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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 6, 2013 'Mind in control'--An evening with Dr. Gil Heart By Pamela Ruben with a harrowing tale of a Our daily lives are filled with stress; we are faced with stressors in the workplace, stressors on our commute as we make our way home, and family stressors as we walk through the front door. On Sunday, Oct. 19, Chabad of North Orlando presented Dr. Gill Heart who delivered a seminar on taking control of these stressors that impact our daily lives. Dr. Heart, who holds a PhD in biomedical engineering, honed his skills in stress management on the job as a special operative of the elite IDF (Israeli Defense Forces), in which he served for six years. Dr. Heart began his semi- nar, titled "Mind in Control," covert but declassified IDF operation that took place in the late 1980s. Several expe- rienced and well-trained IDF agents were on a special mis- sion. They had just minutes to complete an operation that had beenrehearsed hundreds of time, but this time behind enemy lines. Dr. Heartshared that these agents were "just regular people, like you and I." Yet, they were able to control their pounding hearts, and frayed nerves to complete their mission, and then to disappear without a trace. Dr. Heart stated, "Few of you will ever experience this kind of extreme stress, but daily stressors take their toll on all of us. Mind in Control uses techniques adapted from IDF Pamela Ruben Audience members join in a de-stressing exercise with Dr. Gill Heart. training to help control the triggers of stress." Dr. Heart explained that while we Cannot control our daily stressors, we can C,OS hosts a community sho00 ,case for special occasions bar/bat mitzvah or a wedding in the near future, Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom will host EVENTful Moments, a one- stop showcase for the Orlando community featuring Central Florida's top caterers, DJs, florists, photographers and videographers, invitation spe- cialists, and event planners, all under one roof. The event will be held on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2-5 p.m. in Congregation Ohev Shaiom's ballroom and will include food samples from some of the finest caterers in town, a free family photo with KoPIXmo, entertainment by four DJs, a raffle and auction. Also planned is a couture fash- ion show by The Collection of Winter Park, including bat mitzvah and party dresses, as well asselect bridal fashions. "We thought it would be a great idea to have our own showcase, not only for bar/ bat mitzvah families, but also for brides. It gives everyone in the community an oppor- tunity to see the great talent and vendors Orlando has to offer," said Joy Bochner, event co-chairwoman. Admission is $5 per person, and is open to the community. For more information, please call Bochner at 407.491.1638, or e=mail joyousb3@gmail. com. For those who are begin- ning to make plans for a special occasion, such as a control our own emotional responses to stress. "Rather than responding emotionally to internal and external trig- gers, we can learn to minimize the impact of these events," he said. Dr. Heart led the audience of approximately 85 through interactive exercises through- out the hour-and-a-half-long workshop, simulating both stress and stress relief. Dur- ing the first exercise, Heart distributed 32-ounce water bottles to members of the audience. Participants were instructed to hold a heavy water bottle in each hand while extending their arms. Nervous laughter filled the room as audience members quickly tired. Heart noted that just a few minutes of dis- comfort, can put stress on our entire bodies, down to the last cell. Later, Heart introduced exercises to disconnect the brain connection causing the physical discomfort. He noted that simple tasks like smiling U. C'. Judaic Studies ,offers course on Sephardim For the first time the University of Central Florida Judaic Studies Program will offer a course on the history, culture and folklore of the Sephardim. The course will be taught by Dr. Norman Berdichevsky, the author of "Spanish Vignettes" who lived seven years in Spain and is also the author of the forthcoming book "The Past, Present and Future of the Hebrew Language" (McFarland, February 2014). The course may be audited without charge for seniors (60 and over) who are Florida residents. The classes begin on Jan.7 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the visual arts building, room 109. The course will run through April 2014. Many American Jews, who are at least 95 percent Ash- kenazi by origin, often find it hard to relate to those Jews in Israel whose cultural background is so different. By origin, approximately 50 percent of the Israeli Jewish population identify them- selves as "Eedot hamizrah" (the Eastern communities) and"Sephardim" (of Spanish- Portuguese descent) and are generally distinguishable by the many factors that are attributable to a different cultural heritage and separa- tion by many centuries from t-he Ashkenazim--in their genetic make-up (often but not always skin complexion), and many traits such as male- female relationships, social conventions, attitudes toward child upbringing, dress, food preferences, music, use of language (pronunciation, vocabulary, syntax and gram- mar of both Hebrew and vari- ous Judeo-hybrid languages), courtship, marriage and di- vorce customs, sex attitudes, perception of time, attitudes toward literacy, learning and education, recreation and lei- sure pursuits, work ethic, at- titudes towards public space, respect for authority, the rules by which status and rank are determined, prevailing ideas of liberty and restraint, views of wealth, folklore and super- stitions. Until about 1820, the Sephardim constituted a majority of the American Jewish community. The coursewill examine the Sephardi Diasporah in Europe (especially England, Holland, Denmark, France, Italy, the Caribbean islands, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, North Africa and the Middle East.) PAGE 3. A. Pamela Ruben Dr. Gill Heart demonstrates "de-stressing exercise at his "Mind in Control" workshop. and taking deep breaths inter- rupted the stress, allow the mind to remain in control. Heart shared that many of his concepts were rooted in his torah and cabbalistic studies, and that members of the IDF prepared for their operations using similar techniques. Throughout the seminar, Heart increased the stress on audience members. Dividing the room into men and wom- en, he had partners press their foreheads and noses together, creating stress by violating the concept of personal space. Once again, de-stressing exercises were practiced as well. Participants smiled and sighed as instructed, adjust- ing more rapidly between tasks. As the evening concluded, Heart received a hardy ova- tion. "A truly brilliant man, and a pleasure to speak with. He gave me some wonderful mind-control techniques and ideas that can really help me be a better person, and therefore a better Jew," said audience member Fred Schulman. .. cG- -- Custom Print Marketing Invitations  Announcements Digital & Offset Printing Brochures  Booklets Direct Mail Services Forms & Letterheads Elo 407-767-7110 ine.Cds 205 North Str,et Longv,,,cod, FL 32750  WXN. elegant print2qg, net -- Mention This Ad and Receive 18% Dbcomt -- Dedicated To Serving Our Jewish Community 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) 407-599-1180 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. 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