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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2013 Talia loses her battle with cancer PAGE 3A Talia Joy Castellano, known to the online world as Talia- joy18, passed away on July 16, 2013 from metastatic Neuroblastoma, one month before her 14th birthday in Orlando, Fla. Born Aug. 18, 1999, she resided in Oviedo, Fla., New York, N.Y. and Southampton, N.Y. Talia became a YouTube sensation in the last two years of her life after decid- ing to throw away hats and wigs under the slogan "Make Up is My Wig." She began making a series of makeup tutorials which, through her knowledge of her craft, creativity ad amazing per- sonality, started to go viral on YouTube. Her greatest joys came from teaching her craft, watching her students, or sub- scribers, grow and knowing she was "doing it on her own." Her battle with cancer be- gan when she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at the age of seven, on Feb. 14, 2007. In August of 2012, after more than five years of chemo, surgeries, treatments and multiple relapses, Talia was diagnosed with a-secondary cancer, MDS or preleukemia. Talia Joy Castellano Talia and her family were told that there were no longer any options to treat her and she had just months left to live. However, through perse- verance, her family discovered a novel combination of drugs to combat both diseases" and she had a miracul0us response. But, in March 2013 her disease began to progress once again and on July 16, 2013 with her mother, father and family at her side, Talia lost her battle to childhood cancer. , Talia wanted "to leave her footprints, and handprints" on this world so she will never be forgotten. Talia said she always wanted to be remem- bered "as the bubbly girl who is the voiceof childhood cancer" although she never let her cancer define her. In 2012, Talia was the first child filmed for a documen- tary called the Truth365 aimed at raising pediatric cancer awareness. The film was partially funded by the Band of Parents, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding pediatric cancer re- search which her father joined shortly after her diagnosis and eventually became its chairman. During the film- ing, Talia expressed a desire to meet Ellen Degeneres and the film producers aired the clip ahead of the film release. The clip went viral, and Talia's resulting appearance on "El- len" captured the nation's attention catapulting her to worldwide stardom. The Ellen Show and COVERGIRL made Talia an honorary COV- ERGIRL. In her short life, Talia inspired people to live their life to the fullest and to love Jewish Felerations' Mission to Israel an00[ General Assembly From Nov. 4-13, 2013, join the Jewish Federation for a very special mission to Israel that has it all: Hikes through northern nature preserves and visits to spice markets and wineries, ancient historical sites and hi-tech start-ups. Encounters with cutting- edge artists, new immigrants and Israelis from all walks of life. Opportunities to learn about coexistence initiatives, and a magical Shabbat in Jerusa- lem. The mission culminates with the General Assembly, the Jewish community's sig- nature annual event. The GA will feature Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Finance Yair Lapid. They head a list of VIP speakers, including a new wave of Israeli political leaders plus trailblaz- ers in philanthropy, business (including SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum), religion and culture. Don't miss the chance to meet, learn from and exchange ideas with them. Want to learn more about this one-of-a kind opportu- nity? On Thursday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m., the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will host a conference call to provide information on the mission and answer any questions you may have. Please dial 712- 432-1500 and enter 946360# as your participant access code. If you cannot make the conference call, please contact Emely Katz at 40.7-645-5933 x239 or for more information about this unique mission. The land cost for the mis- sion is $3,000 (based on dou- ble occupancy) and includes GA registration. A detailed itinerary of the trip can be found at themselves as they are. In Desiree Castellano of Oviedo, fund has been set up at the Talia's personal life, she was a Fla. and her stepparents, Su- Band of Parents with 100 typical teenage girlwho loved sanWinthropandLarryMaus- percent of the funds going to her friends, dancing, school, ner; her siblings Jackson and Neuroblastoma research. To music, nature, animals, fash- Kaitlyn Winthrop and Mattia "makea donation please visit: ion, going to the beach, tex- Castellano; her grandparents, w, ting on her phone, watching Harvey and Esther Winthrop also supported an organiza- YouTube, social media, and ofStPaul, Minn.andanumber tion that was helpful to her reading about the latest ce- of other relatives, as she underwent treatment lebrity news and gossiP. Talia dreamed of curing called Base Camp in Orlando Talia is survived by her. childhood cancer, a dream Fla. Contributions to Base father andmother, Marc Win- she shared with her father. Camp can be made www. throp of New York, N.Y.. and To