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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 07, 2012 By Ben Sales and restaurants serving ham and shrimp, Tel Aviv is a city TEL AVIV (JTA)--With its known more for its Speedos lively beaches, all-night clubs than its spirituality. And while the Orthodox the Day ofAtonement watch- may spend Yore Kippur pray- ingvideosandbikingthrough ing in synagogues, secular the city's empty streets. Jews are more likely to spend Options are opening up on open Live Life- Joseph and Anita Hare are living their life to the fullest at Village on the Green. In our resort-like senior community, our fabulous amenities and Gold Seal-rated Health Center provide the flexibility to live life just the way you want it. Come see why your friends are choosing Village on the Green... Uniquely, Distinctively Yours! 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We are taking orders for Prepared Food, Fresh Meat, Poultry, and our Delicious Cold Cuts please call: 407-832-6543 or visit www.cohensdeli.com Miriam AlsteffFlash90/lTA A !loun# woman rides her bicycle by the Azrieli Center on the A alon Highway in Tel Aviv on om Kippur, when the road is car free. across the city and the coun- try for non-Orthodox Jews seeking a meaningful way to observe the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Secular Israelis who attend synagogue usually go for Kol Nidre on Yore Kippur eve or Neilah, the holiday's closing service. But the services are rarely meaningful to Jews who hardly ever enter a synagogue during the rest of the year, says to engage nonreligious Jews in Yom Kippur by fostering dialogues and discussions between secular and religious Israelis. Like Bina, Elul will hold study sessions mixing traditional and religious texts leading up to the holiday, although it will be closed on Yore Kippur itself. Roni Yavin, Elul's execu- tive director, says that most secular Israelis observe the Eran Baruch, head of Bina, a holiday, although their om secular Tel Aviv yeshiva. Kippur may not include prayer "Mostyoungpeopleusually or ritual. don't feel connected, don't "They will celebrate Yom know how to pray," he said. Kippur by reading books, by "They usually have some meeting friends, by having a alienationtowhat'sgoingon.' study session," she said. "It's Bina has beefi counteriffg a meaningful day for study, that alienation since its 1996 ,, for thinking about identity, founding by crafting a Juda- for thinking about what hap- ism with prayers, texts and pened this year, what I want values that secular Jews can for next year." appreciate. On Yore Kippur Yavin says that since 1973, eve this year, the yeshiva will the day also has become an host study sessions, discus- opportunity for Israelis to sions and a rooftop service commemorate the Yore Kip- that Baruch says will attract put War. 400 people. Secular Tel Aviv residents The service will feature alsomayattendaYomKippur some classic selections from yoga session (white clothes the prayer book, such as the and a bottle of water recom- Kol Nidre prayer. But the mended), while a learner's service cum study session service will take place in also will include recent texts, nearby Herzliya.Ablurbabout such as poems by Israeli poet the service advertises that it Yehuda Amichai or American will not have assigned seating Jewish musician Leonard forregularworshipers,"which Cohen's song "Who by Fire," alienates secular Jews." whichisinspiredbyU'netaneh After the holiday, Tel Aviv Tokef, a High Holidays prayer residents may choose from that describes the process a break fast with several op- and consequences of divine tions--a1970s-themedparty, judgment, a stand-up comedy show or a The service alsowiilinclude restaurant that is advertising an opportunity for personal an ll-pound steak--to share confession; Bina will hold with five people. confessional services the fol- The most popular Tel Aviv- iowingdayandnightfocusing area activity remains bicy- on community and nation, cling. Tel Aviv bans private Yom Kippur lacks an ele- vehicles from the road on ment of national heroism the holiday, meaning that central to such holidays as the city's streets and even its Chanukah and Purim, which highways fill with cyclists. many secular Israelis observe. "I have quality timewith my ButwhileBinadoesnotaskits family," said Charlie Anstiss, studentstofastorperformany 61, a non-Jew who moved to particular rituals, Baruchsays Israel in 1983. the ideas of self-improvement Anstiss, who lives north of and forgiveness should reso- Tel Aviv, has cycled competi- nate with everyone, tively here. He used to ride 70 "Therearemanytraditional miles up the Mediterranean texts that ask very deep ques- coast onYom Kippur, but now tions--Job, Jonah and Eccle- he takes ashorter tripwith his siastes," he said. In its study children and grandchildren. sessions, Bina'sstudents also "When you get to the city willreadAbrahamJoshuaHe- center, you have to be very schelandthediaryofHannah careful because all the kids Senesh, a Jewish paratrooper are on the road," he said. "I killed by allies of the Nazis. don't know why their par- The Jerusalem-based or- ents let them out. It's quite ganization Elul also aims dangerous."