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Lunch n’ Learn: Essential Components of a Quality Early Childhood Program

Presented by Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, Noon, Free of Charge, Lunch Included

201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Seventeenth Floor

Sandra Huzenman, M.S., Early Childhood Director of the Gordon Schools of Beth David Congregation, will highlight key components that define a quality preschool program:

• Considerations for selecting a preschool for your child;

• The latest trends in early childhood education including the classroom itself as a teaching tool;

• Transferable skills for creating meaningful learning opportunities at home

Sandra Huzenman is the Early Childhood Director of the Gordon Schools of Beth David and is an adjunct professor of Early Childhood Education. She holds a master’s degree in pre-k/primary education from Barry University and has more than 25 years of experience in the field. She has presented at conferences of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is Co-President of the Jewish Council of Early Childhood Education at CAJE Miami (Central Agency for the Advancement of Jewish Education). She was one of 12 recipients of a three-year national fellowship in educational leadership granted by the Covenant Foundation in NYC.

Pre-registration required. Please RSVP to

Day Hike at Yamato Scrub Natural Area

Day Hike at Yamato Scrub Natural Area

When: Sunday, December 4, 10:30 am

What: Our hike will be on a combination of paved nature walk and natural hiking trail, and approximately 2 to 2-½ miles through the 217-acre park. The Yamato Scrub Natural Area preserves and protects Florida scrub habitat – one of Florida’s most endangered natural communities. Scrub communities formed on old dunes, which became inland ridges as the sea level fell. Because lands with scrub vegetation are typically high and dry, they were the first areas to be developed. It is estimated that less than 2% of Palm Beach County’s original scrub remains. Expect to see lots of cool wildlife.

Where: Yamato Scrub Natural Area, 701 Clint Moore Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33487.

Directions: Take I-95 exit 48, Yamato Road (FL 794). Turn west on Yamato and make a right turn on Congress Avenue (less than a mile). Proceed about a mile and make a right turn on Clint Moore Road. The park will be on the left about 1/4-mile down the road. (You will need to make a U turn to get to the park entrance.)

Bring: Water and water bottles (no water available at the park), hat, sunscreen, sneakers or hiking boots, and change of clothes and money for lunch afterwards.

Cost: $4 Mosaic members, $9 non-members. No RSVP is required for the hike. Just show up, and invite anyone you think would enjoy it. Contact: No RSVP necessary. For more info, contact Robert Blum at or call 561-289-2228.

Camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

Camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

When: Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20. Arrive anytime after 1:00 pm on Friday. Check out time from the campsite is 11 am, but you are welcome to spend the day at Disney. Shabbat dinner will be served from 5:00 to 6:30 pm on Friday.

What: Camping at Disney is one of Mosaic’s most popular camping trips and always fills up. Loaded with activities and fun for the whole family, you’ll have the flexibility to enjoy the theme parks or the campground, or both. You get to decide! One idea is to take advantage of Disney’s free transportation (boats, monorails, buses, etc.) and travel through the many sites in the park, and it won’t cost you a thing! You can stop and check out the hotels, Animal Kingdom Lodge etc. Kids will love the free campfire sing-a-longs each night with Chip & Dale, followed by a movie on a large outdoor screen. We will be camping in two group sites, with beautiful clean bathrooms and HOT SHOWERS!

Where: Fort Wilderness “Creekside Meadow” group campsites, 4510 North Fort Wilderness Trail, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Directions: From Miami / Ft. Lauderdale: take the Florida Turnpike North to Osceola Parkway West (exit 249) to Walt Disney World Exits. For Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, they suggest exit 64.

From northbound on the Florida Turnpike: take Osceola Parkway, which connects with U.S. Highway 192 and the Walt Disney World Resort Exits. Carpooling: If you are interested in carpooling, be sure to let us know. We will try to assist you in finding a suitable carpool opportunity. If you are driving and want company to share the expenses, let us know that too.

Bring: The usual camping gear, including tent, air mattress, sleeping bag or bedding, flashlight, clothes, etc. Optional gear includes camp chair, camera, guitar or other instruments, raincoat, etc. Remember its November we are in Central Florida and it can be a little colder, so dress in layers and bring an extra blanket. No pets allowed.

