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PAGE 8A Celebration Jewish Center CJC's second night Passover seder dinner service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Celebration's Heritage Hall under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Dr. Richard Cowin. Cowin has selected a Hag- gadah that will allow for a comprehensive--yet expedi- tious--seder service. Kosher-style cuisine will be prepared by Too Jays Catering of Orlando. The seder dinner buffet menu contains tradi- tional Passover favorites for adults and children--gefilte fish/chopped liver, matzah ball soup, 1/4 roasted chicken, carrot tzimmes, green bean casserole, potato pancakesl dessert, coffee/tea, bever- ages, and wine. Salmon will be available upon request. Adults: $40 each, complete dinnerwith Haggadah; Chil- dren (pre-bar/bat mitzvah): $20 each, complete dinner with Haggadah. Please email gmarkl0@msn. corn with number of adults and number of children (pre- bar/bat mitzvah). Indicate the number of salmon din- ner entrees desired. Name, address, phone number and email address of person mak- ing the reservation. Reserva- tions will be confirmed. By Gil Shefler NEW YORK OTA)--Unlike most economists, Manuel Trajtenberg does not spend his days cloistered in university classrooms and think tanks far from the public eye. HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 15, 2013 Passover seders in Central Florida Please submit payment to Celebration Jewish Congre- gation, P.O. Box 470531, Cel- ebration, FL 34747. Payment must be made in advance. Visit http://www.j ewishcel- ebration.org for more infor- mation. Chabad of South Orlando (Orthodox) Join us for a Passover Seder you Will remember for a lifetime! Experience the Exodus of Egyptas Rabbi Yosef Konikov shares insights into our Pass- over traditions. Don't pass over this experience! Monday evening, March 25, services at 7:30 p.m., fol- lowed by the seder at 8 p.m. Services will be held at tha Chabad Center, 7504 Univer- sal Blvd., Orlando. The seder will be held next door at the Crowne Plaza. RSVP required before March 15 to www.JewishOrlando. corn/sealer. Congregation Bet Chaim (Reform) First Night of Passover will be celebrated at 6 p.m. March 25 at the synagogue, 426 Lake Port Cove, Casselberry. The seder is to be officiated by Dr. Ken Hanson. The menu will consist of matzah ball soup, chopped liver, gefilte fish with horseradish, brisket, turkey, mixed roasted vegetables, candied carrots, roasted potatoes, cranberry sauce, kugels, sweet and sour meat- balls and desserts. Cost: $25, adult members; $15, children of members under 12; $35, adult non-members; $20, children of non-members under 12. RSVP: Laney at 407-492-1680 or email Laney at laneym@betchaim.org. Only reservations made this way will be honored. Any reservations after the cutoff date of March 15 will be sub- ject to availability. Seating is limited. Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala is now accepting reservations for its Passover seder to be held on the second night of Passover, Tuesday March 26, at 6 p.m. at the Stone Creek Country Club and Grill in Ocala. The seder will feature a complete meal with rituals with a liberal, contemporary feel. Most of the seder will be done in English. The service will be facilitated by Judi Siegal and Sonia Peterson with those in attendance as participants. The cost is $30 for members, $35 for non-members and guests. For reservations and further information contact Estelle at 352-861-2542 or Sonia at 352-307-3662 by March 21. Congregation Beth Israel is a liberal, inclusive, contempo- rary congregation affiliated with the Jewish Reconstruc- tionist Movement. Congregation Beth Sholom Congregation Beth Sholom of Leesburg, "The Syna- gogue that Feels Like Fam- ily," invites the public to its second night Passover seder with Rabbi Karen Allen at Churchill Downs Recre- ation Center, 2375 Churchill Downs, The Villages, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. A traditional seder dinner will be catered by Too Jays of Lake Sumter Landing. The meal will include gefilte fish, matzah ball soup, car- rot tzimmes, oven roasted potatoes, and a choice of three entrees: oven roasted beef brisket, half a roasted chicken or salmon. Dessert, coffee, hot tea, and iced tea are also included. The cost is $35 for Congrega- tion Beth Sholom members and $40 for non-members. Roasted chicken fingers will be served for the children: ages 6 to 12, $10; children 5 and under are free. Please call Iris Stansfield at 352-259-8516 to make your reservation. Information about the seder and Congregation Beth Sho- lom can be found at www. bethsholomflorida.org or call the synagogue at 352- 326-3692. Congregation Or Chayim Congregation. Or Chayim, 352-326-8745, email: egrae@ hotmail.com, traditional Judaism for modern times, welcomes all area Jews and friends to its second night Passover seder including a traditional home cooked Passover dinner, Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Activities Center of Pen- nbrooke Parkway, Rte. 44, Leesburg. Rabbi Arthur'H. Grae and Cantorial Soloist Elaine Grae will preside. Cost $30 per person up to March 11, after which cost will be $45. For reservations and further details call Ron at 352-787-0459. Temple Israel (Conservative) Second night seder, Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Road, Win- ter Springs. Led by Rabbi Joshua Neely. Cost: $36 adult member; $45 adult nonmem- ber; $18 child 412 (includes dinner). Ctered by KoVa Catering. RSVP by March 15 at 407-647-3055; email, office@tiflorida.org. Israeli economist peddling new plan to equalizeArab university presence The Tel Aviv University the country. Trajtenberg's council is preparing to unveil an $82 professor gained attention in 2011, in the