JewishLife: Winter 2022/2023

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WINTER 2022/2023 DECEMBER/JANUARY/FEBRUARY KISLEV - TEVET - SHEVAT 5783 JEWISHJACKSONVILLE.ORG
JEWISH FEDERATION & FOUNDATION OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA
3 CONTENTS December 2022 | January 2023 | February 2023 NEWS & NOTEWORTHY Winter 2022/2023 5-6 Making Giving Smarter (Not Harder!) 7 My First Four Months 8 The Linda DuBow Beautification Fund: 2022 Grantmaking Awards 9 On The Horizon: Patio Pals 12 An Update On Israel And Overseas 13 Champagne Brunch Welcomes Local Navy Commander 14 Remembering Kenny Kraemer 15 The Together Strong Community Fund: Join Us To Combat Bias Against All 16 Dispel The Darkness. Shine A Light. 18 New Year, New Business & Professionals Division COMMUNITY 24 Welcome To Israel. Your Life Will Never Be The Same. 25 Notes Of Gratitude 26 The LJD Jewish Family & Commuinity Services Welcomes New Board President 28 What Are We Grateful For? 29 Martin J. Gottlieb Day School Introduces Robin Social-Emotional Curriculum SEE & BE SCENE WORTH THE SCHLEP 20-21 A Mini-Mission: Touring The Agencies THANK YOU TO OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS: SILVER Claude Nolan Cadillac BRONZE Della Porta Group Hugo’s Fine Furniture & Interiors Miriam’s Jewelry Roy Miller & Associates Ullmann Wealth Partners 31-37 40-42 Cover photo credit: Jeremy Cohen (@jermcohen)

FROM THE DESK OF MARIAM FEIST, CEO

As the new year approaches and winter settles in, with cooler weather and darker afternoons, we turn to things that bring us comfort. While some may crave carbs, warm soups, and cozy blankets, we all crave sunshine, warmth, and light. The light plays such a significant role in our lives - especially in Jewish life. Every Friday before sundown, we light our Shabbos candles, the glow bringing us comfort and marking the beginning of rest and introspection. As we celebrate Chanukah, we light the menorah, and many refer to this holiday as the Festival of Lights.

The Jewish Federation & Foundation is like a light unto the community. Much of what we do pushes our community out of darkness and into light. This can be as simple as shedding light on information to help keep the community informedlike the content of JewishLife Magazine. It

can be as poignant as creating a Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) to help shed light on antisemitism, bias, and hate, and to form actions to combat this alarmingly rising trend. It can be a Community Security Initiative (CSI), which will shed light on how we can better protect our community so we can live freely and proudly as Jews in Northeast Florida. Or, it can be a necessity like our Community Demographic and Needs Study, that will shed light on who makes up our vast and growing community so our agencies, schools, and shuls can strategically plan for our future.

The Jewish Federation & Foundation is so much more than just a fundraising and granting organization - however, that is the core of our business. Those much-needed dollars raised through our annual campaign offer light to those in need today, and

the Foundation dollars raised for tomorrow ensure the flame continues to burn for generations to come. Imagine if every member of the community helped feed the fire. We have the capacity to raise hundreds of thousands more to shed light and provide comfort for those most vulnerable here in Northeast Florida, in Israel, and around the world. Please consider joining us and count yourself as a keeper of the flame.

B’Shalom, Mariam www.jewishjacksonville.org

Sara Bass

Executive Assistant sarab@jewishjacksonville.org

Pat Burke

Director, Finance patb@jewishjacksonville.org

Mariam Feist CEO mariamf@jewishjacksonville.org

Faye Hedrick

Director, Young Professionals & Families fayeh@jewishjacksonville.org

Rachel Heiser

Campaign and Donor Relations Coordinator rachelh@jewishjacksonville.org

Tal Mola

Israeli Community Shlicha jaxshlichut@jewishjacksonville.org

Jill Metlin

Israel and Overseas Coordinator jillm@jewishjacksonville.org

Jennifer Rensch Foundation Manager jenniferr@jewishjacksonville.org

Lauren Rickoff

Director, Campaign and Women’s Philanthropy laurenr@jewishjacksonville.org

Kellie Smith

Director, Foundation kelliek@jewishjacksonville.org

Zahni Thuzar Marketing Manager zahnit@jewishjacksonville.org

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MAKING GIVING SMARTER (NOT HARDER!)

In recent years, we’ve seen a seemingly never-ending stream of tragedy in the news - most recently, Hurricane Ian devastating communities across Florida. 2022’s market volatility and rising inflation has left many with less disposable income, pitting our compassion to help against worsening economic anxiety and financial constraints. However, in my role as the Director of the Foundation, I work with donors who continue to respond to these everyday urgent needs with support for charities working on the ground. It’s not that Jewish Foundation donors are immune to financial anxiety, but that many of them took strategic steps that now allow them to maintain their philanthropic commitments. For many of these donors, it comes down to their donor-advised fund.

A Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is like an investment account strictly for charitable giving. A donor establishes a fund and can

then donate a variety of assets to be eligible for an immediate tax deduction. Those funds can be invested for tax-free growth, and donors can choose to recommend grants to qualified public charities immediately or over time. One of the beauties of the donor-advised fund is its ability to help you give more to the causes you care about. The fund makes it easy to donate long-term appreciated assets - like stock or mutual fund sharesdirectly to charity instead of selling it first. This can allow you to give up to 20% more to charity. This can be a flexible, effective tool to pair with a wide-range of strategies for smarter, more efficient charitable donations. A recent survey among DAF holders demonstrates just how strategic and practical charitable giving can be.

DAF account holders think of charitable donations as more than a budget line item. Nearly all say they first established their DAF to optimize their charitable donations for both charities and their own tax benefit. There are a variety of ways the DAF can help you potentially minimize your tax burden while creating a larger donation for charity:

Minimize capital gains

tax. More than half of donors establish a DAF to minimize capital gains tax owed on appreciated assets. Donating long-term appreciated securities directly to charity - instead of liquidating the asset and donating the proceedscan provide dual tax benefits. Your donations are eligible for an income tax deduction for the full fair-market value of the asset, and capital gains tax on the asset can be eliminated. This one strategy can help maximize both your tax benefit and the overall amount you have available to grant to charity.

Leverage your DAF through “bunching”consolidate multiple years of giving into one tax year to increase tax savings. This strategy allows you to surpass the itemization threshold, and then take the standard deduction in off years. Millennial donors are more likely to establish a DAF to take advantage of this strategy. They are often still ramping up their charitable donations and bunching gives them the boost they need to save on taxes, while still allowing them to continue regular support for their favorite charities.

Invest charitable funds for tax-free growth. 44%

of DAF holders cited tax-free investment growth on their charitable assets as a motivation for opening their fund. Once it’s established, donors may recommend an investment strategy for their account - potentially growing their initial contribution and providing more dollars to grant to charity.

These are just a few of the ways that DAFs enable mutually beneficial strategies that can create more valuable outcomes for both the donor and the charities they support. In addition to the financial and tax-related benefits, many donors also choose a DAF for administrative reasons like these:

Centralize giving into one hub. More than half of DAF holders established a DAF to better organize their giving. Funneling all your charitable dollars through a DAF is streamlined and efficient - whether you recommend grants to one charity or 100, your tax recordkeeping is all in one convenient location.

Build a charitable legacy. Account holders use their DAF to support their charitable giving goals now and in the future.

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[Making Giving Smarter, continued]

Nearly three in ten Baby Boomer donors opened a DAF to support their giving in retirement, while 22% wanted to create a charitable legacy to pass on.

Strategize for the future. A third of donors open a DAF to prepare for future gifts to charity. Sometimes, they have a large chunk of money to give away - from the sale of a business or another windfall - and they simply need time to figure out their plan. Others open a fund so they can put aside money over time for a bigger gift, like

establishing a scholarship fund. With its flexibility, there’s something to address a wide range of needs no matter your stage of life, financial situation, or charitable objectives.

There’s no time like the present. Year-end is the perfect time to work with your advisor in crafting a giving plan that’s aligned with your goals and ensures you’re making the most efficient charitable decisions. It’s the best gift you can give yourself and the charities you love.

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MY FIRST FOUR MONTHS

Four months ago, I arrived in Jacksonville excited, curious, and afraid. As soon as I landed, all my fears changed to one great feeling of gratitude. At the airport, Theresa Levy, Tal Osher, and Allison Jacobs were waiting for me with a huge sign that read “Welcome, Tal”. At that moment, I understood and felt the warmth (not only in the weather) and the love that so characterizes this community.

Since then, there have been ups and downs, mainly because I’m missing home and family, but there is no doubt that the huge support I receive from my colleagues at the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida and the JCA, my host families, and the community in general strengthens me and helps me focus on doing what I am here to do - bring Israel home to you. I want to thank everyone who has been there for me since I arrived, and I want to invite anyone who would like to get together to reach out to me at jaxshlichut@ jewishjacksonville.org to meet for coffee (or tea).

My first programs were about the High Holidays and were held at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School and

the Sunday School at Beth El - The Beaches. On Rosh Hashanah, I did a program at the JCA after school where the class wrote letters to their classmates wishing them a good year. For Sukkot, I worked with students on sukkah decorations. The kids had a lot of fun and I even discovered an artistic side in me.

I conducted the same Rosh Hashanah letter-writing program with the Jewish Federation staff. It was a good opportunity to reflect on the past year and to think about what we would like to wish our colleagues and ourselves for the New Year.

Once a month I held a “Café Israeli” program, where we discussed hot topics related to Israelsuch as elections, my military service, and the Memorial Day for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. This event will still be held monthly, but I have adapted it to reflect my own style and have rebranded it as “Israel Time.” I will continue to cover hot Israeli topics and will make it even more fun and interactive. Be on the look out for my announcements - you don’t want to miss it!

On November 30th, we had a big celebration for the Ethiopian Jewish holiday of Sigd (Worship)

for the first time in Jacksonville. The time and effort I put in, along with several volunteers and other community members, was worth it. More than 50 people came to learn about the holiday and celebrate with traditional Ethiopian food and dance. I explained the origins of Sigd and its history in Ehtiopia - and now in Israel - and finally, we watched the stunning

dancers who volunteered to come and dance to the sounds of Ethiopian music.

I invite you to come to my programs, to hear about Israel from different aspects of culture, history, and food, and through my personal story.

Yours, Tal

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THE LINDA DUBOW BEAUTIFICATION FUND: 2022 GRANTMAKING AWARDS

The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida is proud to announce another round of grants issued from the Linda DuBow Beautification Fund in memory of our beloved lifelong community member. The DuBow family worked closely with the Jewish Foundation to establish the fund in 2021 with the intention of making annual grants to improve the aesthetics and functionality of the places that Linda held most dear. This September was the second time a committee of volunteer community members met to review and score the beautification proposals, and since its inception, the fund has awarded a total of $30,000 in grants.

We are delighted to reveal the decision of this year’s committee to award funding to two exciting partner agency projects: the renovation and revitalization of the Setzer Social Hall of the Jacksonville Jewish Center and the Allison Stein Robbins Building of the LJD Jewish Family & Community Services. Here’s what each of these organizations has to say about receiving this generous grant:

At our Allison Stein Robbins Building, case managers provide services to stabilize and strengthen children at risk of abuse and neglect, parents and children reeling from the after-effects of family violence, and households struggling with hunger or facing homelessness. The work is tireless and doesn’t end at the typical “close of business.” While this is a wonderful building that meets their needs for flexible workspace, confidential and family-friendly visitation rooms, and meeting spaces, we are excited to take its look to the next level. By adding a warmth and spark to the space, this grant will help us move purposefully in that direction, helping our building’s environment match our agency’s values of respect and dignity and a mutual investment in the staff and the families we serve. - The LJD Jewish Family & Community Services

The updated look of the Bessie Setzer Activity Center, which was made possible from our last grant from the Linda DuBow Beautification Fund, has made such a difference to our community members. We are elated to be able to share with them that we will be able to continue

these enhancements with another grant from the fund, centered on improving the aesthetics of the Benjamin Setzer Social Hall. Beautifying this space will help encourage future use of the Center as an event space, where weddings and s’mahot can happen often - without the added burden of large expenses, such as draping and lighting, to improve the room’s current condition.

- Jacksonville Jewish Center

The Jewish Foundation is honored to be working in partnership with the DuBow family to celebrate Linda and provide a fresh look to our partner agencies’ spaces in her memory. To learn more about the Linda DuBow Beautification Fund, or how you can begin creating your own Jewish Legacy, please contact Kellie Smith, Director, Foundation, at kelliek@ jewishjacksonville.org or (904) 512-3796.

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ON THE HORIZON : PATIO PALS

According to Generations United, a national organization that focuses on intergenerational collaboration, two in three Americans would like to spend more time with others outside of their age group. With the goal to bring older and younger generations together, while positively affecting everyone involved, Patio Pals was created. “Knowing the value of intergenerational relationships, Patio Pals is an especially exciting program to be able to help connect our broad Jewish Northeast Florida community with seniors here in town,” asserts Sophie Rothstein, Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida’s Young Professionals & Families’ Strategic Planning Partner.

Intergenerational opportunities help with a greater sense of connection and learning from one another. New friendships formed between generations improve communities. Each individual - young or old - is able to serve as a teacher, a mentor, or even a grandparent/grandchild to someone who may not otherwise have that tie. Intergenerational programming uniquely

allows generations to share stories with each other and pass on traditions. These shared stories and traditions allow for a better understanding of lifestyles, both similar to and different from one’s own.

We are so excited to collaborate with our very own River Garden Senior Services on this program. The senior living campus is a not-for-profit, mission-driven agency, serving people of all faiths. The care center and patio apartments are located on a 40-acre campus in the heart of Northeast Florida. River Garden’s environment is supportive of Jewish identity and informed by Jewish values, making it the perfect space to form meaningful friendships bringing generations together.

The best way for a loved one to experience these benefits is to simply spend time with others of a different generation. Patio Pals will provide an opportunity if you’re new to the city or missing a grandparent. We’re hoping this program bridges our generations in a fun, no-obligation, make-it-what-you-want kind of way. There are a variety of activities that people of all ages can do together - from a card game, to a recipe to share, to a conversation based

on any holiday tradition. We know you don’t all live near your bubbes or bubbelas.

To learn more, or join our pilot program to meet and bond with a senior or young professional here in Northeast Florida, email Faye Hedrick at fayeh@ jewishjacksonville.org or call (904) 512-3797. Your

next step will be to fill out a questionnaire. This questionnaire helps match participants to establish the best possible connections. All volunteers will be subject to a background check and asked to sign a waiver.

“We’re excited to welcome Patio Pals to our campus as our newest intergenerational program. Our residents and Coves members will have the opportunity to broaden their social circles as they engage in an exchange between generations. This is mutually beneficial and will result in new friendships. We are grateful to Sophie Rothstein and YPF for initiating this partnership.” - Leslie Held, Director of Jewish Life and Volunteer Services at River Garden Hebrew Home

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Focus on Your Healing

When you or a loved one are in need of post-acute care following a planned or unexpected hospital stay, request River Garden for your rehabilitation needs. Our spacious therapy center offers individualized treatment plans delivered by highly skilled specialized therapists whose main priority is helping you regain your best quality of life.

Request River Garden RiverGarden.org | (904) 886.8419

A not-for-profit agency sponsored by the organized Jacksonville Jewish community.

More Than a Home Away From Home

Our Adult Day Program offers a purposeful, safe environment for seniors who require extra support. Each day a variety of activities engage clients’ physical, social and occupational interests, so caregivers can work, relax or tend to their own needs.

Request River Garden RiverGarden.org | (904) 288.7858

A not-for-profit agency sponsored by the organized Jacksonville Jewish community.

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AN UPDATE ON ISRAEL AND OVERSEAS

have seen her at the JCA, Jewish Federation events, or at the synagogues and day schools. This program is part of The Jewish Agency for Israel.

In the recent Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida Impact Report, I wrote about the many Israel and Overseas programs in which your Jewish Federation is involved. You may recall the descriptions of Partnership2Gether, Joint Distribution Committee, World ORT, The Jewish Agency for Israel, etc. Knowing about the programs you support is important. But how do we make them come alive?

One of the programs that was mentioned - the Shlichut program (emissary, messenger) - has been an integral part of the Jewish Federation’s programming for the past six years. Tal Mola is our Israeli Community Shlicha this year and next, and brings Israel here to us in Northeast Florida. Tal arrived in August and has been educating us on Israeli life - teaching us about holidays, customs, history, and culture in her own unique way. You may

Janet Goldstein and Rona Siegel are steadfast volunteers for the Partnership2Gether’s One2One program, where our local educators work virtually with Israeli middle and high school students in our partnership region of Hadera-Eiron. The goal of the program is to help the students with their English-speaking skills and foster stronger ties between Northeast Florida and the region.

Janet has stated, “Our time with the students is informal and fun...I’ve even met the students and their families on my last trip to Israel!” Rona mentioned that “The Israeli children and families are exceptionaly grateful to have these One2One lessons with us.” She also said that as a result of this program, she has deepened her close ties with our Israeli family in Hadera-Eiron.

Many of you are familiar with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). It is headquartered in New York City and works in all four corners of the globe. Since its founding in 1914, rescue has been JDC’s foremost mission. They

rescued and aided refugees from Nazi Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, from Hungary in the mid-1950s, from Ethiopia, Yugoslavia, and, of course, Ukraine. In 2014, JDC evacuated Holocaust survivors Meri and Leonid Zegelman. They had to leave their home city of Lugansk and relocate to Kharkov when war broke out in Eastern Ukraine. This was the second time JDC was able to save Meri. After escaping from Berlin during World War II to wait out the war as a refugee in Shanghai, Meri credits JDC’s soup kitchens for keeping him and his family alive.

Do you have a story to share? Has your family been impacted by The Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC, or World ORT? Have you or your children participated in Birthright? Partnership2gether?

Visited Hadera-Eiron? If so, I would appreciate hearing from you. Please reach out to me via email at jillm@ jewishjacksonville.org, or call me at (904) 224-1445.

Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you.

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CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH WELCOMES LOCAL NAVY COMMANDER

The Women’s Philanthropy Champagne Brunch builds connections for women throughout the community. While the main goal of the event is to raise funds for the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida’s 2023 Annual Campaign, an intangible goal is to unite women in shared values and build relationships. It was important to this year’s co-chairs, Suzie Becker and Monique Miller, that the event be fun and impactful.

The featured speaker is Commander Alexa Jenkins, U.S. Navy, Commanding Officer USS Carney DDG-64, the first Jewish woman to command a Navy destroyer. Commander Jenkins will share how her Jewish values guide her leadership. “Admiring someone can mean many things. In the case of Commander Jenkins it is her captivating presence, thoughtful composure, sense of humor, humility, and respect for humanity that is inspired and inspiring. Learning from her experiences helps to shape perspective on what a modern Jewish woman stands for,” said Becker.

This special event will take

place on January 22, 2023, at the beautiful Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. In addition to the featured speaker, there will be a fabulous raffle - prizes include fine jewelry, beautiful art, beauty experiences, and so much more.

Each year, women participate in a special mitzvah project. This year, attendees are asked to bring cans of soup to be donated to the Max Block Food Pantry at the LJD Jewish Family & Community Services.

Historically, over 100 women attend this annual event in a show of support for our Jewish community. Miller said, “The Jewish Federation & Foundation

makes a huge impact in our community. As an educator, I especially appreciate their support of our local community organizations and educational institutions on all levels. I’m grateful to serve alongside this amazing group of warm and welcoming women who have worked so hard to make this important event possible.”

Contact Lauren Rickoff at laurenr@ jewishjacksonville.org, or visit events.idonate.com/ champagnebrunch2023 for details.

Kenny Kraemer made friends everywhere he went throughout his life. He loved interacting with people and could talk to anyone about anything, and his quick wit and hilarious sense of humor delighted all who were fortunate enough to have had the pleasure of knowing him.

In the loving words of his mother, Iris, at his memorial service:

From the moment he was born, Kenny brought us indescribable joy...He was blessed with a day school education and a family who kept traditions. When he lived his most trying and challenging years, he was blessed with a family who never gave up on helping him become the person he was meant to be. And

eventually, like in the Wizard of Oz, Kenny’s life went from black and white to color... Kenny was blessed with a transformation that turned him into one of the finest people we have ever known. He dedicated himself to his son, Jonah, and as daddies go, he was the champion. He repaired himself and he had begun to repair the world. It is now up to us to live up to his example; he set the bar high.

Kenny passed at a time when he was living and treasuring life to its fullest potential. He cherished his family deeply and had discovered profound purpose in dedicating himself professionally to helping people help themselves. He was a generous and compassionate son, grandson, brother, father, and friend, whose spirit inspired those around him.

Through the opening of the Kenny Kraemer Community Unity Fund, the Kraemer family hopes to share that spirit with the entire community.

Kenny will be missed dearly by many; may his memory be for a blessing and his legacy live on in our community. Let us all strive to carry forward that legacy in our own daily living - a legacy that embodies the principle of Tikkun Olam - repairing oneself to then turn one’s focus to repairing the world around them. As Rabbi Lubliner spoke in his eulogy, “Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once said...’The deepest wisdom a person can attain is to know that his destiny is to aid and to serve others.’”

The Kenny Kraemer Community Unity Fund is a field of interest fund established in beloved memory of Kenneth “Kenny” Kraemer, upon his passing in September 2022. The Kenny Kraemer Community Unity Fund is managed by the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida and will fund projects that enhance collaboration, partnership, and unity for the greater good of the Jewish community, and honor Kenny’s spirit of joyous cooperation.

To give to the fund, please visit jewishjacksonville.org/ kennykraemer, or contact Kellie Smith at the Jewish Foundation: (904) 512-3796.

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THE TOGETHER STRONG COMMUNITY FUND: JOIN US TO COMBAT BIAS AGAINST ALL

In response to the recent upsurge in hate speech, the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida is honored to announce that David Miller, on behalf of the Miller families, has established the Together Strong Community Fund with $1 million to address antisemitism and to help bring the community together.

