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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 13, 2012 Ladies night out, a division of Chabad of Greater Orlando, will be hosting an evening entitled "Spa for the Mind, Body and Soul" on Sunday, Jan. 22. The program boasts of an array of activities both physical and spiritual that encompass, indulge, and immerse one's whole being. Spa for the Mind, Body and Soul is for ladies only and will include educational workshops on a large variety of Jewish subjects. These classes will be given by leaders, educators, and rabbis from the Greater Orlando community at large. Lonni Hillis is one of the sponsors and hostesses of the program. She explains that this event has been taken up a notch and believes it is a first for the Orlando Jewish community. "It's a true spa for the mind, with the choice of Torah based classes being offered such as 'An Introduc- tion to the Biology of the Soul' and Kabbalah on food. A menu of additional work- shops includes: Talmudic insights, The Mystery of the Mikvah, the Power of Prayer, Astrology According to Torah Tradition, Aromatherapy, and the Anatomy of a Mitzvah and Why It Even Matters. "The spa will definitely be addressing our mundane and physical needs as well, with carefully chosen and talented experts in spa treatments of all types such as reflexology, acupuncture, mini facials and massages to name just a few", Hillis adds. "And finally, it addresses the soul too, with the overall environment and warmth of a wholesome and uplifting experience that cannot be ex- plained according to nature. It is the soul that yearns spiritu- alitywithout any explanation. I can feel it sometimes but I am still trying to figure that out," she laughs. This year's sponsors and hostesses for the Spa event are Linda Chernin, Terri Fine, Judith Hara, Lonni Hillis, Rita Isaak, Pare Licht, Bracha Leibowitz, Susan Pelteson, Jill Schwartz, Natalie Stein- berg, Miriam Varnagy, and Irit Vizer. At the highlight of "Spa for the Mind, Body and Soul", the women will be served dinner and guest speaker Miriam Swerdiov will be featured. Her talk is called from "Stress to Serenity." Swerdlov is an educator of 30 years and does tours for women, taking large groups to both Russia and Israel annually. "She is known for her warmth, intelligence, spunk, humor, and powerful message and has spoken as a public lecturer in many countries throughout the world", says Mrs. M. Becker, a big advocate and admirer of Swerdlov. "When we think of a spa treatment, we think of relaxation, enjoyment, and comfort. We anticipate the moments of peace and plea- sure that we will be treating ourselves to, For some, it is the therapy to help us re-energize and give back to others, and for some it is the therapeutic healing after overworking and running ourselves down to the point of selflessness. This evening is expecting to be an evening of relaxation, beauty, and depth for the Jewish woman," says program director Devorah Leah Dubov. "We invite the women of the entire Orlando Jewish community to join and experience a spa with a Jewish spin, a Spa for the mind body and soul literally," Dubov adds. The event will take place at Chabad of Greater Orlando at 708 Lake Howell Road, in Maitland at 4 p.m. with reg- istration and refreshments. It is expected to conclude after a formal dinner at 7:30 with a dessert and farewell. There is a covert of $45 (if registered before Jan. 13) and $60 (if registered after Jan. 13.) The fee includes all work- shops, the spa, full dinner and guest speaker. Registration and reservations can be made for "Spa for the Mind, Body and Soul" by logging onto www.chabadorlando.org. Lonni Hillis, one of the sponsors and hostesses of the program S Rabbi Joshua Neely of Temple Israel in Winter Springs continues his series of community dis- cussions entitled, "Con- versations With the Rabbi," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 at Panera Bread in Lake Mary. This month's topic is "Funny Jews--Comedy From the Outside In." The entire community is in- vited to attend. No RSVP is necessary, and there is no charge. Neely has presented numerous and varied dis- cussion topics at many locations throughout Cen- tral Florida over the last two years. He introduces his upcoming presenta- tion, with the following comment: "To be funny you have to be contrary and Jews are well known for contradicting princes and paupers. To be funny and insightful is a more delicate skill honed over the centuries until native Jewish wit is razor sharp." The rabbi welcomes questions and discussion. Panera Bread is at 1210 International Parkway S., Suite 110, Lake Mary. For directions, call 407- 327-2378. If you wish further information about this event and future "Conversations," call the synagogue office at 407- 647-3055 or visit Temple Israel's website at www. tiflorida.org and click on "Conversations with the Rabbi" in the events box. Live Life Yo ur Joseph and Anita Hara are living their life to the fullest at Village on the Green. In our resort-like senior community, our fabulous amenities and Gold Seal-rated Health Center provide the flexibility to live life just the way you want it. Come see why your friends are choosing Village on the Green... Uniquely, Distinctively Yours! VILLAGE ON THE GREEN'I A LIFESPACE COMMUNITY" 500 Village Place Longwood, FL 32779 Village on the Green is one of only 15% of senior living communities nationwide accredited by CARF~CCAC for quality practices in administration, finance, care and services to residents. Inc. Xander Strauss battles it out on an inflatable at last year's Winter Festival. The Third Annual Winter Festival at the Jewish Com- munity Center's Jack and Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando campus is scheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. "Experience a winter won- derland," says an event orga- nizer. "Ride in a horse and car- riage, rock out to Mr. Richard, bounce on the inflatables, bid in the silent auction, skate on ice, throw a snowball, and play with SeaWorld's Shamu and friends. Plus, chow down at the delicious food trucks." Admission is free with activ- ity tickets, and there will be food available for purchase. You could win five free activity tickets with advance registra- tion at www.orlandowinter- festival.org. The JCC's Rosen campus is at 11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. The JCC's Winter Festival is made possible by SeaWorld Orlando, Perfumeland, Con- nelly's Pest Maintenance & Landscaping, Top Gunn Inc., Florida Retina & Vitreous Center, P.A., and Connecting Hearts Adoption Services. For more information, call 407-387-5330.