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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2014 PAGE 3A I GO a00,00vards synagogue grants for Jewish teen education quirements including course length, staff qualifications and program content. Each of the six grant awardees are launching their programming for the Fall. All classes are open to all teens, regardless of affiliation or membership. While some programs are offered for free, others have nominal fees in place to help offset the high cost of the program. The six recipients of the Fall 2014 JTEN Grant Awards are: Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation--Wednesday evening classes for 8-12 grade teens focused on Israel. The program "Bringing Israel Home to Orlando" will focus on connecting teens to Israel, culturally, spiritually and through Hebrew language. With great enthusiasm, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Jewish Teen Educa- tion Network announces the award of six grants to area synagogues. Earlier this summer, JFGO announced the formation of the Jewish Teen Education Network (JTEN), an innova- tive response to the changing needs of today's teens and a clearinghouse for all Jewish teen education in Central Florida. The Federation is thrilled to award grants to all local synagogues that applied to the program. This first initiative of JTEN, offers grants to synagogues that provide Jewish educa- tional opportunities for teens. Grant applicants were re- quired to meet specific re- Temple Israel--"What they didn't teach you in Hebrew School" course begins Nov. 2, 20]4. The class will focus on text study and modern discussion of perennial issues, giving teens the opportunity to wrestle with the problems of modern times using Jewish wisdom as a guide for these difficult topics. Congregation Ohev Sha- lom-Offering an ongoing program called "Dinner, Daber & Dvar" for 8th- to 12th-grade teens, which meets on Monday nights. The first hour is dedicated to modern conversational Hebrew, with the second hour being devoted to the "Amazing History of the Jews" from creation to present day. Congregation Beth Am-- Offering a Machon program for teens in 8th - 12th grade. The program will include a monthly Shabbat afternoon class with Mincha service, Talmudic study and Havdal- lah. Additionally, there will be twice monthly Sunday afternoon classes where teens will study rabbinic sources addressing contemporary themes. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando--Offering a three- part educational series begin- ning this month. The three sessions each include six class- es on Wednesday nights. The series begins on Oct. 22, with "Why I Love Israel (looking at both ancient and modern ties to Israel)" followed by "Holly- wood Idol (a deeper look into the values portrayed in film and television)" beginning Jan. 7, 2015 and finishingwith "Complicated Me (spiritual insights into the anatomy of the human soul and psyche)" beginning April 15, 2015. Congregation of Reform Judaism--Offering a 12 week class, "Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior". This class will meet for weekly 90-min- ute sessions. The class will build critical thinking and historical knowledge of the Holocaust. Students will gain understanding of how our identities impact our relation- ships with ourselves and with those around us. Interested teens may call each synagogue to make ar- rangements for attendance at any of these great programs. Further questiors can be directed to Lisa Sholk, JTEN director, at 407-261-3175. Other initiatives will in- clude community-wide teen education days (the first will be held on Nov. 9), providing resources and networking opportunities for Jewish educators, as well as awarding scholarships for organized teen Israel trips made possible by the Ronald Coleman Israel Travel Scholarship Fund. J-Ten is one of the many initiatives of the Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando that highlights its innovative edge and attention to the com- munity's needs. Through its programs and services, the Jewish Federation makes an impact on the future of Jewish Orlando. 00firring new production turns sworn enemies into unlikely friends 'The Best of Enemies' play is based on the same-titled book by Osha Gray Davidson. Orlando Shakespeare The- ater in Partnership with UCF and the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida present "The Best of Enemies" from Oct. 15- Nov. 16. in the Goldman Theater. Coinciding with the 50th an- niversary of the passage and signing of the Civil Rights Act, the powerful new play by Mark St. Germain exposes the poison of prejudice and the beauty of friendship. Single tickets to "The Best of En- emies" ($10- $45) are available now by calling (407) 447-1700, visiting www.orlandoshakes. org, or in person at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street. Based on the bestselling book by Osha Gray Davidson, "The Best of Enemies" is atrue story about the relationship between C.P.Ellis, a grand cyclops of the KKK, and Ann Atwater, anAfrican-American civil rights activist, during the 1971 court-ordered desegre- gation of the Durham, North Carolina schools. Forced to co-lead a steering committee thatrepresents all community viewpoints, Atwater and Ellis must face each other, and in doing so, are forced to face the best and worst in themselves. "After reading "The Best of Enemies," I knew that it needed to be part of our 26th Season," said artistic director Jim Helsinger. "The play's depiction of hate and racism may seem so far from where we've come, but the lessons these characters learn will still prove timely for today's audiences." "The Best of Enemies" features Corey Allen as Bill Riddick, Avis-Marie Barnes as Ann Atwater, Richard B. Watson as C.P. Ellis, and Anna Carol as Mary Ellis. The Performance information and related events Preview Dates: Oct. 15 & 16 at 7:30 p.m. Opening Date: Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Senior Matinees: Oct. 22 & 29 at 2 p.m.; Nov. 5 & 12 at 2 p.m. $20 Under 30: Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night party and pre-show chat--Friday, Oct. 17 Arrive at 6:15 p.m. to mingle with members of the audience and enjoy free appetizers from Rogue Pub and dessert bites from Raphsodic Bakery. Then meet at the Patron's Room at 6:45 p.m. for a brief discussion about the creative process with the director and members of the artistic team. The party begins at 6:15 p.m. and is free to all opening night ticket holders. No RSVP necessary. Sunday talk back - Oct. 26 Stay after the 2 p.m. matinee performance for an informal Q&A with the cast and members of the design team. Special event performance Sunday, Oct. 26 Sponsored by Solomon F. Schick & Associates and Orlando Hard Rock Caf, at 7:30 p.m., with all proceeds benefitting the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida. This ticketed event includes a pre-show reception beginning at 6 p.m. and a special introduction by Pamela Woodley, whose mother was a community and civil rights activist, and among the first to join the 1962 lawsuit to desegregate Orange County Public Schools. General admission tickets ($100) can be reserved by calling (407) 447-1700 or purchased online at Ticket information Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. - $20, $35, $45 Preview Performances and Senior Matinees - $10. $17, $22 Discounts Group Sales: 20% off groups of 10+ Student Rush: $12 - 30 minutes prior to show w/valid student ID Military/Student Price: $10 off single ticket prices (Only available in Sections A and B) The Best of Enemies is presented in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Re- source & Education Center of Florida through the generosity of Valerie and Jim Shapiro. Orlando Shakes production team includes director Mark Routhier, scenic designer Bob Philips, lighting designer Key- in Griffin, costume designer Kristina Tollefson, sound designer George Hamrah, andvideo/projection designer Andrew Mulkey. 'Honor Diaries, to be shown at UCF The UCF Knights for Israel is hosting the film screening of"Honor Diaries" on Monday, Oct. 20, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the UCF Hillel Ballroom, 3925 Lockwood Blvd., Oviedo. Nine women speak out in this documentary about gender inequality, freedom of movement, violence against women in honor-based societ- ies, with particular focus on honor killings, honorviolence, forced marriages, and genital mutilation in Western society. In addition to the film, there will be discussions led by Dr. Angela West, wife of Col. Allen West, who will speak on women's issues and gender-based equality; and Larissa Scott of NOW, Mana- tee/Sarasota, who will focus on the treatment of women under Sharia Law. This event is free and open to the public. For more infor- mation, please contact Hall Haber 954-895-7952, UCF Knights For Israel. 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