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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 PAGE 3.A. The shoe memorial along the Danube River. The Dohany Street Synagogue, largest in Europe. tinations. My other goal was Moorish designed synagogue By Rhonda Levin to learn more about the great with ornate domes was all Des Islets classical music composers lit up in bright gold. It was First Person who were so prominent in mesmerizing. The next day these countries. To do this, I on our city tour, we learned As we are in the midst of the made sure that we joined our that itwas the famous Dohany Jewish High Holidays, I can't travel group for the morn Street Synagogue (largest in helpbutrememberwheremy ing city tours, but had our Europe), which opened in husband and I were last year afternoons free for our own 1859 and was located in what atthis time.We had embarked personal travel. When travel- was the Jewish Ghetto. Franz on a Gate 1 Travel guided tour ing to new destinations, I find Liszt played the organ at the of Central and Eastern Europe that escorted tours workwell opening ceremony. On the visiting four countries. This for us and thenwe can always premises there was a beauti- trip began in Budapest, Hun- return on our own to places ful Tree of Life and a Jewish gary, then we traveled by bus we fall in love with. Museum that housed cabinets to Vienna, Austria; Prague, Our knowledgeable tour ofcandlesticks, Jewish prayer Czech Republic; and ended in guide, Bogdan, was fromWar- books, and other religious Berlin, Germany. From there saw, Poland, where our tour items left behind during the we added a week on our own group actually began, but we Holocaust. There was also a in Paris. joined the group in Budapest. small cemetery with a very Inmyusuaifashion, lmade We found that city so lovely sad history: Black and white it a point to visit the Jewish and actually discovered the photos showed that so many communities, former ghettos, Jewishneighborhoodnearour Jews died from starvation in and of course the beautiful lovely hotel on our very first the ghetto during the harsh synagogues in all of our des- night there. A gorgeous huge winter that their corpses were Scott Des Islets walking through the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. piledontopofeachotheruntil I had known that Europeexhibitwithhismusicplaying. they could be buried, was highly poPulated by Jews I learned that Beethoven be- A short distance away was beforeWWII, but forsome rea- queathed his piano to Mozart the Danube River where we son I wasn't expecting to see upon his death. had a private River Boat din- so many memorials outside Being that Hungary was nercruisewhichpassedbythe of the concentration camps just our first country on the stunningParliamentBuilding and cemeteries. I also wasn't itinerary, I knew this was and Performing Arts Center. prepared to see the pianos becoming aratheremotional On the return bus ride to our belonging to Beethoven, Mo- but important trip for my hotel, we passed the shoe me- zart and Liszt (the composers understandingofhistory. Our morial along the river where of my favorite piano pieces I final morning in Budapest, anartistcreatedbronzeshoes have played since childhood), we walked to Mozart's apart- inremembranceofthepeople In the Budapest National ment and happened upon a whowereshotintotheDanube Museum, I got so emotional piano and vocal concert as by Arrow-Cross militiamen that I couldn't stop crying in during the war. the glass enclosed Beethoven Europe on page 21A Repair the World, the larg- mobilize people to address est Jewish service organiza- immediate issues and engage tion, invited young adults to in critical conversations at Act Now for a Different Kind of manyother meaningful times Service with the 2017 Jewish throughout the Jewish year, High Holidays chapter of its including the upcomingholi- service and education cam- days of Thanksgiving, MLK paign. Repair the World also Day, and Purim, culminating announcedthattheyear-long with Passover in 2018. campaign, "Act Now," will "Jewish young adults today Jewish Pavilion's 2017 Holiday Schedule Please join Jewish Pavilion program directors and volunteers for a high holiday service at any of these locations. The ser- vices are open to all. If you are looking for an address, please visit The Jewish Pavilion website, and click on facilities. Sept. 1 noon-lpm Brookdale Lake Orienta Sept. 1 1:30-2:30pm Brookdale lake Mary Sept. 1 2-3pm Life Care Aitamonte Sept. 6 noon-lpm Brookdale Altamonte Sept. 7 10:30-11:30amBrookdale Dr. Phillips II Sept. 8 11-noon Encore at Avalon Park Sept. 8 11-noon Island Lake HC Sept. 8 noon-lpm Grand Villa Sept. 8 3-4pm Mayflower (Country Corner) Sept. 8 3-4pm Village on the Green Sept. 8 4-5pm Oakmonte Cordova Sept. 11 10:30-11:30amInspired Living Sept. 11 1-2pm Brookdale Ocoee Sept. 15 1:30-2:30pm Consulate Sept. 15 3-4pro Westminster Winter Park Tower Sept. 18 10:30-11:30amWestminster Towers Sept. 19 3:30-4:30pm Serenades by Sonata Sept. 20 5-6pm Oakmonte Valencia Sept. 21 1-2pm Brookdale Tuskawilla Sept. 21 1-2pro Kinneret Sept. 21 2:30-3:30pm Arden Court Sept. 22 10:30-11:30amBrookdale Island Lakes Sept. 22 10:30-11:30amPlantation Oaks Sept. 22 11:30-12:30pmSavannah Court Sept. 22 3-4pm Oakmonte Sienna Sept. 22 4-5pro Atria at Forest Lake Sept. 25 10:30-11:30amThe Watercrest of Lake Nona Sept. 30 11-noon Brookdale Island Lakes Oct. 52:30-3:30pm Brookdale Dr. Phillips II Oct. 910:30-11:30amInspired Living Oct. 91-2pm Brookdale Ocoee Oct. 16 10:30-11:30amWestminster Towers Oct. 19 1-2pm Kinneret Oct. 23 10:30-11:30amThe Watercrest of Lake Nona Oct. 27 10:30-11:30amPlantation Oaks clamor more than ever for local organizations around available to everyone? Should ties," adds Eisner. "For the meaningful opportunities to the country to help address itbe?Digintoeducationjustice next eight months, Act Now meet urgent needs in their pressing needs specifi( to asyouprepareforyourservice will offer a clarion call they communities, especially at each community, expancing * Role of Love in Service-- can use to bring their friends, special times in the calendar the capacityoforganizations Add some love into yourfamilies and communities when they feel called to act and bringing a Jewish lens service experience, into making a difference on their values," said David to the volunteering experi- Act Now ( through education, dialogue, Eisner, CEO of Repair the ence. Visit http://werepair, high-holidays) features a and service." World. "Act Now will sup- org/high-holidays/ to find range of other guides and Holidays addressed for the port these activists through or organize local service op- resources designed to help first time in service cam- providing opportunities to portunities, as well as to pick people take action, to facilitate paigns by Repair the World engage in meaningful service up resources delving into the challenging conversations, this year are Thanksgiv- and community discussions, root causes of injustice, the and to organize and partici- ing--anopportunitytoinfuse expressing our core Jewish guiding Jewish values, and pate in service opportunities a Jewish touch point into a values of striving for justice discussion guides for tackling around the country. Fol- secular holiday--and Purim, and the intrinsic value and these difficult issues,lowing the High Holidays, aholidayaroundwhichyoung dignity of everyhuman life." Repair the World also is Act Now will continue to adults have expressed increas- Each element of Act Nowreleasing new materials, exploresocialjusticethrough inginterest in engaging. will drive people to take including: Thanksgiving, MLK Day, Pu- Act Now builds on Repair action through service/ Women Fighting for rim, and Passover. the World's campaign last volunteering, engaging in Sustainability--Learn from "Against an appalling year urging participants to dialogue, skill building, and three powerful women or- drumbeat of tragedy andAct Now for Racial Justice, organizing their greater ganizing their communities outrage, like we witnessed so which engaged more than networks to get involved, around land ownership and recently in Charlottesville, 14,000participantsinservice Utilizing its highly collabora- food sustainability, young adults rightfully want experiences and/or peer-to- tive model, Repair the World - Who Belongs in Placesto address the critical issues peer dinners and facilitated willworkinpartnershipwith of Learning?--Is education that threaten our communi- discussion. a new Joseph and Lynn Goldovitz, 20 at 7:30 p.m. Congregation BookofLifefortheupcoming on Yom Kippur, Sept. 30, the multi-talented spiritual Sinai is offering a second day year." The serving of apples the synagogue will offer its leaders of Congregation Sinai Reform Service on Friday and honey for a sweet year sumptuous "Break the Fast," "inneolawillbiowthe shofar Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to is traditional. The shofar is a ahugebuffetofoldworidJew- play the harp as well as 11a.m followed by a free ram's horn and is blown as a ishfoodnottobebelievedand ,vnduct the upcoming High brunch, open to the entire call to worship and to usher pastries galore. Holidays. All holiday events community, in the New Year Congregation Sinai also is arecelebratedandcommemo- The 10 days of Rosh Ha-Join Congregation Sinaicelebrating Sukkot, the Holi- rated for 2 days. shanah and Yom Kippur are this year for "Lunch and dayofthe Harvestbybuilding Jewish people all over the the holiest days of the year. Learn,'a luncheon following aSukkahinitsownbackyard, worldwiIlusherintheJewish It is the anniversary of the services on the first day of decorated by the children in New Year 5778, a time of new creation of Adam and Eve, Rosh Hashanah when lunch the Religious School. Every- beginnings and of reflection and a period of judgment, is served and a lively discus- oneattendingSukkotservices on one's life, beginning with During the High Holidays, sion follows on topics chosen will receive a blessing for the Selichotserviceson Saturday, peoplepray for forgiveness for bySpiritual Leaders Lynnand New Year in the Sukkah. Sept. 16. thesinstheyhavecommitted Joe Goldovitz. This has been Many other events will be Adairydinnerwillbeserved and pledge to lead a better a tradition for many years, happening at Congregation at 6:15, followed by services at life in the New Year. It is said Following Lunch and Learn, Sinai this fall: movies, din- 7:30 and alively discussion of that at this time, G-d judges the congregants will gather ners, adult education, Bible issues pertaining to the High and then decides "who shall on the Clermont pier to recite study. Check their newsletter Holidays.RoshHashanahwill live and who shall die and Tashlich. for all upcoming events and begin on Wednesday, Sept. who shall be inscribed in the Following closing services join in the fun.