Current News

Rosh Hashanah! We've a few seats left for the Rosh Hashanah Community Dinner on Sunday, September 9th - call the office 352-735-4774 or email Arlene at info@tcomd.org
Scouts: Our Pack 18 and Troop 18 meet Tuesday nights at 6:15pm.
Roof Damage from Hurricane Irma: We are currently receiving bids on the new roof. Check back for progress reports!

 

Welcome to the Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora, your synagogue home for the authentic Jewish experience in Central Florida.

TCOMD is your Jewish Presence in Lake County - with full Synagogue religious services for all Jews, regardless of background or level of observance. The Traditional Synagogue serves members from Ocala through all the Greater Orlando area. All members of the community may participate in the religious services. We provide full Lifecycle services according to ancient tradition, from baby namings, b'nei mitsvah's, weddings, and funerals. We have engaging Adult Education, Religious and Traditional instruction at Introductory and Advanced levels. We have a Hebrew school for the children, and Biblical Hebrew classes for adults. We have an active social calendar and community outreach. We provide Individual and Couples Counseling; Chaplaincy Service through the City of Mount Dora, Florida Hospital and Lake County.

We of the Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora are building a Jewish community in the Tri-City area, a congregation at once a contributing part of the wider community, while providing opportunities for the individual to express whatever is in their Jewish soul to express. Be their needs educational, spiritual or social, we strive to provide an amiti venue. Our mission is to bring the greatest possible number of Jews close to their own open-minded, traditional Jewish Community.

The Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora - Proud to be Jewish in Lake County.


 Hakham Sassoon Machshevat haShavuah
Rabbi Isaac Sassoon

Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, and children shall not be put to death for their fathers...

Dev. 24:16
The historical impact of this mitswah comes down to us in the momentous judgement of King Amaziah: "When the royal power was firmly in his grasp, he put to death those of his servants who had murdered the king his father. But he spared the murderers' children in accordance with what is written in the book of the Torah of Moses that Hashem had commanded, saying, 'fathers shall not be put to death for their children, and children ...'" (2 Kings 14:5-6). And despite various Hakham Isaac Sassoon       halakhot that became midrashically grafted onto this text-notably the disqualification of relatives' testimony  (see San 27b)- its primary meaning was never stifled, as borne out the the following (1) In a discussion of the Gibeonites' revenge (2 Sam. 21), the Talmud asks how David's handing over of Saul's innocent descendants could be squared with the Torah. "Is it not written, 'fathers shall not be put to death for their children, etc.?'" (Yeb. 79b); (2) "It is written, 'Visiting the sins of the fathers on their children' (Shmoth 20:5); it is also written, 'Children shall not be put to death for their fathers' (Dev. 24:16)-two scriptures that appear to contradict one another..."(Ber. 7a). (3) "Abba Hanan applied the verse 'Children shall not be put to death, etc.,' to the case of the apostate city, teaching that the minors of that city must be spared" (Sifre Dev. 94). 

Upcoming Special Events
(please see the Events page for a full listing)
 
Shabbath Services, Saturday, 9:00am
 
Game Night, September 1st, 9pm.
Rosh Hashanah starts September 9th, dinner sponsored by Dr. Robert Milkman
 
Kabbalath Shabbath services 7:15 Fridays
Call the synagogue 352-735-4774 for more information

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The Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora
Proud to be Jewish in Lake County

848 N. Donnelly St, Mount Dora, FL, 32757 (352) 735-4774

 


There is something new in Lake County!
Jews have come together to celebrate and create their own place, their own community in the Tri-City area. What is so important? Why are people so excited? Here is what a few of them have said:

The existence of the Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora is important to me because it ensures the continued strength of our area as it signifies diversity and vibrancy, critical components of every healthy community.
Carole Warshaw-

I appreciate having a synagogue to attend that is located within the area that I live. This synagogue has helped to uncover a Jewish community in this area that I didn't know existed.
-Tiffany Kapner

I am grateful for all the synagogue does to keep Judaism alive and well in Lake County.
-Pam Singer

A synagogue is the foundation for a Jewish community, as a worship home, a place to share joys and troubles and find steady support. This will also be a place to educate our children to continue Jewish heritage.
Dayvin Sterling

The esnoga is the field where my soul walks with the Ruah HaQodesh, is the Sukkah that protects me in the moment of pain. The synagogue is Israel, my home, my place to rest in time of sorrow. It is the House of my father Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moshe, David and Shelomo. It is Temple Mount, the light that illuminated my path, is the place where the seat of mercy rests, is the Tabernacle in the wilderness of my life. The glass of water for my thirst, the shadow of the big rock in the desert. The tree where I shelter from fatigue. The place where I receive wisdom and knowledge. The synagogue is my life.
Enrique Montanez

We of the Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora are building a Jewish community in the Tri-City area, a congregation at once a contributing part of the wider community, while providing opportunities for the individual to express whatever is in their Jewish soul to express. Be their needs educational, spiritual or social, we strive to provide an amiti venue. Our mission is to bring the greatest possible number of Jews close to their own open-minded, traditional Jewish Community.
R' Hayyim