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PARTNERS Find more photos of our Israeli teen visitors. page 27

JEWISH HISTORY Explore the history of Jewish businesses in Jacksonville.

HIGH HOLIDAYS Find holiday events and synagogue service schedules.

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Jewish News Jacksonville

September 2013 • Elul/Tishrei 5773/5774 • Published by Jewish Federation of Jacksonville • • Volume 26, Number 3 • 28 pages

Federation kicks off new year


By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville will kick off the 2014 annual campaign with an exciting and insightful program for the entire community. On Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Alliance, Jacksonville will host Dr. Misha Galperin, president and CEO of the Jewish Agency for Israel, International Development. Galperin is the former executive director of the Jewish Federation of Washington, D.C. Currently he is responsible for the Jewish Agency for Israel’s external affairs, financial resource development, marketing and communications, and many of its strategic initiatives worldwide. He is the co-author of “The Case for Jewish Peoplehood: Can We Be One?” and of “Reimagining Leadership in Jewish Organizations: Ten Practical Lessons to Help You Implement Change and Achieve Your Goals.” He has written and spoken internationally on issues of peoplehood, Jewish identity and community. He was chosen as one of the top five in the 2010 Forward list of the 50 most influential Jewish leaders in North America. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Galperin immigrated to the United States as a teenager. His personal journey is a story that has been inspiring audiences throughout the country. There is no minimum gift required to attend this event, however, attendees will have the opportunity to make their gifts to the 2014 annual campaign. Funds raised by Federation support the programs and services of the Jewish Community Alliance, Jewish Family & Community Services, Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, River Garden Hebrew Home, Martin J.

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From left: Tsofi Elfassy, chaperone; Shelly Bronshtein; and Inbar Socoletzky taste test caramel apples at Peterbrooke. Go to for more pics.

Vered helps Sydney Leach, 11, tie a hamsa bracelet at the Center’s Camp Ki Tov.

Jacksonville and Israeli teens unite communities


Israel Partnership

Ron Levinger helps Ben Davis paint a hamsa at the Center’s Camp Ki Tov.

Inbar works with some summer camp kids at JCA’s summer camp.

In the words of a teenager, “I think that at least all the Jews in the world need to be united. I loved this [Tikkun Olam Summer] program because I felt that this program is starting to make a little step to this huge goal. The Jews in the world are like a puzzle and, without that connection between the Jews in the USA and the Jews in Israel, the puzzle would be never complete.” This summer Inbal Bello of Hadera, Israel, quoted above, and more than 15 other teenagers from Hadera and Jacksonville joined to create lifelong bonds of understanding and friendship.

Inbal Bello helps Avi Israel paint a hamsa, a symbol of good luck, at the Center’s Camp Ki Tov.

Nitzan Garten helps with children with an art

See TEENS, p. 27 project at JCA’s summer camp.

Spotlight: Masa offers life-changing study By ELINA MOYN

Masa Israel Program Tel Aviv University

In 1980s Latvia, being Jewish wasn’t ideal. It’s not something you exactly bragged about or even made known when specifically asked. So when I emigrated from Latvia to the United States at the age of 6, I had a malnourished Jewish identity. It was not until I was a senior at the University of Colorado, during my Masa Israel experience at Tel Aviv University, that I fully gained appreciation for my roots. Masa Israel Journey offers young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 immersive, life-changing gap year, study abroad, post-college and volunteer experience in Israel, connecting them to programs that meet their interests, offering scholarship, providing expertise, and

Elina Moyn supporting them throughout the entire process. I have always known I was Jewish, but knew little about our traditions or history. In Latvia, my parents had no job security and were strongly encouraged not to attend synagogue. The first time we experienced positive reinforcement

for being Jewish was when an American Jewish immigration service helped us settle in the United States in 1992. During my time at CU Boulder, I had the opportunity to take part in a Birthright Israel trip that sparked my curiosity about my Jewish identity and fueled my hunger for more. Though I extended my trip beyond the usual 10 days, I knew I needed to return for a longer period of time. During my senior year of college, I spent a semester at Tel Aviv University. Many people spend semesters abroad with the intention of simply having a good time, and while I certainly wanted to enjoy myself, I also felt like I had the opportunity to learn and absorb as much as possible about the Jewish homeland. In the United States, professors often

See SPOTLIGHT, p. 10

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Java to present Holiday Trivia By ISABEL BALOTIN Shalom Jacksonville

Trivia is back, and this time we will test your knowledge of the Jewish High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Shemini Atzeret. We may weave some pop culture questions into the mix. Join newcomers and friends for Jewish Java on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 9-10:30 a.m., at Village Bread Café, 10111 San Jose Blvd. This coffee and schmoozing program is the perfect place to meet new friends, a neighbor and at the same time find out the latest happenings in the community. Enjoy a Dutch-treat breakfast and a free drink with purchase. There will be prizes for trivia winners. Reserve the first Wednesday of every month for Shalom Jacksonville’s Jewish Java. Next Java will be Oct. 3. For more information, please contact, Isabel Balotin, 448-5000 x 206 or Shalom Jacksonville is the official Jewish welcome wagon of Northeast Florida, is a program of the Jewish Federation and is sponsored by Florida Blue.

Lorelle Weil and I planned to meet for lunch. We spoke on the phone a couple of times but had no idea what each other looked like. When she entered the restaurant in a striped shirt the same color as mine and had that searching look, I said to myself, that’s got to be her – and it was. Welcome home to Jacksonville, Lorelle and Jeff Weil.

JFCS staff praised

Judge David Gooding, with the Duval County Family/Dependency Court Division, made a special visit to Jewish Family & Community Services last month, praising the professional staff that works with adoptions and with child safety/prevention.

JCA Jewish Book Festival spotlights Jewish authors, content By JENNIE CHAMBERLIN Jewish Community Alliance

The JCA will hold its 17th Annual Jewish Book Festival from Nov. 4 to 14 with several events that are free and open to the public. “We have such a stellar group of authors this year,” said Thelma Nied, cultural arts director at the JCA. “We’re able to bring in nationally famous authors and give people a chance to hear about their work.” The JCA Book Festival will cover a wide variety of topics,

from the issue of teenage sexuality to the cultural history of Superman, and features 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.” Levitt, a senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, is considered a expert on Hezbollah and has written extensively on terrorism and countering violent extrem-

ism. He’ll speak at the JCA on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. Book Festival patrons can meet Levitt at an exclusive cocktail hour just prior to the event. For more information about becoming a Book Festival Patron, please contact Thelma Nied at 904-7302100 or Thelma.Nied@jcajax. org. The festival will include the following events. For more information about the authors and their works, visit or pick up the upcoming Book Festival brochure. Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m.

– Dr. Lloyd Sederer, author of “The Family Guide to Mental Health Care” Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. – 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” Sunday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. – Patrons’ Cocktail Hour with Matthew Levitt Sunday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. – Matthew Levitt Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. – Joshua Henkin, author of “The

World Without You” 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 Event: Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. – Debbie Wasserman Schultz, congresswoman, Chair of the Democratic National Committee and author of “For the Next Generation: A WakeUp Call to Solving Our Nation’s Problems”

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Michele Block Gan Yeladim librarian helps students By MOLLY SWEET

Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool

Situated in the center of the school and surrounded by classrooms, the Michele Block Gan Yeladim library is the figurative heart of the school. A gathering place for exploration, students come to the library for information and leave awakened by the vigor of new understanding. Behind the wheel of this learn-

ing vehicle is Michele Block Gan Yeladim’s resident librarian, Sue “Bunni” Meiselman. You can find Bunni on Friday mornings, maintaining collections and cataloguing materials. With more than 7,000 books in the library, Bunni’s dutiful care of the collection makes it possible for students to peruse the fiction, nonfiction, Judaic and Spanish language books with ease. During the school year, she

Author kicks off Lean In event at JCA By Jewish Community Alliance

By now, you have probably heard of the New York Times best-selling book “Lean In, Women, Work And The Will to Lead” by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. In the book, Sandberg opens a dialogue for discussion by encouraging women to make deliberate choices about what is right for them and challenging them to pursue those choices unapologetically. The J Institute supports Sand-

berg’s premise and will be one of the first Jewish community centers in the United States to form a Lean In circle. Hearing of our efforts, Sandberg has taken a personal interest and will be helping us kick things off. Join us Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. to learn what the excitement is all about. This program is free to JCA members and $5 for nonmembers. Call 730-2100 x228 to reserve your seat. For information, contact Dorri Kraus at dorri.kraus@

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meets with the kindergarten class once a week and helps them research and explore the collection. “The kindergarteners tend to gravitate toward the nonfiction section,” says Bunni. “They come in with an interest and I help them find the books about that subject. We have a system for the students to check out the books and take them home. ” Bunni has also created resource bags. These are backpacks full of books on specific topics that students might be facing like toilet training, gaining a new sibling or coping with food allergies. The bags are available for students and parents to take home. Bunni has seen many students come through the school, including her own daughter and two grandchildren. “This coming school year, we will be getting a new computer system for the

Michele Block Gan Yeladim’s resident librarian, Sue ‘Bunni’ Meiselman library catalogue,” she explains. One thing that hasn’t changed is Bunni’s commitment to inspiring curiosity in the students of Michele Block Gan Yeladim

together we do extraordinary things

The Officers and Board Members of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville express their appreciation for your support, which has enabled us to reach a final campaign total for 2013 of $2,470,000. As a result of your generosity, Federation was able to help these local and overseas recipients: Recipient


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Hadassah’s Heart Health Program and luncheon set for Sept. 17 tions with healthcare professionals and make appropriate medical decisions for themselves and their families. Dr. Lawrence Kanter, FACC,

The Temple Sisterhood recently announced that this year’s Annual Mah Jongg tournament will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3. This is the fourth year this event will take place in Jacksonville. All Mah Jongg players are welcome to spend a fun–filled afternoon while meeting new players. Grab your friends and fellow Mah Jongg players and attend the hottest event in North Florida. Registration will be at 11 a.m. followed by lunch, and the tournament begins at 12:30 p.m. There will be three rounds of Mah Jongg games, and prizes and awards will be presented at the conclusion of

the tournament. Door prizes as well as tournament prizes will be awarded. Mah Jongg items and gifts will also be on sale during the tournament. Registration is $20, and tournament forms are available at the Temple, 8727 San Jose Blvd., or online at . The deadline for registration is Oct. 18. Co-chairs Ann Stone and Sheila Horowitz are expecting a huge turnout and encourage all who are interested to send in their completed forms as early as possible. For further information, or if you have any questions, please call Ann Stone (565-2772) or Sheila Horowitz (234-7104).

Center Sisterhood celebrates Sukkot in Goldman Sukkah By Jacksonville Jewish Center

Center Sisterhood will be celebrating the season with an Open House in the Goldman Sukkah on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. While we won’t be shaking

the lulav, we will have wine and cheese, and a chance to connect. You may even learn a little about sisterhood at this fun girls’ night out. RSVP to Margo Ruby 733-7922 or www.jjcsisterhood. com/rsvp by Sept. 9. We hope to see you there.

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Eisfeller Kunstdruck Koln, Adolf Uzarski, Eisfeller, 1919.

As part of a national initiative to educate women on heart health, Jacksonville Hadassah will host Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Program on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Marriott/Salisbury. The program, which was established by Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is designed to appeal to women of all ages in an effort to communicate the eye-opening statistic that heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women.

The program will include an interactive presentation on heart disease symptoms and risk factors, and provide guidance on how women can make prevention a priority. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge heart health and heart disease research being undertaken at Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. As part of the program Hadassah joins with Sister to Sister to empower women to be heart healthy. Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Program is designed to educate women to enable them to more intelligently discuss op-

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New Hillel website connects college students By Suncoast Hillels

Hillels of the Florida Suncoast recently announced the creation of a new online tool that will connect Jewish college students to the Hillel staff at Florida colleges or universities. Titled, the website is a simple form that requests the student’s name, email address and the name of the Florida school they are attending. Once the data is entered, the website automatically sends the student’s contact information to the Hillel of that Florida school. A Hillel staff member will then reach out to the student prior to their initial arrival on campus. Students will also able to be identified as eligible for Birthright, a free, 10-day educational trip to Israel for Jewish collegeage students. Any individual, student or parent may submit information to None of the information provided will be used for solicitation and the information will not be shared with any third parties. The development of this website was made possible by a generous grant from the Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation. Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, execu-

tive director for Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, believes the website will improve Hillel’s ability to reach more Jewish students in Florida. “The college campus is our last chance to help a student strengthen his or her Jewish identity. This website will proactively allow the Hillel staff to reach out to Jewish students even before they arrive on campus and will increase our chances of engaging the maximum number of students,” said Rosenthal. The following colleges and universities are currently available for selection on Barry University, Broward College, Eckerd College, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulfcoast University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida International University, Florida State University, Full Sail, Lynn University, New College of Florida, Nova Southeastern University, Palm Beach State University, Ringling College of Art & Design, Rollins College, Stetson University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of South Florida, University of Tampa and University of South Florida at St. Petersburg.

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COMMUNITY NEWS High Holidays observed on the island By DEB PRICE Amelia Island

Jewish friends living in Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach will gather to observe Rosh Hashanah on Thursday, Sept. 5, and Yom Kippur on Saturday, Sept. 14. Services will be conducted by Rabbi Robert Goodman at the Ocean Clubhouse, located at the

Omni Amelia Island Plantation. We’ll gather at 9:30 a.m. both days, with services to begin at 10 a.m. sharp. There will be a luncheon buffet to follow the Rosh Hashanah service and a break-fast pot luck on Yom Kippur at the Amenity Center at NorthHampton, hosted by Bonnie Werner LeMier and Dianne Kart.

Cost is $20 per person per service; add an extra $16 per person to stay for brunch after the Rosh Hashanah service. Mail your check payable to Debbie Price to 58 Laurel Oak, Amelia Island, FL 32034 no later than Sept. 1. Your check will be your reservation and your name will be added to the guard’s list at the security entrance.

Chevra Kaddisha says goodbye to Sandler By Jacksonville Chevra Kaddisha

For more than 20 years Nathan “Sunny” Sandler has been president of the Jacksonville Chevra Kaddisha. He has served as our moral compass by ensuring that our deceased are prepared and buried properly and with dignity. It has not always been easy, but Sunny managed to stay calm and resolve any problem at hand. As members of the Chevra Kaddisha in Jacksonville, we perform our duties knowing that

we will never by thanked by the deceased. Sunny never failed to thank us for the job we do. It is time for us to thank him for his outstanding leadership. He and his wife Marilyn are moving to a retirement community in Atlanta to be closer to some of their children. Much as we’d love to keep him here, we acknowledge that it’s time to move on. True to his compulsive nature, he’s arranged for all of the Chevra officers and board to continue in their current positions until our next annual meeting. Our services

will continue uninterrupted. To help fill the gaps left by his departure and the retirement of several members, won’t you consider joining our communitybased organization. Everyone, regardless of affiliation, is able to make use the Chevra in his/her time of grief. For information or to volunteer, please contact: Ava Axelrod 742-1515 or Stacey Goldring 739-2970. If you’d like a speaker at a meeting, arrangements can be made with Wendy Honigman, 268-3589.

Volunteer for Israel For previous volunteers and anyone interested in learning more about this way to visit and contribute to Israel, a wine and cheese meeting will be held Sept. 29, 5 p.m., 817 2nd St. South, Jacksonville Beach. Please RSVP at gailsgreenfield@hotmail. com or 534-7381.

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Mamma Mia! walks down the aisle of the Times-Union Center By The Artist Series

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ Mamma Mia!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater Oct. 18-19 for three performances. Seen by over 50 million people around the world, Mamma Mia! is celebrating over 4,000 performances in its 12th smash hit year on Broadway and remains one of Broadway’s top selling musicals. An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is

about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Tickets for Mamma Mia! in Jacksonville start at $42 and are available by calling (904) 442BWAY (2929) or online 24/7 at

Dine with the Jax Jewish Singles By Jax Jewish Singles

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Justice, divine and human By RABBI JONATHAN LUBLINER Jacksonville Jewish Center


ow many of us, I wonder, have ever resorted to threats of punishment when dealing with our kids? How many of us have offered rewards – whether edible or battery powered – as inducements to their good behavior? Of course, it works with grownups, too. We know that negative stimuli discourage certain behaviors, while positive stimuli promote other behaviors. So the mouse navigates the maze for the cheese, the teenager cleans his room to avoid being grounded, and most of us obey speed limits in the presence of police cars, or labor long and hard for recognition and promotion in our work. Judaism, however, would have us shun evil and do good simply for its own sake. As Antigonus of Sokho, an early rabbinic figure, teaches in Pirkei Avot, “Do not be like servants who serve their master expecting to receive a reward; be rather like servants who serve their master unconditionally, with no thought of reward” (Avot 1:3). Created in God’s Image, we are called upon to rise above our baser instincts, to embrace a higher plane – one that confers no reward for doing the right thing other than the satisfaction of having done it. Yet if you read the second paragraph of the Sh’ma, that most fundamental and creedal of Jewish statements, you will see those noble sentiments go right out the window: “If, then, you obey the commandments that I enjoin upon you this day … I will grant the rain for your land in season, the early and the late … Take heed, however, not to be lured away to serve other gods … for the Lord’s anger will flare up against you,

and He wish shut up the skies so that there will be no rain … and you will soon perish from the good land that the Lord is giving you” (Deuteronomy 11:13, 16, 17). Observant Jews read this passage twice daily, morning and evening; the words are written inside the mezuzot affixed to our doorposts, and found inside Tefillin. How could our ancestors have chosen to assign such prominence to a text that appeals to self-interest alone? But the problem is deeper than just a cynical view of human nature. The middle paragraph of the Sh’ma appears to be based on nothing less than a false premise! How often have we seen good people suffer while the wicked prosper? In this, our post-Holocaust generation, how can we smugly say that well-being is proof of godliness and suffering a sign of wickedness? Dare we look at the gut wrenching pictures of starving children in Darfur or Zambia, and placidly accept the theological rectitude of the Sh’ma’s second paragraph? There are any number of ways in which to solve the challenge presented by the middle section of the Sh’ma. The easiest approach would simply be to take the passage out of our liturgy; which, in fact, some have done. Yet the removal of the text would not in any way obviate the need to ask these pressing moral and theological questions. Is self-interest an authentic religious motivation? Do we live in a world of divine justice? As uncomfortable as these questions are, religious integrity compels me to wrestle these questions. The recitation of the second paragraph of the Sh’ma daily ensures that I do. The Israeli philosopher, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, once noted


that the first paragraph of the Sh’ma teaches us transcendence; with its emphasis on loving God “with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our might” it challenges us to rise higher; but it is the second paragraph which reassures us that, in the absence of sainthood, it is still possible to serve God. At the end of the day, motivations are secondary to actions in Judaism. Whether you give charity for the joy of giving or because you believe somehow, somewhere, someone is keeping score upstairs, you have still performed the mitzvah; a palpable difference has been made in someone else’s life. The rabbis were neither foolish nor naive. They were painfully aware of the existence of suffering in a world ruled by a God who is ostensibly both all-good and omnipotent. They, too, asked why Tzaddik v’ra lo, rasha v’tov lo, why the righteous suffer and the evil prosper. In a post-Holocaust world we can no longer believe in a simple calculus of reward and punishment for good and evil. Yet in the sorry world in which we live, neither can we dispense in a belief that justice exists. Because, if God is just, then the possibility of justice inheres in us. When I read the second paragraph of the Sh’ma, I am compelled not only to notice the unfairness of life; but I’m also forced to ask what I have done to serve as God’s partner in ensuring a more equitable world. Said Rabbi Yitzhak, “Two things are in God’s hands – the soul and justice. ‘You watch out for justice,’ says the Holy One, ‘and I will watch out for your souls.’” (Devarim Rabbah 5:4). As we enter the season of the High Holy Days when so much of our liturgy depicts a God who sits in judgment of us, it is incumbent us to remember that demanding justice of God is meaningless without demanding it first from ourselves.

Personal Insights: Easy fixes By JILL METLIN Columnist


was speaking with a friend of mine the other day. She owns a unique company in town called Prism Health Services. The funny thing is she doesn’t really provide a service per se. She sells easy-to-use, everyday products to make life simpler for people with limited mobility or mobility challenges as a result of an accident, disability, or diminished strength and balance due to advancing age. Her products are very simple yet ingenious. I have bought several for myself (and, of course, for my mother); although, I don’t really fit into any of the above categories. So, I’d have to say that many of her products are also for those of us in-between. The large assortment of products and devices are diverse in purpose ranging from a lightweight Telestick (which I call a reacher) to more high-tech items such as a wonderful personal computer (you have to see it to believe it) and a variety of electronic medication reminders and monitoring systems. The reacher I bought is a lightweight piece that has two stems that extend out to reach and pick up everyday items you may have dropped or placed away from

yourself, like a set of keys. One arm has a solid but gummy disk and the other has both a magnet and a hook. I keep one in the car which I use to reach things so I don’t have to be a contortionist when getting something from the back seat or on the passenger side floor. (Not while in motion, of course.) My mom uses hers to reach across her desk and drag over objects or papers as she sometimes has trouble getting up to do so. It also helps us reach out gracefully and pick things up rather than doing the desk-tochair-to-floor walk, which ends in a big “Oy vey!” I saw some neat, waterproof sleeves that cover the arm or leg for water protection if you have bandages, a cast or stitches after surgery. I wish I had known about that when my husband fractured his ankle a few months ago. I was pretty tired of tying that old green trash bag around his calf and cutting of his circulation. My friend also mentioned a few other useful tools of which I had not heard. One is a weighted pen. I asked her why someone would need a weighted pen. In her always calm way, she explained to me that people with Parkinson’s, for example, often have shaky hands and are distressed that they can no longer write legibly. This takes

away their ability to write birthday cards to their grandchildren, sign important documents, or jot down a shopping list. The weight of the pen holds the hand and wrist steady so they no longer have to give up these meaningful skills. Another item is a buttoning hook. My friend told me of a couple who came in to see her. The husband had begun to lose some of his fine motor skills and had trouble buttoning up his shirts in the morning. He felt dependent on her and she was tired of having to plan her morning around this task (c’mon, many of us can relate). So, the button hook created a win-win situation. He remained independent, and she was no longer late for her yoga class. I just purchased a swivel seat for the car. It is a cloth-coated soft disk that you simply place on your seat and you sit on it. It easily swivels to help you get in and out of the car (and it makes me a little taller in the saddle). When I am having bad back days, I throw it in my car and it helps to give those muscles a rest. I plan to bring it with me the next time I go to see my mom. I think it will help her more comfortably drive her new car. If she doesn’t like it, I’ll keep it. If she does, I guess I am going back to Prism to buy one for myself!

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Early Jewish businesses start to open in the mid 1800s By HAZEL MACK

Special to the Jewish News

Jewish merchants were in business even as Union forces occupied the city from 1864 to 1869. Morris Ehrlich was the owner of the Jacksonville Clothing Bazaar next door to the threestory building where the sentry stands guard. The business was sold to Jacob D. Bucky. By 1868, Leopold Furchgott, along with Kohn and Benedict, opened the

Furchgott’s store in Jacksonville, next door to the Clothing Bazaar. Although Cohen Brothers had already established a business on Bay Street, this did not deter Leopold from his ambition of a dry goods store, and proceeded to specialize in corsets, carpets, damask and doilies. By 1880 Fuchgott’s flaunted a telephone,


Bay Street 1913

Michele Block Gan Yeladim faculty values learning By MOLLY SWEET

Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool

At Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool, education is not just for students. Every school year, faculty members devote many hours of their time to continuing education, adult learning and professional development. Between attending symposiums, workshops and guest lectures, many of the teachers exceed their number of annual required training hours and still maintain a full teaching schedule. This impressive dedication stems from belonging to a faculty of devoted educators who value the importance of learning, not only for their students but also for themselves. “We welcome this opportunity to model a love of learning

to our children,” says Rochelle Golomb, Early Childhood Education assistant director at Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool. This year, faculty members have added another objective to their professional development curriculum with a monthly book read. Teachers and administrators in the Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool are participating in an assigned reading and book discussion in their monthly faculty meetings. Throughout the year, faculty members will explore education theories and practices and participate in open peer dialogues. “Even as adults, our quest for knowledge is never over,” said Golomb. “Judaism encourages adults to actively study and engage in stimulating, thoughtprovoking discussions.”

Michele Block Gan Yeladim hosts experts in education By Block Gan

The JCA’s Michele Block Gan Yeladim continues to set itself apart by convening educators to improve their craft and skill with its annual early childhood symposium. This unparalleled symposium is in its fifth year and has gained a reputation in the educational community as the place to go for an amazing evening of experts in the field. “We educate the educators,” said Rochelle Golomb, Early Childhood Education assistant director at the JCA. Throughout the year, Golomb said, organizers at the JCA research relevant themes, topics, presenters and vendors, and select an engaging keynote speaker who will travel

when the Telephone Exchange directory listed only 34 names. Leopold Furchgott had no sons, and he sought a successor in Fred Meyerheim. A former member of the sales force, he joined the firm in 1888 when deliveries were made by horse and buggy. He assumed an increasingly important role after the fire of 1901. Leopold’s wife did not want to remain in Jacksonville after the fire, and the couple moved to New York. Leopold ran the buying office in New York, and Fred remained to mind the store on Main and Bay streets. Furchgott’s continued to prosper and by 1913 their store on Bay Street was quite a focal point. Bay Street was the business sector of Jacksonville with such stores as Levy’s, Cohen Bros. (who moved in 1912 to Hemming Plaza) and Jacob’s Jewelers. Businesses began to leave Bay Street and move to larger locations. Cohen Bros. built their “Big Store” at Hemming Plaza;

to Jacksonville. Gan Yeladim teachers and parents anticipate this event and are proud of their highly accredited NAEYC preschool and the JCA, which hosts this community event. This year’s speaker is Rebecca Isbell, professor and consultant in early childhood education, and she will give a presentation of “Play: Where Learning Begins.” The 5th Annual Early Childhood Symposium will be held Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the JCA. The event is open to the public and the fee is $35 per person before Oct. 10. To register online go to www. or call 904-730-2100 ext. 259 to receive the special Jewish educators rate, which includes a kosher dinner.

