Bat Yam Temple of the Islands

A Jewish congregation serving residents and guests

of Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers, and surrounding areas,

providing a place of worship in the Reform tradition and creating

a warm, caring, enriching, and welcoming Jewish community.

2021 Worship

Our Shabbat worship services are currently livestreamed via Zoom from SCUCC Fellowship Hall.  They are led by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs and including the weekly Torah reading,  singing by Cantor Murray Simon, piano accompaniment by Abbey Allison, and ritual candle and Torah blessings by congregants. Services begin at 7:30pm on the following Fridays:

March 5, 12, 19, 26

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

The Zoom link for services will be sent to members via email.  Anyone interested in joining can receive the Zoom link by writing to us at batyamsanibel@gmail.com

All are welcome.

   Quick Website Links
Support Bat Yam with purchases at
Sanibel merchants
Bat Yam Matters Current Edition and Archives
Social Action Committee


Downloadable Forms

Our Czech Holocaust Torah
Bat Yam By-Laws

Adult Education

Bat Yam’s Adult Education classes continue to take place on Zoom, on Wednesdays from 11am to noon. A few “Virtual Coffees with the Rabbi” are interspersed at that time so we can chat and enjoy each other’s company.


March 3: “Poverty and Hunger in the Promised Land:  An Important Briefing on Food Insecurity in Israel During the Pandemic and Beyond” ~ Led by Lauren Yokèd, Executive

Director, American Friends of Leket Israel


Sunday, March 7 at 4pm: "A Cantor, A Pastor and A Bluegrass Band," featuring Nefes Mountain ~ Registration required at www.batyam.org


March 10: "More of Sex, God, Christmas and Jews” ~  Led by Bat Yam Member Gil Mann


March 17: Virtual Coffee with the Rabbi ~  Led by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs


March 24: “Cyber-Attacks and Computer Failures: The Biggest Risk to the Modern World?” ~ Led by Global Cybercrime Expert, Jamie Bouloux (son of Bat Yam member Maria Bouloux)


March 31: “What The Family Historian Needs to Know About Jewish Family Names”  ~  Led by World-Famous Jewish Genealogist, Dr. Sallyann Sack (sister of Bat Yam member Judy Adler)


April 7: “Editing the Liturgy Part 2: An Encounter with Christology” ~ Led by Bat Yam Member Lew Schneider   

April 14: “A Kayaking Journey Down the Patagonian Fjords” ~ Led by South African Environmentalist, Climatologist and Adventurist Paul Lee (first cousin of Bat Yam members Michael and Tanya Hochschild)

April 21: “Jeanne Daman-Scaglione: Rescuer of 2,000 Children, Helper of Jewish Women, Social Worker, Intelligence Agent and More” ~ Led by Bat Yam Member Edina Lessack


April 28: Virtual Coffee with the Rabbi (the last one of the 2020-21 season).   ~ Led by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs