Congregation of Reform Judaism (CRJ) | Fall 2018 Program Guide

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CRJ Sustaining Members


CRJ Kids Kehillah Events and programming for ages newborn to four years old


Youth Engagement Meaningful experiences and interactions from Pre-K to 12th grade

12 Youth Engagement | Travel NFTY and travel experiences for CRJ preteens and teens

13 Life Cycle Events From baby namings to memorializations

14 Yala (Let’s Go!) An experiential educational and social program for 7th-12th graders

16 CRJ Education Religious school and adult education promote lifelong learning

19 Worship Experiences CRJ’s various modes of prayer, music and ritual

20 Get Involved From social action to just being social, CRJ has something for you

21 Cultural Arts

Music and arts programs to enrich the Jewish experience

22 Programs for Everyone Family holiday celebrations, Sisterhood and Brotherhood hosted events, Prime Timer programs and everything in between

Programs subject to change. Please check for updated details.

Program Guide Fall 2018

The CRJ Way • A HOME FOR meaningful and evocative Jewish experiences that change individuals and the world • A CULTURE that is warm and welcoming, optimistic and vibrant. • A CARING COMMUNITY where people feel cared about, valued and connected. • STAFF AND LAY LEADERS that are contemplative and focused in their dedication to the needs of congregants




Board of Directors MARK E. LEVITT, President BARBARA ZASLOFSKY, Secretary IAN ROBINSON, VP Budget and Finance CATHY LIEBLICH, VP of Membership NIKKI MASTANDO, VP of Communications FRED SCHOTT, VP of Leadership Development ROBERTA MAROWITZ, VP Human Resources CAMY SCHWAM-WILCOX, VP of Education and Youth Programming BEVERLY MURPHY, VP of Worship and Compassion MITCH BARNETT, VP of Fundraising and Development HELENE BECKER, VP of Volunteerism and Congregant Engagement SUSAN MCKENNA, Immediate Past President

Executive Director MICHAEL KANCHER

For Membership information, please visit or call Executive Director Michael Kancher at 407-645-0444 or

Shalom, Chaverim (Hello, Friends), As President of CRJ, I want to welcome you to the Fall 2018 CRJ Program Guide, your guide to all of the exciting programming, events, and activities planned for August through December of 2018! Thank you to Nikki Mastando, Lauren Oback and Julie Begani for working so hard to create this helpful guide. MARK E. LEVITT It really shows how we are Orlando’s most CRJ BOARD PRESIDENT diverse and exciting Jewish congregation. Whether you are new to CRJ or have been a member for decades, this program guide will show you the many ways to get involved. Many programs in this guide relate to youth groups and youth programming. Today, our middle school and high school youth groups, Jr. GORFTY and GORFTY, are vibrant and flourishing, with more than 60 active participants. There are five youth groups in place for children and teens, Pre-K through 12th grade; these opportunities have become a huge part of our kids’ social lives. Our staff continues to create new and innovative outlets for engagement, enthusiasm and connections, and we couldn’t be more appreciative of the strong foundation created by Youth Engagement Director Lauren Oback, a foundation upon which CRJ’s youth involvement will surely grow through the years ahead. CRJ has expanded the Kids Kehillah (Kids Community) programming, offering monthly Tot Shabbats and various early Jewish learning educational experiences for ages newborn to 4 beginning this fall. Kaitlyn Dunn is joining CRJ as our Kids Kehillah Coordinator. Kaitlyn is a great asset and is excited to bring her experience with education, Judaism and theatre to CRJ. As programming at CRJ continues to grow, we have made enhancements to our staff at CRJ. Blaine Smith, who has spent the last two years working as one of our youth advisors, will be taking on the role of Youth Director. Blaine has proven himself to be a great asset to our youth program and is ready to take on increased responsibility. Lauren Oback will continue to oversee, advise and have an active role in the planning and implementation of our youth engagement program. As important as our youth programs are, we strive to promote programs for all ages and all interests. Take the time to look through this program guide to see what programs may interest you. There is surely something for everyone.

CRJ is YOUR connection to your faith, family and friends. Let’s ALL get involved. B’ahava (with love), Mark

Sustaining Members SHOMRIM - PILLARS

Reid Berman Dr. Robert S. and Gail Gold Simon and Ellen Snyder Charles and Margie Steinmetz Mitchell and Nancy Walk

Norma Kaplan Martin and Valerie Kirsch Melvin J. Kohn Mark and Cathy Lieblich Martin and Ellen Prague Emery and Judith Rosenbluth, Jr. Drs. Alex and Sheryl Sacharoff Winston and Charlotte Schwartz



Dr. Larry and Susan Halperin Susan McKenna and Suzan Abramson David and Helene Rasmussen Jonathan and Nancy Wolf


David and Judy Albertson Chet and Barbara Peckett Cantor Jacki Rawiszer and Mitch Menaker John and Shayna Reich


Stephanie Adler Martin and Emily Glickstein Dr. Mark and Ruth Kruger Roz Levitt Betty Monroe Paindiris and Tasos Paindiris Michael & Hali Poteshman Stephen and Shyla Reich Ian Robinson John and Robin Siegel Larry and Cathy Slung Doris Sunshine Drs. James and Rebecca Welch


Drs. Anil and Barbara Aggarwal Steven and Diana Barcus Seymour and Peggy Benson Dr. Elliot and Robyn Cooperman Dr. Jay and Randye Falk Jay and Wendy Fisher Dr. David and Lisa Goldman Paul and Abby Goldsmith Paul and Barbara Grossman Alan and Marjorie Helman Lawrence Kahn and Amy Goodblatt

Norman and Donna Abramson Mark and Jodi Ackerman Dr. George and Carole Adler Max and Linda Amon Gary and Dana Baumgarten Lillian Berkowitz Dr. Arnold and Susan Bierman Judge Mark and Cindy Blechman Mark and Hedy Blinderman Sean Bogle and Lauren Sigman Michael and Lisa Brodsky Murray and Elizabeth Brooks Charlie and Michelle Carlton Barnett and Claire Chepenik Dr. Rick and Laura Cohn Wayne and Lynn Dictor Dr. Stuart Dropkin and Roxane Abelow Andrea Eliscu Randall and Jan Ellington Leslie Feinberg Marilyn S. Goldman Neil and Sharon Harrow Dr. Michael and Wendy Henner Brian and Jen Hoffman Dr. Barry and Ilyse Katz Dr. Jeffrey and Velaina Koren Mark and Noreen Levitt Stuart Lewis and Dana Sussmann Dr. Herbert and Toby Mendelsohn Seth and Carrie Miller James & Cynthia Milligan Antonio and Karen Moreno David and Susan Newman Mark and Sallie Brown Pinsky Tony and Leni Puccio Dr. Barry and Donna Render Phillip Rosenberg Lee Sasser and Nancy Weber Judge Frederic and Deana Schott Dee Schwartz Harry and Arlene Seligman Roy & Jeanne Silberstein Wayne and Shelley Taylor Faye Wall Harriet Weiss Jeffrey and Bethanne Weiss Judge Kevin and Rona Weiss James Wetmore and Brenda Fisher Wetmore Brent and Felecia Ziegler

Todah Rabah! Thank you for helping to make these programs possible.

