These spotlight stories, previously published in the Jacksonville Jewish News, show how your Federation dollars are helping Jews here and throughout the world.

  • Making Aliyah: From Jacksonville to Jerusalem

    Its early morning in Jerusalem, the sun hasn't even risen yet, but a frequent pre-dawn riser is Jacksonville native Aaron Abel, who laces up his sneakers for a jog through the student village on Mt. Scopus before a full day of classes at Hebrew U. This now normal routine once seemed unimaginable for this 19-year old Bolles High School graduate, who relishes his new home and his new surroundings.

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    Its early morning in Jerusalem, the sun hasn't even risen yet, but a frequent pre-dawn riser is Jacksonville native Aaron Abel, who laces up his sneakers for a jog through the student village on Mt. Scopus before a full day of classes at Hebrew U. This now normal routine once seeme...

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    Its early morning in Jerusalem, the sun hasn't even risen yet, but a frequent pre-dawn riser is Jacksonville native Aaron Abel, who laces up his sneakers for a jog through the studen...

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    Its early morning in Jerusalem, the sun hasn't even risen yet, but a frequent pre-dawn riser is Jacksonville nat...

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    Its early morning in Jerusalem, the sun hasn't even risen yet, but a fre...

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    Its early morning in Jerusalem, the sun ha...

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  • Jacksonville’s first fully Kosher restaurant coming to Mandarin

    One more important piece to the puzzle that is the burgeoning Jewish community of Northeast Florida is set to drop into place in the Mandarin section of Jacksonville. Hero's Eatery is an authentic eat-in and takeout kosher restaurant with both inside and outside seating available. Hero's will be operated by Beth Beyer who has 15 years experience in catering and Sammi Morali who has another six managing the Jerusalem Grill in Ormond Beach.

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    One more important piece to the puzzle that is the burgeoning Jewish community of Northeast Florida is set to drop into place in the Mandarin section of Jacksonville. Hero's Eatery is an authentic eat-in and takeout kosher restaurant with both inside and outside seating available....

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    One more important piece to the puzzle that is the burgeoning Jewish community of Northeast Florida is set to drop into place in the Mandarin section of Jacksonville. Hero's Eatery ...

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    One more important piece to the puzzle that is the burgeoning Jewish community of Northeast Florida is set to dr...

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    One more important piece to the puzzle that is the burgeoning Jewish com...

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    One more important piece to the puzzle tha...

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  • Jewish Jacksonville family featured on TODAY Show for social media antics

    Bradley Herbst came up with a creative way to spend time with his teenage daughter, and that is no texting or social media on the way to school or he’ll embarrass her by walking her into school wearing an outrageous costume. The father of two snaps photos every day in a new getup before taking her to school. The costumes have been a hit on social media and a way for him to get some much needed father-daughter time.

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    Bradley Herbst came up with a creative way to spend time with his teenage daughter, and that is no texting or social media on the way to school or he’ll embarrass her by walking her into school wearing an outrageous costume. The father of two snaps photos every day in a new getup...

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    Bradley Herbst came up with a creative way to spend time with his teenage daughter, and that is no texting or social media on the way to school or he’ll embarrass her by walking he...

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    Bradley Herbst came up with a creative way to spend time with his teenage daughter, and that is no texting or so...

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    Bradley Herbst came up with a creative way to spend time with his teenag...

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  • New Jewish cemetery opens on Jacksonville’s Southside

    A new option for Jewish burials is now available to Jacksonville’s Jewish Community as Chabad, together with Hardage-Giddens announces the opening of ‘Sha-rei Shamayim Gardens’ at the Greenlawn Cemetery. Conveniently located on Jacksonville's Southside, Sha-arei Shamayim Gardens is surrounded by beauty.

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    A new option for Jewish burials is now available to Jacksonville’s Jewish Community as Chabad, together with Hardage-Giddens announces the opening of ‘Sha-rei Shamayim Gardens’ at the Greenlawn Cemetery. Conveniently located on Jacksonville's Southside, Sha-arei Shamayim Gard...

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    A new option for Jewish burials is now available to Jacksonville’s Jewish Community as Chabad, together with Hardage-Giddens announces the opening of ‘Sha-rei Shamayim Gardens’...

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    A new option for Jewish burials is now available to Jacksonville’s Jewish Community as Chabad, together with H...

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    A new option for Jewish burials is now available to Jacksonville’s Jew...

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  • Jax Jewish community celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut in style with event at JCA

    On Sunday, April 30, after months of planning and hard work, the Jacksonville Jewish community got together to celebrate Israel’s 69th Independence Day. For the first time in many years, local agencies joined efforts and created a fun and educational event for the entire community. Thanks to the generous support of the Sisisky family, the celebrations were able to take place, offering the community a chance to experience Israeli culture first hand.

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    On Sunday, April 30, after months of planning and hard work, the Jacksonville Jewish community got together to celebrate Israel’s 69th Independence Day. For the first time in many years, local agencies joined efforts and created a fun and educational event for the entire communit...

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    On Sunday, April 30, after months of planning and hard work, the Jacksonville Jewish community got together to celebrate Israel’s 69th Independence Day. For the first time in many ...

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    On Sunday, April 30, after months of planning and hard work, the Jacksonville Jewish community got together to c...

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    On Sunday, April 30, after months of planning and hard work, the Jackson...

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  • Jacksonville Jewish News' Summer Reading List

    Jacksonville Jewish News' Summer Reading List - Check out these Jewish themed titles for people of all ages, including kids, tweens, teens, adults and seniors.

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    Jacksonville Jewish News' Summer Reading List - Check out these Jewish themed titles for people of all ages, including kids, tweens, teens, adults and seniors.

