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Super Sunday raises $173,381 for community River Garden Anniversary Event coming up BY SKIP WILLBACH

Director of Communications and Marketing River Garden Senior Services

River Garden’s 72nd Anniversary Day celebration will be held Sunday, March 25, from 3-6 p.m. Nan Rothstein, River Garden Home board member, will chair the day, which has become a wonderful, all-encompassing intergenerational community event. The entire community is invited to attend, and it promises to be fun for the whole family. Upwards of 500 people, ranging in age from infants to seniors, will spend time together, enjoying all that this day has to offer. “All of us are truly delighted that each year more and more people come out and join the River Garden family to celebrate this wonderful Home and campus that our Jewish community has built,” said Marty Goetz, River Garden CEO. Get ready for a delicious barbecue lunch and terrific musical entertainment. Attendees have the opportunity to purchase ceramics handmade by our residents, and the Auxiliary Gift Shop will be open for your shopping pleasure. Of course, there will be many activities to keep the youngsters entertained, including face-painting clowns, balloon artists, pony and cart rides and even a bounce house. In addition to the outdoor festivities, the annual business meeting of River Garden Senior Services will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Cohen Auditorium, when new officers and board members will be installed. We hope that many community members

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On Sunday, Feb. 4, volunteers and Federation staff gathered to participate in the annual Super Sunday phon-a-thon organized by rGEN. The phon-a-thon supports our Annual Campaign which funds vital programs and services in the Jacksonville community, in Israel and in more than 70 countries worldwide. That morning, volunteers raised an extraordinary $173,381! Our annual campaign is at $1,715,102. We could not be more grateful for our donors and volunteers who make the work that the Federation does possible! If you are interested in supporting the work of the Federation, give today.


Federation giving continues after Super Sunday On Sunday, February 4, 50 volunteers reached to hundreds in our Jewish community for the annual Super Sunday phon a thon. Chaired by Haley Trager and Ben Marsh, by all accounts the event was a success. Here is a glimpse at the results:

Dollars raised Gifts received New Gifts

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As we send this issue off to the printer, the 2018 campaign stands:

We have raised $1,715,102 We have received 838 gifts. We are ahead of last year on a gift to gift comparison by $42,050 Right now, we have $595,659 outstanding on 447 gifts.

JFCS observes dedication of Allison Stein Robbins Building By Jewish Family & Community Services

On January 21, Jewish Family & Community Services celebrated the dedication of the Allison Stein Robbins Building at 6261 Dupont Station Court East. The ribbon cutting ceremony attended by over 250 community members and friends, including the founder of the PJ Library, Harold Grinspoon, the Stein family, Block Family, community leaders and many of

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Letter from the editor: A new chapter begins for the JJN As March begins, so does a new chapter here at the

Jacksonville Jewish News. I am honored to take over as the Editor and Federation Communications Director. While there is still a lot to learn, I am excited at the opportunity to tell the story of such a powerful and passionate community. I thought this would be a great way to introduce myself to all of you who loyally read the JJN month after month. My love of all things written started when I was young. I’ve always been a fan of writing. As a kid, I would clip out things from newspapers and magazines. I even drew out my own newspapers for fun. It was my dream to be a writer. With my love of writing and storytelling, I pursued a degree in journalism at Louisiana Tech University where I worked on our college publication, The

River Garden Continued from pg. 1 will attend this meeting as we celebrate River Garden’s rich history of serving thousands of families in our community over

Tech Talk, as an editor. After graduation, I received a job offer at The St. Augustine Record as an editor and took the leap of faith to the Sunshine State. Since my move to Florida, I’ve had the chance to explore different areas of communication such as copy editing, marketing and social media. I found I enjoy telling the story of positive things going on in the world. I came to the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville hopeful that I could be a part of an organization truly making an impact on those near and far. Since my start here, I have gotten to experience an inspiring and welcoming community truly focused on helping others. As I’ve started to meet those in the community, I can

the past 72 years. The day will conclude with the highly anticipated Tombola drawing, hosted by the River Garden Auxiliary. All monies raised through this drawing directly support the residents of River Garden. The entire community is

truly say this is one of the most welcoming groups I’ve found myself around, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Sincerely, Natalie McElwee Federation Communications Director and JJN Editor

invited to attend this celebration. For more information, contact Skip Willbach at 904288-7855 or email swillbach@ River Garden residents, members of the Coves, families, volunteers and staff look forward to celebrating with you!

JJN Advertising Directory 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: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Two years ago this month, the Jacksonville Jewish News publicized the results from the Federation’s annual Super Sunday event! More than $160,000 was raised that year as compared to this year’s total of more than $173,000. Super Sunday continues to be one of our favorite traditions here at the Federation. The March 2016 edition of the Jacksonville Jewish News had Super Sunday results front and center just as it does this month in 2018.


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opinion and cartoons JJN’s Rabbinically Speaking: Can you hear me now? BY CANTOR JESSE HOLZER Jacksonville Jewish Center

Last month, Jews around the world read the following passage during our weekly torah reading cycle: And he [Moses] took the book of the covenant, and read in the hearing of the people; and they said: ‘All that the Eternal has spoken we will do, and we will understand.’ (Exodus 24:7) In Hebrew, the words “we will do and we will understand” are “naaseh v’nishma.” Some interpret this to be a basis of an ultimate faith, where action leads to understanding. A midrash on the passage (Mekhilta d’Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai 24:7) explains naaseh v’nishma through a story of Moses saying to the Israelites, “Is doing possible without understanding? Understanding brings one to doing.” The Israelites,

in turn, “did and understood,” meaning they did what they understood. So do we listen first and then act, or act and then gain understanding? I propose a third option, to read Naaseh v’nishma in the most literal sense, as “we will do and we will listen”, in partnership. We make space for change and for doing by the act of listening. We are finishing up the festival of Purim, a holiday of shenanigans, youthfulness and joy, of overcoming adversity and celebrating our freedom. There are only a few mitzvot (commandments) that pertain to Purim. One of them is the obligation to hear the reading of the Megillah- not to read, but to hear its story. We must listen so that we can remember the evils that are out there, to shout out “never again.” Even the traditional food for Pu-

RABBINICALLY SPEAKING rim, Hamantaschen, are known as Oznei Haman (Haman’s ears). In a few weeks time, we’ll gather at the Seder table to tell yet another freedom story, another tale we are obligated to tell

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so that we will “never again” be enslaved, “never again” let others endure the pain that we experienced in Egypt. Even in this moment of the Magid section, the “telling” of the story, we open with none other than the famous four questions. We jokingly encourage the youngest participant to ask “Why is this night different?” But before we get into the nitty gritty of the Passover story, we have to contemplate these questions in a serious manner. This entire season, from the receiving of our Torah, to Purim, to Passover, we are told to listen. Last week, I attended a rally

Jewish Business Network heads to the baseball field for upcoming March meeting By Jewish Network of Jacksonville

After having a record breaking attendance at February’s Jewish Business Network meeting, it’s only appropriate to keep the momentum going with another special meeting in March. Next month’s JBN meeting will be Ken Babby, owner of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp! The meeting will be held on March 9 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and will be located at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home of the

By Jewish Business Network of Jacksonville

The Jewish Business Network of Jacksonville congregated for the second time in 2018 at River Garden Hebrew Home in the Mandarin area. This seemed to be the perfect location as JBN welcomed it’s largest attendance to date. Professionals from various industries enjoyed an hour of professional networking over bagels and coffee. Special thanks to Skip Willbach and River Garden for hosting. he group meets on the 2nd Friday of each month from 8:30-9:30 a.m..Those interested in attending a meeting should reach out to Zachary Cohen at or like the group on Facebook (Jewish Business Network of Jacksonville).

to support gun safety reform. As I stood on the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol Building alongside fellow clergy and elected officials, I embraced my place in this moment. I listened to survivors from Parkland, FL speak passionately about the changes they seek in our state. I listened to the words on the posters that are all too familiar: “Never Again”; “If not now, when?” I listened to the thousands of teenagers on hand and across the state who pledged to raise their voices, ask the tough questions, demand that we listen. I listened. Now, nishma, we will listen. Our tradition compels us to listen to our youth, to hear the Megillah of their struggle and their path to healing; to hear their question, “Why will this tragedy be different from all other tragedies?” It must be, but only if we will listen.

Jumbo Shrimp. The address is 301 A. Philip Randolph BLVD. Jacksonville, Florida 32202. There will be directional signage and the meeting will be held in the wheelhouse on the 3rd floor. You will be able to park in lot P behind the ballpark on the corner of Adams and Georgia Ave., entrance will be the front gate on the corner of A. Philip Randolph and Adams street. If you’re able to join us, please RSVP to

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Local runner competes in dream race in Israel BY JILL ABEL

Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

On March 4, eight American runners from Jacksonville, Richmond, Charleston and Chattanooga will meet ten Israeli runners in Israel for the first-ever Israel Partnership Running2Gether Program. Runners from all different backgrounds - some who have run marathons and some for whom this is their first organized race will meet and spend a week together in our Partnership community of Hadera-Eiron before traveling together to Jerusalem for the running of the Jerusalem Half-Marathon. One runner in this delegation is Jacksonville’s own Rachael Rice. Not a novice to running, Rachael has run over 60 half-marathons and an impressive 9 full marathons. We had a chance to sit down for coffee a few weeks ago, and I asked Rachael about her passion for running, when it started and why she is so excited about this particular race in Jerusalem. Rachael shared that she started running because she was about 60 pounds overweight and once she had successfully lost the weight she wanted to lose, she needed to find a way to tighten up her existing skin. So, her friends encouraged her to start running. At first, Rachael only ran at night. She didn’t want anyone to see her out there. She would run for time, not distance. After a while, she tried figuring out how far she was running during her outings and couldn’t believe she was out there running 2 and 3 miles a night.

It didn’t take long for her to get hooked on running. “I enjoy running,” she said. “It’s a great outlet for me. I definitely feel the runner’s high when I am out there running.” These days she mostly signs up for races that help her raise money for special causes she likes to support. “Running also helped me find out more about my health. Through running, I learned I had Crohn’s Disease, and I also learned I had developed Colon Cancer. Without running, I might never have figured out these challenges about my health,” Rachael explained. Rachael has done well over 60 half-marathons and has completed 9 marathons in places like the Great Wall of China, Hawaii, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, Walt Disney World and the Donna right here in Jacksonville. “But this race in Jerusalem, this will bring it all back to the beginning for me,” Rachael said with a smile on her face. “It will bring me

Upcoming Jewish Javas to feature local personalities, talents

back to my roots. Running is my temple, and I find it peaceful, quiet and relaxing. It’s the time when I feel closest to God. To do this race in Israel is going to be amazing.” This will be Rachael’s first trip to Israel and while there, she plans to have a Bat Mitzvah, as well. “I can’t wait to see the places of my ancestors and go where every Jew has ever wanted to go. For me, the medal from this race will be the medal of all medals.”

March Jewish Java


Shalom Jacksonville Director

Save the dates now for the next three Jewish Javas sponsored by the Jewish Federation and River Garden Senior Services. The programs are designed to enlighten, forge friendships, encourage community involvement/connections and educate newcomers and locals about the Jewish Federation and its partners. All programs take place on the first Wednesday of every month from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Cohen Auditorium of River Garden. The morning begins with a complimentary bagel brunch followed by schmoozing and the program. Reservations are a must. Wednesday, March 7- How Federation dollars have created better lives for our Jewish brothers and sisters locally and around the world. Learn more about “The Sacred Work of Federation” from president Kenneth Jacobs and Alan Margolies, executive director. Wednesday, April 4- In com-

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March 7th 9:00-10:30 am

Kenneth Jacobs

Cohen Auditorium - River Garden (11401 Old St. Augustine Rd.)


Alan Margolies

Executive Director

Come learn about your Jewish Federation from president Kenneth Jacobs and Alan Margolies, executive director, who will speak on the impact the money raised has on improving the lives of people locally and throughout the world. In addition, they will share the details of the recent merger of the Jewish Foundation and the Jewish Federation. Don’t miss this program. *Complimentary Bagel Brunch by Reservation Only

Please RSVP to Isabel Balotin by Wed., Feb. 28th at 904-448-5000 x 1206 or

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Shlicha Corner: Happiest month of the year is coming BY SHELLY SHALEV

Community Shlicha

Shalom everyone! Taking the time to reflect each month about the upcoming month is a little gift that I value for having the JJN as my gateway to the community but also to arrange my thoughts for what’s next to come on our Jewish calendar, we are marking Chodesh (month) Adar which in this month we say “‫ןיברמ רדא סנכנשמ‬ ‫ ”החמשב‬- when Adar arrives we increase our joy. There are so many celebrations to look forward to this days, but my all time favorite is defiantly Purim - the happiest most colorful holiday, the time when all of the streets of Israel are full of happy people wearing fun and wild costumes that gives you a sense of the Israeli ethos of the year, where we are commanded to celebrate, and joy and to just love. So, what makes this month and Purim so great? In the Esther scroll, we are witnessing the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to Mordechai, Haman and King Ahashverosh - every single one of them represents a stream in our society which is being represented until this very day in our modern society.

Mordechai is a believer, he loves and respects the fact that we are controlled by an higher force that is not our own and he is not shy in showing it as a practicing Jew, Haman for the other hand is all about Humanism - we are our own god and with that being said, no religion should exist and with that he tried to find a way to annihilate the Jewish people, and then we have King Ahashverosh that is all about power and control and by promoting Haman shows he is not that clever but has a good sense of right and wrong after exiling him from Paras.

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March Jewish Java to focus on work, impact of Federation

Mindfulness meditation


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Shalom Jacksonville’s March 7 Jewish Java will feature Federation president Kenneth Jacobs and Alan Margolies, Federation’s executive director. This will be an enlightening and educational morning for Ken Jacobs all who want to learn more about the good works of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville. Ken will speak on Alan Margolies the Federation’s sacred work and the impact the money raised has on improving the lives of people locally and throughout the world. Alan will share the details of the recent merger of the Jewish Foundation and the Federation. Please join us for Jewish Java on Wednesday, March 7 at 9 a.m. at the River Garden’s Cohen Auditorium. The morning begins with a complimentary bagel brunch followed by the program.

Java Continued from pg. 5 memoration of Yom Hashoah, Tommy Cohen will share his experiences hiding from the Nazis in Leiden, Holland while separated from his parents who were hiding in Rotterdam under the stairwell in the home of a friend. A fascinating story. Wednesday, May 2- Michelle

Everyone is invited to join us for this program held the first Wednesday of every month. Jewish Java is a joint program of the Jewish Federation and River Garden Senior Services. Please RSVP to Isabel Balotin, 904-448-5000 x1206 or Money raised from the Jewish Federation’s 2018 campaign will allow our partner organizations to meet the needs of our growing Jewish community. The JCA- Jewish Community Alliance to expand services to Julington Creek and Beaches to accommodate the growing Jewish population Jewish Family & Community Services will increase services provided to more than 87 Holocaust Dr. Ken Power of Positive Aging Part 1 10am Cohen Auditorium survivors living in our community River Garden Senior Services will expand home healthcare program to allow seniors to age in their own homes. Martin J. Gottlieb Day School and Torah Academy of Jacksonville will receive money to increase tuition assistance to provide more children with a Jewish education. Additional allocations went to our local synagogues, Chabad and Youth Programs. Over $600,000 is sent to Israel and overseas to protect and enhance the well-being of Jews in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Pargman, licensed Mental Health Counselor will present a dynamic presentation on coping tools for the mind, body and soul entitled, “Tools for the Whole Mishpucha ( Family)” If you are new to the community or newly interested in getting involved, please contact the Jewish Federation’s Shalom Jacksonville director, Isabel Balotin, 904-448-5000 x 1206 or

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Hagigat HaSiddur at the Jacksonville Jewish Center By Jacksonville Jewish Center

First grade students at the Center’s Selevan Religious School celebrated a very special event on February 3 and 4, 2018. All of the students received their very first Siddur (prayer book) in a ceremony called “Hagigat HaSiddur”! Each siddur had an individualized cover, lovingly hand-decorated by their parents. On Shabbat, this group joined first graders from the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, and the entire congregation enjoyed a

few songs and prayers from the children. Rabbi Lubliner told a wonderful story, and the students joined their parents for a special blessing. Everybody enjoyed the Kiddush luncheon that followed, sponsored in part by the 1st grade families. On Sunday, the class shared their new skills and used their siddurim in school for the first time in a program for the entire Religious School. Each student was presented with Sisterhood Leagrams, a certificate, their

siddur, and a giant candy bar to make the day extra-sweet! Mazel tov to: Naomi Curl, daughter of Jessica Ligator and Tyler Curl; Ilan Ginsberg, son of Kari Ginsberg-Ducali and Humberto Ducali; Ella Homsky, daughter of Amit and Andrey Homsky; Harper Heiser-Layton, son of Rachel and William Heiser-Layton; Jack Jones, son of Meagan and Stephen Jones; Isabel Korzyniowski, daughter of Betsy and Eric Korzyniowski; and Josh Solomon, son of Amy Highsmith and Ken Solomon.

Hadassah, River Garden to host healing music event BY LESLIE HELD AND HELEN HILL

River Garden and Jacksonville Hadassah

JCA Young Concert Artists Series continues Pianist Dasol Kim to take the stage March 18 BY IMAN BYFIELD

Jewish Community Alliance

In January and February of this year, the JCA Young Concert Artists Series featured amazing performances from two amazing young concert artists. On Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m., the series continues with Korean pianist Dasol Kim at the Jewish Community Alliance. Kim is a winner of the 2015 Young Concert Artists Series. This season, he makes his debut in Washington, D.C. and New York. A sought-after soloist, Kim has performed with notable conductors, including Alan Gilbert and David Zinman. Kim graduated from the Hannover University of Music in Germany. Thanks to the generosity of the Berman Family, the Young Concert Artists Series is free and open to the entire community. In April, JCA Cultural Arts will present a special musical event featuring Stetson University professor Boyd Jones. Jones will play the complete Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach on a large, two manual harpsichord. This event is free to the community thanks to the generous support of Henson Markham. For information on the Young Concert Artists Series and other musical events, please contact Thelma Nied at thelma.nied@

Jacksonville Hadassah and River Garden Senior Services are partnering to present a program on the healing power of music. Join us on Tuesday, April 10 at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of River Garden, 11401 Old St Augustine Road. Danielle Porter, a board-certified music therapist who works with stroke, Parkinson’s, and brain injured populations will talk about her work. We will learn how music can be used to literally “nurture the spirit”, in medical settings both here in Jacksonville and through Haverut, a program started at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Those in attendance will also enjoy Danielle’s music and a little audience participation. There is no cost to attend this program, however, an RSVP is requested as refreshments will be served. Contact either Dena Grossman at or (904) 923-5635 or Laura Platzer at or (904) 2601818.

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Temple’s Confirmation class travels to D.C. By The Temple

On January 19, 2018, nine members of Temple’s Confirmation class traveled with Rabbi Matt Cohen and Temple Trustee Michelle Pargman to Washington, D.C. to attend the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism’s L’Taken Social Justice seminar. The program is designed to introduce Jewish teens from across the country to a variety of public policy issues and explore the Jewish values that inform the Reform Movement’s advocacy around these issues. In addition, the group visited the National Holocaust Memorial Museum and celebrated Havdalah at the Jefferson Memorial. Rather than visiting the Smithsonian, our teens received a pass to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars play the New England Patriots! The teens picked three issues they are particularly passionate about: Israel, reproductive rights and LGBTQ civil rights. With help from RAC staff and Rabbi Cohen, they wrote speeches on Sunday to deliver to members of Congress and Senators, and staffers on Capitol Hill. An unanticipated reality was the government shutdown. Senators Rubio and Nelson were unavailable. Rabbi Cohen reached out to Congressman John Rutherford who willingly met the group on the steps of the Capitol. After an insider’s tour of the Capitol building, the Confirmands

WRJ, Temple Sisterhood plan 25th Annual Women’s Seder delivered their speeches to the Congressman on the Presidential balcony of the Capitol. “I can find the words to describe how I felt when I read my speech on LGBTQ equality to Congressman John Rutherford on the Presidential Balcony of the Capitol. It was such an honor to have the opportunity to have my voice heard,” said Camille Perrin. Rabbi Cohen reports that whether the Conmgressman agreed with their positions or not, he listened to every word and showed the teens what civil discourse is. “I had an unfor-

gettable experience meeting and speaking to Congressman Rutherford. He generously took the time to listen,” added Joshua Jacobs. “The L’Taken Social Justice Seminar, and seeing how other Jewish teens from around the United States share the same viewpoints as I have on social justice, was very inspiring. I learned how important social justice is to Jews and who we are as a people. Just because people do not agree on certain issues does not mean that we stop communicating, says Drew Wright.

“I was so honored to have been given the opportunity to lobby on Capitol Hill and speak to Congressman John Rutherford. I also got to bond with my confirmation class like I never have before. L’Taken is an experience of a lifetime and I hope everyone who enrolls in Confirmation has the opportunity to participate,” stated Jillian Penson. Together, the teens from Congregation Ahavath Chesed fulfilled the commandment of “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof,” “Justice, justice you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20).

Rabbi Matt Cohen announces move to Galveston, Texas By The Temple

Rabbi Matt Cohen to become a Longhorn Rabbi Matthew Cohen, Associate Rabbi at Congregation Ahavath Chesed, announced that he has been selected to serve as the Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Galveston, Texas effective July 1, 2018. “It has been an honor and a blessing to serve as the rabbi at The Temple,” Rabbi Cohen explained to The Temple family. “Serving this community has enabled me to grow and evolve into the person I am today – as a rabbi, father, husband, community activist and friend. I have learned valuable lessons and acquired new skills through your love, support, guidance and insight.” Rabbi Cohen will succeed

Rabbi Matt Cohen

his friend, Rabbi Marshal Klaven, who has served the Galveston congregation for several years. The two rabbis met years ago when they were both camp counselors at Goldman

Union Camp Institute (GUCI) in Cleveland. At that time, neither planned to become a rabbi and certainly never imagined that their paths would cross years later in this way. “Our Temple family has been enriched with Rabbi Cohen’s spirit and skill which he so generously shared over five years,” announced Brian Mendelson, Temple President. “Rabbi Cohen’s music skill has expanded our understanding of the breadth of Jewish music and its influence on our worship, our spirituality and our community-building. He played a significant role in the passage of the Human Rights Ordinance, which has changed attitudes in our Jacksonville community. He has traveled to Washington, DC and to Selma and Montgomery to share his

commitment to social justice with many of our teens. Those experiences will be lifelong memories for them. When Rabbi Cohen approached the Lifelong Learning Committee with the idea of hosting a Pirkei Avot discussion group at 7:30 in the morning so that working folks might “start their day right,” there were many who thought he would be learning by himself. That was not to be as working people and retired folk, gathered to learn together. We are better for the gifts Rabbi Cohen has shared with us. We wish the entire family well as they embark on this next chapter of life.” On Friday evening, May 4, the Temple family welcomes the entire community to join together to celebrate Rabbi Cohen’s many contributions.

First Congregation Sons of Israel to host Purim celebration BY RABBI JOEL FOX First Congregation Sons of Israel

We learn from our Rabbis that when the Hebrew month of Adar enters, our joy and happiness will increase. What makes this new Hebrew month so festive? It is the celebration of Purim, the day on which we remember and celebrate the survival of our ancestors in the face of nearly being wiped out by the evil Haman. Judaism teaches us that during this time of the year, every Jew

around the world should be full of happiness and appreciation for our existence and for our many successes. Purim is also known as the Feast of Lots, a celebratory holiday that recounts the saving of the Jews from a threatened annihilation during the Persian period (539-330 BCE). We read the story of Purim from the Book of Esther, and how then Queen Esther had an extraordinary role in saving the Jewish people. You can be part of First Con-

gregation Sons of Israel’s Purim celebration as we come together as a community for the public reading of the scroll of Esther. You can come dressed in costume or pick out a costume from our in-house collection. There will be song, food, and joy on Friday, March 02 at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, March 03 at 10 a.m. Located at 161 Cordova Street in downtown St. Augustine, First Congregation Sons of Israel is the oldest synagogue in the Nation’s Oldest City.

