Surf Sand & Schmaltz: Unusual Jewish Communities in Warm Locales

Thursday, October 19, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom

Take a virtual journey to some of the most interesting and unique Jewish communities in the world. Travel writer/photographer Dan Fellner will discuss Jewish life and history in such places as Ecuador, Barbados, South Africa, Argentina, Curacao and Costa Rica. Learn about the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, an opulent Jewish Community Center just minutes away from the equator, and the only combination synagogue/surfing school in the world. This fast-paced presentation will shed light on resilient and off-the-beaten-path Jewish communities and perhaps give you some ideas for your next warm-weather vacation.

Dan Fellner is an experienced travel writer and public speaker who has visited over 120 countries and had more than 100 articles published in newspapers and magazines around the world. His work has appeared in such publications as USA Today, the Jerusalem Post, the Washington Post and Hadassah Magazine. Dan is an eight-time Fulbright fellow and has taught journalism and communications at ten overseas universities in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.

For further information, please contact Troy Jones at Temple Beth Sholom at 941-955-8121, or

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