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Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Shown here (l-r): Daniel Wise, Harry Rein and Rhea Rein with the Goold Torah. Temple Israel members bring Torah l home to German synagogue At the end of this month, a delegation of members from Temple Israel will ac- company Temple Israel's"Gooid Torah" to Berkach, Germany, for the 160th anniver- sary of the opening of the building that housed the then-newly-built Berkacher Synagogue (1854). This Torah had been written especially for the synagogue's opening by Hirsch Hessberg, an ancestor of Lothar Goldschmidt who eventually saved the Torah from destruction by bringing it to Temple Israel after flee- ing the Nazis. Thus, the scroll will be welcomed back to the place where it was used for decades and where its people had to either flee, face deportation, or were murdered. The presence of the historical Berkacher Torah scroll at the 160th Jubilee of the inauguration of the synagogue was via invitation by event sponsors to lend the Torah to be part of this commemoration on June 1. Bringing the Torah into the synagogue building should provide an especially meaningful moment. The highlight of the jubilee will be the reading from the Berkacher Toral scroll during the memorial ceremony. In 2010, Temple Israel had the Goold Torah restored by sponsoring a months- long Torah restoration project. It is used regularly during Temple Israel's religious services. The initial inauguration of the syna- gogue was on the beginning date of the festival of Shavuot. This memorial event nearly coincides with the beginning of Shavuot in this year of 5774. Thus, the 19th century dedication of the synagogue and the 160th jubilee are closely bound to the central theme of Jewish belief in the profound gift of the Torah. Singh Khalsa, a member of the Jewish community in Thuringen and one of the organizers of this event says, "Our local association has made it our purpose to stimulate a revival of Jewish social, cultural and religious activities in remembrance of the 19th century atmosphere and conditions of Jewish life in the village. This is our appeal to the International Jewish Com- Torah on page 14A Reaching the next generation For the past 60 years or so, the question of how to create and sustain a vibrant Jewish _ O -- OO - O - xl =_ O -2 l-- if) community in America has remained relatively the same, but the players continue to ,change. And the question on everybody's agenda today is how to reach the Millennials, with 80 million Americans falling into this demographic category. Here in Central Florida, this has been part of the Federation's focus over the last year and a half and the results are very encouraging. In 2003, spearheaded by local philanthropist Bob Yar- muth, the group Or Hadash was created to engage Genera- tion X, who had emerged as the next generation. Or Hadash provided programming for this generation and cultivated lead- ers who went on and continue to be very active in the larger Jewish community. In the fall of 2012, the Federation began to restructure and rethink the goals of Jewish programming for young people to include the Millennials in our community. The Federation appointed Shown here (l-r): Rachel Rochman, Jen Steinlauf, David Kantrowitz, Eric Sugarman and Laura Rose Dill preparing for the first OJO Shabbat dinner. a committee of young men and women representing a cross-section of the young Jewish population to begin the visioning process. The committee is chaired by Scott Abramson and A.J. Kronenberg, both Bornstein Leadership Development Pro- gram graduates and who also serve on the Jewish Federation board. The committee took time to do brainstorming and research. They looked at the recent Pew study on Jewish Americans, as well as studies on the engagement of Millen- nials. They recognized some Next on page 13A Orlando aclvellturer rowing the Pacific By Chris DeSouza Assistant Editor Sonya Baumstein is only 29 years old, but in her short life this second-generation Orlandoan--daughter of Dar- ryl and Debbie Baumstein and granddaughter of Jack and Roz Baumstein--has sailed more seas, peddled more pave- ment, paddle-boarded more straits and rowed more oceans than any other American. And she is not finished yet. Baumstein has an impressive goal: To solo row the North Pa- cific Ocean from Japan to San Francisco. And not just row for the conquest, but to collect oceanographic data that will help scientists understand the patterns of the ocean and its effect on climate change. Only four people have rowed the Pacific solo: 1976, Patrick Quesnel crossed from Washington state to Hawaii in 114 days; in 1983, Peter Bird of Britian rowed solo from San Francisco to Australia in 294; in 2001, Jim Shekhdar crossed to Australia; and in 2008 Roz Savage became the first woman to cross the Pa- cific from San Francisco, but it took three years and three island stops. IfBaumstein accomplishes this, she will be the first wom- an to row the North Pacific from Japan to San Francisco unassisted without stopping. Rowing isn't something new to this adventurer. She was a member of the Winter Park High School row team Sonya Baumstein and rowed on the openweight women's team her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was one pound over the limit to be on the lightweights and was definitely out of her league but hungin there; ed to be on the lightweight team her sophomore year. However, bigger adven- tures than making a light- weight row team were in her future. In December 2011, she rowed with 17 teams from the Canary Islands to Barba- dos in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, billed as the "World's Roughest Row- ing Race." After 57 days and 2641 nautical miles, her crew finished in seventh place. "We were going to throw our- selves overboard at 60 days!" Baumstein on page 15A Goldfarb on the ballot forj'uageship Brooke Goldfarb with her family--husband, Loren; daugh- ter, Macie; and son, Lucas. By Chris DeSouza Assistant Editor Brooke Deratany Goldfarb knows she can make a differ- ence as a circuit judge in the justice systems of Brevard and Seminole counties. In the world of law, Goldfarb has been around the block. Graduating from Harvard Law School in 1996, the Brevard County native has practiced in multiple areas of law, be- ginning as an international business, corporate and im- migration attorney. Two years later, she facilitated mergers and acquisitions at a national law firm in Washington, D.C. Goidfarb on page 13A