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Editorials " 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory 11A JTA News Briefs 13A r--: r', . f.~-~!~ ;2 ::2~ A rendition of the new Holocaust Museum for Hope and Humanity, located in north Orlando. Rep. Val Demings Stephanie Murphy By Christine DeSouza On May 22, the Orange County commis- sionersapproved$1.2 millionintourist-tax grants that were recommended by Orange County's Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Council, to the Orlando Science Center, the Orlando Balletand the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center. The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida received $500,000 to helpwith the costs of the first phase of renovations, which is estimated to cost $1 million. "We are honored to have the support of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners and sincerely appreciate its approval of our $500,000 Cultural Fa- cilities grant for the Planning and Design phase of our new Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity," said Pam Kancher, executive director of the Center. "Thirty-five years ago," she continued, "Tess Wise set our Holocaust Center's course by developing an innovative and visionary mission of 'using the history and lessons of the Holocaust to build a Maso is the design architect behind more inclusive community free of anti- many notable Floridabuildings, includ- Semitism and all forms of hatred and ing the University of Central Florida prejudice.' Our new museum will stand College of Medicine, Florida Hospital asabeaconoflightandanemblemofour College of Health Sciences, the Men- community'scommitmenttorespecting nello Museum Expansion, and Semi- all people from all backgrounds." nole State College Center at Heathrow The museum needs to raise about $25 to name just a few. He is the recipient million in order to move and renovate, of the 2006 State of FloridaAIADesign adding 30,000 square feet. So far, ac- Honor Award for his consistent design cordingto Ellen Lang, Holocaust Center excellence in architectural practice, Boardpresidentanddaughteroffounder, the 2012 AIA Orlando Medal of Honor TessWise, approximately$2.5millionhas award and in 2008 he received the been committed. Distinguished Alumnus Award from Early in May the Holocaust Center the University of Florida. revealed its new look-to-be, as well as "Maurizio is an artist; he clearly changing its name toThe HolocaustMu- understands the dynamics of such an seum for Hope and Humanity. Designed important project. We are grateful for by award-winning architect Maurizio his vision and his sensitivity regarding Maso, AIA, vice president and design the building," said Kancher. principalat HuntonBradyArchitects, the It is estimated that in two to five years renderings are expected to help bring to the new Holocaust Museum for Hope & life the dream of expanding the Center's Humanity will move to its new location size and impact, at 75 S. Ivanhoe Street in Orlando. Since 2014, Orlando has been excluded from the list of cities that receive federal funding for security protec- tion against terrorism--even after the Pulse Night Club ter- ror attack and the numerous Jewish day school and JCC bomb threats. That has now changed with the Depart- ment of H0rl land Security's urban Are Security Initia- tive grant for thefiscal yeal, 2018. Orlando nonprofits can now apply for security, grants through the $50 mil- - i lion program, in addition to $1.5 million in guaranteed funds for Orlando-area law enforcement. Ben Friedman, director of community relations at the Jewish Federation, said our local members of Con- gress--Rep. Val Demings, Rep. Stephanie Murphy and Rep. Darien Soto Rep. Darren Soto--should be thanked for helping to secure Orlando's spot on the list of eligible cities. The three representatives spent months pushing the Depart- Funds on page 14A I/'3 O By Pamela Ruben How far would you go to It is that time of year once path, but made considerable help a worthy cause? So far, again when Heritage Florida and long-lasting contribu- no distance is too great for Jewish News is putting out tions to the Jewish commu- Orlando real estate attorney I feelers for one outstanding nity. Nominees for the 2018 Andy Reiff. Over the past 26 person in the Jewish corn- award are individuals who do years, Reiff has logged over munity who has given his or not look for recognition, but 4,000milesonhis26-year-old hertimeortalentormonetary perform tikun olan--repair- gifts to better the Orlando ingtheworld--outofinternal Jewish community. Nomina- motivation." tions for the 2018 Heritage Nominations should be Human Service Award areemailed to news@orlando- now being accepted and the heritage.comwiththesubject awardwillbepresentedatthe Human Service Award, or annual meeting ofthe Jewish typed on 8 1/2" x 11'I paper FederationofGreaterOrlando and sent by mail to Heritage o : on Aug. 7. Florida Jewish News,: tuman "For more than 28 years, Service Award, 207 )'Brien individuals who have made Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, major, voluntary contribu- FL 32730. 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