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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 29, 2012 PAGE 3A The Roth Jewish Com- munity Center of Greater Orlando announced it will host a series of pool par- ties. Summer Sundays will be open for the community at its newly renovated pool area. Each Summer Sunday will feature a different theme: July 1: All-American Party July 8: I Love Israel July 15: South of the. Border Fiesta July 22: Sail Away with the J July 29: Olympic Games August 5: Back-to-School The parties, which run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.will include lunch, music and themed swim games. Plus, the JCC's tennis pro, Driss Ouazzani, will lead tennis activities at 11:30 a.m and basketball competitions will take place at 1 p.m. Summer Sundays are $5 per person and free for members of the JCC at both of its campuses. RSVPs are requested by Wednesday each week at http://bit.ly/summersun- days. For more information or to be an event sponsor, contact Amanda Ayers at AmandaA@orlandoji:c.org or at 407-645-5933, ext. 256. Ron Vizer splashes around in the JCC's newly renovated pool. 9 "When the messiah comes" is a popular phrase Jews use to mean "in a perfect world" or simply"one of these days." But who exactly is the messiah, why are we waiting for him, and what does it mean when he comes? Christian "endtimes" theology plays an increas- ingly visible role, including in national politics and for- eign affairs. Fundamentalist Christian supporters of Israel may base an ardent brand of Zionism on the belief that they are bringingthe finaItriumph ' of the faith. With so much of Christian theology built on a foundation of ancient Juda= ism, does Jewish tradition also look to the "end times"? And what does the prophet Elijah--perhaps the best- known of Biblical prophets, but who doesn't even have his own book---have to do with it all? Mondays at 1, Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom's daytime adult education program, will grapple with these and other questions in a three- part series titled Jewish "End Times"--Elijah, " Messiah and the World to Come. The sessions are a mid-summer learning opportunity, held July 9, 16 and 23 at Ohev Sha: lore, 613 Concourse Parkway S Maitland. "The English word 'mes- siah' comes to us from the Biblical Hebrew mashi'ach, meaning 'anointed one,' and referring to the rightful heir to the line of King David," explains Rabbi David Kay, who will be facilitating the series. "How an ordinary hu- man being took on mythical proportions is a fascinating and eye-opening story." It's a tale that has grown in the telling over the course of millennia, sparking the emergence of new streams of Judaism--and even new faith traditions--and cross- fertilizing with )ther core Jewish concepts. "In con- temporary popular Jewish thinking," Kay points out, "we tend to combine the idea of mashi'ach, with olam ha- ba, the 'world to come,' and acharit ha-yamim, 'the end of days.' Yet each of these has its own independent identity and meaning." How Judaism views these concepts informs not only its theology, but also its view of the world and its past, present and future. Myth, mispercep- tion and folklore have been added in generous amounts overthe centuries, with most- ly harmless but sometimes catastrophic results. "Jew- ish history is rife with false messiahs," Kay notes, "and the impact of so~e of them still reverberates in Judaism today. A clear understanding 0fthe basic concepts and their development is an important part of every Jewish adult's learning." Mondays at 1 is open to the public at no charge. RSVPs are requested but not required. Contact Susan Sparrow at 407-298-4650 or ClergyAsst@ OhevShalom.org for more information or to RSVE J By Pamela Ruben It's early summer, and the Jewish Pavilion's Walk Com- mittee is aiready stepping up for its annual "Walk in the Park" at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. "The Pavilion emphasizes wellness for the seniors it serves by providing crucial companionship, which keeps our elders physically and mentally stronger," says exectitive director Nancy Ludin. "It is only fitting that our fall fundraiser involves strolling, walking or jogging around Cranes Roost with more than 500 members of away our community, followed by a health and family fair." "~ was very moving to see sut~port from so many groups in the Jewish community last year," adds chairwoman Karen Selznick. "This year we are hoping that everyone comes out to Cranes ROost and walks on behalf of our seniors, and for their own health, as well." This year the Pavilion is giving out free pedometers to the first 50 registrants (they are also available at $5 for a dual function pedometer), to help participants "walk the walk" and count steps along with calories. According to a Monique Eyal warms up Walk in the Park participants in 2011. Dec. 21,2011AARP Bulletin, as one of the best methods fitness is key to aging grace- of maintaining agility and fully, with walking listed memory retention. Fitness specialists will also be on site at Cranes Roost to help the crowd stretch, loosen their muscles and avoid injury. Last fall aero- bics instructor, and Pavilion volunteer, Monique Eyal, warmed up and entertained the crowd.with an easy-to follow warm-up routine for all ages, Following their' lap(s) around Cranes Roost, walk- ers can shop, get a flu shot, visit with vendors and be entertained by local talent. A breakfast buffet by Panera Bread will add some sweetness to the morning's events. Panera, which aims to use fresh ingredients in their menu items, was one of the first eating establishments to publicly list the nutritional and caloric content of their menu. Dr. Steve Selznick, who will be providing flu shots at the walk, recom- mends the multi-grain ba- gels, as a healthful choice. And the best way to splurge on a pastry, without Carrying home your own "muffin top?" ~ "Walk an extra lap and share the pastry with a friend," says Karen Selznick. Walk infermation can be found on the Jewish Pavilion's website www. jewishpavilion.org. mmer T~i'irim entering Pre K and K Chaverim entering 1st grade Shomrim entering grade 2 Chalutzim entering 3rd grade Machaneh Ohev 2012 was a blast June 11-15 at Con- gregation Ohev Shalom. Themes for the week were Bible Bonanza. The Israel Experience, Mitzvah Mania, Maccabiah and Holiday Hoopla Each day included swimming and a water slid~e, Israeli dancing, Sing- ing, crafts, games around the theme. Lunch began with Hamotzi and ended with Birkat Hamazon. The week ended with families being invited for Shabbat dinner, a camp Kabbalat Shabbat and video. This year Machaneh Ohev had 107 campers and 30 staff. Machaneh Ohev is fin- derwritten by the Joseph and Frieda Ross Founda- tion. Amelim entering 4th grade Kesher entering grade 7 and 8 Tzofim entering 5th qnd 6th grade We (]re uour source for: Invitelions Brochuree Letterl'eed$ Envelopes - Busir~88 C~rd8 Progrom8 FIM~8 Post Cord8 F~ms De~ Photog~phU - L~be~ ~ Br~-t M~, 407.767.7110 www. eleg~tprinl~g.net North Street Longwood, FL 32750