Michelle Jensen

​Debby Kinman-Ford

​Ido Oren

Ruth Sherwood

Daniel Sokol

Richard Howard


The Jewish Council of North Central Florida encompasses Gainesville, Ocala, and the surrounding areas. This is a list of all the Jewish institutions in our area. If you would like to add more information to this list, please contact the office of JCNCF at office@JCNCF.ORG or call 352.371.3846.

Center for Jewish Studies - at the University of Florida

  • Located at 201 Walker Hall at the University of Florida
  • Director: Dr. Norman Goda
  • PO Box 118020, Gainesville, FL 32611
  • Website: www.jst.ufl.edu
  • Contact: Call 352.392.9247 or email center@jst.ufl.edu

Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Student & Community Center

  • Address: 2021 NW 5th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603
  • Directors: Rabbi Berl & Chanie Goldman
  • Co-directors: Rabbi Aharon Chaim & Pessie Notik
  • Website: www.JewishGator.com
  • Contact: Call 352.336.5877 or email rabbi@jewishgator.com

Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Center of Marion County and The Villages

Congregation Beth Israel - Reconstructionist Congregation in Ocala

Congregation B'nai Israel - Conservative Congregation in Gainesville

Hillel - at the University of Florida

  • Norman H. Lipoff Hall - 2020 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603
  • CEO: Rabbi Jonah Zinn
  • Website: www.ufhillel.org
  • Contact: Call 352.372.2900 or email info@ufhillel.org

The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica - at the University of Florida

Temple Beth Shalom - Reform Congregation in Ocala

  • 1109 NE 8th Ave, Ocala, Florida 34470
  • Rabbi Ze'ev Harari
  • Website: www.jewishocala.com
  • Contact: Call 352-629-3587

Temple B'nai Darom - Reform Congregtion in Ocala

Temple Shalom - Reform Congregation in The Villages

Temple Shir Shalom - Reform Congregation in Gainesville

Area Information


Steve Bobroff

​Stuart Cohn

​Harvey Goldstein 

Larry Hartfield

Sharon Hirshik

Joanne Hirschtritt Licht

Ken Wald

Dawn Burgess-Krop

Past President

Abe Goldman 


Ido Oren


Steve Slutsky

Campaign Co-Chair

Board Members



About Us

​​Virginia Brissette Hirshik

President & CEO

email: virginia@jcncf.org

William Alford 

Director of Community Engagement & Programs

email: engagement@jcncf.org 

or: chronicle@jcncf.org

Alicia Rudin
Family Programs Coordinator

Office Assistant 

email: office@jcncf.org

Board of Directors & Staff 


JCNCF is part of the JFNA (Jewish Federations of North America) Network of Independent Communities, which links more than 150 Federations and 300 smaller Jewish communities across the United States. The Network represents more than 200,000 Jews who come together to care for the global Jewish people. JFNA helps those in need, rescues people in danger, and keeps Jewish life strong.

Through its relationship with JFNA, JCNCF joins a community that raises millions of dollars to help Jewish people everywhere. Each year, JCNCF is proud to raise funds on behalf of world Jewry and to support programs that enrich our North Central Florida community.

From young children in Israel, to the elderly living in the former Soviet union, to those in need in our own community, JCNCF is here to help!


JCNCF's predecessor, the Gainesville Jewish Appeal (GJA), was founded in 1971. Its principal purpose was to raise money for Israel and world Jewry. In 2000, GJA became the Jewish Council of North Central Florida and expanded its mission to include local grants and community programs.

JCNCF continues to financially support Israel and world Jewry. JCNCF has engaged the community in fundraising for the Jaffa Institute and in raising emergency funds for Israel during international crises.

Locally, JCNCF provides grants to organizations such as area Hebrew schools and synagogues, Hillel, and the UF Center for Jewish Studies. JCNCF sponsors community events to commemorate and to celebrate, partners with area charities for our annual Mitzvah Day, and invests in our Jewish future through PJ Library.