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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2013 PAGE 9B Ethan,s Corner to open at Temple Israel for new school year Dr. Jay and Jill Gold, to- gether with their daughter, Rori, have refurbished the children's library at Temple Israel in Winter Springs in loving memory of their son and brother, Ethan. Within the children's library, the family has established "Ethan's Corner," a special place for reading and learning which will be officially dedi- cated on Sunday, Aug. 18, the first day of religious school for 2013-14. The dedication will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the library when Rabbi Joshua Neely affixes a special Noah's Ark mezuzah from Jerusalem in the library's entryway. Following the dedication, lunch, dessert and coffee will be served in the social 'hall. The entire community is cordially invited to attend this special occasion. "Books are like friends," says Jill Gold. "This couldn't have been more true for my son who, unlike other chil- dren, could no longer ride his bike, read his favorite books, talk and sing, or play with his friends. Ethan had a rare genetic disease, diagnosed at age five, that robbed him of his childhood. Even. though he became a prisoner in his own body, The youth groups of Con- gregation Ohev Shalom will have their kick off events on Sunday, Aug. 25. Ohev Shalom prides itself on these youth groups. Olim for 4th and 5th graders, Kadima for 6th-8th graders, USY for 9th-12th graders and Machaneh Ohev Lite for grades K-3 continue to provide youth" meaningful informal Jewish experiences. Olimwill start the year with "Olim Under The Big Tent (Ohel)" from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Olim meets once a month on a Sunday afternoon or Saturday night. Activities include social and cultural events as well as Jewish holiday and Israel programs. The advisor is Ellen Zollman. Kadima Kosher Kandyland will be the opening event for Kadima, the middle school program of tle National Unit- ed Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's youth movement. It meets approximately once a month and activities include social events, holiday and Is- rael celebrations, community service projects and trips. COS Kadima participates in regional and subregional events with Kadima chapters from all around Florida. COS has the largest chapter in the entire region and is open to non COS members. The advi- sor is Michele Davidson. USY will have a Winter Wonderland including ice skating. USY is the high school program of the National United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's youth movement. It meets several times a month for social, religious, Shabbat and holiday celebrations as well as community service and Israel programs. COSUSYwas named International Chapter of the Year 2007-2008. COSUSY is open to non COS members. The advisor is Ben Robuck All of the opening events of these three groups are Sunday, August 26. Ethan Gold . he was as free as a bird to join his imaginary friends in books and experience incredible adventures." Ethan's father, Jay, says that Ethan left this earth after he completed his mission of teaching others the meaning Jay Gold is shown placing a Noah's Ark light switch plate Jill&JayGoldplacethefirstbookplateononeofthebooks on the children's library wall. Noah's Ark is the theme of purchased in Ethan's honor by family and friends, The book love, courage and giving, the room. plates were designed by Ethan's sister. Rori. -he knew how to make your day by giving you the larg- dren. Each time a child reads family membersand friends Mary; Kerem Publishing of Each book purchased est smile you ever saw b.nd, abookfromEthan'sCornerin who have generously donated Los Angeles, Calif.; Micah throughTheFriendsofEthan yet, you knew he suffered in the children's library, Ethan books for Ethan's Corner," Publications of Marblehead, Gold Children's Library Fund. silence." will gain a friend. Each time says Temple Israel President Mass.; New Concept Press of will display Ethan's name on Now, in Ethan's honor; a someone reads a story to a Arlene van de Rijn, "I would NewYorkCity;URJBooksand the inside cover. Donations children's lihrary fund has young child, he/she will in- like to personally thank the Music of New York City; P J to this fund can be made at been established to allow spire that child with the joy following publishers and Library of West Springfield, www.tiflorida.org or by call- other childrentodream. This of reading, vendors for their c0ntribu- Mass.; and Pacifica Press of ing the synagogue office at is Ethan's gift to other chil- "In addition to the many ti0ns: Home Depot of Lake Brookly n, N.Y." 407-647-3055. COS youth groups hold opening events Machaneh Ohev Lite for grades K-3 meets four times a year on a Sunday from 12:30- 2 p.m. to do fun youth group/ camp activities to introduce this age group to the wonderful world of youth groups! The first event will be a "Birthday Party for the World r' on Sept. 8. Mach- aneh Ohev Lite is staffed by COS youth and education ,staff. Machar, a community service program that enables COS 9th-12th graders to earn community service hours for school, earn subsidies for USY events and programs, Beit Hamidrash tuition and Jewish summer programs. Machar is made possible by a grant from the Joseph and Frieda Ross Foundation. Each year the COS youth department does some type of performing arts project. This allows the youth of the syna- ., gogue a way to the synagogue through another venue. The program is open to all COS members in grades 4-12 and anyone who wants to be in the ..... cast is in it. Past performances include: in2005,"WeAre Your COSUSY wins Schmooze Lips (Chapter of Excellence) at Subregional convention in Jacksonville/ SongAmerica,"a recorded CD, "KolNoar- Voices of Congrega- Sunday a month with teacher tion Ohev Shalom Youth; in Rachel Slavkin to learn to 2006 they performed "Joseph work with children, effective andtheAmazingTechnicolor communication, leadership Dreamcoat';"The Education skillsandplanningprograms. of Hyman Kaplan" in 2007; Madrichim also work to "Vashti Was Right" in 2008; plan school wide events. On "Fiddler on the Roof Junior" the other three Sundays or in 2009; "Prairie Lights" in Wednesdays MADRCIHIM 2010; "We Are Your Song work in the school. Upon America." in 2011; "Freedom successful completionof the the Jewish Brigade" in 2012 program, participants will and "Joseph and the Amaz- receive astipend at the end of ing Technicolor Dreamcoat". the year for a USY program or The Youth performing arts Camp Ramah. project is made possible by a Made possible by a grant grant from the Hornik Fam- fromtheHornikFamilyFoun- ily Foundation in memory of dation in memory of Joseph Joseph and Frieda Ross and Frieda Ross Foundation. Madrichim is for COS 8th- For more information 12thgraderswhowanttohelp about COS Youth programs at Hebrew school and learn please feel free to contact the leadership skills. This year Youth Office, 407-298-4650 OhevShalomanticipatesare- or educator@ohevshalom. cord number of 50 Madrichim. org or go to the website www. TheMadrichimhaveclassone ohevshalom.org.