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Local teen helps US women’s golf team win gold at the 2017 Maccabiah Games By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

This July, Ponte Vedra product Hannah Berman along with her teammates on the United States women’s golf team struck gold at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv. The US team defeated the Israeli squad on its home course, while Berman shot a team-low over 54 holes (79-73-76/228), “Like all of us, my only dream going into these games was to win a team gold medal,” Berman said. “We had a strong team, as did the Israelis, and it was a test for us on their home course.” Berman, a member of Team Florida in the 2016 Southeastern Women’s Matches, took the silver individual medal. “I think they (the Israelis) knew every blade of grass, so it was a big win for us,” she explained. “To come home as the low American and with a silver medal is beyond my Berman celebrates during imagination. I’m not sure the opening ceremonies of I can put into the Maccabiah Games words what this means to me.” While the Games ran from July 5-17, the Golf Championship was held July 11-13 on the 6,100 yard Pete Dye-designed course in Caesarea, about 45 minutes (56 kilometers) north of Tel Aviv. “I don’t know that I even understood the scope of these Games, on and off the course, until I got there,” Berman recalled of her experience. “I am humbled and honored to be part of the history of the Maccabbiah as the entire experience changed my life in so many ways.” For Berman, this was her first trip to her

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Jacksonville Jewish Community to welcome its newest Shlicha in Shelly Shalev BY MATT FRANZBLAU Communications Director

Last month, the Jacksonville Jewish community said goodbye to its first Shlicha in more than a quarter century, as Dana Marmari went back to Israel following a year of stellar service in Northeast Florida. This month, Northeast Florida welcomes the arrival of a new Shlicha, Ashdod native Shelly Shalev, who comes to the Sunshine State from Tel Aviv where she was previously working as a dental assistant at a private clinic. The 27-year old graduated from Open University in Tel Aviv where she studied political science and international relations and now she is ready to transition from working on smiles in the Middle East to making people smile in the Southeast with her love of all things Israel and Judaism. Below are some answers to questions the JJN posed to her prior to her arrival in addition to some fun facts about Jacksonville’s newest import. Look forward to getting to

know Shelly better through her monthly Shlicha Corner columns in the Jacksonville Jewish News and of course from events in and around the community. Jacksonville Jewish News: What are you looking forward to most in coming to Jacksonville and working within the Jewish community here? Shelly Shalev: “The thing that I’m most excited about is meeting each and everyone from the community and to bring Israel and Judaism as I know it to them. In addition to experiencing Jewish life in Jacksonville, together we will learn more about our shared heritage and by doing so we will keep Judaism and Israel in our hearts. I believe there are so many great things we can accomplish together as a Jewish community.” JJN: Where are you from in Israel and what do you do currently? SS: “I’m from Ashdod city, which is about a 25 minute drive south of Tel Aviv and up until now I was working as a dental assistant at a private clinic in Tel Aviv.” JJN: Have you ever been to the U.S. before and if so what were the circumstances of your experiences?

Jacksonville’s newest shlicha Shelly Shalev

SS: “Yes I visited my cousin who lives in Los Angeles when I was living in Mexico, and I also visited Las Vegas. I remember seeing Leonardo DiCaprio one day at the Beverly Hills Mall and it made my American experience so real, seeing such a huge superstar and not through the screen. I have very good memories from that trip to the U.S. with my cousin.”


Position in JFNA cabinet highlights a meaningful summer for rGEN’s Haley Trager By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville

Haley Trager, campaign chair for the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville’s rGEN (young adult) Division is back in the Sunshine State following a busy summer filled with flights and memories. With Federation trips to Israel and Arizona, Trager was named the recipient of the Ilene Sari Selevan Young Leadership Award, in addition to being appointed to the Jewish Federations of North America’s Young Leadership Cabinet. “The National Young Leadership Cabinet is a very special group of young professionals throughout North America who are choosing to participate in their local Federations at a high level,” said Jewish Federation of Jacksonville Executive Director Alan Margolies. “They do this with both expressions of Tzedakah and leadership and all of us are very proud of Haley for being chosen to go on the cabinet.”

Trager will receive her Young Leadership award at the Federation’s annual campaign kick-off, scheduled for Nov. 9th, but embarked on her six-year term starting in August, with a trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., where other cabinet members joined her for JFNA’s National Young Leader’s Cabinet Retreat. “It’s such an honor, especially for someone who chose Judaism and was so welcomed into our local Jewish community,” Trager explained. “I feel one way I can give back is by representing Jacksonville on the Young Leader’s Cabinet, which will give our community more exposure on a national and international level.” Trager (left) with an elderly Holocaust survivor National Young Leadership Cabinet is worldwide. comprised of Jewish philanthropists under Trager joins a very special group of her the age of 45 who serve as leaders within peers, who during their time serving on Federation communities on the local and Cabinet travel all over the world on Study national level, as well as being liaisons between Federation and Jews in populaSee TRAGER SUMMER, p. 16 tions being served by campaign dollars

Florida’s First Coast now home to 20 new Jewish leaders, thanks to recent women’s trip to Israel This year’s participants also visited Hadera-Eiron, which as part of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville Israel Partnership (also known as Partnership2Gether) with communities in North America, the women created meaningful connections with Jacksonville’s sister community in Israel. Returning back home, these women have continued their Momentum journey here in Jacksonville, unpacking their learning and transforming it into action in their daily lives.

BY MARCY RUDOWITZ Trip participant

Thanks to the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and local partner agencies, the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville and Etz Chaim Synagogue, 20 local Jewish women participated in an eight-day subsidized Momentum journey through Israel. Since 2009, the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project has inspired new Jewish leadership and touched thousands of Jewish individuals, based on the premise, if you inspire a woman, you can inspire a family, a community and ultimately, change the world. The bond for participants is motherhood and raising Jewish children. More than 11,000 Jewish mothers from 26 countries around the world have already taken part in the Momentum trip to Israel. For the

The ladies made stops at traditional sites like the Kotel in Jerusalem as well as others

local women, something happened between the cable car up to Masada, swimming in the Dead Sea, riding camels, dancing in Tiberias and rejoicing at the Western Wall that reconnected them to their own Jewish identities and collectively, their community, without borders.

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Rabbinically Speaking: When Do We Celebrate the New Year? BY RABBI SHMULY FELDMAN brew month of Elul, six days beChabad of Clay County fore Rosh Hashanah. Why then, is Rosh Hashanah considered Throughout the year, the the beginning of all His work, if Jewish calendar is filled with it’s actually the sixth day? Holidays commemorating key We celebrate Rosh Hashahistoric spiritual and physical nah on the sixth day of creation milestones in Jewish history. because this is the day in which Passover recalls our exodus man and woman were created. from Egypt, Shavuot receiving Rosh Hashanah marks the birththe Torah on Mount Sinai, and day of humankind, the essence, Chanukah the oil in the Menopurpose, and reason for all rah lasting for eight nights. One creation. Therefore we consider might wonder as Rosh Hashathe day humans were put into nah approaches, what’s happenthis world to be the beginning of ing, or what key event in Jewish creation, meaning the beginning history do the Days of Awe of the world’s true purpose, a celebrate? purpose worthy of creation. Rosh Hashanah is the celHerein lies a profound lesson ebration of the anniversary of for every one of us. G-d created creation. As it is stated in the the world not to have static, lifeMusaf prayer of Rosh Hashaless planetary matter but rather nah, “This day is the beginning a dynamic changeable world of Your works, a remembrance whose material crassness could of the first day.” The beginning be transformed into a dwelling of G-d’s creation began on this place for Him -- by the actions, day. But is it really the beginning thoughts and words of people. of G-d’s work, the beginning of To change the world for good creation? The world was created into a place where G-d and Gin six days, and our Sages tell us dliness is welcome. the anniversary of the first day So as we approach Rosh Haof creation is the 25th of the He- shanah, the anniversary of our

RABBINICALLY SPEAKING creation, we commit ourselves to a more intense bond with G-d, to a more meaningful and deeper relationship with Him. We don’t need a specific event to be the focus of Rosh Hashanah, for the holiday commemorates the very purpose for which we are here; to live a meaningful life the way G-d desires, an ethical,

moral life filled with goodness and kindness, and to live by the instructions our Torah. May we all merit being written and sealed in the book of life for a happy healthy and meaningful New Year. Rabbi Shmuly Feldman is the director of Chabad of Clay County along with his wife Shaina. They serve the Jewish people in Clay County, Westside and Riverside promoting Jewish pride, study and celebration. Shabbat dinners, Holiday Programs, and adult education are just some of the programs that are offered at Chabad of Clay Coounty.

Rabbinically speaking is a monthly column written by clergy members in the Jacksonville Jewish community. If you are a Rabbi, hazzan or religious leader in NE Florida and would like to contribute your inspirational thoughts for a monthly column, please e-mail with your name, organization, congregation and which month you are interested in writing for and what topic, specifically you would like to write about.

Federation Executive Director’s New Year’s Message


n behalf of our board of directors, Happy New Year to everyone in our Jewish community, as we look forward to celebrating our High Holy Days. As we begin this New Year of 5778, I am thrilled to begin working in partnership with our new president, Ken Jacobs, who has prepared to serve in this important volunteer position with numerous positions over the last few years. He has chaired the allocations committee, served as treasurer and led our campaign team the past two years. Ken has put together a very strong support team which includes Iris Kraemer as Campaign Chair, Jen Plotkin who will be Major Gifts Chair, Shylie Bannon as rGEN Chair and Haley Trager as rGEN Campaign Chair. Allison Jacobs will serve as Women’s Division

President, Debbie Banks Kitay as the Women’s Division Campaign Chair and Sue Levine as Lion of Judah Chair. Jen Plotkin is also serving as Federation treasurer, while Sue Nussbaum continues her term as president of the Jewish Foundation. The year ahead promises to be an exciting one for Federation and the community, as this fall, we anticipate approaching both the Federation and Jewish Foundation boards with a recommendation to merge. If approved, the endowment and planned giving work for the Jewish community will become the responsibility of Federation. The work of the Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, over the course of the past 20 years, has enabled us to have a solid ‘foundation’ for the future of the Jewish community. All who have served in leadership positions at the Foundation are to be commended for excellent service. For the past year, we have been blessed with the presence of our first Shlicha in more than 27 years, Dana Marmari. Dana returned to Israel in mid-August to begin her Master’s Degree in social work and will also be working with special needs children. Dana’s impact for all who she touched has been significant and we are greatly appreciative for what she brought to Jew-

Federation. On a personal note, I have begun my 28th year serving our Jewish community as the Executive Director of Federation. I am honored and privileged to work with the outstanding directors of our local agencies and the rabbis of our synagogues. Every day, I experience how the work we do and the partnerships we share touch the lives of so many here at home and overseas. L’ Shana Tova

Federation Executive Director Alan Margolies and JCA Executive Director Myron Flagler with 2016-17 community Shlicha Dana Marmari

ish Jacksonville. In late August, we welcomed our new Shlicha, Shelly Shalev, who comes to us from her home in Ashdod. She is a veteran of the Israeli Air Force and is a university graduate. We are thrilled to begin this next phase of having a young emissary from Israel with us. Throughout the coming months, we will have many exciting programs and events for our donor community, from the Women’s Division, Shalom Jacksonville and rGEN. Looking ahead to next spring, we have 53 people already signed up for our special Mission to Israel to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday. Chaired by Steve and Judy

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Silverman, the annual campaign gifts from the participants represent approximately 20-percent of the annual campaign. This will be a very important mission for

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Shalev (third from right) along with her large and loving family in Israel

New Shlicha Continued from pg. 1 JJN: What made you want to take on this role and leave your life in Israel for a year or two to become a Shlicha here in the United States? SS: “As a young teen, I remember always being so fascinated by Judaism and the connection of Jews around the world. Living abroad, I loved advocating on

behalf of Israel and knew in my heart that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, so I went ahead and studied political science and international relations.” “I think that being a Shlicha is the exact term for this job, because it is something that you do from the inside of your heart. Here in Israeli diplomacy we call it the ‘Hasbara’ bug just like the acting bug, this is where I want to be and to make a difference.” JJN: What is one thing you want to teach or share with American Jews about Israel that they might not otherwise know?

SS: “There is so much to share but I think one thing I want to tell the community is about my Israeli narrative, living in Ashdod and working in Tel Aviv. This would show the community the beautiful side of Israel with the complexity of living here, in one of Hamas’s favorite bombing spots.”

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Q&A with Jacksonville’s newest Israeli emissary Favorite food: “I’m a vegetarian so I love a good rich salad, I also love chocolate and lots of it.” Favorite singer or song: “I listen to everything from classical music to hip hop, but my favorite song of all time will have to be “sof kol yom” (the end of each day) by Mosh Ben Ari, it’s a beautiful ballad.” Favorite vacation spot: “Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I lived there for half a year, so beautiful!”

Last book you read or one you’re reading currently: “I’m currently reading “The man that didn’t want to be little” by Ilan Heitner.” Where you get your news: “Everywhere, I know how important it is to keep up with every channel news especially here in Israel, I get it from “Haaretz” and “arutz 2” and at the same time “Rotter” and “arutz 7” news, I love to see all kinds of opinions on the matters of the world.”

Number of counties you’ve visited: “Seven”

Social media site/app you spend the most time using: “WhatsApp, which I hear is not that common in the states.”

Last movie you saw in the theater: “Wonder Woman with the amazing Gal Gadot”

What you do in your spare time to unwind: “I love to go for walks and meditate at the beach which is some-

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thing I do weekly. I love traveling and experiencing nature, and I also love spending time with friends and family.” Hidden talent: “A lot of people don’t know this, but I can totally rap! I even have some cover songs recorded with my best friend.” Quote you live by: “veahavta lereacha kamocha Rabbi Akiva’s quote which means you should love your neighbor as you love yourself, because I believe that we always have to spread our love and treat each other like we want to be treated.”

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This month in JJN History Sept. 2008

25-years ago this month the JJN’s front cover was dedicated to the Jacksonville Jewish community going back to school in addition to Middle East peace talks between former President George H.W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Inside featured a photo spread from the Federation’s annual agency meeting and celebration.

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usan Board is sometimes affectionately referred to as ‘the Mayor of the Temple’ because she makes it a point to welcome new people and quickly bring them into the fold. Board is a very active member of the Temple Sisterhood and wears many hats for the group ranging from President to Chair of New Members. She is quite innovative, creating new and interesting programs ranging from serious topics, such as human trafficking to light-hearted gatherings and opportunities to build community across generations.



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St. Augustine Jewish historical society to hold free Jewish walking tour through city, Sept. 8 BY MERRILL SHAPIRO

St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society

The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society will mark the 452nd anniversary of the founding of oldest European city in the U.S. with a two-hour walking tour of Jewish St. Augustine, starting at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 8, in the shade of the trees at

the southeastern corner of the parking lot at Mission Nombre de Dios (27 Ocean Ave.) at San Marco Avenue or State Route A1A. The tour will end at First Congregation Sons of Israel, 161 Cordova Street and involves a walk of 1.5 miles. Wear sun-

screen and sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and of course bring water. There is no charge for this tour as all are welcome and no advance arrangements need be made. For more information contact call 804-9144460.

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Community news Golf Teen Gold Continued from pg. 1 homeland, and it quickly became an emotional one when various colors and anthems gave way to one purpose and one people. “When you’re standing with your country in the stadium, ready to walk out into a building with 80,000 people, all celebrating one thing, it’s an experience that I have never felt before and I still have not come up with the words to really describe,” said the 19-year old about her initial experience in Israel. “It’s such a special feeling to be singularly connected with everyone that you meet from

anywhere in the world.” Often called the Jewish Olympics, the Maccabiah Games, which started in 1932, is the world’s third largest participatory sports event behind the Olympics. There are more than 12,000 athletes from 80 countries competing in 43 sports. With a dual mission of bringing people to Israel to celebrate their faith and connect them through sports, the US delegation brought 1,150 athletes to the Games, the largest delegation it’s ever brought, and second only to host-nation, Israel with a delegation of 2,200 athletes. “From Australia to Denmark, Canada, South America and even one singular person from South Korea, you are sharing this one common interest,” Berman described of the demographics

of her fellow competitors. “It was beautiful and breathtaking to be surrounded by so much love with people who have similar views and different views, but all who are celebrating the same religion,” she added. The US delegation finished second in overall medals with 90 to Israel’s 281. The US delegation had been training in Jerusalem, Netanya, Haifa and Tel Aviv since the end of June, mixing in practice with seeing the touchstone sites of Israel as well as doing mission work. Berman started her sophomore year at Jacksonville University earlier this fall, and she is already planning a return trip to Israel, on Birthright in a few years. Berman on the 54th and final hole with her caddie and father, Mark

Jewish ‘ringleader of rock shows’ goes backstage in his new book BY JACQUE DRASHIN Book promoter

In the 1960s and 70s, Sidney Drashin brought more than 5,000 bands and stars to the Southeastern United States. He was instrumental in putting Jacksonville on the map for big entertainers such as Elvis, Joplin, Sinatra, the Stones, the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Springsteen, and ZZ Top. ‘Ringleader of Rock Shows: The Backstage Memoir of America’s Leading Rock ‘n’ Roll Promoter’, is more than a character study in ambition, perseverance, and achievement, this is the backstage view of the times, the acts, the deals, and the highjinx of all the players in the big show. Drashin knows what went down, what

deals were made, and what happened before, during, and after the shows, and, now, readers will, too. Boomers will love this time machine that transports them back to the days when Rock ‘n’ Roll ruled the airwaves. Dick Mc Meekin, former manager of the Jacksonville Auditorium and Veteran’s Coliseum says, “Jet Set (Sidney’s company) was what put the city on the map throughout the Entertainment Industry. Jet Set was individually responsible for getting Concerts West to bring Sinatra to Jacksonville and Elvis Presley would never have returned to the city which banned him from on-stage movement of any kind while performing 20 years before. Instead, because of Jet Set paving the way for top shows,

Elvis made four-separate appearances during my years.” In and among the stories about

ers will get a good glimpse of the colorful, dynamic, and nearly unstoppable Sidney Drashin, dubbed by the entertainment industry as, ‘The Promoter’. ‘Ringleader of Rock Shows’ is many things, and like the man and the shows he brought to the region, it’s a colorful ride. The alphabetical list of bands promoted by the son of Sam Drashin (owner of a local produce company known as Dixie Sales), reads like the Who’s Who of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The book can be ordered anywhere books are sold including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Sidney Drashin, the ‘ringleader of independent book stores. Excerpts rock shows’ and his new book (left) and reviews are available on the business and entertainers who made the engine profitable, read-

Jewish Business Network of Jax Comedy show highlighting gears up for fall with Aug. meeting Jewish and Italian culture coming to Jacksonville

By Jewish Business Network of Jax

The Jewish Business Network of Jacksonville started its fall cycle of meetings with the first one taking place at the office of Josh Shilts from Villela & Shilts CPA in Mandarin. The turnout like it’s previous meeting at the Federation, was in the doubledigits and the group discussed an array of issues, including social media marketing and how to track likes, follows and overall engagement when it comes to advertising. The next meeting will take place Friday, Sept. 8th at 8:30 a.m. with a location to be determined. Please e-mail Zach Cohen at if you are interested in attending, or like the ‘Jewish Business Network of Jacksonville’ on Facebook.


The Jewish Business Network of Jacksonville meets monthly

Jacksonville will surely enjoy FSCJ Artist Series’ production of the hit comedy, ‘My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!’ featuring the author and Broadway star of the show, Steve Solomon. This comedic hit comes to the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on Oct. 14‐ 15 for four performances only. The show has become one of the longest running one‐man comedies in history, recently celebrating its 4,000th performance. In the comedy, Solomon brings to the stage dozens of wild characters we can all relate to, using dialects, accents and even sound effects. The audience follows along on this wonderfully funny journey about growing up, mixed marriages, ex‐wives, dogs, cats, dieting, and dozens of other sidesplitting situations. The performance is described as “One‐ part lasagna, one part kreplach, and two parts Prozac,” but you don’t have to be Jewish or Italian to love this show. All you need is to know what it feels like to leave a family dinner with heartburn and a headache. ‘My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!’ played for two sold‐out years in

New York City and has toured internationally in more than 100 cities. It spun off three sequels, ‘My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m STILL in Therapy!’ and ‘My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays’. His four shows have had audiences totaling almost one million people in three countries guffawing since 2003. The four shows will take place Saturday Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and then Sunday Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $43.50, plus applicable fees and are on sale now at the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m by calling 904-632-5000. They can also be purchased online with instant seat selection at fscjartistseries. org. Discounts for groups of 10 or more may be available by calling 904- 632‐5050.

