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Editorials 4A Op-Ed . 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around. 9A JTA News Briefs 13A WwW.HERITAGEFLCOM 42, 51 AUG 24, 2018 EL 5778 OR NDOi FLORIDA Fire in Southern Israel near Ofakim, about 20 kilometers west of Be'er Sheva. Christine DeSouza Son Gerald Rutberg with Myrtle. On Sunday, Aug. 26, Jewish National Fund and The Roth Family JCC will host a town hall meeting about the Gaza border crisis. JNF is bringing three residents of Gaza border communities to Florida, to share their personal stories of living under attack, with hundreds of incendi- ary kites, balloons, and rockets steadily raining down on them. While there will not be a live event in Orlando, JNF will be live-streaming the event from Miami at The Roth Family JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Attendees will hear about the needs in their communities and the issues they face on the ground: their experiences running to bomb shelters and sleeping in safe rooms, their fears of a ruined economy, and their challenges dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -- both their children's as well as their own. The Israeli speakers are: Michal Uziyahu, the assistant to the mayor of the Eshkol Regional Council, which shares some 65 kilometers of border with Gaza. She has witnessed firsthand the effects of trauma stemming from rocket fire and terrorism. Sarit Khanoukaev, a 21-year old young professional who was born and raised in Sderot, less than a mile from the Gaza border. Today, she works in her hometown for counseling at risk-youth as well as young children impacted by PTSD. Yedidya Harush, a representative from the Halutza communities and the entire Gaza Envelope region. Harush was born and raised in the community of Atzmona in Gush Katif and his family relocated to Halutza after Israel withdrew Gaza on page 15A a new By Gerald Rutberg, 80 years. Her honors over a her son lifetime were many and varied. Myrtle learned to drive at Myrtle Rebecca Skop Rut- age 40, and drove well into berg, who loved all things her 90s. She graduated from American, and all things Rollins College. She was a Jewish, passed away Satur- mentor and teacher for 90 day evening, Aug. 8, 2018, years of public education, one month shy of her 107th andJewisheducation.Besides birthday. Herachievementsin regular classesshespecialized lifewere many. Shesometimes in preparation of special needs founded and was a member boys and girls for bar and bat of numerous civic and reli- mitzvahs exhibiting patience gious organizations, and was and perseverance reserved for named person of the year at the chosen few. Most often Congregation Ohev Shalom, where she worshiped for over Rutberg on page 13A Since 2003, Congregation Sinai has been serving the Jewish Community of Central Florida. After providing very successful community service over the past 15 years, they have now moved to 1200 West Broad Street in nearby Grove- land at the edge of Clermont. Congregation Sinai will soon move into their new location with a special grand opening Torah procession, Mezuzah placement and a Kabbalat Shabbat service this evening, By Lisa Levine As it gears up to celebrate its milestone 18th anniversary at its Gems and Jeans Gala on Oct. 28, The Jewish Pavilion and its Friends of the Pavil- ion Board are looking back with nostalgia and gratitude here. Schilowitz raised her children--two sons and a daughter--and worked as the office manager in her husband's private practice in obstetrics and gynecology. When her husband closed his practice in 2004 and went to work for Orlando's VA hos- on the many dedicated and pital (he retired in March at hardworking volunteers who the age of 80), Schilowitz was have given so much of them- looking to volunteer, and her selves since its earliest days. friend Ruth Bernstein rec- Two of its longest serving and ommended that she join the most devoted volunteers are Friendsofthe Jewish Pavilion Joe (with guitar at bima) and Lynn Goldovitz provide unique spiritual leadership. Elise Schilowitz and Gloria Board. She jumped in with Newberger. both feet and has been integral Aug. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. The vices and special events, they other as a family. Sinai has a Schilowitz has been an to the Pavilion's operations entire community is invited, have opened their doors to the very active Sisterhood with active member of Orlando's ever since, including joining i Congregation Sinai pro-entire community, regardless special events and annual Jewish community since she the board of directors and vides a warm spiritual envi- of faith. They hold ongoing fashion shows that often host moved here with her husband servingatermasitspresident. i ronment for observance of food drives for the needy and 250 women from across the and young children in 1971. Schilowitz has made many Jewish traditions and cel- interfaith activities to pro- community. They also host Born in Brooklyn and raised individual visits to residents cycle events. They offer a full our different cultures. They programs inviting all area married Henry Schilowitz in and holiday programs, espe- i andcomprehensiveeducation welcome all with open arms churches. Their Men's Club 1962, having graduated col- cially during the many years II! programwithanactiveSister- and hearts to their services, is very acti /e with monthly lege a year early so she couid her mother was a resident at hood and Men's Club. They This is one of the fewmovie and izza nights,workasateacherwhilehewas i regularly supply donations temples with active spiritual charitableprogramsaswellas in medical school. Volunteers on page 15A of food and supplies for the leadership here in Central theirannualgoiftournament. After her husband com- i local schools as well as food Florida. Sinai has steadily Most Sinai members live in pleted his residency at Moody O andciothingforPuertoRican grown to serve over 150the Clermont, Minneola and Air Force Base in Valdosta, and U.S. Virgin Islands relief. Central Florida members' Groveland areas. Ga during the height of the r tu r-- While the local Jewish corn- from 6 to 96 years old. All Vietnam War, they visited munity attends prayer ser- members help to pray for each Sinai on page 14A Orlando and decided to settle G', F--.