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.



Marcia Rudin will discuss her novel Flower Toward the Sun at the book club of Temple Shalom in Port Charlotte on November 5.  

Twelve of Ellen Feingold’s paintings will be on exhibit during the month of November in Fellowship Hall at SCUCC as part of exhibitions of the Sanibel-Captiva Art League, of which she is a member. All were painted in 2019. Although Ellen has been painting with oils and pastels for many years, this exhibition will be her first. According to Ellen, “My nine oils, two pastels, and one acrylic underline my passion for sand, sea, sky, and Sanibel.”  


Most of her work is large, some painted on wood panels and many incorporating natural elements like botanical materials, shells and sand. Dr. Feingold and her husband, Michael, now live on Sanibel full-time, coming from Wilmington, Delaware. They have four children and fourteen grandchildren.




My High Holidays began very sweetly with three other Peace

Corps volunteers (only one Jewish; the other two interested friends) gathered in my little place for a "modified" worship service and, then, dinner. The rest of Rosh HaShanah, and all of Yom Kippur, I worshiped at my online synagogue in NYC. It's been an interesting period of introspection, as I imagine next year's High Holidays, when I'll be back at home among a real community of Jews . . . 


October marks the beginning of Panama's massive season of national and regional holidays. On October 19, nearby Aguadulce celebrates its founding with the usual parade and associated hoopla. My school, its band, and the teachers will be marching in the big parade, and it seems that I will be among them. (Probably miserably hot and wondering what I'm doing there. Oh well…) On the 22nd, our school is having a United Nations Day; I intend to represent Israel and teach my school kids some Hebrew and an Israeli folk dance. At the end of the month, we have a regional Peace Corps meeting in a lovely nearby mountain town. October is also the month when the winter season winds down. Our torrential rains do seem to be diminishing. And the power and water outages are less frequent . . . Baruch HaShem! (Or, Gracias a Dios, as we say in these parts.)


School continues apace. In an effort to help my students with

English pronunciation, we've been doing tongue twisters (trabalengues in Spanish, in case you're wondering). What a hoot! I continue to help other volunteers with workshops in their schools, assist with a high school leadership class, and help out a Panamanian English teacher at a nearby university.


Chatimah Tovah. May we all be sealed for a blessed year. I suspect that mine -- half here in Panama, finishing service, and half back in the States, resettling back in -- will be an interesting one, to say the least!


         Rabbi Myra Soifer


You can follow Rabbi Soifer’s Peace Corps activities in Panama on her blog:]