Federation Star - November 2019

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Monthly newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples




THURS. NOV. 7 @ 7:30 PM







Herb Keinon has lectured widely

in Israel, the U.S., Europe and

Australia on the political and

diplomatic situation in Israel,

and appears on a variety of radio

and television programs around

the world. He has lived in Israel

for nearly 35 years, is married

with four children, and lives in

Ma’ale Adumim, just outside of


See page 8A for

more information





Includes dinner & event ticket

Students are free with pre-registration

To pre-register call the Jewish Federation at 239-263-4205

with your credit card or mail check to

JFGN, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. Ste 2201

Naples, FL 34109 Attn: IAC

Herb Keinon has lectured

widely in Israel, the US,

Europe and Australia on

the political and diplomatic

Celebrating Jewish Life in Greater Naples, Israel and the World

Federation Star


Published PRE-REGISTRATION: by the Jewish Federation $18 of Greater Naples

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Includes dinner & event ticket

situation in Israel, and

appears on a variety of

radio and television

programs around the

world. He has lived in

Israel for nearly 35 years,

is married with four

children, and lives in

Ma’ale Adumim, just

outside of Jerusalem.

www.JewishNaples.org Students are free with pre-registration November 2019 – Cheshvan/Kislev 5780 Vol. 29 #3

To pre-register call the Jewish Federation at 239-263-4205

with your credit card or mail check to

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34109 Attn: IAC

5A Men’s Cultural Alliance

6A Women’s Cultural Alliance

11A Community Focus

14A Tributes

17A Jewish Interest

24A Israel & the Jewish World

25A Commentary

27A Organizations

28A Synagogues

29A Focus on Youth

31A Community Directory

1B Arts & Culture


“Speed Dating” through the

Women’s Cultural Alliance

Heartfelt insights from guest speaker at

2020 Community Campaign Kickoff Event

By Jean Amodea

The Jewish people have endured.

That is an undeniable fact.

Neither oppression, annihilations,

assimilations nor pogroms have

squelched their spirit.

One central, innate drive instilled

by divinity and nourished by faith and

perseverance that bears fruit in the

modern age is that sense of oneness

in monotheistic beliefs and unity in

preserving tribal, familial and cultural

traditions. That is what sustains our

strength, fueling our ability to prevail.

And, it is only as we continue to

spread that seed, that bond, that we will

continue to flourish. By giving of our

bounty, we will ensure that generations

to come will have opportunities, ensuring

our continued survival, not as the

tail but as the head, not disgraced but

honored, not brought down but held


To that end, we will have the chance

to open our hearts and give, to put action

to beliefs and support our community

fundraising efforts – each in the measure

he has earned – on Monday, November

18 at the Annual Community Campaign

Kickoff at Stonebridge Country


That night, we will host

esteemed educator and guest

speaker Avraham Infeld, who

will graciously bring that message

close to home. Infeld is

President Emeritus of Hillel

International and founder and

director of prestigious educational

institutions. He has

devoted himself to the task

of helping his fellow Jews

understand their place in history, past

and into the future. Infeld was born in

South Africa, raised in a Zionist family,

made Aliyah to Israel in 1959, and is

currently based in Jerusalem. We recently

chatted, and Infeld shared some

heartfelt insights.

What led you to become a leader

in the various Jewish communal

service arenas? Was there a defining

moment in your life?

I come from a family in which my

parents were leaders within their Jewish

community in South Africa, and they

served as a model in leadership for me.

So, if I were to choose one

sentence to define who I

am, I would say that I am

an Israeli only by virtue

of my being a member of

the Jewish people. In other

words, the central focus of

my life, which I got from

my parents, is embodied

in a question: What can

I do to try to ensure the

continued significant renaissance of

the Jewish people? For me, Israel was

never an end in itself. For me, Israel was

always in order to help ensure the continued

remedy under the Jewish people.

And, having the model of my parents

as leaders and moving to live in

Israel, and also having been fortunate

enough to work in the United States

twice – once as the first community

continued on page 4A

Avraham Infeld


JNF-USA hosts largest ever

national conference


BBYO teens from Naples, Fort

Myers and Sarasota connect

For full details on the 2019-20 Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival –

including the authors, book descriptions, event dates, venues,

tickets and more – see pages 13B-16B of this issue of the Federation Star.


TheatreZone announces its

2019-2020 shows

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 2201

Naples, FL 34109

Elyssa Friedland

November 5

Andrew Gross

November 11

Steve Israel

November 11

Alana Newhouse

December 2

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November is filled with the following

events: Herb Keinon

will speak on Thursday, November

7; the Kristallnacht Commemoration

is on Sunday, November 17 with

guest speaker Rabbi Stephen Fuchs;

two Jewish Book Festival programs; a

Family with Children Group outing; and

Federation’s Annual Campaign Kickoff.

If you are interested in any of the

Federation events, please call our office

at 239.263.4205 to make your reservation

before they sell out. Reservations

for the Evy Lipp People of the Book

Cultural Event and Jewish Book Festival

events are flying in!

Our Community Chanukah Celebration

is on Monday, December 23.

The event will take place on the lawn at

Mercato starting at 5:00 p.m. There will

Jane Schiff and Jeffrey Feld

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be latkes for sale, entertainment, face

painting and more. Listen to the Naples

Klezmer Revival band play beautiful

music. Free admission for all! If you

have Judaica items for sale, or if you are

with a Jewish organization that wants to

rent a table for this event, please call me.

Please save these other dates in


Wednesday December 4: The Mix

and Mingle senior singles group

will have a dance party

Sunday, December 8: Catholic-

Jewish Dialogue event

Wednesday, December 11: David

Lehrer from Arava will be speaking

Wednesday, December 18: Briana

Schwarz from Sharsheret will be


Please see more detailed information

on these events in this issue.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

What does “Power of

Community” mean?

By Federation President/CEO Jeffrey Feld

and Federation Board Chair Jane Schiff

We know that you understand

the words, but do you fully

appreciate THE POWER of

YOUR involvement – your annual gift

and your being counted a member of our

community? If you do, then we hope

that you feel the same sense of pride,

belonging and accomplishment that we

feel every single day.

Using the Power of Community, we

interact with each of our agencies (more

on that later in this article). We reach

out to our larger community through

the Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA)

and the Men’s Cultural Alliance (MCA),

forming bonds of camaraderie. We reach

out to the greater community through

the Jewish Community Relations Council

(JCRC); the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue;

our Israel Advocacy Committee

(IAC); the Shop with a Sherriff program;

our ongoing security programs with the

Collier County Sherriff’s Office; the

Community Chanukah menorah lighting

ceremony; the Israel Scouts, who

come from Israel and perform at various

venues in our community; and through

our Jewish Book Festival.

A primary mission of the Jewish

Community Relations Council is to

create a connection with our larger community.

The JCRC, for example:

Participates in the Martin Luther

King Jr. Day Parade

Gives Stand Up for Justice awards

to educators for programs they develop

to teach students anti-bullying

and tolerance

Gives Human Needs Awards to

organizations that reach out in the

general community and make a difference

in our citizens’ lives

Lobbies with legislators on key


Tracks anti-Semitic activity in our


continued on page 9A

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Moorings Park Grande Lake.21A

Naples Envelope & Printing.18A

Naples Jewish Congregation.4B

Naples Jewish Film Festival.11B

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Preferred Travel..................15A

Senior Housing Solutions...12A

Sinatra Schwartz Group.....18A


Temple Shalom...................29A

Temple Shalom Sisterhood.16A

The Carlisle Naples..............4A

The Samuel Team...............13A

The Terraces at Bonita Springs.17A


Truly Nolen.........................16A

Watercrest Senior Living......8A

Women’s Cultural Alliance...6A



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November 2019 Federation Star


Kick Off


Monday, November 18, 2019

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Stonebridge Country Club

2100 Winding Oaks Way

Naples, FL 34109


Come see the

agencies and partners

your donations support!

Naples Senior Center at JFCS

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert reception

Guest Speaker:

Avraham Infeld

President Emeritus of Hillel-The Foundation for

Jewish Campus life and Birthright’s first International

Director. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University in

Bible and Jewish History, and of Tel Aviv University’s

Law School.



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4A Federation Star November 2019

Avraham Infeld interview...continued from page 1A

emissary in the United States from religion. I have done that same exercise

Israel in the seventies, and the second tens of thousands of times with Israelis

time, serving as the president of Hillel

International, based in Washington, Muslim, or Jew, Catholic, Protestant.

and not one ever wrote Jew, Christian,

from 2002 to 2006. Yes, I would need Every single one of the Israelis, after the

to connect with a community I knew word “Jew,” wrote Arab and in the third

very little about, but I also worked in column, then wrote all kinds of words

England, in Israel and in South Africa. like American, Frenchmen, Italians or

To me, the central lesson from these Argentinians.

experiences is that the Jewish people That’s a very different understanding

of what it means to be a Jew, and

are facing a very serious crisis of Jewish

identity. Jews around the world very there are differences like this all over

often define their being Jewish in very the world. The problem is that because

different ways.

of the impact of modernity, they have

In what ways have you found stopped relating to themselves as a

Jews define themselves?

“people,” which is the only description

of a Jew that is all-encompassing

I can give you a short story that will

help. While I was president of Hillel and that includes all Jews. They have

International, I traveled around the Jewish

world including in the United States, a nation or a religion and a variety of

chosen rather to define themselves as

of course, where we began, Europe, the other definitions, which are not inclusive

former Soviet Union, Australia, South of all Jews.

Africa, South America and Israel. And, I have devoted my life to trying to

wherever I traveled and met with Jewish get Jews to begin to focus themselves

students, I always carried a chart with and each other about being a people.

me, and that chart was divided into three What I would like to do when I come


to Naples is to talk about how we got

Across the top three columns I into all of this, and whether or not I have

wrote the words, apples, oranges and any suggestions about how to get out of

bananas. On the second line, I wrote it. That is what I see as my mission in

shirt, jacket and pants. On the third life – getting Jews to talk about being

line, I wrote lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.

On the fourth line, I wrote the I’ve written a book on the subject.

members of a people.

word Jew and left the next two columns It’s called A Passion for a People. I

blank. I then asked Jews worldwide saw my role at Hillel International as

to fill in the blanks. I have well over the high point of my educational career

because I was working with many

200,000 responses from American Jews

and tens of thousands of responses from young people, many of whom had not

Jews elsewhere. It is amazing to see the been challenged to deal with that issue

way in which different Jews define being in the past. For me, it was very satisfying

to have that opportunity, and when

Jewish in different ways.

The question I was asking them is I travel around the world that is what I

what is a Jew like, as an apple is to an try to talk about.

orange. The first line was all fruit, the As far as defining Jews as a

second all clothes and the third line was people, in what ways do you mean –

all vegetables. Almost 95% of Americans,

after the word Jew, wrote Protes-

Judaism is the culture of the Jewish

through culture, traditions, identity?

tant, Catholic or Christian and Muslim, people. And, therefore, I want Jews to

making the statement that the Jews are a talk about and identify with themselves

as members of a people, and then to

understand that what they call Judaism

is in reality the culture of these people.

That is what takes me to these trips

abroad talking to Jewish communities

and trying to get them to understand

that. That is what I want to do when I

come to Naples.

What is the most important thing

we can do to help our youth understand

their place as Jews?

When I meet young people, I try to

confront them with the kinds of questions

that come up when they meet

someone who defines their Jewishness

differently from themselves. We have to

recognize that we are living in a world

after modernity, which has created a

whole variety of options about how to

be a Jew. I like to help Jews recognize

what we have in common and not what

separates us from each other.

Regarding the state of Jewish

communities today. What do you recommend

to ensure the continuation of

Jewish peoplehood?

I will say that is to get them to begin

to talk about themselves as a people and

not as something else. Try to show ways

of the situation that we are in which the

Jewish people can become more unified

without being uniform.

We have some pressing issues today

facing the Jewish community in

Israel, but what do you see today as

the dangers or the challenges American

Jews face?

I think that Americans have difficulty

understanding what Israel really


is. For those people born more than 50

years ago, Israel was something that was

historic, something that brought a significant

change to Jewish life throughout

the world. For young people today,

Israel is a fact of life. It has always existed

for them. They don’t understand

the miracle of Israel, and I would like to

help them understand why Israel should

be important to them.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I am the only and first Israeli to be

appointed International President of

Hillel International worldwide as well

as the U.S. For me, that was a great accomplishment.

My other major accomplishment

is having four children, 16

grandchildren and three great-grandchildren,

four of whom spend many hours

talking to me about the Jewish people.

They are all Israelis and live in Israel,

but they regard themselves as part of

the Jewish people, and that’s something

that makes me very proud.

Originally from New Jersey, Jean

Amodea is a former educator and was

a principal in several schools for the

handicapped. Since 1997, she relocated

to Naples, and is currently the director

of Peter Duchin Music of Naples, Inc.,

a FL licensed talent agency. Along with

her husband, Ron, Jean performs with

their various bands. Jean is also a freelance

journalist and has been writing for

the Naples Daily News and its community

publications, since 2007. Jean has

been a contributor to the Federation

Star since 2014.

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Monday, November 18 ~ 7-9 p.m.

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Celebrating Jewish Life in Collier County, Israel and the World

Federation Star

Published by the Jewish Federation of Collier County

serving Naples, Marco Island and the surrounding communities

Published by

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road,

Suite 2201

Naples, Florida 34109-0613

Phone: (239) 263-4205

Fax: (239) 263-3813


Email: info@jewishnaples.org


Board Chair: Jane Schiff

Vice Chairs: Karen Deutsch,

Marc Saperstein, Phyllis Seaman

Secretary: Rosalee Bogo

Treasurer: Elliot Lerner

Immediate Past Chair: Alvin Becker

Board of Directors

Joshua Bialek

Harvey Cohen

Amanda Dorio

Paula Filler

Merlin Lickhalter

Robin Mintz

Les Nizin

William Petasnick

Jamie Satz

Betty Schwartz

Arlene Sobol

Michael Sobol

Elaine Soffer

Steve Strome

Jay Weiss

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

Rabbi Ariel Boxman

Ted Bunten

Rabbi Ammos Chorny

Shelley Goodman

Rabbi Mark Gross

Sue Hammerman

Rabbi Howard Herman

Stephen P. McCloskey

Rabbi Adam Miller

Rabbi James Perman

Dr. Arthur Seigel

Rabbi Fishel Zaklos

Federation President/CEO

Jeffrey Feld


Renee’ Bialek: Program Director

Marcy Friedland: Capital Campaign

& Planned Giving Director

Julie Hartline: Annual Campaign Dir.

Janine Hudak: Admin. Coordinator

Nathan Ricklefs: Database Manager

Teresa Zimmerman: Finance &

Operations Manager

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

• Celebrate Israel

• Educational & Cultural Programs

• Israel Advocacy Committee

• 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

• Women’s Cultural Alliance

• Women’s Division

• Youth Activities Committee –

sponsoring youth education and

scholarships for Jewish Summer

Camp and the Israel Experience

November 2019 Federation Star

MCA Welcome Back Luncheon

to feature noted broadcast journalist

By Jeff Margolis

In one way or another, your life is rooted in experiences

that connect you to the Jewish Community.

If you are currently supporting charitable organizations and want to

continue to do so more effectively, let us know. We are here to help!

TOP Jewish Foundation, the Jewish Foundation of the Jewish Federation of

Greater Naples, was founded in 1980 to help community members like you

make their charitable dollars - and their commitment to tzedakah -

go further, both during lifetime and thereafter.

• Gifts in Wills or Trusts (Bequests)

• Permanent Endowments

• Gifts of Insurance & Retirement Assets

• IRA Charitable Rollover Gifts

contact Ellen Weiss at 813-961-9090

email: ellen@topjewishfoundation.org

website: www.topjewishfoundation.org

Men’s Cultural Alliance President

Les Nizin and board

members cordially invite all

members and prospective members to

the inaugural event of the new season.

We hope you had an enjoyable summer

and have returned to paradise for what

is surely to be an exciting MCA season.

Our kickoff luncheon will take

place at the Audubon Country Club on

Thursday, November 14 at 11:30 a.m.

Our featured speaker will be Frank

Cipolla. His career, which has extended

for almost 40 years, included stints on

the Soupy Sales and Imus and in the

Morning radio programs, to hosting the

show Staten Island Live and reporting

for WWOR TV, channel 9 in New York

City. Frank is the author of the book

It Shocked Even Us. His presentation

will be “My Career as a Broadcast

Journalist.” The cost of the luncheon is

$30. Reservations are a must and can be

made online at www.MCANaples.org.

Be sure to include your menu choice of

fish or chicken.

The popular Documentary Film

program also commences this month

with a presentation of Carl Laemmle.

A German-Jewish immigrant, Laemmle

was one of the pioneers of the motion

picture industry and the founder of

Universal Studios. The venue this year

has shifted to Temple Shalom, which

offers comfortable seating and viewing

from two dynamic pull-down screens.

The film will be presented on Tuesday,

November 5 at 1:00 p.m. Reservations

are required and can be made on the

MCA website. There is no cost for this


MCA’s monthly lecture series opens

with two offerings from returning lecturers.

Steve Schreier will present his

ongoing look at Israel with the program

“Israel Between the Wars – Six Month

Update.” This program will be held

in the Naples Daily News community

Room at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November

6. Jeff Margolis continues his

research into the American Presidency

with his program, “The Presidential

Literary Circle – Books Written by Our

Chief Executives.” This program will

take place in the David G. Willens Community

Room of the Jewish Federation

on Thursday, November 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Admission to both programs is free but

registration is required. Please go to the

MCA website to sign up.

There are just a few seats left for the

MCA overnight excursion to the Kennedy

Space Center on November 11-12.

The cost of $580 includes roundtrip

deluxe motor coach transportation, hotel

accommodations, admissions and special

tours, a picnic lunch, and dinner at

the famed Dixie Crossroads Restaurant.

For information and reservations, email

Les Nizin at mcanaplespresident@


Confused about smart devices? Are

you thinking about a RING device or

security cameras? Join MCAers Dan

Together, we are ensuring the Jewish future

TOP can help you support your favorite charities with:


are here to

help with all your

legacy &



• Donor Advised Philanthropic Funds

• Gifts of Appreciated Stock & other assets

• Charitable Remainder Trust

• Charitable Gift Annuities, and more...

contact Marcy Friedland at 239-263-4205

email: mfriedland@jewishnaples.org

website: www.jewishnaples.org


Dowling and Sid Freund in a workshop

and interactive programs about the

myriad of devices to protect your home

and your family. For information, please

email Dan at ddowling09@gmail.com.

Not an MCA member yet? Signing

up is easy. Go to www.MCANaples.

org and click on the MCA Membership

Form and complete the form. You can

pay by credit card or check. Or send an

email with your name and phone number

to joinMCA@MCANaples.org.

There are 3 Ways to

Join the MCA!

1. Go to our website – WWW.MCANaples.org.

Click on MCA Membership Form and complete the

form (you can pay by credit card or check).

2. Send an email with your name, email address and

phone number to JoinMCA@MCANaples.org.

3. Mail your name, email address and phone number

to Larry Israelite, 8820 Savona Court, Naples, FL.


Have any questions?

Call our President – Les Nizin – at 516-356-2897

6A Federation Star November 2019


WOMEN’S CULTURAL ALLIANCE www.WCANaples.org / 215-820-6697

“Speed Dating” through WCA

By Karyn Conrath, one of WCA’s many enthusiastic members

After a year in Naples, having I wanted to get myself involved in lots

moved from Boca Raton, and of group activities. Ultimately, I am

just when I had given up on more of a loner. I get energy from inside

finding even one friend, I was fortunate myself. But I went anyway. (I struck a

enough to meet WCA Board Member pose!)

Dina Shein at a lecture at Temple Shalom.

That was four years ago. If you lovely and welcoming. Some convinced

The first few women I met were

know Dina, I’m sure you can imagine me to attend a WCA North book group. I

how she must have taken me under her remember sitting in one member’s home

wing. I’m not a group kinda’ gal, so I and meeting four or five fascinating

was hesitant to put myself “out there.” ladies. Before the book discussion began,

we talked rapidly, trying to garner

Dina dragged me to a coffee klatch at

her home. It did not sound like my “cup information as fast as we could in order

of tea” (even though it was coffee), but to see if we were a good fit. And yes, this

I acquiesced.

was the beginning of my experience in

At that time, having second thoughts “Speed Dating!”

about our decision to move to the west I listened attentively to these women

and I began to feel a special affinity

coast of Florida – away from extended

family and good friends – I felt a bit for certain people – a sort of good vibe

tentative being around so many new that touched me sweetly enough to begin

faces. Believe it or not (for those who to make plans for another time, another

know me), I was unsure about whether meeting. So I joined the Women’s Cul-

tural Alliance and officially attended

my first WCA event: a tea at Bramble’s

English Tea Room. With hat in hand

and a little beaded bag on my arm, I

was lucky enough to be seated next to

three women who were open, funny and

charming – three of many! One was also

brand new to the area and we hit it off

brilliantly. In fact, she and I are now the

closest of friends.

and meaningful. We are missing our

families and old, dear friends with our

shared histories from “back home.” And

we are hoping to have a social life in

these new surroundings. How does one

do all that? WCA is one answer.

So for those of you who are new to

the area, new to WCA, or simply standing

back and waiting for others to find

you, give yourself the opportunity to

Volunteers do not necessarily have

the time, they just have the heart.

~ Elizabeth Andrew

Don’t Miss

WCA’s 2020 Community

Volunteer Expo

Thursday, January 16, 2020 * 1 to 4 pm

Community Room at the Naples Daily News

1100 Immokalee Road

WCA members and their guests will have

an opportunity to meet representatives

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to be at her husband Richard’s book launch

After that event, I was hooked. I

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to know new places in the area and find

lots of things to do as well as develop

new acquaintances and friendships.

It was astounding how many bright,

articulate, curious and lovely women

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pleasantly surprised and thankful to be

in such good company. In fact, because

of my enthusiasm for the organization,

another new WCA friend, Jane Shaw,

and I created and now co-facilitate

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November 2019 Federation Star

What a year it will be for the Pomegranate Society!

By Susan Pittelman, Vice Chair of the Pomegranate Society

The Pomegranate Society of the

Jewish Federation of Greater

Naples has an exciting year coming

up! Two very special events will

highlight the season.

Last year, members of the Pomegranate

Society joined with the Lions of

Judah at a special reception with author

Beverly Gray, who had spoken at the

Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival.

This year, the Lions and Pomegranates

will host a private reception Wednesday

morning, January 29, with Jewish Book

Festival author Elizabeth Weitzman.

Elizabeth’s book, Renegade Women

in Film & TV, honors the women who

succeeded against all odds in changing

their industry in front of the camera and

behind the scenes. In 2015, Elizabeth

was named one of the top critics in New

York by The Hollywood Reporter. Each

attendee will receive a signed copy of

Elizabeth’s book.

The financial support of the Annual

Community Campaign by Pomegranate

Society members has had a huge

impact on the recipients of Federation’s

dollars and services. In addition to our

important campaign donations, several

women have expressed an interest in

doing a meaningful social action project.

As a result, the Pomegranates will be

doing a hands-on project suggested by

Felicia Anchor, a founding member of

the Pomegranate Society.

The goal of the project is to organize

and fill 54 (three x Chai) bags to be distributed

to women with the assistance

of the Naples Senior Center’s Food

Pantry. The bags will contain personal

care items not eligible for purchase

through food stamps, such as shampoo,

dental and feminine hygiene products,

sunscreen, cosmetics and cleaning

products. Members of the Pomegranate

Society will collect the items for the gift

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bags through February. Felicia, who is

chairing the initiative, explained, “This

hands-on project emphasizes the power

and impact women create through their

actions and their philanthropy.”

The project is planned to culminate

during the week that both Purim and

International Women’s Day are celebrated.

International Women’s Day,

which always falls on March 8, is a day

that focuses on women working to help

empower other women. Donating these

greatly needed items to local women

in our community fulfills the Purim

mitzvah of Matanot l’Evyonim, gifts

to the less fortunate. And as part of the

celebration of Purim, the gift packages

will also include a small Shalach Manot

bag containing edible treats.

On Thursday afternoon, March 12,

Pomegranate Society members will

gather at the Naples Senior Center to

assemble the bags. It will be a meaningful,

educational and enjoyable time as

we work together in recognition of the

leadership and commitment of Queen

Esther and of International Women’s

Day. We will also have an opportunity

to tour the center (one of the agencies

that receives funds from the Annual

Community Campaign) and meet with

President/CEO Dr. Jaclynn Faffer. As

is traditional for Purim celebrations,

Dr. Paula Brody, who has many years

of experience leading discussion groups

within the Jewish community, will offer

some “Jewish inspiration,” after which

we will enjoy refreshments and an opportunity

to socialize and celebrate.

The Pomegranate Society is a sisterhood

of women who share a commitment

to playing a vital role in supporting

those in need and in building a strong

Jewish community. A minimum gift of

$1,800 in your own name to the Annual

Community Campaign earns your

place as a member of the Pomegranate

Society. Since the founding of our


Pomegranate Society two years ago, 36

women in our community have joined.

Becoming a member of the Pomegranate

Society is a meaningful way

for you to help to strengthen our Jewish

community. We hope that you will

consider becoming a part of this remarkable

group of women and participating

with us in this year’s wonderful

programming. For more information,

please contact Annual Campaign Director

Julie Hartline at the Federation

office at jhartline@jewishnaples.org or


Alexandra Silber

in Concert

One Night Only

Tuesday, January 7

at 7:15 p.m.

Temple Shalom

Accompanied by Ben Moss

Al and Ben entertained at the Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival in December 2017.

Tickets are $36 ($45 at the door if seats available)

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Alexandra Silber takes you on a musical journey through

her multi-faceted career encompassing classic hits from

Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss Me Kate, Cabaret, She Loves Me

and West Side Story, plus she will introduce you to new

tunes and hidden gems. Witness intimate and honest performances

that have catapulted this lovely, young actress to

Broadway, the West End and symphony stages nationwide!

“The fastest-rising soprano in musical theatre...

the firestarter for getting the Broadway world

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• Dessert Reception follows

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8A Federation Star November 2019

Rabbi Stephen Fuchs


Community invited to Kristallnacht Commemoration

By Jeff Margolis

Eighty-one years ago, on the night

of November 9-10,1938, members

of the Nazi SA paramilitary

launched a pre-meditated attack upon

the Jewish communities of Germany

and Austria, burning synagogues, vandalizing

Jewish homes, schools, hospitals

and businesses. Thousands of Jews

were rounded up, arrested and taken

to concentration camps. This series of

events, which has become known as

Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken

Glass,” or the November Pogrom,

launched the beginning of what was to

become the Holocaust and led to the

murder of six million Jews.

On Sunday, November 17 at 2:30

p.m., the community is invited to come

together to remember these events in the

ballroom of Saint John the Evangelist

Catholic Church, 625 111 th Ave. N.,

Naples. The program is sponsored by

the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier


The keynote speaker for this program

is Rabbi Stephen

Fuchs. Rabbi Fuchs

earned his undergraduate

degree from Hamilton

College and was

ordained at Hebrew

Union College. He

went on to earn a doctor

of ministry degree

in Biblical Interpretations

from the Vanderbilt

Divinity School in

Nashville, Tennessee.

In October 2017, the

school bestowed upon

Rabbi Fuchs its Distinguished

Alumnus Award, the first

person of Jewish faith to ever receive

it. He is also the recipient of the Four

Israel Advocacy Committee update

By Jeff Margolis

Are you confused about the outcome

of the recent elections in

Israel? Would you like to learn

more about the relationship between

the United States and Israel?

Please plan to join us on

Thursday, November 7 at

7:30 p.m. to hear a presentation

by Israeli journalist

Herb Keinon. Keinon is a

long-time writer for The Jerusalem

Post and is also the

author of two books: French

Fries in Pita and Lone Soldiers:

Israel’s Defenders

From Around the World.

He has lived in Israel for

35 years and has lectured extensively

around the world on the political and

diplomatic situation in Israel. This program

will take place at Temple Shalom.

The cost is $18 in advance and $25 at

the door. There will also

be a Patron dinner with

our speaker with a modern

Israel gourmet meal

provided by Chef Dalia.

The cost of the dinner

is $100 and includes a

ticket to the event.

On Wednesday, December

11, David Lehrer

from the Arava Institute

for Environmental

Studies will speak at

Temple Shalom. The Arava Institute for

Herb Keinon

Environmental Studies is the leading

transboundary environmental education

and research campus in the Middle

East. Where agriculture, underground

aquifers, the sun and winds know no

borders, each nation’s choices affect

the other countries. Cooperation is essential.

Graduate students from Israel,

Jordan, the U.S. and other nations come

to the Kibbutz in the Negev for up to

two years, living together, studying and

conducting research. Building international

professional cooperation and deep

personal friendships, the Institute has

more than 1,000 graduates working for

stronger cooperation and a more sustainable

environment. Lehrer will discuss

the important work and contributions

Chaplains Award. Rabbi Fuchs is the

former president of the World Union for

Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). He is the

author of several books,

including What’s in it

for Me?, Who Created

God?, “Why the Kof?,

Why Triple Chai? and

…And Often the First

Jew. He is currently the

rabbi at Bat Yam Temple

of the Islands on

Sanibel. Rabbi Fuchs’

parents were victims

of Kristallnacht. The

rabbi’s most recent

book will be available

for purchase.

This year’s commemoration

program will also inaugurate

a new community-wide initiative,

“Butterflies of Hope and Remembrance.”

The yearlong project, taking

place throughout Southwest Florida, B

will feature programming and special

events to commemorate the 75 th anniversary

of the end of World War II and

the liberation of the Nazi concentration

camps. For more information about

these upcoming events, please email Ida

at genshoahswfl@gmail.com.

The Kristallnacht program is being

sponsored by Catholic-Jewish Dialogue

of Collier County, Diocese of Venice in

Florida, Holocaust Museum & Janet G.

and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center,

GenShoah SWFL, and the Jewish Community

Relations Council of the Jewish

Federation of Greater Naples. For more

information about the Kristallnacht

Commemoration, email cjdialogue@



of the Arava Institute. The cost is $18

in advance and $25 at the door.

Be sure to check future issues of the

Federation Star for updates on other

forthcoming events this season. We

hope you will join us.

Registration for these events can be

made by calling the Federation office at

239.263.4205 or by mailing a check to

JFGN, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste.

2201, Naples, FL 34109.

For more information about upcoming

events or to obtain information about


the work of the Israel Advocacy Committee,

email Committee Chair Harvey

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November 2019 Federation Star

ewish Community Relations Council Day of Learning:

Confronting Anti-Semitism – Overcoming Hate

By Betty Schwartz, Jewish Community Relations Council Chair

Last month you were introduced of diverse communities, since 2017. In

to Sally Kohn, a highly regarded addition to being a sought-after speaker

national commentator and author,

who will be sharing her perspec-

in Israel, his articles have

throughout the country and

tive on overcoming hate at the Jewish been published in many

Community Relations Council Day of places, including Tablet

Learning. This significant event will magazine. His essay “Skin

be held Sunday morning, January 19 at in the Game: How Antisemitism

Animates White

Temple Shalom.

We are very fortunate that Eric Nationalism,” published

Ward, another nationally recognized by Political Research Associates,

is frequently cited

commentator, will also be speaking

at the event. A long-time civil rights in the examination of the

strategist, he is a respected scholar negative influences of that

and philanthropist as well as a riveting movement.

speaker. Ward has served as the executive

director of Western States Center, knowledge of the White Nationalist

Ward is renowned for his extensive

a vital resource for grassroots leaders movement, which is rapidly gaining

Catholic-Jewish Dialogue event

By Martin Gauthier, Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Co-chair

Educational visits to a Jewish Catholic-Jewish Dialogue and will begin

at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Shalom, 4630

synagogue and a Catholic church

have been scheduled for Sunday, Pine Ridge Road, Naples. At 2:45 p.m.

December 8. There will be no services attendees will then drive to St. Agnes

involved, but explanations by a rabbi Catholic Church, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach

and priest of the various elements used Road, Naples. After the tours, a social

in worship will be provided in both hour will give you the opportunity to

spaces. This is an opportunity for Jews share your experience and meet new

and Catholics to learn about the similarities

and traditions of both faiths in a RSVP to cjdialogue@naples.net or


mutually respectful environment. call Renee’ at the Jewish Federation of

The program is sponsored by the Greater Naples at 239.263.4205.

influence even as the White Supremacy

movement is losing ground. It is

estimated that nearly

one-third of Americans

support it to some degree.

He will enlighten

us on the history of this

movement, the tenets

of White Nationalism,

its impact on society,

and what we must do to

counteract the alarming

influence of this

group. In our current

culture of identity politics,

Ward will identify misperceptions

of the White Nationalist movement and

increase our awareness of the very real

Eric Ward


threat it poses. He will also give us reasons

to be hopeful that we can improve

our chances of becoming a more just


The JCRC Day of Learning provides

our community an opportunity to

explore the background of newly emerging

anti-Semitism, examine its impact

on our society, and identify strategies

for overcoming hate. I hope you will

join us at the JCRC Day of Learning as

Sally Kohn, Eric Ward and our third nationally

recognized speaker, Eric Ross,

share their knowledge with us.

Tickets for the event are $18 in

advance and $20 at the door. For more

information and to register, please see

the form on page 11B.

What does “Power of Community” mean?...continued from page 2A

Presents an annual Day of Learning to the Annual Community Campaign

that focuses on a topic important to are what enable us to reach out to and

our Jewish community.

to better the lives of members of our

The Israel Advocacy Committee Jewish community in Greater Naples,

sponsors speakers who shine a light in Israel and throughout the world.

on topics that are directly or indirectly Our Annual Campaign benefits each

related to Israel, increasing our community’s

of our local Jewish congregations and

awareness of Israel.

agencies. It provides financial need-

The Women’s Cultural Alliance based scholarships to attend a Jewish

and the Men’s Cultural Alliance have preschool, religious school or Jewish

grown dramatically and now boast a camp to Jewish children whose families

combined membership that exceeds might not otherwise be able to afford

2,400. This growth is reflected in the that opportunity. The Annual Campaign

increasing number of programs they also helps to provide resources for frail,

offer, the variety and scope of which needy Holocaust survivors in our community,

is spectacular. The Federation also offers

and a meeting place for our

its own programming. The most youth, who will help to ensure Jewish

successful, in terms of attendance and continuity. We believe that our tagline

visibility throughout our Jewish community,

is correct: “No Gift Touches More

is the Jewish Book Festival. The Lives!” Our Annual Campaign provides

upcoming festival, our fifth, will offer more services and support locally and

12 events, featuring 22 authors. The globally than we have room to list in

Federation offers programs for many this article.

“target” groups as well, including Mix It is through our POWER OF COMand

Mingle for single seniors, Families MUNITY that we will we be building

with Children, Jewish Professionals, a home for our community. A home

Young Jewish Professionals and Jewish where everyone will feel welcome. A

Russian Cultural Alliance. All of these home where our programs can continue

programs create ruach (spirit) – and it is to flourish.

this ruach that fuels our POWER.

And YOU make it all happen. It

Together, each of us individually is the POWER of ONE added to the

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Set Sail for the 2019-20 Greater Naples

Jewish Book Festival

Opening Event: Tuesday, November 5

7:00 - 9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Naples

Elyssa Friedland • The Floating Feldmans

Sink or swim. Or at least that’s what Annette Feldman tells herself when she

books a cruise for her entire family. It’s been over a decade since the Feldman

clan has spent more than 24 hours under the same roof, but Annette is determined

to celebrate her 70 th birthday the right way. Just this once they are going

to behave like an actual family. Too bad her kids didn’t get the memo.

Between the troublesome family secrets, old sibling rivalries and her teenage

grandkids, Annette’s birthday vacation is looking more and more like the

perfect storm. Adrift together on the open seas, the Feldmans will each face

the truths they’ve been ignoring – and learn that the people they once thought

most likely to sink them are actually the ones who help them stay afloat.

Elyssa Friedland is the author of The Floating

Feldmans, The Intermission and Love and Miss

Communication. She has written for The Washington

Post, Bustle, POPSUGAR, Real Simple,

McSweeney’s and more. She is a graduate of

Yale University and Columbia Law School. Elyssa lives in

New York City with her family. She has survived a cruise and

many family trips.

This cruise-themed event includes:

Cruise ship atmosphere with photo station and island music

Preview presentation of all 2019-20 Jewish Book Festival events

with ticket and book giveaways

Book Cover Bingo with prizes

Light bites and drinks

Free valet parking at the Hilton “port”

Dress in cruisewear or casual Naples resort wear

Scenes from the book will be acted out during Elyssa’s presentation

Sponsored by Preferred Travel and Casual Connection

Send your best cruise photos to be shown on screens

in the Hilton ballroom from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

The top five will win prizes.

Send 1-3 photos to Ted Epstein at fedstar18@gmail.com

with “cruise photos” in the subject line.

Include your name(s) in the body of the email.

Winners must be present.

$30 in advance • $40 at the door • includes light bites and one drink

For full details on the 2019-20 Greater Naples

Jewish Book Festival – including the authors,

book descriptions, event dates, venues, tickets

and more – see pages 13B-16B in this issue

of the Federation Star. Tickets are on sale now!


November 2019 Federation Star


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

Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center update





Greetings from the new Holocaust

Museum & Janet G. and

Harvey D. Cohen Education

Center! This month, the Museum officially

begins a new chapter in its history.

Please join us for our Grand Opening

and Dedication Ceremony on Sunday,

November 10 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony

with local dignitaries, tours, talks and

children’s activities. And, we are happy

to say the Boxcar Exhibit is now permanently

located in front of the Museum.

Another highly anticipated event

in November is the opening of the

Rissa and Richard Grossman Reflection

Room. The Grossmans have been longtime

supporters of the Museum’s mission

and Education programs. This will

be a bittersweet occasion as Richard, a

Museum board member, passed away

this summer before its completion. The

Reflection Room will provide a muchneeded

contemplative space for visitors

to quietly pause after a tour and consider

the lessons of the Holocaust and its impact

on their lives going forward.

The annual community-wide

Kristallnacht Commemoration will

take place on Sunday, November 17 at

2:30 p.m. at Saint John the Evangelist

Catholic Church in the Community

Ballroom, 625 111 th Ave. N., Naples.

The Kristallnacht commemoration will

also be the kickoff to a special year-long

program, the “Butterflies of Hope and

Remembrance.” The year-long program

recognizes the 75 th anniversary of the

liberation of concentration camps and

the end of WWII. A variety of organizations

throughout Southwest Florida,

including the Museum and GenShoah

SWFL are participating. The signature

symbol of the event is a butterfly, which

represents hope for the future. It was

inspired by “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,”

a poem written by a prisoner

in Theresienstadt. More information

is available on the Museum’s website.

Education Specialist David Nelson

will give five talks about “Stories of

the Holocaust.” Three will be held in

November and two in December. The

lectures are free and open to the public.

RSVPs are requested to info@Holo

caustMuseumSWFL.org. The topics

will be:

Wednesday, November 13: “Hanau

– One Day in May” about photographs

taken by a German photographer

of the Jewish deportations in

Hanau, Germany

Wednesday, November 20: “Wilhelm

Spira aka Bill Freier” about

the incredible survival of an artist/

illustrator who escaped multiple imprisonments

in Nazi concentration,

slave labor and internment camps

Wednesday, November 27: “Varian

Fry – The American Schindler”

about Fry’s mission to rescue from

Occupied France prominent targets

of the Nazis

We were pleased to co-sponsor the

2 nd annual “Movies that Matter SWFL”

documentary film series. The series

shed light on the contemporary human

rights issues of child labor and child

trafficking, hunger in America and the

opioid epidemic. A panel discussion

following each film led by experts and

local authorities provided perspective on

the impact of these issues in our SWFL

community. Thank you to our panel

participants, co-sponsors and all who

Catholic-Jewish Dialogue

of Collier County

invites the community

81 st Anniversary of Kristallnacht

Commemorative Service

Kristallnacht is recognized by most historians as

“The Night the Holocaust Began”

Sunday, November 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church

Ballroom ~ 625 111 th Ave. N., Naples

Guest speaker: Rabbi Stephen Fuchs

Distinguished rabbi, author

and son of Kristallnacht survivors

Everyone is invited. Free admission.

RSVP to cjdialogue@naples.net

Sponsored By:

Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County

Jewish Community Relations Council

of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

Diocese of Venice in Florida

GenShoah of SWFL

Holocaust Museum & Janet G.

and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center

attended this important series.

Dr. Timothy Snyder of Yale University

spoke last month in conjunction

with our current “Holodomor” exhibit.

His well-attended lecture provided the

audience with additional information on

this little-known genocide perpetrated

by Josef Stalin in 1932-1933. Millions

of people in Ukraine were starved to

death because of Stalin’s draconian

regulations on them as punishment for

their nationalism in the face of Soviet

collectivization of farms in the “Breadbasket

of Europe.” Dr. Snyder specializes

in the history of Central Europe and

is the author of several books, among

them Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler

and Stalin. The “Holodomor” exhibit


is co-sponsored by the SWFL Chapter

of the Ukrainian Women’s League of

North America and will be on display

through the end of November.

Registration is now available for the

8 th annual Elliot Katz Lecture Series.

The six-lecture series will again be held

at Hodges University’s Naples campus

in the White Community Room. This

year, tickets are being sold on a subscription

basis for the entire series. The

$150 subscription must be purchased

through the Museum’s website: https://



Should any tickets

remain as of December 1, they will be

sold on an individual basis.

The new Museum is receiving rave

reviews from our visitors, with many

people saying they will be back with

family and friends. We hope to see you

at the interesting exhibits and events

we have planned for this coming year.

Information is available on our website

at www.HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org.

For details on how you can support

the Museum’s Education programs or

sponsor exhibits and events, contact me

at susan@HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org

or 239.263.9200. I am excited for you

to see our new Museum!




12A Federation Star November 2019

Naples Senior Center update

Dr. Jaclynn




One of the challenges of agencies

like Naples Senior Center

is that the work we do is of

a very confidential nature. What we

find is that the best way to share our

story, and “introduce” you to those we

serve, is through our case vignettes. We

change the names to protect privacy,

but otherwise, the story is true. Let me

introduce you to Louise, a participant in

our Dementia Respite Program.

Louise is 82 years old and refers to

herself as a former Las Vegas “server.”

She regales the group with stories about

the celebrities she served and the time

Elizabeth Taylor was asked to leave

the restaurant because she was wearing

pants. Louise loves to talk about the

“old days.” They are certainly more

interesting than her life now. Now she

can barely remember what she had for

lunch and struggles to recognize her

daughter, with whom she lives, although

she knows that she is a nice woman who

helps take care of her with love and

kindness. Louise has dementia.

Louise came to Naples when a

neighbor found her wandering the halls

of her Las Vegas low-income apartment

building in her robe. Her daughter was

called immediately and within 24 hours

both were on a plane to the Fort Myers

airport. Her daughter, not really recognizing

the depth of her mother’s condition,

was looking forward to having an

extra hand at home since she was single

and worked full-time in a department

store. Within a few days she realized

she would need an extra hand to help

care for her mother. She called Naples

Senior Center and through its Geriatric

Case Management program was able

to get a referral for an affordable home

health aide for a few hours a day.

Change is difficult for most, but

often more difficult for someone with

dementia. Louise became quiet and

withdrawn. The Naples Senior Center

geriatric case manager suggested an

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NSC currently has six respite

groups in Naples, and two on Marco Island.

Each group serves 12-14 individuals

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The Cardozo Legal Society

For years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples’ Cardozo Legal Society has

offered attorneys and judges an opportunity to get involved with the Jewish

community of Southwest Florida while creating long-lasting relationships with


The Cardozo Legal Society offers a great variety of social, religious and networking

programs that include speakers, lunches and other amazing events. The Cardozo

Legal Society is named after distinguished Supreme Court Justice Benjamin


Upcoming Event:

Wednesday, November 20 at noon: Torah Study with Rabbi Adam Miller

at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur offices, 9132 Strada Place, Third Floor,

Naples. Lunch will be provided. Please bring $10 to cover the cost of lunch.

For more information or to RVSP,

contact Joshua M. Bialek, Attorney,

at 239.593.2962 or jbialek@porterwright.com




Chanukah Celebration

The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

and our Community Synagogues and Organizations

invite you to join us

Monday, December 23 at 5:00 p.m.

The Lawn at Mercato

Across from Silverspot Cinema

Free Admission ~ Everyone is Welcome!

Greetings from community leaders

Concert by the Naples Klezmer Revival Band

Menorah lighting

Jewish War Veterans’ flag presentation

Crafts at the “Kids Corner” hosted by BBYO

Face painting

Children’s performances

Food available for purchase

Sponsored by Mercato


Jewish Federation of Greater Naples • Beth Tikvah • Chabad Jewish Center of Naples

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island • Naples Jewish Congregation • Temple Shalom

BBYO • GenShoah SWFL • Hadassah • Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center

Jewish Historical Society of SWFL • Jewish Russian Cultural Alliance

Jewish War Veterans Post 202 • Naples Senior Center at JFCS

Men’s Cultural Alliance • Women’s Cultural Alliance • ZOA


Symbolic butterflies offer

opportunities for commemoration

By Carole J Greene

Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken

Glass,” is commemorated

annually at a city-wide gathering,

and this year will introduce an

uplifting project. On Sunday, November

17 at 2:30 p.m., be in the ballroom

at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic

Church (625 111 th Ave.

N., Naples), to experience

the kickoff of a

year-long celebration. No

reservations required.

Called “Butterflies

of Hope and Remembrance,”

this butterflythemed

initiative will

present several programs

throughout 2020 to commemorate

historical anniversaries.


among them are the 75 th

anniversary of the end

of World War II and the

liberation of Nazi concentration camps.

This idea originated in Sarasota and

developed from the vision and efforts of

Bette Zaret and Dr. Andre Krauss. It has

found support from numerous organizations

throughout Southwest Florida,

including GenShoah, the Holocaust

Museum & Cohen Education Center,

Temple Shalom and South Regional


The title of this project was inspired

by “The Butterfly,” a poem written in

1942 by Pavel Friedmann while he

was imprisoned in Theresienstadt concentration

camp. In 1944, Friedmann

was deported to Auschwitz, where he

perished. In many cultures, butterflies

are representations of life and rebirth.

Throughout the world butterflies have

powerful symbolism and meaning.

During the coming year, many

November 2019 Federation Star

commemorative events will carry the

butterfly theme – not to appreciate the

beauty and meaning of butterflies, but

to honor the memory of the six million.

These projects will be a way to thank

the liberators and those who fought for

freedom or stood up for equality and

justice and demonstrated

compassion. Groups

throughout Southwest

Florida, working with

community partners –

schools, teachers, libraries,

universities and

faith-based organizations

– will participate

in programming for this

year-long initiative. In

addition to commemorative

events, there will be

a variety of educational

programs, speakers,

films, musical programs,

displays and art exhibits designed to

involve the entire community.

Save the dates for these

upcoming programs:

Friday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m.:

Film screening of Not the Last

Butterfly at South Regional Library,

8065 Lely Cultural Parkway,

Naples. Accompanying art exhibit.

RSVP beginning in December at


Wednesday, January 15 at 2:00

p.m.: Discussion of Alyson Richman’s

historical novel The Lost Wife

at South Regional Library. RSVP

beginning in December at collier


Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m.:

To commemorate International

Holocaust Remembrance Day,

a film screening of Defiant Requiem,

Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine

Ridge Road. RSVP at holocaust


Monday, January 27, time TBA:

International Holocaust Remembrance

Day film screening of The

Boys of Terezin, Holocaust Museum

& Cohen Education Center, 975 Imperial

Golf Course Blvd., Suite 108.



RSVP at holocaustmuseumswfl.org.

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m.:

Film screening of Footsteps of

My Father, presentation by Perry

Switzen about his father, a liberator,

along with honoring liberators,

Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education

Center. RSVP at holocaust


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 Rd.,

Suite 2201, Naples) is on Tuesday, November 12 at 10:00 a.m. Seating is limited.

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

you have a reservation. Bring a notebook and pen with you to the meeting.




Join Margot Escott, LCSW to learn

improvisational theatre exercises that

benefit emotional, physical and

spiritual wellbeing.


improv for anxiety, Parkinson’s, MS & Caregivers

at The Sugden Community Theatre

Register at naplesplayers.org • 434-7340

Improv for Wellness is about playing games

and having fun, not about being funny. The

improv games and laughter we share have

tremendous therapeutic benefits. A great

way for all ages and abilities to let go, laugh

and meet fun friends.

