NONPROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID FT. MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 1759701 Commerce Center Court Fort Myers, Florida 33908 DELIVER TO CURRENT RESIDENT OR POSTMASTER: DATED RELIGIOUS NEWS ITEMS. TIME SENSITIVE PLEASE EXPEDITE! www.JewishFederationLCC.org Vol. 40, No. 9 May 2018 / 5778 Sherri Zucker with her Mitzy award 2018 ~ 2019 BOARD SLATE Jewish Federation Lee & Charlotte Counties PRESIDENT Brian Simon V.P. ADMINISTRATION Michele Laboda CO V.P. EDUCATION & Sara Krivisky & PROGRAM Andi Horowitz TREASURER Marsha Kistler SECRETARY Karin Fine IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Rozzi Osterman DIRECTOR AT LARGE Jack Esformes DIRECTOR AT LARGE Carolyn Gora DIRECTOR AT LARGE Jerry Greenfield DIRECTOR AT LARGE Keith Grossman DIRECTOR AT LARGE Linda Idelson DIRECTOR AT LARGE Barbara Siegel CAMPUS INITIATIVES Paul Bartrop JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES Sherri Zucker COMMUNITY RELATIONS Sylvia Simko ANNUAL MEETING HONORING ROZZI OSTE RMAN W e d n e s d a y M a y 9 2 0 1 8 7 : 0 0 P M FineMark Bank 12681 Creekside Lane Fort Myers R.S.V.P. by May 4th 239.481.4449 ext. 4 or firstname.lastname@example.org Senior Lunch Bunch Volunteer Thank You BrunchBy Jodi Cohen, Senior Outreach Coordinator Jodi Cohen O ver two years ago, community member Helene Glocer shared a letter from her uncle who lived up north who felt forgotten by his local Jewish community after having been very active during his younger years. Helene shared this letter as a way to raise the Federations awareness that there were most certainly people in our community who were in the same situation. As a result, Micaela Solomon, Shirley Frank and Sherri Zucker started a senior lun cheon program, and Helene has been intimately involved since its inception. The Senior Lunch Bunch program is enormously suc cessful with a volunteer ros ter between 25 and 50 vol unteers in and out of season, and anywhere from 25 to 50 Jewish seniors attending every month. While the program continues to provide an opportunity for isolated seniors to get together, the luncheon has blossomed into a social gathering for many Jewish seniors who are active, independent and new to the area. No mat ter how I try to describe the luncheon, it always comes down to one word: joyous. To show its gratitude, the Federation had a brunch on March 6 to thank the volunteers who are essential to the success of the program. The Israelistyle breakfast was catered by Dalia and featured shakshuka, a delicious egg dish. Everyone had a chance to get to know each other better in a relaxed setting. While so many people have contributed to the success of the Senior Lunch Bunch program, Federation board member Sherri Zuckers role has been instrumental to its growth. I am honored to work with Sherri and was delighted to present her with a home made Mitzy award for all of the mitzvot she does on a regular basis in service of the community. There were several framed posters that were placed around the room on the day of the breakfast that featured wonderful sayings about volunteers, another touch by Sherri. The saying on the poster in the photo below says it best: Volunteers do not necessar ily have the time; they just have the heart.
2 LCHAYIM invites correspondence on subjects of interest to Jewish people. Partisan political opinions will not be published, LCHAYIM should be printed or typed (not in all-capital letters) and double-spaced. self-addressed envelope of appropriate size. Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties May 2018 Volume 40, Number 9 Co-Presidents: Board: Executive Director: Alan Isaacs Program Director : Leni Sack Executive Assistant: Jewish Family Services: Jodi Cohen Editor/Designer: Advertising: JUNE ISSUE EDITORIAL DEADLINE: Monday, May 7 OUR FEDERATION In this issue: 7 Our Community 9 Jewish Interest 13 Israel & the Jewish World 14 Marketplace 16 Commentary 17 From the Bimah 19 Focus on Youth 20 Organizations 22 Community Directory 22 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. Years ago, I shared a story with a dear friend about my family and Shabbat candles. I told her that before leaving the house to go to shul, we would who was just learning about Judaism, on her way to becoming a devoted Jew by choice, was impressed by the respect we showed the candles by not simply blowing them out. She was appreciating the tradition and ritual that I grew up with and had always taken for granted. Her reaction reinforced my commitment to share with Elan, Maya and Benji a respect of ritual, tradition and pride in our Jewish heritage. I am happy to report that my children are active in their Jewish commu nities. Thank you, Rozzi From Rozzi Osterman, Federation Co-President FOOD PANTRY Program notes Leni Sack Phew! We made it through April a very busy, but good month. Thank you to all the rabbis and lay leaders who participated in the Holocaust Memorial Service and to all who attended. This year, thanks to a moving video put together by Rozzi Osterman, the stories of the survivors who attended this service were told. We hope to continue to tell the stories of survivors from our community, past and present, during future Yom HaShoah services. Later that same week, the Federation hosted a lecture by Nir Kabaretti, the conductor of the Southwest Florida Symphony. Maestro Kabaretti talked about the two Bernsteins Leonard and Elmer sold-out crowd enjoyed an informative and entertain ing talk, as well as a dessert and wine reception. The event was so well received that the Federation is already planning another one for next year. And at the end of that same week, the commu nity came together to celebrate Israels 70th year of statehood. Thank you very much to Nir Cohen and his crew for cooking the delicious food. Thank you to all the synagogues who participated, to our shuk vendors and to our entertainers. And special thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make the event a success. It was a lively and busy afternoon, but most special of all was to be together, as a community, cel ebrating such a momentous event. I hope everyone has circled Wednesday, May 9 on their calendar to attend the Federations Annual Meeting. This year the meeting will be held at Fine Mark Bank. Not only will the new board for the com ing year be installed at the meeting, but it will also be an opportunity to honor, Rozzi Osterman, outgoing co-president of the Federation. Rozzis contributions as an active board member and president for many years cannot be overstated, and we cannot thank her enough for all she has done. Please join us in recog nizing Rozzi, as well as welcoming and supporting the incoming board. Our community is excited to welcome back the Israel Scouts on Monday, June 18. The Scouts Cara van is made up of Israeli teens who perform a fun and energetic show of singing and dancing, exemplifying some of the best of Israel. The program, sponsored each year by Temple Judea, Temple Beth El and the Federation, will be held at Temple Judea at 7:00 p.m. that evening. There is no cost to attend and this is Thank you again to all who participated, helped and supported our events over the past few weeks.
3 OUR FEDERATION Program notesLion of Judah and Womens Philanthropy eventS usan Silver, author of Hot Pants in Hollywood, entertained over 80 attendees at the recent Lion of Judah and Womens Philanthropy event. Susans stories about being one Hollywood, mixed with her personal encounters with some of Hollywoods most dashing male stars, kept people laughing and enthralled. The Federation is very grateful to FineMark Bank for hosting this special event. Susan Silver Susan addresses the crowd (photos courtesy Mike Shapiro) Sherri Zucker and Judi Roth Deb Gold, new Lion of Judah, and Terri Eisenfeld F R E E F A M I L Y C O N C E R T M O N D A Y J U N E 1 8 7 P M | T E M P L E J U D E A 1 4 4 8 6 A & W B U L B R D F O R T M Y E R S F L I n f o : 2 3 9 4 3 3 0 2 0 1 t j s w f l @ g m a i l c o m 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
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 email@example.com. TRIBUTESIn honor of Jeanette Keyser from Barry & Cheryl Fulmer Each month, LCHAYIM will list your Tributes. Please send them to Lori Ramos at the Federation at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!PUBLISHERS:Burt KurlandSUBSCRIBERS:Randy & Mike Kashi By Jodi Cohen, Senior Outreach CoordinatorOur March luncheon took place just before Passover and Rabbi Marc Sack of Temple Judea, our host, talked about all of the various Haggadahs throughout history. In response to the rabbi asking the group which is the most popular Haggadah, we all shouted, Maxwell House! Rabbi Sack provided a show-and-tell with printed copies of the Sarajevo Haggadah, whose history is featured in the novel People of the Book We enjoyed a delicious lunch from our generous community partner, Jasons Deli, and were delighted to welcome some new people to the lunch. Temple Judea was kind enough to offer us hamentashen from its Purim cel ebration, and Carolyn Gora of Temple Beth El brought over the unclaimed Purim bags to share with our lunch bunch participants. Needless to say, no one left hungry! This months advertisers 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 Jay Scott Shalom Life Center Kathy Zoss Mellow Mah Jongg Mike Goldstein Simon Family Ruth Lefberg Osterman Family Steve Bernstein Jed & Jan Klein Clair Goldhagen Andrea & Roger Paneuf Harvey Cohen INDIGENT FUNDShalom Dancers Gene & Andrea Sipe Marty & Judy Freling Barry & Cheryl Fulmer Jack & Ellen Esformes The Jewish Federation thanks our GENEROUS DONORS Stay in touch throughout the month. Sign up for the Federations e-blasts.Get the latest information on upcoming community events and cultural activities, breaking news items, updates from Israel and lots more. Send an email to email@example.com
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. By Jodi Cohen, Senior Outreach CoordinatorO ur March luncheon took place just before Passover and Rabbi Marc Sack of Temple Judea, our host, talked about all of the vari ous Haggadahs throughout history. In response to the rabbi asking the group which is the most popular Haggadah, we all shouted, Maxwell House! Rabbi Sack provided a show-and-tell with printed copies of the Sarajevo Haggadah, whose history is featured in the novel People of the Book We enjoyed a delicious lunch from our generous community partner, Ja sons Deli, and were delighted to wel come some new people to the lunch. Temple Judea was kind enough to of fer us hamentashen from its Purim cel ebration, and Carolyn Gora of Temple Beth El brought over the unclaimed Purim bags to share with our lunch bunch participants. Needless to say, no one left hungry! The Senior Lunch Bunch program is a free monthly program for Jewish seniors to gather and eat, kibbitz and spend time together in community with other seniors and our benevolent volunteers. There are so many people who contribute to the success of this program each and every month, and their the participants. If youre new to the lunch or a little shy, we will pair you up with a lunch buddy. If youd like to attend and need a ride, we will have a volunteer pick you up. There is always a seat at the table for you, so please come on down. Our next lunch will be Thursday, May 10 at noon at Temple Beth El, 16625 Winkler Road, Fort Myers. If you would like to attend, RSVP by Monday, May 7 to 239.481.4449 x6 or email@example.com. This publication is brought to you each month thanks to the support of our advertisers. Please be sure to use their products and services, and mention that you found them in LCHAYIM. This months advertisersAdvanced Pain Management....24 Advanced Physical Therapy.....13 Alliance Financial Group.........14 Hal Arkin, Realtor..................14 Art of Fashion and Moore.........14 Avi G. Locksmith........................7 Gwen Baker, Realtor..............14 Dr. Daniel Bendetowicz............14 Cruise Everything.......................9 Cypress Cove.......................11,15 Harold Eskin, Attorney..............14 FGCU.........................................7 FineMark Natl. 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6 OUR FEDERATION (photos courtesy Ted Epstein) Shalom Dancers perform at Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassahs Celebration of Israels 70 th Birthday 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 O n Sunday, February 25, the Shalom Dancers of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Char lotte Counties had the honor to perform at the Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadas sahs Celebration of Israels 70 th Birthday at the Hilton Naples. After a brief introduction of the history of Israeli folk dancing dating from the time of the halutzim or the early pioneers, the group performed three dances which illustrated the variety of music, tempo, and country of origin that typify the diversity of Israeli folk dancing. Then it was time for the audience who either had the cour age to get up and try something new or who remem bered doing folk dancing in their past lives at Jewish camps or from temple youth groups. The dancers with a lively grapevine to the tune of Tzena. Everyone involved, both dancers and audience par ticipants, enjoyed the experience! By Marsha Kistler For daily news stories related to Israel & the Jewish world, visit the Federations website at www.JewishFederationLCC.org. for coffee, bagels and the simple satisfaction that comes from meeting and making friends with other volunteers, as we help keep thousands of local readers informed about local, national and international Jewish news. Call 481.4449 ext. 3 to add your name to the phone list. Each month we will call to confirm the mailing date and you can let us know if you are available to help label L CHAYIM. May 22, 2018 June 25, 2018 for coffee, bagels and the simple satisfaction that comes from meeting and making friends with other volunteers, as we help keep thousands of local readers informed about local, national and international Jewish news. Call 481.4449 ext. 3 to add your name to the phone list. Each month we will call to confirm the mailing date and you can let us know if you are available to help label L CHAYIM. May 22, 2018 June 25, 2018 for coffee, bagels and the simple satisfaction that comes from meeting and making friends with other volunteers, as we help keep thousands of local readers informed about local, national and international Jewish news. Call 481.4449 ext. 3 to add your name to the phone list. Each month we will call to confirm the mailing date and you can let us know if you are available to help label L CHAYIM. May 22, 2018 June 25, 2018 for coffee, bagels and the simple satisfaction that comes from meeting and making friends with other volunteers, as we help keep thousands of local readers informed about local, national and international Jewish news. Call 481.4449 ext. 3 to add your name to the phone list. Each month we will call to confirm the mailing date and you can let us know if you are available to help label L CHAYIM. May 22, 2018 June 25, 2018 for coffee, bagels and the simple satisfaction that comes from meeting and making friends with other volunteers, as we help keep thousands of local readers informed about local, national and international Jewish news. Call 481.4449 ext. 3 to add your name to the phone list. Each month we will call to confirm the mailing date and you can let us know if you are available to help label L CHAYIM. May 22, 2018 June 25, 2018 Celebration under the tent (photos courtesy Ron Talone)
7 OUR COMMUNITY (photos courtesy Ted Epstein)Shalom Dancers perform at Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassahs Celebration of Israels 70th Birthday Temple Judeas Purim celebration Brown Bag Movie Night O n the evening of Saturday, March 3, Temple Judea mem bers, as well as members of the community, enjoyed a festive Purim celebration that also recognized Tem ple Judeas preschool director of 21 years, Joann Goldman. Throughout the evening, Joann was honored by parents and former teachers with heartfelt message. Joanns dedica tion and hard work continues to make the preschool one of the best in the area. It was wonderful to see how much the community came together to show their appreciation of Joanns many years with Temple Judea Preschool. Attendees also enjoyed a wonder ful evening of good food, good company and a fun, live and silent auction. Many thanks to everyone who attended and supported Temple Judeas event. Special thanks to the committee who organized the event: Milton Goodman, Dan Fox, Jodi Gutstein, Jennifer man, and to everyone who attended and supported this fundraising event. The congregation looks forward to many more years of celebrating together and recognizing those who Celebration under the tent (photos courtesy Ron Talone)The next installment of Community Free Synagogues very popular Brown Bag Movie Night is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 in the synagogues Community Hall, and features the award-winning new documentary, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. Pack your dinner. Admission and soft drinks are free. From Zeitgeist Films: What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and Bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman, and a technological trailblazer who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Al lied torpedoes during WWII. Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life from her beginnings as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesleran, an Aus trian Jewish migr to her scandalous Ecstasy to her glittering Hollywood life to her groundbreaking, but completely un credited inventions, to her later years when she became a recluse, impover ished and almost forgotten, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story brings to light the story of an unusual and accom plished woman, spurned as too beauti ful to be smart, but a role model to this day. Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide StudiesDedicated to educating all sectors of society about Jewish civilization, the Holocaust, and genocide through: scholarship outreach inquiry sharing knowledge preserving the record helping teachers encouraging studentsVisit www.fgcu.edu/hc/ Dr. Paul Bartrop, Director 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)
8 OUR COMMUNITY Book review by Philip K. Jason, Special to LCHAYIMMelting pot Boston in mid-twentieth century explored from Jewish perspectiveThis is one beautiful book. It portrays a pivotal period in U.S. bling lives of European immigrants, their acculturated children and their more fully Americanized grandchildren. Its action springs from family and historical events of 1952-1953, though it manages to cover decades both before and after. The narrator, not yet thirteen as the story begins, is looking back from near the twentieth centurys end. His name is Joel. At one point he is told that he wasnt named for anyone in particular, but for the Jews as a whole. The shadow of the Holocaust haunts Joels family, and for very good reasons that are made clear in the stretches of family history and family memory that run through the book. The Korean War is threatening to become the next world war. The polio epidemic is on everyones mind. On the local level, Bostons beloved Braves, a baseball team with which so many identify, may be preparing to relocate to Milwaukee. The seeds are being planted in Boston for the future presidency of My Mothers Son, by David Hirshberg. Fig Tree Books. 368 pages. Hardcover $23.95. 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Call today!AMSTERDAM COLOGNE BASELAlexander Hoernigk/CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons) Holocaust Museum updateBy Susan Suarez, Executive Director Susan Suarez Read the current and previous editions of LCHAYIM online at www.JewishFederationLCC.org. T he Museum recently celebrated a symbolic start to its next phase of growth with a Demolition Day at our future home, marking the beginning of the buildings renovation. We were so pleased that Janet Gutt man Cohen was present for the occasion, as it was her lead gift to our Capital Campaign which allowed us to purchase the building. We were also honored to host other Major Donors, our board members, Holocaust survivors (Michael Eisenstadt, Rosette Gerbosi, Rob Nos sen and Eva Sands), Collier County Commissioner Penny Taylor, Museum supporters and media representatives. This building is north of our present January 27, 2019. This date is also International Holocaust Remembrance new location to educating people about the Holocaust. The 2018 Yom HaShoah Com memoration at Temple Shalom on April 8 was indeed moving. The program was created by students and local Holocaust survivors, who met several times to discuss the history and lessons of the Holocaust. The well-attended community-wide event honored the millions killed during the Holocaust. When student groups participate in our education programs or come to the Museum, they also learn about the history and lessons of the Holocaust. They discover how the past informs the present. In addition to touring the Museums permanent collection, they view our current exhibit, Resettling and Rebuilding: The Displaced Person in World War II living conditions faced by Holocaust survivors and the civilian populations after the war. Newsreel footage from 73 years ago shows people struggling in Displaced Persons camps to regain their lives after the devastation of war. UNICEF called Dangerous Boat Jour ney, a startling juxtaposition of past with ian girl about 10 years old. She vividly describes her life before the war, and the disruption and chaos that followed when the war broke out. As she talks about the wars impact on her family, the similar to the ones the students had just seen in the WWII footage. The girl describes what she hurriedly grabbed and put in her backpack before leaving her home and the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean to safety in Greece. When she tells of her carefullyassembled backpack being thrown over board by a stranger, is it heart-rending. registering with the authorities, and the tiring journey through the mountains to a sparse refugee camp. She speaks of made in her life and how it has helped KHU\003JHW\003WKURX\JK\003GLrvFXOW\003WLP\HV\021\003 $IWHU\003WKH\003\277OP\003HQGV\017\003VWXGHQWV\003SDUWLFL pate in an activity which asks them to theoretically pack a backpack. They are given a list of items and can only select a few. Their choices are informed they personally connect with the young Syrian girl who so carefully packed her backpack only to lose it. Their view of life broadens from an experience like this. They realize how important their own actions can be in standing up to bigotry, hatred and violence. The lessons of the Holocaust con tinue to resonate. Our new Museum home will allow us to carry on inform ing students and the public about the impact and importance of respect for can make. Your generous support has brought the Museum and its programs to this point. Thank you. For more information about the Mu seums plans and programming, please contact me at 239.263.9200 or Susan@ HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org. Landmark gift by Janet G. Cohen for new building for Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFLT he Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida has received a pledge of $1 mil lion from Janet Guttman Cohen toward its $3.5 million Capital Campaign for the purchase and renovation of a new building on U.S. 41 in Naples. In rec ognition of this gift, the Museum will name its new building in honor of Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen. Mrs. Cohen felt moved to make this gift because of the importance of educating young people about the dan gers of prejudice and the importance of confronting hatred and violence. She envisions an Education Center which addresses Albert Einsteins belief that, The world is too dangerous to live in not because of the people who do evil, but because of the people who sit and let it happen. The lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten, stated Mrs. Cohen. Mrs. Cohens contribution is a momentous gift for the Museum, explained Museum Executive Director Susan Suarez. This is the largest gift we have ever received. It puts footing for our future in our new home. The Museum has received more than $2 million toward its $3.5 million goal. The generous response from our donors and board members has been overwhelming. I am thrilled that we are so far along with our campaign in a short period of time. Janet Cohen and others are helping to make our Museum a very special place for the community to come together against bigotry, hatred and violence, Suarez said. The Museum will use its outstanding collection of artifacts and present them in refreshed, professionally designed displays. The location on U.S. 41 at Imperial Golf Boulevard has plenty of parking and 6,000 square feet for the exhibits, a classroom, library and ofand the public in late 2018. Founded in 2001, the Holocaust Museum has a unique beginning as a seventh-grade classroom project about the Holocaust at Golden Gate Middle School. Today, the Holocaust Museum & Education Center has established itself in the community as a source of high-quality education about the im portance of respect and the dangers of students each year with these important lessons of the Holocaust. The Museum was also recognized in 2017 as the Best Museum in Collier County, according to the readers of Gulfshore Life Magazine. To learn more about the Holocaust Museum & Education Center, please call Executive Director Susan Suarez at 239.263.9200 or visit www.Holocaust MuseumSWFL.org. Susan Glasser, RealtorJohn R. Wood Properties 15065 McGregor Blvd. #105 Fort Myers, FL 33908 In front of Gulf HarbourSusanLGlasser@gmail.com Mobile: (239) 281-3105 For All Your Southwest Florida Real Estate NeedsLee County resident for more than 20 years Honest, caring and knowledgable advice about assisted living options at no cost to you!Personal and professional advice for you or a loved one when you need it the mostBruce B. 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9 JEWISH INTEREST For a continuously updated calendar of events, visit www.JewishFederationLCC.org. Phil Jason Book review by Philip K. Jason, Special to LCHAYIM Melting pot Boston in mid-twentieth century explored from Jewish perspectiveT his is one beautiful book. It portrays a pivotal period in U.S. bling lives of European immigrants, their acculturated children and their more fully Americanized grandchildren. Its action springs from family and historical events of 1952-1953, though it manages to cover decades both before and after. The narrator, not yet thirteen as the story begins, is looking back from near the twentieth centurys end. His name is Joel. At one point he is told that he wasnt named for anyone in particular, but for the Jews as a whole. The shadow of the Holocaust haunts Joels family, and for very good reasons that are made clear in the stretches of family his tory and family memory that run through the book. The Korean War is threatening to become the next world war. The polio epidemic is on everyones mind. On the local level, Bostons beloved Braves, a baseball team with which so many identify, may be preparing to relocate to Milwaukee. The seeds are being planted in Boston for the future presidency of kingpin Papa Mischal (Roses father) and his lieutenants, Murph Feldman and Moses ONeil (whose names are symbols of the immigrant melt ing pot), explore the motives behind the shady dealings out of which Bostons family, community and political lives are constructed. Its payback time for repressed or humiliated minorities. And these underhanded enterprises are presented in colorful prose vignettes that suggest a kind of innocence to the era while admitting to its harsh edges. Although the early 1950s period is the core of the book and the fulcrum of Joels meticulously painted coming-ofage self-portrait, Hirshberg understands the need for readers to discover the steps that lead to the grandfatherly Joel whose voice has dazzled his listeners for so many decades. He allows us summary glances at Joels high school and college years, his military service, and his lifelong situation of needing to wrestle with important and transformational secrets about identity and the many faces of love. It may seem curious that Hirshberg, after concluding his narrative, adds a glossary of foreign language terms the list reinforcing the polyglot nature of Boston at the middle of the My Mothers Son, by David Hirshberg. Fig Tree Books. 