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SEPTEMBER 10, 2004 PAGE 11 lizever of Longwood has a wide variety of programs to pique the from all Beginning in will on weekdays, ! during the day evenings to ac- is as fol- m. - 1 p.m be- 9. a warm and )here. Temple y discus- members will learn All levels are something for everyone through welcome, no knowledge of Hebrew required. Lunch couvert. RSVP to Tom 407- 647-3055 to reserve a lunch. Taught by Rabbi Chizever. 2) Torah Reading: Learn to chant from the Torah and join the "'fad Squad." Must be able to read Hebrew. Sundays from 10:30a.m.- ll:30a.m October 24 and 31, November 7, 14, 21 and 28, December 5, 12, 19. Taught by Cantorial Soloist Debbie Meitin. 3) Beginning Hebrew: Have you always wanted to read Hebre~v and be more comfortable at services? Here is a great opportunity to be reading in 5 short weeks. On Thursdays, Oct. 14 and 28, November 4, 11 and 18, at 11: 30 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. Taught by Cant0rial Soloist Debbie Meitin 4) Adult B'nai Mitzvah: Wednesdays - first Wednes- day of the month - at 7:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 3. "If not now, when? Let 'now' be the time to learn about our exciting Jewish tradition. We will learn about all aspects of Judaism - theology, prayer, Hebrew, the holidays, Jew- ish history, etc." The class will culminate with a B'nai Mitzvah in Israel, as well as at Temple Israel. Taught by Rabbi Chizever. 5) Legends of the Talmud: Come and learn about some of the most intriguing and mystifying stories of the Talmud. All levels welcome. No knowledge of Hebrew re- quired. Thursdays - Nov. 10 and 17 - at 7:30 p.m. Taught by Rabbi Chizever. 6) Kabbalistic and Spiri- tuai Aspects of Chanukah: Wednesday, Dec. 8 - at 7: 30 p.m. "Explore the magic contained in the lights of the Chanukah menorah. After this class, you will view the menorah in an entirely new 'light.'" With Rabbi Chizever. 7) Community-wide Adult Education - Thursdays dur- ing the month of January. Times to be announced. 8) Advanced Hebrew: Con- tinuation of the Level I class. Thursdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, March 3. Times to be an- nounced. Taught by Cantorial Soloist Debbie Meitin. 9) A Taste of Kabbalah: Wednesday, March 16 - at 7: 30 p.m. "Everyone's doing it! How about you?" Taught by Rabbi Chizever. 10) Jewish Philosophy and Theology: Wednesdays, Feb. 9, 16, 23- at 7:30 p.m. "What are your views about God, the afterlife, and revelation? Do you even have a personal the- ology? Now, more than ever, one is needed! Let this class be the starting point of your never-ending spiritual jour- ney." With Rabbi Chizever. 11) Highlights of the Hag- gadah: Wednesday, April 13 - at 7:30 p.m. "Add some pizzaz and ruach to your Passover Seder. After this class, your Passover Seder will never be the sameP' 12) Another Taste of Kab- balah: Wednesday, Mar. 18 - at 7:30 p.m. "If you missed the last 'taste,' there's one more bite left!" With Rabbi Chizever. 13) Gary Kaltbaum: Money Matters: TBA ation introduces 'Adult education 14) Scholar-in-Residence: TBA 15) Women in the Bible: "May you be like Ruth and like Esther " Join Cantor Laurie Rimland-Bonn in a lively discussion based upon Tikva Frymer- Kensky'sbook, Reading the Women of the Bible. Part 1: Mondays: Oct. 18 and 28, Nov. 1, 8 and 15, from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 16) Jews, Genetics, and Politics: Dr. Harry Rein: Sun- days, September 26, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. "Have you recog- nized that you have a genetic predisposition towards your political thought process? It's in the genes!" If you are interested in par- ticipating in any of the above courses, contact Barry Gold, Temple Israel's executive di- rector, at 407- 647-3055. Ohev Sha- dramatic step in fits adult education ling year. the need to elevate of Jewish literacy Lhe community at ade plans to Rabbi Aaron "thanks to Sager through Congre- meant that the courses "tend 'topical issues' or daism," Rabbi Rubinger said. "Our yeshiva will be the real thing. The courses offeredwill consist of traditional Jewish learning. Students will be directly studying the texts of the Bible, Mishna, Talmud, Midrash, Shulchan Aruch, the commentaries of Rashi and other classical interpret- ers of the Bible." And what exactly is a "Conservative" yeshiva? Con- gregation Ohev Shalom says, "It uses modern, historical and university style methods of analysis when studying a text. For example, Midrashim, ancient rabbinic 'readings' of the Bible, might not be taken in the