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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 18, 2013 I I "Get The Hell Out Of Palestine" World tour PAGE 3A After 65 years you would think that people already have gotten used to the idea of Jewish people governing their own country given to them by God so many thousands of years ago. Yet anti-Israel sentiment and it's not so latent source anti-Semitism and has not only not abated but in certain quarters it has even taken on a more subtle and insidious form. In the media, for example, an anti-Semite can do tre- mendous damage to Israel's image by hiding behind a slanted choice of words used to report an incident, a shocking photo taken out of context, or a prejudiced opinion piece masked as an outcry of moral justice First person by Shoshana Buchanan All winter long my kids beg me to go up north to see snow and go sledding 'lille we did • that one year'. And every year when we go up to New York... we seem to miss the snow. It's my fault. As a 'morn' I should try harder and put my request in for snow to the almighty, but I am always too busy praying to make our flight and make it a safe one!, Let it Snow. On Jan. 27, my kids will get their wish right here in Or- that is based on deliberate superficiality, ignorance or misinformation. That is why whistleblower David Nesenoff deserves such credit for his work in uncov- ering one such person. On American Jewish Heritage Celebration Day on May 27, 2010, Nesenoff interviewed the renowned veteran White House corxespondent and columnist Helen Thomas, known as the "dean" of the Washington, D.C. press corps, and unintentionally discov- ered her to be what in the post-Holocaust generation can only be described as a raw and virulent anti-Semite. When asked for comments on Israel, she replied: "Tell them to get the hell out of Pales- comes to Orlando tine." When Nesenoff fol- ficialspokespersonforIsrael, lowed up by asking, "Where sent Nesenoff on a personal should the Israeli Jews go?" journey. He moved to Israel Thomas responded that they to better understand the true can "go lhome" to Poland or reason for Israel's existence Germany. and her place in the world, Needless to say, this inci- and to experience first-hand dent helped retire Thomas's theblessings, chailengesand career for good after 60 years oddities of Israeli life. and 10 presidents. It also cata- Recently Nesenoff took his pulted her interviewer David life-changing experiences, Nesenoffinto the limelight-- insights, and love of Israel and whichturned out to be less combinedthemintoone pow- pleasant than he might have erfuland hilarious, touching imagined. Positive media and irreverent lecture that interviews and complimen- has inspired and entertained tary feedback abounded, but audiences around the world. so did the death threats and On Sunday, March 3, at 5 tens-of-thousands of pieces p.m., filmmaker, songwriter, of hate mail. and whistleblower Rabbi The intense hostility, as David Nesenoffwill bring his well as the sudden responsi- unforgettablepresentationto bility of serving as an unof- Orlando. 'The 27 of Snow-uary' The event will take place at the Westin Lake Mary, 2974 International Parkway, Lake Mary. Tickets are $10 in ad- vance, and $12 after Feb.. 27. There is a sponsorship opportunity for $360 that includes admission for two, and private dinner and con- versation with guest at the home of Rabbi Yanky and Chanshy Majesky following the event. Sponsors will also receive a signed copy of"Da- 'vid's Harp" by Rabbi David Nesenoff. For reservations and more information call Chabad of North Orlando at 407-878-3011 or email Rab- bi@JewishNorthOrlando. corn or visit www.Jewish- Aaron Taylor sleds down the real snow mountain at last year's Winter Festival at the times as they want, or until I stop them! But they also love the rock wall, bungee jump, bounce houses, face painting, Shamu, and my favorite the horse and buggy ride. I'get to sit • down on the horse and buggy ride and they lead us in songs! This year there will be even more carnival rides; a swing- ing pirate ship, turbo tubs and more! And more food! The food court will be expanded with food from local restaurants including kosher hot dogs, falafel, pasta, pizza, carnival food. and an ice cream truck. The entertainment will be Rabbi David Nesenoff The shocking video can be seen on YouTube: http:// watch?v=RQcQdWBqtl4 a mini iPad to the winners and participants can be anywhere from 5 to 105 years old! Details. So bring your kids, or come and be a kid at the Fourth An- nual Winter Festival fundraiser on Sunday, Jan. 27, located on the Jack and Lee Rosen Cam- pus at 11184 South Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you'll be sure to see me there all-day with my kids! Admission is free, open to everyone, andyou can purchase pre-sale wristbands at a dis- count at www.orlandowinter- landoattheJewishCom JCC's Jack & Lee Rosen Southwes t Orlando Campus. ,-, enough to come and enjoy for festal.orgorcal1407-387-2749 Center of GreaterOrl  ls t. It's like magic--snow kids theunimagiriable this " i 27b-'rr known in free Mr. Richard, apieefi''nJan. 23. To register for FourthAnnualWinterFestival in Flbridnl? But the JCC's Jack climateforthepastthreeyears, my house as 'The 27 of Snow- contest, cake walks, dancing, J-Idol callthe number above or fundraiser--without the price and Lee Rosen Southwest Or- Snow! And sledding! uary' is the day my kids will get choirs and a new contestcalled go to andprayerthataflightupnorth lando Campus has brought my Not just Snow! awristband and sled asmany J-Idol. J-Idol is offering $500 or endar/featured_events/j_idol. Choices 2013 hopes to break attendance mark For the last 19 years, women from all corners of the Orlando Jewish community have gathered to share a spe- cial evening ofempowerment known as Choices. It is the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's annual women's event. Over the years this event has been held in a variety of venues and welcomed a wide range of entertainers and honored some of the com- munity's more committed women. Attendees have been inspired