Mitzvah Day is the time that our Temple can give back to those in need in the Jacksonville Community.
Families and adults of all ages are encouraged to volunteer for one of our twelve projects. Like the Twelve Tribes of Israel, we will fan out on the morning of February 28th across our Great City and provide help where it is needed most.
We can make a difference! Click here to read more about each of the twelve Mitzvah Day projects. Next, volunteer at our Sign Up Genius page which lists each activity and its associated sign up link.
It's "Hats Off to Ann Stone" as Temple Sisterhood invites the entire community to join in honoring her for all she has done. If you have attended an Oneg Shabbat, Break-the-Fast or events like the Mah Jongg tournament, you can be sure Ann Stone was involved in planning, organizing and/or cooking. We will celebrate with a catered luncheon, toasts, songs and more to thank her. Proceeds from the event will help support scholarships to Camp Coleman for Temple youth. The cost is $25 (Angel), $50 (Patron) or $75 (Benefactor). Reservations should be received by February 19 and checks can be made payable to Temple Sisterhood.
Your Temple Board has been tasked to review a variety of topics, not the least of which include changes to our Bylaws and capital repairs/improvements to our physical building. You are invited to become part of the discussion as we hold Town Hall meetings at Temple during the following dates and times:
Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
If you have any questions, you can email them to Temple’s President, Brian Bialik, prior to the meetings or you can pose them to him and/or others during the meeting(s). We look forward to seeing you all and gaining your input to these and other topics affecting our Temple family.
Keep up with all the activities. Read Temple's newsletter, the Messenger. You can keep up with current information and events, read back issues with messages from our professional staff and learn about Temple's other publications, Temple Times and the Religious School newsletters.
Temple Board of Trustees Nominations
Help shape our Temple’s future by recommending a potential Board Trustee to the Nominating Committee. You may recommend yourself! The person you suggest should be willing and able to share their time, talent and treasure as an active member of the Board of Trustees. Note that Trustees are required by our by-laws to “be regular members in good standing of the Congregation.” Complete this form as fully as possible for each person suggested. Suggestions for Trustees should be submitted to the Temple office, “Attention: Nominating Committee,” by February 15, 2016. The application is available on-line here.
'Six Words': A Documentary Film Spotlighting Jacksonville's Human Rights Ordinance Controversy
Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida and the second largest in the U.S. that has not passed job or housing protections for gay and lesbian citizens. Without the ‘six words’ sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in the Human Rights Ordinance (HRO,) Jacksonville is not an inclusive City and some believe Jacksonville could lose millions in new business. Rabbi Lief has been a leader in the fight to include the ‘six words.’ Portions of his interview are included in the documentary at this YouTube site.
Friday Night Live!
Enliven your Shabbat spirit with the music of our own Friday Night Live Band. Your hands will be clapping and your toes a-tapping. It will be a spiritually exciting Shabbat experience.
Watch video of the band from the Soul Food Shabbat service.
Temple 20's and 30's Group
Wednesdays at 7:30 am (February 17) Ethics of the Fathers: Pirkei Avot (Learn and then, work) Join Rabbi Cohen and your Temple friends to explore and discuss Jewish wisdom texts in ways that will help add meaning and fulfillment to the experiences of our lives in the past, present and future.
March 7 at 7:00 pm Monthly Mondays: Franz Rosenzweig – The Star of Redemption What is our place in the Universe, and how can Judaism guide us to find meaning in our existence? Join us on Monday evening, March 7, as we study the seminal work of the modern Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig, to understand the sacred interactions between ourselves and the Divine. All are welcome, and no prior knowledge is required. Read more about the Monday Lifelong Learning programs.
March 23 at 7:00 pm Gregg Roman, Director of the Middle East Forum will speak. The event is hosted by Dr. Larry and Kathy Kanter as part of their program for Jewish preservation.
"Read Hebrew America", Part 2, meets on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. If you know the Hebrew alphabet, you are welcome.
Adult Intermediate Hebrew meets Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. Laurie Simmons is the instructor .
View The Times-Union slide show and article about Temple and Jacksonville Jewish Center congregants preparing holiday meals for the Aging True Community Senior Services on Thursday, December 24. On December 25 volunteers, joined by members of The Sanctuary @ Mt. Calvary Church, delivered the meals to homebound seniors and disabled residents. Baked goods were delivered to area First Responders. Click on News4Jax and read about the Mitzvah project.
Boy Scout Troop 12 at Temple
Earlier this summer we were noticed that the Boy Scouts of America reversed its ban against gay Scout leaders. At its November Board meeting, the Temple's Board of Trustees voted to remove restrictions prohibiting Scout activity.
Jacksonville's Status in Florida Jewish History
How Jewish History Is Uncovered at the Temple
Read about our Archives and watch Hazel Mack in the YouTube Video.
Discover Israel April 10-18, 2016
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