Renowned Kosher chef Jamie Geller acts as main course for Lion of Judah and Major Gifts event 


Women’s Division Director


The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville invites the Lions of Judah and all major donors to experience the ‘Joy of Kosher’ on Saturday, Jan. 20, for a combined Major Gifts event, featuring ‘Queen of Kosher’ Chef Jamie Geller.  The program which will include dinner and a cooking demonstration will start at 7 p.m. In past years, the Federation has held two separate events, one for Lions of Judah, or women who give $5,000 or more annually, and then another later in the year for all major donors. This year, the two events have been combined for what is sure to be one big celebration.


This event which will be at the home of Rebekah and Andrew Selevan is co-chaired by Sue Levine, Women’s Division Lion of Judah Chair and Jen Plotkin, Major Gifts Chair. Attendees will gather together to thank and honor those in our community who do so much to support its various agencies and synagogues while also celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday year.


 “On the eve of Israel's 70th birthday I am thrilled to honor Jacksonville Federation's major donors,” the kosher chef said. “With an evening dedicated to modern Israeli cuisine we will acknowledge and celebrate their hard work, dedication and commitment to both their local Jewish community and their brothers and sisters in Israel.”


Geller’s recipes will be recreated by local caterer, Chef’s Garden. After dinner, the Kosher chef will conduct a cooking demonstration featuring some of the items on the menu.


“I am thrilled to co-chair the Lion of Judah and Major Gifts event featuring Chef Jamie Geller, with major gifts chair, Jen Plotkin,” Levine said. “We will be treated to delicious recipes of modern Israel in a warm and lovely setting at the Selevan’s beautiful home and I look forward to sharing the evening with old and new friends.”


 “I am excited to be working with Sue Levine to welcome Jamie Geller to our community,” Plotkin said. “This will be a unique and entertaining opportunity to celebrate together those donors who have gone above and beyond in their commitments and contributions to Federation. I believe that everyone who attends will be impressed with both Jamie's talent and her story.”


Tabbed as the ‘Jewish Rachael Ray’ by The New York Times, and the ‘Queen of Kosher’ by (CBS, best-selling author Jamie Geller is the Founder and CEO of Kosher Network international (KNi), publisher of and the award-winning Jamie Geller's JOY of KOSHER magazine. She is also host of the Chanukah Cooking Special with Jamie Geller on PBS and Create TV. Gellar is a regular on the TODAY Show and has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS and Martha Stewart Living Radio, and has been featured in Forbes, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan and the Chicago Tribune among many others.


After graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from New York University in just three years Gellar enjoyed an illustrious career as an award-winning TV producer and marketing executive for HBO, CNN and FOOD NETWORK. One of the most sought-after Jewish food and lifestyle experts worldwide Geller and her husband have six children, which gives her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen. Kindly RSVP to this exciting event by Jan. 12, by calling 904-448-5000, ext. 1208 or by emailing