Special Events 2019-2020

  Bat Yam  

     Temple of the Islands

A Reform Jewish Congregation 

presents the return of 

                  

THREE CANTORS AND A PASTOR”

      

Sunday, March 1,2020 at 4:00 P.M.

Please join us again for a few hours of outstanding and joyous musical variety featuring exhilarating vocal performances by our own local clergy and their world renowned guests!

 

Joining our own Cantor Murray E. Simon will be the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner, Senior Pastor of our sister church SCUCC, and, back by popular demand, Cantor Elizabeth Shammash of Teferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.  

Cantor Rachel Brook, Assistant Cantor of the Park Avenue

Synagogue in New York City, will be joining us for the first time. Cantor Brook, a former student of Cantor Simon,  has sung at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has sung opera and concert roles throughout the U.S., Italy, and Bulgaria. 

 

Last year’s concert proved to be a resounding success as both a significant fundraiser for Bat Yam and a memorable musical event that played to a capacity audience. As this is Bat Yam’s premier fundraising event of the year, sponsorships and preferred seating will be available as we again expect a capacity turnout with standing room only! Be on the lookout for further details and sponsorship opportunities, which will follow in the February issue of Bat Yam Matters, and via our special mailer.

 

So, mark your calendars for the return of “Three Cantors and a Pastor,” on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of SCUCC.  

 

Be sure to attend this exciting event!  You’ll be glad you did!  

 

                                                  Judith Adler and Howard Lorsch

                                                     Concert Co-Chairs

Cantor Murray E. Simon

Bat Yam

Sanibel

Cantor Rachel Brook

Park Avenue Synagogue

New York, N.Y.

Cantor Elizabeth Shammash

Tiferet Bet Israel

Blue Bell,PA.

Rev. Dr. John H. Danner

Sanibel Congregational

UCC

           

A memorable musical program of light classics, Broadway and pop tunes…and much more!

Followed by a reception to meet the soloists and enjoy refreshments

Three Cantors and a Pastor Concert Press Release 1

A major interfaith community event is back by popular demand! On Sunday March 1st, 2020, beginning at 4p.m. Bat Yam Temple of the Islands will have another memorable musical program that will include liturgical music, light classics, pop songs, Broadway songs and sing-a-longs. This free concert will be held at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way.


The performers will be led by Bat Yam’s Cantor Murray Simon, who will once again be joined by Pastor John Danner of SCUCC and Cantor Elizabeth Shammash of Tiferet Bet Israel, Blue Bell, PA. Also performing for the first time will be Cantor Rachel Brook of Park Avenue Synagogue, New York, NY.
 

The Three Cantors and a Pastor who will perform solos, duets and ensembles will be accompanied by two pianists, Abbey Allison and Toby Simon as well as other musicians to enhance the program.
 

Similar to last year, a reception will follow the concert, giving concert -goers an opportunity to mingle and socialize with each other and the performers.
 

Last year, Three Cantors and a Pastor played to a packed house so plan to arrive early. There are no tickets of admission but there will be a love offering and sponsorship opportunities are being offered that include priority seating at the event and acknowledgment in the program booklet. Sponsorship begins at Bronze ($50 to $99), Silver ($100-$249), Gold($250-$499) Platinum($500 and above) and our special Premium Platinum Level ($1000 and above).

Inquiries and Sponsorship checks can be mailed to Bat Yam, Temple of the Islands, P.O. Box 84, Sanibel, Florida 33957.
 

So mark your calendars and save the date March 1st, 2020 for a wonderful afternoon of fabulous music and interfaith fellowship.

Contact Judy Adler at jfadler.com with any questions

CELEBRATE TU B’SHEVAT FEBRUARY 9

On Sunday, February 9, at 6:00 p.m., come to a special celebration of the traditional Jewish new year for trees, Tu B’Shevat. The event will feature an overview of the festival and its significance for today by our ritual chairperson, Tanya Hochschild. Ellen Feingold will offer a brief explanation of the seven biblical flora species that the festival celebrates. We shall enjoy sampling the foods derived from them, thanks to Paula Raboy. In addition, Rabbi Fuchs will share stories, blessings, and explanations pertinent to the festival. 

 

More than anything else, Tu B’Shevat celebrates our responsibility to maintain and replenish the earth that God has entrusted to our care. Its significance and message have never been more relevant than they are today. If you plan to join us at this special celebration, please RSVP to Tanya Hochschild at tutsie@centurylink.net.

BAT YAM TO HOST FEDERATION JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

SELECTION IN FEBRUARY

 

On Sunday, February 23, at 2:00 p.m., an entry in the 24th Annual Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida will be shown in Fellowship Hall of SCUCC. 

 

In “My Polish Honeymoon,” Anna and Adam, a young Parisian Jewish couple, are about to travel to Poland for the first time. They are just married, and this will be their honeymoon. They will attend a ceremony in memory of the Jewish community in the village of Adam’s grandfather, destroyed seventy-five years ago. Adam is not enthusiastic, but Anna is both anxious and excited about the trip to Poland, which is also her grandmother’s country, hoping to reconnect with her roots and discover more about her own family’s history. This comedy/drama is in French with English subtitles.

 

Tickets at $10 each will be available at the door one hour before screening time. Please attend to show support for the Federation Film Festival and to ensure that Bat Yam will be able to host Jewish Film Festival events in the future.

 

BAT YAM TO HOST FEDERATION JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

SELECTION IN FEBRUARY

 

On Sunday, February 23, at 2:00 p.m., an entry in the 24th Annual Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida will be shown in Fellowship Hall of SCUCC. 

 

In “My Polish Honeymoon,” Anna and Adam, a young Parisian Jewish couple, are about to travel to Poland for the first time. They are just married, and this will be their honeymoon. They will attend a ceremony in memory of the Jewish community in the village of Adam’s grandfather, destroyed seventy-five years ago. Adam is not enthusiastic, but Anna is both anxious and excited about the trip to Poland, which is also her grandmother’s country, hoping to reconnect with her roots and discover more about her own family’s history. This comedy/drama is in French with English subtitles.

 

Tickets at $10 each will be available at the door one hour before screening time. Please attend to show support for the Federation Film Festival and to ensure that Bat Yam will be able to host Jewish Film Festival events in the future.

PURIM CELEBRATION MARCH 9

Our Purim presentation, accompanied by pianist Abigail Allison, will take place on Monday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. Rabbi Stephen Fuchs will retell the Purim story of the biblical Book of Esther, augmented by familiar songs with special lyrics written by individual cast members. Tanya Hochschild will introduce the story. 

In addition to those pictured below, the cast will feature Pastor John H. Danner, reprising his history-making role as King Ahasueras, and Cantor Murray Simon as Haman.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE FOR

THE APRIL 8 BAT YAM SEDER 

 

At 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, Rabbi Stephen Fuchs and Cantor Murray Simon will lead the annual Bat Yam Seder at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. The evening will feature new catering by Chef Karl Hamme and Baileys, with the best of our favorite traditional Seder dinner foods.

 

The prices are $54 per person for Bat Yam members and their guests who are immediate family, $65 for members’ guests who are not immediate family, $65 for non-members and their guests, and $35 for children ages five to fifteen. There is no charge for children under the age of five.

 

Bring your own Seder plate if you wish.

 

Please reserve no later than Thursday, March 26, by mailing your check and guest information to Annette Pacyga, 3722 Coquina Drive, Sanibel FL 33957.  For additional information, contact Annette at 941-740-1650 or Annette.pacyga@gmail.com.