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Congregation B'nai Zion

750 United Street

Key West, FL 33040


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Shimon Dudai

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Dr. John Kreinces

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Dr. Fred Covan

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Saturday Morning Services @ 9:30 AM ... Sharp


Rabbi’s Class will resume November 7 in the Bernstein Library @ 7:30.


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Cemetery Matters Remembering CBZ in your Will

We join all our brothers and sisters and all people of good will who like us
are in utter disbelief of the brutality of the murderous attack on innocent Jews
during prayers on the holy day of the Sabbath.
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families, the wounded
and all the traumatized congregation of the Etz Hayim (Tree of Life) community.
We honor and we are most grateful for the swift and courageous action by law enforcement authorities
that stopped the massacre and captured the murderer.
We are dismayed and heart broken, but our spirits are stronger than ever.
We will defeat the haters.
Am Yisrael chai.


Here are a few pictures from the Interfaith gathering at CBZ on Nov 4, 2018.

Organized by Rev. Randy Becker, hundreds of Key Westers from all walks of faith and life stood united

against antisemitism and hate and to mourn the tragic deaths at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.


randy Becker




randy becker/crowd



The Board of Directors will meet next monday 11/12/18 at 6:30pm

(Movie on the 3rd Monday)
MONDAY, 11/19/2018 Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
Sponsored by Jeffrey Gorsky and Cory Held

11/30/18 - AIPAC Speaker

12/2/18 CBZ's Hanukkah Party & 1st Candle - 6pm
12/9/18 Comedy Show with Comedienne Corey Kahaney - 8pm
4/19/19 Passover Community Seder - 6pm



Some of you are aware that my wife has been dealing with cancer.
Obviously, I have been dealing with it as well.
To say the least, it has been a bit of a distraction from my involvement with synagogue operations.
Her prognosis is good and her cancer is gone.
Needless-to-say, surgery, chemo and radiation have been a drag.
Nevertheless, the Board has been active and we have a wonderful series of events planned for this season.
Check the bulletin for details.
I also want to let you know that we are very excited to have finally arranged to be able to have
credit card payment available for membership dues, contributions and entrance fees for events.
We are hashing out the final details and I’m sure in the beginning there will be some glitches, however,
I am very pleased to have Congregation B’nai Zion enter the 21st century in terms of our business dealings.
Shalom for now and I hope to see you at both services & our many upcoming events
Shalom, Fred

We have a wonderful schedule planned for next 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


High Holidy

CBZ thanks all who helped during our High Holiday services:

From Rabbi Dudai and Cantor Dr. John Kreinces, to the Choir,

to Rebetzen Nadia and her faithful helpers for all the Kiddushes and Breakfast,

to all who assembled and disassembled the Sukkot,

and to all those who generously pledged donations to keep our wonderful Shul operating.

May this be a wonderful healthy year for all of us and our families and friends.

feed your mind-soul

11/30/18 - AIPAC Speaker

Additional Speakers TBA


Welcome to New Members :

Glenda Donovan Lebwohl & David Lebwohl

Robin Halevy

Benjamin Solove

Abby Moore

Drs. Helene and Martin Greenberg


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!



M3M (Movie on the 3rd Monday) 2018-2019:
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2018 Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
Sponsored by Jeffrey Gorsky and Cory Held

An examination of Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity during trying times in America.
He had a vast and multi-faceted career amidst a life that was complex, complicated and contradictory.
Davis faced dual levels of bigotry as the most public black figure to embrace Judaism.
The film features interviews with entertainment luminaries, never-before-seen photographs from Davis’ vast personal collection
and excerpts from his electric performances.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018 - Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story
Sponsored by Barbara & Creighton Webb and Kenny Weschler

The remarkable true story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who as the Portuguese Consul in 1940 granted visas
to as many as 30,000 people (including 10,000 Jews) who were trying to escape Nazi occupied countries.
Historians have described the efforts of Sousa Mendes as “the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.”


MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019 An Act of Defiance
Sponsored by Mark & Nancy Funt

In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of black and Jewish supporters)
face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019 Bombshell:The Hedy Lamarr Story
Sponsored by Sheldon Davidson & Susan Server and Justin & Eileen Kawaler

Hedy Lamarr was not only a glamour icon of the 1930s and 40s, but also was a technological trailblazer
who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during WWII.
This film weaves interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy about her incredible life.


MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019 (2nd Monday due to Purim) One Of Us
Sponsored by Judith & Stanley Zabar

The film follows the lives of three ex-members of Brooklyn’s
Hasidic community and their struggles with being ostracized from their former community and families,
while revealing how they came to leave and their paths to find footing in the secular word.


MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019 (2nd Monday due to Passover) RBG
Sponsored by Judie & Michael Klitenick and Mae McMahan

RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring the exceptional life and career of
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


For more M3M info, please contact Maxine Makover at (404) 274-3217

All of the screenings are on Mondays, start at 7:30 PM and are free and open to the public.

Donations Accepted.


CBZ Hebrew School is off to a great start!
We now have 9 students with the class for older children and one for toddlers.
Our September classes were filled with the Jewish holiday spirit.
We started learning the Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur stories.
One of the new students, Tess, can even blow the shofar!
We made decorations for Sukkot and helped decorate with Nadia’s delicious sweets.
The month ended with a Simchat Torah celebration, telling the story of the Jewish people entering the Land of Israel.
Our older students are working on their conversational Hebrew.
They are constructing small sentences about what they love, play with, eat and drink.
Their minds are like sponges!
Our little ones are learning basic words: ima (mother), abba (father), kelev (dog) & chatool (cat).
Thanks to everyone at CBZ for their support.

A special “thank you” to Justin & Eileen Kawaler for their generous donations and to Barbara Webb for volunteering.

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.


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.


We are happy to announce that Congregation B’nai Zion is now a participant in the Amazon Smile program.

What is Amazon Smile? Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy

the same wide selection of products, low prices and convenient shopping features as found on

The difference is that when customers shop at Amazon Smile (, the Amazon Smile Foundation donates 0.50% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by the customer.

There is no cost to the organization or the customer. If you have any questions contact 888-282-0536 or If you are one of our many CBZers who shops on Amazon, please help us out by going to Amazon Smile. Thank you for your anticipated participation!


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


CBZ’s ISRAEL - SPAIN - MOROCCO trip has returned and we await to hear the stories.


In Memorium

Long time CBZ Member Clara Liszt passed away peacefully September 21.

Services were held on Friday, September 28, 2018 in the CBZ Sanctuary.

Heartfelt condolences to Iris and Ron Liszt at this time of grief.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers please send a donation
in Clara's memory to Congregation B'nai Zion
or a charity of your choice.

bar mitzvah

Mazel Tov to

Yonni Gvili on his Bar Mitzvah on April 14

Jessi Lillian and Jolee Anne Oppenheimer on their Bat Mitzvahs on April 28

birth announcements

Mazel Tov to

Pete and Debbie Rutskin
on the birth of their granddaughter Lucy Elden to
Lara and Lance Martin on April 22, 2018


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.


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 •


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.


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


If you know of an unaffiliated Jewish individual or of a Jewish family living in the Keys,
please contact LARRY ABRAMOVITZ,
Chair of the Membership Committee,
at 856.889.4360 or


Read the Most Recent CBZ Newsletter Here


2018 November - December Newsletter

2018 September - October Newsletter

2018 July - August Newsletter

2018 May - June Newsletter

2018 March-April Newsletter

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 HUGE 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

You could also send the articles to so they would get on the web site.


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 those 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


* If you wish to put a name on the Mishaberach list contact Sid Wharton *

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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