literal manner, the way they more likely would be at an Or thodoxyeshiva.Also, the Adult Conservative Yeshiva is being geared for the majority of American Jews who have had no prior experience in studying at a Yeshiva." The genesis for this new Adult Conservative Yeshiva came about when an active congregant and involved member of the Jewish com- munity of Orlando confided to Rabbi Rubinger, "I know what a Siddur (prayerbook) is. I know what a Chumash (Five Books of Moses with the weekly Haftorot) is. But, Rabbi, although I have been attending synagogue for my entire adult life, I have never even seen the Mishna. I have never seen the Midrash, nor do I have any idea of what's in them.', enjoying dinner in the Kinneret dining room, thanks to the kosher meal community support. Pearlman )rest- Judy Kahan, )irector, have an- Alison Polejes chair this year"s Gala. The p.m will the dining room in down- are towers for senior Delaney Avenue Orlando. The ,nt provides the residents. Council on Ag- )rganization, sponsors this program. Every $120 contributed is applied directly to the cost of feeding one resident for one month. There is a $180 minimum donation per person for at- tendance at the gala. In the past years the Kin- neret Council on Aging has honored many Jewish leaders who have made an impact on the senior Jewish community. A few of the past honorees have been Rabbi Rudolph Adler, Joe Lefkowitz, Ernie Rapp and Judy Kahan. Each honoree has had a hand in the inception, development and ongoing programs of the Kinneret history. Other members of this year"s Gala committee in- dude Dr. Barry Render, Carol Feuerman, Lois Silverberg, and Jacqueline Dubowsky. The Kinneret board is represented by executive committee of Rhonda Pearl- man, President, Farlen Halik- man, President-Elect, Paul Mandelkern, V.E, Ed Web- man, Treasurer, and Alison Polejes, Secretary, with the board of directors of Claire Chepenik, Carol Feuerman, Robert Hara, Laurie Levin, Aaron Liberman, Joan Liber- man, Bob Drazen, Jacqueline Dubowsky, Barry Render and Mark Silverberg. For more information and reservations, or to find out more about the senior residences in downtown Orlando, contact Kinneret at 407-425-4537. Rabbi Rubinger said hear- ing that"set offa bombshell" in his head. He realized that his congregant was speaking for well over 90 percent of his congregation and most other Conservative congregations as well. Rabbi Rubinger said he "had to come face to face with the sad reality that the typical American synagogue has become only a House of Prayer and has tragically ceased serving its historical role of being a serious House of Study for adults." The Or- thodox are the exception. Most Orthodox synagogues do provide serious learning opportunities. With this in mind, this new Conserva- tive approach will be to combine the wisdom of the Sages with a more modern approach, closer to that of the university. The instructors at the new Adult Conservative Yeshiva will include Rabbi Rudolph Adler, Rabbi Emeritus at COS, Rabbi Da- vid Kay, the new Assistant Rabbi at COS, and Rabbi Rubinger. Rabbi Richard Margolis of Temple Beth Shalom of Melbourne and Rabbi Jackie Wexler, the new rabbi of the Hebrew Day School of Central Florida, will also be on the faculty. "It would not at all surprise me if a number of women would be very excited in having an opportunity to study with a woman rabbi," Rubinger said. This Adult Conservative Yeshiva will be open to the entire Jewish community. According to Rabbi Rubin- ger, it was very important to Robert Sager, son of Arnold and Barbara Sager, that this yeshiva project impact the overall Orlando Jewish com- munity. Courses will be begin the week of October 18- 21. For a brochure of classes and additional information, call Congregation Ohev Shalom at 407-298-4650 or visit on the Internet. i i The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando wishes you a Shana Tovah Tikatevu. May you and your family be inscribed in the Book of Life. Central Florida is blessed with a wide range of synagogues reflecting the vibrancy and vitality of our community. Synagogues are critical to the continuity of our Jewish heritage and essential to our community's success. Please review the list of Central Florida synagogues at our website We urge you to make a call today, visit and then join the synagogue of your choice this High Holiday season. Warmest wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. The Jewish Federation Of Greater Orlando Celebrate the High Holidays Orlando style with free E-cardsl Visit our website: w.shalomorlando.orfl i i ,