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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 10, 2009 PAGE 3A And survey says... Federation campaigns for the future By Lyn Payne and supporting unmet needs, weren't sure alout the spe- done when the Federation or three thousand words on mostpeoplethinkcombating Associate Editor developing a long-range stra- cific goals and purpose of wasn't able to expend large Madoff.'" bigotry is by definition good, tegic plan, and supporting the Federation. and called amounts of time or funds. But Crasnow said defini- that item may have received Earlier thisyear, the Jewish efforts to combat bigotry, for more education about the He believes that there was a tively that the Federation its high rating not because FederationofGreaterOrlando Respondents were then Federation and its role. clear need for such a survey, wasn'ttryingtoshyawayfrom peoplethoughttheFederation asked community members asked to a a "forced" rank- Assisting those in needwas and that, imperfect as it is, it criticism: Onthe contrary, for wasn't alre/dy addressing it. to take a survey and indicate ing, inwhichthey selectedthe another consistent theme, stillwas helpful. Mary Recchia the focus groups they spe- but because no onewanted to theirpriorities, and 714 people three items most important with many respondents say- of the Recchia Group, a local cifically included respondents imply that they were against responded. The Federation to them. First came"funding ing that the Federation must marketing and Consulting who had critical or negative fighting it. Crasnow said that followed up with 21 people in programs that provide ser- make sure not to duplicate firm.ranthefocusgroupsand things to say in the survey, currentFederation-sponsored four focus groups. The survey, vices and build community in services and to ensure that helped organize and collate Inreflectingontheresults, programs, such as the Corn- president Neal Crasnow re- Central Florida" (62 percent), helpgets tothosewho depend survey results. She produced Crasnow said there are now munity Relations Committee cently toldthe Heritage, was Next was "connecting new onit.And63percentsaidthat a 43-page summary, and thingshewouldhavedonedif- and the Holocaust Memorial "needed to determine goals" residents to the community" supporting programs in Israel Crasnow said he's happy to ferently.Including18itemsto Resource and Education Cen- and help the Federation plan (51 percent), and then came and overseas is "very impr- share the entire document, be rated individually may have ter, are already doing a fine for the future. "supporting efforts to combat tint" or "important." There and the results of the survey, caused respondents to say job, andthat to fulfill the goal Respondents rated the bigotry" (36 percent). Out- wasacleargenerationaldivide withanyonewho's interested, that they were all important, of "combating bigotry," the importance of 18 programs reach--to groups such as the when it came to overseas He did say that among the which doesn't help to isolate Federation may just need to and activities. Because each unaffiliated, and youth was programs, with most of the constructive criticism, some specific goals. He also agreed continue what's already in program or activity was rated a consistent theme in the older respondents indicating respondentsgavelengthyand withthe Heritagethattheway place. on its own merits, this may survey and focus groups, support, off-topic answers that didn't someiternswerephrasedmay He sees the emphasis in have led to most people rating Two-thirds of respondents The survey "'gave us a lot of address current needs, such have led to predetermined re- most of the programs as "ira- said fundraising is one of the information." said Crasnow. as "one guy who wrote two sponses. One example: Since Future on page 19A portant"or"veryimportant." three most important tasks "but I wonder how useful Top-rated items included the Federation performs, some of the information is." the Federation's "Welcome Some voiced concern about The survey was prepared by HARVEY V. COHEN to Orlando" programming, how fundraising is currently Federation staffandvettedby the funding of programs in conducted, and how donors Crasnow. and hetakesrespon- Central Florida, identifying are recognized. And many sibility for its construction, Re lder to deliver . Auto Accidents Wrongful Death Nursing Home Negligence My L_a Lecfure at Rollins . Slip &" Defer, lye Products Fall Dental Malpractice Dog Bites Insurance Claims Rollins College's Graduate His industry experience "Prepared tofigbtfor you!" School of Business is inaugu- includes positions at NASA in rating a new My Last Lecture Washington, D.C., at GE's Jet FREE & CONFIDENTIAL INITIAL CONSULTATION series on Thursday, April 30. Engine Divisionin Cincinnati, MEMBERSHIPS: Florida Bar Association- with the retirement of its and at McDonnell Douglas in u.s. District Court For the h4iddle District of Florida. distinguished professor Barry St. Louis. Orange County Bar Association, American Bar Association- Render. 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University of Jerusalem and To celebrate Render's 20 a Fullbright Scholar in Kath- years, at Rollins and 40-year BarrgRender mandu. Nepal. Dedicated To career, Rollins is inviting Render has been widely the Orlando community to a Departmentat George Mason quoted in the Orlando Senti- reception at5p.m, onApril UniversityinFairfax.Va.Ren- nel during his career and has Serving Our 30, followed by his Last Lec- der has authored more than been interviewed on television ture from 6 to 7 p.m. in the 100academicandprofessional on numerous occasions, in- Jewish ,ty"ommun:"" BushAuditorium on campus, articles and more than 40 cluding appearances on"The Admission is free. but a reser- college texthooks during his Today Show,"CNN, and"Han- vation must be made at www. areer. His book. Operations nity & Colmes." He has also Management, nowinits ninth been heavily involved in the to attend, edition, is the leading text in Central Florida community, Call on Central Florida's Render has held the Charles the United States and globally, having served for 14 years on Harwood Professorship in with over 600,000 copies in the Board of Kinneret Apart- ' " " "E, XClUSlVely Jewish Funeral Operations Management print in English and six other ments. He has been an active since joining Rollins in 1989. languages, volunteer at The HebrewDay Home for Details Regarding: PriortothathewastheMason Render also has taught at School, served on the JCC Foundation Endowed Profes- George Washington Univer- board and is currently vice- sor of Decision Sciences and sity, Boston University and president oftheCongregation ChairoftheDecisionSciences theUniversityofNewOrleans, of Reform Judaism. "Traditional Jewish Funerals Non-Traditional Services Is America a Christian nation? -Interstate Shipping lecture is free and open to public policy, from the grass ere-Arranged Funerals the public, roots to Washington. D.C.? The United States is a na- Pinsky, who was the long- (Shalom Assurance Plan) tionmadeupofadiminishing time religion writer for the majority of people who call Orlando Sentinel.istheauthor Headstone, Grave Markers themselves Chris'tians. Ac- of three books: "The Gospel cordingtoastudyreleasedlast According to The Simpsons: (Cardinal Memorials) month, called the "American TheSpiritualLifeoftheWorld's Religious Identification Sur- Most Animated Family," "The vey," just over three quarters Gospel According to Disney: 407 599 1180 of U.S.citizens identify them- Faith. Trust. and Pixie Dust." m m selves as Christians. down and"AJewAmongtheEvangel- from86percentin1990.Does icals:AGuideforthePerplexed." 640 Lee Rd. this meanwe are a"Christian His writing appears in USA Nation?" Today and the Harvard Divin- Orlando, Florida The issue has been debated ity Bulletin, and he is heard on since the Founding Fathers BBC Radio 4. In 2008, he was drewuptheConstitution.and aTempleton-CambridgeFellow W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD MarkPinskg continues to this day. Prayer inScienceandReligionatEng- Louis B. Wilson, LFD, Manager in public schools and city land's, Cambridge University. James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Writer Mark Pinsky will squares? Bans on stem cell Theprogramispresentedin address the topic of religion research, abortion and gay conjunctionwiththeOfficeof Samuel P. (Sammy) Goldstein, Assoc. Exec. Director inlhe U.S. on Thursday, April marriage? Does the election Multicultural Affairs and the Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor 16 at 5 p.m. in the Bush Audi- of Barack Obama signal a Dean of the Chapel. torium of the Rollins College reversal of growing evangeli- For more information, call campus in Winter Park. The cal influence in politics and 407-646-2000.