CRJ Kids Kehillah Events and programming for ages newborn to four years old.

Jewish Learning Kitah Aleph For children whose birthday is August 2, 2015 - August 1, 2016. Children will explore Jewish holidays, traditions, and values through touch, taste, feel, and listening! From 9:30 - 10am, child and caregiver will learn together in the classroom followed by a break-out session for parents with clergy, coffee and bagels while children engage in hands-on, brain-on experiences leading to enhanced social and emotional skills. A small snack is included.

Early Jewish

Learning Kitah Bet

For children whose birthday is August 2, 2014 - August 1, 2015 Children will explore Jewish holidays, traditions, and values in a whole new way! Children will engage in a variety of experiences like cooking, art, music, and outdoor activities on a tour through the Jewish year. A small snack is included.

Dates: 9/16, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2, 1/27*, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7

Class Dates: 9/30, 10/28, 11/11, 12/16, 1/27*, 2/24, 3/31, 4/28

Class Times: 9:30am - 11:00am

Class Times: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Cost: CRJ members Free / Community members $100 for the year

Cost: CRJ members Free / Community members $100 for the year

*On January 27th the whole family will participate together in our Mishpacha Day program from 9:30am - 12:30pm

*On January 27th the whole family will participate together in our Mishpacha Day program from 9:30am - 12:30pm

Instructor: Kaitlyn Dunn

Instructor: Amy Feinberg

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CRJ Early Child Education Coordinator Kaitlyn Dunn recently finished her first year of teaching 2nd grade for Seminole County Public Schools. Prior to SCPS, she taught two theatre programs at the JCC and at a private school in Longwood for ages 2 - 12. Her traditional classroom experience began as a pre-school classroom assistant for 2 years working with infants to age 4. A proud UCF Knight with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Kaitlyn is excited to bring her passion for theatre, education, and Judaism to life through CRJ’s Early Childhood Program.

For more information: Kaitlyn Dunn, CRJ Early Child Education Coordinator

Tot Shabbat and Bubbles on the Bima Designed for families with children ages birth to 6 years old

Mommy and Me Thursdays and Sundays Weekly workshops for caregivers and babies from newborn to 4 years of age Our program offers a great opportunity to meet other moms, share experiences, and enjoy songs, games, and arts and crafts. A great beginning to your child’s Jewish education. You’ll never want to miss a day! Class Dates: (Thursday Spring Dates TBA)

45-minute parent-participation services that on various Friday evenings (Tot Shabbat) and Shabbat mornings (Bubbles on the Bima), combining music, movement, and learning to offer young children and their parents/grandparents/caregivers an early exposure to Shabbat. Tot Shabbat Dates: 8/24*, 9/7, 10/5, 11/2, 1/4, 2/1*, 3/1*, 4/5, 5/3, 6/7

Thursdays: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20

Time: 6:00 – 6:45pm

Instructor: Lauren Sharfstein

Leaders: Kaitlyn Dunn, Cantor, Rabbi and Clergy

Sundays: 9/23, 10/21, 12/9, 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14 Instructor: Kaitlyn Dunn Class Times: 9:30am - 11am Cost: CRJ members Free / Community members $7 per class

*Note: 5:30 - 6:15pm 8/24, 2/1 and 3/1 only

Bubbles on the Bima Dates: 11/3, 12/22, 1/19, 2/16, 3/16 Time: 11:30am Leaders: Kaitlyn Dunn and Clergy

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Youth Engagement Meaningful experiences and interactions from Pre-K to 12th grade.

The Congregation of Reform Judaism’s youth engagement programming provides our youth with opportunities to engage in Jewish life at CRJ and in the broader Jewish community. Our youth advisors work to create meaningful experiences that allow for meaningful interactions and lead to meaningful friendships. From experiential learning programs to social events to social action experiences, volunteer opportunities and trips, our wide variety of experiences come from the foundation that we all learn Torah in our own meaningful ways. Each group offers an all-inclusive pricing option, which gives your child access to all listed programs and one youth group t-shirt. Additionally, Jr. GORFTY and GORFTY all-inclusive pricing includes CRJ’s Yala program (see page 14 for Yala details). If you would prefer to choose programs a la carte, we require a one-time $36 registration fee for CRJ members and $72 registration fee for Community members, which both include one youth group t-shirt.

Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Graders Hebrew for “children,” Yeladim is our youngest youth group at CRJ. Participants will take part in exciting hands on programming incorporating sports, art, Jewish holidays and more! Programs are held throughout the year on Sundays from 12:30 2:00pm. Pizza will be served at each program.

Yeladim, YALA!

Sun. September 30 | 12:30 - 2:00pm Yeladim’s kick off program! A fun afternoon of icebreakers with ice and mixers with mixes! Cost: $25 Register by: September 26

Messy Maccabiah

Sun. October 21 | 12:30 - 2:00pm Field day type events with messy twist. Cost: $25 Register by: October 17

Amazing Animals

Sun. November 4 | 12:30 - 2:30pm Live animal show that will have your kids roaring! Cost: $40 Register by: October 31

Bricks 4 Kids

Sun. January 27 | 12:30 - 2:30pm An exciting, hands-on program with LEGO® Bricks. Cost: $40 Register by: January 17

Dr. Seuss Birthday Spectacular

Sun. March 3 | 12:30 - 2:30pm A fun birthday celebration for a literary fave. Cost: $25 Register by: February 27

Matzoh Madness

Yeladim All-Inclusive Pricing:

CRJ members - $199 per participant Community members - $250 per participant

Sun. April 7 | 12:30 - 2:30pm Passover-themed matzoh-making and more! Cost: $25 Register by: April 3

H20 Celebration

Sun. April 28 | 12:30 - 2:30pm Get soaked at Yeladim’s grand finale program. Cost: $50 Register by: April 17

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CRJ Youth Director Blaine Smith is entering his third year at CRJ. The past two years he has worked as a youth advisor with all of CRJ’s youth groups. His experience in Jewish youth engagement started at Congregation Kol Tikvah in South Florida, where he worked as a camp counselor, youth advisor and religious school teacher while studying political science at FAU. Blaine looks forward to continuing the amazing growth of CRJ youth programs this year using his creative ideas and passion for Judaism.

