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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 26, 2010 On Sunday, November 14 the Students of Con- gregation Ohev Shalom religious school devoted their entire day Nov. 14 to learning about the Jewish behavior (middot) of gratitude (hakarat hatov), com- passion (chesed) and not embarrassing others (1o l'vayesh). All grades had different activities and lessons that ranged from studying the Birkat Hamazon, Birkot Ha- shachar, the Shecheyanu blessing and Brachot for food. There also was a COS religious school stua'ents learn why Jews celebrate Th00!00Tksgiving play about Joseph show- ing compassion for his brothers. Each grade had a Thanksgiving seder that included candles, grape juice, four questions and popcorn, kettle corn, Craisins and a make- your-own mini fruit and yogurt pie. The students have also been collecting tzedakah money to feed the hungry in the community, and nonperishable food items to donate to Winter Park Day Nursery and Lovell Elementary school. Avi Schenkel enjoys his fruit and yogurt pie. PAGE 11A First grade students, teacher and mad'chim are all smiles at their Thanksgiving seder. Madrichim (high school assistants) start the special day with readings and songs including Nell Diamond's "Coming to America," "My Country 'Tis of Thee," and Michael Jackson and friends' "We Are the World." Students, teachers and madrichim sang the chorus. Third grade students pour a drop of grapejuice from their cup into one big cup and sag what they're thankful for at their seder. Seventh grade students prepare to start their Thanksgiving. Fourth grade students (from left) Kara Schwartz, Danielle Field and Hannah Schenkel make unique to give to families in need from Lovell Elementary school. Sixth grade bogs enjoy their Thanksgiving seder. Sara and Frances Hoffen entertained the residents Sept. 14 at Horizon Bay on Boston Avenue in Altamonte Springs. Sara, 13, demonstrated her talent on the flute by playing such numbers as "Hatikva." Israel's national anthem, along with a few Disney favorites. Sara also impressed the audience with her singing. Frances, 10, played the clarinet and Hoffen sisters play at Horizon Bay thought itwas only fitting to include America's national anthem as one of her pieces, along with "Edelweiss," "Sunrise, Sunset" and"Zum Gali Gall." This charming afternoon would not have been made possible had it not been for some fantastic volunteers from The Jewish Pavilion, says an event organizer. The volunteers included Sandy Vogin, Emily Glickstein, Jackie Levitt, Brandon Levitt and Gloria Newberger. They all were on-hand to set up and serve Thanksgiving refreshments, including tur- key, cranberries, pumpkin bread and even some kugel. The next Jewish musical program at Horizon Bay will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Hale Pringle will be performing and it will be a Chanukah celebration for all. Event planners say ev- eryone is invited. If you would like to donate a dish or help serve refresh- ments, contact Jackie Levitt at levittjackiej9@ gmail.com. The Jewish Pavilion pro- vides activities, programs and events to the Jewish residents at assisted living and nursing homes around Central Florida. This is a way to keep seniors con- nected to the Jewish com- munity, especially when physical limitations may challenge their ability to travel to synagogue or a loved one's home. The Jew- ish Pavilion says, "Please consider supporting the Jewish Pavilion, so we can continue to enhance the lives of the seniors in our community." For more information visit www. jewishpavilion.org. Sara (1) and Frances Hoffen pose with their instruments. Tower falls, students learn Dateline: Babel. News flash: Language barrier leads to trag- edy at major construction site. Insurance adjusters say tower collapse was "an act of God." To help understand the story of the Tower of Babel, third graders at Temple Shir Shalom's religious school in Oviedo learned about com- munication while building their own Towers under the guidance of fourth grade madricha Rachel Levine, an honor student at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando. Anna Lesnick and Max Feinberg Brett Stender (1) and Austin House Rachel Levine helps Collin O'Brien and Sarah Schulman.