aftermath of massive social protests that gripped Israel, when he led a high-profile committee that recommended a series of wide- ranging economic reforms for Now as chairman of the Israeli Council of Higher Education, the charismatic Trajtenberg has taken up a new cause: closing the educa- tion gap between Israel's Jew- ish and Arab citizens. Why is this issue different -from all other issues? It's The SPECIAL PASSOVER ISSUE March 22, 2013 Advertising Deadline: March 13, 2013 For Further Information Call 407-834-8787 million plan aimed at cor- recting the substantial under- representation of Israeli Arabs in the country's universities. "Acquiring an education is crucial to enabling social mobility,, Trajtenberg told JTA. "This is an important mission for Israel in general, and this is the best way to generate that change." Though a succession of Israeli governments has la- bored to make good on the Declaration of Independence's promise of "complete equal- ityl' among IsraeFs Arab and Jewish citizens--including a noteworthy push by the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin--inequities persist. Arab citizens still lag far be- hind their Jewish compatriots in nearly every indexofhuman development. Three years ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu established the Authority for the Economic Development of the Arab, Druze and Cir- cassian Sector to oversee the government's bid to raise the station of Israeli Arabs. As part of the effort, he charged Trajtenberg's committee to come up with a plan to boost the number of Arabs enrolled in higher education. According to a fact sheet put out by the Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues, a project of more than 100 American Jewish organiza- tions, Arabs are almost twice as likely as Jews not to earn a high school diploma. As a consequence Arabs, who comprise approximately 20 percent of Israel's population, account for just 12 percent of its university students. Those enrolled are twice as likely to drop out before graduating. And if they gradu- ate, they are more likely to Council for Higher Education in Israel Manuel Trajtenberg, the chairman of the Council for Higher Education in Israel, will present a plan aimed at better integrating Israel's Arab minority into universities. pursue studies that lead to relatively low-income jobs. Only 5 percent of students pursuing degrees in business administration were Arabs. Trajtenberg's plan identifies several ways of correcting the imbalance, including offering more grants toArabs pursuing advanced degrees, establish- ing a mentor system and in- vesting in college preparatory programs. "There's a phenomenon where Arab students go abroad to study in Jordan and other countries in the region," said Merav Shaviv, the council's deputy director for planning and policy. "We want to reduce that trend." Trajtenberg moved to Israel from Argentina at 16.After earning two degrees from Tel Aviv University, he went on to receive his doctorate from Harvard University in 1984. Following the outbreak of protests in 2011, Trajtenberg produced a 267-page report Temple Shalom by the Villages First sealer at 5 p.m. sharp Monday, March 25; dinner is not kosher. There is a choice of entree catered by Nancy Lopez Legacy Restaurant. Limited Capacity. All seats by prepaid reservation only until sold out. No walk-ins. Cost: $35, member; $43, non-member; $18, child 10 and under. Call John Sears, office manager, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday or Thursday at 352-748-1800 Credit card numbers can be taken by phone; check or credit card by mail. Address: 13563 C.R. 101, Oxford, FL 34484. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (Tradi- tional) First night seder led by Rabbi Chayyim G.Z. Solomon at 7:40 p.m. Monday, March 25 at the synagogue. The seder will be catered by a Le Cordon Bleu trained staff. Cost: $60 per person, free for children 3 and under (but please tell us of them so we may arrange seating). We must ask that you hold your reservation with pre-payment. Reser- vations may-be mailed or dropped off at the synagogue, Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora, 848 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL 32757. with a broad set Of recom- mendations, including rais- ing taxes on the wealthy, investing more in the middle class and rescinding import tariffs. More than 60 percent of the recommendations were implemented, accord- ing to the Bank of Israel, and Trajtenberg was named to the Movement for Quality Government's "Knights" list of figures that contributed to the betterment of Israeli. society. Now Trajtenberg is trying to work similar magic on behalf of Israeli Arabs, initiating a series of reforms aimed at quelling a potential source of social unrest. "Anyone who cares about the State of Israel and wants a harmonious society should care about minorities that represent 20 percent of the population," he said. "If [Arab Israelis] don't find their place in society with well-paid jobs, then there is expected to be greater friction." Thatwas the main message he delivered to the member organizations of the Inter Agency Task Force last month, when he briefed them in New York on the main tenets of the plan. The task force includes Jewish federations, private foundations and national advocacy groups. But will Trajtenberg stick around to see the full imple- mentation of the initiative? For now he is staying mum on the question of whether he will try to parlay his growing reputation as a public fix-it man into a political career. "There was some talk in the past and there'll be talk in the future," he said. "We're currently in the middle of a multi-year plan and I am a big believer in higher education. For me, this is the best way to make a difference."