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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2013 $2,000 J Life Scholarship offered to subsidize 1st year at NorthView NorthView will be opening soon at UCF. Hillel has a donor who is interested in seeing a vibrant Jewish campus life at the University of Central Florida, and this foundation is offering Jewish students a direct scholarship of $2,000 for their first year at NorthView, a luxurious student-housing complex, which is just a few weeks from opening. Hillel had heard from many students that while all this is attrac- tive, that pricing has been an impediment. In return for this hous- ing subsidy scholarship, called the "J Life Scholar- ship," students will agree to attend a minimum of two Shabbat dinner programs at Hillel each semester, as well as another non-holiday event per semester. More- over, students will agree to come to a Hillel Birthright information session to learn about how they can qualify for a special UCF customized Birthright trip that is being created with UCF students on an itinerary that will not be available on other Birthright trips. Funds are limited and will only be available on a first- come, first-served basis. If you are interested in learning more, contact Lauren at 248-535-0904 or lauren@gohillel.org. Higher tech this year in Temple Israel Religious School Moses brought us two tab- lets that began our journey as a nation. Now one tablet can help a child continue that journey. Thanks toagenerous grant from the Harold and Hannah Rosenblum Fund, Temple Israel is introducing tablets to its classrooms to expand the way students think about Judaism. "Even with all the discus- sions, activities and other modes of learning that we use, students often have trouble seeing Judaism in their lives beyond the walls of the classroom. Tablets will not only help them practice and develop skills but also open windows in the broader worldwhere theywill be living their Judaism for the rest of their lives," said Rabbi Joshua Neely, school principal. Students will use the tab- lets for Hebrew practice to current events to art. They will be able to collaborate on projects in the classroomwith each other. Additionally, work done in the class or at home will be synchronized; no more forgotten homework. That also means parentswill be able to see what their children have done from the convenience of their home computer or tablet. Sending a project or artwork to a distant grandpar- ent or posting it on Facebook will be just a click away. "There are no substitutes for good teachers and good friends, but this technology makes the learning more visceral and relevant,"added Neely. The overall program con- tinues to focus on helping students not only learn but also understand the wisdom of Jewish tradition whether it be in ethics, holiday celebrations, prayer, socialaction or the other mitzvot (commandments). Those students who fall in love with their tablet learn- ing can earn one as a gift from the congregation upon graduation if he/she meets certain objectives. The apps and resources that come pre- loaded will be theirs to keep. Those who wish can check out the Temple Israel website for a growing list of the apps and resources available to students. Create your Jewish life at Beit Hamidrash As the new school year begins this August, so does Beit Hamidrash, Orlando's only Hebrew high school program. An essential part of post B'nai mitzvah learn- ing, Beit Hamidrash serves all Jewish teens in eighth through twelfth grade. The program meets on Monday nights throughout the school year. And with the flexible program, it's easier than ever to find a class that fits into a busy schedule. "We recognize that teens have packed schedules. Be- tween sports, band, and clubs, not to mention plenty of homework and studying, teens' calendars are hectic," says Lisa Sholk, Belt Hami- drash director. "We continue to adapt the Beit Hamidrash schedule to make it more feasible for students to take classes throughoutthe school year." In response to contin- ued concern about ending early enough in the evening to complete homework, Beit Hamidrash has a new starting time. Starting in August, social time will now be from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with class time from 7 p.m.- 8:15 p.m. Pick up will be from 8:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., giving teens a bit more time to socialize at the end of the night. Many favorite classes will be offered this year, includ- ing Cooking and Step Up for Israel, as well as a few new classes, including a yoga and spirituality class. Additionally, another new feature, several of the congregational rab- bis will be offering satellite classes. These will take place at an alternate location, and a different night of the week. Open house and registra- tion is on Aug. 12, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. First session of classes begin Aug. 19. For more information, please call Lisa Sholk 407-261-3175 or visit www.jfgo.org. Beit Hamidrash is spon- sored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. 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Join the celebration of our Double Chai Anniversary and get connected with Orlando's only K-8th grade Jewish day school Call for a tour at 407-647-O713 or visit www.jewishacademyorlando.org