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! www.JewishFederationLCC.org Vol. 40, No. 7 March 2018 / 5778 Covenant With Israel celebration at Word of Life Ministries Covenant With Israel celebration Alan Isaacs FROM THEEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR C elebrating Israel, her meaning and accomplishments, has changed over the years just as Israel has changed. And just as ev erything seems more complex today, so does Israel and how to celebrate her existence. To some of us, Israel is with us, in our consciousness, routinely. We skim articles online or on paper, and if we skim the word Israel we in stinctively stop skimming, to read. To us, the chance occurrence of the col ors blue and white together has mean ing. We recognize an Israeli accent in a crowd. And these are the very su are probably attributable to growing up in a certain environment where Israel and, more importantly, when Israel mattered in Many who love Israel have come to do so through study of the Bible and the teachings of their spiritual leaders; in some cases as a revelation. Their commitment to Israel and her people, indeed, all Jewish people, emanates from a devotion to their faith. On January 29, I spent the evening with a large group of Israel supporters at the Covenant With Israel celebra tion hosted by Pastor Gaspar Anastasi at his Word of Life Ministries in Fort Myers. We were joined by members of his congregation as well as mem bers and leaders of other Christian churches from Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties. Also attending was the Deputy Consul General of Israel from the Miami consulate as well as other luminaries from Israel and the U.S. This annual event, now in its 10th year, underscores the commit ment that this evangeli cal Christian community feels toward Israel and the support that they are ready to give, and already give, to our Israel and the Israel that cel ebrates the 70th anniver sary of its establishment this year. OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY WOMEN S PHILANTHROPY AUTHOR EVENT & DESSERT RECEPTION March 13, 2018 @7:30 P.M. SUSAN SILVER AUTHOR OF FINEMARK BANK 12681 Creekside Ln. ~ Fort Myers Couvert: $36/person or $60/2 people Includes a copy of the book RSVP to Leni by March 7 239 481 4449 Ext. 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 March 2018 Volume 40, Number 7 Co-Presidents: Board: Executive Director: Alan Isaacs Program Director : Executive Assistant: Jewish Family Services: Jodi Cohen Editor/Designer: Advertising: APRIL ISSUE EDITORIAL DEADLINE: Monday, March 5 OUR FEDERATION In this issue: 7 Our Community 10 Jewish Interest 14 Israel & the Jewish World 18 Marketplace 19 Commentary 20 From the Bimah 23 Focus on Youth 24 Organizations 26 Community Directory 26 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. As you probably know, I have been involved with our Federation for many years. I have held leadership positions as Program/Education VP, Administration VP, Partnership P2G Hadera/Eiron USA Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, Jewish Family Services Chair, Campaign Chair (the most chal range of responsibilities has enriched me with new skills, innovative approaches and a deeper understanding of our Jewish values. of my thinking and creativity. I have met so many wonderful people here and in Israel, and have created lifelong friendships. The bottom line is that I have truly received more than I have given. I am honored to be a part of this inspired Federation and am grateful for all the love and support that you gift me every day. Thank you, Rozzi From Rozzi Osterman, Federation President Program notes Leni Sack Fulltime residents, snowbirds and short-term visitors to our community helped to make the Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida a simultaneously on two screens with over 350 attendees each of the two nights. Thank you again to everyone who bought committee and to the sponsors all of you helped to ensure the continuity of this popular annual event. Theres lots more happening in the next few months. PJ Library holiday program PJ Library families will enjoy the third of a series of around the community. On Tuesday, March 6 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Temple Judea Shlicha Zohar Ben Hamu will lead a fun Passover-themed program for families with children ages 6 months to 8 years at the Shalom Life Center. There is no cost to attend, but RSVPs are needed at email@example.com or 239.481.4449 x3. The fourth PJ Library program will celebrate Lag BOmer at Temple Judea on Thursday, April 26. Womens Philanthropy event There is still time to RSVP for the Womens Philanthropy event on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at FineMark Bank. The event is open to everyone in the male comedy writers, will share some hilarious stories about her life as a writer for shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude and Bob Newhart. Shell also share how she came to reconnect with her Jewish roots. The event is open to everyone. The cost is $36 and includes a copy of her book, Hot Pants in Hollywood, which Susan will autograph after her talk. It also includes a lovely dessert reception. Come prepared to laugh a lot and enjoy a relaxing, fun evening. Passover gift bags By the time you read this, we will have just celebrated Purim, which means Passover is not far behind! As always, we are looking for volunteers to help pack and distribute the over 200 Passover gift bags we send to seniors in independent, assisted living and nursing homes in Lee and Charlotte counties. Its a wonderful mitzvah for all ages. As much as the seniors like re ceiving the gift bags, what they most enjoy is the visit from the volunteers. Packing takes place on Wednes day, March 14 at 11:00 a.m., and bags can be picked up for delivery any weekday starting on Thursday, March 1h and also on Sunday, March 18 between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Please let me know if you are able to help with packing and/or delivery. Holocaust Memorial Service On Sunday, April 8, the community is invited to the annual Holocaust Memorial Service, which takes place this year at Temple Beth Shalom in Cape Coral. This annual service is a moving remembrance to the victims of the Holocaust and a tribute to those who survived to tell their stories. This year we will be tell ing the stories of some of the survivors now living in our community. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. Two Bernsteins On Wednesday, April 11, a special evening is planned at the Federation. Nir Kabaretti, Conductor of the Southwest Florida Symphony, will give a talk about the Two Bernsteins the two Jewish composers, Leonard Bernstein and Elmer Bernstein. While Leon ard Bernstein is better known, especially for compos ing the music for West Side Story Elmer Bernstein won an Oscar for his score to Thoroughly Modern Millie and was nominated for fourteen Oscars in all. The community is invited to enjoy a dessert and wine reception before hearing Maestro Kabarettis talk. Seating is limited. RSVPs are a must to me. Happy birthday, Israel! You are invited to a community celebration of Israels 70th birthday on Sunday, April 15 at the Heights Cen ter. There will be entertainment, shopping opportuni ties in the shuk, activities for all ages, and delicious Israeli food. There is no entry fee or cost for the en tertainment or many of the activities. Food and items in the shuk will be available for purchase. I look forward to seeing you at all our events over the next few months. Snowbirds, dont forget to let the Federation know when you are leaving our area. LCHAYIM does not get forwarded to your other address. 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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. For a continuously updated calendar of events, visit www.JewishFederationLCC.org. 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 Boni Raitt Temple Judea Phyllis Henkel Shalom Life Center Janet & Jack Sigman Mellow Mah Jongg Jim & Betty Rubenstein Howard Silverman Ruth Lefberg Marian Iglesia Joan & Richard Davis Beginner s Mah Jongg Group Victor Gold INDIGENT FUNDShalom Dancers Sheila & Gerald Laboda Temple Beth Shalom Rosman family Jack & Ellen Esformes Gene & Andrea Sipe The Jewish Federation thanks our GENEROUS DONORS PJ LIBRARY PROGRAM FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN 2 8 YEARS OF AGE Celebrate PASSOVER TUESDAY, MARCH 6 5:00 6:30 p.m. 481 at SHALOM LIFE CENTER TRIBUTESIn memory of Dr. Allen Shevach from the Rosman family from Sheila & Gerald Laboda 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!EDITORS:Herbert GoldenbergREPORTERS:Edina & Alan LessackSUBSCRIBERS:Charlene Friedman Irwin & Dana Wolfe Doris Loigman Nancy & Howard Barrow Martin Wolt Kelly Incretolli
5 OUR FEDERATION Read the current and previous editions of LCHAYIM online at www.JewishFederationLCC.org. 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. Senior Lunch Bunch updateBy Jodi Cohen, Senior Outreach Coordinator Jodi Cohen W hat do you get when you add together 21 sponsors, 19 volunteers, one magi cian, 72 people in attendance and cold weather? Since this is an equation of joy and spirit, the only possible answer is a fantastic senior luncheon in January, hosted by Temple Beth El. Twenty-one families from the Grandezza commu sponsor the entire January luncheon, including the program, and thus The Grandezza Volunteers were created! We were delighted to have six of The Grandezza Volunteers in attendance. who choose to support the Federations Senior Lunch Bunch program, perhaps son to experience the gratitude and appreciation of everyone involved. It is always a pleasure to widen the circle of the luncheon to include new people, and in January we had the largest group ever with 72 people! The cold weather didnt stop people from coming to eat a delicious lunch catered by Jasons Deli. Stuart Rudnick performed comedy mixed with magic that included making things disappear, optical illusions, and ending with a live rabbit in a red box which everyone got to pet. A personal highlight was when volunteer Bob Vinikoor pointed to Stuart, who was talking to folks before the lunch, and asked me, Is that man in the bowtie and vest the magician, or am I underdressed for the occasion? The free monthly Senior Lunch Bunch program is an opportunity for seniors to get together to socialize, make new friends, stay connected to current friends, eat a good meal and learn something. The more people in the room, the more freylach merrier, the vibe. We are delighted to welcome new people, and if youre worried about not knowing anyone, we will make sure you have a lunch buddy. There is always room for more Jewish seniors at the table. PJ LIBRARY PROGRAM FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN 2 8 YEARS OF AGE Celebrate PASSOVER TUESDAY, MARCH 6 5:00 6:30 p.m. 481 at SHALOM LIFE CENTER So many people are instrumen tal in helping before, during and after the lunch, that there is literally a village of volunteers who are responsible month with attention to detail, joy and warmth. If youre interested in joining this volunteer village, please call Sher ri Zucker at 239.980.5760. The Senior Lunch Bunch lost one of its original participants, Muriel Fichtelberg, in January. Our condolences go out to her family. The next Senior Lunch Bunch is on Thursday, March 15 at noon at Temple Judea, 14486 A&W Bulb Road, Fort Myers. RSVP by Monday, March 12 by calling 239.481.4449 x6 or email ing email@example.com. Let me know if youll need a ride or if this will the room with words, so come on down and see for yourself! A REFORM JEWISH CONGREGATION SERVING SANIBEL, CAPTIVA, FORT MYERS & SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT BATYAM.ORG Temple of the Islands Bat Yam UPCOMING EVENTSSunday, March 11 at 3:00PMGREAT CANTORS OF THE GOLDEN AGEAND GREAT CANTORS IN CINEMAproduced and presented by Bat Yams CantorMURRAY SIMONSunday, March 25 at 3:00PMTHE YEAR I WAS PETER THE GREAT: 1956 KRUSCHEV, STALINS GHOST AND A YOUNG AMERICAN IN RUSSIAauthored and presented by reporter and journalistMARVIN KALBPrograms are free and open to the publicSponsored by the Rosner Foundation in honor of June RosnerCome to Bat Yam at our shared campus: Sanctuary Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel
6 OUR FEDERATION PLEASE SUPPORT THE ADVERTISERS WHO SUPPORT OUR FEDERATION & HELP MAKE LCHAYIM POSSIBLE. By Susan Suarez, Executive Director The Heart Remembers projectBy Jodi Cohen, Senior Outreach CoordinatorConsider the number 23,545. If you are counting raindrops, they might add up to the size of a puddle you could jump over. If you are counting pieces of candy, that number represents one seriously busy trickor-treater. Without context, the number has no meaning. Local artist and Jewish Federation board member Carolyn Gora is spear heading a group of six local artists to participate in Israels Heart Remem bers project, a national artistic exhibition meant to commemorate fallen IDF soldiers. The project will see the creation of 23,545 ceramic red hearts placed along a long, winding path outside of Tel Avivs Yitzhak Rabin Center and running into it. The hearts will be placed just prior to Remembrance Day for Fallen IDF Soldiers, April 2018. Along with Carolyn and myself, Janice Heligman, Juli Bobman, Celeste Borah and Sheila Sklar will participate in yet another project through Partner Agency model for generating ongoing, direct and meaningful partnerships between Jewish world communities and Israeli communities on an individual, organizational and whole-community level. In 2016, eight artists from Fort Myers participated in P2Gs Art Be yond Boundaries project where they collaborated with Israeli artists to cre ate pieces of art inspired by selected Psalms. The work was shown and cel ebrated in Israel as well as Fort Myers. P2G connects 450 Jewish and Is raeli communities in 46 city-to-city and region-to-region partnerships. Fort Myers is fortunate to be included in the Hadera Eiron and Southeast Com munities U.S. region. Check out the inspiring work that P2G is doing all over the world at www.jewishagency. org/p2g-eng. These tens of thousands of hearts will be hand-created by thousands of ceramic artists throughout Israel and the U.S. The ceramic hearts will be of be painted red, as an expression of love and honor. The Hebrew words HaLev Zocher printed on each heart. We are invited to include ornamental elements in our creations and add a personal inscrip tion on the reverse side of each heart. I am honored to contribute to this project, as it feels like sacred work. On the back of each heart that I create, I plan to write a line from a poem by Ho locaust survivor and French poet Paul Celan: The world is gone, I must carry you. ANNUAL PASSOVER VISITS TO SENIORS Do a mitzvah and help pack and/or deliver our PESACH bags to the Jewish THIS IS A GREAT WAY FOR STUDENTS TO EARN VOLUNTEER HOURS OR TO DO A MITZVAH PROJECT FOR THEIR BAR/BAT MITZVAH Bags will be packed on Wednesday, March 14. Bags will be delivered on Sunday, March 18. to pick up the bags to deliver. (Other pick From babies to bubbes, this is a mitzvah 481 Volunteers Needed ANNUAL PASSOVER VISITS TO SENIORS Do a mitzvah and help pack and/or deliver our PESACH bags to the Jewish THIS IS A GREAT WAY FOR STUDENTS TO EARN VOLUNTEER HOURS OR TO DO A MITZVAH PROJECT FOR THEIR BAR/BAT MITZVAH Bags will be packed on Wednesday, March 14. Bags will be delivered on Sunday, March 18. to pick up the bags to deliver. (Other pick From babies to bubbes, this is a mitzvah 481Volunteers Needed facebook.com/jfedsrq CONNEC T with your Jewish Community www.facebook.com/ JewishFederationLCC
