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PAGE 10A Congregation Sinai adds a Shabbat service Congregation Siani's ritual director Evan Cronson announced that the synagogue would be adding another service to its monthly schedule. Beginning January 2011 Shabbat services will be held during the first four Friday evenings of each month. Cantorial services will be conducted by spiri- tual leaders Joseph and Lynn Goldovitz on the first, second and fourth Fridays. A lay service will be held on the third Friday. "We are pleased to be able to offer another service each month" Cronson said. "We are especially pleased with the popularity of the Goldovitzs who bring tradi- tional and modern music to each of their services they conduct." In addition to the music, there is a sermon, and a Torah reading. Refreshments follow each service. Cronson also announced that there would be a special "Shabbat Rock" service Dec. 12. This modern upbeat music at a service has proven very popular with both adults and children, he said. "Unaffiliated Jewish families and individuals are welcome to come to all services at 7:45 p.m.," Cron- son said. Congregation Sinai is at 303A U.S. Highway 27. For more information call 352-243-5353. UTJ honors Florida-born rabbi By Frances Kraft Canadian Jewish News TORONTO--Rabbi Martin Berman, spiritual leader of Thornhill's Shaar Shalom Synagogue, and hi wife, Marylin, are being honored by the Union for Traditional Judaism at the organization's annual dinner. The Bermans received UTJ's Emunah v'Yosher (Faith and Integrity) award at the Nov. 10 event in Te- aneck, N.J. Berman also served congregations in El Paso, Denver, and Detroit before joining Shaar Shalom. In El Paso, he served as an adjunct associate professor of religion at the University of Texas, and in Denver, he taught Talmud and Jewish law at a local Jewish day school. Actor Mayim Bialik (best known as Blossom Russo in the 1990-1995 television se- ries "Blossom") is also being honored at the dinner. The UTJ is presenting her with its MTV (Media and Torah Values) Challenge Award. Bialik is working on the UTJ's MTV Challenge cur- riculum, a program designed to respond to television and other media from a Jewish perspective. Rabbi Berman, 60, who serves on the UTd board, has been involved with the orga- nization since its inception in 1984, a year before the first woman was ordained asa Conservative rabbi, an issue that was part of the reason the organization was formed. At the time, it was known as the Union for Traditional Conservative Judaism, but later came to include ele- ments of the left wing of the Orthodox world as well, the rabbi said. Under UTJ's umbrella, members created a rabbinic group called Morashah, of which Rabbi Berman was a founding member. The group brings together like-minded rabbis for study and chizuk (moral support), he said. UTJ members part ways with their more liberal counterparts over issues including homosexuality, particularly as it relates to same-sex marriage" and whether gays can serve as rabbis and educators, as well as over new prayerbooks that have eliminated or changed some of the traditional prayers. The rabbi, who has led Shaar Shalom for 16 years, grew up in a Conservative home in Jacksonville, Fla., and attended afternoon Hebrew school. He and his wife--who now have three adult children and five grandchildren--met at Camp Ramah in 1967, when they were 17. Later, he studied psychol- ogy asan undergraduate at Yeshiva University, consid- ered the flagship institution of modern Orthodoxy. "They had a good program, and I learned a lot," he said. However, he says, he "wasn't happy with what I saw in those days as a very closed-minded Orthodoxy." His two younger brothers both work at Orthodox ye- shivot in Israel, he noted. He described one as "black hat" (haredi) and the other as "kippah srugah" (cro- cheted kippah, or modern Orthodox). Rabbi Berman was or- dained at the Conservative movement's Jewish Theo- logical Seminary in 1977 and began his career in Sioux City, Iowa, hometown of rabbi and liturgist Jules Harlow, as well as Iongtime popular advice columnists Ann Landers and Dear Abby (Abigail Van Buren). In Toronto, where Rabbi Berman hasserved as