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Colleen Rodriguez Hello… do you want to change the world this The challenges are great and the number honored for her 20 Super Sunday? of people receiving services depends on the limitations of our resources. We continually years serving JFCS BY IRIS KRAEMER must stretch ourselves to meet the needs of By Jewish Family & Community Services

Federation Campaign Chair

Volunteers from the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville will be calling you on Super It was a FriSunday, Feb. 4. When you answer that call, day, Bill Clinton please say ‘yes’, whether it is for the first was president of time or if you are continuing to support the United States. Jewish people in need here in Jacksonville People were enjoyand around the world. The Federation ing listening to Canensures that your gifts provide a safety net dle in the Wind by and life-changing services to members of Elton John, Steve our community from the youngest to the Jobs had returned most senior among us. You can be a part of to Apple as its CEO a global Jewish network that works tirelessly after quitting 12 to make the world a better place. years earlier, and The Federation supports River Garden Rodriguez receives an Titanic would hit Senior Services, Jewish Family & Commumovie theaters in award recognizing her nity Services, The Martin J. Gottlieb Day less than a month. two decades of service School, Torah Academy of Jacksonville, and The year was the Jewish Community Alliance with your 1997. Iris Young was the Executive Director of JFCS, the agency gifts, that enable each agency to provide was located on Cardinal Point Drive, and Col- services where they are needed the most. leen Rodriguez was hired as social worker on Federation dollars are essential to their suca Department of Juvenile Justice contract to cess. From providing special education so serve at-risk youth at Joseph Stilwell Middle those with disabilities can receive a Jewish School. education to making connections with the When Rodriguez started with the JFCS, the land and people of Israel, your generosity organization had a $2.5M budget, employed around 30 staff, and had limited space in an office on Cardinal Point Drive. Steadily, Colleen worked hard for the children and families of Northeast Florida, showing the board of directors and JFCS staff that she was a true leader. In 2011, Colleen was promoted to executive director. BY ERIN COHEN With Colleen at the helm, a supportive Women’s Division Director Board of Directors, wonderful strategic partners, and generous donors, JFCS grew and grew in order to better meet the needs of the community. Through our wrap-around The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville approach to social services JFCS now serves invites the Lions of Judah and all major more than 17,000 clients per year with 176 donors to experience the ‘Joy of Kosher’ staff in six core program areas and a $12.5M on Saturday, Jan. 20, for a combined Major budget. Gifts event, featuring ‘Queen of Kosher’ With the growth of the agency, Rodriguez realized the need for a new and better designed Chef Jamie Geller. The program which will include dinner and a cooking demonstrabuilding to house the increased staff and to provide a higher level of services to our clients. tion will start at 7 p.m. In past years, the It seems to be no coincidence that Colleen cel- Federation has held two separate events, ebrates 20 years of service to JFCS just as the one for Lions of Judah, or women who give agency settles in to its new $5,000 or more annually, and then another headquarters, her ultimate later in the year for all major donors. This vision; designed entirely year, the two events have been combined from the perspective of a for what is sure to be one big celebration. social worker herself to This event which will be at the home of better meet the needs of children and families.

others. An appreciative community gratefully thanks all who have made your 2018 Campaign gifts and values the commitments made year after year by so many.

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establishes the foundation necessary for a future for the Jewish People that thrives. You can perform countless acts of loving kindness with a donation that reaches our Jewish family in Northeast Florida, Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. Your donation can help provide the resources needed to feed the hungry, house the homeless, help the oppressed make Aliyah, in addition to supporting Lone Soldiers in the IDF and sending thousands of young people on Birthright.

“A gift to the Jewish Federation impacts more lives than any Jewish organization in the world.” Please share in our dream of leaving no one behind. In anticipation of Israel’s 70th birthday, we remember Shimon Peres, of blessed memory, who said, “We are an ancient people who will never grow old because we never stop dreaming.” On Super Sunday, you can make our dreams a reality. You can change the world.

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Renowned Kosher chef Jamie Gellar acts as main course for Lion of Judah and Major Gifts event

Kosher Chef Jamie Gellar

Rebekah and Andrew Selevan is co-chaired by Sue Levine, Women’s Division Lion of Judah Chair and Jen Plotkin, Major Gifts Chair. Attendees will gather together to

thank and honor those in our community who do so much to support its various agencies and synagogues while also celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday year. “On the eve of Israel’s 70th birthday I am thrilled to honor Jacksonville Federation’s major donors,” the kosher chef said. “With an evening dedicated to modern Israeli cuisine, we will acknowledge and celebrate their hard work, dedication and commitment to both their local Jewish community and their brothers and sisters in Israel.” Geller’s recipes will be recreated by local caterer, Chef ’s Garden. After dinner, the Kosher chef will conduct a cooking demonstration featuring some of the items on the menu.

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Nocatee Jewish community, like small St. Johns town, is growing at a rapid rate BY MATT FRANZBLAU Communications Director

At first glance while driving east on the Nocatee Parkway, you would have no idea that you are approaching the third fastestgrowing community in the United States. Beyond the lush green grass and towering palm trees sits multiple subdivisions where carefully dug dirt and freshly poured concrete are paving the way for future families to live. While more than 5,000 people already call this burgeoning St. Johns community home, thousands more are expected to flock here over the next few years as more businesses and homes are being built. While the town as a whole begins to take on a more robust presence within Northeast Florida, another smaller community within it is also experiencing a burst in size, and that is the Jewish community in Nocatee, specifically within the Del Webb development.

“When we moved to Florida we knew there was a Jewish presence in Northeast Florida, but we didn’t really realize how many there were here,” said Del Webb resident Susan Holiday. Holiday also serves as the Chairperson of programming for the community’s ‘Shalom Club’, which is now in its second year and has a growing interest among residents. “I think the founding of the group came from the natural desire of Jewish people to be with other Jews,” Holiday explained. The men and women that make up this club come from all different geographic and ethnic backgrounds as most are Jewish but there are some non-Jews that make up this membership as well. “Some are spouses and some are just interested who have friends that are Jewish and this sounded interesting,” Holiday added. “Some have come from larger communities like New York, Chicago and Boston, where they have had a more cultural expansive group and they miss the mix of various ethnicities.”

The Shalom Club celebrated Chanukah in style with 130 people who showed up to take part in the annual festivities


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opinion and cartoons JJN’s Rabbinically Speaking: Celebrating the Secular New Year BY RABBI EPHRIAM WEISS Torah Academy of Jacksonville

Can Jews celebrate New Year’s? This was a question we toyed with as youngsters. It was part of the overall difficulty of trying to figure out how we, as Jews, were to interact with the prevalent American culture. Some American holidays were clearly off limits while others were seen as more ‘pareve’. New Year’s doesn’t seem to have any Christian connotation, it’s simply a celebration of finishing one calendar cycle and starting another. On the other hand, we as Jews have our own version of a New Year holiday and perhaps should be content with that. While it is not within the scope of this article to attempt to uncover the underlying philosophies behind New Years and analyze its Halachic acceptability, we will, however, point to one element of New Year’s that is not only permissible but actually commendable and that is the aspect of the New Year’s resolution. It has become commonplace for people from all walks of life to reflect on their lives as they get set for the new calendar year and make new resolutions to take upon themselves ways of improving for the coming year. It’s quite common to hear people saying that this year they’re going to exercise more, lose weight, spend more time with their families, do something good for the environment or chase after some dream. This clearly stems from feeling a certain inadequacy in their lives and an attempt to make changes

for the coming year in hopes that this year things will be different. In fact you can often see the difference in health clubs around the country as Jan. 1 arrives, all of a sudden there are more people around and the wait is longer for the elliptical. Meanwhile, elsewhere we find diet products sold out on Amazon or on the shelves in the store. Clearly the idea of the New Year’s resolution has become commonplace in American society. In actuality, the concept of analyzing one’s past and taking on ways to improve is a very Jewish concept. In fact, our great sages were known to engage in this and quite frequently, not only on New Year’s but all year. This in fact is the premise of the whole idea of teshuvah, repentance, in which one, after reflecting upon his ways and finding flaws, takes upon himself a whole new plan of action, sometimes involving major changes in lifestyle and compro-

RABBINICALLY SPEAKING mising his comfort zone. According to classic works on Jewish ethics all Jews are supposed to involve themselves with this task. In fact one who does not participate in this form of analysis and resolution on a constant basis is lacking one of the most basic tenets as a Jew, the responsibility to strive for self-perfection. According to the Arizal a 16th century mystic, one who does not strive to fix his evil traits and aim for self-perfection has missed his most basic responsibility in life. So basically taking on resolutions to improve is something we should be doing all the time. If New Year’s provides us with the motivation to do so then why not? The question for us, however is how come these resolutions’ are

typically short-lived? How come the health clubs are only full for a month or two before most people go back to their old habits? How come many of us find that we’re making the same resolutions year after year and still haven’t seen any change from our previous resolutions? If our great sages actively engage in these forms of self-analysis and self-improvement then they must have the solution for finding actual long-term change and not just temporary, short-lived promises. One idea that I’ve heard from multiple sources including the great Rav Shach, of blessed memory, is that resolutions requiring major changes are usually ineffective. In order to see real change, a person should never take upon himself something too big, but rather something small and easy; something that he knows he can do and stick to. For example, if someone wants to become a great Torah scholar it would be futile to take upon himself to study many hours every day if he is not accustomed to studying at all. Even if he can accomplish this for a day or two, he will lose his steam quickly and return to his old ways. Rather he should take upon himself a realistic amount that he knows he can do 15 minutes a day or even

30 minutes per week. If he resolves to do something that he knows he can do, even if it’s small he will be set in motion in the direction toward improvement, soon he will find that he can add time and improve more and more until he reaches his goal. So, in a practical example, it is pretty unrealistic that one would be able to stick to spending two hours at the gym every day, but going once or twice a week for half an hour may be very doable. Once a person gets in the habit of doing this, he can then reevaluate if he’s ready to up his game. This principle can be applied to all areas of self improvement. May we all see true self-improvement this coming year and continue on the path of self perfection throughout our lives. Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year. Rabbi Weiss has studied in some of the most prestigious institutions in the U.S. and Israel and currently teaches Judaic studies at the Torah Academy. He will begin a miniseries for the general community in Practical Halacha (Jewish Law) on Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 24, at Etz Chaim. He moved to Jacksonville a year and a half ago with his wife Kineret, who heads the new Jacksonville Torah High School, and their six lovely children. If you are a Rabbi, hazzan or religious leader in NE Florida and would like to contribute your inspirational thoughts for a monthly column, please e-mail

President’s message regarding Federation and Foundation’s merger

Federation President Ken Jacobs

On Dec. 14 and 18, the boards of directors of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville and Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida each held meetings and unanimously approved the merger of the two organizations. With this approval, as of Dec. 31, our Jewish Federation will be responsible for the planned giving in our Jewish community. We wish to express our appreciation to all who have served the Jewish Foundation these past 20 years. We are also grateful and appreciative of the cooperation and leadership of current Jewish Foundation president, Sue Nussbaum, throughout

the 12 months leading up to this merger. We believe that Federation is well positioned to engage with the members of the community in conversations regarding planned giving. It is our intent to establish an ongoing campaign for excellence in Jewish life, to insure the future of our community. Over the coming months, we are going to: -Conduct a search for and hire a planned giving director. -Immediately reduce the fees paid by the agencies and synagogues, the Jewish Foundation’s historical partners. -Communicate with all of those who currently have donor advised funds and permanent endowment funds, to insure that all agreements are written to satisfy the intent of the donors. -Establish a new Planned Giving Development Committee to

work with our new director and our current staff with the goal of assisting us to engage with more families regarding planned giving. -Establish an Investment Committee, inviting current members of the Jewish Foundation’s Investment Committee to serve. Beginning the first week in January, we will be prepared to handle all requests made by those who have current donor advised funds, work with donors who wish to establish donor advised funds and to begin conversations regarding new planned giving funds. We have asked Jean Brantley, of the Jewish Foundation, to join our staff during our search for a director of planned giving. Should you have any questions, please call Jean or our CFO, Pat Burke, or executive director, Alan Margolies. This is an exciting time for our Federation. We look forward to working with you as we continue

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to build our Jewish community and ensure excellence for future generations.


