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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 11, 2012 T JewishPavilion 600tda raises $30,000 PAGE 3A Alan and Gwen Sachnoff have a fun time at the Gala. More than $30,000 was raised April 22 to benefit Orlando area elders in long- term care. About 250 people attended the Jewish Pavilion Gala at The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North. The festivities included a silent and live auction, a magic show and a gourmet meal.. The Jewish Pavilion re- Tony and Pam Ruben enjoy themselves at the Gala. ceived a grant from the Win- ter Park Health Foundation to create a video. The video was produced by Michael Ja- neiro of Gizmo Productions and was shown for the first time at the Gala, where it received a round of applause. The video concluded with "The Jewish Pavilion is wher- ever someone in our com- munity needs to be looked Karen and Steve Selznick share a momen at the Gala. after and lovel. Wherever we can brighten someone's day with a gift or lift someone's spirits with a visit or holiday celebration. It's inal150 of the long-term care facilities where we come together to share our culture with residents of all faiths. It's not a place on the map. It!s a place in the heart." Visit www.jewishp,avilion. org. Holocaust Center seeking puppet show volunteers 'The Ultimate Consequence" is a puppet show performed as part of the UpStanders: Stand Up to Bullying initiative. The Holocaust Center is looking for adult volunteers to be trained to present a light and shadows puppet show as part of the UpStanders: Stand Up to Bullying initia- tive. The show, "The Ultimate Consequence," was created by MicheLee Puppets exclusively for the UpStander program. The Holocaust Center owns the show and presents it as part of its Middle School anti- bullying curriculum. Volunteers will use an over- head projector to manipulate silhouettes, synchronized to a prepared sound track. You may also be asked to talk with students after the performance to discuss different types of bullying and useful strategies to safely interrupt it. Extensive training is provided. Volunteers will be working with middle school students at various Central Florida schools and Will need to be available during school hours. In Orange County Public Schools and most other districts, you may be subject to a simple background check. Ifyou are interested in be- ing part of this project, contact Carol Dierksen at cdierksen@ holocaustedu or 407-628-0555. Nominate a mensch for the Heritage Human Service Award Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2012 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented on Aug. 19 at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. "For more than 25 years, individuals who have made major, voluntary contribu- tions of their talent, time, ergy, 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 recipient was Howard Lefkowitz. The Heritage is accepting nominations until Friday, June1. As in previous years, the award will be presented at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's annual meeting. According to Gaeser, "Each recipient chose their own path, but made considerable and long lasting contributions to the Jewish community.Nominees for the 2012 award are individuals who do not look for recognition but perform tikkun olam--repairing the world--out of internal motivation." Nominations should be e-mailed or typed on 8 1/2 x ll-inch paper and sent by mail. Included should be the name and phone numOer of the nominee, a documented list of his or her accomplishments, and the name and phone number of the nominator(s). Submit the information to Heritage Florida Jewish News Human Service Award, 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730 or email news@orlandoheritage. cam (in subject line add "Human Service Award"). Gala honorees Carol Feuerman (1), Elise Schilowitz and Susie Kleiman display their certificates created by Joann Fink of Lakeside Designs. Jewish Academy of Orlando':00 6th Annual Spring Musical Actresses Maggie Thomas, Arielle Cohen, Danielle Benghiat, Michelle Hajdenberg, and Yasmeen Siminou show off their costumes for the JAO production of 'Night at the Wax Museum.' By Dori Gerber JAO Picture this... School's out for summer, but not for four unlucky students who don't know much about history--they have to re-take the class in summer school. Firs t year teacher Heather Fairchild has arranged for them to help her two aunts and members of the Historical Society set up a new wax museum in Cultully as a class project. Though the students' eyes glaze over with boredom, there's a twinkle in the wax figures' eyes when a mysterious in- cantation from the back of Cleopatra's bracelet brings them to life! King Henry VIII finds himselfsmittenwith Cleopa- tra, making his queen, Anne Boleyn, furious. If she can just not lose her head, John Adams is there to serve as her divorce attorney. When Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, Blackmole and her bevy of lady pirates show up, everybody's out for one thing--treasure. Sup- posedly, there's a mighty valuable one hidden in the museum. It's a wild goose chase to find it, with a greedy museum landlord and her bumbling daughters joining in the mad search. And why is Lizzie Borden lurking in the shadows, since the aunts say they never had a wax figure of her? The magic of history comes alive, literally, in this sixth spring musical production from Jewish Academy of Orlando's Fine Arts Department. The play, Night at the Wax Museum, is the department's most challenging production to date, and it will have its cur- tain.call on Thursday, May 24, at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford. Reba Gordon/ the department's director/ producer, is astonished and overjoyed with the growth of the program. "It's amazing to me to think that six years ago we started with a tiny cast on the cozy stage in the JCC auditorium. Now, we have nearly 30 cast members whom are performing in full costumes, and we ar.e using real sets, on a truly professional stage, in a theater that hosts a myriad of stage entertainment in the area." The cast is made up Of students that are in the fifth through eighth grades at the school, but the talent doesn't stop there. Other grade levels wanted to be involved in the produc- tion, so Gordon answered their pleas. Now, the fourth graders serve as the show's chorus and are under the. direction of Eric Levine, the department's musi- cal director. The school's third grade students also treat the audience to a show-stopping acrobatic/ dance preshow under the direction of. Joanne Kay, one of the school's physical education teachers. In addition to the talent and directors, the show couldn't go one without the tireless efforts of the volunteers who do every- thing from set building to planning the cast party. Just like everything at Jew- ish Academy, the show is a "family" affair. Tickets for "Night at the Wax Museum" are currently on sale for $15, $25, and $50, and can be purchased at Jewish Academy or by calling 407-647-0713. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Jewish Academy Fine Arts Department. The community is invited to this performance at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center and to support the area's only kindergar- ten-eighth grade Jewish Day" School.