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Federation launches 2019 campaign

Jacksonville community welcomes new shaliach

ALL TOGETHER NOW 2019 Annual Campaign

By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

This year marks the third year the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville has participated in the Shlichim (Israeli Emissaries) program run by The Jewish Agency for Israel. This program provides a unique opportunity to bring Israel to communities all over the world. “The Shlichim Program is incredibly valuable to our community because it helps residents in our community feel more connected to the State of Israel and to the people who live there,” said Jill Abel, Israeli Partnership Director. “Throughout the course of the year, community members engage in a wide variety of programs led by the Shlichim. They connect with all age demographics from young children to seniors and they bring Israel alive in our community. These young people help our community members develop a deeper Jewish identity and a deeper connection with Israel.” On August 19, we officially welcomed our new shaliach, Rotem Gabay, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to invite him into our community. While here, Rotem will get to know the people of Jacksonville. He will put on and participate in programs that bring Israel to our area.

By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

We at the Federation are delighted to present our 2019 Annual Campaign! As you all know, there are many exciting changes happening here. In planning this campaign, we took inspiration from the Beatles and the messages they portrayed with their music. This campaign year, it’s time for everyone to “Come Together” as a community to live out the Federation mission “Here, There and Everywhere.” Thank you for your continued support of Federation.

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Jewish National Fund to honor Linda Stein, Nina Waters Featuring Special Guest Speaker Bret Stephens By Jewish National Fund

Jewish National Fund (JNF-USA) is hosting its Bernard Selevan Tree of Life™ Award Dinner on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. This year’s event will honor both Linda Stein and Nina Waters with Jewish National Fund Tree of Life™ Awards. “Both of our honorees have been philanthropic leaders in our Jacksonville community and it has been my pleasure to know and work

Linda Stein

with these two incredible women for many years,” said Richard Sisisky, a past recipient of the Tree of Life™ Award. “Like so many in our community whose lives they touch in so many ways, they do what they do with a smile and incredible dedication.” The Tree of Life™ Award is a humanitarian award giv-

Nina Waters

en in recognition of outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to the peace and security of human life. “It is amazing to see firsthand the widespread impact of Jewish National Fund’s work and projects that support and strengthen the future

of Israel and its people,” said Linda Stein. “In particular, my husband David and I are proud to support Jewish National Fund’s Caravan for Democracy Student Leadership Mission to Israel program. This important program takes non- Jewish student leaders on a 10-day all-expense paid trip to see and learn about Israel. Each year it has been so rewarding to meet with these young leaders upon their return and see the profound and, in their words, life changing effect the experience has had on them.” A community advocate and philanthropist, Linda Stein currently serves on the Board of Directors for Jacksonville University and the

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Adult Education Community News Education Federation News Federation Planned Giving High Holiday Service Schedules JCA JFCS Lifecycles Opinion River Garden Synagogues

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Federation Executive Director’s New Year’s Message BY ALAN MARGOLIES

Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

Recently, I listened to a podcast presented by PARDES on Rosh Hashanah. One of the PARDES’ brilliant educators shared the following: There is, let’s say a “competition” between Rosh Hashanah and Passover – which of these

holidays might be more significant? One marks the creation of the world and one marks our getting out of Egypt - clearly two important moments in Jewish history! He went on that at the time of year we celebrate the high holidays, Joseph got out of prison. He realized how much he missed his mother and rekindled the love and respect

he had for his father. Joseph’s freedom was not only a physical one, as he also was freed spiritually. This time of year offers each of us this opportunity to do a spiritual checkup - to be conscious of our blessings and of the people with whom we share our lives. We also may appreciate how fortunate we are to live in a Jewish community

blessed with outstanding synagogues, Jewish schools, Jewish organizations and incredible volunteers. On behalf of our Federation president, Ken Jacobs, and our board of directors, I want to wish everyone a L’ Shanah Tovah – Happy New Year. We are looking forward to a wonderful year for our Jewish community.

Alan Margolies

Israeli teen delegation makes impact during visit BY JILL ABEL Israel Partnership Director

The seven-member teen delegation from HaderaEiron, comprised of four boys and three girls, traveled to Jacksonville in mid-July with their chaperone, Limor Tsarfati, a sixth-grade teacher from Pardes-Hanna, Israel. While here, the teens lived with host families, worked at Camp Ki Tov, and shared wonderful experiences with their host teens including visits to The Great Escape Room, Peterbrooke and an overnight to Orlando where they spent a day each at Universal and Aquatica. The Israelis and their host teens spent time with the residents at The Coves, shared a Cafe Europa event with local Holocaust survivors coordinated by JFCS and shared their love of Israel with our entire community. Shahaf Masuri, one of the Israeli teens, said, “This has been one of the best experiences of my life. Whenever I hear the songs from this summer,

I will think of all of you.” Shahaf was hosted by Jillian Penson and her family. Jillian shared that this summer exceeded her already high expectations. The Israeli Partnership Summer Teen Exchange Program is open to teens in rising 10th and 11th grade. The American teens selected for the program travel to Israel for two weeks and are hosted by Israeli teens and their families.  In return, those Israeli teens travel to our community and are hosted here for two weeks. The Jacksonville teens who participated in the program this summer made friends for a lifetime.   A huge thank you to the Osher, Wright, Jacobs, Jaffa, Penson and Hernandez families for hosting our Summer 2018 Israel Delegation! These families provided our Israeli teens with the most amazing experience.  If you are interested in learning more about the Israel Partnership Summer Teen Exchange Program for the summer of 2019, please contact Jill Abel at 904-224-1445 or

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Jacksonville Jewish News • September 2018

THE Four Questions with Marjie Rogozinski By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

Each month, we feature a Lion from our community. This month’s featured Lion is Marjie Rogozinski. Q: Why is being a Lion meaningful to you? A: Ten years ago in 2008, I became a Lion, and my goal had always been to be a Ruby Lion which happens to be my birthstone. This past spring, on a Federation trip to Israel my husband Abe gifted me with this honor. Although my husband was born in Tel Aviv and emigrated to the United States when he was four years old, this trip that Alan Margolis led in April was very emotional. Abe understood my deep connection to the people of Israel and my commitment to do mitzvot. My dream has always been to be able to change the world in a positive way and being a Lion gives me the opportunity to give to not just my Jewish community in Israel but around the world. When I give to others in need, it fulfills my soul and completes me as a Jewish woman. Q: What was your first Federation event? A: My first Federation event that I can clearly remember was a fashion show about 32 years ago that was held at the old Federation building on Old St. Augustine Road. In fact, every time I hear the 1981 song “Hey Mickey,” recorded by Toni Basil, I think of how much fun it was to model shouldered blouses and stirrup stretch pants! I like the fact that this song brings up such a wonderful memory of Federation.

Hagit Feder and Marjie Rogozinski

Q: What is your favorite Federation memory? A: My favorite Federation memory was being able to be an exchange teacher with our sister community in Hadera.

Shaliach Continued from pg. 1 Rotem will help plan the annual Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration at the JCA, run programs at the day schools in the area, get to know the Holocaust survivors who call Jacksonville home, and work with the team at Jewish Family & Community Services. While it will take him time to meet everyone, we thought it would be a good idea to ask him a few questions so Jacksonville could know a little more about him.

Q&A with Rotem: Q: Where did you live in Israel and what were you doing before you decided to be a Shaliach? A: I live in Petach Tikvah near Tel Aviv in the center of Israel. Before I was a shaliach, I was an officer in

I was teaching at the time at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School and teachers from Jacksonville and our sister cities in the South (Knoxville and Chatanooga) went to Hadera and met with Israeli teachers and visited schools in Hadera. We bonded with other teachers, especially my exchange teacher Hagit Feder, and our friendship has expanded over ten years. To be able to assist teach in Hagit’s classroom was memorable and to this day I will never forget recess in an Israeli elementary school with hundreds of students playing, running and laughing in the halls. Students and teachers are universal and having the opportunity to experience life in our sister city of Hadera was an opportunity of a lifetime. Q: What Jewish tradition do you want to pass on to your kids? A: Being a mom of 4 adult children, 6 grandchildren and 3 more due in January, I have a hope to teach and pass on the legacy of tzedakah. I would like my family to understand the responsibility of a Jewish person to give of themselves to the community by volunteering or what they can afford to give financially. I grew up in a very modest home and my dad was a manager of Friendly Ice Cream, a popular restaurant chain once in the Northeast. I still can remember my dad, Robert Friedman, giving what he felt comfortable and could afford to give to Federation in Springfield, Massachusetts. He taught me the lesson from Hillel the Elder, a Jewish leader in the first century, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But when I am only for myself, than what am I? And if not now, when?” I would like my children and grandchildren to live a life of Tzedakah and to embody in their soul Hillel’s quote that my husband Abe and I will pass on as a Jewish tradition.

a battalion in the Israeli army for 5 years and just got released in February. Q: What made you decide to be a Shaliach? A: This is a great opportunity to meet new people in new places and bring my Israel experience to them. I am excited to share it with the Jacksonville community and bring everyone closer to Israel Q: What are you most looking forward to? A: To make a meaningful connection with the people of Jacksonville and to bring Israel to them. I want people to know and understand THEIR connection to Israel. And I am excited about the Jaguars. Q: What are you hoping to gain from this experience? A: I hope to gain great relationships and make a difference. Q: What’s on your bucket list while living here? A: I am excited to see football up close, travel and to see a real alligator.

September Jewish Java: Find your inner Shalom BY ISABEL BALOTIN Shalom Jacksonville Director

We are delighted to kick off the 13th year of Federation’s Shalom Jacksonville with one of our favorite Jewish Java speakers, Michelle Pargman, who will teach us how to find our inner Shalom (peace). Join us on Wednesday, September 5 at 9 a.m. at River Garden’s Cohen Auditorium for a complimentary bagel brunch followed by the program at 9:30 a.m. (See our ad). A licensed mental health counselor, Michelle is going to help us with a common challenge - seeing difficult people through a different lens. Using a fun and interactive survey, you will become more aware of your communication style and discover those styles that are the most challenging for you. Increase your inner peace. (Shalom) SHALOM: Styles are different, understand your own and others Have-to becomes get-to Apply new found balance prescriptions Let it be without taking it personally Others matter, You matter Make new habits. Reservations must be made by August 31. Please contact Isabel Balotin at 904-448-5000 x1206 or Federation’s Shalom Jacksonville is the official Jewish welcome wagon of Northeast Florida. If you are new to the community and wish to make Jewish connections, please contact us.

Q: What are your hobbies? A: Photography, basketball, travelling Q: Have you been to the US before, and, if so, what was your experience like? A: I visited the states when I was 14 and spent time in the Northeast. I have relatives who live in Pennsylvania. Q; Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled to? A: My favorite place that I visited while travelling was Hong Kong. Q: What’s your favorite food? A: Pizza and doughnuts Q: Favorite book? A: “The Glass Castle” Q: What’s your favorite type of music? A: I like all types of music -especially reggae, alternative, and indie.

federation planned giving BeQuestions: Q & A with a Fundholder September’s BeQuestions comes to us in the form of a Q&A with a Jewish Community Foundation/Federation Donor Advised Fund holder. Q: Why did you open a DAF so many years ago with the Jewish Community Foundation? A: Who doesn’t like the idea of reducing taxes and also having more to give? A donor advised fund (DAF) is an excellent, tax-efficient way to give to charity that anyone can do – not just the uber wealthy! I started my DAF when I was earning well under $100K a year. I felt like I was giving so much money away, and it was hard to keep track. My children’s schools were asking, the synagogue was asking, local charities, and even national charities were asking. With my DAF, I am able to not only increase the money I have to give away, but I am also able to monitor my annual giving and talk to one person about what I want to do this year. After 9 years of having a DAF, all of our giving is to and from our family fund.   Q: Since you brought up opening your fund so early in your career, how did you start your fund and how did you fuel it? A: I opened my DAF with my annual bonus and felt like we would take the tax deduction now and be more strategic about our giving next year. We started with a little over $1,000 and we added to it twice in the first year, making only 4 distributions. At the end of that year I decided to put my annual bonus in the fund again and take another charitable deduction. It helped a great deal and then the following year we started seeing our fund grow even more. Nearly a decade later, we are in a much better financial position and fuel our fund biannually with gifts of stock and cash. We are blessed to be able to perform this mitzvah of tzedakah, and as long as we can support our local community and the wonderful nonprofits that do the work, we will. Q: What have you found to be the biggest advantages of having your DAF with the Jewish community and why JCF/Federation over a larger national bank like Fidelity or Schwab? A: I opened my first DAF several years ago with a national bank and my second was with the local Jewish Community Foundation. The fees are certainly higher with the local fund option, but I enjoy having a greater ability to meet with leadership and engage in conversations about the growth and disbursement of my fund. At the end of the day, I felt like I was supporting my local community by keeping my money local. The fees are supporting our local Foundation/Federation, and I want to see my local Jewish community thrive. Now that the Federation and Foundation are one organization, I feel even better about keeping my fund within our Jewish community and not just because you promised to reduce the fees. I love the new streamlined process and improved communication for me and my family - I can pop in and talk about my fund or even make a grant recommendation after a workout at the JCA. There are several big advantages to using a DAF as opposed to giving cash or writing multiple personal checks. 1. You get a tax deduction in the year that you donate to the fund that you control. 2. You can give from the fund to charities of your choosing when you are ready to give.

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Celebrating Jean Brantley Loyalty and integrity within our Jewish community

BY KELLIE SMITH Director, Planned Giving & Endowments

After the merger of the Jewish Community Foundation and Federation, I joined the staff to take on the work of the former Foundation. Every single person I met with told me I should be talking to Jean Brantley. So, I asked, “Who is Jean Brantley?” If you don’t know – and I’m having a hard time imagining anyone who doesn’t – Jean Brantley has worked within our Jewish Community for nearly two decades. Jean relocated from Texas to Jacksonville and began working for Mel Gottlieb. Soon after, Mel got her involved with the Jewish Community Foundation. In her tenure, she supported all three of the Executive Directors, becoming the longest serving employee of the Jewish Community Foundation, ever. But if you had anything to do with the Jewish Community Foundation, you know Jean Brantley - she took your calls, wrote your checks, got you to sign documents, and managed all requests for grant disbursements. Jean oriented or trained every staff person that ever joined the Foundation team. Her assigned role was as the Foundation bookkeeper, which one might be inclined to think of only in a financial sense. But what I have come to learn is that Jean was also a literal keeper of books. She created books for every fund held at the Foundation, and they each tell a unique story about each family’s commitment to our Jewish community. When asking about Jean and what she was like to work with, Helen Werking, Executive Director for the Memories of Love Foundation, said “Jean was committed and had the highest respect for Mel and Debbie Gottlieb that transferred into her work at the Foundation.” She wasn’t one for office gossip or long lunches. She worked hard and was busy getting her job done. She could often be heard saying, “I’m busy posting!” She was busy posting your investment earnings and charitable distributions to your account - without error. Jean was known for ensuring donor intent and legacy fulfillment. When asking fundholders and donors about Jean, they all shared a similar sentiment, that Jean’s strength was having everything accurate, as well as being personally committed to preserving donor confidentiality. “Jean could be counted on anytime anyone needed her; she is liked and respected,” said Mel Gottlieb. Working for the Foundation wasn’t just a job to Jean, it was a part of her. Her capacity to care for the work she did and for the people she did the work for was instrumental in the continuity of all phases of the Foundation. During the merger, Jean was the glue that held it all together. When you’ve spent nearly twenty

years with an organization as the linchpin, you have to stick around and see it through to the other side. In January of 2018, Jean and all her books made the trek across Mandarin to move into the Federation office where she worked to unpack the narrative she had kept for so many years. In April, Jean’s retirement was announced; however, her story with the Foundation isn’t over as she continues to consult with me part time, orientating and training me as she had done with my predecessors. She has been and remains instrumental in helping secure the future of the Jewish community, and I would be lost without her. I will be forever grateful for her commitment and willingness to come out of retirement and support me as I take on the next chapter. Please join me in wishing Jean Brantley a very happy retirement.

Remembering Neil Presser BY KELLIE SMITH

Director, Planned Giving & Endowments

Neil Presser Z”L, was a founding member of the Jewish Community Foundation, serving as the Treasurer. He also later served as a board member and a member of the Finance and Audit Committees. After graduating college and serving his country as an officer in the Navy, he became a CPA and cofounded Davis, Presser and LaFaye. Twenty years later, Neil and two partners would establish Presser, Lahnen & Edelman PA. Neil had a long history of involvement with many other non-profit and civic organizations including the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants where he was a former member of the Board of Governors and a past President of the Jacksonville Chapter. Mr. Presser’s other professional

and nonprofit involvements include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; International Group of Accounting Firms – Former Director; Estate Planning Council of Northeast Florida; Jewish

Community Alliance – Former Vice President; The Community Foundation – Professional Advisor Council; River Garden Hebrew Home for the Aged – Board of Directors. Neil’s warm personality and

expertise in the Accounting and Financial Services fields and his dedication to Jewish causes and the mission of the Jacksonville Jewish Foundation served the Foundation and our Jewish community well. He is fondly remembered as someone who gave of himself – his time and his passion – with vigorous enthusiasm. Please join us in remembering Neil Presser, a true leader and Tzaddik, for his unwavering commitment to making our Jacksonville Jewish community stronger today and for the future. We are honored to announce the establishment of the Neil Presser Endowment Fund to benefit the Jacksonville Jewish Center, The Jewish Community Alliance, River Garden Hebrew Home, and the Planned Giving Division of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville. Neil’s charitable legacy will live on, may his memory be for a blessing.