For more information: Blaine Smith, Youth Director

2nd, 3rd and 4th Graders Hebrew for “friends,” Chaverim is designed for our 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. Members will engage in innovative and exciting events connecting Judaism, sports, art, and music! Events are held on and off site throughout the year. Pizza/other meals will be served at each program.

Chaverim All-Inclusive Pricing:

CRJ members - $250 per participant Community members - $299 per participant

Kickball H20 Kick Off!

Sun. September 23 | 12:30 - 2:30pm We’re “kicking off” with Kickball H20! An exciting twist on kickball. Prepare to get wet! Cost: $30 Register by: September 20

Amazing Animals

Sun. November 4 | 12:30 - 2:00pm Live animal show that will have your kids roaring! Cost: $40 Register by: October 31

Super Sloppy Hanukkah Maccabiah Sun. December 2 | 12:30 - 2:30pm A sloppy celebration of the festival of lights. Cost: $30 Register by: November 28

Planet Obstacle

Sun. January 13 | 12:30 - 4:00pm Your kids will summon their inner ninjas and ninjettes! Cost: $45 Register by: January 7

Shabbaton Overnight

Fri. February 8 - Sat. February 9 | 6:00pm - 9:00am A sleepover at CRJ filled with treats and shenanigans! Cost: $50 Register by: January 31

Bubble Soccer

Wed. April 3 | 6:00 - 7:30pm Your kids try to score from within a giant bubble! Cost: $40 Register by: March 27

Mystery Bus Ride

Sun. May 5 | 12:30 - 7:00pm This popular program is top secret. Shhh.... Cost: $75 Register by: April 22

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Youth Engagement Meaningful experiences and interactions from Pre-K to 12th grade.

5th and 6th Graders  Our 5th and 6th graders will take part in new and exciting social experiences to build lasting Jewish friendships outside of temple. Members connect outside of religious school classes, building stronger connections and creating deeper bonds! Pizza/other meals will be served at each program.

Club56 Splashtacular Kick Off!

Sun. September 16 | 12:30 - 5:00pm Make a splash at Club 56’s kick off program! Cost: $40 Register by: September 5

Club56 Cook-Off

Sun. October 28 | 12:30 - 4:30pm Cutthroat Kitchen and Iron Chef lovers will discover the recipe for fun at this program. Cost: $45 Register by: October 21

Sun. February 24 | 12:30 - 4:00pm Compete with friends to solve clues in style! Cost: $50 Register by: February 11

Club56 Day of Service

NFTY-STR Hatikvah Kallah

Sun. March 31 | 12:30 - 5:00pm A fulfilling and fun day of performing mitzvot together. Cost: $36 Register by: March 20

Fri. November 9 - Sunday, November 11 See page 12 for full details!

Shabbaton Lock-In

Fri. November 16 - Sat. November 17 | 5:30 - 9:00am A sleepover at CRJ filled with treats and shenanigans! Cost: $50 Register by: November 5

The Hanukkah Game/Regressive Lunch Tour Sun. December 16 | 12:30 - 5:00pm Gather with friends for a holiday celebration with culinary twist! Cost: $40 Register by: December 5

Limo Scavenger Hunt

Gameshow Showdown

Wed. April 17 | 6:00 - 7:30pm Team up for a live gameshow party! Cost: $25 Register by: April 14

Mystery Bus Ride

Sun. May 19 | 12:30 - 7:00pm This popular program is top secret. Shhh.... Cost: $75 Register by: May 6

Club56 All-Inclusive Pricing:

CRJ members - $299 per participant Community members - $360 per participant

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What is GORFTY? GORFTY, which stands for Greater Orlando Reform Federation of Temple Youth, is a place for you to feel totally comfortable, that offers really fun experiences, leadership opportunities, and programs that connect social action, community and identity. GORFTY is affiliated with URJ NFTY (the North American Federation of Temple Youth). As members of NFTY, we participate in three weekend conventions each year.

7th and 8th Graders 7th and 8th graders are in for a super awesome experience! Jr. GORFTY’s wide range of programs gives everyone an opportunity to participate, explore and step out of their comfort zone!

Jr. GORFTY Splashtacular Shabbat Kick Off! Sat. September 8 | 3:00 - 8:00pm Make a splash at Jr. GORFTY’s kick off program! Cost: $40 Register by: September 5

Shabbaton Lock-In

Fri. October 12 - Sat. October 14 | Times TBA A sleepover at CRJ filled with treats and shenanigans! Cost: $50 Register by: November 5

NFTY-STR Hatikvah Kallah

9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders GORFTY is a teen-led movement, offering leadership, social and religious programming, led by an elected teen board.

GORFTY “Pre-Neg”

Fri. August 24 | 5:30pm Cost: Free Register by: N/A

GORFTY Shabbat Spectacular

Fri. September 22 | 3:00 - 8:00pm Cost: $40 Register by: September 12

NFTY-STR Fall Kallah

Fri. October 12 - Sunday, October 14 See page 12 for full details!

Creative Service/Shabbaton Lock-In

Fri. November 9 - Sunday, November 11 See page 12 for full details!

Fri. November 2 - Sat. November 3 | Times TBA Cost: $50 Register by: October 22

Mystery Bus Ride

Sun. December 9 | Times TBA This popular program is top secret. Shhh.... Cost: $75 Register by: May 6

Lounge Night Wednesdays

September 12, October 3, November 14, December 19 4:15 - 5:45pm Chill out with friends and refreshments in the CRJ Teen Lounge. Please register one day in advance. Cost: $18 per Lounge Night

Jr. GORFTY All-Inclusive Pricing:

(Includes CRJ Yala Program) 7th Graders: CRJ members - $250 per participant Community members - $418 per participant 8th Graders: CRJ members - $350 per participant Community members - $418 per participant

Mystery Bus Ride

Fri. December 7 - Sat. December 8 | Times TBA This popular program is top secret. Shhh.... Cost: $75 Register by: November 19

Lounge Night Thursdays

September 6, October 4, November 15, December 20 6:00 - 8:00pm Chill out with friends and refreshments in the CRJ Teen Lounge. Please register one day in advance. Cost: $18 per Lounge Night

GORFTY All-Inclusive Pricing:

Includes CRJ Yala Program and Confirmation for 12th Graders) 9th, 10th & 11 Graders: CRJ members - $350 per participant Community members - $418 per participant 12th Graders: CRJ members - $399 per participant Community members - $499 per participant

January-May 2019 Jr. GORFTY/GORFTY programs will be released in November. See pages 14-15 for Yala program schedule.

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Youth Engagement | Travel NFTY and travel experiences for CRJ preteens and teens.

As a Temple affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism, GORFTY is affiliated with NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth). As members of NFTY, 6th-12th graders have the opportunity to take part in weekend NFTY-STR kallot (retreats). Kallot are led by an elected board of teen leaders and teen leaders from temples in our region. Participants will take part in exciting and interesting programs and mixers, activities, social action, teen-led worship experiences, song sessions, a special Saturday night social and more!