Rabbi Joel Fox


WRJ/Temple Sisterhood cordially invites all women of the community to join us at the 25th Annual Julie R. Spitzer Memorial Women’s Seder, which will be held on Thursday, March 15. The evening begins with a Social Hour at 5:30 p.m. and the Seder follows at 6:30. The theme this year is “Women Who Tell Our Story.” Seder Co-Chairpersons are Carolyn Kantor and Karen Morse. Rabbi Julie Spitzer, who attended the Temple Religious School through Confirmation, was a woman of action. She wrote the definitive book “When Love is not Enough: Spousal Abuse in Rabbinic and Contemporary Judaism,” which was published in 1995. Through her actions, Rabbi Spitzer exposed domestic violence within the Jewish community, empowering women to overcome abuse and rebuild their lives. Sisterhood supports the effort to end domestic violence by contributing the proceeds of the Women’s Seder to Hubbard House, a comprehensive shelter for abused women and their children in Jacksonville. Over the years, Sisterhood has donated over $65,000 to Hubbard House. Your participation at the Women’s Seder carries on the tradition of action and service to the community. Using a new Haggadah created by Jean Seltzer, Sisterhood will celebrate the courageous actions of Jewish women throughout history. Accomplishments of members Hazel Mack, Temple Archives; Virginia Singer, Temple Library; and our unsung heroes, Sisterhood Bakers, will also be recognized. A light vegetarian meal will be served. Contribution levels are: $108 (Miriam), $72 (Rachel), $54 (Angel), $36 (Patron), $18 (Chai) and $9 Young Women Ages 6-12). RSVPs are required by March 8. If you are not on our invitation list, but would like to attend, please call Carolyn Kantor at 904-742-7738 or the Temple office at 904-733-7078 to make your reservation. Your check is your confirmed reservation.

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Women of Chabad attend 26th annual Kinus Hashluchos By Rivkie Kahanov

The 26th annual Kinus Hashluchos, the International Conference of ChabadLubavitch Women Emissaries (shluchos) was held on Feb. 7-12, in in Brooklyn, N.Y., commemorating the 30th anniversary of the passing of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The Rebbetzin’s yahrtzeit holds special meaning every year for the more than 3,000 women from every part of the globe who gather to learn, get advice, share stories, and reunite with family and friends. The 30th anniversary is an especially poignant reminder of how the Rebbetzin remains an ongoing role model for the

shluchos and Jewish women everywhere. Rivkie Kahanov, co-director of Chabad, here on the First Coast, who attended the convention, and one of the five executive organizers for the conference, also finds inspiration from Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka. “Her life was the ultimate example of selflessness, humility, kindness and personal sacrifice, which supported the Rebbe in his complete service to the Jewish people. Her example is as an inspiration to all.” Speakers emphasized how the Rebbetzin remains an ongoing role model for the shluchos and Jewish women everywhere. Throughout the conference, participants attended workshops

catering to their areas of expertise, including the operation of summer and winter camps, preschools, Hebrew schools, campus Chabad Houses, community Friendship Circles and more. Broader topics on tap for all include Torah study and the examination of Jewish law (halachah); advice on raising children when Chabad families are often the few (or only) observant families in town; and methods for deepening connections with local Jewish women and their communities. Women also share which events have been successful in the course of the past year, and how other programs can be added or improved. There is also a mentoring as-

pect, where women can sign up to talk with experts in specific fields for guidance and support. Among the many services offered are a resource fair, babysitting and even matchmakers available to help unite singles. Several of the local emissaries, (shluchos) attended the convention, including, Leah Kurinsky, Chabad at the Beaches, Chana Novack, Chabad of Southside, as well as Dinie Sharfstein, Chabad of S. Johns. Kahanov says she finds inspiration in the young emissaries who serve in small towns throughout the world. “They face many challenges. Their children need to be home-schooled or learn online. Together with their families, they are the Jewish life in these

communities. When I hear their stories—when I see their eagerness to learn and grow and their passion as soldiers of the Rebbe—I am uplifted and inspired.” Rivkie Kahanov says she feels blessed to have the merit to assist in this convention. “The Rebbe felt very strongly about the Kinus Hashluchos. Every year, it’s an opportunity to build camaraderie with phenomenal, dynamic women, find inspiration and leave with a renewed energy to serve our communities.” The conference concluded on Sunday evening with a gala banquet for some 3,000 emissaries and their guests, held at the NY Hilton in Midtown Manhattan.

Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue presents Annual Night of Giving BY SHERILL HERZFELD Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue

Extraordinary plans are underway for the Annual Night of Giving for Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue on Saturday, March

10. Once again, the gala board members are working on this event, which will take place at 3 Palms Grille, 254 Alta Mar Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The restaurant is located within Oak-

bridge Country Club. “Our theme this year at Beth El is Planting for our Future,” Gala Chair Tracy Aquila said. Consistent with this, the gala committee is creating a farm-totable atmosphere at 3 Palms. “It is shaping up to be another

fabulous evening with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and music,” Aquila said. The fundraising efforts include silent auctions and live auctions. All proceeds from the gala will support the Jewish community at Beth El.

The Annual Night of Giving is available to anyone in the community who would like to participate and have fun. Please contact the synagogue office at 904-273-9100 for further information on this event and all other programs.

First Congregation Sons of Israel to host Passover celebration BY RABBI JOEL FOX

First Congregation Sons of Israel First Congregation Sons of Israel, 161 Cordova Street, in downtown St. Augustine, will be celebrating Passover on Saturday, March 31. The times are listed below: Shabbat - 10 a.m. Mincha - 6 p.m. Second Night Seder - 6:30 p.m.

To make Seder reservations or for more information, call (904) 829-9532, or email Passover is celebrated each spring to commemorate the exodus of the enslaved Jews from Egypt thousands of years ago. It is a time to reflect on how fortunate we are to have the ability to celebrate our religious freedom.

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Temple members to star in upcoming production of “My Fair Lady” By The Temple

Northeast Florida Conservatory’s first show of 2018 is “My Fair Lady,” another Broadway favorite. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, the show features the witty lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner and memorable music by Frederick Loewe. Temple Chorale member Andrew Ocean plays Henry Higgins, an arrogant, outspoken phoneticist, who bets that he can change the speech of a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, so that she may pass as a lady. A cast of other unique characters rounds out the production, which is full of humor and memorable melodies. As Eliza progresses in her transition, she acquires a suitor, Freddie Eynsford-Hill, who sings

Interactive Community Passover Seder at Chabad of St. Johns By Chabad of St. Johns

Come celebrate our freedom by drinking 4 cups of exquisite kosher wine at an inspirational Seder complete with a gourmet Passover dinner and the original hand-made Shmurah Matzah. You’re invited to journey with us through the Haggadah. Sing (or learn) the traditional seder songs, stories, and spiritual insights. Bonus: throughout the evening the kids will get to open mystery boxes that will help them experience the story of our Exodus. Come with your kids. Your grandmother. And your aunt. And uncle. All your cousins. Even your grandkids. Seriously - bring your entire Jewish family tree to the Seder experience you will all remember for a lifetime! The Community Seder at Chabad of St. Johns will be on Friday, March 30. 7:15 PM: Appetizers and Candle Lighting 7:45 PM: Seder For more info and RSVP visit www.JewishSJohnsCounty. com Or call 904.701.4422 Email:

the haunting ballad “On the Street Where You Live.” Temple member Matt Miller plays this handsome, lovelorn young man. Rhoda London, whom many may remember as Yente in NFC’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” plays his mother. The show is directed by Richard Dickson, who also conducts the live orchestra, a unique feature in Northeast Florida for every NFC production. Juanelle Marshall, known to loyal fans for her costuming in “Hello, Dolly” and other NFC shows, is doing lavish costumes for the production and Jodie Jernigan is the choreographer. “My Fair Lady” dates are March 16-25 with Friday and Saturday night show times at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday show times at 2 p.m.

All seats at all shows are $20 and tickets can be purchased online at or at the Conservatory (904-3748639). It is located at 11363 San Jose Blvd. in Bldg. 200 near the Mandarin Rd. intersection. Special arrangements can be made for wheelchairs, walkers and other special needs. NFC is a nonprofit organization, which in addition to the theatre productions provides free music lessons primarily to children, but also to a few adults, who are unable to afford music lessons. As a community arts center, it is also affiliated with the Jacksonville Fine Arts Forum, National Guild for Community Arts Education, American Association of Community Theatre and other associations.

Passover enrichment class a fun opportunity for children By Jewish Community Alliance

Michele Block Gan Yeladim is celebrating the holidays with a great enrichment opportunity for children to continue the fun of learning outside of the classroom.

Passover Matzah Making is a fun, hands-on baking class on Monday, March 26 from 1:302:15 p.m. In the story of Passover, matzah represents the meager sustenance of slaves and the quickly produced food of those who make a hurried

represent freedom as the bread we ate when we were liberated from Egyptian bondage. This event is $15 and $10 for JCA valued members. For more information, contact Rochelle Golomb at 730-2100 ext. 259.

GROW After-school enrichment program continues By Chabad of St. Johns

This school year GROW After School Enrichment is running a series of innovative workshops: High Holiday Chefs; Jewish Journeys - going back in time exploring the lives of our Matriarchs and Patriarchs and other great leaders. Children get to experience the incred-

ible and rich history from its very beginning until the entry into the promised land; Team Building; and the motivational Aleph Champ-Hebrew reading workshop. GROW is designed to engage our students in the stories of the Torah through various mediums and skills including Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Theater. It’s not just

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Escape Room planned for March By Chabad of St. Johns

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gram takes place every Tuesday, 3:45 - 5:45 pm at Durbin Creek Elementary School. For more info., go to JewishSJohnsCounty. com/GROW Email Upcoming Series: Holiday Art: February 20 March 20 Team Building: April 10 May 22

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education news

New administrator named at DuBow Preschool By DuBow Preschool The Head of Schools for DuBow Preschool and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, Raquel Scharf-Anderson, has appointed Karin Hallett as the new Assistant Head of Schools for Early Childhood Education beginning in the 2018/2019 school year. Mrs. Hallett has been the transformational Media Specialist at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School for several years, and is currently also the grade-level coordinator for grades 3-5. Karin is a professional educator, holding master’s degrees from both Michigan State University and University of Tennessee, in addition to being a published author. Mrs. Hallett is excited to shift her attention exclusively to Early Childhood years for the DuBow Preschool and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School.

Students give back at Souper Bowl event BY IMAN BYFIELD Jewish Community Alliance The annual Souper Bowl of Caring mobilizes youth across the nation to take action against hunger in their communities. Michele Block Gan Yeladim has participated in this food and donation drive for several years, and in the weeks before the 2018 Super Bowl, they once again gave a hand to end hunger. For this event, Michele Block Gan Yeladim students collected canned and nonperishable food items for donation to those in need. Families were encouraged to donate canned fish, nuts, peanut butter, quinoa, chick peas and black beans, as sources of protein are often in low supply in food banks. The students decorated collection boxes for the classrooms and JCA lobby and brought in donations up until the Super Bowl on February 4. All donations were given to Feed a Needy Neighbor (FANN), a program of Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS). Michele Block Gan Yeladim students took part in every aspect of the drive, experiencing the Jewish value of compassion and helping others through the giving of tzedakah. They helped carry in the items from home and count and sort the items, which the Kindergarten class loaded and delivered to the JFCS Food Pantry. The students’ efforts were a success. As a school, Michele Block Gan Yeladim students collected 537 food items and $105 in tzedakah money.

Scholarship fund seeks to boost day school enrollment By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School A new scholarship fund has been established at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School in an effort to encourage more families to choose a Jewish day school education for their children. Established by local philanthropist Dr. Larry Kanter, the fund is available exclusively to families who are members of Ahavath Chesed (The Temple), Beth El Beaches Synagogue, as well as families who are presently unaffiliated with a synagogue. “Our school has always welcomed students from all walks of Judaism. We are grateful for Dr. Kanter’s vision and generosity in helping us get that word out. Research has established that Jewish day school education is one of the cornerstones of establishing life-long love of being Jewish in children,” says Development Director Nancy Davis. For information on Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, please call 248-4200.