Margot Escott, LCSW Improv for Wellness Classes

improv4wellness.com • (239) 434-6558 • margotescott@mac.com



Intro to Improv for Parkinson’s classes

at Parkinson’s Association of SWFL

Register at pasfi.org • 417-3465


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14A Federation Star November 2019

Commemoration and celebration:

Join GenShoah for both





It’s wonderful to have something to

celebrate, something to feel good

about, to enjoy with family and

friends. It is so exciting that in Naples

there is a new Holocaust Museum &

Cohen Education Center. It is such a joy

that each December so many members

of GenShoah come in friendship to join

others at the annual pot luck. But there

are times for commemoration, rather

than celebration. Times when we need

to stop and remember, a time to memorialize

a person, an event or sacrifices

made. There is a time to weep and a time

to laugh. Whether one remembers these

words from Ecclesiastes or even from

Pete Seeger or the Byrds, many people

see the wisdom in them.

Join us on Sunday, November 17

at 2:30 p.m. for the Kristallnacht Commemoration

in the ballroom at Saint

John the Evangelist Catholic Church,

625 111 th Ave. N., Naples. Another

Holocaust commemoration, isn’t it

enough already? I don’t know when

there will ever be enough commemorations.

Perhaps there needs to be six

million commemorations, or perhaps

40 million commemorations for the

civilians killed. And we must commemorate

the military heroes who gave

their lives for freedom. My point is that

while thankfully there is a time to laugh,

there must also be a time to weep, a

time to commemorate, and a time to

remember. And remembering serves

many purposes that most people could

easily list. That list would likely include

the importance of recalling historical

events and people, understanding where

we have been – and that to understand

where we are going in the future, one

needs a foundation of the past.

Both the Holocaust Museum and

our GenShoah, which is an affinity

group of the museum, recognize the

importance of commemoration, as

do all Holocaust museums. We are

fortunate that in this community the

Catholic-Jewish Dialogue and other

groups sponsor a commemoration of the

anniversary of Kristallnacht, and that

Catholics join with Jews and others to

commemorate this day as a reminder to

combat neo-Nazism and bigotry today

and to make certain that rights of all

people are protected.

At the Kristallnacht Commemoration

this year there will be an introduction

to a special project known

as “Butterflies of Hope and Remembrance.”

Throughout 2020, GenShoah,

the Holocaust Museum and many community

groups will commemorate the

75 th anniversary of the end of WWII

and the liberation of the Nazi concentration

camps through this project. It will

include programs that will be of great

interest and very inspirational, and tell

stories with which many people may

have been unfamiliar. More details will

be announced soon.

For more information about Gen-


Shoah SWFL, its mission and to receive

the GenShoah e-newsletter, please email


Recently, at a 9/11 commemoration,

I was introduced to the poem

“The Voices Live,” written by Andrew

Motion for a September 11 memorial

service held at Westminster Abbey to

remember British victims of the New

York attacks. In keeping with the topic

of commemoration, I would like to share

this poem:

The voices live which are the voices lost:

we hear them and we answer, or we try,

but words are nervous when you need

them most

and shatter, stop or dully slide away

so everything they mean to summon up

is always just too far, just out of reach,

unless our memories give time the slip

and learn the lessons that heart-wisdoms


of how in grief we find a way to keep

the dead beside us as our time goes on -

invisible and silent, but the deep

foundations of ourselves, our cornerstone


Tributes require a minimum donation of $18.

Tributes to the Jewish

Federation Campaign



Diane Block

In memory of your husband, Gil Block

Phyllis & Michael Seaman

Gracia Kuller

Monica & Allan Goodwin

Rosalee & Jerry Bogo

Iris & Barry Weissman

Myra & Mort Friedman





Ellen & Max Weisberg

In memory of your mother

Arlene & Michael Sobol

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In memory of Bertha Soble

Nancy Kaplan



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In memory of Scott Grant

Barbara Barnard

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

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16A Federation Star November 2019

Sisterhood of Temple Shalom

Mah Jongg


Tuesday, January 21

At Temple Shalom

Temple Shalom • 4630 Pine Ridge Rd. • Naples, FL 34119 • 239-455-3030

8:30am - Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00am - Play Begins



Questions? Contact Carole Flegel at 239-248-4487

Checks for $55 per person, payable to Temple Shalom Sisterhood, should be mailed to:

Temple Shalom Sisterhood

Attn: Mah Jongg

4630 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34119


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Torah Talk

Join the volunteer-led discussion of the

week’s Torah portion on the first Saturday

of each month. On November 2, the

portion is Noach. 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.

Blessing of the Animals

Join us on Sunday, November 3 at 9:00

a.m. near the preschool garden with

your beloved pets for a special service

and blessing to honor God’s creatures.

Please make sure your pet is leashed or

in a carrier.

Veterans Shabbat

Join us for a Veterans Shabbat service

on Friday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this

service honoring our Jewish veterans

and the men and women currently serving

in our Armed Forces. Veterans, dig

out the uniforms, the ribbons and the


Sisterhood luncheon

On Tuesday, November 12 at 11:30 a.m.

the guest speaker will be Myra Daniels,

founder of the Naples Philharmonic

(Artis—Naples) and a driving force for

many charitable organizations. Visit the

Sisterhood luncheon page on the Temple

Shalom website, www.naplestemple.

org, to purchase tickets online. For

more information, please email Barbara

Druckman at barbaradruckman@gmail.


Sisterhood Book Bag

This month’s selection is Before We

Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. The Sisterhood

Book Bag takes place every

third Thursday of the month. All are

welcome on November 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Please email Helen Weinfeld at helenweinfeld@aol.com

to let her know you

will be attending.


Temple Shalom events

open to the community

For more information on these events, call 239.455.3030.

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, bracelets

and earrings for the children who attend

the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee to

give as gifts to the special women in

their lives. The fee for this event is $18/

person and includes the materials. If you

can bring your own beads and materials,

there is no cost. Join us on Wednesday,

November 20 at 12:30 p.m. Email Carol

Hirsch at chirsch1951@gmail.com for

more information and to RSVP.

Shabbat at the Beach!

On Friday, November 29 we will gather

together at Lowdermilk Park for a beautiful

Shabbat evening service on the

beach. We meet at the north end of the

beach. All are welcome. Don’t forget a

beach chair!

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Aging Jewishly – What our traditions teach us about growing old

“Should I go back to work?”

By Rabbi Barbara Aiello

Sheila’s face said it all. In recent

months, Dina noted that her best

friend rarely smiled and seemed

out of sorts, sad and drained of enthusiasm.

Finally, Dina broached the subject.

“Sheila, what’s wrong? In all our

years I’ve never seen you like this.”

That’s when Sheila opened up. “I

used to do so much,” she said. “I loved

my job and really

never wanted to

retire. But I’m

coming up to 74

on my next birthday.

I want to be

useful again but

who’s going to

hire an old lady

like me?”

Rabbi Barbara Aiello Sheila’s dilemma

is a common one but also one

that has not gone unnoticed – at least

not by the Bureau of Labor Statistics

that began to examine an interesting

trend. In 2017, according to the Bureau’s

job report, 19 percent of seniors

ages 70 to 74 were still working at least

part-time. The agency also notes that

seniors are working nearly 10 years

beyond the traditional retirement age

of 65.

Danielle Kunkle Roberts is a member

of the prestigious Forbes Financial

Council and contributes regularly to

the online publication, Boomer Benefits.

Roberts writes (November 23,

2018) that “back when Social Security

and Medicare were created, 65 was the

normal age at which people retired.”

Now, more than a half century later,

things are very different. Roberts reports

that “jobs for senior citizens are

on the rise across America, and it’s a

really good thing.”

In response to Sheila, who asks,

“Who’s going to hire an old lady like

me,” apparently there are dozens of

companies that are looking for the

skills, temperament and, most of all,

the work ethic that seniors bring to the


In her article “How Companies are

Making Room for Baby Boomers to

Stay in the Workforce,” Roberts offers

specific examples of jobs for seniors

and cites the CVS pharmacy company

as one of the best. They’re called the

“CVS Snowbirds,” and represent a

unique program that has been a frontrunner

in senior employment. The

company provides flexible scheduling

options “that encourage seniors to fill a

variety of available jobs from cashiers

to photo techs. The company feels that

would-be retirees add value as they

can directly relate and interact with the

company’s target market.”

Other national companies have

worked actively to retain and attract

seniors to their employee pool.

The Marriott Corporation created the

“Flex Options” program specifically

designed to help older Marriott team

members transition from physically

demanding jobs into other roles by offering

on-the-job training that allows

them to acquire new skills.”

Seniors who worked as contractors

or who have expertise in the trades

are valuable resources to Home Depot,

whose program, “Senior Experts,”

employs a workforce that taps into the

decades of experience that “boots on

the ground” seniors bring to the job.

As consultants, these seniors are contributing

their building talents and

time-tested ideas without engaging in

the hard labor that once characterized

their workday.

In our Jewish tradition we call it

“zaken,” the wisdom that comes with

age. Thanks to medical advances and a

general societal emphasis on wellness,

seniors have longer life spans and in

general are healthier than the elderly

of generations past – a societal advancement

that allows seniors to share

their “zaken” with colleagues and coworkers.

Couple that with the fact that many

jobs require less physical exertion,

many seniors who return to the workforce,

either full-time or part-time,

find that it is easier to work well past

retirement age. What that means, Roberts

says, is that “for the first time in

modern history, there are five generations

of Americans working together,

collaborating and coexisting in our


Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, who

writes on the “Positive Aspects of Aging”

for the Reconstructionist Jewish

movement’s innovative “Ritualwell”

program, puts it best when she says,

“The guidance of elders is seen as critical

to the survival of the people of Israel:

For one who takes advice from

elders never stumbles.” (Exodus Rabbah


Seniors have wisdom, experience

and practical skills that are essential

in today’s world of work. U.S. companies

are becoming more and more

aware of what seniors have to offer as

they create opportunities that celebrate

“zaken,” the wisdom that comes with


For ten years Rabbi Barbara Aiello

served as resident rabbi at Aviva – A

Campus for Senior Life. She is rabbi

of the Reconstructionist synagogue

Ner Tamid del Sud in south Italy and

recently served as visiting rabbi in

Greece’s oldest synagogue. Contact

her at Rabbi@RabbiBarbara.com.




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18A Federation Star November 2019


Velvel Pasternak, legendary Yiddish musicologist, passes

By Arlene Stolnitz

Earlier this summer, the world

lost an icon of Eastern European

Jewish music. Velvel Pasternak

was an ethnomusicologist and musician

who collected Jewish music from

the world over

with selections

from Yemen, India,

the Balkans,

the United States

and more.

Known mainly

for his interest

in Hasidic music,

he is credited for

Arlene Stolnitz having written,

transcribed and recorded hundreds of

niggunim (traditional wordless melodies).

At one time he even had a stint

with Hollywood moguls who consulted

him about Hasidic dress for a





movie. According to his daughter Shira,

he was the one who dressed Gene

Wilder as a Hasidic rabbi in the movie

The Frisco Kid.

Pasternak was born in 1933 in

Toronto to an Orthodox family. His

parents had emigrated separately from

small Polish towns. They, of course,

wanted him to be a rabbi, but his interests

led him toward his passion

for music. He was a musical prodigy

and taught himself to play piano on

an instrument his mother bought for

him. Later, he studied at Julliard and

received a master’s degree in Music

Education from Teachers College at

Columbia University.

I met up with him several years

ago when I attended the North American

Jewish Choral Festival, formerly

held every summer in the Catskills.



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and conductors come for five days

of intensive immersion in music workshops

and singing of Jewish music.

Jewish music publishers display and

sell their music, and that is where I met

Velvel Pasternak, a legend in his own


He and his wife Goldie ran their

company, Tara, out of their Cedarhurst,

New York, basement. The music publishing

company was named after their

daughter Atara. It was a family affair

with members of the family sorting,

shrink wrapping, packing, shipping

and doing whatever was necessary to

run the business.

And successful it has been, with

over 150 volumes in print to date and

distributed through the Hal Leonard

Publishing Co. Understanding the

changing technology “Vel,” as he was

known, went digital with the company

and has a website dedicated to the music

he has preserved. Volumes with titles

such as “The Best of Jewish Folksongs,”

“The Great Jewish Sing-along,” “Melodies

of Modzitz,” “Songs of Chassidim,”

“Shabbat Songs” and “Passover

Anthology” are just a sampling of the

hundreds of songs he has transcribed

and put into print and digital form.

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler

Oral History Project has a fascinating

interview with Pasternak conducted

in 2011 by Hankus Netsky in which

Pasternak talks about his interest in

the preservation of Jewish music and

its importance. He recalls the difficulties

of recording niggunim as sung

by Hasidim as well as his reasons for

writing and recording these songs. He

describes his particular interest in the

niggunim of the Modzitz Hasidic dynasty.

The interview also includes details

of how he began his career of recording,

transcribing and then publishing

original Jewish melodies. According to

him, it began with the request for one

song for a traditional wedding which

he wrote in musical notation and sent

to the family. It’s a fascinating narration

by Pasternak himself, and the video

shows the simple surroundings he

worked in, right out of his Cedarhurst


Arlene Stolnitz, founder of the Sarasota

Jewish Chorale, is a member of

the Jewish Congregation of Venice. A

retired educator from Rochester, New

York, she has sung in choral groups

for over 25 years and also sings in

The Venice Chorale. Her interest in

the preservation of Jewish music of all

kinds has led to this series of articles

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t the Movies in November

he Irishman, a Martin Scorsese film,

opens in limited release on Friday, November

1. This expensive film found financing

via Netflix or it wouldn’t have

been made. Netflix financing means

that if you don’t want to see it in theaters,

and you are a Netflix subscriber,

you only have to wait until Wednesday,

November 27 to see it on Netflix’s

streaming service. However, if you

are a Scorsese fan, or a film lover in

general, do go and see it while it is in

theaters. This film has received 100%

advance rave reviews from top critics.

You have a rare opportunity, now, to

see it on a really big screen and have a

total cinematic experience.

The Irishman tells the story of

real-life Mafia hitman, Frank “The

Irishman” Sheerhan. The screenplay

is based on a biography published in

2004, a year after Sheerhan’s death. In

the bio, Sheerhan said he was involved

in JFK’s murder and the murder of

Jimmy Hoffa. The film concentrates

on the murder of Hoffa (played by Al

Pacino). Robert De Niro, a frequent

Scorsese actor, plays Sheerhan. HAR-

VEY KEITEL, 80, who appeared

in the first film that Scorsese made

(1967) and many others since, has a

big role as Mafia boss Angelo Bruno.

The supporting cast includes JAKE

HOFFMAN, 38 (DUSTIN’s son), as

ALLAN DORFMAN (1923-1983), a

close associate of Hoffa who turned the

Teamster pension fund into a bank for

the mob. Like Hoffa, he was “rubbed

out” by the mob.

Jo Jo Rabbit officially opened on

Friday, October 18, but opens most

places on Friday, November 1. This

is a controversial film and you should

read long reviews before seeing it.

JoJo, a lonely boy in Nazi Germany,

has Hitler as his imaginary friend. Jo

Jo has grown up on Nazi propaganda

and his imaginary friend is a wonderful

guy. Then his world turns upside down

when he discovers his mother (SCAR-

LETT JOHANSSON, 34) is hiding a

Jewish girl. JoJo has to reconcile his

“friend” Hitler with the reality in his

own home. The director and writer is

Taika Waititi, a New Zealander who

has made good movies in many genres.

He’s long said his mother is Jewish, but

that seems, based on new info I have,

not to be exactly accurate. His mother

had a Jewish father. I don’t know if she

was raised Jewish.

A Marriage Story, another Netflix

film, opens in limited release on

Wednesday, November 6 and begins

streaming on Friday, December 6. Like

The Irishman, it has received 100%

good advance reviews from leading

critics. Capsule plot: A stage director

(Adam Driver) and an actress (Scarlett

Johansson, again) struggle through

a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that

pushes them to their personal and creative

extremes. WALLACE SHAWN,

75, has a supporting role. The film

was directed and written by NOAH


Frozen 2, a sequel to the animated

musical mega-hit Frozen (2013), opens

on Friday, November 22. Really, who

cares about the plot? The whole original

cast returns and they sing a lot.

IDINA MENZEL, 48, returns as star

character Elsa, and JOSH GAD, 38, a

Florida native, returns as Olaf, a major


Jews on the Gridiron

The following players were on a National

Football League (NFL) team

roster as of September 20. All have at

least one Jewish parent and were raised

Jewish or secular. This item was written

with the assistance of Jewish Sports

Review magazine.


safety, Pittsburgh Steelers. After a

season-ending injury in 2017, he was

healthy all last year. Dangerfield is

of Ethiopian Jewish background. My

guess is that he is the only Ethiopian

Jew in American professional sports;

NATE EBNER, 30, New England

Patriots. Ebner is an invaluable special

teams player. He was injured in

2017, but returned strong in 2018;

ANTHONY FIRKSER, 24, tight end,

Tennessee Titans. He played basketball

at the 2013 Maccabiah Games. He

graduated from Harvard in 2017 with a

mathematics degree. In 2018, he joined

the Titans and in mid-season was promoted

from the practice squad to the

“regular” team; ALEXANDER “Ali”

MARPET, 26, outside guard, Tampa

Bay Buccaneers. In 2018, Marpet

started all 16 games and was rewarded

with a five-year, $55M contract extension;

JOSH ROSEN, 22, quarterback,

Miami Dolphins. Rosen had a

rough rookie year (2018) with a lousy

Arizona team and was traded during

the off-season; and JULIAN EDEL-

MAN, (star) receiver, New England

Patriots. I cover Edelman’s complex

Jewish background in a long article I

wrote for the New Jersey Jewish Standard.

Google “Julian Edelman” and

the paper’s name and you’ll easily find

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Inspired by actual events, this novel for all readers

should become a Young Adult classic

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

My Real Name is Hanna,

by Tara Lynn Masih.

Mandel Vilar Press.

208 pages. Trade paperback

with flap $16.95.

In her brilliant, poetic novel that

reads like Holocaust testimony,

Tara Lynn Masih presents a family’s

horrifying journey to escape ultimate

victimhood. In her early teens

as the narrative begins, Hanna Slivka,

as if keeping a diary, takes her future

readers through

the steps of her

family’s struggle

with Nazi oppression.

In important

ways a comingof-age

story, this

novel begins by

describing the

Phil Jason situation for Jews

in the small town (shtetele) Kwasova

as Nazi forces cross the border into

Soviet-occupied Ukraine. Kwasova is

a community that has been Austrian

and Polish; its residents can’t be sure

what it will become next. This is especially

true of its Jewish community,

which before Hitler’s tyranny could

at least get along with its non-Jewish


The attempt to relocate and/or annihilate

the Jew begins with orders to

brand them. Hannah’s father Abram

tells the family, “The SS issued orders

to the Ukrainian police and the Jewish

Council. Jews are now being ordered

to register and to make their own armbands,

a blue Mogen Dovid, our Jewish

star, sewn onto a white background.”

As the status of even substantial

Jewish families falls, Abram realizes

that maintaining housing and obtaining

food will soon become impossible. It

is also clear that hiding in barns, which

worked for a while, won’t work anymore

as their fellow townspeople will

betray them.

Money and cherished valuables are

disappearing. Now the Jewish families

of the town must somehow disappear

as well. The victims, in public opinion

and via effective propaganda, have

been transformed into the cause of the

war that is threatening all of Europe.

Through her teenage narrator, Ms.

Masih shows the material and psychological

effects of these circumstances

on the members of this family

and another family with

which they make joint plans

for survival. They need to

act quickly before they are

marched into ghettos or

simply murdered “in plain

sight” to underscore SS


There is a feature of

their lives that is especially

moving. Facing disaster,

these Jewish families manage

to observe their religion’s precepts

and holy days. They hide the

synagogue’s Torah and other important

items. Such dedication becomes a

source of strength.

How does a family hide in a forest?

After walking a great distance

from Kwasova, they come across a

run-down isolated forestry station that

will become their home. It is built from

logs, and the gaps are filled with moss.

They had carried with them as much as

they could. Her father and Uncle Levi

make a roundtrip to and from the town

for much-needed tools and

other supplies. Now they

can modify the cabin to fit

their needs. They discover

a small stream with clear

water that will serve their

need for hygiene and food


They must arrange

their days to avoid detection

of their lantern light

and smoke from the fire,

and they must find the wood to feed

the fire.

In constant fear, the family members

support one another and search for

sustenance. They obtain nutrition from

the wild vegetation.

Sometimes they can

scrounge a chicken,

yet most of the time

they are starving.

Abram risks occasional

trips to the

shtetele for flour and

kerosene. The snow

drifts are a big obstacle,

and he must

avoid leaving tracks

in the snow. Networking

with others, he establishes a

coded way of leaving messages on a

tree. It’s a silent, secret language. It

helps with a much-needed commodity

– news about what’s going on in the

world around and beyond them. News

of Hitler’s war.

The people in this nomadic entourage

of relatives represent a spectrum

of age groups, but it is Hanna who

holds our attention as she helps take

care of her younger siblings and as

she muses about building her relationship

with Leon Stadnick, who is two

years her senior. They pray to make it

to their next birthdays. These children

are growing up fast and taking on adult

tasks and risks.

Fearing that the Germans will

eventually find them in the forest,

Abram decides to take advantage of

news about habitable caves, the gypsum

caves of Kwasova, “where darkness

is even darker than light.” Making

a safe haven out of the caves is even

Tara Lynn Masih

more difficult and dangerous

than living in the forest

cabin, but it serves the

group’s purposes as a place

to survive the Holocaust,

which in this case means

until the Russians return

to Kwasova and drive the

Germans out. However, the

eventual allied victory does

not promote, politically or

psychologically, a vision of

return to the once familiar home territory.

The Slivka family and some of

those who hid with them in the forest

and the caves decide to build new identities

and lives in the United States.

From beginning to end, the story

told is one of a cooperative effort. The

family is aided in many ways by some

members of their Kwasova community.

Among these people are the Cohan

twins, Pavel and Jacob, who are always

showing up with the news or goods

that the Slivkas need. Both early and

late in the story, their dearest neighbor,

Alla Petrovich, is of great support and

encouragement to the family. She carries

the “righteous Christian” role in

the story, and her colored eggs seem to

make miracles possible. On the other

hand, few of the townspeople show

any desire for the possible return of

their former neighbors.

Tara Lynn Masih blends diligent

research, blazing imagination and sophisticated

literary technique in this

transformational narrative. Marketed

as a Young Adult novel, it can engage

and educate readers all across the age


This novel can be richly explored

with the help of an easily available

Reader’s and Teacher’s Guide. Go to


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


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Knafeh, kunafeh, kunafa, konafi, etc.

– recipe by Chef Dalia Hemed

However you pronounce it, remember

the name. If you are

into trying new styles of food

then the Israeli dessert dish of knafeh is

set to become the next big thing.

Israeli food is all the rage, and the

inspiration behind more than a few

food trends in recent years. The latest is

knafeh (spelled many different ways), a

divine dessert of melted cheese wrapped

up in shredded filo pastry, drenched in

syrup and served warm. It’s like a combination

of baklava and cheesecake, and

the result is a moreish, sensational – not

to mention calorie-laden – delight.

Growing up in Israel, I was lucky to

have the opportunity to eat quite a few

good knafeh. It is hard to decide what

makes this dreamy, creamy and crunchy

dessert such a winner. Is it the complex

texture of the Kadaif Phyllo dough? Or

is it the creaminess and tanginess of the

combo flavors of the melted cheese in

the middle? Maybe it is the fact that all

of this goodness is soaked in a one-ofa-kind

syrup of sugar, lemon juice and

rose water, and topped with crushed


Knafeh, which can be bought in

most restaurants and bakeries in Israel,

usually consists of one or two layers of

thin and crunchy kadaif noodles, soft

white cheese, sugar syrup and ground

pistachio nuts. Many varieties can be

found in the Middle East, but knafeh

is also part of Israel’s culinary DNA.

Inspired by the Arab people who have

made it for years, Israeli chefs are taking

the concept and doing their own thing

with it.

The traditional dessert is usually

cooked in deep sheet pans and served

warm. It takes a certain skill to master

knafeh’s artisanal elements, and its fans

are fanatical and often unforgiving.