Dates TBA | Florida

Join us for College Caravan 2018! This will be a college tour like no other! In addition to meeting with admissions officers and touring the campuses, participants will explore Jewish Life on each campus! We will also meet and connect with GORFTY and NFTY alumni. College Caravan dates and additional information will be available in early September.

NFTY-STR Fall Kallah

October 12-14, 2018 ACA Camp Geneva – Fruitland Park, FL 9th-12th Grades

NFTY-STR Hatikvah Kallah

November 9-11, 2018 Congregation Beth Am – Tampa, FL 6th-8th Grades

NFTY-STR Winter Regional December 26-30, 2018 Orlando Marriott – Orlando, FL 9th-12th Grades

NFTY-STR Spring Kallah

March 8-10, 2019 ACA Camp Geneva – Fruitland Park, FL 8th-12th Grades


April 12-14, 2019 Temple Beth Torah – Wellington, FL Elected GORFTY Board LLTI (Liz Leadership Training Institute) Kallah is attended by GORFTY’s incoming board and song leader

February 15-18, 2019 | Dallas, TX

NFTY Convention is a one of a kind experience – Bringing together more than 1,000 Reform Jewish teens from across North America. Come join us and be part of something bigger (it’s NFTY’s biggest event!), Experience shaping a Movement, and have a great time. You will learn valuable leadership skills, meet incredible people, and laugh, learn, and sing as one community. Registration will open soon.

March 15-18, 2019 | Washington, D.C.

Join Rabbi Engel in Washington, D.C. for a fun and meaningful weekend with teens from coast to coast and learn about the Jewish imperative for justice and the Reform Movement’s advocacy positions on critical public policy issues. Students spend the weekend learning about major social justice issues and the Jewish values that inform the Reform Movement’s advocacy, culminating on Monday when everyone heads to Capitol Hill to lobby their representatives in Congress on an issue of their choice. Space is limited Estimated Cost: $850

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Life Cycle Events at CRJ When our Clergy are there with you during a lifecycle event you will receive a personal touch and a meaningful moment for you and your family. They will be there for you before, during and after the life cycle event. Each baby naming or wedding is personalized and brings in the whole family. Every funeral or unveiling reflects the beauty and comfort that comes from our Jewish tradition. Being part of a congregational family means celebrations are elevated and difficult times are made more bearable. These life cycle events are all included with your membership.

Baby Namings

Congregants are welcome to present their child of any age before the Congregation at a Friday night service for a formal public naming ceremony. We personalize each ceremony, as every individual is unique and special. Parents are welcome to consult with Rabbi Engel on the selection of an appropriate Hebrew name for a child whenever this information is required, either pending a birth or any time thereafter. All CRJ members receive this service as part of their membership.

Weddings & Anniversaries

Members of the Congregation may invite Rabbi Engel or Cantor Jacki to officiate (or co-officiate) at their Jewish wedding ceremonies, in a venue selected by the celebrants and their families (subject to the Clergy availability). We invite members celebrating their wedding anniversary to come to the bima in the course of our monthly first-Friday “Celebration Shabbat” to receive the Congregation’s congratulatory blessings.


Everyone in the community is welcome to consult with Rabbi Engel for information about giyur (conversion) or to undertake a course of study leading to formal entry into the Jewish faith community.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Members’ children who are near their 13th birthday (by either the Jewish or civil calendar), and who have completed the requisite educational requirements, may present themselves to the Congregation as B’nai Mitzvah at services on an assigned Shabbat. CRJ’s B’nai Mitzvah program is an intensive and supportive year-long program led by Cantor Jacki.

Death and Funeral

Members of the Congregation impacted by the catastrophic illness and possibly impending death of a parent, sibling, child or spouse may call upon CRJ Clergy or the Hospital Team for visitation in the hospital, hospice, or nursing home, and to administer vidu’i sh’chiv mei-ra (deathbed prayer). When impacted by the death of a parent, sibling, child or spouse, our Clergy will help our members plan for, and to officiate at, funeral or memorial services and guide your family through the grieving process.


Everyone in the community is welcome to memorialize their loved ones by sponsoring a tribute page in each year’s Congregational “Yizkor” book and/or a permanent memorial plaque in the Sanctuary. For more information contact Executive Director, Michael Kancher, or 407-645-0444.


Yala (Let’s Go!) An experiential education and social program for 7th-12th graders.

Yala, Hebrew for “let’s go,” combines experiential education and social experiences in a cohesive program that fosters Jewish identity development, community-building, leadership skills and deep connection to Jewish life. Yala is included in pricing for 7th grade Bar/Bat Mitzvah participants as well as the all-inclusive Jr. GORFTY and GORFTY pricing. If you do not fall under those categories, you can still participate in Yala for $150 per participant as a CRJ member and $199 per participant as a Community member.

Katan-Gadol (Little/Big) provides 7th-12th graders with a framework to develop and sustain mentoring relationships. Jr. GORFTY members are matched with GORFTY members and new GORFTY members are paired with seasoned GORFTY members. “Littles” receive advice, encouragement, information about youth group, and insight from older peers. “Bigs”, in turn, gain satisfaction and knowledge from guiding younger peers while fostering a sense of community. Held on Monday nights from 5:30pm-8:00pm, YALA YOUniversity is the core of the YALA program. Teens will grow socially, spiritually and Judaically through a variety of diverse experiences including chuggim (electives), chavurot (interest-based groups) and learning sessions designed for each individual group of participants. Teens come together for dinner, programming and youth group activities in the youth lounge with advisors.

Atid (Hebrew for “future”) participants support the CRJ Youth Program by serving as Jr. Youth Advisors. Our Atid program offers 8th-12th grade teens the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, to increase self-confidence, express Jewish values, and learn group leading techniques by assisting Youth Advisors during youth programs. SPACE IS LIMITED! Applications must be submitted online by August 12th

Held on Wednesdays twice per month – JEWman Group is designed to provide a relaxed setting where guys can come together informally. Meet-ups include a mix of basketball, informal discussions in the youth lounge, pool/darts, snacks and more!

Held on Thursdays once per month – GIRLSPACE is designed to provide a celebratory, empowering setting where girls can support each other in growing and learning while having lots of fun. Group meet-ups include a mix of discussion, socializing, cooking, making crafts, and enjoying snacks!

