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! continued on page 3 www.JewishFederationLCC.org Vol. 40, No. 4 December 2017 / 5778 The MARCIA CAN HELP fund an update Alan Isaacs FROM THEEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR I n the September issue of LCHAYIM, I recounted a phone call that I received that was the basis for a fund called MARCIA CAN HELP. Marcia Cohen of Omaha and Sanibel had passed away in 2015, and Jack, her husband, proposed that he honor Marcia with a challenge to our community to raise additional funds to support the indigent in Lee and Char lotte counties, beginning with his donation that was 50% of our $28,000 goal. MARCIA CAN HELP allowed for our Jewish Family Services to have additional funds to help us better provide for emergency nutritional needs through our Food Pantry and gift card distribution, and assist the neediest in our community with crisis tions, loss of transportation, and other essential services without which none of us can live. We thank those who have contrib uted to our Indigent Fund and Food Jewish Federation Community BreakfastBy Leni Sack Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:00 A.M.Join us for a delicious breakfast and wonderful stories about cooking, people and love. M a k e y o u r r e s e r v a t i o n n o w t o l e n i b s a c k @ j f e d l c c o r g o r 2 3 9 4 8 1 4 4 4 9 x Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties cordially invites you to our P A C E S E T T E R S & L I O N S O F J U D A H Cocktails, Buffet Dinner & Meet the Author ~ 6:00 P.M. Presentation ~ 7:30 P.M. Dessert & Book Signing Minimum gift of $5,400 to the 2018 Federation Campaign M A J O R G I F T S Presentation ~ 7:30 P.M. Dessert & Book Signing Minimum gift of $1,800 to the 2018 Federation Campaign Generously sponsored by L EE & C HARLOTTE C OUNTIES presents a special evening with S TEPHEN T OBOLOWSKY Tuesday, December 5, 2017 F INE M ARK B ANK 12681 Creekside Lane Fort Myers L I M I T E D S E A T I N G R.S.V.P. by November 17 Stephen Tobolowsky actor / writer / director Next Appearance: December 5, 2017 S i l i c o n V a l l e y T h e l m a & L o u i s e G l e e W i l d H o g s M i s s i s s i p p i B u r n i n g G r o u n d h o g D a y D e a d w o o d T h e M i n d y P r o j e c t M e m e n t o Pantry since the challenge was issued, and I am delighted to report that we are 75% toward our goal and that we hope to reach that goal, as planned, by the end of this year. Please contribute generously toward this essential cause in the spirit of Thanksgiving: There, but for the grace of God, go I. For further informa tion or to make a contri bution, please call me at 239.481.4449. Jack and Marcia Cohen A must for anyone whos had a mother, was part of a family, or who ate breakfast in the morning!P eter Gethers wants to give his aging mother, celebrated cook and cookbook writer Judy Gethers, My Mothers Kitch en: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life in which Gethers embarks upon a culinary and per sonal journey often hilarious, always touching, and remarkably inspiring that will ultimately allow him to bring his mothers friends and loved ones to the table one last time. Peters mother, Judy, always understood the importance and inter connectedness of food and family. Her father owned the legendary Jewish kosher dairy restaurant Ratners on Manhattans Lower East Side. She discovered a passion for gourmet cooking job in the kitchen of the groundbreaking Los Angeles restaurant Ma Maison, when she was 53. She became a mentor and friend to some of the most famous chefs in America, including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman, and eventually ran the Ma Cuisine cooking school, teaching alongside Julia Child among many others. Learning to cook changed her life and the lives of those around her and she created her own legendary status in the food world. As her health eventually began to fail, her taste remained, as did her sense of humor and determination to live life on her own terms. My Mothers Kitchen is generously seasoned with Peters trademark wit and knowing eye. The book includes a selection of recipes ranging from Ratners Matzo Brei to Tarte Tatin, and from a loaf of challah to salmon coulibiac, as well as family photos. Peter
2 LCHAYIM invites correspondence on subjects of interest to Jewish people. Partisan political opinions will not be published, LCHAYIM should be Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties December 2017 Volume 40, Number 4 Co-Presidents: Board: Executive Director: Alan Isaacs Program Director : Leni Sack Executive Assistant: Jewish Family Services: Jodi Cohen Editor/Designer: Advertising: JANUARY ISSUE EDITORIAL DEADLINE: Tuesday, December 5 OUR FEDERATION In this issue: 5 Our Community 10 Jewish Interest 16 Jewish Film Festival 18 Marketplace 19 Israel & the Jewish World 23 Commentary 24 From the Bimah 26 Focus on Youth 28 Organizations 30 Community Directory 30 Temple News Grow your business with LCHAYIM. Reach 5,000 local Jewish residents through this paper.For more information or to place an ad, call Jim at 239.634.6923 or send an email to JamesLewin@jfedLCC.org.Program notes Leni Sack The Jewish Film Festival is right around the corner. The committee has done a great job choosing a variety of movies that mix drama and romance, the serious with the funny, and the past with the present. Theres also something new this year there will be two movies shown on one evening considered a short, that is, a movie shorter than 40 minutes; the other is a short movie that is only 50 minutes. The short is titled Talia, and was written, directed and produced by Jewish Federation co-president Rozzi Osterman. Rozzi will be on hand after the movie for a Q&A about her documentary. Rozzi is an experienced documentary our festival. A brief description of Talia and the other our website at www.jewishfederationlcc.org. individual evenings. Whichever you choose, I dont think you will be disappointed. This is your chance to travel the world and experience a variety of Jewishthemed stories from the comfort of your seats. The runs every Tuesday and Thursday evening through Tuesday, February 13 at the Regal Belltower Stadium 20. Sponsorships opportunities are still available. Its not too late to make a reservation for the Community Breakfast on Sunday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the clubhouse at The Landings, 4425 S. Landings, Dr. Fort Myers. Not only is there a deli cious breakfast planned, but youll also hear a fabulous speaker. Author Peter Gethers will delight and entertain us with his hilarious and emotional mem oir about his relationship with his beloved mother, a gourmet cook who worked along Wolfgang Puck and taught with Julia Child. Be sure to read the article about Peter in this issue. My Mothers Kitchen will be available for sale before and after the event, and Peter will autograph them after the breakfast. Just call or email me to RSVP. Major donors to the 2018 Federation campaign will be enjoying the company of actor and writer Ste phen Tobolowsky on Tuesday, December 5 at Fine Mark Bank. Stephen, a seasoned character actor, is currently performing in the hit series Silicon Valley He will be at the Federation event to talk about his new book, My Adventures With God the story of his evolving relationship with Judaism and God. Stephen is a funny and engaging speaker, and we are excited to welcome him to our community. He will also be autographing his book. PJ Library is hosting a series of holiday events for families with children ages 2-8. They will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. once a month from January through April. Stories, arts and crafts, music and a light supper are planned. There is no cost to attend and each event is open to the community. January 25 at Temple Beth El, is about planting for Tu BShevat; the second, on Wednesday, February 14 at The Community Free Synagogue, is about get ting ready for Purim; the third, on Tuesday, March 6 at Shalom Life Center, celebrates Passover; and on Thursday, April 26 at Temple Judea, well have fun for Lag BOmer. Zohar ben Hamu, Temple Judeas Shaliach, will be leading the PJ Library holiday pro I look forward to greeting old friends and mak ing new friends at our upcoming events. I wish everyone a very Happy Hanukkah. See you soon! Following is a list of staples always in need at the food pantry: P e a n u t b u t t e r a n d j e l l y P a s t a s a u c e ( p a s t a n o t n e e d e d ) R i c e a n d b e a n s C a n n e d v e g e t a b l e s a n d f r u i t s C e r e a l C a n n e d m e a t s C o n d i m e n t s T o i l e t r i e s f o r a d u l t s & c h i l d r e n Gift cards to places like Publix, Walmart, Target, etc., as well as cash donations, are also appreciated. Jewish Family Services helps seniors, individuals and families with a variety of needs. J E W I S H F E D E R A T I O N F O O D P A N T R Y Temple Beth El members Doreen Kostel, Phyllis and Bernie Ar onson, and Russ Bogen, along with Cantor Richard Bessman, presented Leni Sack with a check for $769 for the Federations Food Pantry and Indigent Fund. The money was donated as part of the food drive the temple held during the High Holidays. Along with monetary contributions, TBE members donated large amounts of canned and boxed goods for the pantry. Since the High Holidays, the Federations Food Pantry and Indigent osity of Temple Beth El members, as well as from many others in the Jewish community. With the communitys help, the Federation will continue to be there for those who are hungry and those who are in need.Todah Rabah thank you, to Temple Beth El
3 OUR FEDERATIONCommunity Breakfast...continued from page 1 Program notes Following is a list of staples always in need at the food pantry: P e a n u t b u t t e r a n d j e l l y P a s t a s a u c e ( p a s t a n o t n e e d e d ) R i c e a n d b e a n s C a n n e d v e g e t a b l e s a n d f r u i t s C e r e a l C a n n e d m e a t s C o n d i m e n t s T o i l e t r i e s f o r a d u l t s & c h i l d r e n Gift cards to places like Publix, Walmart, Target, etc., as well as cash donations, are also appreciated. Jewish Family Services helps seniors, individuals and families with a variety of needs. J E W I S H F E D E R A T I O N F O O D P A N T R Y Senior Lunch Bunch updateBy Jodi Cohen, Senior Outreach CoordinatorA fter our September lunch was canceled due to weather, we were back in the saddle with a fantastic October lunch hosted at The Community Free Synagogue. Rabbi Bruce Diamond led the group in a Jew ish version of Jeopardy called Jewpardy, and a good time was had by all. In November, our lunch was hosted at Temple Judea, where Rabbi Marc Sack shared stories about his path to becoming observant and talked about whats happening in Conservative and Orthodox Judaism. A lively Q&A fol lowed. There have been some new faces, and since the lunches are all about building community, I try to make a shidduch a match, between people atwho attend regularly. The group is U P C O M I N G F E D E R A T I O N S T A Y T U N E D M O R E I N F O T O F O L L O W F E B 1 3 D E C 0 5 P a c e s e t t e r s / A u t h o r E v e n t Talented Jewish actor Stephen Tobolowsky who has appeared in over 100 movies and 200 television shows will talk about his new book My Adventures with God. D E C 1 0 C o m m u n i t y B r e a k f a s t Author Peter Gethers will talk about his new book My Mothers Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and the Meaning of Life. J A N 1 1 J e w i s h F i l m F e s t i v a l The Annual Jewish Film Festival of SW Florida is proud to present another premier lineup of outstanding and highly diverse films that will excite, delight, enlighten and provoke our audience. F E B 2 1 A u t h o r E v e n t a t A l l i a n c e f o r t h e A r t s Laurie Lico Albaneses book, Stolen Beauty, combines European Jewish historical fiction with art. F E B 2 4 M a j o r G i f t s R e c e p t i o n A special evening cocktail and dinner event as a thank you to our most generous donors. M A R 1 3 W o m e n s P h i l a n t h r o p y / L i o n o f J u d a h One of the original writers on Susan Silver, will make us laugh and kvell as she talks about her search for a productive life, a re connection to her Jewish roots and her deep involvement with Israel. A P R 0 8 H o l o c a u s t M e m o r i a l S e r v i c e This annual event is about honoring the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, as well as fulfilling the promise to never forget. A P R 1 5 I s r a e l a t 7 0 F e s t Hard to believe, but Israel is turning 70 years old! Join us as we celebrate a year of recognizing Israels innovative spirit with a big birthday bash! has written an unforgettable memoir about how food and family can do much more than feed us they can nourish our souls. Peter Gethers is an author, screenwriter, playwright, book editor, and previous eleven books include The Cat Who Went to Parisselling trilogy about his extraordinary cat, Norton. He is also the co-creator way play Old Jews Telling Jokes. He lives in New York City, Sag Harbor, New York, and, when possible, Gangiquite user-friendly and the feedback I received from one of the newbies was that everyone was so warm and welcom ing. Woohoo! Thats what I like to hear! The purpose of these monthly gather ings is to come together and connect, with food, fun and frolic. There is a short program after the lunch. If you have a hankering for a certain program or have other ideas, please feel free to share them with me, as Im always on the lookout for creative programming. Our next lunch will be on Tuesday, December 19 at noon at Temple Beth Shalom, 702 SE 24th Ave., Cape Coral. If you would like to attend, RSVP by Friday, Decem ber 15 to 239.481.4449 x6 or jodicohen@jfedlcc. org. Please let me know if you will need a ride to the lunch. Also, please let me know if this will be the tending the Senior Lunch Bunch. I look forward to seeing you. Come on down! vecchio, Sicily. My Mothers Kitchen will be on sale during the event, and Peter will be autographing books at the end of the breakfast. Dont miss our annual Community Breakfast on Sunday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. at The Landings. Its an opportunity to enjoy a delicious break fast, schmooze with friends, meet new ones, and get to hear a beautiful and touching story of a son and his mother. For more information, please see the ad on page 5.
4 OUR FEDERATION Sunday March 1st The Jewish Federation Annual Campaign provides the resources to strengthen and enrich our Jewish community locally, in Israel and around the world. Y O U R S U P P O R T P r o m o t e K I N D N E S S S h a r e y o u r M I T Z V A H S t r e n g t h e n & e n r i c h J E W I S H C O M M U N I T Y H o n o r / R e m e m b e r A L O V E D O N E This year please consider making an additional campaign contribution in honor or in memory of a loved one. Because kindness is contagious we would like to highlight your generosity in LCHAYIM and notify personally those whom you honor. You may choose how your generosity is noted and how we share your mitzvah with our community. Community L CHAYIM Non Needs Joseph Horowitz Israel Travel Grants Available The Joseph Horowitz Israel Travel Grant is available through the Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties. The grant may be used for travel to Israel to participate in programs that are volunteer or educational in nature. Our hope is that these programs will enhance Jewish knowledge and identity in preparation for participation in American Jewish life. This grant is for Jewish residents of either county who are 25 years old or younger and can demonstrate a financial need. Academic standing and community involvement may also be considered. For more information or an application, please visit our website at www.JewishFederationLCC.org or contact the Federation at 239 481 4449, ext. 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. TRIBUTESIn memory of David B. Goldberg from Michael & Evelyn Perugini Daniel Hofstetter In memory of Freida Axelrod from Rozzi & John Osterman Diane & Larry Seidenstein In honor of Marsha Kistlers birthday from Grace Sheldrick Cosmo Sapienza Albertina Baser Linda & Paul Croteau Diane & Larry Seidenstein Each month, LCHAYIM will list your Tributes. Please send them to Lori Ramos at the Federation at email@example.com. Thanks to the following supporters of LCHAYIM for their contribution to help underwrite the cost of bringing news of the local, national and international Jewish community to your mailbox every month!REPORTERS:Norman Newman Have an item youd like to share? Need to reach the editor of LCHAYIM? Send an email to LChayim36@gmail.com. T o g e t h e r w e C A N M a k e a D i f f e r e n c e FOOD PANTRYTemple Beth El Judy & Marty Freling Temple Judea Phyllis Silver Henkel Sara Krivisky Sherr Zucker Shalom Life Center Rozzi Osterman Howard Silverman Claire Goldhagen Joe Goldberg Leslie & Robert Locher INDIGENT FUNDIsraeli Dancers Daniel Hofstetter Grace Sheldrick Cosmo Sapienza Michael & Evelyn Perugini Albertina Baser Rozzi & John Osterman Robert & Bette Batson Gene & Andrea Sipe Linda & Paul Croteau Diane & Larry Seidenstein Norman Newman Beginner Mah Jongg Players Naomi Bloom & Ron Wallace The Jewish Federation thanks our GENEROUS DONORS Temple Beth El
5 OUR COMMUNITY Sunday March 1st The Jewish Federation Annual Campaign provides the resources to strengthen and enrich our Jewish community locally, in Israel and around the world. Y O U R S U P P O R T P r o m o t e K I N D N E S S S h a r e y o u r M I T Z V A H S t r e n g t h e n & e n r i c h J E W I S H C O M M U N I T Y H o n o r / R e m e m b e r A L O V E D O N E This year please consider making an additional campaign contribution in honor or in memory of a loved one. Because kindness is contagious we would like to highlight your generosity in LCHAYIM and notify personally those whom you honor. You may choose how your generosity is noted and how we share your mitzvah with our community. Joseph Horowitz Israel Travel Grants Available The Joseph Horowitz Israel Travel Grant is available through the Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties. The grant may be used for travel to Israel to participate in programs that are volunteer or educational in nature. Our hope is that these programs will enhance Jewish knowledge and identity in preparation for participation in American Jewish life. This grant is for Jewish residents of either county who are 25 years old or younger and can demonstrate a financial need. Academic standing and community involvement may also be considered. For more information or an application, please visit our website at www.JewishFederationLCC.org or contact the Federation at 239 481 4449, ext. 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Holocaust Museum updateBy Susan Suarez, Executive Director Susan Suarez J e w i s h F e d e r a t i o n o f L e e & C h a r l o t t e C o u n t i e s cordially invites you to attend our C O M M U N I T Y B R E A K F A S T S U N D A Y D E C E M B E R 1 0 a t 1 0 : 0 0 A M ~ Featuring ~ A u t h o r P e t e r G e t h e r s Come for a delicious breakfast and enjoy a wonderful story about cooking, people and love. T H E L A N D I N G S C o u v e r t : $25/person 4571 S. Landings Dr. R S V P to Leni at 239.481.4449 x3 Fort Myers 33919 or email@example.com J e w i s h F e d e r a t i o n o f L e e & C h a r l o t t e C o u n t i e s cordially invites you to attend our C O M M U N I T Y B R E A K F A S T S U N D A Y D E C E M B E R 1 0 a t 1 0 : 0 0 A M ~ Featuring ~ A u t h o r P e t e r G e t h e r s Come for a delicious breakfast and enjoy a wonderful story about cooking, people and love. T H E L A N D I N G S C o u v e r t : $25/person 4571 S. Landings Dr. R S V P to Leni at 239.481.4449 x3 Fort Myers 33919 or firstname.lastname@example.org \003 \003 A s 2017 winds down, here are some of the things I am thankful for: a Museum full of energetic, curious 8 th graders from Pine Ridge Middle School and their tireless teachers; dedicated Volunteer Docents who share their knowledge of history and passion for our mission with our visitors and students; deter mined Holocaust survivors, like Sabine van Dam, who share their stories so that the next generation will remember and take action in the face of hatred. All this and more is made possible by generous supporters like you. Your support of our mission has touched the lives of thousands of stu dents, their families and communities around the world. The positive impact is both immediate and far-reaching into the future as well, as students and the public will remember and share what they learned in Museum programs that each of us has the capacity and power to else. They now also more fully under stand the importance of taking action whenever they encounter bigotry, hatred and violence. Thank you for all the ways you support the Museum. Just as there are are many ways you can help support the Museum. You can become a Museum member, attend our events, donate your time as a volunteer, or shop on Ama zonSmile and designate the Museum as your charity of choice. Or, you can make a donation of stock, include us our annual fund. You can also make In Honor Of and In Memory Of donations to celebrate and remember those special people and events in your lives. Event Sponsorships and underwriting of Education and Museum programming ing to the Museum. end-of-year charitable donations list. We hope you will add the Museum to yours. We cannot emphasize enough the far-reaching impact you will have locally, across the country and around the world. Our programs encourage each of us to recognize the value of each other and take positive action against bigotry, hatred and violence. For more informa tion on donation options, or to suggest one that best suits your interests, please contact me at 239.263.9200 or susan@ HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org. The Luncheon is almost here! Please join us for the premier early winter season event in Naples on Friday, December 15 at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. Sponsorships are available. For more information on tickets and sponsorships, please contact Tim Morrison at 239.263.9200 or tim@Holocaust MuseumSWFL.org. Dress is business casual attire. see the national debut performance of In Flight The short inspirational play about the childhood of Holocaust sur vivor and Museum speaker Sabine van Dam was written by Hester Kamin and produced in partnership with Gulfshore Playhouse. In Flight is being presented in local schools this year, providing students the opportunity to see how our dent who saw the play wrote to Sabine: I will never forget the moment I shook your hand it was an honor since I was in front of a woman who fought for her life was fearless and had the courage to keep moving forward with her life. You are an example to follow. Coming up this season We have an exciting lineup of programs and events scheduled. Call the Museum at 239.263.9200 or visit www.Holo caustMuseumSWFL.org for details. Here is a partial schedule: December 7 Artist Bill Farnsworth presentation on his exhibit, Paint ing the Irena Sendler Story; at the Museum December 11 Presentation on Var David Nelson; at the Museum December 15 The Luncheon; at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day January April Displaced Persons Exhibit; at the Museum January March Elliott Katz Holo caust Lectures begins January 11; at Hodges University Naples Campus March 5 Triumph 2018 Annual Fundraiser; at Club Pelican Bay Opportunity to Display the Boxcar in 2018 If your school, organization or com munity group is interested in hosting the Boxcar Exhibit, please contact Sam Parish, Education Specialist, for avail able dates at sam@HolocaustMuseum SWFL.org or 239.263.9200. The Boxcar Exhibit is on loan to the Museum from Jack and F.E. Nortman and The Boxcar Foundation. Thank you again for your support. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season and a wonderful 2018 as well! We look forward to seeing you often at the Museum.
