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Key West, FL 33040


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Rabbi’s Class is on Wednesday nights in the Bernstein Library @ 7:00


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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.


2019 membership dues now accepted ONLINE! Click here to pay with credit card

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With deep sadness we announce the passing
of our longtime member and dear friend, Dr. David Hawtof.
David passed away peacefully on Tuesday 2/5/19, at his home on United Street
and will be laid to rest in his family plot in Waco, Texas.


With deep sadness we announce the passing of our long time member and dear friend, Deborah Mermelstein.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to
The southern poverty law center, and The american civil liberties union, whose work Deborah supported.

May Hashem comfort all the bereaved.


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



Rabbi's Wednesday evening classes @ 7pm in the Bernstein Library.

feed your mind-soul

March 15 (Friday) - 6 PM - Betty Heisler-Smith, speaker (“The Jews of Cuba”), followed by Shabbat Dinner.

Event will be held at Congregation B'nai Zion, 750 United Street, Key West.



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.


Join in CBZ’s celebration at the annual PURIM PARTY (Wednesday, March 20 — 6:30 PM)

Come to meet new friends & old! Come in costume!

Come to nosh (Rebetzen Nadia’s hamantaschen plus)! Come to praise Queen Esther & scorn evil Haman!
Light Dinner will be served, including salad, baked salmon w/ mango sauce & dessert selection.
Megillah Reading (abbreviated) will follow dessert.
$25 per adult; children are free


Passover: Seder Reservation Form

Selling Chametz Form

* Friday-Erev Shabbat, April 19, 6:00 PM Service and Community Seder
* Saturday, April 20, 9:30 AM Shabbat/Festival (1st Day) Service
* Saturday, April 27, 9:30 AM Shabbat/Festival (Last Day) Service —Yizkor


Hello again. Diane and I have been out of town for the last several weeks but we are returning and
are overjoyed to be getting back in Key West.

I don’t know if you’ve heard the news resulting from the General Membership Meeting held on January 7th.

It is now official that Nancy Funt and Michael Klitenick are our new board members.

Mike has been a member in the past & it’s good to have him back and Nancy is a new member who has much to contribute,
which you will see shortly.

By the way, I assume you can tell from my writing this message, I am still the president of the board.
Whenever Diane and I travel, we often go to local synagogues and we went to two in Jacksonville.

I find it fascinating to see how similar and yet different Jewish practice can be.

We went to an Orthodox synagogue and a reform synagogue. We were well-received at both and it was interesting to see how the
Reform synagogues are moving more towards traditional practice and including more Hebrew in their services.

As friendly as everybody was, I can say, without a doubt, that we are the friendliest
synagogue I’ve ever been to, and we undoubtedly have the best kiddush of any synagogue I’ve ever attended.

On a more serious note, I want to acknowledge and express my sadness at the loss of our longtime members,
Deborah Mermelstein & David Hawtof, as well as friend of CBZ, Chuck Newman. We will miss them all.

At our last board meeting, new member, Nancy Funt told us of the opportunity to donate all
or part of the required yearly minimum distribution from an IRA, and in some cases a 401(k), directly to a charity
If you are lucky enough to have such a financial opportunity, it seems that you could avoid paying taxes on these distributions
by donating them to a charitable cause. Get the hint? You can donate to Congregation B’nai Zion.

Shalom, Fred

This is an opportunity to enjoy an informal lunch in various restaurants in Key West.
At lunch, any and all subjects are discussed in a free-form fashion
dictated only by the interests of those in attendance.
Everyone chimes in on current events, their own experiences.
Our well-informed Rabbi is always in attendance to answer questions posed by the attendees.
It starts again on Wednesday, January 9, and continues every other Wednesday after that.
The dates and restaurants will be publicized in time for you to join in this chance to interface
with your fellow Jews around an informal luncheon table.


Welcome to New Members :

Amanda and Scott Jacobsen

Flora and Howard Schwartz

Drs. Helene and Martin Greenberg


Mazel Tov to
Amanda and Scott Jacobsen on the birth of their son Maverick


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!


hebrew school news

The CBZ Hebrew School raised more than $5,000 for charities in the Keys!

This money was raised during a 30-day holiday “Mitzvah-thon”.

The students chose to donate to Healthy Start (helping mothers & infants in need) and the SPCA.

The photo shows the students providing the check to the SPCA & touring the facilities.
The Mitzvah-thon helped the students embrace the Jewish value of tikkun olam (caring for the world).

A very BIG thank you to the B’nai Zion Congregation for all their donations & support.
A special “thank you” to Justin & Eileen Kawaler for their generous donations and to Barbara Webb for volunt
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.


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


2019 January - February Newsletter

2019 March - April Newsletter


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

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2012 Nov-Dec Newsletter

2012 Sept-Oct Newsletter

2012 July - August Newsletter

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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

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2010 Nov-Dec Newsletter

2010 Sept-Oct Newsletter

2010 July-August Newsletter

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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

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."

Chanukah or Christmass

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