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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 4, 2014 PAGE 3A On Tuesday, May 6 from 5 p.m.--9 p.m., the Jewish community of Orlando will be bringing our homeland home to the Roth JCC in Maitland. After years of cel- ebrating Israel Independence Day at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Spring and out in the community, the mega- event is coming home to the Roth JCC's outdoor facilities in Maitland. Roth JCC Assis- tant Executive Director Robby Etzkin explained that "By eliminating the significant fixed costs associated with Cranes Roost it allows the JCC to not need to charge Jewish agencies for booths and to lower the prices of children's activities which we hope to make as close to free as possible." This year's event at the JCC will feature live Israeli music, children's choirperformances, Israeli dancing, Middle Eastern kosher food, Judaic shopping, and children's activities. In addition, the JCC will keep the newly heated pool open during the event for those who want to celebrate like on the beaches of Tel Aviv. In addition, another signifi- cant change is that the event will be on aweeknight in order to celebrate on the actual day of Yom Ha'atzmaut. "We felt this was a good year for a change with the way the holidays, including Mothers' Day, fell," said Etzkin. Two days prior, on Sunday, May 4 at 6:45 p.m., will be the community's annual ob- servance of Yom Ha'zikaron when we remember Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror. This event will take place in the JCC auditorium. For more information re- garding either event, please contact Robby at (407) 645- 5933 or RobbyE@Orlando- An Orlando family celebrates Israel Independence Day at Cranes Roost in 2013. By Chris DeSouza Assistant Editor There is always a lot happen- ing in Israel, especially in the universities and the medical field--and Israel shares ev- erything they learn with the world. It is part of the Jewish heritage--tikun olam--to repair the world. Recently, Congregation Ohev Shalom, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, the Jewish Community Center, Hillel and the Zionistas hosted a four-hour seminar on the many technological, medical, life-saving developments, and restoration projects happening in Israel. After attending the afternoon of 'good news,' each person who was there came away with that satisfied feel- ing that blessings are coming out of Zion. In addition to a movie about how Israel is making such a big difference in the world, there were six different breakout ses- sions each with a vast amount of information. The only down side was that attendees could only choose two sessions to sit in on. What to choose, what to choose? This reporter chose to at- tend the advances in the medi- cal field and the session with Ari Hoffman, a college senior for Pa who plans to make Aliyah and join the IDF. The medical advances ses- sion was led by three local doc- tors--Drs. Jeffrey Bornstein, Mark Klafter and Daniel Layish (a pediatric gastroenterologist, a neurologist andapulmonary doctor). Why local doctors? Why not doctors directly from Israel? Everything that is de- veloped or advanced in Israel is sharedwith theworld. These three doctors use techniques either developed or enhanced by Israeli doctors. And by the way, Israeli hospitals are blind to race and religion--there are Jewish, Arab, Christian and Muslim doctors all working and sharing their finds with each other. The doctors shared exciting discoveries such as Rewalk-- an innovative robotic outfit that a paraplegic can wear that helps him/her to walk (this outfit was shown briefly on the TVshow"Grey'sAnatomy" last Thursday night). Israeli technologists have also devel- oped the ORCAM, which helps people with macular degenera- tion see and BioRetina, which can restore their vision. Other finds include Insight- ec, a method that combines ultrasound heat and MRI visualization for brain tumors; Superdimension/I-Logic for lung tumors; the PillCam--a capsule that is swallowed and takes pictures of the esopha- gus, stomach, and small and large intestines. As remarkable as this is (and the audience enjoyed a trip through these organs),the PillCam does not avoid a colonoscopy, Dr. Bornstein stated. But it can diagnose crohn's disease, celiac disease and sources of GI bleeding. (Read more about the PillCam in GloriaYousha's column 'Scene Around' on page 9.) For this reporter, the great- est advancement in medicine was made by Dr. Eli Lewis at Ben Gurion University. He came across Alpha 1 Antitryp- sin (AAT), an anti-inflamma- tory drug typically used to treat emphysema. He realized AAT may have the ability to cure type 1 diabetes in some patients. Dr. Lewis discovered that people who suffer with COPD or emphysema have a deficiency of AAT, which is made in the liver. So do diabet- ics. Currently, drug trials are being held across the United States for adults. "These Israeli doctors share all they have learned," said Dr. Klafter. "Whatever is needed, Israel responds. They are a clinic without walls." Winter Park is home to the U.S. headquarters of Israel- based Mazor Robotics, who developed Mazor Robotics RenaissanceTM, the "next- generation system for spine surgery." This system is trans- forming spine surgery from freehand operations to highly accurate procedures. It is the only mechanical guidance system for spine surgery with FDA clearance. Renaissance has been used in thousands of spine proce- dures worldwide ranging from minimally-invasive surgery to Healing on page 15A TO THE PUBLIC Centerpieces for Tzedakah basket. ORLANDO (March 24, 2014)--Jewish Family Ser- vices Orlando, the Winter Park-based nonprofit, human service agency, is pleased to announce Centerpieces for Tzedakah, a fundraising effort to help those in need while decorating for any celebra- tion. Unlike typical floral arrangements, each center- piece is styled to resemble a basket, filled with food found in JFS Orlando's Pearlman Food Pantry. The centerpieces can be rented for use at wed- dings, baby showers, bar/bat mitzvahs, or any special event. Each rental of $200 provides 100 meals for families in the Central Florida area. "The term tzedakah repre- sents our Jewish obligation to help those in need in our "Alan Shawn Feinstein is a philanthropist from Rhode Island who has offered a Chal- lenge Grant of $1 million to be divided among federations around the country that use it as a fundraising spur to raise money to fight hunger in our community," said Gloria Max, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties. This challenge is good only for the months of March and April 2014. Feinstein's past $1 million challenges to fight hungry have raised a record $350 million nationwide. "There are local children and adults who go to bed hungry every night. Some of the people were able to get jobs but they don't pay like the jobs they had before the recession, we are seeing more and more working families come for food. Many local people have suffered and they just don't have the funds to feed their families. Some of the students in our own schools are going hungry." Max said. This year the Feinstein Foundation is offering more incentives. For every food community. These center- pieces are part of our ongoing mission to feed the hungry in Central Florida," said Eric Geboff, JFS Orlando's executive director. "We want to give our community mem- bers and event planners an alternative to enhance their functions, and with these centerpieces, the end result is healthy meals for families who are struggling to feed themselves." The Centerpieces for Tze- dakah can be ordered by contacting JFS Orlando at or by call- ing 407.644.7593 x 227. JFS Orlando offers free pick-up and delivery of the center- pieces, and the rental fee is 100 percent tax-deductible. The centerpieces are also environmentally-friendly, as they can be reused. To learn more about the agency or make a donation, please visit or call 407-644-7593. item that is brought to our pantry, they are valuing it as $1or you can send in funds to purchase food and that will be counted also. Please donate funds to the Jerry Doliner Food Bank c/o Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, 470 Andalusia Avenue, Ormond Beach, Florida 32174 or bring in your non-perishable products during April. Food donations can be brought to the JFVFC office. For more information, call the Federation at (386) 672-0294. GRAND SPONSORS: 1= n,=low=e t: runcl ,..JeWiS~ Fec]erat:ion o'~ Voh., i Fl gl r bright house ~ETWORK$ 2@t4- t t amoSp Be , h NewsoJouma Ce ?ter 221 Beach Sto, Daytona CORPORATE SPONSORS: ~~5-~iI~-~ FLORIDA HOSITtRI, FESTIVAL INFO: 386-316-3626