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TIME SENSITIVE PLEASE EXPEDITE! continued on page 2 Alan Isaacs FROM THEEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Executive Directors remarks at Federations Annual Meeting www.JewishFederationLCC.org Vol. 40, No. 11 July 2018 / 5778 Alan Isaacs (at left) with Federation board members L CHAYIM Jewish War Veterans-Victor Paul Tuchman Post 400 update Federations Senior Lunch Bunch update Sabiche: a great Israeli sandwich recipe by DaliaINSIDE THIS ISSUE: 5 Our Community 9 Jewish Interest 13 Marketplace 14 Israel & the Jewish World 16 Commentary 18 From the Bimah 19 Focus on Youth 20 Organizations 22 Temple News 22 Community Directory 24 High Holiday Greetings10 breakthrough health techs emerging from Israel 14On May 9, the Jewish Federation held its Annual Meeting, generously hosted by FineMark National Bank and Trust. It was an opportunity to share with the community the progress made in serving our community during the previous year and this year, and to honor Rozzi Osterman, an outgoing and former president and all-time Jewish commu nity activist and leader. As a follow up to Rozzis remarks at the Annual Meeting published last month, the following is from my remarks that summarize the Federations role in sustaining and building our community in the 2017-1018 cycle as well as my letter to Rozzi on that special occasion. To bring some perspective to to highlight evidence of a vital Jewish community. When I arrived in our community, our president-elect, Brian Simon, and Keith Grossman, also now serving on our board, were arranging programs for the Young Adult Division. Tonight, Brian will, with your endorsement, become president of our Federation with Keith continuing to serve on our board. A refrain that we sometimes hear is that we need younger community members in positions of leadership, and that leadership doesnt change frequently enough and, without that, the community lacks vitality. Well, I can assure you that our community does not lack vitality. board, long-serving and newfound, young and younger, is evidence that our community boasts individuals who are deeply concerned about and engaged in our community-building enterprise. It is true, and I hear it all the time, that we wish more of our community would participate in the activities that we provide. I must say that the challenge that burdens me most is enticing those who dont participate. Another sign of growth and health this year is the bencommunity building. We are therefore able to direct additional resources to programs and services. The building experienced more frequent use, including hosting organizations that needed assistance as a result of damage from Irma. I am proud to recall a Shabbat ser vice that was held in our community room that brought several synagogues together to worship. It is a great example of the purpose for which the Federation exists. While all of you are familiar with the programming and services that we provide, Id like to reference a few that deserve special attention. Most recently we held our annual Holocaust Memorial Service, hosted this year by Temple Beth Shalom in Cape Coral. Film footage of interviews with local Holocaust survivors was edited by Rozzi Osterman into a moving tribute to those who survived and those who were murdered in the Holocaust. Fewer of our survivors are with us each year and their presence among us is an ever-rarer privilege. Our Senior Outreach Program, run through Jewish Family Services, is growing in size with an increasing number of seniors participating in the monthly Lunch Bunch, and we are discussing the possibility of additional services to this constituency. We are nancial resources will be available for this expansion. We have excellent lay and professional leadership in charge we will report about additional suc cesses in the near future. It is impossible to describe thriving Jewish Federation programs without highlighting the Jewish Film Festival. This event continues to provide a meaningful cultural experience as well as an enjoyable gathering space for our community. Friends are made and reunited around very Jewish themes the movies. And what movies! The demanding audience whose consis tent and increasing attendance number speaks for itself each year. Israeli folk dancing is another con sistent favorite among members of our community some who travel a long distance each week to participate. It is a true Israeli cultural icon that has its ardent fans. We have hosted authors, also in collaboration with other local arts and culture organizations, delivered over 200 holiday gift bags to seniors three times this year, distributed childrens Jewish-themed books through PJ Li brary, hosted a monthly Jewish gene alogy club and weekly Mah Jongg. We held several fundraising dinners and celebrated the 70th anniversary of Rozzi Osterman presents departing board member and former president Charles Idelson with an award Newly elected president Brian Simon 3 12 20 Have an item youd like to share? Need to reach the editor of LCHAYIM? Send an email to LChayim36@ gmail.com.
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Jewish news published monthly byJewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties9701 Commerce Center Court, Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 481-4449 Fax: (239) 481-0139 Online at www.JewishFederationLCC.org July 2018 Volume 40, Number 11 President: Brian Simon Board: Paul Bartrop Jack Esformes Karen Fine Andi Horowitz Linda Idelson Marsha Kistler Sara Krivisky Michele Laboda Rozzi Osterman Barbara Siegel Sylvia Simko Sherri Zucker Executive Director: Alan Isaacs Program Director : Leni Sack Executive Assistant: Lori Ramos Jewish Family Services: Jodi Cohen Editor/Designer: Ted Epstein (239) 249-0699 Advertising: Jim Lewin (239) 634-6923 AUGUST ISSUE EDITORIAL DEADLINE: Friday, July 6 OUR FEDERATION 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. For a continuously updated calendar of events, visit www.JewishFederationLCC.org.Alan Isaacs...continued from previous page 1Program notes Leni Sack Summer is the slowest time of the year for receiving donations to our food pantry, but the requests for food do not slow down. Some of our families have even more need for food during the summer because their children are out of school and not receiving free breakfasts and lunches. So when you do grocery shopping, please remember the food pantry and buy an extra can or box or two of a food pantry staple to donate, including canned meats, peanut butter and jelly, pasta sauce, cereal and canned fruits. Cur rently, we are well stocked with canned vegetables and pasta. We also welcome items from your pantry that you may not be using, but please be sure the expiration date on the items have not passed and that the items are unopened. Your donations are very much appreciated and As I mentioned in my column last month, Car olyn Gora and I attended the Jewish Book Council Conference in New York City the end of May. We heard about some wonderful books coming out in the next year and are excited to bring some of the authors to our area. We already have plans to co-sponsor an author event again this year, with the Alliance for the Arts, and also will be co-sponsoring an author event with the Lee County Public Library. Details about these events and others will be coming in the next few months. is always open to suggestions for movies to preview. If you have heard of any, be sure to let us know. Thank you to Temple Judea and Temple Beth El for co-sponsoring the Israeli Scouts Caravan with the Jewish Federation again this year. Those of you who attended the performance were treated to a lively mu sical show that showcased some of the best of Israel. Its an annual event we look forward to, and are grate ful to all those who make it happen. Continue to enjoy your summer. By Jodi Cohen, Senior Outreach Coordinator O U R M I S S I O N To strengthen and enrich the Jewish Community by providing and supporting philanthropic, educational and social service programs locally, in Israel and throughout the world. O U R V I S I O N A Jewish Community that is based on Jewish values such as Tzedakah (benevolence), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Klal Yisrael (taking responsibility for one another). Israels independence among many other programs. Finally, our Jewish Family Services division continues to make a substantial impact on individu als and families on a non-sectarian basis. We provide resources for food, shelter and the many other areas of essential need faced by the indigent. I am greatly comforted by the generosity shown by a growing number of individuals in our community directed at Jewish Family Services needs. The Marcia Can Help initiative, named for the late Marcia Cohen, has generated a good deal of response from the community. I urge you to read LCHAYIM each month and follow our email newsletters to keep up with everyAs you will see and hear later tonight we will acknowledge and honor several people, and one in particular, who have made a lasting and positive difference to our Federation and in our community. We look forward to bringing innovative and exciting programs and meaningful services to our community in the coming year. We cannot do this without the reliable support of our volunteers, whom we Leni Sack, our program director; Lori Ramos, our administrator; Jodi Cohen, our senior outreach coordinator; and Ted Epstein, editor of LCHAYIM. Wednesday, May 9, 2018 2018 Annual Meeting Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties Dear Rozzi, You and I stand here tonight after more than ten a healthy and vital Jewish community. You can and should look with pride and pleasure at what you have the extra distance to improve and perfect. I, however, take pride and pleasure in what you you receive. I appreciate with satisfaction your ac complishments and express now to you the love and respect that you deserve all on behalf of our com munity. Chazak, chazak, vnitchazek Be strong, be strong, and we will be strengthened. Alan In the foreground are former co-presidents Rozzi Osterman and Brian Simon; Mindi Simon, who installed the new board; and board member and former president Barbara Siegel Karen Fine, a new board member, and Sherri Zucker are installed Jack Esformes, a new board member, Andi Horowitz and Sylvia Simko are installed Rozzi Osterman presents departing board member and former president JoAnn Lewin with an award Rozzi Osterman presents departing board member and former president Herb Fried with an award To donate to the Federations Annual Campaign, call 239.481.4449 or visit JewishFederationLCC.org
3 OUR FEDERATION Program notesBy Jodi Cohen, Senior Outreach CoordinatorSenior Lunch Bunch update Jodi Cohen W e returned to Temple Beth El for our May senior luncheon, and were welcomed so graciously by Rabbi Nicole Luna were born, where they grew up, their simchas, their hobbies and, yes, even their various health challenges. I asked one woman how her hand was doing now its my foot! To which I replied, Oh dear, let me update your chart immediately! Our delicious lunch was provided by our loyal community partner, Jasons Deli. The many volunteers who are essential to making these lunches a success were attentive and hardworking as always. There is such generosity of spirit in the room every single month. After lunch, Rabbi Luna led a live ly discussion where she invited people NEXT SENIOR LUNCH BUNCH:Thursday, July 19 at noon Community Free Synagogue 10868 Metro Pkwy., Fort Myers RSVP by Monday, July 16 to Jodi Cohen at 239.481.4449 x6 or firstname.lastname@example.org to share how they experienced Gods love in their lives. The answers ranged far and wide, including from people who dont normally speak up in the large group. Then Rabbi Luna got more perienced Gods love as a mother, father and companion. It was a privilege to listen to people share their thoughts and feelings at such a deep level. The Senior Lunch Bunch is a free monthly gathering for seniors to come together to make friends, be in com munity, eat lunch and learn something. The programs each month range from entertainment to discussions about up coming holidays, to sharing personal stories on a range of topics. If you would like to attend a lunch, wed love to have you. There is always a place at the table for you. If you need a ride, we have drivers. If youd like to volunteer and help with lunch, please call Sherri Zucker at 239.980.5760.Above: Volunteers at the senior luncheon at Temple Beth El in May; Other photos: Participants at the luncheon
