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PARTNERSHIP Read the reactions, see the two-page photo spread. page 18

PURIM Dr. Suess, a parade and lots of costumes.

90 YEARS OLD River Garden Auxiliary celebrates a milestone.

WIA Women take action again this spring to help community.

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April 2012 • Nisan/Iyyar 5772 • Published by Jewish Federation of Jacksonville • • Volume 24, Number 10 • 36 pages


Five local artists participated in the Israel Partnership Windows of Identity project, which showcases American and Israeli artists. The exhibit opened at the Hadera Mall during the Taste of Partnership celebration mission. The project celebrates the 10-year anniversary of our partnership with the Hadera Eiron region of Israel. See more photos, p. 18.

JCA scores high marks in study By Jewish Community Alliance

For the third year in a row, Jewish Community Alliance members gave the JCA staff, programs and facility high ratings in a study by the JCC Association. “JCC Excellence: Benchmarking” also found a high rate of satisfaction with their jobs among the JCA staff. “I am proud of our continued high ratings in the benchmarking results,” said Nancy Perlman, president of the JCA


By Jewish Community Alliance

Join us for “La Dolce Vita,” an extraordinary evening. First, you will enjoy dinner at a private home with one of our gracious hosts. Then you will experience the good life back at the JCA as everyone comes together after dinner to complete the evening with dessert, dancing, cocktails and many fun surprises. This is a wonderful way to be with your friends, meet new friends and support the JCA at the same time. To become a sponsor, host a dinner, or attend the event as a guest, please contact Nancy Green at 7302100, ext. 247, or Sponsors: Alex and Scot Ackerman, Eleanor and Charles Berman, Laverne and Andy Cantor, DuBow Family Foundation, Elite Construction Randy Echevarria, Fanatics, Nancy and Mark Green, Joan and Ron Levin, David and Monique Miller,

Nancy and Gary Perlman, the Selevan Family Foundation, the Trager Family, Alison and Brent Trager, Beth and Mitchell Trager, Rexine and Charles Trager, Stellar Foundation, Vandroff Insurance Agency, Inc. Hosts: Suzette and Michel Allen, Merle and Ron Cherry, Melinda Cramer, Irene

and Rob Cywes, Helen and Michael DuBow, Linda and Nathan Franzblau, Laurie and Mark Gelman, Miriam and David Honig, Glori and Michael Katz, Kim and David Robbins, Fran and Russell Selevan, Melanie and Ben Setzer, Jill and Sam Stromberg, Paige and Ilan Wajsman, Sheri and Jeff Weiss, Susan and Stephen Wolchok. Many thanks to Susan DuBow and Nancy Lantinberg, our fabulous party planners and our dedicated chairs, Rebekah Selevan and Alison Trager. Committee members: Alex Ackerman, Suzette Allen, Debbie Banks, Irene Cywes, Helen Dubow, Susan DuBow, Mary Edwards, Susan Elinoff, Laurie Gelman, Sharon Herbst, Garrett Hiday, Glori Katz, Debbie Parker, Nancy Perlman, Kim Robbins, Ellen Rosner, Fran Selevan, Kimberly Sisisky, Linda Stein, Jill Stromberg, Susan Wolchok, Robin Wolf, Jana Zager, Chase Zimmerman, Elli Zimmerman.

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sional development and continuing education of all educators in the community. The council fosters a sense of connectedness among our educational institutions, our instructors and, ultimately, our community. Over the lifetime of the council, educators have attended high-level and informative workshops, of which they can adapt this information and teaching techniques into their classrooms, be it day school, Sunday religious school or other informal educational settings. Over the past two years, the council has developed a relationship with the University of North Florida. Several of their lecturers, experts in their respective educational

Jacksonville Jewish Educator’s Council assists local educators in professional development. Comprised of rabbis, principals and educational directors from the Jewish schools in the area, the mission of the at, council is to support the profes-


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Jacksonville likes the PJ Library

By Jewish Family & Community Services

The PJ Library in Jacksonville was launched Dec. 1, and we are now 220 families strong. By all accounts, everyone loves the PJ Library, but has everyone “liked” us yet? For those of you not familiar with Facebook, this social media website allows us to inform the Jacksonville Jewish community about upcoming book titles, holiday programming and events for children. By going to www.facebook. com/pjlibraryjacksonville and liking us, you will automatically be kept up to date. We had a fabulous Tot Shabbat at Beth El – The Beaches

Synagogue in February with 40 families in attendance and dressed in their favorite PJs. Congregation Ahavath Chesed also hosted a Tot Shabbat in March that featured breakfast for dinner. Check our Facebook page to find our dates for April, or call 394-5724. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these community programs whether you are a synagogue member or not. PJ Library is a free book program for children ages 6 months to 8 years old and is sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, with generous support from the DuBow Family Foundation and the Sam Berman Charitable Foundation.

Junior Achievement honors Harry Frisch By Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of North Florida announces the presentation of its 14th annual Thompson S. Baker Solid as a Rock Award to Harry Frisch, chairman and co-founder of Beaver Street Fisheries. This prestigious annual award, named for Thompson S. Baker, the founder of Florida Rock Industries and its first recipient, celebrates local heroes who have positively influenced community, entrepreneurship and education in North Florida through leadership, hands-on involvement and philanthropic deeds. Born in Vienna, Austria, Harry barely escaped the invading Nazis in 1938. Having landed in British Palestine with his brother Fred, and after serving in the Israeli army upon that country’s founding, Harry, his wife Lilo, and sons Ben and Karl immigrated in 1953 to Jacksonville where they were reunited with Harry’s mother and stepfather. Abandoning a successful career as an auto mechanic, Harry joined his family to operate a fresh seafood store, Beaver Street Fisheries. Over 60 years Harry has worked with four generations of his family in building the business into a half billion dollar sales company employing hundreds that, today, primarily engages in distributing frozen seafood, meats and other food products internationally, and operating the largest food distributor and seafood processor in the Bahamas. Harry has also generously supported countless community

Harry Frisch nonprofits with his time, talent and resources. “Mr. Frisch is the ideal recipient of the Baker Award. His unparalleled entrepreneurship, overwhelming service to the community, and very generous support of Junior Achievement’s financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce preparation programs place him among the elite who are honored each year,” said Steve St. Amand, president of Junior Achievement of North Florida. More information about the honor and the event whose proceeds benefit Junior Achievement of North Florida can be seen at or by calling Steve St. Amand, 904-398-9944 ext 228, or Jeff Edwards, its chairman of the Board of Directors, 904-591-2705. Junior Achievement of North Florida, serving this area for 50 years, reached 24,520 young people last year in K-12 classrooms. The impact on students in the United States numbers 3.9 million and is growing.

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COMMUNITY/FEDERATION NEWS Resnick to chair Allocations Committee this spring By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville will be distributed. I take

Federation President Larry Appel recently announced that First Vice President Hal Resnick will serve as the chair of the Allocations Committee this spring. Resnick, current annual campaign chair, headed up this process last year and served as major gifts chair in 2009 and 2010. “Each year the Federation determines how to distribute its campaign funds to its various beneficiary organizations. This is a very challenging assignment - each beneficiary agency is very worthy and has needs far in excess of the funds we have available to support it,” Resnick said. “The Allocations Committee has the responsibility to determine how these funds

this responsibility very seriously and appreciate the commitment of all those on the committee to understand the needs of each agency and reflect deeply on how the funds contributed by our community will best be used to serve both our local and global needs.” While the committee is still in formation, the following people have thus far agreed to serve with Resnick: Larry Appel, Wendy Efron, Mike Nussbaum, Iris Kraemer, Sandy Zimmerman, Gary Perlman, Guy Benrubi, Joan Levin, Mitchell Levine, Richard Sisisky, Jon Israel, Lenny Maiman, Adam Marmelstein, Ellen Rosner, Mike Solloway, Michael Abel, Susan Wolchok and Danny Miller.

River Garden Auxiliary celebrates 90th birthday at special event By River Garden Auxiliary

The year is 1922. Harding is president of the United States. The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th amendment on woman’s right to vote. And Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as first female U.S. senator. In Jacksonville a group of Jewish women were organizing the Ladies Hebrew Sheltering Aid Society. They were concerned about the fifth commandment, caring for our mothers and fathers. This first group of dedicated women made certain that those in our community who needed a place to live out the last of their years had a place to do so. Mrs. Moshe Laskey and Mrs. Moses Stein were the founders of this organization, the beginning of what we know today as the River Garden Auxiliary. It took these women and the community 22 years to create what is now River Garden Hebrew Home. The auxiliary has continued to play an important role in the development of River Garden, raising funds and

awareness in the community. This group has supplied items to the home to enhance the comfort and treatment of its residents. Our community will acknowledge this birthday with a celebration at the auxiliary’s annual Special Event that will take place on Thursday, April 26. Our celebration will take place at the Jacksonville Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Road. This year the celebration will begin with the silent auction at 11 a.m., and will follow with lunch, entertainment, and the awarding of the Minnie Schreiber Award and great raffle prizes. The recipients of the Minnie Schreiber Award are Judy and Dr. Ira Dushoff, who work tirelessly for the auxiliary and River Garden. April 26 is also the 64th birthday of the state of Israel and will be part of the day’s celebration. Co-chairs Rhoda Goldstein and Sandy Selwitz have worked to make these birthday celebrations a day of great fun. Invitations are being sent, but for more information, call Rhoda at 2688124 or Sandy at 238-0505.

JNF holds Tree of Life dinner By Jewish National Fund

Jewish National Fund held its annual Bernard Selevan Tree of Life™ Award Dinner on Feb. 23 at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. The late Michael Donziger, along with Eunice and Barry Zisser, received the Tree of Life™ Award for their dedication to the Jacksonville community, as well as the land and people of Israel. David A. Stein received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his incredible work in developing and supporting the Jacksonville area. The late Michael Donziger started his career in the U.S. Army as a senior radar technician and worked in real estate development. He has served on many Jacksonville-area boards, including the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, River Garden and Jewish Community Alliance, and helped found the Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, serving as their first president. He and his wife Karin were ardent supporters of JNF after seeing their projects first-hand on a trip to Israel. Between them, Karin and Michael have three children and six grandchildren, one serving our country as a U.S. Marine. Eunice and Barry Zisser met while Barry was serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and married on July 4, 1959. After Barry graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Law, they moved to Jacksonville, where they have been active in the Jewish and secular communities. Barry is a member of the Boards of Directors of Jacksonville Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. Eunice has

Above: Barry and Eunice Zisser accept the Tree of Life™ award from Dr. Ron Elinoff, JNF Jacksonville board member and 1998 Tree of Life™ honoree. At left: The late Michael Donziger was given the Tree of Life™ award from Richard Sisisky, a JNF Jacksonville board member and 2006 Tree of Life™ honoree. sat on several boards, and was past president of the Beth Shalom Sisterhood, Hadassah, and the Women’s Division of the Jacksonville Jewish Federation. Eunice and Barry have two children and five grandchildren. David A. Stein is known nationally as a pioneer in the Burger King system, becoming the original franchiser of 32 Jacksonville area Burger Kings while he was the chairman and CEO of Southern Industrial

Lawrence Dubow, JNF Jacksonville board member and 1989 Tree of Life™ honoree, presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to David A. Stein.

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ORT America celebrates 90 years of education By World ORT

ORT America held its Inaugural International Major Gifts Gala on Feb. 26 at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. Honoring those who have made a significant dedication to ORT America’s mission to “Educate and Elevate,� guests had the opportunity to meet ORT America officials,

World ORT Board of Trustees from across the globe - Argentina, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Israel, South Africa and France, as well as world dignitaries during this special evening. As a pinnacle of the night, guests were treated to a special keynote from His Excellency Ron Prosor, Israel’s 16th permanent representative to the United Nations.

“We are thrilled to be in Palm Beach to celebrate this great organization’s milestone and honored to have Ambassador Prosor as our keynote speaker,� said Shelley B. Fagel, national president of ORT America. Guests of the gala enjoyed

a pre-reception. “This is an important night for ORT America as they are celebrating their 90th anniversary in the United States,� said Dr. Jean de Gunzburg, president of World ORT (and a descendant of ORT co-founder Horace de Gunzburg). “The Jew-

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Women’s Giving Alliance releases major study

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Nearly 300 people attended a March 1 forum to hear The Women’s Giving Alliance announce major components of a study addressing issues affecting the most vulnerable women and girls in Northeast Florida. Information for the study, “Stronger Voices‌ Better Lives: Moving women and girls forward,â€? was gathered from service providers that collectively serve thousands of women and girls, and by listening to their clients. Additionally, secondary research sources captured gender-specific data and results of relevant studies. The study group heard about success stories and needs yet to be met. Among those participating in the forum, held at the University Center at the University of North Florida, were: Susan Schantz, WGA president; Nina Waters, The Community Foundation president; and Julia Taylor, WGA presidentelect. Sandy Cook, past WGA president and study chair provided an overview of the study. Cook said the study found good news about working with Northeast Florida women and girls and areas that need more attention. Among the good news is improved educational attainment for girls. Among the areas that need attention are the growing number of seniors, the silver tsunami, which was addressed by Linda Levin from Elder Source and Joanne Hickox and Marilyn Kerr from Seniors on a Mission; and mental health resources, Florida being 49th in funding,

which was covered by Denise Marzullo, Mental Health America, Rachel Weinstein, Jewish Family & Community Services, and Shirley Webb, Women’s Center of Jacksonville. Other areas include reproductive health; women’s health, access and affordability; and a new issue causing concern, girls and cyberbullying. The study’s executive summary will be released in May. It, along with the secondary research, results of the surveys and roundtable discussions will be posted on the Women’s Giving Alliance website.

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Letting go of the guilt find they are able to do many things well and try to do too much themselves. When I spoke at the champagne brunch for the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville and asked women what they would love to be doing right now, some said they just wanted to relax, enjoy or go for a walk on the beach. Others got more clarity on their passions and how to put them together for a more rewarding and fulfilling career. It is good to take time to reassess what is important to you and what you want the next segment of your life to look like, both professionally and personally. It helps to talk it through with a mentor or coach. Many Jewish women want to make a difference with others in a variety of ways. When I was younger I was president of my Jewish youth group. I recently connected with many of those people on Facebook and was amazed at all the great things these women are doing in the world. Are you satisfied with what you are doing now?

By STACEY MAYO Columnist


rofessional Jewish women carry a heavy burden. They are bright and extremely responsible. Research documents that Jewish women are among the most highly educated women in the United States. Close to half of all Jewish women are college graduates, compared with only 17 percent of non-Jewish white women.(1) Women of our heritage were taught to take care of others before themselves. This is true of other women as well, but Jewish women tend to have a lot of guilt around taking time for themselves, having fun and personal reflection. A friend of mine once said, “Guilt is a useless emotion,” and I agree. Professional women who are in mid-life need to take time for themselves. Oftentimes, they

Here are four questions to ask yourself: 1. Do I give myself permission to have fun? 2. Do I put everyone else before myself? 3. Am I doing work I am passionate about? 4. Am I burnt out? If you don’t like your answers to these questions, don’t beat yourself up. Just view it as information to help yourself create the next chapter of your life to be better than ever before. 1. Resource: Highlights of the CJF 1990 National Jewish Population Survey (New York, 1991) Stacey Mayo is a master certified coach and also known as The Dream Queen. She coaches professional and executive Jewish women to have great success while making more time for fun, family, hobbies and vacations. She is author of the awardwinning book, “I Can’t Believe I Get Paid To Do This!” To watch a short video and receive a free strategy session visit

Nissan and the sanctification of time By RABBI AVI SCHOCHET Torah Academy


he month of Nissan is the month of Pesach (Passover). It is a time of almost “an out with the old and in with the new.” There is a feeling of renewal and revitalization; of shaking off winter and yes, there is even a spring in one’s step. In the events immediately preceding the death of the first born, Moses is shown the new moon and told that from that time on this is what is to be sanctified as the beginning of each month, and this month was to be the first month of the year. Until that time, Tishrei, the month in which we celebrate Rosh HaShanna, Yom Kippur and Sukkos was considered the first month of the year. This command, to sanctify the new moon, was the first commandment given to the Jews as a nation. This command changed forever the relationship between the Almighty and His people. By re-ordering the months and decreeing that Nissan was to be the first month of the year and not the month of Tishrei, which marked the creation, He was in fact communicating to mankind that the Exodus and emergence of the Jewish people into nationhood, was of greater significance than creation. We know that the Jewish calendar follows the lunar cycle;

each month begins with the appearance of the new moon. In ancient times witnesses would come to Jerusalem to testify that they had seen the new moon. The court would ascertain that the witness’ evidence was confirmed via calculations, and only then was the month sanctified. If we contrast the sanctification of the new month, which means effectively declaring its beginning with the sanctification of the Shabbos, we are able to better understand the revolution that G-d had created. In the sanctification of the Shabbos we declare, “Blessed are you … who sanctifies the Shabbos.” In the blessing on the new month we declare, “Blessed are you … who sanctifies the Jewish people and the new month.” The difference is clear; the sanctification of the Shabbos takes place independently; whereas, the sanctification of the new month requires the intervention of the Jewish people. There are three levels of sanctification in this world. There is sanctity in time, sanctity in space and sanctity in humanity. Shabbos represents the sanctification of time. G-d set this particular segment of time aside, separating it from the rest of the days of the week. The Bais HaMikdash (Temple) represents the sanctification of space. G-d claimed possession of this particular place and decreed a special set of rules that apply


nowhere else in the world but at the site of the Bais HaMikdash. The Jewish people represent the sanctification of the human realm of existence. G-d claimed possession over them, setting them apart from the rest of humanity, and commanded them to observe the laws outlined in the Torah. G-d enabled the Jews to interact with these sanctified elements of creation. He also empowered them to manipulate these elements by entrusting the Jews with the declaration of the new month. From that moment on, the Jews would determine the scheduling of Torah – ordained holy days: Sukkos, Pesach, and Yom Kippur. The Jewish people were then able to create sanctity within the realm of time, thus becoming partners in the work of creation. The laws of the Torah are the conditions for this partnership between G-d and the Jewish people. Only after this partnership was created were the Jewish people ready to experience revelation at Sinai. Prior to the exodus, the Jews had not yet been set apart from the rest of humanity, nor had they entered into their partnership with G-d, which allowed them to manipulate and sanctify time by declaring the onset of the new month. Then following the exodus from Egypt, when G-d made the Jewish people His partner in creation, he commanded them to declare Nissan the first month year because Nissan represents the ascendancy of Jews from the rank of humanity to the level of G-d’s partner in creation.


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Harry Frisch Thursday, April 19, 2012 UNF University Center 12:00 Noon The Thompson S. Baker Award celebrates the accomplishments of individuals who have shown outstanding leadership through civic and philanthropic deeds that have positively influenced business and education in the Jacksonville community. Sponsorships and tables are available. For details contact: Steve St. Amand, President/Junior Achievement 398-9944 ext 228, or Jeff Edwards, Chair of the JA Board of Directors 591-2705 You may also go to for details and reservations.

THE THOMPSON S. BAKER AWARD Junior Achievement of North Florida marks its 14th year of presenting the Thompson S. Baker “Solid As A Rock” Award recognizing individuals in our community who have dedicated themselves to bettering our community through leadership, hands-on involvement and philanthropic deeds. The annual award celebrates our local heroes who have positively influenced business and education for Jacksonville. Since 1997, this prestigious annual award has been named for Thompson S. Baker, the founder of Florida Rock Industries who unselfishly contributed to the betterment of our community. We are honored to be able to recognize his life with the annual presentation of the Thompson S. Baker “Solid As A Rock” Award.


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David A. Stein

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Adult education for April

Whether you are looking for a daily or weekly class, an occasional lecture, you will find it here. For additional information on any of the following listings, please contact the sponsoring institution.


• Between Mincha and Maariv ♦ Mishna Yomi is every evening at Etz Chaim Synagogue in the Mirkis Chapel. Rabbi Fisch leads the group in studying a tractate (volume) of the Mishna. We are studying Tractate Sukkah. For more information, please call the synagogue office at (904)262-3565 ext. 7. • Following Shacharis service ♦ Halacha Yomi at Etz Chaim Synagogue. Rabbi Fisch teaches a brief lesson of the day. For more information, please call the synagogue office at (904)262-3565 ext. 7.


• 6 a.m. ♦ Daf Yomi at Etz Chaim Synagogue. The class studies two pages of Talmud every morning. This class is on the Daf Yomi, which will conclude the entire Talmud in August 2012. Talmud while sipping on hot coffee. For more information, please call the synagogue office at (904)262-3565 ext. 7.


• 45 minutes before Mincha ♦ Prophetic Visions at Etz Chaim Synagogue. This class is taught by Rabbi Fisch in the Mirkis Chapel. Classes give insights of the stories of the prophets and their timeless messages. For more information, please call the synagogue office at (904)262-3565 ext. 7. • 8:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. ♦ Torah Study at the Temple. Join us in the Parker Auditorium on Shabbat mornings as together we read and discuss the Torah portion of the week. Fresh coffee and a light breakfast will be served at 8:45 a.m. and we’ll start our discussion promptly at 9 a.m. No prior knowledge is necessary and all are welcome. This program is presented free and no reservations are required. For more information, contact the Temple at 733-7078, or email learning@thetemplejacksonville. org.


• 7:30 a.m. ♦ Daf Yomi at Etz Chaim Synagogue. The class studies two pages of Talmud every morning. This class is on the Daf Yomi, which will conclude the entire Talmud in August 2012. Talmud while sipping on hot coffee. For more information, please call the synagogue office at (904)262-3565 ext. 7. • 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. ♦ Adult Hebrew at the Temple. Interested in learning Hebrew? Join us for Beginning Hebrew classes on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. and on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Intermediate classes start at 10:50 a.m. on Sunday mornings and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. There is a $36 fee for these courses. Register for any Lifelong Learning course by emailing learning@, or calling the Temple office at (904) 733-7078.


• 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ♦ The Wisdom Years at Temple. Wrestle with traditional and contemporary Jewish topics. Led by Rabbi Lief, this long-standing group welcomes new members who are anxious to share ideas with equally spirited companions. This series is open to the public and presented free. No reservations are required. For more information, contact the Temple at 733-7078, or email learning@ • 7 p.m. ♦ Talmud Class at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. The class is not meeting at the Sunbeam Road facility, 4072 Sunbeam Road. An ongoing, leisurely paced analysis of law and lore in a new tractate

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ADULT EDUCATION - Bava Metzia - in the intimate setting of Rabbi Lubliner’s office. Contact Cassie Vichozsky (904) 268-4200 ext. 115 for more information. No class April 23. • 8 p.m. ♦ The Weekest Link, Weekly Parsha Class at Etz Chaim Synagogue. Our weekly Parsha Class takes place every Monday evening in the Mirkis Chapel and is taught by Rabbi Yaakov Fisch. The class is designed to unlock the deeper messages of the weekly Torah portion and seeing the relevance of the “Parsha” in our lives. This is an ongoing class every Monday. For more information, please call the synagogue office at (904)262-3565 ext. 7

provoking as our past sessions, so come see what the buzz is about. You can join us any time in the series and everyone is welcome. Contact Cassie Vichozsky at 268-4200, ext. 115 for more information. • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. ♦ Yayin and Yack at members’ homes. Join Kehillah Chadashah as we explore Jewish books and dialogue with friends in the comfort of members’ homes over a glass of wine (or soda or water or coffee – whatever your pleasure). For more information on what book we are reading and/or location call Kehillah Chadashah at 208-5191 or email

Mondays and Thursdays

Thursday, April 19

• 5:30 p.m. ♦ Shal“OM” Yoga Classes at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. The JJC Adult Education has a RYT-200 registered yoga instructor coming to the Center two nights a week. Come stretch your mind, reach for your potential, relax and rejuvenate your body. Beginners welcome. Open to the entire community. Cost is $10 per class for members, $15 per class for nonmembers. Discounted class packages also available. Please bring a towel, yoga mat and bottle of water. Contact Cassie Vichozsky at 268-4200, ext. 115 or cassie. for more information. • 11 a.m. ♦ Adult B’nai Mitvah Class at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. This class is a two-year study program with the first year concentrating on Torah, mitzvot and holidays using the portion of the week as our guide. The second year will focus on service participation skills culminating in a joint B’nai Mitavah celebration on a Shabbat morning led by our graduates. Please contact Scott Zimmerman at 268-4200, ext. 224 to reserve a spot.

Sunday, April 1

• 10 a.m. - noon ♦ Kehillah Kitchen with Kehillah Chadashah at the Sunrise of Jacksonville Assisted Living Facility. Join us as we learn to make traditional Jewish recipes like Bubbes used to make. Cost is $10 a class for supplies and ingredients. For more information call Kehillah Chadashah at 208-5191 or email

Monday, April 2

• 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. ♦ Lifelong Learning at Temple: Easter/Passover with Rabbi Lief. This year, the Christian celebration of Easter falls during our Jewish celebration of Passover. Come learn about these two major springtime holidays, what we have in common and where we differ, as we examine the roots, rituals and relationships between them. Bring your friends of other faiths, as all are welcome to share in the joy of discovery. All are welcome to attend. No prior knowledge is necessary. Email, or call the Temple office at (904) 733-7078 for more information.

• Noon – 1 p.m. ♦ Lunch ‘n Learn at Temple: Heirlooms with Jo-Ellen Unger. An heirloom is something that has been handed down from generation to generation. It can be tangible, an object, recipe, or memory and can reveal a lot about our history and what we hold dear. Bring an heirloom and come share family stories around the lunch table. You bring your lunch and enthusiasm for learning. Temple will provide drinks and dessert. Email, or call the Temple office at (904) 733-7078 for more information.

Saturday, April 21

• 8 a.m. ♦ Coffee & Torah at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Come enjoy a strong cup of brew, a tasty breakfast treat, and thought-provoking insights into the weekly Torah portion in the intimate setting of Rabbi Lubliner’s office. Contact Cassie Vichozsky (904) 268-4200 ext. 115 for more information.

Sunday, April 22

• 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. ♦ Introduction to Reconstructionist Judaism with Kehillah Chadashah. Join us as we explore a Reconstructionist approach to Judaism. This monthly we will be learning about the Reconstructionist View of God and the idea of the Chosen People. For more information regarding location call Kehillah Chadashah at 208-5191 or email • 11:15 a.m. to noon ♦ Introduction to Prayer with Kehillah Chadashah. This class provides an overview of the Shabbat evening prayers: what are we saying, why are we saying them and how do we say them. For more information regarding location call Kehillah Chadashah at 2085191 or email kehillahchadashah@gmail. com.

Thursday, April 26

• 7:30 p.m. ♦ JCA Film Series at the JCA. The JCA presents a free showing of “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance.” This film had its debut in New York in February. Following the film, meet Davis Robertson, artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet School Performance Company and Brian McSween, associate artistic director. There Sunday, April 8 will be a question-and-answer session • 10 a.m. - noon ♦ Jewish Lens. Location following the film. Davis is the son of JCA varies depending on what we are explormembers Garry and Ruth Bragg. For more ing. Use photography to explore Jewish valinformation, call Thelma Nied, 730-2100 ues and text. All you need is a digital camext. 227. era. You do not need to be an experienced photographer, just an interest in exploring Saturday, April 28 your individual and Jewish values and • 10 a.m. - noon ♦ Torah Talk with Kehillah views through the creative art of photograChadashah. Jewish learning is a life-long phy. For more information on location call journey of discovery. The wisdom of Torah Kehillah Chadashah at 208-5191 or email – our traditions and customs, lifecycle, music, art, history, and philosophy – enrich our lives and inspire us. Whether you Wednesday, April 18 are exploring Judaism for the first time, • 10:30 a.m. ♦ Sisterhood “HOT TOPIC” or seeking deeper connection, we invite Seminar at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. you to join us in discussions that explore Please join the JJC Sisterhood for the next the themes of the Shabbat Torah reading in our Hot Topic series, when we discuss and its relevance in our lives today. For current topics of interest to the Jewish more information regarding location call Community with our very own Rabbi LuKehillah Chadashah at 208-5191 or email bliner. Please join us for this topical versation. This is sure to be as informative

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Moses, pharaoh come to a seder near you Operation Isaiah By SUJATA DESHMUKH operates at the Center Jewish Community Alliance

By Jacksonville Jewish Center

Today’s economic turmoil is characterized by the increased need for social support. Many of Jacksonville’s residents are torn trying to decide whether to buy their medicines, feed their pets or buy food for their families. At the Jacksonville Jewish Center we are trying to keep the food pantry at Jewish Family & Community Services stocked so that these families will at least have food on their tables. The demand for food has increased

dramatically and the shelves at JFCS are being depleted at a rapid pace. Please make an effort to stop by the Center if only to drop off one can or package of food in the carts in the front lobby. Toiletries, baby and infant food, formula and diapers are also needed. This is a desperate time for our neighbors and we need to be there for them. We are commanded to do mitzvoth, and this is one mitzvah we can all easily accomplish.

Birthright trip for young adults with Crohn’s offered By Children’s Hospital LA

Children’s Hospital LA is proud to partner with TaglitBirthright Israel and, for the first time, will be offering a trip this summer to Israel for young adults with Crohn’s and

ulcerative colitis. The program is open to young Jewish adults, ages 18-26, with no previous travel to Israel with peers. Those who are eligible may call Beverly Daley at the Children’s Hospital, 323-361-2490, for more information.

Festivals, food and fun with Jax Jewish Singles By Jax Jewish Singles

Join the Jax Jewish Singles as they meet up for the Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, April 15. They are also planning a Sunday

One morning in early April, JCA Executive Director Myron Flagler and Board Member Ken Jacobs met privately for 15 minutes to rehearse their roles in an important engagement. At the end of the meeting, they slipped into special, child-made costumes, and entered an auditorium filled with 150 eagerly awaiting JCA preschoolers and guests. Each year for the past 10 years, Mr. Flagler (Moses) and Mr. Jacobs (the Pharaoh) re-enact the story of Passover, the Jews’ exodus from Egypt, for JCA Teddy Bears, junior kindergartners and kindergartners. Their performance during the model seder allows children to visualize the dialogue that occurred between the Egyptian pharaoh and Moses – in a fun, engaging way. “As a former teacher and elementary school principal, I love being with and watching the faces of children,” Flagler said. “Passover is such a joyous holiday – the story should be told in a way that is fun, meaningful, and memorable.” Students sit at round tables in the auditorium while Flagler

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Myron Flagler and Ken Jacobs and Jacobs wander among them, re-enacting the story. “It’s a great tradition, said ECE Director Theresa Levy. “It says a lot about the JCA that our executive director is so involved. No other exec would don a paper and cotton ball beard and cheesy costume made of all recycled materials to perform for the children. Myron and Ken are great sports about it.” Students laugh and scream in delight as the men fling rubber frogs around the room to represent one of the 10 plagues sent


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to the Egyptians. The men also describe the plagues of the hungry locusts and the scary darkness. “Making a difference to us means everything – and the children absolutely love it.” Flagler said. “This is long-standing, great tradition and we hope to do it for many more years.” Following the performance, children eat traditional Passover foods, including egg, horseradish, matzoh, parsley (grown from the JCA’s organic garden) dipped in salt water, and charoset.


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Delegation wowed by Haddash Medical Center’s new facility By Hadassah

east information. “It’s amazing to see the relatively small budgets for an Israeli hospital, doing tremendous amount things, on what would be considered a pittance in the U.S. and that’s fascinating,” said Tabb. “This has been a tremendous exchange of North American healthcare leaders with Israeli healthcare leaders,” Amir Dan Rubin, president and CEO of Stanford University Medical Center, commented. It was interesting to hear a first-hand account from someone who has toured the facilities and remembers the beginning of Hadassah hospital on Mount Scopus. On Feb. 29 Rabbi Eliezer Ben Yehuda gave dynamic presentation about his book, “Fulfillment of Prophecy,” with his memories and impressions of the hospital past and present. The program was well-attended, leaving everyone enriched with the story about how the rabbi’s grandfather promoted the He-

Delegation of top hospital administrators is wowed by Hadassah Medical Center’s new inpatient facility “It’s leading edge. Just the thinking behind it. Healing gardens, patient rooms, square feet, two beds per room, one bed per room, one window per patient … These are huge developments,” Joseph Mapa, CEO of Toronto’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, said of the Hadassah University Medical Center’s new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. “The American system has many great things, but also many things to learn from this country, and I think that the level of medicine here and the level of training is every bit as good as medicine that I see now in the states,” Kevin Tabb, the CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, told The Media Line, an online source for Mid-

brew language as the spoken word among all Jewish people. Hadassah’s commitment to healthcare isn’t limited to Israel. Our next program will be on

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offer people the convenience of shopping online from home, or elsewhere at a time that fits their schedule,” said Wendy Efron, director of Gift Shop Operations at Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple). “We’ll not only offer some of the same items as at our physical location, but many pieces that we do not have in stock there. You may find your best deal by seeing us in person, but if that’s not possible, we’ve made it convenient for you to still shop with us.” For Judaica shopping that’s convenient with the click of a mouse, visit the Temple website at www.thetemplejacksonville. org. Our gift shop link is right on the homepage.

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It’s 8 p.m. and the activity of your day finally starts to slow down. Then you realize you haven’t yet bought a seder plate. Passover is just days away. What should you do? With your schedule, getting to the gift shop isn’t easy. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could order your Judaica online when it’s convenient for you and support a local synagogue at the same time? Now you can. Temple Sisterhood, in partnership with Judaica Beautiful, recently launched an online version of its Temple Gift Shop. “We know it’s not always easy getting to Temple and wanted to

the Jacksonville Jewish Center at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Call Carol Matoren at 733-2525 for more details and to RSVP.


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Torah Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action-packed year culminates with Evening of Inspiration By Torah Academy

The students of Torah Academy had a very busy year. They have been engaged in projects that increase and stimulate their intellectual growth while, at the same time, they have been participating in activities that have served to raise their awareness of the needs of the community. River Garden is a favorite place. Early in the year the preschool sang for River Garden residents. Later in the year, the River Garden residents planned a planting project for Tu Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shvat with the Torah Academy student body. Marchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gourmet Kosher Bistro burst onto the Jacksonville scene on the heels of Purim. First there was the promise of a superb meal planned and executed by chef Christopher Holmes. The community anticipated the delight of sampling the delectable, mouth-watering treats. Anticipation was a wonderful tease. On the heels of this resounding success, plans are in the works for replicating this hugely promising event. On May 22, Torah Academy invites the community to join them in honoring two outstanding members of the Jacksonville community at its annual Evening of Inspiration: Bonnie Hardy and Deanna Lissner. Both of these women have served as mentors, guides, gatekeepers and advisers to the school. As an educational professional of 20-plus years, Deanna Lissner has worked tirelessly on the educational committees of Torah Academy. Deannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expertise and passion for early childhood education and to transmitting the joy and pleasure Judaism brings. She has proven to be an

invaluable asset to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. Deannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s willingness to step forward and give unstintingly of her time has won the admiration of her fellow board members. Deannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motto is that she is happy to do whatever she can for Jewish education, and Torah Academy is fortunate that her direction has been focused in this sphere. Bonnie Hardy has been associated with Torah Academy from its formative years. She has maintained a global interest in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and works ceaselessly behind the scene to ensure that the mission and spirit of the school are properly executed. Bonnie has changed hats many times, and serves in whatever capacity is needed. No matter which hat Bonnie wears, you can be sure she wears it with love and passion. Torah Academy, the recipient of this glow of warmth and giving, is truly blessed to have Bonnie as a dedicated advocate. Deanna Lissner and Bonnie Hardy embody the term, inspiration. Torah Academy is privileged to honor them, as it is their due. Torah Academy has chosen Charlie Harari as the guest speaker for this special evening. Harari is vice president of a prestigious New York real estate development company and an attorney, as well as a motivational speaker. The popularity Harari enjoys on the speaking circuit is the result of a combination of his wit, humor, eloquence, power of persuasion, and sincerity; along with the fact that he successfully combines the Jewish and business worlds. It is indeed fortuitous that we are able to introduce Charlie Harari to the Jacksonville community.

