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JEWISH NEWS, MAY 16, 2003 PAGE 3 Wid The Jewish Community presents a commu- wide Lag B'Omer Fam- "Celebration on Tuesday 5:30- 8:30 p.m. lis activity packed evening Includes many exciting ven- Families will have the to visit the cave Jews hid for 13 years listen to Rabbi Akiva's (told by the wonder- Mark Mannette). Other include: Creating a ,making fresh g by the bon- roasting marshmal= here will be an Israeli din- net with pitas, hummus, sal- ads and fire-roasted potatoes. The cost for the program is $6 adult JCC members, $3 child (4-17) members, $9 adult non- member and $4.50 child non- member. For more informa- tion or to reserve your spot call Michelle at 407-645-5933, ext. 245. The Counting of the Omer According to the Torah (Lev. 23:15), there is an obligation to count the days from the second night of Passover to the day before Shavuot, seven full weeks. This period is known as the Counting of the Omer. An omer is a unit of measure. Every night, from the sec- ond night of Passover to the night before Shavuot, a bless- ing is recited and the count of during the lifetime of Rabbi ties, music, dancingand hair- the omer is stated in both Akiba. Haircuts during this cuts are aliowed. weeksanddays.Soonthe16th time are also forbidden. The Many celebrate Lag B'Omer day, you would say"Today is 33rddayoftheOmer(theeigh- with family picnics, outings sixteen days, which is two teenthoflyar) isaminorholi- and large bonfires. The fires weeks and two days of the day commemorating a break are symbolicofthe light of the Omen" in the plague. The holiday is Torah which was revealed by The counting is intended to known as Lag B'Omer. The RabbiShimonbarYochai.The remind the Jewish people of mourning practices of the Zohar, Rabbi Shimon bar the link between Passover, omer period are lifted on that Yochai's book of Kabbalah, which commemorates the date. The word "Lag" is not means bright light. Exodus, and Shavuot, which really aword; it is the number Often school children play commemorates the giving of 33 in Hebrew, as ifyouwere to with bows and arrows on Lag the Torah; that the redethp- callthe Fourth of July"IvJuly" B'Omer. This playcommemo- tionfromslaverywasnotcom- (IVbeing4 in Romannumer- rates the warlike activities of plete until we received the als). Rabbi Akiva'sstudentsduring Torah. How is Lag B'Omer cei- the time of the Bar Kokhba This period is a time of par- ebrated? revolt against the Romans. In tial mourning, during which Lag B'Omer is a semi-boll- addition, kabbalists associate weddings, parties,anddinners day, an interruption in the thebowsandarrowswithrain- with dancing are not con- Sefirat HaOmer period of bows, which is a symbol of t ducted, in ofaplaguemourning. Weddings, festivi- redemption. memory Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 7, time member Melvin J. elected president of Kohn suc- Robert S. Gold, who from 2001 to 2003. ', Betty, have members of CLJ since He served on the board ,rous posi- including second and resident and secre- as Most Search for the executive chaired the "Buy campaign. is on the Temple's I and Endowment Cam- t Committee and Betty is with Women of Re- Judaism (Sisterhood). have the honor of being of three generations Kohn is a ~Saturday morning, April Ohev Sha- received its charter for member- t Hazak, the United Syna- of Conservative ,assis- Southeast of the United Syna- Presented the charter and Paulette Geller, congre- COS Seniors then the bimah to take the Shabbat morning in honor of this event. proud to bring the embers of the COS into the Hazak pro- Says Berny Raft. "Our s Will benefit from the regional and national ling and have the chapters across its ,observances of 25, hon- veterans who courage and suf- all the wars of the will be held at Cemetery at t~.; at Temple ~rael at 11 a.m. and at of Liberal Cemetery at 11:30 MEL KOHN licensed professionalengineer and is vice president, Area Manager and District Quality Manager of a large interna- tional consulting engineering firm. He is a member of the American Society of Civil En- gineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. BERNY RAFF 12th anniversary in 2003, was founded as a program for the members of Congregation Ohev Shalom to meet the. needs and desires of mature adults through regular and creative programming. The seniors program includes: din- ner theater, picnics, square war a.m. Jewish war veterans of Central Florida will offer prayers - Kaddish - El Molay Rachamim, reciting the names of their'deceased com- rades. Jewish War Veterans Post 759 Commander Samuel Gross will officiate as Officer of the Day. Invocations may be offered by respective rabbis. An avid golfer and cruiser, Kohn stated "it is his desire to continue to bring CLJ to the forefront of the Orlando Jew- ish Community". He expressed his confidence and pleasure in the other elected officers and trustees including 1st vice president, Dr. Lawrence Halperin; sec- ond vice president, Jeffrey Yarmuth; 3rd vice president, Susan Ventura DeHayes; trea- surer, Ana Handshuh; comp- troller, Mitchell Walk and sec- retary, Cynthia Hill. Others elected include three-year trustees, Nancy Daly and Stephen Wolf; two-year trust- ees, Gary Becker and Jami Spector; and one-year trust- ees Dr. Barry Katz and Cindy Weiss. Upon completing his sec- ond term, Dr. Robert Gold thanked everyone "for giving him the opportunity to serve See "Kohn" on page 13 dancing, ice cream socials, speakers, entertainers, com- munity service and an annual bingo day. COS Seniors pro= vide hundreds of volunteer hours annually by managing synagogue mailings, working in the gift shop, sending yahrzeit reminders and serv- ing snacks at Hebrew School. COS Seniors serve as mem- bers of the board of trustees, Ma'asim Tovim, ritual com- mittee and adult education committees. As an official aux- iliary of the congregation, the COS Seniors have similar sta- tus as the Sisterhood and Men's Club. In 1997, COS Se- niors won a Silver Solomon Schecter award from United Synagogue for programming. With almost 200 members, COS Seniors is a thriving part of the Congregation Ohev Sha- lom family. Hazak is the United Syna- See "Hazak" on page 13 Post member Maurice Salamy and Sid Prince are seeking volunteers to assist in posting flags on Sunday, May 18 at the gravesites of veter- ans being remembered. For information call Com- mander Sam Gross at 407-671- 9336, Maurice Salamy at 407- 293-5993 or Sid Prince at 407- 645-0593. 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