Journal 22- In Memory of Scott

Scott Zimmerman, of blessed memory, was a bar/bas mitzvah teacher for many of my friends, and a mentor to all. He always offered a kind word and a smiling face. This Shavous, we honor him for all he did for the Jacksonville Jewish Center. When we remember the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, we will also remember Scott, who “gave” the Torah to hundreds of children through his teachings.


Scott may have only lived to be sixty, but he fulfilled more than just one favor. He often served as a substitute teacher for me, and every year, with the eighth graders, made an object to put in the middle school’s bees tefillah. Some years it was paintings; others it was an Aron. My class will be first in many years to note do a project with Scott.

This Shavous, Scott’s Shavous, let us remember this great man for all he has taught us.

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The City That Never Sleeps: My Trip to the Big Apple

New York City, with a population of 20 million people, is a great city with lots of activities and events going on. I recently went to New York City with my class, and I will explain what there is to do in the Big Apple.

One of the main things New York City is known for is its entertainment. I experienced this when I went to see Wicked, a hit Broadway play. I saw it at the Gershwin Theater and I throughly enjoyed it. I also saw the Blue Man Group, which was another unique experience  that I will never forget. New York City is home to the world’s greatest plays and theaters, and I am privileged to be able to have experienced it.

Another entertaining event I participated in was Escape the Room. In this activity, you are locked in a room and have an hour to escape. I did the setting in the theater. Although we did not escape in time, we still had an enjoyable experience. This is another fun activity that shows the wonders of New York City.

Another side of New York is the educational side. I saw this when I went to the 9/11 memorial. We took a guided tour, and saw the pools where the Twin Towers one stood. I heard the stories of survivors and witnesses. I was also able to pay my respects to my murdered uncle, which was a touching experience.

While in New York, I took a tour of the Lower East Side. I saw the oldest Jewish cemetery in North America. It is also the second oldest cemetery in North America overall. I also saw the Eldridge Street Synagogue. This is the first and one of the largest synagogues in New York City. This taught me some of the history of New York.

I experienced lots of Judaism while in New York. One such example was when I visited Brooklyn. We first did a mitzvah project at a gemach called Bobbi’s Place. We then took the way to Borough Park, a very religious area; 90% of the people there were Chasidic Jews. There, we went to Judaica shops and got kosher ice cream.

The most important Jewish influence I experienced was just being in the city. While there, we only ate at kosher restaurants. This led us to meet many different Jews. We went to two Conservative synagogues. We talked with Orthodox Jews. I saw every type of Jew in New York.

In conclusion, I had a truly eventful and exciting experience. New York City is a place where there is something to do for everybody. You can never get bored there. New York is the city that never sleeps.