NJC WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
Nancy & Jeffrey Siegal
Jeffrey and Nancy Siegal joined NJC in December of last year. The Siegals have been full time residents of Naples for the past 27 years. Prior to their retirement ten years ago, they raised their son and built their Food Brokerage business in Naples. The business serviced the prison systems and school systems through out the nation and the Caribbean. Their son Steven went to University of Miami and then to University of Florida Medical School. Steven and his wife Brooke reside in Portland, OR while he continues his surgical residency. Early in in their retirement Nancy and Jeffrey were Guardian ad Litem for the children of Collier County. Jeffrey is a very active with Grace Place for Children and Families. He also enjoys his twice weekly games of golf and the gym. Nancy enjoys yoga and spends her time at Claymore Ceramics creating pottery items.
Linda & Harvey Rosenfeld
Linda and Harvey are originally from Massachusetts., Harvey from Waltham ,
Linda from Worcester. They met while Harv was at Worcester Poly Tech, and
Linda was in Classical High School. Harvey clearly was robbing the cradle. They
have been married for 56 years, been together for 59. They have three sons,
David, Daniel and Jonathan, and 4 daughters in law, Sara, Julie, Vanesa, and
Susannah, and 7 grand children, 3 boys Alan, Benjamin, and Joey, 4 girls Brooke,
Nicole, Esme and Isadora. Their family has lived in New York, Connecticut. Texas,
Quebec, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,The Netherlands, then New York,
Massachusetts. Texas,and Florida again. They now reside year round in Winding
Cypress, Naples. Their children live in California, Massachusetts, and Oxfordshire ,
Harvey was an executive in the international engineering and construction
industry and has been involved in large oil and gas, refinery, petrochemical,
chemical and pharmaceutical projects all over the world. He retired in 2006 and has had a consulting business advising international contractors and chemical companies since then. Linda was a professional photographer, Realtor, (in three states), tour operator, and artist. Harvey enjoys sports, and bridge, Linda keeps busy painting, making pottery, gardening,and reading, and cooking. Harvey has traveled the earth for business, and together they have done over 20 cruises. Living in Europe for 15 years allowed them to spend time in nearly every country. Their travel focus is getting to England to spend time with their youngest grand daughters, 3 year old twin girls. Their other grand children range in ages from 29- 24, in CA. and 9-15, 17 in Boston. It is fun to have younger kids to play with again. Their 24 year old grandson is getting married in this coming spring, so they are hoping for great grand children in the future. They hope!
Sandy & Barry Demovsky
Both were lucky enough to have grown up in South Shore located in Chicago, IL.
After graduating from South Shore High School, Barry attended DePaul University
in Chicago earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in Finance. Sandy got
her B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
They were married in 1965. Barry went on to work for several investment firms
over the next 25 years. He went on to work with a former client becoming a
partner in a hedge fund for 14 years. In his retirement years, he is a money
manager for individuals and trusts.
Sandy became an elementary school teacher first in Griffith, Indiana and then in
Des Plaines, IL. They were blessed to have two sons and six grandchildren. Rob,
the oldest son, attended Ohio University earning a degree in Journalism. He had covered the Green Bay Packers for the Green Bay Press Gazette for 20 years. He still lives in Green Bay and covers the Packers for ESPN. He has two sons. Michael, their younger son, followed in his mother's footsteps by attending Indiana University leaving with a degree in Spanish and Secondary Education. His Masters degree is in School Administration; he earned that degree from National Lewis University in Illinois. He is the Principal of Bartlett High School in Bartlett, IL. Michael has three daughters and one son. After raising the boys, Sandy went back to teaching at River Trails Middle School In Mt. Prospect, IL. She taught sixth-grade and then eighth grade until they retired to Naples. While Sandy worked, she earned her Masters degree in Curriculum Development from St. Xavier University in Chicago.
After her Masters, she went on to get her Administration Certification from Loyola University in Chicago. That certification was most helpful since she then became the trainer for experienced teachers who would become mentors to first and second year untenured teachers. She was also the person who help tenured teachers maintained their certifications.
After coming to Naples, Barry got involved with the Quarry Community Development District and playing golf while Sandy got involved with the Alzheimers Support Network and home schooling for a few wonderful students.
