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Here, There and Everywhere: A month of 2019 campaign events BY ALAN MARGOLIES

Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

Or maybe we should be thinking of “Hear,” There and Everywhere as Super Sunday on March 3 which will cap 22 days of important fundraising events for the Jewish Federation’s 2019 Annual Campaign. But let’s “Get Back” to the beginning….The entire community will be invited and encouraged to “Come Together” for A

Night Out with Federation on Thursday, February 7, at the Jacksonville Marriott. The evening kicks off with a reception for our Lion of Judah and Major Gifts donors ($5,000 and above) and IMPACT donors (minimum of $1,000). This will be followed by the main event, featuring entertainment by the band, BeatleBeat. Invitations have been mailed out. See the ad on page 24 for more information. A splendid time will be guaranteed for all on Sunday, February 17, when our Major Donors and Lions of Judah gather at the home of Iris and Mark Kraemer for the annual Major Gifts event. Co-sponsored by the Kraemers and Judy and Stephen Silverman, our top donors will enjoy brunch and have the opportunity to hear from one of Jewish Federation of North America’s volunteer officers, Harold Gernsbacher, currently serving as treasurer of the Board of Trustees. Gernsbacher is the immediate past national campaign chair, and he has also held the position of

president of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth, Texas. “I Call Your Name” was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and on Super Sunday, we hope to call hundreds of people in the community, seeking their support for the annual campaign. This year, Super Sunday will be held at Jewish Family & Community Services on March 3. While it may be true that money “Can’t Buy Me Love,” our Jewish community does need the continued financial support from our family of donors. At each of these three important events, everyone will have the opportunity to make their gifts for 2019. We hope you will enjoy the show! To register for these important events, contact Jennifer Rensch at 904-224-1401. For further information, please contact Lauren Rickoff at 904-224-1406.

Upcoming 2019 Federation Events A Night Out with Federation When: February 7 Where: Jacksonville Marriott Register: or call 904-224-1401

Major Gifts/Lion of Judah Event When: February 17 Register: Call 904-224-1401 or email

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Community welcome to Chabad of Southside inauguration

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On Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m., history will be made as a new chapter in Jacksonville Jewish Life is written - Chabad of Southside’s new center will be inaugurated. The culmination of years of hard work, the new center brings a dream to life. A welcoming home for Jewish Students at UNF. A state of the art educational facility for students enrolled at Ganeinu Preschool and Chabad’s religious schools. A sanctuary for prayer and communal gatherings. A kosher cafe and lounge for students and community members alike. Light refreshments will follow the ceremony. Dignitaries, donors, city and state officials and local clergy will attend. Details: Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. Address: 11271 Alumni Way Jacksonville, FL 32246. For more information, call 904-646-4434.

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Community gathers for special Havdalah service BY FAYE HEDRICK rGEN Director

On Saturday evening December 12, community members joined together singing, mingling, and praying as rGEN and PJ Library Jacksonville partnered for a special havdalah service. Havdalah (Hebrew: ‫הָלָּדְבַה‬, “separation”) is a Jewish religious ceremony that marks the symbolic end of the Sabbath and ushers in the new week. There were members from all local synagogues and agencies represented. Dave Flagler and Hazzan Jesse Holzer led us in song and prayer. Rabbi Lubliner welcomed everyone and spoke about what community and togetherness means, and Rabbi Fisch did a beautiful D’ Var Torah. There were crafts and snacks for the little ones before they heard a bedtime story and were shuffled home for bed. Many of the young professionals in attendance then headed off to Wicked Barley for an after gathering drink. Coming together, closing the sabbath, and welcoming a new week feels extra special when you’re surrounded by friends and loved ones. Thank you to those who helped make the night meaningful for all who attended.

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Shalom Jacksonville, Life and Legacy Division partner for program BY EMMA PULLEY

Associate Director, Administration and Planned Giving

On January 3, the Life and Legacy Division partnered with Shalom Jacksonville’s Jewish Java program to present a panel on life planning after retirement with two local experts – Mark Moss, an estate attorney and Bert Livingston, an independent insurance agent. This was the first of a three-part free educational series presented by Life and Legacy to help answer the big questions about life planning at every step of the way, from young adulthood through retirement and beyond. Thank you to Isabel Balotin, Shalom Jacksonville Director, and River Garden Senior Services for helping to ensure the success of this program!

February 6 Jewish Java to feature“12 Keys to Mastering Happiness” BY ISABEL BALOTIN

Shalom Jacksonville Director

If you peruse the self-help section of any bookstore, you will find shelves of books on Happiness. Or search Amazon for books on Happiness and thousands of titles will pop up. It clearly confirms that many people want to live joyful, fulfilling and meaningful lives. Our February 6 Jewish Java program will feature board-certified clinical psychologist Dr. Elliott Rosenbaum who will share some strategies and tools to help increase one’s level of happiness and peace of mind. Created from Positive Psychology research, the 12 Keys are based on the premise that people want to cultivate what is best in themselves and to enhance their experiences of love, work and play. Please join us for this very enlightening morning on Wednesday, February 6 at 9 a.m. for a complimentary bagel brunch followed by the monthly program. All Javas are held on the first Wednesday of every month at River Garden Senior Services.

Everyone is invited to attend. Reservations are a must by January 30. Please RSVP to Isabel Balotin, or 904-2241408. Dr. Rosenbaum received masters-level training at Johns Hopkins University and his Doctor of Psychology degree from George Washington University. He served in the U. S. Navy and was trained in screening and deception analysis. In addition, he is an expert in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Rosenbaum is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychologists. The Jewish Federation’s Shalom Jacksonville is the official Jewish Welcome Wagon of Northeast Florida. Jewish Java is a partnership of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville and River Garden Senior Services. Coming March 6: Lisa Rinaman, St. John’s Riverkeeper

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Jacksonville Lions of Judah roar at conference BY LAUREN RICKOFF

Director of Campaign and Women’s Division

Back Row L-R: Sue Levine, Allison Jacobs, Judy Silverman, Debbie Banks, Diane Rothstein, Jennifer Plotkin Front Row L-R: Lauren Rickoff, Marjie Rogozinski, Sue Eaglstein, Meryl Rittenberg, Kellie Smith, Iris Kraemer Photo credit: JFNA

Just last month, the International Lion of Judah Conference was held in Hollywood, Florida. Jacksonville was well-represented with 12 Lions of Judah participating in the three-day event. Speaker highlights included Olympic Gymnast and Activist, Aly Raisman; Bari Weiss, Op-Ed Editor and Writer for the New York Times; and author, writer and actress, Jill Kargman. There were 1,400 Lions in attendance and together they raised over $35 million dollars for worldwide Jewry. The conference was an opportunity to recognize Jacksonville’s Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Honoree, Sue Eaglstein. “My first International Lion of Judah Conference will definitely not be my last,” Lion of Judah Chair Sue Levine said. “I cannot describe how empowering and motivating it is to be surround by 1,400 women philanthropists and to listen to speakers who have changed our world by their actions and strength. What an honor it was to share this time with Sue Eaglstein, who has impacted our own community with her leadership, warmth and generosity as she received the Kipnis-Wilson/ Friedland Award for her philanthropy and volunteerism.”

Women’s Division Champagne Brunch sells out BY LAUREN RICKOFF

Director of Campaign and Women’s Division

The Women’s Division celebrated its annual Champagne Brunch on Sunday, January 6. The sold-out crowd heard from Sharon Tal, Israeli entrepreneur and fashion designer. Tal successfully revived the Israeli fashion house, Maskit. As part of her presentation, guests were able to try on her signature capes, coats and scarves. The beautiful

event was co-chaired by Nicole Brown and Marjie Rogozinski. “I was thrilled with the response of our community and their support of Maskit. Sharon told me that she was happy and grateful she came to Jacksonville and felt so welcome. This is the start of a beautiful new friendship, and she looks forward to hosting us in Israel,” Rogozinski said. “What I loved most about this year’s champagne brunch is how united and connected we felt. The women of our Jewish community came together to support Israel, the federation, and each other,” Brown said.

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BeQuestions with Kellie Smith This question comes to us from Erica Jolles, your Jewish Jacksonville real estate guru: “Kellie, what is the difference between leaving a gift in my will to a charity and leaving a legacy gift through our Federation foundation?” Bequests (leaving a gift in your will) and Endowments (leaving a legacy gift) sound like very fancy words, but in actuality are far simpler. They are ways of giving that enable you to express your personal values by integrating charitable and financial goals. Personally, I like to think of them this way: additional opportunities for a generous donor to make gifts, distinct from annual contributions, to those organizations whose missions they support. Despite what you may think, bequests and endowments are not just for the ultra-wealthy. They are a means by which ordinary, passionate people can make extraordinary gifts that help provide for the solid financial foundation of synagogues and non-profit organizations. First, bequests: drafting a will, no matter your level of wealth, is a key component of an estate plan. It enables you to care for your estate, family and organizations you value beyond your lifetime. Many donors can provide more substantial gifts through a bequest than through annual contributions. Simple language can be included to establish a bequest when you prepare a new will or add a codicil to an existing one. You can also leave a gift by naming the charitable organization as the beneficiary of an IRA or life insurance policy. These gifts will be accepted by the charitable organization and used for the most immediate needs of the mission unless otherwise stated in your estate plan documents. As for endowments – you can also give a cash gift or leave a direct bequest to our Jewish Foundation to establish an endowment to support synagogues, schools and charitable organizations. As the donor, you can feel confident that your gift will be stewarded wisely and invested according to our culturally responsible guidelines. Once you determine the option that’s best for you and your charitable goals, below are a few examples of how you can execute your plan: 1. Use the bequest (via your will) as designated on your gift document on file in our office to create an endowment in your family name to benefit one or more organizations in our community or beyond. The monies will be invested to grow and a percentage will be distributed to the organization(s) annually in your name in perpetuity. Having the gift document on file in our office enables you to change charitable beneficiaries as interests and concerns change and evolve over the years, without the need to modify your will. 2. Add the gift or bequest to an existing endowment fund within our foundation, ensuring Jewish tomorrows in a specific area such as education, care of the elderly, Israel, or community programming. No matter which route you ultimately choose to take, making the decision to care for your community and provide for its future is one that will have a meaningful impact in your lifetime and beyond. Please do not hesitate to call me or stop by and start a conversation about the future.