Happy New Year! Ken Jacobs, President

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The second Monday evening of each month is when you can catch Holiday along with club President Barbara Alterman and Vice President Marshall Persky, manning their posts, as at 6:30 inside the main room of the community’s clubhouse various speakers, programs and cultural lessons take place. “It depends on the type of programming we have who shows up but there are approximately 150 members to the Shalom club,” Persky said. On occasion the group takes their meetings off-site to places like Savannah for its Jewish Food Festival or a tour of Jewish history in St. Augustine. “We went to see the Anne Frank exhibit at the MOSH, and we also got to see a program that was at the Cummer Museum on art during the pre-Nazi era,” Holiday explained. “But those off-site excursions are always in addition to our monthly meetings.” The Shalom Club is chartered, meaning it’s officially recognized by Del Webb administration and appears in all community literature that is given out to prospective residents. The club also has its own display case in the clubhouse’s hall where the other 36 official community clubs can put out photos, announcements and festive decora-

The Shalom Club’s display case at the Del Webb community’s clubhouse

tions to reflect a particular time of year. “There’s a menorah and other Judaica in there, so that when walking through the clubhouse visitors and residents alike can see there is a Jewish community here,” Holiday described of the strategic setup. “There are also boards all over the clubhouse with revolving messages,” Alterman added. “They post each of the clubs’ events so even when we don’t have something going on it says ‘Shalom Club’ for social and cultural gatherings.” There was a lot going on for the Shalom Club last month as it held its annual Chanukah party where more than 120 people showed up to partake in the Festival of Lights and enjoy delicious fried foods. “We celebrate Jewish holidays (such as Chanukah), but it is definitely not a religious group,” Alterman explained. “It’s more historical and cultural as we often hold programs with a Jewish slant, like when we had someone from the FBI to come and talk about

hate crimes.” With informative and interesting programs such as these and more festive celebrations on the horizon, it’s no wonder why this club is among one of the fastest growing in the community. “We want to become a part of the Jewish culture in Jacksonville, the synagogues, the culture,” Persky added. “A lot of us already give to the Federation and receive the paper so I think that is a natural expansion.” While the Shalom Club looks to expand its reach and activity level across the border to Duval County, those Del Webb residents interested in participating in the growing group are encouraged to send an email to club president Barbara Alterman at balterman@hotmail. com. More information can also be retrieved by going to the official Del Webb community portal home page at, then select ‘clubs’, and scroll down to the list of clubs before selecting ‘Shalom Club’.

At the Jacksonville Jewish News, our advertisers are precious to us. It is with their support that the Jacksonville Jewish community has a newspaper. Advertising revenue also offsets the cost of production, so Federation dollars can be dedicated to helping Jews locally and overseas. Please continue to live generously and support our advertisers: • Alhambra Theatre (p. 4) • Margo’s Catering (p. 29) • B&C Financial (p. 15) • Mensch Express (p. 25) • Beachview Rentals (p. 25) • Pediatric Dentistry (p. 25) • The Bolles School (p. 31) • River Garden (p. 13) • Bob Ham Eyewear (p. 10) • rGEN Jax (p. 18) • Brandon Pest (p. 8) • Round Table Realty - Erica • Cramer Law Center (p. 5) Jolles (p. 9) • Dignity Memorial (p. 21) • San Jose Beauclerc Animal • Galinsky Academy (p. 14) Hopsital (p. 25) • Hala’s Mideast Market (p. 6) • Stein Mart (p. 7) • Harbor Chase (p. 30) • Shalom Jax (p. 31) • Impressions (p. 25) • Super Sunday (P. 2, 16-17) • Innovative Financial • The Tax Man (p. 25) Solutions (p. 7) • UF Proton Health (p. 29) • Israel Partnership (p. 20) • Wajsman Home Team • JCA (p. 22/insert) Realty (p. 25) • Jewish Federation of • Watercrest San Jose (p. 12) Jacksonville (p. 19) • Women’s Division (p. 28) • Jewish Federations of North America (p. 27) • JFCS (p. 26, 32) • Larry Tallis Photo (p. 11) For your advertising needs, please contact advertising sales reps Barbara Nykerk at 904-733-4179 or or Eta Perras at 904-629-0466.

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This month in JJN History Jan. 1991

27-years ago this month the JJN’s front cover had coverage on it of the annual Super Sunday call-a-thon, where volunteers and lay leaders dialed others in the community, trying to obtain donations for the Federation’s annual campaign. In addition, Mary Travers of ‘Peter, Paul and Mary’ fame performed for community members later that night after the final calls were made.

The January 1991 Jacksonville Jewish News featured Super Sunday on the front page with big news of a guest appearance from Mary Travers of the group ‘Peter, Paul and Mary’.

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Debbie Kaye Excellent Educational Adviser


ebby Kaye has been a member of the Jacksonville Jewish Community for nearly 40 years and currently serves as one of the Synagogue’s Executive Vice Presidents. She is a super volunteer at the Center and its schools as she has served as a Galinsky Academy cabinet member and eventually Vice President of Education. Since 2004, Kaye has developed an educational consulting business helping families navigate the high school and college admission process, and she is thrilled to have been able


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to help many Jewish families along the way. In addition to her service to the Jacksonville Jewish Center, she is an active volunteer with Leadership Jacksonville and serves as a board member of River Garden Senior Services. Kaye is married to her husband Don and together the couple has two children, Abby Pinsky who lives in N.J., with her husband David, and Jesse Rauchwarger who lives in Jacksonville with his wife Alicia. Both children are proud alums of Center’s pre-day and religious schools and two of

If you would like to nominate someone special for Mensch of the Month, who volunteers both their time and efforts to the Jacksonville Jewish community, simply submit their name, photo and a short write-up about them to jjn@jewishjacksonville. org. Kaye’s nine grandchildren are current students at the DuBow Preschool.


JCA Young Concert Artists Series welcomes violinist Benjamin Baker By Jewish Community Alliance

Thanks to the generosity of the Berman Family the JCA is proud to present violinist Benjamin Baker on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. as part of the JCA Young Concert Artists Series. In 2016, Baker won first prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York and

third prize at the Michael Hill Competition in New Zealand, establishing a strong international presence. Baker has given recitals at festivals across Europe and has appeared as soloist with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and toured throughout New Zealand. Born in 1990 in New Zealand, Baker studied at the Yehudi Benjamin Baker (Photo by Matt Dine)

Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music where he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Queen Rose Bowl. Hugely popular in New Zealand, he returns whenever he is able to give concerts and appear on radio and television. Baker moved to the UK in 1998 with his family to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. He plays on

a 1709 Tononi violin on loan from a private individual. In February, the JCA Young Concert Artists continues with flautist Anthony Trionfo and March will feature pianist Kim Dasol. This concert is free and open to the entire community. For more information, contact Thelma Nied at

Alhambra Theatre honors Harry Frisch during it’s 50th anniversary spirit to the cause. During the between our audience and Harry’s Alhambra would not have persepresentation portion of the Alincredible vision for saving this vered to this day.” celebration hambra’s sold-out celebration and great theater,” Smith said. “WithMr. Frisch offered his own

By Alhambra Theatre & Dining

At its 50th anniversary party in early December, the Alhambra Theatre & Dining honored Harry Frisch for his role in saving the nation’s longest running professional dinner theater. Not many people realize that it was Mr. Frisch who worked behind the scenes making introductions, running meetings, making donations and, of course, lending his incredible energy and

Harry Frisch (center) being honored at Alhambra’s Golden Anniv. dinner

immediately after City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche read the Mayoral Proclamation declaring Alhambra’s day, Craig Smith, the Managing Partner of the Alhambra called Mr. Frisch to the stage and announced the Alhambra’s lush front garden would from that moment forward be known as the Harry Frisch Garden. “I may get all the glory as front man in this operation, but I assure you I am just the conduit

out Harry doing what he does best - caring, speaking out, and then putting his money where his mouth is- none of us would be sitting here tonight,” he added. To the 370 people in the crowd, including most of Jacksonville’s City Council, several State representatives and the media, Smith continued by reading the placard, “Our garden is named in honor of Harry Frisch as a thank you for his dedication to the arts and theater in Jacksonville. Without him, the

remarks stating, “I don’t know why people make such a big deal out of my doing what I do. I love this city. It has so much to offer and someday everyone should know. The Alhambra is an important part of this city and it would have been a shame to have let it close. I have so many wonderful memories here with my family, and I only wanted that to continue for generations to come.”

Tour to be given of Jewish St. Augustine River Garden to hold a presentation on very wellknown Polish Jewish artist BY MERRILL SHAPIRO St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society

The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society will mark the 452nd anniversary of the founding of oldest European city in the U.S. with a two-hour walking tour of Jewish St. Augustine, starting at

By River Garden Senior Services

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, Cindy Edelman will present ‘Arthur Szyk, Artistic Warrior of the 20th Century’, in River Garden’s Cohen Auditorium. Edelman’s presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m., and will introduce this little known Polish Jewish artist into the spotlight where he belongs. Szyk (pronounced Shik) spent a lifetime as a book illustrator and political artist. He was known before, during and after World War II for his intricate anti-Nazi caricatures. Szyk was described as a ‘one man war’ against Hitler’s persecution of Jews. Former Rabbi Irvin Ungar founded the Arthur Szyk Society, collected his works, curated exhibits and created documentaries to revive his artistic legacy. Ungar felt Szyk was such an important figure for anyone who was interested in social justice combined with great art. Ungar believes that Szyk’s art reflects his own value system as a Jew. Szyk’s art was never ambiguous or abstract, as it always had

a common theme. Szyk advocated for humanity at large and led Ungar to state that Arthur Szyk became one of the leading political artists of the first half of the 20th Century. During the war and afterwards, this artist’s unique talent art drew attention to the Native American struggle and to the racism directed toward African Americans. This program is free and open to the entire community. Refreshments will be served, so RSVPs are required to For more information, please contact Leslie Held at 904-886-8429 or

10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 14. The tour will begin in the shade of the trees at the southeastern corner of the parking lot at Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave. at San Marco Avenue (State Route A1A). The

tour, long delayed by Hurricane Irma and the damage left in its wake, will end at First Congregation Sons of Israel, 161 Cordova St. and involves a walk of 1.5 miles, so wear sunscreen and sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and bring water. There is no charge for this tour. For more information call 804-914-4460.

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River Garden Auxiliary to honor ‘magical Marty Goetz’ at annual donor luncheon By River Garden Auxiliary

The River Garden Auxiliary will honor CEO Marty Goetz, at its Donor Luncheon, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 12 p.m. Goetz has been at River Garden for 40 years and his many awards from Leading Age Florida include the

River Garden CEO Marty Goetz

Public Policy Award, The Distinguished Service Award and the Chairman’s Award. He has also received the Dr. Herb Shore Young Administrator of the Year Award and the Dr. Herb Shore Award of Honor from the Association of Jewish Aging Services. The River Garden veteran has served on a multitude of community boards, including Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of North Florida College of Health and One Jax.

Much of the growth and development of River Garden is a direct result of his leadership, so come for the magic and stay for the accolades and surprises in helping to celebrate this wonderful milestone. The magic of Nikolay Zhukor will also be on display and is sure to amaze and astonish you. All Auxiliary members will receive their invitations the first week in January however seating is

limited, so if you would like to attend, please email Debby Katz at or send mail to Debby Katz at: 11501 Old St. Augustine Road, #62, Jacksonville, FL 32258. Minimum donation for attending is, $40 which includes lunch, however larger donations are gratefully accepted. All proceeds go to River Garden to enhance the lives of its residents.

UF student debuts play exploring impact of Holocaust on Jewish This coming-of-age story shows was in commemoration of the the inevitable relationship between 72nd anniversary of the liberation high school students light and darkness, suffering and of Auschwitz. BY TYLER ELLMAN Playwright

Written by undergraduate senior Tyler Ellman, ‘Tap Dancing Through Auschwitz’ is a play that explores the impact of Holocaustera tragedies and its resonance with modern-day high school students. This play was performed last month in Gainesville and the

hope, and misery and faith. The play is based on true events, as the playwright shares his personal experience with the greater Gainesville community. Previous contributions of the playwright include organizing the Liberation Rally in Turlington Plaza last January, which was attended by 200 plus participants including University of Florida President Dr. Kent Fuchs. The rally

production is based around the ‘March of the Living,’ in which thousands of Jewish teens travel each year to visit the notorious concentration camps in Poland. “Unlike the infamous death marches, this is a march in celebration of life, heritage, and faith,” said Ellman. Throughout the play, each of the characters reconcile individual life transitions with the weight of their ancestors’ history.

Sponsors and partners for this production include Alpha Epsilon Pi, Chabad at UF, UF Hillel, the Jewish Council of North Central Florida, the Jewish Student Union at the University of Florida, and Alpha Epsilon Phi. All proceeds from this production will be donated to the Arab American Community Center of Florida, supporting refugees of Iraq and Syria.

New Jewish genealogy group Jax Jewish Shelly the Shlicha makes Singles to go her way around Mandarin meets in Jax

Turkish in Jan.

By Jewish Genealogy Society of Northeast Florida

The new Jewish Genealogy Society of Northeast Florida met for the first time in early December at River Garden Senior Services, where more than 30 participants enjoyed some time to socialize and meet others before settling in for the program. There was an overview of the purpose of the group and the umbrella organization, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. Another presentation offered some tips for getting started with family research, and finally a heartwarming story about how an adoptee found her birth family. Everyone has an interesting family story. Whether you’re

By Jax Jewish Singles

just getting started and looking for guidance, or you’re an experienced researcher who can assist others, everyone is welcome to join this new group. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday Jan. 17 at River Garden. Please like ‘Jewish Genealogy Society of Northeast Florida’ on Facebook to stay up-to-date with current news and events. For more information, contact Marla Westberg at marla@ or Isabel Balotin at

Join the Jax Jewish Singles in January at Istanbul Grill, which is a family owned restaurant serving Mediterranean and Turkish food. They have a delicious buffet and also ala carte items. It is located on Southside Blvd. For exact date and time of the luncheon, email francine.smith @ or call 904-221-8061.