continue to honor her, a Temple Israel summer camp refreshes students' skills The Meitin Religious School will hold a sum- mer "camp" experience for students. Templ Israel has developed this unique pro- gram to help refresh the skills students learned before the summer break. The camp will bea three- day "whirlwind multi-conti- nent trip" with the Passport to Hebrew program featuring avirtuaitriptoadifferentcon- Students attending The Temple Israel Meitin Religious tinenteachevening.Activities School summer camp's Passport to Hebrew program will will include virtual geo- re-awaken their brains to Hebrew, as many geographical caching, geography, Jewish names are reverse transliteration - English written with culture, music, art and food Hebrew letters, just like the McDonald's sign above. preparation (and eating) all to help bring Hebrew knowledge Aug. 7 - Asia with dinner little or no previous Hebrew back to the surface, in China instruction are welcome and Passport to Hebrew will Aug.8-LatinAmericawith will be assigned a personal meet Wednesday through dinner inMexico "tour guide" to assist them Friday, Aug. 7, 8 and 9 from Aug.9-Europewithajour- in their travel. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The costis ney to Israel for dinner and to For more information, $15 for each family (multiple celebrate Shabbat together visit Temple Israel's website children at no extra charge) with family and friends, at www.tiflorida.rg/events/ for all three nights. While the program is de- passport-to-hebrew/or con- The Passport to Hebrew signed forstudentsreturning tact athy Swerdlow at ke- !tinerary includes: toHebrewstudy, childrenwith SOJC Unveils its Holocaust Memorial on Sunday, Aug. 25 Hadas:;0000h Opens Season withRenowned Violinist Violinist Matitiahu Braun The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah is proud to present renowned violinist Matitiahu Braun at its opening meet- ing Aug. 27 at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom. Matitiahu Braun is a native of Israel where he graduated from the Israel Academy in Tel Aviv. He came to America in 1962 to study at the Juil- liard where he received artist and post-graduate diplomas and was the recipient of the Pianist Holly Small prestigious Naumburg Prize. In 1969 he joined the New York Philharmonic, a posi- tion he held until 2006. He also served as principal and solo violist with the Dallas Symphony in the late 1970s. Braun is known as a recitalist and chamber musician. He teachesviolin andviola, works with students and profession- als, coaching orchestras and chamber music groups, and presenting master classes. Braun has performed fre- quently throughout Central Florida as well as in Chicago, New York City, New Orleans, Western New York State, Wisconsin, Iowa, and in Israel, Finland, and Japan. Braun's latest CD, "V.oice of Time: Works for Solo Vio- lin and Solo Viola by Bach, Biber, Prokofiev, Sung, and Varga" (MSR) has been called "veritable master classes in both violin and viola ' by Phil's Classfcal Reviews. Howard Goldstein of BBC Music Magazine called it "one of th[ most memorable collections of string playing I've heard in a long time." Holly Small will accom- pany Braun on the piano. Small has taught piano at UCF and was rehearsal ac- companist for the Orlando Opera Company for three seasons. She "currently ac- companies and coaches students and professionals in a variety of fields,)nclud- ing strings, winds, vocal and choral music, and is a staff accompanist and coach at Stetson. The Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation's Holocaust Memorial, designed by Max Waldor, is a gift to the community. Under the leadership and design supervision of Eagle Scout candidate Max Waldor, the Southwest Orlando Jew- ish Congregation is about to finish the construction of its Holocaust Memorial, a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. At 4' tall by 8' wide, this memorial is a collection of stories from the Holocaust, reproduced on tile and via the internet, to honor and describe the experiences of 40of the Central Florida Jewish community's loved ones during a terrible chapter in history. Each story is collected over several tiles, and continuedor augmented by a QR code that points to more information. This Eagle project is the culmination of a lifetime of scouting experiences for Waldor, rising through the ranks of scouting from Wolf cub to Tenderfoot, from Star to Eagle. He is a senior at Dr. Phillips High School where he maintains a 3.9 grade-point average, performs with the marching and jazz bands, and attends the Center for International Studies. Waldor also,volunteers for Give Kids the World, participates in the SOJC Cantorial Corps, and is a classroom assistant at the SOJC religious school. This Holocaust Memo- rial is a gift to the Orlando community and the world at large as Waldor has man- aged the entire production, from initial design to story collection, tile production and memorial construction. The final coJstruction will take place Aug. 25. at 1 p.m. at SOJC. Volunteers to help Max Waldor with the final construction will be greatly appreciated. Call the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation for more information, 407-239-5444.