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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 23, 2014 JTA From page 12A No draft emerged, ac- cording to the French news agency AFP, because Iran refused to stop or convert its heavy-water reactor in the city of Arak, which can be used to make nuclear weapons-grade plutonium. Iran is widely believed to be seeking nuclear weapons, though it insists the program is for civilian purposes only. "This has, candidly, been a very slow and difficult pro- cess, and we are concerned with the short amount of time that is left," a senior U.S. official said. "In any negotia- tion there are good days and bad days, and there are ups and downs. This has been a moment of great difficulty but one that was not entirely unexpected." No date has been set for the next round of negotiations. Palestinians to receive oil from Venezuela (JTA)--The Palestinian Authority and Venezuela inked a deal in which the South American nation will provide the P.A. with oil and diesel fuel. Under the deal signed last Friday in Caracas by visiting P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas, the Venezuelan pe- troleum company PDVSAwill send 240,000 barrels of oil and diesel to the P.A. No date was given for the shipment in a deal known as "Petro Palestine." "We welcome the Pal- estinian people and the Arabs," Venezuelan Presi- dent Nicolas Maduro said. "Our people supports your right to a land of prosperity. Today, Petro Palestine has been born." Abbas, who is on a three- day visit to Latin America, thanked Maduro for provid- ing the Palestinian Authority with a fuel source outside Israel. "Thank you Venezuela for supporting Palestine," Abbas said. "Thank you Venezuela for helping to break the mo- nopoly that Israel has over our economy. Thank you Venezuela for responding to our needs. Thank you Ven- PAGE 13A ezuela for being available to continue to lend the Palestin- ian people more support in their fight." Abbas has requested that Palestine be granted observer status in three South Ameri- can organizations: the Union of South American Nations, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. Next From page 1A trends in our community, including the transient nature of Orlando for young profes- sionals, the large number of Millennials who identify as having no religion and the need for a support system in the area. The committee knew that they had to find creative and innovative ways to attract, engage, and retain young Jews in our community. As they began to analyze the findings, there was a pat- tern emerging of the young Jewish adult community. The diversity and interests of this age group are extensive: They want family outings, volunteer opportunities, Jew- ish learning, Shabbat dinners, and professional networking. They want diverse, meaning- ful communal engagement, and the points of connection need to be numerous. In October of 2013, Our Jewish Orlando (OJO) launched with its first initiative called Torah on Tap, an opportu- nity to meet up at a bar with a rabbi or special guest speaker to infuse Jewish learning into the traditional happy hour. Goldfarb From page 1A When the economic bubble burst, she unwound corpora- tions in distress. In 2004, Gov. Jeb Bush appointed her to the judicial nominating commission for the 18th Judicial Circuit. From 2004 to 2007, Goldfarb handled hundreds of criminal cases as well as family, real estate, and other civil litiga- tion matters in courtrooms throughout Florida. All of this led Goldfarb to create Peaceful Beach Mediation to guide couples and families through the divorce process in a dignified manner. With a successful career helping people through me- diation, why become a judge? "It's mycalling," Goldfarb said without missing a beat. "It's tikun olam. People are never more broken than when they find themselves in circuit court," Goldfarb said. Circuit court judges see it all--divorces, foreclosures, lawsuits, domestic abuse, and child neglect. These are all ar- eas Goldfarb is familiar with. The position Goldfarb is running for is a vacated seat in felony court where she will be for at least six months. After that, she will rotate in the various courts, including juvenile court, which is dear to her heart. A staunch supporter of children's causes, Goldfarb volunteers as a justice teacher in various elementary and middle school classrooms, teaching the children civics and the judicial system. She is also an adjunct faculty This program continues to gain momentum, reaching an average of 40 people each month. Many new connections have formed as different groups leave the program together to have dinner afterwards and get to know each other better. "It's been great to get together with Jewish people of my age on a regular basis. It's been even more interesting to see the conversation turn to Jewish topics evenwhenwe're at abar," said OJO board member Matt Broffman. "Our speakers talk about interesting Jewish topics. Those who want to participate do and other are just happy to hang out and meet new Jewish people. These relationships are the first step toward creating community," he added. With Torah on Tap reaching its own success, OJO began looking toward another seg- ment of its target population: young families with small children. In November of 2013, Shalom Families began holding monthly interactive cultural and Jewish holiday events targeted at this group. This project has grown faster than OJO thought possible. From a visit to a fire station to picnics in the park to a Yore HaAtzmaut "trip" to Israel, there have been up