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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 22, 2013 Celebration Jewish Center CJC's second night Pass- over seder dinner service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Celebra- tion'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 tra.di- .tional Passover favorites for adults and children gefilte fish/chopped liver, matzah ball soup, 1/4 roasted chicken, carrot tzimmes, green bean casserole, potato pancakes, dessert, coffee/tea, beverages, andwine. Salmon will be avail- able upon request. Adults: $40 each, complete dinner with Haggadah; Chil- dren (pre-bar/bat mitzvah): $20 each, complete dinner with Haggadah. Please email gmarkl0@ with number of adults and number of children (pre-bar/bat mitzvah). Indi- cate the number of salmon dinner entrees desired. Name, address, phone number and email address of person mak- ing the reservation. Reserva- tions will be confirmed. Please submit payment to Celebration Jewish Congrega- tion, P.O. Box470531, Celebra- tion, FL 34747. Payment must be made in advance. Visit http://www.jewishcel- 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 Egypt as 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 the 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.JewishOr- Congregation Bet Chaim (Reform) First Night of Passover will be celebrated at 6 p.m. March 25 atthe synagogu 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, bris- ket, turkey, mixed roasted vegetables, candied carrots, roasted potatoes, cranberry sauce, kugels, sweet and sour meatballs 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 Only reservations made this way will be honored. Any reserva- tions after the cutoff date of March 15 will be subject to availability. Seating is limited. Congregation Beth Am (Conservative) First Night Seder at 6:30 p.m. atsynagogue, 3899 Sand- lake Road, Longwood. Seating is limited. Contact the office to register: 507-862-3505. Adults (member): $35; Adults (non-member): $45; Children (ages 5-12): $20; Under age 5: Free; College students with- out local family: $10." Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala is now accepting reserva- tions 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 mealwith ritualswith 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 aliberal, inclusive, contempo- rary congregation affiliated with the Jewish Reconstruc- tionist Movement. Congregation Beth Sholom Congregation Beth Sholom of Leesburg, "The Synagogue that Feels Like Family," in- vites the public to its second night Passover seder with Rabbi Karen Allen at Churchill Downs Recreation Center, 2375 Churchill Downs, The Villages, at 5:30 p.m. on Tues- day, 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 Congre= gation 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. or call thesynagogueat352-326-3692. Congregation Or Chayim Congregation Or Chayim, 352-326-8745, email: egrae@, traditional Judaism for modern times, welcomes all area Jews and friends to its second night Passover seder including a traditional home cooked Pass- over dinner, Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Activities Center of Pennbrooke Park- way, Rte. 44, Leesburg. Rabbi Arthur H. CJrae and Cantorial Soloist Elaine Grae will pre- side. 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 (Conserva- tive)--Second night seder, Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at Temple Israel. 50 S. Moss Road. Winter Springs. Led by Rabbi Joshua Neely. Cost: $36 adult member; $45 adult non- member; $18 child 4-12 (in- cludes dinner). Catered by KoVa Catering. RSVP by March 15 at 407-647-3055; email, Temple Shalom by the Villages First seder 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. Temple Shir Shalom (Re- form) Second night seder at UCUMC main sanctuary at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Cost for members: $10 adult (13 and older), $5 child. Cost for guests: $15 adult, $10 child. Shir Shalom will provide the main course, drinks, paper products and matzah. Each family should bring their own seder plate and the things that go on it, along with a side dish to share with those in attendance. RSVP by March 22 at 407-277-2485. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (Traditional) 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. Reservations may be marie&or dropped off at the synagogue, Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora, 848 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL 32757. N :lye version By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA) Francine Hermelin Levite and Edgar Bronfman have been using unique versions of the Pass- over Haggadah for years. Now both have decided to publish their versions of the Exodus story. Hermelin Levite, 43, the mother of three school-aged children, is the author of"My Haggadah: Made it Myself," (http://madeitmyselfbooks. corn), an interactive version for children of the ritual- laden book that is now avail- able on Amazon. Bronfman. 84, the busi- ness giant and Jewish phi- lanthropist, offers "The Bron- fman Haggadah" (Rizzoli) illustrated by his wife, the artist Jan Aronson. Hermelin Levite's journey to publishing a Haggadah began about eight or nine years ago when she joined some unaffiliated young Jewish families living in lower Manhattan who were banding to create a Passover celebration. Growing up in Detroit, Hermelin Levite says she enjoyed lively and inspirational seders led by her Haggad h Made it Myself Books Francine Hermelin Levite was motivated in part to cre- ate "My Haggadah: Made it Myself" by the food allergies of her son. father, who followed the tradi- tional haggadah embellished by music he composed and other innovations. But she knew it was not a universal experience. Hermelin Levite. a one- time journalist, education- al software developer and graphic designer, volunteered to compile the haggadah. She said it had to resonate with kids and families of multiple backgrounds. She also was motivated by the needs of her young son, who has gere food allergies Silver Coins. Gold- Diamonds Daniel Montesi 407-831-8544 to nuts, chicken and wheat. "He was allergic to the food of Passover." she recalls thinking and vowed to create a seder in which he could participate. ~Hermelin Levite recog- nized that children commu- nicate in various ways. "The book is designed to invite artistic expression ranging from simple stickers to more complex collage and discussion," she said, add- ing that her husband, also a graphic designer, helped with the images. Over the years, her do-it- yourself, hands-on haggadah has become popular through wold of mouth. Last year she decided to self publish and was amazed with the num- ber of orders from far-flung locales such as Budapest and Hong Kong. This year, with a grant from Reboot, a nonprofit that supports innovative projects to engage young, unaffiliated Jews, Hermelin Levite is traveling across the country introducing the haggadah to new audiences. The spiral-bound haggadah will appeal to kids with all levels of knowledge of Jewish observance. To illustrate the passage of the four children--the wise, wicked, simple and silent--the haggadah offers four blank faces in which kids are asked to draw the per- sonalities of guests at their seder. Blessings are written in Hebrew with English transliteration. In retelling the Exodus story, children are presented with an empty suitcase and Courtesy Rizzoli In creating his haggadah, Edgar Bronfman says the popularity of Passover offers a unique opportunity to teach young people what Judaism is about. asked to think about what they would take if they had to leave in a hurry. Hermelin Levite hopes the provocative questions spark conversa- tion. She credits her Jewish education and a family that fostered a love of Jewish ex- perience with the inspiration -for creating the haggadah. "I used to think I was an accidental children's book author," Hermelin Levite wrote to JTA in an ema]l. "But given my upbringing, professional path and journey raising my kids, [writing the haggadah] seems to make the perfect sense." Bronfman, too. has fond memories of his childhood seders as joyful gatherings of family, but says they were uninteresting, uninformative and rote. Over his lifetime, dissatisfied with the available haggadahs, he has cut and pasted passages from various versions to create more engag- ing seders in his own home. A few years ago he decided to create his own haggadah. "I wanted to get all the words right," he said. The popularity of Passover offers a unique opportunity, he tells JTA. "We have a chance to teach young people what Judaism is about," Bronfman said. Children's author Eric Kimmel, the author of"Won- ders and Miracles," a Passover companion filled with art that in 2004 won a National Jewish Book award, applauds that spirit. "If the traditional version doesn't work for you, come up with something else." he advocates, with a nod to the tradition but also with a dose of disrespect, he adds with a laugh. "What's important is to follow the biblical injunc- tion to tell your children the story of Passover." "The Bronfman Haggadah" ( php?isbn=9780847839681) is written entirely in Eng- lish Bronfman quips it's to appeal to most American Jews, who do not know He- brew. The reading takes about an hour-and-a-half. Unlike the traditional haggadah, Bronfman includes Moses, who he holds as a role model of a leader who asks questions and disrupts the status quo. But all the characters of the Exodus, including God. are represented as metaphor an l not historical facts, he writes. Welcoming Elijah the prophet earlier in the seder underscores the Jewish value of Welcoming in strangers, Bronfman says. New words to the popu- lar song "Dayenu" express gratitude for establishing a homeland in Israel. Bron- fman ends the seder with a call for spiritual peace in Jerusalem among Israelis and Palestinians, Je s and Arabs. and all warring peoples. Notably, Bronfman expands the narrative of the traditional haggadah to include the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. While the foundation of Jewish law is the theme of Shavuot, he acknowledges that most Jews are unaware of the holiday that follows Passover. "Freedom doesn't mean anythingwithoutthe respon- sibility of law." Bronfman tells JTA. "To be free is a privilege we too often take for granted." Arsonson. who has fond memories of Passover seders growing up in New Orleans, spent nearly a year work- ing on the illustrations for the "Bronfman Haggadah," determined to avoid cliched images. To keep the im- ages fresh and to entertain youngsters she changes up the artistic styles from one page to another some are realistic, others abstract or geometric and also varies the mood and colors. A bibli- cal map of the Exodus depicts the possible routes traveled by the Israelites. For the Ten Plagues. Ar- onson draws a large singing insect that will capture the at- tention of children. Miriam's tambourine is vibrantly colored with long flowing rib- bons tl-;at complement the joy described in the narrative as the Israelites escape bondage.