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Jewish Community Day and Evening of Learning:

Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 2 PM and

Wednesday, March 10 at 7 PM

via Zoom


The 5th Annual Jewish Community Relations Council Day of Learning will this year be a virtual Day and Evening of Learning.  “It’s Chai Time to Visit Jewish Neighbors” is the theme for Sunday, March 7 when speakers will “take” us to two Jewish communities. It will be an interesting and uplifting afternoon when Cantor Donna Azu and Dr. Ron Duncan Hart tell us about Crypto Jews and Jews in Persia.


     Cantor Donna Azu received a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Opera Performance and Music Education from California State University, attended the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in New York City and taught both music and theater and sang professionally. Cantor Azu received a Master’s in Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College in 2009 and her Cantorial Ordination in 2010. Cantor Azu as served as co-clergy at Temple Shalom in Naples, FL. since 2010

Ron Duncan Hart, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist and the Director of the Jewish Learning Channel, which provides educational film on Jewish life. He is the former President of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, has received numerous awards and served as the Program Director of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society. Hart is an invited lecturer and has written a number of books on Jewish life and cultural history, and the more recent ones are Crypto-Jews: The Long Journey, Jews and the Arab World: Intertwined Legacies, Judaism, Sephardic Jews: History, Religion and People. He is co-author/editor of the award-winning book Fractured Faiths:  Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition and New World Identities.

This year after nearly a year into the pandemic, individuals were curious about how clergy navigated this new world. To satisfy their curiosity JCRC will present has added an Evening of Learning titled “Keeping the Faith and So Much More During the Pandemic.” Local clergy scheduled to participate are

Rabbi Adam Miller serves as the Senior Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Naples, Florida, having previously served congregations for seven years in the Boston and New York regions.  A graduate of the University of Kansas, Rabbi Miller was ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003. 


In addition to leading worship, teaching and pastoral work at the congregation, Rabbi Miller devotes significant time to building connections with the community at large around issues of social justice, interfaith dialogue, Israel, and Jewish education. Active in many organizations, he participates as an Advisory Board member for the Lake Institute for Faith & Giving, as well as being a board member of Meals of Hope, the Childrens Museum of Naples and the local chapter of Jewish National Fund.


Rabbi Miller served for twelve years on the Commission for Social Action, the national justice arm of the Reform Movement. He wrote the chapter on Jewish values and health care in Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority: Our Jewish Obligation to Social Justice.


Rabbi Miller and his wife Jennifer Siegal-Miller, an attorney at Henderson Franklin Starnes and Holt, live in Naples with their three boys.


Reverend Edward Gleason is Trinity-by-the-Coves eighth Rector. Father Edward began his ministry at Trinity-by-the Cove as an Associate Rector for Youth and Family Ministries, continued as Senior Associate Rector and in May 2014 was called to be Rector. Before coming to us, Fr. Edward served as an assistant priest and chaplain in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at a church with a K-8th grade school. Before seminary, Fr. Edward received a BA in history from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and a J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans in 2000 where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. Leaving the practice of law in 2005, Fr. Edward attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary receiving a M. Div., cum laude, in May 2008. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Fr. Edward has a wife, Virginia, and three young children, Howard, Eleanor, and Claire.


Fr Hugh McGuigan, OSFS

I am originally from Philadelphia and was ordained a priest with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1997 after serving as a Brother for 20 years.

Our religious order is headquartered in Wilmington Delaware and we serve within the Diocese of Venice at the invitation of Bishop Frank Dewane. 

Our Lady of Light is one of four Oblate parishes in Southwest Florida.  I have been Pastor at Our Lady of Light for 16 years where prior to this assignment I served as Principal at Bishop Verot High School. 


Rev. Dr. Dawson B. Taylor serves as Senior Minister of Naples United Church of Christ. He became the sixth Senior Minister in February of 2016 and was formally installed in a worship service the following January. Prior to his role as Senior Minister, Dr. Taylor served as Associate Minister when he was called to Naples in December of 2013; before that, he served in his native Texas. Dr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Centenary College of Louisiana where he served a Congressional internship as well as served as a two-term student body president. His Masters of Theological Studies is from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and his Doctorate of Ministry in preaching is from Chicago Theological Seminary. Dr. Taylor is a part of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative of the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ which identifies young leaders (age 35 or younger at the time of selection) for training for the church of the future.” Locally Dr. Taylor serves on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, the Founders Fund of Club Pelican Bay, the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ where he chairs the Personnel Committee and is chairperson of GLSEN-Collier. Additionally, Dr. Taylor serves as a Trustee of his alma mater, Chicago Theological Seminary. In 2018, Dr. Taylor was named by Gulfshore Business as a 40 Under 40 and Centenary College also presented him the Bentley Sloane Alumni Award for his service to the church. Dawson enjoys traveling and time with family, especially his five nieces and nephews. And of course, he is always entertained by his Chocolate Labrador, Max.un


Pastor Lonnie E. Mills is the current Pastor at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Naples Fl (8 Years). He is married to Josie Mills, Rev. Mills has eight children. Pastor mills comes to Naples from Tampa FL, where he was Pastor at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Mulberry, FL where he was pastor for 15 years. He attended the Florida Theological Seminary and Cultural Institute & obtained a masters degree in Theology. He was Student Body President of the Florida Theological Seminary and Cultural Institute. Pastor Mills has worked at Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Howard Hall Trucking Company and retired as a longshoreman. Pastor Mills is an activist in the community and works closely with the City of Naples Mayor and Council and Collier County Commissioners.

Jewish Council Relations Committee



Jewish Community Day of Learning


Sunday, January 19, 2020


Co sponsored by: Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and Temple Shalom


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Sally Kohn

A frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, Sally's first book THE OPPOSITE OF HATE was published in April 2018.  Sally talks about hate, otherizing, diversity and identity — and how we can solve the deep problems of our past and present.


Eric Ross joined the Anti-Defamation League in August of 2015 as an Associate
Regional Director, and now holds the title of Senior Associate Regional Director. In this
capacity, Eric leads ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute training courses, he is the lead
staff for the Florida Region’s Advocacy & Engagement Committee, he coordinates
ADL’s Florida Hate Crime Coalition (FHCC), he responds to discrimination complaints
that come through ADL’s Florida office, and he expands support for ADL’s mission and
initiatives through strategic community outreach efforts and working with volunteers.
Additionally, Eric has received certification as an ADL Words to Action facilitator, as an
ADL No Place For Hate facilitator, and as an ADL Managing Implicit Bias for Law
Enforcement facilitator.


Eric K. Ward is currently the executive director of Western States Center. Western States Center’s mission is to connect and build the power of community organizations to challenge and transform individuals, organizations and systems to achieve racial, gender and economic justice.

Previous Jewish Community Day of Learning

The Third Annual Jewish Community Day of Learning will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Temple Shalom. The program, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, will include lectures, discussions, and a concert. Speakers scheduled to appear are Rabbi Stephen Fuchs and David Prager. Rabbi Fuchs, currently at Bat Yam Temple, is an author and was named Distinguished Alumnus of 2017 by Vanderbilt Divinity School. David Prager is the Southern Regional Director for the Simon Wiesenthal Center and is based in Miami. Violinist Rachael Cox from Florida Southwestern State College will perform Music of the Holocaust as the culminating event following a discussion of the book “Violins of Hope."

Jewish Community Day of Learning


Sunday, January 20, 2019



Thank you!!!


2017 Presenters


David Bernstein, JCPA

Cantor Donna Azu

Dr. ​Paul Bartrop

​Goldie Bertone

Betty Sunshine

Rosalie Wolfe

Cantorial Soloist Lawrence Dermer

Rabbi Jerris

Judge Norman Krivosha

Rabbi Chorny

​Rabbi Miller

Rabbi Gross

​Rabbi Wolf

Dr. Stanley Rothman

​David Rutstein

Dr. June Sochen

Ezra Glinter

Ron Levin


2018 Presenters


Mickey Bielski

Dr. Gerald Franz

Myra Roberts

Ellaine Rosen