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Congregation B'nai Zion

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Key West, FL 33040


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So many helped with the autumn Jewish holidays at B’nai Zion and deserve our
appreciation. Thanks are extended to all of the following:
Rabbi Dudai & our Cantor, Dr. John Kreinces, for their inspirational services;
the Choir Members for their melodic tones & hard work throughout the High Holidays;
John Kreinces and those who assisted him with conducting the Yom Kippur Appeal;
Diana Heller for coordinating the 5778 Yizkor Book & to all who contributed toward it;
Sid Wharton, our Gabbai, for his coordination throughout all of the holiday services, and,
all those who led and/or participated in services;
Fran & John Kreinces for the flowers that added beauty to the sanctuary and for
sponsoring the Rosh Hashanah Kiddush lunch together with Barbara & Creighton Webb;
Rebetzen Nadia and all who assisted her for the delicious holiday meals/kiddushes;
Rabbi Dudai & Rebetzen Nadia for sponsoring Hoshanah Rabbah brunch in commeration of
the yahrzeit of Rabbi’s father, and Sid Wharton for sponsoring Simchat Torah Kiddush in
honor of the Rabbi & Rebetzen.
To all who built and decorated the sukkah; and,
everyone involved in making the holidays meaningful in so many different ways!


Welcome to New Members :




Upcoming Events

January 3 - Annual Membership Meeting. We will be electing 3 board members

January 12 - Family and Hebrew School Shabbat Dinner

Monday, January 15, 2018 –Movie “PLASTIC MAN: The Artful Life of JERRY ROSS BARRISH”,

January 21 (Sunday) - 11:30am Unveiling for Bernie Kaplan
Brunch will follow sponsored by Mae McMahan in Bernie’s memory

February 3 (Saturday-9:30am) Tu B’Shevat Services & New Members Kiddush in Garden

February 4 (Sunday) - 4:00 PM Please join family & friendsin celebrating the life of
Connie Gilbert at Congregation B’nai Zion
All are invited to share memories and thoughts of Connie

February 13 (Tuesday) at 6:00 PM at CBZ —

A stimulating discussion and a reading by FRANCINE KLAGSBURN, editor of the best-seller Free To Be … You and Me.
Her writings and editorial contributions for a wide range of secular and Judaic publications are well known.
Author of more than a dozen books, Francine will talk about her new book,
Lioness, Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel.
The New York Times Book Review comments regarding this new work include,
“A thorough and absorbing examination of the woman and her role in Zionism and Israel.”
The event will include a book-signing and wine & light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

February 16 (Friday) - 6:00 PM. Feed Your Mind with Nancy Funt

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018 - Movie – “REMEMBER,” Sponsors Mark & Nancy Funt

February 28 (Wednesday-6pm) Purim Party & Megillah Reading


March 30 (Friday-6pm) PASSOVER CBZ Community Seder

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018 – Movie- “ON THE MAP”

Additional Dates: April 11 – Yom Hashoah / April 18 – Israel Independence Day / May 19 – Shavuot



Wow! We were lucky, at least those of us who live in Key West.

I have friends and relatives on Big Pine and it's a disaster area.

There are many people who are still without power and who will be homeless for months.

Rabbi and Nadia stayed in the building and did a heroic job of securing it from flood and wind damage.

Nevertheless, CBZ did incur damage.

Nadia's garden was destroyed, the beautiful wooden doors in the courtyard were sandblasted by the winds

and need to be refinished, there are several leaks into the building which need to be assessed by a contractor,

the generator we had failed, and the outside of the building looks a bit tattered.

So we’re going to have to spend the money to make repairs.

In addition, since many people were absent for the High Holiday Appeal, we raised half of what we usually do.

During the appeal I was going to ask for an additional contribution from people to pay for the new floor

we just installed in the social hall. I don't know if you are aware, but our dues only cover about half of our

operating expenses. Without generous contributions during the High Holiday Appeal we are seriously in the red.

So, we need your financial help. We always need your financial help, but we especially need it now.

We have a wonderful schedule planned for the season including speakers for the
"Feed your Mind, Feed your Soul” (and “Feed Your Stomach”) lecture series, the
M3M movie series has a wonderful listing of films to be shown and our religious
school is going to be continuing with new volunteer help. So please, support us
financially and support us by attending, but, also support yourself by bringing your
Jewish heritage into your life, perhaps even more fully than you have in the past.