6 OUR COMMUNITY This publication is brought to you each month thanks to the support of our advertisers. Please be sure to use their products and services, and mention that you found them in LCHAYIM. This months advertisersAdvanced Pain Management....32 Alliance Financial Group.........19 Art of Fashion and Moore.........19 Gwen Baker, Realtor..............19 Dr. Daniel Bendetowicz............18 Cypress Cove............................11 Harold Eskin, Attorney..............13 Estero Fine Art Show..................7 FineMark Natl. 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Rubinstein, Attorney.....18 Senior Housing Solutions.........12 Seniors Helping Seniors............19 Snydermans Shoes...................19 Douglas Spiegel, Attorney........19 Taschner Periodontics...............21 The Palms of Fort Myers..........25 Top of the Line Concierge........19 Bob Vinikoor, Realtor.............19 Adrienne Weiner, Realtor.......19 Paul Weinstein, CFP................18 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 email@example.com Community Free Synagogue events and programsHanukah celebrations Community Free Synagogue public menorah will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12 on Metro Parkway in front of the synagogue building. The 8-foot electronic golden menorah, the creation of Rabbi Thomas Miess, will also be lit at the same time each evening, except for Friday, each night of Hanukah. The public is encour aged to attend. Hanukah treats will be served. At 6:30 p.m. on Sabbath Hanukah eve, C.F.S. will enjoy a tradi tional Latke Dinner and Hanukah Sing-Along. Bring your menorah and candles or use ours. As always, dinner is free and open to all. Reservations are not required, but please email comfree firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate how many we should expect. Brown Bag Movie Night The Community Free Synagogues next Brown Bag Movie Night starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 14 and features the 2003 Hanukah cult classic The Hebrew Hammer. This shtick-laden Jewish parody of the s Blaxploitation movies like Shaft, Super Fly and the classic Sweet Sweetbacks Baadasssss Song is the perbad detective out to save Hanukah from the clutches of Santa Claus evil son. You might want to stay home if you have a schmaltz allergy. Pack a dinner; admission and soft drinks are always free. C.F.S. Israel Pilgrimage The Community Free Synagogues June 4-14 Israel Pilgrimage is begin educational exploration of Israel, led by Rabbi Bruce Diamond, is the expe rience of a lifetime. Custom created by the rabbi, the C.F.S. pilgrimage both informs and inspires the deepest love for what Israel represents to the Jewish people. All accommodations are Star Plus hotels and premiere Kibbutz Guest Houses, with travel on the Pil grimages exclusive deluxe Wi-Fiequipped coach. The ten full touring days include all breakfasts and seven dinners, including a sumptuous Fare well Dinner in Abu Gosh. The touring package is $2,835 plus air. For more information, visit www.fortmyerssynagogue.com or call 239.466.6671. Hadassah celebrates Israels 70 th birthday Free weekly winter lecture series with historian Gerald ZiedenbergBy Linda Sweet By Arlene YedidO n May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, David Ben-Gurion announced the State of Israel, establishing proclamation consisted of these words: We members of the peoples council, representatives of the Jewish community of Eretz Israel and of the Zionist movement, are here assembled on the day of the termination of the British mandate over Eretz Israel and, by virtue of our natural and historic right and on the strength of the resolu tion of the United Nations General As sembly, hereby declare the establish ment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel. ly applauded. At long last, the birth of Israel! In the distance, the sound of guns could be heard. Israels statehood was being violently challenged by an Arab declaration of war, waged for al most two tumultuous years. During these seventy years, Israel has remained strong and proud. Wars ensued, yet Israel has remained a symbol of hope and dreams. From desert and swamp, a remarkable nation bloomed, nurtured by love and resilThe Collier-Lee Chapter of Hadassah is celebrating the birthday of Israel with a special brunch at the Hilton Naples on Sunday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hadassah Celebrates Israels 70th Birthday presents a sumptuous brunch featur ing Israeli delicacies. Exciting musical performances will feature two talented performers singing popular Israel music: Temple Shalom Cantor Donna Azu and Jane Galler, Cantorial Soloist of Naples Jewish Congregation. The Fort Myers Shalom Dancers will present Israeli dances, inviting guests to par ticipate in the joyful celebration. The parking. Israels remarkable growth has been assisted by Hadassah Israeli programs and institutions. In the early days of Palestine, Henrietta Szold, the American founder of Hadassah, brought her skills as a nurse to a scarcely populated land comprised of swamp and desert. She was instrumental in establishing Israeli medi cal and educational projects and facilities. Who would have dreamed that one day, Hadassah Hospitals at Mt. Scopus and Ein Kerem in Jerusalem would grow into a world-class medical organization, instrumental in saving and improving lives throughout Israel, the Middle East and the world? In times of international crisis, this medical organization has provided critical help to such countries as Haiti, Darfur, Kenya, Ethiopia, Thailand and the Philippines. The Hadassah Medical Organiza tion has created outstanding research programs such as Hadassahs Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center, one of the most advanced embryonic stem cell research programs in the world. It leads the way with advance ments in ALS, breast and colon cancer, diabetes, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, Parkinsons dis ease and cardiac health. Another project is Youth Aliyah, which has saved the lives of disadvan taged and at-risk children by provid ing housing, education and training in three Hadassah-supported Youth Ali yah villages. Hadassah Celebrates Israels 70 th Lee Chapter of Hadassah for Israeli and American life-sustaining projects. The community is invited to this gala event. For information, contact the EHQH\277W\003FKDLUSHUVRQ\017\003/HH\003+HQVRQ\017\003DW\003 239.495.7866 or lhenson13@gmail. com. This will be an event to remember, th birth day of Israel! Susan Glasser, RealtorJohn R. 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7 OUR COMMUNITY Community Free Synagogue events and programsSweetbacks Baadasssss Song, is the perbad detective out to save Hanukah from the clutches of Santa Claus evil son. You might want to stay home if you have a schmaltz allergy. Pack a dinner; admission and soft drinks are always free. C.F.S. Israel Pilgrimage The Community Free Synagogues June 4-14 Israel Pilgrimage is begineducational exploration of Israel, led by Rabbi Bruce Diamond, is the experience of a lifetime. Custom created by the rabbi, the C.F.S. pilgrimage both informs and inspires the deepest love for what Israel represents to the Jewish people. All accommodations are Star Plus hotels and premiere Kibbutz Guest Houses, with travel on the Pilgrimages exclusive deluxe Wi-Fiequipped coach. The ten full touring days include all breakfasts and seven dinners, including a sumptuous Farewell Dinner in Abu Gosh. The touring package is $2,835 plus air. For more information, visit www.fortmyerssynagogue.com or call 239.466.6671.Free weekly winter lecture series with historian Gerald ZiedenbergBy Linda Sweettiple sclerosis, AIDS, Parkinsons disease and cardiac health. Another project is Youth Aliyah, which has saved the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk children by providing housing, education and training in three Hadassah-supported Youth Aliyah villages. Hadassah Celebrates Israels 70th Lee Chapter of Hadassah for Israeli and American life-sustaining projects. The community is invited to this gala event. For information, contact the 239.495.7866 or lhenson13@gmail. com. This will be an event to remember, th birthday of Israel!T emple Beth El welcomes back snowbirds Gerald and Sheila Ziedenberg from Toronto. Ger alds weekly lecture series, always a big hit at TBE, will take place Mondays at 7:30 p.m. from January 8 to March 12. This stimulating series is free and open to the community. Enlivening his history programs with anecdotes and humor, Gerald covers engaging topics relating to modern Jewish history. spirited discussions, the schedule will include: January 15: How David Became Goliath, the story of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) January 22: The Story of Vladimir Putin, the dictator of Russia January 29: Change changes everything, how the growth of technology and the Internet has changed our lives for better and for worse February 5: Five Non-Jewish Heroes, people who saved lives dur ing the Holocaust February 12: Yitzhak Rabin, the story of the life and death of one of Israels greatest prime ministers February 26: Image Before My Eyes, a stunning documentary of how three million Polish Jews lived prior to the Holocaust their lives, culture, hopes and dreams March 5: The life and times of Henry Kissinger: war criminal or great statesman? March 12: The story of Casablanca one of the greatest movies of all time, and its innumerable Jew ish connections Gerald entered the academic world following his retirement from a career in pharmacy in Canada. Free to pursue his greatest passion, history, Gerald earned two history degrees. He now consults and lectures in Canada and internationally. He has published four books, including one about Jewish heroes. Studying family history brings more than just historical knowledge, EVERYONE WELCOME. Jewish Genealogy SIG (Special Interest Group) a.m. Current Events with Gerald ZiedenbergG erald Ziedenberg, Temple Beth Els very popular winter resident historian, is returning for the season and will once again be lead ing us in our weekly Current Events Discussion every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the Temple Beth El library be ginning January 4. Topics are allate-breaking news and input from the attendees. Some of the topics we will discuss this season are: Israel: Will the status quo hold? What is the future of the Bibi government? Russia and the United States: What is the relationship? North Korea: Is it a threat to the world? Protests: How far can they go? Iran: Is it still a nuclear threat? Join us for lively roundtable discussions, and keep up with world and topical Israel and Jews around the world. All are welcome to attend at Temple Beth El, 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers. A new course for womenThe Sabbath is to the week what the line break is to poetic language. It is the silence that forces you to return to P lease join us for the Rosh Chodesh Societys new course will explore Shabbat the gift of a weekly retreat that can grant us mind fulness, community, tech-free zones, and a deeply satisfying spirituality. We will explore under the challah cover inner, precious beauty of traditions that go way beyond what the eye can see. Delve deep into the mysticism and join in the delight of Shabbat. Each lesson will also feature a hands-on Shabbat foods. We are honored to be a part of the Rosh Chodesh Society, a global initia tive that aims to transform the lives of Jewish women, their families and their greater communities through the bonds of shared Jewish experience. The course takes place on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., once a month for seven months. For a complete list of dates, details of each session and to register, visit www.chabadofcharlottecounty.com. For more information, call Sheina at 941.258.0188. Lee County Rabbinical Council formedO n November 1, Rabbis Stephen Fuchs (Bat Yam Temple of the Islands), Nicole Luna (Temple Beth El), James Rudin (American Jewish Commit tee retired), Marc Sack (Temple Judea) and Michael Schorin (Gulf Coast Medical Center) met to form the Lee County Rabbinical Council. Rabbi Sol Agin (Temple Shalom, Port Charlotte) will also be part of this group. The Council is comprised of rabbis who are graduates of an ac credited academy of Jewish study and members of a national rab binical organization. Rabbis Agin, Fuchs, Luna and Rudin are gradu ates of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform). Rabbis Sack and Schorin are graduates of the Jewish Theological Seminary and members of the Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative). The Council will be a forum for camaraderie, ongoing Jewish learn ing, discussion of issues of common concern, and planning programs that bring the Jewish community together. A joint afternoon of study and discussion, led by the rabbis, is being discussed for the spring. For a continuously updated calendar of events, visit www.JewishFederationLCC.org. Voted Top 100 Juried Art Shows in the Country 3 Years in a Row!Gulf Coast Town Center I-75 & Alico Rd/Exit #128 ~ Next door to Bass Pro Shop Saturday, 10-7 and Sunday 10-5 ~ Plenty of onsite parking Kids! Call for Entries Youth Art Competition for grades K-8 or 5-13 See Art, Love Art, Buy Art! 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8 OUR COMMUNITY Sunday, December 17 at 3:30 p.m. On Board the Fort Myers Princess 645 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach Fun for the whole Family Great Jewish Music Lighting of the Grand Menorah Miamonidies Hebrew Day School choir Clown, Face Painting Arts & Crafts Chanukah Refreshments & Dinner This event is sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of SWFL. For reservations and more information, please call 239.433.7708 or email email@example.com. Chanuka at the MallJoin Chabad for the 13 th annual Community-wide Chanuka Celebration inside the Port Charlotte Town Center Mall in front of Dillards. Open to the public free of charge. Enjoy the Grand Menorah Lighting, live music, hot latkes, donuts, crafts, and fun for the entire family. For more information, including the date and time (which wasnt available at press time), please call 941.833.3381 or visit www. chabadofcharlottecounty.com.Menorah Lighting at Fishermans villageThis year we will once again have a Menorah Lighting at Fishermans Village in Punta Gorda. Join us on Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. for music and refresh ments.Federation helps sponsor Myra Roberts 2018 Dream Peace exhibitionR enowned artist Myra Roberts thanks the Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties for its generous support of her upcom ing exhibition. Dream Peace will run during February at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. The collaborative opening re ception is Friday, February 2 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The exhibit runs through Saturday, February 24. Pianist/teacher Roxane Olevsky, a new resident of Sanibel, will play dur ing the opening. She has put together a spirit of the exhibition. Also perform ing will be Megan Shindler and her theatrical collective S(he) Will Fade, which creates ethnographic work. As an artist focusing on social commentary issues, Roberts Dream Peace is her newest series of multi media works more than 60 paintings and found object installations. Dream Peace features poster-style paintings of contemporary political injustices, and of Bielski partisans and other sur vivors of the Holocausts some of whom were interviewed by the artist. Also included are spiritual/Buddhist paintings that evoke the antithesis of war. The testimonial video interviews are embedded in Roberts found object installations in the form of talking suitcases. Two-time Emmy Awardwinner Jesse Stein helped the artist with the videos. One talking suitcase features Sanibel resident Robert Bob Hilliard, who was stationed in Germany shortly after World War IIs end. A suitcase assemblage and a portrait depict Irena Sendler. A Catholic, she was head of the childrens bureau of Zegota, an underground organiza tion set up to save Jews after the Nazis invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, The New York Times wrote in her obituary. She and the network of rescuers smuggled about 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto, Another portrait is of Franceska Mann, one of the most promising dancers of her generation, who lost of prisoners in Crematorium 4 at Auschwitz. Another talk ing suitcase features the late Elly Weingarten of Fort Myers Beach. She was born in Czechoslovakia and, at age to miraculously survive the Auschwitz concentration camp. Making meaningful social statements about our human condition is important to me, and links the past and present, explains the artist. Crimes against humanity continue daily. We are all diminished when any interesting and our common humanity matters most of all. Dream Peace inspires viewers to ponder the need for change. Dream Peace includes Sandy Hook, a painting about gun control; and Never Again, a commissioned work by Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, titled Never Again. In addition to the Dream Peace works, Roberts will exhibit selected pieces from recent series. Florida Retro paintings resurrect the Sunshine States past, and Endangered Species works draw attention to future concerns. Smokescreen: Prelude to the 1940s is a series of collages that depict American and/or German middle-class domestic life combined with images of Hitlers rise to power. Angels on Earth celebrates extraordinary lives. Included is 2014 Nobel Peace Prize cowinner Malala Yousafzai, who is now studying at Oxford University. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center hosted a retrospective exhibi tion of her works in January 2015. WGCU Public Media chose Roberts Who Make Southwest Florida. Nominated by the public, the selection of Roberts was based on her impact in the arts and social justice in Southwest Florida. She lectures and exhibits throughout the United States. Recently, Roberts presented a program during Florida SouthWestern State Colleges Cultural Diversity Week at its Fort Myers cam pus. Roberts also exhibited works at the Progressive Womens Day program in Fort Myers, helped judge the 2018 ArtFest Fort Myers, lectured and had a solo exhibit at Captiva Yacht Club, and gave a presentation to an English class at FGCU. At the end of January, she will dis cuss Dream Peace with John Davis on WGCUs Gulf Coast Live radio call-in show. On Sunday, March 18, Roberts will lecture at the Jewish Com munity Day of Learning at Temple Shalom in Naples. Franceska Mann Chanukah begins Tuesday night, December 12
