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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2012 Jewish Heritage Festival: Fun, foc,d and frolic Joe Gliksman Thousands of visitors came to the festival. Joe Gliksman A friendly wave from Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. The Jewish Heritage Festival March 18 at the News Journal Center in Daytona Beach once again drew thousands of visitors. The weather was perfect and there was plenty of enter- tainment, including well- Joe Gliksman Temple Beth Shalom of Palm Coast dished out goodies. Joe Gliksman Visitors had an opportunity to get upclose with camels. Joe Gliksman Visitors had the chance to make lotsa matzah. known musicians. The free festival provided Israeli, kosher and Jewish-style food, Israeli and Judaica artists and vendors, Jewish organization booths and exhibits including a Holo- caust Memorial and Jewish Joe Gliksman Children were entertained throughout the day. Hall of Fame. There was ing wall, matzah baking, children's entertainment inflatables, face painting, available throughout the a petting zoo, and camel day, including a rock climb- rides. Holocaust Center's Dinner of Tribute ,onors Lapchick Each year the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Edu- cation Center in Maitland strives to present a program at its Dinner of Tribute that is both interesting and en- lightening. Over the years the program has ranged from serious drama to light-hearted com- edy. The entertainment often reflects the interests of the person being honored--a spe- cial program by the Orlando Ballet when the Holocaust Center honored Hy and Har- riett Lake, for example--but with a goal of giving attendees " Steak something to think about long after the evening ended. This was particularly true last year, when the whole audience was part of the production. With a theme of "What Do You Stand For?" attendees were asked to create simple signs for a cause they champion. Another activity gave them a chance to identify ways they are unique. Accord- ing to the center's executive director, Pam Kancher, it was wildly successful, setting ex- pectations very high for this year's event. "The theme of this year's dinner is RESPECT. We are honoring Dr. Richard Lap- chick, a man who has devoted his life to race and gender equality in sports. We decided itwould be fun to create a show about the need for respect, and to do it as creatively as possible." "It's a real challenge," she says, "to come up with some- thing that is as innovative as lastyear. But I thinkthisyear's program may be even better." Although Kancher insists that the details of the program are "still top secret," she was willing to say that it includes music, film, and puppets. Tracey Conner of MicheLee Puppets--who has also been collaborating with the Cen- ter's UpStanders: Stand Up To Bullying initiative--is part of the creative team that is put- ting the program together. Bob Kodzis (1) The planning group also includes Mark Freid, founder of Think Creative advertising agency and co-chair of the Dinner committee, and Bob Kodzis, the creative force of Flight of Ideas, who created the program for last year's event. and Mark Freid "We're very proud of the final product," Kancher says. The Dinner of Tribute is the evening of Wednesday, April 25 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Reservations may be made by contacting the Holocaust Center at 407-628-0555 or online at Federation associate gets taste of Havana before Novelrtber mission We feature USDA Prime Steaks, Australian Cold-Water Lobster Tails and over 6500 Bottles of Select Wine. At Del Frisco's, it's great food, great service and great to have your business! PmME S00EAK & EOBS00ER 729 Lee Road, Orlando, 2 blks W. of I-4, Exit 88. Open 5 PM. Dinner Only. Closed Sundays. Coat and 1ie Optional. Major CC's Accepted. Valet Parking. RESERVAtiONS RECOMMENDED 407.645.4443 "Open Table" Internet Reservations and Directional Map Pt v,s,r us ar. r  Karen Cohen, development associate at the Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando, and her husband, Jason, joined a New Jersey Jewish Federation mis- sion March 8-11 to Havana. Karen was passionate about using her vacation time to travel to Havana as it was perfect timing to help her plan the mission that the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will send Nov. 21-25. With only three days on the ground, they managed not only to see many different aspects of the 1,500-person Jewish com- munity but also explore what makes Havana unique. Upon arrival, the Cohens participated in a briefing about the history of the Jewish community in Cuba and the Federation's programs. The Cohens said they were par- ticularly moved when citizens moved easily from Spanish to English to Yiddish and were reminded that as Jews, "we all came from the same place, we just got on different boats." They went straight to the Jewish cemetery that first morning to see the memo- rial to the Holocaust (the first memorial built in the West- ern Hemisphere) and recite Kaddish. Next, they walked through the Old Jewish Quar- ter of the city to Adath Israel, Havana's traditional Orthodox synagogue. The synagogue offers morning and evening services, Cuba's only mikvah, a daily minyan and a kosher butcher shop nearby, which has a limited supply of meat because the Cuban govern- ment allows them to swap their pork rations for chicken. Avisit to the home of artist Jose Fuster helped them gain an appreciation for Cuba's many talented artists whose work is sadly only viewed by the small local community. Kabbalat Shabbat services were held at the Patronato Synagogue, which also houses the com- munity center, Sunday school and pharmacy. The pharmacy houses the Jewish Federation's Cuban Jewish Relief Project, which along with other sup- porters, attempts to keep the shelves stocked. In addition, the Patronato distributes other necessities such as clothing, powdered milk and food and Karen and Jason religious items received from humanitarian efforts. Thisvisit was followed by Shabbat din- ner with the community and then a visit to the Tropicana nightclub. Saturday morning started with a visit to the Sephardic Hebrew Center, the only Sep- hardic synagogue in Havana, foundedin 1954.Ahighlightaf- ter services included a walking tour through old Havanabefore returning to the Patronato Cohen in Cuba. Synagogue in order to partici- pate in a Havdalah ceremony followed by performance by the Israeli Dance Troupe. Sunday morning's departure came quickly, but the Cohens said they felt fortunate to get a taste of Cuba. If you are interested in par- ticipating in the JFGO mission in November, go to the briefing at 7 p.m. April 10 or contact Karen at 407-645-5933, ext. 228 or