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Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory llA JTA News Briefs 13A The Orlando Regional Chamber of Resource and Education Center. Commerce building, site of the possible future home of the Holocaust Memorial By Christine DeSouza As of Monday, Jan. 22, the search for aboutthatbuildingandtheadjacentland the new building was completed as the as a possibility." For three years the Holocaust Memo- OrlandoCityCouncilvotedunanimously According to Pam Kancher, HMREC rial Resource and Education Center to accept a proposal to lease the Orlando executive director, this is a "Memoran- Board of Directors had been looking for RegionalChamberofCommerce, located dum of Understanding." In the agree- a building that could house the ever- at 75 S. Ivanhoe Blvd to the Holocaust ment, the Center is responsible for $20 growing museum. Built in 1986, the Center for 50 years at $1 per year. million in renovations to the building. museumwas expanded to twice its size in "We had sharedwith the City ourvision The Center also plans to construct a 1994. Now, with the many programs and to move downtown several years ago, and 20,000-square-foot addition to the build- exhibits held at the Center, it is bursting Mayor Dyer and his team were both very ing for permanent interior exhibits and at the seams. Anyone who has ever gone supportive and also helpful," stated Mark an auditorium. to one of HMREC's programs knows Freid, outgoingpresidentofthe HMREC AIthoughthe Orlando Sentinelstated how quickly the museum's auditorium/ Board. "We looked at a couple different that the museum would move into its exhibit room fills to capacity. Plus, the pieces of privately owned property that new home in 2020, Kancher suspects it area schools that bring up to 150 stu- city leaders gave us guidance on. When will take longer. dents to the Center, makes it crowded those didn't work out, and the Chamber "It will take two to three years to for anyone else who wants to view any building becameavailable, our conversa- of the other exhibits, tions naturally evolved to a discussion HMREC on page 15A "The function of educa- tion is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education. "--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is with Dr. King's words in mind that Jewish Academy of Orlando attended school on Monday, Jan. 15th for a day- long celebration of Dr. King's life. The students began their daywith Minyan service focus- ing on the Torah principle of Kevod HaBriyot (treating people with dignity and re- spect). Throughout the day, students attended art classes, where they were greeted with a beautiful song by Ben Harper written on the whiteboard: "I can change the world with my own two hands, make a better place with my own two hands, make a kinder place with my own two hands." The students designed pa- per hands with symbols and words inspired by the day. They included words such as "Mitzvah," "love," "shalom," "peace," "respect," "commu- nity," and "unity." One student used brown and white stripes combined on her hand to be symbolic of how "we are all the same, united." In kindergarten and first grade, students studied two JAO student used brown and white stripes on her hand to be symbolic ofhow "we are all the same, united." eggs, one brown and one white. They noted the simi- larities and differences of the eggs. Eventually, when their teachers cracked both eggs, they realized that even though the exterior may seem different, the inside is exactly the same. The lesson from Dr. King that we cannot judge people by "the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" rang true during the classes. In second and third grades, King on page 14A The Kinneret Council on Aging, a nonprofitagency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, has announced the honorees for their 2018, 8 over 80 Gala to be held on Sunday, Feb. 25th, 2018. "We are once again thrilled with the support we have had from the community -- 0 -" e') ---- a -- * O Z = = and were truly inspired by reception and dinner in the Programming and Develop- the number of outstand-Kinneret dining room." T ment for KCOA. "These are ing individuals over the he honorees for the 2018 active, inspiring people who age of 80, who continue to event are: Lillian Berkowitz, still show a love and commit- contribute to our commu- Doris Gilbert, Bette Ann menttotheircommunityand nity and promote the Jewish Leider, Roz Levitt, Eva Ritt, family." tradition of Tikkun Olam," Gerald Robison, CharlesThe8over80honorarydin- said Lynn Fenster, 8 over 80 Schulman, and Dick Weiner. nerwillbe held in the Delaney co-chairperson. "We hope "It is truly a privilege to Dining Room at Kinneret the community will joinrecognize these amazingApartments and will benefit in honoring our '8 over 80' and dynamic individuals," once again with a cocktail said Sharon Weil, director of Kinneret on page 14A Natalie Sopinsky speaking on Israel News Talk Radio. Judea and Samaria is home to more than 430,000 citi- zens of Israel. They are the vanguard of Israel's security and sovereignty as a Jewish State. Yet this significant area of Israel receives little support from many organizations in the United States because this Samaria: The Truth You Won't Learn From the Media" on Monday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in a private home. The guest speaker, Natalie Sopinsky, Community Devel- opment director of the One Israel Fund, is a native of Wilmington, Del and made aliyah to Israel 12 years ago. She will talk about what life is like in the disputed territo- ties--about the struggles of those living in this extremely dangerous part of the world. She will also share about her visit with Yael Shevach, the widow of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, who was murdered a few weeks ago while driving in Samaria. The Shevach family lives in Havat Gilad, not far from where Sopinsky lives. Whywould she choose to live in Judea- Samaria? What support do the Jews living there need from us? How can we help? She will also discuss the important projects and activi- is considered "disputed terri- ties of the One Israel Fund. tories." However, there is an This event is free. For more organization, the One Israel information and the location Fund, that is dedicatedtosup- of the meeting, please contact portingthewelfareandsafety Sandi Solomon at sansolo- ofthosewholiveinJudea, Sa- maria, the Jordan Valley and The 8 Over 80 honorees are (standing, l-r): Gerald Robison, Dick Weiner, Bette Anne Learn more about Judea Leider, Charles Schulman; (seated, l-r): Eva Ritt, Rosalind Levitt, Doris Gilbert, and Lil- and Samaria as the Zionistas lian Berkowitz. proudly present "Judea and 0