Marilyn & Louis Safer Shabbaton 2017

Join us for the Marilyn and Louis Safer Shabbaton this February!

The Jacksonville Jewish Center's annual Marilyn and Louis Safer Shabbaton, which will be held on February 24 – 26, 2017.  This year features Scholar-in-Residence, Joel M. Hoffman, an energetic, engaging, funny, and insightful linguist, biblical scholar and author known for his fresh insights about religious life in the 21st century.  

Marilyn and Lou Safer, may their names be for a blessing, loved by all who knew them, were committed to keeping the synagogue as the center of Jewish life and learning.  This philosophy is shared by their children, who generously established the fund in their parents’ memory to provide underwriting for the Center’s annual Shabbaton weekend, allowing for professional educators and superior lecturers such as Dr. Hoffman.  


Schedule of Events:

Friday, February 24, 2017:

6:00 PM - Shabbat Service

7:00 PM - Shabbat Dinner (Reservations Required)

8:15 PM - Presentation by Dr. Hoffman - "Four Exiles and Four Spiritual Revolutions" - A whirlwind tour of 3,000 years of Judaism, focusing on three spiritual revolutions and the exiles that led to each. Then the most recent revolution: modern Judaism. How are we, today, like the prophets and like the authors of the Talmud? How is 21st-century Florida like the Golden Age of Spain? And what will we build for future generations?  Followed by an oneg shabbat.

Saturday, February, 25, 2017

9:00 AM - Shabbat Morning Services - Sermon delivered by Dr. Hoffman - Shabbat Shekalim (Mishpatim) - What to do with your slaves, and other commandments we can surprisingly learn from!

12:00 PM - Congregational Kiddush

12:00 PM - Shabbaton Luncheon (Reservations Required)

1:00 PM Interactive Discussion with Dr. Hoffman - “The Bible Doesn’t Say That!” What does the Bible really say about subjects such as violence and marriage?  The Bible has been reinterpreted and misinterpreted almost from the day it was written.    We'll peel back 2,000 years of revisionism and take a look at the Bible as it originally was.

Sunday, February 26, 2017:

8:30 AM - Morning Minyan (Rosh Hodesh)

10:30 AM - Discussion with Dr. Hoffman - "Ancient Answers to Good and Evil That Were Cut From the Bible". A discussion of the second half of the Adam and Eve story missing from the Bible, Abraham's formative childhood, and the mysterious Enoch.   Copies of Dr. Hoffman's books will be available for purchase and personal signing.

Additionally, Dr. Hoffman will entertain special Shabbaton Supporters at a Donor Event with a series of vignettes from his personal experiences in Israel as a writer for The Jerusalem Post, and on Sunday morning he will interact with children with the surprising story of where our food comes from and why we should care so much!


Thanks to the generous donation by the Safer family, all of the speaking events are free and open to the public.  The costs and menus for optional accompanying meals are available below, and pre-paid reservations for all meals can be made by calling Rose Tincher at @ 292-1000, or Lois Tompkins at ext. 146.


Friday Night Traditional Shabbat Dinner ~ Choice of:

Chicken Picatta   @ $28              

Potato-crusted Salmon @ $28   

Portabella Mushroom @ $28     

Children (12 & Under) @ $18     

Dinner includes mediterranian salad, grilled veggie saute, and herb fettucine

(NOTE: We cannot accept entrée changes after February 17, 2017. )               


Saturday Luncheon ~ buffet          

Includes Caesar salad, poached salmon, and Israeli couscous
All guests @ $15