So knafeh is an odd choice for an

ex-pat to take on. And yet, as the sweet

has become part of a modern Israeli cuisine

that embraces ethnic dishes, knafeh

is more accessible and open to interpretation

from home cooks, restaurant chefs

and hipsters alike.

Varying from country to country,

village to village, and even household

to household, knafeh recipes depend

on a few key flavors and raw materials:

Kadaif flour noodles (or “hairs,”

as they are referred to in Hebrew) are

best made by master artisans. The highquality

kind are produced in specialty

factories from batter poured through a

sieve or draped with a special tool onto a

moving heated circle that quickly cooks

the angel hair-thin strands as they spin.

Goat or sheep cheese is essential.

The most classic choice for making

the type of knafeh enjoyed in Israel is

Nabulsi, a soft-brined cheese that is firm

yet has the ability to melt.

Because Nabulsi is hard to find

outside of the region, many recipes call

for mozzarella in combination with a

softer cheese to try to fake the unique

way Nabulsi cheese reacts to heat. Alternatively,

other goat or sheep cheese of

similar texture can be used in the dish,

or even farmer cheese.

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the milk solids that float to the top,

leaving pure butterfat behind. This striking

golden liquid is much richer than

ordinary melted butter, intensifying the

buttery flavor of the knafeh.

Heavy syrup spiked with spices,

citrus and sometimes perfume-like

floral extracts is poured generously by

bakeries over pastries such as knafeh

and baklava just out of the oven. It soaks

through the pastry to soften it and seal

in the freshness.

Pistachios are a sign of prosperity

and provide a stark color contrast to

the bright orange kadaif on top of the

knafeh. When peeled, soaked, removed

of their brownish skins and chopped

finely, these chartreuse-hued nuts really

gussy up the dish.

Ingredients for the Knafeh:

• 8 oz. kadaif pastry

• Butter spray or 2½ oz. butter

• 1 cup farmer cheese

• 2 cups mozzarella cheese

Ingredients for the Syrup:

• ¾ cup sugar

• 1½ tbsp lemon juice (freshly


• ¾ cup water

• 1 drop rose extract

Ingredients for the Topping:

• Pistachios

• Knafeh

Directions for the Knafeh:

Combine farmer cheese and mozzarella

cheese. Mix into a unified

cheese mixture.

Separate the kadaif pastry threads

and spray or brush with butter


Heat a nonstick wide pan and cook

on medium heat.

Arrange half of kadaif pastry in pan

flat and evenly.

Spread an even layer of cheese

mixture on top.






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November 2019 Federation Star

Kurt Daluege and the Nazi police state

By Paul R. Bartrop, PhD

The police state that terrorized

Germany after 1933 – and then

all of Europe progressively after

1939 – did not emerge out of thin air. It

had to develop, and it was 85 years ago

this month, in November 1934, that the

immense authority of Kurt Daluege,

head of Nazi Germany’s uniformed

Ordnungspolizei (Orpo), was confirmed.

It covered all

German uniformed

police and emergency

services. Daluege

commanded municipal

police forces, the

rural gendarmerie,

traffic police, the

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coast guard, the railway

police, the postal protection service,

fire brigades, the air-raid services,

the emergency technical service, the

broadcasting police, the factory protection

police, building regulations enforcement

and the commercial police.

Who was the man who wielded

such immense power?

Kurt Daluege was born on September

15, 1897. He completed high school

in 1916, joined the German army, and

in October 1917 commenced officer

training. He was severely wounded in

combat, hospitalized and decorated for


From 1918 to 1921, Daluege was a

member of a German irregular militia

unit. After working briefly as a factory

hand, he studied civil engineering at

the Technical University of Berlin between

1921 and 1924, graduating as an


In 1923 he joined the Nazi Party

and in March 1926 became leader

of Berlin’s Stormtroopers. Then, in

July 1930, he joined the SS. The next

month, when Berlin Stormtroopers attacked

the Berlin Nazi headquarters

in what became known as the Stennes

Revolt, Daluege’s unit overpowered

the attack. In an open letter thanking

Daluege for his service, Adolf Hitler

declared “SS man, your honor is loyalty,”

which then became the motto

adopted by the SS.

In November 1932, Daluege was

elected to the Reichstag. In May 1933,

Hermann Göring moved him into the

Prussian Interior Ministry, where he

took charge of the regular police force.

In this capacity he purged the force of

“social democratic” elements and filled

it with SS men.

Daluege played a key role in the

notorious Night of the Long Knives

during which Ernst Röhm and many

leaders of the SA were purged between

June 30 and July 2, 1934. In August

1934, SS head Heinrich Himmler promoted

Daluege to SS-Obergruppenführer


In 1936, the entire German police

force was reorganized, with administrative

functions now placed under the

control of the SS. There were two main

branches: under Reinhard Heydrich

were the political police (Gestapo) and

the criminal police (Kripo); and under

Daluege was the Orpo, covering the

municipal police, the rural police and

the community police.

By 1938, Daleuge had over 62,000

police officers under his command.

This had risen to 244,500 in mid-1940.

Many Orpo units were later transferred

into the regular army as an essential

force for holding down occupied

Europe. Daluege also established a unit

of police officers responsible for the

suppression of internal revolts.

Daluege was an integral element in

the Nazi plans to “cleanse” the Soviet

Union of Bolsheviks and Jews, and

Daluege’s police battalions were told

to pursue their tasks ruthlessly. During

the summer of 1941, mass shootings

took place all over the occupied territories,

and on July 9, 1941, Daluege

congratulated his troops for participating

in the defeat of Bolshevism. In one

action, at Białystok on July 12, male

Jews between the ages of 17 and 45

were brought by Daluege’s police to a

sports stadium. A day later they were

taken to dig anti-tank ditches and by

the end of the day about 3,000 Jews

had been killed.

Shortly afterwards, on September

1, 1941, Daluege attended another

mass execution of Jews near Minsk,

in occupied Belarus. In October 1941,

he signed deportation orders for Jews

from Germany, Austria and the Protectorate

of Bohemia and Moravia to Riga

and Minsk.

Daluege then authorized a new

role for the Orpo: they would guard deportation

trains taking people to their

death. Between fall 1941 and spring

1945, hundreds of trains under the control

of Daluege’s Orpo took German,

Czech and Austrian Jews to camps and

ghettos in the East, together with many

additional transports from Hungary,

the Netherlands, Slovakia, France,

Belgium, Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and


After Reinhard Heydrich was

assassinated in Prague in May 1942,

Daluege was sent there to become Deputy

Protector of Bohemia and Moravia.

In June 1942, he ordered the villages of

Lidice and Ležáky razed to the ground

in reprisal for Heydrich’s assassination.

The destruction of Lidice saw

the murder of all 173 male inhabitants,

with the village’s 198 women and children

deported to Ravensbrück.

Daluege then attended a conference

on July 7, 1942, organized by

Himmler. They discussed an extension

of Aktion Reinhard, the Nazi

secret plan for the mass murder of

Polish Jews. It was to be the ultimate

phase of the previously decided Final


Daluege acted as Deputy Protector

of Bohemia and Moravia until May

1943, when he suffered a massive heart

attack. He resigned in August 1943 and

took no further part in the war.

In May 1945, Daluege was arrested

by British troops in Lübeck.

He was interned in Luxembourg, and

then tried at Nuremberg as a major war

criminal. In September 1946, after being

extradited to Czechoslovakia, he

was tried for crimes against humanity.

Throughout his trial he was unrepentant,

claiming that he was beloved

by “three million policemen,” only

following Hitler’s orders, and had a

clear conscience. He was convicted on

all charges and sentenced to death on

October 23, 1946. Aged 49, Daluege


was hanged in Prague the next day.

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.

Speaker at FGCU

On Sunday, September 22, Dr. Jennifer

Rich, Director of the Rowan Center

for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at

Rowan University, New Jersey, made a

powerful presentation at Florida Gulf

Coast University.

Dr. Paul Bartrop, Director of

FGCU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust,

and Genocide Studies, said later that

Dr. Rich’s talk, entitled “The Future

of Holocaust Memory,” showcased the

path-breaking nature of Dr. Rich’s work.

“Dr. Rich demonstrated that her

work is cutting-edge with regard to how

the Second, Third and Fourth Generations

of the Holocaust are, and are likely

to be, viewing the experience of their

survivor forebears,” Dr. Bartrop said.

He added that “this work is a spectacular

entrée to a topic that is sure to be with

us for some time to come.”

The audience, comprised of local

community members, FGCU faculty

and students, was stimulated by Dr.

Rich’s research findings, and the excellent

discussion that followed was just as

lengthy as the presentation itself.

Friday, November 15 will see the

release of Dr. Rich’s new book on

the subject. Keepers of Memory: The

Holocaust and Transgenerational

Identity will delve into the complicated

relationship between history, truth and

memory, and is based not only on firstrate

scholarship, but also tells its tale

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24A Federation Star November 2019


Jewish National Fund-USA hosts largest ever

national conference

Washington, D.C. – September

17, 2019 – Over 1,300

leaders, philanthropists,

high school and college students from

across the U.S. and Israel gathered in

our nation’s capital for Jewish National

Fund’s (JNF-USA) annual National

Conference. (Editor’s note: This year’s

conference had the largest turnout of

Jewish Floridians – more than 300.)

This year’s lineup of speakers emphasized

JNF-USA’s critical work in

Israel and highlighted groundbreaking

accomplishments from the past year.

Speakers included:

Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador

to the United States, who spoke

about the important work being

undertaken to develop infrastructure

in Israel’s south, and how cities

like Be’er Sheva are becoming

global centers for cybersecurity

Elan Carr, U.S. Special Envoy for

Monitoring and Combatting Anti-

Semitism, who discussed his tireless

efforts and the unapologetic

role he plays in combatting anti-

Semitism throughout the world

Lucy Aharish, the first Muslim

Israeli-Arab news anchor, reporter

and TV host, who expressed her

love for Israel and her desire to

continue to be an outspoken voice

for tolerance and bridgebuilding

Governor Larry Hogan, governor

of the State of Maryland, reaffirmed

his unwavering support for

America’s Jewish community and

support for the State of Israel along

with his work to combat anti-Semitism

Matti Friedman, award-winning

author and New York Times contributor,

who gave insight into how

foreign journalists in Israel are

rarely briefed to cover topics outside

of the conflict

“Never before have we seen such

a passionate and diverse group of JNF-

USA partners and affiliates come together

to celebrate our achievements

and plan for our future,” said National

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and Israeli-American journalist Michelle Divon

Conference Co-Chairs Jayne

Klein and Gary Kushner.

“The atmosphere at this

year’s conference was absolutely

electric, and the sense

of ru’ach (spirit), especially

from our 480 college and

JNFuture (Jewish National

Fund’s young professionals

division) participants, was

simply incredible.”

“More than any time in

recent history, the destiny of

Israel and the Jewish people

is in our own hands,” said

JNF-USA President Dr. Sol

Lizerbram. “Thanks to JNF-

USA’s bold One Billion Dollar

Roadmap for the Next

Decade, we are leading efforts

to support greater resiliency

in Israel’s north and south. This

year’s National Conference was the

greatest validation yet of the support

our plan has and the impact we are having

on the lives of everyday Israelis.

People often wonder why our donors

are so enthusiastic, and I tell them that

when you are changing the narrative

of a country and the story of an entire

people for the better, what’s not to be

enthusiastic about?”

Next year’s National Conference

will take place in Israel, where JNF-

USA’s partners and affiliates will gather

at iconic sites throughout the country

to drive the organization’s activities

and experience firsthand the impact of

their critical work.

“For some time now, we have been

thinking about how we can bring Israel

to the JNF-USA family. How can we

emulate the incomparable feeling of

being in Jerusalem, the cosmopolitan

buzz of Tel Aviv, or the awe-inspiring

experience of being on the site of one

National Conference Co-Chairs Jayne Klein and Gary Kushner

of the fiercest battles of the Six-Day

War, Ammunition Hill?” said National

Conference 2020 Co-Chairs Dr.

Sol Lizerbram and Jeffrey E. Levine.

“Then, it dawned on us – let’s do

something truly bold and audacious.

Let’s bring the JNF-USA family to


Next year’s conference will be on

a scale never seen before. Rather than

host the conference in one location,

Jewish National Fund will be holding

conference events and meetings

at JNF-USA sites and locations across

Israel. “We are doing something that

has never been done before, and we

encourage our supporters to take advantage

of the discounted registration

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and Levine.

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November 2019 Federation Star

The BDS movement: sinister ramifications for Israel

By Jerrold L. Sobel, ZOA of SWFL President, September 23, 2019

Most people over the past 15 a group of 12 organizations advocating

for “Palestinian refugees internally

years have heard or read

about the BDS movement. displaced in Palestine and in exile.” The

The term itself refers to Boycott, Divestment

and Sanctions movement. BDS National Committee (BNC), which

GPRRC is a member of the Palestinian

Founded by two virulent anti-Semites, coordinates the anti-Israel boycott,

Omar Barghouti and Jamal Juma, it’s divestment and sanctions movement

a propagandist campaign conducted worldwide. The central organization in

against the State of Israel and the Jewish the BNC is the Palestinian National and

people worldwide. However, relatively Islamic Forces (PNIF), which includes

few understand its history and its ramifications

for the Jewish state.

tions: Hamas, the Popular Front for

five U.S.-designated terrorist organiza-

The roots of BDS date back to the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the

the Arab League’s boycott of Israel in Popular Front - General Command, the

1950, two years hence her successful Palestine Liberation Front and Palestinian

Islamic Jihad.

War of Independence. The purpose

was to starve the Jews out of their new It’s important the uninitiated recognize

that BDS does not exist in a vacuum

homeland. Failing this but with varied

success, other incarnations such as the or just on American campuses. It is part

blacklisting of countries, organizations and parcel of an insidious movement

and corporations doing business with of coordinated organizations grouped

Israel were attempted throughout the together with one focused goal, the

ensuing years.

destruction of the State of Israel by any

As an example, in 2001, under means.

the tutelage and sponsorship of Yasser With tentacles spread throughout

Arafat, a Jew named Adam Shapiro the world, often aided by left-wing

and his Palestinian wife, Huwaida Arraf,

created the International Solidarity ated themselves on campuses, in youth

media and academia, they have insinu-

Movement (ISM). Ostensibly created groups, board rooms, labor unions and

as a pro-Palestinian peace movement, even pro-Palestinian Jewish organizations

such as Jewish Voice for Peace and

Shapiro and Arraf called for a combination

of nonviolent and violent resistance Jews for Justice for Palestinians.

to bring down the Jewish state. Arraf Most assuredly, BDS is not an innocuous

movement of a bunch of rowdy

admitted such in a letter to The Washington

Post, stating that the group works college kids acting stupid. In reality it’s

in cooperation with the Popular Front a poison replete with every anti-Semitic

for the Liberation of Palestine, Palestinian

Islamic Jihad and even Hamas. As ish people for millennia. It’s an attack

trope and libel that has haunted the Jew-

one of a myriad of precursors to BDS, not upon Israeli policy vis a vis the Palestinians,

or settlements or statehood.

Arraf and Shapiro managed to create a

worldwide network to delegitimize the It’s an assailment against Israel as a

Jewish national homeland throughout Jewish state and an anti-Semitic movement

against Jews throughout the world.

the U.S. and Canadian college systems

and in Europe.

What’s the answer? How do Israel

Another is Al-Awda, a founding and Jews in general counter accusations

member of the Global Palestinian by the UN, the E.U. and all the faux

Right of Return Coalition (GPRRC), liberals in and out of government that

buy into BDS propaganda? It’s a daunting

task which may defy an answer. As

a truly anti-Semitic movement, there

is no way of convincing people of that

predilection otherwise.

To explain the land of Israel with

Jerusalem as its capital is the ancestral

homeland of the Jewish people falls

upon deaf ears, as do the numerous attempts

of sharing the land in peace with

the Palestinians predating 1948. Would

clarifying that the wall and checkpoints

separating both people were put in

place not to create apartheid but to stem

school attacks, bus bombings and mass

murdering of Jews in restaurants and


theaters change anything? Could Israel

bring about modification within BDS

by explaining Gaza was abandoned in

2005, leaving all infrastructure in place

as a gesture of peace? The answers to

these questions are quite obvious.

What Israel and all those who support

the Jewish state can do is remain

strong and united against the onslaught

of this sinister movement. They must

continue building an economically

strong nation of innovation and science,

be open to peace but not acquiescence,

and have faith in the Creator who

led them back to their ancestral homeland.

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“Hate Speech on Campus”

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

“Instructing Congress on Israel’s

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

“Israel in the Age of Terrorism”

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

“Radical Liberal Groups

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26A Federation Star November 2019

The marathon

doesn’t really end

Three weeks ago, I stood in shul

listening to the piercing sound of

the shofar, imagining its echoing

call, ushering all of us into a world of

peace and unity forever more.

Two weeks ago, I stood in shul

with the holy ark open in front of me,

as we all proclaimed G-d’s name with

the passion and devotion of millions of

others with us and before us in history,

rededicating our lives to Him.

One week ago, I stood in shul, reveling

in watching my children dance joyfully

on Simchat Torah, with the Torah

and each other.

And here I am now, trying to figure

out our perplexing Judaism, which

commands three weeks of a non-stop

spiritual marathon when we entrench

ourselves in spirituality with four

holidays, which entails hours of fasting

and prayer and song, along with festive

meals back-to-back, at times for three

days in a row! And then it all comes to

a sudden halt. On this Tuesday morning.

As I sort through piles of mail, walk

outside our Chabad Center to head out

to a meeting, and sit in traffic to reach

my son’s school.

Or does the spiritual marathon

really come to a halt?

I sort through my mail and discover

an envelope that belongs to the neighbor

next door. Looks like mindless, useless

junk, but I take the time to bring it to

them, knowing that only she deserves

to make that decision.

I walk outside our Chabad Center

on this ordinary day and take the opportunity

to talk for a few moments

to a jogger passing by that I knew had

recently suffered a painful loss.

I sit in traffic, and in order to stay

calm I listen to something uplifting,

maybe Torah.

Because Judaism is not about serving

G-d and being spiritual solely in a

shul, with the holy Torah scrolls in view.

It’s about serving G-d at all times, wherever

you are, and whatever is demanded

of you. You can bring G-d pleasure with

intense prayer on Yom Kippur, and you

can then bring G-d the same pleasure on

an ordinary Tuesday when you are honest

in business, patient and encouraging

to the new clerk at Starbucks, cook a

nutritious kosher meal for your family,

and take care of their physical and

emotional needs warmly and lovingly.

So in a spiritual way, it’s actually

Yom Kippur on every regular Tuesday

as well as on every other day of the year.

The marathon doesn’t really end. There

may be fewer formal meals and different

prayers, but daily continuation of some

kind of spirituality is the responsibility

of the individual.

G-d is there for us. It’s up to us to

bring G-d into our lives.

Rabbi Fishel Zaklos serves at Chabad

Jewish Center of Naples.

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.





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Ellen Weiss, Executive Director of

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including opportunities for tax-savings.

The second session is listed below:

November 19, 2019

11:30 - 12:30 pm

Legacy Giving: charitable bequests

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Sessions held at the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

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Together, we are ensuring the Jewish Future

The power of words


Adam F.


Excerpted from Rabbi Miller’s Yom

Kippur sermon.

The tale is told of the Chofetz

Chaim, a noted rabbi of his age,

and another rabbi stopping to eat

a meal. When they finished eating, the

owner approached and asked, “So, how

did you like my food?” “Very good,”

said the Chofetz Chaim. “Oh, it was

quite good,” said the second rabbi, “but

it could have used more salt.”

As the owner left, the Chofetz

Chaim turned white. “I can’t believe it!

Why did you speak lashon hara?”

Seeing the Chofetz Chaim’s reaction,

his companion was confused.

“What did I say that was so wrong?”

he stammered. “I said that the food was

good – but it needed some salt!”

“You simply don’t realize the power

of words!” cried the Chofetz Chaim.

“Let’s go to the kitchen and see for

ourselves.” As they opened the door to

the kitchen, they saw that the owner was

berating the cook for not using enough

salt and insulting her honored guests.

The cook stood wiping tears from her

eyes and shouting back at the innkeeper

about the quality of her cooking. Their

voices reached a crescendo as the owner

threatened to fire the cook.

The other rabbi ran to stand between

them, “Please, stop! Forgive me for

causing harm – the soup was good and

my tastes are unusual. Please do not fire

her on my account.” Hearing the rabbi’s

heartfelt apologies, the innkeeper agreed

to keep the woman on staff.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author

of Words that Hurt, Words that Heal,

helps us to understand why the Chofetz

Chaim became upset. “As a rule, most

people seem to think that there is nothing

morally wrong in spreading negative

information about others, as long as the

information is true. Jewish law takes a

very different view. Perhaps that is why

the Hebrew term lashon hara has no

precise equivalent in English. For unlike

slander, which is universally condemned

as immoral because it is false, lashon

hara is by definition true. It is the dissemination

of accurate information that

will lower the status of the person to

whom it refers; I translate it as ‘negative


Think about that teaching from


Telushkin. The veracity of information

cannot be used as an argument to justify

sharing that information with others.

There was no need for the rabbi to

comment about salt. Those words only

served to diminish the reputation of the

innkeeper and the restaurant.

While our words have the power to

hurt, they also carry the power to heal.

We read in Torah, “God said, ‘Let there

be light.’ And there was light.” Words

bring hope and inspire the spirits of

others. Imagine if the rabbi had complimented

the cook on the soup, “Please

thank the cook for the best soup I’ve had

all week!”

The parable is told of a teacher who

gave out pieces of paper to her 7 th grade

class, instructing them to write one nice

thing about each of their classmates.

That night, she sat down and compiled

a list for each student which started with

the words, “Thank you for being…” and

then continued with the list of positive

attributes identified by the student’s

peers – a friend, a nice person, smart,


The next day, the teacher handed out

the lists and asked the students to each

read them aloud. While some giggled,

most seemed surprised to learn that their

peers appreciated their talents, skills and

personalities. From that point forward,

the teacher noticed a more positive

atmosphere in the class. Students who

previously snubbed one another, now sat

together and talked. While others, who

previously felt isolated, now interacted

with the whole group.

Years later, the teacher attended

the funeral of a student from that class.

When she met the parents of the deceased,

they started to cry. Apologizing,

they explained that the teacher had

made more of an impact on their son

than any other person in his life. The

mother pulled out a tattered and worn

piece of paper. “He had this with him

in his pocket at all times,” she said. The

teacher opened it up and saw her note

with the words of thanks and praise from

his classmates. Other students, walking

by, saw the list in the teacher’s hand and

began to share how those lists of gratitude,

generated by their peers, forever

changed their lives.

One month into this new year,

may we be mindful of how we use our

tongues, and the power of our words.

May we refrain from the temptation to

speak ill, no matter how true. Instead,

may the words of our mouths be for


Rabbi Adam Miller serves at Temple

Shalom in Naples.





The Arab countries roundly – if

rather perfunctorily – condemned

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s announced

intent to extend Israeli

sovereignty over the Jordan Valley.

Dore Gold, the head of the Jerusalem

Center for Public Affairs and

a former director-general of the

Israel Foreign Ministry, said that

the muted response has to do with

“understanding very well...the Iranian

threat to the eastern portion of

the Arab world.”

He said that there is a degree of

understanding about the context of

the move, and how it has “strategic

military significance” in checking

malign Iranian intentions in the


Gold noted that one of the significant

aspects of Netanyahu’s

announcement was that he presented

a map where he defined the

area that he feels is necessary for

Israel’s security, and that the map

he used is very close to the one that

Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon

proposed soon after the 1967 war.

Gold said that Prime Minister

Yitzhak Rabin also adhered to the

Allon Plan to retain the Jordan Valley,

saying in his final address to the

Knesset in 1995 that in any future

agreement, “the Jordan Valley in

the widest sense of that term would

be the security border of the State

of Israel.”

At the time, Gold said, “Israeli

planners were largely preoccupied

with the future threat of an Iraq

expeditionary force that could cross

Jordan in 35 hours.”

While Saddam Hussein has been

eliminated, he said, the threat to Israel

from the east did not disappear,

since Iran “is very actively trying to

project its military power westward

toward the Mediterranean.” (Herb

Keinon, Jerusalem Post)

Send your letters

and comments to




November 2019 Federation Star


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If you are a Hadassah member, Life

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This award-winning magazine has

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list of stories, features, photos

and even food information/recipes from

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issues in America and Israel.

Here are some highlights from the

September/October 2019 issue:

“Active Security” by freelance

author Donna Gordon Blankenship

highlights how the debate over guns

in synagogues has evolved. The recent

shootings in Poway, Pittsburgh and

Miami have prompted a new level of

soul-searching over safety in houses of

worship: Should Jewish institutions hire

armed guards and should congregants

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What does it take to make an

emerging Jewish organization

thrive and fit the needs

of the diverse, yet very interconnected,

Jewish horizon of Southwest Florida?

That is the million-dollar question we

are asked often enough to know it is on

the minds of many.

This season we are, once again,

bringing to our local Southwest Floridians,

programs tailored with SWFL and

the local community at the center.

We will celebrate Florida Jewish

History Month in January with the

woman whose work is why we have

this remarkable month-long celebration

to begin with. On Monday, January 6,

Marcia Jo Zerivitz, L.H.D., Founding

Executive Director, Jewish Museum of

Florida-FIU, will be our guest speaker

in the Naples Daily News Community

Room. In 2016, Florida International

University awarded her a Doctor of

Humane Letters Honoris Causa for her

vision and leadership throughout her life

to expand knowledge and enrich collective

historic memory. Marcia Jo has

been a trailblazer in the American and

Floridian Jewish communities, serving

national, state and local organizations.

From 1984 to 1992, Marcia Jo traveled

250,000 miles throughout Florida, conducting

grassroots research and retrieving

the state’s hidden 250+ year Jewish

history, resulting in a major archive and

the MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida

exhibit that traveled to 13 cities from

1990 through 1994.

In 1995, under her direction and

planning, this project evolved into the

Danailova, who writes about travel,

culture, politics and lifestyle, is a gem.

She brings the Catskills culture to life

and shares stories from the past including

celebrity visits. In addition to a

“written visit” through the history of the

area famous for the so-called Borscht

Belt, Danailova also focuses on “the

latest iteration of American leisure,

Catskills-style, through green living

and roughhewn chic which offers a nod

to the region’s storied heritage.” She

touches on the fun and relaxing times

in a beautiful “country” setting, but also

explains the impact of anti-Semitism.

Finding “no room at the inn,” Jewish

businessmen were able to purchase real

estate properties previously unwelcoming

to them following a tuberculosis

outbreak. The Catskills is a part of

Jewish cultural history.

The article “Mission Possible,”

the theme of Hadassah’s 99 th Annual

Convention, summarized the quality

and quantity of this meaningful event

this past summer – New York City

blackout and all. Nearly 1,000 people

from across the country attended, and

by the time the convention concluded,

“delegates had elected a new president,

and members young and old had rallied

for reproductive rights, heard inspiring

stories of healing,” and interacted with

friends, old and new.

Food writer Adeena Sussman, in her

article “Bringing the Flavors of Israel

Into My Kitchen,” covers the “ascendant”

Israeli food scene described as

“where traditional ingredients and modern

ideas combine in delicious ways.”

Her article featured her personal story,

her life in Israel and shopping in the

nearby Carmel market. The bonus was

the recipes for Overnight Chicken Soup,

Harissa-Honey Pargiyot, a deliciouslooking

chicken dish, and “Eser” Halvah

and Baharat Coffee Cake.

If you are hungry right now, Hadassah

Magazine publishes weekly online

food columns by American-Israeli food

writer Jessica Halfin. You can find recipes

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The magazine’s Table of Contents

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feature stories and opinions. You can

check out and learn from Commentary,

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Jewish Museum of Florida on Miami

Beach, housed in two adjacent restored

former synagogues that are on the National

Register of Historic Places.

Marcia Jo initiated the legislation

for both Florida Jewish History Month

(FJHM) each January, and Jewish

American Heritage Month (JAHM)

each May, to increase awareness of the

contributions of Jews to the quality of

life for all.

On Sunday, January 12 in the David

G. Willens Community Room of the

Federation, our celebration of Florida

Jewish History Month continues with

a premiere of film 11 in the Southwest

Florida Jewish Pioneers film series.

The film, Irv Berzon, Engineering the

Future, is about a long-time Naples

resident whose civil engineering efforts

made our living here resemble


On Thursday, February 6, we present

a premiere of film 12 in the Southwest

Florida Jewish Pioneers film

series, Florence Hertzman, By the Pier,

about a Canadian-Jewish family in Old


On Monday, March 23, we will

celebrate the 10 th anniversary of the

Jewish Historical Society of Southwest

Florida by re-introducing Naples Mayor

Bill Barnett as our guest of honor at the

Celebration Event at the Hilton Naples,

and premiering a documentary film

about his life and achievements.

It has been a very interesting journey

through time and we are very fortunate

and honored to be able to share

it with you, our supporters, members,

fans, friends and future followers. The

very reason we exist is because of your

encouragement and reflections. We are

happy to see that what we do really and

truly matters to our local Jewish and

non-Jewish communities. We thank you

for your generous support.

All JHSSWF films are locally produced

using local resources and expertise.

Please make an effort to support

our projects. Contact us for sponsorship

opportunities, become a member, renew

or donate.

Membership in The Jewish Historical

Society of Southwest Florida is open

to anyone who is interested in our mission

of historical preservation.

Essays, Health, Travel, Food, Arts and

Books features and, yes, a crossword


The Letters to the Editor section

highlights readers’ comments from

across the country. In the above issue,

readers noted the cover story of the

July/August 2019 issue, “Me Too and

the Jewish World,” “Cross-stitching the

Torah,” “Cremation and Last Wishes”

and “Jews of Color.”

Hadassah Magazine is a magnet

for good reading and topical issues. It

enhances our understanding by highlighting

the work and issues of Hadassah

and of Jewish life, here and in Israel. I

invite you to share my enthusiasm and

enjoyment. Happy reading!

Wednesday, November 13: Fall Luncheon and Crafty Women Boutique, and

Guest Speaker Jeff Margolis speaking about “Broadway Jewsicals” – contact

Elyse Morande at amorande@aol.com or 239.498.0623

Sunday, December 15: Keeper of the Gate 20 th Anniversary Breakfast

featuring Ellen Hershkin, National Hadassah President, open to all members

– contact Ellen Harris at ehih@comcast.net or 508.395.5116

Thursday, January 16: Hadassah Presents… A Book Reading: We Are

Going to be Lucky: A World War II Love Story in Letters – contact Debbie

Kaprove at dkaprove@hotmail.com or 860-558-3331, or Dale Hackerman at

dhackerman@comcast.net 609-8283766

Thursday, January 23: Installation of Officers and Fashion Show by

Rebecca’s – contact Elyse Morande at amorande@aol.com or 239.498.0623

Monday, February 3: Annual Mahjong, Card & Game Day – for reservations,

contact Carol Weisberg at carolw@tetragonia.com

Monday, March 16: Spring Luncheon featuring That’s Entertainment with

vocalist Carolann Sanita – contact Elyse Morande at amorande@aol.com or


The Jewish Historical Society

of Southwest Florida

8805 Tamiami Trail North,

Suite # 255, Naples FL 34108

833.547.7935 (833.JHS.SWFL)

www.jhsswf.org ~ office@jhsswf.org

Virtual Museum of SWFL

Jewish History http://


You are Cordially Invited to Attend

You Our are Open Cordially House Invited to Celebrate to Attend the

Our Rededication Open House of Our to Celebrate Sanctuary the

Rededication And Raskin of Our Social Sanctuary Hall

And Raskin Social Hall

Join us to enjoy a

Wine and Join Hors us d’’oeuvres to enjoy a Reception

Wine and Hors d’’oeuvres Reception

Thursday, November 21

Thursday, 5:00 – November 7:00 pm 21

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

Jewish 991 Congregation Winterberry of Marco Drive Island

Marco 991 Winterberry Island, FL Drive 34145

Marco Island, FL 34145

RSVP Requested by Friday, November 15

RSVP 239-642-0800 Requested or tboxma@marcojcmi.com

by Friday, November 15

28A Federation Star November 2019


eth Tikvah update

Beth Tikvah Co-Presidents

Shelley Goodman and Sue Hammerman

ovember is the unofficial beginning

of a new season for Beth

Tikvah as most of our fulltime

lorida residents have returned from

heir summer travels and many of our

easonal residents are beginning to restablish

their lives in Naples. It is a time

f fresh beginnings and exciting hellos

lled with the joy of renewal.

Returning to Naples is always speial.

It becomes even more so when we

re able to enjoy New Year celebrations

ith our Beth Tikvah family. We exend

our appreciation to Rabbi Ammos

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

Chorny and Cantor Frani Goodman for

providing us with spiritual leadership as

well as musically beautiful High Holiday

services. This year we welcomed

Olga and Jacob Yampolsky from the

Odessa Conservatory to enhance the

inauguration of our Yom Kippur service

with a performance of the Max Bruch

Kol Nidre for violin and viola. We are

deeply appreciative to the Yampolskys

for offering to be with us to share this

soul-stirring composition. We hope that

wherever you were you had a pleasant

and sweet beginning to the holiday


We begin the New Year with a full

season of programming ready to launch

at Beth Tikvah. Our regular Shabbat and

holiday observances expand to include

Sunday minyanim and our monthly

Women’s Rosh Chodesh Study Group.

There will be many lectures and learning

opportunities, musical events, and

eat and learn dinners on the schedule.

Many of the favorite programs from

years past will be repeated, and there

will be some exciting new ones. Beth

Tikvah is pleased to also be sponsoring

several community-wide events. Many

thanks go to Paulette Margulies, our

Vice-President for Programs, for all her

efforts to make this season the best we

have ever offered.

All Beth Tikvah religious services

and events are open to the community.

For more details, visit us online at www.

bethtikvahnaples.org. Email office@

bethtikvah.us or call 239.434.1818 for

all reservations. All are welcome to

join Beth Tikvah members at any event


Beth Tikvah is the affiliated congregation

in Greater Naples of United

Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

(USCJ). It is our privilege to partner

with the Jewish Federation of Greater

Naples (JFGN) in supporting the growth

of our local Jewish community. We

are particularly appreciative to JFGN

for support to our youth education,

Scholar-in-Residence and Naples Jewish

Film Festival programs. We invite

all who are interested in being a part of

our progressive egalitarian approach to

Conservative Judaism to join with us in

celebrating and learning.

Beth Tikvah November Happenings:


Saturday, November 9: Veterans B

Recognition Shabbat Service at

9:30 a.m.

Monday, November 11: Greater

Naples Jewish Book Festival event

sponsored by Beth Tikvah at the

Naples Conference Center at 1:00


Thursday, November 14: Lecture

Series: Inaugural Speaker Jeff Margolis

at 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, November 17: Kristallnachte

Commemoration at Saint John theM

Evangelist Catholic Church at 2:30s



Sunday, November 24: Rosh Chodesh

Women’s Study Group from i

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.


Religious Services


Friday services begin at 6:15 p.m.; Sat-urday

services begin at 9:30 a.m. andt

conclude with a Kiddush luncheon. Wen

convene Yahrzeit minyanim upon re-quest.

We are located at 1459 Pine Ridge

Road, just west of Mission Square Plaza. i

You may reach Rabbi Chorny directlyS

at 239.537.5257.









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

Listen Up! They’re coming to NJC!




On Thursday, February 20, we

will be in the throes of the maelstrom

that is the 2020 election

cycle. If you seek a much needed and

well-deserved respite from the incessant

cacophony that is Presidential politics,

then come to Naples Jewish Congregation’s

2020 Artist Program, featuring

the pure, unadulterated and joyous song

making that is the essence of Listen

Up! (LU!), an award-winning Jewish

a cappella quartet from Chicago.

Listen Up! had its genesis in 1992,

when a short-lived a cappella jazz

quintet was suddenly faced with the

loss of its two non-Jewish singers.

The three remaining Jewish songsters,

among them Steve Singer, the founder,

then added a fourth vocalist. The rest is

the enduring legacy of Listen Up!, the

house band (without instruments) of the

Greater Chicago Jewish Festival for the

past quarter century.

Steve Singer, Freddie Feldman, Eli

Taylor and Kadi House – the members

of Listen Up! – are all educators in their

day jobs, as well as Jewish music educators

for its audiences All four vocalists

have unique talents that contribute to

the success of this outstanding vocal

group. Steve Singer, says that “it is pure

joy to create and sing together.” He is

a student of Jewish music, the group’s

arranger and the bass percussionist who

delivers the rhythmic soul for Listen

Up! Freddie Feldman is a terrific tenor

whose longstanding expertise in sound

engineering and video production has

showcased Listen Up!’s zest for singing.

Freddie has been immersed in the

world of a cappella, as a vocalist and a

producer, for over two decades.

Eli Nathan Taylor, a boffo baritone,

is a vocal anchor for this amazing group.

Eli delights in combining his passion

for music with his love for Judaism and

Israel. Kadi House, a mezzo soprano

and newest member of the group, has

a charismatic personality that bolsters

the already dynamic force that is Listen

Up! This is not Kadi’s first foray

into a cappella singing, but LU! allows

her to synthesize her passion for unaccompanied

vocalizing with her love of

Jewish song.

All four vocalists of LU! stand out

as soloists, yet meld perfectly for exquisite,

often transcendent harmonies.

When I interviewed Steve Singer by

phone recently to delve deeper into the

soul of LU!, Steve told me that “voice

elevates the human condition” and that

LU!’s goal is to “help others connect

to their Jewishness through song.” LU!

seeks to provide “a musical window to

the Jewish cultural and religious history

and tradition.”

Although LU! takes a somewhat

serious approach to performance for

a wide variety of audiences, it leavens

this with humor and warmth, to learn

and sing Jewish songs while having fun.

LU!’s mission is to reinterpret old


tunes, to take older material and reinvent


it as new. For instance, they have recast


Adon Olam to the tune of “Happy,” the

mega hit by Pharrell Williams. More

recently, LU! arranged a Hebrew remix

of the monster country-rap hit, “Old

Town Road,” retaining the tune, but

replacing the lyrics with the words of

“Dror Yikra.”

NJC is most appreciative of the

unstinting support of the Jewish Federation

of Greater Naples over the past six

years, since the inception of NJC’s Artist

Program. This year’s most generous

grant serves to underwrite this concert

with LU!.

LU! revels in audience engagement

and participation. They want you to

feel the joy they experience performing

for you. It will be a night you will not

soon forget! Come see why the Chicago

Tribune has crowned Listen Up!

“Chicago’s uniquely compelling Jewish

vocal band.” For more information

about LU!, visit www.jewishsong.com.

Look for ticket information in upcoming

issues of the Federation Star.


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

JCMI’s cup runneth over




Event chairs at the Jewish Congregation

of Marco Island have

readied the programs for the

coming season. The events are abundant

and excellent.

The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series

begins its 26 th season on Saturday, January

18 with “Klezmer to Gershwin,”

the music of the shtetl to the greats of

jazz. On Saturday, February 15, enjoy

the magical music of the Artis—Naples

Brass Quintet. On Saturday, March 7,

“Jews in the Mob” will be presented by

Myron Sugarman. Relating his life in

prison, he tells of suitcases of cash from

Meyer Lansky’s casinos to the new State

of Israel and more.

The Sydney R. Hoffman Jewish

Film Festival begins its 19 th season with

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

on Sunday, December 15. Additional

films this season are Tel Aviv on Fire

on Sunday, January 12, Shoelaces on

Sunday, February 9, and The Interpreter

on Sunday, March 15. All films are

award-winning, must-see productions.

A series of concerts begin Saturday,

January 25 with the Atlantic City Boys,

featuring the harmonies of The Beach

Boys, Frankie Valli and others. On

Saturday, February 22, Motown Magic

features hits from The Temptations,

Marvin Gaye and others. Finally, The

Alter Eagles on Saturday, March 21 is an

authentic representation of The Eagles

in their prime. Tickets are available

online at www.marcojcmi.com.

In addition, JCMI offers Bingo,

Duplicate Bridge, Social Bridge, Book

Club, weekly Mah Jongg, Mah Jongg

Tournament, Jewish Book Festival and

more. The public is always welcome.

For more information, please visit

our website or call the JCMI office at


Changing your address?

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coming to your home. Email


For a continuously updated community calendar,

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


Naples BBYO happenings

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

Jessica Zimmerman

Happy November from BBYO!

In September, Naples BBYO

gathered in Fort Myers to kick

off the term with Southwest Florida

BBYO (which includes Jewish teens

from Naples to Sarasota).


teens came together

for a private rental

of Revolution Cable

Park. Teens spent

two hours wakeboarding,

water skiing,

knee boarding

and wakeskating. It was an amazing

event and a huge success. Kylie Bell,

Mishpacha BBG committee member,

said, “I had an amazing time. I got to

meet so many people.”

Naples BBYO will be joining Jewish

teens from all over the North Florida

Region at FallCon for a weekend of

great friends, Jewish enrichment and a

whole lot of fun! FallCon takes place

the weekend of November 15-17. It is

not too late to sign up. Register at bit.


Middle and high schoolers looking

for community service hours: On

Sunday, November 17, join the Naples

community for a Kristallnacht

Commemoration at Saint

John the Evangelist Catholic

Church. Teens must register

in advance for community

service activities. You can

do so by going to bit.ly/communitykrist.

On Sunday, November

24 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.,

Mishpacha BBG will take

over Cycle Guroo for an


hour-long class. Register in advance at


On Sunday, November 24 from

1:00 to 2:00 p.m., join Negev AZA at

the Brainstorm Escape Room in Bonita

Springs for an event to remember! Will

Negev escape? You’ll have to join us

to find out.

On Sunday, December 8, Jewish

middle and high schoolers are invited

to get their cook on at our first annual

Latke Cookoff at Temple Shalom

from noon to 1:45 p.m. This event will

include gift card prizes, an array of

special guest judges, and some BBYO

swag raffles. Register in advance at


Naples BBYO is getting ready for

sleepovers the weekend of December

7-8. This event will include elections

for spring term Mishpacha and Negev


To register for these great events

and to learn more about local programming,

email me at jesszimmerman@


After Southwest Florida Kickoff, Mishpacha teens

gathered for some sisterhood time

November 2019 Federation Star


Shalom Yeladim! (Hebrew for ‘Hello Children!’) is

a brand new FREE monthly program taught by the

talented Gloria Mellman for parents and their

lihle ones (2-4 years old). Through craas, play,

yoga, music and fun, kids will begin to learn about

Judaism in a hands-on and experien/al way.

Parents are invited to join their children on this

engaging Jewish educa/onal journey.

Temple Shalom membership is not required.

Interfaith families welcome!


9:00am - 11:30am

Nov. 17, Dec. 8, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 22, Apr. 26

Oct. 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 8, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 22, Apr. 26




*This program is generously supported by

the Jewish Federa/on of Greater Naples

Jewish teens from Naples, Fort Myers and Sarasota at Revolution Cable Park


What are your plans

for the summer of 2020?

Would you like to go

to a Jewish Summer

Camp or visit Israel?

The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples,

Temple Shalom and

Temple Shalom Men’s Club,

together offer PARTIAL scholarships

for Jewish Summer Camps and

the Israel Experience for teens.

There are scholarship opportunities for

all Jewish children in the community

regardless of congregation affiliation.

For information and a scholarship application,

contact your local synagogue or call

the Jewish Federation at 239.263.4205.

Scholarship request deadlines:

Summer Camps: December 18, 2019

Israel Programs: February 3, 2020

Are you a Jewish

High School Student

Graduating May 2020?



Patricia J. Adkins Youth Leadership Award

A one-time award of $2,500 for further education!


Jewish senior in high school

Resident of Collier County

Active in a congregation and/or BBYO

Strong academic record

Active leadership role in the community

Application Deadline: January 1, 2020


For Questions Contact Reneé at rbialek@jewishnaples.org

30A Federation Star November 2019

Preschool of the Arts update

By Ettie Zaklos, Preschool Director

t the start of this school year, the

Preschool of the Arts’ team was

humbled to learn that we won

old in the 2019 Naples’ Champion

hoice awards in three categories – Best

reschool, Childcare and Educational

ervices. This is the eighth year in a

ow that our preschool has won this

restigious award. Achieving this exeptional

level of performance as judged

y families in our community does not

appen by chance. It takes intentional

ffort to achieve this level of continued

uccess and we are so proud of our staff

nd teachers who continue to raise the

ar for excellence in early childhood


As I reflect on our successful first

uarter of our 2019-2020 academic year,

feel incredibly grateful and blessed to

e in a position where we can provide

arly, defining childhood experiences

hat set the foundation for a lifetime of

earning. The past two months coincided

ith the Jewish holiday season, and it

Celebrating Shabbat at Preschool of the Arts

was a joy to celebrate these special days

with our students as they learned all

about our beautiful traditions.

Inspired by Rosh Hashanah, our

school welcomed a local beekeeper

who brought in thousands of buzzing

bees for an incredible hands-on experience

that taught the children about

bees’ habitats and honey-making ability.

The children had a great time helping

extract the honey from the beekeeper’s

cylinder and collecting it in their very

own jars of honey that they had artistically

handcrafted. It was wonderful to

see how the experience ramped up the

children’s enthusiasm for the holiday!

The fun continued as we celebrated

the joyous holiday of Sukkot. The

holiday’s numerous themes and exciting

traditions inspired much of our

daily curriculum. In our classrooms,

teachers provided many opportunities

for students to explore the different

fall, construction and harvest-inspired

elements of Sukkot and discover the

holiday for themselves.

A handyman guided the

children in using construction

tools to build a

real-life sukkah, which

they then decorated. Our

little engineers practiced

their budding STEM

skills as they measured

and hammered away!

Parents also had a

chance to participate in

some fun, community-building activities

at our annual Parent Curriculum

Night. The wonderful evening of community

and learning gave parents new

strategies and perspectives on early

childhood education, as we took a deep

dive into our award-winning school’s

educational philosophy and how it impacts

children every day both in and out

of the classroom.

At Preschool of the Arts, we are

guided by our understanding of how

young children learn best. Our program

offers students the opportunity to

develop the building blocks for future

success – positive self-image, social

skills, language communication

and independence. Even

at a very young age, children

have an infinite potential to

absorb knowledge. Our days

are filled with opportunities

to learn new skills, concepts

and ideas, building on children’s

natural curiosity and

thirst for learning. Through

a dynamic and developmentally

appropriate curriculum,

we create an atmosphere that



invites children to observe, to try new

things, to actively participate and to

make choices. The evening’s message

resonated with our parents, as they

understood the importance of gifting

children with a solid education, and the

impact it can have on their future.

For more information about Preschool

of the Arts, call 239.263.2620,

email naplespreschoolofthearts@gmail.

com or visit www.naplespreschoolofthe


Sign up for The PJ Library and you’ll receive a FREE, high-quality

children’s book or CD each month. The PJ Library will enrich your family’s

life with Jewish stories and songs – and it’s absolutely FREE for families

with children from six months up to eight years of age in Collier County.

The PJ Library is brought to the Greater Naples

community by the Naples Senior Center at JFCS.

For more information, call 239.325.4444.

Jewish Families with Children Group

Collier County Educator Award

“Stand Up For Justice”

Please join us

• Sunday, November 24: Bounce! with us!

Bounce! Trampoline Sports, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples

Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 per bouncer

RSVP by November 20. Let Renee’ know how many kids and adults are

bouncing. For those who don’t want to bounce, we can talk in the lobby

and read PJ library books.

• Monday, December 23: Community Chanukah Celebration

at 5:00 p.m. on the lawn at Mercato. Face painting, games and

music. Free admission. Latkes for sale.

More information can be found in our weekly eblast.

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

For the 10 th year, a grant has been established by the Jewish Community Relations Council of

the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.

The 2020 STAND UP FOR JUSTICE Educator Grant recognizes High School, Middle School

and Elementary School educators who are innovative in bringing respect for others’ differences

into their activities with students in a transformative, impactful and caring way. The goal is to

create a resource for educators of any discipline to incorporate strategies that promote

understanding and respect among students, countering bigotry and bullying. This grant

recognizes teachers, guidance counselors, school librarians, media specialists, school

psychologists, administrators, etc.

Visit this link to download the application and see previous recipient submissions:


For additional information, please contact

Grant Coordinator Beth Povlow at 239.393.6306 or


Federation Star Publication Policy

The Federation Star is a subsidized arm of the 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 in

Greater Naples.

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 items that report the facts of actual

events of concern to Jews and will only offer commentary

that clearly intends to unite all Jews in a common purpose or


Critical or derogatory comments directed at individuals

or organizations will NOT be published.