For more information, contact Kellie Smith at kelliek@jewishjacksonville or 904-512-3796.

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February Mensch of the Month

Shaliach Corner: Tu B’Shevat celebration On Sunday, Jan 20, we celebrated Tu B’Shevat together in Mandarin Park. Tu B’Shevat is the Jewish Arbor Day, On this holiday, we celebrate nature and the environment, eat fruit, and celebrate the land of Israel. At our event, we had fun activities: a big trivia game, “Guess the Fruit” tasting game and make your own flower pot. It was a great time to get together around one of the most “Israeli holidays” on the Jewish calendar. Even though the weather was a bit cold we were happy to spend this time with each other and celebrate as a community. Happy Tu B’Shevat!

When it comes to being involved in the community, there are few people as dedicated as Lauren Setzer. Originally from Baltimore, Lauren moved here 10 years ago and has been looking for ways to help others through her work and service ever since. Lauren serves on a number of committees in Jacksonville through various organizations including PJ Library, Jewish Family & Community Services, DuBow Preschool, Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She previously worked as a non-profit development professional and is devoted to her community and family. Lauren is currently staying at home to care for her two sons, who are two and five years old. As it relates to philanthropy, she is most passionate about programming that impacts the lives of children. In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors, read, travel, explore new places in Jacksonville, and enjoy time with her family. Thank you for all that you do, Lauren!

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Play it Forward – Beth El’s Annual Night of Giving By Sherill Herzfeld

Extraordinary plans are underway for the Annual Night of Giving for Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Once again, the Gala board members are working on this event, which will take place at Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. “Our gala theme this year is Play it Forward,” Tracy Aquila, the Gala Chair, said. “We were so overwhelmed by our rabbi’s gesture of generosity that we wanted to continue with that theme” Ms. Aquila added. With retirement on the horizon, Beth El’s rabbi, Rabbi Michael Matuson, has pledged to create and direct the first $100,000 to a fund dedicated solely to paying down the Beth El building mortgage. “I want to leave my congregation something, something better than words or sounds,” Rabbi Matuson said. The committee decided the rabbi’s

actions made the Play it Forward theme appropriate for this event. “We’ve added a fabulous quote to our invitation this year” Tracy sadi. “It’s amazing how one person’s act of kindness can change the course of our synagogue. Today, follow their lead…” was the quote that spoke to the entire committee. The fundraising efforts include silent auctions and live auctions. All proceeds from the gala will support the Jewish community at Beth El. The Annual Night of Giving is available to anyone in the community who would like to participate and have fun. Please contact the synagogue office at 904-273-9100 for further information on this event and all other programs. Gala Committee members (to date) Chair: Tracy Aquila Committee: Abby Steele (Temple President), Sherill Herzfeld, Rachel Mitchell, Donne Ordile, Dana Scheer-Pollock, Tammy Shumer, Betsy Siegel, and Holly Udell

The Temple presents “The Secret: The Spanish Inquisition in Old St. Augustine” By The Temple

On Thursday, February 28, 2019, Lee Weaver, a St. Augustine based author and performer will present his one-man show. The two hour presentation, with a 15-minute intermission, will begin at 7 p.m. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The performance is provided free of charge by the generosity of the Dr. Larry and Kathy Kanter Fund for Jewish Preservation and the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society. “The Secret” is the story of Jose Miguel Martinez, a Spanish Investigative Attorney and Finder in the employ of the Spanish Monarchy and The Roman Catholic Church. His area of expertise: Finding Jews, Muslims and “bad” Catholics, arresting and sending them away. Jose journeys to the New World with Pedro Menendez in 1565. He helps to settle St. Augustine and lives comfortably for twenty years. His world is torn apart when he discovers a Jew - a Marrano - living in close proximity to him and his family. This discovery must be handled! He vows to erase this alien, this liar, this pig from his life. He vows to uphold the purity of early St. Augustine. Lee Weaver, St. Augustine’s playwright/actor has lived, with his wife Nanette, in the Ancient City since 2001. He travels across the country

speaking, acting, singing and presenting exciting dramatic monologues and plays to diverse groups. Weaver is a veteran of both the dramatic and musical theater, most recently playing (in four theaters) the leading role of Don Quixote in The Man of LaMancha and Charlie Anderson in Shenandoah. In the 1990s, Lee and Nanette co-hosted the morning radio talk show on WERA from Plainfield, NJ. Lee is also a tournament racquetball champion and teaching pro, an artist, a poet, an auctioneer and a proud member of the Board of the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society.

Join Hadassah’s “Every Bite Counts” Healthy Food for You - at the Blue Bamboo By Helen Hill

February is Healthy Heart Month and, using Hadassah’s Nutrition Program EVERY BITE COUNTS as a springboard, Jacksonville Hadassah is supporting this national initiative. You are invited to attend a unique tasting experience on Tuesday, February 26 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Blue Bamboo restaurant, 3820 Southside Blvd. Chef Dennis Chan, of Blue Bamboo, and Lenny Maiman, Special Diets Chef with Wolfoods and Hadassah Associate, will provide a cooking demonstration of several heart-healthy dishes. The program also will include a hands-on demonstration of vegetarian dumplings, and participants will enjoy tasting a variety of Asian inspired dishes and salads. Attendees will receive innovative recipes for heart healthy cooking. Wine paring suggestions, to go with the tastings, will be offered. The cost is $30 per person; wine is extra. Reservations must be made by Feb. 20.

There are a limited number of seats available. RSVP to Mitzi Saul at 904-803-6238 or Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is committed to saving lives and advancing women’s heart health in the US, Israel, and around the world through research, prevention, and advocacy efforts to help more women live longer, healthier lives.

Mitzvah Day at River Garden By River Garden Senior Services

On December 25, the Jacksonville Jewish community shared in an annual Mitzvah Day, a fun day of volunteerism throughout the city. At River Garden, parents, children and scouts entertained our residents with an afternoon of crafts and

games. It was touching to see parents act as role models for their children, demonstrating fun and purpose-filled care. Thank you to the Jacksonville Jewish Center and The Temple for selecting River Garden as the recipient of your good deeds. We thoroughly enjoyed your company.

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Baptist MD Anderson doctor to discuss ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease at JCA By Cheryl Meyers

On Thursday, March 7 at 6 p.m., the JCA Wellness Connexion hosts a presentation by Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center Colon and Rectal Surgery Chief Ron Landmann, MD, on ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Studies have shown that Ashkenazi Jews are four times more likely to develop Crohn’s Ron Landmann, MD disease or ulcerative colitis than non-Jews within the same country, meaning the Jewish population

is disproportionately affected. As one of the nation’s foremost experts in robotic colorectal surgery, Dr. Landmann has specialty experience in colorectal cancer treatments that may improve patients’ recovery time and expedite their return to normal, everyday activities. He specializes in minimally invasive treatment options for: • Colon and rectal cancer • Ulcerative colitis (J-pouch surgery) and Crohn’s Disease • Familial adenomatous polyposis • Hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer • Presacral lesions • Sphincter preservation The Jacksonville community is invited to hear this talk to learn more about inflammatory bowel diseases and how to manage them effectively to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. This event is free and open to all community members. Advance registration is appreciated by calling 904-730-2100, ext. 228.

Join the Jax Jewish Singles at the JCA By Francine Smith

The Jax Jewish Singles will be going to the JCA Young Concert Artist Series on Sunday, Feb 17. The young pianist has performed as piano soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras and has won many piano competitions and prizes. For those that wish we will probably get a bite to eat afterwards. For further questions email or call 904-221-8061.

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Jewish Business Network: Showcasing model networking program in Hawaii Co-written by Zach Cohen and Judith Fox-Goldstein, “Word by Word”

Aloha Hawaii! JBN members took a visual journey to the Big Island of Hawaii with featured speaker, Judith Fox-Goldstein, as she showcased the award-winning travel, cultural and STEM education program, “The Hawaiian EDventure.” Achieving national and international recognition, the entrepreneurial program attributed its success to broad-based networking and symbiotic collaborations. A transplant from Hawaii and an Athena Recipient, Fox-Goldstein held former positions as President of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, President of the local Visitor’s Industry (Destination Hilo), Administrative Director of the UH Hilo Conference Department & founding Director of the Hawaiian EDventure Program. An active member of our community now, Judith is a prolific writer, resume consultant and author of our monthly JBN column. What made this program so successful? “Relationships and Networking! Paying our dues and becoming part of Hawaii’s “Ohana” (family!).” A: “The key was developing a network of resources and stakeholders from the business, travel, entertainment and educational community. Expanding opportunities for collaboration with the Tourism Authority, the Visitor’s Bureau, local Field Interpreters, Scientists, Cultural Resources, Kupuna (Elders) and a host of other community partners and suppliers who helped bring the “Hawaiian EDventure” program to international prominence.” What were key components of success? A: “Community ownership, reciprocity and discovering the mutual benefits for all entities were primary components that led to the success of this entrepreneurial model. Nurturing each personal and professional relationship, developing internal and external support systems (including grants), and being PONO (in balance) with the ‘aina (land) and the culture were critical elements related to the program’s sustainability. Respect, integrity, on-going recognition of the stakeholders and paying homage

to the Island people were constantly at the top of the list. This was a process that required patience, diligence and a deep sense of gratitude!” What made Hawaii’s Big Island the perfect setting for the program? A: “With 11 of the world’s climate zones on Hawaii’s Big Island, the environment offered a Mecca of science, culture, exploration and discovery! Combined with the melodic sounds and rhythms of Hawaii, the Island provided extraordinary opportunities to be up-close and personal with Astronomy, Marine Biology, Tropical Rain Forests, Oceanography and exotic cultural diversity. Donning the reputation of the ‘Greatest Outdoor Classroom in the World,” the Big Island more than delivered on its promise to provide an extraordinary and memorable experience!”

Judith wanted to showcase this model for JBN members because the successful “growth mapping” can be replicated when business development focuses on community-ownership, reciprocity, integrity and symbiosis! When collaborations result in a ‘win-win’ for all the stakeholders, business longevity is sustainable. Welcome new members! Sarah Olesker, Kellie Ann, Daniel Schneirson, Jyoti Chawla, Myrianne Normil, Jon, Zev Henig, Mindy Rubenstein, Katie Freedman Knight, David Wolf and Jennie Bermudez. Mahalo (thank you) to RIVER GARDEN for hosting our JBN meeting. What a great partner they are! A special Mahalo to Leslie Held and Laura Platzer for their technical assistance and neverending kindness!

Biblical Influences to be explored in LiterARTure at The Temple on Feb. 20 By The Temple


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Join art lecturer Cindy Edelman and Stacey Goldring, author book discussion facilitator, on Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) for a dynamic discussion that focuses on how sacred religious texts have influenced American arts and literature throughout our nation’s history. Biblical Expressions examines religious themes and ever-evolving interpretations of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament expressed through the mediums the visual arts and written word. The program is one of a fourpart series entitled LiterARTure. The series seeks to bring an understanding about the universality of the arts and its positive effects on our country’s proud legacy. “These sacred texts are examined as inspirational treasure troves for artists and authors throughout our country’s history. By acknowledging and embracing our inherited and diverse artists’ and writers’ creative works, we, as a country, can better

engage in civil discourse and therefore honor the legacy of our country’s founders,” Cindy Edelman explained. Biblical Expressions is open to the public. A donation to the Searching for Identity Foundation is appreciated. Let us know you are coming by responding at rsvp@ or call the Temple office at 904-733-7078. LiterARTure aims to accommodate all organizations requesting its programming. Partners include: The National Endowment for the Arts, University of Florida Price Library of Judaica, NPR WJCT 89.9 FM First Coast Connect Book Club, OneJax: An Institute at the University of North Florida, Chapter Endnotes and San Marco Books and More. LiterARTure reaches out to a wide range of communities, churches and civic organization to promote understanding of the rich artist and literary cultural legacy we all share as Americans. For more information about LiterARTure, email: or call/text 904-419-9915.

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Community invited to River Holocaust Garden’s 73rd Anniversary Day survivor story: Naum Lipovrovsky By River Garden Senior Services

Get ready for an afternoon of fun, food and family as River Garden hosts its 73rd Anniversary Day on Sunday, March 24, with Sandy Zimmerman as Chair. Festivities begin at 3 p.m., with the Annual Meeting at 4:30 p.m. There is something for everyone - entertainment, face painting, barbeque, bounce house, clowns, pony rides and more. Plus, the River Garden Auxiliary will be hosting two favorite fundraisers: Tombola and the 2nd Annual Vintage Heirlooms and Jewelry Sale. It’s a perfect way for all ages to spend time with our community. See you there!

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Naum Lipovrovsky was a typical 15-year-old on his way to a sporting event at the stadium in his hometown of Radomyshl in Northern Ukraine on June 22, 1941 when he noticed an odd German plane flying low across the landscape. Looking back, he remembers an ominous feeling that something about that plane didn’t seem right. Moments later, crackly outdoor speakers at the stadium announced the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union had begun. Today, from his kitchen table in an apartment on Jacksonville’s Southside, Lipovrovsky recalls he didn’t initially understand what was happening when his small city was occupied by the German Army. He remembers the banks, the stores, the synagogue all closing abruptly. Once the reality set in, he met with a group that planned to evacuate the city on foot. He spoke with his father who explained that the rest of his family – which included a sick grandmother and two small children – had to stay in Radomyshl. When he left with a group of 30 teens walking east toward the nearest rail station 30 kilometers away, Lipovrovsky did not realize that it would be the last time he spoke to, or saw his family. The journey east was a brutal passage. Trains were all overcrowded, so they walked for 10 days, stopping in villages along the to help harvest crops. By August, they made it to the industrial city of Kharkov, where Lipovrovsky found temporary work in manufacturing and enrolled in technical school. In late October the Germans bombed and captured Kharkov. Lipovrovsky and other young men were forced out of the city and put to work digging tank trenches. He remembers it as cold, wet, difficult labor. They worked in constant fear of being attacked. Because of his education, he was eventually moved to Stalingrad to work in a Soviet tank factory. He worked as a welder in 12-hour shifts every day. On Sunday, Aug. 23, 1942, the Nazis began their infamous “Black Sunday” bombing of Stalingrad, a systematic, block-by-block destruction of the city that lasted for five days and turned Stalingrad into a pile of rubble. The Soviets had resisted evacuating workers like Lipovrovsky who were involved in war production, a decision that cost more than 40,000 civilian lives. Lipovrovsky was wounded in the attack. He remembers waking up a month later in a hospital. By December, he’d healed enough to be evacuated by wagon. Stalin had decided to move his factory production to locations away from the advancing German army. To accomplish this, thousands of skilled workers, including Lipovrovsky, were moved to the Russian town of Chelyabinsk to build T-34 tanks and Katyusha rocket launchers as well as the ammunition for those weapons. The factory didn’t have a roof, he recalls. They worked through extreme cold conditions in light clothing with barely enough food to stave off starvation. Eventually, he was hospitalized with dystrophia, a weakening and degeneration of muscles caused by malnutrition. As the German advance continued, Lipovrovsky was moved from factory to factory doing often dangerous work with explosives and electronics. He remembers the trips on overcrowded trains, sleeping in luggage racks with his feet wrapped in rags to fend off frostbite. “Once, I was seven days on a train,” Lipovrovsky said. “There were two injured soldiers on the train with me. They were starving. The train stopped and they pleaded with me to get off and try to get them some food.” Lipovrovsky got off the train and found a long food line. He remembers standing in that food line; cold, wet and sick. “I remember feeling like I was losing my mind. Then I woke up in another hospital.” After the war, Lipovrovsky was sent to Kiev where he enrolled at the university there. He learned that his older brother had died in a Polish hospital after military service. The rest of his family, back in occupied Radomyshi, had been killed along with hundreds of other Jews in a mass execution. Ask him today about his time during the Holocaust and Lipovrovsky will proudly show you the papers and certifications that prove his training and education. He knows it was his sharp mind and his education that got him moved from digging tank trenches to working in factories away from the Western Front. These papers, he says, are most likely why he’s still here today to tell his story.

Temple to honor Rabbi Robert Goodman, Ph.D., on 50th year in rabbinate on Feb. 8 By The Temple

The entire community is invited to celebrate and honor Rabbi Robert Goodman on his 50th year in the rabbinate. On February 8, 2019, Congregation Ahavath Chesed will host a Shabbat dinner for his family, many friends and Temple congregants beginning at 5:30 pm. Erev Shabbat worship with the Friday Night Live Rabbi Robert Goodman Band will begin at 7:00 pm. Everyone will enjoy a festive oneg sponsored by Dr. Bernard and Anne DePaul and Laura Osofsky. Special thanks to Temple’s archivists, Hazel Mack and Margaret Miller, who prepared an exhibit about Rabbi Goodman’s experiences and contributions. A native of Chicago, Rabbi Goodman grew up in New York. In 1964, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from the University of Cincinnati. After spending a year at Hayim Greenberg College in Jerusalem, he was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in 1969. In 1972, he received his Ph.D. in Jewish History from New York University. In 1994, he received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Hebrew Union College. Rabbi Goodman was the spiritual leader of

Congregation Beth Am in Wheeling, Illinois from 1982-1991. He later served pulpits in Miami, Brandon and Winter Haven, Florida. He brings 50 years of service both to the rabbinate and Jewish education. Rabbi Goodman devoted ten years to community Jewish education. He served on the staff of the School of Advanced Jewish Studies in Pittsburgh, as an educational consultant for the Milwaukee Association for Jewish Education, and as the Reform Consultant and Israel expert for the Board of Jewish Education of Chicago. Rabbi Goodman has written extensively in the field of Jewish education, and is the author of many articles and study guides as well as two books: Zionism and Israel and Teaching Jewish Holidays (A.R.E. Behrman House), which is in its second edition and available through Amazon. Rabbi Goodman moved to Jacksonville in July, 2009. He has been serving as one of Temple’s Adjunct Rabbis and volunteers extensively in the community. He and his West Highland Terrier, Shayna, have been a fixture at River Garden and other locations for the nearly 9 years. Rabbi Goodman was married to the late Mary Goodman for 34 years and now enjoys life with his wife, Marilyn to whom he has been married for nearly 5 years. His daughter, Ariella is a psychologist and lives in Sherman Oaks, California, and his son, Craig, is a psychologist living in Netanya, Israel. He is blessed with 5 grandchildren and is delighted to be a part of Marilyn’s extended family as well.

Temple Sisterhood Braille Group marks World Braille Day By The Temple

Over 60 years ago, Temple’s Braille group was founded to help a Temple member’s son with his education. Today, the group is nationally recognized for its work providing visually impaired people locally and in many other states with the materials they need to pursue their educations and to enjoy the everyday joys of reading. The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine is one of the primary recipients of the group’s free services. The UN General Assembly adopted the World Blind Union’s resolution affirming World Braille Day, January 4. The purpose of World Braille Day is to raise awareness of the importance of Braille – converting the written word to tactile form -- for the benefit of the blind and partially sighted people worldwide. Braille is the means of literacy for blind people, enabling them to fully participate in all the activities of life that everyone else takes for granted. “Members of the WRJ Temple Sisterhood’s Braille Group are the quiet angels who toil together every Thursday, doing their work quietly and without much fanfare. Yet their efforts are a lifeline for

the recipients,” said Laura Osofsky, Sisterhood past president. “In 2018, the Braille group created 1,300 volumes of Braille materials representing a total of 75,000 Braille pages,” said Nanci Stewart, the group’s data management guru. “This work was completed by 17,000 volunteer hours. The Points of Light Foundation established the value of volunteer service at $24.10/hour. At that rate, this represents more than $400,000 worth of service provided by volunteers.” The Braille Group is a line-item in Temple Sisterhood’s budget. With Sisterhood’s help, the group made several new equipment purchases this year: a Thermoform machine for the graphics group, a new embosser for special projects, three CPU’s, one new monitor and two external hard drives. The group is always looking for additional volunteers to join the effort. The current class is at the mid-point of their training, but a new class is formed every September. If you are considering becoming either a Braille transcriber or graphics specialist, please contact Holly Cleveland, the incoming president of the Temple Braille group ( or Nancy Cohen (

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Michele Block Gan Yeladim partners with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra By Roxanne Gordon

Michele Block Gan Yeladim has partnerships with local organizations which brings professionals into the classroom throughout the school year for engaging, enrichment experiences. In February, the school welcomes the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra to the Junior Kindergarten classrooms to teach students about instruments and music. Music and the arts are a significant part of Michele Block Gan Yeladim’s curriculum. Studies have shown that exposure to music at a young age enhances the development of young students and introduces them to new forms of self-expression. In the case of one student, his experience with the visiting Jacksonville Symphony musicians during preschool at the JCA led him to eventually take up playing the French horn. The symphony will visit the school a total of three times during the month. The first visit by the string quartet is on February 19. The woodwind quartet will join students on February 20, and the brass quartet will come to the school on February 21. During the visits, musicians will share their knowledge of musical instruments and demonstrate their various functions. For more information on Michele Block Gan Yeladim’s partnership with the Jacksonville Symphony, go to

Save the date for events benefitting DuBow Preschool, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School By Brian Pargman

Save the date for two events, which are sure to be fun and for a great cause! On Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m., the Jacksonville Icemen will hold a “Family Night” for DuBow Preschool and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School families. Tickets are only $20 per person and can be purchased by visiting jacksonvilleicemen. com/dubowgottlieb.

Do you enjoy golf? If so, please save the date for Sunday, March 24 from 1-4 p.m. for a fundraiser at Topgolf of Jacksonville. Tickets for this event are $118 per person, and include: 3 hours of golf time, access to a sports memorabilia auction, food from Gili’s Kitchen, beverages, and a ticket for a chance to win a hole-in-one $10,000 prize. So bring your family, friends, and neighbors for a good time!

Proceeds from the Topgolf event will benefit the L’Dor V’Dor annual fund at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. The L’Dor V’Dor fund supports the Galinsky Academy, which is comprised of the DuBow Preschool, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, Bernard and Alice Selevan Religious Schools, and Setzer Youth Education Programs. For tickets or questions, please contact Development Director Brian Pargman at

Luxurious Living. Exceptional Care. Jacksonville Torah High School presents “Purim Katan - Art Sale” By Jacksonville Torah High School

Inspired by a field trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art, through the generous patronage of Charles and Elli Zimmerman, the students of Jacksonville Torah High School have taken the initiative to parlay their tremendous talents into an art show and sale to benefit JTHS. Taking advantage of the extra month of Adar this Jewish leap year, the students have been working on exploring what they have learned in their Leadership Skills elective class to chair committees that

will combine their love of art with business and fundraising lessons. The event will take place at 3651 Crown Point Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 at 8 p.m. on Saturday evening, February 16, 2019. To request more information, please call Executive Director Suzie Becker at 561-908-1841. To make a donation, please visit Jacksonville Torah High School, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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JCA Summer Camp provides fun experiences for youngest campers By Jewish Community Alliance

Michele Block Gan Yeladim’s early childhood camp offers fun, engaging summer camp experiences for children ages 2–4. Registration is open for this fully accredited summer camp program. For campers ages 2–4, Camp Gan Yeladim has a wide range of age-appropriate activities. Patty Cakes, K’ton and Tovim groups are the best place for young campers to participate in daily music, movement, art experiences, cooking, water play and more. KinderCamp helps children entering kindergarten make the transition from preschool and guides campers toward independence with high quality sports, outdoor play, music, gardening and other special programming. Potty trained campers, K’ton age and older, also receive daily, Red Cross water safety swim lessons with JCA certified instructors. Michele Block Gan Yeladim summer camps are offered in twoweek sessions: June 10–21, June 24–July 5, July 8–19 and July 22–August 2. For information, contact Camp Gan Yeladim Director Theresa Levy at 730-2100 ext. 237. To register, go to jcajax. org/camp.

Students prepare for high school matriculation By Brian Pargman

It is hard to believe that High School is around the corner next year for 8th grade students who attend Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. Their time has been filled with hard work, homework, Judaic Studies, General Studies, Mitzvah Projects, and many wonderful memories. Our families are beginning to research their school choice for their students’ high school education. The process of finding a high school is made

easier because students and their parents receive extensive guidance in selecting the correct high school program to meet their needs. Recognizing the fact that graduates will have to make choices between AICE & IB programs, private schools, charter schools, and their neighborhood high school, every effort is made to help the students through the application process. Scheduling tours, meeting with the admission directors and conferencing with parents are all part of our commitment to see our students continue to succeed and thrive at the next level.

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education news Michele Block Gan Yeladim fosters intergenerational experiences with Grandfriends Shabbat Jacksonville Jewish News • February 2019

By Roxanne Gordon

On February 15, Michele Block Gan Yeladim will hold its annual Grandfriends Shabbat celebration. Led by JCA educators Moreh Dave and Morah Karen, the event ushers in the Sabbath with song, spirit and intergenerational fun for Michele Block Gan Yeladim students and their grandparents or grandfriends. This bonding experience gives students the opportunity to share the traditions of Shabbat that they learn throughout the school year and helps to introduce extended family to the school. Shabbat is a special time at Michele Block Gan Yeladim and families are always invited to the school’s weekly Shabbat in the library. For more information, call Roxanne Gordon at 730-2100 ext. 259.

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quality care with the greatest attention to every detail. We are sincerely grateful to our donors for their financial support. Your caring enables us to do what we do today and will help make us even better in the future.

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Come take a tour of the DuBow Preschool and you will hear and see children engaged in a wide range of activities. There is laughter and singing in the classrooms and outdoors smiles can be found where children explore the garden as their curiosity is fed by new discoveries. With a well-rounded curriculum and teachers who nurture and truly care about the children,

the DuBow preschool is a great place to start a child’s formal learning. If you have a child between the ages of 1 and 4 we invite you to spend a morning with us and discover why the DuBow Preschool is one of the premier preschool programs in our area. For more information, or to schedule a personal tour, please contact Admissions Director Amanda Watsky at amanda.




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JCA announces creation of Israel Learning Seminar By Jewish Community Alliance

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the JCA announced the creation of the Endowment for Israel Learning Seminar, a program for Jewish Communal Professionals. The Israel Learning Seminar seeks to instill Jewish and Israel knowledge and literacy in those who work for Jewish organizations in Jacksonville through a year of guided study culminating in a trip to Israel. The expectation is that understanding Jewish peoplehood will help to foster Jewish conversations between communal professionals and their constituents. The proposed endowment of $600,000 will ensure the experience can be offered every two to three years. This initiative was spearheaded by JCA leaders after the success of the JCA’s Staff Israel Trip in 2012 and the joint JCA/Jacksonville Federation trip in 2016. As a result of these trips, the JCA’s JCCA Benchmarking scores in Israel Knowledge and Jewish Conversations rose to the top in the country. The event also unveiled a special honor for Myron Flagler, past JCA executive director, in the form of a sculpture created by artist Izzy Assour to sit in the JCA lobby. “It was very special to celebrate Myron’s 20 years of service and welcome our new CEO, Adam Chaskin, at an event like this. I believe our Israeli Learning Seminar helps our entire community and that we should and can endow it into the future. We had quite a good turnout and the positive energy was palpable. I appreciate all those who have made and continue to make the JCA an extraordinary part of our community,” said JCA Board President Brent Trager. For information on the Israel Learning Seminar, contact Myron Flagler at myron.flagler@jcajax. org.

At Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool, vision is priceless By Jewish Community Alliance

Last month, Michele Block Gan Yeladim welcomed Vision is Priceless to perform vision screenings for students. Early screenings are essential to detecting vision problems that may interfere with learning and checking for risk of eye disease. Making these services available for students is a part of Michele Block Gan Yeladim’s efforts to ensure children are equipped to be successful students and that no child falls behind due to problems with sight.

Tu B’Shevat: A time for students to impact our community By Brian Pargman

Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees, is a holiday with many opportunities for the Middle School students at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School to perform mitzvot. Our celebration

began with a Tu B’Shevat Seder at The Coves. Residents joined students from the middle school, their teachers and Hazzan Jesse Holzer for a festive seder. This annual event is always a huge hit with the residents AND the students. In addition to sharing the holiday

with the seniors, the students used Tu B’Shevat as an opportunity to serve the needs of others in our community. Students planted winter vegetables at the Metro North Nutritional Garden. The students do the planting and then members of the neighborhood

maintain the garden, harvest and eat the produce. The garden is in a food desert, an area of the city that lacks available vegetables and fruit, so this project is a very meaningful way of observing the holiday.

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2018-19 Consecration at the Temple

First row: Madison Marengo daughter of Mandy and Anthony Marengo, Alexa Kuhbander daughter of Rachel and Josh Kuhbander, Daltyn Jones son of Meagan Jones, Sadie Phipps daughter of Sara and Patrick Phipps. Second row: Lily Kuhbander daughter of Rachel and Josh Kuhbander, Paige Brighton daughter of Rebekah and Joel Brighton, Alexis Sandler daughter of Rachel and Dan Sandler, Penelope Frus daughter of Stephanie Natale Frus and Brian Frus, Shayna Zeltan daughter of Sherry and Todd Zetlan, Alexis Crownover daughter of Michelle and Jason Crownover. Third row: Tristen Finklehoffe son of Shiera Gilbert and Louis Finklehoffe, Aiden Volk son of Jill and David Volk, Naomi Porter daughter of Edrea and Steven Porter, Baylee Finklehoffe daughter of Shiera Gilbert and Louis Finklehoffe, Grant Eisenstatt son of Rachel and Thomas Eisenstatt, Evie Horne daughter of Kaitlin Flynn, Daniel Bahar son of Rabbi Elizabeth Bahar and Uzi Bahar. Final row: Rabbi Elizabeth Bahar, Kaitlin Flynn, Levi Rubens son of Cara and Josh Rubens, Grayson Lovoi son of Dana and John Lovoi, Celeste Danos

The Rabbi Dov and Alina Kentof Hesed Fund established at Jacksonville Jewish Center By Jacksonville Jewish Center

The Jacksonville Jewish Center is proud to announce the establishment of the Rabbi Dov and Alina Kentof Hesed Fund. This fund, created in memory of Dr. Edward Alan Mizrahi, was established to recognize and honor the Kentofs for their countless acts of loving kindness they have bestowed upon our community. The Kentofs have served as role models by way of example, quietly helping individuals with their time, empathy and kindness. Income from this fund will be made

available to the Jacksonville Jewish Center’s community to continue the important work of performing acts of loving kindness (Hesed). This fund will help provide meals, transportation, and other forms of assistance to members in our community struggling through illness, death and other challenging times. Contributions to this fund can be made through the Jacksonville Jewish Center’s website,, or by contacting the Jacksonville Jewish Center at 904-292-1000.

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Renowned music artist Itzhak Perlman joins Chabad’s Hanukkah reception By Chabad of Southside

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak attended an exclusive reception at the new Chabad of Southside Jewish Life Center on Sunday, December 9. The reception honored “modern-day Maccabees” who have dedicated their lives to becoming warriors for peace, fighting for the Jewish people and supporting Jewish causes. The lavish reception, which took place on the eighth night of Hanukkah, was the first event hosted at the soon to be dedicated new home of Chabad of Southside, built after a $3.2 million investment. Dr. Lazar Finker and Dr. Raissa Frenkel – whose support made the new building possible through their family foundation, the FinkerFrenkel Legacy Foundation – were honored for their dedication as warriors for peace and modern-day Maccabees, and preservers of the Jewish tradition. Another warrior who was recognized at the reception was Ehud Barak. Mr. Barak was Israel’s Prime Minister himself and, more recently, Defense Minister. He is Israel’s most-highly-decorated soldier; as a special forces commando in the elite Sayeret Matkal unit, he led a raid to rescue Sabena Flight 571, which was hijacked by Palestinian Black September terrorists in 1972, and once famously disguised himself as a woman to complete a mission in Beirut. Barak was the IDF’s Chief of Staff during the first Intifada before entering politics. The exclusive reception had quite a notable turnout. With Congressman John Rutherford, University of Florida president David Szymanski, Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry, and Sheriff Mike Williams in attendance. Holocaust survivor and famed real estate developer and founder of Florida East Coast Realty, Tibor Hollo, and philanthropists Al and Shareef Malnik were also present. Eugene Frenkel, CEO of the Legacy Group of Companies and son of the honorees, served as the evening’s host in addition to interviewing Itzhak Perlman. The lineup of the event included the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah, along with a breathtaking performance by the award-winning violinist Itzhak Perlman, who was also recognized as a modern-day Maccabee for his remarkable struggle with polio and for his charitable work. The function was hosted by Chabad of Southside co-directors Rabbi Shmuli and Chana Novack, who’ve championed and nurtured Jewish life at University of North Florida (UNF), Florida State College and Florida Coastal School of Law, reaching over a thousand Jewish students in the area. Guests arrived through the Ganeinu preschool where director Chana Novack provided a glimpse of the brand new state-of-the-art Reggio-inspired early education center. “It was such an honor to have the opportunity to host each one of our esteemed dignitaries; people who are true friends and champions of the Jewish people,” said Rabbi Shmuli Novack. “Standing in the presence of a Jewish warrior, a man who risked his life numerous times on the battlefield to protect the Jewish nation, was a special privilege.”

Igor Viktorovich Makarov, President of ARETI International Group and Rabbi Shmuli Novack.

Nili Priel, Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Rabbi Shmuli Novack, Chana Novack

Next steps in the Sulam Strategic Planning Initiative By Jacksonville Jewish Center

The Sulam Strategic Planning Steering Committee at the Jacksonville Jewish Center is extremely grateful to everyone who participated in the Community Conversations (CoCos) and Congregational Kehilla Survey. There were a total of 16 Community Conversations and approximately 200 people participated. Additionally, 185 people completed the congregational survey. A wealth of important information was collected and analyzed by the Data Gathering Team and several emerging themes became evident: • Connect, Engage and Welcome Members • Explore Options with Worship • Develop New Revenue Sources The Steering Committee has identified six task forces that will focus on these themes and develop recommendations for our congregation within the next few months. We are pleased to announce the following teams and their leadership. Leadership/Governance Task Force: Fred Pozin (chair), Shari Shuman (Strategic Planning Committee liaison), Gil Kleiner (staff) Membership Engagement Task Force: Sandy Shapiro (chair), Gaby Bubis (Strategic Planning Committee liaison), Tracy Hilbert (staff) Ritual/Worship/Spirituality Task Force: Ilene Levenson (chair), Bruce Horovitz (Strategic Planning Committee liaison), Rabbi Lubliner and Hazzan Holzer (clergy/staff) Congregational Learning Task Force: Elyse Whitman (chair), Jay Plotkin (Strategic Planning Committee liaison), Lois Tompkins and Raquel ScharfAnderson (staff), Rabbi Rosenblum (clergy/staff) Communication Task Force: Erica Jolles (chair), Christina Levine (Strategic Planning Committee liaison), Ivy Kfare (staff) Fundraising Task Force: Michael DuBow (chair), Whitney Kuvin (Strategic Planning Committee liaison), Brian Pargman (staff) Their work began on November 29, 2018 when Bob Leventhal from United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) visited the Center to conduct a vision building exercise with the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Board of Directors, clergy and staff. Creating a leadership vision that builds on strengths from the strategic planning process is vital to the success of our task force teams.

CoCo facilitated by Brent Trager and Melissa Arnold at the home of Christina and Mark Levine.

