Category: Community

Come Enjoy ‘Lunch n’ Learn’ with Etz Chaim Synagogue

Hey folks, looking for a special weekday outing? Over the past six years, Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum, Education Director of Etz Chaim Synagogue has been conducting twice-monthly Lunch n’ Learns throughout Mandarin and downtown. Rabbi Feigenbaum’s discussions are light and lively, very informative and always quenches my appetite for gaining Torah insights. We also enjoy the added bonus of savoring […]

A Really Big Dill …’Olive My Pickle’ Fills Barrels of Zesty Treats

Give yourself an incredible, edible treat of superfood. Jacksonville’s Olive My Pickle  produces an amazing, tangy array of pickles, kraut, kimchi and olives. I love several varieties of sauerkraut including Carrot and Dill, Turmeric and Cumin, Hot and Spicy, Classic German and Red Ginger. All products are fermented and probiotic. The Livebrine probiotic pickle juice gives […]

Camp Sheves Achim in Jacksonville is so much fun!

It was a fantastic day at Camp Sheves Achim in Jacksonville!  Campers of all ages decorated and painted wooden mezuzah cases by adding their personal touches to their works of art.  It was so beautiful to see the wide-eyed enthusiasm of the kids as they selected colors and designs. Each camper was encouraged to add their […]

Jewish Jacksonville Always Rocks on Purim!

Celebrating Purim in Jacksonville is always a very meaningful holiday; and so enjoyable for everyone. I’m always amazed how the Purim spirit fills the air, beginning with the reading of  Megillah Esther.  There were several readings of the Megillah at all of the Jacksonville Synagogues including Etz Chaim Synagogue, the various Chabad Centers around town […]

Jax Ranked in Top 10 Best Cities to Live

You don’t have to empty your savings to enjoy the good life in Florida. As the largest metro area by landmass in the continental U.S., Time Magazine ranked Jacksonville  #9 out of 10 top cities in the nation to live in. The best of all worlds was considered, including our low cost of living, promising […]

Bright news shines on our real estate market

The sun continues to shine very brightly on our First Coast real estate market. With a cost of living below the national average, it is no wonder that our Northeast Florida region continues to be a great place to own a home. The region offers some of the most affordable housing prices in the nation, […]

Give Yourself a Good Paddle!

One of the best ways to view the beauty of Jacksonville, FL is from the quiet, stillness of our many beautiful waterways. There are endless scenic creeks, lakes and marshes connected to the renowned St Johns River; and kayaking provides quick and easy access to some of the most unique ecosystems in the region. My […]

Try it, You’ll Love it … Hero’s Kosher Eatery is a Special Treat!

My wife Sima and I just had a delicious lunch at Hero’s. We really enjoyed the delicious falafel platter.  Superb quality and very generous portions.  And an extra delight … the side of cauliflower poppers was crisp and so very, very tasty. Hero’s has a fantastic lunch and dinner menu, offering a wide selection of […]

Purim in Jacksonville is a Blast!

One of the reasons I love our Jewish community so much is because the spirit of unity perks and bubbles throughout the neighborhood. This is especially evident at holiday times. Rabbi Yaakov Fisch, Senior Rabbi of Etz Chaim Synagogue and his Rebbetzin Henny invited the entire community to their house for an ice cream party […]

Jewish Jacksonville – Then and Now (and tomorrow)

The roots of Jewish Jacksonville has a fascinating history, dating back over two hundred years when Jewish pioneers started arriving in about 1783. Hazel Mack, Archivist/Historian has documented our rich history and recently shared her journey through time at Etz Chaim Synagogue. Hazel has followed the footsteps of generations who came before us, tracing the […]
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