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PAGE 12B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2013 C00,:ngregation Ohev 0000Z00alom School theme is 'Being Responsi00,le for Other' Kitah Zayeen/7th grade students become CPR certified as part of their study of Pikuach Nefesh, saving a life. Judaism places impor- tance on one's actions and behavior, something that is valued highly at Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom Hebrew school. This facet of Judaism has been incorporated into all aspects of the school culture. The theme of "Kol Yisraei Aravim Zeh La Zeh," "All of Israel is Responsible for Each Other" has been chosen for the school year. This will be reflected in the teaching, how teach- ers, students, Madrichim and parents interact with each other, projects and special activities that will be planned. The school op- erates on the premise that everyone is created in the image of God. As such how we behave is a reflection of God. Everything that God created has value and it is the job of humans to take care of everything that God created. Ohev Shalom welcomes interfaith fami- lies, families with same sex parents and single parents equally. The teaching staff of Ohev Shalom places great empha- sis on developing relation- ships with their students. From that relationship comes a true understanding of the total child and then an appreciation of their uniqueness which results in an ability to teach in a way that meets the child's needs. When that connec- tion is made, the learning and desire to participate follows. Congregation Ohev Sha- lom Hebrew school is for grades PK-7 (Gesher-Zayeen); Pk-2nd grade (Gesher-Bet) meet on Sunday from 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.; 3rd-7th grade (GimeI-Zayeen) meet Sunday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Kitah Bet/2nd grade has the option of attending on Wednesdays too. The goal of the curriculum is to create Jews who can lead and be comfortable in a synagogue. Therefore, To- rah, Hebrew through prayer, holidays, mitzvot and middot are the core subjects. Each grade has unique themes and milestone events as well as opportunities for parents to learn with their students. The learning that takes place is mostly experiential where students become involved in their learning. All grades participate in projects that fulfill the Mitzvah of Tikun Olam. Grades Dalet-Zayeen (4th-7th) have Shabbatonim where they go to a local camp with their teachers and cel- ebrate Shabbat, participate in informal learning, and have fun together to create a community. COS Hebrew school has a very popular and successful Madrichim program where Hebrew school graduates commit to being at school every week on Sunday or Wednesday and help in a classroom. They also have a monthly class with their Mad- richim teacher to learn about child development, conflict management, leadership and planning lessons. This year the Madrichim program will reach it's highest number of 50 participants. The teaching staff of Ohev Shalom is comprised of dedicated professionals who in most cases have been at Ohev for 10 years or more. The staff is it's own com- munity that loves learning and teaching and wants to share their love of Judaism with their students. The staff regularly meets to increase their own knowledge and plan and evaluate what they are doing to keep up with trends and learn new ways to engage students. Congregation Ohev Sha- lom Hebrew school welcomes students in Pre K-5th grade for their first year of Hebrew school as a non member. The staff and leadership understand that joining a synagogue is a big decision and a costly one. They believe that once families give it a try, they will be hooked. Parent participation is an important aspect of COS Hebrew School. Op- portunities for parents to Kitah Alef/first grade roasting marshmallows on Lag B'Omer. Kitah Hay/5th grade planted Parsley seeds for Tu B'Shevat to use at their Seder! come and learn, celebrate and have Jewish fun with their children are offered in many ways. Parents may be invited to hear a speaker from another religion with their child, enjoy falafel to- gether, experience Holidays 101 or make a Joseph's coat. A variety of family services from Piano Shabbat with Cantor Robuck and the Torah of Dr. Seuss are offered, Fam- ily Cooking and Saturday night Havdallah and dancing round out the offerings. Ohev Shalom offers Mish- pacha Mania one Wednesday a month for toddlers through K and their parents. Dinner, craft, story and games around a Jewish theme are included. Sunday's are Kinderkumsitz with Rabbi Kay offers young children and their parents Jewish music and movement once a month. All of the early childhood programs at Ohev Shalom are open to non COS members. The first day of Hebrew school is Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. with a parent bagel and schmooze at 11:30. Meet the Teacher is Aug. 11 from 11:30-12:30 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Back to School at noon with a Bar B Q lunch. Prospective families are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no charge, but RSVP is ap- preciated by calling 407-298- 4650. Ohev Shalom is located at 613 Concourse Pkwy S. Maitland. For more infor- mation about Ohev Shalom contact Amy Geboff, director of youth and family education educator@ohevshalom.org or check out the website at www.ohevshalom.org. Trea peien in Cena,/Fiemda  over 25 Ye,.ars Treafmg AF*gic Diases of he rs, Nose : roat Our ptFk:ian e Board C & Booed C Pe Wlmr IPm'k 4W7-578-4040  Sprp 407-331-6244 www.aaaefonline,eom Steven Rosenberg, M.D. Carlos M. Jacinto, M.D. Harleen Anderson, M.D. .... :;i ' ' " ill( ' - Orlando 407-370-3705 Vlera 407-678-4040 Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. 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