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For more information: Lauren Oback, Director of Youth Engagement

Confirmation represents the capstone of the Yala program of formal religious education at CRJ. Yala’s curriculum begins in 7th grade and culminates in a special 12th grade Confirmation experience. Confirmation is a recent addition to the cycle of Jewish observance and celebration. In the middle of the 19th century, the founders of the Reform movement felt that the ritual of Bar and Bat Mitzvah did not speak to the social and spiritual realities of an enlightened, non‑Orthodox European Jewry. They also were dedicated to a level of Jewish education for young people which required study beyond the age of thirteen. Consequently, many of these congregations created an extended and sophisticated program of study and a celebration of its conclusion. Today, Confirmation has become an integral part of the life of Reform congregations and of many Conservative congregations, as well.

The Yala curriculum for 8th-11th graders is designed to allow our teens to create their own journeys. Teens choose from a variety of chuggim, Hebrew for “electives” that appeal to them. Teens will take part in as many as 4 different chuggim each school year. From Judaism and Pop Culture to Today’s Hot Topics, Song Leading & Exploring Jewish Texts, Cooking Jewishly or our Jewish Actors Workshop (JAWs)… we strive to provide chuggim that are innovative, interesting and meaningful.

YALA 2018 YOUNIVERSITY DATES: Mondays | 5:30 - 8:00pm August 27 September 17 September 24 October 1 October 8 October 15 October 22 October 29 November 5 November 12 November 20 November 26 December 3 December 10 December 17 (Yala Hanukkah)

The shared meal is an opportunity not only to eat, but also to talk, to create and strengthen bonds of attachment and friendship, to teach and learn. Monday nights at Yala always begin at 5:30pm with a delicious dinner! Past dinners include: Chinese Food, Pasta Bar, Pizza & Salad, Taco Bar, Sushi, Chipotle, etc. Comparable options are provided for those with allergies and/or dietary restrictions. All dinners include healthy options.

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CRJ Education Religious school and adult education promote lifelong learning.

Religious School for Pre-K through 6th Grade Class Hours: • Pre-K through 2nd Grade: Sundays 9:30am–12:30pm

The Steinmetz Family School of Chai seeks to inspire each student with a comprehensive Jewish education in a caring, innovative, and vibrant community. Through engaging learning for students in grades Pre-K through 6th, we combine compelling Hebrew and Judaic curriculum with our fun Camp Chai specials which include art, music, cooking, sports & drama! Our curriculum utilizes the most contemporary resources from Behrman House, Inc., as well as teacher-made and online tools. Our students build critical thinking skills along with a solid knowledge of Hebrew reading, Jewish life vocabulary and prayers. Join us this year as we bring technology to our classrooms!

• Third Grade through 6th Grade: Sundays 9:30am-12:30pm and Wednesdays 4:00pm- 6:00pm Please visit for school calendar.

A look into a Sunday morning in 1st Grade: • Morning Meeting…Circle time for sharing and building Kehillah (community) • T’filah Jam with Cantor Jacki • Classroom time includes Jewish -themed stories, fun with Hebrew words and alef-bet, learning about Torah heroes and Jewish holidays, understanding how we are a part of the Jewish people and how we live our lives through holy moments. • Camp Chai fun through cooking Jewish foods, interactive drama activities, team-building sports play, singing Jewish songs, or creating Jewish-themed art projects!

A look at a Wednesday afternoon in 4th Grade: • T’filah Jam with Cantor Jacki…Start the afternoon through this special time of connection with community, self, and God through worship. • Classroom time includes activities such as interactive Hebrew reading using fun Hebrew apps, exploring Jewish values and building Jewish identity through exploring holiday traditions as well as relating to biblical text.

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School of Chai Open House Sunday, August 19 | 9:30am

Take part in our exciting welcome back opening session and then tour the school and get your questions answered one-on-one. If you are not yet a member and this is your first year attending the School of Chai we would love to offer you a complimentary 18-month membership through December 2019 when you register for school.

For more information: Dr. Sheryl Sacharoff , Director of Education

Mishpacha Days, Class Shabbats: A highlight of each grade is our parent participation days where families spend a special Sunday morning learning together with their child’s teachers and clergy about a relevant grade-appropriate Jewish topic. Additionally, each grade helps to lead a Shabbat service creating opportunities to enjoy Shabbat together with a dinner beforehand. The Steinmetz Family School of Chai will nurture and strengthen our learners’ foundation for developing a strong sense of self, a caring sense of community, and a solid relationship with God. We will create an enduring partnership between our school and our families in order to plant the seeds for a rich tradition of lifelong Jewish learning. B’nai Mitzvah Program: Religious education at the Steinmetz Family School of Chai at CRJ lays the foundation for the B’nai Mitzvah Program led by Cantor Jacki. For more information on the B’nai Mitzvah timeline and requirements, visit CRJOrlando/bnai-mitzvah/ or e-mail

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CRJ Education Religious school and adult education promote lifelong learning.

Adult Education Programs at CRJ Lifelong learning is vital to CRJ’s mission. Our community of adult learners offers engaging lifelong Jewish knowledge. There is always something interesting and inspirational in which to take part! Programs listed here are free for CRJ members and $5 for Community members. All programs will be held in the Schott Family Chapel.

Torah Study

Wednesdays weekly throughout the year | 12:00pm Bring your lunch and join us for a stimulating conversation beginning August 29th with Rabbi Engel. Please make sure to check the calendar for date changes,

Philosophy & Judaism

Wednesdays, Oct 10, 17, & 24 | 7:00-8:15pm What have Jews contributed to Philosophy, and how do those contributions fit into the many epochs and schools of Philosophy? How have Jews responded to the perennial quandary of faith vs. reason? Together, we will take a look at the lives and thought of important Jewish philosophers and philosophers who happen to be Jews. Instructor: Jean White, M.A.

The Important Jewish Questions and Answers: Illness, Death and End of Life Issues

Thursdays, November 15, 29 December 6, 13, 20 7:00 – 8:30pm Explore these relevant issues to all of us through looking at traditional texts and modern commentaries. These ethical questions and responses set the context for Jewish views on healing and afterlife. Join us for these important and lively sessions. Instructor: Rabbi Steven Engel

Understanding the Reform Siddur (Prayerbook) - Mishkan T’filah

Thursdays, October 11, 18, 25 | 7:00 – 8:30pm Do you want a better grasp of the meanings of the beautiful prayers in our liturgy? Did you ever wonder why there are some prayers in the evening (ma’ariv) service and others in the morning (shacharit) service and many of the same prayers throughout? Do you want a better understanding of the difference between Reform and Conservative prayer books (siddurim) and customs (minhagim)? Instructor: Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer.

Soulful Jewish Moments

Sundays and Mondays through December Times Vary Go beyond traditional learning and nourish your soul! Weekly workshops will enlighten your mind, body, and spirit taking you on a new Jewish journey. You can register for one or all the classes. For a full description of the course, please visit Sunday, September 23 – Creating happy families with Roberta Marowitz Monday, October 1 – Garden of Eden with Dana Sussman Sunday October 7 – Soulful Eating with Lisa Goldman Monday, October 22 – A Soulful Journey from Hineni to Gratitude through Chant and Mindfulness with Linda Flower Gross Sunday, November 4 – How to get kids to eat healthier with Renee Seltzer TBA – Essential Oils for beginners with Rona Weiss TBA – Teens & Tech with Wendy Fisher Would you like to teach a class? Contact Sheryl Sacharoff at

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Worship Experiences at CRJ Every worship experience at CRJ is unique and special. Through various modes of prayer, music and ritual there is something for everyone here. You will find people of all ages and all interests participating in services each week on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. Each week of the month has a particular theme and feel. Added to this are services that feature special guest musicians, speakers, topics, or post-service programs.

Shabbat Evening Services

There is nothing quite like the spirit of Shabbat on Friday evenings at Congregation of Reform Judaism! Shabbat Evening Services are held Fridays at 7:00pm, except for the fourth and fifth Fridays of the month when services begin at 6:00pm. We welcome Shabbat with prayer, song, and reflection and include a blend of traditional Hebrew and contemporary English liturgy. Summer Shabbat Evening Schedule: Fridays at 6:00pm

Shabbat Morning Services – Bagels & Bible

Saturday Shabbat mornings begin at 10:00am with an intimate and interactive Bagels and Bible Text Study led by Rabbi Engel, Cantor Jacki and guest clergy and facilitators. When there is a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration, services begin at 10:00am and all are invited to join us.

Rosh Chodesh

Saturdays 9/15, 10/20, 11/24, 12/29 | 12:00pm The Rosh Chodesh Circle is a monthly meeting set around the new moon; designed to bring women together and connect their spiritual being through various types of Jewish programming. Each month will present a new activity; chosen as a vehicle for learning about women’s traditions and practices that highlight the connection between our spiritual life and our lives as Jews. By having the circle, we also honor the traditions and wisdom of Jewish women who have come before us.

Themed Shabbat Services

CRJ’s themed Shabbat services are interactive and feature special guest musicians, speakers, topics, and pre/post-service programs. Themed Shabbats include: Peace – Love - Shabbat, Shabbanukah, Shabbat Ha Olam (Shabbat Around the World), March Madness Shabbat, Teen-led Shabbat, School of Chai Grade Level Shabbats, and more!

Tot Shabbat/Bubbles on the Bima

A fun and musical experience for children under 6 and their siblings with Rabbi Engel, Cantor Jacki, and Ms. Dunn. For Tot Shabbat dates and times, see page 7.

High Holy Days

The Jewish year begins with the Days of Awe, from the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah, through the 10 days of reflection, and concludes with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. During these High Holy Days, we not only have services that speak to adults, but we also offer parallel services for children, babysitting for tots and vibrant family services. See this year’s High Holy Day schedule on page 23.


Get Involved From social action to just being social, CRJ has something for you. Brotherhood

For all men of CRJ, Brotherhood offers the opportunity for fellowship through a variety of activities. Whether social events or volunteering as a group for CRJ cookouts, Sukkah building, or annual Mens’ Night Out events with other local congregations, these activities provide fun and camaraderie and help support CRJ and the community. Contact: Anil Aggarwal,

Care Team

We serve congregants who need extra support, who may need help with a ride after they leave the hospital to get to doctor’s appointments, the pharmacy, grocery store, services or another CRJ event. We also help congregants who may need meals delivered to their home after a hospital stay or giving birth. Contact: Beverly Smith,

Chant Circle

Meets quarterly to share in ritual, chant and meditative silence, finding some moments of calm as we immerse ourselves in the prayers of our ancestors. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or singing is required – just an open heart and willingness to learn and grow together. Contact: Linda Flower Gross,

College Student Outreach

A group of members who help CRJ stay connected with our synagogue’s college students through emails, care packages, etc. Contact: Felecia Ziegler,

Hospital Visitation

Hospitals can be lonely places, so CRJ volunteers provide a friendly face. The purpose of this committee is to visit congregants in local area hospitals and nursing homes or assisted living facilities, providing a connection to CRJ and a compassionate heart. Contact: Beverly Smith,

Justice Advocacy Group

Focuses on social justice issues grounded in our Jewish values. This past May, inaugural members decided to focus initially on Gun Violence Prevention and on the Second Chances Florida initiative - Amendment 4 which will be on the ballot in November and, if passed, would restore the eligibility to vote of Floridians with certain felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole, probation and restitution. Contact: Cathy Lieblich,

Prime Timers

A vibrant, spirited group of adults 60-ish and over, who look forward to monthly events to renewing friendships – or creating new ones – and who enjoy quality entertainment, education, or community awareness programming, and celebrating and embracing this prime time of our lives.

Social Action

We welcome you into our congregation which values “Ma’asim Tovim” (the doing of good deeds). This is done in group settings, on your own, or through any of the many volunteer activities with which you may already be affiliated. Our group of passionate volunteers lead projects throughout the year such as creating baskets for seniors on Thanksgiving, collecting sneakers for children who attend Title 1 schools, Cook and Serve and the Coalition for the Homeless, serve over 400+ meals annually to seniors on Christmas Day who are unable to leave their homes, and so many more incredible outreaches of love into our community. Contact: Beverly Murphy,


From offering fellow congregants a warm and welcoming greeting on Friday nights to helping set up and break down events to working in the Temple office or hosting our CRJ table at an event, and everything in between, volunteers are the lifeblood of CRJ. If you have time to give and would like to help out in an way, we always have a place for you to lend a hand! Contact: Helen Becker

Women of Reform Judaism (Sisterhood)

We invite you to become a member of Women of CRJ. We are committed to social action in our community atlarge and enjoy the spirit of connection with other likeminded women, and also have fun while participating! All members are diverse in age and experience and contribute their time as they are able. You can select from a variety of events and projects through which you can apply your efforts towards the Sisterhood’s collective mission. The Women of CRJ meet at 5:30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at CRJ to discuss upcoming programs and issues important to the Women of CRJ. Your input is so valuable, please join us! Contact Jean White or Allison Levie allison65@

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Cultural Arts at CRJ The Shirim Ensemble

Youth & Teen Choirs

Cultural Arts Collective

Our acclaimed Teen Ensemble, Shir Joy, is a select group of current post B’nai students from 8th-12 grade. Teen Ensemble members help lead Shabbat and High Holy Day Family service and perform throughout the greater Orlando area at community events.

This group of adult musicians is more than a synagogue band. They help enrich our worship experience through regular participation at Shabbat and festival services throughout the year. Congregational musicians with good sight reading and improvisational skills are encouraged to participate. Rehearsals are held several times throughout the year. Members of this Cultural Arts Collective will help inspire performances we give and activities in which we participate, including arts-related field trips.

