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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 4, 2012 The Jewish Museum of Florida presents "Mel Fin- kelstein: Picturing the Man Behind the Camera," opening May 22. This exhibition examines a lifetime of work by Finkel- stein, an acclaimed photo- journalist Mel Finkelstein. From the late 1960s to the late 1980s, when readers rifled through The Daily News to see "what happened in New York yesterday," more often than not, their view of the city and themselves came through the lens of Finkelstein. Few photojournalists have had as direct, immediate and continuous relationship with a mass audience as Finkel- stein, from the time of his youth to his untimely death at age 60, when he was photo editor at The New York Post. Exr bition of acclaimed photojournalist opens in Miami Beach This collection of photos from the 1950s-1980s focuses on iconic cultural symbols, giving a sense of this larger- than-life man and his world of time, place and celebrity. The exhibit is full of candid images of well-known per- sonalities, from presidents to performers, such as Presi- dents Kennedy, Truman and Eisenhower, Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, The Beatles, John Travolta, Kim Novak, Mari- lyn Monroe and Sylvester Stallone. Finkelstein's ability to "play the hunch" resulted in his capturing the special moments that tell a story. As he is quoted saying, "The right spot at the right time. That's what this business is all about. Sometimes you stay in one spot and other times you play hunches and you would cruise." On his wits and his guts, his hustle and his hunches, Finkelstein man- aged with stunning regularity to be in the right spot at the right time. Finkelstein had an uncanny nose for news, sniffing out an important story among the many routine occurrences that came over the police ra- dios or phone tips. He cared as much about the story behind his photos, as their dramatic potential. He began cover- ing race riots in Harlem and became committed to civil rights reporting, even when he was unwelcome because he was white. Finkelstein summarized, "It's such an overwhelming thing to look back, year after year after year, what you have seen, what has happened before your camera and what your camera has captured. You sort of get the feeling that you're part of the continuity of history." Finkelstein (1932-1992) started working for The Journal-American as a 16-year-old high school student. He stayed through its merger into The World- Journal-Tribune and that paper's demise in 1967. For the next 20 years he worked at The Daily News, then joined The New York Post in 1988. The museum is at 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. For more informa- tion: 305-672-5044 or www. jewishmuseum.com. PAGE 3A 'Beatles 1964' is a Mel Finkelstein photo on exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Florida through Oct. 14. JAO observes Yom HaShoa Ian Gentles recited a poignant poem to the JAO students who gathered for the program. Sivan Goldberg explains what is happening in the photo to the many students who have gathered around her. Davis Parks and Reid Steinmetz explore the student art displayed at the Holo- caust Center. Jewish Family Services receives generous food donation Ryan Mendelsohn and Jordan Harris are rendered silent as displays. On Thursday, April 19 the fourth-eighth grade students from Jewish Academy of Orlando spent the morning at The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Cen- ter of Florida remembering those that perished during the Holocaust and vowing to tell the stories over and over again so that no one forgets. For many of the fourth graders, itwas their first time learning in detail about the tragic event. This was often very difficult for them to handle, yet they never gave in to their fears because they knew how important it was to learn about this part of their Jewish history. For the fifth through eighth graders, the morning was a solemn reminder of the lessons they have learned about the Holocaust and its effect on they read the plaques of the Jewish life today. The pro- gram, organized by Limor Gabbai, the school's Hebrew and Judaic coordinator, was spent by saying prayers, read- ing poems, and touring the center to view its collection, as well the many entries of art submitted by students in grades five-twelve, from all across central Florida, to visually represent Yore Pictured from far left are Joel Patterson and Anthony Gonzalez. In the front are Mary Love, BA Wilson, and Rob Cumming. From the back far right are Mike Pessolano and Richard Mathis. All are from from Personal Mini Storage. Personal Mini Storage was started in 1982 by local en- trepreneur brothers Charles, Stan and Ron Shader. Employees of the company set a goal to collect 2,000 pounds of food. JFS is proud to state, "Mission accom- plished!" From March 15 to April 15, the employees at locally owned Personal Mini Stor- age conducted a food drive pounds of food, a huge feat from the 600 pounds they collected three years ago. The staff members, at nearly 25 locations throughout Central Florida, are a great example of what volunteer- ism is all about. They set a goal, got creative, remained dedicated to the cause, and exceeded that goal, Their dedication and goodwill will provide food to 1,400 families and collected nearly 2,200 who benefit from the Jewish Family Services' (JFS) Pearl- man Pantry. Everyone worked tire- lessly to unload and count the pounds of food. In honor of Volunteer Appreciation month, JFS would like to thank the staff of Personal Mini Storage for their com- mitment. If you would like to conduct a food drive or volunteer in one of the two pantries, please call JFS at 407-644-7593. St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society to present round table discussion The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society will mark Jewish American Heritage Month 2012 by hosting a Round Table DiscussionOpen Forum on the work and direction of the organization. The event will feature Flagler College's professor John Diviney, University of Florida doctoral candidate Diana Reigelsperger and Rabbi Mer- rill Shapiro among others, at 6p.m. Wednesday, May 9 at Flagler College's Ringhaver Student Center-Gamache Koger Auditorium on King Street in St.Augustine. The forum has been sanctioned by the Jewish American Heritage Month Coalition. This event is open to the public, there is no charge and no advance arrangements are necessary.