368 pages. Hardcover $23.95. a still very young and inexperienced Massachusetts politician a man whose Catholic identity inspires the immigrant population and points to the character of the city. There are signs that the keyholders of political and other kinds of power may be changing. Representing this change is Joels powerful grandfather a man whose business, ostensibly fur niture, interfaces with various criminal activities. Even Joel and his brother Steven are involved. Aside from marvelously recreating the time and place action, Hirshberg standing and sensibilities of the young Joel against the much older and wiser version of himself that is telling the story. The story itself grows out of the bits and pieces of the past and the application of the past to current events that have been the bread and butter of the radio show that has been Joels occupation and occupational therapy audience. Devices that deepen the novel with additional key perspectives include, most notably, entries in his Aunt Roses diary. Rose is the most enigmatic character in the novel. Her attempts to come to terms with the Holocaust, with her years of travel as a circus performer, her transit to the United States, and her relationship to her husband Jacob whose long preparation for death is a chilling strand of this complex, vividly detailed, yet richly satisfying novel. Conversations between family twentieth century. This spray of German, Hebrew, Irish, Ital ian and Yiddish plus a dash of Latin suggests how the various ethnic groups interacted with one another, and in an un expected manner, it enriches the cultural broth. The glossary is also a re minder, if one is needed, that this is a very Jewish book Jewish in the American way of successive reshaping a vanishing but not quite extinguished past. It is a world of He brew School lessons, Yiddish phrases being maintained and even penetrating the dominant non-Jewish community, ethnic foods and, of course, memories. There are stories hidden until they must be revealed. There are other stories re peated and reshaped, perhaps with no expiration date. I have not addressed the title of the book because to do so carries the likeli hood of giving away something impor tant too soon. I say this, dear reader, to entice you to this beautifully prepared feast of wisdom and discovery. Philip K. Jason is Professor Emeritus of English from the United States Na val Academy. He reviews regularly for Florida Weekly, Jewish Book World, Southern Literary Review and other publications. Please visit Phils website at www.philjason.wordpress.com. 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10 JEWISH INTEREST Stars of DavidBy Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist Editors note: Persons in BOLD CAPS are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish for the purpose of the column. Persons identified as Jewish have at least one Jewish parent and were not raised in a faith other than Judaism and dont identify with a faith other than Judaism as an adult. Converts Do you know the way to Viognier?By The Wine Whisperer Jerry Y es, its pronounced vee-ownYAY, but thats because its French, like most of the major wine grapes of the worldand its a white wine you should really get to know. Its spiritual home is the northern appellation of Condrieu. And tiny it is. Condrieu is less than 400 acres and includes the miniscule subappellation of Chateau-Grillet, which grows less than nine acres of this very interesting white grape. Problem is, this is a naturally low-yielding va rietal, so vineyards dont produce tons aromas and bouquet of the wine. But enough of that. What does it taste like? The real charm of Viognier is its very pronounced and characteris while Chardonnay gets many of its aromatic components from oak aging and malolactic fermentation, Viognier has a whole set of natural aromas that are quite distinctive and extremely pleasant. you will recognize it instantly every fruit aromas that are also found in sweeter wines like Muscat and Riesling, but Viognier is generally produced in a refreshing dry style, and is meant to be enjoyed young. Back to those aromas. Youll generally sense pronounced notes of and jasmine, tangerine, and often a hint of vanilla. Lovely. put it in the same category as acidic German varietals like Gewrztraminer, and make it an excellent accompani ment to spicy cuisines like Thai and veal and pork. So heres the bottom line. If youre a big Chardonnay fan (and who isnt?) this wine is a refreshing change of pace. Now, our discoveries for the month Grgich Hills Estate Fume Blanc Napa Valley 2015 ($31): Theres a nice complexity to this Sauvignon Blanc. Aging in large oak casks produces layers of toast, white pear, tropical fruit triguing experience. Worth the money. WW 90-91 Frank Family Zinfandel Napa Valley 2014 ($34): Another surprising non-traditional interpretation of this popular varietal. Its slightly transpar ent in the glass (a surprise) and not a one-dimensional fruit bomb like many others. In addition, theres a healthy proportion of Petite Sirah and a dollop of Cabernet in the blend. Blueberry, wood and tobacco notes predominate. Really interesting. WW 89-90 Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem Cte du Roussillon Villages 2015 ($27): The name is a mouthful, of the most distinguished winemakers of the Rhne Valley is from the vast vineyard area of southwest France. Its inky dark with complex notes of leath er, smoke, dried fruit, currant and red plum that are surprisingly gentle on the palate. Highly recommended. WW 93 Ask the Wine Whisperer Does Viognier go equally well with any types of cheese? Paula L., Palm Beach Gardens Youre in luck. The aromatics we mentioned above make it a sensational accompaniment to cheeses that fall on the creamier side, like Gruyere and St. Andr. For a real treat, bake some Brie with dried apricots on top, and pour yourself a big glass. er. He is Creative Director of Green Director of the international Direct Cellars wine club. His book, Secrets of the Wine Whisperer is available through his website. Read his other writings at www.winewhisperer.com. The vegetable trend for 2018 in one word: Personal Chef Dalia Hemed can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. O kay guys, we had a good run, but the holidays are behind us now and its time to get healthy. After countless home-cooked meals, seconds and desserts, its time to reset our bodies and renew for sum mer 2018. My plan is to cook at home, eat everything unprocessed, and keep to a diet where I get most of my healthy carbs from vegetables and fruits. If you were to describe the vegeta ble trend for 2018 in one word it would way across almost every plate in Amer ica. We saw recipes and dishes featur ing the white goddess in everything, from roasting, to a macaroni substitute, and even delicious pizza crust. take her crown and badge for the vege table trend for 2018. She comes in pearl white and passionate purple. Most of us only know the pearly white version and for that, most of us have bad mem ories of the overcooked mushy white to its green cousin, the broccoli, and weve quietly hidden her on the side of pathetic crudits displays and hospital meal trays for too long. Now, its her turn to shineand shine she shall! bage family, along with collard greens, kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. not green. This is a result of the leaves, which, if left to grow long enough, cover the entire head, preventing the The resulting white curds are a tasty veggie on their own, but theyre also quite adaptable. In recent years, chefs and recipe developers have gotten in playing with the texture and using it as a low-carb alternative to starchy sides like potatoes, rice and couscous. From soups to salads to gratins, roast one of the most versatile vegetables out there. etables I had to learn to love. On its to like it, because its really healthy er until I discovered the magic of the It is a ridiculously simple, low carb, all natural and gluten-free. Its also a great side dish to have on hand the menu. Ive been serving this for several years, long before it became a celebrity, whenever we want to slim down. I thought the idea was pretty original until I saw other cooks coming out with their own versions. Appar ently, its not such a new concept. Still, I wanted to share the basic idea with a twist since it might be new to some of you. Ingredients: 2 large eggs beaten 3/4 tsp minced fresh garlic 1/4 tsp salt 1/8 tsp black pepper 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 3 tbs mayonnaise 3 tbs potato starch 1/4 cup basil pesto or more to taste optional You will also need: food processor, microwave, baking sheet, parchment paper Instructions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and place a rack in the center of couscous (dont over-process to a paste). Alternatively, you can hand holes on your grater. a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it on high for 7 minutes. a baking sheet with parchment paper. it repeatedly to release steam and cool it down until it is lukewarm (not hot) to the touch. add eggs, minced fresh garlic, mayonnaise, salt, black pepper and potato starch. Stir the mixture with a fork until well blended. pile in the center of the lined baking sheet. Gently press out the mixture to form a 9to 10-inch circle of even thickness, making sure to keep the center as thin as the edges. This is the beginning of against the outer edge of the crust to form a small edge around the circle. out the middle, ensuring an even thickness throughout the crust. Place the crust into the hot oven and let it bake for about 20 minutes, turning the baking sheet around once halfway through baking, till the crust is golden brown. Remove the crust from the oven and let it cool for 5-10 minutes. Use a spatula to very gently slide ment paper directly onto a greased baking sheet. Preheat your ovens broiler. Spread out the pesto onto the center surface of the crust to the outer edges. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly across the top of the pesto. Sprinkle the sur face evenly with crushed red pep Place the pizza into the oven under the broiler. Broil for 5 minutes un til hot and bubbly, keeping an eye on the crust to make sure it doesnt burn (it will get dark brown but shouldnt blacken). Remove the pizza from the oven. Serve sliced warm or at room tem perature. Keep in mind that the bottom crust of this tart will be slightly soft in the center. Slices are best eaten with a fork and knife. Look for Chef Dalia Hemeds recipes each month in the pages of LCHAYIM.
11 JEWISH INTEREST What do you think? Need to reach the editor of LCHAYIM? Send an email to LChayim36@gmail.com. Stars of DavidBy Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist Editors note: Persons in BOLD CAPS are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish for the purpose of the column. Persons identified as Jewish have at least one Jewish parent and were not raised in a faith other than Judaism and dont identify with a faith other than Judaism as an adult. Converts Nate Bloom (see column at le) has become a family history expert in 10 years of doing his celebrity column, and he has expert friends who can help when called on. Most family history experts charge $1,000 or more to do a full family-tree search. However, Bloom knows that most people want to start with a limited search of one family line.So heres the deal:Write Bloom at email@example.com and enclose a phone number. Nate will then contact you about starting a limited search. If that goes well, additional and more extensive searches are possible. The rst search fee is no more than $100. No upfront cost. Also, several of this newspapers readers have asked Bloom to locate friends and family members from their past, and thats worked out great for them. So contact him about this as well.Interested in Your Familys History? Major League Hebrews: 2018 Edition The following Jewish players were on a major league roster as of March 31, 2018. All these players have at least one Jewish parent and identify as Jew ish or secular. RICHARD BLEIER, 30, Baltimore, relief pitcher. He ap peared in 23 games with the Yankees in 2016 and pitched well, but was in the minors last year. RYAN BRAUN 34, six-time All Star and National League MVP (2011) had a decent 2017 season, during which he hit his 300 th home run. ALEX BREGMAN 24, Houston, shortstop. Bregman had a very good 2017 season, hitting especially well in the second half. He turned in a stellar performance in the World Series, which Houston won. IAN KINSLER, 35, Los Angeles Angels, second base. Kinsler, a four-time All Star, had a weak bat in 2017 and was traded from Detroit JOC PEDERSON 25, Los Angeles DodgPederson saved his major league career and World Series. KEVIN PILLAR, 29, outfielder, Toronto. Pillar had a very good hitting season in 2017, with a career-high 16 home runs. On March 31, St. Louis called up relief pitcher RYAN SHERRIFF 27, from the minors to replace an injured pitcher. As I write this, hes still with the Cardinals, but hes likely to shuttle between the maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors. He pitched for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. DANNY VALENCIA 33, Baltimore, Valencia had an okay 2017 season with Seattle. A free agent, he was signed by Baltimore and earned a spot with the club in spring training. ZACK WEISS, 25, Cincinnati, relief pitcher. This rookie came back from surgery on his elbow late in 2016. (Bleier, a Florida native, grew up in Plantation and lives in Ft. Lauderdale. He went to Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Valencia was born in Miami and grew up in Boca Raton.) On Roseanne Barr Long before Donald Trump entered politics, I was appalled by ROSEANNE BARR (currently a vocal Trump supporter). Yes, there are people who radically switch political positions for reasons that they lay out in understandable, rational terms. But Barr, 65, takes political stances and changes them for reasons that I can only ascribe to a personality disorder. This is laid out in a must-read Daily Beast article (How Roseanne Barr Abandoned All Reason and Embraced the Alt-Right) published on June 23, 2017. The only thing the Daily Beast article doesnt quite capture is how disordered Barrs thinking is in a full interview. I saw one interview taped in the summer of 2016 with a conser vative host. Try as he might, the host couldnt extract a coherent summary of her views or why they changed. She spouted word salad. The Daily Beast article traces her Israel views. Back in 2009, I wrote a blog-post about her virulent anti-Israeli views and then I had to watch as the Jewish community media lauded her in recent years for her pro-Israel stance. My guess is that they didnt know about Barrs quite recent past. Courtesy of the Daily Beast, that past is revealed: In 2009, she called Israel a Nazi state, and in 2011, a brutal and undemocratic theocracy. She also denounced the ethnic cleansing that is happening in Gaza right now. In 2012, she ran for president on a left-wing third party ticket with Cindy Sheehan (who stated numerous times that her soldier son died in Iraq for Israel). But by 2015/16, Barr swung the other way, using language that wins no friends for Israel, like calling Muslims pedophiles, and tweeting, Hillary Clinton is surrounded by Jew haters who make fun of the Holocaust and Jewish said that Jew hater Hillary Clintons handler Huma [Abedin] Weiner [a Most alarming is her support of wacko conspiracy theory sites. Barr particularly likes to re-tweet a sicko con spiracy theory about the deep State and Democrats running child sex rings a charge very much like the totally false Pizzagate story (i.e., Hillary Clinton running a sex ring out of Washington pizza parlor). I say to the Jewish media/commu nity: Dont trust this woman. She could explode in your face. Who knows? A few years from now she may support Hamas. By the way, Roseannes revived TV series, like the original, features a tribeheavy cast: Barr; MICHAEL FISH MAN 36, as Roseannes son D.J.; and SARA GILBERT 43, as Roseannes daughter Darlene. 