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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 19, 2018 Jewish Academy student uses the Lulav and Elrog in the Jewish Academy Sukkah during Chol HaMoed Sukkot. Jewish Academy of Orlando students celebrated Sukkot and Simchat Torah at Temple Israel and Congregation Ohev Shalom. The Jewish holidays at Jew- ish Academy of Orlando have always been special. This year, the holidays were even more memorable as the students celebrated with their friends, teachers, and the community at two local synagogues. On Sukkot, students vis- ited Temple Israel where they celebrated by participating in services, visiting the Sukkah, using the Lulav and Etrog, hearing stories, and playing games appropriate for the holiday. "Itwas a joy sharing Sukkot with the students and teachers of JAO. All of our congregants raved about how wonderful the kids were and what extra spirit they added to the fes- tival. I hope we have many more such chances to bring the community together," stated Rabbi Joshua Neely from Temple Israel. On Simchat Torah, JAO visited Congregation Ohev Shalom, participated in the traditional marching (Haka- fot) with the Torah and flags, as well as singing and dancing with the Torah. It was a joy- ous celebration for the com- munity and enhanced by the participation of the students. "What better way to cel- ebrate the renewal of the an- nual cycle of Torah-reading than with the future of our community? Our congre- gation was bursting with energy and joy. Thanks to the students and staff of JAO joining us for Simchat Torah," added Rabbi David Kay from Congregation Ohev Shalom. "I am so pleased with the wonderful gracious recep- tion that Jewish Academy of Orlando students and faculty received at both Temple Is- rael and Congregation Ohev Shalom. The student par- ticipation and enthusiasm exceeded my expectations," added Dr. Edward Zissman, Jewish Academy of Orlando founding president, board member, and grandfather to three students. "We are grateful to partner with thesewonderful congrega- tions so that our students can celebrate the joyous holidays in a meaningful way," stated Alan Rusonik, head of school. Jewish Academy plans to continue to celebrate with the community and will be doing more outreach to the other synagogues and community agencies in the months to come. To learn more about Jewish Academy of Orlando, please visit: https://www.jewishacad- or follow us on Facebook https://www. emyOrlando. An 18th anniversary is a meaningful milestone for a Jewish organization--one that surely warrants a glitzy black-tie affair. But the Jew- ish Pavilion's Gems and Jeans 2018, to be held Oct. 28, was deliberately designed to be a m Xaid-backand"haimish" (welcoming) party, where fun and friends are the main focus and where the simple good works of the Pavilion's hundreds of volunteers are honored and celebrated. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour with appetizers, while guests can view and bid on silent auction items. The dinner will include an array of delicious options to please every palate, plus a dessert bar and coffee. This year, entertainment will be provided by the cel- ebrated crooner Michael Andrew--a consummate entertainer with a rich, soul- ful voice and a delightful way : Custom Printing '~ Invitations & Announcements Digital & Offset Printing ! ~ / Brochures & Booklets Direct Mail Services Forms & Letterheads Envelopes Business Cards 205 North Street Lon~wood, FL 32750 Bring in this ad and receive 18', Discount Shalom Memorial Chapel Prouc[l .Serving Our Cornrnuni]: Por Over Years v'd with swing and American Songbook standards--who will front a jazz band with some of Orlando's finest musicians: Michael Kramer on keyboards, Ben Kramer on bass, Greg Parnell on drums and Terry Meyers on saxophone. "These talented musicians are fantastic individually and together they are amazing," said Nancy Ludin, CEO, who has seen them regularly at area jazz clubs. Ludin of- fers special thanks to Paul Stenzler of Rhythm Release, who arranged for the music at the gala. Stenzler is one of this year's gala honorees. He is the Pavilion Board of Directors' immediate past president and served on the board for several years prior, in addition to his many hours of volunteering for the Pavilion as a Shabbat and holiday service leader. Jason Mendelsohn will also be honored this year. He is a board member and an enthu- siastic ambassador for the Pavilion in the Orlando com- munity. His family company, Ashar Group, is a Pavilion sponsor. The Jewish Pavilion brings Jewish community and cul- ture to hundreds of Orlando seniors who live in more than 70 independent, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities all over town. Many are rarely able to leave their buildings, Singer Michael Andrew and most live in buildings with very few other Jews. Without the programs and friendly visits of Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers, these seniors would be isolated from the Jewish community. So pair some comfortable jeans with a casually fash- ionable top (and maybe some jewels--a little bling never hurts), and come to Gems and Jeans 2018 on Oct. 28 at Hilton Orlando North. For tickets and information, visit gala-october-2018 or call 407- 678-9363. Orlando jazz musicians (l-r) Ben Kramer, Michael Kramer and Greg Parnell will be joined by Terry Meyers.