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Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory llA News Briefs 13A HERITAGEFLICOM JUNE 14,2019 13 SIVAN, 5779 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE 75 Gideon Markowicz/Flash90 Israel's President Reuven Rivlin with his wife, Nechama Rivlin, during the French Ambassador's ceremony award- ing the Legion Honor, at the ambassador's home in Jaffa, on June 18, 2014. Congratulations to the Jewish Academy of Orlando graduating class of 2019. success in kS On May 30, Jewish Academy of Orlando celebrated the class of 2019 with accep- tances to their top-choice middle schools, including a 100 percent acceptance rate at both Trinity Preparatory School and Lake Highland Preparatory School. The acceptance rates are not surpris- ing given that the fifth-grade class, on average, scored nearly three grade levels ahead of peers nationally on the IOWA Achievement Assessments. The grade- level composite score, which includes Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, was a 7.7, which is equivalent to students entering into 8th grade. In English language arts, the class was assessed at a grade level of 8.4, equivalent to an 8th-grade student who is four months into the school year. In mathematics, the students were assessed at a grade level of 7.2, equivalent to national norms for stu- dents in 7th grade. Director of Academics, Nikki Buyna, stated, "Jewish Academy prides itself on kindling a love of learning through a rigorous curriculum. Our learning environment supports differentiation and individualization, which encour- ages student achievement. Our local private middle schools tell us that one reason that they love our students because they begin 6th grade academi- cally prepared." Head of School Alan Rusonik added, "We are proud of our graduates and all of their many academic and personal accomplishments. We are most proud to graduate students that are prepared, happy, confident, and ready for the world!" Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida students of all faiths from grades kindergarten through fifth. The school delivers a whole-child education fostering academic excel- lence and character education rooted in Jewish values. Jewish Academy of Orlando is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools. Be- ginning in the fall of 2019, the school will offer a transitional kindergarten. To learn more about Jewish Academy of Orlando, please visit: jewishacad- or follow the school on Facebook emyOrlando. O O By Josh Hasten (JNS)--In the midst of his whirlwind week-long Florida governor's business m 8 09 Shannon Nuszen Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (left) meets with Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, as well as small-business owners and community leaders, at the Hub Etzion co-working space and small-business center in Gush Etzion on May 29, 2019. development mission to Israel with more than 100 delega- tion participants, Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the Gush Etzion region, just south of Jerusalem and over the Green Line. His purpose was to meet with community leaders and small-business owners who are on the front lines as targets of the anti-Israel BDS movement. During a press briefing on Wednesday hosted at the Hub Etzion business center, DeSantis said, "Here is the DeSantis on page 15A (Israel Hayom via JNS)-- Nechama Rivlin, the wife of President Reuven Rivlin, passed away at Rabin Medical Center in Petach Tikvah on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, a day before her 74th birthday. Israel's first lady had suf- fered from pulmonary fibro- sis, a condition in which scar tissue accumulates in the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe, and had undergone a lung transplant in March. In recent years, Rivlin had been seen in publicwith a por- table oxygen tank, including when accompanying her hus- band at official ceremonies. Born in an Israeli farming community, she married the future president in 1971 and The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Devel- opment Program is accepting applications for its fall 2019 class. Co-chairs Rhonda For- est and Abby Nelson opened the Bornstein Program's application period in a com- munity-wide announcement. The program, named in honor of long-time commu- nity volunteer and leader Jerry Bornstein (Z"L), is designed to find the next generation of Jewish leaders in Central Florida and prepare them to address the challenges and opportunities of servicing the community. Those selected for the program participate in ayearlong educational experi- ence that includes deep dives into topics such as leadership style, effective board and volunteer management, and fundraising and budgeting. The program also begins with a Shabbaton retreat, where the leaders get to know each other and begin developing friend- ships that go hand-in-hand with their future community leadership. The most recent Bornstein class have already begun to make their mark on the local Jewish community; several of last year's graduates joined boards and committees at was a trusted adviser through- out his political career. She is survived by her husband, three children and seven grandchildren. In a statement, the presi- dent thanked the hospital's staff for the "dedicated, sen- sitive and professional treat- ment she received over the last few months, nights and days, with a broad and welcoming heart." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed deep sorrow over her passing, laud- ing her "heroic" battle against her illness. "Together with all the citi- zens of Israel, my wife Sara Rivlin on page 14A Jewish organizations, includ- ing the Holocaust Center and Jewish Family Services. Past Bornstein graduates have gone on to serve on boards and hold top leadership po- sitions at many of Central Florida's synagogues and Jewish agencies, as well as at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. Federation selects up to 15 individuals in their 30s and 40s each class year to participate. Much of the Bornstein Program's suc- cess is attributable to the outstanding quality of the people selected to participate. Applicants must show leader- ship potential, demonstrate a commitment to the Central Florida Jewish community, and demonstrate civic or community engagement, among other attributes. In addition to an ap- plication process open to everyone, the Federation is also asking the community at large to help identify po- tential participants. In their Leaders on page 15A 6 Illl! !!!!ll! ! ! !!l IlLS t"- C'4