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PAGE 24A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 9, 2009 By Dori Gerber Hebrew Day School The Hebrew Day School is rich on tradition. One of the traditions it upholds is the annual Tashlichwalk inwhich the fourth through eighth grade students participate. During this year's walk, nearly 100 students trekked from the school to Lake Lily where Rabbi David Kay of Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom led them in a ceremony of responsive reading and prayer, as well as the customary casting away of sins by tossing pieces of bread into the lake. Following the ceremony, the students began their Jew- ish New Year with a mitzvah. The students circled the lake to rid it of its trash and to beautify the area, just as they did to themselves by tossing their mistakes into the water. Just because they were not old enough to participate in the walk to Lake Lily doesn't mean that the younger HDS students did not get a chance to participate in the tradi- tional Tashlich ceremony. All grade levels participated in an age-appropriate cer- emony that taught them about apology and forgive- ness. In fact, Dori Wolgel and Sigal Harris, took their kindergarten and first grade students outside to partici- pate in a Tashlich ceremony. They used a large plastic bin to represent a flowing body of water in which the children were able to toss away their mistakes that were written on pieces of paper. Nathan Vincenti uses a garbage bag and trash tongs to clean up Lake Lily as part of the mitzvah portion of the ceremony. "It's never too early to teach children about apologizing," says Wolgel. "This mini- ceremony not only allows the children to let go of something that may have been bothering them, but it also teaches them about their Jewish history and traditions." The Hebrew Day School still has limited spaces avail- able for the 2009-2010 school year. For more information or to arrange a private tour, con- tact Susan Cohen, Director of Admissions, at 407- 647- 0713, or visit the school's website at www.hds-orlando.org. Rabbi David Kay blows the shofar to signify the beginning of the Tashlich ceremony. Fifith Fader Jonathan Trattner reads aloud a passage from the ceremony packet. Many students were called upon by ~e rabbi to participate in the ceremony. A group of smiling fourth graders head down Maitland Avenue towards their destination of Lake Lily for the Tash- lich ceremony. Kindergarten and first grade students circle around their ~flowing body of water~ in order to cast away their mistakes. [] [] Today, the worst water crisis in Israel's history has caused a dramatic drop in Israel's usable water supply. Quotas for farmers and water rationing for Israelis have already begun. JNF's network of over 200 reservoirs and dams provides water to 1.5 million Israelis every day. But that is not enough. JNF has now committed $1 O0 million to build 40 new reservoirs, explore new water sources, support drilling projects, promote conservation and education activities, and implement new agricultural techniques. We can't wait for miracles. We need you now. Donate today! www.jnf.org ] 1.888,JNR0099 JEWISH NATIONAL FUND JNF, for ISRAEL forever.