Bat Yam celebrates its unique relationship with Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, our synagogue home for over 25 years.  In addition to an annual pulpit exchange, Rabbi Fuchs co-teaches classes with Dr. John Danner, Senior Pastor of the Church.  Our two congregations have become a larger family of faith.  We are proud of this wonderful interfaith relation.



Rabbi James Rudin will deliver the first BIG ARTS Talking Points Lecture on February 4 at 4:00 p.m. at the Strauss Theater. The topic will be “1968: A Momentous and Defining Year in American History That Marked the Beginning of a Pivotal Change in American Politics.“


He will also teach two series of BIG ARTS Winter Academy classes. The first series, on Wednesdays, February 5, 12, and 19, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Strauss Theatre, will be “Three Women Who Permanently Changed America: Susan B. Anthony, Emma Goldman, and Margaret Sanger.” The topic for the second series, on Wednesdays, March 4,

11, and 18, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., also at the Strauss Theater, will be “How the American, French, and Russian Revolutions Transformed Our World.”


The price for the Talking Points lecture is $20. The price for the three-part series is $80. Call the BIG ARTS box office at 239-395-0900 for tickets.



Abbey Allison on piano, her husband Shawn Allison on saxophone and vocals, and guitarist David Dust will present “Jazz Lessons and Carols” on Sunday, December 15, at 3:00 p.m. in the SCUCC sanctuary. Refreshments will be served afterwards in Fellowship Hall.


The holiday readings, which focus on social-justice, will be from poetry by Maya Anjelou and Langston Hughes; sermons by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Ramirez; and works by other poets, orators, and theologians. Shawn Allison, Abbey Allison, and David Dust will perform on December 15.

The trio will play wonderful jazz arrangements of holiday music: ballads, gospel, folk, pop, and classical. There will also be carol singing. Pastors John Danner and Deb Kunkel will participate.