Mary & Barry Cohen
The Cohen’ decided to join NJC after making Naples their full-time
residence. Mary is a Naples native and one of 9 siblings. She is National
Account Manager for Jackson Family Wines. Barry grew up in Brooklyn, NY
with 2 younger brothers and is the Executive VP for ALMO Premium
Appliance Division. Their greatest joys are family which includes Mary’s
mom (locally in the Vineyards), Barry’s dad (Brooklyn Heights), five children
(CA, GA, NC), seven grandchildren and ten brothers and sisters. Both
Cohens are preparing to “retire” to give more time to volunteering, golf,
reading and visiting children/grandchildren. Mary is a member of St. Leo’s
Catholic Church and she and Barry love the genuine warmth and welcome
from the NJC congregation as well as the meaningful spiritual insights from
Jerry and Patty Osheroff
Jerry and Patty joined NJC after moving to Naples from Cherry Hill, NJ. Jerry
trained as a general internist and helps hospitals and clinics improve care
delivery processes and outcomes. His small firm is TMIT Consulting, LLC where
TMIT stands for “The most important thing is to find out what is the most
important thing.” Patty has worked in accounting and now helps Jerry run
TMIT. Their older son Zack lives with his wife Sabrina in Colorado where he
runs a ski shop. Their younger son Jason is a nuclear physicist at the University
of Maryland. Patty and Jerry enjoy Florida’s year-round outdoor activities, cycling
and kayaking especially, and look forward to connecting with NJC members.
Paula & Mike Himowitz
Paula and Mike joined the NJC last fall. Summer residents of Pikesville, MD,
they bought a condo in Bonita Bay in 2008, determined never to see snow
on the ground again. Paula is a retired intelligence analyst for the federal
government, while Mike had a long and checkered career in journalism,
mostly with the Baltimore Sunpapers. They enjoy reading, volunteering,
boating, swimming, bike riding and other typical Florida pursuits. Their
47-year marriage produced two fine sons. The elder, Ike, lives in Seattle
with his wife, Amy and three sons, James, Will and Sam. The younger, Ben,
lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with his wife, Zoe, and their son, Louis.
Robert and Roberta Obler
We welcome Robert and Roberta Obler as new members of the Naples
Jewish Congregation as of June of the year. Rob and Rob live in Naples in
the Camden Lakes community in North Naples. They have been coming to
Naples for eleven years and before their current home, they owned a home
in Carlton Lakes. Prior to his retirement, Rob was a Criminal Defense
attorney in New Jersey. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and running.
Before she retired, Rob was an executive with Johnson & Johnson in Human
Resources. She enjoys MahJongg, her several book clubs and working out
in the gym. They have been married for 45 years, have one son, Evan, who
lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and one grandson, two-year old Jesse.
Dave Koenig recently joined NJC. He says he “enjoys the warm atmosphere and feels
connected because of his parents.
Dave moved here in April. Currently, Dave is in financial management. He moved most
recently from Panama City Beach and before that lived in Indianapolis. Dave’s prior
career activities include: director of circulation for newspapers; sales; sales management;
law and non-profit management. Dave enjoys playing tennis, and cycling. He looks
forward to becoming involved in NJC. Welcome, Dave!
The Naples Jewish Congregation is a synagogue in the Reform tradition and membership is open to all people of the Jewish faith, their spouses, and children.
Annual dues are $775 for a married couple or $445 for an individual.
Please click here for a printable membership application.
For further information, please contact Shelley McCloskey and Marilyn Goldenberg using our membership chair contact form.
Make A Difference At NJC-Volunteer
All of us made a decision to join NJC, with perhaps as many reasons as we have members. Despite these myriad reasons, all of us at NJC have a unifying interest-- to see NJC not only thrive, but continue to grow. We all want NJC to be a home for us , whether it be spiritual, social, or both.
In order for NJC to thrive and grow, all of us have to try to contribute in some way other than financially. Almost all religious organizations face the same challenge—the work of the many is actually done by the few. It could be that most of us are simply unaware of the effort required to make NJC meaningful to you.
In addition to the Board of Directors, there are about 15 Standing Committees all of which are active behind the scenes to make NJC work for you. These are: Membership, Publicity, Social, Ritual, Care Connection, Adult Enrichment, Newsletter, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, By-Laws, Ways & Means, Oneg Shabbat, Chanukah, Passover and Web Maven. As you can readily see, there is quite a lot of work to do to simply meet the needs of our members.
What can you do to help? All of you bring a skill set from your life both before and after retirement which can be tapped in some way to help in making NJC to be everything we want it to be. To all of our members, we ask you to step up and volunteer to be on one of the Standing Committees or get involved in some small capacity like signing up for one of the Onegs or helping with one of our many social functions. This is one way that you can make new connections at NJC. You will also feel good because you are engaged and productive.
It goes without saying that, like someone recently said, we are “stronger together.” If a few people do most of the work, then they often get burned out or disillusioned. We should all try to share the load in order to lighten the load of those currently doing most of the work. We have so many members who have so many talents that can be harnessed to enhance our NJC experience. All that you have to do is contact Suzanne or any Board member to get started.
Shelley McCloskey & Marilyn Goldenberg , Co-Chairs, Membership Committee-724-747-3359