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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 25, 2019 Leah Rachel Berkowitz B. A. Shapiro Marie Benedict The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Great- er Orlando and Writer's Block Bookstore of Winter Park present the Central Florida Jewish Book Festival on Feb. 10 and 12. These events are part of a national network of programming sponsored by the Jewish Book Council. This highly popular com- munity-wide event brings together prominent and emerging Jewish writers and non-Jewish writers with Jewish interest subject mat- ter in literature, the arts, philosophy, theology, history and current events to speak during this multi-day literary experience. The first guest of the Book Festival is Rabbi Leah Rachel Berkowitz, author of "The World Needs Beautiful Things." Story time with the author and children's craft will be at 11 a.m. at The Roth Family JCC. This event is sponsored by PJ Library. Berkowitz is a graduate of Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion. She has written extensively for adults and teens about Judaism, spirituality, and women's experiences. This is her first book for chil- dren. A panel discussion on his- torical fiction with authors B.A. Shapiro and Marie Benedict will be held Feb. 12, 7--9 p.m. Shapiro will discuss "The Collector's Apprentice," a story set in 1922 Paris of intrigue, fake identity and murder. It is a story abaout how we see only what we choose to see, both in art and in life. Shapiro is the author of seven novels, including the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger and The Muralist, a national bestseller. She has taught sociology at Tufts Uni- versity and creative writing at Northeastern University. She lives in Boston with her husband, Dan, and their dog, Sagan. Marie Benedict will discuss "The Only Woman in the Room," a story about Hedy Lamarr. Benedict is a lawyer with more than 10 years' experi- ence as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. She has written a narratively con- nected series of historical novels--"The Other Ein- stein," "Carnegie's Maid," and "The Only Woman in the Room." Tickets to these events can be purchased at https:// book-festival. / Workers busywith new road construction in Belt Shem- esh, Israel, have uncovered remains of a city from the time of the first Temple. The Sister City program of Cocoa, Florida and Beit Shemesh in- vites the community to learn more about these exciting new finds at its annual member- ship gala, on Monday, Jan. 28 from 5:30--8 p.m. at the The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando presents, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Family Tree Maker, ButWereAfraid to Ask: A Discussion with Mark Olsen." Olsen is Family Tree Mak- er's representative, and he will speak to the JGSGO and answer questions about the software, and demonstrate how it helps you save and share your family history. The meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m at the Roth Jewish Community Center, 851 North Maitland Ave in Maitland. The meeting is free to JGSGO members. There is a $5 Central Life Church (behind Temple Beth Sholom), 5995 N. Wickham Road. After a light supper of Israeli food and live Israeli music, guest speaker Meir Malka from Beit Shi~mesh will illustrate new archaeo- logical discoveries at Tel Beit Shemesh, of the ancient city of Beit Shemesh from the time of the Kings. fee for nonmembers, which can be applied to member- ship dues. Some of Family Tree Maker's key features include a user-friendly interface to quickly and easily build a family tree, update your tree with using FamilySync, get match sug- gestions with FamilySearch. org automatically, view fam- ily history timelines and in- teractive maps, and enhance your tree with a photo repair tool. Family Tree Maker also includes a locations database with more than three million place names for consistent data entry, access to online street and satellite "A three-hundred-mem- ber team is working hard over the next six months to excavate the ancient Beit Shemesh city," said Malka, a life-time resident of Beit Shemesh and retired director of the Keren Sh- emesh Foundation. He said another great discovery is a beautiful mosaic floor in a Byzantine church from maps, a digital version of the Companion Guide and a convenient onscreen Help system. The technology can be overwhelming, but gene- alogy software is essential for anyone doing family history. This meeting allows you to learn directly from the soft- ware company, and help you efficiently and effectively use the program and its many amazing features. Family Tree Maker is of- fering a special price on the software at this meeting. For more information, go to, email, or call the society's voicemail line, 407- 494-4230. the time of the Emperor Justinian. "The stones do talk," said Malka. "You just have to listen very carefully. There are so many mysteries that I would like to share with you. I can't wait to tell you the stories that have been hiding for over 2000 years." Malka has visited Brevard multiple times. He recalled his first visit in 2005 when he met with the Jewish Federa- tion and others. A new video that salutes his efforts and outlines the history of the organization, "Why Sister City?" will be shown. For 2019 Sister City plans a Purim celebration in March and will welcome Israeli scouts in June. Other activi- ties include upcoming trips to Israel. The event is free and open to the public. I love the Meir Malka (1) with Jordan Miles at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem when they presented artwork from the Sister Cities to the embassy. Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) auoliQht. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and uther eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye healtfl now and in the future. Shield yoilr eyes (and yolr family's eyes) from harmful OY rays. Wear ssmjlasses with maximum UV prstection. The group Anti-Idol will perform at the Decades Party at the Rosen JCC. The Jack and Lee Rosen JCC is hosting a Decades "I love the '90s" Party on Feb. 2 from 7:30 p.m.- 11 p.m. There will be live music by Anti-Idol, a silent auction, food and drinks and free babysitting. There will even be a'90s costume contest. What did we wear that was outlandish duff ng that decade? The '60s had the hip-hugger bell-bottom pants, Sonny and Cher, and hippies; the '70s had flower-power, mini and maxi skirts; the '80s had large hair- dos, disco and shoulder pads, but what is memorable about the 1990s? Come to the party and find out! The party will be held at the Rosen Event Center, 11184 S. Apopka-VineIand Rd. in Orlando. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Welcome Center or online at special-events/decades-party/ All proceeds benefit the Rosen JCC and the Children's scholarship fund.