On Saturday, April 18 The University of Florida (UF) Choral Union, representing the UF School of Music's Concert Choir and the Gainesville Civic Chorus Master Chorale, presented Protest Requiem. Joined by the UF Symphony Orchestra and numerous guest soloists, Protest Requiem features Verdi's Reguiem, performed in remembrance of the Holocaust, and to honor the members of the chorus and orchestra in the Theresienstadt ghetto. JCNCF is proud to be one of the community partners sponsoring the Protest Requiem.
This year's Yom HaShoah event was somewhat of a departure from prior gatherings, with a special presentation made possible by a partnership between the Jewish Council and the Goldring-Woldenberg Institue of Southern Jewish Life. The Mitzvah Project, a one-man play, is a remarkable combination of theater, history lesson and conversation in which actor and child of a survivor, Roger Grunwald, explores one of the most shocking aspects of the Jewish experience during the Second World War - Jewish soldiers in Hitler's army.
Sponsorship for this event was provided, in part, by: Dr. Abe Goldman & Dr. Judy Breiner, Dr. Lynne & Dr. Robert Holt, Dr. Herb and Dr. Barbara Oberlander and Dr. Ken Wald & Dr. Robin West
March 22 through March 31 the Hippodrome hosted 12 films as a part of the Fifth Annual Gainesville Jewish Film Festival. Nearly 500 people attended these films. Click the button below to view the line up of films that were screened and the sponsors who made it all happen.
On Sunday, March 1, PJ Library Gainesville families went on an adventure with Captain Character. This "journey" was filled with magic, jokes and important lessons from Purim.
Kids left with ballon animals and tummies filled with cotton candy. Click here to view photos from the event
Every year JCNCF sponsors and coordinates a wide range of activities and celebrations for the community.
Check out this page to learn about the many current and upcoming events. We hope to see you often!
Beit Ruth Benefit Weekend
Friday, February, 1 - Sunday, February 3
The Jewish Council is proud to present The Legacy of the Three Ruths and Beit Ruth: Tikkun Olam in Action. Barbara Oberlander, Ph.D., will speak about Jewish heroes, Ruth Gruber and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Beit Ruth Executive Director, Danielle Burenstein, will speak about biblical Ruth, connecting her story to the mission of the Beit Ruth Educational and Therapeutic Village.
Ruth Gruber was a pioneering photojournalist who became interested in the plight of Jewish refugees during World War II. She spent the next 60 years advocating on their behalf, from documenting the tragedy of the ship, the Exodus, to the daring rescue of Ethiopian Jews and their emigration to Israel.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is also a pioneer. As a lawyer, she essentially created the field of gender discrimination under the 14th Amendment for consideration by the Supreme Court. Her early cases — and her work later as a Supreme Court Justice herself — broke down barriers for women (and men).
Biblical Ruth is the devoted daughter-in-law to the widowed Naomi. An unlikely matriarch in Jewish history and the great-grandmother to King David, Ruth’s actions were the inspiration behind the name and mission of Beit Ruth. Her selfless spirit of caring lives on for the girls who call the Village home.
The lives of these remarkable trailblazers reflect the Jewish spirit of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world and pursuing justice.
Please note that reservations are required and there is a couvert. All proceeds from these talks will benefit the Beit Ruth Educational & Therapeutic Village. For more information, and to RSVP, please click on the buttons below or contact the Jewish Council at 352.371.3846
The Jewish Council is partnering with the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica to offer a fascinating talk by Professor Tudor Parfitt (SOAS, FIU), the leading expert on the history of Jews in Africa, and Remy Ilona, his student and a member of the community of Igbo Jews. The talk will offer two different perspectives on the origins of Igbo Jewish ancestry and it will shed light on the complexity of African Jewish history. Igbo Jews, like Ilona, regard themselves as descendants of the ancient tribes of Israel and can offer up evidence of ancient practices. Yet, in his recent book Black Jews in Africa and the Americas, Parfitt shows how Africans were often labelled as Israelites by colonialists, travelers, and missionaries in an attempt to explain and understand the strange people they encountered on the colonial frontier. This identity was then adopted by Africans who offered up common traditional practices as proof of a racial relationship to the Jews.
Eran Singer, Arab affairs correspondent for Israel Public Radio's Reshet Bet Channel, spoke at Temple Shir Shalom (3855 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605) on Thursday, April 23. Singer served in the Israeli Intelligence Corps and later worked at the Israeli Broadcasting Authority, reporting on domestic Arab affairs. Later, he became a news editor for Kol Israel Radio Channel.