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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 27, 2017 PAGE 3A Choices 2017, the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando's annual women's philanthropy event, is an evening to socialize, catch up with old friends and make new ones, all while supporting the local Jewish community. But one of the many"bonuses" of attending is that you could walk away with one (or more) of the Amy and Eric Geboff are leadingatriptQIsrael,sponsored by Congregation Ohev Shalom, and the community is welcome to participate. TheAhavat (love of) Yisrael trip will take place June 12-22 and was given this name so that participants can fall in love with the land and understand why we need to support it. The itinerary is subject to change based on the makeup of the group. This trip is for everyone. We have empty nesters to school-age families and everything in between! Here is just a taste of some of the things planned: Walk along the rooftops of the Old City of Jerusalem, walk through the Western Wall Tunnel underground and wade through the 2,700-year- old water tunnel built by King Hezekiah; pack food at Pantry Packers for people who are hungry; enjoy the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David laser and light show; climb Masada and hike through the fresh water springs and waterfalls at Nahal David in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve; float in the Dead Sea and visit Genesis Land, a biblical-style encampment; take a camel ride and experience biblical hospitality and enjoy a hafla feast; visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial Museum where children will have a special program Join SPARK, the Women's Division of JOIN Orlando, at the luxurious Reunion Resort for an amazing weekend to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect along with other Orlando Jewish women on Feb. 24-26. The weekend will be jam packed with amazing programming and will feature the gourmet catering by Shaike of Miami, renowned guest speakers Lori Palatnik and Yaffa Palti, yoga, fitness classes, food demonstrations, a Saturday Night party celebrating SPARK's first year and much more. Reunion is a spacious, luxurious resort with a boutique spa, three signature golf courses, a large water JFS Orlando is in immediate need of volunteers for avariety of projects. Whether you are recently retired, in need of scholarship hours or have valuable prizes offered in the Choices Raffle. This year--so far--the Federation has secured more than $8,000 worth of raffle prizes, ranging from artwork to hotel/dining packages to teeth whitening--and, of course, some stunning pieces of jewelry. Womenwho attend Choices have the opportunity to pur- different from adults; shop in the incredible Machaneh Yehuda open air market in Jerusalem; enjoy a musical Jerusalem Kabbalat Shabbat; spend Shabbat morning at the Conservative Fuchsburg Center; on Shabbat afternoon, adults enjoy a guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors and children enjoy a Yemin Moshe scavenger hunt through the streets near the famous windmill; Saturday night out for parents as children have a pizza and movie night with Madrichim (counselors); swim in freshwater pools at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve; lunch in Tiberias; on to Tzfat, center of Mysticism and home to artists' colonies; visit one of the several synagogues and an activity at the Canaan Weaving Factory; spend two nights at a Kibbutz and learn about Kibbutz life where adults meet with second generation kibbutz members and children have an Israeli game night. At Kibbutz Hanatan, park, and 11 pools. The resort has 2 and 3 bedroom suites. The two bedroom suites have one King room and one room with two double beds. The three bedroom suites have one King room one Queen room and one roomwith two double beds The shared spacious living area also has a queen pull-out sofa bed. The resort is located in Kissimmee, 10 minutes from the Walt Disney World gates. Please contact us at to inquire about scholarships and special rates for young professionals. All Retreat participants will be contacted after they register to confirm and coordinate rooming requests extra time during the week to lend a helping hand-- JFS Orlando has the right opportunity for you. Please contactDevelopment chase raffle tickets for $25 each (or 5 tickets for $100). Tickets in hand, the women get to choose which item(s) they would like to win and deposit their ticket in the appropriate ticket bowl dur- ing the event on Feb. 9 at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Drawings are held for all of the raffle items at the end of the evening. children can go horseback riding; aalk through the Tel Dan Nature reserve; travel through the Golan Heights and understand the security issues; experience wine tasting, and a chocolate workshop on Kibbutz Ein Zivan; enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River and end the day with a night Jeep Safari to enjoy the natural habitat. Of course Caesarea, Tel Aviv and Jaffa! Go on an archaeological dig, Ayalon Institute and the munitions factory, collect produce for Leket that provides food for those who are hungry and visit Independence Hall. Amy Geboffis the director of Youth and Family Education at Ohev Shalom and Eric Geboff is the executive director of JFS Orlando and a Hebrew school teacher at Ohev Shalom. Eric also majored in history with a focus on the middle east in college. As the leaders of the trip, the Geboff's hope to create a family environment among participants that will offer lifelong memories and connections to each other and the land of Israel. The Ahavat Yisrael Trip is being planned by Daat Educational Experiences. For more information about the itinerary, pricing, travel contact Amy Geboff at 407-298-4650 or educator@ and dietary requirements. In order to make the weekend more affordable for Orlando residents, SPARK is subsidizing $75 of the cost-- therefore we are charging participants who live out of Orlando a $75 surcharge to fully cover the cost of the weekend. Price includes two nights in the hotel, resort fees, food and drinks, and the cost of all programming. Please visit the resort's website at http://www. to learn more about its fantastic amenities and modern hotel rooms. Please contact Sarah at or 917-804-6191 if you have any questions. Coordinator Amanda Benedit at 407-644-7593 for information on how to join JFS Orlando's Volunteer Program. Firefly La Dolce Vita bracelet, donated by Betsy Cohen. Raffle prizes are donated by retailers, artists, businesses and individuals. Money raised from the raffle goes to sup- port the Federation's Annual Campaign and to defray the cost of putting on Choices. The Choices ambassadors and co-chairs have lined up several impressive items for this year's raffle, and they will continue to work hard behind the scenes right up until the event to secure additional prizes, all of which will be on display at Choices. The full, updated listing of raffle items can be found on the Federation's special Choices webpage (www. Here's a look at a few of the great items that will be given away on Feb. 9: Beach Getaway Week at Sandpiper in New Smyrna Beach, donated by Tiffany Lytle. Value $2,500. Citrine and Diamond Ring, donated by Lauren Sigman Fine Jewelry. Value $1,320. La Costa Organic Jewelry Onyx Necklace & Earring Set, donated by Off Park Interiors. Value $550. Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet, donated by Fides Solutions, LLC. Value $450. Citrine and diamond ring, donated by Lauren Sigman Jewelry. Zoom Teeth Whitening Treatment, donated by Koyf- man Dental. Value $600. Reserved Parking Space: The lucky winner will have exclusive use, for one full year, of a reserved parking space in a prime location on the Maitland Jewish Community Campus. Value: Priceless. Raffle tickets can be pur- chased in advance on the JFGO website or in person at Choices 2016 on Feb. 9. If you haven't yet registered for Choices, you can do so online at, via email at, or by calling the Federation of- fice at 407- 645 -5933, ext. 236. unity Call on Central Florida's Exclusively Jewish Funeral Home for Details Regarding: Traditional Jewish Funerals Non-Traditional Services Interstate Shipping Pre-Arranged Funerals (Shalom Assurance Plan) Headstone, Grave Markers (Cardinal Memorials) 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD Samuel P. (Sammy) Goldstein, Executive Director