Jacksonville is a vibrant Torah and Halacha-based community in Northeast Florida with a low cost of living and high quality of life. The city features the amenities of an established metro area nestled within a quaint, small-town atmosphere. Driving distance to major cities, Jacksonville is just two hours from Orlando and five hours to Miami and Atlanta.
The community hosts two warm, welcoming synagogues: Etz Chaim and Chabad. Etz Chaim offers daily minyanim and learning for all ages and levels, as well as housing a mikvah. Programs include daf yomi, family events and guest speakers. Chabad provides daily minyanim, community Shabbos meals and women and men's mikvahs. Jacksonville’s Orthodox day school, Torah Academy, serves students from preschool through 12th grade. School vouchers are available for low-income families and children with special needs. A state-of-the-art community center, the Jewish Community Alliance (JCA), hosts a fitness center and cultural events..
With no state or city taxes, Jacksonville is a very affordable choice for young Jewish families. A variety of housing options include apartments, townhomes and single-family homes. The starting price of a 3-4 bedroom house is anywhere from $250,000 to $375,000, with average property taxes of $3000/year. Rent is also affordable, with a 3-bedroom apartment starting at $1500/month.
Job opportunities range from finance and medicine to the military. The city has light traffic, with an average commute of 25 minutes. Major medical centers include Mayo Clinic, UF Health System and Nemours Children’s Hospital. Retirees can enjoy independent living at the Coves or extra care at River Garden Nursing Home next door.
Jacksonville is home to the St. Johns River and the largest urban park system in the country. Residents enjoy exploring the beaches and parks during Jacksonville’s mild winters, with temperatures in the 40’s-60’s.
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