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PAGE 10A Wishing all of our friends the blessings of peace, happiness and good health throughout the new year! THE GINSBURG FAMILY Alan, Kelly, Ron, Jamie, Sharon Diane and Joseph Shalom Friends, On behalf of the Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando, wewant to express our best wishes to you and your families for a sweet New Year. According to Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah isn't just the Jewish New Year, it's also the world's birthday. As we do on any birthday, we take stock of the past year, look forward to the year ahead, and make wishes. Our first wish for the coming year is to strength- en our local Jewish agen- cies, synagogues and orga- nizations. So many people have turned to the Jewish Federation and our the lo- cal Jewish agencies during the past few years to help them overcome difficulties and improve their lives, and thanks to generous donors like you, we have been able to make many of their wishes come true. Our next wish is that every member of our com- munity has the opportunity to participate in Jewish ex- periences, from PJ Library for.toddlers to educational opportunities for adults, from Birthright Israel trips to social and philanthropic initiatives for youth. Your donation to the Federation HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 07, 2012 Ryan Lefkowitz Annual Campaign supports so many beloved programs and institutions in Orlando that build Jewish identity and celebrate Jewish life. Out last wish is to con- nect every generation to Israel and our extended Jewish family around the world. Your support to Federation can tran sform lives across the globe, bringing Jewish experi- ences to people of all ages. taking care of poor, elderly Jews in Russia, and providing opportunity to at-risk children in Israel. One of our most cherished wishes is that whenever a Michael Soil Jew is in need, anywhere in the world, they can count on Federation to help. As you look back at this past year. at all that you have done and all we have done together as a community, we urge you to look ahead as well. We all wish of mak- ing our Jewish community a better place. When you hear the blast of the shofar dur- ing t.his New Year, consider it your call to action. L'Shana Tova UMetukah, Ryan Lefkowitz and Michael Soil JFGO Co-chairmen of the Board Best wishes for a Shana Tova from Where Traditional Judaism Embraces the Contemporary World 5773 HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICE SCHEDULE We invite evewone in the ~:ommun ty to join us at the services highlighted in ~. A ticket is required to attend all other services. Please contact us for information on how to get your Ucket. ROSH HA-SHANA 9/17 MONDAY MORNING ROSH HA-SHANA I 9:00 A.H, TORAH SERVICE 10:30 A.M. SHOFAR SERVICE 11:30 A.N. MUSAF NOON YOM KIPPUR 9/25 TUESDAY EVENING KOL NIDRE 7:00 P.M. 9/26 WEDNESDAY MORNINGMORNING SERVICe 9:30 A,N. TORAH SERV]CE 11:15 A.N. YZZKOR 12:15 P,N, MUSAF 1:00 P.N, ..... ::.~!i!:~'~::.~:::':_:~i:::~:~.'~:~:~:~,~.~:':,~..~.:.~=:!::~::::. i:~% ~.::-::. : ;;~.:: .~ .. ::...... ....... . ............ . .................... It's been an interest- ing year for interfaith relationships. The world seems to be pulling in two directions one part decrying "those people" and plotting them ill, and the rest of us struggling to create a safe space for interfaith dialogue. At the Holocaust Cen- ter, we are always mindful of how hard it is to over- come prejudice and break the cycle of hate. We see in our own painful his- tory what happens when a group is marginalized, vilified, and marked for extermination simply be- cause they are "different." We see it with a modern face every day as when a young man with ties to a white supremacy group recently opened fir.e at a Sikh Temple killing six people, and in the tragic s.tories of young people who end their own lives in the face of taunting be- cause of they are somehow not like the others. We keep going back to the ageless question of the Shoah. What would have made a difference in changing the fatal course of anti-Semitism? At what point, and by what means. could hatred of Jews be co,ntained and purged? One obvious answer is that if the ordinary people had known more about Jewish beliefs and tradi- tions, the whole nonsense about using children's blood to make matzos would never have been mistaken for the truth. Jim Shapiro The Protocols of the El- ders of Zion, still seen by some as an authentic text about Jews scheming to take over the world, would have been dismissed as the ridiculous fabrication we know it to be. People fear what they don't un- derstand. It is clear from the stories of people and communities that became rescuers in the Holocaust that the first step is to see our common humanity. When we acknowledge that people of different faiths and cultures still have many of the same desires and concerns, we can see them as broth- ers rather than "others." We can learn about their lives and their faith, and agree to disagree about sacred texts and means to salvation in a respectful manner. Pam Kancher We have begun that effort already here at the Holocaust Center. From our very begin- ning, our mission has been to challenge all forms of bigotry. We have just launched a "Religion 101" series in partnership with the Interf.aith Council of Central Florida to pro- mote understanding and respect for our spiritual neighbors. And, first and foremost, we strive to set a good example of open minds, open arms. and open hearts. On behalf of the Cen- ter's boa :d of directors and staff, we want to wish you and your family a happy, healthy and peace- filled New Year. Jim Shapiro President Pam Kancher Executive Director 3899 Sand Lake Road 407.862.3505 Longwood, FL 32779