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FLORIDA JEWISH N www.heritagefl.com Year 38, No. January 3, 2014 Sh'vat, EWS 44 Pages Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ....... 9A eeeeee ,e ,eeeeee ice Classified ................................ 2B Orlando, Florida Single Copy 75 Philanthropist Bronfman dies at 84 Sharing the stage with Beth Schafer (playing guitar) are extraordinary musicians: Julie Silver, Michelle Citrin, Peri Smilow, Naomi Less, Elana Jagoda Kaye and Elana Arian, clergy Ellen Dreskin, Patti Linsky, Lisa Segal, Lisa Tzur, Rosalie Boxt, Zoe Jacobs, as well as the WRJ Centennial choir and NFTY biennial attendees. Beth ai'er leads the Reform movement in 2013 NEW YORK--Union for Reform Juda- ism released a list of its Top Ten Moments for 2013. Making the list was Beth Scha- fer as a producer of the celebration of Women of Reform Judaism's Centennial Anniversary. In 2011, Schafer was commissioned to write an anthem that would define and celebrate the WRJ in its 100th year in 2013. The text chosen by members of the WRJ attending the 48th Assembly in Washington D.C., came from Isaiah 1:17: "Limdu Heiteiv, dirshu mishpat, ashru chamotz, shivtu yatom, rivu atmana. Learn to do good; seek justice, defend the oppressed, take up the cause of the orphan; plead the case of the widow." Schafer not only penned the anthem, titled "Limdu Heiteiv," but produced the recording featuring many women's voices of the Reform movement. Soloists were Beth Schafer, Julie Silver, Peri Smilow Michelle Citrin, Stacy Beyer, Naomi Less, Shira Kline and Natalie Young. Round- ing out the recording were more than 250 voices of WRJ attendees of their leadership conference held in Cincinnati earlier in the year. Schafer completed the 18-song CD by choosing songs by both well-known artists and new artists whose music speaks to the WRJ's mission. The CD, also titled "Limdu Heiteiv," is avail- able at wrj.org. The MP3 and sheet music for"Limdu Heiteiv" are both available for immediate download at OYSONGS.com. Rabbi Danny Freelander, senior vice president of the URJ, had this to say about Schafer as a producer, "Her creativity, attention to detail and extraordinary musicianship made all the difference." Schafer on page 15A Hadassah pays tri0000ute to special members By Edith Schulman After careful deliberations, the Orlando Chapter of Hadas- sah chose five members to be honored at its annual Awards Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel in Altamonte Springs. These five members are Joan Schwebel, Rita and George Slotnik, Marcia Wasserman, and Rita Weissmann. Joan Schwebel, Ph.D., is one of the recipients of the Myrtle Wreath Award. Schwebel was educated in .,q ** z  "-  , !.. r, q N.Y. public schools until 1956, when her family moved to south Florida. In 1961, she received a B.S. in biology and education from the University of Miami. In the fall of the fol- lowingyear, Schwebel became a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Florida. Thus began a 45-year career in education. Her family moved to Cen- tral Florida in 1959, where she taught science and math- ematics in junior high school. In 1966, she returned to the University of Miami where she earned a master's in biol- ogy. She went to Texas A&M University to work toward a Ph.D. in biology, and met her husband, Marty. They were married at the Congregation of Liberal Ju- daism in Orlando on Aug.22, 1971. Schwebel served as head of the biology department at Eureka College and Bethune- Cookman University. By 1982, she had numerous publica- tions and a NASA research grant. She also has taught at Maynard Evans, Seminole and Lyman high schools. While living in Texas, she taught Sunday school and bar mitzvah classes. Locally, she has taught Hebrew and Sunday school at CRJ, Con- gregation Ohev Shalom, and Congregation BethAm (where she and Marty were among the first founding families of Beth Am). In 1979, because her hus- band is a member of the Ma- sonic Fraternity, Schwebel got involved in some of the ladies groups associated with the Masons. In 2001 Schwebel became grand royal matron of the Order of the Ama- ranth - dedicated to diabetes research. Twelve years later, she is still working - this year as state diabetes chair- woman. She has served the Order of the Eastern Star as worthy matron four times, been grand representative to Australia (where the couple has been five times), and in 2006 became grand organist. She also belongs to Aquarius Temple and Daughters of the Nile, which raises money for the Shrine hospitals. "I made Colonial dresses for the ladies of the Heroes of '76 locally Hadassah on page 14A Joan Schwebel George and Rita Slotnick NEW YORK (JTA)--Edgar Bronfman, the billionaire former beverage magnate and leading Jewish philanthropist, died Dec. 21 at the age of 84. As the longtime president of the World Jewish Congress, Bronfman fought for Jewish rights worldwide and led the successful fight to secure more than a billion dollars in restitution from Swiss banks for Holocaust victims and their heirs. As a philanthro- pist, Bronfman took the lead in creating and funding many efforts to strengthen Jewish identity among young people. According to a statement, he died peacefully at his home in New York, surrounded by family. Bronfman spent the 1950s and 1960s working with his father, Samuel, at Seagram Ltd., the family's beverage business. He became chair- man of the company in 1971, the year of his father's death. Just a year earlier, in 1970, Bronfman took part in a delegation to Russia to lobby the Kremlin for greater rights for Jews in the Soviet Union. I'le would later credit the trip with inspiring his increasing interest in Judaism. "It was on those trips to Russia that my curiosity was piqued," Bronfman said. "What is it about Judaism, I asked myself, that has kept it alive through so much ad- versity while so many other traditions have disappeared. Edgar Bronfman fought for Jewish rights worldwide and took the lead in creat- ing and funding efforts to strengthen Jewish identity among young people. Curiosity soon turned into something more, and that 'something more' has since turned into a lifelong passion." In 1981, Bronfman became the president of the World Jewish Congress, stepping up the organization's activism on behalf of Jewish communities around the world. From his perch at the WJC, in addition to battling with the Swiss banks, he continued the fight for Soviet Jewry, took the lead in exposing the Nazi past of Kurt Waldheim and worked to improve Jewish relations with the Vatican. In 1991, he Bronfman on page 15A Local man makes Matt Loory, Pie Car man- ager. By Chris DeSouza Assistant Editor Matt Loory was working at the First Watch restaurant on Rt. 436 in Altamonte Springs, training to become a manager, when Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando, where he graduated with honors in 2012, called him and said that Ringling Bros. had a job opening for a cook, was he interested? circus' history Longwood resident Loory was interested. "I grew up see- ing Ringling Bros. every year in Orlando with my family and fell in love with the circus." Just 23 years old, his future already looked bright right here in Central Florida, but this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Why not? "I took a leap of faith and joined the show," he said enthusiasti- cally. That was January 2013. Three months later, he "threw his hat into the ring" for the Pie Car manager position, and hit the "rails" running as the youngest manager in the circus' 144-year history. Loory acquired his love of cooking while spending every major Jewish holiday in the kitchen with his morn help- ing her make matzo balls and peeling potatoes for latkes. His parents (Josh and Fern Loory), foodies themselves, gave him the opportunity to try foods Circus on page 13A III!1!1!1!11!!!!1!11111