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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 0" During its 10-year exis- tence. Congregation Sinai has grown from a small worship group to a large and robust congregation; providing a full range of services and activities to the Jewish population of south Lake County. The temple moved from the limited space of Jenkins Auditorium in Clermont to a large rented facility that holds up to 200 people in Minneola. The Holocaust Memo- rial Resource and Education Center will be presenting the premiere of a new Readers Theater piece as part of its an- nual remembrance of Kristall- nacht. At 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, the drama"Witness'will be presented in the auditorium of the Jewish Community Center in Maitland. "Witness" tells the story of Kristallnacht (Nov, 9-10. 1938) through the eyes and words of characters who were swept up in the chaos of that time. According to the play's author. Susan Mitchell, the events of Kristallnacht are central to understanding how and why the Holocaust happened. "When you study the days and tiours before this assault on Jewish communities, you can' concluding that the world kne~ exactly what was happening in The Third Reich." she says. "The after- - math makes it even clearer that other nations could have and should have stopped Hitler before those millions of lives were lost." The drama is co-written by Jack Lowe, who says that the research in creating the play led him to a new understand- ing of the horror of the early days of the Third Reich. "The diaries and letters about that night are remarkable." he says. "These accounts provide a chilling report on the impact of Kristallnacht. Through them. we find the human voice Herschel Grynszpan, 17, is one of the characters whose story is told in 'Witness.' of victims, perpetrators, and bystanders who were part of that historic event." new year Jewish Pavilion volunteers Flory Kahn and Marian Bromberg with a resident of HC Windermere. An HC Windermere resi- dent toots her horn. A resident of HC Winder- mere holds a floral arrange- ment. It is a new year and the Jewish Pavilion has been busy visiting Jewish residents. bringing them joy, and a Jew- ish connection for this very special time of year. "We have amazing volunteers that always add so much," says a Jewish Pavilion of- ficial. "The support that the Jewish Pavilion receives ~s wonderful." This year Vitas provided all the program directors with raisin challah and honey cake. Nancy Ludin, the Pavilion's executive direc- tor, works endlessly getting things donated to make visits a special occasion. Volunteers of all ages pitch in to help, as is exemplified by the children at the JCC, who make New Year's cards. Pictured here are some of the residents at HC Windermere along with volunteers Flory Kahn and Marian Bromberg. Seminole State to host discussion of women's role in religion SANFORD The World Religions Club at Seminole State College of Florida will present a panel discussion of "The Role of Women in Religion: A Dialogue Among Women of Faith" from 4 p.m.6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Panel members will represent four faith traditions: Rabbi Sharon Skolnick, South- west Orlando Jewish Congregation; Deacon Aileen Walther, Holy Ghost Episcopal Church; Shobana Daniell, Hindu Temple of Casselberry; and Shatha Samman, Islamic Society of Central Florida. This free event will take place at Seminole State College of Florida's multipurpose room (building C, Room 110) on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus. To register go to Congregation Sinai ini- tially held services twice a month, but now has expanded to provide a full Shabbat service every Friday night. Services are conducted by two canto- rial leaders,-Joe and Lyn Goldovitz. They are both skilled guitarists and bring to every service, modern and traditional music that inspires, entertains and fos- ters a religious experience. In addition to holding Shabbat and Torah services every Friday evening, the congregation recognizes and celebrates all of the Jewish holidays and ob- serves all Yiskors during the year. In recent years the tem- ple has offered regular adult education courses in the Hebrew language, Hebrew prayer and Judaica. The congregation has an operating school f hat provides a religious edu- cation for young children leading to their bar/bat mitzvah, Interestingly, many adults who were never bar/bat mitzvahed in their childhood have received instruction as adults, so they can now meet the required educa- tional level for the cer- emony to be performed. Consequently, the temple has many adult ceremo- nies marking their arrival at adulthood. Congregation Sinai has two very active and vibrant auxiliary organizations. namely the Sisterhood and the Men's Club. They both are major fundraisers for the temple. They have held fashion shows, arranged cruises, offered musical concerts, conducted Pass- over seders, and run food drives for the needy, and offered lectures by notable speakers. The temple does not promote a particular move- ment but chooses to make it a place of worship for Jews of all persuasions (Orthodox. Reform, Conservative, Re- constructionist). The con- gregation is egalitarian and women are fully integrated into the services. Congregation Sinai is looking to attract unaffili- ated families, people who are in interfaith marriages, and young families who want to give their child a Jewish education leading to a bar/bat mitzvah. Congre- gation Sinai is indeed, now a full service synagogue. Call 352-243-5353 for more information. a swe new year By Cindy Sher CHICAGO IJUF News)- Ready for a clean slate? We Jews are lucky to get a chance to start over every fall as the shofar sounds a wake-up call in each of our lives. With the changing leaves, the crispness in the air and new Justin Bieber Trapper Keepers in the back-to-school aisle comes a promise for a fresh start in 5773. Since the sum of 5. 7. 7 and 3 equals 22. I offer you 22 tips for a sweeter new year. L'shana tovah tikatevu! 1. Give thanks. No matter what you're doing, take at least a moment every day to stop and say thank you to God, to your parents, to the love of your life, to your kids. and to that barista at your local coffee joint who greets you with a smile and a"half-caff-skim-latte-easy whip" every morning. We get so wrapped up in the chaos of our days that we forget to give thanks for all the blessings, big and small, in our lives. 2. Make Shabbat special. Whether you keep Shabbat or not, it's a nice time to be in the present with a good meal, good people and a good nap. 3. Get inspired. Go online and click on one of those TED talks, listen to an up- lifting sermon by your rabbi. take in a sunset, watch a Spielberg flick whatever moves you. 4. Learn about your roots. Ask an older member of your family to tell you a story stemming from your fam- ily tree. My grandparents just recently told me how they met. Long story short. I might not be here if it weren't for my grandma's canasta game with my great aunts, Faye and Gertie, who put the shidduch together. How'd your grandparents meet? 5. Spend time with people who you really like and love. And spend less time with people you don't. Life's short. 'Nuf said. 6. Raise your heart rate. They say sitting at your desk all day can shave years off your life. It's a pity 1 write these words as I sit at my desk. So whenever you can, get up and move. Walk. don't drive, the mile to the store. Take the stairs, not the elevator. Do yoga. Shoot hoops. Just move. 7. Never text and drive-- capiche? And while we're on the subject, texting and walking is dangerous, too. 8.-Laugh more. In the book "The Happiness Proj- ect." author Gretchen Rubin says that a small child typi- cally laughs more than 400 times each day, while an adult laughs only 17 times. Raise that average. 9. Look up at the sky and down at the earth. Pay at- tention to the sun. the moon and the stars, and plant something in the ground. 10. Take up space in the room. Last year, I attended a Jewish women's empow- erment seminar, where we talked about this concept, but it applies to both men and women: Who you are and what you have to say matter. Own it. 11. Commit gemilut hasa- dim, deeds of loving kind- ness. Mentor a kid who needs a friend or volunteer at a senior home. for a project to feed the hungry or else- where. 12. Devour a book--for fun. Read it on your Kindle or the real kind made of actual paper. 13. Give yourself a break. So many people, especially among MOTs. are taught to excel and to make everyone around them happy all the time, Whether by making the honor roll. getting that promotion or saying yes to a project you know you don't have time for. But you know what? Sometimes it's OK to take a day off from perfec- tion. I give you permission. 14. Eat broccoli, beans and blueberries. Incorpo- rate superfoods like these into your diet to improve your overall health. 15. But eat ice cream, too. I know these last two tips sound contradictory, but it's not like you're training for the Olympics. Yes, eat your vegetables, but every once in a while, go for those two scoops of peanut butter and Chocolate ice cream. 16. Visit somewhere you've never been. That may be Israel. India or Indiana. or it could be your local gym or a botanic garden. Visit uncharted territory next year. 17. Talk about real stuff. Again, we get bogged down in the details of life. logistics and work, but take some time to really talk to the people in your lives about what really matters. 18. Dance more. So you're not exactly Mikhail Barysh- nikov or J. Lo. Well. chances are neither is the guy next to you on the dance floor at the club or dancing the hora alongside you. 19. Find joy in every sea- son-even winter. Revel in the varied seasons--wheth-- er you're 7 years old or 7 at heart. In the fall, jump m a pile of leaves. When it's cold, make a snow angel when you visit your family up north. Meander through the rain without an umbrella in the spring. And next July, jump into the lakenwhen the E. coli levels are low. 20. Be more Zen. I'm a work in progress on this one. Your friend is 11 minutes late for your coffee date. The forecast calls for storms on you wedding day. Your daughter just drew a picture of the dog With a brown Sharpie on the coffee table rather than on her plentiful construc- tion paper. Don't freak out about things beyond your control. OK. maybe freak out a little about the Sharpie tain. 21. Do something a little scary. No. not necessarily bungee jumping. My morn would kill me-- and she'd probably kill you, too. But get out of your comfort zone and do something new that seems easier not to do. 22. Turn off your phone every once in a while. Wouldn't it be nice every so often--maybe on Shab- bat to not text, not email, not status update and not tweet--to just be? Cindy Sher is editor of the JUF News in Chicago.