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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 7, 2017 PAGE 3A By Christine DeSouza Maitland residents King William and Pearl Halikman are beaming with joy. Their grandson, Zev Halikman, made the USA Maccabi Water Polo Team and will compete in the 20thWorldMaccabi Games in Israel this coming July. "In life some of us will be lucky enough to find a passion that consumes us with infinite pleasure. I was lucky enough to find that six years ago when I began playing water polo," said 22-year-old Zev, who is a graduate of Lake Howell High School and is now a sophmore at FloridaAtlanticwhere he is captain ofthewater polo team. In that sixyears, Zev has re- lentlessly pursued improving himself in the game by play- ing year round, training with Olympians across the country, reading "bookshelves full of water polo textbooks," view- ing hundreds of YouTube videos and "scavenging" the minds of every coach and player he has met, never shy- ing away from an opportunity to improve his game. And now, all his hard work has come to fruition. Last November, Halikman com- peted with nearly 30 water polo players, many of whom have played their entire lives. But despite only playing for six years and never being on an NCAA-sanctioned team, to put it in his words, "I've amassed enough skill, heart, and dedication to be chosen to represent the United States of America in the most signifi- cant tournament for Jewish athletes on the planet." The World Maccabi Games, first held in 1932, are an international Jewish multi- sport event held in Israel. It is the third-largest sporting event in the world, with 9,000 athletes competing on behalf of 78 countries. USA Maccabi is the official sponsor of the USA Team to the World Mac- cabi Games. "Zev is looking forward to the challenge, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to show solidarity with Israel andwith Jews from all around the world," said King William. Halikman's grandparents also explained that Zev has committed to fundraise to support the Maccabi USA mis- sion of "Building Jewish Pride Through Sports," and they would also like to offer the Orlando Jewish community the opportunity to help spon- sor Zev and support the Games through tax-deductible dona- tions to Maccabi USA (a 501(C3) organization), 1511 Walnut Street, Suite 401, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102. Make checks out to Maccabi USAand put Zev's name on the memo line; or you can follow the link below to donate. http'J/musa.convio.net/ site/TR/Games/General,. "There is something magical-- a certain feeling that touches the heart and soul of everyone who participates, as well as its many supporters," Zev commented. "It's not a feeling that abruptly fades away at the conclusion of the competition, rather it changes lives." Zev Halikman BFF's Susan Livingstone (1) and Marlene Adler, in 2015 when Susan was Fashion Show honoree and Marlene key- note speaker. This year the two friends switch places, with Marlene as honoree, and Susan as speaker. By Pamela Ruben If you are looking for Jewish Pavilion Fashion Show hon- oree Marlene Adler try giving her BFF, Susan Livingstone, a call. That's how Marlene's husband, Lee Adler, recom- mends finding her when she doesn't pick up her own phone. Marlene calls Livingstone, "My sister separated at birth, though one of us was born in Brooklyn and the other Dublin. The best way to tell us apart is by our accents." It is no coincidence that Adler and Livingstone are both Fashion Show honor- ees, the former the current honoree for 2017, the latter honored in 2015. Just after last year's fashion event, Livingstone nominated Adler as "resident funny woman" and Friends Board secretary. With the "Spring into Fashion Show" just around the corner on April 20 at Bloomingdale's in Orlando, the pair of friends are getting ready for updates to their wardrobes. Adler, usu- ally clad in jeans or navy blue, jokes that the event will take place in the "denim section." The two women offer abit of 'yin and yang' to the monthly Monday Morning Pavilion Friends meeting. Livingstone delivers the meeting's D'var Torah, a moving monthly inspiration that brings pause, gratitude, and tears or a smile. Meanwhile, Adler's quip-filled note-taking (which she credits Lee with typing) brings outan appreciation for the lighter side, guaranteeing a smile and some belly laughs as the group reviews the (sometimes) lengthy agenda. Both woman enjoy volun- teering with the Pavilion as Adler explains, "It's a place where every skill is needed. Some of us visit with seniors, some of us bake