The new fund will ignite a community-wide endeavor to use education, conversation, and interaction to combat the root causes of bias. The contribution will also provide a matching challenge to the community so others may join as stakeholders in this effort. The Together Strong Community Fund is in addition to the Miller families’ recent $1 million gift to the Jewish Community Alliance’s (JCA) upcoming capital campaign, which will allow the JCA to enhance their work and reach.

“My family is fiercely devoted to the greater Jacksonville community, and we see this as an opportunity to show each other and the world that Jacksonville is better than the rogue comments of a misguided few,” said Miller, Brightway Insurance

co-founder. “The time is now to forge alliances and promote education so everyone in our community can reach their personal potential in a just and equitable society that we are proud to call our home.”

The fund will also augment short-term local security initiatives that are already underway in the Jewish community. This generous gift will also support the ongoing work of local organizations, as well as new projects and programs of impactspecifically, completing the funding needed for the Community Security Initiative (CSI), supporting th creation of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and contributing to the work of OneJax.

The collaboration will engage the broader community of business leaders, local non-profits, and government officials to support this community-wide initiative. Miller feels strongly that these collaborations will cultivate a culture of inclusiveness.

The Together Strong Community Fund will be under the management of the Jewish Foundation and is the largest charitable gift in the Jewish Federation & Foundation’s history.

“We are exceptionally grateful to David and the Miller families for this powerful commitment to the protection of the Jewish community and we are deeply moved by their desire to bring their message of hope and opportunity to the wider community so that we may all benefit from greater tolerance and understanding,” noted Mariam Feist, CEO, Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida.

If you would like more information on how to participate in the $1 million match, please contact Mariam Feist, CEO, at mariamf@ jewishjacksonville.org, or (904) 224-1410, or Kellie Smith, Foundation Director, at kelliek@ jewishjacksonville.org, or (904) 512-3796.

About the Miller Families

The Miller Families’ mission is to create positive change in the communities we touch by fostering innovation, collaboration, and measurable impact by leveraging resources and using Jewish values as our guide. Their vision is for our community to be an inclusive place of hope where all individuals have the opportunity to reach their personal potential in a just and equitable society.

About the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida

The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida mobilizes volunteer and financial resources to inspire engagement in Jewish life and assure a Jewish future in the local community, Israel, and around the world. Every day, the Federation helps Jewish life thrive in Northeast Florida, in Israel, and in 75 countries through the support of an annual campaign and Foundation. Learn more at jewishjacksonville.org.

About OneJax

OneJax is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote diversity as the foundation for a strong community and works to increase respect and improve relationships among people who represent the rich menagerie of religious, ethnic, racial, and cultural groups that compose our community.

About the Jewish Community Alliance (JCA)

The Jewish Community Alliance is a non-profit community center affiliated with the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida, the United Way of Northeast Florida and the Jewish Community Centers of North America. Our mission is to strengthen Jewish life, serve as a common meeting ground and enhance the quality of life of the entire community. The JCA is not solely for the Jewish community; we welcome all people from every different walk of life into our family to prosper and grow with us toward a better tomorrow. Our vision is to provide the place in the tradition of our heritage where all people come together throughout their lives to enhance body, mind and spirit, in an environment of fun, harmony and friendship.

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DISPEL THE DARKNESS. SHINE A LIGHT.

We’re excited to share that Northeast Florida has been awarded one of this year’s microgrants with Shine A Light - a platform for organizations, companies, institutions, and individuals to unite in shining a light on antisemitism in all its modern forms. Drawing inspiration from the story of Hanukkah, the Shine A Light initiative is fueled by an unprecedented coalition of Jewish and non-Jewish organizations from across the United States and Canada who have joined together to speak up about antisemitism and send a message that one single light can dispel darkness. The Jewish Community Alliance and the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida are proud to be a small part of a great solution in dispelling that darkness.

This year’s Shine A Light campaign takes place during the entire month of December, with the focus around the time of Hanukkah. One of the ways Northeast Florida will help shine a light on antisemitism is during Hanukkah & Hockey Night - a partnership event with all of your local Jewish partner agencies, schools,

synagogues, and the Jacksonville Icemen, at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena. During the Jacksonville Icemen’s home game on December 21, against the Savannah Ghost Pirates, volunteers will be passing out flashlights as fans enter the arena. At a special point during the game, fans will be asked to light up the arena and help to shine a light on antisemitism by igniting their own lights. In addition, Jewish community clergy and leaders will be invited to light the Hanukkah candles in honor of the fourth night of Hanukkah.

Please join us for this memorable evening, with our Jewish and non-Jewish community, where we will stand in solidarity. Shine A Light comprises a coalition of 65 Jewish and non-Jewish organizations, more than

60 corporations and 15 U.S. State Governors who are committed to addressing rising antisemitism. Each and every one of us has a role to play in getting this

message against hate out. Together, we will dispel the darkness.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Faye Hedrick, at fayeh@ jewishjacksonville.org.

To purchase tickets for a night of Hanukkah & Hockey, scan the QR code in the flyer below. For ticketing inquiries, contact Trent Blair via text or call (904) 891-3073.

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NEW YEAR, NEW BUSINESS & PROFFESIONALS DIVISION

The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida is proud to announce the kickoff of the Business & Professionals Division (B&P), chaired by Daniel Miller, Agency Owner, Brightway InsuranceRiverside. The B&P Division will create opportunities for local Jewish professionals to grow their business, broaden their networks, and do good in the world by helping others.

The kickoff event is open to all and will take place on January 31, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park. The featured guest

speaker is Ari Ackermanserial entrepreneur, strategic investor, proud philanthropist, and partner/ board member of the Miami Marlins. Miller said, “I’m very excited to have a chance to meet Ari. He has founded and transformed many businesses within different industries. I expect to come out with several takeaways from Mr. Ackerman. Our community has not had a chance for the business community to come together under one big tent in years. I’m looking forward to getting to know other leaders in our community.”

Contact Lauren Rickoff at laurenr@ jewishjacksonville.org, or visit events.idonate.com/ bplaunch for details.

JANUARY 27, 2023

A MINI-MISSION: TOURING THE AGENCIES

Bright and early on Sunday morning, November 6, both the BRIDGES Leadership Development Initiative and LEAD (which stands for Leadership, Engage, Accelerate, and Development) participants joined together for a Mini-Mission/ Tour of Agencies.

The joint mini-mission had excellent representation from both groups - for a total of 32 participants. During their time together, the group visited RIver Garden Hebrew Home, the LJD Jewish Family & Community Services, and the JCA. They spent time with each organization’s leadership and toured each partner agency, hearing about their goals and missions. The group heard from some of those who have been personally impacted by the agencies, as well. Eli Fleet, BRIDGES co-chair, was proud to have not only his mom, but also the President of River Garden Senior Services, Janis Fleet, share their family’s personal ties and relationship to River Garden. It was evident how much River Garden’s impact has made on their family. Janis asserts, “River Garden has been here for our family in so many ways throughout the years. It has become a

place where we can depend on each other.”

Through this trip, everyone understood the importance of the partner agencies and the important role that the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida plays. The support and programming they each provide to our local community are unprecedented and our Federation is proud to partner with and support them all. The day-to-day work that goes into the success of these organizations is above and beyond.