4 OUR FEDERATION Community L CHAYIM Non Needs 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 TRIBUTESIn honor of Rozzi Osterman from Marsha & Mike Kistler A generous donation to the Federation Annual Campaign was made by Rabbi Nicole Luna and Joe Bord in honor of the 35th wedding anniversary of Drs. Roberto and Rachelle Luna. Each month, LCHAYIM will list your Tributes. Please send them to Lori Ramos at the Federation at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Jewish Federation Annual Campaign provides the resources to strengthen and enrich our Jewish community locally, in Israel and around the world. This year please consider making an additional campaign contribution in honor or 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 the community. YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN T h e J o s e p h H o r o w i t z I s r a e l T r a v e l G r a n t i s a v a i l a b l e t h r o u g h t h e C o m m u n i t y F o u n d a t i o n o f t h e J e w i s h F e d e r a t i o n o f L e e a n d C h a r l o t t e C o u n t i e s The grant may be used for travel to Israel to participate in programs that are volunteer or educational in nature. T H I S G R A N T is for Jewish residents of either county who are 25 years old or younger and c an demonstrate a financial need. Academic standi ng and community involvement may also be considered O U R H O P E is that these progr ams will enhance Je wish knowledge and identity i n preparati on for participati on i n American Je wish life. F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o r a n a p p l i c a t i o n v i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t J e w i s h F e d e r a t i o n L C C o r g 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 Temple Judea Shalom Life Center Mellow Mah Jongg Carol & Harvey Brand Boni Raitt Cheryl & Barry Fulmer Sara Krivisky INDIGENT FUNDShalom Dancers Marty & Judy Freling Jack & Ellen Esformes Temple Beth El Religious School The Jewish Federation thanks our GENEROUS DONORS Jay Scott Ian Lewis Ruth Lefberg Bernie Perlstein Jerry Wadro Sue & Harold Waronker Simon Family Don & Sandy Komito Gene & Andrea Sipe Bonnie Kasdan Rheta Kanen Marsha & Mike Kistler By Susan Suarez, President & CEO
5 OUR COMMUNITY The Jewish Federation Annual Campaign provides the resources to strengthen and enrich our Jewish community locally, in Israel and around the world. This year please consider making an additional campaign contribution in honor or 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 the community. YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center updateBy Susan Suarez, President & CEO Susan Suarez A s I attend community meetings around town, I am heartened by the positive comments I hear about our Museum and its Educa tion programs. People are aware of us for a variety of reasons their childs Museum Field Trip or participation in a program presented by Museum Educators at their school. Often, people note attending a Museum program or event, or taking a tour with family and friends. Since 2001, our mission has been to educate students and Museum visitors the backdrop of the largest genocide ever to occur the Holocaust. Weve taught them to think about their own responsibility to end hatred in our soci ety, and encouraged them to take action against bigotry, hatred and violence. Our longstanding partners in this endeavor have been the teachers of Southwest Florida. In addition to of fering student education programs and classroom resources for their schools, the Museum has also provided educa tion workshops for the teachers them selves. These seminars aid teachers in requiring all school districts to incor porate Holocaust education for their K-12 classes. Thanks to a generous grant from the Merrill Kuller Education Series, the Museum is again hosting its annual Summer Teacher Workshop. Three dates 11; Monday, July 23; and Wednesday, August 1. The day-long sessions run presentation topics on Holocaust his tory geared to engage teachers of stu dents in grades K-12. In addition to the specialized content, teachers receive a docent-led tour of the Museum and caust from a survivor or camp liberator. Workshops have also included presentations by area, regional, national and international scholars and experts on the Holocaust. The 2018 Summer Workshop theme is School for Barbarians How to Raise a Nazi. It examines how the Nazis used propaganda to indoctrinate German youth during WWII. The title borrows from the 1938 book by Erika Mann, School for Barbarians: Education Under the Nazis. Manns expos depicted a real-time concern for the role of National Socialism and its core principles destruction of the family and religion; control of teachers, school and cur riculum; and inculcation into the State Youth Program. Unfortunately, Manns concerns were realized in the years that followed publication of School for Bar barians. The manipulation of German children by the state began at an early age in their homes and was continued by their teachers at school, as well as in youth group environments. The workshop is free of charge to attend. All active teachers of grades 5-12 in Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota counties are invited to attend. Workshop participants will earn Continuing Education Points; a meal and light refreshments will also be provided. If you know a public, private, religious or home-school teacher who might be interested in attending, please let them know about the workshop. They can contact Museum Education Specialist Sam Parish for more information at or 239.263.9200. As we go to press, the Museum was awarded a 2018 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, joining our 2018 repeat designation as Best of the Gulfshore from readers of Gulfshore Life magazine. Also, TripAdvisor has ranked the Museum as # 6 on its Things to Do in Naples, up from the previous ranking of #11. I invite you to visit our current exhibit, I Witness, featuring photographic portraits honoring the survivors, libera tors and witnesses who have shared their stories with us in our Oral Visual History Project. Photographer Erik Kellar took these dramatic b&w portraits as part of the Museums 10th anniversary celebration. Several of the portraits on display are accompanied by short video compilations, created by Educa tion Specialist David Nelson and taken from the Museums Oral Visual History Project testimonies. The exhibit will be on display through October 31, 2018. On behalf of the Museum board, staff and volunteers, we wish you a safe and happy summer. We hope you will include a stop at the Museum in your plans! TEMPLE JUDEA is looking for enthusiastic, dedicated morim and morot (religious school teachers) for our growing religious school. Grades 1 8, training provided. Email, email@example.com or call 239/433 0201 and ask for Leslie for more information. Honest, caring and knowledgable advice about assisted living options at no cost to you!Personal and professional advice for you or a loved one when you need it the mostBruce B. Rosenblatt, Owner Senior Housing Expert239.595.0207 www.SeniorHousingSolutions.net The World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust & Descendants will hold its 30th Annual International Conference of Child Survivors, Second and Third Generations, Spouses and Families in Cooperation with the Kinder transport, and Generations of the Shoah, in West Palm Beach this year. The 2018 conference will be held from Friday, November 9 to Monday, November 12. For conference information and registration, visit www.holocaustchild.org or call Susan at 818.606.0793. 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6 OUR COMMUNITYReligio n & genocide speaker at FGCU Holocaust centerOn Thursday, August 30, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is proud to be hosting Dr. Steven Leonard Jacobs, the Aaron Aronov Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Alabama. Entitled The Nexus Between Religion and Genocide, the event will take place at the Sugden Welcome Center Dr. Jacobs notes that examining cases of genocide, both historically before and after World War II, and the present moment Bosnia, Rwanda, Sudan is always painful, but necessary nonetheless. One neglected area of consideration is the painful relationship between acts of genocide and the religious foundations of the various communities wherein these horrors have occurred. As he argues, if we are to make sense of what has already transpired and commit ourselves to non-repetition, then this nexus, too, is worth our examination and conversation. All FGCU students, faculty and tant and timely presentation. Outside guests are especially invited to join with the FGCU community in discuss ing this central topic for our times. The event is free; no registration or RSVP is necessary. Those coming from outside should obtain a parking permit from the Welcome Kiosk at the University The Sugden Welcome Center is adjacent to the Welcome Kiosk. FGCU is located at 10501 FGCU Blvd., Fort Myers. For further details, please contact the Center Director, Dr. Paul Bartrop (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the Associate Director, Jessica Evers (jevers@fgcu. edu). 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 LCHAYIM is a monthly nonprot newspaper supported by generous readers, committed advertisers and the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties.Temple Beth Shalom honors Jewish War Veterans and sends off one of its own Community Free Synagogue June 2019 Israel PilgrimageThe 6th biennial Community Free Synagogue Israel Pilgrimage will be in early June 2019 and hotel reservations, nine breakfast buffarewell banquet in Abu Gosh, in addition to six other dinners on tour and even a Bedouin lunch after a camel ride near Avdat in the Negev! Land services include 10 days of private touring with an Englishspeaking guide and private transportation on an air-conditioned coach. This travel adventure, led by Rabbi Bruce Diamond, is a lifetime opportunity for a moving and uplifting religious, cul tural and historical tour of Israel. This tour is limited to 26 people and will cost under $3,000 per traveler (excluding airfare). If you are interested and would like more information on schedule, costs, reservations and other details as they become available, please email Arnie Harris at email@example.com. Have an item youd like to share? Need to reach the editor of LCHAYIM? Send an email to LChayim36@gmail.com. Let us know if you will be driving or if you would like a volunteer to pick you up. Thursday, July 19th 12:00 PM RSVP by July 16th) Thursday, August 16th 12:30 PM RSVP by August 10 Space for only 40 people
7 OUR COMMUNITY rfntbbrbbb tbnbtbrbb tbtbtt btbbnbt bnr nnbbbtb ntbb bntbrnb bbbnbtt bnr bbrrr br what has already transpired and commit ourselves to non-repetition, then this nexus, too, is worth our examination and conversation. All FGCU students, faculty and tant and timely presentation. Outside guests are especially invited to join with the FGCU community in discussing this central topic for our times. The event is free; no registration or RSVP is necessary. Those coming from outside should obtain a parking permit from the Welcome Kiosk at the University The Sugden Welcome Center is adjacent to the Welcome Kiosk. FGCU is located at 10501 FGCU Blvd., Fort Myers. For further details, please contact the Center Director, Dr. Paul Bartrop (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the Associate Director, Jessica Evers (jevers@fgcu. edu). LCHAYIM is a monthly nonprot newspaper supported by generous readers, committed advertisers and the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties. Temple Beth Shalom honors Jewish War Veterans and sends off one of its ownT he Jewish War Veterans came to Temple Beth Shalom on Friday, May 25 for a moving service to honor American veterans and remem ber those who lost their lives serving our country. At the same time, the congregation honored Zachary Urban, a longtime member and recent high school graduate who left on Memorial Day to begin his military service. The service started with the Pledge of Allegiance. Harvey Char ter read a moving piece written by the late Robert Kummins, and then the veterans took turns reading the names of Jewish soldiers killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Harvey ended by playing Taps while everyone stood. The TBS choir sang various military songs while veterans of each branch of the military stood to be recognized. Finally, the entire congregation joined in singing God Bless America and America the Beautiful. Temple Beth Shalom has been hosting the Jewish War Veterans on Memorial Day for many years and its just one of the many ways in which the congregation reaches out to the wider community and works for the greater good. Guests and new members are al ways welcome and we hope that you will join us at services or in our many activities. We are proud of Zachary and wish him lots of success in his military ser vice. We look forward to welcoming him back and standing with the JWV. Harvey Charter plays Taps Rabbi Devora Buchen honors Zachary Urban, longtime Temple Beth Shalom member who left on Memorial Day to begin his military service tion on an air-conditioned coach. This travel adventure, led by Rabbi Bruce Diamond, is a lifetime opportunity for a moving and uplifting religious, cultural and historical tour of Israel. This tour is limited to 26 people and will cost under $3,000 per traveler (excluding airfare). If you are interested and would like more information on schedule, costs, reservations and other details as they become available, please email Arnie Harris at email@example.com. Have an item youd like to share? Need to reach the editor of LCHAYIM? Send an email to LChayim36@gmail.com.
