Category: Community

Discovering the beautiful Washington Oaks State Park

Sima, Chico (our spirited dachshund) and I  recently discovered Washington Oaks State Park in nearby Palm Coast (about a one-hour drive south of Jax). Located between the Atlantic Ocean and Matanzas River, we enjoyed a peaceful stroll through the 20-acre botanical garden and winding reflection ponds. Shaded hiking paths are sheltered by 200 year-old majestic […]

Purim in Jacksonville is a Blast!

The happy holiday of Purim is always a great time in Jacksonville. But this year it was especially sweet as we said ‘good-bye’ to the cloud of the pandemic and savored the beauty of Purim in our vibrant community. We enjoyed several Megillah readings, each widely attended throughout the community. Etz Chaim hosted a sumptuous […]

Kosher Take-Out is a Delight at Beyer’s Bakery

When my family is in the mood for a great meal, Beyer’s Bakery is always our top choice. Beth’s carry-out meals are superb. My favorites are pizza and calzones.  And other yummy selections are falafel, salads and  french fries (regular, cajun or sweet potato). Everything is always delicious! Try it, you’ll love it! Under supervision of […]

At Home With Green Space of Your Own

Some folks took up running during the pandemic, others turned to baking or bought a pet. In Jacksonville, the ‘grow-your-own’ trend has taken root. And why not? More people are working from home and have time to look after some plants. It’s that time of year when spending time outdoors lifts the spirits by connecting […]

Jacksonville, Florida is a Very Special Place to Call Home

One of the reasons I am very grateful to call Jacksonville my home is because I enjoy spending lots of time in the great outdoors. During these COVID times, it’s truly a blessing to be able to get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty that abounds in our corner of the Sunshine state. I love […]

Happiness Is Embracing Our Green Thumbs in Jacksonville, FL

As many of you know, I love spending sun-shiny days with my wife Sima in our Jacksonville, Florida garden. We’ve been avid gardeners for nearly 50 years and have shared so much fun getting plenty of Vitamin N (nature) together. We’ve been blessed with a nice sized lot in marvelous Mandarin that provides plenty of […]

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 […]
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