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PAGE 4B The learning-filled Sun- daymornings at Congre- gation Bet Chaim bring together students of all ages, in a variety of groupings, for curricular subjects, Hebrew study, worship, Torah study, music, and discussions on Jewish themes. Class group- ings for curricular topics are: Aleph-- grades1-3; Bet-- grades 4-5; and Gimel-- grade 6 and beyond. This year, the Aleph class will create a Shabbat-in-a- Box, the Bet class will learn about Israel&apos;s wars, and HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2013 Children flourish in family-like environment at Congretation Bet Chaim Giml will study God and prayer. As a whole school, students will learn about Jewish heroes. Students are ability- grouped across age-lines for Hebrew, which is taught each week in small groups. Flexibility in the Hebrew pro- gram allows for exceptional students on both ends of the spectrum to advance at their own pace. Students within nine months of beQming bar or bat mitzvah receive additional, sometimes in- .dividual, Hebrew tutoring. Congregation Bet Chaim also welcomes Allie Davis, a theology student at UCF, (and a former Bet Chaim religious school student ) as our lead teacher. Davis interned at Bet Chaim last year and is thrilled to bring her knowledge and entlusi- asm to the children. Understanding that learn- ing styles vary.&rom student to student, and that "book- learning" is only one way information is absorbed, the Congregation Bet Chaim program includes activities involving all the senses. Hands-on experiences, in- cluding arts and crafts, cooking, dramatic play, and music are a large part of the program. "We believe that the large- ly hands-on program we offer at Bet Chaim is the reason our children's interest is so high", said committee chair Diane Zoock. Jewish memo- ries are made with family and friends through family educational experiences that include decorating the suk- kah, seders for Tu B'Shevat and Pesach, the creating of usable ritual objects, and plays with Jewish themes. The first day of school is includes a Family Education Program from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m, on Sept. 15. Regular 'classes continue on Sun- days, 9 a.m. to noon, at the synagogue at 426 Lake Port Cove, Casselberry, Fla. A non-refundable $25 per child registration fee applies to each student enrolled. Tuition for the school year is' $320 per member child, with the first half due at the start of classes on Sunday, Sept. 15; Nonmembers with children entering grades 1-3 may enroll their children in Bet Chaim's program for one year, at a per-student tuition fee of $450 plus per-student registration fee. Registration forms or further information can be obtained by leaving a message at the temple of- rice (407) 830-7211 or by emailing Diane Zoock at school@betchaim.org, or by visiting the website at www. betchaim.org. Jewish college students get connected to campus Hillel via new website Tampa, FL- Hillels of the Florida Suncoast is pleased to announce the creation of a new online tool that will connect Jewish college stu- dents-whether they just graduated from high school or are already in college but not involved in Hillel--to the Hillel staff at the Florida college or university they at- tend. Titled jcollegebound. corn, the website is a simple form which requests the stu- dent's name, email address and the name of the Florida school they are attending. Once the data is entered, the website automatically sends the student's coritact information to the Hiilel of that Florida school. A Hil- lel staff member will then reach out to the student, and will be able to engage them prior to their initial arrival on campus. Students may also be identified as eligible for Birthright, a free, 10-day educational trip to Israel for Jewish college students. For the inaugural year of the program, the website is only available to connect students to Florida public and private colleges and universities. With the website's anticipated suc- cess, HFS will expand the program in the future to include, colleges in other parts of the country. Any individual, student or parent may submit informa- tion to the jcollegebound. corn website. HFS hopes that Florida synagogues, Jewish day schools, Jewish community organizations and individuals will submit the email addresses of the college students of whom they are aware. None of the information provided will be used for solicitation pur- poses and the information willnot be shared With any third parties. The develop- ment of this website was made possible by a generous grant from the Tampa Jew- ish Community Center and Federation. Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, ex= ecutive director of HFS, believes this website will improve Hillel's ability to reach more Jewish students in Florida. "The college campus is our last chance to help.a student strengthen his or her Jewish identity. This website will proactively allow the Hiilei staff to reach out to Jewish students even before they arrive on campus and will increase our chances of en- gaging the maximum number of students," said Rosenthal. The following colleges and universities are cur- rently available for selec- tion on jcollegebound.com: Barry University, Broward College, Eckerd College, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf- coast University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida International Uni- versity, Florida State "Uni- versity, Full Sail, Lynn University, New College of Florida, Nova Southeast- ern University, Palm,Beach State University, Ringling College of Art & Design, Rollins College, Stetson University, University of Central Florida, University " of Florida, University of Miami, University of South Florida, University of Tampa and University of South Florida at St. Petersburg. HFS supports Jewish life on six college campuses on the west coast of Flor- ida including University of South Florida (Tampa and St. Petersburg), University of Tampa, Eckerd College, New College of Florida and Ringling College of Art and Design. For more informa- tion about the HFS, please visit www.suncoasthillels. org. At Beit Hamidrash you'll find a new filter for your Jewish world. From cooking and yoga to Israel and Jewish values, /ou'll find what you're looking for to create your Jewish self. Have fun and be with your friends every Monday night. A four-quarter (five weeks per session) schedule accomodates your busy life. What.are you waiting for? Join us at the 0 original social network! fie00 Join us at Open Hbuse on Agust 12, 2013 from 7-8pm to meet our team and register for classes. :< t;: .:! .........