Shalom Fred


The Jewish holidays this Fall in Key West were, of course, affected by the hurricane. CBZ expresses its
gratitude that our shul and most of our congregants were spared extensive loss. Our synagogue family
sends out its hopes and prayers to all, extending wishes that those touched by the storm are making
their way back to normality. If anyone connected with the B’nai Zion community is still in need of assistance,
let the Congregation know and every effort will be made to help. As you (the friends & members
of CBZ ) consider the on-going needs extending throughout the Keys, please keep in mind that it was not
possible to conduct a typical High Holiday Appeal this year. There was no request for pledges made on
Rosh Hashanah and the number of those present for Yom Kippur was far smaller than typical. If you
have not yet done so, you are urged to make a donation commitment at this time to Congregation B’nai
Zion in recognition of the new year of 5778. Please do your part to solidify the financial health of CBZ!


CBZ extends its gratitude to all those who made and will make High Holiday Pledges and Contributions;

for daily B'nai Zion expenses, for Tree of Life Leaves and Yahrzeit Memorial Plaques,

to the Rabbi's Fund, the Cemetery Fund and for Saturday Kiddush Donations.

Please send in your checks ASAP.


Our synagogue's survival depends on your generous contributions,

as does the STATE of ISRAEL. Please give!



Movies on the 3rd Monday ---- 2017-2018 Schedule

The films, which are free and open to the public, will be screened at Congregation B'nai Zion, 750 United Street
at 7:30 pm on the following dates:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017 – “THE FREEDOM TO MARRY”, Sponsor Jeffrey Grosky
THE FREEDOM TO MARRY is an intimate and epic documentary which goes behind-the-scenes to reveal the inner
workings and key players of this historic civil rights struggle. This is a riveting ride alongside Evan Wolfson, the man
known as architect of the movement, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, and their key colleagues as they wage their
climactic battle before the U.S. Supreme Court, providing fresh perspective on the movement's history along the way.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 – “ROSENWALD”, Sponsors Abby Moore, Sue & Stuart Kaufman
Julius Rosenwald never completed high school, but he became a wealthy man by building Sears into a mail-order
Goliath and acquiring company stock. Embracing the Jewish doctrine of "tikkun olam," or repairing the world, the
philanthropist wasn't content to sit on his fortune. In the early decades of the 20th century, Rosenwald used his money
to educate black children in the segregated South, build YMCAs that welcomed black residents and award fellowships
to a "who's who" of black artists and scholars, including W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Marion Anderson and James
Baldwin. Working with Booker T. Washington and local communities, he helped create more than 5,300 schools in the
rural South by providing seed grants. Rosenwald's work to school black children out of poverty is the focus of
"Rosenwald," a new feature-length documentary from director Aviva Kempner.

Sponsors Justin & Eileen Kawaler, Sheldon Davidson
Jerry Barrish was the product of an environment that little appreciated the finer arts, much less the wildness of modern
art. His hardworking, San Francisco Jewish relatives were boxing enthusiasts vaguely connected to the mob. It was
these connections that got him started in the bail bonds business. Then he broke the mold, becoming the bailout guy for
radical sixties protesters. Inspired by the times, he went further afield, delving into art collecting, and then launching
himself as a filmmaker and sculptor. Plastic Man is the dramatic tale of Barrish finding himself at a seeming artistic
standstill about 25 years ago, living next to a trash-strewn beach in Pacifica, California. Creative by necessity, he begins
collecting the detritus - especially the plastic - and assembling it into whimsical, evocative, poignant human and animal
figures. By the end of Plastic Man, the artist is commissioned to create a 15-foot horn player constructed from the forms
of a disassembled gun for a troubled, low-income neighborhood where he works.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018 – “REMEMBER”, Sponsors Mark & Nancy Funt
Remember is a 2015 Canadian-German drama thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan and written by Benjamin August.
The film stars Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau and tells the story of an elderly Holocaust survivor with dementia
who sets out to kill a Nazi war criminal. The film was theatrically released in Canada and Germany in 2015 and the
United States in 2016.

Always a determinedly colorful character, obviously attracted by the limelight, Leonard Bernstein had a talent for wowing
young fans with his flamboyant style and flair for pedagogy. His creative gifts knew few bounds, as he moved easily
between podium, piano and television screen. Indeed, no other musician had ever captivated such a broad spectrum of
the American public as Bernstein did. His appearances as a conductor had an incredible emotional impact, often
bringing about an excitement approaching frenzy. Bernstein became one of the first world-famous American-born
conductors, he was also one of the first world-famous American composers. His best-known works included the
musicals On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide and West Side Story, written in collaboration with Stephen
Sondheim and Jerome Robbins. Some of his more personally thought-provoking music included religious-themed works
like the Mass or the Chicester Psalms, in which we see him struggling with his Jewish heritage and universal questions
of faith.

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018 – “ON THE MAP”, Sponsors Barbara & Creighton Webb
In 1977, the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team prevailed over CSKA Moscow (known in the West as Red Army), a team
that refused to play against Israel. Moments after this highly charged and historical win, Israeli-American basketball
hero Tal Brody captured the heart of the nation when he famously said, "Israel is on the map, not just in sport, but in
everything." The story of this triumph against all odds is told through the eyes of six American basketball players who
6 joined Maccabi Tel Aviv.


Our CBZ Hebrew School is going strong. We are working on our Torah and Hebrew lessons every week!

Our older students (ages 6 to 8) have been wonderful, teaching our younger ones (ages 2 & 3) Hebrew words and
leading them in crafts & Jewish cooking.

Michael Klitenick, join us during December to make delicious latkes with the kids.
The highlight of the holidays was the kids’ “Mitzvah Project”.

They baked and sold cookies to support Healthy Start and the Children’s Shelter.
We are currently looking for a volunteer to do PR & community awareness for the school to attract more families.

If interested, please call Elisa Levy at (305) 923-3348.
NOTE: Friday, January 12th — Family and School Shabbat Dinner!


THE JEWS OF KEY WEST: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, and Revolutionaries (1823-1969).

We Shared … Jewish History Book Event at CBZ!
On December 10, CBZ hosted a presentation & book-signing by Arlo Haskell for his new book
THE JEWS OF KEY WEST: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, and Revolutionaries (1823-1969).

This book resulted from years of effort and collaboration between Arlo and B’nai Zion’s own Susie Savitch.

The book explores a segment of Key West and Jewish history that had not been previously
expanded on in the literary world.

Thanks in part to a front-page article in The Citizen advertising the event, about 200 people attended
and a good portion of the book’s first printing was sold that day.

Many thanks to Arlo and Susie, as well as all those who helped to make this a very special event,
including: Rabbi Dudai & Rebetzen Nadia, Liz Young and Eileen Kawaler.

There are a few copies of the book available in the CBZ Gift Shop and at local Key West bookstores.

For more information about Arlo, the book and how to purchase it on-line, go to

This is a terrific historical, educational read about our Jewish Key West history.


Dr John Kreinces Shabbat Services CD and High Holiday CD are available in the Gift Shop.
These are absolutely wonderful CD's of CBZ Cantor John singing all the songs and all the voices are his!
Every CBZ member should have both of these CD's at home.
Do a mitzva and give them as Gifts to your family and friends this holiday season

.These CD's will help you sing along with John at the High Holiday and Shabbat Morning Services. .
All proceeds from CD sales go to CBZ operating fund ... Thanks John and Fran


Plans are being made for CBZ’s Israel trip 2018!
Following the success of this year’s trip, many members have asked
Rabbi Dudai to organize a congregation trip to Israel in 2018.
We are aiming for a two week trip starting November 11, 2018.
A number of options are being considered that include, in addition to
Israel, another country with a rich Jewish history such as Spain or
Morocco. Options will be available for starting earlier or staying longer,
as well as combining the CBZ trip with a visit to a European city of your
choice. An initial draft itinerary can be sent to you for your input.
Please make your plans and contact Rabbi Dudai as soon as you

can (305-294-3414 or


In Memorium


The passing of dear member
is acknowledged with great sadness by Congregation B’nai Zion.
To husband, Peter, her entire family and her many friends, deepest sympathy is extended.


Sincere condolences are extended by CBZ to her family and friends
on the recent passing of member LINDA GREENBERG.


Congregation B’nai Zion extends heartfelt condolences
to his family and friends on the sudden passing of member


birth announcements

Mazel Tov to

Judie & Michael Klitenick
on the birth of grandchild HEZEKIAH
(Nachman ben Sarah) son of Sarah & Justin


Dov & Debby Schlein on the birth of their grandson
Orion Hudson Marrec on July 28 @ 9:30 am, weighing 7 lb to
daughter Ronit and son in law Thomas.


Elyse & Howard Spialter on the birth of their grandson
James Collin Pierson (Simcha Gabriel), born 10/31/17.


Judy and Jeff Cohen on the birth of their 1st grandson Saul born 2/9/16
to their daughter Abigail and son in law Whitney.


