The Chosen Few Multiply Fernandina Jews Unite through Food, Fun

By Clark, Kevin A. | The Florida Times Union, December 23, 2000 | Go to article overview

The Chosen Few Multiply Fernandina Jews Unite through Food, Fun


Clark, Kevin A., The Florida Times Union


When Mike and Brenda Pallen moved to Fernandina Beach in 1986, they wondered if they might be the only Jewish residents on Amelia Island.

Meanwhile, Sherry Stein-Corbin, another Fernandina Beach resident who is Jewish, was beginning to think she was somewhat isolated in her faith on Amelia Island.

"I spoke to a woman who had just moved here and she asked me, 'Where are all the Jewish people?' " Stein-Corbin said. "I said, 'You're looking at her.' "

A short time later, Pearl and Joe Birnbaum moved to Fernandina Beach and started looking for other Jewish neighbors. When they met up with the Pallens and Stein-Corbin, the five people formed a bond that created the core of the local Jewish social community, which now numbers more than 100 residents.

For many years, the closest Jewish community of substantial size to Fernandina Beach was in Jacksonville, where several synagogues and cultural centers cater to several thousand people.

"Everybody [Jewish people] thought they were the only Jewish person on the Island," Mike Pallen said. "That's one of the reasons we put this group together. The whole idea is so you don't feel isolated, and to get together to share a few traditions."

The group gets together a few times a year to celebrate high holidays and encourage education of their beliefs. But, Pearl Birnbaum said, the group isn't planning to build a local temple any time soon.

"It's more of a cultural, social club -- a social gathering with a tinge of religious aspects," she said. "[Jewish] people miss having a religious connection, so the group is a way to reaffirm our beliefs,"

The group recently gathered at Amelia Island Plantation for a Hanukkah party. More than 40 guests prepared and ate traditional Jewish dishes, then sat and listened as two members, Birnbaum and Steve Heller, retold the story behind Hanukkah, the eight-day festival of lights that falls near Christmas each year.

Hanukkah, a Hebrew term for "celebration," is observed to commemorate the victory of the Jews over the Syrians in 165 B.C. Following a battle victory against Syrian overlords, the Jewish leaders of the revolt, known as the Maccabees, entered the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of God.

For their rededication ceremony, the Jews found only a day's worth of oil to light the lamps in the temple. But the oil kept the lamps burning for eight days before more could be obtained -- a miracle that is symbolized with the lighting of the menorah, a type of candle-holder.

A candle is lit for each night of Hanukkah until all eight are burning on the final night. This year, Hanukkah officially began at sundown Thrsday.

"Hanukkah has become a more conscious holiday that is about freedom," Pallen said. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The Chosen Few Multiply Fernandina Jews Unite through Food, Fun
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.