7 OUR COMMUNITY PLEASE SUPPORT THE ADVERTISERS WHO SUPPORT OUR FEDERATION & HELP MAKE LCHAYIM POSSIBLE.Holocaust Museum updateBy Susan Suarez, Executive Director Susan Suarez organizational and whole-community level. In 2016, eight artists from Fort Myers participated in P2Gs Art Beyond Boundaries project where they collaborated with Israeli artists to create pieces of art inspired by selected Psalms. The work was shown and cel ebrated in Israel as well as Fort Myers. P2G connects 450 Jewish and Israeli communities in 46 city-to-city and region-to-region partnerships. Fort Myers is fortunate to be included in the Hadera Eiron and Southeast Communities U.S. region. Check out the inspiring work that P2G is doing all over the world at www.jewishagency. org/p2g-eng. These tens of thousands of hearts will be hand-created by thousands of ceramic artists throughout Israel and the U.S. The ceramic hearts will be of be painted red, as an expression of love and honor. The Hebrew words HaLev Zocher printed on each heart. We are invited to include ornamental elements in our creations and add a personal inscription on the reverse side of each heart. I am honored to contribute to this project, as it feels like sacred work. On the back of each heart that I create, I plan to write a line from a poem by Holocaust survivor and French poet Paul Celan: The world is gone, I must carry you. T he Museum is proud of the positive reviews on Trip Advisor from our guests. This comment from a recent guest is a great example of our impact: Though the Museum itself is small, it packs a major punch with personal stories, letters and artifacts from the Hoand docents were knowledgeable and friendly, and it is a gift to the local community to have such a place for learning and remembrance. That comment encapsulates two themes inherent in our work education and community. Education: This is the basis of our mission statement: to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence. The word education is also an integral part of our organizations name. Indeed, edu cation plays its part in every interaction with students, teachers, the public and our wonderful volunteers and supporters. Community: We began and evolved as an educational institution with local community input, and our programs continue to serve our schools and the public. The genesis of the Museum was also local a community middle school classroom project on the Holocaust, Out of the Ashes. Twenty years ago this school year, under the direction of teachers David Bell and Michelle Lee, Golden Gate Middle School 7 th graders undertook their own educational mission to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to their families, friends and community. As we support our community through partnerships in programming and events, so our community supports our mission in a variety of interesting ways. Last month, through the generosity of Board Member Maureen Lerner, community members supported the Museum by attending a concert featur ing Brian Thornton, cellist and William P. Blair III Endowed Chair at the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Thornton performed the music of his former teacher, Lev Aronson, a Holocaust survivor, and skillfully inter wove stories of Aronsons life with his Correa donated a portion of the proceeds of the Open Studio Day he held to The Museum will celebrate both our Educational mission and Community partnerships during our Triumph 2018 event on Monday, March 5 at the new Club Pelican Bay. The highlights of this special evening will include a discussion with our Featured Speaker, David Eisenhower, and veteran CBS News Correspondent Phil Jones, as they recall Dwight D. Eisenhowers World War II document and tell the world about the existence of the Holocaust to forcefully contradict those who might deny educate future generations about the lessons of the Holocaust stands along with his many other notable achievements as a world leader. The Museum will honor Golden Gate Middle School teachers David Bell and Michelle Lee on the 20th anniversary of Out of The Ashes. Both their students and the Museum have carried on the important Holocaust education work begun by General Eisenhower in 1945. If youd like to attend Triumph 2018, contact Development & Mem bership Specialist Tim Morrison at 239.263.9200 x207 or Tim@Holocaust MuseumSWFL.org. We hope youll visit our current exhibit, Resettling and Rebuilding: The Displaced Persons in Post-War Europe. It looks at that chaotic period and the impact of DP camps in helping the Jewish population devastated by the Holocaust try to rebuild their shattered lives. Our self-guided Museum tour has been updated with new information and interactive features. The Boxcar Exhibit, on loan to the Museum from Jack and F.E. Nortman and The Boxcar Founda tion, continues its travels in Southwest Florida. Contact the Museum for loca tions. Thursday, March 8 and 22 are Hodges University. Contact April May at firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, Palmetto Ridge High School will present the play And A Child Shall Lead Them Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Written by Michael Slade, the fast-paced drama incorpo rates the poems of children imprisoned in World War II. Contact the school at 239.377.2400 for more information. 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. 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8 OUR COMMUNITY Community Free Synagogue events and programsBrown Bag Movie Night The Community Free Synagogues next Brown Bag Movie Night is Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Hall, 10868 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers. It features the 1958 classic Marjorie Morningstar, starring Natalie Wood, Gene Kelly and Carolyn Jones. Based on Herman Wouks 1955 ish woman from New York trying to break away from her traditional roots. depictions of Jewish rituals since the 1927 Jazz Singer. Pack a dinner; admission and softdrinks are free! Adult Education: Getting Ready for Passover Rabbi Bruce Diamond will teach the traditions of Passover on Sundays, March 4 and 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Learn about the Seders history and how to conduct one at home, as well as the holidays dietary laws and related practices. On Sunday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m., Rabbi Diamond will once again conduct his very popular workshop on how to bake your own matzah from scratch. Once youve made your own, you wont be going back to the indus trial boxed substitute. The classes are free and open to all. Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week at Florida SouthWestern State CollegeF lorida SouthWestern State Colnd annual Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week, March 26-30, with a series of events. The mission of the Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memo rial Week at FSW is to educate students and the community about the Holocaust, to honor its victims and survivors, to cultivate tolerance, and to promote awareness of modern-day genocide in support of the worlds promise of Never Again. A major feature of Holocaust Memorial Week at FSW continues to be firsthand commentary by Holocaust survivors. Our local community has been blessed to have a number of residents who are Holocaust survivors and are willing to share their personal Holocaust experiences with students and the community. Renee Beddouk, Marcel Fachler, Cesare Frustaci, Steen Metz, Rob Nossen and Irene Skolnick will present their individual Holocaust survivor stories. Steen, also, will present his heartrending story to the FSW Collegiate High School students. All of the survivor stories help our students realize how tragic the Holocaust was and to put a face to the victims. Renee Beddouk, Marcel Fachler, Cesare Frustaci, Steen Metz and Irene Skolnick will participate in a Round Table Lunch where they are able to talk to students in a more inti mate setting to tell their stories. This is a unique opportunity to meet and get to know our local Holocaust survivors. We are honored to offer several sessions with guest speakers. Myra Roberts will present pieces from her Dream Peace collection featuring portraits of Bielski partisans and other survivors of the Holocaust. Michael great-grandfathers experiences as an American soldier in Germany. Other sessions will include pre sentations by FSW faculty: Dr. Bruno Baltodano (Professor of Political Sci Professor Robbie Manauis (Professor of \
9 OUR COMMUNITY Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week at Florida SouthWestern State College And so it beganBy Carol B. PolisE very story has a beginning, and mine was writing diaries as a young girl. My book, The Lady is a Champ with co-author Rich Her schlag, would not have come to pass were it not for all the diaries I kept of plus many boxing experiences. Bob Polis, my husband who passed away, was both a stock broker and boxing referee. He was the referee for the Joey Giardello vs Hurricane Rubin Carter and cruel, as I didnt understand why Through osmosis and judging thou stopped was due to profuse bleeding, is if the blood interfered with their vision. all over the world, I always wore dark clothes, as blood would get on me and my score card. My husband gave me only a 10-second how to judge a the referee and I kept score sitting in the audience at the spectrum in Phila delphia. At the end of the night, Bob came to get my scores to share with the state athletic commissioner, Zack Clayton. Zack was the referee for the was not a pretty sight seeing a grown woman begging her husband NOT to turn in her scores, but Bob didnt listen. Lo and behold, when Zack looked at my scores, he said they were better than the men, and for me to keep doing it. Zack sent me a small but superthick book of Pennsylvania Rules and Regulations, which took me a year and a half to get through. Zack would ask me on-the-spot questions. I also turned in my scores for him to compare to those of the male part of my exam. One night at intermission, prior to the wind-up or main event, Zack came over to me and said he had some good and bad news for me. The bad news was a 2-hour ride to Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, and the good news was that Governor Milton Shapp of Pennsylvania was going to appoint thought he was kidding, and then it sunk in. What an aha moment, which I shall never forget! ing week to the Governors chamber. I was asked to put on huge gloves and pretend I was hitting the Gover nor. When I leaned over, I whispered in his ear, Local Jewish girl makes good. He was hysterical, and I have photos of that moment. Television, radio and newspaper people were there, and I loved every minute of it. I kept thinking this is the way Marilyn Monroe must have felt. When we got back home, many reporters were waiting on the front porch. It is now 45 years later and I have world I have judged Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes. I have appeared on Whats My Line and To Tell the Truth, and in the movie, Rocky V. I have done many speaking engagements as I love sharing my story. I moved to Cape Cor al four months ago and hope to continue speaking all over Florida. Come meet me at the farmers market on the weekends where I will be selling my book. JEWISH NATIONAL FUND INVITES YOU TO THEHONORINGHELENE KRIVOSHA & THE HONORABLE NORMAN KRIVOSHA ARLENE & KEITH SILVERFEATURING GUEST SPEAKERYEDIDYA HARUSHJNF-Halutza LiaisonTuesday, March 20, 2018 6:00 PMTwin Eagles Country Club 11725 Twineagles Blvd, Naples, FL RSVP by March 6 at jnf.org/naplestol or 727.536.5263 For more information, contact Marcy Friedland, Senior Campaign Executive, Southwest Florida email@example.com or 727.536.5263 14486 A and W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, Fl 33908 2nd Night Community Seder Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 6:30 PM Enjoy a traditional kosher for Passover menu $45/Adult Member $55/Adult Non Member $20/child (12 and under) Children under 3 are free Make your reservation NO LATER THAN MARCH 25 For reservations call Leslie at (239) 4330201 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Studying family history brings more than just historical knowledge, EVERYONE WELCOME. Jewish Genealogy SIG (Special Interest Group) Studying family history brings more than just historical knowledge, EVERYONE WELCOME. Jewish Genealogy SIG (Special Interest Group) For a continuously updated calendar of events, visit www.JewishFederationLCC.org.
10 JEWISH INTEREST 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 Dr. Paul BartropRescuing the Jews of BulgariaBy Paul R. Bartrop, PhDW hile many people know that Denmark rescued most of its Jewish community from the Nazis, the story of how the 48,000 Jews of Bulgaria were saved was hidden for many decades. in March 1943, the worst fears and brightest hopes of the Jews of Bulgaria were realized. They were saved largely one remarkable politician. Dimitar Peshev was a leading Bulgarian lawmaker in the 1930s and 1940s, and a major actor in resisting the pro-Nazi government of Premier Bogdan Filov. Through this opposition he prevented the deportation of Bulgarias Jews to the death camps of Nazi Germany. The small Jewish community dated back to the 2 nd century CE, and there were also some Sephardic Jews whose ancestors had been expelled from Spain after 1492. Bulgaria had resisted pressure to join the Axis until circumstances beyond its control forced the government to take sides, and in order to spare his country the devastation of possible German occupation, Tsar Boris III reluctantly agreed to join the Tripartite Pact on March 1, 1941.This alliance allowed Bulgaria to recapture Macedonia from Yugoslavia, and Thrace from Greece, territories which the country lost after World War I. Under German pressure, Bulgaria enacted anti-Semitic laws even before becoming an Axis ally. On January 23, 1941, the Law for Protection of the Nation, which copied Nazi Germanys Theodor Dannecker, acting on behalf to force Bulgaria to deport its Jewish population. On February 22, 1943, he reached a secret agreement with the head of the Bulgarian Commissariat the deportation of Jews from the newlyacquired Bulgarian territories in Thrace and Macedonia, to German-occupied areas, by April 15. The Jews in these territories numbered around 13,000, but the Germans were hoping also to deport some 8,000 Bulgarian citizens of Jewish ancestry living in old Bulgaria. In the spring of 1943, the Bulgarian government signed a new law whereby all of Bulgarias Jews would be deported through Kyustendil on March 10, 1943, and sent to Nazi death camps in Poland. Jews in Thrace and Macedonia would also be rounded up and deported. When the Jews of Kyustendil learned of their imminent deportation, they attempted to have the order overturned through the intercession of one they knew as a friend: Dimitar Peshev, the Minister for Justice and Deputy Speaker of the Sobranie On March 8, 1943, a local Jewish delegation, including Jakob Baruch, a personal friend of Peshevs, spoke with him about the governments deportation plan. Peshev had not previously known decided that the deportations had to be stopped. He traveled to Kyustendil and met with the assistant chief of police, who described to him how they were to take place. Peshev now saw all too clearly the consequences of Bulgarias alliance with Hitler, and decided he had to act. Together with a close friend and colleague from Kyustendil, Petar Mihalev, he went to Parliament and burst Gabrovski, insisting that he cancel the deportations. Explaining the gravity of ment, Gabrovski called the governor of Kyustendil and instructed him to stop the deportations. By 5:30 p.m. on March 9 just one day after Peshev had learned about the planned action against the Jews the deportations had been cancelled. Despite Gabrovskis assurance, however, Peshev needed further guar antees especially after he learned that the Jews in the occupied territories of Thrace and Macedonia were already being deported. On March 18-19, 1943, Jews in Thrace were taken to Lom, in Bulgaria; from there they were shipped to Vienna, and then transferred to trains going to Auschwitz and Katowice. All Macedonian Jews were interned by March 11. On March 22 and 25, some were deported by train to Auschwitz; on March 29, the rest were deported to Treblinka. Peshev now decided to bring up the matter in Parliament. On March 17, 1943, he wrote a letter of protest and had 42 Members sign it. Disregarding Prime Minister Filovs instruction not to subject the letter to a vote in the House, it was discussed in caucus on March 23, 1943. Not wishing to have his authority undermined, Filov demanded that each of the signatories stand and verbally an nounce their support of Peshevs letter. Shamefully, only 30 of the original 42 vote was taken it was decided to censure Peshev. The next day he was forced to step down as Deputy Speaker. The years that followed were not kind. Under communist rule, Peshev was arrested as a member of the former Bulgarian collaborationist government and, facing the death penalty, mem bers of the Jewish community from was sentenced to 15 years in prison at forced labor, but after eighteen months the court reviewed his case and he was released upon learning of his key role in saving Bulgarias Jews. Released, he was forced to live in isolation, without a job or a means for sustenance. In January 1973, Yad Vashem recognized Dimitar Peshev as one of the Righteous among the Nations for his role in saving the Jews of Bulgaria. A few weeks later, on February 20, 1973, he died a Holocaust resister recog nized, sadly, much too late. 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 email@example.com. 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 SNOWBIRDS newspapers dont fly however, your address will! Going North? Dont forget to contact us with your change of address to continue receiving LCHAYIM. Send address changes to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 239.481.4449 ext 4 Safe Travels
11 JEWISH INTEREST What do you think? Need to reach the editor of LCHAYIM? Send an email to LChayim36@gmail.com. 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? The Tribe at the Oscars: 2018 Edition The 90 th Oscars ceremony takes place on Sunday, March 4. It begins at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel will host. The TIMOTHE CHALAMET 24, Call Me by My Name He competes in this category with DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, 60, who starred in The Phantom Thread. Chalamet is the breakout actor of 2017. Be sides starring in Call Me, a best picture nominee, he had a biggish supporting role in Lady Bird, another best picture nominee. He grew up in New York City, the son of an American Jewish mother and a French Protestant father. Hes referred to himself as Jewish. In Call Me he plays a 17-year-old Jew ish man living in Italy who has a brief Jewish student. Day-Lewis, 60, is the only male actor to win three best actor Oscars. His father, famous poet Cecil Day-Lewis, was of Irish Protestant background, while his mother, the late actress JILL BALCON, was Jewish. Jills father, MICHAEL, was a founder always been secular. He says Phantom Thread in which he plays a fashion deactresses were nominated this year and no Jewish actor got a supporting actor The Disaster Artist, a comedy about a terrible real movie, was written by SCOTT NEUSTADTER and MICHAEL H. WEBER, both 40. They have been a writing team since 1999 and have similar backgrounds. Neustadter grew up on Long Island and Weber in Atlantic City. Both had a bar mitzvah and like to dish about Jews 500 Days of Summer original romantic comedy/drama. Also in this category: Logan, which was cowritten by SCOTT FRANK, 57, James Mangold and MICHAEL GREEN, 45. Logan movie to get a best screenplay Oscar nomination. Franks credits include writing Minority Report, Marley and Me and Out of Sight (best adapted Godless up in a New York City suburb where his religious, Israel-born mother insisted he attend a yeshiva. He became more secular as he grew older. A top screenwriter, season Sex and the City episode. Also: AARON SORKIN, 56, for Mollys Game running high-stakes poker games. Sorkin became famous with his 1989 play A Few Good Men. It became a hit movie in 1992. LEE UNKRICH 50, is the codirector and co-producer of Coco, a best feature-length animated movie nominee. He directed Toy Story 3, which won the Oscar in 2011. FRANK STIEFEL, 60ish, is nominated for best documentary short subject with Heaven Its about MINDY ALPER, 58, a talented artist who has battled mental problems. Stiefel made a short movie, Ingelore his mother, a deaf teen, escaped Nazi Germany. BRYAN FOGEL, 40ish, wrote and co-starred in Icarus, a best feature-length documentary nominee. Fogel, a very serious bicyclist, blew Icarus, he was best known for Jewtopia parents, who belong to a Denver Orthodox synagogue, will accompany him to the Oscars. DIANE WARREN, 61, is nominated for best song, Stand Up for Something from Marshall. This is her 9th best song nomination. She competes with BENJ PASEK 32, and Justin Paul, who wrote This is Me from The Greatest Showman. HANS ZIMMER 60, is nominated for best musical score for Dunkirk Hes been Oscar nominated 11 times, winning in 1995 for The Lion King. The best picture nomination goes are nominated. The following have Call Me by My Name (PETER SPEARS The Darkest Hour (ERIC FELLNER Lady Bird ( SCOTT RUDIN Gerwig, recently told NPR she wanted to use excerpts of a STEPHEN SOND HEIM musical in her film. Fortu nately, she said, Rudin is friends with Sondheim, 87, and Sondheim gave her permission; The Post ( AMY PASCAL 59, and STEVEN SPIELBERG 71 Spielberg directed The Post but wasnt nominated for best director this year. Rescuing the Jews of Bulgaria1943. Not wishing to have his authority undermined, Filov demanded that each of the signatories stand and verbally announce their support of Peshevs letter. Shamefully, only 30 of the original 42 vote was taken it was decided to censure Peshev. The next day he was forced to step down as Deputy Speaker. The years that followed were not kind. Under communist rule, Peshev was arrested as a member of the former Bulgarian collaborationist government and, facing the death penalty, mem bers of the Jewish community from was sentenced to 15 years in prison at forced labor, but after eighteen months the court reviewed his case and he was released upon learning of his key role in saving Bulgarias Jews. Released, he was forced to live in isolation, without a job or a means for sustenance. In January 1973, Yad Vashem recognized Dimitar Peshev as one of the Righteous among the Nations for his role in saving the Jews of Bulgaria. A few weeks later, on February 20, 1973, he died a Holocaust resister recognized, sadly, much too late. Dr. Paul Bartrop is Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. AspireStart living beautifully today:Call 239-319-4042 eTerracesAtBonitaSprings.com 26455 S. Tamiami Trail A SantaFe Senior Living Community e Terraces at Bonita SpringsTour our little slice of the Mediterranean.Make sure your plan for the future includes living beautifully at the only continuing care retirement community in Bonita Springs.To A Beautiful Retirement TBS_21-Ad1_L'Chayim_10.25x9.25_VF.indd 1 12/5/2017 2:15:49 PM
12 JEWISH INTEREST The Best Hamantaschen recipe by Dalia Hemed Personal Chef Dalia Hemed can be reached at email@example.com. P urim is the Jewish calendars biggest party festival. The holiday celebrates the heroism of Queen Esther, a Jewish woman who rose to become the Queen of Persia and saved her people from destruction at the hands of her husbands ill-intentioned advisor, Haman. People celebrate Pu rim by gathering in synagogues to read Esthers story aloud. They then head victory by wearing costumes, getting tipsy and, of course, eating. Hamantaschen, the triangular Purim storys primary villain, Haman. (Some people say it also represents the poppy seeds, thick prune jam, or apri popular today, but in recent years bak eries and home cooks have also taken creative license with hamantaschen, swapping out the typical preserves for spreads like halvah, marzipan, apple caramel and Nutella. On a festive holi day like Purim, the more cookie variet ies the merrier! Each Purim, it is customary to bundle up small gifts of food typically a few hamantaschen and another ed ible goodie or two and deliver them to friends and family. The idea behind this tradition stems from the notion that Purim is meant to be a joyous holiday, and sharing these food gifts ensures that everyone will have enough to celebrate with. Delivering mishloach manot which literally means sending of por to drop by for a visit with friends. Hamantaschen originated in Eastern Europe, but Jewish communities across the globe had their own Purim foods. In addition to hamantaschen, some Eastern European Jews serve way Queen Esther initially had to hide her Jewish identity. Moroccan Jews, meanwhile, make yeast bread shaped like Hamans face with hardboiled eggs baked directly into the bread that symbolize his eyes. And in Italy, Jews make fried strips of dough served in honey syrup that represent Hamans ears. Without doubt, there seems to be a global trend of immortalizing the guy in baked-good form! In Israel, for weeks, every grocery store and baker is hawking the Purim pastry of hamantaschen. By the time My childhood memories of Purim cel Hamantaschen Dough Ingredients: 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2/3 cup sugar 1 egg, room temperature tsp vanilla instant pudding 3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream 1 tsp grated orange zest 1/4 tsp salt Filling for Hamantaschen: almost everything you feel like. My faYou will also need: Large mixing bowl, electric mixer, sifter, pastry scraper, rolling pin, 3-inch cookie cutter or drinking glass with 3-inch diameter rim. Slice room-temperature butter into small chunks and place in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar to the bowl. Use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar together for a few minAdd the egg, vanilla and orange zest to the bowl. Beat again till creamy and well mixed. Mix with the electric mixer on low speed till a crumbly dough forms. Begin to knead dough with hands till a smooth dough ball forms. wrap in plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 3 hours to overnight. Before you begin to assemble the hamantaschen, choose and make to work with. Preheat oven to 350 clean surface. Unwrap the dough after chilling. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thick. When the dough reaches 1/4-inch thickness, scrape the dough up with Continue rolling the dough out The thinner you roll the dough, the more delicate and crisp the cookies will turn out. Just make sure that the dough is still thick enough to Use a 3-inch cookie cutter (not to cut circles out of the dough, cutting as many as you can from the dough. Gather the scraps and roll them out again. Cut circles. Repeat the process again if needed until youve cut as many circles as you can from the dough. You should end up with around 35 circles. Use two cherries and place a little circle. Do not use more than a tea of your hamantaschen opening and spilling out during baking. Assemble the hamantaschen in three steps. First, grasp the left side of the circle and fold it toward the the left third of the circle. Grasp the right side of the circle and fold it toward the center, over lapping the upper part of the left at the top of the circle. A small triible in the center. Grasp the bottom part of the circle and fold it upward to create a third underneath the left side of the triangle, while letting the right side side of the triangle. This way, each side of your triangle has a corner that folds over and a corner that folds under. This creates a pin ing is not only pretty, it will help to keep the cookies from opening while they bake. Pinch each corner of the triangle shape. Repeat this process for the remain ing circles. When all of your hamantaschen lightly greased baking sheet, even ly spaced. Place them in the oven and let them bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 min utes, till the cookies are cooked through and lightly golden. Look for Chef Dalia Hemeds recipes each month in the pages of LCHAYIM. 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 Breathtaking tale of prominent professors undoing expertly woven with biblical and Mishnaic passages For more information or to request an application, contact the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties at (239) 481 4449 ext. 4, fax (239) 481 0139 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Scholarship applications are now available for Jewish residents of Lee and Charlotte Counties, Florida, wishing to pursue postsecondary education. Applicants must be under 30 years of age and priority will be given to full -time students. Funding is limited and decisions will be based primarily on financial need Completed applications are due by April 30, 2018 Scholarships are made available from designated funds held by the Jewish Community Foundation. Fall 2018 Educational Scholarships Available
13 JEWISH INTEREST Personal Chef Dalia Hemed can be reached at email@example.com folds over and a corner that folds under. This creates a pining is not only pretty, it will help to keep the cookies from opening while they bake. Pinch each corner of the triangle shape. Repeat this process for the remain ing circles. When all of your hamantaschen lightly greased baking sheet, evenly spaced. Place them in the oven and let them bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, till the cookies are cooked through and lightly golden. Look for Chef Dalia Hemeds recipes each month in the pages of LCHAYIM. Phil Jason Book review by Philip K. Jason, Special to LCHAYIM Breathtaking tale of prominent professors undoing expertly woven with biblical and Mishnaic passagesS ome books are so spectacularly original, so far beyond the boundaries of any readers expectations, and so challenging, that they establish a new point of reference for any further discussions of literary achievement. Ruby Namdars The Ruined House set at the dawn of the 21 st century, explores the givens of a cataclysmic era that may become a period of tumul tuous cleansing. Though centered on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual disintegration of a successful, middle-aged college professor, it fully engages the new American centurys self-masking: its adulation of elites and its confusion of cultural values. Andrew P. Cohen, an accomplished and proud secular Jew, has tripped over the scales of hubris and found himself to be a foul beast. His aura of polite self-congratulation has become con taminated and slowly begins to smother him. His many faults, the recognition of which he has artfully hidden from himself for decades, are in the process of being revealed. The selfishness with which he ended his marriage is exposed to him. The comfort and security he felt in his academic achievements, the physical attractiveness and health that he nur tured and in which he delighted, and his assumption of fully controlling his always upward-bound destiny are most painfully stripped away. Namdar tells his story, almost sings Of course, Cohen bears the title of priest. Thats what his last name means. However, he has not taken on the mantle of a Kohanes responsibilities. If he were truly a descendent of the Kohanim, his be havior until this invasion of the distant past would have disgraced his lineage. It is hard to determine to what extent author Namdar wishes his readers to engage with these seven intriguing passages, but clearly they are not meant to be merely ornamental digressions. Readers must be open to the relevance of this unexpected material. As Andy Cohen falls from the grace of his comfortable, prestigious university position, it is as though he has worshiped false gods. He had taken his gifts for granted by deluding himself into thinking that he had used them well. His behavior toward his ex-wife, his daughters, his students and colleagues, and his girlfriend is ultimately always Andycentric. Namdar is remarkable at painting Cohens dawning awareness of his ravenous ego, as well as at representing the false promises Cohen makes to himself to change his ways. Namdar alludes to (and briefly The Second Coming, and through this reference, reminds us, if not Cohen, that the professor is in a doomed civilization. For Cohen, the phrase Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold is only about him. The many scenes of dis orientation, gluttony, perverse visions, panic and depletion in the novel are gorgeously craft ed, as are those that develop the several boldly conceived characters in this conventionbursting novel. These include Cohens insightful older daughter, Ra chel, his shallow friend the university president, and his clever, complicated girlfriend, Ann Lee. Namdars sketches of the various New York neighborhoods in which scenes are set are in themselves small masterpieces. So, too, are his descrip mous challenge for translator Hillel Halkin, whose contribution to Namdars opportunity to amaze the English-lan guage audience is immeasurable. Ruby Namdar has set himself enor mous challenges, met them marvelously, and left this reader gasping for breath. Reprinted, with permission, from www. washingtonindependentreviewofbooks. com. See: http://www.washingtoninde pendentreviewofbooks.com/bookre view/the-ruined-house-a-novel. 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. The Ruined House: A Novel by Ruby Namdar. Translated by Hillel Halkin. Harper. 528 pages. Hardcover $29.99. it, with a lyricism that is only the richer for the hideous images that increasapart. The erotic turns into its hideous opposite. Images of grotesque tongues signs of whats coming, has nightmares and incredible daydreams, and they all world has been penetrated and irradiated by ancient texts: sections of Old Testament with accompanying Mishnaic commentary. This material, represented in the graphic style of the original manuscripts, focuses on the preparation of the Temples high priest for performing his duties during the seven days leading to Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. These duties are largely to God. Inner and outer cleansing of the self and the Temple are described, along with a number of sacred objects like labras. The strange ceremonial practice of purifying holy places by sprinkling them with blood is included. 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14 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD continued on next page 7 Israeli buildings that will make you stop and stareBy Abigail Klein Leichman, ISRAEL21c, www.israel21c.org, January 11, 2018Ranging from unusual to daring to strangely appealing, these extraordinary architectural eye-poppers show the quirky side of Israeli creative genius.T he austere less is more mantra the 20th century gave way to the postmodern less is bore approach that said buildings could be both functional and artistic, even incorporating elements of irony and asymmetry. famous White City Bauhaus buildings that earned Tel Aviv a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, the less is bore approach in Tel Aviv and other Israeli locales led to structures that have people stopping in their tracks to gawk, grin or gasp. Are these buildings beautiful or bafis in the eye of the beholder. BUBBLE HOUSE, NEVE DANIEL French-born architect and interior de signer Ephraim Henry Pavie planned this 10-room, four-story house for his own family in 2007. Its not completely menting with the design. Ive been doing this kind of shape since I started learning architecture in Paris, Pavie tells ISRAEL21c. I dont see why I should be obliged to use geometrical shapes which have nothing in common with natures system of shapes. The separation between inside and outside should integrate the life of the outside, and I think curves are the best way to make an envelope for a family. His teachers warned that if he wanted to graduate hed have to sketch rectangular buildings like everyone else. But once his diploma was safely in hand, Pavie and a few friends built two feng shui-inspired bubble houses in Paris in 1974. The technical approach we devel oped allowed us to build free shapes. who has also built bubble houses in Miami and on the French Riviera, and is completing another one in Israel. Every component, including the windows, is custom made onsite. BEEHIVES, RAMOT POLIN, JERUSALEM Israel prize-winning architect Zvi Hecker designed the northern Jerusa lem neighborhood of Ramot Polin as since expanded upon, Ramot Polins 720 apartments zigzag around inner courtyards. The general plan of the Ramot Housing is reminiscent of the palm of ing walls supporting the slope of the buildings assembled in such a way as to create interior courtyards [transected] by pedestrian paths reminiscent of the Old City of Jerusalem. Similar geometry is seen in Heckers Synagogue in the Negev, where three types of polyhedral units comprise the truncated octahedron building. SPIRAL HOUSE, RAMAT GAN also designed this twisty house, which 1989. The facade of plaster, pink glass, stone fragments, corrugated tin and mir surroundings. Hecker describes the Spiral House, which won an architecture award in 1999, as a modern Tower of Babel. It is a work of incomplete precision. Be cause it is so precise it cant be really is also its poetry, because poetry is the most precise expression of our need for precision. Expressive as it is, the Spiral cant be fully understood. It speaks to many languages at one and the same time. THE CRAZY HOUSE, TEL AVIV This nine-story postmodernist apart ment house, finished in 1985, was designed by Syrian-born architect Leon The side of the building that faces the beach is embedded with gravel, shells, sand, natural wood and plants. The front-facing side features a metaland-concrete fresco. The architect has described these opposite sides as east and west, mascu line and feminine, mineral and natural. Due to its prime location along Hayarkon Street in north-central Tel Aviv, the Crazy House elicits lots of smiles and picture-taking from visitors to Tel Aviv. HOUSE ON THE BOARDWALK, TEL AVIV Tel Aviv University Prof. Tzvi Harel, the good-natured architect who designed this post-modernist gravity-defying seaside apartment house, tells ISRAEL21c that he is proud of being insulted about it. I believe humor and criticism in architecture is very important. The four-story building was never meant to be more than imaginary. Harel sketched it for a 1980s newspaper column on the renaissance of Tel Aviv culture and art. Local entrepreneur Avraham Piltz Annual Holocaust Memorial Service To remember, not once to forget MARK YOUR CALENDARS TO ATTEND Come hear the stories of the survivors in our community, who light the memorial candles each year.
15 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD continued from previous page March 18, 2018 @ 11:00 A.M THE U.S. ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING MIDDLE EAST Joshua Karsh is AIPAC's Florida Deputy Regional Director He is responsible for creating the strategic direction and supervising the daily operations for one of the largest AIPAC offices in the United States. He previously served five years as AIPACs Southeast Region Synagogue Initiative Director. Prior to his position at AIPAC, Joshua served as the Chief Operating Officer for a leading political consulting firm in South Florida where he was responsible for managing the political campaigns for members of Congress, representatives to the Florida State House and numerous local mayors and commissioners. Joshua previously worked in Jerusalem with a political consulting firm that served Israeli and European clientele. In addition, he served as a Foreign Affairs Analyst in the elite General Staff of Israel Defense Forces. R.S.V.P to Jeff Dawson at email@example.com or at (954) 382 -6110 14486 A & W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 433 -0201 firstname.lastname@example.org 7 Israeli buildings that will make you stop and stareHOUSE ON THE BOARDWALK, TEL AVIV Tel Aviv University Prof. Tzvi Harel, the good-natured architect who designed this post-modernist gravity-defying seaside apartment house, tells ISRAEL21c that he is proud of being insulted about it. I believe humor and criticism in architec ture is very important. The four-story building was never meant to be more than imaginary. Harel sketched it for a 1980s newspaper column on the renaissance of Tel Aviv culture and art. Local entrepreneur Avraham Piltz loved the oddball design and brought it to life, though he died before the house was completed in the mid-1990s. The idea was that since it was on the shore of Tel Aviv, which in those days was quite neglected, you could be an exhibitionist and expose yourself playfully in front of the sea, Harel says, pointing out that every room in each of the seven apartments has a sea view. SAIL TOWER (MIGDAL HAMIFRAS), HAIFA This government office building is meant to evoke a huge boat with inbecause it looks like its ready to launch into outer space. Designed by Dina Ammar, the tower was completed on February 28, 2002, and made Emporis.coms top 10 list of best skyscrapers that year. The Sail Tower, with 29 aboveground and three below-ground stories, is covered in curtain walls of aluminum and glass. Counting the antennas, it stands at 152.5 meters making it the highest skyscraper in Haifa. In the lobby, 10 steel arcs soar above mosaics depicting Haifas history, including a city map from 1773 and a painting of Mount Carmel from 1667. HERODS EILAT HOTELS The Herods Eilat Hotels are the brainchild of architect/ entrepreneur/sailor Yoav Igra. Born and educated in JerusaAnnual Holocaust Memorial Service To remember, not once to forget MARK YOUR CALENDARS TO ATTEND Come hear the stories of the survivors in our community, who light the memorial candles each year. lem, Igra earned a degree in architecture in Canada and returned to Israel in 1989 on the region: the Egyptians, Nabateans, Greeks, Romans, Ayyubids, British and Israelis. Igra oversaw each detail down to the doorknobs. The complex of three hotels (Herods Palace for families, Herods Boutique for business travelers and Herods Vi lives in the Palace and continues to update and tweak his creation. Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984. A n E v e n i n g w i t h M a e s t r o N I R K A B R E T T I of the Southwest Florida Symphony P r e s e n t i n g T H E T W O B E R N S T E I N S Enjoy an evening with Nir Kab retti and learn about th ese two ta lented Je wish composers at the Jewish Federation 9701 Commerce Center Ct. Fort Myers Wednesday April 11, 2018 7:15 P.M. Wine & Dessert Reception 8:00 P.M. Maestro Kab rettis talk T h e r e i s n o c o s t t o a t t e n d S e a t i n g i s l i m i t e d R S V P b y A p r i l 8 t h t o L e n i S a c k l e n i b s a c k @ j f e d l c c o r g 2 3 9 4 8 1 4 4 4 9 E x t 3
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March 26, 2018 April 23, 2018 CHINA IS ISRAELS FASTEST GROWING SOURCE OF TOURISTS Over 113,000 Chinese traveled to Israel in 2017, up 41% over 2016, said Bora Shnitman, China director of the He attributed the surge to more targeted promotion campaigns, streamlined visa applications, and more direct XinhuaPENCE SAYS U.S. EMBASSY TO MAKE JERUSALEM MOVE NEXT YEAR ON FASTER TIMETABLEThe U.S. will open its embassy in Jerusalem next year, Vice President Pence said Monday, January 22, in Israels parliament. After President Trump for mally recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital in December, the State Department began looking for a possible site on which to build an embassy to replace the existing one in Tel Aviv. The administration weighed whether to build an entirely new embassy, which could take as long as a decade and be very expensive, or whether cial said the building being eyed is the U.S. consular service building in the Arnona neighborhood, which opened in 2010 on a site originally slated for the embassy. (Washington PostISRAEL DIGS DEEP TO THWART TUNNEL THREAT FROM GAZAThe Israeli military said Thursday, January 18, that a secretive project to build an underground wall along the border with Gaza is proving to be a deterrent against Palestinian attack tunnels. The wall extends hundreds of feet below ground and is studded with sensors. Its also topped by a 26-foot metal fence. Excavating machines, concrete mixers and hundreds of workers are toiling furiously to complete the barrier by mid2019 at a cost of $700 million. (Ilan Ben Zion, Washington PostISRAELS REMARKABLE DIPLOMATIC ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2017 During 2017, Israel secured a series of unprecedented diplomatic global and regional recognition of a shared threat from totalitarian Is lamism, as well as an appreciation of Israels capacity to contribute in President Trumps declaration on December 6, 2017, that the Ameri can administration recognizes Je rusalem as the capital of Israel and is planning to move the American embassy there constitutes a sig which has been ongoing since 1949, over the formulation of the U.S. position on Jerusalem. For WKH\003\277UVW\003WLPH\003VLQFH\003,VUDHO\266V\003IRXQG ing, the president has recognized that Israel is the sovereign in Jeru salem. The willingness to present reality as it is, after two generations of succumbing to Arab and Islamic pressures and threats, consti achievement. The American move abandon the patterns of appeasing Palestinians and deliberately creat ing a position gap with Israel. In May 2017, an American presi dent chose Israel as one of the des his meeting with Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, President Trump publicly demanded that the PA of families of Palestinian prisoners In June, Prime Minister Netanyahu was the sole non-African speaker at the summit of the Economic Community of West African States month was the tripartite IsraelGreece-Cyprus summit in Thes saloniki to discuss the production of energy in the eastern Mediter ranean. In July, Indias Prime Minister Na rendra Modi came for a three-day Israels relationship with India is rooted in both countries selfimage as democracies opposed by ruthless Islamist enemies. In September, Netanyahu met Egyptian President el-Sisi on the sidelines of the UN General As ing since Sisi came to power in 2013. The mere fact that a public meeting took place let alone in a relaxed mood and garnering positive coverage illustrated the vast transformation in Israels Dr. Eran Lerman, Jerusalem InstiISRAEL TRIES ARABIC OUTREACHIsrael is using the Arabic language to seek common ground with Tehrans enemies. With 1.2 million followers on his Arabic Facebook page and more than 181,000 on Twitter, Maj. Avichay Adraee is the face of the Israeli armys messaging campaign. For Israel, social media has become a way to engage with Arabs and reinforce a growing alignment with Sunni Muslim Arab states. In one of Adraees most intense Hizbullah last year tweeted a picture of himself in uniform with a message that his group was going to conquer northern Israel. Adraee responded: If you dare, we will surprise you. (Rory Jones and Nazih Osseiran, Wall Street JournalSTATEMENT ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE FROM HEAD OF SAUDI-BASED MUSLIM WORLD LEAGUE On the occasion of the Interna tional Holocaust Remembrance Day, celebrating the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz sympathy with the victims of the Holocaust, an incident that shook humanity to the core, and created an event whose horrors could not be denied or underrated by any fair-minded or peace-loving per son. This human tragedy perpetrated by evil Nazism wont be forgotten by history, or meet the approval of