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Mandarin/Headquarters 10129 Haley Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257 Selichot Saturday Night, Sept. 1 Service - Midnight Rosh Hashana Sunday Evening, Sept. 9 Service - 7 p.m. Monday & Tues., Sept. 10 & 11 Morning Services Services - 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, Mincha & Tashlich Service - 6:15 p.m. Tues., Sept 11 Mincha Services    Service - 7:15 p.m. Yom Kippur Tues. Evening, Sept. 18 Kol Nidrei Service - 6:15 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Morning Service & Yizkor Service - 10 a.m. Yizkor approx 1 p.m. Mincha & Neilah/Closing Service Service - 5 p.m. Break Fast: 8:03 p.m. Sukkot Sept. 23, 24 & 25 Service - 6:45 p.m.   Sept. 24 & 25 - Morning Services Service - 9:30 a.m. Shmini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Sept. 30 Evening Service - 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 Morning Service & Yizkor Service - 9:30 a.m. Mincha followed by Simchat Torah Hakafot & Kiddush Service - 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 Morning Service Service - 10:00 a.m. Mincha and Kabbalas Shabbos Services Service - 6:15 p.m. High Holiday Services at Chabad of Southside No membership required. Free. High Holiday Services will take place at Chabad of Southside’s interim location 3545 St. Johns Bluff Rd S 32224 (side entrance) Rosh Hashana Sunday Sept. 9: Evening Services 7 p.m. Monday Sept. 10: Morning Services 10 a.m. Mincha & Tashlich Services: 7 p.m. Evening Services: 8 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 11: Morning Services 10 a.m. Yom Kippur Tuesday Sept. 18: Kol Nidrei Service 7 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 19: Morning Service 10 a.m. Yizkor Memorial Service: Approx. 11:30 a.m. Mincha & Neilah Closing Services: 6 p.m. Break-fast: 8 p.m. Place your free reservation online today at Location: Beaches Chabad at the Beaches High Holidays Service Schedule Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah Eve Services - 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah Dinner 8 p.m. Rosh Hashanah Morning Services 9 a.m.* *Primary prayers are underway at 10:30 a.m. Childrens Services 10:30 a.m. Shofar Sounding 12 p.m. Followed by Musaf and Kiddush Luncheon Sept. 9th - ONLY Shofar in The Park 6 p.m. Tashlich 6:30 p.m. Mincha 7:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur Kol Nidrei Service 7 p.m. Childrens Services 7:15-8:15 p.m. Morning Services 8:45 a.m. Preliminary Prayers 10:30am Primary Prayers Childrens Service 10:30 a.m. Yizkor Memorial Service 11:30 a.m. Mincha-Maftir Yonah 6:00 p.m. Neilah 6:45 p.m. Fast ends-Break-Fast 8:03 p.m. Location: S. Augustine Rosh Hashana Sunday Evening Service - 7:30 pm Monday & Tuesday Morning Services - 10:00 a.m. Shofar blowing approx. 11:45 a.m. Tashlich follows Monday morning service ​Holiday Dinner & 2nd Shofar Blowing Monday evening 6 p.m. RSVP Required. ​ om Kippur Y Tuesday Evening Kol Nidrei Service - 7 p.m. ​Morning Service & Yizkor​ Service -​10 a.m. Yizkor approx. 12 p.m. ​Mincha & Neilah/Closing Service Service - 6:30 p.m. Break Fast: 8:05 p.m. Sukkot Sept. 24 & 25 Morning Services - 10 a.m. Sukkot Celebration Sunday, Sept. 23 - 7 p.m. Chabad of S. Augustine invites the community to a Sukkah party for the first night of the Sukkot holiday. Observe this beautiful holiday in good company and refreshments. Holiday treats include Fraidy’s famous cooking and fine kosher wines and beverages. Event is free. Space is limited. RSVP required. Clay County Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 9 Evening Service 7 p.m. Rosh Hashah Dinner 7:30 p.m. LOCATION: Chabad Monday, Sept. 10 Morning Service 10 a.m. Shofar Blowing 12:00 a.m. LOCATION: Fleming Island Library* Tuesday, September 11 Morning Service 10:00 a.m. Shofar Blowing 11:30 a.m. LOCATION: Chabad Yom Kippur Tuesday, September 18 Kol Nidrei Service 7:00 p.m. LOCATION: Fleming Island Library* Wednesday, September 19 Morning Service 10:00 a.m. Yizkor Memorial Service 12:00 p.m. Neilah - Closing Service 6:45 p.m. Final Shofar Blast & Break-fast 8:03 p.m. LOCATION: Fleming Island Library* *Fleming Island Public Library Meeting Room: 1895 Town Center Blvd Sukkot Chabad of Clay Countys invites you to join us in the Sukkah! Sun. evening, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. Enjoy L’chaim and a holiday buffet! Savor the spirit of Sukkos! Your RSVP helps us plan accordingly visit:

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10167 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32257 904-262-3565 Motzai Shabbos - Sept. 1 11:15 p.m. - Pre Selichos Class with Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum 12:00 a.m. - Selichos Sunday September 2 8:15 a.m. -Shacharis

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7:30 p.m. - Mincha Monday September 3-Labor Day 7:30 a.m.- Selichos and Shacharis 7:30 p.m. - Mincha Tuesday September 4 -Thursday  September 6 6:15 a.m. - Selichos and Shacharis 7:30 p.m. - Mincha Friday September 7 6:15 a.m. - Selichos and Shacharis 6:30 p.m. - Mincha 7:24 p.m. - Candle Lighting Shabbos September 8 9 a.m.- Shacharis 9 a.m.- Sephardic MInyan 6:25 p.m.- Pirkei Avos with Rabbi Fisch 7:10 p.m. - Mincha 8:24 p.m. -Maariv and Havdallah Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday September 9 6:30 a.m. Selichos & Shacharis 7:20 p.m. Mincha 7:22 p.m. Candle Lighting Rosh Hashanah Day 1Monday September 10 8:00 a.m. - Main Minyan in the Wolfson Sanctuary 8:00 a.m. - Sephardic Minyan in the Mirkis Chapel 8:45 a.m. - Youth Programs in the School wing 10:00 a.m. - Explanatory Class with Rena Schochet 10:40 a.m. - Sermon with Rabbi Yaakov Fisch 11:00 a.m. - Shofar Service 11:20 a.m. - Mussaf 12:00 p.m. - Explanatory Class with Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum Kiddush Following Services 6:45 p.m. - Mincha followed by Tashlich Candle lighting after 8:21 pm Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Tuesday September 11 8:00 a.m. - Main Minyan in the Wolfson Sanctuary 8:00 a.m. - Sephardic Minyan in the Mirkis Chapel 8:45 a.m. - Youth Programs on the School wing 10:00 a.m. - Explanatory Class with Rena Schochet 10:40 a.m. - Sermon with Rabbi Yaakov Fisch 11:00 a.m. - Shofar Service 11:20 a.m. - Mussaf 12:00 p.m. - Explanatory Class with Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum 7:20 p.m. - Mincha 8:20 p.m. -Maariv and Havdallah Wednesday September 12 Fast of Gedalia 6 a.m. - Selichos with Shacharis 7 p.m. - Mincha Thursday September 13 6 a.m. - Selichos with Shacharis 7:10 p.m. - Mincha Friday September 14 6 a.m. - Selichos and Shacharis 6:30 p.m. - Mincha 7:15 p.m. - Candlelighting Shabbos Shuva-September 15 9 a.m. - Shacharis with Main Minyan 9a.m. - Sephardic Minyan 6:15 p.m. - Mincha 6:45 p.m. - Shabbos Shuva Drasha with Rabbi Yaakov Fisch 8:15 p.m. - Maariv and Havdallah Sunday September 16 7:30 a.m. - Selichos and Shacharis 10:30 a.m. - Community Memorial Service at Etz Chaim Cemetery 7:05 pm-Mincha Monday September 17 6 a.m.- Selichos and Shacharis 7:05 p.m.- Mincha Tuesday September 18 Erev Yom Kippur 6:30 a.m. - Selichos and Shacharis 3:15 p.m. - Mincha 7:10 p.m. - Kol Nidre 7:10 p.m. - Candle Lighting 7:40 p.m. - Sermon with Rabbi Yaakov Fisch 8:00 p.m. - President’s Address 8:15 p.m. - Explanatory Class with Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum

Yom Kippur Day – Wednesday September 19 8 a.m. - Main Minyan in the Wolfson Sanctuary 8 a.m. - Sephardic Minyan in the Mirkis Chapel 8:45 a.m. - Youth Programs in the School wing 10:15 a.m. - Explanatory Class with Rabbi Yehuda Applebaum 11:00 a.m. -  Sermon with Rabbi Yaakov Fisch 11:20 a.m. - Torah Reading 11:50 a.m. - President’s Address 12:00 p.m. - Yizkor 12:30 p.m. - Explanatory Class with Rabbi Feigenbaum 5:10 p.m. - Mincha 5:10 p.m. - Explanatory Class with Rena Schochet in the social hall. 6:30 p.m. - Pre Neilah Remarks by Rabbi Yaakov Fisch Followed by Neilah 8:10 p.m. - Conclusion of Yom Kippur and Shofar Blowing Erev Sukkos Sunday September 23 8:15 a.m. - Shacharis 7:05 p.m. - Mincha 7:04 p.m. - Candle Lighting   Sukkos Day 1 Monday September 24 9:00 a.m. - Shacharis 9:00 a.m. - Sephardic Minyan 9:45 a.m. - Youth Programs in the School Wing 7:05 p.m. - Mincha Candle lighting after 8:04 p.m.   Sukkos Day 2 Tuesday September 25 9 a.m. - Shacharis 9 a.m. - Sephardic Minyan 9:45 a.m. - Youth Programs in the School Wing 7:05 p.m. - Mincha 8:03 p.m. -  Maariv and Havdallah Hoshana Rabbah – Sunday September 30 8:15 a.m. - Shacharis 6:55 p.m. - Candle lighting 6:55 p.m. - Mincha Shemini Atzeres – Monday October 1 9:00 a.m. - Shacharis 10:30 a.m. - Yizkor (Approx.) 6:55 p.m. - Mincha Candle lighting after 7:55 p.m. Simchas Torah – Tuesday October 2 8 a.m. - Shacharis followed by  festive singing and dancing 6:40 p.m. Mincha followed by Neilas Hachag 7:54 p.m. - Maariv and Havdallah

Jacksonville Jewish Center

3662 Crown Point Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32257 904-292-1000

Saturday, September 1 9th Annual Joint Selihot Program and Service with Jacksonville Jewish Center and Congregation Ahavath Chesed Evening Minyan/Seudah Shlishith – 6:45 p.m. Dessert Reception – 8:30 p.m. Program – 9:15 p.m. Selihot Service – 10:15 p.m. Traditional Selihot Service at the Jacksonville Jewish Center – 12 a.m. Sunday, September 9 – Erev Rosh Hashanah Minhah/Ma’ariv: 6:30 p.m. Candle Lighting: 7:21 p.m. Monday, September 10 – 1st Day Rosh Hashanah Shaharit: 7:45 a.m. Torah Service: 9 a.m. Shofar Service: 10 a.m. Kavannah (Alternative) Service: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. K - 12 Youth Services: 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Preschool Family Service: 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sermon - 11 a.m. Musaf - 11:30 a.m. Tashlikh - 6:30 p.m.

Minhah - 7 p.m. followed by study session and Ma’ariv Candle Lighting - 8:14 p.m. Tuesday, September 11 – 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Shaharit - 7:45 a.m. Torah Service - 9 a.m. Shofar Service - 10 a.m. Kavannah (Alternative) Service: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. K - 12 Youth Services: 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Musaf: 10:45 a.m. Preschool Family Service: 11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Minhah: 7 p.m. followed by study session and Ma’ariv Havdalah: 8:13 p.m. Wednesday, September 12 – Fast of Gedaliah Fast begins at 5:57 a.m. Morning Minyan: 7:10 a.m. Evening Minyan: 6:30 p.m. Fast ends at 8:12 p.m. Saturday, September 15 – Shabbat Shuvah Coffee & Torah with Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner: 8 a.m. Shaharit: 9 a.m. Camp Shabbat: 10:30 a.m. Gan Shabbat: 11:15 a.m. Minhah/Ma’ariv: 6:15 p.m. Sunday, September 16 – Annual Memorial Service New Center Cemetery: 10:30 a.m. Beth Shalom Cemetery: 11:15 a.m. YOM KIPPUR 5779 Tuesday, September 18 – Erev Yom Kippur Shaharit: 7:10 a.m. Minhah: 6:45 p.m. followed by Kol Nidre Candle Lighting: 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, September 19 – Yom Kippur Shaharit: 7:45 a.m. Torah Service: 9:30 a.m. Kavannah (Alternative) Service: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. K - 12 Youth Services: 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. President’s Address: 11 a.m. Preschool Family Service: 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. Musaf Service: 11:30 a.m. Rabbi’s Sermon (followed by Yizkor) 1:45 p.m. Yom Kippur Dialogue and Discussion with Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner: 4 p.m. Healing Service: 4 p.m. Minhah: 5:15 p.m. Ne’ilah Youth Service: 6:15 p.m. Ne’ilah: 6:45 p.m. Fast ends at 8:03 p.m. followed by Ma’ariv, Final Shofar and Break the Fast Sunday, September 23 – Erev Sukkot Shaharit: 8:30 a.m. Minhah/Ma’ariv: 6:15 p.m. Candle Lighting: 7:04 p.m. Monday, September 24 – Sukkot Day 1 Shaharit: 9:00 a.m. Sukkot K-5 Youth Services: 10:30 a.m. Preschool Family Service: 11:15 a.m. Minhah: 7 p.m. followed by study session and Ma’ariv Candle Lighting: 7:56 p.m. Tuesday, September 25 – Sukkot Day 2 Shaharit: 9 a.m. Sukkot K-5 Youth Services: 10:30 a.m. Preschool Family Service: 11:15 a.m. Minhah: 7 p.m. followed by study session and Ma’ariv Havdalah: 7:55 p.m. Friday, September 28 – Erev Shabbat Sukkot Shaharit: 7:10 a.m. Minhah/Ma’ariv: 6 p.m. Congregational Dinner in the Sukkah: 7 p.m. p.m. Candle Lighting: 6:57 p.m.

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Rabbinically Speaking: A time of reflection BY RABBI BAHAR Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Shanah Tovah! What a special time of year we are in. This is a time of year for us to reconnect. Reconnect with our friends, family, sacred communities and other significant communities in our life. It is a time, in the words of Yehuda Amichai: “I want once more to be written In the book of life, to be written Anew everyday Until the writing hand hurts” It is a time, in the words of Rabbi Simcha Bunin of Pzhysha: “On Rosh Hashanah the world begins anew, and before it

begins anew, it comes to a close. Just as before dying, all the powers of the body clutch hard at life, so a person at the turn of the year ought to clutch to life with all his strength and might.” (Tales of the Hasidim: Later Masters as retold by Martin

Buber). It is a critical time that offers us an opportunity to reflect upon our lives, our relationships and ask those deep probing questions we tell ourselves we will ask but never do. We acknowledge realities around us which for the past elevens months we may not have wanted to see - fractured relationships, troubling patterns and painful issues which impede our living life the way we want to. Teshuvah offers us a path toward reconciliation when appropriate, or forgiveness when necessary. It offers us a path to heal ourselves and the fracturing in our lives. It can help us grow as individuals to lead lives of greater sensitivity and joy. For me, it is not just something that we do only on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but

it is an authentic process done daily, simply magnified during this sacred time. Most rabbis agree that the following elements are necessary in the teshuvah process: 1. Recognition of one’s sins as sins (hakarát ha-chét’) or acknowledging the problem 2. Remorse (charatá) or make a list of all those whom we have harmed 3. Desisting from sin (azivát ha-chét’) or making a decision to cease engaging in bad behavior; 4. Restitution where possible (peira’ón) or simply make amends 5. Confession (vidui) or admitting to God and to ourselves the precise nature of our failings. (Please review more on this topic on This is a process similar in

nature to a recovery process in the secular community, but also related to a deep spiritual practice of ensuring that we are in a right relationship with God, ourselves and others. This coming High Holiday season, we at Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) will have a sermon series around this topic. We will focus in on themes presented in the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. These themes include choosing kindness, exploring how we live out our values, discussing tolerance and finding our passion. It is my hope and prayer that as we explore them together, we will inspire each other to become the best version of our self. May you be blessed with a sweet, healthy and happy New Year.

Selichot experience shared by The Temple, Jacksonville Jewish Center and you By The Temple

The Temple will host a creative experience in preparation for the High Holy Day season on Saturday evening, September 1, 2018, beginning at 9 p.m. The Temple will be hosting The Jacksonville Jewish Center congregation and everyone else who chooses to participate. “While writing a book about

our lives sounds fundamentally easy in the age of Facebook and social media,” said Rabbi Bahar, Senior Rabbi at The Temple, “our rabbis understood the metaphor of a book in a different way.” Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi said, “Look at three things and you will not make a mistake: Know that which is above you - a watchful eye, an attentive ear and all your acts recorded in

the book.” On Rosh Hashanah, the book which is read is the one that was recorded over the course of the previous year with the watchful eye and the attentive ear. Selichot, the Shabbat right before Rosh Hashanah, provides an opportunity to preemptively understand what was written in the book. Instead of the public con-

fessional uttered repeatedly on the grand stage of Yom Kippur, Selichot is a personal opportunity to meditate in a way which encourages us to gather our deeds and words. All are invited to join with The Temple family and The Jacksonville Jewish Center congregation as we create a midrashic autobiography of our year through art.  We will work with a local artist to construct


and reconstruct our stories. By recalling our past we are laying the groundwork for the new year, soon to begin. The evening begins at 9 p.m. at The Temple with a dessert reception catered by Margo’s Catering. Following the creative experience, everyone is invited into the Wolfson Family Sanctuary for Selichot worship, scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m.



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September Mensch of the Month M

Mary Edwards

ary Edwards has been a part of the Jacksonville Jewish community for many years. She puts her heart and soul into everything she takes on – and she does it with a smile. She currently serves on the board of directors and is the chair of the JFCS Fund Development Committee. In addition, Mary shares her time with the JCA, the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, River Garden and UNF. She gives 110 percent of herself to make each organization successful. “Mary is one of the most thoughtful, compassionate and genuine people I have ever had the opportunity to work with,” said Colleen Rodriguez, Executive Director of JFCS. “We are thankful to have her as a part of our organization and the Jewish community. She puts every ounce of herself into everything she is involved with. She is simply amazing.” Mary cares deeply for everyone she encounters and she has a way of making every person feel engaged. She has a big heart. She is passionate, smart and talented. She is a true mensch!

2nd Gen Holocaust survivor writing workshop to begin Sept. By Stacey Goldring

If you are an individual who grew up in a Holocaust survivorship household, join the Jax Second Gen and become a part of a monthly writing workshop and discussion series. Entering its fifth season, the writing and discussion group focuses on the experiences and effects of being raised by parents who survived the Holocaust. Although the workshop is writing based, it is never a requirement to write. Children and grandchildren of survivors are encouraged to attend. Relevant discussion topics are explored every month that are important to the second and third generation Holocaust survivor community. The children and grandchildren of survivors are now taking on the stewardship of their parents’ experiences. The workshop and discussion series

examines this responsibility and prepares these individuals to speak with others. “It is essential historically, personally and academically that Holocaust survivor testimonials and the effects of survivorship be shared with future generations,” said Stacey Goldring, workshop and discussion series facilitator. “The Holocaust and its protracted effects did not end in 1945. Writing and discussing these stories honors the memory of those who survived and the six million that did not.” The first Jax Second Gen meeting will be on Sept. 12, Wednesday, 11 a.m. at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, 3662 Crown Point Road. Monthly meeting dates: Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13 and April 10. Also at the Jacksonville Jewish Center and open to the public on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., a

program entitled Anti-Semitism and the Origins of Hate will focus on the origins, evolution and narrative of anti-Semitism. Searching for Identity Writing Workshops and Discussion series and its many other programs empower, educate and unite diverse communities through the arts and civil discourse based on the power of the written word. To join the Jax Second Gen, attend the anti-Semitism panel discussion or find out more information about Searching for identity, text/call 904-4199915, go to or email

Caring Is Contagious By River Garden Senior Services

The desire to make the world a better place lives in the hearts of River Garden leadership, staff and volunteers. Our values develop from our faith foundation, and they guide our daily care and work practices. Our residents, too, embrace and demonstrate this spirit to others. On August 23, the River Garden Resident Council, led by Betty Infeld, presented a $500 check to Pine Castle, a Jacksonville-based organization serving adults with intellectual and other differences. Pine Castle will also receive a matching donation from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund. The funds will be used to make improvements to the Pine Castle campus. “We are fortunate to have wonderful support and spaces at River Garden to enjoy our days and we want to share with others who may be in need,” said Infeld. “It’s about community

and having an impact. That’s important to us. Pine Castle is working to create jobs, promote independence and develop a sense of worth for many, and they need help. This gives us the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others,” This is the largest donation ever given by the Resident Council, who raise their funds through bake sales, ceramics sales and other small fundraisers.  The matching-fund program will help do more than they could do alone. All programs at Pine Castle support a single goal: empowering adults to learn, work and connect. For more information about the matching funds program launched in April 2018, go to For more information about River Garden services or volunteer programs, go to rivergarden. org or contact Kari Bell at 904260-1818.

Dining Out with Jax Jewish Singles By Francine Smith

The former Homestead Restaurant has been revived, now located on Penman Road! It offers a wide variety of southern classics and seafood favorites including skillet-served fried chicken, creamed peas, rice & gravy, and scratch buttermilk biscuits. Forget the diet for a day and come join the Jewish Singles for Sunday brunch. You won’t leave hungry. For date and time, email or call 904-221-8061.

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Reimagined JCA Jewish Cultural Arts Festival is back this November By Jewish Community Alliance

The Jewish Community Alliance once again highlights the very best Jewish culture, November 1–15, during its 2018 Jewish Cultural Arts Festival. Current and notable books, authors, films and music have been chosen to educate, entertain, inspire and celebrate our rich and beautiful cultural history. The JCA festival committee is hard at work planning this year’s spectacular lineup of events. The committee includes chair Sherrie Saag, Lisa Ansbacher, Nicole Brown, Susan Elinoff, Sunny Gettinger, Kelsi Hasden, Hazzan Jesse Holzer, Faye Hyken, Katie Kight, Dan Kossoff, Jan Margolies, Rachel Morgenthal, Sandy Oasis, Jennifer Plotkin, Edrea Porter, Emma Pulley, Jackie Simms, Michele Steinfeld and Eunice Zisser. Last year’s format saw renewed interest and record attendance throughout the twoweek festival. “We want festival events to engage and connect everyone in the Jacksonville Jewish community,” said festival chair Sherrie Saag. “To say we were overwhelmed at the turnout and thrilled that everyone enjoyed the events, is an understatement. We are grateful for all the positive feedback and believe this year’s will be even better!” Along with the 22nd Annual Jewish Book Festival, four films will debut during the festival, including a documentary short of which the committee was unanimous in its selection. “Thought-provoking, heartwarming, goose bump-inducing, these were just some of the reactions committee members described when making this years’ choices,” Saag said. Opening night, November 1 at 7 p.m., features five-time Emmy award winner

Bottom row: Kendall Sisisky Valliere, Kelsi Hasden, Michele Steinfeld, Susan Elinoff Top Row: Edrea Porter, Nancy Green, Eunice Zisser, Lior Spring, Sherrie Saag, Katie Kight Not pictured: Lisa Ansbacher, Nicole Brown, Sunny Gettinger, Hazzan Jesse Holzer, Faye Hyken, Dan Kossoff, Jan Margolies, Rachel Morgenthal, Sandy Oasis, Jennifer Plotkin, Jackie Simms.

Martin Fletcher. A war correspondent from the era when journalists literally “went to war,” Fletcher walked across the Hindu Kush mountains from Pakistan into Afghanistan with the Taliban to report on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He was the only television reporter to join the Khmer rouge in Cambodia, and the only reporter to enter the American embassy in Tehran when Iranian students held American diplomats hostage for 444 days. Fletcher has won awards for his coverage of Kosovo, Rwanda, the Palestinian uprisings and Israel’s war with Lebanon in 2006. Those of us who are Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers will recall watching

Fletcher regularly on NBC News where he served as the Jerusalem Bureau Chief for fifteen years. Fletcher has since turned to writing novels and visits Jacksonville with his latest book, “Promised Land,” which has been described by reviewers as “picking up where Leon Uris’ Exodus left off.” The community book club, a popular event from last year’s festival, returns this year on November 14 at noon. “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin, about four Jewish siblings in the latter half of the 20th century, poses the fascinating question: “If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your live?” UNF educator

Kelsi Hasden moderates a discussion with the author live via Skype from her home in Madison, Wisconsin. Benjamin’s book has enjoyed a comfortable spot on the New York Times Bestseller list and is currently on numerous online “best of 2018” book lists. Additional cultural arts events include a musical theater performance on Saturday, November 3, highlighting “Jewish Divas” and recognizing the 50th anniversary of Funny Girl. Nearly 100 people attended last year’s family event, and this year, on November 11, we will again highlight Jewish culture specially designed for our youngest community members. Don’t forget our pop-up bookstore selling book festival picks along with a great selection of books curated by the National Jewish Book Council. Sponsorship is crucial to the success of the Jewish Cultural Arts Festival and ensures it remains free and open to the entire community. For information on how to become a sponsor, go to or contact Lior Spring at 730-2100 ext. 318 or

Oct. Jewish Java: “The Songtrack to your Life” BY ISABEL BALOTIN Shalom Jacksonville Director

Jewish Business Network: “Building business one relationship at a time!” BY JUDITH FOX-GOLDSTEIN “Word by Word”

“You get a car! You get a car! You get a car!” That iconic memory of Oprah gifting each member of her audience a car is embedded in television history and in our minds. Our JBN members didn’t quite leave our August meeting with a car, but the delight and excitement was palpable as we explored the beautiful Audi Showroom and the stunning inventory of their newest models. As guests of Audi, Orange Park’s General Manager Shemron Tomer & Pre-Owned Manager Tomer Yaniv, JBN members were visualizing themselves behind the wheel of one of the most exquisite, dynamic and classic luxury cars in the industry. What a way to begin a meeting! Although, there were no ‘give-a-ways’, we enjoyed holding our meeting in Audi’s beautiful Conference Room and getting to know our new Audi members as they shared their journey from Israel to Jacksonville. Shemron, What’s your strat-

egy for growing the Audi brand and your business? “It’s all about relationships! It’s about service, getting involved in the community, giving back and helping his customers choose the right car. It’s not about pushing sales, it’s about helping your customers find the right car and developing sustaining relationships built on trust, service and integrity. Word of mouth will grow our business and, of course brand identity, performance and the distinguishing features of Audi.” Why did you choose to work in the car industry? “Living in Israel, I had a certain career path after college and was headed to law school. However, I asked my father’s advice about the best way to learn how to negotiate and he said, “if you can sell cars, you can sell anything!” so, that’s what I did and I loved it so much I decided to dedicate my skills, education and passion to learning every aspect of the industry!” New to Jacksonville (about one year), Shemron and Tomer quickly became involved in the Jewish community.

They’re very committed to diversity and bringing together the best team to serve their customers. Audi’s Orange Park’s Sales Team represents accomplished people from many different countries including Bosnia, the Philippines, Albania and throughout the world. “They all bring unique customs, traditions, languages, dedication and graciousness that helps welcome our diverse community in Jacksonville. We’re FAMILY here and that’s what makes us so special” Welcoming New Members! Landon Adler, Eagle Eye Advisory Group, Consultant, Shemron Tomer, GM, Audi, Orange Park, and Tomer Yaniv, Pre-Owned Manager, Audi Orange Park. JBN is all about networking, building reciprocal relationships, getting to know other professionals and businesses and helping each other grow personally and professionally. The next Jewish Business Network meeting will be held on Friday, September 7, from 8:30 at 9:30 a.m. at the JCA. If you’re able to attend, RSVP to

The most-listened-to channels on my XM Radio are 5,6 and 7, which denote songs of the ’50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. While I have other favorite settings, I seem to return to those most often. And why not? They are the songs I know and loved that defined the very special memories of my younger years. It’s been proven that hearing these familiar songs stimulate our brains’ pleasure circuit. Many of the them had very simple, catchy and repetitive lyrics known at the time as “Bubble gum music” making them easy to remember. In fact, I am amazed when I hear a song on one of those channels, that I can still recall most of the lyrics. Back by popular demand,

the multi-talented Dan Kossoff, well- known musician, writer, producer, director will present this nostalgic musical program you won’t want to miss. Join us as we stroll down memory lane and sing along with Dan. (See the ad). The October 3 Jewish Java program will be held at River Garden’s Hebrew Home beginning promptly at 9 a.m. with a complimentary bagel brunch followed by the musical presentation. All newcomers and locals are invited. RSVP a must by Sept. 26. Please contact Isabel Balotin, 904-448-5000 x1206 or shalomjax@jewishjacksonville. org. Jewish Java is a partnership of the Jewish Federation’s Shalom Jacksonville and River Garden Hebrew Home. Shalom Jacksonville is the official Jewish welcome wagon of NE FL.

Etz Chaim adds two to staff By Etz Chaim Synagogue

Etz Chaim Synagogue is thrilled to announce the hiring of two members to its growing team that will oversee its dynamic and expanding youth department. Considering the growth that the synagogue has experienced, there will now be a Youth Director for the children programs for kids in fifth grade and younger. The youth director will oversee all youth education and social events. Additionally, there will be a NCSY Director for all kids in middle and high school. Our new youth director is Gitty Cohen who grew up in Jerusalem, Israel, and studied in the Jewish Teachers Training college in Gateshead, England. She loves teaching children and was privileged to teach for the past few years in England and Jerusalem.

Gitty is married to Yosef Chaim, and they have an adorable 3-year-old daughter, Rachel Shira. She is very excited to join the Jacksonville community and to be running the youth programs. Gitty is looking forward to getting to know the parents and children of Etz Chaim. Gitty believes that our children are our future, and we can connect them to the synagogue by giving them a positive and fun experience. Our new NCSY Director is Joey Hamaoui who grew up in South Florida and moved to Jacksonville in the summer of 2014 with his wife Ariella and his son Yedidya Moshe. Prior to moving to Jacksonville Joey was an advisor for NCSY JAX, NCSY SAV, NCSY Myrtle Beach and Southern Region NCSY. He is

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community news Jacksonville local appointed as Overall Golf Chair for 2019 European Maccabi Games Jacksonville Jewish News • September 2018

By Maccabi USA

Debbie Adams, General Chair for the 15th European Maccabi Games announced in July the appointment of golf industry veteran, Mark D. Berman of Ponte Vedra Beach as Overall Golf Chair for the 2019 European Maccabi Games. The games will be held in Budapest, Hungary, July 29-August 7, 2019. Team USA will field a team of approximately 200 participants in 16 sports. The Games are conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union and are held every four years, two years after the World Maccabiah Games is held in Israel. The European Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora through sports. The 20th World Maccabiah Games held in 2017 drew more than 12,000 athletes from 90 countries, including a US delegation with more than 1100 athletes. Berman is the Managing Partner of MediaShare Consulting, Inc., a marketing strategy firm specializing in sponsorship activation in the golf space. He has worked for the PGA TOUR, World Golf Village & World Golf Hall of Fame, and the World Junior Golf Foundation, running the American Junior Golf Championship.

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It was Berman’s experience at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Israel that inspired him to get involved. His daughter, Hannah, who plays for Jacksonville University, played on the gold medal-winning golf team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games, and won an individual silver medal. “I was moved beyond words when I saw 12,000 athletes pour into a packed stadium for opening ceremonies. I still get goose bumps when I think about the team standing on the podium, draped in the American flag,” Berman said. “Because of the positive effect the games had for my family – how it leveraged the common bond of sports to help strengthen our connection to Judaism and each other, and the friendships the journey created – I wanted to be involved as more than just a joyous parent. I am truly humbled to lead the USA Golf Team’s mission.” “The 2019 Regional Games provide individuals a unique opportunity to represent Team USA,” said Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr. “There is an indescribable feeling of pride as you march in with the delegation wearing red, white, and blue. Together we will make life-long memories alongside our Jewish counterparts from around the world, who share a common love for sports.”

JCA gets kids active in the school year By Jewish Community Alliance

Starting in September, JCA Sports and Recreation, Youth Services, Fitness and Wellness and Aquatics have several programs to help children of all ages get active and begin building a foundation for a healthy life. JCA Sports and Recreation has youth sports leagues beginning as soon as school starts. These classes offer young athletes an organized, competitive, social environment to develop their skills. Youth Soccer League runs from Sept. 9–Oct. 28. JCA Select Basketball Team tryouts are on Monday, Sept. 17 from 6–7 p.m. Lacrosse Skills Clinic is back for another season. Beginner and intermediate players can participate in this clinic on Sundays, Sept. 9–Oct. 28. Youth Services at the JCA has a new lineup of pro-

grams for middle school and teenage students, including a collaboration with Fitness and Wellness to help those who are old enough safely navigate the JCA Fitness Center. Youth, ages 13-plus, can schedule a 1-hour, complimentary fitness orientation with a JCA certified personal trainer. For children who want to participate in swim team and have some swimming skill, JCA Aquatics offers monthly JV Makos Swim Team, School Year Swim Team and group and private swim lessons to improve swimming skills and get children ready for summer leagues. The JCA has even more programs for youth to explore their creativity and have fun with their peers. To learn more about these and other programs, go to

JFCS Application Accepted to become an Outpatient Drug Treatment Center By Jewish Family & Community Services

Jewish Family & Community Services has applied to and been accepted by the Department of Children & Families to become a licensed substance abuse outpatient treatment facility, able to offer drug treatment assessments, devise treatment plans for individuals with drug and/or alcohol issues and provide out-

patient drug treatment. For those who have a severe addiction, JFCS will serve as a starting point for treatment and will collaborate with licensed in-patient providers for patients with more complex needs. “Over 70 percent of the families JFCS is involved with have at least some substance abuse issues,” said Colleen Rodriguez, CEO. “There is a need for these services in our community.”

Jacksonville Hadassah to celebrate 100th Anniversary of nursing school By Helen Hill

Jacksonville Hadassah is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the nursing school at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and this event will be celebrated at a kick-off Luncheon on Tuesday, October 23rd. Nurses, and specifically those who were members of Jacksonville’s Nurse’s Council, will be recognized. The luncheon will be held at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, Crown Point Road, and will also feature keynote speaker Ellen Audet, member of the Gainesville Chapter of Hadassah and recipient of National Hadassah’s Nurse of the Month award. Ellen has been a nurse for 23 years after a full career as a recreational

therapist. An active member of the Florida Nursing Association and Hadassah Nurse’s Council, Ellen is also an active participant in advocacy issues for both organizations. Over the years, she has used her voice and skills for a variety of humanitarian issues, including health care, mental health parity, Jewish issues, and helping those in need. She has served as a home care nurse, a coordinator in both organ transplant and stem cell transplant units, and – her passion - education. If you are a nurse, whether retired or actively working and have not yet notified the Jacksonville Chapter of Hadassah, or for more information about the luncheon, contact Shoshana Haas at (904) 262-3537.

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JFCS announces campaign By Jewish Family & Community Services

You may have received a letter in the mail recently from Jewish Family & Community Services. Don’t be afraid to open it! We are asking each of you to be a part of closing out The Place We Make…the Place that Makes Us capital campaign. Thanks to the generosity of donors, JFCS has been able to purchase and renovate a new building and renovate our former headquarters. Once the campaign is complete, we will be mortgage-free so that all dollars raised can be put back in to the valuable resources needed for our clients. We are so close to our goal of $6,000,000, and every single dollar counts. Whether it be feeding a hungry family, providing financial assistance to those struggling to pay their rent or utilities, providing emotional support to those dealing with a sudden life change, JFCS is there for you when you need us. So we ask you to consider making a donation to the cause. If you would like to learn more about the Capital Campaign, contact Colleen Rodriguez at 904-394-5752 or go to

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CAN JFCS COUNT ON YOU? Help us as we continue the tradition of responding to the needs of the entire community by supporting our capital campaign,


When the weather cools, the JCA J Institute heats up By Jewish Community Alliance

The past summer season at the JCA was filled with fun and sun, and with school back in session, the JCA’s J Institute has a variety of fall activities for adults to enjoy. The J Institute is where adults come to learn, play and experience new things. Throughout the year, the J Institute offers a diverse lineup of speakers, films, health programs, personal growth opportunities, fun-filled activities and exciting day trips. Whether you are a Baby Boomer or Millennial, there is something of interest for everyone. Starting in September, the J Institute kicks things off with the Rabbis in the Round forum featuring an open discussion on faith and spirituality. Nestled amongst the Jewish High Holidays, programming continues with an array of art classes, workshops and films. Come October, adults can participate in the much-anticipated Short Story Book Club and Traveling Diner Dinner Club. Autoimmunity, Transcendental Meditation and Kinesiology health classes along with the long-awaited Bitcoin: The Future of Digital Currencies program offer opportunities to understand some compelling topics. Culture is king in November with the Annual Cultural Arts Festival featuring five authors, three films, a Cabaret and a children’s concert in the first half of the month and a thought-provoking interfaith program, Faith, Family and the Holidays, at the

One Year Anniversary of the Alan J. Taffet Building

By Jewish Family & Community Services

August 24, 2018, marked the one-year anniversary since JFCS has moved from its previous facility to the Alan J. Taffet Building. Consider stopping by if you haven’t already to see the new building and Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial Gallery!

end. In December, programming continues with The Scoop on Poop (yes, you read it right), which deals with gastrointestinal health, Dealing with Toxic People, Medical Marijuana and the Inside Israel Film Discussion Series, featuring award winning film The Band’s Visit. This is just some of the exciting programming slated for fall at the J Institute. To see the complete fall lineup, go to or call 904-730-2100 ext. 228. J Institute programs are open to the entire community.

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Third Annual Mega Challah Bake to take place in October

By Tammy Shumer

On Thursday, October 25, at 7 p.m., over 300 women from all over Jacksonville will unite and attend the 3rd Annual Mega Challah Bake. The Mega Challah Bake is an evening of Jewish pride, unity, inspiration and Challah baking! Joining other major cities around the world including Toronto, Miami, Los Angeles and Hong Kong! Jacksonville is proud to be once again part of this world wide event. The local partnering organizations of this event, Congregation Ahavath Chesed, The Jacksonville Jewish Center, Etz Chaim, Chabbad of north Florida, Federation Women’s Division and Beth El at the Beaches encourage all women from across the community to once again come together to discover the art of making and blessing challah while learning about challah’s unique connection to women. All Jewish women (12 years or older) are invited to learn from scratch the ancient art of challah baking. We will be teaching the best braiding techniques and the meaning behind the biblical ritual of making challah. You won’t want to miss it. Save the date: October 25 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Chesed.

Jacksonville Community Kollel opens its doors for learning By Rabbi Ephraim Weiss

As the Jewish new year rolls in, a new Jewish institution opens its doors. The Jacksonville Community Kollel is a center for adult Jewish learning. The idea of opening such a program here in Jacksonville has been years in the making and only now has the idea finally become a reality. A prestigious group of scholars will come together to create a community resource for promoting Jewish learning on all levels. The concept of a Kollel is something that has had great success in many Jewish communities and finally Jacksonville will have its own. To get a better idea of what this is all about we decided to present some background in question and answer form. Q: What is a Kollel? A: A Kollel is an institution which seeks to promote Jewish learning and Torah scholarship for scholars and layman alike. Our scholars engage in intensive study and group research part of the day while dedicating themselves to teaching and community outreach the rest of the day. This includes a variety of classes, study groups and individual study opportunities as well as informal get togethers and events. Q: Why the focus on adults? A: While a Kollel certainly helps inspire Jewish learning for children as well, thankfully our children have different venues to learn about their heritage by attending a Jewish day school or afterschool programs. Adults on the other hand, don’t always have such resources available to them. This is where the Kollel can be an invaluable asset; to provide Jewish learning opportunities beyond the synagogue for the adult level. Q: Is this only for affiliated Jews? A: No, the Kollel is open to Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations. Whether you’ve been studying for years or a newbie, the Kollel has something for you. Q: What if someone can’t read Hebrew? A: Not a problem, there are plenty of options to learn and study in English. Q: So essentially the Kollel will have a lot of classes? A: There will be classes on all kinds of topics as well as different study and discussion groups. Alternatively you can learn with a personal study partner, kind of like your own personal trainer in Judaism. Q: Is there a fee to attend classes? A: There is no fee to attend classes. The Kollel is funded by generous individuals who understand the value of advancing Jewish learning, and by members of our community who through their generosity allow this resource to remain available for all. Q: Who will be the faculty? A: The Kollel staff consists of a group of highly trained Rabbis who are passionate about studying and teaching about our heritage.

Q: Will there be anything at the Kollel besides learning? A: The Kollel will run all kinds of programs for the community including barbecues, trips and get togethers. Feel free to offer suggestions of things you’d like to see; we’re all ears. Q: How can we find out more information? A: Check out our website at, or you can email us at Q: Any final thoughts. A: The Jewish people are known as “the people of the book”. This book is what makes us unique. If we take away the book what do we have left? It is vital for our survival as a nation to be connected to our heritage and constantly be advancing in our knowledge of this precious book.

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Temple 20s and 30s turns 4, focuses on new year BY NICOLE MARKS T3 Communications Chair

The Temple 20s and 30s turned four this past August. As has become tradition, T3 celebrated with a party complete with a paper plate award ceremony and slideshow of the previous years’ events. Temple 20s and 30s, or “T3”, is a young professional group (20s-30s) of Congregation Ahavath Chesed. While Temple membership is encouraged, one need not be a Temple member to participate. The group is committed to supporting young Jacksonville Jewish professional develop or embrace their Jewish identity with religious, networking and social action events. This year, T3’s programming will include these quintessential T3 events -- T3 First Fridays, quarterly Torah on Tap, and the annual Hanukkah Party—as well as some new events, a Pre-fasting Italian Dinner on September 15, a Jewish Pottery Making Event in October, a Mitzvah and Mixer in November and a 613 Dinner in the spring. The T3 Board is focused on providing Jacksonville Jewish young professionals with more meaningful programs by inserting more religious, leadership and Tikkun Olam aspects to events T3 has become known for and by adding new events. The hope is to enrich our members’ lives and to be more inclusive to all individuals and families who are seeking Jewish connection in our community. Join us. Contact Melanie Hare, T3 Membership Chair for more information. We look forward to a Sweet T3 New Year and wish you and yours the same!

Lunch and Learn: Nourishment for the Body and Soul

BY KEN JACOBS GrayRobinson, P.A. Managing Shareholder

For the fifth year in a row, Lunch and Learn will provide an opportunity during the hustle and bustle of our hectic workdays to pause and reflect on how to bring meaning to our lives. Each month, Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum, Etz Chaim Education Director, visits with employees and professionals to conduct these engaging lunch programs at noon, alternating between Downtown and Mandarin office locations.  Whether discussing the meaning of an upcoming holiday, everyday life issues, or personal growth, Rabbi Feigenbaum facilitates interactive discussions with enthusiasm and passion. In addition to providing a delicious kosher lunch free of charge, these monthly sessions are uplifting and informative. As Mike Abel puts it: “I always enjoy the Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Feigenbaum. Not only does he always offer an interesting, insightful and relevant lesson, but it has also been most enjoyable to meet and get acquainted with other Jewish colleagues who work downtown and attend the classes.”  This year’s Lunch and Learn resumes Downtown on September 13 at the law offices of GrayRobinson, P.A., and the Mandarin Lunch and Learn on September 5 will be located at JFCS, 8540 Baycenter Rd., 32256. They are open to men and women of all denominations and backgrounds. We are grateful for the time that Rabbi Feigenbaum devotes each month to provide a delightful oasis of meaning and inspiration in our daily lives.

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Coping with Loss: Jewish Community Grief Support Group By Beth Shorstein

There is no right or wrong way to handle grief. For many people, loss can be isolating, painful, confusing, and life-changing. This group offers an opportunity for grievers to share their concerns and thoughts in a safe and supportive environment. Run by a licensed clinical social worker with more than 18 years of experience, Coping with Loss meets regularly to serve the needs of the greater Jewish community. Join us every other Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Dates and meetings are subject to change. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, email Beth Shorstein at For more information, call (904) 868-4400.

TIR welcomes young learners By The Temple

TIR (Temple Institute of Religion) is calling all young learners to join our fun, catch our spirit, embrace our sense of wonder. It all begins on Sunday, September 16, and everyone is welcome. Michelle Penson, TIR Director, spent a week at Camp Coleman this summer studying their programming, watching campers and staff engaged in worship and prayer. She observed how Jewish values were incorporated into every program. She observed the campers and staff building a camp community that extends beyond the summer months. “I witnessed campers living a Jewish life,” she said. “They used Hebrew words for everyday tasks, activities and places. They sang blessings every day before and after meals and during all kinds of activities. They learned about Israel. They were proud to be Jewish.” Similar experiences will be brought into our TIR classrooms this year and in the future. The TIR curriculum includes experiential learning in every single day at TIR for every student. Faculty members like Stephanie Natale Frus, Sondra Schwartz and Rachael Levin Barber will infuse

Jewish values, holidays and a deep connection to Israel into tangible learning opportunities. Rabbi Bahar, Senior Rabbi at Temple said, “I want our learners to learn with their hands and their minds. At the archaeological dig, students will learn about Judaica from our past. Art and music will be pathways to prayer and Torah.” Michelle Penson has planned field trips to River Garden where interactions with seniors will reinforce the value of b’tzelem Elohim (in the image of God). TIR students will participate in STEM (science technology engineering mathematics) activities linked to Jewish stories and holidays. They will continue to learn Hebrew utilizing the Hebrew Through Movement curriculum, taught by Morah Linda Ginsburg. Moreh Dave Flagler will be leading songs and prayer. Registration is now open. Children 3 and older are encouraged to enroll. Michelle Penson is prepared to respond to questions about curriculum. Please direct all questions about registration to Mary Ellen Hathaway. Both women can be reached by calling the Temple office at 733-7078, or better yet, stop by and say “shalom.”

RE:MIND panel discusses opiate crisis By Marion Tischler

Substance abuse, and specifically opiate abuse, is pervasive and does not discriminate based on religion, race or other socio-economic status. Opiates are drugs, like morphine or heroin as well as any drugs that are derivatives of the opium poppy, such as Oxycotin, Hydrocodone, and Percocet. Misusing prescription drugs has been a driving force in the opiate crisis. Often, opiate drugs are prescribed for pain, of which the dosage and frequency of use are not adequately monitored. It only takes five days to stimulate an addictive response. Addiction to prescription drugs often leads users to street drugs which are more readily available and of varying types and lower cost. Consider this: Sixteen percent of parents and 27 percent of teens believe that using prescription drugs to get high (escape, feel better) is safer than using street drugs. People with mental illnesses are three times more likely to misuse prescription drugs. Susan Pitman, Executive Director of Drug Free Duval, provided direction on how each person can be part of preventing prescription drug misuse: • Use medication as directed • Talk to your doctor about non-addictive options for treating your condition and consult them before adjusting medication dosage • Consider adding physical exercise as part of

recovery/treatment • Store medication in a safe place, not accessible to others • Call 911 for immediate help with a medication emergency • Properly dispose of expired and unused medications Dr. Raymond Pomm is medical director of Gateway and the architect of the Duval County Project Save Lives that treats addicts in crisis and engages them in long-term recovery. He said, “For many, drug use has been viewed as a recreational activity. Fentanyl (100-times more potent than morphine and many times that of heroin) is being cut into street drugs making them lethal for the users. Buying street drugs can be deadly!” The important message to impart to teens and adults: Buying drugs off the street is like walking into a mine field never knowing when you might step on a mine. One can no longer experiment as these drugs can kill on the very first try. The RE:MIND initiative offer its programs free to the community and our vision is to improve mental health and reduce stigma by changing the conversations and attitudes we have about mental illness and mental health creating a community of acceptance, respect and kindness. For more information, contact Marion Tischler at 904-731-7887 or

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Hadassah programming expands to Beaches, Nocatee By Liat Walker

Hadassah programming has expanded to the Beaches/Nocatee area. Over the summer, Jax Hadassah held a walk and Sea Turtle education program on South Ponte Vedra Beach. The walk was led by volunteers from the South Ponte Vedra Marine Sea Turtle Patrol, who explained how the sea turtle moms lay eggs at approximately the same spot along the coast, and how the Marine Sea Turtle Patrol checks the nests daily to ensure the safety of the eggs. Everyone who attended learned so much, and enjoyed a great walk. Programming open to all Hadassah members, but located in the Beaches/Nocatee area, continues. Plans are underway for the following programs: Jacksonville Hadassah at Beaches/Nocatee is beginning a monthly “Coffee, Conversation and Rosh Chodesh” group to be held at the Breezy Coffee Shop, 235 8th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach. For more information or to RSVP, contact Sheila Lieberman (904) 834-7174 or smlieb@ Attention Women Entrepreneurs & Artisans! We are looking for a few good women! Jacksonville Hadassah and the Sisterhood of Beth El the Beaches Synagogue invite women entrepreneurs, professionals and artisans to participate in a Bazaar on Thursday evening, November 29th. This event will be held at Beth El Beaches Synagogue, 288 Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information and to participate as a vendor, please contact Sheila Lieberman at or 904-834-7174.

Services Continued from pg. 6 Saturday, September 29 - Shabbat Sukkot / Setzer Youth Education Shabbat Shaharit: 9 a.m. Gan Shabbat: 11:15 a.m. Evening Minyan/Seudah Shlishith: 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 30 – Hoshanah Rabbah / Erev Shmini Atzeret Shaharit: 8 a.m. Minhah/Ma’ariv: 6 p.m. Candle Lighting: 6:55 p.m. Monday, October 1 – Shemini Atzeret / Erev Simhat Torah

Shaharit: 9 a.m. with Yizkor Shemini Atzeret K - 5 Youth Services: 10:30 a.m. Preschool Family Service: 11:15 a.m. Young Family Simhat Torah Celebration: 5:30 p.m. Minhah: 5:45 p.m. Congregational Groovy Simhat Torah Dinner: 6:15 p.m., followed by Ma’ariv and Simhat Torah Celebration for Adults, Teens and Children with Hakafot: 7:15 p.m. Candle Lighting: 7:47 p.m. Monday, October 2 – Simhat Torah Shaharit/Family Simhat Torah Service: 9 a.m. Simhat Torah K - 5 Youth Services: 11:30 a.m. Preschool Family Service: 11:30

Volunteers, Suzanne and Sooz, are pictured with Liat Walker, Chapter President, and Sheila Lieberman, Beaches/Nocatee program chair at this summer’s turtle walk.

a.m. Minhah: 6:45 p.m. followed by study session and Ma’ariv Candle Lighting: 7:46 p.m.

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Sept. 19 - Yom Kippur (Neilah) 4 p.m. Sept. 24-25 - Sukkot 9:30 a.m. Oct. 1 - Shemini Atzeret (Yizkor) 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2 - Simchat Torah 9:30 a.m.

