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NORTHEAST FLORIDA

Jewish Life A PUB LICAT I O N O F JE WI S H FE DE RAT ION A N D FOU N DAT ION OF N ORT H E AST F LO R I DA

FEBRUARY 2020 - SHEVAT 5780 VOL. 32 NO. 16 | jewishjacksonville.org

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LETTER FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

February is about as cold as Florida usually gets. And despite the freezing temperatures, I know that there’s warm hope glowing in the hearts and minds of our children as they dream of summer. Parents, I’m sure, are dreaming of this too. In this issue, you’ll find a wealth of information about Jewish summer camps, from fond memories to how to choose the best one for your family. Camp is an experience that has defined and shaped generations of Jewish youth, helping them connect with their traditions, their identity, and their peers. Certainly, more than one of us can boast that we are still close with friends that we met during our summers. And if we maybe lost touch with so-and-so, I can guarantee it’s only a matter of time until you run into their cousin’s college roommate or sister’s graduate internship supervisor or someone who knows someone who knows so-and-so. After all, as Jews, we are never truly lost from each other. As adults, it might be hard to think that we can still experience that luxury of summer hours spent camping, crafting, or hiking. But our Jacksonville community is always offering something interesting to keep us entertained, inspired and evolving. February in particular is an exciting time for our Jewish Federation & Foundation of NE Florida, with two important events about to occur for our annual campaign. In just a few days, on Thursday evening, February 6, we will hold our second annual “A Night Out With Federation.” The entire community is invited to be together, to enjoy a Billy Joel Tribute band, open bar and dessert. The admission cost is only $30 and the minimum gift to the annual campaign is $36 (double chai!). It is by far the most affordable gala of the year, only $66 total…$30 if you have already made your gift! This event is also our opportunity to appreciate and give recognition to some truly outstanding community leaders and volunteers. This

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year, we are delighted to present Mary Edwards with the Joe P. Safer Community Service Award. With this award, we honor all that Mary has done to enrich Jewish life through her tireless and exceptional volunteerism within our community. Additionally, Stefanie Levine and Jeff Rood will be presented with the Ilene Sari Selevan Young Leadership Award in recognition of their drive and commitment to shaping the scope of young Jewish life in Jacksonville. Next is Super Sunday, our annual phone-athon, which will take place on Sunday, February 23. This year we are making it entertaining for all by broadcasting it telethon style on Facebook Live. Ben Becker will be hosting us live as we are holding the event at Jewish Family & Community Services. Thank you to Gary and Nancy Perlman for once again sponsoring the day and for their many years of continued support of this special fundraising effort. As you know, our annual campaign supports our vital mission to build, connect and serve our Jewish community locally, in Israel and the world. Though we have changed our name, our work remains the same. We are still dedicated to serving our Northeast Florida Jewish community and ensuring that Jewish life can thrive and survive, both now and in the future. Though we may have traded tents and s’mores for galas and hors d’oeuvres, it is still possible for us to achieve the magic of connections and the discovering of new parts of our identity – even when the temperature drops. I invite you all to join us for both of these special events to celebrate with your community, to live generously and impact the lives of fellow Jews everywhere, and to perhaps make a new tradition by marking your calendars for “A Night Out With Federation” or by volunteering to make phone calls on Super Sunday. For more information about these great events, please call our offices at 904-448-5000 or register at jewishjacksonville.org/events today. Todah Rabah for all you do for our community,

Alan Margolies Federation Executive Director

Jewish Federation & Foundation Staff

Alan Margolies Federation Executive Director alanm@jewishjacksonville.org

Lauren Rickoff Director, Campaign & Women’s Philanthropy laurenr@jewishjacksonville.org Kellie Smith Director, Foundation kelliek@jewishjacksonville.org

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COMMUNITY W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G I N N O R T H E A S T F L O R I D A

MARY EDWARDS SELECTED FOR THE JOE P. SAFER COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD By: Donna O’Steen

OVER $100K RAISED AT CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH L-R: Danielle Leder, Haley Trager, Kristin Harmel, Jeannie Rogozinski, Joan Rosenberg

On January 5, 144 women, mimosas in hand, toasted to the bright future of our Jewish Community. The Women’s Philanthropy Division hosted this year’s annual Champagne Brunch at Deerwood Creek Country club, featuring a discussion with best selling novelist Kristin Harmel, author of The Winemaker’s Wife. Danielle Leder and Joan Rosenberg chaired the

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event. Collectively, the philanthropists in attendance give over $600,000 to the Jewish Federation of Northeast Florida’s annual campaign. Nearly $100,000 of those funds were raised THAT DAY from the generous women in the room.

Haley Trager got up and addressed the room on not only the importance of supporting our local Jewish Community today, but providing for its future through our Jewish Foundation’s Lion of Judah endowment program. Haley became a “Forever Lion,” in 2019, joining 19 other incredible women in their commitment to secure Jewish tomorrows. The morning was filled with nostalgic moments, such as Jeanine Rogozinski’s “Aha Moment” from her childhood when she saw the importance of supporting Jewish causes through her father’s volunteer and philanthropic work in their hometown in Texas. It is through people such as her, that care about their dollars being put to work here in Jacksonville, that the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida is able to positively enrich local Jewish life.

Jewish Family & Community Services Board Member and past event chair, Mary Edwards, was selected as the 2019-20 Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida Joe P. Safer Community Service Award recipient. Edwards is an amazing and dedicated volunteer, always giving more than 100% of herself to any organization she is involved with. She is a huge asset to the Jacksonville Jewish community and so deserving of this award and recognition. Edwards does not waver in her support of the Jacksonville community as a whole. She is not afraid to be on the front lines, nor to give back to those in need, does not hesitate to fight for a better community, and because of her efforts, Jacksonville is a better place. Perhaps most importantly, she takes the time to make everyone she touches feel special and lets them know that they, too, play an integral role in the success of events, campaigns and fundraising. Edwards is the backbone of everything she participates in because she invests so much, yet, asks nothing in return. No one could better represent the Joe P. Safer Community Service Award than Mary Edwards. Mary Edwards will receive her award at the 2nd annual A Night Out with Federation on February 6. RSVP at jewishjacksonville.org/events

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500 VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATE MITZVAH DAY

Jacksonville’s annual Jewish community Mitzvah Day was a huge success again this year with approximately 500 dedicated volunteers spending the day feeding and visiting 1,000 people in our community. Bakers made dozens of cookies and other baked goods while volunteers packaged for volunteers to deliver to first responders at 75 different stations. Volunteers provided dinner and dessert to the Five Star Veteran’s Center and thanked the vets for their service to our country. Members of our community gave their time to be cooks and servers at the Sulzbacher Center for both lunch and dinner. Often these meals are the only food that many of our homeless population get. At Ronald McDonald House, a dozen mitzvah makers served a group of 40 guests whose family members are staying there with a sick or injured child.

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Therapy patients at Brooks Rehab and the temporary residents of Helen’s House were provided a holiday meal by a group of sixteen volunteers who make this mitzvah project a yearly tradition. For the sixty-plus people staying at Gabriel House while waiting for organ transplants or long-term chemotherapy were fed delicious latkes on December 24, by a dozen caring volunteers. The youth at the Youth Crisis Center enjoyed the afternoon by doing acrylic pours on canvas to decorate their rooms and then enjoyed a pizza party. River Garden Hebrew Home provided music and snacks to a group of residents and visitors who came to spend some time on the holiday. What a Mitzvah! This couldn’t have been done without the help and support from staff and volunteers at both Congregation Ahaveth Chesed and the Jacksonville Jewish Center.

AN EVENING AT THE FARM By: Sherill Herzfeld

Beth El The Beaches Synagogue planning committee has been working hard on the Annual Night of Giving, “An Evening at the Farm” to be held on February 29 at Atlantic Beach Urban Farms, a climatecontrolled, pristine greenhouse featuring aeroponic technology. “The event space at Atlantic Beach Urban Farms is like no

other,” VP and chair of the event Tracy Aquila said. “It’s farm chic, hip and beautifully decorated.” To add to the casual, comfortable atmosphere, the food for the evening will be catered by Berry Good Farms Food Truck.

See BETH EL, p. 44


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HELICOPTER GELT DROP IN NOCATEE By: Danny F.

The St. Johns Jewish community gathered for a community-wide Chanukah celebration at the Nocatee Splash Water Park on the second night of the Chanukah. The gathering, organized by Chabad of St. Johns, featured a Chanukah-themed light show, glowing menorah lighting ceremony and helicopter gelt drop in which thousands of chocolate Chanukah coins rained down from a helicopter hovering over the water park. Participants sang and danced to Chanukah-themed

music and also enjoyed traditional Chanukah foods, including latkes and doughnuts. “We were looking for a way to bring the well-known Jewish holiday of Chanukah to a whole new level and get the entire family involved,” co-director, Chabad of St. Johns Rabbi Mendel Sharfstein said. “The St. Johns community Chanukah celebration at Nocatee Splash Water Park is a fun and entertaining familyoriented event where everyone can come and celebrate Chanukah.”

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YOU COULD BE THE MATCH By: Rhoda London

In 2005, bone marrow drives were held at JCA and The Temple. Fourteen years later, two matches from those drives were used to save Jewish lives. A new community mitzvah project began because we know from experience that finding matches within our own ethnic group does save lives. Representing Be The Match, local concerned citizens are holding training sessions for those interested in doing cheek swabbing or virtual drives. The first training session will be from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6 at The Temple. Participation in one training session is needed to help with actual or virtual drives.

If interested, send your name and email to diversitydonordrive@aol. com. Ages 18-44 can register for a free swabbing kit by texting JaxDonors to 61474. The team page for contributing your taxdeductible amount online is: BeTheMatchFoundation.org/ goto/JaxDonors. This community effort is currently endorsed by OneJax, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Isaiah Rumlin of the NAACP and others. For questions or information, contact Rhoda London at diversitydonordrive@aol.com or John-Michael Lawrence at lawrencejohnmichael9@ gmail.com.

THIS JEWISH MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL IS SHIR MADNESS By: Galinsky Academy

Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 22, when Shir Madness, a Jewish music and arts festival, comes to Beth Shalom Park at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Shir (Hebrew for “song”) Madness (like March Madness) is a day of fun and activity for the entire Jewish community. Shir Madness is this year’s fundraising event for the L’Dor V’Dor Annual Giving Campaign at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, benefitting the students of the Galinsky Academy. L’Dor V’Dor provides support to the DuBow Preschool, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, Bernard & Alice Selevan Religious School, and Setzer Youth Education. The campaign provides Jewish education and

experiences with the highest standards of academic excellence to every Jewish child, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Arlene and Evan Yegelwels will be recognized for their commitment to Jewish education with the Rabbi David Gaffney Leadership In Education Award and Jewish Community Alliance will receive the Community Partner Award. Event chairs are Rachel Mizrahi Morgenthal and Sandy Drashin Shapiro, both of whom are proud parents of fourthgeneration students at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or to make a donation, visit shirmadness2020. com.

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VIOLINIST RANDALL GOOSBY TO PERFORM By: Britney Bean

The Jewish Community Alliance is proud to present violinist Randall Goosby in concert on February 23 at 3 p.m. at the JCA. This free concert is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Berman Family. American Violinist Randall Goosby first performed right here in Jacksonville as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of nine with the Jacksonville Symphony. At thirteen years old, Goosby performed with the New York Philharmonic and “exerted a mastered level of control and lavished an exquisite tone,” according to the New York Times.

See GOOSBY, p. 44

UNF CELEBRATES CHANUKAH By: Chabad at UNF

Jewish Ospreys took a well-deserved break from their finals to gather at the campus Starbucks for some caffeine and Chanukah donuts at a preChanukah Celebration with Chabad. While sipping their brews, the students discussed celebrating Chanukah and its

significance with Rabbi Shmuli and Chana Novack A free Chanukah Menorah set with candles, menorah and dreidel was made available to all Jewish UNF students. Starbucks even displayed a Chanukah Menorah throughout the holiday!

SPEND A NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS ON FEB. 15 By: JCA

The JCA’s mission is to strengthen Jewish life, serve as a common meeting ground and enhance the quality of life of the entire community. The JCA offers membership and services to people of all ages and diverse economic, social backgrounds in Jacksonville. As part of our mission, we never turn anyone away for their inability to pay. Right now, many of our members are in financial need. Each year, the JCA awards more than $330,000 in scholarships for children, families and senior adults, serving more than 20% of JCA membership. We are able to do this as a result of the generosity of our many community supporters. The JCA Annual Fundraiser directly benefits financial assistance and scholarships for many JCA programs, including senior activities, preschool, afterschool care and camp tuitions. Supporting this campaign will allow us to continue to reach those who otherwise could not afford the benefits of our agency, both tangible and intangible. This year’s event, A Night in New Orleans, is on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 pm at the JCA and is chaired by Nicole and Andy Brown. The event will transport guests through renowned NOLA neighborhoods for a night of music, food,

dancing and fun with low country charm and Mardi Gras flair. Wear your jazz club attire!

Sponsorships and ticket sales are crucial to the success of this event and our annual fundraising campaign. Special thanks to the wonderful committee and sponsors for making this event possible. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the JCA or online at jcajax.org/nola. For more information about the event, please contact Lior Spring at 730-2100 ext. 318 or lior. spring@jcajax.org.

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NORTHEAST FLORIDA JEWISH LIFE

JEWISH EDUCATIONAL LOAN FUND NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS In partnership with Jacksonville Jewish Family & Community Services, JELF funded 296 Jewish students at 124 different college and universities with a total of $1,278,194 in interest-free loans. In 2019, 11 of those students were from the Jacksonville area. JELF is proud that it’s 100% interest-free loans for higher education (college, graduate school and vocational programs) helped more Jewish students with more loans and larger average loans than ever before. JELF (Jewish Educational Loan Fund)

By: Hilary Rotenberg

grants need-based, “last dollar” financing, meaning that JELF provides the final dollars that bridge the gap between a student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school. Applications for JELF’s interest free college loans for higher education (college, graduate school and vocational programs) are available to Jewish students in the Jacksonville area for the 2020-21 school year, in partnership with Jewish Family & Community Services through the month of March.

To qualify for a JELF loan, a student applicant must be: • A permanent resident of FL, GA, SC, NC, and VA (excluding the greater DC area) - but can go to any U.S. accredited school. • Enrolled full time in a program leading to a degree or certificate and in good academic standing. • A U.S. citizen or have lawful immigration status. • Able to provide a designated co-signer. • Able to demonstrate financial need (2019 FAFSA application required).

JJC’S USY CHAPTER WINS By: Sara Crowe

For more information, contact JELF Marketing Director, David Cohen at 770-396-3080 or email info@jelf. org. For more information about JELF in Jacksonville, please contact Hilary Rotenberg at 904-394-5722 or hrotenberg@jfcsjax.org application@jelf.org or email rglevin@jfcsjax.org *Your gift to Federation helps support JELF.

SECURING TOMORROW, TODAY Mitchell and Sue Levine plant the seeds for their legacy

This year our Jewish Community said l’hitraot to Dr. Mitchell and Sue Levine as they relocated to Memphis, Tennessee where Mitch is now serving as the new director of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Dentistry’s Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic where he had previously been serving in a part time capacity. Professionally, Mitchell spent more than three decades in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida, specializing in orthodontics and dental sleep medicine and Sue was a Vice President at Barnett Bank for 9 years, working as a portfolio manager for estates, trusts and charitable accounts. They displayed a passion and commitment to

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By: Kellie Smith

Jewish life through their generous philanthropy and volunteerism, serving on many boards and committees at our agencies and synagogues. The Levine’s called Jacksonville home for more than 30 years, where they raised 4 talented, kind and beautiful daughters, all while imbedding themselves in the Jewish community. All four girls attended Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, where over the years Sue served as the Education Committee Chair, PTA president, as well as drove for the mitzvah trips. Mitchell and Sue were members of the Jacksonville

Jewish Center, where all four girls had their b’nai mitzvahs. Daughter Stefanie remembers how much Sue studied Torah in preparation for the b’nai mitzvah of Stefanie and Kara, remarking that “it seemed as if she studied more than I did!” Mitchell was very involved in the lay leadership of the synagogue, having served as the board President for two years.

See LEVINE, p. 46

During USY International Convention in Southern California, Jacksonville Jewish Center USY was proud to receive the award of Regional Chapter of the Year for 20182019, as well as an International Recognition of Tikkun Olam Programming. Our JJCUSY chapter received these awards out of a selection of chapters in the Southeast Region of USY, called HaNegev USY. Congratulations to all our USY’ers who worked hard to receive these awards.


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BENEFITS OF JCA SUMMER CAMP By: Britney Bean

JCA Summer Camp offers exciting summer programming for children age two through twelfth grade that ensures a lifetime of memories as well as social and developmental advantages. Here are five benefits you may not realize your child is receiving when they attend JCA Summer Camp: Teamwork and leadership skills During camp, children discover the value of being a team player. Through group-bonding experiences, campers learn to use their voice in a group setting and how to be effective leaders.

Ease separation anxiety and build independence Spending a day with friends and nurturing counselors while engaged in activities such as sports, arts, water play and more makes campers excited about coming back again and again. Camp inches children toward independence with high quality sports, outdoor play and other age-specific programming.

Time for active play JCA Camp encourages creativity and social engagement through team sports and arts programming which gives campers stimulating play time, away from electronics, in a safe environment.

Develop social skills JCA Camp is a great opportunity to meet new people and interact with diverse groups. Campers hone their social skills through fun, interactive programming that is proven essential to positive social play development.

Develop conďŹ dence and life skills At JCA Camp, campers are encouraged to go outside of their comfort zone and try their hand at new activities. By allowing campers to take risks and face challenges, they learn independence, resiliency and self-esteem. On-site programs take place at the JCA, and off-site programs allow campers to enjoy many of Jacksonville’s most exciting and enriching attractions.

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TU B’SHEVAT WITH BETH EL SISTERHOOD By: Sherill Herzfeld

The Beth El Sisterhood will Trees are a symbol of our hold its annual Tu B’Shevat investment in the future, and Seder on February 9 at 5:30 because they take so long to p.m. at Beth El The Beaches grow, planting them is the Synagogue. The Beth El Seder, most selfless act one can make led by Rabbi Michael for our children,” Adler said. Matuson, will reflect on the “It is so beautiful and so changing seasons with wine poignant.” and fruit representing the The sisterhood shares their Kabbalistic Four Worlds. A customized Seder booklet that light dinner will follow. evening highlighting sections “Tu B’Shevat has grown in that are of importance to their importance,” co-President of members. The Beth El Tu the Sisterhood Bobby Adler B’Shevat Seder is $20 per said. “We have become more person. Advanced RSVP is conscious of our need to recommended by February 6. conserve our world.” The Seder is open to all in the This marks the fifth year community. For more Beth El Sisterhood will host information or to RSVP, this event for the entire contact Bobby Adler at community. It has become an b.adler4315@gmail.com important part of their yearly planning and this year doesn’t fail. “I specifically love the passage from Hazon: Beth El Sisterhood Tu B’Shevat Seder

On the 5th Night of Chanukah hundreds gathered at the Town Center, as Chabad of Southside hosted their annual celebration with delicious sufganiyot, crafts for the children, grand raffle, and ended the evening kindling the grand menorah.

Donuts with Dad during the Torah Academy Book Fair

WORLD FAMOUS LECTURER AT DAY OF LEARNING

Etz Chaim brings back the annual Yom Limmud on February 9. Yom Limmud is a day of studying and learning designed to offer its participants the opportunity to develop a deeper connection to the fundamental concepts in Judaism, in an intellectually challenging atmosphere. Presented by world famous lecturer Rabbi Jonathan Rietti,

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By: Avi Feigenbaum

this year’s Yom Limmud will touch on the topic of “THE LAWS OF THINKING; does Judaism command me what to think? What happened to my free-will?” Listeners will be rewarded by a lecture that informs, inspires and comforts. Etz Chaim is honored to have Rabbi Rietti, a descendant of the Sephardic leader the Ben Ish Chai and son of the famous British

actor Robert Rietti, known as ‘The Man of a Thousand Voices’ and ‘King of the Dubbers’, who received his rabbinical diploma from Gateshead Talmudical College, England. Having received a master’s in education, he has practiced for over thirty years as an educational consultant to parents of gifted children and those with ADD. With Montessori training, he has

developed a Torah curriculum with Montessori methodology. He is also a Senior lecturer for Gateways. He runs educational seminars and lectures, focusing on inner growth, relationships, positive parenting, health, Jewish life and identity throughout the United States. For more information please contact Rabbi Feigenbaum at rabbifeigenbaum@etzchaim.org


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BEQUESTIONS WITH KELLIE SMITH

This month’s question comes to us from parents around NE Florida inquiring how we fund Jewish Summer Camp Scholarships. My five-year-old son has big dreams for his future – some days he wants to be a truck driver and other days a “dinosaur researcher.” I’m proud to watch him grow through different interests and his hobbies. Dreams are the purview of youth, however, there’s a certain age when people stop asking you about your dreams and start asking you about your goals. In my opinion, goals are achievable dreams and we are never too old to dream or make our dreams come true. As things change over the years, I myself went from dreaming of being a lawyer to finding myself setting goals for our Jewish Foundation. I’m sure you’re wondering where on earth I’m going with this. The question, after all, is about summer camp scholarships. The Jewish Foundation has been offering Jewish summer camp scholarships for the last decade, through the generosity of Len and Judy Elikan. The dream started for Len when he was a young man - his rabbi awarded him the opportunity to attend a sleep away Jewish camp and this experience left an imprint on his life that has forever shaped his Jewish identity and desire to live Jewishly. As Len recalled, “I know how camp affected me

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and my involvement in the Jewish community.” Throughout their lives, Len and Judy Elikan have been active in Jewish organizations. Since moving to Ponte Vedra from Cincinnati over 25 years ago, both served on the board for their shul, Beth El the Beaches Synagogue. Judy was a founding member and president of Hadassah’s Yamit chapter. But when it came time to think about the future of the community they’d devoted themselves to, Judy said they only had one thought: the scholarship. “When Len and I discussed endowing our Jewish legacy, we feel this is the way for our dream of helping young people experience Jewish summer camps become a reality.” Each year as part of making their dreams become a reality, the Elikan family sets aside some of their philanthropic dollars with the goal of awarding scholarships to promising young leaders through the Jewish Community Foundation. Awards are based on merit and the promise displayed by applicants to be future Jewish leaders. Since the creation of the fund in 2011, nearly 100 scholarships have been awarded to outstanding and motivated youth. Judy and Len expressed their appreciation for the Foundation and the scholarship fund management. Len shared: “I have dreams about what I’d like the community to be in the future. Foundation is helping me focus and set things up so I will be able to accomplish my dreams.”

See BEQUESTIONS, p. 44

THE COVES ENJOY A FESTIVE MONTH By: Kari Bell

Beginning with the Hanukkah holiday season, members of The Coves have been busy celebrating three big events. A special ‘thank you’ to Manfred Katz for lighting the menorah before dinner during Hanukkah. Also, a big ‘thank you’ to Rabbi Sylvin Wolf and Steve Meisel for their support and blessings. On December 31, members enjoyed a festive New Year’s Eve party, complete with a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres. The Steve Chapman Band played lively dance music as guests played What’s Your Word for 2020? party game.

See COVES, p. 45

Manfred Katz lights the menorah throughout Hanukkah season.

IT’S A CHANUKAH WONDERLAND

On December, 23 1989 a freak snowstorm hit Jacksonville, closing bridges and causing general chaos and confusion. Exactly 30 years later to-the-day the snow made a guest appearance at Chabad of Southside’s Chanukah Wonderland to the delight and Chanukah joy of the children and all in attendance. In addition to the very realistic looking snow, a full program featuring Chanukah crafts, Captain Characters Chanukah Puppet Show, kosher pizza and much more.


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RECHARGING YOUR SOUL By: Rabbi Yaakov Fisch

There have been rare occasions that I have encountered in life that I felt there were no words in the English language to capture the moment. I experienced such a moment this week. I attended along with over 90,000 Jews the Siyum Hashas in MetLife stadium which celebrated the culmination of the entire study of Talmud with the Daf Yomi program. I thought the highlight of the program was the singing and dancing that erupted immediately after the venerable sage concluded the final passage of the Talmud. That’s the part of the program I’m having difficulty describing. There are several adjectives such as awesome, fantastic and amazing that come to mind but that doesn’t seem to do justice in capturing the moment. For 15 minute 90,000 Jews were on their feet in one of the largest stadiums in the country in an absolutely euphoric state. A fair question that can be posed is, what’s the cause of such pure and unadulterated joy? As one of the celebrants that has studied the Daf Yomi since March 13, 2005, I feel the liberty to weigh in on this topic. That was the day that the Daf Yomi class restarted at our shul in Jacksonville and I was privileged to teach the class. This was a daily commitment to Torah study that not only granted us much knowledge and wisdom but recharged our soul with much needed spiritual energy. King David writes that Torah Study is restorative for the soul. In a world that restorative energy

for the soul is in short supply, Torah Study in general and Daf Yomi, in particular, can provide just that. The more someone becomes committed to Talmud study the more they become connected to G-d and find an inner sense of meaning and purpose in life. Over the course of the last 15 years, I have seen this firsthand with many congregants sometimes starting to study Talmud for the first time and then finding themselves transformed. Some of our members that attended the Daf Yomi group have passed away over the last 15 years. Many of them were elderly who only began to study Talmud for the first time in their lives. They ended their journey in their world with the sweet words of Torah penetrating their souls. Undoubtedly, the Torah they studied will bring them eternal merit. We make the mistake sometimes when we think that advanced Torah study is reserved for rabbis or someone that identifies as Orthodox. In fact, the Torah is something that belongs to every single Jew and its study can rejuvenate anybody. I believe that begins to explain the ecstasy that over 90,000 Jews experienced at MetLife Stadium. After concluding such a remarkable milestone, a fair question is, what now? How does one ever top such a milestone? It’s interesting to note that the concluding words of the tractate in the Talmud are Hadran alach or we shall return to you. Torah study in general and Daf Yomi, in particular, are the lifeblood of our souls. So to all my fellow celebrants, I wish a hearty Mazel Tov. To everyone else I say, now is the time to start! What are you waiting for?

3 CURSES, 3 QUESTIONS A Special Dinner Event By: Rotem Gabay

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th, an exciting, first-of-its-kind dinner was hosted at the Jewish Community Alliance. A small group of local Holocaust survivors, secondgeneration, and young people from our community came together for an intimate evening of dinner and discussion. As part of this unique evening, the participants sat at round tables and with each dish, a central question was asked. The participants discussed

Jewish identity, the remembrance of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism in our world and our present responsibility to keep carrying the torch of memory for the future generations. Thank you to Stacy Goldring, President Searching for Identity Foundation and to Hilary Rotenberg, Director of Jewish Services at Jewish Family & Community Services who helped prepare and facilitate this special and meaningful event.

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ADAMS EARNS MINNIE SCHREIBER STAFF LEADERSHIP AWARD By: River Garden Senior Services

In December River Garden announced Ashley Adams as the recipient of the 2020 Minnie Schreiber Staff Leadership Award. Adams has been on staff for nine years and currently works in River Garden’s accounting department as the Payroll & Accounting Clerk. Previous roles during her tenure include CNA and unit secretary for the Nursing department. “I have especially fond memories of patient care, but I’ve always loved math and the nursing directors were very supportive about my transition to accounting,” Adams said. “My new supervisor mentored and trained me. I am so grateful. I just love the culture of teamwork at River Garden.” Adams started working at River Garden when she was 20, and says she has grown up professionally thanks to the leadership here.

Ashley Adams, recipient of the ���� Minnie Schreiber Award at River Garden. The award recognizes a staff member who serves as a role model to all.

As a wife and mother of two young children, Adams is pursuing an accounting degree at FSCJ. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and cooking. Her portrait will be on display in the Price Welcome Center throughout 2020.

Chanukah may have fallen during winter break this year, but that didn’t stop us from celebrating at Torah Academy. Many classes had preChanukah parties, and our middle school celebrated with a special event with our friends at The Coves.

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ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS By: Lauren Rickoff

Women’s Philanthropy has two social action opportunities to get involved in: the Dignity Project and refurbishing safe visitation rooms at Jewish Family & Community Services. Most programs designed to help lowincome families, including Medicaid and Food Stamps, exclude menstrual projects. Pads & tampons are classified alongside “luxuries” like pet food, cigarettes and alcohol. Period poverty impacts millions of women every day and is pervasive in U.S. schools. Women’s Philanthropy started collecting tampons, pads and liners at this year’s Champagne Brunch and will continue collecting up through Girlfriend Connection on May 14. They will then gather in late May to bag the items in reusable tote bags for women to take from the Max Block Food Pantry at Jewish Family & Community Services. All items can be dropped at the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida (8505 San Jose Blvd) through May 14, 2020. Women’s Philanthropy will also be refurbishing two safe visitation rooms to feel more like home at Jewish Family and Community Services on February 21, 2020. They are currently collecting toys, games, books, and baby items. “JFCS visitation rooms should provide a warm environment for children and parents to connect. It is so gratifying to be able, through Women’s Philanthropy, to help provide that to them,” chair of the project, Ilene Schinasi said, “I enjoy working with these great women on projects where we can transform something plain into an inviting and pleasant space.” If you’d like to participate in any of these projects, please contact Lauren Rickoff at laurenr@jewishjacksonville.org or 904-2241406.


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A BUN AND CHOCOLATE IN A BAG By: Rotem Gabay

The Shapiro children, continuing the tradition

CAMP ISN’T JUST FOR KIDS By: Sandy Shapiro

Following in my mother’s footsteps, I attended Camp Judaea as a young camper. Like many others, I spent the school year dreaming of going back - I still do. The experience has been a gift that keeps on giving. Being an Israel-centered camp, personal relationships with Israel and Zionism flourish and strong Jewish identities are developed. Through engaging programs, independence is built, leadership skills are fostered and tikkun olam (repair the world) is embedded. The biggest gift for me has been the lifelong friendships that forged in this enchanting place, despite living thousands of miles away from one another. It was without hesitation that I sent my own children - who now attend along with the children of my camp friends. And now, I have returned as a camp nurse. When given this opportunity, I was quick to relive my childhood. After being gone 25 years, the warm culture and old-fashioned fun

has expanded. Walking around the breathtaking campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the unconditional love pouring from colleagues and amongst the campers is felt. The continuous roar of children’s laughter and cheer is

Sandy as a camper, circa ���� and currently, as a Camp Nurse

energizing, and the diversity of our Jewish community is unified through celebration and traditions. Hardy bonds, cemented friendships and tight-knit connections continue to materialize. It is a place like no other and a gift I hope for every Jewish child to experience. To learn more about Camp Judaea, visit campjudaea.org.

For most you, this headline may not mean anything, but for many Israelis it will be the first thing that comes to their mind when they think of an Israeli summer camp. I remember how my siblings and I waited every morning during summer vacation for the bus to ride to our camp in Kibbutz Einat, next to Petach Tikva, my home town in the center of Israel. I remember those fun days, the pool in the kibbutz and how we couldn’t wait to dive in. My friends and I would travel with the camp around Israel, we went to a few water parks and of course in every morning during a break we got a bun and a bag of chocolate. I never went to an American Jewish summer camp, but since I’ve been in the U.S. I’ve realized that for most of the young Jews who are living in different communities outside of Israel, summer camp is one

of the strong elements of their Jewish identity. Camp is a special opportunity for a Jewish environment, for education, for unforgettable experiences of independence and to create wonderful friendships and connections that will continue with you for the future. For Israelis, Jews are in the majority in our country, so the summer camps never had any identity-building feeling for us. But still, camp was always a powerful social experience that created beautiful childhood memories from the “Hahofesh Hagadol” or “the Big Vacation” (what we call summer vacation in Israel). So whether you are going to a summer camp for the first time this summer or your kids are going every year and just waiting for the summer to arrive, I wish you all a wonderful summer vacation!

THE ONLY “APP” YOU WILL NEED THIS SUMMER By: Leslie Held

Applications are being accepted for River Garden’s annual Summer Teen Volunteer Program. “Teen volunteers have the opportunity to earn community service hours while sharing their skills and talents with our residents,” program director Leslie Held said. “They make new friendships as they connect

with teens from around the city. We encourage the students to build leadership skills and work together as a team.” The River Garden Teen Volunteer Program is designed for ages 13+ and runs from June to August. Spots fill up fast. For more information, call (904) 886-8429 or email lheld@rivergarden.org 17


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SYMPHONY VETERAN JOINS MARTIN J. GOTTLIEB DAY SCHOOL ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: MARTIN J. GOTTLIEB DAY Matt Harris SCHOOL By: Brian Pargman

As an undergraduate student, Matt Harris, who graduated from Martin J. Gottlieb Day School in 2002, double-majored in Business Management and Marketing and minored in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama. He then went on to receive a JD from the Cumberland School of Law. Since 2017, Matt has been the owner of Time Out Sports Grill, which has been voted Jacksonville’s number one sports bar in 2018 and 2019 by Void Magazine. Matt credits PE class with Ms. Murphy (especially football and basketball) in helping him to form multiple lifelong friendships. Sports and religious

By: Brian Pargman

DuBow Preschool and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School welcomed Lena Leon de Lahaye as the new music teacher. For the past 3 years, Lena taught general music in Duval County Public Schools for the last three years and is an active member of the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus. education have enabled him to Leon de Lahaye received her build character traits that make Bachelor’s degree in Opera him the man he is today. Performance at The University of “The students are not only the Arts, in La Habana, Cuba. She provided with all of the tools studied at The Conservatory of they need to succeed while Liceu, in Barcelona, Spain, where under the direction of excellent she received a diploma of teachers in a warm environment, advanced studies in music theory, but the school also instills great music history and performing values that I would hope to see arts. in my own children one day,” “I believe music is a Harris said. fundamental part of being a person and existing in this world. Everyone deserves to understand the complexity and beauty of

music and finds that musical language within themselves,” Leon de Lahaye said. “Music is a teacher to all who seek creativity and compassion in their lives.” All of the students at the DuBow Preschool and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School love attending music class with Ms. Leon de Layaye and leave her class with a HUGE smile!

LUNCH & LEARN WITH JTS SCHOLARS By: Justin Sakofs

The Jacksonville Jewish Center brought three JTS scholars to our community for lunch and learn sessions through the JTS Distance Learning Program. In February, all are invited to learn about the biblical origin of Yizkor with Dr. Sommer. Adult learners across the

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spectrum have discovered the community relations of Jews and Muslims during the “early” years of Islam with Dr. Gampel, and explored Rabbinic Literature with a #MeToo Movement lens with Rabbi Andelman. In February, learn about the biblical origin of Yizkor with Dr. Sommer.

To learn more about the lunch and learns, contact Justin Sakofs at jsakofs@jaxjewishcenter.org


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GET READY TO SWING INTO GOLF SEASON By: Michelle Branly

The 24th River Garden Golf Classic tees off Wednesday, April 29 at Deerwood Country Club. The event, co-chaired by Mark Lodinger and Tom Harris and proudly sponsored by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, supports The Albert Z. Fleet Geriatric Training Center at River Garden. More than $1.5 million has been raised since the first tournament in 1997. The day begins with complimentary practice balls and a delicious deli lunch. Following the 12:00 p.m. shotgun start, players have the

opportunity to participate in contests throughout the course with skill prizes awarded on every hole. At the conclusion of play, golfers return to the clubhouse to join spouses, friends and colleagues for the evening Awards Reception. Sponsorships available including player spots, luncheon, reception and signage. Limited individual player spots also available. Contact Michelle Branly, 904-886-8431 or mbranly@ rivergarden.org, for more information: www.rivergarden.org/ golf-classic.

A foursome from Title Sponsor Hardage-Giddens/Dignity Memorial takes to the greens.

David Robbins & Tournament Chair Mark Lodinger enjoy the afternoon.

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GROWING HEALTHY HABITS

By: Danielle Wirsansky

Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten’s students can often be found elbow deep in dirt. But they are not just playing around. These students are hard at work helping in the school’s garden. The school has partnered with Nathan Ballentine, the Man in Overalls, to help guide the growing of their garden. The school and students were excited for the opportunity to delve deeper into the world of agriculture and gardening. Many different varieties of vegetables and herbs from kale to lettuce to turnips are grown in the school garden. The herbs grown are used in the classroom in their weekly Havdallah service. Most recently, the kindergarten made a batch of kale chips from kale they picked from the garden, and it was a hit! Gardening is incredibly beneficial to children for many reasons. It teaches responsibilities as the plants the students are watching over require a lot of care. Working in the garden also engages all of a child’s senses

See HEALTHY, p. 44

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RIVER GARDEN GEARS UP FOR ANNIVERSARY DAY By: Kari Bell

On March 29, River Garden celebrates its 74th year with a wonderful afternoon festival followed by the agency’s Annual Meeting and ever-favorite Tombola drawing. Hundreds of people from the community, ranging in age from infants to seniors, gather on the River Garden campus to join in the celebration, which includes a kosher barbeque, train and pony rides, face painting and clowns, balloon artistry, games, and a bounce house. “River Garden does everything with excellence and this afternoon is no different. I am honored to serve as we celebrate this fabulous agency,” Chair of

Every generation shares in the fun of Anniversary Day. See you there!

the Day and Board Member since 2017 Gayle Bailys said. “I look forward to seeing our River Garden family—residents, staff members and volunteers— together with the Jacksonville community to mark another

successful year.” There is no cost to attend. The Auxiliary also offers a vintage arts sale and Tombola, with all proceeds benefitting the residents of the Hebrew Home.

TORAH ACADEMY’S WINTER FUNDRAISER RAISES OVER $130K In just 36 hours, with 31 active teams and 413 donors, Torah Academy raised over $130,000 for their scholarship fund! Torah Academy is so grateful to the many members of the Jacksonville community and beyond for answering the calls on December 15-16 and donating to this worthy cause. With your gracious help, we can continue to provide an exceptional Jewish education to the Jacksonville community. Much of the success of this campaign was made possible by the generosity of a group of donors who matched every donation, thereby doubling the impact of each dollar. Many thanks to Yocheved Hauptman and Rachel Shyken, our event chairs for this fundraiser.

By: Torah Academy

Much of the success of this campaign was made possible by the generosity of a group of donors who matched every donation, thereby doubling the impact of each dollar. Many thanks to Yocheved Hauptman and Rachel Shyken, our event chairs for this fundraiser. Thank you also to the Board of Directors, parents and friends for their herculean efforts in calling people to participate and donate.

Over the course of the year, we look forward to showing you how big of an impact you made with your gift. Keep a lookout in future issues of the Northeast Florida Jewish Life for some of the wonderful happenings going on at TA. On behalf of the boys and girls—and their families— whose lives will be enriched because of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


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SAVE THE DATE: SAFER SHABBATON By: Jacksonville Jewish Center

From April 24 through April 26, the Jacksonville Jewish Center invites everyone to join us for our annual Marilyn & Louis Safer Shabbaton with Scholar-inResidence, Dr. Mark Leuchter. Dr. Leuchter’s field of research is ancient Judaism. His work includes the study of mythology in ancient Israel and Second Temple Judaism, the phenomenon of prophecy in the ancient near east, the formation of the Hebrew Bible, and the history of the Israelite priesthood. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2003 and currently serves as director

of Jewish Studies. He has previously served as coordinator of Biblical Studies at the University of Sydney (Australia) and Visiting Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Pennsylvania. His current research is on the ancient mythology behind contemporary Antisemitism, and his favorite band is Rush. Final details regarding pricing, learning sessions and meals will be available shortly. If you are interested in learning more or want to receive registration materials please contact Justin Sakofs, Director of Congregational Learning at the Jacksonville Jewish Center at safershabbaton@jaxjewishcenter.

LIFE EXPERIENCE(D) River Garden’s exceptional legacy of care spans nearly 75 years. From short -stay skilled nursing and rehabilitation to adult day and long-term care—our continuum of services has honored generations of families and raised the bar for senior living.

The Resident Council of River Garden elected its officers and is pleased to announce the following individuals as their leadership team for 2020: George Klein, President; Jean Euler, Vice President; Janice Hayflick, Treasurer; Emma Collings, Secretary. The Resident Council meets monthly with staff to discuss activities and care within the Home, further strengthening the River Garden commitment to quality of life.

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FOREVER HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS By: Donna O’Steen

new families created by adoption. return home is the number one This year, 11 Jewish Family & Educating the community about priority of the JFCS adoption Community Services children the adoption process and its many program,” JFCS Adoption found forever homes during the benefits is at the forefront of the Supervisor Rebecca Margulies 15th Annual Home for the “Home for the Holidays” event. said. “Not every family is created Holidays event at the Duval “Finding forever families for in the same way and it’s an honor County Court House, facilitated children in our care who cannot and privilege to be a part of that by Judge David Gooding. The creation.” children, ages two- to In 2019, JFCS 16-years-old, were in finalized 140 adoptions; care for various 18 of which were reasons, including completed during the abuse, abandonment, month of December. If drug abuse or neglect. you or anyone you Each had been in know is interested in relative or foster care learning more about the for varying amounts of JFCS adoption program, time. contact Rebecca The event is Margulies at 904-394designed to highlight Raygan and Leia Watkins (pictured center) with their new 5750 or via email at the need for adoptive forever family, the Browns. rmargulies@jfcsjax.org. parents by featuring

AN INDESCRIBABLE SUMMER

Describing an indescribable experience is, as expected, incredibly difficult. That’s what my summer at Camp Ramah Darom as a Gesher camper was full of; countless indescribable experiences. Going to camp this year was different as this was my last year I’d ever attend camp as a camper. This summer was something I never expected to happen, but with the help from the Elikan Award I was able to experience Gesher fully. Day one of camp I was extremely nervous due to the pressure of quickly meeting 40 kids and instantly becoming best friends. What I didn’t know is that what I thought would be a daunting experience turned out to be one of the easiest things I’d

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ever do. I wasn’t aware of how fast I’d transition from having 40 best friends from one session to having 80 best friends. One of the key projects that all Geshers complete is putting on an entire field day for all of camp to enjoy Maiah Jaffa, far right, recipient of the Elikan Promising called Yom Sport. The task Young Leaders Scholarship Award was difficult to plan, but I on how I can live Jewishly after took away an important value in camp has been great. Whenever I “Rising to Your Role.” Meaning feel less than myself, I can that your role doesn’t define you, turn to any one of my instead you define your role. Even camp friends and they if you’re only assigned a small role always know what to say. it doesn’t matter as long as you go The Jewish community above and beyond to make it that I have gained has amazing. changed me in the most Camp was the best thing I’ve excellent ways possible. ever experienced. Having all of For that I am forever these people to gain insight from grateful.

ULTIMATE SUMMER CAMP

By: Chabad of St. Johns

Before you know it, summer will be here. And the outrageously jam-packed Jewish adventure—Gan Israel of St. Johns County—is back at Freedom Crossing Academy in St. Johns County. There are soccer and theater camps, science and ballet camps, but when children connect to their Jewishness while having an awesome time with their friends, they create happy, healthy Jewish memories that will last a lifetime. For the last four summers St. Johns County’s Ultimate Jewish Summer Camp Experience rocked the city with its enriching Jewish program: fantastic day trips, art projects and a spirited staff—plus a bunch of Jewish kids begging for camp to go on forever. It’s bound to be another unforgettable experience. We can’t wait to see you at camp! To register visit www. JewishSJohnsCounty.com/ GanIsrael


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JEWISH COURT OF ALL TIME By: Karin Hallett

Eighth grade students from Martin J. Gottlieb Day School took part in the Jewish Court of all Time, or JCAT, an online forum open to students across North America and hosted by the University of Michigan. Each year JCAT presents

students with a scenario that allows them to address a historical issue with a modern twist. Students learned about the planned neo-Nazi march in Skokie, Illinois 40 years ago the twist:

See COURT, p. 44

CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF GRANDFRIENDS By: Danielle Wirsansky

Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten is excited to host its 5th Annual Grandfriends Shabbat celebration on Friday, Feb. 14 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bubbie, Zayde, Grandma, Grandpa or special friends are invited to come join students in an enjoyable, memorable, intergenerational experience. The celebration’s goal is to engage with the seven lenses in the school’s Sheva framework. It interacts with B’rit, which represents belonging and commitment, to help school families know the steps of the Shabbat ceremony and to belong fully in the school’s community, whether they are Jewish or not. It also interacts with Hit’orerut,

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which represents amazement and gratitude, in allowing the students an opportunity to connect with their grandfriends and celebrate the bonds they have. Additionally, it reflects Masa, which is representative of reflection, return and renewal, an inherent element of Shabbat. Not every family is familiar with Shabbat, and sharing with the families of each class is how the school helps to bridge that gap. Every age group gets their own ceremony for a more intimate experience, and grandfriends are shown how to celebrate Shabbat, step by step. Incorporating a multi-generational experience allows cultural diversity to flourish, especially for our non-Jewish families.

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BLOCK GAN EXPANDS LANGUAGE ARTS By: Danielle Wirsansky

Chialun Chang, a parent of a Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten student and an expert in art and design, offered an enrichment course on Chinese Character Art in the fall. “Preschool is a good age to start teaching the connection between art and language, as is evident with Chinese, the characters are art and children love art, so it is a perfect time to begin teaching them,” Chang said. “I love to teach and share my first language with the children.” The program was a hit with

students but Chang is taking a months long trip to Taiwan before lessons resume in 2020. Taiwan is one of only three parts of China that still use traditional Chinese characters in the written form of the language rather than using simplified characters instead. Oftentimes, the symbols resemble the word they represent. When Chang returns to the United States, she will bring back art supplies, games, cards and more to use in her Chinese Character Art class when it resumes in March of 2020.

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MY SECOND HOME By: Evan Taub

The summer of 2020 will be my tenth at Camp Coleman. I was a camper there for seven wonderful years and worked the past two on staff as a sports specialist and unit head. Growing up in a town with a very small Jewish population, it was tough to be connected to other kids my age that were Jewish. Thankfully, my parents knew it was important for me to have a lot of exposure to other Jewish youth and didn’t want me to miss out. One of the best decisions they made was to send me to Camp Coleman so I could have a more fulfilling Jewish

upbringing and a stronger Jewish identity. Spending my summers at camp gave me so many new friends and incredible experiences that have made me into the person I am today. Camp became a second home to me very quickly; everyone there was always welcoming and accepting. Coleman hires a lot of international staff, which let me make connections with amazing people from around the globe. Most of the international staff is Israeli connected me to what it is actually like to be in Israel and to learn more about the culture.

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DAY CAMP FOR BUBBE AND ZAYDE By: River Garden Senior Services

Did you know that River Garden offers an Adult Day Program? It’s like a day camp for seniors, and it might be just what you need to help you through the Spring and Summer months. Families are often curious about programs that provide more care and companionship than the standard senior center, especially when someone needs oversight for medication, meals or personal care that the senior center won’t offer. This happens most when a loved one is physically or cognitively impaired. Unlike a standard senior center, the Adult Day Program (ADP) at River Garden can be a scheduled resource for seniors with limitations. Key benefits of ADP: • Encourages Socialization – Stimulating activities and

being surrounded by friends is helpful for all. • Supports Good Health – Receiving help with personal hygiene or rehab care might enable you to care for your loved one at home for longer • Alleviates Stress for Caregivers – Having your loved one in a safe, caring environment returns much needed time for work, personal business or a day of relaxation. Dedicated staff offer a multitude of activities, including baking, games, music and more, for Adult Day Program participants. Hours are from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and meals are included. If someone you care about might benefit from the ADP at River Garden, please call (904) 288-7858 for a complimentary consultative appointment.


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SURPRISE DEDICATION AT PRICE LIBRARY OF JUDAICA

On Sunday, January 12, Eunice and Barry Zisser of Jacksonville, Florida, boarded a bus bound for Gainesville for a tour of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica in the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. Organized by the Jacksonville Community Alliance, the tour had initially come about thanks to Eunice’s advocacy on behalf of the beautiful library named for her mother and father, Isser and Rae. Yet unbeknown to her, while Eunice was doing her bit to ensure that more people got to visit the library, her daughter Melinda was planning a surprise. Some months earlier, Melinda Zisser had met with Sara Piety, Director of Development for the George A. Smathers Libraries, to

discuss a way to honor her parents by naming a space for them in the Price Library’s special reading room, the Judaica Suite. She hoped that the naming could also reflect in some way Eunice and Barry’s incredible dedication to upholding Jewish life in the city of Jacksonville. Among their many hours of community service, they have both served the Jewish Community Alliance, the Jewish Federation, their synagogue, and various other organizations, such as River Garden, the Jewish Family and Community Service, and Jewish Healing Hands. Following a consultation with Rebecca Jefferson, the Library’s curator, the “Jews and the Americas Book Collection” was deemed the

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most fitting alcove to dedicate to this amazing couple. Once the naming was decided, Melinda partnered with the Libraries’ development team; Library Leadership Board chair, Michael Price; and the J Institute

at the JCA to add a surprise dedication ceremony to the already planned tour. Melinda contacted her brother, Howard and his family in California and, delighted by the idea, they made special arrangements to fly to

See LIBRARY, p. 45

By: Shana Gutterman

During winter break, I toured Israel as a representative of the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School on the Israel Partnership Educator Delegation sponsored by the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida. It connects educators from the Southeast region of the United States with educators in Hadera, Israel. The delegation’s intent is to help teachers form long-term partnerships and friendships across distances with those who also celebrate their Jewish faith. Together with my new host friends, we toured Ramat Hanadiv, The Old City in Jerusalem, Hadera, the Shuk, Technoda Museum, Jaffa, as well as the aqueduct in Caesarea. Although I learned a great deal throughout my journey, I was most fascinated to see how

Baron Edmond de Rothschild’s contributions positively impacted Israel’s development. I met elementary school students in Hadera. The high school students enrolled in a unique STEAM program demonstrated the robot they designed and made for their First Robotics program. We also toured their makerspace area and witnessed firsthand how the educators of this school seamlessly integrate science, technology, art, engineering, and math into innovative lessons and units. Going to Israel and being a part of an educator delegation taught me to see Israel from a different perspective. It also connected me with teachers from all over the world. We are all lifelong learners and now we are lifelong friends.

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By: Rabbi Shira M.T. Rosenblum

TIPS AND ADVICE FOR PARENTS OF FIRST-TIME CAMPERS

Some kids, especially those who went to camp last summer, have been counting down the days to the start of the ���� season ever since they left camp. While many summer camps in the southeast open approximately four months from now, it’s never too early to prepare for camp. So grab your swimsuit and goggles, and dive with me into some of the most frequently asked camp questions as we explore what your family needs to know before embarking on a summer full of fun and adventure.

1. HOW DO I HELP MY CHILD CHOOSE THE RIGHT CAMP?

Whether sleepaway or day camps, regional or specialty camps, those focused on sports, arts, theater or even science and technology, there are thousands of camps your child could choose to attend. Whatever you choose, the American Camp Association recommends that “decisions

about camp — like where to go and what to pack — should be a joint venture, keeping in mind your child’s maturity. If your child feels a part of the decision-making process, his/her chances of having a positive experience will improve.” Rabbi Rosenblum visiting our Center campers at Camp Ramah Darom.

2. IS MY CHILD READY FOR SLEEPAWAY CAMP?

Camp Ki Tov on a fun field trip.

Going to sleepaway camp is an important milestone for many children. As parents, it is difficult to feel confident knowing if your child is truly ready to be away from home. Many camps offer a shorter session for your child’s first summer, often known as a “taste program.” It is a great way to work your way up to the longer camp sessions.

There are also many ways to build your child’s confidence before they leave for camp. Consider scheduling sleepovers with relatives and friends in the year leading up to sleepaway camp. These scheduled, short-term separations will give your child experience and confidence, while also preparing you for being away from them.

3. DOES MY CHILD REALLY NEED EVERYTHING ON THE CAMP PACKING LIST?

Yes! It is best to follow any packing list your camp provides. Our Center youth director, Sara Crowe, remembers her own packing list mishap from when she was a camper. “The camp

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recommended that we bring some type of rain boots or waterproof shoes for rainy days,” Crowe said. “My mother was under the impression that this wasn’t necessary, and I ended up

bringing muddy, ruined sneakers and sandals back home with me.” Another great packing tip is label everything! Campers lose water bottles, socks get lost in the laundry and even flashlights are

sometimes forgotten. Make sure that you clearly label all your child’s belongings with their names or initials - you’ll be happy you did.


4. HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD AVOID HOMESICKNESS AT CAMP?

As the summer approaches, resist the urge to tell your child how much you’ll miss them. While seemingly harmless, this type of comment can cause children to feel anxious or guilty about leaving you at home while they go off to camp. Instead, consider telling them how proud your are that they’re venturing off on their own for the summer. It is normal for children to experience feelings of homesickness at some point during the summer. Psychologist

Dr. Christopher Thurber and the American Camp Association (ACA) suggest several tips for helping your child deal with homesickness at summer camp: Discuss what camp will be like before your child leaves. Send a note or care package ahead of time to arrive the first day of camp. Pack a personal item from home, such as a stuffed animal. When a “rescue call” comes from the child, offer calm reassurance and put the time frame into perspective. Avoid

the temptation to take the child home early. Don’t feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. For many children, camp is a first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth and development.

We’re still friends after all these years! How special to reunite at the ��th anniversary of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires.

5. WHERE DO JACKSONVILLE KIDS GO TO SUMMER CAMP?

Emma W. and Madison H. settling for their first “Taste of Ramah” at Camp Ramah Darom.

Some of my favorite childhood memories are from the summers I spent at Jewish overnight camps in both the midwest and northeast. I experienced first-hand the impact of being surrounded by other excited, Jewish kids and enthusiastic staff. Camp Ramah, in particular, provided me with the opportunity to cultivate my Jewish identity and appreciate all of the ways that Judaism was integral to all aspects of life at camp. I made lasting friendships and am still in touch with some of the friends I made all those years ago. After graduating from high school, I spent almost a decade on staff at Camp Ramah Darom and Ramah in the Rockies,

There are countless options of where your child could spend the summer. Kids from Jacksonville attend camps all over the country but we, at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, actually send the largest contingent of campers from any single congregation to Camp Ramah Darom each year. Nestled in the stunning, North Georgia mountains, Camp Ramah Darom is proud to have experienced staff members and offer outstanding athletics and arts programs, while

6. WHAT MAKES JEWISH CAMPS SPECIAL? one of the newer Ramah camps with a specialized focus on outdoor adventure. It was there, 8,000 feet up in the Colorado mountains, that I was privileged to create and teach an original archery curriculum infused with Jewish values. According to the Foundation for Jewish Camp, “Jewish camp weaves Jewish values, culture, and traditions into the fabric of camp, helping campers to connect to their own identity and the larger Jewish community. Spirited and dynamic staff members use experiential learning to reveal what makes Jewish religion and culture so unique in today’s world...The impact of Jewish camp is immedi-

ate—campers return home connected to a community and friends that will last them a lifetime. And it doesn’t stop there. Children with pivotal Jewish camp experiences are more likely to become adults who value their Jewish heritage, support Jewish causes, and take on leadership roles in their communities.” This was definitely true for me, and I am thrilled that my position here in Jacksonville allows me to continue my relationship with Camp Ramah Darom as I visit our Center campers each summer. Whether your child has gone to camp for the last several years or they are considering camp for the

infusing a love of Israeli culture and Jewish heritage into everything they do. Our day camp at the Center, Camp Ki Tov, is for children in grades K-3 and offers different themes each week, exciting field trips and much more! With all the amenities of our beautiful 34-acre campus, including our swimming pool, sports fields and playgrounds, Camp Ki Tov has something for everyone.

first time this year, may their summer be filled with new friends and memories to last a lifetime.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST

SUMMER

CAMP EXPERIENCE By: Whitney Kuvin

It is hard to believe that it’s time to start thinking about summer camp. For those of us with school-age children, summer is right around the corner and we need to start planning. Camp is a special time for kids of all ages. Attending camp can leave them with lasting memories and new friends. Last year, I sent my oldest child to sleep away camp for the first time. That was a big decision for our family! I spent months researching, packing, and filling out forms in an attempt to find just the right fit. As it turns out, he thoroughly enjoyed it and will be going again this year. We wrote letters back and forth and I trolled the camp website for his smiling face! However, as a parent, it’s hard to find the right camp. Personally, I have enrolled my children in all different kinds of camps to weigh my comfort level as well as their happiness. Some of the camps were Jewish Day Camps, University of North Florida nature and sports camps, and theater camp. There are so many to choose from that it’s almost overwhelming, so I wanted to provide a little bit of insight to other parents.

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Set Expectations:

What do you or your child need from camp? Do you need full-time care while you are at work? Or are you looking to prevent the summer slide for your child, help them meet new friends or just stay active and limit screen time? There is literally a camp for EVERYTHING in Jacksonville. There are those that focus on academics such as a STEM or engineering camp, others that focus on sports specialty camps and that are hosted by local universities and sports clubs, theater, arts, religious-focused or traditional summer camp – the options are endless. Summer camp is designed to provide a great opportunity to allow children to indulge in things that they are interested in to help them learn and grow in a new and fun setting. However, by the same token, it can also help them and their parents to recognize what does not work for their children. As I said, there is a lot to learn and being prepared is the first step.

Day Camp vs. Overnight Camp: Overnight camp may not be an option for those with younger children – or it might. It really depends on the child. In my opinion, upon completion of the second grade, your child may be ready to attend a sleep away camp if they are interested in doing so. Sleep away camp is a great way to give parents a much-needed break from the monotony. However, it also provides the children attending a sense of independence that cannot be found in any other scenario. Choosing the appropriate time for overnight camp can be extremely overwhelming. Some children may be ready to go before others – it is on a case-by-case basis. Parents have to take into account the length of the stay at the camp – some run for two-week intervals while others last a month or more. If you are considering an overnight camp, take the time to reach out to the camp. Every camp that I have dealt with provided excellent resources and they have answered any questions or concerns I have had and eased my mind. You may also want to speak to another parent whose child has attended the camp. They will be your most valuable resource and help ease any fears or concerns. Choosing an overnight camp is a big decision and as a parent you will know when or if your child is ready – even if you, as the parent, are never ready for it!


Location and Staffing:

Keep the commute to camp in mind when deciding. For instance, a surf camp may sound amazing, but it ultimately falls on you to get your child to the camp AND back home at night. Also, consider carpooling with another parent to share the responsibility. For sleep away camp, check the recommendations for getting your child to and from camp and always keep in mind that you may need to spend the night before getting your child settled. It is a new environment and you definitely want to make sure that your child is comfortable. Some camps will provide transportation to and from specific airports to and from camp. Again, if you have any questions about transportation and location, it is always best to contact the camp.

Budget/Scholarships:

Once you have decided on a camp, DO YOUR RESEARCH! You need to know the cost, including any hidden costs that exist. Funding your child’s summer camp experience can be overwhelming and add up. But there are ways you can save money. Reach out to the camp about possible scholarship opportunities. Most camps do provide scholarship opportunities to those families that qualify. However, something you should know about overnight camp scholarships is that registration must be completed in the fall – as soon as the previous year’s summer camp is over. It may be too late to register your child. Every child is given a list of “have tos” by the camp. Remember that you do not have to purchase everything on the list provided. Just get the basic necessities. In the end, whatever camp experience you decide on, you want it to be fun for your camper. There is nothing more gratifying in the world than picking up your summer camper after a long day of fun and play smelling like sunscreen and sweat. The bonus: they are exhausted and ready to relax, just like their parents!

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SEE AND BE SCENE THROUGH THE LENS IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA

Champagne Brunch January 5, 2020. The women philanthropists who attended give over $600,000 to the Jewish Federation of Northeast Florida’s annual campaign. Nearly $100,000 of those funds were raised THAT DAY from the generous women in the room. It is in part because of these women that we are so able to generously support Jewish life here in Northeast Florida.

Leora Holzer and Danielle Leder

Stacey Blum and Meryl Rittenberg

Author Kristin Harmel and Jen Plotkin Annual Campaign Chair

Kathy Osterer, Irene Jaa, Leslie Held, Isabel Balotin and Ruth Penson

Joan Rosenberg and Margo Schwartz

Chabad Chanukah Melavah Malka Getting together on Chanukah is always fun, especially when surrounded by friends, enjoying a variety of latkes, playing dreidel and listening to a dramatic story.


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The monthly meeting of the Jacksonville Business Network ( JBN) featured Michele Katz as guest speaker. Katz, an award-winning photographer shared a presentation of her striking photographs, taken during her travels throughout the U.S. and overseas.

While visiting friends for the holidays, Miriam and Mordecai Feinberg, volunteers with Kulanu, made a special visit to The Coves at River Garden. They shared stories of their first-hand experiences as Judaic teachers for communities in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Poland. Kulanu (kulanu. org) is a non-profit group that supports isolated, emerging and returning Jewish communities around the world.

Michele Katz (upper row, fourth from left) and JBN members gather monthly for networking and inspiration.

Latkes, Lattes and Light! More than 30 members of Jewish Women’s Circle ( JWC) of St. Johns had a fabulous ladies’ night out peeling, grating, mixing and frying the most creative latkes. JWC is a unique opportunity to connect with Jewish women from diverse backgrounds and affiliations in a warm, lighthearted atmosphere. Join us and bring a friend! To find out more, contact Mrs. Dini Sharfstein at 904.701.4422 or Email: Dini@JewishSJohnsCounty.com

Mrs. Dini Sharfstein shares inspiring messages of Chanukah at the Jewish Women’s Circle in St. Johns.

(L-R) Mordecai & Miraim Feinberg with Alberta Marks, member of The Coves.

On December 15, River Garden hosted The Jacksonville Philharmonia Singers, a group that performs Chinese & Western art songs in beautiful chorus. Chinese students and teachers from Bolles, Paxon School for Advanced Studies and Stanton College Preparatory attended, and each group had the opportunity to address the audience in Chinese.

Chinese language students from Bolles with their teacher enjoyed the Jacksonville Philharmonia Singers on Dec. �� at River Garden.

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NORTHEAST FLORIDA JEWISH LIFE Ten teams put their cake decorating skills in a friendly competition at the Etz Chaim Pre Chanukah party’s Cake Wars. Children had a chance to show off their creativity, too as they competed in the kids’ Menorah competition

On December 25, approximately 500 dedicated volunteers spent the day feeding and visiting with around 1,000 people in our community for a Mitzvah Day facilitated by Congregation Ahavath Chesed and the Jacksonville Jewish Center.

Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation and Foundation hosted a Chanukah Party at River Garden. Sarah Jacobs provided festive entertainment while WP volunteers served latkes and donut holes. Allison Jacobs chaired this fun annual event.

Women’s Philanthropy volunteers were happy to provide a festive afternoon for the intergenerational Chanukah party.

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Sarah Jacobs shared her talents, a beautiful voice and expert guitar playing, with the group.


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Neither rain nor heat can stop Chabad from celebrating Chanukah. Jews from the greater Jacksonville Community gathered on December 22, the first eve of Chanukah, at Friendship Fountain. Participants enjoyed a concert with Rabbi B, rides, crafts, face painting, good food, and of course a grand Menorah lighting.

DuBow Preschool students got parents in the mood for Chanukah with an AWESOME musical program.

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NORTHEAST FLORIDA JEWISH LIFE

2019 JFCS Holiday Gift Giving a Success!

Donation of holiday meals from the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation (pictured) Chase Zimmerman, Fran Selevan, Tabitha Furyk and Furyk Foundation Teammate.

Tmima, Leora and Noah Neihaus delivering gifts

Shopping for children and seniors not sponsored (from left to right) Mike Lissner, Robin Wolf, Deanna Lissner, Lori Bruman, Nicole Allen, Tereia Sato, WalMart Associate Mary and Eunice Zisser.

JFCS Holiday Gift Giving Volunteers (left to right) Amy BradďŹ eld, Sheri Weiss, Jenn Neuman, Drew Peters, Donna O’Steen, Lonnie Steinberg, Robbie Price, Lori Bruman and Gayle Bailys.