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12 JEWISH INTEREST Dr. Paul BartropA Chinese diplomat helps the JewsBy Paul R. Bartrop, PhDI n May 1938, exactly eighty years ago this month, a Chinese diplomat named Ho Feng-Shan was appointed to the post of consul-general in Vienna, Austria. His appointment was to be the start of a remarkable period, in which Ho would become one to save Jews by issuing them visas to escape the Holocaust. In the two years that followed, he was responsible for saving thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Austria. Ho Feng-Shan was born into a poor family in rural Yiyang, Hunan province, on September 10, 1901. His father died when Ho was seven years old, and his family was assisted by the Norwegian Lutheran Mission which enrolled him at its mission school. An excellent stu dent, the grounding he received enabled at the College of Yale-in-China, after which, in 1928, he was accepted into the University of Munich. By 1932 he had earned a PhD in political economy, graduating magna cum laude. In 1935 Ho joined the Republic of Chinas Foreign Service, starting his ca reer as a diplomat with an initial posting to Ankara, Turkey. In the spring of 1937 Chinese legation in Vienna. When Nazi Germany invaded Austria on March 12, 1938, and the country became absorbed into the German Reich, however, the legation was transformed into a consul ate. In the subsequent reorganization, Ho became consul-general and another years. Desperate to leave the country, Austrias Jews began looking for any country that would accept them, at a time when few were prepared to. jor crisis proportions after the pogrom of November 9-10, 1938, known as the Kristallnacht. Ho was shocked by the nature of Nazi violence and experienced something of the Nazis racism himself when he was at one stage held at gunpoint by Nazi thugs searching for Jews. extreme danger and that he could help them to get out. The government of China was far from convinced that this was a matter requiring Chinese involvement. In fact, Chinas leader, Chiang Kai-shek (Jiang Jieshi), flirted with Germanys Nazi government throughout the 1930s. He employed German military advisers in his struggle against both the Japanese invaders and the Chinese communists, in addition to purchasing large quanti ties of weapons from Germany. Against this background, it was perhaps not surprising that he wanted to maintain good relations with Germany and did not oppose Hitlers racial policies. Accordingly, the Chinese ambassador to Berlin, Chen Jie, instructed Ho Feng-Shan in Vienna that he was not to issue visas to Jews. Ho, however, acting against these explicit orders, began issuing visas for Jews to travel to Shanghai. Although he did not think that many would actually go there, he knew that possession of such a document was considered travel ticket and thereby leave Austria. tributions made by American relief organizations, which at that stage were trying desperately to assist Jews to get out. Given that he had been forbidden from helping Jews, Ho was forced to maintain contact with these organizations covertly. For continuing to issue visas despite a direct order for him not to do so, a black mark, or demerit, was entered continued supplying visas, however, in shame, in May 1940. It is not known how many visas he had authorized prior to then. His 200th visa was issued in June 1938, and he signed number 1,906 on October 27, 1938. There is solid room for speculation, therefore, that in the ensuing months through to his departure from Vienna, many, many more, probably numbering in the thousands, would have been issued. Ho went on to represent China in other diplomatic posts, in Egypt, Mex ico, Bolivia and Colombia. In 1949 he chose to remain loyal to the Republic of China rather than recognize the newlyvictorious Peoples Republic of China. He retired in 1973, and moved to the United States, settling in San Francisco where he became a founding member of the Chinese Lutheran Church. His memoirs, Forty Years of My Diplomatic Life, were published in 1990. Explain ing his actions in helping the Jews of Austria against the explicit orders of his own government, he expressed the view that I thought it only natural to feel compassion and to want to help. From the standpoint of humanity, that is the way it should be. On August 7, 2000, he was rec ognized by Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous among the Nations for his courage in issuing Chinese visas to Vi ennas Jews. Ho Feng-Shan died at his home in San Francisco, California, on September 28, 1997, at age 96 a true friend of the Jews. Dr. Paul Bartrop is Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Ju daic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Arlene Stolnitz Music as inspiration in the art of Marc ChagallBy Arlene StolnitzChagall: Color and Music, on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts last year, conmusic, as well as color, were promi nent factors. The exhibit, which featured over 300 pieces, included not only his magnificent art but other artifacts he had created. The exhibit focused on the connection Chagall had with music. It included his well-known paintcostumes, sculptures, ceramics and stained-glass creations. Stage projects and other large-scale items were also part of the exhibit. Throughout, one could see the musicality imbued in his work. Much of Chagalls inspiration came from the small village, or shtetl, known as Vitebsk, in what is now present-day Belarus, where he grew up. He was born in 1887, the eldest of nine children. His given name was Moishe Shagal, but with his fascination with France, he later changed it to the name we know so well, Marc Chagall. Chagall grew up in a musical family. His uncle played the violin, his brother and sister played the mandolin, and his grandfather and mother sang Jewish songs. During this period, travpopular and later became a motif in his work. Chagall had stated in an interview, As a child, I had violin lessons with a nextdoor neighbor and I wanted to become a violinist because the violin is an instrument that shows love and happiness to other people. Of course, he was speaking about klezmer music which was played by East European Jews. Why was Chagall so drawn to music and especially the violin? As seen in his painting The Green Violinist 1924 the image of the rustic Hasidic village of his which has been said to represent the image of the wandering Jew. The vil ceremonies and festivals that were such an important part of his Hasidic world and are seen often in his works. Other paintings that use the violinist include The Fiddler 1914, The Blue Fiddler and The Fiddler 1912 The popular Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof was inspired by ings are allegorical in the sense that they represent his devotion to his Orthodox Jewish background and the belief that music and dance represent the most spiritual connection to God. In the Ha sidic tradition, it is only through music that one can be in complete communion with the Creator. The murals Triumph of Music and The Sources of Music at the Metropoli tan Opera at Lincoln Center show how important music was to Chagall. He the Paris Opera House and set murals for The Magic Flute as well as several other operas. Many musical programs were of fered in conjunction with the Montreal exhibit. One featured program focused on one of the Violins of Hope in a mu sical tribute to Chagall who spent the war years in the U.S. exiled from his beloved Paris. 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13 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD Israeli space team still shooting for the moonBy Abigail Klein Leichman, ISRAEL21c, www.israel21c.org, April 2, 2018The Google Lunar X prize may have expired on March 31, but SpaceIL plans to launch T he Google Lunar X Prize competition expired on March 31 with no winner. Yet Israels team, mission of landing an unmanned mod ule on the moon with plans to launch Industries in the fourth quarter of 2018, major sponsor. We are moving forward with the project, regardless of the terms or sta tus of the Google Lunar X Prize, said newly appointed SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby, formerly of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) are spacecraft on the moon, and we plan to launch before the end of this year. So far, only three world super powers, the United States, Russia and China, with their tremendous resour-ces, have achieved controlled lunar landings. Our mission was never about winning the prize money although $20 million would have been nice, said Anteby. Its about showing the next generation that anything is possible that even our small country can push the limits of imagination. The impact of our spacecrafts launch and its historic weeks-long jour ney to land on the moon will resonate for years to come, and we hope to inspire new forays into science, technology and space exploration. SpaceIL was Israels entry in the Google Lunar X Prize Moon Race, started in 2007 to inspire innovators from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the $20 million grand prize, a privately funded team had to have spacecraft on the moons surface, travel 500 meters on the moon, and transmit to Earth all before the competitions deadline, March 31, 2018. tors to sign a launch contract and one of Systems tested, landing location chosen The missions scientist, Prof. Oded Aharonson of the Weizmann Institute of Science, has helped the team deter mine that the spacecraft should aim to land on Mare Serenitatis (Serene Sea), an area in the moons northern hemisphere. This site has a strong magnetic eter aboard the spacecraft to take measurements and collect data about its characteristics during the landing and transmit these back to Earth. The engine and fuel tanks were recently integrated into the spacecrafts body inside the clean room at IAIs space facility. In parallel, we are making progress with our simulator system, with the navigation control software development, with the ground control stations and with the preparations for testing the spacecraft and its subsystems, Anteby reported. The crafts cameras successfully passed an environment test in which they were placed in a vacuum chamber simulating the extreme temperatures that the spacecraft will encounter dur ing its voyage. Theyre now being integrated into the craft. SpaceIL has signed a contract for satellite communication services to keep track of the location of the spacecraft on its journey to the moon. Members of the team also went to Cape Canaveral in Florida to begin coordinating with all the entities taking part in the launch, particularly SpaceX, and to see the large hangar where the spacecraft will undergo its last pre-launch tests and will be fueled. Inspiring future scientists in Israel and beyond As for SpaceILs mission to inspire young people to explore STEM subjects, the children nationwide through a volunteer network, and has chosen 100 schools to take part in Moon Games, a unique educational program in collaboration with the Israel Space Agency. SpaceIL recently sponsored an activity at the Holon Technological Fair for 30,000 Israeli ninth-graders Do you have what it takes to build a spacecraft that will land on the moon? that presented the young visitors with various challenges involving creative thinking, spatial vision, mathematical thinking and more. the Passover season will receive the third issue of SpaceILs fun workbook series, Who Wants to Reach the Moon?, on the theme of Women in Space. And for children from any country, SpaceIL has introduced its Moon Kids website in English, chock-full of fun interactive content about the moon and outer space. Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. 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15 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD BRIEFS WORLD JEWISH POPULATION HAS STILL NOT RECOVERED FROM THE HOLOCAUST Israels Central Bureau of Statistics an nounced Tuesday, April 10, that world Jewry numbers 14,511,000 people, some two million fewer than the 16.6 million Jews in the world in 1939 on the eve of the Nazi Holocaust. In 2018 there are 6.45 million Jews living in Israel and 5.7 million in the U.S. ( Times of Israel) ISRAEL-BOUND PLANE FLIES OVER SAUDI ARABIA FOR FIRST TIMESaudi Arabia has opened its airspace Air India passenger plane, breaking kingdom. This is a historic evening. The Israeli skies are connecting with the Saudi Arabian skies in one direct Yisrael Katz. We are celebrating the strengthening relations with India and Arabia and the Gulf states. be granted airspace access. Avoiding Saudi Arabia typically adds hours to Guardian UK) THE UNTOLD STORY: THE ISRAEL AIR FORCE ATTACK ON THE SYRIAN NUCLEAR REACTOR Lt.