JAO students observe Tashlich and clean up Lake Lily


October 2, 2020

Students toss crumbs into Lake Lily as they observe Tashlich.

On Friday, Sept. 25, students at Jewish Academy of Orlando observed Tashlich.  While the younger grades 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.

As a Mitzvah Project, students pick up trash around the lake.

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

Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida students of all faiths from 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 https://facebook.com/JewishAcademyOrlando/ 

To learn more about COVID-19 Precautions at Jewish Academy of Orlando, please visit: https://www.jewishacademyorlando.org/covid19.


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