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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 22,2008 and host Dr. Shar The Maimonid, Society of the Je eration of Greate had its first event at the home of U Jaffe-Harary an rary. More than clans came to h speaker Dr. Deb man, dean of the event Lee Harary (l) with guest m Jaffe-Harary. s Medical ~ish Fed- Orlando )fthe year r. Sharon Lee Ha- 60 physi- ear guest )rah Ger- College of Medicine at the ~Jni~ersity of Central Florida and a national figure i~a medical education, f German talked about the latest deve!dDments in the College of Medicine. At this time, she is assembling a team of educators while she works on developing the academic curriculum. During her presentation, she invited those in atten- dance to join the college as volunteer faculty. It is also her goal to start classes by the fall of 2009, contingent on the approval from the Liaison Committee on Medi- cal Education. She intends to have about 120 graduates every year. speaker Dr. Deborah German The Maimonides Medical Society is composed of a group of health care profes- sionals devoted to strength- ening the community by supporting the Federation's fundraising efforts. The Jewish Federation supports a wide variety of healthcare projects and services. Locally, it supports Jewish Family Services, which provides counseling to families and individuals experiencing difficult emo- tiofial times. Nina and Dr. Ron Oppenheim (1); Dr. Daniel Rothbaum; and Sara and Dr. Louis Stern. In Israel. Federation dol- lars provide therapy and emergency services to vic- tims of terrorism. Overseas it also supports programs such as Baby Help, which provides pregnant women and infants with food, medication and vaccinations. It also sup- ports the Women's Health Empowerment Program in regions that have expe- rienced severe dislocation due to extreme poverty, war, natural disaster and political instability. This program in particular supports initia- tives for early detection of cancer and offers social support services for women with breast cancer and their families. These are just a few of the array of services funded by the Federation system. For additional informa- tion or to get involved with the Maimonides Medical Society, call the Federation office at 407-645-5933 or visit www.OrlandoJewish- Check MailCompose SearchMail: At 12 p.m. on l~riday, Feb. 29, the perforrfiance art piece "Leap Yea~ Day" will commence directly in front of Orlando City I~[all at City Commons Plaza.I For 24 consecu every 3 minut~ seconds, and a tq times, perform~ Brian Feidmanw a 12-foot-high sl The scenic al design of Curtiss ell and sound desi Kupfer will be cot Feldman's impr to create a dreal for spectators, v vited to experien~ this endurance sr continuous peril "Leap Year signed to eradi man's occasior heights and. th etition, take thi ridiculous acti~ anxiety and tt something rot piece is partial by Roy Shifrin' "The Leaper," the entrance to County Admi Center. "On p Feldman, "'Leal may be seen as usual; for that: will be somethin who witness wil for years to cotr needs more pub "The fact thal really anythinl Year Day, ever alsoan intriguin for me as an arti rive hours. s and 56 Ital of 366 nce artist tl leap offof remit. lighting Lee Mitch- gn by Jason lbinedwith vised leaps alike effect ,ho are in- :e firsthand ectacle in a ,rmance. ay" is de- cate Feid- al fear of ough rep- seemingly ty of high rn it into tine. This y inspired sculpture ituated at the Orange listration lper," says Year Day'" odd or un- eason it that those remember e--Orlando lic art." there isn't 'for' Leap :-wise, was blankslate , although this isn't about me, per se. but rather all those who witness in person, hear or read about iL" says Feldman. "I hope people will consider time. how they spend it, how they spend a day, specifically this extra day, this extra op- portunity to make a change in their lives thanks to a quirk of the Gregorian calen- dar all of us seem to have to follow--although the inher- ent rules of Leap Years are, in part. responsible for the structure of the piece. Will they take a risk and perhaps do something they've never done or dreamt of before. something they thought not possible? My sincere hope is. 'Yes!' There is no admission fee, and complimentary "Leap Year Day" programs and buttons will be handed out. Parking is available at City Commons parking garage on the corner of South and Boone Streets, and the City Hall surface lot on the southeast corner of South Street and Orange Avenue (free parking, up to two hours only). Brian Feldman is pri- marily a filmmaker and performance artist who lives in Orlando. Probably best known for the real- ity theater event starring his actual family, "The Feldman Dynamic," which premiered at the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival, played the 2004 Orlando Fringe and special Chanukah shows for eight 9 consecutive nights of the holiday four years in a row. As an actor, he has Worked with Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Theatre Downtown, Center Players, Lake Howell Theater Company, Orlando Theatre Project, SCC Fine Arts Theatre and Orlando Puppet Festival. Recently, he's become more involved in visual art, showing as part of Orlando Museum of Art First Thursdays and any time there's a camera phone, photobooth or other marginalized photography show. He~s served as producer and host for such local film events as Group 101 Films Orlando at the former Down- town Media Arts Center, Flicks on Fairbanks atAustin Coffee and Film in Winter Park and Maitland's Enzian Theater FilmSlam. Addition- ally, he has produced two short 16 mm films, "The Golden Mallard" (directed by Jon Jones) and "Los Dos Piratas" (directed by Joseph Mauceri) and shot "Mark Baratelli's Improv Cabaret: The Documentary" (work- ing title). Upcoming projects include "GRO: Green 'R' OurLando" (during Earth Day Week at Dandelion Communitea Cafe) and the United Arts of Central Florida Profes- sional Development Grant supported "Brian Feldman's Photobooth Marathon" (May 2008). Redesign his Web Site at, if you'd like. Under the guidance of former Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando president Neal Crasnow, the Men's Cabinet is composed of a group of dynamic leaders seeking innovative solu- tions to help ensure the continuous strength of the Greater Orlando Jewish com- munity. At this time, the Men's Cabinet meets once a month to discuss initiatives to fortify the Annual Com- munity Campaign, identify new leadership and create outreach opportunities to grow the donor base. "Many people have seen what great success the Women's Division has had in our community, so a group of inspired men decided to get together to help build the men's side of the annual campaign" said Crasnow. He added, "My experience Are you ready to see some spectacular sports enter- tainment? Wrestling, that is. The Jewish Community Center. in cooperation with Maximum World Wide Wres- tling, Inc is putting on a professional wrestling show Sunday, April 6. from 4 - 6 p.m. The program is open to the general community and will be held at the JCC Gins- burg Family Gymnasium. Maximum World Wide Wrestling, Inc. has spe- cifically designed a G-rated show that will be of inter- est to family audiences. Seven matches are sched- uled with former WWE star Neal Crasnow with this group of gentleman has been inspiring. We have all worked towards a com- mon goal of building our base of support. All of the people I have worked with have been committed, insightful and hard-working towards Billy Gunn headlining the show. Billy Gunn won the WWE Tag Team title ten times and also carved out a single career, winning the International and Hard Core Championships. Oth- er prominent wrestlers to appear include Chasyn Rance. Brian Davison, chairper- son of this event, has been working to insure that every- one has a fun time. "The 'J' is thrilled to bring an exciting new family-friendly event to our members and the entire community is welcome to experience a professional wrestliflg extravaganza. our goal. The first program, which will be held in the late Spring, will be open to anyone in the community regardless of their gift. It should be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to build our team." The Federation commu- nity has time and again shown how Jews as a peo- ple rise to help on many occasions. The Federa- tion strives to groom future leaders, invest in children, demand justice for people who cannot advocate for themselves; fund programs and services and emergency responses. By the example of its leadership, volunteers and donors, it creates a spirit of giving and hope for other communities. For more in- formation, or to get involved, call the Federation office at 407-645-5933, ext. 239 orvisit All proceeds will benefit the JCC Children's Scholarship Fund. which provides finan- cial assistance to families in need," said Davison. Food will be available for purchase at the event. including hot dogs, pop- corn, chips, and soda. The following seat packages are available: ring-side seats. premier seats, and general admission. For information on how to sign up for the wrestling show, call the JCC Sports Desk at 407-645-5933. ext. 255 or visit the JCC Web site at http://www.orlando-