Roof Damage from Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma came as a bit of a surprise to us in Central Florida.  Generally speaking, hurricanes, those that make landfall on the Florida peninsula, by the time they reach Mount Dora in the center of the state have weakened and do not wreak the kind of damage typically seen on the coasts. Unfortunately, that was not the case with Hurricane Irma.  The Congregation's main building (see picture below) has two roof sections.  The pitched-roof structure over the sanctuary (right-hand side) was new-built at the time when TCOMD first renovated the property. The roof structure over the offices and classrooms (left side of the picture - a partially flat roof) goes back to the 1920's.  We have been maintaining the old roof as best we could, but Irma did enough damage as to render it essentially irreparable. The Congregation had just completed replacing the antique flat roof on the second (Community) building last year - after dealing with catastrophic water damage requiring thousands of dollars of remediation.  We are now looking at the same situation with the remaining old section of the roof on the Sanctuary building.  The roof is tarped (with recycled advertising banners, see picture above), but this is a band-aid of the most temporary kind.  However, having just dealt with the expense of the new roof over the Community building, the Congregation has little resources left for this new undertaking. We are reaching out to the wider community, seeking help in raising funds for this immediate need.  If you can assist us, even in any amount, please click on the "Make a Gift to TCOMD" button above and select "Hurricane Irma Roof Fund".  Irma was an unwelcome as well as unexpected visitor to our synagogue.  Please help us turn this curse to a blessing.

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

Is not He your Father who created you...

Devarim 32:6

Here the Torah reveals the Fatherhood of God. – "You are children of Hashem" (Dev. 14:1) does not prepare one for what amounts to a new theophany.  Among His creatures, the father-child bond is struck at birth; it is in the blood, and is virtually indestructable. When applied, anthropomorphically, to God's relationship toward His creeation, and particulary toward His chosen ones, it is a powerful and evocative image  indeed. But let us not forget the motherly role. For that role too,
Hakham Isaac S.D. Sassoon   Scripture attributes , anthropomorphically, to the Deity: "As a man whose mother comforts him, so shall I comfort you," (Isa. 66:13); "Though my father and my mother forsake me, Hashem will take me into His care," (Ps. 27:10). And even here in the Song of Moses we find an allusion to the maternal manifestations of Providence: "You forgot the God who brought you to birth (מחללך)," (Dev. 32:18).



Upcoming Special Events
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Shabbath Services, Saturday, 9:30am
Sept. 20th Rosh Hashanah Services 7pm followed by dinner
Rosh Hashanah Services - Sept 21st,22nd, 9:30am
Kol Nidre 6:15pm Sept 29th, Yom Kippoor services Sept 30th , 9am
Break Fast after sundown
 
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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.
Abba Hayyim