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Federation’s Partnership: Rachel Herriff takes on Israel rGEN and Shalom Jax host events By RACHEL HERRIFF Israel Partnership


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A once-in-a-70,000-year event: Thanksgivukah

Save-the-Date of Nov. 24, when rGEN and Shalom Jacksonville team up for our first family event of the year: A Thanksgivukah Celebration. This year we’re combining Thanksgiving and Chanukah into one big afternoon filled with food, fun and activities for children of all ages. Look for more details coming soon to your inbox. Not receiving our emails? Please call 904-448-5000 so you can be added to our list.

Shabbat Across Jax 2.0 set for Dec. 13

Join rGEN on Friday night, Dec. 13, for the biggest Shabbat dinner in town. Shabbat Across Jax 2.0 pairs attendees with home hosts for an evening of Shabbat dinners hosted all around Jacksonville. All are welcome: families, young professionals, newlyweds, you name it. Look for our eblast or check us out on Facebook for more details on how to sign up.

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Come celebrate Chanukah with rGEN at this year’s Mix ‘n’ Mingle Vodka Latke event on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 4. This free event is a great way to meet new people in the community, network or just have fun. You provide the vodka, we provide the latke. For more details or to register, check us out on Facebook or watch for our email.

This past trip to Israel will be, without a doubt, one of the most memorable trips I have ever taken, and one I will never forget. Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to go to Israel to experience for myself the greatness of the country and to connect more with the Jewish people. I enjoyed everything I did on this trip but here are my top five favorite activities. 5. The City of David. My favorite part of the City of David was the underground tunnels. Navigating through them in the

Rachel poses with the view of Bahai Garden in the background.

dark with the cold water and screaming of others in our group only made it so much more fun. 4. The Baha’i Gardens. I had always heard about how pretty the gardens were, but never really fully understood it until I witnessed it for myself. I was honestly breathless when I saw the gardens for American and Israeli teens visit the Cardo in Jerusalem. the first time, and walking desert I wasn’t excited because I didn’t through made see what could be so great about it. Then me realize what everyone was saying I got there and rode the camels and just about how gorgeous they are. looked around and saw how great it was. 3. Jerusalem. Everything in Jerusalem 1. The people. My most favorite part was so special to me that I couldn’t find of this trip was just getting to meet the a way to separate any of the spots I went Israelis and live how they live. I wasn’t to. From the Western Wall to Ben Yehuda expecting it to be as similar as it is in Street, all of it was simply amazing and America. Getting to know everyone was made me fall in love with the city. 2. The Negev. Before I experienced the an experience I’ll never forget.

Shalom Dorit: Educator host shares her experience By SHEREEN CANADY Israel Partnership

I had the pleasure of being chosen to host Dorit Levy, one of the Israeli educators brought to Jacksonville by the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville. I have been a fond supporter of the Southeast Consortium project that brings educators and teens to Jacksonville from the Hadera-Eiron region in Israel and that helps to send educators and teens from Jacksonville to Israel. This has been a special exchange program that has benefited both our communities over the years. Over the last few years, I have been thrilled to welcome the teens to Camp KiTov at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. This past summer was especially great. The teacher and teens who came to work in our camp were talented, enthusiastic and left a very positive impression on me. I told Jill Abel, the Federation’s Israel Partnership director, that I would like to be considered in the future to host. She called me a month later to ask if I would like to host Dorit. After saying yes, Jill sent me Dorit’s bio. I shared the details with my daughters Cayla and Julia, and we all prepared for Dorit’s visit with much anticipation. I learned that Dorit is a social worker and director of a special home for children who are at risk. She works with

children from ages 5 to 18 who come to her facility either at a parent’s request or by court order. She and her staff help these children with their problems and help give them a stable environment in which to grow. Her stories made me marvel at the work they are doing, the methods they use. Some of her stories made me cry and thank G-d for the blessings in my life. I learned about Dorit’s family and her life, and shared mine with her. Dorit also came at a difficult time. She came the Monday after Yom Kippur. She came into my life at the time I could use someone like Dorit most. We had just lost Esther Ohayon on Friday, and I needed someone to talk with each evening, after spending the days talking with teachers, parents and children. Dorit was there. Sometimes we talked about Esther and Orly, and other times we talked about her family and mine. Another blessing that came with Dorit’s visit was the opportunity to make new friends right here in Jacksonville. We ended her visit with a trip to St. Augustine. Federation’s Diane Rodgers led the Osher family, my family, Dorit and our other visiting educator Orna, on an afternoon adventure in St. Augustine. We had a wonderful day together. I thank the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville for

The Osher family, Canady family, Dorit Levy and Orna Binder visit Flagler College in St. Augustine. this special program and for bringing Dorit, Orna and these other families together. I hope that one day, my daughters and I will visit with them in Israel. Should anyone ask whether I feel hosting was a worthwhile endeavor, I will say yes, without a doubt. I look forward

to and hope to host again in the future. If you didn’t read Levana Osher’s article in last month’s Jacksonville Jewish News, I encourage you to read it. She tells of her experience in Israel through this partnership program. What a fabulous experience we have all had!

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Campaign kickoff a success By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville kicked off the Annual Campaign for 2014 with a very successful event. Over 130 people attended the dessert reception on Oct. 9, held at the JCA. The evening featured a moving and inspirational talk by Dr. Misha Galperin, president and CEO of the Jewish Agency for Israel. He shared personal stories from his childhood in Odessa, Ukraine, and shared many ex-

amples how his family benefitted tremendously from the services provided by Jewish Federations of North America. Yael Shmookler, manager of Community Relationships for JAFI said, “It never ceases to amaze me how many individual lives the Federation system touches. Hearing from the president and CEO of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Dr. Galperin’s personal story of how the Federation system helped bring his family from Ukraine to the United States only solidified

how proud it makes me to work for this incredible partner of the Federation and more importantly how proud I am to work with Jacksonville.” Local fundraising efforts got off to a great start as well. Over $245,000 was raised at the event, and 88 percent of those gifts increased from last year. For more information regarding how to make your 2014 annual campaign pledge, please go to and click on “donate.” Or, to make a Nina and Neal Roth, Jim and Francine Kempner, Barbara Resnick gift by phone, call 448-5000.

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JCA Jewish Book Festival brings noted authors to Jacksonville

By JENNIE CHAMBERLIN Jewish Community Alliance

The JCA continues its Annual Jewish Book Festival, chaired by Lonnie Steinberg and Cecilia Cristol, featuring authors and books that relate to Jewish history and culture. This year’s featured speaker is author Matthew Levitt, author of “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God.” An expert on Hezbollah, Levitt has written extensively on terrorism and countering violent extremism. Book Festival patrons can meet Levitt at an exclusive cocktail hour prior to the event. For more information about becoming a Book Festival patron, please con-

Matthew Levitt tact Thelma Nied at 904-730-2100 or The festival will include the

following events: Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. – Dr. Lloyd Sederer, author of “The Family Guide to Mental Health Care.” This event is co-sponsored by River Garden Senior Services. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. – Girls’ Night Out with Marion Grodin, author of “Standing Up: A Memoir of a Funny (Not Always) Life” Friday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. – John Schwartz, author of “Oddly Normal.” This event is co-sponsored by Jewish Family & Community Services. Please bring a dairy lunch. Sunday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. – Matthew Levitt, author of “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God.”

This event will be preceded by a patron’s cocktail hour available to Book Festival patrons only. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. – Joshua Henkin, author of “The World Without You.” Please bring a dairy lunch. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. – Eric Goldman, author of “The American Jewish Story Through Cinema” Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. – Larry Tye, author of “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero” Special Future Event: Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 at 10 a.m. – A. Jay Cristol, author of “The Liberty Incident Revealed: The Definitive Account of the 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship”

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Every day is Sunday By DONNA O’STEEN

Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

Fifteen years ago, Sid Gefen, Marvin Sherman and Perry Cohen came up with an idea. Together they would form a group for retired gentleman. The concept was: a group made of up of prominent Jewish men in the community; a group that any retired man could join; a verbal not formal group; a group with no dues; a group with zero campaign dollars. This is a group they named Every Day is Sunday. The concept was simple, according to Sid Gefen, “We just wanted to start something for older men at the end of their working careers. Something we all could enjoy. Something with no charges whatsoever aside from paying for your own meal when we got together.” And so they did. EDIS has been meeting monthly since. The members, currently

50, including two rabbis, enjoy lunches at the Athens Café. Guest speakers vary including prominent city leaders, bank CEOs, lawyers and doctors. Activities include tours of various facilities, including a recent tour of the Mayo Clinic labs. Sid, now 93, is the president of EDIS. He maintains the membership list and is always looking for new and interesting topics for the group. “EDIS gives us retired men something to do. We meet new people. We get more interest in the Jacksonville community by learning more about it. At the same time, we are letting the community know about our Jewish community, so they know what we are doing.” If you are a retired gentleman and would like to know more about EDIS, you can join them at their next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Athens Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Amelia Island donates 240 pounds of food

Feel free to say thank you By RABBI JOSHUA LIEF Congregation Ahavath Chesed


his month we will celebrate the festive holiday of Thanksgiving with feasting, family and friends. We will celebrate the many blessings in our lives by piling our plates high with turkey and stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and maybe even a few latkes and sufganiot. We will be invited to enjoy extra helpings, to take as much as we wish, to eat until we are beyond full. This is how we give thanks: by taking time to remind ourselves how much we already have. Taking thanks is easy. We love receiving congratulations for a job well done, to get that pat on the back from a coworker or boss, to come home to a special treat made by a spouse or a child. It is true that sometimes we feel a little overwhelmed by praise, even shying away from extra accolades, but inside, most of us feel good when others thank us for being our wonderful selves. Our sages taught that we should view the world as if every person is made in the image of


By COLLEEN RODRIGUEZ Executive Director

Cindy Land has been hired as the special needs care manager for Jewish Family & Community Services. Working under the auspices of the Department of Jewish Services, Cindy will work within the Jewish community supporting children with special needs. “Inclusion means providing services and support for children with special needs and their families,” explains Gail Furman, manager of Jewish Services. Cindy will provide resources for families, teachers and education leaders, and help to raise awareness of inclusion in our community. Her role will also include evaluating and intervening on behalf of student needs so the children can fully engage in

The Jewish Community of Amelia Island donated more than 240 pounds of food to the Barnabas Food Pantry. Pictured is Debbie Price with Philip St. Laurent, operations manager of the Barnabas Food Pantry. The JCAI membership

Cindy Land Jewish tradition and experiences. A graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education, Cindy has taught for over 25 years in public schools systems across the country. She has background in both testing and evaluating children,

writing Individual Educational Plans, supporting students and their particular needs in the regular class setting, and setting up an independent program for middle school children to help prepare them for the job market. Additionally, she has performed one-on-one tutoring, and worked with teachers and parents to help create the best learning environment for their child. Cindy moved to Jacksonville nine months ago with her husband Eric, who is president and general manager of First Coast News. Stating that this is their 11th move in 40 years of marriage, she adds that she hopes it will be their last. “We love living in Jacksonville,” she said. Cindy has two sons and one granddaughter, and is expecting their second grandchild in January.

Amelia Island: This place we call home Jewish Community of Amelia Island

includes some 130 families of Jewish heritage in the Fernandina Beach, Yulee and surrounding communities. During the High Holy Days, the JCAI collected nonperishable food supplies to be distributed to families in need. For more information about the JCAI, contact Debbie Price at 904-310-6060.

Maccabean ancestors fought for the right to practice our faith, shining light into the darkness not to imprison others with forced conformity, but to liberate them from captivity with the freedom of choice. So, too, this month we also remember that the price of freedom is responsibility, and we ought to give thanks for all who’ve dedicated their lives to its defense on Veteran’s Day. This month, I invite you to play a little game with me. Try to give thanks and compliments to more people each day than you take in return. See how many people you can thank for the little things they do that might otherwise be taken for granted. The cashier at the grocery store, the janitor at your office, the teacher of your children, the military veteran you see on the street, the spouse who loves you; let them know how appreciated they really are. Let us all resolve to be givers of thanks, and not only takers from this day forward. I thank all of you for joining me in making our community such a special place for all to enjoy. Becca, Leah, Ellie, and I wish you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving, and a Chanukah Sameach as well!

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By Jewish Community of Amelia Island

God, and treat others with the reverence and honor due to the Divine. That works out great when the honor comes to us, but how often do we repay the favor to others? The pilgrims called their fall harvest festival “Thanksgiving,” inspired by the holiday of Sukkot and our obligation, “hodu L’Adonai ki tov, ki l’olam chasdo,” “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love is everlasting.” While “Thankstaking” didn’t quite make the cut as the name for our fall celebration, it certainly does often characterize our modern view of the world. Perhaps Thanksgiving should be a time for us to realize, much like on Sukkot, how blessed we already are to have enough to eat and even more to share with others. The prophet Isaiah taught that we are encouraged to be a light to the nations. As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, let us brighten the world with our kindness to others. How fitting that this year, our Thanksgiving celebration will be brightened by the light of the Menorah as we commemorate the festival of Chanukah. Our

This essay was written by Fernandina resident Bonne LeMier, who belongs to Jewish Community of Amelia Island, coordinated by Deb and Ron Price. Federation regularly reaches out to all Jews from Fernandina Beach to St. Augustine, sending them the Jewish News and inviting them to all events. Shalom Jacksonville has hosted three successful events in the area with plans for more. Learn more about this active and welcoming island community in next month’s issue. —Isabel Balotin Rosh Hashanah services this year made me feel good. Walking into the Ocean Club’s beautiful setting gave me a sense of peace,

and I thought Rabbi Goodman’s stories were to the point and a wonderful reminder for the New Year. He talked about creating community. While I sat there listening, I thought this is what I feel here today. I know this is why my heart is happy living here. On my way home from services, as I was listening to NPR, there was an interview with a minister who was talking about her ideas on “sense of community.” As she repeated in her own way many of the things I heard from Rabbi Goodman that morning, I thought this was a message I was meant to hear. I realized that opportunities to connect with each other are all around. Many of you know my husband, Larry LeMier, as a musician from Larry & the Backtracks, but you might not know

that he also specializes in fine interior house painting. Recently, he created a new faux finish interior in the dining room at Espana Restaurant. So I set out to interview Roberto & Marina, the owners of Espana, for our North Hampton community newspaper. They, too, talked about their feelings of being part of this community. They explained how their biggest joy is making people feel at home and part of their own family. Community and a sense of belonging is a powerful and recurring theme here in this beautiful place, where we are all fortunate enough to live. I am grateful for Fernandina Beach, the Jewish community, my wonderful husband, my family and all of the wonderful friends I have made here over the past six years.

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First businesses: German brothers open store in log cabin By HAZEL MACK

Special to the Jewish News

While the Jews of Jacksonville were settling in, they were also establishing themselves in the business community. Several became merchants and opened shops, leaving a legacy of fond memories. Men such as Meyerson, Furchgott, Cohen and Finklestein opened grocery, dry goods, shoe and clothing stores, and left a legacy of memories for future generations. With only small storefronts and minimal resources, these men built successful businesses that became important cornerstones of the Jacksonville community. One of the long-standing family businesses in Jacksonville was begun by two German brothers,

Samuel and Morris Cohen. They began in the late 1860s with one small dry goods store in a log cabin on East Bay Street. After a fire in 1870, they rebuilt their store in a much larger location and were joined by two of their brothers, Julius and Jacob. Jacob, then only 13 years old, was eventually left in control of the firm. He is credited with some small but significant innovations, including using price tags and giving pennies as change. Henry Flagler’s railroad came to Jacksonville and businesses boomed, as did Cohen Brothers. In 1897 the store moved to the Gardner Building on West Bay

Street. This six-story building was Jacksonville’s first skyscraper, but the great fire of 1901 destroyed it. Two stories of the Gardner Building were rebuilt and Cohen Brothers returned. But tourism had diminished, and Jacob Cohen decided to build a new store on the lot that had been home to the St. James Hotel. Cohen Brothers became known as the Wannamaker of the South. Management of the The Big Store, as it was known, remained in the Cohen family until the 1950s. It was then leased by the May Company and became May Cohen until they closed their doors in the late 1980s. Another local business success story is that of Levy Wolf. In 1910, Benjamin Levy and Lester Harris came to Jacksonville to close out a small store on West Bay Street. Seeing the potential for success, they decided to open a men’s clothing store in its place. Within a few years their business prospered and expanded. The partnership parted in 1925, and Levy bought the property they had acquired and built a beautiful building at Forsyth and Hogan streets. When Levy died in 1939, his wife Della became president. On her death in 1944, she generously left the company in the hands of the executive committee. The profits, she bequeathed to a number of local charities. Eventually the stock was sold to a men’s wear manufacturing firm


The Big Store at Hemingway Plaza


which, in turn, merged it with Wolf Brothers, which it had also acquired. Levy Wolf was another great store that came out of Jack-

sonville’s early history. There are many stories of early business ventures that carved out Jacksonville’s successful future.

Levy Wolf

Cohen Bros. on Bay Street


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Lion of Judah luncheon details revealed By ERIN COHEN

Women’s Division Director

The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville Women’s Division announces the details of its next Lion of Judah luncheon. The annual event, hosted at the home of Chase Zimmerman, will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. The featured presenter will be inspirational and award-winning author and business owner, Julie Shifman. Julie is the founder and

president of Act Three, www., an organization that helps women define their next stage of life, at any age, and create their personal action plan for living out that life. She is the author of, “Act Three: Creating the Life You Want. The book illustrates the process using stories and life lessons of the remarkable women, many of them Jewish, she interviewed across the country. Julie has also created a documentary film featuring many of these incredible women.

Julie started her career as a professional ballet dancer. She then became a highly successful lawyer in New York City and in Cincinnati before founding her company Act Three in 2008. She recently received the prestigious Athena award by Cincy Magazine and was named as a Woman to Watch by The Cincinnati Enquirer. Also a Lion of Judah, Julie believes Jewish values lead to happiness. Julie explains that today’s research tells us that if

we want to be happy, we must live our lives with gratitude, practice forgiveness, seek to do acts of kindness, take care of the soul and invest in strong relationships; all directly tied to Jewish values. Julie energizes women to live their best lives. In her “Imagine and Do It,” keynote, she challenges her audience to imagine a changed life by using her personal story - from ballerina to law partner to stay-at-home mother to business owner. Her

story is interspersed with the stories of the many extraordinary women she has interviewed. . Julie speaks with passion, humor and heart as she invigorates women to imagine what’s next for them and then to take one small step at a time to do it. This year’s luncheon is chaired by Allison Jacobs. Please join Allison, along with the event committee – Jill Abel, Wendy Efron, Diane Rothstein and Judy Silverman – for this fabulous afternoon.

Family mission trip inspires ‘lion’ in dedication to Federation By ERIN COHEN

Women’s Division Director

For Allison Jacobs it’s hard to put into words how she was affected by Federation’s 2012 family mission to Israel. It was her first time visiting the country. Although she had been involved with the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville for many years, it was during this trip that Allison says her love of Israel and appreciation of Federation’s work, “truly got into my heart.” Allison recalls, “It was so impactful to see the country with my children, it was just amazing.” Allison was introduced to Lion of Judah donor opportunities when she was invitred to attend the 2011 LOJ luncheon by

Women’s Division past-president Rori Stevens. “They were a warm and welcoming group, and I remember being so inspired by the speaker, the now-JFNA National Campaign Chair Linda Hurwitz.” Allison has graciously accepted the volunteer role as Federation’s Women’s Division Lion of Judah chair, serving for the next two years. She will chair the Lion of Judah luncheon, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the home of Chase Zimmerman. Allison has been on the Women’s Division steering committee for several years. “I want to be a role model for my daughter Sarah, so one day she will be involved with Women’s Division.” Allison thinks that in order to truly appreciate the work that

Hot Topic discusses agunah By Center Sisterhood

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Center Sisterhood’s Hot Topic group will meet to discuss the agunah controversy and the question of mamzarim. Plan on an enlightening discussion as we consider the definitions and repercussions of this aspect of life for many in Israel. Agunah, literally anchored or chained, is a halachic term for a Jewish woman who is “chained” to her marriage. It is also often used nowadays for a woman whose husband refuses or is unable to grant her an official bill of divorce, known

as a get. Mamzarim are sons and daughters of agunah women classified by the courts as mamzarim – illegitimate children only permitted to marry other mamzarim. What does this situation mean to Israeli society? What are the real world implications for modern women affected by this traditional law? How can women in the diaspora make their voices heard in support of the women involved? We’ll talk about all this and more. No need to RSVP, just join us on Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the Shorstein room at the Jacksonville Jewish Center.

Allison Jacobs is done by Federation, “You have to get involved to understand. Volunteering and taking a position on an event committee or steering

committee is a wonderful way to see where your dollars are going.” It is most certainly a family affair when it comes to the Jacobs’s dedication to Federation and the Jacksonville Jewish community. Allison and her husband Ken were Super Sunday chairs for two years. Ken has served on the board for several years and is the treasurer. He is also a past-president of the Jewish Community Alliance, and Allison was the project manager for the JCA 25th anniversary celebration. Sarah is a volunteer at River Garden Senior Services, and their son Josh looks forward to one day living in Israel. As a family, they have hosted Israelis on two occasions in support of Federation’s Israel Partnership program

with Hadera-Eiron. They participate in the Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida’s Create a Jewish Legacy program, and Sarah has committed to the B’nai Tzedek program. They are members of Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple), and the children are graduates of the Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool at the JCA. “I do this for my children so they can learn how to support their community. It’s important they learn how to be Jewish in a non-Jewish world. In Israel, it’s easy to be Jewish, but in Jacksonville, you have to seek (Judaism) out and make it happen.” For information about the Lion of Judah program, contact the Federation office at, 448-5000 x205.


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Former AIPAC area director speaks on U.S./Israel relations By Jacksonville Haddassah

Jacksonville Hadassah is honored to have Lauren Slawsky Prager as the guest speaker at its Annual Godparent Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The program will be held at Maggiano’s at the St. Johns Town Center and begins at noon. Lauren Slawsky Prager, former AIPAC area director and lifelong pro-Israel activist, is a welcome new member to the Jacksonville Jewish community. Throughout her career and volunteer life, Lauren has engaged and educated thousands of community and student activists, policy makers and opinion lead-

ers about the value of a strong and vibrant relationship between the United States and Israel. Having begun her career in the Washington Action Office of Hadassah, where she was a lobbyist and coalition organizer, she coordinated lobby missions for hundreds of Hadassah members from across the country. Lauren has been a key member of AIPAC’s Leadership Development Department, based in Washington, D.C., and has served as AIPAC’s Greater Philadelphia area director, responsible for ensuring that the pro-Israel community has relationships with political representatives.

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We hope you will join us in welcoming Lauren and helping us in our support of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, in its efforts to enhance the health of people

worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, by attending the Godparent Luncheon. There is a $100 minimum

donation to attend and a $180 donation to be a godparent. Lunch is $25. For additional information contact Tricia Bettman (904) 737-3764.

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Ambassador reminisces with Historical Society By Jewish Historical Society

“Whenever I speak with Sy, he is always quick to remind me ‘Don’t forget, I was arrested before you were!’ ” explained Ambassador Andrew Young in remembering his friend and colleague, Rabbi Israel Dresner. Rabbi Dresner was one of 16 rabbis arrested in St. Augustine on the afternoon of June 18, 1964, while supporting the work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. It was the largest mass arrest of Jewish clergy in the United States. The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations was speaking at Flagler College as part of the school’s Ideas and Images: Visiting Scholars and Artists program. His personal archives are the foundation for Flagler College’s new Civil Rights Library of St. Augustine, an internet-based multimedia archive document-

ing the St. Augustine civil rights movement. Young, who was arrested hours after the 16 rabbis, spoke after his presentation with a delegation of leaders from the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society and emphasized the significance of the presence of Jewish leadership and white clergymen. During his presentation he spoke of the challenges of St. Augustine being greater than those faced in places like Selma and Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta. He spoke of how heartened Southern Christian Leadership Council members were in June 1964 upon the arrival of the rabbis who were so ready to get involved. Young was the proud 1978 winner of the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal, named for Joel Elias Spingarn, early leader of the NAACP and co-founder of the publishing house Harcourt, Brace and Company.

GAME On set for Nov. 3 By Galinsky Academy

The community is invited to get their GAME On Sunday, Nov. 3, as the Galinsky Academy PTA hosts its annual fall fundraiser. Galinsky Academy Maccabiah Experience, or GAME On!, will be a great day of fun for the entire family benefiting the Galinsky Academy and the Memories of Love

Foundation. Beginning with a special Memories of Love fun run for kids, the day will include lunch, and an old school field day for families: tug of war, sack races, hula hula hoop races and much more. For registration and information, please contact Nancy Davis at davisgators@ or Melanie Setzer

Dine with the Jax Jewish Singles By Jacksonville Jewish Singles

Hey mon, come spice up your life with a little island ambiance and Caribbean-inspired cuisine. The singles will be having lunch

at Bahama Breeze Island Grille on Sunday, Nov. 3. For time, directions and to RSVP, please contact Francine at 904-2218061 or email francine.smith@

When community becomes family By ISABEL BALOTIN Shalom Jacksonville

For me, attending High Holy Day Services is like a family reunion. Seeing so many familiar faces, people greeting, hugging and kissing each other is such a joy. Meanwhile others lament, “I don’t know half the people in synagogue anymore.” I have an advantage most people do not have and that is I even know the new faces. And hopefully, in a couple of years, those new faces will become the familiar faces to you at services and events and

they, too, will feel very much at home. The holidays are also a wonderful opportunity for our newcomers to experience the beauty and awe of the holidays as well as the amazing hospitality of our community. I want to personally thank all our synagogues for inviting our newbies to all the services and to the many families who hosted them for holiday meals and celebrations. Many of our new friends do not have family close by and we, as a community, made them feel at home and part of our families.

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German government agrees to increased restitution for Holocaust survivors By MARIE GABBAMONTE

Jewish Family & Community Services

The Claims Conference, which engages the German government in negotiations for material compensation and restitution for Jewish victims of Nazi persecution, recently met in Germany to negotiate an increase in homecare funding for Holocaust survivors. In an historical agreement, an increase in funding was allocated by the German government which will pay $1 billion over a four-year-period (2014-2017) for homecare of Jewish Nazi victims.

In addition, the Claims Conference reports that a commitment was made to revise regulations concerning “closed ghettos.” This means that more Jews, probably an additional 2,000 to 3,000 survivors, will become eligible for a compensation pension. In addition the German government has committed to review annually the adequacy of the funding levels. This unprecedented amount of funding (from 7 to 11 million euros per year) means that victims of the Holocaust from around the world can receive the aid they desperately need as

they grow more frail. Locally, the partnership that Jewish Family & Community Services has, with the Albert Jewish Family & Children Services in West Palm Beach, will open the door for an increase in funds for home healthcare as well. “We are now able to offer up to 25 hours per week in homecare services at no charge to the individual,” says Naomi Mirensky, Holocaust Survivor Services coordinator at JFCS. Call Naomi at (904) 394-5777 if you or anyone you know might be eligible for these fund-allocated services.

DuBow Preschoolers have the right stuff By DuBow Preschool

During October there was a buzz about the super hero talents that we all possess and the super forces that are a part of our world. The children enjoyed dressing up

as their favorite super heroes for the day. Our budding scientists learned about strength, running, swimming, flight, sight, fire and ice. They then moved on to experiment and discover the science

behind these abilities and phenomena. We learn by doing, and experiencing. Our Discovery Studio is a place of wonder and exploration. Our kids are learning each day by tinkering, observing and experimenting.

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J Play hosts Block Building Bonanza DuBow Art Gallery inspires By MOLLY SWEET

Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool

Last month, Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool hosted the first J Play of the year, Block Building Bonanza. This event challenged parents and children to work together to build brain power and bond over block-building activities. Numerous studies have shown that activities with blocks can be invaluable tools in early childhood development. Block play has been proven to help develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination, spatial skills, math skills, critical thinking and problemsolving skills. Furthermore, a parent-child


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” — Pablo Picasso Children are naturally attracted to bright, beautiful colors, shapes and designs at an

early age. They want to scribble and draw. Nurturing this natural desire and encouraging this innate talent is important at all ages, beginning in the first few years of life. Art is a big part of our program. Creating works of art strengthens fine motor skills, allows for self-expression and builds confidence. Every day you will find children painting, drawing and creating with clay, recycled items or natural resource in our classrooms. Great conversations about these creations are often heard between our tiny artists. Stop by the DuBow Art Gallery and you will see our featured artists of the month. Every child’s work is displayed several times each year. Every class creates a sculpture or a collective art piece to share for the month. Take a peek at our artists by visiting the FLKR feed on our website at . “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

Enter creative writing contest by Nov. 15 By Jewish Museum of Florida

Jewish Museum of FloridaFIU announces that its annual student creative writing contest is under way. The theme of this year’s contest is how food acts as a tradition in the home and will complement the museum’s Growers, Grocers and Gefilte Fish exhibit. Deadline for contest submission is Friday, Nov. 15. Students will write an essay, poem, monologue, dialogue or short story about the following: “What foods spell ‘tradition’ in your home and why? Describe a meal you shared with family and/ or friends that has special meaning for you and tell why was it significant.” All Florida students in grades 6-12 are eligible. One entry per student. All submissions must be received by mail or delivery by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15. No email entries will be accepted. Prizes will be awarded to three middle school and three high school students as follows: First prize is $125; second prize is $75 and third prize is $50. For application forms and more information, contact Education Manager Chaim Liebperson at 786-972-3187 or email

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Torah Academy launches With Me program By Torah Academy

Starting Nov. 5, Torah Academy will have a new weekly young development program for ages 1 to 3. The free program will feature a rotating curriculum geared toward readying little ones for the classroom. The name of program is With Me, and it will be taught in tandem by Leah Scharman and Henny Fisch. “We are very excited about the opportunity to bring our outstanding preschool programming to more children,” says Torah Academy President David Robbins. The program will be weekly on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Each week it will feature a different curriculum focus, ranging from science (Explore with Me) to art (Create with Me). “The rotating curriculum is designed to expose each student to what he or she may encounter in school in doses small enough for the student to process easily,” states Torah Academy Head of School Dr. Joshua Wise. “We have also included song and movement segments to foster interaction amongst the children and develop social skills.” Leah Scharman recently moved to Jacksonville from North Miami Beach, where she ran a popular 2-year-old organized playgroup. Before that, she ran an in-home daycare for infants and toddlers. Henny Fisch has a master’s in education, and is the

preschool teacher at Torah Academy. She has been with the school for nine years. The program includes materials and a small snack. Contact the Torah Academy office at or (904) 268-7719 for more information.

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Weekly playgroup at the DuBow Preschool is free

Michele Block Gan Yeladim presents stimulating symposium By MOLLY SWEET

Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool

The JCA’s Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool continues to set itself apart by convening educators to improve their craft and skill. In October Block Gan hosted its annual Early Childhood Education Symposium, Play: Where Learning Begins, with guest keynote speaker Rebecca Isbell, ECE professor and director of the Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Education at East Tennessee State University. The symposium brought over 150 educators from Jacksonville and beyond to participate in an evening of professional development.


Are you looking for a place to meet other parents? Are you looking for a weekly outing for your baby or toddler? Do you want to find a fun, weekly group to socialize with? Well, we would love to have you come join our group. No sign-ups, just the desire to meet most Fridays, sing, chat, play and celebrate Shabbat. This is a free playgroup, open to the Jewish community. Come join us Nov. 8 at 8:45 a.m., Nov. 15 at 11:15 a.m., and Nov. 22 at 8:45 a.m. for

JCA’s first J Café of the year is just around the corner. Music Around the World will be held in the lovely JCA courtyard, and families with young children are invited to join us Saturday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. for live music from around the world. The first concert in the series will feature music from Latin America with local jazz musicians Molly Sweet and Andre Gruber. Clarinetist Molly Sweet studied music performance and ethnomusicology at Florida State University. While earning her degree, she performed in various Latin American music ensembles and specialized in musicological research of the music of Brazil

fee talk learned how to create real-life scenarios to stimulate and engage children with opportunities for play and gained valuable insights about how to support and encourage this positive play in everyday life. The Michele Block Gan Yeladim Annual Symposium has proved to be an invaluable tool in early childhood education for teachers and parents, and reflects the level of commitment to excellence that staff and administrators maintain for the students, parents and the community. This unparalleled symposium has gained a reputation in the educational community as the place to go for an amazing evening of experts in the field.

Block Gan shares Native American history By MOLLY SWEET

Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool

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Also included was a segment for parents of Michele Block Gan Yeladim students. The symposium’s evening events were followed by a morning session for parents of Michele Block Gan Yeladim students. The Symposium Coffee Talk, led by Isbell, was a chance for parents to meet and talk with the ECE expert in a more intimate setting. Throughout the talk, Isbell addressed play as an integral part of children’s development. Play is a pathway for children to learn and refine skills such as language, literacy, motor function and social skills as well as a means for emotional and brain development. Parents who attended the cof-

and Peru. Guitarist and composer Andre Gruber was born in Venezuela and has studied Venezuelan music and jazz guitar for most of his life. When the two are not playing Latin American music, they make up two-fifths of the New Orleansinspired traditional jazz band, You Rascal You! These two musicians will come together to present an engaging multicultural experience for everyone. Join us for an evening of live music, dance and an opportunity to learn about Latin American culture. Register online at www. or call 904-730-2100 ext. 259 for more information. This event is open to the community.

For more than 25 years, Muskogee Creek Indian Jim Sawgrass has shared his knowledge of Southeastern Native American culture. He is the founder of the Deep Forest Historical Native American Programs and, since 1988, has been bringing knowledge of his heritage to students across Florida and throughout the United States. In October, he visited Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool students for a presentation on Native American customs and lifestyles. Bringing with him stories,

dances and games, he brought life to the history that the

students have been learning in class.

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JCA’s Magic Wardrobe fosters love of the arts

By JENNIE CHAMBERLIN Jewish Community Alliance

Each year more than 25,000 kids from across Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties share one experience at the JCA. The JCA is home to The Magic Wardobe Theatre, an educational theatre program that incorporates school curriculums and life skills lessons in an interactive stage format. In its 15th year, the Magic Wardrobe program uses professional actors and original shows to create interactive and engaging programming for kids, making this high-quality show second only to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens as a field trip destination for Jacksonville students. The shows change monthly and are based on classic children’s stories and traditions. With music, dance and audience engagement, the Magic Wardrobe encourages kids to dance, sing and play along with the story on stage. While the program is designed for students grades pre-K to 2, JCA Theatre Director Shelly Hughes will expand programming for grades 3 to 5

this spring. A veteran performer, Hughes has been on stage her whole life and said she wants to foster a lasting appreciation of the arts in her students and audiences. “We’re the only continually producing children’s theatre program in the area,” said Hughes, whose character in the Magic Wardrobe, Zoe, is something of a celebrity among children who attend the show. In addition to the Magic Wardrobe, the JCA offers a variety of performing arts classes and programs for children. The JCA stage has been the starting point for many young artists through the years, and JCA theatre alumni have earned success in professional careers on Broadway and television. The JCA offers a place for young actors to learn and grow in their love of the performing arts. “We’re a theatre where everyone is welcome on our stage, regardless of age, experience or religion,” said Hughes. “The JCA is very proud of reaching so many children in our community through our Magic Wardrobe Theatre.”

New Havurot are forming at Jacksonville Jewish Center By Jacksonville Jewish Center

A Havurah is a small group of people with common interests who meet regularly to participate in study, worship, fun, celebration and friendship. The Havurah experience is for people who are willing to give of themselves and work toward building this unique communal

bond. Each Havurah decides on its own meaningful program based on its own needs. While the Center will provide ideas and support for Havurah activities, each Havurah is selfdirected. For more information or to join a Havurah, contact Rose Tincher at rtincher@jaxjewishcenter.or or call 904-292-1000.

