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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 Helping lo save the world's poorest Jews Shown here are (back, l-r), Dr. Bob Dabrow, Dr. Judy Sims-Cendan, Dr. Dan Layish; seated, Dr. Edward Zissman and Dr. Rick Hodes JFGO's Maimonides So- ciety hosted a special event with Dr. Rick Hodes as guest speaker on Feb. 2. Dr. Hodes is an American doctor who has lived and worked in Ethiopia for more than 20 years. He is the medical director in Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. The JDC is the world's leading non-sectarian hu- manitarian organization, impacting millions of lives in more than 70 countries today. Supported by a na- tionwide network of Jew- ish federations, including JFGO, the JDC draws on its 100-year history to confront poverty and crises around the world. JDC's main thrust is to save the world's poorest Jews, revitalize Jewish life, empower Israel's future, and rescue victims of global emergencies. Over the years, Dr. Hodes has become a symbol of JDC's humanitarian work with the poorest and most vulnerable people, Jews and non-Jews alike. In 2007 he was a finalist for"CNN Heroes," a program that highlights ordinary people for their extraordinary achievements. The American College of Physicians has awarded him "Mastership" and the Rosenthal Award for creative practice of medicine. He was honored as ABC's Person of the Week in 2010. His work was documented by CNN in "Making the Crooked Straight" as well as in a new book "This is Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes." In short, he is an extraordinary individual, a living legend. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is Central Florida's Federation's global partner agency and is supported by contributions to the Federation's Annual Campaign. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's mis- sion is to nurture a unified Jewish community that transcends generations and neighborhoods. It has been in existence for more than 60 years and is part of a greater umbrella, the Jewish Fed- erations of North America, which represents 155 Jewish Federations and more than 300 network communities, raising and distributing more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services, and educational needs. The Federation movement col- lectively is among the top 10 charities on the continent, protecting and enhancing the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of charity, social justice, and learning. For more information on the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's programming ini- tiatives, visit 6 Degrees (rio Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Natalie Portman and her husband, Benjamin Millepied, attend the premiere of 'Thor: The Dark World' on Oct. 23, 2013 in Paris. By Jana Banin Flying Aid, a global humani- tarian organization--coming together to collect winter supplies for those displaced by the civil war in Syria. Portman, who is in Israel working on her directorial debut, an adaptation of Amos Oz's novel "A Tale of Love and Darkness," learned of the proj- ect through Israeli friends. "When I heard about Op- eration Human Warmth I felt deeply moved and compelled to get involved," she said in a statement. "In the middle of a brutal winter, these children have no shelter and their lives are in seri- Portman helping Syrians HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-- We didn't think it was possible, but Natalie Portman has gone and inspired us yet again. This time, The Times of Israel re- ports, the actress, directorand adorable morn has donated money and clothing to Syr- ian refugees via Operation Human Warmth. The initiative is the result of several Israeli organiza- tions-the youth group Ha- noar Haoved Vehalomed, the social and education organi- zation Dror-Israel, and Israeli Bar Mitzvah Alexander Dylan Bish- op, son of Missy Ward- Spaulding, Beaudon Spauldingand Paul Bishop of Longwood, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Alex is in the seventh grade at Teague Middle School where he is a member of the chorus and karate club. His hobbies and interests include skate boarding, surfing and fishing. He is also a member of the Boy Scouts. Sharing in the family's simcha will be his brother, Chase Spaulding; grandparents, Michael and Irene Ward of New Jersey, David and Jane Bishop of Massachusetts, and Buz and Irene Spaulding of New Hampshire. ous jeopardy from the cold. I am proud to take part in an operation where Israeli youth of all backgrounds are taking action to help out those whom need it most." Portman is no stranger to the mitzvah thing. The Israeli- born do-gooder has served as an ambassador for the microfinance organization Finca, supported environ- mental causes, and encour- aged teenage girls to pursue careers in science. Have we mentioned how much she inspires us? Shalom Auslander: Philip Seymour Hoffman 'had the biggest, brokenest heart of anyone I have ever met' Many who have worked with, or even just admired, the incredible talent that was Philip Seymour Hoffman have shared their memories of the actor, who died on Sunday of an apparent drug overdose at 46. Among them is Shalom Auslander, author and creator of the Showtime series "Hap- pyish" in which Hoffman had a lead role. "This planet is no damned place to have a heart, and Phil had the biggest, brokenest heart of anyone I have ever met," Auslander said, accord- ing to The Wrap. "He was a beautiful person in a hideous world. Great actor, too." In "Happyish," Hoffman played Thom Payne, described by Showtime President David Nevins as "a successful but self-loathing creative director at a New York ad agency." The series co-stars Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans. Only the pilot has been shot, and Hoffman's death has left the future of the project unknown. David Schwimmer to star in ABC adaptation of Israeli comedy In his first big TV role since his days as Ross on "Friends," David Schwimmer will star in ABC's "Irreversible," ac- cording to The Hollywood Reporter. The show is based on "Bilti Hafich," the No. 1 original comedy on Israeli broadcast TV. Schwimmer, who is also producing the series, will play Andy, one half of an "ec- centric, self-absorbed couple" that is great at leaving a trail of hijinks in their wake. Here's the lowdown on Ross--sorry, Andy, from the Hollywood Reporter: He's "a writer with two books under his belt--one that did very well and one that was a com- plete failure. He now makes a living conducting writing workshops part-time at the university, and has had a hard time mustering up the energy/resources to write his next novel, especially since his baby girl was born. An@ is a pessimist and one prone to ex- tremes. He's a classic spoiled only child with a tendency to complicate things and get into trouble--but he will always avoid conflict. He masks his low self- esteem with sarcasm, which often leads to blowing up emotionally charged situ- ations." Segahl Avin, who created the Israeli original, will write, direct and executive produce "Irreversible." Bar Refaeli gets cozy with Kellan Lutz of 'Twilight' Today in Bar Refaeli news, Page Six reports the Israeli model was spotted with "Twilight" star Kellan Lutz at a Super Bowl party last Friday night. "They were cozying up in the VIP area at her table. He had his own table, but he sat with Bar. They looked pretty close," a witness said, in what sounds remarkably like every other anonymous account of a canoodling celeb couple ever published. Also familiar: Lutz's look, which is definitely in the Leonardo DiCaprio family. Guess Refaeli has a type. Oh, and it turns out she does like her men strong and famous. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill to voice 'Sau- sage Party' movie The Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg-scripted animated feature "Sausage Party" has been cast, and it's shaping up to look a lot like "This is The End" (minus the apocalypse, plus a bunch of cartoon food). According to The Wrap, Rogen, Michael Cera, James Franco, Jonah Hill and David Krumholtz are all reunit- ing for the raunchy come@ about a sausage, which after falling out of a shopping cart scrambles to make it back onto the shelves before a Fourth of July sale. Also lending their voices to the film are Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton and Nick Kroll. Let the frat party begin. For the latest Jewish celeb- rity news, visit JTA's 6Degrees (no Bacon) blog. Hundreds attend annual communitywide Shabbat More than 300 people filled the Temple Beth-E1 for the 31st annual communitywide Sabbath service. Most of the other synagogues were closed and the congregants all came together to pray as one. Gloria Max, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler counties, said be- ing able to mingle with other members is important due to the small size of the Jewish community. There was a proclamation read from Volusia County and Ormond Beach making Friday, Jan. 31 a special day. Dignitaries, clergy and people of all faiths were invited to observe this special service. Lynne Ritter, chairwoman of this service, did an excel- lent job of coordinating the program and the dessert reception. Other rabbis involved in the service included Rabbi Reuven Silverman of Temple Israel of Deland; Rabby Garry Perras of Temple Israel of Daytona Beach; Rabbi Steven David Shown here (l-r): Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom Winston Weilheimer, Rabbi of Temple Beth-E1 Barry Altman, Executive Director Gloria Max, Rabbi Zev Sonnenstein of Temple Beth Shalom, chairwoman of the communitywide Shabbat Lynne Ritter, and president of the Federation, Dr. Howard Pranikoff. Kane, of Congregation B'Nai Torah; and the presidents of all the temples. Rebecca Cook, cantor of Temple Israel, and Zev Son- nenstein chanted many of 'the songs that are sung on Friday night. Words of wel- come were given by Lynne Ritter; Trienah Gorman, president of Temple Beth-E1; Dr. Howard Pranikoff; and Gloria Max. Rabbi Barry Altman gave the sermon, in which he en- couraged everyone to stand behind Israel because "we are the canary in the coal mines." This was his last sermon be- cause he is retiring in June after 38 years of service.