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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 28, 2014 PAGE 3.A Torah letter sponsors, the Ruben family--Andy, Tong (holding feather pen) and Pamela with Rabbi Majesky and Rabbi Chaim Pape. (Seated, hr) Torah sponsor Steve Chamu with scribe Rabbi Chaim Pape and (standing I-r) Torah sponsors Dawn Chamu and Paul Sebag, with Chanshy Majesky, holding daughter Shterna, and Rabbi Yanky Majesky. By Pamela Ruben North Orlando was rock- ing Sunday, Nov. 16, and it wasn't because boy band One Direction was headed into town. All the fuss and fanfare was for Lake Mary's newest celebrity, Chabad of North Orlando's new Sefer Torah, sponsored by Steve and Dawn Chamu family, and Paul Sebag. The torah was dedicated that morning at Lake Mary's Westin Hotel with all the festivity custom- ary of a blessed and joyous event. The auspiciousness of the day was compared to "momentous, awe-inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime events like Hal!ey's Comet and flights to the moon;' by members of the Chabad community. Rabbi Yanky Majesky of Chabad of North Orlando was sm - ng ear to ear as he thanked the crowd, his wife,'Chanshy, and Hashem for making him lucky enough to partake "in this awesome day." Rabbi Pape, a professionally licensed torah scribe from New York, was visibly moved by the enthusiasm of the participants of all ages. Pape has spent the last year writ- ing by hand each the 304,808 letters and notation in the new Sefer Torah. The scribe writes the five books of Moses on parchment, in exactly the same way it been done for the last 3000 years. Pape completed the final letters of the magnificent scroll at the dedication, with members of the Chabad community holding the quill alongside the scribe. Numerous families h !p ed sponsor the new scroll, and dedicated a letter in which they had a hand in writing. As Pape etched the final letter, the crowd of more than 300 people rejoiced with song and dance. The torah was placed under a wedding canopy. Rabbi Majesky noted that the joy of a torah dedica- tion was comparable to the joy of a wedding. David Mealor, mayor of Lake Mary, raised the level of hubbub as he issued a procla- mation declaring Nov. 16 to be "Torah Day" and called the day"a remarkable moment for the community, and all of us." Mayor Mealor thanked Rabbi Majesky "for his optimistic message of a better world for (the residents of) Longwood, Sanford, and Lake Mary." He stated, "The torah is an un- broken chain that has shaped Western civilization with the promise of abetter tomorrow." JFGO Executive Director OlgaYorish brought greetings from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. "It is a great pleasure to offer you 'mazel tov' on the dedication of your new torah," she stated. "A to- rah is like a new child coming into the family." Hebrew school student Maxwell Burtoff, 9, brought a message from the next generation. The Heathrow Elementary student remarked that he had written reports that were 250, and even 400 words, but couldn't imagine putting together as many words as were written in the new torah. He added, "I am here on behalf of kids. (It is our job) to transmit the torah and remain connected to our roots I can't wait to read from the torah at my bar mitzvah in 2018." Rabbi Dubov of Chabad of Orlando remarked, "Chanshy and Yanky Majesky came (to North Orlando) and connected with individuals like letters of the torah. First came letters, then portions and today we celebrate a complete torah. Every letter apart, and together, was createdby the community." Dubov declared that this torah "would not be left in Nine-year-old Maxwell Burtoff with his dad. the Ark, but inscribed in all our hearts." "MazeI toy to Chanshy and the entire community Up to five minutes ago we did not have a torah, but a scroll with lots of words. With the last letter, the entire scroll becomes a torah. Yes, we have finished writing our torah, but our work is not complete until we have reached every member of our community," said,Majesky in concluding the dedication. For more informationwww. or 407-878-3011. Judaism is more than the sum of its parts. Juda- ism is hands-0n, practical and detail-orientated faith. As Jews, we want to know what to do and how to do it. We love our history and rituals. Our culture and art are everywhere. However, '8 80' The Kinneret Council on Aging has announced the honorees for their 2015 "8 over 80" event to be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015. "We were thrilled with the support we have had from the community and were truly inspired by the number of outstanding individuals over the age of 80, who