treats, knit blankets, help behind the scenes in the office, or even take photos. Everyone is wel- come and appreciated." Recently, Lee and Mar- lene have added 'volunteer photography' to their list of contributions, with Lee photographing seniors and honorees, and Marlene assist- ing and helping make subjects feel comfortable. Adler and Livingstone met relatively soon after each ar- rived in Orlando. Adler com- ments, "Susan and I met in the 1980s. Susan didn't have a car, so I started taking her around." Livingstone reports, "Just 10 days after arriving in the country from Ireland, I met Marlene at a synagogue func- tion. While many members said they would call after the event, it was Marlene who reached out to me two days later, inviting me to a sister- hood meeting. It turns outwe were neighbors in the same Altamonte Springs subdivi- sion. When I told her I didn't have a car, she drove me, and that began our friendship and driving adventures." The two friends became active in Hadassah together and five years ago, Adler joined Livingstone on the Jewish Pavilion's Friends Board at the suggestion of mutual friend Ruth Darvin. Adler and Livingstone share lunches, holidays, Mahjong games and more, with their now adult kids growing up to- gether like family. Livingstone shares thatwith a two-minute walk between houses, if their kids didn't like what was in their own refrigerator, they would walk to the Adler's and check out theirs (and vice versa). With the recent pass- ing of Livingstone's beloved husband, Ron, the pair has never been closer. Livingstone will deliver the keynote address on behalf of her friend at the fashion event, just as Adler did for her. Get ready for some friendly inspi- ration that will bring pause, gratitude, and tears along with smiles. The entire community is invited to The Jewish Pavil- ion's "Spring into Fashion" and enjoy a morning of friendship, fun and finger foods, generously spon- sored by the Adler family, while helping raise funds for seniors in long-term care in more than 70 facilities throughout Greater Orlando. The Jewish Pavilion's Spring into Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, April 20, at 10:45 a.m. at Blooming- dale's Orlando, Sutton Level 2. Couvert: $25, general admis- sion; $50, Fashionista--en- joy front row seating; $100, Couture Patron--enjoy front row seating, be entered in a drawing to win gifts from Bloomingdale's; $500, Bene- factor-enjoy front row seat- ing, be entered in a drawing to win gifts from Blooming- dale's, have your name listed in an ad honoring Susan Livingstone. Please RSVP at www.jew- ishpavilion.org or call 407- 678-9363. Harre t & She//ey Lake Spring is in the air and it's time to clean out your pan- tries, making it the perfect time to donate those non-per- ishable food items to restock the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry shelves as JFS hosts its Restock Challenge from April I to April 20. Monetary donations are also very appreciated, with every $1 donated turning into $7.50 worth of purchasing power. Last year, JFS Orlando was able to provide nearly 67,000 meals to our hungry neighbors and we need your help again! Through the generosity of the Weiner Family and The Winter Park Wealth Group, they will match $0.25 for ev- ery pound of food and dollar donated up to $5,000! Special thanks to the Winn Dixie located in Fern Park and Personal Mini Storage for providing collection bags and boxes. Donations may be dropped off at the George Wolly Center located at 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park 32789. Do you know how The Hadassah Chapter of Williamsburg will host speaker Sande Berkowitz at their next monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at the Parkview Point Clubhouse in Wii- liamsburg, which is near Sea World. Berkowitz's topic is "You Say More than You Think You Do."AII are welcome to attend. Hadassah of Williamsburg will hold their Installation Meeting on Wednesday, May 10, 1 p.m., at the Parkview Point Clubhouse. For more information on either of these events, please call Marian Bromberg at 407- 354-4622. Join the Stone Family At Westchester of Winter Park, a premier Assisted Living Community providing customized care and services in a palatial environment in Winter Park, Florida. Licensed nursing staff is in the building 24 hours each day. Multiple room options at affordable room rates and care level fees. Many services are included in the room rate. The Community entrance fee is $500. Join us for Shabbat every Friday and stay for a tour of our community. 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