Garden Club celebrates Jewish new year for trees St. Augustine Garden Club gave the sisterhood of the Congregation Sons of Israel bare root trees to give to its Hebrew students and children under 5 whose

parents are members -- to keep St. Augustine a Tree City. Some adult members bought trees in Israel through Hadassah.

The Evening of Inspiration takes place May 22 at Congregation Ahavath Chesed, 8727 San Jose Blvd., at 5:30 p.m. Couvert is $125 for dinner and speaker; speaker only: $25. The speaker will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

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Segway Tour of St. Augustine Beach

Experience the classic sights and sounds of St. Augustine Beach in a new and exciting way with a relaxing glide on a Segway Personal Transporter. Following a 10- to 15-minute training session, your hour and a half tour begins. Enjoy St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world famous beach and float alongside the white sandy shoreline where you may see dolphin, pelicans, turtles, whales and other wildlife. Light comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Helmets are provided, or you may bring your own. 3UN !PRILsPM PM (Meet in the JCA lobby at 12:30 p.m. to caravan to St. Augustine)

Deep Sea Fishing Trip

Join us for a fun-filled deep sea fishing trip aboard the Majesty, a 2009 Chesapeake boat which is 70 feet long with a wide beam of 20 feet and speeds up to 25 kts. The Majesty is built of composite construction which absorbs the shock of the sea allowing for the smoothest ride available. She is equipped with the latest electronics, galley, heated and air conditioned and spacious cabin, clean restrooms for men and women, padded interior seating, and 32â&#x20AC;? flat screen color TV. Rod, reel, bait and fishing license included. Brand new high speed reels. Snack bar onboard. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll meet at Montyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marina located at 4378 Ocean Street, Atlantic Beach, FL. 32233. Directions available upon registration. Advanced registrations deadline May 7 firm. 3UN -AYsAM PM (Arrival time 6:45 a.m. sharp. Boat leaves at 7 a.m.)

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Shalom Baby at the Jacksonville Jewish Center By JJC Preschool

Shalom Baby is our special program for parents, babies and toddlers at the Jacksonville Jewish Center Preschool. Each class offers a time for parents and tots to socialize, learn, sing and play together. This special Jewish playgroup meets at the Center preschool twice monthly. We invite all Jewish parents and their babies and toddlers to join us. You can join us at any time. Each class has a theme and a special guest speaker. Each week we also enjoy welcoming Shabbat with songs, prayers, challah and juice. This month we are learning about Passover through songs and finger plays. At our last class we welcomed guests Dale Schemer and Wendy Pozin of Baby Sign-A-Long. It was a sort of homecoming for Wendy and Dale who not only once taught at the center preschool but enjoyed watching their children grow. Dale also served as director of the school. They are the authors and leaders of a special program called Baby Sign-A-Long. Their program

helps parents and tots communicate, while building self-esteem and enhancing brain development. Wendy and Dale led our group in song, play and discussion about the benefits of teaching babies and toddlers to sign. We learned a clean-up song and bath-time song with complimentary signs, as well as other helpful signs. Dale and Wendy shared that studies show babies who sign are happier, more social and have advanced language skills. Teaching hearing babies American Sign Language benefits them in so many ways. They understand the concept of language earlier and often speak earlier. Results published from a study done by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development in conjunction with Linda Acredolo, Ph.D., and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D., showed “that babies who signed, scored higher in intelligence tests, understood more words, had larger vocabularies and engaged in more sophisticated play than babies who did not sign.” Additionally they found that toddlers who had used baby sign language had much larger

verbal vocabularies than those who did not sign and by the time they were 3 years old, they had vocabularies similar to that of a 4-year-old. These studies also showed that these babies are less

frustrated and less likely to have temper tantrums because they have the ability to express their wants, needs and desires, thus leading to a less-frustrated parent, as well.



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Baby Sign-A-Long classes are being held in Mandarin, Julington Creek, Fleming Island and the beaches. Plans to bring this special course to the Center are underway. Stay tuned.


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Preparing for Passover at JJC Preschool

Max Miller: Final Mourner’s Kaddish 333 Days In Painting Thru May 13, 2012

Max Miller's grief provides inspiration for a vivid account of his year spent saying Kaddish (the Jewish prayer of mourning), for his father. The 50 vibrant watercolors depict the synagogues Miller visited in New York, Vermont, Ohio and Florida, along with commentary on his experiences with those he met. While honoring the Jewish tradition of memorializing a parent, Miller learned a great deal about his father and their shared heritage. Cuban Hebrew Congregation, Miami Beach, FL, watercolor, 2005.

This exhibition by Max Miller originated at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York City and is sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts.

Kehilath Jeshurun, Upper East Side, New York City, watercolor, 2005.


Jacksonville Jewish Center Preschool students show off their Passover props. By JJC Preschool

“Bake a matzah, pat, pat, pat Do not make it, fat, fat, fat Bake a matzah, flat, flat, flat Bake a matzah, Just like that!” Pesach is almost here. That means for us at the Jacksonville Jewish Center Preschool lots of cleaning (searching for chametz), singing all of our seder songs, chopping apples (to make charoset), and learning the story in our Haggadah. We love springtime and are grateful that our parsley grew in time for us to use for dipping at our seder. Matzah is an essential food

during Passover and even though it is crumbly, we really enjoy it! We get creative by making and enjoying a snack of matzah pizza! We will make afikomen bags and cups for Elijah and seder plates. Our seder plate is full of symbolic foods, and we wish everyone a Pesach Kasher V’Sameach! We look forward to our Passover Model Seders on March 28 for our Doobonim, Kofim and Parparim classes and our VPK classes on March 30. Parents and grandparents are invited to join us and kvell over how much we have learned. We often hear that many of our kids are able to help lead Pesach at home.

Model of Gombin Synagogue, built in 1710; destroyed by the Nazis in 1939.

Since the 10th century, Jews lived in Poland. As their numbers increased, they lived in shtetls and built wooden synagogues that represent Jewish folk art. During World War II, the Nazis destroyed these early wooden synagogues in Poland. Englishman Peter Maurice studied these and made 10 models that he donated to the Jewish Museum of Florida. With support from

Exhibit includes stories of Floridian Jews who came from Poland.

Also enjoy our core exhibit MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, Museum Store & Bessie’s Bistro

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PURIM 2012

Children made masks, crowns and noisemakers from paper plates and decorated them with a variety paints, markers and paper cut outs at Federationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shalom Jax Purim craft event. Our thanks to our partner Reddi Arts and to Angie for her excellent instruction.

Jewish Community Alliance holds its annual Purim parade.

The Jacksonville Jewish Center mixes it up.

Kehillah Chadashah shows how to have fun.

Beth El - The Beaches Synagogue dresses up.

The Temple combines Purim and play.

Torah Academy students exercise some Purim fun.

Temple Bet Yam sports a Dr. Suess theme.

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MJGDS wins third place in video contest By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

A 50th Anniversary Video Invitation was created to get people excited about the Martin J. Gott-

lieb Day Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming 50th anniversary, and it won third place in a competition among Jewish Day Schools around the country. The judging categories

Kaleidoscope Day on the river

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content on par with schools that have much bigger resources. Congratulations to Talie Zaifert, song writer, videographer, editor and choreographer; Hazzan Jesse Holzer, singer and composer; and

Jeanine Hoff, singer, whose efforts earned them third place out of 116 videos and 65 schools. Please visit www.mjgds. org/50thanniversary to see the winning video.

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By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

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Smiles all around

Past and current partnership chairs Elisa Hosman, Iris Kraemer and Aviad Sela. Jacksonville delegation at Hannah Senesh Museum on Kibbutz Sdot Yam

A delicious Taste of Partnership In late February 35 lay leaders and professionals from our Israel Partnership communities of Jacksonville; Charlotte, N.C.; and Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn. traveled to the Hadera- Eiron region of Israel to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We toured, danced, learned, discussed and celebrated Shabbat with our old and new friends, and colleagues in the region. Highlights included the opening of the Windows of Identity Exhibit installed at the Hadera Mall, where five Jacksonville artists contributed to the installation. The anniversary celebration evening saw 300 Israelis and Americans joining to share the joy of our partnership at the Community Center in PardessHanna. For more information about our Israel Partnership contact Joanne Cohen at the Federation. This is what participants had to say about the trip: “The Partnership Mission was just amazing. My most favorite part of the trip was re-connecting with my friends in Israel and creating lasting bonds with new friends who live in the region. The places are beautiful and the scenery is fantastic, but it was the time spent talking with our friends and learning about their lives and their stories that made this the trip of a lifetime for me.” – Jill Abel

“It was a privilege to play a role in the planning of this experience and to share it with our Jacksonville contingent, those who participated from Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Charlotte, and from Israel.” – Alan Margolies, Federation executive director “My Israel experience was so multi-dimensional. It was about the true meaning of partnership, forming relationships with wonderful people in Israel and making new friends across the ocean and locally. It was about connecting, truly connecting with Israel, the land, the people, the food and the culture.” – Ilana Clayman, Create a Jewish Legacy program director “The mission was illuminating and wonderous. Where else can one go to a stranger’s home, with a bunch of strangers, for dinner and discussion, and leave as family. Being part of the Klal Israel, the worldwide Jewish community makes this possible. A Federation mission to Israel affords the incredible opportunity.” – Judy Zfaz “This trip was different from a typical Federation mission! It wasn’t only about sightseeing, programs and fundraising, it was also about connections, relationships and friendships. It was an incredibly moving experience!!” – Lynn Maiman “It was often cold and rainy, but the feelings were warm and welcoming. Our partnership with Hadera brought us together with a few hundred of our Israeli friends celebrating our happy association. In the last few years we’ve grown from a lovely few to a magnificent many. I’ll never forget the smiling faces, outstretched arms and hearts always open. Hadera and Jacksonville … Yachad B’ahavah … together with love.” – Iris Kraemer, Israel Partnership chair, Jacksonville

Planting trees in Beit Eliezer community garden

Partnership opening night reception Dorit Zini, Israel chair, with Ilana Clayman

Caesarea Roman aquifer

Yes, it really snows in Israel. We found these in the center of Tel Aviv.

Hadera dance troupe entertains at 10th Anniversary Celebration.

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Educatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council offers continuing education By David Schmerer

As a part-time Sunday school teacher in the Jacksonville Jewish Center Religious School, I do not have access to the usual continuing education resources that fulltime educators have.

That is why I look forward to the Jacksonville Jewish Educatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Professional Development Series programs. To date, without fail, the programs have provided me with valuable insight and resources that I can use to apply in my

classroom. This year, the two programs presented by Jacqui Batey covering parent-teacher communication challenges and developing creative lesson plans were structured

so I could derive information that can be tailored to my Sunday school classroom experience. Batey, an accomplished author and UNF graduate level educator, was engaging, and I came

away feeling that I can make realistic changes to how I manage the classroom and engage my students. I look forward to the next program. Thank you Federation.

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MJGDS to host 21st century conference By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

Almost 20 Jewish days schools from across North America will send teams to Jacksonville this spring for a paradigm-shifting experiment in professional development. A groundbreaking new conference in Jewish education will take place at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School April 29 through May 1. In cooperation with the Schechter Day School Network and with a generous grant and support from The AVI CHAI Foundation, comes the first-ever conference on 21st century Jewish day school education - introducing edJEWcon. edJEWcon is a conference where attendees will experience a Jewish day school in transition to becoming a dynamic 21st century learning environment.

