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PAGE 8 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, Despite a stormy night, more than 100 people at- tended the first Sabbath re- ligious service on Friday, July25 at the newly formed synagogue, Congregation Sinai in Clermont. It was the first Jewish service at the first synagogue in the history of this city. Jenkins Auditorium in downtown Clermont was con- verted into a makeshift syna- gogue for the evening. The congregants were greeted by the synagogue's new presi- Say the word, "divorce" and everyone has a story. Whether it's about one's sis- ter, cousin, friend, or one- self, everybody's life has been impacted by divorce. On Thursday, Aug. 21 promptly at 7 p.m Jewish Family Services will begin the Women's Forum fourth year of programming with a double-presentation: Ask the Experts Workshop on Divorce. If you are a woman who is preparing for divorce, going through it, or living through family and life changes as a result of divorce this work- shop will interest you. Our co-presenters will be Elaine Silver, J.D. and Karen Broussard, M.S.W L.C.S.W. Silver, a graduate of New York University School of Law, was a high profile di- vorce lawyer in Connecti- cut for over 20 years. She taught divorce law both to Friday evening, Sept. 12 will be a very special Sab- bath service at Temple Is- rael, Brevard County. Dur- ing the service that begins at 8 p.m. a double installa- tion will take place. During the service an- other installation will oc- cur when Past President Dr. Burr Podnos installs the in- coming president, Carol dent Mel Levy who expressed his exhilaration about the evening and being a part in the formation of this new re- ligious institutionwhichwas so close to everyone's home. The featured speaker was Jim Shipley, syndicated colum- nist for the Jewish weekly newspaper "'Heritage". He congratulated the congrega- tion on continuing the age- old Jewish tradition of form- ing new community syna- gogues, as the need became apparent. law students and to her peers in the legal profes- sion. She has recently opened the Divorce Media- tion Center to provide di- vorce mediation services in Central Florida. Ms. Silver will present the legal and financial keys to attaining the best possible outcome. Broussard is the director of programs at JFS and has worked as a therapist at the agency for several years. She is the coauthor of, "Focus on the Children-Orlando", a curriculum for high-conflict divorcing parents. In addi- tion, Broussard has devel- oped the "Cooperating for Your Kids" and KidsKonnect programs. At the workshop, she will address the best ways to cope with divorce emotionally and make fam- ily and life changes. Both presenters will be available to answer personal ques- tions. Miles and the new board of directors which includes: first vice president, Debra Young; second vice presi- dent, Barry Kerness; trea- surer, Tom Rosenberg; fi- nancial secretary, Bill Baer; corresponding secretary, Rebecca Kirkpatrick; re- cording secretary, Julie Dodich; and trustees, Vicki Panaccione, Marvin Tho- Services were conducted by student cantor Francisco Vargas and lay leader Norman Posner. Two mem- ber families donated refresh- ments served after the ser- vice. Fifty families have become charter members of Congre- gation Sinai. These families have shown their confidence in this new synagogue by paying membership dues in advance for the next two years. Congregation Sinai has ELAINE SILVER Telephone reservations are required by Aug. 19 to Marlene Farber at JFS, 407- 644-7593, ext. 227. The fee for this program is $3 per person payable at the door. On-site complimentary babysitting will be available by advance reservation only. mas, Gail Ellis, Harvey Inventasch, Lucy Kline, Bob Serody, Elizabeth Scheinbart, Harvey Siegel and Larry Fineberg. Rich- ard Feinberg will also be installed as the Men's Club president and Marilyn Feinberg as the Sisterhood president. At the conclusion of the Sabbath service and Instal- scheduled services on Fri- day evening Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. at Jenkins Auditorium. Guest rabbi, Robert Lefkowitz of Beth Emeth in Orlando, will conduct the services. Student cantor Francisco Vargas will assist Rabbi Lefkowitz. Congregation Sinai's set- "vices are open to the public, and unaffiliated Jewish fami- lies are encouraged to join this new congregation. For more information call 352- 243-5750. KAREN BROUSSARD Confidentiality will be re- spected. Additional donations to support the Women's Fo- rum program are needed and truly appreciated and can be made to the JFS Marcia Witten Memorial Fund. lations, a catered reception will be held to honor Can- tor Hickman. All are invited to attend the worship service and In- stallations and socialize during the reception. For further information about any events at Temple Is- rael, 7350 Lake Andrew Drive in Viera, call 386- 631-9494. / aa aae Ethan Isaac Bornstein, son of David and Pat Bornstein of Maitland, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, August 9 at Congregation Ohev Shalom, Orlando. Services begin at9 a.m and the bar mitzvah ser- vice begins at 9:45 a.m. Ethan is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Preparatory School where he is a member of the Lake Jr. High School an AAU All-Star, fishing, computers and drums. Sharing in the family's simcha are his sister brother, Gabriel; grandmother, Rita Longwood, Fla. grandparents, Bill