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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 14, 2019 Temple Israel installed a Little Free Library on Sunday, May 19, outside the syna- gogue facing Moss Road. The installation event took place during aworldwide Little Free Library weekend celebrating the movement's 10-year an- niversary. According to its website, "Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by foster- ing neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Librar- ies, millions of books are exchanged each year, pro- foundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds." Ma'asim Tovim committee chair Emily Raij was thrilled to head up the Little Free Library, which is open to the entire community. People simply come to take a book or share a book--or both! a wrap! A fabulous group of performers from the Central Florida Community Arts entertained in March. By Julie Levitt Jewish Pavilion program director All good things must come to end. Thankfully the month- ly musicals at Brookdale Lake Orienta will continue in September. What awonderful "season" it had been with some of the most wonderful enter- tainers. Not only did the talent bring such joy to the residents on Sunday afternoons, these artists showed such passion with their music, making it more meaningful. Stewart Bloom, one of the entertainers as well as monthly volunteers stated, "My performance was heart- felt and I think our seniors knew. We take our commit- ment to the Jewish Pavilion seriously. Our family feels it's important to give back to the community." The Jewish Pavilion staff, as well as the entire community, really appreciate both the entertainers and the volun- teers to make these monthly afternoons so successful. This past year Brookdale was lucky enough to hear Paul Stenzler, Dana Kaplan, Shirley Mi- chael and her dance troupe, the aforementioned Stewart Bloom, Ilene Miller (aka Lu- cille Ball), Penny D'Agostino, as well as the Central Florida Community Arts who sent two fabulous singing groups. A huge thank you to the volunteers that attend every month: Emily and Marty Glickstein, Stewart Bloom, Pat and Barry Rubenstein, Shirley Michael, and Mike Bain. Brookdale generously do- nated ice cream sundaes every month, as Bloom baked his delicious brownies. Plans are already being made for another great year starting in September, with hopes that many of this talent will return again. Music is of such vital im- portance to the senior com- munity. Recent studies has revealed that music has the capacity to alleviate stress, evoke powerful memories, instill a sense of vitality, and afford socialization opportunities for senior citizens. The Jewish Pavilion is al- ways looking for volunteers and great talent. Please call 407-678-9363 if you are in- terested in helping make a difference. ii Includes Everything You Need to Regain Your Freedom At just 2.8, !bs, the Inogen One G4 is the ultralight portable oxygen concentrator you have been waiting for.The I nogen One G4 is ',i~ '" More than two dozen books for children and adults have already been donated and placed inside this location, which has been registered and will receive its official charter sign and number. "While my husband, An- drew, and I were installing the library, several people who live in the neighbor- hood came up to us to express their excitement about having a place nearby to donate books to and bor- row books from," said Raij. "I love that we can give back to the community around our synagogue." Raij added that her children donated a PJ Library book they had an extra copy of called "Chik Chak Shabbat." "This story is especially fitting and meaningful to put in our Little Free Library because it is about a diverse commu- nity that comes together to help a neighbor," said Raij. The Little Free Library was one of several Mitzvah Day projects Temple Israel worked on in April. Congregants also baked and delivered cookies to Winter Springs fire and police stations, completed cheek swabs to become part of the Gift of Life bone marrow registry, picked up litter from the playground and parking lot, and made cards for Kin- neret residents. If you are interested in starting your own Little Free Library, you can visit little- Raij is also happy to help answer ques- tions and can be emailed at ~ ~ i~,''~ :~ . ~'~.~ - ~.~,:, ~ Temple Israel children made a poster for the Little Free Library with instructions: "Give a book; Take a book; Share a book." The Little Free Library was installed right outside Temple Israel. Ten Israeli high school students comprise the Israeli Friendship Caravan. Ten Israeli high school student~ performers will present a high-energy song and dance performance on Tuesday, June 18 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m at Temple Israel, 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Viera, Fla. They will also share stories of their life in Israel. The Sister City Program of Cocoa, Florida, and Beit Shemesh, Israel, is jointly sponsoring this performance along withOctober 2007, the City of Temple Israel Temple Beth Cocoaadoptedasistercityin Sholom, and Bridges for Israel called Beit Shemesh, Peace. Door prizes featur- a city of 100,000 nestled in ing beautiful Israeli gifts the hills near Jerusalem, will be awarded. Tickets: $5 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Visit for more information. About the Sister City Program of Cocoa, Florida and Beit Shemesh, Israel ( In following years of informal cultural exchanges between retired pastor Ron Shelton and others with Beit Shem- esh residents. The Sister City Program, founded by Presi- dent Dwight Eisenhower, is designed to create greater cultural knowledge.