Plenty of drinks and discussion served up at first ever Cocktails & Clergy event
BY MATT FRANZBLAU
Federation Communications Director
Early last month the Jacksonville Jewish Center's social hall was overflowing with lively conversation, in addition to delicious drinks and desserts at the first ever Cocktails & Clergy event. With nearly 150 people in attendance the evening was a chance for a number of Rabbis in Jacksonville to sit down with community members and discuss a range of topics relating to Jewish life in a relaxed, round table atmosphere.
A cooperative effort of Federation, Jacksonville Jewish Center, Congregation Ahavath Chesed, Etz Chaim Synagogue and Beth El the Beaches Synagogue, the evening began with a spirited Havdallah. Then, participants were able to sample tasty sweets provided by Margo's Catering while sipping savory drinks from the bar area which was set up in the middle of the room. After a bit of noshing and schmoozing, the Rabbis went to their corners and invited people to come and listen to their intriguing talks which included subjects ranging from Jewish humor, Israeli wine, the evil eye and if according to Jewish law it's okay to bet on the Super Bowl.
The seven Rabbis who made this evening such a success were the Temple's Matt Cohen and Joshua Lief, the Center's Jonathan Lubliner and Howard Tilman, in addition to Etz Chaim's Yaakov Fish and Avi Fiegenbaum as well as Beth El – The Beaches' Michael Matuson.