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Community invited to A Night Out with Federation By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

Adam Chaskin

JCA brings new CEO on board By Jewish Community Alliance

On January 1, the Jewish Community Alliance welcomes Adam Chaskin to the agency as the new chief executive officer. Chaskin comes to the JCA from Albany, NY, where he was the executive director of the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center for four years. “Adam exemplifies all of the qualities that are needed to be an excellent leader. We are confident that with his experience and vision, he will continue to lead the JCA down the path of greatness, and we look forward to working with him to help ensure the JCA remains a pillar in the Jacksonville community,” says Adam Frisch, past JCA board president. As executive director of the Albany JCC, Chaskin led the organization out of a long history of annual deficits, increased membership and increased the profile of the Albany JCC in the community. Chaskin began work in the JCC field in January 2012. Prior to that, he had a successful career as a college basketball coach. Chaskin is a 1992 graduate of The University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering. He has been happily married to Regina Chaskin for 25 years and has two sons Grant, 22, and Noah, 20. “Throughout Adam’s career, he has had a magnificent ability to recruit and motivate individuals to perform as part of a highly functional team,” adds JCA Board President Brent Trager.

See JCA, p. 29

As 2019 kicks off, the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville is busy preparing for a new community-wide event: A Night Out with Federation. Set to take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Jacksonville Marriott, this event is sure to be one for the books. In honor of the 2019 Annual Campaign theme “All Together Now,” the Federation has the goal of creating an event focusing on truly bringing the entire community together. Attendees for the main event from 7-8:30 p.m. will enjoy entertainment by BeatleBeat, dessert and an open bar. A special reception will be held from 6-7 p.m. for IMPACT Donors, Lions of Judah, and Major Gifts Donors.* This event would not be possible without Federation volunteers, donors, and sponsors. The event is co-chaired by Daniel Miller, Jeanine Rogozinski and Haley Trager. A Night Out with Federation sponsors are: Ansbacher & Schneider, P.A., Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Ken Jacobs/GrayRobinson, P.A., Jackson Lewis, Sylvia and Andrew Jaffa, The Jaffe Group at Morgan Stanley, Rand Consulting LLC, Dr. Chaim and Jeanine Rogozinski, Taverna, TD Bank and Wells Fargo - The Private Bank. To RSVP for A Night Out with Federation, go to or call Jennifer Rensch at 904-224-1401. (*IMPACT Donors = $1,000-$4,999, Lions of Judah = $5,000 and above, Major Gifts Donors = $5,000 and above)

2019 Annual Campaign Update

As we enter into the new year, the 2019 Annual Campaign is in full swing and off to a strong start. “We are pleased with our progress to date for the 2019 Annual Campaign, currently standing at $805,774,” said Iris Kraemer, Campaign Chair. “At the same time a year ago, we had raised $230,000 so our pace is good. Our gift-to-gift comparison shows an increase of $71,766 on the same gifts compared to the 2018 campaign. We are looking forward to the Women’s Division Champagne Brunch on January 6; our community event, A Night Out with Federation, on February 7; and the Major Gifts/Lion of Judah Event on February 17.”

Upcoming 2019 Annual Campaign Federation Events January 6

Women’s Division Champagne Brunch

January 12 Community Havdalah

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Major Gifts/Lion of A Night Out Judah Event with Federation

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JFCS Holiday Gift Giving program receives overwhelming support from community

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Thank you to the entire community! JFCS is overwhelmed by the support of our community. We are providing Christmas gifts to more than 100 seniors and 1,600 children in foster care, adoptive and preventative care. Thank you to all of you who have sponsored our clients, and the many volunteers that brought this program together! More than 200 individuals and organizations contributed this year to provide holiday gifts to more than 1,600 needy children and over 100 isolated seniors. Without your support, these individuals would likely not receive gifts over the holiday season. We’d like to acknowledge Sheri Trager Weiss for her incredible volunteerism throughout the entire holiday season. Sheri is our mensch of the season! The Holiday Gift Giving program has yet again accomplished its goal of leaving no family behind, and we cannot thank our supporters enough for helping us help people to help themselves.

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JFNA National Campaign Chair visits Federation Board, donors


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On Monday, Nov. 26, Suzanne Grant, National Campaign Chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, flew to Jacksonville to make a special visit to the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville. During her time in town, Grant met and had conversations with seven donor families regarding their gifts to the 2019 Annual Campaign and received an overwhelmingly positive response. At the November Board meeting, she addressed the Board of Directors about the importance of our donors and the power of telling our story. During the meeting, she told personal stories of seeing Federation’s dollars at work firsthand and the impact it has made on her life. She also facilitated an activity with the Board of Directors where people paired up and discussed Jewish values and how they help us tell our own Federation stories. “It was an honor to have the national campaign chair visit our community to give us a first-hand account of how Federation dollars are supporting programs throughout the country and the world,” said Lauren Rickoff, Federation Director, Campaign and Women’s Division. “Suzanne told a touching story of visiting an elderly woman in the Former Soviet Union who is so thankful for the food and medicine we provide for her. She also briefed the group on her visit to the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. She and other leaders within the Federation system represented all of us in showing their solidarity with the Jewish community there. It is because of visits like this that our leadership can gain knowledge on the depth and scope of the Federation system.” Suzanne currently chairs the Investment Committee of the Jewish Fund for the Future, the endowment fund of the Delaware Jewish Federation, and serves as a trustee on the Board of the Federation. Ms. Grant has also served on the Allocations Committee, the Executive Board, the Finance Committee, the Human Resources Committee, and the Women’s Philanthropy Committee. She is a past member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet and is currently on the board of National Women’s Philanthropy. She has been a Lion of Judah since 2000 and a LOJE since 2007. She is currently a Prime Minister’s Council Lion. In January of 2011, Governor Jack Markell appointed her as chair of the Delaware State Pension Fund where she also serves on the Investment Committee.

Above: Suzanne Grant leads an activity with the Federation Board of Directors at their Nov. 26 Board Meeting. Left: Susan Wolchok, Suzanne Grant, and Ken Jacobs

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Jacksonville Jewish News • January 2019

Tikkun Olam: Still best friends... still having fun

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BeQuestions with Kellie Smith

BeatleBeat to perform at A Night Out with Federation By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

It’s time for everyone to ‘Come Together’ for A Night Out with Federation on February 7. This new community-wide event will be a chance for the Jewish community of Jacksonville to gather together and enjoy a night of food, fun and entertainment provided by BeatleBeat. In preparation for A Night Out with Federation, we caught up with BeatleBeat for a Q&A.

Tikkun Olam Participant

BEATLEBEAT Q&A Q: How did BeatleBeat get started? A: Jimi Pappas began his Beatles tribute career portraying Ringo as a singing drummer with the Original Cast of Beatle Mania touring show. After hundreds of international shows, Jimi moved on to become drummer for the legendary Chubby Checker (The Twist). Moving ahead, Jimi started the BeatleBeat group in 2008 after completing a 12-year performance run at Disney’s Epcot with the British Invasion band. Choosing the best players from the Disney band,


we created BeatleBeat to concentrate on corporate events, small theaters and fair dates in the state of Florida. Q: Where is the most unique venue you’ve played? A: With the Beatles shows, we played most of the U.S., Canada, Brazil Mexico, cruise ships and more! Some of the most memorable


I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up to go on the Tikkun Olam trip to Israel. My two sisters had gone on the same trip and had “an experience of a lifetime” but I wasn’t quite sure what that meant. Our group of eight American teens from Jacksonville, Richmond and Charleston, and our chaperone Jill, were welcomed

by our new Israeli friends at the Ben Gurion airport and my thoughts quickly changed. I was about to have my own experience of a lifetime. As soon as we got to Israel, we hit the ground running, and the next two weeks were packed with tons of activities. We stayed with host families in Hadera and toured with both the American and Israeli teens. We did too many things

See TIKKUN, p. 29

rGEN, PJ Library to host Community Havdalah event Community-wide event to take place on January 12 at Jacksonville Jewish Center BY FAYE HEDRICK rGEN Director

COME TOGETHER with rGEN and PJ Library for a special Havdalah event on Saturday evening, January 12. We will join with our Jewish schools and agencies to close the Sabbath. The children from the DuBow Preschool, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, Gan Yeladim, and Torah Academy, along with members from The Temple, The Jacksonville Jewish Center, Etz Chaim and Beth El are all encouraged to attend. We will sing, make s’mores, listen to the guitar and hear stories under the stars. We will begin songs and stories at 6:45 p.m. then Havdalah service will begin at 7:15 followed by snacks and more in the Ansbacher Pavilion located outside in the back of The Jacksonville Jewish Center. RSVP by Fri., Jan. 4, to

Not ready for your evening to end after Community Havdalah? Join rGEN for an after-party at Wicked Barley!

Happy New Year, to all! I wish you all smooth sailing in the upcoming tax season. This month’s question comes to us from Lauren and Matt: “We want to be able to plan our charitable giving throughout the year. What is the best strategy to stay organized?” This is a great question that I think many readers are asking themselves, too. There are many great organizations with demonstrated need doing great works not only here in our Jacksonville community, but around the world. The list of worthy causes is endless! For those of us who want to feel positive and confident about making a difference, having to choose between organizations can be daunting. Here is my three step approach to getting your giving organized for maximum impact: Fair warning - I am telling you to sit down and talk as a family and work through it together. Be prepared to ask yourself and your family members that participate in your giving the following questions: “Why do we give? Who do we give to? and How do we give?” This is the perfect time of year to take all the momentum and motivation you’re feeling and gather your loved ones close – assuming you haven’t sent them packing after all of the closequarters holiday madness. The first step in making a giving plan is to reconnect with why you give. What are the values that mean the most to your family? Are they as broad as tikkun olam? Are they as specific as caring for the needs of Holocaust Survivors or providing resources for Jewish education? Whatever values compel you to give will lead you to the next step – which is identifying who you give to. The “Who” component should be easy to discuss. Many of these organizations and causes are where you want to give without even being asked. If you have felt in the past that you make financial donations out of habit or pressure, your heart is not tied to the donation which most likely means you are not tied to the organization receiving your “Gifts of Gelt.” Once you make the list of the “Who”, figuring out how much and how you plan to give can become more fulfilling. To arrive at the last step, “How,” take a look at the previous year’s giving and your current financial means. If your giving is driven by the tax benefits, please remember that as of 2018, the total value of all your available deductions would need to be greater than the new, higher standard deductions under the legislation which is $24,000 for married couples filing jointly. So giving a little more may help you reach the itemizing threshold. Regardless of the tax treatment of your donations, getting a giving plan in place will make it easier to respond to requests for donations – whether it’s a charity you’ve historically supported or one that’s brand new


Avigail Berke and Stefanie Levine light the chanukiah on the fifth night of Hanukkah.

Relaunch of B’nai Tzedek... investing in young philanthropists By Kellie Smith

On Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., the Life & Legacy Division, along with rGEN, hosted Hey B’nai, an event dedicated to reigniting the B’nai Tzedek young philanthropy program and launch Next Generation Grantmaking. The event was hosted at Manifest Distilling and was attended by community leaders, philanthropists and young professionals. Richard Sisisky opened the evening by warmly introducing Mel and Debbie Gottlieb, who have provided the match funding to establish more than 300 young philanthropic funds within the Jacksonville Jewish Community. Mel and Debbie are passionate about the initiative which was started locally in 1999 through their vision of investing in the people of tomorrow. Eleven nonprofit organizations within the Jewish community were invited to apply for a $15,000 B’nai Tzedek Next Gen Grant.

See B’NAI, p. 28

Mel and Debbie Gottlieb stand in front of a list of more than 300 young philanthropy fundholders they have helped establish in the Jacksonville community.

Professional Advisory Spotlight: Bert Livingston By Emma Pulley

Meet Bert Livingston, an independent financial representative of National Life Group. We are grateful for community members like Bert and many others who are generous with their time and expertise and are willing to share of themselves to create Bert Livingston educational dialogue and help secure Jewish tomorrows in Jacksonville. Q: What is your profession? A: Financial Advisor/Planning, A Registered Representative for Securities and an Investment Adviser Representative of Equity Services, Inc. Q: Where do you work? A: I am self-employed and affiliated with Equity Services, Inc. an independent Broker dealer and Investment Advisory Firm. Q: How long? A: I started working in the Financial Service Field in 1978, 40 years. Q: Area of Focus? A: I concentrate on working with suc-

cessful individuals who are serious about doing the right thing regarding their financial planning and money. Educating and consulting with those who have inherited sudden money or sold a business or retired with substantial assets. Q: What influenced you to choose this profession? A: I graduated from Jacksonville University and went home to my family’s Aerospace Manufacturing business that my father started, now 71 years in business, after he obtained asylum from Germany in 1938. I wanted to return to Jacksonville and start my own business. My research at that time pointed me to the Financial Services career as it is a “people” career and a way to help those who seek honest and sincere advice that is /was proven to work over time. Q: Favorite part of your job? A: Now, it is educating younger clients and serving my long standing clients who are in their retirement years, ages 65-92 who have been with me for over 35 years. Q: What is one thing you wish more people knew about planning for the future? A: That there is a right way to plan and that if one is serious about succeeding in the long run, they better do it right the first time around. Avoiding large losses is far more

important than obtaining temporary large gains. Patience. Q: Name the biggest overall lesson you’ve learned during your professional journey. A: Solid relationships between clients and all of their advisors is critical to the planning process, legal, accounting and investing. Never forget the importance of having adequate life insurance in place. It is far more important to have the correct type and amount of coverage than the lowest cost contract. Q: What are your connections to the Jewish Community? A: My primary connection is that being a child of a Holocaust Survivor our family established the Harry and Sylvia Livingston Philanthropic Fund at the Jewish Foundation here in Jacksonville many years ago and have maintained relationships within the Jewish community. Q:Where do you worship? A: None at this time. Q: Do you/have you served on the Board of a Partner Agency? A: No, just the Donor Advised Fund and various situations revolving around charitable issues.

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

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January Mensch of the Month

By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

It was a full house at Congregation Ahavath Chesed - The Temple on Sun., Dec. 16, as people gathered for the Society of Healers Brunch featuring Dr. Sigmund Kharasch, MD. Dr. Kharasch is an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department and is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He also periodically works at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel. During his talk, Dr. Kharasch spoke of the meaningful work that is being done at Hadassah Medical Center, as well as the barriers that are being broken. He spoke of the medical center as a place where people come first, regardless of their nationality or religion. “No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, people are people,” said Dr. Kharasch. “We must take care of them.” This event was co-chaired by Jill Metlin and Dr. Steve Porter. “Dr. Kharasch presented significant insights into the complexities of the Arab/Israeli conflict,” said Jill Metlin. “His personal stories of his colleagues in Jerusalem really hit home for me.”

Jill Metlin, Dr. Sigmund Kharasch, and Dr. Steve Porter

Dr. Wendy Sapolsky and Cheryl Plotkin

Dr. Steve Neihaus and Dr. Craig Morgenthal

Federation gears up for Super ’60s Super Sunday BY FAYE HEDRICK rGEN Director

Join co-chairs Ben Marsh and Sarah Olesker at Super ’60s Super Sunday to help raise funds for the 2019 Annual Campaign. The theme this year will coordinate with Federation’s Annual ‘Come Together’ Campaign and have a fun, Beatles, ’60s feel! This year, Super Sunday

will be held at Jewish Family & Community Services’ Baycenter location. In addition, the day will not be held on the day of the NFL’s Super Bowl game. Hopefully, this change will allow for more volunteers and additional donors to engage in this noteworthy campaign. Co-chairs Ben and Sarah assert, “We are honored that we can help Federation and our community this March! Come join us as we call EVERYONE and don’t forget it’s a mitzvah to

ask and to give! The money pledged today has a tremendous impact on the lives of your friends and neighbors both near and far. It’s exciting for us to help. This is a day to come out, to give your time and your resources to our community and those abroad who depend on the assistance from Federation’s dollars.” Be sure to mark your calendars now and be on the lookout for more sign up details as we get closer to the big day!

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Every project needs a Chair. Ben Marsh is among the first to say, “I can do

that.” When Temple asked for someone to manage its Facebook page, Ben said “I manage Temple 20/30 (aka T3) so, sure, I will manage Temple’s too.” When Temple chose to host Tailgate Shabbat on FL/GA weekend, Ben secured the food trucks and the bounce houses that enabled Temple members to celebrate Shabbat attired in all their college swag. Ben is a Temple Board member, President-Elect of Temple Brotherhood and an active member of T3. Ben’s commitment to the Jewish community extends beyond Temple. Last year, he co-chaired Federation’s Super Sunday. He makes a mean Batman! He is the rGEN Campaign Chair and provided “chauffeur” services in Federation’s recent mini-mission. Ben understands that lifelong Jewish learning is a mitzvah. In February, he will begin participating in the newest multi-session Jewish leadership development program, YESOD, led by Federation. How is it that the busiest people are the ones who find the time for the next task that needs to be done?

Flashback to Super Sunday 2018. Ben “Batman” Marsh hard at work making calls and taking names. Photo credit: Larry Tallis

THE Four Questions with Meryl Rittenberg By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

Each month, we feature a Lion from our community. This month’s featured Lion is Meryl Rittenberg. Q: Why is being a Lion meaningful to you? A: On the website of The Jewish Federations of North America it reads, “the Lions of Judah are among the most dynamic philanthropic Jewish women in the world.” It goes on to say that it is comprised of strong women of all ages, who are global activists and care deeply about the Jewish future. I have long admired our local women for their commitment to the Jacksonville Jewish Federation and to our Jacksonville community at large, expending

their time, energy and resources. As a new Lion, it is a great honor to join these women and share in their commitMeryl Rittenberg ment to social justice, helping those in need, and hopefully make a difference in today’s world and for generations to come. I’m excited to be attending the International Lion of Judah Conference in Miami this January where I will have a chance to learn from many inspiring Jewish women who are leaders, innovators, and

entrepreneurs from around the world. Q: What was your first Federation event? A: My first Federation event must have been around 25 years ago, so I have no idea what it was! As a young married couple, my husband Harris and I were involved in the Young Leadership Division of Federation and participated in events like Super Sunday and attended meetings with motivational guest speakers. Q: What is your favorite Federation memory? A: Without a doubt, my favorite Federation memory is participating in this past year’s mission trip which coincided with Israel’s 70th Anniversary. We

Shaliach Corner: Israeli artist Galit Goldman’s Twelve Tribes BY ROTEM GABAY Community Shaliach

Three years ago in his first speech after his election as the president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin divided the Israeli society into the tribes: the ultra-Orthodox, the religious, the secular and the Arabs. It is known as one of the most famous speeches in the Israeli society. Are we still divided between ourselves back from when the twelve tribes of Israel united from the biblical period? I have chosen to expose you to one of the most interesting exhibitions I have recently encountered. The exhibition deals with the interesting and contemporary question of the tribes of Israel. The artist Galit Goldman chose her final project at Shenkar, College of Art and Design in Tel Aviv, to divide the Israeli society into 12 tribes as she sees them: Orthodox, Israeli Arabs, Ashkenazim, Mizrahim, settlers, American Jews, Ethiopians, Russians, LGBTs, young people, veterans and refugees. In her artistic representation, Goldman chose to bind the collages to the most prominent stereotypes of each tribe in a direct way, and some will even say bluntly in order to arouse emotions in the viewer. The tension between what you think about the tribe and what the artist chooses to present creates interest but also conflict. In this unique way, the artist chooses to appeal, despite the very existence of the tribes in Israeli society. Should everyone choose a tribe? Can we live in several tribes together? Is it possible to live without a tribe at all? Looking at this exhibition raises many questions and interests for me and I find it relevant in Israel today more than ever. I see art as a place to share messages, criticism and especially selfexpression. As an Israeli, I understand that our society is composed of different groups and different people, but believe that despite this, and perhaps because of this, we have a shared responsibility for each other and for our country. We have the privilege to live beside one another in a democracy without labels and stereotypes but with respect and peace.

had so many unique and wonderful experiences with a fabulous, dynamic group of people mostly from the Jacksonville area. Some of the highlights included a bike tour in and around Tel Aviv, star gazing in the Negev, hiking through underground tunnels in the City of David, and of course praying at the Kotel on Shabbat. It was incredibly moving to be the guests of honor in a solemn Yom Hazikaron service where we remembered Israel’s fallen soldiers. Later that evening, the sirens wailed all through Israel marking the emotional transition from the sadness of the Day of Remembrance to the beginning of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, an official national holiday celebrated around the world with a day of parties, music and lots of barbecuing. We

were invited to celebrate with our sister city families in Hadera and had an evening together that I will never forget. Additionally, learning about the amazing programs and services that our Federation dollars help to provide for Jewish families throughout the world was really the final inspiration for the commitment to become a Lion of Judah. Q: What Jewish tradition do you want to pass on to your children? A: My wish for my children is to have many long years of health and happiness, a warm, loving Jewish home with a commitment to teaching our Jewish traditions to their children and to Tikkun olam, giving back to their community and making a difference in the world.

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Temple Bet Yam’s Annual Brunch and Card Party

How to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict By The Temple

Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum, will speak on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) beginning at 7 pm. “An end to war requires that there be a winner and a loser,” explains Dr. Pipes. “In the absence of this, conflict continues unabated; consider the difference

between the endings of WWI and WWII. Peace in the Middle East is stymied by a reluctance on the part of Israelis to convince the Palestinians that they have lost and that the Jewish state is forever.” The presentation, followed by questions and answers, will further develop this argument, which is making significant headway in Israel. Dr. Pipes received both his

BA and his PhD in history from Harvard. He spent six years studying abroad, including three years in Egypt. Dr. Pipes speaks French and reads Arabic and German. He has taught at Harvard, Chicago, Pepperdine and the U.S. Naval War College. He has been affiliated with Princeton, Stanford and Haifa universities. He served in five presidential administrations, including two

presidentially-appointed positions, and is the author of sixteen books. In 1994, he founded the Mid East Forum, an international organization which critically evaluates the region. Thank you to Dr. Larry and Kathy Kanter for sponsoring this learning opportunity which is open to the entire community. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

By Jacqueline Witte

Temple Bet Yam of St Augustine is holding its ever popular annual brunch and card party at the beautiful Hammock Dunes Club, 30 Avenue Royale, Palm Coast, FL, 32137, on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Join your favorite game – Mah-Jongg, Bridge, Scrabble, Rummy Q, Poker, Canasta, and more. Upon arrival at 10 a.m., enjoy coffee and pastries. A buffet lunch and dessert will follow at noon. Buy a ticket for yourself and treat your spouse or a friend to a fun day! Tickets are $30 per person and include food, games, and door prizes. For information and reservations, please call Jane Seiden at 954-319-0465 or Teresa Freedman at 774-994-2066. RSVP by January 18, 2019.

Daniel Pipes

Etz Chaim presents: The Joy and Challenge of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century

Jacksonville Jewish Center Sisterhood Creates By Jacksonville Jewish Center Sisterhood

Join Center Sisterhood on Sunday, January 27, at 1 p.m. at the Jacksonville Jewish Center as we create beautiful hand painted silk scarves to wear or to share. To create these one of a kind wearable art, we will be using permanent markers and alcohol spray on 100 percent crepe de chine silk 14-inch x 72-inch scarves that have hand rolled hems. Cost per person is $20 for one scarf and $30 for two scarves. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited, and reservations are required. To reserve your space, visit or send your check payment, made payable to JJC Sisterhood, to the Jacksonville Jewish Center Sisterhood, 3662 Crown Point Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257. All are welcome. To learn more about Jacksonville Jewish Center Sisterhood visit

By Etz Chaim Synagogue

On Sunday, February 10 at 12 pm, Etz Chaim is proud to bring back our annual Yom Limmud! Back for its fifth consecutive year, Yom Limmud is a day of studying and learning – designed to offer its participants the opportunity to develop a deeper connection to the fundamental concepts in Judaism, in an intellectually challenging atmosphere. With over 200 participants from all over the greater Jacksonville Jewish Community at each previous Yom Limmud, we look forward to another successful event! Presented by world famous lecturer, Dr. Erica Brown, this year’s Yom Limmud will touch on the topic of “Why Be Jewish? The Joy and Challenge of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century.” Dr. Brown is an associate professor at George Washington University and the director of its Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. She is the author of eleven books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality. She has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tablet and The Jewish Review of Books and writes a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and JTA. Erica has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University and Baltimore Hebrew University. She previously served as the scholar-in-residence at both The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and as the community scholar for the Jewish Center of New York. Erica was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. She is also the author of Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet, Take Your Soul to Work: 365 Meditations on Every Day Leadership and Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death (Simon and Schuster), which won both the Wilbur and Nautilus awards for spiritual writing. The event is sponsored by Lawrence and Kathy Kanter & family. For more information or to register, please visit or contact Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum at or call 904-262-3565 ext. 5.

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Life Line Screening at The Temple By The Temple

How healthy are you? Plaque build-up in carotid arteries, in the abdominal aorta, or in the legs can have significant lasting impact on your health. Screening can identify these issues before serious irreparable injuries result. Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) will host Life Line Screening on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Clay County gathers for Menorah lighting and Hanukkah celebration

With prior registration, you can be screened for carotid artery plaque buildup; for irregular heartbeats which could indicate atrial fibrillation; for abdominal aortic aneurysms and peripheral arterial diseases. The screening series includes an assessment for osteoporosis risk. This is done with an ultrasound screen of the heel bone to determine abnormal bone mass density. All five of these screenings are


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available for $139. There is no requirement to undress for any of these screenings. There are three ways to register: call toll-free: 1-866229-0469, register online at communitycircle, or text the word ‘circle’ to 797979 to secure an appointment. This opportunity is available to all members of the community. You need not be a Temple member to participate.



Jews from all walks of life gather in Clay County at the Orange Park Town Hall on the fourth night of Hanukkah, for a Menorah lighting and Hanukkah celebration. A mesmerizing magic show and delicious latkes and donuts were enjoyed by all. Although it was a chilly evening, lots of light and warmth were spread to all participants.

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Kids Mega Challah Bake By Chabad of S. Johns

On Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 pm, join the Kids Mega Challah Bake for a day of unity, inspiration, and “loaves” of fun. We’ll roll up our sleeves, and together, we’ll bake Challah: one to eat and one to give. Dozens of eggs. Cups of oil. Sticky hands. And lots of bright, smiling faces - but not just for the kids who make the Challahs. Think mini-aprons, lots of Jewish kids, and loads and loads of flour! “It’s an opportunity for Jewish children from all backgrounds and affiliations to come together and get their hands dirty - for a fun, creative and meaning-

ful experience,” said Mrs. Dini Sharfstein, one of the event organizers. Baking bread has always brought people together, and challah is extra special because it’s a mitzvah. The Kids Mega Challah Bake is for all ages and is open to every synagogue and affiliation, all Hebrew/Religious schools and organizations. This “Challah Bake” was started by a group of Jewish moms from various backgrounds with one common goal: unity through challah. Make sure to reserve a spot for your kids! To RSVP and for more info visit www. or call 904.701.4422 & 904.262.6641

Troop 12 Celebrates End-of-Year

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Chartered in 1916 at Congregation Ahavath Chesed, Boy Scout Troop 12 is an active, boy-led troop that participates in a variety of outside activities, including camping, rock climbing and high adventure summer camps. Consisting of 6 Scouts and looking to grow, Troop 12 had a busy year camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing and cooking at Rodman State Park, Alexander Springs, Camp Blanding, the Suwanee, Gold Head and O’Leno State Parks. With a diverse selection of campouts, service projects, well-planned meetings and advancement work, the Troop offers something for every Scout. Summer activities were diverse and included indoor rock climbing to escape the heat, work on ranks and merit badges, and summer camp at Camp Daniel Boone in North Carolina. Camp Daniel Boone boasts Boonesboro Village, a living history program which enabled the boys to learn life skills and crafts that were common in the late 1700’s. The Scouts were taught blacksmithing, knife making and sewing as well as the history of the period. When asked about his experience, Troop Guide Matthew G. said, “It’s awesome. I can’t wait to go back!” Alex Akilov completed his

training at Boone and became the Troop’s newest Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM). “We are always looking for parents to become involved and, hopefully, share in these awesome experiences with their Scouts,” quipped Jeff Rose, Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster. Last year, Eagle Scout Ethan L. attended one of Scouting’s high adventure bases, Northern Tier, where he canoed over 50 miles in the Boundary Waters between Minnesota and Canada. In Florida, Scouts can attend Sea Base for sailing and scuba diving. Two years ago, Noah D. attended a Sea Base where he stayed 6 nights on the gaff-rigged schooner, Jolly II Rover. He enjoyed an unforgettable adventure snorkeling the beautiful Keys’ reefs, fishing and hands-on sailing as well as a port-of-call in Key West. Besides getting to know Scouts from across the US, Noah’s favorite experience was snorkeling with a 12-foot hammerhead! The Troop’s philosophy, like its charter organization, is lifelong learning. A boy can earn Eagle rank and the Troop welcomes boys who just want to be a Scout and have fun! “We have Scouts of several faiths and we personally like the Troop so much, we carpool from St Johns and Clay counties,” explained ASM Michelle DeDeo when asked about the Troop’s membership. Scouts of any faith

See TROOP, p. 11

Upcoming events at Etz Chaim Synagogue Hogwarts and Hogwash Separating Fact from Fiction in the arena of Superstition, Evil Eye and Red Threads with Rabbi Yaakov Fisch Much has been written about these little-known concepts, and a lot of it is laced with misinformation and myth. However, there are traditional Jewish sources that seem to confirm the authenticity of these mysterious issues. Please join Rabbi Fisch for a fascinating discussion about if the world of superstition is consistent with Torah values. When: 7:30 p.m. at Etz Chaim Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28 Practical Parenting Classes with Henny Fisch Would you like to up your parenting game? Would you like to learn how to create a positive atmosphere in your home and how to create a strong parent/child relationship? Please join us for a sevenweek parenting series. (Please note: This class is best for parents of young children, but all parents are invited). Class will be held at the home of Cindy Handmaker on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.: Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20.

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Jacksonville Jewish News • January 2019

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Living in the Bible Belt


Shalom Jacksonville Director

When former Jacksonville resident Phyllis moved to a small southern community in the Bible Belt with few Jews and minimal Jewish culture, she knew she was going to be the one to bring some “Yiddishkeit” to her new home. In the short period of time the family lived in Jacksonville, they experienced a very warm, welcoming and active Jewish community. Jacksonville boasts an active Federation, choices of synagogues and Jewish day schools and preschools, a Jewish community center (JCA), a Jewish home for the Aged

(River Garden), a Jewish social service agency (JFCS), a Jewish foundation, Chabad, and kosher food - everything a thriving Jewish community needs and what many Jewish families hope to find in their new homes. Phyllis’s new community has one small synagogue, a Jewish Federation/community center, Chabad, plus an older Jewish close-knit population, but very little to attract young families seeking an active Jewish life. However, her small town has more than others in the south. In some smaller, remote towns where there are small Jewish communities, you cannot take it for granted that there will be services or even holiday pro-

gramming. A recent Jewish Forward article ”Jewish in the Bible Belt”, quotes Professor Louis Schmier of Valdosta State College in Georgia, who claims that Jews comprise one (1) percent of the population in the South with most living in Atlanta and Charlotte. For many of these very small communities, ‘circuit rabbis’ travel hundreds of miles to different congregations, often with fewer than 50 members.” So what should a new resident do? How do you find other Jewish people? First, you might visit the synagogues, meet the rabbis and other professionals. Then, you might want to also check out the federation and

other agencies (you can always be very pro-active and go online and look at the websites of these organizations before you even make the move) and get some sense of the Jewish culture. And, if you have the desire, you might ask for names of other Jewish families in your neighborhood and plan a casual get together. That’s the simple part. The hard part for Phyllis was finding some of them. My suggestion to Phyllis was be patient and to take a pro-active approach and to try working with other Jewish community members and to begin planning events comparable to Shalom Jax’s Jewish Java, where locals and newcomers can meet in a

public space. It might take some time for it to catch on but word gets out quickly and you never know who might be interested. Phyllis has a strong Jewish background, talents, and ability to not only enrich the lives of her family but also make a difference in the lives of her new neighbors and in the process grow the Jewish community. I heard from her recently, and she takes pride in being known as the “Maven” and has significantly transformed her community. When you hear stories like this it only confirms how blessed we are in Jacksonville to have everything we need to live meaningful and rich Jewish lives.

A Pickle for a Nickel By Marvin Feldman

Growing up in Montgomery, Alabama was a wonderful experience. On Sunday afternoons, we went swimming at the Progressive Club near the Old Atlanta Highway. Charlene, our wonderful maid, would make okra and turnip greens for our lunch. At Pesach, my Aunt Rose would fix her famous tzimmes while my Aunt Mickey’s horseradish would bring a grown man to his knees in tears! Then – there was “The Reverend.”

Troop Continued from pg. 10 are welcome. Upcoming events include family holiday event and a campout at the end of January. Troop 12 meets Thursday

After World War II, our small Jewish community of several hundred families contacted The Jewish Agency in New York. We needed a kosher butcher and someone to teach Hebrew to help us prepare for our Bar Mitzvah. We asked the Agency to find such a man and we would sponsor him and his family. They sent “The Reverend.” Who was “The Reverend?” Reverend Lieb Merenstein was different from everyone else in the community. He had a strange Eastern European accent

nights throughout the year at 7 p.m. at The Temple. All interested boys of any faith, aged 10½ to 17, and their parents as well as Webelos Dens are welcome! Plan a visit by emailing Scoutmaster Jeff Rose or ASM Michelle DeDeo at jaxtroop12@

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and a number tattooed on his arm from his days in Hitler’s concentration camps. As we struggled with our Hebrew lessons, he knew if we had prepared or were slack. One day, he told me that if I didn’t study harder, he would cancel my Bar Mitzvah. “AND DAT ALL!” We knew that he really meant it! He knew whole prayer books by heart. Sometimes we would try to trick him by reading the next Haftorah, but we quickly learned that he knew every Haftorah by heart. In fact, he

knew the whole Torah by heart. One hot Alabama summer day, he arrived at Hebrew school with an ear-to-ear smile on his round face. He told us that two nuns who had come to his store were speaking with each other in Polish. He had not heard Polish spoken in nearly twenty years and surprised the nuns by joining in their Polish conversation. In the afternoons, he would arrive at Hebrew School, his apron covered with blood stains from his butchering of kosher meat. He would take orders

for food and sell us corned beef sandwiches for snacks. We youngsters would make fun of his foreign accent by imitating him behind his back. We would pretend to be “The Reverend” by saying to each other, “A Peeeckle for a Neeeckel.” In has been more than fifty years since my Bar Mitzvah in Montgomery, Alabama but Reverend Merenstein’s words (even more powerful than Aunt Mickey’s horseradish) are as fresh in my memory as if they were spoken this morning!

