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Jewish Academy of Orlando students observe Tashlich


October 11, 2019

JAO students participating in Tashlich, symbolically casting away their sins.

On Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, students at Jewish Academy of Orlando observed Tashlich. While transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first, and second graders attended a service on campus, grades 3-5 observed Tashlich at Lake Lily. The program, attended by students and their families, included a service with inspirational readings from Jewish sources and concluded with the blowing of the shofar. Afterwards, the students symbolically cast their sins into the water to help usher in new beginnings for the New Year. The student event concluded with a Mitzvah project of cleaning up the park.

"The wonderful thing about Jewish day school education is the opportunity to 'live' Jewishly on a daily basis, to participate in our customs and traditions in a meaningful way," Alan Rusonik, head of school, stated.

"Community is a big part of what this school is about. I love joining my daughter and other families to participate this beautiful tradition," Andrea Simbler, 3rd-grade parent, stated.  

Rusonik continued, "I am delighted that our kids have the opportunity to get outside of the classroom, to learn, and to engage in making the world a better place."  

Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida students of all faiths from transitional kindergarten through fifth grade. The school delivers a whole-child education fostering academic excellence and character education rooted in Jewish values. Jewish Academy of Orlando is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools.  

To learn more about Jewish Academy of Orlando, please visit: jewishacademyorlando.org or follow the school on Facebook facebook.com/JewishAcademyOrlando.


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