Federation Star - April 2019


Monthly newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

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Celebrating Jewish Life in Greater Naples, Israel and the World

Federation Star



Annual Holocaust Memorial Service

Sunday, April 28 • 10:00 a.m.

Temple Shalom

See page 10 for full details.

Published by the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

serving Naples, Marco Island and the surrounding communities

www.JewishNaples.org April 2019 – Adar/Nissan 5779 Vol. 28 #8


5 Men’s Cultural Alliance

6 Women’s Cultural Alliance

8 Tributes

9 Community Focus

18 Jewish Interest

24 Israel & the Jewish World

32 Commentary

34 Focus on Youth

35 Synagogues

36 Organizations

38 Community Calendar

39 Community Directory

Film festival shines spotlight

on special-needs adults

Temple Shalom Gala –

A Night of Inspiration


10 of the best Israeli TV shows

to binge watch

Grandparents Day

at Preschool of the Arts




Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 2201

Naples, FL 34109

Federation’s Annual Meeting: So, nu?

By Federation Board Chair Jane Schiff and President/CEO Jeffrey Feld

Maybe you were out of town.

Possibly you had visitors who

kept you busy. Perhaps you

were asleep. But if for whatever reason

you feel left out of what is happening at

Federation, here is your chance to find

out. Every year, in April, Federation

holds its Annual Meeting. Okay, so we

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know it sounds boring, but trust us, it’s

interesting and not long. In an hour or

so (plus time for schmoozing and eating

goodies), we will fill you in on fascinating

topics such as where your money

goes when you make a donation to Federation,

who the new Board of Directors

will be, how many people came to the

Jewish Book Festival and, of course, the

topic of the year – a possible new home

for Federation.

We always take this occasion to

thank the many people who volunteer

thousands of unpaid hours to make the

Federation work. The WCA and MCA

are highlighted with each organization

receiving special thanks and accolades.

We honor those who have served on the

Board of Directors and are moving into

other endeavors after years of working

tirelessly in the best interest of our

Federation and our community.

Special at this year’s Annual Meeting

will be an in-depth report from one

of our longest overseas partners/beneficiaries,

Neve Michael. This amazing village

creates families for children whose

own families are in some way “broken.”

All children come to Neve Michael by

Betty Schwartz, Chair, Jewish Community Relations Council

The Anti-Semitism Task Force of

the Jewish Community Relations

Council (JCRC), chaired by Joel

Pittelman, has issued its third Annual

Report of Anti-Semitic Incidents (see

page 4). The report is submitted to the

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and

is sent to all local synagogues and law

enforcement agencies. The incidents

are those which occurred in the Greater

Naples area and have been reported to

the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.

The good news is that the number of

incidents in our area has decreased. The

bad news, as described in the report,

is the unconcerned attitude of some of

those who were contacted regarding the


It is very important to report all incidents

of anti-Semitism to the Federation

office. When an incident is reported, all

information is noted on an intake form

and appropriate action is taken. The

action taken usually involves contacting

everyone involved, with the hope

that future incidents will be prevented

by having effective communication.

The ADL is notified, and its response is

decided case by case. The ADL keeps

records of all reports of anti-Semitism

and releases its own annual report.

In its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic

Incidents, ADL found that the number

of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. rose

57 percent in 2017 – the largest singleyear

increase on record and the second

highest number reported since ADL

started tracking such data in 1979. The

sharp rise was in part due to a significant

increase in incidents in schools and on

college campuses, which nearly doubled

for the second year in a row.

On Saturday, October 27, the Tree

of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh was attacked

by a gunman who killed 11 and

wounded seven members attending

court order. They each live in a new

“family” environment with a substitute

Imma and Abba. A representative from

Neve Michael will make a presentation

and take questions to allow you to hear

how YOUR financial commitment and

support through your Annual Campaign

Gift allows Neve Michael to reach, help,

love, nurture and support these children.

There will also be a sneak peek at

the upcoming year and what is envisioned


The Annual Meeting of the Jewish

Federation of Greater Naples will be

held on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.

at Beth Tikvah Congregation (1459 Pine

Ridge Road, Naples). We will serve

refreshments (of course we will, we’re

Jewish!). To help us know how much

food to bring in, RSVP (no cost, how

wonderful is that!) to Renee’ at rbialek@

jewishnaples.org. Any questions? Please

call Renee’ at 239.263.4205. See you


services. This brutal attack was condemned

by most Americans and there

was a large display of sympathy and

support. In Naples, the community attended

a service at Temple Shalom to

remember the victims and offer condolences.

It’s very discouraging to have

such evidence of hate year after year.

However, it’s gratifying that the Naples

community has shown such solidarity

with its Jewish members.

The JCRC will continue efforts to

strengthen ties to the community and

foster feelings of cohesion in the Greater

Naples Area. We should celebrate

diversity while acknowledging that we

all have much in common that makes

us a community. Please speak out when

you see injustice.

Jews need to find a way to combat

ignorance and keep history relevant.

Let’s start where we live.

Happy Passover

First night Seder - April 19

Passover is a time for family gatherings and happiness

as we commemorate the story of the Exodus.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

wishes your family a happy and healthy Passover.

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Please join us on Sunday, April 14

for our Celebrate Israel event.

The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. with

a Rick Recht concert at Temple Shalom

(4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples). At

noon, enjoy hot dogs and falafel for

sale. There will be several organizations

present along with face painting and

balloon twisting. Join in with the Israel

folk dancers. This is a free event for the

community. See the ad on the following

page for more information.

On Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.,

please join us at the Federation’s Annual

Meeting. This free event takes place at

Beth Tikvah Congregation (1459 Pine

Ridge Road, Naples). To reserve your

seat, email me at rbialek@jewishnaples.


On Sunday, April 28, please join us

for the Community Yom HaShoah Program

at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Shalom.

The Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan

will be in Naples on Tuesday and

Wednesday, June 11-12. They will be

performing at 7:00 p.m. on both of these

dates. The events are free and open to

the community.

If you would like to host one or two

teens from Israel, please let me know.

The hosting experience is often the most

exciting and meaningful part of the

Caravan’s visit. Families love bringing

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Israel. It is a valuable and unforgettablew

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to/from the events on both days. If youu

have youngsters or teens at home, thisY

would be a real treat for them. If youy

don’t have youngsters or teens at home,

this would be a real treat for you! If youp

are interested in hosting one or more

of the Scouts or team leaders, call me

at 239.263.4205 for more information.

Please make sure to read our weekly

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Don’t miss these exciting April concerts


Artistic Director Max Rabinovitsj

internationally renowned

Conductor and violinist

Musical Journey with Thomas Mesa

April 6th at 7pm & April 7th at 3:30pm

Individual Performance Tickets $25

Temple Shalom

4630 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34119

Max Rabinovitsj conducts

Bizet’s Symphony in C.

Charismatic cellist Thomas

Mesa joins Max in Vivaldi’

Concerto for Violin and Cello

and performs Tchaikovsky &


Broadway Melodies with Jessica Grové

Jessica Grové, who starred in

“A Little Night Music”, sings

hit songs from her Broadway

shows. Max Rabinovitsj plays

a violin arrangement from

“Fiddler on the Roof” and

adds pops favorites to this

lively program.

April 27th at 7pm & April 28th at 3:30pm

Questions: 239.676.0077 or


To Order Tickets: naplesorchestraandchorus.org



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Campaign success

and recap





This has been an amazing Annual

Campaign season, complete with

a name change, new gala events

and a new fundraising timetable. And

we have experienced great success toward

our $1.3 million goal! The success

of our 2019 Annual Campaign is due

to our wonderful donors, our amazing

Federation staff, our board and our Volunteer

Campaign Solicitors. THANK


you make everything we do possible!

Here is a recap of our 2019 Campaign


Federation changed its name from

the Jewish Federation of Collier

County to the Jewish Federation of

Greater Naples to be more inclusive

of our population.

Federation changed the fiscal year

and Campaign year from a calendar

year to July 1- June 30.

Federation changed the traditional

method of ending the Annual Campaign

on December 31 with a Power

of Community Thank You Event,

and beginning a new Annual Campaign

on January 1, to a seasonal,

compressed Campaign that lasts

4-1/2 months.

Federation hosted three amazing

events for the community: the 2019

Community Annual Campaign

Kick-off on November 15, the

Major Donors Gala event in January,

and the beautiful Jazz Brunch

Power of Community Celebration

and award ceremony on March 31

to end the 2019 Campaign.

Whew! I am out of breath, but so

excited to report that the quality of

our events and programming offered

through WCA, MCA, Jewish Book

Festival, People of the Book, etc., has

encouraged hundreds of new donors to

contribute to our 2019 Annual Campaign.


and you have transformed the lives of

so many.

We still have work to do. Even

though the “heavy lifting” of the campaign

finished as of March 31, the 2019

Annual Campaign does not officially

close until June 30. The needs of our

community continue to grow. Hunger

does not stop, mental health issues do

not go away, and children need to be

educated. Holocaust survivors continue

to need many services. Financial needbased

scholarships for Jewish sleepaway

camp are in high demand. Children

in the former Soviet Union continue

to need extra services for school, and

Israeli children who are separated from

their families desperately need services

to grow and thrive. Seniors in Israel

depend on transportation and meal services

to live with dignity.


you make everything we do possible.

Continue to give NOW for the needs of

TOMORROW! Thank you for everything

you have done and will continue

to do.

April 2019 Federation Star

October is the perfect

month to explore the world

By Jane Schiff, Federation Board Chair

October is not hot, it is not cold,

it is before season, it is after

summer. The kids are back in

school. The High Holy Days are finishing

up. Are you looking for something

to do before season starts? Are you looking

for a new way to visit old favorite

countries or possibly see a new country?

Do you want to travel with like-minded

lovers of Greater Naples? Do you like

wonderful food (and we do mean truly

wonderful)? Are you interested in a trip

geared to those of us who like to sleep

in a little and go to bed at a reasonable

hour? Do you want to see Italy through

a Jewish lens? Are you interested in a

different and unique view of Israel? If

the answer to any of the above questions

is YES, then Federation has the answer

for YOU! Come with us on a trip to Italy

and Israel.

Italy was the first diaspora for Jews

and has had a Jewish presence since the

time of Herod the Great. How did the

Jews fare there? What still exists of the

Jews in Italy? How did they manage for

all these centuries to keep their religion

and culture alive? We will visit “The

Jewish Room” inside the Vatican, which

is not open to the general public.

In Israel, we will see the variety of

life, which is the same as our variety

of life – rich and poor, haves and have

nots, industry, education, politics. The

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rich tapestry of life that we enjoy in the

U.S. is there as well. We will explore

the ancient roots of our religion as well

as the life that is today’s Israel. And we

will get a small glimpse of our religion

in action while in Israel on Shabbat as

well as on Simchat Torah.

In both countries, we promise

outstanding food and shopping. In

both countries, we will stay in 4-star

or higher hotels. In both countries, we

will enjoy being together as a group and

discovering what makes us Jewish; how

we make a difference with our Annual

Campaign contributions to Jews who

are in need of our help in each country;

and how we all share one religion. We

will also celebrate two holidays: Sukkot

in Italy and Simchat Torah/Shemini

Atzeret in Israel. The trip is scheduled

from October 12 to October 27.

To learn more, please come to the

remaining informational meeting on

Monday, April 29 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

in the David G. Willens Community

Room at the Federation office. Please

email Teresa Zimmerman at tzimmer

man@jewishnaples.org to reserve your

seat at the meeting. A $100 refundable

deposit is needed to hold a space on the

trip. At the meeting, we will explain the

pricing, the timing of payments, and as

many details as we have available. Ciao

and Shalom!

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2018 Annual Report of Anti-Semitic Incidents

in Greater Naples, Florida

Issued by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

Historically, the Greater Naples

community was not a welcoming

place for Jews. While

changes in social mores usually come

slowly, we are pleased to report that

Naples is now a welcoming place for

Jewish residents and businesses. There

is a vibrant Jewish community that fully

participates in activities of the general

community, and has numerous events

and activities sponsored by Jewish

organizations. The Jewish community

has now been embraced by Naples, and

equally, the Jewish community has embraced

the Greater Naples community

as a welcoming home.

One example of the acceptance we

have received from the general community

is the activity of the community’s

public schools. The Collier County

School District has a standing committee

that sets the calendar of school

activity for the coming two years. The

committee has shown a cognizance

of our days of significant religious

observance, and has made a conscious

effort to avoid scheduling school days

and extracurricular events that would

conflict with Jewish observances. We

extend our thanks to the Collier County

School District Board, its administrative

staff and the scheduling committee for

its efforts in supporting the Jewish community’s


Over its long history, the Jewish

people have been the object of discrimination

and hate in all forms. We

have learned that continual vigilance

and response is a first step in preventing

escalation. We rely on the goodness of

the general community to stand with us

when threatened. While good far outnumbers

evil, we have also learned that

when good people remain silent, hatred

gains a greater foothold. Facing community

silence, the Jewish community has

learned that we must speak out in our

own defense. For this reason, we have

expanded the contents of this report.

In the past, this report has simply

identified specific incidents of

anti-Semitic activity. This year, the

report discusses the response or, more

specifically, the failure of otherwise

good people to respond to troubling

incidents. Unfortunately, this year, in

each reported incident, a good person,

or people, remained silent. There may

well be other incidents that have gone

entirely unreported.

Descriptions of all reported incidents


News story

In mid-May 2018, we received a complaint

from a Federation member regarding

a news story in the Naples Daily

News. The story reported on Governor

Scott’s visit to the Chabad preschool. He

was delivering a grant check from the

State to the school for security equipment.

He used the visit as an opportunity

to comment on his recent trip to Israel,

where he praised the decision to move

the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

The article went on to say:

“Middle East scholars and political

experts say the embassy move discredits

the United States as a peacemaker

between Israelis and Palestinians and

could cause more turmoil in an already

volatile region. While U.S. and foreign

dignitaries celebrated the embassy

move, Israeli forces killed dozens of

Palestinian protesters.”

We were concerned that the news

story does not offer any balance in its

reporting of the U.S. embassy decision.

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the story creates an incorrect blending

of a purely local story and a discussion

of Israel. We recognize that disagreement

with Israeli policy or actions does

not constitute anti-Semitism. However,

by superimposing the criticism of Israel

with a local story about a Jewish

preschool, it encourages readers – particularly

those predisposed to dislike

Israel – to conflate all Jews with Israel.

This blending permits haters to shield

their socially unacceptable anti-Semitic

rhetoric behind what they believe to be

acceptable anti-Israel invective.

A Federation representative spoke

to the reporter of the story and explained

our two concerns. The reporter indicated

that a first draft of the story contained

no comment on the embassy relocation.

The newsroom editor directed the

reporter to add background context to

that issue. The reporter acknowledged

that the background did not offer a balanced

description of the Israeli position.

The reporter also indicated that no

thought had been given to the potential

harm when needlessly introducing a

discussion of Israel into an unrelated

local Jewish preschool matter. The reporter

agreed that the matter deserved to

be discussed with the news editor and

suggested that we meet with him.

Our attempts to set up a meeting to

discuss this with the editor went unanswered.

The editor’s decision to ignore

the issue and be silent will do nothing

to advance understanding and reduce

potential anti-Semitic acts.

Medical incident

A Jewish woman went to her doctor

for an outpatient medical procedure in

August 2018. She was on the examining

table immediately prior to the nurse

anesthetist’s administering anesthesia.

He was waiting for the doctor’s arrival.

While waiting, there was time for conversation.

The nurse anesthetist asked

the patient where she lives. She responded

“Bonita Springs.” In response,

the anesthetist said words to the effect,

“White Anglo-Saxons live on this side;

the other side (Naples) is for the Jews.”

The patient, who does not have a

Jewish last name, did not tell him she

was Jewish. She felt the comment carried

a clear anti-Semitic tone, and she

was very upset by the incident. She

called the Jewish Federation seeking

advice and assistance.

The Jewish patient wanted her doctor

to know what the anesthetist had

said, and she wanted the anesthetist’s

actions to be made a part of his professional

record. However, she was insistent

that any discussions with the doctor

or any reporting to medical authorities

be done anonymously.

The Federation contacted the State

of Florida nurse regulatory agency. We

learned that the anesthetist’s nursing

records contain no prior complaints.

We also learned that “bedside manner”

is not considered a cause of complaint.

The basis for a successful complaint is

“practice below professional standard.”

If filed, a complaint form describing the

situation would have to be judged by

the regulatory board as an action below

professional standards in order for it to

appear on the nurse’s record. The State

form can be filed anonymously, but if

so, there could be no contact with the

complainant, hence there would be no

first-person testimony nor notification

of outcome.

The Federation advised the Jewish

patient of these facts, and asked if she

wished to file an anonymous complaint

or reconsider her request for anonymity.

She said she would think it over and act


A Federation representative then

contacted the doctor for whom the

anesthetist was working. The doctor requested

that he be the person to confront

the anesthetist. The Federation agreed,

but insisted that the doctor report back

to the Federation representative. The

doctor did not do so, nor did he respond

to our follow-up attempts to reach him.

The doctor’s silence gives us no further

information to address and correct the

situation. If the doctor did nothing,

repetition of anti-Semitic events are

likely to occur.

Display of a swastika

Sometime between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m.

on December 23, 2018, a Star of David

and a swastika were spray-painted in

orange in two places on the side of a

house in a gated community. Police were

called and an investigation took place.

A member of the Federation who is a

resident of the community called the

Federation to report the incident.

The home on which the vandalism

occurred is owned by a non-Jew, but the

vandalized wall faces the residence of a

Jewish man. The owner of the vandalized

home showed great concern. He

had no idea why he was targeted or who

might have done it. He is eager to have

the perpetrator identified and is thinking

of posting a reward to encourage anyone

who knows something to come forward.

The Jewish homeowner had no

idea who may have done this. The community

has no prior history of similar


One of the community’s board

members is Jewish. When he learned of

the incident, he asked the community’s

board chair to distribute an email to the

entire community, alerting homeowners

of the anti-Semitic incident, and asking

them to be on alert to identify the

perpetrator. An email was distributed,

but the board chair described the event

as vandalism, refusing to identify it

as anti-Semitic. This omission caused

controversy in the community. At the

following community board meeting,

the matter was discussed. The Jewish

board member invited Jewish Federation

representatives and the director of

the Holocaust Museum to speak.

Several members of the community’s

board objected to the vandalism

being characterized as a “hate” message

aimed at Jews. The Federation representatives

made it clear that the vandalism

was anti-Semitic. They noted that the

six-pointed Star of David is a wellknown

symbol of Judaism. The swastika

is equally well-recognized as a symbol

of hate. Its image is offensive because it

reminds all Jews of the atrocities committed

under the authority of the swastika.

It is a symbol too objectionable

to be used, as it symbolizes the death

of six million people because they were


The Jewish speakers pointed out

that the perpetrator is not a simple vandal;

he is exhibiting hatred that, if disregarded,

can grow unchecked. It is the

responsibility of the entire community

to identify these individuals early and

correct their behavior. Failing that, incidents

such as mass shootings are the result.

Following mass shootings, society

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Board Chair: Jane Schiff

Vice Chairs: Karen Deutsch,

Phyllis Seaman, Marc Saperstein

Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Feldman

Immediate Past Chair: Alvin Becker

Board of Directors

Stuart Axelrod

Joshua Bialek

Rosalee Bogo

Paula Filler

Debbie Kohler

Elliot Lerner

Merlin Lickhalter

Robin Mintz

Les Nizin

Joel Pittelman

Jamie Satz

Betty Schwartz

Arlene Sobol

Michael Sobol

Elaine Soffer

Steve Strome

Beth Wolff

Edward Wollman

Jeff Zalasky

Past Presidents

Gerald Flagel, Dr. William Ettinger,

Ann Jacobson, Sheldon Starman,

Bobbie Katz, Rosalee Bogo,

Judge Norman Krivosha

Synagogue Representatives

Debra Antzis

Cantor Donna Azu

Ted Bunten

Rabbi Ammos Chorny

Rabbi Mark Gross

Rabbi Howard Herman

Phil Jason

Stephen P. McCloskey

Rabbi Adam Miller

Rabbi James Perman

Dr. Arthur Seigel

Rabbi Fishel Zaklos

Federation President/CEO

Jeffrey Feld


Renee’ Bialek: Community Program


Marcy Friedland: Capital Campaign

Development Director

Julie Hartline: Campaign Associate

Nathan Ricklefs: Database Manager

Teresa Zimmerman: Finance and

Operations Manager

April 2019 Federation Star

MCA concludes a busy season

as membership approaches 700

By Jeff Margolis

It’s hard to believe that the current Volunteer opportunities

Membership renewals

MCA season is coming to a close. It There are many opportunities for MCA Membership renewals for next season

seems that we were just sending out members to give of their time and effort

are now being processed. Dues are $80

the 2018-19 program guides. Many of

the MCA activity groups will continue

throughout the summer months. Members

should check with group leaders

about meeting dates and times.

