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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 2, 2009 "We are very excited to announce a brand new Jew- ish Learning program at Savannah Court/Savannah Cove of Maitland." says Sh- eryl Meitin, president of the Jewish Pavilion. On Tuesdays from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m., Dr. Zena Sulkes will be teaching a fascinating course to the Jewish elderly who reside in the facility entitled "Jewish Journeys with Zena." Meitin adds. "The course is open to the entire Jewish community, and we wel- come your participation. Memebers of the Jewish community can enjoy learn- ing with Zena while they socialize with their elders. This is a great opportunity to volunteer for the Jewish Pavilion in a very pleasant and informative setting." To sign up for the course, contact Nancy Ludin, ex- ecutive director, at 407-- 678-9363 or nancyludin@ jewishpavilion.org. Lifelong learning and the obligation to study have long been at the center of Jewish life. In the second century C.E., Y'hudah ben Tema offered a developmental educational timetable that prescribed engagement in learning throughout the life cycle: "At five to scripture, ten to Mishnah, thirteen to Take a Jewish journey w'th Zena religious duties, fifteen to Talmud, eighteen to wedding canopy, twenty to seek a livelihood, thirty to fullness of strength, forty to under- standing, fifty to counsel, sixty to wisdom..." (Pirkei Avot 5:21) Nonetheless. although the value of adult Jewish learning is still celebrated by scholars and laypersons alike, ben Tema's model of what and when Jews are sup- posed to study has become largely irrelevant in our modern culture. Jews of all ages can and should continue their learning. The seniors are particularly receptive to learning about Judaism when the complications of daily life--job, family, house responsibilities are removed from the equation. This program is a unique attempt in the Central Florida community to pair vibrant seniors with an excel- lent teacher and facilitator. "We have found that person in ZenaW. Sulkes, Ph.D.," say Jewish Pavilion orgamzers, "and with the cooperation of the staff of Savannah Court. especially Rich Besser, acti- viites director?' This program will create an opportunity for resi- dents of Savannah Court to participate regularly in an opportunity for discuss'ion and self-reflection as Jew- ish seniors. The group will explore a wide variety of topics and the group itself may generate areas for future exploration. Dates and topics planned for Phase I, Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.: Jan. 27, 2009 - Let's Get Acquainted; Our Jewish Journey. Feb. 3 - The Tanachand the New Testament. Feb. I0 - Current Events from the Jewish perspec- tive. Feb. 17 - Torah Heroes Feb. 24 - Torah Heroes; famous and not so famous. March 3 - Comparative Judaism, Part I March 10 -Purim, its ori- gins and some celebration. March 17 - Comparative Judaism. Part II March 24 - The Stories of Exodus March 31 - Passover its meaning and celebration. Class will resume on April 28. Dr. Zena Sulkes is an educational specialist with a PH.D. in Education, along with many additional cer- tifications. Over the past few years, she has served as adjunct faculty at Rol- lins College, Jewish edu- cational consultant at Beit Hamidrash and day school Beit Hamidrash Mitzvah Corps begins with a bang specialist at the URJ Depart- ment of Life Long Learning. From 1995-2005, she served as the Head of School for the Hebrew Day School of Central Florida. During the time that Sulkes was the Head of School. many community members had the opportunity to take course with her. Says Nancy Ludin. executive director of the Jewish Pavilion, "Zena is a superb teacher. She makes each lesson relevant and interesting by sharing personal anecdotes to re- inforce the learning. I am thrilled to offer this course to the residents of Savannah Court Cove as well as to the entire community." Dr. Zena Sulkes HARVEYV. COHEN • Auto Accidents • Wrongful Death • • Nursing Home Negligence • • Defective Products • • Slip & Fall • Dental Malpractice • • Dog Bites • Insurance Claims * "Prepared to fight for you!" FREE & CONFIDENTIAL INITIAL CONSULTATION MEMBERSHIPS; * Florida Bar Association - • U.S. District Court For the Middle District of Florida • • Orange County Bar Association • American Bar Association • • Association of Trial Lawyers of America • PAGE 3 OAKMONTE VILLAGE AT LAKE MARY... A Brand New Luxury Senior Living Community Derek Silver was among the members of the most recent Mitzvah Corps project. On Sunday, Dec. 14.2008, a group ofBeit Hamidrash stu- dents (and couple of parents) performed mitzvot, helped the community, learned about "an amazing com- munity agency," and earned community service hours all at the same time. Beit Hamidrash students went to Jewish Family Services to lend a hand. Students stocked the Pearlman Pan- try and organized the toy distribution center, learning the true meaning of mitzvot while giving honor and dig- nity to those in need. The next Mitzvah Corps program will Cake place on Sunday, Jan. 11 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Students will play board games and share life stories with residents of the Jewish Pavilion. For more information abolht future Mitzvah Corps programs and Beit Hamidrash. contact Erica Hruby at beithamidrash@ jfgo.org. C'mon, get happy with Dor Shalom Join Dor Shalom for happy hour on Thursday, Jan. 15 at the new Circa lounge on Park Avenue at Canton in Winter Park. Meet new friends and mingle with old ones. The group will gather upstairs from 6 - 8 p.m. There will be a short information ses- sion about upcoming events. Light hor d'oeuvres will be served, and there is a cash bar. Dr. K and Friends, the house jazz band, will begin playing at 8 p.m. The lounge will open to the public at that time. Dor Shalom is a program of the Jewish Federatiori of Greater Orlando, geared to the baby boomer generation, both married and single. "If you are forty-plus, then come to Dor Shalom and network." say organizers. RSVP to DorShalomOrl@ aol.com so the group can have an anticipated head count. he wait is over. Oakmonte Village at Lake Mary a brand new, state-of-the-art senior living community is coming to Central Florida. Construction is nearly complete on the beautiful 25-acre site conveniently located in the heart of Lake Mary/Heathrow. With an extensive amenities package that includes a performing arts center, Italian bistro, health and banking services, movie O A K .1O NTE AT LAKE MARY theater, fitness facilities, and restaurant-quality dining, Oakmonte Village will have all the accoutrements of a luxury resort. Independent living residences are available through a monthly lease program and include studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and two- bedroom villas. And the best news: There's no expensive buy-in required, making the transition to a new lifestyle simple and cost-effective! THE LIFESTYLE YOU'VE KNOWN. THE LIFESTYLE YOU'VE EARNED. 1021 Royal Gardens Circle - Lake Mary, Florida 32746 Phone: 407.444.0147 • Fax: 407.444.0148 • www.oakmontevillage.com