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    Jacksonville Jewish News' Summer Reading List - Check out these Jewish themed titles for people of all ages, including kids, tweens, teens, adults and seniors.

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    Jacksonville Jewish News' Summer Reading List - Check out these Jewish themed titles for people of all ages, inc...

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    Jacksonville Jewish News' Summer Reading List - Check out these Jewish t...

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  • Community Shlicha Dana Marmari educates kids on important Israeli holidays

    In honor of Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut, Torah Academy of Jacksonville was fortunate to benefit from one of the Jacksonville Jewish community’s most invaluable resources, our very own Shlicha, Dana Marmari. In early May, Marmari led the upper school in an interactive, multimedia assembly. She taught students about the history of the founding of the Israeli State and explained the sacrifice that so many of our brethren made to protect Jewish lives.

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    In honor of Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut, Torah Academy of Jacksonville was fortunate to benefit from one of the Jacksonville Jewish community’s most invaluable resources, our very own Shlicha, Dana Marmari. In early May, Marmari led the upper school in an interactive, multime...

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    In honor of Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut, Torah Academy of Jacksonville was fortunate to benefit from one of the Jacksonville Jewish community’s most invaluable resources, our v...

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    In honor of Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut, Torah Academy of Jacksonville was fortunate to benefit from one of ...

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    In honor of Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut, Torah Academy of Jacksonvil...

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    In honor of Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmau...

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  • Jacksonville’s teen delegation heads to Israel for P2G summer exchange

    A group of four teens from Jacksonville will have the experience of a lifetime this summer as they are all participating in the Israel Partnership's Summer Teen Exchange Program. The local Jewish community is excited to have these young women representing Northeast Florida in Israel in late June. The foursome consists of Rose Blumenfeld, Barbie Goldstein, Zoe Mail and Sydney Teitelbaum. They will be joined by three other teens from throughout the southeast, including Richmond ...

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    A group of four teens from Jacksonville will have the experience of a lifetime this summer as they are all participating in the Israel Partnership's Summer Teen Exchange Program. The local Jewish community is excited to have these young women representing Northeast Florida in Israe...

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    A group of four teens from Jacksonville will have the experience of a lifetime this summer as they are all participating in the Israel Partnership's Summer Teen Exchange Program. The...

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    A group of four teens from Jacksonville will have the experience of a lifetime this summer as they are all parti...

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    A group of four teens from Jacksonville will have the experience of a li...

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PAST SPOTLIGHTS

Sundara founder Erin Zaikis to speak at this year’s Girlfriend Connection

rGEN’s philanthropic efforts celebrated with recent rGENerosity fundraiser

JFCS sponsors month-long Holocaust programming in the community

Jax's Iris Kraemer honored during Israel's Partnership's regional meeting

Documentary on Jews and basketball to be shown at River Garden, June 11th

Pair of talks on Jacksonville Jewish history to be given during May

JCA to host Jacksonville’s official Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration, Apr. 30th

An open letter to the Jacksonville Jewish Community about the JCF

Jacksonville Jewish Center to host Yom Hashoah commemoration, Apr. 23rd

JFCS launches year-long celebration of 100 Years of Hope

Renowned Israeli artist, Hanoch Piven makes a stop in Jacksonville

Trio of Jax women set to participate in P2G's Leadership2Gether program

Super Sunday 2017 nets nearly $175,000 in funds for the community

Dining with dad: Jax brothers make time for weekly meals with their father

Repairs to historic St. Augustine synagogue begin after Hurricane Matthew

Local clergy make appearance at city council meeting in support of HRO

One man’s quest to bring Jewish music to Jacksonville

Shalom Jax’s Jewish Java proves to be a monthly morning favorite

JCA leads impactful trip to Israel for local agency professionals

Anne Frank exhibition takes center stage at the MOSH through Feb. 12th

Strangers become fast friends for Jacksonville educator on recent P2G trip

Florida First Coast Relief Fund awards $390,000 to help Hurricane Matthew

Society of Healers holds ethical discussion at the MOSH

rGEN reaches multiple generations through December Chanukah programming

Inside the Eruv: A glimpse into Mandarin’s not so noticeable pedestrian highway

What exactly is the correct spelling for the holiday known as the festival of lights?

Make the call and be the super (Sunday) hero our community needs this Feb.

JFCS quietly surpasses original campaign goals, eyes new target

Historic St. Augustine synagogue struggles to cleanup following Hurricane Matthew

Trio of Federation employees spend memorable weekend of partnership with Israelis

200 plus ladies partake in community’s first ever multi-generational mega challah bake

rGEN announces free Israel travel opportunity for 2017 JFNA Campaigners’ Mission

Federation Partners with Northeast Florida's Largest Fundraisers for Hurricane Relief Fund

Jacksonville Jewish community reflects on fond memories of Shimon Peres

Dan Nichols & Eighteen rock the Temple at Federation’s annual campaign kickoff

rGEN’s annual break-the-fast is a continued success

Jacksonville teen expects the unexpected on Federation sponsored trip to Israel

Federation mourns the loss of immediate past president Hal Resnick

Ladies 12 and older invited to Jacksonville’s first ever Multi-Generational Mega Challah Bake

rGEN’s networking behind the net blends soccer and socializing with local young professionals

Ladies 12 and older invited to Jacksonville’s first ever Multi-Generational Challah bake

Federation mourns the loss of immediate past president Hal Resnick

Shalom Jax’s Jewish Java finds permanent home at River Garden

River Garden receives eighth consecutive award for excellence in long-term care

Federation employee participates in international Partnership2Gether learning program

       

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