~January 16, 2023 ~ Community News ~

Personalize your brick today!

We are selling beautiful engraved Pavers for our Plaza area in the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center.

Purchase an Engraved Brick to Honor or Memorialize a loved one. Three sizes – 4”x8” $360.00, 8”x8” $720.00, 12”x12” $1800.00. Click on the link below to fill out the order form.

Questions- Marcy Friedland. [email protected] or call her at 239-263-4205.

Purchase an engraved brick

E-Blast Sponsors

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For more information on how to become an Eblast sponsor, contact JOY HERE.

"Winning the Battle Against Anti-semitic Hate

on Social Media"  

Guest Speaker: Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

Thursday, Feb. 23 at 2:00 pm

Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center

Free event for all. Register Here.

Israel's leading activist attorney, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Shurat HaDin Law Center, will deliver a lecture presenting the legal battle she has waged against the internet giants to rein in the extremist messaging, incitement to anti-Semitic violence and Israel bashing on social media.

Ms. Darshan-Leitner will detail the behind-the-scenes story of how, in 2015, in the midst of a heinous terror wave in the Jewish State, Israeli victims launched an international courtroom struggle against the social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, to hold them legally liable for providing material support to the Palestinian extremist groups. Next month their high profile case, Gonzalez v. Google, will be heard by the US Supreme Court in what is expected to be an unprecedented decision that could bring the Big Tech companies to their knees. Come here a fascinating lecture of how the terror victims and their lawyers are finally turning the tables on those targeting the world Jewish community and Israel.   

Click here to register for this free event!

Become a Friend of Celebrate Israel @ 75

To help make our local event memorable on Sunday, March 26, with the broadest participation, every member of our community is invited to be a Friend of Celebrate Israel with a onetime donation of $75 or more. Click here to become a Friend

If you become a Patron by January 25, you will be acknowledged in the March 2023 Federation Star.

Click here to pre register for the event!

January Programs


Diane Lynn, Certified Weight-loss Coach

Virtual Classes: 6 consecutive classes from January 19 to February 23

Thursdays from 11 am-12:00, ET

Cost: $297.00

Register HERE

What if you could look back on 2023 and say that was the year everything changed in your life…for the better? That you finally freed yourself from food drama, emotional eating and lost the weight permanently?

Diane Lynn did it in 2018 and is now teaching others how to do it, too. Join us for online classes taught by Diane, a certified weight loss coach, for a 6-week journey to learn how your brain is likely sabotaging your weight loss efforts and how to retrain it so you’ll think differently about food and never gain the weight back again.

This program is sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

TOP Jewish Foundation, in partnership with Goldman Sachs, our Investment Advisor, invites you to join us for a presentation and conversation Michael Murdoch, Keynote Speaker, Goldman Sachs Vice President, Investment Strategy Group

Economic & Financial Market Outlook

Thursday, January 19

12:00 - 2:00 PM

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center Salon A of the Schiff Hall

Complimentary lunch will be served

RSVP Required by January 13th, Space is limited www.topjewishfoundation/goldmansachsevent-naples/


Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida


new Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers documentary

Jack Nortman - Boxcar Education Giant

in partnership with Collier County South Regional Library

on Thursday, January 19 at 4 p.m.

Event Co-chairs: Ellen Seigel and Sandra Lee Buxton

Registration required https://tinyurl.com/b87vdnt7

Free admission & Light refreshments

Jewish Book Festival


Maybe It's Me

by Eileen Kathy Pollack


Friday, January 20

10:00 am ET, on Zoom


This event is sponsored by 

Temple Shalom Sisterhood

For more information on the Jewish Book Festival, click here.

To become a Patron or buy individual tickets at $18, click here.

The Zoom link will go out 2 hours prior to the start of each event.

Matzah Ball "A Night in Tel Aviv"

50 and under

Saturday, January 21

7:00-11:00 pm

Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center

4720 Pine Ridge Rd. 

$150 per person

Cocktails, mediterranean buffet and music!

Register HERE

JCMI & JFGN presents

Jewish Film Festival

Here We Are

Sunday, January 22

Film 2:00 PM

Reception Following the Film

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

991 Winterberry Dr., Marco Island

Aharon has devoted his life to raising his son Uri. Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult it might be time for him to live in a specialized home. While on their way to the institution, Aharon decides to run away with his son and hits the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. Or is it, in fact, his father who is not ready? 92 Minutes   

To buy single tickets or series tickets, call JCMI with your credit card: 239-642-0800

Great Opportunity for Fun and Giving with Beading for Betterment

with Carol Hirsch

Whether you are an experienced “beader” or have never made a beaded necklace, please join the group for a fun beading session. All are welcome. 

There will be free sessions twice a month at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center, 4720 Pine Ridge Road. Upcoming sessions are

Wednesday, January 25 and Monday, February 6, both 12 to 3 p.m.

Come to one or come to all! 

If you have your own supplies, please bring them. If not, supplies will be provided and only a donation will be requested so that more supplies can be purchased.  Donations toward the supplies, and/or gift cards to Michael’s or JoAnn’s are always accepted either by those attending the sessions or anyone who wants to contribute.

For more information contact Carol Hirsch HERE 

This program is sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and Temple Shalom

Singles Social Group

Members of Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, MCA and WCA singles are invited. Join us!

Seasons 52 on Thursday, January 26 @5:45 pm.  

8930 Tamiami Trail North, Naples 34108

Limit seating for 28 individuals.


Register Here:


Pay for what you order. 

If you want to attend and are not a member, please contact Renee here.

JCMI presents

The 2023 Saul I Stern Cultural Series


Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 at 7:30 PM

The Best of the Beatles tribute band. They will be performing the Beatles classic songs from their “touring & studio years” 1962-1970.

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

991 Winterberry Dr., Marco Island

To buy single tickets or series tickets, call JCMI with your credit card: 239-642-0800

In Partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

Jewish Community Relations Council presents

Annual Naples Klezmer Revival Band Concert


Tuesday, January 31

6:00-7:15 pm

South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway

 Support the event!

Reserve your seat by becoming a Patron at $50 pp.

Click here to become a Patron

In January, reserve your free tickets via the Collier County Library System. Click here.

February Programs

Jewish Book Festival


And How are the Children?

by Marjorie Margolies


Wednesday, February 1

2:00 pm ET, at Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center and on Zoom


This event is sponsored by 

Senior Housing Solutions and Women's Cultural Alliance

For more information on the Jewish Book Festival, click here.

To become a Patron or buy individual tickets at $25, click here.

The Zoom link will go out 2 hours prior to the start of each event.

Naples Jewish Congregation presents

Julie Silver

Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 pm


Friday, February 3 at 7:00 pm

Join us for an exquisitely beautiful, at times achingly wistful and playfully whimsical blending of the lyrical and the spiritual in song, pouring forth from the wellspring of Julie’s heart and soul, with love, compassion and empathy always in the forefront, suffused with unbridled joy and thoughtful grace.

Make reservations for Benefactor Preferred seating ($75.00) or General Seating ($50.00) by mailing your check, made payable to NJC, along with your name, address phone number & email, to NJC, P.O. Box 111994, Naples, FL 34108.

Sponsored in part Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

February Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers film premiere

Spaiser Family Story

Brunch and learn SWFL Jewish History

Sunday, February 5, at 11 a.m. at

Chabad of Naples 1789 Mandarin Rd, Naples, FL 34102

Mitch Spaiser came to Naples with his parents when he was a teenager and became the first known Jewish student of Edison College, Naples Campus, and possibly, its very first graduate. His were one of the early Jewish families who remained "under the radar" for years and whose generosity made Orthodox Judaism an integral part of Collier County landscape.

Attendance is free. Kosher food service.

REGISTER by submitting full names of attendees to [email protected] by January 27

JCMI & JFGN presents

Jewish Film Festival


Sunday, February 12

Film 2:00 PM

Reception Following the Film

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

991 Winterberry Dr., Marco Island

The young Jewish Austrian businessman Victor is a witness to how the prosecution of a Nazi crime perpetrated against his family unjustly fails in the courtroom. When Victor also loses his grief stricken father and his girlfriend's family opposes their relationship and his being Jewish, Victor completely loses faith in the system and pursues matters via a different path. 110 Minutes  

To buy single tickets or series tickets, call JCMI with your credit card: 239-642-0800

Seeking Justice - National Litigation

February 15 at 10:30 AM

Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center

Register Here for this free program

presented by Special Master David R. Cohen (member of MCA) and a Panel of Attorneys Who Have Litigated and Settled Opioid Cases

Hear the definitive story, directly from the lawyers who were in charge of the process, of how victims of the opioid crisis were awarded over 30 billion dollars from some of the largest companies in the world, including opioid manufacturers, like Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson, opioid distributors, like Cardinal Health; and opioid dispensers, like Walmart and Walgreens.  

This program is brought to you by Men's Cultural Alliance and everyone is invited to attend.

For additional programs

March Programs: Save the dates!

Additional Information

The Israel Advocacy Committee would like to bring Israel Update to you! Every week, every day, every hour, there is something special going on in Israel.

Read this week's pick HERE 8 teens with cerebral palsy inducted into IDF

Making a tribute or memorial gift is a wonderful way to honor the memory of a loved one, celebrate someone special in your life or commemorate milestones (such as a birthday, wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or anniversary). We will send an acknowledgment of your gift to the recipient(s) or their family.

A Socialization Program for Holocaust Survivors

Naples Senior Center is pleased to announce Café Europa, a program for Holocaust survivors to meet over a meal, socialize and form community. The name Café Europa comes from a cafe in Stockholm, Sweden where survivors would meet after the war to try to find family and friends.

Café Europa will be held early February 2023 at the New Naples Senior Center Building Café Europa immeasurably adds to the survivor’s quality of life.

We want to ensure that all Holocaust Survivors are invited to Café Europa. If you know of a survivor living in in Collier or Lee County, please let us know. We will reach out to them, or they can contact us directly at 239-325-4444 or email [email protected].

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