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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 21, 2013 Biannually, Chabad at UCF brings students to Israel on the Taglit- Birthright Israel: Mayanot program. Every sum- mer and winter break sees hundreds of students travel to Israel with UCF Chabad Rabbi Chaim Lipskier, and this sum- mer marked their 10th trip to Israel with Birthright. With Lipskier serving as the rabbi and spiritual tour guide, the trip is a high-quality Israel experience that includes 10 days of visiting landmark attractions and participating Chabad at UCF takes its lOth trip to Israel through Birthright in cultural activities together with young Israelis and travel- ers from diverse backgrounds. Led by passionate Israe- li tour guides and educa- tors, participants delve into the historical, political, cul- tural and spiritual dimensions of Israel. Mayanot makes a point of tapping into contem- porary Israeli life and provid- ing participants with the opportunity to make Israeli friends, enjoy the nighttif and visit beaches, museums and cafes. Another highlight of Mayanot is spending Shabbat in Jerusalem ana experienc- ing the evening services at the Kotel. Mayanot is a provider of Taglit-Birthright Israel trips, and partners with the Chabad on Campus Interna- tional Foundation through their more than 150 centers across the United States. Micaela Stone, a partici- pant of Chabad at UCF's 10th Mayanot Taglit-Birthright trip this year, shares her thoughts: "Before my Birth- Thinking about 2013-14 religious school already? right adventure, I had some expectations, but they were nothing compared to what I actually experienced on the trip. Not only did this trip open my eyes to my religion and culture, but it gave me another country to call my home, and a new family--or 'mishpacha' (which I learned, means family in Hebrew). I enjoyed every aspect of thls trip: the hikes, group activi- ties, Jewish learning, as well as touring the various cities. "I must say," she continued, 'the trip would have not been so amazing without our tour guide, Mark; fan- tastic group leader, Hagit; and the Very knowledgeable and vivacious Rabbi Lipskier, director of Chabad at UCF. The board of directors of Temple Israel in Winter Springs announces that Rabbi Joshua Neely will serve as Rav Belt HaSefer (Principal) of the religious school for the com- ing year. Neely will continue in his other rabbinical roles as well. The Temple Israel leader- ship team sees this as yet another advantage of having a synagogue family that is of a size to allow the rabbi, the students and the students' family members to get to personally know one another. What else does it mean to have one's rabbi as the offi- cial director of the religious school? Everyone is able to share his/her passions or raise any concerns. Neely will also continue to teach in each of the Temple Israel religious school classes every week. This helps him be both rav and moreh, the rabbi and the personal teacher, for each student. All synagogues share a love of Torah, a devotion to Rabbi Joshua Neely God and a commitment to fellow Jews. Temple Israel revolves around two prin- ciples that make it distinct: a dedication to learning at all ages and a coordinated effort to put Judaism into practice. The religious school is an extension of these ideals. The curriculum is designed to give students not only a love of Judaism but a life- long thirst for learning and living their Judaism in the real world. You are invited to visit the TI website, www.tiflorida.org/ education.htm, and get to know us better, says a temple official. "Thanks to the dedi- cation of our congregation, tuition is greatly subsidized; tuition is $100 or $200 per student depending on age. We feel so strongly that your family will appreciate what we do that we offer free school- ing for kindergarten through fourth grade children for one year. This way, your family can try out our school and congregation before making a long-term commitment." Temple Israel is at 50 S. Moss Road. The office telephone number is 407- 647-3055. A temple official says, "Feel free to stop by any weekday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sun- days are also available, but it's best to have an appointment to make certain the appropriate school personnel are available to meet with you." JGSGO presents 'Smarter Searching on Ancestory.com' The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando's next program, at 1 p.m. Sun- day, June 23, will be "Smarter Searching on Ancestry.com." An Ancestry.corn expert, Crista Cowan, will be the facilitator. Shaky leaf hints. Global searches. Database specific. Fuzzy. Exact. These are just a few of the ways to locate re- cords on Ancestry.com. You can search by person or loca- tion. You can use the Card Catalog to discover what is online before you begin your search. You can change your collection priority to focus on records specific to your Jewish ancestry and utilize the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex. These are just some of the tips that Cowan will share as she helps you find all of the information available about your ances- tors on Ancestory.com. She will be speaking over the Internet from Ancestry. .corn's headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. The monthly meeting is at the social hall of Southwest Orlando Jewish Congrega- tion in Orlando. It is open to the public. Admission is $5 for non-members. Free for members. Crista Cowan Cowan has been employed at Ancestrycom, the compa- ny that sponsors the popular TVseries,"Who DoYou Think You Are?" and is the leader in the market for online family history research with more than 2.5 million subscrib- ers, since 2004. Her interest in family history, however, reaches all the way back to childhood. She is a popular genealogy teacher. You can watch her live Internet show "The Barefoot Genealogist," at I p.m. Tuesdays and Thurs- days on http://live, stream. corn/ancestry. Ancestry.corn has part- nered with JewishGen, the American Jewish Joint Distri- bution Committee (JDC), the American Jewish Historical Society and The MiriamWein- er Routes to Roots Founda- tion, Inc. to create the world's largest online collection of Jewish historical records. Cowan's lectures are always among the most popular lectures at the International Association of Jewish Genea- logical Societies (IAJGS) an- nual conference. She will be a guest lecturer at this year's IAJGS conference in Boston, Aug. 4-9. To learn more about the 250-plus lectures and workshops on Jewish geneal- ogy at IAJGS Boston 2013, visit www.iajgs2013.org. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando is a not for profit organiza- tion dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and fam- ily history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $3O for a family. For more information visit: www.jgsgo.blogspot. corn and "like" us at www. facebook, corn/jgsgreater: orlando. "Part of what made this trip so special was having seven soldiers spend five days with us. It really opened my eyes to how different their lives were to ours, living in America. I think we all learned a lot about each other's cultures and traditions, and I deeply respect each and every one of them for serving for their country and for having so much pride in Israel. I learned the importance of standing up for Israel and showing pride ifi Judaism, and to continue to " do so as I return to America. "There was certainly no time for rest on this trip; we were constantly on the move, exploring new places. One of PAGE 3A Micaela Stone, left, and Monique Cohn with their bat mitzvah certificates. the most rigorous yet excit- ing days included waking up for an early morning camel ride; hiking up Masada; hiking through the Ein Gedi water- falls; and finally, making our way to the Dead Sea. Another highlight of the trip for me was the time spent in Jerusalem. Going to the Western Wall for Shabbat is an incredible experience, one that I will never forget. I also had the incredible opportunity ofhav- "" ing a bat mitzvah at the Wall, with my best friend, Monique Cohn. I highly encourage everyone who is eligible for this trip to go and experience it for themselves, because as highly as everyone speaks of it, words themselves cannot do the experience any justice." For more information about Chabad at UCF, visit www. JewishUCF.com. To register for Taglit Birthright Israel: Mayanot through Chabad at UCFvisit www.mayanotisrael. com. 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach Phone: 305-672-5044 m s   " " o  ps 9rn e ork ment of Se, [vsk)n of Cultural Affai and the Flocida Council on Arts and Coftun the Miami Dade Cnty Tourist Development Cncil, the Mam FD,de Cnty DeoMt merit of Cult ural Alfai ancl the Cult ural Affalh CEil, the Miami Oade Cn(y Mayor and Boacd of C ty Cmtss,oc.fs and t he City of BAT MITZVAH COMES OF AGE l"hru September 15, 201 , .On Saturday. morning March 1.8 1.922 . auo!th Kaplan, aaughter f Rabbi Moraeci M.. , taplan oecame the nrst American girl to marK n.er Pat mitzvah during a public worship service. Learn the stories ot neary 100 b'not mitzvan includ ng many F orida g rls and women. Also see MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, visit the (rovitz Museum Store for one-of-a-kind gifts and IM have a snack at Bessie's Bistro! 00ewi00h 00useum of Florida Except M o n d a,' ?Y:n,:l ia/Yn 1Oavl Pie5 Pays MiAMIBEACH  I CAROL FRYD: FRYD ON FIRE Thru Oct. 20, 2013 C a[pI F.ryd:s captivating artworks of Miami and ts . curural mtars .ections mold the human figure wit.h fabulous nora and mJit..Her varied tecnniques comoine . a]gital art.wh mixeo m. eoia to proouceground DreaKIqg WORK. i ne comoin,ation of bright fiery co ors in this snow are matc.h.ed .,only.oy the intanity and heat of me Flonoa sun. [ admission "- .......... JULY 9 - DECEMBER 2013 This poster collection, the la.rgest and most signincant in the won(] was , con,)scaea oy..az..is 75 years ago ana tina,y reurneO to me acns ram,y mis year. Come see select works from this rare and stunning collection. Jewish Museum of Florida-FlU HANS SACHS POSTER COLLECTION Roth JCC to renovate courtyard playground The Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center is embarking on a fundraising campaign to renovate its enclosed courtyard playground, just behind its preschool lobby and outside of the infanttoddler patio. The playground renovation will include new surfacing, a gathering area for plan- ning and storytelling, a secret garden pathway with sensory experiences, musical instruments for the stage, wooden decking for building and planters for flowers and herbs. New fencing will be installed around the perimeter of the playground and there will be an area for outdoor easels, and an infanttoddler patio will have a fully tiled resilient surface for the safety of the youngest children. Since most of the funds to renovate the playground and several other JCC facilities have been raised through the Roth JCC Renovation Project, all the JCC needs now are a few more dollars to ensure that the finaltouches to the playground can be completed. We want this playground to be perfect for the children and provide them with opportunities for all types of learning experiences, so I am asking for your help in making our vision a reality," said early childhood director Carol McNally. For more information about the project, contact Carol McNally at CaroiM@orlando. jcc.ory or 407-645-0923, or executive director David Wayne at DavidW@orlandojcc. org or 407-621-4042.