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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 4, 2012 JA() Choi00''himes Ensemble makes beautiful music The Jewish Academy of Orlando's Choirchime Ensemble shares this photo with the high school students from the Pioneer Valley Christian School, along with Dr. Paul Rosene, the inventor of the choirchimes, Mr. Eric, JAO's musical director, and Kimberlee Strepka, the musical director from PVCS. By Dori Gerber impressed the Jewish Acad- In only 18 sessions, Eric Levine, Jewish Academy of Orlando's music teacher (also affectionately known as Mr. Eric by his students) and his Choirchimes Ensemble, composed of six fourth grad- ers, one fifth grader, and one sixth grader, hit a high note when they performed for the school, on Friday, April 20, with visiting high school guests, Pioneer Valley Chris- tian School, from Springfield, Mass. The students from Pio- neer Valley, along with their director, Kimberlee Strepka, emy audience with their prowess on the handbells and choirchimes. However, the monumental moments of the performance were an awe-inspiring solo per- formance by fourth grader, Samantha Keimach, as she sang "A Faith Never Dies," accompanied by the PVCS players, as well as welcom- ing the honor of having Dr. Paul Rosene, the inventor of the choirchimes, in the audience. Highlights from the performance can be found on the school's Facebook page. If you are not already a By Rabbi Rachel Esserm__an The (Vestal, N.Y.) Reporter The unexpected loss of a loved one changes the world in sharp and penetrating ways. How each person deals with that loss isn't easy to predict, and some methods of grieving can create problems. For example, when other family members, or the world, see them as inap- propriate. In the novel "Mitzvah Man" by John J. Clayton (Texas Tech University Press), Adam Fried- man originally takes a not unexpected approach to dealing with the loss of his wife, Shira. He becomes more religiously observant, looking for answers in Jewish texts, from the mys- tical Zohar to contemporary philosophers. None contains satisfactory answers, and the only thing that keeps him grounded is his 14-year-old daughter, Lisa. Then, suddenly, Adam has a mystical experience, finally knowing that he is in God's hands that if he just listens, God will tell himwhat he should do. Is Adam truly a prophet or SUDOKU , I" C F u I =-=.1-.,-- i? liE m Fourth Grader, Samantha Keimach, sings ".4 Faith Never Dies," accompanied by the students from Pioneer Valley Christian School. "friend" of Jewish Academy, please go to https://www. Messenger from God just crazy with grief?. When Lisa worries about her father's behavior after this revelation,Adamtries to explain that he doesn't see himself as a traditional prophet. He's clear that he's "not talking about a big guy sitting on a throne at a cosmic computer, manipulat- ing things. But if I'm in God's hands, and God is so beyond me I have no way of relating, I gotta personalize a little. I'll tell you how it is: I see myself as a messenger, malach in Hebrew. How can I speak to the One who sends me if I don't personalize? Today I'm a messenger of love. Maybe something else tomor- row.Aplan--not mine. My plans I had to toss out three months ago," when his wife died. This kind of talk scares Lisa, who fears that if people think her father is crazy, she'll be forced to live with her aunt and uncle, effectively losing two parents in one year. Adam's and Lisa's lives get more complicated when Adam rescues awoman from attackers and the resulting publicity turns him into an overnight sensation. A family joke--Lisa made a Answers from 04/27/2012 -ff 5- Z -ff -C D E A I S T Mitzvah Man T-shirt for him-- becomes something different when the media latches on to the phrase. People begin to camp outside their home, treatinghirn like a prophet, someone who cansave themfromthemselves. Although Adam insists all Jews are mitzvah men, required to obey God's commandments, he begins to have visions, making him wonder if he is truly chan- neling God. Yet, his newfound powers threaten the fabric of his life when others see him as a madman incapable of caring for his daughter. "Mitzvah Man" raises some interesting theological ques- tions. Is Adam correct that everyone can connectto Godby opening themselves to the uni- verse? Or is this power limited to 2- T -6- T T P H I L I P emyOrlando, or search Jew- ish Academy or Orlando and "Like" the page. only those who are called? Adam doesn't see himself as special, just more attuned to the cosmos because his grief threatens to overwhelm him. Yet, most of the world feels otherwise. Unfortunately, although "Mitzvah Man" raises these challenging questions, the novel itselfis not particularly exciting. The plot moves very slowly at first, as Adam explores different theological ideas. His behavior, which sometimes borders on the irrational, was irritating when it had a negative impact on his daughter. Yet, once the Mitzvah Man idea goes public, the work gained greater interest and its ending raised additional ques- tions. The novel will best appeal to those interested in exploring its theological insights. Sudoku (see page 15 for solution) Order Mouthwatering Gifts for Mother's Day 1oo% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED gt st.a v,'}x'rne : g I sel]ez" i ox"c f 2t) zl:Jlim berries d!PT:fJ 20'/0* Save o IIIII IIIIIIIII IIIIII III IIIIIIIIII 2 6928 3 9 56 8 84 9 1 3 8 49 3 79 5 4 2567 7 StatcPoint Media Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all digits 1 through 9. PAGE 7A Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory 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 sched- ules shown at; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O), 39 Skyline Drive, Suite 1017, Lake Mary, 407-878-3011,; services: second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m.; every Saturday at 10 a.m. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354-3660;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; services, Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), 1190 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), 426 Lakeport Cove, Casselberry, 407-830-7211;; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. at Emeritus in Lake Mary. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505;; Shabbat services: Friday, 8:00 p.m. (7 p.m. on Fourth Friday of the month); Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Beth E1 (C), 2185 MeadowlaneAve., 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, 407-855-0772; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec), Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401S.R. 200, Ocala, 352-237-8277; bethisraelocala,org; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692;; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at Social Hall of Our Lady of Lakes Church, 1310Maximillian St., Deltona; 386-804-8283;www.mybeth- shalom.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., Orrnond 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 Friday; 8 p.m., 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 a.m.; Junior Congregation., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec), Leesburg, 352-326-8745; egrae@; services last Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at vari- ous private residences. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kis- simmee,407-935-0064;; Shabbatservice, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation of Shaarei Yerushalyim (O), 9869 Kilgore Rd., Or- lando, 407-928-8972; services: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Shabbat services: Friday Minha, 7:30 p.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. Congregation Sinai (C/R), 303 N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243- 5353;; services: every Friday, 7:45 p.m.; Healing Service, first Friday of the month, 7 p.m. 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 El(R), 579 N. NovaRd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. 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;; Shabbat services: Friday, 5:50 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. 8thAve., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (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;; Shabbatservices: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321- 631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave., Daytona Beach, 386- 252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; Social Hour, 6 p.m.; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.newjewishcongrega-; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom ofOviedo (R) Services held in the EPICenter at University Carillon United Methodist Church, 1395 Campus View Court, Oviedo, 407-366-3556,; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352- 735-4774;; services: second and fourth Fridays and Saturday of the month. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist