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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 20, 2009 PAGE 7/~ .,,, For the second straight year holidayprograms.Shecurrently Pat Rubenstein is chairing isaJewishPavilionvolunteerat the JP Connections luncheon SavannahCourtinMaitlandand scheduled for Dec. 2 at Maison Horizon Bay at Lake Orient~ & Jardin on Wymore Road in RubensteingrewupinCleve- Altamonte Springs. land and moved to Orlando in For 20 years she worked as 1985. Her husband, Barry, is a fashion consultant. She was " also a Jewish Pavilion volunteer vice-president of ORT and was at Savannah Court. The couple active in the Council of Jew- has two adult daughters who ish Women. For several years, live overseas and four grand- Rubenstein coordinated the children. Get Connected program at the Theeventwillincludeamusi- Jewish Federation of Greater cal performance from the He- Orlando. She hasbeenaFriends brewDaySchoolchoir, informal of the Jewish Pavilion board modeling and a mini-holiday member from its inception and boutique. The couvert is $25. worked as a program assistant For more information about for the nonprofit organization JP Connections. contact Nancy visiting elderly Jews and co- Ludin at407-678-9363 or nan- ordinating their Shabbat and First person by Debra Smith Is it possible to be "born again" in the Jewish religion? As a young child I remember going to my grandmother's synagogue. The rabbi of this Conservative congregation never addressed me, just my grandmother and my father. This same rabbi performed my grandmother's funeral and insisted that I not be involved in saying the Kaddish as she was not my mother, and I was a child. I remember the pain I felt as I looked at my best friend's casket. I remember thinking that she was inside of it and I was not allowed to open it. I was not even invited to pray over her! How I wanted to get one last look at my granny. Needless to say, this rabbi was not for me. I was angry with him and with the religion as a whole. How could they deprive me of my grandmother? A couple of years later I felt a calling to return to a synagogue. I spoke with my parents, insisting that we find Norman from Emeritus of Altamonte Springs holds a menorah with Pat Rubenstein. Decorations for the JP Con- nections luncheon will revolve around Chanukah. Sylvia Stelzner (1), Debra Smith and Millie Aaronson get together after the weekly Shabbat service at Chambrel at Island Lake in Longwood. a synagogue and a rabbi that facilities in the area. I started suited our family. We found assistingatservicesledbythe a Reform synagogue led by Pavilion's program director Rabbi Jordan. He was a warm Cathy Swerdlow. I thought man who officiated at my bat I would only be there to dis- mitzvah, tribute chailah and wine and Time passed again, I went visit with the residents. Never off to college in another town did I expect, in my wildest andnever felt the desire to join dreams, to be drawn backinto anewcongregation...thatis.., my tradition. untii...I started an internship A room full of Jews and with The Jewish Pavilion. This gentiles, Cathy explained the marvelous organization takes tradition of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish tradition to residents in the importance of lighting the candies and why we blow the shofar. Cathy is my favorite type of lady, warm and earthy; -she speaks to everyone as an equal, in the most unpreten- tious way. She presents the information in such a natural, understandable manner that I leftwanting more. So, I signed on to help at as many services and presentations as l could find. I was hungry for more. Cathy arranged for me to assist with a musical program atone facility.Again, I thought I may assist the group with the" logistics. I listened to the chil- dren sing, remembered songs of my youth, and was amazed to be covered in goose bumps. I left singing "ya-ah se shalom." I called my parents, over- whelmed as could be. They were so excited. My morn boasted, "l told you you'd return to your roots." So, now I am on a quest, to find my way into or should I say back into asynagogue. I feel born again! Thank you to the Jewish Pavilion and Cathy Swerdlow for bringing me back home. The Jewish Pavilion music connectwith memoriesofthe Shehasalwayshadafondnessnow an especially important programs have been ex- past," says Nancy Ludin, Jew- for Broadway, and her pro- part of her repertoire. She panding throughout Central ishPavilionexecutive director, gram willfeature songs from recently became a grandma Florida and on Sunday, Nov. "A passive face is transformed "Fiddler on the Roof." Cur- for the first time so perhaps 22. Shelli Binder Costa will withasmileornodofthehead, rently she sings with the Or- there will be some lullabies perform at Orlando Madison hands or feet start moving to lando Chorale and as a guest as well. event organizers say. HouseonPinOakDriveoffof familiarrhythmsandtheroom performer for the Osceola The program will begin Dr. Phillips Boulevard. fills with life." VeteransCouncil.Asthemomat 2 p.m. and conclude with "The beauty of these pro- Costaisaclassicallytrained of Army Sgt. Jared Binder, refreshments that feature grams is watching the faces of singer who has lived in the 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, Jewish delicacies. For more the residents as the melodies Orlandoareaforover20years. N.C., patriotic melodies are information:407-678-9363. Answers from 11/13/2009 Sudoku (see page 23 for solution) 9 '4 7 21 81 3 4 1 496 5 263" 9,8 915 237 34 892 5 958 4 1 3 4 7 48 1 5 9 ,c. 2009. StalcPomt Media. [n~ Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row. column and 3-by-3 box includes all digits I through 9. Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), Services and Holiday schedules shown at; 407-566-9792. Cllabad 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. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd Maitland, 407-644-2500;; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove. Casselberry, 407- 830-7211;; services: Friday, 8 p.m.; family service 1st Friday of the month. 7:30 p.m.; 2nd Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. at Summerville Assisted Living Facility. 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: l0 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave., 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: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St.. Leesburg, 352- 326-3692;; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at Social Hall of Our Lady of Lakes Church, 1310 Maximillian St.. Deltona; 386-804-8283; services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation B'naiTorah (C), 403 N.NovaRd., OnnondBeach, 32174. 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granad~ 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. 1 st 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, 7:30p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; Junior Cong., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec), Leesburg, corn; services last Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at various residences. Congregation ShalomAleichem(R),3501 OakPointeBlvd.,Kissimmee, 407-935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m., 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation of Shaarei Yerushalyim (O), 9869 Kilgore Rd., Orlando, 407-928-8972; Services: Monday- Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday Mmha 7:30 p.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 aJn. Congregation Sinai (P/C), 303AN. S,R. 27, Minneola,; 352-243-5353; services: second and final Friday monthly at 8 p.m. New Jewish Congregation (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352- 748-1800; Shabbat Services every Friday 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, WmterHaven. 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 Beth Shalom (R), 1109 N.E. 8th Ave. Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala. 352-624-0380: Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.; services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne. 321-631-9494. Templelsrael(C), 1400 S.PeninsulaAve..DaytonaBeach. 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R). 1001 E. New York Ave.. DeLand. 386- 736-1646; Social Hour, 6p.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 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R); Services most Fridays. Carillon Elementary School. 3200 Lockwood Blvd.. Oviedo (R) Reform (C i Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstrnctionist