~ July 20, 2020 ~ Community News~
High Holiday Greeting
Orders are due: Friday, August 7
The High Holidays are just around the corner!

Since we won't be seeing each other in person, greetings in the Federation Star are a wonderful way to share your High Holiday wishes with others in our Jewish community.

Click on the image on the right to print.
Fill it out, then scan/photo and email the form to our office at info@jewishnaples.org

Instead, you may print and mail the completed order form, or call the office at 239-263-4205 with your order and credit card.

High Holiday Greetings are due by Friday, August 7.
Tribute or Memorial Donation
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.

TOP Jewish Foundation
is a department of the
Jewish Federation of Greater Naples
Join TOP and our investment advisor Goldman Sachs for a complimentary webinar

2020 Election Outlook
Presented by Joel Wall, Managing Director in the Office of Government Affairs at Goldman Sachs

Tuesday, July 28
at Noon

JFGN Local Programs for the Community
All of the JFGN below programs are free and are br ought to you by
Renee' , Program Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.
Prior to each program, the Zoom link will be emailed to those who RSVP.

If you have an idea for a program or want to be a guest speaker,
please contact Renee, Program Director here.  
July Virtual Programs
Real Estate Contracts and Closings in Naples

Join us on Zoom for a discussion with real estate attorney, Joshua Bialek, about the important elements of a real estate purchase and sale contract and a Naples real estate closing to protect yourself in your next transaction. Q & A to follow his presentation.

Monday, July 20
11-11:45 AM

Who is Joshua Bialek?
Joshua represents a wide variety of businesses and individuals engaged in the acquisition, development, leasing, ownership, operation, construction, financing, and disposition of real estate. Joshua is Board Certified in the area of Real Estate law by The Florida Bar. Additionally, he achieved the AV Preeminent Rating – the highest possible ratting from Martindale Hubble. Joshua a former member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and chairs the Cardozo Legal Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.
What is an Empowered Patient and How to Be Your Own Medical Advocate?

Guest speaker: Susan O. Cassidy, M.D., J.D.

Wednesday, July 22 
1:00-2:00 PM

The health care system is ever-changing and becoming more complex.

Issues to be discussed:
• Why generic documents, like living wills, are too general to be helpful and are open to interpretation.
• Why creating a personalized road map for your wishes to guide "in the moment" medical and chronic care decision making so important?
• How to decide if surgery or a medical treatment is right for you
• How to make sure you get the care you need, but also need the care you are getting

This should be a lively discussion with plenty of time for questions!
Being a Child of Survivors: From Trauma to PhD to Resilience to The Book

With Author Bruria Lindenberg Cooperman  

Wednesday, July 29
11 AM, EST.

For This I Survived? Children of Survivors Beyond The Trauma, is about children of Holocaust Survivors but it's also more. Now talking as adults, they emphasize the trauma but also the resilience their parents experienced. They're older now and there is a renewed understanding of what they went through growing up. Some even use humour -- dark as it may be. So Jewish!
Bruria Lindenberg Cooperman was born in British Mandated Palestine. Her parents had been smuggled in with Aliya Bet. Her father served in the IDF in the '48 war for independence. The family moved to Canada in 1954. Their journeys and experiences are part of the book For This I Survived.

Q & A to follow her presentation.
You do not need to read the book to join us for the program.
If you are interested in purchasing this book, here is the link.
Baseball in Israel

Wednesday, July 29

Men's Cultural Alliance and the Israel Advocacy Committee are happy to host members of Israel’s Olympic-Bound Baseball Team: General Manager Peter Kurz, and players Dean Pelman and Tal Erel.

The community is invited to listen as they describe their incredible journey to qualify for the Olympic Games and their adventures as Jewish athletes, what it means to compete for Israel, and how they’re looking forward to representing Israel on the global stage at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.
Peter is a native New Yorker (making Aliyah 30 years ago), Dean is a native Floridian and Tal is a true Israeli and is studying at Lynne University in Boca Raton.

August Virtual Program
Plot Against America Discussion
*Please watch the series in advance.

Discussion led by: Steve Yussen, Ph.D.

Wednesday, August 5
4:00-5:00 PM

The Plot Against Americ a imagines “an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism.”

Watch any or all of the 6 part HBO series, The Plot Against America, also available for streaming on Amazon Prime, and join us for a presentation and discussion, led by Steven Yussen, about the series and the 2004 novel by Philip Roth, on which the series is based.

