The Community Free Synagogue

 P.O. Box 07144  Fort Myers, FL 33919

 239.274.7485 (SHUL)    synfree@comcast.net 

We meet in the Southwest Florida Masonic Center  10868 Metro Pkwy in South Fort Myers (MAP)

    

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Traditional Sabbath Eve dinner every Friday evening at 6:30

 It's free, casual and reservations are not needed. Bring a hallah, some cookies or a bottle of wine if you'd like!

  Worship every Friday evening at 7:30 PM followed by a coffee hour

 Each Saturday from 9:30-11:30 AM: Torah Study with the Rabbi preceded by a light breakfast

A breakfast nosh is always welcome!  

Our doors are open at all times with never a charge!

                     

 

 

Hebrew Reading Ulpan

   Israel's Ulpan programs  are intensive  "Hebrew Boot Camps" that enable new immigrants to learn basic Hebrew in compacted amount of time.The Community Free Synagogue Ulpan will enable to student to master basic Hebrew reading skills over two six hour "studios" on the last 2 Sundays in January. Upon completing the C.F.S. Ulpan, students can move on to 3 Hebrew Reading Labs in February to practice and hone their new skills. These H.R.L.'s are also open to students who already have rudimentary Hebrew reading abilities that need improvement.

    Those successfully completing the H.R.L.'s can then elect to learn to read a passage from the Torah and the accompanying prayers and may choose to share their accomplishments during synagogue Sabbath worship either individually or as a group in the Spring.

  The C.F.S. Hebrew Ulpan meeting from 11:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Sundays January 22 and 29.  There are no charges for the C.F.S. Ulpan and Hebrew Reading Lab, but advanced registration is a must.  To learn more about these programs and to register email synfreersvp@gmail.com or call the Community Free Synagogue's 24-hour voice messaging service at 274-7485 (SHUL).

 

  

 

    Friday, January 27 International Holocaust Memorial Day Speaker at C.F.S.

Friday, January 27 is International Holocaust Memorial Day by resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nation. That was date of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945. In observance of this day, local Holocaust scholar Jessica Evers will speak during the Community Free Synagogue's Friday evening worship service. Her topic will be "Fascist Germany's Tightening Legal Noose Around its Jews." Evers will explore the Third Reich's use of the German legal system in its step-by-step isolation and eventual destruction of its Jews, a cautionary tale about the government's use of legislation to pervert justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Adult Education:

"Exploring the Roots of European Anti-Semitism through Primary Sources"

   The Community Free Synagogue will offer "mini-course" on European anti-Semitism before World War II from 6:30-8:00 PM February 12, 19 and 26 in its Community Hall.

   The 3 week class, taught by Holocaust and Modern European Historian Jessica Evers, focuses on virulent, wide-spread European Jew hating from the  19th Century  through the Holocaust. Evers will help the students examine an anti-Semitism throughout Europe with longer and deeper roots than just in Germany and its undertones that still resonate even  today.

    While the course is free and open to all, advance registration is appreciated.  You can register by emailing synfree@comcast.net or calling the synagogue's 24-hour voice messaging service at 274-7485 (SHUL).

 

 

 

 

Coby Brimer displays his Lego Tsedaqah Box.

   

  Asher Pincus and Abigayl Pavel learn how to make latkes at the rabbi's house. The Community Free Synagogue's Youth Education Program immerses each student personally in our rich tradition. It is intended for highly motivated pupils and their families.

Now in its 12th year, The Community Free Synagogue is a new and progressive model for the 21st century American synagogue guided by Rabbi Bruce Diamond, D.D., a noted community leader, scholar and master teacher.  C.F.S. does not sell memberships tickets or set fees for any of its many programs and events.  The synagogue is an open community resource whose mission is prayer, study and benevolent acts. The synagogue is comfortably supported through a spirit of volunteerism and by the generosity of the hundreds of households that make C.F.S. their congregational home. All of its programs and events, including youth Hebrew and Jewish education, are open to all without fees or solicitations.

 

Read about us in Rabbi Kerry Olitzky's new book:  New Membership & Financial Alternatives for the American Synagogue

C.F.S. recipient of prestigious Chai Minded Grant!     Read about us in Florida Weekly!

 

"The world is supported by 3 things:  Learning, Worship and Acts of kindness."  (Avot 1:2)