There are several MCA events that

will take place during April. The final

at a number of area charities. The

programs include Habitat for Humanity,

Bikes for Tykes, Harry Chapin Food

Bank, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center,

and the Guadalupe Center Tutor

Program. For more information or to

contact the program coordinators, please

and include membership in the Jewish

Federation of Greater Naples. Please see

the form below for more information.

To those MCA members who are

leaving us for the season, we wish you

safe travels and we look forward to seeing

you upon your return.

MCA luncheon will be held on Thursday,

April 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Audubon

Country Club. The featured speaker

will be MCA member Chuck Wernick.

Chuck’s long and distinguished career

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Federation is the central Jewish

community-building organization for

Greater Naples, providing a social

service network that helps Jewish

people locally, in Israel and around

the world. As the central fundraising

organization for Jewish communal

life in our area, strength is drawn

from organized committees of dedicated


Programs include:

• Annual Campaign &

Endowment Fund

• Educational & Cultural Programs

• Israel Advocacy Committee

• Israel Fest

• Israel Scouts

• Jewish Book Festival

• Jewish Community Relations


• Jewish Professionals

• Jewish Russian Cultural Alliance

• Men’s Cultural Alliance

• Publication of the Federation

Star, Connections and

Community Directory

• Strategic Planning

• Women’s Cultural Alliance

• Women’s Division

• Youth Activities Committee –

sponsoring youth education and

scholarships for Jewish Summer

Camp and the Israel Experience

Final event of this season’s Jewish Book Festival

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Call the Federation office at 239.263.4205.

Monday, April 8 • 1:00 - 3:30 pm at Naples Conference Center • Topic: Non-Fiction

Marc E. Agronin – The End of Old Age

Old age is too often defined as a time of loss and decline. In

The End of Old Age, Dr. Marc Agronin presents a more hopeful

view of the aging process through inspiring stories of a Holocaust

survivor who journeys back to Auschwitz each year with

Jewish students, a famous aging artist who reinvented himself

after nearly dying as well as through other individuals. The

End of Old Age concludes with a practical action plan to help

readers identify and leverage their own emerging strengths to

live with greater purpose and meaning.

Dr. Marc Agronin is a renowned geriatric psychiatrist who

directs the memory center and research program at Miami

Jewish Health. He has written ten other books on related subjects

as well as articles for The New York Times and The Wall

Street Journal.

For more information: Contact Les Nizin, mcanaplespresident@gmail.com

David Litt – Thanks, Obama

At age 24, David Litt became one of the youngest White House

speechwriters in history. Along with issues like climate change

and criminal justice reform, he was the president’s go-to writer

for comedy. As the lead writer on the White House Correspondents’

Dinner speech (the “State of the Union of jokes”), he

was responsible for some of President Obama’s most memorable

moments. Litt takes us inside his eight years on the front

lines of Obamaworld. His behind-the-scenes anecdotes answer

questions you never knew you had: What’s the classiest White

House men’s room? How do you force the National Security

Council to stop hitting “reply-all” on every email?

David Litt, in addition to writing for the White House, has

written for The Onion, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic

and The New York Times.

Local residents share some naches!

Marc Agronin’s parents and David Litt’s grandmother

are Naples residents!

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WOMEN’S CULTURAL ALLIANCE www.WomensCulturalAlliance.com / 215-820-6697

Technology – a key to making WCA run efficiently!

By Maureen Schaab, WCA Technology Director

Being WCA Technology Director

is the perfect position for me. It

gives me the opportunity to use

both the knowledge I have garnered

through my nearly 40 years in the field

of technology and my teaching skills.

Working with WCA has been a different

experience from teaching high

school advanced placement computer

science students or working with fellow

software engineers. What makes

this job especially rewarding is that

WCA board members, as well as many

of our other volunteers, are receptive to

change and are eager to learn whatever

they need to get the job done – and to

get it done well!

Several years ago, Nancy Kahn,

WCA Communications Director, who

is responsible for the WCA Thursday

eblast, had the goal of using Constant

Contact for the weekly eblast. That involved

amassing information regarding

browsers, file structure, images, PDFs

and other types of files that would be

displayed in the eblast. I loved working

with Nancy to help her learn to do that.

(An added bonus is that our working

together fostered a valued friendship.)

As a result, the WCA eblast gained

several useful new features, including

the “sidebar” where members may

locate a great deal of information, including

a chronological listing of WCA

events. There’s a clickable link that enables

members to register for an event

directly from the sidebar. (This feature

is a collaborative effort, as I add the

clickable link to Eventbrite registration

to the event information that is provided

by Nancy.) Other useful information on

the sidebar includes a listing of current

interest groups as well as the opportunity

to sell or buy event tickets.

At one of my first WCA board

meetings, I suggested adding a monthly

calendar to the bottom of the eblast. I

created the calendar, and now members

are able to find the events that are occurring

on any given day.

Nancy Kahn and Maureen Schaab work together

on Eventbrite registration for the WCA eblast

With WCA offering so many activities

that require members to register, I

recommended using current technology,

Eventbrite, for more efficient registration.

The Speaker Series was the first

program to use Eventbrite for registration.

Volunteer Director Harriet Kleinman

said, “Hours of volunteer work

have been shortened to minutes with the

use of this software.” WCA members

have reported that Eventbrite makes it

easy to register for events, helps them

keep track of those events, and that the

reminders are helpful.

One of our newest and exciting uses

of technology is the online WCA Volunteer

Survey that was recently emailed

to 1,500 WCA members. The purpose

of the survey is to identify

the volunteer opportunities

that are most meaningful to

each member. The information

that members provided

focused on work experience,

volunteer experience and

the specific area(s) in which

they want to volunteer. The

software is capable of creating

reports that pinpoint

members with the skills (and

the interest) in volunteering

for specific roles. Thank you

to everyone who completed

the survey. The information

that has been collected will be

extremely valuable for future


The survey data has already

helped! Louise Forman,

who had noted her

A screenshot of part of the sidebar

on the WCA eblast

technology and computer

skills on the survey, will be

joining our new computer team. As

more information becomes available,

I will share it with the WCA board. I

am confident that the data from our

survey will provide us with committed

volunteers to ensure the future success

of WCA.

We have exciting plans for continuing

to use new technology to benefit

WCA, and I am grateful to be a part

of them!

About Maureen Schaab:

Maureen Schaab brings a great deal of

experience to her position as WCA’s

Technology Director. While living in

New York, she taught math and computer

science, and also served as Computer

Coordinator of a school district.

After moving to Naples, Maureen taught

Advanced Placement Computer Science

at Community School. She worked in

Computer Software Identity Management,

and did web software development

for her sons’ software business.

Maureen, who has been WCA’s Technology

Director for five years, is WCA’s

“go-to” person for answers to questions

about computers and technology.

Maureen and her husband Dennis

are full-time residents of Naples, having

moved to Southwest Florida 19 years

ago from Hauppauge, Long Island,

New York. Their sons Brian and Jeremy

live in Naples with their wives and the

Schaabs’ five precious grandchildren.

Computer software and volunteering

is a family affair in the Schaab

family as their son Jeremy used his

skills at Temple Shalom to update the

management software and to add the

streaming capabilities that enable religious

services to be viewed online.

Maureen added, “I am grateful

that the members of my family all get

to share the beautiful Naples weather,

Temple Shalom and friends.”















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April 2019 Federation Star

Israel Scouts to perform in Naples June 11-12

By Ted Epstein, Israel Scouts Chair

Get ready! The Tzofim (Israel

Scouts) Friendship Caravan

is coming to Naples for the

fifth consecutive year! They will be in

our community for two days and performing

at multiple venues, including

Temple Shalom on Tuesday, June 11 at

7:00 p.m., and New Hope Ministries on

Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. Look

for complete details in the May and June

issues of the Federation Star.

The Caravan is made up of five

girls, five boys and two Caravan leaders

from all over Israel. In order to be in the

Caravan, these teenagers went through a

highly competitive selection process and

were chosen based on their maturity, fluency

in English, and performance skills.

Scouting is big in Israel, with over

60,000 members, and those chosen to

participate here are selected for their

ability to best represent the State of

Israel. As shlichim, or Israeli delegates,

these teens have a love for Israel and a

desire to share that with North Americans.

The Scouts are bright and dynamic

performers. Their singing, dancing and

storytelling are high-energy and upbeat.

They will have you singing and dancing

in your seat or, if you are lucky, dancing

with them.

The Scouts spend the 10

weeks of summer performing

in synagogues and churches,

schools and summer camps,

even nursing homes – wherever

people want to share

their love for Israel.

The Scouts events in

Naples are sponsored by the

Jewish Federation of Greater


Hosting the Scouts

The hosting experience is often

the most exciting and meaningful

part of the Caravan’s

visit. Community members

are responsible for hosting the

twelve Caravan members. The

hosting relationship goes far

beyond providing food and a

bed – the host families become

true surrogate families during their

stay. Families love bringing the Scouts

into their homes, getting to know the

teens and learning more about Israel. It is

a valuable and unforgettable experience.

This year, responsibilities include

meals and sleeping arrangements on

Tuesday and Wednesday nights, June


Israel Scouts leaders with Naples hosts Belle and Ron Agronin

Israel Advocacy

Committee update

By Jeff Margolis

The Israel Advocacy Committee

of Greater Naples cordially

invites the entire community to

the annual Celebrate Israel program on

Sunday, April 14 beginning at 10:30

a.m. at Temple Shalom. Many Jewish

organizations, including JNF, Israel

Tennis Centers Foundation, Arava and

Alexander Muss High School, will have

tables and displays with information

about their programs. There will be face

painting, a balloon twister, Israeli folk

dancing and other activities available.

Judaica items will also be available for


The highlight of the event will be

a concert by Rick Recht at 10:30 a.m.

Rick is one of the top-touring musicians

in Jewish music. He is the founder

and executive director of Jewish Rock

Radio. Rick and his band spend the

summer months traveling to JCC, URJ,

11-12, and transportation to/from the

events on both days. If you have youngsters

or teens at home, this would be a

real treat for them.

If you are interested in hosting one

or more of the Scouts or team leaders,

contact Renee’ Bialek at 239.263.4205

or rbialek@jewishnaples.org.

Ramah and other Jewish camps around

the country, spreading their uplifting

sounds. Rick believes in the energy of

his music and that the singing and dancing

are the soul of Jewish music that he

brings to his audiences.

In case you might get hungry, the

Temple Shalom Men’s Club will sell hot

dogs, with proceeds going to the Jewish

Federation of Greater Naples. Chef

Dalia will sell homemade falafel. WCA

members will buy baklava and rugelah,

and bake other desserts to hand out.

Let’s rejoice and celebrate Israel’s 71 st

birthday and this fabulous event. Admission

is free.

Israel Scouts

The Israel Scouts will be making their

annual pilgrimage to Southwest Florida

in June. See the article above for more



Every April during National Volunteer

Week, organizations nationwide celebrate

and recognize the efforts of their volunteers.

WCA proudly thanks the hundreds of

amazing women who are the creators,

implementers, organizers, liaisons and

facilitators for Women’s Cultural Alliance.

The membership of WCA greatly

appreciates YOU—the dedicated

volunteers—for generously sharing your

time, creativity and talents.

YOU are essential to the success of

the outstanding programming that

WCA offers to our members.

Special thanks to WCA Board

of Directors for your leadership.

The 2018-19 WCA Board of Directors (from

left to right): Nancy Kahn, Mary O’Haver, Dina

Shein, Lenore Greenstein, Maureen Schaab,

Barbara Karp, Patti Boochever, WCA

President Elaine Soffer, Susan Pittelman,

Phyllis Strome, Linda Simon, Lea Bendes,

Sue Dean, Hope Abels, Arlene Sobol, Barbara

Suden, Harriett Kleinman.




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Tributes require a minimum donation of $18.

Tributes to the

Federation Campaign









Bob Subin

In honor of a full recovery

Delores & Corky Levin

Gracia Kuller

Ann Klein

In honor of your birthday

Nancy & Hank Greenberg

Harvey Dezen

In honor of your birthday

Gracia Kuller

Susan & Joel Pittelman

In honor of your friendship and dedication

to all of us

Hannah & Larry Goodman



Julie Hartline

In memory of your mother, Virginia Talberg

Marci & Howard Margolis

Betty & Les Schwartz

Judy Fant

Barbara Barnard

Elaine Soffer

Estelle & Stuart Price

Joan & Bert Thompson

Jane Schiff & Lon Gratz

Joni & Jeff Zalasky

Susan & Joel Pittelman

Judy & Mel Zahn







Helen & Ed Rosenthal

Mazel Tov on the birth of your

granddaughter, Hazel Bremer

Anne & Peter Klein

Louise & Bill Warshauer

In memory of James Warshauer

Sandra & Ronald Roth

Debra Antzis & Chad Atkins

In honor of Nora Atkins’s Bat Mitzvah

Jane Schiff & Lon Gratz

To place a Tribute in the Federation Star in honor or memory of someone, please contact

Nathan Ricklefs at the Federation office at 239.263.4205 or nricklefs@jewishnaples.org.

Tributes require a minimum donation of $18. A note will be sent to the person you are

honoring. Tributes help further the work of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.


To make matza taste better –

you can try hundreds of things.

To make someone’s life better – try Federation.

It’s amazing how many ways there are to eat matza. Just add a few ingredients, and

suddenly you’ve transformed this traditional Passover staple into something new,

something special. And you know what else is special? The many ways your gift to the

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples works for the people and communities who need it

most during this holiday season.

The story of Passover connects our hearts and minds from one generation to another in

remembrance and celebration. You have the freedom to practice religion freely, and to live

a peaceful and comfortable life safe from hunger and need. Each bite of Matza should

remind you how blessed you are, and of your responsibility to help others in need.

Your Passover gift to our 2019 Annual Community campaign will provide much needed

pre-school; religious school and camp scholarships for our youth; support outreach; counseling;

and daily life staples to our Holocaust survivors and seniors at the Naples Senior

Center at JFCS; provide programming inspiring action against bigotry and hatred for schoolage

children at the Holocaust Museum & Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center;

and provide much needed support for food and services to our disadvantaged youth and

Seniors in Greater Naples, overseas and in Israel.

IT ALL STARTS WITH YOU Please make your contribution by April 30th to our 2019

Annual Community Campaign. You will help alleviate hunger afflicting thousands of Jews

here at home, in Israel, and around the world. Your dollars do so much more, providing

medicine, heat, comfort, companionship – and, perhaps most important, dignity.

YOU make everything we do possible.

THANK YOU and have a happy, meaningful, and matza-filled Passover!

Chag Pesach Sameach



2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201, Naples, Florida 34109

Phone: (239) 263-4205 • Fax: (239) 263-3813

E-mail: info@jewishnaples.org • Website: www.jewishnaples.org

This Passover, I/We pledge and promise to pay a contribution of $______________ to the Federation’s

2019 Annual Community Campaign. Contribution enclosed (Check #________) Please bill me

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April 2019 Federation Star


HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & COHEN EDUCATION CENTER www.holocaustmuseumswfl.org / 239-263-9200

Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center update





The Museum would like to thank

everyone involved in our recent

Triumph 2019 event for making

the evening such a great success! The

funds raised will benefit the Museum’s

education programs which, with your

generous support, annually reach thousands

of Southwest Florida schoolchildren

and teachers in six counties.

Special thanks to our Table Sponsors

for their generosity: Major Sponsor

Janet G. Cohen; VIP Brunch Sponsor

Arnold and Maureen Lerner; Remembrance

Sponsors Steven and Shelley

Einhorn, Rissa and Richard Grossman;

Testimony Sponsors Steve and Nina

Iser, Arnold and Maureen Lerner, Rob

and Frances Nossen; Hope Sponsors

Dr. Kenneth and Mrs. Felicia Anchor,

Herb and Silvie Berkeley, First Florida

Integrity Bank, Nancy Kaplan, Gracia

Kuller, Stuart and Estelle Price, Publix

Super Markets Charities, Stanley

and Elizabeth Star, Rich and Michele


Thank you to our Triumph 2019

Corporate Sponsors: Speaker Sponsor

Baer’s Furniture, Life in Naples magazine,

Naples Daily News, PBS General

Contractors and WGCU Public Media.

Congratulations to the Triumph

2019 Committee members whose efforts

produced such a remarkable event:

Hymie Akst, Goldie Bertone, Rosalee

Bogo, Honorable Reg Buxton, Honorable

Sandra Lee Buxton, Maureen

Lerner, Diane McGinty, Jack Nortman,

Estelle Price, Phyllis Strome and Nancy


Triumph 2019’s Featured Speaker,

Christian Picciolini, gave an inspiring

presentation. He spoke of being radicalized

by a white nationalist movement

as a young teenager, and the feeling of

belonging and worth it gave him. He

rapidly rose through its ranks into a

leadership position. As a member of a

heavy metal band whose lyrics promoted

hate and bigotry, he encouraged other

disaffected youth to follow his path. As

he began to feel the emptiness of a life

of hate, he began to question his beliefs

and lifestyle. Getting to know people

from groups he had previously hated

also made him rethink his ideology. As

he realized the hurt he had caused others,

he decided to turn his life around

and make amends. Christian’s mission

now is to speak out against bigotry and

hate. As a public speaker and author, he

suggests an alternate approach to our

interactions with each other. Instead

of immediately judging and labeling

someone, be open to getting to know

the person underneath the label. Have

empathy, not hate, for the fellow human

being standing before you. Another

facet of Christian’s mission is helping

current hate-group members extricate

themselves and their families from the

violent extremist environment in which

they find themselves.

The morning after the event, Christian

met with 8 th grade students visiting

the Museum on a field trip. He spoke to

them after they had gone through our

current exhibit, “Marching in America:

Fascists, Nazis and White Nationalists

in America Past and Present.” Information

and artifacts from Christian’s

previous life are included in this exhibit,

and here he was before them – a former

violent white supremacist. He spoke

frankly with them about the bad choices

he made at their age and how to avoid

doing what he did. He asked them to

do what he did not do – put respect for

someone ahead of hatred for them. This

conversation will long sit with these students,

for they saw what hate could do

and how you can turn your life around

by making better decisions and valuing

everyone you meet.

As we await the move this summer

into our new, larger facility, it is amazing

to realize just how far the Museum

has come from its first tiny storefront

location and initial school programs.

The impact we have had on over

200,000 students, teachers and visitors

has proved the accuracy of the community

impact envisioned by those who

founded the Museum in 2001. When

we celebrated last month the life and

work of Founding Member and Cura-


tor Lorie Mayer, this was driven home

in the comments of guests and family

attending her service.

Please join us at Temple Shalom

for the Community Commemoration

of Yom HaShoah on Sunday, April 28

at 10:00 a.m.

One final note: The Museum is

again a finalist for the designation of

“Best Museum – Collier County.” The

category winners of the 2019 Gulfshore

Life Magazine Annual Readers Survey

will be announced in its May issue.

Thank you to all who voted for us. Your

support and spreading the word about

the Museum has led to us being listed as

one of the top-rated, must-see museums

in Southwest Florida.

For more information on our plans,

programs, and opportunities to help

us grow, please contact me at susan@

HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org or call

239.263.9200. We look forward to seeing

you before and after we move!

Cardozo Legal Society’s

Torah Study lunch

Please join us for the Torah Study lunch on Thursday, April 18 at noon at the

offices of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, 9132 Strada Place, Third Floor, Naples.

Our discussion will be led by Rabbi Adam Miller. Lunch will be provided.

Please bring $10 to cover the cost of lunch.

RSVP by Monday, March 18 to Joshua Bialek at jbialek@porterwright.com or


Here is the current schedule for the remainder of the spring:

Thursday, May 16 led by Rabbi Fishel Zaklos

June – TBD

We hope to see you soon. – Joshua Bialek and Brian Dorn

Join us at the Annual Meeting

of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples to


all that we have done this year!

Tuesday, APRIL 16 at 7 pm

Beth Tikvah

1459 Pine Ridge Road • Naples

Special Speaker

from Neve Michael

– one of our





the incoming


Board Members

and Officers


together at

a joyful


We hope that you will be our guest for this special evening.

RSVP to Reneé, Community Program Coordinator at:

239-263-4205 or RBialek@jewishnaples.org

Speaker Sponsor

Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen

& Education Center

Thank you for making


“There is Life After Hate” a great success!

We are grateful to those who attended this sold-out event, which benefited

the Museum’s Education programs and our mission:

to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire

action against bigotry, hatred and violence.

Special thanks to:

Triumph 2019 Featured Speaker Christian Picciolini for his remarkable

presentation and the work he is doing to fight bigotry and hatred in our

country and around the world

Table Sponsors: Major Sponsor: Janet G. Cohen; VIP Brunch Sponsor: Arnold

and Maureen Lerner; Remembrance Sponsors: Steven and Shelley Einhorn,

Richard and Rissa Grossman; Testimony Sponsors: Steve and Nina Iser, Arnold

and Maureen Lerner, Rob and Frances Nossen; Hope Sponsors: Dr. Kenneth

and Mrs. Felicia Anchor, Herb and Silvie Berkeley, First Florida Integrity Bank,

Nancy Kaplan, Gracia Kuller, Stuart and Estelle Price, Publix Super Market

Charities, Stanley and Elizabeth Star, Rich and Michele Yovanovich

Triumph 2019 Committee Members: Hymie Akst, Goldie Bertone, Rosalee

Bogo, Honorable Reg Buxton, Honorable Sandra Lee Buxton, Maureen Lerner,

Diane McGinty, Jack Nortman, Estelle Price, Phyllis Strome and Nancy White.

Corporate Sponsors:

Thanks also to:Grey Oaks Country Club, The Garden District, Jack Black

Productions, Charlie McDonald Photography, Naples Envelope & Printing,

Naples Transportation & Tours.

4760 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 7, Naples, FL 34103 Tel: 239-263-9200 • HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org

Join us at our new location in Summer 2019! Visit our website for Grand Opening details!

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Community Yom HaShoah Service





The Community Yom HaShoah

Service will be held at Temple

Shalom (4630 Pine Ridge Road,

Naples) at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April

28. During the service, all Second

Generation who are in attendance will

be asked to rise and recite “Passing

the Legacy” for 2gs: “We are the first

generation born after the darkness.

Through our parents’ memories, words

and silence, we are linked to that

annihilated Jewish existence whose

echoes permeate our consciousness.

We dedicate this pledge to you, our

parents, who suffered and survived; to

our grandparents, who perished in the

flame; to our vanished brothers and

sisters; more than one million Jewish

children, so brutally murdered; to all six

million whose unyielding spiritual and

physical resistance, even in the camps

and ghettos, exemplifies our people’s

commitment to life.”

There is a Third Generation pledge

that will also be read. If any children

of 2gs (3gs) are in the area, they are

encouraged to attend.

In addition to the service, local

students who have met with Holocaust

survivors will share information about




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the survivors.

The GenShoah Steering Committee

is in the process of planning programs

for next season. All GenShoah

programs support some aspect of its

mission of promotion of Holocaust

education and human rights, preservation

of the history and memories of the

Holocaust, connection of the Second

Generation with one another, and support

of the Holocaust Museum & Janet

G. and Harvey D. Cohen Education

Center. All GenShoah members are

encouraged to become members of the

Holocaust Museum.


For more information about Gen-

Shoah, Yom HaShoah or to receive the

GenShoah newsletter, please email gen

shoahswfl@gmail.com. For information

about the Museum, call 239.263.9200,

email info@HolocaustMuseumSWFL.

org or visit HolocaustMuseumSWFL.


The Yom HaShoah community

program is co-sponsored by Temple

Shalom, GenShoah SWFL, the Holocaust

Museum & Janet G. and Harvey

D. Cohen Education Center, the Jewish

Federation of Greater Naples, Avow

and Golden Care.

Holocaust and Genocide

Week at FGCU

Dr. Paul Bartrop, Director of

Florida Gulf Coast University’s

Center for Judaic, Genocide

and Holocaust Studies, is pleased

to invite the community to attend the

Inaugural Holocaust and Genocide

Commemoration Week, which will be

held during the week of April 1-5.

Four engaging lectures will be presented

across the week as follows. All

lectures take place from 11:00 a.m. to

noon in room CC214.

Monday, April 1: Jessica Evers

from FGCU will speak on “The

Not-So-Secret Role of Magneto

and the Holocaust: An Often Unknown

but Vital Story”

Tuesday, April 2: Professor Elisa

von Joeden-Forgey from Stockton

University (New Jersey) will speak

on “The Genocide of the Yazidis in

the Middle East”

Thursday, April 4: The Herbert

Hirsch Memorial Lecture – Professor

Alex Alvarez from Northern

Arizona University will speak on

“Nationalism, Identity and Race in

the Second World War”

Friday, April 5: Professor Paul

Bartrop from FGCU will speak on

“American Heroes of the Holocaust”

Courtesy of WGCU, we are also

privileged to screen an important film

by highly-regarded travel writer Rick

Steves, entitled The Story of Fascism

in Europe. There will be time for discussion

following the screening, moderated

by Dr. Bartrop. Screening times

will be:

Tuesday April 2, 5:00 to 6.30 p.m.,

room CC214

Wednesday April 3, 11:00 am. to

noon, Mareib Hall 200

Reservations for any of the events

during the week are not required for

visitors from outside the university, but

guests should make sure to call into the

FGCU Welcome Booth as they enter

from Ben Hill Griffin Drive in order to

obtain a free parking permit. FGCU is

located at 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort


For more information, contact Director

Dr. Paul Bartrop at pbartrop@

fgcu.edu, or Associate Director Jessica

Evers at jevers@fgcu.edu.

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2/26/19 2:54 PM

The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, Temple Shalom, GenShoah and

The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center invite you to the

Community-Wide Annual Holocaust Memorial Service

featuring local students and Holocaust survivors

Sunday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m.

Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples

Please join us for a special program.

Thank you to:

¡ Temple Shalom for hosting this year’s event

¡ The students, teachers, and Holocaust survivors for their participation

¡ The Yom HaShoah committee: Ida Margolis, Susan Suarez and Renee’ Bialek

¡ Our community synagogues: Beth Tikvah, Naples Jewish Congregation,

Chabad of Naples, Temple Shalom and the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

This event is free and open to the entire community. Donations are welcome.

For more information, please call the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples at

239.263.4205 or email Renee’ at rbialek@jewishnaples.org.


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Naples Senior Center at JFCS update

Dr. Jaclynn





On February 27, one of our

Naples Senior Center (NSC)

members celebrated her 104 th

birthday! And, she did it by dancing

to the music provided by the Naples

Klezmer Band. Sylvia has dined with

us since we began serving lunch seven

years ago. At that time, we served lunch

once a month at Temple Shalom to approximately

30 seniors. Now Sylvia

has the company of close to 200 at our

weekly “Lunch and More” program at

Naples Senior Center. Sylvia loves to

dance, and we love to have musicians

entertain at the center. At times there are

so many dancing that one would think

they were at the Copa!

Naples Senior Center was founded

five years ago to address the isolation

and loneliness often experienced by the

older adult population. NSC offers so

much more than a typical senior center.

Our center provides a nurturing environment

for seniors to socialize, stay active

and learn, while our programs offer essential

human services and enrichment

for an aging population.

Research indicates that both social

isolation and loneliness are associated

with a higher risk of mortality in older

adults, and that seniors who felt lonely

and isolated were more likely to report

having poor physical and/or mental

health. At NSC, older adults are offered

opportunities to enhance their quality of

life through physical, social and emo-

tional support programs. Participants

in our programs often learn to manage

and delay the onset of

chronic disease and experience

overall well-being.

Dr. John Cacioppo, a

noted neuroscientist who

studied social isolation for

over 30 years, stated, “We

evolved to be a social species.

It is hardwired into our

brains, and when we don’t

meet that need, it can have

physical and neurological

effects.” This underscores

the importance of being with

others in a socially conducive

and welcoming environment.

Or, if you want further

illustration of this fact, just

take a look at the picture of

Sylvia dancing!

Diane Schwartz becomes new president

of Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah

By Arlene Yedid

Dreams of leaving the stress of

work, schedules and responsibilities

lure us to search for the

paradise for which we long. Though

reluctant to leave the wonderful life

they shared in Ocean and Colts Neck,

New Jersey, Diane and Hank Schwartz

followed their dreams to their favored

vacation spot, Naples.

Two years later came Charlottesville,

when our Jewish communities

were filled with anger and fear. Then,

just months later, the horrific massacre

in Pittsburgh rocked our lives. As we

grieved, we were filled with questions

of why, how and what if. Who could

ever erase these memories etched in

us? Some sought to find something

meaningful to ease their grief.

In Diane Schwartz’s search, she

reached out for a sense of unity, turning

to Hadassah to reaffirm her Jewish commitment.

At a local Hadassah luncheon,

she learned that the chapter was searching

for a new president for the coming

year. To the delight of the Hadassah

board, Diane volunteered to serve as

president. Her husband also was surprised

with the news, and to her pleased

amazement, proudly congratulated her.

He knew of her unwavering love and

support of Hadassah: serving as chapter

president and receiving outstanding

chapter regional recognition; years on

the board of the Southern New Jersey

Region; working with new chapters on

organizational development; cochairing

two SWFNJ conferences;

and appointment to a committee at

National Hadassah.

Diane began by teaming up

with Hadassah’s “It’s Magical” benefit

co-chairs, Lee Henson and Linda

Wertheim. How wonderful that Diane,

a committed Hadassah leader, is part of

a salute to our chapter’s past presidents

who have also dedicated themselves to

the goals and mission of Hadassah.

Hadassah Medical Organization

has two world-renowned hospitals annually

providing medical relief to one

million Jews and Arabs. Its doctors are

dedicated to groundbreaking medical research

instrumental in finding treatment


Diane Schwartz


and hope. What pride

we Hadassah members

and leadership

share in our HMO;

Youth Aliyah, which

works with at-risk immigrant Israelis

by providing counseling and education

to lead productive lives; our American

women’s education and health programs;

and our summer camps and other

enriching youth programs.

The Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah

salutes our new president, Diane

Schwartz, for leading us during worldwide

Hadassah’s landmark 106 th year

of serving Israel and the world through

its dedication to health, education, and

enriching and saving lives.



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April 2019 Federation Star


Film festival shines spotlight on special-needs adults

By Carole J Greene

Shoelaces, an Israeli award-winning

film (eight nominations for

Ophir, Israel’s Oscar) directed by

Jacob Goldwasser, opened this year’s

Naples Jewish Film Festival on March

3. This complex story wraps its arms

around a special-needs adult trying to

help his father who had abandoned him

early on. Not only did it bring out the

handkerchiefs, it also ushered in the

opportunity to reach out to the local

special-needs community.

A highlight of the evening, in addition

to the inspiring story itself, was the

presentation of a significant donation

from the festival to STARability Foundation.

This local organization supports

the mission “To transform the lives of

individuals with disabilities through

social, vocational and educational

connections to the community, while

strengthening awareness and respect

for individual abilities.” The first four

letters of its name represent parts of its

mission: Support, Teamwork, Awareness,


A group from STARability gathered

on March 1 to stuff gift bags for opening

night festival attendees that were tied

with, you guessed it, shoelaces. They

were also on hand to greet filmgoers

and distribute the gift bags.

The film audience emotionally invested

itself in the poignant depiction

of Gadi, a 35-year-old man who wanted

to donate one of his kidneys to save his

father’s life – a father who had not been,

until after the mother’s death, involved

in his son’s life. But a transplant committee

refused to allow the kidney donation,

explaining that the father, as Gadi’s

sole guardian, had no right to authorize

him to undergo this invasive procedure.

However, Gadi saw the donation as an

act that would have been meaningful,

one he had hoped would finally help

him feel like a contributing member of

society. Through the portrayal of this

relationship full of love, rejection and

co-dependency, Shoelaces questions

the importance of human life, human

connection and whether life is even

possible without that


Festival committee

members chose

this film as its opener

to capitalize on the

opportunity to confront

a sometimes


discomfort toward

adults with developmental


They initiated this

issue last year when

they served wine from

an Israeli vineyard

that is the first community

settlement in

that country devoted to such adults.

The film and the festival’s donation to

STARability focus attention on the need

to increase community awareness of the

unique worth of disabled persons.

The Naples Jewish Film Festival

Stuart Kaye delivers check from Naples Jewish Film Festival

to STARability Executive Director Karen Govern


is the brainchild of a team from Beth

Tikvah synagogue, headed by Jay Kaye

and Rosalee Bogo. As in previous years,

this sixth season featured a new film

each Sunday night in March. If you

missed it this year, you can sign up to be

a “friend” and receive notices for next

year’s festival. For more information,

visit www.naplesjewishfilmfestival.org

or call 239.434.1818.

Volunteers from STARability and Beth Tikvah work on gift bags to be distributed on Opening Night of the Naples Jewish Film Festival

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Temple Shalom Gala –

A Night of Inspiration

On Saturday, March 9, Temple

Shalom held its major fundraising

gala, A Night of Inspiration,

honoring Bobbie and Gene Katz.

Held at Grey Oaks Country Club,

the night kicked off with a cocktail hour

where attendees had the opportunity to

view original works of art by Gene Katz

on loan from the private collection of

Bobbie and Gene Katz. A tribute to Bobbie

and Gene, acknowledging all they do

for Temple Shalom and the community,

was followed by dinner, dancing and

an amazing exhibition by speed painter

Michael Israel.

Many thanks to all those who attended

and supported this successful


Photos courtesy Ted Epstein

For more photos from this event, go to



Honorees Bobbie & Gene Katz



Rabbi Adam & Jennifer Miller

Merrill Hassenfeld & Dr. Paula Brody

Gala Committee Chairs David & Daryl Sissman, Merlin & Harriet Lickhalter, Arlene & Don Shapiro

Live auction

Bobbie Katz and Cantor Donna Azu Myra & Dr. Mort Friedman

Cocktail hour

Ellen Katz and Susan Pittelman shake it up on the dance fl oor

Carol and Dr. Les Appel (left) and Howard and Gail Lanznar (right)

celebrate after having the highest bids on original art by Michael Israel

at Celebrate Israel 2019

at Temple Shalom

4630 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples, FL 34119

presented by

The Israel Advocacy Committee of the

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

Join us for food, fun, & Israeli fair

Sunday, April 14, 2019


Jack Wiadro, Susan & Dr. Nat Ritter

For more information, booth

opportunities, or sponsorship

info., please call Renee at




Temple Shalom events

open to the community

For more information on these events, call 239.455.3030.

Torah Talk

Join the volunteer-led discussion of

the week’s Torah portion on the first

Saturday of each month. On April 6 the

portion is Tazria. There will be a light

breakfast at 8:15 a.m. with discussion to

follow at 8:30 a.m. There is no charge

and all are welcome.

Beading for Betterment

Beading for Betterment is a project of

Temple Shalom designed to build on

our temple’s commitment to support

our greater community. Participants are

invited to bead necklaces that children

Temple Shalom Sisterhood

Judaica Shop

The ONLY Judaica Shop

in the Greater Naples area!

Passover begins the evening of Friday, April 19.

Shop early for the best selection!

Seder & matzah plates, haggadot,

matzah covers, children’s toys

and more holiday items!


Sunday - 9:00am to 12:00pm

(When Religious School is in session)

Wednesday - by appointment

Tuesday through Thursday - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Friday - 10:00am to 11:30am

Temple Shalom • 4630 Pine Ridge Rd. Naples, FL

239-455-3030 • naplestemple.org

who attend the Guadalupe Center in

Immokalee will give as gifts. There will

be four sessions in April: Tuesday, April

2, Wednesday, April 10 and Wednesday,

April 24 at 12:30 p.m., and Tuesday,

April 16 at 6:00 p.m. The fee for these

events is $18/person/event and includes

the materials. If you can bring your own

beads and materials, there is no cost.

Choose one session or all four! Call the

temple office to RSVP.

Shabbat on the Beach

Join us on Lowdermilk beach on Friday,

April 26 for a beautiful sunset Shabbat

service at 6:00 p.m. We meet

at the north end of the beach.

Don’t forget a beach chair!

Second Night Seder

Why is this night different

from all other nights? Come

find out at the Temple Shalom

second night of Passover

family Seder on Saturday,

April 20 at 6:00 p.m. Cost:

Temple Shalom members

$60, nonmembers $70, children

13 and under are free but

must RSVP. See ad below.

Family Shabbat Experience

Join us on Friday, April 12

from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the

Family Shabbat Experience.

While the event is for families

with children in Kindergarten

through 6 th grade, everyone

is welcome. Enjoy dinner,

activities, a family-friendly

service and dessert. Cost:

$25 for advance reservations

and $30 at the door. RSVP to

Susan Feld, Interim Religious

School Director, at sfeld@


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4 nights at the Hotel Bernini Bristol, Rome

Visit the Jewish Quarter, Jewish Museum, St. Angelo’s

Church and the Portico d’Ottavia

Experience a Sukkot candle lighting at the Great

Synagogue of Rome and a Sukkot dinner with the

local Jewish community

Explore the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Walk the Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori and Pantheon

Tour ancient Rome including the Colisseum, Forum,

Senate Steps and the Arch of Titus

Visit to the Jewish Catacombs and Fosse Ardeatline

View Michelango’s Moses and the Borghese Gardens

3 nights at the Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Visit Tel Aviv’s Old Port and shop the markets at Carmel

and Nachlat Binyamin

Walk the brand-new Independence Trail, which passes

10 heritage sites in just under a mile

Enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner with Lone Soldiers

Descend into Givat HaKibbutzim, the reconstructed

underground munitions factory

Tour the port city of Jaffa, and the old-meets-new town

of Neve Tzedek, the Byzantine seaside ruins of Herod’s

Caesarea, and the medieval site of Akko

Marvel at Rosh Hanikra, stunning chalk white cliffs at

Israel’s northernmost coastal border

2 nights at Hagosshrim Kibbutz, Galilee

Journey to the Golan Heights, and learn about its

strategic importance from atop Mount Bentall

Wander the Agamon Hahula Nature Reserve

Tour the Naot shoe factory at Kibbutz Neot Mordechai

Visit the city of Safed (Tzfat), a major Kabbalah center

3 nights at the Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Explore the archaeological excavation in the City of David

Enjoy a historical, cultural and archaeological tour of the

Old City’s Jewish Quarter, including the Western Wall

Stop at Hadassah Ein Karem Medical Center, and its

famed Chagall stained-glass windows

Visit Yad LaKashish, a nonprofit organization that

empowers and supports nearly 300 elderly Jerusalem

residents (and which is partially funded by Jewish

Federation of Greater Naples)

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April 2019 Federation Star

Max Rabinovitsj – Naples Orchestra and Chorus

artistic director and violinist

By Arlene Yedid

Max Rabinovitsj is highly

regarded as a former concertmaster

of the Cincinnati

and St. Louis symphonies, international

violin virtuoso, conductor, music educator

as well as chamber music performer.

Since coming to Naples a few years ago,

Max has been an important part of our

community’s cultural arts scene.

Max Rabinovitsj

Five years ago, Max was persuaded

to become artistic director of the Naples

Orchestra and Chorus. Undaunted that

the NOC being a community ensemble

would mean an exhausting, difficult

NJC Community

Passover Seder

Come join the Naples Jewish

Congregation at beautiful Longshore

Lakes Clubhouse for a

fabulous First Night Passover Seder on

Friday April 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Our Seder will be led by Rabbi

Howard Herman, who will guide us

through a feast of history, culture and

rituals – some old and some new. The

Seder will be replete with questions

and answers, music and text, rituals and

customs. There will be surprises along

responsibility, Max accepted.

This fifth year of Max’s serving as

artistic director has been a resounding

success. He has been fulfilling his mission

of making the NOC an excellent

ensemble. This is demonstrated by

the extensive standing ovations for orchestral

selections such as Beethoven’s

Fourth Symphony and effusive response

to Max’s selection of young

guest artists on the cusp of

major careers. In the February

concert, Stella Chan flew into

Naples as a replacement for a

violinist just hours before the

concert. Concertgoers were

surprised and delighted with

the NOC, especially Stella

Chan’s dazzling and brilliant

performance of the technically

difficult Beethoven Violin

Concerto despite having only

15 minutes to rehearse the concerto with

the NOC.

Audiences are mesmerized by

Max’s spellbinding, passionate conducting.

Each season, he has delighted

the journey, and your fulfillment of the

mitzvah of Seder will be one that you

will remember long after it is over.

The complete Seder meal (choice

of wild salmon or brisket) is $65 per

person. Reservations may be made at

www.naplesjewishcongregation.org or

send a check (payable to NJC) to Iris

Weissman, 16353 Camden Lakes Cir.,

Naples, FL 34110. For more information,

call 239.431.7944.

concertgoers, displaying his dual skills

as concert violinist while conducting

the orchestra. Few violinist soloists

maintain Max’s level of brilliant technique

and sonorous tone over decades

of concertizing.

This season highlights Max’s artistry

in April’s two concerts at Temple

Shalom. In “Musical Journey” on Saturday,

April 6 and Sunday, April 7, Max

presents and performs with Thomas

Mesa, a versatile, charismatic cellist

who has toured in chamber music concerts

with Itzhak Perlman. These two

will display their formidable talents in

Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin and Cello

– the seasoned virtuoso with the younger

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18 Federation Star April 2019

No justice in the People’s Court

By Paul R. Bartrop, PhD

Exactly 85 years ago this month,

on April 24, 1934, Nazi Germany’s

People’s Court (Volksgerichtshof)

was established. Adolf Hitler

had earlier ordered its formation, in

line with the Enabling Act of 1933 that

gave him a warrant to establish his dictatorship.

The intention

was that the People’s

Court would operate

outside of the existing

court system and

constitution, and it

had jurisdiction over

a broad range of political

offences. In

Dr. Paul Bartrop

addition, it was given exclusive control

over such offences as Conspiracy to

High Treason, State Treason, Listening

to Enemy Radio Broadcasts (from

1939), Criminal Malice, Sedition and

Defeatism, and Aiding the Enemy

(from mid-1941).

The notion of “political crimes”

ranged from minor offences – from

trading on the black market, work

slowdowns, criticizing Hitler or the

government, or protesting about work

conditions – through to defeatism,

espionage and sabotage, and treason

against the Third Reich. These offences

were viewed by the court as being

“incapable of a defense,” and were accordingly

punished severely.

The court decided the extent of

evidence to consider, and defense attorneys

could not question the charges.

Defendants were unable to represent

themselves or consult their own attorney.

A case brought before the People’s

Court would follow an initial indictment

in which a state or city prosecutor

would forward the names of the

accused to the court for charges that


were considered to be of a political nature.

Defendants were rarely permitted

to speak to their attorneys beforehand,

and when they did, the defense lawyer

would usually simply answer questions

about how the trial would proceed

and refrain from giving any legal


Proceedings began when the accused

was led into the dock under

armed police escort. The presiding

judge would read the charges and then

call the accused forward for “examination.”

Although the court had a prosecutor,

it was usually the judge who

asked the questions.

Defendants were often harangued

during the examination and were never

allowed to respond. After a barrage of

insults and condemnation, the order

“examination concluded” would be

given. The defendant was not permitted

to choose defense counsel, who had

to be a lawyer approved by the chairman

of the Senate.

Defenders and defendants were often

given only a day (sometimes only a

few hours) notice before the trial. Often

the lawyer and the accused did not

know each other beforehand, nor could

they contact each other before the hearing.

After examination, the defense

attorneys would be asked if they had

any statements or questions. The judge

would then ask the defendants for a

statement during which time more insults

would be shouted at the accused.

The verdict, which was almost always

“guilty,” would then be announced and

the sentence handed down at the same

time. In all, an appearance before the

People’s Court could take as little as 15


The death penalty was meted out

in numerous cases. There was no possibility

of appeal, and verdicts could be

carried out immediately.

The Nazi courts did not employ

standard legal procedures or principles

such as the presumption of innocence,

trial by peers, or the right to

cross-examine witnesses. Appointed

by Adolf Hitler, judges in the People’s

Courts were expected to be politically

reliable. One man alone often acted as

judge and jury.

The conduct of the Nazi courts

worsened after the outbreak of World

War II. The number of death sentences

increased dramatically. In 1936, eleven

death sentences were issued; the year

1943 saw a total of 1,662 executions,

about half of which were indictments

from the People’s Court. In 1945, approximately

5,200 death sentences

were carried out, imposed for offenses

such as “disseminating news intercepted

on radio,” derogatory remarks about

Hitler, or doubts about the so-called

“final victory.”

The two notorious judges who

shaped the People’s Court were Otto

Georg Thierack, who presided from

May 1, 1936, to August 19, 1942; and

Roland Freisler, who presided from

August 20, 1942, to February 3, 1945.

After the German defeat at Stalingrad

during the winter of 1942-1943,

the People’s Court became far more

ruthless and hardly anyone brought before

the tribunal escaped a guilty verdict.

Some hearings were very rapid. An

example of this was the treatment of

the “White Rose” members. On February

18, 1943, this group of Munich

University students was caught distributing

anti-war leaflets. On February 22,

1943, three of the White Rose group

– Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans

and Christoph Probst – were tried and

found guilty in less than an hour. The

three were guillotined just six hours

after their arrest.

Many of those found guilty by

the Court were executed in Plötzensee

Prison in Berlin. The president of the

court often acted as prosecutor, denouncing

defendants, then pronouncing

his verdict and sentence without

objection from defense counsel, who

usually remained silent throughout.

Being hauled before the Court by this

stage was tantamount to a death sentence.

On February 3, 1945, the Court’s

President, Roland Freisler, was killed

owing to a near-direct hit on the court

building from U.S. Air Force bombers.

His body was reportedly found crushed

beneath a fallen masonry column,

clutching the files that he had tried to


It is worthy of note that only one

member of the People’s Court hierarchy

was prosecuted after the war – a

salutary observation that sometimes

Justice isn’t all that blind, and that we

must always be on our guard to see that

she remains impartial at all times.

Dr. Paul Bartrop is Professor of History

and the Dir. of the Center for Judaic,

Holocaust, and Genocide Studies

at Florida Gulf Coast University. He

can be reached at pbartrop@fgcu.edu.






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New light shined on old age

Book review by Philip K. Jason, Special to the Federation Star

The End of Old Age: Living a Longer,

More Purposeful Life,

by Dr. Marc E. Agronin. Da Capo

Press. 227 pages. Hardcover $27.00.

This book should be on the desk

of every geriatric specialist, senior

living facility staff member,

and senior citizen caretaker. Most senior

citizens will

also benefit from

its wisdom, compassion

and sensible

guidelines for

successful living

at an advanced

age. Carefully organized

into four

easily digested

Phil Jason

parts, each containing

two complementary chapters,

Dr. Marc Argonin’s book is nothing

less than a manual for moving beyond

the negative connotations of aging.

“We must learn,” he writes, “how

to age in a creative manner that is both

the antidote to feeling old and the elixir

of aging well.” It is a philosophy aimed

not at recapturing youth, but rather exploiting

the gifts of advanced age. Dr.

Agronin is an accomplished writer

whose experience and empathy generate

positive vibes as well as practical

planning advice.

One of Dr. Agronin’s key points

concerns the accumulated wisdom of

the elderly. He offers many examples,

stories of patients and others, of how

this wisdom has value not only for others,

but as a resource for the person

going through the aging process. He

articulates five categories of behavior,

vividly defined and exemplified, to

explore the growth and use of an individual’s

wisdom in old age. These are

savant, sage, curator, creator and seer.

Though the categories overlap

somewhat, they are useful concepts.

They are not meant to pigeonhole

people, but to find the ways in which

aging is useful, to counter the customary

“dread and denigration” of aging,

and to build new habits of identity. Dr.

Agronin calls these categories the five

jewels in the crown of wisdom.

In a later chapter, Dr. Agronin defines

a concept he calls “age points,”

which are periods of adversity, struggle

or despondency along the aging journey.

Age points threaten our ability to

cope. The author guides

readers through a series

of stages to work

through the trauma of an

age point. First is recognizing

the precipitating

event, after which comes

a sense of “suspension”

– of not being able to

respond to a crisis productively.

Next comes a

multi-faceted evaluation

of how to “reconcile the

gap between what we

have and what we need.”

Finally, comes the action

of resolution and forward movement,

usually attached to an altered perspective

and sense of positivism.

Further chapters reveal and illustrate

similar tools. Each is filled with

carefully crafted case studies that are

as uplifting as they are informative.

Readers will recognize themselves,

their parents and their friends in these

vignettes. They will see how others

have pushed away the blocks that

stand in the way, it seems, of a fruitful,

worthwhile passage through life’s final

decades. They will understand how

fear and loathing can be transformed

into celebration. Indeed, even celebrations

with new rituals and the refinement/renewal

of habitual ones.

Aging well requires

creativity, and Dr. Agronin

pursues this important

ingredient in the chapter

April 2019 Federation Star

“Renewal, Reinvention

and Creative Aging.”

Once again, the author

designs a conceptual

frame, in this case an

“action plan” that leads

to performance and accomplishment.

Its steps, each clearly articulated and

exemplified, are reserve, resilience, reinvention,

legacy and

celebration. Sample

charts and grids help

readers to get started

on the path to building

and maintaining

an aging process that

will “bring the best

possible experience

and outcome.”

Bolstered by the

findings of other professionals

in the field,

Dr. Agronin provides

Dr. Marc Agronin

well-tested roadmaps

for successful years

and decades of aging. He is a fine

stylist whose thoughtfulness, clinical

experience and caring nature will


give readers confidence in

new, attractive possibilities

for their aging selves.

But there is much work to

be done!

Marc E. Agronin, MD,

a summa cum laude graduate

of Harvard University

and the Yale School of

Medicine, is a board-certified

adult and geriatric psychiatrist.

Since 1999 he has served as the director

of mental health services, clinical

research and the outpatient memory

center at Miami Jewish Health (MJH),

Florida’s largest not-for-profit longterm

care provider. He has published

essays in The New York Times and Scientific

American Mind, and writes regularly

on aging and retirement issues

for The Wall Street Journal. The End of

Aging is his ninth book.

Philip K. Jason is Professor Emeritus

of English from the United States Naval

Academy. He reviews regularly for

Florida Weekly, Washington Independent

Review of Books, Southern Literary

Review, other publications and

the Jewish Book Council. Please visit

Phil’s website at www.philjason.word


Dr. Marc Agronin will speak about his book on Monday, April 8

at 1:00 p.m. at the Naples Conference Center, 1455 Pine Ridge

Road. On the same program, David Litt will discuss his book

Thanks, Obama, about Litt’s work as President Obama’s very

young speechwriter.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To order your

ticket, or for more information, please call Renee’ at the Federation

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20 Federation Star April 2019

Rabbi Barbara Aiello


ging Jewishly – What our traditions teach us about growing old

Teaching Hebrew to seniors –

materials, methods and positive results

By Rabbi Barbara Aiello

Not long ago, five women were

called to the Torah, each as a

Bat Mitzvah. Not unusual except

for the fact that the women on the

bimah were all

senior citizens

and, most significant

of all, the

students ranged

in age from 82 to


The women

gathered once

a week for one

hour to study the

Hebrew language. They learned basic

Hebrew and eventually each one was

able to read three verses directly from

the Torah scroll. As their teacher, I was

pleased and happy, as well as proud

and astounded, all at the same time. In

the process, I learned that there are specific

materials and techniques that can

guarantee success when working with

elderly students.

The Survey – Creating a Climate

for Success

There are many factors that determine

why a senior would consider studying

Hebrew, as well as many reasons why

she might feel reluctant to do so. I’ve

learned not to assume but to help students

identify their motivation as well

as their fears. So before designing the

lessons, I asked students to respond

to questions about their Personal Hebrew

History, a survey I developed

that consists of 15 statements. Students

check any and all items that apply,

such as:

“My parents sent me to Hebrew

school but I don’t remember much.”

“I know the names of each Hebrew


“I listened in when my brother

studied with the rabbi. I learned the

verses better than he did!”

From the specific information

about what the students may have studied

years ago, the survey questions also

focused on the emotional in order to

determine those issues that might become

roadblocks to success.

Significantly, more than 90 percent

of my senior students agreed with the


“I had a difficult time in Hebrew

school. The teacher often embarrassed

the students.”

“I’m a bit nervous about class. I

don’t want to look bad in front of the


Past experience matters and negative

experiences contribute to a fear of

failure. Because long-term memories

sharpen as we age, long ago embarrassments

are so fresh that a senior may be

reluctant to begin again. As a result,

the first and most important challenge

for the teacher is to acknowledge old

wounds and then create a climate

where students are free from competition

and are rewarded for helping and

supporting one another.

Materials that Work

The challenge for any teacher who

works with seniors is to select those

materials that are basic yet not babyish.

Materials designed for children

can evoke early memories of past failures.

In addition, these materials can be

less interesting to adult students. The

National Jewish Outreach Program offers

a variety of materials that are not

age-specific, with large-print texts that

are easy to use. The most effective lessons

present Hebrew letters, not by

their names, but by the sounds they

make. By Lesson Three, students are

reading and translating basic Hebrew


Surefire Methods

But even the best textbook cannot

guarantee student success. The trick is

to use the text in tandem with additional

participatory activities. This combination

is key to designing lessons that

complement the special learning needs

of senior students.

To organize the class sessions, I

found that I was most successful when

I introduced three separate activities in

a one-hour class and combined these

activities with a short introductory review.

Class began with a short meditation

to clear our minds and focus on the

positive. For example, “Think of our

last class. Remember something that

you did well. A word you read well, a

word you translated. Think of how you

helped another student. Remind yourself

that you can do it. You ARE doing

it. You are learning Hebrew.”

Next, I ask the students to open

their textbooks to our previous lesson

and take a moment to find sentences

that they can read smoothly. In this

way, class begins on a positive note

and someone who has missed the previous

class can return to the last page

studied and participate along with all

the others.

Class includes text reading, presentation

of new lessons and hands-on

activities to reinforce reading and translating

skill. For example, many seniorsBa

have learned specific Hebrew phrases,


such as the Sh’ma, by heart. Mastering


Hebrew basics requires that students


read each word. We accomplish this


by placing each word on individual index

cards and arranging the phrase in


order, so that students can read, pronounce

and translate the phrase word

by word.

Positive Results

Often, Hebrew study results in a Bar or

Bat Mitzvah ceremony. However, that

has not been my only goal. The result

of the study program has been the delight

of older adults who discover that

the Hebrew language is not illusive,

but vibrant, alive and accessible to




The Hebrew Reading Crash Course


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The Hebrew Alphabet – A Mystical

Journey by Edward Hoffman,



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The Personal Hebrew History


Survey – Rabbi Barbara Aiello –



For ten years Rabbi Barbara Aiello


served the Aviva Campus for Senior


Life as resident rabbi. Currently, as

Rabbi Emerita, she shares her experiences

on Aging Jewishly. She is also



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April 2019 Federation Star

Simon & Garfunkel: A couple of nice Jewish boys

who made good!

By Arlene Stolnitz

Back in the ’60s, following the

assassinations of Martin Luther

King Jr. and Robert Kennedy,

and the escalation of the war in Vietnam,

Simon & Garfunkel came up with

a hit song that expressed the despair

that was prevalent in our country. The

song, “America,” was a metaphor for

“America’s sense of restlessness and

confusion,” according to Rolling Stone

magazine. In a

2014 poll of Rolling

Stone readers,

it was voted

one of the duo’s

greatest songs.

Arlene Stolnitz

Paul Simon

and Art Garfunkel,

one of the

bestselling music

combos of the

’60s, were friends from grade school

and from their teenage years in Forest

Hills, Queens. Musically talented, with

Paul as songwriter and Art as singer

and musical arranger, in their early career

they called themselves Tom and

Jerry (Tom Landis and Jerry Graph),

fearing their given names sounded

too Jewish. Later, they used their own

names, Simon & Garfunkel, and became

famous for their legendary songs

“The Sound of Silence,” “Scarborough

Fair,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge Over

Troubled Water” and many others.

Paul and Art were born in 1941,

just a month apart. They met in a gradeschool

play. Garfunkel had already

been singing in synagogue, where his

soulful renditions of the prayers drew

standing-room-only crowds. In junior

high they started working together,

modeling their music after their idols,

the Everly Brothers. As 16-year-olds,

they cut their first record, which came

out (coincidentally) during the birth of

rock and roll. It caused a sensation with

their demo song “Hey Schoolgirl,”

eventually selling 150,000 copies.

Art’s 2018 book, What Is It All

but Luminous, tells of his life before,

during and after Simon & Garfunkel

and the folk-rock music that was

their groundbreaking sound. He writes

about growing up in the ’40s and ’50s,

the son of a traveling salesman, and a

lower middle-class Jewish boy from

Kew Gardens, Queens. His partner,

Paul, was born in Newark, New Jersey,

later moving to Queens. Paul’s parents

were Hungarian Jews. His father was

a college professor and dance band

leader who went under the name Lee

Sims. His mother was an elementary

school teacher. Paul’s childhood has

been described as a “stereotypical Jewish

upbringing” with interests mainly

in baseball and music, influenced primarily

by his parents.

Their career as a duo lasted from

1964 through 1970 and has had many

ups and downs since their partnership

dissolved in 1970 at the height of their

popularity. Art describes the conflict

of the rivalry between them, and the

brotherly love that characterizes their

relationship. Speaking candidly about

his relationship with Paul, Art states,

“We are indescribable; it’s an ingrown

deep friendship.” Through the years,

they’ve attempted to work together on

occasion with several highly-anticipated

and well-received concerts, only to

realize they are better off working solo.

In his book, Art states, “For twothirds

of a century his (Paul’s) arm has

been around my shoulder. He dazzled

me with gifts. I nurtured him in his

youth. He brought me into prominence.

I taught him to sing. He connected my

voice to the world. I made us stand

tall. All of our personal belongings are

intertwined. We say it’s exhausting to

compete, but we shine for each other.”

According to an article in Moment

magazine, “Despite their solo careers,

they will remain conjoined to the very

end. …their recent joke, asking each

other who will write whose eulogy.”


Arlene Stolnitz, founder of the Sarasota

Jewish Chorale, has sung in choral

groups for over 25 years. A retired

educator, she is a graduate of the Gulf

Coast Community Leadership Foundation.

A member of the Jewish Congregation

of Venice, the Venice Chorale

and the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, her

interest in choral music has led to this

series of articles on Jewish Folk Music

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Israeli-style Charoset –

recipe by Chef Dalia

Iam so excited by this time of the

year, when tradition is making me

crave delicious seasonal recipes

and sweet memories. This year on

Friday night, April 19, Jewish families

around the world will sit down for the

Passover Seder. Three or four hours

later, they’ll actually start to eat. But

before the main meal (shulchan orech),

and after the telling of the story of the

exodus from Egypt (magid), the first real

taste of food will be a sandwich (corach)

made out of bitter herbs (maror), matzo

and charoset –one of the essential symbolic

foods eaten at the Passover Seder.

What is charoset, anyway? It is a

sweet blend of fruit and walnuts mixed

together with some honey, sweet spices

and, of course, some wine!

Charoset signifies the mortar the

Jews used to build the pyramids for Pharaoh

and to remind us of those rougher

times…but in a delicious way. If you

think charoset is just something to eat

with matzo and bitter herbs while you

wait for the Seder’s festive meal, think

again. The stuff makes a terrific condiment

throughout Pesach. If you’ve got

leftovers, try it plain or as a matzo topper

for breakfast or a snack. But don’t stop

there. It’s great on grilled chicken or

fish, served as a cheese accompaniment

or stirred into yogurt.

If this is the first time you’re hearing

the word “Charoset”, here is a short


I love charoset’s sweet taste, but the

coolest thing about charoset that speaks

to me the most is that there is a story

behind every charoset recipe. There are

endless different recipes, all depending

on its origin. And many of its ingredients

have a special symbolic meaning.

While some traditions call for

apples as a mandatory ingredient, other

traditions call for 40 (!!!) different ingredients

(symbolizing the 40 years of wandering

in the desert). Apples, grapes,

figs, pomegranate, dates, dried fruits,

nuts, honey, cinnamon, wine, coconut

and even saffron (!) are all examples of

charoset ingredients.

I was looking for an authentic,

Israeli-style charoset to grace your

Seder table, and I have created my own

version of date charoset. It is not that I

recently discovered it. In fact, my sweet

memories with this specific charoset go

way back to my childhood years during

Passover in Israel.

Charoset recipes tend to vary depending

on what region you come

from. Ashkenazi charoset, which is the

charoset most American Jews are familiar

with, is usually made as a chunky,

sticky mixture of apples, walnuts and

sweet kosher wine. Sephardic Jews in

the Middle East and Mediterranean

make charoset somewhat differently,

using dates and a variety of nuts in the

mix (almonds, pine nuts, pistachios).

Sephardic charoset may or may not include

apples or wine. One of the more

interesting ways charoset is served in the

Middle East is in a ball or truffle form.

Moroccan Seders will often serve these

charoset truffles rather than the spreadable

charoset we are more familiar with

in America. Other Jews make it with

dates and walnuts. The latter is my favorite

one of all. What really makes this

recipe special is the silan (date syrup).

This may not be the charoset you

are used to, but it is sweet, delicious and

well worth trying. Charoset made with

dates, walnuts and silan is the perfect

Passover recipe for your Seder dinner.

Personal Chef Dalia Hemed

can be reached at


































The best thing is that it only takes

a few minutes to make. No cooking or

heating required. Just toss in a food

processor and you’ve got charoset. One

less thing to worry about for Passover.

You can also choose the texture you’dc

like: chunkier or smoother. It will be a

delicious and tasty either way. c


• 2 cups dried dates, pitted and i

chopped in pieces


• ½ cup walnuts


• ¼ cup sweet Kiddush wine or

juice (such as Manischewitz)

• ¼ cup silan

• ½ tsp cinnamon

• Pinch of salt

In a food processor fitted with its

chopping blade, process the walnuts

in 1-second pulses until they

are finely chopped. Transfer the

chopped walnuts to a medium mixing

bowl. Set aside a tablespoon of

the walnuts to garnish the charoset

if desired.