Enjoy specialty options at JCA Camp Habonim BY IMAN BYFIELD

Jewish Community Alliance JCA Summer Camp offers exciting summer programming for children of all ages. For campers entering grades 3 to 6, JCA Camp Habonim provides a summer camp experience tailored to fit your child’s specific interests. Registration is currently open for the 2018 JCA Summer Camps. JCA Camp Habonim offers the unique feature of allowing the option for campers to select specialty activities from a variety of programming, including sports, arts and crafts, cooking, dance and other activities. On-site programs take place in the JCA’s state-ofthe-art facility, and off-site programs allow campers to enjoy many of Jacksonville’s most exciting and enriching attractions. This summer camp season offers some interesting new specialty options, including a filmmaking class as well as Wizard Potions Lab and Robotics taught by the professionals of Bricks, Bots and Beakers. All JCA programs take place under the guidance of trained, mature counselors and staff. Other programs include soccer, horseback riding, ice skating, fencing, kayaking, basketball and more. Specialty activities take place throughout the week, Monday to Thursday. JCA Summer Camp is offered in four sessions: June 11–22; June 25–July 6; July 9–20; July 23– August 3. Several time options are available. For more information in Camp Habonim or other JCA Summer Camps, go to

DuBow preschoolers take part in 75th birthday celebration BY FAYE HEDRICK AND HALEY TRAGER DuBow Preschool On the morning of February 1st, DuBow Preschoolers were welcomed to school with balloons and birthday tunes as their school celebrates its 75th birthday. The children gathered for a big birthday party and talked about how special it was to be at a preschool that has been around for 75 years, a place where some of their Emas, Abas, and even Bubbes and Zaides attended. They sang “Yom Huledet Sameach,” beaded bracelets

(for a special surprise at the March 18 celebration event), enjoyed yummy cupcakes and decorated party hats to ensure they knew it was an extra special day at their school. Some of the little ones even participated in an interview answering questions about the DuBow Family and the DuBow Preschool. The old adage “out of the mouths of babes” will be in full force at our celebration event on the evening of March 18, and we are looking forward to sharing some of these precious remarks with our community as we celebrate this special milestone year.

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Torah Academy supports Super Sunday By Torah Academy As a beneficiary of the Jacksonville Jewish Federation, Torah Academy is always glad to be able to give back in whatever way possible. On Sunday, Feb. 4, Torah Academy parents, students, board members and supporters came out in droves to support Federation’s Super Sunday annual campaign. With the greatest showing of volunteers and great spirit, the school once again walked away with first place in the agency volunteer contest!

Students attend Jacksonville Giants game By Torah Academy Torah Academy students and their families had a great time at the Jacksonville Giants game on January 20th. Students earned free tickets as part of the Giants “Books for Baskets” program which supports and encourages reading. It was real fun cheering on our PE teacher Mr. Tucker as he scored many points for the team. The Giants won the game by 52 points, a great win for the team and for all the great Torah Academy readers!

Day school students take part in essay contest

By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School Three students from Martin J. Gottlieb Day School have been awarded prizes in an essay contest established by the local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. The contest asked students to write about the effects of World War I on American society from the perspective of a youngster during that time. Award winners were Abigail Fixel (8th grade), Daisy Handmaker (7th grade), and Masha Bezverkh (6th grade), pictured with their teacher, Benjamin McKey.

Local author visits Torah Academy By Torah Academy

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Local Jacksonville author, Sandra Michelle Kessler, came to school to share some of her books with students in preschool through 2nd grade.

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Torah Academy hosts first history fair, living wax museum By Torah Academy On Wednesday, February 7, Torah Academy hosted its first History Fair and Living Wax Museum. Students in 2nd-8th grade researched famous historical figures, wrote essays about them, and prepared presentation trifolds depicting significant details of their lives. The fair covered several centuries of American History and included distinguished personalities such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clara Barton, Martin Luther King, and even Bill Gates! At the fair, each student dressed as his/her character and presented a monologue to parents and community members. A very special thank you to our guest judges, Sima Chefer and Iris Kraemer! Students had a great time preparing and sharing what they’d learned in this hands-on historical adventure.

Michele Block Gan Yeladim registration open for new 2018-19 school year By Jewish Community Alliance With the end of the school year quickly approaching, now is the time to think about enrollment for the fall. Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten is a leader in early childhood education in Jacksonville. For parents of young children looking for unparalleled excellence in preschool and kindergarten, Michele Block Gan Yeladim is currently open for registration for the 201819 school year. Michele Block Gan Yeladim offers flexible schedules with day and time options to fit any family’s unique needs. The highly accredited preschool offers a traditional 9-month program as well as a 12-month option, specifically designed with working parents in mind. Included in the 12-month program is the JCA’s award win-

ning and ACA accredited Camp Gan Yeladim. The school also offers enrichment options throughout the year for a well-rounded Jewish educational experience. “Along with being a highly accredited and sought-after program, we offer one-stop shopping. Children participate in a broad range of quality enrichment classes on campus including private swim lessons, sports, art, dramatic play, and many others. We do the schlepping so our families don’t have to add another level of stress to their day,” explained Theresa Levy, Michele Block Gan Yeladim Director. Registration is now open for children ages one and walking through kindergarten. For a registration packet, tour or more information about Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten, call 730-2100 ext. 235.

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Day schoolers win big at regional science fair By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School The Martin J. Gottlieb Day School is excited to report that five of its Middle School students took prizes in the Northeast Florida Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Competing against public and private school students from around the Jacksonville area, four students, placed in the area of Behavior Science: Ava Jaffa, Honorable Mention; Ariel Ohayon and Allie Bielski, Third Place; and Abigail Fixel, Second Place. In the Medical & Health Research category, Seventh Grader Anna Feig took an Outstanding Excellence Award for her project, “How Much Fat is in Your Food?” Based on number of students enrolled, the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School students garnered more awards than any other school. For more information on Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, please call 268-4200.

Torah Academy students take part in book fair

By DuBow Preschool Unusually cold temperatures this winter have led to two days of snow at the DuBow Preschool! Students and staff dressed warmly in their winter pajamas in preparation for their frolics in the ice and snow. “Icebergs” containing hidden treasures and mountains of cottony “snow” thrilled each of the classes as they visited the special wintry room. No frostbite was reported, just an exciting winter adventure at the DuBow Preschool.

By Torah Academy Torah Academy once again hosted its annual Scholastic Book Fair! Students and teachers created wish lists for themselves and their classrooms. On Jan. 25, families were invited to the book fair where they participated in literacy activities for the children and purchased books for their children, classrooms and library. Profits from the book fair are being utilized to purchase additional books for the library and classrooms.

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Etz Chaim hosts casino night-themed annual gala

A special thanks to everyone that came and supported our annual gala, we appreciate you. Thank you to Tzippy Zaguri and her superb comitee- Rena Schochet, Rachel Smith and Devora Feigenbaum for all their hard work and making the 2018 CASINO NIGHT GALA a great success.

Huggable Melodies Children’s books series

The Huggable Melodies series of books and apps with music helps children cope with normal developmental challenges. Each story, available in hard and soft cover, comes with original songs, available for free download. Picked-On Poindexter helps open the discussion of bullying. Harmonious Harlow conveys the concepts of embracing cultural and religious diversity. Drowsy Drysdale provides children with techniques and soothing melodies to help young ones get to sleep. Sniffly Sandborn is designed to comfort a child through illness. Created by two moms who are also educators and long-time friends - Denise Trager and Mary Ellen Panaccione. For more information, to order books, or to order your own plush Poindexter, please go to

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Community Hospice to host 10th Annual Kelsi Gift of Care Celebration BY JAY MAGEE

Community Hospice For nearly his entire life, 6-year-old Hayden Chadwell has received specialized care at his home in St. Johns following an anoxic brain injury two weeks after his birth that turned into a stroke. For the Chadwell family, as with many other families of children with life-limiting health conditions, around-the-clock caregiving responsibilities could easily take away opportunities for other activities that many people would regard as routine. From family vacations to grocery shopping, normal tasks and simple pleasures can be challenging when a loved one’s care is the top priority. Because Hayden receives care from Community PedsCare, the pediatric palliative and hospice care program of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, his family is eligible for respite care, which can provide a lifeline to a more normal life, when nothing else seems normal. This unique type of care allows parents, siblings and others to take a break from caregiving duties while a specially trained nurse tends to the young patient’s needs. Respite has allowed the Chadwells opportunities to visit friends, attend plays, go shopping and even schedule medical appointments. “They [respite care nurses] are the only qualified resource we have to provide compassionate care for our medically fragile little boy who is 24/7 dependent on us,” said Hayden’s mother, Toni. “We often lose ourselves in the daily grind of caring for others and neglect our own needs. This help is essential to focus on self, family and community.” Since 2007, the Kelsi Leah Young Respite Care Fund has delivered this precious gift of rest to more than 360 families of children enrolled in Community PedsCare.

Event Information 10th Annual Kelsi Young Gift of Care Celebration When: Thursday, March 8, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Where: Congregation Ahavath Chesed 8727 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32217 Admission $75 Learn more and purchase admission/sponsorship at Kelsi.CommunityHospice.comw

To honor the individuals and organizations that have made this vital care possible over the past decade to families throughout Northeast Florida, Community Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation will host the 10th Annual Kelsi Gift of Care Celebration. This milestone dinner and reception will be Thursday, March 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Chesed, 8727 San Jose Blvd. in Jacksonville. The upscale barbecue-themed dinner will celebrate the 10th

News Jax, will emcee the evening program, which will include remarks from special guest Tom Coughlin, executive vice president of football operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars. To Leslie Young, co-founder of the fund and Kelsi’s mom, helping provide this precious gift has been her family’s way to give back and honor the memory of her daughter. “Losing Kelsi was a very difficult time for us, but we didn’t realize it was also the start of a new journey,” Young said. “The enthusiasm and support of our community over the past

anniversary of the fund, established by the Young family. Their daughter, Kelsi, a former Community PedsCare patient who died in 2005, was the inspiration for the fund’s creation. It will also welcome other families who have been impacted by respite care and encourage continued support to ensure the service remains available to families in need. Dan Hicken, sports anchor at Action

10 years has exceeded our goals and expectations. We should all be so proud of how we’ve been able to assist so many families in our community.” You can help bring the gift of rest to more families like the Chadwells by supporting the Kelsi Young Gift of Care Celebration. Individual admissions are $75, and sponsorships begin at $500. To learn more about this milestone event and purchase admissions and sponsorships, please visit Kelsi.CommunityHospice. com or call Community Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation at 904.886.3883.