The Temple Choir

Our congregational volunteer choir is open to adults of all ages, including post B’nai Mitzvah students. It is a group of dedicated singers who provide high quality Jewish music in a variety of settings. The choir meets monthly from November to June and more frequently in August and September. The Temple Choir participates every month during Shabbat Shirah – our special music service on the third Friday of every month.

Kol Tikvah is the young voice of our congregation comprised of students from K-6th grade. We meet during religious school and occasionally after school in preparation for special services and events. This vibrant group sings during the High Holy Days, Shabbat services, and participates in events in the greater Orlando community.

For more information: Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer


Programs for Everyone Family holiday celebrations, Sisterhood and Brotherhood hosted events, Prime Timer programs and everything in between.

CRJ Holiday Celebrations Welcome Back Shabbat Fri. August 24

5:30pm | GORFTY “Pre-Neg” in Youth Lounge. -All 9th12th graders are invited to the youth lounge for “preneg” – light appetizers and lounge time before Shabbat services 5:30pm | Tot Shabbat – Sweet like honey! We’re kicking off the year with a musical and interactive Shabbat experience led by Rabbi Engel, Cantor Jacki, and Ms. Dunn in the sanctuary followed by a fun activity in our new Kids Kehillah Room! RSVP requested but not required, to 6:00pm | Welcome Back Shabbat Services – Everyone is invited to wear white to symbolize the purity of the new year at CRJ 7:00pm | Family Style Shabbat Dinner - Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, veggies and biscuits. Vegetarian items upon request – space is limited register by August 20th CRJ & Community members: $36/ Family (2 adults / 2 kids) | $15 over Age 13 | $5 under 12 FREE to CRJ members and their guest(s) when you bring a family or someone unaffiliated

Join us in celebration this Fall. Whether embracing the holiest days of our calendar or coming together for meaningful, crossgenerational fun, we look forward to creating wonderful memories and connections with you. Many of our programs are open to both CRJ members and Community members, with complimentary or discounted pricing for CRJ members. All programs held at CRJ unless otherwise noted.

8:00pm | S’mores and Songs Dessert - S’mores around the “campfire” and song session led by Cantor Jacki and CRJ’s adult and teen song leaders


Sat. September 1 | 7:00pm CRJ is hosting a special dessert reception followed by a reflective Selichot Service led by Rabbi Engel and Cantor Jacki. Then join us for an inspiring film and discussion led by Rabbi Engel. Movie will be announced August 1st online. RSVP requested, Open to the Community members

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Tot Shabbat

Fri. September 7 | 6:00 - 6:45pm Sukkot and Sukkahs! Following an interactive musical service, kids create edible sukkah’s from gingerbread houses.

Yom Kippur Discussion | Sanctuary Cities: A Sign of Our Times, Or Is It?

Wed. September 19 | 2:00pm We have songs about sanctuaries. We pray in our sanctuary. We have sanctuary cities. Is the idea of a sanctuary a recent development? Do we need sanctuary cities? Does our Torah speak to this issue? Be prepared for a lively learning/ discussion experience on this topic. CRJ members only, no RSVP required

Build the Sukkah

Sun. September 16 | 10:00am It’s time to break out the tools! One of the most authentic ways to celebrate this ancient harvest festival is to build a sukkah. The sukkah represents both the temporary huts they used as dwellings and the protection and care offered by God during that time. Brunch to follow. Do a mitzvah and email Anil to volunteer,

High Holy Day Services 2018-5779

The Days of Awe at CRJ are awesome. The clergy, the choir, the many congregants who lead services, come together to create a special way to bring in the New Year and participate in the solemn nature of these important days. Please visit our website for parking/shuttle and accessibility information.

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Sun. September 9 | 8:00pm Evening Service (Sanctuary)

Rosh Hashanah Day

Mon. September 10 Morning Service (Sanctuary) | 9:30am Youth Service: Pre-K-6th Grades (Yarmuth MPR) | 9:30am Babysitting – 2-4yrs (Check-in Rm 12) | 9:30am Family Service (Sanctuary) | 2:00pm* Tashlich (at The Springs) | 5:00pm

Erev Shabbat Shuvah

Fri. September 14 | 7:00pm Shabbat Service (Sanctuary)

Shabbat Shuvah

Sat. September 15 | 10:00am

Kever Avot Memorial Service

Break the Fast

Wed. September 19 | 6:15pm CRJ is proud to host a “Break the Fast” light dairy meal for our CRJ family and friends. CRJ members only. RSVP required, www.crjorlando. org/calendar CRJ member: $18/Ages 13+, $13/Children, Complimentary for children under 5.

Holy Smokes Sukkot BBQ

Wed. September 26 | 6:00pm Live Entertainment, BBQ hosted by Brotherhood, and activities for kids as young as 15 months! Vegetarian meals available upon request. RSVP required, Free CRJ members/$5 per person Community members

Simchat Torah Celebration

Sun. September 30 | 5:30pm Sing! Dance! Celebrate! The Shirim Ensemble will lead us in a fun evening where we take the Torah scrolls out of the ark and dance around the synagogue. Afterwards, listen to the concluding section of the fifth book of the Torah, D’varim (Deuteronomy) followed by the opening section of Genesis, or B’reishit. Pizza and Salad Dinner will be served to all. RSVP requested, Free CRJ members/$5 per person Community members

Sun. September 16 | 10:00am CRJ Cemetery (Woodlawn Memorial Park)

Erev Yom Kippur

Tues. September 18 | 8:00pm Kol Nidre Service (Sanctuary)

Yom Kippur Day

Wed. September 19 Morning Service (Sanctuary) | 9:30am Youth Service: Pre-K-6th Grades (Yarmuth MPR) | 9:30am Babysitting: 2-4yrs (Check-in Rm 12) | 9:30am Meditation Service (Yarmuth MPR) | 12:45pm Family Service (Sanctuary) | 2:00pm* High Holy Day Discussion (Yarmuth MPR) | 2:00pm Yizkor (Memorial) Service (Sanctuary) | 3:45pm Healing Service (Sanctuary) | 5:00pm . Neilah (Concluding) Service (Sanctuary) | 6:00pm Break the Fast | 6:15pm - RSVP requested at


Mon. September 24 | 10:00am Morning service (Sanctuary)

Simchat Torah

Mon. October 1 | 10:00am Yizkor (Memorial Service) (Sanctuary) *Family services open to the community by RSVP only at

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Programs for Everyone Family holiday celebrations, Sisterhood & Brotherhood hosted events, Prime Timer programs and everything in between. Whole “Latke” Fun

Thurs. December 6 | 6:00pm Prime Timers celebrate the Festival of Lights with a performance by the Lake Brantley Choir and light latke dinner.