Bolles Ponte Vedra with their collection of baby items for children served in JFCS programs.

In a partnership among Aging True, the Jacksonville Jewish Center and Congregation Ahavath Chesed, members of the Jewish community came together to provide about 500 meals for homebound seniors and deliver cookies to over 75 firehouses in the Jacksonville area on December 25.

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Jacksonville Jewish Center hosted over 125 people for its annual Latkes & Vodkas Hanukkah party. With karaoke, dancing, gaming tables, festive cocktails, and of course, latkes, a great time was had by all that attended. A big thank you and yasher koach to our amazing volunteers for their time and dedication on this successful event.

River Garden enjoyed an afternoon with Leslie Held (center) and these darling Girl Scouts.

Residents were thrilled to receive gift blankets from the girls.

Leslie Held enjoyed making rice-filled snowmen with Girl Scouts during the holiday season. Girls also delivered homemade winter blankets to River Garden residents.

Rabbi Mona Decker of Community Hospice engaged The Coves’ members in a discussion about healing and wholeness, using song, prayers and readings of the season.

Rabbi Decker (seated, center) with members of The Coves.

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NORTHEAST FLORIDA JEWISH LIFE Members of Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple brought in their own chanukiyot to kindle the festival lights together during Erev Shabbat services. Starting 2020 with a “bale” of JJ(Sea) Turtles! Our high school, middle school, and elementary school participants came together on Sunday, January 5 and were grouped together to create a “bale.” A bale is the name of a group of sea turtles, which is the mascot of Setzer Youth Education at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Each bale played getting-to-know-you games, competed in relay races and trivia games about the Center.

“The January Jewish Java featuring Hazzan Holzer was the most moving I’ve seen through Jewish Java! The Ugandan Jews selfconverted (the ultimate compliment and sign of devotion), to revere our Torah, faith, traditions, music and love Israel. They are positively impacting their community, including Christians and Muslims. Kids of multi-faiths attend school through Hadassah, gain clean water through Israeli NGO’s, etc. The Cantor did something wonderful, sharing his group’s Cantorial gifts with Ugandan Jews, learning from them and sharing their story with us!” -- Barbara Zimmerman

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WORTH THE SCHLEP N O R T H E A S T F LO R I DA’ S E V E N T C A L E N DA R

Spots of Light – To Be A Woman In the Holocaust Starting January 28 | 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., daily Jewish Family & Community Services Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial Gallery,

at the Alan J. Taffet Building on 8540 Bay Spots of Light – To Be a Woman in the Holocaust gives expression to the unique voice of Jewish women in the Holocaust: their choices and responses in the face of evil, brutality and relentless hardship with which they were forced to grapple. Torah Study February 1 | 9:00-10:00 a.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

Join the clergy to explore and discuss the weekly Torah portion and the Haftarah. A light breakfast is served starting at 8:45 am. No prior knowledge is expected. Back in the Bronx February 2 | 10:30 a.m. 11401 Old St. Augustine Road

Editor and publisher of Back in the Bronx magazine, author of three books on the Bronx, creator of a Bronx board game and chess set. This 90-minute powerpoint presentation includes 450 nostalgic photos of the Bronx, along with dozens of videos and

interviews of Bronx celebrities.

$35 for JCA valued members. Transportation included.

Shorashim February 2 | 10:00-11:00 a.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

Intro to Life Coaching Skills With Dr. Elliott Rosenbaum February 3, February 10, February 17, February 24 | 7:00 p.m. Etz Chaim Synagogue

A parent and me group intended for children 0-36 months. Facilitated by Edrea Porter with guests Michelle Penson, Cantor Barry, and Rabbi Bahar, Shorashim meets from 10:00-11:00 AM on all Sundays there is TIR. Attendees do not need to be Temple members. Invite your friends! TIR-Temple Institute of Religion February 2 | 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

TIR is the Temple’s Religious School and is available to students from the ages of 3 through 10th grade. Contact Michelle Penson at mpenson@thetemplejax.org for more information. Bold Bean Coffee Roasting Demo and Lunch February 3 | 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Visit Bold Bean headquarters to learn everything about coffee “from seed to cup.” Registration required by January 19. Fee is $53 and

What do you do when someone asks you for advice? The International Coaching Federation (ICF) says rather than needing advice, they need some coaching. What is coaching? Join Dr. Elliott Rosenbaum, founder of The American School of Professional Coaching, for a four-part mini-series focusing on the foundations of life coaching. Medabrim Ivrit February 3 | 6:30 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Practice your Hebrew through topical conversation with Shaliach Rotem Gabay. Being Human: A Challenging and Wild Ride February 4 - March 31, Tuesdays | 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Therapist and life coach Julianna Jaffe provides tools to bring mindfulness to your thoughts, feelings and actions for a more peaceful, happy and enlivened life. Registration required. Fee is $150 and $100 for JCA valued members. Understanding Israel Today Part 2 February 4 | 7:15-8:30 p.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

The second in his four part

series, Harvey Leven will discuss the place of religion in Israeli society. RSVP to rsvp@ thetemplejax.org. Admission is free for Temple members and $10 per session for non-Temple members or $30 for all four sessions. Tickets can be purchased as thetemplejax.square.site Wisdom with Cantor Barry February 4 | 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

Wisdom is not Torah Study, but the teachings from Torah and other learned Jewish texts are often referenced. Wisdom meets every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. This group focuses its discussion on contemporary issues viewed through a Jewish lens. Share some wisdom, gain some wisdomeveryone is welcome. Courthouse Tour and Lunch February 5 | 8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Explore the inner workings of the Duval County Courthouse on this tour that covers everything from the Jury Assembly Room to JSO’s facilities. Transportation included. Fruits of the Vine and Wine of the Land February 5 | 7:00-8:30 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Celebrate Tu B’Shevat with Israeli wine and dried fruits. Learn about this holiday and agriculture in Israel. Registration Required. Fee is $15 and $10 for JCA valued members.

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NORTHEAST FLORIDA JEWISH LIFE Jewish Java February 5 | 9:00 a.m. River Garden / Cohen Auditorium

Partner program with Federation Shalom Jax and River Garden. Call Isabel to RSVP to (904) 224-1408. A Night Out with Federation February 6 | 7:00 p.m. Jacksonville Marriott

Featuring: Turnstiles, a Billy Joel Tribute Band $30 General Admission ($36 minimum pledge to the 2020 Annual Campaign is required) Plated dessert & open bar 6:00 p.m. Special Reception to recognize our IMPACT, Legacy, Lions of Judah and Major Gifts Donors Cochairs: Sarah Fraden, Marcy Sandler, Sandy Zimmerman Register: events.idonate.com/ nightout2020 MD Anderson Tour February 6 | 5:00 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Tour the beautiful, new Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center featuring awardwinning design, views of the St. Johns River and patientcentered services in a single location. $11; $7 JCA valued members. 20s & 30s Friday Night Wine and Dine February 7 | 6:00 p.m. services; 6:30 p.m. dinner The Finker-Frenkel Chabad Center, 11271 Alumni Way Jacksonville, FL 32246

Enjoy a delicious Shabbat Dinner with fellow Jewish Young Professionals while

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gaining an appreciation for fine kosher wines. With special guest master sommelier David Babinet. RSVP Required www. SouthsideChabad.com

Required: southsidechabad. com or 904-646-4434

A Taste of Tu B’Shevat February 7 | 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Join us for Shabbat morning Services with Traditional melodies. A fun children’s service will both entertain and educate! Musaf service led by chazzan David Babinet. Followed by a full spread shabbat Luncheon. Children’s Services 11am, Kiddush Luncheon Follows.

Taste every day to extraordinary fruits and vegetables in this celebration of the earth with a Tu B’Shevat seder. Ages 3 - 6. $8; $5 JCA valued members. Green Shabbat for Tu B’Shevat February 7 | 6:30 p.m.

Services, dinner to follow Chabad at the Beaches Enjoy a delicious Green themed Shabbat dinner. A great evening of friends, community and fun. Green menu will feature herb challah, olive dip, zucchini soup, pesto chicken & lime pie among other Shabbat delights. To RSVP please register on chabadbeaches. com for further info contact Dafne Blank dafne@ chabadbeaches.com or 904-770-0502

An Evening of Wine and Opera February 8 | 8:00 p.m. The Finker-Frenkel Chabad Center 11271 Alumni Way Jacksonville, FL 32246

Join celebrated operatic baritone David Babinet as he performs popular Broadway show tunes and familiar opera arias, as well as Yiddish favorites and Jewish classics. An accomplished winemaker and master sommelier, enjoy a kosher wine-tasting demonstration following David’s performance. RSVP

Melodic Shabbat Services February 8 | 10:30 a.m. The Finker-Frenkel Chabad Center, 11271 Alumni Way Jacksonville, FL 32246

Torah Study February 8 | 9:00-10:00 a.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

Join the clergy to explore and discuss the weekly Torah portion and the Haftarah. A light breakfast is served starting at 8:45 a.m. No prior knowledge is expected. Annual Polar Plunge February 9 2:45-3:00 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Join our third annual Polar Plunge. There will be hot chocolate and cookies for all participants following the plunge! Free to the community. Beth El Sisterhood Tu B’Shvat Seder February 9 | 5:30 p.m. 288 N Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32028

Please join us as we celebrate the New Year of Trees on Feb. 9. We honor trees and appreciate the food, shade and shelter they provide. We will gather to eat, sing, and enjoy the miracle of trees. Rabbi

Matuson will lead our seder. RSVP to b.adler4315@gmail. com Jax Jewish Singles February 9 | RSVP for time St. Johns Town Center 10209 River Coast Dr.

Join us at Ida Claire, in the St. Johns Town Center, for a taste of their southern inspired dishes. Seeking new group leader. Please contact Francine Smith to RSVP or for further information. Call 904-221-8061 or email francine.smith@comcast.net. Shorashim February 9 | 10:00-11:00 a.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

A parent and me group intended for children 0-36 months. Facilitated by Edrea Porter with guests Michelle Penson, Cantor Barry, and Rabbi Bahar, Shorashim meets from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on all Sundays there is TIR. Attendees do not need to be Temple members. Invite your friends! Sunday Film Series: “The Mortal Storm” February 9 | 2:00 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Come to the JCA to see this film. Free to the community. TIR-Temple Institute of Religion

February 9 | 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

TIR is the Temple’s Religious School and is available to students from the ages of 3 through 10th grade. Contact Michelle Penson at mpenson@thetemplejax.org for more information.


WORTH THE SCHLEP Tu B’Shevat in the Park February 9 | 12:30 p.m. Mandarin Park

Join us in Mandarin Park for a day for appreciation of nature and the outdoors. Registration required by February 6. Free to the community. Permaculture 101 February 10 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

NativeJax owner Joshua Rosenberg explains basic theories and ethics of permaculture design. Learn about soil regeneration, water catchment and storage and design layout. Registration appreciated. Fee is $15 and $10 for JCA valued members. Let’s Do Lunch February 11 | 12:00 p.m. Southern Grounds, San Marco

Meet us at local favorites for our monthly lunch outing. Dutch treat. Fee is $5; JCA valued members are free.

Wisdom with Rabbi Goodman February 11 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. Congregation Ahavath ChesedThe Temple

Wisdom is not Torah Study, but the teachings from Torah and other learned Jewish texts are often referenced. Wisdom meets every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. This group focuses its discussion on contemporary issues viewed through a Jewish lens. Share some wisdom, gain some wisdom-everyone is welcome. Caregiver Support Group February 12 | 3:30 p.m. River Garden / Frisch Pavilion

Especially for those caring for a loved one with dementia, this group offers hope and help. Led by Dr. Sue Krall. Jewish Genealogy February 12 | 6:00 p.m. River Garden / Cohen Auditorium

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Monthly meeting with invited speakers, discussion of Society and time for our members to present interesting new features or stories from their personal genealogical research. We also offer help, where some of our experienced members can assist others who are newer to genealogical research. RSVP appreciated to jgsnefl@gmail. com Jewish Theological Seminary’s Distance Learning February 12 | 11:45 a.m. Jacksonville Jewish Center

Join the Jacksonville Jewish Center as we continue with the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Distance Learning Program on February 12th for the three part course: Toward a Heavenly World: Yizkor through a Biblical Lens. Please bring a dairy lunch and we’ll provide dessert and the learning. Mayo Simulation Center Tour and Lunch February 13 | 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

See this multidisciplinary simulation training space where Mayo physicians and other healthcare professionals practice their skills. Transportation included. The fee is $23 and $15 for JCA valued members. Mini Minyan February 14 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Congregation Ahavath ChesedThe Temple

Join us with your children, your friends and your neighbors. Rabbi Bahar, Cantor Barry and Michelle Penson will be leading us in song and prayer. A lite dinner will be served.