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“Without the Past” film screening

Chabad at the Beaches offers Friday night Shabbat Service and dinner in Atlantic Beach By Chabad at the Beaches

By St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society

Jacksonville Jewish Community’s Carole and Marvin Feldman will host a screening of the documentary film “Without the Past” telling the story of the Jewish Cemetery of Faro, Portugal, a community that dates back to the 14th century and was home to the Samuel Gacon the first to print books in Portugal, beginning with the printing the Pentateuco in Hebrew, printed in 1487. The thriving Jewish Community came to an end with the expulsion or forced conversion of Jews in Portugal

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in 1496. The Feldmans have first-hand knowledge of the community and the restoration of its Jewish cemetery. The screening will take place at a meeting of the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, at the Main Branch of the St. Johns County Public Library, 1960 N. Ponce De Leon Boulevard (Route US 1), St. Augustine, Florida 32084. Call (904)827-6940 for best directions. This hour-long program is free, open to the public and no advance arrangements need be made. All are welcome. Call 804-914-4460 for further information.


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Jewish residents of the Beaches can experience both a Shabbat Service and wonderful dinner in Atlantic Beach. Join us for a short, yet meaningful 30-minute Shabbat Night Service on Friday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m., followed by delicious cuisine at a full Shabbat dinner. This evening is for any and all Jewish residents in the area; no affiliation is necessary. Services will be led in Hebrew with transliteration and translation and in English. This wonderful Shabbat evening will take place at the Adele Grage Community Center, 716 Ocean Blvd in Atlantic Beach. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m., replete with Kiddush, a full four-course meal, singing and Shabbat fun led by Rabbi Nochum and Leah Kurinsky of Chabad at the Beaches. As with all Chabad events, there is no membership or affiliation necessary to join. Reservations are required and can be made via our website, For nearly 15 years now, Chabad at the Beaches has offered a Shabbat Service and legendary full dinner to resi-

dents of the Beaches area. Hundreds of Beaches residents and travelers have participated and enjoyed a spectacular Shabbat experience. These Shabbat meals are legendary because of the singing, jovial atmosphere and spirituality. “The greatest joy for us is spending Shabbat with old friends, and we welcome the opportunity to make new ones,” said Leah Kurinsky, co-director of Chabad at the Beaches. Reservation is requested to ensure proper seating and dinner plates. There is no set cost; however, there is a suggested donation of $25 per person, which can be made via our website www.ChabadBeaches. com or by mail. Sponsorships are available for $100, $180 and $360. For information, please call 904-543 9301, email info@ or visit our website at ChabadBeaches. com. Chabad’s regular Shabbat Service is held at the Aaron and Blanche Scharf Chabad at the Beaches’ Center for Jewish Life, at 521 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, and begins at 7:00 p.m.

Temple Bet Yam’s Deli Nite returns By Temple Bet Yam

Thursday, February 21, 2019! It’s Deli Nite! Temple Bet Yam’s eagerly awaited and very popular Deli Nite is back for your deli-dining pleasure! Your choice of our famous overstuffed corned beef, pastrami, and/or turkey sandwiches are available along with the usual beverages, sides, and dessert. While dining, prepare to enjoy some really cool karaoke. Deli dinner begins at 6 p.m. at Temple Bet Yam, 2055 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine. This popular venue fills up quickly so make your reservations early. No tickets will be

sold at the door. The cost per person for this fundraiser is $30. For information please contact Sue Kinkela by email or by phone: 412-600-9553. RSVP by February 7, 2019.

At Ganeinu each child is viewed as a seed that we nurture with the utmost care

5 reasons to consider Ganeinu for your child ⁃ Brand new, beautiful and airy, natural classrooms ⁃ Kind and dedicated staff ⁃ Individual goals and personal attention ⁃ Low teacher to child ratio ⁃ Flexible days and hours To schedule a tour to see if our program is a good fit for your child call Chana Novack at 904-646-4434

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Let’s Rock at the JCA’s annual fundraiser on Feb. 23! By Jewish Community Alliance

Throw on your concert attire for the Jewish Community Alliance’s annual JCA fundraiser on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. The JCA will be transformed into a fabulous concert venue where guests will be treated like VIP concertgoers. A local band will play rock and roll from several decades, and attendees will enjoy rock and roll inspired food and drinks. The honorary chairs of this year’s event are the Berman and Stoddard families. Special thanks to the wonder-

JCA Young Concert Artists Series welcomes pianist Nathan Lee

ful committee: Rachel Algee, Eleanor Berman, Lauren Block, Lathun Brigman, Nicole Brown, Andy Cantor, Helen DuBow, Mary Edwards, Adam Frisch, Sierra Frisch, Sunny Gettinger, Faye Hedrick, Allison Korman Shelton, Jan Lipsky, Glenn Miller, Michael Miller, Monique Miller, Thelma Nied, Michelle Pargman, Debbie Parker, Kim Robbins, Jeanine Rogozinski, Sherrie Saag, Ryan Saltz, Rebekah Selevan, Fran Selevan, Blair Sherman, Kimberly Sisisky, Linda Stein, Randee Steinberg, Michele Steinfeld, Rochelle Stoddard, Nadine Terk, Alison Trager, Brent Trager, Jeffrey Wiener, Stacie Wilf,

Lesley Wolfson and Chase Zimmerman. The JCA’s annual fundraiser benefits many JCA programs, including senior activities, preschool, afterschool care and camp tuitions for families in need. Last year, the JCA awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships for children, families and senior adults. Sponsorships and ticket sales are crucial to the success of this event. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the JCA or online at For more information about the event, please contact Kendall Sisisky Valliere at 730-2100 ext. 231 or

5 reasons JCA swim lessons are the best new year’s resolution By Jewish Community Alliance

By Jewish Community Alliance

The JCA Young Concert Artists Series opened the 2019 season with a performance by violinist SooBeen Lee in January. This month, the series continues with a concert by pianist Nathan Lee on Sunday, February 17 at 2 p.m. Lee is a 2015 First Prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and holds the Mortimer Levitt Piano Chair of Young Concert Artists. At 16, he made his New York Nathan, Lee; credit Matt Dine debut in the Peter Marino Concert, opening the Young Concert Artists Series at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Lee’s sold-out, critically acclaimed Kennedy Center debut in Washington, D.C., was sponsored by the Korean Concert Society Prize. Lee began playing piano at age six and made his orchestral debut at nine. He lives outside of Seattle, Washington and studies with Sasha Starcevich. Thanks to the generosity of the Berman Family, the Young Concert Artists Series is free and open to the community. To register, call 730-2100 ext. 228 or go to­

Swimming is one of the most popular sports for people of all ages. It is also one of the most effective workouts. Swimming improves cardio vascular fitness, endurance and strength and can reduce the risk of obesity in children and adults. It is also a low impact, low injury risk workout. If improved wellness is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, here are five reasons why Learn-toSwim at the JCA is a great choice: 1. Youth Lessons: JCA Aquatics has group and private options available for children as young as six months to 12 years. With small student to instructor ratios, every student can achieve maximum success. 2. Adult Lessons: You’re never too old to learn how to swim. JCA Adult group lessons are offered at a convenient evening time for those who work. 3. Swim Teams: JCA youth swim teams offer a chance for young swimmers to learn the value of teamwork and hone their individual skills. Swim team practice is offered monthly for ages 5 to 18. 4. Master’s Swim: This newly added class is a great option for swimmers age 16 and older to work with professional coaches to enhance their skills at their own pace. 5. Quality instruction: All JCA instructors are American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors (W.S.I.), and the program adheres to Red Cross standards. JCA Learn-to-Swim instruction is offered year-round. For more information, contact JCA Aquatics Manager Josie Martin at 730-2100 ext. 240.

Jewish Community Alliance HAPPENINGS Feb. 2019/Sh’vat Adar 5779

For more information or to register for programs at the JCA, call 904-730-2100 or visit our official website at www.

Vandroff Art Gallery

Sharon Goldman’s paintings will be featured until February 27. The reception for this exhibit is on February 17 from 1–3 p.m. The is free to the community.

Sunday Film Series

See Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) on February 10 at 2 p.m. The is free to the community.

Third Saturday Tween Trips

Grades 5–8 can join JCA Youth Services at Edge Rock Gym on February 16, 7–11 p.m. Call ext. 245 for fees.

Family Stamp

Join J Institute and Jewish and Family Programs on Sunday, March 3 at 4:30 p.m. for this family activity to create your family’s official seal. Registration required by February 24.

Night Fishing Havdallah

Enjoy an evening of fishing and a short Havdallah ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The fee is $5 per person. Transportation is additional $5 per person.

Polar Plunge

Youth Flag Football League

Practice starts in March. The mandatory skills assessment is on March 3. Call ext. 254 for details.

Mixed Media

This explorative art class is for grades 3–7 on Wednesdays, Feb. 6–27, 5:30–6:30 p.m. The fee is $60 and $40 for JCA valued members.

Sew What?

Join us for a pool dive, hot chocolate and cookies on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2:45–3:30 p.m. This is free to the community.

Kids, grades K–2, learn basic sewing techniques in this class on Tuesdays, Feb. 5–26, 5:30–6:30 p.m. The fee is $60 and $40 for JCA valued members.

Hebrew Language Classes

Youth Sports Clinics

Join Café Ivrit for beginners, February 13 and 27, and Medabrim Ivrit for intermediate and above speakers, February 6 and 20. This is free to the community.

The JCA has clinics in basketball, gymnastics, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, volleyball, golf and football for youth ages 3–14. Call ext. 254 for details.


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Board Focus: Charlie Joseph By Jewish Family & Community Services

PJ Library

PJ Library, the award-winning free program for books and music is open to all families with Jewish children in Jacksonville. If your children are between the ages of six months and eight years, they are eligible. Please sign up now by going to, or calling Whitney Kuvin at 904-394-5724.