Fri. December 7 | 6:00pm Celebrate the 6th Night of Hanukkah with your CRJ Family! A fun musical filled service with an extra SPECIAL surprise! Sisterhood invites everyone to a special Hannukah Shabbat dinner following services. RSVP required, CRJ & Community members: $52/ Family (2 adults / 2 kids) | $16 Seniors | $18 Over Age 13 | $12 Under 12

CRJ Holiday Celebrations continued: Tot Shabbat

Fri. October 5 | 6:00 - 6:45pm Sammy Spider’s First Shabbat! Following an interactive musical service, kids create edible shabbat candles.

Bubbles on the Bima

Sat. December 22 | 11:30am - 12:15pm Tzedakah! Following an interactive musical service, kids participate in activity that contributes to completing the world.

Tot Shabbat

Fri. November 2 | 6:00 - 6:45pm Channukah Oh, Channukah Come Light the Menorah! Following an interactive musical service, kids create edible menorahs.

Get Social at CRJ

Bubbles on the Bima

CRJ Amazing Race

Sat. November 3 | 11:30am - 12:15pm Oh, Channukah Come Light the Menorah! Following an interactive musical service, kids create paper dreidels.

Shabbat Ha’Olam – Jews of India (Shabbat Dinner)

Fri. November 30 | 6:00pm Be one with the Jews of India and experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of this amazing region, where tradition says that Jews emigrated to in the days of King Solomon. Following Shabbat service at 6pm, dine on a delicious and mild (not spicy) Indian meal with tandoori chicken, naan & chutney, and more traditional kosher style foods. RSVP required, calendar CRJ members: $36/ Family (2 adults / 2 kids) | $15 Over Age 13 | $5 Under 12 Community members: $45/Family (2 adults / 2 kids) | $17 Over Age 13 | $7 Under 12

Sat. August 25 | 7:00pm Four, five, or six person teams find locations, solve clues, complete challenges, and race through Greater Orlando to cross the finish line! Teams will be asked to complete a challenge at each location. Upon successful completion, teams will receive a clue for the next location. Travel to each location will be at the discretion of each team and not provided. There may be one vehicle per team with enough seatbelts for each team member. Team members must be 21 years or older. Register by August 15th, calendar CRJ members: $36 per person (includes pre-party, ticket to after party, & awards) Community members: $42 per person (includes preparty, ticket to after party, & awards)

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Family Fun Day and Open House

Sun. August 26 | 12:30pm Check out CRJ! If you’re new or have been around a while we promise this event will be fun for all. If you haven’t joined yet, this is the perfect time to meet our Clergy, youth and school staff. You can explore our newest Kids Kehillah program for children under 4 and meet adults who have interests just like yours. We have programs, activities, and social groups for everyone ages 0 – 110! BBQ lunch sponsored by CRJ Brotherhood and Bounce houses, obstacle courses and activities hosted by GORFTYites. For more information and to enter into the raffle visit

Get Out and Vote!

Sun. September 16 | 1:30pm A special nonpartisan presentation by the League of Women Voters on the proposed amendments in the upcoming election. The community is invited and we encourage our youth age 16+ to attend! Co-sponsored by the Women of CRJ, Brotherhood and Prime Timers. RSVP required, Free and open to the Community

Mom’s Champagne Brunch

Sun. September 23 | 10:30am All women are invited for a morning brunch with mimosas to relax, get to know each other, and make new friends. This event is sponsored by the Women of CRJ. Location TBA RSVP required, www.crjorlando. org/calendar Women of CRJ & CRJ members: $20 per person Community members: $25 per person


Thur. September 27 | 6:30pm Save the date for this Prime Timers event. Pricing and more event information will be posted September 1st at

Mah Jongg and Poker Tournament

Sun. October 14 Registration: 12:15pm Play/Lunch: 1:00pm Calling all our Mah Jongg ladies, join the Women of CRJ to win CASH prizes and have fun with friends, old and new. Card players, join Brotherhood for a Texas Hold’em Tournament with cash prizes. RSVP required, w w w. c r j o r l a n d o . o rg / calendar


Sat. October 20 | 5:30pm Children under 10 and their families will LOVE this Bubble filled night! Your family will get to make bubble volcanoes, a GIANT 4’ diameter bubble, and lots of other exciting hands-on activities. Plus you don’t want to miss the HUMAN BUBBLE! Pizza Dinner will be served. RSVP required, CRJ members: $20/Family (2 adults / 2 kids) $2 for each additional child Community members: $30/Family (2 adults / 2 kids) $2 for each additional child

Sak Comedy Lab

Sat. October 27 | 5:30 PM Prime Timers are taking it on the road! Join us for a night of hilarious improvisational comedy and dinner. Pricing and more event information will be posted September 1st,

Trivia on Tap

Sat. November 3 | 6:30pm Think you have the knowledge? Get ready for a night of food, fun, friends and raffle prizes! Must be 21+ to attend. RSVP required, CRJ members: $36 per person (Dinner and 1 drink ticket included) Community members: $45 per person (Dinner and 1 drink ticket included) Sponsorships are available. Please contact jbegani@

Technology Tenach with GORFTY Teens

Mon. November 5 | 6:15pm Prime Timers & Women of CRJ are proud to present a Beit Midrash “learning session” on technology taught by GORFTY teens. Come learn how to setup your social media, understanding “the cloud”, setup your Apple watch, and so much more! Any and all questions welcome! One-on-one assistance will be available. RSVP required, Free to CRJ members Continued on page 26

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Get Social at CRJ continued: Wine | Arts

Thur. November 8 | 7:00pm Paint your own creation by artist Sheryl Odza. Socialize, create and have a glass of wine. This event is sponsored by Women of CRJ but both men and women are invited to attend – you do not need to be an artist to participate. Wine and snacks will be available. RSVP required, Women of CRJ and CRJ members: $7 Community members: $10

Men’s Night Out

Thur. November 8 | 6:00pm CRJ Brotherhood invites you to an evening of comedy and kosher prime rib with Cory Kahaney. Brotherhoods and Men’s Club’s from all over Orlando will join together for this annual community program at Ohev Shalom. RSVP required, CRJ Brotherhood members: $80 CRJ & Community members: $100

Do the new tax law changes mean simpler filings?

Sun. December 9 | 10:00am CRJ Brotherhood invites you to help understand how the new tax laws affect you, led by CPA Marty Glickstein and followed by brunch. All are invited to listen to this very interesting discussion. CRJ Brotherhood members: Free CRJ members: $5 Community members: $7

Please look for the CRJ Winter/Spring 2019 Program Guide in December! Some of the programs in this guide may still be in the planning stage and are subject to change, so please check for the most up-to-date information.

Interested in CRJ Membership? For membership information, please visit or call CRJ Executive Director Michael Kancher at 407-645-0444 or

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