Jacksonville’s Congregation Ahavath Chesed, Also known as the temple, held an dedication ceremony on Saturday for its biblical garden, which contains plants and trees found in the Bible. The centerpiece date palm of the garden was planted a few days earlier in the synagogue in honor of Goldie Lanskywho recently retired after 12 years as Executive Director of The Temple.
The congregation works with the pastor. Ed Bez, Director of the Biblical Botanical Gardens Society in Conyers, Georgia, to plant the garden in front of his sanctuary at 8727 San Jose Blvd.
“It is a privilege for our community to be the setting for this special garden,” he said David Kaufman, President of the Board of Trustees. “Ours and one established at nearby Christ the Messiah Church are the only Biblical gardens on the First Coast.”
The gardens, designed to complement each other, will serve as a commitment to interreligious cooperation and understanding.
The money for the project is from the Jewish Preservation Fund of Dr. Larry & Kathy Kanter and the temple ward. “The biblical garden is a joint effort by the church and the synagogue,” said Larry Kanter. “It will add an educational and spiritual experience to the Jacksonville community.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to share the temple’s meaningful garden with our neighbors and other places of worship,” he said Gene Meyers, CEO of The Temple. We hope that when we bring a bit of the past to life, it gives visitors a sense of the true biblical story. ”
Here is more good news:
• The topic: A past or present global crisis and the resulting positive opportunities.
Fapianey Alexandre, a senior at Bolles School, chose the 1918 pandemic influenza. She won that Rotary Club of South Jacksonville‘s speech contest held on March 4 at WJCT Studios and was awarded a $ 5,000 scholarship.
Connor Ambrose from Creekside High School in St. Johns County took second place and won a $ 3,000 scholarship. The other finalists received grants of $ 1,000. they are Ebby Archer Yulee High School, D’Marre Craddock of Orange Park High School and Jacob Gazzaleh the Samuel Wolfson School of Advanced Studies.
Students from 21 public and private high schools in the region took part in regional events, with the field narrowed down to five participants. Regional competitions were held at the Rotary clubs of Amelia Island Sunrise, Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine, and West Jacksonville.
The jury consists of language and communication professors from Edwards Waters College, the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Florida State College in Jacksonville, and St. Johns River State College.
The club has been running the competition for seven years and awards grants and prizes totaling $ 94,800.
• Based in Jacksonville Firehouse Subs and charitable Firehouse Subs Foundation for Public Safety provided about 200 meals to health workers on March 11 Baptist Medical South. The handover took place to celebrate the second fundraising campaign by the Feed the Frontline foundation.
Firehouse Subs customers and Foundation supporters were also able to offer lunch for a healthcare worker or first responder as part of the campaign by making online donations of $ 5 or more to the Foundation’s COVID-19 Healthcare & First Responder Fund donated.
The Feed the Frontline campaign, which was first run as a one-day online fundraiser in April 2020, delivered around 4,000 meals across the country. Firehouse Subs restaurant owners and the foundation have donated around 95,000 meals since last year’s pandemic. Thanks to donor support, the number of meals donated continues to grow.
• Jacksonville Beach nonprofit The beaches turn green has distributed around 1,200 stainless steel water bottles for athletes instead of disposable cups and plastic bottles as part of a partnership Flagler Health + and Ponte Vedra Athletic Association.
The Group Sports Reusable Bottle Program connects a local sponsor with a school or community sports team to provide reusable bottles to young athletes. The goals: Raising awareness of single-use plastic pollution, promoting the reusability of single-use items and protecting children from potentially harmful chemicals that plastic can get into water.
Teams like Jaws Lacrosse, Riptide Lacrosse, Storm Soccer, JDL Football and Baseball & Wrestling have received reusable Team branded bottles.
“Every sporting season, our trash cans are overflowing with single-use plastic bottles in our fields,” he said Chris Greco, Lacrosse President of the Ponte Vedra Athletic Association. “We understand that recycling is only a small part of the solution, and by offering our PVAA athletes both training and alternatives [to plastic]We create awareness and make changes for the good of the planet. “
Program partners will pay for the bottles and donate them to a school or sports team as part of Beaches Go Green’s efforts.
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