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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 14, 2009 There is a new club scene in town: BH Chugim resumes. Some confirmed "Jews in the Biz" are Lynne Warner (Moira on 104.1), Scott Friedman (Scott McKenzie on 105.1), Dr. David Diamond (Radiation Oncologist at Florida Hos- pital), Bob Yarmuth (Sonny Restaurants), and Sharon Ginsburg (foundation work and philanthropy). BH Chugim 2: Films That Feed Your Mind. Delve into the movies and explore Jewish issues through film. Feed your mind and spirit by explor- ing modern-day documen- tary and feature films that you've never seen. Films will explore Israel, Jewish humor, society, God, Holo- caust, teen life and more. Get comfy with some soda, popcorn and candy while watching the film and con- clude each session with a discussion of the meaning, impact and relevance of the film to your life. BH Chugim 3: Express Yourself Jewishly. Are you too busy for a once a week commitment? Do you already h.ave an extracur- ricular program on Monday night? Is driving to Maitland too difficult during the week in the evening? Is the mass of 200 teens a little over- whelming? Are you tired of sitting in a classroom envi- ronment? Do you want even more than the Monday night program? Are you in grades 10-12? If you answered yes to any of these questions... we finally have the program that you've been waiting for. The BH Chugim are expe- riential (not in a classroom). The BH Chugim are for 10th through 12th grade teens. The BI~I Chugim Wilt cre- ate a deeper, more meaning- ful connection with each topic of interest, says BH Chugim organizers. The BH Chugim will have 'teen- centric' facilitators that will handle all logistical aspects of each chug. BH Chugim participants will be encouraged to par- PERSONAL INJURY & WRONGFUL DEATH Greg Dawson with his mother, Zhanna. ticipate in all other areas of Beit Hamidrash (din- ners, programs, community service projects, etc,). The BH Chugim will take place once a month on Sunday afternoons from 4-6 p.m. BH Chugim dates are: Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13, Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16. Here are highlights of the first few programs: BH Chugim 1: Jews in the Biz, Amy Schwartz, facilitator. Meet influential local Jews and 'take a ride' on their life journey. Learn about the role that Juda- i'sm played in their teen lives and see how Judaism informs their'life and ~vork today, Travel to the homes and offices of these com- munity leaders and get to know them at a whole new level. Great for laying the framework for future employment, internships, community service oppor- tunities and building college Greg Dawson to speak at Holocaust Center people close to him encour- aged him to write a book of his mother's amazing sur- vival, he identified himself as a columnist, a task quite different than becoming an author of an intensely personal biography. While researching for the book, Dawson traveled to Ukraine to study his fam- ily's past. On a memorial listing the dead of Dorbitsky Yar. Dawson was shocked to find his mother's name, a moment he describes as one when he realized "how close I had come to non- existence." With brief selections from his mother's own writing, Dawson's book tells a cap- tivating story of life, music, survival and triumph of the spirit against incredible odds. The program open to the public, and no admission is charged. It is sponsored by the Center's Next Genera- tion organization, a group of adult children and grand- children of Holocaust sur- vivors and by Dor Shalom. Reservations are appreci- ated but not required. For further information contact 407-628-0555. Orlando Sentinel colum- nist Greg Dawson will be introducing his recently published book, "Hiding in the Spotlight." on Thurs- day, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida in Mai- tland. Born in the Ukraine, Dawson's mother, Zhanna Arshansk~ya, is a Holocaust survivor. She is a talented musician, and as a child she was offered a scholar- Let your Creative juices flow as you jump into the touch, taste, see and smell world of Judaism. During each session participants will explore a new form of Jewish life, from cal- ligraphy with Joanne Fink to improvwith Kimberly Shader to music with Beth Schafer to eco-cooking with Samantha Gotlib... you will meet amaz- ing experts in their field and experience all that each Jew- ish expression has to offer. ship to the Moscow State Conservatory. Her life changed dramati- cally in 1941 when Nazis be- gan to round up Jewish fami- lies to be executed. Thanks to her father's cunning, at the last minute Zhanna and her sister Frina escaped. They fled to the cour/tryside as fugitives, hiding and surviving as best they could. With a new name and a non-Jewish identity, Zhanna (who identified herself as the orphaned daughter of a Red Army soldier) performed her music for unsuspecting Nazis. After the war, without family or resources, the girls were sent to a displaced persons camp where their musical talents became obvious. At the urging of the camp's director, in 1946 they arrived in New York and enrolled at Juilliard on scholarships. Dawson admits to being dumbfounded when he first heard his mother's story in the 1970s. She was reluctant to talk about her early life and the horrifying memo- ries thatstill remained. He was reluctant to pursue it as well. Although several COS Newish Jewish Chaverah starts its third program year The Newish Jewish Chav- erah will meet once a month this year. starting on Wednesday, Aug. 26. for a "'meet and greet" social evening at the home of Rabbi Aaron and Donna Rubinger. The group will meet at 7:30 p.m. for dessert and coffee and discuss what Newish Jewish is all about, what kinds of interests partici- pants have and how they can be better connect to their Judaism, the sYnagogue and one another. Though the group is based at Con- gregation Ohev Shalom. everyone in the community is welcome. On Sept. 15. the group will meet in the Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom sanctu- ary, at 5015 Goddard Ave. in Orlando at 7 p.m. for a special program on how to make the High Holy Day experience more meaning- ful. Cantor AHan Robuck will speak about some of the more important prayers from the Machzor CHigh Holy Day Prayerbook), their meanings and how to make the prayers more meaningful to you. The group will also discuss some of the sanctuary etiquette and rituals, and ways to increase the spiritual aspect of the High Holy Days. The programs in the Newish Jewish Chaverah are open to all members of the community, but are geared mostly towards those who have converted to Judaism. are considering conversion, are married to someone outside of the Jew- ish faith, are in the Discover Judaism class, or grew up in a non-observant home and did not have much Judaism or ritual in their lives growing up. For more information about Newish Jewish, e-mail "The Newish Jewish commit- tee members will be happy to • answerany questions orhelp you in any way possible." PAGE 3A Sessions will take place at the business or residence of each expert. The cost of BH Chugim is $175 for the school year. Students that sign up for Monday night classes and the BH Chugim get BH Chugim for $125 a year. BH Chugim is a high-school aged club touted to create a deeper, more meaningful connection with topics of Jewish interest. The BH Chugim are limited to 12 participants each and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. 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