Shelly visits the ECE kids at the JCA and together they take a “Masa” (journey) to the desert (Negev) of Israel. By Jacksonville Jewish News

Jacksonville Community Shlicha Shelly Shalev has had a busy fall as she’s made numerous stops at local agencies, schools and synagogues while putting on quality programming for attendees to enjoy. From a Chanukah party at Staton High School with Rabbi A.Y. Cohen

of Etz Chaim Synagogue and the Jewish Students Union to a talk at River Garden Senior Services about Jewish Nobel Prize winners, she has been there to inform and inspire. Another stop along the way included visiting ECE kids at the JCA and taking them on a journey through the Negev desert in Israel.

Chanukah party at JSU Stanton hosted by Rabbi A.Y. Cohen and students Sabrina, Zoe and Jasmine Mail

Hadassah Installations

Lin Pomerantz (second to right) was recently installed as the President of Hadassah Florida Central Region. Also pictured (left to right) is Jane Strom, PRAZE VP, Susan Lafer, Immediate Past President, Sharyn Cherry Lazare, Treasurer, Phyllis Meinsen, Recording Secretary, Lin and Marcie Natan, Hadassah Past National President.


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Jewish Ospreys counter white supremacist protest at UNF with some good deeds By Southside Chabad

In late November, it was announced that White Supremacists were planning to march on campus at the University of North Florida. Southside Chabad Rabbi Shmuli Novak could not sit by idly as a Nazi slogans and banners wave in his and the Jewish Ospreys midst. At the same time, Novak and his students did not want to exacerbate the anxiety by

Chana Leah Lee (left) collects good deed commitments at the White Supremacist rally while Lily Weinstein (center) receives a Shabbat Candle Lighting kit in response to the March. Lee Giat (right) proudly displays his Chanukah Menorah Kit to celebrate the Festical of Lights

Open house planned for interested participants in ‘Birthright for moms’ trip to Israel

inflaming the conflict. After conferring with friends and supporters, a form of counter-protest was staged, which was a campaign encouraging Jewish and non-Jewish students alike to enhance their involvement and increase acts of kindness. In addition, hundreds of Chanukah kits were ordered to distribute to students. “I am pleased to report that many students responded very positively to the campaign,” Rabbi Novak said. “Instead of being a strictly traumatic event, many saw the overwhelming opposi-

tion to the small, pathetic group of hateful folks and the positive message starkly contrasting their hate as a silver lining to this episode,” he added. Close to 100 good deed commitments were collected online and at the demonstration. Media coverage followed Chabad’s efforts, putting the organization’s outreach in a positive light and sharing their good deeds with thousands of households across Northeast Florida.

Jax Hadassah to honor its ‘fab four’


The past five summers, the JWRP trip to Israel has been a life-changing experience for participants, enriching relationships with their kids and spouses. If you are similarly looking to be inspired and delve deep into yourself while visiting your homeland, please come to an information meeting at the home of Paige Wajsman, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. Address will be provided

By Jacksonville Hadassah

upon your RSVP and the evening will also feature talks from Devora Feigenbaum and Henny Fisch. The eight-day trip is scheduled for July 9-16, 2018 and features stops in

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, Jacksonville Hadassah will hold its Annual Chai Luncheon, and four women have been selected as the Tsfat, Tel Aviv, Masada and Jeru‘Fab Four’ for 2018. The honorees salem. Those interested in coming are Sylvia Lubliner, Evelyn Peck, are encouraged to bring a friend Susan Sidle and Helen Hill. All are and RSVP via long time members of Hadassah who, prior to moving to Jacksonville, were active in chapters in other communities. They have held many leadership positions throughout the years, including President, Vice President, and Chairs overseeing Education, American Affairs, Jewish Education, Public Policy, Membership, Publicity and Programming. They have done a lot to help Jacksonville Hadassah move forward as their long standing commitment has helped to raise both a public awareness of, and fundraising for, the Hadassah Medical Organization of America.

Honorees Susan Sidle, Sylvia Lubliner (seated), Evelyn Peck and Helen Hill (standing), have a combined 170 years of membership in Hadassah.

During the event there will also be a special recognition given to Harry Frisch for his generosity to Hadassah over the years. The luncheon will be held at the Jacksonville Jewish Center and is open to all who would like to attend. The cost is $40 which includes a Chai ($18) donation. RSVP to Karen Backilman 904-268-3759 or Your check, made payable to Hadassah, is your reservation and can be mailed to Karen at 3607 Hagan Grant Lane, Jacksonville FL 32223.

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Torah Academy students participate in Martin J. Gottlieb Day mock moon landing on a recent science School students take part in national Jewish history field trip program

By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

By Torah Academy of Jacksonville

Students at Torah Academy of Jacksonville recently took a trip to the Challenger Learning Center at Kirby Smith Middle School in Jacksonville where they had a hands-on experience. Students and faculty all applied for and got jobs at Mission Control or at the

Space Station, and each position required certain skills, which made everyone fit into the job that they wanted. Students were then able to run the equipment, computers, sound systems, and visuals to see and hear what was happening with the other half of the group on the mission, which was to safely land on the moon. Each job played its part in completing the mission at

Eighth Graders at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School are excited to be taking part in the Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT), an innovative national Jewish history program created by RAVSAK, The Jewish Community Day School Network as well as programs from University of Michigan, Jewish Theological Seminary, University of Cincinnati and others. The JCAT project guides stuhand. There was also some educa- dents to answer today’s problems tion that came along with it as the through the lens of history. This kids learned what people on the year’s problem being addressed spaceship had to do to keep evis what, if any, memorial should eryone safe. A real treat was when be created for those who perfield trip participants built their very own model of a probe, having ished in the Holocaust after travelling aboard the SS St. Louis to calculate the weight of all the parts of the vessel so it wasn’t too from Hamburg but were refused entry to Cuba and the U.S. The heavy. ship, carrying some 900 Jewish refugees, was then returned to Germany, its passengers left to their fates at the hands of the Nazis. The students are asked to adopt a historical or current public personality to determine what wisdom that person can bring to bear on the issue presented. Michele Block Gan Yeladim The students must communiJPlace programming offers cate as their chosen personality unparalleled excellence in early childhood experiences for families and the community. This event is open to all. The fee for this JPlay Musical Morning is $15 per family and $10 for JCA families. Breakfast is included. For more information about this and other JPlace programs, contact Rochelle Golomb at 904-730-2100, ext. 259.

Enjoy a JPlay musical morning inside the halls of Michele Block Gan Yeladim By Jewish Community Alliance

On Sunday, Jan. 21 from 10:30–11:30 a.m., Michele Block Gan Yeladim will host a special interactive, hands-on musical morning for families with young children. For this JPlay Musical Morning, participants will make musical instruments from recycled materials and enjoy a variety of music and movement activities.

throughout the project, which requires detailed research into the historical figure, as well as the creative writing skills necessary to speak in a different voice. “This is such an amazing project for our students, because not only is the project interdisciplinary and a great learning opportunity, it also allows them to express their creativity and really dig deep into those skills,” said Middle School Vice Principal Edith Horovitz. Martin J. Gottlieb Day School is one of only few schools across the U.S. accepted to participate in the program, and several of its students have been selected for leadership positions as the project moves forward. For more information on Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, a Solomon Schechter K–8, contact Nancy Davis at nancy.davis@

Chaukuah Story Time

This multi-sensorial program is a great opportunity for children to express their creativity while spending quality time with their family.

DuBow Preschool offers many on-site extracurricular activities for everyone By DuBow Preschool

Visit the DuBow Preschool on any Wednesday afternoon and you will find an adorable bevy of little ballerinas dressed in pink leotards, leaping across the floor. ‘Fairytales in Motion’ is only one of the many extra-curricular activities that the preschool’s Kids Club students can participate in each afternoon. In partnership with Mark Spivak Dance Institute, a talented teacher comes to the school to instruct the numerous ballerinas, and also teaches another class on Thursdays that concentrates on tap and tumbling. On Mondays classes with ‘Shining Stars’, are offered which is an exciting drama program that uses fun exercises and games to

Southside Chabad’s Ganeinu preschool hosted a Chanukah StoryTime at Barnes & Noble at the Town Center in early December, where children, parents and friends came together for the annual story time and book fair. After hearing a story from Ganeinu Director Chana Novak children made crafts and enjoyed traditional fried holiday treats.

encourage bravery, confidence and creativity. The entire Shining Stars session culminates with a play starring the talented preschool students. Another favorite is ‘Soccer Shots’, which nurtures

future athletes with a special focus on character development. As you can see, the DuBow Preschool Kids Club afternoon program has something for everyone.

‘Loaves’ of excitement to be had at children’s recent babka bake By Chabad of S. Johns

On Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m., join the Jewish Kids Club of S. Johns for a Kids Babka-llah Bake. It’s guaranteed to be ‘loaves’ of fun as participants will roll up their sleeves and bake Challah and Babka. Think mini-aprons, dozens of eggs, cups of oil, sticky hands, loads of flour and lots of bright, smiling faces. “It’s an opportunity for Jewish children from all backgrounds and affiliations to come together and get their hands dirty for a fun, creative and meaningful experience,” said Mrs. Dini Sharfstein, youth director at Chabad of St. Johns. Baking bread has always brought people together, and

Challah is extra special because it’s a mitzvah. The Kids Babkallah Bake is for all ages and no affiliation or prior knowledge needed. To RSVP or for more information visit JewishSJohnsCounty. com, call 904-701-4422 or email

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Martin J. Gottlieb Day School to hold its first-ever maker faire

By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

You’re invited to join Martin J. Gottlieb Day School for its firstever Maker Faire (Maker-Con Phenomenon), on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. This free event is for prospective and current students and their families. Using a STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, and Math) approach to teaching, the Faire is a great opportunity for students and parents alike to create, make, and innovate. At Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, students learn by doing as activities include a Spectacular Slime Station, robotic tournaments, electrical circuitry, bedazzled candles, and more. Prospective families can call 904-268-4200 to RSVP or for more information.

JFCS and Torah Academy enjoy unique partnership

JFCS’ Colleen Rodriguez leading a workshop for Torah Academy staff

JFCS tutor Rochelle Miller working with a Torah Academy student By Torah Academy of Jacksonville

Torah Academy of Jacksonville considers itself fortunate to partner with Jewish Family & Community Services in educating Jacksonville’s Jewish children. This relationship has empowered TA to expand its student body and enrich its program by providing excellent inclusion services, teacher training and student/family aid. The school benefits from the support and guidance of JFCS CEO, Colleen Rodriguez who fills the vital role of community liaison and consultant to Torah Academy’s board. Rodriguez makes

herself available 24/7 to the faculty and families, and has assisted in successfully navigating through many and varied challenging situations. Gail Furman, Manager of Jewish Services, also works with Torah Academy to ensure that the services provided are always of the highest caliber. In addition, Cindy Land, coordinates and manages the inclusion and counseling staff, and spends numerous hours onsite empowering TA’s faculty to successfully attend to the needs of both individual students and entire classes. She also handpicks and guides her amazing team of service providers to work with the students, including part-time tutor, Rochelle Miller, and school counselor, Karen Hanson. On top of all that, Land provides support in ensuring that Torah Academy receives all the assistance and funding Duval

Kids celebrate Chanukah with a special Lowe’s menorah making workshop

By Chabad of S. Johns

Judah the Maccabee strode past aisles of hand tools, rows of carpet swatches and a ceiling full of lighting fixtures to reach the corner of Lowe’s home-improvement store, where tables full of children were busy at work during last month’s menorah making workshop, hosted by Chabad of S. Johns. Kids used nails and hammers to fasten pieces of wood to create branches for their menorahs, then they screwed it to the base and glued on bolts for the candle holders, then we meticulously painted beautiful wooden menorahs. Dressed in a costume and holding a shield, ‘Judah’ (aka Rabbi Mendel Sharfstein, codirector of Chabad at St. Johns County, who along with his wife,

Dini) wandered over to talk to the children about the holiday that so famously involves the Maccabees. “It was very active and super engaging,” said Suzie, who took her children, five-year-old D.J. and two-year-old Brooklyn. “Having Rabbi Mendel dress in costume was tremendous and my son just loved holding the shield.” Judah or Rabbi Mendel even helped a few children with their menorahs, and D.J. said that he really liked building his and then painting it his favorite color of blue. At these busy programs, kids build their own menorahs, sample festive foods like sufganiyot (jellyfilled doughnuts), while watching a live demonstration on how olive oil is made, by watching it pressed by hand. These workshops have become a mainstay of the winter season for many families, who appreciate the chance to engage Jewishly, especially at this time of year. It’s a scene repeated at Lowe’s store every year as dozens of families and more than 100 children attend the menorah-building workshop before the eight-day holiday of Chanukah. For all Jewish kids club and Chanukah programs events visit or call 904-701-4422 or email info@

County offers private schools, and continually goes to bat for the school’s needs. From staff workshops, to counseling, student support services and the endless inclusion programs offered by Jewish Family & Community Services, the needs that Torah Academy is able to meet because of this partnership are just too many to list. It’s humbling to be affiliated with an organization like JFCS which does so much for so many, and Torah Academy genuinely treasures the relationship that has been built over the past decade.

Celebrate the birthday of the trees with Michele Block Gan Yeladim

By Jewish Community Alliance

The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat is coming soon and encourages us to appreciate the beauty and gifts we get from trees. Children, ages 3–6, are invited to celebrate nature and the birthday of the trees in a fun-filled experiential afternoon with Morah Karen and Michele Block Gan Yeladim. Tu B’Shevat Celebration Seder takes place on Wednesday,

Jan. 31 from 1:30–2:15 p.m. For this program, Michele Block Gan Yeladim will celebrate the trees of our world, learn about the symbolism of the fruits as well as the different categories of fruits. The custom of celebrating with a Seder involves following a special order for tasting the fruits of the trees. The fee to participate is $15 and $10 for JCA valued members. For more information, contact Rochelle Golomb at 904-7302100, ext. 259.

Shalom baby meet-ups now in full swing at DuBow Preschool By DuBow Preschool

What a terrific time moms and babies had at Martin J. Gottlieb’s November and December Shalom Baby playgroup. Each mom left with a beautiful, personalized holiday craft, created by mother and child. Emily Carpenter, DuBow Preschool’s talented music teacher, incorporated her many skills through music and the arts to introduce first songs, games, and crafts in a Jewish setting. This free group is geared to babies three to 18 months old, but children up to

three years old are welcome. The next meeting is Friday, Jan. 26, so come and make a Tu B’Shevat craft, meet other moms, and enjoy stories and songs. RSVP on the DuBow Preschool Facebook page or call the preschool at 904-2921241.

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JCA Summer Camp registration is now open for 2018

Shema Bedtime to take place at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

By Jewish Community Alliance

The great memories made in summer camp can have lasting positive effects on the social development of children. For parents looking for an amazing summer camp experience for their children, the Jewish Community Alliance has opened registration for the 2018 summer camp season. JCA Summer Camp offers programs for children ages 2 through grade 12. The nationally accredited program provides a safe, enriching summer experience in a structured Jewish environment. Summer camp at the JCA offers a wide

range of sports and activities, including swimming, arts and crafts, theatre and special programming for teens. Staff and counselors work to ensure a positive, fun environment and a memorable summer for campers and families. The 2018 JCA Summer Camps are as follows: Camp Gan Yeladim (age 2 to 4 by Sept 1, 2018), KinderCamp (entering Kindergarten), Camp Sabra (entering grades 1 to 2), Camp Habonim (entering grades 3 to 6), Stage Door Theatre Camp (entering grades 1 to 9), Adventure Days (entering grades K-8) and J-Teens (entering grades 10 to 12). JCA Summer Camp meets for

four two-week sessions. Session dates are June 1 -June 22; June 25-July 6; July 9-July 20; July 23Aug. 3. Stage Door Theatre Camp has two four-week sessions, June 11- July 6 and July 19-Aug 3. Pre and Post Adventure Day camps are also available. These week-long programs are offered before the regular summer camp sessions, from June 4- 8, and afterwards, from Aug. 6-10. For information or to register for JCA Summer Camp, visit or call 904-730-2100, ext. 228. Those who register by Mar. 9th receive a special gift.

The community’s pre-kindergarteners and their families are cordially invited to come in pajamas for Shema Bedtime at the Kramer Library at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. In conjunction with PJ Library, Shema Bedtime is a fun way for families to meet new friends and enjoy a craft and story time. Space is limited, so please call 904-268-4200 to reserve a spot for your child.

Jacksonville Giants player named new Torah Academy physical education coach

Torah Academy of Jacksonville mourns the loss of one of its teachers and the daughter of the school’s founder Jacksonville Giant Jerrod Tucker By Torah Academy of Jacksonville

Torah Academy of Jacksonville is excited to announce that Mr. Jerrod Tucker, current team captain for the Jacksonville Giants, has recently joined the Torah Academy staff as the school’s new physical education coach. Before joining the Jacksonville

Ragen Shapiro with her husband Harry and children, Chana & Sruli By Torah Academy of Jacksonville

Torah Academy of Jacksonville joins the Shapiro and Roth families in mourning the loss of Ragen Shapiro, wife of Harry, and mother of Chana and Sruli. Morah Ragen was a teacher at the school and the daughter of Sandi and Robbie Roth (of blessed memory). Robbie

Shapiro with her students at TA

was the founder and president of Torah Academy and Sandi has been a long-standing member of TA’s board, currently serving on the school’s Education Committee. Morah Ragen is fondly remembered for lovingly educating the school’s children for many years. Since TA’s formation, she has played a key role in the success of her father’s vision of ensuring our

Shapiro reading to students at TA

Tucker in action with TA students

Giants, Mr. Tucker graduated from Bellevue University in Neb., with a degree in Sports Management while coaching high school basketball. Mr. Tucker has been a regular substitute teacher at Torah Academy for the past two years, and everyone at the school is excited to have him officially on our staff.

Michele Block Gan Yeladim becomes community leader in NAEYC accreditation

Jewish future. In the infancy of the school, Ragen offered her talents in many and varied positions, doing whatever it took to help the then fledgling institution succeed. By Jewish Community Alliance She is also survived by siblings Chaim and Byrna Roth and will be For more than 25-years, dearly missed by her friends and Michele Block Gan Yeladim colleagues, and the students she has maintained accreditation loved. through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Recently, the school achieved re-accreditation with NAEYC until 2023. This will mark 32 years that Michele Block Gan Yeladim will hold this exclusive status. NAEYC’s accreditation is considered the most prestigious marks of excellence for preschools in North America. Of all the schools in Northeast Florida, there are only 12 that have this distinction. Of those dozen, Michele Block Gan Yeladim is the only school with 32 consecutive years. Michele Block Gan Yeladim educators work hard each year to ensure that the school meets the more than 400 individual NAEYC criteria requirements. Some requirements have dramatic impact on educational quality, such as low ratios of educators to students and educational and training requirements. Others are more subtle, including presentation of gender neutral profes-

sions. The reaccreditation process involves compiling extensive evidence as proof of required and emerging criteria as well as a two-day site visit to observe the facility, program and educators. Maintaining this standard of excellence speaks to the reliability and dedication of Michele Block Gan Yeladim’s educators and administration. NAEYC is a nonprofit association at the forefront of preschool education. The organization’s accreditation standards were developed in 1985, founded with the goal of ensuring the quality of programs across the nation. There are 10 categories for standards in the areas of relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment of child progress, health, training, families, community relationships, physical environment and leadership and management.

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synagogue news Temple Bet Yam to hold its Etz Chaim’s annual gala to take on a annual card party Jan. 25 casino night theme in 2018 By Etz Chaim Synagogue

On Monday, Feb. 19, Etz Chaim Synagogue will feature a Casino Night Gala as its major Fundraising Event of the year. The elegant casino evening will take place President’s Day Weekend, and be housed in the synagogue’s transformed Social Hall. Cocktails and socializing begin at 6:30 p.m. Once the casino doors open, you are invited to try your luck at the various tables and play all your favorite games. Your ticket entitles you to an initial ‘funny money’ amount for you to begin your evening of fun and prizes. The evening will be an elegant, enjoyable, memorable event with lots of fun, food, prizes, and entertainment for the entire community. Raffles will take place which will boost your opportunity to win. Sponsorships are crucial to the success of the gala and the entire Etz Chaim family would be so grateful to anyone considering participating as one for this year’s event.

Etz Chaim Synagogue is a critical component of the Jacksonville Jewish community, as its warm atmosphere enables the congregation to embrace diversity, enabling all Jews, regardless of affiliation or level of observance, to find their place in their own personal, meaningful way. Etz Chaim’s lights burn brightly as it plays host to a widerange of classes and discussions. There are no class or membership fees entitling people to take part in these programs. The Synagogue’s Rabbis and Rebbetzins play host to local and overseas events throughout the year and its communal support reaches far into the community. These Gala dollars help feed our Jewish community’s hunger for Jewish knowledge and tradition. It’s with this in mind that Etz Chaim invites you to try your luck, while enjoying the ambience and having a relaxed and enjoyable time at the casino styled evening. To register for the event call the Synagogue office at 904-2623565, ext. 7 or go to Save-the-date announcements and


Gala Chair Tzippy Zaguri and Etz Chaim Pres. Dr. Scot Ackerman

formal invitations will soon make an appearance in your mailbox, as Tzippy Zaguri, 2018 Gala Chair and the rest of her able Co-chairs, would love to welcome you when you come through our doors. A grand prize will also be offered to attendees that evening, and that prize is our relationship with you!

Temple to worship with The Sanctuary during special MLK service By Congregation Ahavath Chesed

The Temple welcomes The Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary to celebrate Shabbat and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The entire community is invited to this inspiring event. “I look forward to sharing the pulpit with Reverend John Newman,” said Temple Rabbi Matt Cohen. “Last year, The Friday Night Live Band created such ruach together with The Praise Team from The Sanctuary, that both groups have been anticipating this worship experience for months,” he added. Rev. Newman explains that the mission of The Sanctuary is focused

on the growth of the family and fully embodies the integration of faith and life. The emphasis on preaching and teaching is taking control of your life so life won’t take control of you. “This focus on family aligns directly with Reform Judaism,” said Rabbi Cohen. “It has been exciting for our congregations to experience the similarities between us, when, at first glance, it would appear there is little that connects us. The Sanctuary’s commitment to serving its community, both its congregants as well as its geographic neighborhood, has augmented our commitment to tikkun olam.” More than 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and rabbis were jailed after he attempted to eat

in one of St. Augustine’s finer restaurants, the progress made in civil rights is celebrated while recognizing how much more there is for all of us to do, here in Jacksonville and throughout America because injustice for one is injustice for all.

On Thursday, Jan. 25, Temple Bet Yam of St Augustine is holding its ever popular annual card party at the beautiful Creek Golf Course Clubhouse (24 Creek Course Dr.) in Palm Coast. The attendees will get to play their favorite game, including Mahjong, Bridge, Scrabble, Rummy Q, Poker, Canasta, and more. Enjoy coffee and pastries which will begin being served at 10 a.m., followed by a noon buffet luncheon with dessert. Buy a ticket for yourself and treat your spouse or a friend

to a fun day as tickets are $30 per person, which includes the food, games, and door prizes. For information and reservations, please call Jane Seiden at 954-319-0465 or Carol Levy 954-895-7332. You can also email your reservation to Bernie Levy at Bernie.Levy@att. net. Please RSVP by Jan. 11.

Jacksonville Jewish Center to hold its annual Marilyn and Louis Safer Shabbaton By Jacksonville Jewish Center

The annual Marilyn and Louis Safer Shabbaton will take place Feb. 23-25, 2018 and this year’s Scholar-In-Residence is Dr. Stephen Berk, who is the Henry and Sally Schaffer Professor of Holocaust and Jewish studies at Union College in Schenectady, NY. He is the former Chair of the Dept. of History, Director of the Program in Russian and East European Studies and helps advise the Hillel organization at the college. Prof. Berk is considered an absolutely superb lecturer and teacher and his lectures are outstanding as he is in high demand as a guest speaker. He is always informative, interesting and entertaining and is widely known for his expertise on the Holocaust, Russian, and the Middle East and a variety of Jewish subjects. The theme for the Shabbaton weekend will be ‘Being Jewish in Modern America’, and will include subjects such as

Dr. Stephen Berk

the Jewish fight for civil rights, an interactive text study of the Balfour Declaration, and ‘Putin and Netanyahu in the Age of Trump’. Look for more information about event times and meal reservations coming this month. All events, except for meals, are free and open to the public, thanks to a very generous donation by the Safer family in loving memory of their parents, Marilyn and Louis Safer.

Doctor Elliott Rosenbaum to teach Chasidic Journey class at Etz Chaim Synagogue Join Dr. Elliott Rosenbaum on a Chasidic Journey, as he teaches participants in a four-part series starting Monday, Feb. 5, on the Nesivos Shalom, which is a popular series of writings by the Slonimer Rebbe. The Slonimer Rebbe (of blessed memory) seems to have found the perfect mix of passionate and inspiring teachings that speak directly to the individual. As a seasoned leader, he understood people with all their contemporary challenges, incorporating even the negatives into a roadmap that leads to a path of personal development, love for others and a deeper and more satisfying connection to G-d. Other dates of the classes include Feb. 12, 19 and a final one on the 26.

Dr. Elliott Rosenbaum

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synagogue news Executive VP of JFR to give Temple talk Temple Sisterhood to hold Bingo night on January 27th on the righteous Gentiles By WRJ Temple Sisterhood

By Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Stanlee Stahl, Executive Vice President of The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) will speak at Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) on Thursday, Feb. 1, about the sacrifice of nonJewish rescuers who saved Jews during the Holocaust. The event is being sponsored by the generosity of the Dr. Larry and Kathy Kanter Fund for Jewish Preservation and the entire community is encouraged to attend. Ms. Stahl’s presentation entitled ‘Yehi-or: Let There be Light, the Rescue of their Jewish Neighbors during the Holocaust’, is one of the greatest stories of righteousness, kindness and friendship in a time of pure evil. The Righteous Gentiles, at great peril to themselves and their families, provided hiding places, while others taught Jews how to pass as Christians. If not of their bravery, many more Jews would have been murdered. The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous seeks to fulfill the traditional Jewish commitment at hatov’ hatov,, the searching to ‘hakarat

out and recognition of goodness. The Foundation has two primary goals, and they are to repay a debt of gratitude on behalf of the Jewish community to these courageous non-Jews and to preserve the memory and legacy of the rescuers through its national Holocaust education program, which educates teachers in the history of the Holocaust. The Foundation provides monthly financial assistance to some 370 aged and needy Righteous Gentiles, living in 20 countries. Since its founding, the JFR has provided more than $38 million to aged and needy rescuers. Its Holocaust teacher education program has become a standard for teaching the history of the Ho-

Temple Sisterhood invites women and men for a fun-filled evening on Saturday, Jan. 27, beginning at 7 p.m. The cost is $18 per person, which includes wine and cheese and one multiple Bingo game card sheet. Additional multiple Bingo game card sheets can be purchased for $6 each. There will be a 50/50 raffle to add to the excitement. There will also be several rounds of Bingo and prizes will be presented at the conclusion of each game, which gets a little harder to win. Please make your check out Stanlee Stahl to Temple Sisterhood and mail to locaust and educating teachers and Temple Sisterhood, Congregation students about the significance of Ahavath Chesed, 8727 San Jose the Righteous as moral and ethical Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32217. Registration forms may be exemplars. obtained at the Temple’s website, Stahl graduated from Miami University in Ohio and has graduate degrees from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and New York University in Manhattan. She has spoken with hundreds of groups throughout the world during her 25 year tenure with The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.