Go Greek with Jax Jewish Singles BY FRANCINE SMITH Jax Jewish Singles

Join the Jax Jewish Singles this month for lunch at the Greek Street Kitchen & Bar, now located on University Blvd South. They serve authentic Greek cuisine at very reasonable prices. If you

have a sweet tooth you will want to try the Choco Kebab or the Baklava cheesecake, Opa! Contact Francine for details at 904221-8061 or email her at francine.

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Jacksonville Hadassah to host kick-off luncheon, October 3rd BY HELEN HILL

Jacksonville Hadassah

Jacksonville Hadassah will host its Kick-Off Luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 3rd at 11:30 a.m., as members, associates and potential new members can and are encouraged to attend this program, which will be held at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. The highlight will be guest speaker Stewart Greenberg, a survivor of stage four melanoma cancer, whose life was saved by Hadassah Hospital. He has a rivet-

ing personal story to tell along with a first-hand report of the cutting edge research being done by Dr. Michal Lotem of Hadassah’s Melanoma and Cancer Immunotherapy Center. This team is literally changing the way we fight cancer. “In addition to hosting Mr. Greenberg, we have some exciting program and policy announcements to tell our membership about,” said Liat Walker, Chapter President. “We plan to make those announcements at the luncheon.” As in previous years, Jacksonville Hadassah will offer educational

programs, including the Florida Central Region Installation & Gala on Saturday night, Dec. 9th. This year the organization’s annual Chai luncheon will celebrate Hadassah Nurses, an event that will be coinciding with Israel’s 70th birthday.’ RSVP by Sept 29th to Hadassah’s next event and write out a check payable to Hadassah in the amount of $25, which will reserve your spot. Send to Karen Backilman, Treasurer, 3607 Hagan Grant Lane, Jacksonville, FL 32223.

Ladies gather at one of the Hadassah book reviews this summer

St. Augustine Film Society to show Jax says Le’hitraot to Dana film centering around Sukkot By St. Augustine Film Society

The St. Augustine Film Society is proud to present ‘Ushpizin, on Thursday, Oct. 5th at Congregation Sons of Israel in St. Augustine. The event is free and open to the public but donations are appreciated in order to be able to continue showing unique and inspiring foreign and independent films. The movie is set in Jerusalem’s orthodox neighborhood where the holiday of Sukkot is about to begin. A devout couple, Moshe and Mali, married nearly five years and childless, are broke and praying for a miracle. Suddenly a friend finds Moshe a

sukkah that he says is abandoned. Moshe is the beneficiary of local charitable fundraising, and two escaped convicts arrive on Moshe and Mali’s doorstep in time to be their ushpizin or guests. This film is one of the very few that ever used Sukkot as one of its central themes.

JWRP Trip Continued from pg. 1 These women have already made a real difference in the Jacksonville community and around the world. They have returned as leaders and have started to sponsor new events, bring worldrenowned speakers to Jacksonville, increase opportunities to volunteer, challah bakes, holiday celebrations, and more. A philanthropic Jewish community ensures stability for our future, and these women are making a difference, and now you can too. Support the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville and Etz Chaim Synagogue to subsidize future trips to Israel. You can

Jacksonville’s first community Shlicha in a quarter century returned to Israel last month after a year in Northeast Florida serving Jacksonville and the surrounding Jewish communities. The Kfar Saba native will start school in the fall where she’ll be working toward her Master’s degree in social work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She’ll also be working as a social worker for an organization called Alut at a pre-school for children with Autism in the city of Petah Tikva.

Rudowitz and her camel, Layla

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chabad NEWS

Chabad headquarters in Mandarin to host an Chassidic Air Force chaplain as Sept. Scholar in residence By Chabad Lubavitch of NE Fla.

Chabad headquarters in Mandarin invites the Jacksonville Jewish Community to join in a Shabbos of Pre-Holiday inspiration. Rejuvenate your soul with Scholar in Residence: Parent, Rabbi/Shliach and US Air Force Chaplain, Capt. Elie Estrin. Estrin will take part in specialty pro-

gramming Sept. 8-9th. Following services Friday, Sept. 8, a special ‘Shabbos Live’ dinner will take place and then Captain Estrin’s lecture will begin at 9 p.m. The next day (Sept. 9) Shacharis services will start at 9:20 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m., and the Captain’s second of three lectures will start at 2 p.m. This

second talk will be about Estrin’s lessons from the U.S. Air Force, where he was a Chassid in uniform, a Shliach and a Chaplain, in addition to being the bearer of the first beard in the Air Force in more than three decades. Later that day Mincha services will begin at 6 p.m. and Estrin will give his final lecture entitled, ‘The

Rabbi and Captain Elie Estrin

Baby Who Wouldn’t Die: of Medicine, Miracles and Mindset’, starting at 6:45 p.m. This lecture will center around when the Captain’s sixth child was diagnosed in utero with a complex and rare form of cardiac disease. Following the diagnosis, Rabbi Elie and his wife Chaya Rochel knew they would be in for a tough ride ahead, but pushed on, despite the fatal predictions of the doctors. This only happened as the result of the Jewish view of life and the soul.

Chabad in Mandarin to celebrate the S. Johns’ Camp Gan Israel has jam packed summer dedication of its new Torah scroll By Chabad Lubavitch of NE Fla.

A new Torah scroll will be ceremonially completed and presented to The Shul at Chabad Mandarin Headquarters, Sunday, Sept. 10 in an afternoon dedication and celebration. This Torah scroll was very generously donated by the Sinvany and Spalter families, in honor of and ‘for the elevation of the souls’ of Miriam Marisha bas Eliezer Laizer z’l, Tzvi Chanoch Henek ben Aryeh Leib z’l, and the deceased members of the Spalter, Jablonsky and Ashkanzi families. The final letters of the Torah scroll will be completed in a ceremony at 1 p.m. at the home of Mazal Spalter. Anyone wishing the merit to be part of the special Mitzvah of writing a Torah, can

purchase a letter or a word in this Torah scroll. Participants will have the honor to actually help

write (with the assistance of the sofer) one of the final letters of the new Torah. According to Jewish tradition a new Torah is welcomed into a community as the welcoming of a bride and groom. Accordingly, there will be a procession at 2 p.m., escorting the Torah under a wedding canopy, with music and dancing, from Mazal’s home to its permanent one in the Chabad Center, where the ceremony will continue with more music and dancing. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served. Much grattitude is given to the Sinvany and Spalter families for this generous gift to The Shul. For more information and/or to purchase a letter, please call Chabad at 904-262-6641 or email rabbi@chabadjacksonville. org.

By Chabad of S. Johns

With the blink of an eye, the outrageously jam-packed Jewish adventure known as Camp Gan Israel of St. Johns whizzed by. For an entire week, campers raced around, got wet and wild, raced go-carts and hosted a Gan Izzy’s Got Talent show. Gan Izzy Yoga, mini-golf, and splash park were also held as warm and spirited

counselors filled the days to the brim with exciting trips and activities. They taught campers awesome Jewish songs and camp cheers and they kept them on their toes until they were happily exhausted at the end of each day. From Rebounderz to Adventure Landing, bubble magic to crazy hair day and the Jewish hero fashion show, kids had an unforgettable experience and can’t wait until next year.

Chabad at the Beaches’ Hebrew School begins another school year By Chabad at the Beaches

Chabad headquarters in Mandarin invites the Jacksonville Jewish Community to join in a Shabbos of Pre-Holiday inspiration. Rejuvenate your soul with Scholar in Residence: Parent, Rabbi/Shliach and US Air Force Chaplain, Capt. Elie Estrin. Estrin

will take part in specialty programming Sept. 8-9th. Following services Friday, Sept. 8, a special ‘Shabbos Live’ dinner will take place and then Captain Estrin’s lecture starting at 9 p.m. The next day (Sept. 9) Shacharis services will start at 9:20 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m., and the Captain’s second of three

lectures starting at 2 p.m. This second talk will be about Estrin’s lessons from the U.S. Air Force, where he was a Chassid in uniform, a Shliach and a Chaplain,

in addition to being the bearer of the first beard in the Air Force in more than three decades. Later that day Mincha services will begin at 6 p.m. and Estrin will give his final lecture entitled, ‘The Baby Who Wouldn’t Die: of Medicine, Miracles and Mindset’, starting at 6:45 p.m. This lecture centers around when the Captain’s

sixth child was diagnosed in utero with a complex and rare form of cardiac disease. Following the diagnosis, Rabbi Elie and his wife Chaya Rochel knew they would be in for a tough ride ahead, but pushing on, despite the fatal predictions of the doctors, only happened as the result of the Jewish view of life and the soul.

GROW after school enrichment gears up for a new year of fun By Chabad of S. Johns

As GROW after school enrichment enters its third year, a fresh combination of educational and exciting Jewish workshops will be offered. To start off the year, the High Holiday Art Series will be held followed by a super-adorable Mini Chefs Series, a Character and Teambuilding Series, and the exclu-

sive and highly motivational Aleph Champ Hebrew reading program that will have your child anticipating each week with enthusiasm. One of the unique workshops this year, is GROW’s groundbreaking new series called Inclusion. Through instruction, children will learn to be more inclusive and see the unique qualities in each other. They will explore what makes each person different and talk about how

they can each do their part to give others what they need. At GROW, your kids will go on a journey beneath the surface and superficiality of our physical differences and they will uncover the beauty that lies within each and every person, while learning to look for it in the people around them. The GROW After School Enrichment Program is where kids dive deep into their Jewishness, get creative and messy, and discover their Jewish pride. The workshops are specially designed to foster positive character development, social competence and emotional awareness. “Our goal for GROW is that kids should be excited about being Jewish,” said said Mrs. Dini Sharfstein, Youth Director at Chabad of St. Johns. “They should be proud and they should love it.” It’s not just about keeping your kids busy after school, as it’s Jewish enrichment right in your backyard, conveniently located at Durbin Creek Elementary School. The program takes place every Tuesday, starting at 3:45 p.m. This year at GROW, Jewish children will be joining each other from several different schools, as GROW caters to Elementary and Middle school-aged children. GROW registration is still open for 2017-18 school year, so log onto For more info, email or call 904-7014422.

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high holy day news

Eighth annual joint Selihot program and service to be held at Jacksonville Jewish Center By Jacksonville Jewish Center

The Jacksonville Jewish Center and Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) will once again come together for the eighth annual Selihot program and service, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, at 8:30 p.m. Each year the two congregations take turns

hosting and this year’s event will take place at 3662 Crown Point Rd. A dessert reception will be held at 9:15 p.m., and the Selihot service will begin at 10:15 p.m.

For more details about this year’s program visit the Jacksonville Jewish Center’s website at jjcjax. org or contact the Center office at 904-292-1000.

Second annual young professionals Sukkot dinner to be held at the Beaches attend, however donations are always appreciated. Guests are also invited to join the prayers before dinner starting at 7 p.m. “The feeling at last year’s Sukkot event was incredible,” said Max Lesser, YJP President. “Having Kosher cheeseburgers was an experience to be remembered.” Rotem Bensimon says last year’s event was a game changer. “I was hesitant to come at first, but I left feeling like I belonged.” For more information about this program call 904-543-9301.

By Chabad at the Beaches

Young Jewish professionals are invited to celebrate a special Sukkot Dinner at Chabad at the Beaches, Thursday, Oct. 5th at 7:30 p.m. Last year the YJP (Young Jewish Professionals) group had a great time in the Sukkah, singing and bonding over a three-course catered dinner, that lasted until the wee hours of the morning. This year’s YJP young professional Sukkot Dinner is free to

Southside Chabad to hold a special Shofar factory, Sept. 10th By Southside Chabad

The Shofar Factory is an exciting hands-on workshop for the young and the young at heart. Experienced craftsmen guide participants through the step-bystep process of crafting a Shofar. The show-and-tell challenges the participants to distinguish a kosher Shofar from an extensive hands-on display collection of exotic animal horns from all over

the world. Once the work begins, volunteers are called up to separate the Shofar from the core, clean and measure the cured horn. Volunteers then saw off the solid end of the Shofar and help drill the mouthpiece. The horn is cleared, tested and polished, and the delighted participants learn how to blow the instrument. The Shofar Factory is guaranteed to engage and inspire your child and prepare

Chabad of S. Augustine to hold special Sushi in the Sukkah event, Oct. 4 By Chabad of S. Augustine

Come to the nation’s oldest city, Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. for the first night of the Sukkah holiday, when Chabad of S. Augustine invites the community to a Sushi in the Sukkah party. Attendees will get to observe this beautiful holiday in good company, while enjoying fine kosher sushi prepared by professionally by a local sushi chef. Other holiday treats include Fraidy’s famous cooking and fine kosher

wines and beverages. The event is free, however space is limited, so RSVP’s are required.

Mandarin Chabad to hold pre-High Holy Day lecture By Chabad Lubavitch of NE Fla.

Chabad in Mandarin will be holding a pre-High Holy Day lecture entitled ‘Count Down To Rosh Hashanah: Start the New Year on a High Note’, as participants will be able to gain fresh perspective on the meaning of ‘the word “HIGH’ in High Holidays. Learn how you can tap into these ‘Days of Awe’ to get the boost you need for the New Year.

The event is free of charge, however reservations are required and sponsorships are welcome. For more information and to reserve your spot, please call 904-262-6641. This event is sponsored in part by Shmuly and Sarah Bonnardel.

Chabad at the Beaches to hold Sukkot dinner under the stars By Chabad at the Beaches

one and all for Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year. Learn more and RSVP at

On Wednesday, Oct. 4th, Chabad at the Beaches will host its annual Sukkot Dinner Under the Stars, so please consider this an open invitation to join your fellow Beach folks at the Aaron and Blanche Scharf Chabad Center in Ponte Vedra. The evening will begin with a short 25-minute service followed by a lavish dinner in the beautiful and once again newly expanded sukkah. To RSVP simply go online to or email, and let us know how many people to expect. There is no cost for the dinner, but if you’re willing and able, your sponsorship is very much appreciated. “Year after year, people

from all over Ponte Vedra and the Beaches area joyfully celebrate Sukkot together with us” Said Rabbi Nochum Kurinsky, Co-Director of Chabad at the Beaches “Every year more and more people join and every year we expand the Sukkah.” For information about this program or any other one, please call 904-543-9301.

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synagogue NEWS

Jacksonville’s second annual mega Challah bake to take place at The Temple, Oct. 26th By Mega Challah Bake Hostess Committee

Don’t miss the opportunity to join women and girls 12 and older on Thursday, Oct. 26th at 7 p.m., for Jacksonville’s second annual Mega Challah Bake, which will be held at Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple). Last year’s Jacksonville Mega Challah Bake was a rousing success with more than 200 ladies and girls who gathered from all parts of the community. Joining other major cities around the world including Toronto, Miami, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, Jacksonville is proud to be once again part of this world-wide event. The local partnering organizations of this event include, Con-

gregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple), The Jacksonville Jewish Center, Etz Chaim Synagogue Chabad Lubavitch of Northeast Florida, The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville’s Women’s Division in addition to Beth El - The Beaches synagogue in Ponte Vedra. All women from across the community are encouraged to once again come together to discover the art of making and blessing challah while learning about challah’s unique connection to women. For instance, did you know that when a woman makes challah she has the opportunity to ask for blessings for herself and others? Imagine the energy created when hundreds of women come together in Jacksonville to make challah and bring blessings

to our families, friends, neighbors and community. Along with making challah and meeting other Jewish women, there will be singing, entertainment, refreshments and a joyful spirit of Jewish unity

and togetherness. On the actual Challah making day, the Temple ballroom will be prepared with pre-measured ingredients for each participant and there will be a hands-on dem-

onstration on how to prepare the dough, while table captains will guide participants with demonstrations and tips on how to make the best tasting challah. Each participant will have the chance to mix her own dough and shape the loaves, eventually taking their loaves home with baking instructions so they can be enjoyed with friends and family. The hostess committee for this event includes Caren Appel, Devora Feigenbaum, Henny Fisch, Allison Jacobs, Sylvia Jaffa, Rivkie Kahanov, Andrea Mail, Christy Rosen, and Tammy Shumer. It is just $10 per person to participate and an RSVP is required by emailing jaxmegachallahbake@gmail. com or via Facebook at @JaxMegaChallahBake. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those interested.

Etz Chaim’s summer Kollel presents Temple Bet Yam to hold a meeting of the minds in Mandarin Membership Fair in Sept. BY JACKIE WITTE

By Etz Chaim Synagogue

Etz Chaim Synagogue was proud to host a week of great learning and family fun with its annual summer kollel. The theme of this year’s event was Zoning, Real Estate and Municipal Ordinaces in Talmudic and Civil law. It featured some talmudic scholars as well as local attorneys that are practicing in this area. The scholar in residence was Rabbi Daniel Dombroff a Dayan (Rabbinical Judge) from the Beit Havaad Rabbinical Court in Lakewood, N.J. The program also featured some prominent local attorneys; Barry Ansbacher, Ken Jacobs and Rachel Shyken. There was a panel discussion every evening over the course of a week in which the participants were able to hear the different

Temple Bet Yam

perspectives from both halachic and civil law. The topics that were discussed included ‘squatters rights’, in addition to ‘can polluters be grandfathered in’ and ‘the role of Beit Din in civil court today’. Participants were quite surprised to hear how consistent the halachic rulings were with civil law in most cases. There was

also a light moment of the kollel in which parents and kids came together for an exciting Family Fun Day which featured kids entertainment, massive inflatables and snow cones to cool them off. The Summer Kollel was generously sponsored the Ansbacher Law Firm.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, from 1-3 p.m., Temple Bet Yam of St. Augustine will hold a membership fair/open house for prospective and new members. Refreshments will be served. Temple Bet Yam, located at 2055 Wildwood Drive in St. Augustine, is a warm, welcoming Reform congregation led by Rabbi Fred Raskind. The Temple was founded by 14 families in 1993, and today the synagogue boasts more than 100 families of traditional and interfaith backgrounds from St. Johns and surrounding counties. TBY has a vibrant Religious School directed by lead teacher Terry Cohen, who helps support many groups and activities to serve everyone’s interests. From the Men’s Club, to Sisterhood,

Social Justice, Lifelong Learning, choir, and social events, there’s a lot to become involved in. Services are held twice a month with additional holiday observances and special events. To see what’s happening each month, go to the calendar at or call 904-819-1875.

Jacksonville Jewish Center Sisterhood wins a prestigious award for unique programming By Center Sisterhood

This past July, Jacksonville Jewish Center Sisterhood President, Marjie Rogozinski, had the

honor of attending the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism Annual Conference in Arlington, Va. Nearly 450 delegates met over the course of four days and were energized by the new projects and

programs. During the conference, brilliant scholars, the heads of three Conservative/Masorti Rabbinical institutions, speakers and authors were on display as were special Judaic art projects, panel discussions, coupled with plenty of networking and learning opportunities. This year marks Women’s League of Conservative Judaism’s 100th anniversary and the Jacksonville Jewish Center Sisterhood has been a proud chapter for the past 92 years. Also attending with Rogozinski, were Center Sisterhood members, Phyllis Goldberg, Barbara Safer, and Etta Fialkow, who all were installed to the International Executive Board. Center Sisterhood was fortunate to have three of its programs recognized on a national level. These programs were it’s Stronger Than Stigma: Mental Health Forum, Shalom Yoga, and Why I Became Jewish Panel Discussion. Also, Jacksonville Jewish Center Sisterhood was again awarded with the prestigious Jewels in the Crown Award for its excellence in programming. One of the new social action programs that Women’s League

Barbara Safer, Jill Tomar, Florida Regional President, Marjie Rogozinski, and Phyllis Goldberg accepting the Jewels of the Crown Award

is actively supporting is called ‘Support the Girls’, created by Dana Marlow, who is a business owner, mother, and human rights advocate. This year Center Sisterhood will be starting a yearlong campaign to support this amazing cause alongside many other Women’’s League chapters. All year long Sisterhood will be collecting gently worn, clean bras,

which will be distributed, to local shelters. “I am reenergized and looking forward to a wonderful year as the connections and friendships that I made over the course of those four days makes me so appreciative and proud to be part of this incredible organization,” said Rogozinski upon her return from the convention. “I had a wonderful experience and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to attend.” Center Sisterhood will be kicking off its programming this year, Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m., with ‘Dine and Design’. For more information about Center Sisterhood, its programming and how you can become a member, please visit or contact the Jacksonville Jewish Center at 904-292-1000.

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The Jacksonville Jewish Center welcomes new Rabbi, in Shira M.T. Rosenblum to its staff By Jacksonville Jewish Center

The Jacksonville Jewish Center is pleased to welcome Rabbi Shira M.T. Rosenblum to the synagogue’s clergy team. A 2010 cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, Shira Rosenblum was active in Hillel and the campus Conservative minyan as an undergraduate. She received her ordination and a Master’s in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary this past May. Rabbi Rosenblum has had

extensive experience in both day and sleep away camps, as she has served as an archery and climbing instructor, a Judaic studies teacher, b’nei mitzvah tutor, and early childhood counselor at Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, Ga. As Head Archer at Ramah in the Rockies for several years, Rabbi Rosenblum piloted a creative archery program incorporating Jewish values and outdoor experiences into the curriculum. Rabbi Rosenblum’s teaching resume is also lengthy and varied as she has worked with learners

Israeli deputy consul general to speak, Sept. 5 at the Temple By Congregation Ahavath Chesed

‘The View from Jerusalem: Old Challenges, New Possibilities’, will be the subject when the Honorable Guy Gilady, deputy consul general at the Consulate of Israel in Miami, speaks at Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5th. Co-sponsors for this event currently include The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville and the Zionist Organization of America Florida chapter. Mr. Gilady has been deputy consul in Miami since Aug. 2016 and before that, he served as Deputy head of mission at the Embassy of Israel in Kiev and served as head of the political section at the embassy. Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Gilady worked as a corporate lawyer in Herzliya, Israel specializing in securities, high-tech and corporate law. Between 2000-07, Mr. Gilady served as a sergeant

Guy Gilady

major in a special intelligence unit of the Israeli Defense Forces. During his visit to Jacksonville, Mr. Gilady will also meet with local business leaders to explore opportunities for increasing trade and investment links between Israel and north Florida. The event will be free and open to the community and those wishing to attend can register at rsvp@TheTempleJacksonville, or by phone at 904-733-7078.

Yoga Shalom makes its return to the Jacksonville Jewish Center this Fall

By Center Sisterhood

The Jacksonville Jewish Center Sisterhood invites everyone to ‘Open your heart, quiet your mind, and renew your spirit’ during its low impact Yoga Shalom classes at the Center, which meet the first, second and third Wednesdays of the month at 10 a.m. No fee or

prior experience is necessary, so just bring a positive attitude and a towel or exercise mat. To sign up or for more information contact, Sandy Selwitz at selwitzs@gmail. com or Naomi Lazar at September session dates are Wednesdays, Sept. 6 and 13th.

Rabbi Rosenblum

of all ages and abilities, and has developed a specialty and passion

for teaching students with special needs. She created innovative service-learning curriculum and programming for Hebrew High students at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn, N.Y., taught at the Jewish Journey Project, a non-traditional supplementary religious school operated by JCC Manhattan, and provided educational and administrative support to the Jewish Learning Community of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles. Her professional day school internships have included a yearlong placement at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan and a short stint at the Beit Rabban Day School of N.Y. In addition to pulpit intern-

ships in N.Y., N.J., and Huntsville, Ala., Rabbi Rosenblum served as rabbinic intern at JCC Manhattan, completed a summer chaplaincy program at UC Health Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, and participated in a specialized clergy-training seminar at Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish residential treatment center and recovery program in L.A. Having won 11 medals and attained a statewide competitive ranking of no. 2 in Mass., Rabbi Rosenblum was selected to represent Maccabi USA this past summer as the sole member of its inaugural archery team at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Beth El Sisterhood’s game day set for Create a table of friends for Mah October 24th Jongg, bridge and board games, card games, or whichever game By Beth El - The Beaches

The sisterhood of Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue will be holding its annual game day, Tuesday, Oct. 24th from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and drinks will be provided at

the synagogue, located at 288 Roscoe Blvd N. in Ponte Vedra.

you want to bring. Those who don’t have a group to play with won’t have to worry as one will be found for them. There is a $25 pre-paid minimum donation required to play and door prizes, 50/50 drawings and raffles will also be taking place.

Etz Chaim Synagogue to a feature new Sunday school By Etz Chaim Synagogue

Etz Chaim Synagogue is offering a brand new fun and friendly enrichment class, Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Rabbi Meyer Rabinowitz will be teaching this class, which is open to boys and girls of the entire Jewish community in grades K-2. Students will learn about the weekly Torah portion, prayer, basic mitzvot, middot, and Jewish holi-

days. For more information or to register please call the Syna-

gogue office at 904-262-3565, ext. 7.

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The Temple welcomes back religious school faculty and gives a shalom to new educators By Temple Institute of Religion

Temple Institute of Religion staff is counting down the days until teachers and students return to TIR for the upcoming school year. Many of The Temple’s veteran teachers are returning as parents can register their children to learn with Karen Morse, Celeste Danos, Shana Meiselman, Stephanie Natale Frus, Rochelle Miller, Linda Ginsburg, Dana Van Winkle, Dave Flagler, David Tucker, Sondra Schwartz, Zissy Pozin and

Wiatt Bowers. They’ll be joined by Kaitlyn Flynn, a member of the Temple 20’s and 30’s group, who will be teaching first grade. “I do not think I could be more excited for the 2017-18 school year because I have been involved as a congregant, parent, teacher and member of the Board of Trustees,” said new religious school director Michelle Penson. “Being the Director for the Religious School is a whole different role and I am grateful for the posi-

tive reaction from teachers and parents.” Also new to the fold this year is Leonie Cohen, who has relocated to Northeast Florida from the

Northeast. The new sixth grade teacher is young, professional, enthusiastic and has taught Hebrew and Judaics before moving to Jacksonville. “The teachers and I share similar perspectives on what we want students and families to learn and how we hope to engage with them,” Penson explained. “We have adopted some new curricula, new expectations and a new schedule. Some teachers have changed grade levels, some made the change from a specialist to teacher, or from a teacher to specialist, but the professional community we are creating is top-

notch.” Teen Night at Temple (TNT) will have some new faces, too as Martin Levine, Amy Hadden, Matthew Levenson and Nancy Nykerk, join returning teachers Wiatt Bowers, Stephanie Natale Frus, Leah Palestrant, David Tucker and Sondra Schwartz. Teens in grades 8-12 will have many choices for learning, and are Israel, the Holocaust, Jewish cooking, social action and Israel’s innovation and science leadership. TIR registration is now open, so call The Temple at 904-7337078, to learn about all that is offered.

New Hebrew classes being formed Green’s famous babka available in Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Jewish Center for the High Holy Days By Jacksonville Jewish Center

Adult Education at the Jacksonville Jewish Center offers several levels of Hebrew instruction, free of charge and open to the community. The Online Alef-Bet Hebrew (beginner’s level) classes, taught by Lois Tompkins, are live webinar-style, which can be easily accessed from your own computer in the convenience of your home, however there is a limit of six students. If you would rather be taught in person, try the center’s regular Alef-Bet Hebrew class, also taught by Lois Tompkins. The summer class has just finished up, and will begin again in October with a new group. Both

of these Hebrew reading classes are provided free, thanks to NJOP (National Jewish Outreach Program). Times and dates will be decided based on the needs of the group, so please sign up soon to reserve a spot. Also offered for synagogue members are ‘Service Skills’ (intermediate Hebrew level), an ongoing class, that is designed

to increase prayer fluency and help congregants to become more comfortable in the Center’s weekday and Shabbat services. Basic reading skills are necessary, but we will work together on fluency and prayer vocabulary. For more personalized lessons, try ‘Lead a Service’, offered by David Wolinsky, JJC Ritual Director, who will work with any member who is interested in leading a portion of daily or Shabbat services. Please contact David at 904-268-4200, ext. 224 for individual scheduling. For more information about these or any other educational programs for adults, please check the synagogue’s official website at and look under ‘Adult Education’.

check out the jjn's official synagogue service directory on pages Nos. 23 & 24

By Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) is proud to announce that the famous Brooklyn-based Green’s babkes will be available in Jacksonville for purchase during the High Holy Days. “I remember eating these bakes as a child,” said Marcia Grado, Temple member and Babke Sales Chair. “It just isn’t Rosh Hashanah without a cinnamon babke, and I cannot imagine breaking Yom Kippur

fast without a Green’s chocolate babke either.” Both cinnamon and chocolate babkes will be available for $8 each with advance order. All orders must be submitted by Sept. 5, as late orders will be accepted. Babkes will be available for pick-up at The Temple, located at 8727 San Jose Blvd., beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 13th. All Green’s babkes are Glatt kosher and pareve. Marcia Grado will answer any and all questions at 904-521-4301.

Selevan Religious School begins new year with lots of enthusiasm By Selevan Religious School

Thanks to the Galinsky Academy PTA, clergy, and teaching staff of the Bernard and Alice Selevan Religious School, the 2017-18 school year has begun with excitement and enthusiasm with a delicious breakfast on the school’s first day. Students had a blast meeting old and new friends at the school’s official orientation, Sunday, Aug. 27th. Besides the regular classes in Jewish history, Torah, rituals, holidays and, of course, Hebrew prayer, taught through a combination of 21st Century learning and traditional studies, students this year will enjoy experiential learning as they join the congregation in High Holiday services and programs, family events,

mitzvot, and even a field trip to the Jacksonville zoo. It isn’t too late to join this exciting program this year, so for more information, please visit the website at (Parent Portal) or feel free to contact Principal Lois Tompkins at or call her at 904 268-4200, ext. 146.

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Martin J. Gottlieb Day School awarded a special technology grant By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

Teachers at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School are excited to announce that they have been awarded a grant from Education Closet, an online resource for arts and STEAM educators. Schools were invited to submit proposals for ideas that required students to collaborate on creative projects. With this in mind, middle school students will be working with seniors at River Garden and The Coves to design and create prototypes for items that will assist the

seniors with everyday tasks. “This idea seemed like a natural fit,” said art teacher Shana Gutterman. “Both middle schoolers and the elderly can identify with trying to find their meaningful place in today’s world as well as finding their voice,” she added. “This project will bring the two groups together to problem solve, which means they’ll be communicating and really listening to each other.” Bringing these demographics together comes naturally to the Day School, whose middle school students are regular visitors to

River Garden and The Coves. “We’re thrilled that our kids will be able to interact with the residents at a different level,” said Middle School Vice President Edith Horovitz. “We have always loved delivering ‘Shabbat in a Bag’ and having our annual Tu B’Shevat seder, but this will give our students a whole new way to relate to their elderly friends.” For more information on Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, a K–8 Solomon Schechter school, please contact Nancy Davis at 904-2684200, ext. 147.

Parent and me programs showcase family connection at Michele Block Gan Yeladim

New music teacher joins DuBow Preschool staff

BY NATHAN WOODS Michele Block Gan Yeladim

One of the core values at the JCA and Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten is the inclusion of the entire family in experiences and education. Many programs at the agency and within the school focus on this kind of cooperative learning and encourage parents and families to participate together. To further serve this value, Michele Block Gan Yeladim has introduced a collection of new Parent and Me programs aimed at allowing babies and their parents to participate in social, educational and fun activities. As a special value for the fall, these programs are free and open to the community. Michele Block Gan Yeladim’s new Parent and Me Shabbat is led by Morah Karen Morse on Fridays at 9 a.m. starting Oct. 20th. Parents and caregivers can join their young child in an interactive, enthusiastic Shabbat celebration with songs, music,

Emily Carpenter (center) has joined DuBow this fall to teach music

stories and plenty of yummy challah bread. It’s completely free for all parents with young children. Parent and Me Story Time is led by early childhood educator Olivia Tavill, and will take place in the ECE library on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. starting Oct. 11. Engage your child’s imagination, creativity and curiosity in this free program that is open to the community. In addition to these great programs, Michele Block Gan Yeladim is also re-introducing the popular Stroller Fit Moms class. Led by JCA yoga/Pilates

certified trainer Gisela Morgan, this stroller-based exercise class blends Barre Pilates, yoga and power walking and lets new moms bond with their baby while building strength, toning muscle and improving posture. Stroller Fit starts Monday, Oct. 2 and continues each Monday afternoon at 12:15 p.m. For more information about Michele Block Gan Yeladim’s Parent and Me programs, please contact Rochelle Golomb at 904730-2100, ext. 259 or rochelle.

By DuBow Preschool

The DuBow Preschool is thrilled to announce the addition of Emily Carpenter as its new music teacher for the 2017-18 school year. Carpenter holds her BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University, where she studied classical and musical theatre voice, jazz, ballet, tap, musical theatre styles, acting. She has worked with her husband, Seth, in various improv performances and as character clowns in two different shows for Cirque du Soleil. Carpenter created ‘Family Music and Movement’ in 2013 and enjoys bringing a love

for music to the littlest people and watching them grow. She also cofounded The DuBow Preschool Treehouse in 2015, which aims to bring ‘Parent and Me’ classes to the community with an emphasis on social and language development, and of course bonding time for babies with their caregiver. Carpenter is excited to join the DuBow Preschool staff this year to teach music, rhythm, movement, and more to all levels in the preschool and hopes to show off all those budding musicians learn in a spring music show. For more information on the DuBow Preschool please call 904-268-4200, ext. 143.

The Temple adopts ‘shalom learning’ curriculum for the upcoming school year By Temple Institute of Religion

Rather than tweaking standard religious school curriculum, The Temple’s Education Committee asked themselves two fundamental questions. First, what do we want our students to know when they graduate from TIR? and second how do we meet our students where they learn most effectively? Those questions were the beginning of an almost year-long research effort which included reaching out to many Reform

congregations throughout the country, reviewing research from the Jim Joseph Foundation, meetings with Jewish educators and organizations and several group meetings with TIR students and Temple parents. The challenge is how to better connect the students with Judaism, their community and the larger Jewish world. Technology is one tool. With this in mind, The

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Ganeinu director Chana Novack addresses parents and students at the recent preschool graduation

Temple is adopting a technology based curriculum called Shalom Learning. Now used by more than 60 congregations, it delivers a Judaics and Hebrew curricula, complete with lesson plans and educational support. Shalom Learning uses ‘EdTech’, the study and practice of designing effective instruction using technology, media and learning theory to provide both the Judaics and Hebrew curriculum. “After at-

tending the Shalom Learning conference in Davie, Fla., with 30 other educators and teachers, I am ready to work with the TIR teachers to offer the full Judaics curriculum to students in grades two through seven,” said religious school director Michelle Penson. The curriculum encourages children to develop a positive Jewish identity, based on shared values and the children are taught to use their inner strength to do what’s right and to take responsibility for their actions, as examples. Shalom Learning curates resources from BimBam, JChoice, Jerusalem U, and more, to bring students and

their families the engaging and innovative Jewish educational content, including videos, text studies, blessings, and stories. Shalom Learning also gives Hebrew teachers tools to offer at-home learning for students and their parents. “I’m excited to get started and this partnership with Shalom Learning offers TIR teachers the tools they need to give students an engaging way to learn,” Penson added. Don’t miss out on what will be a year of learning and doing as TIR registration is now open, so call Penson at 904-733-7078, so she can tell you about all that is offered.

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Martin J. Gottlieb Day School alums deliver messages to Kotel

of paper with them to the Kotel in Jerusalem. “It meant a lot to our younger students knowing that their handwritten notes were going all the way to the Jewish homeland,” said Jewish Studies teacher Liat Walker. For more information on Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, a K – 8 Solomon Schechter school, please contact Nancy Davis at 904-268-4200, ext. 147.

By Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

Recent graduates of the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, Zoe Mail and Sydney Teitelbaum, travelled to Israel this summer with Jacksonville’s teen delegation, taking with them the prayers and thoughts of their younger schoolmates. In May, as part of the school’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration, students in grades three through five

placed notes in a model of the Kotel at their school. The teen delegation, part of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville’s Israel Partnership along with the city of Hadera, then took those slips

Sydney Teitelbaum

Zoe Mail

Enrichment opportunities are plenty Jewish Learning Institute to make its St. Augustine at Michele Block Gan Yeladim BY NATHAN WOODS debut this fall Michele Block Gan Yeladim

By Chabad of S. Augustine

Michele Block Gan Yeladim is kicking off the fall with another lineup of great enrichment opportunities that allow children to continue the fun of learning outside of the classroom. On Friday, Sept. 15, the preschool will host a Family Shabbat Dinner from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the entire community, and will feature food, stories, song, games, fun as well as a guest visit by PJ Library of Jacksonville. On Monday, Sept. 18 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., Block Gan hosts a special Rosh Hashanah baking class, entitled ‘Everything Apples’. Children will celebrate the Jewish New Year by baking

and eating a yummy apple treat for a sweet new year, and will also make an apple project to take home. Finally, on Monday, Oct. 2 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., children can come to a special class called ‘Sensational Sensory Sukkot’ as participants will delight in stimu-

lating their five senses inside the sukkah and create things to taste, touch, hear, see and feel. To register for any of these programs, go to For more information, please contact Rochelle Golomb at 904-730-2100, ext. 259 or

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Rabbi Levi Vogel, director of Chabad in S. Augustine, has taught hundreds of Jewish classes since he first moved to town in 2007, but now he’s taking it to a whole new level. This summer, Rabbi Vogel traveled to New York to attend a series of inaugural training seminars in advance of the upcoming launch of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) in S. Augustine. “At the heart of Jewish culture there has always been Jewish learning, an engaged and vibrant meeting of minds,” explained Vogel. “We’re excited to be able to bring this open and interactive learning environment to our community.” JLI is not only the largest network of Jewish adult education, it is also unparalleled among other Jewish institutions for its use of cutting-edge pedagogic techniques to unlock the wisdom and life-messages found within Judaism’s ancient texts. Founded on the understanding that people have different minds and different learning modalities, JLI incorporates personalization, visual aids, text analysis, peer discussion, learning activities, lectures, and more, to address each of student’s emotional, procedural, exploratory, and analytical learning styles, in order to convey the material in a manner that will be assimilated by all. JLI courses have become synonymous with Jewish wisdom that is relevant to people’s lives, regardless of background or affiliation. For the 2017–18 academic year, JLI will be offering three new courses in S. Augustine,

Ponte Vedra and Clay County. In November, ‘Great Debates in Jewish History’, in January ‘The Art of Communication’, and in May, ‘Rethinking Everything We Know About Our Universe’. JLI’s six-session courses are offered concurrently in more than 360 different communities spanning five continents, allowing students to begin a course at home, continue while on a business trip in Singapore, and complete the course while on vacation in Greece. All JLI courses are open to the entire Jewish community, and people do not need to be a member of any particular synagogue or temple in order to attend. As an inaugural special offer, local community members are welcome to register for the course and sample the first lesson free of charge, with no obligation to continue. Those interested in St. Augustine classes can call 904-521-8664, in Ponte Vedra 904-543-9301 and in Clay County 904-290-1017. Prospective students can also visit myJLI. com for registration and other course-related information.

75 years of education and excellence celebrated at the DuBow Preschool


This school year marks the 75th year the Jacksonville Jewish Center has housed a preschool and the community is invited to celebrate the start of this exciting year, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12th. During the evening, this year’s L’Dor V’Dor logo will be unveiled in advance of the main event, the 2018 L’Dor V’Dor

Awards Dinner and Ceremony, on Mar. 18th. Honorees will also be announced that evening and preschool artwork will be on display. Both this event and The DuBow Preschool bring L’Dor V’Dor (from generation to generation) to the next level, so be sure to mark your calendars for the main event in March. For more information, please contact or Nancy Davis at 904.268.4200, ext. 147.

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DuBow Preschool’s science and gardening programs growing By DuBow Preschool

The DuBow Preschool welcomes Heather Hamilton to its faculty this year as its Science and Garden educator. Hamilton is a Florida native and graduate of the University of North Florida, where she earned a BA in Education and a MA in English. She has experience teaching in a variety of settings, including middle school, high school and at the college level. An avid gardener, Hamilton revitalized the gardening program at her daughter’s preschool in Port Orange and thrives on helping young learners connect with

nature and discover the world around them. She is excited to combine her passions for helping people and plants to grow as the Science and Garden Teacher for the DuBow Preschool. In addition to planting a fall and spring garden, the students will engage in activities that explore the ecosystem of the organic vegetable plot. Through this, they will discover how all living and non-living components of the garden interact together. Using the square-foot gardening method, the students will have an active role in the planning and design of the plant layout, including where to install

a parsley garden for Passover. The science and discovery room is a place where students will investigate concepts across physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering. In the spring, VPK classes will have a semester long engineering challenge. From material selection to design to prototyping and construction, the students will be introduced to the process of innovation so they can begin to develop the skills necessary to ‘build’ a better tomorrow. For more information on the DuBow Preschool, please call 904-268-4200, ext. 143.

Students will plant a fall and spring garden at the DuBow Preschool this year

Registration now open for the Michele Block Gan Yeladim annual Early Childhood Symposium BY NATHAN WOODS Michele Block Gan Yeladim

Each year, Michele Block Gan Yeladim provides the opportunity for early childhood educators to increase their effectiveness with young learners through the Annual Early Childhood Symposium. Registration is now open for this year’s event, ‘Foundations for Life: Social Emotional Success’, which takes place Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. Rosemarie Allen, an assistant professor within the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dr. Allen has an extensive background in education, social justice and mental health. Now in its ninth year, the symposium provides an important opportunity for educa-

tors throughout the Northeast Florida region to come together and discuss crucial topics related to the advancement of early childhood education. Participants engage in an inspiring educational evening with leaders and innovators in the field of early education, while learning practical information to use in the classroom. This evening also serves as an opportunity for educators to socialize and be reminded of their own goals and aspirations for choosing the field. The registration fee is $39 per person for those who register before Oct. 19. After that, it is $49 per person. A kosher boxed dinner is included in the registration fee, and CEUs are available for educators for an additional fee. A discounted rate is also available for local Jewish educators. To register or to receive the special Jewish educator’s rate, please contact Rochelle Golomb at 904-730-2100 ext. 259 or rochelle.golomb@jcajax.

From the bookshelves of the 2nd Gen Submitted by Stacey Goldring

The story starts in Chicago and the protagonist is elderly man who survived Holocaust. He accuses a pillar of the Jewish community of being a former Nazi. They have known each since childhood, raised as brothers, in a small town in southeast Poland called Zamość, 15 km from my parents’ hometown that was then the county seat. I visited Zamość few times and stayed in a local hotel while trying to uncover my parents’ roots. The background is not new and the historical facts repetitive, but the geographical area make me feel closer to my parents’ past and made me emotional.

‘Once We Were Brothers’ by Ronald Balson / Recommended by Sophia Pentel

Fun at Camp Gan Israel

Kids enrolled in Chabad’s Camp Gan Israel had the chance to do plenty of neat arts and crafts like this one, making plastic hand washing bowls

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Israeli teens find second home in Jacksonville during trip to the States

Trager Summer Continued from pg. 1

Trager made many impactful stops in communities like this one

Trager and a lone soldier

Missions to Judaism’s most vulnerable populations in order to advocate for their needs. Besides her domestic travel, the Jacksonville resident also logged miles to Israel in July as part of JFNA’s campaigners mission, modeled after a similar trip set in motion by the Federation here in Jacksonville. On that trip, she joined executive director Alan Margolies and fellow rGEN young professional Stefanie Levine to more fully appreciate and learn about Federation’s mission and how dollars donated in North America can cross oceans and international boundaries to quite literally save lives. “I’ve been to Israel before, but really as a tourist, so this was

a very different experience for me because I was able to meet individuals whose lives were transformed by different agencies that Federation supports,” she described of her summer experience. Those overseas agencies Trager speaks of includes the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee or JDC. “Anyone from a Holocaust survivor or someone who is special needs to women reentering the workforce and even Ethiopian Jews who have made Aliyah, I saw what amazing work is being done.” “It was both a pleasure and an honor to share that experience with them,” Margolies said. “Ever since Haley attended the National Women’s Lion of Judah Conference, she has brought her talent and enthusiasm to Federation and we are so lucky to have her participating with us.” “While I was in Israel, I met

a Holocaust survivor who was never before able to talk about his memories until he entered a program that is supported by Federation and the JDC,” Trager explained. “I can now be an outlet and share those people’s stories with others who haven’t had a chance to meet them, so for me it is both an obligation and an honor to do so.” Trager and her husband Jason are members of the Jacksonville Jewish Center and are co-chairing next year’s L’dor V’Dor fundraiser in celebration of the DuBow Preschool’s 75th anniversary. Haley and Jason also chaired this year’s rGENerosity, rGEN’s first fundraiser. “Jason and I were both raised with the idea that philanthropy is important and we feel that it’s our responsibility,” the Young Leadership Award winner said. “So it’s one that I’m thankful for and that I love doing.”

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Franzblau directly at mattf@jewishjacksonville.or or by calling 904-448-5000, ext. 1212. The Jacksonville Jewish News is published 11 times a years, in newspaper from January to May and then again from August to December, with a Summer Magazine covering the months of June and July. For further information as well as advertising rates, log onto and for back issues go to issuu. com/jewishnews.

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The Israeli teens and their U.S. counterparts pose on their last night in Jax


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“Coming to the United States and to Jacksonville this summer has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for me,” shared Sharon Rojinsky, one of the five teens who traveled to Jacksonville as part of the Israel Partnership Summer Teen Exchange Program. “This program is an incredible experience ,” he added. “I never expected to learn how similar we are and how much we have in common.” The five member teen delegation from Hadera-Eiron traveled with their chaperone, Nitza Gerber, a second time chaperone for the Jacksonville Jewish community. While here, the teens lived with host families, worked at Camp KiTov, and shared wonderful experiences with their host teens including visits to Yes You Canvas, Peterbrooke, a cool escape room and an overnight to Orlando and Universal and St. Augustine. The Israelis and their host teens spent time with the residents at The Coves and shared their love of Israel with our entire community. “The people here are so nice and you get free refills on sodas,” exclaimed Or Pravda, the only male in the delegation,“We love learning about this community and all the different people here.” The Israelis and Americans were led on a ‘Scavenger Hunt’ by community Shlicha, Dana Marmari where they learned about the different branches of Judaism represented here in Jacksonville and

how they all fit together to create the Jewish community. While they feel that Americans and Israelis have far more in common than they realized, they also shared that the Jewish community is stronger here because it has to be since it is such a small part of the population. The Israeli Partnership Summer Teen Exchange Program is open to teens in rising 10th and 11th grade. The American teens selected for the program travel to Israel for two weeks and are hosted by Israeli teens and their families. In return, those Israeli teens travel to our community and are hosted here for two weeks. The Jacksonville teens who participated in the program this summer made friends for a lifetime and the Israeli teens learned that the community they were visiting loves and supports Israel in ways they never imagined. It was a mutually beneficial experience for both and as Jacksonville teen Rose Blumenfeld shared, “I loved living with someone and seeing Israel through their eyes.” A huge thank you goes out to the Osher, Blumenfeld, Goldstein, Teitelbaum, Jacobs, and Grosse families for hosting the Summer 2017 Israel Delegation. These families provided the Israeli teens with the most amazing experience. If you are interested in learning more about the Israel Partnership Summer Teen Exchange Program for summer 2018, please contact Jill Abel and 904-224-1445 or

The teens help out at the Jacksonville Jewish Center’s Camp KiTov


The crew even took a day trip to Universal Studios in Orlando

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Federation Partner Spotlight: JFCS is making a difference for Holocaust Survivors

By Jewish Family & Community Services As Jewish Family & Community Services prepares to dedicate the region’s first and only Holocaust memorial gallery, the organization is seeking increased support for its work to nurture and preserve a living legacy: Northeast Florida’s Holocaust Survivors. According to executive director Colleen Rodriguez, 89 Holocaust survivors currently reside in Jacksonville, Palm Coast and the surrounding area, and JFCS has been working with them and their family members since

2010. For all participating survivors, the organization provides opportunities for socialization and works to ensure they receive Claims Conference reparations to which they are entitled. For those in need, JFCS also provides an array of food and home care services, supplying groceries and fresh vegetables as well as companionship, light housework and transportation. That’s a significant investment, since roughly half of local Holocaust survivors live at or below the poverty level, and it’s increasing as the survivors age and require greater assistance. In fact, JFCS has been unable to fully fund/provide home

care services for a number of survivors who need help. “We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our cherished elders and for the support of donors who have stepped up to help, but we are asking the rest of the community to join with us as well,” Rodriguez said. Current supporter Steven Silverman agrees. “It is our collective responsibility to help support these precious survivors who mean so much to us all,” he explained. “They are a treasure for the world and our community, and it’s an honor to help them live out their days in comfort and dignity.” To make a difference in the life of a Holocaust survivor, call Kathy Wohlhuter, JFCS’ Director of Development, at 904-394-5727.

• 28 in Mandarin • 33 in Palm Coast • 18 in Southside • 5 in San Marco • 2 in St Johns • 2 at the Beaches • 1 in Fleming Island *More than 60 % of them are living at or below the poverty level.

Holocaust Survivors in NE Fla. *89 Total

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Jax Jewish young professional heads to the homeland with the help of Federation’s rGEN division BY SARAH BEEKMAN Trip Participant

There are so many words that I could use to describe my first trip to Israel but one that sums it up is ‘magical’. When I first got the email with the subject, ‘Know a Young Adult in the Jax Jewish Community?’ I didn’t really know what to think as I have always wanted to go to Israel, so I inquired. After receiving the itinerary and learning that the Federation was going to help subsidize a trip to a place I have been dying to go to, I felt like it was meant to be. I was put in touch with the people from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), which was leading the trip, and joined the Facebook group shortly thereafter. We had a form to fill out where we picked certain adventures on some days and if we wanted to have our own room or share with a roommate. Friends encouraged me to share a room as I would most likely make a lifelong friend. Once my future roommate, Shelley, and I chose each other we began chatting weekly and planning our itinerary, packing lists and sharing in the excitement together. After arriving in Israel and meeting Shelley, I was so thankful that we chose each other because she and I became the best of friends and it was great being able to always have someone to sit on the bus with, eat with and share experiences with. We also became ‘honorary’ members of the big group of people on the trip from Boston. Their Young Adult Leader, Karen, truly welcomed us, took us in and made us feel as though we were part of their cohort. During the next six days we heard from and met amazing speakers, while traveling to new sites daily. We learned about what it meant to be a good leader, along with the military in Israel and certain partnerships with other countries. Jewish-Arab ties were also discussed as where culinary trends, which is why we packed and delivered food boxes with the SAHI program. Of course a

Beekman after climbing Masada

stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) was on the agenda but so were visits to the Ethiopian National Projects School Performance and Community Empowerment program known as SPACE. When Shabbat came, we attended a beautiful Sabbath ceremony and had tour guides throughout the experience that helped us learn more about the history of Israel as well as present day life. We even went to the JDC, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a few times to see the many ways in which they help everyone in Israel and around the world. Through stops like this and many throughout the trip, we were able see where some of the Federation funds were being distributed and how they are making Jews’ lives better in Israel and abroad. Even though the trip was very busy and seemed like we were always on the go, we hit most of the areas that I wanted to see. Some of the highlights of the ‘must see’ places we went, were Jerusalem, Golan Heights, where we went ATV riding, Tel Aviv, Masada and The Dead Sea. During this trip I was able to experience a side of Israel and meet with people that not just anyone on a vacation there would be able to see, which is why I am so grateful for the opportunity that I had, the sites I saw and the lifelong friends that I made. For more information on how you can have a summer experience like mine in Israel, go to and search ‘Young Leadership’.

Beekman and her roommate on the trip

Beekman (bottom right) and some of her fellow trip participants

Thank you to our dedicated 2017-2018 rGEN Steering Committee! Shylie Bannon Haley Trager Nicole Brown Daniel Miller Leora Holzer Matthew Miller Jeff Rood Leah Palestrant Barry Shapiro Stefanie Lavine Alan Levinson Stephanie Seebol Kendall Sisisky-Valliere

rGEN is committed to building a strong Jewish community in Jacksonville, Israel and throughout the world through fundraising, networking opportunities, social events, leadership development, volunteerism, education, and friendship.

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Capacity crowds expected for Chabad’s many Rosh Hashanah Dinners and High Holiday services By Chabad Lubavitch of NE Fla.

Capacity crowds are expected at Chabad of Northeast Florida’s six locations for Rosh Hashana dinner. The evenings will feature delicious full course meals, joyous celebrations and all of the Rosh Hashana favorites. “Large crowds are also anticipated at High Holiday Services as they will be ‘warm, friendly and traditional”, said Rabbi Mendel Sharfstein of Chabad S. Johns. Organizers note that past year’s services have been a phenomenal success. Membership is not required to join, and all are welcome regardless of background or affiliation, however donations are always appreciated. Services will combine the original Hebrew, as well as translated English. “According to tradition, at the

upcoming and ongoing events Clay County B.L.T. - Bagels. Lox. Tefillin - The Men’s Tefillin Club, food for the body and for the soul. Held Sunday mornings (Sept. 10 and Oct 15) at 9:30 a.m. Join the guys to wrap Tefillin and recite Shema followed by a scrumptious breakfast and some Jewish schmoozing. Bring your own Tefillin or, if you don’t own a pair, we have one waiting as no prior experience needed.

New Year the doors of heaven are open; G-d accepts all prayers, from every person,” explained Rabbi Shmuli Feldman of Clay County Chabad. “It is in this spirit that we open our doors and our services to the entire com-

munity.” A full list of High Holy Day services are available in the community directory page of this newspaper. Please contact your local Chabad for more information.

Chabad at the Beaches to hold special Sukkot events for men and women By Chabad at the Beaches

Chabad at the Beaches is excited to announce two upcoming Sukkot related events, specifically geared to both the gentlemen and the ladies. First, on Sunday, Oct. 8th, Chabad will host a special event for women as ladies from across the Beaches area are invited to ‘Salad and Sangrias’ in the sukkah. Eventgoers will enjoy a delectable array of salads, complemented by Sangrias and Sukkos fun. The event will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. One of the most joyful celebrations of the entire year is Simchat Bait HaShoeiva (The Celebration of the drawing of water), and the Sages of the Talmud noted that, whoever has not witnessed the celebration of Simchat Bait HaShoeiva has never seen true joy. “I have met so many beautiful and marvelous women here at the Beach over the past few months”

Mandarin/HQ Daily Chassidic Philosophy Held weekday mornings, Monday – Friday, 6:40 a.m., Sundays 8:15 a.m., with instructor Rabbi Yossie Kahanov. Insights on the Torah Portion Shabbos Mornings, 8:30 a.m., with instructor Rabbi Mendy Browd. Exploring The Talmud Tuesday evenings after Maariv with instructor Rabbi Mendy Browd. Women’s Study Group Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with instructor Rebbetzin Rivkie Kahanov. Shabbos Live - Join us for a memorable Shabbat dinner and monthly oneg. The dinner is free and open to all to experience the feeling of holiness that only Shabbat can bring. Great food, insightful discussion, Chassidic melodies and a warm ‘Heimish’ atmosphere is to be had. Call 904-262-6641 for more information or to reserve a spot.

Says Dafne Blank, Program Director at Chabad at the Beaches “I am so excited to get us all together and have fun.” The cost of the event is $10, so please RSVP in advance online at, or via email to No synagogue affiliation is necessary to attend. Then on Monday, Oct. 9th from 7:30 – 9 p.m., all Jewish men 21 and older are encouraged to

come to ‘Scotch and Cigars in the Sukkah’. The men will enjoy light refreshments, fine Scotch and Cigars because with all due respect to comedian Jackie Mason, Jewish men know great scotch. The cost of the event is $25, and RSVP’s should be given in advance, so please do so online at the addresses given above. For more information about this program or any other Chabad program please call Chabad at the Beaches at: 904-543-9301.

Southside Chai Elul Shabbat Farbrengen Luncheon – To be held Saturday, Sept. 9th, following Shabbat services at 10:30 a.m. ‘Chai Elul’, the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Elul is a most significant date on the Chassidic calendar. The founder of Chassidism, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, was born on this date, in 1698. It is also the day, 36 years later, on which the Baal Shem Tov began to publicly disseminate his teachings. Elul 18 (1745) is also the birthday of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, who established the ‘Chabad’ branch of Chassidism. This event is

sponsored by Dvora Faifield. Honey Cake Bake – Join the Chabad of Southside ladies for a sweet evening of Honey Cake baking. Honey Cake or ‘Lekach’ is one of the symbolically significant foods traditionally eaten by Jews at the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah in hopes of ensuring a sweet New Year. The event takes place Rosh Chodesh Elul Wednesday, Aug. 23rd at 7 p.m., at a private residence. Call 904-646-4434 to join the fun. S. Augustine Shofar Factory at Lowes - Sunday, Sept. at 11 a.m. Chabad is teaming up with Lowe’s in St. Augustine to bring the community the amazing Shofar Factory, where participants will have the unique opportunity to fashion their very own shofar out of a genuine ram’s horn. Rabbi Levi and Mrs. Fraidy Vogel will be on hand to share the meaning and traditions of the shofar, and staff from Lowe’s will be there to assist with all the steps. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Please contact Chabad of S. Augustine at 904-521-8664 or S. Johns BLT with the Rabbi - Join us once a month on Sunday morning for Bagels, Lox and Tefillin. Upcoming BLT will be held Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 a.m., so for more information call 904-701-4422 or email Rabbi@ Torah & Tea Series – Held Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Join together with Jewish women for inspiring Torah discussions, Jewish meditation, camaraderie, hot tea, and delicious refreshments. The feminine Spirituali-Tea! For more information email

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Jacksonville Jewish News • September 2017

high holy day service schedules 288 Roscoe Blvd. N. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 904-273-9100 Saturday, September 16th Selichot Service – 7 p.m. Ice Cream Reception – 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 20th Erev Rosh Hashanah Service – 7 p.m. Thursday, September 21st First Day Rosh Hashanah Main Service – 10 a.m. Youth Service – 10 a.m. Tashlich – 1 p.m. Friday, September 22nd Second Day Rosh Hashanah Service – 10 a.m. Sunday, September 24th Cemetery Service Service – 10 a.m. (Ponte Vedra Valley Cemetery Beth El Section) Friday, September 29th Erev Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service – 7 p.m. Saturday, September 30th Yom Kippur Main Service – 10 a.m. Youth Service – 10 a.m. Yizkor Service – 4:30 p.m. (followed by Neilah and Havdalah) Break Fast – 6:30 p.m.