8 OUR COMMUNITY Community Free Synagogue events and programsBrown Bag Movie Night The Community Free Synagogues next entry in it very popular long-running Brown Bag Movie Night series is the English subtitled 1967 French classic The Two of Us (Le Vieil Homme et Lenfant ) starring Michel Simon. Thursday, July 19 in the Community Hall. Pack your dinner; admission and soft drinks are free. plays a likeable old soak with one siganti-Semite. During the Nazi occupa tion of Paris, 8-year-old Jewish lad Alain Cohen is sent to the country to live with the parents of his familys Catholic friends. One of those parents is, inevitably, Simon. Taking a liking to Alain, and unaware that the boy is Jewish, Simon attempts to introduce the lad to the doctrine of anti-Semi tism. The boy plays along with the old man, teasing him about his prejudices. Despite their obvious philosophical touched upon the Jewish experience in France, once more draws from his own experiences to weave a sensitive, serio comic scenario. Summer Sabbath Eve dinners Sabbath Eve dinners continue through p.m. and are open all at no charge. These kosher-style meals begin with kindling the Sabbath lights, proclaim ing its sanctity (Qiddush ) with a cup of wine, the traditional blessing by par ents of their children and by spouses of each other, sharing homemade artisan hallah, and end with the thanksgiving prayers, the Birqat Hamazohn. Participants may bring a salad or a dish of their choosing as long as it is non-dairy and conforms to the Torah meat regulations. Wine is also always welcome! Reservations are not required. Please join us in the Community Hall, 10868 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers. Stars of David ELIMINATE YOUR PAIN RESTORE YOUR MOBILITY REGAIN YOUR QUALITY OF LIFEThomas S. Zeller, DPT & Associateswww.YourBestTherapy.comFort Myers 239-432-0556 Cape Coral 239-772-2363All physical therapy is not the same Thank you for letting us show you what sets us apart from the rest! AWARDED SW FLORIDAS BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY & REHABILITATION CENTER 5 YEARS IN A ROW! One-on-one care with all patients You will always receive the personalized care you deserve Highly skilled and licensed therapists Relaxed, friendly and encouraging atmosphere Therapist-owned private practice Best of Southwest Florida recipientWe invest ourselves personally in every patients progress and goals. This is all part of having a true commitment and passion for what we do. REHABILITATION CENTER 5 YEARS IN A ROW! THE RESULTS YOU WANT. THE CARE YOU DESERVE. BAT MITZVAHMazel Tov to Ashlie Clopein and Luba Grossman, who conducted worship and chanted from the Torah as Bnot Mitsva at the Community Free Synagogue on Shabbat Naso, May 25. Tutored by Rabbi Thomas Miess, Ashlie and Luba are graduates of his annual winter Intensive Prayerbook Hebrew Ulpan. Yasher Koah! Each month, LCHAYIM will list your Life Cycle events births, Bnai Mitzvah, engagements, weddings, anniversaries and obituaries. For Bnai Mitzvah, please include up to 150 words about your child. Submit your events to LChayim36@gmail.com. Photos are appreciated; please e-mail as JPGs at 300dpi. 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 FM N B T is proud to consistently earn a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial, the nations leading independent bank rating rm*. We attribute our success to the meaningful relationships we build with our clients. e better we know you, the better we can serve you. Fort Myers Bonita Springs Charleston Estero Naples Palm Beach Scottsdale Studying family history brings more than just historical knowledge, EVERYONE WELCOME. Jewish Genealogy SIG (Special Interest Group) No May Meeting Next meeting: Thursday Ju 1 10:00 11:30 a.m. RSVP is a must to Arthur at firstname.lastname@example.org
9 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 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? Summer Nights at the Movies Opening Friday, June 29, is Under the Silver Lake style. Sam ( ANDREW GARFIELD, 34) lives in the L.A. neighborhood called Silver Lake. Sams life isnt going that well and things get really weird when he sees a young woman frolicking in his apartments swimming pool. She mysteriously disappears and Sam goes on a quest across L.A. to in the 1940s noirs, he has to plumb the depths of scandal and conspiracy. The supporting cast includes ZOSIA MAMET 30 (Girls), the daughter of famous playwright DAVID MAMET, actor in a play ( Angels in America) and got a best actor Oscar nomination for Hacksaw Ridge (2017). Much lighter is Ant-Man and the Wasp It features Marvel heroes with the incredible ability to shrink. PAUL RUDD 49, who starred in the 2015 Ant-Man, reprises that title role a co-starring role as the Wasp in the plot has Ant-Man (AKA Scott Lang) torn between his new role as a husband and father and the call of duty when the Wasp says she really, really needs his help. (Opens Friday, July 6) Heads-Up on Light Summer Fare Comedian HOWIE MANDEL, 63, hosts the new Nat Geo Wild series Animal Doing Things p.m.; began June 16). The show features the best, never-before-seen animal vid eos submitted to the popular Instagram account @AnimalsDoingThings. Each video is hosted by Mandel, who provides funny narration and witty commentary before and/or after the videos. Food and Hedy ANTHONY BOURDAIN, hands down, was the best host of a travel and cooking show. (Bourdain was the alwayssecular son of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father.) However, PHIL ROSENTHAL Somebody Feed Phil is at least in the same league as Bourdains shows. It is a witty and interesting look at the cultures and food of the worldwide places Rosenthal visits. The shows complete second season starts streaming on Friday, July 6. Rosenthal, 58, was the co-creator of the mega-hit Everybody Loves Raymond. He has been married since 1990 to MONICA HORAN, 55, who played Amy, the wife of Raymonds policeman brother in Raymond. Bombshell, a documentary about the life of actress and inventor HEDY LAMARR theatrical opening last year. Few persons under 50 have even heard of Lamarr, but in her heyday, circa 1940, she was a big Hollywood star and was widely considered the most beautiful actress alive. In the last 25 years, another side of the actress has become known her talent for invention. similated Viennese Jews, led an extraordinary, improbable life, and that your time. Via interviews with her three children, and many others (including MEL BROOKS, 91), a full portrait of Lamarr emerges. But, be warned, it isnt a happy story. 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10 JEWISH INTEREST Stay connected all month long at www.JewishFederationLCC.org Dr. Paul BartropFailing to understand failure: The Evian Conference of 1938By Paul R. Bartrop, PhDB etween July 6 and July 15, 1938 80 years ago this month delegates from 32 countries met in Evian, France, to discuss what the options were for accepting refugees from Nazi Germany. Those present were there at the invitation of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The unspoken assumption on the agenda was that the refugees in question were Jews, and they were not officially mentioned by name at the conference. Roosevelts invitation emphasized that the countries attending were not expected to depart from their existing immigration regulations. mendations were made, no definite action on behalf of the refugees was proposed only that the deliberations should continue and that a subsequent meeting should take place in London. Only an exchange of information took place at Evian. Contrary to what has become post-Holocaust popular wisdom, the delegates did not meet to open doors for refugee Jews, or force certain countries to ease their restric tions, or save Jews from the Holocaust. In 1938 there was no Holocaust from which Jews needed saving yet. Roosevelts initiative in calling the meeting was not intended to compro mise the existing policy of any country. A careful analysis of his invitation re with the refugee problem or the call ing of the conference, and no country would be required to amend its current immigration laws to accommodate the refugees. The conference was dominated United States, Edward Turnour (Lord Winterton) from Britain, and Henry Brenger from France. Each stated that their country was not prepared to do anything that would expand Jewish refugee immigration. The United States would not commit to any expansion of its immigration quotas (which included refugees), only a merging of the existing German and Austrian allocations. Britain said it would not attend if there was any mention of Palestine or the colonial Empire, and the French argued that since 1918 France had taken in more aliens than any other European country and was now saturated. This gave a lead to all the other countries, as they, too, lined up to make their presentations. The Europeans expressed hesitation over the possibility of supplanting the League of Nations High Commission on Refugees; hoped that the United States and other countries outside Europe would accept a greater share of the burden; and stated that they would only accept refugees for temporary asylum in a short-term transit capacity. The largest group of states, the countries of Latin America, recognized that the refugee crisis was a humanitar ian disaster, but expressed a prefer ence for farmers over urban-dwelling professionals and intellectuals. They held, moreover, that the U.S. and the European nations should pick up the slack in solving the refugee issue. The self-governing British Dominions informed the conference that they had no interest in resolving the refugee problem. Canada only wanted farmers; New Zealand did not want foreigners; South Africa, though invited, did not attend; Ireland, which had not been invited but went anyway, declared that it was not an immigrant-receiving country; and the Australian position, expressed by the Minister for Trade and Customs, Sir Thomas White, was that as we have no real racial problems, we are not desirous of importing one by encouraging any scheme of large-scale foreign migration. While many spoke of a refugee crisis, the various nations formed policies in accordance with their existing priorities. Every country in the world formulated and administered an immi gration policy not a rescue-from-theHolocaust policy. No one holding senior state, envisaged the Holocaust that would emerge within eighteen months of the outbreak of war. that would follow? The best answer is only perhaps. Evian could have acted as an occasion for caring admin istrations to voluntarily announce that they would agree to an increase in their refugee or immigration intakes. However, questions of realpolitik racial and population preferences, anti-Semitism, economic priorities and other factors led to a collective rejection of any liberalization in favor of Nazi Germanys unwanted Jews. No other outcome was ever likely at this meeting, and the hopes of many were consequently both misplaced and unrealizable. It is therefore inaccurate to refer to Evian, as many have done, as a failed conference. After all, it lived up to the terms of Roosevelts original invitation, with delegate after delegate lining up to say that their country was doing much for the refugees while at the same time demonstrating that they could do no more and were not prepared to try. The immediate results of the conference amounted to nothing of any lasting worth, which was exactly what was anticipated. The assembled countries used the opportunity presented to look good, but the refugees got nothing for it. It is perhaps no coincidence that the word Evian, when spelled backwards reads nave. For that is precisely what ful policies globally. If there was any failure, it was a failure of imagination not only on the part of the countries attending, but also of those hoping that some other outcome would be possible. The years that followed Evian should have broadened humanitys horizons, and how far that rings true today is for another generation to judge. But, considering Evian, they will have a template upon which to rest their considerations. 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. 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11 JEWISH INTEREST Phil Jason Book review by Philip K. Jason, Special to LCHAYIM in a devastating tale of friendship and tragedyS earing in its beauty, devastating in its emotional power, and dazzling in its insights, Rothman-Zechers youve ever read. If Im wrong, youve been luckier than I have. His par ticular vision of todays Israel, told through the convention of a coming-of-age story, will break your heart. Has this author named himself, or has he grown into his name? After the hyphen, the name translates (from Hebrew) into life undergoes a radical change after he meets and becomes intimate with Laith and Nimreen a dynamic Arab-Israeli brother and sister, twins with whom he shares his deepest thoughts. The three are inseparable. Their closeness of Jewish-Arab relationships. Indeed, for the remaking of Israel, almost by osmosis, as a peaceful, co-national state. Can you love and admire people so If a Place Can Make You Cry (2002), Moriel Rothman-Zechers novel could well be thought of in terms of that forlorn phrase. One is left hoping for miracles. Is one out there? Jonathan met Laith and Nimreen in the last years of high school. What if Sadness Is a White Bird: A Novel by Moriel Rothman-Zecher. Atria Books. 288 pages. Hardcover $26.00. overcome? Will the world you live in allow this to happen? The closer Jonathan comes to his induction date, the more his various strands of identity are stressed. How can he become a soldier who will be at war with his dear friends people? How can he become an agent in their disgrace and humiliation? For all of their ease with the Israeli brand of western culture, Laith and Nimreen are, at a deep level, strangers. This is true even though they are the children of Jonathans mothers friend. The story, told by Jonathan, is presented as if he is addressing Laith. Sometimes it seems as if he is rehearsing or imagining the conversation; at other times, it seems as if it is happening. Sometimes its as if hes addressing a person who is dead. There is almost noth ing of Laith responding, yet there are other scenes in which these friends are engaged in three-way conversations that are amazingly revealing. Jonathan waivers somewhat before fully committing to his required military duty. And he waivers again when pressed into putting down a potentially dangerous demonstration. In the aftermath of the skirmish, Jonathan is imprisoned by his superiors. The novel sings out in the distinctive voices of Rothman-Zechers char acters, in their almost palpable presence, and in their hopes and hesitations. The authenticity of the voices is especially they had met much earlier? What if they, and other Israeli Arab and Jewish children, had gone through school together from the beginning, sharing the process of growing up? What if schools with such an integrated population became the focal point of commu nities? gun in 1998, is well on its way to changing the educational and cultural landscape. It is called Hand in Hand. The Center for Jewish-Arab Educa tion in Israel is not a miracle. It is hard Jewish and Arab children attend school together on a daily basis, learning each others language, sharing stories, facing up together with committed parents Sadness Is a White Bird intentionally or not, points in that direction. Meanwhile, I have only praise for this poetic, distress ingly original book. Wash ington Independent Review of Books and is reprinted by permission. 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. Moriel Rothman-Zecher (credit Joanna Eldredge Morrissey) AL9630Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida is a non-prot organization sponsored by Lee Healthcare Resources, a support organization to Lee Health. Located on a beautiful 48-acre campus, Cypress Cove offers a full complement of quality living options committed to the health and well-being of its residents.Changing the Course of Memory Care State-of-the-Art Award-Winning Person-CenteredTour today: 239-734-824310600 Cypress Cove Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908 TheCottageAtCypressCove.com 239-734-8243 Grow your business with LCHAYIM!
