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o Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Mound ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Aryanna Weisz and Aviva Buren had fun celebrating Israel's Independence Day last year at The Roth Family JCC. There are two events coming up at The Complimentary babysitting will be performances, kids activities, kosher Roth Family JCC. First, on Sunday, April availablefrom6:45p.m.-8p.m.Advanced food, liveentertainment, Israeli dancing, 30, they will remember Israel's fallen registrationforbabysittingisrequiredby photo opts and open swim in the large soldiers and victims of terror at the an- signing up at www.orlandojcc,org, swimming pool. nualYomHazikaron/IsraelMemorialDay The following Tuesday, May 2, it is The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. Ceremony.Therewillbeasing-a-longafter time to celebrate Israel's Independence - 8:30 p.m. the ceremony, which begins at 6:45 p.m. Day. The joyous festival will include choir By Christine DeSouza There are times when a very bad situation actually turns out to provide a"golden opportunity" to bring about change. Such is the case with Peter Gold, who started a nonprofit foundation called Strong City, a 501(c)(3) that supports organizations that empower underserved youth. It was only 16 months ago that Gold--who's parents live in Longwood --was fighting for his life after being shot by a man who was abducting a woman. Just recently, that horrific shooting was brought to the American peoples' at- tention again as Gold sat with Matt Lauer on the Today Show and viewed, for the first time, the surveillance video of the shooting in the Lower Garden District in New Orleans. "I remember being right there and looking at this guy in the face as he held his gun to me and he told me at point blank, 'I'm going to kill you' and he shot me in the stomach The Orlando Chapter of HaZamir. Congregation of Reform across the United States and Judaism is holding an open Israel, including chapters in house reception on May 7 Boca RatonandMiami. Each at 1:30 p.m. at the syna- HaZamir chapter rehearses gogue, featuring a live per- weeklyinitslocalcitytolearn formance of music by the a common repertoire, study HaZamir Orlando Chapter the texts of that repertoire members--Alexa Schein, and then gather together to Hannah Schenkel, Harrison polish and perform that rep- Burke, Vicki Geismar and ertoire at regional, national Maya Milsom--who have and international events, just returned from singingat culminating in a spectacular the Met with HaZamir: The Gala Concert with over 400 International Jewish High participants. School Choir. Cantor Jaqueline Rawisz- The Orlando chapter is part er, director of the Orlando of an international network of 35 HaZamir chapters HaZamir on page 15A 0 Peter Gold shown here on the Today Show, and a still of the video of his attacker attempting to kill him. It is that time of year once again when Heritage Florida Jewish News is putting out feelers for one outstanding person in the Jewish com- munity who has given his or and long-lasting contribu- tions to the Jewish commu- nity. Nominees for the 2017 award are individuals who do not look for recognition, but perform tikun olan--repair- and I fell to the ground," Gold her time or talent or monetary ingtheworld--out of internal told Lauer. Calling his recovery ancreatesuchviolencewithsuch giftstobettertheOrlandoJew- motivation." Just as shocking was the "incredible miracle," he told ease, without even thinking ish community. Nominations Nominations should be . fact that Gold was on his cell LaueronToday,'Tmjustvery about it. for the 2017 Heritage Human emailed to news@orlando- phone talking to his parents, lucky and fortunate to be able With that thought, he--Service Award are now being heritage.comwith the subject Dr. Robert and Gail Gold of to come out of that alive. I along with Adam Beal, Alex acceptedandtheawardwillbe Human Service Award, or Longwood, as he came to the think about that day every Brands, Sarah Bobker, M.D., presented at the annual meet- typed on 8 1/2" x 11" paper woman'saidandendedupshot single day of my life."Caroline Cunningham M.D., ing ofthe Jewish Federation of and sent by mail to Heritage in the stomach. Miraculously, All of that is the"backstory" NickCurran, Matthew Deitch, Greater Orlando. Florida Jewish News, Human the assailant, later identified to what has been created as a Mark Jones M.D., and Joshua "For more than 27 years, Service Award, 207 O'Brien J as Eric Cain, tried to shoot result of the attack. Kogel CPA--created Strong individuals who have made Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, the fallen Gold in the head, Gold went on to graduate City. major, voluntary contribu- FL 32730. Included should execution-style but his gun from Tulane and is now fin- Thefirstcitytobenefitfrom tions of their talent, time, be the name and phone jammed. As people began to ishing an orthopedic surgery the foundation is New Orleans energy and effort to the Cen- number of the nominee, a -- run to the scene, Cain took residency in New York. The because statistics show that tral Florida community have documented list of his or her i i~ o n~i a but~ te expeien dd o av him prento ~ild nli in eenhonoed~thhe ompihmnt ndthe captured, bitter or wanting to seek poverty;24percentvictims of tion and presentation of this name and phone number of What did his parents do as any kind of revenge. It did, homicide are aged 18-24; and award," said JeffGaeser, editor the nominator(s). i r they heard what was happen- however, create a lot of ques- 50 percent of convicted mur- andpublisher of the Heritage. The Heritage is accepting ing? "They kept me calm and tions. Gold, who was known derers are younger than 23. Lastyear'srecipientwas Susie nominations until Friday, waited for the ambulance to to be a "selfless" person, Astatement onthe Strong Bierman. Former recipients June 9. -q, come,'hesays."Itcameright always engaged, involved Citywebsite(www.mystrongc- have included Loren London ii away'When Iwke uP tw days with his peers and willing t ity'rg) reads:"We believe that (2014) Bb Yarmuth (2004)' i later, I was in the hospital. My try to help someone, could the future of our cities de- and Claire Mercer (2003). . entire group of family and not understand what could pendsonouryouth.Thatsup- According Gaeser, "Each 09 friends was there," he told have happened in someone's recipient chose their own People magazine, life that would cause them to Strong City on page 15Apath, but made considerable