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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 11, 2011 JFS honors C0000trpins, Mandells at E'00,ening of Valor Harriett (1) and Shelley Lake JFS executive director Eric Geboff (1), Linda Chapin, Lester Mandell, Sunny Mandell, Bruce Chapin Dyan Goodman addresses the audience. Bob Petree (1) and Barry Kudlowitz Evening of Valor co-chairs, Lynne Garrow (1) and Linda Arost From left: Suzanne McGuire, Julie Mandell, Bob Mandell, Dione Bazile, Tony Bazile, Sunny Mandell, Melissa Lewis, Aimee Lewis, Lester Mandell Claire Chepenik (1), Barney Chepenik, Elaine Goldberg Nearly 300 guests cel- ebrated Jewish Family Ser- vices' Evening of Valor on Oct. 23 at the Orlando Mar- riott Lake Mary hotel. The event honored the Chapin family and the Mandell fam- ily for the legacy they have created throughout several generations. Each family was presented the George Wolly Community Leader- ship Award for the positive impact their families have made on the community. Past JFS executive direc- tor Barry Kudlowitz was also given an award for the Diane Jacobs (1), Sol Schick, Melissa Deveaux 18-plus years of service that he devoted to making the agency what it is to- day. Longtime board mem- ber Bob Petree paid tribute to Kudlowitz and presented him the award. The program included a testimonial by Dyan Good- man, a JFS family stabiliza- tion client and once active member of the community. Goodman was a successful Winter Park business owner before her husband became ill with leukemia. His illness, coupled with other misfor- tunes, drained the family's Roz Fuchs Schwartz, Steven Unitan, Debra Simms, Jaime Gold, Tayler Gold, Renee Brent finances forcing them to seek outside help. She recounted how JFS' Family Stabiliza- tion Program set her back on track and gave her a clear vision of how to cope with both finances and her fam- ily's emotional well being. EveningofValor helpedJFS raise more than $200,000... important dollars to help JFS maintain the highest level of care for a//people in our community, reported a JFS spokesman. To learn more about JFS, visit or find them on Facebook. 18-month adult education 1. You know your limitations. They start at the stove. 2. Your family grew. Your kitchen didn't. 3. You deserve a day of giving thanks, not your welcomes. 4. You promised last year was the last time... 5, Thanksgiving is a holiday for you, too! Our Deluxe Carved and Decorated Turkey can be ordered alone, or complete with candied yams, cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing and gravy. We also feature a full line of special holiday desserts from Pecan Pie to Pumpkin Cheesecake. Call today and talk serious turkey for your holiday. SW Orlando The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips (407) 355-0340 Orlando Colonial MarketPlaza (407) 894-1718 Ocoee Shoppes of Ocoee (407) 798-2000 Altamonte Springs Palm Springs Shopping Ctr. (407) 830-1770 Lake Mary Lake Mary Centre (407) 833-0848 East Orlando Waterford Lakes Town Ctr. (407) 249-9475 course open to public Rabbi Joshua Neely is of- fering an 18-month course of study beginning Sunday, Nov. 20. at Temple Israel. 50 S. Moss Road, Winter Springs, from 11 a.m. to noon. Community members are welcome to attend at no charge. The course will be divided into three parts, and each section will last approximately six months. Part 1: Hebrew The first couple of weeks will involve intense aleph- bet learning, which will progress into fluency prac- tice. The last few months of the course will cover techniques to understand the Hebrew of prayer. While Part I won't necessarily prepare the student to order dinner in Tel Aviv, it will help the student pray in Hebrew with more understanding and feeling. Part II: Jewish belief, culture and history This will be a foundational course that will emphasize whywe celebrate being b'nai mitzvah. Topics covered will be our belief or disbelief in God, the broad outline of Jewish history, the devel- opment of Jewish thought and practice, and cultural touchstones of the Jewish people. Part III: Liturgy and To- rah reading This section of the course will enhance the student's understanding of prayer and give him/her the abil- ity to lead different parts of the service. You don't need a great voice, just a willingness to shoulder the privilege of helping to lead your community. Neely says, "Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah happens automatically when you get old enough. Celebrating that responsibility to God and Torah, that is our choice and can happen at any age. Hopefully, it's something the students will come to do every day." The entire meeting sched- ule will be finalized once the rabbi gets feedback from his students about the most convenient meeting day for them. Anyone is welcome to participate in any part of the study even if he/she does not wish to be in the culminating ceremony. Non-members are welcome to study but cannot participate in the barbat mitzvah ceremony. For more information, con- tact the synagogue office at 407- 647-3055or via email at Or you may visit the website at