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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 2018 Federation Annual Campaign as of February 15, 2018. Names printed in BOLD TEAL denote a gift that was made after Dec. 15, 2017. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Abel Dr. and Mrs. Mark Abramson Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Ackerman Dr. and Mrs. Tony Adelson Mr. and Mrs. David Adler Mrs. Peggy Ageloff Mr. and Mrs. Michel Allen Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Alliance Mr. and Mrs. Norman Allison Mr. and Mrs. Howard Alterman Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Alterman Mr. and Mrs. Allen Altman Ms. Barbara Ames Mr. and Mrs. Allan Andrew Mr. and Mrs. Marc Angelo Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ansbacher Mr. Lawrence Ansbacher Mr. and Mrs. Barry Ansbacher Mrs. Sybil Ansbacher Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Appelbaum Ms. Eve Aptheker Mrs. Sandy Archer Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arnold Ms. Sara August Ms. Diana Azpiazu Mr. and Mrs. Frank Backilman Mr. Al Bagocius and Ms. Carol Doyle Mr. and Mrs. David Bailys Dr. Scott Baker and Mrs. Maureen Ruddy-Baker Mr. and Mrs. Scott Balotin Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bannon Mr. and Mrs. Martin Barna Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Barone Mrs. Rita Baumgarten Mr. Jack Bazinsky Mr. and Mrs. Ben Becker Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Becker Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Beckerman Ms. Sarah Beekman Mr. and Mrs. Jean Benjamin Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Odell Bennett Dr. and Mrs. Guy Benrubi Dr. Isidore D. Benrubi Mr. and Mrs. Prince Benyehudah Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Berger Mr. and Mrs. Greg Berger Mr. and Mrs. Ira Berger Mr. Martin Berger Mr. Daniel Bergman Ms. Danielle Berke Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Berke Mr. and Mrs. Mark Berman Mrs. Steve Bermudez Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bernard Ms. Carolee Bertisch Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bettman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Beyer Mrs. Adrienne Biber Mr. and Mrs. Abe Bielski Mr. and Mrs. David Bielski Mr. Sheldon Blattner Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Blattner Mr. and Mrs. Larry Blaustein Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bloom Generation Chiropractic Ms. Stacey Blum Mrs. Sue Ann Blumenthal 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 Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Brodsky Dr. and Mrs. Sol Brotman Dr. and Mrs. Andy Brown Dr. and Mrs. Robert Brown Ms. Alison Brown Mrs. Estelle Brust Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bubis Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Buchman Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Burke Mr. Stephen Gurne Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Burns Mr. and Mrs. Howard Buss Mr. and Mrs. Jan Butensky Mr. Leonard Cagan Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Cantor Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cantor Mr. and Mrs. Howard Caplan Mrs. Barbara Carman Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Chait Mr. and Mrs. Barry Chefer Mr. and Mrs. Allan Cheiken Dr. Colleen Bell and Mr. Craig Cherrin Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Cherry Ms. Susan Cherry Mrs. Rita Clark Mrs. Shirley Cohen Rabbi and Mrs. Matt Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Danny Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Norman Cohen Ms. Joanne Cohen Dr. and Mrs. Donald Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Jack Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Edward Constain Mr. and Mrs. Mark Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Coplan Mrs. Ellen Cottrill Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Crafton Dr. and Mrs. Richard Crovatto Mr. and Mrs. Walter Crowder Mr. and Mrs. Steven Cutler Ms. Bev Darkatsh Mr. and Mrs. Albert Datz Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Datz Ms. Joan Davidow and Mr. Stuart Glass Mr. and Mrs. Richard Davis Mr. James Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Davis Drs. Leo and Joanne Davis Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Dayan Mr. and Mrs. Jim De Arman Mrs. Lisa De Marco Mr. and Mrs. Jon DeBardeleben Mr. and Mrs. Moti Demri Mrs. Marilyn Desser Mrs. Ellen Diamond Mr. and Mrs. Scott Dreicer Mr. and Mrs. Sean Driscoll Judge and Mrs. Robert Droker DuBow Family Foundation Ms. Nanci Duchovnay Mrs. Jody Dughi Mr. and Mrs. Alexius Dyer Mr. and Mrs. Dan Edelman Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Edelman Mrs. Goldie Edelstein Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Edwards Mr. Marvin Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Martin Edwards Ms. Gloria Einstein Mrs. Lisa Eisenberg Mrs. Elizabeth Eisenberg Mrs. Marie Eisenberg Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Elikan Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Elinoff Mr. and Mrs. Michael Elkin Mrs. Fern Estner Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Farhi Mr. and Mrs. Dave Fastenberg Dr. Denise Sherman and Mr. Yakov Feig Ms. Harriet Feinglass Dr. and Mrs. Neil Feinglass Mr. and Mrs. Brian Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Edward Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Alan Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Feldman Dr. Alan Fetner and Dr. Mary Hartigan Dr. and Mrs. Michael Fetner Drs. Howard and Dina Fetner Ms. Gaye Feuer Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Fields Ms. Anna Finelt Mr. and Mrs. Neal Finkelstein Rabbi and Mrs. Yaakov Fisch Ms. Cheryl Fisch Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Fischer Mr. and Mrs. Ben Fishman Mr. and Mrs. Myron Flagler Mr. and Mrs. Martin Flamm Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fleet Ms. Bobbie Fost Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Fox Ms. Sarah Fraden Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Franzblau Mr. Matthew Franzblau Ms. Ariel Frechtman Mr. and Mrs. Michael Freedman Mrs. Marilyn Freedman Dr. and Mrs. Michael Freeman Dr. and Mrs. Marc Freeman Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Friedman Mr. and Mrs. Steven Friedman Mr. and Mrs. Adam Frisch Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Frohman Judge Jerry Funk Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furman Mr. and Mrs. Oren Gahanian Mrs. Helena Gandell Mr. and Mrs. Harold Garber Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gare Ms. Nicola Garner Mrs. Zelda Gartner Mr. and Mrs. Simon Garwood Mr. Victor Gaukhman Mr. and Mrs. Larry Geller Mr. Sheldon Gendzier and Ms. Estelle Kritz Mr. and Mrs. Gary Gendzier Mrs. Alois Gendzier Mrs. Sunny Gettinger Judge and Mrs. Marvin Gillman Mr. John Gilmore and Ms. Amy Grass-Gilmore Mr. and Mrs. Marc Gladstone Mr. Peter Levy and Ms. Kim Glasgal Mr. and Mrs. Martin Goetz Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Goldberg Mrs. Patricia Goldberg Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Golden Ms. Lauren Goldenberg Dr. Bruce Goldfeder Mr. and Mrs. Ira Goldfield Mr. David Golding and Ms. Leslie Carmel Mrs. Irma Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Jack Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Karl Goldman Mr. Alan Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Goldman Mr. Kenneth Goldman Dr. and Mrs. Roy Goldman Mr. and Mrs. David Goldman Mrs. Hilda Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Marty Goldmintz Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goldsmith Ms. Bea Goldsmith Ms. Janet Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Allen Goldstein Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Goldstein Mr. Harvey Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. David Goodman Mrs. Gloria Goodman Mr. Jonathan Goodman Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell Gordon Mrs. Naomi Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Goshen Gottlieb Family Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Gottlieb Mr. and Mrs. Chris Gould Mr. and Mrs. John Grado Dr. and Mrs. Brett Gratz

Dr. and Mrs. Alvin Green Mr. and John Barrett Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Greenblum Dr. and Mrs. Michael Greenburg Dr. Melinda Greenfield Mr. and Mrs. Paul Greenfield Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Greenfield Mr. and Mrs. Joel Greenhut Mr. Gerald Greenspoon Ms. Gari Greenwald Dr. and Mrs. Earl Greenwald Mr. and Mrs. Edward Grenadier Ms. Ilisa Griffin Mr. and Mrs. James Grinnan Mr. Matthew Grinnan Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan Gross Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Arnold Mr. Michael Grossman Mrs. Roslyn Grossman Mrs. Dolly Grunthal Mr. and Mrs. Scott Gutterman Drs. Randall and Shoshana Haas Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Haile Mr. and Mrs. Greg Hall Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Halpern Mrs. Cynthia Handmaker Mrs. Bonnie Hardy Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Hare Mr. and Mrs. Gary Harlow Dr. and Mrs. Alan Harris Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Harris Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harris Mr. and Mrs. Alan Harrison Rabbi and Mrs. Shaya Hauptman Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hayflick Mrs. Sonie Hecht Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hedrick Mrs. Leslie Held Mr. Steven Heller Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Helming Dr. and Mrs. Bradley Herbst Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Herman Mr. and Mrs. Brian Herschkowitz Mr. and Mrs. Ken Hilbert Mr. John Nelson and Ms. Murren Hill John and Helen Hill Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hirsch Ms. Masha Hleap Ms. Masha Hleap Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hodor Mr. Royal Holian Mr. and Mrs. Jay Holiday Hazzan and Mrs. Jesse Holzer Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Holzer Mr. and Mrs. David Honig Mrs. Nancy Honig Mrs. Wendy Honigman Ms. Sheila Horowitz Mr. Arthur Hurwitz Ms. Janet Healy and Mr. Charles Hyman Ms. Helene Isolica Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Israel Mrs. Judith Israel Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jaben Dr. and Mrs. Ira Jackler Mr. and Mrs. Ted Jackrel Mr. and Mrs. George Jackson Mr. Marc Jackson and Ms. Ann Tiefenthaler Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jacobs Mr. Darryl Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. Sam Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. Leo Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Jaffa Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jaffa Mr. Larry and Mrs. Barbara Jaffa Mr. and Mrs. James Jaffa Mr. and Mrs. Jon Jagodinski Ms. Anita Jarrett Mrs. Lorraine Jenkins Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Jolles 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 Mrs. Barbara Karsin 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 Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Kaunitz Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kaye Mrs. Barbara Kazin Mr. and Mrs. Jason Smith Ms. Sharon Kenner Rabbi and Mrs. Dov Kentof Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kersun Judge and Mrs. Morton Kesler Ms. Sharon Kesler Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kessler Mr. and Mrs. Rudolf Kigel Mr. and Mrs. David Kight Ms. Simone Kilbourn Ms. Ida Kirsner Dr. and Mrs. Garry Kitay Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Klausner Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kleiman Mr. and Mrs. William Klein Mr. and Mrs. Gil Kleiner Ms. Janice Knack Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kopp Mr. and Mrs. Howard Korman Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Korn Mrs. Annetta Kornblum Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kornhauser Mr. Yefim Brunfon and Mrs. Polina Koropova Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kossoff

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kraemer Mrs. Sylvia Kraemer Dr. and Mrs. Alan Krantz Mr. and Mrs. Leo Kreisel Mrs. Carolyn Krestul Ms. Ann Kristal Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Kuhbander Mr. Don Kupfer Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kurtz Dr. and Mrs. Ron Kushner Mr. Carl Kutlin Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Lafer Mr. Howard Laner Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Langer Mrs. Sonya Lasris Mr. and Mrs. James Lawson Mrs. Naomi Lazar Mr. and Mrs. Eric Leach Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Leach Mr. and Mrs. Edward Leader Ms. Jean Lebowitz and Ms. Thelma Lebowitz Mrs. Dorothy Legum Ms. Sybil Lehr Mr. and Mrs. Stephan Leimberg Ms. Tilde A. Lerman Dr. and Mrs. Eli Lerner Drs. Jeff and Ilene Levenson Dr. and Mrs. H. Ronald Levin Mrs. Eileen Levine Ms. Robin Levine Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell Levine Ms. Stefanie Levine Mr. and Mrs. Mark Levine Mr. and Mrs. Kal Levinson Mr. Alan Levinson Mr. and Mrs. Don Levinson Ms. Carol Levitan Levy Memorial Fund Mrs. Phyllis Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lewis Ms. Suzanne Lichter Ms. Karen Lidsky Dr. and Mrs. Larry Lieberman Mr. Tyler Curl and Ms. Jessica Ligator Dr. Leonard Lipkin Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Lipsky Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lissner Mrs. Muriel Litt Mr. Mark Lodinger Mr. Herman Lodinger Mr. and Mrs. Alan Loeser Ms. Rhoda London Ms. Sylvia Lubliner Drs. Robert and Anne Lufrano Mrs. Betty Lustig Ms. Lucille Lustig Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mack Ms. Gabrielle E. Magid Mr. and Mrs. Steven Mail Mr. and Mrs. Leonardo Maiman Mrs. Raquel Maiman Ms. Maria Mamalui Mrs. Ilana Manasse Mrs. Laura Marder Mrs. Marilyn Margol Mr. and Mrs. Alan Margolies Mr. and Mrs. Adam Marko Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Marks Ms. Caroline Marks Dr. and Mrs. Alan Marks Mr. and Mrs. Adam Marmelstein Dr. Donald Mars Dr. Ronald Mars Mr. Ben Marsh Mr. and Mrs. Bob Marshak Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Martino Dr. and Mrs. Mike Mass Mrs. Deinya Mautz Mrs. Charlotte Mayo Mr. and Mrs. Adam McDonough Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Melamed Mr. and Mrs. Walter Menaged Mr. and Mrs. Myron Mensh Mr. and Mrs. Paul Metlin Mr. and Mrs. Yosef Meyer Mr. A.J. Michaels Mr. and Mrs. Barry Michelson Mr. Alex Migdall Mr. and Mrs. Tony Milian Mr. Matthew Miller 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. Alan Mizrahi Mr. and Mrs. Steven Mizrahi Mrs. Judy B. Mizrahi Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mizrahi Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Montagna Dr. and Mrs. Craig Morgenthal Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Morris Mr. and Mrs. Joel Morris Ms. Vanessa Morris Mr. and Mrs. Todd Morse Ms. Geri Myers Mrs Marlene Myers Judge and Mrs. Bernard Nachman Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Nadler Dr. and Mrs. Peter Natale Ms. Melissa Neadle Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Neadle Drs. Steven and Tmima Neihaus Ms. Kym Newlen Mr. and Mrs. Robert Newman Mr. and Mrs. Lance Newman Mr. and Mrs. William Newman Mr. and Mrs. Michael Nicotra Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nied Drs. Michael and Sue Nussbaum Mr. Andrew Ocean Ms. Gloria Oehlman Mr. and Mrs. Jais Ohayon Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Ohayon Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Olesker Mrs. Donne Ordile

