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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 18, 2018 Jewish Academy of Orlando students working on the new mosaic mural. Oh, what a night! Jewish Academy of Orlando's Spring Family Learning Night fo- cused on Art Education, and families from its community joined us for a myriad of ac- tivities. The event started with a pizza picnic on the playground, where everyone made new friends. Then, it was off to learn why art is such an important part of learn- ing-- it teaches motor skills, builds confidence, fosters creativity, teaches persever- ance, and so much more! Whether it was creating clay bugs to identify the sections of an insect, crafting paper flowers to identify parts, learning about non-New- tonian fluids and polymers by mixing slime, designing infinity tiles, or even paper quilling as they did in Co- lonial times, everyone was engaged in the experiences our incredible faculty offered. The school was also excited to have author, illustrator, and animator Peter Raymundo in attendance. Children (and their parents!) learned to draw seahorses, hammerhead sharks, and even jellyfish. Many families spent a por- tion of the night helping to design our new mosaic mural that will decorate our hall to celebrate Jewish Academy of Orlando's 40th anniver- sary. The mosaic mural was designed and inspired by South Florida glass artist and current grandmother in the school, Holly Odess. She was assisted by art teacher Penny Goldstein. The mosaic mural, made out of colored and textured glass and tiles, features five circles, each representing one of the school's core values--Jewish Values, Academic Excellence, Leadership, Focus on the Whole Child, and Caring Community. Students, fami- lies and friends of the Jewish Academy of Orlando will be reminded of these core values each time they walk in our The finished mosaic mural. school andwill also remember that they took part in creat- ing this beautiful piece of art. The Family Learning Night was well attended by current and future Jewish Academy families and enjoyed by all in attendance. For more information about Jewish Academy of Orlando or to arrange a visit to our school, please contact Amy Polacek, admissions coordinator, at apolacek@ or call 407-647- 0713. Rabbi Alan G. Ciner The New York-based Touro College and University System pleased to announce a year- long lecture series it is bring- ing to Orlando in partnership with The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando. The inaugural lecture, "Hope in the Midst of Despair/' will be delivered on Thursday, May 24, by Rabbi Alan G. Ciner, vice president of Com- munity Engagement at TCUS. It will be held at The Roth Family JCC, located at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland, Fla starting at 7 p.m. "This lecture series and other such programs reflect Touro's sharing its academic and religious resources with communities throughout the United States and Canada," said Rabbi Ciner. "By going beyond the classroom, Touro offers individuals outside of the Touro orbit the benefit of learning and studying with Touro faculty and deans, thereby becoming part of the Touro family." Added Keith Dvorchik, chief executive officer of The Roth Family JCC, "We are so excited about our new partnership with Touro College. Bringing highAevel lecturers to The Roth Family JCC to speak on interesting and timely topics is a benefit to the entire Central Florida Community." Touro is America's largest not-for-profit independent in- stitution of higher and profes- sional education under Jewish auspices. Touro's schools pro - vide diverse, innovative and engaging course offerings, from medicine and pharmacy to law; business to education; and speech pathology to Jew- ish studies--all reflecting the Jewish commitment to values and respect for applied knowl- edge and discovery. Founded in 1970 by Dr. Bernard Lander, of blessed memory, TCUS has over 19,000 students spanning four states and four countries, pursuing graduate, profes- sional and undergraduate degrees at over 30 campuses and locations. "At Touro, Jewish and universal values are aligned to educate thoughtful citi- zens dedicated to building a responsive and responsible society," said TCUS President Dr. Alan Kadish. "Touro was established to follow the Jewish ideal of strengthening Jewish con- tinuity while serving the global community," noted Rabbi Ciner. "We, at Touro, are most excited about this program and look forward to its success." Rabbi Ciner's lecture on May 24th will be followed by eight others through May 2019 in an effort to share Touro's values and resources on other topics with the Cen- tral Florida community. The upcoming study and learning sessions include: Oct. 23--Dr. David Luchins, Founding Dean, Lander College for Women/ The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School, "The Liberal Case for Israel" Nov. 6--Dr. Steven Hu- berman, Founding Dean, Tou- ro College Graduate School of Social Work, "Rebuilding Jewish Bridges: Alliances with the Hispanic andAfrican American Communities" Dec. 11--Dr. Dana Fish- kin, Assistant Professor Hu- manities, Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School, "Medi- eval Hebrew Poets: Heroes or Villains" Jan. 24--Dr. Alan Kadish, President, Touro College and University System, "Quantum Mechanics and How God Might Run the Universe" Feb. 13--Rabbi Alan G. Ciner, Vice President of Community Engagement, Touro College and University System, "Biblical Profiles in Courage: Bringing About a More Perfect World" March 14--Matthew Bonilla, M.S Vice-President of Student Administrative Services, Touro College and University System, "Contem- porary College Life as aVenue for Future Success" April 2 -- Dr. Henry Abramson, Academic Dean, Lander College of Arts and Sciences, "Jews Discover Politics" May 15-- Dr. Steven Hu- berman, Founding Dean, Tou- ro College Graduate School of Social Work, "Extremism in America" Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your family's eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection. ~i! i[VI810111:0 1i !:11 Leonard Stein of the Uni- versity of Toronto's Centre for Comparative Literature and president of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies has announced the awarding of a 2018 "Mini-Conference" to the St. Augustine (FL) Jewish Historical Society. The one day Conference, to be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort will focus on "Telling the Story of Crypto-Jews in the Southeast US." Scholars from many disciplines are expected to share in their re- search to help develop a com- mon understanding of the presence of the descendants of Jews in the continental southeast Colonial Spanish America under the Inquisition and in the years since. Stein is a Connaught International Doctoral Scholar for the Cen- tre for Comparative Literature in a collaborative program with the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. His research compares medieval Jewish-Iberian identity with modern literature from the Sephardic diaspora He cur- rently serves as the President pro tern and program chair for the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies and editor for the Uni- versity of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought. His newest publications include Jubani- dad and the Literary Trans- mission of Cuban Crypto- Judaism for the forthcoming edited volume, Caribbean- Jewish Crossings: Atlantic Literature and Theory (Uni- versity of Virginia Press), and The New Literature of Hip Hop Music for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies. The Society for Crypto- Judaic Studies, an interna- tional academic and secular association, fosters research, networking of people and ideas, and the dissemination of information regarding the historical and contempo- rary developments involving crypto-Jews of Iberian origins and other hidden Jewish com- munities around the world. Leonard Stein The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society promotes greater knowledge and un- derstanding of the Jewish experience in the oldest European city in the United States, from the founding of St. Augustine in September 1585 to the present. SAJHS actively recruits partners to help tell the story of the rich history and heritage found on Florida's First Coast.