Israel and Overseas Committee (IOC)


The mission of the Israel and Overseas Committee (IOC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples is to educate about, engage with, and advocate for Israel and global Jewry.  The Committee provides opportunities for our community to experience Israel and Jewish life around the world through a variety of events, lectures, cultural programs, and missions.


The Israel Advocacy Committee (IAC), which was the name prior to this new iteration, served the Naples community for many years under the most recent leadership of Dr. Ed Ezrine and Harvey Cohen.  It fulfilled its mission with a diverse array of programs, as you can see below.  The IOC will continue to focus on Israel, as well as bring programs of interest about other Jewish communities around the world.

To become a member of the Israel Advocacy Committee, contact Myra Benedikt at:

2023-2024 IOC Programs


Speaker Series:


Scott Lasensky on Monday, Dec. 4 at 7 PM. Click image below to register


Jonathan Ornstein on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 7 PM


Karen Ezrine on Thursday, March 28 at 2:30 PM


Registration and More details coming soon!

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Donations are always accepted.


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2022 - 2023 Events

Friends of Celebrate Israel @ 75

Our pride in Israel grows as we edge closer to her 75th anniversary.  Celebrate Israel @ 75 is seeking donations of $75 towards the community celebration on March 26, 2023.  Blessed with a matching gift by an anonymous donor, your support of this event doubles in value immediately.   Be among those who are helping put on a very fitting and memorable event.


Previous Events


Khaled Abu Toameh

Wed. Feb. 9, 2022

Khaled Abu Toameh will be Zooming in from Jerusalem to discuss the Israeli-Arab conflict with a focus on relations between Palestinians and Jews and the future of the peace process.