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__ ' i . I!1111 :  i HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 13, 2009 Super Bowl winner now super Jew " By Adam Tow Veingrad grew up in the typical American Jewish home: Hebrew school, bar mitzvah and out. He began his football career as a self- described "mediocre" football player, but with encourage- ment from his parents and coaches he found his way to Texas with a university scholarship. He wen[ from being another Jew in Miami to the only Jew in his Texas football program. His teammates asked him a simple question that would propel the rest of his life's journey: "What does it mean to be a Jew?" Veingrad went from college (East Texas State University, now Texas A&M. Commerce) to professional football, still A towering six foot six inches. Alan Veingrad doesn't look like the average religious Jew. Though he wears the long beard and yarmulke custom- ary to all religious Jews, the story of the Super Bowlwinner turned religious Jew is unique. Rabbi Chaim and Rivkie Lipskier and the Chabad Jewish Student Group at the University of Central Florida invited Veingrad to Orlando in February to speak to stu- dents. In addition to hosting guest speakers. Chabad at UCF offers Orlando area college students a variety of Jewish activities, including weekly Torah classes, barbecues, and Shabbat services and meals. Students listen to former NFL standout Alan Veingrad. searching for his Jewish identity. He signed with the Green Bay Packers and played for them for five years before he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys for two years and was on their Super Bowl XXVII championship team in 1993. He retired after playing in 86 games. While playing for the Packers, he was asked out to lunch by a local Jewish businessman. One thing led to another and soon he made a lifelong friend in both the Jewish and business worlds. With increased exposure to Jewish functions and Chabad outreach programs, Veingrad became enamored with the celebration of the- Shabbat. Like so many Jews' before him. his life became transformed by a love for the seventh day of rest and the special significance it holds for the Jewish nation. Slowly but surely, the Veingrad family became a traditional Jewish household, observing the laws of kashrut and Shabbat and imbuing their children with a genuine Jewish pride. Veingrad's story conveyed a powerful and encouraging message. He urged the stu- dents in attendance to find their Jewish identities and ex- Kevin Wolkenfeld sports the Super Bowl ring won b Alan Veingrad when he playeo for the Dallas Cowboys. perience the beauty of the Jew- ish tradition. He fielded many questions about the realities of living a Jewish life in the sports and business worlds. He didn't promise that living a religious life in the modern world would be easy, but he maintained that it is very do- able and that the benefits far outweigh the inconveniences• For more information about Chabad at UCF or to help sup- port Jewish life at UCF, please visit jewishucf.com. OB-UAR ES GERTRUDE CHARLESTON Gertrude Charleston of Or- lando. Fla.. died on Thursday, Feb. 26. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Charleston was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 11. 1916 to the late David and Fannie Cohen Smith. Mrs. Charleston and her late husband, Arthur, to whom she was married for 53 years when he died in 1995, moved to the Orlando area in 1987 from Palm Springs, Calif., to be near their grandchildren. Mrs. Charleston is survived by her son, Henry, of Los An- geles, Calif.; daughter, Sherry (Jim) Campbell of Orlando; grandchildren. Eric (2am) and Michelle Campbell; and great grandchildren Kendal and Connor Campbell. Graveside services were held on Sunday, March 1 at Beth Israel Cemetery, Gotha, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel of- ficiating. Contributions in memory of Mrs. Charleston may be- made to American Heart Association. American Lung Association or a charity of your choice. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. KATIE DOYLE Katie Doyle of Orlando, Fla., died from a brain tumor on Saturday, Feb. 28. 2009. She was 29 years old. Ms. Doyle was born in Orlando on Dec. 29, 1979, but moved soon after to Tal- lahassee, Fla.. where she was raised. She graduated from Tallahassee Leon High School in 1998 and from Mount Holy- oke College in South Hadley, Mass.. in 2002. Immediately following her graduation she took a job with the Missoula Children's Theatre in Mon- tana. For a year Ms. Doyle and another actor drove a big red truck to a different town each week to cast and stage a • , . ,, b. chfldren s musmal of Hansel and Gretel." After that she moved to Los Angeles, Calif., to pursue fin acting career. "She went to find fame and fortune as an actor, which meant she wound up at Star-' bucks." her mother said. Four months after moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Doyle was diag- nosed with the brain tumor. The family credits Starbucks with prolonging her life. The health care benefits she re- ceivedeven as a part-time employee covered all o5 her treatments and allowed her to enjoy the final years of her life. the family said. Between surgeries, Ms. Doyle traveled and became a bat mitzvah (for the second time last December} with her mother and the adult b'nai mitzvah class at the Congre- gation of Reform Judaism. Ms. Doyle longed to do something purposeful, ac- cording to her mother, who suggested the idea of the "Power of One" individuals doing one small thing and inspiring others to do the same and have it multiply. During the final months of her life she asked her doctors, nurses, friends and family to donate canned goods to a food pantry in her name. She is survived by her mother Judy Doyle (Bob Shaw) of Orlando; father P.J. (Cheryl) Doyle of Ochlockonee Bay, Fla.; twin brother Josh (Kate) Doyle of Tallahassee; sister Megan (Jason) Snyder of Pittsfield, Mass.: step- sister Gryneth Shaw (Jonah Gelbacah) of Tucson. Ariz.; grandmother Cornelia T. Davidson of St. Louis, Mo; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 2, at Temple Israel, Tallahas- see, followed by interment at Meadow Wood Cemetery, Tallahassee, with cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer of Con- gregation of Reform Judaism and Rabbi Jack Rombert of Temple Israel officiating. Donations in memory of Ms. Doylg may be made to the Cantor's Discretionary Fund, Congregation of Reform Judaism. 928 Malone Drive. Orlando, FL 32810 or to a local food bank in honor of her"Power of One" campaign. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. SONIA HASSAN Sonia Hassan of Gotha, Fla.. died Wednesday, March 4. She was 69 years old. Ms. Hassan was born on Oct. 16, 1939. in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Jack and Ruth (nee Snow) Zweifach. At 7 she began raising her brothers and sisters. Her family said her caring and concern for others continued throughout her life, adopt- ing a daughter when she was 49 and a second daughter several years later. Her home was "home" to many of her nieces and nephews, her family said. When she moved to the Orlando area from Brooklyn in 1996, no one was a strang- er-everyone who knew her became her family. Her heart and her table knew no strang- ers, according to those who knew her. Ms. Hassan is survived by her sons David (Patricia) of Gotha; Benny (Leonor) of New York and Michael (Vicky) of Winter Garden. Fla.; daughters Shelene CTony) of Deltona, Fla, Lisa (Dino) of Apopka, Fla., Samira and Cynthia of Winter Garden. She is also survived by broth- ers Alan (Rose) of New York and Herbert of New York and sisters Rochelle of California and Cookie of Connecticut; and 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Shewas predeceased by her brother Jeffrey and sister Maxine. Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 5 at the Yank Frank Pavilion at Temple Israel Cemetery with Rabbi Arnold Siegel officiating. Donations in memory o1 Ms. Hassan may be made to the Pearlman Food Pantr] of Jewish Family Services 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park FL 32792. Services were entruste˘ to Beth Shalom Memoria Chapel. Orlando. RALPH LAMB Ralph Lamb of Orlando. Fla., died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. He was 85 years old. He was born on Aug. 30, 1923, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Isadore and Bella (nee Rothman) Lamb. Mr. Lamb enlisted in the U.S. army and served in Europe during World War II. Following the war, he went to the University of Illinois and received a degree in civil engineering in 1950. .He worked as a city planner during his professional career. Mr. Lamb was married to the former Esther Alexander (University of Illinois class of 1949) for more than 57 years before she passed away in May 2008. The couple were active members of the Illini Alumni Association. Mr. Lamb is survived by his son James (Janice) of Grey's Lake, Ill.; daughters Ellen (Richard) Lizerbram of New Town, Penn.. and Judy Corren (University of Illinois class of 1976) of Orlando; and three grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his brother, George. Graveside services were held on Monday, March 1, at Temple Beth El Memorial Gardens, Hollywood, Fla. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel; Orlando. PAGE 7A I Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), Services and Holiday schedules shown at www.JewishCelebration.org; 407-566-9,792. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354- 3660; Shabbat Services Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. Monday and Thursday 8 a.m CongregationAhavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd.,Maitland, 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday, 8 a.m., Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m., Fri 6:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. Family Service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove, Casselberry, 407-830- 7211; Shabbat service. 7:30 p.m. on third Friday of the Month. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road. Longwood. 407-862- 3505; Shabbat service, 8:00 p.m. (7 p.m. on Fourth Friday of the month); Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 321- 779-0740; Services, 8 p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle. Orlando. 407, 855-0772; Services once a month. 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom (C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg,3 52-326-3692 or 352-787-1999: Services orisecond Friday at 7 p.m. and last Saturday at 10 a.m. Congregation Beth Shalom of Orange City (Progressive Conservative), services at Our Lady of Lakes Church. 1330 Maximillian St.. Deltona 386- 804-8283; Services Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 403 N. Nova Rd.. Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chahad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62. Satellite Beach. 321- 777-2770. Congregation Chabad Lubaviteh of Greater Daona (0). 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach. 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:30 p,m.. Sat. 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism ([7,), 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645- 0444; Shabbat service, 7 p.m. 1st Friday; 8 p.m. 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m. 4th and 5th Fridays. Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Match Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847. Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 Goddard Ave.. Orlando. 407-298- 4650; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.: Junior Cong., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleiehem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd.. Kissimmee. 407-935-0064; Shabbat service. 8 p.m., 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation of Shaarei Yerushalyim (O), 9869 Kilgore Rd.. Orlando. 407-928-8972: Services: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday Minha 7:30 p.m.: Kabbalat Shabbat 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium. West Montrose and 7th St.. Clermont: Services on second and last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352- 243-5353. New Jewish Congregation (R), 13563 Country Road l 01, Oxford, 352-748- 1800; Shabbat Services every Friday of the Month: 7:30 p.m. . Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd.. Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233. Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive. Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m Temple Beth Shalom (C), 5995 N. Wiekham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333: Shabbat Services 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m Temple B'nal Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 3.52-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Sprimgs, 407-647-3055; Shabbat service: 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsda Ave.. Daytona Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 am. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave.. 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