Social Media Directory or in the Temple Lobby. Please put ‘Bingo’ on both your check and outside the envelope in addition to how many people will be attending. So invite your friends for a wonderful night of fun and bingo while doing a mitzvah. Your RSVP to the event by Jan. 20 is appreciated. Jean Seltzer is Chair of the event and welcomes questions at 904-4481048.

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The Temple to answer 12 Jewish questions during new program By Congregation Ahavath Chesed

12 Jewish Questions is a 12-week program offered by the Temple, designed to expose Jews and non-Jews alike to a Judaism that is relevant, impactful and livable. Learners will develop understanding and deepen their Jewish knowledge while meeting others who, whether they are Jewish or

not, want to experience Judaism as an opportunity to inquire, examine and think as adults. The program will be taught by Rabbi Matt Cohen and Naomi Chase as Jews and non-Jews are welcome to attend. Those who are following a path toward conversion with Rabbi Cohen are strongly encouraged to enroll in the class. 12 Jewish Questions is for everyone seeking to delve

deeply into Jewish values, history and traditions. Most American Jews receive Jewish educations between the ages of the ages of 6 and 13 at congregational religious schools, but if you didn’t go, or if you did and you still have questions you never asked or have never explored as an adult, this is your chance. Jewish learning for adults can be some of the richest and most enduring that Judaism

can offer. Tuition for this class is $180 for Temple members and $360 for non-members. Payment plans are available and classes will be held Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding at 8 p.m. The First class is scheduled for Jan. 25, so call The Temple office at 904-733-7078 to register, or for more information.

The Jewish Women’s Circle of S. Johns From the Bookshelves of the Second Gen holds a menorahs and martinis event JERUSALEM MAIDEN By Talia Carner

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The novel ‘Jerusalem Maiden’ is based on author Talia Carner’s grandmother. The story takes place in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Paris. The protagonist, Esther, grew up in a Heredi neighborhood during Ottoman times, that later changed to British rule. She struggles against strict Orthodox traditions and tried to normalize her artistic yearnings. Esther has a gift that is difficult to ignore so she fights to interpret God’s will and the mores of her upbringing. The author’s descriptions are very vivid. An impoverished setting acts as the

BY C. UDKOFF Event Participant

While sipping appletinis, cosmotinis and dreamy coffee martinis, more than 30 women had a fabulous Ladies Night Out at the Jewish Women’s Circle of S. Johns. The evening began with an energetic round of dreidel spinning which led to a hilarious game of Write your own Chanukah Story that started with, ‘As we were about to light the Menorah, we heard loud knock on our front door ...’ The highlight of the evening was when each woman got to design her own absolutely magnificent granite menorah. The menorahs were all different shapes and sizes, and every handmade menorah was

gorgeous. Throughout the event, the women enjoyed a buffet of crunchy gourmet latkes, delightful fresh salads, and traditional sufganiyot. After all the chatting and laughter quieted down a bit, Mrs. Dini Sharfstein inspired the crowd by sharing the feminine side of Chanukah, as the women of the Chanukah story literally changed the course of history for the Jewish people. “I can’t believe I didn’t know how central women were to the actual Chanukah story,” Lauren said. “This completely changed the way I see this holiday.” In fact, many of the women said that had no idea that the Jewish women were so brave and strong back then. “I was so inspired when Dini talked about

backdrop for a story covers many ultraOrthodox religious injustices of the sexes. The city’s sounds, sights and smells are beautifully interwoven into the narrative along with the costumes and relationships that all unfold in Old Jerusalem. It is a good book for discussion particularly for those not familiar with the Heredi way of life, one that considers Hasidic Jews as ‘modern’.

how we are all Menorahs,” Julie added. “We each have a mission to add light into our surroundings and brighten the entire world, it’s so empowering.” More than 30 women joined the Jewish Women’s Circle of S. Johns for a fabulous night out of Menorahs and Martinis. The Jewish Women’s Circle (JWC) is a unique opportunity to connect with Jewish women from diverse backgrounds and affiliations in a warm, lighthearted atmosphere. To find out more about the group’s upcoming events, check out To RSVP or find out more about the Jewish Women’s Circle, contact Mrs. Dini Construction at the new Southside Chabad center is on schedule as lower Sharfstein at 904-701-4422 or email columns and tie beams were poured. The new 12,000 sq. ft. facility boasts a Jewish Student Center, sanctuary and a state-of-the art preschool

Building for the Future

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federation news Jamie Gellar Continued from pg. 1 “I am thrilled to co-chair the Lion of Judah and Major Gifts event featuring Chef Jamie Geller, with major gifts chair, Jen Plotkin,” Levine said. “We will be treated to delicious recipes of modern Israel in a warm and lovely setting at the Selevan’s beautiful home and I look forward to sharing the evening with old and new friends.” “I am excited to be working with Sue Levine to welcome Jamie Geller to our community,” Plotkin said. “This will be a unique and entertaining opportunity to celebrate together those donors who

have gone above and beyond in their commitments and contributions to Federation. I believe that everyone who attends will be impressed with both Jamie’s talent and her story.” Tabbed as the ‘Jewish Rachael Ray’ by The New York Times, and the ‘Queen of Kosher’ by (CBS,

best-selling author Jamie Geller is the Founder and CEO of Kosher Network international (KNi), publisher of and the award-winning Jamie Geller’s

JOY of KOSHER magazine. She is also host of the Chanukah Cooking Special with Jamie Geller on PBS and Create TV. Gellar is a regular on the TODAY Show and

has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS and Martha Stewart Living Radio, and has been featured in Forbes, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan and the Chicago Tribune among many others. After graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from New York University in just three years Gellar enjoyed an illustrious career as an award-winning TV producer and marketing executive for HBO, CNN and FOOD NETWORK. One of the most sought-after Jewish food and lifestyle experts worldwide Geller and her husband have six children, which gives her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen. Kindly RSVP to this exciting event by Jan. 12, by calling 904-448-5000, ext. 1208 or by emailing

Jacksonville teen gets true Israeli experience on Federation summer trip abroad

BY ZOE MAIL Trip Participant

Walking into my host Amy’s house for the first time, it suddenly hit me that I would be living with an unfamiliar family for two whole weeks. While having been to Israel several times before, I didn’t know what to expect this time around, but I wouldn’t have guessed how much this trip would impact my life for the better. Our group consisted of seven Americans and eight Israelis, ranging in age from 15-17. From the day I arrived at my host’s house, I was treated like family. Her parents were very caring and I

really enjoyed talking to her two brothers, even though the younger one, Guy, who barely spoke any English. Amy and I bonded a lot in the two weeks I spent living in her home. I had an amazing time meeting her friends, celebrating Shabbat with her family, and going to a birthday brunch with her extended family. I found it interesting how similar our Friday night dinners at home in Jacksonville are to theirs. Before I went on the trip, I figured there was only so much that could be fit into a two week trip, but I was proven wrong. By the end of the trip, I felt that I had seen almost every inch of Israel as we packed in an incredible

amount of activities every day. Our average day would involve waking up at six or seven in the morning, visiting various locations, and then heading back to be home around six in the evening. You would think that after being together for almost 12 hours every day, our group of 15 teens would be tired of each other. However, we enjoyed each other’s company so much that we spent every night hanging out together at one of the Israeli hosts’ homes. Our daily activities ranged from riding camels in the desert, to visiting the Western Wall (the Kotel), to taking part in a scavenger hunt in the local mall. Some of the highlights for me included floating in the Dead

Newcomers not strangers can be found at Shalom Jax’s Jewish Java BY ISABEL BALOTIN

Shalom Jacksonville Director

“Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name … and they’re always glad you came.” These lyrics form the bridge to the theme song of the former TV hit series, ‘Cheers’, which was a show about a diverse group of people who meet regularly in a bar in Boston. Over time the group became very comfortable and familiar with each other after having shared so many personal experiences. This similar scenario takes place every month at Shalom Jacksonville’s Jewish Java at River Garden. Come see for yourself on the first Wednesday of the month, as a group of Jewish Java regulars find

camaraderie, good food, interesting programs and the opportunity to meet and greet newcomers and other locals. It’s a perfect time and place to catch up with each other and share some personal news, while finding out the latest happenings in the Jewish community. Newcomers are welcomed warmly when they arrive and in no time are deep in conversation with someone at their table. The energy in the room is so uplifting you can’t help but wonder if there isn’t a spiritual component at play. If you are new to the community or you have been here awhile but want to make Jewish connections, please join us as this is an open invitation. I promise you, in a very short time, everyone will know your name and you will know ours, and we’ll be glad you

came. You’re not a stranger very long at Java. Start off the New Year with a cup of Java on Jan. 3 at River Garden for Jewish Java. All ages are invited to attend. Jewish Java is a partnership program of the Jewish Federation’s Shalom Jacksonville and River Garden Senior Services.

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Sea, the overnights in Jerusalem and a Bedouin tent near Masada. Having been to Israel five times prior to this trip, I already knew how amazing Israel was, yet, it was a different experience going with other American Jewish teens and staying with an Israeli teen and her family. Instead of merely visiting the country and feeling like a tourist, I was able to be a part of everyday Israeli life and to be immersed in the culture. The trip greatly strengthened my Jewish identity. It opened my eyes to a whole other side of Israel and gave me the opportunity to improve my Hebrew. Every time I go to Israel, I am always surprised by how green

the country is. I like the contrast of how technologically advanced Israel is, with how Judaism and tradition are incorporated into daily life. For example, almost all places are closed on Shabbat. The Israeli and American teens were all amazing and we became like family for the two weeks I was in Israel, then for the two weeks when the Israeli teens came to Jacksonville. I am so thankful to our Jewish Federation for giving me this unforgettable opportunity. Also, a big thank you goes out to Joan Levin and her family for the Gift of Israel scholarship and to Jill Abel for being the most amazing chaperone.

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federation news Federation announces an additional low Jan. Jewish Java will feature former WNBA Pres. Donna cost trip to Israel in 2018 BY ALAN MARGOLIES Orender Executive Director

The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville is announcing a Mission to Israel which will occur prior to the Jewish Federation of North America’s General Assembly taking place in Tel Aviv next fall. The dates for the mission are Oct. 13 – 22 and the GA begins on the 22nd. All arrangements will be made for those staying on and attending the conference afterwards. This journey to Israel will be priced at approximately $2,300 per person based on double occupancy, for land only. This will be significantly lower than the cost for missions in recent years and is made possible because Jack-


Shalom Jacksonville Director

sonville is joining forces with the ‘Heart of New Jersey’ Federation, and perhaps additional communities. By having a projected couple hundred participants, costs will be lowered, however, the scope of what is to be experienced and the quality of the guiding will not to be diminished. The tour will include what is expected on any Federation mission with highlights to be Shabbat in Jerusalem, a Saturday evening celebration of Israel at 70, a visit to Yad Vashem and Massada and the

On Wednesday, Jan. 3, Jewish Java will begin its 2018 season with trail blazer, business woman and dynamic speaker Donna Orender, who’s talk will be, ‘Life’s UnexpectDead Sea, in addition to a trip to Jacksonville’s partnership region of ed Journeys’. After you read her bio Hadera. Attendees will also get to below, you’ll realize that Orender visit Caesaria, the Golan Heights, has had a very exciting life and is a woman to watch. Safed and take part in a Bedouin Orender has been recognized dessert experience. Once again, the projected cost as one of the top 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports and one of is $2,300 per person, and this ofNewsweek’s 100 most Influential fered to the first 30 who sign up. people in sports. A former profesA $500 per person deposit will sional athlete, her inside knowlguarantee your space on the bus. edge of the game enabled her to proudly serve as the President of the WNBA, for six years, reenergizing the business and leaving the league well positioned for growth. Previously she spent 17 years at the PGA TOUR, where she led global production, programming, digital and brand in the Office of the Commissioner. Currently the CEO of Orender Unlimited, Orender utilizes her expansive experience in guiding both established and new companies in leveraging successful growth and brand strategies across a myriad of industries, with a focus on sports, digital, entertainment and diversity. She is currently leading the launch of a new educational technology company focused on helping kids get in to college called, GETTING INTO COLLEGE. Based on her experience of being on the front lines of commerce of the day is to connect young leaders with their community and and culture while leading the WNBA, in 2011 Orender launched offer them an inspiring, educational experience that connects the Generation W, (, possibility with the opportunity to a dynamic platform of education, inspiration and connection for make a difference. Special thanks women and girls. In addition to to event chair Haley Trager as the signature Generation W event, well as all of our participants and a mentorship program for high agencies for making the day fun, school girls called Generation fulfilling and inspirational! WOW was launched, as well as a leadership volunteer event focused

rGEN takes informative and inspirational mini-mission through local community


rGEN Director

In early December, group of 15 future leaders gathered together for rGEN’s annual Mini Mission. The all-day adventure to discover Jacksonville’s local Jewish agencies included visits with River

Garden Senior Services, Jewish Family & Community Services, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, the Jewish Community Alliance and Torah Academy. Mini Mission is designed to give participants a first-hand look at how Federation dollars support the vital programming and services offered by each of these agencies. The overall goal

Donna Orender was served as Pres. of the WNBA from 2005-10

on community change, Generation WORKS. She looks forward to the release of her new book called ‘WOWsdom! The Girls’ Guide to the Positive and the Possible’. It speaks to the magic of combining the WOW of our girls and the Wisdom of our women. The busy business woman believes in giving back and in addition to her efforts on behalf of Generation W, she sits on the boards of the V Foundation for Cancer Research, Co-Chairs the Sports for Youth initiative of the UJA, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, the DeVos Sport Business Management Program, a founding member of Women in America and a proud Global Ambassador for Vital Voices. A sought-after speaker, Orender speaks around the country on topics including leadership, change and diversity. The Jewish Federation’s Shalom Jacksonville and River Garden Senior Services invites newcomers, locals and friends to enjoy this popular monthly program held at River Garden’s Cohen Auditorium (11401 Old St. Augustine Rd), where a complimentary brunch begins at 9 a.m. followed by the program. Please RSVP by Dec. 27 to Isabel Balotin at 904-448-5000, ext.1206 or via

Point, Zoom and Shoot!