Bay Street 1864 Jacobs Jewelers moved to Laura Street; and Furchgott’s moved to Main and Forsyth streets. Fred Meyerheim became president of Furchgott’s on the death of Leopold Furchgott. By 1941 Furchgott’s moved to its final location at 130 West Adams

St. Levy’s merged with Wolfe Bros. and became Levy-Wolfe on West Adams Street and Jacob’s Jewelers moved to Laura Street. Of the original businesses on Bay Street, the name of Jacobs Jewelers is the only one that remains.

MAKOM: It’s the place to be By Jacksonville Jewish Center

Get ready for a new, exciting format this year for our MAKOM Hebrew High School. All eighth through 12th graders can register online for our Hebrew High School on our new website: www.makomhebrewhigh. org. Tuition information and other details are also available on this site. Students in grades 8-11 will meet weekly at the Jacksonville Jewish Center on Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. Our new program will include monthly, thematic pods, taught by Rabbi Jesse Olitzky, Hazzan Jesse Holzer, Director of Experiential Education Ezra Flom and several guests. Each pod will focus on

subjects such as Jewish identity, Israel, social action, subjects relevant to young Jewish adults based upon suggestions by the students themselves. Each theme will include at least one handson collective project, and we will continue a monthly youth group, WOW (Wild on Wednesday), meetings. Twelfth graders meet with Rabbi Lubliner for the Siyyum program. This program seeks to raise awareness of important social issues from a Jewish perspective, and foster leadership skills among young Jewish adults. Through the use of the Jewish Civics Initiative, developed by the nationally acclaimed PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership & Values in Wash-

ington, D.C., Siyyum engages students in a year of hands-on learning. Those who meet program requirements, and have not previously attended, qualify for a for a full merit scholarship to participate in a Panim el Panim seminar in Washington, D.C. For more information about PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership & Values, log on to the organization’s website, The high school begins on Wednesday, Oct. 4, and is open to any Jewish teen in the Jacksonville area. Tuition includes full membership in our United Synagogue Youth group. For more information, please contact Lois Tompkins, program director, at 904 268-4200, ext. 146.

Come learn at Temple’s institute By Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Temple Institute of Religion, the religious school of Congregation of Ahavath Chesed, is welcoming students for the 2013/14 school year. Classes range from prekindergarten through 12th grade. Students at all levels and all ages are encouraged to register for school, regardless of whether or not they have attended religious school before. The philosophy of TIR is

beautifully summed up In Pirke Avot (1:6), Find a teacher. Acquire a friend. TIR is a vibrant sacred community where students and families find friends, teachers, clergy, role models and mentors to explore Jewish values, traditions, teachings and spirituality as we seek a meaningful life of Jewish learning and living. TIR is vibrant, with engaging classes, relevant curricula, and compelling experiences. TIR is sacred, teaching and living reform Jewish theology and

values through Torah (Jewish learning), Avodah (worship) and G’milut Hasadim (acts of loving kindness). TIR is a community of students, teachers, clergy and families learning, worshipping and performing acts of loving kindness together. If your son or daughter is between the ages of 3 and 18, call the Temple at 733-7078 or send an email to Ronni Ticker, director of the religious school, at

Religious school begins at the Center By Jacksonville Jewish Center

The Bernard & Alice Selevan Religious School families began their new year at the Jacksonville Jewish Center with Shacharit LIVE and a breakfast on Aug. 25. Classes will resume this month, along with favorites such as a Rosh Hashanah apples and honey experience, Sukkah decorating, Pizza in the Hut, and

instructional Dancing with the Torahs in preparation for Simchat Torah. For parents, a basic Hebrew class, taught by Lois Tompkins, will be offered every Sunday morning. Beginning with the Alef Bet, the class will progress through Hebrew skills such as basic reading, fluency practice, and prayer skills. This is a good chance to ask questions and become more comfortable with

the Jacksonville Jewish Center service, whether preparing for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah or simply interested in keeping up with your children in their religious school classes. It’s not too late to join this amazing, award-winning program. There are still openings in our religious school classes. Please visit or call Lois Tompkins at 268-4200, ext. 146, for more information.

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Camp KiTov: What a great summer By PAM LEWIS, ALEX HILLS, SHEREEN CANADY DuBow Preschool

Camp Ki Tov, summer 2013, was a great hit! We had a bunch of new faces on the staff eager to meet their campers. On the first

day of camp the children arrived excited and ready for a memorable summer. This summer campers enjoyed some old favorites such as fishing and archery. Some weeks we welcomed visitors such as Mr. Barry the Magician, a petting zoo, and Boom Science

with Greg Nagel. Other weeks we ventured out to Museum of Science and History, Catty Shack, the beach, and more. Our camp counselors in training learned a great deal and had lots of fun leading arts and crafts along with the cooking program. Each week with varying themes such as safari, mystery & magic, super heroes, every cabin competed with spirit and pride to win the spirit stick. We were also fortunate to have Rabbi Olitzky and Hazzan Holzer lead our Shabbat lunches on Fridays with lots of ruach (spirit) and passion. They also joined each cabin for Judaicrelated activities. We had the privilege of hosting counselors from Israel at Camp Ki Tov and were excited about the love of Israel that they brought to our camp. We also got the pleasure of having Ezra Flom join us in the middle of the summer. He was a huge help when we observed Tisha B’av, and Ezra also had a great time

planning our annual Camp Ki Tov undernight/overnight. As always, it is our goal to build long-lasting memories for the children at Camp Ki Tov, and we were more than successful. Thanks to the combined efforts of the administration, our clergy, and the loving parents. A big shout out

to our amazing staff of young men and women who dedicated their summer to making memories for our campers at Camp Ki Tov. Have a wonderful, healthy and happy year, and we look forward to creating more memories with your children during summer 2014 at Camp Ki Tov.

tive professional development through the summer that included required participation in one of four summer book clubs, each moderated by the 21st Century Learning Team. Comments about the books were posted all summer long through the faculty Ning, the MJGDS online social media platform private for faculty members. In addition, a portion of the first day of teacher pre-planning week was dedicated to discussions about the books that were read over summer break. The faculty summer book

list included: “Square Peg: My Story and What it Means For Raising Innovators, Visionaries, and Out-of-the-Box Thinkers,” by L. Todd Rose, is a book that illuminates the struggles of millions of bright, young children and their frustrated parents and teachers who are stuck in a onesize-fits-all school system that fails to approach the student as an individual. “Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children’s Learning,” by Peter H. Johnston, is a book that demonstrates how the things we say (and don’t say)

have surprising consequences for what children learn and for who they become as literate people. “Dream Class: How to Transfer Any Group of Students into the Class You’ve Always Wanted,” is a book that offers practical suggestions for behavior management techniques. “Connected From the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades,” by Kathy Cassidy, is a book that makes a compelling case for connecting our youngest students to the world using the transformative power of Internet tools and technologies.

MJGDS summer reading lesson to be used as school begins By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

Every school, whether it’s public or private, requires some level of summer reading for their students to maintain and strengthen important reading skills such as vocabulary and comprehension. This year, in keeping in line with the Community of Kindness initiative, the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School’s fourth through eighth grade classes were required

to read the book “Wonder,” by R. J. Palacio. “Wonder” is a simple book that tells the story of a child born with a severe facial deformity. It is a beautiful story that touches on bullying with a message about kindness and acceptance. “Wonder” will be the foundation of discussions as the school continues to build and develop the Community of Kindness program. There was also collabora-

MJGDS greets new year with change By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

What’s new at MJGDS for the 2013-14 school year • Fourth and fifth grades launched 1:1 iPads initiative. • The Martin J. Gottlieb Day School will be implementing an advisory program for grades 4-8. Students will have an advocate/ support person and will meet in peer groups once or twice a month and individually as needed. Advisories are a primary vehicle for creating a more personalized learning environment, and provide a structure and a set

of practices for monitoring and supporting students’ academic progress. • MJGDS will implement the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” school wide. Developing these habits will help students tackle work and life challenges with new confidence. Students will be working on a new habit a month, and classes will be developing mission statements and activities to support each habit. • Brand new afterschool offerings will include 100 Mile Running Club, Chess Club, band, basketball and Thespian Club.


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Swapportunity for moms: clothing swap a success By DuBow Preschool

DuBow Preschool hosted a children’s clothing swap on July 31 and Aug. 1. Moms and dads brought in donations of outgrown clothes, uniforms, costumes and shoes. Shoppers could fill a grocery bag for $6, and what a bargain they got – some clothes still had the tags. It was a wonderful event that planted the seed for an even better idea ... DuBow Preschool will start hosting an annual Mommy Sale. A Mommy Sale is a one-day event in April/May where moms and vendors can rent tables and sell all of their baby and children’s items from newborn to 5 years old. Clothes, bassinets, swings, baby carriers, strollers, bikes, toys, etc., will be sold. Mommy Sales are wonderful for first-time parents looking to get all of their baby gear on a budget and for veteran parents to clear space as children enter elementary school. It’s also a great way to stock up on children’s clothing on a budget. The preschool will be looking for

vendors, moms and dads, shoppers, and volunteers over the next several months as they put this together, so if you’d like to be involved, email: themommysale@ This sale is open to the Jacksonville community and will help raise funds for the preschool garden and other projects. The Mommy Sale is one place you really can shop til ya drop.

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Music & Movement provides a new opportunity By EMILY CARPENTER DuBow Preschool

Studies show that babies who participate in interactive music classes with their parents show earlier communication skills, smile more and are easier to soothe. Even from an early age, music is a great way for parents to bond with their baby. Well, good news. Family Music & Movement classes have just opened up in Jacksonville. Family Music & Movement classes will incorporate songs with movement and various handheld instruments. Sprinkled into that will be some wonderful stories, American Sign Language, and cooperation. Classes are mixed-age, which is a wonderful way to learn for babies and children. It’s also great to be able to take siblings to class – one activity for the whole family. Classes will be taught by Em-

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ily Carpenter who has a bachelor of fine arts in musical theater from Penn State. She’s traveled the world as a singer and as a character clown, and has performed on cruise ships and with Cirque du Soleil. Emily was also a Stroller Strides instructor for four years and has a strong history of working with parents and their little ones, and is a mother of three. Each session is eight weeks long and is limited to 15 families. Fall session runs Sept. 4 to Oct. 23 and, as of this printing, has four spots open. Winter session runs Oct. 30 to Dec. 18 and has 11 spots open. Classes are open to the Jacksonville parenting community, and will be held at DuBow Preschool in Mandarin. To find out more, visit www. or “like” at: familymusicandmovement

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Birthright and Masa alumni produce video sensation By Jewish Agency for Israel

A team of young Jewish filmmakers and writers have been busy filming people in Israel, asking them to share their wishes. What has resulted is a YouTube sensation.

The Persian Cowboy

When Joseph Shamash came to Israel on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip in 2003, he already started thinking about “preconceived notions of Israel — and how different the daily life here really is.” Shamash speaks with the voice of many Jews who grew up with a strong Jewish identity and education but did not relate to the Judaism they were being taught. In order to integrate the Jewish facet of his identity – he returned

to Israel, and began to explore all which that means. Part of the meaning, it turned out, involved the young American walking into a veteran oleh’s store in Tel Aviv, and speaking to him in Farsi, only to find out that, back in Iran, the store-owner was his grandfather’s neighbor. Born to Persian immigrants in Dallas, Texas, the 32-year old calls himself a Persian Jewish cowboy. He’s even got the moustache to prove it. It was the Persian part of Joseph who was inspired by Iranian Ali Molavi’s YouTube video. He, fellow Pardes student Andrew Lustig, and Jeff Handel held up a crude but colorful sign asking in Hebrew, English and Arabic: Time for one question? In one day, they filmed people all over Jerusalem,

The One Wish Jerusalem crew: Jeff Handel, Andrew Lustig, Raphel Sisa, Elhanan Miller, and Joseph Shamash

During filming at the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem's Old City.

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gain expertise in a subject from years of research. At Tel Aviv University, however, I studied Israeli history with academics who not only spent years engaged in their studies; having fought in battles and lived through the wars and triumphs about which they lectured, they experienced the subjects they taught firsthand. At the same time, I worked hard in my Hebrew Ulpan courses, trying to keep up with Israelis and really immerse myself so I wouldn’t feel like a handicapped member of that society. Before my extended experience in Tel Aviv, I soaked up Jewish and Israeli involvement wherever I could find it. I supplemented my major in advertising with as many courses

in Jewish and Middle Eastern history as I could manage and even became student president of a Jewish student organization. I went on two more trips to Israel – one with my family and another with Hillel to rebuild the North after the Second Lebanon War. My connection to Israel and the longing to go back got stronger every time. I loved all of these encounters, but until I went on my Masa Israel program, I did not feel as personally invested in the land as I have before. As I developed friendships with Israelis and lived an everyday life among the history I learned about in the classroom, my Jewish identity grew, with Israel at its epicenter. Back in the states, I still maintain a strong relationship with Israel — I read Israeli news every day and go to pro-Israel rallies in my area, and work as operations manager for a

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leading to the video “One Wish Jerusalem.” The One Wish Jerusalem team is excited about being able to create something that reaches people anywhere in the world — evident by the 140,000-plus hits the video received in just a few short months online. “One Wish for Iran, Love Israel” — in which they asked people living in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and Bethlehem to send a wish to Iran and its new president — has garnered over 20,000 hits since they released it on Aug. 4, coinciding with Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration as President of Iran. The plan is to turn One Wish Jerusalem into a larger project. They have taken footage for more short films on other topics in this complex country, which they would

like to use for Israel and Jewish education. “We want to create effective change,” says Shamash. The team has grand plans of forming a nonprofit organization centered on doing just that.

trading/international sourcing company. Eventually, I’d like to earn an MBA or JD and work in international business with an Israeli company. My Masa Israel experience at Tel Aviv University gave me the incredible opportunity to feel at home in Israel. It allowed me to strengthen my young relationship with both Judaism and my homeland. Though my life is in the United States, the second I land in Tel Aviv, I feel like I belong. I’ve developed an undeniable bond that I couldn’t be more proud of.

for scholarships. Masa Israel was established in 2004 with the vision that all Jewish young adults would have the opportunity to spend a semester to a year in Israel. We believe that long-term experiences in Israel can effectively shape and inspire the next generation of Jewish leaders and strengthen their connection to the Jewish people and to Israel.

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Shamash insists that the project could never have come about if it were not for the unique skills of each of the crew members: poet, Andrew Lustig; assistant-producer, Malky Schwartz; cinematographer, Jeff Handel; producer, Raphael Sisa — both Masa Israel Journey alumni — and translator, Elhanan Miller. Miller, the Arab affairs reporter at the Times of Israel, helped the team by interviewing Arabicspeakers. As a Jewish Agency shaliach, he worked as a Judaic

studies teacher in Paris. What is your wish? When asking what their wishes are, the men have bold answers. Handel wishes to form bridges connecting people who would not otherwise be connected. “I wish people would ask themselves good questions,” answers Sisa. “I wish that everyone in the world would overcome their fears, and get out of their comfort zones,” says Shamash. When Shamash left his LA job with DirecTV on the Dan Patrick sports show to come to Israel, he never thought he would be returning to the US to pursue a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education. “Israel was always some place over there ... When I came on Birthright, a relationship began. This time, I have been able to spend some time cultivating that relationship. Now that the relationship is strong, I feel responsible. I am asking myself, ‘What can I do to help?’ I didn’t serve in the army, and I am not making Aliyah right now. I am bringing my background, my skills, to do my part in whatever little way I can. “ “It’s beautiful to have something like these films, and the start of One Wish Jerusalem, to show for my time in Israel,” adds Shamash. To view the video go to and open the “Spotlight” story. Through our work, we have grown the number of individuals participating in such programs from a few thousand each year to over 10,000 participants annually. For more information, go to www. or call Alan Margolies, executive director, Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, at 448-5000, ext. 207.

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JCA after-school programming develops, mentors By JENNIE CHAMBERLIN Jewish Community Alliance

The JCA After School Program is still accepting students for the 2013-2014 school year. The program offers parents and students a wide variety of programming, located under one roof at the JCA. The JCA After School Program offers a safe and stimulating environment for students, said Betsy Miller, youth services director for the JCA. With a skilled staff of counselors dedicated to mentoring

and instructing children, the JCA offers families an after-school care option that enriches their lives. “It’s so much more than just babysitting,” Miller said. “Our counselors provide undivided and energetic attention to our children. We offer students a chance to grow, to learn, to find their niche.” Children in the program have the option to choose a Power Hour class, allowing students to personalize their after-school experience with activities that best fits their needs and interests. Students can

choose from activities such as chess, sports, art and more, allowing children to participate in programs that their schools may not offer. “The opportunity to try different activities helps children see

what they excel in,” Miller said. “Most of all, we want our students to have fun while they’re learning.” Above all, Miller said that the JCA’s programming offers students and parents a positive, en-


DuBow Preschool teachers use sign language with toddlers

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By DuBow Preschool

Teaching American Sign Language to preverbal hearing children has, with good reason, become increasingly popular. Extensive research and studies have shown that babies who sign are less frustrated, have a higher level of trust, and an earlier understanding of language. Recognizing the benefits of sign language instruction, the Dubow Preschool is training its teachers, who work with the youngest students, to provide the most up-to-date learning techniques in sign language. Baby Sign-A-Long owners, Wendy Pozin and Dale Schemer, have together over 30 years of educational experience and have successfully taught baby sign language to parents and teachers since 2006. They have trained the DuBow Preschool teachers in American Sign Language and provided them with songs, games and a variety of teaching techniques to effectively apply these new skills. Teaching babies and toddlers the ability to communicate simple words such as “milk” or concepts like “more” and “all done” eliminates some of the frustrating guess-work in determining the child’s wants and needs. This results in a happier baby and a more effective teacher. Baby Sign-A-Long classes for parents and caregivers will resume this fall. For more details, visit or contact the DuBow Preschool office at 268-4200 ext. 143.

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DuBow Preschool offers High Holy Day preschool children program By SHEREEN CANADY DuBow Preschool

The Jacksonville Jewish Center offers meaningful High Holy Day services and programming for

all ages. The DuBow Preschool offers creative, holiday programming for children ages 1 through pre-kindergarten taught by our loving and talented preschool teachers. We begin the mornings of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 5 & 6, and Yom Kippur, Sept. 14, with an interactive, fun preschool service led by Center clergy and professionals. Then, families may check their little ones into the preschool for a morning of holiday fun. While parents attend services, the children will be singing and dancing to favorite holiday tunes, playing games such as Apple Toss, Bumblebee Boogey, Rosh Hashanah Symbols Hunt, and eating delicious apples and honey. Our preschool

service and programming is open to members and nonmembers. For more details, and to register your child, please contact the DuBow Preschool office at 268-4200 ext. 143. Sukkot Fest is planned for Sept. 23. The community is invited to join us for our second annual Preschool Sukkot Fest. Families with young children will enjoy an evening of fun as we dine in the Goldman Sukkah and participate in a variety of Sukkot activities. Watch our website for more details at, or “like” us on Facebook to get updates on this program and many others. You may make reservations by calling our office.

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DuBow Preschool offers Discovery Studio

By DuBow Preschool

We are thrilled to be back at DuBow Preschool for a new exciting year of exploration and discovery. Last year we investigated bugs, grew vegetables, launched rockets, built catapults, hatched chicks, and that was just the tip of the rollercoaster – oh yeah, we build those, too– whew! This year we are building on this great foundation of learning with expanded animal and plant ecosystems inside and outside the discovery studio, in depth projects incorporating STEM education, and blended learning opportunities for families to be a part of the fun. This year’s themes will connect science to what students love including superheroes, sports, cartoons, cute critters, messy art and more. To learn more about this program or any of our other exciting programs at the DuBow

Jewish Moms Playgroup is open to all Jewish families in the Jacksonville area – affiliated or unaffiliated – with children from newborn to 4 years old. Would you like to host a meet-up? We usually meet at the playground, but we love moms to post if they are headed to the park or to an event where we can all gather together. We’d love to have more ambassadors planning play dates. Join our Facebook group, or email: jewishmothers@groups.

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Braunstein serves as cantor schools, synagogues and camps. Braunstein has been active in the performing arts with lectures and performances of various genre of music including classical Broadway, American, Israeli and Yiddish throughout the United States. Braunstein’s other skills and interests include choir instruction and directing, teaching Israeli dance, playing guitar and piano, composing Jewish liturgical and children’s’ songs, organic gardening and painting. As is well noted, Braunstein has an outstanding background and we are all very excited about her being with us once again this year. Another of her attributes is her love of what she does and her commitment. Her Menschkeit and warmth is something that you will all experience once you have met her. Please join us in welcoming back Braunstein to our Beth El family and the beaches community during the High Holy Days. For High Holy Days ticket information and service schedule please contact the synagogue office at 904-273-9100 or drop by the synagogue located at 288 North Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach.

By Beth El The Beaches Synagogue

Cantor Karen Faith Braunstein will once again join Rabbi Michael Matuson at Beth El The Beaches Synagogue for High Holy Days services this year. Many of you will remember that Cantor Karen was our Braunstein guest cantor two years ago and we are most happy about welcoming her back. Braunstein is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in voice and received her master of sacred music degree and investiture as cantor from Hebrew Union College. Braunstein has served as cantor at various congregations in Texas, Pennsylvania, New York and Florida. Most recently Braunstein served as cantor at Temple Beth Kodesh in Boynton Beach. Other than her responsibilities as a Cantor, Braunstein has experience teaching Hebrew, T’fillah and voice in various


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Operation Isaiah aims high By Jacksonville Jewish Center

On April 2 the Florida TimesUnion reported that poverty in Duval County is 14.9 percent, the highest it has been in years. It also reported that more than $4 billion in cuts is proposed for food stamps. What does that mean for those living in Jacksonville? It means that the local food banks are in dire straits and that in order to prevent these statistics from getting drastically worse, everyone must take that extra step to do what we can to help those in need. Over the past several years,

the Jacksonville Jewish Center has been in the forefront with its year-round support of Operation Isaiah, a program sponsored by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. During the High Holidays, we read from the book of Isaiah: “It is to share your bread with the hungry and to take the poor into your home.” This year’s appeal will kick off on Sept. 4, when our congregants will receive shopping bags to fill with nonperishable food items. The drive will continue through September. All foods will be donated to the Jewish Family & Community Services food pantry

and Second Harvest of Northeast Florida. Martin and Mimi Kaufman, chairpersons for Operation Isaiah, would like to see us pass last year’s goal of 3,500 pounds and are urging everyone in our community to please participate in this drive and to continue donating foods and toiletries all year. Donations can be dropped off at the Center, 3662 Crown Point Road in Mandarin, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday mornings. There are carts in the front lobby of the Center and in the school lobby. For further information please call 292-1000.

Temple Bet Yam celebrates Sukkot By Temple Bet Yam

on Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. Sukkot worship begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the Sook-Out. The community is welcome to join us. RSVP at so we will know to expect you. One week later, Temple invites you to rejoice with the Torah as we celebrate Simchat Torah. The singing and dancing begins at 7

p.m. Before the night is over, we will have unrolled a complete Torah scroll with the help of the congregation. Rabbi Lief will read the whole Torah, or, at least, all the highlights, from Genesis through Deuteronomy. We add to the celebration with consecration for the youngest TIR students. Your participation will add to our joy. All are welcome.

Center is first Jewish institution to join ICARE By Jacksonville Jewish Center

The Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation, and Empowerment, or ICARE, of Jacksonville is a not-for-profit organization made up of faith-based congregations that focus on the shared vision of social justice in the River City. The Jacksonville Jewish Center has joined this coalition of close to 35 congregations, being the first synagogue and first Jewish institution in Jacksonville to partner with other houses of worship toward social justice. “ICARE is elated to welcome its first synagogue into our organization,” said ICARE’s Executive Director Kristin Powell. “ICARE congregations believe that justice

is central to the lives of all people of faith and we look forward to engaging more congregations in our work in holding Jacksonville officials accountable for a fair and just society.” “Our task as Jews is to look at the words of our Torah, the words of the book of Deuteronomy, ‘Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof,’ and make that a reality.” said Rabbi Jesse Olitzky. “Our Torah tells us to not only believe in justice, but to pursue it. Our involvement as a congregation in ICARE acknowledges the role social justice plays in our faith, and I hope this will be the first step to many more institutions in the Jacksonville Jewish community joining us in these efforts as well.”

Every fall, ICARE holds grassroots listening meetings and housing meetings at its participating congregations so that citizens of Jacksonville can share community justice issues. These issues are voted democratically by participants at the Community Problems Assembly and then addressed in the Spring at the Nehemiah Assembly. Community leaders, including the mayor, superintendent of schools, and Jacksonville sheriff attend this assembly. The Jacksonville Jewish Center’s listening process as part of the Center’s involvement with ICARE will begin in the fall. For more information contact Rabbi Olitzky at or 268-4200 ext. 134.

Kehillah Chadashah answers more questions By Kehillah Chadashah

Many people in the Jacksonville Jewish community have questions about Kehillah Chadashah as a reconstructionist congregation. Last month we started answering some questions about the reconstructionist movement. Below are a couple of new questions and answers. Look for more next month. How do reconstructionist communities involve non-Jewish family members? Since 1968, our movement has recognized the Jewishness of a child born to a non-Jewish mother and Jewish father. Our communities are dedicated to creating an environ-

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Sook-Out: It’s a cookout in the Sukkah Temple Brotherhood builds the sukkah in the days following Yom Kippur and the Temple family gathers Erev Sukkot to decorate, worship and enjoy a Sook-Out. Temple Institute of Religion students make the decorations, and everyone is invited to help Rabbi Lief and Rabbi Cohen hang them

Cellist Federman plays Beth Shalom Congregat SYN at House Temple SYNA Open kicks off Bet Yam SYNA Beth Shalom Congregati new year’s plans Beth Shalom Congregatio Beth Congregati Open HouseShalom kicks off

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On Sept. 18, Temple Bet Yam will again celebrate in the congregationally decorated Sukkah. Rabbi Fred Raskind will begin the evening at 6 p.m. followed by a pot luck dinner in the Sukkah at 6:30 p.m. The tradition has continued for several years and is a treat for young and old alike. Temple Bet Yam is a warm, welcoming reform congregation located at 2055 Wildwood Drive in St. Augustine, near S.R. 207.

By Congregation Ahavath Chesed


ment in which all family members feel welcome. Acknowledging the current reality that an increasingly large number of families will be intermarried, reconstructionist communities often offer introduction to Judaism courses, facilitate peer group discussions and develop communal practices for Jewish lifecycle events that include nonJewish family members. Our aim is to bring the richness of Jewish civilization into the public and private lives of our communities and not necessarily to formally convert the non-Jewish family member. Where does reconstructionism stand regarding homosexuality and same-sex marriage? We were the first movement to publicly

address this issue in our 1988 report on homosexuality. In addition we were the first movement to accept openly gay and lesbian students into the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. We retain an unwavering commitment to forming inclusive communities, welcoming to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Jews, as well as multicultural families, Jews of color, and other groups traditionally excluded from full participation in Jewish communal life. Issues relating to the gay and lesbian family are included in religious school curricula. Our rabbis are free to perform same-sex commitment or marriage ceremonies if it is their practice to do so.

Temple Bet Yam Simchat Torah set for Sept. 27

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HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICE SCHEDULES Beth El The Beaches Synagogue 288 N. Roscoe Blvd. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 273-9100

Selichot, Saturday, Aug. 31: 8 p.m. Service 9 p.m Reception Erev Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday, Sept. 4 7 p.m. Service Rosh Hashanah day, Thursday, Sept. 5 10 a.m. Service 10 a.m.Youth Service with Karen Susman 1 p.m. Tashlich Rosh Hashanah 2nd day, Friday, Sept. 6 10 a.m. Service Cemetery Service, Sunday, Sept. 8 10 a.m. Ponte Vedra Valley Cemetery (Beth El Section) Kol Nidre, Friday, Sept. 13 7 p.m. Service Yom Kippur, Saturday, Sept. 14 10 a.m. Service 10 a.m. Youth Service with Karen Susman 1:30 p.m. Discussion 2:45 -3:40 p.m. Community Youth and fa.m.ily service 4:30 p.m. Yizkor followed by Neilah and Havadalah 6:30 p.m. break fast

Congregation Ahavath Chesed 8727 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32217 733-7078

Theme: “What is written in it bears the signature of every human being.” with Rabbi Amnon of Mainz - Unetaneh Tokef Selichot, Saturday, Aug. 31 Havdalah and dessert reception at 8:30 p.m. at The Jacksonville Jewish Center Program: What Does it Take to Leave Vengeance Behind? What Happens When We Do? Presented by Victoria Ruvolo and Robert Goodman Worship at 10:30 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday, Sept. 4 Family Service: 5:30 p.m. (A story from Rabbi Cohen) Evening Service: 8 p.m. (How Far We Have Come offered by Rabbi Lief) Rosh Hashanah, Thursday, Sept. 5 Children’s Service: 9:15 a.m. Morning Service: 10:30 a.m. (How Far We Have To Go offered by Rabbi Lief) Junior Congregation: 11 a.m. Experience led by Rabbi Cohen Taschlich: 12:45 p.m. at Goodby’s Creek Congregational Lunch at Bonefish beginning at 12:45 p.m. – pre-purchased tickets required Cemetery Service, Sunday, Sept. 8 Greenlawn: 10 a.m. with Rabbi Cohen Evergreen: 10 a.m. with Rabbi Lief Kol Nidre, Friday, Sept. 13 Family Service: 5:30 p.m. (A story by Rabbi Lief) Evening Service: 8 p.m. (Every Signature offered by Rabbi Cohen) Yom Kippur, Shabbat, Sept. 14 Children’s Service: 9:15 a.m. Morning Service: 10:30 a.m. (Turning the Page by Rabbi Lief) Junior Congregation: 11 a.m. Experience led by Rabbi Cohen Gift of Life: noon-2 p.m. Adult Discussion: 1:30 p.m. led by Rabbi Cohen Afternoon Service: 2:30 p.m. (The Dotted Line by Rabbi Lief) Yizkor Service: 4:30 p.m. Neilah Service: 5:15 p.m. Havdalah and Break-the-Fast: Immediately following worship Erev Sukkot, Wednesday, Sept. 14 Sukkah decorating: 5:30 p.m. Sukkot Worship: 6:30 p.m. Sook-out (it’s a cook-out in the sukkah): 7 p.m. Sukkot Worship in the sukkah Thursday, Sept. 19: 10:30 a.m. Shemini Atzeret, Thursday, Sept. 26 Worship with yizkor in the sukkah at 10:30 a.m. Simchat Torah and Consecration Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

Etz Chaim Synagogue 10167 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32257 262-3565

Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, Sept. 4: Mincha (Evening Services) 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 5 : Shacharis (Morning Services) 8 a.m. Sephardic Minyan – 8 a.m. Youth Progra.m. – 8:45 a.m. Explanatory Service – 10 a.m. Sermon – 10:40 a.m. Shofar Service – 11:20 a.m. Mincha(Evening Services) 7 p.m. followed by Tashlich at the pond Friday, Sept. 6: Shacharis (Morning Services ) – 8 a.m. Sephardic Minyan – 8:30 a.m. Youth Program – 8:45 a.m. Explanatory Service – 10 a.m. Sermon – 10:40 a.m. Shofar Service – 11:20 a.m. Mincha (evening services) – 7:15 p.m. Yom Kippur, Friday, Sept. 13 Kol Nidre Service – 7:10p.m. Shabbos, Saturday, Sept. 14 Shacharis (Morning Sevice) –8 a.m. Sephardic Minyan – 8 a.m. Youth Program – 8:45 a.m. Explanatory Service – 10:15 a.m. Yizkor – 11:30 a.m. Mussaf – 11:50 a.m. Mincha and Neila – 5 p.m. Conclusion of Yom Kippur and Shofar Blowing – 8:16 p.m.

First Congregation Sons Of Israel 161 Cordova St. St. Augustine, FL 32084 829-9532

Erev Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, Sept. 4, 7:15 p.m. First Day Rosh Hashanah Thursday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. Second Day of Rosh Hashanah Friday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. Kol Nidre, Erev Yom Kippur Friday, Sept. 13, 7:15 p.m. Yom Kippur, Saturday, Sept. 14 9 a.m., Yizkor Memorial Service, held after Haftarah 5:30 p.m., Mincha Afternoon Service 7 p.m., Neelah Concluding Service

Jacksonville Jewish Center 3662 Crown Point Road Jacksonville, FL 32257 268-4200

The 4th Annual Joint Selihot Program and Service with Congregation Ahavath Chesed Saturday evening, Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Jewish Center “What Does it Take to Leave Vengeance Behind? What Happens When We Do?” Erev Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday, Sept. 4 Minha/Ma’ariv 6:15 p.m. Candle lighting 7:28 p.m. 1st Day Rosh Hashanah, Thursday, Sept. 5 Shaharit: 7:45 a.m. Torah service: 9 a.m. Shofar service: 10 a.m. Kavanah (Alternative) Service: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Youth services (K-12): 10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Preschool Activities: 10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Sermon: 11 a.m. Musaf: 11:30 a.m. Tashlikh: 6:30 p.m. Minha: 7:15 p.m. followed by study session and Ma’ariv. 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah, Friday, Sept. 6 This year’s theme for the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah is the “Three Pillars” Shaharit 7:45 a.m. Torah service: 8:30 a.m. Shofar service: 9:30 a.m. Musaf: 10 a.m. Youth services (K-12): 10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Preschool Activities: 10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Minha: 6:15 p.m. followed by Ma’ariv service. Fast of Gedaliah, Sunday, Sept. 8 Morning service at 8:30 a.m., Minha at 6:15 p.m. Annual Memorial Services, Sunday, Sept. 8 New Center Cemetery: 10:30 a.m. Beth Shalom Cemetery: 11:15 a.m. Old Center Cemetery: 11:15 a.m. Erev Yom Kippur, Friday, Sept. 13 Morning Service: 7:10 a.m. Minha: 7 p.m. followed by Kol Nidre - kids of all ages may hear the haunting tunes of Kol Nidre. Candle lighting: 7:15 p.m. Yom Kippur Day, Saturday, Sept. 14 Shaharit: 7:45 a.m. Torah service: 9:30 a.m. Youth services (K-12): 10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Preschool Activities: 10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Kavanah (Alternative) Service: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. President’s address: 11 a.m. Musaf service: 11:30 a.m. Rabbi’s sermon (followed by Yizkor) 1:45 p.m. Dialogue/Discussion with Rabbi Lubliner: 4:15 p.m. Minha: 5:15 p.m. Neilah: 6:30 p.m. Youth Programming: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Final Shofar: 8:09 p.m., followed by Ma’ariv and Break the Fast Erev Sukkot, Wednesday, Sept. 18 Morning Service: 7:10 a.m. Minha/Ma’ariv: 7 p.m. Candle lighting: 7:09 p.m. Sukkot Services 1st Day, Thursday, Sept. 19 Shaharit: 9 a.m. Minha: 7 p.m., followed by study session and Ma’ariv Sukkot Services 2nd Day, Friday, Sept. 20 Shaharit: 9 a.m. Minha: 6:15 p.m. followed by Ma’ariv Sukkot Dinner: Adult Dinner seating at 7 p.m. Hoshanah Rabbah/Erev Sh’mini Atzeret, Wednesday, Sept. 25 Shaharit: 6:45 a.m. Minha/Ma’ariv: 6 p.m. Candle lighting: 7:02 p.m. Sh’mini Atzeret/Erev Simchat Torah, Thursday, Sept. 26 Shaharit: 9 a.m. with Yizkor 5:30 p.m.: Family Simchat Torah Celebration with Young Children 7 p.m.: Simchat Torah Celebration for Adults, Teens, and Middle Schoolers Candle lighting: 7 p.m. Simchat Torah, Friday, Sept. 27 Shaharit/Family Simchat Torah Service: 9 a.m. Minha: 6 p.m. Candle lighting: 6:58 p.m.

Kehillah Chadashah schedule 545-3585

Rosh Hashanah Thursday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. (Tashlich at 2 p.m.) Friday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. at Marriott Hotel on Salsbury Road Yom Kippur Friday night, Kol Nidre, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. Yizkor - 1 p.m.* Mincha - 4 p.m. * Neila - 5 p.m. Havdalah and BreakFast - 6 p.m. at Marriott Hotel on Salsbury Road

Temple Bet Yam

2055 Wildwood Drive. St. Augustine, FL 32086 819-1875 Selichot Saturday evening, Aug. 31 8 p.m. Discussion with the Rabbi 8:30 p.m. Refreshments 9 p.m. Service Erev Rosh HaShanah Wednesday, Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. Rosh HaShanah Day Thursday, Sept. 5 9:30 a.m. Children’s Service 10:15 a.m. Morning Service Kiddush followed by Tashlish Kol Nidre Friday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur Day Saturday, Sept. 14 9:30 a.m. Children’s Service 10:15 a.m. Morning Service 2:30 p.m. Dialogue with the Rabbi 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Service 4:30 p.m. Yizkor Service 5:30 p.m. Neilah Service 6:15 p.m. Sukkah blessing and Break the Fast

Holiday hospitality offered It’s not too late to make arrangements to attend services and be invited to share High Holiday meals. Federation’s Shalom Jax is happy to help you make connections to the synagogue of your choice and to assist you in finding a welcoming home to share the holiday meals. Call Isabel Balotin, 904-448-5000 x 206, or email Leave a detailed message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. The Jewish Federation wishes all new families and friends a very happy and healthy new year in your new community. You can count on us to help you make the Jewish connections that are most important to you.

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A new day at Jewish Family & Community Services By COLLEEN RODRIGUEZ Executive Director


Briefs Teen Anger Management

Dupont Counseling Group will be starting a six-week Teen Anger Management Group beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3. This group is a cognitive behavioral-based curriculum and is open to teens ages 12-17 within the community. For cost and time information, please contact Chris Atkins at (904) 394-5749.

Holocaust Survivor Services

We are seeking recipes for a cookbook, “A Spoonful of Memories,” which will feature stories, photos and recipes collected from local Holocaust survivors, as well as others. Please send in your recipes. The cookbook will reflect various culinary tastes from appetizers to holiday favorites. If you have a recipe that you would like to submit, or if you want any other information about our services, contact Naomi Mirensky at 394-5777 or email

Foods of the Month

We graciously accept all donations of much needed, nonperishable foods. The suggested foods of the month for September are: cereal, cans of chicken, beans, beef ravioli, hearty soups.

Board of Directors

Jewish Family & Community Services welcomes our new and returning board members: Caren Appel, Mary Berger, Howard Caplan, Mary Edwards, Stephen Goldman, Tom Harris, Barbara Hunter, Michael Katz, Francine Kempner, Stuart Klein, Jodie Leach, Sue Levine, Anne Lufrano, Jill Metlin, Robert Morgan, Judy Poppell, Harold Resnick, Marjie Rogozinski, Ellen Rosner, Rabbi Avi Schochet, Vanessa Solomon, Terri Stahlman, Andrew Steif, Glenn Ullman and Elaine S. Wright.

Players by the Sea

Join us for a production of “The Whipping Man” at Players by the Sea to benefit JFCS. Save the date! Thursday, Nov. 21. Seating is limited. You can purchase tickets on our website, www.jfcsjax. org or call Marie Gabbamonte for more information 394-5727.

COUNTDOWN TO 100 3 years 9 months

JFCS: Serving our COMMUNITY since 1917.

As the new year approaches, with its themes of renewal, reflection and new beginnings, I reflect back on the last year and the special people who have become part of the JFCS family. Whether they were new clients, new donors, new board members or new staff, I have come to realize a renewed faith of the human spirit and in the strength of our community. And as I think ahead of the year that is just beginning, I think about the goals we have set for JFCS. Last year we saw the amount of meals served out of our food pantry, FANN, increase from 55,000 meals to 68,000 meals. This means one of our goals at

JFCS must be to continue to educate our community that the need is great and that hunger is not far away – in fact, it could be right next door. In this past year we have seen military veterans come to us in need of financial assistance. In reality, they have an even greater need for emotional healing. The traumas they have suffered during their time overseas have left them in need of other services, as well. So, another goal for JFCS in this year ahead is to make sure our community remembers these individuals, as well as their families, for both the sacrifices they made and to remember they need assistance and support when they return to our community. We placed over 80 children

into loving adoptive homes last year. Because of this, we have set a goal to make sure that birth mothers know what a loving and selfless gift they are giving to their child when they decide to place them for adoption, while at the same time give support and guidance to the adoptive parents that are embarking on the journey to find the child meant for them. And finally, in our Jewish Services Department, the number of clients who use our services dramatically increased in the past year. This includes transportation rides for seniors, PJ Library for young children and outreach/education to affiliated and non-affiliated Jews throughout the greater Jacksonville area. As the new year

begins, our goal is to expand services and support to educators and parents of children with special needs. Our agency celebrates its 97th year this year. Again, it’s a time to look back at all we have accomplished, and how we have grown since 1917. We have always prided ourselves in meeting the changing needs of our community. JFCS is a place where people come for support through life’s transitions and where they can receive help to help themselves. This year, as in previous years, we will continue to be a place where people can come to heal, to become stronger and to find hope. With best wishes for a happy, healthy – and hopeful new year.

New therapists expand services to youth and families By Jewish Family & Community Services

Rachel Camilo and Christine Ellis have joined the staff of Dupont Counseling Group at JFCS. Both bring diverse experience working with children and families. Rachel Camilo, RMHCI, has a M.S. in counseling in psychology from Troy University and a B.A. in sociology with social welfare emphasis with Old Dominion University. Camilo worked with children and families primarily in the foster care system for the past four years. As a registered mental health counselor, her therapeutic focus includes addressing at-risk youth and family dynamics. Her heart is to serve those in need

Rachel Camilo

Christine Ellis

by collaboratively working with individuals toward their empowerment. Her counseling approach concentrates on utilizing creative outlets in assisting clients to indentify personal strengths and

attain a restored sense of self. Christine Ellis has a M.S. in mental health counseling from the University of North Florida and a M.Ed. in science education from the University of Florida.

Jewish Healing Network offers High Holiday programming By Jewish Family & Community Services

Did you know that the Jewish Healing Network offers High Holiday-related programs to senior residential facilities throughout the area? Staff, volunteers and area rabbis are available to lead information programs about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Residents enjoy learning about the holidays and its customs and traditions, and Jewish residents take great pleasure in having a Jewish program presented. Often, these visits are their only connection with the Jewish community. If you are interested in helping the Jewish Healing Network reach out in this way – or if you know someone living in an area facility that would benefit from

Rabbi Robert Goodman is one of several Jewish Healing Network volunteers who reach out to senior facilities. this type of programming, please call Karen Susman, JHN program coordinator, at 394-5737.

Community food drives held By JFCS

Last year’s food donations resulted in hundreds of pounds of food. Area synagogues are hoping to bring in more this year. It’s not too late to give! “It is to share your bread with the hungry, and to take the wretched poor into your home; when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to ignore your own kin” (Isaiah 58). Each year on Yom Kippur we are reminded of the impor-

JFCS provides free rides to synagogue for services By JFCS

JFCS will once again provide door-to-door cab service to synagogues for High Holiday services at no charge. CALL2GO at 224-6287 and, remember, you must call at least 48 hours in advance of your requested ride. Also please plan

Ellis has worked with children, families and adults in a variety of educational settings for over three years but found her passion in the relationship that was built with families during her years teaching. She transitioned into the mental health counseling field due to her belief in a holistic approach and valuing the importance of the therapeutic relationship. She enjoys creating a partnership with her clients that is genuine, nonjudgmental and collaborative. By providing the client with creative individualized services, the process of change can happen. In addition to individual and family counseling, Camilo and Ellis also facilitate therapeutic and psycho-educational groups.

ahead as JFCS will be closed on the following days: Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 2; Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 5, and Friday, Sept. 6; Sukkot: Thursday, Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 20; Simchat Torah: Thursday, Sept. 26, and Friday, Sept. 27.


tance of feeding the hungry. When we fast we know, in part, how it feels to be hungry; when we hear the words of Isaiah, we are challenged to do what we can to help those in need. We are grateful to those in the community who give either individually or through the annual High Holiday food drives organized by the Congregation Ahavah Chesed, the Jacksonville Jewish Center and Beth El the Beaches Synagogue. Each year hundreds of pounds of nonperishable food are collected and donated to the onsite food pantry at JFCS. It is not too late to give now. The demand for food is greater than ever. You may contact the participating synagogues directly or call our office at (904) 448-1933. Sally Becker waves as she gets into the CALL2GO cab.

Jacksonville Jewish News • September 2013

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Life Enrichment Coordinator – The Coves 904-260-1818

Briefs Remember River Garden when you wish to honor or memorialize your loved ones Please send donations to: Development Department River Garden Hebrew Home 11401 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 32258 Or call: 904-886-8432 Or go online: From Generation to Generation… L’Dor V’Dor Remember River Garden and the entire Jewish Community in your will.

Teens from Israel spent time entertaining and sharing stories with members of The Coves. Coves members have been making the best of this summer and have not let a moment go to waste. Coves members and

River Garden residents celebrated Independence Day in style at a wonderful cookout by Lake Lea.

Members of The Coves were up and out at meetings, lunches, shopping and even managed to fit some musical entertainment into the schedule. The Coves was pleased to bring in Body and Soul – The Eight Notes of Summer, with the help of Jewish Family and Community Services, and attendees at the Paula Libin Book Review Series were enchanted by reviewer Leslie Kirkwood as she took the audience back to early Jacksonville to talk about The Cohen Brothers: The Big Store. Members were delighted to welcome back a group of teenagers from Israel, who came to speak, and organized a very nice program with the help of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville. August was another busy month with a trip to The Lightner

Museum and The Florida Mall in Orlando, trips out to eat and a Labor Day Celebration in the air conditioned comfort of the beautiful Clubroom. The Coves offers independent but serviced living, with access to many amenities and services to facilitate a lifestyle that promotes wellness. Conveniently located minutes from luxury shopping, historic St. Augustine and beautiful downtown Jacksonville, and with a variety of activities and services, fine dining and friendly staff, The Coves provides elegant, yet affordable retirement living for active seniors. To learn more about becoming a member of The Coves, please contact Margaret Davis, Administrator, at 904-8868935 or visit us at

Teen Volunteer Program a Wonderful Success… Again By LESLIE HELD

Volunteer Coordinator

September – A Few Fun Facts  This year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur begin and end in September. So does Sukkot. And Shmini Atzeret. And Simchat Torah. That hasn’t happened since 2002.  “September” comes from an old Roman word “Septem”, meaning ‘seven’. September used to be the th th 7 month instead of the 9 .  Birthstone: Sapphire  Zodiac signs: Virgo (until nd the 22 ) and Libra (from the rd 23 on)  Labor Day is Monday, September 2, 2013.  First Labor Day: Tuesday, September 5, 1882, created by the Central Labor Union in NYC as a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  September is also National Chicken Month (brought to us by the National Chicken Council, of course). ________________________

Two dozen energetic, creative teenagers from many area high schools spent six weeks of their summer vacations volunteering at River Garden. They interacted with our residents and encouraged them to participate in a myriad of activities, including fishing, assisting with e-mail accounts, playing piano on the Rehab floor, polishing nails on “Manicure Wednesdays”, working in Memory Care and participating in exercise classes. Additionally, several teens actually created new programs for our residents: a weekly Spanish Club and a Visual Trivia game. Both were immensely successful and enhanced our already busy calendar. The teens implemented and facilitated these programs with genuine enthusiasm. As the 2013 Teen Volunteer Program neared its close, the teens spent many hours practicing their farewell “gift” to our residents- a staged adaptation of “The Little Mermaid”. A sincere and heartfelt “thank you” to our spirited Teen Volunteers, who gave so much time and energy to bring much joy to our beloved residents.

River Garden residents thoroughly enjoyed sharing in activities and developing a true sense of camaraderie with our amazing Teen Volunteers.

River Garden

Saturday, November 16, 2013 Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village Presented by SunTrust

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Chairs: Arlene & Dr. Tony Adelson and Diane & Dr. Mitchell Rothstein

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Lilo and Harry Frisch Cocktails• Silent Auction •Dinner• Entertainment• Black Tie For information and sponsorship opportunities contact or 904.886.8430 Visit us at



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Jacksonville Jewish News • September 2013



Faces of CJL: Etz Chaim

for generations to follow.

The Shapiro family

Create your Jewish Legacy with a gift in an amount meaningful to you, through your will or estate plan. L’Shanah Tovah Tikateivu! Best wishes to you and yours for a Sweet New Year.

President’s Corner:

Maximize benefits of year-end giving By Mark Green Foundation President


onsidering making charitable gifts before year-end 2013? Want to maximize your impact? Pondering which causes to choose? We offer simple solutions and allow you to defer those often perplexing “which to choose” decisions. These planned-giving strategies may save you time and money, while benefiting causes you support: When structured properly, an IRA Rollover offers those 70 ½ and older the opportunity to make tax-free charitable distributions. A direct gift to charity may be used

to create or add to an endowment or make annual gifts.* Donor Advised Funds allow you to defer your charitable gift decisions until a time that is convenient for you. Make all charitable gifts from one fund and leave the complex recordkeeping to the Foundation. Receive competitive, fixed income for life with a Charitable Gift Annuity. Support the charities you care about for the future. See the Foundation insert for detailed information. Act quickly to ensure your charitable gift plans are completed by year’s end. *Always consult a qualified professional adviser before making any financial decisions and to make certain that your gifts are properly structured and meet all requirements necessary to qualify as a charitable gift.

By Jewish Community Foundation

When reflecting on his Jewish legacy, Steven Shapiro recalls the involvement of three generations of Shapiros with Etz Chaim Synagogue. “My father served on the board for many years and was involved in constructing the new building. I learned from him the importance of serving community and shul, and helping foster the growth of Judaism, especially orthodox Judaism, in Jacksonville.” Etz Chaim is in Steven’s blood. “I have spent my life at Etz Chaim — growing up, observing and praying, and enjoying social events,” he explained. “My wife Deborah and I met and were married there. Now we are raising our young children at Etz Chaim.” Deborah is dedicated to working with Etz Chaim’s Youth Committee behind the scenes. “I

find the time I spend organizing programming for our youth most rewarding,” she observed. “They are the future of Etz Chaim.” “Many of us focus on today,” Deborah continued. “It is hard to think about the future. But when you look at your children and you look at other children, you need to make sure you are providing for them now and also providing for them in the future. You would never want to not help your children … Why wouldn’t you help all the children of the community you are involved in?” “Deborah and I feel it is vital to have an orthodox presence here,” said Steve. “The orthodox branch of the community maintains traditions and offers services that make it easier for the entire Jewish community to grow — Kashrut, mikvah and many others.” As parents and observant Jews, Deborah and Steven understand the vital importance of sus-

Sharing tax-savvy strategies By PAULETTE KEIFER and a qualified public charity. When the transfer is comLESLIE KIRKWOOD

Complimentary Dinner & Program Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 6-8 pm For B’nai Tzedek members, prospective members, their parents & grandparents

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taining our Jewish community, synagogues and agencies. Deborah remarked, “Leaving a legacy is not just to do something for ourselves and our kids, but it is to preserve the legacy that was given to us by the people who built our community.” Steven summarized their feelings, saying “A legacy is not just something we want to do; it is actually a responsibility because so many people worked so hard to build a community here. It is our job to make sure that not only will it continue, but that it grows.” “Jacksonville can be a home for Jews all across the spectrum,” Steven concluded. “We are served well by having vibrant conservative, reform and orthodox branches of our community. We are one community. We have a community that is truly a kehilla, a congregation in itself.” Let the Foundation help you create your own Jewish legacy. Please contact us today at (904) 394-0720.

Jewish Community Foundation

The time is right to complete your year-end charitable giving plans. In this and subsequent columns, we will explore three giving strategies that offer tax advantages to eligible individuals: the IRA rollover, gift annuity, and donor-advised funds. One of these might be right for you. Before time runs out, take advantage of tax-savvy strategies to create a Jewish legacy and support causes you care about. Congress extended the popular IRA Charitable Rollover provision through Dec. 31, 2013. It allows those ages 70½ and older to transfer up to $100,000 per year from an IRA directly to

pleted properly, these benefits may apply: • Your gift will be treated as a qualified charitable distribution. • A gift may count toward the taxpayer’s required IRA minimum distribution for the year in which the gift is given. • Your gift will not count as taxable income. To ensure that your gift is a qualified charitable distribution, funds must pass directly from the IRA custodian to a qualified charity. Donor advised funds, charitable remainder trusts, supporting organizations and private foundations are not qualified recipients for rollover transfers. Foundation is here to help you explore and simplify your

charitable gift planning goals. Create your Jewish legacy by instructing your IRA trustee to make a direct transfer to the Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, Inc., for the benefit of synagogue or agency endowment funds or annual or capital campaign gifts — the choice is yours. Interested? Need more information? Please contact the Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida at (904) 3940720 to discuss this and other charitable gift planning options. 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 decision.

