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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 PAGE 3A ,Celebrate Chanukah menorah lighting in variousplaces Chanukah on the park has become the Chanukah tradi- tion for the entire Orlando community. This year, Chabad will be hosting "Chanukah on the Park" with the Grand Me- norah Lighting on Saturday night, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. The Menorah lighting will celebrate the fourth night of Chanukah and will be followed by "Maos Tzur" and Other Chanukah favorites including the Chassidic dancers. The feature presentation will be entertainer Dr. Laz, de- scribed as the Rockin, Rappin, Reggae, Rabbi. "The Jewish rock conCert is one of a kind," said Ed Leibowitz, assistant rabbi to Chabad and friend of Laz. "This guy knows how to rock the house. He is known as a multi-talented personal- ity with degrees in education and a history of interpersonal relationships. He combines all of it with his passion for music and Judaism. He has been around and has performed in 100s of locations throughout the states." The evening will begin with a musical and soul- ful Havdalah service to bid farewell to the Shabbat, led by Levik and Sruly Dubov. "There is nothing so beauti- ful," said Jack Gershkovitz,. a member of the Chabad community. "It changes the face of Havdalah when youve experienced the music and havdalah songs that it comes with," he concluded. The evening and event will include face-painting clowns, balloons, chocolate Chanu- kah gelt, dreidel characters, $1000 cash prize and draw- ing, and donuts. Judaica items, hot dogs, buns and drinks will also be available. "Chabad is known throughout the globe for its public Menorah light- ings and displays for all the world to see. The menorah, an eight-branch candelabra, represents a symbol of reli- gious freedom and remind us of the victory of good over evil, explained Rabbi Sholom Ber Dubov, execu- tive director of Chabad. The menorah lighting and events have attracted thousands of community members each year just in Orlando alone. At the very ,least these .projects have aroused and boasted a significant feeling of pride in every Jewish person who attended," Dubov said. To date the Orlando com- munity hosts four Chabad centers and locations. Each will be doing Chanukah events in their local areas through- out the week. Chabad of South Orlando together with the sponsorship of Harris Rosen will be doing a Chanukah Family Festival in the Rosen Plaza on Sunday Dec. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. (see separate article) CRACK!... BAM!... JOKERS!... it's Maj madness at the J! Turnouts have These will be the sounds you'll be hearing at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's 10th annual "Maj Madness" mah jongg tournament to be held Sunday, Dec. 8. The festivities will begin at 9:15 a.m. with registration and coffee, and games will begin at 10 a.m. The tourna- ment format will include four rounds following the National Mah Jongg League Official Rules of Play. been great for previous Moj Madness events. Open tO people of all playing levels, Maj Madness is $35 per person ($25 for JCC members) and includes lunch, drinks, door prizes, and awards. Co-chairwomen Julie Lev- itt and Dale Perreault antici- pate a great turnout. "We are excited to offer a fun event in a relaxing atmosphere," Levitt said. "We want it to be multi-generational and an opportunity for people to socialize with friends." "We're thrilled that this is now the 10th annual Maj Madness and that the event has become such a mainstay of our community," said Per- reault. The registration deadline is Dec. 2, and after that there will be a waiting list formed. For more information, please call Julie at 407-492-9890 or Dale at 407-808-9660. Registrations are accepted at the JCC, by calling 407- 621-4031. JFGO: Shaping the future, medically speaking In December, Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando's Maimonides Medical, Car- dozo Legal, Financial, and Real Estate societies will be hosting a dinner in support of the 2014 Shaping the Fu- ture: Annual Campaign. The event will be on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Con- gregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 32751. The dinner will feature special guest speaker, Talia Levanon, who is the direc- tor of the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC). The ITC is a collaborative network committed to delivering trauma-related care and pre- paredness. During Levanon's tenure at the ITC, she has Talia Levanon, director of the Israel Trauma Coalition. provided the professional oversight for several in- novative projects including the establishment of resil- ience and national training centers. Levanon has represented Israel at the United Nations in forums dedicated to vic- tims of terror and has worked with W.H.O., U.N.I.C.E.F, C.D.C and UTOPA on sev- eral post disaster initiatives. Most recently, Levanon and her ITC team were in Boston offering t:aining and sup- port in the aftermath of the marathon bombing. To attend, please make reservations at www.JFGO. org or contact Emely Katz, associate executive director, at 407-645-5933 or ekatz@ A $25 couvert for dinner covers event costs. Chabad of North Orlando will be hosting a Menorah lighting and Jewish Rock concert at the Lake Mary City Hall on Monday, Dec. 2, and will include many activities and traditional foods for the entire family. Chabad on Campus at UCF will be hosting a Menorah Lighting on Monday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. with a toy drive. Students are dropping off toys from now until then to be do- nated to Jasco, helping abused and neglected children. It will be held on campus in front of the CFE Arena, with dreidels, latkes, donuts, and drinks. Other Chabad activities and lightings that will be on schedule and have been spon- sored by Chabad of Greater Orlando are; "Heritage Night" and me- norah lighting with the Orlando Magic on Nov.27, 30 minutes prior to "tip off" in the Vista Room. This will be a first time event in Orlando. A Chanukah Shabbat Com- munity Dinner at Chabad by reservation only, on Friday night, Nov. 29, beginningwith a Chanukah lighting at 5.p.m., and dinner served at 6 p.m. A celebration and lighting on Center Ice during the first intermission of the Solar Bears Game on the last night of Chanukah, Dec. 4. All public Menorah events are free of charge and open to all regardless of affiliation; background, race, color, or creed. For more information on any of the above events and activities, log onto www. chabadorlando.orb. JCC 13th annual Seido karate tournament The Roth Jewish Com- munity Center of Greater Orlando, in cooperation with 6th-degree Black Belt Sei Shihan Gil Alstein and his Seido Karate Organization, will host its annual Karate Tournament on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1:30 p.m. The tournament will be held in the Roth JCC's Gins- burg Family Gymnasium, featuring boys and girls, ages four and up, from the JCC and other local karate establishments. A portion of the proceeds from this year's event will benefit the fight against Breast Cancer. "This is a great opportunity for children to showcase their skills," said Sei Shihan Gil Alstein, who coordinates the karate program at the Roth JCC. "Karate is a lifelong activity, teaching children beneficial life skills. The goal of this event is for each child to come away with a positive feeling about themselves, with the emphasis on participa- tion, not just winning." Each child will receive an award for competing. Children will compete in the following categories: Technique Shiai (non- contact fighting), for white belt through advanced yellow to show how they utilize their techniques (blocks, kicks, punches, etc.) against an opponent, without making contact. Kata (Formal Exercise), for white belts and above who can perform a specific pattern. Contestants are judged on their focus, spirit, balance, power, and execution. Kumite (Point-sparring, for green belts and above) contestants will point fight. Points are awarded for con- trolled techniques thrown to legal target areas with contact being made. All participants must wear safety equipment (hand & foot guards, head gear, mouth piece, and groin cup). The cost for students to par- ticipate is $30 for one event, and $40 for two events. The cost to watch the tournament is $5. For information on how to be part of this tournament, contact Gil Alstein at407-921- 6775 or floridaseido@yahoo. com, or contact Royal Webster at the JCC fit 407-621-4059. 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