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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 28, 2003 PAGE 3 6 ) One side of the mantle which will cover the new torah. By Richard H. Gieickited on Sunday, Feb. 16. Following ritual, the torah, celebratel8yearsofser- made in Israel over a six- ty, Chabad month period, was lacking the er Orlando final few letters. Rabbi Moshe new Torah in cer- Klein, a scribe and personal solemn and spir- friendofRabbiSholom Dubov, spiritual leader of Congrega- tionAhavas Yisrael, came from Brooklyn, N.Y. for the cer- emony. Dubov explained that the only way a scribe can write a torah is from another torah, specifically a kosher-written one and the only way that torah can be written is from a ko- sher-written torah prior to that. And so, he said, the golden chain going all the way back to Moses has never been broken. Those who had helped spon- sor the new torah or who had made significant contributions to the community were asked by Dubov to assist Rabbi Klein in completing the 308,000 let- ters which comprise the torah, including his father, Rabbi Yehuda Dubov, and father-in- law, Rabbi Velvel Konikov. Following the final scribing, Rabbi Konikov read from the new torah. It was then covered with its new mantle, scraps of which were given to each of the attendees as a memento, and carried under the chuppah throughout the audience. PARK, FLA-Thir- 'ida non-prof- Jewish Family of Greater Orlando, Ig$2,228,114 and pledges from Phillips Founda- and Dr. Phillips, Inc. To phase of the aect program in and continue in elementary Jewish Family Ser- receive $23,000. is a non-see- supportive educational developed to of divorced par- grant will allow us our program, en- to reach even more executive director ' Services. "We associated Phillips Charities." gives ;7.5 million to Cen- BARRY KUDLOWITZ tral Florida non-profits annu- ally. Other grant/pledge benefi- ciaries include: Central Florida YMCA - As- sistance in funding the reno- vation and expansion of the Roper YMCA Family Center - formerly the West Orange YMCA Family Center. Orlando Science Center - To assist with funding the de- velopment of an Open Physics Lab that will provide a cen- tralized physical sciences labo- ratory resource for middle and high school students and teachers. 2-1-1 - To assist in funding start-up and first year operat- ing costs of the partnership between the Community Ser- vices Network and Heart of Florida United Way to estab- lish a telephone system for information about community services and non-emergencies. Central Florida YMCA - Funding for the OsceolaYMCA Family Center's irrigation sys- tem and lighting for their fields, plus parking lot and paving improvements. Florida Hospital Founda- tion - To assist in expanding the scope of the Child Life Pro- gram to reach children in the See "JFS" on page 15 JI F thousand of family with certificat YORK and ~w- Fund traveled to present Rona Wife of Columbia as- Ilan Ramon, with of tree certificates who had to help fulfill her thousands the delegation tha site where LeIsrael n, Yehiel Leket, ponse to uest from million They also gave her chil- a group of NASA as- planting trees last memory of the Co- was led by chief ex- r of JNF from Livingston, N.J. and included, JNF Executive Committee members W. James Schiller, JNF Israel Relations chairman from Baltimore, Md.; Robert B. Levine, JNF vice president of Campaign from Teaneck, N.J.; Leonard L. Kleinman, JNF first vice president from Tampa, Fla.; and Stephen Wolnek, JNF Community Re- lations chair from Hicksville, N.Y. According to Kleinman, "Mrs. Ramon was over- whelmed by the number of people who planted trees in Israel in memory of her hus- band and the Columbia team. She told us that she had emailed Iian about JNF's plant- ing the 13 trees while he was in space and that he had re- sponded with a message about how pleased he was that his request was immediately met with a serious initiative." Kleinman added that, "it was so meaningful for us to find out that Ilan knew and appreciated what we [JNF] did." In a televised conversa- tion from space during the Columbia mission, Ramon told Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon "I call upon ev- ely Jew in the world to plant a tree in the land of Israel dur- ing the coming year. I would like to see at least 13 or 14 million new trees planted in Israel exactly one year from now, on the anniversary of the launching." Jewish National Fund immediately responded by planting the first 13 trees on January 23, 2003 in Ameri- can Independence Park in honor of Iian Ramon and the Columbia team. In the days after the disaster, thousands of people flooded the JNF web site, www.jnf.org, and 800 number, 1-888-JNF-0099, with tree orders in honor of the fallen heroes. photos by Richard Gleick Rabbi Sholom Dubov, spiritual leader of Congregation Ahavas Yisrael, writes one of the final letters, guided by Rabbi Moshe Klein, a scribe from Brooklyn, N.Y. L^w OFFICE Of Ju .rmwy mJ lam twum k Ja 4dy Auto Accidents * Wrongful Death * Nursing Home Negligence * Defective Products Slip & Fall * Dental Malpractice Dog Bites Insurance Claims "Prepared to fight for you.r" FREE & CONFIDENTIAL INITIAL CONSULTATION Hoclda lkur Aamclatloa U.S, Di~ Court For t~ M;4dk Di~lrkl o,"FIorhla Omnlte C~nff ~ AJ,m iJt;~ * Am~ri ~ Bar ,~m(i~ioa * Aum:i~uion ofTl~,l Law)~.r~ Qt'AJ~ * !407) 568-3.800 192 N. Orange Ave Orlando Judaism to your interfaith grandchildren "What's a Hamantaschen ?" Some Grandmas, Grandpas and grandchildren know But do you? Grandma, Grandpa, please come with me to a Purim Party. We can wear costumes! Lots of crafts! Lots of singing! Lots of food! Lots of fun! And of course, graggers, hamantaschen and a "special" surprise! WHEN: Sunday, March 9, 2003 PLACE: The Crosby YMCA Wellness Center 2005 Mizeli Avenue, Winter Park TIME: 11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. COST: $ 5.00 per family RSVP: 407- 644-7593 Reservations are necessary GRANDPARENTS Connect is a joint project of Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando and is funded in part by The Jewish Connection Partnership and The Jewish Outreach Institute. t