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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 5, 2017 NEW YORK--Ambassa- the more than 600 delegates World Jewish Congress... we dor Ronald S. Lauder was from 90 countries, Lauder are one people, and we take reelected for a third term said:"Ihavedonemanythings care of each other." as World Jewish Congress in my life, but there is no ac- Lauder spoke to the del- president on Monday, at the complishment, no title, no egates about the challenges WJC's 15th Plenary Assembly honor that I am more proud facing the Jewish world, inNewYork. In his address to ofthanbeingpresidentofthe including the anti-Semitic Federation, JCRC leaders meet with Nelson Leaders from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and the Federation's Jewish Community Relations Council met with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, at his Orlando office on April 14. Nelson, a longtime ally of the American Jewish community and of Israel, expressed his continuing support for Greater Orlando's Jewish community institutions. JFGO is working with Nelson's office to find federal grant monies to fund security improvements on the Maitland Jewish Community Campus. From left: JFGO President Rhonda Forest, JFGO Executive Director Olga Yorish, JCRC Co-Chair Ina Porth, Sen. Nelson, JCRC Co-Chair Michelle Zaltsberg, and JFGO Community Relations and Leadership Development Director Marli Porth. nature inherent in the dele- hear someone say that they on Sunday and expressed gitimization and demoniza- arenotant-Semitic, onlyanti- his commitment that Israel tion of the State of Israel. A Israel, stand up and tell them should be treated like every recent poll conducted by the that is a lie. It's a lie because other member state. The World Jewish Congress in when you lie about Israel's World Jewish Congress has major Jewish communities present and past, and when grown and strengthened around the world found that you actively seek its destruc- exponentially over the last 10 "the number one concern for tion, guesswhat? That doesn't yearsofhis presidency, Lauder Jewstodaywastheincreasein make you an anti-Zionist, it said. A major undertaking of anti-Semitism.., and the rise makes you an anti-Semite." the WJC during his tenure ofradicalIslam,"Laudersaid. Lauder also pointed to included the launching of a Lauder said that "Today, the prevailing anti-Israeli security departmentworking there is a new form if anti- sentiment in the United Na- in tandem with governments Semitism. Now, anti-Semites tions, saying, "At the UN, around the world to protect focus their hatred of Jews on truth doesn't matter. Facts Jewish communities, and the world's only Jewish state, don't matter. Common sense expandingdiplomaticworkto You can disagree with Israel's doesn't matter." meetwith importantinterna- policies, but when you talk However, the WJC presi-tionalandgovernmentleaders about and seek the elimina- dent praised UN Secretary across the globe to advocate tion ofIsrael, thenyouare an General Antonio Guterres, onbehalfoftheJewishpeople, anti-Semite. "So, when you who had addressed delegates Lauder said. Mayor Dyer honored at Holocaust Center Dinner of Tribute The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Cen- ter's annual Dinner of Tribute recognized Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for his advocacy and commitment to better the lives of all of Orlando's citizens. The award and its purpose were explained by the Holocaust Center's Executive Director Pam Kancher and Board President Mark Freid. Mayor Bill Frederick intro- duced Mayor Dyer and recog- nized his effective response to the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting. Other highlights of the evening included per- formances by local actors and the Orlando Gay Chorus. In addition to honoring the mayor, the dinner served as a fundraiser for the Holocaust Center so it can continue to serve the community through programs such as its bullying Tess Wise with honoree Mayor Buddy Dyer. prevention initiative, Upstand- $378,000 was raised for the ers, alongside its varied and Centeranditsmissiontocreate diverse cultural season. Over a more caring and just society. a mon a Including most utilities Located in the Heritage Building, Fern Park, FL For information, please call Jeff at 407-595-6062 Jewish Academy of Orlando first graders ride the train There is a new "animal" in town and it is called "genus jewishacademius." This unique species has a love of learning and a strong con- nection to its Jewish heritage. In all seriousness, the first grade students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando have been studying all about animals and animal classifications. As a culminating activity, they had an incredible visit to the Brevard Zoo! The stu- dents were able to interact, touch, and feed real animals. The "animalia" presentation and the train ride allowed the students to get an even closer look at some of the animals. At the Jewish Acad- emy of Orlando, we believe in "learning through doing" and the students' trip to the zoo was just another example of experimental learning, which at the Brevard Zoo. takes place daily at the Jewish Academy! The students really had a great day at the zoo! They had fun and learned a lot in the process. For more information about the Jewish Academy of Orlando or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact Alan Rusonik, Head of School, at or 407-647-0713.