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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 Studio T Productions Shown here (l-r): Amy Geboff, Carol McNaUy, Helen Greenspun, Debbie Meitin, Gail Gold, Karen Broussard, Loren London, Rhonda Forest, Shira Spector, Judy Kahan Davis, Margo Lightman, Amy Imber, Phyllis Bochman, Susan Flower, Sasha Hausman. More than 350 women and men Studio T Productions attended the annual Choices event. Helen Greenspun (r) with the help of Shira Spector, lights a candle women honored. Studio T Productions representing the 12 The Federation leadership: (l-r), Michael Soll, Rhonda Forest, Ming Ed Bromberg, Jeannie Leavitt, Danielle Kris, and Geanne Share. Studio T Productions Marx, Brad Jacobs, More than 350 women and start to finish, acelebrationof board secretary Ming Marx, On the way out the door, Executive Director. "They re- A "Charmed by Charity" men converged on the Malt- women's empowerment. Co- and hiswife, Hilary, joined by women received "swag bags," ally enjoyed having the extra event on May 24 at Alex and landJewishCommunityCam- chairsShiraSpectorandJudy theirtwoyoungsons, tookthe take-home totes that in- time to socialize and catch up Ani,356SouthParkAve Win- pus on the evening of March Kahan Davis welcomed the stage to talk about their life cluded a sweet treat and with their friends, and I loved ter Park. During this special 26 for Choices, a community crowd and thanked Present- journey and how the Jewish other items from Choices that I was able to speak with shopping event, 15 percent of tradition that took on a bold, ingSponsorHarriettLakefor Federation played a signifi- sponsors, along with a spe- morewomenandthankthem the proceeds from all sales at new look for its 24th year. her support before segueing cant rolein helping them find cial keepsake button that in person for their support of AlexandAniwillbedonatedto Themed "Women Trans- into the poignant "Lights of a "home" in the local Jewish featured original artwork Federation." theFederation.Keepaneyeon forming Lives," this year's Empowerment"presentation. community through the PJ submitted by children who Forest said she was also the Federation website (www. fundraiser in support of the The candle-lightingceremony Library program, meaningful participate in the Federa- pleased that the Federation and the Fed Friday Jewish Federation of Greater was a tribute to women from family events and the Born- tion's PJ Library, PJ Our Way was able to have the high- email in the weeks ahead for Orlando was all about trans- 12 categories and vocations steinLeadershipDevelopment and JTEN programs, profile event on the Maitland more details. formations, starting with that haveplayedasignificant Program. Based on feedback from campus, which has a storied Women in Politics, a the venue, the Roth Family role in transforming the local After the formal program, previousChoicesfundraisers, history in the local Jewish discussion of women serv- JCC gymnasium, which was Jewish community. A 13th women had another hour to the Federation limited the community and has long ing in elected office, will be draped, staged, deckedoutand candle was lighted in tribute socialize as co-chairs Spec- formal program to a half-hour been a hub for Jewish life in presented in August by the lightedin dramatic fashionto to the Jewish women who tor and Davis announced the so that attendees would have Orlando. Federation's Jewish Corn- create a formal yet intimate passed away over the last few lucky winners of the Choices ample time to socialize. The InadditiontoHarriettLake munity Relations Council. atmosphere. The production, years as well as women whose Raffle, which this year fea- revision was a hit with the and AV Media, top Choices Details and speakers are whichincludeda20-footHD namesweresharedinremem- tured more than $10,000women whoattended, sponsors included Ruby Spon- still being confirmed for video screen, was the work brance by Choices attendees, worth of prizes--including, "I lost count of how many sors Orlando Health and Krise this event. of AV Media, the event's Dia- The women were the subject for the first time, reserved women complimented us on Wealth Management. You canviewali the photos mondSponsor, ofamusicaltributevideothat parking spaces on both the allthe changeswe madethis Forest announced two fromChoices2018ontheFed- Visual transformations concluded the presentation. Rosen and Roth Family JCC yeartoChoices,"saidRhonda more upcoming Federation- eration's Choices web page, aside, Choices 2018was, from Following the video, JFGO campuses. Forest, Federation's Acting sponsored events for women: (JNS)--A new report pres- value since it includes the there is enormous levels of ents, for the first time in entire investment: growth, food waste that can be saved, Israel, a detailed model for production, packaging and ifonlytherewasagreaterlevel the estimation of food loss transportation, of public awareness and the in the retail and distribution This refers specifically implementation of adequate sectors: in retail chains, open to food that is produced for governmental regulation. markets, local grocery stores marketing and consumption, Eighteen percent of the and small retailers, and is lost even before reach- population in Israel lives in Leket Israel, in partnership ing the consumer. Due to the food insecurity, when Israel with BDO, released its "Third characteristics of the loss at ranks 18th in food insecurity National Report on Foodthisstage, thevastmajorityof as compared to other OECD Waste and Rescue in Israel" at the food is rescuable and can countries, and places ninth in apress conference on Tuesday. be prevented from becoming expenditure on food in private It reveals that food loss in waste. Of the NIS 7 billion ($2 consumption spending." Israel this year amounts to billion)worthoffoodthatcan Kroch said Leket rescued 2.3milliontonswithamarket be saved, NIS 3.5 billion ($1 15,500 tons of fruits and value ofNIS 19.3 billion ($5.6 billion) is in the retail and vegetables, and 2.3 million billion).Alarge part of the loss distribution sectors, cooked meals valued at NIS is salvageable; approximately The reportalso reveals that 150 million ($43 million) this 1.1milliontons, valuedatNIS rescuing 470,000 tons of food year, and continues its efforts 7 billion ($2 billion). Almost loss each year--constitut- to raise the profile on food half of the value of salvage- ing about 20 percent of the waste in Israel. able food is found in the retail total amount of food loss in "Since the publication of and distribution sectors, with Israel--will fill the gap be- theInauguralFoodWasteand [otal food loss in these seg- tween food consumption and Rescue in Israel Report, two ments amounting to 400,000 the normative expenditure of years ago, Leket Israel initi- tons this year, worth NIS 4.2 theIsraelipopulationlivingin ated and implemented new billion ($1.2 billion),food insecurity, programs for food rescuewith The loss in the retail and According to Gidi Kroch, thesupportandthroughpart- distribution sectors is of CEO of Leket Israel, "The nerships with the Ministries particularly high economic report brings to light that of Agriculture and Welfare," Gidi Kroch, CEO of Leket Israel, with food that was deemed unsalvageable. said Krosh. "I am calling on set a national goal similar chief economist at BDO, "Is- the other government offices to the U.N.'s resolution of raelislaggingbehindWestern toadvancethisissue, tocreate a 50 percent reduction in countries in formulating a a national program that will food waste by 2030, [which nationalpolicyonfoodrescue, work to reduce food waste, in- has] since adopted by other and as a result, the national creasefoodrescueandactively nations, including the U.S. economy loses NIS 4.5 billion promotetheenactmentofthe administration," concluded [or $1.2 billion] every year." law to encourage food rescue." Kroch. "It is imperative that Israel According to Chen Herzog, Food on page 14A