Mazel Tov to

Howard Spialter
for leading the service and doing his Haf Torah on his 50th anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah.

Mazel Tov
to the newlyweds
IRIS (MOORE) SMITH & BRETT SMITH and their families!


CBZ THANKS Marian & Alan Gorman, Deborah & Sidney Goldman, and
Tom Lavender & Deborah Rothstein for recently donating books of Jewish
history, culture and tradition to the B’nai Zion library. THANK YOU
also to Elyse & Howard Spialter for donating a new Haftorah book in
honor of the 50th anniversary of Howard’s Bar Mitzvah.





Special Thanks to all those who have sponsored a Saturday Kiddush,
and kudos to Nadia and her Volunteer Staff
for making our Saturday Kiddush the best brunch on the Island.

If you partake in our wonderful saturday kiddush,
then please be generous and sponsor one or two of your own.

For sponsoring a Kiddush call Nadia @ 786-877-0118 •

Nadia has also sent out a request for help during the summer for the Saturday Kiddushes.


A job well done to Susie Savitch, Sheldon Davidson and Bernie Kaplan
creating the Key West Jewish History panels L'DOR V'DOR (from generation to generation)
that are now on display in the Social Hall.

And a Book on Key West Jewish History is almost done!


Don't Forget CBZ has Key Wests' only Judaica Gift Shop

Call Mae @ 305-294-3437


Trope Class

Dr. John Kreinces wil start a Trope class if anyone is interested ... e-mail Dr. John


Read the Most Recent CBZ Newsletter Here


2018 Jan - Feb Newsletter


2017 Nov - Dec Newsletter

2017 Sept-Oct Newsletter

2017 July - August Newsletter

2017 May - June Newsletter

2017-March - April Newsletter

2017 Jan - Feb Newsletter


2016 Nov - Dec Newsletter

2016 Sept-Oct Newsletter

2016 July-August Newsletter

2016 May - June Newsletter

2016 March - April Newsletter

2016 January - February Newsletter



2015 November - December Newsletter

2015 Sept - Oct Newsletter

2015 July - August Newsletter

2015 May - June Newsletter

2015 March - April Newsletter

2015 January-February Newsletter

2014 November - December Newsletter

2014 September - October Newsletter

2014 July - August Newsletter

2014 May - June Newsletter

2014 March-April Newsletter

2014 January-February Newsletter

2013 November-December Newsletter

2013 September - October Newsletter

2013 July - August Newsletter

2013 May - June Newsletter

2013 March - April Newsletter

2013 January - February Newsletter

2012 Nov-Dec Newsletter

2012 Sept-Oct Newsletter

2012 July - August Newsletter

2012 May - June Newsletter

2012 March - April Newsletter

2012 January-Febuary Newsletter

2011 November-December Newsletter

2011 September-October Newsletter

2011 July - August Newsletter

2011 May - June Newsletter

2011 March - April Newsletter

2011 Jan - Feb Newsletter

2010 Nov-Dec Newsletter

2010 Sept-Oct Newsletter

2010 July-August Newsletter

2010 May-June Newsletter

2010 March - April Newsletter

2010 Jan - Feb Newsletter

Nov-Dec 2009 Newsletter

Sept-Oct 2009 Newsletter

July-August 2009 Newsletter


A BIG THANK YOU to Elyse Spialter for the great job with our Newsletter! Thank You! Thank You!

If you write monthly articles for the newsletter, Please send them ASAP to Elyse.
If any member has information they want to put into the newsletter, please contact Elyse at


Assembling the newsletter and sending it out is very time consuming and
very costly in the printing and in the mailing.

The Newsletter is always available online on CBZ's web site and is being sent out via email.

CBZ will continue to send out the Newsletter to those without computers and to without access to email.

Copies can be picked up at CBZ

We are trying to help CBZ save $$$$ and go Green,

Please let Karen know at and she will adjust the mailing list.


Saturday Services start at 9:30 am. A Shabbat Kiddush brunch follows. Please join us and bring a friend.


The Jewish TV Channel -TJC Listings


National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia


Happy Birthday to The State of Israel - #62

Israel:Defying all odds - You Tube


Perception of Jews by Renown Gentiles


Read ... Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel


Read ... The Last Man Alive who witnessed Israel's Declaration of independence


Jerusalem Day


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Israel Flag

HaTikva - Words and Melody

Pray for Israel in this time of need. Donate!

Jewish Calendar Conversion

Exodus 25:8: "And let them make me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them."

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