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Community gathers at Amelia Island Hanukkah party By Jewish Community of Amelia Island

By River Garden Senior Services

Sunday, Dec. 9, was the Jewish Community of Amelia Island Hanukkah party at St Peter’s Church Burns Hall. 112 members of the JCAI and St Peter’s Church attended, including several children. There was, as usual, great food, music provided by Robin Bruck and her trio, dancing the Hora in between the tables and chairs and dreidel being played at the table with Hanukkah gelt. Steve Leimberg retold the story of Hanukkah for our St Peter’s family.

The 2018 River Garden Foundation Gala, A Night Under The Big Top, was a huge success. Almost 600 guests enjoyed fabulous cocktails, great silent auction finds, dinner, dancing and entertainment galore. Along with the great sounds of the All In One Band, attendees were enthralled with the talents of our friends from Bittersweet Studios… ladies on silks and lyra, swings in the air, a stilt walker, magicians, jugglers and a contortionist. There was something for everyone. The evening closed with late night dessert and champagne. More than $220,000 net was raised to benefit the residents of River Garden. Thank you to everyone who helped make this evening a wonderful success. Special thanks to our Premier Gala Sponsor SunTrust, our Chairs Rachel and Colman Brodsky and their wonderful committee. If you want to get in on the fun, save the date for next year – November 16, 2019, at Sawgrass Marriott.

Jacksonville Jewish Center hosts Latkes & Vodkas By Jacksonville Jewish Center

On the 7th night of Hanukkah, Saturday, December 7, 2018, the Jacksonville Jewish Center hosted Latkes & Vodkas, its annual Hanukkah Party filled with food, friends, music and more. With music from Sass-N-Brass, a few special guest performers and those in attendance, the yummy latkes and salad bar from Margo’s Catering, the casino games, and the Drip Pour Art crafts, there was something for everyone! Yasher Koach to our event chair Rhoda Goldstein and her committee for a wonderful and fun-filled evening for everyone in attendance.

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Top left: River Garden CEO Martin Goetz and Mayor Lenny Curry under the big top with their lovely ladies Susie and Molly Top right: Ed and Linda Salem enjoy a drink with friends Debbie and Jeff Parker Bottom left: Tom Beams, representing Premier Gala Sponsor SunTrust, accepts thanks from River Garden Foundation President, Jeanine Rogozinski Bottom right: Sandy Zimmerman enjoys the company of the lovely Gayle Bailys and Lynn Zimmerman Photos by Larry Tallis

WRJ Temple Sisterhood invites men, women to BINGO night By WRJ Temple Sisterhood

WRJ Temple Sisterhood invites women and men of all ages to a fun-filled evening of BINGO at Temple on Saturday, February 16 from 6-9:30 p.m. Your $20 per person donation includes pizza, salad, soda and one Bingo sheet set. Additional Bingo sheet sets, as well as beer, can be purchased. Cash prizes will be awarded for each Bingo game. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Mail your reservation along with your $20 check made out to Temple Sisterhood with BINGO written on the memo

line. Send to: Congregation Ahavath Chesed, 8727 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32217. Women of Reform Judaism strengthens the voices of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocates for and promotes progressive Jewish values. Jean Seltzer, event chair, invites the community to join in a wonderful night of food, fun, prizes, and BINGO. Questions? Call Jean at 904-448-1048.

Chabad hosts community-wide Hanukkah celebration at the Landing By Chabad of the South

Jacksonville Hadassah’s new leadership award created to empower women By Helen Hill

When looking for a way to honor our dear friend Tricia Bettman, who passed away in June 2018, it was decided to create a leadership award in her memory. On January 17, 2019, the first such award will be presented posthumously to Tricia Kagan Bettman at Jacksonville Hadas-

sah’s Chai Society Luncheon. This will begin a new tradition of bestowing this prestigious award to future individuals who demonstrate outstanding qualities of leadership within the Hadassah organization and in the Jewish community. Tricia held many leadership roles as both a volunteer and professional. She was a life member of Hadassah and

served on both the chapter and region boards. She was active on various committees at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, served as a docent at the Cummer Museum, belonged to several book clubs and ran a book club for seniors at the Coves Residences in River Garden Hebrew Home. She taught high school history, was a faculty member at

UNF, and ran her own successful company, the North Florida Center for Training and Development leading seminars and serving as a motivational speaker for corporations and the military throughout the country. We are grateful for the opportunity to collectively honor the memory of a great leader while acknowledging the importance that Hadassah places

on empowering women in leadership roles, and appreciative of the many friends who have been working to help make this event a success. The luncheon will be held on Thursday, January 17, at Deercreek Country Club. Reservations are due by January 7. For more information, contact Jodi Seitlin at 904-2542322 or

Hundreds of people from all over Northeast Fl gathered together to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. on Sun., Dec. 2. The event was sponsored and organized by all six Chabad Centers on the First Coast.

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JFCS Survivor Series: Joseph and Emma Redsten

By Jewish Community Alliance

This year, the Jewish Community Alliance has another exciting lineup of rising, young concert artists visiting Jacksonville to share their musical talent. The JCA Young Concert Artists Series starts with a performance by violinist SooBeen Lee on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the JCA. Thanks to the generosity of the Berman Family, this concert is free to the community. Lee has been called Korea’s “hottest violin prodigy.” She began her studies at the age of four and by eight years old, she won the National Competition of the Korean Chamber Orchestra. A year later, Lee made her Seoul, South Korea recital debut on the Kumho Prodigy Concert Series. A winner of the 2014 Young Concert Artists Auditions, Lee has appeared as soloist with every major Korean orchestra, including the Seoul Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed for festivals around the world. Lee studies at the SooBeen Lee – Photo by Matt Dine New England Conservatory with Miriam Fried and recently performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto as winner of their 2018 Concerto Competition. The JCA is happy to welcome this brilliant newcomer as she launches her career. For details, contact Heather at 730-2100 ext. 265 or

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By Jewish Family & Community Services

The Temple presents program: Searching for hope in our neighbors By The Temple

Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) welcomes Yossi Klein Halevi, journalist, author and political activist on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. The entire community is welcome to the Community Breakfast at 10 a.m. Halevi will participate in a discussion with MLI (Muslim Leadership Initiative) about the value of interfaith dialogue with our Muslim neighbors. “In an era when having difficult discussions seems to be all the more challenging, I am hopeful that this conversation will inspire us to keep stepping forward,” explains Rabbi Elizabeth Bahar, Senior Rabbi at The Temple. Halevi will share his book, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for Hope with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land, which is scheduled to be republished in January. Born in Borough Park in Brooklyn, Halevi received his BA from Brooklyn College and his MA from Northwestern University. He made aliyah to Israel in 1982. Halevi worked as

a senior writer for the bi-weekly magazine, The Jerusalem Report, from its founding in 1990 until 2002. Halevi wrote a column for The Jerusalem Post and has written op-eds on Israeli issues for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. Halevi has been active in Middle East reconciliation efforts and serves as chairman of Open House, an Arab-Jewish educational project in the working class town of Ramle. In the summer of 2013, Halevi and Imam Abdullah Antepli, the founding director of Duke University’s Center for Muslim Life, established the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI), which brings North American Muslims to Israel to learn about Judaism, Zionism, and Israel. To RSVP, contact the Temple at 904-733-7078 or send an email to rsvp@thetempleJacksonville. org by Jan. 21. This event is sponsored by Congregation Ahavath Chesed, Jacksonville Jewish Center, Etz Chaim Synagogue and Muslim Leadership Initiative.

PALM COAST - Joseph Redsten always keeps more food in his pantry than he needs. His wife Emma knows it doesn’t make sense, but she understands his compulsion is rooted deeply in childhood memories of watching thousands around him starve in a Romanian ghetto. “Things like that, that happen in your early childhood, they stay with you,” she said. Joseph was four years old in July 1941 when his family’s small Ukrainian village of Krasnoe near Tyvrov was occupied first by Germans and then by Romanian soldiers. He remembers the soldiers with dogs pouring into town on motorcycles, the men being separated from their families and the women and children being shepherded into a newly established Jewish ghetto surrounded by barbed wire. But mostly, he remembers the hunger. During his more than three years in the ghetto, Joseph watched thousands starve. He remembers the kwashiorkor: a bloating of the stomach that occurs as the malnourished begin retaining water because of lack of protein. He remembers Christian Ukrainians outside the camp throwing potatoes over the fence in charity. The way that Joseph feels about food now remains one of the most vivid and lasting effects

of surviving the Holocaust. “I don’t eat much,” he said. “But I have to have food in the house.” The Redstens, both Holocaust survivors, met in Odesa, Ukraine in the late 1950s. They came to America together as part of a wave of Soviet Union Jewish immigration to the United States in 1976. They are now among about 50 Holocaust survivors who have settled in the Palm Coast area and receive regular support and assistance from Jewish Family & Community Services. For many of these survivors, that support includes making sure they have enough nutritious food in their homes, according to Hillary Rotenberg, the Redstens’ JFCS caseworker. “JFCS provides wrap-around services to these survivors,” Rotenberg said. “Their needs vary greatly. For some, it’s transportation. For some, it’s medicine and nutrition. For others, it’s emotional support and other needs. We try to make them as comfortable as we can.” JFCS’s support for Holocaust survivors is part of an international program funded by organizations that work to help compensate victims of the Nazi horrors during World War II. About 90 survivors across the First Coast receive regular support from JFCS. Emma Redsten has her own memories of the hardships and tragedy her family endured. Her father was drafted into the Soviet Army and died in battle. She

One evening shortly after Joseph’s village was liberated in 1944, 6-year-old Joseph and his 14-year-old sister were walking in the forest near their village. They came across four 40-footlong anti-tank trenches partially covered by dirt and limestone. The image, including the bloodstained earth around the mounds,

remembers being alone after separating from her mother during their forced evacuation. And she remembers hunger and poverty in her town years after the war ended in 1945. For Joseph, some of his memories are even more painful than the starvation he witnessed.

remains painfully stark. In his mind today, he recalls that the earthen mounds were moving. “My sister and I talk very little about this,” Joseph said. “She remembers more than I do. When she talks about it, she starts crying. Sometimes I have dreams. I don’t discuss them.”

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Jacksonville Jewish Center welcomes Sara Crowe as new youth director

Dec. Jewish Java draws a crowd

By Setzer Youth Education

The Jacksonville Jewish Center and Setzer Youth Education are pleased to announce Sara Crowe as their new Youth Director. She will begin her role in early January. Sara Crowe is an experiential Jewish educator (and proud of it!). Her major was Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences with a focus in Youth Development at Texas A&M University. She is a former Texan but has lived in various Southern states in her lifetime, starting with her place of birth, Orlando, Florida. Growing up, Sara always had an interest in recreation and programming, being a part of a swim team since the age of five to 18, as well as various dance programs. She has been a lifelong and passionate learner of Jewish education and programming, starting with religious school and sum-

BY ISABEL BALOTIN Shalom Jax Director

The December Jewish Java featured prolific writer and history professor Dr. Robert L. Gold who shared his personal story of discovery, “Searching Sing Sing Prison for My Father.” More than 80 people enjoyed this fascinating story presented by a very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.

mer camps. She is an enthusiastic alumnus of URJ Camp Coleman. Her interest in programming and event planning began in her Jewish youth group, when she first planned a lock-in night for her local youth group. Sara Crowe Since then, she has learned and finessed the finer parts of programming and experiential education, thanks to her excellent college major, summer camp staffing, various other internships and jobs held in the Jewish Community. We are excited to welcome Sara to the Jacksonville Jewish Center when she as-

sumes her responsibilities as Youth Director in early January. We look forward to having her work with our former and current Interim Youth Director, Gayle Bailys, and our Youth Group Advisors to ensure a smooth transition, continue the success of our youth programming, and take our Youth Groups to even greater heights! Our Youth Groups at the Jacksonville Jewish Center are a program of the Setzer Youth Education department. Setzer Youth Education is the part of the Galinsky Academy which encompasses all of the informal youth-related programming that goes on at the Center, including: Chalutzim (grades 4 & 5), Kadima (grades 6-8), USY (grades 9-12), Jewish Teen Leadership Initiative (our NEW Hebrew High School program for grades 8-11), Siyyum (our Confirmation program for grade 12), Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Shabbat/Holiday Youth Experiences!

The goal of Setzer Youth Education is to have a supplementary, Jewish, informal program for each and every child up to 12th grade. Each of our Youth Groups is led by a leadership board consisting of their peers which is overseen by advisors and our Youth Director. One of the many benefits of this model is to teach all of our participants, from our youngest members to our oldest members, that they can have a voice and a say in the direction and process of their group, thus teaching them invaluable leadership skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Interested in learning more about our Youth Groups or Setzer Youth Education programs for your child? Please visit or contact the Setzer Youth Education Office at 904-292-1000, Ext. 131 or via email at

Michele Block Gan Yeladim welcomes new curriculum coordinator By Roxanne Gordon

Michele Block Gan Yeladim welcomes Natalia Fisher as the school’s new curriculum coordinator. Fisher comes to the school after six years working in China as an early childhood teacher and curriculum coordinator at the International School of Dong Guan where she designed and lobbied for an outdoor garden and natural playground, coached various elementary grades and offered lessons on outdoor learning spaces such as standing gardens. Before relocating to China, Fisher worked for five years at the prestigious

Federation Women’s Division hosts Hanukkah party at River Garden By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

On Thursday, Dec. 6, Federation’s Women’s Division hosted a Hanukkah party at River Garden. If you are interested in becoming a part of Federation’s Women’s Division, please contact Lauren Rickoff at Pictured from left to right: Women’s Division Director, Lauren Rickoff; Chanukah Party Chair, Ilene Schinasi; Jennifer Neuman; Shari Saye, Haley Trager; Women’s Division Chair, Allison Jacobs; and Caroline Marks.

Beaches Chavurah puts on Hanukkah production By Beaches Chavurah

“Who is the Real Hero of Chanukah?” was a skit performed by members of the Beaches Chavurah under the direction of Gail Greenfield. More than 50 beaches residents attended Chanukah celebration complete with menorah lighting and refreshments.

West Side Montessori School in New York City where she earned her M.A. from NYU in Early Childhood Education and Special Education with a concentration in child development. She also earned her MonNatalia Fisher tessori credential for 3 to 6-year-olds and certification in

children’s yoga. Fisher is a dynamic early education professional with over a decade of experience working with young children, who she affectionately refers to as “the littles.” Her passions include early math and literacy and designing classroom environments to inspire young learners. Fisher has led numerous parent workshops on curriculum and working with children. Her new passion is exploring the foundational concepts of coding. She developed a sequence in teaching concepts of coding in the early years and recently pre-

sented her work on coding with children at a technology conference in the Philippines. Fisher has a blog called The Sutras of Teaching where she shares her implementation of best education practices in early childhood environments. Her approach includes searching for ways children can learn about themselves and the world while respecting their individuality and great potential. Michele Block Gan Yeladim is excited for this new addition to the staff and looks forward to Fisher’s contribution to providing excellence in early childhood education at the school.

Scholarship fund offers opportunity for Martin J. Gottlieb Day School students By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

For the second year in a row, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School students from the Jacksonville area will benefit directly from the Dr. Larry Kantor Education Scholarship Fund. Through the generosity of Dr. Larry Kantor, every dollar donated to the fund will be matched up to $30,000. Head of Schools, Raquel Scharf-Anderson, is extremely grateful for this wonderful opportunity provided by Dr. Kantor. “Dr. Kantor’s generosity will allow us to bridge the financial gap for students who may not otherwise be able to attend our school,” she said. “Dr. Kantor’s commitment to supporting a Jewish education for local students is paramount and will directly impact the lives of future Jewish leaders. I hope that members of our community will support Dr. Kantor’s generosity and donate to this fund.” To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be unaffiliated or a member of The TempleAhavath Chesed or Beth El-The Beaches. To learn more about the scholarship or the admissions process, please contact Director of Admissions, Amanda Watsky at 904-268-4200 ext. 119. Members of our community are encouraged to support Dr. Kantor’s generosity and donate to the fund at

Torah Academy students participate in Tefillah Fair By Torah Academy

Torah Academy students in preschool through eighth grade spent weeks preparing segments of the daily tefillah, ranging from the morning blessings to the Shema to Shemone Esrei. They learned about the holiness and intimate nature of praying to G-d. Following the Tefillah Fair on November 20, Rabbis Hauptman

and Feigenbaum addressed the students and discussed the holiness and sanctity of our synagogue, and the fact that the shul represents a microcosm of the greatness and spirituality once found in our Holy Temple. Students were encouraged to always demonstrate the appropriate respect when in shul and reflect the proper decorum in their every action while in the synagogue. It was truly an inspired

event and everyone walked away having learned something special about his or her relationship to G-d. A very special thank you to the teachers and students who worked so hard and to make this happen, to Dr. Ackerman for his encouragement and to Rabbi Feigenbaum for addressing the children. May we all merit to see our Jewish future flourish in their service of Hashem.

‘Music Man’ Comes to Martin J. Gottlieb Day School By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

On November 12, the entire student body of the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School participated in auditions for The Music Man Jr.. Martin J. Gottlieb Day School is in the midst of producing their first-ever Broadway musical. After auditions and callbacks, interviews and dance calls (we even auditioned a certain beloved Rabbi for a part!) ... the cast list is up and the kids are ready to dive in to this educational experience. More and more, schools are realizing the value of theatre education, and Head of Schools, Raquel Scharf-Anderson, saw an opportunity to bring this experience to the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. She hired an Artist-in-Residence, Emily Carpenter (BFA Musical Theatre, Penn State), to di-

rect the show and introduce students to the world of theatre. Working on a musical not only promotes some of the most demanding teamwork you can find, but also calls for creative thinking and the use of many different learning styles to put together a huge project. Through theatre, students are exposed to other cultures, time periods and characters with many different perspectives. Putting together a show also means working together with zero technology, relying heavily on reading cues, using the physical body, communication skills and imagination. Thinking about future life skills, Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, commented that the heart and soul of a company is creativity and innovation. Making sure some of the projects kids do are tech-free can be

incredibly eye-opening and empowering – and can build patience! Musical theatre is an especially unique medium as it requires one to use both sides of the brain at once – the math of music, plus the creativity of interpreting a character is a real brain workout. For the technical crew, it’s the same exercise – being super tuned in to what is happening, listening for cues, while also being sure to interpret the script’s intention for what the world and characters should look like. From costumes to sound engineers, propmaster to dance captain, dramaturg to stage manager – everyone has a role to bring the musical’s story set in the world of Iowa in 1912 to life. Mark your calendars for The Music Man Jr. on April 5 and 7, 2019. Egads, you won’t want to miss it!

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Torah Academy students learn about space with community shaliach Rotem

Michele Block Gan Yeladim and the Magic Wardrobe Theatre By Roxanne Gordon

JCA Magic Wardrobe Theatre is the second most popular field trip destination for elementary school students. Through live theatre featuring professional actors, the program teaches character development through positive messages. For Michele Block Gan Yeladim students, this incredible resource is only a hallway away. Students at the school have been fortunate enough to view all of the plays that have been produced during the school year so far. These shows teach positive morals, ethics and values through age appropriate, interactive theatre productions. Led by JCA Theatre Director Shelly Hughes, Magic Wardrobe is helping to impact the lives of Michele Block Gan Yeladim students and students from across the city of Jacksonville. The weekly shows are attended by Duval County Public School elementary students, many for whom it is their first live theatre production. So far this year, the school has staged productions of The Three Little Pigs, First Thanksgiving and Toy Camp. The upcoming production of Goldilocks will also be attended by students at the school. This early exposure to theatre helps to foster an appreciation of the arts in young learners and is a great perk of being at the JCA.

By Torah Academy

Martin J. Gottlieb Day School students participate in coding activities for Hour of Code Week By Heather Hamilton

For Hour of Code Week at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, every grade level participated in coding activities that supported their curriculum of study. Kindergarten through third grade spent time in the new Steam Lab using the Scratch Jr. app to code animations. Kindergarten extended what they have been learning in math by animating patterns. First grade coded the various properties of living things, such as growing or moving. Second grade created animations to demonstrate their understanding of force and motion while third grade produced cartoons that illustrated the main idea and supporting details of the text they are reading. Our middle school students coded in science and math classes. Sixth grade used Scratch to code video games using math problems to

advance the game. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade all participated in coding challenges in science. They recreated food chains and the structure of DNA using Block and JavaScript to code cartoon videos through Brain POP and Creative Coding. They also worked on a Plastic Pollution PSA using JavaScript. Coding was also celebrated in our resource classes. In library resource, fourth grade made Hanukkah themed Google doodles using Scratch. Then in art resource, Kindergarten recreated Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, The Connoisseur, by coding Sphero robots to roll in paint to create a Pollock-like action picture. Also in art, fifth grade learned about linear and radial symmetry, then used Turtle Blocks to code a radial symmetrical design. Their code will be 3D printed: code you can hold!

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Center’s Jewish Teen Leadership Initiative (JTLI) attends the AIPAC Jacksonville Annual Event By Setzer Youth Education

Since launching this past August, Setzer Youth Education at the Jacksonville Jewish Center’s new Hebrew High School program, the Jewish Teen Leadership Initiative (JTLI), is off to a great start! Open to teens in grades 8-11, JTLI strives to prepare the next generation of young Jews for the future through informal, experiential programs, community service opportunities and positive peer interactions. Participants are engaging with Jewish values and concepts while learning how to handle a variety of real-life issues they are likely to face in high school, college and beyond. With an increased emphasis on social justice, the teens are able to give back to the greater Jacksonville community and simultaneously cultivate their leadership skills. Last month, students in JTLI and Siyyum (our 12th grade Confirmation program) were invited to attend the exclusive AIPAC Jacksonville Annual Event featuring former U.S Senator

Joseph Lieberman. The teens were privileged to participate in this special event as guests of AIPAC and had the unique opportunity to hear from Senator Lieberman and learn about AIPAC and the U.S./Israel relationship. Our teens found the speakers engaging and informative and will hopefully build upon this experience during our Israel unit towards the end of the academic year. For more information about this exciting new initiative, please contact Rabbi Shira M.T. Rosenblum, Director of Setzer Youth Education at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, at srosenblum@ 12th grade students who are interested in a program of this nature are encouraged to participate in our Siyyum program which reflects the link between Jewish learning and social action and culminates in Confirmation. For more information about the Siyyum program please contact Danielle Berke in the Center clergy office at

Wednesday, Jan. 2nd 9:00-10:30 am River Garden Hebrew Home Cohen Auditorium 11401 Old St. Augustine Rd

DuBow Preschool and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School students join together to help others By Brian Pargman

In Pirkei Avot, The Ethics of the Fathers, it is written, “Do not separate yourself from the community.” This Thanksgiving, students of the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School and the DuBow Preschool joined together to provide a Thanksgiving meal for 60 families referred to us by Beauclerc Elementary School and other agencies. Students from each school donated nonperishable foods, money for turkeys, and restaurant gift cards. Middle school students then delivered a turkey and 2 bags full of groceries the day before Thanksgiving to the families. Families who have been left temporarily homeless and who are currently staying in long-term hotels received groceries and a restaurant gift

card since they have no way to prepare a turkey dinner in a hotel room. For the families who were recipients of the Thanksgiving baskets, the deliveries made the holiday possible. As one mother said, “We have recently fallen on hard times and after losing our jobs ended up losing our home. There is no way we can thank you enough – without this food we would have no holiday this year.” This project is crucial for our students, as it teaches them that even at the young age of 12, 13 or 14 they can make a difference in someone else’s life. Our hope is that the experience will lead to a lifetime of recognizing how blessed they are, seeing the needs of others, and reaching out to make a difference.

In honor of Rosh Chodesh Kislev, Jacksonville’s shaliach, Rotem Gabay, taught Torah Academy students all about the life of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon and SpaceIL, the Israeli technology nonprofit whose mission is to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon. Students were challenged to develop their own cargo space plans as well as to design a Torah Academy space insignia.

Join us for a panel discussion with two local experts, Mark Moss Esq. and Bert Livingston, who will be with us to answer questions about how to make Mark Moss sure your golden years are the brightest ones yet. Learn what it takes to ensure your needs and the needs of your loved ones are taken care of now and in the future. There will be a brief presentation followed by open Q & A. Topics will include: insurance, healthcare choices, estate planning, power of attorney Bert Livingston and more. Complimentary Bagel Breakfast by Reservation Only RSVP by Dec. 24th to Isabel Balotin at 904-448-5000 x1206 or

Torah Academy staff takes part in active shooter training By Torah Academy

During Torah Academy’s recent Professional Development Day, teachers and staff at the school received C.R.A.S.E. (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) training, which imparted the skills and procedures to respond to an attacker. Although this training was planned before the tragic events in Pittsburgh occurred, it could not have been more timely. In addition, the school received a state grant to offer significant onsite improvements to its current security equipment. The preparedness of TA’s staff, in addition to regular drills and campus security, helps to ensure a safe learning environment for its faculty and students.

Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, DuBow Preschool Open House dates By Brian Pargman

Are you interested in learning more about the DuBow Preschool or Martin J. Gottlieb Day School? We are offering two information sessions, which will include a parent panel, on January 10 and 17. Prospective parents who are

interested in learning about the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School are invited for an Admissions Open House on January 15 or February 21. Contact Admissions Director Amanda Watsky at 904-2684200 ext. 119 for additional information or to schedule an individual tour.

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Parent and Me Weekdays at Michele Block Gan Yeladim

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Hanukkah celebrations at Torah Academy

By Jewish Community Alliance

It’s the start of a new year, and that means more opportunities for parents to bond with their children at Michele Block Gan Yeladim. Parent and Me classes are offered free to the community at Michele Block Gan Yeladim Monday through Friday at the JCA. Facilitated by Program Coordinator Roxanne Gordon, these classes offer daily programming to encourage child development with the support of parent involvement. For ages 3 months to 2 years, Make Music, on Mondays at 10 a.m., introduces music through singing, dancing and basic instruments. Tuesdays offers Sensory Sensations at 10 a.m. to encourage scientific thinking through sensory stimulation in children 3 months to 2 years. Parent and Me Splash-n-Play, for those 6 months to 3 years old, is also offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. Story Time with instructor Judy Gravitz and her friend Robear the Bear is on Thursdays at 10 a.m. in the Early Childhood Library for newborns through 3-year-olds. On Thursdays at 10:45 a.m., On the Move, for 1 to 2-yearolds, employs fun, movement activities, including a mini obstacle course, with gross and fine motor skill development in mind. Every Friday from 9–9:30 a.m., parents can join their children, newborn to 3-years-old, for Parent and Me Shabbat with Michele Block Gan Yeladim Judaics Instructor Morah Karen. Parent and Me Classes are free and open to the community. For more information, contact Roxanne at Roxanne.gordon@jcajax. org or ext. 259.

By Torah Academy

Torah Academy of Jacksonville celebrated Chanukah by offering students a delicious lunch of latkes with bagels and cream cheese, followed by cupcake wars! The program was sponsored by Amy, Jay and Aaron Lipper in memory of their parents and grandparents. On Friday, December 7, the 5th and 6th grade boys and girls made a trip to The Coves to celebrate Chanukah with residents. TA students and Coves residents bonded over some fun activities and Sufganiyot. A very special thank you to the River Garden and Coves staff and coordinators for making this multigenerational event possible.

Children’s Book Drive

Galinsky Academy kicks off Annual L’Dor V’Dor Campaign By Brian Pargman

The annual L’Dor V’Dor fundraising appeal by the Galinsky Academy arrived in mailboxes recently. This giving opportunity urges donors to “Be A Hero” and is critical as it serves as a major fundraiser for students who attend the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, DuBow Preschool, Bernard & Alice Selevan Religious School and the Setzer Youth Education Programs. Almost 300 students participate in these programs and they are directly impacted by the generous donations from supporters in our community. The Galinsky Academy also participated in the online philanthropic efforts of #GivingTuesday. Throughout the day on social media, video clips from students, teachers and support staff shared personal reasons why giving to L’Dor V’Dor is so important and how YOU can become a hero too. This #GivingTuesday effort surpassed the original goal of Triple Chai (54 gifts) and raised just over $4,000. There is still time to make a donation at to support the students of the Galinsky Academy.

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Sylvan Learning Center satellite location at JFCS’s new headquarters By Jewish Family & Community Services

Sylvan Learning Center at Ponte Vedra Beach has partnered with JFCS to offer the following courses at our new Baycenter headquarters near Phillips Hwy and Baymeadows Rd. • Sylvan SAT Prep from 1/12/2019 - 3/2/2019 (Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.) • Study Skills Class form 1/12/2019 - 4/6/2019 (Saturdays from 9-11 a.m.) • Writing Class from 1/13/2019 - 3/3/2019 (Sundays from 1-5 p.m.) • Sylvan ACT Prep from 1/20/2019 - 4/7/2019 (Sundays from 1-5 p.m.) For more info or to register please call or email Sylvan Learning Center - Ponte Vedra Beach Phone: 904-834-0071 Email: Classes are held at Jewish Family and Community Services: 8540 Baycenter Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32256

school children in Israel. You can help by dropping off picture books or easy readers (new and gently used) at the Federation through January 11th. For more information, please contact Jill Abel: Work: (904) 224-1445 Cell: (904) 477-2235


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Michele Block Gan Yeladim Tu B’Shevat Celebration Seder planned for January 18

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JCA Annual Fundraiser: Save the Date

By Roxanne Gordon

Tu B’Shevat, the new year for the trees, falls on January 20 this year. In celebration, Michele Block Gan Yeladim’s annual Tu B’Shevat Celebration Seder will take place on Friday, Jan. 18 from 1:30–2:15 p.m. Judaics instructor Morah Karen will offer a traditional Tu B’Shevat Seder, including songs and education about the holiday. It is custom on Tu B’Shevat to plant trees and eat new fruits, so students will sample from the four categories of fruit and explore the beauty and the gifts we receive from trees. The fee to participate in Tu B’Shevat Celebration Seder is $15 or $10 for JCA valued members. For more information, contact Roxanne Gordon at 730-2100 ext. 259.

Save the Date for the JCA’s annual fundraiser on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. By Jewish Community Alliance

This year’s theme, Let’s Rock, will have you rocking and rolling all night and party at the JCA! A casual, yet sophisticated, concert vibe will carry you through decades of rock music, perfect to dance the night away while supporting the JCA. The JCA’s annual fundraiser benefits many JCA programs, including senior

activities, preschool, after-school care and camp tuitions for families in need. Last year, the JCA awarded more than $330,000 in scholarships for children, families and senior adults. The honorary chairs of this year’s event are the Berman and Stoddard Families, and our fabulous committee includes Rachel Algee, Eleanor Berman, Lauren Block, Lathun Brigman, Nicole Brown, Andy Can-

tor, Helen DuBow, Mary Edwards, Adam Frisch, Sierra Frisch, Sunny Gettinger, Faye Hedrick, Allison Korman Shelton, Jan Lipsky, Glenn Miller, Michael Miller, Monique Miller, Thelma Nied, Michelle Pargman, Debbie Parker, Kim Robbins, Jeanine Rogozinski, Sherrie Saag, Ryan Saltz, Rebekah Selevan, Fran Selevan, Blair Sherman, Kimberly Sisisky, Linda Stein, Randee Steinberg, Michele Steinfeld, Rochelle

Stoddard, Nadine Terk, Alison Trager, Brent Trager, Jeffrey Wiener, Stacie Wilf, Lesley Wolfson and Chase Zimmerman. Sponsorships and ticket sales are crucial to the success of this event. Visit to purchase tickets or become a sponsor. Contact Kendall Sisisky Valliere at 730-2100 ext. 231 or kendall. for additional information.

JCA Hanukkah celebration a fun, family event By Jewish Community Alliance

Over 300 JCA families celebrated the beginning of the 8-day festival of lights with an outdoor lighting ceremony, family-style dinner, songs and crafts.

Happy Retirement, Myron!

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

JAN. 31

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

Vandroff Art Gallery

The photography of Dan Hadwin will be featured from January 3 – 30.

Community Havdallah

Join the JCA, Etz Chaim, the Temple, rGEN and PJ Library at the Jacksonville Jewish Center for our first community wide Havdallah celebration on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:15 p.m.

Tu B’Shevat Hike and Seder

In honor of Jewish Arbor Day, enjoy the outdoors and a picnic Seder with community shlicha Rotem Gabay on Sunday, Jan. 20, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Parent and Me Classes

The JCA has free classes for parents and young children starting the first week of January, including Stroller Fit Moms, Parent and Me Shabbat, Prenatal Yoga, Parent and Me Swim and more! Call Roxanne at ext. 259 for details.

Basics of Sewing

Children in grades 3 – 7 can learn sewing basics on Wednesdays, Jan. 9 – Jan 30, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The fee is $60 and $40 for JCA valued members.

Sunday Film Series

See Blazing Saddles (1974) on January 20 at 2 p.m. This is free to the community.

Young Concert Artists Series

Violinist SooBeen Lee plays on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. This is free to the community.

Discover Israel Film Series

See Mekonen: Journey of an African Jew on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m. This is free to the community.

JPlay Family Yoga

Parents and children, ages 3 – 6, join Gisela and Glenn Morgan for this fun, family class on Sunday, Jan. 6, 10 – 11 a.m. The family fee is $15 and $10 for JCA valued members.

Israeli Mixed Martial Arts

Learn beginner elements of Krav Maga with instructor Tim Dailing on Mondays from Jan 7 – Mar 4. The fee is $120 and $80 for JCA valued members. Ages 14+.

Preschool and Youth Clinics

Children, ages 3 – 14, can get instruction in basketball, gymnastics, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, volleyball flag football and running. Call Mike May at ext. 254 for details.


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Board Focus: Daniel Sandler By Jewish Family & Community Services

PJ Library

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


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.

Heroes Among Us - Transforming Tomorrows fundraiser planning underway By Jewish Family & Community Services

JFCS’s annual fundraising event helps fund our life-changing work. Each year, the event takes on a theme to help educate the community about JFCS’s programs and services. A dedicated team of volunteer committee members work throughout the year in order to meticulously plan and execute the event, from decorations to cocktails, keynote speakers and dinner. This year’s event, Heroes Among Us – Trans-

forming Tomorrows, chaired by Sheryl and Todd Johnson, promises to be a meaningful and enjoyable night out with family and friends, inspired by life-change stories. This year’s event will be held on April 4, 2019, at The Prime Osborn Convention Center, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6 p.m. The deadline for purchasing a table is closing very soon. Please contact Susie Menaged, Director of Development, at 904-394-5727 or email

Dupont Counseling Group now accepting private insurance Call2Go

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 904-394-5723.

By Jewish Family & Community Services

Dupont Counseling Group, a division of JFCS, offers full service mental health counseling for children, families, adults, seniors and couples. The office space is designed to respect your privacy, with private parking and a private entrance.

In an effort to continuously improve, we are now accepting most private health insurances. If you do not have insurance, please don’t hesitate to call us for mental health services. We offer a sliding fee scale, with zero cost for qualifying individuals. Contact Dupont Counseling Group by phone or email at 904-394-5706 or

New exhibition opening Feb. at Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial Gallery By Jewish Family & Community Services

The Rescuers – Portraits of Moral Courage During the Holocaust The people who risked their lives to save Jews from the Holocaust describe their experiences and the reasons behind their heroic actions. Local Jacksonville Holocaust survivors are available to speak to your group at the gallery or in your space. For more information or to request a speaker, visit The Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial Gallery is in JFCS’s Alan J. Taffet Building located at: 8540 Baycenter Road, Jacksonville, FL 32065 “I was a queen on the black market all during the war,” she recalled, “but I had Gallery hours: 8:30 to be good at it because I had so many extra people to feed. I always said, no a.m.–5 p.m. | Mon. – matter what came along, ‘I prefer to be in a tough situation than to go to bed Fri. with a bad conscience.’” -Maria, Countess von Maltzan. For more info call 904-448-1933


river garden senior services 904-260-1818 11401 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32258

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

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

Sylvan Learning Center classes:

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

Sylvan Learning Center at Ponte Vedra Beach has partnered with JFCS to offer the following courses at 8540 Baycenter Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32256 • Sylvan SAT Prep from 1/12/2019 - 3/2/2019 (Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.) • Study Skills Class form 1/12/2019 - 4/6/2019 (Saturdays from 9-11 a.m.) • Writing Class from 1/13/2019 - 3/3/2019 (Sundays from 1-5 p.m.) • Sylvan ACT Prep from 1/20/2019 - 4/7/2019 (Sundays from 1-5 p.m.) For more info or to register please call or email Sylvan Learning Center - Ponte Vedra Beach: Phone: 904-834-0071 Email: pontevedrabeach.fl@

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River Garden recognizes accomplishments of three community leaders, friends & supporters

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

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.

Dr. Ron Elinoff has been named Trustee of the Year by the national Association for Jewish Aging Services (AJAS). His award will be presented at the 2019 AJAS convention.

Use Your Head by Hans ‘Harry’ Frisch is a worthwhile read. It is chock full of personal & professional wisdom that all can learn from. Biographer Susan Brandenburg will present at River Garden in March, guiding others to write their stories.

In November, Bruce Horovitz, author of Gamble Rogers: A Troubdour’s Life, shared details about his new book and writing experience with Members of The Coves.

Do you have your ticket for January 22? By River Garden Senior Services

Celebrate in a Tropical Paradise with the River Garden Auxiliary as they host their annual Donor Luncheon on January 22 at River Garden. Come show your support for this year’s valued honoree, River Garden’s own Kathy Osterer, by joining us for the event. Musical entertainment

will be provided by Jacksonville’s famed vocalist, Mark Snitzer. Doors open at noon, but plan to come early so you can check out the raffle items and socialize before lunch. Tickets are $40 and there are also various levels of sponsorship that help fund the Auxiliary’s mission to help the residents of the River Garden Hebrew Home with special quality

initiatives. Please remember, this is one of the Auxiliary’s biggest fundraisers of the year so we hope to have everyone fully support this event. Mark your calendar now and look for your invitation to arrive in early January. If you have a question, feel free to contact Ellen Rubens, event chairperson, at 904-651-6607.

Kathy Osterer

Upcoming events at River Garden Senior Services January 16: Rabbi Feigenbaum Presents ‘The Difference Between Self and Self Esteem’ at 10:30 a.m.

January 23: Community Presentation ‘Planning Ahead’ at 10 a.m. January 30: Cindy Edelman Presents ‘Ninth Street Women’ at 10:30 a.m.

- Please Note -

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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Four letters, unlimited meaning By Brandon Melamed

Mazel Tov to Eric and Michele Malnove of Jacksonville Beach Fla on the birth of their daughter Charlotte Grace Malnove on August 22 2018. Proud grandparents are Kathleen and Paul Malnove and Lisa and Michael Cannon of Jacksonville, FL.

B’nai Mitzvah

Sophia Milian, daughter of Tony Milian & Claudia Margolis, will be called to the Torah on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah on January 19, 2019 at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Sharing in the simcha will be her brother Charlie (11), her sister Paloma (5), grandparents Mare Contrare & Andy Spano of Jacksonville and Ana & Tony Milian of Orlando along with many other friends and family. Sophia is in seventh grade at Mandarin Middle School, where she actively participates in the Theater, Chorus & Band Programs. She enjoys drawing, singing, boating, hanging out with friends and family and riding her skateboard. She will be honoring Hana Glaserova of the Czech Republic during her Bat Mitzvah as part of the Children of the Holocaust program. In addition, Sophia has made a donation to Camp Fixel, an organization focused on sharing the performing arts with underprivileged kids in the Jacksonville community.

Sympathies The Jacksonville Jewish Center community is saddened by the passing of Margaret Elizabeth Shilts, mother of member Joshua Shilts, on the morning of Dec. 13. We extend our condolences to: husband Lee Shilts; and sons Jake (Allison) Shilts and Josh (Falyn) Shilts and their families. Contributions in Mrs. Shilts’ memory may be directed toward the MD Anderson Cancer Center. May the Holy One comfort the members of Margaret Shilts’ family among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. The Jacksonville Jewish Center community is saddened by the passing of member Sally Sue Becker on the evening of December 4. We extend our condolences to her family: children Russell (April) Radcliffe and Rodney (Kristin) Radcliffe; grandchildren Lauren, Kyle, Wynne and Kaeden; great-grandchildren, Camden and Everett; and siblings Peggy Foster, and Larry and David Smith. Contributions in Mrs. Becker’s memory should be directed to the Jacksonville Jewish Center or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. May the Holy One comfort the members of Sally Sue Becker’s family among all the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

To submit an item for lifecycles, please email it to Due date is the 6th of the month.

Last summer, I had the opportunity to go to Israel on a program called BILT. BILT stands for Boys Israel Leadership Training and is an NCSY Summer program for boys to explore the land of Israel like never before through Torah, kindness and experience. It’s a privilege to be there in itself, let alone for 5 weeks on a program with 30 other like-minded boys looking to grow, develop and succeed is a whole other level. I was very glad to be a recipient of the Joan Levin Gift of Israel program and thank the Levin family along with the generous donors that helped make this trip happen. NCSY’s summer slogan is “Best. Summer. Ever.” and they really exceeded that. On BILT, NCSYers engage in all kinds of activities throughout Israel. We did some days of volunteer work, clearing out farms and helping Israeli soldiers. We spent hours and hours hiking across the beautiful country on the same mountains that our forefathers walked on. We explored all over Israel, from Tzfat and Tiveria in the north, to Jerusalem and Chevron in the middle, to Eilat in the south. Torah learning is a focal point of BILT. Everyday we had Chaburas (learning groups) which connected ideas of Torah to our modern, everyday lives. Additionally, our advisors and staff would drop us little bits of Torah here and there throughout the day, whether it be on hikes, during meals, or really anywhere. Leadership is another basis of the program, hence the name. We constantly did teambuilding activities and group exercises, pushing one another to our physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and spiritual limits making each other better people. The skills and lessons we learned and developed over the summer will last us long after we left the Holy Land, for our whole lives. Within our travels, I did some amazing activities, and some of the craziest things I’ve ever done. From scuba diving in Eilat, to hiking miles upon miles in the mountains, to jumping off cliffs in the Golan Heights, to camping out in the middle of the Negev Desert, I really had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity experiencing the land of Israel on BILT that could be achieved in no other way. From hiking across the land, studying Torah, to learning how to be the best possible leader and Jew you can be, BILT was an incredible experience for me and I really did have the Best. Summer. Ever.

BeatleBeat Continued from pg. 4 places we’ve played would be Toronto Blue Jays Stadium, Hobart Tasmania, Okanawa Japan and Tavern On The Green to name a few. Q: What has your career been like? A: Jimi has been performing professionally since age 12, growing up in the New York/New Jersey area and being a multi-instrumentalist. Playing many different types of shows from acoustic original singer/songwriter, to drums and guitar, with many bands. Currently working with tribute groups like BeatleBeat and Back Home Again (a tribute to the music of John Denver). Q: What different gigs have you had in your career? A: Over the years Jimi has played many genres of music, from heavy rock bands

to Vegas variety shows, even now he performs solo acoustic, duos, trios and full band shows. Q: What is your favorite aspect of performing? : A: Connecting with the audience in some way, whether playing tributes and bringing the listener back in time to embrace good memories, or performing original songs where the listener forms his own take on the songs lyrics and the feeling the music brings to them on a personal level. Q: What are your goals for the future of BeatleBeat? A: BeatleBeat Tribute is concentrating on Floridabased shows, expanding the Beatles playlist and bringing more production to the shows. Some upcoming performances for 2019 include: Jan. 27 at Orlando Forum Dinner Theater, Feb. 9, at Sarasota Classic Car Museum, Feb. 22 at Port Charlotte Cultural Center Theater. Go to JimiPappas. com for more information.

To register for A Night Out with Federation, go to nightoutwithfederation or call Jennifer Rensch at 904-224-1404 by Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

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Upcoming events at JCA January 15 (6 p.m.) My Aching Back! (and Neck!) – Andrew Shaw, MD, neurosurgeon with Lyerly Neurosurgery, discusses the structure of the spine, common causes of pain, symptoms and treatment options. This is free to the community. January 21 (7 – 8:30 p.m.) What Does the Bible Say about the Environment? – Join Rabbis in the Round panelists Bahar, Feigenbaum and Lubliner for this special Tu B’Shevat discussion. Advance registration appreciated. This is free to the community. January 24 (6 – 7:30 p.m.) Diet Options: What’s Right for You? – JCA Assistant Wellness Director Sarah Perfido discusses the hottest diet trends and lifestyle options. Advance registration appreciated. The fee is $5; JCA valued members are free. February 5 (12 p.m.) Cardiology for Active Adults – Carlos Zamora, MD, FACC, from Baptist Heart Specialists, explores the do’s and don’ts of heart health, including exercising after a heart attack, AFib or recent stent placement. This is free to the community. February 6 (6:30 p.m.) Medabrim Ivrit – Community shaliach Rotem Gabay leads this Hebrew conversational program for intermediate speakers and above. Advance registration required. This is free to the community. Tuesdays, January 8 – February 26 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Pottery – Learn the basics or fine tune your handbuilding or wheel throwing skills in the class. Instructor: Christie Rogers. The fee is $216 and $144 for JCA valued members. Thursdays, January 10 – February 28 (5 – 7 p.m.) Chinese Ink Painting – Kim Miller introduces basic through advance techniques of Chinese brush painting. Supply list at jcajax. org/arts. Registration required by January 8. The fee is $204 and $136 for JCA valued members. Wednesdays, January 23 – March 27 (1 – 3 p.m.) Bridge 101 – Instructor Jeanne Harlan teaches the basics of this exciting game. Registration required by January 21. No classes on February 20 and March 20. This fee is $105 and $70 for JCA valued members. Wednesdays, January 30 – March 6 (6 – 7 p.m.) Road to Wellness – This six-part series offers a holistic approach to wellness with Wellness Coach Amaris Chrispell, RN. The fee is $30.