An acknowledged leader in the field, the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School will share its vision of teaching and learning that transcends physical boundaries and connects across geographic borders and time zones. Schools will leave MJGDS with new tools (iPads, iPods, etc.) and a customizable roadmap for educational excellence. Heidi Hayes Jacobs; executive director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute and president of Curriculum Designers, and an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction; will deliver the major keynote. Angela Maiers; an awardwinning educator, speaker, consultant and professional trainer known for her work in literacy, leadership and global communications; will deliver the closing keynote.






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The china was your grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. One day, it will go to your granddaughter. More precious are the stories handed down along with it. Best wishes for a joyous Passover. Life is Hope.

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Students from the Religious School at Beth El, the Beaches Synagogue enjoy Tu Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shevat.

Are you Jacksonvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kugel queen? By SAM GRISWOLD

Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Do you think you have the best kugel recipe in all of North Florida? Susan Board, kugel contest chair of Jacksonvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural Nosh and Notes Jewish Food and Music Festival, serves up an amazing lokshen kugel. She is not allowed to enter the contest herself; however, she can encourage everyone to pull out their secret recipes and come to the table (literally) to be considered for kugel queen (or king) recognition. Rumor has it that many great cooks in our community are entering the contest.

If you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got what it takes to be honored as kugel queen (or king) for 2012, Susan invites you to participate and offers these words of wisdom, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kugel is a mixture like tradition â&#x20AC;Ś a little of the old and a little of the new. Bring on the noodles!â&#x20AC;? All are invited to participate (you do not have to be a member of Congregation Ahavath Chesed). The entry fee is $5 per recipe, and you must include a copy of your recipe. For a complete list of contest rules, visit and click on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Competeâ&#x20AC;? tab, or call Susan at (904) 744-1256.

Susan Board with kugel

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Templeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Night Passover Seder will take place on Friday, April 6, at 6 p.m. All are welcome to join us in celebrating the Festival of Freedom. The cost is $28 per adult and $15 per child (ages 3-12). Email, or call the Temple office at (904) 733-7078 to reserve your seat today.

The Jacksonville Jewish Center is excited to welcome Reuven Firestone, rabbi and professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and co-director of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement. Firestone lectures at major universities in the United States and Israel, and gives presentations at churches and synagogues throughout the United States and abroad. He has served on the international Voice of Peace radio project, and has been involved in various committees dealing with Jewish-Muslim and Jewish-Arab relations in the United States. This annual shabbaton takes place due to the generosity of Marilyn and Louis Saferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four children, who established the fund in their parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; memory, allowing for superior Jewish

lecturers and professional educators. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will take place on April 20-22, and will consist of several free presentations and an Firestone interactive study with Firestone. Delicious meals, catered by Margos, will be available by reservation only. All activities are open to the entire Jewish community. Topics include: The Five Pillars of Islam: An Introduction to Islam and its relationship with Judaism (Friday evening); Whose Jerusalem? The Holy City in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Shabbat morning during services); and Jihad: Its history, meaning, and bearing on the Middle East. (Saturday afternoon - a text study and discussion). Saturday eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patron


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reception will include a discussion of Jewish-Muslim Relations: How do we see one another? This will be an open conversation with Firestone on anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and the challenges, opportunities and limits of Jewish-Muslim interreligious dialogue and cooperation. On Sunday morning, we will enjoy complimentary breakfast followed by a study of Islamic and Jewish Text with Firestone, Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner, and Imam Joe Bradford of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida. Members of the Islamic Center will partner with us as we study the differences and similarities of specific texts from our respective faith-based literature. Brochures with detailed information are available at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, or you can call Lois Tompkins at 268-4200, ext 146.

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We’ll save you a seat at our table!

Here at the Temple, we take great pride in welcoming all who enter our doors: Jews by birth, Jews by choice, interfaith families and friends of all faiths. Celebrate the Seder with lots of food, friends and fun! Join us here at the Temple on

Friday, April 6 at 6:00 PM The cost is only $28 for adults and $15 for children. Child-friendly and vegetarian options will be available. Call the Temple Office at 733-7078 and we’ll be happy to save you a seat! With Support from the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

Let all who are hungry come and eat!

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Nosh and Notes features Alan Goodis Mother’s Day Brunch offers music and mimosas


Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Renowned Jewish musician and songwriter Alan Goodis will be the featured performer of Nosh and Notes, Jacksonville’s Jewish Food and Music Festival, April 13-15, at Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple). “I tour as a Jewish musician because I love it,” Goodis said. “Being able to play Jewish music allows for me to have a more personal interaction with people than I likely would as a secular performer. I am able to visit a community and build relationships with people. I am able to be a student and learn from each community I visit.” Goodis said that it is this relationship building that motivates him. “I grew up in a Jewish home where we made Shabbat every week, went to Jewish summer camp (URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute) and studied through confirmation,” he said. On paper, I looked like the kid that was doing everything right.


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Alan Goodis (But) I did not feel that connected to my Temple, or being Jewish outside of camp. To be able to work with teens and use music as a bridge to allow them to connect with being Jewish is a big reason I do this work.” Goodis will perform in concert at the Temple on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 each for the concert, or $36 each for the concert and our “Taste of Tel Aviv” tribute dinner to Jo-Ellen Unger, director of Education and Youth at Congregation Ahavath Chesed. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www., or call the Temple office at (904) 733-7078.

Beth El serves up corned beef sandwiches By Beth El - The Beaches Synagogue

Hungry for a corned beef sandwich? When is the last time you ate a really good corned beef sandwich? Do you have fond memories of a sandwich piled high with freshly sliced meat from a deli in New York, in Cleveland, Pitts-

burgh, Philadelphia or Miami? The folks at Beth El, the Beaches Synagogue, say you won’t have to wait much longer. They will be selling sandwiches with 1/3 of a pound of freshly sliced corn beef on freshly baked rye bread. The sandwiches will come complete with pickle, potato chips and a soft drink.

All of the sandwiches will be presold so that the freshness of the ingredients can be guaranteed. You can order you sandwich between now and May 1 by calling 273-5330 or 273-5330, and you can pick them up on May 6 or May 7 at the Beaches Synagogue on Roscoe Boulevard in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Q: How many Jewish mothers does it take the change a light bulb? A: None. “(Sigh) Don’t bother, I’ll sit in the dark, I don’t want to be a nuisance to anybody.” If your mother is giving you the Jewish guilt, get ahead of the curve and take her to Temple Brotherhood’s Mother’s Day Brunch. Congregation Ahavath Chesed’s Temple Brotherhood is pleased to announce that they will once again host its Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. This annual event has quickly become the place to

be on Mother’s Day. All are invited to attend. All moms eat free (no pictures of children necessary). It’s $7 with RSVP, or $8 at the door for everybody else (the down-trodden husbands). We will be serving the best brunch in town, including eggs, bagels, lox and much more. All mothers will also receive one free mimosa. Live musical entertainment will be provided by Jazz Police, featuring light jazz and the sounds of Frank Sinatra. Please RSVP by contacting Cliff Buckley at (904) 8684505, or All RSVPs are required by Thursday, May 10, to ensure we have enough food for everyone.

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Kehillah Chadashah recognizes Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month By LINDA LEVIN

shared in a special Havdalah with River Garden residents. Following the service Kehillah Chadashah members and River Garden residents heard from Vicky Duffer Watkins, a member of First

Kehillah Chadashah

Leviticus 19:14 warns, “Do not curse a person who is deaf and do not place a stumbling block in front of a person who is blind.” Rarely will someone place a barrier to someone’s access to their congregation, but are we deliberate in removing barriers or preventing barriers from ever existing? According to Kol Ehad, the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Committee on Inclusion of People with Disabilities, some 17 percent of the American Jewish community has a disability, which prevents participation in religious life. Often, people have not felt welcome and included and have become “invisible.” Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, founder of the Reconstructionist


Continued from p. 1 Board of Directors. “The JCA is a special place that makes a difference in our community.” The study analyzed 49 Jewish Community Centers in the United States and Canada and compared results in four groups based on annual revenue. Jacksonville’s group included Jewish Community Centers in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Long Beach, Phoenix, Central New Jersey, Salt Lake City, Winnipeg and Toronto. The Benchmarking Project collected data in late 2011 in four areas: financial, program participation, member feedback and staff feedback. More than 500 members and nonmember clients and 40 staffers participated in online surveys conducted by an independent, third-party company for the study. The JCA Fitness Center was ranked No. 1 by members in “facilities quality vs. competition.” Members also ranked the JCA Early Childhood Education Department No. 1 in “staff quality vs. competition” and the JCA Summer Camp No. 1 in “program quality vs. competition.” These rankings indicate that the JCA consistently delivers an outstanding experience for its members and users. This experience is built on a portfolio of core programs that compare favorably to competing alternatives in the marketplace in terms of quality and value. The JCC Association believes “the top JCCs create a sense of belonging for those they touch. A top JCC opens the diversity of the North American, Israeli and world Jewish experience to individuals, families and groups. The JCC inspires Jewish journeys and the exploration of Jewish values, identity and culture through its role in building Jewish community.” In those areas, the JCA: • Was in the top four in number of programs used by members with 58 percent using three or more in a year. This indicates an active and vibrant agency. • Was in the top two in members’ responses to “How likely is it that you would recommend the JCA to a friend, relative or colleague?” • Was well above average in members’ responses to “I have developed a broader perspective of the Jewish community;”

Vicky Watkins movement taught, “All human beings are entitled to experience the dignity of selfhood or personality, the moral character of society and the reality of God.” At Kehillah Chadashah we make a concerted effort to welcome all people into our congregation. For Jewish Disabilities Awareness month, Kehillah Chadashah “I have a greater appreciation for Jewish values;” and “I feel a deeper connection to my Jewish identity.” This is in keeping with the Jewish mission of the agency. • Was No. 1 in respondents agreeing with the statement that “The JCC contributes to the well-being of the community as a whole.” This indicates how the community perceived the JCA and its impact upon our community. And two-thirds of respondents said they have developed a new friendship through their participation at the JCA. The JCA’s staff ranked in the top tier in their responses to questions related to job satisfaction and was No. 1 in staff confidence in the vision of the agency. This means that the JCA attracts and retains staff of the highest quality by offering compelling opportunities for professional growth, clearly communicating a vision for the future, and fostering a strong sense of team. Staff quality shows in both the warmth of the member/participant experience and the JCA’s rich programmatic expertise. In the financial area, the JCA was at the top in managing its finances and utilizing its resources. According to the JCCA, an “excellent” community center “meets its current financial needs while ensuring the organization’s ability to meet the fiscal needs of the future.” JCA Executive Director Myron Flagler said of the study: “We are so proud that our constituents hold us in such high regard. We will continue to work hard to produce meaningful and quality service to our community.” JCC Association is the umbrella organization for the Jewish Community Center Movement, which includes more than 350 JCCs, YM-YWHAs, and camp sites in the United States and Canada. “JCC Excellence: Benchmarking” is funded by the JCCA’s Mandel Center for Excellence in Leadership and Management. The goal of the Mandel Center is to transform the JCC movement by helping JCCs to assess management effectiveness and leadership needs, be more responsive to difficulties as they arise, and develop a practical approach towards continuous self-improvement. The 2011 study was the seventh year in an ongoing project and the third year of participation by the JCA.

Coast Disability Advocates and the North Florida chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Duffer shared her personal experience living with a disability and provided resources for

everyone in attendance who may need assistance. The evening was inspiring and raised everyone’s awareness of the needs of individuals with disabilities as well as their value to the community.

Physician pens first novel at 81, spotlighting two diseases that affected his family in real life About the book: “LOVE IS TWO PEOPLE TALKING” A novel by Charles H. Banov, M.D. A salty old widowed Jewish pawnbroker learns that he has Parkinson’s disease and reluctantly has to move in with his son’s family. Sam’s granddaughter has Rett Syndrome, a disability, and does not speak. He soon connects with her, learns about himself, and the importance of communication, sometimes without words. Acceptance and love come to him in his struggle to adjust to his illness and his good but different life. 17.95 and About the author: Charles H. Banov, MD, an active 81 year old physician from Charleston, South Carolina, has authored his first novel, just published by the Evening Post Publishing Company. The semi-autobiographical novel, “Love is Two People Talking”, draws upon the experience of living with Parkinson’s Disease as well as raising a daughter with Rett’s Syndrome, a genetic condition associated with severe mental and physical disability affecting girls.

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Film Festival draws rave reviews From left Andrea Mail, Susan Wolchok, Dan Kossoff, Steve Wolchok, Dinah Kossoff, Myron Flagler, Lisa Ansbacher and Professor Eric Goldman.

Gal, one of the women featured in “My So-Called Enemy,” speaks from Israel via Skype after the movie was shown at the Film Festival. From left Steve Wolchok, chairperson of the festival, and “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness” director Joe Dorman.

Professor Eric Goldman speaks at the Patrons’ Brunch. “Wonderful film” (“Restoration”) “A wonderful asset to the community” and “Most engaging” (“A Matter of Size”) “I’m not Jewish and this was a first for me. The Skype with the director was awesome – I will come back again – great value)” and “A most enjoyable collection of movies and speakers (“Sholom Aleichem”) These were some of the comments about the Jacksonville Jewish Film Festival presented by the JCA. From the


Happy Passover

from the JCA Board and Staff

JCA Summer Camp Announces Four New Themes

The JCA’s Camp Gan Yeladim announces four new themes for the summer: Ooey Gooey, Surf’s Up, Going for the Gold, and Critters and Creatures. Each year camp directors allocate significant resources toward attracting experienced staff, developing stimulating activities and finding resources behind new themes. For example, this summer’s activities include carnivals, concerts, cooking, Israeli programs, storytelling, plays, water slides and zoo critters. Campers can attend optional UNDERnights at the JCA to swim at night, enjoy themed activities and have dinner. This year, for the second time, the camp is also participating in International Mud Day on June 29. The JCA continues to accept registration for Summer Camp 2012. Summer Camp meets for four two-week sessions: June 18-29, July 2-13, July 16-27 and July 30-Aug. 10. Theatre Camp has two sessions: June 18-July 13 and July 16-Aug. 10. The camp directors have almost 50 years of combined camping experience at the JCA. JCA Summer Camp combines fun activities, a fabulous facility and top-notch staff to provide a safe, happy and positive camping experience that will create lifelong memories for the campers. Activities for children age 2 and up include swimming, arts and crafts, sports,

opening night at Theatre Jax on Feb. 19, to the Patrons’ Brunch with Professor Eric Goldman talking about the Jewish influence in films, to the films themselves, the audience was enthusiastic and positive in its reviews of the films and the event. The festival featured Skype interviews with Israeli directors as well as personal appearances by Lisa Gossels, director of “My So Called Enemy,” and Joseph Dorman, director

music, dance and theater. Camp Habonim, a specialty camp for children in grades 3-6, allows campers to concentrate on a specialty in addition to normal camp activities. Specialties offered include flag football, horseback riding, pottery, basketball, cooking, sailing, ice skating, tennis, soccer, golf, and baseball and more. The JCA also offers pre- and post-camp Adventure Days from June 11 to 15 and Aug. 13 to 17. For more information on JCA Summer Camp watch for the camp brochure in the mail, visit or call 73021010 ext. 252.

Young Concert Artists Series

The JCA presents a free performance by pianist Benjamin Moser at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 1. Benjamin Moser is a pianist of “color, atmosphere and delicate nuance, with technical mastery and youthful exuberance.” He is winner of the Sander Buchman First Prize of the 2007 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Born in Munich in 1981 into a family of musicians, he began piano studies at the age of 5. He studies with Michael Schafer at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Munich. Since 2002, he has worked with Klaus Hellwig at the University of Arts in Berlin. Thanks to the generosity of the Berman Family, this concert is free and open to the entire community.

Vandroff Art Gallery

JCA member Phil Roberts will exhibit his acrylic paintings through April 25. A retired school teacher, Phil is a self-taught painter. Beginning April 27, the gallery will display watercolors by Kathryn Milkey. Kathryn studied art at South Bend University and is a member of the Jacksonville Water-

of ”Sholom Aleichem.” The weekend was very special and there were over 400 attendees over the three days. All of the staff and volunteers are looking forward to next year.

color Society, Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts and the Society of Mixed Media Artists.


Join us for the final JPlay of the year as we experience a mitzvah morning right here at the JCA. You and your children will help make cards for sick people, clean up our outdoor areas, make tzedakah boxes and so much more. Have fun, perform a mitzvah, connect with nature and the community, schmooze with friends, and enjoy a yummy breakfast. See you on April 29 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The per-family fee is $10 for JCA members and $15 for nonmembers and includes breakfast.

Spring art classes

The JCA is offering classes in watercolor, pastel, acrylic painting and oil painting beginning in late April. All painting classes are for six weeks. Supply lists for the art classes will be on the JCA website or at the Registrar’s Office. The fee is $102 for JCA members and $153 for nonmembers.

Youth sports classes at the JCA

The JCA is offering a variety of sports classes for ages 3 to 16 beginning in mid-April. Sports covered include soccer, flag football, volleyball, cuong nhu, fencing, gymnastics, basketball and baseball. For more information, go to www.jcajax. org or call 730-2100 ext. 250.

Conscious discipline speaker returns to JCA

Back by popular demand, certified Conscious Discipline instructor Katja von Elbe returns to the JCA on Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m. Her seminar is a follow-up to the JCA’s third annual symposium held in the fall, “The Whole Child – Fit Mind and Body,” which attracted 150 participants. Her workshop explores practical skills for managing children’s behavior based on


brain function research. This lively, interactive workshop will incorporate music and movement. The fee is $10 for JCA members and $15 for nonmembers.

‘Through a Child’s Eyes’ at the JCA

The JCA’s fourth annual symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is titled, “Through a Child’s Eyes.” ECE staffers are already booking speakers and planning workshop for the upcoming fall symposium. Early childhood educators from around the community look forward to this annual engaging learning opportunity.

Stretch into spring

Prepare to gently stretch the body from top to toe. Learn muscle locations and opposing muscle groups. Certified personal trainer as well as Pilates mat and reformer instructor Shirley Steel will teach this class from 6 to 6:45 p.m. beginning Wednesday, April 4. You’ll learn to use breath and relaxation methods to reduce stress. At the end of this four-week course you will benefit from improved flexibility and be better educated on effective stretching techniques. This is a small group personal training class. The fee is $60 for JCA members and $90 for nonmembers.


This graceful, fun-filled class is done to Bollywood music. An informal term for the Hindi-language film industry of Mumbai, India, Bollywood refers to those lavish Indian movie musicals that do much of their storytelling through high-energy music and dance sequences. This class incorporates contemporary hip-hop and jazz-funk moves. The dancing is firmly grounded in India’s traditional dance forms, like Bhangra. The four-week class meets from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Thursday, April 5. The fee is $36 for JCA members and $54 for nonmembers.

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Meet Board Member: Mark Shorstein

President’s Corner: New Four Questions By MARK GREEN For generations Jewish families have shared their own Pesach traditions. One constant is reciting the Haggadah, recounting the story of the Exodus. We ask, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” and re-live experiences of slavery, escape from bondage, freedom and the four questions. Consider this question. “Why is Create a Jewish Legacy different from all other programs?” First, you can make an impact on the Jewish community without writing a check. Through CJL we are developing endowment funds to ensure the future of Jewish causes you care about. Your gift is given through your will or estate plan – when you no longer need assets to take care of your own needs. During Passover please consider these new four questions. What is the impact of your current support on the Jewish community? What would be the impact of a gift in your will to your favorite Jewish causes? Would you consider hearing about options for leaving a gift of 5 percent to 10 percent through your will or other assets, to those causes meaningful to you? Did you know our Jewish Foundation will help you consider options and develop a legacy plan just right for you? Ensure a vibrant Jewish future, rich with heritage and traditions, for the generations that will follow us. Join the 425 members of our Jewish community who are remembering Jewish causes in their wills and estate plans. A Zissen Pesach to you and yours – happy Passover and may your matzah be covered in chocolate!

Jacksonville native, Mark Shorstein, received his bachelor’s and master’s magna cum laude at the Wharton school in Philadelphia, where he met his wife Beth while directing a play. They have four children: Daniel, Rebecca, Jennifer and Benjamin. In 1980 Mark’s career as a CPA brought him home where he and generations of the Shorstein family are immersed in Jewish life. “In my family, Judaism is multi-generational. My parents inspired in me a sense of Jewishness that has carried me forward throughout my years. Beth and I have maintained Judaism as a focal point in the lives of our children. ” When asked about giving back, Mark shared, “We owe it to the community … it’s important. It’s also important to teach our children to be philanthropic … to support Jewish organizations, or a lot of good work would go undone.”

Mark served as Foundation’s president and secretary, Jacksonville Jewish Center president, Jewish Family & Community Services president, on the boards of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Memories of Love and more. He is a recipient of the Hatan Bereshit, Endowment Achievement and Joe P. Safer Community Service awards. Mark is a founding member of Foundation’s board. “I thought it was an excellent idea … the concept of a Jewish Community Foundation incorporated as a partnership of synagogues and Jewish agencies!” “Annual appeals are vital, but we need efforts to raise permanent funds that provide alternative sources of longterm income for the organizations. In bad economic times, there’s the danger of diminished funds and inability to meet vital needs. Without the Foundation, we could

be in danger of losing one or more of our organizations. There are tough times ahead … Foundation’s work Creating Jewish Legacies is one of the cornerstones of the long-term stability of Jewish organizations in Jacksonville.”

Faces of CJL: Vince and Ellen Hare Vince and Ellen Hare were college sweethearts who met at Stockton College in New Jersey. They moved to Fleming Island in 1989 and have two daughters, Allyson who is engaged to Troy Patton, and Melanie who graduates this spring from Florida State University. “We’re proud to be an interfaith family and Temple members for over 20 years,” said Ellen, who has been singing in Temple’s Chorale for 12 years and served on sisterhood’s Executive Board. Vince is active in Temple’s brotherhood and plays on the Center’s softball league. He is a senior software engineer for the FAA at Jacksonville’s ARTCC, and Ellen is program registrar at the Jewish Community Alliance. “I grew up at the JCC in Bayonne, N.J., and our girls went to preschool and camp at our JCA, so it feels right that I now work there … and I have a clearer understanding of just how crucial funding is to nonprofits.” Ellen’s first experience with the work of the Jewish Community Foundation was as a

shtetyl singer during the January 2011 Create a Jewish Legacy celebration. “It opened my eyes to the intent and potential impact of the CJL initiative. We need to do what we can to keep Judaism alive. We’re all concerned about providing for our children in our wills. By participating in CJL, it’s another means of doing that. We ensure Jewish institutions will still be here for them.” Judaism is important to the Hares. “We believe there’s more to being Jewish than just saying we are … as Ghandi said, ‘Action expresses priorities.’ Signing a CJL Declaration of Intent has shown our daughters that their future is important

to us. We urge all Jacksonville area Jews to consider doing the same … Your children will be happy that you did!”

CJL News: Thoughts from Len Elikan To me Judaism is important. I am an American Jew – I am a Jewish American. I am an American Jew more than a Jewish American and, to me, being a Jew is very important. I feel that Judaism, the continuation of Judaism, is important for the existence of mankind. You have to find people who feel that way. They’re the ones who are going to say, “Gee, that’s important to me that the institutions survive.” What kind of world do I want to pass on to the next generation? To me, that’s what a legacy is all about. I think the Foundation is a fantastic re-

source. I feel like it’s the greatest agency in get. Foundation does a terrific job and has this whole community because I’ve always been very helpful to me. I don’t know if that’s thought, “I’d like to leave something behind.” important to anybody but me – I assume it’s The Foundation has important to a lot of people. helped me. They’ve been helping me figure out how to do that. It’s a great service. I don’t look at it that the Foundation is trying to get money from me. I look at it, this is a valuable resource to Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida help me figure out 904.394.0720 • how. I think a lot of Become our fan on Facebook people are intending to leave things after they die and they Visit us on YouTube “Celebration CJL” need – they can use all the help they can

To create your Personalized Legacy Agreement including which causes will be your beneficiaries, contact the Foundation. Then, use the following language in your Will and to change a Beneficiary Designation on other assets such as IRA’s or Life Insurance. “I give and bequeath to the Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast FL Inc., its successors and or assigns X %”, (whatever % or dollar amount that is comfortable for you) “of my residual estate or/asset.” Contact the Foundation with additional questions.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, Inc., does not provide legal or tax advice. This information is not intended, nor may it be relied upon, as legal, accounting or other professional advice. Before making any financial decisions always consult your own professional advisor.


