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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 3, 2009 PAGE 3A New streamlined Federation d gets down to business The new board for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando wasted no time in clearing the way to continue its transi- tion into a more relevant and effective resource for the Or- lando community at its board meeting June 17. The board, now more streamlined at 21 members (as opposed to more than 50 members historically), began its term getting oriented under the tutelage of Marilyn Marks, who is an organizational development consultant and chair of the Board Development Committee for the Federation. After the devar Torah, deliv- eredby Federation President Ian Robinson, the board reviewed and ratified his selections for committee chairs including Bud Brewer (co-chair market- ing/communications), Hope Kramer (allocations), Laurie Levin/Ava Maxwell (Israel/ international Jewry), Marilyn Marks (board development), Phil Senderowitz (TOP Foun- dation), and Barbara Wein- reich (community relations). Ad Hoc Committee chairs ratified included Burt Chasnov (executive search) and Mark Leavitt (Rosen campus action committee). In addition, TOP Foundation trustees were rati- fied, including Mitchell Walk, Beth Schick and Steven Kane. Not yet selected are the chairs for finance and devel- opment, which Robinson is considering as he meets with and gets counsel from sev- eral key community leaders. Critical issues that will shape Robinson's selections for the remaining posts center on the current bond financing On the Maitland campus as well as funding for community priori- ties, how to continue to effec- tively support and strengthen the Federation's fundraising efforts and the development of a new business model. The new board also handled the approval of the 2009-2010 operating budget for the Fed- eration, which highlighted the inclusion of the 21st Century Giving Model, the hiring of an executive director, and, for the third straight year, reduced its requested allocation from the community. Although brought to the board for consideration, the allocations motion was deferred to July's meeting in order to bring the new board members up to speed on the overseas/UJC component. Up next for the board is the review and ratification of the allocations from the completed campaign, the development of policies and requirements related to the 21st Century Giv- ing Model, leadership develop- ment and review of the current HelpOrlandoDirect campaign. Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has been building community in Central Florida for more than 60 years. The Federation is dedicated to strengthening Jewish identity, energizing the relationship with Israel and meeting human needs locally and globally. The Roth Jewish Com- munity Center's 5K Beat the Heat Road Race will take place Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7:10 p.m. This year's race marks its 26th anniversary. This annual event is open to the entire community and has attracted a devoted following over the years along with a growing list of new participants. High- lighting this year's event will be a special mile kids run for children 10 and under starting at 6:45 p.m. A free kids race for 6 and under will also be available at 8:30 p.m. "The JCC's 5k race is geared for all to participate from seasoned to novice runners of 5K at the J set t')r,aug. 6 all ages," says road race chair Keith Levitt. "We encourage everyone to enjoy the spirit of competition and camara- derie of a group race and the poolside family style dinner/ awards that will take place afterwards." The 2009 Road Race will be held at the Roth JCC in Maitland. The 5K and the mile kids run both start from the Hebrew Day School parking lot with the race course run- ning around parts of scenic Lake Sybelia and finishing back at the JCC. The cost to participate in the 5K is $20 before July 27. $22 during July 27-Aug. 5 and $25 day of race. The cost for the mile kids run is $10 before July 27, $12 during July 27-Aug. 5. and $15 day of race. This includes race registration, race shirt while supplies last. plus a meal coupon for pizza, salad and sodas. Beer will be available for all registered runners 21 years and up. Guests who are not participating can enjoy dinner for $5. Money raised from this event benefits the Marvin Friedman's Scholarship Fund at the JCC. For more informa- tion, contact elib@orlandojcc. org, or register online atwww. The JCC's Beat the Heat 5K road race Aug. 6 will mark the 26th anniversary of the event. Neighbors are important. Neighbors help one another in times of trouble. Neigh- bors share with each other in times of joy. Neighbors get to know each other as they share varied aspects of life together. Congregation Bet Chaim's closest neighbor is St. Augustine Church, a Catholic congregation several blocks from the Casselberry synagogue. Hank Lander and his Interfaith Outreach Com- mittee at Bet Chaim reached Bet Chaim hosts i out to their neighbor with the wish to meet one another, share thoughts together and learn from one another. That is what they did at a special Havdalah gathering on May 16 at the temple. Bet Chaim welcomed some 70 members of St. Augustine's to an eve- ning of learning and sharing among both memberships. Prior to this event the clergy of both congregations met to discuss how they could forge a stronger, more lasting relationship. During several meetings and conversations, Rabbi Howard Simon and Father Luis Berrara found a friendship based on mutual respect for each other's tradi- tions and the desire to share the heritage of Judaism and Catholicism together. The question was how do this in the most meaningful fashion? The answer was to share the traditions surround- ing each other's Sabbath. Ber- rara and Simon would discuss ) Lt00n'f00dth gathering the traditions of each faith; describe how they celebrate the Sabbath--its meaning for each religion and what of the Sabbath observance is shared. Upon arrival at the Temple, members of St. Augustine were welcomed by the host congregation and everyone sat down to hear Simon de- scribe the ceremonial objects on the bimah, including the Torah. The guestswere invited to join the rabbi on the pulpit and see the Torah while lis- tening to him read from the scroll. Questions were asked and answers were provided. Upon Berrara's arrival (af- ter he had led a late afternoon Mass at his congregation) the program began, led by Simon, Berrara and Father William Newman, one of the other priest's at St. Augustine Church. The progam included more questions and answers. The program concluded with a Havdalah service shared by all and then refreshments. By evening's end people heretofore unknown to each other talked about having more programs together. "You must come to the church." people said. "Let us share our practices and traditions with you." This is what the interfaith committee hoped would happen. It was the goal set by Berrara and Simon. Neighbors coming together. Neighbors getting to know one another. Neighbors be- coming fast friends. Rabbi Howard Simon reads from the Torah. Father Luis Berrara of St. Augustine Church speaks to the combined congregation. JFS plans Evening of Valor Last year guests enjoyed Evening of Valor's silent auction that included more than 100 special items. Orange, Osceolaand Seminole counties through support of its programs and services. Last year JFS provided food for more than 86,000 meals in an effort that no child or adult would go to bed hungry, supplied more than $120,000 in utility and rent assistance to help avoid homelessness and JFS on page 23A Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando will hold its 3rd annual Evening of Valor Sunday, Oct. 25, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. atthe Orlando Lake Mary Marriott. It is the major char- ity event for JFS. The Evening of Valor has two goals: to honor a special agency that has enriched the lives of thousands of people and to pay tribute to extraor- dinary people who have made a powerful difference in the Central Florida Jewish com- munity. Funds raised at Evening of Valor will help provide critical assistance to the nearly dozen programs supported by JFS. The money will help serve nearly 12,000 needy people in Members of St. Augustine Church and Congregation Bet Chaim listen attentively. HARVEY V. COHEN • Auto Accidents • Wrongful Death • • Nursing Home Negligence • • Defective Products • • Slip & Fall • Dental Malpractice • • Dog Bites • Insurance Claims • "Prepared to fight for your" FREE & CONFIDENTIAL INITIAL CONSULTATION MEMBERSHIPS: • Florida Bar Association • • U.S. District Court For the Middle District of Florida • • Orange County Bar Association • American Bar Association • • Association of Trlal Lawyers of America •