Beth El synagogue holds Community Yard Sale Nov. 10 By Beth El the Beaches Synagogue

Beth El the Beaches Synagogue will hold its first Community Yard Sale on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the brotherhood and sisterhood, spaces will be available on the grounds for congregants, as well as outside vendors, to sell their wares. There will also be a large central sales area for

donated items from the congregation (or others) to raise money for Beth El. If you are interested in renting a space to sell your wares or in donating goods for sale, please contact the Beth El main office at 904-273-9100 or e-mail . Beth El is located at 288 N. Roscoe Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Letting kids’ imaginations soar By RONNI TICKER

Congregation Ahavath Chesed

According to Albert Einstein, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” At Temple Institute of Religion, the religious school of Congregation Ahavath Chesed, students get the best of both. By merging a substantive Judaic and Hebrew curriculum with experiential learning, students are engaged in meaningful discussions, team projects and hands-on learning with friends. The school transforms lessons into experiences. Imagination drives learning. Stephanie Natale-Frus created an experience for the third- and fourth-grade students based on the rules for a kosher Sukkah. The students were given old boxes to break down to build a Sukkah in any way they chose as long as it complied with the rules for a kosher sukkah. No expensive materials were needed, just kidpowered ingenuity, cooperation, cardboard, string and tape. One Sukkah had a tower and, another, a tunnel. They all met the rules. On a typical Sunday morning nearly 300 children, teens and adults are learning and experiencing Judaism together. Interested

in learning more? Contact Ronni Ticker, religious school director at

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Introducing WiFi: Women’s Informal Inspiration By Etz Chaim Synagogue

This new home study group is geared toward women of all ages in the community, regardless of your level of Jewish knowledge. It is held every Wednesday morning, and is led by Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum, the new education director of Etz Chaim Synagogue. This study group, which meets at the home of Emily Rosenbaum, 3113 Cornelia Drive, at 9:15 a.m. every Wednesday, uses a mix of laughter, learning and lattes

to stimulate discussion among women of a broad range of Jewish backgrounds and knowledge. Each class is a stand-alone unit, allowing women the flexibility to attend as their schedule allows. There will be focus on different topics throughout the year, with a special emphasis on the Jewish calendar as each holiday approaches. If you like lattes, and you like learning – then this is an opportunity that you cannot afford to pass up.

Emily Rosenbaum commented, “In this busy world we live in, we stop to take care of our bodies but often neglect our souls. Learning Torah feeds my soul in way that inspires me and keeps my Judaism vibrant. In Rabbi Feigenbaum’s class, we learn the Torah’s wisdom on how best to train our thoughts and actions.” For more information about this class or any of our programs, please contact Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum at rabbifeigenbaum@

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TA Pilgrims visit Dubow Native Americans By SHEREEN CANADY DuBow Preschool

Above: Martin J. Gottlieb Day School students celebrate Hoshanah Rabbah.

Building kind communities, learning and living Jewish values is important to us. During October our focus was on teaching hachnasat orchim, hospitality and sharing. We read the story about Avraham and Sarah and how they welcomed travelers into their tent. In November we are talking about being thankful and tzedakah, righteous giving. We invited our friends from Henny Fisch’s preschool class of the Torah Academy to visit Janet Kriss’s 3-year-old class at the DuBow Preschool. Henny’s group dressed like pilgrims and Janet’s class like Native Americans. We also invited Ms. Ilene from PJ Library to join the gathering.

Together the children and adults had a nice feast, story time and

time to play. We are so thankful for our friends.

Block Gan makes holidays meaningful By MOLLY SWEET

Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool

Below: Middle School students assemble lulavim before Sukkot.

The high holidays may be over, but at Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool the experiences and rituals learned have left an impression. These holidays gave teachers, students and parents a unique opportunity to venture outside the normal daily curriculum and celebrate in a meaningful way. During Rosh Hashanah students sat, captivated, as Rabbi Lief demonstrated the sounds of the Shofar. “It’s time to wake up for the New Year,” he said as he belted a long call from the ram’s horn. Yom Kippur reinforced reflection, kindness and the importance

of being a good friend. Later in the month, the holiday of Sukkot gave students and teachers many opportunities to celebrate. Michele Block Gan Yeladim teachers and parent volunteers walked with the junior kinder and kindergarten classes to the Temple for songs, prayers and snacks in the sukkah with Rabbi Cohen. Gan’s younger children enjoyed their Sukkot festivities in JCA’s courtyard sukkah with Judaics resource teacher, Morah Karen Morse. In celebration of Simchat Torah, students marched around the JCA building (including the fitness center) in parades, singing about the Torah and delighting those standing by.

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SYNAGOGUE NEWS Celebrating the season

Temple Bet Yam collects 1,010 pounds for Second Harvest By Temple Bet Yam

Beth El The Beaches Synagogue enjoys its second annual Celebrate the Season. The Beth El community came together for a relaxing evening of good food, camaraderie and celebration.

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Each year during the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Temple Bet Yam holds a major food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. This year’s food drive broke the Temple’s previous record, collecting 1,010 pounds of food and beverages. Paul Bell, director of Business Process and interim director of Second Harvest, thanked the congregation for its ongoing support, “Your donations could not have come at a better time for us.” Typically donations are low in late summer and early fall. Art Rogove, Social Justice chair and organizer of the food drive, said, “Temple Bet Yam is proud of its affiliation with Second Harvest, and with the generosity of our congregation.”

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OneJax 95th annual interfaith service set By Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Almost a century ago, Rabbi Israel Kaplan created a community-wide service to give thanks to God at Thanksgiving. This year, Congregation Ahavath Chesed will host the OneJax Annual Interfaith Service of Gratitude on Thursday,

Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. Everyone in the community is invited. Everyone is encouraged to bring nonperishable food as we share our bounty with those who are hungry at this time of year and every day. “All too often, especially in challenging times like these, we tend to become consumed by the

negatives and miss out on our many blessings. Indeed, it is good to give thanks; it makes us feel better to realize that things could often be worse and are, in reality, better than they may appear. It makes others feel good when we appreciate the value they bring to our lives,” says Rabbi Joshua Lief.

Everyone cares about Alzheimer’s disease. We understand it. Introducing Clare Bridge® Place at Carriage Club Jacksonville Beth El The Beaches Synagogue Sunday school hosts its annual back to school BBQ. All of the leftover hamburgers and hot dogs were donated to Mission House.

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Jacksonville Jewish Center honors members By Jacksonville Jewish Center

Each year the Jacksonville Jewish Center invites the congregation and friends from the community to help us celebrate deserving members of the Center family. We are proud and humble to have honored Jennifer Plotkin as this year’s Kallat Torah, Stu Appelbaum as our Hatan Bereishit, and Andrea Mail as our Eishet Hayil. We joined for Simhat Torah services on Friday, Sept. 27. On Simhat Torah, Jews customarily call up to the Torah a Hatan/ Kallat Torah and a Hatan/Kallat Bereishit. The Hatan/Kallat Torah is the person who receives the closing aliyah in Sefer Devarim. The Hatan/Kallat Bereishit receives the opening aliyah in Sefer Bereishit. This marks the beginning of the Torah, and we read the seven days of creation. Our Eishet Hayil represents a woman of valor who has served the Jacksonville Jewish Center in an exemplary fashion.

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Simchat Torah: ‘The best night of my life’ By ANDREW OCEAN

Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Sean Zahler told his mom that Simchat Torah at Temple was the best night of his life. It marked his class’s consecration. He and his mom found a very special place in his bedroom for the miniature Torah he received to mark this special occasion. The congregation agreed that the highlights of the evening were hearing the consecration class recite the Shema in their booming voices. Then a Torah scroll was

unrolled in its entirety as the congregation was encircled in the Torah. Rabbi Joshua Lief read the highlights of the Five Books before reading the final lines of Deuteronomy. Within moments, Rabbi Matt Cohen was reading the creation story in Genesis. Simchat Torah was the premiere of Temple’s Klezmer Band. Jeffrey and Jane Packer were members of a klezmer band before they relocated to Amelia Island. They joined the Temple family last year and have enjoyed

the ruach (spirit) The Jew Crew, our teen band, infuses into each JAFTY First Friday Shabbat worship. Their enthusiasm and Cohen’s talent fused to create the klezmer band. “Klezmer music is near

and dear to the hearts of the Jewish people,” said Cohen. “We are excited to bring this traditional music to our congregation and blend it into our worship service.” The Packers were joined by

Brian Bialik on the keyboard, Ken Organes on percussion, Ken Salsman on clarinet, Bob Levine on violin and Cohen on the 12-string guitar. There was dancing in the aisles, flags flying and spirits rising.

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Mike Elkin, member of Temple’s Board of Trustees, was selected as the Ultimate CFO for small businesses by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Mike is the chief financial officer of InHome Medical Solutions, a medical supply Mike Elkin distributor to the home health and hospice industries. Mike describes his company as “small, so we have to know what’s going on so we can quickly respond to our customers. Customer service is our biggest advantage.” As a board member, Mike applies that same thinking to Temple decisions. “Mike’s focus is on the needs of our Temple family. As an active member of Temple’s Finance Committee, Mike is always asking the difficult questions that help make us better. He wants Temple to be the best it can be,” says Malcolm Bloom, Temple president. Mike is deeply committed to people. He chaired Temple’s Tikkun Olan Committee because he understands the responsibility to leave the world better than we found it. During his tenure, he strengthened Temple’s relationship with the Sulzbacher Center with the community garden. Under his leadership as brotherhood president, the organization was revitalized. They continue to provide the best breakfast in town. On Nov. 10, brotherhood will honor our veterans and the important role

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Etz Chaim hires education director By Etz Chaim Synagogue

Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum, originally from Toronto, moved here with his wife Devora and three adorable daughters from the Kansas City community Kolel just in time to enhance the Feigenbaum High Holiday services at Etz Chaim Synagogue by leading the explanatory services. A graduate of Ner L’elef and the Mirrer Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Feigenbaum was involved in a plethora of educational activities on many levels in Jerusalem, and then in Kansas City. His wit, wisdom and keen perception of human nature were greatly appreciated by the

large crowds at his classes during the High Holidays. Rabbi Yaakov Fisch said, “We recognize that there are a growing number of Jews who want to engaged in Torah study but don’t necessarily feel comfortable in a formal synagogue setting. We want to engage people with meaningful Jewish education in their comfort zone.” Feigenbaum has already begun arranging a variety of study programs such as home study groups, and lunch and learns at various offices and local coffee shops. He is quickly proving to be a valuable resource in our community, providing meaningful Torah study to Jews of all backgrounds. Rabbi Avi, as he is called, is a warm, engaging and personable individual who can connect to all Jews regardless of their affiliation.

Temple observes November as Jewish Literacy Month By Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Calling all adults: Are you unable to follow worship services because you do not read Hebrew? Are you unable to help your children with their religious school studies because their Hebrew reading skills surpass yours? Is Shabbat shalom the extent of your Hebrew knowledge? Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) is here to help. Temple is joining with the National Jewish Outreach Program and launching a free Hebrew literacy campaign for adults. Young adults may attend with an adult. Imagine the power of learning side-by-side with your teenager. The Hebrew reading course is designed to teach students the fundamentals. The lessons are based on the Hebrew found in the

prayer book and the phonetics used in Israel today. The classes are designed for those with no background knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet. It sometimes happens that a class will be made up of a majority of students who have some basic knowledge. The teacher is there to help every student feel competent and be successful. Yes, there are online courses and students can be very successful. And students who learn with a class are encouraged by the progress of their fellow students. Like any new skill, practice between classes is critical; just 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference. Participation at worship services reinforces learning. Call the Temple office (7337078) for more information.

