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Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Loren London By Christine DeSouza Assistant Editor The Heritage Florida Jew- ish News is pleased to an- nounce the recipient of this year's Human Service Award is Loren London. Words to describe London include creator, hard worker, organizer, enthusiastic, de- termined, thoughtful and loving. Those are just a few of the words that paint a picture of this lovely woman whose heart is deeply committed to her family and her commu- nity. As Cantor Alan Robuck of Congregation Ohev Sha- lom puts it, "Some people are thinkers and creators. Some people are great at getting a project off the ground. Some people are workers. In the case of Loren London, she is truly all three." London's seemingly natu- ral ability to lead and her compassionate spirit were molded in her childhood. The oldest of four children, she describes her childhood as idyllic--where she felt "truly loved and supported," which she immediately bases on her parent's strong, loving marriage. She lived in Coral Gables on one block that had "seven houses, seven horses and 41 children." She and her husband, Robert, who has always supported her involvement from day one both in career and volunteering, also have a strong, loving relationship. They raised two children, An- dra, 29, who works in Atlanta, Ga., as a global communica- tion manager for Coca-Cola; and Brent, 27, who works for Google as a program man- ager in New York City. "My greatest achievement has been as a mother, raising my children, with bursting pride and watching them grow up to become successful, inde- pendent adults," she said. Judais~ permeated every- thing ab~t her life growing up. "IA~nd community througt~e~igious school and B'naiB'ritfi Youth Organiza- tion," she said. In BBYO she developed her leadership skills, serving as recording secretary, vice president, president, and parlimentar- ian. She does not see herself as a fundraiser. Her background is critical-care nursing and legal nurse consulting. But she has spearheaded and chaired or co-chaired more than 25 events for Jewish Family Services, the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando, the Jewish Com- munity Center and two syna- gogues-Congregation Ohev Shalom and Temple Israel. "For as long as we have known Loren, she has been a tireless advocate for her family and our community," said longtime friends Bob and Judy Yarmuth. " "It is very important that Loren's projects and volun- teering are most often within the Jewish community. She wants to give back to this community that has become such a major part of her and her family's life," said Robuck. "She never, however, seeks the limelight or praise. Her work has always been selfless and truly a labor of love." Some highlights of proj- ects for the community that London was instrumental in bringing to fruition were the Community Women's Seder with Debbie Friedman, which brought together more than 300 daughters, mothers, grandmothers and aunts. "I had attended Debbie's com- munity seder in New York and it was such a wonderful thing. So, I brought Deb- bie back here for a second time to do the seder. It was uplifting, dynamic, an amaz- ing experience. Hundreds ORLANDO--The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando announces that ef- fective June 1, 2015, the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando in Maitland (established 1973) and the Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Jewish Community Campus in Dr. Phillips (es- tablished 2009) will become separate 501c3 non-profit agencies. "- Od --- ~ ~- CXI ~---- O -- O < -- 0 = w --- X cD CL i ii o ;5,- The JCC's board of direc- tors voted 26-0 at the July 22 board meeting in favor of moving forward with this next phase of its anticipated plan to reorganize its corporate structure. Fourteen years after the Jewish Federation's capital campaign began to build a second campus of the Jewish Commurlity Center of Greater Orlando, which ultimately opened in 2009, the move to establish the two Orlando campuses as independently operated and managed entities is a natu- ral progression and much- anticipated milestone. "We are extremely gratified to have realized this goal," said JCC President Ronnie Bitman. "The Southwest Orlando JCC members will finally be able to set their own course, having autonomy over their vision and direction, while the Roth JCC in Maitland can focus entirely on bettering its core business. We wholeheartedly thank Harris Rosen and Frank Santos for their efforts and support and look forward to workingtogether in the future to ensure that each JCC fulfills the mission to build commu- nity, strengthen family life and promote Jewish values." "This is an exciting time for the Orlando Jewish com- munity," said JCC Immediate Past President Scott Richman. "With the unanimous vote of its board of directors, the JCC has shown that all of the hard workand investment made by JCCs on page 14A (L-r) Ronnie Bitman, JCC board president; Scott Richman, JCC immediate past presi- dent; Bonnie Rayman, branch director of the JCC's Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus; and David Wayne, JCC executive director. attended and it was a huge success, but an enormous undertaking," London said. (She also chaired the event that brought Friedman here the first time for a concert fundraiser in 1999.) "I have often wondered how someone can be such a force in creating, organizing and accomplishing success- ful programs and events, yet still have time and energy to be the most thoughtful and loving acquaintance, friend, family member, wife and mother," said longtime friend JoAnne Kane. "Loren has the ability to do it all. This community would not have been the same if the London family did not plant their roots in Orlando." The JFS Mitzvah Basket rental fundraiser was cre- ated by London back in 1999. "That was a lot of fun," she said. In fact, London puts the"fun" in fundraisers--the JFGO mission trips to Jewish Miami and New York City, and the JCC Idol contest were among her favorites. London has also stepped to the front for serious causes. In 2001 when the World Trade Centers attack caught This August, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlan- do is recognizing outstand- ing leaders who have made an impact in Jewish Orlando this past year. The awards presentation will be made on Aug. 24 at the JFGO Annual Meeting. Awards are given out in recognition of fantastic individuals who devote their time to make our community a better place. This year's Jerome J. Born- stein Senior Leadership Award will be awarded to Tess Wise. The Jerome J. Bornstein Senior Leadership Award was established in 1992 in memory of Federation Past President Jerome J. Bornstein and is given to a community leader who exemplifies Jerry Bornstein's many attributes and contributions. Wise's tireless efforts and selfless devotion over all these years is one of the many reasons our community honors her. The Federation appreciates her continued commitment to the Jewish community and JFGO. Wise was born in Poland and spent World War II under Nazi occupation; first in a ghetto, then a concentration camp. She escaped from the camp and went underground until the end of the war. When she returned to her hometown to be united with surviving family members, she encountered hostility and virulent anti-Semitism. She later fled to Germany for protection under United States occupation forces. America off guard, London organized a JFGO commu- nitywide musical tribute to 9/11 in a show of support for our country. She chaired the Seeds of Peace Gala, bring- ing Queen Noor of Jordan to Orlando. This event was dear to her heart as she is a great believer that someday there will be peace in Israel. Three times London served as chairperson of JFGO's Choices. In 2000, London was the first recipient of the Woman of Choice Award, later renamed the Harriet Ginsburg Woman of Choice Award. How did one person man- age to stay focused in so many different areas? "She gets more accomplished in aweek than most of us accomplish in a month," said Kane. London is never without her smartphone, but in the past, before PDAor cell phone calendars, Cantor Robuck remembers how she did it all. "She carried around a daily planner. This was like no plan- ner I had ever seen. Every person and job had its own color and coordinated sticky London on page 15A Tess Wise Wise arrived in the United States in 1947. She married Abe Wise in Orlando and after raising two children obtained a degree in French literature from UCF. She is the founder of the Holocaust Memorial Re- source and Education Center of Central Florida--the first of its kind in the Southeast recognized nationally and internationally as a prototype for others. She was appointed to the State Commission of Holocaust Education. Wise also assisted in establishing the local Hebrew Day School. She is an education consul- tant to local public schools, JFGO on page 15A 61111!!!!!ll!!!!!PIIJs C4