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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 21, 2014 PAGE 3A By Chris DeSouza Assistant Editor The Jewish community's own David Bornstein will read from his newly released books, "The Good Word: A Decade of Jewish Thought and Chutzpah" and "Me and E: A Baseball Odyssey," at Congregation Ohev Shalom on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Bornstein is a cornerstone name in the Central Florida Jewish community. David grew up in a household and among an extended family of well-known leaders and builders of this community. The Jewish Federation's lead- ership program is named in honor of his father, Jerome J. Bornstein. His mother, Rita, was a dynamic force in the community--not to mention his aunts and uncles whowere practically household names in the Jewish and greater Orlando community. But how many people re- ally know David Bornstein? He became active in the leadership aspects of the Jewish community--even becoming president of the Jewish Federation in 2000-- through "manipulation" (his words) by his father. "I slowly, grudgingly, became more and more involved in our uniquely struggling, vibrant community..." he says in the Introduction to his book"The Good Word: A Decade of Jew- ish Thought and Chutzpah." And so begins the journey of getting to know abit about Da- vid Bornstein--and ourselves. Released last August, this book is a compilation of his favorite colums published in the Heritage Florida Jewish News from-2002 to 2013. Through these articles, one gets a glimpse of Bornstein's passions, regrets, conflicts and joys in his life. His articles are more than entertaining, they are thought provoking, insightful, and often turn the reader's inner eye on his/her own thoughts and memories. One amazon,corn review says of the book, "These edi- torials began as explorations into community building and tikkun olam--changing the world positively--but grew into inquisitive, sometimes humorous, occasionallycur- mudgeonly conversations about what it means to be a Jew and a human being... This collection of essays is a snapshot of a time, a window open to a world of slightly offbeat possibilities..." Writing is not something new to Bornstein. He has written several short stories and feature articles for several national magazines and news- ,~apers. He won the Florida creenwriter's Competition in 1990 for a drama "The Littlest Greyhound," and has received numerous awards as a copywriter and producer in advertising. His more recent publica- tion, "Me and E: A Baseball Odyssey," is a project close to his heart. Bornstein loves (and hates) baseball. This is the story of raising a son (the 'E' stands for Ethan) who has a gift for playing the game. As his bio on the back of the book states: "While David has never played nor aspired to play high level baseball, he has lived, breathed, and suf- fered through it for nearly 20 years..." It is an honest look at himself as a dugout dad; the barbs and thrills of the game--fanatical coaches, hypocrisy in high school athletics, the college recruit- ing process; and the yin and yang of being there for your child and letting go. The reading event is free and open to the public. He will have books available for purchase and signing. A por- tion of the sales will go to COS to support Jewish education. His books are also available on Orlando J-Serve Teen Task Force volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. By Sara Hoffen llth-grader, Lake Mary High School Community service can range from something as little as picking up trash to assisting childrenwith special needs. It can be done with one friend or many, with help or on your own. It can start as something small and expand into something large. This year's Orlando J-Serve (Jewish day of international service) theme, The Ripple Effect, focuses on simple tasks done by individuals be- coming part of a whole team. One good deed ripples across our vast community ocean, impacting others mentally, physically, and emotionally. Through this "Ripple Effect," the J-Serve Teen Task Force intends to engage others in a fun, interactive activity that will alter the possibly indif- ferent perspectives on the importance of community service. All Jewish teens in grades 6-12 and friends are encour- aged to participate in J-Serve on Sunday, April 6, from 1-5 p.m at the Roth JCC. This experience will introduce Jewish teens to other Jewish teens, new opportunities, and new perspectives. It will help them explore the true mean- ing of community service as leaders, communicators, and participants through insight- ful programs. Community service isn't just about helping others. There are several different aspects to community service including leadel;ship, com- munication, programming, fundraising, and publicity. During the Wednesday night Teen Task Force meetings, we discuss ways in which to implement these five parts. For instance, we practice our leadership roles by alternat- ing who leads icebreakers at the start of each meeting. Regarding communication, we discuss