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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 23, 2013 ~ PAGE 3A family With the start of the new year and the return to school for the students in the reli- gious education program, Congregation Beth Am in Longwood welcomes Julia Lustig as the Education Resource and Family Pro- gramming coordinator. The continued growth in the number of"children enrolled at Beth Am and the need to provide innovative programs for them and all of the families who have chosen to make Beth Am their Jewish home necessitated finding the per- fect person to take on these responsibilities. Hav!ng recently graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in manage- ment through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a certificate in Jew- ish Studies, Lustig relocated from her home in Louisville, Ky., to Central Florida. At the Conservative congregation where she was bat mitzvah, she served as the USY chapter president and continued her Jewish education through confirmation. Her love and passion for Judaism was fur- ther developed in her eight- summers as a camper and staffmember at Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, Ga. She has also been accepted into the Center for Distance Educa- tion atthe Jewish Theological Seminary as she pursues her a rarn'rning coordinator Julia Lustig. master's degree in Jewish edu- cation with a concentration in educational leadership. Last summer, Lustig served as an intern for Jewish Educa- tion Service of North America (JESNA) in New York. JESNA is a national nonprofit orga, nization that is dedicated to transforming and strengthen- ing Jewish education in North America. Her work for JESNA entailed project management for two flagship programs: The Lainer-Masa Fellow- ships and the Grinspoon- SteinhardtAwards for Teacher Excellence. In addition, she helped gather and organize data for a number of research and evaluation projects con- ducted by JESNA's senior staff. She also helped design and implement a public relations campaign highlighting the achievements of Lainer-Masa fellows. Working closelywith Rabbi Rick Sherwin, Lustig will develop and implement social programs for the religious school and the congregation for Shabbat and holidays. She- has already developed close as- sociations with the pbst-b'nai mitzvah students and BBYO to expand the social andstudy opportunities for these teens. In, addition, she and Rabbi Rick will expand the Adult Education offerings at Beth Am. Lustig will be able to use her teaching skills as she as- sists Rabbi Rick in the bar/bat mitzvah training program. Julia Lustig promises to be a vibrant and exciting addi- tion to the professional staff at Beth Am. President-Elect Debbie Davids remarked, "I am excited to have Julia with us as she focuses on Jewish family programming that will enhance the Beth Am membership experience. This year promises to be a year of continued growth in students, members and opportunities for us to enrich and strengthen our ties to Judaism and to our congregational family. I encourage everyone to keep up with what is happening at Beth Am by visiting our web site at www.CongBethAm.org and by following us on Facebook." ,. n'h'c"'er''h'''d'o1 create Shabbat Joy, Intimate Spirituality'and CompleteJ eace. Th s $habbat Chavayah, Temple Shir Shalom's Shabbat Experience will focus on the spiritual preparation we need to ready ourselves for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rejoice, rejuvenate & refocus as we enter this holy season. Friday, August 23th, UCUMC EpiCenter at 7:30 pm 1395 Canipus View Court Oviedo,FL 32765 (407) 366-3556 www.templeshirshalom.orq * High Holiday Tickets are available. -* Religious school open house & registration 9 am on Sun., Aug. 25th at Double R School in Chuluota, At our New Home 1308 E. Normandy Blvd. Deltona Tickets not required - limited seating Sept. 4 Wednesday Erev Rosh Hashanah Services 7:30pm Sept. 5 Thursday Rosh Hashanah Services 9:00am Sept. 13 Friday ErevYom Kippur (Kol Niedre) Services 6:30pm sharp Sept. 14 Saturday Yom Kippur Morning Service 9:00am Yizkor 11:00am (approx.)N'ilah 6:30pm Break the Past 7:00pm (Potluck, Dairy) Rabbi Winston Weilheimer officiating For more informaticu , call 386-804-8283 Arabian Nights, a tour- ist attraction in south~vest Orlando, now offers a kosher menu that is supervised by RCF Rabbi Yosef Konikov of Chabad of South Orlando. "It is definitely a new mar- ket for us, so we are up and coming with introducing it to the Jewish community," said Lauren Gazneli, special events coordinator for Ara- bian Nights. Gazneli handles all special events, such as birthdays and wedding celebrations. Their venue seats up to 1,200 and there is a private Sky Box that seats up to 75 guests. The new kosher menu in- cludes entrees such as grilled salmon or chicken, or brisket and gravy. All entrees are served with mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables and matzo ball soup. All meals come with a cupcake for dessert. For more information, visit www.jewishorlando.com and click on "tourist info." opens I The Holocaust Center has announced the opening of ~ts newest exhibit, In Re- membrance: 75 Years After" Kristallnacht. The public is invited to the opening recep- tion and a presentation by art judge Sarah Canright on Sunday, Sept. 15 beginning at 2 p.m., at the Holocaust Center. Eighteen artists, many of them local, have been invited to share their inter- pretation of that theme as part of a juried art contest. Works that have been ac- cellted will be on display, accompanied by panels that trace the history of the rise of the Nazis and the les- sons learned. Winners of the juried art contest will be announced at the event. The exhibitwill be open un- til Dec. 20. There is no charge for admission or for parking. The venue is han.dicapped accessible. This event is being held as part of Central Florida's Com- memoration of the 75th Anni- versary of Kristallnacht--the beginning of Hitler's Final Solution. A remarkable group or arts and cultural organiza- tions are hosting a series of events to promote respect and diversity in our society, and to empower our com- munity to speak out against injustice. More information about the community-wide collaboration is online at www.Kristallnacht2013.org. a new Congregation Beth Shalom will celebrate its move to a new synagoguewith an open house at 2 p.m., Aug. 25 at 1308 E. Normandy Blvd., Suite D, Deltona. The celebration will in- clude carrying the Torahs into the sanctuary, affixing the mezuzah on the door- post and dedicating the sanctuary. Families and the gen- eral community are invited to meet the rabbi and members of the con~egation. "We offer a comfortable, nonjudgmental, family at- mosphere in which Jewish people of many backgrounds can worship together and share a love for their mutual heritage," said Rabbi Winston Weilheimer. "We are also egal- itarian; women share equally in our leadership roles." Congregation Beth Shalom is a Conservative Jewish con- gregation. For more informa- tion, call 386-804-8283.