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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2014 Renowned performer presents powerful performance at Temple Shir Shalom Temple Shir Shalom spiritual leader Beth Shafer and renowned performer Peri Smilow. On Friday, Sept. 19, Tem- ple Shir Shalom welcomed nationally recognized per- former, composer and educa- tor Peri Smilow to Oviedo. This was the second in a series of guest musicians performing during Shabbat services. Smilow presented her Shabbat-in-Song with Beth Schafer, Temple Shir Shalom's spiritual leader and a renowned Jewish musician in her own right. But far from just per- forming Jewish songs dur- ing a Friday night service, Smilow took on the duties of teaching and leading the congregation and guests who joined her for the eve- ning. Over 100 people in at- tendance were treated to the music Smilow brings from deep within, in addition to a meaningful and particularly relevant pre-Rosh Hasha- nah sermon. Musically, the service was a wonderful blend of Jewish artists. With Smilow and Schafer on the Bimah, the congregation was able to experience two of the lead- ing voices in Jewish music playing together side by side. Joining them for several songs, the Temple Shir Sha- lom choir added a richness and depth to everything they sang. Even when Smilow brought the choir up for an impromptu accompaniment, their musicality was up for the task and they took to the new melody quickly. Smilow performed a va- riety of spiritual songs, including her own arrange- ments. She also incorpo- rated melodies from other Jewish musicians of note, including the late Debbie Friedman. In fact, itwas one of these songs that served as the centerpiece of Smilow's teaching on the subject of healing. Specifically, Smilow linked the resurgence of the Misheberach (Prayer for Healing) in Reform Ju- daism, and its focal point in the Reform liturgy, to Debbie Friedman's musical arrangement of the prayer. She went on to show how this demonstrates the heal- ing power of music, and the unique impact that a single melody can have on both per- sonal and communal prayer. With Rosh Hashanah falling the following week, Smilow's words were a perfect lead-in to the upcoming High Holi- day period. In yet another link to lead- ing Jewish musicians in the Reform Movement, Smilow and Schafer led the congre- gation in Oseh Shalom. But not just any Oseh Shalom. They chose the Michael Ochs arrangement. Earlier this year, in the first event in the series, Temple Shir Shalom hosted Michael Ochs and Alaa Ali for their Pursuit of Harmony experience. So powerful was the Temple Shir Shalom rendition of his arrangement that Ochs him- self was moved enough to capture it on video. Smilow and Schafer successfully captured the power of his melody and demonstrated again the power that music can lend to prayer. Shortly before the end of the service, an electrical anomaly caused elements of the sound system to stop working. Given the true per- former that she is, Smilow was unfazed. The remainder of the service was conducted purely acoustically. It is a testament to both Smilow and her music that there was no loss of power in her message or her performance. The loss of electrical power was overcome by the power of her music. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (www.templeshirsh- is a Reform family- oriented congregation. They welcome all families, singles, seniors and interfaith cou- ples searching for their spiri- tual home. Its culture is one of warmth and inclusion--a unique, music-filledworship experience coupled with a caring community. The congregation is built on a new model; to strengthen its current generation arid inspire the next toh positive Jewish living...,o. Temple Israel Sisterhood hosts a 'Pink' Shabbat In support of breast cancer awareness month, Temple Israel Sisterhood is hosting a Sharsheret Pink Shabbat on Friday, Oct. 17. The service will be held at the synagogue and will begin at 7:30. Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization that is the Jewish commu- nity's response to breast cancer and the only national organization addressing the unique concerns of Jewish women and families facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. One in 40 men and women of Ashkenazi (Cen- tral or Eastern European) Jewish descent carries a BRCA gene mutation that can lead to breast and/or ovarian cancer. Sharsheret educates the Jewish com- munity about that risk and provides a continuum of care of culturally relevant support for those at risk. Sharsheret was named a recipient of the New York State Innovation in Breast Cancer Early Detection and Research Award and selected as a member of Livestrong Young Adult Alliance. Please join the members of Temple Israel Sister- hood for a special service followed by pink challah and desserts. Education- al materials provided by Sharsheret will be available. Temple Israel is located at 50 S. Moss Road in Winter Springs 32708. For more information, please call 407-647-3055. JFS Orlando hosts breast cancer awareness event October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in recognition of this serious dis- ease, JFS Orlando with Florida Hospital Women's Mobile Wellness and Florida Radiol- ogy Imaging are offering a day of screening mammograms at JFS Orlando's facility, located at 2100 Lee Road in Winter Park, on Monday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to the mobile mammogram unit, JFS will host Dr. John Barnett from Orlando Acupuncture for a special presentation. He will highlight the benefits of ho- listic practices as treatment and preventative measures for breast and ovarian cancer. There will be "lite bites" and refreshments. RSVP is required for screen- ing mammograms. To RSVP, please call 407-303-1615. Prescriptions are not required and most insurances are ac- cepted, or it is $35 self-pay. Patients who need financial assistance must be approved prior to the event.