This program is brought to you by: Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, Men’s Cultural Alliance and Women’s Cultural Alliance.
Bridges, Bridges Falling Down
by Dr. Richard W. Hertzberg
New Jersey Zinc Professor Emeritus, Lehigh University

Thursday, August 6
1:00 PM

Recent failure of the earthen dam in Midland, Michigan and the 2018 collapse of the Polcevera Bridge near Genoa, Italy that killed 43 people are two recent examples of infrastructure failures. This lecture will discuss the various causes of bridge failures. These include: crack formation and growth due to corrosion and/or cyclic loading, overloading and/or human error, non-redundancy, and resonance. Examples of each will be discussed with the aid of numerous PPT slides and video clips

This program is brought to you by the Men's Cultural Alliance and the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.
Education in the Face of a Pandemic

Guest speaker: Richard Conrath

Thursday, August 6
1:30-3:00 PM

Education in the U.S. is facing a grim challenge as the coming school year approaches. Over 56 million students will be returning to the K-12 school system and taking classes in some form or another. The challenge, of course, is making that happen in a safe and educationally sound way. The same issues confront Higher Education as close to 20 million students will be planning to enroll for the first time or to return to college campuses. 
1.  What will the educational system in this country look like in the face of the current Pandemic?
2.  What will education look like after the virus has spent itself? 
3.  Will we be left with a virtual educational system led by corporations and elite universities? Or will the traditional systems now in place remain? 
Construction Law: How to protect yourself when you hire a contractor

Join us on Zoom for a discussion with real estate attorney Joshua Bialek about how to protect yourself when you engage a contractor to perform work on your home or business.  The discussion will address best practices for evaluating a contractor and important contract terms to ensure a successful construction project or renovation. Q & A period to follow his presentation.

Monday, August 10
12:00-12:45 PM

Who is Joshua Bialek?
Joshua represents a wide variety of businesses and individuals engaged in the acquisition, development, leasing, ownership, operation, construction, financing, and disposition of real estate. Joshua is Board Certified in the area of Real Estate law by The Florida Bar. Additionally, he achieved the AV Preeminent Rating – the highest possible ratting from Martindale Hubble. Joshua a former member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and chairs the Cardozo Legal Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples.
From Fiddler to Shtisel and Unorthodox to the New Musical Present Perfect: Telling Our Stories 

The success of Netflix’s Unorthodox and Shtisel is exposing ever-increasing audiences to the world of the ultra-Orthodox communities. Join us in an important conversation of how those involved in the creation of works can tell stories of these communities that entertain, inspire, and authentically resonate with the spirit and complexity one finds there and hear a preview of music from the new musical Present Perfect.  
Wednesday, August 12
7:00-8:00 PM

With us will be 
·     Malky Goldman, an actor (whose credits include Unorthodox, The Vigil), producer, and script consultant who has her own journey from the Hasidic community.  Click here to visit her website .  
·    Nancy Cheser, playwright and lyricist of a new musical Present Perfect with composer Jaime Lozano that tells the story of a young Hasidic woman stepping outside the confines of her Brooklyn community and finds herself as much an immigrant in a new land as the newly arrived students she teaches in her NY English class. Present Perfect web site, click here .
·    Stephanie Lynne Mason, an actor who will play the lead role in Present Perfect in its Naples performance and will give us a taste of one of the new songs. She played Hodl in the Yiddish version of Fiddler on the Roof at the National Yiddish Theatre in New York. Visit her website here.
- Footsteps, an organization which supports individuals and families who have left or are contemplating leaving insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in their quest to lead self-determined lives. Learn more about Footsteps here.

This program is brought to you by: Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, Men’s Cultural Alliance and Women’s Cultural Alliance.
Mix and Mingle
Meet and Greet Social Time

Are you 55+ up, Jewish and single and are looking to meet others? If yes, then this group is for you.

Monday, August 17th
5:00-5:30 PM

We will discuss favorite books and movies.
Come prepared to talk and meet each other on Zoom.
Confronting Hate and Extremism in Online Gaming and Social Media

with Daniel Kelley, Associate Director of ADL's Center for Technology and Society and Lauren Krapf, National Policy Counsel for ADL.  

