NONPROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID FT. MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 1759701 Commerce Center Court Fort Myers, Florida 33908 DELIVER TO CURRENT RESIDENT OR POSTMASTER: DATED RELIGIOUS NEWS ITEMS. TIME SENSITIVE PLEASE EXPEDITE! continued on page 3 www.JewishFederationLCC.org Vol. 40, No. 8 April 2018 / 5778 Program notes Leni Sack A pril is a busy month. On Sunday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom in Cape Coral, the community will come to gether to remember the victims of the Holocaust. Attendees of this years an nual Holocaust Memorial Service will hear the stories of the survivors we invite to light the memorial candles. Documen Rozzi Osterman has produced a will highlight the poignant history of survivors who live in our community. Supported by interviews that Temple Judea Religious School students con ducted as a school project to learn about the Holocaust, and by interviews previously conducted by the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida, this presentation will help to ensure that these impor tant stories are not forgotten. Please join us. On Wednesday, April 11 there is a special program at the Federation featuring Nir Kabaretti, conductor of the Southwest Florida Symphony. Following a dessert and wine reception, The Two Bernsteins composers Leonard Bernstein and Elmer Bernstein. Although the two were not related, they were both very talented and conductor Nir Kabaretti has been a wonderful addition to the Southwest Florida community and we are honored event. Seating is limited and RSVPs are a must to me at 239.481.4449 x3 cost to attend. And if the previous two events were not enough, Sunday, April 15 brings the community celebration of th Miami, the SHALOM band, will per Beth El childrens choir. Our fabulous raeli activities for children are planned ers. Ladies (and men) can luxuriate in cials. Get a henna design or have your face painted or do both! Eat delicious this and more is planned for this very momentous event. There is no cost for admission. Vendor items and food will be for sale. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at The Heights Cen ready so full, that there couldnt be anything else happening but you would be wrong. The last of the four PJ Library holiday programs for families ZLOO\003WDNH\003SODFH\003RQ\003 Thursday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m. at Temple Judea. Fami lies will celebrate Lag BOmer, a fes tive minor holiday that falls during the
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 April 2018 Volume 40, Number 8 Co-Presidents: Board: Executive Director: Alan Isaacs Program Director : Executive Assistant: Jewish Family Services: Jodi Cohen Editor/Designer: Advertising: MAY ISSUE EDITORIAL DEADLINE: Thursday, April 5 OUR FEDERATION In this issue: 7 Our Community 8 Jewish Interest 12 Marketplace 14 Israel & the Jewish World 18 Commentary 20 From the Bimah 22 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. FOOD PANTRY ANNUAL MEETING HONORING ROZZI OSTE RMAN & OPEN TO THE COMMUNI TY Wednesday, May 9, 2018 7:00 P.M.
3 OUR FEDERATION For a continuously updated calendar of events, visit www.JewishFederationLCC.org. Program notes...continued from previous page 1 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. 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 Omer). Although we wont be cel playing games, doing arts and crafts, singing and reading stories about the holiday. All families with children ages 2-8 are invited to attend. The program is free, but RSVPs are necessary to me. calendars to attend the Jewish Federations Annual Meeting, held this year sert and wine reception, we will be installing a new Board of Directors for the coming year and honoring those stepping down from the board. Show your support for the women and men to our community each year. You will also hear about some of the plans for the upcoming year and have a chance to schmooze with old friends and meet some new ones. Our community and our commu nity calendar of events continue to forward to seeing you soon.
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. TRIBUTES from Sheila & Jerry Laboda and family Each month, LCHAYIM will list your Tributes. Please send them to Lori Ramos at the Federation at email@example.com. Thanks to the following supporters of LCHAYIM for their contribution to help underwrite the cost of bringing news of the local, national and international Jewish community to your mailbox every month!REPORTERS:David HeligmanSUBSCRIBERS:Hilde M. Abraham Rabbi Stephen & Victoria Fuchs Happy Passover First night Seder March 30 Passover is a time for family gatherings and happiness as we commemorate the story of the Exodus. The Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties wishes your family a happy and healthy Passover. 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 Leon Goldstein Shalom Life Center Don Kamito Mellow Mah Jongg Jary Scott Brian & Mindy Simon Ruth Lefberg Beginner s Mah Jongg Group INDIGENT FUNDShalom Dancers Sheila & Gerald Laboda Robert & Carolyn Siegel Gene & Andrea Sipe Jack & Ellen Esformes The Jewish Federation thanks our GENEROUS DONORS
5 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. 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. facebook.com/jfedsrq CONNEC T with your Jewish Community www.facebook.com/ JewishFederationLCC Like us on Facebook!Senior Lunch Bunch updateBy Jodi Cohen, Senior Outreach Coordinator Jodi Cohen O right before Purim, so we were delighted when Rabbi Bruce Diamond of The Community Free Syn agogue dressed up about the holiday, and led us in a sing-a-long. Jacob Rubin did a the grogger, and a good time was had by all. We were delighted to welcome new people to the Federations month ly senior lunch, and as always, grate help before, during and after the lunch. Because the Federation rotates venues every month, we rely on our dedicated volunteers to shlep in and set up every thing we use during the lunch. There are a lot of moving pieces and the generosity of spirit is glorious. The free monthly lunch continues to be a friendly inviting place to meet people, connect with friends, and be in the monthly lunch as a cross between a bar/bat mitzvah, a wedding and a simcha because there is so much joy in the room as well as abundant delicious food provided by our community partner, Jasons Deli. Our next Senior Lunch Bunch is Tuesday, April 10 at noon at Temple Beth Shalom in Cape Coral. RSVP to me by April 6 at 239.481.4449 x6 or the table for YOU so come on down! PJ LIBRARY PROGRAM FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN 2 8 YEARS OF AGE Thursday, April 26 5:00 6:30 p.m. We won Israel, but we will play games, do RSVP to Leni at 239 481 4449 Ext. 3 LAG B OMER between Passover & Shavuot as the Omer). at TEMPLE JUDEA 14486 A&W Bulb Rd. Fort Myers Let us know if you will be driving or if you would like a volunteer to pick you up. 239 481 Tuesday, April 10th 12:00 PM Thursday, May 10th 12:00 PM Giving and receiving By Jodi Cohen, Senior Outreach CoordinatorM any years ago a friend invited me to join her where she volunteered at a nursing home to transport the Jewish residents from their respective apartments or rooms to the lounge for the monthly led the singing at the service after the cantor had the nerve to accept a posi to gather residents in their wheelchairs, and sometimes even hospital beds, to bring them to the lounge. Every month an ongoing sense of adventure among the volunteers about navigating our way, wondering if we were ever going in this case was the lounge. Sometimes we ended up at the beauty shop or the popcorn cart, but we always found our way to the Shabbat service. vice would invite residents to answer a question each month that was related to the holiday or parsha (Torah por everyone. There was Anna, who was smuggled out of Germany and hidden her life, and Charlotte, who had been a nationally recognized math scholar. during its heyday. We laughed uproariously whenever she showed me her of people all over the stage in various states of sleep during her act. These people became part of my orbit, my personal landscape. We cele brated Shabbat, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries together. A family with two small girls and no grandparents in town started coming to help hand out the wine and challah, and the girls became everyones granddaughters. A cued after Hurricane Katrina started attending and we all would pet the dog attending the monthly Shabbat service because how can you measure depth of feeling, how can you measure the fullness of the human heart? The needs of Jewish seniors in our own community continue to grow. The Federation is evaluating the services it provides for seniors and potential volunteer opportunities such as driving someone to a doctors appointment or helping someone shop for groceries. rently being met or are interested in volunteering, please contact me at the Federation at 239.481.4449 x6 or jodi This publication is brought to you each month thanks to the support of our advertisers. Please be sure to use their products and services, and mention that you found them in LCHAYIM. 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6 OUR COMMUNITY Holocaust Museum update Triumph 2018 By Susan Suarez, Executive Director Susan Suarez Each Tuesday afternoon, an open session of Mah Jongg is held at the Jewish Federation. Players must be at least advanced beginners, as no lessons are given. DAY: Tuesdays, 12:30~3:30 P.M. FEE: $1 per week for more information call Rona Strausberg at 239.949.9003 Each Tuesday afternoon, an open session of Mah Jongg is held at the Jewish Federation. Players must be at least advanced beginners, as no lessons are given. DAY: Tuesdays, 12:30~3:30 P.M. FEE: $1 per week for more information call Rona Strausberg at 239.949.9003 Passover begins at sundown on Friday, March 30. Many of the areas temples will hold rstand second-night Seders open to the community. Contact the temples for more information. T Triumph 2018 event a great Sponsors: Title Inspire Sponsors Rissa and Richard Grossman, Naples Daily News WGCU Public Media, First Life In Naples Magazine and Publix Super Congratulations on an outstanding event to Triumph 2018 Committee members Rosalee Bogo, Sandra Buxton, Rissa Grossman, Maureen Hadassah Schulman and Nancy White. David Eisenhower, grandson of the late president, was our featured the Museum with board members and special guest Holocaust survivor Reva Kibort. As a 12-year-old girl in a DP camp, she was selected to present Gen inspection visit. David honored Reva by presenting her with a rose during the Triumph 2018 dinner. WGCU Public a story about the visit and President Eisenhowers impact on Holocaust eduorg/post/david-eisenhower-reflectsgrandfathers-impact-after-holocaust Triumph 2018 honored the 20th anniversary of Out of the Ashes, the Golden Gate Middle School classroom project about the Holocaust and the genesis for our Museum. Seventh-grade teachers David Bell and Michelle Lee and their students carried on the HoloEisenhower in 1945. On a visit to newly liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp, he immediately ordered the devastation be documented and publicized so the world would remember and couldnt deny in the future that the Holocaust happened. Accepting the Award on behalf of Golden Gate Middle School were Mr. Bell and Ms. Lee, along with Collier County School Superintendent Kamela Patton and current Golden Gate Middle students motto for Out of the Ashes remains as viable today as it did in 1998: Tell your children to tell their children, and their children to tell their children. We will never forget! The evening ended with a conversation between David Eisenhower and former CBS News correspondent Phil Jones. The discussion centered on the life and legacy of General Eisenhower, and his impact on Holocaust education. They also discussed grandfather: Eisenhower at War, about his military career, and Going Home to Glory, a personal reminiscence about life with his grandfather in the years 1961-1969. With its participation in the upcoming Yom HaShoah commemoration at Temple Shalom, and the April obser vance of Genocide Awareness Month, the Museum continues the education mission of General Eisenhower and Out of the Ashes. The students would be astounded at their legacy today over pacted by Museum programs, Museum visitors from all 50 states and 40-plus Museum Collier County by Gulfshore Life Magazine, and an established organization dedicated to sharing the lessons of the Holocaust with students and the public so that the Holocaust will never be forgotten. The Holocaust Museum has come location and initial school programs. We were originally founded with commu nity support, and have since grown into we have grown so much that we have a very exciting announcement! The Museum will be moving to its own building in late 2018! Located feet for additional exhibit space for our permanent collection and temporary ex hibit galleries, updated technology, and and tour group buses. The new Museum will use our amazing collection of ar tifacts and present them in refreshed, professionally-designed displays. Owning our own facility gives us Teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence. For more information on our plans, programs and opportunities to help us HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org or call ing you before and after we move! Deeper thinking, deeper living in Southwest Florida BNAI MITZVAH
