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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 25, 2009 Chanukah happenings at HDS By Dori Gerber HDS The Festival of Lights was burning bright at The He- brew Day School. From the colorful dreidel decorations throughout the campus, to the wafting smell of latkes through the hall, itwas easy to tell that Chanukah was being celebrated at Central Florida's only Jewish Day School. The holiday began with the entire student body and faculty gathering in the school's Multipurpose Room to light the larger-than-life Chanukkiah, which was a gift to the school from last year's first graders as part of their Kabbalat Ha'Siddur program. Head of School Ly'nne Shefsky illuminated the Chanukiah as the voices of the students sang the blessings and traditional holiday songs in the back- ground. This ritual continued every afternoon at the school throughout the holiday. What is Chanukah without students re-enacting the story of how the Maccabees triumphed over the Greeks? Both the second graders and the fifth graders spent many hours preparing for their show-stopping performances. Under the direction of their Hebrew/Judaica teachers, Lynne Shefsky, head of school, lights the handmade Chanukiah with HDS students and faculty singing the Chanukah blessings. Second graders Erin Yoffee, Shaqed Tzabaar, Isabel Li- bow, Tuval Basher and Ella Colley act out their part of a Chanukah play. as well as Limor Gabbai, the school's Hebrew/Judaica coordinator, the students presented their shows to their parents and other family members. The second graders even took their show on the road to entertain the residents of Kinneret Apartments. "Learning about their his- tory through song is awonder- ful way to make this holiday more meaningful to the students," said Hedva Tzabaar, second grade Hebrew/Judaica teacher. "Performing it for an SAVE $5 on Tickets to any Performance! 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Log on to "[ and enter code BLUE For information call (407) 049-2020 Groups f-866-248-8740 Come 90 minutes before show time to see our Asian elephants at the Animal Open House sM. And, meet the stars an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show - FREE to all ticket holders! B-BLUE audience is an added bonus that teaches wonderful skills such as poise and confidence. It also brings joy to the people who are watching them." In addition to the perfor- mances, the entire school participated in its annual Maccabia Games. Under the direction of the school's physical education depart- ment, the students spent an Kindergarten Hebrew and Judaica teacher Dori Wolgel helps student Adam Roitman light the Chanukiah during his class' Chanukah party. afternoon bouncing, running and jumping. The students were also treated to a Chanukah perfor- mance by singer Allen Lieber- man. In TK and kindergarten, the students visited fun Chanukah stations in their classrooms, The week was capped off with the annual Generation Celebration, where grandpar- ents and special friends visited their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. for a morning of interactive activities followed by an all-school Shabbat/ Chanukah celebration. The Hebrew Day School still has limited spaces avail- able for the 2009-2010 school year. For more information or to arrange a private tour, call 407-647- 0713. Dor Shalom visits 'Maidens and Monsters' Dor Shalom, a Jewish social group for ages 40-60, enjoyed an outdoor brunch Dec. 12 at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park. Event organizers said, "Two dozen people enjoyed a deli- cious meal from Bagel King followed by a tour of the mu- seum's newest exhibit, 'Maid- ens and Monsters--The Art of Science Fiction, Adventure and Fantasy.' "The exhibition spans over 80 years of sci-fi and fantasy "pulp" magazine covers and book jacket il- lustrations from 1914-1995. It includes 50 original works by 22 masters of sci-fi and fantasy illustration including N.C. Wyeth, Frank Frazetta, Michael Whelan, Frank R. Paul, Virgil Finlay, Kelly Freas and J. Allen St. John. All of the pieces in the exhibit belong to Stephen Korshak, a Maitland attorney, and his wife, Alma. Korshak grew up with a room full of sci-fi illustrations and began collecting on his own at a young age. Recently, the couple began collecting European illustrations. Kor- shak led the members of Dor Shalom through his exhibit and talked to the group about his childhood and his love for science and fantasy illustra- tions in art. Stephen Korshak was the Dor Shalom tour guide through 'Maidens and Monsters' exhibit at the Polasek museum. Dor Shalom's next event will be a jazz party Jan. 30, 2010 at the Central Florida Zoo. The event will help raise funds for the Susan G. Korman Breast Cancer Foundation, the Pearlman Food Pantry at Jewish Fam- ily Services and Dor Shalom. Dor Shalom is an outreach program addressing the needs and interests of the 40 plus age group of the Greater Orlando Jewish community. Dor Shalom 's goal is to further strengthen Jewish identity through programming and events in the social cultural travel educational and com- munity service arenas. For more information, visit the Dor Shalom Web site at or on Facebook. Dot Shalom is a program of the Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando. Dor Shalom members Joan Field (1) and Tina Solomon view the 'Maidens and Monsters' exhibit.