-Col. (res.) S. During this operation I learned that when facing a crisis, every branch and department in the IDF can work together and focus on the mission. (Tal Giladi, Israel Air Force)IDF TRAINS U.S. JEWS TO HELP THEMSELVES, ISRAELIS IN EVENT OF NATURAL DISASTERThe IDF Home Front Command has begun training dozens of Jewish Amer ican volunteers to help Israelis in the event of a devastating natural disaster. Recently, representatives from the Home Front Command, Israel Fire and Rescue Services and Barzilai Medical Georgia, to teach locals how to use household items in search and rescue Similar training sessions have been held in Israel since 2013. Seven sessions are planned for 2018, where hundreds of American civilians will be trained to help in the aftermath of a natural disaster, both in Israel and in their own communities. We learned from events around the world that 90% of people who were trapped after earthquakes were saved by their neighbors, said Lt. Inbar Levy of the Home Front Command. (Hanan Greenwood, Israel Hayom)ISRAEL FAST-TRACKS NEW SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR U.S. EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM Israels National Council for Planning and Construction, its top zoning and planning body, on Tuesday, March 27, approved new construction work at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem ahead of its planned transformation into the American embassy in time for Israels 70th independence day on May 14. The construction work will reportedly include paving an escape road from the compound every U.S. embassy has one and building a threemeter (10-foot) security wall around the site. ( Times of Israel)SAUDI CROWN PRINCE RECOGNIZES JEWISH PEOPLES RIGHT TO THEIR OWN LANDSaudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told me he recognizes the right of the Jewish people to have a nationstate of their own next to a Palestinian state. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. No Arab leader has ever acknowledged such a right. Our country doesnt have a problem with Jews. Our Prophet Muhammad married a Jewish woman. Not just a friend he married her. Our prophet, his neighbors were Jewish. You will coming from America, coming from Europe. Israel is a big economy compared to their size and its a growing economy, and of course there are a lot of interests we share with Israel. If Prince Mohammed actually achieves what he says he wants to achieve, the Middle East will be a At lantic )ISRAELI MEDICAL HUMANITARIAN WORK ALONG SYRIAN BORDER DESERVES UN RECOGNITION On recent visits we each have taken to Israel, we witnessed both the horrors of war and the compassion of healers. Is rael has implemented a good neighbor policy since 2013 that calls for medical treatment of all Syrian civilians seek ing care. More than 4,000 Syrians have been treated in Israel, including 1,000 children. Israel has even opened up a maternity hospital on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Syrian children are also receiving necessities to improve their quality of life, such as eyeglasses and hear ing aids. Israel treats any Syrian who needs it, free of charge. In addition, the Operation Good Neighbor, that pro vides food, clothing, fuel, equipment and medical supplies to 250,000 Syr ians. We call upon the UN Human Rights Council to acknowledge that Israel has saved thousands of Syrian lives during one of the largest human rights atrocities in the world. Adminis tering medical care to any injured per son, regardless of whom they are, is a standard Israelis and Americans live by and is who we are as nations. (Randy Hultgren, U.S. Congressman (R-Ill.), and Aviv Ezra, Consul General of Is rael to the Midwest, based in Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times)
16 COMMENTARY Nowadays, my mother (may she live long and be well) claims to get a lot of naches from her son the rabbi, and I sure hope thats true. Mom is approaching 90, and it worrying about me. After all, I made it to a biblical three score years and ten, found a lovely wife life!), and enjoy the friendship and good will of so very many people! But what I really think is that mom ing a rabbi since she was adamantly against it from the time I announced my choice of callings at the age of 11. Once it became clear that I was serious about it, the Sunday Night Follies began at the Diamond dinner table on Quentin Road and 7th Street in Brooklyn. Mom knew a lot of rebbitzins, so she invited them and their husbands for dinner at our home on Sunday evenings so I could hear all their horror stories, and there were lots of them! Her aim This is how mom framed her principal objection to me becoming a Rabbi Bruce DiamondJourney to the center of ourselves 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. R oad trips come in all shapes and sizes. You might recall On the Road by Jack Kerouac as being a famous example. Kerouac and his friends travel back and forth across the U.S., exploring drugs, poetry and jazz. Some of us might also recall reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, sic. And, in a much shorter expression, we have the words of Lao Tzu: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. As we write these words, Moses and the mishpacha (literally: family) have left Egypt behind. Indeed, that was the essence of the Passover Seder that we just experienced. We escaped through the Sea of Reeds and then we all sang Dayenu. But the story of our trip doesnt end with the second Seder and neither does it end with sunset of the last, eighth day. In the Book of Exodus, we are told the liberation is not just freedom from but freedom to. And so we read in 7:26: The Lord said to Moses: Go to pharaoh and say to him: Thus says the Lord: Let my people go, that they may worship Me. As a brand new nation, our worship begins when we arrive at Sinai and receive the Torah. Our rabbis deduced the holiday of standing at Sinai was the holiday of Shavuot. So, in the seven weeks it took to travel from Egypt to Sinai, we are asked to prepare for it. Like every other road trip in hisits issues. For the Israelites, they were lacking certain things that are basic to us: they had no car windows to roll down, their tents lacked air condition ing, and motels were few and far between. There were times when they complained about lack of water, lack of meat to eat, and certainly about Moses leadership. And yet, they made it. In contrast to everyone who has asked are we there yet, we know the trip is about the journey, not just the destination. Joseph B. Wirthlin once said, Sometimes we make the process more complicated than we need to. We will never make a journey of a thousand miles by fretting about how long it will take or how hard it will be. We make the journey by taking each day step by step and then repeating it again and again until we reach our destination. The key is feeling grateful for each step we make and each mile we log. As Brother David Steindl-Rast has said, In daily life, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. As we journey on toward Sinai, and to our very own soul center, we count the Omer, we learn, we grow and we practice gratitude for all that we are experiencing. After all, if Willie Nelson can sing On the Road Again, praising being back on the bus with his bandmates and getting to make music nightly, can we do anything less? 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. Rabbi Michael J. Schorin Welcome two good friends of IsraelBy Jerrold L. Sobel, ZOA of SWFL PresidentIn an Administration already replete with pro-Israel cabinet members such as Vice President Pence, Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman, and U.N. Ambassador Nicki Haley, two others have now joined this elite group: former Kansas Congressman and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, nominated to be Secretary of State, and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, newly appointed as National Security Advisor to the President. Both the national organization and Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) chapter of Southwest Florida applaud their nominations. Morton Klein, the national president of the ZOA, released the following statement: The Zionist Organization of America congratulates CIA Director and former Congressman (R-KS) Mike Pompeo on his nomination to become Secretary of State Director Pompeo is a strong friend of Americas greatest ally, Israel, and well understands the continuing Arab/Islamic war against Israel. He concluded by saying: The nomination of Mike Pompeo is a superb choice for carrying out a foreign policy assuring the safety of the American people and continuing to strengthen U.S.-Israel relations. Less than two weeks later, another longtime stalwart of the Jewish state, John Bolton, was appointed National Security Advisor. Klein had this to say: The ZOA proudly and happily congratulates Ambassador John R. Bolton on his appointment to serve as President Trumps National Security Advisor. ZOA praises President Trump for making this wise, stellar appoint ment. In Israel, Ministers Naftali Ben nett, Zeev Elkin, Ayelet Shaked and Michael Oren welcomed Trumps new national security adviser as a stalwart friend of Israel. Education Minister Bennett tweeted it was a great ap pointment. On Pompeo, Intelligence Minis ter Israel Katz, who had met Pompeo several times during his 14-month stint as the head of the worlds most wellknown spy agency, took to Twitter to congratulate Pompeo and thank him for his support of Israel. Both these men now join a team that has proven to be decidedly behind the Jewish state in deed as well as in word. This unanimity of policy be tween the United States and her closest ally, Israel, should serve them both well during these most daunting of times.The U.S. is now supporting Israel in both word and deedBy Mitchell Bard, April 4, 2018I t seems that every day another story appears claiming that support for Israel is eroding in the United States. These reports are often based primarily on the authors dissatisfac tion with some aspect of Israeli policy. The objective indicators, however, reveal that American support for Israel is robust and improving. We can see the evidence in surveys, legislation, of local, state and federal level. Public sympathy for Israel is at a record high (64%) and so is its favor ability rating (74%) in the latest Gallup poll. Given this broad-based support, it is not surprising that Congress has responded by providing Israel with re cord amounts of aid. Although it was lost in most of the reporting on the $1.3 trillion budget passed by Congress last month, the bill contained $3.1 billion in military aid to Israel, $705.8 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation, and $47.5 million for U.S.-Israel anti-tunnel co operation. Thats a record package of nearly $3.9 billion. stallment of the new $38 billion memo randum of understanding approved by the Obama administration. While the amount of that agreement was hailed for being a record high, Obama added several conditions aimed at weakening During that speech, Kerry ignored all the trouble spots in the world to focus solely on attacking Israel. Obamas UN ambassador often joined the jackals seeking to isolate and demonize Israel, and abstained on a Security Council resolution that served that purpose. Now, the State Department openly supports Israel. While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was largely silent on issues related to Israel, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has been Churchillian in her forthright speeches denouncing Americas enemies and supporting our friends. Finally, we have someone defending U.S. interests and Israel with the vehemence and resolve of Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Jeanne Kirkpatrick (and, during his brief term, John Bolton). Just last week, Haley opposed a UN resolution seeking the usual one-sided investigation of Israel over events in Gaza, and has also condemned the anti-Human Rights Council for its ongoing Orwellian attacks on the Jewish state. Support for Israel at the state and demic, cultural and governmental exchanges. Governors, mayors, univer to Israel to sign agreements for greater cooperation, trade and tourism. Law ers concerned with security regularly share expertise with their Israeli counterparts. In addition, states have not waited for federal legislation (which is still pending) to act against the antiSemitic boycott, divestment and sanc tions (BDS) campaign. A few days ago, Governor Rick Scott signed anti-boy cott legislation, making Florida the 24 th state to outlaw certain BDS activities. Ironically, while many Jews are talking about divisions between Amer ican Jewry and Israel, the relationship between the two countries is stronger than ever. Some of the improvement can be attributed to policies of the Trump administration and the current Congress but ties have been growing steadily stronger over the last 70 years despite occasional hiccups that usually have more to do with the chemistry of political leaders or particular policies than the actual day-to-day relations be tween the two peoples and government institutions. The special alliance between Israel rooted in shared values and interests. Dr. Mitchell Bard is Executive Direc tor of the American-Israeli Coopera tive Enterprise and author/editor of 24 books including The Arab Lobby and the novel After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine .Stay in touch throughout the month. Sign up for the Federations e-blasts. Get the latest information on upcoming community events and cultural activities, breaking news items, updates from Israel and lots more. Send an email to email@example.com