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Organes Ms. Allysondra Osborne Mr. and Mrs. Morrie Osterer Ms. Sandra B. Overton Ms. Marilyn Pagano Mr. and Mrs. Michael Paisner Ms. Leah Palestrant Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Palevsky Mr. Michael Pallen Mrs. Francine Parfitt Mr. and Mrs. Brian Pargman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Passink Mr. and Mrs. Herman Paul Mr. and Mrs. Michael Paul Ms. Adele Paul Mrs Evelyn Peck Mr. and Mrs. Mark Penson Mrs. Sophia Pentel Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Perin Mr. and Mrs. Donald Perlin Dr. and Mrs. Morton Perlman Ms. Meredith Persky Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Persky Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Peters Ms. Laura Platzer Mr. and Mrs. Michael Platzer Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Plaut Mr. and Mrs. Jay Plotkin Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Plotkin Mr. and Mrs. Richard Plotkin Mrs. Lita Poehlman Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pollan Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Pollock Dr. Judy and Mr. Ronel Poppell Mr. and Mrs. Steven Porter Mrs. Phyllis Portnoy Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Portnoy Mr. Jan Pozin Mr. and Mrs. Marc Preminger Mrs. Anne Presser Mr. Bradley Preuss Mr. and Mrs. Ron Price Ms. Terri Quint Dr. and Mrs. Marco Rand Mrs. Laura Rappaport-Spector Mr. and Mrs. Joel Rappoport Mrs. Cornelia Rappoport Dr. Todd Rasner and Dr. Inbal Cohen-Rasner Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Rauchwarger Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Raudt Mr. Melvin Redmond Rein Family Dr. Harry Reinstine Jr Mr. Edward Witlen and Ms. Marie Reitzes Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Resnick Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Resnick Mrs. Barbara Resnick Ms. Sondra Resnikoff Mr. and Ms. Ronald Rettner Ms. Karen Rettner Mrs. Marian Rice Ms. Rachael Rice Dr. Deena Richman and Mr. James Richman Mrs. Ina Richter Mr. and Mrs. Matt Rickoff Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Rideman Mr. and Mrs. William Rifkin Mrs. Toby Ringel Dr. and Mrs. Harris Rittenberg Mr. and Mrs. Skip Roach Mr. and Mrs. David Robbins Mrs. Linda Rodman Mr. Howard Roey Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rogove Ms. Danielle Rogozinski Dr. and Mrs. Abe Rogozinski Dr. and Mrs. Chaim Rogozinski Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rogozinski Mr. and Mrs. Steven Rohan Mr. Jeff Rood Mr. and Mrs. Don Rosborough Ms. Margaret Rose Mr. William Rose Mr. Paul E. Rosen Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Rosen Dr. and Mrs. Elliott Rosenbaum Mr. Jerome Rosenbaum Dr. and Mrs. Sanford Rosenberg Mrs. Joan Rosenberg Mrs. Janet Rosenblatt Mrs. Stacia Rosenblum Rabbi Shira Rosenblum Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rosenfield Mrs. Elaine Rosenthal Mr. and Mrs. Alan Rosner Mr. and Mrs. Steve Ross Dr. Emily and Mr. Erik Rostholder Ms. Hilary Rotenberg Dr. and Mrs. Neal Roth Mrs. Sandi Roth Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell Rothstein Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rothstein Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Rothstein Mr. Simon Rothstein Mr. and Mrs. George Rubens Ms. Nancy Rubenstein Dr. and Mrs. Devon Rubin Mrs. Arlene Rubin Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ruby Mrs. Shirley Rudnick Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rudowitz Mr. and Mrs. Leif Rush Mr. Joseph Rutansky Mr. and Mrs. David Saag Mrs. Carol Sack Ms. Daryl Sadowsky Ms. Eleanor Safer Ms. Bess Saliman Dr. and Mrs. David Sall Mr. and Mrs. Neil Sandler Dr. Rachel and Mr. Daniel Sandler Ms. Mitzi Saul Mr. and Mrs. Mark Saye Mr. and Mrs. David Schachnovsky Dr. and Mrs. Michael Scharf Mr. and Mrs. Eric Anderson


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Super Sunday award winners: 1st Place: Torah Academy 2nd Place: Martin J. Gottlieb Day School Most Volunteers in Costume: Torah Academy

A big thank you to all of our SUPER volunteers! Sarah Beekman

Kim Glasgal

Andrea Mail

Emma Pulley

Harry Shapiro

Nicole Brown

Karl Goldman

Jasmine Mail

Colleen Rodriguez

Rachel Shyken

Benjamin Davis

Cynthia Handmaker

Sabrina Mail

Jeff Rood

Avi Smith

Lily Davis

Yocheved Hauptman

Zoe Mail

Elliott Rosenbaum

Lon Smolensky

Nancy Davis

Leora Holzer

Ben Marsh

Emily Rosenbaum

Sara Smolensky

Laura Evans

Ken Jacobs

Matt Miller

Racquel Scharf-Ander-

Faigy Stollwerk

Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum

Andrew Jaffa

Robin Morris


Haley Trager

Henny Fisch

Iris Kraemer

Susan Natale

Geege Schuman

Kathy Wohlhuter

Yaakov Fisch

Mark Kraemer

Michelle Pargman

Zachary Schwartz

Nicola Garner

Stefanie Levine

Jennifer Plotkin

Barry Shapiro

The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville donors continued from pg. 16 Dr. and Mrs. Jay Schauben Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Scheer Mr. and Mrs. William Schemer Judge and Mrs. Jack Schemer Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Schemer Mrs. Shirley Schemer Ms. Amy Schemer Mrs. Frances Schemer Ms. Ilene Schinasi Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Schlackman Judge and Mrs. Harvey Schlesinger Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schneider Rabbi and Mrs. Avi Schochet Mrs. Laura Schulman Dr. Renee Scott Mr. and Mrs. Allan Sebotnick Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Seebol Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sekine Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Selber Selevan Family Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Selevan Mrs. Mimi Selig Dr. and Mrs. Robert Selwitz Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Serkin Mr. Howard Serkin Setzer Family Dr. and Mrs. Barry Setzer Mr. and Mrs. Michael Setzer Mr. and Mrs. Alan Setzer Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shafer Mr. and Mrs. Mark Shainbrown Mr. Barry Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Joel Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Steven Shapiro Dr. and Mrs. Craig Shapiro

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shenkman Mr. and Mrs. Steven Sherman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shieldhouse Mr. and Mrs. Josh Shilts Mr. Harry Shmunes Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shorstein Mr. and Mrs. David Shuman Dr. and Mrs. Michael Shumer Dr. and Mrs. Jules Sidle Mr. and Mrs. Edward Siegel Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Siegel Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Signer Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Silbar Mr. and Mrs. Allen Silberman Mr. and Mrs. Leon Silke Mrs. Cynthia Silverberg Mr. and Mrs. Gary Silverfield Ms. Barbara Berlin and Mr. Robert Silverman Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Silverman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Singer Mr. and Mrs. Federick Singer Mrs Carole Sinoff Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sisisky Mr. and Mrs. Adam Skala Mrs. Irene Sloat 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 Mr. and Mrs. Lon Smolensky Drs. Todd and Catherine Snowden Mrs. Phyllis Sohn

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Soilson Mr. and Mrs. Eugolio Soliven Dr. and Mrs. Michael Solloway Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Solomon Mrs. Carole Solomon Mr. and Mrs. David Solomon Mr. and Mrs. David Spencer Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Spill Mrs. Elaine Stack Mr. Rob Armstrong and Ms. Barbara Stafford Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Stark Mr. and Mrs. David Stein Ms. Ruth Stein Mr. Daniel Stein Mr. and Mrs. Martin Steinberg Ms. Talia Steiner Mr. and Mrs. Murray Stern Ms. Adele Stewart Mr. Richard Margulies and Mrs. Karen Stone Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Stone Mrs. Bernice Stone Mrs. Ann Stone Dr. and Mrs. Richard Stromberg Mr. George Strumlauf Ms. Linda Stuart Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Sugar Dr. and Mrs. Saul Sussman Dr. Millie and Mr. Edward Tannen Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Tannenbaum Mrs. Marilyn Tanney Mr. and Mrs. Howard Teitelbaum Mr. Larry Teitelman Ms. Marion Tischler Dr. Karen Toker

Mr. and Mrs. Marty Trachtenberg Trager Family Mr. and Mrs. Jason Trager Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tromberg Ms. Esfir Tulchinskaya Mrs. Carol Turbow Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ullmann Mr. and Mrs. Sean Valliere Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Van Ms. Ruth VanAlstine Mr. and Mrs. David Vandroff Mrs. Dot Verstandig Mr. and Mrs. Vladimir Voloshin Mr. and Mrs. Jules Wagman Mr. and Mrs. David Wagner Mr. and Mrs. Sumner Waitz Mr. and Mrs. Ilan Wajsman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wallman Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Ware Mr. Michael Waskew and Ms. Elsa Mitschele Drs. Paul and Marte Wasserman Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Weihnacht Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weiner Mrs. Renee Weinstein Mrs. Margie Weinstein Mr. Daniel Weinstock Mr. and Mrs. Dan Weisberg Dr. and Mrs. David Weiss 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 Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wilkinson Mrs. Linda Wilkinson Mr. and Mrs. Skip Willbach Mrs. Dottie Wilson Ms. Grace Wilson Mrs. Hylda Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Witt Mrs. Jacqueline Witte Ms. Carole Witten Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Witten Ms. Kathy Wohlhuter Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Wolchok Mr. and Mrs. David Wolf Mr. and Dr. Arnie Wolf Mrs. Carole Wolpin Mr. and Mrs. Howard Wolpoff Mrs. Daiva Woodworth Mrs. Marjorie Wyzan 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. Elissa Ziemba Mr. Bradley Zimmerman Dr. and Mrs. Rod Zimmerman Zimmerman Family Mrs. Barbara Zimmerman Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Zisser Mr. Jonathan Zisser Mr. and Mrs. Barry Zisser Mr. Daniel L. Zucker Mr. and Mrs. Paul Zyserman

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Joe Marx

Jewish Community Advocate

Since moving to St Augustine from Long Island, NY, Joe



New local Jewish Genealogy group off to a successful start BY ISABEL BALOTIN Shalom Jacksonville

L-R Edwin Safer, Bernie Grossman, Marla Westberg, Mitch Gordon shared their genealogy research stories and anecdotes to over 70 people at the February meeting Jewish Genealogy Society of NEFL. The program was co- hosted by Federation’s Shalom Jacksonville and River Garden Senior Services. For more information join our FaceBook group called “Jewish Genealogy Society of Northeast Florida”, or email Marla Westberg, or

and his lovely wife, Andi, have been involved not only with Temple Bet Yam, but in the St. Augustine community as well. Joe is very involved with many of the activities at TBY; among them as a member of the choir and participant in fund raising activities. As a member of the Board for many years, he has held top level positions such as Treasurer, Vice-President, and President. Since 2015, he and Andi have chaired the Social Justice committee. Wherever there is a need, Joe is always willing to help out, and as he has explained, he feels perfectly suited to be involved

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in the Temple’s social justice activities since it ties in so closely to his involvement in similar activities in the community. Joe and Andi and the Social Justice Committee interact with the St. Augustine community in several ways, such as collecting food for the St. Francis House food bank and serving with a local church monthly for the town’s Dining with Dignity program to prepare meals for those in need. From its founding, Joe has been active in the St. Augustine Interfaith Community (SAIC), which yearly presents a community-wide Thanksgiving program and an interfaith seder. He also chairs the St. Augustine Film Society, which presents monthly foreign or indie films, often

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. shown at the Temple, but open to the entire community. Joe’s schedule would exhaust most people, but he also finds time to participate in a weekly beach volley ball game and chair a community play-reading club. He and Andi enjoy an occasional trip North to visit with their daughters and families.

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International Women’s Day to be Celebrated at the JCA BY DORRI KRAUS

Jewish Community Alliance International Women’s Day has been celebrated worldwide for over 100 years. Originally gaining momentum in the early 1900s in support of the suffrage movement, International Women’s

Day continues to support women with a specific focused on gender parity issues. This year on March 8 at 7 p.m., the JCA’s J institute is taking up the cause with What It Takes to be Great!, a program featuring three of Jacksonville’s most prominent female entrepreneur philanthro-

pists. These women have shown how to work hard, overcome fear and to commit to things about which they care. Join the JCA as to welcome former president of the WNBA, Jewish Sports Hall of Famer, founder of Generation W and sports executive Donna Orender;

three-time Olympic gold medalist, Sports Hall of Famer, civil rights attorney and founder of Champion Women Nancy HogsheadMakar; and journalist, former TV news anchor, deputy director of communications for the mayor and the city of Jacksonville, community liaison for DaVita Kidney

Care and public relations executive Angela Spears. This program is open to the community. Reservations are required by March 5. The fee to attend is $8 and $5 for JCA valued members. To register, visit or call 904-730-2100 ext. 228.

JCA Launches Legacy Campaign

JCafé Family Day at MOSH March 18 By Jewish Community Alliance Michele Block Gan Yeladim JCafé offers cultural arts family experiences for families with young children. On Sunday, March 18, from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., JCafé will head to the Museum of Science and History for an exclusive, hands-on event. JCafé Family Days takes families on location to various partner organizations for programs that extend the school’s unique curriculum allowing parents to participate in meaningful ways in their children’s learning experiences. This quality, culturally-enriching opportunity is educator led and includes a tour, special activities, planetarium visit and kosher picnic snack. The community is invited, and registration is requested by March 16. The fee to attend is $15 per family. JCA valued member families are $10. For more information on Michele Block Gan Yeladim JCafé Programming, contact Rochelle Golomb at 730-2100 ext. 259.

