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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 30, 2012 PAGE 3A -0 The entire community is welcome to attend the "Ul- timate Chanukah Celebra- Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Chanu- kah party on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m. atthe Collins Center, 9401 Highway 200, Building 300 in Ocala. The event will celebrate the Festival of Lights with the traditional lighting of the Chanuka.h candles, piano entertainment by Sally Smith-Adams, former player in the Catskills, and a fes- The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) in Orlando will host a Yom L'Chayal event themed, "A Day to Salute Our Soldiers," at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. More than 350 prominent lay leaders and FIDF sup- porters from across the Or- lando region are expected to attend the event that will honor the State of Israel's 65th anniversary. The day will include a live concert by the IDF Musical Ensemble and a special sur- prise for the Orlando com- munity, which generously supports the FIDF IMPACT! Seven hundred children in books each month, Sifriyat Pijama,~ is a pro- gram that delivers Jewish bedtime stories to chil- dren in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel (Orlando's sister city). Through this pro- gram, 700 Israeli children receive storybooks each month and benefit in build- ing Jewish traditi6ns and community. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando worked hand in hand with the Har- old Grinspoon Foundation and the municipalities in Kiryat Motzkin to secure tion" on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Congregation Ohev Shalom from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Start the celebration of the first day of Chanukah with "Are You Smarter Than tive meal catered by Too Jays featuring roast brisket of beef and potato latkes (pancakes), vegetable and an array of desserts. The cost is $18. Please R.S.V.P. to Estelle (352-861-2542) to make a reservation. Congregation Beth Israel is the only Reconstructionist Jewish community in the 200 corridor and welcomes al] to come and experience the joy and warmth of this festival with the Beth Israel community. Congregation Beth Israel is under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. It is a liberal, inclusive, progressive com- munity. For further infor- mation, visit our website: wwwbethisraelocala.org or contact Judi at 352-237- 8277. Scholarship Program. The Congregation Ohev Shalom Seniors Group and the Men's Club and Sisterhood will also host the event. The funds raised at the event will go toward spon- soring a four-year academic scholarship for two former combat soldiers in honor of Israel's 65th anniversary. The cost is general ad- mission, $18; seniors, $10; children, free. Refresh- ments will be served after the performance. FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holo- caust survivors as a 501(C) (3) not-for-profit organiza- tion with th.e mission of pro- viding and supporting edu- cational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the heroic men andwomen of the IDF. Today, FIDF has more than 120,000 supporters, and 16 regional offices throughout the U.S. and Panama. FIDF offers its support to the IDF soldiers and their families through a variety of unique and innovative programs. These opportunities rein- force the bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF and the State of Israel. For more information visit: www.fidf.org. Orlando's sister city, Kiriyat Motzkin, Israel, receive story- funding and resources in order to make this idea a ' reality. JFGO is a pioneer community for this effort as it is one of the first in the country to extend the program to its Israeli sister city. This collaborative ini- tiative brings joy to local families as well by connect- ing them to the Israeli par- ticipant families through pen pal programs that will strengthen international friendships. Ina Porth, JFGO Cam- paign chair, who visited Kiryat Motzkin during a recent Federation mission to Israel, was impressed with the program. "The program has enhanced the relationship between Israeli children and their - parents. New immigrant famiries receive th'e books and parents read with their children at night, which brings them closer together. The families are so appreciative of the books and they really love the program." A Hebrew School Teacher?" Participants can ask pop culture questions of the Hebrew school staff and the staff will ask Judaica ques- tions of the participants. At 11:30 begins games, food and fun! A latke lunch as well as mac and cheese, salad popcorn, cotton candy and drinks will be sold. COSUSY is selling "Sufganiyot." Games and fun for all ages can be had at the "Chanukah Zone" games and prizes, Games 2 U game truck, Foam Pit and Hamster Ball. For added fun get your face painted and a balloon sculpture. Drawings for gift baskets, restaurant and entertain- ment certificates will take place as well as a 50/50 cash raffle and a free week of MACHANEH OHEV at the member rate, Ohev Shalom's very popular one- week camp. Tax Deductible sponsorships are available which entitle sponsors to food and game tickets. All proceeds benefit the COS Youth and Education pro- grams. DanieUe Treibitz, event chairperson says, "this event will be great fun and we welcome the entire Orlando community to celebrate with us!" For'more information call 407-298-4650 or check the website www.ohevshalom.org Israel through the lens of performing arts Spotted smiling recently in Israel, from left: Marilyn Crotty, Roz Fuchs Schwartz, Ina Porth, Shelley Fleet and Susie Kleiman. These women participated in a unique performing arts mission to Israel hosted by Tampa, Orlando and Pinellas Jewish Federations. Porth was the co-chair of the trip from Orlando. The mission was an unforgettable experience exploring Israel through the performing arts, said the group. mu Call on Central Florida's Exclusively Jewish Funeral Home for Details Regarding: Traditional Jewish Funerals Non-Traditional Services Interstate Shipping Pre-Arranged Funerals (Shalom Assurance Plan) Headstone, Grave Markers (Cardinal Memorials) 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Samuel P. (Sammy) Goldstein, Assoc. Exec. Director www.bethshalommemorialchapel.com