12 JEWISH INTEREST Read the current and recent issues of LCHAYIM online at www.JewishFederationLCC.org. Lets talk tanninBy The Wine Whisperer Jerry W hen you come right down to it, wine is a highly complex soup of juices and natural ly-occurring chemicals created by fer mentation, which is itself hysterically complicated. In fact, Ive been told that chemists dont fully understand exact ly how fermenta tion works even to this day. But when we talk about red wine, the tannin topic is always right up front. It occurs everytree bark, wood, leavesand the skins of fruit. In wine, it contributes a quality called astrin gency, which creates a dry, chalky feel ing in the mouth, and a kind of bitter ness in the middle of your tongue. If you want to discover what tannin really feels like (and its a feeling, your mouth. As W.C. Fields once remarked, It feels like the Russian army marched through my mouth in stocking feet. Depending on how dry a wine feels on your palate, you can determine whether it has a high or low level of tannin. Now all this sounds awful, but tannin is a major structural component of red wine, and is one of the ingredients that helps a good wine age and develop. The level of tannin in wine, whether strong or weak, depends on how the wine is made. If the juice sits on the skins for a long time, more tannin will be extracted and the levels will be higher, and so will the overall complexity of the wine. Tannins are also a natural antioxi dant so they can help preserve and protect the wine. This explains why wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz can age for long periods. And as we all know, antioxidants have sensational that second glass. The word tannin is actually quite ancient. Plant extracts are used to cure and process leather, which is why its called tanning. They turn soft leather into something thats hard and durable enough to make belts and shoes out of. Its important to understand the role of tannins in the structure and enjoyment of wine. First, higher levels mean we can lay down the wine and age it, coming back for more enjoyment a few years later. Second, knowing which foods are high in tannin lets us put together some interesting and complementary combinations. For example, walnuts are extremely tannic, which is why you get that Russian army dry feeling in your mouth when you eat them. But pair a glass of big red wine with a dish like steak with gorgonzola walnut butter, and get ready for some heavenly sensations. So how do winemakers control tannins? Some grapes are naturally more tannic than others, making selection important. So is deciding when to harvest. Then, theres the judgment of how long to leave the juice on the skins, and the decision whether to de-stem the bunches before crushing them. Stems have high concentrations of tannins, too. Some winemakers use a process called microoxygenation, which pumps air through the wine to soften tannins and create a more pleasant mouthfeel. The list goes on. Ive read lengthy essays about how tannins contribute to the structure and mouthfeel of wines. We talked a bit about astringency and bitterness above, and these are major characteristics which, in proper balance with alcohol, acidity, fruit sugars and other ingredi ents, turn grape juice into the beverage we all know and love. Still with me? Good. Here are some new recommendations for your Besieged Red Blend Sonoma 2014 ($12) The Ravenswood winery in Sonoma is a pioneer of Zinfandel, and this red blend shows they do other things well, too. A mlange of Petite Sirah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Al icante Bouschet and Barbera, its con centrated and purple-black in the glass. black mixed fruit, smoke and currant. WW 86-87 Frank Family Chardonnay Carneros 2015 ($40) A stunner. This plenty of them. Oak, melon, minerality, butter, hay, vanilla and juicy tropical fruitall perfectly balanced. A favor ite, and well worth the price. WW 95. 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. Sabiche: One of the worlds great Israeli sandwiches recipe by Dalia Hemed Personal Chef Dalia Hemed can be reached at email@example.com. W e are continuing our visit to the beautiful country of Israel for the Years of History Through Food Journey. Is raeli cuisine includes local dishes by native Israelis as well as the Jewish dishes brought in by Jews from the Di aspora. One of the most popular Israeli dishes, Malabi (milk pudding) was my recipe is this mouth-watering Sabiche sandwich. Oh, Sabiche. While hummus, falafel and even shawarma are known around the globe, the ultimate Israeli street food Sabi che remains one of the countrys with fried eggplant, hard-boiled eggs (traditionally haminados, which are the brown eggs from Sephardic-style cholent), hummus, tahini and vege table salad, while some versions con tain boiled potatoes as well. Pickled cucumbers, chopped parsley, and on ions seasoned with purple sumac are usually added, as well as a Yemenite hot sauce called schug, and amba a thick yellow sauce containing pickled mangoes, fenugreek and turmeric. The Sabiche sandwich is usually eaten for breakfast, but makes a delicious lunch or dinner, too. As opposed to hummus or falafel Arabic dishes adopted by Israelis and exported around the world Sabiche is a local concoction. The core ingredients can be found in the traditional Shabbat breakfast of Iraqi Jews, but the idea of putting them into a pita and eat ing them as a sandwich is 100 percent Israeli. This shouldnt be surprising, since Israelis consume everything in a pita, from schnitzel to Nutella. Today, Sabiche is popular all over Israel, although its more widespread in the Tel Aviv area, especially in Ramat Gan and Givatayim, to the east of the city. In recent years, Sabiche has become so popular that some local gour met chefs have created their personal upscale version of it, and many cafs in Tel Aviv serve a Sabiche-inspired sandwich, placing the eggplant and egg inside whole wheat or rye bread. Its a very simple recipe. Okay, I said simple and have a laundry list of components to put together. But these take just a little bit of chopping and tossing, so even though there are quite a few ingredients needed for the recipe, they are probably in your pantry already. delicious sandwich. All the ingredients and condiments work together and bite. You will need quite a few napkins to keep the sauce from dripping down your chin, but that is the fun of enjoying this dish. So here we go my version of Sabiche! Ingredients: (Please note that the only thing that requires some kind of preparation is the eggplant. The rest can be cut and made quickly on the spot. One eggplant is enough for four people. I usually make more.) Pita pocket Roasted eggplant original Sabiche is with fried eggplant, but frying does not really take place in my kitchen so I just wash the eggplant, cut the tips, slice it, brush it with olive oil, add some salt and roast it for 30-40 minutes on 400f Sliced pickled cucumbers Sliced onion with sumac sumac is a lovely garnish spice that is be ing used a lot in the Israeli kitchen Fresh parsley leaves Tahini the staple of the vegan Is raeli kitchen (store-bought or you can make your own) amba mango pickle (mango chutney) toes, cucumber and onion with ol ive oil, lemon, salt and pepper Hummus Other optional ingredients: Cooked potato Spicy sauce Schug originally from Yemen if you like it hot and have no Schug you can use Srira cha Roasted peppers pita/bread in any order you wish. Just load what you love, as much as you love, enjoy every bite, and no worries if it leaks and drips all over! 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14 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD For daily news stories related to Israel & the Jewish world, visit the Federations website at www.JewishFederationLCC.org. continued on next page 10 breakthrough health techs emerging from IsraelBy Nicky Blackburn,, israel21c.org, May 22, 2018ISRAEL21c takes a look at some of the brightest and best new health startups on show at the recent MIXiii-Biomed conference.I f theres one conference every year that is guaranteed to highlight fascinating new health innovations, its Israels MIXiii-Biomed, held last week in Tel Aviv. This annual three-day life-science and biomed conference has been run ning for 17 years and attracts around 6,000 healthcare professionals, inves tors, engineers and scientists, including more than 1,000 attendees from over 45 countries, who come to learn about the newest developments in biotech, digital health and medical devices emerging from Israel. The event at the David InterContinental Hotel featured an exhibition sponsored by the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) showcasing 45 startups developing healthcare products in any thing from medical devices to nanotech, biomed and drug-delivery systems. For the second year in a row, 10 of the companies taking part in this ex hibition were invited to enter the IIAs Biomed Startup of the Year competition. Finalists were chosen by a panel including Ami Appelbaum, chairman of the IIA and chief scientist of the Israel Ministry of Economy and In dustry; Anya Eldan, vice president of the IIAs startup division; and Karin Mayer Rubinstein, CEO and President of Israel Advanced Technology Indus tries (IATI). The winners, announced on Thursday last week, were CorNeat Vision, said Appelbaum. They all presented impressive innovative technologies, and choosing the best one was not an easy task. From cellular biology to space technology, we were presented with the best startups in Israels life-science industry. The wintechnology and solid global strategy, serving as a beacon of excellence for the well-being of humanity. Here we take a more in-depth look at the 10 Israeli startups chosen as the best of the year. CorNeat Vision CorNeat Vision was one of the joint winners of the startup competition at Biomed, and for good reason the technology is just so cool. The company is from diseases of the cornea. The early-stage technology is a patented synthetic cornea that uses advanced cell technology to integrate tissue. It can be transplanted in a simple 30-minute surgery, according to the company. Raanana-based CorNeat plans to move to human implantations sometime this year, and to begin clinical trials in the U.S. According to the World Health Or ganization, diseases of the cornea are the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, second only to cataracts. As many as 30 million people are affected, with around two million new cases each year. Unlike previous devices, which attempt to integrate optics into the native cornea, CorNeats implant leverages a virtual space under the conjunctiva quickly and provides robust long-term integration, said CorNeat CEO and VP R&D Almog Aley-Raz. PixCell Medical PixCell Medical is the second winner of this years Biomed startup competition. The company is developing a breakthrough low-cost portable hematology analyzer that performs a complete blood count (CBC) at the point of care. With just a tiny drop of blood, PixCells HemoScreen can analyze 20 standard CBC parameters, including blood cell types, and identify anomalous cells and hemoglobin levels, in just HemoScreen relies on nology that causes cells to migrate to the center of flow and perfectly align into a single layer. Identiof the cells is achieved using machine-learning and machine-vision algorithms superior to present methods. SpacePharma Swiss-Israeli SpacePharma will democratize the process of doing experiments in space, according to Guy Samburski, the companys head of chemical and pharmaceutical technologies. able commercial companies to carry out experiments in space, but its too slow and expensive. SpacePharma makes the same science available to everyone universities, pharma companies at a much, much cheaper price, he tells ISRAEL21c. Experimenting in microgravity is an essential tool for many pharma and research companies today. Taking gravphysics and removes many obstacles to bacteria growth and stem-cell research. Already companies like Merck, Procter & Gamble and Eli Lilly have conducted tests on the International Space Station over the last decade. However, these experiments are hugely expensive and have to be extremely well vetted because they need to be carried out by the astronauts themselves. SpacePharma creates minilabs that can be rented for up to six months of orbital research. These minilabs about the size of a milk carton can include a number of experiments that can be car ried out remotely from Israel, reducing costs drastically. All an astronaut has to do is turn it on. Since all experiments are done remotely, the minilabs can be docked on the International Space Station or attached to private satellites. SpacePharma was founded by Yossi Yamin, a former commander of the Israel Defense Forces satellite unit, and has already carried out two rounds petitors are now beginning to emerge, Samburski says SpacePharma, which is headquartered in Switzerland with R&D in Herzliya, is two to three years ahead. NovaSight Two-and-a-half-year-old NovaSight has developed a technology based on eyetracking to help children with vision is a system called EyeSwift, which it claims can revolutionize diagnosis of strabismus a misalignment of the and reading disorders. Strabismus is treated by corrective surgery, but its success is dependent on the accuracy of the misalignment measurement until now a laborious, inaccurate, manual process that has not changed for decades. EyeSwift uses eye-tracking tech nology as well as self-designed active glasses to diagnose visual disorders quickly and reliably while patients watch a short animated video. The sys tem has already received CE approval. NovaSight, which is based in Air port City in Israel, has also developed another product called CureSight to treat amblyopia (lazy eye) and CI. When you have lazy eye the gold standard treatment is a patch covering the good eye, Liran Adlin, the com panys marketing manager, tells ISRAEL21c. This can be a great source of embarrassment for chil dren, however, and theres only about 50% compli ance, which isnt good. With our device, chil dren can instead watch videos while we process the content in real time recording the momentary direction of the eyes, two or three times a week, and this trains the eye. Neurosteer Herzliya startup Neurosteer has de veloped a small wearable sensor for monitoring brain activity in people with neurological disorders, and providing high-quality neurological data. The sticker-sized sensor can be used for a wide range of medical, well ness and lifestyle applications, and combines advanced neuroscience and proprietary machine learning to capture brain activity, interpret brain dynamics, and detect emotions, neurological states, engagement, attention and intent in real time. The sensor can be used in the hos pital, in rehab and at home. It can also be used to monitor patients undergoing psychiatric clinical trials. Alpha Tau Medical Alpha particles are considered a power ful tool against cancer because they can damage the DNA of a tumor cell regard less of the level of oxygenation or the The Startup Pavilion at MIXiii Biomed (photo by Alexander Elman) Dr. Yair Glick and Guy Samburski from Swiss-Israeli company SpacePharma at MIXii-Biomed (photo by Nicky Blackburn) NovaSight helps diagnose and treat vision problems in children (photo courtesy NovaSight)
