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LARRY HALPERN from Page 1) liked the idea Judaism, Jacob said the mid- who wasn't a war veteran," ation had 40"s was a representation of Jacobs said. "He came ability to function the synagogue's young afterwards. He represents which would members. Today the today's modern Jewish more time for synagogue has the largest teaching and does it in a selected Rabbi a unanimous of weeks later returned to his wife Roz and and Ari. He Shabbat services /ret, where the ion was meeting while the present Was being con- !)0 my surprise," t' "when I returned :ion that summer, I bbi Halpern had the house across i11 from mine." 4 believes that Rabbi ::d his family had a ,,icult time adjusting l.'"[l ere at first, but after a J,en the sand got in tlnl, that was different. ns't think they would il "one of the most t "onate individuals I Can be compassion- irl t making people feel 0fl number of children -- more graceful manner." than 300 -- enrolled in afterschool and Hebrew High School studies. "No longer do rhe Rabbi Speaks Rabbi Halpern has spent I 0 our kids memorize their years of his working life at Haftorahs -- they have a Liberal Judaism because it is a reasonable mastery of the "special congregation." He language. Rabbi Halpern set said that congregation up a religious schoolprogram members show a sense of that appealed to our kids." responsiveness and eager- Rabbi Halpern also brought ness" taking "to heart the a pro-Israeli feeling to the lessons the Rabbi teaches." congregation and community, according to Jacob. His Looking back over the involvement has been years, Rabbi Halpern cited extensive in both the Jewish some of the highlights, and non-Jewish community, includingtheemploymentofa full-time educational director He started the young leadership program under the Rabbi Andy Hillman; finding a auspices of the Federation. place for youth in the He's worked with the congregation; development of Federation and Israel Bonds Chavera groups; continuous "very successfully." involvement of new leadership in the congregation; the As a Rabbi heis "principled congregation's communal but not stubborn and not awareness and involvement; dogamatic," Jacob said. "In a and the number of congre- sense, he represents a gational members actively modern American-born, studying and practicing American-trained Rabbi. Judaism on a personal basis. "It was the first time this The congregation has more congregation had the than tripled since Rabbi opportunity to meet someone Halpern first came, from about ORIENTAL GIFTS & GROCERY Jade Ornaments China Imports Silk Embroidery Imported Ceramics Imported Oriental ;..Id or should not do, :id. "We know what I,] has been, we know 1%rrn Judaism tells us, ,n1 labbi tells us to do vn'dllP feel There are no 't,, h " ave to do's ." Foods & Cookware m41ights of Rabb i IriS. service to the Now at two locations: rl.. e, seen by the on according to Palm Springs Shopping Center mlircludes attracting 515 East Altamonte Drive Iople. "He got A tamonte Springs. FL 32701 ! llple invoJved, and (305} B31-5101 - ;d himself He's a (next tO Albe tson'sJ lep " . ..., . 571 North Semoran BIvd ' Ia ...... fi  Orlando FI 32807 - li_ ,x, DDI llalpern nrs[ ' ' {305) 273 5180 I Congr, of Liberal : L_ Wh.e You Wai t [  COLONIAL Photo& Hobby q 10% Synagogue 422-4701 HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, June 6, 1980, Page 7 ] 20 families to more than 400. "But it's not the numbers that count," Rabbi Halpern said, "it's what people are doing in their personal lives." Rabbi Halpern believes a Rabbi serves within the broader community and it's this community's "growth and dedication that has kept me here. It's a community growing in response to Judaism." Looking into the future, Rabbi Halpern said there is a need to translate the slogan "We Are One" into a reality. More adults need to participate in the community's adult education program, and there is a need to reach the great number of people in the community unaffiliated with an active organization. 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