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What's Your Why Wednesday: Featuring Board President Jennifer Plotkin

Yesterday, for the first Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida's What's Your Why Wednesday, CEO Mariam Shpeen Feist featured Board President Jennifer Plotkin.
The What's Your Why Wednesday Facebook Lives will take place the first Wednesday of the month, and will feature vari…

Holocaust Survivor’s Diary Inspires LaVilla School of the Arts Student

     Naomi Alcantara, an 8th-grade student at the LaVilla School of the Arts in downtown Jacksonville has always been an artist. Since she was four years old, she drew on grocery lists, doodled on scrap pieces of paper, and expressed herself through illustration wherever and whenever she…

Parashat Beha’Alotecha - Shabbat Message from Iris Kraemer

Do you remember standing as a congregation, in front of an open ark and reciting:

“Vayehi Binso’a Ha’aron vayomer Moshe…”

This verse in Numbers refers to the moving of the Ark of the Covenant, leading the way as the Israelites moved from camp to camp in the desert.  When we stoo…

Father's Day Tribute: The Neil Presser Legacy

When my sister and I were asked to write about our Father’s legacy and how it has affected our lives, it was not only an honor, but an incredible gift.

Born in New York City to Mac & Lillian Presser, Dad and his older brother, Edwin, moved to Jacksonville when he was 3. He was a graduat…

Spotlight: The Harry H. and and Sylvia E. Livingston Donor Advised Fund

Submitted by Bert Livingston



The initial dollars used to fund the Harry and Sylvia Livingston Donor Advised Fund came in part from the money Germany paid us for our father’s home in Germany (confiscated by the Nazi Regime) that was reclaimed in 1989 after the fall of the Berlin Wa…