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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 PAGE 11A Aaron Well Dana Bial It's that time of the year from home. Whether for the again when roughly 350,000 very first time or just return- Jewish college studentswillbe ing for another year of school, facing the High Holidays away this is a time of the year when Central Florida Hillel is at its way for 5779, it is impressive Hillel director at Florida's with students who are eager busiest. The High Holidays to consider how just one year oldest university. There are to learn more about their present a perfect opportunity has changed so much on our literally more programs in heritage, aswellasexperience for young Jewish adults to campuses here in Central thenexttwoweeksatStetson thefeelingofbeinginahome get together, whether they Florida. than there were almost all of away from home. are observant or completely This time last year, there last year and they are just At the board level this time secular. The social aspects of was no Hillel staff at Rollins getting started, last year, we were still evolv- the holidaycombinedwithour College and now we have an This time last year, there ing from a nascent board to a famously abundant, delicious associate director of Jewish was no Israel Fellow to serve more expansive model.Under kosher food create a special Student Life, Emily Block, our campuses here in Central the leadership of Board Chair place for students to gather who is leading a movement Florida.NowwehaveNiritGel- DanaBial, theboardapproved andenjoythebenefitsofcom- to create a vibrant, dynamic ferwhowillbeworkingwithour anewsetofbylaws, introduced munity. Our synagogue part- and sustainable Jewish com- studentstoeducatethecampus a committee structure where ners in the community--like munity. This was highlighted community about Israel.every board member serves, Congregation Ohev Shalom, when on Passover, President This time last year, weand inaugurated the agency's Congregation ofReformJuda- Grant Cornwell became the had no rabbi to provide for first strategicplan so that the ism and Temple Israel--open first president in Rollins' 130- the spiritual needs of our organization that is the gate- up their doors as well for our yearhistorytohostaPassover students. This year, we have way for young adults coming students that prefer an envi- sederat Barker House. an amazing partnership into our community, canpre- ronmentmoreliketheirshuls This time last year, there with Yehudi which brought pare a path for sustainability and temples back home. was no Hillel staff at Stetson us Rabbi Yisrael and Tamar for the future. These offerings weren't University and now they have Abisrorwhosebeautifulhome Dana Bial, HillelBoard always available here in Or- Sam Friedman (formerly our just down the street from chair iando and, as 5778 is making assistant director) as the first campus is already being filledAaron Well, CEO Carol Feuerman Rhonda Pearlman Sharon F. Well In the next few days we'll herald in the new year 5779. of family--filled with good celebrateRoshHashanahand It is a time of renewal and food, traditions and wishes, hopes and prayers for the brought to the fore, and God back to that moment and we future, remembers us, our deedsexperience it again. While the holiday is best and our actions. But I believe I had the opportunity to known by the name "Rosh God isn't the only one who talkwithsomeofourresidents Hashanah," which literally remembers; this is a time astheysharedtheirmemories means "head of the year," when we can also "remember of the High Holidays. Memo- in the Torah the holiday ourselves." riescanhaveasignificantim- is called "Zichron Truah," Intertwined with memorypact on our day-to-day lives, which roughly translates isanelementofjudgmentand andwhen reminiscing, these as "Memory Blast." Ad- personalresponsibly, adefin- women were transported to ditionally, the only mitz- ing characteristic of Rosh the past, reqived the mo- vah, or commandment, Hashanah. By remembering, ments, andinthatspace, were that is directly connected we compare between the past able to bridge the gap between with this holiday is to hear and the present, between our past and present. the blast of the shofar, hopes and expectations and "When Iwas 12 years old," Why is the Jewish New Year the way they played out in Bernice Landis reminisced, actually a memorial day? And reality. We don't just think of "Israel became a country. why is the only command- the past, we re-live the mo- A man came to services to mentofthisdaytolistentoa ment. When we remember talk about the new country simple blast from the shofar? the people, the places and and gather donations. My According to tradition, on the experiences that impacted Rosh Hashanah the past is us the most, we are whisked Kinneret on page 22A Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel Proucll Servin Our C ornrnuniL For Over Years " Trad: ca'a* May it be a year of learning and growing for all! "vw'icwishacadcmy rland - rg O0@