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Jewish Academy of Orlando welcomes families to its first Shabbat


Jewish Academy of Orlando students dance in Shabbat.

Last Friday, Jewish Academy of Orlando welcomed its families for the first Shabbat of the year. Head of School, Alan Rusonik, led a shehecheyanu to celebrate the school's new year and new beginnings. All 98 students, parents and teachers enjoyed the "dancing Shabbat" in the auditorium at the JCC. "It was one of the best Shabbats EVER!" says Robyn Eichenholz, a fourth grade parent. "Not only was it fun but it was great to see the younger students hug the older students. There is such a nice sense of comradery." Founding board member and grandparent, Dr. Edward Zissman adds, "The energy and overall ruach was very uplifting. I was so happy to see the parents participating and the children truly enjoying themselves."

The school will host a different theme each week, including art, music, mitzvot. Rusonik reports, "The purpose of the dance Shabbat is to engage both student and parent in the joy of Shabbat. We definitely achieved our goal!" This year, all grades will participate in one Shabbat. "Having all of our grades together creates ONE community and increases the connectivity between the students and parents. We are so happy that the first Shabbat was so well received and look forward to a great school year!"

To further support Jewish education and your local Jewish day school, to get involved or for any questions, please contact Alan Rusonik, Head of School, at 407-647-0713.


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