Cost: $55 for Mosaic members, $60 for non-members, $38 for children ages 4 to 13. Children ages 3 and under are free. Cost includes all meals from Shabbat dinner on Friday night through Sunday breakfast, as well as snacks, drinks, campsite fees, firewood, s’mores, etc.

RSVP: RSVP and advance payment required. Please don’t wait to the last minute. You must send a check before Friday, November 11 to guarantee your reservation. Please include the ages of all people attending.

Contact: Please send your check, made payable to Mosaic, to Daniel Fineberg, 1801 South Surf Road, Apt. 3-H, Hollywood, FL 33019. For more info contact Daniel at home any time at 954-925-6768. On the day of the event you can call him on his cell at 954-270-6995.

**Loxahatchee River Canoe Trip**

Loxahatchee River Canoe Trip

When: Sunday, November 13, 8:30 am at the carpool site or 9:30 am at the put-in site. Please use the restroom before parking at the put-in site (see “Directions” below).

What: This is Mosaic’s favorite canoe trip. Don’t miss it! The Loxahatchee River is the only river in Florida designated as “wild and scenic” by the U.S. Government. We begin our paddle in the narrow, winding section of the river, bounded by oak trees and sable palms. The wildlife abounds, and the canoeing is fairly technical, but doesn’t require much exertion. We’ll start out with a brief paddling lesson before getting on the river. After canoeing for a few miles, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch at Trapper Nelson’s old homestead, now a historical site. There’s usually a ranger to offer a guided tour through the property. After lunch we’ll continue through the open expanse of the lower Loxahatchee. The lower portion is wide and sunny, so enjoy a leisurely paddle back on the second half of the trip. Along the way, expect to see a variety of wildlife, including spotted ospreys, painted turtles, water snakes, wood storks, barred owls, woodpeckers, and some gators. Once we reach our “take-out” point at Jonathan Dickenson State Park, we will be picked up by Canoe Outfitters, and shuttled back to our cars. You may want to join us afterward for a well deserved dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Where: Canoe Outfitters at Riverbend Park, 9060 Indiantown Road, Jupiter, 561-746-7053.

Carpool Site: Meet at the Wyndham Garden Hotel just west of I-95 on Glades Road. Take I-95 to Glades Road (Exit #45) in Boca Raton, and go west. Go under I-95, and make the first U-turn, to come back east on Glades. The Wyndham Garden Hotel will be on the right, just before you get to I-95. Meet in the parking lot at 8:00 am. We will leave at 8:15 am sharp!

Directions: Take the Turnpike north to exit 116 west, or I-95 north to exit 87 B. Go west on Route 706 (Indiantown Road) for approximately 1-1/4 miles. You will see Riverbend Park and Canoe Outfitters on the left. That is where the canoe office, port-o-lets, and put-in site are. Please use the bathroom before you park at the put-in site if possible, since there will be no other good opportunity till lunch, and they only have port-o-lets. There is a bathroom at the McDonald’s on Route 706 east of the Turnpike.

Bring: Sunscreen, hat, picnic lunch, snacks, lots of water, insect repellent, dry bag if you have one, and change of clothes for dinner.

Cost: Members $33, Non-members $38. Cost includes canoe rental, shuttle from take-out site, park fee, and light snacks.

Contact: Limit 40. RSVP requested. Please contact Howard Fleischer at 561-707-9656 or, or Rick Dronsky at 954-435-3388 or

**Annual General Membership Meeting, Elections, Awards Ceremony, & Picnic - Mosaic’s 18th Anniversary!**

Annual General Membership Meeting, Elections, Awards Ceremony, & Picnic - Mosaic’s 18th Anniversary!

When: Sunday, November 6, 10:30 am. The Annual General Membership Meeting will begin at 10:30 am. Elections will follow the Meeting. You must be there by 11:30 am in order to vote. The picnic will begin at 12:00 noon. If you are not interested in the meeting or elections, feel free to join us afterwards for the picnic, however there will be a charge. The picnic is free to all members who arrive by 11:30 am and participate in the elections. All Member pricing and discounts will apply even if you join or rejoin Mosaic on the day of the picnic.

What: The Annual General Membership Meeting, Awards Ceremony, Elections, and Picnic! We will begin the day with the Annual General Membership Meeting. This meeting, in accordance with our bylaws, shall be open to any members or non-members wishing to attend. At 11:30 am, Mosaic members will elect a new Board of Directors for the November 2011 to November 2012 year. At noon, the fun begins! Come meet old members and new. Join us for food, fun, games, speakers, competitions, and socializing! Lots of things are planned, and there may be some surprises too! This is a great chance to see your old Mosaic friends and to meet some new ones. Please note that the picnic is free to all members who participate in the elections (see below for the cost for other attendees). There will be a raffle with lots of prizes for Mosaic members who joined, rejoined or extended their membership at the picnic. Bring your friends and spread the word, to make this a fun event for all!

Where: T.Y. Park (Topeekeegee Yugnee Park), Pavilion #3, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood. 954-985-1980.

Directions: Take I-95 to Sheridan Street in Hollywood. Exit Sheridan, go west to the second traffic light (N. Park Rd.), and turn right (north) to the park entrance. Turn right at the guardhouse and Pavilion #3 is on the left.

Cost: Free, but only to members who participate in the election. In order to do this, you MUST be signed in and registered no later than 11:30 am! If you arrive after 11:30 am, the cost is $10 for Mosaic members, and $15 for non-members. As an introductory offer, non-members can pay $35 for a one-year membership and the picnic, but ONLY if they have never been a member of our Mosaic Chapter; a $40 dollar value! Cost for kids ages 7 to 17 is $6. Kids age 6 and under are free. There is also a $1.50 per person park entrance fee.

Contact: Rick Dronsky at 954-435-3388 or regarding the picnic or for any special dietary requests. RSVP requested. There will be plenty of food for everyone. Bring your friends - Everyone is welcome. This is one of our most highly attended events and our biggest membership drive event!

Sandoway House Nature Center Shark feeding, Science Magic Show, Fossils, and more.

Sandoway House Nature Center Shark feeding, Science Magic Show, Fossils, and more.

When: Sunday, October 30, 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Arrive by 11:45 am.

What: The Sandoway House Nature Center is located in a historic 1936 beachfront home in Delray Beach. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is preserved as a unique Nature Center – now home to native plants, live animals, and a world-class shell collection. We will have a guided tour that includes a fossil exhibit, hands on animal opportunities with tortoises and snakes, shark feeding, shark tooth necklace making, science magic show, and more. This is a very special opportunity to visit a hidden gem.

Where: Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd. Delray Beach, FL 33483. Phone: 561-274-7263 Parking: Meter parking lot is adjacent to the center

Bring: Beach stuff if you want to go across the street to the beach afterwards.

Cost: $10 for Mosaic members and children 17 and under, $15 for Non-Members, plus money for parking.

RSVP: RSVP is required. After Sunday, October 23, please call Jodi to check on availability. The group will max out at 40 people, with no more than 12 children. Please send check, made payable to “Mosaic”, to Jodi Gast 4851 N. 36th Ct. Hollywood, FL 33021. Contact: Jodi Gast at 305-814-8170 or

Autumn Walk + Bagel Brunch in Aventura! (Aventura Circle)

Autumn Walk + Bagel Brunch in Aventura! (Aventura Circle)

When: Sunday, October 23, 10:30 AM

What: Join Mosaic for a fun morning walk/jog/schmoozing around the Aventura Circle. Then we will walk to the Waterways Plaza for Bagels/Coffee. We will split up into two groups - 1 Group of Mosaic Young Professionals (ages 25-39), and 1 group for everyone else! Bring your friends!

Where:Corner of Spoke Rd. and W. Country Club Dr., Aventura

Directions: Meet in the outdoor parking lot of Macy's Home Store by the Aventura circle. You can park in the parking garage of Bloomingdales at the Aventura Mall and walk towards Country Club Drive. We will meet in the small outdoor parking lot by the pond with the fountain on the right, when you are facing Country Club Drive. For a picture of what the lot looks like, click here: – For a map click here: If it is raining at 10:30 (more than just a light sprinkle), we will meet on the ground floor inside the mall entrance, right by Cheesecake Factory. Then, we will Power-walk inside the Aventura Mall and schmooze if the weather is poor, so come on out no matter what!

Cost: $5 for Mosaic Members, $10 for Non-Members. $5 for Young Professionals (ages 25-39). Please bring cash and also bring money for coffee, as there is a cafe we plan on stopping at in the Waterways Plaza.

Contact: You can just show up, but if you want to RSVP that would be great so we buy enough food. RSVP/get more info by emailing Danielle at On the day of the event, call or text Danielle at 786-759-1815. Also, in case of inclement whether, or a rainy forcast, please contact Danielle.

Peanut Island Tour & Beach Day

Peanut Island Tour & Beach Day

When: Sunday, October 16. Meet at the carpool site in Boca at 10:30 am, or at park at 11:30 am. The water taxi leaves at 12:00 noon, and we must get you registered and buy your ticket by 11:45.

What: Journey over to Peanut Island by water taxi for a day of fun and adventure. Peanut Island is located near the Palm Beach Inlet and is a popular hangout for boaters and beachgoers. There will be an optional tour of the Palm Beach Maritime Museum and the John F. Kennedy bomb shelter. After the 40-minute tour, we’ll share a picnic lunch, then hike around the island (one mile or about 30 minutes), then cool off with some swimming and snorkeling. After lounging on the beach we will head back on the water taxi. There are showers where you can get cleaned up and changed, and those who choose can head to a local restaurant for dinner once we get back to the mainland.

Where: Meet at the Sailfish Marina on Singer Island, 98 Lake Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33404 (561) 842-8449. Meet just north of the restaurant.

Directions: I-95 to Blue Heron Blvd, and head east towards the ocean, about 5 miles. Go past US Hwy 1, then the road becomes Broadway for a while, then over the Blue Heron Bridge. On the other side at the base of the bridge make the first right onto Lake Dr, and the Sailfish Marina is about ½ mile down on the right. Parking is free (even valet parking). We will meet by the dock, just north of the restaurant, between the restaurant and the valet. Carpool: Meet at the Wyndham Garden Hotel just west of I-95 on Glades Road (not the one on Sheridan!). Take I-95 to Glades Road (Exit #39) in Boca Raton, and go west. Go under I-95, and make the first U-turn, to come back east on Glades. The Wyndham Garden will be on the right, just before you get to I-95. Meet in the parking lot at 10:30 am. We will leave at 10:45 am sharp!

Bring: Beach stuff, bathing suit, change of clothes, snorkeling gear, water, brown bag lunch, sunscreen, extra money for dinner afterwards. There are restroom facilities and showers on the Island.

Cost: $15 Mosaic members, $20 Non-members. Cost includes round-trip water taxi, and light snacks and drinks. Pay by cash or check. If paying by cash, please bring exact change. If by check, make it payable to “Mosaic”. The tour of the Maritime Museum and Kennedy bunker is not included in the cost. (The Museum charges $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $5 for students).

Contact: RSVP requested, but not required. Contact Chuck Negrea at 954-570-3299 or or Rick Dronsky at 954-435-3388 or In case of inclement whether, or a rainy forcast, please call us in the morning.

Beth Moshe Congregation Hosts BBQ In The Sukkah - With a Twist!

Beth Moshe Congregation Hosts our annual

BBQ in the Sukkah with a Twist!

Sunday, October 16 at 4 p.m.

Food, Friends and Fun!

Children will enjoy gaming center with Wii and XBOX!

Sukkah-Making Contest: Sukkah must be the size of a shoebox.
Prize will be awarded.

Price: $18 per adult, $9 per child. Event underwritten by BMC and Men's Club and is open to the public.

RSVP with the office at 305.891.5508. 2225 NE 121 Street, North Miami.

Beth Moshe Congregation Congregation's Sushi In the Sukkah

Beth Moshe Congregation invites you to Sisterhood's Sushi in the Sukkah! Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. Delicious Full Dinner - $18 per adult, $9 per child. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! Fun for the whole family! Followed by Services.

RSVP with the office at 305-891-5508.

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