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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS www.heritsgefl,com Year 37, NO30 Aprl112, 13 kdltorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B 21yar, 53 60 Pages Orlando, Florida Single Copy 75 JFGO names new Israeli drivers at a standstill at the entrance to Jerusalem as a siren is sounded April 8 across Israel marking Yom HaShoah, the national Holocaust Remembrance Day. Where remembrance meets celebration By Judy Lash Balint Hundreds of Israeli flags are in place; the Air Force has been rehearsing its for- mation fly-by routine for days; platforms and sound systems stand ready in the main squares in town; groups of tour- ists mill about and there's a discernible festive air. But before Yom Ha'atzmaut celebrations of the nation's 65th birthday take place on April 16, Israel has to pay tribute to those who fell in battles and terror attacks that continue to claim lives even until today. Officially known as Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day, Yom Hazikaron takes place the day before Yore Ha'atzmaut, and the piercing siren brings the country to a complete standstill at 8 p.m., then again at 11 a.m. the next morning for two minutes of silent remembrance. The abrupt change in atmosphere between the two days is stunning and uniquely Israeli. On Yom Hazikaron, all Israeli places of entertainment, cafes and restaurants are closed. Authorities estimate that more than I million Israelis visit Israel's military cemeteries during the day. Coming one week after Yom HaShoah commemorations marking the system- atic murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, on Yom Hazikaron the state of Israel pauses to remember not the mass victims of yesteryear's death camps, but those Israelis who have died and continue to die, defending the state and its citizens. Bereavement itself makes up a com- plete social class in Israel--23,006 soldiers and civilians have died in the 65 years of statehood, leaving 10,550 families to join the ranks of the bereaved. The central memorial ceremony takes place in Jerusalem as evening falls, and hundreds of bereaved families gather in the Western Wall plaza. The flag at half-staff flutters in the brisk wind, and the memorial flame flickers boldly in front of the subdued crowd. The Kotel is bereft of the usual worshippers, replaced by rows and rows of men and women with profound sadness Celebration on page 19A Celebration honors CRJ Rabbi Engel for honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree Rabbi Steven Engel of Con- gregation of Reform Judaism was presented an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Hebrew Union College- m Jewish Institute of Religion at the Cincinnati campus this past March. CRJ will be hosting a celebration Shabbat dinner and service in honor of Engel on Friday, April 19. Engel was one of only eight alumniwho receivedthe honor- ary degree, which is presented to alumni who have taught the faith, culture and ethics of Reform Judaism for 25 years. He earned his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los An- geles, and Rabbinic Ordination from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1988. Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation's oldest institute of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual and professional leadership de- velopment center for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph, Ph.D., who holds the posi- tion of Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Profes- sor of Jewish Education and Rabbi Steven Engel Leadership Development, and was one of Engel's teachers during rabbinical school said, "I know of no other rabbi who cares more about people, gives more of himself to the community and who is more passionate about creating a better tomorrow than does Rabbi Engel. Rabbi Engel so deserves this distinctive honorary doctor- ate from his alma mater... for his decades of service to the Jewish community in particular and the Orlando community in general. Rabbi Steven Engel is a very special mensch, human being." Joseph and Engel have been close friends since those school days, and Joseph will be addressing him and the congregation at the April 19 celebratory evening at CRJ. A unique Shabbat service is in store, to be led by Cantor Jacki Rawiszer. The April 19 celebration at CRJ will begin at 5:45 p.m. with a catered dinner, fol- lowed by services at 8 p.m. Dinner is $36 per person. The dinner is by reservation only. Please contact CRJ to make reservations, 407-645-0444. The reservation deadline is Monday, April 15. Accom- modations are available for vegetarians. Please place your requestwith your reservation. If you are unable to make the dinner, you are welcome to just attend Shabbat services. And vice versa. executive d00're00rtor The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando announces that OlgaYorish has joined the organization to be its execu- tive director. Yorish has more than 20 years of experience within the Jewish Federation system. "Our search for an ex- traordinary leader to direct JFGO has been thorough and extensive," says Michael Soil, co-chairman of the board of directors. "The search com- mittee has worked extensively to ensure the chosen candi- date will lead Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando in its renewed vision and passion set forth by dedicated volunteers and community members. The search committee and board of directors chose Olga because of her proven track record of strong leadership, innovation and commitment to building Jewish commu- nity." Yorish was born in St. Pe- tersburg (Leningrad), Russia and is a former refusenik, who emigrated in 1989. She holds a master's degree in metal- lurgical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute in Leningrad. Once in the United States, Yorish furthered her education and was the first Jew from the former Soviet Olga Yorish Union to receive a Federa- tion Executive Education and Recruitment Program schol- arship from the Council of Jewish Federations to attend the Hornstein Program for Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University. She was the first Jew from the former Soviet Union to attend the Hornstein Program. In 1992, Yorish graduated with a master's degree in Jew- ish communal service and began her career with the Jewish Federation system. Most recently, she was head of the Jewish Federation of Director on page 19A Rawiszer elected to national post Cantor Jacki Rawiszer, cantor of Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando, has been elected secretary of the American Conference of Cantors for a three-year term beginning July 2013. "Cantor Rawiszer brings her current experience as an active and current board member, having chaired and championed an important initiative for cantors to raise funds toward scholarships for our congregational youth to attend the Union for Reform Judaism's summer camps," said Cantor Susan Caro, president of the American Conference of Cantors. "Her attentiveness to detail will be well-suited to the record- keeping and the communica- tions work of our Conference. "Cantor Rawiszer embod- ies both joy and compassion in her current interactions with our membership. Her natural energywill be asource of strength and leadership for the new officer team." Rawiszer strives to combine her two greatest passions, Judaism and music to create a vibrant and warm worship experience for all who are part of the CRJ family, a CRJ official said. She feels strongly about the importance of Jew- ish musical and arts education for both adults and young people, and strives to develop new ways to approach our rich and diverse cultural heritage Cantor Jacki Rawiszer throughout our spiritual community. Since 2002, Rawiszer has served CRJ as co-clergy with rabbinic colleague Rabbi Steven Engel. She completed the cantorial certification program through Hebrew Union College/School of Sa- cred Music in 2007 and is a graduate of the 2010 cohort of the Kellogg School of Man- agement's program for Jewish leaders. Rawiszer received her bachelor of arts degree from Emerson College in Boston and vocal training at the New England Conservatory of Music and Stetson University. tt t