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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 1, 2014 PAGE 7B Orlando Torah Academy looking forward to its 5th year Rabbi Schepansky teaching first-grade Hebrew. Orlando Torah Academy is beginning its 5th year with much excitement and growth. OTA's dual cur- riculum program, which includes Judaic and general studies, gives children the education and foundation to excel in all areas of life. Immersed in a safe, Jew- ish environment and sur- rounded by a warm, caring and experienced staff, the student's unique and indi- vidual talents are nurtured and developed. With a high staff to student ratio, chil- dren from preschool through elementary school, are given the individualized attention to truly shine. Graduates will leave OTA equipped and prepared to pursue their dreams, whatever they may be. The school will be adding another grade this year and now spans from 2 years old through 5th grade. School enrollment is expected to increase almost 20 children to over 50 students this year. OTA attracts students from all over Orlando and from as far away as Tampa. The greatest advertising for the school is the happi- ness of the children and the excitement of theirparents. OTA parents are so enthusi- astic because they know that their children are receiving an excellent academic educa- tion in a Jewish atmosphere. The students are instilled with Torah values and mor- als by excUlent role models. Great emphasis is placed on their character development, on self-esteem and interper- sonal relationships, Parents know that their children are our future and they want them to be proud Jews. They know that Orlando Torah Academy is where they belong. To get a glimpse of life at OTA please watch the new video at www.orlandotorah. com. For more info please email office@orlandotorah. COm. OTA first graders using new Chromebooks. 'Kibbutz Ohev' Jewish enrichment comes to COS Congregation Ohev Shalom is proud to announce its new- est program that is open to the entire Jewish community, "Kibbutz Ohev." For children in grades K-7, Kibbutz Ohev is an afterschool Jewish enrich- ment programwhere children will learn to respect the land, love themselves, each other and Israel through hands-on, interactive activities. Kib- butzniks will understand the Jewish values and laws about taking care of the land, seas and skies and everything in them--our bodies, other people and the land of Israel-- so that we are truly Partners with God. Just like the Chalutzim who established Eretz Yis- rael, Kibbutz Ohev partici- pants will be chalutzim and help to create the kibbutz. A sample of activities offered include: Planting a Hebrew calendar garden where kibbutzniks will plant flowers and plants for each Jewish month, and planting a Tikun Olam garden which might be fruits and vegetables to cook for those in need or a "garden of items" that will help others; Healthy/ Kosher Cooking; Israeli Songs, games and dancing Hebrew immersion; Holidays celebrated the Israe- li Way; Sukkot Spectacular; Tu B'Shevat Fest and so much more. Kibbutz Ohev will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in conjunction with the COS Hebrew school calendar. Participants may arrive any time after school. Snack and homework time is included. Pick up is by 6 p.m. Transportation from school to COS available for an additional fee of $10 per child per trip within a reasonable distance. Kibbutz Ohev is underwrit- ten by a generous grant from the Hornik Family Founda- tion is memory of Joseph and Frieda Ross. For more information about Kibbutz Ohev, please contact the COS office, 407-298-4650. i CONGREGATION OH E\\;/SHAEOM CONNECTING, DISCOVRINC, AND CELEBRATING JUDAISM IN CENTRAL FLORIDA SINCE 1918 YOUTH AND FAMILY EbUCATION Sunday, August l Oth, Back to School Meet the Teacher 11:30 am-12:30 pm Prospective Families Welcome! Refreshments Served COS religious school is open to non COS members for the first year in grades Pre K-5th grade. The first day of school Sunday, August 17th! Parent bagel & schmooze at 11:30 am Come & meet other parents, learn about all the activities that COS has to offer for families, adults, and youth. EARLY CHILDHOOD Geared toward families with toddler & preschoolers. All early childhood programs are open to non COS members "Jewish Arty Party" Have fun making Jewish crafts that are edible or from recycled items. We will celebrate birthdays for the coming months. Dinner included. Will meet on the following Wednesdays: September 10th o.*o October 29 o:. December 10th o:. February 1 lth o:. April 15th from 5:30-7 pm. RSVP requested. Call for prices. Shirei Shabbat with Rabbi Kay Welcore Shabbat through song & dance with Rabbi Kaygn the following Fridays: August 15th o: Novemer 7th o: January 9th o:- March 6th o:" May 8th frorrS:30-6:30 pro. Enjoy a nosh, songs, prayers & dancigI RSVP requested. No fee. YOUTH GROUPS USY for 9th-12th grade, Kadima for 6th-th grade, Olim for 4th and 5th grade. Opening events for all three groups are Agust 24th USY and Kadima are open to non COS iembers. MACHANEH OHEV LITE for K-3rd ade: will meet 4 times in the year to do camp like/yuth group activities. Machaneh Ohev Lite & Olim re open to COS members and children enrolld in Hebrew school only. First Event Septemer 7th. FAMILIES Ohev Shalom offers a variety of programs r families with school age children from a Piano Shabbat Service, Holiday Celebltions, Shabbat Morning Experience, Havdallah, 5kudiyah, Family Shabbaton. "Around the Jewish Family Table" have 'un together as you cook selected Jewish recipes fron start to mouth. This program is geared toward any family that likes or wants to cook together. On the following Sundays: November 16th o:o February 22nd o:o April 26th from 12:30-2:30 pm. Call for prices NEW Kibbutz Ohev for children in grades K-7. An after school Jewish enrichment program where children learn to respect the land, love themselves and each other and love Israel through hands on & interactive activities. Kibbutzniks will understand the Jewish values & Laws about taking care of the land, seas & skies & everything in them, our bodies, other people & the land of Israel so that we are truly partners with God. Kibbutz Ohev will take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays starting August 19th from 2-6 pm. Each day will include snack, homework time & so much more. Call for prices. NEW for 8th-12th Graders! Dinner, Daber & D'var! Save Monday nights for Jewish learning featuring conversational Hebrew and the Amazing History of the Jews from 6-8 pm. Bring a dairy/vegetarian dinner (we supply drinks) & enjoy conversational Hebrew, then the Amazing History of the Jews. Classes taught by different teachers who love Judaism, History & Teaching, many of whom are on the Hebrew school staff. Call for prices. For more information about COS youth and family programs contact the synagogue at 407-298-4650. !i 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, Florida 32751 or visit our website