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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 31, 2014 Continuation of adult 'Jews in Politics' PAGE 3A courses offered at Beit Hamidrash The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Jewish Community Relations Com- mittee is pleased to announce a free community adult edu- cation initiative focusing on "Jews in American Politics: Advanced Topics." This short course will continue the suc- cessful fall 2013 community initiative offered through Beit Hamidrash. Dr. Terri Susan Fine, political science profes- sor at UCF, will teach the class in three installments on Feb. 24, March 3 and March 10. The course will be open to the public. Participants are encouraged to attend one class or all three--each installment will focus on a unique perspec- tive about Jews in politics such that missing one class will not be a disadvantage to full participation in other classes. The class will run from 7-8:15 p.m. Monday evenings at the Jewish Academy of Or- lando, simultaneously to Beit Hamidrash so that parents, friends of Beit Hamidrash students, and any other member of the community, can join in the learning that is already taking place in the building. "I have really enjoyed teach- ing'Jews in American Politics' at Beit Hamidrash to Jewish adults," commented Fine. "I enjoy seeing friends and mak- ing new ones and finding out about their perspectives on these issues." Fine teaches the class by focusing on civic education with a Jewish focus. "Edu- cated citizens are my objec- tive-this will not be a class where I share my political views--that is not teaching." The class will begin on Feb. 24 with a discussion looking at Jewish women in American state politics. Special empha- sis will be on how Jewish wom- en have become integrated into state legislative politics and the barriers that they have faced. On March 3, the discussion will turn to using Israel as a case study through which to learn how the U.S. model has influenced, or not, how and why Israel declared independence. Attention will focus on the events leading up to independence and the core issues found in each country's declaration of independence. On March 10, participants will look at political parties and national legislatures in Israel and the U.S. and compare how each interprets and responds to their role as representatives of the people. Fine has taught at UCF for almost 25 years and is the recipient of 10 excellence in teaching awards and one university-wide award each for professional leadership, academic advising and profes- sional service. She was the Jewish Federation's "Mensch of the Week" in November 2013 for teaching the Jews in American Politics course to Jewish adults and students at Beit Hamidrash in fall 2013. She is the 2009 recipient of the Jewish Federation's"Com- munity Relations" award and in 2012 received the American Society for Public Administration's "Academic Excellence" award from the Central Florida chapter. In 2006 she was named a Schus- terman Israel Studies fellow at Brandeis University and in 2013 was named a faculty fellow of the Center for Aca- demic Engagement-lsrael on Campus Coalition. She and her husband Paul Stenzler live in Orlando. To learn more aboutJFGO's impact locally through the Jewish Community Relations Council and Beit Hamidrash please visit www.jfgo.org. Dr. Teri Sue Fine JNF Women for Israel host a cooking event Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host A Taste of Israel Cooking Demonstration and Brunch as the second event in their 2014 Women for Israel Campaign year on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. at a private home in Orlando. The event will feature guest speaker and chef Talia Tzour, JNF-KKL's director of Major Donors. Tzour came to JNF in 2005 as the Israeli emissary to New York and New Jersey after 15 years with JNF-KKL offices in Israel. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Tzour spent her army years as a member of the Nachal Bri- gade and during the course of her service helped found a new community in the Galil, one that still stands today. Tzour served as a shlicha- emissary in the U.S. from 2005-2012 and travelled across the country represent- ing JNF and its important work in Israel and managed to develop and strengthen its circle of supporters. She recently completed a chef's course in Israel at Bishulim, the top culinary institute in Israel, and is looking forward to sharing her newly learned skills with JNF supporters. "JNF's Women for Israel provides interesting Israel- centered programs for the women of Central Florida," said Deborah Meitin, JNF Orlando board member and Women for Israel Regional chairwoman. "We've been in existence for about five years and programs like this and November's A Night at the Museum event at Rollin's Col- lege provide an opportunity to meet new and old friends and learn about JNF's important work in Israel." "I am so pleased to be an active participant in JIqF activities in Orlando," said Es Cohen, a new supporter of the campaign. "Having seen some of what JNF does in Israel makes me want to spread the word throughout our community. I became in- volved with Women for Israel for two main reasons-- to learn more about the various projects JNF is involved with and the opportunity to meet new friends. Both have been rewarding!" For more information on JNF's Women for Israel Campaign or attending the event, please contact Laura Abramson at labramson@jnf. org or 800-211-1502. JCC professional networking luncheon Monica Wofford, president and CEO of Contagious Com- panies. People throughout Central Florida will have a chance to meet business professionals and executives at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando on Tues- day, Feb. 11, at a professional networking luncheon, dubbed J-Lunch. The luncheonwill be held from 11:30 a.m.-lp.m, at its Maitland location. Monica Wofford, president and CEO of Contagious Companies, will be the keynote speaker. "The luncheon topic will be how to make difficult people disappear: How to deal with stressful behavior and eliminate conflict," said Jackie Ravinoff, who is coordinating the event. The cost is $25 per person, with a discount rate of $20 fo JCC members. Interested participants can register online at http://www. orlandojcc.org. To get more information about the event, contact Jackie Ravinoff, Community Relations coordinator, at 407- 621-4056 or at JackieR@ orlandojcc.org. Be Well on Purpose The supporters and vol- unteers of the Jewish Pa- vilion will present a free workshop about socializa- tion at Chambrel at Island Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Kevin O'Neil, chief medical of- ficer for Brookdale Senior Living and co-editor and a contributing writer to "Optimal Aging Manual," which Art Linkletter called "The Great Master Book for the Boomers." Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Wendy Levine at (407)678-9363 or email her at wendylevine@ jewishpavilion.org. Dedicated To Serving Our Jewish Community 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) 407-599-1180 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD Samuel P. (Sammy) Goldstein, Executive Director