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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L’shana Tova from the board and staff of the JCA Sharing skills

The weather cools as the J Institute heats up By DORRI KRAUS

Jewish Community Alliance

With summer winding down and the start of the hectic fall season, it’s important to make time for rejuvenation. That’s where the J Institute comes in. Whether you’re a baby boomer, a gen-xer, or any adult 18 and older with a sense of adventure, a quest for learning and an appetite to experience new things, the J Institute is the place to be. It’s not just for JCA members; the J Institute offers an ever-changing array of innova-

Teens from the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville’s Tikkun Olam summer exchange visit the JCA to share Israeli culture with summer campers. The teens, from HaderaEiron, Israel, spent time teaching JCA campers how to perform a dance, make a snack and create a Birkat Habayit (blessing for the home) art project, Israeli style.

tive classes, programs and events for the whole community. With creative project classes, enriching personal growth opportunities, inspiring speakers and exceptional entertainment, there’s something for everyone. Offerings this fall include talks from area religious leaders and experts about topics such as fundamentalism, politics and technology in Israel, as well as crafting and cooking classes, health and wellness programs, and more. From a mentoring circle based on the best-seller “Lean In” by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandburg to an international dance exercise series exploring Israeli folk dancing and American line dancing, the J Institute sponsors programs for a wide variety of interests. The J Institute provides a unique opportunity to learn new things, explore the world, improve fitness levels and socialize with people of varying ages and interests. Come see and experience the difference that the J Institute can make. The J Institute – experience it! For more information, contact Dorri Kraus at 730-2100 ext. 239 or

JCA happenings Vandroff Art Gallery

The Vandroff Art Gallery will exhibit the work of Lloyd Roberts from Aug. 30 to Oct. 2. After retiring from a career involving international travel, Lloyd decided to take his travels to a new level. He began planning trips to some of the most remote places on Earth where he could photograph creatures that most people only dream about seeing up close. Lloyd’s talent is not limited to photography. He is an accomplished watercolor artist and sculpts in bronze. It’s primarily photography that has allowed him to realize his passion.

JCA Film Series

The JCA Film Series continues this fall with a new day and time. Films will now be Sundays at 2 p.m. Our fall series will begin with “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. Comedy superstar Adam Sandler stars as the Zohan, the finest counterterrorist agent the Israeli army has – until he fakes his death and travels to Manhattan to live his dream as a hairdresser. This film is part of the series of the Jewish American influence in film, and is free and open to the community.

Why weight? Weight training for women

Statistics say that women start losing muscle at the age of 30. Get started today with this small group training program led by personal trainer, Theresa Sherman. Classes are Mondays, Sept. 9 to Sept. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. The fee is $60 for members and $90 for nonmembers. Registration required by Sept. 3.

Crafting at the J: photo frametastic

Join us Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. for an evening of fun and creativity as we welcome craft artist La’Ronda Raymond. La’Ronda will show you how to design and create a one-of-akind sea-inspired picture frame to house your special memories. The fee is $25 for members and $38 for nonmembers, and all materials are included. Registration required by Sept 3.

Pastels in Paris

Join us on our journey to Paris and find the movement of art through the style of Degas. No art experience required, but experienced artists will learn new art concepts in movement with pastels. Classes will be held Tuesdays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon or from 7 to 9 p.m. The fee is $102 for members and $153 for nonmembers, and additional supplies will be needed. To register, call the JCA registrar at 904-730-2100 ext. 228.

The art of collage

Collage is a technique in which art is made from an assemblage of different forms and may include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects glued to a piece of paper or canvas. Classes will be held Wednesdays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. The supply list will be on the JCA website at or at the registrar’s desk. The fee is $102 for members and $153 for nonmembers. To register, call the JCA registrar at 904-730-2100 ext. 228.

Lacrosse skills clinic

Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United States, and the JCA is offering an outstanding lacrosse skills clinic for ages 7 to 16 that will teach the sport to all ability levels. Whether you are a beginner or looking to perfect your skills, the clinic will utilize a variety of drills to master the fundamentals. The clinic will be held at Bolles High School Field on Sundays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. from Sept. 15 to Nov 3. Each player will need to provide their own equipment. For more information, contact Rio at 730-2100 ext. 250 or

Cardio Tennis

Cardio Tennis is a high-energy fitness class that combines the best features of tennis with cardio exercise, delivering the ultimate full-body calorie-burning aerobic workout. The program is for ages 16 and over, and will be held Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 11, from 8 to 9 a.m., Thursdays, beginning Sept. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. or Sundays, beginning Sept. 15, from 8 to 9 a.m. The four-clinic fee is $60 for members and $90 for non-members, and advance registration is required. For more information, contact Reggie at 904-730-2100 ext. 317.

Quick Start tennis program

Join a revolutionary tennis program that utilizes equipment tailored to age-appropriate standards so that kids can learn, rally, play and compete in a way that is fun and keeps them coming back for more. Pee-wee Quick Start is for ages 4 to 6, and is Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Juniors Quick Start is for ages 7

to 10, and is Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The five-clinic fee is $60 for members and $90 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Reggie at 904-7302100 ext. 317.

Adult soccer league

The JCA is beginning a new adult soccer league for ages 18 and older. Games will be at Bolles Stadium Field on Sunday afternoons with eight games played between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Form your own teams of six to eight players for five-on-five soccer. You can also register individually or with a friend and be placed on a team. All teams need to have rosters submitted by Sept 8. Contact Geoff Thomas at 7302100 ext. 254 or pespecialist@ if you have any questions or want to register a team.

Swim lessons at the JCA

Learn to swim or learn to swim more efficiently with the JCA. The JCA offers a wide variety of options for swimmers. The JCA Swim School was developed for participants who seek a fun and safe environment to learn the art of swimming. Children will experience a group lesson structure in small groups, building on skills and learning new techniques in a comfortable heated pool. If more personal instruction is needed, our one-on-one private instruction for children, adults and seniors will lead you closer to your individual goal. A minimum of four 30-minute lessons is required for private lessons. For more information, call 904-7302100 ext. 240.


Experience ‘The Artist’ and live music

“The Artist” is a 2011 Academy Award and Golden Globewinning black and white silent film, which tells an engaging story with humor, melodrama, romance and most importantly — silence. A fabulous live musical trio that includes a pianist, clarinetist and guitarist will underline and accent the story line as you view this film. This is a not-to-bemissed event. Everybody is welcome to come, see the film and enjoy the live music on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. The fee is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Paid reservations are required with the JCA registrar at ext. 228 by Sept 9.

Men and women’s tennis

The JCA offers a variety of programs for men and women’s tennis at all levels, including our men’s 3.0 – 3.5 clinic, ladies’ A, B, and C teams, and Working Women’s Tennis. For more information about the JCA’s tennis programming, please check out the JCA Fall Program Guide or contact Reggie at 904-730-2100 ext. 317.


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Menachem Mendel was born June 19, 2013, or Tammuz 11, to parents Shaul and Chani Robson. Grandmother is Marcia Pozin. Great grandmother is Jean Pozin. Grandparents are Dovid and Esther Grossman of Chicago. The family lives in Morristown, N.J. Caleb Sidney Harmon, son of Lauren and Matt Harmon, was born Aug. 1, 2013. Grandparents are Kim and Doug Diamond, and Joyce and Burke Harmon. Linda Dacks announces the birth of her granddaughter Carson Marie Dacks on July 21, 2013. Parents are Jayson and Brenna Dacks. She joins big brother Jack Henry. Great grandmothers are Pearl Mack and Phyllis Dacks. Carson is named in loving memory of her paternal grandfather Barry Clifford Dacks. Shira and Doron Stember announce the birth of a son, Eitan Byron Stember, on Aug. 2, 2013, in New York City. Grandparents are Robin and Jeffery Morris of Jacksonville, and Nancy and Rishon Stember of Westport, Conn. Great-grandparents are Bess and the late Five Saliman, and Sonya and the late Byron Morris. Big sisters are Noa Sylvia and Vered Ida.

B’nai Mitzvah

Max David Mizrahi, son of Alan and Mauri Mizrahi, will be called to the Torah on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah on Oct. 5, 2013, at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Sharing in the simcha will be his brothers Ryan and Zach; grandparents Eddie and Judy Mizrahi and Edward and Bunny Witten; great-grandparents Elliott and Roslyn Horovitz; and many other friends and family. Max is in eighth grade at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, where he is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and plans on playing on the newly formed middle school basketball team. He enjoys playing baseball and basketball. He also likes running and reading. For his mitzvah project Max invited others to participate with him in running the Never Quit beach race in May 2013. He also

raised money to help provide blood pressure screening stations at the race. The purpose of the Never Quit race is to raise awareness about heart attacks and strokes, and to promote healthy living.


Kim and Doug Diamond announce the engagement of their daughter Heather Diamond to Marcus Coleman, son of James and Connie Coleman. Heather received her bachelor of science in dietetics and nutrition from the University of North Florida. She is employed by Whole Foods as a buyer.


Nancy Yuen and Logan Greenspan were married July 20, 2013, at Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta, N.J. The bride is the daughter of Betty Chan of Chicago. Her sister Kayla Yuen was maid of honor, and Irene Won, Jasmine Zaragoza, Tanya Lee, Joan Hur and Camille Chow were bridesmaids. The bride earned her undergraduate degree in business from the University of Illinois, and a master’s in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She is employed as an associate brand manager at the Bayer Pharmaceuticals headquarters in Morristown, N.J. The groom is the son of Carol and Bruce Greenspan, and grandson of Vivian and Milton Greenspan and Sidney Gefen, all of Jacksonville. Adam Greenspan, brother of the groom, was best man, and Adam’s daughter Drew and son Asher were the flower girl and ring bearer, respectively. Groomsmen included Jose Moreno, David Trager, Jeff Pies, Mitch Eaglstein and Naim Abdullah, all childhood friends from the Bolles School. The groom earned his undergraduate degree in business from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University, and his master’s in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is employed as associate director of Alternative Investments at MetLife headquar-

ters in Morristown, N.J., where the couple reside. Laura Cagan and Dr. Michael Kowalski were married on June 9, 2013, at One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach. The ceremony was followed by a reception at the same location. The bride is the daughter of Ted Weinberg and Joan Silver of Minneapolis, Minn. The groom is the son of Miriam Goldstein of Jacksonville and Ronald Kowalski of Bristol, Vt. The bride has three adult children – Michael, Erica, and Michelle Cagan. She works as senior sales manager at Hyatt Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. The groom has two adult children – David and Andrew Kowalski. He works as acupuncture physician/founder of the Acupuncture & Holistic Health Center in Jacksonville. Following their honeymoon in Aruba, the couple will live in Ponte Vedra Beach.

members include John’s wife Anneliese; children Marina (Louie) Neff, Andreas Boyle, and Angela Cress; brothers James (Ouida) Boyle, and Jerold (Minna) Boyle; and granddaughter Haley Boyle. Contributions may be made to the Jacksonville Jewish Center. … to the family of Dr. Ira M. Dushoff who died July 30, 2013. He is survived by his wife Judy; brother Lee; and his children and grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Jacksonville Jewish Center or River Garden. … to the family of Charlotte Jacobs, mother of Maxine (Daniel) Cooper, grandmother of Joshua and Rebecca Cooper and sister of Leah Duhan. Charlotte died Aug. 19, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix Jacobs. Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. … to the family of Lottie Schwartz Kolb who died July



Stephen Goldman, senior vice president at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, was elected as president of Leadership Jacksonville. “I am looking forward to leading the board of this exceptional organization through the next exciting year,” said Goldman. “Leadership Jacksonville is a vital part of community development in this area, and our diverse and talented board members have been selected for their potential to inspire and encourage the development of Leadership Jacksonville, its programs and the community as a whole.” Leadership Jacksonville was established in 1976 as a vehicle to stimulate growth of leadership in the Northeast Florida community.


… to the family of Vera Benjamin on the passing of her brother, John Boyle, on Aug. 3, 2013, in Havana, Fla. Other family

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daughter Carol (Irvin) Weinstein and Arlene (Ben) Lewis; grandchildren Douglas (Zita) Weinstein, Heath Lewis, and Micah Lewis; four great-grandchildren; and brother Phillip Rothman. Contributions may be made to the Jacksonville Jewish Center, River Garden or Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. … to the family of Mitchell Samuel Sherman who died Aug. 15, 2013. He is survived by his parents Marvin and Bea Sherman; sisters June (Bobby) Shenkman and Karen (David) Turkat; brother Bradley Sherman; and nephews Drew (Patty) Shenkman, Jeffrey Shenkman and Phillip Turkat. Contributions may be directed to the Jacksonville Jewish Center. … to the family of Randy Silverberg who died Aug. 13, 2013. He is survived by his wife Cindy; children Arnie and Alex; and brother Richard. Contributions may be directed to the Jacksonville Jewish Center or to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. … to the family of Rachael Weinstein, mother of Ken (Yvonne) Weinstein, Howard (Cynthia) Weinstein, grandmother of six, great grandmother of eight, step grandmother of four and step great grandmother of nine and former mother-in-law of Linda Diamond Weinstein. Rachel died July 29, 2013. Contributions may be made to Community Hospice and/or Congregation Ahavath Chesed.

Jacksonville native debuts ‘BULLY’ Lee J. Kaplan, a Jacksonville native and whose parents are members of the Jacksonville Jewish Center, is bringing his show, “BULLY,” to Theatre Jacksonville after successful runs to sold-out theaters in the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C., and the New York City International Fringe Festival. Kaplan wrote this powerful autobiographical show, which has received acclaim from the Washington Post, the New York Times, WNBC, DCMetroTheatreArts and many theater critics. His show at Theatre Jacksonville will be performed on Sept. 20, 21 and 22. In addition, there will be a free show for children who bring their parents for a matinee on Saturday, Sept. 21. For more information contact Theatre Jacksonville, 904-3964425 or


Continued from p. 1 Gottlieb Day School, Torah Academy of Jacksonville, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Dessert and coffee will be served. For more information, please call Federation Executive Director Alan Margolies, 4485000 ext 207.

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caregiver workshop offered By Community Hospice

Community Hospice of Northeast Florida will present “Caring for the Veteran’s Caregiver” family caregiving workshop on Friday, Sept. 20. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Charles M. Neviaser Educational Institute of Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Building 100. As more Northeast Florida veterans need full-time care, family caregivers need to understand their special needs, and how, when and where they can find help — for themselves and their loved ones. “Caring for the Veteran’s Caregiver” is a workshop in which family caregivers have an opportunity to connect with professionals and caregiving resources that will support them in their caregiving journey, meet fellow caregivers and listen to professional speakers who will discuss a variety of caregiving topics specific

Business briefs Butensky & Cohen listed as a NABCAP Premier Advisor

The National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices is a nonprofit organization created to establish mutually understood standards among both investors and advisory practices. Each year NABCAP utilizes a specific formula to distinguish the best practitioners from the industry’s pool of advisors. After participating in the intricate evaluation and review process, Butensky & Cohen has made the NABCAP list of Premier Advisors for the second year in a row.

Camellia celebrates first anniversary

Camellia at Deerwood celebrates first anniversary Camellia at Deerwood, a senior lifestyle community located in

to veterans’ special needs, including: • Wounded warrior: their last battle • Spiritual issues • Creative cocooning: caregiver growth • VA caregiver support resources • VA benefits: What are they and how do I apply? National speakers will include Deborah Grassman, ARNP, author of “Peace at Last” and former nurse practitioner at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System; and Nicole Johnson, national program manager from the VA’s Caregiver Support Program. A complimentary light breakfast and lunch will be provided, and attendees will have a chance to win door prizes. Registration is free. RSVP to 904.407.6790 by Friday, Sept. 13. For more information about Caregiver Coalition programs and family caregiving resources, visit Jacksonville’s Southside, is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Owned by The Carlyle Group and managed by Seattle-based Leisure Care, a One Eighty company, Camellia at Deerwood offers independent living services for seniors 62 and over. The community’s assisted living services are coming soon. “We are very proud to celebrate this milestone after an outstanding first year,” said Camellia at Deerwood General Manager Perry Brown. “Our residents enjoy an incredible lifestyle with our signature brand of enhanced programs, services and amenities. We look forward to continued success and to creating a legacy of quality and service in Northeast Florida.” Since Camellia at Deerwood opened in August 2012, the 185unit senior living community’s occupancy rate has nearly doubled, rising from 19 percent occupancy to 37 percent occupancy in the past year.



HIGHLIGHTS Congratulations, Jan Olander, on your retirement. -Jewish Federation of Jacksonville Board of Directors

Happy first birthday to grandson Oliver. -John and Helen

Happy Anniversary to Ron and Joanie. -All their friends

Congratulations to Jacksonville’s Jewish agencies’ board members on their new appointments. -Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

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At Temple, age is just a number

By Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Edythe Kessler, Beverly Fruit’s mother, is 103 years young. While people are living longer, an infinitesimal number make it to the century mark, just 0.02 percent of the U.S. population. Edythe attributes her success to daily walks and continuous activity. Beverly reminisced about how her mom spent her weekends: defrosting food and cooking for the family before she knew how many were coming. She remains busy playing

piano, reading and taking long walks daily down the hallways of Weinberg Village in Tampa to stay in shape. Perhaps the secret to her longevity is the values by which she lives: “I believe in God and in helping people. We should share what we have. When people are hungry, we should feed them. Those are the values I hope I have passed on to my children.” For those of us lucky enough to know Beverly, we know that Edythe was most successful in teaching her daughter well.

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Swab a cheek, save a life By Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Congregation Ahavath Chesed announces its partnership with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism to help save lives. On Yom Kippur, Jews around the world will pray to be inscribed in the Book of Life. At Temple, we will pray and we will take action to help save a life. Following Yom Kippur morning worship, Sue Elinoff, chair of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Drive, has

organized a group of volunteers to manage the drive. Those 18 to 60 years of age in good health can participate. As Sue explains it, “A little paperwork and a swab of your cheek is all it takes to save a life.” Leukemia, lymphoma and other blood diseases are random killers. They can strike at any time. One in 200 Americans will need a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant in their lifetime. One Temple congregant sought a match, unfortunately without success. Another congregant

was a match and the recipient is enjoying a life he never dared imagine possible. Since tissue type is inherited, it is likely that a matching donor and recipient will share a similar ethnic background. Today Jews have a greater than 70 percent chance of finding a match. Sue Elinoff will not be satisfied until Jews have a 100 percent chance of being matched. “You can help us get there. You need not be a Temple member to participate.” Call Sue at 7336187 to volunteer. To register to participate, visit the Temple website ( or call the Temple office (733-7078.)

Beth El introduces new curriculum By Beth El The Beaches Synagogue

We at Beth El the Beaches Synagogue are excited about our new curriculum for this coming year. The Chai Curriculum, which has been compiled by the Reform Movement’s URJ is based on three themes: Torah is the accumulated body of Jewish texts and wisdom; including Bereshit/Genesis through Devarim/

Deuteronomy, commentaries on those texts, and the values that arise from them. Avodah, in this context, means worship or other sacred practices. And G’milut Chasadim are acts of kindness or similar good deeds. In addition, Israel will be studied in each grade. Our Family Education Days, which are held for each grade, will be incorporating these themes. The Hebrew program is in-

novative, and our students will learn not only to read and chant prayers, but will learn modern Hebrew words and phrases, as well. Registration is ongoing and classes begin on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. For more information please call Karen Susman, director of Lifelong Learning at 273-9100 or via e-mail at Our doors are always open.

Temple presents Shabbat Temple Bet Yam offers ‘Broadway’ event By CAROL GLADSTONE with a reggae sound Temple Bet Yam

By Congregation Ahavath Chesed

The evening was warm and the humidity was high. The weather and the reggae music transported the congregation to Shabbat in the tropics, here on San Jose Boulevard. Aug. 2 was First Friday, the monthly creative worship experience at Temple, written and led by JAFTY, the Jacksonville Area Federation of Temple Youth. Zach Morris, Religious and Cultural vice president, meets with Rabbi Lief, and together they select the theme of the service based on the Torah portion. The theme of the August worship was “Generous Spirit.” Zach explains the significance of the reggae music this way: “Reggae music was born to inspire thoughts of love and kindness to all. The inspiration this music brings to people helps reveal to each listener a new stream of thoughts on how truly amazing the world is and how much love is out there.” The reggae music was created by The Jew Crew, Temple’s teen

You are invited to a celebration of Broadway music when the Temple Bet Yam Choir presents, “Give My Regards to Broadway: A Salute to Jewish Composers.” The performance will take place at Temple Bet Yam on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Along with the music and mayhem, guests will enjoy a wine/cheese/dessert intermisTemple Bet Yam choir members cut up during ‘Comedy Tonight.’ sion. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. To order located at 2055 Wildwood Drive tickets contact Carol Gladstone at net. Tickets must be purchased in St. Augustine. 471-4113 or grambini1@comcast. in advance. Temple Bet Yam is

band, which participates at each First Friday service. Following each First Friday service, the JAFTY-ites gather for an event which furthers their commitment to social action, learning and social programming. The entire community is welcome to worship at Temple at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month and at every Shabbat service throughout the month.

Beth El Synagogue donates to the Donna Foundation By Beth El The Beaches Synagogue

Julie Terrazzano, director of The Donna Foundation, accepts a check from Helen Siegal, chairperson for The Beth El The Beaches Synagogue Corned Beef Sandwich Sale, and Cathy Winterfield. Helen said, “We want to share our fundraising efforts by giving back to the community and The Donna Foundation does such a wonderful job in providing such a vital service to our community.” Julie stated, “We are honored and thankful to Beth El Synagogue and look forward to a continuing relationship in supporting the Greater Jacksonville community.”

This was Beth El’s second year for the Corned Beef Sandwich Sale, which is now an annual event. Beth El also provided 1,000 corned beef sandwiches to The Mission House to feed the needy.

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The Israeli teens joined their American friends for a day at Ponte Vedra Beach.

The Israeli teens relax poolside.


Continued from p. 1 During July teens from Jacksonville and our Israel Partnership city of Hadera joined for an amazing summer experience. For the first two weeks of the month, teens from Jacksonville traveled to Hadera, where they were hosted by teens and families. All of the American and their Israeli host teens traveled through Israel to places such as Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea and the Golan Heights. The teens kayaked on the Jordan River and toured Roman ruins in Caesarea. They volunteered at Neve Michael, where they interacted with young children, and they interacted with other teens from Haifa. Our Jacksonville teens were welcomed into our Partnership families, and they were treated to a view of life as a real Israeli. For the last two weeks of July, Israeli teens from Hadera traveled to Jacksonville to learn about life as a Jewish American. The teens worked in the Jewish day camps in Jacksonville and attended Shabbat services at some of the congregations. They put on a program for the residents at The Coves at River Garden. The Jacksonville and Israeli teens also spent a fun-filled day at Universal Studios and enjoyed an afternoon at Ponte Vedra Beach. The teens had a backstage tour of First Coast News, attended a Jacksonville Suns baseball game, and dipped chocolate at Peterbrooke. One of our teen hosts, Sarah Jacobs said, “The closest thing to being in Israel is hosting an Israeli teenager. These past two weeks were full of amazing experiences that I will never forget. When I go back to visit Israel, I know I will have friends there welcoming me with open arms. It’s an important connection that I am so lucky to be a part of.” This program allows teens from both communities to spend one month exploring differ-

The program is open to teens in rising ninth through 12th grade. Teens may use their Joan Levin Gift of Israel money toward the cost of the trip. If you or anyone you know might be interested in the Tikkun Olam Summer Teen Exchange program for summer 2014, please contact Jill Abel at or call the Federation Office at 448-5000 ext. 200. ent cultures while also realizing the similarities we share with our brothers and sisters in Israel. Teens who traveled to both communities visited with their friends from summers before and deepened their connections to Israel. The beauty of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville’s Israel Partnership program is to make people-to-people connections with our community and the people of Israel. The Tikkun Olam Summer Teen Exchange helps to build these lifelong connections with Israel for the teens in our community – it brings Israel to life for our Jacksonville teens and enriches their lives. Each year we see the connections deepen, and Facebook and other social media allow these teens to stay in touch for a lifetime. As Rachel Herriff, one of our Tikkun Olam participants this summer, said, “As it being my first time in Israel, I thought this was one of the best trips I could go on. Not only did I get to be a tourist, but I also got to see how it was living as an Israeli. My experience in Israel was fantastic, and then hosting the Israelis only added on to the experience.” According to Inbal, “This program will impact my life in the future by knowing more about the difference between Jews in the world and Jews in Israel, by understanding the value of living in Israel, and by having new friendships with amazing people and to live another culture and life for two weeks.”

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Come Home This Holiday Season Here at The Temple, we look forward to a New Year filled with promise, opportunity and excitement. We welcome you to join us for worship. We encourage you to learn with us. We invite you to partner with us, as we partner with God, to make our world a better place. Together, we will create community and share our blessings. We are deeply respectful of our long history yet clearly focused on the present and future of Judaism. As a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, we remain steadfast in our commitment to inclusion. Everyone is welcome at Temple. Regardless of age, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, or financial means, we invite you to push open our front door and come on in. We extend a special invitation to interfaith families who seek to share in the values and practice of Judaism. Erev Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, September 4 Family Service Evening Service

5:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Thursday, September 5 Children’s Service Morning Service

9:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Kol Nidre Friday, September 13 Family Service Evening Service

5:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur Saturday, September 14 Children’s Service Morning Service Afternoon Service Yizkor

9:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Please join us. Our doors are always open. CONGREGATION AHAVATH CHESED 8727 San Jose Boulevard • Jacksonville, Fl 32217-428 For more information, call The Temple at (904)733-7078, or visit our website at

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