17 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. On becoming a rabbiN owadays, my mother (may she live long and be well) claims to get a lot of naches from her son the rabbi, and I sure hope thats true. Mom is approaching 90, and it life!), and enjoy the friendship and good will of so very many people! But what I really think is that mom rebbitzins, so she invited them and their husbands for dinner at our home on Sunday evenings so I could hear all their horror stories, and there were lots of them! Her aim shul? Let some other poor schmegegge do it! Being young and brilliant, I was 100% certain that I could and would whom their wives dragged to dinner with the Diamonds in order to share their sorrowful tales of endless woe. Of course, mine was the very essence of hubris! But whos complaining? Certainly not me and certainly not now! Most people, not just rabbis, have led up and down lives, and some of those downs are pretty way down. But lots result of poor personal choices or even plain bad luck. But I hope you and I are in the same boat, having weathered the storm and ended up in a good place. Mom was right. It wasnt going to be easy, but how many truly important worthwhile things really are? Rabbi Bruce Diamond serves at The Community Free Synagogue in Fort Myers.Journeying forward together Rabbi Bruce Diamond Send your letters and comments to LChayim36@gmail.com. Rabbi Nicole Luna You know the expression Two Jews, three opinions. Well the expression could also be Two Jews, three calendars. From the end of Passover until May 19, Jews in the land of Israel and Jews in the Diaspora Torah portions. How can it be that Jews around the world are not united in their Torah reading? Ironically, its because of Passover! In Israel, Passover is celebrated for seven days, as commanded in Exodus. In the Diaspora it is celebrated for eight days. The extra day is a precaution to ensure the cor rect timing of observance outside the land of Israel. In 2018/5778, however, that extra 8th day fell on Shabbat. Jews in the Diaspora read a special Passover portion that Shabbat while Jews in Israel continued with the regular Torahreading calendar, reading Leviticus. Jews in the Diaspora are now a week behind in our Torah portions. To make things even more com plicated, Reform Jews in the Diaspora also only celebrate seven days, as in Israel. However, they read the regular Torah portion from Leviticus, Shemini twice in order to maintain continuity with the rest of the Diaspora Jewish community for the following weeks. On May 12, the Diaspora Jewish community will combine Torah por tions, reading both Behar and Bechu kotai the last portions in Leviticus, in order to catch up with Jews in Israel. the world will once again be reading the same section of Torah as we be gin the book of Numbers, Bemidbar Bemidbar means in the desert and chronicles our journey in the wilder ness to the land of Israel. As Jews we may be a diverse peo Torah cycle calendar, but we know that in order to get through the wildness and reach the Promised Land, we must unite and journey forward together. Rabbi Nicole Luna serves at Temple Beth El in Fort Myers. a thought for ShavuotS havuot is known as Hag Habikurim ripe summer fruits. The most ancient and most essential function of Shavuot is to remind us of the beauty of the natural world and its constant renewal, and to reawaken our faith in the possibili ties in the universe, for beauty and for good. Shavuot comes to remind us that the world has summer as well as winter, the surprise of spring and the beauty of fall. Its purpose is to give us perspective. For in the last analysis, religion as well as life teaches us that what really matters is the per spective we have on our lives in other words, our point of view. A very wealthy man once proudly escorted an artist over his lavish estate. You see, said the millionaire, with a lordly sweep of his arm, I own all this land. Yes, replied the artist, but it is I who own the landscape. The world is ours if we know how to look at it, how to revere it and how, through faith, to wait for its blessings through the hard winter into the spring that leads into the beauty of the early summer. This is most relevant to our presence on earth. How we handle lifes experiences ultimately depends on our point of view. Did we come to mourn our loss or to be warmed by the mem ories of what we were privileged to have? Are we constantly bewailing our lot or learning instead how to live on with faith and courage and hope? Of course we remember the pains of life, but if we have the right perspective, we will also recall its pleasures. Our lives are determined by how we look at them. Rabbi Solomon Agin serves at Temple Shalom in Port Charlotte. Rabbi Solomon Agin SNOWBIRDS newspapers dont fly however, your address will! Going North? Dont forget to contact us with your change of address to continue receiving LCHAYIM. Send address changes to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 239.481.4449 ext 4 Safe Travels Specializing in knee replacement Welcome two good friends of IsraelThe U.S. is now supporting Israel in both word and deed
18 FROM THE BIMAH 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)Shavuot: A wonderful example of Reform Jewish thinking 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.One of the great examples of Reform Jewish thinking, some 2,000 years before there was anything called Reform Judaism, regards the Festival of Shavuot. In the Torah, Shavuot is strictly an agricultural holiday, a celebration of fruits and the barley harvest (Leviticus 23:15-22). Our ingenious Rabbinic sages reformed (and I use that word purposely) the festival into the anniversary of our biblical ancestors receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. We cannot be sure of exactly how it happened, but I imagine a scenario much like this: A group of concerned rabbis was discussing the state of Jewish life. One sage mused, You know, Shavuot just doesnt attract the great crowds to cel ebrate in Jerusalem that it once did. A second rabbi answered, Thats true, but its understandable. Times have changed! A third participant said, You are absolutely right! When we were priand the barley harvest were compelling reasons to celebrate. Now that we have become more urban, those occasions dont mean as much to many people. First sage: What can we do? A fourth participant spoke up: Ive got it! If you look at the Torah, day of Pesach. Thats just about the same amount of time that it took our ancestors to travel to Mount Sinai after they left Egypt! Even though the Torah does not make the connection explic itly, we can make the connection. From now on we can celebrate Shavuot in that? The fourth responds, Not only can we, we must! If we want our pre cious Jewish heritage to endure, we must be skilled interpreters of biblical texts so that they speak meaningfully to the present and future realities of our people. In this way, I can easily imagine, the rabbis of the Talmudic period took a fading agricultural festival and gave it a historical underpinning and new life for future generations. In simi lar fashion, our early Reform leaders made Shavuot the time when ninth, tenth or, in some communities, twelfth The example of what our ancient sages did with Shavuot must continue to inspire our thinking as Reform Jews today. If we want our precious heri tage to remain vibrant and relevant, we must always be eager to embrace op portunities to make our traditions and celebrations speak more meaningfully to our children and grandchildren! When we do, let us rejoice that the process of continually reforming Ju daism is wholly consistent and not at odds with the process by which our Rabbinic sages enabled Judaism to speak to the realities of their time and place. Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs serves at Bat Yam Temple of the Islands on Sani bel Island. Rabbi Stephen Fuchs We must celebrate and dream at the same time W hile you read this at the beginning of May, I write in the middle of Pesach and still have the words of the Seder on my mind. While most think of that meal as a celebration of freedom, I think it is better understood as a celebration of hope. We open the Seder with the words, Now we are here, next year in the land of Israel. Now we are slaves, next year we will be free. And we conclude with the words, Next year in Jerusalem. The goal of the Seder is not only to remind us where we came from. It is to point us where we can go to. It is to move us to look forward to a better future. In one of my Haggadot, A Night to Remember I found a reading that was very disturbing. It was a story by Rabbi Daniel Gordis. Rabbi Gordis told of in terviewing Israeli high school students in Sha-ar HaNegev, a border town close to Gaza. He asked the students what they dream of and what they are afraid afraid that the future will be just like this. This 16-year-old had lost hope that Israel could have a better future. Communities across the United States are celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut. And for good reason. Israel has accomplished so much in seventy years. Israel built a thriving economy from scratch, including an ag ricultural industry, again from scratch. She gathered in millions of Jewish ex iles from across the globe. In seventy years, Israel built nine universities and countless colleges. The country has nine orchestras. And, Israel has sent relief teams throughout the world after major disasters. I doubt that any other country has done more in such a short period of time. There is so much to celebrate, but an Israeli teenager cannot foresee a future that is brighter than today. Is it because he believes the messiah has come, and that there is nothing more to achieve? Or, perhaps, is it because he does not believe peace between Israel and her neighbors is ever possible? From the tone of his comment he said that this is what he was afraid of it is the latter. Doing two things at the same time best. I believe we must celebrate all that Israel has achieved, and never give up the hope for a better future. We must never let go of the dream that the Jewish people can live in peace with our neighbors in our homeland. Not only must we celebrate and dream at the same time, we must teach this posture to our children. In our homes and schools, we can connect our students with the history of Israel and with Israelis. And, we can guide them to imagine what the ideal Jewish state would look like. Among the things that have kept us Jews alive is our refusal to give up hope in a better future. Even with Israel accomplishing so much, we must not let go of the dream that Israel can live in peace with her neighbors. Rabbi Marc Sack serves at Temple Judea in Fort Myers. HOT BRANDS MIROMAR OUTLETSUP TO 70% OFF RETAIL PRICES*Subject to monthly maintenance fee. Terms and Conditions of the Card Agreement are set forth at MiromarOutlets.com. Copyright 2018, Miromar Development Corporation. Miromar Outlets is a registered service mark of Miromar Development Corporation. 0518-0869MiromarOutlets.com I-75, Exit 123 (239) 948-3766 Over Top Designer and Brand Name Outlet Stores and Restaurants140 GIFT CARDS MAKE THEPerfect Gift Voted the Best Shopping Mall and Best Factory Outlet Mall in Southwest Florida Visit the Mall Ofce or the Information Kiosk to receive your FREE VIP Savings BrochureCOOL PRICES COMPANY STORE
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It is with both sadness and joy to see these wonderful children and their families move on to the next part of their journey. Thank you so much for trusting us with your children. Our lives have been enriched because of each of you. Continue to love learning. You should be very proud of yourselves for everything you have accomplished. We will miss you! Registration for 2018-2019, Toddler Time, 14-24 months Join us for our special toddler programs, which can include caregivers, dads, moms and grandparents. Dur ing classes, adults and children establish new friendships that often last for dler programs include playtime, art, music, story time, singing and cooking. Children enjoy group activities tor and communication skills needed to transition into a preschool program. Come meet new friends and connect with old friends. The program provides an opportunity for early socializa tion through interactive play between children and between adult and child. 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Religious Education Director Our last day of Wednesday Religious School is Wednesday, May 2. Our last Sunday of Religious School is Sunday, May 6, when we will have our big endof-year party bash at Sky Zone. All students and parents, please meet us outside at 10:30 a.m. We will be jump ing and having fun from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and lunch will be provided as well. held on Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. in our beautiful sanctuary. Please come and show your support for our won Recent Religious School activities On Sunday, April 8, the TBE Member ship Committee greeted all of our Religious School parents and grandpar ents with a Bagel Schmooze to honor and appreciate their commitments to Temple Beth El and the Religious School. The same day, we honored our wonderful teaching and volunteer children as their goals are to provide the best Jewish education possible. Our last Junior Congregation of the year took place on Saturday, April 21. This has been the best possible way for our students to be introduced to the Saturday morning liturgy and better prepare for their bar or bat mitzvah. 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 Shavuot: A wonderful example of Reform Jewish thinking 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.does not make the connection explic itly, we can make the connection. From now on we can celebrate Shavuot in a joyous celebration of when we received the Torah at Mount Sinai. that? The fourth responds, Not only can we, we must! If we want our precious Jewish heritage to endure, we must be skilled interpreters of biblical texts so that they speak meaningfully to the present and future realities of our people. In this way, I can easily imagine, the rabbis of the Talmudic period took a fading agricultural festival and gave it a historical underpinning and new life for future generations. In similar fashion, our early Reform leaders made Shavuot the time when ninth, tenth or, in some communities, twelfth The example of what our ancient sages did with Shavuot must continue to inspire our thinking as Reform Jews today. If we want our precious heritage to remain vibrant and relevant, we must always be eager to embrace opportunities to make our traditions and celebrations speak more meaningfully to our children and grandchildren! When we do, let us rejoice that the process of continually reforming Judaism is wholly consistent and not at odds with the process by which our Rabbinic sages enabled Judaism to speak to the realities of their time and place. Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs serves at Bat Yam Temple of the Islands on Sanibel Island.
