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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 - PAGE 3A Jewish Academy of Orlando students in every class got to douse Head of School Alan Rusonik with icy water for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Even down to the last student. On Wednesday, Aug. 20, the students from the Jewish Academy of Orlando had the opportunity to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a big way. Each student brought his or her own bucket and, grade by grade, had the opportunity to pour ice-cold Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo invites the community to participate in their second in a series of guest musicians joining in Friday Night Shabbat services. Spiritual Leader Beth Schafer and the TSS Board of Trustees are pleased towelcome visiting artist Peri Smilow for another eveningofmeaningful music, Shabbat-in-Song, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19. A gifted vocalist and gui- tar player, Smilow is also an extraordinary storyteller, teacher and entertainer. Con, nectingwith people of all ages, she creates moments of trans- formation. As a performer, composer, educator, and activ- ist she has the unique ability to deeply move people of all ages, to forge connections and understanding and to use her extraordinary musical gifts, passion and commitment to community to create social change. Schafer, herself a renowned Jewish musician, played a key role in arrang- Kathryn Huang Photography Peri Smilow ing Smilow's visit to Central Florida. I am thrilled to have my friendand colleague Peri Smilow help usher in our holy season. Peri is a gifted weaver of story and song. Her pres- ence is not only a blessing, but a truly satisfying experience. And, that voice! I am very excited tohave her with us." Earlier this year, in the first event in the series, Temple Shir Shalom hosted Michael Ochs and Alaa Ali for their Pursuit of Harmony experi- ence. Almost 200 participants enjoyed a thought-provoking night of music and stories. Join Temple Shir Shalom for another moving experi- ence which will no doubt create a special atmosphere leading in to Rosh Hashanah. The evening will include a Shabbat service and Oneg, and the TSS Choir will per- form as part of the program. The event is open to the public and will be held at University Carillon United Methodist Church, Oviedo (1395 Campus View Ct, Oviedo, FL 32765). Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (www. templeshirshalom.org) is a Reform family-oriented con- gregation that welcomes all families, singles, seniors and interfaith couples searching for their spiritual home. Tayarim Connect young teens from last year's program. On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando will be kicking off the school year with a middle school pool party from 1-3 p.m. This event, open to all young peo- ple in sixth through eighth grade, is only $5. Parents are invited to a brief meeting from 1-1:30 to meet the staff and learn about upcoming programming. Tayarim Connect is the Roth JCC's middle school program leading community-wide social, Judaic and service programs. The program offers positive and meaningful experiences to middle school students where they cangettogetherwith camp, school, and synagogue friends and make new friends. Tayarim Connect provides asafe space for young teens to strengthen their identities, form social circles, and prepare for high school and beyond. For more informa- tion, contact Abby Paul- son at abbyp@orlandojcc. org or 407-621-4038. water on Head of School Alan Rusonik. In addition to par- ticipating in the Ice Bucket Challenge, the students used the day to learn about the disease and a fundraising opportunity, as education and tzedakah are part of the school's core values. In terms of tzedakah, the students raised over $300 for ALS in 24 hours. Education- ally, the students learned that ALS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The students learned that Lou Gehrig was a famous baseball player who played for the New York Yankees in the 20s and From all angles, Rusonik got buckets of ice water poured on him. 30s. He contracted ALS and his name has become syn- onymous with this terrible disease. To pay tribute to Lou Geh- rig, baseball's "Iron Man," the students came dressed as their favorite sports hero. This was a perfect example of how the Jewish Academy combines academics and Jewish values into everyday activities, while at the same time participating in fun and exceptional educational experiences. For more information or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact Alan Rusonik, Head of School, at arusonik@ jewishacademyorlando.org or 407-667-0713. FLORIDA Publication Date:September 19, 2014 Advertising Deadline: September 10, 2014