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Tues. Sept 11 - 10 a.m. Rosh Hashanah Second Day Tues. Sept. 18 - 7:15 p.m. Kol Nidre, Erev Yom Kippur Wed. Sept. 19 - 9 a.m. Yom Kippur Yizkor Memorial Service •Approximately 12:30 p.m. •After haftarah & sermon 5:30 p.m. Mincha Afternoon Service - 7 p.m Neelah, Concluding Service Break-the-Fast • immediately following Neelah Conservative, egalitarian services held in the historic synagogue located at

See SERVICES, p. 33


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We appreciate our donors and want to express this each month in the JJN. Thank you to the following donors who have made a commitment to support the 2018 Federation Annual Campaign as of August 29, 2018. Names printed in BOLD TEAL denote a gift that was made after July 2, 2018. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Abel Mr. and Mrs. Michael Abramson Dr. and Mrs. Mark Abramson Dr. and Mrs. Scot Ackerman Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Ackerman Dr. and Mrs. Tony Adelson Dr. and Mrs. Philip Adler Mr. and Mrs. David Adler Mrs. Peggy Ageloff Mr. and Mrs. Michel Allen Mr. and Mrs. Michael Allen Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Alliance Mr. and Mrs. Norman Allison Mr. and Mrs. Howard Alterman Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Alterman Mr. and Mrs. Allen Altman Ms. Rosa Alvarez Ms. Barbara Ames Mr. and Mrs. Eric Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Allan Andrew Mr. and Mrs. Marc Angelo Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ansbacher Mr. Lawrence Ansbacher Mr. and Mrs. Barry Ansbacher Mrs. Sybil Ansbacher Mr. and Mrs. Larry Appel Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Appelbaum Ms. Eve Aptheker Mrs. Sandy Archer Mr. Robert Armel Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arnold Ms. Sara August Ms. Diana Azpiazu Mr. and Mrs. Frank Backilman Mr. Al Bagocius and Ms. Carol Doyle Mr. and Mrs. David Bailys Dr. and Mrs. Robert Baker Mrs. Audrey Baker Dr. Scott Baker and Mrs. Maureen Ruddy-Baker Mrs. Isabel Balotin Mr. and Mrs. Scott Balotin Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bannon Mr. and Mrs. Martin Barna Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Barone Mrs. Rita Baumgarten Mr. Jack Bazinsky Mr. and Mrs. Ben Becker Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Becker Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Beckerman Ms. Sarah Beekman Mrs. Mary Beissinger Mr. and Mrs. Morris Bendit Mr. and Mrs. Jean Benjamin Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Odell Bennett Dr. and Mrs. Guy Benrubi Dr. Isidore D. Benrubi Mr. and Mrs. Prince Benyehudah Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Berger Mr. and Mrs. Greg Berger Mr. and Mrs. Ira Berger Mr. Martin Berger Mr. Daniel Bergman Ms. Danielle Berke Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Berke Mr. and Mrs. Mark Berman Mrs. Steve Bermudez Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bernard Dr. Anne Bernstein Ms. Carolee Bertisch Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bettman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Beyer Mrs. Adrienne Biber Mr. and Mrs. Abe Bielski Mr. and Mrs. David Bielski Mr. Sheldon Blattner Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Blattner Mr. and Mrs. Larry Blaustein Block Family Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bloom Dr. and Mrs. Adrian Blotner Dr. David Blum Ms. Stacey Blum Mrs. Sue Ann Blumenthal Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Board Mrs. Traude Bohrman Mrs. Josephine Bonnett Mr. Robert Bossen Mrs. Rhona Botnick Mr. Wiatt Bowers Mr. and Mrs. James Brady Ms. Michelle Branly Mr. and Mrs. Warren Brattner Mrs. Joyce Braun Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Breault Mrs. Ruchel Broadman Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Brodsky Dr. and Mrs. Sol Brotman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Browdy Mr. and Mrs. Richard Browdy Dr. and Mrs. Andy Brown Dr. and Mrs. Robert Brown Ms. Alison Brown Mrs. Estelle Brust Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bubis Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Buchman Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Burke Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Burns Mr. and Mrs. Howard Buss Mr. and Mrs. Jan Butensky Mr. Leonard Cagan Mr. and Mrs. Steven Cantor Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Cantor Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Cantor Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cantor Mr. and Mrs. Howard Caplan Mrs. Barbara Carman Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Chait Ms. Miriam Chefer Mr. and Mrs. Barry Chefer Mr. and Mrs. Allan Cheiken Mr. and Mrs. Alan Chepenik Dr. Colleen Bell and Mr. Craig Cherrin Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Cherry Ms. Susan Cherry Mrs. Rita Clark Mr. and Mrs. Allan Cohen

Mrs. Shirley Cohen Rabbi and Mrs. Matt Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Danny Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Norman Cohen Ms. Joanne Cohen Dr. and Mrs. Donald Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Cohen Ms. Marion Cohn-Spitzner Mr. and Mrs. Jack Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Edward Constain Mr. and Mrs. Mark Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Coplan Mrs. Ellen Cottrill Ms. Cheryl Covitz Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Crafton Dr. and Mrs. Richard Crovatto Mr. and Mrs. Walter Crowder Mr. and Mrs. Steven Cutler Ms. Bev Darkatsh Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Datz Mr. and Mrs. Albert Datz Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Datz Ms. Joan Davidow and Mr. Stuart Glass Mr. and Mrs. Richard Davis Mr. James Davis Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Davis Drs. Leo and Joanne Davis Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Dayan Mr. and Mrs. Jim De Arman Mrs. Lisa De Marco Mr. and Mrs. Jon DeBardeleben Mr. and Mrs. Allan Decker Mr. and Mrs. Moti Demri Mrs. Marilyn Desser Mr. and Mrs. Harold Diamond Mrs. Ellen Diamond Mr. and Mrs. Scott Dreicer Mr. and Mrs. Sean Driscoll Judge and Mrs. Robert Droker DuBow Family Ms. Nanci Duchovnay Mrs. Jody Dughi Mr. and Mrs. Alexius Dyer Mrs. Sue Eaglstein Mr. and Mrs. Dan Edelman Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Edelman Mrs. Goldie Edelstein Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Edwards Mr. Marvin Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Martin Edwards Dr. Barry Efron Ms. Gloria Einstein Mrs. Lisa Eisenberg Mrs. Elizabeth Eisenberg Dr. Iris Eisenberg Mrs. Marie Eisenberg Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Elikan Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Elinoff Mr. and Mrs. Michael Elkin Dr. and Mrs. Warren Endes Mrs. Fern Estner Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Farhi Mr. and Mrs. Dave Fastenberg Ms. Betsy Federman Dr. Denise Sherman and Mr. Yakov Feig Ms. Harriet Feinglass Dr. and Mrs. Neil Feinglass Mr. and Mrs. Brian Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Edward Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Alan Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Feldman Dr. Alan Fetner and Dr. Mary Hartigan Dr. and Mrs. Michael Fetner Drs. Howard and Dina Fetner Ms. Gaye Feuer Ms. Etta Fialkow Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Fields Dr. Miriam Finegold-Price Ms. Anna Finelt Mr. and Mrs. Neal Finkelstein Rabbi and Mrs. Yaakov Fisch Ms. Cheryl Fisch Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Fischer Mr. and Mrs. Ben Fishman Mr. and Mrs. Myron Flagler Mr. and Mrs. Martin Flamm Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fleet Ms. Bobbie Fost Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Fox Ms. Sarah Fraden Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Franzblau Mr. Matthew Franzblau Ms. Ariel Frechtman Mr. and Mrs. Michael Freedman Mrs. Marilyn Freedman Dr. and Mrs. Michael Freeman Dr. and Mrs. Marc Freeman Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Friedman Mr. and Mrs. Steven Friedman Frisch Family Mr. and Mrs. Adam Frisch Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Frohman Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Fruit Judge Jerry Funk Ms. Elaine Furman Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furman Mr. and Mrs. Oren Gahanian Mrs. Helena Gandell Mr. and Mrs. Harold Garber Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gare Ms. Nicola Garner Mrs. Zelda Gartner Mr. and Mrs. Simon Garwood Mr. Victor Gaukhman Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gefen Mr. and Mrs. Larry Geller Mr. Sheldon Gendzier Mr. and Mrs. Gary Gendzier Mrs. Alois Gendzier Mrs. Sunny Gettinger Judge Marvin Gillman Mr. John Gilmore and Ms. Amy Grass-Gilmore Mr. and Mrs. Randall Ginzig

Mr. and Mrs. Marc Gladstone Mr. Peter Levy and Ms. Kim Glasgal Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Glassman Mr. and Mrs. Martin Goetz Mrs. Patricia Goldberg Mrs. Carole Goldberg Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Goldberg Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Golden Ms. Lauren Goldenberg Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Goldfarb Dr. Bruce Goldfeder Mr. and Mrs. Ira Goldfield Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Goldhagen Mr. David Golding and Ms. Leslie Carmel Mrs. Muriel Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Goldman Mrs. Irma Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Jack Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Karl Goldman Mr. Alan Goldman Mr. Kenneth Goldman Dr. and Mrs. Roy Goldman Mr. and Mrs. David Goldman Mrs. Hilda Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Marty Goldmintz Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goldsmith Ms. Bea Goldsmith Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Goldstein Mrs. Barbara Goldstein Ms. Janet Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Allen Goldstein Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Goldstein Mr. Harvey Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Goldstein Rabbi and Mrs. Robert Goodman Mr. and Mrs. David Goodman Mrs. Gloria Goodman Mr. Jonathan Goodman Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell Gordon Mrs. Naomi Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Goshen Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Jarzyna Gottlieb Family Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Gottlieb Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gottlieb Mr. and Mrs. Chris Gould Mr. and Mrs. John Grado Mrs Polina Graff Dr. and Mrs. Neill Graff-Radford Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Granat Dr. and Mrs. Brett Gratz Mr. and Mrs. Mark Green Dr. and Mrs. Alvin Green Ms. Diane Greenbaum Mr. and John Barrett Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Greenblum Dr. and Mrs. Michael Greenburg Dr. Melinda Greenfield Mr. and Mrs. Paul Greenfield Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Greenfield Mr. and Mrs. Steven Greenhut Mr. and Mrs. Joel Greenhut Mr. Gerald Greenspoon Ms. Gari Greenwald Dr. and Mrs. Earl Greenwald Mr. and Mrs. Edward Grenadier Ms. Ilisa Griffin Mr. and Mrs. James Grinnan Mr. Matthew Grinnan Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan Gross Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Arnold Mr. Michael Grossman Mrs. Roslyn Grossman Mrs. Dolly Grunthal Mr. Stephen Gurne Mr. and Mrs. Scott Gutterman Drs. Randall and Shoshana Haas Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Haile Mr. and Mrs. Greg Hall Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Halpern Mr. Robert Handmaker Mrs. Cynthia Handmaker Mrs. Bonnie Hardy Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Hare Mr. and Mrs. Gary Harlow Dr. Sherrie Harris Dr. and Mrs. Alan Harris Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Harris Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harris Mr. and Mrs. Alan Harrison Rabbi and Mrs. Shaya Hauptman Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hayflick Mrs. Sonie Hecht Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hedrick Mr. William Layton and Ms. Rachel Heiser Mrs. Leslie Held Mr. Steven Heller Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Helming Dr. and Mrs. Bradley Herbst Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Herman Mr. Christopher Hernandez and Mrs. Christopher Hernandez Mr. and Mrs. Brian Herschkowitz Mrs. Raymonde Higgins Mr. and Mrs. Ken Hilbert Mr. John Nelson and Ms. Murren Hill John and Helen Hill Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hirsch Ms. Masha Hleap Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hodor Mr. David Hoffman Mr. Royal Holian Mr. and Mrs. Jay Holiday Hazzan and Mrs. Jesse Holzer Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Holzer Mr. and Mrs. David Honig Mrs. Nancy Honig Mrs. Wendy Honigman Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Horn Ms. Sheila Horowitz Mr. Arthur Hurwitz Ms. Janet Healy and Mr. Charles Hyman Mr. and Mrs. Michael Isakbayev

Ms. Helene Isolica Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Israel Mrs. Judith Israel Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jaben Dr. and Mrs. Ira Jackler Mr. and Mrs. Ted Jackrel Mr. and Mrs. George Jackson Mr. Marc Jackson and Ms. Ann Tiefenthaler Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jacobs Mr. Darryl Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. Sam Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. Leo Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Jaffa Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jaffa Mr. and Mrs. James Jaffa Jaffe-Zimmerman Family Mr. and Mrs. Jon Jagodinski Ms. Anita Jarrett Mrs. Lorraine Jenkins Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Jolles Mr. and Mrs. Charles Joseph Dr. Edward Joseph Ms. Sharon Juhasz Mr. and Mrs. Alan Kagan Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kagan Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kahn Mr. and Mrs. Alan Kaminsky Mr. Jeffry Wollitz and Ms. Randy Kammer Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Kane Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kanner Dr. and Mrs. Larry Kanter Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kantor Mr. and Mrs. Jay Karp Mrs. Barbara Karsin Mr. and Mrs. David Kasriel Mr. and Mrs. Michael Katz Ms. Heidi Katz Mr. and Mrs. Alan Katz Ms. Michele Katz Dr. and Mrs. David Katz Ms. Libby Katz Mr. and Mrs. Manfred Katz Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kaufman Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kaufmann Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Kaunitz Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kaye Mrs. Barbara Kazin Mr. and Mrs. Jason Smith Ms. Sharon Kenner Rabbi and Mrs. Dov Kentof Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kersun Judge and Mrs. Morton Kesler Ms. Sharon Kesler Ms. Marcia Kessler Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kessler Mr. and Mrs. Rudolf Kigel Mr. and Mrs. David Kight Ms. Simone Kilbourn Ms. Ida Kirsner Dr. and Mrs. Garry Kitay Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Klausner Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kleiman Mr. and Mrs. William Klein Mr. and Mrs. Gil Kleiner Ms. Janice Knack Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kopp Dr. Michael Koren Mr. and Mrs. Howard Korman Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Korn Mrs. Annetta Kornblum Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kornhauser Mr. Yefim Brunfon and Mrs. Polina Koropova Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kossoff Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kraemer Mrs. Sylvia Kraemer Dr. and Mrs. Alan Krantz Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kraus Mr. and Mrs. Leo Kreisel Mrs. Carolyn Krestul Ms. Ann Kristal Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Kuhbander Mr. Don Kupfer Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kurtz Dr. and Mrs. Ron Kushner Mr. Carl Kutlin Mr. Louis La Russo Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Lafer Mr. and Mrs. Eric Land Mr. Howard Laner Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Langer Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lantinberg Mrs. Sonya Lasris Mr. and Mrs. James Lawson Mrs. Naomi Lazar Mr. and Mrs. Eric Leach Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Leach Mr. and Mrs. Edward Leader Ms. Jean Lebowitz and Ms. Thelma Lebowitz Mrs. Dorothy Legum Ms. Sybil Lehr Mr. and Mrs. Stephan Leimberg Ms. Tilde A. Lerman Dr. and Mrs. Eli Lerner Drs. Jeff and Ilene Levenson Dr. and Mrs. H. Ronald Levin Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Levine Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Levine Mrs. Eileen Levine Ms. Robin Levine Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell Levine Ms. Stefanie Levine Mr. and Mrs. Mark Levine Mr. and Mrs. Kal Levinson Mr. Alan Levinson Mr. and Mrs. Don Levinson Ms. Carol Levitan Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Levitsky Levy Memorial Fund Mrs. Phyllis Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lewis Ms. Suzanne Lichter Ms. Karen Lidsky Dr. and Mrs. Larry Lieberman Mr. Tyler Curl and

Ms. Jessica Ligator Dr. Leonard Lipkin Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Lipsky Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lissner Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lissner Mrs. Muriel Litt Mr. Mark Lodinger Mr. Herman Lodinger Mr. and Mrs. Alan Loeser Ms. Rhoda London Ms. Esther LoPiano Ms. Sherri Louer Ms. Sylvia Lubliner Rabbi and Mrs. Jonathan Lubliner Ms. Marcia Luettchau Drs. Robert and Anne Lufrano Ms. Diance Lurye Mrs. Betty Lustig Ms. Lucille Lustig Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mack Ms. Gabrielle E. Magid Mr. and Mrs. Steven Mail Mr. and Mrs. Leonardo Maiman Mrs. Raquel Maiman Mrs. Amy Malkin Ms. Maria Mamalui Mrs. Ilana Manasse Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Margol Mr. and Mrs. John Mitchell Mrs. Laura Marder Mrs. Marilyn Margol Mr. and Mrs. Alan Margolies Mr. and Mrs. Adam Marko Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Marks Ms. Caroline Marks Dr. and Mrs. Alan Marks Mr. and Mrs. Adam Marmelstein Dr. Donald Mars Dr. Ronald Mars Mr. Ben Marsh Mr. and Mrs. Bob Marshak Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Martin Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Martino Dr. and Mrs. Mike Mass Mr. and Mrs. Adam Mautner Mrs. Deinya Mautz Mrs. Charlotte Mayo Mr. and Mrs. Adam McDonough Mr. and Mrs. Tom McNett Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Melamed Mr. and Mrs. Walter Menaged Mr. and Mrs. Myron Mensh Mr. and Mrs. Paul Metlin Mr. and Mrs. Yosef Meyer Mr. A.J. Michaels Mr. and Mrs. Barry Michelson Mr. Alex Migdall Mr. Robert Milden Mr. and Mrs. Tony Milian Alexandra Miller Bequest Mr. and Mrs. David Miller Mrs. Jo Miller Mrs. Margaret Miller Mr. Daniel Miller and Ms. Lior Spring Mr. Matthew Miller Mr. and Mrs. Albert Miller Mr. Glenn Miller and Mr. Michael Miller Mr. Michael Miller Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Millrood Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Millstone Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Mintzer Mr. and Mrs. Alan Mizrahi Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mizrahi Mr. and Mrs. Steven Mizrahi Mrs. Judy B. Mizrahi Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mizrahi Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Montagna Ms. Cheryl Moore Dr. and Mrs. Craig Morgenthal Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Morris Mr. and Mrs. Joel Morris Ms. Vanessa Morris Mr. and Mrs. Todd Morse Ms. Geri Myers Mrs Marlene Myers Judge and Mrs. Bernard Nachman Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Nadler Dr. and Mrs. Peter Natale Dr. and Mrs. Alan Nathans Ms. Maria Natovitch Ms. Melissa Neadle Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Neadle Drs. Steven and Tmima Neihaus Mr. and Mrs. Lon Neuman Ms. Kym Newlen Mr. and Mrs. Robert Newman Mr. and Mrs. Lance Newman Mr. and Mrs. William Newman Mr. and Mrs. Michael Nicotra Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nied Drs. Michael and Sue Nussbaum Ms. Linda Oberdorfer Mr. Andrew Ocean Ms. Gloria Oehlman Mr. and Mrs. Jais Ohayon Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Ohayon Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Olesker Mrs. Donne Ordile Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Organes Ms. Allysondra Osborne Mr. and Mrs. Morrie Osterer Ms. Sandra B. Overton Ms. Marilyn Pagano Mr. and Mrs. Michael Paisner Ms. Leah Palestrant Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Palevsky Mr. Michael Pallen Mrs. Francine Parfitt Mr. and Mrs. Brian Pargman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Passink Mr. and Mrs. John Pataky Mr. and Mrs. Herman Paul Mr. and Mrs. Michael Paul Ms. Adele Paul Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Pearl Mrs Evelyn Peck Mr. and Mrs. Mark Penson

federation NEWS Ms. Ruth Penson Mrs. Sophia Pentel Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Perin Mr. and Mrs. Donald Perlin Dr. and Mrs. Gary Perlman Dr. and Mrs. Morton Perlman Ms. Meredith Persky Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Persky Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Peters Ms. Laura Platzer Mr. and Mrs. Michael Platzer Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Plaut Mr. and Mrs. Jay Plotkin Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Plotkin Mr. and Mrs. Richard Plotkin Mrs. Lita Poehlman Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pollan Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Pollock Dr. Judy and Mr. Ronel Poppell Dr. and Mrs. Steven Porter Mrs. Phyllis Portnoy Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Portnoy Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pozin Mr. Jan Pozin Mr. and Mrs. Marc Preminger Mrs. Anne Presser Mr. Neil Presser Z”L Mr. Bradley Preuss Mr. and Mrs. Ron Price Ms. Terri Quint Dr. and Mrs. Marco Rand Mrs. Laura Rappaport Mr. and Mrs. Joel Rappoport Mrs. Cornelia Rappoport Dr. Todd Rasner and Dr. Inbal Cohen-Rasner Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Rauchwarger Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Raudt Mr. Melvin Redmond Rein Family Mr. Jeff Reindl and Mrs. Marcy Reindl Dr. Harry Reinstine Jr Mr. Edward Witlen and Ms. Marie Reitzes Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Resnick Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Resnick Mrs. Barbara Resnick Ms. Sondra Resnikoff Mr. and Ms. Ronald Rettner Ms. Karen Rettner Mrs. Marian Rice Ms. Rachael Rice Dr. Deena Richman and Mr. James Richman Mrs. Ina Richter Mr. and Mrs. Matt Rickoff Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Rideman Mr. and Mrs. William Rifkin Mrs. Toby Ringel Dr. and Mrs. Harris Rittenberg Mr. and Mrs. Skip Roach Mr. and Mrs. David Robbins Mrs. Linda Rodman Mr. Howard Roey Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rogove Ms. Danielle Rogozinski Dr. and Mrs. Abe Rogozinski Dr. and Mrs. Chaim Rogozinski Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rogozinski Mr. and Mrs. Steven Rohan Mr. Jeff Rood

Mr. and Mrs. Don Rosborough Ms. Margaret Rose Mr. William Rose Mr. Paul E. Rosen Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Rosen Ronnie and Jerrold Rosenbaum Family Dr. and Mrs. Elliott Rosenbaum Mr. Jerome Rosenbaum Dr. and Mrs. Sanford Rosenberg Mrs. Joan Rosenberg Mrs. Janet Rosenblatt Mrs. Stacia Rosenblum Rabbi Shira Rosenblum Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rosenfield Mrs. Elaine Rosenthal Mr. and Mrs. Alan Rosner Mr. and Mrs. Steve Ross Dr. Emily and Mr. Erik Rostholder Ms. Hilary Rotenberg Dr. and Mrs. Neal Roth Mrs. Sandi Roth Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell Rothstein Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rothstein Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Rothstein Mr. Simon Rothstein Mr. and Mrs. George Rubens Ms. Nancy Rubenstein Dr. and Mrs. Devon Rubin Mrs. Arlene Rubin Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ruby Mrs. Shirley Rudnick Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rudowitz Mr. and Mrs. Leif Rush Mr. Joseph Rutansky Mr. and Mrs. David Saag Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sachs Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Sachs Mrs. Carol Sack Ms. Daryl Sadowsky Mr. and Mrs. Eliot Safer Joe P. Safer Endowment Fund Ms. Eleanor Safer Ms. Bess Saliman Ms. Debra Salinas Dr. and Mrs. David Sall Rabbi and Mrs. Marty Sanberg Dr. Eric & Marcy Sandler Mr. and Mrs. Neil Sandler Dr. Rachel and Mr. Daniel Sandler Dr. and Mrs. Craig Sandler Drs. Jeff and Wendy Sapolsky Ms. Mitzi Saul Mr. and Mrs. Mark Saye Ms. Lois Sayward Mr. and Mrs. David Schachnovsky Dr. and Mrs. Howard Schare Dr. and Mrs. Michael Scharf Dr. and Mrs. Jay Schauben Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Scheer Mr. and Mrs. William Schemer Judge and Mrs. Jack Schemer Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Schemer Mrs. Shirley Schemer Ms. Amy Schemer Mrs. Frances Schemer Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schemer Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schiller Ms. Ilene Schinasi Mr. Jonathan Schlackman and Mrs. Jonathan Schlackman Judge and Mrs. Harvey Schlesinger Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schneider

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Rabbi and Mrs. Avi Schochet Mrs. Laura Schulman Mrs. Sandra Schwam Shira and David Schwam-Baird Mr. Zachary Schwartz Dr. Renee Scott Mr. and Mrs. Allan Sebotnick Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Seebol Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sekine Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Selber Selevan Family Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Selevan Mrs. Mimi Selig Dr. and Mrs. Robert Selwitz Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Serkin Mr. Howard Serkin Setzer Family Dr. and Mrs. Barry Setzer Mr. and Mrs. Michael Setzer Mr. and Mrs. Alan Setzer Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Shacter Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shafer Mrs. Arlene Shainbrown Mr. and Mrs. Mark Shainbrown Mr. Barry Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Joel Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Steven Shapiro Dr. and Mrs. Craig Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shenkman Mr. and Mrs. Steven Sherman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shieldhouse Mr. Mike Shields Mr. and Mrs. Josh Shilts Mr. Harry Shmunes Shorstein Family Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shorstein Mr. and Mrs. David Shuman Dr. and Mrs. Michael Shumer Dr. and Mrs. Jules Sidle Mr. and Mrs. Edward Siegel Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Siegel Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Signer Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Silbar Mr. and Mrs. Allen Silberman Mr. and Mrs. Leon Silke Mrs. Cynthia Silverberg Mr. and Mrs. Gary Silverfield Ms. Barbara Berlin and Mr. Robert Silverman Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Silverman Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Simms Mr. Richard Singer Mr. and Mrs. Federick Singer Mrs Carole Sinoff Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sisisky Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Sherman Mr. and Mrs. Adam Skala Mrs. Irene Sloat Mr. Michael Smalline Mr. Michael Smalling Mrs. Joscelyne Smiley Ms. Laurie Smirl Ms. Francine Smith Mr. and Mrs. Avi Smith Ms. Dianna Smith Mr. and Mrs. Eric Smith Mr. and Mrs. Lon Smolensky Drs. Todd and Catherine Snowden Mrs. Phyllis Sohn Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Soilson Mr. and Mrs. Eugolio Soliven Dr. and Mrs. Michael Solloway

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Solomon Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Solomon Mrs. Carole Solomon Mr. and Mrs. David Solomon Mr. and Mrs. David Spencer Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Spill Mrs. Elaine Stack Mr. Rob Armstrong and Ms. Barbara Stafford Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Stark Dr. and Mrs. Mandell Stearman Mrs. Susan Stein Mrs. Marilyn Stein Mr. and Mrs. David Stein Ms. Ruth Stein Mr. Daniel Stein Mr. and Mrs. Martin Steinberg Ms. Talia Steiner Mr. and Mrs. Murray Stern Ms. Adele Stewart Mr. Richard Margulies and Mrs. Karen Stone Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Stone Mrs. Bernice Stone Mrs. Ann Stone Dr. and Mrs. Richard Stromberg Mr. George Strumlauf Ms. Linda Stuart Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Sugar Dr. and Mrs. Saul Sussman Dr. Millie and Mr. Edward Tannen Dr. Kenneth Tannenbaum and Mrs. Kenneth Tannenbaum Mrs. Marilyn Tanney Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Tavill Mr. and Mrs. Howard Teitelbaum Mr. Larry Teitelman Ms. Ilene Thrasher Mr. and Mrs. Lev Tillis Ms. Marion Tischler Dr. Karen Toker Mr. and Mrs. Marty Trachtenberg Trager Family Mr. and Mrs. Jason Trager Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tromberg Ms. Esfir Tulchinskaya Mrs. Carol Turbow Mr. and Mrs. Izrail Turovskiy Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ullmann Mr. and Mrs. Sean Valliere Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Van Ms. Ruth VanAlstine Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Vandroff Mr. and Mrs. David Vandroff Mrs. Dot Verstandig Mr. and Mrs. Vladimir Voloshin Dr. and Ms. Yan Makeyev Mr. and Mrs. Jules Wagman Mrs. Leonore Wagman Mr. and Mrs. David Wagner Mr. and Mrs. Sumner Waitz Mr. and Mrs. Ilan Wajsman Mr. and Mrs. Blair Walker Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wallman Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Ware Dr. and Mrs. Steven Warfield Mr. Michael Waskew and Ms. Elsa Mitschele Drs. Paul and Marte Wasserman Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wasserman Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Weihnacht Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Weiner

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new year greetings

Jacksonville Jewish News • September 2018

Shanah Tovah Rexine, Charles, and Asher Trager

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy Wild & Crazy New Year! Shana Tova from the Jaffa &

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year

Vinger Family: Irene and Jimmy, Sylvia, Andrew, Eliana, Moses and Micah, Karianne, Daniel, Maiah, Ava and Kyra, Laura, Shimon, Aliza, Menachem, Ezra and Meir

The Rothstein Family: Mitchell, Diane, Adam, Nina and Sophie

Best wishes for a year of health, happiness and peace Joanie & Ronnie Levin

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Happy New Year From Ryan, Marks and Stromberg Attorneys Real Estate Closings, Wills and Probates

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and

From the

sweet New Year

DuBow Family

Brent, Alison, Brooke and Eli Trager

L’Shanah Tovah

May your New Year be sweet

From Judy &

L’Shanah Tovah


Barbara, Brian, Kevin, Amy, Bailyn, Brooklynn, Marlie,


Milana, Ayden Herschkowitz & Freda Edward, Delaney &

and happy!

Edward DeAguilera, & Wendy & Daniel Berman & Joseph DePaul

From board members, officers and staff at the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville L’Shanah Tova and a happy, healthy 5779

Jacksonville Jewish News • September 2018

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Full STEAM Ahead By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

In June, Karianne Jaffa, K-8 Science and STEAM facilitator, attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in Chicago. The five-day conference offered 30,000 educators from around the world the opportunity to share and learn the very best in teaching science and engineering in the classroom and utilizing innovative technology throughout all subject areas. Mrs. Jaffa focused her training on coding, robotics, various STEAM methodologies and building a makerspace culture within schools. In addition, the conference emphasized teaching and modeling digital citizenship as members pledged online to meet this goal on Twitter using #digcitcommit.  “I am so excited to share the knowledge I gained from the conference with our teachers. After learning how to code virtual reality games of ancient Israel and building robotic rovers to simulate scenes from The Martian, I am inspired to create fun new lessons for our students,” said Mrs. Jaffa.

Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool plans for successful school year By Jewish Community Alliance

The new school year arrives with both excitement and anxieties for children and parents. Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten has several steps to help lower anxieties levels for everyone. Current students are encouraged to visit their new age groups prior to starting school to meet educators in a relaxed visit to the classrooms. New students are encouraged to visit several times before starting the school year. Frequency is more important than duration, and three separate 10-minute visits can do better than one 60-minute visit in helping to familiarize a child with new surroundings.   Students also receive a welcome postcard in the mail from their new educator just prior to school orientation on the Friday before school starts. Additionally, families attend a Welcome Brunch the Sunday before the first day of school.  Some tips given to parents include shopping for a new lunch box, reusable water bottle, backpack or clothes to add excitement to the first

day. Educators also encourage parents to allow their children to pick their outfits and dress themselves as much as they are able. A special outfit helps children feel confident and capable. Children get so few choices in their young lives that it is wonderful to start the day by getting to choose.  During the first few mornings after classes begin, parents can bond during the Boo-Hoo/ Yahoo breakfast, while administrators observe the classrooms to report on how children are adjusting to what can be a challenging separation. Faculty members at Michele Block Gan Yeladim make sure every child is welcomed, feels safe and is engaged. Students are encouraged to established routines at home to help reinforce the schedule at school. Things like having bedtime, breakfast and morning routines help children feel a sense of regularity and provide support for school days. Although sending a child off to school at a young age can provoke anxiety, Michele Block Gan Yeladim educators and administrators are a wealth of information to help you succeed. 

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Michele Block Gan Yeladim welcomes keynote Nicole Mercer on Positive Guidance By Roxanne Gordon

This fall, Michele Block Gan Yeladim hosts their 10th Annual Professional Development Conference on October 16, 2018, from 5:30–8:30 p.m. The topic of this year’s conference is Positive Guidance, presented by keynote speaker Nicole Mercer. Michele Block Gan Yeladim incorporates principles of Positive Guidance and Conscious Discipline to change the classroom into a socially and emotionally stimulating environment and guide educators and families toward more positive outcomes. Educators from across the First Coast area are invited to learn the benefits and strategies of this approach. During this conference, the keynote will address how Conscious Discipline offers positive change for both children and adults in and out of the classroom. Nicole Mercer, a Conscious Discipline certified instructor since 2009, has more than 15 years of experience incorporating these techniques into her cur-

riculum while educating early childhood and elementary aged children. Mercer has an M.S. in Child Development from Florida State University. She was also an instructor for the “Mind in the Making” course at Tallahassee Community College. Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation, the Chartrand Foundation and support from CSX, this conference is free. A select group of attendees will also participate in monthly cohorts with Mercer for an additional ten months. Information for the Michele Block Gan Yeladim 10th Annual Professional Development Conference is available at, or call Roxanne Gordon at 730-2100 ext. 259.

Innovation awaits students at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School By Heather Hamilton

This summer, two teachers from the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School attended a course on integrating the arts into Jewish education. Shana Gutterman, the art teacher, and Liat Walker, the Jewish Studies teacher, spent a week at Camp Ramah B’California in Ojai at a Teacher Institute for the Arts. At the summer institute, teachers learned about the basics of the creative process with renowned artist educator, David Moss. Moss is a Senior Mentor at Kol HaOt, which is based in Jerusalem, Israel. Other leaders of the program included Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz and Rabbi Matt Berkowitz. “I thought that, at best, I would learn how to better integrate

Jewish Studies, art and technology. Instead, I was transformed as an educator and a person,” Liat Walker said.  “The care, passion and planning that went into this course was more than I can describe. The fact that most of the activities, meals and down time were spent outdoors on top of the California hills just added to the already inspiring atmosphere.” The teachers from the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School were assigned a mentor who will work with them throughout the year to implement what they learned at the institute. Their project is to guide their students to transform Tefillah (prayers) into a living, growing 3-dimensional Siddur (prayer book).

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The Treehouse: A cozy place for baby’s first classes By DuBow Preschool

Fall is here which means it’s the perfect time to enroll in classes! The DuBow Preschool Treehouse offers Parent & Me Classes for ages 2 weeks-24 months old. With a new school year comes new offerings. This year look for a new class almost each weekday. Family Music & Movement, Baby Sign-A-Long, Parent & Me Yoga, Theatre for Babies, and of course our beloved playgroup Shalom Baby! We also have a special class ONLY for newborns (ages 2-12 weeks) which happens every other month. Come meet other parents in the same phase of parenthood. Treehouse is proud to welcome families of all shapes and sizes.We also have grandparents, nannies, and dads accompanying their babies to class - it’s a wonderful relaxed place to come be with other supportive caregivers. Go to treehouse.dubowpreschool. org or or call 904.292.1241 to obtain schedule information or to view photos and details on all of the classes. See you in The Treehouse!

Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten redefines Parent Night By Jewish Community Alliance

Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten, working from a model that proposes positive guidance and conscious discipline, is re-envisioning their classroom to help students understand relationship building and how to treat others. This change is reflected in a newly defined Family Learning Night to update their previous Parent Only event. The goal of Family Learning Nights is to experience learning together by participating in a mock typical day of school at Michele Block Gan Yeladim. Each age group is assigned an evening where parents experience firsthand how

their children learn by engaging in an intentional activity together. By giving this activity, parents are able to see the value of facilitating play with intentionality. After the classroom experience, families are invited to a complimentary dinner where they can socialize and build relationships with other families in their child’s age group. The importance of each age group having their own time is to focus on the developmental stage and what learning looks like for each group. Educators also share aspects of classroom language with parents, so they can be consistent at home. All of these elements work together for success in and outside of school.

Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, DuBow Preschool open new makerspace lab By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

The Martin J. Gottlieb Day School and DuBow Preschool are thrilled to be opening the doors to their new makerspace lab this school year. This lab will serve as a headquarters for continuing campus wide STEAM integration and a curricular focus on real world problem solving. The lab tools range from no tech (recycled materials and rubber bands) to high tech (robotics, littleBits, iPads) and will be available for teach-

ers to check out for classroom STEAM activities. In addition to supporting curriculum, the lab will be a hub for student makers when they compete in schoolwide design experiments. Two events the STEAM program plans to host this year are the Caine’s Arcade Cardboard Challenge and Rube Goldberg Machine Project. Students will also be invited to submit ideas for design challenges. The educators at MJGDS and Dubow Preschool are looking forward to a year full of creativity and fun as they encourage students to explore their big ideas.

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By Roxanne Gordon

For the past several years, Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten has participated in the Sheva Learning Framework, which applies seven Jewish values that guide educators and give roles to all aspects of the educational narrative. One of these values, Families Engaged as Partners, has been crucial to building a community of support inside and out of the school. Michele Block Gan Yeladim approaches the families of their students as partners in the education and development of young learners. When families are added to the curriculum as a resource for learning, there is greater opportunity for program expansion and collaborative education. By encouraging parent and sibling involvement in the educational environment, this Jewish value creates a platform where the family’s voice matters and opinions and suggestions are considered. Michele Block Gan Yeladim’s application of the Sheva Framework has created a community where ideas are exchanged, and teachers and parents continue to enrich the quality of education for their students.

Another successful summer at Camp Ki Tov By Camp Ki Tov staff

That’s a wrap on Summer 2018 at Camp Ki Tov! We had another successful summer full of fun, laughs and sunshine. With brand new opportunities, our registration was overflowing from the start! We had some new faces on staff eager to meet their campers, plus familiar faces eager to say hello again! This summer with our brand new themes, a few field trips off site and visitor’s onsite, campers enjoyed using our 34-acre property to enjoy their summer. We enjoyed mad science with Mrs. Burkhardt during the start of our summer and we ended our summer with some specialty weeks. We put on our very own Theater Production of The Ugly Duckling with help from Mrs. Stephanie Teitelbaum. We had an entire week of Color War fun and we cooked around the World with Ms. Ariel Newton. Plus, we even dove into the Lego theme and enjoyed making masks, designing our own Lego people and playing with a giant Lego set and an Imagination Playground. We enjoyed spending our Friday afternoon’s together welcoming the Sabbath by having our very own Kabbalat Shabbat program. Our campers helped to lead our service with prayers, songs, a story and the

Kiddush. Our L.I.T. program brought in lots of help for our growing cabins. Our L.I.T.’s had lots of fun learning leadership skills and making friendships while working with campers and other counselors. We had the privilege of hosting counselors from Israel at Camp Ki Tov and were excited about the love of Israel that they brought to our camp. We enjoyed Israeli dancing, learning Hebrew and tasting delicious treats just from Israel. As usual, we also had a great time at our annual Camp Ki Tov overnight. With close to 50 campers braving the night we enjoyed special nighttime swimming, flashlight games, Counselor-HideAnd-Seek, plus a sweet treat to round out the night. Those who dared even got to go on the famous ghost tour. As always, it is our goal to build long lasting memories for the children at Camp Ki Tov and we were more than successful. Thanks to the combined efforts of the administration and to the loving parents. A big shout out to our amazing staff of young men and women who dedicated their summer to making memories for our campers at Camp Ki Tov. We look forward to creating more friendships with your children next year during summer 2019 at Camp Ki Tov!

lifecycles Sympathies ...The Jacksonville Jewish Center community is saddened by the passing of Neil Presser on July 31st. We extend our condolences to Neil’s children Sheryl, Pamela, and Jeri; to sister-in-law Anne Presser; nieces and nephews Marilyn, Stephen, Jeffrey, and Lee. Contributions in Neil Presser’s memory can be made to the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Jewish Center, River Garden Senior Services, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, or the Alzheimer’s Association. May the Holy One comfort the members of Neil Presser’s family among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. ...The Jacksonville Jewish Center is saddened by the passing of Manfred Rotstein, the father of our member, Robin (Gerald) Bettman, on July 27th in the morning. We extend our condolences to Robin, her sisters Debbie Fischer and Mindy (Dale) Eisman; grandchildren Heather (Adam) Davidoff, Nic Fischer, Marcus Bettman, Brianna Eisman, Marla Eisman; and greatgrandchild Miles Davidoff. Contributions in memory of Manfred Rotstein may be directed toward Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. May the Holy One comfort the members of Manfred Rotstein’s family among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. ...The Jacksonville Jewish Center community is saddened by the passing of Julian Sauer, father of our member Melanie Hammer, in the early morning on August 6th. We extend our condolences to Julian’s wife Merle, children Melanie (Robert) Hammer and Michael (Nikki) Sauer, and granddaughter Sophie Hammer. Contributions in Julian’s memory may be made to The Coalition for the Homeless of Nassau County or the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. May the Holy One comfort the members of Melanie Hammer’s family among all the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. ...The Jacksonville Jewish Center is saddened by the passing of Jack Koolik on the afternoon of August 7th. We extend our condolences to his daughters Bonnie (Neil) Sandler, Susan (Ed) Pilcer, and Helene Saphire; his grandchildren Scott, Matthew (Amanda), Emily (Rob), Erika and Paul (Zach); his greatgrandchildren Dustin, Brooke Lynn, Olivia, and Leo. Contributions in Jack Koolik’s memory can be made to the River Garden Staff Appreciation Fund. May the Holy One comfort the members of Jack Koolik’s family among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. ...We are saddened by the passing of our member, Charles “Chuck” Slott, on August 12th in the morning. We extend our condolences to Charles’ siblings, Rene Montaigne and Marvin Slott; and to his nephew and nieces, Jeffrey Montaigne, Alicia (David) Bryant, and Erin Slott. Contributions in Charles’ memory may be directed to the Jacksonville Jewish Center by following this link, or Beth El Congregation of Harrisonburg, Virginia. May the Holy One comfort the members of Charles Slott’s family together with the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. ...We are saddened by the passing of Betsy Cohen, mother of our member Joel Cohen, on August 17th in the evening. We extend our condolences to Betsy’s sons Joel (Sharon) Cohen and Stan (Nancy) Cohen; and grandson Martin Cohen. Contributions in Betsy’s memory may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. May the Holy One comfort the members of Betsy Cohen’s family together with the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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Telling the Story of Crypto-Jews in the Southeast US By St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society Scholars from around the world will gather at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, 500 S Legacy Trail, St Augustine, Florida 32092 at 9 a.m. Sunday, December 9th, for a day-long conference seeking to understand the presence of the descendants of Jews under the Spanish Inquisition who came to Florida’s First Coast in the 16th and 17th centuries. The conference is open to the public. Tickets are $50 each ($65 after October 29th) and include a luncheon and all day coffee, baked goods and snacks. Overnight rooms are available at a special conference rate. Details and tickets are available For further information contact 804-914-4460 or email scjs.sajhs.conference@gmail. com

A Catskills gal remembers Labor Day in the ‘50s and ‘60s BY ISABEL BALOTIN Shalom Jacksonville Director

As Labor Day weekend approaches I can’t help but think of how significant and transitional that weekend was in the 1950s and 60s for my family and friends in the Catskills. For us and other locals in our resort village of Ellenville, NY in the “Borscht Belt,” it meant we could now breathe a sigh of relief from the high energy level of the summer season. The crowded streets and stores once filled with tourists, campers and summer workers would finally return to normalcy. My parents, who owned a kosher butcher shop, could now relax after working night and day servicing the many hotels, camps and bungalows in the area. They could now plan their winter vacation in Miami which they desperately needed. It was also the time for my brother and me to prepare for school, which always began the day after Labor Day. The tourist season was a boon to Ellenville’s economy and we were grateful for the many jobs it created for the locals. While the season’s end may have been a relief in some respects, it was also sad saying goodbye to my many summer friends who I would not see again until the following summer. Too bad we didn’t have email then. Prior to Labor Day weekend, there was a flurry of activity for the bungalow families who were packing their belongings to bring home to the “City”. Everyone in the

family was assigned to carefully separate and store some the supplies, housewares and other summer paraphernalia for the next summer season. If you weren’t returning, everything had to go back home. Cars, especially station wagons, would be crammed to the roof with cartons and suitcases leaving little room for people. It was a bumper-tobumper trip for thousands of families returning via Route 17 to NYC on Sunday before Labor Day. The ride home usually included a stop at the iconic Red Apple Rest. As difficult as this routine was for the bungalow families, the time spent in the clean fresh air of the mountains compared to the hot, muggy city life made it all worthwhile. As the renters began their treks back home, the bungalow colony owners began making repairs, painting, nailing down shutters and windows of the bungalows, and winterizing the pool, casino and other recreation areas, only to be ready, once again, for the colony opening on Memorial Day. Many hotels in our area remained open through Labor Day as it was a big weekend for celebrity headliners to perform. The larger hotels were year-round, but the smaller ones were seasonal so it was time for them as well to repair, paint and winterize their properties. Waiters and busboys, bellhops and office staff said their farewells and many immediately applied for weekend jobs at the nearby

year-round resorts. I imagine that local residents in resort areas such as Cape Cod, the Berkshires, North and South Carolina, Lake Michigan, Atlantic City, Maine may share similar experiences. How significant it is that the summer season for Catskill tourists began on Memorial Day and ended on Labor Day! A summer season sandwiched between two very

important and significant holidays in American life…one remembering all those who bravely gave their lives for our country and the other honoring the social and economic achievements of the American worker. It’s a wonderful memory and a great country!. Share your Catskills memories on the Facebook page: “I Had the Time of My Life in the Catskills—Borscht Belt.”

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adult education Sept. 2018 - Sh’vat Mondays * Monday Minyan Map/ Adar 5779 quest Monday mornings, folTo include your adult education event in this listing please e-mail the Jacksonville Jewish News at, with the time/date or frequency of the event from your specific organization or synagogue, along with a short description of each program or event.

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(Sept.26 – Oct. 17; 7 – 8 p.m.) Back Pain Prevention and Treatment – Neuromuscular therapist and personal trainder Tim Dailing leads this lecture and small group exercise series. Registration required by September 25. The fee is $90 and $60 for JCA valued members.

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(6 – 7:30 p.m.) Cyber Safety Workshop for Parents – Get the knowledge you need to create a safe and balanced online experience for your family. Taught by Billy Steeghs of OnDefend Cyber Security. Free to the community.

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(6 p.m.) Move with Ease, Take Care of Those Knees: Join Brett Frykerg, MD, from Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute, to learn about preventing knee pain and treatment options. Free to the community.

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(7 – 8:30 p.m.) Rabbis in the Round: Faith and Spirituality: Rabbis Bahar, Fisch and Rosenblum lead this though-provoking discussion on the roles faith and spirituality play in our lives. Advance registration appreciated. Free to the community.

Upcoming events at the Jacksonville Jewish Center Sundays

* Foundations of Judaism class  Sundays 10:15 a.m.-12:00 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. Our goal is to introduce learners to major events in Jewish History, and to explore the role of the Land of Israel in Jewish faith through the ages.  We will also encounter and respond to major 20th century events that have affected the Jewish people.  In September, we will continue our unit on Jewish Identity and Journey. Our only class will be on Sept. 16 this month because of the Holiday schedule. This unit is being taught by Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner. September 16


* NOW WEEKLY! ShalOM Meditation   Please join us for 25 minutes of meditation in a Jewish environment! At 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 (JJC).    September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

lowing morning minyan: Rabbi Lubliner takes us on a tour of Jewish cities, explaining history and current statistics of some well-known and not-so-wellknown Jewish communities around the world.  Sept. 17 * Talmud Class   Rabbi Lubliner explores communal responses to crisis in tractate Ta’anit. Open to all!  Mondays 7:15 p.m. Sept. 17

October 14

YIDDISH “CLUB” (no meeting in September)  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!

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Coffee & Torah Third Shabbat of every month.  Come enjoy a strong cup of brew, a tasty breakfast treat, and thoughtprovoking insights into the weekly Torah portion in the intimate setting of Rabbi Lubliner’s office.  8-9 a.m.    *Center Book Club: Open to all interested adults. NOTE: we will not have a meeting in September because of the High Holiday schedule.  We will resume in October.   Hebrew Classes: New classes for fall are beginning NOW!  Please contact Lois Tompkins at LTompkins@jaxjewishcenter. org if you would like to reserve a spot.    * Alef-Bet Hebrew  For beginners!  Learn (or re-learn) Hebrew letters and vowels, and some very basic vocabulary and grammar.   Also available:  If you are unable to travel in person to the class, we can include you remotely via computer by request.    * Service Skills (intermediate Hebrew level)   This class is designed to increase prayer fluency and help our congregants to become more comfortable in our Jacksonville Jewish Center weekday and Shabbat services.  Basic reading skills (knowledge of Alef/Bet) are necessary, but we will work together on reading fluency, higher-level reading skills, and prayer vocabulary.   *Conversational Hebrew Club: This group - just forming now -  is for advanced Hebrew speakers.  Members will discuss videos, readings, etc. as they continue to use their Hebrew conversational skills

Upcoming events at River Garden September 5 Jewish Java: 9 a.m. (with Michelle Pargman) September 9  ‘Grandparents Day’ Pictures with Bubbe & Zayde: 10 a.m. – Noon September 26 – Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Shapiro: 11 a.m. “Ushpizin and the Great American Sukkah: How Seven Guests Teach Us About Liberty & Justice for All” October 10 – Meet Rabbi Bahar: 10:30 a.m.; Jewish Genealogy: 6 p.m. October 17-18 – AJAS 2018 Regional Meeting “Philanthropy & Fundraising” – All Day

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Izzy’s Story: Only at the JCA Jewish Cultural Arts Festival IDF soldier to share powerful story with Jax community BY SHERRIE SAAG

Imagine a nice, young Jewish American boy who is raised religious, but also happily assimilated in peace and security in Miami, making the choice to move to Israel. This is where Izzy Ezagui’s story begins. “It felt like the right thing to do. As a young Jewish person growing up in the States, you learn Jewish history…. and honestly, I looked at it as a privilege to do something for the Jewish people,” Ezagui said on deciding to make aliyah to Israel where he joined the IDF, leading him on a personal journey of perseverance against insurmountable odds. On Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 pm as part of the JCA Cultural Arts Festival, Ezagui presents his memoir, “Disarmed,” which recounts how, as a 19-year-old soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces, he was struck by a mortar shell at the Gaza border and lost his dominant left arm. In his story, we learn of the courage, conviction and fortitude demanded of Ezagui to return to the IDF as a special forces sharpshooter earning him the distinction of being the only soldier in the world to lose an arm in combat and returned to the battlefield. “Helping Izzy return to combat was a risk well taken on my part. A few pages into Disarmed, you’ll understand why,” said Major General Yoav Galant, former commander, Southern Command, Israel Defense Forces. Join us to hear the rest of this great story this November. Izzy Ezagui continues to serve in an elite unit in the reserves and raises millions of dollars for hospitals, rehabilitation programs and the Birthright Foundation. He has worked

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JNF Continued from pg. 1 Jacksonville Humane Society and recently on the Jacksonville Zoo and MOCA boards. Linda received the 2018 Eve Award from the Florida Times Union honoring the achievements of women in Jacksonville. She and her husband, David, were the 2016 Philanthropists of the Year. “I am truly humbled by being selected as a Tree of Life™ Award Honoree along with Nina Waters, whom I admire, and who herself has achieved so much for Jacksonville,” said Stein. “We follow in the footsteps of so many exceptional Jacksonville community and civic leaders and dedicated philanthropists.” Linda is a member of the Mayo Clinic Leadership Council, The Council of National Trustees for National Jewish Health, Women’s Giving Alliance of Jacksonville,

Staff Continued from pg. 9 an alumnus of Ner Israel Rabbinical College of Baltimore and Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem. Over the past four years, he has been

with amputee organizations and young people across the country. His is a universal message of overcoming adversity and becoming your own hero. This powerful story will delight and inspire Jacksonville families. Children ages 13 and older are strongly encouraged to attend. This November, The JCA Jewish Cultural Arts Festival delivers a variety of opportunities for the community to enjoy—Jewish books, authors, movies, music and theatre. Included is the JCA’s 22nd Annual Jewish Book Festival whose books and author presentations were chosen to educate, entertain and inspire. We hope the festival serves to engage our community and foster a vibrant and closeknit community. Sponsorships are crucial to the festival’s success and are the reason all events are free and open to the entire community. We welcome everyone to be a festival sponsor and help bring the best in Jewish cultural arts and entertainment to our community. Contact Lior Spring at or 730-2100 ext. 318 for more information or visit to learn more about the complete festival lineup.

creating jobs here locally. That’s exactly why so many generous people are turning to donor-advised funds to support their giving. A donor-advised fund is like a charitable investment account for the sole purpose of supporting the charitable organizations you care about. When you contribute cash, securities or other assets to a donor-advised fund (DAF), you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Then those funds can be invested for tax-free growth, while allowing you to make a

charitable impact on your timetable. When you open a DAF with the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, you are investing in making a difference in your Jewish community. As of July 2018 our minimum to open a fund is $1000 and we are working to reduce fees over the next 3 months. Our minimum grant disbursement is $100. If you are interested in setting up your own donor advised fund, please contact Kellie Smith at 904-512-3796 or

Cathedral Arts Advisory Board, and more. “My introduction to Jewish National Fund began when it honored Richard Sisisky and Bob Shircliff, both of whom are fundholders at The Community Foundation and have served our Board with distinction, and for whom I have the utmost respect when it comes to their involvement in remarkable organizations,” said Nina Waters. “The Tree of Life™ Award Dinner honoring them was an eye-opening experience where I began learning about the organization’s century old commitment to the State of Israel, its devotion to its natural resources and its promise for the future.” Nina Waters joined The Community Foundation in 2001, becoming president in 2005. During her tenure, total assets have quadrupled to $398 million, as have annual grants ($40 million in 2017). She launched the ten-year Quality Education for All Initiative and three collective giving

circles: Women’s Giving Alliance, the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida and the Beaches Community Fund. In 2016, she and other funders established Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund in response to Hurricane Matthew. “I am deeply honored to be recognized by Jewish National Fund,” said Nina Waters. “To be chosen for this distinction is truly humbling, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share Jewish National Fund’s work with the wider community.” The Bernard Selevan Tree of Life™ Award Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront (225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202). RSVP is required by September 28, 2018. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at For more information, please contact Uri Smajovits at 727-536-5263 or

involved with our community’s youth in various positions including teaching at the Torah Academy of Jacksonville, leading the NCSY Teen Workshop and Junior Congregation on Shabbos and interim Youth Director. Outside of his involvement in the youth programming, Joey is a real estate

agent with RE/MAX Connects focused on investment properties, and he is a property manager. Joey and Ariella are blessed to have two beautiful boys Yedidya Moshe, and Akiva Simcha who’s bris took place here at Etz Chaim Synagogue. They enjoy spending time with their boys and traveling.