7 OUR COMMUNITY Deeper thinking, deeper living in Southwest FloridaB eginning Thursday, April 26 (Day Course at 12:30 p.m. and Lubavitch of Southwest Florida will be thing We Know About Our Universe, a fascinating, new six-session course to deepen their experience of life, excourse invites participants to live more sight and awareness of the fundamentals of life and of our universe. intriguing questions that have plagued time travel possible? Why does evil exist? Who is God? What is consciousness? And are we bound by fate? Our goal is to invite participants their world, explained Rabbi Zalman people the tools to experience a richer, deeper and more meaningful life. is designed to appeal to people at all courses are open to the public, and atparticular synagogue, temple or other house of worship. com for registration and other coursepresented in Fort Myers in conjunction with Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida, and sponsored by Dr. Gary & Marlene Price. more than 800 locations in the U.S. and in numerous foreign countries, in cluding Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatema stan, the Netherlands, Panama, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, XUNH\)65.1 (\017\003NUDLQH\017\003WKH\003QLWHG\003.LQJ dom, Uruguay and Venezuela. More than 400,000 students have attended -/,\003FODVVHV\003VLQFH\003WKH\003RUJDQL]DWLRQ\003ZDV\003 founded in 1998.Holocaust Memorial Day GatheringThis year, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) begins at sunset on Wednesday, April 11, and in its observance, The Community gathering featuring the screening of the new award-winning documentary, Aidas Secrets. Family secrets, lies, high drama and generations of contemporary history unspool in this international story cludes with an emotional 21st-century the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption and his fathers true identity slowly emerge in this extremely personal in identity, resilience, compassion and the plight of displaced persons are brought WR\003OLIH\003DV\003,]DN\003DQG\003KHS\017\003WKH\003DOPRVW\003 \032\023\020\\000HDU\020ROG\003EURWKHUV\017\003\277QDOO\\000PHHW\003LQ\003 Canada, then head to a nursing home in Quebec to introduce Shep to his el The Community Free Yom Hasho ah gathering will also include memo rial candle lightings and prayers. Open Babies and BagelsT emple Beth El welcomed eight babies into our community in families with babies are welcome to join us for a Babies and Bagels brunch on Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the home of Rabbi Nicole Luna and big sister Zara. Come meet other young parents, have in-depth conversations about stones that only other parents of babies can appreciate! RSVP to Rabbi Luna at 239.433.0018. BNAI MITZVAHJacob Spiegel son of Andrew and Elena Spiegel, brother of Nathan, grandson of Stan and Judy Spiegel and Ed and Anita Straney, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, April 14. Jacob is a seventh-grader at Lexington Middle School, where he continues to get high honors of achievement and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Some of his favorite hobbies are spending time with his friends, playing sports. Jacob always has a smile on his face and ney and commitment to Jewish life. Zoe Sax, youngest daughter of Vanessa called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 28. A seventh-grade member of the National Junior Honor Society at Lexington Middle School, Zoe loves singing, drawand hanging out with her friends. For her mitzvah project, Zoe volunteers at Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, at Temple Beth El and at the Jewish Federation. Grateful to all her teachers, committed to Judaism, remembering her late teacher, for the spiritual teachings and guidance of Rabbi Nicole Luna. Jack Andrew Calder, son of Alison and Andrew Calder, and younger brother to mitzvah on Saturday, May 5. A seventh-grade honor roll student at nis, summer camp, spending time with his around. unteer at Ronald McDonald House, using families staying there. other religious school teachers. He is excited to share this special occasion with his family and friends. Each month, LCHAYIM will list your Life Cycle events births, Bnai Mitzvah, engagements, weddings, anniversaries and obituaries. For Bnai Mitzvah, please include up to 150 words about your child. Submit your events to LChayim36@gmail.com. Photos are appreciated; please e-mail as JPGs at 300dpi. Specializing in knee replacement Read the current and recent issues of LCHAYIM online at www.JewishFederationLCC.org.
8 JEWISH INTEREST Mimouna: a delicious way to celebrate the end of Passover recipe by Dalia Hemed Personal Chef Dalia Hemed can be reached at email@example.com. T he end of Passover is celebrated widely by indulging in glorirael and most Sephardic communities, theres an actual holiday for that called Mimouna. There is a unique, beautiful and delicious end-of-Passover tradition ob served by Moroccan Jewry, which has recently become a national celebration Moroccan Jews around the world cel ebrate the Mimouna holiday in order to ability to once again eat hametz (leav of celebration and joy, where women wear traditional Moroccan dresses, men dress in traditional Moroccan fez hats, Moroccan music is played, and everyone enjoys various foods. Moroccan Jews celebrate this day served with honey, butter and unique homemade jams, which Moroccan the year. These jams can include egg plants, lemons, oranges, tomatoes and a variety of other fruits and vegetables. Other Moroccan Jews have a tracalled jaban, which is made with al monds and eggs. Naturally, all Moroccan Jews, regardless where they are from within made with chocolate, and others are made with sesame, almonds and a variety of other tasty things. round loaf with a hard-boiled egg secured in the center with strips of dough. Single men and women receive blessings that they would be married in the year ahead. Women wear their fanciest clothes, girls don white, and children dress in costumes. Many traditional Mimouna tables vest; a hamsa, or hand-shaped amulet, for sweetness. A typical spread features colored marzipan sweets, candied cit rus rind, date rolls, assorted homemade jams and jellies made from fruits and However, the most popular dish Mimouna simply wouldnt be complete without it. that are either dipped or coated in honmade as follows: balls of dough are rolled out in very thin leaves or sheets Each new sheet or leaf is laid on the previous one so that the fresh leaf is altable and the leaves are separated. Muand dipped in a blend of butter and honey, and the second way is that they are smeared with butter and honey and and honey inside them. mouna fest to celebrate the end of rael. Come to listen to traditional music, connect with friends and eat mufun! Even if you cant get to my house, many community parties, or if you are not of North African descent, you can get in on the Mimouna celebrations. that they disappear before they have a chance to get cold. They have only a few ingredients, so you can easily tea and lots of honey to help ensure that all that you do this spring is sweet and successful. dry yeast 1 teaspoon sugar or honey 2 teaspoons table salt About 3 cups unbleached all About cup vegetable oil for dipping Melted butter for drizzling Honey for drizzling ter. Stir in the sugar and let stand large bowl, combine the yeast mixture, remaining water, salt and 2 slightly softer than regular bread tic, about 10 minutes. Divide the dough into 20 egg-sized balls or 40 small balls (half eggs). The traditional way is to grab the mass of dough and squeeze the de and thumb, them twist and pinch the balls in the oil to coat, place on minutes. Heat an ungreased large cast-iron heat. dough rounds until golden brown on the bottom, about 2 minutes. XUQ\003DQG\003FRRN\003XQWLO\003JROGHQ\003DQG\003 FRRNHG\003WKURXJK\017\003DERXW\003\024\003PLQXWH\021\003 &RYHU\003WKH\003PX\300HWDV\003ZLWK\003D\003NLWFKHQ\003 WRZHO\003XQWLO\003VHUYLQJ\003WR\003NHHS\003VRIW\021\003 Eat warm, drizzled with butter and honey. Look for Chef Dalia Hemeds recipes each month in the pages of LCHAYIM. 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) S e n d a n e m a i l t o a m y p a d i ll a @ j f e d l c c o r g GET THE LATEST INFORMATION ON UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS, CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, BREAKING NEWS, UPDATES FROM ISRAEL & MORE. STAY IN TOUCH Sign up for e-blasts! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Stars of DavidBy Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist 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
9 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 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? An Oscar First, and its a Jewish Woman failed to include a notable Jewish Os car nominee in my recent coverage: woman in Oscar history to be nominated for the (best) cinematographer Oscar. Morrison was nominated for shooting Mudbound She is almost a cinch for another Oscar nomination next year: she was the cinematographer for this years mega-mega hit Black Panther. Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of a doctor, Morrison didnt have an easy childhood. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when Rachel was four and died when she was 14. Morrison told Time that she turned to photography and home mov happy moments and freeze them in time. given a chance to shoot a studio movie. Men, she said, usually got a studio gig after two or three good says. Women shes mentored now get a studio gig after two or three indie Fruitvale Station (2013), a hit Ryan Coogler. Coogler had another hit with Creed Black Panther and to hire Morrison to shoot a big-budget comic-based spec to be the cinematographer on this type with Morrison on the Time magazine with pics of her family. Google: Time Rachel Morrison Firsts. TV Series Catch-Up Lovemantic comedy with drama, started streaming its entire 3rd on Friday, March 9. The series was co-created by JUDD APATOW, 50, 38, and Paul Rust, your time. Rust plays Gus, a decent, tive radio program manager with a stereotypically Jewish, but is not, told licity roundtable last year. They were whether or not he was a member of the tribe. Silverman sue God. On Tuesday, March 13, NBC premiered Rise, a musical drama based Drama High (2013) by 61. He grew up in Levittown, Pennsylvania, a blue-collar community which has been in an economic slump for decades. But it has had at least one great thing going for it: Lou Volpe, a recently retired teacher who ran, for 45 years, a nationally-acclaimed theater program at Levittowns only high school. JOSH RADNOR, 43, stars in Rise, playing a character who is based on Volpe. Radnor, the former star of How I Met Your Mother, is a practicing Jew and a practicing musician. Late last year, he released a CD in collaboration with Australian Jewish musician BEN LEE, 39. Also starting on the 13th was the ABC series For the Peoplethe prosecution and the defense as they litigate criminal cases before the BEN RAPPAPORT, 32, plays a newly minted assistant U.S. attorney. BEN 49, plays the head of the federal prosecution unit. Rappaport, a handsome fellow who grew up in a religious home in Houston, has appeared in a few recurring TV roles (including The Good Wifeman was a regular on the TBS comedy Royal Pains (Dr. Sacani) and Emmynominated for his performance in the HBO production of Angels in America. federal government prisoners during Passover? Answer: Un-Leavenworth). The HBO series Barry stars Bill Hader as a low-rent hitman who moves ORRN\003RQ\003OLIH\003E\\000JHWWLQJ\003LQYROYHG\003LQ\003WKH\003 L.A. community theater scene. Costars include SARAH GOLDBERG, 32, and GLENN FLESHLER 49 (started Sunday, March 25). On Wednesday, March 28, ZACH BRAFF, 42, the former star of Scrubs returned to series TV with his new ABC series, Alex, Inc. He plays Alex Schuman, a radio journalist, husband and father of two, who decides to quit his job and start his own company. 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10 JEWISH INTEREST Dr. Paul BartropA cynical exercise in futility: The Bermuda Conference at 75 yearsBy Paul R. Bartrop, PhDE on April 19, 1943, two events began which were to have an important impact on the fate of the Jews coincidences, the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto rose in rebellion against the Nazis, and, on the same day, American and British repre sentatives met in Bermuda ostensibly to discuss ways of rescuing Jews from Nazi Europe. second diplomatic. The Jews of Warsaw did not liberate themselves (indeed, intention), nor did the Uprising inspire Bermuda, the American State Depart rescue Europes Jews, their avowed aim in getting together. The Conference, held in Hamilton, Bermuda, from April 19 to April 30, 1943, was a joint Anglo-American wartime meeting convened allegedly to discuss the plight of European Jewry. By the latter half of 1942, news of the Nazis plan to exterminate the European Jews had been made public, and while the American press tended to downplay these reports, the British press paid more attention to them. Before long, leaders of the Anglican Church and some Brit ish political leaders began lobbying the government of Prime Minister Winston Churchill to do something to alleviate the mounting humanitarian catastrophe. On March 23, 1943, William Temple, the Archbishop of Canterbury, gave an impassioned speech to the House of Lords imploring the British government to address the as-yet unnamed Holocaust a catastrophe which Churchill himself had, on August 21, 1941, referred to as a crime without a name. The Archcoverage and prompted the Foreign conference to address the issue. From the start, however, the Foreign ernment, as well as the U.S. State Department, that if a comprehensive plan to rescue European Jews did come to fruition, it might force the Germans and their satellite collaborators to abandon their policy of extermination in favor of mass deportation a move which millions of Jews into Allied-controlled areas. The impact would be a disaster for overwhelm Allied logistics, destabilize governments, and possibly further imperil Jewish refugees. to respond to the British proposal, and the Bermuda Conference did not begin until April 19. The United States delegation was led by Dr. Harold W. Dodds, President of Princeton University, and the British by Richard Law, a junior Perhaps with an eye to the last inter national gathering on Jewish refugees, at Evian, France, in July 1938, both muda was chosen as the venue largely of a large media presence. Moreover, the conference was limited strictly to were permitted to attend the sessions. A to participate in the meeting, but were denied access, and Jews, by name, were not even mentioned before or during the meeting. The preferred term was political refugees. A major topic for discussion at the meeting related to the question of refugees who had been liberated by Allied Nazis. No solutions were forthcoming. the war against Hitler must be won as the number one priority above all others, refugee-rescue (with a hidden agenda that applied to Jews even more) was somewhat lower in the order of Beyond that, when it came to substantive issues, the Americans did not while the British made it clear that the refuge in the British Mandate of Palestine would continue. The delegates at the conference rejected any recommenda tions that could not be accomplished under wartime conditions, and did not even discuss sending food or other supplies to Jews interned in concentration camps. British and American Jews, together with others, saw the Bermuda Confer ence as nothing but a major disappoint ment. Rabbi Stephen Wise, in New been a cynical exercise in futility, in which the Allies could be seen to be doing something worthwhile but in which the Jews themselves got nothing. These days, the term would be virtue signaling. which had commenced the same day as the conference, continued throughout it, and of which the delegates were fully apprised in daily updates. The major focus of commemorative events this month will, no doubt, rest on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This is as that time and in that place were betrayed by the very Allies who claimed that they were united in a common cause. Eight months later, on December 10, 1943, the report of the conference was to revive the refugee committee established at that earlier conference at Evian, in 1938. For most of the Jews murdered under the Nazis, it came too late. 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14 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD BRIEFS continued on next pageIsrael steps in to help teachers after Parkland shootingIsraeli trauma experts arrive in Florida to offer coping strategies a day before the children go back to lessons at Stoneman Douglas High School.T en days after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School rived at the community to guide teach ers, clinicians, law enforcers, first clergy through a day after strategy for helping people face the future with resilience. the shooting 14 students and three worlds deadliest school massacres. The community, which had never dealt with and communications at Goodman Jew ish Family Services of Broward County. Everyone in our small community in have no frame of reference. Trauma and Resilience, and Alan Cohen from the Community Stress Prevention Center, led sessions for about 600 com Returning to normalcy very relevant in teaching them how to normalcy, Dagan, a seasoned clinical of the event have been tremendous. Almost everyone had a connection with someone on the scene. We met as many community members as we could, the day after. What was really apparent was more to be done. didnt end when we left, says Dagan. go again soon. As we did in the Philippines four years ago, in Florida we hope to select a smaller group to be trainers, leaving our model in place when we go tise following crises across the globe. ricane Harvey last August; in Mexico Las Vegas following a mass shooting in October; and now in Florida. So many disasters are happening in the world and we always try to see if to train leaders in community-based healing and resilience. Helping the helpers governmental and non-governmental trauma management organizations. Originally focused on direct care, the umbrella organization expanded to professional training for community resilience and national emergency preusually two or three professionals from the local language. of the time we do not provide direct care, Levanon exprofessionals who nity and the culture. Our purpose is to train them in wellbeing, resilience and care of themselves and others. Wherever we go, we always focus on the strengths of the people and how they cope as individuals or as part of the community. When someone from the outside comes to help they bring a fresh perspective and can see your pain and your strengths. Associates of Broward-Counseling Centers of Goodman JFS and the Jewish Federation of Broward County. with three more scheduled for this year, are funded by the UJA-Federation of funded by Jewish Nevada, is getting started with a mapping mission to identify local partners, needs and Federation of Broward County, said, of resources is, unfortunately, going that allows us to lean on them for that expertise over the long haul. 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. Ronny S Taschner DDS Active Member of the American Academy of Periodontology Jennifer Taschner DDS MMSc Diplomat e of the American Board of Peri o dontology 1645 Medical Lane Fort Myers, FL Phone 239 9360635 Visit Our Website www.taschnerperio.com ISRAELI FOOD TECH IS BOOMING about, produce and eat food. SuperMeat is developing lab-made Hargol runs a commercial farm producing grasshoppers as a source of protein. Other companies are developing vice that detects contaminants in food, bacteria in food in 45 minutes; the tests results are often inaccurate. (Simone Tablet )CAPE TOWN MAY DRY UP BECAUSE OF AN AVERSION TO ISRAELWater taps in Cape Town, South Africa, are expected to go dry on July 9, due to drought, inept management, and in more than 100 countries, and in to bring in desalination experts to help, Palestinians, they might want to consider that the Palestinian Authority has projects since 1995. than half the water for domestic consumption by Palestinians in the West lion gallons of water into Hamas-controlled Gaza each year. (Seth M. Siegel, Wall Street Journal )WHY IS ISRAEL SCATTERING MILLIONS tered from airplanes onto orchards and agricultural farmland surrounding in order to combat the Mediterranean PDOH\003\300LHV\003LQIHVWLQJ\003WKH\003FURSV\017\003WKXV\003SUH venting the creation of the next genera The technique is an environmen tally-friendly and chemical-free pest control method. (Lidar Grave-Lazi, Jerusalem Post) ISRAEL NOTES ADVANCES IN ANTI-TUNNEL TECHNOLOGY Advances in anti-tunnel technology Palestinian militants based in Gaza, an underground-warfare section of the He noted that the new technology had resulted in the elimination of at least what were doing now... We have a good plan, he said. technology was based on techniques used by the oil and gas industries, which sometimes employ seismic or sound waves to prospect for minerals or fossil fuels. Detection technology needed to distinguish between concrete or open space associated with tunnels, and naturally occurring clay or sand. He also described advances in technologies used to destroy tunnels is now able to detonate tunnels in cer tain instances with minimal damage to surface structures. (Missy Ryan, Wash ington Post )HOW EGYPT WILL GAIN FROM THE GAS DEAL WITH ISRAEL Egypt is the only country in the eastern Mediterranean that has the infrastruc ture for liquefying natural gas, with two of the worlds largest liquefaction plants: SEGAS and Egyptian LNG, which were established 15 years ago at a cost of $3.2 billion but are now ly ing idle. The Egyptian company Dol phinus Holdings is to purchase $15
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16 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD Organization recognized for largest global Jewish bone marrow registry; unveils recipient story alongside new campaign. For daily news stories related to Israel & the Jewish world, visit the Federations website at www.JewishFederationLCC.org. FIDF supporters heading to Poland and Israel M ore than 150 Friends of the supporters from across the Holocaust survivors and 50 soldiers and also resides in the United States, his entire family perished in the Holocaust. Shear now lives in Beachwood, Ohio. His son, Howard, and grandson, Jeremy, will accompany him on his journey to but it was as if time stood still in that hell. To return to this awful place in the presence of our peoples bravest the new hope, said Shear, who plans to say a special prayer for those murdered at our people will always remember what happened there. rael will be Holocaust survivors Giselle Gita Cycowicz, 91, Eva Lavi, 81, and Arie Oz, 82. Cycowicz was born in the town of Khust, then part of Czechoslopathian Mountains, and survived five At just six years old, Lavi was the youngest person on German industrialist list, which helped spare the lives of some 1,200 Jews who were destined for Auschwitz. Born in a Christian family hid him. From their attic, he watched Allied bombers atlieutenant colonel. Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) soldiers and Holocaust survivors will once home to more than 60,000 Jews, and tracing the communitys steps from the citys ghetto to the Buczyna forest, where the Nazis executed more than 800 children, and then to the Auschwitztion camps. front lines, commemorate Yom HaZisoldiers and victims of terror and celth This historic delegation traces the modern history of the Jewish people through the memories of Holocaust near-extinction in Europe, the creation world that we will never forget; Never Forget is the guarantee of Never the worlds most moral armies we can will not ever happen again. This mission comes at a crucial time, and is one of the last opportunities for survivors to return to Auschwitz and tell of its horrors, said Weintraub. We will pass through the gates of hell, ignor from unimaginable cold, hunger and despair. Well be surrounded by those who survived within the camps walls, stories are not forgotten the brave soldiers who protect their legacy: the About Friends of the group of Holocaust survivors as a cultural, recreational and social pro grams and facilities that provide hope, purpose and life-changing support for soldiers, families of fallen soldiers, and wounded veterans through a variety of innovative programs that reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the Sundays at 4:00 P.M. ISRAELI DANCING IS FOR ALL AGES to Marsha Kistler firstname.lastname@example.org 9701 Commerce Center Ct. Fort Myers 33908
17 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD Ezer Mizion launches #SharedLife at AIPAC conferenceOrganization recognized for largest global Jewish bone marrow registry; unveils recipient story alongside new campaign.N EW YORK, NY, March 8, 2018 Ezer Mizion, the largest nonlargest Jewish bone marrow registry saving lives globally, launched its new campaign, #SharedLife, at the Ameri The campaign showcases the strong connection between a donor and a recipient. Additionally, Ezer Mizion received recognition for building and maintaining the largest Jewish bone marrow registry. founded the Ezer Mizions bone mar row registry. What originally began as a small project has today expanded to around the world. Through its exclusive rael Defense Forces, Ezer Mizion is able to obtain a fresh pool of pre-screened candidates from each recruitment cycle. To date, its database has 885,264 regishas successfully matched nearly 12,000 patients, and has facilitated nearly 3,000 transplants. Dr. Bracha Zisser, Director of the Registry, debuted the new campaign and unveiled a donor/recipient duo to demonstrate its impact. Steve Arnows journey began when he was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Through Ezer Mizion, he connected a transplant. The two were introduced shared an emotional video showcasing the organizations impact. Honorable guests were on-site to share in the Refaeli, a registry member since 2009, has generously lent her support through social media to bring awareness to #SharedLife. About Ezer Mizion providing medical support services. The organizations goal is to positively volunteers, and an annual budget of largest Jewish bone marrow registry. To learn more, please visit www.ezer mizion.org. continued on page 24 FIDF supporters heading to Poland and Israel near-extinction in Europe, the creation Jewish homeland, and the new generation of Jewish defenders who safeguard our legacy today. Marching tall and proud into the dreadful Auschwitzworld that we will never forget; Never Forget is the guarantee of Never the worlds most moral armies we can will not ever happen again. This mission comes at a crucial time, and is one of the last opportunities for survivors to return to Auschwitz and tell of its horrors, said Weintraub. We will pass through the gates of hell, ignor from unimaginable cold, hunger and despair. Well be surrounded by those who survived within the camps walls, stories are not forgotten the brave soldiers who protect their legacy: the About Friends of the group of Holocaust survivors as a cultural, recreational and social programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose and life-changing support for 150,000 loyal supporters, and 20 chapters throughout the United States and soldiers, families of fallen soldiers, and wounded veterans through a variety of innovative programs that reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the Sundays at 4:00 P.M. ISRAELI DANCING IS FOR ALL AGES to Marsha Kistler email@example.com 9701 Commerce Center Ct. Fort Myers 33908 ISRAEL IS 11 TH HAPPIEST NATION IN THE WORLD th happiest country according to the UNs annual World Happiness Report, published March 14. Times of Israel) OECD: ISRAEL ONE OF WORLDS LEADING ECONOMIESA new report by the 35-member Or ganization for Economic Cooperation and Development has found that the growth in 2018. faster and more consistently than near ly any other in the OECD for the past 15 years, said OECD acting Chief Economist Alvaro Pereira. (Ariel Whitman, Israel Hayom)BIRTHRIGHT ISRAEL PARTICIPANTS SAVE OVER 200 LIVESMore than 53,000 participants in Birthfor testing to see if they can be bone marrow donors. 1,543 matches were made and 205 saved others lives. (Judy Jerusalem Post)ISRAEL HAS HIGHEST FERTILITY RATE IN THE WESTe average number of children per mother in Israel 3.11 in 2016 is the highest in the West, according to Central Bureau of Statistics data published Tuesday, March 13. In most OECD countries, fertility rates in recent years were less than 2.1. 73.9% of babies born in Israel in 2016 were born to Jewish women, 20.7% to Muslims, 1.4% to Christians, 1.3% to Druze and 2.6% not classied. (Amir Alon, Ynet News ) continued from page 15 BRIEFS
