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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 13, 2009 Choices 2009 raffle features jewelry, fashion andmore emy Award Winning actress. and honoree Tess Wise. In addition to the expe- rience of dinner and the speakers, attendees can take a chance at winning one of five raffle prizes on view by follow- ing the links for CHOICES 2009 at These raffle prizes include an 18k "Chloe" chain with 16 diamond stations, valued at $4.995; an 18k ring with five roars of diamonds, valued at $2.650; a Judith Leiber oval-sided crystal clutch, valued at $1,395; an orchid arrangement monthly for one year. valued at $1,500 and a "Choices" parking spot at the Jewish Community Center in Maitland. which is priceless. Purchase one ticket for $25 or $10 tickets for $100. The event is expected to fill up quickly, so make a reserva- Choices 2009, the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando's Women's Division fundraiser, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Ballroom at Church Street in downtown Orlando. The Women's Division has planned "a very special inspirational and motivational evening for the women of Central Florida." with special guest speaker Marlee Matlin. Acad- Wiesenthal Center debuts tion soon. For more informa- tion, contact JoAnne Kane at 40645-5933 or jkane@jfgo. org. To register online, go to and click on the "CHOICES 2009" invitation. Choices 2009 is a fund- raising dinner for women only. Proceeds from the evening go towards the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando'sAnnual Community Campaign. In addition to a $40 couvert, there is a sug- gested minimum donation of Bergson doc in Miami Beach "The spike in hate crimes against Jews around the world should serve as a wake-up call that the world must act. The story of the consequences of not acting is what our new documentary is all about." Rabbi Marvin Hier. founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and co-producer and co-writer of "Against the Tide" On Monday, Feb. 23, the Simon Wiesenthal Cen- ter will screen its newest documentary, "Against the Tide" in Miami Beach. The film, narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman, is produced by the Center's two-time Academy Award documentary film division. Moriah Films. The screening will take place at Regal Cinemas. 1120 Lin- lart Bartholomew courtesy of Moriah Films. the film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wi- esenthal Center and co-executive producer of "Against the Tide" with Academy Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman, who narrated the film. coln Road. Miami Beach at 7:30 p.m. "Against the Tide" is the compelling story of Peter Bergson, who challenged Washington and the establish- Miami on page 19A Adoption Services of C.E ,welcomes Baby Gracelen Adoption Services of Cen- tral Florida. a program of Jew- ish Family Services. recently celebrated its fifth adoption. "Adoption," as Bernice Walker Schwartz. ACSF coordina- tor affectionately says, "is a journey, not a destination. For years. JFS has assisted and helped families. Now JFS is building families." Such is the case of Eunice and Gabriel Orozco. Several years ago, the Orozcos met each other at their church while attending a singles group. Gabriel was looking for his ideal wife, someone who was feminine and graceful, family-oriented, caring and loving. After dating Eunice for two months, he knew she was "the one." They became engaged and married eight months later. After three years of mar- riage, the Orozcos wanted to expand their circle of love. Their journey began several months ago through a refer- ral to ASCF by their friend and JFS president, Marty Baby Gracelen, three months old. Sherman. The Orozcos met with Walker Schwartz in February 2008. Eight months later, baby Gracelen came into their lives. According to Ga- briel. "Words cannot express the love, emotions and joy of Gracelen." With sparkling eyes, he continues. "It feels like she has always belonged with us." ASCF provides services for both the birth parent and prospective adoptive parents in a caring and supportive environment. The services include home studies, educa- tional workshops for adoptive families, assisting the birth mother in creating an adoption plan, post-placement services after the adoption, connecting prospective adoptive parents and birth parents and more. On Tuesday, Feb. 17. ASCF will host a free informational adoptionworkshop. The meet- ing will be held at JFS. 2100 Lee Road in Winter Park. The session begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the community. The workshop will discuss the process of domestic adoption and introduce the services provided by ASCF. Pre-registraCion is re- quired. To register for the informational workshop, to gather information about adoptions or Adoption Servic- es of Central Florida. contact Bernice Walker Schwartz at 407-478-1504. Orange County librarians talk to genealogists A field trip is planned for the next meeting of the Jewish Ge- nealogical Society of Greater Orlando. Two members of the Orange County Library System will show equipment and files that are available for research at the next meeting, which will be Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the library, 101 E. CentralAve.. Orlando. The genealogy department is on the fourth floor. On hand from Orange Coun- ty Library will be Jane Hebert. a librarian clerkspecializing in education learning, and Kim- berly Peters, a librarian and a genealogist with the Orange County Library System. The genealogy department was created in 1920 with the donation of a large collection of books by Capt. L. Alber tson a retired New York City police inspector. All Jewish Genealogy meet- ings are open to the commu- nity. For more information contact Doris Frank at 407- 323-9728 or JerryWertheimer at 407-333-2257 or jrwerth@ PAGE 3A $250 (less than $5 per week), which can be paid through December 2009. This year, due to a generous gift from the Alan Ginsburg Family Foundation. first-timers to Choices are invited to attend at no charge. (Space for first- Diane Goldberg (1) and Ronnie Mendelsohn. time CHOICES attendees are trants. After that. a waiting limited to the first 200 regis- list will begin.) HARVEY g. COHEN • Auto Accidents • Wrongful Death • • Nursing Home Negligence • • Defective Products • • Slip & Fall - Dental Malpractice • • Dog Bites • Insurance Claims • "Prepared to fight for you!" 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