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PAGE 8 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL cans count' for Jewish Family Services Jewish Family Services is at the halfway point of its Feinstein Challenge food drive. Those interested in contributing have until the end of April to make a finan- cial contribution or to bring in their canned goods and other unopened food pack- ages to the Pearlman Pantry. The Feinstein Foundation is providing a million dollar challenge grant to approxi- mately 1,450 food pantries across the country. JFS will get a share of the million dollars equal to its propor- tion of the total amount raised by all participants. Each can is valued at $1. JFS is most grateful to the following schools, agencies, synagogues and civic groups that have already sent in their contribution of food and funds: Hebrew Day School, Congregation of Liberal Ju- daism, Curves of Winter Park, the Crop Walk, CLJ/JFS Women's Seder, Rishona Hadassah, and Jewish Pro- fessional Women. Community members still have an opportunity to make individual contributions or hold a food drive at their places of employment. JFS says, "Don't be complacent about hunger--take the Feinstein Challenge! Bring in your canned goods and packaged food items during the month of April." Checks can be mailed to JFS, 2100 Lee Rd The George Wolly Center, Winter Park, FL 32789. Credit cards dona- tions can also be taken over the phone. For additional information or questions, please call JFS at 407-644- 7593. ogists answers from The members and guests at the upcoming meeting of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Orlando will have an opportunity to get help from the expert panel which has been gathered to answer their questions and help with their problems. The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m at the Congrega- tion of Liberal Judaism. Group members will note the new day, time and place for the meeting. Included in the panel of ex- perts will be Carl Migden, Sheila Reback and Sire Seckbach, all genealogists with many years of experience behind them. Migden has five years' experi- CARL MIGDEN ence and specializes in Poland, Austriaand Calicia. Reback has been doing genealogy for 14 years and loves to find people by digging into records. Seckbach has traced 31 gen- SHEILA REBACK erations of his family and "each has been verifed," he says. The Genealogy Society says that it will be hard to "stump the panel," but the community is invited to come and try. SIM S CKBACH The Society is also looking for people in the Central Florida area who would like to become members. For mem- bership information, call Doris Frank at 407-323-9728. Charles Samuel Shader, son of Michael and Beth Shader of Maitland, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, April 17 at Congregation Ohev Shalom, Orlando. Charlie is in the seventh grade at the Hebrew Day School's Selznick Middle School, where he is on the high honors list and is vice president of the Student Council. He was nominated for the 2004 National Jun- i ior Leaders Conference of the Lead and has been a participant in the Duke Identification Program. He has participated trai Florida Middle School Math Counts member of Kadima. Charlie is an avid basketball player, and has the JCC Select Basketball league for the last four His other interests include computers, playing football. Sharing in the family'ssimcha will be Charlie's mother, Reva Shader of Orlando; grandparents Edythe Chortkoff of Los Angeles, Calif.; brothers and Joe; aunt, Suzan Shader and cousins, Dara Nassoiy of Orlando; uncle and aunt, Barry i Donna Render and cousins, Charlie and Jesse Park; uncle and aunt, Ben and Susan Chortkoff cousins, Drew and David of San Francisco, Calif.; great-uncles, great-aunts, cousins and friends lando, Beverly Hills, Calif Santa Barbara, Calif Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Atlanta, Australia :and The Jewish Museum of Florida's upcomingexhibit,'The Mikvah Project and History of the Mikvah in Florida," prom- ises to capture and inspire visi- tors. 'The Mikvah Project" is a traveling exhibit that opensApril 20 and runs through July 25. A unique compilation of anony- mous portraits and collected in- terviews fromwomeninAmerica document the resurgence and expanded practice ofthisancient Jewish ritual bath. The tradition of immersion in a mikvah has been observed continuously since biblical times. To make the multicultural connection, the exhibitportrays the spiritual use of water in other cultures. Photographer Janice Rubin and writer Leah Lax collabo- rated to depict women's experi- ences and interpretations of the mikvah. Rubin's underwater photographs of women immers- ing in a mikvah, combined with The next meeting for the Rishona-Chaverot group of Hadassah will be held on Tues- day, April 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Congregation of Liberal Judaism. Please note the change of date. Hadassah, whose begin- ning was founded on promot- ing better health for the people of Israel, has chosen this month to highlight the health issues of "Menopause and Beyond." Program vice presidents Carol Heller and Sheila Greenspoon have planned this informational program. The special guest speaker will be Dr. L Cori Baill, who is a board certified gynecologist and a Fellow of the American College of Ob- stetrics and Gynecology. Baill graduated from the Robert oral histories, create a muitifac- eted picture of contemporary mikvah practice as told by the women themselves. The exhibit consists of the Immersion Se- ries, a group of 19 photographs of women immersing in a mikvah, and the Portrait Series, combining 19 portraits with individual interpretations. Given the highly private na- ture of the practice, the photo- graphs displayed are simulated using models and do not reveal the subjects' faces or private areas of the body. Mikvah is a very personal and even sacred ritual that has been rarely discussed in public, only quietly passed on through gen- erations of women. Today, mikvah observance gives women access to an intimate form of prayer, a connection to their cultural roots and spiri- tual renewal. "The Mikvah Project" is about Jewish women return- Dr. L CORi BAILI, Wood Johnson School of Medicine (formerly Rutgers Medical School), and com- pleted her residency training ing to, and reclaiming, this long-hidden Jewish observance and about the powerful discov- eries that come along with that process. A mikvah is a natural body of water or a gathering of water that has a designated connec- tion to natural water such as fresh springwater, rainwater or even melted snow. The pool is designed specifically for immer- sion, according to the rules and customs of Jewish law. There are more than 25 mikvaot located in the state of Florida today. The Jewish Museum of Florida, which collects, pre- serves and interprets the Jewish experience since 1763, is located in a restored historic Art Deco building on South Beach that was formerly an Orthodox syna- gogue. The focal point of the Museum isMOSIAC:Jewish Life in Florida, its core exhibit, as well as changing exhibits. ACol- at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She practiced General Obstet- rics and Gynecology, gradu- ally developing a special in- terest in menopausal medi- cine that culminated in the creation of her Menopause Center on North Orange Av- enue. Baill lives in Winter Park with her husband, Dan, two children, Jordan Max and Anna, and their sheltie, Angel. A special musical surprise has also been planned. The program organizers promise that it will "leave you hum- ming." For reservations, con- tact May Lederman at 407- 260-0862 or Bunny Rosen at 407-331-8367. Lunch costs $7 50 with res- ewatiom and $8.50 without reservations. lections & Research Center, sev- eral films, Timeline Wall of the World, American and Jewish History, and a Museum Store complete the experience forvisi- tors of all ages and backgrounds. Accredited by the American As- The Jewish Community Cen- ter South Campus Building Drive raised more than $6,300 at its First Annual Golf Tour- nament, held at Orlando's new Shingle Creek Golf Club. Thirty-six golfers participated in the event, which included a morning of play on the par-72, David Harman-designed course; a silent auction; and an awards luncheon. More than a dozen volunteers assisted. Shooting a 54 combined average score, Southwest Or- lando residents Denny Zavett, John Abraham, Steve Lovett and Barry Resnick were the event's first place champions. Each received a trophy and additional prizes. The event was held to gen- erate funds for a future Jewish Community Center campus on Apopka-Vineland Road. To date, $3.4 million has been pledged; the drive needs a to- tal of $4.5 million to break ground on the new facility, which will be a gathering place Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando will pay trib- ute to five Iongtime board mem- bers during "Celebrate 2004," on Sunday, April 25 at 5 p.m. at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive. This is a new venue for the event Sidney Brown, Anita Ham, David Pearlman, and Stanley and Anne Shader will all be sociation of Museums, the Mu- seum is located at 301 Wash- ington Avenue, South Beach and is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Mondays and Jew- ish holidays. Admission:Adults$5; seniors $4; families $10 children under 6 Saturdays free. For more 305-672-5044 or www.J~ the internet. DENNY ZAVETT'S winning team proudly trophies. for the estimated 2,900 Jewish families living in Dr. Phillips, Bay Hilt, Windermere, Ocoee, Celebration, Kissimmee and Williamsburg. The campus will likely include a preschool, a social center, a health club, recreational activities, and of- rices of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Services. Several additional fundraising events are being planned. Several area buff nesses spon- sored the tournament: Lee Chira &Associates Services; Rumberger Caldwell, Attorneys Bananaz Caf ; Services; ABC Orthotics; Airworthiness and LA Web Desi For more please c I 1998, or on the internet. recognized for their long-term commitment to the agency. Over the years, they have dis- tinguished themselves by their work in fundraising, program development and the food pan- try. Thanks to their dedica- tion, JFS has become a leader in meeting the human service needs individuals and fami- lies in Central Florida. During which will include and live auction tainment by Mark will recognize Community Award. attending call