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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 29, 2008 PAGE 3A Lisa Gershowitz Flynn is a the National Marrow Donor below. A simple cheek swab 41-year-old wife and mother Program registry in hope of is usually all it takes. of two young children who finding a match for Flynn. A On any given day, more lives in New York City. She Web site at www.giftforlisa, than 6,000 men, women was recently diagnosed with com has more information, and children are searching Acute Myelogenous Leuke- Currently, only 20 percent the National Marrow Donor mia (AML) and is urgently of patients seeking a donor Program registry for a life- seeking a donor match for match will find one: The saving donor. These patients a bone marrow or stem cell larger the donor pool, the have leukemia, lymphoma transplant, better. Donors of Ashkenazi and other life-threatening She is now going through Jewish descent would likely diseases that can be treated her third round of intensive be the closest matches for by a bone marrow or cord hospitalized chemotherapy, Flynn, but anyone up to age blood transplant. For many but the treatments have not 55 can be tested and join the ofthesepatients, atransplant put her into full remission, National Marrow Donor Pro- may be the best and only hope and atransplant is now criti- gram registry. Florida's Blood of a cure. cal. Friends in the Orlando Centers hold regular donor Forasuccessfultransplant, area are making an appeal drives in the Orlando area; the tissue type ofa bone mar- forallpotentialdonorstojoin upcoming drives are listed rowdonororacordbloodunit needs to match the patient's about becoming a donor, and Friday, April 18 from 2 - 6 as closely as possible. Special lists local donor drive events p.m and again on Saturday, testing determines whether for any ZIP code area. April 19 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m a patient and bone marrow Potential donors can also and on Sunday, April 20 from donor or cord blood unit are request free donation kits at 11a.m.-5p.m.attheHispanic a good match. The closer orBusiness Expo at the Orange the match, the better for the by calling 866-340-DKMS. County Convention Center, patient. Donor registry drives are 9400 Universal Blvd. Because tissue types are scheduled by Florida's Blood Tuesday, April 22 from 10 inherited, patients are more Centers for the following a.m.-lp.m.attheMacedonia likely to match someone from times and locations in Cen- Health Fair, 412 E. Kennedy their own race or ethnicity, tral Florida: Blvd Eatonville. Addingmoredonorsandcord Saturday, March 1, fromSaturday, April 26 from blood units from diverse ra- 10 a.m. - 5 p.m and again 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the CMIA cial and ethnic backgrounds on Sunday, March 2 from 12 08 Health Fair in McKin- to the NMDP Registry in- -3 p.m at Renning's, Twin ney Park, 801 Bloxam St creases the likelihood that all Market 20651, New Highway Clermont. patients will find the match 441, Mt. DOra. Potential donors are ad- they need: Saturday, March 15 fromvised to call Florida's Blood The National Marrow Do- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the City Centersat 1-888-9-DONATE nor Program's Web site is of Orlando's Dr. JR Smith to confirm the date and loca- located at Center, 1723 Birton Blvd tion. Donor drive plans may The site has information Orlando. change from those listed. Congregation Ohev Shalom is also the director of the has announced the fourth Jewish Virtual Library, the annualDr. EdwardAckerman world's most comprehensive Scholar in Residence Shabbat encyclopediaofJewishhistory to be held on March 7and 8. and culture. Dr. Shelley Fleet, wife of the For three years he was the late Dr. Ed Ackerman, estab- editoroftheNearEastReport, lished this" program to honor the American Israel Public her husband's memory and Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) love of learning, newsletter on U.S. Middle The entire community is East Policy. invitedtoattendandbegincel- Bard has appeared on the ebratingIsrael's60thanniver- BBC, Fox News, A1-Jazeerah, sary 0fstatehood. Dr. Mitchell MSNBC, NBC, CBS and other Bard has been selected as local, and national television this year's scholar. Services and radio outlets. Hisworkhas on Friday night begin at 7:30 been published