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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 19, 2017 PAGE 3A Brian Etzkin, receiving the 2014 Women's Horizon League Coach of the Year award. By Christine DeSouza Former Heritage editor, Mike Etzkin, is a proud uncle. His nephew, Brian Etzkin, is the "winningest" head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams in history at Cleveland State University. Etzkin's work was cut out for him when he came to Cleveland as head coach in 2002. Both the men's and women's teams were, in his words, two"oftheworst teams in the country." During his first year he brought the men's team to nine wins--six more than the previous two years combined. And since that beginning, Etzkin has builtlthe men's tennis program to one that has earned a spot in the Horizon League Tournament every year--winning the tourna- ment five times (2008-2011 and 2013 seasons). The men's team has also gone to the NCAA Tourna- ment five times---another first for CSU. The women's team, which was at 2 wins-27 losses the first year he coached at CSU, is now one of the top teams in the Horizon League. Under Etzkin, the women have 11 winning seasons. Last season, Etzkin had his 200th career victory with the men's team (one of only two Horizon League coaches to reach this mile- stone), and his 175th with the women's. A graduate of Lake B rantley High School in 1994 (and No. 1 in singles tennis there), Etzkin went to Southern Illinois Uni- versitynCarbondale, where he majored in psychology to the top of their leagues, and garnered him Horizon League Coach of the Year three time for theMen's team (2007-2009 and2010) and four times for the women's team (2004,2011,201 and 2016). He also was named the 2009 ITA Midwest Regional Men's Coach of the Year. In addition to his coaching skills, Etzkin encourages his players to look. beyond the court and become commu- nity leaders. As a result of his encouragement, five women's team members became in- volved with the Cleveland State Student-Athlete Advi- sory Council. Even though his parents, Dr. Allan and Bunny Etzkin; and minored in coaching. He UncleMike; andcousin Robbie received his master'sinsports Etzkin (executive director of management at Western Illi- The Roth Family JCC), andthe nois University. Then jn 2000, rest of his family still reside in hebecametheassistantmen's the Orlando area, Brian and coach at Michigan State. All of his wife, Holly, and son, Aaron, this experience prepared him love living in Cleveland, where to bring these two programs he wasborn. Do you have unanswered questions about family lost during the Holocaust? Attend the free upcoming JGSGO Workshop "Holocaust Re- search," presented by Marlis Humphrey, president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societ- ies, Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Rosen JCC, located at 11184 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL. Mavens will be available to help you get started. Pre-register for the Workshop at www.jgsgo.org/ MyJewishRoots. Roots-athon: Whether you are just beginning your fam- ily history research or have Please join The Jewish Pa- vilion at avery special Tuesday Happy Hour on June 6 to support its senior programs, which include festive holiday celebrations, engaging educa- tional and musical programs, and friendlyvisits. The "happy hour with a heart" is gener- ously sponsored by the Citrus Club of Orlando and their Young Executive Board, and championed by board member Carina Gerscovich. A ticket for"United for a Pur- pose" (formerly"Cocktails fora 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, hit a brick wall, bring your laptop to the first JGSGO "Roots-athon", Sunday, May 21 at 1-4 p.m. at the Central Florida Hillel. JGSGO mavens will provide one-on-one help. There will be door prizes. Pre- registration is required. Pre- register for either in-person or online participation at www. jgsgo.org/MyJewishRoots. The Best of Jewish Geneal- ogy at Disney! For the first time, the upcoming 37th IAJGS International Confer- ence on Jewish Genealogy will be held in Orlando: July 23-28 at the Disney Swan Resort. More than 300 lec- tures and workshops and Cause") offers a fun evening of hors d'oeuvres and a drink at the Citrus Club, raffle prizes, auction items, and networking with all proceeds enhancing the lives of elders of all faiths. The Citrus Club is located at 255 S. Orange Ave., and takes place from 5:30 p.m.--7:30 p.m. Register at http://www. citrusclubyeb.com $15 in advance. Please call 407-678- 9363 or visit www.jewishpavil- ion.org for more info. If you can't attend "United 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- one-on-one consultations will be available. Ancestry.corn, Ancestry DNA, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, JewishGen, and FamilyTreeDNA will be there to help you and answer ques- tions. Henry Louis Gates Jr., host of the PBS hit series, "Finding Your Roots," will be a featured speaker. More than 1,000 attendees are ex- pected. The conference is well known for helping thousands of individuals discover their ancestors. For more informa- tion visit www.iajgs2017.org and "like" us at https://www. facebook.com/IAJGSConfer- ence/. Questions? Email info@ iajgs2017.org. for a Purpose," support the Jewish Pavilion at www. jewishpavilion.com., where enriching seniors is a way of life. The Jewish Pavilion has been bringing community to the doorsteps of elder-care residents since 2001. Resi- dents of all faiths enjoy our programs. You can personally make a difference. Become a fan at www.facebook.com/ jewishpavilion. Make a dona- tion or learn more by visiting www.Jewishpavilion.org. ing the world--out of internal motivation." Nominations should be emailed to news@orlando- heritage.comwith 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. s gnmg Featuring narrative po- etry about real people from the Holocaust, author Holly Mandelkern will launch her first book, "Beneath White Stars: Holocaust Profiles in Poetry," at The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Edu- cation Center on Sunday, May 21. The program will begin with refreshments starting at 2 p.m. and includes a perfor- mance by the Lake Nona High School Chorus, readings, in- troduction of honorees, and a book signing. Mandelkern is a poet, lec- turer, librarian, and educator with a special interest in Ho- locaust studies. She traveled to Poland and Israel in 1991 to study Jewish resistance dur- ing the Holocaust, and, with other educators, took classes with some of the world's lead- ing Holocaust scholars. "Beneath White Stars: Ho- locaust Profiles In Poet- Holly Mandelkern ry" melds historical detail and keen insights with the grace of poetry. TessWise, survivor, scholar and founder of the Holocaust Center, endorsed the book, saying it is "a sensational read, bringing history to life in a poetic form, humane and edifying, touching the heart and mind." A special limited edition of "Beneath White Stars" will be available. Parking is avail- able at The Roth Family Jewish Community Centerwhere the Holocaust Center is located. ft Including most utilities Located in the Heritage Building, Fern Park, FL For information, please call Jeff at 407-595-6062