By Jewish Community Alliance On Saturday, February 24, the JCA celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a milestone event recognizing its past, honoring its present and securing its future. The event marked the kickoff of the JCA’s Legacy Giving campaign with the announcement of the Sol and Hilda Goldman Memorial Endowment for Early Childhood and Camp Scholarships at the Jewish Community Alliance.

Sol Goldman was a longtime member of the JCA who enjoyed seeing children in the JCA’s preschool and summer camp programs learn and play in the gymnasium and playgrounds when he was onsite working out in the fitness center. Having no children of his own, Sol chose to leave his legacy at the JCA with a gift of more than $3.5 million. The earnings from this gift will be used to establisha trust which will provide scholarship support for

“promising, worthy, talented, industrious, needy and deserving enrollees in the Jewish Community Alliance Early Childhood and Camp Programs, for the purpose of defraying, in whole or in part, their costs.” With this gift, Sol ensures that thousands of children will be able to benefit from the JCA’s outstanding children’s programs. He has truly left his legacy on the JCA and in Jacksonville that will live on for years to come. What will your legacy be?

Is there a program, project or event at the JCA that has captured your heart? Help make a difference to preserve our community for the future and secure the JCA for the next 30 years and beyond. For more information on becoming a member of the JCA’s Legacy Society, go to or contact Lior Spring at ext. 318. We will work with you to develop a strategy that fulfills both your charitable goals and financial needs.

Jewish community alliance HAPPENINGS March 2018/Sh’vat Adar 5778

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

Vandroff Art Gallery

The works of Jim and Mimi Pearce will show from March 1 to 28. The reception for this exhibit is on March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Sunday Film Series

See Cecile B. DeMille’s legendary film, Samson and Delilah (1946), on March 18 at 2 p.m.

Classic Movie Magic

See The African Queen, featuring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn on Thursday, Mar. 20 at 12 p.m. This is free to the community.

Teen Flag Football

Form teams of six to eight players for 5-on-5 flag football on Sundays at 3 – 7 p.m. from March 18 to May 13. The fee is $120 and $80 for JCA valued members.

JCA PAC: Willy Wonka, Jr. JCA School Year Swim JCA Performing Arts for Children Team presents this classic on March 4 and 11 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $7 and sold at the door only.

Youth Flag Football

Practice is on Sundays from 3 – 7 p.m. from March 18 to May 13. The fee is $120 and $80 for JCA valued members. Call Mike at ext. 254 for information.

Youth, ages 5 – 18, can participate in these swim teams from March 1 to 29. Contact Josie at ext. 240 for more information.

JV Makos Swim Team

Israeli MMA

This beginners program starts in June and features elements of Krav Maga. The fee is $105 and $60 for JCA valued members.


The JCA offers fencing for youth and adults from March 28 to May 16. The fee is $210 and $140 for JCA valued members.

JCA Tennis

The JCA offers tennis clinics and

Youth, ages 4 – 6, can participate in this swim team from March 5 to 28. Contact Josie at ext. 240 for information.


private lessons for players of all ages and skill levels. Contact Reggie at ext. 317 for information.

Israel Independence Ride

Show your Israel pride for Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) in this special, themed indoor cycling class on Sunday, April 15 at 10 a.m. This is free for JCA valued members only.

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JFCS Wins CMO of the Year By Jewish Family & Community Services

PJ Library

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


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

Jewish Family & Community Services was honored as Case Management Organization of the year by Family Support Services of North Florida on January 30, 2018. JFCS has received this prestigious award twice in the

Welfare departments for their hard work with the families we serve,” said Executive Director, Colleen Rodriguez. “The case managers love their children, work with scared parents and advocate every day in a way that saves lives.” Kudos for a job well done!

OneJax event features local leaders On January 16, 2018, local leaders, including our very own Executive Director Colleen Rodriguez, were asked by OneJax to host and participate in a community dinner at the Ramallah Club. The dinner and 90-minute discussion consisted of 18 people from diverse backgrounds who were asked to discuss their opinions on topics such as immigration, inclusion

See ONEJAX, p. 26

Jewish Educational Loan Fund Now Accepting Applications Applications for Jewish Educational Loan Fund’s (JELF) interest-free loans for higher education (college, graduate school and vocational programs) are available to Jewish students in the Jacksonville area for the 2018-19 school year, in partnership with Jacksonville Jewish Family & Community Services. JELF grants need-based, “last dollar” financing, meaning that

JELF provides the final dollars that bridge the gap between a student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school. To qualify, applicants must be: • Enrolled full-time in a program leading to a degree or certificate at an accredited U.S. institution, • A U.S. citizen or have lawful immigration status, and

• Able to demonstrate financial need (2017 FAFSA application required). In 2017, JELF granted $1,000,046 in interest-free last-dollar loans to 276 students across its five-state region. They are proud to serve students in the Jacksonville Jewish community. For more information, go to or email rglevin@



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.

last three years, making the organization the highest performing child services agency in both Duval and Nassau counties. “We are one of five organizations contracted by FSS to provide child welfare and case management services to local foster children and I would like to congratulate our Child


As we age, so do our needs and support systems. Our caring staff and network of professionals can help you or a loved one adjust in a variety of ways by: • creating a personalized care management plan • assisting with meal deliveries and transportation • optimizing government and insurance benefits • providing emotional support

A division of Jewish Family & Community Services

Visit or call 904-394-5728 to learn more.

JFCS Board Focus: Stephen Goldman Stephen Goldman was born and raised in Jacksonville to a family very committed to supporting the Jewish community. He graduated from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in Stephen Goldman Finance and a Masters degree in Business Administration. Stephen has served in board positions at the Jewish Community Alliance, Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Jewish Center, and he is the President-elect at Jewish Family & Community Services. In addition to his leadership at local Jewish agencies, Stephen also supports other agencies in the broader Jacksonville community, including Leadership Jacksonville, United Way, University of Florida Foundation, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Vision. Stephen has been working at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for the past 32 years. He currently serves as Sr. Vice President in Commercial and Investment Banking and provides strategic financial advice to CEOs and CFOs of large private and publicly traded companies in northeast Florida. Stephen is married to the lovely Jackie Goldman, President and Owner of Puzzles Plus, Inc. They have two sons, Andrew, an Equity Analyst in New York City, and Alec, a business development professional in Miami. Stephen enjoys exercising at the JCA, drinking wine, working in the yard and volunteering his time to many charitable causes. He truly does make JFCS and our community a better place!


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Jewish Healing Network

Become a Jewish Healing Network Volunteer at JFCS and help us fulfill the mitzvah of Bikkur Cholim. We need volunteers to make weekly visits or phone calls to a senior or deliver food to those who cannot get out. For more information, please call Gail at 904394-5723.

EVENT CHAIRS: Debra Pataky & Tammy Shumer



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RIVER GARDEN SENIOR SERVICES Lori Donley Receives the Minnie Schreiber Staff Leadership Award By SKIP WILLBACH, Director of Marketing and Communications


11401 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32258

Briefs Caring for a loved one with a memory disorder? We invite you to attend a

Monthly Caregivers Support Group

2nd Wednesday of each month 3:30-4:30 PM in the Frisch Family Pavilion. Confidential, free of charge and open to all. For more information, contact Dr. Sue Krall, PhD, ARNP 904-886-8421 or

Lori Donley (2nd from right) receives accolades from colleagues (left to right) Dave McEwen, District Manager of MMI Dining Services, Dan Uhl, River Garden Dining Services Assistant Director, and Kurt Strenger, River Garden Dining Services Director

Lori Donley, River Garden Kitchen Supervisor, was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and joined the staff of River Garden in 1985. This year, Lori celebrates 33 years of dedicated service to the Home and its residents. Lori and her husband, Colmon, have 3 adult children and 10 beautiful grandchildren. When asked what Lori likes to do in her spare time, she smiled and said, “I like going to the movies, spending time with my ‘grands’, and going to church.” Lori is best known for her caring nature, beautiful smile and youthful appearance. Over the years, she has received numerous Merit Grams. When asked why she has remained at River Garden for 33 years, Lori replied, “I love

what I do. I love my residents.” One of Lori’s favorite sayings is “Keep it real, and just be yourself.” Lori has been keeping it real at River Garden for 33 years. We are so very proud to recognize Lori as the 2018 Minnie Schreiber Staff Leadership Award recipient. Congratulations, Lori! The Minnie Schreiber Staff Leadership Award was created in memory of Minnie Schreiber, the first woman president of the River Garden board, volunteer and board member for more than 50 years, and a strong advocate of River Garden employees. This prestigious annual award recognizes an employee who consistently exhibits exceptional care, teamwork and conviction to the River Garden mission.

YOU are the Best Gift!

Acts of kindness are what build the world. Our campus is home to devoted and caring volunteers. From teens to those who are young at heart, we invite you to become a part of our volunteer team. Create your own convenient schedule… we guarantee your personal fulfillment! Contact Leslie Held at 904-886-8429 or

Remember River Garden when honoring or memorializing your loved ones

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

Senator Aaron Bean Joins River Garden Executives in Tallahassee By SKIP WILLBACH, Director of Marketing and Communications

LeadingAge Florida, the state’s leading association representing high quality senior communities, and of which River Garden has been a member for many years, recently brought LeadingAge members to Tallahassee for the opportunity to meet with Legislators to advocate for, and educate around good public policy. Senator Bean, who represents Florida's 4th District, which includes all of Nassau County and much of Duval County, is glad to represent River Garden in the Senate and is a longstanding supporter of our mission, vision and values. (Left to right) Marty Goetz, River Garden CEO, and Mauri Mizrahi, River Garden Assistant Administrator, with Senator Aaron Bean

Happening Around the Garden ~~ An all-day Tu B’Shevat celebration! In the morning, Hazzan Holzer and Edith Horovitz led an interactive Seder in the Coves Dining Room with Martin J. Gottlieb Day School students. In the afternoon, residents and guests listened to an explanation of the holiday,

complete with samples of the Seven Species. Mike Barwald of Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery gave a presentation on Florida’s citrus industry. The group then witnessed a Lakeland Limequat tree, provided by Mike’s nursery, being planted on a sunny hill.

- Please Note -

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

River Garden Senior Services

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


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lifecycles Births

Avery Elizabeth Fleet, born September 28, 2017. Parents Eli & Mimi Fleet Emma Gayle Fleet, born October 2, 2017. Parents Jared & Marni Fleet

B’nai Mitzvah

Max and Zoe Posner celebrated their B’NAI MITZVAH On Saturday December 16. Temple Micah 2829 Wisconsin Ave, Washington D.C. The proud parents Steven Posner, Robin Jill Rudowitz-Posner and the grand-parents, Joyce Schneider Rita and Bob Posner, and

Harvey and Margie Rudowitz, were extremely proud of the excellent job done by Max and Zoe.


Jessica Rosalyn Kopp and Harry Christopher McCorkle were married November 11, 2017 at Temple de Hirsch Sinai in Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington, with Rabbi Aaron Meyer officiating. The ceremony was followed by a reception at WithinSodo in Seattle. The bride, daughter of Henry and Ellen Kopp of Jacksonville, graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Fashion Design and is employed by Tommy Bahama as

a designer for their Men’s Knit collection. The groom, son of Kurt and Kathleen McCorkle of Wake Forest, NC, attended Savannah College of Art and Design and is employed by Big Fish Games as a UX designer specializing in human-computer interaction. The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Barcelona, Madeira Island, and Lisbon and is now residing in Seattle, WA.


... With great sadness the Anchel, Kiepek, Klingner And Ewing families announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our husband,

father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, brother David Anchel, 68, (David ben Velvil) on January 21, 2018 (Shivat 5). ... Marvin R. Edwards, beloved husband of Helene Edwards, father of Jeffrey (Mary), Doug (Kristen), Carolyn (Dan), and grandfather of Lauren, David, Adam (Aaron), Nathaniel and Avalon Edwards, Christopher and Michael Oliveri and uncle to numerous nieces and nephews, passed into his eternal rest on February 10. Marvin was predeceased by his parents and brother, Robert D. Edwards. ... We are saddened by the passing of Marla Stearman Campbell,

daughter of members Dr. Mandell and Rita Diamond Stearman, on February 7th. ... We extend our condolences to her husband David Campbell; children Jacob and Mia; sister Stacy (Michael) Turner; nieces Mackenzie and Samantha; mother-in-law Janet Campbell; and many close cousins and friends. ... With profound sorrow, we regret to inform you of the passing of Yelizaveta Ryzhy. We wish our sincere condolences to her children Bella & Vladamir and her grandchildren Mariana, Rusland, and Gleb.