continue to, contribute to our commu- nity and promote the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam," said Faye Novick, 8 over 80 chairwoman. "We hope the community will join in honoring our 8 over 80 with a traditional Jewish holiday meal. The honorees for the 2015 event are: Avie Abramowitz, Helen Hosid, Morris Rashy, Ron Shader, Sandy Silbert, Mark Silverberg, Betty Stein and Harvey Titen. this leads most us to learn our Judaism-piecemeal. We learn about weddings before we have one. We learn about keeping kosher when we set up our kitchen. We read parts of the Torah each week, but rarely have the opportunity to take a "It is truly a privilege to get to recognize these amazing and dynamic individuals," said Leslie Collin, execu- tive administrator for the Kinneret Council on Aging. "Their individual stories of commitment to their community and family are inspiring!" The 8 over 80 honorary din- ner will be held in the Delaney Dining Room at Kinneret Apartments and will benefit the Kinneret Council on Ag- ing (KCOA). The Kinneret Council on Aging provides programs for residents that are not included in the resident's monthly rent. These programs include: A hot meal program where residents receive a nutritious 5-course meal, served table- side Monday- Friday at 5 p.m. Residents pay $6 a meal and steP back to look at the big picture. To provide this big picture, Temple Israel is presenting a 12-week course titled Bound- less Judaism starting on Dec. 3. If you've ever felt lost in the beautiful woods of Juda- ism, the Boundless Judaism the rest is subsidized by the Kinneret Council on Aging. The Congregate Hous- ing Services Program, which provides transitional care to residents after an illness or injury that enables them to stay in their home as they regain their independence. Jewish programming including weekly Shabbat services, High Holiday and Passover meals Community Outreach and volunteer programs that bring educational and cultural programming to the residents. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Leslie Collin at 407-425-4537. The Kinneret Apartments are the Jewish community's twin residence towers for low income senior citizens located in downtown Orlando. program will help. If you've ever wondered how it all fits together, this is for you. Juda- ism is a mosaic made up of mil- lions of pieces but they are not placed randomly. Each and every piece fits perfectly ac- cording to the larger themes, values and goals of our faith. This course, by starting with a "God's eye view" of these values during each session, brings all the pieces together more clearly. We'll erase the borders between text, ritual, history, ethics and culture until Judaism becomes the seamless whole it was meant to be. If you are new to Judaism or Jewish learning, this will give you a framework in which to sort all the new experiences and ideas you come across. If you are a lifelong learner looking for a little more struc- ture, this will help you see the patterns and connections like never before. Each session is self-contained, but the more you attend, the more sense Judaism will make. We have chosen the 10 Sephirot (The Tree of Life) from the Kabala as the unify- ing theme of the series. The tree represents the series of divine emanations of God's creation itself, the nature of revealed divinity, the human soul, and the spiritual path of ascent by man. Kabalists used the symbol as a model of real- ity and as a map of creation. Following this map we will present an introduction, a lecture on each Sephira and a concluding lecture. The coursewill begin on the Wednesday, Dec. 3, and will continue every Wednesday for 12 weeks. Each session will be one to one-and-a-half hours in length and will start at 7 p.m. in the Temple Israel Roth Social Hall, located at 50 S. Moss Rd Winter Springs. For more information please call the Temple Israel office at 407-647-3055 or check Temple Israel's website at Each lecttire will have five sections including a textual introduction, related liturgy, implied ethics/practices, historical example(s) 'and related holidays or life cycle events. The lectures will emphasize the connections among its sections and the relationship of all 12 lectures. Lectures will be presented on our new audio- visual system in the social hall and will be audio-taped and uploaded to our website for future study, Cost to attend is free for TI members and $10 per session for nonmembers or $72 for the series. Each participant will re- ceive a binder in which to collect lecture handouts. Handy man and General Maintenance Air Conditioning Electrical plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960