This Week 
Rabbi Fisch delivers his insight on this weeks parsha
Rabbi Fisch delivers his insight on this weeks parsha
Shabbos Morning:
7:45am  Daf Yomi Class
8:30am  Shacharis 
8:30am  Sephardic Minyan
9:58:am  Latest Shema

Following services everyone is invited to kiddush in the social hall sponsored by 
Myron & Bunni Flagler in honor of Rabbi Fisch and his work 
on behalf of the Community. 

Shabbos Afternoon:
4:55pm Prophetic Visions Class with Rabbi Fisch
5:40pm  Mincha Followed by Seuda Shlishis. There will be a siyum by the Daf Yomi group on Tractate Bava Metzia. 
6:49pm  Maariv and Havdallah
Candle Lighting Times: 
Services this Week

Friday, February 3
  Candle lighting 5:47pm
Mincha 5:50pm 

Friday, February 10
Candle lighting  5:53pm
Mincha 6:00pm

Sunday-  8:15am
Monday- Friday

Late Maariv 
Monday- Thursday  8:30pm

Babysitting is a program for 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.
Tot Shabbat is for boys and girls in 'K' and 1st grade and is led by Nechama Finkelstein & Carlie Rosenthal. 
Junior Congregation has separa te groups for boys and girls grades 2 through B'nei Mitzva.  The boys group is led by  Rabbi A.Y. Cohen  and the g irls group is led by Rachel Shyken  
NCSY Tefillah Workshop is for boys and girls b'nei mitzvah through 12th grade and is led by Joey Hamaoui. 

Daf Yomi
6:00am Weekdays  
7:45am 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 Nedarim.
AIPAC at Etz Chaim Synagogue
Thursday, February 2 at 7:00pm
 in the sanctuary 
with guest speaker Ambassador Robert Ford

Ambassador Robert Ford is a retired American diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to Algeria from 2006-2008 and the United States Ambassador to Syria from 2010-2014. Ford is originally from Denver, Colorado, but is more recently a resident of Maryland. 

The Chaburah- Sunday, February 5 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.
New Mini Series
Chasidic Meditations 
Begins Monday, February 6 at 7:30pm 
with Dr. Elliott Rosenbaum 

Chassidut (or Chassidus) is the movement within Judaism founded by Rabbi Yisrael Ba'al Shem Tov (1698-1760)that was designed to awaken the Jewish people to it's own inner self through the inner dimension of the Torah. Based on the Kabbalah, Chassidut gives new emphasis to the simple and joyful service of God, prayer, optimism and a love for all people. Chassidic Meditation is an ancient Jewish practice that involves learning mystical ideas and meditating on them until they become rooted in our subconscious. This class will include guided Chasidic Meditations on topics including: The Purpose of Creation, the Jewish Soul, Prayer and the Oneness of God. All are welcome to join us for this 4 part series.
February 13, February 20, February 27
Talmud Class 
Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30pm
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, February 8 at 8:45am
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.
The Morning Club 
Thursday, February 9  from 11:30-12:15pm
with Rabbi Schochet

Join us for a weekly dose of every day Halacha. We are now studying the laws of Mincha. This is an interactive class no textual knowledge required, if you have a Kitzur, please bring it along.
Lunch & Learn 
Friday, February 10 at 12:00pm 
with Rabbi Feigenbaum
The Song That Never Ends; Seeing Beauty in Nature 

Hosted & Sponsored by Ken Jacobs 
50 North Laura Street 11th floor of the Bank of America Tower  32202
Unlocking the Closed Book
Shabbos February 11 at 10:00am
with Rabbi Feigenbaum
A bi-weekly class on the power of prayer. Unlocking the Closed Book is a bi-weekly class on the power of prayer. Beginning with Adon Olam and working our way through the morning service, this class aims to make prayer more personal and meaningful as a part of our daily lives.
Yom Limmud 
Etz Chaim is proud to present its annual Yom Limmud 
 Sunday, February 12
Registration begins at 9:00am
Event begins at 9:30am-12:00pm
This year's Yom Limmud presented by world famous lecturer Rabbi Benjamin Blech will touch on this topic and will explore how Judaism has many ways to deal with the universal challenge to belief that stems from the seeming injustice of the world. As Ari Goldman, former religion editor of the New York Times put it this way: "Benjamin Blech puts G-d back where He belongs-in the driver's seat of human events. This raises all sorts of fascinating questions that Rabbi Blech answers with clarity and wisdom. Drawing on centuries of Jewish learning, Rabbi Blech has given us a book that both comforts and inspires." Listeners will be rewarded by a lecture that informs, inspires and comforts.

