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PAGE 8 HERITAGE lers RANA THALON-GIESELER sings at Yore ha-Zikaron cer- emony, April 25. ByElaine Silver is both a personal and corn- from Hebrew to English and tears, Maxwell spoke of David traits, spent her munal day of commemora- back again, and his family makingaliyah, service singing to More than l00 people gath- tion in Israel and in Jewish Everyone stood in silence going to Israel to live from For three years eredonSundayevening, April communities around theas a two-minute siren Pittsburgh, Penn just five 25 at the Hebrew Day School world, sounded to mark the begin- years ago when he was 13. stationed, accom on the Jewish Community The Greater Orlando Jew- ningoftheceremony, justas David was killed at age 18, singing group Campus in Maitland to corn- ish community, for the sec- it does in Israel, where the while serving in the Israeli shared her memorate Yore ha-Zikaron, ondyear in a row, joined with activitiesofeverydaylifecome army. with the communil Israel's Day of Remembrance. Jews throughout theworld to to a complete standstillwhile Most of the families in at- of the Yom The State of Israel, founded observe Yore ha-Zikaron, the sirens sound. The loss of tendancehavedirectconnec- memoration. 56 years ago, marks this Me- Tracey Shipley Amar, Oren life of soldiers and civilians is tions to Israel. Some are Is- Maxwell in her morial Day on the day before LinderandYonitDotanorga- deeplymournedinIsrael,and raelis who have moved to reada Yore ha-Atzmaut, Indepen- nized a moving ceremony of the sense of loss reaches to Florida from Israel; others tenbyNaomi Levi, deuce Day. poetry, prayerand music.The Jewish communities all over have a spouse, parent or chil- cluded the Originally conceived as a multi-purpose room in the . the world, including here in drenwhoareIsraelis. Almost day for mourning men and Hebrew Day School's new Central Florida. all, including.t, he children, are but you women killed in battle de- buiidingwastransformedinto Ava Maxwell spoke of theequally comfortable in He- fending Israel's existence, the a kibbutz dining hail, or Is- lossofhernephew, David,who brew and English. and trust in God day has evoived to mark both raeli community room, as was killed by terrorists just Ranat Haion-Gieseler, aYou live on the loss of soldiers and the families gatheredand greeted nine months ago on Yom Kip- photographer specializing in pride and love. civilian victims of terror. It one another, switching easily pur. Barely holding backblack and white wedding por- Rest in peace. ~ii~~ a success At an annual task force Hanson's presentation was Ages to the modern era. to this program underscores meetingheldonOctoberSandentitled: "The New Anti- The first Teachers' Forum the need for ongoing teacher 9, 2003, Florida Department Semitism and The Passion of was held December 15, 2003. workshops during the year. of Education representative Christ." Hanson surveyed the The program was first offered The HMREC looks forward to Ava Byrne encouraged mem- current global epidemic of to graduates of the Center's presenting such programs bets to hold'follow-up work- anti-Semitism and educated Teacher's Training Institute quarterly, and extends thanks shops for teachers through- CentraIFIoridateachersabout andthenopeneduptoallCen- to board member Patricia out the year. The workshops disturbing and dangerous tral Florida public school Ambinder for supporting the are intended to complement trends occurring today, 60 teachers. Seventy-five teach- Center's first Teachers' Fo- the training teachers receive years post-Holocaust, in Eu- ers metatthe Center tosocial- rum. at their annual four-day in- rope, the Arab/Muslim World ize with one another and the Thenextforum, plannedfor tensive seminars presented in and on campuses across North Center'sstaffatapre-program August, will focus oninstruct- June at the seven task force America. reception.Theteachersviewed ing teachers in the use of the sites located throughout the The lively debate around Mei a presentation on the bomb- Center's "teaching trunks" in State of Florida. Gibson's film "The Passion of ing of Auschwitz given by the classroom.The forumwili The Holocaust Memorial The Christ" brought home to Ephraim Kaye. Kaye is the di- beledbytheCenter'sresource Resource and Education Cen- the teachers an important rector of seminars for teach- teacher, MitchellBloomer, and ter was pleased to present the message: In the current cli- ers from abroad at the Yad will again feature a pre-event second of its quarterly Teach- mate of anti-Semitism, rood- VaShem International School reception. To sponsor a quar- ers'ForumsonApriil, ern day passion plays may still For Holocaust Studies in terly Teacher's Forum, orthe This forum featured Dr. Ken have the power to incite anti- Jerusalem. annual series, contact the Hanson, professor of Judaic Jewishviolence, asdidthepas- HMREC staffobserved that HolocaustMemorialResource Studies at the University of sion plays popular in Chris- the enthusiastic attendance and Education Center at 407- Central Florida. Professor tian Europe from the Middle and response of the teachers 628-0555. Israeli Independence Day On Sunday, April 25, students, families and friends of the Jewish Community Center's preschool celebrated Yore ha-Atsmaut, Israeli Independence Dag, with a variety of educational activities. JCC Preschool students built a "Wall of Peace" in celebration of Yom ha.Atzmaut. They used 306 painted shoe boxes, and filled the wall with slips of paper saying what peace meant to them. Rebecca Lewis enjoys one of the many activity centers at the JCC Preschool's celebration of Yom ha. A~maut. ngagement :,11 3qnnouncement li Joanne Cohen and Gerald Goldin Joanne Cohen of East Amherst, N.Y. and Gerald Goldin of Orlando are proud to announce their engagement. The bride-elect is a graduate of Buffalo State College in New York, where she received bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education. The groom-elect stud- ied electronics at Lawrence Institute of Technology in Detroit, Mich. He is now retired after owning and oper- ating several printing locations in Central Florida for over twenty years. The bride-elect is the daughter of Thelma Greenspan of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. and the late Morris Greenspan. She is the mother of a daughter, Betsy Cohen, who currently attends Emory University in Atlanta as a doctoral candidate in physical therapy; and a son, Rich- ard Cohen of San Francisco, who is doing research toward a doctorate in biological engineering. The groom-elect is the youngest of six children born and raised in Detroit. He is the father of two daughters, Patricia and Elizabeth, and the grandfather of four children, all of Orlando. The bride and groom-elect have recently been "snow- birds," commuting between Buffalo and Orlando. They will be married in Buffalo on August 22, and after honeymooning in Hawaii they will reside in Central Florida. tzva Matthew J. Auster, son of Marc and Gail Auster of Maitland, was called to the Torah on Saturday, May 1, 2004 at the Congregation of Liberal Judaism. Matthew is in the sev- enth grade at Maitland Middle School, he is a member of two bands, playing clarinet in the Wind Ensemble and saxo- phone in the Symphonic Band. His interests include music and bowling. Sharing in the family's simcha weft Michelle; grandmother, Estelle Auster Beach; and family and friends from delphia, Boston and New Jersey. of West Los Angeles, ) fexanofer [X;in Alexander Ryan Elkin, son of Douglas and Bar- bara Elkin of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Satur- day, May 15, 2004 at the Congregation of Liberal Judaism in Orlando. Alex is in the sixth grade at Rock Lake Middle School, where he is a member of the honor roll. His other inter- ests include lacrosse, bas- ketball, snow skiing, listen- ing to music, computers, taking care of his dogs and spending time with friends. He is also a member of OAFTY at CLJ. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Alex's Jeff; sister, Stephanie; grandparents, Abe and Elkin of Boynton Beach, Fla.; grandfather, Schwartz of West Palm Beach, Fla.; g uncle, Hank and Beatrice Diamond of uncle and aunt, David and Lois Marks and Meredith and Jason Marks of Goshen, N.Y.; uncl aunt, Steve and Karin Elkin and cousins Elkin of Weston, Fla.; and relatives from and New York. go .U S, es J o en Joshua James Rosen, son of Harris and Trisha Rosen of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, May 8, 2004 at Temple Ohalei Rivka in Orlando. Joshua is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Preparatory, where he is a member of the Latin Club and where he has partici- pated in soccer and cross- countryathletics. His other interests include golf, Joshua is also a boy scout, second class. Sharing in the family's simcha will ers, Jack and Adam; sister, Shayna; uncle and Arlene Rosen of New York; grandmother, Ashenbrenner; uncle, Ross Rohr; aunt, Kell Debbie Rohr; aunt, Barb Rohr; and cousins, Cassidy, Hunter and Dillon Rohr of Wisconsin.