17 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD Briefs...continued from previous page rf ntbfrfntbft nf rfntbrft rffntbrntrr t r rb rt r r r r r Shell Point. Location. Location. SLS-3548-18 L'Chayim-Mar.indd 1 2/14/18 10:57 AM positive coverage illustrated the vast transformation in Israels Dr. Eran Lerman, Jerusalem InstiISRAEL TRIES ARABIC OUTREACHIsrael is using the Arabic language to seek common ground with Tehrans enemies. With 1.2 million followers on his Arabic Facebook page and more than 181,000 on Twitter, Maj. Avichay Adraee is the face of the Israeli armys messaging campaign. For Israel, social media has become a way to engage with Arabs and reinforce a growing align ment with Sunni Muslim Arab states. In one of Adraees most intense Hizbullah last year tweeted a picture of himself in uniform with a message that his group was going to conquer northern Israel. Adraee responded: If you dare, we will surprise you. (Rory Jones and Nazih Osseiran, Wall Street Journal STATEMENT ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE FROM HEAD OF SAUDI-BASED MUSLIM WORLD LEAGUE sympathy with the victims of the Holocaust, an incident that shook humanity to the core, and created an event whose horrors could not be denied or underrated by any fair-minded or peace-loving per son. the highest degree of penal sanctions and among the worst human atrocities ever. One would ask, who in his right mind would accept, sympathize or even diminish the extent of this brutal crime. We consider any denial of the Hoa crime to distort history and an insult to the dignity of those innocent souls who have perished...Islam... decrees that anyone who assaults and kills an innocent soul will be held accountable as if he has killed all people. (Dr. Mohammad Al Issa, Washington Institute for Near IRAN AND HIZBULLAH ARE TAKING ISRAELS THREATS SERIOUSLY The Israeli intelligence community recently detected the emergence of serious strategic threats to Israel by Iran, Hizbullah, Syria, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. To prevent these threats from mate rializing, Israels diplomatic and military system was enlisted for a to deter the threatening elements and use international leverages of sian President Vladimir Putin, for There are still no Shiite militia border, Hizbullah doesnt have a considerable number of precisionguided missiles yet, and there are no Iranian factories for improving the accuracy level of surface-tosurface missiles in Syria or Lebanon. There are, however, prepara tions and attempts by the Iranian Quds Force and Hizbullah to build such a factory in Lebanon, after a similar factory was destroyed in a bombing in Syria. The Iranians believe Israel wont dare strike in Lebanon for fear missiles and lead to war. They believe there is mutual deterrence between Israel and Hizbullah, which allows them to fearlessly build the missile accuracy improvement factories in Lebanon. Israels political-security establishment, however, has conveyed to the Iranians and Hizbullah that their assessment is wrong: We have red lines, and if precision missile factories are built in Lebanon, or if we detect Shiite militias in the Syrian Golan Heights, well act to remove the threat without any hesitations, even if this leads to an escalation and war. If there is an escalation, well act immedi ately, with full force. Unlike you, Israel is already prepared, right now, to defend itmeans, and your side stands to much more than Israel would suffer. So you better think very carefully if you want Lebanon to return to the Stone Age for the sake of a precision-improvement factory. There are signs that Iran and Hizbullah are taking Israels messages seriously. Hizbullah has yet to reIranians, even the Revolutionary non now in light of the economic situation at home. The Iranians are now focused on expanding their presence and infrom rebuilding that country. A war in Lebanon would thwart that too. (Ron Ben-Yishai, veteran Israeli military correspondent, Ynet News41 PERCENT OF PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS FREED IN EXCHANGE FOR CAPTIVE SOLDIER GILAD SHALIT HAVE RETURNED TO TERRORISM 420 of the 1,027 Palestinian terrorists released in exchange for captured IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit in November 2011 have returned to terrorism and vio lence, according to a senior security of The major damage comes from the freed prisoners who were deported to or sent back to Gaza, beyond Israels reach. Prisoners released in the Shalit deal have seized control of Hamas in Gaza and are hatching plans for terror ist attacks in the West Bank. Yahya Sinwar, the head of Hamas in Gaza who himself was released in the deal, is thinking up plans for an are all over many of the attacks that Is rael managed to thwart in the past year. (Nadav Shragai, Israel HayomTHE INDIAN JEWISH COMMUNITY HELPS FOSTER ISRAEL TIES Israel has always sought friendship with India from even before the inde pendence of both countries from the same imperial power. The Indian Jew ish community has played an impor tant part in fostering these relations. At the time of independence, many senior were Jews. Many founders of medi cal faculties, leading doctors, senior continued on next page
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19 COMMENTARY COMMENTARY BRIEFS Connecting the dotsBy Rabbi Michael J. Schorin 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. W hen youre hungry, every restaurant and fast food joint on U.S. 41 will jump out at you. If youre not especially hun gry, all of these same places will fade into the background. There is nothing new about this. Indeed, theres a say ing in the Talmud that says, We see things not as they are, but as we are. What an amazing idea! For all of the physicality of this world, our eyes can still deceive us. We perceive what we are looking for. A few weeks ago, in the portion Beshallach, we read of our ancestors leaving Egypt and encountering the desert. Nowadays, we dont go any where without our bottles of water, but obviously, the water they carried with So, in Chapter 15 of Exodus, they come to the waters of Marah: They came to Marah, but they could not drink the water of Marah be cause it was bitter; that is why it was named Marah. And the people grum bled against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood; he threw it into the water and the water became sweet. (Exodus 15: wood of the oak contains tannin, which neutralizes albuminous matter, etc and leaves me in need of a good dictionary. In Legends of the Bible we read that God bade him take a piece of a laurel tree, write upon it the great and glorious name of God, and throw it into the water, whereupon the water became drinkable and sweet. (Louis Ginzberg, Legends of the Bible page In a Hasidic commentary called Itture Torah, composed by Simcha read the following: It says: they could not drink the water because it was bitter. Bitterness was not the actual condition of the water; rather, the Israelites felt bitter and therefore, whatever they tasted was bitter to them. And so we return to We see things not as they are, but as we are. No less than the Israelites having endured slavery for generation after generation, many of us can feel bitter at times. We has not been as robust as it used to be. Perhaps you bet on the New England Patriots to win and they didnt. It is okay to feel bitter sometimes. No text or commentary has said you shouldnt feel that way. But I suggest we take these verses as a key to understanding ourselves better. issue is to realize it. The second is to ask ourselves why we might be feeling that way. And the third idea would be to seek help from a rabbi or therapist. whether we write the Holy Name upon we will overcome the bitterness. It has been said that every problem is psychological, and every remedy is spiritual. When we balance our indi vidual ego with our peoples existence, we come closer to healing. When we temper our egos with a dash of humil ity, we purify ourselves. May all of your waters be sweet. Rabbi Dr. Michael J. Schorin, MAPC, BCC is a Chaplain in Lee Healths Department of Spiritual Services, and ministers at the Gulf Coast Medical Center. P: 239.333.0500 F: 239.333.0501 email@example.com www.leejustice.com1625 Hendry Street, Suite 102 Fort Myers, Florida 33901 Attorney at Law A r t o f F a s h i o n a n d M o o r e Sylish Comfortable Different The Art of Fashion and Moore(in the Arcade in historic downtown Ft. Myers) Teri Moore, Owner (239) 204-9759 2267 1st. St., Suite 12 firstname.lastname@example.org Ft. 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For continued on page 22 THE HEART OF THE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI CONFLICTActually, recognition of Israeli sover eignty over Jerusalem is unlikely to or the other. First of all, there has been no serious diplomacy for years. And more than Jerusalem. Lets be clear on why there is an and why it has lasted for more than a century. At the heart of the matter is the conviction that all of Palestine, like all of the rest of the Middle East, belongs exclusively to the Arabs and it is an un endurable and uncompromisable injus tice for Jews to exercise sovereignty on Arab land. Tactically useful peace agreements may be permitted, but permanent peace with Israel is not. This is a philosophi cal point rooted in both religious and nationalistic principles that are widely held as sacred in the Palestinian com
20 COMMENTARY / 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.Six women heroes of Passover The AJC West Coast Florida oce, located in Sarasota, can be reached at 941.365.4955.My column in January dealt with the feminist leaning of the Hebrew Bible. Its argument is that women often play crucial roles in biblical stories, but they do not receive the attention they should. In that column, I six women Heroes of the Exodus. This month I would like to elaborate on their heroism. Passover comes at the end of March this year, and sociologists tell us that more Jews will participate in some form of Passover Seder than will participate in any other religious event during the year! We cannot really appreciate the meaning and message of Passover without recognizing the importance of these six women! From a religious perspective, the Exodus from Egypt enabled all subsequent Jewish history to unfold. Without Passover we would still be slaves in Egypt! Moses, of course, is Gods agent in the liberation and the storys foremost hero. The Book of Exodus, however, makes it clear that the role six women play in that event is crucial. Without them, the Exodus could not have taken place, and we would have no Passover to celebrate! Shiphrah and Puah Shiphrah and Puah were humble midwives. Pharaoh ordered them to kill every baby boy that emerged from his mothers womb. The most powerful man on earth one worshipped as a god gave them a direct order! The midwives, though, answered to a higher authority than Pharaoh. Their bravery rings across the millennia as an answer to those Nazis who claimed they had no choice but to kill Jews. They were only following orders. Shiphrah and Puah teach us we always Yocheved Yocheved, Moses mother, hid her Then she placed him in a wicker basket Nile. What courage that took, but her JDPEOH\003SDLG\003Rru\004\003\013\([RGXV\003\025\035\024\020\026\f Miriam Miriam, Moses sister, watched the basket from afar. When Pharaohs daughter drew it out of the water, Miri am runs to her and suggests the babys own mother as its nurse. In so doing she saved her brothers life. (Exodus Pharaohs Daughter The heroic role of Pharaohs daugh ter also should not escape our atten saved Moses. For this she received the privilege of giving Moses his name, and she herself received the name Bityah which means daughter of the Zipporah is Zipporah Moses wife. She circum cised their son Eleazar when apparent ly Moses had neglected to do so. The of the story, so the rabbis could have interpreted it any way they wished. They could have deemed it crucial or inconsequential. They chose to teach us that God would have killed Moses had Zipporah not intervened and cir The heroism of the women who made Passover possible is a strong and accurate answer to those who claim that women always play a secondary or subordinate role in Jewish think ing. The heroic women of Passover also provide wonderful role models for girls and women today to admire and emulate. Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs serves at Bat Yam Temple of the Islands on Sani bel Island. Rabbi Stephen Fuchs Polish-Jewish relations: A case study in what can go wrongBy David Harris, AJC CEO, February 2, 2018O ne day, I fear, what is currently happening in Polish-Israeli and Polish-Jewish relations will become a case study for universities and diplomatic academies around the world in how an outwardly strong partnership can unravel practically overnight. The core lesson will doubtless be that the moderate voices committed issues, as befits friends were out shouted and outmaneuvered by shrill, uncompromising voices for whom any concession was seen as weakness, if not capitulation. This is particularly true, alas, in Poland right now. Having already confronted European Union institutions on unrelated among member states, Poland has now chosen to jeopardize its links with Israel and the Jewish world by going ahead with problematic legislation regarding World War II and the Holocaust. As if all this werent enough for Warsaw, the United States has also spoken up, taking issue with the parlia mentary measure and suggesting that its standing in America. The last time I checked, Poland needed friends, just like every other country, all the more so given its entirely legitimate and understandable security anxieties. Who is there for Poland? Well, for starters, Washington, the actor that, more than any other, has the will and capability to stand alongside Poland. Israel, with its long experience, Moreover, many in Poland attribute its NATO accession, in 1999, in part States Senate for the security pacts expansion, notwithstanding consider able opposition from those who feared Moscows reaction. Imagine a Poland today without NATO membership in light of whats been happening to the east. Further, why does Poland, by its current action, seek to trigger a reopening of painful and complex historical narratives? Who stands to gain from this? Apart from the hotheads, I can imagine only one political leader outside the country who is grinning, and Vladimir Putin is not exactly Polands most trusted friend to begin with. To be sure, some in Israel and the larger Jewish world have made a bad situation worse by pouring oil on the saw attacked mercilessly by German forces on September 1, 1939 was Berlins willing partner in Hitlers Final Solution. Yes, there is an undeniable and immensely painful record of Polish anti-Semitism before, during and after the war, and Poland cannot dodge that cussion of any part of it. Democratic nations emerge far stronger from selfexamination than self-denial. But, however agonizing, this must not be the beginning and end of the discussion. There is far more to Polands history regarding both Jews and its war time record, and this cant conveniently be swept under the rug in a paroxysm of uncontrolled Jewish anger. Poland was brutally occupied by two nations, not one Nazi Germany Stalins orders, in the Katyn Forest. Countless Poles were sent to both Nazi and Soviet camps. Polish pilots played a vital role in the Battle of Britain. Without them, the outcome might, in fact, have been quite Polish cryptographers originally broke the Nazi code, leading to the game-changing breakthroughs at Bletchley Park. The Polish underground alerted the world to the German plan to exterminate worked to save individual Jews. And Polish soldiers fought valiantly at the battle of Monte Cassino as my Hitlers dream of a thousand-year reign by 988 years. And fast forward to today. Twenty-eight years after Poland the yoke of communism and reconnect to the Western world, a vibrant Jewish community has re-emerged and Is rael looks to Warsaw for support in the European Union and at the UN, where it currently sits on the all-important Security Council. Its often said that moderates those willing to listen to others and look for a ZOPA, Zone of Possible Agreement are rarely as motivated and passionate as more extreme voices. So far, regrettably, that seems to be the case in this current contretemps. But, as one who cares deeply about all thats been achieved since 1989, I refuse to be silent or, for that matter, to abandon my moderation. Specializing in knee replacement
21 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 Marc Sack The beginning of prayerI n 1982, when I began my career, I dont remember doing a mishebeirakh, a special blessing for the sick, during the Shabbat morning ser vice. (Mishebeirakh, means May the One Who blessed. a variety of prayers of personal blessing that are usually said during the Torah ser Sometime around 2000, a new congregant told me that his former congregation spread out a large canopy during the Shabbat morning Torah ser vice; they called it the mishebeirakh tallit He said that many people came up and stood underneath it during the blessing for the sick. I was skeptical but gave it a try. I was shocked. Every Shabbat morning, dozens of people stood under the canopy and called out names of relatives or friends, in He brew or English, during the prayer. Now, at Temple Judea, we dont have a canopy. But every Shabbat morn ing, when we pause the Torah reading to say the mishebeirakh, people stand throughout the sanctuary, pull out a list of names from their pocket, and call them out to be included in our prayer for healing. The practice of Temple Judea must be widespread. First-time visitors to the congregation come prepared with their list of names. People sing the Debbie Friedman mishebeirakh song without looking at the words. Ameri can Jews and, I guess, many of our neighbors have incorporated praying for healing as a regular part of their worship service. I wonder whats changed from the beginning of my career when this prayer was not part of the service. Is it that we baby boomers once thought we had life by the lapels, that modern science would cure all diseases? Are we confronting our own aches and pains, and those of our loved ones? Are we confronting our own mortality and saying, we need some help? I suppose for many, perhaps most, people, when they participate in the mishebeirakh, their hopes are very lit eral. They are praying that God will bring physical health to their loved one who is sick. The prayer in our siddur asks for more than this. It asks God to send a healing of spirit and healing of body. What is this healing of spirit to which the prayer refers? That is left to our imagination. Are we praying that our loved one be less afraid; that they are hopeful and not depressed; that they have the courage to face whatever strength to combat their illness? Per haps all of these and more? (When it comes to prayer, we can only use the word perhaps. Can we fully under stand or capture our inner experiences In his book about prayer, Mans Quest for God, Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, We do not communicate with God. We only make ourselves communicable to Him. Prayer is an emanation of what is most precious in us toward Him The purpose of prayer is to be brought to His atten tion, to be listened to, to be understood by Him; not to know Him, but to be known to Him. Perhaps this is why so many are calling out names for the mishebeirakh. We are showing a piece of our inner fear, longing and hope to God. We are hoping that the healing of body and spirit comes to our loved ones and to ourselves. This is the beginning of prayer. Rabbi Marc Sack serves at Temple Judea in Fort Myers. Six women heroes of Passover The AJC West Coast Florida oce, located in Sarasota, can be reached at 941.365.4955.Musings I suppose I should be writing something about Passover in this months From the Bimah column, but since youre reading a Jewish paper you probably know most of the basics by now, so Ill pass on that. Be sides, my cherished colleagues are probably writing about the holiday in their pieces and theyre sure to be covering all the bases. It occurred to me that I could be writing about turning 70 this month, and the Psalmist calls threescore years and 10 a full lifes pan. But 70 down here in Fort Myers is no big deal, since so many LCHAYIM readers have already blown right past that so its gornisht mit gornisht, right? So lets not write about that. Of course, I bet some of you are expecting me to say something about getting married this month to one of wont be doing that either, even though this is really a big deal. You see, when I mishigas it that there be other Great est Generations in the pipeline! Now thats a really big deal, right? Rabbi Bruce Diamond serves at The Community Free Synagogue in Fort Myers.Daylight Savings Time Rabbi Nicole Luna As we anticipate Daylight Savings Time and the return of extra daylight late into the evening, we turn to our liturgy to see Gods hand in light and darkness, day and night. Maariv Aravim and Yotzer Or are prayers about creation. They make a claim about our world and also establish boundar ies between what we believe compared to what others believe. They are based on a Jewish understanding of the universe, that God is the creator behind both light and dark, day and night, evening and morning. This was developed in direct contrast to Gnostics or Zoroastrians who emphasized duality two creative forces in opposition to each other. Now today, we recognize more than two opposing forces at play in the universe: we have gravity, electromagnetism, strong and weak forces. But we still experience day and night, so still this prayer makes the claim that the universe is ordered, that it is set with laws that regulate times and seasons, that there is predictability, and of course that God is somehow part of this creative process. But prayer is about more than text. Its about the setting, timing, the people saying the prayer. Rabbi Law ma. Liturgy might be the script, but many aspects come together to create our act of worship, to bring us closer to God. On Shabbat, we warm up by reciting Psalms, singing together, tran sitioning into the sacred time of Shab bat. We are called to bless God with the Barchu and then we formally start our prayers. So where should we be gin? What inspires awe and wonder, a sense that theres something be yond us? How do we begin to connect with God? In the evening, the sun is setting, darkness descends, its that time of twilight when the day slips away and is gone. Stars come out, we rely on the light of the moon. In the morning, we bask in the sunlight, with light stream ing through our sanctuary windows. We begin our worship by praising what is all around us Gods glorious act of creation that continues every day. Each sunset, each sunrise is God creating night and day, again and again. Our lit urgy starts by exciting our imagination and sense of wonder with the claim that the world is ordered, and calls our attention to the beauty and mystery of creation. May we pay attention and give thanks to God. Rabbi Nicole Luna serves at Temple Beth El in Fort Myers. Rabbi Bruce Diamond Polish-Jewish relations: A case study in what can go wrongAnd Polish soldiers fought valiantly at the battle of Monte Cassino as my elsewhere in the Allied struggle. In other words, Poland made a Hitlers dream of a thousand-year reign by 988 years. And fast forward to today. Twenty-eight years after Poland the yoke of communism and reconnect to the Western world, a vibrant Jewish community has re-emerged and Israel looks to Warsaw for support in the European Union and at the UN, where it currently sits on the all-important Security Council. Its often said that moderates those willing to listen to others and look for a ZOPA, Zone of Possible Agreement are rarely as motivated and passionate as more extreme voices. So far, regrettably, that seems to be the case in this current contretemps. But, as one who cares deeply about all thats been achieved since 1989, I refuse to be silent or, for that matter, to abandon my moderation. A thought for PurimThere is a story of a man who spent most of the day in front of his television set watching one football game after another. Finally, he fell asleep and spent the night in his chair. When his wife arose in the morning she was afraid that he would be late for work. Get up, dear, she said, it is twenty to seven. In an instant, the man was fully awake. In whose favor? He asked. We must not fall asleep in life so that we do not know the goals of living. There is a school of thought which maintains that only that which is per ceived through the senses is real. A chair or table is something you see or touch. Foul or fragrant is something we can smell. Loud or soft is something we can hear. Bitter or sweet is something we can taste. But freedom, justice, re sponsibility and decency are literally non sense or nonsense. Judaism, how ever, believes just the opposite that these very values give meaning to life, and without them life is nonsense. In fact, that belief is the basic dif ference between an animal and a hu man being. To an animal, morality and honor are meaningless tools, while to a human they are of supreme mean ing. Values determine the direction and purposes of an individual, of a society. Human beings create concepts, goals and ideas. Human beings know that ideas have consequences. Rabbi Solomon Agin serves at Temple Shalom in Port Charlotte. 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23 TEMPLE BETH EL SCHOOLSFort Myers FOCUS ON YOUTH TEMPLE JUDEA SCHOOLSFort Myers Temple Judea Religious School Liz Singer Dir. of Congregational Learning Temple Judea Religious School uses Jewish values as an overarching value which informs the rest of the students studies. The lower grades learned about Eretz Yisrael which included being able to recognize some important plac es like Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Eilat, as well as to be able to point out some key characteristics of these cities. Following that unit, our younger stu dents began to study the value of Baal Tashchit ed how important it is to take care of the earth, and to not waste. The upper grades completed learn ing about Achrayut and how it relates to the environment as well as our relationships with the people around us. These lessons mani fested themselves in a variety of ways. The 3rd-4th grade class talked about the Hillel and Shammai story of learn ing Torah while on one foot, and how we have an obligation to care for others They also learned about the meaning of loving your neighbor as yourself and asked themselves what this means in their daily lives. The 5th and 6th grade discussed responsibility as it relates to values like stewardship over the earth, hashavat aveidah rael. In the context of Israel, they had a lengthy discussion centered around the controversial subject of pidyon shvuyim also studied the Prayer for Israel as part of this unit. Currently, students are learning about HaKarat HaTov (Calling out tionship with Purim, and recognizing in saving the Jewish people. Also for Purim, students heard the Megillah betom of the seudat ample amounts of spaghetti. Six of our teens traveled to Camp Shalom, where they joined with others from across the region in a summer-inwinter theme. Everyone had a blast, so much so, that many also signed up to meet their new friends at the next regional event which is an annual trip to the theme parks in Orlando that took place on Presidents Day weekend. It is always such a pleasure to see students so invigorated and engaged. We hope that you will be a part of it. 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:March 2: 6:11 March 9: 6:15 March 16: 7:19 March 23: 7:22 March 30: 7:26 Temple Beth El Religious School Dale M. Cohen, R.J.E., MA.Ed. Religious Education Director I wish everyone a happy and celebra tory month of March. We have so many exciting programs planned for this presentation on their experiences. I am thrilled this year to be leading, along with Vanessa Sax, our students on this most memorable trip. On Sunday, March 4 we will have a Purim pancake breakfast where our stu dents can invite their grandparents and/ or parents to share in the fun. We will decorate our pancakes as our favorite Purim characters. Following the break fast, Morah Hilarys 7 th grade class will present a Purim play, which will leave you laughing right out of your seats! Following the play, at approximately at 11:00 a.m., we will go into the sanc tuary to hear Rabbi Luna read the Megillah, and we will use our groggers every time we hear Hamans name! The whole TBE commu nity is invited to participate in this as well. Following the Megillah reading we will enjoy the hamantaschen that were made by our students. On Saturday, March 10 we will have another Junior Congregation. This is the best opportunity for our students in grades 4-7 to practice the Saturday morning liturgy in order to prepare for their future bar or bat mitzvah. As always, I encourage our parents to attend and learn along with the students. On Sunday, March 11 we will celebrate Passover. And by popular demand, our infamous chocolate Seder will return. It is so much fun and an interactive way to learn about the Passover Seder while munching on chocolate matzo and other delicious chocolate options. On Sundays, March 18 and 25, and Wednesday, March 21, we will not have any Religious School as Lee County has its spring break. We will resume on Wednesday, March 28. TJUSY teens 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
24 ORGANIZATIONS Have an item youd like to share? Need to reach the editor of LCHAYIM? Send an email to LChayim36@gmail.com. JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA(239) 566-1771 Read the current and previous editions of LCHAYIM online at www.JewishFederationLCC.org.Marching on! Marina Berkovich The Jewish Historical Society of South west Florida received glorious com munity support at our Annual Florida Jewish History Month Celebration on January 21. Many dignitaries honored our organization, its mission and our 2018 honoree by attending the event the work of Murray Hendel and our or ganization. Among the dignitaries were Florida State Senator Kathleen Passidomo, Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers: Murrays Mile documentary. To quote Bob Raymond, whose heartfelt, often erated spurts of laughter, The world would be a better place if there were more Murray Hendels in it. We extend our congratulations to Murray Hendel for his years of civic service to Collier County and its general and Jewish communities, the ties he built, the matchmaking he has done, and the gratitude he earned while nar rowing the gaps between people. Mr. Hendel received the Key to the City of Naples, a declaration of January 21, 2018, as Murray Hendel Day from Mayor Bill Barnett, and the Community Star from the Collier County Sher The event committee chair Peter Klein, and event coordinators Ursula Pfahl of Bigham Jewelers and hardworking volunteer board member Charlane King made sure every detail was executed impeccably. Ted Epstein and Alexander Goldstein earned great their talent, skill and time. Our goals of gaining wider exposure within the local community and funding to enable the Virtual Museum and other projects ceeded. We are humbled and grateful. We thank all individuals, compa nies and organizations that supported this event by participation, donations, time and other resources. Thanks to our members. Your support makes us stronger one day at a time. And very importantly, we thank our volunteers for a job well done at the event and the entire cycle. JHSSWFs next Master Class pre sentation will be at the Jewish Fed eration of Greater Naples on Tuesday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. It will include Southwest Floridas early Jewish his tory. This is a free event; light refresh ments will be served. Register at http:// by April 20. On April 1 we will be making our decision for next years programming and Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers tions of a noteworthy SWFL Jewish resident or a candidate for an eyewit ness interview to firstname.lastname@example.org. To renew your membership or be come a member or an event sponsor, please email email@example.com, visit www.jhsswf.org or call us. jhsswf.org if you have time and would OLNH\003WR\003KHOS\021\003SHFL\277F\003QHHGV\035\003ZRUN\003LQGH pendently in Microsoft Word, ability to do research, proofreading. Explore the early Jewish life of SWFL by visiting the Virtual Museum of Southwest Jewish History at www. HADASSAHCollier/Lee Chapter (239) 301-0509 HUMANISTIC JEWISH HAVURAHof Southwest Florida (239) 495-8484 Memories of Seders past experiencing Seders present Paula Creed As in years past, the Humanistic Jew ish Havurah of Southwest Florida cel ebrates its Passover Seder at Bonita Bay Club, 26660 Club Drive, Bonita Springs. On Saturday, March 31, the event will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. A traditional matzo ball soup, choice of chicken or brisket, dessert, beverage and more. Vegetarian plates are available. The cost is $85 per person including gratu ity. The charge for a child under 13 is $35. Reservations may be made by mailing a check payable to HJH to Joan Weinstein, 15191 Cedarwood Lane, Apt. 2505, Naples, FL 34110. Be sure to indicate your choice of en tree with your payment. Reservations must be received by March 25. Further information is available at www.hjh good food, the story in the Haggadah, but mostly being together with family. Many with whom I spoke remem ber that the Seder was lengthy and tedious. Some remember the prayers were too long and too many. Some remember having to sit at the kids table. One person reported drinking wine and getting sick! The inference, although not openly expressed, is their experience was also about being Jewish. Not one person spoke of Thanksgiving, Christmas or other family holidays having the same import. The Seder is a very positive Jewish experience shared by everyone. Their Haggadahs may have varied sion to one that was more traditional to the family, or even a creative version to hold the interest of the children. The important element I observed is that no matter the memories, the Seder remains a positive way to maintain our Jewish identity. Southwest Florida, miles apart from family, still wanting to have that wonderful Seder experience. Our friends are our family. Doing something Jewish is important. And so, the Humanistic Jewish Havurah Seder has become a very popular event. We gather to continue celebrating Passover with all the trimmings, but without the distasteful long readings, the prayers that do not Humanistic Judaism is a non-the istic movement in which cultural Jews and their families, whether born Jewish GENERATIONS OF THE SHOAH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA(239) 963-9347 SHALOM LIFE CENTER Fort Myers(239) 218-3433 Why do we celebrate the past? Lawrence & Robin Dermer Why do we celebrate events that have already happened? A celebration can be or event with ceremonies. Or: Showing When a Jewish holiday occurs on The the actual event does not happen all over again, but the spiritual feeling re curs. On Pesach, we recall the Divine intervention in which we were freed from bondage. On this day we were redeemed from Egyptian slavery and a slavery mindset as well. Every year on Pesach we can access this amazing and transformative ener gy which is even stronger at the Seder. When G-d took us out of Egypt, we were both physically and spiritually liberated. The deeper meaning behind Yetziat Mitzrayim, G-ds taking us out of Egypt, was to clear the path for our ancestors and for us as well on our multi-genera tional quest for personal and collective tial for liberation, freedom from physical and emotional slavery. G-d rescued us from a place called Egypt and also a state of mind called Mitzrayim. In Hebrew, Mitzrayim can be translated as the narrow straits or narrow places, and even our own narrowmindedness that may keep us locked in a self-imposed bondage. G-d took us from a state of fear and self-doubt and gave us the ability to access His Divine assistance in all we do. G-d assisted Nachshon by splitting the red sea, but only after he took the leap of faith and jumped into the waters. G-d waited until he almost drowned and only then parted the seas. Pesach reminds us we must demonstrate our emunah shleyma, our complete and unwavering faith, before the miracles can happen. Nachshon didnt know there would be a miracle when he jumped. He had doubts as we all do, but he chose faith, freeing himself from fear as he waded deeper and deeper into the water. This lesson is as relevant for us today as it was for our ancestors in Egypt. When we celebrate our Exodus, were not just celebrating something that happened 3,000 years ago, were celebrating the potential for freedom from any negativity, fear or doubt that keeps us from moving for ward and being our very best selves. We sing Ha Lachma Anya at our Seder, which means: This is the bread Egypt... This year we are still slaves, next year we will be a free people. We need to be reminded and reinspired, and that is why we celebrate every year. We celebrate to avoid falling back into bondage. We celebrate to of freedom in our own lives. Pesach reminds us we have another chance to reach the stars. Once again we cel ebrate our freedom from the physical and spiritual bondage of Mitzrayim and continue our journey to the promised land! Its almost time to celebrate Pesach together again. This year our Shalom Life Center Seders will be even more wonderful than 2017. If you attended last years amazing Seder on either the an SLC Seder is beautiful, traditional, musical, interactive and probably un like any Seder youve ever attended. Please join us for the best Seder experi ence of your life, which will be held on March 30 and 31 at the elegant Crowne Plaza Hotel in the grand ballroom. For more information and to RSVP, call 239.218.3433 or email info@shalom lifecenter.org. We look forward to see ing you there! Join us every Friday evening for joyful, musical and meaningful Shab bat Services at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday mornings for Torah study at 10:00 a.m. Visit our website at www.shalomlife center.org for information on our many clubs, programs and special events such as Yiddish Culture Club, Book Club, Mens Group, Sisterhood, Wom ens Circle, Choir, BBYO, SLC Kitch en and more. There are so many ways to enhance your Jewish life at Shalom Life Center. ZIONIST ORG. of AMERICA Southwest Florida Chapter (914) 329-1024Strategic Challenges for the U.S. and Israel Jerrold L. Sobel At no time since the end of the Cold War has global peace been threatened as it is today. Some may argue the world has always been a dangerous actors possessing or near possessing nuclear weapons as there presently are. More than one member of the Greatest Generation Ive spoken gous those daunting days, weeks and months leading to World War II to today. Whereas then, the Western pow-
25 ORGANIZATIONS Read the current and previous editions of LCHAYIM online at www.JewishFederationLCC.org. time and other resources. Thanks to our members. Your support makes us stronger one day at a time. And very importantly, we thank our volunteers for a job well done at the event and the entire cycle. JHSSWFs next Master Class presentation will be at the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples on Tuesday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. It will include Southwest Floridas early Jewish history. This is a free event; light refreshments will be served. Register at http:// by April 20. On April 1 we will be making our decision for next years programming and Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers tions of a noteworthy SWFL Jewish resident or a candidate for an eyewit ness interview to firstname.lastname@example.org. To renew your membership or become a member or an event sponsor, please email email@example.com, visit www.jhsswf.org or call us. jhsswf.org if you have time and would pendently in Microsoft Word, ability to do research, proofreading. Explore the early Jewish life of SWFL by visiting the Virtual Museum of Southwest Jewish History at www. HADASSAHCollier/Lee Chapter (239) 301-0509 A message from your Hadassah presidential team Lynn Weiner 2018 will a historic year of celebra tions for Hadassah. This year marks the 100 th anniversary of Hadassah Medical Organization, the 100 th anniversary of the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing, the 100 th anniversary of the Hadassah Depart ment of Ophthalmology, and Israels 70 th birthday! Watch for events and activities as we celebrate. In addition, Hadassah presents From Dream to Innovation: Hadassah Israel Milestone Mission from Octo ber 7-15, 2018. This amazing mission includes a meeting with Israeli opinion leaders, a VIP Hadassah Hospital visit with renowned Hadassah researchers, as well as a special track for nurses. You will visit a Naval Base in Haifa, tour Hebron and Atlit, and enjoy Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Participate in a Learna-thon with speakers and teachers in Jewish studies, politics, Israeli culture and more! Registration is open now at 800.237.1517 or ayelet.com. On January 30 we in The Presidential Team: Shelley Skelton and Lynn Weiner Immediate Past Presidents: Karen Cohn and Gayle Dorio Membership Vice Presidents: Maxine Brenner, Donna Goldblatt and Carol Hirsch Program Vice President: Carol Finn Education Vice President: Elyse Morande Recording Secretary: Leda Lubin Corresponding Secretary: Iris Shur Fundraising Vice President: Lee Henson Records Administrator: Rona Senior Welcome and congratulations to our new Executive Board! Please join us for the Keepers of the Gate Reunion on Sunday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. at a private home. This is for current, past and new Keepers. To become a Keeper of the Gate, you pledge an annual gift of $1,000 or more that can be paid in a lump sum, monthly or with an Israel Bond. To RSVP, email Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Annual Spring Luncheon will be on Thursday, March 8 at 10:45 a.m. at The Club at Olde Cypress with guest speaker Patti Badiner talking about Mindful Eating. For details, please contact Carol at 708.289.5181 or carol email@example.com. Hadassah will sponsor Abigail Pogrebin, author of My Jewish Year, at the Jewish Book Festival closing event on Monday, April 9 from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. at Beth Tikvah. For tickets, go to www.jewishbookfestival.org or call Renee Bialek at 239.263.4205. Looking forward to seeing you at some of these events! * Shelley Skelton Last week, I entered an elevator in a ton and waited to be whisked up to the person in the elevator with me and, as I stood quietly waiting to reach my destination, I heard a voice behind me say, I hope youre having a nice day! I turned around to look at this very charming lady smiling at me, complete ly taken by surprise, and said, Why thank you. It is a nice day, isnt it? Up until that moment, I really hadnt given it much thought. But what a pleasant feeling surged through me and, as I left the elevator, I couldnt wipe the smile from my face. What an impact a posi tive attitude has on our psyche. So put on your smiles, think pleas ant thoughts, and positively remind yourself what you DO for Hadassah and why you DO it! Our mothers and grandmothers helped build the State of Israel and started Hadassah. Now it is up to our generation, our children and grandchildren to continue the extraor dinary work of Hadassah, known for its commitment to health, education and youth programs in Israel and the Jewish community worldwide. Our medical centers are world re nowned for their experience in cancer treatment, detection and research. And donation, stem cell research, heart dis ease, nutrition and so much more. To support all of these programs and more, it is crucial that we work to the resources to accomplish our goals, and our volunteers are hard at work making sure that this happens. And remember, the next time you enter an elevator, you have the power to put a smile on the face of an absolute stranger. Take advantage of every op portunity! GENERATIONS OF THE SHOAH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA(239) 963-9347 Intergenerational aspects of Holocaust trauma to be discussed at GenShoah meeting Ida Margolis of the Holocaust Museum & Educa tion Center of Southwest Florida that was formed nine years ago. Currently the group is for both children of Ho any other individuals who are inter ested in Holocaust education and hu man rights. The number of individuals who have expressed an interest in Ho locaust-related programs and who have asked to receive the GenShoah SWFL newsletter has grown each year. GenApril, and every year asks for sugges tions for programs for the next season. Of course, the number of programs that can be presented are limited, but the steering committee tries to present programs that many individuals have expressed an interest in attending. Because of the numerous requests for a program on intergenerational aspects of Holocaust trauma, GenShoah has called upon two individuals to present such a program. Dr. Ken Wetcher and Shelley Goodman will be presenting Ldor Vador Intergenerational Aspects of Holocaust Trauma at the Holocaust Museum (4760 Tamiami Trial N., NaWetcher and Goodman note that there has been a great deal studied and written about survivors of the Holocaust and how surviving has impacted their lives. That 2nd and 3rd generations of accepted. The how and why is lies and the circumstances. Ken Wetcher is a psychiatrist who has over 50 years of diverse experience. He is a 1st and 2nd generation survivor. Dr. Wetcher has worked extensively with mens issues, especially focused on PTSD from the Vietnam War. Shelley Goodman is a psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto, Canada, since 1989. She has an eclectic practice working with individuals, couples and families with a focus primarily on relationships. She has done extensive work with Holocaust survivors and one generations journey plays on the next generation. Shelley continues to learn from her clients as she supports them through their life journeys. Individuals who are interested are invited to attend and explore with Wetcher and Goodman as they discuss this topic. Space is limited and reser vations are required to zalman08054@ yahoo.com. There is no cost. The annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration will be held at Temple Shalom (4630 Pine Ridge Road, Na No RSVP is required and there is no cost. To contribute suggestions for fu ture GenShoah programs or to receive the GenShoah e-newsletter, email me HAZAK 55+ CHAPTER at Temple Judea(239) 433-0201Jan Klein Hazak held its recent planning meet ings on January 14 and February 11. There was a very successful Hazak Shabbat on Saturday, December 30. Zohar, the Shlicha from Temple Judea, gave a fascinating Dvar Torah on her life in Israel. The January program had to be canceled due to the illness of the guest speaker. It will be rescheduled for the fall. The February program was a trip to the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL. Those who attended enjoyed a tour by a very knowledgeable docent. After the tour, lunch was enjoyed at Brio Tuscan Grille. Upcoming programs Sunday, March 11: Screening of Remember at Temple Judea with dinner to follow Sunday, April 22: Mu sical Ensemble, coordi nated by Liz Singer and featuring, Liz, Avi, Sid and Sasha Future possible programs include Mini Golf followed by lunch, Jewish Trivia Game Night, Story Telling, Art Shows, Movies, Dinner and Musical Program at The Roadhouse. Anyone who has any inquiries about Hazak should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are very pleased to announce the new board: President: Andy Chernow Past Presidents: Joyce and George Rosinger Program Chairs: Lynda Maslow and Bernie Perlstein Recording Secretaries: Fran Chernow and Bernie Perlstein Publicity: Jan Klein and Jodi Cohen Temple Judea Board Rep: Andy Chernow ZIONIST ORG. of AMERICA Southwest Florida Chapter (914) 329-1024 Strategic Challenges for the U.S. and Israel Jerrold L. Sobel At no time since the end of the Cold War has global peace been threatened as it is today. Some may argue the world has always been a dangerous actors possessing or near possessing nuclear weapons as there presently are. More than one member of the Greatest Generation Ive spoken East as well as the major supporter of global terrorism is the repressive regime in Iran. Here again, faced with the choice of being steadfast in opposition to this rogue regime hellbent on acquiring nuclear capabilities, the Western response is tepid at best, pusillanimous at worst. Fortunately, in this ally, Israel. The battle-hardened Jewish state has a vested interest in thwarting direct threats from Iran and her puppets Hezbollah, Syria and Hamas. The United States, presently shar ing a golden age with Israel, shares common interests with her in these matters and in reversing the foothold in the Middle East that past Administrations have allowed Russia to regain. Following updated policies on Iraq and Syria this year, the United States is suing an Assad-free Syria, and assisting the pro-Western side in Yemens proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. In the February 4, 2018, edition of its paper, Haaretz reported Egypt has allowed Israel to conduct over 100 airstrikes on recalcitrant ISIS forces within the Sinai. This is proof the sands of change are rapidly taking place in the Middle East. When countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia seek military coordination with the United States and Israel against Islamic ter rorists and rogue states, this can be the only conclusion. On Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m., famed military analyst and author Colonel Ralph Peters will be speaking at the Chabad Jewish Center of Naples, 1789 Mandarin Road. His topic will be A World on Fire: Strategic Challenges for the United States and Israel. He will address the aforementioned and other military issues concerning the two allies. There will also be a book signing at the conclusion of the presentation. Admission is $30 per person prepaid; $32 at the door. Make checks payable to ZOA of SWFL and mail to 4003 Upolo Lane, Naples, FL 34119. For more information, call 914.329.1024 or email email@example.com.