by stories of women of all ages comingfrom near and far. This year the Federation vill bestow its highest honor, the Harriet Ginsburg Woman of Choice Award, to Mardi Shader at Choices 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Congregation Ohev Shalom inMaitland. The celebrity guest is comedian Carol Leifer. Choices 2013 co-chairs Jeannie Leavitt and Rene Brent said they hope to break last year's record of 460 at- tendees. This eclectic group Would never be assembled without the hard work of the table captains. Fifty-three women have volunteered to encourage their friends and family to attend the event. These women are a par- ticularly diverse group but the quality they all share is support of the Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando• As table captains, they act as ambassadors of the Jewish Federation by filling the room with women looking to learn Mardi Shader more about the Federation. Seven different synagogues and every agency board have a representative among the captains• Their ages range from 28 to 81, and while this is the first time some women have served in this role, others are commemorating the 19th consecutive year of lending a helping hand. "Over the course of my involvement with the Jewish Federation, I have been--and continue to be--inspired by our female role models of all ages," says Lore.n London, who started this event. "For 19 years, Choices has brought generations of committed women together to share our common value of tikun olam, celebrate our Jewish heritage and emphasize the importance of tzedakah in our lives." It would be difficult to find someone as dedicated to the Jewish community than this year's award winner. The Harriet Ginsburg Woman of Choice Award honors women in the Central Florida Jewish community that embody the spirit of tikun olam. Shader has been an active member of the Central Florida community for many decades. She has b.een deeply involved with her synagogue, Con- gregation Ohev Shalom, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, ORT, is a lifetime member of Hadassah and is in- volved throughout the Jewish community. Her passion for building Jewish community and embracing sisterhood is evident .through all that she's done throughout the years, says an event planner. She has been a member, of Congregation Ohev Shalom for almost 40 years. Over the years she has been involved in every facet of the synagogue,. serving many positions in- cluding: membership chair, recording secretary, choir member, education com- mittee, scholarship chair and renovation committee. Shader is faithful to the Ohev sisterhood and has served as the party designs chair, program chair, fundraising VP, Judaica shop chair, do- nor chair and education VP. In addition to being active with Hadassah, she is also a previous bulletin chairperson, membership chair and eduCa- tion VP with ORT. Shader has been a commit- ted volunteer to the Jewish Federation of Greater Or- lando, working many Super Sundays and also with the campaign including a term as the capital campaign €o chair. She was involved with the Dorothy Morrell cultural series as a co-chair for the program. She is-a previous committee member and chairperson of the Choices event. Her passion for sister- hood extends to the Federa- tion, previously partaking as the Women's Division chair, Lion of Judah Committee co-chair and continues to be .a devoted Lion of Judah. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. In 1980 she was named Congregation Ohev Shalom's sisterhood Woman of the Year. In 1981, Mardi and her husband, Ron, were honored at the Yom Kippur pledge affair at Congregation Ohev Shalom. In 1988, they received the Jewish National FundAward. In 1993, Mardi and Ron received the Israel Unity Award by Israel Bonds. In 1997 and 2001, Mardi was awarded the Tikkun Olam Award by the Jewish Com- munity Center of Greater Orlando. In 1998, Mardi and Ron were given the Simchat Torah Award from Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom• In 2000, Mardi received the Sisterhood Leadership Award from Con- gregation Ohev Shalom. "It is with great respect and appreciation that we honor Mardi Shader as our 2013 Harriet Ginsburg Woman of Choice," says an event organizer. "Mardi's contin- ued devotion to the Central Florida Jewish community is an inspiration to many gen- erations of Jewish women." This year's event features celebrity guest Carol Leifer. She is a sought-after corn- edy writer and producer who has written for such shows as "Saturday Night Live," "Seinfeld," "The Larry Sanders Show," and the Em- my-award winning "Modern Family," for which she won a 2012 Writers Guild Award• She was most recently a head writer for the 2012 Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal, and has appeared on such shows as "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The View," "Late NightWith David Letterman," "Larry King Live" arid "The Howard Stern Show." For more information, visit or call 407-645- 5933. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's mission is to nurture a unified Jewish com- munity that transcends gen- erations and neighborhoods. Free Adult Education movie at Temple Israel The Adult Education Committee of Temple Israel will continue its movie se- ries on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. in the social hall. The title of the movie is "A Serious Man," a 2009 film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen: Inspired by the Book of Job and set during the 1960s, this movie tells the story of Larry Gopnik who, after a series of personal misfortunes, reaches a crisis of faith. Seeking the help of several rabbis, he struggles to understand God's plan for him. For a full review of this film by TI congregant Jonathan Chisdes, please visit http://WWw.chizfilm. net/seriousman.html. There is no charge for this film, and the community is cordially invited. No outside food or drinks, please• Ko- sher snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at the movie• Temple Israel is located at 50 S. Moss Road inWinter Springs. Jonathan Chisdes, Temple Israel Movie Critic