida South Western College to plan Jewish programming, holiday celebrations, internship and leader ship opportunities, and Birthright Israel experiences. It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 Jewish students attending colleges in this area. Given the growth of the Florida university system in Southwest Florida, the leader ship felt it was critically important that these schools be ser viced with a full-time professional. e collective has recently been accepted as a Hillel Afliate, which enables Jeremy and our Federations to work under the auspices of Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world. For more information, please contact Jeremy Dictor at CampusJeremySWFL@gmail.com.

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Each month, 5,000 Jewish residents in Lee and Charlotte counties turn to LCHAYIM for: Upcoming major events Community Directory Synagogue news Local Organization news Jewish Federation updates Community Calendar Holocaust Museum news Candle Lighting Times Business Directory Israel updates Photos of recent events and much moreTargeted DistributionReach our auent, informed, healthconscious, and savvy readers who are looking for new and better ways to enrich their lives and those of their loved ones. LCHAYIM the monthly newspaper published by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties is mailed to 5,000+ residents in the area. Additional copies are available at the Jewish Federation oce.Life-Enriching Information Each month, readers of LCHAYIM get news and updates on all Jewish-related local events including the Jewish Film Festival, Jewish author programs, holiday celebrations, concerts, food festivals, book study groups, timely lectures, mah jongg and much more. ey also get updates from the areas synagogues and numerous local Jewish or ganizations. Its the place they turn to for community news, the community calendar, candle lighting times, and a business directory.To receive LCHAYIM, please call 239.481.4449 x4.The exclusive way to reach the Jewish Community in Lee and Charlotte counties. For more information or to place an ad in LCHAYIM:Call: Jim Lewin at 239.634.6923 Email: jameslewin@jfedlcc.org Website: Visit the LCHAYIM page at www.JewishFederationLCC.org Grow your business with LCHAYIM! 16 L'CHAYIM DECEMBER 2016 Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties Presents the 21st Annual Jewish Film Festival of Southwest FloridaAll lms will be screened at the Regal Cinemas Bell Tower.Open seating at all lms for general admission tickets. Tickets will be mailed up to December 31. Tickets ordered after December 31 will be available after 6:00 p.m. inside the theater on the day of the show. Sponsorship opportunities are available that include reserved seating. See the form on page 18. Thank You to these Sponsors of the Jewish Film Festival: Principal Sponsor Lin & Ron Klein Barbara & Barry Epstein Zelda Dubin Memorial Philanthropic Fund Marsha & Mike Kistler Anna & Yale Levin Cheryl & Michael Goldstein Lynda & Michael Rubenstein Thursday, January 19 at 7:15 p.m. FANNYS JOURNEYFannys Journey is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year-old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, these eleven children will do the impossible to reach the Swiss border in order to survive. Language: French Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min. Thursday, January 12 at 7:15 p.m. SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSIONThis docu-drama is based on previously undiscovered audio recordings of former pilot Captain Reginald Levy. Captain Levy, now deceased, was in command of Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels, Belgium, to Tel Aviv on May 8, 1972, when it was hijacked by four members of Black September, wracking captivity. It fuses candid interviews with dramatic reenactments. hijackers threaten to explode hand grenades unless 300 prisoners were historical and political questions that helped to shape the Israel of today. Language: English /Hebrew/Arabic/French Running Time: 1 hr. 38 min. Tuesday, January 17 at 7:15 p.m. IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today. Through interviews with chefs, farmers, home cooks, vintners and cheese makers, to visits to farms, markets, restaurants and kitchens, audiences will discover that this hot, multi-cultural cuisine has developed only in the last 30 years. In that short time, Israel went from being one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the most advanced. Its sophistication mirrors the current state of the Israeli people and their food: secular, Solomonov, the James Beard award-winning chef/owner of Zahav and a number of other restaurants in Philadelphia. Language: English Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min. Tuesday, January 24 at 7:15 p.m. KEEP QUIET Csanad Szegedi regularly espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denials. He was a founder of the Hungarian Guard, a now-banned militia inspired by the Arrow Cross, a pro-Nazi party complicit in the murder of thousands of Jews during WWII. Then came a revelation which transformed his life. Szegedis maternal grandparents were revealed to be Jewish and his beloved grandmother an Auschwitz survivor who had hidden her faith fearing further persecution. Keep Quiet depicts Szegedis three-year journey as he is guided by Rabbi Boruch Oberlander to embrace his newfound religion, forced to confront the painful truths of his familys past, his own wrongdoing, and the turbulent history of his country. But is this astonishing transformation a process of genuine reparation and spiritual awakening or is he simply a desperate man with nowhere else to turn? Language: English, Hebrew with English subtitles Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min. Dr. Brian and Sara Krivisky Linda & Charles Idelson Martha & John Wolf Helene & Jorge Glocer 21 L'CHAYIM DECEMBER 2016 Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD JEWS & BROADWAY BROADWAY & SOCIAL CHANGERABBI KENNETH KANTER Thursday, February 9 at 7:30PMOpera Naples2408 Linwood Avenue, Naples Rabbi Kanter presents We Jews On Broadway, a sing-along history of the American musical from the Gay s operetta of Romberg & Friml through Berlin, Kern, the Gershwins and Rodgers & Hart to Sondheim, Mel Brooks and Kander & Ebb the Broadway of today. $50.00 General seating $75.00 Benefactor Preferred seating Event concludes with an elegant wine and dessert reception Tickets are available at naplesjewishcongregation.org or mail your check made out to Naples Jewish Congregation, along with your name, address and phone number, to: NJC, PO Box 111994, Naples FL 34108, Attn Tickets Friday, February 10 at 7:30PMUnitarian Universalist Congregation6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples Free admission! Rabbi Kanter will be our guest at Shabbat services, and will trace the dominant role played by Jewish composers in Tin Pan Alley. From Irving Berlin and George Gershwin to Jerome Kern and Billy Rose, these songs are musical companions to American history. Rabbi Kenneth Kanter is a nationally known author and entertainer focusing on the Jewish inuence on American popular music. Viewers have called his unique sing-along concert/ lecture events high-energy, inspiring, exhilirating, an absolutely superb night of entertainment and joy and the kind of event we will long remember. RABBI KENNETH KANTER , an absolutely superb night of entertainment WARM REFORM AFFORDABLE ADULTNAPLES JEWISH CONGREGATION Shabbat services are held every Friday night at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6340 Napa Woods Way, NaplesMore information at 239-431-3858 or www.naplesjewishcongregation.org Shabbat services are held every Friday night at the SOCIAL CHANGE SOCIAL CHANGE SOCIAL CHANGE RABBI KENNETH KANTER RABBI KENNETH KANTER RABBI KENNETH KANTER Events sponsored in part by J e w i s h F e d era t i o n Israel rushes aid to the worlds worst earthquakesBy Nicky Blackburn, ISRAEL21c, www.israel21c.org, September 13, 2016 W hen Krishna Devi Khadka, was pulled out of the rubble devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in she saw were Israeli. Khadka, a maid at the hotel, had been trapped in an air pocket covered by a corpse. She was rescued after a dramatic 10-hour operation led by IsraAID, an Israeli humanitarian aid organization. The 24-year-old was taken immediately to the only working hospital in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Khadka was one of thousands of people across Nepal who survived the 7.3 quake that followed two weeks later, thanks to Israeli aid. The two quakes were a catastrophic double blow for Nepal that left 9,000 people dead, 22,000 injured and hundreds of thousands of or damaged. to send humanitarian aid to Nepal, and the range and breadth of that aid from so many sectors of Israeli life the government, the military and various NGOs was so significant that the Nepalese today regard Israel as a source of inspiration. CNN, Israel sent more personnel to the disaster scene than any other country. The IDF arrived in Nepal two days 260 physicians and search-and-rescue experts. Within 12 hours they had set IDFs largest ever, which included two operating tents, four intensive-care tents, 60 hospital beds, and specialists in neonatal and adult care. The team brought 95 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies from Israel, and during their stay they treated 1,600 patients, performed more than 85 surgeries and delivered eight babies. ings, and conducted safety and survival workshops for 605 Nepalese citizens. Israeli civilian NGO IsraAID also arrived two days after the quake, with an emergency relief team of doctors and search-and-rescue specialists. The team quickly established a temporary field clinic in the Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal, one of the worst-hit areas. The organization brought supplies and medical services, and opened psychologist-staffed safe spaces for children left wandering the streets after the quake. Tevel bTzedek (The Earth in Justice), which has been carrying out humanitarian work in Nepal since 2007 and already had a team on the ground, rushed to help, providing connections, training and understanding of the region to other NGOs arriving on the scene. Magen David Adom (MDA) sent out a trained disaster delegation including 10 paramedics and two physicians, and later distributed building supplies and food to 800 Nepali families. The Dream Doctors sent medical clowns to bring relief and cheer to survivors. Other Israeli NGOs ZAKA, United Hatzalah, Natan International Humanitarian Aid and Israeli Flying Aid were also involved in rescue, recovery and relief operations in Nepal along with FIRST, a consortium of Israeli government and army rescue services. Over a year later, Tevel bTzedek and IsraAID are still at work in Nepal, villagers get back on their feet. Tevel bTzedek runs a youth service program modeled after Israels Shnat Sherut, year of national service, in earthquake-devastated villages to help rebuild communities. Tevel also runs a variety of recovery programs in agriculture, education, disaster-risk reduction, resilience, crisis intervention and income generation for some 25,000 villagers in six of Nepals most impoverished regions. IsraAID runs a variety of humanitarian projects in Nepal and plans to be there for at least three more years. The organization distributes warm clothing to Nepali children, has brought in Israeli specialists to train local NGOs to run an emotional support hotline, and has by women who lost their homes and sources of income in the earthquake. The organization also trained six theater troupes to present plays in information about community resilience and trauma, a model that is now being adopted by UNICEF. Israel has rushed to provide aid in the wake of a deadly earthquake. Israeli humanitarian workers have helped out after earthquakes in India, Turkey, Peru, and the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Southeast Asia in 2004. Here are the main earthquakes where Israel has given aid since 2010: Jan 2010: Israel gained worldwide in the wake of a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed around 160,000 people and left 280,000 buildings destroyed. Five years later, Israel was still in Haiti helping rebuild the community. Feb 2011: A 6.3 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand, which killed 185. March 2011: The 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, Japan, which killed some 16,000 people and left 230,000 homeless. As in Haiti, Israeli aid organizations remain in Japan today long after all other foreign aid organizations have left. Aid workers are helping to build a mental health support network in the country, and recording the testimonies of survivors. April 2015: A double earthquake in Kumamoto City, Japan, which killed 49 and injured 3,000. Feb 2016: A 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan, which killed 117 people, 115 of them in one residential building in Kaohsiung City. April 2016: The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador, which killed 661 and injured nearly 28,000 people. To view more stories on Israels exceptional humanitarian aid efforts abroad in the My Name is Israel aid exhibition, or to download the exhibit for display, visit http://www.israel21c. org/exhibition/my-name-is-israel/. Editor and Israel Director, Nicky journalist and editor both in Britain and national publications including Travel Weekly, Israel High Tech Investor and The Times of London She was The Jerusalem Post. ...en you want to give us a call. e product has a xed rate of 5% per annum or higher, paid monthly! No waiting around until the end of the term to receive your interest!For more information, please contactBruce Greenstein, LUTC Tim Shaw Financial Consultants (239) 425-9707 ~ Bruce@Timshaw.com IF YOU ARE NOT MAKING 5% ON YOUR MONEY Your Principal and Interest are SECURED No long term commitments short duration of about a year is is NOT an ANNUITY is is NOT STOCKS, OPTIONS or a REIT is is NOT Gold, Silver or any other Commodity ere are NO TRANSCTION FEES OR COMMISSIONS for you to pay EVER!100% OF YOUR MONEY GOES TO WORK FOR YOU IMMEDIATELY! for display, visit http://www.israel21c. 6 L'CHAYIM DECEMBER 2016 Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties OUR COMMUNITY Amy Snyder By Amy Snyder, Executive Director, Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFLI t is hard to believe we have come to the end of another year, and 2017 is fast approaching! We look forward to welcoming you in 2017 with a number of very special programs and events. Please visit our website at www. HolocaustMu seumSWFL.org and look for our January column to provide additional details. Annual Luncheon The Museums Annual Luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The RitzBeach Road, Naples. Host Sponsors for the event are Estelle and Stuart Price. Our guest speaker is author Louise Borden, who will discuss her book, The Journey that Saved Curious George The book describes the story behind the story of the creation of the muchloved Curious George character. Be prepared to learn a lot of curious facts about everyones favorite monkey. Did you know that his original name wasnt George? Or that he wasnt the main character starring in the books created by H.A. and Margret Rey? Or that he almost never got to be famous at all? Ms. She is also the author of several childrens books dealing with World War II and the Holocaust. Five of her books will be available for purchase at the event as a set for $60. Titles included are The Journey that Saved Curious George 75th Anniversary Edition, The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II, Across the est Skating Race and His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg. The set can be pre-ordered with a signed bookplate, at no extra charge, and will be ready for pickup at the event. Luncheon tickets are $150 per person, and sponsorships are available. Dress is business casual. Net proceeds benefit the education programs of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL. For more information on reservations and sponsorships, please contact Development Specialist Tim Morrison at Tim@HolocaustMuseum SWFL.org or call 239.263.9200. Memorial Garden Art Installation nearing completion The Museums Memorial Garden Art Installation in our front windows is nearing completion. As mentioned in our October column, artist Juan Diaz created the four beautiful panels in, and as part of, the LIGHT Performance Art Style Series for which he is well known. When he received the Memorial commission from the Museum, Mr. Diaz considered options for its creation. Contemplating the tragedy of the Holocaust and all of the genocides which had occurred in history and continue to occur in the modern world, he decided to create a work of art that would convey serenity and beauty, always keeping in mind our hopes, to live in balance, peace and love in the world society, moving away from our mistaken primitive ways of thinking and going forward with the lessons learned. Entitled The Garden, 2016, the individually-framed painted backgrounds feature an idealized meadow scene. The ing the November workshops will be incorporated into the design. Under Mr. Diazs direction, some were created by Holocaust survivors in honor of the family members they lost, and others were created by the families of Holocaust survivors and camp liberators we worked with in our education programs who have passed away. The community also for relatives lost in the Holocaust, as garden background scene. rial Garden will take place in late January 2017 as part of the commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Museum is located at 4760 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 7, in Naples. It is open year-round Tuesday through Sunday; closed Monday and major Jewish and U.S. holidays We extend our best wishes for Happy Holidays to you and your family. Coming up at the Holocaust Museum A DAY TO SALUTE OUR SOLDIERSAN INTRODUCT I ON TO THE FR I ENDS O F THE I D F A SPECIAL PERFORMANCEOF POPULAR AND TRADITIONAL ISRAELI SONGS PERFORMED BY ISRAELI SOLDIERS TUESDAY, D ECEMBER 13T H 20167:00PM CONCERTT EMPLE SH ALOM 4630 P INE R IDGE R OAD N APLES FL 34119EV E NT CHAIRS:E LLAINE AND R IC K R OSEN$90 P ATRON VIP SEAT*P ATRON S PONSORS ARE INV ITED TO A PRIV ATE C O CK TAIL REC EPTION B EFORE T H E PERFORMANC E$18 G ENERAL A DMISSION S EAT F REE A GES 12 AND U NDER T O PURCHA SE TICKETS O NLI NE: https://www.df.org/Naples-IDF-Ensemble16F OR T ICK ETS C ALL FIDF GREATER M IAMI CHAPTER 305.354.8233 | J AIME SAGONA FIDF ORG Phone (305) 354-8233 | Fax (305) 354-8296 | E-mail Miami@FIDF.org Friends of the Israel Defense Forces is a 501(c) (3) not-for-prot organization. C ontributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. With special guest Rayna Rose Exelbierd Southeast High School Coordinator 4:00 P.M. 6:30 PM Pizza & beverages will be served Hear hand account of how one student o vercame Learn about what's happening on college campuses today Israel movements. A PROGRAM FOR 11TH AND 12TH GRADERS or lenibsack@jfedlcc.org Happy Holidays to you and your Read the current and previous editions of LCHAYIM online at www.JewishFederationLCC.org. NONPROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID FT. MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 1759701 Commerce Center Court Fort Myers, Florida 33908 DELIVER TO CURRENT RESIDENT OR POSTMASTER: DATED RELIGIOUS NEWS ITEMS. TIME SENSITIVE PLEASE EXPEDITE! 9701 Commerce Center Court Fort Myers, Florida 33908 DELIVER TO CURRENT RESIDENT OR Alan Isaacs FROM THEEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Further the mission of our Federation and communitycontinued on page 3 www.JewishFederationLCC.org Vol. 39, No. 4 December 2016 / 5777 B y the time you read this we will have voted to elect the next president of the United States and, hopefully, he or she will have received a clear mandate to lead our country. We, as Jews, have endured, through our long history as wanderers, the hazards of life under dictators, monarchs and other manifestations of governance into which we have had little, if any, input. We have often been the victims of these rulers and their The Jewish destiny resided often in the hands of a capricious individual and a hostile society. I think that it is important in these on our standing today as Jews in our society, in our country and in our community, and to appreciate what we, as Jews, have accomplished and will continue to accomplish irrespective of who governs this country. While I know intimately of Jews in our community who struggle to put food on the table, we are a community anguish of isolation and loneliness, our community reaches out and supports. While some Jewish communities itism, repression and poverty, we are alert and provide relief. We cannot predict with any assurance how we as individuals and as outcome of the election. It is reasonably safe to assume however, that the needs of our community will not reduce in quantity or urgency. It is sad to realize that, in my years in Jewish philanthropy, neither a Democratic nor a Republican administration positive manner those who need help the most. There is never enough public assistance to go around. And thats where the Jewish Federation comes in and where you, as individuals, can have a decisive impact on the outcome no matter who presides over our country. I call on you to reconcile with the election outcome as soon as possible and begin again to further the mission of our Federation and our community To strengthen and enrich the Jewish community by providing and supporting philanthropic, educational and social service programs locally, in Israel and throughout the world and to pursue our vision of A Jewish community that is based on Jewish values such as Tzedakah (benevolence), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Klal Yisrael (taking responsibility for one another).Anti-Israel media bias A CAMERA Letter-Writing WorkshopThink the media are biased? If you answered yes, youre not alone. Americans trust in the media has sunk to an all-time low, according to a Gallup survey released this past September. report the news fully, accurately and fairly plunged to its lowest level in Gallup polling history. Only 32% of those polled said they had a great deal or fair amount of trust in the news. News about Israel can be particularly distorted and unfair. In September, the same month in which the Gallup poll came out, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) prompted corrections from 20 major news outlets that had published false information about the Jewish state. CAMERA, the oldest and largest Middle East media monitoring organization in the world, will be presenting a workshop to teach local residents how to combat media bias. The workshop, to be held on Monday, December 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Beth El (16225 Winkler Rd, Fort Myers), is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties and Temple Beth El. The workshop will be led by Sarit Catz, the international director of CAMERAs letter-writing team, a network of 17,000 volunteers who respond to distorted news coverage of Israel. Catz will speak about recognizing media bias and then conduct a handson letter-writing workshop that will provide attendees with the tools needed to faulty reporting. I dont believe theres a journalistic conspiracy to denigrate Israel, said Catz. But coverage does frequently Journalists, she said, are sometimes just uneducated about Middle East history. Reports can lack crucial historical context, she said. Our researchers The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties Presents the 21st Annual Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida. See pages 16-17 for complete details. David G. Dalin, an ordained rabbi and historian, is the author, co author or editor of eleven books on American He has taught at Seminary of America, a Research Fellow at Stanford Based on his book, Dr. Dalin will talk about the role and He will illuminate the history of Jewish policies on Jewish interests and concerns. Guest Speaker : Dr. David Dalin Topic : The Presidents of the United States and the Jews: From Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama Fort Myers Couvert: $18/person 239.481.4449 x3 or lenibsack@jfedlcc.org JEWISH FEDERATION COMMUNITY BREAKFAST Sunday, December 11 10:00 a.m Yisrael (taking responsibility for one

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51 2017 Candle lighting times for the Lee and Charlotte area: January 6: 5:33 pm January 13: 5:38 pm January 20: 5:43 pm January 27: 5:49 pm February 3: 5:54 pm February 10: 5:59 pm February 17: 6:04 pm February 24: 6:08 pm March 3: 6:12 pm March 10: 6:16 pm March 17: 7:20 pm March 24: 7:23 pm March 31: 7:26 pm April 7: 7:30 pm April 10, Eve of First day Passover: 7:31 pm April 11, Eve of Second day Passover: after 8:25 pm April 14: 7:33 pm April 16, Eve of Seventh day Passover: 7:34 pm April 17, Eve of Eighth day Passover: after 8:28 pm April 21: 7:37 pm April 28: 7:41 pm May 5: 7:44 pm May 12: 7:48 pm May 19: 7:52 pm May 26: 7:56 pm May 30, Eve of First day Shavuot: 7:58 pm May 31, Eve of Second day Shavuot: after 8:55 pm June 2: 7:59 pm June 9: 8:02 pm June 16: 8:05 pm June 23: 8:06 pm June 30: 8:07 pm July 7: 8:07 pm July 14: 8:05 pm July 21: 8:03 pm July 28: 7:59 pm August 4: 7:55 pm August 11: 7:49 pm August 18: 7:43 pm August 25: 7:36 pm September 1: 7:29 pm September 8: 7:22 pm September 15: 7:14 pm September 20, Eve of First day Rosh Hashanah: 7:08 pm September 21, Eve of Second day Rosh Hashanah: after 7:59 pm September 22: 7:06 pm September 29, Eve of Yom Kippur: 6:58 pm October 4, Eve of First day Sukkot: 6:53 pm October 5, Eve of Second day Sukkot: after 7:44 pm October 6: 6:50 pm October 11, Eve of Shemini Atzeret: 6:45 pm October 12, Eve of Simchat Torah: after 7:37 pm October 13: 6:43 pm October 20: 6:37 pm October 27: 6:31 pm November 3: 6:26 pm November 10: 5:22 pm November 17: 5:19 pm November 24: 5:17 pm December 1: 5:17 pm December 8: 5:18 pm December 15: 5:20 pm December 22: 5:23 pm December 29: 5:27 pm 2017 (5777/5778) HolidaysHolidays start at sundown on the evening before the dates listed. Tu BShevat: February 11 (Saturday) Purim: March 12 (Sunday) Passover (Pesach): April 11 (Tuesday) Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah): April 24 (Monday) Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron): May 1 (Monday) Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut): May 2 (Tuesday) Lag BOmer: May 14 (Sunday) Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim): May 24 (Wednesday) Shavuot: May 31 (Wednesday) Tisha BAv: August 1 (Tuesday) Rosh HaShanah 5778: September 21 (Thursday) Yom Kippur: September 30 (Saturday) Sukkot: October 5 (Thursday) Shemini Atzeret: October 12 (Thursday) Simchat Torah: October 13 (Friday) Hanukkah (Chanukah): December 13 (Wednesday)

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52 Directory of AdvertisersAttorneys Lowell S. Schoenfeld 15 Guy E. Whitesman 24Financial Services Stacy Hersha, CPA 31 Cary R. Kleineld 9 Brian Simon 24 Gifts Temple Beth El Gift Gallery 9Health/Medical Services Advanced Pain Management & Spine Specialists 21 AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 27 Daniel Bendetowicz, MD 23 Rena Essrog, MSS, LCSW, CSAT 19 David M. Heligman, MD 16 Ryder Orthopaedics 15 Rick Snyderman, Pedorthist 31 Taschner Periodontics 14Home & Design Lee Lighting 16 PCC Tile 7Insurance Lott & Gaylor Insurance 23Museums Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida 3Photography Michael Shapiro Photography 18Restaurants The Bagel Factory 16Senior Living Alternatives Aviva 25 Discovery Village 29 Shell Point 17Synagogues Temple Beth El 1 Temple Beth Shalom 19 Temple Judea Back CoverTheatres Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 13 The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties thanks all of our advertisers for their continued support! Without them we would be unable to provide you with Connections. Please support our advertisers and let them know you saw their ad in Connections. 2014 GUIDE TO JEWISH LIFE IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES Published by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties www.JewishFederationLCC.org Stay Connected.Register for our email newsletter. www. jfedsrq.org Stay in touch throughout the year. Sign up for the Federations e-blasts. Send an email to lenibsack@jfedlcc.orgGet the latest information on upcoming community events and cultural activities, breaking news, updates from Israel and more.

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53IndexAdult education 18-20 Advocacy Groups 32 American Friends of Magen David Adom 31 American Israel Public Aairs Committee 32 American Technion Society 29 Anti-Defamation League 32 Arts & Culture 8-17 Bat Yam Temple of the Islands 37 BBYO 48 BEFTY Youth Group 48 Camp Gan Israel of Cape Coral 47 Candle lighting times 51 Cemeteries 23 Chabad Hebrew School of Cape Coral 45 Chabad Jewish Center of Cape Coral 39 Chabad Jewish Center of Charlotte County 40 Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida 38 Chabad of Bonita Springs & Estero 40 Chevra Kadisha 23 Consulate General of Israel for Florida & Puerto Rico 29 Education Children 42-48 Education Adult 18-20 FGCU Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies 15 Federation Book Club 12 Federation 4-7 Film Festival 10-11 Food Pantry 22 Funeral homes & cemeteries 23 Generations of the Shoah SWFL 26 Hadassah Collier/Lee Counties Chapter 24 Hadassah Sharon Chapter (Charlotte County) 25 HAZAK 55+ 28 Hebrew/Religious Schools 45-46 Holocaust Memorial Service 15 Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL 16 Humanistic Jewish Havurah 28 Israel Connection 29-31 Israeli Folk Dancing 9 Jewish Campus Engagement Associate 48 Jewish Family Services 22 Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties 4-7 Jewish Film Festival 10-11 Jewish Historical Society of SWFL 27 Jewish holidays 51 Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU 17 Jewish National Fund 31 Jewish War Veterans Post 400 28 Jewish Young Professionals 24 JFed Social Club 25 JFed Stitchers 12 JGirls 48 LCHAYIM 8 Little Branches 43 Mah Jongg 9 Maimonides Hebrew Day School 46 Maimonides Hebrew Day School Preschool 44 Media Monitors Roundtable 32 Mikvah 23 Museums 16-17 Organizations 24-32 Partnership2gether 7 PJ Library 42, 44 Preschools 42-44 SAT Preparation Course 48 Schools 42-46 Senior Visits 22, 49 Shalom Life Center 26 Special Interest Groups 24-28 StandWithUs 32 Synagogues 33-41 Temple Beth El 33 Temple Beth El Junior Youth Group 48 Temple Beth El Religious School 45 Temple Beth Shalom 35 Temple Beth Shalom Religious School 46 Temple Beth El Tot Shabbat 44 Temple Judea 34 Temple Judea Preschool 42 Temple Judea Religious School 45 Temple Judea Summer Camp 47 Temple Judea Toddler Time 42 Temple Shalom of Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands 41 Temple Shalom Religious School 45 e Community Free Synagogue 36 e Learning Tree 43 e Learning Tree Preschool Summer Camp 47 Youth groups 48 Zionist Organization of America 30

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14486 A&W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908 239.433.0201 www.TJSWFL.org Temple Judea is a progressive congregation learning, prayer, observance and acts of social Rabbi Marc Sack