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H ERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 17, 2003 -- i Gone camping By Gall Simons Envision the fresh, open wilderness, a cozy campsite and bugs. Is this the reality hit show Survivor Voryourcamp- ing trip with a date? Come on 13ere, every one knows most Jewish women's version of camping is at a five star hotel. Well if nor five-- for sure no less than a two. Is it a good idea to take a date camping? I don t mind hiking, getting a little dirty or making smores around an inviting fire. But : once the sun sets, I want to go ::L back to a nice room, a hot shower, and a clean bed with a soft pillow to lay my Yiddisha- kup down. Enjoying the greatness of Mother Nature doesn't neces- sarily mean roughing it--like sleeping in abagon dirt. Camp- mg accessories have come a long way. You can decide to sleep in everything from a ba- sic tent to a souped up recre- ational camper. The choices are boundless. Deciding on the level of camping, which suits your needs best, is like selecting a date: do you want bare bones or high maintenance? Justin e-mailed some tips to make an outdoor overnight more comfortable with a com- Panion. "Here are a few suggestions to make a camping experience pleasant," he says. "Aside from YOur basic accessories, bring an air mattress (check for leaks : at home beforehand), bottled water, body wipes, comfort- able sleeping bags, a warm parka and make sure you have a water proof tent, ground cover, matches and bug killer. "Most camp sites have per- manent bath facilities. Just make sure to bring extra toilet paper for your woman friend," warns Justin. Kyra says, "The last time I camped, it was in a Bedouin GAlL SIMONS tent in the Israeli desert. To my surprise, they actually had wet underneath us. Yes. That's a permanent bathing struc- right,yougotit.Wedidn'tknow ture and toilets. It was a good enoughtoputatarpunderour thing too, because there were tent to keep the ground dry. no trees available, and cacti Needlesstosay, itturnedoutto usually offers sparse cover- bealong, wet night." age-~not to mention pointed. I only like to get that wet in Checking theweather chan- the shower--that way you can nel before campingis a must. turnthewateroffwhenyou've Calvin says, he wished he had had enough. done so. Jonah e-mails in some note "My girlfriend and Iwanted worthy advice. to take a mini-vacation, he "When you get to your writes. "We both enjoy out- campground, listen to what door activities and camped the park ranger has to say. My once with the outdoor group, girlfriend and lwent camping Mosaic. Later, I suggested it with another cOlalS[e in might be fun to try it solo. Yosemite Park. The Ranger "We didn't have much warned us they had been hav- equipment, soafriend lent me ingalot ofproblemswithblack a tent. When we got to the bears forging f or food. He told campground, my girlfriend us to lock up our food in the helped me set it up---it wasn't trunk of the car. exactlyeasy.Tobeginwith, we "We followed his advice as couldn't get the tent pegs to we got our gear and equip- stayin the ground.Then,when meat arranged before we left darkness hit, and we still did for a hike, but we couldn't not have our tent secured, it resist scaring the girls with was even more difficult be- bear stories a little while we cause we couldn't see what we were getting ready to leave. were doing. At last, we were "We hiked for about two finally able to crawl into our hours, and on the way back to little hut for our first night of the camp site, my girlfriend peaceful sleep, became very anxious because "In the middle of the night, it was getting dark and hard to weawoketoarainstorm,which see. She hurried ahead on the ultimately collapsed our tent. trail while the rest of us tar- Plusthe groundgotcompletely ried behind. ! By M gnus Bennett PRAGUE (JTA)--Prague's World famous Pinkas syna- . Ogue has reopened follow- tag one of the most arduous and complex renovation I rojects ever undertaken by the city's Jewish community. The synagogue, which is he ofthe best-preserved sites tn Prague's former Jewish !Own, was seriously damaged tn August 2002 when water i S.Urged through underground Cllannels from the nearby Vitava River during extensive flooding in the Czech Repub- lic. Local Jewish officials found the entranceway of the shul flooded with contaminated round water and mud, with ~Vater levels reaching more than four feet above the ground floor. The day, Sept. 29, 2003. ,'photo by Magnus Bennett/JTA interior of Prague's restored Pinkas synagogue, Mon- ,The water also destroyed Jeetric underfloor heating storer---to examine and re- -,andu thermal insulation and store the building. " anaaged artificial marble 'It was complicated work ' .around the shul's bimah and because of the geology of the ark. The Jewish Museum, which le shul, was par- worried about the Ctural inte 'xity of the ing and the fate of nearly 1 Holo- area around the synagogue," Jewish museum historian Arno Parik said, adding that underground springs had damaged the building's struc- ture over time. Museum staff carried out initial restoration work im- mediately after the floodwa- ters drained away, cleaning the building with special chemical solutions to prevent mold. The team of experts then strengthened the shul's struc- 's walls. officials decided ;pecialists-- a climatologist, mi- struc- engineer, paint restorer, ture with prestressed steel rods, treating individual structural crackswhile gradu- ally reducing dampness in the synagogue through artificial condensation. The team also had to maintain constant air circulation and a stable tem- perature to limit further de-: terioration. Despite all efforts to pro- tect the inscribed names, however, experts found that about 1,500 names were be- yond repair. Work on' reinscribing them will start in October and should be com- pleted by next April. The $285,000 bill for all PAGE 7 II II "All of a sudden we heard a shriek. My girlfriend was just Central Florida Synagogue up a way, on a slight incline leading back to camp. Service Schedule and Directory 'Something's got me. Something's got me,' sheCelebration Jewish Congregation (Rec), Navigator School, 607 Celebration screamed. We froze for a split Avenue, Celebration, 407-596-5397, 7 p.m. first and third Fridays each month. second. We could see a dark Congregation Ahavas Yisrad/Chahad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd Maitland, 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday, 8 a.m Mon-Fri, 7 a.m Fri 6:30 p.m Sat. shadow behind her, but we 9:30 a.m. Family Service 4th Friday of the month, couldn't make it out. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 1033 Semoran Blvd Suite 151, Casselberry, "I realized she was in 407-830-7211; Shabbat ervice, 8 p.m. trouble, and I raced ahead, with the others right behind Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862- me. I reached her first, how- 3505; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m Junior Cong 10:45 a.m. ever, and I was ready to do Congregation Beth E! (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave West Melbourne, 321- whatever was necessary to 779-0740; Services, 8 p.m. Ist & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. rescue her. I grabbed for the Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407- alleged assailant and was to- 855-0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m. tally shocked to find myself Congregation Beth Shalom (C), 315 North 13thSt Leesburg,352-315-0770 holding a large tree branch. Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 445 S. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 32174, Her backpack had gotten 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m snagged on the branch." Congregation Chabad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 321-777- I've never been picked up by 2770. a tree before. How petrifying. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada There's nothing more to-Bh'd Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat se~ices Fri. 7:30 p.m Sat. 10 mantic than lying next to a a.m. camp fire with a date, looking Congregation of Liberal Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr Orlando, 407-645- up at the inky black sky unaf- 0444; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; except I st Friday, Family services begin 7 p.m. fectedbytheglowofcitylights, Saturday: 10 a.m. enjoying the beauty of the con- Congregation Mateh Chaim (R/, P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321- stellations and experiencing 768-6722. the wonder of what it feels like Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 Goddard Ave Orlando, 407-298- to be a part of nature. 4650; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.: Junior Cong 10:15 am. Taking someone you are in Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, a relationship with on a wil- 407-935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. derness outing could be your Congregation Shalom, Williamsburg(R),P.O.Box691081,Orlando,32869: first overnight together--or Friday night services once a month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosen Centre, 9840 your last! International Drive, Orlando 407-238-7943 "Only agree to go if you re- Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium, West Mootrose St Clermont: ally enjoy the outdoors; othe r- Services on last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352-243-4890. wise, you're in for a miserable Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregati0n/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. time," Elaina e-mailed to say. Apopka-Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239.5444; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; I guess she's right. Taking Saturday: 9:30 a.m. the wrong person could really Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd, Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. put a damper on a camp fire. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 0313, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. All in all, if it turns out well Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; or not, at least you can sigh in Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. relief that you "Survived" and Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333. that there are no hidden cam- Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday eras around to record your Services 8 p.m. atypical date--lights out! Temple Israel (C), 407-647-3055; Shabbat service; 6:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 Have any topics you'd like a.m. covered?Anystoriesyouwant Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. to share? E-mail them toTemple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave Daytona Beach, 904-252-3097; Single Status, at ! Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m., orI'Templelsrael(C),1001E.NewYorkAve DeLand,386-736.1646;Shabbat mail to P.O. Box 916385, service, 7:30p.m. Longwood, FL 32791. Temple Shalom of l)eltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deltona, 904-789- 2202; Shabbat service, 10 a.m. Saturday. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R); Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. I st Friday Of the month at Carrillon Elementary School, 320 Lockwood Blvd Oviedo. Friday night service held at 7:30 p.m. 3rd Friday of the month in the Commu- nity Room at The Tremont Apartment Residences, 7015 Red Bug Lake Rd, the renovation work was coy- Oviedo. Call 407-366.3556 for information. ered largely by insurance and (Check with individual synagogues for the dates donations from a number of and times of services if not listed) Czech and foreign institu- (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Ree) Reconstructionist tions, and from international Jewish and non-Jewish orga- nizations. PC Services, Inc. "The synagogue is symbolic Fast, Reasonable and Convenient because there are 350 years of l Prague's history here," said Parik during a press briefing If you're sick of "superstores," you need a friend in the business at the synagogue, which re- Carry-In, In Home or Office Service opened Tuesday. "The reopen- New and Used Computers & Laptops--Repairs/Upgrades ing of the Pinkos synagogue Data Backup & Recovery--Home and Business Networks is important for those young Windows 95, 98, Me, 2OOO, XP & Internee people who are descendants Call: Allen Eisenman Certified & Licensed Dealer of those who died in the Holo- 407-332-8921 Since 1995 caust and for the many people Ce11---407-924-9315 Ask for AARP Discount! from around the world who want to come and see the names." Michaela Hajkova, curator of the Jewish Museum's Visual Art Collec- tion, welcomed the reopen- ing of the shul but said the worst was not necessarily over. Camp Shalom has been serving the Florida Jewish "We will still have to moni- Community as a summer camp from June-August tor the situation," she said. for over 30 years and continues to do so. "We don't know what climatic Since we are located in the warmth of Central changes will take place in the Florida, we now also offer year-round availability. winter when it starts to freeze. We will have towatchwhether ()dr lacilitics are I)ert't'ct fl r (;R()UP RETREATS, REUNI()NS or I,I'L ,i)ERSIlI! I)EVI:I,()I'NII!:N'I I'R()(; RAMS. the cold causes cracking in the walls." A permanent exhi- bition, "Children's Drawings from Terezin, 1942-44," was returned to the Pinkos syna- We invite you to visit our web site at gogue from the Jewish Mu- seum collections. The exhi- or call us at 1 (800) 279-0401. bition features hundreds of original drawings by the Camp Shalom~Orange Springs Retreat is a magnifi. thousands of children under cent lO0-acre, air-conditioned camp in the hills 15 who were held in the near Ocala National Forest with a beautiful, sandy Terezin ghetto during World beach with spring lake & swimming pool. Ropes War II. course available. I Ill