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Bat Yam Temple of the Islands continues to have a busy calendar. Jane Picker, a congregant and Professor Emerita at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, who successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that school teachers did not have to take unpaid mandatory leave of absence when they reached the fourth month of pregnancy.
Picker will present a Zoom talk at 11 a.m. Feb. 24, “The 1970’s When Litigation Changed Everything for Women.” Her talk comes hard on the heels of an exclusive recording of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 2008 talk at the Sanibel BIG ARTS Forum, which was Zoomed as part of Bat Yam Temple of the Island’s Adult Education program on Feb. 10.
On Friday, Feb. 26, Purim will be observed. It is an evening filled with food, costumes and song. Jewish communities around the world commemorate their delivery from catastrophe, celebrating the biblical Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai who saved them from annihilation at the hands of the evil Haman, a Persian in the court of King Ahasuerus.
On Sunday, Feb. 28, it is time to get out the pop-corn and enjoy a Bat Yam sponsored movie, part of the Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida: “The One and Only Jewish Miss America,” Bess Myersohn.
The first Sunday in March at 4 p.m. is our long-awaited interfaith concert, “A Cantor, A Pastor and a Bluegrass Band.” The Cantor is Murray Simon of Temple Bat Yam of the Islands, The Pastor is Rev. Dr John Danner of Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ and the husband-and-wife team who started Nefesh Mountain Bluegrass Band, are Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg. Seats are going fast (or rather squares as the concert is being live-streamed) so do not delay registering. You can go directly to our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading “concert.” The concert is free to the public but donations are encouraged and welcomed. Additional benefits are available for sponsors of the concert. Donations can also be mailed to Bat Yam Temple of the Islands, P.O. Box 84, Sanibel, Florida 33957.
Mountain music is in jeopardy right now because of the pandemic. People are “spooked” by the virus. Jam session circles sit empty, at least temporarily; musicians are reluctant to meet, especially now in the winter, having to be indoors. But the good news for us is that the old-time dance music, both slow and wistful or lively jigs, will be coming to our own living rooms. Make sure you are one of the lucky ones to enjoy this unique sound. See you at the concert.