8727 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32217 904-733-7078 Wednesday, Sept. 20th Erev Rosh Hashanah Family Service – 5:30 p.m. Evening Service – 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21st Rosh Hashanah Morning Service in Wolfson Sanctuary – 10 a.m. (Children and teens will proceed midmorning to their own experiences Taschlich and Congregational Luncheon at Epping Forest follow) Friday, Sept. 22nd High Holy Day Experience for Tots at Tot Shabbat Sunday, Sept. 24th Cemetery Services Evergreen Cemetery and King David Garden at Greenlawn Cemetery –10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29th Kol Nidre Family Service – 5:30 p.m. Evening Service – 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 Yom Kippur Morning Service – 10 a.m. (Children and teens will proceed mid-morning to their own experiences) Adult Discussion – 2 p.m. Afternoon Service – 3 p.m. Yizkor/Neilah/Havdalah – 4:30 p.m. Congregational Break-the-Fast – 6 p.m.

the Days of Awe) – 10 a.m. Sermon with Rabbi Fisch - 10:40 a.m. Shofar Service – 11 a.m. Mussaf – 11:20 a.m. Explanatory Class with Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum (Creating Your Rosh HaShanaH Emoji) – 12 p.m. Mincha followed by Tashlich – 6:40 p.m. Candle lighting – After 8:08 p.m.

Candle lighting – after 7:42pm (Please light from existing flame)

Friday Sept. 22nd Second Day Rosh Hashanah Main Minyan (Wolfson Sanctuary) - 8 a.m. Sephardic Minyan (Mirkis Chapel) – 8 a.m. Youth Programs (school wing) – 8:45 a.m. Explanatory Class with Rena Schochet (Getting Our Message to Hashem: Hearing Hashem’s Message to Us) 10 a.m. Sermon with Rabbi Fisch – 10:40 a.m. Shofar Service – 11 a.m. Mussaf – 11:20a.m. Explanatory Class with Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum (Back to The Starting Line and Making It To The Finish Line) 12 p.m. Mincha – 6:40 p.m. Candle lighting – 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14th Shabbos Bereishes Shacharis – 9 a.m. Sephardic Minyan – 9 a.m. Mincha followed by Seuda Shlishis and Neilas Hachag – 6:25 p.m. Maariv and Havdallah – 7:40 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23rd Shabbos Shuva Shacharis with Main Minyan – 9 a.m. Sephardic Minyan – 9 a.m. Mincha – 6:15 p.m. Shabbos Shuva Drasha by Rabbi Yaakov Fisch – 6:45 p.m. Maariv and Havdalah – 8:05 p.m. Sunday Sept. 24th Fast of Gedalia Selichos and Shacharis – 7:30 a.m. Community Memorial Service at The Etz Chaim Cemetery – 10:30 a.m. Mincha – 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29th Erev Yom Kippur Selichos and Shacharis – 6:30 a.m. Mincha – 3 p.m. Kol Nidre – 6:50 p.m. Candle Lighting – 6:57p.m. Sermon with Rabbi Fisch – 7:20 p.m. President’s Address – 7:40 p.m. *Explanatory Class with Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum (The Narrow Bridge to Yom Kippur) - 7:50 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30th Yom Kippur Main Minyan (Wolfson Sanctuary) - 8 a.m. Sephardic Minyan (Mirkis Chapel) – 8 a.m. Youth Programs (school wing) – 8:45 a.m. *Explanatory Class with Rena Schochet (Loyalty, The Crown of Creation: The paradigm of dedication and determination in life and prayers) – 10:15 a.m. Sermon with Rabbi Fisch – 11 a.m. Torah Reading – 11:20 a.m. President’s Address – 11:50 a.m. Yizkor – 12 p.m. *Explanatory Class with Rabbi Feigenbaum (Fight Till The End-How to close the deal) – 12:30 p.m. Mincha – 4:55 p.m. *Explanatory Class with Rena Schochet in the social hall (A Whale of A Story to Strengthen our Commitment) – 4:55 p.m. Pre Neilah Remarks by Rabbi Yaakov Fisch followed by Neilah – 6:15 p.m. Conclusion of Yom Kippur and Shofar Blowing – 7:56 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4th Erev Sukkot Shacharis – 6:45 a.m. Mincha – 6:50 p.m. Candle lighting – 6:51 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5th First day of Sukkot Shacharis – 9 a.m. Sephardic Minyan – 9 a.m. Youth Programs (School Wing) – 9:45 a.m. Mincha – 6:50 p.m. Candle lighting after – 7:50 p.m. (Please light from existing flame) Friday, Oct. 6th Second day of Sukkot Shacharis – 9 a.m. Sephardic Minyan – 9 a.m. Youth Programs (School Wing) – 9:45 a.m. Cand lelighting – 6:48 p.m. Mincha - 6:50 p.m.

10167 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32257 904-262-3565 Wednesday Sept. 20th Erev Rosh Hashanah Selichos and Shacharis - 5 a.m. Mincha - 7:05 p.m. Candle Lighting - 7:08 p.m. Thursday Sept. 21st First Day Rosh Hashanah Main Minyan (Wolfson Sanctuary) - 8 a.m. Sephardic Minyan (Mirkis Chapel) – 8 a.m. Youth Programs (school wing) – 8:45 a.m. Explanatory Class with Rena Schochet (Just Give Me A Second: Aligning our Thoughts for

Saturday, Oct. 7th Shabbos Chol Hamoed Shacharis – 9 a.m. Sephardic Minyan – 9 a.m. Mincha then Seuda Shlishis – 6:30 p.m. Maariv and Havdalah – 7:48 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11th Hoshana Rabbah Shacharis – 6:30 a.m. Candle lighting – 6:42 p.m. Mincha – 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12th Shemini Atzeres Shacharis – 9 a.m. Yizkor – 10:30 a.m. (Approx.) Mincha – 6:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13th Simchat Torah Shacharis followed festive singing and dancing – 8 a.m. Cand lelighting – 6:40 p.m. Mincha – 6:40 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 6th Second Day Sukkot Services Shaharit – 9 a.m. Sukkot youth services - 10:30 a.m. Minhah/Ma’ariv: 6 p.m. Congregational Sukkot Dinner in the Sukkah (RSVP required for Dinner): 6:45 p.m. Candle lighting: 6:47 p.m.

*Explanatory classes sponsored by Michael and Jill Abel in honor of the rich and meaningful educational opportunities that Etz Chaim provides to the Jacksonville Jewish community.

Wednesday, Oct. 11th Hoshanah Rabbah/Erev Shmini Atzeret Shaharit – 6:45 a.m. Minhah /Ma’ariv 6 p.m. Candle lighting – 6:41 p.m.

3662 Crown Point Road Jacksonville, FL 32257 904-268-4200 Saturday, Sept. 16th Selichot 8th Annual Joint Selihot Program and Service with the Jacksonville Jewish Center and Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) - 10:15 p.m. Evening Minyan followed by Seudah Shlishith – 6:30 p.m. Dessert Reception – 8:30 p.m. Program – 9:15 p.m. Selichot Service – 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20th Erev Rosh Hashanah Minhah/Ma’ariv – 6 p.m. Candle lighting – 7:07 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21st First Day Rosh Hashanah Shaharit - 7:45 a.m. Torah Service – 9 a.m. Shofar Service – 10 a.m. Kavanah (Alternative) Service - 10:30 a.m. K-12 youth services - 10:30 a.m. Preschool family service - 11:15 a.m. Sermon 11 a.m. Musaf - 11:30 a.m. Tashlikh – 6:15 p.m. Minhah - 7:00 p.m. Study session and Ma’ariv (following Minhah) Friday, Sept. 22nd Second Day Rosh Hashanah Shaharit - 7:45 a.m. Torah Service - 8:30 a.m. Shofar Service - 9:30 a.m. Musaf - 10:30 a.m. Kavanah (alternative) service - 10:30 a.m. K-12 youth services - 10:30 a.m. Preschool family service - 11:15 a.m. Minhah/Ma’ariv - 6:00 p.m. Candle lighting – 7:04 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24th Fast of Gedaliah Morning Minyan – 8:30 a.m. Evening Minyan – 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24th Annual Memorial Service New Center Cemetery - 10:30 a.m. Beth Shalom Cemetery - 11:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29th Erev Yom Kippur Morning Service - 7:10 a.m. Minhah - 6:30 p.m. Kol Nidre (following Minhah) Candle lighting - 6:55 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30th Yom Kippur Day Shaharit - 7:45 a.m. Torah Service - 9:30 a.m. Kavanah (Alternative) service - 10:30 a.m. K-12 youth services - 10:30 a.m. President’s address – 11 a.m. Preschool family service - 11:15 a.m. Musaf Service - 11:30 a.m. Rabbi’s sermon - 1:45 p.m. Yizkor (following Rabbi’s sermon) Yom Kippur dialogue/discussion with Rabbi Lubliner – 4 p.m. Healing Service – 4 p.m. Minhah – 5:00 p.m. Ne’ilah youth service - 6:15 p.m. Ne’ilah - 6:30 p.m. Fast ends - 7:48 p.m. Ma’ariv, Final Shofar and Break-the-Fast (following end of fast) Wednesday, Oct. 4th Erev Sukkot Morning Service – 7:10 a.m. Minhah /Ma’ariv - 6:30 p.m. Candle lighting - 6:49 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 5th First Day Sukkot Services Shaharit - 9 a.m. Sukkot youth services - 10:30 a.m. Preschool family service - 11:00 a.m. Minhah - 6:30 p.m. Study session and Ma’ariv (following Minhah) Candle lighting - 7:43 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 12th Shemini Atzeret/Erev Simhat Torah Shaharit 9 a.m. (with Yizkor) Shemini Atzeret youth services - 10:30 a.m. Young family Simhat Torah Celebration 5:30 p.m. Minhah - 6:30 p.m. Ma’ariv and Simchat Torah Celebration 7:30 p.m. (for Adults, Teens and Children) Candle lighting - 7:35 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13th Simchat Torah Shaharit/Family Simchat Torah Service – 9 a.m. Minhah/Ma’ariv - 6:00 p.m. Candle lighting – 6:39 p.m.

161 Cordova Street St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-829-9532 Wednesday, Sept. 20th Erev Rosh Hashanah services – 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21st Rosh Hashanah services – 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22nd Rosh Hashanah services – 10 a.m. (Services led by Dr. Eskin) Friday, Sept. 29th Erev Yom Kippur Kol Nidre services – 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30th Yom Kippur morning service – 9 a.m. (Yizkor Memorial Service will be held after the Haftarah. Mincha afternoon service starts at 5:30 p.m. and Neelah or the concluding service will take place at 7 p.m. break-the-fast immediately follows the Neelah service.)

2055 Wildwood Drive. St. Augustine, FL 32086 904-819-1875 Saturday, Sept. 16th Selichot (This year, Selichot, a day consisting of penitential poems and prayers, especially those said in the period leading up to the High Holidays, will be held at 6:15 p.m., with an hourlong discussion starting at 5 p.m. by Rabbi Fred Raskind. There will be a light snack of wine and cheese before the service.) Wednesday, Sept. 20th Erev Rosh Hashanah services – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21st Rosh Hashanah services – 10 a.m. (Children’s service begins at 9 a.m.) Friday, Sept. 29th Erev Yom Kippur Kol Nidre – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30th Yom Kippur - 10 a.m. (Children’s service begins at 9 a.m., while the afternoon service begins at 3 p.m., and lasts until 4:15 p.m. followed by Yiskor and Neilah. At approximately 6 p.m. a break-thefast oneg will be served.) Wednesday, Oct. 4th Sukkot – 5:30 p.m. (Refreshments will be served after service)

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adult education Sept. 2017 Elul 5777 / Tishrei 5778 To include your adult education event in this listing please e-mail the Jacksonville Jewish News at, with the time/date or frequency of the event from your specific organization or synagogue, along with a short description of each program or event.

Special Events

September 7th

Jewish Community Alliance (6 – 7:30 p.m.) SURVIVING MOTHERHOOD – Moderator Andrea Mail and guest panelists discuss everything from diapers to diplomas. Registration required by Sept. 5. Fee is $5 and free for JCA valued members.

September 9th

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

September 10th

Jacksonville Jewish Center (12:30 p.m.) YIDDISH ‘CLUB’ – Monthly meetings will held in the JJC Kramer Library and is an informal group of all ages with varying levels of ability. Meet other local speakers to practice the language, or to just shmooze a bisl as we’ll listen to Klezmer music, watch videos and films, read and speak in Yiddish.

September 11th

Jewish Community Alliance (6:30 – 8 p.m.) EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE SERIES – Jan Lipsky, executive coach of Image Partners, helps you guide your thoughts to a more productive place. Advance registration is required and the fee is $21 and $14 for JCA valued members.

September 12th

Jacksonville Jewish Center (7:30 p.m.) JEWISH BOOK CLUB – Open to all interested adults and meets in the Starbuck’s section at Barnes & Noble on San Jose Blvd.

September 13th

Jewish Family & Community Services (10:30 a.m. / 6:30 p.m.) SECOND GEN HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR WRITING WORKSHOP – This season’s Second Generation Holocaust Survivor Writing Workshops will start in September and will be held at JFCS’s new location, 8540 Bay Center Drive. The two monthly workshops, offer adult children of Holocaust survivors and opportunity to be together, write and share their experiences. If you would like to find out more, contact or JFCS 448-1933.

September 14th

Jewish Community Alliance (12 p.m.) THE HONEY MAN CAN – George DeMarino brings a live bee hive to teach us about bees’ contributions to the balance of nature. This is free and open to the community, however advance registration is appreciated. Jewish Community Alliance (6:30 – 8 p.m.) HERBS AND BOTANICALS FOR BETTER HEALTH – Dietician Trisha Howell shows you how herbs and botanicals are used to heal and strengthen your gut. Advance registration is required and the fee is $8 and $5 for JCA valued members.

September 16th

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

September 17th

Jewish Community Alliance (5 -6 p.m.) WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE – Women only, reality-based self-defense introduction. Learn empowering techniques in a safe environment. The fee is $10; JCA valued members are free.

September 18th

Jewish Community Alliance (12 – 1 p.m.) PILLS, PILLS, PILLS – Learn to manage medications to ensure you are taking the right medicine in the right way. This is free to the community.

September 25th

Jewish Community Alliance (6:30 p.m.) EASY TO GAIN, HARD TO LOSE – Join board-certified cardiologist Pamela Rama, MD, of Baptists Health to learn about the importance of reaching a healthy body weight. This is free and open to the community.

September 26th

Jewish Community Alliance (7 – 8:30 p.m.) KABBALAH: BEYOND MADONNA – Join Rabbi Avi Fiegenbaum to learn about Kabbalah. This is free and open to the community, however advance registration is appreciated.

Regular Events


Jewish Community Alliance (Time TBD) ADULT SOCCER LEAGUE – Form teams of six to eight for five on five soccer. Register as a team or individually. Team rosters must be submitted by Sept. 4. The eightgame fee is $90 and $60 for JCA valued members. Games are held from Sept. 10 – Oct. 29. Jacksonville Jewish Center (10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.) FOUNDATIONS OF JUDIASM CLASS – Classes are held at the JJC, and are open to all, whether you are considering conversion, seeking to understand a friend or relative’s religious choices, or simply trying to go beyond your childhood Jewish education. Our first unit, taught by Etta Fialkow, is called Jewish Identity and Spirituality. Sept. 10, 17, 24.


Jewish Community Alliance (6:15 – 7 p.m.) BEGINNING GUITAR LESSONS – Learn the basics of singing, guitar, music theory and relevant techniques. Sessions are progressive and the fee is $45 and $30 for JCA valued members. Registration is required. Classes are held from Sept. 11 – Oct. 2. Jacksonville Jewish Center (Morning’s following Minyan) MONDAY MINYAN MAPQUEST – Rabbi Lubliner takes us on a tour of Jewish cities, explaining history and current statistics of some well-known and not-sowell-known Jewish communities around the world. Sept. 11, 18, 25. Jacksonville Jewish Center (7 p.m.) TALMUD CLASS - Rabbi Lubliner explores communal responses to crisis in tractate Ta’anit. Open to all, Sept. 11, 18, 25. Jacksonville Jewish Center (Intermediate Hebrew level) SERVICE SKILLS – This is an ongoing class, designed to increase prayer fluency and help congregants to become more comfortable in weekday and Shabbat services. Basic reading skills

are necessary, but we will work together on fluency and prayer vocabulary. All are welcome to join. Sept. 11, 18, 25. Etz Chaim Synagogue HIGH HOLY DAY PRIMER – Be sure to make the most of your Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur this year by becoming more familiar with the service. Please join us for this inspirational, High Holiday mini-series that will truly bring your Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experience to life! Find out what the Holidays are all about with Rabbi Feigenbaum. Classes held Sept. 11,18,25.


Jewish Community Alliance (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) POTTERY – This course teaches fundamentals of clay forming, hand building and wheel throwing. The fee is $216 and $144 for JCA valued members. Classes held Sept. 5 – Oct. 24. Jewish Community Alliance (12:30 – 3:30 p.m.) PASTELS WITH CYNTHIA PIERSON – Join local artist Pierson to explore the basics of painting with pastels. See supply list at The fee is $230 and $153 for JCA valued members. Classes are held Sept. 12 – Oct. 17.

HH Schedules Continued from pg. 23 CHABAD SERVICE SCHEDULES Saturday, September 16th Selichot Chabad HQ/Mandarin - 12 a.m. Wedensday, September 20th Erev Rosh Hashanah Chabad HQ/Mandarin – 7 p.m. Chabad at the Beaches – 7 p.m. (followed by holiday dinner) Chabad of Clay County – 7 p.m. (followed by holiday dinner *RSVP necessary) Chabad of S. Augustine – 7 p.m. Chabad of S. Johns – 7 p.m. Chabad of Southside – 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 21st Rosh Hashanah – Day 1 Chabad HQ/Mandarin – 9 a.m. / Mincha and Tashlich 6:15 p.m. Chabad at the Beaches – 9:15 a.m. / Children’s Service 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / Shofar Blowing 11:45 a.m. / Evening Service 7 p.m. Chabad of Clay County – 10 a.m. / Shofar Blowing 12 p.m. (Light Kiddush following services) *Location Fleming Island Library Chabad of S. Augustine – 10 a.m. / Shofar blowing approx. 11:45 a.m. / Tashlich follows morning service / Holiday Dinner (RSVP required) and 2nd Shofar blowing

6 p.m. Chabad of S. Johns – 9:30 a.m. / Shofar blowing approx. 10:45 a.m. / Tashlich and additional Shofar blowing 6:30 p.m. Chabad of Southside – 10 a.m. (Free Interactive Children’s services with activities and prizes - reservations required, space limited) / Mincha and Tashlich 6:15 p.m. Friday, September 22nd Rosh Hashanah – Day 2 Chabad HQ/Mandarin – 9 a.m. / Mincha and Tashlich 6:30 p.m. Chabad at the Beaches – 9:15 am / Children’s Service 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / Shofar Blowing 11:45 a.m. / Evening service 6 p.m. followed by Tashlich (waterfront New Year’s ceremony) Chabad of Clay County – 10 a.m. / Shofar blowing 11:30 a.m. / Kiddush and pastries following services Chabad of Southside – 10 a.m. (Free Interactive Children’s services with activities and prizes - reservations required, space limited) Friday, September 29th Erev Yom Kippur Chabad Headquarters/Mandarin – 6:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Service Chabad at the Beaches – 7 p.m. Kol Nidre Service / 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Children’s Service Chabad of Clay County – 7 p.m. Kol Nidrei Service * Location Fleming Island Library Chabad of S. Augustine – 6:45 p.m. Kol Nidre Service Chabad of S. Johns – 7 p.m. Chabad of Southside – 6:45 p.m. Kol Nidre Service Saturday, September 30th Yom Kippur Chabad HQ/Mandarin – 10 a.m. / 1 p.m. (approx.) Yizkor (memorial) Service / 5 p.m. Mincha and Neila (closing) Service / 7:48 p.m. Break-fast Chabad at the Beaches – 9:15 a.m. / 10:30 a.m. Children’s Service / 12 p.m. Yizkor (memorial) Service / 5 p.m. Mincha Service / 6:15 p.m. Neila (closing) Service / 7:40 p.m. Havdalla and Break-fast Chabad of Clay County – 10 a.m. / 12 p.m. Yizkor Memorial Service / 6:45 p.m. Neilah - Closing Service / 7:49 p.m. Final Shofar blast and break-fast * Location Fleming Island Library Chabad of S. Augustine – 10 a.m. / 12 p.m. (approx.) Yizkor (memorial) Service / 6:15 p.m. Mincha and Neila (closing) Service / 7:48 p.m. Break-fast Chabas of S. Johns – 10 a.m. / 6:30 p.m. Neilah followed by Break-fast Chabad of Southside – 10 a.m. followed by Yizkor (memorial) Service / 6:15 p.m. Mincha and Neilah (closing) Service / 7:48 p.m. Break-fast Wednesday, October 4th Sukkot

Chabad HQ/Mandarin –6:30 p.m. evening services Chabad of Clay County – 7 p.m. Shwarma in the Sukkah (RSVP required) Chabad of S. Augustine – 10 a.m. morning services Thursday, October 5th Sukkot Chabad HQ/Mandarin – 9:30 a.m. morning services / 6:30 p.m. evening services Chabad of S. Augustine – 10 a.m. morning services Friday, October 6th Sukkot Chabad Headquarters/Mandarin – 9:30 a.m. morning services / 6:30 p.m. evening services Chabad of S. Augustine – 10 a.m. morning services Wednesday, October 11th Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Chabad HQ/Mandarin – 6:30 p.m. evening services Thursday, October 12th Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Chabad HQ/Mandarin – 9:30 a.m. morning and Yizkor services / 6:15 p.m. Mincha followed by Simchat Torah Hakafot and Kiddush

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Explore your inner artist with the JCA’s J Institute If painting is more your thing, the JCA has painting classes starting this fall as budding painters can join local artist Cynthia Pierson to learn the basic concepts of painting with pastels. Learn a variety of techniques for working with this interesting medium in this six week class on Tuesdays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 17. Registration is required by Sept. 7th. Through the Looking Glass, Workshop and Tea Party will take place Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. and is a fun, themed afternoon that will feature a special crafts project to make a custom jeweled mirror.