Stephan Leimberg, also known as ‘the Bird Man of Amelia Island’ came to talk to attendees at January’s Jewish Java in River Garden’s Cohen Auditorium about the finer points of photography and how to get that perfect shot, when on vacation or just in your own backyard. Here he is pictured with Federation’s Shalom Jacksonville Director Isabel Balotin and Director of Jewish Life at River Graden, Leslie Held.

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The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville thanks you for your support! We appreciate our donors and want to express this each month in the JJN. Thank you to the following donors who have made a commitment to support the 2017 Federation Annual Campaign as of Dec. 16, 2017. Names printed in BOLD TEAL denote a gift that was made Nov. 15, 2017. Dr. and Mrs. Mark Abramson Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Ackerman Dr. and Mrs. Tony Adelson Mr. and Mrs. David Adler Mr. and Mrs. Howard Alterman Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Alterman Mr. and Mrs. Allan Andrew Mr. and Mrs. Marc Angelo Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Appelbaum Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arnold Ms. Sara August Mr. and Mrs. Frank Backilman Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bannon Mrs. Rita Baumgarten Mr. Jack Bazinsky Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Becker Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Beckerman Mr. and Mrs. Jean Benjamin Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Odell Bennett Dr. and Mrs. Guy Benrubi Dr. Isidore D. Benrubi Mr. and Mrs. Prince Benyehudah Mr. and Mrs. Ira Berger Mr. Martin Berger Mr. Daniel Bergman Mr. and Mrs. Mark Berman Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bernard Ms. Carolee Bertisch Mrs. Adrienne Biber Mr. and Mrs. David Bielski Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Blattner Mr. and Mrs. Larry Blaustein Ms. Stacey Blum Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Board Mrs. Traude Bohrman Mrs. Josephine Bonnett Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bossen Mr. Wiatt Bowers Mr. and Mrs. James Brady Ms. Michelle Branly Mr. and Mrs. Warren Brattner Mrs. Joyce Braun Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Breault Dr. and Mrs. Sol Brotman Dr. and Mrs. Robert Brown Ms. Alison Brown Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Buchman Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Burke Mr. and Mrs. Howard Buss Mr. and Mrs. Howard Caplan Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Chait Mr. and Mrs. Barry Chefer Mr. and Mrs. Allan Cheiken Dr. Colleen Bell and Mr. Craig Cherrin Ms. Susan Cherry Mrs. Rita Clark Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Danny Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Norman Cohen Ms. Joanne Cohen Dr. and Mrs. Donald Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Edward Constain Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Coplan Mrs. Ellen Cottrill Mr. and Mrs. Walter Crowder Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Datz Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Davis Drs. Leo and Joanne Davis Mr. and Mrs. Jim De Arman Mr. and Mrs. Moti Demri Mr. and Mrs. Scott Dreicer Ms. Nanci Duchovnay Mrs. Jody Dughi Mr. and Mrs. Alexius Dyer Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Edelman Mrs. Goldie Edelstein Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Martin Edwards Mrs. Lisa Eisenberg Mrs. Marie Eisenberg Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Farhi Mr. and Mrs. Dave Fastenberg Ms. Harriet Feinglass Dr. and Mrs. Neil Feinglass Mr. and Mrs. Edward Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Alan Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Feldman Drs. Howard and Dina Fetner Ms. Gaye Feuer Mr. and Mrs. Neal Finkelstein Ms. Cheryl Fisch Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Fischer Mr. and Mrs. Ben Fishman Mr. and Mrs. Martin Flamm Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fleet Ms. Bobbie Fost Ms. Ariel Frechtman Mr. and Mrs. Michael Freedman Mrs. Marilyn Freedman Dr. and Mrs. Marc Freeman Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Friedman Mr. and Mrs. Steven Friedman Judge Jerry Funk Mr. and Mrs. Harold Garber Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gare Ms. Nicola Garner Mr. and Mrs. Simon Garwood Mr. and Mrs. Larry Geller Mrs. Alois Gendzier Judge and Mrs. Marvin Gillman Mr. Peter Levy and Ms. Kim Glasgal Mr. and Mrs. Martin Goetz Mrs. Patricia Goldberg Mr. and Mrs. Ira Goldfield Mr. David Golding and Ms. Leslie Carmel Dr. and Mrs. Roy Goldman Mr. and Mrs. David Goldman Mrs. Hilda Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goldsmith Ms. Bea Goldsmith Mr. Harvey Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Goldstein Mrs. Gloria Goodman Mr. Jonathan Goodman Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gordon

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Goshen Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Gottlieb Mr. and Mrs. Chris Gould Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Greenblum Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Greenfield Mr. and Mrs. Joel Greenhut Mr. Gerald Greenspoon Dr. and Mrs. Earl Greenwald Mr. and Mrs. Edward Grenadier Ms. Ilisa Griffin Mr. Matthew Grinnan Mrs. Dolly Grunthal Drs. Randall and Shoshana Haas Mrs. Bonnie Hardy Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Harris Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harris Mr. and Mrs. Alan Harrison Rabbi and Mrs. Shaya Hauptman Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hedrick Mrs. Leslie Held Mr. Steven Heller Dr. and Mrs. Bradley Herbst Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Herman Mr. and Mrs. Brian Herschkowitz John and Helen Hill Ms. Masha Hleap Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hodor Mr. Royal Holian Mr. and Mrs. Jay Holiday Mrs. Wendy Honigman Ms. Sheila Horowitz Ms. Helene Isolica Mrs. Judith Israel Mr. and Mrs. Ted Jackrel Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Leo Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jaffa Dr. Edward Joseph Ms. Sharon Juhasz Mr. and Mrs. Alan Kagan Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kagan Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kahn Mr. Jeffry Wollitz and Ms. Randy Kammer Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kanner Dr. and Mrs. Larry Kanter Mr. and Mrs. David Kasriel Ms. Heidi Katz Mr. and Mrs. Alan Katz Ms. Michele Katz Dr. and Mrs. David Katz Ms. Libby Katz Mr. and Mrs. Manfred Katz Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kaufman Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kaufmann Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kaye Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kessler Mr. and Mrs. Rudolf Kigel Ms. Simone Kilbourn Mr. and Mrs. Gil Kleiner Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kopp Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Korn Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kornhauser Mr. Yefim Brunfon and Mrs. Polina Koropova Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kossoff Mrs. Sylvia Kraemer Mr. and Mrs. Leo Kreisel Mrs. Carolyn Krestul Mr. Don Kupfer Dr. and Mrs. Ron Kushner Mr. Carl Kutlin Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Lafer Mr. Howard Laner Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Langer Mr. and Mrs. James Lawson Mrs. Naomi Lazar Ms. Jean Lebowitz and Ms. Thelma Lebowitz Mrs. Dorothy Legum Mr. and Mrs. Stephan Leimberg Dr. and Mrs. H. Ronald Levin Mr. and Mrs. Mark Levine Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lewis Ms. Suzanne Lichter Dr. and Mrs. Larry Lieberman Mr. Tyler Curl and Ms. Jessica Ligator Dr. Leonard Lipkin Mrs. Muriel Litt Mr. Mark Lodinger Mr. Herman Lodinger Ms. Sylvia Lubliner Ms. Lucille Lustig Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mack Ms. Gabrielle E. Magid Mr. and Mrs. Steven Mail Ms. Maria Mamalui Mrs. Ilana Manasse Mrs. Laura Marder Ms. Caroline Marks Dr. and Mrs. Alan Marks Mr. and Mrs. Adam Marmelstein Dr. Donald Mars Dr. Ronald Mars Mr. Ben Marsh Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Martino Dr. and Mrs. Mike Mass Mr. and Mrs. Adam McDonough Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Melamed Mr. and Mrs. Myron Mensh Mr. and Mrs. Paul Metlin Mr. and Mrs. Yosef Meyer Mr. A.J. Michaels Mr. and Mrs. Tony Milian Mr. and Mrs. Albert Miller Mr. Daniel Miller and Ms. Lior Spring Mr. Glenn Miller and Mr. Michael Miller Mr. Michael Miller Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Montagna Mr. and Mrs. Joel Morris Ms. Vanessa Morris Mr. and Mrs. Todd Morse Mrs Marlene Myers Judge and Mrs. Bernard Nachman Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Nadler Dr. and Mrs. Peter Natale Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Neadle

Drs. Steven and Tmima Neihaus Ms. Kym Newlen Mr. and Mrs. Lance Newman Mr. and Mrs. William Newman Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nied Drs. Michael and Sue Nussbaum Mr. Andrew Ocean Ms. Gloria Oehlman Mr. and Mrs. Jais Ohayon Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Ohayon Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Olesker Mrs. Donne Ordile Ms. Sandra B. Overton Ms. Marilyn Pagano Mr. and Mrs. Michael Paisner Ms. Leah Palestrant Mr. Michael Pallen Mr. and Mrs. Brian Pargman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Passink Mr. and Mrs. Michael Paul Ms. Adele Paul Mrs Evelyn Peck Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Perin Ms. Meredith Persky Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Persky Ms. Laura Platzer Mr. and Mrs. Michael Platzer Mr. and Mrs. Jay Plotkin Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Plotkin Mr. and Mrs. Richard Plotkin Mrs. Lita Poehlman Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Pollock Mr. and Mrs. Steven Porter Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Portnoy Mr. and Mrs. Jan Pozin Mr. and Mrs. Marc Preminger Mrs. Anne Presser Ms. Terri Quint Dr. and Mrs. Marco Rand Mr. and Mrs. Joel Rappoport Mrs. Cornelia Rappoport Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Raudt Dr. Harry Reinstine Jr. Mr. Edward Witlen and Ms. Marie Reitzes Mrs. Barbara Resnick Ms. Sondra Resnikoff Mrs. Marian Rice Ms. Rachael Rice Dr. Deena Richman and Mr. James Richman Mr. and Mrs. Matt Rickoff Mr. and Mrs. William Rifkin Mr. and Mrs. Skip Roach Mr. Howard Roey Dr. and Mrs. Chaim Rogozinski Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rogozinski Ms. Danielle Rogozinski Mr. and Mrs. Steven Rohan Mr. Jeff Rood Ms. Margaret Rose Mr. William Rose Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Rosen Mr. Jerome Rosenbaum Dr. and Mrs. Elliott Rosenbaum Dr. and Mrs. Sanford Rosenberg Mrs. Joan Rosenberg Rabbi Shira Rosenblum Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rosenfield

Mrs. Elaine Rosenthal Mr. and Mrs. Steve Ross Dr. Emily and Mr. Erik Rostholder Mrs. Sandi Roth Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rothstein Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Rothstein Mr. Simon Rothstein Mr. and Mrs. George Rubens Dr. and Mrs. Devon Rubin Mrs. Arlene Rubin Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ruby Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rudowitz Mr. and Mrs. Leif Rush Mr. and Mrs. David Saag Mrs. Carol Sack Ms. Daryl Sadowsky Ms. Eleanor Safer Dr. and Mrs. David Sall Dr. Rachel and Mr. Daniel Sandler Mr. and Mrs. Neil Sandler Ms. Mitzi Saul Mr. and Mrs. Mark Saye Mr. and Mrs. David Schachnovsky Dr. and Mrs. Jay Schauben Judge and Mrs. Jack Schemer Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Schemer Mrs. Shirley Schemer Ms. Amy Schemer Mrs. Frances Schemer Ms. Ilene Schinasi Judge and Mrs. Harvey Schlesinger Rabbi and Mrs. Avi Schochet Dr. Renee Scott Mr. and Mrs. Allan Sebotnick Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Seebol Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Selber Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Selevan Mrs. Mimi Selig Dr. and Mrs. Robert Selwitz Mr. Howard Serkin Mr. and Mrs. Alan Setzer Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shafer Mr. Barry Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Joel Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Steven Shapiro Dr. and Mrs. Craig Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Steven Sherman Mr. Harry Shmunes Dr. and Mrs. Michael Shumer Mr. and Mrs. Edward Siegel Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Siegel Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Signer Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Silbar Mr. and Mrs. Leon Silke Mr. and Mrs. Federick Singer Mr. Michael Smalline Mr. Michael Smalling Mrs. Joscelyne Smiley Ms. Laurie Smirl Mr. and Mrs. Avi Smith Ms. Dianna Smith Mr. and Mrs. Eric Smith

Drs. Todd and Catherine Snowden Mr. and Mrs. Eugolio Soliven Dr. and Mrs. Michael Solloway Mrs. Carole Solomon Mr. and Mrs. David Solomon Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Spill Mr. Rob Armstrong and Ms. Barbara Stafford Mr. Daniel Stein Mr. and Mrs. Martin Steinberg Mr. and Mrs. Murray Stern Mrs. Ann Stone Mr. George Strumlauf Ms. Linda Stuart Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Sugar Dr. and Mrs. Saul Sussman Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Tannenbaum Mrs. Marilyn Tanney Mr. and Mrs. Howard Teitelbaum Ms. Marion Tischler Mr. and Mrs. Marty Trachtenberg Mr. and Mrs. Jason Trager Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tromberg Ms. Esfir Tulchinskaya Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ullmann Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Van Ms. Ruth VanAlstine Mr. and Mrs. Jules Wagman Mr. and Mrs. David Wagner Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weiner Mrs. Margie Weinstein Mr. Daniel Weinstock Mr. and Mrs. Dan Weisberg Mr. Mitchell Weiss and Mrs. Gale Cohen-Weiss Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Weiss Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Weitzen Dr. and Mrs. Gary Weltman Mrs. June Weltman Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Werner Mr. Jeff Wiener Mrs. Linda Wilkinson Mr. and Mrs. Skip Willbach Mrs. Jacqueline Witte Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Witten Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Wolchok Mr. and Dr. Arnie Wolf Mrs. Carole Wolpin Mrs. Daiva Woodworth Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Wyzan Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Yahre Mr. Leon Yergin and Ms. Caryn Kenny Mr. and Mrs. Donald Young Dr. and Mrs. Larry Young Mr. and Mrs. Dana Zaifert Mrs. Barbara Zimmerman Mr. and Mrs. Barry Zisser Mr. and d Mrs. Paul Zyserman Zyse

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JCA’s 30th anniversary celebration honors past, present and future of the Jacksonville Jewish community’s common meeting ground By Jewish Community Alliance

On Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at 7:30 pm, the JCA will hold its 30th Anniversary Celebration. This event will honor the JCA’s past, while recognizing its present and secure our future for the next generation. For this exciting evening, the JCA will take trips back to 1988 and the agency’s beginnings. From there, we will journey to our present at a sit-down dinner where our evening program will remind us how the JCA has served as the common meeting ground for the Jacksonville Jewish community and beyond for the past 30 years. Finally, we will venture into the future to end our evening and imagine what the next 30 years will look like for the JCA and our community. The honorary chairs of this year’s event are David Stein, Howard Korman and Jeff Parker and the wonderful committee includes Rachel Algee, Sid Ansbacher, Ken Babby, Ben Becker, Lauren Block, Sharon Bloom, Lathun Brigman, Nicole Brown, Andrew Cantor, LaVerne Cantor, Lois Chepenik, Helen DuBow, Mary Edwards, Susan Elinoff, Matt Flagler, Adam Frisch, Sierra Frisch, Beverly Fruit, Sunny Gettinger, Kim Glasgal, Mark Green, Faye Hedrick, Allison Jacobs, Ken Jacobs, Francine Kempner, Joy Korman, Allison

Korman Shelton, Susan Levine, Jan Lipsky, Daniel Miller, David Miller, Glenn Miller, Michael Miller, Monique Miller, Mauri Mizrahi, Rachel Morgenthal, Thelma Nied, Michelle Pargman, Barbara Parker, Debbie Parker, Nancy Perlman, Jason Plaien, Kim Robbins, Jeanine Rogozinski, Nancy Rothstein, Sherrie Saag, Ryan Saltz, Leonard Saraga, Shari Saye, Sheryl Sekine, Fran Selevan, Rebekah Selevan, Jamie Shelton, Blair Sherman, Steve Sherman, Judy Silverman, Kimberly Sisisky, Michael Solloway, Linda Stein, Randee Steinberg, Michele Steinfeld, Rochelle Stoddard, Jill Stromberg, Sam Stromberg, Nadine Terk, Alison Trager, Brent Trager, Jeff Wiener, Stacie Wilf, Brenda Wolchok, David Wolf Robin Wolf, Lesley Wolfson and Chase Zimmerman. Sponsorships and ticket sales are crucial to the success of this event. This event will benefit JCA membership and programs, including senior activities, preschool, after-school care and camp tuitions for families in need. Each year, the JCA awards more than $330,000 in scholarships for children, families and senior adults. For more information regarding tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lior Spring at 904-7302100, ext. 318 or lior.spring@jcajax. org.

Discover Culture continues with an author in January By Jewish Community Alliance

The JCA’s Discover Culture: Jewish Literature, Film and Arts Festival drew record crowds last November as part of the JCA’s Cultural Arts Month celebration. Authors and presenters from across the country brought their stories to captivated audiences during eight days of cultural arts programming. This month, the JCA’s exploration of topics that touch on the broad range of Jewish experience continues with a presentation by author Abigail Pogrebin, who will discuss her novel ‘My Jewish Year’ on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. inside the Jewish Community Alliance. This ‘digestible roadmap for Jewish life’ details Pogrebin’s mission to research and observe every Jewish holiday in a calendar year. A self-described ‘wandering—and wondering—Jew’, her journey was inspired by a personal desire to understand the cultural and historical meaning of Jewish observances. Pogrebin will share her insights and reflections on these holidays and rituals. Pogrebin is an author and for-

mer producer for ‘60 Minutes’ and ‘Charlie Rose’ and she moderated her own interview series at the JCC Manhattan and 92Y and serves as the president of Central Synagogue. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, this event is free and open to the community. Advance registration is appreciated. For more information and to register, go to or contact Lior Spring at 904-730-2100, ext. 318.

Jewish community alliance HAPPENINGS january 2018 Tevet/Shevat 5778 Last Night of Ballyhoo Eat More Art

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

Vandroff Art Gallery

The work of The Society of Mixed Media Artists (SOMMA) will be shown from Jan. 4-31. The reception for this event is on Sunday, Jan. 7 from 2-4 p.m.

Classic Movie Magic

See ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 12 P.M. This is free and open to the entire the community.

Sunday Film Series

See ‘Night Train to Munich’ (1940) on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. This is free and open to the entire community.

Visit Theatre Jacksonville for this show on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. The fee is $32 and $21 for JCA valued members. Call Heather Billy at 904-730-2100, ext. 265 for more information.

Traveling Diner Dinner Club

Try your hand at making beautiful fondant creations on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 1–3 p.m. The fee is $25 and $15 for JCA valued members.

JCA Family Night at Jacksonville Icemen

Enjoy a Dutch treat dinner in one of Jacksonville’s best restaurants on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. The fee is $5; JCA valued members are free.

Join other families to see the Icemen play on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Transportation is $6 and $3 for JCA valued members. Reservations are required by Jan. 25.

Good Hearts: Little Hats, Big Hearts

Tu B’Shevat Seder and Hike

Knit a hat to donate to the American Heart Association on Monday, Jan. 13 from 1–3 p.m. The fee is $8 and $5 for JCA valued members.

Appreciate nature with a hike and Seder on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 12:30 p.m. at Mandarin Park. This is free and open to the community.

JPlay Musical Morning On Sunday, Jan. 21 from 10:30– 11:30 a.m., families with young children can participate in a fun, musical morning. The fee is $15 and $10 for JCA valued members and breakfast is included.

Oh, My Achin’ Head

Dr. Jon Repole explains how to manage migraines on Thurs. Jan. 11 from 6:30–8 p.m. The fee is $8 and $5 for JCA valued members.

Youth Flag Football

This league starts in March and a mandatory assessment will be held Thursday, Feb. 1. Call Mike May at 904-730-2100, ext. 254 for information.

Teen Flag Football

Form teams of six to eight players for 5-on-5 football starting in


March. Call Mike May at 904-7302100, ext. 254 for information.

Swim Lessons

Join one of our group lessons for youth, ages six months – 12 years, or our new adult group lessons for ages 16 and older. Call Josie Martin at 904-730-2100, ext. 240 for information.

JCA Tennis

The JCA offers tennis clinics for adults and youth, ages 3–18. Call Reggie Exum at 904-730-2100, ext. 317 for information.

Guitar Lessons

Children, ages seven and older can learn an introduction to guitar and relevant techniques. Registration is required and the fee is $45 and $30 for JCA valued members.

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JFCS invites you to cram the clothing closet in 2018 By Jewish Family & Community Services

PJ Library PJ Library, the award-winning free program for books and music is open to all families with Jewish children in Jacksonville. If your children are between the ages of six months and eight years, they are eligible. Please sign up now by going to communities/jacksonville, or calling Whitney Kuvin at 904394-5724.

The Fanny Landwirth Foundation Clothes Closet is set to open in the new Allison Stein Robbins Building in late January. The space will support infants through teens that are in need of clothing in the

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

gogue collection yourself. The Fanny Landwirth Clothes Closet further enhances the wrap-around approach to social services that JFCS provides in supporting the children and families of Northeast Florida.

JFCS educates how to handle hate through the lens of law enforcement By Jewish Family & Community Services

JFCS’ Chartrand Tolerance Education Center hosted its first ever community education event, ‘How to Handle Hate: Through the Lens of Law Enforcement’. Searching For Identity invited the Second Gen Program for an informative evening with a FBI Special Agent and a JSO Detective. The group discussed local hate group activity,


foster care system. The closet will maintain a stock of clothing for ages 0-12 and gift cards for teens to shop for themselves. JFCS is requesting new clothing for toddlers to 12 year olds, gift cards for teens, and for you to tell your friends or perhaps form a neighborhood or syna-

hate crimes, and how to respond. The Chartrand Tolerance Education Center is available for your next meeting or community event. Please email Geege Schuman for more details at gschuman@jfcsjax. org. FBI Special Agent Alex Silverstein, Stacey Goldring and JSO Detective Jeffrey Moore in the Chartrand Tolerance Education Center at JFCS following the program

JFCS Partner Spotlight: Feeding Northeast Florida By Jewish Family & Community Services

Non-profit, ‘Feeding Northeast Florida’ rescues high-quality food from retailers, manufacturers and farms that would otherwise be wasted and uses it to feed families in eight area counties. There are 283,140 people in the area who are

food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from, and more than 81,000 are children. In 2016, Feeding Northeast Florida provided 12.3 million meals to hungry neighbors through 160 agency partners like Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS). But 50.8 mil-

lion meals are needed annually to ensure that no one in Northeast Florida goes hungry. Feeding

Honor Rows JFCS’s Achievers For Life Kids are enjoying the perks of good grades at a Jaguars Game through their ‘Honor Rows’ program. For more information about the AFL program visit:

Call2Go JFCS is now using a Lyft product called Concierge, which allows JFCS to arrange rides on behalf of its clients, including the ability to schedule rides up to a week in advance. Lyft has also partnered with GreatCall, a senior-focused cell phone company, which will help seniors use Lyft without having to navigate the smart phone app. Anyone using a Jitterbug phone can now simply press ‘0’ and arrange a ride with the company. To learn more or schedule rides, please call Whitney Kuvin at 904-6609268.

JFCS Learns to Play60

JFCS kids received ‘professional’ encouragement to live active and healthy lives through the NFL’s Play 60 program.

JFCS Says Thanks to ADP!

Jewish Healing Network Become a Jewish Healing Network Volunteer at JFCS JFCS Board Member Josh Sachs organized the gift & volunteer assembly and help us fulfill the mitzvah of patio furniture for the employee break room patio at JFCS’ new HQ. of Bikkur Cholim. We need volunteers to make weekly visits or phone calls to a senior or deliver food to those who canJewish Family & Community Services not get out. For more inforExecutive Director Colleen Rodriguez mation, was honored for her two decades of please service to the local agency during call Gail a recent board meeting. JFCS has at 904had a lot to celebrate recently as it 394-5723. moved into its new headquarters on

20 Yrs at JFCS

Baycenter Rd. earlier this fall.


Northeast Florida’s work has a tangible impact, as in 2016, the Food Bank put nearly $10 million back into the local economy, saving partner agencies a collective $34.3 million in food costs. That allowed JFCS and others to invest that savings into programs helping break the cycle of poverty.

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lifecycles and business card directory Births Graydon Harold Weissman was born Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 in New York City, weighing 6 lbs., 8 oz., to parents Cheryl and Michael Weissman. Proud grandparents are Dr. Jay and Karen Wortzel of Wayside, N.J., in addition to Judy Weissman of Manhattan. Greatgrandmother is Frances Wortzel of West Orange, N.J. The baby boy also Graydon Weissman has an aunt, Amy Wortzel of Long Branch, N.J. and a cousin, Matthew Franzblau of Jacksonville.

Accomplishments Dr. Harold Baumgarten (of blessed memory), was posthumously inducted into the Florida Veteran’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony led by Gov. Rick Scott in Tallahassee in late November. Baumgarten, who passed away in 2016, was a U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and fought in the European Theater during Dr. Harold Baumgarten World War II. Following the war, he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Miami (Fla.) and practiced medicine as a Board Certified Physician in private practice in Florida for more

than 40-years, spending six years working at a local VA hospital.

Sympathies … To the family of Jeanette Newman, who passed away Friday, Dec. 1 at the age of 93. She is survived by her children Simon (Pamela) Newman, Shelley (Jerry) Linsey and Allison (Philip) Cuba; grandchildren David (Lauren) Linsey, Robin (Paul) Lafata, Holly Zanville (Ben Smilowitz), Randy Linsey, Randi (Adam) Blick, and Drew Newman; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services took place Dec. 5 at the New Center Cemetery in Jacksonville and minyan took place at the home of Simon and Pam Newman from Dec. 5-7. Contributions in Mrs. Newman’s memory may be directed to the Jacksonville Jewish Center or a charity of your choice. … To the family of Herman Lodinger, who passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, at the age of 95. He is survived by his wife Jo; children Holly (Paul) Mandelkern, Sharon (Herb) Hildebrand, Randy Lodinger, and Alan Lodinger; grandchildren Gail (Reed), Joel, Natalie, Jacob, and Sammy; and two great-grandchildren. A graveside funeral service was held Dec. 12 at the New Center Cemetery in Jacksonville. Contributions in Mr. Lodinger’s memory may be directed to the Jacksonville Jewish Center; to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402; or to a charity of your choice. … To the family of LouAnn Ralph, who passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, at the age of 86. She is survived by her son Shea; daughters Suzi (Gary) Capuano and Sheila (Richard) Bonnett; her brother Mortimer Shea Landy; grandchildren Hunter, Landy, Lemuel, and Sydney. Those who would like to express their condolences to the family can do so by emailing Shea Ralph at shear- or by mail to 4765 Riverwood Circle, Sarasota, FL 34231. Contributions in Mrs. Ralph’s memory may be directed to the Humane Society. … To the family of Anne Benjamin, who passed away Friday, Dec. 15th at the age of 87. She is survived by her daughter Mindy Einhorn, and grandchildren Robin (Pete) Selig and Michael Einhorn. Funeral services took place Dec. 18th at the New Center Cemetery in Jacksonville. Contributions in Anne Benjamin’s memory may be directed to the Jacksonville Jewish Center, or to River Garden Senior Services. … To the family of Jacksonville Jewish Center member Judy Reppert, who passed away Friday, Dec. 15th at the age of 70. She is survived by her daughter, Carrie, and to her sister and brotherin-law, Joyce and Ray Miller. Reppert was a teacher at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School and the Bernard and Alice Selevan Religious School for a total of 42 years. Funeral services took place in West Virginia the week of Dec. 17th and a memorial service at the Jacksonville Jewish Center will take place during the week of Jan. 14th. … To the family of Dr. Robert Rockstein, who passed away Tuesday, Dec. 19. He is survived by his wife Lila; children Jonathan Rockstein and Barbara Weindling; and three grandchildren, Lauren Weindling, Nicole Kotzen, and Danielle Weindling. A graveside funeral took place in San Diego, Calif. Contributions in Dr. Rockstein’s memory may be directed a hospice of your choice. To submit an item for life cycles, please email it to jjn@ Due date is the 6th of the month. For guidelines of how to write Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding or obituary announcements, go to news under “Share your news.”

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chanukah celebrations

The lighting of an ice menorah tanned fire and ice during the annual Chanukah at the landing celebration

The Temple 20s and 30s group (T3) held its annual Chanukah Party

Rabbi Rachael Bregman of Temple Beth Tefilloh in Brunswick, Ga. hosts a community Chanukah celebration

Many menorahs were seen at the T3 party which had a record turnout

Southside Chabad’s first night of Chanukah celebration at the St. John’s Town Center featured a grand menorah lighting and a special act from local celebrity, David Ferman who once was a finalist on the hit NBC show ‘America’s Got Talent’. (Right)

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adult education January 2018 Tevet/Shevat 5778

Special Events January 4th

Jacksonville Jewish Center TERRORIST COP AUTHOR TALK - Mordecai Dzikansky is a retired detective and New York City policeman who was stationed in Israel by the NYPD to be a liaison to the Israeli government. His mission: Work with the Israeli anti-terrorist police units and follow them, train with them, collect intelligence and interact with them on operational missions looking for its potential impact on New York.

January 13th

Etz Chaim Synagogue UNLOCKING THE CLOSED BOOK – with Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum.

January 20th

Etz Chaim Synagogue THE PARSHA ALIVE – With Henny Fisch. Jacksonville Jewish Center (8-9 a.m.) COFFEE & TORAH - Come enjoy a strong cup of brew, a tasty breakfast treat, and thoughtprovoking insights into the weekly Torah portion in the intimate setting of Rabbi Lubliner’s office.

January 21st

Etz Chaim Synagogue YOM LIMMUD - A Day of Exploring with the topic ‘I Know God Exists But Is He In MY Life’, with World Famous Lecturer Charlie Harary. Jacksonville Jewish Center (12:30 p.m.) YIDDISH CLUB - Our monthly meetings will held in the JJC’s Kramer Library. This is an informal group of all ages with varying levels of ability. Meet other local speakers to practice the language, or to just shmooze a bisl! We’ll listen to Klezmer music, watch

videos and films, read and speak in Yiddish, so please join the fun.

oral. Please call Lois Tompkins and reserve your spot. Classes held Jan. 7, 21, 28.

January 25th


Congregation Ahavath Chesed (6:30 p.m.) 12 QUESTIONS - A 12-week program offered by the Temple, designed to expose Jews and non-Jews alike to a Judaism that is relevant, impactful and livable. Tuition for this class is $180 for Temple members and $360 for non-members. Payment plans are available and classes, which last 90 minutes, will be held Thursday evenings. Call the Temple office at 904-733-7078 to register or for more info.

January 27th

Etz Chaim Synagogue UNLOCKING THE CLOSED BOOK – with Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum.

Regular Events Sundays

Jacksonville Jewish Center (10:15 a.m.–12 p.m.) FOUNDATIONS OF JUDIASM CLASS - Classes are held at the JJC, and are open to all, whether you are considering conversion, seeking to understand a friend or relative’s religious choices, or simply trying to go beyond your childhood Jewish education. This month’s unit is ‘Contemporary American Judaism’, and is being taught by Rabbi Merrill Shapiro. Classes held Jan. 7, 21, 28. Jacksonville Jewish Center (9:15–10 a.m.) BEGINNING HEBREW CLASS - This year’s class will be taught by Etta Fialkow covering Alef-Bet reading skills and fluency. Classes scheduled for Jan. 7, 21, 28. Jacksonville Jewish Center (10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) HEBREW CONVERSATION This new class will be taught Dr. Melvyn Cohen using the Pimsleur Method. No Hebrew reading skills are needed; the class is completely

Etz Chaim Synagogue SFASHKENAZ - with Rabbi Yaakov Fisch covering Sephardic Customs and Ashkenazic Rituals. Classed to be held Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29. Jacksonville Jewish Center (morning following minyan) MONDAY MINYAN MAPQUEST - Rabbi Lubliner takes us on a tour of Jewish cities, explaining history and current statistics of some well-known and not-sowell-known Jewish communities around the world. Classes held Jan. 8, 22, 29. Jacksonville Jewish Center (7 p.m.) TALMUD CLASS - Rabbi Lubliner explores communal responses to crisis in tractate Ta’anit. Open to all and classed scheduled for Jan. 8, 22, 29. Jewish Community Alliance (5:45 – 6:45 a.m.) MASTER’S SWIM TEAM Improve technique, endurance and aerobic conditioning. JCA Master’s Swim Team is for all ages and abilities. Contact Josie Martin at 904-730-2100, ext. 240 for information. Sessions start Jan. 8. Jewish Community Alliance (6:15 – 7 p.m.) GUITAR LESSONS - Adults, 18 and older learn an introduction to guitar and relevant techniques. Registration required and the fee is $45 and $30 for JCA valued members. Sessions held from Jan. 15 – Feb. 5.


Etz Chaim Synagogue (8:45 a.m.) JAVA FOR THE SOUL – With Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum. Jewish Community Alliance (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.) YOGA FOR PAIN MANAGE-

MENT - Join certified integrative yoga therapist Joan Ryan for this specialized yoga training. Registration is required by Jan. 8 and the fee is $60 and $40 for JCA valued members. Sessions to be held from Jan. 10 – 31.


Etz Chaim Synagogue (7:30 p.m.) NOSH AND DRASH – With Rabbi Yaakov Fisch. Jewish Community Alliance (7 – 9 p.m.) PAINTING OIL - Explore basic oil painting techniques. This is for beginner and up. Registration is required by Jan. 8, and the fee

is $204 and $136 for JCA valued members. Instructor: Jeremie Faircloth and sessions will be held from Jan. 11-Mar. 8.


Jacksonville Jewish Center (9:15 a.m.) SHALOM MEDITATION - Please join us for 25 minutes of meditation in a Jewish environment. From 9:15-9:30, we will offer some basic instruction of meditation technique and approach. Then, we will start our actual practice at 9:30 and go until 9:55 (in time for the Torah service). Classes held Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27.

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The Federation Partner Spotlight: River Garden Senior Services By River Garden Senior Services

Since 1946, River Garden has been providing an array of excellent elder care programs and services in Northeast Florida. Sponsored by the organized Jacksonville Jewish community, River Garden serves clients from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds while maintaining an environment supportive of Jewish identity and informed by Jewish values. The agency has received a solid 5-star rating from both state and federal regulatory agencies, has earned the Governor’s Gold Seal Award for Excellence in LongTerm Care an unprecedented eight out of eight times, and was recently

Gift giving program at JFCS a success

By Jewish Family & Community Services

The Jewish Family & Community Services Holiday Gift Giving program was successful again in 2017. More than 1,350 children, families and seniors were served, thanks to the generosity of the Jacksonville community. Each year, JFCS’ case managers produce wish lists for Jacksonville residents in our care to ensure each will have a good holiday season. This year, those lists included almost 1,000 at-risk children in preventative care, foster care and recently reunified families, Jewish seniors, and financial assistance clients who lost everything due to Hurricane Irma. Special thanks to: Sheri Trager Weiss, who tirelessly joined Donna O’Steen each and every day during the month of December. She and Donna aided in the success of JFCS’ Holiday Gift Giving program by inviting everyone they interacted with to participate. To Martha Lawson, JFCS Support Supervisor, who coordinated donations Florida Blue and assisted in great times of need. To ALL of the generous donors who continued to spread the word about the need until all of our families were sponsored, and to all the staff that provided patience and understanding during a busy time. Very special thanks to Leslie Brotman for spreading the word about the program, Edith Horovitz and the Martin Day Gottlieb Day School families, Goldie Lansky and the Congregation Ahavath Chesed’s congregational participation, Family Support Services of North Florida, The Salvation Army for the generous toy donation, the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation for providing tablets to more than 00 children and Shapiro Insurance for providing space in two locations for donors to drop off gifts. And finally, thank you to all the volunteers who shopped, organized, sponsored children and worked with us to make it a success – Gayle Bailys, Ellen Rosner, Lori Bruman, Nancy and Abbey Lantinberg, Eunice Zisser, Laura Bowmaster, Debra Pataky and Talie Zaifert, Haley Trager, Brent and Alison Trager and Holly Emas. The Holiday Gift Giving program provides a unique opportunity to the Jacksonville community, who otherwise would not know all of the services provided by Jewish Family & Community Services, to participate and learn about the organization. For more information about JFCS, the Holiday Gift Giving program, or to learn more about us, contact Donna O’Steen at 904-394-5714 or email

rated the no. 1 nursing home in the state of Florida by U.S. News & World Report. Little, if any, of this outstanding record of excellence would be possible without the remarkable support of the greater Jacksonville community. Every year, as a result of a population consisting of about

50-percent Medicaid residents, River Garden experiences a budgetary shortfall on the magnitude of $1.25 million. In order to maintain the highest level of qual-

ity care, River Garden must rely on year-round fundraising. The largest and most successful of its annual fundraising events is the River Garden Foundation Gala. The Gala, now in its 25th year, has indeed become one of the finest, and most anticipated, in town. It has helped educate the general community about the unique nature of River Garden, its national reputation as a model elder care agency, and what a special role it plays in the community. The friendships and partnerships that

have been developed as a result of the Gala help River Garden toward its fundraising goals year after year. River Garden is forever grateful for the continued support of the Jacksonville Jewish community, and the greater Jacksonville community at large. To help this wonderful agency continue to provide the best elder care programs and services in the state, please call Kathy Osterer, River Garden’s Chief Development Officer, at 904886-8430 or email her at kosterer@

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Tevet/Shevat 5778 Volume 30, Issue No. 7 (32 pages)

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Tevet/Shevat 5778 Volume 30, Issue No. 7 (32 pages)