This Week 

Rabbi Fisch delivers his insight on this weeks parsha. 

Shabbos Morning:
7:45am  Daf Yomi Class
8:30am  Shacharis 
8:30am  Sephardic Minyan
9:52am  Latest Shema

Following services everyone is invited to kiddush in the social hall. 

Shabbos Afternoon:
5:05pm  Class with Rabbi Fisch
5:50pm  Mincha Followed by Seuda Shlishis
7:00pm  Maariv and Havdallah

Candle Lighting Times: 

Friday, February 17 
Candle lighting 5:59pm
Mincha 6:00pm

Friday, February 24
Candle lighting  5:53pm
Mincha 5:55pm

Services this Week 
Sunday   8:15am
Monday- Friday  6:45am

Sunday-Thursday  6:05pm
Late Maariv 
Monday- Thursday  8:30pm

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.
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 Nazir. 
As Purim rapidly approaches with its many mitzvos aimed at friendship and camaraderie, NCSY Jax is once again offering its Mishloach Manos program to help facilitate fulfillment of this very special precept in style - with the added touch of convenience. The annual mishloach manos mailing will be going out shortly. As always, a holiday gift package will be delivered on Purim day. 

For more information or for assistance in ordering over the phone, please call the Etz Chaim office at (904) 262-3565 ext. 7. OR CLICK HERE
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Thank you for your support and for helping keep the flame alive! 

Best wishes,

Nosh and Drash
Thursday, February 16 at 7:30pm
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, February 17 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.   
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
 on Saturday, 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. 
Mini Series
Chasidic Meditations 
This week class will be
Monday , February 20 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 27
Talmud Class 
Tuesday, February 21 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 22 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 23  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.
Unlocking the Closed Book
Shabbos,  February 25 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.
Sunday Scholar Breakfast with Rebecca Rejtman Bennett 
Lessons from the Holocaust: Standing up to
 Anti-Semitism and Hate Today

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 9:00am

Join in a community breakfast where human and civil rights advocate, Rebecca Rejtman Bennett, will highlight practical tools and resources to empower individuals and communities to stand up to modern forms of anti-Semitism and hate. 
Rebecca is the Program Chair for the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) Voices of Hope Initiative, which was anchored and inspired by the recent visiting exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today. She helped develop and implement over 40 collaborative community programs, exhibits and performances that promote productive discussions to address prejudice and discrimination during the Holocaust and today. Rebecca is also a Strategic Advisor for Program Development and Community Engagement with OneJax where she advocates, creates and manages efforts that promote diversity and inclusion. She facilitates and consults with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on programs to address Anti-Semitism and discrimination with communities and schools. Rebecca has also worked with the United States Senate, the United Nations and international and national organizations on issues of foreign and domestic policy. 
Free Admission and light breakfast will be served
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.
Spring shabbaton- if you would like to join the committee for the spring shabbaton 
(May 5-6)-please contact henny fisch @
Rabbi Asa, a certified sofer from Atlanta, will be here Sunday, February 19 from 10:00am-6:00pm and Monday, February 20 8:00am-6:00pm. If you would like him to inspect Tefilin & Mezuzah, please bring them to the shul. 

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. 

B'nei Mitzvah with Rabbi Cohen Tuesday, February 21 from 4:15-5:15

Torah High with Rabbi Cohen Wednesday, February 22 from 6:30-7:30pm 

FINAL- Parent and Child February 25 at 8:00pm sponsored by the Sephardic Minyan in honor of the entire Etz Chaim Synagogue 

Camp Sheves Achim 2017 dates
Three sessions: 

Shlomo Rabinowitz
Rabbi A.Y. Cohen
Donald Kupfer
Steven Saperstein

 Robert & Izabella 

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

Joan Patch 
Warren Weltman
Eugene Borgida
Harriet Sperber
Katie Roth 
Hyman Roth 
Leah Bennett

 Etz Chaim Synagogue and Jewish Family &  Community Services  Food Drive 
JFCS/FANN is great need of your food donations. Please take advantage of store BOGOs and help fill the shelves in the shul lobby! 
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
Galinsky Academy PTA 
Purim Carnival 
Sunday, March 5 from 12:00-5:00pm
Jacksonville Jewish Center located at 3662 Crown Point Road 
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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