Mentalist Sidney Friedman headlines Federation's annual campaign kickoff



Jewish Federation of Jacksonville


            The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville is excited to present Sidney Friedman, 'Mentalist to the Stars', at the 2016 Annual Campaign Kickoff. Friedman will perform his remarkable, extrasensory feats such as mind reading, ESP, telepathy and premonition.

This astounding evening of fun will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 17, starting at 7 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Chesed – The Temple. The program, which will include a dessert reception prior to the show, is chaired by Ken Jacobs, the Federation Campaign Chair and Allison Jacobs, Women’s Campaign Chair.
            Friedman boasts many celebrity clients and is a favorite of Jewish organizations across the country. He has been featured on numerous TV shows, including NBC's The Today Show, ABC's The View, 20/20 and CBS's The Early Show. In just the last six years, he has performed shows for more than 160 Jewish charity events across North America, including Jewish Federations, Chabad, Hadassah and Israel Bonds.
            The Campaign Kickoff will also include two very special award presentations as each year, the Federation honors individuals who have shown their dedication and love for our Jewish community through their volunteerism and leadership. This year, Max 'Mickey' Block will be honored posthumously, with the Joe P. Safer Community Service Award. The Ilene Sari Selevan Young Leadership Award will then be awarded to Nicole Sena Brown. Nicole and her family, as well as the Block family will be in attendance to receive these well deserved honors.

             “Our awards this year reflect the very best of our Jewish community, Federation and the local agencies and synagogues," said Federation executive director, Alan Margolies. "Mickey Block was one of the builders of this community as he and his family’s impact on the JCA, The Temple, JFCS and Federation was and is significant. Nicole is impacting rGEN effectively and represents so much of what is good about our future," he added.
            “We are so excited to bring the entire Jewish community together for this fabulous event," the Jacobs said. "We look forward to kicking off another great campaign year which will enable the Federation to continue to make a difference in the lives of Jews everywhere.”

            The Campaign Kickoff is free and open to the entire community. While at the Kickoff, guests will be encouraged to make their pledge to the 2016 Annual Campaign and there is no minimum pledge to attend. The event would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of Ken Jacobs and the law firm of Gray Robinson. To RSVP, go to For more information about the event, contact Erin Cohen at 904-448-5000, ext. 205 or To learn more about the entertainer, go to