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PAGE IOA HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1, 2013 JNF's Orlando donors meet modern-day Israeli pioneer Bruce Gould, JNF National Vice President, Regions; Glen Schwartz, Executive Director, JNF Florida; Yedidya Harush; Jim Riola, JNF Board President, Orlando during a luncheon hosted by Jim Riola at Carlton Fields in Orlando. Jim Shapiro, Valerie Shapiro and Yedidya Harush at a parlor meeting in Orlando. From left: front rowmJNFuture members, Sam Kauff- man, Hailey Forrest and Sabrina Kalish; back row: Justin Presser, Lee Ossin, Yedidya Harush, Moshe Benzaquen and Noah Miller at a recent parlor meeting in Orlando. More than 40 Jewish National Fund supporters recently gathered at a des- sert reception in Orlando to meet Yedidya Harush, JNF Halutza-Bnei Netzarim Li- aison for Negev Community Development, whose fam- ily relocated from the Gaza Strip to the JNF-supported community of Halutza in the Negev Desert. Deborah Meitin, JNF Women for Israel Regional Chair, presented Debra Israel and event chair Valerie Shapiro with exclu- sive JNF Sapphire Society pins and welcomed Noreen Levitt as Orlando's first member of JNF Women for Israel's new Chai Society. "It was an honor to receive the Sapphire pin and to be welcomed into their exclusive society," said Shapiro. "As a past president of JNF in Orlando and a current board member, I am very dedicated to JNF and their work in Israel. Yedidya's story was so uplifting and encouraging. Israel may face obstacles and an often precarious situation, but here is this young man al- ways working towards change and improving the quality of life of the people of Israel." Since 2005, Yedidya and his family, along with the small community of up- rooted families and the help of JNF, have worked to transform Halutza, a barren piece of land at the corner of Israel, Gaza and Egypt, into a modern and vibrant farming and agricultural commu- nity, making Yedidya a true modern-day pioneer. Harush addressed JNF supporters at several events in Orlando, including a lunch meeting hosted by Jim Riola, JNF Board president, Orlando at Carlton Fields. Contributions from the event benefit JNF's work in Halutza, including assist- ing residents to re-establish their social and educational institutions, constructing public buildings, and creating beautiful green spaces. JNF, through its many partner- ships with organizations in Is- rael, has supported Halutza's growth from the beginning by clearing land for housing and farming, purchasing tem- porary prefabricated homes, laying basic infrastructure and paving roads in efforts to grow the Negev. JNF's Women for Israel campaign is a dynamic group of female philanthropistswho have a shared desire to build a prosperous future for the land and people of Israel. The Women for Israel campaign is the umbrella for JNF's four women's giving societies: the Sapphire Society, JNF's women's major gift's division, the Women's Alliance, and the new Chai Society For more information, contact Lois Tannenbaum at 800-211-1502 or ltannen- The JCC Moved It Mon,lay Coby Bitman leads the pack in one of the kid fitness classes. Seniors get fit in the SilverSneakers class. JCC instructor Lisa Goldberg leads the yoga class. On Feb. 18, the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando held its first Move It Monday--a day of health and fitness marking Presidents' Day. The day featured a slate of group exercise classes, all of which were free and open to the community. Classes included JCC favorites, like Zumba, Boot Camp, Cardio Cycling, Family Fitness, Yoga, and SilverSneakers. Classes for kids were held all morning as well, including one Presi- dential Fitness class presented by the Jewish Academy of Orlando. The featured class was Les Mills BODYPUMP, a nationally popular class which sculpts, tones, and strengthens the entire body with cutting-edge choreography and chart-top- ping music, which is changed every three months. The intro- duction of the BODYPUMP TM program was made popular through the generosity of Rich and Robin Lerner, and through the guidance support of the JCC's sports and wellness vice president, Dr. Andrew Kleiman. The morning also featured a showcase of health and well- ness businesses and providers. For more information on the JCC's fitness programs, visit or call 407-645-5933. Rachel Scheinberg, Taylor Harris, and Emily Newman pump it up in the Les Mills BODYPUMP class. Debbie House leads an activity in a kid fitness class. Pavilion shares Shabbat Shabbat is celebrated in 50 senior living communi- ties in greater Orlando, thanks to the Jewish Pa- vilion. "We are very proud that we can say that Orlando has not forgotten our frail and infirmed," says Nancy Ludin, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion. "The Jewish Pavilion brings joy and tradition to residents in long-term care." Debbie Meitin is being honored at the Jewish Pa- vilion Gala in May along with Cathy Swerdlow. Both women have brought Shab- bat to hundreds of older adults who would not be able to celebrate the Sabbath outside of their residences. Sam Crasnow, Debbie Meitin and llene Yursi at Horizon Bay.