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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 21, 2017 PAGE 3A games, pros By Christine DeSouza After reading the article about Zev Halikman, the young 22-year-old who made the USA Maccabi water polo team (see the April 7 issue of Heritage), Rochelle Willner of Temple Shalom Aleichem in Kis- simmee was on the phone to Heritage. "I thought you'd like to know that there are two other people from here go- ing to the World Maccabiah Games this summer," she said. Those two people are Marilyn Glaser, president of Temple Shalom Aleichem, and Kissimmee resident, Lazar Lowinger, a member of the USA Maccabi tennis team. Unlike Halikman, this isn't their first World Mac- cabiah Game. They've been going to the Games for more than 30 years. Glaser first started at- tending the Games in 1981. She has never been in any of the sports, but she certainly helped the players as the team nurse. This year, she will be the accommodation manager, or "Mother Hen" Daniel Frankenstein as she puts it, for about 1200 athletes in the t4- through 19-year-old age group. "They didn't need a nurse this year, so I asked 'what can I do?'" she said. Since there have always been accommodation man- agers assigned to each hotel where the athletes Stayed, she knew what the job en- tailed, and she was thrilled to be able to do it. Lowinger was invited by his friend and Maccabiah Hall of Fame tennis player Ir- vingLevinein 1989 to try out for the U.S. men's Maccabi team while living in Newton; Mass. It was the 13th World Maccabiah Games--its Bar Mitzvah year. He did riot make the team. However, a very determined young man, he was 52 at the time, he went to Puerto Rico and organized the Puerto Rican Maccabi Team. In 1997, the year of the tragedy that killed several members of the Australian Team when the bridge they were crossing collapsed, Lowinger was invited to Mexico and together with his friend Justino Hirshon, won the Bronze medal against Israel top players. AIPAC is hosting a program titled "The Dynamics of Israel's Technology Market" with Daniel Frankenstein, co-founder and managing partner at Janvest Capital Partners. This event will be held Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom. Frankenstein will explore: Why Israel packs a punch so far above its weight when it comes to economics and business. Israel has the third largest number of companies traded on U.S. exchanges for aforeign In 2015 Lazar was invited to his native Cuba and joined the team that played in the13th Pan Am games in Santiago, Chile, and won 2 Silver medals in the Grand Masters competition thus giving Cuba their first Silver medals in Grand Masters Tennis. In fact, Lowinger, who was dubbed the "Maccabi Maven" by the Jewish Advo- cate in Boston, has won one gold medal, several silvers and two bronzes for a total of nine medals, "so far," he added. According to Lowinger, there are four catagories for competing: Juniors for ages 14-18; Open Division, all ages; Masters, ages 35-65; and Grand Masters, 65 and up. There is no age limit~ Lowinger, who is now 82, said he'd be playing at the Games until they put him in a casket. Glaser said in her role as an accommodation man- ager she will make sure everything goes smoothly, including getting players to practice or games and home again; and make sure there is food for when they get back to the hotel. country behind Canada and China. Israeli companies raise more venture capital than almost the entire European Union combined--only sec- ond to the U.S. Israel has created the most prolific entrepreneur- ial environment outside of Silicon Valley. Advance registration is required at orlinnovation For more information, contact Nina Uribe, nuribe@ aipac.orgor call 954-382-6110. "The ultimate goal is to make sure everyone has a great time," she said. This year's 20th World Maccabiah Games will be special as Glaser plans to renew her bat mitzvah vows. Never having been bat mitzvahed, Glaser had her first bat mitzvah at the 13th World Maccabiah Games in 1989. Since then all the athletes are given the op- portunity to have their bar/ bat mitzvah there. The USA Maccabi team will arrive one week before the Games begin. Glaser said the USA Maccabi team will four Israel and be introduced to what the games are all about. "This really exposes the athletes to their Jewish heritage," she explained, "and as a result, many have made aliyah." In fact, Glaser made ali- yah and lived in Israel for several years just south of Jerusalem. Lowinger, a retired attor- ney, has lived in many places. He grew up in Romania, but has lived in Cuba, Paris, Mon- treal and Newton, Mass. He moved to Kissimmee in 2011. He never lived in Israel, but when he is there for the Games he feels "like I belong there.'! Glaser also mentioned that many marriages re- sulted from the Games, and lots of Macci-babies too! Lowinger and Giaser met at the World Maccabiah Games. "We would see each other at the Games, but it was more of a 'hello, goodbye' On April 25, Rabbi Ben- jamin Blech will discuss his book and research in to the secrets that Michelangelo April showers bring May flowers For the residents at Brookdale Island Lake flowers came early thanks to Zack Goldberg of Alexis Home Care. Goldberg is happy to deliver "Friday Flowers" in time for the weekly Shabbat celebration (held at 4 p.m. and all are welcome to come) for all w,o attend. Dozens of residents come together each Shabbat for prayer, friendship and community. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to become involved to enhance the Shabbat experience for the seniors in our community. Shown here are Zack Goldberg (holding platter of home made pastries by Ellen Zollman) and Shirley Schoenberger, her grandson, Jared and Berny Raff (holding flowers). Lazar Lowinger and Marilyn Glaser. relationship," Glaser said. Then five years ago, since they both lived in Kissimmee and loved the Games, they decided to become a couple and now they enjoy going to the Games together. The 20th World Maccabiah Games begin July 4 and run through July 18. wove in to his painting at the Sistine Chapel. The event is being hosted by Chabad Cen- ters of Orlando, and will take place at Chabad of Greater Orlando, 708 Lake Howell Road in Maitland. Rabbi Benjamin Blech is an internationally recognized educator, religious-leader, author and lecturer. His lat- "est book, "The Sistine Chapel: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican," has been translated into 15 languages. This major historical work of investiga- tive research aims to proves that Michelangelo incorpo- rated many teachings of Jew- ish Midrash and Kabbalah into the Sistine Chapel--daring ideas unknown to its 4 million annual visitors. Enrico Bruschini, official art historian of the U.S. Em- bassy in Rome, says "Just as the work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel changed forever the world of art, so will this book change forever the way to view and, above all, to understand the work of Michelangelo!" Rabbi Mendy Bronstein, di- rector ofChabad ofAltamonte, says "We are so lucky to have an illustrious speaker such as Rabbi Bleich join us for the evening. The lecture promises to be fascinating and thought provoking." The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person; and $180 for Sponsors, this includes two tickets with VIP seating and dinner with the author before the talk. For more information, please visit www.JewishNor- or call 407- 636-5994.