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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 By Rabbi Gabi Gittleson J.O.in Orlando Imagine an empty patch of concrete being transformed into an action-packed hub of activity, filled with the laughter of over 200 people. That is what transpired on Sunday, Sept. 7, when four local Jewish community or- ganizations-Orlando Torah Academy, Jewish Outreach INitiative (J.O.IN Orlando), Orlando JewiSh Experience and Orlando Torah Center-- organized a Jewish Family Fun Day. In addition to the bounce houses and cotton candy, popcorn, balloon sculpting and face painting, three grills worked overtime to keep everyone well fed. In the words of 4-year-old JCC of Greater Orlando L'Shana ova from your family at th Jewish unit nter Orlando! r Ronnie Bitman, President David Wayne, Executive Bonnie Rayman, Associiate Executive Director .......... Robby Etzkin, Assistamt Executive Director ROTH JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER I MAITLAND, FL JCC'S JACK & LEE ROSEN SOUTHWEST ORLANDO CAMPUS t DR. PHILLIPS, FL www.orlandojcc.org Nachi, "I had a lot of cotton candy that totally filled my tummy (except for the hot dog!)." Families came from all over the greater Orlando area, from Hunters Creek to Lake Mary and everywhere in between. Aside from being afforded the opportunity to catch up with old friends, guests were able to meet new people and see new faces, fur- thering a real sense of Jewish pride and connectivity. As one participant enthused, "I never saw so many Jews in one place before!" 'Jewish' definitely was the theme of the day--as the delicious scent of kosher meat wafted through the air and Jewish music played over the sound system, children were absorbed in arts-and- crafts projects including fashioning Rosh Hashanah cards and decorating an array of Jewish-themed tiles. All the while, adults discussed different Jewish community programs and initiatives with members of the presenting organizations and interested parents were given a personal tour of Or- lando Torah Academy's new home located in the Liner building on Commodity Circle in South Orlando. The Fun Day was spon- Shaina Singer Temima Paris and Devora Wachsman paint tiles with Jew- ish themes. sored by newly formed J.O.IN. Orlando, OTA, OJE and OTC. Together, these four community organiza- tions are helping support and strengthen Orlando's Jewish community by promoting an environment conducive to raising a Jewish family. "It's so nice to see how much the Jewish community in Orlando has grown. See- ing so many Jewish children and families is inspiring. There is a real feeling of a 'community' and a real sense of vibrancy; it's refreshing and exciting. You can see that there is a bright future for the Jewish community here," commented Rabbi Avraham Wachsman, dean of OTA. This feeling was eloquently summed up by Mordy, 6, when asked about the Jewish community of Orlando, "You could ask the rabbis of OTA and the directors of J.O.IN. Orlando if your children could go into the school, and you can try to get some of your friends to join the community also!" For information on any of the four organizations, please call 407-569-8840 or email Office@JoinOrlando. org (J.O.IN. Orlando office). r Kinneret Apartments is a sophisticated 62 and over community that offers efficiency and one bedroom apartment homes starting at $396 per month with all utilities included. Kinneret oMers many omen'r~ies including: • Daily Activities • Beauty Salon • Co-Op • Boutique • Evening Dining Program * Weekly Bus Trips • On Site Service Coordinators • LibraW • Exercise & Computer Room • Wellness Center • Secured Building Entry • Onsite Laundry • Assigned Parking • 24 Hour Maintenance Those Who Cared Us Shaina Singer More than 200 people attended the Jewish Family Fun Day from all over the Orlando area. For over 33 years, Too Jay's has specialized in holiday traditions. So whether you've got a houseful this Rosh Hashanah, or you will be dining with us, let Too Jay's take care of the details. From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year. Reservations for Dine In & Take Out orders now being accepted. 0daado Colonial MarketPlaza (407) 894-1718 • East Orlando Waterford Lakes Town Center (407) 249-9475 Soulltwast Orlando The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips (407) 355-0340 * Ocwe Shoppes of Ocoee (407) 798- 2000 * Altamanta Springs Palm Springs Shopping Center (407) 830-1770 • Lake MaryLake Mary Centre (407) 833-0848