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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 10, 2013 Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. announced that Aaron J. Gorovitz, a long-time real estate partner with the firm, has been appointed to the board of directors of Meritas, a global alliance of 7,124 experienced lawyers in 175 full-service law firms serving 236 markets--all rigorously qualified, independent and collaborative. Gorovitz has been in- volved with Meritas for several years. He is one of seven elected board members who will serve for a three- year term. Most recently, he served as the co-chair of the Meritas U.S. Real Estate Group and the chair of the North America Real Estate Meeting, which was held in Aaron Gorovitz appointed to Meritas board Aaron Gorovitz Chicago this pas t October and which received national recognition. For more than 25 years, Gorovitz's legal practice has and receives honor centered on large and com- plex commercial, residential and mixed use real estate projects throughout Central Florida. He is often involved in site selection and due" diligence and is lead counsel in the procurement of Devel- opments of Regional Impact (DRIs), comprehensive plan designations, zonings and other governmental approv- als and entitlements. He also formulates public/private partnerships on master plans, and takes a lead role in the development, financ- ing and leasing of projects A community leader, he also serves as the Chair of the Central Florida Part- nership (CFP), which is influencing growth in the Central Florida community. Gorovitz is also involved with many other organiza- tions, including the Orange County School Board Busi- ness Advisory Group, the Community Foundation of Central Florida, the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando and the Jewish National Fund. in addition, he serves as the co-chair of Meritas, Real Estate Group and is a member of the Meritas Member Relations and Marketing Board Com- mittee. Recently, Gorovitz. was honored with the "Most Influential Businessmen" in Central Florida award by the Orlando i Business Journal and the "Father of the Year" award presented. by the American Diabetes Association. The firm also announced that Gorovitz has been fea- tured as one of the Orange County leaders in Central Florida by Florida Trend magazine, May 2013 issue. Gorovitz has spent countless hours working side-by-side with community leaders and was instrumental in bringing SunRail to Central lorida. This March, he traveled with other regional leaders to Washington, D.C. to help advance the regional needs including hospitality, travel and tourism, research fund- ing and entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Central Flori- da; To view Florida Trend's list of Orange County leaders, go to: http://bit.ly/120tzRq PAGE 3A Founded in Orlando, in 1969, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A, is  multi-practice law firm with over 100 attorneys. We represent clients across a myriad of industries locally, nationally and beyond our borders, advising on almost every aspect of business: from high-stakes, high- profile litigation to labor and employment law; from tax issues to trademark and patent protection; from bankruptcy and creditors' rights to wealth manage- ment; from complex com- mercial and residentia7 real estate issues to healthcare; from capital raising and en- tity formation to corporate growth and expansion, www. lowndes-law.com Past JCC employees invite you to the J Ball Marvin and Bonnie Friedman party it up at last gear's J Ball. By Jodi Krinker JCC Celebrating 40 years is a very special simcha. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is turning 40 this year. Over the last 40 years, the JCC has had many fundraisers, but none is as special or fun as the J Ball, which will take place at the Rosen Plaza Hotel at 8 .m. Saturday, May 18. The JCC's previous execu- tive director, Marvin Fried- man, had this to say when asked why he plans on attend- ing this year's J Ball: "For as long as I can remember, Jerry and Susan Roth have been tremendously supportive of our JCC, as well as numer- ous other charities in our community. They certainly deserve to be honored and publicly thanked for helping to make our community more vibrant and a wonderful place to live. They enabled the J to make a difference in so many people's lives...families who were struggling and needing assistance to send thei child to nursery school, summer caml or after-school care. "I certainly hope that ev- eryone who's participated and benefitted in some way from our JCC will join the festivities at the JCC's 40th anniversary celebration." Harriet Weiss, who until recently served as the JCC's director of senior program- ming, continues to attend the JBall, even after she's retired from working at the JCC. "The JCC has always been an important part of my life. I love coming to the J Ball to help support the agency that does so much for our Jewish community. I am especially proud o attend since we are honoring the Roth Family as part of the 40th anniversary. They have been longtime supporters, and I think they really deserve to be honored." Getting pinned Jewish National Fund Orlando board member and JNF Doctors for Israel Chair Dr. Shari YudenfreundoSujka, left, accepts her coveted Sapphire Society pin from JNF Women's Campaign for Israel assistant vice president Louise Dabrow. The Sap- phire Society, a major gift women's division of JNF, is an elite group that has raised millions of dollars for a wide variety of projects in Israel. Each member receives a Sapphire Society pin upon becoming a member. Linda Amon, right, enjoys last year's J Ball with Daniel and Caryn Coultoff. Harriet Weiss, left, reunites Another previous staff person and current member of the board of directors, Linda Amon, shared her comments as to why she continues to attend the J Ball each year. "The. Jewish Community Center was the first place my with l'ends Larry and Mary Lee Stallings at last year's J Ball. family joined when we moved to Orlando in 1974. Itwas'our home' back then and through the years. It is where our children went to preschool and camp and where we met wonderful people, many of whom are still our close friends. I'm excited to attend the J Ball because it brings us together as a family and will raise funds to ensure that our programming and facility will be there for now and for future generations." To register for the event go to www.orlandojcc.org or call 407-645-5933. Combat reservist to speak at Ohev on Shavuot Sergeant BenjaminAntho- ny is a combat reservist in the Israel Defense Forces. Born in England, he experienced a brutal anti-Semitic attack that changed the course of his life. He and his brothers made aliyah and J0!ned the IDF, defending Israel in every recent military campaign. After completing his military service, Sgt. Anthony founded Our Soldiers Speak to "sepa- rate fact from sensational- ism, to distinguish between perception and reality, and to compare the media headlines to the truth." He travels the English-speaking world to bring the "proud truth" of Israel's front line battles to college campuses and com- munities. On Thursday, May 16 at 11:30 a.m., Sgt. Anthony will be in Orlando speaking during the sermon slot of second day Shvuot services at Congregatiofi Ohev Sha- lom (613 Concourse Pkwy S, Maitland). His speech will be open to the public. Sergeant Benjamin Anthony 4