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JEWISH NEWS, MAY 16, 2003 PAGE, By Michael Gamson the Omer The counting of the Omer the most unique tra- of Judaism. Starting on the second day of Pesach ~d continuing until 49 days I~ter, the daily counting of the 0~er has many symbolic What started as a rain offering at the Holy has become in mud- times a period of reflec- What better way to re- the sanctity of our than with Homer What? You did not know Homer was a Talmudic Well, not exactly, but he can help you learn the counting of the and even keep track of r with the Homer Omer Calendar. The site, which hosts the Homer calendar, is called Young Judea and various other philanthropists support it. The idea behind Jvibe was to create a place where Jewish teens from around the world could use technology to bridge the gap of language barriers, geo- graphical boundaries, and re- ligious backgrounds. Staff writers and editors produced the first run of the site and then they handed it over to readers worldwide. Jewish teens from across the globe are encouraged to write in with articles and discussions about Jewish issues from a teen per- spective. The Jvibe site is divided into heritage Jewish Americans reflects spirit of our and ties and strong exemplify cultural diversity. )rovides ~OPportunity to recognize contributions of Jewish "y and ".commitment and freedom. Jewish People began 3,000 years ago. From le of the Exodus, to of the Maccabees, horrors of the Holo- to the creation of the State of Israel, have faced and survived ges. Jews draw channels. The "Pop Culture" such a Jewish culture in the channel features news and ar- Simpsons' hometown of ticlesabout music, movies, TV, Springfield",just scroll to the and books. Recent articles in- bottom of the counting of the eluded interviews with Phish Omer page. There you will bassist Mike Gordon, and find a photo essay entitled singer Jill Sobule. "The Real "Jewish Life in Springfield". Life" channel has essays and Clicking on this link brings reflections written by teens up actual scenes from about Jewish values and how Simpsons episodes where theyaffecttheireverydaylives, they highlighted Jewish as- There is a channel on social pects of the community. In- justice and action, one on cludingscenesoftheSimpson sports, an Israel channel, and familyplayingafamiliarlook- agametimechannel.Allchan- ing spinning top game they n~ls are developed through call "droodle". There is even a editorial contributions ofteens scene of young Bart Simpson around the world, assisting in a brit milah. "Aye Then there is the carumbah!" "Simpsons" component to The bottom line for the Upon visiting the HomercalendarlandforJvibe "Homer Omer" calendar, you in general, is reaching Jewish will find a pretty good descrip- teens where they are most tion of the entire history and comfortable. Jewish educa- tradition of the counting of tors are beginning to recog- the Omer. This is accompa- nize that the media is our nied by colorful graphics and biggest competition for the characters from the Simpsons attention of students. Tech- animated television show. At nology does not have to be the bottom of the page is a our adversary. Creative insti- calendar of the current year's tutions are using technology Omercount.Inaddition, there to keep Judaism relevant in is a printable Omer calendar student'slives. Jvibe isaprime with lots of colorful Homer exampleofJudaism reaching Simpson graphics, out to youth culture in a digi- Ifyou are thinking to your- tal world. Visit today at self "I didn't know therewas on their faith to provide hope citizen and the possibilities of NOW, THEREFORE, I, for the future, every life. Countless Jewish GEORGEW. BUSH, president For centuries, Jews have charitable organizations'are oftheUnitedStatesofAmerica, immigrated to the United helpingservethemen, women, by virtue of the authority States to realize their dreams and children across our coun- vested in me by the Constitu- and enjoy the blessings ofreli- trywhoareinneed.Theirworks tion and the laws of the United gious toleranceand individual of kindness and mercy help to States, doherebyproclaimMay liberty. Today, Jewish Ameri- build a more generous and 4 through May 11, 2003, as cans play an important role in compassionate Nation. Jewish Heritage Week. I urge the success and growth of our During this week, we also all Americans to learn more country. Their accomplish- recognize the many Jewish about the rich historyofJew- ments in education, industry, Americans serving in ourishAmericansandtocelebrate science, art, literature, and Armed Forces who are work- their contribution toourcul- dozens of other fields have ing to rid the world of terror turaldiversity. strengthened our Nation and and bring freedom and justice IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I enriched our culture, to the oppressed. Every gen- have hereunto set my hand Throughout their history, erationofAmericansmust rise this second dayof May, in the Jewish Americans have dem- to meet its own challenges, year of our Lord, two thou- onstrated that goodness can and this generation of Jewish sand and three, and of the In- overcomeevil.Guidedbymoral Americans is standing strong dependence of the United principles, they bring to our to defend our freedoms and StatesofAmericathetwohun- Nation a rich heritage that rec- help make America a land of dred and twenty-seventh. ognizes the dignity of every opportunity for all. GEORGE W. BUSH Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (Rec), Navigator School, 607 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, 407-596-5397, 7 p.m. first and third Fridays each month. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd Maitland, 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday, 8 a.m Mon-Fri, 7 a,m Fri 6:30 p.m Sat. 9:30 a.m. Family Service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 1033 Semoran Blvd Suite 151, Casselberry, 407-830-7211; Shahbat service, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862- 3505; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: l0 a.m Junior Cong 10:45 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave West Melbourne, 321- 779-0740; Services, 8 p.m. Ist & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 1016 Yorkshire Ridge Ct Orlando, 407-855- 0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom (C), 315 North 13th St Leesburg, 352-315o0770 Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 445 S. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 321-777- 2770. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (0), 1079 W. Granada Blvd Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:30 p.m Sat. l0 a.m. Congregation of Liberal Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr Orlando, 407-645- 0444; Shabhat service, 8 p.m.; except 1 st Friday, Family services begin 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321- 768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 Goddard Ave Orlando, 407-298- 4650; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; Junior Cong 10:15 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Poime BIvck, Kissimmee, 407-935-O064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation Shalom, Williamsburg(R), P.O. Box 691081, Orhndo, 32869: Friday night services once a month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando. 407-238-7943. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohale| R|vka (C) 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.: Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 386-67"/-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 0313, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sbolom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 407-647-3055; Shabbat service; 6:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple lsrael (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave Daytona Beach, 904-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a,m. Temple Israel (C), 1001 E. New York Ave DeLand, 386-736-1646; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Bird Deltona, 904-789- 2202; Shabbat service, l0 a.m. Saturday, Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R); Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. I st Friday of the month at Carrillon Elementary School, 320 Lockwood Blvd Oviedo. Friday night service held at 7:30 p.m. 3rd Friday of the month in the Commu- nity Roo at The Tremont Apartment Residences, 7015 Red Bug Lake Rd Oviedo. Call 407-977-5 [72 for information. (Check with individual synagogues for the dates and times of services if not listed) (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist SYLVIAWOOLFE PHILIPGELLER Zigelstein, of Edgewater, Sheissurvivedbyherhus- GELBI~tN Philip Geller, of Maitland, Fla.; son-in-law, Thomas band, Kenneth Coffman of Woolfe Gelbman ofdied May 1. He was 76 years (Cheryl) PeilingraofBalston Maitland; father, Alvin Saturday, April old. Spa, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren, Krublit of Orlando; son, 88 years old. Mr. Geller was born in 5great-grandchildren;sister, Orrin Ross Krublit of Celbman was an ad- Brooklyn, N.Y. and moved to' Doris (Jerome) Horowitz of Maitland; daughters, Taylor Maitland in 1991. Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Rose KrublitofMaitlandand the Bronx, N.Y. and He was an electrical engi- many nieces, nephews, Courtney Rene Coffman of tin 1981.She neer, having graduated from friends and Scamp. Winter Park and her sister, ~emberofTempleSha- th[prestigiousCooperUnionHe is predeceased by his Micheile R. Tamir of ~here she was a former College in New York City (1 wife, Aileen and daughter, Maitland. and Sunday of 100 students admittedSharon Pellingra. Services were entrusted to Shewasaisoa from a pool of 5000 appli- Friends wishing may con- Beth Shalom Memorial ~r of the Deltona Gar- cants). He worked for IBM," tribute to The Philip Geller Chapel, Orlando. (where she was a holding several patents with Fund, Congregation Ohev circle officer), the company and forSinger- Shalom, 5015 GoddardAve RUTH F. LOPIN and the Deltona Linkwherehedesignedflight Orlando 32804 or Sage-ing RuthF.LopinofAItamonte Club. She volun- simulators. Whileat Singer- Center, Senior Resource AI- Springs, died Sunday, April at the Duvall Home, LinkMr.Gellerheidthehigh- liance, 988 Woodcock Rd 6. She was 83 years old. Lakes Elementary est government clearanceSuite 200, Orlando32803 in Mrs. Lopin was a sales- ,and was a pink lady at and before retirement his memory.- woman. She was born in :blospital-Deltona. worked on the flight simula- Arrangements were en- Philadelphia, Pa and moved S survived by her hus- tor for the Stealth Bomber. trusted to Parsky Funeral to Altamonte Springs in Deltona; two He was a member of Con- Home, Rochester, N.Y. 1976. Marion Vann of gregation Ohev Shalom, the ALICIA STARR She is survived by her ich.; Phyllis Toran Sage-ingAlliance, The Learn- daughter, GailOppenheimer )ort, N.J.; five ingInstituteforEldersatUCF KRUBLIT-COFFMAN of Altamonte Springs; and 10 great- and in the pastwas an active Alicia Starr Krublit- brother, Joseph Falkow of member of the Lions Club. Coffman of Maitland, died Philadelphia, Pa.;sister, Jean ,be Survived by his wife, Wednesday, May 7. She was FalkowofAItamonteSprings fimer'sAsso- Paulette; daughter, Michele 42 years old. and one grandchild. 11 N. FredrickAve (Robert) Marks of Pittsford, Mrs. Krubit-Coffman wasMemorial contributions FL N.Y.; son, Alan (Christine) a homemaker. Shewas born may be made to Jewish Hos- Geller of Binghamton, N.Y.; in Brooklyn, N.Y and moved pital forAsthma in Colorado. entrusted to stepchildren, Stephen (Rose) to Maitland in 1968. 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