and Susan Washington, D.C. Uncle Ray Bornstein of Seattle Uncle Hawk and Aunt Ayal Hurst, Todd, N.C.; Uncle and Aunt Glavdywah Bortz of Washington, Uncle Jason and Aunt Rona Bortz of Washington, The of a Back in January of this year, more than four thousand people passed through the doors of the JCC Gymnasium in one day. The occasion was the Israel Vendors Caravan. As a part of the Caravan, there was a registration desk manned by loyal volunteers. One of the cards at the deskwas an inquiry as to whether the person registering would be interested in an Interfaith Mis- sion to Israel. By the end of the day, more than 150 people had expressed interest in such a Mission. As the list was culled, the response was about 60 percent Christian and 40 percent Jew- ish. Today, that list has become the basis for the Betzavta Mis- sion to take place in November of this year. A planning com- mittee of Christians and Jews, rabbis and ministers has been working diligently to organize the Mission and its itinerary. 'q'he idea of Betzavta," said Rachel Shipley, co-chair of the planning committee, "is to visit places in Israel that show our common heritage and to un- derstand the complexities of life in a nation that is home to the three Monotheistic religions." tor of thq Greater Orlando and member of the mittee said, "Planning for this incorporated sires of many different fromman, Orlando community. erary and participantS sent a broad spectrum community. As such, it a Mission that will souls of all of its a planning berand odist Church of added "It is little we know Mission, spirit lifter and rience." Other mittee an Linda Kimball. For view of the Mission, Betzavta Web Eric Geboff can be at 407-645-5933 Nick Thompson at 377, ext. 271. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedowill hold an Open House for prospective members on Sunday, Aug. 10 from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at Kidtown U.SA 1400 Tuskawiila Rd. in Winter Springs. Children are welcome and refreshmentswillbe served. Temple Shir Shalom is a Re- form, family-oriented congre- gation serving Seminole County's fastest growing areas. The temple offers a full sched- ule of High Holiday services, so- cial and holiday activities, com- munity projects, adult education and more. The dynamic and in- novative religious school is held twice monthly at Kidtown U.SA. The Temple holds monthly Friday night Shabbat services the first Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Carillon Elemen- tary School in Oviedo and a second service the third Friday of the month at the Tremont Community Room on Red Bug Lake Road in Oviedo. Additional Open Houses will be held Friday, SepL 5 at 7 p.m. prior to Shabbat services at Car- illon Elementary and on Sun- day, Sept. 7 from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Oviedo Memorial Building, 32 S. Central Ave. in Oviedo. To R.S.V.P. for the House or to inquire Services or religious 977-5172 or www.geocities templeshirshalom. non-mem The Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation-Temple Ohalei Rivka has announced that it will be selling tickets to High Holiday services to non- members this year. The plan, according to Tom Goodman, co-president of SOJC, is to en- courage new members to join. "We are hoping to introduce SOJC to people who have not been here before," Goodman explained, 'The individual(s) utilizing the ticket would have to have never been a member of SOJC, and understand that the tickets can only be pur- chased this year. To attend any future High Holidayservicesat SOJC, the individual would need to become a member." Rabbi Dan Wolpe, spiritual leader of SOJC, added, "Our hope is for people to under- stand that membership in a synagogue is not only about the High Holidays, but it is an investment in one's soul. Membership gives the indi- vidual an opportunity to con- nectwith a caring community and with a spiritual leader. I often ask the unaffdiated if when they die, do they want a rabbi who doesn't know them to officiate or someone who cares about them as individu- als? Do they want to celebrate their simchot (joyous occa- sions) alone orwith a commu- nit,/that cares about them and their families? Hopefully, these questions and the friendly community we have estab- lished here at SOJC will help the unaffiliated decide that be- longing to a synagogue is a good idea." The percentage of Jews who affiliate with a synagogue has been on the decline over the last several years and is par- ticularly low in Orlando. Wolpe believes that part of it is that so many only attend on the High Holidays. "I have a colleague who likes to say that only going to synagogue on the High Holi- days is like taking up jogging and starting with the Boston marathon. My hope is to con- vince all of those who come to services---aff|liated and unaf- filiated--to try this year com- ing to at least two Shabbat ser- vices, and to some of the less somber celebrations like Simchat Torah and Purim." Rosh Hashannah begins on Friday night, Sept. 26 and goes through Sunday, Sept. 28. Yore Kippur begins on Sun- day night, Oct. 5 and runs through Oct. 6. Services are led by Woipe and SOJC's can- tor, Doug Ramsay. Tickets will cost $150 for adults and $75 for children un- der 18 (withan extra fee if child care is utilized), and are good for both Rosh I-lashanah and Yore Kippur. For more infor- marion, please call the syna- gogue office at 407-239-5444. Rabbi DANIEL WOLPE