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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 5, 2017 PAGE 3A 9 Dr.~Henry and Elise Shilowitz By Pamela Ruben It all began in Valdosta, Georgia, in the late 1960s with a pair of his and her golf clubs. Elise and Henry Schilowitz, took up recreational golf as a way to spend time together, while Henry served out his two-year commission as an OB/GYN in the Air Force. Almost 50 years later, the ball is still rolling, as the com- munity-minded couple and Jewish Pavilion volunteers are honored at the Pavilion Golf Society Tournament on Sunday, May 7. The 5th An- nual Event will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek's newly renovated Arnold Palmer Golf Course in support of the Orlando Senior Help Desk (OSHD). The OSHD a com- munity resource sponsored by the Pavilion at no cost to older adults and their families, providing guidance to seniors and their family members in their time of need. The active grandparents of six, and parents of three adult children, Ted (Jodi), Steven (Melissa), and Re- becca (Shaun), attribute their youthful energy to their family and community involvements. Relocating to Maitland in the early 1970s, the Schilowitzes have been active in The Jewish Pavilion and a host of other causes including ORT, Temple Israel, and the Orange and Seminole County Public Schools. Ad- ditionally, the couple were early (and continued) sup- porters of the Maitland's JCC. For years, the couple worked together in Dr. Schilowitz's medical practice, where Elise was office manager and Henry delivered "thousands of babies," serving as head of Florida Hospital's OB/GYN Department for several years. When Henry began practic- ing at Orlando's VA Hospital, Elise retired from the office, moving on to "professional volunteerism." "In the past decade, Elise has been a leader, mentor, and source of guidance for The Jewish Pavilion, as one of the few people who has presided over both our Boards," stated Nancy Ludin, executive direc- tor. Schilowitz has served as Pavilion Friends Board presi- dent, president of the Board of Directors, and currently holds the position of Immediate past president. Elise shares that Henry has been a champion of the Pavilion throughout her involvement, and has offered support by attending all ma- jor functions, including the annual golf event each year. Additionally, the Schilowitz couple expertly hosts a'basket assembly' get together each year prior to the Pavilion gala, as they help combine hundreds of donated items into auction packages. Elise notes that Henry has been the unofficial auction"schlepper" School open house May 7 Rabbi Joshua Neely leading a MAGAL class. Cantor Kim Singer with MAGAL students. The Meitin Alliance for Growth And Learning, the collaborative religious school between Temple Israel (Conservative) and Temple Shir Shalom (Reform), will hold its first in a series of open houses for the 2017-18 school year this Sunday, May 7, between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All families in the Central Florida Jewish com- munity are cordially invited to attend. MAGAL is located on the campus of Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Road, Winter Springs. Come and meet Rabbi Neely and Cantor Kim, heads of school, as well as the teachers and students, and familiarize yourself with the classrooms, sanctuary, social hall and the Harriett's Park playground. For more information, please go to www.tiflorida. org. 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 her time or talent or monetary gifts to better the Orlando Jewish community. Nomina- tions for the 2017 Heritage Human Service Award are now being accepted and the award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, which will be held Aug. 27. "For more than 27 years, individuals who have made major, voluntary contribu- tions of their talent, time, energy and effort to the Central Florida community have been honored with the selection and presentation of this award," said Jeff Gaeser, editor and publisher of the Heritage. Last year's recipi- ent was Susie Bierman. For- mer recipients have included Loren London (2014) Bob Yarmuth (2004), and Claire Mercer (2003). According Gaeser, "Each recipient chose their own path, but made considerable 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- ing the world--out of internal motivation." Nominations should be emailed to news@orlando- heritage.corn with the subject Human Service Award, or typed on 8 1/2" x 11" paper and sent by mail to Heritage Florida Jewish News, Human Service Award, 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Included should be the name and phone number of the nominee, a documented list of his or her accomplishments, and the name and phone number of the nominator(s). The Heritage is accepting nominations until Friday, June 9. for years, hauling hundreds of baskets to the gala locations to help raise funds for the Jew- ish Pavilion and its Orlando Senior Help Desk. Both Elise and Henry have been caregivers to aging par- ents, with their late parents residing at several senior facilities including Oakmonte Village of Lake Mary and the KinneretApartments, respec- tively. The couple has lived the Pavilion's mission first-hand, and feel a communal respon- sibility to help Orlando's elder community feel connected as they transition to life in as- sisted living and skilled nurs- ing homes. The Schilowitzes remarked, "It's everyone's goal to live to a ripe old age, and to have a caring commu- nity behind you. That's what we love about the Pavilion. As we make elder-care residents feel valued with holidays and visits, we feel good ourselves for being there for someone who might otherwise be alone. The Orlando Senior Help Desk has become an invalu- able resource, helping callers make their way through the 'sand traps' of caring for a loved one. A previous JLIAdult Education Course beingpresented by Rabbi Yanky Majesky atNate's Shul in Longwood. One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East. Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats. Beginning the week of May 7, Chabad rabbis throughout central Florida will offer a new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute called Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six- Day War. Commemorating 50 years since the Six-Day War, the course invites participants to experience a captivating account of what was at the time considered by many to be the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history. "Traditionally, Jews main- tain a fervent allegiance to Israel and also lobby against human rights violations around the globe" said Rabbi Yanky Majesky of Chabad North Orlando, the local JLI Instructor in Longwood. "This course explores the compatibility of these two values, examining Jewish perspectives on controversial human rights accusations leveled against Israel." If Judaism is a religion of ideas, why do Jews care so much about land? Why does Israel perpetually raise the ire of the entire world? And what are the ethics of preemptive strikes and col- lateral damage? The course also inquires how Israel might protect itself against an enemy that uses human shields, and explores Jew- ish positions about Israel's moral obligation concerning territories captured in the Six-Day War. "In Survival of a Nation modern history meets con- temporary controversy," explained Rabbi Zalman Abraham of JLI's Brooklyn headquarters, "The thrill- ing historic narrative raises questions about morality and the prospect of peace in the Middle East that began--or were highlighted during- -the Six-Day war and remain unresolved." Like all JLI programs, this course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowl- edge, including those without any prior experience or back- ground in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. The classes Will be held at the following Chabad Centers: Chabad--Center of Jew- ish Life, 7347 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando, meeting on Tuesdays (beginning May 9) at7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Nate's Shul, 1701 Markham Woods Road, Long- wood, meeting on Mondays beginning May 8, from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Chabad of Orlando, 708 Lake Howell Road, Maitland, meeting on Wednesdays beginning May 10 from 7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. Interested students may call 407-636-5994 or visit www.myJLI.com for regis- tration and for other course- related information. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is accepting applications for Community Collaborative Grants for sum- mer 2017 and the 2017-18 pro- gram year. Federation expects to award a total of $50,000 in this round of grants. The grants are available for programs and services that are collaborative in nature and address an unmet need in the Greater Orlando Jewish community. The Federation debuted its Community Collabora- tive Grants initiative in 2015, awarding $100,000 to 18 pro- grams and services in 2015-16. The programs that benefited from the Federation grants covered everything from ex- panded services for the elderly to bringing Israeli summer emissaries to summer camps at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center in Maitland and the Rosen JCC in Orlando. Other grant-supported initiatives include the Exhibit of 100 Years of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando, Kinneret's Coffee and Conversation, and Israel Independence Day cel- ebrations at both local JCCs. To qualify for a grant, at least two agencies, syna- gogues or organizations must work together to develop and submit a proposal and implement a program. The programs or services must be open to the entire Jewish community of Greater Or- lando regardless of religious affiliation, synagogue or agency membership. Providing support to these programs "is what the Jewish Federation is all about," said JFGO Executive Director Olga Yorish. "We're thrilled thatwe are able to offer these grants again this year." Other guidelines for apply- ing include: Grants are available to 501(c) (3) tax-exempt orga- nizations in Greater Orlando area (Orange and Seminole Counties) whose mission is compatible with the mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. Applicants must dem- onstrate measurable positive outcomes. The amount of the award will depend on the quality and potential impact of the proposed program and the number of collaborating or- ganizations. The full grant guidelines and downloadable application are available online at www. jfgo.org/grants. The applica- tion deadline is 5 p.m. May 26.