18 COMMENTARY Three billboards east of Fort Myers 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. The AJC West Coast Florida oce, located in Sarasota, can be reached at 941.365.4955. Shame: 10 ways Israel is treated differentlyBy David Harris, AJC CEO, January 4, 2018T he recent focus on the Jerusalem issue is a telling reminder that countries in the international system. I\003FRXUVH\017\003,VUDHO\003GHVHUYHV\003DWWHQWLRQ\003 and scrutiny as does every other nation. But it also merits equal treatment noth ing more, nothing less. capital city, Jerusalem, with which the Jewish people have been umbilically recognized by almost all other countries. ,PDJLQH\003WKH\003DEVXUGLW\\000RI\003WKLV\021\003\ eign diplomats live in Tel Aviv while conducting virtually all their business in Jerusalem, where the prime minis the Supreme Court and the Ministry of cities, including places of birth in passports, and youll see something Pretoria, South Africa; Lima, Peru; and Jerusalem, sans country orphaned, if you will. HFRQG\017\003,VUDHO\003LV\003WKH\003RQO\\000\003PHPber state whose very right to exist is under constant challenge. embodies an age-old connection with the Jewish people, as repeatedly cited in the Bible; that it was reborn based on the that it has been a member of the world body since 1949, theres a relentless legitimacy. No one would dare question the right to exist of many other countries those that were created by brute force, those categories including, by the way, quite a few Arab countries. Why, then, is it open hunting season only on to do with the fact that its the only Jewish-majority country in the world? state thats been targeted for annihilation by another UN member state. in Lebanon and Gaza, has repeatedly there any other country facing such a stated goal of genocidal destruction? Meanwhile, a majority of countries continues to conduct business as usual with Tehran, as if this threat to another nation was either welcome or somehow deemed irrelevant. Fourth, the UN has two agencies dealing with refugees. One, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), focuses on all the worlds refugee populations, save one. The other, the United Palestine (UNRWA), handles only the Palestinians. But the difference goes beyond the anomaly of two structures and two UNRWA does not. When, in 1951, John Blanford, UNRWAs then-director, proposed resettling up to 250,000 refugees in nearby Arab countries, those countries reacted with rage and refused, leading to his departure. The message pushed for resettlement. Moreover, the UNRWA and UNHCR definitions of a refugee differ covers the descendants of persons who became refugees in 1948, without any generational limitations. has won all its major wars for survival and self-defense, yet is confronted by defeated adversaries who have insisted on dictating the terms of peace. found support from many countries which, victorious in war themselves, demanded and, yes, got major border lier maps of Europe and todays amply illustrates the point. the world with a separate and perma based UN Human Rights Council. No other member state, including own agenda item. Only the sole liberal democracy in the Middle East is treated in this blatantly biased manner because thats the wagons to protect one another, and, at ing an automatic majority against it. condemned by name at the World Health Organization as a violator of health rights. This canard is registered despite medical assistance to Syrians wounded in the countrys civil war and Palestinians living in Hamas-ruled Gaza; has achieved one of the worlds highest life expectancy rates for all its citizens, the very first medical responders to humanitarian crises wherever they may occur, from Haiti to Nepal; and is daily advancing the frontiers of medicine for everyone, something that cant be said for too many other nations. thats the continuous target of three standing UN bodies established and ing the Palestinian cause and bashing ian People; the Special Committee to the Human Rights of the Palestinian People; and the Division for Palestin ian Rights in the UNs Department of annually targeted by at least 20 UN Gen eral Assembly resolutions and countless measures in other UN bodies, such as the Human Rights Council. such efforts than the other 192 UN member states combined. No one can seriously argue that this is remotely warranted, but its a reality because in every UN body except the Security &RXQFLO\017\003ZKHUH\003HDFK\003RI\003WKH\003\277YH\003SHUPD nent members has a veto, its all about majority voting. When close to two-thirds of the worlds nations today belong to the Non-Aligned Movement, and when chair from 2013 to 2016, followed by Venezuela, the current leader, that just about says it all. targeted by the BDS (boycott, divest ment and sanctions) movement. forcibly convert and expel Christians; drop chemically-laced barrel bombs on civilians; deny Palestinians full rights; persecute LGBT communities; and use capital punishment, even for minors, with abandon? Has any student group tried to pre vent undergraduates from traveling to case with an earlier pledge circulated at UCLA? third of the island nation of Cyprus for 44 years, deployed an estimated 40,000 countless settlers there from Anatolia, those who purport to act in the name of justice and against occupation. any of these instances of egregious double standards and blatant hypocrisy can be a daunting challenge. And, still worse, this list is not complete. The old advertisement proclaimed that you dont have to be Jewish to love Lev ys Jewish rye bread. Well, surely, to be troubled by the grotesquely unjust are happening in todays world. Polands new lawThis past February a new law was enacted and approved by Presistates, anyone suggesting Poland was complicit in the Holocaust could face part in the atrocities and the systematic mass murder of Jews committed by the have been grappling with their complicity in the destruction of 3,000,000 Jews in Poland. According to the Jewish Virtual Library in that country. Of the 21 European countries overrun by the Nazis from accounted for the second most deaths, 900,000. This new law also grants the govinterpretations of the past. So much for the much ballyhooed Polish gambit in tempt to rewrite Polish history according to nationalist political aspirations. Haaretz, was lambasted and eventually won a lawsuit against a Polish website for an lished: Hunt For the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied PoFor 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. 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19 COMMENTARY Three billboards east of Fort MyersBy 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. A s we leave the Academy Awards and head to Passover, and you see three billboards coming one has a picture of a matzah and the that matzah is not among your favorite culinary treats for the holiday, so you agree with the billboard. Without leav ening and being able to rise, this poor of the explanations for consuming mat zah is this is a perfect food for slaves: it us of how poor we were as slaves and how limited the options were. Drive on a bit further and you see a second billboard coming up. Here, there is another picture of matzah and the word next to it is humility. Well, nects matzah and humility? Pharaoh, Passovers bad boy, would never have eaten matzah, for he saw himself as a god. He was a master of chutzpah. elites go, he replies that he has never heard of our G-d, so why should he? Pharaoh doesnt want to let our people jugation. Sometimes, we all want to stay in our limited circumstances and the status quo rather than moving on to a deeper level of awareness. So, this billboard is calling on us to side with Moshe Rabbenu and stay on the humble side of the road. From the mohave 18 minutes to get the matzah in the oven. Similarly, our egos tendency to rise needs to be countered every so often. And then we drive up to the third billboard. Once again, we see the same picture of a piece of matzah, but this time the word next to it is faith. After after the macaroons and chocolate, we pause to eat the This is from the piece of matzah that was hidden and this was made to be the last morsel eat en so that the taste of all of the miracles of Passover would stay with us through the night. So it represents the faith of all those people who were willing to on to Mt. Sinai, and on to the Promised Land. And it is our faith, too, which reminds us that even if life can be dif Pharaoh can be a frightening opponent, this journey is our exodus, as well. Per haps that is why the Haggadah tells us, bound to regard themselves, as if they personally had gone forth from Egypt. With best wishes for a Chag Sameach and great billboards along the way! 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. Polands new lawBy Jerrold L. Sobel, ZOA of SWFL PresidentT his past February a new law was enacted and approved by Presistates, anyone suggesting Poland was complicit in the Holocaust could face part in the atrocities and the systematic mass murder of Jews committed by the have been grappling with their complicity in the destruction of 3,000,000 Jews in Poland. According to the Jewish Virtual Library in that country. Of the 21 European countries overrun by the Nazis from accounted for the second most deaths, 900,000. This new law also grants the govinterpretations of the past. So much for the much ballyhooed Polish gambit in Haaretz, was lambasted and eventually won a lawsuit against a Polish website for an Hunt For the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Po land. Based on a foundation of primary populations involvement in turning in help during the Holocaust. The author, whose father was a Holocaust survivor, concentrates part of his its population of 60,000 on the eve of the war, 5,000 were Jews, most of whom were deported to the death camp Belzec. Approximately 500 managed to escape and hid amongst Polish citizens, but the war. The others were betrayed and either directly or indirectly murdered by their Polish neighbors. Were there cases where Poles tried to rescue their Jewish neighbors? Abso lutely, and the author highlights them. But he also points out many of their motives were not exactly altruistic. He points out instances where victims were extorted and, in some cases, murdered if the rescuers didnt get what they wanted. him and not the nationalist Polish government in power today? Whereas hand accounts and is replete with Polish, Jewish and German records from the war and postwar periods, the government has only wishful revisionist history to buttress their argument. Susan Glasser, RealtorJohn R. 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20 FROM THE BIMAH LCHAYIM is a monthly nonprot newspaper supported by generous readers, committed advertisers and the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties. Reach 5,000 local Jewish residents through LCHAYIM. For more information or to place an ad, call Jim Lewin at 239.634.6923. Remembering Matthew Shepard as we confront homophobia today The meaning of matzahMatzah, unleavened bread, is called lehem oni. The second Hebrew word carries with it oldest use of lehem oni is the bread of sion. Matzah is a slave bread. That is because it is not enriched but is simply is bread that can be fore, it becomes a symbol of slavery of freedom. The second meaning of lehem oni is the bread of poverty. Since mat no other ingredients, it is the cheapest bility to deal with the problem of world hunger. The third meaning of lehem oni is the bread over which much is an swered. The word haggadah itself means literally the telling. The Seder service tells the children and, inciden tally, the adults, the answers to some basic questions about history and life itself. Judaism is a repository of wisdom served that the problem today is that Judaism has the answers but we mod ern Jews have forgotten the questions. A Joyous Passover to all. Rabbi Solomon Agin serves at Temple Shalom in Port Charlotte. Rabbi Solomon Agin 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.My 50th college reunion apaware of how much things have changed. College in 1968, it was an all mens school, and none of my classmates was openly gay. By the time we celebrated our 25th reunion, a good number had come out. For much of my that silence because there are events which force us to conThere are events which motivate us to change. For me such an event was the tragic death of Matthew Wayne Shepard. Murderous thugs savagely beat Matthew Shepard, and then hung him on only one reason in Laramie, Wyoming, on October 6, 1998. He was a homosexual. could no longer stand idly by the issues of rights for gay and transgender individuals. Hi death taught me that we are all either part of the problem or part of the solution. Matthew Shepard could have been anyones brother, son, cousin or friend. outrage across the country. But his death also unleashed acts of homophobia and hatred too despicable for adequate description. A TIME magazine article by Steve Lopez noted, While his family prepared for his ness and tolerant ways, a Kansas minister with a website called godhatesfags. com made plans, to do a grave dance at the funeral. members of Colorado State University fraternities and sororities rode atop a Matthew Shepard, tied to a fence post. gay. Kevin Jennings, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Edu Matthew was an exception to the rule, but it was an extreme version of what happens in our schools on a daily ba sis. For too long, religious teaching has been part of the problem. To my greatest support in the words of our Hebrew Scriptures: Do not lie with a male as one lies with a woman; it is an abhorrence. with a man as one lies with a woman, the two of them have done an abhor rent thing; they shall be put to death their bloodguilt is upon them. (Le viticus 20:13). no sense in our times. As Rabbi Jerome Davidson of ence to homosexual acts, The Bible of war, coercion and idolatry not in the context of loving, caring relation ships. For me there is a prior, more en during passage that supersedes those story that teaches that God created hu man beings in Gods image, in the very image of God. women are the way they are because people a certain way, how dare we judge them inferior to the way God made others? When it comes to our LGBT neighbors, every day each of us must choose: Are we part of the problem or part of the solution? Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs serves at Bat Yam Temple of the Islands on Sani bel Island. Rabbi Stephen Fuchs The Season of Our Freedom Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz n the Passover Haggadah, we say: Even if we are all wise, all men Torah, it is a mitzva (commandment) for us to tell of the exodus from Egypt. This quote indicates that the point of the Seder is not merely an intellectual experience. For after all, if we are wise and story of the Exodus. enables us to relive the Exodus, to real ize as we say later in the Haggadah that not only our ancestors [were] redeemed from Egypt, but [G-d] re deemed us as well. Every Seder is an opportunity for each one of us to leave Egypt. What does it mean for us to leave Egypt, when many of us have never seen that part of the world? Mitzrayim, the Hebrew name for Egypt, shares a connection with the term meitzarim, meaning boundaries or limitations. Leaving Egypt means going beyond those forces that hold us who we really are. The idea of leaving Egypt reminds us that, in a certain way, we are all slaves. Each one of us has a soul which is an actual part of G-d. This is the core ourselves in Egypt, for there are forces, both external and internal, that prevent us from being in touch with this spiri tual potential and giving it expression. The Seder night is a time when these forces do not have the power to Season of Our Freedom. From the time of the Exodus and indeed, from the beginning of time this night was chosen as a night on which the potential is granted to express our G-dly core. Every year, at this time, within the spiritual hierarchy of the world, there is an exodus from Egypt. All restrictions fall away and transcendent G-dliness is revealed. down within our souls, prompting us to tap our spiritual core, express our unbounded G-dly potential, and leave restraints. This experience should not remain Passover should initiate a process of endless growth, empowering us to conlevels of limitations and express our spiritual potential at all times. Lubavitch custom not to recite the passage Chasal Siddur Pesach (The Passover Seder is concluded), which others say at the end of the Seder. The intent of the omission is to emphasize that our Passover experience should be ongoing. Throughout the year, we ning of a pattern of new growth and spiritual expression. Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz serves at Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Flor ida. FM N B T is proud to consistently earn a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial, the nations leading independent bank rating rm*. We attribute our success to the meaningful relationships we build with our clients. e better we know you, the better we can serve you. Fort Myers Bonita Springs Charleston Estero Naples Palm Beach Scottsdale There is an under-theme of concern that goes through our cel ebration of Pesach. We read table but feels no connection to the story of our people. Then we spill out wine for each of the Ten Plagues because the entire people whether they partici pated in our oppression or not. As Jeffrey Goldberg wrote in New American Haggadah, There is no such thing as without cost. white terms: Pharaoh and the Egyptians enslaved us; God saved us. Pharaoh and the Egyptians chased after us; God split the sea for the Jewish people the dominant strand of the Haggadah, the story of our persecution and libera tion is the model for all Jewish history. One, praised be He, saves us from their hands. But, when we read the Haggadah closely, there are rumblings of discomfort. Were all the Jews worthy of being freed? Did all the Egyptians deserve to be punished? Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., where there were very strong dominant themes: the growing threat States recognition of Jerusalem as the development of technology that it is place in the world was in the foreground. PLEASE SUPPORT THE ADVERTISERS WHO SUPPORT OUR FEDERATION & HELP MAKE LCHAYIM POSSIBLE.
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. Reach 5,000 local Jewish residents through LCHAYIM. For more information or to place an ad, call Jim Lewin at 239.634.6923.The true meaning of nahesSo what is nahes (the H sound how do you get it? When you drill down into it, nahes doesnt really mean joy or pride. Nahes is the Yiddish form of the Hebrew term that means tranquility or repose. translation would be peace of mind. Two Jewish mothers are sitting One gives out with an Oy yoy yoy! parent, worry became the continuous old you or they get. Nahes is when a maturing child does or achieves something that helps you worry just a little bit less about their future and your dreams and hopes for them. While youre alive, nahes comes in drips and drabs and can dissolve nahes here and there, but there is nothing music completely go away, since you A cherished teacher, Rabbi Herbert Brichto (zl), explained to me that nahes is really reserved for the last few moments of your conscious life in this world, when you leave it feeling that the ones you love, who depended on ing that that you have managed to equip them with enough of what they will need to carry on without you. Thats what we hope for the de ceased during the El Male memorial when we say veyanoohoo beshalom may they rest in peace ( veyanoohoo and nahes prayerful hope that the deceased left this world with a feeling of mission accomplished nahes and that they their children and their childrens chil dren carry as on in this world as the de ceased would want. nahes is the ulti less individuals during the last days and hours of their lives, and not a one of them was concerned about not hav ing a fancier home, a classier car, or not having spent enough of their lives and talents accumulating wealth and toys. nahes from throughout their lives for those who continue after them, and that they have OLYHG\003ORQJ\003HQRXJK\003WR\003VHH\003WKRVH\003HruRUWV\003 bear fruit. Rabbi Bruce Diamond serves at The Community Free Synagogue in Fort Myers. The Passover Seder is like a family photo album Rabbi Bruce Diamond The meaning of matzah L pictures of our new baby. Shes too young for music recitals, dance performances, sporting games, in the bassinet, when she does manage to get to sleep. We all have phopictures of fun vaca tions, family Passover Seders, beach days, and outings with friends we want we want to seize those happy occasions and preserve them. Photos help us re member details of joyous events and lead to fun reminiscing. We love the il lusion that a moment can last forever, that we can view a photo and instantly younger, when we were enjoying that or errands to run. Yet what about the everyday mojust the special events worthy of a phodaily activities we engage in, the mobeing lived, and the rituals that have become part of who we are. Can these moments be photographed? Some yes, jumping on you when you come home every morning. ily photo album. Just as a photo album gives us just brief glimpses and highlights of our lives, so too the Seder gives us the Exodus storys overview, the details. What was Moses relation ship with Miriam and Aaron? What ruler? How did God come up with the ideas for the 10 plagues? What did the feel crossing the Red Sea? As we cel out our camera to capture the moment, let us delve deeply into the Passover story, spend time imagining the lives of our ancient ancestors, and picture what our family photo album would contain. Rabbi Nicole Luna serves at Temple Beth El in Fort Myers. Our experience of enslavement and liberation Rabbi Marc Sack T here is an under-theme of concern that goes through our cel ebration of Pesach. We read table but feels no connection to the story of our people. Then we spill out wine for each of the Ten Plagues because the entire people whether they partici pated in our oppression or not. As Jeffrey Goldberg wrote in New American Haggadah There is no such thing as without cost. white terms: Pharaoh and the Egyp tians enslaved us; God saved us. Pha raoh and the Egyptians chased after us; God split the sea for the Jewish people the dominant strand of the Haggadah, the story of our persecution and libera tion is the model for all Jewish history. One, praised be He, saves us from their hands. But, when we read the Hag gadah closely, there are rumblings of discomfort. Were all the Jews worthy of being freed? Did all the Egyptians deserve to be punished? Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., where there were very strong dominant themes: the growing threat States recognition of Jerusalem as the development of technology that it is place in the world was in the fore ground. ly with Democrats and Republicans. members of Congress from both par ple were worried that liberal Jews were There was repeated reference to the Kotel Agreement and the possibilthis discussion was the concern that Reform and Conservative Jews would issues of religion. Tying these sub-themes together, there was concern that strident parti sanship, within America and the within the Jewish community, would be hurtmuch harder. The dominant theme of the Seder is that what unites us our experience of enslavement and liberation is fundamental to who we are. Life has rarely been easy for us Jews and we cherish our freedom. We remind ourselves of the Seder in addition to the company and good food is that it does not shy away from the issues that continue to confront us. We still have children who sit at the table grudgingly. The libera tion of the Jews was not always pretty. Our openness to these issues is what for discussion. This balance of dominant themes that unite us, while not shying away from those issues with which we still At both settings, we are reminded that Rabbi Marc Sack serves at Temple Judea in Fort Myers. MIROMAR OUTLETS UP TO 70% OFF RETAIL PRICES*Subject to monthly maintenance fee. 