JCCI to install Rabbi Joshua Lief as board chair By Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Jacksonville Community Council Inc. announces that Chair-Elect Rabbi Joshua Lief will be installed as new board chair this month. Officially taking over on Oct. 10, Lief will be sworn-in during JCCI’s 39th Annual Meeting at WJCT. Lief will assume his position along with new Chair-Elect Jim Stevenson and new Secretary Treasurer Peter O’Brien. Lief has been involved with JCCI since his move to Jacksonville from Chattanooga, beginning with the Quality of Life Progress Report review committee in 2008. “I believe that becoming the city we’d like to be requires the participation of all of our citizens, and that is why JCCI is important to our community. As a convener, we play an essential role in ensuring progress and success for the people of Jacksonville,” Lief said. “As a new JCCI inquiry is set to begin and the JAX2025 initiative enters its second year, we are looking forward to Rabbi Lief’s enthusiasm in continuing to build on the energy that we felt this year,” said Ben Warner, JCCI president and CEO. Rabbi Lief

Center cemeteries go digital By HOWARD WOLPOFF Jacksonville Jewish Center

The Jewish tradition of burial dates back to Adam. In Bereshit, Chapter 3, verse 19: “For you are dust and to dust you will return.” Jewish tradition views humanity as created from earth, so we are responsible for the immediate return of our bodies to the earth to be reunited and support the cycle of all living things. Traditionally, this is done within 24 hours. One of the first tasks of a newly settled Jewish community is to find a proper location for the burial of its members. In 1905, and within the first year of the Jacksonville Jewish Center’s founding, land was purchased from what is now known as Evergreen Cemetery. A committee was formed to manage the “Old Cemetery” property, which was tasked with maintaining the grounds, measuring out sections and plot locations. The records were kept in notebooks and on a hand-drawn map, with names of each member added as they purchased a plot. If you have walked through the Old Center Cemetery, you will notice that each of the four sections have their own distinct design and shape. Section’s B and C have specific family plots that are enclosed with brick and stone borders. In section A, against the far fence, you will find some of the oldest and most unique headstones. In the 1940s, as the amount of available plots became smaller, the Center began to plan for the future and searched for a location for an additional cemetery. They found a location adjacent to Evergreen Cemetery and purchased five city lots from Mary Ellen Shaffer in 1945. Hannah

Greenberg speaks at JJC Safer Shabbaton faith, sexuality and tradition, Greenberg helped organize the first Orthodox Mental Health Conference on homosexuality, and has worked with numerous families in reconciliation. Winner of the Koret Book Award for Philosophy and Thought, Greenberg is the author of the groundbreaking book, “Wrestling with God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition” (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004), which explores homosexuality and Jewish tradition. The book was also selected as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards. Greenberg is a founding member and educational adviser of the Open House in Jerusalem, an organization that advances

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Rabbi Steve Greenberg isn’t afraid of a challenge. Known as an award-winning author, noted teacher, and religious iconoclast, Greenberg has broken boundaries and led the fight to make Orthodox Judaism more open and inclusive and accepting of homosexual members. Greenberg A senior teaching fellow at The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, Greenberg was featured in the 2001 film, “Trembling Before G-d,” about Orthodox gay Jews, and has appeared in over 500 post-screening community dialogues throughout the world. A popular speaker on issues of

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Lerner was the first to be buried in Section One of The Jewish Center Memorial Park, the “New Center Cemetery,” on April 1, 1949. Three years ago, the Cemetery Committee of the Jacksonville Jewish Center modernized the record keeping process. Countless hours were spent photographing headstones and transferring information from the stones and the index cards into a database that was then passed on to software designers. One hundred and eight years after the opening of the cemeteries, the records have been transferred to a software system that merges maps with historical databases. Using Geographical Information Systems mapping, the software allows a view of sections and plots on a screen. Soon the community will have access to view these maps through the Center’s website. For more history and information, contact the Jacksonville Jewish Center at 904-292-1000.

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EdNavy will Tues. & Fri., Sept. 1, 4, 8, 4, 11,8,15, 18, 22, Mallow is aof captain in the tour duty, including video night month, it to is Temple Additional people and who recently returned from Iraq.a Ed will on the last Tues. & Fri., Sept. 1, 11, 15, 18, 22, coming year sales with exciting pro-new mitteethe is dedicated creating show REAL is share observed thatand allows ample of signaling our commitment to activities were in his pictures andattorney stories of his recent 25, 29, Oct. 2, results. 6, 9 with •conducted 6 - 7Sweetness a.m. Buzzing Reserve an in Jacksonville synagogue in western Iraq. tradition to honor its classic remerchandise will be displayed in share his pictures and stories of his recent 25, 29, Oct. 2, 6, 9 • 6 - 7 a.m. gramming. new and innovative classes and tourfor of schmoozing. duty, including a the video on the last time At the local community. private residences. who recently returned from Iraq. Ed will Tues. & Fri., Sept. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, Naturalist George DeMarino, former form roots with a worship service, the shop and in Temple’s front tour of duty, including on last Wed., 16a video • 7 There - 8the p.m. Buzzing with Sweetness synagogue in western Iraq. option of thehis host of theSept. Shabbat is no cost to be a share pictures and stories of his recent As more Jewish families 25, 29, Oct. 2, 6, 9 Sweetness • the 6 -New 7 a.m. beekeeper from area, Buzzing with welcoming Shabbat using the hallway. synagogue in western Iraq. Naturalist George DeMarino, former England Wed., 16 •including 7dinner - 8 p.m. of duty, awill video member on the last aSept. pre-service of the JCAI, with the moved into the area, the memNaturalist George DeMarino, former will share the fascinating story ofservice, beestour Union Prayer Book. The chorale Oy, My Back!! The community is invited to beekeeper from the New England area, Wed., Sept. 16 •Aching 7 - 8 p.m. Buzzing with Sweetness synagogue in western Iraq. be organized. exception of a small When Beth El The Beach bership grew to include those beekeeper frommaking. the New share fascinating storyEngland offormer bees area, Oy, My Aching will lend their voices to the worshop. Proceeds from sales support will Ivelisse Lopez, physical therapist withfee to cover andthe honey Back!! Naturalist George DeMarino, Many of the JCAI members costs for the High Holy Days, Wed., Sept. 16 • 7 8 p.m. When Beth El The Beach Synagogue sought to hire a new who also sought to attend will share the fascinating story of bees honey making. My Aching Back!! IvelisseOy, Lopez, physical therapist with ship experience. sisterhood’s pet projects: scholar- and Brooks Rehab, will teach us how to best Wed., Sept. 9 New • 10:30 a.m. - noon beekeeper from the England area, When Bethsought ElitThe Synagogue toBeach hire a new see one another socially during Passover Seder and Chanukah education director was hard to Shabbat services. Among these and honey making. Ivelisse Lopez, physical therapist with Brooks Rehab, will teach us how to best Wed., Sept. 9 • 10:30 a.m. noon “For thosesought of us who grew ships for religious school, summer will share the fascinating story of bees care for our backs through nutrition and Oy, My Aching Back!! education director was Synagogue toitahire ahard newto thecare week as friendships have party. However, if an individual imagine it would find professionindividuals were Debbie and for our backs through nutrition and Brooks Rehab, will teach us how to best When Beth El The Beach Wed., Sept. 9 • 10:30 a.m. noon The JCA has two book clubs . . . up with the little blue book, this camping, rabbinic students. andJCA honey making. exercise. imaginedirector it woulditfind professionIvelisse Lopez, physical therapist with education wasabargain. hard to The has two clubsactive ... grown from shared Shabis financially-challenged, any al cantorial soloist intothe exercise. Ron Price, whobook had been Synagogue sought abargain. new carethese for our backs through nutrition and al cantorial soloist inhire the one is just right forclubs you! Brooks Rehab, will teach us •how to best Wed., Sept. 9 •for 10:30 a.m. - noon imagine it would find a professionone is just right you! Wed., Sept. 16 2 -3 p.m. The JCA has two book . . . bat and holiday events. Visitors such cost is waived. Buteducation that is just what a search comdirector it was hard to members of Temple Shearith Wed., Sept. 16 • 2 3 p.m. exercise. But that issoloist just what a search comcare for our backs through nutrition and alimagine cantorial in the bargain. Well known local author Stacey to Goldring Well known local author Stacey Goldring one is just right you! itfound. would find a professionAmelia Island often16inquire at We will not turn anyone away mittee found. Israel in Ridgefield, Conn. mittee The JCA has two for book clubs ... Wed., Sept. •“Friendzy” 2with - 3 p.m. exercise. But that is just what a search comCatch theobserving “Friendzy” is the facilitator for both of these book Catch with the up is the facilitator for both of these book al cantorial incommitthe bargain. “When the search committheir hotelsup whether there are lofrom his or her faith “When the soloist search Wellisknown local author Stacey They volunteered their timeGoldring one just right for you! mittee found. Wed., Sept. 16 • 2 3 p.m. Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin . . . this clubs. Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin . . . thiswith others for clubs. But that is just what a search comteeNaomi met Naomi Chase, we were Catch up with the “Friendzy” is the facilitator for both of these book cal Jewish religious services they and participating Chase, we were and energies to expand the tee met Well known local author Stacey Goldring program is for the novice user who wants “When thenot search commitmittee found. impressed only with wide program ishotels for the novice who Recreational Readers Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin . . this attend. Theup local area a. lack ofuser funds. Wewants invite others impressed not only with herherwide activities of the JCAIof tothese include Recreational Readers Catch with the “Friendzy” isclubs. the facilitator for both book may tee range met Naomi Chase, we to learn more regarding these computer of the experiences andwere her “When search committo learn more regarding these computer program is for the novice user who wants Tues., Sept. 8 • 1:30 3:30 p.m. are now prepped to refer them to to join in our spiritual and holirange of experiences and her a monthly Shabbat service. Ron Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin . . . this clubs. impressed not only with her wide applications. Recreational Readers intellect, but we alsowere with her teeobvious met Naomi Chase, Tues., Sept. 8 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. applications. toSept. learn more regarding these computer Debbie for that is information, and day events. Call Debbie Price obvious intellect, but also with program for the novice user who wants range of experiences andBeth herwide adapted the service from the sincere passion to with help Elher to Thurs., 24 • 7 8:30 p.m. impressed not only her Night Readers Tues., Sept. 8 •Readers 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Recreational applications. sincere passion to help Beth El to it is not to welcome 904-310-6060 touncommon learn more regarding computer obvious but also with her Thurs., Sept.these 24 •at 7 - 8:30 p.m.or by e-mail at grow and develop,” said Marcy Gates of9 Prayer and with the asrange ofintellect, experiences and her Night Wed., Sept. •Readers 7 - 1:30 9 p.m. Tues., Sept. 8 • - 3:30 p.m. By Etz Chaim Synagogue Kingdom, South Africa, Russia, Beth El’s new education director, sincere passion help Beth El her to Sandler, Bethto Elbut vicealso president. applications. Thurs., 24 or• 7 - 8:30 p.m. grow and develop,” said Marcy such visitors to aSept. Shabbat for more insistance of other JCAI members obvious intellect, with Night Readers Wed., Sept. 9 • 7 - 9 p.m. “She can help develop our reliNaomiEl’s Chase, visited Beth in Argentina, Chile and theElNethgrow and develop,” said Marcy Beth new education director, Sandler, Beth El vice president. holiday service. formation. JCAI communicates sincere passion to help Beth El to Thurs., Sept. 24 • 7 - 8:30 p.m. Calling All Players added theBridge musical features of Night Readers Wed., Sept. 9 • 7 9 p.m. gious school, tovice besaid sure, but Beth El’sChase, new education director, late July as a cantorial soloist. Sandler, Beth Elproud president. Etz Chaim is to Marcy host erlands. She was featured inEl thein Please grow and develop,” join us forfamiliar a two Bridge hour most session on “She can help develop our reli-she Naomi visited Beth There are more than 130 all its activities to its members the service of Calling Players Wed., Sept. 9 All • 7 - 9top.m. can also assist with confirmation, “She can help develop our reliNaomi Chase, visited Beth El in Beth El’s new education director, Gila Manolson as its scholar in AishJuly HaTorah film, “Inspired.” Sandler, Beth El vice president. “Jacoby Two No Trump” andthe “Splinter gious school, to be sure, but she members of the JCAI today, and via electronic mail. Send us your Calling All Bridge Players late as a cantorial soloist. the members through use of cation director and cantorial soloist adult education, music programPleasebyjoin us for a two hour session on school, todevelop beconfirmation, sure,fall butrelishe late JulyChase, as a cantorial soloist. “She can help our Naomi visited Beth Elof in Bids” taught Bridge residence for its annual ShabManolson is the author cangious also assist with Please join us for a maven twoPlayers hour session on the various services draw small e-mail address to receive these Calling All Bridge a CD. on Aug. 4. ming and more. Her experience can also assist22-23. with confirmation, “Jacoby Two No Trump” and “Splinter David A. Stein gious school, to be sure, but she Harlan. late July as a(which cantorial soloist. baton on four books have or are cation director cantorial soloist Jeanne “Jacoby Nothese and “Splinter adult education, music programPlease joinTwo us for aTrump” twoservices, hour session onand large crowds depending notices. “The hiring ofand Naomi Chase as anNov. administrator of a Jewish Ron leads director and cantorial soloist adult education, music programcanday also assist with confirmation, Jewish Community Alliance Bids” taught maven Tues., Sept. 15 • Trump” 7by - 9Bridge p.m. Manolson graduated Yale Uni- cation being translated represents pointHebrew, in the Bids” taught by Bridge maven school will make for a smooth “Jacoby Two No and “Splinter on Aug. 4.a turninginto ming and more. Her experience on Aug. 4. ming and more. Her experience cation director and cantorial soloist on the Ed Parker Jewish Community Campus adult education, music programDavid A. Stein Jeanne Harlan. life“The of ourhiring congregation. Adding a and transition sheof moves into the versity magna ascum laude in 1979, Portuguese, Spanish, French, David A. Stein Bids” taught by Bridge maven Jeanne Harlan. ofNaomi Naomi Chase as an administrator aexperience Jewish “The hiring of Chase on Aug. 4. 8505 San Jose Blvd. • Jacksonville, FL 32217 asming an administrator of a Jewish and more. Her Jewish Community Alliance full-time professional position for role of education director. As an Tues., Sept. - 9 p.m. A. Stein Jeanne Harlan. and from 1981 tomake 1983 studied Russian): Magic Touch: Jewish David Community Alliance represents aturning turning point in dayday school will for aasmooth Tues., Sept. 15 15 • 7 •- 9 7p.m. “The hiring of Naomi Chase represents a“The point in thethe as an administrator of a share Jewish school willmake for smooth education director/cantorial soloist added bonus, she will her on the Ed Parker Jewish Community Jewish Community Alliance on the Ed Parker Jewish Community Campus Campus Judaic studies inmoves Israel. Her favorA Jewish Approach to Adding RelationTues., Sept. 15 • 7 - 9 p.m. life ofour our congregation. transition she into the represents acongregation. turning inAdding the life of daygift school will for a smooth transition as she moves into the indicates that Beth Elpoint is alive and a a ofassong asmake our cantorial solo8505 San Jose Blvd. • Jacksonville, 32217 on the Ed Parker Jewish Community Campus 8505 San Jose of Blvd. 32217 FLprogramming ite presentations on love and ships,” A Fresh training and mentoring the• Jacksonville, encingFLcamp-like full-time professional position By RABBI MATT COHEN rolerole ofist.” education director. As an life of our“Outside/Inside: congregation. Adding a for transition as sheare moves into full-time professional for of education director. Asthe an growing and that we areposition respond 8505 San Jose Blvd. • Jacksonville, FL 32217 marriage, dating and relationships Look at professional Tzniut,” “Head tosoloist Heart: next generation of Jewish leaders alongside their kids. And teachers full-time position for Congregation Ahavath Chesed education director/cantorial soloist rolebonus, ofChase’s education director. As an added she will share her education director/cantorial ing to the needs of our growing added bonus, she will share her experience spans education director/cantorial soloist and how to have a cantorial relationship added bonus, she will sharesoloher community,” said Judy Poppell, What to that Know before Dating and encourage them to continue and advisers will learn about and Reform and Conservative congreindicates Beth ElElis alive andand  indicates that Beth is alive of song asour our cantorial sologiftgift of song as For thousands of campers who their active engagement in JewBethMarriage” El board of trustees’ presiindicates that Beth El is alive and to  gations, a member of gift of songand as she ouriscantorial sologrowing and we respondwith G-d. ist.” and and “Choosing implement experiential learngrowing andthat that weare are respondist.”   severalexperience professional organizations growing and thatof we are respondist.” attend our Union for Reform Juing needs Chase’s experience spans Manolson is a popular interLove: Building aofour Deep Relation-    ish communal life. The Temple ing inside and outside of the ing tothe the needs ourgrowing growing Chase’s spans  Beth religious including the Nationalspans Association ing towith theEl’s needs of Judy ourschool growing Chase’s experience community,” said Poppell, Reform and Conservative congre   daism summer camps, the countnational lecturer. In addition to ship the Right Person—and is very excited to welcome our classroom. As Michael Scott of community,” said Judy Poppell, Reform and Conservative congre enrollment doubled last year, of Temple Educators. community,” said Judy Poppell, Reform and she Conservative congreBeth El board ofoftrustees’ presigations, and amember member of speaking widely inisyou, Israel, she With Yourself.” Her articles have    down to the next summer begins new fellow, Arielle Johnson, a Dunder Mifflin famously said, Beth El board trustees’ presigations, and she is a of and it celebrated its first graduat“As I teach I will learn Beth El board of trustees’ presigations,professional and she is aorganizations member of   dent. several on the bus ride back home. For  has given talks in schools and for appeared on Camp Coleman staff member and “It is a win, win, win situation.” dent. several professional organizations ing classes of confirmation and from you and, together, we will   dent. several professional organizations Beth El’s students. religiousFor school including the National Association  many of our Temple youth, that consecration more organizations in 32 major North grow,” she said. “The congregation The Jewish community is photography major at Daytona The URJ camp movement wins Beth El’s religious school   including the National Association  Beth El’s religious school the National Association enrollment doubled last year, ofincluding Temple Educators. information on registration, visit     countdown will be significantly is verycities, warm. It feels home.” American as welllike as outlyinvited. There is no cost to attend State College. Under the superwith increased attendance and enrollment doubled last year, of Temple Educators. enrollment doubled last year, of “As Temple Educators. and it celebrated its first graduatI teach you,her I will learn     shorter thanks to a new URJ Chase began duties as eduingfrom communities. the For more vision and guidance of Rabbi support. Our Temple community and itpresentations. itsits first graduatand itcelebrated celebrated first graduat“As I teach you,I will I will learn “As Iyou teach learn ing classes of confirmation and infor-    and,you, together, we will camp fellowship program. ing classes of confirmation and from you and, together, we will Her lecture tours have taken mation, please call our office at ing classes of confirmation and Matt Cohen, Arielle will engage wins with opportunities for new  from you and, together, we will   grow,” she said. “The congregation consecration students. For more The program is designed to consecration students. ForFor more she said. “The congregation her tovery Switzerland, thecongregation United 262-3565 oron go to consecration students. more    and enrich many aspects of our and innovative programming and grow,” shewarm. said. information registration, visit isgrow,” It“The feels like home.” information visitvisit    introduce camp-like programis Chase very warm. Ither feels likehome.” home.” informationononregistration, registration, Temple community. community building. And most is very warm. It feels like began duties as edu Chase began dutiesasaseduedu ming to synagogues in hopes to The URJ camp fellowship importantly, the future of our Chase began herherduties   increase the number of children program will give kids from 3rd Jewish people wins by a newly   attending URJ camps and Israel grade to high school the experienergized and inspired generation programs, to increase engagement ence of camp-like programming who will, someday soon, carry in Jewish life through experienand community building. Parents forward the torch of our tradition tial learning, and to invest in the will learn about camp by experiand peoplehood.

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Briefs Scotch, Cigars & Football returns

If you live in Jacksonville, and you are a man, you fall into one of two categories: those who attended our Men’s Event last year and those who didn’t. You will all be happy to hear we are repeating our 2nd Annual Scotch, Cigars & Football night. Save the date: Thursday, Jan. 9, at Epping Forest. Call (904) 3945727 or register to attend on line at

Looking for volunteers

The Jewish Healing Network is looking for volunteers to make visits to those who are ill and/ or shut-in. Additionally, we are looking for individuals who are interested in doing Jewish culture-related programs. If you are interested in learning more about these volunteer opportunities, call Karen Susman at (904) 394-5737.


Need a ride to synagogue? To the doctor? To the grocery store? Don’t forget CALL2GO is a great way for seniors to arrange for their own door-to-door cab transportation at a reduced fare. And rides to Shabbat and holiday services are at no cost. (904) 224-6287.

Foods of the month

The Winn-Dixie Emergency Food Pantry at JFCS appreciates your donation of nonperishable foods throughout the year. Foods of the month for November are: canned turkey or chicken, pumpkin, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, peas, carrots and fruits. We also accept grocery store gift cards during November and December to help individuals purchase fresh food items during the fall and winter holidays.

Food arrives by truckload

Although Jewish Family & Community Services helps to create “forever families” through private and foster care adoptions throughout the year, National Adoption Month is a time to specifically raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. Foster care adoption involves the adoption of children who are in the custody of the state or county’s Department of Child and Family Services. More than 100,000 children and youth in the U.S. foster care system are awaiting permanent families, and approximately 100 of those are in Florida. JFCS finalized 79 adoptions through the foster care

system in our last fiscal year, a number that exceeded the goals that were set forth by Family Support Systems/Department of Children & Family Services. Since July 1 we have finalized 30 adoptions through foster care. Earlier this year, I met an incredible couple, Pricilla and Todd. They wanted to start a family but were not able to have a biological child. They decided to open up their home to a child in the foster care system. Their original intention was not to permanently adopt them, but to give them a temporary safe and loving environment. They went through the training and screening, and were quickly asked if they could foster two children – two sisters. Statistics show that when siblings

can stay together, it is much better for their emotional well-being so, of course, this caring couple said, “yes.” It was later determined that the girls were not able to return home, which was neither a safe nor appropriate environment, and were being put up for adoption. Pricilla and Todd decided to adopt them. But this is not the end of the story. In the next year, they were informed that the birth mother was once again pregnant and that the new baby would be put up for adoption when it was born. Pricilla and Todd immediately began taking the necessary steps to adopt the new baby, as well. The baby turned out to be another little girl. All three sisters are together and will grow up

Players By the Sea benefit set for JFCS By Jewish Family & Community Services Director Colleen Rodriguez.

JFCS will be hosting a fundraiser on Thursday evening, Nov. 21, at the Jacksonville Beach community theatre, Players by the Sea. All box office proceeds for the 7:30 p.m. production of “The Whipping Man” will be donated to JFCS. General admission tickets are $35 and include a 6:15 p.m. reception before the show. “We are very honored to be partnering with Players by the Sea to hold this fundraiser at their wonderful community theater, and we are enormously grateful for their support of JFCS,” said JFCS Executive

“We would encourage everyone to purchase tickets now, as there are only 150 seats available for this event.” “The Whipping Man” is the story of a Jewish Confederate soldier who returns to his childhood home following the Civil War, only to find it in ruins and occupied by his former slaves. The captivating story weaves past secrets with connected history and shared faith, culminating in a shocking climax. For more information about JFCS or to purchase tickets on line for the Nov. 21 showing of “The Whipping Man,” visit or call (904) 448-1933.

Holiday Gift Giving Program is in full swing By Jewish Family & Community Services pating in this program. As the

JFCS Holiday Gift Giving Program is an annual event that provides gifts for our clients, young and old, during the holiday season. There are over 500 children in the foster care system and other programs, and many seniors in our Jewish Services Program who are experiencing difficult times. We are asking for your support in making the holiday season memorable by partici-

2013 holiday season approaches, JFCS will again gather wish lists from needy children and older adults in our community so they may receive personal gifts. Donations of gift cards for older children are always welcome. You may download a registration form on line at www. For more information, please contact Renie Levin at (904) 394-5721 or rlevin@

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Here is a view from inside of the truck as JFCS staff and volunteers a donation of nonperishable food that came in from the Jacksonville Jewish Center last month. The Center, Congregation Ahavath Chesed and Beth El Beaches, together with countless individuals throughout the community, responded to the call to help feed the hungry that was sounded during the High Holidays.