JCA Annual Fundraiser February 15 | 7:30 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

This year’s event, A Night in New Orleans, is chaired by Nicole and Andy Brown. The event will transport guests through renowned NOLA neighborhoods for a night of music, food, dancing and fun with low country charm and Mardi Gras flair. Sponsorships and tickets can be purchased at jcajax.org/nola. Torah Study February 15 | 9:00-10:00 a.m. Congregation Ahavath ChesedThe Temple

Join the clergy to explore and discuss the weekly Torah portion and the Haftarah. A light breakfast is served starting at 8:45 a.m. No prior knowledge is expected. Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories February 16 | 2:00-4:00 p.m. Congregation Ahavath ChesedThe Temple

Marcia Jo Zerivitz, LHD, Founding Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU, will speak about her new book Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories. Book will be available for purchase and the author will be available to sign. Admission is free. Sponsored by St. Johns Asset Management

Driving Evaluations Q&A February 18 | 11:30 a.m. River Garden / Cohen Auditorium

UF SmartDriver expert, Dr. Luther King will be here to share details about who might need a driving evaluation, and what you can expect throughout the assessment process.

RSVP required for lunch: kbell@rivergarden.org or 904-288-7855. Smart Driver Course February 18 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Join an AARP trained instructor in this class for licensed drivers 50+. Learn to drive defensively and adjust to vision changes, hearing loss and more. Fee $20; $15 AARP Members. Traveling Diner Dinner Club February 18 | 6:00 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Delight your taste buds and enjoy great company as we experience a world of flavor in Jacksonville’s best ethnic restaurants. Dutch treat. Registration appreciated. Fee is $5; JCA valued members are free. Wisdom with Rabbi Bahar February 18 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

Wisdom is not Torah Study, but the teachings from Torah and other learned Jewish texts are often referenced. Wisdom meets every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. This group focuses its discussion on contemporary issues viewed through a Jewish lens. Share some wisdom, gain some wisdom-everyone is welcome. Protecting Property Investments February 19 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or 6:00-7:00 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Learn why title insurance is important and how to avoid issues with unforeseen liens. For anyone with an interest in home ownership, including realtors, homeowners, property investors and first-time buyers.

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NORTHEAST FLORIDA JEWISH LIFE Life Line Screening Community Circle Program February 20 8:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

Life Line Screenings go beyond regular checkups to look inside your arteries for signs of plaque build-up. For $139, participants can be screened for plaque, heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, and osteoporosis. Register by calling 866-2290469, online at lifelifescreening.com/ communitycircle or by texting the world circle to 797979. Mah Jongg Party at the J February 20 | 11:30 a.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Sandy Oasis is calling all players to join us for mocktails, lunch and Mah Jongg! Register tables of 4-5 by February 10. Rabbis in the Round February 20 | 7:00-8:30 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Rabbis Fisch, Lubliner and Bahar will lead another thought-provoking discussion. Topic TBA. Free to the community. What is Ayurveda? Understanding Your Doshas February 20 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Dr. Jyoti Vohra, of Ayurvedic Center of Health and Healing, introduces the Ayurveda lifestyle, diet, detoxification and self-care. Registration appreciated. Fee is $5; JCA valued members are free.

Erev Shabbat Worship with Friday Night Live Band February 21 7:00 p.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

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with the Friday Night Live Band! They fill the sanctuary with music that is spiritual and joyous and we hope it will be a welcome addition to your Shabbat. Along with singers, the band includes guitars, percussion, piano, keyboard, clarinets, trombones, violin, saxophone and hammered dulcimer. Torah Study February 22 | 9:00-10:00 a.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

Join the clergy to explore and discuss the weekly Torah portion and the Haftarah. A light breakfast is served starting at 8:45 a.m. No prior knowledge is expected. Inaugural Community Wide Talent Show February 23 | 2:00-4:00 p.m. River Garden

Please join us to be entertained at River Garden! It is sure to be an amazing afternoon full of talent. Contact Evan Taub (etaub@ thetemplejax.org) for info. Shorashim February 23 10:00-11:00 a.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

A parent and me group intended for children 0-36 months. Facilitated by Edrea Porter with guests Michelle Penson, Cantor Barry, and Rabbi Bahar, Shorashim meets from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on all Sundays there is TIR. Attendees do not need to be Temple members. Invite your friends!

Super Sunday February 23 JFCS - Baycenter Location

Volunteers from across our Jacksonville community come together to make a difference by raising funds for the 2020 Annual Campaign. Super Sunday would not be possible without volunteers who are critical to the success of this fundraiser. This year you can also tune in to see the day unfold LIVE on Facebook Live. There will be many opportunities to get involved this year... make calls, make mitzvah boxes for those who are food insecure, children’s activities, raffle prizes, refreshments and more. Please sign up to help from 9:0011:00 or 11:00-1:00 at jewishjacksonville.org/events TIR-Temple Institute of Religion February 23 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

TIR is the Temple’s Religious School and is available to students from the ages of 3 through 10th grade. Contact Michelle Penson at mpenson@thetemplejax.org for more information. Young Concert Artist Series: Randall Goosby, violin February 23 | 3:00 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

American violinist Randall Goosby performs as part of the Young Concert Artists Series. Free to the community. Wisdom with Rabbi Raskind February 25 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

Wisdom is not Torah Study, but the teachings from Torah and other learned Jewish texts are often referenced. Wisdom meets every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. This group focuses its discussion on contemporary issues viewed through a Jewish lens. Share some wisdom, gain some wisdomeveryone is welcome. Be Your Own Athlete February 26 | 6:00 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Richard “Lance” Snyder, MD, orthopedic surgeon with Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute, discusses your inner athlete. Free to the community. JAFTY Hump Day Hang Out February 26 | 6:30-8:00 p.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

JAFTY (Jacksonville Area Federation of Temple Youth) members get together to do homework, discuss future events, and just be together. All About Ortho with JOI February 27 | 11:30 a.m. River Garden / Cohen Auditorium

Considering a knee or hip replacement? Or having more discomforts, aches and pains as you age? Come get your orthopaedic-related questions answered by JOI Dr. Phillip Bell. RSVP required for lunch 904-288-7855 or kbell@ rivergarden.org. Purim Puppet Theater February 28 | 1:30-2:25 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Dive deep into the story of Purim, learn about the characters, make puppets and perform your own


WORTH THE SCHLEP puppet show in this two-part class. Ages 3 - 6. $15; $10 JCA valued members. Beth El Annual Night of Giving “Evening at the Farm” February 29 | 7:00-10:00 p.m. Atlantic Beach Urban Farms, 1175 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL

Please join us for an “Evening at the Farm” for our Annual Night of Giving Gala! February 29, 2020 7-10pm A casual evening of dinner, drinks, music and more! $100 per person Sponsorship levels available RSVP: Beth-elgala-2020.eventbrite.com Seussical The Musical February 29 | 7:30 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

Come to the JCA to see our Theatre production of Seussical the Musical. $7 tickets sold at the door. Torah Study February 29 | 9:00-10:00 a.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed-The Temple

Join the clergy to explore and discuss the weekly Torah portion and the Haftarah. A light breakfast is served starting at 8:45 a.m. No prior knowledge is expected. Family Hamentashen Bake March 1 | 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Join the JCA, Federation, and Etz Chaim Synagogue to bake these three-cornered festival treats and enjoy games and crafts. Registration required by February 27. Free to the community. AARP TEK March 3 | 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. River Garden / Cohen Auditorium

AARP TEK offers free classes for seniors: Smartphone

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Basics @ 10, Beyond the Basics @ 12, and Driver (Car) Technology @ 3. Open to all seniors, AARP Members & Non-Members. Register on AARP website https:// learn.aarp. org/ in-personlearning (Find the events hosted at River Garden.) Special Event Fundraiser with the River Garden Auxiliary March 3 | 11:30 a.m. Jacksonville Jewish Center

Spend “A Day in the Park” with us on Tuesday, March 3, indoors at the JJC. We’ll enjoy picnic fare and a fashions from ‘The Snob’. As always, proceeds benefit the residents of River Garden Hebrew Home. For questions or to RSVP, contact Rhoda Goldstein rhodagoldstein@ hotmail.com

River Garden 74th Anniversary Day March 29 | 3:00 p.m. River Garden Campus

This afternoon is a community favorite with [kosher] food, families and fun! Don’t miss it! Jewish Java April 1 | 9:00 a.m. River Garden / Cohen Auditorium

Partner program with Federation Shalom Jax and River Garden. Call Isabel to RSVP to (904) 224-1408.

afternoon on the greens. Contact Michelle Branly for sponsorship or registration information 904-886-8431 or mbranly@rivergarden.org Israel’s Yom Ha’ztmaout Celebration April 26 & 29

Save the Date! Community kids & families event on April 26, adults event night on April 29. More information to come.

River Garden 24th Annual Golf Tournament April 29 | 12:00 p.m. Deerwood Country Club

Title Sponsor Janne & Jody Brandenburg of HardageGiddens, and event Chairs Mark Lodinger and Tom Harris invite you to an

Jewish Java March 4 | 9:00 a.m. River Garden / Cohen Auditorium

Partner program with Federation Shalom Jax and River Garden. Call Isabel to RSVP to (904) 224-1408. Jewish Food and Culture Festival March 29 | 12:00-3:00 p.m. Jekyll squares off of Newcastle Street in downtown Brunswick, Georgia

Join Temple Beth Tefilloh for the annual Brunswick Jewish Food and Culture Festival, which will include traditional Jewish food, music by Athens-based Klezmer Local 42, and a Jewish wedding ceremony. Admission is free, tickets for food are $1 each, and food items cost between four and eight tickets each.

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hat do you send in your kid’s lunch? It’s one of the more frequent questions asked among mom blogs and support groups, and there are hundreds of Pinterest boards full of fun colorful lunches. But how do you recreate it at home? Here are my tips for a nutritious lunch that your kids are sure to enjoy.

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EASY & CREATIVE LUNCH BOX IDEAS By: Nicole Brown

3. Think small.

The smaller compartments of a bento box are perfect for veggies, fruit, pretzels, veggie straws, crackers, whatever creative item you can fit in each compartment.

1. Ditch the plastic bags.

Plastic bags leave too much of a footprint and plastic containers are cumbersome. Bento boxes have been a life saver for us. It provides the right amount of space for variety and appropriate portions.

2. Start with a main idea.

Just like dinner, start with the “entrée” then build snacks around it. At home our main staples are rice and beans, pasta, chicken nuggets, leftovers from dinner, halved Hawaiian rolls with mini kosher beef hot dogs or even leftover cheese pizza (a huge hit!).

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There is a round compartment in the middle (pictured), my husband thinks this is where you leave a secret treat, some kids like condiments with their fruit and veggies, often we put WOW/Sun butter in there with options of apples and pretzels to dip in it.

4. Don't be scared to send something new.

Often kids will try new foods around their peers and teachers, so we sometimes sneak a new item in that secret slot. During the summer, I freeze their yogurt pouches or fruit pouches. By the time lunch has arrived, the frozen item is now a slushy refreshing treat. As parents we tend to put too

much pressure on ourselves to send the most Pinterest worthy lunch. In the end, the kid that gets the WOW/ Sun Butter sandwich every day and the Pinterest worthy lunch box recipient are both happy to be fed and nourished. We need to stop pressuring ourselves, lower the expectation we put on ourselves, and make sure our kids are provided with healthy choices as well as choices they like.


Alvin “Al” Maynard Coplan, 81, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 1, 2019 with family by his side. Al was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Philip and Susanne Coplan. Al was a devoted father, husband, brother, friend and a successful businessman who thrived at work until the end. He lived life to the fullest and was a workout enthusiast at the Ponte Vedra Club and Epping Forest, inspirational mentor, passionate traveler, newspaper publisher, real estate entrepreneur,

IN MEMORIUM hobbyist joke teller and gourmet foodie. He even has a family estate grown wine named after him: Coplan Vineyards’ The Chairman. Al is survived by his three adoring children with Marcia Jawitz: Carole Coplan, Susan Coplan Bonesz and Lisa Coplan Gardner (Darin, husband). His grandchildren are Melanie Bonesz, Austin and Harper Gardner. He is survived by his wife Meade Marston Coplan, her children Ivich Neuville (David) and Jean Paul Montoya (Anna), as well as her

grandchildren. His sisters are Micki Green and Rita Chiappetta (Jerry). Al’s nieces and nephews are Alan Goldman, Audrey Goldman (Irwin), Stephen Goldman (Jackie), Lori Fagan Burman (David), Marc Fagan (Melissa), as well as their children: Jacob, Joshua, Andrew, Alec, Evan, Jacob and Tinsley. Al is also survived by an extended family throughout the U.S. A celebration of Al’s life was held at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn and he is buried at New Center Memorial Park in Jacksonville.

For $18 donation to Jewish Federation of Northeast Florida, NFJN will print birth, bar mitzvah, or bat mitzvah announcements, or a few words to remember a loved one or friend in the community in the monthly magazine. Include an address, and we will mail a card to the recipient’s home notifying them that a donation has been made in their honor.