(Adopted by the Offi cers and Board of Trustees

of the Jewish Federation of Collier County 1/98)

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:

Advertisements: All advertisements, regardless of their

sponsor, shall be paid for in full, at the established rates,

prior to publication. The contents of all advertisements shall

be subject to review and approval of the Federation Board

or its designee. Commercial advertisers may make credit

arrangements with the advertising manager, subject to the

approval of the Federation Board.

Regular Columns: Regular columns shall be accepted only

from leaders (Rabbis, Presidents, Chairs) of established and

recognized Jewish organizations in Greater Naples and the

designated Chairs of the regular committees of the Jewish

Federation of Greater Naples.

Special Announcements: Special announcements shall be

accepted from established Jewish organizations in Greater

Naples and may, at the discretion of the Federation Board,

be subject to the conditions applicable to paid advertisements,

as set forth above.

News Items: Only those news items pertaining to matters of

general interest to the broadest cross-section of the Jewish

Community will be accepted for publication.

Note: Items of controversial opinions and points of view,

about political issues, will not be accepted for publication

without prior approval of a majority of the Federation Officers

and Trustees.

All persons and organizations objecting to the actions

and rulings of the Editor or Publications Committee Chair

shall have the right to appeal those rulings to the Officers

and Board of Trustees of the JFGN.


November 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, MAHL

Cantor Donna Azu, MSM

Rabbi Ariel Boxman, MAHL, MARE,

Rabbi Educator

Rabbi James H. Perman, D.D.,

Rabbi Emeritus

Deborah Rosen Fidel, J.D., MAJPS,

Executive Director

Debra Antzis, President

Susan Feld, Ed. S., 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: office@bethtikvah.us

Website: www.bethtikvahnaples.org

Rabbi Ammos Chorny

Shelley Goodman, Co-President

Sue Hammerman, Co-President

Roberta Miller, 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 • Preschool

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

The Federation Star is published

monthly, September through July,

by the Jewish Federation

of Greater Naples.

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road

Suite 2201

Naples, FL 34109-0613

Phone: 239-263-4205

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and the Jewish community gets the gravy.

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call Jeffrey Feld at the Federation

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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

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• President: Diane Schwartz, 732-539-4011

Holocaust Museum &

Cohen Education Center

• President: Herb Berkeley, 263-9200

Israel Bonds

• Monica DiGiovanni, 727-282-1124

Jewish Historical Society

of Southwest Florida

• President: Marina Berkovich, 566-1771

Jewish National Fund

• Joshua Mellits, 941-462-1330 x865

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 Federation’s Annual Community

Campaign. For more information, please call Julie Hartline,

Annual Campaign Director, at 239.263.4205.

32A Federation Star November 2019


Alexandra Silber

in Concert

One Night Only

Tuesday, January 7

at 7:15 p.m.

Temple Shalom

4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples

Accompanied by Ben Moss

Al and Ben entertained at the Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival in December 2017.

Tickets are $36 ($45 at the door if seats available)

© Arielle Doneson

Alexandra Silber takes you on a musical journey through

her multi-faceted career encompassing classic hits from

Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss Me Kate, Cabaret, She Loves Me

and West Side Story, plus she will introduce you to new

tunes and hidden gems. Witness intimate and honest performances

that have catapulted this lovely, young actress to

Broadway, the West End and symphony stages nationwide!

“The fastest-rising soprano in musical theatre...

the firestarter for getting the Broadway world

re-acquainted with its ‘legit sound’ – the same

crystal clear, open voice that Leonard Bernstein

would have heard in his first Maria...”

— The Huffington Post

Piano provided by Steinway Piano Gallery. Visit the showroom at 28751 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs.

• Check in at the event

(no physical tickets issued)

• Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

• General admission seating

• Video presentation

at 7:15 p.m.

• Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

• Dessert Reception follows

the show

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Celebrating Jewish Life in Greater Naples, Israel and the World

Federation Star

Published by the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

serving Naples, Marco Island and the surrounding communities

www.JewishNaples.org November 2019 – Cheshvan/Kislev 5780 Vol. 29 #3

Arts & Culture

Author of unique book featuring Jewish recipes and

food lore to speak at Jewish Book Festival luncheon

Review by Philip K. Jason, Jewish Book Festival Co-Chair

The alphabet never tasted so good.

A huge and dazzling array of

contributors brings to life what

would seem to be an impossible task:

a plausible gathering of what’s “most

Jewish” in the palates of Jews across

time, space and memory. The contributors

are at once erudite and down to

earth. Author Alana Newhouse gives

them brief but impressive identification

at the end of the book so that readers

can connect their perspectives to their


Readers will chuckle at the book’s

table of contents. It provides a delightful

visual image as an identifier for each

selection, in which these same images

reappear. They exist to make us hungry.

The format is basically a mini-essay

followed by a recipe. So, we travel and

gorge from adafina (a Sabbath stew) to

Yemenite soup, with the expected and

plenty of surprises along the way.

Just where it needs to be is the

apple, given a personality by Dan Barber,

who plays the part well, complaining

about being blamed for Eve’s lack

Alana Newhouse

of discipline, but then boasting about

having flourished all over the world.

The apple’s journey is a guilt trip. Apple

cake becomes the choice for instruction.

The recipes share a professionally

structured style that readers will find

efficient without being overly formal.

Measurements are given in the vernaculars,

so the reader will always know

such things as a half cup of sugar is 65

grams. Chocolate Babka immediately

caught my attention, but I plan to get

my babka by giving a copy of the book,

properly bookmarked, to a good friend

who bakes.

Okay, so you’d expect a section on

bagels, but don’t tell me you anticipated

Bazooka gum. Bialys are another must,

as are black-and-white cookies, blintzes

and maybe bokser. And borscht is

inevitable, with this section offering a

brief essay on “The Secrets of Soviet

Cuisine.” The section on brisket is best

read overnight.

“C” is for carciofi all giudia (artichoke

Jewish-style). “C” is also for

challah, charoset and cheesecake – AND

chicken. Yes, there is a section on Chinese

food that explains in detail “Why

Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas.”

The mysteries of cholent and chopped

liver come next, laced with both wisdom

and humor. And there is a lot more to

the (pardon the pun) c-section.

I have to speed up now: dates,

deli, dill; eggplant, Entenmann’s, eyerleckh;

flanken; gefilte fish, goose

and the wished-for gribenes; halva,

hamantaschen, haminados and Hebrew

National hot dogs.

Let me depart from the alphabet

now and address some other charms of

this “most Jewish” book.

Many of the contributors are notable

writers, or at least darn good

ones. Often, they take the opportunity

to personalize their entries with memories

of family gatherings, holidays and

lifecycle events at which Jewish food is

not the theme, but somehow the bonding

agent. We can trace how a recipe

was introduced, passed along to others,

sometimes modified, but always linking

the generations – just like Hebrew

school, but usually with greater impact.

These personal stories that link the

food with the occasion and the family

are sometimes humorous, but always

moving and inviting.

There is a surprising and welcome

inclusiveness in the scope of the recipes.

A favorite of Tunisian Jews, Pkaila, is

one of the surprises. Adafina is from

the Iberian world, and Haminados are

among the Sephardic tastes readers are

lured to sample. Jews from the Republic

of Georgia indulged themselves with

Labda, which also has a connection

with Persian cuisine. Jews in India

enjoy Malida at the Seder table. Treatments

of matzo are manifold. One of

these is the Sephardic Mina de Matzo.

And you don’t want to miss trying

Mufleta, Persian rice and Ptcha – foods

with various origins across the Jewish

world. Tsimmes, of course, is universally


Well, the person who put all this

together, New Yorker Alana Newhouse,

is the editor-in-chief of Tablet, a daily

online magazine with a huge following.

Founded in 2009, it features Jewish

news, ideas and culture. A graduate of

Barnard College and Columbia’s Graduate

School of Journalism, Newhouse

has contributed to The New York Times,

The Washington Post, The Boston Globe

and Slate.

On Monday, December 2 at 11:30

a.m. at the Hilton Naples, Alana Newhouse

will be speaking at the Greater

Naples Jewish Book Festival luncheon.

The book will be available for sale and

signing. Find details about the complete

festival series of events, along with a

ticket order form, author bios and book

descriptions in this section and at www.

jewishbookfestival.org. Need an answer

fast? Send an email to fedstar18@gmail.

com or call the Federation office at








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Centers for the Arts

Bonita Springs presents

“The Art of Healthy Cooking”

Creating and consuming art is

good for you. It’s good for the

spirit, it helps keep you sharp

mentally and, in some instances, it even

nourishes the body. That’s definitely the

case with “The Art of Healthy Cooking”

series, brought to you by the Centers for

the Arts Bonita Springs in collaboration

with Lee Health’s Healthy Life Center

at Coconut Point. “The Art of Healthy

Cooking” is a monthly series of special

dinner evenings designed to empower

you with the practical cooking skills

needed for better health.

Attendees will enjoy cooking demonstrations

and taste delicious, healthful

dishes in a supportive group setting.

Each evening’s fun and delicious demonstration

and discussion will be led

by chef, nutritionist and Lee Health

outreach dietitian Aikaterina ‘Kat’ Galeos.

The kitchen is stocked, the menu

is prepared and Kat has interesting and

informative presentations ready for the

months of January, February and March.

Details about each of these evenings

follow, and those interested many attend

whichever evenings suit their own interests

and needs. Space is limited to 12

guests per event, so please register early.

At each event, enjoy wine provided by

PG Wines Florida during the meal and,

as always, a great dessert.

Plant Based Cooking: Tuesday,

January 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Join Kat in this fun, educational and

delicious class. Did you know that a

plant-based diet can greatly benefit all

of us, reducing the risk of numerous illnesses,

like diabetes and heart disease?

Plant-based cooking is not only healthy,

but easy and delicious! This class features

a short talk, cooking demo and

hands-on participation as we create our

evening’s delicious, health-promoting

meal, following an easy and affordable

recipe. Cheers!

30-Minute Delightful Meals: Tuesday,

February 11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Busy schedule? Looking for ways to

make meals easier? Just because a meal

takes only 30 minutes to prepare does


not mean it needs to skimp on flavor or

health. Join Kat in this fun, educational

and delicious class featuring 30-Minute

Meals that are bursting with flavor, easy

Aikaterina ‘Kat’ Galeos

to prepare and, yes, healthy! Your class

features a short talk, cooking demo and

hands-on participation as we create our

evening’s delicious, health-promoting

meal, following an easy and affordable


Crazy-Delicious Mexican Cuisine:

Tuesday, March 31, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Okay, we get it. Mexican cuisine sometimes

doesn’t have a great reputation

nutrition-wise. Why not join us, for a

terrific take on healthy Mexican cuisine?

Kat has created a fun, educational

and delicious class featuring healthy

Mexican cuisine. These healthy versions

of traditional Mexican recipes

use whole-food ingredients filled with

flavor and nutrition. Your class features

a short talk, cooking demo and hands-on

participation as we create our evening’s

delicious, health-promoting meal, following

an easy and affordable recipe.

¡A tu salud!

Each of these events will be held

at the Healthy Life Center, located at

Lee Health’s new facility at 23450 Via

Coconut Point, Estero. Tickets to each

event are $65. Call 239.495.8989 to

purchase your tickets and secure your

reservation today.

Temple Shalom Sisterhood

presents Myra Janco Daniels

By Arlene Yedid

Who is most responsible for

the growth of Naples as

a cultural arts center and

prominent city? There is no doubt that

it is the legendary Myra Janco Daniels.

Temple Shalom Sisterhood is pleased to

announce that on Tuesday, November 12

at 11:30 a.m. at Temple Shalom, Myra

will be reminiscing

in a special program

honoring her achievements.

Her amazing career

began as a professor

of marketing

and advertising. Later,

Myra became a pioneering

executive in

Chicago, heading up

a national advertising

firm. Selling her very

successful company

to Draper Daniels

eventually led to marriage. Draper was

a colorful figure who was the inspiration

for the character Don Draper in

the television series Mad Men. When

it came time to retire, they moved to

Marco Island.

After Draper died, Myra became

interested in forming a Marco Island

chamber orchestra. Later, she led a

grassroots drive to gain community support

for a Naples symphony. Knowing

that the Naples Philharmonic needed

a home, Myra led a major financial

campaign for a center for the arts that

Myra Janco Daniels

became the iconic Naples Philharmonic

Center for the Arts. Next she created the

Naples Museum of Art, in which hang

two spectacular blown glass Dale Chihuly

chandeliers, and a tribute to Naples,

a massive blown glass ceiling aquarium.

Myra served 30 years as CEO of the

Philharmonic Center for the Arts, overseeing

its growth into

a cultural arts mecca.

Myra has said, “I used

the same principles

I learned in advertising

to sell this community

on the arts.

You have to believe,

and then you have to

get the community to

believe. You have to

get them involved to

the point that they feel

it’s theirs.”

Has she retired?

As Myra has said, “I don’t think that

anyone can retire from living.” Furthermore,

she believes that everyone has a

responsibility to help in some way to

create a better community.

Join us at Temple Shalom to meet

Myra and hear about her amazing life

and recent project for “latchkey children.”

The cost is $30 for Sisterhood

members, $32 for non-members and

guests, and $50 for sponsors. For information

or reservations, call Barbara

Druckman at 239.405.1141.


November 2019 Federation Star

TheatreZone celebrates its 15 th season,

announces 2019-2020 shows

TheatreZone, a Naples professional

Equity theatre celebrating

its 15 th season, is pleased to present

the following Broadway productions

for its 2019-2020 season: Home for the

Holidays (December 13-15), Leonard

Bernstein’s Wonderful Town (January

9-19), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera

(February 6-16), Gypsy (March 5-15)

and I Love My Wife (April 16-26).

In a change for this season, all evening

performances will begin at 7:30

p.m. Matinees at 2:00 p.m. will continue

to be offered on Saturdays and Sundays.

“We like to present a blend of a traditional

shows, a favorite from the past

seasons, and a show or two that people

may not have seen before,” says Artistic

Director Mark Danni. “This gives our

subscribers and ticket buyers variety and

exposure to new things. We believe it is

our job to introduce lesser known works

to new audiences.”

“The idea for Wonderful Town

came from a conversation we had with

Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie

Bernstein,” he continues. “She told me

that Wonderful Town is her favorite of

her dad’s musicals, and I thought, wow,

that’s really saying something, considering

he wrote West Side Story. We’re

looking forward to sharing Wonderful

Town with our audiences.”

Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera

brings a different, edgier musical

genre to the Florida premiere of this

brand new show, which has only been

presented in Boston, New York and

Chicago. The producer, seeking a new

staging of this highly entertaining dark

comedy, immediately considered Mark

Danni and TheatreZone, and flew to

Naples to specifically meet with them.

Andrea McArdle, Broadway’s original

Annie, will play the tour de force role as

each character’s (Tonya’s and Nancy’s)

Shakespearean mother. Tonya & Nancy

is a fantastically clever show, based on

a historic event that shocked the world;

though it does include adult language

and subject matter more suitable for

mature audiences.

With so many well-known songs,

Gypsy appeals to everyone. “This is a

classic and timeless Broadway musical

where audiences leave happy and

singing,” Danni says. “We expect

that these tickets will sell quickly.”

Directing the production will be Karen

(Moor) Yelaney, who was the original

Baby Louise with Ethel Merman

on Broadway. Her talented daughter,

Megan Yelaney, who was last seen in

TheatreZone’s Baby, will play Gypsy

Rose Lee. Mark Danni and Karen Yelaney

had worked together in New York

before Mark moved to Naples. “We

are also thrilled to announce that TheatreZone

fan favorite Becca McCoy, last

seen as Princess Puffer in The Mystery

of Edwin Drood, will portray the iconic


roll of Mama Rose,” Danni says.

Well received when TheatreZone

staged it in Season 5, I Love My Wife is a

hilarious 1970s look at relationships and

sexuality. “The topic sounds racy, but

the show is not,” Danni says. “It’s more

about the comedy and how the couples

get to bed than what happens when they

get there. I also love that the band are

characters in the show and have nine

costume changes!” The show has wonderful

music written by legendary Tony

Award-winning composer Cy Coleman

(Sweet Charity, City of Angels).

International concert acts and other

events will be announced at a later date.

TheatreZone is in residence at the

250-seat G&L Theatre on the Community

School of Naples campus, 13275

Livingston Road, Naples. Tickets

range from $50-75. For more information,

visit www.theatre.zone or call

888.966.3352 x1.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

thanks TheatreZone for sponsoring the

Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival for

the third consecutive year. The Federation

truly appreciates the partnership.

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Our 15th Season!

December 13-15, 2019

A TheatreZone original holiday

extravaganza of season favorites!

January 9-19, 2020

Leonard Bernstein’s Tony

Award-winning musical!

February 6-16, 2020

Florida premiere of this comedic

original musical!


March 5-15, 2020

One of Broadway’s all-time

hits, starring Becca McCoy!


April 16-26, 2020

Cy Coleman’s hysterical satire

of the 1970’s sexual revolution!

All evening

shows at

7:30 p.m.




January 14, 2020

February18, 2020 February 20, 2020

Evening performances on Thursdays through Sundays plus weekend matinees.


www.theatre.zone 888-966-3352 x1

13275 Livingston Road, Naples, FL

On the Community School of Naples campus

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4B Federation Star November 2019

Gulfshore Playhouse presents its 2019-20 season

featuring legendary classics and new productions

Gulfshore Playhouse is celebrating

its 16 th season with legendary

heroes, quarreling lovers,

award-winning timeless classics and

fresh new productions. Don’t miss out!

The regional theatre continues to

thrive under the direction of Founder

and Producing Artistic Director Kristen

Coury, who started Gulfshore Playhouse

more than 15 years ago with an idea

to fill the gap of arts in Naples with a

professional theatre that would further

elevate the arts – and she has made good

on that promise.

Today, the theatre has blossomed

into an artistic home for more than 44

staff members, hundreds of visiting artists,

over 40,000 patrons, and more than

14,000 students and adults who have

participated in Gulfshore Playhouse’s

transformational theatre education


There has never been a more exciting

time to be at Gulfshore Playhouse

and experience incredible professional

productions featuring actors direct from

Broadway, partake in free audience

engagement programs, or enroll in a

unique theatre educational offering.

The 2019-20 Production Season


● Bedlam’s Saint Joan, October

19 to November 3: From the critically

acclaimed New York-based theatre company

comes an artful, and searingly bold

and humorous adaptation of George

Bernard Shaw’s tale of Joan of Arc.

Recognized in TIME magazine and

New York Times’ top critic picks, this

intimate stripped-down production

captures the epic story of the martyred

heroine in her unforgettable quest to

restore France to greatness.

● It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live

Radio Play, November 16 to December

29: Adapted by Joe Landry, this heartwarming

American classic presented

as a 1940s radio show

retells the story of Bedford

Falls and the Bailey

Family. With the help of

an ensemble that brings

a few dozen characters

to the stage, the story of

idealistic George Bailey

unfolds as he considers

ending his life one fateful

Christmas Eve.

● Native Gardens,

January 11 to February

2: This runaway

hit has been dubbed one

of the hottest new plays

and “a true breath of

comic fresh air” by DC Theatre Scene.

Gardens and cultures clash in this

lively and frothy production about one

of life’s most serious subjects: DIRT.

Friendly neighbors become unreasonable

enemies who involve themselves

in a variety of backyard antics in this

comedy of good intentions and bad


● The Lady Demands Satisfaction,

February 15 to March 15: Mayhem

and chaos quickly arise in this hilarious,

swashbuckling comedy by Arthur M.

Jolly. Set in the mid-1700s, masterful

swordplay and mistaken identities collide

with conniving suitors and young

maidens to bring to life this actionpacked

fun production.

● The Lion in Winter, March

28 to April 19: Set during Christmas



in 1183, King Henry II and his wife,

Eleanor of Aquitaine, are embroiled in

a wickedly amusing battle over which

son will inherit the crown. It’s a highstakes

political game of chess, and the

future of England hangs in the balance.

This Tony Award-winning production

by James Goldman went on to become

an instant classic and

an Academy Awardwinning

film starring

Katherine Hepburn and

Peter O’Toole.

● The Niceties,

May 2 to 17: When Zoe

is called into her history

professor’s office to

discuss a paper about

the American Revolution,

a civil conversation

transforms into

an urgent and personal

debate. As the conflict

intensifies, both women

quickly pass the point

of no return and must face the consequences.

Hailed as “bristling and provocative”

by The New York Times, this

explosive drama by Eleanor Burgess

forces an examination on the ways society

judges, debates and condemns.

“We are excited to present a bold

season showcasing Tony Award-winning

productions, critically acclaimed

actors, many straight from New York,

and a world-class creative team,” said

Kristen Coury. “Coupled with hilarious,

timeless classics and new, thoughtprovoking

plays, this season will

captivate audiences who are looking

for a taste of New York right in their


Single tickets are now on sale for

the 2019-20 season. Three-, four-, fiveand

six-show subscriptions are available,

starting at $192. New this year,

Gulfshore Playhouse has introduced a

monthly option that provides patrons

with the flexibility of paying monthly

for a subscription. Prices start as low

as $17 per month for a three-show subscription

package. Subscription benefits

include priority seating, invitations to

exclusive events, exchanges up to 24

hours before a show and discounted

pricing. Regular ticket pricing and

single tickets start at $38. For purchase

information, visit www.GulfshorePlay

house.org or call 239.261.7529.

Gulfshore Playhouse is passionately

committed to enriching the cultural

landscape of our region by producing

professional theater to the highest artistic

standards and providing unique educational

opportunities to diverse groups

of people in a spirit of service, adventure

and excitement. The Playhouse’s work

is inspired by a belief in the magic of

theater to expand the imagination, challenge

the senses, provoke discussion

and revitalize in its audiences an understanding

of our common humanity.


This belief drives the care with which


Gulfshore Playhouse treats its artists,

audiences, students, staff and members


of the greater community.


This focus is also at the core of its


newest endeavor – the creation of a


cultural landmark facility in downtown


Naples. Plans are currently underway


for the new Gulfshore Playhouse Theater

and Education Center at Goodlette-



Frank Road and First Avenue South,


which will include two theaters and an


education wing to support programming


for children, adults and families.


For more information about Gulfshore

Playhouse, visit www.Gulfshore



Playhouse.org or call 239.261.PLAY





YouTube a cappella sensation

LISTEN UP! Jewish Vocal Band

Listen Up! Jewish Vocal Band recognizes

the richness present within Jewish liturgy

and music, then amplifies it with a

contemporary twist. Along with their

impressive vocal talents, the group brings

multi-generational humor and a surprising

repertoire to a fun, easygoing evening. Visit JewishSong.com.

Thursday, February 20 at 7:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples

$40 General Seating • $65 Benefactor Preferred Seating

Event concludes with an elegant wine and dessert reception

Tickets are available at naplesjewishcongregation.org or mail your check

made out to NJC, along with your email address and phone number, to:

NJC, PO Box 111994, Naples, FL 34108, attn: Tickets

Tickets will be held at the door


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More information at 239-431-3858 or www.naplesjewishcongregation.org





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outside of Jerusalem.





Includes dinner & event ticket

Students are free with pre-registration

To pre-register call the Jewish Federation at 239-263-4205

with your credit card or mail check to

JFGN, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. Ste 2201

Naples, FL 34109 Attn: IAC


The NOC is now the NCO

By Arlene Yedid

The Naples Orchestra and Chorus

opens its 27 th season with an

appropriate name change, the

Naples Community Orchestra. This is

an appropriate change since the NCO

is comprised of talented local musicians

and music students who bring exceptional

classical and popular orchestral

concerts to the community.

Take note of other changes taking

place. The new NCO venue is Moorings

Presbyterian Church at 791 Harbour

Drive, Naples. It offers a large stage to

showcase the entire orchestra, and features

Artistic Director Max Rabinovitsj

and guest soloists center stage. The

Moorings Presbyterian sanctuary boasts

amazing state-of-the-art acoustics and a

magnificent Fazioli grand piano.

Concerts will be given Friday evenings

at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoons

at 3:30 p.m.

The season opens on January 17 and

18, when Broadway star Jessica Grové

and concert pianist Jodie DeSalvo return

with a dazzling concert of Broadway

and pops favorites. Internationally

recognized clarinetist Bixby Kennedy

performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

on the February 7 and 8. The March 13

and 14 program features brilliant pianist

Dror Biran in the Beethoven Piano Concerto

No. 4. The April 17 and 18 concert

marks the exciting return of Stella Chen,

recent winner of a prestigious international

violin completion, bringing the

season to a rousing conclusion with the

Brahms Violin Concerto.

Season tickets are on sale for $100

and single tickets are $30. There is no

charge for students. For more information,

call 239.676.0077 or visit www.


A new Hadassah program

Coming this season is a new

program series, “Hadassah

Presents: Programs and Events

to Educate, Entertain and Expand Our


On Thursday, January 16, Elizabeth

L. Fox presents a unique book of correspondence

between her parents Lenny

and Diana Miller in We Are Going to

be Lucky: A World War II Love Story in

Letters. Their daily letters reflect how

the newly married couple tried to deal

with the uncertainties and difficulties

of a three-year separation. This story of

enduring hope and love is revealed in

the huge collection of letters Elizabeth

carefully edited and annotated. You’re

invited to hear Elizabeth Fox’s memorable

presentation at 7:00 p.m. at the

Naples Conference Center, 1444 Pine

Ridge Road, Naples.

On Monday, February 17 at 1:00

p.m., noted art historian Joan Jacobs will

present a program on the great artist,

Marc Chagall, known for his unique,

symbolic artwork as well as his eccentric,

difficult personality. Of special

interest to Hadassah are the magnificent

“Chagall Windows” at Hadassah Hospital

in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. Joan

Jacobs is an accomplished, sought after

lecturer who reveals a deep understanding

of artists and their masterworks.

Her museum-quality slides allow her

to explore the techniques employed by

artists through the ages. The presentation

takes place at Vi at Bentley Village,

East Clubhouse, 850 Retreat Drive,


Each program costs $18 for early

registration and $25 at the door. For

more information, call Debbie Kaprove

at 860.558.3331 or Dale Hackerman at


November 2019 Federation Star


“Gulfshore Playhouse Punches Above Its Weight”

– The Wall Street Journal

Bedlam’s saint Joan

October 19 – November 3

“Irresistible!” and “a force of

nature” by The New York Times

it’s a Wonderful life:

a live radio Play

November 16 – December 29

“A lovable, evocative piece.”

by The New York Times

native Gardens

January 11 – February 2

“A true breath of comic fresh air!”

by DC Theatre Scene

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February 15 – March 15

“Good swashbuckling fun!”

by Chicago Reader

the lion in Winter

March 28 – April 19

“Regal and relevant!”

by Broadway World

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May 2 – 17

“A bristling, provocative play!”

by The New York Times



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Florida Repertory Theatre’s 2019-2020 season

Florida Repertory Theatre opened

its 22 nd season on September

24 with the country musical

sensation Always...Patsy Cline in the

ArtStage Studio Theatre and the run is

already extended to November 24 due

to overwhelming demand for tickets.

The season features six productions

in the 393-seat Historic Arcade Theatre

and three in the 120-seat ArtStage

Studio Theatre. Also featured are the

multiple Tony Award-winning Best

Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love

and Murder, and A Doll’s House, Part

2 by Lucas Hnath, one of the hottest

new plays in America, and a multiple

Tony nominee.

Florida Rep is also proud to salute

the late, great Neil Simon with his

now-classic romantic comedy Barefoot

in the Park, which will take the

Arcade Theatre stage in January. The

Arcade Theatre season kicked off in

late-October with Ken Ludwig’s The

Fox on the Fairway, a farce from the

author of Lend Me a Tenor and Moon

Over Buffalo, and is scheduled to play

through November 20.

Florida Repertory Theatre’s 22 nd

season also includes a National New

Play Network Rolling World Premiere

as part of its ongoing efforts to develop

new works and nurture playwrights.

Opening December 20 in the ArtStage

Studio Theatre, Alabaster by Audrey

Cefaly is an intimate portrait of survival

showcased in Florida Rep’s 2018 Play-

Lab Festival.

“We are delighted to celebrate 22

years of professional theatre with this

varied and exciting season of musicals,

new works and classics,” said Artistic

Director Greg Longenhagen. “This diverse

lineup of plays and musicals, both

classic and contemporary, will break

new ground for the theatre, introduce

many new faces and, of course, showcase

our ensemble of artists in a variety

of roles. We hope you’ll join us for

another year of first-class professional


Based on overwhelmingly positive

feedback from patrons, Florida Rep

will continue to open its free parking

lot, conveniently located directly across

the street from the theatre, two hours

before each curtain time. And, for a

third season, the theatre’s weeknight

performances will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Florida Rep’s 2019-2020 Season:


Always…Patsy Cline created and

originally directed by Ted Swindley.

Now extended through November

24, in the ArtStage Studio Theatre.

A heartfelt and powerful celebration

of the most popular female country

singer in recording history! Hear

all of Patsy’s biggest hits, including

“Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight”

and “I Fall to Pieces.”


Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway.

November 1-20, in the Historic

Arcade Theatre. Marx Brothers’

hilarity meets country club politics

in this signature Ken Ludwig farce

about love, life and man’s eternal

love affair with golf!

Evy Lipp


An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley.

December 6-22, Previews December

3-5, in the Historic Arcade

Theatre. A wealthy British family

is forced to examine their morality

in this chilling, Olivier and Tonywinning

masterpiece! An electrifying

and suspenseful thriller filled

with twists and turns!


Alabaster by Audrey Cefaly. A

National New Play Network Rolling

World Premiere. December

20 - January 26, Previews December

17-19, in the ArtStage Studio

Theatre. Funny, heartbreaking and

earth-shattering, this powerful new

play about healing and survival

begins a record-breaking 10-theatre

Rolling World Premiere at Florida

Rep before taking the country by



Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon.

January 10- 29, Previews January

7-9, in the Historic Arcade Theatre.

A hilarious romantic comedy from

the author of Rumors and Lost in

Yonkers. Newlyweds decide to play

matchmaker, and everything that

could go wrong does in this multiple

Tony-nominated play!


Cultural Event

Celebrating 16 years of bringing noted Jewish authors

to our Federation members



A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and

Murder. Book & Lyrics by Robert

L. Freedman, Music & Lyrics by

Steven Lutvak. February 14 - March

4, Previews February 11-13, in the

Historic Arcade Theatre. Can young

Monty Navarro juggle his fiancée,

his mistress, and knock off all of

the heirs ahead of him in the line of

nobility without being caught? Find

out in this fresh, irreverent and multiple

Tony-winning Best Musical!


Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan

Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe.

February 28 - March 29, Previews

February 25-27, in the ArtStage Studio

Theatre. A touching, funny and

intimate one-person tour-de-force!

Every Brilliant Thing is an exhilarating

and inventive new play that

takes audiences on an unexpected,

humorous and emotional journey of

healing and self-discovery.


A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas

Hnath. March 20 - April 8, Previews

March 17-19, in the Historic Arcade

Theatre. This smart and sophisticated

new comedy raises fascinating

questions about marriage and the

ways the roles of women have – and

have not – changed since 1879. One

of the hottest plays in America!


Ripcord by David Lindsay-Abaire.

April 24 - May 10, Previews April

21-23, in the Historic Arcade Theatre.

From the twisted and brilliant

mind of the Pulitzer Prize & Tonywinning

author of Rabbit Hole and

Good People comes a high-stakes

comedy about two women of a certain

age locked in a no-holds-barred

battle to the death!

Schedules may change, as shows

extend due to popularity, so call the box

office at 239.332.4488 or go online at

www.FloridaRep.org to check the full



Lori Gottlieb

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020 at 7:30pm

Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples

Tickets: $18 in advance • $25 at the door

Registration is now open!

X Use the Jewish Book Festival ticket order form; call the Federation office

with your credit card number at 239.263.4205; or mail your check

($18 per person), payable to Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, to JFGN,

Attn: Renee’, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201, Naples, FL 34109.

X Tickets will not be mailed. Your name will be placed on a reservation list

that will be checked at the door.

X Please call Renee’ if you’d like to be a Patron of this event. Patrons receive

dinner with Lori Gottlieb, a copy of her book and VIP seating at the event.

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York

Times bestselling author who writes The Atlantic’s

weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column. She

also writes for The New York Times, and appears

as a frequent expert on relationships, parenting

and hot-button mental

health topics in media

such as The Today

Show, Good Morning

America, CBS This Morning,

CNN and NPR.

Her book Maybe You

Should Talk to Someone

is in development

for a television series

at ABC. Learn more at



November 2019 Federation Star


8B Federation Star November 2019

Classic Chamber Concerts honors Beethoven

and opens its 25 th anniversary season

Acclaimed Pianist Orion Weiss

joins Violinist Yura Lee, and

Cellist Clive Greensmith, opening

Classic Chamber Concerts’ 25 th anniversary

season honoring Beethoven’s

250 th birthday, on Monday, December

16 at 8:00 p.m. at the Sugden Theatre

on Fifth Avenue South in Downtown


Gifted pianists are everywhere but

few have the magical presence, speed

and stamina of Orion Weiss. He has

a strong connection to the music he


After studying at

the Cleveland Institute

of Music during afternoons

throughout high

school, Weiss graduated

from the Juilliard

School where he studied

with Emanuel Ax.

He went on to receive

an Avery Fisher Grant,

and was named Classical

Recording Foundation’s

Young Artist of

the Year, both before the

age of 30.

One of the most

sought-after soloists in his generation

of young American musicians, Weiss

has performed with American orchestras

including Chicago Symphony, Boston

Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic

and New York Philharmonic. His impressive

list of accomplishments is


His deeply felt and crafted performances

go far beyond his technical

mastery and have won him worldwide

acclaim. With a warmth to his playing

that reflects his personality, Orion has

dazzled audiences with his lush sound.

According to The Washington Post,

Orion Weiss (credit: Jacob Blickenstaff)

“Weiss has both powerful technique

and exceptional insight, and brought an

almost sculptural presence and weight to

the music… When you’re named after

one of the biggest constellations in the

night sky, the pressure is on to display a

little star power – and the young pianist

Orion Weiss did exactly that…”

Weiss is known for his affinity and

enthusiasm for chamber music. Anyone

who has experienced this genre realizes

its power to connect and captivate an

audience. It is the purity of the music

that attracts composers and artists who

perform it. The intimacy

of the music allows

you to hear every

element clearly, as it

stirs the soul.

Weiss, along with

Lee and Greensmith,

will perform a dynamic

program of

works by Beethoven.

“They will be performing

works written

by Beethoven in

the consecutive order

as he first conceived

them in his very rich

‘middle period’ of composing. This is

a rare opportunity to hear these works

back to back by brilliant artists,” said

Michael Finn, Artistic Director of Classic

Chamber Concerts.

Orion Weiss added, “Beethoven

climbed to the highest pinnacles of expression

and achievement, conquered

those peaks, and built towers upon their

summits. What makes him so special

is that you can almost, almost, almost

see how he did it. He seems to me, of

all the great composers, the most like a

real human person. Yes, a once-in-allhistory

kind of genius, but the music he

created definitely came only from him,

not from God or heaven or some undefinable

otherworldly ‘inspiration.’ What

is overwhelming and mind-boggling is

his energy, his fearless determination,

his perseverance, and his never-ending

invention and re-invention. I personally

connect very deeply with Beethoven. I

hear his voice in every note, his thoughts

in every phrase.

“In our program, we are playing

consecutive opuses from a short threeyear

period in Beethoven’s life. I think

of that time as his most ecstatic period.

The music is incredibly joyful and

heaven-reaching. We will be performing

his last violin sonata, his last cello

sonata and his last trio, along with his

28 th (of 32) piano sonata.”



Sonata for Piano No. 28 in A, Op.101

Sonata for Violin No. 10 in G, Op. 96

Sonata for Cello No. 5 in D, Op. 102

No. 2

Trio in B flat, Op.97, “Archduke”


This opening night performance

promises to be a sellout. Tickets are

$60 and are only available by visiting

naplesccc.org. A special 25% discount

for new Season Subscribers is also


The Classic Chamber Concerts

2020 Season also includes:

January 20, Sugden Theatre


February 10, First United Methodist




February 24, First United Methodist



March 9, Sugden Theatre



April 6, First United Methodist






The Sidney R. Hoffman

Memorial Jewish Film Festival

The Jewish Congregation of

Marco Island is justifiably proud

of being the first Jewish Film

Festival in Southwest Florida. The Sidney

R. Hoffman Memorial Jewish Film

Festival had its premiere season back in

2000 and has been bringing interesting,

entertaining and educational films to

our community for all to enjoy. We are

deeply grateful to the Jewish Federation

of Greater Naples for its sponsorship of

the film festival.

Yes, we are a Jewish Film Festival

and seek to emphasize Jewish themes

and Jewish life, but we want to share

these ideas with our neighbors and

friends. To that end we have had documentaries,

musicals, love stories, comedies

and all varieties of films. But we

hold true to our principles that we show

only new films and seek to be sure that

they are all award winners. This season

promises to be our best one yet.

We start with our December offering:

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be

Me. This film showcases one of the most

talented musical legends and features

new interviews with such luminaries

as Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry

Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak.

Sammy Davis, Jr: I’ve Gotta Be Me

explores the life and art of a uniquely

gifted entertainer whose trajectory

blazed across the major flashpoints of

American society from the Depression

through the 1980s.

In January we present Tel Aviv on

Fire. Palestinian director Sameh Zoabi’s

irreverent satire on the Arab-Israeli conflict

follows Salam, a winsome slacker

whose uncle gets him a job on a sudsy

Palestinian TV soap opera, Tel Aviv on

Fire, popular with both Israelis and

Palestinians. Salam’s daily commute

from Jerusalem to the Ramallah set

through the Israeli checkpoint leads to

regular encounters with the IDF officer

in charge. In order to gain his favor,

Salam allows the commander to suggest

changes to the plot. Torn between

the demands of the army officer and the

show’s Arab financial backers on how

the love story will end, Salam devises


a final masterstroke.

In February our film is Shoelaces. It

tells the story of a complicated relationship

between an aging father and his

special-needs son. Reuben’s kidneys are

failing and his son Gadi wants to donate

one of his own kidneys to help save his

father’s life. However, the transplant

committee objects to the procedure.

Gadi is furious with the committee’s

decision and sets out to fight for his

right to save his father’s life. Through

the film’s portrayal of a relationship full

of love, rejection and co-dependency, it

manages to shed some light and question

the importance of human life, human

connection and if life is even possible

without it.

If these films haven’t piqued your

curiosity, The Interpreter, our last film,

will. Odd-couple traveling companions

– the son of a Nazi officer and his

Jewish translator – roam the Slovak

countryside in this bittersweet road

movie full of melancholic humor that

traverses complex moral and historical

territory. Ali leaves his home to find and

kill the SS officer who murdered his

parents during WWII. Instead, he meets

the Nazi’s son, retired teacher Georg,

an incorrigible drunk and womanizer.

Despite their tense first encounter, the

two ill-matched men travel together, developing

a prickly friendship along the

way. The Interpreter explores themes

of memory, trauma and guilt through

the shared history of characters seeking

to bridge their differences and reclaim

their humanity.

So there you have it. A season of

award-winning films that will keep you

interested and make you think about

Jewish issues in, possibly, a new way.

You will want to be a subscriber to all

four films so that you don’t miss any.

For tickets and further information,

please call the synagogue office at

239.642.0800 or visit www.marcojcmi.





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November 2019 Federation Star

Beth Tikvah’s 2019-2020 arts & culture events

Beth Tikvah offers a myriad of

cultural, intellectual, social,

musical and religious programming

throughout the year, but especially

during Naples busiest months.

Speaker Series

Our twice-monthly speaker series offers

talks on subjects of Jewish and general

interest, including the Poznansky Wellness



Dr. Samuel Kassow, author of Who Will

Tell Our Story, (the movie of the same

name was a highlight of last season’s

Naples Jewish Film Festival) will be

the Scholar-in-Residence on February

29 - March 1. The topic will be “viewed”

from the Polish and Vilna, Lithuania,


Musical Events

Beth Tikvah is planning a Cantorial

Weekend on March 20-22 as part of

our 13 th anniversary celebration. It will

be a weekend of celebrating, learning,

singing and, of course, eating.

Another musical event will be “Jewish

Jazz” on Wednesday, January 15. This

duo offers a delightful take on… “Jewish


Lecture Series

As part of our Adult Education Programing,

Beth Tikvah hosts a seasonal

Lecture Series. There are five or six

lectures offered, each presented by a

different lecturer on interesting topics

held throughout the season. Our initial

lecture is on Thursday, November

14, with Jeff Margolis speaking about

“Butterflies of Hope and

Remembrance” film

Ascreening of the film The Boys

of Terezin will be part of a

special program presented by

GenShoah SWFL and the Holocaust

Museum & Cohen Education Center

on Sunday, January 26 at Temple Shalom.

This presentation is part of the

Butterflies of Hope and Remembrance

project, a year-long initiative throughout

Southwest Florida comprised of special

events and educational programs commemorating

the 75 th anniversary of the

end of WWII and the liberation of Nazi

concentration camps.

Commemorating International Holocaust

Remembrance Day, The Boys

of Terezin is a documentary about five

Holocaust survivors, a boy choir and a

chamber music group who unite to tell

the story of a secret concentration camp


This true story that most people

have never heard shows how Seattle’s

acclaimed Northwest Boychoir met the

surviving “boys of Terezin” and how

they learned about the poems that the

boys wrote for their secret magazine,

VEDEM, while imprisoned by the Nazis.

For the members of the Boychoir,

their rehearsal of a new oratorio opened

their eyes to what the Holocaust’s genocide

meant to teens just like them.

In a poignant finale, four “boys of

Terezín” reunite in Seattle after 65 years,

remembering their lost friends, honoring

the courage and idealism they all

shared, and demonstrating that nothing

is as deeply human as the music that

can be shared.

The screening with accompanying

program and special guests will take

place at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Shalom,

4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. There

is no cost, but RSVPs are requested at


“Presidents and their Writing.” Jeff has

been a presenter since the inception of

the series. A former educator, his presentations

are well researched and creative,

and are entertaining and informative.

“All Things Jewish” Events

Beth Tikvah will hold four varied Shabbat

Eat and Learn Events on Friday

evenings beginning during Chanukah

in December. Our Purim celebration

in March will include an expanded appetizer

hour and the megillah reading.

Our community Seder in April is held

on the first evening of Passover.

Our Women’s Rosh Chodesh Study

Group meets on Sunday mornings at

10:00 a.m. These sessions have already

begun with a discussion in October led

by Cantor Frani Goodman on “Jewish

Music: Female Artists and Artistry.”

The next Rosh Chodesh study groups


will be held on November 24, December

29 and January 26. These women’s

study sessions will continue monthly

through May 2020.

Rabbi Ammos Chorny will lead four

sessions on Jewish Ethics. Together with

Aviva Chorny, he will teach “Learn to

Read Hebrew in a Day.”

The Naples Jewish Film Festival

will be held at the Sugden Theatre at

7:00 p.m. on Sundays, March 1, 8, 15

and 22.

This is but a taste of what you can

experience at Beth Tikvah. Watch the

Federation Star for updates.

All Beth Tikvah events are open

to the greater Naples community. If

interested in attending, you can guarantee

your seat by going to www.bethtik

vahnaples.org, or contact us at office@

bethtikvah.us or 239.434.1818.



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10B Federation Star November 2019

MCA helps you find…

People to Meet!

Off-the-Hook Dinner,

Menorah Lighting and

Comedy Night

December 18

5:30 PM

$60.00 per person

Sarge is an extraordinary entertainer. A triple threat:

a musical piano savant, an amazing improvisational

comedian and singer. His new book, “Black Boychik”,

traces his hilarious, inspirational life of twists

and turns, ups and downs.

Hamilton Unplugged


Ellen Katz

January 14

6:30 PM

Places to Go!

Things to Do!

Babcock Ranch


A True Wildlife


January 22

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Enjoy participating in an eco-tour at the famous

Babcock Ranch! Babcock Ranch is approximately

91,000 acres, with more than 73,000 preserved as

environmentally valuable areas. The Ranch still ranks

as the single largest preservation purchase in

Florida state history!

Temple Shalom’s 2019-20

arts & culture events

Youth Artist-in-Residence

Friday, November 8 and Sunday,

November 10

Friday, May 1 and Sunday, May 3

At Temple Shalom we strongly believe

in music’s power as a communitybuilder.

Over a three-year period, we

will invite the URJ’s top song leaders to

Temple Shalom to sing with our community

using Jewish music as a tool to

educate and engage the next generation

of Jews. Our first Youth-in-Residence

artist will be Alan Goodis. Noted for his

dedication to building relationships and

community through music, Alan tours

throughout the U.S. to serve as Youth

Artist-in-Residence and performer at

temples, youth conventions and Jewish

summer camps.


Friday-Sunday, January 24-26

Cantor Evan Kent joins Rabbi Adam

Miller and Cantor Donna Azu on the

bimah in song, prayer and learning during

Friday evening Shabbat services.

On Saturday morning, Cantor Kent will

share his perspective of looking at Torah

through a storyteller’s lens. On Saturday

evening, Cantor Kent presents his show,

“Shards – Putting Pieces Together.”

On Sunday morning, he leads an adult

workshop on telling our own stories,

why our individual and collective

stories are important, and why sharing

these stories with younger generations

is valuable.

Yiddish Music Concert

with Cantor Susan Berkson

Sunday, February 23

Join us at Temple Shalom for an evening

of Yiddish Music with Cantor Susan

Berkson. Cantor Berkson was ordained

in 1989 at Hebrew Union College

School of Sacred Music in New York.

Her CD, Life as Song, a collection of

Jewish liturgical and life cycle music,

can be found on iTunes.


Friday-Sunday, March 20-22

Temple Shalom is excited to welcome

Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph.D., the Jack,

Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute

of Learning. Rabbi Weiss served as

Associate Editor of The Torah: A

Women’s Commentary, and she is the

author of Figurative Language in Biblical

Prose Narrative: Metaphor in the

Book of Samuel. Rabbi Weiss will be

joining us for services on Friday evening

and Saturday morning, and teaching on

Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

The Scholar-in-Residence weekend is

made possible through the generosity of

the Shirley and Henry Kraus Scholar-in-

Residence Fund.

JCMI Saul I. Stern Cultural

Series’ 26 th year

Saul I. Stern was an important

Washingtonian. He was the man

who had vast contacts in government

and the political world. And most

important, he was devoted to the State

of Israel. Saul and his wife Marcia were

long-term residents of Marco Island.

Each year, they sponsored a tennis

charity tournament, with the funds earmarked

for the Immokalee Foundation.

The Sterns became active members

of the Jewish Congregation of Marco

Island (JCMI). The concept of a Cultural

Series that would enhance the congregation,

the greater community of Marco

Island and the outlying communities,

was introduced by the Sterns. Now in its

26 th year, events have featured Ambassador

Dennis Ross; Steve Emerson, the

professor who holds the Lerner Chair at

Brandeis; the U.S. Holocaust Memorial

Museum’s display of the voyage of the

St. Louis; and leading musicians from

the Naples Philharmonic.

The programs for this year are:

¡ Tim Schwartz & Don Weiser –

Saturday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. –

“From Klezmer to Gershwin – The

Roots of Jazz”

¡ The Naples Philharmonic Brass

Quintet – Saturday, February 15



at 7:30 p.m. – For the 14 th season

performing at the Cultural Series,

the Phil returns with its outstanding

musical program and commentary.

A Viennese table and Starbucks

tasting follow the program.

¡ Myron Sugarman, “Jews in the

Mob” – Saturday, March 7 at 7:30

p.m. – Myron Sugarman speaks of

prison life, suitcases of cash from

Meyer Lansky casinos to Israel,

helping nail reviled Nazi Doctor

Josef Mengele and more.

The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series is

made available through the generous

support of the Jewish Federation of

Greater Naples.

Patron tickets are $75 for the series,

which include preferred seating. The

series for JCMI members is $50. The series

for non-members is $60. Individual

tickets are $20 for JCMI members and

$25 for non-members.

For tickets and further information,

please call the synagogue office at

239.642.0800 or visit www.marcojcmi.


