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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2012 I Every Jewish holiday has its food.'Gefilte fish on Shabbat, tzimes on Rosh Hashanah, latkes on Chanukah. Every Jewish holiday is the same as the old joke goes: They wanted to destroy us, we survived, let's eat and say l'chaim! Jewish food is full of meaning, evokes beautiful memories and is of course delicious, For Jews who managed to survive Hitler's Hell, recipes from Mama's Shabbat and yom tov'table were not only ways to relive the "alteh heim" (old home) but for some the only relationship and c/nnection to their past. The aroma of freshly baked challah and chicken soup on a Friday evening becomes a time machine as they see their mother"berltch- 4ng licht" (lighting Shabbat candles) and their father mak- ing Kiddush (blessing over a cup of wine). At 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26, Chabad Lubavitch" of North Orlando Having experienced a year of excitement, spirituality and growth in numbers, the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregatio has announced the launching of its latest lifelong learning opportuni- ties, t be known as the SOJC Knowledge College. The fall program opens with "Get t 9 Know the High Holy Days" led by Rabbi Hillel Skolnik at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 4. Skolnik will discuss the special practices of the High Holidays season as well as the High Holidays mahzor (prayer book) used at SOJC. ';I'm incredibly excited about the full slate of classes we are offering and honored to be a part of it," says Skolnik. "Lifelong learning has been a Chabad North to host author of 'Holocaust Survivor Cookbook' will be hosting "An Evening of Remembrance" with Joanne Caras, author, of "Holocaust Survivor Cookbook." For two years Joanne Caras worked tirelessly to collect reci- pes and stories from Holocaust survivors all-over the world. She then compiled them into an unforgettable "Holocaust Survivor Cookbook." Caras recently completed work on her second book, "Mir- acles and Meals." "Each story in our cookbook is a miracle," she says. In 2005 Caras visited the Carmei Ha'ir Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem. She was so im- pressed that she came home determined to raise money to support them. Carmel Ha'ir serves more than 500 meals each day to poor and hungry Israelis. Proceeds from every cookbook sold benefit Carmei Ha'ir. "To date we have raised over $750,000 in total for a variety value of this community for a long time and .the launching of this effort is a testament to our community's interest in exploring many different aspects of our religion." Skolnik will also be leading monthly "Knosh and Knowl- edge" with sessions starting at 9:15a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. The goal of this class is to provide a once-a-month opportunity to discuss current events, learn about an upcoming Jewish holiday and explore our tradi- tion in an informal setting. One of the goals behind the SOJC Knowledge College is to provide learning oppor- tunities for peopIe at all levels and help the students become better able to participate in services. "Have Fun with Hebrew," of groups and charities," Caras says. She will tell how the cook- books were created, and she will relate several of the more moving and miraculous stories thatappearin each 0fthebooks. She has gb)en more than 200 speeches around the world and has appeared on television, national radio in the United States. Canada and Israel. This fall she will be starring in a TV show called "Miracles and Meals," which will appear all over the world on JLTV. The event will take place at the Hyatt Place Lake Mary. Light refreshments from the cookbook will be served. A limited amount of cookbooks will be available for purchase, and there will be a book signing following the lecture. To RSVP for this event or to preorder the "Holocaust Survivor Cookbook"visitwww. or call Chabad at 407-878-3011. Authoi Joanne Caras SOJC Knowledge. College to begin in the fall led by Rich Waldor at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays Oct. 7,14 and 28, and Nov. 4 and 11 serves that purpose by providing an opportunity for beginners to learn Hebrew. "My greatest reward is watching the light of comprehension develop in the faces of my students as words they have been reading for years all of a sudden take on meaning," says Rich Waldor. ',My class teaches the basics of Hebrew word construction and the patterns that Hebrew prayers and songs take that can be used to understand the words, teachihgs and his- tory of the liturgy." This class uses familiar melodies like Adon Olam, Ein Keloheinu and Ashrei as the gateway for analyzing, understanding and learning the Hebrew language with course materials gener- ously providedby the National Jewish Outreach Program. Additionally, Mary Roufa leads a lively discussion of the parashah, the weekly Torahportion, Saturdays after Shabbat services. This is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the Hebrew Bi- ble and to explore its meaning in a relaxed, conversational setting. Bringing a new idea to the Orlando Jewish community, SOJC is also offering "Talk- ing Torah in Tennis Shoes: Woman's Torah Study," a comfortable, casual con- versation for women about Torahwith Rabbi Sharon Barr Skolnik, which will be held at 11 a.m. Sundays during SOJC Religious School on Oct. 7, 14, 28, Nov. 4, 11 and Dec. 2. "We will focus on the very gripping and controversial account of the Akeidah, the 'Binding of Isaac,' and learn in a layered approach," says Rabbi Sharon Barr Skolnik, Camp J tackles hunger "while both connecting with one another and asking and answering questions even the commentators couldn't imagine. Women learning together provides a different lens through which we view the Torah. It is fun, exciting and different." Rabbi Hillel Skolnik will also lead a five-week explora- tion of Shoftim, the book of Judges, to get to know this sometimes overlooked book of the Hebrew Bible, which is filled with dynamic lead- ers and exciting adventures. "Time for Text" will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Oct. 16, 2330 and Nov. 6 and 13. And for the first time in some years, this fall SOJC will be offering a Conversion Class under the guidance of Rabbi Hillei Skolnik for those .interested in converting to Judaism. Beginning Oct. 17, the "class will meet every Wednesday evening through mid-March and learn about the foundational bgliefs of PAGE 3A Judaism, take a trip through the Hebrew Bible, explore our history, discover Jewish tradi- tion and learn to read Hebrew. For more information contact Rabbi Skolnik directly by email at or by phone at 407-239-5444. "I am delighted that SOJC can offer our community such a range of lifelong learning opportunities," said Michele Fischer, president of SOJC. "We hope this will provide an opportunity for members of the community to deepen their involvement with Judaism inways they find meaningful and to make nev friends through participation in SOJC's Knowledge College.,' All programs take place at Southwest Orlando Jew- ish Congregation/11200 S. Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando. For further informa- tion about SOJC's Knowledge College programs, contact SOJC at 407-239-5444, visit or send an email to Eric Kaltbaum (l), Josh Green, Taylor Harris and Jordan Loranger from Camp J at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando help gather food for Jewish Family Services. First and second graders from Camp J at the Roth Jew- ish Community Center of Greater Orlando paid Jewish Family Services a friendly visit in August. Tbenty- three campers, along with their counselors, gathered 187 pounds of food in hopes of filling the JFS food pan- try. This comes at a critical time for JFS, because this is when the need heightens, according to JFS. Provid- .ing almost 700 meals a day, families flock to the JFS pantries for basic meals. A JFS official says, "We at JFS hope to continue to have the ability to aIlevi- ate hunger Please help us by donating your time, money or resources." For more information regarding conducting food drives for JFS, volunteering within the agency, donations or general questions, contact 407-644- 7593 or visit the JFS website at 39ers gather supplies The 39ers, the Roth JCC seniors group, gather each Monday for a meeting, a speaker and social time. Recently the 39ers collected school supplies, canned goods, plus $156 for Jewish Family Services. Pictured are, from left: 39ers president Eva Meyer, Adrienne Gordon Cooperman and Claire Mercer.