to a hundred people at these events and there are new faces each month. Shalom Families has been a great enhancement for the PJ Li- brary, a federation-supported program that provides 400 families in Greater Orlando with free Jewish books each month geared toward their child's age. With the creation of Shalom Families, these families come together and connect with other Jewish families, once again creating community."I am excited that the events have been so well attended and the positive re- sponse has been overwhelm- ing," says Whitney Kuvin, OJO board member and chair of the Shalom Families Committee. "The families are starting to engage with each other and the local Jewish community. We look forward to continuing to connect with new families who come to Orlando and those who have been unaf- filiated until now." Since its creation in Feb- ruary of 2014, OJO's Social and Service Committee has and prelaw mentor at Florida Tech. Accolades include being chosen LEAD Brevard "4 under 40" winner in 2009, and one of this year's three finalists for Eckerd Children's Hero of the Year award. "Kris- ten Malfara, creator of 'The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project'napro- gram for children with special needs--won the award, and just to be mentioned in the same category with her was an honor," said Goldfarb. She is also a member of Zonta, an international organization of professional women who work to improve the status of women world- wide, fighting human traf- ficking (which Goldfarb said is prevalent here in Central Florida), Serene Harbor, Inc., Sally's Friends, and the Haven for Children guilds--all orga- nizations that provide help and shelter for women and children of domesticviolence. Given the chance, Goldfarb will ask to preside in juvenile court. "This is the area that has the biggest impact for the community," she stated. Why? Because given the right motivation, the right discipline, young people can start on a fresh, new path away from crime. "If you can reach one youth and make them realize their choices matter, then we will have accomplished some- thing," Goldfarb said. "However, every case is unique," Goldfarb cautioned. "You have to also look at how many times a person has been convicted as well as the seriousness of the crime. Is this a first-time offender? These things do weigh in on sentencing." What are qualities of a good judge according to Goldfarb? "To be fair and impartial, look at the big picture and follow the law. It is also important to be a good listener, have judicial demeanor and treat people in a way that allows them to leave with their dignity. A judge should be concerned with and listen to all parties carefully. It is im- portant that people be heard and respected. Also, a judge has to hold people responsible and accountable for their ac- tions. Citizens of Brevard and Seminole Counties deserve safe neighborhoods. After listening to all sides of a case before her, a judge has to be decisive and make prompt rulings so that people can get on with their lives." Goldfarb met her husband, Loren, when he was a TV pro- ducer for NBC in Miami. Later they moved to Washington, D.C., where he was a producer for "Dateline." He is now the CO0 of MediVista Media and oversees business develop- ment and operations. The family attends Temple Beth Sholom in Melbourne. They have two children: Macie, 12, will celebrate her bat mitzvah this year in July, and Lucas, 10, is an avid baseball player. Both are straight A students and attend Hebrew school. "They are learning a life of service," said Goldfarb proudly of her offspring, who have already learned much from their parents' example. The primary electionwill be held Aug. 26. Avote for Brooke Goldfarb will be a good choice. increased social and com- munity service opportunities beyond Torah on Tap. Meet Up Groups, introduced in March, are creating opportunities for young adults with similar interests, like food, film or Jewish learning, to come together and express their interests within the Jewish community. In April, over thirty people came together for the first OJO Shabbat dinner. These dinners will become a regular feature of OJO programming. One of OJO's goals from the very beginning was to educate young people about and to connect them to the broad range of Jewish community organizations. Collaborating with other agencies and hold- ing joint events will help OJO achieve this goal. So far, Sha- lom Families has held joint programs with the Jewish Academy of Orlando and the JCC Early Childhood Learn- ing Center, which have been very successful. In December 2013, OJO co-sponsored an event with the JCC. As the group continues to grow, there will be more opportu- nities for partnerships with other community agencies and synagogues. "Building a community is a very collaborative process," says Becca Ginns, Our Jewish Orlando program coordinator. "We are all working together to build on our strengths and meet the growing needs of this generation." Olga Yorish, JFGO execu- tive director, adds that "young people in our Jewish commu- nity want to meet each other, form relationships, and con- nect to the Jewish community. The Millennials are doing it differently than their parents, but they are looking for mean- ing and connections. The Jew- ish Federation, with its OJO initiative, is here to help them make these connections. Providing opportunities for growth and engagement is exactly what the Federation does to ensure that future generations of Jews remain connected to Jewish life." 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