Stay connected at www.jewishnaples.org

Let Ellen Katz dazzle you with the sheer brilliance of

"Hamilton". Ellen connects you to the music and

story of America's amazing founding father. With

exciting visuals and music she tells his story in a

unique and creative presentation that both

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Holocaust Museum’s major

2019-2020 cultural events

Visit the award-winning Holocaust

Museum & Janet G. and

Harvey D. Cohen Education

Center at our new location: 975 Imperial

Golf Course Blvd., Suite 108, Naples,

FL 34110. Our phone number and website

remain the same – 239.263.9200 /


We hope you’ll join us for these events

in 2019-2020:

¡ Grand Opening and Dedication

Ceremony - Sunday, November 10,

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The official opening of our new

home is free and open to the public.

Tours, talks, children’s activities

and more!

¡ The Luncheon - Thursday, December

12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, 280

Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples

“Music of Hope & Remembrance”

honoring the 1944 performance

of “Defiant Requiem” at Theresienstadt.

Voices of Naples choral

group will perform. Tickets and

sponsorship information available

on our website. Proceeds benefit

the Museum’s Education programs.

¡ Triumph 2020 - Monday, March 2,

5:30 to 8:00 p.m.


Grey Oaks Country Club, 2400

Grey Oaks Drive North, Naples

Annual fundraiser with special

guest Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Holocaust

survivor and Kindertransport

evacuee. Ticket and sponsorship

information available on our website.

Proceeds benefit the Museum’s

Education programs.

¡ 2020 8 th Annual Elliott Katz Lecture

Series: January 9 and 23, February

6 and 20, March 5 and 19, 10:00

a.m. to noon

Hodges University Naples Campus

Information and series subscription

tickets available on our website.

No single sale tickets until after

December 1.

¡ Museum Exhibits:

• September - November 2019:


• January - March 2020: “Art &

Propaganda in Nazi Occupied


• April - November 2020: “75 th

Anniversary WWII Liberation of

Western Europe”



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November 5, 2019 – March 11, 2020

12 Events • 22 Authors • 19 books

presented by

In this 4-page Jewish Book

Festival insert, you will find

information on all 12 events

in the 2019-20 program.

To the right are the details

for the Opening Event. The

evening includes a preview

of the other 11 events.

Evening Events

On page 2 are the five

other evening events. The

day, time and location are

printed in a blue header.

The Evy Lipp People of the

Book Cultural Event is now

part of the Jewish Book


Luncheon Event

On page 3 is the luncheon

event on Monday,

December 2 at the Hilton.

There is a red header above

the event.

Afternoon Events

Also on page 3 are the five

afternoon events. The day,

time and location of each

event are printed in a green

header. Tickets to these

afternoon programs are $18

in advance and $25 at the


Page 4 includes the Ticket

Order Form, the Patron

Levels and Benefits chart,

event venues, Sponsor

logos and other pertinent


If you have questions not

answered in this insert,

please send an email to

fedstar18@gmail.com or

call the Federation office at


Set Sail for the 2019-20 Greater Naples

Jewish Book Festival

Opening Event: Tuesday, November 5

7:00 - 9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Naples

Elyssa Friedland • The Floating Feldmans

Sink or swim. Or at least that’s what Annette Feldman tells herself when she

books a cruise for her entire family. It’s been over a decade since the Feldman

clan has spent more than 24 hours under the same roof, but Annette is determined

to celebrate her 70 th birthday the right way. Just this once they are going

to behave like an actual family. Too bad her kids didn’t get the memo.

Between the troublesome family secrets, old sibling rivalries and her teenage

grandkids, Annette’s birthday vacation is looking more and more like the

perfect storm. Adrift together on the open seas, the Feldmans will each face

the truths they’ve been ignoring – and learn that the people they once thought

most likely to sink them are actually the ones who help them stay afloat.

Elyssa Friedland is the author of The Floating

Feldmans, The Intermission and Love and Miss

Communication. She has written for The Washington

Post, Bustle, POPSUGAR, Real Simple,

McSweeney’s and more. She is a graduate of

Yale University and Columbia Law School. Elyssa lives in

New York City with her family. She has survived a cruise and

many family trips.

This cruise-themed event includes:

Cruise ship atmosphere with photo station and island music

Preview presentation of all 2019-20 Jewish Book Festival events

with ticket and book giveaways

Book Cover Bingo with prizes

Light bites and drinks

Free valet parking at the Hilton “port”

Dress in cruisewear or casual Naples resort wear

Scenes from the book will be acted out during Elyssa’s presentation

Sponsored by Preferred Travel and Casual Connection

Send your best cruise photos to be shown on screens

in the Hilton ballroom from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

The top five will win prizes.

Send 1-3 photos to Ted Epstein at fedstar18@gmail.com

with “cruise photos” in the subject line.

Include your name(s) in the body of the email.

Winners must be present.

$30 in advance • $40 at the door • includes light bites and one drink

Monday, December 9 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Hilton Naples

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7:00 - 9:00 pm • Hilton Naples

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Show with David Letterman and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

$45 in advance • $55 at the door • includes light bites and one drink

$45 in advance • $55 at the door • includes light bites and one drink

Thursday, December 19 • 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Hilton Naples

Two Fun Presentations on Americana

7:00 - 9:30 pm • Hilton Naples

Two Fun Presentations on Americana

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Adam Chandler • Drive-Thru Dreams

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Stephen Silverman • The Amusement Park

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Wednesday, February 5 • 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Temple Shalom

Evy Lipp


Cultural Event

Lori Gottlieb • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Now included in

the Greater Naples

Jewish Book Festival

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times

bestselling author who writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear

Therapist” advice column. She also writes for The New York

Times, and appears as a frequent expert on relationships,

parenting and hot-button mental health topics in media such

as The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This

Morning, CNN and NPR. Her book Maybe You Should Talk

to Someone is in development for a television series at ABC.

Learn more at LoriGottlieb.com.

A hilarious, thought-provoking and surprising new book – from a New York

Times bestselling author, psychotherapist and national advice columnist – takes

us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world, where her patients are looking

for answers (and so is she). One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps

patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to

come crashing down. As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’

lives, she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones

she is asking. With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her

world as both clinician and patient – examining the truths and fictions we tell

ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire,

meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and

change. The book is a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human,

and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives

and our power to transform them.

$18 in advance • $25 at the door

Jewish Book Festival Patrons receive a copy of Lori’s book

Jewish Book Festival Committee

Coordinator: Ted Epstein


Phil Jason, Robin Mintz, Susan Pittelman

Patti Boochever

Steve Brazina

Gayle Dorio

Judith Finer Freedman

Susie Goldsmith

Carole Greene

Lenore Greenstein

Lee Henson

Carol Hirsch

Bobbie Katz

Ellen Katz

Ida Margolis

Irene Pomerantz

Dina Shein

Iris Shur

Elaine Soffer

Tuesday, January 28 • 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Hilton Naples

Arts & Culture: Film & TV

Arts Culture: Film & TV

Arts & Culture: Film & TV

7:00 - 9:30 pm • Hilton Naples

7:00 - 9:30 pm • Hilton Naples




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– The Epic Cycle, 1950-1972

Ken Sutak • • Cinema Judaica – The Epic Cycle, 1950-1972

The stunning sequel to Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939-1949, this

book is illustrated with more than 400 four-color, high-definition images

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$36 in advance • $45 at the door • includes light bites and one drink

$36 in in advance • $45 at at the door • • includes light bites and one drink

Wednesday, March 11 • 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Temple Shalom

Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers

and the Strangest Movie Never Made –

a multimedia and musical presentation

Josh Frank • Giraffes on Horseback Salad

Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film, written by modern art icon

Salvador Dali who had befriended Harpo. Rejected by MGM, the script was thought lost

forever. But author Josh Frank found it and, with comedian

Tim Heidecker and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega,

he has recreated the film as a graphic novel in all its gorgeous,

full-color, cinematic, surreal glory. It is the story of two

unlikely friends – a Jewish superstar film icon and Spanish

painter – and the movie that could have been.

Josh Frank is a writer, producer, director and composer. He’s

the author of Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band

Called Pixies and In Heaven Everything Is Fine; and coauthor

of the illustrated novel The Good Inn. Frank has worked

with some of the most interesting and innovative musicians,

filmmakers, producers and artists in the industry. He has interviewed

over 200 of America’s most notable names in entertainment for his books and

screenplays. Giraffes on Horseback Salad is his 4 th book and second illustrated novel.

$25 in advance • $35 at the door • includes beverages and light snacks



Monday, December 2 • 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Hilton Naples

Festival Luncheon – All about Jewish Foods

Alana Newhouse • The 100 Most Jewish Foods

To paraphrase an old cliché, put any two Jews together and you’ll have three opinions

about Jewish food. Ask them to name the most Jewish Food and the list turns highly

debatable – exactly the best way to describe The 100 Most Jewish Foods, edited by

Alana Newhouse of Tablet magazine. Informative, unexpected, passionate, quirky and

rich with layers of tradition and history, like an edible timeline tracing the diaspora, it’s

a book that celebrates the one unwavering constant of Jewish

life: Food. The book is not about the most popular Jewish

foods, or the tastiest, or even the most enduring. It’s a list of

the most significant foods, culturally and historically, to the

Jewish people, explored deeply with essays, recipes, stories and

context. The recipes are global and represent all contingencies

of the Jewish experience. Contributors include Ruth Reichl,

Joan Nathan, Michael Solomonov, Dan Barber, Gail Simmons,

Yotam Ottolenghi, Maira Kalman, Shalom Auslander, Dr. Ruth

Westheimer and Phil Rosenthal among many others.

Alana Newhouse is the founder and editor in chief of Tablet, a

daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas and culture. A graduate of Barnard College

and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Newhouse has contributed to The New

York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Slate.

$40 • includes luncheon • No tickets sold after Monday, November 25

Two Thrilling Novels

Andrew Gross • The Fifth Column

Andrew Gross’s latest novel is set in a 1939 New York City teeming with

Nazi supporters. Charles Mossman, reeling from the loss of his job and the

demise of his marriage, takes a swing at a Nazi sympathizer, and a torrent of

unintended consequences follows. As the threat of war grows, fears of a “fifth

column” – German spies embedded into everyday life – are everywhere. After

Pearl Harbor is attacked, the Nazi spy conspiracy turns into a deadly threat

with Charles’ daughter as an innocent pawn. Based on the true story of the

Duquesne Spy Ring, Gross delivers a tense, stirring thriller.

Andrew Gross is an internationally bestselling author of nine novels. He is

also coauthor of five #1 New York Times bestsellers with James Patterson. His

books have been translated into more than 25 languages.

Steve Israel • Big Guns

Former Congressman and author Steve Israel takes you behind the scenes of the

gun debate in Washington in this “pleasingly wicked” indictment of the state

of American politics. Mayor Michael Rodriguez starts a national campaign to

ban handguns from America’s cities, towns and villages. Otis Cogsworth, the

wealthy chairman and CEO of Cogsworth International Arms, and lobbyist

Sunny McCarthy convince an Arkansas congressman to introduce federal

legislation mandating that every American must own a firearm. Events soon

escalate and Washington politicians are caught between a mighty gun lobby

and the absurdity of requiring every American to carry a gun. What ensues is

both discomfiting and hilarious.

Steve Israel left Capitol Hill – unindicted and undefeated – to pursue a career

as a writer. He currently heads the Cornell University Institute of Politics and

Global Affairs.

Wednesday, January 8 • 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Temple Shalom

Historical Fiction from Bestselling Authors

Melanie Benjamin • Mistress of the Ritz

Praised for her signature ability to breathe life into the narratives of history’s

most compelling women, Melanie Benjamin presents an enthralling, rich and

rewarding novel based on the story of the extraordinary life of Blanche Auzello,

a Jewish-American woman who forged papers to create a new life for herself

abroad. Auzello secretly worked for the Resistance, all while playing hostess to

the invading Germans at the legendary Ritz in Paris. Benjamin weaves in a host

of historical figures – including Coco Chanel, alleged to be a Nazi sympathizer,

and Ernest Hemingway – creating an engaging group of supporting characters.

Melanie Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author, whose books include

The Girls in the Picture, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviator’s Wife, The

Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb and Alice I Have Been.

Pam Jenoff • The Lost Girls of Paris

Set against the backdrop of World War II and inspired by true events, The

Lost Girls of Paris weaves the stories of three brave women and is centered

on a ring of female spies on a daring mission in France. Filled with intrigue

and adventure, love and betrayal, the novel is a perfect blend of rich historical

detail and a gripping, emotional narrative.

Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels, including New York Times bestseller

The Orphan’s Tale. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from

George Washington University and a master’s degree in History from Cambridge,

and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jenoff’s novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and also

as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland.

Jewish Journeys

Marra B. Gad • The Color of Love

The Color of Love is an unforgettable debut memoir about a mixed-race Jewish

woman who, after 15 years of estrangement from her racist and abusive Great

Aunt Nette, chose to become her caregiver after Nette developed Alzheimer’s.

The disease slowly erased Nette’s prejudices, at last allowing Marra to develop

a relationship with the woman who had shunned her in her youth. This is a

story ripe with themes of identity, racism, family politics and more. Both heart

wrenching and heart warming, it is an honest and personal narrative from a

voice that needs to be heard.

Marra Gad was born in New York and raised in Chicago. She holds an advanced

degree in modern Jewish history from Baltimore Hebrew University.

Gad is an independent film and television producer.

Angela Himsel • A River Could Be a Tree

How does a woman who grew up in southern Indiana as a fundamentalist

Christian end up a practicing Jew in New York? Attempting to understand the

church’s strict tenets and its Doomsday philosophy, Angela went to Israel when

she was 19 to study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Instead of strengthening

her faith, she is introduced to a new world with different people and different

perspectives. Eventually, she finds her own form of salvation in a mikvah on

Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Angela tells her story with warmth, humor, and

a multitude of religious and philosophical insights.

Angela Himsel is a New York-based freelance writer. Her work has appeared

in The New York Times, The Jewish Week, The Forward and Lilith. Her

column “Angetevka” on Zeek.net has won two American Jewish Press Association


Wednesday, February 26 • 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Temple Shalom

Jewish Life and Identity

Bob Mankoff • Have I Got a Cartoon for You!

Cartoonist and author Bob Mankoff has devoted his life to discovering

just what makes us laugh. Mankoff has assembled his favorite Jewish

cartoons into his new book, Have I Got a Cartoon for You! Mankoff shows

how his Jewish heritage helped him to become a successful cartoonist,

examines the place of cartoons in the vibrant history of Jewish humor,

and plumbs Jewish thought, wisdom and “schtik” for humorous insights.

Bob Mankoff is the Cartoon and Humor Editor for Esquire and previously

was the Cartoon Editor for The New Yorker for 20 years. He has

published over 950 cartoons in The New Yorker. In 2014, he published

his New York Times bestselling memoir How About Never – Is Never

Good For You?: My Life In Cartoons.


Stephanie Butnick & Mark Oppenheimer

The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia


Monday, November 11 • 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Naples Conference Center Monday, January 13 • 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Holocaust-themed Non-fiction

Jack Fairweather • The Volunteer

The New Jewish Encyclopedia is an entertaining and thoroughly

modern introduction to Judaism written by the hosts

of Tablet magazine’s popular Unorthodox podcast. The

book is an encyclopedia of short entries and, like contemporary

Judaism itself, features an array of divergent voices, all

amusing and well informed and none in perfect agreement.

Stephanie Butnick is the deputy editor of Tablet and has

written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Mark Oppenheimer is the former Beliefs columnist

for The New York Times and author of The Bar Mitzvah

Crasher: Road-tripping Through Jewish America.

Naples Jewish Congregation Wednesday, March 4 • 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

To uncover the fate of the thousands being interred at a mysterious Nazi camp

on the border of the Reich, a 39-year-old Polish resistance fighter, Witold Pilecki,

volunteered for an audacious mission: assume a fake identity, get captured

and sent to the camp, and then report back to the underground. Gathering

information was not his only task. He was to execute an attack from inside.

The name of the camp was Auschwitz. The Volunteer, the true story of a Polish

resistance fighter, is an unflinching portrayal of survival, revenge and betrayal.

Jack Fairweather has been a correspondent for The Washington Post and The

Daily Telegraph, where he was the paper’s Baghdad and Persian Gulf bureau

chief. His reporting during the Iraq invasion won him the British Press Award

(the British equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize).





Jack Hersch • Death March Escape

Death March Escape describes 18-year-old Dave Hersch’s year in Mauthausen

Concentration Camp, his two escapes, and his son Jack’s thrilling journey to

Mauthausen decades later. After a year slaving in Mauthausen’s granite mine,

Dave was put on a death march. Weighing 80 lbs. and suffering from several

diseases, he found the strength to escape, but was quickly recaptured and sent

back to Mauthausen. Put on another death march, he escaped again. As Jack

retraces his father’s footsteps, the places he slaved in and those he escaped, he

learns much more about his father’s remarkable survival, and also about himself.

Jack Hersch is an expert on troubled companies, and a strategic advisor to

investment institutions and corporate managements. He has guest-lectured in

many business schools including MIT, USC and UC Berkeley.

Jewish Book Festival Sponsors

We are grateful to these businesses and organizations

for their support of the 2019-20 Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival:

Become a Book Festival Patron

and receive numerous benefits!

Jewish Book Festival Patron Levels and Benefits

Platinum Gold Silver

$500 $360 $225

Patron Benefits:

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Tickets to all 12 events (a $320 value)

Copy of Lori Gottlieb’s book

FastPass & separate check-in

Recognition in Federation Star


Temple Shalom

Strengthening our temple, our community and each other

Reserved VIP seating

Reserved seating area

Free book voucher(s)

Patron event with an author TBA

Extra luncheon event ticket for guest


Hilton Naples: 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island: 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island

Naples Conference Center: 1455 Pine Ridge Road, Naples

Naples Jewish Congregation: 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples

Temple Shalom: 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples

Check the events you will be attending for easy reference:

Tue, November 5 @ 7:00pm - HN Elyssa Friedland

Mon, November 11 @ 1:00pm - NCC Andrew Gross & Steve Israel

Mon, December 2 @ 11:30am - HN Alana Newhouse

Mon, December 9 @ 7:00pm - HN Barry, Mansbach & Zweibel

Festival Website & Email

Visit the official Festival website at www.jewishbookfestival.org for more

information on the authors and their books, event updates and a printable order

form. Have questions that have not been answered in this insert? Send an email

to fedstar18@gmail.com or call the Federation office at 239.263.4205.


Jewish Book Festival Ticket Order Form

Book Festival Patron: Tickets to all 12 events

Platinum $500 x ___ = total $_____

Gold $360 x ___ = total $_____

Silver $225 x ___ = total $_____

Monday, December 2 @ 11:30am Luncheon w/ Alana Newhouse

Please indicate choice of entree: chicken salmon vegetarian

Please indicate choice of dessert: pastry fruit

Jewish Book Festival Patron Levels and Benefits

Patron Benefits:

Tickets to all 12 events (a $320 value)

Copy of Lori Gottlieb’s book

FastPass & separate check-in

Recognition in Federation Star

Reserved VIP seating

Reserved seating area

Free book voucher(s)

Patron event with an author TBA

Extra luncheon event ticket for guest

Platinum Gold Silver

$500 $360 $225

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Event location legend: HN: Hilton Naples JCMI: Jewish Cong. of Marco Island NCC: Naples Conference Center

NJC: Naples Jewish Congregation TS: Temple Shalom

Evening Events:

Tuesday, November 5 @ 7:00pm - HN Opening Event w/ Elyssa Friedland $30 x ___ = $_____ ($40 at the door)

Monday, December 9 @ 7:00pm - HN Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, Alan Zweibel $45 x ___ = $_____ ($55 at the door)

Thursday, December 19 @ 7:00pm - HN Adam Chandler & Stephen Silverman $36 x ___ = $_____ ($45 at the door)

Tuesday, January 28 @ 7:00pm - HN Ken Sutak & Elizabeth Weitzman $36 x ___ = $_____ ($45 at the door)

Wednesday, February 5 @ 7:30pm - TS Lori Gottlieb (People of the Book Event) $18 x ___ = $_____ ($25 at the door)

Wednesday, March 11 @ 7:30pm - TS Closing Event w/ Josh Frank $25 x ___ = $_____ ($35 at the door)

Luncheon Event:

Monday, December 2 @ 11:30am - HN Alana Newhouse $40 x ___ = $_____

Please indicate choice of entree: chicken salmon vegetarian

Please indicate choice of dessert: pastry fruit

No tickets sold

after November 25

Afternoon Events:

Monday, November 11 @ 1:00pm - NCC Andrew Gross & Steve Israel $18 x ___ = $_____ ($25 at the door)

Wednesday, January 8 @ 1:00pm - TS Melanie Benjamin & Pam Jenoff $18 x ___ = $_____ “

Monday, January 13 @ 1:00pm - NJC Marra B. Gad & Angela Himsel $18 x ___ = $_____ “

Wednesday, February 26 @ 1:00pm - TS Bob Mankoff & Butnick/Oppenheimer $18 x ___ = $_____ “

Wednesday, March 4 @ 1:00pm - JCMI Jack Fairweather & Jack Hersch $18 x ___ = $_____ “

YES! I’d love to attend and support the 2019-20 Jewish Book Festival!

I am purchasing the tickets indicated above for a total of $_______.

Check enclosed (payable to Jewish Federation of Greater Naples)

Please charge my: MC Visa Discover American Express

Card #____________________________________ Exp. ____/____ CVV#_______

Name (please print): __________________________________ Zip: __________

Phone: _____________________ Email: _________________________________

3 ways to order your tickets:


Thu, December 19 @ 7:00pm - HN Adam Chandler & Stephen Silverman

Mail this order form to:

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 2201

Naples, FL 34109

Wed, January 8 @ 1:00pm - TS Melanie Benjamin & Pam Jenoff


In person at the Federation

office. Please fill out form in advance.

Schedule of Events:

Check the events you will be attending Check for easy the reference: events you will be attending for easy reference:


Charge by phone:


Please fill out form prior to calling.

Mon, January 13 @ 1:00pm - NJC Marra B. Gad & Angela Himsel

Tue, November 5 @ 7:00pm - HN Elyssa Friedland

Tue, January 28 @ 7:00pm - HN Ken Sutak & Elizabeth Weitzman

Mon, November 11 @ 1:00pm - NCC Andrew Gross & Steve Israel

Wed, February 5 @ 7:30pm - TS Lori Gottlieb

Mon, December 2 @ 11:30am - HN Alana Newhouse

Tickets ARE Transferable

Consider purchasing a Patron Festival Package. Even if you can’t make it to all

12 events, you can gift your tickets to friends, colleagues and family members.

Wed, February 26 @ 1:00pm - TS Bob Mankoff & Butnick/Oppenheimer

Mon, December 9 @ 7:00pm - HN Barry, Mansbach & Zweibel

Wed, March 4 @ 1:00pm - JCMI Jack Fairweather & Jack Hersch

Thu, December 19 @ 7:00pm - HN Adam Chandler & Stephen Silverman

Wed, March 11 @ 7:30pm - TS Josh Frank

Wed, January 8 @ 1:00pm - TS Melanie Benjamin & Pam Jenoff

Thank you for your support of the

2019-20 Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival!

Mon, January 13 @ 1:00pm - NJC Marra B. Gad & Angela Himsel

Tue, January 28 @ 7:00pm - HN Ken Sutak & Elizabeth Weitzman

Wed, February 5 @ 7:30pm - TS Lori Gottlieb

Multi-Author Events

For the events with more than one author, due to travel arrangements, the order

in which they present will be decided a few days prior to their event. If you’d

like to know the order, please email fedstar18@gmail.com or call 239.263.4205.

Wed, February 26 @ 1:00pm - TS Bob Mankoff & Butnick/Oppenheimer

Wed, March 4 @ 1:00pm - JCMI Jack Fairweather & Jack Hersch

All authors appearing at the 2019-20

Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival are members

of the Jewish Book Council Network.

• If you cannot attend an event, Wed, you March can 11 give @ 7:30pm your ticket - TS to Josh a friend. Frank

To make the change, please call the Federation office

at 239.263.4205 or email rbialek@jewishnaples.org.

• Open seating at all events. Platinum and Gold Patrons, and Sponsors/VIPs

will have reserved seats.

• Event payments are NOT tax deductible.

• If a venue, start time or author needs to be changed, all ticket buyers will

• Physical tickets will not be issued. Simply check in at each event.

• You will receive an email reminder about a week prior to each event.

• No refunds unless entire event (both authors for multi-author events) is

canceled and not rescheduled.

• If an author cancels (weather, illness, etc.) we will attempt to reschedule

the author in late March or April. Your original reservation will be good

for the rescheduled event.

be notified via email.

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