For more information on how to get involved with the Young Professionals & Families Division, or to learn more about the next BRIDGES cohort, please contact Faye Hedrick at fayeh@ jewishjacksonville.org

For more information on how to get involved with Women’s Philanthropy, or to learn more about the next LEAD cohort, please contact Lauren Rickoff at laurenr@jewishjacksonville.org

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WELCOME TO ISRAEL. YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE

A group of twelve travelers from the Jewish Community Alliance, River Garden Hebrew Home, and the LJD Jewish Family & Community Services took an incredible journey to Israel in September 2022. It was a much-awaited trip, as we were supposed to travel in December 2022 after one year of study with the Myron I. Flagler Israel Learning Seminar. More than two years later, we finally walked off the plane to a sign that read, “Welcome to Israel. Your life will never be the same.” Speaking for the group, I can say we all came back feeling the trip had changed our lives in some way; this journey gave us a deeper understanding of not just Israel, but its people too.

During our nine days in Israel, we visited several cities and saw countless historical sites - but I think what we will remember the most are the feelings we had throughout the entire trip. Visiting the Kotel (Western Wall) for the first time was a touching experience. As we all placed notes and prayers from loved ones in the wall, it was emotional and surreal to visit this place we had only read about or

seen in photos.

There were many breathtaking moments on our journey. We visited Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center; as the gravity of what happened to six million Jewish people set in, we were all left speechless and brokenhearted. There were so many incredible moments on this trip, but we found those smaller moments were the ones that would stay with us forever. While visiting the beautiful, quaint town of Tsfat, we came across a Coca-Cola® machine and our amazing tour guide, Julian, pointed out a handwritten note on the machine asking for prayers for a sick woman. This experience taught us more about empathy for others, a lesson we learned many times while in Israel. While we made plenty of memories during this trip, I truly believe the connections we made with the people of Israel will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Meeting and dining with Israelis in our partner region of Hadera-Eiron and listening to their stories about what it was like for them to live and grow up there, made all of us more sympathetic while we gained a better understanding of the people who call Israel home.

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Experiencing this grand adventure brought our group of travelers even closer together. We spent many evenings doing l’chaims (a toast to health and well-being) and having deep conversations. We discussed ways our agencies could work together in the future - like having some type of corresponsdence between the residents of River Garden and the students of our Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool & Kindergarten. Through all of this, our group bonded; we became like a family and we are all so grateful for our amazing

experience in Israel. It was an extraordinary journey in which we formed incredible bonds that none of us will ever forget.

Details about the next trip to Israel will be announced in the next few months. All employees at our JCA’s partner Jewish agencies are encouraged to apply. If you would like to support the Myron I. Flagler Israel Learning Seminar Endowment Fund and our next trip to Israel, Please email JCA Development Director, Kendall Sisisky Valliere, kendall.valliere@ jcajax.org.

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TWELVE TRAVELERS FROM JACKSONVILLE’S PARTNER JEWISH AGENCIES IN ISRAEL, SEPTEMBER 2022 L’CHAIM! ENJOYING THE DAY AT A WINERY IN ISRAEL. RACHAEL LEDESMA DELIVERS MESSAGES FROM FRIENDS & FAMILY AT THE WESTERN WALL. THE ISRAEL LEARNING SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS TAKING A BREAK FROM THE SUN DURING THEIR TOUR OF THE WESTERN WALL.

NOTES OF GRATITUDE

As 2022 draws to a close, this is a fitting season for reflection about what we are grateful for in life. At River Garden, as we enjoy the community bustle once again, we are reminded that we are a valuable part of the larger community. Those living on our campus feel the positive impact of family, friends and community connections.

you were parented for which you feel grateful?

“I was taught manners and respect. Respect is key to everything, and kindess - like holding the door for others or waiting until everyone is served before starting to eat - should not be forgotten. No matter what race, creed or religion, consideration makes the world a better place.”

what I loved.”

What relationships are you grateful for?

“My children, Janet, Susan and Craig, are wonderful. I am especially thankful and proud that my son has been such a good father to his son, Eric, who contracted encephalitis in 2005. He’s received a ‘Father of the Year’ award from Golfweek and I have so many good things to say about him.” - Jean Dolch

What relationships are you grateful for?

“I am most grateful for my children. In a time of need, when my husband passed away, my kids and my son-in-law jumped in to help me.” - Jo Marks

What relationships are you grateful for?

What have others done in your life that you are grateful for?

“I appreciate every time people have been kind to me. When I came to The Coves, it was a big hard move; I didn’t want to leave my home. When I moved in, people were so doggone nice.”

We are reminded that there are an endless number of things to be thankful for, some significant and some small. We asked members of The Coves about gratitude and here are some of their replies: What’s an aspect of how

“My daughter and son are two of the most helpful and considerate people I know. My daughter is just 15 minutes away and my son calls me every day.”

What’s a hard lesson that you were grateful to learn?

“You have to be on time. It’s difficult to learn that time waits for no man. Being on time is something you must always work on.” - Mel Fruit

What aspect of your personality are you grateful for?

“I am a people person; I care about people. I like to be helpful. One time, I helped someone who was sick and it made me feel wonderful.”

What life experience have you had that you are grateful for?

“As a 38-year Navy veteran, both as a pilot and member of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, I am thankful that everyone paid me for doing

In 2023, express your gratitude by doing acts of kindess. We wish you a happy and healthy New Year.

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THE LJD JEWISH FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICES WELCOMES NEW BOARD PRESIDENT

JFCS is honored to welcome Christen Luikart as its new Board President. Christen is a partner of the law firm of Murphy & Anderson, P.A. She is a litigator who handles a variety of cases and has tried more than 65 jury trials, including two recent full defense verdicts as lead counsel. Christen previously served as a prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville. She obtained her B.A. and B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Florida on a full academic scholorship, and earned her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Florida Levin College of Law - where she was awarded the Presidential Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University of Florida. In her spare time, Christen enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her husband and children.

Christen has served on the JFCS Board since 2018, and on its Executive Committee since 2020. She feels its work is an essential part of strengthening our

community. “More than ever, our community is plagued with significant obstacles that threaten to divide us even further,” Christen said. “The importance of JFCS, and all that it does, cannot be understated. From financial assistance, to education, to counseling, to providing food to those in need, JFCS works tirelessly to build a stronger community for us all. I am excited to serve as a president and support the agency in what it does best - helping people help themselves.”

“We are thrilled to have Christen step into this important role,” said Colleen Rodriguez, JFCS CEO. “We are also grateful to outgoing Board President, Dr. David S. Loeb, whose guidance was critical during the difficulties of the pandemic.”

JFCS is a beneficiary of the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida. Its funding helps support several of the programs and opportunities we provide for the Jewish Community.

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WRAPPING OURSELVES

AROUND THE COMMUNITY

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WHAT ARE WE GRATEFUL FOR?

Another year is coming to a close, and as we begin our journey into the year 2023, we typically reflect on the many things that we are grateful for - good health, our family & friends...experiences, love, and peace.

We reflect on the positive experiences and the negative ones. We reflect on moments where we could have been a better person and we reflect on the things we had no control over. And if we are lucky enough, we manage to get through the year with more positives than negatives, more successes than failures, and more joys than sorrows.

For me, personally, 2022 was a year to be grateful. I lost my grandmother to her eternal resting place on July 23, 2022. I was beyond fortunate to have my grandmother for 42 years of my life, and for that, I will always be grateful. While a large part of her had been absent for years, saying our final goodbyes to the matriarch of our family - the person who instilled faith, family, and tradition in us - that was when the loss hurt the most.

