Marilyn & Louis Safer Shabbaton

Join us for the Marilyn and Louis Safer Shabbaton with with Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz 

Friday, December 7, through Sunday, December 9, 2018


The Jacksonville Jewish Center is pleased to announce that Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz will be the scholar-in-Residence for our annual Marilyn and Louis Safer Shabbaton.

Rabbi Bortz is a full time Rabbi at Congregation Or Hadash, Sandy Springs, Atlanta.  She has over 25 years of experience as a pulpit Rabbi, and is the first Latin America female Rabbi who completed her Rabbinical ordination in Jerusalem as a student  of the “Seminario Rabinico Latino Americano”. 

As a Medical Doctor, Dr Bortz has served in different Hospital and Private Clinics in Argentina, Israel, Chile and USA.  As a Bioethicist, Dr Bortz has helped created Bioethics Committees in Chile and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and is the founder of Hope for Seeds, couples struggling with infertility and sterility.

Rabbi Analia is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.  She is a vocal activist as combatant of anti-Semitism and has spoken twice at the UN (2015 and 2016).  She is also an active member of JScreen, advocating for research and prophylaxis of genetic disorders with more incidences in the Ashkenazi Jewish population.   As a co-founder of "BaKeN (in the Nest): Breehut-Kehillah-Nefesh" an initiative to create positive and loving enforcement for those with mental health illness and for caregivers who support them, she works on combating the societal stigmatization of mental illness.

Among her many publications are “The Voice of Silence, A Rabbi’s Journey into a Trappist Monastery and Other Contemplations” and “Permanent Seekers of God’s Answers: Struggles with Bioethical Quests”.

Rabbi Dr. Bortz is married to Rabbi Mario Karpuj and they have 2 daughters, Tamar and Adina.   In her spare time, Rabbi Analia enjoys traveling the world, scuba diving and reading non-fiction books, especially history and biographies.   


Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz's book The Voice of Silence will be available for purchase (and a personal signature) after Seudah Shlishith on Saturday evening and on Sunday morning.

Speaking Events  (free and open to the community):

Friday evening @ 8:15 pm:  Biblical Characters That Inspire Leadership Through Crisis

Shabbat Sermon:  Parashat MiKetz and Rosh Hodesh Tevet: From Dreams to Imah on the Bimah

Saturday evening:  Seudah Shlishith, beginning at 5 pm    Hanukkah: Is this a Jewish Holiday?  The Many Flickering Lights of the Festival of Lights    Family-Friendly, Recommended for ages 10 and up

Sunday morning @ 10:30 am:  Bioethics: When Technology Becomes a Blessing and a Curse   Genetic engineering, artificial insemination, cloning, and medical use of cannabis (which, by the way, has a hekhsher!)


Meals (please RSVP, even if they are at no charge, so that we have plenty for all!):

RSVP to [email protected] or call  292-1000.  Brochures and forms have been mailed, or can be found in the lobby of the Jacksonville Jewish Center.

Friday evening @ 7:00 pm:  Shabbat Dinner    THIS IS A PLATED DINNER by prepaid reservation; COST IS $28.00 PER PERSON
Challah and Kiddush Wine
Gefilte Fish with Purple Horseradish Sauce 
Mediterranean Garden with Hearts of Romaine, Black Olives, Garbanzo Beans, Yellow Tomatoes and Garlic Pita Croutons
Chicken Piccatta with Mushrooms and Artichokes
Potato Crusted Salmon with a Dill Caper Sauce
Grilled Portabella Mushroom stuffed with Roasted Vegetable Barley
Grilled Vegetable Sauté
Herb Fettuccini with Fresh Garlic, Parsley and Basil

Kids Menu  ($18 per child under 13): Chicken Fingers with same sides as above

Saturday Kiddush following services (no charge, but please RSVP):   Salad Bar and Vegetable Square

Saturday evening Shalosh Seudot @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (no charge, but space is limited so RSVPs are a MUST!):  Tossed Green Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes and Carrots served with Ranch Dressing, Tuna and Egg Salad, Latkes with Sour Cream and Applesauce, Fresh Fruit Salad, Assorted Sweets

Sunday Morning @ 9:45 am  (This is for Special Contributers ONLY!   Please RSVP)
Scrambled Egg Bar with toppings to include but not limited to: Cheddar Cheese, Sautéed
Onions, Grilled Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Asparagus and Mozzarella Cheese
Assorted Bagels with Cream Cheese and Butter
Lox Spread, Capers, Tomatoes and Onions
Fresh Fruit Salad
Assorted Danish
Coffee, Orange Juice and Tomato Juice