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PAGE 8 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 19, 2003 This year's "Latke and Lights Hanukkah Festival," sponsored by the Central Florida Shomrim Society, is ready to roll. The festival will include a potato latke cook- off, a Klezmer band playing spirited Jewish music, Jewish food, dreidel painting and spin- ning, chocolate gelt, singing traditional Hanukkah songs, telling of the Hanukkah story, lighting of the Chanukiah, and even "snow" will be provided The "Latke and Lights Ha- nukkah Festival" will take place on Sunday, Dec. 21, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at The Mercado's outside courtyard located at 8445 International Dr. "The Festival is really com- ing together now and should be a special day for all resi- WASHINGTON, D.C.-- World-renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Hillel: The Foundation for Jew- ish Campus Life are teaming up to get college students to be passionate about Israel. Dr. Ruth will serve as inter- national honorary chair of Hillel's new "love is real" pro- Israel campaign. The world's largest Jewish campus orga- nization and the diminutive diva of responsible romance are joining together to intro- duce college students to one of the world's oldest love sto- ries: the romance between the people of Israel and the Land of Israel "The relationship between the Jewish people and Israel can serve as a model," says Dr. Ruth. "It is loving, lasting, and responsible." "This is a 4000-year-old story," explains Hillel Interim International President Avraham lnfeld."We are thrilled dents and visitors of Central Florida," said Clay Kallman, president of the Central Florida Shomrim Society. '~'e will have local and state-wide contestants competing for the golden spatula trophy and the title "World's Best Latke Maker." "Contestants of all ages and religions are welcome to compete," Kallman added. Latkes and Jewish food will be on sale and provided by Bagel King of Longwood. There will also be samplingof the cook-off latkes. Children can buy gold wrapped choco- late money known as gelt to wager during the dreidel spin- ning games that will be going on. The dreidels that are for sale can be painted for style and luck before the games begin. A Klezmer band will q that Dr. Ruth has agreed to serve as international honorary chair. Through the 'love is real' cam- paign we want to show college students the many dimensions of this love affair." Dr. Ruth, a Holocaust sur- vivor who fought in Israel's War of Independence, is a longstanding supporter of Is- rael. An author, college pro- fessor, and media celebrity, Dr. Ruth is a frequent lecturer on college campuses where her candid, frank advice on sexu- ality has earned the respect of college students. "Students trust Dr. Ruth, whether she's discussing an overactive libido or biblical Megiddo," says Hillel's Center for Israel Affairs Director Wayne Firestone. "This cam- paign will help students un- derstand that anyone can love Israel, whether they are inter- ested in business, or art, or social justice." Dr. Ruth will launch the play spirited Jewish music to sing and dance to. Hebrew schools will bring children to sing traditional Hanukkah songs. Local personalities who are expert latke eaters will do the judging of the "latke cook-off." Chabad of Greater Orlando will tell the story of Hanukkah and perform the ceremonial lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. All "latke cook-off contes- tants will bring their own equipment and ingredients for their iatkes. The Mercado will provide food prep areas, tents, and the hot plates for the iatke cooking. There are still open- ings for.contestants. The Central Florida Shomrim Society is made up of public safety workers of the "love is real" campaign at Hillel's international Profes- sional Staff Conference in Princeton, N.J. More than 350 students will be intro- duced to "love is real" initia- tive during a special Decem- ber mission to Israel. Stu- dents on the mission will participate in one of four tracks designed to expose them to different aspects of Israeli society: Jewish learn- ing and pluralism through Hillel's Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Learning; Advanced Advocacy, co-spon - sored by AIPAC; social jus- tice; or business and tech- nology. The mission will in- clude five days of intensive seminars, workshops and site visits. HiUel is also bringing 2300 'students to Israel this winter through the birth- right israel program. The "love is real" campaign will continue back on campus in the United States. Hillel Jewish faith that have joined together for the welfare of all. The newest and 20th chapter, under the umbrella of the Na- tional Shomrim, Central Florida Shomrim consists of firefighters, law enforcement, federal agents, state attorneys, paramedics and emergency room workers of the Jewish faith. Shomrim is the Hebrew word for protectors, which is what Shomrim members do; protect our society from those that cause harm. To participate in the "iatke cook-off," or for more infor- mation call 407-963-3741. For more information con- tact Clay Kallman, president, Central Florida Shomrim So- ciety at home, 407-843-3084, or ceil,407-963-3741 ore-mail Grinspoon Israel Advocacy Interns, a group of 60 student leaders, will create innovative pro-Israel programs on their campuses. Hillel will provide AVI CHAI grants to students to design and implement cre- ative programs. Buttons, post- cards, posters and other mate- rials have been prepared that highlight different aspects of Israeli society. The largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel:The Foundation for Jew- ish Campus Life, is commit- ted to creatively empowering and engaging Jewish students through its network of over 500 campus Foundations, Pro- gram Centers and affiliates. Its long-standing dedication to building Jewish identity, while nurturing intellectual and spiritual growth in a plu- ralistic community, positions Hillel as a leader i'n building a stronger Jewish people and stronger Jewish future. Adam Taylor Roth, son of Paul and Shelley Roth of Orlando, will be participat- ing in Shabbat services on Friday, December 26 and will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Satur- day, December 27, at Temple Ohalei Rivka- Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation, Orlando. Adam is in the seventh grade at Chain of Lakes Middle School where he is in the Gifted/Honors Pro- gram, on the Principal's Honor Roll, a member of the orchestra and vice president of the Business Profession- als of America organization. He is a participant in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Adam's hobbies include computers, video games, cooking travel- ing, mind puzzles, playing the violin, Star Wars, and spending time with family and friends. He is a Boy Scout and serves as den chief for Cub Scouts. Sharing in the family'ssimcha will be his brother Josh; grandparents, Leonard and Sherlye Kinker of Fort Lau- derdale, Fla. and Mark and Lillian Roth of North Miami Beach, as well as friends and family from New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee, Delaware, North Carolina and Massachusetts. Ari Benjamin Serf, son of Marsha and Daniel Serf of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, De- cember 27, 2003 at Con- gregation Ohev Shalom, Orlando. Ari is in the seventh grade at Rock Lake Middle School. He is in the Gifted Program, on the "A" Honor Roll, and a participant in the Duke University Tal- ent Identification Pro- gram. His hobbies include reading, basketball, tennis, guitar, astronomy, and being with family and friends. Sharing in the family's simcha will be his sister Ilana; grandparents, Marty and Judy Herman of Farmington Hills, Mich and friends and relatives from Michigan, Ohio, Colorado, Texas, New York, New Jersey California, Arizona and Nevada. 9 By Amy Tarshis Music has the power to en- hance our environment, whether it's stirring soulful ballads or lively festive beats. What better way to bring warmth into the home during this time of year than having a great selection of Jewish holi- day music. Music has a way of creating a distinct mood and setting that accompanies you as you prepare your home for the holiday. At Chanukah whether your busy making crispy latkes or sufganiot, hearing the sounds 9f laugh- ter as children spin their dreidels or even if you find These Lights" (Sounds Write yourself alone this holiday - Productions). you marvel at the way lighting Friedman's colorful ofthemenorahdeeplytouches Chanukah CD offers musical your soul. It's glow gently re- arrangementsthatbringfresh- mindingyouofthemiracleof ness to traditional classic the oil that amazingly lasted Chanukahsongs."LightThese for eight nights. Staring at the Lights" also features four origi- candles you contemplate the nal compositions written by awesomeness of knowing that this popular singer of Jewish even though you may be with- music who has recorded 19 out your family and friends, other albums. Among them is you are connected to Jewish the light-hearted "Dreidel people worldwide. This sea- Song'---a tune that brings to son singer/songwriter Fried- mind thevoice of Joan Baez to manhasdoneherparttobring whomshe has rightfully been that soul-touching warmth to compared. What sets "Light the world with her recently These Lights" apart is its' in- released ChanukahCD"Light clusion of various types of Women's Cabinet The Women's Cabinet of the Jew- ish Federation meets quarterly to dis- cuss issues related to outreach and the Campaign for Jewish Needs. On Dec.l, the women met under the lead- ership of Women's Division Presi- dent Laura Abramson. The group dis- cussed upcoming programs, reviewed the progress of the Combined Jewish Appeal, Women's Campaign, viewed a video from the Federation in Toronto entitled"What Will Tomorrow Hold, ~ and met a recipient of services pro- vided by the Jewish Community Cen- ter. The Women's Cabinet is com- prised of all the women's chairmen in Campaign and Outreach, as well as a group of advisors. JOANNE KANE, left, special events director, with RITA ADLER, who serves the group in an advisory capacity. musical forms reflecting a va- youth groups and camps have riety of cultures. In her per- also embraced her songs. It is formance of "Y'Mei for this reason that Friedman HaChanukah," Friedman in- is considered one of Jewish fuses a reggae flavor to this music's most beloved artists Hebrew song. In "Hava ofourtime. Narimah", the tune recalls that In "Light These Lights," of a lullaby heard long ago and Friedman offers something for her rendition of"S'vivon" lea- everyone. Kids will like the tures an infectious salsa beat. animated songs. Adults will There'sevenaMiddle-Eastern appreciate Friedman's inno- inspired cut ("Mi Y'maleil") vative spin on traditional and a whimsical cut ("The Chanukah music arranged to Latke Song") that harkens world music rhythms. "Light back to the disco era. The CD These Lights" is her Chanukah also features Friedman's gift to us. Its' songs will add unique interpretation of the musical joy to your Chanukah Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul gatherings whether they are and Mary fame) song "Light big or small. Plus it's a great OneCandle"plusherwonder- addition to your (or your ful rendition of"Maoz Tzur". friends) collection of Jewish To say that she has a big ira- music. You can log onto pact on Jewish music today Friedman's website at would be an understatement, www.Friedman friedman.corn Countlesscongregations regu- to listen to selected cuts from larly sing her versions of this new release and purchase prayers set to music and many it onlrne. The CD is also avail- DEBBIE FRIEDMAN able at your favorite music store. There's no better way to lift us up spiritually than by touching our souls through music. With "Light These Lights", Friedman attempts to do so and succeeds. T.I. Family Hanukkah Happening It's that time of year again! Their festivities begin at 5 The days grow shorter, the p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21. Each nights longer and that means family is asked to bring their that Hanukkah can't be far own Chanukiah (menorah) away. And Temple Israel will and 5 candles (4 + shamas). be celebrating in a huge way The entire congregation will withtheirfirstFamilyHanuk- do the brachot together and kah Happening in their new light them at the same time. home on Markham Woods The celebration will be fol- Road. lowed by a light dinner in- cluding latkes, applesauce, chocolate, drinks and dough- nuts{ Join the jubilee ~vith songs, draydels, stories and more. Cost is just $10 per family! For information call the Temple Israel office at 407- [ . The 647-3055. [ In fro,