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HBMTAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 15, 2013 ] Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebre00 school holds "Try Us You'll Like Us" Open JSlouses Shabbatonim are highlights of the COS program year. Eighth graders recently spent the weekend together with the U$board, celebraHng Shabbat and discussing the transition from middle school to high school. Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school welcomes pro- spective studentsandparents to "try us" because we think you will "like us." On Sunday, April 7 children may come and spend the day in the classroom and parents can schmooze with Education what Ohev Shalom's Hebrew school is all about. Words can't describe what takes place at a day of Hebrew school. Children learn in an envimnmentwhere they are en- gaged in their learniu teachers ,work to develop a relationship with each of their students and PreK.second grade students, teachers and Madrichim are dressed in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Jewish role models who are fun to be with. The feeling is often like being at summer camp or a youth group convention. The goal of Ohev Shalom's Hebrew school is to create lifelong Jewish memories, create Jewish adults who can participate in Jewish life and starts with all of the teachers, students and madrichim gath- ered together either for snack andbirkathamazononWednes- days or a musing rendition of Modeh Ani or on Rosh Chodesh at the flagpole wishing Happy Birthday to everyone who has a birthday that month. Parents Sixth parents and students learn together about Tikun Olam and the importance of our respoftsibilities to take care of the world upon becoming a barbat Mitzvah. Jewish education and there are always opportunities for parents to come and learn with their children. The majority of the staff at COS have been together for at least 10 years and more and that sense of family that they feel among each other filters down If you would like to attend please contact Ohev Shalom at 407-298-4650 or educator@ For more information about what Obey Shalom has to offer, go to the website Congregation Ohev Shalom is located at 613 Concourse Committee members to see By Doreen Monk Tuesday, Feb. 9 was more than just the regular weekly chillin' and griilin' barabecue for UCF students at Chabad. Students were fortunate to hear the moving and inspi- rational story of Leibei Zis- man's journey through the Holocaust. Zisman, who grew up in Kovno, Lithuania, endured the harsh pain of living in several concentration camps and suffered the loss of his mother, father, sister and brother. Yet he persevered through the hardships of war and was eventually liberated, which Zisman believes is a result of his. constant belief and faith in God. Although Zisman escaped from the Nazi oppression, he will never forget the trauma madrichim serve as wonderful create community. Each day are a vital part of successful to the children. Holocaust survivor speaks at Ch.00tbad UCF .... nected to its past and hopeful Holocaust survivor Leibei Zisman talks to students at the University of Central Florida. he suffered--like many Ho- locaust survivors. Sharing his life in a book he authored, titled "I Believe," and telling his story publicly countless times might not come easy, but it is something that Zisman feels is essential to ensuring an atrocity like this never occurs again. Stories like Zisman's are what keep the Jewish community con- for its future. -Student President of UCF Chabad Brian Levy Hara said, "His message was touching. I feel privileged going through life as a Jewish student to be able to see and hear firsthand tangible evidence of the war. Aspart of my Jewish heritage, it is crucial that we, as college students, relay the message from stories we hear to future generations so that the mes- sage is never forgotten." Zisman kept the crowd of more than 80 students at Chabad UCF captivated with his personal stories of cour- age :and faith for more than two hours. Many students bought his book, which he then signed for them, and dozens of students lingered on to hear even more..+ Zisman's story never loses Parkway S., Maitland. Skyler Kasman talks with Leibel Zisman. its agony, its power or its mo- ments of hope. He is living proof that if you are persistent and never forget where you come from, you can overcome even some of the toughest and most difficult obstacles in life. Doreen Monk is a UCF student and member of the Chabad Executive Board. For more information or to contact Chabad at UCF please visit or call 407-949-8838. Nesenoff, the whistle-blowing rabbi, +,isks Orlando By Pamela Ruben Special to the Heritage On May 27, 2010 Rabbi Da- vid Nesenoff of recorded the anti-Semitic "slur heard around the world" whilevisiting the White Hotise for American Jewish Heritage Month. The rabbi and his son, Adam, were standing on the White House lawn when they crossed paths with "dean of the White House Press Corps'! Helen Thomas, whom had covered .every presidential administration from Eisen- hower to Obama. Nesenoffpulled out his flip- camera, and asked Thomas if she had any comments to make about Israel and the Jewish people (for film-shorts he was producing). Much to Nesenoff's sur- prise, Thomas replied, "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.'.' Thomas continued with suggestions that the Jews should return "home" to Po- land and Germany. On March 3, Nesenoff shared his expe- riences as a whistleblower, journalist and filmmakerwith an audience from Chabad of North Orlando at the Lake Mary Westin, where he was welcomed by Rabbi Yanky Majesky. Nesenoff posted his in- terview with Thomas on his Rabbi David Nesenoff reads from his book, 'David's Harp." website following their en- counter. Nesenoff reported, "We turned off the computer for Shabbos, and when we turned it back on, the clip had gone 'viral' with over 700,000 hits." The rabbi accounts that he was suddenly in demand by "virtually every media outlet from CNN to Fox." Nesenoff remarked that he wanted to make the most of his 15 minutes in the spotlight, and sought advice on how he could do the most good. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleisher con- tacted Nesenoff, recommend- ing that he carry a strong message--or the press would create one for him. The rabbi noted that quite suddenly he had access to the world's best minds, and chose to call on Noble Prize Winner and renowned Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Wiesel advised Nesenoff seek counsel from the Chabad, where he attended morning minyan. Nesenoff spoke to a series of rabbis and ended up with a message from Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, whom Nesenoff refers to as "a dear friend of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe." Nesenoff has carried this message ever since, stating it to national audiences on CNN's "Reliable Sources," and to smaller crowds like the one gathered at the Lake Mary Westin. Nesenoffrecounted, "If you have a child and you haven't seen him in four years, he is still your child. If you haven't seen your child in 50 years he is still your child .... We are the children of Israel (no matter where we are located now). The children of Israel, and the. land of Israel are one." The rabbi's message reso- nated across the airwaves and computer screens, across the White House lawn, and back again. Helen Thomas resigned from her job as columnist with Hearst News- papers. President Obama said her comments were "out of line" on NBC's Today Show, and expressed regret that an "esteemed career" should end in such a manner. Nesenoff said that we live in a seeing-is-believing-it culture, and the power of his film clip was in the spontane- ity and bluntness of Thomas' comments. He said that he too experi- ended a bumpy road, receiving countless emails, including a barrage of hate mail. in addi: tion, Nesenoff expressed that "the press turned on me," for what he refers as "taking down own of their own." Nesenoff repeatedly found his words taken out of context and misquoted. The rabbi mused, "When you give in to divine providence you have to accept it all." Toward the end of the evening, the rabbi said that the best way to fight anti- Semitism and anti-Jewish behavior is by "doing Jewish behavior," such as lighting the Shabbat candles. Nesenoffmentioned anoth- er way to fight anti-Semitism in an anecdote of a more personal nature. He said the Israeli defense system called the Iron Dome translates from the Hebrew kipat barzel into the English as the "steel yal- mulke." One day his teen-aged son said, "Enough!" to the anti-Semitic comments at his public high school. The next day his son put on his (steel) yarmulke and tzitzit, and wore them to school. From that day on no one messed with the "serious.Jew." Nesenoff stated, "Do mitzvahs; don't fight by running away." As they exited the Westin, attendees JoAnn and Jerry Bloom reflected on Nesenoff's animated presentation. Jerry Bloom concluded, "The rabbi took what could have been an isolated, undocumented incident and was able to develop it into an introspec- tive, fascinating analysis of what anti-Semitism is all about." The crowd lining up for Nesenoff's book signing appeared to agree. For more information about Nesenoff and his book, "David's Harp," visit Rabbilive. com. For more information about Chabad of North Or- lando, visit jewishnorthor- Florida delegation at this year's AIPAC Policy conference. Brigadier General Daniel Gold, inventor of Israel's Iron dome missile defense system (second from left) took time to speak with Florida delegates Dr. Bruce Hoffen (left) and Dr. Mark Klafter, along with Indiana university student Dana Sufn'n (Klafter's niece).