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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 19, 2019 PAGE 11A By Nerys Copelovitz zling out how to get through choosing all the fun, warm thisweekwithoutbread, pasta and fuzzy bits of the holiday (Kveller via JTA)--So I'm and rice, I'll be chilling out while ignoring the restrictive, just going to come right out andstockinguponthebanned roll-up-your-sleeveschalleng- and say it: We don't keep goodies before they perform ingparts.AssecularJews, the kosher for Passover. I feel a their annual weeklong disap- rules and dogmas of religion bit like a party-pooping high pearing act. don't play a big role in our schoolseniorwhochooses not Although we choose not lives. I don't think it makes us to go to the prom revealing to rid our house of hametz anylessJewish--itjustmakes that. After all, we moved to or refrain from eating it, it us less observant. We are still IsraeltobringourkidsupJew- doesn't mean we don't honor book-loving, family-hugging, ish and live close to our Israeli or celebrate the holiday; we charity-giving, kugel-eating family.ButwearesecularJews do. For the past six years I've Zionists struggling to make and the simple truth is that been takingturnshostingthe it work in our homeland and we pick and choose how we seder--and yes, that part we to find a way that's meaning- obse~veinlinewithourbeliefs do without the presence of ful to us. aboutwhat'simportantforus hametz at the table. We read Even without observing and what'snot, the Passover Haggadah, we the weeklong prohibition I've read on Kveller about dip our fingers inwine aswe of hametz, my kids still how Mayim Bialik makes her recite the plagues, we recline, learn about the history of Passover meaningful, how But mostly we wait for the bit their people at school and AmandaBradleysecretlyloves wherewecaneatthefood, sing from the seder, and they PassoverandTamaraReese's thesongsandletthekidshunt are still laying down tradi- wonderful ideas to make ob- for the afikomen, tions to be carried over to servance less intimidating. I Inholhamoed, theweekaf-their children. They inhale applaud and respect all those tertheseder, Israelisupermar- the spirit of the holiday, suggestions, opinions and kets hide their wheatywares even if practically we don't choices. I know that people on burka-dressed shelves, do everything that Exodus whoobservetheholidaysfrom forbidden to purchasers one commands us to do. a strong sense of spirituality and all. Most restaurants keep So happy and kosher Pass- and tradition get a tremen- kosherandthewholecountry over to those of you who dous amount of nourishment is shrouded in a barbecue fog do--and just happy Passover from them. That's something as Israelis cookup their choice to those of you who don't. May to envy. of the tastiest alternative to we always be free to determine Seventy percent of Israelis wheat--meat! We tend to eat our own way. will be joining those ladies in at home during this period, Nerys Copelovitz lives banishing the hametz from delvingintoourpileofforbid- in Israel, where she is the their homes and digestive den hametz like thieves. If we mother to two teens and a systems for the week. But feel a little like "outsiders" in first-grader. You can catch while they will be cleaning, the swimming sea of obser- her ruminating on Jewish, shoppingand dustingofftheir vance, it's OK. Israeli and parenting issues Passover recipe books, puz- It'strueinawaythatweareon The Zionist Organization Israelstudentwhowassinging ter that his Twitter account of America condemned New "Hatikvah," Israel's national was suspended because "i York University today for de- anthem, and forcibly seizing expressed my desire for zion- ciding to confer a President's themicrophonefromthepro- ists to die." Separately, this Service Award on NYU's Israel student before shout- studentapplaudedthepassage Students for Justice inPales- ing, "Free Palestine, end the of SJP's BDS resolution at fine chapter, a group with a occupation." The pro-Israel NYU,writingonsocial media, horrific record of harassing student reportedly suffered "i hope every zionist kkkunt and intimidating Jewish and injuries. @nyu is crying right now." pro-Israel students. After SJPwascrystalclearaboutNYU President Andrew SJP announced on Facebook its objective toshutdown free Hamilton has made it clear that it had been selected to speech in support of Israel, that boycotting Israel is receive apresidential service and to harass, intimidate, "contrary to" NYU's "core award, the ZOA repeatedly and silence Jewish and pro- principles of academic free- reached out to NYU officials Israel students at the Israel dom" and"antitletical to the to confirm the truth of SJP's celebration. SJP's president free exchange ofideas." Given announcement. Officials have said, "We're not going to let SJP'spro-BDSa~dotherhate- not responded, them stand by and support ful and divisiveactions, it is The President's Service Zionism.Ourpointistomake incomprehensikleandappall- Award recognizes student being Zionist uncomfortable ing that President Hamilton groups "that have had an on the NYU campus." would deem SJFdeserving of extraordinary and positive Also in April 2018, SJP a President's Se'vice Award. impact on the Universitycom- and its allies assembled over Morton A. Klan, the ZOA's munity." SJP has had exactly 50 other student groups to nationalpreside~t, andSusan the opposite impact. As the join them in an anti-Israel B. Tuchman, Esq director Jerusalem Center for Public boycott, which included a of the ZOA's Center for Law Affairs stated in its 2017 re- pledge to boycott NYU's pro- and Justice, called onNYUto search and policy study, SJP Israel student clubs, rescind its decision to confer "isaterror-affiliatedanti-Se- In October 2018, SJP theawardonSJP."SJP'shate- mitic network that currently singled out Israel again, ful, anti-Semitic, and divisive operates with autonomy and spearheadingapledgebymore actions are the exact opposite impunity at colleges and than 30 student groups "to of what this award is sup- universities across the United not participate in or apply to posed to recognize. President States." At NYU, SJP has studyabroadprogramshosted Hamiltonshouldapologizeto caused Jewish and pro-Israel at NYU Tel Aviv." the communityfor the deci- students to feel unwelcome SJP initiated and fought sion to reward SJP, rescind andunsafe. For example: for an anti-Israel boycott the decision ~nd explain InApri12018,whenNYU's resolution that NYU's student why: because alti-Semitism pro-Israel group organized a governmentpassedinDecem- and other forrrs of bigotry "Rave in the Park" celebra- ber2018,breedingathreaten- won't be toleraed at NYU, tion of Israel's 70th birthday ing, hateful and anti-Semitic and groups lik~ SJP--must in Washington Square Park, environment. Days afterbe condemned, rot rewarded. SJP tried to shut it down, the BDS resolution passed, "If NYUdoeslotwithdrew encouraging passersby to file NYU's Bronfman Center for the award, then we urge all a noise complaint. Jewish Student Life alerted alumni, donorsa~dsupporters At the celebration, SJP the community to "several to contact NYUand demand members and their allies public online postings by an that the award rescinded. If wiped their feet and stomped NYU student, which wereNYU fails to do so, then tell on an Israeli flag. One SJP antisemitic in nature and NYU that you will no longer member set an Israeli flag potentially threatening." supportauniversitythattoler- on fire. Another was filmed * On December 3, 2018, an ates and rewards anti-Semitic grabbing the arm of a pro- NYU student wrote on Twit- hate groups like SJP." Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian), services Monday- Friday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m.--national holidays); 2nd floor Chapel--Jewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), services and holiday schedules shown at www.; 407-479-8377. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O), 1701 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, 407-636-5994,; services: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Chabad of Altamonte Springs (O), 414 Spring Valley Lane, Altamonte Springs, 407- 280-0535; Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7347 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-354-3660; www.; Shabbat services: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), 1i90 Highway AIA, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd Maitland, 407-644- 2500;; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 181 E. Mitchell Hammock, Oviedo, 407-830-7211; www.; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p:m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; www.; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth E! (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-222-6393; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Ree), Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401 S.R. 200, Ocala, 352-237-8277;; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St Leesburg, 352-326-3692; www.; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at 1308 E. Normandy Blvd Deltona; 386-804-8283; www.mybethshalom. corn; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 403 N. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174;; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr Orlando, 407-645-0444; Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. : Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-298- 4650;; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleiehem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, 407-935- 0064;; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C), 5382 Hoffner Ave Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R), 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregation-; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O), 8591 Banyan Blvd Orlando; 347-456-6485; Shacharis- Shabbos 9 a.m.; Mon. Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka- Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth E! (R) / Temple Israel (C), 579 N. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 386-675- 6615 / 386-252-3097; Friday Shabbat Service 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www.; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), 1109 N.E. 8th Ave Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B'naiDarom (R),49 Banyan Course, Ocala,352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd Winter Springs, 407-647-3055;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave DeLand, 386-736-1646; www.; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deltona, 386-789-2202; www.; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd Winter Springs, 407-366-3556,; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www.; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa