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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 13, 2009 PAGE 3A Miami museum honors Orlandoan for Women's History Month MIAMI BEACH--The Jew- ish Museum of Florida, in tribute to Women's History Month, will present an exhibit depicting how eight Florida pioneer women from diverse • ethnic backgrounds each made an impact on their own community. Among the women is Pauline Berman of Orlando. The museumwas invited by Commissioner Sally Heyman to mountan exhibit in the lobby of Miami-Dade County Government Center. 111 N.W. First St.. Miami. in honor of Women's History Month. The exhibit will be on view for the month of March. The women are: Pauline Berman, Orlando By the middle of the 20th century, Pauline Berman had bdcome asuccessful business- woman, community leader and civic activist. Berman's family moved to Jackson- ville in 1899 when she was 10 years old. She and her five Jewish families living in Orlando before 1910. She was an outspoken member of the Orlando community for more than 55 years. In 1918. she helped found Congregation Ohev Sha- lom, Orlando's first Jewish congregation. Berman also organized the Orlando chap- ter of Women's B'nai B'rith. and later served as chairman of the Orlando area Anti- Defamation League (ADL). Berman was instrumental in the founding of the first women's group in Orlando. the Orlando Civic League, in 1913. Gov. David Sholtz appointed her to the Florida StateWelfare Board, aposition she held for 12 years. During World War II, she worked for the American Red Cross relaying emergency messages from family mem- bers to their sons. husbands and brothers fighting over- seas. According to the Orlando Sentinel. Bermanwas the first husband, Nat, were one of woman to.become a radio commentator. Her news show aired every Tuesday night on Orlando's WDBO from 1930 to 1933. She traveled to Europe in 1955 to report on the status of women in other countries. Mary McLeod Bethune, DaytOna Beach Mary McLeod Bethune spent her life working to pro- vide equal education, health care. and political representa- tion for the African-American community. Over the course of her long life. she fulfilled her dream of establishing and running a school for African- American children, served as a policy advisor for three U.S. presidents, and served as a prominent leader both locally and nationally. May Mann Jennings, Jack- sonville May Mann Jennings was one of the most prominent and powerful feminist activists from the state of Florida. Jen- nings used her privileged posi- tiori in the community--first as the daughter of a successful Beth Am,s Sunday Connection returns Sunday Connection re- turns March 22 to Congrega- tion Beth Am in Longwood. This communitywide lecture series was a popular and informative part of the adult education programming at Beth Am for many years. Its revival was at the urging of Cathie Alman. the program- ming coordinator at Beth Am. Alman says she feels the "needs of our Jewish community are many; and the Sunday Connection will be a terrific, instructive and entertaining way to begin to meet those needs." The first of this year's series is called"What's a Nice. Jewish Boy Doing in a Job Like This." It will feature a presentation by Steven Leibowitz. aveteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department. Leibowitz was a police officer for 30 years during which he worked 20 years as a sergeant. He was honorably retired in March. 2007 having earned 126 de- partmental commendations including multiple life sav- ing and exceptional service awards. A police instructor since 1992. he instructed at the Miami-Dade Police De- partment's Metropolitan Po- lice Institute. the Miami-Dade College, Florida Keys Com- munity C ollege and at a variety of other locations nationwide. He has instructed over 3,000 police officers from around the world in over 3.500 hours of instruction in topics in- cluding traffic crashes. DWI, RADAR/LASER, criminal investigations, crime scene processing, critical incident management/response and more. As an officer, his pri- mary duties included uniform patrol, criminal investiga- tions, undercover narcotics. detector dog handler, incident containment team/dignitary protection, and Explosive Detection Canine Unit admin- istrator and trainer. From 1999 to 2004 he was the president of the South Florida Shomrim Society, a fraternal and philanthropic organization of Jewish Public Safety Officers. He is currently the chairman of the board of directors of the International Association of Jewish PUblic Service Employees, represent- ing Jewish public servants throughout the United States and Israel. The IAJPSE is an approved training organiza- tion recognized by the De- partment of Justice. EEO and Justice Management Division. Leibowitz has a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Lynn University in Boca Raton. He and his wife. Linda. have triplets attending Florida .Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. "My presentation will have a taste of several aspects of police work," Leibowitz says. "I will cover some residen- tial security measures and methods that we can follow to make our homes and synagogues safer. [ will also deal with personal protection measures, drug identifica- tion, dignitary protection and explosive detection. I plan to address the Jewish fraternal organizations and how we. as Jewish police officers and firefighters, kept our Jewish identity. These stories will be intermingled with some career highlights, funny video clips and photos." Dan Williams. Beth Am president, says, "With our pressing concerns for security in a post-9/11 world, as Jews in an increasingly dangerous society and as residents in Central Florida. Leibowitz's facts and commentaries should be enlightening. I hope that the shul will be filled with enthusiastic listeners." The Sunday Connection festivities start at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary at Congrega- tion BethAm, 3899 Sand Lake Road. Longwood.A light nosh will be served. As always, there is no charge to attend this or any presentation in the Sun- day Connection Series. The only requirement is that you are prepared to be informed and entertained. For more information on the Sunday Connection and all other activities at Beth Am, consult the synagogue's web site at www.CongBethAm. org. Dor Shalom goes to the movies Spies, Nazis. and a danger- ous wartime romance between Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas will keep you on the edge of your seatwhen Dor Sha- lom presents the film "Shining Through" on Sunday, March 22. The "movies and munchies" event will be held from 3 - 5:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Centerauditorium, 851N. Mai- tlandAve. Maitland. The cost is $6 per person, which includes the film and refreshments. Cash payments will be accepted at the door. In this romantic espio- nage thriller set against the backdrop of WWII, a Jewish secretary from Queens (Mela- nie Griffith) is surprisingly transformed into a govern- ment spy. After discovering that her attorney boss (Mi- chael Douglas), who becomes her lover, is actually a secret agent, she convinces him to let her go undercover. With the help of a fellow operative (John Gielgud), she penetrates the Berlin home of a high- ranking enemy official (Liam Neeson) andworks swiftly and effectively to accomplish her mission. With many twists and turns and dangerous situ- ations. "Shining Through" is a compelling and suspenseful fictional dramatization of a real event in WWII history-- Penemunde. where Germans were secretly manufacturing pilot-less rockets to destroy England. The movie is based on the novel by Susan Isaacs. Dor Shalom is an outreach program of the Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando targeting the age group of those in their "baby boomer" years, 40s through 60s. To RSVP. or for more informa- tion, contact Gale Milgrim at galemilgrim@earthlink.net. businessman, and, later, as wife of a former governor and renowned lawyer--to effect social reform in the fields of natural conservation and civil rights for women, children and Native Americans. Rose Weiss, Miami Beach Rose Weiss spent her life improving the services and institutions offered by the city of Miami Beach. Weiss settled in Miami Beach in 1919 and earned her nickname "Mother of Miami Beach" with her persistent efforts to organize welfare services for the needy of the area. Her home served as the meeting place when a committee formed to found Congregation Beth Jacob; Museum on page 19A Pauline Berman at Lake Olivia in 1909. HARVEY V. 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