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10 JEWISH INTEREST Ambitious meditation on spiritual transcendence Aging Jewishly What our traditions teach us about growing old Holiday heartache grandparents can help divorced kids get through Phil Jason Book review by Philip K. Jason, Special to LCHAYIM O nly a handful of books that come out each year immediate ly signal masterpiece. Nicole Krauss Forest Dark original way, is one of them. It is trans formational, and it is about transformation. If not deeply religious (though perhaps it is), it is religiously profound. The narrative unfolds in alter nating chapters with two protag onists. One is a successful, fortyish writer whose path seems blocked. The other, nearing 70, is a successful lawyer and investor who discovers that his lifes patterns have been shaken up in a liberating way. The transformations the characters undergo, whether sought after or suddenly realized, are described with staggering acumen and accuracy. Each of the central characters. The chapters that focus on the novelist lets call Those given over to Jules Epstein (most often referred to as Epstein) are told in the third person, though the narrator has lavish access to the mans thoughts and feelings. Epsteins life changes are extreme. Soon after his parents die, he ends his marriage, leaves his partnership in a hard to be sure. Klausner will open new vistas for Epstein by taking him to the renowned sacred city of Safed, a center for Jewish spiritualism. Eliezer Friedman, a former literature professor, plays a role in Ni coles journey that has similar ambiguities. Hes part mentor, part confessor, part spiri tual seducer. Friedman has a strange destiny in mind for Nicole: work by Franz Kafka. This goal allows the Nicole sections of the book to open up into an exploration of Kafkas peculiar life and career. In these seg ments, as well, the mystique of King David, particularly his age-old role as the narrative. Tour-guide Friedman, rather than returning Nicole to her quarters at the Hilton, becomes a bit forcefully her guide to an Israel with which she is not familiar. His speech is hypnotic, somewhat like that of Rabbi Klausner, New York to Tel Aviv on the same plane as Epstein. Of course, like Nicole, Epstein is staying at the Tel Aviv Hilton. While the storylines of Epstein and Nicole never quite touch, they reflect and illuminate each other in dozens of ways. Each narra tive thread of Forest Dark if developed further in isolation, could become a praiseworthy novel. However, interfaced as they are, they generate an outcome that is far more than the sum of its parts. This structural inventive ness, coupled with the authors soaring imagination, probing intelligence and exquisite style, screams masterpiece. There is even some unexpected fun in this statuesquely serious novel. The Jewish writers, Joseph Telushkin and Matti Friedman, hint at the scope of Jewish cultural experience that Krauss may expect from her readers. Or maybe shes just having a good time with some friendly name-dropping. This writer admits that he had a good time and more. Washington Independent Review of Books See www.washingtonindepen dentreviewofbooks.com. Philip K. Jason is Professor Emeritus of English from the United States Na val Academy. He reviews regularly for Florida Weekly, Jewish Book World, Southern Literary Review and other publications. Please visit Phils website at www.philjason.wordpress.com. Forest Dark, by Nicole Krauss. Harper. 304 pages. Hardcover $27.99. intimidating personality and identity he had built. He seems released into an alternate self. He smiles more, reads books on mysticism, and enters a new zone of experience characterized by a sense of lightness. He no longer believes in assurances. He wishes to be open. His children worry about him. Nicole comes to realize that her life has been overly structured. She is the including meeting other peoples expectations. She speculates about how space destinies. She notices her lack of drive to plan things, and she takes this suspension of will as Epstein has taken his changes as a kind of freedom. A good part of the novel is played out in Israel, particu larly Tel Aviv, which holds promises and challenges for both characters. It has long been part of their individual lives. The Tel Aviv Hilton looms large in Nicoles psyche. Her ostensible reason for staying there is to base a novel on the hotel. However, while she knows that readreasons for what they do, she wonders if the actions of humans are truly rooted in such reasons. Nicole is penetratingly occupied with such philosophizing. The author has the astounding ability to make her characters streams of interrogation and postulation as vivid and engrossing as powerful descriptions of places and actions. 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11 JEWISH INTEREST Aging Jewishly What our traditions teach us about growing old Holiday heartache grandparents can help divorced kids get throughBy Rabbi Barbara AielloJudaism has always accepted divorce as an unfortunate fact of life, maintaining that it is better for a couple to divorce than to remain together in a state of constant bitterness and strife. (Tracey R Rich, Jewish 101). W hen a divorce happens, it is important to acknowledge that the holiday season can be a particularly stressful time of the year for the kids. Several years ago, when my daughter, R., was a young adult, I asked her to discuss her experi ences as a child of divorce. My daughter offered seven holiday suggestions for divorced families that merit parent and grandparent consideration. Be in a legal document often doesnt represent real situations, especially as children grow. R. suggests that both parents discuss a holiday schedule that includes time spent with grandparents as well. She says, Staying an extra day with you or Daddy or having a visit at Bubbys house didnt mean I loved one family more than the other. Parents and grandparents can wreck a holiday by putting the legal schedule ahead of what makes sense for the child. Let your grandchildren bring friends over. Friends are so important and holidays are great times for friend ships to develop and deepen. It can be lonely for a kid to go to dads (or moms) or grandparents and be the only child among grown-ups. R. says, My best holidays at my dads house or with my Bubby were when he let my best girlfriend come along. If parents havent done so, help your grandchild select, buy and wrap gifts for divorced parents. My daughter recalls, I remember how when Chanukah came around and Grandma took me shopping. Even though my mom and dad werent speaking, Grandma helped me buy a gift for my dad and my aunt. My moms mom stayed out of the problems between my parents and made sure to model respect and kindness to both parents. When it comes to gifts, dont compete. For grandparents this can be tricky. Now that your own child is divorced from your grandchilds mother or father, your stress level can soar as you contemplate how and when you will see your grandchildren. This stress can through an over-the-top gift or outing. As you plan a gift, talk to both parents your own son or daughter and his/ her ex to discuss their feelings about the gift or the outing youve planned. Keeping lines of communication open will avoid your gift becoming a point of contention rather than the joy that it should be. Never say bad things about the other parent. My daughter says, No matter how you feel, be a grown-up and remember to never say anything nasty about the ex-husband or ex-wife ever. One seven-year-old child recalls, When my mom and grandma said my dad was bad, I felt like half of me was bad. And when my dad and Zayde said the same thing about my mom, I felt like all of me was bad! Bad-mouthing your son or daughters ex is one of the self-esteem. Holidays are family time so do one thing together as a family. R. says, The time you, Dad and all the grandparents came to my school performance and sat together was so nice. Usually I had to run back and forth between you. But that year, you sat together and Ill never forget how good that felt. Other kids say that a holiday meal or even a stop for ice cream shared with mom and dad and all the grandparents and stepparents are among their fondest memories. If your son or daughter has remarried, your grandchild now must relate to more adults who share the parental role. When you demonstrate your acceptance and respect, grandchildren will follow suit. Emphasize to your family that grandparents are very important. You son or daughter may have divorced your grandchilds parent, but grandchil dren have not divorced grandma and grandpa. Research indicates that the more contact children have with loving members of their extended families, the healthier human beings they become. If necessary, gently explain that restricting contact can harm children at a critical time when they need the unconditional love of loving grandparents. So, Happy Chanukah, Merry Christ mas and Happy Holidays to you and yours. And if yours happens to include ex-spouses, stepparents and blended families, remember that holiday celebra tions bring with them special challenges. If you havent done so yet, this year rise to the occasion. Be more gracious, open and loving than you ever have been before. Your grandchildren will thank you and respect you for it. For ten years Rabbi Barbara Aiello served the Aviva Campus for Senior Life in Sarasota as resident rabbi. Currently as Avivas Rabbi Emerita, she shares her experiences on Aging Jewishly. Contact her at Rabbi@Rabbi Barbara.com. PLEASE SUPPORT THE ADVERTISERS WHO SUPPORT OUR FEDERATION & HELP MAKE LCHAYIM POSSIBLE.
12 JEWISH INTEREST LCHAYIM is a monthly nonprot newspaper supported by generous readers, committed advertisers and the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties. When help was needed Dr. Paul BartropBy Paul R. Bartrop, PhDT he worst expressions of the Holocaust took place across the years 1942-1943. In December 1942, 75 years ago this month, two nom de guerre, Alinka), established an organization named Zegota. This was a secret group based in Warsaw, run jointly by non-Jews and Jews. Its goal was singular in nature: to save Jews from being murdered by the Nazis. The Rada Pomocy Zydom or Council for Aid to the Jews, originated as the Provisional Committee for Aid to Jews ( Tymcza ), which the two women established on Sep tember 27, 1942. Unlike many such organizations during World War II, it did not abbreviate its formal title into an acronym. From the beginning, it was es sentially an independent Catholic body. When it was transformed more formally into Zegota, on December 4, 1942, it became a broad-based joint organization Polish Home Army. Once formed, its General Secretary was a member of Polands Socialist Party; its Treasurer was a member of the Democratic Party. Both of these, of course, had been driven underground by the Nazi invasion and occupation. The fundamental aim of the organization was the common cause of saving Jews in danger from the Nazis, and in this, Poland was the only country in Nazi-occupied Europe where such an organization existed. Ultimately, the Council operated from its foundation in December 1942 until the liberation of Poland in 1945. The organization was recognized and received assistance from outside. By the late spring of 1944, much of the funding it received was coming from the Polish government-in-exile in London, though owing to the war situation this often only arrived after a circuitous, dangerous and time-consuming route. even one Jewish life ranged from 6,000 to 15,000 zlotys. Depending on the situation, Zegotas monthly budget ranged anywhere from 500,000 to two million zlotys, which, though seemingly large, did not meet the needs of saving as many Specializing in knee replacement Mah jongg LESsons 6 leSsons $30 Fridays: 11:00 1:00 January 19 26 February 2 9 16 23 Taught by an Experienced Mah Jongg Player For beginners and/or those needing a refresher course __________________ SPACE IS Limited. Jewish lives as the organization would have liked. As a result, and wherever possible, Zegota operatives sought to prop up their resources in alternate ways (including, it has been alleged, robberies). Zegotas means were many, but it was found to be much easier to assist Jews if they were outside ghettos and on the Aryan side. Medical attention was provided for Jews in hiding, along with food and false-identity documents. Zegota attempted (and often succeeded) in providing help for Jews in forced labor when possible. Sometimes Zegota even managed to assist in escapes, though all too often such activities could often not be planned in advance; it was more likely that advantage had to be made of local circumstances as and when they presented themselves. One of Zegotas major tasks related to the forging of documents, such that on average the organization was said to have been producing up to a hundred sets of forged papers at any one time. Zegota also played an important role in saving Jewish children by placing them with foster families, or relocating them to orphanages and convents. In Warsaw, the head of Zegotas children section, a Polish social worker named Irena Sendler, assumed near-legendary status through personally taking care of over 2,500 Jewish children. Sendler, who was one of many members of Zegota recognized by Israels Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations, was nominated for a Nobel Prize before her death in 2008. By the time the Council was established, a majority of Polands Jews had already been killed, but the organiza tions activists, at enormous personal risk, still managed to help several thousand of those remaining. Indeed, it has been estimated that about half of the Jews who survived the Holocaust in Po people were helped by Zegota in one way or another. To as great an extent as possible, Zegota operated as a professional or ganization. Although extensive in its spread, it worked on the basis of smaller cells, with up to one hundred of these in Warsaw alone. Elsewhere, it operated in Krakow, Vilna (Vilnius) and Lvov (Lviv), with specific departments covering such areas as legal, housing, clothing, childrens welfare, medical Poland, the only Nazi-occupied country where helping Jews was pun ishable by death, was also the only country that saw the establishment of an organization such as Zegota. It has been estimated that during the war perhaps up to 20,000 members of Zegota were captured and executed by the Germans, with thousands of others imprisoned and sent to concentration camps. It was remarkable that the location of Zegotas Street, was well known to Poles but was never raided by the Germans. Zegota was a truly unique phenom enon within the horror of the Holo caust, which bought the lives of tens of thousands of Jews at the cost of tens of thousands of Poles. In an environment in which the history of Polish relations with Jews has frequently been soured by frequent expressions of anti-Semitism, this stands as a shining example of what could have been done throughout the rest of Europe if more people of goodwill decided that it was necessary to make a stand. Dr. Paul Bartrop is Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Ju daic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Honest, caring and knowledgable advice about assisted living options at no cost to you!Personal and professional advice for you or a loved one when you need it the mostBruce B. Rosenblatt, Owner Senior Housing Expert239.595.0207 www.SeniorHousingSolutions.net
13 JEWISH INTEREST LCHAYIM is a monthly nonprot newspaper supported by generous readers, committed advertisers and the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties.Stars of DavidBy Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist Editors note: Persons in BOLD CAPS are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish for the purpose of the column. Persons identified as Jewish have at least one Jewish parent and were not raised in a faith other than Judaism and dont identify with a faith other than Judaism as an adult. Converts Nate Bloom (see column at le) has become a family history expert in 10 years of doing his celebrity column, and he has expert friends who can help when called on. Most family history experts charge $1,000 or more to do a full family-tree search. However, Bloom knows that most people want to start with a limited search of one family line.So heres the deal:Write Bloom at email@example.com and enclose a phone number. Nate will then contact you about starting a limited search. If that goes well, additional and more extensive searches are possible. The rst search fee is no more than $100. No upfront cost. Also, several of this newspapers readers have asked Bloom to locate friends and family members from their past, and thats worked out great for them. So contact him about this as well.Interested in Your Familys History? Holiday Movies Here are movies opening from Thanks giving through the New Year with a biggish Jewish connection. Open ing Wednesday, November 22 was the Coco from Disney/Pixar studios. Capsule plot: Twelve-year-old Miguel dreams of becoming an accom plished musician like his idol, deceased musician Ernesto de la Cruz. However, his family has a generations-old ban on music. He ignores this and journeys to the Land of the Dead where he meets Hector, a charming trickster, and to gether they unlock the real story behind Miguels family history. The voices of the characters are all provided by Hispanic actors. LEE UNKRICH co-wrote the story that is the basis for ( Toy Story 3, which he produced and directed). He has co-directed many other Pixar hits. Lee and his wife, LAURA are members of a San Francisco-area synagogue. Mollys Game, directed and written by AARON SORKIN, 56, is based on the real experiences of Molly Bloom, now 39. When she was 26, she became the target of an FBI investigation be cause she ran an underground poker empire for Hollywood celebs, pro ath letes and the Russian mob. Bloom, who is the daughter of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, is played by Jessica Chastain. Her father, played by Kevin I know Mollys brother, Jeremy Bloom, a top snow skier and former NFL player, Molly. (Opened Wednesday, November 22) The Current War tells the story of the battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse as to whose system will be chosen to provide elec tricity to homes and businesses in the late 1880s. Sounds dry, but this was a battle royale, with some really weird twists. Michael Shannon plays Edison and Benedict Cumberbatch plays Westinghouse. The original screenplay is by MICHAEL MITNICK, 34, the author of several hit regional theater plays. (Opened Friday, November 24) The Disaster Artist depicts the meeting and early friendship of Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, the actors The Room, often hailed as the Citizen Kane of bad movies; the troubled making of it; and their respective careers after the JAMES FRANCO, 39, directed Artist and plays Wiseau. His brother, DAVE FRANCO, 32, plays Sestero. Appearing in major supporting roles are SETH ROGEN, 35, ALISON BRIE, 34 (Dave Francos wife), and ARI GRAYNOR, 34 (Im Dying up Here on HBO). (Opens Friday, December 1) Director/writer JASON MOSHE, 40, loves Westerns, although many say Dead Mans Burden, is one of the very few good original Westerns made in this The Ballad of Lefty Brown, also a Western, opens RSI 120117FILE NAME RSI_120117_LCHAYIM. indd PUBLICATIONLCHAYIMSIZE5 x 9.25POSITION: _______________ RUN DATE:12/17EVENT: HAPPY HANNUKKAH OUTPUT IS100% FT MYERS: 13170 S. Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33907 Phone: (239) 415-2800NAPLES: 355 9th Street South, Naples, FL 34102 Phone: (239) 732-2400FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT ROBBSTUCKY.COM NAPLES FORT MYERS SARASOTA CORAL GABLES BOCA RATON Friday, December 15. Capsule plot: When famed frontier lawman Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) is unexpectedly killed, his longtime sidekick and friend Lefty Brown (the late Bill Pullman) will stop at nothing to avenge Johnsons death. Also opening on the 15th is Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As you guessed, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens (2016) return for an epic adventure. The late CARRIE FISHER (Princess Laia) makes her Father Figures focuses on fraternal twin brothers (Owen Wilson, Ed Helms) whose eccentric mother (Glenn Close) raised them to believe their father died when they were young. When they discover this is a lie, they set out to they learn a lot about their mother, too. The supporting cast includes Oscar-nominee JUNE SQUIBB, 87, and HARRY SHEARER, 73. This film marks the directing debut of LAWRENCE SHER 47. Hes long ematographers around. (Opens Friday, December 22) The Post is an historical drama about the role of the Washington Post newspaper in the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The papers were secret government reports on the Vietnam War. Meryl Streep stars as Katharine Graham, the publisher of the Post (Grahams father was Jewish, but she was raised in her mothers Chris tian faith). Tom Hanks plays Post chief editor Ben Bradlee. Appearing in big supporting roles are ALISON BRIE as Lally, Grahams journalist daughter, and DAVID CROSS, 53, as top Post rected by STEVEN SPIELBERG 70, and co-written by JOSH SINGER 44 (co-winner of the screenplay Oscar for Spotlight ). (Opens in limited release on Friday, December 22; wide release on Friday, January 12). Honest, caring and knowledgable advice about assisted living options at no cost to you!Personal and professional advice for you or a loved one when you need it the mostBruce B. Rosenblatt, Owner Senior Housing Expert239.595.0207 www.SeniorHousingSolutions.net
14 JEWISH INTEREST Ros revisitedBy The Wine Whisperer Jerry E very once in a while, its a good idea to take another look at a wine or a grape varietal that weve discussed in the past. Some times its because the wine somehow went out of fashion and then came back. They do that. Other times new types or styles of a par ticular wine are developed and the market. And then theres the seasonal situation: we generally write about and review wines that are suit able for the weather and time of year. Personally, Ive never quite believed that we HAVE to drink ONLY whites in the summer, and ONLY fullbodied reds during cooler seasons. But, having sampled widely and with great dedication, Ive arrived at a conclusion about ros. Its this: these wines are ex cellent choices pretty much whenever. As Ive mentioned in the past, you ways. Its perfectly legitimate to simply mix some red and white together, which is how many of them are created. Or, if you do it the classier and more expensive way, you crush red grapes, leave the juice on the skins until the liquid achieves the color you Plus, ross can be made from just about any red varietal. In Tavel in southern France, many are made from Grenache and Syrah, which are the major grapes in the region. One of the samples in the list below is made primarily from Cabernet. But weve sampled others made from Zinfandel and even Pinot Noir. Since these wines come in such a wide variety of styles, youre sure to bodied enough, or dry or sweet enough to accompany almost any kind of food and any type of occasion. And, since excellent ross are made all over the world, you can choose the traditional styles from the south of France (especially Tavel and Lirac) or other types from California, Washington State or even South America. satisfying range of styles. Sample widely! Villa Gemma Cerasuolo dAbruzzo Ros ($15) The darkest color of all the ross we sampled deep cranberry with a nose that fulcherry notes and an explosion of fruit on the palate. The grape is Negroama ro, and its extremely full-bodied for a ros. Serve well chilled and enjoy. WW 89-90 Frescobaldi Alie Ros Ammiraglia 2016 ($22) Lovely light pink of refreshing strawberry and raspberry Raimat Castell de Raimat Ros 2015 ($12) This blend of 75% Cab ernet and 30% Tempranillo delivers spicy cherry aromas with overtones of smoke. The palate is a pleasing mix of strawberry and blueberry notes, a little Fel Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2015 ($38) A light-than-usual garnet color with aromas of blackberry and pronounced raspberry. Soft and lightbodied on the palate: spice, cedar and strawberry. WW 89 er. He is Creative Director of Green Director of the international Direct Cellars wine club, His book, Secrets of the Wine Whisperer is now available through his website. Read his other writings at www.winewhisperer.com. Moroccan Donuts Sfenj recipe by Dalia Hemed Personal Chef Dalia Hemed can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. C hanukah is the holiday of lights, miracles and donuts! Every year for Chanukah, I make the classic jelly donuts sufganiyot ( in Hebrew) like we eat in Israel. This year, though, I decided to go back to my roots, and to celebrate Chanukah like I did growing up with my Moroc can family in Israel, and make sfenj, traditional Moroccan donuts. In Israel, the tradition of eating fried foods on Chanukah has come to mean doughnuts above all else par ticularly sufganiyot There, the jellylatkes favored by American Jews, and spill out of every bakery window in the weeks leading up to the holiday. But for Moroccan Jews, sfenj are the Cha nukah doughnut of choice. For Moroccan Jews in Israel they are primarily Chanukah fare and they are commonly made at home during the eight nights of the holiday. Sfenj are also found next to sufganiyot in bakeries. The dough is made with yeast and fairly easy to make, but it is very soft and sticky, so you must work quickly. The great thing and the bad thing about these yummy pastries is that sufganiyot And the best part: they are so delicious! Happy Chanukah! Chef tip: Before you start, you should know that the dough needs one and half or two hours to rise. Optional: My husband came up with the brilliant idea to coat them with cinnamon mixed with sugar, which made them taste like churros. My kids suggested to drizzle them with maple syrup or honey, which make them kid friendly. You can also simply eat them with jam. No matter what, theyre so good and probably my favorite Chanukah fried food in the entire world. Ingredients: 1.8 oz yeast 1/4 cups sugar 3 teaspoons salt 1 cup canola oil in a small bowl for dipping hands while working with the dough Canola oil for deep frying A plate or bowl with raw cane sugar for sprinkling (cinnamon optional), maple syrup or honey Directions: bowl with the dough hook. Add the yeast, sugar and water, and turn on the mixer on low speed for two minutes. Add the salt and mix for exactly 2 minutes. The dough should be very soft, so dont be Put the dough into a bigger bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until it doubles in size about 2 hours. Use a wooden spoon dipped in oil to mix the dough for 1 minute, and then cover again with the plastic wrap until the dough doubles in size again about 30 minutes. Put enough oil for deep frying in deep) and turn the heat on medium high. (To check if the oil is at the right temperature, put a small piece of carrot in the pan. You should see bubbles. If there are no bubbles around the carrot, then the oil is not hot enough. If the carrot turns brown in less than 15 seconds, then the oil is too hot.) When youre ready to fry, dip your hands in oil, then grab some dough with one hand, pull it up, and with sized piece. Hold the dough with two hands, and punch a hole in the sounds complicated but its really easy and fun.) Stretch the dough a bit to create a ring, and then gently place it in the pan. Fill the pan with Cook until the bottom of the sfenj with a metal spatula about 2 minutes each side. While the sfenj are frying, place When the sfenj are done on both sides, remove them from the pan and place on the paper towel, and start frying your second batch. While you wait for the second batch to cook, coat the ones that are done with the sugar. Let them cool for a few minutes they are best when fresh and warm! Look for Chef Dalia Hemeds recipes each month in the pages of LCHAYIM. SNOWBIRDS, newspapers dont fly however, your address will! Coming South? Dont forget to contact us with your change of address to continue receiving LCHAYIM. Send address changes to: email@example.com or call: 239.481.4449 ext 4 Safe Travels S e n d a n e m a i l t o a m y p a d i ll a @ j f e d l c c o r g GET THE LATEST INFORMATION ON UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS, CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, BREAKING NEWS, UPDATES FROM ISRAEL & MORE. STAY IN TOUCH Sign up for e-blasts! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Two different approaches to Chanukah music: The Yeshiva Boys Choir and Y-Studs! T come to my attention recently, just in time for Chanukah: The Yeshiva Boys Choir and Y-Studs. Both groups have recorded Chanukah music that is creative, innovative and vibrant. According to the Milken Archive of Jewish Music, their works and recordings of countless other contemporary Jewish composers, that I will write about in the future, are important in preserving the legacy of American-Jewish music and culture for future generations. You may have heard of the renowned Yeshiva Boys Choir, which has achieved fame in the last 14 years. Traveling worldwide to countries such as England, Canada and Israel, as well as performing across the U.S., they have excited audiences with their renditions of age-old favorites and new compositions. Based in New York City, the group is led by conductor and choreographer Yossi Newman, a former third-grade teacher from Cleveland, Ohio. Together with his childhood friend, Eli Gerstner, who composes and arranges the catchy compositions, they have created a choir of nearly 50 talented young members. And what a choir it is! One cannot listen to their music without jumping up from your seat! The group is spirited, fun and, most of all, original in their approach to their songs. Their album YBC 5: Chanukah contains many familiar and not-so-familiar tunes. Especially, you will want to hear Daddy Come Home, a tribute to all the daddies who serve in war. Listen ing to its emotionally charged plea will bring tears to your eyes. Anyone who has had a father who served in a war
15 JEWISH INTEREST Ros revisitedRaimat Castell de Raimat Ros 2015 ($12) This blend of 75% Cabernet and 30% Tempranillo delivers spicy cherry aromas with overtones of smoke. The palate is a pleasing mix of strawberry and blueberry notes, a little well chilled. We liked it. WW 88-89 Fel Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2015 ($38) A light-than-usual garnet color with aromas of blackberry and pronounced raspberry. Soft and lightbodied on the palate: spice, cedar and strawberry. WW 89 er. He is Creative Director of GreenDirector of the international Direct Cellars wine club, His book, Secrets of the Wine Whisperer is now available through his website. Read his other writings at www.winewhisperer.com. While the sfenj are frying, place When the sfenj are done on both sides, remove them from the pan and place on the paper towel, and start frying your second batch. While you wait for the second batch to cook, coat the ones that are done with the sugar. Let them cool for a few minutes they are best when fresh and warm!Look for Chef Dalia Hemeds recipes each month in the pages of LCHAYIM. Two different approaches to Chanukah music: The Yeshiva Boys Choir and Y-Studs!By Arlene Stolnitz T come to my attention recently, just in time for Chanukah: The Yeshiva Boys Choir and Y-Studs. Both groups have recorded Chanukah music that is creative, innovative and vibrant. According to the Milken Archive of Jewish Music, their works and recordings of countless other contemporary Jewish composers, that I will write about in the future, are important in preserving the legacy of American-Jewish music and culture for future generations. You may have heard of the renowned Yeshiva Boys Choir, which has achieved fame in the last 14 years. Traveling worldwide to countries such as England, Canada and Israel, as well as performing across the U.S., they have excited audiences with their renditions of age-old favorites and new composi tions. Based in New York City, the group is led by conductor and choreographer Yossi Newman, a former third-grade teacher from Cleveland, Ohio. Together with his childhood friend, Eli Gerstner, who composes and arranges the catchy compositions, they have created a choir of nearly 50 talented young members. And what a choir it is! One cannot listen to their music without jumping up from your seat! The group is spirited, fun and, most of all, original in their approach to their songs. Their album YBC 5: Chanukah con tains many familiar and not-so-familiar tunes. Especially, you will want to hear Daddy Come Home, a tribute to all the daddies who serve in war. Listen ing to its emotionally charged plea will bring tears to your eyes. Anyone who has had a father who served in a war (my dad served in WWII) and everyone else will be moved by its powerful message. Those Were the Nights is a light-hearted look at the holiday in past years, bringing back pleasant memories. showcases the talents of its remarkable young singers. The Yeshiva Boys Choir has many other outstanding albums that they sing on their sold-out worldwide tours. A very different kind of group, older, yet youthful, and also Yeshiva students, is known as the Y-Studs. A Jewish a cappella group, they are an elite all-male group from Yeshiva University based in New York City. The 15-member group was formed in 2010 by singers from the school who wanted to get together as a singing ensemble. They are immensely popular and have produced CDs and music videos, and are available for weddings and bar mitzvahs. They have traveled internationally with their program. Of special interest is their CD/video entitled, Evolution of Jewish Music, in which the group sings mini-clips of Jewish music chronologically through the centuries. It is literally a history of Jewish music throughout the ages. Two Chanukah videos stand out in their repertoire: A One Direction Hanukkah -Epic Parody Mashup! and Dont Let Me Down. Both songs are not your standard Chanukah-type tunes that we usually associate with the holiday. Instead, they will appeal especially to the younger hip generation and catchy tunes. Plus, these guys are so handsome and cute, even the older generation cant help love them! Their videos can be seen on YouTube and are just plain fun! * A correction to last months article: The refugees at Safe Haven in Oswego, New York, were housed there from August 1944 to February 1946. The December 1946. By then, the refugees had all left to start new lives; some staying in the United States, and others returning to Europe. Arlene Stolnitz, founder of the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, is a member of the Jewish Congregation of Venice. A retired educator from Rochester, New York, she has sung in choral groups for over 25 years and also sings in Venices Chorale (formerly Exsultate!). Her interest in choral music has led to this series of articles on Jewish folk music in the Diaspora. TICKETS: 239.481.4849 GulfCoastSymphony.org SYMPHONY OFFICE: 239.277.1700Sunday, December 17, 7PMTickets From $29Celebrate the spirit of the season with this annual holiday tradition! The evening starts with strolling carolers and our MusicWorks! chamber ensemble performing in the lobby. The concert includes holiday favorites performed by the Gulf Coast Symphony, Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, and soloist Mark Sanders, with Irish dancing by the Kellyn Irish Dancers. We will light the Menorah, and have a special performance by Cantorial Soloist Lawrence Dermer. Dont Miss The Nutcracker with Gulfshore Ballet on Dec 2! Go to GulfCoastSymphony.org for details. Gifts literal, intangible and otherwiseBy Jodi CohenA bout 18 years ago, I was the newsletter editor for my congregation in Madison, Wisconsin. One day when the rabbi came over he did all day. His list was long and I noticed there was no mention of him sitting in his study stroking his imagi nary beard while studying Talmud. His wife was a therapist, and between their jobs and parenting their adorable twoyear-old daughter, there was not a lot of time to do much else, or many funds time with the rabbis daughter one eve ning a week so the rabbi could study, go to Target, or return books to the li brary. It was an opportunity for a triple mitzvah, a good deed! I could bond with a delicious two-year-old, the rabbi could spend time with his wife, and the having a happier rabbi. This arrange ment went on for a year. The daughter is now 20 and still delicious. The rabbi is a brilliant leader of a Jewish com munity in Denver, and the wife of the rabbi is still my best friend. Over the years, my holiday gifts have included coupons for friends with kids that read, This coupon is good for one night of childcare. I have given coupons to friends of all ages that read, This coupon is good for one adven ture of your choosing. We are in the thick of the holiday season and so the carousel of life revs up a little faster than usual. During Chanukah we tell the story of how the oil that was supposed to last for only one night ended up lasting for eight nights, which was a miracle. Chanukah is a celebration of that miracle and has come to include eating latkes, spinning dreidels and exchanging gifts. Speaking of gifts, the gift of listening is always appreciated; the gift of paying attention is always timely. In my role as Senior Outreach Coordinator at the Federation, I meet wonderful, interesting people who either dont have family, or any local family, who would love to visit, share their stories, and hear some of yours. The shortest distance between two hearts is a story. Theres a wonderful opportunity to connect with some of the seniors in our area this month with the delivery of the Chanukah bags prepared by Federation volunteers. Bags can be picked up between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. starting Sunday, December 3, or during the following week. Its simple: Contact Leni Sack, Education & Program Director, and let her know youre inter ested in delivering one or more bags, and she will give you names and contact information. Leni can be reached at 239.481.4449 x3 or lenibsack@ jfedlcc.org. If youd like to visit with anyone during any time of the year, it would be my pleasure to play matchmaker. You can contact me at 239.481.4449 x6 or email@example.com. Chag Sameach, Happy Holidays. May your light shine within you as well as all around you. And may you share your light with others. Advanced Pain Management & Spine Specialists Listed as the PRODUCER PRODUCER DIRECTOR
16 JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties Presents the 22nd Annual Jewish Film Festival of Southwest FloridaAll lms will be screened at the Regal Belltower Stadium 20.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 15. Thank You to these Sponsors of the Jewish Film Festival: Principal Sponsor Tuesday, January 23 at 7:15 p.m. Double Feature TALIATalia is a young woman with Aspergers high-functioning autism. She has dison her journey to learning her craft as an actress, as well as developing her communication skills for life. Rozzi Osterman, co-president of the Jewish Language: English Running Time: 26 min. Dr. Brian and Sara Krivisky Linda & Charles Idelson Martha & John Wolf Helene & Jorge Glocer Thursday, January 11 at 7:15 p.m. ON THE MAPOn the Map tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Avivs 1977 European Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic Massacre at the lens of sports, On the Map presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amid domestic turmoil and the global machina tions of the Cold War. As one of the players famously said, Israel is now on the map, not just in sport, but in everything. Language: English Running Time: 1 hr. 25 min. Tuesday, January 16 at 7:15 p.m. THE INVISIBLESBerlin, February 1943: The Nazi regime declares the Reichs capital free of Jews. At this point in time, 7,000 Jews have succeeded in going underground. Almost 1,700 will survive the horrors of the war in Berlin. The Invisibles tells the stories of four young Jews who survive by living so recklessly, they become invisible. The dramatic reenactments are supplemented with impressive Language: German w/English subtitles Running Time: 1 hr. 50 min. DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMASDreaming of a Jewish Christmas that tells the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Mel Torme and Irving Berlin, who wrote the soundtrack to Christianitys most musical holiday. Its an amazing tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop cultures mainstream. Language: English Running Time: 50 min. Ear, Nose & roat Specialist of Florida Howard N. Barrow, MD Lin & Ron Klein Barbara & Barry Epstein Sylvia & Paul Simko Reeva & Ian Shaer Cheryl & Michael Goldstein Marsha & Mike Kistler Judi & Richard H. Davis Linda Shuster Shirley & Byron Frank Harriet & Alan Josephson Thursday, January 18 at 7:15 p.m. SHELTERNaomi Rimon, a Mossad agent, is sent on an easy mission: to protect Mona, a Lebanese collaborator, in a safe house in Hamburg, Germany, for two weeks. But there are no easy missions in this world, certainly not in the world of espionage and intrigue. No one saw what was coming. No one knew that this supposedly quiet shelter would turn dangerous and that a new shelter would need to be found. In this game of deception, beliefs are questioned and choices are made that are not their own. And yet their fate takes a surprising turn in this thriller. Language: English, Hebrew, Arabic w/English subtitles Running Time: 1 hr. 33 min.
17 JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 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 firstname.lastname@example.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____________________________________ The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties thanks the members of the 2018 Jewish Film Festival Committee for their help in reviewing and selecting lms: Sara Krivisky, Chair Carolyn Gora, Lynn Talone, Helene Glocer, Irwin Kash Jan Klein, Elissa Grossman Claire Goldhagen, Susie Ferkel Thursday, February 8 at 7:15 p.m. RESTORING TOMORROWIn these divided times, religious institutions are losing young members and even closing their doors at an alarming rate. Director Aaron Wolfs personal journey of rediscovery comes alive in Restoring Tomorrow, a universal story of hope, as a treasured local temple near demise is lifted up by a communitys determination to achieve the impossible. Wolfs journey explores how when any community puts its mind to it, the impossible becomes possible. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a Los Angeles treasure built by the original Hollywood moguls, needs to raise millions to restore its majesty and vibrancy, thus also restoring the future of the Jewish community, the greater Los Angeles commu nity and, on a personal level, Wolf himself. Language: English Running Time: 1 hr. 22 min. AN ACT OF DEFIANCEIn this riveting historical drama, ten political activists, including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters, face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apart heid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia during the summer of 1963. Bram Fischer, a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men, attempting to hide the fact that he, too, frequently convened on the farm where they were arrested. Language: English, Afrikaans w/ English subtitles Running Time: 2 hr. 4 min.Tuesday, February 6 at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, January 25 at 7:15 p.m. COMEDY ROADA young Jewish comedian from L.A. implored, cajoled and encouraged his professional colleagues of all faiths to join him on a comedy tour in Israel. They came to a country many of them had never thought about visiting and put themselves out on stage in front of an audience that might or might not get their comedy, and that might or might not be in the midst of a war or a wave of terrorism. Comedy Row shows what it was like for that Israel had on them. Language: English Running Time: 1 hr. 16 min. Tuesday, January 30 at 7:15 p.m. LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATERWhen Arthur, a poor Welsh student, meets Vida, a wealthy Jewish cellist, explores the ups and downs of a young couple in contemporary London. Reli day Romeo and Juliet love story. Language: English Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min. THE TESTAMENTYoel, a senior Holocaust researcher, is in the middle of a widely covered legal battle with powerful forces in Austria, concerning a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of WWII in an Austrian village. While investigating he didnt know existed. In it, she confesses to a substantial secret from her trapped between walls of silence on one side denial of the Holocaust, and on the other, his mothers silence regarding her past. Language: Hebrew, German, English, Yiddish w/English subtitles Running Time: 1 hr. 33 min.Thursday, February 1 at 7:15 p.m. IVE GOT TO BE MESammy Davis, Jr.: Ive Got to Be Me examine Daviss vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th century America. Sammy strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting politics. He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions trying to stay relevant; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of to embrace Judaism, thereby sealing his identity to another persecuted minor ity. The documentary features interviews with stars like Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak. Language: English Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.Tuesday, February 13 at 7:15 p.m. SERIES OF EVENING FILMS: $108 INDIVIDUAL FILMS: $12 each _____ _____ On the Map..............................1/11/18 _____ The Invisibles...........................1/16/18 _____ Shelter.......................................1/18/18 _____ Double Feature.........................1/23/18 _____ Comedy Road...........................1/25/18 _____ Love is Thicker than Water.....1/30/18 _____ The Testament............................2/1/18 _____ Restoring Tomorrow..................2/8/18 _____ Ive Got to be Me......................2/13/18 _____ Total Due JOIN US FOR A REEL GOOD TIME!