Put the dates with the sweet wine

in the food processor. Process in

1-second pulses until they are finely

chopped and beginning to clump

together. Transfer to the bowl with

the walnuts.

Add the cinnamon and stir until

evenly mixed.

A few words about silan:

Silan’s sweet taste and texture (just a

little looser than honey) makes it another

wonderful natural substitute to

sweeteners. Nowadays, it can be found

in special/gourmet stores, and is also

starting to be found in other grocery

stores. It is also available online. When

you purchase silan, be sure to go over

the ingredient list to find one ingredient:

dates ONLY! (Some companies

add sugar or other types of glucose to

the dates.)

Jewish Genealogy Group Meeting

The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogy SIG (Shared Interest Group)

at the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples offices (2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road,

Suite 2201, Naples) is on Tuesday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m. Seating is limited.

RSVP to genresearch13@yahoo.com. You will receive an acknowledgement that

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Stars of David

By Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist

Editor’s 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 don’t identify

with a faith other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism, of course, are

also identified as Jewish.

Game of Thrones Mania

This month’s top TV event will be the

return, Sunday, April 14, of HBO’s

Game of Thrones (GOT) for its sixepisode,

8 th and final season. The series’

creators DAVID BENIOFF and

D.B. WEISS, both 48, who have often

written past season GOT episodes, are

the credited writers for all but the first

episode of the final season. They also

co-directed the sixth and final episode.

MIGUEL SAPOCHNIK, 38, directed

episodes 3 and 5. Sapochnik is an English

Jew of Argentine Jewish ancestry.

In the show’s first seven seasons, he

directed four GOT episodes, including

the great “Hardhome” episode in

season 5 and the stupendous “Battle of

the Bastards” episode in season 6 (for

which he won the Emmy for best director).

His wife of 13 years is actress

ALEXIS RABEN, 38, a Russian Jew

who grew up in America. She now has

a recurring role as “Rohm” on the SyFy

cable series Krypton.

The two Jewish actors in the GOT

cast I know of are PAUL KAYE, 54,

and ANTON LESSER, 67. Kaye’s

character, Thoros of Myr, a priest with

“Brotherhood of Bandits,” died fighting

the dead “north of the Wall” last

season. Lesser plays the evil Qyburn,

an ally of Queen Cersei.

If you are a Game of Thrones fan,

you’ll love “Game of Thrones Cast

Funny Commercials” – a video of that

name is posted on YouTube. Several

(real) ads for the Israeli company SodaStream

feature the Icelandic actor

who plays “The Mountain.” Another

SodaStream ad co-stars MAYIM

BIALIK, 43, and the GOT character

Hodor. All the ads are real, except the

first and the last. They are parody ads

lifted from a comedy site.

New TV/Streaming

Starting Wednesday, March 27 on FX

is What We Do in the Shadows, a semicomic

series that follows three vampire

roommates living in New York City.

BEANIE FELDSTEIN, 25, the sister

of JONAH HILL, 35, has a recurring

role. The series is based on a 2014 indie

hit film of the same name directed by

and co-written by TAIKA WAITITI,

43. He co-produces the TV series, too.

From New Zealand, Waititi’s father

is native Polynesian (Maori) and his

mother is Jewish. He had a blockbuster

hit with Thor Ragnarok (2017) and has

just about completed Jojo Rabbit, a

film with an anti-Nazi theme. SCAR-

LETT JOHANSSON, 34, co-stars.

No Good Nick, a sit-com, starts

on Netflix on Friday, April 15. Nicole,

aka Nick, is a 13-year-old girl who

infiltrates a family with the intention

of getting revenge for them unintentionally

ruining her life. As she gets

to know and like them, she struggles

with whether she’ll go through with

her plan. The series was co-created

and produced by DAVID H. STEIN-

BERG, 49. He has written and/or produced

many comedies. The co-stars

include two persons with odd Jewish

backgrounds: Sean Astin, 48, and

KALAMA EPSTEIN, 19. Astin, the

son of the late Patty Duke, found out

as an adult that his biological father

was Jewish. He thought actor John Astin,

his legal father, was his biological

April 2019 Federation Star

Interested in Your

Family’s History?


Nate Bloom (see column at left) 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 here’s the deal:

Write Bloom at nteibloom@aol.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 first search fee is no more than $100. No upfront cost. Also,

several of this newspaper’s readers have asked Bloom to locate

friends and family members from their past, and that’s worked out

great for them. So contact him about this as well.

father. At last report, he was on good

terms with both guys. Epstein, who

was born and raised in Hawaii, has a

Jewish father. His mother, who isn’t

Jewish, has some native Hawaiian royal


The Red Line will start on CBS on

Sunday, April 28. It’s a drama about a

white cop in Chicago who mistakenly

shoots and kills a black doctor. It follows

three different families with connections

to the case, and the story is

told from each perspective. NOAH

WYLE, 47, of ER fame, stars as Daniel

Calder, the gay husband of the

African-American doctor who was

killed. Wyle, whose father was Jewish,

is secular. One of the three families

is Calder and his African-American

young daughter. There’s also the family

of the birth mother of Calder’s child,

and the police officer’s extended family.

Movies: Briefly

Opening on Friday, March 29 is Beach

Bum, a comedy about a rebellious stoner

(Matthew McConaughey). ISLA

FISHER, 43, co-stars. The director is

HARMONY KORINE, 45, who has

made good documentaries and features

(Spring Breakers). Opening Friday,

April 12 is After. SELMA BLAIR,

46, who recently disclosed she is battling

MS, plays the mother of a college

student who is involved in a hot romance

with a “bad boy.” Opening Friday,

April 19 is Silver Lake, a modern

film noir. ANDREW GARFIELD, 35,

stars as a guy who uncovers a big conspiracy

when a woman he sees swimming

in his apartment building’s pool

mysteriously disappears.




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Manhattan art gallery who’s matriarch is reaching her final days

and beginning to lose her sensibilities. This heart-wrenching tale

directed by Catalina Monterrosa (Later Life and Dancing with

Breast Cancer director) stars Deanna Hartigan, Alex Taylor, Debbie

Rockwell, Luis Pages and Keith Gahagan.

Gladys, the elderly matriarch of the Green family, has run an art

gallery in a small Greenwich Village hotel for many years. The

management wants to replace her less-than-thriving gallery with a

coffee shop. Always irascible but now increasingly erratic, Gladys

is a cause of concern to her daughter, her son-in-law, and her

grandson, from whose point of view this poignant memory play is

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10 of the best Israeli

TV shows to binge watch

By Jessica Halfin

Israel: a land of great beauty, historical

significance and full-throttle,

no-holds-barred original television.

It’s not a coincidence that over

the last 10 years, it’s been Israel of all

places that has sold the rights for many

an American television remake such

as the wildly successful Homeland

(Showtime), Traffic Light (Fox) and In

Treatment (HBO).

Rumor has it that many more deals

are in the works for series from Israel’s

top TV echelon to get picked up by U.S.

networks – for example, Euphoria set to

premier on HBO later this year produced

by rap superstar Drake.

Plus, popular streaming sites have

begun including original Israeli series

on their platforms, blessing audiences

with the gift of Israeli entertainment in

spoken Hebrew with English subtitles.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are now

in an era where Israeli

shows can be enjoyed in

their entirety (a rare treat

from a country where

second seasons can take

years to follow the first)

in their original form, any

time of the day or night,

from virtually anywhere.

While there are many

more shows that we wish

could be uploaded to

these platforms like, yesterday — Malkot

(Queens), a mafia thriller starring a

predominantly female cast, and Autonomies,

Israel’s answer to The Handmaid’s

Tale, to name two — this modern setup

is already a godsend for all those addicted

to thrillers like the ever-popular

Fauda, and also lighthearted rom-com

Hebrew shows like Srugim.

This is a list of Israeli original series,

in Hebrew with English subtitles,

that you’ve got to settle in and binge

watch ASAP, if only to see how the same

Israeli A-listers manage to morph into

the different characters they play across

series. Welcome to Israel.

When Heroes Fly

A new realistic and gripping thriller

series released in May 2018, When

Heroes Fly is the story of IDF comrades

who fought together in the 2006 Second

Lebanon War as they

reunite to travel to

Colombia in search

of Yaeli (played by

pop singer and actress

Ninet Tayeb),

the sister of one

friend, and the past

lover of another, who

was thought to have

died there in a mysterious

manner nine

years prior.

Familiar faces in this Netflix featured

series that won “best international

series” at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

are Michael Aloni of Shtisel and Tomer

Capon of Fauda.


A fast-paced and cigarette-laden look

in the world of Israeli Shin Bet agents

entrenched in a cat-and-mouse game

of West Bank terror operatives. Often

times finding themselves enmeshed

a little too deeply, the wildly popular

Fauda (“chaos” in Arabic) shines a

light for better or for worse on lesserseen

elements of the Israeli-Palestinian

conflict, from both sides, and in a most

gripping way.

With a testosterone-emblazoned

cast that’s a who’s who of Israel’s most

popular players of recent years, this

high-action thriller, now on Netflix, contains

just as much Arabic as Hebrew, and

thankfully the English subtitles you’ll

need to follow along.

Avoda Aravit

With a title meaning a job that is not

done properly, the mainly Arab-Israeli

cast is in on the joke in Avoda Aravit.

The critically-acclaimed comedy series

about a prominent Arab family who

moves to a predominantly Jewish neighborhood

in Jerusalem, and the struggle

between fitting in and maintaining their

identity that follows, bridges a gap

between Jews and Arabs by creating

dialogue on uncomfortable (and most

often hilarious) subject matter ala Curb

Your Enthusiasm.

On the air since 2008, it is currently

in its fourth season and still going strong

following the success of the show’s

precious multiple wins from the Israeli

Television Academy, including awards

for best director, best comedy series and

best script in 2012 and 2013.


Starring Michael Aloni as Akiva Shtisel,

the artist misfit son of a prominent ultra-

Orthodox family, and rising star Neta

Riskin as his sister Giti who is stuck in

a difficult marriage raising six children,

Shtisel is a window into the world of

ultra-Orthodox Jewry in Israel, examining

the feelings, thoughts and everyday

realities of those who have been born

into world of profound spirituality,

rules and roles that they are meant to

dutifully fulfill.

A fascinating and thought-provoking

fictitious tale of a real-life closed

off community, this series – which has

now had its two seasons picked up by

Netflix – is thoroughly interesting and

poignant to watch.


A series about friendships and that illusive

search for love, with the little

caveat of navigating the strict world of

modern Orthodox Jerusalemites, Srugim

(the word for crocheted yarmulkes) follows

a group of best friends who also

happen to be misfits, each in their own

respect, and inadept at finding their

match in a world where marriage is the

most important thing.

Like an Israeli version of Friends,

but without the cheesy laugh-track, this

series is a reminder of how important

pals (and venting and coffee dates) can


Mossad 101

Featuring a superstar ensemble cast of

Israeli actors, Mossad 101 is a fictional

story showing the process of recruitment

and training of Mossad operatives, as

well as the recruits’ personal entanglements

with each other and their loved

ones, in a way that shows the humanity

behind the covert institution’s stern

reputation. Dramatic, but not taking

itself too seriously, this two-season series

is currently available in 40-minute

episodes on Netflix.


A mini-series brought to the small

screen by writer-director Tamar Marom,

available for streaming on Amazon

Prime, Mekimi brings Noa Yaron-

Dayan’s bestselling book of the same

continued on page 26




April 2019 Federation Star

FIDF supporters raise $1.8 million at Miami benefit

for Israeli soldiers

FIDF Miami International Gala featured 13 active-duty IDF soldiers,

including Florida natives serving in Israel


8 – Some 450 Friends of the

Israel Defense Forces (FIDF)

supporters from Florida and across the

U.S. gathered on February 5 at Eden

Roc Nobu Hotel for the annual FIDF

Miami International Gala: A Night of

Heroes, raising $1.8 million for wellbeing

and educational programs for

the brave soldiers of the Israel Defense

Forces (IDF).

Chairing the gala was Miami-based

businessman and philanthropist Benny

Shabtai, who has been an avid FIDF

supporter for decades and has helped

raise hundreds of millions of dollars

for IDF soldiers and veterans. Shabtai

chaired the FIDF National Gala in New

York for 15 years.

“Floridians have shown tremendous

support for the State of Israel and its

soldiers over the years. This event gave

supporters the opportunity to thank the

men and women who defend the Jewish

homeland,” said Shabtai. “International

business and philanthropic leaders came

together around the shared goal of backing

humanitarian programs for the IDF

soldiers who stand guard over Israel.”

The event featured 13 active-duty

IDF soldiers, including Sgt. Hilla and

Maj. Yehuda. Sgt. Hilla, who began

her military service in 2016 and joined

a special paramedics course, last year

saved the life of her commander, Maj.

Yehuda, after he was hit in the chest by

shrapnel and couldn’t breathe. Yehuda’s

life-threatening injury occurred while

both soldiers were serving along the

Gaza border during a period of heightened

tension and protests.

Also among the visiting soldiers

was Orian Levi, whose brother, Staff

Sgt. Aviv Z”L, passed away while

serving in the IDF. In the evening’s

emotional climax, Aviv’s parents, Yaakov

and Peri, spoke of their devastating

loss. Aviv’s sister, Noy, performed a

song on stage.

Miami’s FIDF supporters welcomed

home Boca Raton native Sgt.

Sarina, a fighter in a search and rescue

unit stationed in the West Bank, who

is serving as a Lone Soldier – one who

joins the IDF without the support of an

immediate family in Israel. Additionally,

guests joined IDF soldiers stationed

along Israel’s Northern border via live

satellite link to hear about the situation

on the ground.

Oren Alexander, co-founder and

senior vice president of The Alexander

Team, co-chaired the gala, with Monica

Crowley, an author, political commentator

and long-time Fox News contributor,

joining as emcee. The IDF Orchestra

also performed during the event.

Other distinguished guests included

former Miami Beach Mayor Philip

Levine, Steve Witkoff, Michael Stern,

David Martin, Naomi and Michael

Dezer, Tal Alexander, FIDF Miami

President Evelyn Katz and FIDF Miami

Past President Shmuel Katz, FIDF

National Director and CEO Maj. Gen.


(Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, and FIDF Florida

Executive Director Dina Ben Ari.

About Friends of the Israel Defense

Forces (FIDF):

FIDF was established in 1981 by a

group of Holocaust survivors as a 501(c)

(3) not-for-profit organization with

the mission of offering educational,

cultural, recreational and social programs

and facilities that provide hope,

purpose and life-changing support for

the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews

worldwide. Today, FIDF has more than

150,000 loyal supporters and 20 chapters

throughout the United States and

Panama. FIDF proudly supports IDF

soldiers, families of fallen soldiers, and

wounded veterans through a variety of

innovative programs that reinforce the

vital bond between the communities in

the United States, the soldiers of the

IDF and the State of Israel. For more

information, visit www.fidf.org.

Monica Crowley, author, political commentator, and long-time Fox News contributor with

Sgt. Hilla (center), who last year saved the life of her commander, Maj. Yehuda (right),

after he was hit in the chest by shrapnel and couldn’t breathe

Brig. Gen. (Res.) Gila Klifi -Amir, FIDF Florida Executive Director Dina Ben Ari, FIDF National Director

and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi -Amir, FIDF National Board Member Marc Jason

(photos courtesy WorldRedEye.com)



It’s in her


Tehila Brezinger

First Responder

Tehila is one of our first responders who perform more than 500

resuscitations each month. When a call for help goes out, your

support helps power the next-generation technology she relies

on to arrive in minutes.

We’re Israel’s emergency medical services organization, Magen

David Adom. As we celebrate our freedom this Passover holiday,

please consider a gift that will make Israel stronger too. Please

give today.

Saving lives. It’s in our blood – and it’s in yours, too.

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Billboard promoting The Baker and the Beauty (image courtesy of Keshet)

Israeli seasons are now available to

watch on Amazon Prime.

A story of an unlikely couple – one a

simple man working in his family’s pita

bakery, and one an attractive celebrity

– their chance meeting and subsequent

relationship faces many challenges,

including the many people who’d like

to see them apart. Hilariously funny and



IN 2018

A record 48,000 participants from

abroad and 8,300 Israelis took part in

10-day Birthright Israel tours in 2018.

Since 1999, 650,000 young Jews

from 67 countries have participated.

(Yori Yalon, Israel Hayom)




362,000 visitors entered the country in

February, maintaining record levels of

tourism to Israel.

In January and February, 683,000

visitors came to Israel, up 16% from

the first two months of 2018, the Central

Bureau of Statistics reports. (Simon

Griver, Globes)




Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

recently inaugurated the new Ramon

Airport near Eilat, named in memory

of astronaut Ilan and pilot Assaf Ramon.

Located 18 km. north of Eilat

in the Timna Valley, the $460 million

airport will replace Eilat and Ovda airports

for commercial flights. The airport

is the first entirely civilian airport

to open since Israel’s independence. It

will also serve as a backup option for

large aircraft in the case of rocket fire

or inclement weather at Ben-Gurion


Eilat has witnessed rapid growth

in tourist demand. In 2015, there were


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name to life, through well-known Israeli lighthearted, with high-quality cinematography

and talented acting, The Baker

actress Yael Poliakov (nominated for

best actress in a drama series in 2014) and the Beauty is an easy watch.

and Danny Niv, otherwise known as the False Flag

musical performer “Muki.”

The relentless twists, turns and surfacing

It is the autobiographical story secrets of False Flag – a series about

of a young couple living in 1990s Tel five seemingly normal Israeli citizens

Aviv – one a successful radio and TV thought responsible for the kidnapping

star, and one a film student – who get of a high-profile member of the Iranian

turned on to Hasidic Judaism during a government – will keep you on the edge

trip to the Sinai Peninsula. The ensuing of the seat, and make turning off your

journey shows them sharing the twists Hulu nearly impossible.

and turns that only such a dramatic life The 2015 eight-episode series based

change can provide.

on a similar real-life incident was created

by Maria Feldman and Amit Cohen,

The Baker and the Beauty

A 2013 Israeli comedy-drama remade and stars an ensemble cast including

in Russia, Holland and currently being well-known actor Ishai Golan (who also

developed in an American version for stars in Hostages) and stunning model,

ABC, The Baker and the Beauty’s two actress and singer Ania Bukstein.


The Israeli show behind

the award-winning

Homeland series,

Hostages aired in Israel

in 2010, not long before

Claire Danes stepped

up to play a CIA agent

in the American version

(winning multiple

Golden Globes and

Emmys in the process).

Available on Netflix

and Hulu, the original

Hostages struck

a chord with Israeli viewers as it first

aired when kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad

Shalit was still being held captive.

Jessica Halfi n is an American immigrant

who arrived in Israel in 2006.

She is an Israeli-trained baker, gourmet

cook, food and culture writer, and gives

foodie tours to tourists in Haifa City.

four weekly flights between Eilat and

Europe. This winter there were 57

weekly flights. Due to the airport’s

proximity to the Jordanian border, a

4.5 km., 26-meter-high smart fence

was constructed to protect incoming

and departing aircraft from a range of

cross-border threats, including missile

fire. (Eytan Halon, Jerusalem Post)



The majority of Americans remain

partial toward Israel in the Israeli-

Palestinian conflict, with 59% saying

they sympathize more with the Israelis

whereas 21% sympathize more with

the Palestinians, according to Gallup’s

World Affairs survey conducted February

1-10, 2019.

In the same poll, 69% of U.S.

adults view Israel very or mostly favorably,

within the 66-72% range seen

between 2010 and 2017, while 21%

view the Palestinian Authority favorably,

similar to most years since 2010.

(Lydia Saad, Gallup)




Jerusalem has seen growing tourism by

Chinese tourists in recent years.

Doron Spielman, vice president of

the City of David Foundation in Jerusalem’s

Old City, said Chinese people

love coming here and seeing a wall

which was built by Jews at the same

time as the Great Wall of China.

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ated its popular nighttime sound and

ight show into Mandarin, so that bibical

characters now speak Chinese to

ell the ancient story on the walls of

erusalem’s Old City.

“There aren’t too many places in

the world that the Chinese people can

come and find another group of people

that go back thousands of years as they

do,” Spielman stressed.

Israel has launched initiatives to

better cater to the needs of Chinese

tourists, such as inviting Chinese chefs

to teach how to cook the Chinese cuisine.

Direct flights between China and

Israel further increased in frequency

in 2018, with now dozens of weekly

direct flights between the two countries.

(Keren Setton, Xinhua - China)




Israel has the 5 th most innovative economy

out of 60 countries, according to

Bloomberg’s annual Innovation Index.

Last year Israel was ranked 10 th .

Ahead of Israel were South Korea,

Germany, Finland and Switzerland.





Although relations between Jerusalem

and Tokyo have improved significantly

since the end of Japan’s participation

in the Arab League boycott, the two

countries have yet to develop a close

relationship to the extent that Israel has

with its Western allies and even China.

Because of Jerusalem’s improved

relations with the Arab states and Japan’s

declining reliance on Middle

Eastern oil supplies, Tokyo will not

need to be as cautious in improving political

relations with Jerusalem or fear

pressure from its other Middle Eastern


As geopolitical obstacles from other

Middle Eastern countries decline in

significance and the economic benefits

of technological cooperation become

clear, there is little reason for Israel and

Japan not to increase their cooperation.

(Shaun Ho, Institute for Contemporary

Affairs - Jerusalem Center for Public





Israel’s gross domestic product has

been rising at an average annual rate of

3.69% since 2000, inflation has been

1.57%, and unemployment has fallen

to 3.6%.

The nation of 8.4 million people

has outperformed European stalwarts

since 2009. Israel’s GDP growth of

69% since then is more than 17 times

what Austria managed and almost three

times what Switzerland mustered.

Among the 36 developed economies

that make up the OECD, Israel

will be the 4 th fastest growing (tied

with Chile) this year with 3.6%, behind

Slovakia, Poland and Slovenia.

(Matthew A. Winkler, Bloomberg)



When the British decided to leave the

EU, many Israelis rejoiced because

“the EU’s attitude toward Israel reflects

the lowest common denominator

in Europe,” in the words of one Israeli

ambassador. Therefore, when such an

important European power quits the

EU, it isn’t surprising that Israelis feel

a sense of relief.

Ever since that decision, we’ve seen

continuous improvement in Britain’s

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Renown rabbi examines progress

of Catholic-Jewish relations

By Jeff Margolis

Rabbi David Rosen has the unique

distinction of having been made

a Knight Commander of the

Order of St. Gregory the Great by the

Pope. Before a packed audience of 250

members and friends of AJC (American

Jewish Committee) West Coast Florida

in Sarasota, Rabbi Rosen, onetime Chief

Rabbi of Ireland, spoke of his relationships

with three popes and continual

progress in interreligious dialogue. He

noted that one the greatest changes in

Catholic-Jewish relations came when

Pope John XXIII convened the Vatican

II Council and issued “Nostra Aetate”

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Rabbi Rosen also noted that Pope

John Paul II continued to make strides

in Catholic-Jewish relations with his

visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome.

John Paul II grew up in Poland and had

many Jewish friends in school and on

the soccer field. The pope noted that

Jews were the “elder brothers” of Catholics.

He also was responsible for establishing

diplomatic relations between

the Vatican and Israel.

The current Pope, Francis, is from

Argentina, a country with a fair-sized

Jewish population. Before being elected

pope, Francis was active in Catholic-

Jewish Relations in Buenos Aires. In

fact, he still maintains a friendship

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with whom he used to co-host a radio

program and co-wrote a book. Rabbi

Rosen also stated that the pope said that

anti-Semitism is a sin to God, and that

Jews and Catholics must be a blessing

to one another.

Currently, Rabbi Rosen serves at

AJC’s Jerusalem-based Director of

International Interreligious Affairs and

directs AJC’s Heilbrunn Institute for


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approach to Israel. The Palestinian obsession

has waned, along with the customary

condemnations. Meanwhile,

commerce and cooperation are soaring.

Another important benchmark was

reached when Britain announced it will

label Hizbullah a terrorist organization.

The incessant refusal of Germany,

France, Italy and the EU itself to define

the murderous organization accurately

is the height of folly. (Ariel Kahana,

Israel Hayom)




Talks are in progress to build an underwater

natural gas pipeline from Israel’s

offshore Leviathan and Tamar fields to

Egypt’s existing liquefied natural gas

plants for processing and re-export,

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz

said recently in Cairo at the first East

Mediterranean Gas Forum.

The new line would allow Israel

to export much more to Egypt than the

maximum 7 billion cubic meters per

year that can flow through the existing

EMG pipeline connecting Israel

to Egypt’s Sinai. Steinitz said Egypt

would begin to receive significant

quantities of Israeli gas through the

EMG pipeline in October. (Mirette

Magdy, Bloomberg)





Israeli irrigation technology developer

Netafim has been selected to construct

four large community irrigation projects

in India, connecting almost 60,000

farmers in over 100 towns to advanced

agricultural technology.

The project, worth over $100 million,

will improve infrastructure in the

southern Indian states of Karnataka and

Andhra Pradesh. (Eytan Halon, Jerusalem





I live in an area of Jerusalem’s Katamonim

neighborhood fondly referred to

as the “Kurdish enclave” thanks to the

Kurdish and Iraqi Jews who compose

the bulk of the local population. Further

down the road is a large pocket of


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Attending the program from Naples

were Shelley and Bob Goodman, Ida

and Jeff Margolis and Beth Povlow. For

more information about AJC and future

programs, please contact Brian Lipton,

Regional Director, AJC West Coast

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Moroccan and Tunisian Jewish families.

Anyone who thinks that Israel is some

kind of Yiddish-dominated culture

planted in the Middle East is in for a

surprise. The descendants of Jews from

Arab lands now make up more than 50%

of the Jewish Israeli population.

After the creation of the state in

1948, more than 800,000 Jews were

expelled from Arab lands and came to

Israel (compared to 711,000 Palestinian

refugees). The Arab world took revenge

on the Jews living among them with

devastating riots and anti-Jewish measures.

According to the Israeli Foreign

Ministry, “259,000 Jews fled from Morocco,

140,000 from Algeria, 100,000

from Tunisia, 75,000 from Egypt and

another 38,000 from Libya.... 135,000

Jews were exiled from Iraq, 55,000 from

Yemen, 34,000 from Turkey, 20,000

from Lebanon and 18,000 from Syria.”

Jews had first settled in what became

Arab lands following the Babylonian

conquest of the Kingdom of Judea,

more than 2,500 years ago, and their

communities predated Islam by 1,000

years. Today, only 4,000 Jews remain

in Arab countries. In other words, the

Jews are the victims of ethnic cleansing.

I recently asked veteran Palestinian

official Hanan Ashrawi about Jews from

Arab lands who had moved to Israel as a

result of persecution. Ashrawi responded,

“They can’t be refugees in their own

homeland.” She refused to answer how

Palestinians could be considered refugees

in what she calls the State of Palestine.

(But at least she acknowledged

Israel as the Jewish homeland.) (Liat

Collins, Jerusalem Post)





Polling shows the Israeli-Palestinian

conflict is barely registering as a top foreign

policy concern for most Americans.

Only 17% of Americans said that

finding a solution to the conflict was a

top foreign policy priority in a November

2018 Pew Research survey – the

lowest number since Pew started asking

the question in 1993.

In 2011, the last time the question

was asked, 23% of Americans rated it

as a top priority, while in January 2003

[during the Second Intifada], 38% called

it a top priority.

72% of Americans said the top foreign

policy priority should be to protect

the U.S. from terrorism.

The next two were protecting


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jobs of American workers (71%) and

preventing the spread of weapons of

mass destruction (66%). (Grace Sparks,






“Today...there is not an Israeli-Arab

conflict: There is an Israeli-Palestinian

conflict,” former Israeli defense minister

Moshe Ya’alon told a conference on

Monday, March 11 at the Hebrew University’s

Truman Institute marking the

40 th anniversary of the Israeli-Egyptian

peace agreement. “When we look back

at the agreement, there has not been a

threat of conventional war against Israel

since it was signed. No Arab leader or

Arab army dared to challenge Israel as

army-against-army, and the Yom Kippur

War was the last war the Arab leaders

initiated against us.”

Ya’alon said that while the peace

agreement essentially put an end to the

nationalist pan-Arabist threat to Israel, a

month before the agreement was signed

in 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

came to power in Iran. And that revolution

gave support to all the variations of

Islamic radicalism that the region has

witnessed since: from an increase in the

influence of the Muslim Brotherhood to

the rise of Hamas and al-Qaeda.

But this also created opportunities

for Israel as relations have developed

with the Sunni Arab world. The situation

is not one of normalization, “but they

are no longer telling stories about the

extremist Zionist empire that wants to

reign from the Euphrates to the Nile.”

(Herb Keinon, Jerusalem Post)

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin

Trudeau said recently, “I will continue

to condemn the BDS movement” that

calls to boycott Israel. Trudeau said the

anti-Semitism that was commonplace

decades ago still exists, as evidenced

by hate crimes against Jewish Canadians.

He added that Canada must be

very careful “not to sanction this new

frame around anti-Semitism and undue

criticism of Israel.”

“When you have movements like

BDS that single out Israel, that seek

to delegitimize and in some cases demonize,

when you have students on

campus dealing with things like Israel

apartheid weeks that make them fearful

of actually attending campus events

because of their religion in Canada, we

have to recognize that there are things

that aren’t acceptable, not because of

foreign policy concerns but because

of Canadian values.” (Ryan Maloney,

Huffington Post - Canada)



What is missing from the argument

about what really motivates most of

my former House colleagues to support

Israel is: What is good for the United

States? Their responsibility is to protect

American interests first and foremost.

The vast majority of the Democrats

and Republicans in Congress support

Israel because it is a valuable ally that

shares fundamental ideals in a volatile

region of the world. Israel is not Turkey,

which has veered from American interests,

or Russia or China. So our lawmakers

support measures like funding

anti-missile systems or the $40 billion

security package that will help protect

aligned American and Israeli interests

in the Middle East.

Congress supports Israel not because

of a lobbyist, but because stopping

the influence of Hamas and Hizbullah is

essential for the U.S. In a region where

democracy is stifled and religious freedom

prohibited, our lawmakers support

Israel because it remains a democracy.

(Steve Israel, The Hill)




NASA is set to include a radiation suit

manufactured by Israeli company Stem-

Rad in its upcoming Orion Exploration-

Mission 1, scheduled for June 2020, a

blog published by the European Space

Agency reported last week.

On the crewless mission, two dummies

designed to record radiation levels,

one donning StemRad’s radiation suit,

will be used to assess and compare the

levels astronauts may be exposed to

during a lunar mission.

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Anti-Israel/anti-Semitic legislation

By Jerrold L. Sobel, ZOA of SWFL President

Israeli leaders are outraged over the of discrimination. A statement from the

Occupied Territories Bill approved Israeli Ministry reads, “This is a clear

by Ireland’s lower house this past expression of obsessive discrimination

month. The bill criminalizes the sale of that should be rejected with disgust.” It

Israeli products from the Golan Heights, continued, saying that the bill “is indicative

of hypocrisy and anti-Semitism.”

Eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Following the vote which propelled Both the National ZOA and our local

chapter, ZOA of Southwest Florida,

the legislation forward, members of

Parliament took to social media to share vehemently condemn this one-sided,

the news. The bill’s founder, Frances clearly anti-Semitic legislation. If

Black, gleefully tweeted, “Amazing, passed into law, and there is every

an overwhelming majority voted for reason to believe it will, it would be illegal

to import or sell goods produced

the Occupied Territories Bill 2018 and

a ban on what is deemed, illegal settlement


because production is based on goods

by Israeli Jews, and only Israeli Jews,

When Israeli officials received which are produced by Jewish residents

news about the vote, they immediately of Judea/Samaria.

voiced extreme disappointment over the Upon being summoned by the Israeli

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the Irish Ambassador to Israel, Alison

Kelly, claimed the bill “was not a pro-

BDS initiative.” If it’s not, supporters

of Israel would like to know what else

to call it.

The Israeli government understood

it as singling out the Jewish state, leading

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin

Netanyahu to condemn the initiative,

saying, the legislation’s “sole purpose

is to support the BDS movement and

harm the State of Israel.”

In accordance, ZOA National President

Morton A. Klein stated, “The ZOA

condemns this legislation that has been

presented in the Irish Senate which, despite

not mentioning Judea/Samaria by

name, is clearly intended to criminalize

trade and commercial relations by Ireland

with Israeli Jewish individuals and

companies based in Judea/Samaria.”

He went on to say, “Such legislation is


also blatantly racist and discriminatory,

targeting Israeli Jews alone.”

Within our local chapter, several

members have begun discussing what

steps a small group like ours can take

to protest such blatantly anti-Israel/

anti-Semitic legislation – the consensus

being a boycott of our own.

There are beautiful, delightful travel

destinations throughout the world other

than Ireland that do not discriminate

against Jews and where our money and

patronage would be appreciated. Israel

immediately comes to mind.

Reminder: On Wednesday, April 3

at 7:30 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center

of Naples, Dr. Susan Michaels, Director

of the International Christian Embassy

Jerusalem, will be speaking. Her

topic will be “Why Christians Support


Opinions and letters printed in the Federation Star do

not necessarily reflect those of the Jewish Federation

of Greater Naples, its Board of Directors or staff, or

its advertisers.







Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) called on the

House on Thursday, March 7, to pass a

resolution that would “singularly condemn”

anti-Semitism in the wake of

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent comments.

“We are having this debate because of

the language of one of our colleagues,

language that suggests Jews like me

who serve in the United States Congress

and whose father earned a purple

heart fighting the Nazis in the Battle of

the Bulge, that we are not loyal Americans?”

said Deutch.

“Why are we unable to singularly

condemn anti-Semitism? Why can’t

we call it anti-Semitism and show

we’ve learned the lessons of history?...

It feels like we’re only able to call out

the use of anti-Semitic language by a

colleague of ours...if we’re addressing

all forms of hatred. And it feels like we

can’t say it’s anti-Semitism unless everyone

agrees that it’s anti-Semitism.”

“Jews control the world? Jews care

only about money? Jews have dual

loyalty and can’t be patriotic members

of the country in which they live?

Words matter. For generations, they

have had dangerous consequences for

me, for my family and for my people.

This shouldn’t be so hard.” (Juliegrace

Brufke, The Hill)




Rep. Ilhan Omar does not like Israel.

That’s a shame, not least because Israel

is the only country in its region that

embraces the sorts of values the Democratic

Party claims to champion. When

was the last time there was a gay-pride

parade in Ramallah, a women’s rights

march in Gaza or an opposition press

in Tehran?

America is a free country, and

Omar is within her rights to think what

she will about Israel or any other state.

There’s rarely a social or reputational

penalty for publicly criticizing Israeli

policies today. It’s ubiquitous on college

campuses and commonplace in

editorial pages. Omar, however, isn’t

just a critic of Israel.

For those who don’t get it, claims

that Israel “hypnotizes” the world, or

that it uses money to bend others to

its will, or that its American supporters

“push for allegiance to a foreign

country,” repackage falsehoods commonly

used against Jews for centuries.

Those who support Israel should

not have to face allegations that their

sympathies have been purchased, or

their brains hijacked, or their loyalties


As the criticism of Omar mounts,

it becomes that much easier for her to

seem like the victim of a smear campaign,

rather than the instigator of a

smear. The secret of anti-Semitism has

always rested, in part, on creating the

perception that the anti-Semite is, in

fact, the victim of the Jews and their

allies. (Bret Stephens, New York Times)



No one ever accuses supporters of the

U.S.-Britain “special relationship” of

owing allegiance to a foreign country.

Nor do supporters of the U.S. alliances

with Canada, Japan, Germany, Saudi

Arabia, Jordan, Poland or any other

country face such accusations. Only

supporters of Israel. This is an old and

ugly anti-Semitic canard. It should be a

no-brainer for Democrats to condemn

what Omar said.

Omar’s defenders suggest that to

criticize her is to “stifle” debate and to

equate any criticism of Israel with anti-

Semitism. Wrong. It’s perfectly legitimate

to criticize Israel. I do it myself.

But Omar wasn’t criticizing Israeli

policies. She was criticizing Israel’s

supporters by suggesting that they are

not loyal Americans. That’s textbook

anti-Semitism. (Max Boot, Washington




Palestinians will not benefit from the

controversy resulting from Rep. Ilhan

Omar’s repeated use of familiar anti-

Semitic themes. If Ms. Omar wants to

support Palestinians, there’s no end to

the urgent tasks she could champion as

Palestinians are enduring a crisis in relations

with the U.S.

Omar’s rhetoric is a disaster that

reinforces divisive stereotypes about

supposed Muslim hostility to Jews. As

someone who has spent more than 20

years in Washington working on Arab

and Muslim-American problems and

championing the Palestinian cause, I

implore Omar to learn more about the

issues at stake. In the meantime, I have

one thing to say to her: Please, just

stop it! (Hussein Ibish, senior resident

scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute

in Washington, Bloomberg)


Bound together in freedom


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The story is told of a man who

survives a plane crash and finds

himself stranded on a desert

island. After years of surviving on his

own, good fortune smiles upon him as

a passing ship comes close enough for

him to signal his distress. A few crewmembers

from the ship come ashore

to meet the man and bring him back to


Before departing the island, the man

invites his guests to see what he has

built. Curious, the sailors agree, and the

man takes them toward the center of the

island. When they arrive, they are surprised

to see a small town, constructed

out of materials from the island. Pointing

at one building, the man begins the

tour, “Here you see the bank. Across

the street is a restaurant. Over there is

my office…”

“Excuse me,” interrupts one of the

sailors. “Those two buildings, on opposite

sides of the street, appear identical.

What are they?”

“Oh,” replied the man. “That is the

synagogue where I worship,” he says

pointing to the right. “And,” gesturing

to the left, “That is the synagogue in

which I would never set foot.”

From the time of Torah, we know

that there have long been differences of

opinion and perspective in the Jewish

world. As we gather around our Seder

tables this month, we will retell the great

story of the Exodus from Egypt. While

our ancestors experienced firsthand the

awe and wonder of the Ten Plagues,

we should not forget that they were

also quick to criticize and complain.

Between the time they leave Egypt and

reach the Sea of Reeds, the kvetching

has already started. The people turn on

Moses, saying to him, “What? Were

there not enough graves in Egypt that

you had to bring us out here to die?”

Even then, our people displayed a sarcastic

sense of humor.

While humorous, this exchange is

made possible by the newfound freedom

bestowed upon the Israelites. No longer

burdened by the yoke of Pharaoh, our

ancestors receive the ability to make

choices and to express opinions. That

freedom extended from the Exodus into

today, and as a result, one can look back

on the history of our people and say

definitively that at no time has Judaism

been monolithic. There has always been

a variety of expressions for Judaism: the

splitting of ancient Israel into a Northern

and Southern Kingdom; Pharisees and

Sadducees; Babylonian Talmud and

the Talmud Yerushalmi; Ashkenazi and

Sephardi; Reform, Conservative and Orthodox.

As we often say, when you have

two Jews, there will be three opinions.

At the same time, Passover reminds

us that despite the ways in which we

differentiate ourselves, there are common

ties that link us together. Each year,

when we retell the story of Moses and

our ancestors, the Haggadah instructs us

to insert ourselves into the story. We are

told to believe as if we, too, were there

in Egypt. This moment in the Seder

is equally simple and brilliant. With a

single twist, all Jews, regardless of their

ethnic origin or religious observance

share one identity as the people whom

God freed from Egypt and the oppression

of Pharaoh.

In today’s world, it feels like we

have more divisions than common

ground. Indeed, I am often approached

by individuals upset that they can no

longer engage in constructive dialogue

with family members, much less friends

or acquaintances, without some form of

conflict. Along those lines, I know that

when some hear that joke about the man

stranded on an island, they perceive it

as a negative. Rather than despair over

our differences, let us be grateful for the

common threads that link us together

and nurture those relationships. After

all, the man chose to build both synagogues.

In doing so, he created a world

in which both points of view could exist.

Make your Passover celebration

this year a time for rediscovering the

shared narrative. Begin by inviting a

diverse group to your Seder table. When

you reach the point at which we are all

told that it is as if we, ourselves, were

in Egypt, go around the table and invite

each person to share something they

have in common with at least one other

individual at the Seder. The answers

may surprise you. Most importantly,

everyone in attendance will appreciate a

central lesson behind the holiday. We are

not defined by our differences, but rather

by our sacred relationships with God

and the people of Israel. This Passover,

may we celebrate both our freedom, and

the ties that bind us.

Rabbi Adam Miller serves at Temple

Shalom in Naples.

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Can we measure freedom?




It’s not unusual during Passover to

contemplate freedom, as our ancestors

were finally freed of bondage

and left Egypt for their Promised Land.

In fact, the Talmud tells us that, “In

every generation one must look upon

himself as if he personally had gone out

of Egypt.” This is because we, too, have

Egypts and self-imposed slaveries that

we want to break free from. And just as

G-d liberated the Jews from Egypt then,

He can liberate us now.

What is freedom, and how do we

know if we have it? Do we make the best

of it? It might be a different concept for

each person. I am sure every one of us

is aware of how we occasionally take

our existing freedoms for granted and

possibly try to work on changing that.

Simply stated, freedom could be

seen as the ability to do whatever we

want, whenever we want to do it. But

is that all? And is it enough?

One might feel that freedom of

speech gives a person the right to say

anything he wishes in public, but there

is always the common-sense reminder

that it doesn’t give one the right to be

unpleasant and hurtful to others.

When our ancestors left Egypt,

they experienced freedom from slavery.

Their physical freedom was one element,

but what allowed them to adapt

to their new circumstances so rapidly?

It was the discipline that accompanied

their new freedom. Just like freedom of

speech is only maximized with careful

contemplation in how we use our words,

the Jews’ freedom from Egypt had the

focus of using the freedom to serve G-d.

My meditation this Passover Seder

as I eat Shmurah Matzah – hand-made

matzah that according to Kabbalah is

the “bread of healing” and the “bread of

faith” – is to reach for that essence. We,

too, want to lead the most meaningful

lives possible within freedom infused

with spirituality, thinking about the

world outside ourselves, our Creator’s

desires and others’ needs.

On the deepest level, we simply

want to be free to serve G-d – to use

our peace and tranquility to be better

fathers/mothers, sons/daughters, spouse,

friend; to use our hard-earned money

for tzedakah, thinking not only of how

we want more, but also about so many

who have less; to use our extra time to

talk to G-d, or visit the elderly, giving

them the time and attention they need.

When my freedom is G-d-focused,

I have not only freedom from, but freedom

to live with the deepest purpose,

meaning and happiness.

Rabbi Fishel Zaklos serves at Chabad

Jewish Center of Naples.

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Temple Shalom Preschool update

By Seyla Cohen, Preschool Director

March was an exciting month

for us. We started off honoring

our incredible teachers

with Teacher Appreciation Week. Our

wonderful POTS committee set up a

week of themed gifts and treats for our

teachers who all work so hard throughout

the year, giving their all to our precious

preschool children.

Our 2 nd Annual Purim Carnival was

another great success. Because of the

generosity of the Jewish Federation of

Greater Naples, we were able to bring

a petting zoo, Too Tall Torrie, a bounce

house, an obstacle course and other

great activities. Of course, there were

hamentashen, and our very own Ms.

Jane, aka, Queen Esther, presented the

Purim puppet show.

Coming up this month is Camp

Day, when our students will get a taste

of what will be offered at our camps this

summer. During the long summer, we

offer a wonderful way to occupy and

enrich the lives of our campers: Camp

Shalom, for those in the 2- to 4-year

age range; and Camp Einstein for boys

and girls 5-8. Both camps offer seven

weekly sessions beginning June 3.

As in the past, Camp Shalom

provides a fun-filled program for the

younger crew, including music, art, water

play, science, technology, storyland

and dance. New friendships are formed

and social interaction, so important at

this age, is sustained. A weekly theme

entertains little ones, making each week

a new and exciting experience.

For older kids, Camp Einstein

provides a wonderful link between a

carefree atmosphere and maintaining a

stimulating educational environment.

Parents concerned about keeping learning

alive and inquisitive minds active

have come to welcome this wonderful

program. Literature, science, math,

reading, technology and art are provided

in a relaxed and engaging climate helping

to provide continuity in education

during the long summer holiday.

We are also looking forward to our

TSP Passover Seder. Our families all

Preschool of the Arts update

By Ettie Zaklos, Preschool Director

March felt like one long joyous

celebration at Preschool of

the Arts. And why wouldn’t

it? Purim was in the air! Our school

community joined together in grand

fashion with an elaborate “Purim in

Italy” party that was enjoyed by all.

Our children got into the spirit of the

festivities at school, dressing up in

costumes, singing Purim songs and

baking hamentashen. In art class, the

children designed and decorated beautiful

baskets that they filled with yummy

goodies. The children then gifted their

basket to a friend in the Purim custom of

Mishloach Manot, encouraging sharing,

giving and friendship.

Many of the themes and values our

school shares with the children about

the holiday stem from our tradition. The

Purim story is told in the Book of Esther,

the only book of the Bible that does not

contain the name nor any reference to

G-d. It seems as if the Jewish victory

over Haman was due to wonderful coincidences

and ordinary good luck. But

G-d often works in ways that are not apparent,

in ways that appear to be chance.

It is up to us to uncover that hidden-ness

of the Divine/human relationship and

acknowledge its place in our lives.

Taking this message to human relationships

– friendships, even strangers

– we share a world together and it is

wonderful to take the time to acknowledge

the connections we have with

each other. Purim reminds us that there

is always a special relationship to celebrate.

All we need to do is stop, think

about it and tap into it. And that’s what

Purim asks of us to do – to stop and think

about the people dear to us and show our

appreciation. We give each other gifts

of food to express our gratitude for the


Here at Preschool of the Arts we

are a family. We share common goals

and aspirations for our children and

know the value in creating relationships.

That is why March also hosted

one of our most popular events of the

year – Grandparents and Special Friends

Day! Grandparents and special friends

joined us for a “Picnic Party,” a wonderful

interactive day of fun and inspiring

activities to nurture that special intergenerational


Our school body has grown significantly

over the years and we always

work to maintain an intimate experience

join together in celebrating the joyous

holiday of Passover and get a taste of a


Temple Shalom Preschool Art Show

We are pleased to announce that this

year’s Temple Shalom Preschool Art

Show will be held on Saturday, May 4

at 5:30 p.m. The art show committee

promises this year will be like no other.

With the Kentucky Derby as the theme,

they will be planning an unforgettable

evening with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres,

interactive entertainment, silent auctions

and, of course, the children’s


Each year, pieces crafted by children

at the preschool adorn the walls of

the social hall where parents gather to

view artwork created by their children

under the guidance of Art Director Linda

Ginsberg. Such an exhibition gives the

children a sense of pride and confidence,

so important to the self-esteem of our

preschool students.

The Annual Art Show is an opportunity

for parents, relatives, congregants

for our dear grandparents so they can

really connect with their grandchildren.

This year, we facilitated that bonding

by hosting our grandparents in three

separate shifts. The program focused

on how grandchildren make life “one

happy picnic” and highlighted themes

of joy, family and connection.

We know that being a grandparent

is one of the greatest gifts in life and we

were honored to recognize the special

role grandparents play in their grandchildren’s

lives. Throughout the day,

we were inspired to witness the nachat

(overwhelming pride and joy) on all our

grandparents’ faces, beaming as the children

demonstrated their

tremendous accomplishments

and growth. Most

wonderful of all, was the

way the children burst

with pride, as each one

felt like a million dollars –

special and loved by their

grandparents. It is truly

only grandparents who

can bring so much joy!

Want to bring a smile

to your child’s face? Sign



and friends to gather, mingle and enjoy a

pleasant evening of wine, refreshments

and music. At the same time, they are

given the opportunity to purchase students’

creations, participate in the silent

auction, and bid on many other items

and services auctioned and raffled off.

As in the past, the evening will prove

a welcoming, warm and attentive fundraiser

from which students, families

and the preschool benefit. In addition

to providing funds for our enrichment

program, moneys raised during this

event, along with Jewish Federation of

Greater Naples grants, provide funds to

support scholarships for Temple Shalom

Preschool families in need of aid with


For more information on our incredible

program, please call me at



Grandparents Day at Preschool of the Arts





him or her up for Summer of the Arts!

Our summer experience is like dozens of

specialty camps rolled into one. Families

can sign up for all six weeks or anyAa

of our three, two-week sessions, whichm

run from June 3 - July 12. Enrollmenta

is filling up fast! With high demandt

and limited availability, we encouragei

prospective families to enroll today. Forb

more information, call 239.263.2620 orJ

visit www.NaplesPreschooloftheArts. t









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The PJ Library is brought to

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aples BBYO happenings

y Jessica Zimmerman, Associate Regional Dir., North Florida Region

n February, four teens from Naples

represented our community at International

Convention, an incredible

eekend that brings together 3,000

Jewish teens from 50

countries. To learn

more about International


visit aza/bbg.bbyo.


Last month,

the Naples middle

school program travled

to Fort Myers for a spring training

aseball game. We had a blast taking

Jessica Zimmerman

in the game and Jake Jaffe even caught

a ball!

Are you a middle or high school

student who needs some community

service hours? On

Sunday, April 7, Naples

and Fort Myers

BBYO will be participating

in BBYO’s

international day of

giving called JServe. Our cause this

year is to create awareness and assist the

homeless children in our area. There are

approximately 800 homeless children

in need of food every day when they

April 2019 Federation Star

leave school in Naples. If you would

like to help our cause, please donate

food or, preferably, gift cards to restaurants

and grocery stores. Drop them

off or send them to

Jessica Zimmerman,

Jewish Federation of

Greater Naples, 2500

Vanderbilt Beach

Rd., #2201, Naples,

FL 34109. Everything donated will be

directly given to a homeless child in

our community. We will be collecting

donations through April 7. If you are in

grades 6-12, contact me if you would



like to get involved on April 7.

Are you a parent of a child in grades

6-12? If so, you are invited to join

Naples and Fort Myers parents for a

night out at Painting with a Twist (13500

Tamiami Trail N., Suite 7, Naples) on

Thursday, April 11 from 7:00 to 9:00

p.m. The cost is $5. RSVP to jesszim


To be added to our email mailing

list, to contact local staff about upcoming

programs, or for general information,

please email me.


eth Tikvah update




s I write my last column as Beth

Tikvah’s president, our congregants

are receiving materials

nd proxies for our annual membership

eeting, which will take place at 11:00

.m. on March 24. The package contains

he slate developed by our Nominatng

Committee and approved by our

oard. I’m confident that the Naples

ewish community will applaud both

he continuity in our leadership and the

ew voices that will shape our destiny.

will become immediate past president.

intend, as well, to remain active on the

reater Naples Jewish Book Festival


The last four years have been a chalenge

and a pleasure, and I wish the new

eadership team the greatest success.

During such times of change, it

BETH TIKVAH www.bethtikvahnaples.org / 239-434-1818

is only appropriate to remember the

sterling, comprehensive leadership of

Rabbi Ammos Chorny, who will soon

be enjoying a Sabbatical summer in


April Happenings

Our Rosh Chodesh Women’s Study

Group will meet on Sunday, April 7 at

10:00 a.m. Lynne Marie Laval-Yeh is

facilitating, speaking on “Environmental

Issues for People of Faith.” How did

we get where we are and what can we

do about it? Attention will be paid to

Judaism’s special ability to wrestle with

challenging issues and to discover solutions.

Contact Elaine Kamin for details

at elainekamin@gmail.com.

As we have recently done during the

spring months, we will offer a three-part

Jewish film series. On Thursday, April

11, Elliott Gould narrates the Emmy

Award-winning documentary A Yiddish

World Remembered, which revisits

the beautiful Eastern European Jewish

world before the horrifying aftermath

of World War II. Using rare archival

films, vintage photos, personal recollections,

traditional cantorial and more,

it becomes an emotional portrayal of

Jewish traditions, religious treasures,

the fascinating language of Yiddish, and

life as it was. RSVP to 239.434.1818.

Our annual Chametz Bash takes

place on Thursday, April 18 at 6:00

p.m. This fun meal allows us to rid our

homes of foods we will not be eating

during Pesach. We request that such

unopened packages of food be donated

to the food pantry at the Naples Senior

Center at JFCS. Bring your donations

by April 18 to Beth Tikvah, enjoy the

meal, and we will get the donations to

the food pantry. Those soon heading to

your northern homes can take this opportunity

to clear out your Naples kitchens.

The cost for the event is $10 for

adults, $6 for children, with a $33 family

maximum. RSVP to 239.434.1818 or

bethtikvahnaples@icloud.com, or visit


As usual, we will hold a Kosher

First Seder at Beth Tikvah. The Seder

on Friday, April 19 will begin after a

7:00 p.m. Shabbat/Erev Pesach service.

The cost is $85 for members and $100

for nonmembers; under 13 is half price.

See the information and ordering link

on our website or call the synagogue


The next morning, our Shabbat/

Yom Tov service will begin at 9:30 a.m.

We will conclude our Pesach week on

Friday, April 26 with a 9:00 a.m. service

including Yizkor.

Religious Services Schedule

Friday services begin at 6:15 p.m. “In

season” they follow a “social hour” beginning

at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy friendship,

wine and a nibble. Saturday services

begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude with

a Kiddush luncheon. Each Sunday

through winter and early spring we

offer a minyan at 9:00 a.m.We convene

Yahrzeit minyanim upon request.

Please join us at any service. Our

participatory worship services and

most other events are held at 1459

Pine Ridge Road, just west of Mission

Square Plaza. For more information,

call 239.434.1818, email bethtikvah

naples@aol.com or visit www.bethtik

vahnaples.org. You can reach Rabbi

Chorny directly at 239.537.5257.

CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF NAPLES www.chabadnaples.com / 239-262-4474

Chabad Jewish Center of Naples update

Torah Completion

On February 4, we joined together to

celebrate the beginning of a new Torah

scroll that would embody the exceptional

unity of the Naples community.

This scroll was commissioned exclusively

for, and sponsored by, Patricia

Adkins and the Chabad Naples and

Preschool of the Arts community. The

Torah’s completion at a communitywide

celebration on Sunday, March 31

at 3:30 p.m., is the joyous culmination

of that amazing group effort and a testament

to our special Naples community,

Chabad Naples and Preschool of the

Arts family. We take great pleasure in

inviting you to attend the monumental

dedication Ceremony and Celebration

of the writing of a new Torah scroll in

honor of the entire community-at-large

of Southwest Florida.

Conceived following Hurricane

Irma, thanks to Patricia Adkins this

beautiful Torah becomes part of our

legacy to fulfill our commitment to our

faith, our heritage, to Israel and to each

other. Don’t miss this grand celebration!

Everyone is welcome. For more

information, visit ChabadNaples.com/

UnityTorah or call 239.262.4474.

Model Matzah Bakery

You have not tasted real matzah until

you taste one you baked yourself! Come

to our famous Model Matzah Bakery on

Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m., when

you will learn and participate. You and

your children will find out everything

you ever wanted to know about matzah,

and then make and bake your own. What

a meaningful way to begin getting ready

for Passover!

Passover Seder

On Friday, April 19, we will welcome

you to our famous Passover Seder.

This event sells out quickly as we have

limited space, so be sure to RSVP as

soon as possible. Call the office or

reserve online. Come with your family

and celebrate with your entire Naples

Chabad family.

Partner Appreciation Evening

With joy and gratitude, we invite you

to attend the annual celebration of the

Chabad of Naples and Preschool of the

Arts Partners on Thursday, May 16 at

7:00 p.m. This is your night to celebrate

your home! We will gather to recognize

the more than 300 families who, like

you, have made an annual pledge to support

our ongoing operations. Because

of your contributions and support, we

continue to grow, to improve, to expand

and to be the unique center that we all

call home. We’d love the opportunity

to show you how much we appreciate

your support.

See Israel in 2020

Here’s your chance to see Israel as a VIP.

Make plans now and get your passport

ready to join us March 15-24, 2020, for

a first-class tour of Israel’s highlights.

This is a great opportunity to see Israel

as never before, and we know you will

want to be part of our delegation from

Naples. We extend a personal invitation

to join us and fellow members of our

community on this trip of a lifetime.

Please call us at 239.262.4474 or email

office@chabadnaples.com for more


Hebrew School

Registration is now open for Hebrew

School. It’s never too early to be assured

of a place for your children to enjoy this

unique experience.

Men’s Club

Our Men’s Club meets every Wednesday

at 11:30 a.m. at the Chabad Center

for learning, schmoozing and a lunch.

Flying Challahs

Here is your chance to bring a smile

to someone’s face. If you know people

who need a visit or just a little extra

caring attention, your suggestion via a

phone call will bring a freshly-baked

challah flying to their doorstep.

The Mix and Mingle group is for Jewish Senior Singles,

55 and up, who want to partake in fun and stimulating

cultural activities, dine out together, and enjoy good

conversation and companionship.

The Mix and Mingle group is sponsored by

the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.

For upcoming events, please visit


To be added to the Mix and Mingle email list or to suggest

an event, please email Renee’ at rbialek@jewishnaples.org.

36 Federation Star April 2019


NAPLES JEWISH CONGREGATION www.naplesjewishcongregation.org / 239-431-3858

Building empathy in today’s polarized world




Empathy, a most admirable trait,

is often lamentably absent in

today’s fractious world. Having

empathy is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Empathy enables one to seek to

understand the formidable challenges

sometimes faced by others that do not

confront some of us, such as racism,

sexism, employment discrimination,

gender discrimination, extreme income

inequality and the like. It is unclear

whether empathy is “baked in” or an

acquired trait. We do know that some

people seem to radiate it, while others

seem bereft of it.

We typically live today in our own

insular world, surrounded by communities

that mirror ours. Most parts

of Naples are prime examples of this.

If we choose to live in enclaves, then

getting “out of our bubble” to reach

out to others requires concerted effort.

Reaching out to and developing

empathy for others goes hand in hand

with the biblical mandate codified in

the Torah, mentioned 36 times (more

than any other mitzvah), to “love” and

help the stranger. Before there can be

“love,” there must be acknowledgement

of the stranger’s humanity and dignity.

Recognition of the stranger can, over

time, lead to acceptance. Acceptance

can, with the assistance of empathy, lead

to embracing of the stranger.

Honing our empathetic skills enables

us to tear down walls of separation

to build bridges of unity. Humor is

frequently employed to dispel fear and

defuse anger, stress and tension. This

was the impetus for the Laugh in Peace

Comedy Tour, which came to Naples

Jewish Congregation (NJC) on February

21, for its 5 th Annual Artist Program,

headlined by Rabbi Bob Alper, a practicing

Rabbi and standup comedian, and

Gibran Saleem, his touring comedy

collaborator. Shortly following 9/11,

it occurred to Rabbi Bob that adding

Muslim comics to his comedy routine

could begin to heal hurt through humor.

His hope was that “by having comics of

different faiths laugh with one another,

instead of about one another, they could

seek to break down some stereotypes

and begin to heal old divides.” Modeling

friendships through humor is simply

another way to build empathy. It was

apparent from this unique program that

most people of all faiths have the same

aspirations – to dwell in a peaceful

world where they can raise a family and

live lives of fulfillment.

Another recent local example of

reaching out to others to foster empathy

was the February 17 grand opening of

the first mosque in Naples by the Islamic

Center of Naples. NJC was represented

by six of its members at the grand opening.

Members of other local faith groups

not only participated, but spoke at the

event. We were warmly welcomed by

Mohammed Usman, the Islamic Center’s

president, as well as by many of

its members. A delicious meal of Indian

and Lebanese food was served, followed

by the program welcoming the greater

Naples community and a tour of the

facility. The local Islamic community

has formally reached out to us, by sharing

their hospitality and their hopes for

unity within the faith communities and

peoples of Naples. We at NJC will be

following up with the Islamic Center’s

leadership to start a dialogue to get to

know their members better, so that once

again, we can seek to promote empathy

and a meaningful relationship with our

Muslim community.

In order to build empathy, we must

focus on being “we-centric,” rather

than “me-centric.” Because we Jews

have spent several millennia being

the “stranger” (now morphed into the

“other”), we well know the perils of

demonization and marginalization that

is so perniciously prevalent in today’s

fractious world.

JEWISH CONGREGATION OF MARCO ISLAND www.marcojcmi.com / 239-642-0800

At JCMI we gather as a family

By Sue R. Baum, President

Passover 2019 begins Friday evening,

April 19, and ends Saturday

evening, April 27. This year, the

Passover Seder will be presented by

Mary Pinto and her committee. Our

congregation comes together and is led

in worship by Rabbi Mark Gross and

Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen.

In addition to the congregation,

many guests join us from the surrounding

hotels and timeshares. This festival

is said to be the most widely celebrated

of Jewish holidays, marking the liberation

by God of the Jewish people from

slavery, and their freedom as a nation

under the leadership of Moses. This

early concept of freedom from slavery

has become a hallmark of the desire

of man to live as a free individual. It

provided out forefathers with a guide

to free our country from English rule.

The concept of freedom has played a

great influence on generations of people.

We welcome the community to

attend our Seder. For more information,

please call the synagogue office at


Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

991 Winterberry Drive ~ Marco Island, FL 34145


Our 36 th Annual Family Passover Seider

Friday, April 19, 2019 ~ Promptly at 6:30 PM

The Haggadah will be read by the attendees, led by

Rabbi Mark W. Gross and Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen

A Complete Traditional Passover Meal Catered By

Members of our Devoted JCMI Family and Mango’s Dockside Bistro

Visitors and Guests Welcome!

For Passover Seider information, pricing and reservations, please contact the Jewish

Congregation of Marco Island, 239-642-0800.


JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SWFL www.jhsswf.org / 239-566-1771

Tooting our own horns





In April, as we gather around our

Passover tables to recall and never

forget the story of the Exodus from

Egypt, let us not forget to celebrate the

ending of that chapter, namely, the arrival

of Jews from captivity to the Promised

Land. Somehow, arrivals always

stop at the ticker tape parade. Granted,

neither ticker nor tape was invented

when Joshua led the tribes of Moses to

the battlefields some 3,300 years ago.

Instead of a parade, there were the walls

of Jericho to bring down.

I am not a scholar of the history

of the Jewish people of the biblical

era. I am a student of the continuity of

the Jewish experience that transcends

epochs and destinations – resettlement

to new lands that require the first generation

to prove its worthiness. Joshua

did it by his sword. For centuries after,

in times of relative peace, our people

needed to employ other means.

In the modern era and the Jewish

arrival to Southwest Florida, there were

no ticker tape parades. Significantly less

memorable but uniquely important to

this region, “battles” have been fought

and many were lost. Yet some were

won and, over time, the Jewish presence

gained acceptance. We now cannot

envision Southwest Florida without its

Jewish congregations, Federations and

organizations. And wonderfully so, neither

can our neighbors. Perhaps to some

of them, Jews may still only be mythical

characters from the Bible. We need to

remember that not every non-Jew comes

in contact with a Jewish community in

their journey. In that regard, each Jew

is a Joshua. But we also each have a

responsibility to preserve the promised

land of Florida as we have found it and

not try to blow our battle bugles with

such might that it might destroy the

precious gains this land has offered us.

Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers

understood the balance of trailblazing

and preservation. Eyewitness testimonies

that the Jewish Historical Society

of Southwest Florida has been gathering

are beautiful stories to impact many

generations. One of them, the story of a

Jewish policeman, Richard Plager, will

be the center of our next Master Class

of SWFL Jewish History, which will be

held on Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. at

the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte

Counties. Originally from Miami,

Plager has served as Sanibel’s Chief of

Police and has an impressive record of

accomplishments. He will be attending.

Registration for this free event is

required via email to office@jhsswf.org.

Knowing local Florida history enriches

the Jewish cultural experience. It

can also come in handy unexpectedly.


For instance, at a recent presentation

about the Florida State Government,

I was able to share with the audience

and the presenter a curious fact from

Southwest Florida’s Jewish Pioneer Lee

Ratner’s biography. Before developing

Lehigh Acres, Lee miserably failed at

his attempts in the mass production of




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Society of Southwest Florida is S

open to anyone who is interested in our

mission of historical preservation anda

our focus on gathering history while itsp

trail is still hot.


The Jewish Historical Society F

of Southwest Florida


8805 Tamiami Trail North, d

Suite # 255, Naples FL 34108 y

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Virtual Museum of SWFL


Jewish History http://


For a continuously updated community calendar,

visit the Federation’s website at www.jewishnaples.org.








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COLLIER/LEE CHAPTER OF HADASSAH www.hadassah.org / 732-539-4011

Look to the future – Part 1






On Sunday, April 7, the Collier/Lee

Chapter of Hadassah

will present “It’s Magical…A

Tribute to Our Past Presidents.” This

special evening features honors, and

entertainment by magician, musician

and mind reader Keith Raygor. Proceeds

benefit the renovation of the iconic

Round Building of Hadassah’s first

hospital in Ein Kerem, Israel. Here is

how it all began.

She was a visionary with a strong

belief in what was to come for the

Jewish people, and Henrietta Szold,

Founder of Hadassah, told us to “Look

to the Future.”

She raised money to send two

nurses to Palestine in 1913, and in 1918

sent a delegation of 45 nurses, doctors,

dentists and sanitary workers who

brought American-style medical care

to the Middle East.

Hadassah’s early medical work

literally began the creation of Israel’s

healthcare and medical system. Today,

well into the future Henrietta Szold

contemplated, the Hadassah Medical

Organization (HMO) is central to providing

services and care to Israel, the

region and well beyond across the globe,

treating one million patients regardless

of race, religion or nationality in its two

hospitals at Mt. Scopus and Ein Kerem.

HMO also works to set a global

standard for healing as well as responding

to international crises. Hadassah

worked on the ground in Haiti, Darfur,

Kenya, Philippines and Nepal in times

of desperate need. Doctors in Boston

used Hadassah-developed emergency

and trauma procedures following the

tragic Boston Marathon bombing.

HMO physicians collaborate with

many of the world’s most prestigious

research centers, hospitals and universities,

including Massachusetts General

Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Memorial Sloan

Kettering Cancer Center and Mount

Sinai Health System.

Focusing on medical research and

developing the key to growing the

large quantity of stem cells required to

treat countless patients, HMO’s efforts

may one day conquer the world’s most

devastating diseases. Hadassah is now

world-renowned for breakthrough trials

using stem cells to treat neurodegenerative

diseases such as ALS, Multiple

Sclerosis and Age-Related Macular

Degeneration, and for highly successful

personalized treatment for Melanoma.

For ALS, HMO highlights include

successful treatment using a patient’s

own stem cells; 90% of ALS study

patients showed improved respiration


Thu., Apr. 4: A Taste of Passover, 2:00-4:00pm

Sun., Apr. 7: Hadassah Gala, “It’s Magical,” 5:00-9:00pm, Audubon Country Club

Fri., Apr. 12: Chai Society Luncheon and Education, 11:00am

Fri., May 3: Shabbat Under the Stars Pot Luck Dinner, 6:30pm

or motor function after treatment with

stem cells from their own bone marrow.

Focusing on MS to prevent nerve

degeneration, HMO conducted the

world’s first study treating MS patients

with adult stem cells. Injecting the cells

into the spinal cord revealed that disease

progression stopped; most patients


Similarly, Hadassah’s work against

Alzheimer’s demonstrated transplanted

stem cells in mice could generate new

neurons and improve memory. Studies

continue and are interesting because

the U.S. is number two in the world of

countries most affected by Alzheimer’s

according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

So, why should we care about the

future and why Henrietta Szold urged

us to keep our eyes focused forward?

Because what Hadassah does in Israel,

and in conjunction with leading research

hospitals across the U.S. and the world,

impacts us, our families and our friends

right here in Southwest Florida.

Stay with us for Part II next month.

For more information, email me at


JEWISH WAR VETERANS https://jwvpost202.wordpress.com/ 239-261-3270

JWV Post 202 update

Harve Sturm



Post #202

Defending freedom

In March 1933, the JWV was the first

organization to launch a boycott of German

goods in the United States. More

than 4,000 veterans marched on City

Hall in New York and were welcomed

by political leaders. In July 1933, the

national commander went to Amsterdam

to join in an international federation

to promote the anti-Nazi boycott, and

JWV representatives met in Washington,

D.C., with congressional leaders

to secure admission to the United States

of German refugees fleeing Nazism.

JWV assembled volunteers fluent in

German to assist in the resettlement of

the arriving immigrants.

Currently, anti-Semitism is on the

rise in Europe and the United States.

As Jews we must be aware and band

together to defend our heritage. At our

JWV Post meeting in February, we

discussed this issue at length, followed

by my presentation on how to teach our

children and young adults that respecting

the flag is not a political issue. You

can love your country without loving

its leadership.

However, it is important to stop

and remember who is responsible for

that freedom and why we have it today.

JWV Post 202 welcomes those who

have served in the U.S. military (combat

not required).

Potential new members are always

welcome. Not a veteran, but patriotic

and dedicated to Jewish values? You are

invited to support and uphold our Post

as a patron member.

We stand for Jewish pride, identity

and American Jewish military service

to our nation.

For more information, please visit

jwvpost202.wordpress.com, call

239.261.3270 or email jwvpost202@


HUMANISTIC JEWISH HAVURAH www.hjhswfl.org / 248-417-2514

Passover and The Last Supper





On Saturday, April 20 at 5:30

p.m., the Humanistic Jewish

Havurah of Southwest Florida

commences the reading of its Humanistic

Haggadah in celebration of Passover.

The public is invited to join our


Send your reservation check, payable

to “HJH” in the amount of $60

per person, to Ralph Lieber, 26225

Hickory Blvd., Unit 7A, Bonita Springs,

FL 34134 no later than Monday, April

15. Please indicate your mailing address

and phone number, as well as

your preference for either chicken or

brisket along with your payment. Alternatively,

a reservation form is available

to download from our website at www.


This year the Jewish celebration of

Passover coincides with Easter weekend.

Christians and Jews have different

explanations for this holiday that have

been open to interpretation by various

scholars who ask, “As Jesus was a Jew,

could The Last Supper have been a

Passover Seder?” Relevant passages

found in Matthew, Mark, Luke and

John do not answer this question with

certainty. Moreover, these narratives

were written after the event when some

Christians no longer kept Jewish law.

One biblical scholar argues that

The Last Supper-Passover connection

was created in part by early Christians

who wanted to connect Jesus’ martyrdom

to the redemption of the Jews

from Egypt.

An interesting aspect of this question

is that the rabbinic Seder ritual

was developed after 70 C.E. (almost

two generations after Jesus’ death in

the early 30s C.E.). If the Seder didn’t

really exist until after 70 C.E., it could

not have been practiced whenever Jesus

had his Last Supper, Passover or not.

Passover (Pesach) is the oldest of

Jewish festivals. Jews observed it in the

most ancient of times, when they were

still nomadic shepherds in the wilderness.

Holidays usually start as nature

festivals and are observed in that season

of the year when nature itself changes.

Ceremonies attending the holiday grow

out of these manifestations of nature.

Later, when a higher cultural level has

evolved, people give a deeper spiritual

meaning to the festival. As time went on,

Passover became a historic and national

holiday as the festival of the deliverance

from Egypt, assuming a newer and

higher meaning.

The highest point in the evolution of

Pesach came when Jews suffered from

heavy Roman oppression. During this

period, the Messianic hope flamed up,

and in the minds of the Jews the deliverance

of the future became bound up with

the first redemption in Jewish history,

the deliverance from Egypt. Jews had

long believed that in the deliverance to

come, God would show the same sort

of miracles that He had performed in

redeeming the Jews from Egypt. The

Seder ritual, by that time, was entirely

different from the spring festival of the

Jewish shepherds of old.

Central to the story of Jesus’ life

and his death, The Last Supper is of

vital importance to all those who wish to

better understand and follow the religion

he founded. Many American Christians

have taken to celebrating Seders during

Holy Week as a way of connecting to the

roots of their religion. These Christian

Seders highlight the decidedly non-

Jewish stories of Jesus’ martyrdom and

the second coming alluded to in Mark


Judaism and Christianity continued

to influence each other, long after the

death of Jesus. For example, words at

the beginning of the Haggadah, “This is

the bread of affliction that our ancestors

ate in Egypt” (traced back to medieval

manuscripts), finds similarity in Eucharist

words of Jesus, “This is the bread...”

NOTE: Due to the age range of our

membership, this year’s Seder portends

to be the “last supper” of the Humanistic

Jewish Havurah.

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1:00pm HDH Board Meeting 1:30pm JFGN CJD Meeting 4:30pm CHA Hebrew School

6:15pm BT Services

4:00pm HM Exec Comm Mtg

4:45pm TS Hebrew School

7:00pm NJC Services

7:30pm ZOA Speaker

7:30pm JCMI Services

7:30pm TS Services

9:00am JFGN IAC Meeting

2:00pm HDH Knowledge &


4:30pm BT Hebrew School

7:00pm BBYO Youth Program

7:30pm BT Lecture

8:30am TS Torah Talk

9:30am BT Services

9:30am JCMI Torah Study & Svcs

10:00am CHA Services

10:00am TS Services


9:00am BT Sunday School

9:00am TS Sunday School

10:00am BT Rosh Chodesh Grp

10:30am TS Children’s

Chocolate Seder

11:30am TS Hebrew School

5:00pm HDH Gala


1:00pm Jewish Book Festival


11:30am TS-S Luncheon


4:00pm NJC Board Meeting

4:30pm CHA Hebrew School

4:45pm TS Hebrew School


9:00am JFGN IAC Meeting

12:00pm MCA Luncheon

2:00pm NJC Board Meeting

4:30pm BT Hebrew School

7:00pm BBYO Youth Program

7:30pm BT Lecture

7:30pm TS Speaker


6:15pm BT Services

7:00pm NJC Services

7:30pm JCMI Services

7:30pm TS Services


9:30am BT Services

9:30am JCMI Torah Study & Svcs

10:00am CHA Services

10:00am TS Services


9:00am BT Sunday School

9:00am TS Sunday School

10:00am Celebrate Israel

11:30am TS Hebrew School

2:30pm CJD Program


10:45am HDH Study Group


7:00pm JFGN Annual Meeting


4:30pm CHA Hebrew School

4:45pm TS Hebrew School


12:00pm JWV Brunch

4:00pm BT Board Meeting

4:30pm BT Hebrew School

7:00pm BBYO Youth Program

19 Erev Pesach

6:15pm BT Services

7:00pm NJC Passover Seder

7:30pm JCMI Passover Seder

7:30pm TS Services


9:30am BT Services

9:30am JCMI Torah Study & Svcs

10:00am CHA Services

10:00am TS Services

5:30pm HJH Passover Seder

6:00pm TS Family Seder

21 22

9:00am BT Sunday School

9:00am TS Sunday School

11:30am TS Hebrew School

4:30pm GenShoah Program

28 29

9:00am BT Sunday School 11:00am JFGN JCRC Meeting

9:00am TS Sunday School

10:00am Yom HaShoah Event

11:30am TS Hebrew School

23 24

7:00pm TS Board Meeting 4:30pm CHA Hebrew School

4:45pm TS Hebrew School


2:00pm JHSSWF Master Class

7:00pm TS Annual Meeting

25 26 PESACH

4:30pm BT Hebrew School 6:15pm BT Services

7:00pm BBYO Youth Program 7:00pm TS Beach Shabbat &

7:00pm JCMI Board Meeting

Passover Pot Luck

7:30pm JCMI Services

Candle lighting times:

April 5: 7:28

April 12: 7:31

April 19: 7:35

April 26: 7:38


9:30am BT Services

9:30am JCMI Torah Study & Svcs

10:00am CHA Services

10:00am NJC Services

10:00am TS Services

The programs listed on the calendar in the Federation Star and on the Federation website (www.jewishnaples.org)

are sometimes prepared months in advance, so please verify the date, time and venue before you attend an event.


• AJC: American Jewish Committee

• BT: Beth Tikvah

• CHA: Chabad Jewish Center of Naples

• CHA-M: Chabad Men’s Club

• CJD: Catholic-Jewish Dialogue

• GS: GenShoah of SWFL

• HDH: Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah

• HJH: Humanistic Jewish Havurah

Throughout the year, some holidays fall within the normal work week.

The Federation office will be closed in observance of those holidays listed in all CAPITAL LETTERS.

• HM: Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida

• IAC: Israel Advocacy Committee

• JCMI: Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

• JCMI-M: JCMI Men’s Club

• JCMI-S: JCMI Sisterhood

• JCRC: Jewish Community Relations Council

• JFCS: Naples Senior Center at JFCS

• JFGN: Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

• JHSSWF: Jewish Historical Society of SWFL

• JNF: Jewish National Fund

• JRCA: Jewish Russian Cultural Alliance

• JWV: Jewish War Veterans

• MCA: Men’s Cultural Alliance

• NJC: Naples Jewish Congregation

• NJC-M: Naples Jewish Congregation Men’s Club

• NJC-S: Naples Jewish Congregation Sisterhood

• TS: Temple Shalom

• TS-M: Temple Shalom Men’s Club

• TS-S: Temple Shalom Sisterhood

• WCA: Women’s Cultural Alliance

• YJP: Young Jewish Professionals

• ZOA: Zionist Organization of America

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Jewish Federation of Greater Naples (JFGN). Its purpose

and function is to publicize the activities and programs

of the Federation, and to publicize the ongoing activities

of the established and recognized Jewish organizations

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The goal of the JFGN is to reach out and unite

all Jews of the Greater Naples area. While differing

opinions and points of view do, and will continue to,

exist about many issues of importance to Jews, the

Federation Star will confine itself to publishing ONLY

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(Adopted by the Offi cers and Board of Trustees

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To avoid misunderstandings, controversies and destructive

divisions among our people, the Officers and

Board of Trustees of the “Federation” have adopted the

following publication policy:

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April 2019 Federation Star



OF NAPLES (Reform)

4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34119

Phone: 455-3030 • Fax: 455-4361

Email: info@naplestemple.org


Rabbi Adam Miller

Cantor Donna Azu

James H. Perman, D.D.,

Rabbi Emeritus

Debra Antzis, President

Deborah Rosen Fidel, Executive Dir.

Susan Feld, Interim Rel. School Dir.

Seyla Cohen, Preschool Director

Jim Cochran, Music Director

Shabbat Services:

Shabbat Eve - Friday 7:30 p.m.

Shabbat - Saturday 10:00 a.m.



991 Winterberry Drive

Marco Island, FL 34145

Phone: 642-0800 • Fax: 642-1031

Email: tboxma@marcojcmi.com

Website: www.marcojcmi.com

Rabbi Mark Gross

Hari Jacobsen, Cantorial Soloist

Ted Bunten, President

Shabbat Services

Friday 7:30 p.m.

Seasonal: Saturday Talmud-Torah at

9:30 a.m. and Shachrit at 10:30 a.m.

Rabbi’s Life Long Learning Series

Sidney R. Hoffman Jewish Film Festival

Saul I. Stern Cultural Series

JCMI Book Club



Services are held at:

The Unitarian Congregation

6340 Napa Woods Way

Rabbi Howard Herman


Email: rabbi@naplesjewishcongregation.org


Stephen P. McCloskey, President

Jane Galler, Cantorial Soloist

Shabbat Services

Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

May - August: services once a month

Sisterhood • Men’s Club

Adult Education • Adult Choir

Social Action • Community Events



1459 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34109

(just west of Mission Square Plaza)

Phone: 434-1818

Email: bethtikvahnaples@aol.com

Website: www.bethtikvahnaples.org

Rabbi Ammos Chorny

Phil Jason, President

Sue Hammerman, Secretary

Shabbat Services

Friday evenings at 6:15 p.m.

Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

Youth Education

Adult Education

Community Events

Sisterhood • Men’s Club • Adult Education

Havurot • Youth Groups • Religious School

Judaic Library • Hebrew School • Pre-School

Adult Choir • Social Action • Outreach

Naples’ only Judaica Shop



serving Naples and Marco Island

1789 Mandarin Road, Naples, FL 34102

Phone: 262-4474

Email: info@chabadnaples.com

Website: www.chabadnaples.com

Rabbi Fishel Zaklos

Dr. Arthur Seigel, President

Ettie Zaklos, Education Director

Shabbat Services

Shabbat - Saturday 10am

• Camp Gan Israel • Hebrew School

• Preschool of the Arts

• Jewish Women’s Circle

• Adult Education • Bat Mitzvah Club

• Friendship Circle • Smile on Seniors

• Flying Challah • Kosher food delivery

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Jewish Organizations

to Serve You

in Greater Naples

(All area codes are 239 unless otherwise noted.)

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

Phone: 263-4205 • Fax: 263-3813

Website: www.jewishnaples.org

Email: info@jewishnaples.org

Federation Board Chair: Jane Schiff

Federation President/CEO: Jeffrey Feld

American Jewish Committee

• Regional Dir: Brian Lipton, 941-365-4955

American Technion Society

• Chapter Dir: Kelley Whiter, 561-395-7206

Friends of the IDF

• Exec. Dir.: Dina Ben Ari, 305-354-8233

GenShoah SWFL

• President: Ida Margolis, 963-9347

Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah

• President: Diane Schwartz, 732-539-4011

Holocaust Museum &

Cohen Education Center

• President: Herb Berkeley, 263-9200

Humanistic Jewish Havurah

• Paula Creed, 495-8484

Israel Bonds

• Monica DiGiovanni, 727-282-1124

Jewish Historical Society

of Southwest Florida

• President: Marina Berkovich, 566-1771

Jewish National Fund

• Uri Smajovits, 727-239-6290

Jewish War Veterans Post 202

• Commander, Harvey Sturm, 261-3270

• Senior Vice Commander,

Marty Rubin, 716-863-5778

Men’s Cultural Alliance

• President: Les Nizin, 653-9259

Naples BBYO

• Jessica Zimmerman, 263-4205

Naples Friends of American Magen

David Adom (MDA)

• SE Reg Dir: Joel Silberman, 954-457-9766

Naples Senior Center at JFCS

Phone: 325-4444

• Chairperson: Edward Anchel

• President/CEO: Dr. Jaclynn Faffer

Women’s Cultural Alliance

• President: Elaine Soffer, 431-7905

Zionist Organization of America

• President: Jerry Sobel, 914-329-1024

Federation Membership

According to the bylaws of the Jewish Federation of Greater

Naples, members are those individuals who make an annual

gift of $36 or more to the Annual Federation Campaign in

our community. For more information, call Julie Hartline,

Campaign Associate, at the Federation office at 239.263.4205.

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