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Participants at last year's Shabbat 1000. Hundreds of Orlando college students, faculty, staff and community members will gather together for a celebration of Jewish unity at the fifth annual Mega Shabbat on UCF's campus. The traditional Shabbat Dinner will be held in Pegasus Ballroom in the Student Union on the UCF campus on March 3, 5:30 p.m. appetizers; 6:15 Women Light Shabbat Candles; 6:30 p.m. Shabbat Dinner. Shabbat 1000 is a project developed by the Chabad on Campus International Foundation. Leaders of Chabad on Campus observed that, while many U.S. campuses have active Jewish student organizations, the majority of Jewish college students do not participate in Jewish life on their respective campuses. The goal of the Shabbat 1000 program is to create an annual event, which is able to attract the interest of the entire Jewish student body. The program was first held at SUNY Binghamton, and has since been held at Harvard, UF, UGA, USC, Tulane and many other universities. "The event has really caught the imagination of the student population here in Orlando," said Rabbi Chaim Lipskier, director of Chabad at UCF, "we have over 50 students working on making Chabad on page 14A By Christine DeSouza Dr. Les Kramer of Long- wood was a man "behind" his times--that is to say he is a man who finds technical solu- tions to meet national needs during changing times. He was a flexible person, and adjusted his career goals during his 46-year science and engineering career. This flexibility eventually led him n:l" "-- eq -- z- O C4 ~.. t') -" O --" O -":" C3 "- ILl ~ to become the vice president of engineering at Tailor Made Prosthetics, where he is a designer and developer of a prosthetic foot more flexible than any other prosthetic on the market. Kramer grew up on the south side of Chicago in South Shore, a predomi- nantly Jewish community. Graduates from his high school included Nobel prize winner James Watson, one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA; Larry EI- lison, co-founder of Oracle, a leading software corpora- tion; and the actor Mandy Patinkin. Just watch, soon Kramer will join this list of famous people. As a child, Kramer's father taught him how to use tools and build things, and as a result, Kramer was always entering science fairs. At the start of World War II, his father was ranked 4F, so the military put his dad into engineering school to help the war effort. When the war ended, so did his schooling, and the old college textbooks were put on the shelf until Kramer found them. So be- gan his interest in metallurgy at age 11. When he began college at the University of Illinois, Dr. Les Kramer with his tailor made prosthetic foot. he wanted to be a steel-mill metallurgist. By the time he finished his bachelor's, steel mill industry was dying. During a summer internship in Pennsylvania, he met a professor from the material science department at Penn State who advised him to transition from metallurgi- cal engineering to material science. Kramer decided to go to Penn State for graduate work and to "be warmer." Seems the cold winds of Chicago were encouragement enough for Kramer to move over Kramer on page 15A Last September, HaZamir Orlando, the international Jewish High School choir, launched its inaugural season with auditions for teens from all over the Orlando area. Congregation of Reform Judaism Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer, director of HaZamir Orlando, made her selections. The chosen singers rehearsed weekly at The Roth Family JCC, learning the same Jewish choral repertoire as 35 other HaZamir chapters across the United States and Israel. And now, the seasonwill culminate with the teens joining as one choir at a weekend festival in New York and impressive concert in David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City on March 26. The Central Florida teens who made the cut for the Orlando chapter of HaZamir are Harrison Burke, 14, a freshmen at Trinity Preparatory School; Hannah Schenkel, 16, of Edgewater High School, and Congregation Ohev Shalom; Maya Milsom, 17, a senior at Lyman High School, and attends Congregation of Reform Judaism; Alexa Schein, 16, a junior at Winter On Thursday, April 20, the Jewish Pavilion will host its annual fashion show, where giving back to the senior community is always in style, honoring Friends Board secretary and resident "Funny Woman," Marlene Adler, at Bloomingdale's in Orlando. The longtime Hadassah Board member has been an active Friends Board member for the past five years. Adler shares that she is thrilled to be honored at the Pavilion's "Spring into Fashion Show," and has her eye on spring denim, which she calls her "go-to" style. "Withajean-filled closet and even denim on the couches, if you come to my house, it's been said that you leave covered in denim," she quipped. Nancy Ludin, Jewish Pavilion executive director commented, "Marlene has been making us laugh and brightening our days at The Jewish Pavilion for the past several years. Her quip-filled note-taking as Friends Board secretary, helps us appreciate the lighter side of giving." The entire community is invited to "Spring into Fashion"and enj oy a morning of friendship, finger foods, and of course, fun, while helping raise funds for seniors in long- term care in more than 70 facilities throughout Greater Orlando. The Jewish Pavilion's Spring into Fashion Show Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer Park High School, and attends Ohev Shalom; and Vicki Geismer, 16, a junior, homeschooled, attending Temple Shir Shalom. "As a Jewish community, we cannot underestimate the significance and impact of the HaZamir experience for our teens--locally, nationally and internationally--through its deep connection to Israel. The opportunity to sing glorious music at Lincoln Center is remarkable in itself. But to Teens on page 14A Marlene Adler on Thursday, April 20, will begin at 10:45 a.m. at Bloomingdale's Orlando, Sutton Level 2. General admission/couver t is $25; $50 Fashionista (enjoy front-row seating); $100 Couture Patron (enjoy front-row seating, and be entered in a drawing to win gifts from Bloomingdale's); $500 Benefactor (enjoy front- row seating, be entered in a drawing to win gifts from Bloomingdale's, have your name listed in an ad honoring Marlene Adler). Please RSVP at www. jewishpavilion.org or call 407-678-9363. D-