In 2006, Rabbi Shmuli and Chana Novack moved to Jacksonville to Serve the Jewish Community.

That same year, Chabad of Jacksonville Town Center, originally known as Chabad of Southside, opened its doors, establishing itself as a vital hub for Jewish life in Jacksonville.

Early Beginnings

The early days saw gatherings held in rented meeting rooms and local libraries. In 2008, Chabad broke ground on our first facility, and by 2009, we had a permanent home, allowing us to expand our services and outreach.

Growth and Expansion

As the community continued to grow, so did the need for a larger space. In 2016, Chabad embarked on a new building project, culminating in the opening of our beautiful, larger facility in 2019. Our new center now serves as a vibrant hub for our numerous activities and programs, enhancing the Jewish experience for all who visit.

Our Vibrant Community

Located by the St. Johns Town Center, Northeast Florida's shopping and entertainment hub and one of Jacksonville's most dynamic areas, Chabad of Jacksonville Town Center is dedicated to addressing the needs of this lively community. We offer an extensive range of programs, including:

  • Ganienu Preschool: Jacksonville's premier Jewish preschool, providing a nurturing and educational environment for young children.
  • Chabad on Campus: Serving students at Jacksonville's numerous universities through Chabad on Campus Jacksonville.
  • Chabad on Call: Offering spiritual care and support to patients and their families at Mayo Clinic and other local hospitals.
  • Religious Services & Programs: Offering a comprehensive array of religious services and educational programs for all ages.
  • Adult Education: Providing enriching classes and learning opportunities for adults.
  • Social Events: Hosting a variety of social events to bring the community together.

Additionally, we are home to the Malnik Gallery of Jewish Art, showcasing highly sought-after works by renowned artists such as Romero Britto and Robert Indiana.

Our Organizations: