This Week 
Please click  HERE for Rabbi Fisch's latest post on his blog. 
Candle Lighting Times:
Friday,  May 12
Mincha  6:30pm
Candle lighting  7:53pm
(Earliest Time to Light  6:46pm)

 Friday, May 19
Mincha 6:30pm
Candle lighting  7:58pm
(Earliest Time to Light 6:50pm)

Services this Week
Sunday- 8:15am
Monday-Friday- 6:45am
Sunday-Thursday 8:00 pm
Shabbos Morning:
8:15am  Daf Yomi Class
9:00am  Shacharis 
9:00am  Sephardic Minyan
9:59am  Latest Shema

Following services everyone is invited to kiddush sponsored by Rabbi Mayer & Ita Rabinowitz in honor Herschel Rabinowitz's Bar Mitzvah in the social hall. 
Shabbos Afternoon:
7:00pm Pirkei Avos Class with Rabbi Yehoshua Pinkus
7:45pm Mincha
Followed by Seuda Shlishis 
8:55pm Maariv and Havdallah 
Daf Yomi
6:00am  Weekdays  
8:15am  Shabbos  
7:30am  Sundays & legal holidays   
Please join us each morning before services in the Mirkis Chapel. Hot coffee is served.

Halacha Yomi :
Rabbi Fisch will teach a brief halacha following minyan every morning 

Mishna Yomi
Rabbi Fisch will teach a brief mishna between mincha & maariv every evening. We are studying Tractate Nazir. 


B'nei Mitzvah class with Rabbi A.Y. Cohen. on    Tuesday, May 16 from 4:15-5:15pm.   

Torah High class with Rabbi A.Y. Cohen on  Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30-7:30pm.  Fresh pizza will be served! 

NCSY Juniors Trip to Rebounderz! 
Sunday, May 21st For boys and girls grades 5-8.
Drop off at Etz Chaim at 10:30  AM
Pick up at Etz Chaim 12:30 PM
NCSY members $15 Non Members $20
Deadline to register is Thursday, May 18!

Registration is now live for the Spring FNL Shabbaton! Please   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. The Shabbaton will be held June 2-3 at Etz Chaim and is for grades 5-12.  
Babysitting is a supervised free play program for boys and girls ages infant through 3 years old and is staffed by professional sitters.

Gan Shabbat is for boys and girls in nursery and Pre-K and is led by Sarah Brown. The children are entertained with stories, games, songs, and organized activities.
Tot Shabbat is for boys and girls in 'K' and 1st grade. The children are entertained with stories and songs; they pray together and play together with organized activities led by our teenage group leaders Nechama Finkelstein & Carlie Rosenthal.  

Junior Congregation meets with distinct groups for boys and girls grades 2 through B'nei Mitzva. The boys group is led by Rabbi A.Y. Cohen and the girls group is led by Rachel Shyken. The children begin their morning with group morning prayers and continue with questions on the parsha and other activities.

NCSY Tefillah Workshop is a discussion based group dedicated to giving deeper insight into the Parsha and general hashkafa and is for boys and girls b'nei mitzvah through 12th grade. This group is led by Joey Hamaoui.
Nosh and Drash-Thursday, May 11 at 7:00pm
with Rabbi Fisch
The Torah portion is read every week in synagogues. Yet for many of us there is a major disconnect between the words from this ancient text and our lives. Please join us on Thursday evening for an informal discussion and see the weekly parsha come alive like never before. Hot potato kugel from Sweeta by Ita will be served.
Sunday, May 14  after Shacharis at 9:15am
The Chaburah is a text based Talmud study learning program with an emphasis on  practical Halacha. After preparing the source materials with a learning partner, a brief synopsis and discussion is led by  one of the participants. 
Mini Series Continues 
4,000 Years of Jewish History in 4 Weeks Begins 
Monday, May 15 at 6:50pm with Rabbi Feigenbaum 
Join us as we go back in time through Jewish history. Starting with Avraham and continuing until our present day, this course will provide you with a glimpse of what has made us into who we are today. We will cover topics such as the creation and existence of the State of Israel, the Prophets and the Kings, the First and Second Temples and their destruction, the formulation of the Talmud and the beginning of the long exile, the creation of and differences between Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews, and the Chassidic and Kabbalistic movements. Whether you are just a history buff, or just a beginner, this course will leave you not only knowledgeable, but inspired at the
perseverance of the Jewish Nation. 
Talmud Class-Tuesday, May 16 at 8:30pm 
with Rabbi Rabinowitz 
Learn the Talmud as you never have before! The class will slowly and methodically study the sixth chapter of Tractate Brachos and delve into its many intricacies. Previous Talmud study is recommended but not required.
Java for the Soul -Wednesday, May 17 at 8:45am 
with Rabbi Feigenbaum
Please join us every Wednesday morning for a cup of Java for your body and soul. Our weekly class on The Ethics of our Father you will discover how these messages are relevant. This is an informal class that offers a unique blend of inspirational insight and practical tools for our daily lives .
Nosh and Drash-Thursday, May 18 at 7:00pm
with Rabbi Fisch
The Torah portion is read every week in synagogues. Yet for many of us there is a major disconnect between the words from this ancient text and our lives. Please join us on Thursday evening for an informal discussion and see the weekly parsha come alive like never before. Hot potato kugel from Sweeta by Ita will be served.
Shavuos All Night Learning
Tuesday Evening May 30 at 12:00am
Celebrating 50 Years of United Jerusalem

On Shavuos night, we not only commemorate the anniversary of the receiving the Torah but also relive that dynamic experience. Please join us for this memorable evening. Special concurrent learning sessions are held for youth and teens. The evening will be fueled by hot coffee, snacks and ice cream. Learning is followed by morning services at sunrise. 

12:00am-12:50am Discover Your Inner  Jerusalem  with Batya Feigenbaum
1:00am-1:50am Can I Climb This Mountain ? The Halachic Controversy of Temple Mount with Rabbi Fisch
1:50am-2:15am Ice Cream Break 
2:15am-3:10am 5 minute presentation on a Parsha in the book of Shmos
3:15am-4:10am A "Cushy" Position.  What Halachic Leniency are there for the President's Son-in-Law? with Rabbi Rabinowitz 
4:10a-5:10am Mount Zion vs Mount Sinai! W hat is the True Source of our Eternity with Rabbi Feigenbaum 

Women's learning group this Shavuos. It will take place the first day of
Shavous Wednesday, May 31 from 10:00am-12:00pm
There will be speakers and refreshments. There will be babysitting. 
For more info or if you are interested in being a speaker at the event please contact:
Chai Gross at 904-708-8044
Enhance your 49-day countdown to Shavuos by donating & dedicating a beautiful new Artscroll chumash. Your $49 dedication will bring great honor to those you hold  dear and also strengthen your connection to Sinai. Please contact the  shul office or click  the link below to place your order (904-262-3565).

Special thanks to the following people who donated and 
dedicated a Chumash 
Barry & Sima Chefer
Rabbi Yaakov & Henny Fisch
Jay, Amy & Aaron Lipper
Kevin & Bonnie Melamed
Morrie & Kathy Osterer
The Rosenbaum Family 
Sandi Roth
Leah Scharman
Michael & Elisheva Shields

Special Thanks to Henny Fisch and the entire host committee for all their hard work in making the Spring Shabbaton with Ruchi Koval a great success.
Yasher koach to Miriam Cohen for making beautiful centerpieces for the  Spring Shabbaton
If you would like to order a plaque for our new memorial board that was dedicated by The Frisch family 
the shul office at 262-3565.
 Etz Chaim Synagogue and Jewish Family & 
Community Services  Food Drive      
 PLEASE DONATE ONLY: Unopened/unexpired
HYGIENE: Everything
Thank you!!!

Etz Chaim Bikur Cholim volunteers are available to visit the sick or home bound of the Etz Chaim community. Please contact Hilde Meyer at  904-262-5316, or, to arrange a visit.
Neshei Chessed (for ladies only)- if you are interested in joining Neshei Chessed by providing food (either cooking or purchasing a meal through a local caterer) for those in short term need,  please contact
The  Etz Chaim Sisterhood has a great schedule of activities planned for this year. If you are interested in becoming a member, or just adding your email to our mailing list, please follow this link to join. 


 Samuel Wald
Hanna Bendit 
Patricia Benrubi 
Ida Ohayon 
Kathy Kanter 
Stephen Silverman 
Chase Beyer 
Sandi Roth 
Deborah Schiller
Susan Gendzier
Rebecca Karp

Al Wolfson 
Karl Goldman
Jay Lipper
Abe Goldenthal 
Joel Garber 
Phyllis Sprecher
Susan Goldman
Allison Jacobs
Ragen Shapiro
DiDi Jarchower  
 Bertica Hubsch

Fannie Ozer
Yakov Vaynman 
Ruth Stein 
Esther Pearlman 
Philip Shapiro 
Evan Rosenthal
Sigmund Rappaport 
Linda Rybak 

Celebrate Lag Ba'Omer 
Please join Avi & Zippy Zaguri for 7th annual
 Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai Hilola Celebration
Saturday, May 13 at 9:30pm
Adults or call 904-434-4335
Torah Academy's annual dinner will be held on Sunday, May 21st.
 Please join us as we honor two outstanding couples, Caren and Larry Appel and Sima and Barry Chefer for their dedication to Jewish education in Jacksonville. For dinner reservations or to place a journal ad, please contact the school office
 at 904-268-7719 or register online at
The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
May 21, 2017 at 3:05PM
Join friends and family as we strike out ALS with an afternoon at the ballpark. Will you help us fill the stadium with support by raising money for ALS research and care for our friend Evan Yegelwel and other families like his? 

To show up is to show you care .  Check out ticket classes that include buffets, VIP seating, bar rail seats and more. We want to sell every seat to fulfill Evan's hope.  But, if you can't come, please don't hesitate to fill Evan's Hope Chest with a donation to benefit The ALS Association Florida Chapter. For more information
 call 904-372-4859.
Etz Chaim Synagogue
10167 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32257  
Office Phone: 904-262-3565/Fax: 904- 292-0524

Scot Ackerman, M.D. President  904-571-9000 
Rabbi Yaakov Fisch~Senior Rabbi office 262-3565 ext. 8 
Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum~Education Director office 262-3565 ext. 5
cell- 913-230-6448
Rabbi A.Y. Cohen~ Youth Director office 262-3565 ext. 12
Terri Velazquez~Office
Jeannie Wright~ Administrative
Eruv Hotline~ ext. 6
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