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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party still a hit every year Back in 2003, in honor of National Tea Month, the Activities Department decided to host its first Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Four tables were sponsored by departments within the Home, each deciding on their own theme, decorating accordingly, and inviting residents to be guests at their table. Nine years later, the annual event continues, and grows bigger and better each year. “I have never seen such fierce competition,” said Activities Director Vanessa Warner. This year’s tables

included: Clue by social service interns, River Garden’s Wizard of Oz by Shelter 2, Dr. Seuss by Shelter 1, Polka Dots by the Adult Day Center, Therapy with its Red, White and Blue and An Evening in Paris by The Coves. The Dr. Seuss table by SC1 was the first-place winner, while The Wizard of Oz table won second place and Adult Day’s Polka Dot table came in third. “What a turnout!” exclaimed Warner. “Who knew our staff were so creative! Residents were talking excitedly for days after.”

10th Annual Intergenerational Senior Prom at The Coves

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Leslie Held, new volunteer coordinator River Garden Hebrew Home have the involvement of so many will only get better.” is pleased to announce the apresidents, their families and comLeslie is a long-time volunteer pointment of Leslie Held to the munity members,” said Jim Richwithin the Jewish community, and position of volunteer coordinator. man, chief operating officer. “With River Garden is very excited to In this revamped position, Leslie Leslie’s enthusiasm and passion, it welcome her to the team. will oversee, support and grow an already active and engaged volunperfect sizewith for well this over box.150 Please do not River make it larger Garden Capital Campaign teer program participants. “River Garden is blessed to

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From generation to generation. L’Dor V’Dor. Remember River Garden and the Jewish Community in your will. On Feb. 4 Mandarin Student Council members joined Coves members for what has become an annual tradition, the joint senior prom. Smiles and laughter were everywhere as they danced, visited and enjoyed elegant refreshments. The theme of the prom was Springtime in Paris. As Coves members entered their dining room they saw the Eiffel Tower, and the evening was all about Paris. The students worked all

day decorating under the direction of Mandarin Coach Marc Lassiat and Student Council President Kennedy Talley. The highlights of the evening included a baton twirling performance by Laura Vickers, Miss Mandarin, and the crowning of the prom king and queen, Charles Goldberg and Mary Jane Sprouse. As everyone said, “au revoir,” they were already looking forward to next year.

Please stop by for a tour of our new 10,000 sq, ft. addition and 7,500-sq. ft. renovation and refurbishment project. Campaign Chairs Susan DuBow and Sandy Zimmerman Campaign Honorary Chairs Linda and David Stein For information contact the Development office.

River Garden Celebrates Passover in the Parker Chapel Friday Saturday Saturday Sunday Friday Saturday

April 6……5:30 PM ............First Seder (Residents & Families) ..... Cohen Auditorium April 7 ....... 9:30 AM ...........Services ........................................... Parker Family Chapel April 7 ....... 4:00 PM ...........Second Seder (Residents only) . Robinowitz Dining Room April 7 ....... 9:30 AM ...........Services ........................................... Parker Family Chapel April 13..... 9:30 AM ...........Services ........................................... Parker Family Chapel April 24 ..... 9:30 AM ............Services (Including Yizkor) ........... Parker Family Chapel

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What’s Nu? Get ready for the Block Family Food Challenge Double your donation during March and April, and the Block Family Foundation will match monetary contributions to the Feed a Needy Neighbor program at JFCS. • Did you know that a $36 donation buys a three day supply of groceries? • Did you know that $100 buys 135 cans of soup? FANN funds help us feed the hungry through the onsite Winn-Dixie Emergency Pantry at JFCS. We welcome your donations of food and funds throughout the year.

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The Winn-Dixie Emergency Food Pantry at JFCS appreciates donations of nonperishable food, and funds, throughout the year. Recommended donations for this month include: beef ravioli, baked beans, peaches, pears, hearty soups and cereal.


We are happy to report that our transportation program continues to run smoothly. Checker Cab has helped us to improve our service to you. If you haven’t used us in a while, please try us again. If you haven’t ever used our service, know that we are available to take you where you need to go at a reduced fare, with rides to synagogue at no cost. Call 224-6287.

Kosher Kart

Are you too tired to cook? Not feeling well after an illness or hospitalization? Looking for an easy meal alternative? Call Kosher Kart at 2246287 for glatt Kosher, fresh frozen meals, delivered straight to your door. The Department of Jewish Services works in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville to provide programs and services that meet the specialized needs of the Jewish community. Create Your Jewish Legacy Please remember Jewish Family & Community Services and the Jewish community in your will.

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JELF applications available March 1 Applications for interest-free loans for post-secondary education (college, graduate school, vocational and professional courses) will be available to Jewish students for the 20122013 school year from the Jewish Educational Loan Fund. The loan application will be available March 1 – April 15 on JELF’s website at JELF loans are need-based and offer last-dollar financing, meaning that JELF provides the final dollars that bridge the gap between a

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student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school. Applicants must be enrolled full time in a program leading to a degree or certificate at an accredited institution that is located in the United States, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and be able to demonstrate financial need (FAFSA application required). For more information, contact Renie Levin, local JELF administrator, at or visit

Services for Holocaust survivors We are pleased to announce that due to our recent partnership with Alpert Jewish Family & Children Services in Palm Beach County, JFCS is providing Holocaust survivor services to survivors and their families in Northeast Florida. JFCS offers in-home care management services including assessment for home care through Claims Conference funds, financial assistance for medications, food and other expenses, Jewish Healing Network volunteer visits, counseling, Kosher Kart home delivered meals and door to door transportation. We are also in the process of reviewing opportunities to provide social and cultural programs for local survivors who share a common past. To join the planning team, or for further informa-

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On Feb. 15 Judi Garwood hosted over 50 women, who came together to enjoy delicious food made with FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars recipes prepared by Judi Garwood, Caren Appel, Kim Robbins and Ellen Rosner. The event raised $2,000 for JFCS’s normalcy program that benefits kids in foster care. Thank you to our wonderful host, chefs and guests.

Healthcare advance directives - getting started A number of services are available for Holocaust survivors, and children of survivors. Call 3945777 to find out more about what JFCS has to offer. tion about any of the Holocaust Survivor Services, call Naomi Mirensky at 904-394-5777.

Every competent adult has the right to make decisions concerning his or her own health, but how prepared are you in making the right choice for you with regard to living wills, designating a healthcare surrogate or organ donations? Shelley Kulchin, M.Ed., eldercare advocate and consultant with Jewish Family & Community Services, will facilitate a workshop on healthcare advance directives on Monday,


April 23, from noon to 1 p.m. at JFCS, 6261 Dupont Station Ct. E. This workshop will provide information to help you decide what will best serve your individual needs and will also include tips on handling difficult conversations, dealing with resistance and staying positive. The program is free but you must register in advance by contacting Shelley at 394-5722 or

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Vered Ida Stember, daughter of Dr. Doron and Shira Stember, was born Feb. 15, 2012, in New York City. Vered’s grandparents are Jeffery and Robin Morris, and Dr. Rishon and Nancy Stember of Westport, Conn. Great-grandparents are Bess and the late Five Saliman, and Sonya and the late Byron Morris. Vered’s big sister is Noa Sylvia Stember.


Lori Sara Eisenberg and Conrad Libao Castro were married Nov. 20, 2011, at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. The bride is the daughter of Calvin and Judith Eisenberg of Jacksonville. The bride earned a B.A. from New College of Florida and an Ed.M. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She works as a museum educator at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.The groom earned a B.A. from University of Florida. He works as a stock loan analyst at Merrill Lynch. ollowing a honeymoon in Costa Rica, the couple will live in Jacksonville.


Lois and Sidney Gefen of Jacksonville recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They were married March 20, 1942. Children are Ann Grenadier (Ed), Barbara Jaffe (Larry) and Carol Greenspan (Bruce), all of Jacksonville. They have seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


… to the family of Bernice (Chevi) Birnbaum (Nannie) who died March 3, 2012, in Commack, New York. She was a beautiful woman and will live in the hearts of her family. She is survived by her sons Michael and Richard (Deborah); daughter Robin (Michael); grandchildren

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fields, have taught our educators about a range of topics including special needs, classroom management and differentiated education.

Martin and Melissa Birnbaum, Matthew (Krissie) Birnbaum, and Leanne (Daniel) Miller; and greatgrandchildren Emberlee Palazolla, Lorelei and Evan Miller, and Lindsay Birnbaum. Contributions can be made to American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society. … to the family of Barry Dacks who died Feb. 29, 2012. He is survived by his wife Linda; mother Phyllis; sons Greg and Jayson (Brenna); grandson Jack; brothers Kenny (Jane) and Brian (Valerie); and mother-in-law Pearl Mack. Contributions may be made to the Jacksonville Jewish Center, River Garden or the American Heart Association. … to the family of Michael J. Donziger, 79, a longtime resident of Jacksonville, who died March 21, 2012. Michael was born July 29, 1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Leon and Fanny Donziger. Michael served his country and community in many capacities: he served in the Army, then after coming to Jacksonville he ran the family’s electronic business for many years. Throughout his life Michael was active in many community causes that were dear to his heart. He was the first president of the Jacksonville Jewish Foundation, and served as a member of the River Garden Hebrew Home for Aged and Jacksonville Jewish Foundation Boards. Michael made a difference in the lives of countless individuals across the generations. Last month, he was awarded the prestigious Tree Of Life Award from the Jewish National Fund. In addition to his family and his community, Michael had a passion for his beloved Dodgers baseball team. Michael is survived by his wife Karin, his children Steven Donziger (Laura Miller), Susan Sherman (David), and Janet Nield, and his grandchildren Michael Nield, Sylvie Sherman, Keil Sherman, Matthew Donziger, Jennifer Nield, and Alexander Nield. Memorial contributions may be made to The Jacksonville Jewish Foundation, River Garden Hebrew Home, or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

… to the family of Barbara Feldman on the passing of her brother Howard Goldman. … to the family of Dan Hackel who died March 10, 2012. He is survived by his children Ron, Gil, Leor, Kristina and Joseph; and cousin Judy (Jack) Shorstein. Contributions may be made to River Garden. … to the family of William “Billy” Roberts, of New York City, brother of the late Carl (Barbara) Roberts. William died Feb. 29, 2012. Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association or charity of your choice. … to the family of Alvin “Al” Rosenblatt, husband of Janet Rosenblatt, father of David Rosenblatt, Laurie (James) Fabian, Stephen Fogel, Kenneth (Diana) Fogel, and grandfather of Rachel Rosenblatt, Austin Frankel and Risa Fabian. Alvin died March 18, 2012. Contributions may be made to Congregation Ahavath Chesed or The American Cancer Society. … to the family of Shirley Schinasi who died Feb. 25, 2012. She is survived by daughters Marilyn and Ilene, niece Madalyn and nephew Billy. Donations may be directed toward the Jacksonville Jewish Center or River Garden. … to the family of Ida Schwartz, mother of Sandra (Robert) Selwitz. Ida died in Southfield, Mich., on Feb. 18, 2012. She is also survived by daughter Debi (Steven) King; grandchildren Dana (Evan) Zacks, Jason (Rebecca) Selwitz, Scott King, Alex King, and great-grandson, Max. Donations in may be directed to one’s charity of choice. … to the family of Saul Spiwak who died March 4, 2012. He is survived by Carla (Larry) Bernard, Dr. Bruce (Sharon) Witten, Judge Jerry Funk, Robin Moskovitz, Barry (Pam) Spiwak, Alan (Sheila) Spiwak, Wayne Spiwak, Brenda Spiwak, Beverlee (Reid) Prewitt, and Sheila (Rick) Moore, and his girlfriend of 15 years, Melody Goddard. Contributions may be directed to River Garden Hebrew Home or the Jacksonville Jewish Center. … to the family of Sara Rus-

Robin Morris, an educator at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, who was recently honored for her years of outstanding service, is a regular attendee at these workshops. She attends because “even after many years of teaching, there is always more to learn.” The

council professional development workshop series provides that opportunity. The Federation is proud to sponsor and convene the Educator’s Council and assist educators like Robin in ensuring that our community has excellence Jewish educators and education.

sell Yakim, mother of Saralouise (Ken) Weiss and grandmother of Whitney Weiss. Sara died Feb. 21, 2012. Contributions may be made to Congregation Ahavath Chesed or the Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Treatment Center of Mon General Hospital, 1500 J.D. Anderson Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505. … to the family of Zelda Stein

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Jewish Java hosts Passover trivia By ISABEL BALOTIN Shalom Jacksonville

The first Wednesday of every month, newcomers and friends gather for coffee and friendly conversation at Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nosh, 10950 San Jose Blvd. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect place for newcomers to find out the latest happenings in the Jewish community and to meet friendly locals who are actively involved in local Jewish organizations. The next Java will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 9 - 10:30 a.m. Just for fun we will play Passover trivia, share holiday recipes and enjoy each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company. Hope you will join us for this casual get together. Free coffee and tea for everyone, courtesy of Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nosh.

Marion and Eric Linda pose with Ilana Clayman, Javaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speaker last month. Clayman explained the Create a Jewish Legacy program.

Passover hospitality

Shalom Jacksonville is in the business of making matches, and Passover hospitality is on

the top of the list. If you would like to attend a seder or you would like to invite someone to your seder, please contact Isabel Balotin, 448-5000 x 206, or

More trivia planned By ISABEL BALOTIN Shalom Jacksonville

How many Biblical commandments are there in Jewish law? Which young Jewish actor had his bar mitzvah in a homeless shelter? These and many other trivia questions will be posed to you at the first Jewish Trivia Contest presented by the Jewish Federationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Young Leadership Department and Shalom Jacksonville on Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nosh, 10950 San Jose Blvd. In celebration of Yom Haâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;atzmaut, Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Independence Day, we will serve an Israeli vegetarian dinner buffet

from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; the games will begin promptly at 7:45. This adult-only event will test your Jewish knowledge. Teams will be created that evening, and each team with the most points will win a prize. Expect surprises and lots of laughter. We promise you will walk away that evening with a lot more Jewish knowledge. Get ready for the challenge and brush up on your Jewish pop culture, Israel, history, Bible, jokes, foods, holidays and your local Jewish community. For cost and other information, please contact Isabel Balotin, 448-5000 x 206 or

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Federation launches Facebook fan page By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville recently launched a Facebook fan page: and has, so, far, attracted xxx friends who â&#x20AC;&#x153;likeâ&#x20AC;? us. The initiative is part of the Federation strategy to expand its information presence through social media. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited to move forward into social media. We hope the collaboration of the print media, social media and online services allows us to reach as much of the Jacksonville

Jewish population as possible,â&#x20AC;? Communications Chair Jon Israel said. The fan page will serve as a meeting point for the community to not only engage in conversation but also receive event notices and breaking news. Features will include photos and videos as well as lifestyle articles about Jewish life. The new fan page joins the Young Leadership Divisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing Facebook presence at YLD Jacksonville. The fan page is connected to the revised Federation website, where community members can

find information at their fingertips. Please visit the page and â&#x20AC;&#x153;likeâ&#x20AC;? us. The purpose of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville is to conduct community fundraising and resource development, provide assistance with coordinated community planning, assist with problem solving and allocate Federation funds to programs and services that address Jewish needs and responsibilities consistent with the Federationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policies and priorities. Through an annual allocations process, all of the money raised by Federation is distributed fairly and equitably by a dedicated group of local lay leaders.

Practicing the rules of civility By ISABEL BALOTIN

Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25 Rules of Civility, pubtive criticism. 24. Respect the lished in 2008, more succinct and environment and be gentle to valuable to share with our readers animals. 25. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shift responsisince most of these rules apply bility and blame. Woven throughout the book, not only to our everyday lives but I believe one of the most â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rules of Civility,â&#x20AC;? are many to our behavior toward newcomimportant rules on this list is No. references by main character ers and those newly interested in 2: Acknowledge others. How Tinker Grey to George Washingour community as well. They are: many times have people you tonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rules of Civility. While the 1. Pay attention. 2. Acknowlknow walked past you, no smile, 110 rules appear at the end of the edge others. 3. Think the best. 4. no hello, nothing? True, somebook, I had to investigate further. Listen. 5. Be inclusive. 6. Speak times weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lost in thought, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re So naturally, I googled it and thinking of what we have to do discovered some interesting back- kindly. 7. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak ill. 8. Accept and give praise. 9. next or weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not in the moment. ground and interpretations of the Respect even a subtle â&#x20AC;&#x153;no.â&#x20AC;? 10. However, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced â&#x20AC;&#x153;rules.â&#x20AC;? Originally compiled and Respect othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opinions. 11. this snub, you can imagine how published in 1595 in French and newcomers feel when people later translated to English in 1645, Mind your body. 12. Be agreeable. 13. Keep it walk by them as if they were this code of conduct came into down (and rediscover silence). 14. invisible? How much energy does George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possession Respect other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time. 15. it take to smile at people or to say in 1744 when he was a teenager. Respect other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space. 16. hello, whether you know them These 110 Rules of Civility and Assert Date:or not? When you acknowledge Decent Behavior in Company and Apologize earnestly. 17.Insertion 4/1 yourself. 18. Avoid personal quesyouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying they matter Conversation taught him proper Client:people, Keiser-Jacksonville tions. 19. Care for your guests. and that they have value. These behavior and clearly influenced Job Number: 231-1322-JJN-pursue-mba-6x7 20. Be a considerate guest. niceties can News go a long the development of our first presiProduct/Pub:effortless Jacksonville Jewish twice4 before asking Size:way in making Revision Revision 2 Revision 3 21. ThinkRevision dentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s1 character. 6.0833 x 7 someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day a for favors. 22. Refrain from idle lotJM brighter. Production: Even though it was interesting Creative Proofer 1: AS Proofer 1: complaints. Guaranteed if you smile at Work Date: 3/20 to read the rules in its full interCreative Proofer 2: AS Proofer 2: 23. Accept and give construcsomeone, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a smile back. pretation , I found the Washington Shalom Jacksonville

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FEDERATION NEWS Women prepare for action

Benrubi speaker for Yom Hashoah program By Kerry Heaps

When he first came to this country, one of the first sites that made an impression on 9-yearold Guy Benrubi was the yellow taxi cabs in the bustling streets of New York.I It was 1958, and Benrubi’s family was placed on a quota list for exit visas to immigrate to the United States from Greece seven years prior. That trip across the ocean took that 9-year-old boy on a new journey to a new life, of which he has happily lived here on the First Coast for the past 30 years. Dr. Benrubi, as he is referred to now, has been specializing as a gynecological oncologist within the University of Florida Health Services System. This year’s Yom Hashoah

Holocaust Memorial service will be held at Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue with Benrubi as the keynote speaker. In 1948 he was born in Greece; his parents lived in Greece during the Holocaust. “Jews that lived in the southern part of Greece were able to survive thanks to the Greek Orthodox Christians who helped hide the Jews during deportation. There were no surviving relatives from my father’s side in the northern part of Greece. They were all deported to Auschwitz.” Having no relatives from his father’s side of the family, 9-yearold Benrubi thought this reality was normal in every family. A thought-provoking point that Benrubi wants to make during his keynote on Yom Hashoah is that in order for us to maintain

our freedoms and be safe, we must realize that under the law everyone is equal. “The reason a holocaust occurs, when we demonize people who are different or have a different political view, we start to loose empathy for that person, when we loose empathy for that person or group we don’t care what happens to them.” The Yom Hashoah service will be held on April 22 at 3 p.m. at Beth El - The Beaches Synagogue, located at 288 N. Roscoe Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. The program will also be highlighted by songs from the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, a candlelighting ceremony for survivors and their families, and various displays from children and adults from throughout the community. All are welcome to attend.

Torah Acacemy wins Phon-a-thon challenge By ADAM BRONSTONE

Community Engagement Consultant

Volunteers gather and sort items for the Women in Action spring project, decorating rooms at the Florence N. Davis Center of Community Connections. At right: WIA cochair Randee Steinberg and Women’s Division President Wendy Efron sort through boxes. For more photos, and to see the results, visit the Federation’s Facebook page: JaxJewish.

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Please remember the Federation and the Jewish community in your will and estate plans. For a confidential conversation, please call the Jewish Community Foundation: 904.394.0720

Suri Kinzbrunner and Emily Rosenbaum are parents of children who attend Torah Academy, a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville. In 2012 Suri and Emily, along with 20 other members of the Torah Academy family, volunteered for the Federation’s Annual Campaign Super Sunday Phon-a-thon, where dollars are raised to support local and overseas Jewish needs. For Emily, Suri and all of the 60 people who volunteered for Super Sunday, the experience was positive, built community spirit and raised much needed dollars for the Annual Campaign. Emily said she was “really excited to help raise funds for the Federation … [because] the Federation really appreciates the value of Jewish education.” Suri agreed, and said she and her husband Eric

The Torah Academy team are happy to have been given the opportunity to give back. All the organizations that benefit from the Federation are integral to Jewish Jacksonville, so it is important to, in turn, support Federation. Again this year there was the Agency Volunteer Competition, with the agency that has the most

volunteers participating winning a cash prize. With 23 volunteers, Torah Academy won the first-place prize of $500 for the beneficiary agency with the most Super Sunday participants. Martin J. Gottlieb Day School came in second, and received a prize of $250.

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FEDERATION NEWS Scenes from Community U

Children from across the community learn together. Photo by L. Tallis

Teachers work together for the elementary program. Adults from across the community socialze and learn together.

Federation proposes slate of ofďŹ cers, board members By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

Middle school students glean at their mitzvah project. Teens celebrate Israel - together.

Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. Board members include: Francine Kempner (Jewish Family & Community Services); Mark Lodinger (River Garden); Jan Lipsky, (Jewish Community Alliance); Michael Abel, Mike Donzinger, Jon Israel, Michael Koren, Michael Korn, Michael Levin, Andrea Mail, Lenny Maimen, Adam Marmelstein, Jenifer Plotkin, Zach Sherman, Ellen Rosner, Diane Rothstein, Perrin Rubin, Ben Setzer, Mark Shorstein, Mike Solloway, Rori Stevens, Susan Wolchok, Eugene Wolchok and Barry Zisser. Past president/honorary life members include: Scot Ackerman, Guy Benrubi, Jack Coleman, Ronald Elinoff, Joel Goldman, Leslie Held, Joan Levin, Mitchell Levine, David Robbins, Al Schneider, Kenneth Sekine, Leonard Setzer, Richard Sisisky, Arnold Vandroff and Elliot Zisser. Rabbis include: Rabbi Yossi Kahanov, Rabbi Yaakov Fisch, Rabbi Joshua Lief, Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner and Rabbi Michael Matuson.

In accordance with the bylaws of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, the nominating committee chaired by immediate past president, Gary Perlman, presents to the members of the Jewish community a proposed slate of officers and board members for the fiscal year July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013. Election and installation will occur at the annual meeting to be held on June 7 at the Jewish Community Alliance. Any changes to this list will be noted in the May issue of the JJN. The executive committee will include: Larry Appel, president; Hal Resnick, first vice president and campaign chair; vice presidents, Susan DuBow, Iris Kraemer, Mike Nussbaum and Wendy Efron, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s division president; Erica Jolles, Chair Young Leadership Division; Sandy Zimmerman, treasurer; Ken Jacobs, secretary; Risa Herman, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign chair; Gary Perlman, immediate past president; Stephen Silverman, presidential appointee; and Mark Green, president of the

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