15 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD BRIEFS Sundays at 4:00 P.M. ISRAELI DANCING IS FOR ALL AGES to Marsha Kistler firstname.lastname@example.org 9701 Commerce Center Ct. Fort Myers 33908 For daily news stories related to Israel & the Jewish world, visit the Federations website at www.JewishFederationLCC.org.continued on next page (photo by Alexander Elman) 10 breakthrough health techs emerging from IsraelNovaSight Two-and-a-half-year-old NovaSight has developed a technology based on eyetracking to help children with vision is a system called EyeSwift, which it claims can revolutionize diagnosis of strabismus a misalignment of the and reading disorders. Strabismus is treated by corrective surgery, but its success is dependent on the accuracy of the misalignment measurement until now a laborious, inaccurate, manual process that has not changed for decades. EyeSwift uses eye-tracking technology as well as self-designed active glasses to diagnose visual disorders quickly and reliably while patients watch a short animated video. The system has already received CE approval. NovaSight, which is based in Air port City in Israel, has also developed another product called CureSight to treat amblyopia (lazy eye) and CI. When you have lazy eye the gold standard treatment is a patch covering the good eye, Liran Adlin, the companys marketing manager, tells ISRAEL21c. This can be a great source of embarrassment for children, however, and theres only about 50% compliance, which isnt good. With our device, chil dren can instead watch videos while we process the content in real time recording the momentary direction of the eyes, two or three times a week, and this trains the eye. Neurosteer Herzliya startup Neurosteer has developed a small wearable sensor for monitoring brain activity in people with neurological disorders, and providing high-quality neurological data. The sticker-sized sensor can be used for a wide range of medical, wellness and lifestyle applications, and combines advanced neuroscience and proprietary machine learning to capture brain activity, interpret brain dynamics, and detect emotions, neurological states, engagement, attention and intent in real time. The sensor can be used in the hospital, in rehab and at home. It can also be used to monitor patients undergoing psychiatric clinical trials. Alpha Tau Medical Alpha particles are considered a power ful tool against cancer because they can damage the DNA of a tumor cell regard less of the level of oxygenation or the ISRAEL21c...continued from previous page cell cycle stage, but their downside is a short range. Israeli startup Alpha Tau Medical believes its potent alpha radio therapy technology provides the answer. Alpha DaRT (Diffusing AlphaEmitters Radiation Therapy), developed in 2003 by Itzhak Kelson and Yona Keisara from Tel Aviv University, is based on a radioactive seed that can be injected into a solid tumor. As the seed decays it releases atoms that emit high-energy alpha particles that destroy tumor tissue. Preclinical trials have found the technology to be safe for various indi cations, including tumors considered resistant to standard radiotherapy. The company, led by CEO and Chairman Uzi Sofer, is now carrying out clinical trials in Israel and Italy and plans further trials around the world. TempraMed TempraMed develops small, hassle-free cooling products for keeping sensitive injectable medications like insulin, for the treatment of diabetes, at the proper temperature. The company, which has been working in stealth mode for some years, has developed a series of products including replaceable caps lined with over popular insulin pens and vials. It is now working on a similar product for EpiPens, which are designed for treating allergies. TempraMed was founded by Israeli Ron Nagar, who has worked in and whose father has Type 2 diabetes. E-Motion Medical motor function of their digestive system, leading to malnutrition and a higher risk of infection. Its a phenomenon common in critically ill patients, as well as neurological, surgical, geriat ric and neonatal patients. A severely limited ability to eat detrimentally Founded in 2011, Tel Avivs EMotion Medical has developed a unique technology that it claims can deliver stimulation to the esophagus, generat ing contractions, restoring esophageal and digestive motor function, reducing infectious complications, and improving survival and physical function. BarimOte Patients who have undergone gastric weight-loss surgery have to alter their eating behavior radically in order to sustain their lower weight. For many, and can lead to complications, weight gain and new operations. Israeli startup BarimOte hopes to improve those odds with a new eating behavior monitor ing and training technol ogy, which it claims can enhance the success rate of weight-loss surgery. The companys patented technology will meals, real-time analysis of eating behavior patterns, remote e-monitoring to caregivers, and even caloric intake at every meal. It sends alerts and referrals to the surgeon in case of complications. Brainvivo Tel Avivs Brainvivo develops MRIbased software that enhances MRI resolution for early detection, monitor ing and treatment of neurodegenerative brain disorders. The companys software overcomes the MRI resolution limitation by tracking the movement of water molecules within brain tissues, and providing MRI data that allows the measurement of of the brain cortex. The company was cofounded by Assaf Horowitz and Prof. Yaniv Assaf from Tel Aviv University. Editor and Israel Director Nicky Blackburn has worked extensively as a jour nalist and editor both in Britain and Israel for a range of national and international publications including The Cambridge Evening News, London News, Travel Weekly Israel High Tech Investor and The Times of London. She was the Associate Editor at LINK Israels Business and Technology Magazine and the High-Tech Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post 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 TOURISM TO ISRAEL KEEPS RISING Israels Central Bureau of Statistics said Monday, June 11, that 395,900 tourists came to Israel in May 2018, 14% more than in May 2017 and 33% more than in May 2016. ( Globes)NETANYAHU OFFERS TO SAVE COUNTLESS IRANIAN LIVES WITH ISRAELI WATER TECHOn Sunday, June 10, Israeli Prime Iranians solutions to their growing water problems in a two-minute YouTube video. Israel stands with the people of Iran and that is why I want to save countless Iranian lives. Irans meteo rological organization says that nearly of drought. Israel also has water challenges. Weve developed cutting-edge technol ogies to address them. Israel recycles nearly 90% of its waste-water... Israel has the knowhow to prevent environmental catastrophe in Iran. I want to share this information with the people of Iran. Sadly, Iran bans Israelis from visiting, so well have to get creative. We will launch a Farsi website with detailed plans on how Iranians can recycle their waste-water. We will show how Iranian farmers can save their crops and feed their families. Death to Israel. In response, Israel VKRXWV\035\003\265/LIH\003WR\003WKH\003,UDQLDQ\003SHRSOH\021\266\021\021\021\ We are with you. We will help so that millions of Iranians dont have to suf SHIFT IN SAUDI MEDIAS ATTITUDE TO ISRAELIrans military involvement in the re gion is perceived by Saudis as an ex istential threat to their country. Israel, on the other hand, is not perceived as a threat to Saudi Arabia, but as a po tential ally in the struggle against Iran. Against this backdrop, Saudi intel lectuals, journalists and writers have been increasingly expressing open sup port for Israel, even calling to normal ize relations and make peace with it. Saudi liberal thinker Turki Al-Ha mad placed the responsibility for the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in the confrontations on the Gaza border on Hamas and Iran. He wrote on Twitter on May 14, maneuver carried out by Hamas at the expense of the children of Gaza, and this is unacceptable. Saudi businessman Khalid Albombing of our mosques, no targeting of the sacred compounds [in Mecca and Medina], and no incitement against us... They havent attacked us or supported our enemies. (Z. Harel, MEMRI)
16 COMMENTARYStay 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 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. We cannot acknowledge or publish every letter received. Rabbi Michael J. Schorin Opinions and letters printed in LCHAYIM do not necessarily reect the views of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties, its Board of Directors or sta, or its advertisers. CAMERA op-ed: Heres why the media got the Gaza violence wrongBy Sean Durns, Senior Research Analyst, camera.org, May 29, 2018W estern journalists covering in need of an intervention. Many of them have spent the last several weeks regurgitating claims by Hamas, confusing terrorists with protesters. In so doing, theyve helped the U.S.designated terror group in its attempt to delegitimize and destroy the Jewish state. And they shouldve known better. Since late March 2018, Hamas has been sending terrorists interspersed with unarmed civilians serving as hu man shields to try and breach the Israel-Gaza border. Hamas has dubbed this long operation whose participants have included members of U.S.-designated terror groups like Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) the Great Return March. The people by placing Israel in a no-win situation. If terror operatives are able to cross the border, violating Israels sover eignty and endangering its citizens, its a win. If Israel defends itself and Gazans die in the process itll garner condem nation from self-styled human rights arbitrators, fueled by a gullible media. Matti Friedman, a former IDF soldier and AP journalist, recently observed that Hamas knows that, The press could be trusted to present dead human beings not as victims of the ter rorist group that controls their lives, or an unwarranted Israeli slaughter. And Hamas has pulled out all the stops to put in demonstrators and bringing children and the disabled to the border in the hopes that they catch an errant bullet. Indeed, the group has even burned tires and used mirrors to obscure the vision of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) snipers who ror leaders hiding among the civilians. On May 14, as many as 62 Gazans were killed on the border, prompting front-page headlines by The New York Times, The Washington Post and others all repeating claims provided by the Hamas-run Health Ministry about protesters killed and indiscriminate and excessive use of force. Some, such as USA Today, uncritically repeated chael Lynk that the demonstrators were largely unarmed. Many pundits contrasted the bloodshed in Gaza with the ceremonies on the same day for the dedication of the newly moved U.S. embassy in Jerusalem some even claiming that the embassy move was responsible for the violence. Two days later, Salah Bardawil, a news outlet Baladna TV that Fifty of the martyrs were from Hamas, and the other 12 were regular people. He addIn short, the overwhelming majority of the protesters killed were, in fact, terrorists. And the media had every reason to expect that this would be the case. On April 26, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center published a report showing that of the Palestinians killed up to that point in the Great Return March, 32 or eighty percent were linked to terrorist groups Indeed, according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Hamas Al-Jazeera on May 13 that the group was deceiving the public when it claimed that the March was one of peaceful resistance. It was, he proudly said, a clear terminological deception. Nonetheless, many journalists, including those at The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, NPR and others, continued to refer to the dead as protesters and omitted or minimized evidence that the march was a Hamas-run propaganda ploy. In has always been. Hamas has always targeted Israeli civilians and employed Palestinian human shields a double war crime. The group has used schools to hide its weapambulances as transport vehicles and hospitals as command centers. Since its creation as a Muslim made its objectives clear. The groups own founding charter calls for the destruction of Israel and the genocide of Jews even approvingly quoting Adolf Hitlers Mein Kampf. Since Israels unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005, Hamas has launched no fewer than three wars against the Jewish state in 2008, 2012 and 2014 all in addition to the frequent rocket attacks that began shortly after the group seized power in 2007. Yet, this history and Hamass genocidal objectives has largely gone unmentioned by many media outlets covering the latest round of violent demonstrations at the border. Instead, many in the media have uncritically echoed casualty claims made by the Palestinian Health Ministry a Hamas-controlled entity that shares the terror groups objective of delegitimiz ing and destroying Israel. Its hard to imagine the press echo ing the claims of other Islamist terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or al-Qaeda. Yet, with near ubiquity, theyve done so with Hamas and all while ignoring video and photographic evidence showing Pal estinians planting explosives, carrying even launching kite bombs embroidered with swastikas, because, as one 19-yearWe want to burn the Jewsthis is actually what we want them to know. But when it comes to Israel, there is a double standard. The terrorist per group. Peaceful protests dont involve violence. And no matter how many times headlines blare it, terrorists are not protesters. Founded in 1982, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) is a mediamonitoring, research and membership organization devoted to promoting ac curate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East. There was never a country called PalestineBy Jerrold L. Sobel, ZOA of SWFL PresidentP lease forget one of the great misnot steal Palestinian land. Its not their land, its never been their land, and it will never be their land. This land was given to the Jewish people, as stated in the Bible, by the Creator, and will re main the homeland of the Jewish people in perpetuity. Despite 27 invasions of Judea and Samaria erroneously called the West Bank conquests by many, forced conversions, exiles, massive op pressions, generations of Diaspora, and cowardly acquiescence by a cadre of 5th column Jews themselves, Jews have not only survived in whats known as Eretz Yisrael (Israel), theyve taken a desert wasteland and turned it into a powerful little democracy, the envy of the world. To her detractors, which there are many worldwide, the mantra remains the same, ad nauseam. Israel is complicit in doing this... She omitted doing that... We respect Judaism but are against Zionism. Attempting to mask their anti-Semitism as anti-Zion ism, her enemies propagandize the most vile accusations against the Jewish state in such numbers that much of it sticks. its Arab citizens. The facts show otherwise. Israel is one of the most open societies in the world. Out of a population of 8.8 mil lion, 1.85 million are Arabs, 170,000 are Christians, and 230,000 are Druze or other religions. All have equal voting rights. Its one of a very few places where Arab women have the right to vote. Arabs currently hold 18 seats in the Knesset. Following a 5-year trial, in a landmark decision for womens rights, an Arab judge, Salim Joubran, sentenced the former president of Israel, Moshe Katsav, to seven years in prison for rape. In what Muslim country do Jews have such rights? How many seats do Jews hold in the Saudi government or Jordan? Can anyone recall a Jewish judge sentencing a prominent Arab in Egypt? More to the point, has anyone even heard of a Jewish judge in Egypt? protects Jewish holy sites. If only that were true, one impor tant element blocking a sincere peace would be eliminated, but the facts speak otherwise. Just in the years between In September 1996, Palestinian rioters destroyed a synagogue at Josephs Tomb in Nablus. Rachels Tomb near Bethlehem has been repeatedly attacked since 1996. In October 2000, Josephs Tomb was torched after the Israeli gar rison guarding it was temporarily withdrawn. It was subsequently rebuilt as a mosque. In October 2000, the ancient syna gogue in Jericho was destroyed by arson and a second historic syna gogue was damaged. Forget about protecting these sites. In textbooks, speech and daily life, the Palestinians and their supporters ab surdly deny any Jewish connection to these ancient landmarks at all. This all occurs under nominal Israeli control of these areas. One can only imagine the fate of Jewish holy sites left to Palestin ian stewardship. This brings us to the greatest canard of them all, the foundation on which The Jews are building settlements on Palestinian land. This granddaddy of all fabrications makes great copy for the media and is excellent for denigrators of Israel, but lack historical fact. There is no Palestinian land plain and simple. If by whom? What were its borders and the name of its capital? What were its major cities? What constituted the basis of its economy? What form of govern ment did it live under? Was Palestine ever recognized as an entity by another country? By whom? What was the lan guage of the country called Palestine? What was Palestines religion? What was the name of its currency? Since there is no country today, what caused her demise? These questions were posed by a Japanese writer, Yashiko Sagamori. Only the most revisionist adherents of the Palestinian narrative couldnt even attempt to answer her queries. Pose these same questions regarding Israel and Jewish connection to this land, and each can be factually answered. Candle lighting times:July 6: 8:07 July 13: 8:05 July 20: 8:03 July 27: 8:00
17 COMMENTARY 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. We cannot acknowledge or publish every letter received. PLEASE SUPPORT THE ADVERTISERS WHO SUPPORT OUR FEDERATION & HELP MAKE LCHAYIM POSSIBLE. 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. Holy, holy, holyW e use the term so often, we Jews must have holiness on the brain! In our mar each other. In the Amidah prayer, we say the kedusha or holiness prayer. And, of course, when someone dies we say the kaddish. The basic commandment comes from Leviti be holy (kadosh), for I the Lord your God am holy. Now that we have a sense for the quantity of the terms usage, what ex actly does it mean? Rashi, and most commentators, have explained it to mean separate. Just as God is separate from the world, so should we as Jews separate ourselves, especially from our neighbors. Rules about dietary practices, prayer shawls and fringes and drinking wine all can come under this rubric. But this doesnt quite explain the term, does it? Especially in the tion. came from Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, zl. Almost a hundred years ago, kadosh would be to mean worthwhile. Just as God pursues the worthwhile, so must we. As an improvement on being separate, this works well. It is worthwhile to improve the lot of those who are poor, it is worthwhile to nur ture our connections with our fellow congregants, it is worthwhile to give is a piece of kadosh missing here. It is the piece that is beyond our normal thinking. For biblical society, kadosh was the highest value they could give something. It could pertain to the Sanctuary (or later, the Temple), to the Sabbath and even to the people of Israel. So what is the highest term we could use to use the term consciousness. Lookbe conscious, for I the Lord your God am conscious. Our mission as Jews, and as human beings, is to become ever more conscious. Becoming more aware is not an easy task. TV and Twitter distract us. The internet intrigues. Work tires us and daily chores take time. How do we get past all of this? Maybe it is possible the mitzvoth / commandments were given to us to help us along this path? Every time we remember to take a moment to recite a bracha, a blessing, we raise our to our arm, we remember that we are not in charge. And when we light the Sabbath candles, we become conscious of the gifts of the Sabbath, food to eat and family to enjoy. So go and enjoy. Say a blessing when you see a rainbow, say another when you see the Gulf. Take a moment and bless God for this world that is be coming ever more conscious, just as we are. 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 withdrawn. It was subsequently rebuilt as a mosque. In October 2000, the ancient synagogue in Jericho was destroyed by arson and a second historic synagogue was damaged. Forget about protecting these sites. In textbooks, speech and daily life, the Palestinians and their supporters absurdly deny any Jewish connection to these ancient landmarks at all. This all occurs under nominal Israeli control of these areas. One can only imagine the fate of Jewish holy sites left to Palestin ian stewardship. This brings us to the greatest canard of them all, the foundation on which The Jews are building settlements on Palestinian land. This granddaddy of all fabrications makes great copy for the media and is excellent for denigrators of Israel, but lack historical fact. There is no Palestinian land plain and simple. If by whom? What were its borders and the name of its capital? What were its major cities? What constituted the basis of its economy? What form of government did it live under? Was Palestine ever recognized as an entity by another country? By whom? What was the language of the country called Palestine? What was Palestines religion? What was the name of its currency? Since there is no country today, what caused her demise? These questions were posed by a Japanese writer, Yashiko Sagamori. Only the most revisionist adherents of the Palestinian narrative couldnt even attempt to answer her queries. Pose these same questions regarding Israel and Jewish connection to this land, and each can be factually answered.Different rules for IsraelBy George RosingerW hat country in the world has not been permitted to select its capital and its location? What country in the world would per mit up to 30,000 rioters, including ter rorists, to mass on their border with the objective of breaching the border to kill their citizens? And what country other than Israel is subjected to harsh criticism when it defends itself? As is the case for many international issues, there are for other countries. Further, much of the reporting regarding Israel is biased and inaccurate. Jews have had a continuous presence in Israel for over 3,000 years with Jerusalem as its capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of an Arab or Muslim country. While Jerusalem is mentioned hundreds of times in Jewish holy scriptures, there is no mention of Jerusalem in the Koran. Much of the reporting of the cur to penetrate Israels security fence has been biased and false. Hamas, a des ignated terrorist organization, directed the demonstrations at the border and portrayed them as peaceful. Likewise, many media outlets also described the demonstrations as non-violent. These statements were false. Prior to the demonstrations, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar stated, We will take down the border and tear out their hearts from their bodies. In keeping with Sinwars statement, Hamas terrorists inter spersed with the Palestinians, attacked Israeli forces with Molotov cocktails, pipe bombs, guns and grenades. They Hamas directed thousands of the riot ers to rush at the border with the ob jective of penetrating Israels security fence. And they placed women and children in the front lines to serve as human shields and cannon fodder. Israeli forces tried to minimize Palestinian casualties, but given the circumstances there were deaths and injuries. Of the 62 deaths on one par ticular day, Salah Bardawil, a senior Since its inception in 1948, if Israel hadnt defended itself, it would have ceased to exist many years ago. And yet Israels critics claim that it uses disproportionate force. Israels critics also appear to ignore the fact that the Palestinians reUN partition in 1947 established a Jewish state and a Palestinian state. While Israel accepted the partition, the Palestinians rejected it and started the war against Israel in 1948. Subsequently, in 2000, Prime Minister Ehud Barak Minister Ehud Olmert likewise made a granted the Palestinians nearly everything they demanded. Recently, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, made an encouraging statement. He castigated the Palestinian leadership for rejecting opportunities over a period of 40 years for peace with Israel and said they should either start accepting peace proposals or shut up. George Rosinger lives in Fort Myers. 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18 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. Strive to be happyT he present iteration of the Dalai Lama has famously said, I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. I dont know about that, but I do know that when I am un happy Im not at my best. About a thousand years ago, Moses ben Maimon said that the divine spirit does not come upon an unhappy heart and that the prophets lose the gift of prophecy when they lose a peaceful mind and become enraged. So cultivating and preserving our personal happiness and not letting things get to us seems to be a necessary about. Its also pretty clear from this that spreading unhappiness in others is a terrible thing. You might as well pour poison in the drinking water! Want to know what I think is a key to my happiness? I try not to take too many things personally. Most all of other peoples bad behaviors have little to do with me, even if they are aimed at me. What others say about and do to you tells you more about them than it does about you. If they are trying to make you unhappy it is probably be cause they are miserable themselves and havent tended their own spiritual gardens. Of course, happiness has a lot to do with living in the moment, knowwhat you cant, and not letting things that really have nothing to do with you personally get to you. Doing the best I can about the things I can do something about keeps me from feeling overwhelmed by all the things the TV and internet show me are hurting in this world. Not promptly attending to the close-by things that disturb us is a cer tain prescription for unhappiness and eventual depression. The opposite is equally true. Dont live with things that upset you, but if you have no choice, turn your attention to things that contribute to your happiness that you can do something about. Dont dwell in the past, and leave tomorrow for tomorrow. I know that a lot of this sounds like fortune cookie advice, but its the best I can do. If you dont think theres paths to happiness, but no matter what, dont let sadness, fear and anger get the best of you. Remember what Max Ehrmann wrote at the end of this famous DesiWith all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. Rabbi Bruce Diamond serves at The Community Free Synagogue in Fort Myers.The Torah insists on truth Rabbi Bruce Diamond Rabbi Nicole Luna Watching a news program the other day, I caught a segment about the raw water movement in California. A raw water guru assured viewers that for $22 a bottle, they could enjoy the spiritual and pro-biotic advantages of untreated stream water. Recall ing the maxim that you should keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out, our Torah includes laws against fraud, giving us insight to help us identify and resist scams and schemes. victims by giving them something that they think should be possible, that they want to be true, and that they will do anything to make real. Yet the Torah insists on truth. In Leviticus we are commanded, Do not falsify measures of length, weight or capacity. You shall have an honest balance, honest weights, an honest dry measure and an honest liquid measure. The Torah guides us to demand and expect honesty. While this may seem obvious, we are often swayed by something that is really too good to be true. Who hasnt been tempted by a lotion that promises to make us look 10 years younger, or a drink that claims it will help us lose 10 pounds? Behind any successful con, is a clever fraudster. As Jews we are commanded, You shall not deal deceit fully or falsely with one another, but we are also warned against turning to false gods, spirits or soothsayers. Why are these prohibited? Ibn Ezra, a 12th century scholar, explains that these refer to people who declare that some thing will undoubtedly take place at a particular time in the future. The To rah is warning us against the faade of certainty. Though ambiguity is part of life, fraudsters prey on our desires, and using charisma, bogus credentials or a claim of a heightened spiritual sta possibility of a holy life, while expect ing a great amount from us. There are being, righteousness, a sense that God is near to us? We do so through mitz vot, through our actions, through how we live our life. Our Torah states ke doshim tiheyu, you shall be holy, and then lists all the commandments for us measures. Do not deal deceitfully with one another. Leave the corners of your before the aged and show deference to the old. Observe a day of rest. Do not bear a grudge. Love your fellow as yourself. Judaism gives us the insights to avoid being deceived by false promises, by something that seems too good to be true. Demand and expect honesty. Be wary of those who claim certainty. And every time we do a mitzvah, recite the blessing asher kidshanu bmitzvotav, who makes us holy through com mandments. Blessed are you Adonai our God, ruler of the universe, who teaches us sacred actions to perform, leading us to a life of truth and wellbeing. Rabbi Nicole Luna serves at Temple Beth El in Fort Myers.Being Jewish is important Rabbi Marc Sack In 2002, the UJA-Federation of New York did a survey of New York Jews. In response to the question, Do you feel that being Jewish is very important?, 65% of respondents anTen years later, that number had fallen to 57%. That same 10year period saw dramatic drops in synathe Conservative and Reform Movements. How is it that being Jewish would not be important? Ive spoken with many little with the organized Jewish community who say, I feel very Jewish. While Im not sure what this means, I think being Jewish is very important to them. They are proud of being part of the Jewish people. It seems that some people are no longer proud of being Jewish. What can we do about that? I lead a young leadership program at my congregation. At a recent meeting, we discussed the component elements of a strong religious community. I expected answers like uplifting services, or great programming or friendly and welcoming. I got something else. I got social contract, and organizational culture and high standards of behavior. There are no Temple Judea secrets to reveal here. Thank God, were doing well. But I think the members of my young leadership program were saying that a synagogue perhaps all Jewish or ganizations must have a very strong ethic, one that guides what happens inside the congregation and the congregations involvement with the general community. The congregation must stand for something important. It was the historian, Simon Ra widowicz, who wrote the famous es say, Israel The Ever-Dying People (1948), in which he said that we Jews are forever afraid that this generation will be our last. That fear drives the agenda of many Jewish organizations. We must raise committed, educated Jewish children for the future. With this agenda I agree, in part. But we must also believe in and taking care of the poor, welcoming guests into our homes, visiting the sick. To these values, I would add lifelong learning. Our understanding of what God wants of us, of what it means to be Jewish, should never stand still. More, our understanding of what God wants of us should never end with the Jew ish community. We Jews have much to contribute to the outside world. We should look for opportunities to do that regularly. Most synagogues worry about get ting Jews in the door. In 2018, thats understandable. We should also worry about keeping them coming back. To do that, we must convey our convic tion that being Jewish informs every aspect of our lives, that it guides how we act in our families and in the world. In other words, that being Jewish is im portant. That it helps us be good people in the world. Each in our own way, every Jew piece of the Jewish message it wants WR\003UH\300HFW\021\003%XW\003HYHU\\000RQH\003ZKR\003PHHWV\003 us must feel that being Jewish is not something we just do on Shabbat and holidays. It guides who we are. It is the deep conviction of our community that will keep people coming back. Rabbi Marc Sack serves at Temple Judea in Fort Myers. Pastors Convention in BreklumV ickie and I are spending several weeks in Germany as we have for the past three years. Here we teach about the Shoah in high schools using a wonderful exhibit that chronicles the life and journeys of Vickies 97-yearold mother, Stefanie Steinberg, from her childhood in Breslau (then Germany, now Wroclaw, Poland) to her life today as a still active artist in San Francisco. I also teach a seminar for rabbinical and cantorial students at the Abra ham Geiger College in Berlin, teach and speak in synagogues, and preach Martina Dittkrist from Kaltenkirchen and Anke Wolf-Steger from Schulens ee. I have such wonderful memories of how each of these pastors welcomed Vickie and me to their communities and hosted us after the service for a deRabbi Stephen Fuchs licious lunch in their homes. Seeing them and feeling the genuine warmth of their smiles made me feel more comfortable. At the outset of my talk I stressed that while they may never have heard a rabbi speak to them before, I was not tion on anything, but was merely offering my personal perspective on the importance of memory as awareness of the horrors of the Holocaust recede and the number of eyewitnesses rapidly diminishes. The presentation went well in large measure because I spent the afternoon listening, listening and listening to the pastors own struggles and the struggles of their families and parishioners with the memories of what they were doing during the Hitler years. Hearing their anxieties somehow took the jumble of material swirling around in my head and helped it come out in a coherent one-hour presentation After a 15-minute break there were probing questions and, I pray, helpful answers. I urged them to continue to struggle with these issues and stressed the importance of memory as a lesson from which to learn. I emphasized as I do before almost every German audiWir knnen die Vergangenheit nicht ungeschehen machen, aber wir knnen gemeinsam an einer besseren Zukunft arbeiten! We cannot undo the past, but we can work togeth er to shape a better future! I often ask myself, Does this and other teaching and speaking in Ger I feel that we try to empty an ocean of emotional water using a teaspoon. Still, we cling to the hope that it does, and we continue. For, as Rabbi Tarphon taught, It is not incumbent on us to complete the task, yet we are not free to desist from the labor. (Pirke Avot Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs serves at Bat Yam Temple of the Islands on Sanibel Island. CHABAD HEBREW SCHOOLCharlotte County Earn CAS Credits DISCOVER THE FUN! RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FREE JEWISH CHILDREN S BOOKS MAILED TO YOUR HOME EVERY MONTH! SHARE the experience of reading with your children as they grow with PJ Library books. SIGN UP TODAY! Enrollment is open to Jewish families with children between the ages of six months to eight years living in Lee & Charlotte Counties. Funded by the Roth Family Foundation & Asher Family Foundation More information, contact Leni Sack 239.481.4449 ext. 3 email@example.com Camp Gan Israel There are hundreds of them around the world, with tens of thousands of campers. When the sun is at its zenith in every major city and on every continent, the summer camps of Chabad shine their light on yet another generation of Jewish children. The Gan Israel camps span a diversity of cultures, languages and regions, extending from Alaska to Florida and from Australia to Zaire. But no matter how disparate, they are like some spiritual Starbucks all alike in their trademark spirit, joy and Jewish pride that permeate the Gan Israel camp experience. three full weeks of amazing fun (July 2-20) for girls and boys ages 3-13.
19 TEMPLE BETH EL SCHOOLSFort Myers FOCUS ON YOUTH 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. Temple Beth El Religious School 2017-2018 Year in Review Dale Cohen My heart and soul are here at Temple Beth El Religious School, where so much learning takes place. We always strive to imbue our students with the best possible Jewish education. I believe that we succeed. Each Monday, beginning last August, our preschool students took part in the Aleph Bet club. We sang songs, learned about Jewish holidays, and began learning Hebrew letters. Junior Congregation, an ongoing cally designed for our students in grades 4-7. One Saturday a month, they practice the liturgy in preparation for their bar/bat mitzvahs. They lead the service. The prayers and blessings are explained. Its a great way to practice with their peers and learn from each other. K-7th grade students participated in High Holiday Junior Congregation services where they sang beautifully. Other holiday observances included Simchat Torah celebrations, when we decorated the sukkah, made the berachot over the etrog and the lulav, and most importantly followed the mitzvot of dwelling and eating in the sukkah. trip to LARC, visiting group home residents with developmental disabilities. organization that provides necessities to families in need in our area, where students helped sort and organize items. to the Shy Wolf Sanctu ary, where the students helped clean the grounds after taking an educational tour. in tikkun olam throughout their two \277UPDWLRQ\003VHUYLFH\003LQ\003\000D\\000KRQRUHG\003RXU\003 9th Hebrew Chai high school class meets once a month. Activities this year included a meeting with Congressman Francis Rooney at TBE in October; a Chanukah party hosted by Michele Laboda and Eric Dochinger, featuring a potluck dinner, candle lighting, play ing dreidel, and a small gift exchange; and six students traveled to Washing ton, D.C., in February for the Religious Action Centers LTaken teen social justice leadership program. Other highlights of our busy th grade family bar/ bat mitzvah workshop; several bar/ bat mitzvahs; a bagel schmooze with parents; a Chanukah party (includ ing an original Hal Eskin song called The Sunday School Blues); a middle school trip to the Jewish Museum and Holocaust Memorial in Miami; a Tu BShevat PJ Library program; a Tu BShevat Seder; baking hamentashen and attending the Megillah reading; welcoming back Rabbi Luna with an original song written by Randy Kashi; an educational chocolate Seder; Mitz vah Day; and an end-of-year pancake breakfast plus family fun at Sky Zone, where everyone cheered on the chil dren to reach new heights. We look forward to even greater success in the 2018-2019 school year. Have a great summer! Being Jewish is important rfntbnn ntnrnn nnnrtnn nnnbbn rf rfntbrr CHABAD HEBREW SCHOOLCharlotte County 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) DISCOVER THE FUN! RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FREE JEWISH CHILDREN S BOOKS MAILED TO YOUR HOME EVERY MONTH! SHARE the experience of reading with your children as they grow with PJ Library books. SIGN UP TODAY! Enrollment is open to Jewish families with children between the ages of six months to eight years living in Lee & Charlotte Counties. Funded by the Roth Family Foundation & Asher Family Foundation More information, contact Leni Sack 239.481.4449 ext. 3 firstname.lastname@example.org Camp Gan Israel There are hundreds of them around the world, with tens of thousands of camp ers. When the sun is at its zenith in ev ery major city and on every continent, the summer camps of Chabad shine their light on yet another generation of Jewish children. The Gan Israel camps span a diversity of cultures, languages and regions, extending from Alaska to Florida and from Australia to Zaire. But no matter how disparate, they are like some spiritual Starbucks all alike in their trademark spirit, joy and Jew ish pride that permeate the Gan Israel camp experience. three full weeks of amazing fun (July 2-20) for girls and boys ages 3-13. The days in Camp diverse, exciting recre ational activities, such as sports, swimming, crafts, drama, Shabbat experiences and Jewish-themed programs. All activities are carefully chosen to instill a spirit of sportsmanGan Israel campers are imbued with a deep sense of pride in their Jewish heritage. Weekly Judaic themes are taught through activities, stories and games that are part of the unique Gan Israel experience. Combined with discussions and educational programs, camp brings to life the beauty and values of our traditions. For more information on Camp Gan Israel and other programs Chabad provides, call Sheina at 941.258.0188 or visit www.chabadofcharlottecounty. com.
20 ORGANIZATIONS JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA(239) 566-1771 JEWISH WAR VETERANSVictor Paul Tuchman Post 400 (239) 246-3151At the Veterans Day event: Commander Harvey Charter with our newest and, perhaps, furriest member, Corporal Bogie Who remembers the Naples Jewish Social Club? Marina Berkovich Do you remember that old Jewish joke about why a Jewish man, who was stranded alone on a deserted island for a decade, needed a second temple? Hold that thought, please. Decades ago, there were no tem ples or Jewish Federations in South west Florida, but by the early 1990s there were. Please do not act shocked if not all Jews want to be a member of a temple or a Federation, for that matter. But some people recognized that every Jew loves to eat and socialize. Hence, the Naples Jewish Social Club emerged to do just as its name hints socialize. And, of course, have lots of Jewish food! In 2004 there were nearly 300 people on its active list. Im told that in its heyday in the mid-1990s, it had more. Sid Kleiner and his wife Trudy were very active in NJSC and its events. Sid was also the clubs videographer and created video-reports for the members, which are quite bittersweet now, since many of longtime area residents will recognize many of their departed friends. The beauty of these videos is that they are documents of Jewish history in Southwest Florida. Before the days that WCA dominated (in a good way, of course!) the social calendar of the Jewish community of Greater Naples, there were NJSC and other social groups organized by full-timers and seasonals alike to create and keep the tribal togetherness. Although I previously heard about NJSC from Sid Kleiner, it was the besheret coincidence of another former NJSC member, Sid Kaye a British man with nearly thirty years of SWFL active winter seasons, who until recent ly played the senior Wimbledon and Florida tennis circuits and his wife Louise who recalled with love and regret the great times NJSC had while it lasted. I perused the social clubs mem bership list and recognized some very familiar names. They were not going to NJSC events because they disliked other activities on the island. They were not looking for an alternative to Federations or temples. Heres what I concluded. The man on the deserted island may have needed a second synagogue so he could never set a foot in that place, but the Jews in Paradise need every temple, every social club and every organization so that they can spread the positivity they bring to our island, do great deeds while they can, and create wonderful memories for all of us and future generations. We plan to add these and other in valuable stories to our Virtual Museum of SWFL Jewish History at LVKKLVWRU\\000VRXW\KZHVW\300RULGD\021RUJ\021 Save the date for the Annual Florida Jewish History Celebration on January 28, 2019. A very special not-to-be-missed afternoon is being planned. Details will be announced in September. Please do not forget to reserve your seats with WCA for the September 12 repeat presentation of the documen Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers: Stuart Kaye, A Mensch for All Reasons in the Naples Daily News Community Room. Stuarts story is an inspiration for every young person who wants to make SWFL their home, raise a family and build a community here. It is also a fascinating discovery of just how much one man can impact a community he chooses for his home jhsswf.org if you have time and would OLNH\003WR\003KHOS\021\003SHFL\277F\003QHHGV\035\003ZRUN\003LQGH pendently in Microsoft Word, ability to do research, proofreading. Eryka Aptaker Its been quite some time since I have written an article for the Jewish War Veterans-Victor Paul Tuchman Post 400. Please do not believe for a min ute that this is due to inactivity on their part. It is, admittedly, my fault, as there have been many challenges for me this year. I would like to share some of the highlights from the last few months. In October, we had a wonderful meeting at the American Legion Post 38. Our guest speaker was LCSO Un held our interest in telling us all that the LCSO is doing for the community as well as sharing his military background to join us as we enjoyed a wonderful meeting and, once more, shared cake. May is an important month. Many of us tend to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. This is not a day intended to shop the sales, nor is it anIt is a day to remember our fallen and deceased veterans. While our Post par ticipated in multiple activities over that weekend, one of the most meaning Squad at the Lee County Memorial Day Service. Our next meeting will be held on ish Federation building. We are active ly seeking new members to join this fabulous group. Visit us at one of our meetings. Enjoy a breakfast nosh and much camaraderie. GENERATIONS OF THE SHOAH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA(239) 963-9347 HAZAK 55+ CHAPTER at Temple Judea(239) 433-0201 Jan Klein Temple Judea Social Hall, Hazak will show the movie Chocolat fable of emotional liberation and choc olate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, reli gious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking. Dinner will follow at Carrabbas. The charge is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. This covers snacks and drinks. There will be a short planning meeting prior to the movie. Newcomers are welcome to attend and offer their input. Any questions should be addressed to the Hazak email at email@example.com. Dancing Feat, a volunteer dance group, performed at the Posts party to celebrate Sid Harriss 95 th birthday
21 ORGANIZATIONS HADASSAHCollier/Lee Chapter (239) 301-0509 Hadassah update Lynn Wilner Summer is in full swing and that means that our Hadassah leaders and volun teers are busy planning upcoming events and activities for you to enjoy. We are looking forward to our Summer Pot Luck Luau on Sunday, Au Enjoy an evening with old and new friends who are here over the summer! If you are interested in attending or helping with this casual summer event, please contact me at 239.598.1009 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Shelley at 239.301.0509 or email@example.com Bring your spouse and friends. We are also currently planning more informal summer activities. Contact us for more information. Hadassah has many missions to Israel for you to choose from. Here are some of the latest missions being to sign up for the From Dream to Insion from October 7-15 with optional extensions available from October 1518. Join Hadassah as we joyously mark el@70, Hadassah Medical Organiza tion@100, Hadassah School of Nursing@100 and Hadassah Department of Ophthalmology@100! Local members Nancy and Jack Wiadro invite you to go on the Milestone Mission with them! The 2019 missions to Israel have Youth Aliyah Mission, Purim Mission, Yom HaAtzmaut Mission, Hadassah/ JNF Family Tour, Interfaith Mission, with Hadassah and the Takin It Easy Mission. For details on Hadassah missions, contact Ayelet Tours at ayelet. com or 800.237.1517. Hadassah missions are always exciting, informative and fun! If you would like to learn more about Hadassah, become a Hadassah member or Life Member, an Assovolunteer in Hadassah, please contact Carol Hirsch at 239.631.6828 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Donna Goldblatt at email@example.com An nual membership is $36, Life Member ship is $250, and Associate Member ship is $250. Children of any age, both girls and boys, can become Child Life Members for $250. Hadassah is a great way to meet people, support Hadassah Medical Organization and Hadassah Hospitals at Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus, and promote Hadassahs many wonderful programs in the U.S., Israel and around dassah go to Hadassahs website at www.hadassah.org. HUMANISTIC JEWISH HAVURAHof Southwest Florida (248) 417-2514 Jewish Humanism Paula Creed Last months column cited Corliss Lamonts book, The Philosophy of Humanism This book was used by Rabbi Sherwin Wine, the founder of Human istic Judaism, while teaching a class I attended as a new congregant of Rabbi Wines Birmingham temple. This month I propose to explain Jewish Humanism in Rabbi Wines words written for the Introduction to his Guide to Humanistic Judaism, obtainable from the Society for Human istic Judaism at www.shj.org, and received when one becomes a member of the Humanistic Jewish Havurah of Southwest Florida. Are we Humanistic Jews or Jewish humanists? That question appeared very early in our development and re mains persistent. We have t wo powerful connections one Jewish and the other humanistic. Which is primary? Or are they both of People who join our movement have minds of formulas that we may choose to crea way to live their lives Jewishly with integrity. Others who enter