18 JEWISH INTEREST ADL Audit: Florida sees dramatic increase in anti-Semitic vandalismB oca Raton, Florida, November 2, 2017 According to the AntiDefamation Leagues (ADL) annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents incidents of anti-Semitism in Florida in this trend marks a decrease of incidents increase in anti-Semitic vandalism should be cause for concern. Nationally, anti-Semitic incidents rose to 1,299 a 67% increase from the same time period in 2016. In addition to of the year, there was also a notable in crease after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. From January through September 30, according to ADL, there were: that we must be vigilant in educating and speaking out in the face of hate, said Sheri Zvi, ADL Florida Regional Director. Florida continues to be in the top states reporting incidents of antiSemitism, with New York, California and Massachusetts reporting higher i ncidents. The ADL Audit comprises criminal and non-criminal incidents been an increase in the use of swastikas and Holocaust-related imagery and references in anti-Semitic vandalism and harassment. Anti-Semitic Vandalism The following is a list of selected instances of anti-Semitic vandalism in the Escambia County: Swastikas and racist graffiti, including -88, were spray-painted on homes and cars. 14 refers to one of the most widely-used white supremacist slogans, The 14 Words: We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children. As H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, 88 is used by white supremacists to refer to the phrase Heil Hitler. Boca Raton: An individual awoke to rage door, allegedly by a neighbor. Boca Raton: Parents became extremely concerned as images of swastikas etched into the door of a school bathroom stall at Omni Middle School went viral online. Immediately, ADL reached out to the school to avail them of our resourc es. The school district mandated that all students (1,400) participate in an ADL-led conversation about identity-based bias and the antiSemitic history of the swastika. Harassment, Threats and Events The ADL Audit recorded 50 cases of anti-Semitic harassment in Florida in Incidents included verbal attacks and slurs against Jewish individuals (or individuals perceived to be Jewish); anti-Semitism conveyed in written or electronic communications, including anti-Semitic cyberbullying; and antiSemitic speeches, picketing or events. Of particular note was the prevalence of the use of the swastika symbol in a Florida Jewish institutions received 21 bomb threats this year. As the arrests that have been made in these bomb threats reveal, many anti-Semitic inci dents were not carried out by organized extremists. The following is a list of selected instances of anti-Semitic harassment, threats and events in the first three quarters of 2017: Miami-Dade County: For Valentines Day, a student disseminated Valentines Day cards with the phrase Would Jew Be Mein? and an image of Adolf Hitler. Southern Palm Beach County: A Jewish institution received several faxes with anti-Semitic com ponents, including one that read we gonna purge the Jews 1488. Pinellas County: A Jewish student was subjected to having pennies thrown at him, and was belittled with Holocaust jokes. Holocaustthemed memes were also disseminated at the school. Additionally, a classmate drew a swastika and a number, similar to those which were tattooed by Nazis on concentration camp prisoners, on the students arm. Broward County: A business was given an online review as a Jewrun business. Palm Beach County: An employee of a Holocaust-related organization received a phone call, with the caller saying, Those Jews deserved it. Anti-Semitic Assaults Two anti-Semitic assaults occurred in Florida in 2017, up from a single assault in the previous year. Selected incident: Palm Beach: A man from Jupiter, claiming to be German royalty, pushed a woman and made antiSemitic remarks, including, You Jews and blacks should just get over Hitler. About the ADL Audit The ADL Audit includes both criminal and non-criminal acts of harassment and intimidation, including distribution of hate propaganda, threats and slurs. Compiled using information provided by victims, law enforcement and com munity leaders, and evaluated by ADLs Paul Weinstein, CFPManaging Partner, WWFG Branch Manager, RJFS 13720 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy #1 Fort Myers, FL 33912 239-768-1490 888-768-1490 Toll Free 239-768-1935 Fax email@example.com Securities oered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPCRAYMOND JAMES PATTERSON, ESKIN & BALLHAROLD S. 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20 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 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD Miami delegation attends N.Y. Gala raising record $35m+ for Israeli soldiersN ew York, Oct. 24 A select delegation from the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Greater Miami Region attended the FIDF National N.Y. Gala Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown, raising a record $35 million to support edu cational and well-being programs for the brave soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The Night of Heroes saluted the brave soldiers and veterans from all of Israels military operations and historic wars. Among the Miami delegation members were FIDF National Board Member and Miami Executive Board Member Dr. Shmuel Katz and his daughter, Eliza beth; FIDF supporter Albert Taran; and FIDF Greater Miami Region Executive Director Dina Ben Ari. Honored guests included Perma nent Representative of Israel to the United Nations Amb. Danny Danon; Consul General of Israel in New York Dani Dayan; and business magnates, philanthropists and steadfast support ers of Israel, Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson. Speaking at the gala was outgoing Israeli Air Force (IAF) chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, who commanded the forces and oversaw the recent acquisition of advanced warplane in the region from the United States. and it is a game changer for the Israeli Air Force not just because of its capa bilities, but because it will elevate and strengthen the entire IDF, said Eshel at the gala. Distinguished guests included Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman, who presided as master of ceremonies; FIDF National Chairman Arthur Stark; FIDF National President Rabbi Peter Weintraub; FIDF National Director and and FIDF Tri-State Executive Director Galit Brichta. The evening held a special com memoration of the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War led by legendary IAF test pilot Danny Shapira, who was one served in most of its wars. Also speaking was Amir Ofer, a hero of Operation Entebbe, the famous Israeli rescue mission at Ugandas Entebbe Airport in 1976 that saved 102 hijacked Air France passengers who were held hostage by terrorists. Ofer, who was then a soldier in the IDFs most elite special operations unit, was Entebbe Airport terminal, where he used a megaphone to tell the hostages, Stay down! Stay down! We are Israeli soldiers! Special guests included 25 IDF soldiers and officers from several military units and the IDF Orchestra, including one of the IAFs navigators, Capt. N.; Maj. G., who pilots one of the IAFs new F-35 paramedic who has been treating wounded Syr ian refugees; and Israeli Navy Sgt. Matan, a Lone Soldier or one who immigrates to Israel with no immediate family in order to enlist in the IDF originally from Westchester, New York. Since its founding, Israel has fought for its right to exist as a free nation and guarantee the security and prosperity of its people. This freedom and existence of a strong and moral army, this Night of Heroes, we salute the men and women soldiers who have taken part in the ongoing struggle of the State of Israel. Each and every one of them is another link in the chain of the IDF heroism and the Jewish state, as they continue to serve today Ldor Vador (from generation to generation) and we all owe them our deepest gratitude. While their job is to look after Israel, our job is to look after them. chaired by FIDF National President Rabbi Peter Weintraub. A Reform rabbi and businessman, Weintraub has been an avid FIDF supporter for over 16 years and has sponsored academic scholarships for more than 85 IDF combat veterans through FIDFs IMPACT! Scholarship Program. The heroic men and women of the IDF put their lives on the line every day to defend the Jewish state and protect Jews everywhere, said Weintraub. the opportunity to personally thank them for all that they do in service to Israel and the Jewish people. Notable among the donations was a $7 million gift pledged by Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson, who continued their generous support for FIDF. Or Lachayal pledged $2 million and FIDF Young Leadership New York pledged $1.5 million. A number of anonymous donors pledged more than $1 million each. Genesis Philanthropy Group, Masa Yisraeli, Nefesh BNefesh, and FIDF National Vice President Marc Perlman each pledged $1 million, and the Iranian American Jewish Federation pledged $600,000. Funds raised at the gala will pro vide much-needed and well-deserved services such as academic scholarships for soldiers in-need, support for Lone Soldiers throughout their service and upon release, crucial aid for wounded veterans and the families of fallen sol diers, weeks of rest and recuperation for entire IDF units, as well as educational, cultural and recreational facilities. The evening presented a rare and exclusive opportunity to pay tribute to the State of Israel and its brave men and women in uniform. About Friends of the Israel Defense FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization with the mission of offering educational, cultural, recreational and social pro grams and facilities that provide hope, purpose and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide. Today, FIDF has more than 150,000 loyal supporters, and 20 chap ters throughout the United States and Panama. FIDF proudly supports IDF soldiers, families of fallen soldiers, and wounded veterans through a variety of innovative programs that reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel. For more BRIEFS continued on next page IRON DOME MOVES NORTH In response to the likely threat from Iranian forces in Lebanon and Syria, Israel announced it was stationing a battalion of its Iron Dome anti-rocket systems in northern Israel. There is also a battalion assigned to southern Israel to defend against the rockets Hamas had amassed in Gaza. After Iran-backed Hizbullah launched a major rocket attack in 2006 and convinced Israel that Iron Dome was worth developing and deploying, the system was seen as an emergency weapon, to be kept in storage and mobilized for use in wartime. It has not worked out that way. (Strategy Page )BDS IS A DISMAL FAILUREThe anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has entered a critical downward spiral in Canada. During the past two years, BDS has been forcefully rejected by students at the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia. Far from being anti-racist, BDS is entire nationality of people including athletes, artists and professors because of political disagreements with their government is clearly bigoted and counter-productive. The hard reality is that the BDS movement is not motivated by a sincere desire to make things better for Palestinians, but rather a perverse drive to make things worse for Israelis and Jews. (Michael Mostyn, Bnai Brith Canada CEO, Toronto Sun Canada)ISRAEL WINS 8 MEDALS AT EUROPEAN PARALYMPIC YOUTH GAMES The Israeli team brought home three gold medals, two silver and three bronze at the European Para Youth Games held in Liguria, Italy, on Oc tober 9-15, where it competed for the Seven of the medals were won by three swimmers and the eighth was in bocce. Overall, Israel ranked 12th out of 24 countries. (Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c)GROWING PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST THROUGH OLIVE OIL Ayala Meirs family owns a small ol ive press in northern Israel. Khaled alJuneidi is a Palestinian engineer and olive oil expert. The two met four years ago through the Olive Oil Without Borders proj ect, funded by the U.S. government. Together, they have learned about preharvesting, parasite control, supple mentary irrigation and quality control. helped more than 2,600 Israeli and Pal estinian growers produce better olive oil. (USAID)MORE THAN HALF OF ISRAELI JUDGES ARE WOMENJustice Minister Ayelet Shaked said re cently that 54% of judges in Israel are female, and that there have been three women presidents of Israels Supreme Court. (Greer Fay Cashman, Jerusalem Post)
21 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD FIDF National Vice President Marc Perlman each pledged $1 million, and the Iranian American Jewish Federation pledged $600,000. Funds raised at the gala will provide much-needed and well-deserved services such as academic scholarships for soldiers in-need, support for Lone Soldiers throughout their service and upon release, crucial aid for wounded veterans and the families of fallen soldiers, weeks of rest and recuperation for entire IDF units, as well as educational, cultural and recreational facilities. The evening presented a rare and exclusive opportunity to pay tribute to the State of Israel and its brave men and women in uniform. About Friends of the Israel Defense FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization with the mission of offering educational, cultural, recreational and social programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide. Today, FIDF has more than 150,000 loyal supporters, and 20 chapters throughout the United States and Panama. FIDF proudly supports IDF soldiers, families of fallen soldiers, and wounded veterans through a variety of innovative programs that reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel. For more 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 for coffee, bagels and the simple satisfaction that comes from meeting and making friends with other volunteers, as we help keep thousands of local readers informed about local, national and international Jewish news. Call 481.4449 ext. 3 to add your name to the phone list. Each month we will call to confirm the mailing date and you can let us know if you are available to help label L CHAYIM. December 22 2017 January 22 2018 for coffee, bagels and the simple satisfaction that comes from meeting and making friends with other volunteers, as we help keep thousands of local readers informed about local, national and international Jewish news. Call 481.4449 ext. 3 to add your name to the phone list. Each month we will call to confirm the mailing date and you can let us know if you are available to help label L CHAYIM. December 22 2017 January 22 2018 for coffee, bagels and the simple satisfaction that comes from meeting and making friends with other volunteers, as we help keep thousands of local readers informed about local, national and international Jewish news. Call 481.4449 ext. 3 to add your name to the phone list. Each month we will call to confirm the mailing date and you can let us know if you are available to help label L CHAYIM. December 22 2017 January 22 2018 Briefs...continued from previous page continued on next page WORK ON ISRAELCYPRUS-GREECE ELECTRICITY LINK TO START IN 2018 Nasos Ktorides, who heads the Eu roAsia Interconnector project, said recently in Nicosia, Cyprus, that work on an electric cable linking the power grids of Israel, Cyprus and Greece is 2018. The 1,520-km. (945-mile) under sea electric cable with a 2,000-mega watt capacity will be able to both re ceive and transmit electricity. Work on the cable is expected to last until 2022. ( Washington Post) ISRAELI DETERRENCE IN A NEW MIDDLE EASTIsraels borders with Egypt and Jordan are quiet, with security cooperation be tween Israel, Jordan and Egypt at its peak. The situation in the West Bank is fragile but manageable. Two years ago, and monitoring of social media sub terrorist attacks. What also contributed was a policy to allow nearly 100,000 Palestinian workers to continue working in Israel. Thus, Israel succeeded in isolating the perpetrators from the rest of the popu lation. Moreover, the PA security services still cooperate with their Israeli coun terparts and, together, thwart terrorist plans. (Yossi Melman, Jerusalem Post) HOW ISRAEL MODIFIED THE F-35 FIGHTER Israel is modifying its new U.S.-made prioritize and attack enemy targets. Facing Hizbullah, which has 150,000 tactical rockets, Israel needs to rapidly draw in launch-location data, process it, and quickly churn out a pri oritized target list for the Israeli Air Force. The F-35I will also carry Israelidesigned missiles. Rafaels SPICE 1000 is so accurate it can place half of all bombs within nine feet of their tar get. It will also carry Israels Python-5 infrared air-to-air missile. Added fuel tanks were also built in to extend the planes range by 36%. While the addition of an external fuel tank would compromise the F-35s stealth, the fuel tank could be used during early phases of an air operation where stealth was not necessary, and jettisoned after use. (Kyle Mizokami, National Interest ) WOMEN RUNNING BANKS IS THE NORM IN ISRAELThree of Israels leading banks are cur rently led by women, myself included. At Bank Leumi which I have had years more than 40% of the top man agement are women. This is in addition to the governor of the Bank of Israel, the supervisor of banks, and the director of the capital markets, insurance and savings author ity all of whom are women. We, as a country, have been for tunate to bear witness to a string of nascent society in its early days. Women were encouraged to become political leaders, farmers, found ers of kibbutzim and rural and urban communities, cultural and literary luminaries, and managers within the budding national economy. Israeli culture encourages women and obedience and to engage as equals with men academically, professionally and in the military. (Rakefet RussakAminoach, American Banker )AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TURNBULL LAUDS STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAELPrime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hailed Australia and Israels deep ties and shared values after meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday, October 30. Turnbull said their shared values were being tested by militant Islamist ter rorism both in the Middle East and the Philippines. It is a threat to Israel, it is a threat to Australia, it is a threat to all who value and cherish freedom, Turnbull said. We have a vital interest in working more closely and intensely together to keep our people safe from terrorism. Turnbulls visit is linked to the commemoration on Tuesday of the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba during World War I, when Australian horsemen helped liberate Palestine from the Ottoman empire. It was a great victory the last successful cavalry charge in military history, Turnbull said. Netanyahu said the rebirth of the Jewish people...would not have been possible without the heroism and sacrithis land from 400 years of Ottoman rule with tremendous courage. (Australian Associated Press Guardian UK)WHY BAHRAIN IS LEADING GULF ARAB OUTREACH TO ISRAELIn recent weeks, the Kingdom of Bahrain has emerged as the Gulf Arab country most actively pursuing better relations with Israel, both for reasons of its own and, presumably, with the blessing of its principal benefactor, Saudi Arabia. Quiet contacts have been maintained since at least 1994. In Septem ber, at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, Bahrains King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa expressed opposition to the ongoing Arab League economic boycott of Israel and said that citizens of Bahrain and Israel should feel free to visit each others countries without restrictions.
22 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD Dear Aleksandra CybulskaI just read about your designation as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem-based Holocaust museum and research center. Heartfelt congratulations on this remarkable distinction! It was given because together with your late husband, Kazimierz, who was similarly recognized you saved the life of a Polish Jewish girl, Sonia Berkowicz, during the darkest period in human history, the Holocaust. Sonia was the daughter of your friends. I have never had the privilege of meeting you, but I read and reread the article about you in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz your photo, showing you in your home in Gdynia, Poland, on the eve of your 100th from an Israeli diplomat. In looking at you, I tried to under stand what made you act, what led you to risk your own life in an attempt to protect someone elses. Frankly, I am in awe. The Nazi ocHANUKKAH GIFT BAGS FOR SENIORS SENIOR OUTREACH PROGRAM Come out for lunch, see familiar faces and meet new friends at our monthly senior lunches.UPCOMING DATES: Tuesday, December 19th, 12 PM Temple Beth Shalom Thursday, January 18th, 12 PM Temple Beth El Let us know if you will be driving or if you would like a volunteer to pick you up. RSVP to: Jodi Cohen 239-481-4449, #6 or email@example.com Briefs...continued from previous page If shared concerns about Irans inthe political space for such a dialogue will remain limited. (Hussein Ibish, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washing ton) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER REJECTS CALL TO APOLOGIZE FOR BALFOUR DECLARATION Prime Minister Theresa May addressed a dinner in London on Thursday, November 2 to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. In 1917, with Britain still embroiled in the midst of the First World War, the idea of establish ing a homeland for the Jewish people would have seemed a distant dream... Yet it was at this very moment that Lord Balfour had the vision and the leadership to make this profound statement about restoring a persecuted people to a safe and secure homeland. When some people suggest we should apologize for this letter, I say absolutely not. We are proud of our pioneering role in the creation of the State of Israel. We are proud to stand here today together with Prime Minister Netanyahu and declare our support for Israel. And we are proud of the relation ship we have built with Israel. It is only when you witness Israels vulnerability that you truly understand the constant danger Israelis face as I saw on my visit in 2014, when the bodies of the mur dered teenagers Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah were discovered. So I am clear that we will always support Israels right to defend itself. As we work together toward Balfours vision of a peaceful co-existence, we must be equally clear that there can never be any excuses for boycotts, divestment or sanctions: they are unacceptable and this government will have no truck with those who subscribe to them. Neither can there ever be any excuse for anti-Semitism in any form... And yes, this means recognizing that there is today a new and pernicious form of anti-Semitism which uses criticism of the actions of the Israeli government as a deing the very right of Israel to exist. This is abhorrent and we will not stand for it. That is why the United Kingdom has been at the forefront which explicitly calls out this inexcusable attempt to justify hatred... Criticizing the actions of Israel is never and can never be an excuse for questioning Israels right to exist. (Prime Minister Theresa UK)ISRAELS IRON DOME A QUICK FIX FOR SEOULS VULNERABILITY TO NORTH KOREAN ATTACK? South Koreas capital, Seoul, is 35 miles from the demilitarized zone, within range of North Korean artil lery and short-range rockets that hold 25 million South Koreans half the countrys population hostage. Truckmounted Thaad missile defense bat teries began deploying in South Korea earlier this year. But Thaad is not con rocket launchers located right over the border dont loft their munitions to an tive. So protecting Seoul against shortUDQJH\003WKUHDWV\LV\003GLrvFXOW\021 In October, Raytheon displayed an HruHFWLYH\003VROXWLRQ\003DW\003WKH\003DQQXDO\003H[SRVL tion of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington that could be available for deployment within months. Ray theon calls the system SkyHunter, but longtime military observers will know it as Iron Dome the short-range air and missile defense system that Israel activated in 2011 to counter rockets Iron Dome has a success rate of over 90% in countering short-range ballistic threats and has successfully intercepted over 1,500 hostile muni tions headed for Israel. It is designed to defend precisely the kind of target the South Korean capital represents a densely populated urban area. Its radar, built by Israeli company Elta, can track the trajectories of over a thousand tar gets simultaneously. SkyHunter looks to be the only combat-proven option that could be on the ground and in action in South Korea by next spring. So chances are, U.S. investment in Israels defense is going to pay dividends few observers could have imagined when Iron Dome Forbes) For daily news stories related to Israel & the Jewish world, visit the Federations website at JewishFederationLCC.org. 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23 COMMENTARY The AJC West Coast Florida oce, located in Sarasota, can be reached at 941.365.4955. Dear Aleksandra CybulskaBy David Harris, AJC CEO, October 22, 2017I just read about your designation as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem-based Holocaust museum and research center. Heartfelt congratulations on this remarkable distinction! It was given because together with your late husband, Kazimierz, who was similarly recognized you saved the life of a Polish Jewish girl, Sonia Berkow icz, during the darkest period in human history, the Holocaust. Sonia was the daughter of your friends. I have never had the privilege of meeting you, but I read and reread the article about you in the Israeli newspa per, Haaretz your photo, showing you in your home in Gdynia, Poland, on the eve of your 100 th from an Israeli diplomat. In looking at you, I tried to under stand what made you act, what led you to risk your own life in an attempt to protect someone elses. Frankly, I am in awe. The Nazi occupation of Poland was beyond brutal and ruthless. All Poles were targeted for slavery and suppression by the Third Reich, yet, even as you and your family were in peril, you chose to add exponentially to the danger by sheltering a young Jewish child. That act, had it been discovered, would have led to your immediate imprisonment in a German concentration camp, if not death on the spot. And it goes without saying what Sonias fate would have been. Sonias parents and siblings were killed by the Germans, but she was saved because of your courage, because you saw in Sonia someone who deserved the opportunity to live, because our common humanity dare not be sacbeen going on around you. Some people say that too much attention has been paid to those who tried to protect Jews because it distorts the history of this period. After all, these righteous individuals were so few in number, so why create a seemingly skewed impression of how large a role they actually played? I believe quite the opposite. More attention is needed. According to the Haaretz article, Yad Vashem has honored a total of 26,513 people for their bravery in helping Jews, one-quarter of them Poles. Poland, as we know, had the largest Jewish presence in Europe on the eve of the war. Fully ten percent of the Polish population was Jewish, and in Warsaw, the countrys capital, approximately one-third of the residents were Jewish. True, compared to the larger European population at the time, the number of rescuers is microscopic, even if we assume there were others who escaped the attention of the museum, and even if we add those people in countries like Albania, Bulgaria, Denmark and Finland who were part of larger national But its precisely because there were so few such heroes and they were true heroes, even as the word today is so shamefully overused and devalued that we need to understand what prompted them to act, and what we can possibly hope to learn from their examples. In similar circumstances, lets be honest, how many of us would have be haved as Ms. Cybulska and her husband did, knowing that the consequence could be our own deaths and, yes, even those of our children? Hopefully, we will never have to know the answer. Still, your legacy ought to live on not only via Sonia and the family she was miraculously able to create after the war, and not just through the laud able addition of your name to the Yad Vashem list, but also because your example should serve, at a minimum, to inspire us all to aim higher and show more genuine concern for the most vulnerable among us. Words become inadequate in seek ing to express admiration and gratitude COMMENTARY BRIEFS WHY THERE IS NO PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EASTPeace is not possible in the Middle East because values and goals other than peace are more important to Mid dle Easterners. Loyalty to kin, clan and cult are the cultural imperatives. Some prefer to attribute the problems of the Middle East to outsiders, such as West ern imperialists, but it seems odd to suggest that the local inhabitants have no agency and no responsibility for their activities. Honor comes from winning. Having lost in a political struggle results in loss of honor. Losing is regarded as deeply humiliating. Only the prospects of a future victory and the regaining of honor drives people forward. An the course of which the despised Jews repeatedly defeated the armies of Arab states. The only way to regain honor is to defeat and destroy Israel. This is why no agreement over land or boundaries will bring peace: peace does not restore honor. (Philip Carl Salzman, professor of anthropology at McGill University in Canada, Gatestone Institute)WHAT RAQQA SAYS ABOUT GAZAS DEATH TOLLAccording to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, over 3,000 people were killed in Raqqa, including about 1,130 civilians, during the course of a four-month battle. In the 2014 Gaza Palestinians were killed. But a compar ison of raw numbers is meaningless; the relevant comparison is casualties as a proportion of the population. According to The New York Times, Raqqa had a population of 300,000 when ISIS took it over. 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24 Rabbi Bruce Diamond FROM THE BIMAH Opinions and letters printed in LCHAYIM do not necessarily reect the views of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties, its Board of Directors or sta, or its advertisers. Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz Happy ChanukaThe literal meaning of Chanuka is inauguration or dedication. Chanuka celebrates the puriment by the Greeks. Whenever we celebrate a Jewish holiday, the same spiritual forces that came into play thousands of years ago are reenacted, as we say in our prayers, In those days and in our times. Dur ing Chanuka, we are imbued with an extra strength to renew and rededicate the spiritual Holy Temple that exists within each of us. Today, the enemy is the oil and cause us to forget Your Torah. On Chanuka, our eternal bond Chinuch, which is also translat ed as education, means becoming accustomed to something new. Whenever we embark on a new course, we need extra strength and incentive to succeed. For example, it is a Jewish custom that It all begins with Abraham and Sarah, but it comes down to usW between the true God of the Torah and all the pagan gods people worshipped in ancient days? It is not so much that they wor shipped idols, and it is not so much that they had many gods and we have one. Gods agenda! Before the Torah, people worshipped gods because they presumed they had power. The whole purpose of religion was to appease these gods not to use their presumed power to harm the worshippers, but to per haps induce them to use their power to help them. Our Gods agenda was and is different. The God of the Torah created the world with the hope that we human beings, who are charged with respon sibility for the quality of life on earth, would create on this planet a just, car ing, compassionate and peaceful soci ety. of Eden failed! So did Gods second attempt that was full of violence, corruption and immorality. time, with the promise that the Eter nal One would never destroy the earth again. Take note: God promised never to destroy the earth again, but there was never a guarantee that we humans will not. But that third society, after the other two. After the Tower of Babel, God had a serious three-pronged dilemma: God still cared and would not give up the hope that humans could create the society God wanted. God was still dismayed by human failure to do so. God had promised never to destroy the earth again. Gods answer was to choose Abraham and Sarah and their descendants (that is all of us) to create the just, caring and compassionate society for which God has yearned since the time of creation. Gods charge to Abraham, Be a blessing, is Gods charge to us today! If each of us seeks to use our individual talents in ways that bring blessings to others and not just to ourselves, we can have at last the type of world God wants. For more detailed development of these ideas, please read my book Whats in It for Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives The book is now available in English, German, Russian and Spanish. Here is the Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/jdd4cvn Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs serves at Bat Yam Temple of the Islands on Sanibel Island. Rabbi Stephen Fuchs Rabbi Marc Sack God was with usI like to say that Jewish theology our understanding of God is situational. Sometimes we believe one way and sometimes another. Our theology is not systematic. One approach cannot be applied to all situations. This is certainly true when it comes to our understanding of Chanukah. Who saved the Jews and Judaism of ancient Israel: God or the Maccabees? Weve to that question. I grew up singing the Chanukah song, Mi Ymaleil, Who can retell. We sang the song both in Hebrew and in English. But Ive recently learned that the Hebrew version does not correspond to the English translation we were given. The literal translation of the Hebrew song is as follows: Who will describe the mighty deeds of Israel? Who can count them? See, in every generation A hero arises Who saves the nation. Listen! In those days in this season! The Maccabee was a savior, a redeemer! And in our days, let all the nation Israel Unite, rise up, and be saved. Thats not the English version I learned. That song contained lines like, Who can retell the things that befell us? And, Brave Maccabeus led the all Israel must as one arise, redeem itThe Hebrew version is a modern Zionist song that celebrates the hero who saves the nation. It says nothing of the things that befell us, and has no hint of Gods presence. Not so the Eng lish we were taught. In that version, Maccabeus leads a faithful band, and the Jewish people redeems itself Gods not on the surface, but God is clearly implied as the source of Jew ish strength and resolve, an idea no where in the original Hebrew. And the Hebrew version makes no mention of the things that befell us. The original redemption with Gods help. Its about Jews taking their destiny into their own hands. So, which one is it? Jews taking care of Jewish survival on their own, or Jews being victorious and thriving with the help of God? Chanukah puts that question before us and lets us de cide for ourselves. There is no one answer to the ques tion of Gods role in history. Maybe one religious response can come from a common understanding of Gods en counter with Moses after the incident of the Golden Calf, the time when God tells Moses that he can see Gods back but not His face. What does it mean to see Gods back? We can see the after back at a time and say, God was with us. That is how I feel about God in history. We cannot wait for God to re battles. We must do these on our own. But we can look back at some times and say, God was with us. I under stand that this raises as many questions as it answers, but that is the nature of our tradition. As one guide to Juda ism says, Its more important to have asked the questions than to have all the answers. I agree with this. Rabbi Marc Sack serves at Temple Judea in Fort Myers. Fort Myers Bonita Springs Charleston Estero Naples Palm Beach Scottsdale239-461-5900 Equal Housing Lender FineMark National Bank & Trust is proud to consistently earn a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial, the nations leading independent bank rating rm*. We attribute our success to the meaningful relationships we build with our clients. e better we know you, the better we can serve you. Rabbi Nicole Luna LatkesWho can imagine Hanukkah without latkes? The crackling sound of potatoes fryapplesauce or sour cream mingling with the warm latke. We eat fried foods on Hanukkah to remind us of the mira cle of the special oil used for the Temple menorah lasting for eight nights. But why fried potatoes? In Israel, they eat fried doughnuts. And go to any state fair and you will see plenty of options of fried food. Imagine eating fried Oreos all Hanukkah long! According to Gil Marks, author of the Encyclopedia of Jewish Food, potato latkes date only from around the 1800s when potatoes were planted extensive ly across eastern Europe. But latkes a fried pancake existed long before then, so what were Jews frying before potatoes? The original ingredient for the latke comes from the Book of Judith. The Book of Judith is not part of the Tanach, the Hebrew Bible, but is litera ture from the Second Temple period, after the Jews returned to Israel after exile. Its a story about an evil villain set out to kill the Jews, and the beauti ful heroine who murders him. The villain, Holofernes, a general of the Assyr ian army, is about to capture the town of Bethulia in Israel. Judith, a young widow, convinces the town leaders to follow her plot to save the people. She herself to the general as a spy. Smitten by her beauty, he agrees and throws a great feast, planning to seduce her. At the banquet, Judith serves him salty cheese, washed down with rich wine. At the end of the night, he passes out drunk on the bed. Judith then takes his sword, grabs the hair on his head, and strikes his neck twice with all her the head in a bag and runs back to her town. The Israelites attack the army by surprise the next morning, and when they see their generals head on a stick, This gruesome but compelling sto ry is thought to have originated at the time of the Maccabees. Long before nukkah food, medieval Jews ate cheese and dairy dishes to celebrate Hanuk kah in honor of Judith and her bravery against the enemy. By frying them into pancakes, they combined two tradi tional types of foods fried and dairy into the perfect Hanukkah treat: cheese latkes. As the Jews migrated into east ern Europe and began frying with ani mal fats, cheese latkes were no longer kosher, so potatoes became the perfect substitute. Hanukkah is the festival of light and also courage. The story of Judith is a story about great bravery, about a woman facing an evil general set to destroy her people. Using both her cleverness and her physical strength she defeats him. As we enjoy our po tato latkes this Hanukkah, fry up some cheese, eat cheesecake or kugel, and remember the courage of Judith. Rabbi Nicole Luna serves at Temple Beth El in Fort Myers. Stay connected @ www.JewishFederationLCC.org
25 What is to give light must endure burningA s our Festival of Lights approaches, Im drawn to psychotherapist Viktor Frankls sobering observation, What is to give light must endure burning. This might very well be the most concise state ment ever regarding Jewish history. Dr. Frankl knew more than any person should about burning, having survived Auschwitz, where his mother and brother were murdered. His wife was murdered in Bergen-Belsen. His experience in the camps reinforced his conviction that a persons search for meaning and purpose was the most essential element of an indi viduals humanity. That sense of mean ing gives us the courage to be, as ex istential theologian Paul Tillich put it. Frankl teaches that it is possible to slither through living in the protective shadows of a purposeless, unremark able life, but he would assert that such persons never fully experience what it truly means to be a human being. They live depressed, listless existences that need lots of propping up with all manner of destructive stimulations. Only those who lift themselves into the light by taking moral stands know what it really means to be truly human, deriving boundless energy from within. As he put it, they are prepared to endure burning in order to live in the light and share it with others. Isnt that the story of Hanukah? While so very many were prepared to go along to get along with their pagan overlords, a small handful took a principled stand, and most of them paid the ultimate price. Only one of the Judah, Yohanan, Eleazer and Jonathan perished in the long and seemingly impossible struggle as did countless other martyrs. They endured burning but shed great light. It is that light that continues to shine even bazman hazeh until this very day that very same light we cel ebrate in this months eight-day festival. Rabbi Bruce Diamond serves at The Community Free Synagogue in Fort Myers. Rabbi Bruce Diamond FROM THE BIMAH Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz Happy ChanukaT he literal meaning of Chanuka is inauguration or dedication. Chanuka celebrates the purithe oil and cause us to forget Your Torah. On Chanuka, our eternal bond at him and tell him they are from the angel Michael. The candies make the child happy, and instill in him the desire to learn. After the Holy Temple of G-ds Name provided this extra spir itual power that allowed the Temple to be rededicated and renewed. The miracle of Chanuka involved light, which is symbolic of an inten mitzvot, as it states, For a candle is a mitzva, and the Torah is light. On each day of Chanuka we light an additional candle, increasing the illumination in the world. Indeed, this is a Jews mission each day: to successfully utilize the strength we derive from Chanuka to rededicate ourselves to Torah and mitzvot, in an ever-increasing manner. May the lights of Chanuka culmi nate in the light of the era of Moshiach, when the night will shine like the day; darkness will be as the light. Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz serves at Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Flor ida.Struggle and blessingN othing worthwhile in life ever emerges without a certain tension and even pain. The birth of a baby, the building of a business, the creation of a career, the develop ment of a happy family life all are the products of people who are determined to wrestle with a challenging situation until it yields a blessing. The remarkable thing is that we really never obtain anything in life except by facing stress; as it challenges us, it tem pers our iron and makes it steel. This theme of tempering through stress is illustrated in the following true story. America has produced only one great form of the violin. The original maker searched all his life for wood, which would enable the violin to have a certain haunting and beautiful reso timberline, the last stand of trees above the Rockies, 12,000 feet above sea level. Up there where the wind blows windward has no chance to grow. All the trees lean in one direction. But they ground. That wood, after facing years of challenge of the elements, is so resonant and beautiful that it sings to the touch of the bow. All of us all our lives will have to face stressful elements. Like our ancestors the Maccabees, we must have the courage to think, we must have the tenacity that love demands, we must have the desire to be and become everything that we might be in time. 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Our lifestyle is designed for the way you live.DISCOVER: Month-to-month rental community Five Star Dining Experience, featuring Signature recipes Lifestyle360 program offering a full-schedule of activities Variety of in-house religious services Scheduled local transportation for medical appointments and shopping 24-hour care available, should your needs change Exceptional senior living experiencesCALL TO SEE HOW YOU CAN LIVE THE EXCEPTIONAL LIFE TODAY!DISCOVERWHATITSLIKETOHAVEANEXCEPTIONALDAY, EVERYDAY. Opinions and letters printed in LCHAYIM do not necessarily reect the views of the Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties, its Board of Directors or sta, or its advertisers. Latkesby her beauty, he agrees and throws a great feast, planning to seduce her. At the banquet, Judith serves him salty cheese, washed down with rich wine. At the end of the night, he passes out drunk on the bed. Judith then takes his sword, grabs the hair on his head, and strikes his neck twice with all her the head in a bag and runs back to her town. The Israelites attack the army by surprise the next morning, and when they see their generals head on a stick, This gruesome but compelling story is thought to have originated at the time of the Maccabees. Long before nukkah food, medieval Jews ate cheese and dairy dishes to celebrate Hanukkah in honor of Judith and her bravery against the enemy. By frying them into pancakes, they combined two tradi tional types of foods fried and dairy into the perfect Hanukkah treat: cheese latkes. As the Jews migrated into eastern Europe and began frying with animal fats, cheese latkes were no longer kosher, so potatoes became the perfect substitute. Hanukkah is the festival of light and also courage. The story of Judith is a story about great bravery, about a woman facing an evil general set to destroy her people. Using both her cleverness and her physical strength she defeats him. As we enjoy our potato latkes this Hanukkah, fry up some cheese, eat cheesecake or kugel, and remember the courage of Judith. Rabbi Nicole Luna serves at Temple Beth El in Fort Myers.
26 FOCUS ON YOUTH Temple Beth El high school students meet with Congressman RooneyBy Mackenzie Sax, Brianna Murray, Sarah Gatof, Evan Kagan, Temple Beth El Hebrew Chai studentsA s part of Temple Beth Els high school program, Hebrew Chai, we had the incredible opportunity to meet with Representative Fran cis Rooney on October 18 at Temple Beth El. We spoke to Rep. Rooney and brought to light the issues of white su premacy, anti-Semitism and Holocaust education in todays society. As Jewish high school students we have experi shared stories with Rep. Rooney about anti-Semitic incidents such as having Holocaust jokes directed toward us and having pennies thrown at us. Holocaust education is so impor tant because we have also had fellow students ask us what the Holocaust is. Weve even had teachers ask us questions about it. We felt it was important to share do not talk about the problems, no one will know and nothing will get solved. to support a House resolution condemn ing hate speech and a House resolution encouraging more Holocaust education in school. Rep. Rooney was very warm and told us his own story about being part of a Catholic minority growing up in Oklahoma. We appreciated how in tently Rep. Rooney listened to us. Temple Beth Els Hebrew Chai program has inspired us to advocate for our beliefs and issues important to us. PJ LIBRARY HOLIDAY PROGRAMS for families with children ages 2-8 years January 25 Temple Beth El shevat 5:00 6:00 p.m. February 14 Community Free Synagogue 5:00 6:00 p.m. April 26 Temple Judea Fun on Lag B Omer 5:00 6:00 p.m. March 6 Shalom Life Center 5:00 6:00 p.m. RSVP to Leni at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239.481.4449 x3 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.email@example.com www.shapiro-photography.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 volunteer hours (e.g. 2 5P.M. Sundays)High School Students: Earn CAS Credits!
27 FOCUS ON YOUTH TEMPLE JUDEA SCHOOLSFort Myers Temple Judea Religious School Liz Singer Dir. of Congregational Learning Life after the hurricane has involved a lot of readjusting, but Temple Judea ible. There are two classrooms that are in the process of being repaired and, as a result, classes are meeting in the sanctuary, resource room and pretty much every free space available. The holiday celebrations were very special. Students have spoken a lot about the concept of teshuvah (repentance) and selichot (asking for forgiveness). Now that we are through the holidays, classes are busy. Our PreK 2 nd graders are learning about the value of bikur cholim (visiting the sick), and recently made cards to send to people recovering in hospitals. The 3 rd and 4th graders have been excitedly prepar ing for their upcoming class Shabbat which will take place on Friday, De cember 15. The 5 th and 6th graders are focusing on Modern Jewish History. Currently the school is looking at the value of Btselem Elohim (being made in G-ds image). This includes self-image and how we treat others. On November 19 we are connecting to the monthly value by having an extended day and going to see the movie Won der after Religious School. Wonder is a story about a young boy, August Pull inter Break * Temple Judea Preschool Joann Goldman, Temple Judea Preschool Director What an amazing time we have had in preschool. The children enjoyed all the activities we had planned for the fall season. Our activities ranged from ear ly math skills to environmental awareness. Children used their imagination as our dramatic center changed weekly from a Fire Station to Publishing Company, where children created books. The children had a blast. Winter is just around the corner. The children will be learning about the coldest season by taking a look at winter clothing, and changes that occur during this season. We will set up an ice skating rink in the dramatic play The older children will be experiment ing with ice and snow in the sensory table. December promises to be an exthe month by introducing our brother and sister bear team. Fred E. Bear and Fran E. Bear will begin their journey home with each of our Pre-K students this month. Each child will have an opportunity to take the bears home in their suitcase for the weekend. The bears come with toothbrushes, special bear combs, and an assortment of clothes. The children will be utilizing their new journal writing skills as they share about their weekend in the jour nal that goes home with the bears. This program teaches the children how to be responsible and caring. In December we will be teaching from around the world. We will be celebrating and learning about many students will have a chance to use the passports they created so we can travel We will be celebrating Hanukkah on the 13th with music and games. The children will have fun during our book exchange, which will take place at our Hanukkah party. We learned new Hanukkah songs and the children will have a chance to win some gelt as they play the dreidel game. The entire school will come together to light the menorah, which will take place in our pre-kindergarten class. We will sing and dance to celebrate this festive holiday! If you would like to learn more about Temple Judea Preschool, please call 239.482.1121. Temple Judea Preschool wishes everyone a Happy Hanukkah and very Happy and Healthy New Year. DISCOVER THE FUN! RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FREE JEWISH CHILDREN S BOOKS MAILED TO YOUR HOME EVERY MONTH! SHARE the experience of reading with your children as they grow with PJ Library books. 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. Funded by the Roth Family Foundation & Asher Family Foundation More information, contact Leni Sack 239.481.4449 ext. 3 firstname.lastname@example.org Candle lighting times:December 1: 5:17 December 8: 5:18 December 15: 5:20 December 22: 5:23 December 29: 5:27 For a continuously updated calendar of events, visit www.JewishFederationLCC.org. and told us his own story about being part of a Catholic minority growing up in Oklahoma. We appreciated how intently Rep. Rooney listened to us. Temple Beth Els Hebrew Chai program has inspired us to advocate for our beliefs and issues important to us. High School Students: Earn CAS Credits! Chanukah begins Tuesday night, December 12
28 ORGANIZATIONS ZIONIST ORG. of AMERICA Southwest Florida Chapter (914) 329-1024 SHALOM LIFE CENTER Fort Myers(239) 218-3433 Light up the world Lawrence & Robin Dermer The story of Chanukah recounts the Jewish victory of the Maccabees over the Greek-Syrian ruler Antiochus over two thousand years ago. The Greeks and extinguish the light of Judaism. Following the battle, the Jews found only enough oil to light the menorah miraculously burned for eight days. The Maccabees fought a battle for re ligious tolerance and that battle con tinues today in many places across the globe. This struggle has reached us here at home where the darkness of hate and prejudice most recently reared its ugly head in the terror attack in New York City just steps away from the site of where the World Trade Center once proudly stood. The horrible attacks we once viewed only in the Middle East and Europe are now occurring in American cities. We live in times of uncer tainty and fear, and our solidarity with those who stand for tolerance and reli gious freedom is vital. In these times of darkness, we are all looking for the light. Across the world, as oppressive governments cling to power, we need to work together with our partners for rights and dignity. Even the smallest light will illuminate a vast darkness, and with this idea as our guiding principle, we can bring meaningful and lasting peace to our troubled world. the hope and inspiration to persevere. The rabbis of the Talmud recounted the Chanukah story about a jar of oil that should have been enough for only one night but miraculously burned for eight days. Hillel teaches us why we light the Chanukah candles the way we do today. He said that you start with one light, then two, three, and so on with the message: Dmaalin bkodesh vein moridin in matters of holiness we do not decrease, only increase. As we light the Chanukah candles this year, during what seems like a darker time, let us commit to increas ing hope, faith and action. We celebrate Chanukah as the festival of lights, and this miracle serves as a symbol to remind us that with a lit tle faith in G-d, hope is possible. With this story of light, the focus was shifted to that spark of hope that one day the light of freedom and tolerance will illuminate the entire world. In each and every age we are challenged by those who wish to destroy us, stand against the nation of Israel and our covenant with the Almighty. Light has always defeated the darkness. May the beauty of this years Chanukah lights remind us that history will repeat itself once more and the light of hope, love, compassion and tolerance will prevail! We will join together at Shalom Life Center on Friday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. to Light Up the World with our epic community menorah lighting, musical Shabbat service and lots of de licious, gourmet latkes and other Cha nukah treats! Dont forget to mark your calen dars for Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. for our annual Winterfaith Con cert. Swing and sway into the season with your Shalom Life Center commu nity as we dazzle Southwest Florida with a festive interfaith holiday musi cal extravaganza followed by a deli This will be an evening of inspir ing and uplifting holiday music with a few special surprises that you dont want to miss! The concert is open to the whole community. To RSVP, visit www.shalomlifecenter.org. For more information, call us at 239.218.3433 or email email@example.com. HUMANISTIC JEWISH HAVURAHof Southwest Florida (239) 495-8484 Chanukah, oh Chanukah, a time for reinvention The Humanistic Jewish Havurah in vites you to celebrate Chanukah at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 16 in the Fireside Room of the Bonita Bay Club. Make your reservation by mailing a check payable to HJH in the amount of $40 per person to Joan Weinstein, 15191 Cedarwood Lane, Apt. 2505, Naples, FL 34110. Reservations must be received by Monday, December 11. You are encouraged to bring your me norah. Candles will be provided. * Would it matter if you discovered that the Chanukah miracle of the oil was a legend invented hundreds of years after Jews began to celebrate the holiday? For Humanistic Jews it mat ters a great deal because knowing the origins of our holidays helps us see how they evolved and why, liberating us to make them our own. In mid-second century B.C.E. Israel, Greek Jews particularly the well-educated and powerful to embrace a more cosmopolitan Hellenized way of life. Backed by Seleucid Greek rulers, they even gained control of the Temple. Meanwhile, the more traditionally-minded fumed at what they perceived as disobedience of God. When the Greek emperor Antiochus IV backed the Hellenizers, imposing anti-religious laws, war broke out. The Maccabees won and established their own kingdom. To mark their triumph, they declared an eightday celebration beginning on 25 Kislev, a date that conveniently falls near the time of the winter solstice. Solstice festivals to encourage the rewidespread in that region. These rituals gave a small sense of control to those who lived at the mercy of a capricious natural world. Though the Maccabees saw them selves as anti-assimilationists par excellence, they were not immune from vals of light. The book of II Maccabees claims that the new rulers declared an eight-day festival as a delayed cel ebration of the fall holiday of Sukkot which they failed to commemorate during the war. They also had in mind Solomons dedication of the original Temple during Sukkot. But one other element of Sukkot may have tipped the scales because, alongside the sukkah and other familiar Sukkot traditions, ancient Sukkot observances also featured torchlight ceremonies. So, was the Maccabees invention of Chanukah an attempt to devise their own winter solstice festival? Whatever their self-proclaimed reasons for inventing Chanukah, two things are clear: 1) The holiday is as closely timed to the winter solstice as a lunar calendar will allow, and 2) there is not a single mention of the miracle of oil in any contemporaneous account of the war and its aftermath. That little addition to the Maccayears later by Talmudic Rabbis who sought to re-position the Maccabee victory as entirely dependent upon God. This, they hoped, would tamp down on any future plans for zealous uprisings, something they knew would be disastrous for the Jews. For Humanistic Jews, the Macca bees invention of the holiday and the later Rabbis willingness to invent a new reason for the season serve as reminders that every Jewish tradition is both human created and open to reIn the centuries to come, Zionists would position the Maccabees as he roes of Jewish self-determination. In America, rabbis emphasized its themes of religious liberty, resonant in the land of the free. Meanwhile, Ameri can Jewry inspired by Christmas just as surely as the Maccabees were by Greek and solstice traditions deco rated and exchanged gifts like their Christian neighbors. ibility of interpretation reminds us that there have always been multiple voices in Judaism; that it is a living tradition we ourselves create and continuously re-fashion for our own needs. ZOA presents Dr. Shoula Romano Horing Jerrold L. Sobel On October 23, 1995, the 104 th Congress passed into public law the Jeru salem Embassy Act. With overwhelm ing support from both sides of the aisle, the legislation called for the relocation of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel. Unfortunately, successive administrations from Clinton to Trump have signed waivers thwarting implementation of the law. Needless to say, the Zionist Or ganization of America is sorely disappointed in this vacillation. The Act also called for Jerusalem to remain an undivided city and for it to be recognized as the capital of the State of GENERATIONS OF THE SHOAH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA(239) 963-9347 Is reading ten pages of a book enough? As Tevye would say, yes and no Ida Margolis Those of you who have seen Fiddler on the Roof may remember that when attempting to decide some issue, milk man Reb Tevye would argue with himself presenting both sides, often prefacing each side by saying on one hand and then on the other hand. How does this relate to reading ten pages of a book? It relates because this year I have told many people about the excellent, compelling, illuminat ing book, Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust by Joseph Berger, that GenShoah SWFL has selected for discussion. Their re sponse is often that it sounds good but Israel. This is the supposed crux of the matter. Disregarding the fact that Jerusalem has been the unequivocal capital of the Jewish people for millen nia, it is not internationally recognized as such. Thus, upon this pretext, the aforementioned presidents have withtalks. On Wednesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Shoula Romano Horing, noted attorney, opinion columnist, radio talk show host, law professor, and national public speaker, will be speak ing at the Chabad Jewish Center of Naples (1789 Mandarin Road) on this pivotal topic and other issues of war and peace relating to the Israeli-Pales Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door; $7 for students. Send your check to ZOASWFL, 4003 Upolo Lane, Naples, FL 34119. For further in formation, contact me jerrysobel@aol. com or 914.329.1024. they have so many other books to read. I can relate to that because as a member of the Hadassah Book Club and a Patron of the Jewish Book Festival, I have a lot of books that I want to read. But I also want members of GenShoah to feel invested in the book discussion of Displaced Persons. Berger, author of several books and a New York Times reporter and editor since 1984, included a ten-page brilliant, powerful, insightful introduction that itself is enough to understand this book and enable one to participate in a discussion. So is reading ten pages of this book is enough? On one hand, yes, ten pages is enough. But on the other hand, no. By not continuing to read the book, one will miss out on so many stories about Bergers family in the U.S. and their background in Europe, and not get the entire experience of reading this remarkable tribute not only to his parents but to an entire generation of Holocaust survivors who, in spite of the burden and its legacy of hatred and violence, succeeded in rebuilding their lives and dreams. So what should one do? Do whatever works for you. If you have time, read the entire book. But if you are too busy to read the entire book, read just the ten-page introduction. It will be enough to give you insight into Bergers book, and it is likely that you will want to read the remainder later. at the GenShoah Pot Luck Dinner on Sunday, December 17 at 4:30 p.m. All those attending are requested to bring a dish that all can share. Space is very limited at this event and RSVPs are required. Email Shirley Besikof at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know what dish you can bring. GenShoah SWFL is a group for children of Holocaust survivors and others interested in: promotion of Ho locaust education and human rights, preservation of the history and memo ries of the Holocaust, connection of the Second Generation (2gs) with one another, and support of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of South west Florida. GenShoah SWFL will present a variety of programs for the public and children of survivors this season. A list ing of the programs appears below and additional information about upcoming GenShoah programs will be featured in future editions of the Federation Star and in the monthly GenShoah enews letter. A very special program, Through Their Eyes for 2gs, will be presented in January. For more information about this program or GenShoah, to receive the GenShoah newsletter, or to become involved with this group, please email
29 ORGANIZATIONS JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA(239) 566-1771 HAZAK 55+ CHAPTER at Temple Judea(239) 433-0201 Joyce Rosinger Saturday, December 30 at 9:30 a.m. is the annual HAZAK Shabbat service at Temple Judea. HAZAK members will participate in the service and sponsor the Kiddush. Our special guest speaker is Zohar ben Hamu, Temple Judeas Israeli Shaliach. Join us at this special service. Save the dates: On Sunday, January 21 at 4:00 p.m., guest speaker Cynthia Williams will treat us to a visual presentation entitled The Hidden History of Fort Myers. Dinner after the program will be at a local restaurant to be determined. For additional information, please call Jan Klein at 239.482.6073. On Thursday, February 15, HAZAK will visit the Holocaust Mu seum & Education Center of Southwest Florida in Naples. The Museum will provide a docent. Car pools will be formed at 9:00 a.m. in Temple Judeas parking lot. The group will have lunch at Brio Tuscan Grille in the Waterside Shops. For additional information and to RSVP, please call Lynda Maslow at 239.703.7273. Temple Judeas active HAZAK Chapter is a chartered member of the USCJ. Dues are a modest $5 per year per person. Membership in the organization is open to the community. Join HAZAK and meet new friends. The HAZAK Chapters are for singles or couples. Its an organization formed by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism to enable members to meet and socialize with each other. Our monthly programs vary in nature. For additional information, please call Bunny Lawman at 239.395.0135, or George or Joyce Rosinger at 239.437.1566. Are you just a Jewish statistic or are you making an impact? Marina Berkovich As you may have already heard, the Jewish Federation of Collier County has completed its 2017 Collier County Jewish Community Study. It is very detailed and some may wonder why a complex study like this was needed in a community of relatively low Jewish presence and visibility. Heres my insight into some of the numbers and the story they tell me. We were expecting a 10,000 estimate of the Jewish population of Col lier. The results came in at about 7,800. It means there are even fewer of us, but just look at the mountains of good work we are accomplishing at estab lishing a Jewish community where there was none before the 1950s. It tells me that every 10 th Jewish resident of Collier County is engaged with the Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida. That is quite a lot for an orga nization this new, of primarily local importance, and in a community already packed with other causes and activities. In January 2018 at our Annual Florida Jewish History Month Celebra tion, we will be honoring Murray Hendel. He is in this statistical analysis in the following way: 8% by overall age, 6% by current involvement, 11% by full-time residence, 12% by time lived in Naples, and 100% by the importance to the Jewish and non-Jewish community of Collier County, Southwest Florida and beyond. But dont you dare tell Murray Hendel that he is a mere statistic! Mur ray spent every day of his very active 30+ year presence in this community to make sure he will be remembered if Murray became so involved in so many organizations that there is hardly a cause he has not espoused or actively pursued. A former IRS man, he earned the respect of the government workforce in Collier County and the City of Naples by putting his expertise to work for them. Many elected city and county their victories, at least in part. His involvement with the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida as co-president, and Temple Shalom as board member, left a lasting impact for the Jewish insiders and the overall community he and his wife Pauline care so much about. And yes, there is a mile-long stretch of the boardwalk that bears his name. And it was a given that when JHSSWF was deciding on the title of Murrays Mile was there reminding us not to reinvent the well-oiled wheel Murray has kept going here for the decades of his presence. Come celebrate Jewish History Month with us and thank Murray for sticking his Jewish neck out for all of us and making this community more accepting of any and all of us. Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers Film Series, Murrays Mile will premiere on Sunday, January 21 at the Jewish Historical Societys Florida Jewish History Month Celebration. This annual major events Honorary Chairman is Naples Mayor, Honorable Bill Barnett. For tickets, please visit https:// jhsmurrayhendel.eventbrite.com or email Our Mission Collecting, protecting and preserving Jewish history to celebrate the contri bution by Jews in Southwest Florida every day of every year is part of our mission. Become a member of JHSSWF, a sponsor, business associate, volunteer and/or donor. Contact us at: The Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida 899 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 116, Naples FL 34108 239.566.1771 The Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida is a section 501(c) (3) charitable organization. HADASSAHCollier/Lee Chapter (239) 370-6220 Karen Cohn Our Hadassah Chapter had its Open ing Brunch on October 31 at Cypress Woods Country Club. Carol Finn, In terim Program Vice President, planned the brunch and took care of everything. Our speaker was Roz Rosen, and she had everyone so engaged and inter ested that people participated. Nobody left early. We voted on the new slate. January. Even as our President, Ellen Hershkin, once said, We all know the im portance of cooperation. Hadassah itself was built with women cooperating with each other to better lives for all womens rights. For example, Hadassah women have been known to travel to Washington, D.C. to speak to congressmen to let our voices be heard. They also have joined in for A Day in the District to district to voice an opinion. As a group we can more successfully make a difference. There are a few Hadassah programs I want to let you know about. Tuesday, December 5 at Beth Tikvah: Joy Katzen-Guthrie will be preforming Joy of Jewish Music. Iris Shur (email@example.com ) and Lynn Weiner (lynninaples@ yahoo.com ) are the coordinators. Sunday, December 17: Brunch for Major Gifts/Keepers of the Gate and Chai Society. Nancy Wiadro (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the coordinator. If you did not get an invitation, let Nancy know. Tuesday, January 30: Installation Luncheon Sunday, February 25: Major Fundraiser. Israels 70th Birthday Bountiful Breakfast. Lee Henson (email@example.com ) is the chairperson. If you are a new Hadassah mem ber or just want to contribute to this cause, the Chai Society is a good start. For $15 a month you can be part of great organization. Chai Society can help transform a life. It can help mend a broken body at a Hadassah hospital in Israel. Luba Rotsztain ( lubabeto@ yahoo.com ) is the chairperson. Our chapter is always looking for people to volunteer in any capacity. You can help at a program or luncheon, fundraiser or anything else that may in terest you. You can do a one-time job or you can do a job that is ongoing. Carol Hirsch is Membership/Volunteer Coordinator. We would love to have you meet new people and help. At this time we are looking for an Education Vice President and Fund raising Vice President. If you are inter ested, please let us know. God. This, they hoped, would tamp down on any future plans for zealous uprisings, something they knew would be disastrous for the Jews. For Humanistic Jews, the Macca bees invention of the holiday and the later Rabbis willingness to invent a new reason for the season serve as reminders that every Jewish tradition is both human created and open to reIn the centuries to come, Zionists would position the Maccabees as heroes of Jewish self-determination. In America, rabbis emphasized its themes of religious liberty, resonant in the land of the free. Meanwhile, American Jewry inspired by Christmas just as surely as the Maccabees were by Greek and solstice traditions decorated and exchanged gifts like their Christian neighbors. ibility of interpretation reminds us that there have always been multiple voices in Judaism; that it is a living tradition we ourselves create and continuously re-fashion for our own needs. others interested in: promotion of Holocaust education and human rights, preservation of the history and memo ries of the Holocaust, connection of the Second Generation (2gs) with one another, and support of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. GenShoah SWFL will present a variety of programs for the public and children of survivors this season. A listing of the programs appears below and additional information about upcoming GenShoah programs will be featured in future editions of the Federation Star and in the monthly GenShoah enewsletter. A very special program, Through Their Eyes for 2gs, will be presented in January. For more information about this program or GenShoah, to receive the GenShoah newsletter, or to become involved with this group, please email JEWISH WAR VETERANSVictor Paul Tuchman Post 400 (239) 246-3151 Eryka Aptaker Our post-hurricane meeting was a huge success! The venue was the American Legion Post 38, and it was lovely to see the turnout and interest in our meeting. Present was a guest named Tino who came to Florida in 1945. He spent 12 years in the Air Force and gave us a wonderful intro duction of himself. Commander Har vey Charter presented him with the Vietnam pin. Commander Charter thanked the Honor Guard for being present at Mat thew Lawrences memorial service. He was a great man and will be greatly missed. We heard from another one of our members, Harry Shapiro, who had not been feeling well. It was wonderful to hear that he is doing much better. We are all keeping Harry in our thoughts and prayers, and are looking forward to seeing him soon. Our guest speaker this month was with him was Capt. Robert Gizzi. Unspeech and shared his background. Carmine grew up in the Bronx, New York, then moved to Long Island with his family. His father was a professional baseball player and a Marine. Car mine came to Florida with his family on vacation and he knew he wanted to be here. (Seemingly, the same way we all wound up down here!) He started his career in Collier County and 15 years later had the opportunity to Scott. Over time, seen Carmines potential and sent him through the FBI Academy at Quantico. Listening to this man speak, you had to realize that he was a very humble and very accomplished per son. We are all very grateful that Unand Capt. Gizzi were able to attend our meeting, especially since they have been immensely busy since the hurricane. An early happy birthday was wished to Col. Bert Kurland, another well-accomplished person with an amazing military career. The only out is how he is a WWII veteran and only 35?! We love you Bert! On November 4, the VPT Post 400 participated in the Lee Memorial Mili tary Appreciation Day. Commander Charter, Bob Ruberto, Isaac Osin and Herb Lutsky were there in conjunction with Hearts & Homes for Veterans, as sisting any homeless veterans who had needs. Thank you so much for all you do! Please consider joining this fabu lous group of dedicated people. We meet once a month (usually, the last Sunday) at the Jewish Federation in Fort Myers. The breakfast meeting starts at 9:30 a.m.