Chanukah is early this year, and JFCS would like to make it easy for you to give a very unique gift idea to a Jewish senior. We have, for a short time only, a coupon book to be used for our CALL2GO transportation vouchers, and for MEALS4YOU prepared, frozen and hand-delivered meals for your loved ones. We will have available for purchase in increments of $10 per coupon up to any amount that you would like. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

In addition to foster care adoptions, JFCS provides private adoption services through our First Coast Adoptions Professionals program. Last year, we placed 10 new babies into loving homes; three since July 1.

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Donna, Tammy and Caren By JFCS

Pictured here are members of our You Can Count on Us committee, getting ready to send out the save the date cards for our big event on March 6. We are looking for sponsors now. Call Marie Gabbamonte, director of Development & Marketing, for more information at (904) 394-5727.

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together in this loving, caring forever home. When I first met Pricilla and Todd and told them how lucky those little girls were, they told me, “No, we are the lucky ones. We can’t even imagine life without them. We are family.” For more information about the adoption process – whether private or foster care adoption, call Laura Evans at JFCS (904) 394-5747

1. Contact Ilene Schinasi, program coordinator, for Call2Go and Meals4You at JFCS. 2. Purchase coupons for your loved one from JFCS (all payments welcome). 3. The coupon book will be mailed to the recipient for them to use for either their transportation needs or for purchasing meals. What a great way to give the gift of services from Jewish Family & Community Services. Call Ilene today at (904) 2246287 or email-her at ischinasi@


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Foundation selected for prestigious national grant By Jewish Community Foundation

There were 21 competitors. Only eight would be selected to receive the coveted Life & Legacy grant. Our Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida was a winner. Harold Grinspoon, Jewish philanthropist, invests in programs he feels will have the greatest impact. Believing legacy work is critical to the future of the Jewish community, Harold developed the Life & Legacy program. Foundation joins other Jewish communities — 15 in all — that are participating in the program. Mark Green, Foundation president, explained, “Foundation will receive up to $300,000 of matching funds over two years. We will

pass that money, in the form of incentive grants, on to organizations that participate in the L & L program - when they hit success.” “Incentive grants get people excited,” observed Create a Jewish Legacy Steering Committee Vice-Chair Andrea Mail. “To the organizations, regardless of how big or small, receiving a share of the Life & Legacy incentive grant, approximately $27,000 over two years, would make a difference.” Richard Sisisky, CJL Steering Committee Chair, stated, “These grants reward program participants for their efforts to accomplish CJL goals. When you meet your legacy commitment benchmarks, you receive cash rewards to use as you see fit.”

“This is an affirmation and recognition of the hard work Foundation and our synagogues and agencies have been doing together, and the resultant success of our Create a Jewish Legacy program. Life & Legacy is an incredible opportunity to move our success to the next level,” remarked Richard. “Over 500 individuals have told us they intend to leave a legacy gift to Jewish causes,” Richard added. “This Life & Legacy program will invigorate our efforts and increase those numbers. It’s an opportunity to work with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and our synagogues and agencies to refresh our message, update our approach and inspire others to join us.” “Timing is right,” said Arlene Schiff, Life & Legacy program national director. “This program will maximize the generational transfer of wealth of trillions of dollars.

Richard Sisisky and Mark Green Through L&L, Harold Grinspoon wants to change the language and landscape of giving to ensure that the Jewish community receives its share of legacy gifts.”

For more information contact Leslie Kirkwood, CJL program director, at (904) 394-0720 or lkirkwood@jewishfoundationnefl. org

Faces of CJL: Jewish Family & Community Services By Jewish Community Foundation

Soon after moving to Jacksonville in 2000, Hal and Barbara Resnick joined The Temple and Beth El The Beaches Synagogue and began to familiarize themselves with local Jewish organizations. Hal recalled, “What JFCS does for the Jewish community and its significant impact on the broader community … I was just astonished, not knowing we had this resource. After joining the board I learned how much the Jewish community needs JFCS services.” He continued, “Some believe that most members of the Jewish community are affluent, or doing well … that most of us can take care of ourselves and our families. However, a very large group

of Jewish individuals need the services JFCS provides.” “They don’t realize JFCS is more than a food pantry,” Hal added. “We help households keep kosher, provide transportation to synagogue services, and offer medical advocacy and counseling. Many appreciate knowing that JFCS has counselors who understand our Jewish heritage and values.” Barbara added, “Foster care services represent the bulk of their work. As a Guardian Ad Litem, I made a choice to focus on working with JFCS on cases that involve Jewish foster care families.” “On a mission to Israel, the importance of Federation’s work became clear to me,” shared Hal. That mission inspired my

Barbara and Hal Resnick involvement on the board and it’s why I accepted the presidency.” The Resnicks recognize that synagogues and agencies survive

year-to-year through the good will of current membership. “A legacy provides a financial foundation, even in difficult times, for

programs and services that are needed,” said Hal. The couple shared, “It’s important to begin the legacy process.” “We didn’t know how to think about a legacy, and felt overwhelmed,” said Barbara. “But the Foundation made it easy. They made it clear that everybody approaches it differently. They shared options for us to consider,” she continued. “Our legacy plan is in place, and can always be modified in the future. We have peace of mind knowing that.” “We are pleased with the CJL program,” Hal concluded. “We’re glad to have our small part in contributing to it. When asked, I joined the board of the Jewish Community Foundation because I believe legacy work is crucial for the future of the Jewish community.”

Charitable Gift Annuity: A gift to yourself and the causes you support By Jewish Community Foundation

Larry and Carol Ort have supported many Jewish organizations over the years. They are particularly passionate about River Garden Senior Services and Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. After making many small donations to each, the Orts established charitable gift annuities. CGAs offered the Orts the opportunity to make significant endowment gifts to River Garden and Hadassah. “River Garden is a fine organization that takes wonderful care of the elderly,” Larry commented. “We want to support them in what they do. Hadassah’s neuro-science research, especially gene therapy research that may lead to cures for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients, is particu-

Carol and Larry Ort larly important to us,” he continued. “Our charitable gift annuity helps make the research possible

now and in the future.” The Orts chose to fund their Jewish legacy with CGAs

because they allow the Orts to support causes they love even after they are gone. Their CGAs provide fixed income to them for life and attractive tax benefits. “Creating our charitable gift annuity was such a simple process,” said Larry. “It was accomplished through an agreement with our Jewish Community Foundation.” How does it work? You make a gift of cash or securities to the Foundation. In return, Foundation agrees to pay a fixed annuity payment to one or two beneficiaries, for life. Rates are very competitive in comparison to many fixed investments. Payments may begin right away for those ages 60 and older. A deferred CGA allows others to lock in a rate and defer payments until age 60. A Charitable Gift Annuity offers certain tax advantages, such

as a potential tax deduction for the charitable portion of the gift. Added benefits include fixed, partially tax-free income and a reduced taxable estate. Also, donors of highly appreciated securities may reduce their capital gains tax. To receive your Charitable Gift Annuity illustration or explore other options for funding your Jewish legacy, contact the Jewish Community Foundation at (904) 394-0720 or info@ All conversations are confidential. This information is not intended, nor may it be relied upon, as legal, tax-planning or other professional advice. Always consult your professional adviser before making any financial decisions.

To create your Personalized Legacy Agreement including which causes will be your beneficiaries, contact the Foundation. Then, use the following language in your will and to change a beneficiary designation on other assets such as IRAs or life Insurance: “I give and bequeath to the Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast FL Inc., its successors and or assigns X %, (whatever % or dollar amount that is comfortable for you) of my residual estate or/asset.” Contact the Foundation with additional questions. The Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, Inc., does not provide legal or tax advice. This information is not intended, nor may it be relied upon, as legal, accounting or other professional advice. Before making any financial decisions, always consult your own professional adviser.


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JEWISH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE J Institute presents Barack and Bibi: A New Reality By Jewish Community Alliance

The J Institute welcomes chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post Gil Hoffman, who will provide an insider’s perspective on the current state of affairs between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. Gil Hoffman Called “the most optimistic man in Israel” by Israel Television, Hoffman will

share his expertise on U.S. and Israeli political relations and give a behind-the-scenes look at the Israeli political arena. Hoffman has interviewed every major figure across the Israeli political spectrum; has been interviewed by top media on six continents; and is a regular analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera and other news outlets. Barack and Bibi: A New Reality will be at the JCA from 7 to 9 p.m. This program is free for JCA members and $5 for nonmembers. Advance registration appreciated. To register contact the JCA registrar at 904-730-2100 ext. 228, or for more information contact Dorri Kraus at dorri.kraus@

Young explorers discover the Lost City of Atlantis at the JCA with Zoe’s Epic Expeditions, a Theatre of Youth program where young adventurers participate in fun activities to learn about Noah’s Ark, Masada and more. This program is one of the JCA’s Discover Israel programs, which are designed educate JCA members on Israeli history and culture.

Sukkot at the JCA

Members of the JCA participate in the first Sukkot Family Fun Run. The route took runners through the neighborhood and a local park, then back to the JCA for more Sukkot fun.

The JCA department directors share a meal in the sukkah.

JCA Cultural Arts Director Thelma Nied shakes the lulav in the sukkah.

JCA executive director explains the meaning of the lulav during the blessing of the sukkah at the JCA’s annual Sukkot Family Celebration.

JCA happenings For more information or to register for programs at the JCA, call 730-2100 or visit www.

Vandroff Art Gallery

The Vandroff Art Gallery will exhibit the photographs of Michael Cenci from Nov. 1 to Dec. 4. A native of Jacksonville, Michael has been photographing Florida wildlife and nature for over 25 years. An avid outdoorsman, he attempts to capture nature at her most defining moments.

JCA Film Series

The JCA Film Series continues Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. with “Footnote,” a story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. This film is part of the series of the Jewish American influence in film, and is free and open to the community.

Youth basketball

The JCA youth basketball league offers an organized, competitive and fun atmosphere for young athletes. A mandatory skills evaluation will be held at the JCA Sunday, Nov. 10. Ages 4-5 will be at 1 p.m., ages 6-7 will be at 2 p.m., ages 8-9 will be at 3 p.m., boys ages 10-14 will be at 4 p.m. and girls ages 10-14 will be at 5 p.m. Make-up assessments

will be Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Please call 730-2100 ext. 250 to schedule a makeup. Practices for the league will be once weekly, beginning in December, and game times will vary depending on age. The fee is $100 for members and $150 for nonmembers. For more information or parents interested in volunteering to coach, please contact Coach Rio at 730-2100 ext. 250.

Jewish Book Festival

The JCA continues its Annual Jewish Book Festival, chaired by Lonnie Steinberg and Cecilia Cristol, from Nov. 4 to Nov. 14, featuring authors and books that relate to Jewish history and culture. For more information, see the article in the community section.

Fiction writing lecture workshop In conjunction with the Jewish Book Festival, the J Institute welcomes acclaimed fictional writing consultant Frank Green Wednesday, Nov. 6 and 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn the basics of fiction writing and get started on that novel today. The fee is $12 for members and $18 for nonmembers.

International dance exercise series The second stop in the J

Institute dance series is the good ole US of A, where you’ll learn a mixture of country and pop classic American line dances. Classes are held Tuesdays, from Nov. 5 to Nov. 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. The fee is $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers.

Avoiding common injuries

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Julie Barre will discuss the causes of some of the most common sports injuries and provide practical means to avoid them Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This program is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Advance registration appreciated.

Making your own Chanukah candles

Create a set of hand-rolled beeswax candles to be used for each of the eight nights of Chanukah with the J Institute Thursday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. The fee is $16 for members and $24 for nonmembers, with all materials included. Registration required by Nov 4.

Beating diabetes

Nutritionist and holistic health practitioner Dr. Jon Repole will share ground breaking research on how to effectively prevent, treat and reverse diabetes Thursday, Nov. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This program is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Advance registration appreciated.

Nov. 12, at noon. The fee is $2 for members $3 for nonmembers.

European anti-Semitism

University of North Florida political science professor David Schwam-Baird will discuss the current wave of anti-Semitism in France and its rampant spread through Europe. Join the J Institute Monday, Nov. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. This program is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Advance registration appreciated.

