Special Events 2019-2020

  Bat Yam  

     Temple of the Islands

A Reform Jewish Congregation 

presents the return of 




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


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



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




The 2020 Shared Scholar Lecture will be on Sunday, January 26, at 4:00 p.m.; and the Shared Scholar Seminar will follow on Monday January 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Shared Scholar will be Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker. Her presentation will focus on the interface between environmental concerns and spirituality.


Dr. Tucker is a senior lecturer and research scholar at Yale University, where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. She teaches in the joint MA program in religion and ecology and directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim. Her special area of study is Asian religions. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in Japanese Confucianism. Since 1997, she has been a research associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. 


Dr. Tucker’s concern for the growing environmental crisis, especially in Asia, led her to organize with John Grim a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard (1995-1998). Together they are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press. 


All programs are open to the public free of charge.  A freewill offering will be taken at the January 26 event.

The Shared Scholar events are sponsored by Bat Yam Temple of the Islands, Captiva Chapel by the Sea; First Church of Christ, Scientist, Sanibel-Captiva; Saint Michael and All Angels; and Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. Bat Yam’s sponsorship is provided by the Leo Rosner Foundation in honor of June Rosner.




The Reverend Dr. John H. Danner, pastor of SCUCC, will present two classes in preparation for Dr. Tucker’s lecture and seminar. The classes, “Journey of the Universe: An Introduction to Mary Evelyn Tucker,” will be on Wednesdays December 4 and 11, at 10:00 a.m., repeated at 7:00 p.m. 


Pastor Danner will utilize Dr. Tucker’s book, written with Brian Swimme, “Journey of the Universe,” and a film by the same name. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in advance. 


On December 22 at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, we will celebrate the lighting of the candle for the first night of Chanukah. Members of SCUCC will join us. Please bring your own Chanukiah to create a “symphony of light” to brighten the darkest time of the year. Rabbi Fuchs will share “The Real Story of Chanukah,” which, he says, will be surprisingly different from the one most of us learned as children. Then latkes and other treats will be served.


The following items are needed (enough to feed twenty people): latkes, trimmings, salad, Chanukah jelly donuts (soufganiot), Chanukah paper goods, non-alcoholic drinks, and desserts. Contact Ellen Feingold or Paula Raboy to indicate what you will bring. Ellen can be reached at (302) 345-7187 or ellenfeingold@gmail.com. Paula can be reached at (239) 4728957 or gaggyp@aol.com.   



Bat Yam’s Annual Membership Meeting  Thursday, March 26, at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at SCUCC





Rabbi Fuchs’ last of his series of three classes titled “Genesis’ Earliest Stories” will be on Thursday, December 5, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. The topic of this session is “Cain and Abel: The Symbol Story of the Human Soul.” Rabbi Fuchs suggests you bring whatever Bible translation you have to the class. The program is open to the community,



On Wednesdays, January 8, 15, and 22, at 10:00 a.m. and repeated at 7:00 p.m., Rabbi Dr. Stephen Lewis Fuchs and the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner will teach classes together in Fellowship Hall at SCUCC. Building on the success of Pastor Danner’s participation in our Purim celebration last year and in eager anticipation of his joining us again this year, these classes will focus on important issues the Book of Esther raises. 


Some of the topics will be the status and treatment of women, the pernicious phenomenon of prejudice, the absence of God in the story (Esther is the only biblical book that makes no mention of the Creator), and the question of our destiny as human beings. The classes are open to all. Rabbi Fuchs and Pastor Danner hope you will join them at these sessions.



A dear friend of Rabbi Fuchs and Cantor Simon, Rabbi Paul Citrin, who inspired all of us when he installed our clergy team two years ago, will return to Bat Yam. At our Erev Shabbat service on January 17, he will deliver a sermon titled “Why I am Giving Up Whispering:  Thoughts on Speaking Out and Dissent in Jewish Tradition.” 


On the following Shabbat morning, Rabbi Citrin will teach us from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., during the hour when Rabbi Fuchs normally teaches. 


We eagerly look forward to Rabbi Citrin’s return.