Special thanks to our sponsors Lawrence & Kathy Kanter

Light breakfast will be served! 
Babysitting Available

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
 on February 18 at 8:00pm
This is the story of how he became 
an American hero.

Acclaimed film is about baseball's first Jewish star,
 Hammerin' Hank Greenberg. An extraordinary ball player, notorious for his hours of daily practice, Greenberg's career was an inspiration to all and  captured the  headlines and the admiration of sportswriters and fans alike. 
Sunday Morning Breakfast 
February 26, 2017 at 9:00am
Rebecca Rejtman Bennett , Lessons from the Holocaust: 
Standing Up to Anti-Semitism and Hate Today

Rebecca Rejtman Bennett is a human and civil rights advocate. She has worked with international and national organizations on foreign and domestic policy issues and she currently
 leads programs and initiatives that promote diversity, 
respect and  inclusion in society.

Rebecca earned a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Science in the Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University.

Rebecca was an Advisor to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, where she worked with local organizations around the world to protect women and children. She also served as the Legislative Advisor for Senator Barbara A. Mikulski on foreign policy and defense issues, which included legislation to secure America's continued financial and military support to Israel.
JCA and Etz Chaim Co-sponsor a 
Family Hamentashen Bake
Sunday, February 26 from 12:30-2:30pm

In preparation for the upcoming holiday of Purim, join the JCA and Etz Chaim Synagogue for our Family Hamentashen Bake.  Aside from baking our three cornered festival treats, there will be games and crafts for the children, and a special learning session for the adults. This event is free and is for the entire family .  
Reservation required by February 23
For details call 730-2100 ext. 271. To register call 730-2100 ext 228.
New Mikvah Hours for toveling 
Join us for a Karaoke ladies night out!
February 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm
 Promises to be an fun filled night with friends, singing, cheesecake and wine.
 We will meet at Etz Chaim and travel from there to our private reserved room.
Reservations are required as space is limited.
$10 for members and $12 for non-members
RSVP to Talia at
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. 

Parent & Child Saturday, February 4 at 7:45pm with Rabbi Cohen. Sponsored by Rabbi Yaakov & Henny Fisch in honor of their children.  

February 5, at 6:30pm Super Bowl Party for NCSY seniors (grades 8-12) will be held in the NCSY lounge. Arrive in time for the game to chow down and spend the evening enjoying the game together. Don't forget the commercials! 

B'nei Mitzvah with Rabbi Cohen Tuesday, February 7 from 4:15-5:15

Torah High with Rabbi Cohen Wednesday, February 8 from 6:30-7:30pm 


Ari Rosenbaum 
Ava Morris 
Daniel Goodman 
Susie Ehrlich 
Lon Smolensky 
David Ferman 



Abe Goldenthal 
Joel Garber 
Phyllis Sprecher
Susan Goldman
Allison Jacobs
Ragen Shapiro
DiDi Jarchower  
 Bertica Hubsch
 Susie Ehrlich


Jack Ozer 
Myron Kanter 
Morris Mirkis 
Carol Bartley 
Ben Metz
Cornelia Rappaport 
Melvin Stadler 
Eddie Held 
Maurice Beyer 
Leo Mirkis  

JFCS/FANN Food Pantry
Etz Chaim Synagogue and Jewish Family & 
          Community Services  Food Drive 
Grocery shopping for that big Superbowl Party? Maybe you could pick up a few extra items for the JFCS food pantry shelves in the shul lobby.
Your giving is ALWAYS appreciated. Thanks!

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.

 The Jewish Business Network (JBN) will hold its next meeting on 

February 10, 2017 at Zach Cohen's office on 10245 Centurion Parkway, Suite 103. This is a networking group for Jewish professionals in Jacksonville. All are welcome, but please RSVP to 

Jewish Heritage Days 
Sunday, February 12 at 2:00pm
River Garden Hebrew Home 
11401 Old St. Augustine Rd. 

JCA Young Concert Artists Series Welcomes The Zorá String Quartet
As part of the JCA Young Concert Artists Series,The Zorá Strin
g Quartet willperformat the Jewish Community Alliance on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00p.m. Thanks to the generosity of the Berman Family, this event is free to the community. For information, contact Thelma Nied at
Israeli Soldiers Tour 
Sunday February 12 at 6:30pm 
Join all of your Jacksonville friends for an evening wil Ilan & Mark, two former IDF soldiers. They will share their own experiences in the Army and talk about what it is like for young soliders. Students grades 8-12 are invited for a night of learning and conversation. Please RSVP to Rabbi A.Y. Cohen rabbicohen@etzchaimorg  
The event is free of charge.  
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
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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