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PAGE 20A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 5, 2009 Meeting From page 1A to do the very important jobs within the Jewish community that many of us prefer not to do." Goldberg has been a driving force behind Orlando's chevra kadisha (Jewish burial society) and community minyan, is an active and vo- cal volunteer with the Jewish Pavilion, and assists at Temple Israel and other synagogues and community events. Among ongoing Federation activities is the search for a new executive director; that committee is chaired by Burt Chasnov, with participation from community leaders such as Rabbi Aaron Rubinger of Congregation Ohev Shalom and Jewish Family Services director Barry Kudlowitz. Robinson said the committee is reviewing resumes, with phone interviews and community vis- its from finalists still to come. Over the past year, the Fed- eration has also conducted an online community survey to help refine its focus; sponsored Dor Shalom, the new social group for baby boomers; and continued sponsorship of the Belt Hamidrash intercongre- gational Hebrew high school and Or Hadash, the young professionals' group. This year, Choices, the Women's Division's fundrais- ing event, had its largest attendance ever, and offered first-time participants free admission, thanks to the Alan Ginsburg Family Foundation. The Federation also created an Economic Impact Task Force and held a successful resume- building workshop. Its most visible success might be its three-year-old sister city partnership with the Israeli town of Kiryat Motzkin. More than 250 teens, adults, families and seniors have vis- ited Israel in conjunction with this Partnership 2000 effort. The partnership also supports after-school programs for un- derprivileged Israeli youth and Holocaust education in Israel. In August, the Jewish Com- munity Center will celebrate the grand opening of its new Jack and Lee Rosen campus in Southwest Orlando. The existing Maitland campus has been officially renamed for two of its founders, Jerry and Susan Roth. The JCC's new software system and central- ized registration system will now allow members to register for programs in the main lobby instead of going from one de- partment to another. The year's accomplishments also included a successful "JCC Idol" musical fundraising event, the award of a $100,000 Homeland Security grant to enhance security on both campuses, a two-year contract for David Wayne as JCC executive director starting in September, and plans for a party honoring retiring exec Marvin Friedman. Central Florida Hillel ranked number one in the country last year for recruitment for Taglit- Birthright Israel trips, and has now had contact with 30 percent of the Jewish students at the University of Central Florida. It has strengthened partnerships with UCF and other campus organizations. In May, CFH's Jenna Mitzner was the only Hillel professional chosen as an "Outstanding Campus Ally" at the annual AIPAC policy conference. The Hebrew Day School provided $375,000 in student scholarships last year. Thanks to the KatzenApple Program, it provided new technological ad- vances for its students, includ- ing laptops and SmartBoards and i-pods. Last year's eighth graders became the second graduating class to tour Israel, and its test scores continue to place it among the top schools nationwide. The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Cen- ter of Florida served more than 11,000 students, sent survivors to speak in more than 70 schools, and hosted 32 teachers at its summer Teachers Institute. Three of its major exhibits drew nation- wide critical praise, and three of its exhibits were displayed throughoutthe community. Its annual Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah programs continued to be well attended, and the Centerwas chosen by the Com- munity Foundation of Central Florida as part of a small test group to be listed on the new fundraisingportal Donor Edge. Jewish Family Services celebrated its 30th anniversary of serving the community and helped approximately 10,000 people. Its Pearlman Food Pantry served more than 86,000 meals, breaking an all-time high record for dis- bursement of food, and JFS provided emergency assistance with rent, mortgages and utilities, as well as counseling and transportation for those in need. JFS received a 2008 Disney Helping Kids Shine Grant to provide more support for the KidsKonnect program helping children with family challenges. Adoption Services of Central Florida, an arm of JFS, placed five children in new homes, and nearly 8,600 hours of service were logged by JFS volunteers. The Jewish Pavilion now serves some 200 elderly Jews in 44 nursing homes and as- sisted living facilities, and has dramatically increased its corps of regular volunteers to 109. New programs include "Jewish Journeys" with Dr. Zena Sul- kes, a weekly Happy Hour and monthly musical programs. The Pavilion completed its first audit in December, which led to the award of the agency's first grant. It also added new higher-level donors to its "Pearls of the Pavilion" mem- bership program, and tripled its membership dollars; currently, the agency has more than 350 families supporting its efforts. Kinneret Council on Aging served more than 25,000 meals through its subsidized meal program. Its Farmer's Market continues to attract residents of Kinneret Apartments, and this year added a cafg lunch on Fridays. The agency continued its successful activities, includ- ing the third annual Senior Prom held in partnership with Hillel, and programs held with local synagogues and students from the Hebrew Day School. The Kinneret Boutique and Grocery Co-op are operated entirely by the Kinneret ten- ants themselves and continue to raise money to benefit those residents. Dr. Edward Zissman was the recipient of the Federation's Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Award. Zissman was a founding member ofboth the Hebrew Day School and the Holocaust Cen- ter, and last year represented Or- lando at the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities in Israel. The Byron B. Selber Young Leadership Award was presented to Lawrence Kolin, who has chaired the Cardozo Legal Society and worked with Susan Bierman gave special recognition to outgoing JCC president Kevin Weiss (1) and outgoing Federation president Neal Crasnow. Dr. Edward Zissman (1) accepts the Federation's Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Award, presented by incoming president Ian Robinson. Lawrence Kolin (r) is presented with the Federation's Byron B. Seiber Young Leadership Award by Ian Robinson. Ryan Lefkowitz (1) is the other half of the Byron B. Selber Young Leadership Award-winning duo, presented by Federa- tion vice president Elaine Silver. Susan Bierman (center left) and Jeannie Leavitt (center right) accept their awards for Campaign Workers of the Year from Ian Robinson and Elaine Silver. Federation development director Emely Katz (center) receives the Jewish Communal Professional Award from Ian Robinson and Elaine Silver. Loren London (1) is honored with a Jewish Community Center Volunteer of the Year Award, and the program she chaired, "JCC Idol," is honored with the JCC's Innovative Programming Award. JCC outgoing president Kevin Weiss (center) and assistant executive director David Wayne pre- sented the awards. 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