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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 gala spea Jewish National Fund (JNF- USA) will host the annual Tree of LifeTM Award Gala at Con- gregation Ohev Shalom on Tuesday, March 20, to honor Deborah Dorsky Meitin, Marc Reicher, James Riola, and Rabbi Aaron Rubinger with Tree of LifeTM awards for their dedication to the Orlando community, JNF, and Israel. Guests will hear from Rabbi Why is this issues? It's Big It's Colorful It's The 9 Advertising Deadline: March 14, 2018 For Further Information Call 407-834-8787 Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel F'roucU . rvin Our C mmuni l ! Leor Sinai, co-CEO of Alex- ander Muss High School in Israel, and Ariel Kotler, JNF's Israel operations development officer, who will speak about "Israel and the next genera- tion," focusing on engaging youth and young adults in the U.S. and in Israel. The Tree of LifeTM award is a humanitarian award given in recognition of outstand- ing community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to the peace and security of human life. The Alexander Muss High School in Israel-JNF's mis- sion is to promote, build, and strengthen life-long bonds between youth and Israel through the study of the history and culture of Israel. Students are inspired to live outside their books, encounter new ideas and challenge themselves to find their own link within the chain of Jewish continuity. AMHSI-JNF is an important contributor to the leadership and educational fabric of the North American Jewish com- munity and boasts more than 22,000 alumni. As Israel operations devel- opment officer, Kotler travels This small congregation located in Minneola, Fla has been serving the Jewish community of Central Florida since 2003. After providing successful community service for the past 15 years, they have just received an unexpected lease non-renewal notice, with no reason given, from Cactus Management. Under the spiritual leader- ship of Joe and Lynn Goldo- vitz, the congregation pro- vides a spiritual environment for observance of Jewish traditions and celebration of member's lifecycle events. Congregation Sinai's mem- bership ranges from age 6 to 96, and the average member is retired. They regularly supply donations of food and supplies Ariel Kotler around the world educating communities about JNF's mission and its transforma- tive projects throughout the land of Israel. Kotler has provided critical leadership for JNF's campaigns to build communities in the Negev and modernize Israel's fire and rescue infrastructure. Prior to joining JNF, he served two tours of duty in Lebanon, rising to the rank of lieuten- ant commander in the Intel- ligence Infantry of the IDF. The Orlando Tree of LifeTM award gala will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 for the local schools as well as food and clothing for Puerto Rican and US Virgin Islands relief. They also hold ongoing food drives for the needy and interfaith activities to pro- mote understanding among different cultures. Congregaton Sinai has an active Sisterhoodwith special events and an annual fashion show for women across the community. They also host various women's outreach programs. The Men's Club holds monthly movies, fun- draising events, charitable programs and an annual golf tournament. Congregation Sinai serves as a house of prayer, assembly and study in which the spec- trum of Jewish expression Leor Sinai at 6 p.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom, located at 613 Concourse Parkway South in Maitland. There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, an open bar and dessert served. Dietary laws observed. RSVP by March 6 orlandotol Sponsorship information and tickets also are available online at For more information on this event or ways to get involved with JNF in Orlando, please contact Laura Abramson at or 407.804.5568. is cultivated, protected and nurtured. They hold Shabbat services every Friday night with Torah readings, Bible and Bagel study workshops, healing services, as well as special services for every major Jewish holiday. Congregation Sinai is in need of funds, land, and/ or a building to lease of ap- proximately 3,000 sq. ft. (with adequate parking). They need to be reasonably close to Min- neola as most of the member- ship can't drive any distance at night. For those who would like to assist, please contact the synagogue president, Pe- ter Sobel at petesobe@gmail. com. Congregaton Sinai is a 501 3 institution, so dona- tions are tax deductible. Celebrate Passover with Congregation Beth Sholorn Congregation Beth Sho- lom, "The Synagogue that Feels Like Family," invites the community to attend a second night Passover Seder with Rabbi Karen Allen at Pen- nbrooke Fairways, 501 State Road 44, in Leesburg, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. A traditional Kosher Seder dinner will be catered by Deanna's Catering, LLC. The meal will include gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, carrot tzimmes, grilled vegetables, oven roasted potatoes, and a choice of four entrees: beef brisket, chicken, salmon, or Vegan. Dessert, coffee, hot tea, and iced tea are also included. A roasted chicken fingers meal is available for children. Reservations must be made in advance--no later than March 20. For more information or to make your reservations contact Burt Kraft at 352-513- 3517. Information and a reservation form can be found on the synagogue website: www.bethsholom- Men's Night Out It's a time for the men to get togetherandwatchthe opening gamesoftheNCAAtournament or play poker and blackjack at the Rosen JCC's Men's Night Out, March 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be lots of food, fun and friendship. The event, held at Audi South Orlando, located at 4725 Vineland Rd Orlando, is free for JCC members. However, RSVP's are a must. Email by March 12 and you are in. JFS Orlando Restock Challenge is on! From March 1 until April 15 JFS Orlando will be col- lecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to restock their pantry shelves. This year the Weiner family and the Winter Park Wealth Group will match 50 cents for every dollar and one pound of food donated, up to $10,000. For more information or to register as a Restock Chal- lenge Food Drive partner, email heather.betts@jfsor-