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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2013 Steinmetz Family School of Chai at C is place to be The Congregation of Re- form Judaism's Steinmetz Family School of Chai is looking forward to another exciting school year. The opening day of school is Sunday, Aug. 18 and 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 is "Tree of Life," and it will brought into focus in an entertain- ing way that morning as the faculty is introduced. A school official says, "We offer a unique opportunity for Reform Jewish children to learn the core values and traditions of Judaism. In ad- dition to our prayer-based Hebrew curriculum, our experiential-based Camp Chai arts program offers students more hands on and creative learning. Within the classrooms, through family programs, and in the community, we hope to guide our students in understanding the rich- ness and tradition of our religion along with the ability to make informed life decisions. "Our young adults who have become b'nai mitzvah are eligible to help out in the classrooms as madrichim. Along with our classroom assistant program, we also have active NFTY youth groups for both middle and high school ages. CRJ teens through grade 12 are also connected to their Juda- ism and their synagogue through our newest ini- tiative called YEP, Youth Engagement Program. This program offers opportuni- ties for learning through hot topics, online sessions, social action and commu- nity involvement." Religious school classes meet at CRJ on Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for grades K-6 and on Wednesdays from 4 p.m.- 6p.m. for grades 3 through 6 and the b'nai mitzvah class. For more information about the Steinmetz Fam- ily School of Chai, contact director of education Sheryl Sacharoff at 407-645-0444 or email her at ssacharoff@ crjorlando.org. CRJ is hosting an open house at 10a.m. Aug. 18. It'll be an opportunity to meet the clergy, staff and synagogue leaders. Mem- bership specials will be available for new members that day. For more informa- tion about membership or the open house, contact Michael Kancher, executive director at 407-645-0444 or mkancher@crjorlando.org. You may register at bit.ly/ CRJopenhouse. A synagogue official says, "If you are a member of CRJ, please let your friends know because your referrals mean the world to us." Fourth graders Georgia Bernbaum and Pagton Mendelsohn in art class. liana Santizo and Mackenzie Moffit share a laugh at school. PAGE 5B Fifth and sixth graders at Congregation or Reform Judaism get together on a day they interviewed members of a senior group. CONGREGATION REFOR00DAISM The Steinmetz Family School of Chai Experience a Reform Jewish education in a fun, caring, and innovative environment! Classes meet: Sundays (Grades K-6) 9:30-12:30 Wednesdays (Grades 3-6 & Chevruta) 4:00-6:00 Please join us on Sunday, August 18 th at 9:30am in the Sanctuary as we begin the school year. Meet the teachers, connect with the Youth Education Committee, and enroll your children for a great year o f fun and learning/ lOam - CRJ Open House: Come meet the clergy, CRJ leadership, tour the synagogue and religious school and see all that CRJ has to offer. Membership specials will be offered that day. bit.ly/CRJopenhouse For more information on joining the Steinmetz Family School of Chai, please contact Sheryl Sacharoff, Director of Education at (407)645-0444; ssacharoff(criorlando.org. "Find a teacher to challenge your answers. Acquire a friend to challenge your questions. Allow everyone the room to doubt, the ability to challenge opinions, even your own." -Pirkei Avot 1:6