30 TEMPLE BETH SHALOMCape Coral (239) 772-4555 www.templebethshalomcc.org TEMPLE NEWS COMMUNITY FREE SYNAGOGUEFort Myers (239) 466-6671 www.fortmyerssynagogue.comHeartfelt thanks to Rabbi Marc Sack of Temple Judea for the generous donation of 27 Conservative Sabbath and Festival Morning prayer books for gram. These siddurim will enable our 11 cantors-in-training to broaden and deeper their understanding of Jewish liturgical tradition. Welcome Reverend C.J. McGregor, new spiritual leader of Fort Myers All Faiths Unitarian Congregation. Rabbi Bruce Diamond was instrumental in its 2001 founding, and was invited to participate in Rev. C.J.s installation on Sunday afternoon, November 5. The congregation extends the warmest welcome to the Bat Yam Congregations new religious leader, Rabbi Fuchs, and Temple Beth El Cantor Richard Bessman. Both men bring a wealth of experience and boundless TEMPLE BETH ELFort Myers (239) 433-0018 www.templebethel.com Send updates and changes to the Directory below to firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to the community: fabulous onestop Chanukah shopping at Temple Beth El on Sunday, December 3 from noon until 3:00 p.m. TBEs holiday ba Jewelry, original art, Judaica items, home-baked goods and much more will be available for your shopping pleasure. All are invited to this unique shopping experience, a great opportu nity to complete your Chanukah shop dvar Torah. Our newly trained lay leaders will lead services (and Lunch & Learn) for the next few months. Last January we celebrated Rabbi Lunas arrival with a festive installa tion dinner. This January we will cel ebrate Cantor Bessman with a lovely welcome dinner on Saturday, January 20 in TBEs Dubin Center. Following the Las Vegas shooting tragedy, Morah Danis art students sent messages of peace to Temple Ner Tamid in Las Vegas. Their handmade cards incorporated colorful paper that the children had marbled themselves. In return, Rabbi Sanford Akselrad sent the following note: Thank you so much for sending those beautiful cards of hope and healing to our congregation. As you know, the recent tragedy was devastating and everyone here felt its impact. Your thoughtfulness and that of the children to think of us truly warmed our heart. I shared the cards at services this past Shabbat, and to the entire religious school during The children learned that even as we help our friends, sometimes it is even more important to help those that we dont know. That an act of kindness to someone else can restore hope and bring healing. In fact, I think our art teacher will take your lead and come up with a similar project and so the chain of love and kindness will conAgain, thank you for your creativity, your kindness and support. We thank Cypress Lake United Methodist Church for attending Shabbat services with us on November 3. It was a touching and memorable eve ning, with both Pastor Thom and Rabbi Luna on the bimah. Rabbi Luna gave the church members a special blessing. Pastor Thom spoke of his connection to Judaism, growing up on Miami Beach and taking Torah lessons (and a shot of Manischewitz) from a Jewish neigh bor. Pastor Thoms message of inter faith cooperation was delivered with warmth and humor. Phyllis and Berny Aronson accepted the churchs invita tion to Sunday services two days lat er, where they were warmly received. Says Phyllis: If more of us took the what religion means, the world would certainly be in better shape. Hugs do work! Save the date of Sunday, February 18 for the Uptown Express doo-wop and Motown show at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Bell Tower). COMMUNITY FREE SYNAGOGUE REFORM 10868 Metro Parkway, South Fort Myers (The Southwest Florida Masonic Center) P.O. Box 07144, Fort Myers, FL 33919 Rabbi Bruce Diamond (email@example.com) Coordinator: Natalie Fulton Adult Educator: Jessica Evers Phone: (239) 466 6671 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.fortmyerssynagogue.com Community Sabbath eve dinner each Friday at 6:30 p.m. Sabbath eve worship every Friday at 7:30 p.m. Light breakfast and Torah study with the rabbi every Saturday morning from 9:30 11:30 a.m. TEMPLE JUDEA CONSERVATIVE 14486 A&W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908 Rabbi Marc Sack E mail: email@example.com President: Jennifer Manekin Director of Congregational Learning: Elizabeth Singer Preschool Director: Joann Goldman firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 433 0201 Fax: 433 3371 E mail: email@example.com Web site: www.tjswfl.org Services: 6:15 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday Minyan: 9:00 a.m. Monday Religious School: Sun. 9:30 a.m. noon; Wed. 4:306 p.m. Early childhood education: Preschool, M F, ages 18 months 5 years; Mommy & Me, months 2 years Affiliated: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism CHABAD OF BONITA SPRINGS/ ESTERO ORTHODOX 24850 Old 41 Road, Suite 20 (in the Bernwood Centre) Bonita Springs, FL 34135 7024 Rabbi Mendy Greenberg Phone: 949 6900 Web site: www.JewishBonita.com Services: Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by a kiddush TEMPLE BETH EL REFORM 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908 Rabbi Nicole Luna E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Temple educator: Dale Cohen, Ma.Ed., R.J.E Preschool director: Jesyca Virnig President: Ellis Rabinowitz Phone: 433 0018 Fax: 433 3235 Web site: www.templebethel.com Shabbat services: 7:30 p.m. Friday; Torah study 9:00 a.m. Saturday; B nai Mitzah 10:30 a.m. Saturday Religious School: 9:30 a.m. noon Sunday Hebrew School: 5:00 6:30 p.m Wednesday Judaica Gift Gallery Affiliated: Union for Reform Judaism TEMPLE BETH SHALOM REFORM 702 S.E. 24th Ave., Cape Coral, FL 33990 Rabbi Devora Buchen President: Arnie Schwartz Phone: 772 4555 Fax: 772 4625 E mail: email@example.com Web site: www.templebethshalomcc.org Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday Religious School: Thursday 4:00 6:30 p.m. Torah study with Rabbi Buchen: Shabbat 10:30 a.m. Organizations: Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Family Service (1st Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m.) BAT YAM TEMPLE OF THE ISLANDS REFORM Meets at Sanibel Congregational Church 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island Rabbi Stephen L. Fuchs President: Alan Lessack Phone: 239 579 0296 (Oct Apr) 773251 8862 (May Sept) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cantor: Murray Simon Web site: www.batyam.org Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov Apr) 7:00 p.m. Friday (May Oct) Adult Education: Saturday, 9:00 11:30 a.m. (Nov Apr) Jewish Current Events: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Nov Apr) Write: P.O. Box 84, Sanibel, FL 33957 Affiliated: Union for Reform Judaism TEMPLE SHALOM CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND THE GULF ISLANDS REFORM 23190 Utica Ave., P.O. Box 494675 Port Charlotte, FL 33949 4675 Rabbi Solomon Agin President: Gary Wein Phone: (941) 625 2116 E mail: email@example.com Web site: templeshalomfl.com Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday Religious school: Sunday 10 a.m. Beginning Hebrew: Tuesday 4:15 5:15 p.m. Advanced Hebrew: Thursday 4:15 5:15 p.m. Organizations: Sisterhood Affiliated: Union for Reform Judaism CHABAD OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY ORTHODOX 204 E Mckenzie St Unit B, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 Rabbi Simon Jacobson Phone: (941) 833 3381 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.chabadofcharlottecounty.com Services: Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by a kiddush Torah study: Wednesday at 8 p.m. CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ORTHODOX 5620 Winkler Road Fort Myers, FL 33919 Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz Phone: 4337708 Fax: 481 9109 E mail: email@example.com Web site: www.chabadswf.org Services: Friday 5:15 p.m.; Saturday Kabbalah class 9 a.m.; Shacharit 10 a.m.; Kiddush at noon Minyan: Monday & Thursday 7:00 a.m. CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF CAPE CORAL ORTHODOX 1716 Cape Coral Pkwy. W., Cape Coral, FL 33914 Rabbi Yossi Labkowski Phone: 963 4770 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.chabadcape.com Services: Friday Evening 7:30 p.m. Saturday morning 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush luncheon Sunday morning 8:00 a.m. Monday Friday morning 7:00 a.m. JLI Courses: Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. Weekly Torah Study: Tuesday evening 7:30 p.m. Hebrew School: Sunday 10:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Jgirls: Tuesday 6:00 7:00 p.m. COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Shalom Life Center Lawrence Dermer, Spiritual Leader 218 -3433 AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee): Jacki Waksman (954) 653 -9053 AJC (American Jewish Committee): Brian Lipton (941) 365 -4955 Anti -Defamation League: (561) 988 -2900 B Nai B rith International: (941) 302 -4500 Chevra Kadisha: Gene Sipe 841 -4615 Generations of the Shoah SWFL: 963 -9347 Hadassah Collier/Lee Chapter: Lynn Weiner 598 -1009 Hadassah Sharon Chapter (Charlotte County): Odette Port (941) 505 -1409 Hazak 55+ Chapter: Joyce Rosinger 437 -1566 Humanistic Jewish Havurah: Paula Creed 495 -8484 Israel Bonds: Regional Headquarters: (800) 622 -8017 Jewish Community Services: 481 -4449 Jewish National Fund: (727) 536 -5263 Memorial Tree Planting in Israel 1 -800 -542 -8733 Jewish War Veterans: Post 400: Commander Harvey Charter 246 -3151 Mikvah Bashka of Southwest Florida: Nechamie Minkowicz 822 -2784 ORT Gulf Beaches Chapter Marina Berkovich 566 -1771 IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES Remember the days when you could have a civil discussion about politics and in the end agree to disagree? Ex perience that again at Temple Beth Shaloms Brown Bag Lunch With the Rabbi. Well-informed people of all viewpoints come together every other Wednesday to discuss current events. The discussion is lively, frequently heated and always respectful. You can add your point of view or just listen. Either way, formative and interesting. Brown Bag Lunch is open to everyone and are a good introduction to the unique members and atmosphere at Temple Beth Shalom. Although it is called Brown Bag Lunch, lunch is optional. As popular as it is, Brown Bag Lunch is just one of many activities at Temple Beth Shalom. Friday night services start at 7:30 p.m. every Friday, and Torah Study is Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Mah Jongg is every other Tuesday and the bowling league meets on Sunday mornings at HeadPinz. December promises to be a busy month with the Sisterhood Annual Chanukah Dinner and Gift Exchange on Monday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Chens China Bistro. Contact Merna Stein at 239.772.9209 or momndad email@example.com for reservations. There will also be a Chanukah party with latkes for the whole congregation. Temple Beth Shaloms annual Honoree Banquet will be on Saturday, January 13. We will be honoring Stu art Berman and Marcia Strumwater for their exceptional dedication to the temple. Watch for more details.
31 TEMPLE NEWS COMMUNITY FREE SYNAGOGUEFort Myers (239) 466-6671 www.fortmyerssynagogue.com Heartfelt thanks to Rabbi Marc Sack of Temple Judea for the generous do nation of 27 Conservative Sabbath and Festival Morning prayer books for The Community Free Synagogue public menorah is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12 on Metro Parkway in front of the synagogue building. The 8-foot tall electronic golden menorah, the creation of Rabbi Thomas Miess, will also be lit at the same time each evening, except for Friday, of Hanukah. The public is encouraged to attend. Hanukah treats will be served. C.F.S. next Brown Bag Movie Night starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday December 14 in the Community Hall featuring the over-the-top 2003 Hanukah cult classic parody The Hebrew Hammer. (An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Clauss evil son. imdb) Pack your dinner; admission and soft drinks are free. At 6:30 p.m. on Sabbath Hanukah eve, C.F.S. will enjoy a tradi tional Latke Dinner and Hanukah Sing-Along. Bring your menorah and candles or use ours. As always, dinner is free and open to all. Reservations are not required, but please email comfree firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how many to expect. Heartfelt thanks to Fort Myers Memorial Gardens for underwriting the meal! The next C.F.S. Israel Pilgrimage departs June 4 for 10 days of learning, celebrating and enjoying in the Holy Land. For more information, visit www.fortmyerssynagogue.com. Each Friday at 6:30 p.m., The Community Free Synagogue serves a traditional Sabbath dinner. It is free and reservations are never required. At 7:30 p.m., the Sabbath is welcomed follows worship. Every Saturday at 9:30 a.m., C.F.S. lively discussion of the weeks Torah portion until 11:30 a.m., when the Mourners Qaddish is recited. Now in its 13th year, The Commu open community religious resource, not a private membership-based orga nization. All of its events and programs, including youth and adult Jewish edu cation, are open to all and always free. C.F.S. founder and leader, Rabbi Bruce Diamond, D.D., celebrates the 40th year since his ordination at The Hebrew Union College-Jewish In stitute of Religion in Cincinnati, and marks his 20th year in Fort Myers. The purpose of The Community Free Synagogue is Study, Worship and Benevolent Acts, generally fol lowing Reform traditions. The syna gogue meets at the Southwest Florida Masonic Center, 10868 Metro Park way in South Fort Myers. For more information, visit its website at www. fortmyerssynagogue.com. TEMPLE SHALOMCharlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands (941) 625-2116 Temple Shalom is Charlotte Countys with the Union of Reform Judaism and whose rabbi is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. All of our programs and events are open to the entire community and in most cases, they are free. The programs are made possible by donations to the Rabbis Discretionary Fund. No assis tance or support comes from the Federation or any other organization. On Friday evening, December 8, Rabbi A. James Rudin will return as a guest speaker. His topic will be The Rise of anti-Semi tism in Europe and the United States in 2017. The presentation is made possible by the Robert Bader donations in the Rabbis Discretionary Fund. Shabbat services will start at 7:30 p.m., followed by an Oneg. On Tuesday, December 5, Introduction to Judaism continues with a special program devoted to Hanukah, BAT YAM TEMPLE OF THE ISLANDSSanibel (773) 251-8862 www.batyam.org It is delightful to be at Friday evening Shabbat services conducted by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs and Cantor Murray Si mon. They are new to Temple Bat Yam but the depth of their experience and knowledge makes for a beautifully coordinated and dynamic evening of worship through song and teaching. As our seasonal snowbirds arrive, they too will quickly enjoy the new experi ence at Temple Bat Yam. Saturday morning Adult Education classes continue in December. At 9:00 a.m., Rabbi Fuchs teaches Hebrew reading for those interested in learning to read Hebrew and those who need a refresher. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Rabbi Fuchs discusses the Bible por tion for the week and its relevance to us today with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., the congregant presentations in December focus on the topic Ghettoes in Europe Patterns of Political Resistance, coordinated by Renee Sugar. Since Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Fuchs keeps reminding his Temple Bat Yam audience about the most repeated dictum in the Biblical text. It requires ethical treatment of the stranger because we, the Jews, were strangers in the land of Egypt. Since then, we have been considered as strangers in many other countries. This requirement from the Bible remains pertinent to us today as 65 million refugees seek safety. Rabbi James Rudin, a retired mili tary chaplain, was the featured speaker at two Christian-Jewish Kristallnacht events in early November. As the Temple Bat Yam resident historian, he reminded us that the week around Kristallnacht is momentous for Jews for other historical reasons. The Balfour Declaration was issued in 1917; the Bolsheviks overthrew the Russian government in 1917; Egypt and Israel the Berlin Wall fell in 1989; Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995. In preparation for the Shared Scholar Lecture, the Reverend John Danner, Senior Pastor of Temple Bat Yams host church, will present a twopart introductory course on Wednesdays, November 29 and December 6 at 10:00 a.m. and repeated at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The 2018 Shared Scholar Lecture will take place on Sunday, January 14 at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. The shared scholar for 2018 is Dr. J. Clinton McCann. He will speak about the Psalms as a bridge to interfaith cooperation. A reception will follow the program. On Tuesday, workshop on music in the life of reli gious congregations. Dr. McCann is Evangelical Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Eden Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned a PhD from Duke University. He is active with CROP/Church World Service, Bread for the World and Heif er International. He is especially inter ested in the intersection of religion and culture, and is committed to the impor tance of multicultural education. The Shared Scholar Lecture is co-sponsored annually by Temple Bat Yam, the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, First Church of Christ Scientist and Captiva Chapel by the Sea. Temple Bat Yam is grateful that its sponsorship is under written by the Leo Rosner Foundation in honor of June Rosner. Mark your calendars for the San ibel-Captiva Heart Walk on Sunday, January 28. Rabbi Fuchs will be the featured speaker prior to the walk. All Temple Bat Yam services and classes take place on the campus of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ located at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, where members of the community, guests and visitors are always welcome to join with congre gants. TEMPLE JUDEAFort Myers (239) 433-0201 Monday evenings of Jewish Learning continue with Rabbi Marc Sack and Liz Singer, Director of Congregation al Learning, sharing their knowledge with adult learners. Temple Judeas Sisterhood, Chaverot, is in full swing with a Dairy Pot luck Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3. Along with their potluck dishes, members will bring personal stories of the jour neys that led them to Fort Myers and Temple Judea. Plans for Hanukkah celebrations are underway. Children and adults of Temple Judea are looking forward to their annual Hanukkah party. This years party is on Saturday evening, December 16. There will be great food, activities for children, and wonderful music supplied by the Shalom Band from Miami. Call the synaThe following morning, Religious School students will have a special holiday program. You can never have too much Hanukkah fun! Congregants continue to volunteer each month at Sallys Caf, a Salvation Army-sponsored program to feed the homeless and those in need. To volunteers are needed for the following Sunday evenings: December 10, 24 and 31. A wine and cheese reception is held every Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. right before Shabbat services. Its a great time for members to enjoy socializing and to greet prospective new members and those visiting the synagogue. Join Rabbi Sack at his Torah study ers and Brettholtz and Company. It is an hour of open discussion of Torah and Judaism where all levels of background and all questions are encour aged. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to attend. The next Torah study is December 7. Hazak, Temple Judeas 55+ group, will sponsor the Shabbat service on Saturday, December 30. In addition to members of the group helping to lead morning services, Zohar ben Hamu, Temple Judeas Shliach, will be the guest speaker. For more information about Tem ple Judea or upcoming programs, call Regular scheduled events: Friday evening Shabbat services at 6:30 p.m. Saturday morning Shabbat servic es at 9:30 a.m. Lunchtime Torah study with Rabbi month next Torah study is on December 7. Morning minyan every Monday at 9:00 a.m. and it is open to all. Each session has a new topic. On Sunday, Decembers 17 at 4:00 p.m., join us for our Outdoor Celebra tion of Chanukah and the lighting of the large outdoor menorah, with music by Jane Galler and Rabbi Agin on bass. The temple will provide latkes, Chanukah candies, dreidels, sufganiyot, cookies and much more. On Sunday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m., the Jewish Film Committee pres ents The Chosen. A deli dinner will fol low. A $15 donation is requested for the dinner. For additional information, call Temple Shalom at 941.625.2116. Changing you address? Keep LCHAYIM coming to your home. Email email@example.com.
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