16 November 2004

Hanukah in Central Florida



On Tuesday November 30, 2004 the International Society for Sephardic Progress and Central Florida Hillel will present an evening of Hanukah education in Central Florida.

At an event titled Emperors and Rebels: The TRUE Story of Hanukah, the community will be shown a film recently developed in both Hollywood and Israel by historian Asaf Golan. Emperors and Rebels is a new documentary (in English) developed by leading experts on Jewish and Hellenistic history. The film gives us the historic background that most of us never learned about Judah Maccabee and the Hasmonean Revolt. Trustworthy Professors from Cal States Los Angeles, Hebrew University, University California at Berkeley, and New York University who specialize in the Hellenistic period explains what really happened during this tumultuous period of Jewish history. Historians include: Stanley M. Burstien, Erich S. Gruen, Lawrence H. Schiffman and Doron Mendels. The viewers will get factual details to understand the origins of the history of the holiday of Hanukah.

The event will also encapsulate a slide show of high resolution photos taken at the ancient city of Modi'in, historic home to Judah Maccabee and the Hasmonean family. These photos will be shown by Shelomo Alfassa, Executive Director of the International Society for Sephardic Progress. Taken in the summer of 2003 while living in Israel, Mr. Alfassa will present to the public photos which include the “oldest synagogue” ever found in Israel. Rachamim Berman HaLevi, Director of Jewish Education of the International Society for Sephardic Progress will make a short speaking presentation. Mr. HaLevi is a historian specializing in Roman history, and on this night will speak on the topic of miracles within the Jewish world.

With more than 4,500 Jewish college students in the area, Hillel offers students the means to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity in a dynamic and comfortable environment. Each year, Hillel connects students to their community, their peers and their heritage through an array of social, cultural and community service programs.

The International Society for Sephardic Progress is a Jewish agency developed to serve the Sephardic community--the descendants of the Jews of historic Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Levant who share both common religious and cultural bonds. Although based in the United States, the ISFSP is an advocacy organization representing Sephardim internationally, and is the publisher of the award winning International Sephardic Journal.

This event is open to all and there is no charge for attendance. It will be held at the University of Central Florida - 4000 Central Florida Blvd. Orlando, FL 32816. The event will be held in the UCF Math & Physics building, room 336, 7:30-9:30pm. Parking is plentiful and maps to the event are located on the following website: www.isfsp.org/ucf.html For more information call 407.496.1125.


The ISFSP is a a non-profit organization.


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