Joanne Hirschtritt Licht
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!
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
Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Student & Community Center
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
The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica - at the University of Florida
Temple Beth Shalom - Reform Congregation in Ocala
Temple B'nai Darom - Reform Congregtion in Ocala
Temple Shalom - Reform Congregation in The Villages
Temple Shir Shalom - Reform Congregation in Gainesville
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.