To submit an item for lifecycles, please email it to Due date is the 6th of the month. For guidelines of how to write Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding or obituary announcements, go to under “Share your news.”

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March 2018 Sh’vat / Adar 5778

To include your adult education event in this listing please email the Jacksonville Jewish News at, with the time/date or frequency of the event from your specific organization or synagogue, along with a short description of each program or event.

Special Events

March 6

Jewish Community Alliance (6 – 7:30 p.m.) ORGANIZING YOUR LIFE USING THE KONMARI METHOD – Transform your cluttered home with Elizabeth Reed, certified instructor of the KonMari method. The fee is $8 and $5 for JCA valued members.

March 13

Jewish Community Alliance (12 p.m.) BE YOUR HEALTHIEST AT EVERY AGE – Come learn how to support your health at every age with Baptist AgeWell Center for Senior Health. This is free to the community.

March 14

Jewish Community Alliance (6 – 7:30 p.m.) HEAL YOURSELF WITH REIKI – Join Reiki master Joan Ryan and learn more about this fascinating technique and its benefits. The fee is $5; JCA valued members are free.

March 17

Jacksonville Jewish Center (8-9 a.m.) COFFEE & TORAH - Third Shabbat of every month Come enjoy a strong cup of brew, a tasty breakfast treat, and thought-provoking insights into the weekly Torah portion in the intimate setting of Rabbi Lubliner’s office.

March 19

Jacksonville Jewish Center (12:30 p.m.) YIDDISH “CLUB” - Our monthly meeting will held in the JJC Kramer Library at 12:30. 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! Please join the fun!

March 20

Jacksonville Jewish Center (7:30 p.m.) CENTER BOOK CLUB - open to all interested adults. Our next meeting is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Starbucks section of Barnes and Noble on San Jose, as usual. Our book this month is The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce.

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adult education Jewish Book Club at the Beach in March

Regular Events Sundays

Jacksonville Jewish Center Alef-Bet Hebrew March 4, 11, 18, 25


Jacksonville Jewish Center (10:30-11:30 a.m.) CONVERSATIONAL HEBREW CLASS - Join Dr. Melvyn Cohen as he facilitates a class in conversational Hebrew. Hebrew reading skills are NOT a requirement! Class is held on Sunday mornings at 10:30-11:30. March 4, 11, 18, 25


Jacksonville Jewish Center (10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) Foundations of Judaism class Sundays 10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Classes are held at the Center, and are open to all, whether you are considering conversion, seeking to understand a friend or relative’s religious choices, or simply trying to go beyond your childhood Jewish education. Classes are ongoing – join us at any time! There may be a nominal charge for purchasing of materials that cover the entire year’s curriculum. March 4, 11, 18, 25


Jacksonville Jewish Center Monday Minyan Mapquest Monday mornings, following morning minyan: Rabbi Lubliner takes us on a tour of Jewish cities, explaining history and current statistics of saome wellknown and not-so-well-known Jewish communities around the world. March 5, 12, 19, 26


Jacksonville Jewish Center (7 p.m.) Talmud Class - Rabbi Lubliner explores communal responses to crisis in tractate Ta’anit. Open to all! March 6, 13, 20, 27


Jewish Community Alliance (6 – 7 p.m.) Road to Wellness – Find your path to health and wellbeing in this 4-week program. The fee is $20. This is open to the community. March 7 – 28


Jacksonville Jewish Center (9:15 a.m.) NOW WEEKLY! ShalOM Meditation - Please join us for 25 minutes of meditation in a Jewish environment! At 9:15-9:30, we will offer some basic instruction of meditation technique and approach. We will start our actual practice at 9:30 and go until 9:55 (in time for the Torah service). We meet in the Kraemer Library. March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

CLASSIFIED Private Senior Care I am a Certified Nurse Assistant FL. License, have many years experience in Geriatric care, like: Monitoring behavior, Grooming ,Bathing, G.Tube feeding, Personal care activities and Office & Computer work. Have Excellent references & clean Police/FBI background letter. Looking for a private Senior Care job. Call:

Veronica at (904) 370-9178.

By Chabad at the Beaches Chabad at the Beaches presents: A Jewish book club for women. Every month the club meets and discusses a new book. The books cover a wide variety of topics that meet various interests. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, share your thoughts and opinions, and hear other people’s insights as well. The next meeting will take place Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. This club is free of charge. The Women’s monthly book club will meet on March 11th to discuss ‘The Ice Cream Queen

of Orchard Street’, Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman’s novel about an immigrant girl’s transformation into an indomitable businesswoman in early 20th century New York. As a child in 1913, Malka Treynovsky flees Russia for New York with her family--only to be crippled and abandoned in the streets. Taken in by a toughloving Italian ices peddler, Malka survives. When she falls in love with Albert, they set off together across America in an ice cream truck to seek their fortune; slowly, she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, “The Ice Cream Queen of America”-

-doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated television personality. Spanning 70 years, Lillian’s rise - fraught with setbacks, triumphs, and tragedies - is inextricably linked to the course of American history itself, from Prohibition to the disco days of Studio 54. And when her past starts catching up with her, her world implodes spectacularly. The book club will meet at Dunkin Donuts in Ponte Vedra. Further information upon reservation. For questions, please call (904) 543 9301, email info@ or visit our website at

Women’s paint night at the Beaches March 12 By Chabad at the Beaches Ladies Night Out! Get in touch with your inner inner artist. Your choice of Seder Plate, Cup of Elijah, or a Passover serving dish. Design and paint your own

magnificent ceramic dish to adorn your seder table. Spend a delightful evening with friends, and enjoy delicious kosher wine in a relaxed setting. Passover is a holiday of freedom. Discover an inner peace while exploring the relevance of

Passover in our day to day lives. Bring your sister, your mom,or a friend! There is a fee of $18 per person or $15 prepaid by March 12 To reserve email dafne@ or call 904770-0502.

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Community Shlicha gives lesson on Israel

By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

On Feb. 11, Community Shlicha Shelly spent time with the Kindergarten and First Grade children of Congregation Ahavath Chesed - The Temple Jacksonville teaching the m about Israel.

Passover enrichment class a fun opportunity for children By Jewish Community Alliance

Michele Block Gan Yeladim is celebrating the holidays with a great enrichment opportunity for children to continue the fun of learning outside of the classroom. Passover Matzah Making is a fun, hands-on baking class on Monday, March 26 from 1:302:15 p.m. In the story of Passover, matzah represents the meager sustenance of slaves and the quickly produced food of those who make

a hurried getaway. Children ages 3-6 are invited to participate in this matzah making class. Participants will have a hands-on experience of making and eating matzah, one of the wonderful symbolic ritual items in Judaism that represent freedom as the bread we ate when we were liberated from Egyptian bondage. This event is $15 and $10 for JCA valued members. For more information, contact Rochelle Golomb at 730-2100 ext. 259.

Genealogy group to meet in March By Isabel Balotin Shalom Jacksonville Are you interested to learn more about your family history? Maybe your parents or grandparents didn’t talk much about their lives. But you may be able to find records (or relatives you didn’t know you had) to help put the pieces together. Would you like to learn about how DNA might help your search? Or are you an experienced researcher? If you’ve had success researching your family tree, maybe you’d like to share your expertise and help others break through brick walls. Please join us March 14th at 6PM for a meeting of the new Jewish Genealogy Society of Northeast

Florida. We’ll meet at River Garden Senior Services at 6PM. Come at 5:30 PM for an inexpensive dinner, to meet others and have a little time to shmooze before the meeting. At the March meeting we will get down to business by reviewing the bylaws, talk about membership and leadership roles. Whether you’re a beginner just starting to ask questions about your ancestors, or you’ve been working at this for a long time already, let’s get together and share our interest in Jewish ancestry. For more information join our FaceBook group called “Jewish Genealogy Society of Northeast Florida”, or email Marla Westberg, or

Dine with the Jax Jewish Singles By Jacksonville Jewish Singles Join the Jax Jewish Singles in March for lunch and movie. The singles will be having lunch at Taziki’s Mediterranean Café on

Beach Blvd. For those who would like to go to a movie afterward, the Regal Theater on Beach Blvd is just a walk away. Contact Francine for date and time at 904-221-8061 or email

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community news JFCS Continued from pg. 1 JFCS’ Board of Directors. The celebration included a ribbon cutting, a 6th birthday party for PJ Library Jacksonville, and a concert by Jewish Rock Star, Rick Recht. Executive Director, Colleen Rodriguez said of the new building, “the Allison Stein Robbins Building is where you can really see the impact of the renovations made. It has been a part of our history and now it’s designed in a way that it can be an integral part of our future. This is the space where we will meet the most basic needs of the people in our community, and we will be able to do it in an even more respectful way. It’s most special to us at JFCS that this building will carry both the Allison Stein Robbins name and and the Max Block name. They were both such large contributors to our community and to JFCS specifically.”

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JCA members take the polar plunge

On Feb. 17, the JCA hosted a Polar Plunge at the JCA pool! After a refreshing dip in the 70-degree water, everyone enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies together.

OneJax Continued from pg. 20 and policies. It was one of four taking place that evening around Jacksonville. “The supper was educational and thought-provoking. We talked about important things that need to be discussed in order to create a better society for our children.” said Rodriguez. “More often than not, people are fearful in regards to talking about ‘uncomfortable things’, but this event provided a safe place to do it – and we need more events like this to open the lines of communication on important issues affecting the world.” OneJax is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote diversity as the foundation for a strong community. They work to increase respect and improve relationships among people who represent the rich menagerie of religious, ethnic, racial and cultural groups that compose the Jacksonville community. For more information about community dinners, call OneJax at 904-620-5604.

Kids enjoy ‘Chocolicious’ Shabbat dinner with friends and family By Chabad of St. Johns

Shabbat begins with candles. Prayer. Wine. Challah. And if you ask the kids at GROW, they’ll tell you why. The kids invited their parents and siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins, and grandma and grandpa to a Chocolicious Shabbat Dinner hosted by Morah Dini from GROW. This time it was all chocolate! Chocolate Challah. Chocolate bars. Chocolate cookies. Chocolaty nuts. Chocolate fondue for everyone to dip marshmallows, fruits and just about anything. And of course, lots of chocolate covered faces! The kids led the entire ceremony from A to Z. Each child was given a chance to

explain one of our Shabbat meal customs to the curious crowd of family and friends. Shabbat Dinner was delectable and the company delightful. They concluded the evening with a beautiful rendition of the Grace After Meals. After their tummies and curious minds were fully satisfied, everyone happily made their way home. What a chocolicious evening! Can’t wait to have you come to the next one! The Grow After-School Enrichment Program takes place every Tuesday, 3:45-5:45 pm at Durbin Creek Elementary School. For more info visit www.JewishSJohnsCounty. com/GROW Email

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GROW After School Enrichment presents Bar/Bat Mitzvah Discovery



TA L K TO U S Everyone faces challenges at various points in their lives – but there is no need to face them alone. Dupont Counseling Group’s team of clinical social workers, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists can help you with a wide variety of issues, including: • Depression and anxiety • Life transitions • Coping with illness • Grief and loss • Abuse and neglect recovery • Relationships • Separation and divorce • Childhood behavioral issues

By Chabad of St. Johns

The most important event in the life of a young person, should be more than just rote memorization leading up to an anxietyridden recital of the Torah or service. A new breakthrough in Bar/ Bat Mitzvah education is oriented towards preparing our youth for the important new role they will be assuming as a Jewish adult and will help them define who they are for years to come. Join Boys and Girls grades 6-7 Every Tuesday at the GROW After School Enrichment 6-7th grade track. This is an enrichment program that is independent of any Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony or celebration. For more info Call 904.701.4422 or email Rabbi@

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or call 904.394.5706 for a free 15-minute phone consultation.

A Division of Jewish Family & Community Services

We’ll also come to YOU with in-home counseling services.

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A Simcha For The Whole Community!

DuBow Preschool 75th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner Honoring The DuBow Family and Jewish Family and Community Services

MARCH 18, 2018 - 6:30 pm Jacksonville Jewish Center

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