26 TEMPLE NEWS Changing you address? Keep LCHAYIM coming to your home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. TEMPLE SHALOMCharlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands (941) 625-2116 On Friday evening, March 2, Temple Shalom will observe Purim with the reading of the Megillah. All are urged to be in costume. Hamentashen will be served. Prizes will be awarded. Karaoke with the one and only Jack Bernstein will be here on Sunday March 4 at 5:00 p.m. Pizza and salad will be served. There is a $12 donation per person. Come and enjoy a wonder ful time. Open to all. As part of its Jewish Film series, on Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m., the temple will screen Walk on Water. There will be a Lunch and Learn with the Forward on Tues day, March 27 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. If you wish to attend, please 941.625.2116. There is no charge to participate. This is a funded learning experience. The annual Congregational/Com munity Seder will take place at the Kingsway Country Club on Saturday evening, March 31. Kindly call the tend. Space is limited and reservations are required. ated Reform congregation servicing all of Charlotte County, North Fort Myers and North Port. TEMPLE JUDEAFort Myers (239) 433-0201 The community is invited to Temple Judeas big Purim Social and Fundraising event on Saturday evening, March 3. This special event will honor Temple Judea Preschool Director Joann Goldman for her 21 years of service at the preschool. There will be a DJ and dancing, hors doeuvres and dessert, and a silent and live auction. The cost is $75 per person. Fun will be had by son and not to be missed. RSVP to the Another special event is planned just a few days later. Join our Shlicha, Zohar Ben Hamu, and her mother, Miri, who is visiting from Israel, on Thursday, March 8, to learn how to prepare a typical Israeli meal. The class will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the prepared food will be served as the Kiddush luncheon on Saturday, March 10. Those attend ing the cooking class are asked for a sors of the Shabbat luncheon. Donations of $18 or $36 are also welcome from those unable to attend the class, but who would like to be included as a sponsor for the Shabbat luncheon. RSVP to tjchaverotfortmyers@gmail. com. The community is invited to Temple Judea to hear a talk by AIPACS Florida Deputy Regional Director, Joshua Karsh, on Sunday, March 18 at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Karsh will speak on The U.S.-Israel Relationship in a Rapidly Changing Middle East. He is responsible for creating the strategic direction and supervising the daily operations for one of the largest AIPAC All members of Temple Judea received a Shalach Manot bag of goodies in cel ebration of Purim. Volun teers will be assembling the bags on Sunday, March 25, and bags will be ready for pickup start ing Monday, March 26. Shalach Manot bags were also sent to all Temple Judea college students. A wine and cheese reception is held every Friday from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., 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 monthly To Myers and Brettholtz and Company. It is an hour of open discussion of Torah and Judaism where all levels of back ground and all questions are encour aged. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to attend. The next Torah study is Thursday, March 1. Our monthly volunteering at the Salvation Armys Meals with Compas Volunteers are needed for Sundays, March 11 and 25. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Linda Idelson at email@example.com. Its not too early to start planning for Passover and to mark your calendar to attend the synagogues second night Seder on Saturday, March 31. More in formation about the Seder will follow. 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. Morning minyan every Monday at 9:00 a.m. TEMPLE BETH ELFort Myers (239) 433-0018 As we welcome Rabbi Luna back from maternity leave, we also thank the many congregants who led Shabbat services, Torah study, and Lunch & Learn. We thank Cantor Bessman, as well, for his leadership during the rabbis absence. Let the games begin. Join Sister hood on May 9 for a new program were calling Mimosas, Mah Jongg, and More. On that day, players will come with their usual game friends and play whatever they want. Mah jongg, dominoes, what followed by games. This event is open to Sisterhood members and nonmem bers alike. Everyone will receive a favor, prizes will be given to table prizes. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Gatlin is coming! Hurry up and get your tickets, as they are almost gone. The amazing singing duo of Andrea & Torah Study At Chabad, we know that the richness of our tradition, and the wisdom it offers can be exciting, even thrilling. Our Torah Studies program, developed by the world-renowned Jewish Learning Institute, brings you the tradition of classical Jewish learning in a series of inspiring and engaging weekly classes. Our lessons probe the depths of
27 TEMPLE NEWS CHABADCharlotte County (941) 833-3381 COMMUNITY FREE SYNAGOGUEFort Myers (239) 466-6671 The people of the Community Free Synagogue grieve the passing of our dearest friend, Phil Lefton, and ex press their heartfelt condolences to Charlotte and her family. Phil was a remarkable man in so many ways a devoted family man, consummate edu cator and intellectual, gifted musician, patriotic veteran, champion of progres sive causes, and deeply-rooted son of the people of Israel. His lamp cannot be extinguished. C.F.S. thoroughly enjoyed the gift boxes of Israels fruits and nuts pre pared by Auxiliary Rabbi Goldberg for Tu BShvat. Heartfelt thanks to Prof. Jessica Evers, Associate Director of FGCUs Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and active CFSer, for her outstanding 3-week series on American antiSemitism between the World Wars, and to Auxiliary Rabbi Miess for another of his programs. Once again all are invited to the Community Free Synagogues very entertaining PowerPoint Megillah reading on Purim Eve, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 28. Rabbi Diamond will read the Scroll of Esther as scenes are shown from the Megillah, staged by CFSers in lush period costumes with ancient Persian backdrops. Come in costume or use one of the many from the CFS wardrobe. Homebaked hummentaschen will be served after the reading. Thanks to all the enthusiastic bakers who returned to bake this years batch of Purim delicacies in the synagogue kitchen. It was fun! Rabbi Diamond will teach the traditions of Passover on Sundays, March 4 and 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Learn about the Seders history, how to conduct one at home, as well as the holidays dietary laws and related practices. On Sunday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m., Rabbi Diamond will once again conduct his very popular workshop on how to bake your own matzah from scratch. Once youve made your own, you wont be going back to the industrial boxed substitute. The classes are free and open to all. The Community Free Synagogues next Brown Bag Movie Night is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 in the Community Hall, 10868 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers. It features the 1958 classic Marjorie Morningstar, starring Natalie Wood, Gene Kelly and Carolyn Jones. Based on Herman Wouks 1955 woman from New York trying to break away from her traditional roots. Nodepictions of Jewish rituals since the 1927 Jazz Singer. Pack a dinner; admission and soft drinks are free! The synagogue will be hosting a starting at 6:00 p.m. in its Communi 150 participants, but reservations are required. To make yours, email Auxiliary Rabbi Goldberg at synfreersvp@ gmail.com. Once again the congregation is most grateful to Drs. David Heligman and Alan Tannenbaum for underwriting the expenses of our Community Free Seder! Each Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., The Community Free Synagogue serves a traditional Sabbath dinner. It is free and reservations are never re quired. At 7:30 p.m., the Sabbath is welcomed with prayer and song. A cof fee hour follows worship. Every Saturday morning at 9:30 lowed by a 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. While the synagogue generally follows Reform practice, it remains indepen tions. The synagogue meets at the South west Florida Masonic Center, 10868 Metro Parkway in South Fort Myers. For more information, visit www.fort myerssynagogue.com. CFS founder and leader, Rabbi Bruce Diamond, D.D., this year cel ebrating the 40th year since ordination at The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, marks his 21st year in Fort Myers. There will be a Lunch and Learn with the Forward on Tuesday, March 27 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. If you wish to attend, please 941.625.2116. There is no charge to participate. This is a funded learning experience. The annual Congregational/Com munity Seder will take place at the Kingsway Country Club on Saturday evening, March 31. Kindly call the tend. Space is limited and reservations are required. ated Reform congregation servicing all of Charlotte County, North Fort Myers and North Port. ceived a Shalach Manot bag of goodies in celebration of Purim. Volunteers will be assembling the bags on Sunday, March 25, and bags will be ready for pickup starting Monday, March 26. Shalach Manot bags were also sent to all Temple Judea college students. A wine and cheese reception is held every Friday from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., 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 monthly ToMyers 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 Thursday, March 1. Our monthly volunteering at the Salvation Armys Meals with CompasVolunteers are needed for Sundays, March 11 and 25. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Linda Idelson at email@example.com. Its not too early to start planning for Passover and to mark your calendar to attend the synagogues second night Seder on Saturday, March 31. More information about the Seder will follow. For more information about Temple Judea or upcoming programs, call Regular scheduled events: Friday evening Shabbat services at 6:30 p.m. Saturday morning Shabbat services at 9:30 a.m. Lunchtime Torah study with Rabbi month. Morning minyan every Monday at 9:00 a.m. were calling Mimosas, Mah Jongg, and More. On that day, players will come with their usual game friends and play whatever they want. Mah jongg, dominoes, whatfollowed by games. This event is open to Sisterhood members and nonmem bers alike. Everyone will receive a favor, prizes will be given to table prizes. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Phil Lefton TEMPLE BETH SHALOMCape Coral (239) 772-4555 BAT YAM TEMPLE OF THE ISLANDSSanibel (773) 251-8862 March 2018 is an inordinately busy and exciting month for Temple Bat Yam. There are a variety of activities and events such that one or more will capture the attention of our congre gants and visitors. Due to the Hebrew lunar calendar, even Passover begins in March. The program on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 Nola Theiss will speak in Heron Hall about what the communi ty can do to help prevent this crime. On Friday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m., Temple Bat Yam will join in the Sanibel communitys celebration of the worldwide ecumenical event, the World Day of Prayer. The service will be held at St. Michaels and All Angels Church located at 2304 Periwinkle Way. At 7:30 p.m., on March 2, Purim, with the reading of the Book of Esther, will be celebrated during the Shabbat service. Rabbi Stephen Fuchs will include commentary on prejudice, sexual abuse and destiny that permeate the story. For a leisurely opportunity for camaraderie, Temple Bat Yam is going to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers on Thursday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m. for a Boston Red Sox Tampa Bay Rays baseball spring training game. Contact Howard Lorsch at 917.543.4271 for details. Cantor Murray Simon has prepared a special program about prominent cantors that will be held on Sunday, March 11 at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. He will discuss and show the historic documentary DVDs that he has produced in conjunction with The National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University. The program is free and open to the public. Thursday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. is the Temple Bat Yam Annual Meeting luck dinner will keep everyone content. so that they know what dish you will bring. Another special program will take place on Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Marvin Kalb, famous for his reporting on CBS and NBC TV news, and his books about foreign policy and national security, will speak about his latest book that describes the early years he spent in Russia as a jour nalist. The program is free and open to the public thanks to the Rosner Foundation in honor of June Rosner. To almost conclude the month, Temple Bat Yam will hold its Passover Seder on Friday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. Rabbi Fuchs will conduct the Seder. The gathering will be at the Sanibel Community House at 2173 Periwinkle Way. Space is limited. Reservations are required. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, March 20. Contact Annette cost. Adult Education classes are usu ally held Saturday mornings begin ning at 9:00 a.m. with Hebrew reading with Rabbi Fuchs. At 9:30 a.m., Rabbi portion each week. At 10:30 a.m., con for March is Jews in Sports, facilitated by Stan Levine. Come to worship and learn at our meeting place located on the campus of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ at 2050 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. Members of the com munity, guests and visitors are always welcome to join with congregants. Gatlin is coming! Hurry up and get your tickets, as they are almost gone. The amazing singing duo of Andrea & Darryl Gatlin will present their third annual show at Temple Beth Shalom on Saturday, March 10. Tickets are $20. Their huge hits and we are looking forward to another spectacular evening. Just as exciting will be our PassMarch 30. The TBS Seder is always packed with members and nonmem bers of all ages. There is always something special for the children, great food and lots of music and singing. In between, there will be Friday night services, Torah study on Satur day mornings, Brown Bag lunches with the rabbi every other Wednesday, bowling on Sundays, and Rosh Hodesh with timely topics. Join us for services, Passover or any other event and meet our very wel coming rabbi and members of the con gregation. We are sure you will leave with some new friends and a warm feeling in your heart. Torah Study At Chabad, we know that the richness of our tradition, and the wisdom it of fers can be exciting, even thrilling. Our Torah Studies program, developed by the world-renowned Jewish Learning Institute, brings you the tradition of classical Jewish learning in a series of inspiring and engaging weekly classes. Our lessons probe the depths of contemporary Torah thought, with a special focus on issues sur rounding spirituality, the human psyche, love and relationships. Every ingful and timely lessons from the most timeless of texts. You will walk away surprised, inspired, and knowing more about who we are as Jews, and who you are as an individual. Classes take place on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at 204 E Mckenzie St., Unit B, Punta Gorda. Purim Party Join us at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 for Purim in the Shtetl, a joyous Purim celebration Enjoy the Megillah reading, a Purim feast, hamentashen, entertainment for young and old, and live music. Dress up as your favorite Shtetl character. Jewish Womens Circle On Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m., Delights Why on Shabbat do we indulge in physical delights? How can we reconcile the experience of physical pleasure with spiritual transcendence? Enjoy an evening out with friends and Family Pesach Seder Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at 8:15 p.m. Enjoy the Holiday of Freedom with friends and family at an inspiration al Seder, complete with hand-baked delicious Seder meal. RSVP by March 27 at 941.833.3381 or info@chabad ofcharlottecounty.com. For more information about educa tional opportunities, visit www.chabad ofcharlottecounty.com. All Chabad events are open for No membership required. No will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please contact us for details. LCHAYIM is a monthly nonprot newspaper supported by generous readers, committed advertisers and the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties.
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