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JULY 23, 2004 PAGE 3B JCC Pre-K students love to learn with their "letter friends." hot tempera- say "summer," of pCenter ,summer :Over, but lots of as they Yearwith exciting , new friendships Staff is very ex- the 2004-2005 Welcomes all new and returning Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) and Kid Connection students. The JCC is pleased to offer many wonderful options for its parents and children. Whether both parents are working or one is at home, the JCC has lots of possibili- ties for families. Early Childhood Learning Centers -Maitland and South Campuses The JCC's Early Childhood Learning Centers provide warm, caring, and profes- sional environments in which children can learn. "Each age group participates in develop- mentally appropriate activities to enhance their learning experiences, along with the nurturing of a child's social and emotional development," according to Brenda Sher, ECLC South Campus Direc- tor. ECLC programs include learning centers to explore art, dramatic play, science, sensory play, and manipulative ' after- Congrega- be offering 3 - 7 at the Fel- Bug Lake From 4:15 P.m Rabbi Rick with a staff will that will be regard- rriculum will students All Beth Am re- grades K - 7, morn- a.m. until 12 starting on of school in eastern Seminole County was an initiative by Rabbi Sherwin. Recognizing that Conservative Jews in the growing commu- nities of Casselberry, Winter Springs and Oviedo faced heavy traffic and congested roads to drive their children to Hebrew school on weekday afternoons, BethAm's board of directors took this step to reach out to these families. Neal Silverstein, president of Beth Am, said, "Just as in 'Field of Dreams,'we are convinced if we build it then theywill come. We know that there are many Jewish families and students. we will serve by this effort." Beth Am leaders feel that it is "almost poetic that the Fellowship Hall is the location of this new school." Eighteen years ago Beth Am conducted services at the same loca- tion. Beth Am established itself as the first synagogue in Seminole County, and the members of the Fellowship Hall welcomed the fledgling congregation. Rev. Kenneth Garrison of the Fellowship Hall welcomes the opportu- nity to renew a relationship with Beth Am. Jeff Golub, Beth Am's Vice-President for Education and Youth said, "Students of our religious schools will learn of their Jewish identity and heritage as a result of the close rela- tionship between their school, family and congregation. It is a real thrill to be able, through the support of the Fellowship Hall, to offer this to Jews in the communities in East Seminole County." For more information on the Open House at Beth Am onAugust 1 and the religious schools at Beth Am, visit the congregation's website at, or call the office at 407 862- 3505 and request an application. ael, lma mem for pre- USY 9-12. United :ive le Israel's and TI SO- )- in- dances 2004-2005 Kadima/USY membership drive is in full swing. Dues are $36 if turned in by August 31, and $54if turned in after September 1. Applications are available online at http: //www.templeisraellongwoo under the youth pro- gramming section. They are also available in the Temple Israel education office. August kickoff events for Kadima will begin Wednes- day, August 18 with a movie, games, pizza and Kadima board meeting; on Sunday, August 22 with paintball at Orlando Paintball; and on Friday, August 27 with a Shabbat dinner and services with USY. Augustkickoffevents for USY will be its first board meeting on Monday, August 16 at 6 p.m. On Saturday night, August 28, USY will have its first activity, which is"Havdallah and Bowl- ing." As partofthe membership drive, USY will provide games and food; participants only need to pay for the rental of bowling shoes. Those interested in TI Kadima and TI USY can contact the groups' youth advisor, Julie Varkonyi at or For more information, call Hazzan Lau- rie Rimland-Bonn, education youth director at Temple Is- rael, at 407-786-2220. materials. There are also other special programs to teach read- ing and math concepts as well as handwriting for the 4s and Pre-K classes. For more information on this nationally-accredited program, contact Maureen McArdle at 407-645-0923 (Maitland Campus) or Brenda Sher at 407-239-7411 (South Campus). Kid Connection after- school program This award-winning childcare program offers year-round, well-supervised childcare on "school's out" days, including most school holidays and teacher work days. Fall, winter, spring and summer camps are also of- fered during school vacations. Each year, Kid Connection is awarded 4C's Diamond Seal of Excellence in childcare. Parents have the flexibility to enroll their children for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days, depending on their specific needs. The children will enjoy many fun- filled activities, including: Arts and crafts Computers Sports Judaic programs Supervised homework room Transportation is avail- able from local area elemen- tary and middle schools. Call 407-645-5933, ext. 249 for more information or to schedule a tour, or visit Enrichment Academy - after-school extracurricu- lar activities The After-School Enrich- ment Academy kicks off the ERIC LEVINE is one of the many talented teachers in the JCC's Enrichment Academy music program. new class year on Monday, August 23. Athletic Enrich- mentprograms include: Seido Karate, Bowie Basketball, gymnastics, cheerleading, fencing, and more. There are also music classes and private lessons (piano, guitar, voice), dance, arts and crafts, theater and performance through the Kid Connection Academy. Cbntact AI Krulick for arts programs at 407-645-5933, ext. 314; Sylvia Pasnak for athletic programs (ext. 259) or visit About the JCC The JCC of Greater Or- lando provides quality pro- grams and activities for all members of the family from infants through school-aged children, teens, adults and seniors. All families in the community are welcome regardless of race, religion or national origin. Over the past five years, over $1 mil- lion in scholarships were provided to area families in need thanks to the generous support received from Heart of Florida United Way, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, local businessesand individual donors. Arts and crafts is one of the many activities kids en- joy in the JCC's program. RABBI DAN WOLPE DOUG RAMSAY Rabbi Cantor MARY ROUFA Education Director "Adventures in Judaism" at SOJC Small Congregation Intimacy Large Congregation Offerings Religious School Registration Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 3rd through 7th grade begins Aug. 11 K through 2nd grade begins Aug. 15 Youth Groups Kadima 6th - 8th Grades USY 9th - 12th Grades Social Activities for all ages SOJC Institute of Adult Education Teen Institute Teen Cantorial Corps - (Teen prayer leaders & Torah readers) Dynamic Participatory Services Every Fri. evening and Sat. Sisterhood & Men's Club Community Outreach and Social Action Family Programming Monthly Shabbat Dinners Much, much more Be A Part Of Our Family For further information call the Synagogue office at 407-239-5444 Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd. Orlando, FL 32836 (2 miles north of I-4 exit 68)