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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 11, 2017 The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) re- cently awarded more than $50,000 in community collab- orative grants to local Jewish organizations and synagogues. The grants are designed to en- courage and promote collabo- ration in the Jewish commu- nity and to support programs and services that enrich Jewish life in Orlando. To qualify for a grant, at least two agencies, syna- gogues or organizations must work together to develop and submit a proposal and imple- ment a program. In addition, New Generational program director gets the ball rolling The Jewish Pavilion's new Inter-Generational program director, Walter Goldstein, has kicked off the One-on-One Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project with June and Jacob at Brookdale Island Lake. This is the pro- gram's second year of con- necting seniors with bar or bat mitzvah students. Goldstein has started mak- ing the rounds to meet the local rabbis and educational directors to get the word out about the program, made possible in part by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. For more information con- tact the Jewish Pavilion 407- 678-9363 or walterjewishpa- the programs or services must be open to the entire Jewish community of Greater Or- lando regardless of religious affiliation, synagogue or agency membership. JFGO's Grants Commit- tee, which reviewed all the grant proposals, was co- chaired by Dr. Maxine Silver- man Rosenthal and Maura Weiner. The committee sub- mitted its recommendations to the Federation's Board of Directors, which approved the grants. Grants were awarded to Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando for holiday meal deliveries to the elderly; the RIDE (Reliable Indepen- dent Drivers for the Elderly) program, which provides round-trip rides to medical appointments for elderly or disabled adults; and the Community Rabbi program, a long-time collaboration between JFS and Hospice of the Comforter. In addition to providing hospice services, Rabbi Arnie Siegel is a source of pastoral support to unaf- filiated and needy community members. JFGO awarded grants to support three community- wide events: A community-wide Shab- bat retreat at a local campsite, which will be a collaborative effort between Federation's Jewish Teen Education Net- work and educational and youth directors from Con- gregation Ohev Shalom, Con- gregation of Reform Judaism, Temple Israel, Congregation Beth Am, Southwest Or- lando Jewish Congregation, Temple Shir Shalom and the local chapter of BBYO. In November, several syna- gogue men's clubs will pres- ent Men's Night Out, an evening of food, fun and brotherhood in support of Jewish youth programs. Read more at The Roth Family and Rosen JCCs will bring the com- munity together to celebrate Israel's 70th birthday next spring. Other local initiatives re- ceiving grants: An intergenerational program by The Jewish Pa- vilion, "From Generation to Generation," will bring together seniors with students from the Jewish Academy of Orlando, synagogue religious schools and youth groups for one-on-one and group inter- generational experiences. Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shalom will bring togeth- er middle- and high-school students for social interac- tions and to build a better understanding of Jewish diversity in our community. The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center (HMREC) received a grant in support of Orlando's first pro- duction of Brundibar, a chil- dren's operawritten in 1938 by Hans Krasa. This production, an HMREC collaborationwith Opera Orlando and Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, will be performed at the Rosen JCC in commemoration of Kristallnacht this fall. FLORIDA EWISH NEWS 11 Publication Date: September 15, 2017 Advertising Deadline: September 6, 2017 The Scouts of Troop 641 showed their support of Eagle Scout candidate Steven Kluger last Sunday at Temple Israel. Steven's Eagle project was to rebuild the synagogue's outside fire pit and add perma- nent benches for the children. Congregation Beth Am invites the community to its Open House and Back to School Bagel Bash on Sunday, Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon, where families will have the opportunity to check out CBA's religious school and meet its new education direc- tor, Cantor Nina Fine. Enrolled students will have brunch with their class and teacher while parents can have a nosh and kibitz with other parents of children in their child's class. Those children not yet registeredwill also be invited to brunch with their prospective classmates and teacher. Children and parents will later reconnect for Israeli dancing and a per- formance by Breakthrough Voices, a local youth singing group. CBA's school is convenient Several Eagle Scouts from the Troop were on hand to help with the proj- ect as well as Scout leaders and friends. Steven went through several meetings with leaders to finalize his plans. The project was for families on both the east and west sides of town and is open to all students, regard- less of synagogue affiliation. Curriculum is tailored to meet each child's individual needs, including a unique program designed for children with special needs. Students in grades Pre- K~5 meet on Sunday morn- ings from 9:30 a.m. until noon at CBA in Longwood while those in grades 6 and 7 meet on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m., prior to the Shabbat morning service. Students in grades 3--7 also attend one of CBA's two mid-week sessions, each uti- lizing the same curriculum with locations at both CBA in Longwood, Wednesday 4:15 to 6 p.m. and Winter Springs, (Fellowship Hall on Red Bug Lake Road, between Dodd Road Completed just as the rain began falling. For more information on the Troop scouting program, email scoutmaster@troo- or visit our website at troop641orlando. org. and Tuskawilla Road) Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Students within one year of their B/ Mitzvah meet for one hour after their weekday session. In addition, CBA has what is believed to be the only special needs Sunday school class in Orlando, giving children of all abilities the opportunity to learn. "The special needs class is great," said Robyn Eichen- holz. "My son gets to go to Sunday school just like my daughter and has learned the Hebrew alphabet and Jewish customs." Contact the CBA office at 407-862-3505 or shalom@ for more information. New enrollees to the school who mention they read about CBA in the Heritage will receive up to a 10 percent discount on tuition.