I have so many great memories with my grandmother. Watching her get her hair done at the same beauty salon every Saturday morning, getting our nails done together, going out to lunch and shopping - those are just some of my favorite memories. But it was the family traditions and values that she so often liked to remind me of. What it meant to be Jewish; what it meant to never be ashamed of who you are and where you’re from; what it meant to stand up for what you believed in - those are the lessons I am going to pass down to my children and grandchildren. Those are the lessons that I am grateful for.

So, as I reflect on the year 2022, I am not sad for the sorrows or for the people we have lost - I am grateful for them. If it weren’t for them, and the moments that make us realize their impact on our lives, would we even know what it means to be grateful? We love you “Dot”!

Cheers to 2023, and may the troubles of last year be left behind so that as we look forward to this New Year, there will be plenty of room to be grateful.

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MARTIN J. GOTTLIEB DAY SCHOOL INTRODUCES ROBIN SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL CURRICULUM

This year, the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School is proud to partner with the Robin Organization to offer its students, parents, and teachers a new comprehensive social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that is integral to the educational experience at our school. SEL is a process through which children:

1. Acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities and manage emotions.

2. Achieve personal and collective goals.

3. Feel and show empathy for others.

4. Establish and maintain supportive relationships.

5. Make responsible and caring decisions. In addition to student learning, the Robin curriculum provides teachers and parents with workshop training in strategies that help adults understand a child’s social-emotional development. The purchase of this program was made possible by generous support from advisory fund grants at the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida.

Parent’s participating in Robin workshops have

been impressed with the calming strategies modeled by the engaging instructor. It is hard to be a parent today - and arguably, even harder to be a kid. New pressures of social media, distance learning, and cultural and political upheaval are all weighing on our children. The Martin J. Gottlieb Day School’s involvement in the Robin SEL curriculum helps to bridge the relationships between home and school so students can grow, learn, and be who they are with increasing confidence.

“Academic excellence remains foremost in our efforts at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. Student growth involves a full range of skills, experiences, and aptitudes,” Karin Hallet, Head of Schools said. “The Robin SEL curriculum helps us all pay closer attention to the many facets of school life as it figures into the daily lives of our students. We welcome the community to join us.”

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WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY TOURS THE USS CARNEY (DDG-64)

WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY CONNECTIONS

Women’s Philanthropy hosted the first Connections program of the 2022-2023 year at the home of Suzie Becker. Featured speaker, Rabbi Merrill Shapiro, shared fascinating details on the mass arrest of 16 rabbis in St. Augustine during the Civil RIghts Movement. Connections is a fun and interactive program for women to connect with other women throughout Northeast Florida.

1. MARCY SANDLER (LEFT) AND JOAN ROSENBERG (RIGHT) 2. ESTHER BORER (LEFT) AND YVONNE COHEN (RIGHT) 3. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: HILLERI ZANDER, MICHELLE BRANLY, CHRISTY ROSEN, AND CECILIA CRISTOL

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COMMANDER ALEXA F. JENKINS, US NAVY (LEFT) AND JEANINE ROGOZINSKI (RIGHT) NICOLE BROWN (LEFT) AND ANNUAL CAMPAIGN CHAIR/PRESIDENT-ELECT, HALEY TRAGER (RIGHT) WITH OFFICERS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: JACKIE GOLDMAN, NANCY PERLMAN, AND KIM ROBBINS
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WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY LEAD

INAUGURAL JOSHUA SOCIETY EVENT

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ANNUAL CAMPAIGN CHAIR/ PRESIDENT-ELECT HALEY TRAGER, LEAD CO-CHAIR RACHEL MORGENTHAL, NATIONAL WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY BOARD MEMBER JOAN LEVIN, LEAD CO-CHAIR NICOLE BROWN, WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY CHAIR DIANE ROTHSTEIN GLORI KATZ (LEFT) AND DORRI KRAUS (RIGHT) CHRISTY ROSEN (LEFT) AND SHERILL HERZFELD (RIGHT) FEATURED SPEAKER, NANCY SPIELBERG (LEFT) AND BOARD PRESIDENT, JENNIFER PLOTKIN (RIGHT) FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: LYNN ZIMMERMAN; PAST-PRESIDENT, SANDY ZIMMERMAN; AND ANNUAL CAMPAIGN CHAIR/PRESIDENT-ELECT, HALEY TRAGER SUE EAGLSTEIN (LEFT) AND BOB FEIST (RIGHT) KAREN RETTNER (LEFT) AND NANCY SPIELBERG (RIGHT) Women’s Philanthropy kicked-off the inaugural LEAD - Leadership, Engage, Accelerate, and Developmentprogram with a panel on the past, present, and future of Women’s Philanthropy. The 10-month program has also featured a session on legacy, a tour of local partner agencies, and an overview of Israel & Overseas. The Inaugural Joshua Society Event took place at the beautiful home of Karen and Ronald Rettner. The featured guest speaker, Nancy Spielberg, shared her experiences growing up in a Jewish family and the important stories she’s telling with her documentary films.

2022 MEGA CHALLAH BAKE

HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT

In response to the devastating destruction to our neighboring communities caused by Hurricane Ian, Federations across the country banded together to deliver emergency relief support to those who were severely impacted. An Amazon wish list was created based off the immediate needs for the cleanup and temporary housing for those who were displaced. The items that were purchased were shipped to the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida, and a group of volunteers loaded the truck that transported the items to Southwest Florida.

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BLACKNESS AND RACE IN MEDIEVAL JEWISH CULTURE

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The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida and the Jewish Community Alliance partnered to host Blackness and Race in Medieval Jewish Culture, a program subsidized by a 2022 B’nai Tzedek Next Gen Grant from the Jewish Foundation in partnership with Mel and Debbie Gottlieb. The focus of this year’s grant making cycle was to support programming that seeked to solve or improve social justice issues facing our Jewish Northeast Florida community. The program featured a seminar examining medieval Jewish viewpoints on race, with guest speaker Dr. Caroline Gruenbaum. The program also included a thought-provoking discussion that was facilitated by 904WARD, and an exclusive, kosher, catered meal prepared by Top Chef participant Chef Kenny Gilbert of Silkie’s Chicken and Champagne Bar.

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RIVER GARDEN & THE JCA PARTNERSHIP

BERNARD & ALICE SELEVAN RELIGIOUS SCHOOL PIZZA IN THE HUT

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level of health, wellness and social programming to members of The Coves. Members of The Coves at River Garden are delighted with this new benefit of JCA membership.
1. RANDEE RICHMAN ADMIRES THE NEW EXHIBIT AT THE JCA VANDROFF ART GALLERY. 2. STRENGTH TRAINING IS IMPORTANT FOR OLDER ADULTS. ROSLYN BERG IS ABLE TO USE WEIGHT MACHINES AT THE JCA THAT ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THE COVES. 1 2
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Bernard & Alice Selevan Religious School students and families gathered at the Jacksonville Jewish Center for our Annual “Pizza in the Hut” event on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. We ate dinner, provided by Margo’s Catering, in the Goldman Sukkah. After dinner, families worked together to complete an interactive Sukkah Escape Game and even got to shake the lulav & etrog!

