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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 9, 2007 PAGE 7A First person by Alexis Garber, 11th grade Beit Hamidrash student The United States was founded on the principle that all are created equal, but do we honestly treat everyone with equal respect? On Oct. 22, Angela King, a reformed neo-Nazi, spoke to Beit Hamidrash's Jewish teens. My first reaction was, what excuse could this girl come up with that made it OK for her to project such hatred and prejudice? Then my curiosity told me to stay and listen to her story. Shortly after my initial thought, Angela said some- thing that struck a nerve. She explained her need to be accepted. Like most trou- bled teens in high school, Angela's fearof rejection and hope for acceptance led her down an alternative path of destruction. She adopted the neo-Nazi way of life to satisfy her need to belong to something. Neo-Nazism is a radical right subculture that was established in the United Kingdom around the late 1970s. Neo-Nazis, and many who call themselves Skinheads, are anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, anti-gay, racist, By Andrew Stein Central Florida Hillel Some parents of Jewish students in Central Florida are just plain happy to have their kids out of the house. Others, however, are nothing short of ecstatic with the idea of getting involved and taking an active interest in the social life in which their sons and daughters participate weekly. Central Florida Hillel hosted Family Weekend at the Jewish Life Center near the University of Central Florida to bring families together and provide them with a taste of the social climate that remains consis- tent year-round. The first night began with two different Shabbat ser- vices at 6 p.m immediately followed by dinner. Set inside the Jewish Life Center, also Angela King, a reformed neo-Nazi, spoke to Beit Hamidrash students Oct. 22. white supremacists who have Although I was initially people for who they are. It a reputation for violence, skeptical,Angela King'svisit doesn't matter if they have Angela said that the neo- left me feeling hopeful. She different styles or ideas: We Nazi gang would target was able to redirect her are all the same. weak and lonely teens like negative feelings toward This Beit Hamidrashpro- her to join their cult-like society and create a learn- gram was done in partner- organization. She was sent ing tool in their place. Her ship with the Holocaust to federal prison for robbery experiences showed that a Memorial Resource and after many encounters with life of hatred can only take Education Center of Florida thelaw.Sheneededtohitrock you into a downward spiral, and Jewish Family Services. bottom to see the light. In unable to escape. She was The program was sponsored prison, she saw a new chance able to rehabilitate herself, by Charles Schwartz and to focus on life, and began knowingshe has knowledge Amy Dorn. teaching illiterate inmates, ofthemindofaneo-NaziandFormoreinformationabout Positive reinforcement took how to deter someone from BeitHamidrash, contactErica over her negative lifestyle and following that example just Hruby, director, at 407-645- gave her the purpose she had to be accepted. We all should 5933, ext. 251 or beithami- been longing for. learn from this and try to see drash@jfgo.org. Family Weekend brought 'rents and kids together at Central Florida HiUel. knownas"TheVault"because is host to events that Hfllel of the building's originalrole coordinates throughout the as a bank, the first night year, and parents were able allowed families to get to to get a feel for Jewish life at know each other and meet UCF as well as neighboring other students. This venue universities. Saturday was a day for stu- dents and their families to put on their UCF "Knight" faces and go wild. Guests of Hillel united with thousands of en- thusiastic fans and watched UCF further its winning season as the Knights won in front of a sellout crowd. The last morning of the Family Weekend, Hillel pro- vided a free Bagel Brunch for all in attendance. Hillel also invited anyone from the local community to come out and share the experience. Bagels, schmear, and lox were served at the Vault before families headed home. The Central Florida Hillel Jewish Life Center is located at 12321 University Blvd, Orlando. To get involved, contact Rabbi Jonathan Siger at jsiger@gohillel.org or call 407-382-2658. Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), Services and Holiday schedules shown at www.JewishCelebration.org; 407-566-9792. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd Orlando, 407-354- 3660; Shabbat Services Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. CongregationAhavasYisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake HowellRd Maitland, 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday, 8 a.m Mon-Fri, 7 a.m Fri 6:30 p.m Sat. 9:30 a.m. Family Service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim ~R), 426 Lakeport Cove, Casselberry, 407-830- 7211; Shabbat service, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862- 3505; Shabbat service, 8:00 p.m. (7 p.m. on Fourth Friday of the month); Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 MeadowlaneAve West Melbourne, 321-779- 0740; Services, 8 p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407- 855-0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (C), 315 North 13th St Leesburg, 352-326-3692 or 352-787-1999; Services on second Friday at 7 p.m. and last Saturday at 10 a.m. Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 445 N. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 321- 777-2770. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:30 p.m Sat. 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr Orlando, 407-645- 0444; Shabbat service, 7 p.m. 1st Friday; 8 p.m. 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m. 4th and 5th Fridays. Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 GoddardAve Orlando, 407-298-4650; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; Junior Cong 10:00 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, 407-935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium, West MonO'ose and 7th St Clermont: Services on second and last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352- 243-5353. New Jewish Congregation (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748- 1800; Shabbat Services first, second and fourth Fridays of the Month: 7:30 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324- 2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p,m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; Shabbat Services 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), Services in the JCC Community Center auditorium, 85i N. Maitland Ave Maitland, 407-647-3055; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israd (C), 1400 S. PeninsulaAve Daytona Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 100i E. New York Ave DeLand, 386-736- 1646; Social Hour, 6 p.m.; Shabbat service, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deltona, 386-789- 2202; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 am. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R); Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Most Fridays at Carillon Elementary School, 3200 Lockwood Blvd Oviedo. Call 407-366-3556 for information. (Check with individual synagogues for the dates and times of services if not listed) (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstrectionist The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando is pleased to have Dr. Raeburn Wallen speak at the Nov. 19 meeting of the group. It will be held at the Congregation of Reform Judaism begin- ning at 7 p.m. in the mini sanctuary. A religious scholar and international traveler, Wallen has traced his family all the way back to Plymouth Rock, and he will share with the group how he did this. Like most members in the geneal- ogy group, he has traced his ancestors for his children. His interest in genealogy began 30 years ago. Wallen has earned degrees from Findlay College and Winebrenner Theological Seminary. 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