Wednesday, August 19th
8:00 pm

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples is excited to partner with ADL Florida on a new webinar series Empowering Our Children. The virtual series will focus on complex topics confronting families today and empower them with knowledge and tools to protect and raise global citizens. With expert facilitators in their respective fields, the series will help navigate societal issues and current challenges impacting families. 
We will be offering a webinar on Confronting Hate and Extremism in Online Gaming and Social Media. This webinar is free for those who pre-register and will give parents the resources to protect and empower their children while they are online.
Art Lesson: Draw a Beach Scene

Join us for an art lesson.
Let’s learn how to draw a beach scene by following a YouTube video. Kids and Adults of all ages are welcome to attend.

Monday, August 24
1:00-1:30 PM

Bring paper, pen, colored pencils and/or crayons.
Jewish Young Professionals
Meet and Greet Social Time
Let's Meet our Neighbors!

Thursday, August 27th
6:00-6:30 pm

Calling all Jewish Young Professionals. This is a great opportunity to meet other Jewish professionals in the Greater Naples area. Join us on Zoom for a meet and greet. We will meet other people from Ft. Myers, Jewish Young Professionals called TRIBE.

Jewish Families with Children Group

Calling children of all ages: join us for
Story-time and Show & Tell on Zoom!

Sunday, August 30th
6:00-6:30 pm

The Jewish Families with Children Group is inviting Parents and their Children to join us in making new friends on Sunday, August 30th for story-time and Show & Tell. Listen to a story and bring a show and tell item to talk about.
Vote By Mail
Request your Vote-by-Mail ballot

by calling (239) 252-VOTE (8683).

For those who reside in Collier County, please click here .

For those who reside in Lee County, please click here.

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BBYO is looking for Advisors
Have you considered advising for BBYO? Advising is a volunteer position that requires about 8-10 hours of your time a month to make a huge impact in the Jewish teen community in Naples.
BBYO Naples is searching for advisors for our girl's and boy's chapters. BBYO advisors volunteer in communities throughout North America and beyond serving as positive Jewish role models working in partnership with staff members to supervise and guide chapters. It is an extremely meaningful role that will leave an impact on you and Jewish teens in your community forever.
If you are interested, reach out to Jess Zimmerman, Associate Regional Director, at jesszimmerman@bbyo.org .
Or you can fill out this form and we will reach out to you.
Local Links
Not an MCA member? Men,  click here to join.

Not a WCA member? Women,  click here to join.

Additional local organizations. Click each one to take you to their website.

BBYO is using On Demand’s global reach to launch a number of new initiatives with partners that benefit the greater Jewish community. Click here for BBYO On Demand.

Upcoming programs:
Monday, July 27 at 2 PM: See below for more details.
Friday, August 28 at 11 AM

Film Discussion of Just Mercy
acclaimed film and book with special guest Benjamin Schaefer, attorney with the Equal Justice Initiative

Wednesday, July 22
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join the Holocaust Museum and Cohen Education Center to discuss Just Mercy, the 2019 feature film which explores the systemic inequality of the U.S. criminal justice system. Based on an actual case and book of the same name by lawyer Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy depicts Mr. Stevenson's efforts to reverse the conviction of Walter McMillian, sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit.

Benjamin Schaefer, an attorney with EJI, will participate in the discussion. Mr. Schaefer graduated in 2011 from New York University School of Law, where he participated in the Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic and interned at the Orleans Public Defenders in Louisiana. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He previously taught sixth grade social studies in Henderson, North Carolina. 
Masterclass of Southwest Florida Jewish History

Continues on Zoom
Monday, July 27 at 2:00 pm
20th Century Emergence of Jewish SWFL

Sign up at JHSSWF.org or email here.
Congregation Links
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THE CONGREGATION IS THE INSTITUTION that has sustained the Jewish people for two millennia throughout the world. Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist or Reform, the Jewish community wins when you join the congregation of your choice. 

Synagogue Services
Click on each synagogue name to take you to their website.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is offering FREE virtual Hurricane Preparedness programs in English and Spanish. Be Red Cross Ready presentations are offered by trained volunteers via Microsoft Teams, no special software is needed.
Please share the below dates and times. Click the registration link to sign-up for the event.
About Be Red Cross Ready -
Be Red Cross Ready is a national, standardized, free preparedness education curriculum designed to help people understand, prepare for, and respond appropriately to disasters. Be Red Cross Ready utilizes a whole community approach to preparedness education. Preparedness and safety information for older adults and individuals with disabilities, access, or functional needs is woven into the curriculum. The program aims to reduce perceived barriers to taking preparedness actions by focusing on a step-by-step approach that is manageable, action-oriented, and affordable.
What you will see in the presentation:
  • Preparedness as a practical real-world risk reducer
  • Self-reliance in preparing and responding to a hurricane
  • Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed
  • Tailor your kit and your plan to fit your world
  • Accommodations in a Covid-19 environment
  • Have a plan, share your plan, practice your plan, use your plan
  • Hurricanes – over all awareness and local history
  • Choices and authoritative guidance on sheltering and evacuation
  • Know the risks in your home and neighborhood
  • After the storm - recovery
Virtual Be Red Cross Ready – Hurricane Preparedness (English)
o     July 22 (Wednesday)           7:00PM – 8:15PM  Presenter: Michael Lampert

o     July 24 (Friday)                    2:00PM - 3:15PM  Presenter: Jennifer Daley

Additional Resources – Preparing during COVID-19: Click here to View Resources
Additional Links & Programs
  • Join Sharsheret on Monday, July 20th at 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT to hear from Shyamali Singhal, MD, PhD, Director of the El Camino Hospital Cancer Center, CA, and Founder of Hope & Beauty, an oncologist approved skin care line. Dr. Singhal will share her expertise on how to avoid, lessen and mitigate damage to skin, hair and nailsRegister Here.

  • Coffee Break with The Deputy Consul General of Israel in Miami: Kasa Bainesay Harbor. Every Tuesday at Noon on zoom. Meeting ID: 898 2992 8070 Password: Coffee! Register here for any or all of the following:
Jul 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Jul 28, 2020 12:00 PM
Aug 4, 2020 12:00 PM

  • The Real Mrs. America with founding editor of Ms. Magazine, Letty Cottin Pogrebin. Tuesday, July 21 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Moment columnist Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a founding editor of Ms. Magazine and prolific author, is a powerful voice for feminism in the Jewish world and beyond. Pogrebin, in conversation with Moment opinion and books editor, Amy Schwartz, will discuss the state of feminism today and her disgust/dismay at how the miniseries Mrs. America portrayed her friend Gloria Steinem and second wave feminism. Register Here.

  • Catholics, Jews, and the Issues of Our Time: A Conversation between Archbishop Nelson Pérez and Rabbi Abraham Skorka. Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for a special webinar as Philadelphia's new archbishop, the Most Rev. Nelson Pérez, and Rabbi Abraham Skorka, SJU University Professor, discuss Catholic-Jewish relations and some pressing issues facing both communities in American society today. Co-sponsored with AJC Philadelphia/South Jersey, the Anti-Defamation League Philadelphia, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.Registration is required. For full details, click HERE. 

  • Israel may be a small country, but it's one of the world's leading nations in medicine, technology and innovation. From revolutionary eye drops to futuristic cancer treatments. Watch Hananya Naftali youtube video here.

  • American Jewish Committee presents ADVOCACY ANYWHERE, which is an ongoing virtual programming series that enables viewers to engage with AJC’s leading expertise, content, and advocacy opportunities from wherever you are, using cutting-edge technology.  Click here for AJC programs.

  • Sharsheret's team of social workers is available around the clock to provide ongoing confidential and free support for women, men and caregivers facing breast and ovarian cancer. Please call 866-474-2774 or info@sharsheret.org. For virtual Sharsheret programs, click here.

  • Menemsha Films has been preparing to launch CHAIFLICKS, a streaming service dedicated solely to JEWISH themed films and entertainment. View the best of JEWISH films for a FREE 30-day trial. CLICK on the link below from your iPad, tablet, laptop, or desktop, sign up for your FREE 30-day trial, and start enjoying great entertainment. Click here.

  • iVision LIVE webinars. Join the live daily e-sessions on Israel- related topics with people from around the world. Click here to register.
2021 JFGN Annual Community Campaign
THANK YOU to all of our generous donors who helped us exceed our
2020 Annual Campaign Goal!

  Donations now being received are being credited to our
2021 Annual Community Campaign

Your generous contributions will fulfill our mission to sustain vital social, educational and humanitarian projects locally, around the world and in Israel.