A striking building on the island is the Jewish Center, located on Winterberry Drive. In late 1982 a group of people met to discuss the feasibility of having Hebrew services on Marco, and it was decided to meet periodically in social gatherings.
Almost immediately, the group determined to test the desire and need of the Jewish people on the island, to have Friday evening services, which began in the Beach Club condominium in high season. For three years, such services were moved to the Art League, with the Marriott Hotel generously offering space for services during high holy days.
Monsignor John O’Dowd kindly graced the table and broke bread with the gathering.
In January of 1986, ground was broken for the present center. Dedication of the center took place in early 1987 with over 300 in attendance. In June of 1988, an arrangement was concluded allowing the old cemetery on Bald Eagle to set aside space especially for Jewish graves and services.
The center on Winterberry has expanded over the years and is now a vital part of community life on the island. Rabbi Edward Meline recently took over leadership of the congregation, with Ron Doiron is the music director and Hari Jacobsen as cantor.
What’s happening at the Historical Society
Here’s a look at our summer schedule:
General meeting — 7–8:30 p.m. at Mackle Park. Dr. Fay Biles, a resident of the island since the late 1960s, will speak on the Historical Perspective of Marco.
General meeting — 7–8:30 p.m. at Mackle Park. The history and meaning of Old Glory, the red, white and blue of the stars and stripes presented by Helmut Nickel, Metropolitan Museum Curator of arms and armor for many years.
General meeting — 7–8:30 p.m. at Mackle Park. Kathy and Ed Miracco will present the trials and tribulations of Dr. Charles Olds and his wife Dr. Mary Johnson Olds, Homeopathic physicians of early Marco.
Marion Nicolay and Betsy Perdichizzi of the Marco Island Historical Society are compiling this report on a weekly basis for the Eagle. Shirley Beckwith oversees the archiving of photos for MIHS.