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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 18, 2014 PAGE 3A The best way to decide if a Hebrew school is the right fit is toseeitinaction. Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school will be holding an open house for any prospective Hebrew school families on Sunday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p,m. Pro- spective students may spend the day or part of the day in class with their peers. Parents may sit in on classes and talk to education committee members and staff. Interested families may come for the entire day or part of the day. Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school is for children in grades pre-k through sev- enth grade. Pre-k through first grade attend on Sundays only. Second graders have a choice of attending on Sunday only or Sunday and Wednes- day. Third through seventh grade attend Sundays and Wednesdays. Sunday hours are 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays are from 4 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Children entering pre-k through fifth grade may attend their first year by paying a nonmember school fee and do not have to be a member of Ohev Shalom. The curriculum is focused on core subjects of Torah, holidays, mitzvot and He- brew. The Hebrew program is prayer and Torah based. The older grades add such topics as Israel, American Jewish history and comparative religion. The curriculum is seen as a tool to create rela- tionships between students, teachers and Madrichim so Congregation Ohev Shalom's Hebrew school students that a Hebrew school com- munity is created. Walk-ins are welcome but RSVP is requested to educasst@ohevshalom.org. Congregation Ohev Shalom is located at 613 Concourse pkwy S. Maitland, Florida 32751. Beginning with the 2014- 2015 school year, the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando will begin offering a voluntary pre-K program as a part of its Rich- ard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center. VPK is a free prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds who reside in Florida and were born on or before Sept. 1 each year. The JCC's Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus has offered VPK since it opened its new facility several years ago. The daily three-hour pro- gram will be offered both in the morning (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) and afternoon (12:30-3:30 p.m.). Parents do not pay anything, as the program is fully funded by the Orange and Seminole Early Learning Coalition. "We are thrilled to be able to open the doors to our award-winning center to more families through VPK," said Carol McNally, early child- hood director. The Roth JCC's VPK pro- gram will be taught by experienced, degreed, and VPK-trained teachers and will include the following curricular units: Land of the Letter People, Math Their Way, Handwriting Without Tears, Human Rights Cur- riculum "Project Protect," "The Art of Discovery" sci- ence program, Nemours' "Healthy Habits for Life," The Vanderbilt School of Social-Emotional Compe- tence program, and The Arts: Music, Movement, Creative Art, Dramatic Play. The school year dates are Aug, 18, 2014 to June 5, 2015. The JCC's early childhood program is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. The Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center on the Roth JCC campus. Extended care is available for arrange a tour, contact Carol parents who require it. McNally, Early Childhood For more information or to director, at 407-621-4065 or at CarolM@orlandojcc. org. Nominate a mensch for Human Services Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nomina- tions for the 2014 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented in August at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. "For more than 25 years, individuals who have made major, voluntary contribu- tions of their talent, time, energy and effort to the Central Florida community have been honored with the selection and presentation of this award," said Jeff Gaeser, editor and publisher of the Heritage. Last year's recipient was Nina Oppenheim. Former recipients have included Wolf Kahn (1999), Robert Petree (2007), and Claire Mercer (2003). According to Gaeser, "Each recipient chose their own path, but made considerable and long-lasting contribu- tions to the Jewish commu- nity. Nominees for the 2014 award are individuals who do not look for recognition, but perform tikun olam--repair- ing the world-- out of internal motivation." Nominations should be emailed to news@orlando- heritage.corn with the sub- ject Human Service Award, or typed on 8 1/2" X 11" paper and sent by mail to Heritage Florida Jew- ish News, Human Service Award, 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Included should be the name and phone number of the nominee, a documented list of his or her accomplishments, and the name and phone number of the nominator(s). I EWISH Central Florida's Fastest Growing Segment of the Jewish Community A carwash for Scout T-shirts Congregation Ohev Shalom's Men's Club and Boy Scout Troop 641joined together in hosting a carwash fundraiser for the benefit of the Troop on Sunday, April 6. The donations received will be used to purchase Scout shirts for the boys and lead- ers attending summer camp in the North Georgia mountains. Troop 641 is the only Jewish Troop in Central Florida and we meet on Sundays at the JCC in Maitland. Boys who are in the sixth through 12th grades (or 11 to 17years of age) in the Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland, Orlando, Ocoee, Winter Garden and other Central Florida communities are welcome to join Troop 641. Information on Troop 641 can be found at troop641orlando.org. Advertising Deadline: May 7, 2014 FOR MORE CALL: 407-834-8787 9