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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 5, 2014 A new link in the chain... PAGE 3. s A poster displays photos of the children in the center with 'Mazel' and 'Toy' on each side and 'Hascholas Chu- mash' (the beginning of Chumash) in the middle around the photos of each child. Yaakov Yachnes reads from the Chumash. JNF recognizes supporters at Tree of Life dinner Orlando Torah Academy second graders are forming yet another link in the chain of their Jewish heritage all the way back to Moses. On Friday, Nov. 7, these children reached a joyous milestone when they learned from inside the Chu- mash for the very first time. They began with the third parsha/portion in the book of Bereishis/Genesis, Parshas Lech-Lecha, where it talks about our forefather Abraham passing G-d-given tests. Their journey began in The cake shaped like a Torah was made especially for the children. preschool where they learned the letters of the Aleph Beis, followed by letter recognition, reading Hebrew, and then learning how to translate all the parts of a Hebrew word. Second graders Ahuva Sche- pansky, Raizel Rifkin, Yaakov Yachnes, Mordy Kramer, and Ephraim Paris worked dili- gently to master these skills and could not feel prouder. Chumash is the Hebrew word for "five" and refers to the five books of Moses that is used in the synagogue or for study. A Chumash contains the weekly Torah portions in Hebrew and English explanations. It also contains the weekly haftorah portions in Hebrew and English. In synagogue, congregants use a Chumash to follow the Torah readings. The childrenwere treated to abeautiful Torah-shaped cake and Torah-shaped chocolates. They are each the proud own- ers oftheirvery own Chumash that they will have the chance to personalize. For further information about Orlando Torah Acad- emy, visit its website at Or- landoTorah.com or visit the Academy at 8651 Commodity Circle, Orlando, to see the excitement in action. 'Conversations with the Rabbi' continues JNF CEO RussellF. Robinson, with Tree of Life AwardHonorees Jim andValeria Shapiro, JNF Orlando Board President Deborah Meitin, and JNF Florida Chairman Bruce K. Gould. Rabbi Joshua Neely of be i'iIsrael: Situation From Brown'sNewYorkDeliison Temple Israel will continue [nside Out." This is a c0n: the corner of 17-92 and Lake "Conversations with the tinuing series and gives all Avenue in Maitland. For more Rabbi" on Sunday, Dec. 14, members of the community information, please call the at Brown's New York Dell an opportunity to talk with synagogue office (407-647- in Maitland at 4 p.m. The the rabbi. There is no charge 3055) or go to Temple Israel's topic of conversation will for admission, websiteatwww.tiflorida.com. Julien Meitin, Tess Wise, and JNF Orlando Board President Deborah Meitin. David Albertson, Orlando Magic CEO and Tree of Life TM award honoree Alex Martins, and JNF Orlando board member Aaron Gorovitz. More than 300 Jewish Na- tional Fund (JNF) supporters gathered at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on the evening of Nov. 18 for JNF's annual Orlando Tree of Life TM Award Dinner. Local philanthropists Valeria and Jim Shapiro and Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins were awarded JNF's esteemed Tree of Life TM award. Tess Wise, founder of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Edu- cation Center, was presented with the Guardian of Israel award. JNF Chief Executive Officer Russell F. Robinson was the keynote speaker and gave an update on JNF's im- portant work in Israel. For more information on connecting with JNF in the Orlando area, please contact Laura Abramson at labramson@jnf.org or 407.804.5568. HERITAGE CHANUKAH ISSUE Publication Date December 12, 2014 Deadline: December 5, 2014 A Chanukah Greeting is a Good Way to Thank Your Jewish Customers for Their Patronage or to Sell Your Holiday Merchandise For More Information Call 407-834-8787