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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 10, 2017 PAGE 3A Sc ,9 Rena Ferber and Mark Finder on their wedding day. Rena Ferber Finder was born in Krakow, Poland in 1979. She was the youngest of Schindler's List survivors. She is committed to sharing her story in the hope of keeping the lessons of the Holocaust alive. "In this World of bullying and hate crimes, it's impor- tant to teach children not to stand by--you have to go and get help. Don't stand by and do nothing," she said. Finder will be here at Chabad of North Orlando on Sunday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. to share her story and give encouragement to everyone. "You can do so much with what you've got. You've got an education, a brain, and your heart. You have the power to make changes." Finder grew up in a nice middle class neighborhood. When the Germans invaded Poland in September 1939, life as Finder knew it was up- ended. Nazi troops forced Jews like Finder and her family to move into the ghetto, isolated from the rest of the city. As prejudice, fear, and intoler- ance began to seep into daily life, it was not uncommon for Moses Ferber (r) and business partner. Finder saw simi- larities between her father and Oskar Schindler. former neighbors to turn a blind eye towhatwas happen- ing to their Jewish community members and friends. After Finder's family relocated, the Gestapo came for her father, taking him away--he never returned. Eventually, the SS evacuated the ghetto, order- ing all of its residents to move up the hill to the Plaszow work camp. Finder was a fortunate one. For six months, she and her mother were Schindler- frauen--women who worked at Emalia, an enamel kitch- enware and ammunition factory owned by the German industrialist Oskar Schindler. Unlike other businessmen, Schindler did not take ad- vantage of slave labor in the SS camps or mistreat his workers. Instead Schindler, a non-Jew, did everything in his power to provide the Jews that labored in his fac- tory with sufficient food and accommodations. In 1944, when Finder was 13, the SS ordered Schindler to shut down Emalia and ordered the women work- ing there to be sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concen- tration camp. Aware of what would hap- pen if his laborers moved to Auschwitz, Schindler nego- tiated with the SS and was able to relocate his factory to Brunnlitz, Czechoslovakia. He wrote out a list, which became known as Schindler's List, with the names of for- mer workers who should be kept off the trains headed to Auschwitz. Finder's name was on the list and, along with her mother and thousands of other Jews, she traveled to Brunnlitz to work at Schindler's new plant. After the Russians liberated Brunnlitz inMay 1945, Finder and her mother went to live in the Bindermichal Displaced Persons camp. This is where she met Mark Finder, her future husband. Mark Finder was being paid in the form of food rations by the American military to translate Ger- man to English. Early on at the camp, three beautiful teenage girls came to see the cans of fruit, ham and eggs that Mark had received as payment. One of them was 16-year-old Rena Ferber. They fell in love and married a year later. Rena Ferber Finder as a young girl. In 1948 she and Mark received visas to move to the United States. Today Rena lives in Fram- ingham, Massachusetts, with Mark. She has three daugh- ters: Marilyn, Debbie and Anita. Anita passed away in 1990. Rena is also the proud grandmother of six. For more information about the event with Rena Finder at Chabad, and to reserve seats, visit www. JewishNorthOrlando.com or call 407-636-5994. It will be a 'shabbang' of a Shabbat! Shown at last year's Chai Tea event Bunny Feldman (1) and Geanne Share at last year's Chai Tea. Sisterhood of Temple Israel event at Oakmonte Village will hold its annual Chai Tea Lake Mary on Sunday, March The Tampa Orlando Pinel- las Jewish Foundation will hold a training session on gaining expertise and embrac- ing legacy giving within the culture of your organization and the community as a whole. The session is open to all Jewish organizations in the Orlando area, and will be held on Thursday morning, March 23, at The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando, 851 North Maitland Avenue, Maitland. This training is part of the curriculum of the "Life & Legacy" program, a program that represents a shared com- mitment by area agencies, synagogues, and day schools to work together to secure endowment gifts. TOP is facilitating the Life & Legacy program under the guidance of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Together with partners in Tampa and Pinel- las, four Orlando agencies are participating in Life & Legacy: Congregation Ohev Shalom, the Jewish Academy of Orlando, the Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando, and Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando. Registration for this ses- 19, at 3 p.m. The community is invited to join Sisterhood members and residents of Oakmonte Village for a de- lightful tea and interesting conversation. This year's discussion will be led by Rabbi Joshua Neely who will talk about "Prophet and Housewife--Deborah and Yael, Warrior Women in a Man's World." The theme will focus on soft and high power, the expected role of women in societies and the relationship between men and women especially when there is a breaking of expectations. RSVP is required. Please call the TI office at 407-647- 3055. sion, focusing on best prac- tices for marketing and stew- ardship of legacy gifts, on Thursday morning, March 23, will begin at 8, following by training from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be served. TOP is pleased to under- write the cost of this training session for representatives of any organization who want to attend. RSVP to Susan Goldstein, TOP Life & Legacy program director, at susan@ topjewishfoundation.org or 813-769-4769 by Wednesday, March 15. The Roth Family JCC's popular shabbat-dinner- and-a-show program, Shab- bat Shabbang Junior, re- turns on Friday, March 31, with repeat performer, Jester Jim. The evening, which runs from 6-8 p.m. at the JCC's Maitland location, features a catered Shabbat dinner by Arthur's, followed by the hilarious antics of the juggling Jester Jim. The photo above features Jester Jim juggling on- stage with Ben Grodin, as Grodin's children and parents looked on. 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