presi- dent of the Rabbinical As- sembly of Ontario and of the Toronto Board of Rabbis, he has taught the "Introduction to Judaism" class of the Rab- binical Assembly, Canadian region, for many years. +He said that UTJ and Morashah have helped strengthen his traditional commitments• "You have a chevrah of rabbis you get together with most summers • ..We come at Jewish life from the same direction•" Reprinted with permission from the Canadian Jewish News. HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 26, 2010 Pavilion spreads C't,!anukah happiness Jewish Pavilion volunteers Ellen Hrabovsky (1) and Carol Feuerman light up the2009 Chanukah party at the Mayflower. The Jewish Pavilion will spread Chanukah cheer to about two-dozen locations this year around Orlando. Here is a schedule of its parties. Nov. 30 2 p.m. at Lake Bennett, Ocoee Dec. 1 10 a.rn. at Regents Park 1:30 p.m. at Springhills Hunters Creek with Carol Stein performing 3:15 p.m. at Heritage at Lake Forest with arts and crafts 5 p.m. at Oakmonte Village Dec. 3 10 Spring Hills at Lfike Mary 10:30 a.m. at Emeritus Altamonte 11 a.m. at Madison House with Torah Academy pre- schoolers singing 2 p.m. at Life Care of Al- tamonte 3:30 p.m. at Chambrel at Island Lake Jewish Pavilion volunteer Pet Rubenstein (right) joins in Chanukah festivities at Stanford Center. 4 p.m. at Horizon Bay Lake Orienta Dec. 5 10 a.m. at Emeritus Lake Mary with the Bet Chaim Congregation • Dec. 6 1:30 p.m. Florida Living Nursing Center Dec. 7 3 p.m. Winter Park Towers 3 p.m. Westminster on 29th Dec. 8 10:30 a.m. Adventist Care Center 2 p.m. Emeritus of Oviedo 3:30 p.m. Arden Courts Dec. 9 1:30 p.m. Jewish Academy Kindergartners perform Dec. 10 11:30 a .m. Savannah Court 1:30 p.m. Horizon Bay Montgomery 3 p.m. The Mayflower 6p.m.HeritageatLake Forest Dec. 12 10 a.m. Winter Park Care and Rehab with Temple Shir Shalom students performing Shir Shalom u,trlks for autism Team Temple Shir Shalom gathers in preparation for the annual Autism Speaks walk. Temple Shir Shalom par- ticipated in the "Walk Now for Autism Speaks" in Orlando. Autism Speaks is a National Organization dedicated to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, fgmilies and society. Walks are held in Cit- ies around the country to raise funding to support the work done by Autism Speaks around the country. The Or- lando walk was held Nov. 13 and raised a total of $129,681 for Autism Speaks. Several hundred people participated in the walk. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo has several families whose lives have been impacted by a family member with autism and has had a team in the walk each of the last five years. For this year's walk, Team Temple Shir Shalom had more than 30 congregation members who participated. Bonnie Bar- onoff, Jennifer Hall, and Tom and Sheila Cooper coordi- nated this year's Shir Shalom walk team and fundraising. Autism Speaks is dedicated to providing information, tools and resources to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism. Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, mak- ing it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism• Gov- ernment statistics suggest the prevalence rate of autism is increasing 10 percent to 17 percent annually. Congregation Beth Shalom commemorate.,.., Veterans Day Rabbi Winston Weilheimer (1) and Paul Barr flank A! Fermon, to whom they present a plaque of appreciation. Congregation Beth Sha- lom dedicated its Shabbat service Nov. 12 in memory of Jason C. Russo. The Army sergeant served his country with three tours of duty in Iraq and received the Bronze Star for valor under fire• He also was a first responder at •the Pentagoh on 9/11. Russo was killed by an ac- cused drunk driver April 2 on the streets of east Orange County• Rabbi Winston Weilheimer, It. CoL Richard Wilson and Paul Barr at a special Veterans Day Shabbat service. In honor of Veterans Day, AI Fermon, retired U.S. Navy and former Commander of the Jewish War Veterans, addressed the congregation recounting his career along with the many accomplish- ments of soldiers from his time of service through the present day. Lt. Col. Richard Wilson presented the American Flag at the beginning of the service.