in academic p.m and Bard's topic is "Will journals, magazinesandmajor Israel Survive?" His topic on newspapers. Heistheauthorof Saturday will be "What the 18 books, whose titles include Media Doesn't Tell you about Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Middle East." Time will the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1001 be set aside on Friday and Facts Everyone Should Know Saturday for a question and About Israel. The Complete answer dialog with Bard. and History of the Holocaust, The a celebratory Kiddush lunch Founding oflsrael, and most will follow Saturday morning recently, Will Israel Survive?. services. In October of 2007. The MitchellBardistheexecu- Jerusalem Post featured tive director of the nonprofit an in-depth interview with American-Israeli Cooperative Bard while he was in Israel Enterprise (AICE) and is one after the publication of his of the leading authorities on latest book. In that article U.S.-Middle East policy. The Bard shares, "When I was AICEwas established in 1993 in college (in the late 1970s as a nonprofit, nonpartisan -early'80s), I was the typical organization to strengthen (Jewish) student today, who the US-Israel relationship hears criticism of Israel and by emphasizing the funda- doesn't know how to respond mentals of the alliance the to it," he says. "Then one day values the nations share. He I received a copy of AIPAC's Myths and Facts, and it gave me the answers." Hungry to learn more, Bard -who several years later would become the editor of the AIPAC newsletter Near East Report - began to delve more deeply into the is- sues, which ultimately led to his doing a Ph.D. in political science. "If you had told me then that I would eventually be putting out my own editions of Myths andFacts, I would have thought it impossible." COS will be sending out nearly 100 copies of"MythsandFacts'as part of its College Outreach program to college students of the congregation. Copies of the book will also be avail- able for purchase in the COS gift shop. Mitchell Bard holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and a master's degree in public policy from Berkley. He re- ceived his B.A. in economics from the University of Cali- fornia at Santa Barbara. He and his wife are the parents of two children and live in Washington, D.C. The COS monthly "Shab- bat Shindig" family dinner will take place prior to the 7:30 p.m. services on Friday. Anyone wishing attend the dinner can make reservations by calling the synagogue of- rice at 407-298-4650. CongregationofReformJu- AbrahamKohnandhisfamilyspread across Europe in daism will be hosting Dr. Mi- by a fellow Jew, Abraham Ber 1848 Stanislawski tells his chael Stanislawski, professor Pilpel. in 1848, in the Ukrai- storywithasharpeyefordetail atColumbiaUniversity, aspart nian City of Lemberg (now and plot, with the historical of the synagogue's "Central Lviv).Stanislawski, professor context and analysis that Europe Series,"in its Scholar of JewishhistoryatColumbia. studentsofJewishhistorywill in Residence Program. This uncovers a forgotten story as appreciate.'" event is funded through the his fascinating book details AllanNadler.writifiginthe Sydney R. Geist. Jr. Scholar the events surrounding the Forward, said of the book, in Residence Memorial Fund murder of the reformist (but "'Stanislawski does a master- of CRJ. The synagogue is" not Reform)Rabbi Kohn and ful job of introducing the located at 928 Malone Drive his four-year-old daughter reader to the serpentine and in Orlando. (four other family members deeply conflicted Jewish reli, Stanislawski will be dis- survived) after Pilpel sneaked gious and political culture." cussing his new book. A into their kitchen and poured There presentation will be Murder in Lemberg: The arsenic in the family's soup. made on Saturday, March 8 Assassination of the Reform While the twists and turns of at 8 pm with a dessert recep- Rabbi Abraham Kohn. This the case make a compelling tion to follow. An additional is a true story about the narrative, Stanislawski has presentation will take place murder of a Reform Rabbi in a far more important story on Sunday, March 9 at 10 1848 Central Europe by an to tell. The assassination of a.m. with a light brunch to Orthodox Jew. Kohn was the result of roil- follow. 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