DUBOW PRESCHOOL

LEARNING ABOUT ABRAHAM AND SARAH’S HOSPITALITY WITH THE JEWISH STUDIES TEACHERS AT THE DUBOW PRESCHOOL

CHABAD OF ST. JOHNS

BLT - BAGELS, LOX, TEFILLIN

DUBOW PRESCHOOL BUILDERS OF THE FUTURE

BLT - Bagels, Lox, Tefillin Sunday morning is where Men & Boys Ages 13-20: Feed our MIND with a Jewish Schmooze! Feed our BODY with an awesome bagels & lox breakfast! Feed our SOUL with Tefillin! Tefillin & Instructions are always available. No experience necessary. For more info, reach out to Rabbi@JewishSJohnsCounty.com

TEENS JOIN THE BLT- BAGELS LOX TEFILLIN AT CHABAD OF ST. JOHNS

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TEFILLIN WRAPPING AT BLT - BAGELS LOX TEFILLIN AT CHABAD OF ST. JOHNS

ENJOYING BREAKFAST AT BLT- BAGELS LOX TEFILLIN AT CHABAD OF ST. JOHNS

Cteen at Chabad of St. Johns spent their Sunday doing Mitzvot! We tie-dyed t-shirts for children in the hospital and enjoyed a Kosher BBQ. At Chabad of St. Johns, Jewish teens learn about themselves and their heritage through giving to others and participating in interactive, hands-on activities. Cteen is open to all local Jewish teens, regardless of affiliation. For more info, visit: www.JewishSJohnsCounty.com, email Dini@JewishSJohnsCounty.com, or call (904) 701-4422.

1. JEWISH TEENS GATHER AT THE RIVERFRONT AT CHABAD OF ST. JOHNS CTEEN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT 2. TEENS TIE DYE T-SHIRTS FOR CHILDREN IN THE HOSPITAL AT CHABAD OF ST. JOHNS CTEEN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

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GROW

The GROW After School Enrichment Program, a project of Chabad of St. Johns, is where kids dive deep into their Jewishness, get creative and messy, and discover their Jewish pride. Each session consists of interactive Jewish learning that feature engineering, drama, art, cooking, dance, and the unique Aleph Champ Hebrew reading workshop. GROW is for Jewish children of all backgrounds and all levels of knowledge to join together. GROW takes place on Tuesdays in St. Johns and on Wednesdays in Nocatee, Ponte Vedra. For more info, contact Dini Sharfstein at Dini@JewishSJohnsCounty.com, or call (904) 701-4422

GROW STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE CREATION OF THE WORLD WITH A GIANT BALL AND MITZVAH GAME

KOSHER FOOD CLUB

GROW STUDENTS MASTER HEBREW READING WITH THE THRILLING ALEF CHAMP PROGRAM

1. GROW STUDENTS AIRBRUSHED CANVAS BAGS AS WE LEARNED STORIES FROM THE TORAH ABOUT MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES

2. GROW STUDENTS PUT TOGETHER ADORABLE KIDDUSH KITS AS WE LEARNED ALL ABOUT SHABBAT

3. GROW STUDENTS PREP GRAPES AND SQUEEZE OUR VERY OWN GRAPE JUICE FOR SHABBAT KIDDUSH!

Each month, Chabad of St. Johns sponsors a Kosher Food Club at local High Schools. This month, it was all different flavors of fresh Challah and a Sukkah with the Lulav & Etrog.

STUDENTS AT CREEKSIDE HIGH SCHOOL SHAKING THE LULAV & ETROG AT CHABAD OF ST. JOHNS KOSHER FOOD CLUB

ELLIANA TESLER - PRESIDENT AT CHABAD OF ST. JOHNS KOSHER FOOD CLUB SHARES BEAUTIFUL LESSONS ABOUT SUKKOT BEFORE WE ENTERED THE SUKKAH AND ENJOYED FRESHLY BAKED CHALLAH

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WORTH THE SCHLEP

DECEMBER 13, 2022

Cafe Israeli @ 7 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance (JCA) 8500 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL

Join our Israeli Community Shlicha, Tal, for a fun-filled evening of learning through Tal’s version of Chanukah Jeopardy! Please visit jcajax.org to register or call (904) 730-2100 ext. 228. For more information, please contact Rachel Sandler at rachel.sandler@jcajax.org or (904) 730-2100 ext. 271. This program is fully funded by the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida.

Ladies White Elephant Gift Swap @ 7 p.m.

Starbucks Jax Beach 975 3rd Street S White Elephant Gift Swap. A ladies pre-Chanukah evening of laughter and fun. Bring a wrapped Chanukah gift up to $13 value. Bring a friend or come meet new ones. RSVP: Chabadbeaches. com/Chanukah For further information, call Dafne at (904) 770-0502

DECEMBER 14, 2022

Chanukah MakerPalooza @ 6 p.m. Jacksonville Jewish Center

Martin J. Gottlieb Day School invites you to Chanukah Maker-Palooza,

an evening of Invention, Creativity, Curiosity and Hands-On Learning organized by the STEAM team. Children will have a chance to create projects. The event is open to the public.

DECEMBER 17, 2022

Quarterly Cocktails & Holiday Mitzvah @ 6:45 p.m.

Time Out Sports Grill 10140 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32257

Join the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida’s Young Professionals & Families Division for a drink (or two) before heading to the Jacksonville Jewish Center for their annual Latkes & Vodkas event at 8 p.m.! Bring an unwrapped toy with you for The LJD Jewish Family & Community Services annual toy drive.

Latkes & Vodkas @ 8 p.m.

Jacksonville Jewish Center

3662 Crown Point Rd Latkes, Desserts, Casino Games*...and an Open Bar! (21+)

$36 for Adults, $20 for Young Professionals (21-30)

Sponsor a casino table for $360 (includes 2 admissions)

Sponsor a specialty drink (i.e. dizzy dreidel or chocolate gelt) for $180 www.jaxjewishcenter.org/ lv2022

DECEMBER 18, 2022

Beth El Community Hanukkah Dinner & Celebration @ 5:30-8 p.m.

Beth El - The Beaches Synagogue 288 N. Roscoe Blvd. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Please join us for a Community Hanukkah Celebration & Dinner at Beth El The Beaches Synagogue. There will be food, music, latkes, dreidel, & more!

DECEMBER 19, 2022

JCA Chanukah Extravaganza @ 5:45-9 p.m.

Jewish Community Alliance 8500 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL

Join the JCA community for the annual lighting of our giant outside menorah! The celebration will feature our world famous latkes, hot dogs, songs, and activities. For more information, please contact Rachel Sandler at (904) 730-2100 ext. 271 or rachel.sandler@jcajax.org

DECEMBER 20, 2022

Chanukah Fire & Ice Marsh Landing Country Club Pavilion 25655

Chanukah Fire and Ice, an incredible Chanukah experience for all ages! Live ice carving, lighting of an ice monorah, amazing fire and stunt show, hot

chocolate bar, crafts, raffles, latkes, and more. Bonus Chanukah gift with registration by 12/15. RSVP at Chabadbeaches.com/ Chanukah. For further info, call Dafne at (904) 770-0502

Chanukah Helicopter Gelt Drop @ 6:15 p.m. 400 Nocatee Center Way Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

10th annual Chanukah Celebration at Nocatee!

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- 10,000 chocolate coins will rain down from the sky!

- A Chanukah Light Show - Menorah Lighting Ceremony

- Laser Light Dance Party - Latkas and more!!

Tuesday, December 20 at 6:15 p.m. For more info, visit JewishSJohnscounty.com or call (904) 701-4422

DECEMBER 21, 2022

Chanukah in Atlantic Beach @ 6 p.m. Adele Grange Cultural Center

716 Ocean Blvd Atlantic Beach

Chanukah in Atlantic Beach - A Chanukah Celebration for all ages, Menorah Lighting, Latkes, Jelly donuts, games, raffles, crafts, and more. chabadbeaches.com/ Chanukah

Hanukkah & Hockey Night @ 7 p.m. Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena

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celebrate Hanukkah & Hockey Night on Wednesday, December 21!

For more info, please contact Trent Blair, trent@ jacksonvileicemen.com

DECEMBER 22, 2022

Light up World Golf Village @ 6:30 p.m. World Golf Hall of Fame 1 World Golf Pl. St. Augustine, FL 32092

Join us as we kindle a 9-foot Menorah at the World Golf Hall of Fame! Right in front of the Trophy Tower! Enjoy: Hot latkes, Doughnuts, Dreidels, Music, & Dancing!

DECEMBER 23, 2022

Hanukkah Candle Lighting @ 3:30 p.m. River Garden

Join the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida and River Garden as we come together before Shabbat to light candles and sing a few Hanukkah classics. RSVP to fayeh@ jewishjacksonville.org

DECEMBER 25, 2022

Hanukkah Family Fun at the Center @ 4-6:30 p.m. Jacksonville Jewish Center

3662 Crown Point Rd

Join us after Mitzvah Day at the Center for snacks & treats, latkes, dreidels, & games...fun for all ages. Free to attend but donations are accepted.

More information at www. jaxjewishcenter.org/ hanukkahfun

JANUARY 9, 2023

Women’s Philanthropy Connections: Book Discussion @ 10 a.m. Home of Suzie Becker Join th Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida’s Women’s Philanthropy DIvision in a discussion of Soul Construction: Shape Your Character Using 8 Steps From The Timeless Jewish Practice of Mussar by Ruchi Koval Please contact Lauren Rickoff at laurenr@ jewishjacksonville.org for more information.

JANUARY 10, 2023

Tuesday’s Together @ 10a.m. First Watch - Mandarin 11111 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223 Community. Conversation. Coffee. Please contact Faye Hedrick at fayeh@ jewishjacksonville.org for more information.

JANUARY 15, 2023

The Berman Family JCA Concert Series @ 3-5 p.m.

Jewish Community Alliance

8500 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL

JANUARY 19, 2023

Cafe Israeli @ 7 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance 8500 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL Come hang out with our Israeli Community Shlicha Tal, drink coffee, eat Israeli snacks, and talk about Israel. Feel free to come to one or all of the dates. Free to the community. To register, please visit jcajax.org

For more information, please contact Rachel Sandler at rachel.sandler@jcajax.org, or (904) 730-2100 ext. 271

JANUARY 22, 2023

Champagne Brunch ft. Commander Alexa F. Jenkins, First Jewish Woman to Serve As Commander of a Warship @ 10 a.m. Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Please joing us for the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida’s Women’s Philanthropy Division’s annual Champagne Brunch event, featuring Commander Alexa F. Jenkins, US NAVY, Commanding Officer, USS Carney DDG-64 For more information and registration details, please contact Lauren Rickoff at laurenr@ jewishjacksonville.org

Kids Mega Challah Bake @ 3 p.m.

Durbin Creek Elementary School

4100 Race Track Road Saint Johns, FL 32259

Join dozens of children for a day of unity and loaves of fun as we measure, knead, braid, and shape Challah dough! Ages 3-13 $5 a child

Sunday, January 22 at 3:00 p.m.

REGISTER YOUR CHILD jaxkidsbakechallah.com Sponsorships available. For more info, email Dini@ JewishSJohnsCounty.com or call (904) 701-4422

JANUARY 28, 2023

Beth El Annual Synagogue Gala @ 6:30 p.m. 3 Palms Grille

Beth El will hold their Annual Synagogue Gala Event to celebrate Beth El and its members. We hope you can join us to welcome the New Year. Please contact Beth El for more information. (904) 273-9100

JANUARY 29, 2023

JCA - Tu B’Shevat Family Program 2023 @ 3-5 p.m. Beth El Synagogue

Join our community to celebrate the new year of the trees with fun family-friendly activities. This program is in partnership with the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida and our local

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synagogues. Free to the community. Advance registration is required by January 25. For more information, please contact Rachel Sandler at rachel.sandler@jcajax.org or (904) 730-2100 ext. 271

JANUARY 31, 2023

River Garden Auxiliary Game Day @ 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. River Garden - Cohen Auditorium

A day of games with friends, new and old. Everyone welcome! Contact Faye Hyken (904) 534-8001 flexyfay@gmail.com

Inaugural Business & Professionals Event ft. Ari Ackerman @ 6 p.m. Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park

Join the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida as we launch the new Business & Professionals Division. This event will feature guest speaker Ari Ackerman, Serial Entrepreneur, Strategic Investor, Proud Philanthropist, and Partner/ Board Member of the Miami Marlins. For more information or registration details, please contact Lauren Rickoff at laurenr@ jewishjacksonville.org

FEBRUARY 5, 2023

Super Sunday 2023

Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast

Florida

Save the Date! For more information, please contact Faye Hedrick at fayeh@ jewishjacksonville.org

The Berman Family JCA Concert Series @ 3-5 p.m.

Jewish Community Alliance

8500 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL

FEBRUARY 7, 2023

JCA - Tu B’Shevat Seder 2023 @ 11 a.m. Jewish Community Alliance 8500 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL

To celebrate the new year of the trees, come participate in a seder involving the fruits associated with Israel. Free to the community. Advance registration is required by February 2. For more information, please contact Rachel Sandler at rachel.sandler@jcajax.org or (904) 730-2100 ext. 271

FEBRUARY 15, 2023

JCA - Jewish Book Club: A Doorway to Heroism @ 7-8 p.m.

Jewish Community Alliance

8500 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL

Come hear from author Rabbi W. Jack Romberg, who is the author of A Doorway to Heroism. It is about a decorated

German-Jewish soldier who became an American hero and is actually the author’s great uncle. Free to the community. For more information, please contact Rachel Sandler at rachel.sandler@jcajax.org or (904) 730-2100 ext. 271

FEBRUARY 16, 2023

Charcuterie and ChampagneHamantashen edition @ 7:15 p.m.

Location upon RSVP Design, assemble and create your very own delicious Hamantash & fruit Charcuterie board & explore how we can channel the mystical power of our inner queen Esther! The Jewish Women’s Circle is where Jewish women from diverse backgrounds and affiliations in a warm, lighthearted atmosphere. Join us and bring a friend! RSVP required - limited supplies available www.jewishsjohnscounty. com/jwc

FEBRUARY 22, 2023

Cafe Israeli @ 7 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance

8500 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL

Come hang out with our Israeli Community Shlicha Tal, drink coffee, eat Israeli snacks, and talk about Israel. Feel free to come to one or all of the dates. Free to the community. To

register, please visit jcajax.org For more information, please contact Rachel Sandler at rachel.sandler@jcajax.org, or (904) 730-2100 ext. 271

FEBRUARY 24-26, 2023

Cteen International Shabbaton New York City

How to have the best weekend of your life! Local Jewish teens are signed up for this awesome global weekend. Meet Jewish teens from around the world! A Jewish concert in Times Square! To sign up your teen and get our special local discount reach out to Rabbi Mendel at Rabbi@ JewishSJohnsCounty.com

FEBRUARY 25, 2023

JCA Annual Fundraiser: The Great Jaxby - A Roaring Affair @ 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a special evening in support of the JCA with a kosher menu created by Chef’s Garden Catering & Events, entertainment by The American Sirens, and a cocktail experience provided by Manifest Distilling.

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