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PAGE 8 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando will hosta"High Holiday Make and Take" event on Sunday, September 12, from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Maitland Campus. This event is open to the commu- nity and offers a host of fun activities to help families bring in the New Year. "Come and join as we dip apples in honey and get ready for Rosh Hashanah," says Ela Crespin, JCC Jewish Educa- tion Director. "We'll be mak- ing a stuffed play challah, Rosh Hashanahcards forBubbeand Zaydee, a party horn shofar, applesauce cake cone, blow a real shofar and much more." The event will also include a sing-a-long, story and, weather permitting, end with a Tashlich walk. The cost is $25 per family for JCC members, $30 per family for JCC Parenting Center members, and $35 per family for nonmembers. RSVP with payment by September 8 to Michelle Warnock at 407- 645-5933, ext. 245, or Ela Crespin at ext. 238. For more information on this or any other JCC community event, visit ALANA SLONE joins in on the fun. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is a non=profit organization that provides quality pro- grams and activities for all members of the family from infants through school-aged children, teens, adults and seniors. All families in the community are welcome regardless of race, religion LEN! and RIKKI PUC- CIO enjoy making crafts at the JCC's annual Family Chanukah Dinner. or national origin. Over the past five years, over $1 mil- lion in scholarships were provided to area families in need thanks to the gener- ous support received from Heart of Florida United Way, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, local businesses and individual donors. !' at CBC Monte Carlo photo Arnold Palmer Hospital Congregation Bet Chaim's Monte Carlo Night, Civic Center, was a huge success, according to fund-raising Richard Salzburg. While guests noshed on Swedish meat balls, miniature hot and gorged themselves at Schakolad Chocolate Factory flocked to blackjack, roulette and the wheel of fortune. 21 at,he All this strenuous activity raised over $5,000 for Bet Chaim's used for the synagogue now under construction on Seminola Boulevard, for Arnold Palmer Hospital. (Above): Steve "Fingers" Cohn deals blackjack at Congregation Bet Chai~ Carlo Night to benefit the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital. Grandparents are impor- tant pieces of the puzzle of family life. Their knowl- edge, wisdom and heritage contribute to the tapestry of family culture. Stories grandparents tell are often colorful, heartwarming and enlightening. Stories grandchildren tell are from their everyday experiences. When we put grandchildren together with grandparents, a special bonding occurs and their lives are enriched with invaluable family history, tradition and love. "It is these very different experiences that was the inspiration for the Grand- parents Connect program at Jewish Family Services," said Brenda Faiber MS, LMFT, program coordinator, author and facilitatgr. "This program brings grandparents together with thei~ grandchildren who are living in interfaith fami- lies." "Grandparents Connect serves as a bridge between myself and my grandchil- dren. It has taught me how to bring the information to them on a level that they can understand and enjoy," said Linda Berner, grandmother of three grandchildren. Each program is fun and provides interactive experiences for grandparents and grandchil- dren, including craft projects, singing, story telling and food preparation. "The overall response to the Grandparents Con- nect program has been very positive and grandparents and grandchildren are ap= preciative of the opportunity to spend time together learn- ing about the customs, ritu- als, history and traditions in a safe, creative and interactive environment," said Faiber. The Grandparents Connect program began with a grant from the Outreach Institute and the Winter Park Health Foundation. "It was this sup- port that made it possible for us to make this program vi- able and affordable to every family who wants to attend. However, this funding has now been expended and we are always looking for new sources of financial support," all to said Barry J. Kudlowitz, JFS Executive Director. The next scheduled pro= gram, "Grandma, Tell Me a Story!" is a High Holy Day program and will take place on Sunday, September 12 at the Hebrew Day School Multi-Purpose Room (851 N. Maitland Ave.) from 12: 30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. The Cost is $15 per family. Reservations are necessary by September 8. For information and reserva- tions, contact Brenda Faiber or Leah Bradley at JFS, at 407-644-7593. Members of Temple Isra- el, Longwood explored High Holiday spiritual prepara- tion with Rabbi Richard S. Chizever throughout the month of August. Rabbi Chizever talked about spiritual insights into the High Holiday liturgy each Friday night. With con- gregants now prepared to truly stand before God with honesty and introspection, the High Holy Days begin with much anticipation as the synagogue celebrates its first anniversary in the new building located on Markham Woods Road. Nonmembers are wel- come to purchase tickets to attend any service dur- ing Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The purchase price of tickets can be ap- plied toward new member dues. In addition, certain services will be open to non- members free of charge. The Erev Rosh Hashanah service begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15. Services for the first day of Rosh Hashanah begin on Thursday, September 16, at 8:30 a.m. The family service at 5 p.m Tashlich at 5:30 p.m and Mincha/ Maariv at 6:15 p.m. on September 16 are open to the entire community and tickets are not needed. The entire second da~ of Rosh Hashanah is also open to everyone, with no tickets necessary. The Kever Avot Memorial Service will be held at the Temple Israel Cemetery on Sunday, September 19, at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend without a ticket. The service for Kol Nidre will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 24. Services on Yore Kippur Day will begin at 9 a.m. The Mincha service at 6 p.m Neila at 7 p.m Maariv at 8:15 p.m and the Havdalah/shofar blow- ing at 8:30 p.m. are all open to the entire community at no charge." For more information, call Barry Gold, Executive Director, at 407-647-3055. Members of Temple Israel, Longwood, shown here at the Jewish Orlando Chai Neighbor Brunch" in welcome visitors and any time. Shown here l-r): JO ANN FARB, RENEE PERELMUTER, ELLIOTT DAVIS, and BARRY ~ Day food drive between Rosh Hashanah and Yom It is always the right time to help the hungry, but tra- ditionally, during the High Holy Days local synagogue6 distribute grocery bags on Rosh Hashanah for members to fi 11 up and bring back before Yore Kippur. Jewish Family Services says, "This year it is espe- cially important for the com- munity to help the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry with donations of food or dollars to help purchase food at a discounted rate and perish- able food items." "As much food and cash donations that we have received from our commu- nity during the Hurricane Charley crises, our pantry shelves get depleted almost daily. The requests for food are overwhelm ing," saysAdri- enne Gordon, J FS Emergency Services Coordinator. According to recent article in the "Atlanta Jewish Times," one in four children do not eat regular meals each day because of lack of food in their homes. Jews have traditionally felt a responsibility to repair the world ("tikkun olam"). JFS says, "It is our responsibility to help those who are hungry. That is why across the coun- try, synagogues will hold food drives between Rosh Hasha- nah and Yom Kippur." "It used to be that we would have a challenge in storage of the large quantity of food we receive from our community during the High Holy Day Food Drives," explains Gor- don. "The food doesn't stay here long enough anymore for us to be concerned about that." Many families send in do- nations to JFS for the Pearl- man Pantry, givingtzedakah to thank God for the abun- dance they have been blessed with during the year. Other families send in donations in the amount of what they would have spent for meals missed on Yom Kippur or what it would cost to fill up a bag of groceries. Whatever your reasons are for donating groceries or cash donations, your generous support will help fill the stomachs of children and adults in our community, says JFS. Send donations to Jewish Family Services, The George Wolly Center, 2100 Lee Rd Winter Park, FL 32789, att: Peariman Pantry. Non-per- ishable food dropped off at during regular hours.