Crime and Consequence: A new, six-session course on the Talmud, Jewish ethics, and the Criminal Justice System Eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits By Chabad Lubavitch of Northeast Florida

When innocent people are wrongly convicted... When “correctional facilities” turn first-time offenders into hardened criminals... When known murderers walk free on a technicality … Fairness in justice simply cannot be left to chance. In Crime and Consequence, we explore 3000 years of Jewish wisdom concerning criminal convictions, sentencing, crime prevention, and rehabilitation. We challenge our thinking, pondering the application of Talmudic principles to real and complex, modern-day cases, and we get to the heart of questions such as: Should we consider testimonies given in exchange for a reduced sentence as reliable evidence? What is the goal of punishing criminals?

In Crime and Consequence, we learn to discover and recover the humanity within criminals, we question practices that seem unethical and unfair, and we explore ways to prevent crime from ever taking place. Crime and Consequence is for people who care deeply about humanity, are enraged at injustice, are fascinated by difficult-to-solve real-life scenarios, and are committed to seeing a system that is just and fair to all. Register today for a somewhat devastating and infuriating but thoroughly astonishing experience! Clay County Six Sunday Mornings beginning Feb. 3, 10-11:30 a.m. Location: Fleming Island Public Library 1895 Town Center Blvd in Fleming Island Riverside Six Wednesday Evenings beginning Feb. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Location: Tehila’s -1250 McDuff Ave S. Jacksonville, FL Cost: $89.00 (textbook included) 10% off before 01/21/19 Contact: 904.290.1017 info@ Jewishclay- Beaches Six Mondays beginning Feb. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Location: The Aaron and Blanche Scharf Chabad Center, 521 A1A N. in Ponte Vedra Contact: 904.543.9301 Rabbi@ Cost: $79 (+$20 book fee) 10% off registration by 12/20 Special for this course *Past JLI students can bring a friend for free! (email for details) St. Augustine Beach Six Mondays, starting Feb. 4 7-8:30 p.m. : St. Augustine Beach City Hall 2200 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080 Madeira Six Tuesdays, starting Feb. 5 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Madeira Amenity Building 184 Maralinda Dr St. Augustine, FL 32095 Fee: $89 (textbook included) Sign up before Jan. 15 to receive a 10% discount! Additional $10 off per student with minimum 2 signups! Contact: 904.521.8664

Temple presents: Extraordinary Passages-Travels and Texts By The Temple

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Rabbi Sylvin Wolf, a resident of The Coves and the former rabbi to the Naples Jewish Congregation, will lead an eight-session course focused on journeys. The course will meet on alternate Wednesdays at 1 pm, beginning on January 16, 2019, at The Temple. The entire community is invited to a Preview Session on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 1 pm. to let us know that you plan to attend the Preview Session. We want to be certain we have enough source sheets for everyone.

● Journey into the Unknown: What does it mean to set out on a journey without knowing the destination? Meet Abram (Abraham) who is commanded to “go forth!” and does just that. We will explore what this passage of the Bible may reveal about journeys and progress.

Extraordinary Passages explores various journeys from biblical times to the present, including our own individual journey. ● Generations: A Family’s Journeys: A family journey of three generations, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, led to the formation of a nation of people called the Children of Israel. We’ll look at how the paths of the patriarchs diverged, how their lives connected with the Land of Israel, and explore the meanings of their multi-generational saga. ● Jonah: A Story of Many Journeys: Travel through the book of Jonah. In this close reading, we will examine literary and artistic interpretations of

● The Journey of Our Names: Names carry promises and challenges. Our own names embody aspirations – hopes that our families have for us and that we have for ourselves. We will look at how some biblical characters transform when their names change, and trace the journeys of some modern examples. ● The Making of a Wandering People: How can a nation or a people exist in the diaspora? We will explore how the experience of exile has shaped the Jewish people, from biblical times to the present day. ● The Stops Along the Way: When we go on a journey, our horizons are broadened and we gain new insights into the world. We use journeys as a metaphor for life. Participants in the regular sessions will get source sheets with biblical and rabbinic sources and commentaries. or call 733-7078 so we will know to expect you.

We have moved! Come visit us at our new address. 9965 - 24 San Jose Blvd. By Carrabba’s

life and legacy B’Nai Continued from pg. 5 Ballots were mailed on December 10 to all B’nai Tzedek fundhold-

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ers to engage them in the voting process. The name of the agency is not listed on the ballot, and the participants in the program will blind vote for the programs they believe will have the most impact on our community. Fund holders

are asked to vote for the values and initiatives that speak to them, what their community needs, and what they feel will have the most impact. The three winning programs will be announced in early spring, and the first grant awards

distributed in late spring. Each year, a grant report will be made available to the B’nai Tzedek fundholders so they are able to see firsthand the impact of the causes they have chosen to champion. We wish to thank all of our

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event partners: Chef’s Garden Catering & Events, Classic Kosher Catering, Intuition Ale Works, Manifest Distiling, Margo’s Catering and all who gave their time and energy to help make this event a true success.

Left: Rachel Melkamu, Amanda Rubens, Ian Davis, Ben Marsh, and Moshe Benkandil Top right: Kendall Sisisky Valliere, Richard Sisisky, and Kimberly Sisisky Bottom right: Ken Jacobs, Alan Margolies, and Myron Flagler

Tikkun Continued from pg. 4 to mention all of them. Some of the sites we were able to see included Jerusalem’s Old City and the Western Wall, Yad Vashem, shopping markets, Haifa Bahai Gardens, Tel Aviv and a Bedouin village. We rode camels and climbed Masada at 5 a.m. and went to the Dead Sea (which was one of my favorite days). Although seeing so many sites was great, the best part of the trip was actually being with all of the American and Israeli teens. Within a couple of days, we were all best friends. I was fortunate enough to be matched with Ben and live with him and his family. We are so much alike that it is like having a new brother. We both love the water, sports, cooking, hanging out with friends and video games. On our days off, we went to the beach and sailed at his boat club. He taught me how to make homemade hummus and falafel. I also tried new foods that I liked such as shwarma, schnitzel, and Israeli snacks and candy. We spent most of our downtime planning activities with our whole group of friends - including two birthday parties (since

Left: Leah and Scott Kennelly Middle: Faye Hedrick and Rabbi Lubliner Right: Gabrielle Magid lights the chanukiah.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

BeQuestions Continued from pg. 5 to your philanthropic horizon. Once you determine how much you would like to give away as a household, divide the amount by 12 and include that value in your

monthly budget. If you like to give using a credit card to earn points or miles this may also help you meet some travel goals! If you don’t want to rely on your ability to set aside the amount each week or month, consider automating the process as much as possible. Much like contributing to a retirement plan,

you can do this by opening a Donor Advised Fund and having the contributions happen automatically. When opening a fund, your money is strategically invested to maximize the amount of money you have available for giving. So when it comes time to make your gifts, you might have more money to give away than you planned!

Keeping in mind that Donor Advised Funds have minimum balance requirements and fees that are charged throughout the year for the management of the funds, this option still offers you a simple and effective way to have the checks sent in your name to the organizations of your choosing. Now that you’ve got a plan

in place, all that’s left is followthrough on your part with a promise to yourself that you’ll re-evaluate your plan a year from now. Following an organized and disciplined approach to your philanthropy can remove the pressure and enhance the satisfaction you feel by engaging in the mitzvah of giving.

JCA Continued from pg. 1 “This leadership skill helps to paint an optimistic picture of the future of our beloved JCA. We are delighted to welcome Adam and

everyone lives so close to each other). I also got to meet all of Ben’s friends from his school. Sometimes, we would just hang out in Ben’s living room playing on his PC. I admit he crushed me, but I am still better at playing Xbox. One of the most heartfelt moments for me in Israel was the time we spent at a summer camp at a school. We were counselors there for two days and had so much fun playing with the kids, aged 7-12 years old. We taught them some American culture - we played basketball, made Chex Mix style Muddy Buddies, and taught them the Cotton Eyed Joe line dance. The kids couldn’t really speak English, but it didn’t matter. At the end, a 3rd grade boy named Nadav wrote me a letter (which Ben translated) with a picture of the two of us, a heart and an American flag. It really meant a lot to me. It was very hard to leave Israel, but it was a little easier knowing that our Israeli friends would be coming to Jacksonville the next week. I also know that I will be returning to Israel and now have a second home in Hadera with Ben’s family. For now, we all talk every day and send pictures in our Snapchat group. Still best friends…still having fun. his wife to Jacksonville’s Jewish Community.” I am honored to have been selected as the JCA’s CEO. The JCA of Jacksonville as been a leader for many years, and I’m thrilled to part be of this terrific organization and help lead as we achieve even greater heights,” said Chaskin.

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Mitzvah Day 2018

Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, Jewish National Fund, & JCA present

For The Love Of Israel A Partnership Journey To Israel June 11 – 20, 2019 This 10-day experience includes:

On Mitzvah Day, Temple and Jacksonville Jewish Center members... • Prepared and delivered 500 meals to those in need in the Jacksonville community in conjunction with Aging True • Received donations of hundreds of cookies from community members in an effort coordinated by the Sisterhoods of the Temple and Jacksonville Jewish Center • Delivered 68 boxes of cookies to Jacksonville’s first responders • Supported Helen’s House, Five Star Veterans Center, Sulzbacher Center and the Youth Crisis Center & Touchstone Village by preparing meals • Played board games with River Garden residents • Delivered chicken soup to Temple members

• Incredible hotels in Tel Aviv, the Negev, Jerusalem and the North • The tastes, sounds and vibrancy of Tel Aviv • Bedoin experience • Jeep rides at the Ramon Crater in the Negev • Shabbat in Jerusalem • Yad Vashem • Massada and the Dead Sea • Old City of Jerusalem • Golan Heights • Safed • Stargazing • Wineries • Seeing first-hand the work of Federation and JNF A $500 per person refundable deposit will secure a space for you on this journey. Make checks payable to the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville. For further information, contact Alan Margolies at 904 448 5000 ext 1207 or at


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

Co-chairs Daniel Miller, Jeanine Rogozinski & Haley Trager *Generously sponsored by: Ansbacher & Schneider, P.A. Community Hospice & Palliative Care Ken Jacobs/GrayRobinson, P.A. Jackson Lewis Sylvia and Andrew Jaffa The Jaffe Group at Morgan Stanley Dr. Chaim and Jeanine Rogozinski Taverna TD Bank Rand Consulting Wells Fargo - The Private Bank *As of 12.28.18

A minimum gift of $36 to the 2019 Federation Annual Campaign is required to attend.

Jacksonville Jewish News - January 2019  
Jacksonville Jewish News - January 2019