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We are torn watching our youngest daughter Hinda graduate from Preschool of the Arts

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This is an exciting and remarkable day for us, watching our youngest daughter Hinda graduate from Preschool of the Arts after four wonderful, creative, mind-expanding years of education. What began as a dream has grown into a vibrant reality where our children can grow and learn in an atmosphere of safety, warmth and love.  Every day they come through these doors to play, paint, draw, build, dress-up, read, write, color, and learn through the power of play.  As most parents, we are torn when seeing our youngsters  leave their childhood behind and move on to bigger and more difficult challenges, but as with our other children, we know that Hinda has received the best in early childhood education and has a firm foundation to carry her ahead. We are so thankful to G-D to have been able to offer this kind of education to her and others.


Time is running out


Time is running out -------and what an amazing run we have had, trying to meet the most generous challenge of the Elias & Yitzhak families.  With mere hours remaining, we can do it! We are so close to  our goal.  Imagine -- 161  have come forward, with generous donations and with just a few more we could be over the top!

What does it take to float our boat?  We need to continue to work together.  Success is right around the corner.  Join!

Help us 'float the boat'!

Dear Friends,

Help us 'float the boat'! You may have heard the exciting news: our Aron Kodesh is almost on its way, about to leave  Israel in a few days and head to Naples Chabad.

However, we still are short of funds for our matching challenge campaign and with a little time left -- 3 days and 3 hours to be exact (but who's counting) -- we hope you are able to help us reach our goal in order to meet the $100,000 challenge.  Please bring out your 'Aron Kodesh lifeboats' and throw a lifeline to this fundraising project. If you haven't yet contributed, now is the time.  If you have already donated, perhaps you can give a little more in honor of a loved one or a special event.

This is your home, please help us to make it beautiful.

With gratitude in advance for your vision, fortitude and generosity.

Rabbi Fishel & Ettie Zaklos

Arthur M. Seigel, M.D. 

On behalf of the Sanctuary renovation committee   

Our pictures say a thousand words

Dear Friends,

Last night our center was filled with joy, as we honored our Chabad & preschool partners.

What a joy and a pleasure it was for us to share so many l'chaims with our generous and supportive Chabad & preschool family at the Partners Event!  It is always so heartwarming for Ettie and me to see so many warm and loving friends gathering to celebrate and just enjoy each other's company.

On such a high-energy evening, out of sight is definitely not out of mind -- our hearts and thoughts were with those who could not attend , to partake in a little food, a little wine, and a lot of good feelings and camaraderie as we seamlessly pass from one successful year to the next.

Our pictures say a thousand words -- so we'll let them do the talking!

We love you all and look forward eagerly to next year  with our partners.

Rabbi Fishel & Ettie Zaklos

four generations welcoming Jared

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Dear Friends

This Shabbat, Saturday, May 9, 2015 – the Chabad of Naples community will be proudly joining Joshua and Renee Bialek, and their extended family, in celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of their beloved son, Jared Bialek, in the sanctuary of the Chabad of Naples Jewish Community Center. 

Jared has been a student at the Chabad of Naples Hebrew School since 2007. His mother, Renee, has been a teacher at Chabad’s Preschool of the Arts since its very inception. His father, Joshua, a partner at the law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, is a prominent leader in our community, serving on the board of the Naples Jewish Federation and as President of the Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida.

The Tallis and Tefilin Jared is wearing are those which once belonged to his great-grandfather, the late Mayer Nemes, of blessed memory, a holocaust survivor who, for many years, served as the president of his synagogue in New York. 

As tomorrow’s celebration will be shared by representatives of four generations welcoming Jared into the realm of Jewish adulthood, it will make for a moving and poignant expression indeed of the ideal of “M’dor L’dor” – Jewish continuity from generation to generation. 

Mazel Tov!

Mother's Day Poem

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To our partners: Love is in the air

Dear Partners,

With joy and gratitude, we invite you to attend the annual celebration of the Chabad of Naples Partner Project on Thursday evening, May 14th, beginning at 7:00 pm. We will gather in our Social Hall to recognize the  families who continue to support our ongoing operations. 

Although the season has ended for some and you are already resuming your "up north" lives, here at Chabad of Naples you are never far from our minds and hearts. As we gather to thank and honor members of our Partners Project, on Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m., you will know that you are the recipients of every heartfelt thank you and l'chaim! Because of your amazing contributions and support, we continue to grow, to improve, to expand, and to be the unique center that we all call home. 

This year our event will serve, not only kosher sushi, but also a palatable variety of kosher pizzas, baked by the Personal Pizza Chef of Naples. Among the pizzas will be some specialty items that are gluten free. In addition, back by popular demand - famous chocolatier, Norman Love, is again creating special treats just for our Partners. 

The Partner Project makes it possible for Chabad of Naples to provide all of its programs and activities. The Partner Project is responsible for our growth. 

We look forward to celebrating with you! 

All our best wishes, 

Rabbi Fishel and Ettie Zaklos
Arthur Seigel, M.D. President



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