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    The Jewish Aerobics

    Do you look forward to exercise routine? Do you have fun exercising? Does your exercise routine provide maximum benefits?

    If you answered “NO” to any of the above questions, then it is time to try Israeli Folk Dancing at the Federation!!!

    Dancing combines physical exercise (it’s aerobic), social interaction and the mental challenge of following new steps. Add to that combination beautiful music at all different tempos and you’ve added joy and stress reduction to the entire formula.


    Jewish Federation Community Room

    All ages (10 to 96) are welcome to join us. All evels of dance experience are welcome. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a water bottle AND A FRIEND, THE MORE THE MERRIER.

    See you Sundays.

    RSVP required by Fridays at noon to Marsha Kistler

    The Shalom Dancers – How we have grown!

    By Marsha Kistler

    The Shalom Dancers, Federation’s local Israeli folk dance group, are alive and well and thriving in Southwest Florida!

    The month of December was a busy one for the dancers. We performed at two retirement communities – Grand Court and Cypress Cove (along with the singing group, Kol Echad) – Temple Judea’s Hanukkah dinner, the Jewish Federation of Collier County’s Community Chanukah Celebration at The Mercato in Naples (see photos below), and All Faith’s Unitarian Congregation. And we provided the entertainment for the Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society’s annual conference at the Naples Grande.

    As it is our mission to spread the joy of Israeli folk dancing, performing is the ideal vehicle. And in most every venue, we asked the audience to join us as we taught some basic steps and easy dances. The response was gratifying. Everyone seemed to enjoy the music, movement and conviviality!

    Performing, however, is only a small part of what we do. We continue to meet every Sunday at the Federation building at 4:00 p.m. (beginners at 3:40p.m.) to learn new dances, review old ones, and build our repertoire. So please come join us. It’s great exercise for both body and mind!