D’Anna Holowasko and Marilyn Ocock with new transportation

Kindness changes JFCS client’s life By Jewish Family & Community Services


JFCS in partnership with River Garden is pleased to bring you our meal program, Meals4You, from our kitchen to yours. Meals are delicious, nutritious, convenient and delivered right to your door. Jewish dietary laws are observed. Call Whitney for more information at 904-394-5724.


JFCS is now using a Lyft product called Concierge, which allows JFCS to arrange rides on behalf of its clients, including the ability to schedule rides up to a week in advance. Lyft has also partnered with GreatCall, a senior-focused cell phone company, which will help seniors use Lyft without having to navigate the smart phone app. Anyone using a Jitterbug phone can now simply press ‘0’ and arrange a ride with the company. To learn more or schedule rides, please call Whitney Kuvin at 904-6609268.

D’Anna Holowasko has three children – two girls and one boy. She became a client of JFCS two years ago after DCF began investigating her family for alleged substance and domestic abuse. Her children were removed from her care and placed in foster care. D’Anna worked with counselors from JFCS on her court-involved case plan, doing everything she was required to do to regain custody of her children in February of 2018. With the help of JFCS, she is flourishing, she is working for a great company and she has a home to call her own. Each day over the last year, D’Anna has woken up, gotten herself and her children ready for school and headed to the bus stop – the city bus stop – spending two to three hours on the bus to get her children to school and herself to work, and then back home when the day was over. Sometimes their days would be over 13-hours long. She and the kids would be tired, but each day was a new day, and again, they were at the bus stop without fail. “It was difficult, but I knew we had to do what we had to do. The bus was

our only option and there was no chance that, at that point, I could afford a car or the car and insurance payments that went along with it,” said D’Anna about making life work without a car. In November, however, D’Anna was blessed by a generous donor who gifted her a like-new van, complete with DVD players and automatic doors and windows. “Ms. Ocock is a blessing from G-d. The goodness of people like her give me hope and make me want to keep my life on track and never go back to what it was. I could never thank her enough for this blessing.” Marilyn Ocock was excited to help someone in need and stated, “Just meeting D’Anna and the kids and hearing their story was reason enough for me to do what I did. I know the van went to a good home and will be well taken care of by D’Anna. She is the epitome of strength and living proof that with work, one’s life can change.” JFCS, D’Anna and Marilyn would like to thank Gary Feldman of Feldman Auto Repair for donating his services to fix minor issues on the van and helping to make the donation possible. If you or someone you know have a car that can be donated, contact JFCS at 904-448-1933.

14th Annual “Home for the Holidays” By Jewish Family & Community Services

On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, the 14th annual “Home for the Holidays” event took place in a Jacksonville courtroom. The event, facilitated each year by Judge David Gooding, is designed to highlight the need for adoptive parents by featuring the new families. This year, seven of our Jewish Family & Community Services children found forever homes. The children ranged in age from 1 to11 and were in care for various reasons, such as abuse, abandonment, drug abuse or neglect. Each had been in relative or foster care for varying amounts of time. Understanding the adoption process and its many benefits is at the forefront of the event. Educating the general public about the benefits

of adoption is important and the “Home for the Holidays” event accomplishes just that. “Finding forever families for children in our care who cannot return home is the number one priority of the JFCS adoption program,” said JFCS Adoption Supervisor Rebecca Margulies. “Not every family is created in the same way and it’s an honor and privilege to be a part of that creation.” In 2018, JFCS initiated 125 adoptions; 16 of them were completed during the month of December. Our case workers and adoption coordinators are well-respected in the Jacksonville community and have been leaders in adoption services for over a decade. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about the Jewish Family & Community Services adoption program, contact Rebecca at 904-394-5750 or via email at

Renie Levin celebrates 30 years with Jewish Family & Community Services Jewish Healing Network

Become a Jewish Healing Network Volunteer at JFCS and help us fulfill the mitzvah of Bikkur Cholim. We need volunteers to make weekly visits or phone calls to a senior or deliver food to those who cannot get out. For more information, please call Gail at 904-394-5723.

By Jewish Family & Community Services

Renie Levin holding the award given to her by JFCS for her 30-year commitment to the organization. Thank you, Renie, for all that you have done for our community!


Charlie Joseph is Florida Blue’s senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. He is accountable for leading the company’s corporate affairs group, which includes Legal Charlie Joseph Affairs; Business Assurance; Business Ethics, Integrity and Compliance; Public Affairs and Community Engagement; and Board Governance. Charlie also serves as the senior legal advisor to management and the Board of Directors on a wide range of matters. He has served as a member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association audit committee and on the boards of various company subsidiaries. Prior to joining Florida Blue in 1994, he was a commercial litigator for Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP in New York City. Throughout his career, Charlie has been active in the community. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors at Jewish Family & Community Services, River Garden Hebrew Home, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, and the Jacksonville Symphony. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hamilton College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the Bars of the State of New York and the District of Columbia, and is certified as Authorized House Counsel under Chapter 17, Rules Regulating the Florida Bar. Charlie is married to his longtime love, Anne, and the two have four children, Sarah, Jack, Caroline and Maggie. Thank you, Charlie, for your service and commitment to Jewish Family & Community Services!

Frisch Family Memorial Holocaust Gallery “The Rescuers” opens By Jewish Family & Community Services

The people who risked their lives to save Jews from the Holocaust describe their experiences and the reasons behind their heroic actions through the exhibit The Rescuers – Portraits of Moral Courage During the Holocaust. The exhibit officially opens in late February. Keep an eye on the website for exact date. Local Jacksonville Holocaust survivors are available to speak to your group at the gallery or in your space. For more information or to request a speaker, visit The Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial Gallery is in JFCS’s Alan J. Taffet Building located at: 8540 Baycenter Road Jacksonville, FL 32256 Gallery hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday For more information, call 904-448-1933.

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Congratulations Rubye Safer: 102 years young By River Garden Senior Services

904-260-1818 11401 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32258

briefs Adult Day & Support for Caregivers If you or your loved one needs a little extra support, we invite you to attend a monthly caregivers support group or ask about the River Garden Adult Day program. For more information contact Dr. Sue Krall, PhD, ARNP. 904-886-8421 or

On Saturday January 12, 2019, River Garden was pleased to host the family and friends of Rubye Safer as she celebrated her 102nd birthday, joining alongside other famous centenarians like Kirk Douglas and Olivia De Havilland. As you can imagine, reaching 102 is quite an achievement! Generally speaking one can reach mid-to-late 80s as a result of good behavior. But, achieving milestones in the 90s and 100s depends more heavily on genetics. It is estimated that less than 300 people in all of Jacksonville and its surrounding metropolitan areas are 100 or older. River Garden is proud and happy to serve as home to nearly fifty nonagenarians (90s) and five centenarians (100s). Rubye’s life has been full with family and activity. Specifically for River Garden, we are grateful for her serving as president of the River Garden Auxiliary (1961-1963) and continuing to be an Honorary Trustee of the Hebrew Home Board. We also appreciate the value of service she has passed on to her family.

Yvette Neal receives Minnie Schreiber Staff Leadership Award By River Garden Senior Services

Purposeful Living Our campus is home to many devoted and caring volunteers whose acts of kindness make a real difference. From teens to those who are young at heart, we invite you to become a part of our team. Create your own convenient schedule and experience personal fulfillment. Contact Leslie Held at 904-886-8429 or

Rubye Safer with one of her daughters, Judy Paul, in November 2018. Her other daughter, Sharon Kesler, lives nearby at The Coves.

Yvette Neal

At River Garden’s annual staff holiday party on Tuesday, December 18, CEO Martin Goetz announced Yvette Neal as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious “Minnie Schreiber Staff Leadership Award.” Yvette is a 20-year member of staff and works in River Garden’s award winning Therapy Center as a physical therapy assistant. Yvette was born and raised in Brooklyn and moved to Jacksonville in 1996. She joined the River Garden staff in 1998, working as a Physical Therapy technician. Yvette continued her studies and in 2002

Yvette graduated with her A.S. Degree in Physical Therapy from FSCJ. At that time, she was promoted to a Physical Therapy Assistant position. “I do what I do because as a little girl I watched my father recover from an illness that temporarily paralyzed him. As a PTA, I want to give people hope and encouragement, helping them regain their independence and be their best self, like those therapists helped my dad many years ago,” Yvette shares. We are very grateful for Yvette’s dedicated service to River Garden and its residents. Outside of work, she enjoys singing in church choirs and community groups, spending time with her family and shopping.

Volunteers share afternoon together

Remember River Garden when honoring or memorializing your loved ones Donating to River Garden is an uncomplicated, feel-good activity. Here are several ways we’ve made it easy for you. Simply go online: Or mail to: Development Department River Garden Hebrew Home 11401 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 32258 Or call: 904-886-8432 From Generation to Generation L’Dor V’Dor Remember River Garden and the entire Jewish Community in your will.

February 12 - All Day AARP Tek Workshops February 13 - 3:30 p.m. Caregiver Support February 13 - 10:30 a.m. Rabbi Feigenbaum February 17 - 10:30 a.m. Jewish Genealogy

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As an integral part of the River Garden community, you have priority access to our care system when our programs can best meet your needs

River Garden Senior Services

Admissions: 904-886-8420 Adult Day Care: 904-288-7858 Donations: 904-886-8432 Foundation: 904-886-8430 Home Health Care: 904-288-7851 Rehab/Therapy: 904-886-8454 The Coves: 904-292-2683 Volunteers: 904-886-8429 CEO Marty Goetz: 904-260-1818

Upcoming Events

Volunteers were treated to an end-of-the-year gift: A personal tour of the Augusta Savage exhibit at The Cummer Museum. It was the perfect opportunity to share an afternoon with fellow volunteers.

River Garden presents seminar with Rabbi Dr. Tatz By River Garden Senior Services

Make plans now to join us at River Garden on March 29-30. We’ll be hosting an Entman Seminar with Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz. You won’t want to miss this. Check our website for details:


March 6 - 9 a.m. Jewish Java March 7 - 2 p.m. Rabbi Bahar March 12 - 10 a.m. Susan Brandenburg Call Kari Bell or Leslie Held at 904-260-1818 for more information.

lifecycles/adult education B’nai Mitzvah Jacob Morgenthal, son of Rachel and Craig Morgenthal, was called to the Torah on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah on January 26, 2019, at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Sharing in the simcha will be his siblings Daniel (age 5) and Joey (age 9); grandparents Judy Miz-rahi and Carole Morgenthal and many other friends and family. Jacob is in the 7th grade at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. He enjoys creating with legos, participating in Kadima, and playing video games. Jacob has chosen to donate part of his bar mitzvah money to MD Anderson Jacksonville for brain cancer research in memory of his grandfather.

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Upcoming events at Jacksonville Jewish Center Weekly Programs: Monday Minyan Mapquest Monday mornings, following morning minyan: Rabbi Lubliner takes us on a tour of Jewish cities, explaining history and current statistics of some well-known and notso-well-known Jewish communities around the world. Feb. 4, 11, 25 Talmud Class: Rabbi Lubliner explores communal responses to crisis in tractate Ta’anit. Open to all! Mondays at 7 p.m., Feb. 4, 11, 25 Beginning Hebrew Reading: Sundays, 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the JJC. Adult Hebrew reading basics class, taught by Martin Levine. Feb. 3, 10, 24 Foundations of Judaism class: Sundays 10:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Classes are held at the Center, and are open to all, whether you are considering conversion, seeking to understand a friend or relative’s religious choices, or simply trying to go beyond your childhood Jewish education. In February, we’ll be talking about Jewish ethics and values. Feb. 3, 19, 24 ShalOM Meditation: Please join us for 25 minutes of meditation in a Jewish environment! From 9:15-9:30, we will offer some basic instruction of meditation technique and approach. We will start our actual practice at 9:30 and go until 9:55 (in time for the Torah service). We meet in the Kramer Library at JJC. Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 Monthly Clubs/Classes/Speakers: February 10: YIDDISH “CLUB”: This is a group of people who meet monthly to enjoy Yiddish culture and language. We begin with a short lesson, watch videos, listen to Klezmer music, and/or discuss Yiddish stage, movies, and humor! Perfect for ALL, whether you know the language or not – please join us! We meet in the Kramer Library (JJC) from 12:30-1:30 p.m. February 16: Coffee & Torah Third Shabbat of every month. Come enjoy a strong cup of brew, a tasty breakfast treat, and thought-provoking insights into the weekly Torah portion in the intimate setting of Rabbi Lubliner’s office from 8-9 a.m.

Upcoming events at Jewish Community Alliance Elizabeth and Jake Rutansky, children of Joe and the late Jennifer Verstandig Rutansky, were called to the Torah on the occasion of their B’Nai Mitzvah on January 5, 2019, at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Sharing in the simcha will be their grandmothers Bunny Rutansky and Dorothy Verstandig; Aunts Lauren (and Uncle Jeff) Sapolsky and Lauren Perez; cousins Marni, Brooke and Gil Sapolsky and Dillon Perez; and many other friends and family. Elizabeth is in 8th grade at Duval Charter School at Mandarin and graduated from the Bernard and Alice Selevan Religious School where she earned the “Mensch of the Year” award for excellence in Religious School attendance, caring attitude, and inspirational spirit. Jake is in 7th grade at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. He considers the JCA his second home, where he has been a long-time participant in flag football, basketball, and swim teams, and has been in the youth theatre program for nine years with leading roles in several productions. Ethan Westin Winter (Gershom David), was be called to the Bimah to read from the Torah to celebrate his bar mitzvah at Chabad Southside in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday, January 26, 2019. He is the son of Nathan and Susie (Weiss) Winter and brother of Jesse. He is the grandson of the late Nettie Weiss, Howard and Sherry Weiss, Cyndee Winter, and Wayne and Xinia Winter. Ethan is an honor student and a member of the soccer team at Kernan Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida.

February 5 (12 p.m.) Cariology for Active Adults – Clinical cardiologist Carlos Zamora, MD, FACC, from Baptist Heart Specialists, explores the dos and donts of heart health. This is free to the community. February 5-26 (11:30 a.m.) Meditation – Learn to relax, focus your thoughts and create a more positive outlook with Cheryl Meyer, RN. No special training or knowledge is needed. This is free to the community. February 5 (6:30 – 8 p.m.) Bitcoin and the Future of Digital Currency – Join UNF Professor Pieter de Jong for this discussion on the future of money. Advance registration appreciated. The fee is $5; JCA valued members are free. February 7 (7 – 8:30 p.m.) Cupping Therapy with Tim Dailing – Neuromuscular therapist Tim Dailing introduces this ancient form of alternative medicine that reduces pain and stimulates relaxation. Advance registration appreciated. The fee is $5; JCA valued members are free. February 12 (7 – 8:30 p.m.) Prostate Cancer: Prevention, Detection and Treatment – Renowned oncologist Dr. Mitchell Terk discusses this important topic. The fee is $5; JCA valued members are free. February 13 (7 – 8:30 p.m.) 4,000 Years of Jewish Resiliency – Rabbi Avi Fiegenbaum explores the history of the Jewish people and their triumphs, tragedies and resilience. This is free to the community. February 20 (12 – 1:30 p.m.) Short Story Book Club – Join UNF Professor Kelsi Hasden for this look at literature and historical contexts. Advance registration required. The fee is $12 and $8 for JCA valued members. February 21 (5:30 – 7 p.m.) Healthy Hacks Dinner – Learn healthy meal prep tips to make dinnertime fast, easy and fun for the family. Registration required by February 19. The fee is $5 for valued members only and $10 for valued members with children 12 and under.

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Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year begins March 1st. Enrolling children 1 yr - Eighth Grade

For more information or to schedule a tour contact Amanda Watsky at 904-292-1241

Camp Ki Tov is going full STEAM ahead for Summer 2019! Camp Ki Tov is continuing to develop fun, engaging, and creative summer experiences for your child. Our STEAM programming, designed and headed by professional educators, provides Camp Se ssions - O learning opportunities while our campers are having an pen Regi stration June 6thunforgettable summer! Come join us, where the friendships 7 t h T aste of C 1 - June 1 amp 0th-14th start and the fun never stops! Under t 2 - Jun Registration Opens Soon! For more information: (904) 292-1241


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Charlie Joseph

By Jewish Family & Community Services

Born in Canada, Dan moved to Jacksonville as a teenager. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. His background in strategic marketing and advertising has given him the experience needed to successfully market brands for both B2B and B2C companies throughout their lifecycle. Dan served as a marketing strategist for the Orlando Sentinel, a Tribune property. While there, he worked on campaigns for Pepsi, the launch of LEGOLAND, Nemours, Publix, Pizza Hut, Winn-Dixie, multiple movie studios and more. Dan currently serves as the head of marketing for Isel, an industrial lubricant manufacturer based out of Jacksonville. In this position he directly oversees the marketing and creative team for the organization, as well as branding, promotions, lead generation, market research, creative endeavors and communications. He has been a critical leader for the launch of multiple new product lines and the complete rebranding of the company. Dan is a board member for the Jacksonville chapter of the American Marketing Association. He also has served on the board for Isel and IDCH Management. Dan chaired the IDCH management independent director search committee, leading to the hiring of three independent directors. He also co-chaired the CEO search committee for Isel. In his personal time, Dan volunteers for Make-A-Wish, Give Kids the World, FARE, and other charity groups. His wife of nearly 15 years, Rachel Sandler, is a teacher for the St. Johns County public school system. Rachel also volunteers for JFCS’ PJ Library program. Dan and Rachel have two amazing children, Jordan and Alexis. Dan has built his career successfully by finding the best ways to position brands in the marketplace and his goal is to do the same for JFCS by way of leading the Marketing and Communications committee.


A Night Out with Federation February 7, 2019 6 p.m. Special Reception 7 p.m. Event Start Jacksonville Marriott Featuring the music of BeatleBeat Plated dessert and open bar General Admission: $30

Co-chairs Daniel Miller, Jeanine Rogozinski & Haley Trager Generously sponsored by: Ansbacher & Schneider, P.A. Community Hospice & Palliative Care Dona Scarves Ken Jacobs/GrayRobinson, P.A. Jackson Lewis Sylvia and Andrew Jaffa The Jaffe Group at Morgan Stanley PRI Productions Rand Consulting Dr. Chaim and Jeanine Rogozinski Taverna TD Bank US Trust Wells Fargo - The Private Bank A minimum gift of $36 to the 2019 Federation Annual Campaign is required to attend.

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