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28, 2003 26 Adar 1 5763 S , 36 Pages Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 17 Orlando, Florida Single Copy 75 ,9 photo by Kim Langweiler Fischer are now situated above the entrance to the Social Hall at Congregation Ohev S wlnq Roberts the enterprise and gen- of Congregation ago- have been salvaged and rl for the Jewish community. whose grandparents Shalom's for- whose fam- the congregation 50 years purchase of about !the synagogue's original windows, intact and sealed with zinc - a few lg balls razed the s to Ohev Shalom from the Lhe structure; one the temple was 6- engraved on it; one has a Star of David. one window to the Orange Society and an- the Jewish Museum of Beach, which col- ]ects, preserves and displays the Jew- ment, and we thought it was impor- ish experience in Florida since 1763; tant to retain something tangible the executive director is Marcia from it," said Shader. Zerivitz, a former Orlandoan. Late last year a co ngregant who Julian Meitin arranged for Temple works for the City of Orlando advised Israel's purchase of six half-arc win- the temple that a developer planned dows from Ohev Shalom's sanetu- to raze the structure to make way for ary, for display in a new synagogue high rise apartments. Shader and under development. Many Gamson quickly approached the congregants' names were embossed church's pastor about buying arti- on these windows, but through the facts.' /ethoughtaboutbuyingpews years had been removed, but didn't know where we could put Temple Israel and the Congrega- them," recalled Gamson. "Then we tion of Liberal Judaism were spin- saw the stained windows and real- offs from Ohev Shalom, pointed out ized they were ideal artifacts." Gamson. "So much of our present Gamson and Shader made a deal Jewish community has ties to Ohev to buy the windows a few days before Shalom," he said. wrecking crews arrived. The devel- In 1973, Ohev Shalom moved to oper, Steve Codzi, from Chicago, ar- its present site at 5015 GoddardAve ranged for the windows to be re- selling the synagogue, at the corner moved before the buildingwas razed. of East Church Street and Eola Drive "Codzi decided to keep the rest of in downtown Orlando, to a church the stained glass windows and install group. The building has resold sev- them in a restaurant on the ground eral times through the years, floor of the high-rise which will be "Bob and I had kept our eyes on named 'The Sanctuary'," said Shader. the building knowing someday it would come down for new develop- See "Windows" on page 14 ,4 Bonds ISeiznick on Sunday, April a.m. at the Downtown 400 West Livingston St in Israel Bonds means democracy, protecting future of the Jewish 'Xpress Laura and Mark ', Whose names are recog- nearly all Orlando Jewish 14 years and purchasing r nine of them, the Place Israel as one of their MARK and LAURA ABRAMSON STEVEN and KAREN SELZNICK "Some of the bonds are for our kids. We be- As a financial advisor, Mark real- FederationofGreaterOrlandowhere of giving them a piece izes the potential of the Jewish na- he was instrumental in initiating the Abramson children tionandhashelpedenrichtheJudaic current Capital Campaign. In addi- ebrew Day School, Judy, future of his Orlando community, tion, heis former president and reli- grader at the Selznick He is past president and treasurer of gious school chair of the Congrega- Eddie, 10, is in the the Hebrew Day School and former tionofLiberaIJudaismandfounding ,7, is in the first vice president and Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign chair of the Jewish See "Israel Bonds" on page 14 Okay, admit it, everyone hates telemarketers. Who doesn't despise getting calls from bothersome strang- ers? They are always trying to sell new credit cards, long distance phone service, or insurance policies. But this weekend quell your reflex to quickly hang up the phone or to let the answering machine screen your calls. They won't be "unknown" or "unavailable" on your Caller ID. Sunday, March 2, more than 200 volunteers for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will be on the phone. These Super Sunday volun- teers will be calling 8000 Central Florida homes who have not yet made a gift to the Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign. Of course, there are always ex- cuses for not giving. But acts of ter- rorism here in the U.S. and in Israel have resulted in increased needs. People have lost their jobs in Or- lando, and middle class families now find themselves living in poverty. The Federation promotes toler- ance projects between Jews and Ar- abs both in Israel and locally through its Community Relations Commit- tee. It also helps feed resettle immi- "moke ~e connecflon'iAl~H 2 grants in Israel and also helps feed senior citizens in the former Soviet Union. And the Federation is the umbrella organization that helps support Jew- ish agencies and programs in Cen- tral Florida. The future of millions of Jews will be on the line, the phone line that is. Don't miss the opportunity to help your fellow Jews in this community, in Israel and worldwide. Please an- swer the call. For more information or to sign up to be a Super Sunday Volunteer, call the Federation office at 407-645- 5933, ext. 225, or email sindia@ 9 Rabbi Aryeh Pamensky wants to stop all of the bickering. He wants to put an end to divorce. He wants dat- ing to be less of an ordeal. He wants men and women to just get along. And as an Orthodox rabbi ordained in Israel, he says he knows how that can happen. "People believe that if men acted more like women, and if women acted more like men, everyone would be happy. But what makes a woman tick and what makes a man tick are two different things," he said. "I have taken a 3,500-year-old model of rela- tionships and put it into modern language to give people a really user- friendly road map to relationships." Pamensky will perform his one- man interactive show, "Pamensky Live," in a free performance for JCC members, ($10 nonmembers), Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center Audi- torium. The performance of "Pamensky Live" is being sponsored by Discov- ery Production, a New York-based non-profit Jewish outreach organi- zation that produces some 300 edu- cational and entertainment programs annually nationwide and the JCC of Greater Orlando. Ordained in 1992, Pamensky re- sides in Toronto. He has been teach- Rabbi ARYEH PAMENSKY ing personal development seminars and doing marriage counseling for almost a decade. He created "Vision Quest," a workbook designed to help people discover their purpose in life, and also designed a popular seminar, "Amazing Marriage." Raised in Toronto and Israel, the 38-year-old Pamensky has won na- tional attention for his ability to cut See "Pamensky" on page 13