George De Marino, naturalist extraordinaire, will talk about the three species of marine sea turtles that frequent the Florida coast and explain what is done by the marine turtle patrol to aid the sea turtles life and survival at our local beaches. Join us Wednesday, Nov. 20, at noon. This program is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. A healthy snack will be served. Advance registration appreciated by Nov 13.

Cindy Edelman presents: Art a Gogh Gogh

Theatre of Youth Jungle Book

“The way to know life is to love many things,” said Vincent Van Gogh. Join art maven Cindy Edelman Wednesday, Nov. 6, from noon to 1:15 p.m. as she delves into the art of Velazquez, Hals, Vermeer and Rubens in this course where you will learn to love many things. The fee is nonperishable food items for Feed a Needy Neighbor. Suggested items include peanut butter or several cans of tuna.

Sea turtles

The JCA Playhouse presents “The Jungle Book” Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door.

Circle dancing

Circle dancing is for anyone who enjoys movement and music. We’ll move to slow folk style music with instructor Joan Coffman leading the way Tuesday,



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Rabbi Joshua, Becca and Leah Lief welcome their newest family member into the world, Ellie Rosalyn Lief. She was born at 12:51 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2013, and she weighed in at 6 lbs and 12 oz.

Bnai mitzvah

Jilliyn Rebecca Chisholm, daughter of Lisa Kahn Chisholm and Jeffery Scot Chisholm, will be called to the Torah on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah on Nov. 1, 2013, at Jacksonville Jewish Center. Sharing in the simcha will be Sarah and grandparents Lynne and Ed Piccioli, and Charles and Mary Chisholm, and the late Edward Kahn. Jilliyn is an eighth grader at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. She enjoys dancing, singing and hanging with friends. She plans to work with Chisolm sisters kids, singing, at Mt. Hermon. Sarah Danielle Chisholm, daughter of Lisa Kahn Chisholm and Jeffery Scot Chisholm, will be called to the Torah on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah on Nov. 1, 2013, at Jacksonville Jewish Center. Sharing in the simcha will be Jilliyn and grandparents Lynne and Ed Piccioli, and Charles and Mary Chisholm, and the late Edward Kahn. Jilliyn is a seventh grader at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. She enjoys art, drawing, singing and talking with the elderly. Anna Victoria Gapinski, daughter of Nina Kannatt and Matthew Gapinski, will be called to the Torah on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah on Nov. 23, 2013, at Congregation Ahaveth Chesed. Sharing in the simcha will be her brothers Andrew, 17, and David, 10; grandparents Evelyn and Herman

Kannatt of North Bellmore, N.Y., and Carmella and Stefan Gapinski of Huntington Station, N.Y.; and many other family members and friends. Anna is a seventh grade student at Fruit Cove Middle School, where she is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and plays the clarinet in the wind ensemble. She swims competitively for the Julington Creek Loggerheads and enjoys baking in her free time. Anna is a participant in the Holocaust Chain of Memory Project. For her mitzvah project, Anna organized a bone marrow donor registration drive and participated in several additional drives. The purpose of the drives is to identify potential bone marrow or stem cell donors for patients with life threatening diseases in the United States and around the world. Be the Match Registry and the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation sponsored the drive.

Miami, grandparents Carolyn and Bobby Bourgeious from Cut Off, Louisiana; and many other friends and family. Lily is in seventh grade at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School.

Cleo Jan Gilmore, daughter of Amy and Jack Gilmore, will be called to the Torah on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah on Nov. 2, 2013, at Congregation Ahavath Chesed. Sharing in the simcha will be her older sister Jodi, grandparents Marlene Grass of Hallandale Beach and Katherine Gilmore of Atlantic Beach, as well as many other family members and friends. Cleo is a seventh grader at Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School, where she participates in gifted and coastal science classes and cheerleading. She also enjoys swimming, playing piano and hanging out with friends. Lily Michelle Hernandez, daughter of Christopher and Andrea Hernandez, was called to the Torah on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah on Oct. 26, 2013, at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Sharing in the simcha was her brother Jack, age 9; grandfather Reuben Schneider from

Sydney Lauren Teitelbaum, daughter of Stephanie and Howard Teitelbaum, will be called to the Torah on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah on Nov. 23, 2013, at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Sharing in the simcha will be her sister Emily, her grandparents Marsha and Mark Makavitt and Anita and Sheldon Teitelbaum, and many other friends and family. Sydney is in seventh grade at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. She enjoys singing, acting, reading, and writing stories, songs, and scripts. She also enjoys swimming, spending time with friends, and participating in the weekly mitzvah projects at school.

sister of Bonnie (Mike) Lucey. Sharon died Oct. 9, 2013. Contributions may be made to L’Arche Harbor House, 700 Arlington Road, N., Jacksonville, FL 32211. … to the family of Edith May Dacres, grandmother of Suzette (Michel) Allen, and great grandmother of Ariela, Aaron and Amir Allen. Edith died Aug. 22, 2013, in Ft. Lauderdale. She is also survived by one sister, six children, 26 grandchildren, 49


Mazel tov to Kevin M. Kaplan, M.D., on being appointed head team physician for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Dr. Alison Zisser, daughter of Carolyn and Elliot Zisser, is completing her post-doctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has accepted a position as a child psychologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which she will begin in January 2014.


… to the family of Leora Holzer (Hazzan Jesse) on the passing of her aunt, Carla Bromberg, who died Oct. 5, 2013, in New York. Other family members include her son Seth Bromberg (Jodie); grandchildren Evin, Noah, and Jules Bromberg; brother Hazzan Henry Rosenblum (Susan Ticker); niece Shira Rosenblum and nephew Ari Rosenblum. Contributions may be made to the Gross Schechter Day School, 27601 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124. … to the family of Sharon Coffman, wife of James Coffman, mother of Blake (Rachel), Dustin (Heather), grandmother of Shelby, Hannah, Madison and Noah and

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great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Temple’s Caring Congregation. … to the family of Sara Eder who died Oct. 8, 2013. She is survived by her children Les Eder and daughter Carol Eder-Smith (Shawn). Contributions may be made to the Jacksonville Jewish Center or to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.


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LIFECYCLES/COMMUNITY Endowed professorship to be named for Wilkinson By Wolfson Children’s Hospital

The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, established in 1973 to assist with community awareness and support of the hospital, has raised more than $22 million for equipment, programs and facilities. This allvolunteer organization of more than 400 active members, recently announced its goal to raise $4 million over five years for the creation of a Pediatric Surgery Center of Distinction at the hospital. The Center of Distinction will enable a highly skilled surgical staff to provide advanced surgical techniques, expand the use of minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and help the hospital meet the needs of pediatric trauma patients. The funding target is comprised of the three major components: supporting minimally invasive surgery and robotics,

LIFECYCLES Continued from p. 24

… to the family of Bernita Gilberstadt, mother of Penelope Smith and Diane Claire Kenison, grandmother of six, great grandmother of 13 and great-great grandmother of one. Bernita died Sept. 20, 2013. Bernita was preceded in death by her husband Samuel Harry and sons, Francis Bernard and George Norman. Contributions may be made to the Temple Sisterhood Braille Group. … to the family of Mary Alice Kirkwood, mother of Rick (Leslie), Tom (Diana) and Dennis (Marion) Kirkwood, grandmother of seven (including Sarah and Jason Kirkwood), great grandmother of 12. Mary Alice died Sept. 15, 2013. Contributions may be made to Camp Courageous, 12007 190th St., Monticello, IA, 52310, www. … to the family of Cathie Ellen Kopecky, life partner of Goldie Lansky. Cathie died Oct. 12, 2013. Contributions may be made to Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613 or Temple. … to the family of Izie Lang. Izie is survived by his daughter, Shelley (Jerry) King; his four

sponsoring an endowed professorship in pediatric general surgery, and enhancing trauma services. By funding an endowed professorship in pediatric general surgery, the Women’s Board will help Wolfson Children’s Hospital ensure that a renowned pediatric general surgeon can spend nonclinical time developing and enhancing new surgical techniques. The professorship will be named in honor of Albert H. Wilkinson, Jr., M.D., one of the founding fathers of pediatric general surgery in Jacksonville. His leadership was instrumental in the success of the surgery program and the full development of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Dr. Wilkinson passed away in July. He was a true inspiration for those passionate about children’s health care, and we are thankful that the professorship was announced before his passing. grandchildren, Shawn (Jolene) Tims, Jason (Karen) Tims, Lisa (Robert) Leschinskey and Rona King; as well as his six greatgrandchildren. Contributions may be directed to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida or the American Cancer Society. … to the family of Roy Elliot Mayers, father of Beth (David) Goldman and grandfather of Jake Goldman. Roy died Oct. 5, 2013, in Austin, Texas. He is also survived by his wife, Nancy Mayers, son, Aaron Mayers and grandchildren, Elliot and Samuel Mayers. Contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, … to the family of Allison Stein Robbins, daughter of David (Linda) Stein and Claudia L’Engle. Contributions may be made to the Robbin’s Nest Advised Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

Warsaw Jews open first JCC in Polish capital By the JDC

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jews of Warsaw will have inaugurated the city’s first-ever modern Jewish Community Center in the Polish capital on Oct. 27. Funded by JDC, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the Koret Foundation, and many other donors, the new JCC is the second in the country and will serve as a boutique hub for a vast array of Jewish cultural, educational, and community programs and activities, many taking place outside the JCC’s walls, for Warsaw’s multigenerational Jewish community. “The opening of the JCC is yet another chapter in the remarkable story of the revival of Jewish life in this country,” said JDC CEO Alan Gill. “It’s a testament to the perseverance of Polish Jews that they are continuing to rebuild their institutions after surviving near annihilation followed by decades of oppression. JDC is delighted to have teamed up once again with the Jews of Warsaw and esteemed funding partners and passionate activists like Tad Taube to help facilitate this new flagship for Polish Jews to be empowered, innovate, and create their own brand of Jewish identity.” Warsaw Deputy Mayor Włodzimierz Paszyński, Israeli Ambassador Zvi Ravner, U.S. embassy representatives as well as Jewish community members – including the Beit Warsawa, Beit Polska, and Etz Chaim progressive congregations and the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland – will also be in attendance. The dedication ceremony will include a jazz band, kosher food,

an exhibition of photography of JCC Without Walls programs, and activity demonstrations by JCC members. Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich will hang the mezuzah and recite the dedication prayer. The 3,000-square-foot freestanding building will serve as the boutique center for Jewish activities that will take place in the space and also continue outside its walls in venues like museums, cafés, and other alternative spaces. Located in one of Central Warsaw’s hippest neighborhoods, the JCC will offer a range of activities around the year including cooking classes, childcare, training programs, Jewish education, theater classes, and a book club to the 900 preregistered members. Before its conversion, the building was a popular café. The JCC will also be the central hub for the numerous “JCC Without Walls” programs that have become popular in Warsaw in the last number of years. These have included Jewish street festivals, artistic sukkah installations, and cafe educational programs that draw newly engaged, curious, and fully involved Jews in Jewish life in the city. This formula – a small, centrally energized building that creates programming inside and on the street – addresses the new reality of Jewish engagement that requires various entry points for involvement. Today, Poland is home to an estimated 25,000 Jews who have access to synagogues of every Jewish denomination, community-wide Sabbath dinners, camping experiences, Jewish learning conferences, Jewish music and food, as well as youth clubs,

urban holiday events, study groups, and classes for those who have just discovered their Jewish roots. Poland’s first JCC opened in Krakow in 2008, is supported by JDC, and has quickly become a fixture in the life of the local community. These activities and programs are the result of investments by local and international Jewish organizations, philanthropists, and advocates running the full, pluralistic gamut of religious movements and cultural options. Poland was once home to Europe’s largest Jewish population before the Nazis murdered 3 million Jews during the Second World War. The country’s remaining Jews were then persecuted under Communist rule. Although JDC has worked in Poland since shortly after its founding in 1914 and through WWII, it re-entered Poland in 1981 to provide relief services during the Cold War era. Today, JDC continues that work with the local community and across the vast spectrum of religious movements and organizations to ensure the well-being of impoverished elderly and other vulnerable Jews and to help Polish Jews reconnect to Judaism and secure a vibrant future.

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