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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


The Rabbi's Class is on Wednesdays @ 7pm in the Bernstein Library..

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M3M (Movies on the 3rd Monday)
CBZ is initiating an exciting new social activity for members & non-members called M3M.
On the 3rd Monday of the month, a film will be screened in our beautiful & comfortable sanctuary.


Upcoming Events

Rabbi Dudai is organizing a trip to Israel departing on April 25th
A number of members have expressed their interest in joining the group.
All interested parties should contact Rabbi Dudai without delay.
305-294-3414 or



March 12 (Sunday-6pm)
Purim Party & Megillah Reading
Join in the celebratation of Purim at CBZ’s
Come to meet new friends & old! Come in costume!
Come to nosh (Rebetzen Nadia’s hamantashen plus)!
Come to praise Queen Esther and scorn evil Haman!

A “Baker’s Dozen” of these delectable Parve Purim Holiday
Cookies are now available from the Kosher Kitchen at CBZ!!
Prune, Nuts, Poppy, Strawberry, Chocolate, and Apricot!
$12.00 for 13 Hamentashen.
Cash only please!!
Place your orders with Nadia by 2/28!
Call Nadia 786-877-0118
or Email:
Pick up your Hamentashen on 3/5 (Sunday) from Noon to 2pm
{Go to the kitchen door at CBZ and knock}



"Now" Tuesday, March 21, 7:30 pm

A 2013 documentary which chronicles the life &
music of Marvin Hamlisch and features Woody Allen,
Barbra Streisand, Ann Margaret & a long list of
performers who talk about this musical genius.
Waterfront Playhouse Artistic Director, Danny
Weathers, who performed in the 1978 production of “A
Chorus Line” will be on hand to talk about his
experience working with Hamlisch. This screening is
being sponsored by the Abby Moore Donor Advised Fund.


Please join us as we celebrate Passover at our annual Community Seder to be held the

FIRST night of Passover on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Reserve your place as soon as possible as our seating is limited.

Active Duty Military are invited at no charge.

PLEASE complete the form below and return it with your check (made payable to CBZ).

Reservations are DUE by 4/3/17.

Your enclosed check, with SEDER on the memo line, will be your reservation.



NOTE Change of Date! ... Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (7:30 PM)

The screening of this film
has been moved to Tuesday due to the Passover holiday!
Winner of a NY Emmy for Best Historical Program,
“MORGENTHAU” epitomizes a Jewish-American
lineage of high moral standards & commitment to public
service. This is the story of three generations of
Americans at the forefront of the 20th century’s most
dramatic social & political moments. Henry Morgenthau,
Sr. was ambassador to the Ottoman Empire; his son,
Henry Morgenthau, Jr., was Secretary of the Treasury
under F.D.R.; and, grandson Robert M. Morgenthau
served as District Attorney for Manhattan. Archival records
& over 70 interviews substantiate their remarkable, but
largely overlooked, record of public service.


Additional Dates:

April 23 – Yom Hashoah

April 29 – Israel Independence Day

May 31 – Shavuot



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;
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;
Diana Heller for coordinating the 5777 Yizkor Book & to all who contributed toward it;
Rebetzen Nadia and all who assisted her for all the delicious holiday meals/kiddushes we shared
to all who built and decorated the sukkah;
and everyone involved in making the holidays meaningful in so many different ways.


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, and for those who have already done so


Our synagogue's survival depends on your generous contributions,

as does the STATE of ISRAEL. Please give!


CBZ welcomes back our CBZ snowbirds. Come join us for Saturday Morning Services.


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


In Memorium

With deep sadness we announce the passing
of our longtime member, Betty Appel Caplan.
Betty passed away peacefully Thursday morning, December 29, 2016.

Betty Caplan's Obituary


With very heavy hearts and deep sadness,
we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our friend and long time CBZ member,
Connie Gilbert on September 4, 2016.

Connie Gilbert's Obituary


birth announcements

Mazel Tov to

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 and Howard Spialter on the birth of their 1st grandson "Will Evan Pierson 2/8/16.


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.


Pete and Debbi Rutskin on the birth of their 1st granddaughter Lilyan Eve Martin on 2/26/16
to their daughter Lara and son in law Lance.


Bill and Beverly Goldner on the birth of their 1st grandson Jackson Kai Goldner 3/6/16.




Congregation B’nai Zion played host to a wonderful musical event that served to debut songs by long-time
Bernie, a member of the B’nai Zion choir, does not know how to play an instrument or notate music, but in his younger days he composed songs in his head while driving from state-to-state for work. For the past two years, the talented NANCY 3 HOFFMAN has worked with Bernie to solidify the songs that his mind held; Nancy assisted with lyrics, harmonies and so on.

The hard work came to fruition at the April 19th concert, narrated by Nancy 3, at which popular local performers
ERIC HALEY and MICHAEL ROBINSON beautifully presented Bernie’s music. Michael Robinson also lent his musical expertise toenhancing the final arrangements for Bernie’s songs. CBZ’s sanctuary was packed for this event and the audience evenincluded Bernie’s cousin, Rachelle Elias, who travelled from California to be in Key West for this special occasion.

The program included a song composed for Bernie’s sister, Rose Einhorn, who was not able to attend.
A sumptuous reception - prepared by Rebetzen Nadia Dudai and sponsored by Bernie’s sister, Mae Mcmahan
followed the musical program. Many others assisted in making the event a success, including:
Rabbi Shimon Dudai, Dr. Fred Covan, synagogue president, and The CBZ Board of Directors,
Kenny Weschler, Connie Gilbert, Liz Young, Karen Grant Margil, Karen Leonard & Aaron Wechter,
BG Carter, and Lucy Page & Jan Bergh.

Together with his two sisters, Mae & Rose, Bernie has been an integral member of the Key West community for decades.Being able to experience the tunes that Bernie held within him and to learn of the path followed to achieve that was an exceptional opportunity for the audience members lucky enough to attend.

Thank you to everyone who made this fabulous event possible!!

The past few years have been difficult healthwise for Bernie, and he passed away on July 24, 2016.

He was a treasure to all who knew him.



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.

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


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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