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Jewish Community Alliance welcomes two new positions By Jewish Community Alliance

At the beginning of July, Communications and Development Director Lior Spring transitioned into the position of full-time Director of Development. To fill the role of Communications Director, previous JCA Writer/Editor/PR Specialist Iman Byfield has been promoted to full-time Director of Communications. Lior Spring has worked in the nonprofit field for 15 years. She served as the director of Communications and Development at Jacksonville’s Jewish Community Alliance since 2012. Lior relocated to Jacksonville in 2012 from New York City, where she worked as managing director of Camp Programs at the 92nd Street Y. Prior to her eight years at the 92nd Street Y, Lior worked at the Jewish

Community Centers Association of North America in the Program Services department planning special events. Lior graduated from Cornell University in 2003 with a Bachelor Lior Spring of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. Lior and her husband, Daniel Miller,

live in San Marco and have one son, Jacob. Lior is thrilled to be the JCA’s first fulltime development director. Iman Byfield is a writer, editor and educator from ChiIman Byfield cago, IL. She joined the Jewish Community Alliance in 2014 as the writer/editor/PR special-

ist for the agency. Iman graduated from Chicago State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing and held various roles in the field of publishing and literary arts before moving to Seoul, South Korea as an English language instructor in 2009. Iman returned to the United States in 2013 to complete a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from her alma mater. Before moving to Jacksonville, she worked as a Literature and Composition professor at colleges in Illinois and New Jersey. Iman calls Mandarin home and is excited for her new position as the JCA’s communications director. Both Iman and Lior look forward to continuing to share the stories of the JCA with the Jacksonville community and beyond.

JCA families celebrate Sukkot with Pizza in the Hut

By Jewish Community Alliance

On Thursday, Sept. 27 from 6–7:15 p.m., JCA families will join together for the annual Pizza in the Hut celebration at the JCA. The JCA will soon erect our sukkah and gather to carry on the tradition of shaking the lulav and holding the etrog, while learning about this pilgrimage festival. During this event, children can also participate in crafts, and everyone can enjoy a festive, family-style meal of pizza, salad and dessert. Pizza in the Hut is led by JCA Jewish and Family Outreach Director Dave Flagler and is free and open to JCA valued members. Registration is required by September 21. For more information on this and other family programs at the JCA, visit

Jewish Community Alliance HAPPENINGS Sept. 2018/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

Vandroff Art Gallery

The paintings of Caitlin Flynn will be featured until September 26. For details, contact Heather at ext. 265.

Pizza in the Hut

Celebrate Sukkot with crafts and a family-style pizza meal on Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7:15 p.m. Free to JCA valued members. Registration required by September 21.

Sunday Film Series

Sandy Oasis hosts this showing of The Jazz Singer on September 16 at 2 p.m. This is free and open to the community.

Family Shabbat Dinner Matinee See The Best Exotic Marigold Join other JCA families for a festive Shabbat dinner on Friday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Registration required by September 5.

Hotel on Monday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. The fee is $5; JCA valued members are free.

The Reel Thing

Movie club host Sandy Oasis invites movie lovers to select and share films with friends starting Wednesday, Sept. 12. The fee is $6 and $3 for JCA valued members.

Israeli Cinema Night: Ushpizin See this Israeli film on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Register by September 27.

Sit and Get Sukkah

Sit & Get Fit participants are invited to join Michele Block Gan Yeladim students to decorate our Sukkah and celebrate Sukkot on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Free for valued members only.

Foodie Fundamentals

Children, ages 10 – 16, learn cooking basics and simple recipes on Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 4, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. The fee is $60 and $40 for JCA valued members.

Parent and Me Classes

Join us for Make Music, Stroller Fit Moms, Sensory Sensations, Story Time, On the Move, Prenatal Yoga and Parent and Me Shabbat through October. Free to the community. Call ext. 259 for details.

All About Apples

Children, ages 3 – 6, celebrate a sweet new year with apple treats and an art project with Morah


Karen on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 1:30 – 2: 15 p.m. The fee is $10 and $5 for JCA valued members.

Rosh Hashanah Kugel Tasting On Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., kick off the holidays with a kugel tasting. Register by August 20. Free for JCA valued members only.

Tea Cup Candles

Upcycle a teacup into a cute candle on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 12 – 2 p.m. The fee is $23 and $15 for JCA valued members.

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exceeds goal, comes to successful close

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.

By Jewish Family & Community Services

The annual Max Block Food Pantry Challenge has come to an end! We surpassed our goal of $10,000 to a final tally of $13,110. A big thank you to the Block Family Foundation for generously matching the donations up to $10,000. The pantry is a lifeline for nearly 7,000 people each year facing a crisis, helping to nourish and stabilize them so that the most basic human need of nutrition is met. Children cannot focus in the classroom when they are hungry and worried where their next meal will come from. Families cannot focus on higher level issues such as goal

setting, parenting, safety and self-sufficiency when they are battling extreme hunger and malnutrition. Seniors cannot maintain their health when forced to choose between prescriptions and food. By helping individuals and families satisfy their most basic human need, the pantry is a core service that we “wrap” around at-risk families, often supplementing other services that we are providing in the home or in the school. A special thanks to everyone who contributed to the Max Block Food Pantry Challenge. And a very special thank you to the Block Family Foundation for their matching support! You rock!

Café Europa connects Holocaust survivors with community Meals4You

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.

By Jewish Family & Community Services


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.

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-

JFCS facilitates Cafe Europa events to local survivors to help them build community and improve socialization.  JFCS partnered with the Federation’s Israel Partnership Director, Jill Abel, to unite visiting Israeli and local teens with some of our local survivors. They learned how to make a traditional Georgian dish,khachapuri, under guidance of Israeli shlicha, Shelly. The teens and survivors were able to discuss their commonality of being Jewish in different parts of the country. A meal was shared, friendships were made, and the teens stated it was one of the most meaningful experiences they have had. 

Sherwood Smith Award Nominee: LaShawnta Baker By Jewish Family & Community Services

LaShawnta Baker, an outstanding Senior Family Service Counselor on JFCS’ Family Assessment Support Team (FAST), has been nominated by JFCS for the Sherwood Smith Award. The Sherwood Smith Award is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary service in working directly with children and youth. LaShawnta has helped children and parents in our FAST in-home child abuse prevention program break through barriers that, prior to her involvement, seemed insurmountable. She has used her creativity to brainstorm innovative parenting solutions that have resulted in more peaceful and nurturing family relationships. LaShawnta is one of many qualified applicants who are nominated to receive the Sherwood Smith Award, but LaShawnta shines through with her dedication to peaceful solutions inside and outside the normal boundaries of her job. LaShawnta’s perseverance, professionalism and compassion help ensure that children are safe, nurtured and thriving in their home.

New JFCS child co-parenting class available By Jewish Family & Community Services

JFCS’ Great Kids Through Great Co-Parenting class is now available for parents going through a divorce. JFCS has been certified for the court-approved four-hour Parent Education and Stabilization Course that helps develop the skills divorcing parents need for successful co-parenting. Private and group classes are available. Group class courses are $35; private one-on-one classes are $300. Registration is required. Please visit to sign up. Classes start Wednesday, August 15, and will be available on Mondays from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The course will be available at 8540 Baycenter Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256 and at 6261 DuPont Station Court E., Jacksonville, FL 32217.


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Board Focus: Erik Rostholder By Jewish Family & Community Services

Erik Rostholder, CFA, CFP® is a Senior Private Banker for the North & Central Florida market based in the Jacksonville, Florida Wells Fargo Private Bank office. He works as part of a team that assists high net worth clients with comprehensive wealth management needs. In his role, Erik specializes in developing and implementing tailored credit, investment, deposit, and cash management strategies for clients. He also has over 20 years experience in commercial lending and commercial real estate (CRE). Erik earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of North Florida. Additionally, he reserves the right to use the chartered financial analyst® designation and is a certified financial planner™. When not at work or with family, Erik dedicates his spare time to Jewish Family & Community Services, where he is a board member, serving as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair. He is also a member of the River Garden Hebrew Home Foundation Board, serves on the Finance Committee at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, and serves on the UNF Alumni Association Board. Erik is a New York native but has lived in many places, including Boston and Atlanta. He and his wife (and Jacksonville native), Dr. Emily Rostholder, are now settled in Jacksonville. They have two children, Hannah and Ethan, and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Save The Date for JFCS’ Annual Event: April 4, 2019 By Jewish Family & Community Services

JFCS’s Annual Event - and its largest community outreach is happening next year on April 4. The Heroes Among Us event serves as a celebration of JFCS’ accomplishments. Stories are told by clients of the Agency to remind people that if you need us, we will be there for you. The co-chairs of the event will be Todd and Sheryl Johnson. Sponsorships are available. Contact Donna O’Steen at 904394-5714 or dosteen@jfcsjax. org for more information.

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

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 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.

- Please Note 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

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Inspiring meaningful connections with intergenerational programs By River Garden Senior Services

These days, there is much written about intergenerational programming and its benefits. Applied in senior care, the concept indicates that those born from 1925-1945 have opportunities to interact with those born from 1995 and beyond. The bottom line is likely no surprise: Bringing seasoned adults and kids together nets positive results. There are many facts that underscore the need and merit of intergenerational programming for seniors. Aging population is on the rise; extended families live further away; innovative care programs are needed; older adults want to share their wisdom and traditions; children provide an contagious source of emotional (and physical) energy. For youth, interaction with caring adults outside of the immediate family can impact levels of compassion, confidence and communication. Children learn to see beyond common stereotypes of old-age. Plus, beyond what is taught at home, activities with seniors convey values like respect to younger generation. “At River Garden, we are committed to strengthening our community in a myriad of ways and we are proud to host activities that deliver these life-enriching benefits. Everyone profits when all are engaged and feel valued,” said Leslie Held, Director of Jewish Life & Volunteer Services. For years River Garden has supported youth on our campus through employment of teens in the dining room at The Coves and the summer volunteer program. We also strive to include unique events on our monthly calendars. 

One recent event included a visit with the Tikkun Olam Exchange Program students.  Jill Abel, Jewish Federation of Jacksonville’s Israel Partnership Director, helped coordinate this ‘Speed Dating’ event, giving Jewish teens from both Jacksonville & Israel the opportunity to have short table conversations about people, lifestyles and pastimes

with senior adult members at The Coves. Another activity included a visit from PJ Library. PJ Library sends free, award-winning books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 8 years old. The morning social included River Garden members reading to the children, followed by snacks and hands-on family activities. Finally,

Get ready for “A Night Under the Big Top” By River Garden Senior Services

The 2018 Gala committee is pleased to announce that planning for the 26th River Garden Foundation Gala is well underway. A Night Under the Big Top will take place on November 17, 2018 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. This will be the greatest Gala on Earth and will take us back to the days when the circus was a magical evening of exotic animals and flamboyant performers. We are grateful to this year’s Gala Chairs Rachel and Colman Brodsky and are pleased to partner once again with SunTrust Bank as our Premier Gala Sponsor. The Gala begins with cocktails and our always-fabulous silent auction, and continues with dinner, amazing entertainment and dancing. We can promise you that this Gala will be different from all others and you won’t want to miss a moment. Gala proceeds support River Garden’s mission to serve the entire community with caring and excellence. Thank you in advance for your continued support. For more information about sponsorships or reservations, contact Kathy Osterer at or call (904) 886-8430. Reservations also can be made online. Individual ticket prices begin at $250 with a special Junior Patron price of $175 for those 40 and younger.


River Garden is always pleased to welcome groups like the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus and FL Hometown Girls for entertaining performances. These intentional programs create opportunities that benefit our families on multiple levels. Stimulating and fostering purposeful living is a key. Increasing socialization, teaching positive communication skills and helping youth appreciate history and culture are additional gains. Years ago, noted anthropologist Margaret Mead remarked about the need to bring older people and growing children together ‘to restore sense of community, a knowledge of the past, and a sense of the future.’ Added by Lisa Poremba, Life Enrichment Director, “We love how these activities bridge decades of divide and honor our fathers and mothers.  Thank you to all who make our intergenerational programs successful!”

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Rashanim in Concert: MOSH Planetarium By Ketih Marks

It started with a question, “Can Jewish music continue to evolve as Jazz and Classical continue to do, allowing room for growth and new ideas or are Jews forever held captive to Klezmer as their single musical contribution to the world?” The question, asked by composer John Zorn sparked a 25-year journey of hundreds of albums, thousands of performances all over the world, and a movement of young Jewish musicians under the banner “Radical Jewish Culture.” Rashanim, a trio of New Yorkbased musicians were one of the leaders in the forefront of the New Jewish Renaissance, having put out four albums on John Zorn’s Radical Jewish Culture series on his record label, Tzadik. Their music, a blend of various Jewish traditions, Jazz, 20th Century composition, world beat, and rock music that threads improvisation with deep Middle Eastern groove, speaks to where modern young Jews are today – caught in between thousands of years of tradition with a postmodern worldview where the world gets smaller every day. Rashanim is a power trio taking mystical Jewish melodies and fusing them into diverse compositions with heavy doses of improvisational jazz mixed in. “All About Jazz” reviewer, Warren Allen, said, “It makes for an eclectic listening experience that should appeal to any lover of creative music and melody.” The band, made up of guitarist Jon Madof, bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, and drummer/percussionist Mathias Künzli, will be joined by keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound engineer and producer Jamie Saft for the performance, rounding the trio into a quartet for the Jacksonville show at MOSH. In addition to the concert, graphic and visual artists Kedgar Volta, Willie Evans Jr., and Jseph Provenza will create custom graphics and animation using the Planetarium’s 360 dome projector. This will be a first for MOSH, having a production build custom-built graphics for an event in the planetarium. “We perform all over the world in a host of different venues from concert halls to synagogues, but we’ve never done anything as exciting as play a planetarium with custom-built

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graphics for our show,” says Madof. “It’s one thing to get asked to perform, yet another to be invited to a unique opportunity to work with graphic artists who have your music in mind as they build custom animation.” The concert, produced by Avant, is a continuation of the work of the Jacksonville-based nonprofit that seeks to enrich community by revealing the power of music through diverse arts experiences. The majority of their concerts have had a Jewish angle, with the most recent taking place in 2017 bringing Pharaoh’s Daughter to a capacity performance in collaboration with the Jacksonville Jewish Center. When the organization launched, they donated $4,500 worth of Jewish-related music, DVDs, and books to the Jacksonville Public Library. “When we performed last year at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, we were blown away by the sheer number of people that turned out to hear us (Pharaoh’s Daughter),” says bassist for both Rashanim and Pharaoh’s Daughter, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz. “When we travel to a city where we’ve never been, we rarely experience such numbers of people. We were all blown away by the warmth of the Jacksonville community and I’m so excited to return with Rashnim.” Members of the quartet perform or have performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Regina Spektor, Moby, Lauryn Hill, Vieux Farka Touré, John Zorn, B-52s, Beastie Boys, Iggy Pop, and the list goes on and on. All four are professional touring musicians, traveling regularly to Europe, Asia, South America, and around other parts of the the United States. Another one of Madof’s ensembles is Zion80, an 11-piece Jewish Afrobeat orchestra, seamlessly mixing the music of Shlomo Carlebach with the Afrobeat groove of Fela Kuti. Don’t miss the MOSH and Avant collaboration bringing Rashanim for their first public performance in more than a year to the Jacksonville area for this audio/visual concert collaboration. Tickets are available on 904Tix. For more information, check out


Audio/Visual Performance October 6 & 7 Tickets:




High Holiday Service Schedule

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Services Continued from pg. 15 >Information about Shabbat Shuvah and Sukkot: •Shabbat Shuvah: Rabbi Joel Fox will lead Erev Shabbat Services, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 14 •Shabbat Shuvah services, 10 a.m., Sept. 15. •Sukkot: Rabbi Fox will lead Sukkot services as part of Shabbat services, •Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., & Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.

The Temple

8727 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32217 904-733-7078 Saturday, Sept. 1 Selichot Dessert reception at 9 p.m. Creative experience at 9:30 p.m. Worship at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 Erev Rosh Hashanah Family Service at 5 p.m. Evening Worship at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 Rosh Hashanah Tot Experience at 9 a.m. (childcare follows with reservation) Morning Worship at 10 a.m. School age children and teen will proceed to their own experiences mid-morning Taschlich follows morning worship Sunday, Sept. 16 Cemetery Visits at 10 a.m. at Temple section of Evergreen Cemetery and at King David Garden within Greenlawn Cemetery Tuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre Family Service at 5 p.m. Evening Worship at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 19 Yom Kippur Tot Experience at 9 a.m. (childcare follows with reservation) Morning Worship at 10 am School age children and teen will proceed to their own experiences mid-morning Afternoon Discussion at 2 p.m. Afternoon Worship at 3 p.m. Yizkor, Neilah and Havdalah at 4:30 p.m. Break-the-Fast follows Sunday, Sept. 23 Fall Festival celebrating Sukkot at noon Monday, Sept. 24 Morning worship at 10:30 a.m.

Double Shot Jewish Java Michelle Pargman

Dan Kossoff

Sunday, Sept. 30m Simchat Torah and hakafot at 6 p.m.


Wed. Sept. 5th

(Writer, Producer, Director)

Monday, Oct. 1 Simchat Torah worship at 10:30 a.m.

“Find Your Inner Shalom”

“The Songtrack to

Beth El

288 Roscoe Blvd N, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 904-273-9100 Rosh Hashanah Sept. 9 - Sept. 11 Yom Kippur Sept. 18-19 To purchase High Holiday tickets or for further information, please contact the Beth El Office at 904-173-9100.

Join Michelle Pargman as she gives a dynamic presentation on finding your inner Shalom. See difficult people through a different lens. Increase awareness about your communication style through a fun and interactive survey and learn more about those styles that are the most challenging for you. Increase your inner peace (Shalom).


Wed. Oct. 3rd Your Life”

Dan Kossoff will present a nostalgic musical program you won’t want to miss! Nothing spurs an emotional reaction like music. Get ready for a stroll down memory lane as we enjoy the songs of our youth that made us laugh, dance and even cry. Let’s listen and even sing along with the many lyrics that are hard-wired in our brains.

RSVP by Sept. 26th

9:00-10:30 am

Cohen Auditorium - River Garden (11401 Old St. Augustine Rd.) Complimentary Bagel Brunch by Reservation Only Please RSVP to Isabel Balotin at 904-448-5000 x 1206 or

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peace and happiness for the new year.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront 225 E Coastline Dr, Jacksonville, FL

RSVP by September 28 at MORE I N FORMAT I ON

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