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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 14, 2017 Lo~Tannenbaum By Marcia Jo Zerivitz, LHD These were my immediate thoughts when--just like each of you--I tried to absorb the shock. Each of you has Lois memories--these are some of mine. Losing Lois. On my 42nd birthday in 1981, Lois and Sheryl Meitin gave me a book, titled "Friendship." LOIS TANNENBAUM Lois Tannenbaum, beloved wife, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away on July 4, 2017. Born in the Bronx, New York on June 17, 1939, to Edith and Jake Infeld, Lois's early years were filled with lov- ing friends and family, both of which remained a focus of her life. After moving to Florida in 1966 with her husband, Jerry, and two children, Lois became an active member in Orlando's then-quiet Jewish community. She thrived in leadership roles in a wide variety of interest groups and careers, but Lois was always proudest of the family she raised and the love and memories they share. Lois is predeceased by her sister, Barbara Infeld; and survived by her sister, Marilyn Kass; husband, Jerry; and children, Elyse Hyman and Arnie and wife Bevie Tannenbaum; four grandchildren: Jeremy, Alex, Jordan and Courtney; and many nieces. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Orlando Jewish Community Center Summer Camp fund. In it, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends. Shall I not call God who daily showeth himself to me in his gifts? My friends have come to me unsought. They were given to me. The laws of friendship are great, austere and eternal, of one web with the laws of nature and of morals." I went to bed on Indepen- dence Day with one less friend on this earth, but one who will remain forever in my memories and in my heart. Lois, you entered my life 50 years ago in Orlando because of our shared val- ues. We raised our children, shared recipes, gave dinner parties, got involved in the community and from pas- sionate volunteers became dedicated Jewish communal professionals. We matured together, ad- justed to life's changes and expected to grow old together. We're not there yet--there was more life to share--and you left me. You were my "go to" per- son whether it be celebra- tory chocolate roses or con- solation. When I faced traumas in my life, you were the first person I ran to. When Matthew had his bar mitzvah and I was a single mom, you hosted the Shabbat dinner. You always were there for the hug, knew what was in my heart, what it needed and how to heal it. In good times, we chaired ORT events, Temple Isra- el events, Federation/JCC events, the entire gamut-- Lois Tannenbaum with Marvin Friedman anything for community and the Jewish people. When the Jewish Museum of Florida opened, you were there. When I was honored, you drove through a horrible rainstorm to get to Miami. When I got my doctorate, you were there. When YOU had birthdays, special events, family simchas and sorrows, just needed to talk, were honored by JNF, I was there. We had more years to share--and you left me. When we were young, we talked about our Morns, your sisters, our husbands, your be- loved Jerry and how smart he is, our children, your nieces, Shakespeare, the Jewish com- munity, Israel, the world. When we got older, we talked about our doctors, our wrinkles, our grandchil- dren-every progression of our grandchildren, your new kitchen, Mackenzie Childs, your plants, your special interest groups, your world wanderings, Israel, the world. I felt safe with you--having to neither weigh thoughts, nor measure words--but pour them out to you and you to me--certain that these thoughts and these words we shared would be sacred and worth keeping. Lois was our caretaker. Surely each of you felt like you were Lois's best friend. She collected people. She questioned, she listened, she circa 1970s. cared about so many and so much--and each of us. In this same book, Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "There is no friend like an old friend Who has shared our morn- ing days, No greeting like his wel- come, No homage like his praise. Fame is the scentless flower, With gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the breath- ing rose, With sweets in every fold." Good-bye, my friend--your friend, Lois, with sweets in every fold. We all will love you forever. --Marcia BWISH ]SSUe... Publication Date: August 4, 2017 Advertising Deadline: July 26, 2017 The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida is thrilled to wel- come Winter Park native and Tuskegee airman, Chief Mas- ter Sergeant Richard R. Hall, Jr., to the Center on Sun- day, July 23, at 2 p.m. for a screening of the film "Red Tails." The program will also include a post-film talkback with Sgt. Hall. This is part of the Holocaust Center's summer series, which en- courages visitors to engage in conversations about the history and future of the Civ- il Rights Movement in the United States. Hall grew up in Winter Park. He left Central Florida to attend Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, but was called to active duty in 1942. It was then that he became a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American division to fly in World War II. After the war, the Tuskegee Airmen were disbanded and the Air Force became the first inte- grated branch of the U.S. mili- tary. Hall joined the Air Force, and went on to serve in the Korean War. He spent the rest of his military career teaching aircraft maintenance in Ohio and South America before retiring in his hometown of Winter Park. Hall remains an active member of his community. In 2007, he received the Con- gressional Gold Medal and was recently honored dur- ing Sanford's Memorial Day Sgt. Richard R. Hall at the Holocaust Center, pictured here with his caregiver. Parade. Additionally, a statue of him sits outside the Hanni- bal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park, where his story is preserved for future generations. Richard Hall's history is part of a larger narrative about civil rights, equality, and overcoming prejudice and injustice--issues that are central to the Holocaust Center's mission to create a caring and inclusive com- munity. Hall's story will be told against the backdrop of A Place for All People, a poster exhibition that celebrates the opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. The ex- hibit highlights the "Double- V Campaign," which rallied for victory at abroad and at home, alongside other major individuals who, through their contributions and ac- complishments in politics, art, music, photography and beyond, advanced the Civil Rights Movement. This talk- back with Hall is a chance to engage not just with the information presented in the exhibit, but with a living wit- ness and participant in this history. The Holocaust Center hopes that visitors will em- brace this remarkable op- portunity to hear from one of the few remaining Tuskegee Airmen. The film screening and talkbackwill take place on Sunday, July 23 at 2 p.m. The Holocaust Center is lo- cated at 851 N. Maitland Ave, Maitland, FL, 32751.