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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 1, 2014 COS Hebrew school teaches caring about others Judaism places importance on one's actions and our behavior, something that is valued highly at Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school. This aspect of Judaism has been incorporated into all aspects of the school culture. The theme of "Koi Yisrael Aravim Zeh La Zeh," "All of Israel is Responsible for Each Other" is evident in all aspects of the school. This is reflected in the teaching, how teachers, students, Madrichim and par- ents interact with each other, projects and special activities that are planned. The school operates on the premise that we are all created in the im- age of God. As such how we behave is a reflection of God. Everything that God created has value and it is the job of humans to take care of every- thing that God created. Ohev Shalom welcomes interfaith families, families with same sex parents, single parents equally. The teaching staff of Ohev Shalom places great emphasis on developing relationships with their students. From that relationship comes a true understanding of the total child and then an appreciation of their uniqueness which results in an ability to teach in away that meets the child's needs. When that connection is made, the learning and desire to participate follows. Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school is for grades Pk-7 (Gesher - Zayeen). Pk- 2nd (Gesher-Bet) grade meet on Sunday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 3rd-7th grade (Gimel - Zayeen) meet Sunday and Wednesday from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Kitah Bet/2ndgrade has the option of attending on Wednesdays too. The goal of the curriculum is to create Jews who can lead and be. comfortable in a synagogue. Therefore, To- rah, Hebrew through Prayer, Holidays, Mitzvot and Middot are the core subjects. Each grade has unique themes and milestone events as well as opportunities for parents to learn with their students. The learning that takes place is mostly experiential where students become involved in their learning. All grades participate in projects that fulfill the mitzvah of Tikun Olam. Grades Dalet through Zayeen(4th-7th) have Shabba- tonimwhere they go to a local camp with their teachers and celebrate Shabbat, participate in informal learning, and have fun together to create a community.COS Hebrew school has a very popular and successful Madrichim pro- Steinmetz Family School of Chai at CRJ welcomes you! gram where Hebrew school graduates Commit to being at school every week on Sunday or Wednesday and help in a classroom. They also have a monthly class with their Mad- richim teacher to learn about child development, conflict management, leadership and planning lessons. This year the Madrichim program will reach it's highest number of 62 participants. The teaching staff of Ohev Shalom is comprised of dedi- cated professionals who in most cases have been at Ohev for 11years or more. They love learning and teaching and want to share their love of Judaism with their students. They regularly meet to in- crease their own knowledge and plan and evaluate what they are doing to keep up with trends and learn new ways to engage students. Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school welcomes students in Pre K-5th grade for their first year of Hebrew school as a nonmember. The staff and leadership under- stand that joining a syna- gogue is a big decision and a costly one. They believe that once families give it a try, they will be hooked. Parent participation is an important aspect of COS Hebrew school. Opportunities for parents to come and learn, Celebrate and have Jewish fun with their children are offered in many ways. Parents may be invited to hear a speaker from another religion with their child, enjoy falafel together, ex or make a Joseph's coat. A vtriety of family services PAGE 3B Having Fun at "Around the Jewish Table Family Cooking." are offered including Piano Shabbat with Cantor Robuck and the Shabbat Morning Family Experience. Family Cooking and Saturday night Havdaliah and dancing round out the offerings. This school year there will be a Family Shabbaton which will bring families together to spend Shabbat together as they would at camp or a youth groups convention. Ohev Shalom offers Jew- ish Arty Party on selected Wednesdays during the year for toddlers through kinder- garten-age children and their parents. The program will include dinner and art with different media including recyclables and food around a Jewish theme are included. Shirei Shabbat with Rabbi Kay offers families of young children the opportunity to welcome Shabbat with song and dance. All of the early childhood programs at Ohev Shalom are open to non- members. The first day of Hebrew school is Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. with a bagel and schmooze for parents at 11:30 a.m. Meet the Teacher is Aug. 10 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Prospective families are welcome and en- couraged to attend. There is no charge but RSVP is appreci- ated by calling 407-298-4650. Ohev Shalom is located at 613 Concourse Pkwy S. Mai- tland. For more information about Ohev Shalom contact Amy Geboff, director of Youth and Family Education, at or check out the website at or like us on our facebook page Ohev Shalom Youth and Family. Sixth-graders having fun in the sukkah. Plans are well underway for the opening day of school on Sunday, Aug. 24, for an exciting school year at the Congregation of Reform Judaism's Steinmetz Family School of Chai. All students and families will meet in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. for a fun whole-school welcome. This year's school theme "S- Torah-ies" will be presented in an entertaining way that morning as the faculty is in- troduced. The CRJ staff looks forward to greeting continu- ing families, and welcomes prospective members to bring their children to try out the Steinmetz Family school and meet teachers and new friends. CRJ offers a unique opportu- nity for Reform Jewish children to learn the core values and tra- ditions of Judaism. Both mod- ern and prayer-based Hebrew are infused with Judaic studies relating to Torah, prayer, love of Israel, and acts of loving kindness. Additionally, CRJ's very popular Mishpacha Day program offers family learning within each grade. It is CRJ's goal to guide the students in understanding the richness and tradition of our religion along with the ability to make informed life decisions. CRJ young adults who have become b'nai mitzvah are eligible to help out in the classrooms as madrichim. Along with the classroom as- sistant program, CRJ also has active NFTY youth groups for grades 5-12. CRJ has fun and enriching programs for teens through grade 12, and encour- ages ouryouth to stay involved and focused at CRJ through 12th grade and beyond. Religious School classes meet at-CRJ on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. for grades Pre-K through 6 and onWednesdays from 4 p.m. -6 p.m. for grades 3 through 6. CRJ is excited to be offering a brand new pre-kindergarten program this year on Sunday mornings for 4 year olds called Parparim. For more information about the Steinmetz Family School of Chai, please contact Direc- tor of Education, Dr. Sheryl Sacharoff at (407) 645-0444 or CRJ will host an open house on Aug. 24 as they kick off the new school year. Meet the clergy, staff, and synagogue leaders. Schmooze with CRJ members and hear about all that CRJ has to offer. Special membership rates will be available for new members that day. For more informa- tion about membership or the open house, please contact Michael Kancher, executive director at (407) 645-0444 or Open house at Temple Israel On the evening of Aug. 2, 9 p.m., prospective members are invited to attend Temple Israel's "Light Up Havdalah" service and Meitin Religious School open house. The Havdalah service will take place in the Rein Sanctuary and light up activities will begin immediately after in the Roth Social Hall. Tours of the school also will be given. Havdalah celebrates the distinction between Shab- bat and the rest of the week, light and dark. To make the light and dark stand out in all the colors of the rainbow, Temple Israel students will be painting with light. This pho- tography technique involves long exposures and colorful light sources. Temple Israel will provide glow-in-the-dark bracelets, glow sticks, finger- mounted LEDs and more, par- ticipants provide enthusiasm. Everyone is welcome to bring their own cameras as well. Fol- lowing the festivities, s'mores will be served. For more information, please call the Temple Israel office at 407-647-3055 or of_ or visit TI's website at Temple Israel is located at 50 S. Moss Road, Winter Springs Create light art at Temple Israel's Light Up Havdalah. 32708. No RSVP is needed and there is no charge. ++ . ACA EMY FORLANDO I Nurturing the j EXOgI S H leaders of I ORLANDO'S ON1,Y K-8'I"H GRADE .IE\\;YISI.I DAY SCH()C)L Call for a tour today[ 407.647.0713 or visit