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Sean Joseph Zahler, son of Pamela Zahler and Stewart Zaritsky, will be called to the Torah on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah on January 18, 2020 at Temple Ahaveth Chesed. Sharing in the simcha will be his Grandmother Lois Zahler, “Papa” James Scarbrough, Uncles Scott and Jonathan Zahler, many other friends and family and in remembrance of his Grandfather, Dr. Sanford Zahler. Sean is in 7th grade at St. Johns Country Day School, where he is a member of his school track team, Middle School Chorus and Latin Club. He attends Blue Star Camp in the summer. He enjoys gaming and computer coding, robotics and snow skiing. Sean is an animal lover and he cannot resist greeting and petting any dog he meets on the streets. For his Bar Mitzvah project Sean selected the 13 Mitzvot.

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GOOSBY Continued from pg. 9

At the 2018 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, Goosby took home first prize. Randall’s prize-winning performances did not stop there. He has been the recipient of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, Harriman-Jewell Series Prize, Vancouver Society Prize, The LP Classics, Inc. Debut Recording Prize and the Sander Buchman Prize. At thirteen, Goosby was the youngest recipient ever to win the Sphinx Concerto Competition. In addition to his prize-winning performances, Goosby shares his love of music through outreach programs for public schools, children’s hospitals and music programs across the country. He is cur-

rently investing his time in a nonprofit organization that provides free lessons, instruments and mentoring for children from low-income families. Randall Goosby received a full scholarship to The Julliard School’s Pre-College program and is currently pursuing a master’s degree on a Kovner Fellowship there under the guidance of two YCA alumni, Donald Weilerstein and Laurie Smukler. The Young Concert Artists Series continues with pianist Aristo Sham on March 15 at 3 p.m. To register for these free concerts, visit jcajax.org/ji. For more information on the concert series, contact Heather at heather.terrill@jcajax.org.

Join us on Sunday, Feb. 23 as we unite to support the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. Our campaign touches the lives of so many in Northeast Florida, Israel, and throughut the world. Please register to volunteer at: jewishjacksonville.org/events Contact Faye Hedrick with questions: fayeh@jewishjacksonville.org (904) 448-5000

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COURT Continued from pg. 23

Students were asked to assume the character of a modern or historical figure and then speak “in voice” as that character throughout the program. Chosen characters included historical figures such as Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Abraham Lincoln, Primo Levi as well as current public personalities Malala Yousafzai and Billie Eilish. During the course of this semester-long program, students studied freedom of speech versus survivors’ rights, diving deep into the issue while considering the historical context of the time. They

researched their characters applying critical thinking skills to determine their character’s perspective on the issue. Students then engaged within the JCAT forum with students from other North American schools to debate this complex issue. Using technology, students also worked together on different creative projects including writing poems and songs and designing graphics related to the topic. The JCAT forum was an excellent opportunity for students to deliberate a significant event in Jewish history. Students were able to explore their characters’ identities and learn to empathize with other perspectives.

BEQUESTIONS Continued from pg. 14

pairs of starry eyes from Cincinnati. Dreams are for anyone of any age. And if you find yourself dreaming, wishing and visioning what the world could look like tomorrow for yourself, your family and your community, I invite you to give me a call or stop by my office anytime, Kellie Smith 904-512-3796 or kelliek@jewishjacksonville.org

HEALTHY Continued from pg. 20

healthy eating as the children get to enjoy the produce of their labor. It also connects with our Sheva values such as Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, and K’dusha, which is guiding yourself and your actions with intention. There are many more benefits that gardening provides, and Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten is excited for its students to grow and thrive alongside their garden.

BETH EL Continued from pg. 6

tions for Beth El’s general fund. Annual Night of Giving, “An Evening at the Farm” is available to everyone in the community. RSVP at beth-elgala-2020.eventbrite.com.

The Jewish Foundation is incredibly grateful for not only Len’s pivotal summer camp experience, but also the Elikan family’s charitable devotion to the next generation. And while in a practical sense, the Foundation is able to fund scholarships with real dollars, none of it would be possible without two

Gardening is incredibly beneficial to children for many reasons. It teaches responsibilities as the plants the students are watching over require a lot of care. Working in the garden also engages all of a child’s senses as they touch the leaves, see the different shades of green, smell the dirt and taste the vegetables they are harvesting. Gardening also teaches

The Annual Night of Giving is Beth El’s most attended and anticipated event and largest fundraiser and raising dona-


LIBRARY, Continued from pg. 25 Florida to attend the event. When the tour bus arrived in Gainesville, the unsuspecting couple, together with nine other guests, made their way to the Judaica Suite in Smathers Library. Little did they know that 20 relatives and friends were hiding inside the Suite waiting to surprise them. When Jefferson opened the doors to take them inside, it took several minutes for the surprise to register and for Barry and Eunice to see their family and friends. The surprise was quickly followed by great expressions of joy and excitement. Once they were all seated, Jefferson gave a quick introductory speech recognizing the important contributions made by the Price family in supporting and developing one of the best Judaica research libraries in America. She emphasized the support of Jefferson followed up this heartwarming family moment with a talk about the history of the library. She showcased some of its treasures, with a particular focus on materials relating to the experience of the Jews in the Americas. After the talk, she invited everyone to take a tour around the Suite. The Zisser family went upstairs to view the newly dedicated alcove on the

second floor. Jefferson explained that Kenneth Treister’s sculpture in the alcove, a pyramid built out of golden egg-shapes, represented a twofold reality of Jewish life: the pyramid being a symbol of bondage in Egypt and oppression, and the eggs symbolizing the promise of rebirth and renewal. Indeed, the artwork seems to echo something Eunice’s mother, Rae Price, would often say: “in some small way, we are all here to repair the world.” Barry and Eunice and directed the assembled group to see the Torah scroll they had donated to the Library in collaboration with Florence and Gerald Schemer. Jefferson then invited Melinda up to present the surprise dedication plaque to her parents on behalf of herself, her brother and his wife, and all of the grandchildren. The plaque read: “In honor of our Parents and Grandparents Eunice and Barry Zisser With Much Love, Melinda, Alexandra, Samantha & Ryan; Howard, Kathleen, Mackenzie & Noah.” Barry and Eunice came forward to accept the plaque with hugs and happy tears. To tour the Price Library of Judaica, please contact Rebecca Jefferson, PhD at rjefferson@ufl. edu

COVES, Continued from pg. 14

The Coves at River Garden celebrated its 25th anniversary on January 15. Members of The Coves, along with friends and guests, enjoyed an elegant dinner party with entertainment by Bella Voce. “The Coves is a unique apartment rental community for independent seniors. There’s nothing quite like it in Jacksonville. It offers a high quality of life where members are active and engaged; and where they can ‘age in place’ confidently knowing that overlay support services are available to them through River

Garden,” River Garden CEO Marty Goetz said. “This community meets the needs for those who can manage on their own, but enjoy the closeness of friends and supportive care nearby. We are very pleased with its success and expect another wonderful 25 years together!” The Coves is 100% occupied and has an additional Waiting List. Approximately 75% of the members are Jewish. For more information, contact 904-8868935 or mdavis@rivergarden.org.

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LEVINE Continued from pg. 10

The Levines have also been very involved in the Jewish Federation. Mitchell served on the board as was board president for two years. Sue was recently Lion of Judah Chair and a board member as well. Sue has been a Lion of Judah for 23 years and chose to endow her Lion pin in 2019, becoming a Forever Lion for the community she dedicated so many years of passion and volunteerism to. When the Levine’s submitted their entry for the Foundation’s Book of Life in 2002, they were still relatively new to the community, but even so, they felt compelled to be among other individuals and families in Jacksonville who have also signed the Book. With over 50 entries, they joined a collective voice of deep caring with their own touching expression of their experience of Jewish life: “Increasingly over the years, our lives have become more Jewish. Like Jacob who struggled with the angel of G-d, we have come to know that “G-d is in this place” – the place of our lives. And so a little bit most days, some more than others, we work on G-d’s world.” Sue and Mitchell’s tireless dedication to preserving Jewish life and ensuring that their values are part of the next generation of this community is a testament to the power of L’dor V’dor. Sue studying for her daughter’s b’nai mitzvah is reflected in the flame on her Forever Lion pin, the Or L’Atid

– the light unto the future. Mitchell’s board leadership at both the Jacksonville Jewish Center and the Jewish Federation is reflected in the chain of dedicated individuals who served both before and after him, all participating in the continuance of the shared Jewish legacy in our city. The Jewish Foundation is grateful to announce that Sue and Mitch decided to create a permanent legacy fund here with the Jewish Foundation for the love of the Jacksonville community and all it has meant to them. The Susan and Mitchell Levine Endowment Fund for Jewish Education Fund will provide annual grants to the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, Torah Academy, the Jewish Federation’s annual campaign, as well as the Michelle Block Gan Yeladim Preschool of the JCA. Knowing that each of these organizations have relied on their annual donations, the Levine’s were compelled to ensure that a gift would forever be in place for these beloved organizations. In closing their Book of Life inscription, the Levines said: “Clal Yisrsel (the people, Israel) and Kol Yisrael arevim z’bezeh (all Jews are responsible for one another) impact us greatly. We have been blessed and are fortunate to be able to share these blessings with our community.” Todah rabah to the Levine family for their dedication to securing Jewish tomorrows here in Jacksonville. Your passion for Jewish life and your legacy of caring will be felt for years to come.

SAVE THE DATE! ISRAEL’S YOM HA’ZTMAOUT CELEBRATION April 26: Community kids & families event April 29: Adults event night More information to come.

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The entire community is invited to an

INTERFAITH MISSION TO ISRAEL JULY 19 – 27, 2020 Presented by the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Jacksonville

HIGHLIGHTS TO INCLUDE: • The most important Jewish and Christian Sites throughout Israel • Old Jaffa • The new Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv • Our partnership community of Hadera • Caesaria • Ancient city of Dan • Acco • Golan Heights • Safed • Mount of Beatitudes

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Kayaking on the Jordan River Nazareth Archeological finds at City of David The Western Wall Shabbat in Jerusalem Yad Vashem Massada and the Dead Sea Mount of Olives Church of the Holy Sepulchre 5-Star Hotels The tastes, sounds, culture and history of Israel

To learn more about this unique opportunity to explore Israel and to learn about these two faiths, please contact Federation Executive Director Alan Margolies, at 904.224.1410 or alanm@jewishjacksonville.org.


COMMUNITY RESOURCES HELP ACROSS NORTHEAST FLORIDA

River Garden is the go-to resource for high-quality adult care in Jacksonville. Honoring our Jewish traditions, the dedicated staff, leadership and volunteers are all committed to a best-inclass experience. Whether it is for you, your spouse, parents or friend, be sure to request River Garden. Admissions 904-886-8420 Adult Day 904-288-7858 Home Health Care 904-288-7851 Outpatient Rehab 904-886-8454 The Coves 904-292-2683 Volunteers 904-886-8429 Foundation 904-886-8430 MAIN 904-260-1818

PJ Library, the award-winning free program for books and music is open to all families with Jewish children in Jacksonville. If your children are between the ages of six months and eight years, they are eligible. Please sign up now by going to pjlibrary.org/communities/jacksonville or calling Whitney Kuvin at 904-3945724.

JFCS in partnership with River Garden is pleased to bring you our meal program, Meals4You, from our kitchen to yours. Meals are delicious, nutritious, convenient and delivered right to your door. Jewish dietary laws are observed. Call Whitney Kuvin at 904-3945724 for more information.

JFCS is now using a Lyft product called Concierge, which allows JFCS to arrange rides on behalf of its clients, including the ability to schedule rides up to a week in advance. Lyft has also partnered with GreatCall, a senior focused cell phone company, which will help seniors use Lyft without having to navigate the smart phone app. Anyone using a Jitterbug phone can now simply press ‘0’ and arrange a ride with the company. To learn more or schedule rides, contact Whitney Kuvin at 904-660-9268.

Become a Jewish Healing Network volunteer at JFCS and help us fulfill the mitzvah of Bikkur Cholim. We need volunteers to make weekly visits or phone calls to a senior or deliver food to those who cannot get out. For more information, call Gail at 904-3945723

SUMMER CAMP LISTINGS It’s never too early to start planning your child’s next summer adventure. DAY CAMPS CAMP GAN ISRAEL (GAN IZZY) chabadjacksonville.org

CAMP KI TOV camptest.dubowpreschool.org

CAMP SHEVES ACHIM etzchaim.org/youth-programs GAN ISRAEL: ST. JOHNS’ ULTIMATE JEWISH SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE jewishsjohnscounty.com JCA SUMMER CAMP jcajax.org/camp OVERNIGHT CAMPS CAMP AIRY Maryland airylouise.org

CAMP BLUE STAR Hendersonville, NC bluestarcamps.com CAMP SHALOM Central Florida campshalom.net

CAMP COLEMAN Cleveland, GA campcoleman.org CAMP RAMAH Clayton, GA ramahdarom.org

CAMP BARNEY MEDINTZ Georgia campbarney.org CAMP JUDEA Hendersonville, NC campjudaea.org

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Community -Wide

Purim Carnival

brought to you by the Galinsky Academy PTA & Jacksonville Jewish Center

Sunday, March 8, 2020 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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