20 ORGANIZATIONS JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA(239) 566-1771 The rabbis of Southwest Florida Marina Berkovich In the 2017 Southwest Pioneers Film featuring the story of her family, Sheila Laboda reminisces about an incident that took place in the late 1960s in Fort Myers. A rabbi came to be interviewed for a vacancy at the new synagogue. He stayed at one of the motels nearby. On Shabbat, he put his best rabbi garb on and started walking to shul, just like he did back up North. Before he reached his destination, a police car drove up and picked him up. The truth was, the police and residents of Fort Myers had never seen a rabbi in full attire before. The confusion was cleared up very fast, but something tells me the rabbi was probably not as amused. Id like you to take a moment to calmly ponder about this incident. Human beings naturally fear the unknown, or at the very least, do not quite understand how to react and will usually jump to assumptions based on prior lore of experiences and misconcep tions by others. Only the purest and rarest of humans do not do that. To educate and enlighten people about Jews and being Jewish in our predominantly non-Jewish surroundings has been a very challenging task for many people rabbis and lay leaders, who took on the role of the rabbi at times of need since the 1960s in Southwest Florida. It is largely due to forefront that we now have thriving Jewish communities in several Southwest Florida cities. We are seeking input from mem bers of local Jewish communities about local rabbis. Please share your memo me for a possible interview. With your help, we would like to compile the full list of all area rabbis since the 1960s. cations that G-d works in mysterious ways. Todays proof: As I was almost from Naples resident Sam Friedland that he was one of the lay leaders who conducted services during the early days of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. He and his wife Judith were also the founding members of Naples Jewish Center, the predecessor of Naples Jewish Congregation. The discovery of information and compilation of Jewish history is an evolving process. With your help, we should have a complete history for all to cherish and enjoy. Please note a change of date: JHSSWFs next Master Class presentation will be at the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples on Wednesday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. Master Classes include of Southwest Floridas early Jewish history. This is a free event. Light re freshments will be provided. Register by Thursday, May 10 at http://jewish 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 for an Eyewitness Interview to jhsswf @gmail.com. To renew your membership or become a member or an event sponsor, please email email@example.com, visit www.jhsswf.org or call us. Explore the early Jewish life of SWFL by visiting the Virtual Museum of Southwest Jewish History at www. HADASSAHCollier/Lee Chapter (239) 301-0509 SHALOM LIFE CENTER Fort Myers(239) 218-3433 Torah the original self-help book Lawrence & Robin Dermer This month we celebrate Shavuot, which began as an ancient harvest fes tival. We also observe the holiday as the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. We traditionally stay up all night and study Torah, our sacred and ancient document which never changes. What is changing is us. Each year its as if G-d has once again given us the gift of our Torahs wisdom. We may study the same 54 Parshiyot every year, but each G-d fed the entire population for 40 years in the desert. From this we learn how our entire livelihood is really coming from G-d. We need to do our part by going out and collecting the manna, meaning taking the action of looking for a job. When we make the initial will guide us and illuminate our path. If were looking for marital advice, ing example might just be the great respect the husband has for the wife and how he is ready to defer to her judgment. It also shows that we must be sensitive to our spouse. Hows that for free marriage counseling? What about domestic and foreign policy? Take the drowning of the Egyptians at the Red Sea. When the melachim (angels) wanted to praise G-d, the answer was, How can you sing while My children are drowning? Even though G-d had to punish his children, it was not a moment to celebrate. To this day we see Torah values in use by the IDF as they act with great care to protect innocent lives in any military operation. Our Torah is more relevant today than ever before, and its timeless messages are just waiting to be put to good use in providing a guiding light designed to help us navigate our turbulent modern world. The best way for us to grow Jewishly is to open our hearts and living Torah values. Each year on Shavuot, were called fabric of our lives. When we bring our sacred traditions closer to our homes nition of Torah for a modern age, a timeless Divine blueprint for a happy, healthy and successful life. Join us for Shabbat services ev ery Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday mornings for Torah and Kabbalah study at 10:00 a.m. From Yiddish Cul ture Club, Book Club, Mens Group, Sisterhood and Womens Circle to SLC Kitchen, Choir and BBYO, there are so many ways to enhance your Jewish life at Shalom Life Center. Visit our web site at www.shalomlifecenter.org for more information on our many clubs, programs and special events. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239.218.3433. Each month, 5,000 Jewish residents in Lee and Charlotte counties turn to LCHAYIM for: Upcoming major events Community Directory Synagogue news Local Organization news Jewish Federation updates Community Calendar Holocaust Museum news Candle Lighting Times Business Directory Israel updates Photos of recent events and much moreTargeted DistributionReach our auent, informed, health-conscious, and savvy readers who are looking for new and better ways to enrich their lives and those of their loved ones. LCHAYIM the monthly newspaper published by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties is mailed to 5,000 residents in the area. 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21 ORGANIZATIONS of Greater Naples on Wednesday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. Master Classes include of Southwest Floridas early Jewish history. This is a free event. Light refreshments will be provided. Register by Thursday, May 10 at http://jewish 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 for an Eyewitness Interview to jhsswf @gmail.com. To renew your membership or become a member or an event sponsor, please email email@example.com, visit www.jhsswf.org or call us. Explore the early Jewish life of SWFL by visiting the Virtual Museum of Southwest Jewish History at www. HADASSAHCollier/Lee Chapter (239) 301-0509 Hadassah update: Degrees of Healing Lynn Wilner I hope you all had a Zissen Pesach and are enjoying spring either here in Flor ida or in another location! For those of you who are in town, we invite you to join us for our An nual Shabbat Under the Stars Pot Luck Event on Friday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. It will take place at a lovely home in Saturnia Lakes in North Naples. En joy delicious light fare including hors doeuvres and desserts. All are wel come, including spouses, friends and neighbors. To RSVP, call Lauren Beck er at 239.592.5304. Lauren will assign a dish for you to bring. RSVP soon as space is limited. Dont miss this won derful evening with your Hadassah friends! I would like to introduce to you Hadassahs Degrees of Healing, The Full Circle Campaign, which is just being rolled out now. Here is some background: The Jerusalem Gateway Project is transforming Jerusalem into an entrepreneurial business center. Jerusalem is becoming ing to this innovative hub. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat sees Hadassah Medical Organization as playing a vital role in attracting new medical talent and revolutionizing modern health care. He says, I dont think theres any bigger and better partner with Jerusalem than the Hadassah organization. The future of Hadassahis the future of Jerusalem. This is a remarkable opportunity for Hadassah Medical Organization. The original Round Building at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, is being completely re-imagined and expanded to serve and provide cutting-edge health care and research. The renovation of the Round Building will include 200 new beds, 17 upgraded operating rooms with state-of-the-art operating equipment, larger rooms to give patients more privacy and reduce risk of infection, improvement of interior spond to patients quickly, and better infrastructure to upgrade the HVAC system and protect the hospital from earthquakes and biological or chemi cal attacks. With this renovation of the Round Building, HMO doctors will be able to provide outstanding bench to bedside care for patients and promote groundbreaking research. Hadassah Medical Organization is already at the forefront of stem cell research with success in clinical trials. Hadassah is working on reversing neurogenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis as well as developing meth odologies for diagnosing Alzheimers and providing life-changing advances in the treatment of ALS, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, macular degenera sults of Hadassahs research are then disseminated all over the world. Hadassah saves lives! Hadassah physicians collaborate with many of the worlds most prestigious research centers, hospitals and universities, including Massachusetts General, Mayo Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Mount Sinai Health System, among others. We hope you will follow and join us in Hadassahs exciting new endeav or, Degrees of Healing, The Full Circle Campaign, as we recreate the original Round Building at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, over the next three years! If you would like to become a member of Hadassah for $36, upgrade to Life Membership for $250, or be Hadassah) for $250, please contact Membership Co-Vice Presidents Car ol Hirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna Goldblatt at mom443@aol. com. Watch for information about our Pot Luck Summer Luau and other up coming activities. If you have any questions or would like to get more involved with Hadassah, feel free to contact me at 239.598.1009 or lynninaples@yahoo. com. HUMANISTIC JEWISH HAVURAHof Southwest Florida (239) 495-8484 What does it take to become a Humanistic Jew? 10 characteristics of temperament that reinforce a humanistic commitment Paula Creed As the Humanistic Jewish Havurah of Southwest Florida completes its tenth year of activity, its appropriate to re visit the subject matter of an article Its message, authored by Rabbi Sher win T. Wine, founder of Humanistic Judaism, remains important a decade later. He began, It would be helpful to both searchers and prospects to know which people would be most comfort able with Humanistic Judaism. 1. Cultural Attachments If you enjoy being Jewish and like the cultural side of Jewish life if you en joy Jewish music, dance, poetry and humor, but are generally bored with theological discussions and praying you are on your way. 2. Desire for Integrity If you are bothered by saying things out loud in public services that you re ally do not believe if sentimental traditional music cannot compen sate for the discomfort of pretending to believe what you do not believe you are on your way. 3. Consistency If religious schizophrenia bothers you, that familiar strategy of segregat ing religious attachments away from the other beliefs that guide your daily behavior if you want the common sense of normal existence to apply to the moral and ritual decisions of Jewish life then you are moving in a humanistic direction. 4. Pragmatism If you believe that people do not exist to serve rules but that rules exist to serve people if you believe that the living do not exist to serve the needs of the dead, but the past exists to serve the needs of the present then you are moving in a humanistic direction. 5. Self-reliance If you want to be the master of your own life if you resent being told what to do without reasonable explanations, even when the commands seem to come with divine credentials you are picking up momentum. 6. Openness If new ideas do not frighten you if changing familiar routines gives you a sense of excitement and pleasure if viewing the Jewish experience from a totally new perspective does not make you dizzy then you are picking up momentum. 7. Adventure If you believe that the present has as much right as the past to be creative if you feel that designing new celebra tions is just as important as preserving old ones if you are convinced that take risks then you are almost there. 8. Universalism If you believe that Jewish culture is one of the many good cultures if you feel that the Jewish heritage does not need to be superior to be valuable if you are convinced that we have as much to learn from other people as they have to learn from us then you are almost there. 9. Courage If you have no need to always be a part of the crowd if standing up for con viction is more important than receiv ing approval of everybody then you have probably arrived. 10. Sense of Humor If you sense that the world is a little bit crazy, that the agenda of the uni hopes of individual men and women if you accept the fact that we often get what we do not deserve if you main tain that the creation of a good world is up to us, and not to destiny then you should probably face up to the fact that you are a Humanistic Jew. So, do you identify as a Humanis tic Jew? If so, the Humanistic Jewish Havurah welcomes you into our com munity. The Jewish Humanist, vol. 24, no. 1, August 1986 GENERATIONS OF THE SHOAH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA(239) 963-9347 Always important to say thank you Ida Margolis As one of the many people in our com munity who loves to read, I often think about books that I have read that have really made an impact on me, especial ly those I think are worth rereading, and ones that I am eager to tell others about. Last year, I mentioned a book that our Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah Book Club had discussed. That book was Words That Hurt, Words That Heal by Joseph Telushkin. This past season, Rabbi Adam Miller led an excellent discussion of this book at Temple Sha lom as one of the events in its We Are One series. In this short book, with the subtitle How to Choose Words Wisely and Well Telushkin, through examples and anecdotes, explains the harm in spreading gossip, rumors or others secrets, and how unfair anger, exces sive criticism, or lying undermine true communication. Although this book was written in 1996, most people will agree that positive, constructive communication is a topic that does not become dated. So many aspects of this book are more relevant than ever, including reminding us about the dangers of mali cious language, and that we all know that sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me is untrue. While Telushkin uses the major ity of this book to explain the damage words can cause, the book includes a short but powerful section about using words well, and phrases that should be used more often. In book discussions, people tend to agree that while from negative speech, it should not be ments that express caring, love and gratitude. One of the phrases Telushkin says to use more often is Thank You. Simple but important. Anyone who has been in charge of an event or chaired a committee knows that things rarely get done without the help of many, many people, and that they should get thanked. As the GenShoah 2017-18 programming season is drawing to a close, I would like to thank those who worked to help make programs happen. My thank yous include: Susan Suarez, Executive Director of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center, who supported the GenShoah programs, and allowed the Museum to be a venue for many GenShoah programs; Steve Brazina, the program chair of GenShoah who spent countless hours preHogan, who designs and sends out the monthly GenShoah newsletters; Shelley Lieb for being a valuable member of the steering committee and helping get GenShoah SWFL information posted on the GenShoah International website; Rene and Sam Geist and Alex and Linda Wertheim for leading our book discussions; December event all speakers at our programs, includ ing Dr. Paul Bartrop, Sandy Lessig, Dr. Andre Krauss, Shelley Goodman and Dr. Ken Wetcher; Beth Tikvah for allowing us to have two programs there; Ted Epstein for editing and designing LCHAYIM, which includes a monthly GenShoah column; the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties; Dr. Anna Salomon and all those who helped with Yom HaShoah; Stuart Mest, Shelley Goodman, Rene Geist golis for transporting speakers; those who made donations to GenShoah; those who sent positive emails; and, of course, all those who supported and at tended programs. I also express gratitude to those in our community who have supported the Holocaust Museum and its mission, and to the survivors in our community who have shared their important sto ries. Brian Lipton, Regional Director of AJC West Coast Florida, has said, People usually dont remember be ing thanked, but they remember if they have not been thanked. Please forgive me if I omitted you here, and I hope that I remembered to thank you in per son. The Steering Committee is cur rently planning programs for next season. If you would like to suggest a program topic, for information about GenShoah SWFL, or to receive our monthly newsletter, please email me Todah rabah yall. HAZAK 55+ CHAPTER at Temple Judea(239) 433-0201Jan Klein In April, Hazak enjoyed a musical program led by Liz Singer from Temple Judea. All in attendance enjoyed learn ing about the history of Jewish music and were able to partici pate in a fun sing-a-long. 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22 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Coordinator: Natalie Fulton Adult Educator: Jessica Evers Phone: (239) 466 6671 E mail: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org President: Jennifer Manekin Director of Congregational Learning: Elizabeth Singer Preschool Director: Joann Goldman email@example.com Phone: 433 0201 Fax: 433 3371 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 El enjoyed a wonderful season. We miss our snowbirds already. TBEs second night Seder, held at The Club at Grandezza, was a joyous and elegant occasion. Rabbi Luna and Can tor Bessman led us back through the desert in a story as old as time, using our beautiful illustrated Haggadahs, with creative twists along the way. Sin cere thanks go to our dynamic clergy team, with help from the children at the Seder, Randy Kashi on piano, and Judy Satin, Andi Elkes, Nancy Armocida and Sisterhood for planning the memo rable event. What is a Mitzvah-Plex? Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, New Jer in recovering from damages caused by Hurricane Irma. Mitzvah-Plex is support a worthy cause. The March 25 event included six opportunities from which attendees could choose, with Temple Beth El as one of the six choices. TBEs VP of Fundraising, Lennie Scott-Webber PhD, worked with Richard Edelman and Mitchell Hausman of Barnert Temple preparing documents and a poster highlighting hurricane damage issues. The MitzvahPlex was successful. We will be bensupport. A big shout-out to Rich and Mitch for being so helpful and reaching out to us. Many thanks to Barnert Temple for supporting us in our time of need. Did you know about TBEs Senior Serenaders? This volunteer musical group, comprised of Roberto Luna, Linda Levine, Mary Anna Eisner, Car ol Kann, Beth Bogen and Randy Kashi, perform patriotic, folk, romantic, holiday and Jewish music at senior living facilities. Their greatest joy comes when everyone sings along. Call the a visit at your facility. Recent Temple Beth El events included: Book Club, Tot Shabbat, Membership Committee wine & cheese Preneg, participation in the Jewish Federations Israel@70 celebration, Mitzvah Day, and Bagel Schmooze. We love our bright-eyed and enthusiastic Religious School students, and behind each one is a committed, loving parent deserving of a resounding thank you from everyone at the Temple Beth El Religious School. A Membership Appreciation Shabbat is planned. Watch email blasts for the date. What a perfect way to honor all of our cherished new members, who will take the aliyahs on that night with a special Oneg Shabbat to follow. Ongoing activities include Talmud for Everyday Living every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the library. We explore famous Talmudic tales that will enhance your everyday life, with Rabbi Lunas fresh perspective combined with years of study and training on URJ campuses from the U.S. to Israel. Join our Temple Beth El commu nity at Shabbat services on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. with song, learning and prayer, and you might be surprised at a simcha holiday or memorial being highlighted. Well meet you afterwards at our delicious Oneg Shabbat. Satur day Morning Torah Study begins at 9:00 a.m. in the library. Get there early to select a good seat. Rabbi Luna and our passionate, eager Torah students journey through the Torah portion each experience is necessary and all materi als are provided. For more information about the vi brant life at Temple Beth El, the only Union for Reform Judaism synagogue in the Fort Myers area, please call 239.433.0018 or stop in at one of the most beautiful synagogues in Florida at 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, and say shalom! TEMPLE JUDEAFort Myers (239) 433-0201 Take me out to the ball game! Temple Judea and the Temple Judea Sisterhood invite members and nonmembers to join them at a Miracles game on Sun day, April 29. The game starts at 4:00 p.m. Well be in an air-conditioned suite and vegetarian food will be avail able. The cost is $20 per person, to be paid ahead of time to the synagogue of are a must. Temple Judea is proud to host the Israel Scouts Caravan on Monday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. This annual event is co-sponsored by Temple Judea, Temple Beth El and the Jewish Federation. Every summer, Israeli teens tour the United States, bringing an energetic and entertaining show of singing and dancing sharing their love of their homeland and their appreciation for our support. There is no cost to attend. This is a show for all ages. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend. In May 2019, Rabbi Marc Sack will lead a trip to Israel for people who have already been there two, three or more times. He will take the group to out-of-the-way places and explore parts of Israel that arent usually on the mation about the trip is now available. Call Rabbi Sack for more information about this new adventure. Our monthly volunteering at the Salvation Armys Meals with Compassion (formerly Sallys Caf) continues. Volunteers are needed for Sundays, April 29, May 6 and May 20. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Linda Idelson at lindaidelson8@gmail. com. Rabbi Sacks Torah study will meet Myers and Brettholtz and Company. It is an hour of open discussion of Torah and Judaism where all levels of background and all questions are encour aged. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to attend. A wine and cheese reception is held every Friday evening from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., before Shabbat services. Its a great time for members to enjoy so cializing and to greet prospective new members and those visiting the syna gogue. For more information about Tem ple Judea or upcoming programs, call Regular scheduled events: Friday evening Shabbat services at 6:30 p.m. Saturday morning Shabbat servic es at 9:30 a.m. Lunchtime Torah study with Rabbi month. Morning minyan every Monday at 9:00 a.m. What do you think?LCHAYIM wants to know!Send your letters and comments to Ted Epstein, LCHAYIM Editor, at LChayim36@gmail.com.Letters PolicyLetters must include the writers full name, full address and daytime phone. Letters should be no longer than 300 words. We reserve the right to edit for length LCHAYIM nor its advertisers. 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23 TEMPLE NEWS Following is a list of staples always in need at the food pantry: P e a n u t b u t t e r a n d j e l l y P a s t a s a u c e ( p a s t a n o t n e e d e d ) R i c e a n d b e a n s C a n n e d v e g e t a b l e s a n d f r u i t s C e r e a l C a n n e d m e a t s C o n d i m e n t s T o i l e t r i e s f o r a d u l t s & c h i l d r e n Gift cards to places like Publix, Walmart, Target, etc., as well as cash donations, are also appreciated. Jewish Family Services helps seniors, individuals and families with a variety of needs. J E W I S H F E D E R A T I O N F O O D P A N T R Y TEMPLE BETH SHALOMCape Coral (239) 772-4555 BAT YAM TEMPLE OF THE ISLANDSSanibel (773) 251-8862 It must be true that the Passover Seder is the premier annual event for many Jews. Once again, the Bat Yam com munity Seder on March 30 attracted more than 170 attendees to the Sani bel Community House. Rabbi Stephen Fuchs and Cantor Murray Simon col laborated on a beautiful and meaning ful Seder. Congregants Annette Pacyga and Sue Danford deserve our deep ap preciation for making the wonderful evening possible. In 2018, it is remarkable to learn that an Indian (Asian) book publisher issued a book for children, titled Great Leaders that includes Adolf Hitler alongside Mahatma Gandhi and Nel son Mandela, among others. The ex cuse given was that the book presented powerful world leaders who dedicated their lives to the betterment of their people and countries. The events and horrors of WWII and the Holocaust must not be in Indian history books. The failure to read and understand history may result in repetition of undesirable behaviors. That may be why incidents of anti-Semitic hate crimes jumped sharply from 2017 to 2018 in the U.S. according to the reliable organizations that sadly have to track such statistics. In March, Rabbi Fuchs devoted a por tion of his sermon to this increase in anti-Semitism and the need for Jews, always a minority and an easy target, to be vigilant in our own country. With the unfortunate political divide and the loss of civil discourse assisted by onare easily entangled to our detriment. Once again, Florida SouthWestern College (FSW) provided a week of programming about the Holocaust to educate students and the community, to honor its victims and survivors, to cultivate tolerance and promote awareness of more recent genocides. It took place from March 26 to March 30. This years theme was Legacy of Survivors. Bat Yam member Irene Skolnick once again agreed to speak about how she and her family survived the Holocaust. If the reminder is necessary, scholar David Wyman, who died in March 2018, published an exhaustively documented book in 1984 titled The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945. The preface succinctly states the position of Dr. to research and to write. One does not wish to believe the facts revealed by the documents on which it is based. Americor. American Christians forgot about the Good Samaritan. Even American Jews lacked the unquenchable sense of urgency the crisis demanded. The Nazis were the murderers, but we were the all too passive accomplices. On another note, the Bat Yam Tze dakah Committee, chaired by Salessa Berk, determined the annual distribution of the funds collected. This year, all the recipients are agencies in South west Florida, except for two operating in Israel. The local agencies provide medical and behavioral health care, provide preand after-school educa tion for low-income children, focus on services to the Jewish community and Jewish war veterans. Most of our snowbird congregants are now scattered around the country and around the world. Thanks to volun teer congregants, Friday evening Shab bat services will take place every week at 7:00 p.m. (not 7:30 p.m.), from May 4 until Rabbi Fuchs returns for Rosh Hashanah in September. In November, Adult Education will begin again. Come to worship and learn at our meeting place located on the campus of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ at 2050 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. Members of the com munity, guests and visitors are always welcome to join with congregants. It is hard to believe that season is al ready over and our snowbirds are leav ing for the beautiful spring and sum mer of the north. It has been a busy season at Temple Beth Shalom and we are looking forward to slowing down a little and enjoying each others com pany at a more leisurely pace. The Passover Seder was beautiful, well attended, full of tradition, music and delicious food. The Purim skit was hilar ious, Gatlin a huge success, and the Holocaust Memorial Service brought us to a sobering end. The monthly Rosh Hodesh has been tackling current topics of impor tance to our women such as the Me Too movement, and inspired some lively and diverse opinions from the group. The Belkin Golf tournament TEMPLE SHALOMCharlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands (941) 625-2116 Passover was beautifully observed with a Community/Congregational Seder that was held at the Kingsway Coun dining room as Rabbi Solomon Agin, DD, BCC, led a participatory Seder. A meaningful Seder experi ence was had by all. On Friday, March 23 there was a beautiful service held to honor the 102nd birthday of Marion Ugoretz. Music for the service was provided by Diana Geiger, lievable Oneg was prepared for the celebration and Marion did half of the baking. The Temple Shalom Board of Directors has strongly urged that the tem ple take a more active role with those living in senior developments. The temple will create its own bags for the following holidays and festivals: Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim and Passover. These special bags will be deliv ered by the membership. We will no longer accept the kind assistance from the Jewish Federation of Lee and Char lotte Counties in providing holiday bags for the seniors. Its past thoughtfulness was appreciated. Shavuot services will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. Yizkor will be recited. A dairy lunch will fol low at no cost. The Temple Program Committee will begin to set its calendar for the year 5779. There will be new programs added and all will be based upon spe cial gifts from the membership and will be open to nonmembers. For information about the temple and its activities, please call the temple promoted inspiration and competition Friday night services, Saturday morning Torah study, Rosh Hodesh, the Brown Bag Lunches, mah jongg, and various Sisterhood and Brother hood meetings and events will continue throughout the summer. We hope you will join us for services and activities. Guests are always welcome and we look forward to meeting new people. As we start planning for the next season, we wish a beautiful summer to our friends and family heading north and a happy, storm-free summer for those of us staying here. COMMUNITY FREE SYNAGOGUEFort Myers (239) 466-6671 Rabbi Bruce Diamond and the congre gation extend the deepest sympathies and condolences to Bernie Lurye on the passing of his beloved wife, Har riet, in early April. Heartfelt thanks to Professor Jessica Evers for her April 5 extended class on Women of the Holocaust, and to Rabbi Thomas Miess for helping pre pare the congregations April 11 Yom HaShoah event. The students of the rabbis Cantor Class inscribed hundreds of white memorial stones with Zakhor the Torahs admonition to remember for distribution during the Holocaust memorial candle lighting. All partici pants were encouraged to light candles for the souls of family members mur dered by the Nazis and their willing collaborators. C.F.S. is deeply indebted to its Rebbitzin Melinda Diamond and her ning the synagogues authentic Dead Sea Mud Facials tent during the communitys April Israel Fest. The next C.F.S. Brown Bag Movie Night begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday May 17, and features the 2017 awardwinning 2017 documentary, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. See the article in this issue for more information. On Sabbath Eve, May 25, Luba Grossman and Ashlie Clopein, graduates of Rabbi Miess Adult Hebrew Ulpan, will be called to read from the Torah and assist in conducting the wor ship. During the past two years, 38 students have completed C.F.S. adult Hebrew literacy program. Each Friday at 6:30 p.m., The Community Free Synagogue serves a traditional Sabbath dinner. It is free and reservations are never required. At 7:30 p.m., the Sabbath is welcomed follows worship. Every Saturday at 9:30 a.m., C.F.S. lively discussion of the weeks Torah portion until 11:30 a.m., when the Mourners Qaddish is recited. Now in its 13th year, The Community Free Synagogue is an independent synagogue and valued community religious 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., this year ob serving the 40th year since ordination at The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, marks his 21st year in Fort Myers. He is assisted by Auxiliary Rabbis Thomas Meiss and Terri Goldberg, graduates of the C.F.S. 3-year Community Rabbi Program. The synagogue meets at the South west Florida Masonic Center, 10868 Metro Parkway in South Fort Myers. For more information, visit its website at www.fortmyerssynagogue.com. 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