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Congregation Ohev Shalom celebrates 95 years young


The big celebration is coming up in five years. In 2018, Congregation Ohev Shalom will mark 100 years of service to the Jewish community of Central Florida. But 95 isn’t too shabby, either.

Essentially founded in a farmhouse by some of the first Jews to come to Orlando, Ohev Shalom moved into what is its third home two years ago. The new building, at 613 Concourse Parkway S. in Maitland, has been bustling with activity ever since.

There aren’t any events being planned specifically for Ohev Shalom’s 95th birthday, but the congregation figures it’s an opportune time for people to get to know greater Orlando’s original Jewish institution. So the synagogue is gearing up several events during the month of August, which are open to the community.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 Cantor Allan Robuck and band will lead “Friday Night CHAI!,” a lively and family-friendly musical erev Shabbat service. This will be preceded by a traditional erev Shabbat dinner at 6:15 p.m. (advance reservations required—call 407-298-4650 for information).

For those who prefer a more informal setting, drop by Ohev Shalom between 10 a.m. and noon Sunday, Aug. 11, for coffee and schmoozing. Many of the Ohev Shalom clergy, staff and Board of Trustees will be on hand to answer questions or just enjoy a chat.

Join the fun or watch others compete in “A Night of Trivia” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. Match your storehouse of general knowledge, useful information and minutia against some of the most “trivial” people in town!

For more information on any of these events or to make a reservation for the Aug. 2 Shabbat dinner, call the Ohev Shalom office at 407-298-4650.


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