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22 FOCUS ON YOUTH TEMPLE JUDEA SCHOOLSFort MyersTemple Judea Religious School Liz Singer Dir. of Congregational Learning March began with our Religious School Purim celebration. On the Sunday following Purim, March 4, students convened and did a version of an Escape Room. Students were split into mixedAll of the puzzles were centered around the holiday of Purim. One puzzle was a crossword puzzle with a included two logic puzzles, a comprehension puzzle based on the content of the Megillah text, a puzzle where they mitzvot of Purim, and putting the Purim story in sequential order. Every aspect of the holiday was covered, and the puzzles made that even the youngest children could contribute. Our older students have been chugim learned about the history of rugelach. ing them and then enjoying them even challahs to give to people in the combeing thought of. The students in the media chug have interviewed two Holocaust sur vivors and learned from their experi ences. To prepare for this experience, students in the media chug were menwho taught us how to approach the sensitive subject and how important it is that we document the survivors stories. The stories were very meaningful. This was an important experience for our students. The hope is that our contribution of video interviews will be part of a Fort Myers community-wide event. activities. On Sunday, April 8, we will have another day of experiential education solving some puzzles related to Passover. On Sunday, April 15, we will join with the rest of the Fort Myers community to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut. We hope that you will join us there, although you are always welcome to join us for any of our programming. * Temple Judea Preschool Joann Goldman, Director The month of April begins matzah Egypt as we discuss the holiday of Passover. The children will enjoy sing ing songs and sharing some special tra ditions. We will taste and learn about veg etables. We will help students under stand that lettuce does not grow in a The children really enjoyed Dr. HXVV\003ZHHN\003DQG\003PDNLQJ\003HGLEOH\003&DW\003 in the Hat hats! Planting beans and watching the growth as well as getting the childrens interest. had a wonderful time cel ebrating Dr. Seusss birth day. They enjoyed listening program has come to a close, we are re viewing all of our letters. The children are doing a fantastic job writing all of ing so. They really enjoy their journals. Our Teaching Time Program was a huge success! The children taught baseball. This month we will have a chance to create new colors as we discuss the to creating new colors and coming up with some interesting names. Our classroom will be in full bloom GUHQ\003ZLOO\003OHDUQ\003DERXW\003GLruHUHQW\003JDUGHQ ing tools and how to nurture the plants. Myself Today! Let children express themselves by dressing themselves. Preschool Registration for 2018-19 preschool, we have limited spots avail able. We do not have any openings in mation regarding Temple Judea Pre schools various programs, please call 239.482.1121. 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 email@example.com Candle lighting times:April 6: 7:29 April 13: 7:33 April 20: 7:36 April 27: 7:40 Earn CAS Credits The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties is interested in hearing from teenagers in high school who might like to earn CAS credits though various work in the Jewish community. If you are interested, please send the following information to LeniBSack@jfedlcc.org: Name Address Phone # Age Grade School Preferred volunteer hours (e.g. 2 5P.M. Sundays) S e n d a n e m a i l t o a m y p a d i ll a @ j f e d l c c o r g GET THE LATEST INFORMATION ON UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS, CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, BREAKING NEWS, UPDATES FROM ISRAEL & MORE. STAY IN TOUCH Sign up for e-blasts! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org PJ LIBRARY PROGRAM FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN 2 8 YEARS OF AGE Thursday, April 26 5:00 6:30 p.m. We won Israel, but we will play games, do RSVP to Leni at 239 481 4449 Ext. 3 LAG B OMER between Passover & Shavuot as the Omer). at TEMPLE JUDEA 14486 A&W Bulb Rd. Fort Myers
23 TEMPLE BETH EL SCHOOLSFort Myers FOCUS ON YOUTH facebook.com/jfedsrq CONNEC T with your Jewish Community www.facebook.com/ JewishFederationLCC 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 email@example.com Temple Beth El Religious School Dale M. Cohen, R.J.E., MA.Ed. Religious Education Director was such fun, interactive, educational and extremely delicious, munching on all of those fruits. Somehow, we (in lieu of the carob). Todah rabah to our spectacular volunteers, Vanessa Sax, Berny & Phyllis Aronson, Jor and Evan Kagan and many more. We are grateful for everyones assistance. We had a wonderful time, and then our students had the opportunity to deco from our Bartons (Miss Chocolate) Passover candy sale and other items, not all related to food, and we have sold approximately $1,000 worth of of the total. Todah rabah to everyone who participated. We are very grateful for your support of Temple Beth El Re ligious School. Our Purim celebration and activi ties in February were absolutely phe for the congregations Megillah read Zoe Sax prepared all of the dough pri help! full of whimsy as we watched our stu dents and adults decorate their favorite Purim characters on top of their pan was followed by Morah Hilarys class performing a wonderful and extremely entertaining Passover play that never disappoints. On Sunday, April 8, the Member ship Committee will meet and greet all of our parents with the bagel and cofchildren for Religious School, please wonderful and supportive parents of Temple Beth El Religious School. On Saturday, April 14, Jacob Spiegel will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah. We are so proud of Jacob and all of his accomplishments. On Saturday, April 28, Zoe Sax will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah. We are so proud of Zoe and all of her accomplishments. We wish both the Spiegel and Sax families much mazel and naches on one of the most meaningful days of their lives. Our next Junior Congregation is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. Please remember that this is a manda tory part of our curriculum for grades our students with the Saturday morning Congregation for this calendar year. On Sunday, April 22, please come and participate in our wonderful Mitza.m., as we prepare to engage not only in mitzvot for the community, but also for our beloved Temple Beth El. P J L I B R A R Y R A D I O L I V E P J L I B R A R Y R A D I O L I V E P J L I B R A R Y R A D I O L I V E 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.firstname.lastname@example.org www.shapiro-photography.com Tot ShabbatL young Jewish families to get to Jewish spouses to feel comfortable in the synagogue? Come to Tot Shabbat at Temple Beth El! On March 2, young Jewish fami lies joined Rabbi Luna in the beautiful Temple Beth El sanctuary for a Shabbat celebration. At the start of the ser vice, each child shared their name and received a warm Shabbat Shalom Shabbat songs and basic prayers, the babies, toddlers and young children met Sababa the Shabbat dinosaur, a blue dinosaur who loves to celebrate Shabbat. The families adjourned to the social hall for blessings over Shab bat candles, grape juice and challah, schmoozing. Parents and grandparents are wel come to the next Tot Shabbats, which will be at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6 and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4 at Fort Myers. For more information, call Rabbi Luna at 239.433.0018.
24 ORGANIZATIONS JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA(239) 566-1771 Lucky for us Marina Berkovich Mesmerized! That is a one-word summary of the February 18 presen tation of Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers: The Labodas of Fort Myers to the Jewish community of Lee and Charlotte counties at Temple Beth El in previously shown in Collier County to WCA members. The Lee County event was organized by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties and was at tended by the audience of nearly 200, as well as the three generations of the Laboda family, who made this event possible and came out to support their the residents shared their recollections of the early days of Port Charlotte Jewish life, including traveling to Hebrew school by boat the only means of access at the time. The new arrivals, unfamiliar with the inconveniences and hardships residents had to weather, or the vast range human lifespan our region underwent such drastic progress and that Jews were very involved. himself as an employee of the Rosen Brothers and will be willing to share his story with us later this year. That trail the Jewish pioneers and settlers and supporters, we are collecting and preserving. A special note of gratitude to Char lane King, JHSSWFs super dedicated board member, for lending her wonserves as JHSSWF Events Coordinator. She is also the Director of Events of CAPA (Cultural and Performing Arts Center in Naples), and received the 2013 CAPA Outstanding Service Award. Charlanes prior experience includes ownership and operation of ington and Lexington, Massachusetts; Communications Director for Home Goods, a division of TJX Corporation; board member of Burlington Business Roundtable; Chairperson of Burlington Food Pantry. Please note change of date: JHSS WFs next Master Class presentation will be at the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples on Wednesday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. There will be no Master Class on April 24. Master Classes sions of early Southwest Florida Jewish history. Classes are free. Light refreshments are provided. Register at http://jewishhistorysouthwestflorida. org/ by May 10. We are also extending the decision deadline for next seasons program ming and Southwest Florida Jewish mit your nominations of a noteworthy SWFL Jewish resident or a candidate to jhsswf To renew your membership or become a member or an event sponsor, SOHDVH\003HPDLO\003MKVVZI#JPDLO\021\FRP\017 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 HAZAK 55+ CHAPTER at Temple Judea(239) 433-0201Jan Klein tour of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida in Naples, followed by lunch out. On Sunday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. at Temple Judea, there will be a Musical Ensemble Sing-a-Long led by Liz Singer, Avi man. be an afternoon of miniature golf fol nounced at a later time. contact President Andy Chernow at SHALOM LIFE CENTER Fort Myers(239) 218-3433 Lawrence & Robin Dermer On May 14, 1948, President Truman President Trump will move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. These two his is the year Jerusalem will become one united capital when we celebrate Yom ple in a tiny country armed with little trained and equipped Arab armies that came within 25 miles of Tel Aviv. As we proudly celebrate the U.S. Em bassy being moved to Jerusalem, let us imagine a time not was surrounded by enemies intent on its destruction within minutes no economy, no friends or allies, and were largely made up of people coming from displaced persons camps in Europe after the Holocaust. complished so much more than just one of the most powerful in the world and weve become world leaders in well. The miracle of our survival has of repairing the world. As our prophet we are to be a light to the nations. miracle as the miracles we recount dur Though we continue to face threats tion, we will remain positive, steadfast and hopeful that peace will come to us and the rest of the world. 2018 brings is better, greener, stronger, smarter and more wonderful than ever before. We will never allow fear to overshadow our faith. Our continued survival throughout the millennia is nothing short of a miracle, and our Divine covenant assures us that G-d will continue to protect our nation and its people. strong! Unplugged on Saturday, April 28 at \032\035\026\023\003S\021P\021\003LQJ\003DQG\003GDQFH\003WKH\003QLJKW\003 away at this fabulous concert event fea turing the music of the 1950s, country favorites, Elton John, The Beach Boys, The Bee Gees and so much more. For more information and to RSVP, call lifecenter.org Join us for Shabbat services ev mornings for Torah study at 10:00 Club, Mens Group and Sisterhood, to Womens Circle, SLC Kitchen, Choir and BBYO, there are so many ways to enhance your Jewish life at Shalom Life Center. Visit our website at www. shalomlifecenter.org for more informa tion on our many clubs, programs and special events. continued from page 17 BRIEFS ISRAEL CALLED STRATEGIC PARTNER OF AZERBAIJAN baijan and both cooperate in militarytechnical matters, in the latest technol ogies, and in healthcare, Ali Hasanov, the Azerbaijani Presidents Assistant ing in Azerbaijan for several years in particular, in agriculture...where they introduce the latest technologies and equipment. Our countries are also unit ed by our people. There is a big com Trend Azerbaijan)DUKE OF CAMBRIDGES VISIT TO ISRAEL WILL END A 70-YEAR ROYAL SNUB watched Britains royals jet over their heads on visits to autocratic Middle Eastern countries without stopping in presidents have extended invitations to Jerusalem. Each time they have been upsetting the UKs Arab allies. But that decades-long snub will come to an end bridge touches down at Tel Avivs BenGurion Airport. ing security and trade relationship with heartburn, today it is a dynamic hightech economy and a regional intelli security services cooperate closely on counter-terrorism. While a royal visit might once have been met with fury in Arab capitals, today many of those Arab states Telegraph UK)ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY IS HELPING TO GROW CROPS IN INDIAFrom increasing tomato yields in Tamil Nadu to helping farmers grow crops decade has been a fruitful one. rd dia at Mizoram. Twenty-two more centers have been set up in 16 states since toes are harvested per acre. After implementing mulching, combined with drip irrigation, we have harvested up to Srinivasan K. local ones has helped reduce the height of the trees from 40 feet to 15 feet, easy. Swapna Merlin (The Printdia)WORK BEGINS ON NEW JERUSALEM LIGHT RAIL EXTENSION TO SERVE JEWS AND ARABS for the Jerusalem light rails second line, the Green Line, which will run from Hebrew University on Mount Scopus in the north to Gilo in the south. both the Jewish and Arab populations. At the same time, the Red Line, which opened in 2011, will be extendHadassah Ein Karem Medical Center in the south. The Jerusalem light rail has become a symbol of coexistence, and 200,000 Jews and Arabs ride it each insisted on continuing to run the train through the Arab neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina. (Nadav Shragai, Jerusalem Center for Public Af fairs)PRO-PALESTINIAN CAMPAIGNER ADMITS THEIR ACTIVIST INITIATED 2010 VIOLENCE ABOARD MAVI MARMARA OLQ\017\003WKH\003VSRNHVSHUVRQ\003RI\003WKH\003JURXS\003LQ YROYHG\003LQ\003WKH\003\300RWLOOD\003WKDW\003DWWHPSWHG\003WR\003 enter Gaza in May 2010, states that the ,VUDHOL\003WURRSV\003GLG\003QRW\003RSHQ\003\277UH\003XQWLO\003DI ter Ken OKeefe, a former U.S. marine aboard the Mavi Marmara, seized a gun from one of them. OKeefe was responsible for some of the deaths on board the Mavi raeli...soldier, they would not have VWDUWHG\003WR\003\277UH\017\264\003VKH\003ZURWH\003RQ\003WKH\003DOHV tine Live group in 2014. She added that OKeefe was not a hero and his actions put others on the She also refers to Kens crazy a menace, and writing of his rather crazy ideas of wanting to have a sui cide boat. (Robert Philpot, Times of Israel)