the best method of contacting both teen vol- unteers and organizations for J-Serve. Additionally, we plan programs that will capture interest and leave a lasting impact. Recently we had a fundraiser at Bruster's Ice Cream in Altamonte where we washed cars and scooped ice cream. The money we raised is going towards increasing the impact of our event. Currently, we are creating a promo video and filling social media with J-Serve posts, spreading the word and a ripple throughout the Orlando Jewish community. This year, Orlando J-Serve's primary project is a car- nival for children who are underprivileged. Some of the carnival booths include bounce houses, typical car- nival games, and food. Teen volunteers will run the booths and interactwith the children. The event will open with icebreakers led by Task Force members Matthew Gottfried, Taylor Harris, and Hannah Procell, whowill help connect teens and frame the day. The day will conclude with a brief activity and discussion recap- ping the day and connecting the day's activities to Judaism. So let's start a ripple in our community. Flip open those computers and sign up as soon as possible! And don't forget to check out the J-Serve Face- book ( orlandojserve) and Twitter (@ orlandojserve) pages. J-Serve Teen Task Force: Hannah Procell (12th grade, Oviedo High School), Sophie Schnaper (12th grade, Winter Park High School), Sara Hoffen (llth grade, Lake Mary High School), Ilana Loory (11th grade, Lake Brantley High School), Kyle Sabell (11th grade, Apopka High School), Taylor Harris (10th grade, Vir- tual School), Jonah Goldberg (10th grade, Lake Mary Prep), Brandon Levitt (10th grade, Winter Park High School), Daniel Perreault (10th grade, Lake Highland Prep), Matthew Gottfried (8th grade at Sanford Middle School), J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service. Since 2005, J-Serve has been a part of Youth Service Amer- ica'sGlobal Youth Service Day weekend. J-Serve provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum 01am, the respon- sibility to repair the world. Across the globe, teens will join each other to make their community and the world a better place. J-Serve 2014 is in partner- ship with Repair the World, Youth Service America, and Rock the Vote, and is gener- ously underwritten by the Charles and Lynn Schuster- man Family Foundation. he 'J "J Street Challenge" comes to Central Florida following its sold out, world premier screening in South Florida. The film will be shown at Congregation Beth Am, 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, on Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m., and is sponsored by Zionistas. " Ever since its founding in 2008, J Street, the liberal Jewish advocacy group, has expended a great deal of time and energy trying to convince American Jews that it is a credible and more ethical alternative to traditional pro-Israel organizations like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)," stated Ben Cohen, columnist for Jewish and Israel News. Phyllis Chesler, writer, a and 'pro-Israel' when he is Fellow of the Middle East Fo- neither. He condemns Israel rum and recipient of the 2013 at every turn and he does so National Jewish Book Award, in an era when Israel is under gave her own opinion of J existential siege and a second Street's founder, "based on the Holocaust is fully underway in new film,'J Street Challenge,' slow motion." JeremyBen-Ami, founderand American lawyer, jurist, president of J Street, may be a and political commentator, ; far more dangerous and mor- Professor Alan Dershowitz ally problematic traitor to his called the organization's people than were any of the leadership on the carpet. Judenrat leaders during the "Ben-AmihasthechUtzpahto Shoah. I say this because no actuallyblamemeforthoseon one is threatening Ben-Ami collegecampuseswhodisdain with imminent death (each Israel," he stated. "It is typical kapo and Judenrat leader of J Street to blame Israel and was death threatened while its supporters for everything, in captivity). BenAmi lives in without putting any of the the United States and is a free responsibility on those who man.Yet, in classic Orwellian are truly to blame--Islamic style, he presents his orga- extremists who are the ones nization as both 'pro-peace' killing American troops; the Palestinian leadership, who are the ones refusing to engage in direct negotia- tions with Israel; anti-Israel campus bigots, who are the ones calling for divestment and boycotts; and J Street leaders, who are the ones endangering Israel's security under the false banner of be- ing pro-Israel." The "J Street Challenge" is a must to see film produced by Americans for Peace and Tol- erance, the group founded by anti-slavery activist, Charles Jacobs, who was a special con- sultant on the project. This film is produced, written and directed by Avi Goldwasser and Ilya Feostikovew. Suggested donations are $10 atthe door for those with reservations, and $15 for others. Students with valid IDs may attend free of charge. 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