By Jewish Community Alliance

The J Institute offers year-round, quality adult programming for all ages and interests. This fall, the J Institute has a wide range of art classes to help everyone, regardless of skill level, explore their inner artists and learn new ways of selfexpression. For those who are interested in pottery, regular pottery classes, offered in six and eight week sessions starting Sept. 5th, provide the basics of pottery techniques and extensive instruction in hand building and wheel throwing.

Also enjoy tea and a light nosh, registration is required by Sept. 6. October and November also have great programs for the artistically inclined or interested. The JCA Vandroff Art Gallery recently featured the work of Aaron Shelton, whose style reflects the technique of Spontaneous Realism, which is defined by the use of vivid colors and spontaneous brushstrokes. Participants can explore this technique with Shelton in a two-day workshop on Oct. 18th and 25th. Totes! Printmaking Workshop on Nov. 7th and the 14th offers the chance to carve and stamp a personalized tote. For more information on these programs or to register, call 904-7302100, ext. 228 or visit

New Year, new goals with the JCA’s Wellness Connexion By Jewish Community Alliance

The Jewish New Year is approaching, and now is a great time to evaluate your past year’s health and wellness goals and set new objectives for the year to come. Maintaining a healthy body is one way to improve the quality of life’s experiences, from spending time with family and community to giving back through tzedakah (charity) and volunteerism and contributing to tikkun olam (repairing the world). With the intention of helping all members of the community reach their best selves, the JCA Baptist Wellness Connexion offers several programs to guide and educate those seeking to improve their quality of life, feel

better and live well. To set the tone for the new

year’s wellness goals, ‘Easy to Gain, Hard to Lose’ brings board certified

cardiologist and internist Pamela Rama, MD, of Baptist Health, to the JCA on Monday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Rama will break down the causes of obesity and the importance of reaching a healthy body weight. She will also provide information in how to maintain one’s recommended weight once it is achieved.

On Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. join Dr. Peter Nassar from the Jacksonville Sleep Center to understand how proper sleep effects daily performance, and how to help your body heal through the power of sleep. Also in October, Raphael Balbino, MD, from Baptist AgeWell Center for Senior Health covers the varying challenges that come with aging. He will also address changes to make now to maintain your health and reduce the risk of disease and disability. This program is on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 12 p.m. These programs are free to the community, however minimum attendance is required, so participants are encouraged to register by calling 904-730-2100, ext. 228 or register online at

Discover culture at the JCA Cultural Arts Fest this November By Jewish Community Alliance

The Jewish Cultural Arts Festival kicks off this November at the JCA, celebrating literature, film and the arts. The two-week event runs from Nov. 2 – 16 and delivers a variety of opportunities for the community to enjoy Jewish books, authors, movies, music and theater. Included this year’s festival is Jacksonville’s 21st Jewish Book Festival and the line-up of books was chosen to educate, entertain and inspire. Committee members and staff were tasked with creating events that ensure engagement and connection for the entire community. There is truly something for everyone happening at the JCA this November. “I’ve enjoyed working with a committee that represents a real cross section of JCA membership,” noted first time festival chair Sherrie Saag. “We’ve met numerous times and work toward a singular goal: to engage and entertain the community with great Jewish cultural offerings,.”

Opening night, Nov. 2nd brings a five-time Emmy winner and original Saturday Night Live writer to explain his hilarious parody of the ‘Haggadah, For this We Left Egypt?’ Prepare to be entertained by an entirely new version of the Seder by the comedic mind of Alan Zweibel. A modern-day David and Goliath tale about a ragtag band of volunteer airmen who fought for Israel during its War of Independence will be told when a former Navy fighter pilot and expert on military history, Robert Gandt, brings this harrowing tale to life in Jacksonville exclusively for book festival guests on Nov. 5th with the book ‘Above and Beyond’. The title, ‘Hitler in Los Angeles’, might raise an eyebrow, but Academy award winner and USC professor Stephen J. Ross wrote the chilling, little known but absolutely true story of a Jewish spy operation that infiltrated Nazi groups in the home of Hollywood, “the greatest propaganda machine in the world.” Ross will visit the JCA on Nov. 7th.

Actress and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch, host of TBS’s popular 90’s show, ‘Dinner and a Movie’, writes with disarming honesty, wit and sarcasm about her dysfunctional Southern Jewish family in ‘Wherever You Go, There They Are’. Called “provocative, insightful and hysterically funny,” you are sure to laugh your way through the evening on Nov. 14th. Millennial and Vice Television journalist Adam Valen Levinson traveled the Muslim world to understand “what 9/11 made us fear.” His experiences, including becoming a Bar Mitzvah in Abu Dhabi, taught him, among other things, that people who pray differently often laugh the same. He will close the festival on Nov. 15th. To round out the celebration of Jewish cultural arts, music, film and art programming is also being planned. A Broadway musical performance by the JCA Theatre Department will celebrate Jewish composers. Also, enjoy a special screening of an acclaimed film currently showing at Jewish

Film Festivals across the country. For the first time in Jacksonville, the festival will include a Jewish Book Festival Book Club and a pop-up bookstore selling book festival picks and a great selection of books curated by the Jewish Book Council. For young families, there is an interactive intergenerational event to spark children’s

Jewish creativity and imagination through books, stories and art. Sponsorship is crucial to the success of this event. For information on how to become a sponsor, visit or contact Lior Spring at 904-730-2100, ext. 318 or All festival events are free and open to the entire community.

Jewish community alliance HAPPENINGS September 2017 Elul 5777/ Tishrei 5778 For more information or to register for programs at the JCA, call 904-730-2100 or visit our official website at

Vandroff Art Gallery

‘Psalms: Beyond Boundaries’, features the work of 26 artist pairs from the Hadera-Eiron region and U.S. Southeast from Aug. 31 – Sept. 27. The opening for this exhibit is on Sept. 7th, from 7 – 8:45 p.m.

Sunday Film Series

On Sept. 17th at 2 p.m., see ‘A Price Above Rubies’, starring Renée Zellweger. This event is free

Family Shabbat Dinner

Youth Soccer League

Join other JCA families for a festive dinner and celebration on Friday, Sept. 15th from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The fee per family is $15 and $10 for JCA valued members.

Games are from Sept. 10 to Oct. 19. To schedule a make-up assessment, contact Mike May at call 904-730-2100, ext. 254. The fee is $105 and $100 for JCA valued members.

Round Challah Making

School Year Swim Team

Celebrate the fall Jewish holidays and bake your own challah, Sunday, Sept. 24 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. The fee per family is $15 and $10 for JCA valued members.

Youth Tennis

The JCA offers tennis clinics for youth, ages 3 – 18. Six-week clinics are $108 and $72 for JCA valued members. For information, call Reggie Exum at call 904-7302100, ext. 317.

This team introduces competitive swimming and helps prepare for the summer league. For information, contact Josie Martin at call 904-730-2100, ext. 240.

Swim Lessons

Join one of our group swim lessons for youth, ages 6 months – 12 yrs., or our new adult group swim lessons for ages 16 and older. For information, contact Josie Martin at call 904-730-2100, ext. 240.

Youth Cuong Nhu

In this class, students explore technical, mental and spiritual aspects of training. The 14-class fee is $180 and $120 for JCA valued members.

Israeli Mixed Martial Arts

This beginners’ program, for ages 16 and older, features elements of Krav Maga. The 14-class fee is $180 and $120 for JCA valued members.


The JCA offers youth and adult fencing lessons. For information, contact Rio Robinson at call 904730-2100, ext. 250.


Preschool and Youth Clinics

The JCA offers clinics in baseball, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, golf, running, volleyball and football for ages 3 – 14. For information, contact Rio at call 904-7302100, ext. 250.

Through the Looking Glass: Workshop and Tea Party

Enjoy tea and a light nosh while creating a jeweled, hand-held mirror on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. The fee is $21 and $14 for JCA valued members.

Tapas Tuesdays at the Cummer

Enjoy food, music and art at the Cummer on Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. The fee is $8 and $5 for JCA valued members.

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JFCS achieves re-accreditation with flying colors By Jewish Family & Community Services The staff at JFCS is thrilled to announce that JFCS has, once again, been re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), which is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. JFCS was first accredited in 2005 and must apply for reaccreditation every four years. The agency must then go through a rigorous audit of all operations that includes a lengthy self-study and COA staff spending several days on site at JFCS in order to

analyze processes and interview staff, board of directors, and clients. In addition, the agency was expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice standards, which means an equivalent score of 100-percent.

According to the Council on Accreditation, “Accreditation signifies that an organization or program is effectively managing its resources and providing the best possible services to all of its stakeholders.” The agency would like to extend a special thank you to Stephanie Majeskey, Director of Grants and Compliance. Ms. Majeskey was instrumental and meticulous in preparing the agency to go through this rigorous process. COA’s mission is “to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.”

Second Gen writers workshops to take place at JFCS’ new building Gen 2 Writing Workshops this autumn ------------------2017---------------By Jewish Family & Community Services

For the past several years JFCS has increased its Holocaust support services to include Gen 2- the adult children of Holocaust survivors who have grown up in the shadow of the Holocaust. They meet in a monthly writer’s workshop at JFCS to receive mutual aid and share their own unique stories through a variety of media. The sessions are facilitated by Stacey Goldring. The upcoming season will include Writing Workshops in the evening and

during the day. This year the Workshops will take place at JFCS’s new building located at 8540 Baycenter Road. The following are the dates for this season. If you have any questions, please call Stacey Goldring at 904-739-2970 or Gail Furman at 904-394-5723.

Wed. 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 Oct. 11 Nov. 8 ------------------2018---------------Tues. 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 Feb. 13 Mar. 13 Apr. 10 May 8

JELF results are in to the tune of 32K By Jewish Family & Community Services Nine students received a total of $32,850 from the Jewish Educational Loan Fund with an average loan amount of $3,650 per student. “I am thrilled that everyone received funding and can go on to the next phase of their lives,” said Renie Levin of JFCS. JELF’s mission is to provide

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

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


interest-free, last dollar loans for higher education to Jewish students in need.

JFCS is now using a Lyft product called Concierge, which allows JFCS to arrange rides on behalf of its clients, including the ability to schedule rides up to a week in advance. Lyft has also partnered with GreatCall, a senior focused cell phone company, which will help seniors use Lyft without having to navigate the smart phone app. Anyone using a Jitterbug phone can now simply press ‘0’ and arrange a ride with the company. To learn more or schedule rides, please call Whitney Kuvin at 904-660-9268. Jewish Healing Network Become a Jewish Healing Network Volunteer at JFCS and help us fulfill the mitzvah of Bikkur Cholim. We need volunteers to make weekly visits or phone calls to a senior or deliver food to those who cannot get out. For more information, please call Gail Furman at 904-394-5723.

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Scholarship award winners reflect on summer camp life in 2017

Campers were all sunglasses and smiles By Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida

As summer came to an end and the 2017 winners of the Len and Judy Elikan Camp Scholarship Program returned home to Jacksonville, we had the opportunity to catch up with some of them to learn about their experiences this summer. The campers were asked a series of questions about camp life such as: • What was the most fun activity you participated in at camp? Why did you enjoy it so much? • What is one skill or lesson you learned at camp that will help you be a better leader in your community? How will it help you? • What’s the best piece of advice you could give another kid going to camp for the first time? Scholarship recipient Eliana Jaffa responded to these questions in the following way: “My favorite activity to do at camp was the entire Shabbat day. On Shabbat we got to look nice

and get in touch with a more relaxed part of ourselves and it is very nice to relax and have fun with your friends during the day. When the night comes we get to do sloach (slow ruach) and havdallah which is my favorite part of camp.” “At camp this year, one of my activities was tipus (climbing,) and in climbing you have to work as a team with the person who is holding you. If you don’t listen to what they have to say then you may fall or never reach the top. Also, if you don’t voice your thoughts while doing the wall you may never get the satisfaction of reaching the top.” “If you are going into your first year of camp, the only advice I would give is that you need to really enjoy it and make your time there as special as it can be.” Another scholarship recipient, Camille Czarka, shared her experiences: “An activity that I participated

Tug of war day at the camp

in at Camp Nageela East (Fallsburg, N.Y.), that I enjoyed was Oneg and Jiminy Peak Teen Trip. I enjoyed participating in Oneg because it was such a beautiful, spiritual event for all the teens of TeeNageela to connect with Hashem and get other stories from girls over the year/years. I enjoyed participating in Jiminy Peak Teen Trip because all the girls got to get closer with each other and make more long lasting relationships and memories, some that I will never forget.” “A skill that I learned in Camp Nageela East was ASL (American Sign Language). It will help in my community because it will help me communicate with others who know ASL. Another useful skill that I learned in camp was patience, I can use it to help me be a leader in my community by reevaluating myself in a stressful situation and think about what I’m about to say before I say it.” “Advice for someone going to

Camp Nageela East for the first time from someone that’s been going for three years and met so many wonderful people, is just to be happy and be yourself. The happier you are the better your time at Camp Nageela will be. “ Another scholarship recipient had this to say about her experience: “I enjoyed playing volleyball every day, because it helped me to improve and have fun at the same time.” “In the past, I thought that leaders just boss people around. But that’s not true, leaders don’t have to control everyone, they actually help other’s voices be heard. I think I could be a leader now.” “I would tell a new camper not to get worried if you haven’t adjusted within the first few days, because it might take time before you feel comfortable.” These insightful thoughts from scholarship winners highlight how important this scholarship

Eliana Jaffa posing by the stream

program is to our community. It gives youth the meaningful opportunity to spend their summer enjoying nature, learning new skills, worshiping with peers, and making memories. Participating in a summer camp program also helps them grow into young adults and learn more about themselves in the process. When kids like Eliana and Camille attend camp, they leave with new skills that they bring back to share with our community, and return home energized and ready to get back to school. The JCF is proud to offer a program that is dedicated to the personal and social development of youth in our community. For more information on the Len and Judy Elikan Camp Scholarship Program, please contact the Jewish Community Foundation at 904-394-0720. Applications for next year’s program will be posted in 2018 on the JCF’s website at ourjewishfoundation. org.

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lifecycles Births

Leonard ‘Leo’ Jacob Storch was born Tuesday, July 11, 2017 to parents Dr. Douglas and Melissa Storch of Jacksonville. He joins big brother Beryl. Grandparents are Kathy and Morrie Osterer of Jacksonville and Annette Leonard Storch and Hebert Storch of Delray Beach. Leonard Jacob is named for both his great grandfather’s. The Storch and Osterer families belong to the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Oona Delaney Backer was born Saturday, April 22, 2017 to parents David and Tori Backer in New Milford, Conn. She is the new baby sister to Skylar, Avery and Tallulah Belle Backer. Proud Grandparents are Michael and Martha Backer of Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue Oona Backer in Ponte Vedra, and Beth Kelley and Ken Ash of Conn. Great Grandmother is Iris Kaplan of Miami and Jo Ann Ash, also of Conn. Micah Toby Tilman was born to parents Howard and Naomi Tilman, Friday, July 28, 2017 at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J. Proud grandparents are and Sharon and Elliot Karp of Cincinnati, Ohio and Miami, Fla., in addition to Ellen and David Tilman of Elkins Park, Pa. Micah’s father, Howard was formerly a Rabbi at the Jacksonville Jewish Center from 2014-17, he is now employed as the senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains, N.J.

Micah Tilman and his parents Rabbi Howard and Naomi

B’nai Mitzvah

Ashley Rebecca Zunic, daughter of Jennifer and Andrew Zunic, will be called to the Torah on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah, Saturday, Sept. 2nd, at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Sharing in the simcha will be her sister Alyssa Zunic; grandmother Gaye Sager of Jacksonville; and many other friends and family. Zunic is in seventh grade at Fruit Cove Middle School where she is an honor roll student. She enjoys cheerleading, theater, running, and being a member of the Fruit Cove tennis Ashley Zanic team, in addition to shopping and spending time with family and friends. Along with her family, the Bat Mitzvah regularly volunteers at the Sulzbacher Center where they prepare and serve Sunday dinners for hundreds of people.


Mazel tov to Ben Marsh and Kaitlin Flynn who became engaged July 30th in Daytona Beach. Marsh is the son of Ilene and Lenny Marsh of Daytona Beach and

Flynn is the daughter of Kevin Flynn and Sharon Creamer of Fleming Island. Marsh is employed as an application manager for Saxon Business Systems in JackMarsh and Flynn sonville, while Flynn works as a new patient coordinator for Riverside Pain Physicians in Jacksonville, in addition to being a full-time mom to her daughter Evie. The couple met through the Temple’s 20s and 30s group and is excited to see what the future holds for their family. An Oct. 2018 wedding is planned.


Eddie Maklin, son of Svetlana and Nisan Maklin, became a U.S. Fencing Saber Youth Champion this summer. Proud grandparents are Lyuba and Isaac Moldavskiy. Maklin beat out about 100 competitors (all of whom were regional champions or otherwise pre-qualified) in Youth-10 age group Eddie Maklin during the Summer Nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 10th. This year’s event was the biggest fencing event in U.S. history, and the largest youth fencing event in the world.


… To the family of Howard Margol, who passed away Thursday, Feb. 9th in Atlanta at the age of 92. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Esther Landey Margol; three sons: Bruce (Jan), Gary, and Maury (Elise); daughter, Felice; nine grandchildren; a great granddaughter; brother, Hilbert Margol (Betty Ann), and sister, Bernice Wolf. He was a World War II Veteran, serving as a PFC in the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division in Western Europe. Funeral services were held Feb. 12th in Sandy Springs, Ga. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Fund for LithuanianLatvian Jews, c/o Peggy Freedman, 8335 Berkley Ridge, Atlanta, Georgia 30350. … To the family of Robert Schnitzer, who passed away Friday, July 21st at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife, Judy, mother Ruth, children, Joel and Ari (Jennie Braden) grandchildren Shaina, Noah, Jaden and Sophia, sister Judy Myers and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at The Temple, Aug. 1st. The family requests that contributions in memory of Robert Schnitzer be made to The Temple, WJCT and Boy Scouts of America, North Florida Council: Campership Fund. … To the family of Dr. Abraham Shulman, who passed away Friday, July 14th in St. Augustine at the age of 99. He is survived by Helen Shulman, his wife of 79 years, daughter Leigh Cort (husband Jay Greene), son Bruce Shulman (wife Diane Brenner), grand-daughter Sue Lomba (husband David Lomba), grand-daughter Parker Shulman, great grandson Zack Serebin. Dr. Shulman was a dentist in N.J. before moving down to Florida. He also served in World War II. … To the family of Roslyn Platock Horovitz who passed away, Tuesday, July 25th. She is survived by her husband Elliott; children Judy (Dr. Edward) Mizrahi and Bruce (Edith) Horovitz; brother Dr. Gerald (Ellen) Platock; grandchildren Alan (Mauri) Mizrahi, Rachel (Dr. Craig) Morgenthal, Sam (Heather) Horovitz, and Dr. Max (Mindy) Horovitz; and greatgrandchildren Ryan, Max, Zach, Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, Belle, Henry and Eliana. Graveside services took place July 27th, at the New Center Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Contributions in Roslyn Platock’s memory may be made to the Jacksonville Jewish Center’s Martin J. Gottlieb Mitzvah Fund, the Tikvah program at Camp Ramah Darom, or the JFCS Inclusion Fund. … To the family of Semen Tulchinsky, who passed away Sunday, July 30th at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife Mariya and children Arkadi (Jane), Izabella (Robert) and Elena (Dimitri). Funeral services were held July 31st at the Arlington Park Cemetery with Rabbi Yaakov Fisch of Etz Chaim Synagogue officiating. … To the family of Alice Moore, who passed away Sunday, July 30th at the age of 79. She is survived by her daughter Rachel (Colman) Brodsky, grandchildren Alex, Ansley, and Ashton. Minyan took place at the home of Rachel and Colman Brodsky in St. Augustine on Aug. 2nd and 3rd. Donations in Alice Moore’s memory may be made to the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. … To the family of Carl Bach, who passed away Friday, Aug. 4th at the age of 65. He is survived by his sister Mere (Martin) Schwartz. Funeral services were held Aug. 9th at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. … To the family of Mindy Ann Fixel, who passed away Monday, Aug. 14th She is survived by her son, Adam Lee; her siblings Michael (Ava) Fixel, Alan Fixel, and Kathy (Morrie) Osterer; her nieces Leia, Juliet, Lydia, Abigail, Natalie (Rabbi Eli), Jessica (Dr. Victor), Melissa (Dr. Douglas), and Ashley; and her nine grandnieces and grandnephews. A graveside service took place Aug. 16th, at the New Center Cemetery in Jacksonville. Shiva was held at the Osterer family home from Aug. 17-21. Contributions in Mindy Fixel’s memory may be directed to River Garden Hebrew Home. … To the family of Melvin Karsin, who passed away Wednesday, Aug. 16th. He is survived by his wife Barbara and the rest of his family. Funeral services were held Aug. 20th in Davie, Fla.

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high holy day greetings

Jacksonville Jewish community members’ annual Rosh Hashanah Hoping for a sweet, happy and healthy New Year in 5778!

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high holy day greetings

High Holy Day messages

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Jacksonville Jewish News • September 2017

The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville thanks you for your support! We appreciate our donors and want to express this each month in the Jacksonville Jewish News. Thank you to the following donors who have made a commitment to support the 2016 Federation Annual Campaign as of August 15, 2017. Names in BOLD and LIGHT BLUE denote a gift that was made since July 15, 2017. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Abel Mr. and Mrs. David Abramowitz Mr. and Mrs. Michael Abramson Dr. and Mrs. Mark Abramson Dr. and Mrs. Scot Ackerman Mrs. Toby Ackerman Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Ackerman Mr. and Mrs. David Adel Dr. and Mrs. Tony Adelson Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Adler Mr. and Mrs. David Adler Dr. and Mrs. Philip Adler Mrs. Peggy Ageloff Mrs. Carol Agress Mr. and Mrs. Michel Allen Mr. and Mrs. Scott Allerding Mr. and Mrs. Norman Allison Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Alterman Mr. and Mrs. Allen Altman Ms. Rosa Alvarez Ms. Barbara Ames Ms. Jacqueline Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Greg Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Allan Andrew Mrs. Frieda Andriesse Mr. and Mrs. Marc Angelo Mr. and Mrs. Barry Ansbacher Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ansbacher Mr. Lawrence Ansbacher Lewis & Sybil Ansbacher Family Mr. and Mrs. Larry Appel Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Appelbaum Ms. Eve Aptheker Mr. and Mrs. Louis Arab Mrs. Sandy Archer Mr. Robert Armel Mr. and Mrs. William Arnold Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arnold Mr. and Mrs. Mark Atkins Ms. Sara August Mr. and Mrs. Richard Axelberg Mr. Philip Axelrod Ms. Diana Azpiazu Mr. and Mrs. Michael Backer Mr. and Mrs. Frank Backilman Dr. Guilad Pribluda and Ms. Ashley Backlund Mr. Al Bagocius and Ms. Carol Doyle Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bailet Mr. and Mrs. David Bailys Dr. Scott Baker and Mrs. Maureen Ruddy-Baker Mrs. Audrey Baker Dr. and Mrs. Robert Baker Mrs. Isabel Balotin Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bannon Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Barkowitz Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Barone Dr. and Mrs. Harold Baumgarten Mr. Jack Bazinsky Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Becker Mr. and Mrs. Ben Becker Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Beckerman Ms. Sarah Beekman Mrs. Mary Beissinger Mr. and Mrs. Morris Bendit Mrs. Vera Benjamin Mr. and Mrs. Jean Benjamin Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Odell Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Bennett Dr. and Mrs. Guy Benrubi Dr. Isidore D. Benrubi Mr. and Mrs. Ira Berger Dr. and Mrs. Alan Berger Mr. and Mrs. Greg Berger Mr. Martin Berger Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Berger Mr. Daniel Bergman Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Berke Ms. Danielle Berke Berman Family Mrs. Steve Bermudez Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bernard Mr. Gary Bernstein Mr. Phil Bernstein Dr. Anne Bernstein Ms. Carolee Bertisch Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Bettman Mr. Herschel Bettman Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bettman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Beyer Mrs. Adrienne Biber Mr. and Mrs. Alan Bick Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Bickel Mr. and Mrs. David Bielski Mr. and Mrs. Abe Bielski Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Blattner Mr. and Mrs. Larry Blaustein Block Family Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bloom Mr. and Mrs. Norm Blum Mr. and Mrs. Fred Blum Mr. David Blum Ms. Stacey Blum Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Blumenfeld Mrs. Sue Ann Blumenthal Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Board Mrs. Traude Bohrman Mrs. Josephine Bonnett Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bossen Mrs. Rhona Botnick Mr. Wiatt Bowers Mr. and Mrs. David Boyer Dr. Joy and Mr. Steven Boyne Mr. and Mrs. James Brady Ms. Michelle Branly Mr. and Mrs. Warren Brattner Mrs. Joyce Braun Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Breault Mrs. Ruchel Broadman Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Brodsky Ms. Adrienne Broere Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bronowitz Dr. and Mrs. Sol Brotman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Browdy Ms. Alison Brown Dr. and Mrs. Robert Brown Dr. and Mrs. Andy Brown Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bruce Mrs. Estelle Brust Drs. Robert and Suzanne Bryskin Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bubis Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Buchman Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Buckley Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Burke Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Burns Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Burstein Mr. and Mrs. Howard Buss Mr. and Mrs. Jan Butensky Cantor and Ms. Henry Butensky Mrs. Felice Caliestro Mr. and Mrs. Adam Canada Ms. Sharon Cane Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Cantor Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cantor

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Cantor Mrs. Barbara Carman Mr. and Mrs. Steven Carney Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Chait Mr. and Mrs. Barry Chefer Ms. Miriam Chefer Dr. and Mrs. Mark Cheiken Mr. and Mrs. Allan Cheiken Mr. and Mrs. Alan Chepenik Dr. Colleen Bell and Mr. Craig Cherrin Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Cherry Ms. Susan Cherry Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Chiapetta Ms. Allyson Christy Mr. and Mrs. Steve Clapp Mrs. Rita Clark Mr. James Coffman Ms. Carol Cohane Mr. and Mrs. Danny Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Joel Cohen Ms. Nancy Cohen Mr. Paul Cohen Ms. Yvonne Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Allan Cohen Ms. Gail Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Norman Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cohen Rabbi and Mrs. Matt Cohen Ms. Joanne Cohen Dr. and Mrs. Donald Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Perry Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Meir Cohen Mrs. Marion Cohn-Spitzner Mr. and Mrs. Jack Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Edward Constain Mrs. Maxine Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Mark Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Coplan Mrs. Ellen Cottrill Ms. Cheryl Covitz Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Crafton Mr. and Mrs. David Cristol Dr. and Mrs. Richard Crovatto Mr. and Mrs. Walter Crowder Mrs. Susu Cruse Mr. and Mrs. Steven Cutler Mrs. Sheri Daar Mr. and Mrs. Albert Datz Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Datz Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Datz Ms. Joan Davidow and Mr. Stuart Glass Mr. and Mrs. Richard Davis Drs. Leo and Joanne Davis Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Dayan Mr. and Mrs. Jim De Arman Mr. and Mrs. Jon DeBardeleben Mr. and Mrs. Allan Decker Ms. Angela Deese-Theobald Mr. and Mrs. Moti Demri Mrs. Marilyn Desser Dr. and Mrs. Robert Diamant Ms. Pamela Diamond Mrs. Helen Diamond Mrs. Anita Dittman Mr. and Mrs. Scott Dreicer Mr. and Mrs. Sean Driscoll Judge and Mrs. Robert Droker DuBow Family Mrs. Jody Dughi Mr. and Mrs. Michael Duncan Mr. and Mrs. Alexius Dyer Mrs. Sue Eaglstein Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Eber Mr. and Mrs. Dan Edelman Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Edelman Mrs. Goldie Edelstein Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Martin Edwards Dr. Barry Efron Ms. Gloria Einstein Mrs. Judy R. Eisen Dr. Iris Eisenberg Mrs. Elizabeth Eisenberg Mr. and Mrs. Jack Eisenberg Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Elikan Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Elinoff Mr. and Mrs. Michael Elkin Dr. and Mrs. Mark Emas Dr. and Mrs. Warren Endes Dr. and Mrs. Warren Enges Dr. and Mrs. Howard Entman Mr. and Mrs. M. David Epstein Mr. and Mrs. Neal Esserman Mrs. Fern Estner Mr. and Mrs. Steve Evans Ms. Laura Evans Mr. and Mrs. Garry Fadale Ms. Arlene Faracchio Mr. and Mrs. Dave Fastenberg Ms. Betsy Federman Dr. Denise Sherman and Mr. Yakov Feig Rabbi and Mrs. Avi Feigenbaum Dr. and Mrs. Neil Feinglass Ms. Harriet Feinglass Mr. and Mrs. Edward Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Alan Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Brian Feldman Dr. and Mrs. Charles Feldstein Dr. Alan Fetner and Dr. Mary Hartigan Dr. and Mrs. Michael Fetner Drs. Howard and Dina Fetner Ms. Gaye Feuer Ms. Etta Fialkow Mrs. Luba Finegold Dr. Miriam Finegold-Price Mr. Alex Finelt Ms. Anna Finelt Mr. and Mrs. Neal Finkelstein Rabbi and Mrs. Yaakov Fisch Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Fischer Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fischoff Ms. Billie Fishel Mr. and Mrs. Myron Flagler Mr. Dave Flagler Mr. Matt Flagler Mr. and Mrs. Martin Flamm Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fleet Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fleet Ms. Kaitlin Flynn Ms. Bobbie Fost Ms. Deborah Foust Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Fox Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Fox Ms. Sarah Fraden Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Franzblau Mr. Matthew Franzblau

Ms. Ariel Frechtman Mr. and Mrs. Michael Freedman Mrs. Marilyn Freedman Dr. and Mrs. Marc Freeman Dr. and Mrs. Michael Freeman Mr. and Mrs. Steven Friedman Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Friedman Frisch Family Mr. and Mrs. Adam Frisch Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Frohman Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Fruit Judge Jerry Funk Ms. Elaine Furman Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furman Mr. and Mrs. Oren Gahanian Mrs. Helena Gandell Mr. and Mrs. Harold Garber Mr. and Mrs. Philip Garces Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gare Ms. Nicola Garner Mrs. Zelda Gartner Mr. and Mrs. Simon Garwood Mr. Victor Gaukhman Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gefen Mr. and Mrs. Larry Geller Mr. and Mrs. Gary Gendzier Mrs. Alois Gendzier Mr. Sheldon Gendzier and Ms. Estelle Kritz Mrs. Sunny Gettinger Judge and Mrs. Marvin Gillman Mr. and Mrs. Randall Ginzig Mr. and Mrs. Marc Gladstone Mr. Peter Levy and Ms. Kim Glasgal Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Glassman Mrs. Cecile Goetz Mr. and Mrs. Martin Goetz Mr. Sheldon Goldberg Mrs. Carole Goldberg Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Goldberg Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Goldberg Ms. Lauren Goldenberg Dr. Bruce Goldfeder Mr. and Mrs. Ira Goldfield Mr. David Golding and Ms. Leslie Carmel Mr. Alan Goldman Mrs. Muriel Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Goldman Mrs. Hilda Goldman Mr. Kenneth Goldman Dr. and Mrs. Roy Goldman Mrs. Irma Goldman Mr. and Mrs. David Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Marty Goldmintz Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Goldring Ms. Bea Goldsmith Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goldsmith Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Goldstein Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Allen Goldstein Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Goldstein Mr. Harvey Goldstein Ms. Janet Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Goodfarb Ms. Rosalind Goodman Rabbi and Mrs. Robert Goodman Mr. Jonathan Goodman Mrs. Gloria Goodman Mr. and Mrs. David Goodman Mr. Neal Goodwin Mr. and Mrs. Steven Goranson Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Dale Gosa Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Goshen Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Jarzyna Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gottlieb Gottlieb Family Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Gottlieb Mr. and Mrs. Chris Gould Mr. and Mrs. John Grado Dr. and Mrs. Neill Graff-Radford Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Granat Dr. and Mrs. Brett Gratz Mrs. Annette Grauer Ms. Ashley Gray Mr. and Mrs. Mark Green Dr. and Mrs. Alvin Green Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Greenblum Dr. and Mrs. Michael Greenburg Mr. and Mrs. Paul Greenfield Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Greenfield Dr. Mickey Greenfield Mr. and Mrs. Steven Greenhut Mrs. Jeannette Greenwald Dr. and Mrs. Earl Greenwald Ms. Gari Greenwald Mr. and Mrs. Edward Grenadier Ms. Ilisa Griffin Mr. Matthew Grinnan Mr. and Mrs. James Grinnan Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan Gross Mrs. Brenda Gross Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Arnold Mr. Marc Grosse and Ms. Lisa Ross Mr. and Mrs. Michael Grossinger Mrs. Roslyn Grossman Mrs. Dolly Grunthal Mr. and Mrs. Scott Gutterman Drs. Randall and Shoshana Haas Ms. Amy Hadden Mr. and Mrs. Greg Hall Ms. Ardene Halpern Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Halpern Ms. Gabrielle Hamaoui Mr. Peter Hammer Mr. Robert Handmaker Mrs. Cynthia Handmaker Mrs. Bonnie Hardy Ms. Melanie Hare Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Hare Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Harris Mr. and Mrs. Tom Harris Dr. and Mrs. Alan Harris Dr. Sherrie Harris Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harris Mr. and Mrs. Alan Harrison Rabbi and Mrs. Shaya Hauptman Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hayflick Mrs. Sonie Hecht Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hedrick Mrs. Leslie Held Mr. Steven Heller Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Helming Mr. Rafael Herman Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Herman Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hernandez Mr. and Mrs. Brian Herschkowitz Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hersh Ms. Dena Heyman Mrs. Raymonde Higgins Mr. and Mrs. Ken Hilbert Mr. and Mrs. Jon Hill Mr. John Nelson and Ms. Murren Hill John and Helen Hill Ms. Karen Hill

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hirsch Rabbi Joseph Hirsch Dr. and Mrs. Scott Hochwald Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hodor Mr. David Hoffman Mr. Royal Holian Mr. and Mrs. Jay Holiday Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Holzer Hazzan and Mrs. Jesse Holzer Mr. and Mrs. David Honig Mrs. Nancy Honig Mrs. Wendy Honigman Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Horn Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Horovitz Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Horovitz Ms. Sheila Horowitz Mr. and Mrs. Michael Howard Mr. and Mrs. Jason Hunt Mr. Arthur Hurwitz Mrs. Faye Hyken Ms. Janet Healy and Mr. Charles Hyman Mrs. Amanda Ibrahim Mr. and Mrs. Michael Isakbayev Ms. Helene Isolica Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Israel Mrs. Judith Israel Mrs. Marlene Israel Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jaben Dr. and Mrs. Ira Jackler Mr. and Mrs. Ted Jackrel Mr. and Mrs. George Jackson Mr. Marc Jackson and Ms. Ann Tiefenthaler Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Brian Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Leo Jacobson Mr. Darryl Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. Sam Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. James Jaffa Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jaffa Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jaffe Mr. and Mrs. Jon Jagodinski Ms. Gail Jarrett Mrs. and Mr. Alexa Jenkins Mrs. Lorraine Jenkins Mrs. Stacey Jewesak Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Jolles Mr. and Mrs. Charles Joseph Dr. Edward Joseph Ms. Sharon Juhasz Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kagan Mr. and Mrs. Alan Kagan Mr. and Mrs. Burton Kagen Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kahn Mr. and Mrs. Perry Kale Mr. and Mrs. Alan Kaminsky Mr. and Mrs. Herb Kaminsky Mr. Jeffry Wollitz and Ms. Randy Kammer Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Kane Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kanner Dr. and Mrs. Larry Kanter Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kantor Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Kaplan Mr. and Mrs. Philip Karp Mr. and Mrs. Jay Karp Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Karpman Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Karsin Mr. and Mrs. David Kasriel Ms. Michele Katz Mr. and Mrs. Michael Katz Mr. and Mrs. Alan Katz Dr. and Mrs. David Katz Ms. Libby Katz Mr. and Mrs. Manfred Katz Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kaufman Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kaufman Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kaufmann Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Kaunitz Dr. and Mrs. Marc Kaye Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kaye Mr. Robert Kaye Mrs. Barbara Kazin Mr. and Mrs. Benjay Kempner Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kempner Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kersun Judge and Mrs. Morton Kesler Ms. Sharon Kesler Ms. Marcia Kessler Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kessler Mr. and Mrs. Rudolf Kigel Mr. and Mrs. David Kight Ms. Simone Kilbourn Mr. and Mrs. Jack Killeen Dr. and Mrs. Garry Kitay Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Klausner Mr. and Mrs. Gil Kleiner Mr. Hy Kliman Ms. Janice Knack Mr. and Mrs. Myron Kodner Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kopp Dr. Michael Koren Mr. and Mrs. Brett Koretzky Mr. and Mrs. Howard Korman Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Korn Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kornhauser Mr. Yefim Brunfon and Mrs. Polina Koropova Mr. and Mrs. Eric Korzyniowski Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kossoff Mrs. Sylvia Kraemer Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kraemer Dr. and Mrs. Alan Krantz Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kraus Mr. and Mrs. Leo Kreisel Ms. JoAnn Krestul Mrs. Carolyn Krestul Dr. John Moreland and Dr. Eileen Krimsky Mrs. Barbara Kristal Ms. Ann Kristal Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Kristol Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Kuhbander Mrs. Shelley Kulchin Mr. Don Kupfer Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kurtz Dr. and Mrs. Ron Kushner Mr. Carl Kutlin Mr. and Mrs. Grant Kuvin Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Lafer Mr. and Mrs. Eric Land Ms. Rebecca Landerman Mr. Howard Laner Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Langer Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lantinberg Mr. and Mrs. Louis Larmoyeux Mrs. Sonya Lasris Mr. and Mrs. James Lawson Mrs. Naomi Lazar Mr. and Mrs. Eric Leach Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Leach Mr. and Mrs. Edward Leader Mr. and Mrs. Richard Leavitt Ms. Jean Lebowitz and

Ms. Thelma Lebowitz Mrs. Dorothy Legum Ms. Sybil Lehr Ms. Judith Leibowitz Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Leibowitz Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Leif Mr. and Mrs. Stephan Leimberg Ms. Tilde A. Lerman Dr. and Mrs. Eli Lerner Mrs. Louise Leve Drs. Jeff and Ilene Levenson Dr. and Mrs. H. Ronald Levin Mr. and Mrs. Michael Levin Mrs. Pearl Levin Mr. and Mrs. David Levine Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell Levine Mrs. Eileen Levine Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Levine Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Levine Ms. Robin Levine Mr. and Mrs. Mark Levine Ms. Stefanie Levine Mr. and Mrs. Kal Levinson Mr. Alan Levinson Mr. and Mrs. Don Levinson Ms. Carol Levitan Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Levitsky Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Levy Levy Memorial Fund Mr. and Mrs. Philip Levy Ms. Lillie Ray Levy Ms. Alexandra Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lieberman Mr. Tyler Curl and Ms. Jessica Ligator Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Ligon Dr. Leonard Lipkin Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Lipsky Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lissner Mrs. Muriel Litt Dr. and Mrs. Marc Litt Mr. Mark Lodinger Mr. and Mrs. Herman Lodinger Dr. David Loeb Mr. and Mrs. Alan Loeser Ms. Joan Logan Ms. Rhoda London Ms. Esther LoPiano Ms. Sherri Louer Ms. Maigret Loureiro Ms. Joanne Lowell Ms. Sylvia Lubliner Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner and Mrs. Susan Lubliner Ms. Marcia Luettchau Drs. Robert and Anne Lufrano Ms. Lucille Lustig Mrs. Betty Lustig Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mack Ms. Gabrielle E. Magid Mr. Leonard Magid and Mrs. Claudia Baker Mr. and Mrs. Steven Mail Mrs. Raquel Maiman Mr. and Mrs. Leonardo Maiman Ms. Stephanie Majeskey Mrs. Amy Malkin Mrs. Ilana Manasse Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Marcus Mr. and Mrs. John Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. Ron Margalit Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Margol Mr. and Mrs. Drew Margol Mrs. Marilyn Margol Mr. and Mrs. Alan Margolies Mr. and Mrs. Francis Marino Mr. and Mrs. Adam Marko Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Markowitz Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Marks Ms. Caroline Marks Dr. and Mrs. Alan Marks Ms. Dana Marmari Mr. and Mrs. Adam Marmelstein Mr Howard Capland and Ms Jeanne Maron Dr. Donald Mars Dr. Ronald Mars Mr. Ben Marsh Mr. and Mrs. Bob Marshak Mrs. Phyllis Martin Mr. and Mrs. Michael Martinez Mrs. Pearl Marton Dr. and Mrs. Mike Mass Mr. and Mrs. Adam Mautner Mrs. Deinya Mautz Mrs. Charlotte Mayo Mrs. Hilda Mazo Mr. and Mrs. Leo McCarthy Mr. and Mrs. Tom McNett Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Meisel Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Meiselman Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Melamed Mr. and Mrs. Walter Menaged Mr. and Mrs. Myron Mensh Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Meritt Mr. Joseph Merwin Mr. and Mrs. Paul Metlin Mr. and Mrs. Yosef Meyer Mr. and Mrs. Tony Milian Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Miller Mrs. Jo Miller Mr. Glenn Miller and Mr. Michael Miller Mr. Matthew Miller Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller Mr. Matt Miller Mr. Michael Miller Mrs. Melissa Miller Mrs. Margaret Miller Mr. and Mrs. David Miller Alexandra Miller Bequest Mr. Daniel Miller and Ms. Lior Spring Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Millrood Dr. Stuart Millstone Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Mintzer Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Mirensky Mrs. Shirley Mirkis Dr. and Mrs. Jon Mitzmacher Mr. and Mrs. Alan Mizrahi Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mizrahi Dr. and Mrs. Ed Mizrahi Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Mizrahi Mr. and Mrs. Steven Mizrahi Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mizrahi Mrs. Judy B. Mizrahi Mrs. Annice Molinaro Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Montagna Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morgan Dr. and Mrs. Craig Morgenthal Mrs. Sonya Morris Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Morris Mr. and Mrs. Joel Morris

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Donor List Continued from pg. 32 Mr. and Mrs. Joel Morris Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moskovitz Ms. Anita Moss Mr. Andrew Yellen and Ms. Ruthellen Mulberg Ms. Geri Myers Ms. Kathy Myers Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Myers Judge and Mrs. Bernard Nachman Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Nadler Dr. and Mrs. Peter Natale Dr. and Mrs. Alan Nathans Ms. Maria Natovitch Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Neadle Ms. Melissa Neadle Drs. Steven and Tmima Neihaus Mr. and Mrs. Lon Neuman Mr. and Mrs. Robert Newman Mr. and Mrs. William Newman Mr. and Mrs. Michael Nicotra Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nied Mr. and Mrs. Louis Nussbaum Drs. Michael and Sue Nussbaum Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nykerk Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Nykerk Ms. Linda Oberdorfer Mr. Andrew Ocean Ms. Gloria Oehlman Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Ohayon Mr. and Mrs. Jais Ohayon Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Olesker Mr. and Mrs. William Olive Mrs. Donne Ordile Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Organes Ms. Allysondra Osborne Mr. and Mrs. Morrie Osterer Ms. Sandra B. Overton Ms. Janice Ozer Ms. Ali Pagano Mr. and Mrs. Peter Pagano Ms. Marilyn Pagano Mr. and Mrs. Michael Paisner Ms. Leah Palestrant Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Palevsky Mr. Michael Pallen Mrs. Francine Parfitt Mr. and Mrs. Brian Pargman Mr. and Mrs. Todd Parker Mr. and Mrs. Richard Passink Mr. and Mrs. John Pataky Mr. and Mrs. Troy Patton Mr. and Mrs. Herman Paul Mr. and Mrs. Michael Paul Ms. Adele Paul Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Pearl Mr. and Mrs. Ira Peck Mr. and Mrs. Mark Penson Mrs. Sophia Pentel Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Perin Mr. and Mrs. Donald Perlin Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Perlis Dr. and Mrs. Gary Perlman Dr. and Mrs. Morton Perlman Mr. and Mrs. Doronne Perras Ms. Meredith Persky Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Persky Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Peters Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Pies Mr. and Mrs. Eric Pinnar Dr. Leslie Platock and Mr. Brian Platock Ms. Laura Platzer Mr. and Mrs. Michael Platzer Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Plaut Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Plotkin Mr. and Mrs. Richard Plotkin Mr. and Mrs. Jay Plotkin Mrs. Lita Poehlman Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pollan Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Pollock Dr. Judy and Mr. Ronel Poppell Mr. and Mrs. Steven Porter Ms. Elaine Portnoy Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Portnoy Mrs. Phyllis Portnoy Mr. and Mrs. Jan Pozin Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pozin Mr. and Mrs. Marc Preminger Mr. Neil Presser Mrs. Anne Presser Mr. Bradley Preuss Mr. Michael Price Dr. Susan Price Mr. and Mrs. Sam Price Mr. and Mrs. Ron Price Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Priddle Dr. and Mrs. Michael Pulley Ms. Terri Quint Dr. and Mrs. Marco Rand Mrs. Laura Rappaport-Spector Mr. and Mrs. Neil Rashba Dr. and Mrs. Alan Rauchwarger Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Rauchwarger Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Raudt Mr. Melvin Redmond Rein Family Mr. and Mrs. Ed Reinfeld Dr. Harry Reinstine Jr Mr. Edward Witlen and Ms. Marie Reitzes Mr. and Mrs. Harold Reiz Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Resnick Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Resnick Mrs. Barbara Resnick Ms. Sondra Resnikoff Dr. Amy and Mr. Jason Rice Mrs. Marian Rice Dr. Deena Richman and Mr. James Richman Mrs. Ina Richter Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rickerson Mr. and Mrs. Matt Rickoff Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Rideman Mr. and Mrs. William Rifkin Mrs. Toby Ringel Dr. and Mrs. Harris Rittenberg Mr. and Mrs. Skip Roach Mr. and Mrs. David Robbins Mr. Leon Robins Mrs. Linda Rodman Mr. Howard Roey Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rogove Dr. and Mrs. Abe Rogozinski Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rogozinski Dr. and Mrs. Chaim Rogozinski Mr. and Mrs. Steven Rohan Mr. Jeff Rood Mr. and Mrs. Don Rosborough Ms. Margaret Rose Mr. William Rose Ms. Gilda Roseman Mr. Paul E. Rosen Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Rosen Dr. and Mrs. Elliott Rosenbaum Ronnie & Jerrold Rosenbaum Family Mr. Jerome Rosenbaum Dr. and Mrs. Sanford Rosenberg Mrs. Janet Rosenblatt Ms. Sharon Rosenblum

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federation news Mrs. Stacia Rosenblum Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rosenfield Mrs. Elaine Rosenthal Ms. Marla Rosin-Borrousch and Ms. Pennie Rosin-Borrousch Mr. and Mrs. Alan Rosner Mr. and Mrs. Steve Ross Ms. Hilary Rotenberg Dr. and Mrs. Neal Roth Mrs. Sandi Roth Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Rothstein Mr. Simon Rothstein Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell Rothstein Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rothstein Ms. Nan Rothstein Mr. and Mrs. Grigory Royzen Mr. and Mrs. George Rubens Ms. Nancy Rubenstein Mrs. Laura Rubin and Mr. Irwin Kirk Mrs. Arlene Rubin Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Rubin Dr. and Mrs. Devon Rubin Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ruby Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ruby Dr. and Mrs. Gene Ruckh Mrs. Shirley Rudnick Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rudowitz Mr. and Mrs. Leif Rush Mr. Joseph Rutansky Mr. and Mrs. David Saag Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sachs Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Sachs Dr. and Dr. Barbara Sharp Mrs. Carol Sack Ms. Daryl Sadowsky Ms. Jill Sadowsky Mrs. Rubye Safer Joe P. Safer Endowment Fund Mr. and Mrs. Eliot Safer Ms. Eleanor Safer Mrs. Gaye Sager Ms. Bess Saliman Ms. Debra Salinas Dr. and Mrs. David Sall Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Saltz Rabbi and Mrs. Martin Sandberg Dr. and Mrs. Craig Sandler Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sandler Dr. and Mrs. Eric Sandler Mr. and Mrs. Neil Sandler Mrs. Eleanor Sapolsky Drs. Jeff and Wendy Sapolsky Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Saraga Ms. Mitzi Saul Mr. and Mrs. Mark Saye Mr. and Mrs. David Schachnovsky Dr. and Mrs. Howard Schare Dr. and Mrs. Michael Scharf Dr. and Mrs. Jay Schauben Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Scheer Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schemer Judge and Mrs. Jack Schemer Ms. Amy Schemer Mrs. Frances Schemer Mr. and Mrs. William Schemer Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Schemer Mrs. Shirley Schemer Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schiller Ms. Ilene Schinasi Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Schlackman Judge and Mrs. Harvey Schlesinger Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schneider Judy and Robert Schnitzer Rabbi and Mrs. Avi Schochet Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Schulman Mrs. Laura Schulman Ms. Regina Schuman Mr. Simon Schuster Dr. and Mrs. Brian Schwam Mr. and Mrs. David Schwam-Baird Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan Schwartz Mr. Ryan Schwartz Mr. Brandon Schwartz Mr. Marc Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. Craig Schwartz Mr. Zachary Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. Allan Sebotnick Ms. Stephanie Seebol Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Seebol Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sekine Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Selber Selevan Family Mr. Jack Merwin and Ms. Karen Selig Mrs. Mimi Selig Mr. Alan Selmanoff Dr. and Mrs. Robert Selwitz Mr. Howard Serkin Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Serkin Mrs. Jeanne Serota-Schultz Dr. and Mrs. Barry Setzer Setzer Family Mr. and Mrs. Alan Setzer Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Shacter Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shafer Mr. and Mrs. Mark Shainbrown Mrs. Arlene Shainbrown Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shapiro Mrs. Juli Shapiro Mr. Barry Shapiro Dr. and Mrs. Craig Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Steven Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Joel Shapiro Rabbi and Mrs. Rick Shapiro Rabbi and Mrs. Mendel Sharfstein Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shenkman Mr. and Mrs. Jay Sherline Mr. and Mrs. Steven Sherman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shieldhouse Mr. and Mrs. Josh Shilts Mr. Harry Shmunes Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shorstein Shorstein Family Mr. and Mrs. David Shuman Dr. and Mrs. Michael Shumer Dr. and Mrs. Jules Sidle Mr. and Mrs. Edward Siegel Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Signer Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Silbar Mr. and Mrs. Leon Silke Ms. Elaine Silver Mrs. Cynthia Silverberg Mr. and Mrs. Gary Silverfield Ms. Barbara Berlin and Mr. Robert Silverman Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Silverman Mrs. Christine Silverton Mr. and Mrs. Chris Simmons Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Simms Mrs. Deborah Simon Mrs. Julie Simon Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Sims Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon Singal Mr. and Mrs. Richard Singer Mr. and Mrs. Federick Singer Mrs Carole Sinoff Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sisisky Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Sherman Mr. and Mrs. Adam Skala Mrs. Irene Sloat Mr. and Mrs. Alan Smiley Ms. Laurie Smirl Mrs. Francine Smith Mr. and Mrs. Avi Smith Ms. Dianna Smith Mr. and Mrs. Eric Smith Mr. and Mrs. Lon Smolensky Drs. Todd and Catherine Snowden

Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Soffer Ms. Zina Sohaney Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Soilson Mr. and Mrs. Eugolio Soliven Dr. and Mrs. Michael Solloway Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Solomon Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Solomon Mrs. Carole Solomon Ms. Cindy Spain Mr. and Mrs. David Spencer Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Spill Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Spiritas Mr. and Mrs. Mark Spivak Mr. and Mrs. Tom Spriggs Mrs. Elaine Stack Mr. Rob Armstrong and Ms. Barbara Stafford Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Stark Dr. and Mrs. Mandell Stearman Mrs. Susan Stein Mr. and Mrs. Jay Stein Mr. Daniel Stein Mr. and Mrs. David Stein Ms. Ruth Stein Mrs. Marilyn Stein Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Steinberg Mr. and Mrs. Martin Steinberg Ms. Talia Steiner Mr. and Mrs. David Steinfeld Dr. and Mrs. Irving Sterman Mr. and Mrs. Murray Stern Ms. Irina Stevens Ms. Adele Stewart Mr. and Mrs. David Stone Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Stone Mr. Richard Margulies and Mrs. Karen Stone Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Stone Mrs. Bernice Stone Mr. and Mrs. Leon Stone Dr. and Mrs. Richard Stromberg Mr. George Strumlauf Ms. Linda Stuart Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Sugar Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Sullivan Dr. and Mrs. Saul Sussman Dr. Millie and Mr. Edward Tannen Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Tannenbaum Mrs. Marilyn Tanney Ms. Shelley Tarbox Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Tavill Mrs. Barbara Teitelman Mr. Larry Teitelman Mr. and Mrs. Leonid Tesler Ms. Laura Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Lev Tillis Rabbi and Mrs. Howard Tilman Ms. Marion Tischler Dr. Karen Toker Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Toyzer Mr. and Mrs. Marty Trachtenberg Mr. Asher Trager Mr. and Mrs. Jason Trager Mr. and Mrs. Brent Trager Trager Family Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Triebwasser

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tromberg Ms. Esfir Tulchinskaya Mrs. Carol Turbow Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Turko Mr. and Mrs. Izrail Turovskiy Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ullmann Mrs. Phyllis Usdin Mr. and Mrs. Sean Valliere Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Van Mrs. Hope Vandervort-Kulish Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Vandroff Mrs. Dot Verstandig Ms. Sharon Voiron Mr. and Mrs. Vladimir Voloshin Mr. and Ms. Yan Makeev Mr. and Mrs. Terry Waggoner Mr. and Mrs. Jules Wagman Mr. and Mrs. Sumner Waitz Mr. and Mrs. Ilan Wajsman Mr. and Mrs. Blair Walker Mr. Eric Wallace Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wallman Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Ware Dr. and Mrs. Steven Warfield Mr. Michael Waskew and Ms. Elsa Mitschele Drs. Paul and Marte Wasserman Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wasserman Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Watkins Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Weihnacht Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weiner Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Weiner Dr. Joseph Weinman Mrs. Linda Weinstein Ms. Rachel Weinstein Mrs. Renee Weinstein Mrs. Margie Weinstein Mr. Daniel Weinstock Mr. and Mrs. Arlen Weintraub Mr. and Mrs. David Weintraub Mr. and Mrs. David Weisblatt Mrs. Susanne Weisman Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Weiss Mrs. Sandra Weiss Dr. and Mrs. David Weiss Mr. Mitchell Weiss and Mrs. Gale Cohen-Weiss Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Weitzen Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Weitzner Mrs. June Weltman Dr. and Mrs. Gary Weltman Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Werner Mr. and Mrs. Brian Wheeler Mr. and Mrs. Josh Whitman Mr. Jeff Wiener Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Wilde Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wilkinson Mrs. Linda Wilkinson Mr. and Mrs. Skip Willbach Mrs. Dottie Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Steven Wilson Mr. Stuart Wilson Mrs. Hylda Wilson Mr. and Mrs. James Wiss Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Witt Mrs. Jacqueline Witte

Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Witten Ms. Carole Witten Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Wohl Ms. Kathy Wohlhuter Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Wolchok Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Wolchok Mr. and Dr. Arnie Wolf Mr. and Mrs. David Wolf Mr. and Mrs. Judah Wolf Ms. Irene Wolfe Mrs. Lesley Wolfson Dr. David Wolfson Dr. and Mrs. Bud Wolfson Mrs. Carole Wolpin Mr. and Mrs. Howard Wolpoff Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodard Ms. Elaine Wright Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Wyzan Mrs. Marjorie Wyzan Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Yahre Mr. and Mrs. Evan Yegelwel Mrs. Elsie Yellin Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Yergin Mr. Leon Yergin and Ms. Caryn Kenny Mr. and Mrs. Larry Yeston Dr. Harry Yoffee Dr. and Mrs. Brian Young Mr. and Mrs. Donald Young Dr. and Mrs. Larry Young Mr. and Mrs. Dana Zaifert Mr. and Mrs. David Zavon Ms. Anita Zeldin Mrs. Elissa Ziemba Mr. and Mrs. Lev Zilberman Mrs. Donna Zimmerman Mr. Lanny Zimmerman Dr. and Mrs. Rod Zimmerman Zimmerman Family Mrs. Barbara Zimmerman Mr. Sandy Zimmerman Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Zisser Mr. Jonathan Zisser Mr. and Mrs. Barry Zisser Mr. Daniel L. Zucker Mr. and Mrs. Michael Zverinsky

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A holiday invitation for newcomers from Shalom Jacksonville BY ISABEL BALOTIN

many holiday meals and celebrations taking place in homes across the city. Please let me (Isabel Balotin) know if you are seeking holiday hospitality and we will arrange the match. If you are new and would like

Shalom Jacksonville Director

The holidays can often be lonely times when you are away from family and close friends, which is why our very generous and welcoming Jacksonville Jewish community extends an invitation to you to share in the

Beth El- The Beaches welcomes familiar face in Vickie Kennedy as its new education director BY SHERILL HERZFIELD

Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue

Vickie Kennedy has been named Education Director for the religious school at Beth ElThe Beaches Synagogue. As an originating member of Beth El and former Education Director in 2005, the religious community is excited to have her back at the helm. Kennedy returns to this position with plenty of experience, as she has been a member of Beth El - The Beaches Synagogue since its inception in 1991 and has volunteered her time in many ways. She has not only led the religious school as the Education Director from 2005-09, but she taught both religious school and adult education and is the current Sisterhood President in addition to being an active member on the temple board. Prior to retiring, Ms. Kennedy taught for 25 years at Neptune Beach Elementary. “Children of Beth El families will love Judaism and engage in continuous lifelong learning about our faith”, Kennedy said while preparing the classrooms for the start of the religious school year. Her renewed


Vickie Kennedy

goal and mission is for “Beth El Religious School to provide students and their families with an inclusive, planned, spiraling curriculum designed to inspire, engage and educate”. Helping her achieve this mission are five returning educators and four new additions. Religious school at Beth El- The Beaches Synagogue began Sunday, Aug. 20th.




to attend services for the High Holidays, we suggest you call the synagogue of your choice and check to see what their ticket policy is, as in some cases, newcomers are given complimentary entry. Detailed synagogue

and service information can be found is this issue. Also, if you would like to host a new family or person, please contact me at 904-448-5000, ext. 1206 or at shalomjax@jewishjacksonville. org.

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