25 ORGANIZATIONS We are also extending the decision deadline for next seasons programming and Southwest Florida Jewish mit your nominations of a noteworthy SWFL Jewish resident or a candidate to jhsswf To renew your membership or become a member or an event sponsor, 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 Shelley Skelton Seventy years ago, the newspaper head Cease-Fire is Called For, and fear was peace. Change a few names and dates and the headlines could have been writ ten today. But even with those ominous of independence. And far be it from us to pass up a celebration! On Sunday, February 25, members and friends of our Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadas sah attended the birthday party brunch held at the Hilton Na and music, candles glowing entertainment by the Shalom Dancers, Cantor Donna Azu and Cantorial Soloist Jane Galler, with our own Rhonda Brazina as the MC. A good time was had by all! We son, chair of this exciting event, along with all of our friends, colleagues, committee members and board members, without whom none of this would have been possible. Proceeds from the event will help Hadassah continue to carry on its exmarches on and we pride ourselves on what has been accomplished. The efforts of all of our dedicated volunteers, highly-qualified personnel, medical researchers, scientists, doctors, gener ous donors, everyone involved in this monumental achievement, help to support Hadassahs initiatives. variety of health awareness programs and activities that strengthen Jewish viding a unique opportunity to connect would be a world of healthy people livmedicine. The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Medical Center technologies with a profound spirit of healing. People from all over the world turn to Hadassah Hospital for medical volunteers for an organization that supports a hospital where the patient always How do we reach our goals and quotas? Through the generous support and benefactors. Medicine at Hadassah is above comes through its doors for treatment receives personalized attention in an environment of compassionate care. We can continue to build better lives for all peace through medicine. calendars for the Hadassah-sponsored event. Plan on joining our Hadassah April 9, at 2:30 p.m., as we sponsor Abi gail Pogrebin, author of My Jewish Year 18 Holidays, One Wandering Jew. For more information and to pur HUMANISTIC JEWISH HAVURAHof Southwest Florida (239) 495-8484 on Yom HaShoah Paula Creed On Sunday afternoon, April 15, the Humanistic Jewish Havurah of South west Florida will commemorate Yom Ha-Shoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) with a program featuring Paul R. Bar trop, PhD, Professor of History, at Florida Gulf Coast University. His topic is Not Accepting Refugees: The Evian Conference of 1938 and its Rel evance Today. At 1:30 p.m. we gather for coffee n chat before the lecture begins promptly at 2:00 p.m. in the David G. Willens Community Room of the Jew ish Federation of Collier County, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201, Naples. Due to the limited capacity of this venue, we request that you contact presented in Southwest Florida. Dr. Bartrop could not have chosen a better audience than a combetter understanding of our Jewish history as related to the Holocaust. The public is invited to share in this experience. The Evian conference on refugees from Nazism has long portunity a failed initiative to save the Jews of Europe from the Nazi menace. However, as Paul Bartrop explains, this critique is based on the er roneous premise that the conference was intended to rescue the Jews in the ference was completely successful in what it set out to achieve: to discuss the refugee problem without commit ting any nation to concrete action or a this presentation, he will show that the refugee conference was always intended to be window dressing onto which humanitarian agencies and Jewish communities placed too many hopes hopes that, by design, were never going to be realized. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum describes the conference on its Germany judenrein (cleansed of Jews) that they would be forced to leave the country. By 1939 about 150,000 Ger man Jews, one in four, try. After Germany annexed Austria in March 1938, however, an additional 185,000 Jews were brought under Nazi rule. Many Jews were unable Even though news of the violent pogroms of November 1938 was widely reported, Americans remained reluctant to welcome Jewish refugees. many Americans believed that refugees would compete with them for jobs and overburden social programs set up to assist the needy. from 32 countries met at the French resort of Evian. President Roosevelt such as the secretary of state to Evian. ,QVWHDG\017\003\000\URQ\003&\021\003D\\000ORU\017\003D\003EXVLQHVV man and close friend of Roosevelts, represented the U.S. at the conference. During the nine-day meeting, delegate after delegate rose to express sympathy for the refugees. But most countries, including the United States and Brit more refugees. Responding to Evian, the German government was able to state with great pleasure how astounding it was that foreign countries criticized Germany for their treatment of Jews, but none of them wanted to open the doors to them The current migrant crisis is Eu and refugees bears great similarity with that earlier crisis. Read the current and recent issues of LCHAYIM online at www.JewishFederationLCC.org. GENERATIONS OF THE SHOAH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA(239) 963-9347 Never again and Yom HaShoah Ida Margolis Most individuals reading this col umn are familiar with Yom HaShoah, died in the Shoahmemoration for the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a re sult of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, and for the Jewish resistance. This year, the annual community Yom HaShoah Commemoration will be held at Temple Shalom (4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples) on Sunday, April 8 at 10:00 am. Local students and lo cal Holocaust survivors will be par ticipating. This community is fortunate to have survivors who are willing to share their stories with local students. The importance of the students having this opportunity is immense. Not only was Zachor (the Hebrew word that means to remember), to ensure that the past will never be forgotten and its memory will always serve as a guide for the future. The second was Never Again. This phrase or slogan is usually meant to symbolize the Jewish peoples collective resolve to never stand by as the blood of their brethren is shed and to never allow innocents to be brutalized for the crime of being Jewish. at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, only about 100 miles from Naa student-led organization advocating for tighter regulations to prevent gun violence that was called #NeverAgain. they use the slogan associated with my button from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that states ME. To me, never again means no one should ever be murdered just for their religion or race or sexual orientation, the way that millions of men, women and children were brutally murdered. Historian Raul Hilberg said that never again was seen written in various languages at the liberation of Buchenwald. So why should this slogan be a hashtag slogan for stricter gun laws? Doesnt it just belong to the Holocaust? While researching the slogan, Eli Wiesel: Never again becomes more a vow. There will never again be ha tred, people say. Never again jail and nocent people, or the shooting of starv fect slogan a slogan that also applies to the shooting of our innocent school children. Never again should students be murdered in a place of learning, a place that should be safe. Never again should any innocent person become a WDUJHW\003RI\003D\003FUD]HG\003NLOOHU\003MXVW\003EHFDXVH\003 they are at a concert, a shopping mall or a place of worship. Eli Wiesel said, Never again is more than a slogan it is a prayer. Now it is also a call to action, a call by children who want to save the lives F\\000PDNHUV\003WR\003ZRUN\003WRJHWKHU\021\264\003,\003ZLOO\003EH\003 proud to wear my button from the Ho locaust Museum not only for the vic tims of the Holocaust, but also for our children. Ensemble Sing-a-Long led by Liz Singer, Avi man. be an afternoon of miniature golf folnounced at a later time. contact President Andy Chernow at
26 TEMPLE NEWS COMMUNITY FREE SYNAGOGUE REFORM 10868 Metro Parkway, South Fort Myers (The Southwest Florida Masonic Center) P.O. Box 07144, Fort Myers, FL 33919 Rabbi Bruce Diamond (email@example.com) Coordinator: Natalie Fulton Adult Educator: Jessica Evers Phone: (239) 466 6671 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.fortmyerssynagogue.com Community Sabbath eve dinner each Friday at 6:30 p.m. Sabbath eve worship every Friday at 7:30 p.m. Light breakfast and Torah study with the rabbi every Saturday morning from 9:30 11:30 a.m. TEMPLE JUDEA CONSERVATIVE 14486 A&W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908 Rabbi Marc Sack E mail: email@example.com President: Jennifer Manekin Director of Congregational Learning: Elizabeth Singer Preschool Director: Joann Goldman firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 433 0201 Fax: 433 3371 E mail: email@example.com Web site: www.tjswfl.org Services: 6:15 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday Minyan: 9:00 a.m. Monday Religious School: Sun. 9:30 a.m. noon; Wed. 4:306 p.m. Early childhood education: Preschool, M F, ages 18 months 5 years; Mommy & Me, months 2 years Affiliated: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism CHABAD OF BONITA SPRINGS/ ESTERO ORTHODOX 24850 Old 41 Road, Suite 20 (in the Bernwood Centre) Bonita Springs, FL 34135 7024 Rabbi Mendy Greenberg Phone: 949 6900 Web site: www.JewishBonita.com Services: Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by a kiddush TEMPLE BETH EL REFORM 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908 Rabbi Nicole Luna E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Temple educator: Dale Cohen, Ma.Ed., R.J.E Preschool director: Jesyca Virnig President: Ellis Rabinowitz Phone: 433 0018 Fax: 433 3235 Web site: www.templebethel.com Shabbat services: 7:30 p.m. Friday; Torah study 9:00 a.m. Saturday; B nai Mitzah 10:30 a.m. Saturday Religious School: 9:30 a.m. noon Sunday Hebrew School: 5:00 6:30 p.m Wednesday Judaica Gift Gallery Affiliated: Union for Reform Judaism TEMPLE BETH SHALOM REFORM 702 S.E. 24th Ave., Cape Coral, FL 33990 Rabbi Devora Buchen President: Arnie Schwartz Phone: 772 4555 Fax: 772 4625 E mail: email@example.com Web site: www.templebethshalomcc.org Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday Religious School: Thursday 4:00 6:30 p.m. Torah study with Rabbi Buchen: Shabbat 10:30 a.m. Organizations: Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Family Service (1st Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m.) BAT YAM TEMPLE OF THE ISLANDS REFORM Meets at Sanibel Congregational Church 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island Rabbi Stephen L. Fuchs President: Alan Lessack Phone: 239 579 0296 (Oct Apr) 773251 8862 (May Sept) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cantor: Murray Simon Web site: www.batyam.org Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov Apr) 7:00 p.m. Friday (May Oct) Adult Education: Saturday, 9:00 11:30 a.m. (Nov Apr) Jewish Current Events: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Nov Apr) Write: P.O. Box 84, Sanibel, FL 33957 Affiliated: Union for Reform Judaism TEMPLE SHALOM CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND THE GULF ISLANDS REFORM 23190 Utica Ave., P.O. Box 494675 Port Charlotte, FL 33949 4675 Rabbi Solomon Agin President: Gary Wein Phone: (941) 625 2116 E mail: email@example.com Web site: templeshalomfl.com Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday Religious school: Sunday 10 a.m. Beginning Hebrew: Tuesday 4:15 5:15 p.m. Advanced Hebrew: Thursday 4:15 5:15 p.m. Organizations: Sisterhood Affiliated: Union for Reform Judaism CHABAD OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY ORTHODOX 204 E Mckenzie St Unit B, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 Rabbi Simon Jacobson Phone: (941) 833 3381 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.chabadofcharlottecounty.com Services: Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by a kiddush Torah study: Wednesday at 8 p.m. CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ORTHODOX 5620 Winkler Road Fort Myers, FL 33919 Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz Phone: 4337708 Fax: 481 9109 E mail: email@example.com Web site: www.chabadswf.org Services: Friday 5:15 p.m.; Saturday Kabbalah class 9 a.m.; Shacharit 10 a.m.; Kiddush at noon Minyan: Monday & Thursday 7:00 a.m. CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF CAPE CORAL ORTHODOX 1716 Cape Coral Pkwy. W., Cape Coral, FL 33914 Rabbi Yossi Labkowski Phone: 963 4770 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.chabadcape.com Services: Friday Evening 7:30 p.m. Saturday morning 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush luncheon Sunday morning 8:00 a.m. Monday Friday morning 7:00 a.m. JLI Courses: Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. Weekly Torah Study: Tuesday evening 7:30 p.m. Hebrew School: Sunday 10:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Jgirls: Tuesday 6:00 7:00 p.m. COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Shalom Life Center Lawrence Dermer, Spiritual Leader 218 -3433 AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee): Jacki Waksman (954) 653 -9053 AJC (American Jewish Committee): Brian Lipton (941) 365 -4955 Anti -Defamation League: (561) 988 -2900 B Nai B rith International: (941) 302 -4500 Chevra Kadisha: Gene Sipe 841 -4615 Generations of the Shoah SWFL: 963 -9347 Hadassah Collier/Lee Chapter: Lynn Weiner 598 -1009 Hadassah Sharon Chapter (Charlotte County): Odette Port (941) 505 -1409 Hazak 55+ Chapter: Joyce Rosinger 437 -1566 Humanistic Jewish Havurah: Paula Creed 495 -8484 Israel Bonds: Regional Headquarters: (800) 622 -8017 Jewish Community Services: 481 -4449 Jewish National Fund: (727) 536 -5263 Memorial Tree Planting in Israel 1 -800 -542 -8733 Jewish War Veterans: Post 400: Commander Harvey Charter 246 -3151 Mikvah Bashka of Southwest Florida: Nechamie Minkowicz 822 -2784 ORT Gulf Beaches Chapter Marina Berkovich 566 -1771 IN LEE & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES TEMPLE BETH ELFort Myers (239) 433-0018 www.templebethel.com Temple Beth Els Mitzvah Day is com Sunday, April 22 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. All are invited to attend. Mitz vah Day is an opportunity to share in events that help the broader Southwest Florida community, providing us with an avenue for tzedakah and learning for ourselves and our children. We will children in hospitals and others in need of a greeting, and doing cleanup of some of the temple areas as well as the at 239.433.0018. for Wednesday, May 9. Sisterhood invites mem bers and their guests to Mimosas, Mah Jongg, and More, beginning at 10:30 a.m. For $25 per person we will provide a delicious brunch, prizes and a fun day out. Bring your friends and the game of your choice: mah jongg, dominoes, cards or whatever you and your friends enjoy playing. Dont have a regular game? Well do our best to match you up with the game of your choice. Contact Ber nice Turner for more information at btTemple Beth El Religious School Director Dale Cohen and VP of Education Vanessa Sax accompanied six of our high-school students in the URJ inar in Washington, D.C., February extensive four-day educational lead ership program. Our students, Sarah Gatof, Evan Kagan, Brianna Murray, lison Traiger, made us proud. They had a wonderful opportunity for camaraderie, celebration of Shabbat and Havdalah with 500 Jewish teenagers from all over the United States, par ticipation in interactive learning opgrams), lobbying simulation, text study nars, students learned about becoming active and informed citizens. We visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, had dinner in Georgetown, visited the Smithsonian museums and had dinner on Pentagon Row. After about 35 hours of seminars, discussion and educational exercises under the supervision of an expert edusenators and representatives. The stu dents, part of 30 Jewish teenagers from Florida, met with legislative correspon Then our group met with an assistant WXQLW\\000WR\003VSHDN\003DERXW\003LVVXHV\003RI\003LPSRU tance to not only them, but the United States and Reform Judaism. Their pas sion was articulated with intensity and integrity, representing themselves as proud Jewish teenagers. Temple Beth El honored these six high-schoolers at Shabbat services on March 2 as we shared with our con gregation a video summary of the trip and presented the students with their for all which will not soon be forgot ten. TEMPLE JUDEAFort Myers (239) 433-0201 Temple Judea is hosting a second night Passover Seder on Saturday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the social hall. Members and nonmembers are invited to attend this event which includes a traditional are a must. Please call the synagogue and to reserve a space. is an hour of open discussion of Torah of Passover, will be on Friday, April 6 during services which begin at 9:30 a.m. Services are open to the commu nity. PJ Library families will be at Temple Judea celebrating Lag BOmer on ries of four holiday programs for families with children ages two through eight. Children will be playing games, doing arts and crafts, singing and readjfedlcc.org or 239.481.4449 x 3. There is no cost to attend. have already been there two, three or to out-of-the-way places and exploring mation about the trip is now available. about this new adventure. Our monthly volunteering at the Salvation Armys Meals with Compassion (formerly Sallys Caf) continues. Volunteers are needed for Sundays, A wine and cheese reception is held every Friday from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. right before Shabbat services. socializing and greet prospective new members and those visiting the syna gogue. For more information about Tem ple Judea or upcoming programs, call 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.
27 TEMPLE NEWS BAT YAM TEMPLE OF THE ISLANDSSanibel (773) 251-8862 The Purim celebration at Temple Bat phen Fuchs and guest Cantor Pamela donated to tzedakahwarding evening. The Bat Yam community Passover Seder is scheduled for Friday, March 30 with a wonderful blend of exegesis by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, melody by Can tor Murray Simon, food, friends and The evening is possible due to the meticulous planning by Sue Danford and Annette Pacyga. ligious observances, Temple Bat Yam sponsored two special programs. On March 11, the public received a singing history lesson from Cantor Murray Simon about famous cantors. his experiences in the Soviet Union. The Federation is sponsoring the annual Holocaust Memorial Service on Sunday, April 8 at Temple Beth Shalom in Cape Coral. For Jews, the phrase Never Again has been shorthand for an ongoing commitment to remembering the Holocaust. Students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived the shooting carnage in February, have adopted the phrase Never Again. One can or young, depending on ones perspecHaAtzmaut, is determined by the and visitors. There will be a torchraeli accomplishments and innovation. Those members of Bat Yam who are in their 80s and 90s can remember the turmoil and the amazement at the With the British withdrawal from that territory, on May 14, 1948, David BenGurion, then head of the Jewish Agency, proclaimed the establishment of the S. Truman recognized the new nation on the same day. Against tremendous the assault by the Arab League mem bers. Having a home for the Jews of the complishment. We need a vibrant and Until the end of April, Adult Edu cation classes are held Saturday morn ings beginning at 9:00 a.m. with He brew reading with Rabbi Fuchs. At presentations on varied interesting WRSLFV\021\003,VUDHOL\003FXUUHQW\003HYHQWV\003EHJLQ\003DW\003 \024\024\035\026\023\003D\021P\021\003,Q\003RYHPEHU\017\003$GXOW\003\(GXFD tion will begin again. Our snowbird congregants are leaving. The number of programs and teer congregants, Friday evening Shab Fuchs returns for Rosh Hashanah. Come to worship and learn at our meeting place located on the campus of the Sanibel Congregational United Way on Sanibel. Members of the com munity, guests and visitors are always welcome to join with congregants. Thursday March 29 Search for Chametz 8:08 P.M. Friday March 30 Eat Chometz until 11:23 A.M. Burn Chometz until 12:20 P.M. Saturday March 31 Kabbalah Class 9:00 A.M. Services 10:00 A.M. Sunday April 1 Kabbalah Class 9:00 A.M. Services 10:00 A.M. Thursday April 5 Friday April 6 Kabbalah Class 9:00 A.M. Services 10:00 A.M. Kiddush & Farbrengen 12:15 p.m. P.M. Kabbalah Class 9:00 A.M. Service 10:00 A.M. Kiddush 12:15 P.M. Shabbat & Yom Tov ends 8:22 P.M. Friday April 13 Saturday April 14 Kabbalah Class 9:00 A.M. Services 10:00 A.M. Kiddush & Farbrengen 12:15 P.M. Shabbat Ends 8:26 P.M. You are cordially invited to join Chabad Lubavitch of SWFL for a Family Passover Seder at Chabad Lubavitch of ers, FL 33919. For reservations, please chabadswf.org. Friday March 30 TEMPLE SHALOMCharlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands (941) 625-2116 Temple Shaloms Congregational Community Seder will be held on Sat urday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kingsway Country Club. This Seder is open to nonmembers. Please call Odette Port at 941.505.1409 for addi tional information. The Seder is led by Rabbi Solomon Agin and attendees are called upon to participate. The concluding ser vice for Passover will will be included in the service. Above and Beyond will be shown on Sunday, April 8 at 4:00 Force. Dr. Alan Solomon will lead Shabbat services on Friday, April 13 during Rabbi Agins absence from the pulpit. Dr. David Katz will be assisting. The Harry and Emmy Loeb Holocaust Community Remembrance Day Service will be held on Thursday, April 12 (Yom HaShoah) at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda. This is the only Community Service for the entire county. Temple Shalom will celebrate th anniversary on Satur day evening, April 21. This will be a great event with Middle Eastern food, person for this event is Judi Migdol and the donation is $50. Open to all. for more information. The concluding session of Lunch & Learn with the Forward will be held on Tuesday, April 24 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for lunch as this is a funded program. The Temple Shalom Congrega tional Meeting will be held on Thurs CHABAD LUBAVITCHFort Myers (239) 433-7708 Also Chametz that tends to harden and adhere to inside surfaces of pans, pots that have been eating Chametz and mixtures thereof. and elsewhere. in his stead and said substitute shall have full right to sell and lease as provided herein. action to sell all my Chametz, Chametz mixtures, etc., as provided herein. This power is in conformity with all Torah, Rabbinical and civil laws. Signed: ____________________________________ Date: __________________ Name: ___________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________________________________ Email: ___________________________________________________________ \\021\000\003 Saturday March 31 Cost: $54 Per Person Per Night $36 Per Child Per Night (Ages 3 to 12) Sponsor $180 Double Chai Sponsor $360 Elijah Sponsor $540 Platinum Elijah Sponsor $1,000 COMMUNITY FREE SYNAGOGUEFort Myers (239) 466-6671 The people of The Community Free Synagogue are saddened by the midwas a loving husband, engaged father, committed Jew and early, enthusiastic participant in our synagogue. Sincerest condolences are extended to his devoted wife, his daughters and their families. Mazel Tov to Melinda and Bruce Diamond on their March 18 wedding in the synagogue. Mrs. Diamond runs The Pampered Soul Spa and Rabbi Di en and set-up volunteers Community Free Passover Seder such a joyous and uplifting event. derwriters Drs. David Heligman and Alan Tannenbaum, our mains the largest Passover meal in Southwest Florida! We relished the 180 delicious ar tisan hummentaschen Shelly and Jer ry Gershune and their holy roller our gala Purim Eve Megillah reading. The apple pie, Nutella, strawberry mothers holiday treats! The C.F.S. Yom HaShoah Eve obday, April 11 in the Community Hall. Accompanying traditional memorial prayers and candle lighting, the touching Holocaust survivors documentary Aidas Secrets will be screened. Please consult the article in this months issue for details. Each Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., The Community Free Synagogue is free and reservations are never rewelcomed with prayer and song. A coffee hour follows worship. Every Saturday at 9:30 a.m., C.F.S. portion until 11:30 a.m., when the Mourners Qaddish is recited. Now in its 13th year, The Community Free Synagogue is an independent gious resource. All of its events and programs, including youth and adult Jewish education, are open to all and always free. The purpose of The Community Free Synagogue is Study, Worship and Benevolent Acts, generally fol lowing progressive Jewish traditions. C.F.S. founder and leader, Rabbi Bruce Diamond, D.D., is celebrating the 40th year since ordination at The tute of Religion in Cincinnati, and his 21st year in Fort Myers. The synagogue meets at the South west Florida Masonic Center, 10868 For more information visit its website at www.fortmyerssynagogue.com.
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