By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville


                Renowned Jewish musician Dan Nichols and his band ‘Eighteen’ treated the Jacksonville Jewish community with a complimentary concert earlier this fall, courtesy of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, in support of its annual campaign. The Federation is especially grateful to the Sisisky Family Foundation for partnering with them to make this event a reality. The kickoff event was held at Congregation Ahavath Chesed, and concert goers were treated to such well known Nichols’ tunes as ‘Sweet as Honey’, ‘B’tzelem Elohim’ and new music from Dan’s most recently released album, ‘I Believe’.


                “It’s a tremendous coup for our city to have Dan Nichols here because he is incredibly well respected and is really a legend in this area,’ said Federation campaign chair Ken Jacobs. “This event is the kickoff and really sets the tone for the entire 2017 campaign.”


                That tone was surely an energetic one as even Nichols himself realized after spending one weekend in Jacksonville.


                “I was very joyfully surprised at how this community sings ,” Nichols explained of what he witnessed during those three days in September. “It inspires me to go home and talk to my Rabbi and the head of music at my Congregation and talk to them about how to emulate so many of the beautiful things that are happening here with music and congregational involvement.”


                Prior to the concert, three outstanding members of the Jacksonville Jewish community were honored with special awards and recognitions. Federation president Sandy Zimmerman presented past-president Larry Appel with the Joe P. Safer Community Service Award, while rGEN’s Shylie Bannon and Zach Schwartz were given the Ilene Selevan Young Leadership Award.


                A total of $135,258 was raised by the community as a result of the campaign kickoff event, and the Federation thanks the many board members and volunteers who helped make the concert such a success and an amazing memory for all those in attendance.