Jewish Community Day of Learning




Previous Events

Thursday, March 30 at 1:00 pm


For eight years the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) has been sponsoring a Day of Learning event to educate, entertain, and challenge the members of the Jewish Community. Topics addressed have ranged from antisemitism to Jewish Supreme Court Justices, with many other topics in between. 


As part of its mission, the JCRC seeks to build bridges of communication and understanding with the broader Naples community.  Accordingly, this year’s Day of Learning will address a topic that will be of interest to the entire Naples community: “Vibrant Naples -- Can It Be Sustained?”  All residents of the Greater Naples community are encouraged to participate.  The Day of Learning, as well the Jewish Federation’s new Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center, provide a forum for new ideas and understandings that will enrich our entire community.  


Greater Naples and Collier County are referred to as the Paradise Coast for a reason -- it is a wonderful place to live. Early residents may have wanted this area to remain a secret so that it would not change, but the secret is out, and thousands of new residents are joining our growing community each year.  Greater Naples is changing -- and the pace of change will likely continue.


Residents will be demanding the most up-to-date and high-quality facilities and services that we have all come to expect.  But will our community leaders be prepared to meet our expectations?  Attendees at this year’s Day of Learning will get some answers. Each speaker has agreed to share his or her thoughts on what needs to be done to keep our rapidly expanding community at the forefront in their fields.  


The line-up of speakers for the Day of Learning are all specialists in their chosen fields—fields that contribute to our quality of life here in Greater Naples: healthcare, arts and entertainment, facilities and services required for our growing and diverse population, and business development and commercial growth.  What our speakers, their colleagues and their competitors do in the future will affect the quality of each of our lives.  


Each speaker will be sharing their thoughts and answering your questions on what needs to be done to keep our rapidly expanding community at the forefront in each of their fields of expertise.  Amy Patterson, Collier County Manager and James French, the County’s Director of Growth Management will provide their thoughts on the County’s planned land use and economic development.  Amir Neto, Director of the Regional Economic Research Institute at FGCU, will speak to the future of Naples’ business development and commercial growth.   Elysia Dawn, Executive Director of the United Arts Collier, will be offering her vision of the future of the arts and entertainment.  Dr. Rebecca Smith, President of the Collier County Medical Society, will be speaking about the evolving needs of healthcare facilities and services required for our growing and diverse population. 

The Day of Learning will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center at 4720 Pine Ridge Road in Naples. There is no charge to attend, but you must pre-register.               


Previous Events

2021 Jewish Community Day and Evening of Learning

The 5th Annual Jewish Community Relations Council Day of Learning

Read about it here.

Jewish Council Relations Committee



Jewish Community Day of Learning


Sunday, January 19, 2020


Co sponsored by: Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and Temple Shalom


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Sally Kohn

A frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, Sally's first book THE OPPOSITE OF HATE was published in April 2018.  Sally talks about hate, otherizing, diversity and identity — and how we can solve the deep problems of our past and present.


Eric Ross joined the Anti-Defamation League in August of 2015 as an Associate
Regional Director, and now holds the title of Senior Associate Regional Director. In this
capacity, Eric leads ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute training courses, he is the lead
staff for the Florida Region’s Advocacy & Engagement Committee, he coordinates
ADL’s Florida Hate Crime Coalition (FHCC), he responds to discrimination complaints
that come through ADL’s Florida office, and he expands support for ADL’s mission and
initiatives through strategic community outreach efforts and working with volunteers.
Additionally, Eric has received certification as an ADL Words to Action facilitator, as an
ADL No Place For Hate facilitator, and as an ADL Managing Implicit Bias for Law
Enforcement facilitator.


Eric K. Ward is currently the executive director of Western States Center. Western States Center’s mission is to connect and build the power of community organizations to challenge and transform individuals, organizations and systems to achieve racial, gender and economic justice.

Previous Jewish Community Day of Learning

The Third Annual Jewish Community Day of Learning will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Temple Shalom. The program, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, will include lectures, discussions, and a concert. Speakers scheduled to appear are Rabbi Stephen Fuchs and David Prager. Rabbi Fuchs, currently at Bat Yam Temple, is an author and was named Distinguished Alumnus of 2017 by Vanderbilt Divinity School. David Prager is the Southern Regional Director for the Simon Wiesenthal Center and is based in Miami. Violinist Rachael Cox from Florida Southwestern State College will perform Music of the Holocaust as the culminating event following a discussion of the book “Violins of Hope."

Jewish Community Day of Learning


Sunday, January 20, 2019



Thank you!!!


2017 Presenters


David Bernstein, JCPA

Cantor Donna Azu

Dr. ​Paul Bartrop

​Goldie Bertone

Betty Sunshine

Rosalie Wolfe

Cantorial Soloist Lawrence Dermer

Rabbi Jerris

Judge Norman Krivosha

Rabbi Chorny

​Rabbi Miller

Rabbi Gross

​Rabbi Wolf

Dr. Stanley Rothman

​David Rutstein

Dr. June Sochen

Ezra Glinter

Ron Levin


2018 Presenters


Mickey Bielski

Dr. Gerald Franz

Myra Roberts

Ellaine Rosen