our movement enjoy Jewish culture but the message of humanism is what motivates them to stay. Both groups are legiti mate parts of our movement. Frequently people who are mem bers of humanist groups will challenge me. They want to know why our communities have this parochial interest in Jewish culture when they should be promoting a universal humanism. They claim that our Jewish loyalty diminish es or is incompatible with humanism. From the beginning we have been Humanistic Jews, rooted in the history and culture of the Jewish people. Our humanism has always been enhanced by our Jewish connection, because the message of Jewish experience is that we cannot rely on the kindness of the fates. Most of us are humanists because the memories of Jewish history are in our bones. The rabbinic establishment told us that we are the Chosen People. But our memories tell us that we are the victims of a cruel destiny. If the Jewish people survived, it was only because of human self-reliance, cour age and cooperation. Our survival is a tribute to people power. We are part of the Jewish world. Even when other Jews do not share our philosophy of life, they share our culture and we share the social fate to which all Jews are subjected when society is in turmoil. Judaism has evolved over many centuries and provides us with roots and with a distinctive place in human culture. Most cultures and religions accom Christianity, even though it did not begin as a nation, has roots in the GrecoRoman world, which embraced and molded its teachings. In many ways it has its own culture, independent of the battle over the Enlightenment has splintered the church into many ideo logical factions. Like Judaism, it has become a culture with great ideologi cal diversity. The main divide in religion today is between the humanists, who explicitly embrace the Enlightenment, and the fundamentalists, who reject it. In the middle lie the overwhelming majority of adherents who linger in the limbo of confusion and ambivalence, paying lip service to old creeds they have ceased to believe in and feeling apprehensive about change. Humanistic Christians humanistic Christians than to converse with Orthodox Jews. Most humanists who choose [re Jews or humanistic Christians or hu manistic Buddhists. Some will choose groups with strong ideologies but shal low cultural roots. Jewish humanists may be comfortable there. But we have chosen to be Humanistic Jews. SHALOM LIFE CENTER Fort Myers(239) 218-3433 Lawrence & Robin Dermer Happy summer! As youre reading this, maybe youre at the beach or pool enjoying the sunshine. Maybe youre like so many others using this season to spend time visiting family, traveling and experiencing wonderful places and sharing meaningful experiences. At Shalom Life Center we welcome the season with strong community partici pation at our earlier and more intimate Friday night Shabbat experience and continued activities within our SLC family and the whole community. Our lives are continually enriched by the lives of those we touch, and were constantly awed by the relation ships and friendships formed at SLC. With each act of loving kindness and generosity, our community grows and is nourished. Israel Fest was a wonder ful opportunity to show our SLC unity and spirit. Led by the creativity and inspiration of Gale Shamblott, we created a magviting everyone to place an individual glass tile representing their unique light. use every time we say motzie. We continue to bring sustenance to the needy with love and dignity with the hundreds of pounds of food we collect for Jewish Family Services. We collect pop tops and badly needed toiletries for women in distress as well as spiritual and Jewish-themed books for inmates. From the humble beginnings of SLC, our Fort Myers chapter of BBYO ing fellowship, unifying and inspiring young people from all backgrounds. Were doing our part to never for get the Shoah by facilitating the place ment of exhibits and connecting stories in the Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center in Naples. These are just a few of our many outreach activities. As a loving and sacred family of faith, we all share the joy that comes from the positive changes which result from our positive actions. While we never know exactly what the future holds, we know its up to each one of us to be our best self to bring more good into the world. Were family, Bnei Yisrael all children of with Israel. We acknowledge our connection to Eretz Yisrael and strive to strengthen our bonds with awareness, prayer and action. Ha Tikvah, this is our hope and were a loud and proud voice for our right to exist. We reach in so we can reach out to our SLC family, greater community, the U.S. and Israel, and were reaching deeper to prepare ourselves to take you higher this Holy Days season. Were busy this summer planning to ensure our 5779 High Holy Days experience exceeds every expectation. Everyones invited to come home for the Holy Days and experience our beautiful, traditional, uplifting and inspiring services infused with mean ingful and relevant messages, soaring melodies from our song leaders, choir, world class symphonic ensemble and special musical guests. Admission is complimentary and no ticket purchase is necessary. Join us for Rosh Hasha nah, Tashlich and Yom Kippur services as well as our Meditative Healing Con certs and Grand Gourmet Break the Fast Feast. Together we will be cel by sounding the call that will be heard from Fort Myers to Jerusalem. Let your spirit soar at Shalom Life Center where community is family and prayer is always inspirational, mean ingful and musical. For more informa tion, visit www.shalomlifecenter.org email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 239.218.3433. GENERATIONS OF THE SHOAH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA(239) 963-9347 GenShoah SWFL mission more important than ever Ida Margolis In the monthly GenShoah SWFL news letters and in most of my columns in LCHAYIM I usually include the mispromotion of Holocaust education and human rights, preservation of the his tory and memories of the Holocaust, connection of the Second Generation with one another, and support of The Holocaust Museum & The Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center. I include the mission statement for many reasons. The obvious one is simply to inform individuals of the organizations intent and goals. The purpose of a mission statement is also to focus and direct the organization. The steer ing committee of GenShoah SWFL created its mission statement seven years ago and this mission has been the guide for our programming. We believe in our mission and feel that accomplishing it is more important now than ever. Our future programs, which will be announced soon, will include grams and renowned speakers relat ing to Holocaust education and human rights. There will be opportunities for Children of Survivors, the Second Generation, to meet and connect with one another. Two special programs are being planned that will help preserve the memories of Holocaust survivors. of our mission is GenShoahs member ship and leadership in the new Human Rights Film Coalition of SWFL. The Coalition will be The Human Rights Film Festival of SWFL, which will take place this fall. See the article elsewhere in this issue for more informa tion. We are fortunate to have a Holocaust Museum in our area, and more than ever it is important to support our local Holocaust Museums mission to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence. It is very exciting that our Museum is moving to a new, larger building with lots of parking. A huge thank you to everyone, especially Janet Cohen, who has supported the Museum and contributed to the build ing. Since the GenShoah mission in cludes support of the Holocaust Muse um, we are asking everyone who wants to receive the GenShoah newsletter to become a member of the Museum. GenShoah has been generously sup ported by the Museum and donations. For Museum membership infor mation, visit www.holocaustmusuem or call 239.963.9200 and ask for Tim. For the GenShoah newsletter and information, please email ge nshoah
22 TEMPLE NEWS Send updates and changes to the Directory below to email@example.com. 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 SHALOMCharlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands (941) 625-2116 TEMPLE JUDEAFort Myers (239) 433-0201 July brings a few changes to Temple Judea. Dr. Oren Daniel Fox will be come the congregations new presi dent, succeeding outgoing president Jennifer Manekin. The congregation is very grateful to Jen for all her hard work the past two years. Jen will re main on the board as Immediate Past President. The members look forward to working with Dan to continue the congregations growth and vibrancy. The congregation also welcomes Tab Scribner as the new Director of Congregational Learning. Tab has a Masters in Music Education and has been accepted into the online Master of Jewish Education program at the Jew ish Theological Seminary. She will be a creative and dynamic leader of our edu cation program, bringing children and families into the synagogue and Jewish life. The congregation also thanks outgoing Director of Congregational Learning Liz Singer, and wish her all the best. Temple Judea will hold Tisha BAv services on Saturday evening, July 21. sanctuary. Join new and old friends from Temple Judea and beyond for a new look at Israels culture, terrain, innovations and traditions. Temple Judeas Israel Revisited Trip, scheduled for May 2019, is a travel experience for those who have been to Israel before and want to participate in its lively music, art and theater, eat in the best restaurants of the country, see the best ar chaeology, and meet Israelis who make the country the vibrant place it is. Some of the highlights of the craftsmen from Tel Aviv, attending a theater performance in Tel Aviv, exploring Mahane Yehuda alongside an Israeli chef, visiting a gourmet spice farm in the Galilee, touring SodaStreams high-tech production facility in the Negev and so much more! Rabbi Marc Sack will take the group to out-of-the-way places and explore parts of Israel that arent usually ers. Information 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, July 15 and 29. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Linda Idelson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rabbi Sacks Torah study will es of 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 encouraged. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to attend. There will be no Torah study in August. A wine and cheese reception is vices. Its a great time for members to enjoy socializing and to greet prospec tive new members and those visiting the synagogue. For more information about Tem ple Judea or upcoming programs, call Regular scheduled events: Friday evening Shabbat services at Saturday morning Shabbat services Lunchtime Torah study with Rabbi month. Morning minyan every Monday at The Shabbat Service to Mothers Day at the temple was very well attended. of roses and the special service book lets that were printed. Shabbat services were also well attended. Rabbi Solomon Agin has accepted an invitation from AIPAC to attend its special seminar in Washington this August for a select group of rabbis. There will be a number of presenters from various sectors. Plans are well underway for programs and events for 5779. The Bay Area Cantors Association will return for one of its outstanding Sunday after noon concerts. of his inspiring Friday Evening Shabbat talks. turn with a Friday Evening Shabbat talk. A new screen has been purchased of special programs. Lunch and Learn with the For ward will resume in the fall, discussing current Jewish items. Ceramic Judaism will resume with Dale Doyle. This is a once-a-year pro gram that should not be missed. Cantor Riselle Bains will return with her very special program on a Sunday afternoon. Things happen at Temple Shalom as the committee continues its plan ning. Temple Shalom is a Reform Con Rabbi Nicole Luna with guests at the special outreach program
23 TEMPLE NEWS BAT YAM TEMPLE OF THE ISLANDSSanibel (773) 251-8862 On April 7, as part of the Saturday morning congregant-led Adult Educa tion class, Barry Fulmer gave a presen tation about the Czech Holocaust Torah acquired by Temple Bat Yam in 1991 soon after its inception as a Reform congregation on Sanibel. Instrumental to the success were Ann and Leonard Mel quipped, Im sure the Torah sat in Torah to Bat Yam. During Chanukah in December 1991, there was a special service written by Mel and Shirley Bleiberg and led by Rabbi Soria to welcome the Holocaust Torah to Bat Yam. The dedica tion included the unrolling of the Torah down the main aisle of the Sanctuary at the Sanibel Congregational UCC by Mel and Ken Karasin. The members of Bat Yam and the UCC sitting by the aisle helped support the Torah. There were 300 people in attendance for the momentous event. In addition to underwriting the cost of the Torah, Ann designed the Torah cover, doing the needlepoint herself. Every image had meaning to Ann. Look for details about the Torah cover in next months issue of LCHAYIM. The schedule for the High Holy at the home of Rabbi Stephen and Vickie Fuchs on Sanibel; Erev Rosh Hashanah service, Sunday, September Hashanah service, Monday, September lowed by Tashlich on the beach; Kol Nidre service, Tuesday, September 18, \032\035\026\023\003S\021P\021\017\003LQ\003\+DOO\036\003
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