Category: Community

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 […]

Making Local History: Jacksonville’s First Torah High School Opens

The start of the new school year is always exciting, but it has been especially momentous at Jacksonville Torah High School (JTHS). The community takes great pride as Jacksonville’s first orthodox high school has opened. This is a historic milestone for Jacksonville, Florida and also, for the entire Jewish community of Northeast Florida. Mrs. Kineret […]

Ben Gurion’s Grandson Recounts Israel’s Early Days

The Jacksonville Jewish Federation kicked off the annual fundraising campaign at Etz Chaim Synagogue. The event was generously sponsored by Gray-Robinson. The evening featured refreshments and dessert; an inspirational video highlighting the Federation’s accomplishments at home and abroad.  Community leaders Haley Trager and Hal Resnick (of blessed memory) were honored for their dedicated service to […]


The community salutes our friend and neighbor Kevin Melamed of Mandarin for always looking for ways to brighten the lives of veterans around town. Kevin is the proud owner of a WW II Willy’s Army Jeep that his Dad bought at the end of the war.  As Kevin grew up in rural upstate New York […]
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