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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 6; 2013 Seeking Kin: Israeli schoolmates ....... keep their class reunion alive ............... Sari Haimson Fond memories of his childhood drew Arie Glazer, in the peach-colored shirt, back to Israel to attend his elementary school reunion. By Hillel Kuttler BALTIMORE (JTA)--Arie Glazer smiled and his large eyes lit up as his iPad displayed photographs and comments on the Facebook page of Shenkar Elementary School's Class of 1977. The Baltimore business- man was just back from a visit to his native Israel to attend the class reunion of Shenkar, now in its 69th year of opera- tion on Ahad Ha'Am Street in Helen, a town just south of Tel Aviv. Glazer very nearly could have .flow home, without a plane, such was his high from the Oct. 9 gathering. "I cherish my childhood friends and my life in Israel," he said over breakfast at a OB .AR ES HELEN GOLDBERG BROWN Helen Goldberg Brown passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at NuVisa Care at Hillsborough Lakes in Lutz, Fla. She was 90 years old. Mrs. Brown was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, on March 26, 1923, to the late Louis and Miriam Goldberg. After marrying her late husband, Charles, in Rend, Nev., the couple re- turned to Maine, where he was stationed, and in 1946 they suburban bagel shop. "Going back to that point--look, I'm a very attached, heimische person. Family and friends are very important to me." Many of his classmates joined Glazer in expressing joy at reconnecting with people they had seen rarely, if at all, in the intervening decades. "The big question was, will the momentum keep going?" Omna Berick-Aharony said by telephone last week from her Caesarea home. "At the moment, it still is." "Weeks later, the reunion is still alive," echoe d Elisheva Yakobovich ofTel Aviv. "People communicate and meet. ' Merely a cursory visitt0 the Facebook page corroborates their words. The remarks, zingers and inside jokes moved to the Orlando area. She was a homemaker, and for many years was a Sunday School teacher at Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom. Mrs. Brown is survived by her daughter, Sandy of Tampa, and grandchildren Amy, David and Renee. She was predeceased by her son, Jeffrey. A graveside service was held at Ohev Shalom Cemetery with Rabbi Arnold Siegel officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. nearly blow out an eavesdrop- ping American journalist's computer speaker with the incessant bing! bing! bing! of posts deep into the night, Israel time. At the Yama Restaurant, the large facility at the Herzliyah Pituach beach that hosted the reunion, the plentiful corridors and patios encour- aged old friends to join each other informally for drinks, appetizers and good talk. Students from the grade's four classes enjoyed a slide show of the Shenkar years and a song-and-dance shtick evoking teachers and the era's music before moving off to revel in the past with each other, settling down to schmooze on comfy couches and chairs. Five hours after the reunion began, the last partygoers left at 1:30 the next morning--but lingered another half-hour outside. Three of the classes had held separate mini-reunions over the years, and those get-togethers spurred the ini- tiative to hold the first grade- wide gathering. The reunion's unusual timing related to two important numbers, Glazer explained: 50, the current age of the classmates; and 36, the years since their graduation and thus, as a multiple of 18, a meaningful number in Jewish tradition. Of the 141 classmates, 97 attended--Glazer was the only one of 15 living abroad to come. Michal Aizik had re- located to Israel from Canada just a month earlier. A mar- ried couple, Avi Ziat and Liora Avital, first met as Shenkar classmates. One alumnuswho had intended to be on hand could not make it--the person works in a sensitive security position and was dispatched abroad at the last minute. Four teachers attended, too. Sadly, two other teachers who were invited, Tzipora Ka- minsky and Sarah Gesges, fell ill and died several days later. 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Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), services and holiday sched- ules shown at www.JewishCelebration.org; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O), 39 Skyline Drive, Suite 1017, Lake Mary, 407-878-3011, www.jewishorlando.com; services: second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m.; every Saturday at 10 a.m. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354-3660; www.jewishorlando.com; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; services, Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-644-2500; www.chabadorlando.org; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove, Casselberry, 407-830-7211; www.betchaim.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. at Savannah Court in Maitland. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; www.congbetham.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.rn. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-855-0772; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec), Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401S.R. 200, Ocala, 352-237-8277;bethisraelocala.org; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692; www.bethsholomflorida.org; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at 1308 E. Normandy Blvd., Deltona; 386-804-8283; www.mybethshalom.com; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; www.mybnaitorah.com; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300 Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.  Congregation of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; www.crjorlando.org: Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st Friday; 8 p.m., 2nd and 3rd Fridays: 6 p,m., 4th aqd 5t.h Fidaysi Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim iR), P.O. BOX 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-298-4650; www.ohevshalom.org; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.; Junior Congregation., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec), Leesburg, 352-326-8745; egrae@ hotmail.com; services last Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at vari- ous private residences. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kis- simmee, 407-935-0064;www.shalomaleichem.corn; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Sinai (C/R), 303 N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243- 5353; congregationsinai@cfl.rr.com; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Healing Service, first Friday of the month, 7 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El(R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813- 324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386- 445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www.mytbs.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 5:50 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R),49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.tiflofida.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321- 631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave., Daytona Beach, 386- 252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.newjewishcongrega- tion.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom ofOviedo (R) Services held in the EPICenter at University Carillon United Methodist Church, 1395 Campus View Court, Oviedo, 407-366-3556, www.templeshirshalom.org; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352- 735-4774; www.tcomd.org; services: second and fourth Fridays and Saturday of the month. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist