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With great joy, we are pleased to announce the reopening of all indoor and outdoor Federation activities on June 1, 2021, of course with some stipulations.

We greatly thank the re-opening committee, chaired by Dr. Jerry Shier for their work. They will continue to monitor the situation and we will let you know when all restrictions will be lifted.
Criteria for participating in indoor activities: 
-       All participants encouraged to be vaccinated and wait 2 weeks after required number of injections (waiting period is mandatory). 
·        Group size for indoor activities will be at 50% capacity of venue, but this will be re-evaluated monthly 
·        Social distancing encouraged for those not vaccinated. 
·        Masking (optional) for those vaccinated 
·        Masking mandatory for those not vaccinated. 
·        Hand sanitizer (suggested) 
·        Do not attend if: 
ill (mandatory), diagnosed with COVID-19 (mandatory), waiting for, or have positive COVID -19 test (mandatory), and if not vaccinated and exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days (mandatory) 
·        Participants must notify the Federation and activity leader if you become ill with COVID-19 OR if you test positive TO COVID-19.  
AFTER ill with COVID, you may return to activities if: 
·        Three weeks have passed after the onset of COVID-19 symptoms OR a 
·        Negative COVID-19 test by PCR. 


We will continue to evaluate the situation. You may remember that Federation is following CDC guidelines. Initially, the committee also suggested that the Positivity Rate needed to be below 5% for two consecutive weeks. With the advent of the COVID Vaccination, so many things have changed. Because so many individuals have received the COVID vaccination, it allows us to move forward.

The committee has established criteria for participating in outdoor activities. They are:

A) all participants are to be vaccinated and wait two weeks after the required number of injections (mandatory) and should be able to document such vaccination upon request.

B) group size of 25 based on recommendations from Collier County.

C) social distancing is still suggested

D) masking is optional

E) hand sanitizer is suggested

F) it is mandatory if one is ill to not attend programs

G) it is mandatory that if one is diagnosed with COVID-19, do not attend programs

H) do not attend programs if waiting for results from or have a positive COVID-19 test

I) do not attend programs if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.


Of course, we will continue to evaluate the results of this action. We hope to continue moving in the direction of being able to do more in-person activities. We hope that there is not a “spike” in the Coronavirus that will require some other action.

Particular thanks goes to our Federation Re-Opening Committee that has been meeting, and will continue to meet on a monthly basis. The committee members are as follows: Dr. Jerry Shier, Dr. Art Seigel, Dr. Brian Wolf, Dr. Karen Ezrine, Dr. Bernie Lublin, Dr. Nat Ritter, Joshua Bialek, Stanley Deutsch, William Petasnick, Jane Schiff and Jeffrey Feld.

Virtual programming is available.

Register for the upcoming programs through the

weekly Monday eblast.


For any registration, zoom link

or program question,

please email Renee HERE.



To read the June 21 eblast, click here.

To read the June14 eblast, click here.

To read the June 7 eblast, click here.


To read the PJ Library June eblast, click here.

To read the PJ Library May eblast, click here.


Order your High Holiday Greetings Today!

Sign up now for as little as $18 per greeting, which will be published in the September 2021 issue of the Federation Star

Deadline: Monday, August 2

Complete the form by clicking on the image or call the Federation office at 239-263-4205

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The Whale Surfaces
with Author Ruth Rotkowitz
Wednesday, July 14
1:00 pm ET on Zoom
Free program
In her debut novel, Escaping the Whale, author Ruth Rotkowitz created the character Marcia Gold, a 28-year-old daughter of Holocaust survivors struggling with inherited trauma and desperately trying to lead a ‘normal’ life.
           In this prequel, we see Marcia as a child and then an adolescent absorbing her family’s painful Holocaust experiences. Although she tries very hard to be a typical child and teenager, she is besieged by the shadow of the Holocaust and all it represents about cruelty and inhumanity. The demons that torment her in Escaping the Whale begin to take root in her mind, and Marcia begins to plan her escape from them.
           Read as a prequel or as a stand-alone, the short novella The Whale Surfaces presents a picture of life for a child of well-meaning immigrants. To purchase this book, click here.

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The Israel Advocacy Committee presents:


A Passion for Israel

Adventures of a Sar-El Volunteer

by Mark Werner

Monday, Sept. 20 at noon (ET) on Zoom



What would motivate a successful corporate lawyer to trade in his comfortable life in America for three weeks every year to volunteer for manual labor on Israeli military bases? Mark Werner, son of a Holocaust survivor, answers this question in his book by describing the benefits which volunteers in the Sar-el program reap, including the camaraderie which develops between the volunteers and the soldiers with whom they work side-by-side.  Mark, a Raleigh resident, is the national president of Volunteers For Israel, the U.S. organization which sends American volunteers to Israel to work in the Sar-el program.

 To purchase this book, click here.

Join us for Twenty Questions! This new hour-long game will begin on June 7 promptly at 7:00 pm...just like going to the movies! Also, it’s just the right time for a pre-or after dinner cocktail...or dessert! Either way, bring it along to Zoom! 
Monday, July 12
7-8 pm
ONLY Twenty people (sorry, first come first served) can play. There will be twenty questions in each month’s program. There will be one question right at the start that will help everyone get a little insight into that evening’s players, as everyone will answer. It’s “the burning question” which will be different every month. There are no wrong answers for that first question! 
Zoom in to this free program....you know you want to!

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Need the Zoom link? Need Zoom help? Email Renee here.


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Shtisel Discussion

Facilitator: Steve Brazina


Monday, June 28

Noon-1:00 pm (ET)

Register Here


Watch the Netflix show, Shtisel, now in its 3rd season. Watch at your convenience from the comfort of your home.

Come together on Zoom to discuss the show, characters, and plot with facilitator Steve Brazina.

Let’s discuss your questions and comments.

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Give Hope

We can’t know what this New Year brings, we do know Jewish Federations will continue to be there.

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.


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Please give to the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. 
Our Jewish imperative to protect the vulnerable is important today more than ever. Even in these difficult times, we will, as a Community, continue to do all that we can to help those who are less fortunate. As we live through this crisis, our sense of Community and our values of Tikkun Olam need to remain strong. 



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The Israel Advocacy Committee presents:


Join us on zoom. These events are free.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help the Israel Advocacy Committee bring these programs to you, please click here.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples offers a variety of programs.

There are art lessons, books discussions, movie discussions, speakers and more.

We have a wide variety of programs.

Please consider donating towards programming.


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Annual Community Campaign Video

JFGN Video

Annual Community Campaign 2020

Anti Semitism Task Force 


If you hear something or see something, please share it with us.


Click here to send an email or call our office at 239-263-4205.


Please let us know if you want to get involved with the Anti Semitism Task Force.