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


Shalom Jax Director


Shalom Jacksonville’s Jewish Java has become a morning favorite for many newcomers and friends in the Jacksonville area. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 9-10:30 a.m. at River Garden Senior Services’ Cohen Auditorium. A delicious bagel brunch is served, followed by an inspirational and educational program. Additionally, there is lots of time for schmoozing and connecting with old friends and meeting new ones. If you are new to the area, newly interested in the Jewish community or a longtime resident, this is your opportunity to connect with some of the friendliest people in Jacksonville.


Last July, Java began a partnership with River Garden and the program has grown tremendously. By offering a larger facility and providing a delicious bagel brunch, the program can now accommodate up to 100 people. Average attendance has grown to about 50-80 people each gathering. A big thanks goes out to Leslie Held, Jewish Life and volunteer coordinator and the River Garden staff for their dedication to this successful program.  


Federation’s Shalom Jacksonville is the official Jewish welcome wagon serving Northeast Florida from Amelia Island to St. Augustine. If you are new to the community, please reach out to us, so you can be invited to the many casual events that are designed to foster friendships and community connections that are most meaningful to you.


Go to your calendars now and reserve the first Wednesday of every month for Jewish Java. For more information contact, Isabel Balotin, Shalom Jacksonville Director, 904-448-5000, ext. 1206 or at There is no charge for any of the programs, however reservations are a must.


Coming Attractions include Mar. 1, when Temple Executive Director Goldie Lansky shares the many experiences of her humanitarian trip to Cuba and then Apr. 5, when Etz Chaim Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum explains Passover and ‘The Freedom to be Yourself’, delving into the deeper meaning behind the Seder’s variety of customs and practices.