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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 PAGE 15A This barrage of terror has bombshelters, andPTSDisim- destroyed nearly 10,000 acres pacting residents throughout From page 1A ofagriculturallandandforests the region. in Israel that people rely on as "Unfortunately, as the dan- from the Gaza Strip in 2005. their main source of income ger increased over the last 3.5 He served in one of Israel's andeconomicdevelopmentfor months, the Gaza Envelope elite military units, the 890th the region. Families and their residentswatchedtheir region Paratroopers Brigade. childrenhavebeenc0nfinedto become largely reduced to an ecological disaster area. They "We are thrilled that Jewish are running to bomb shelters National Fund-USA is taking andsaferoomsasrocketalerts on the bold move to bring blare and it's evident that the residents from the region workofourTaskForceismore who will cross the country important than ever," said and share their stories about Betsy Fischer, chair of the what life on the border with Gaza Envelope Task Force. Gaza is like during this most difficult time." Please note that for security purposes, government-issued photo identification will be required for entry. All bags are subject to search and ab- solutely no backpacks or large bags will be allowed. We've come too far to stay silent any longer ByRussellFoRob~son bomb shelters. Children tries and brought in 1949 place that holds the future student to share firsthand therreliefeffortsandsupport are afraid to take a shower and 1950 to make a home for Israel. accounts of what life is like. the communitiesaffectedby They say that silence is in case a siren goes off. in Southern Israel during We cannot sit silently by The true story. This caravan this terrorism. In additionto golden. Yet, now is a time Farmers watch their liveli- Operation Magic Carpet. while thousands of men, will travel to communities funding trauma resilience that we cannot stay silent, hood burn as hundreds of Among these communities women, and children have across the United States centers and the JNF Sderot For over four months, corn- thousands of dollars' worth are also families who moved their physical and mental and together we can make a Indoor Recreation Center, munities facing the Gaza of crops meant to support during the disengagement wellbeing put in jeopardy, soundthatislouderthanthe we are also planning to add border in Southern Israel their family are gone in an from Gaza in 2005, who are At Jewish National Fund sirens. Join us, invite your bomb shelters, paint20bomb have lived through a daily instant.Thisiswhatnormai not filled with anger, but in- we are standing up and call- friends and family, share shelters already in place to barrage of incendiary kites, life is like for close to 30,000 stead they moved on to build ingattention towhat has not these stories onsocialmedia, make them child-friendly, balloons, and rockets. For people living in these corn- new lives. They are filled made it into the headlines, and reach out to your local provide new fire trucks and these families, one night of munities, with the passion to buildthe We are gathering our voices representatives.Togetherwe firefighting wagons, pur- silence would be welcome. These are people who State of Israel, for the Jewish together to share the story can make sure that what is chase life-savingequipment, Instead, they are woken up moved here to farm the land people everywhere. Modern ofthesefamilies. FromAug. happeningisnolongersilent, andfundspecialactivitiesfor each night by the sound of before 1948 and others who day pioneers who see the 19 through Aug. 30, Jewish Jewish National Fund- children of the region. sirensblaringastheygather were seeking refuge from Negevthroughthesameeyes National Fund is bringing USA has also launched an RussellF.RobinsonisCEO their children and rush to YemenandotherArabcoun-as David Ben-Gurion--the a farmer, a mother, and a emergency campaign to fur- of JewishlVationalFund. of Schilowitz and Josephs, From page IA past themes have included Brookdale Lake Orienta and an "Antiques Roadshow'-like later at Oakmonte Village. experience, ajewelrydesigner, She helped with programsand a formal tea served on at Savannah Court for a long antique china. time and has substituted as Schilowitz enjoys her in- service leader at other living volvement with both Jewish facilities. She tends to make Pavilion boards because she lightofhercontributions, but finds the meetings to be so Nancy Ludin, the Pavilion's pleasant. "The board mem- executive director, knowshow bersenjoywhatthey'redoing," muchshebringstotheseniors shesaid."Andthey'rejustnice whose lives she touches,to be with." Ludin is thankful "She's the life of the party," for Schilowitz's dedication to said Ludin."She comes in, she The Jewish Pavilion's mission. smiles, she gives everybody "Lotsofherwonderfulfriends kisses. She's really warm and have bowed out from volun- she makes people feel good teering as they've aged," said about things, and she brings Ludin, "but she's continued this light wherevershe goes." to serve diligently and keep Formanyyears, Schilowitzup wonderful relations with chaired the Pavilion's annual everybody." gala, an enjoyable evening of For her part, Schilowitz food, friends andfun, aswellas finds her commitment to The an important source of fund- Jewish Pavilion to be a satisfy- ingfortheorganization'swork ing part of her life. in the community. Bringing "You make people's lives together all the elements for happier," she noted, especially such a big event takes hard forthemanypeoplewhodon't work and long hours, but it's have family living in town. a job Schilowitz very much And as she ages, she realizes enjoyed, that it's likely that "someday, "It's fun!" she said. "You're I'm going to very happy when making parties and having a they visit me." good time." That's something that In the Pavilion's early days, Gloria Newberger can attest before itwaswell known in the to. Avolunteer and Friends of community, she and Friends Jewish Pavilion Board mem- Board member Corinne Brail ber since almost immediately worked together to get ads for after she moved to Orlando in the tribute bookand organize 2004, she moved to Oakmonte thedonationsfortheauctions. Village's independent living "We had very few things that buildingabout2yearsagoand were donated," Schilowitz isa regular attendee of--and recalled. In their effort to put helper for--the very popular those items in the most ap- and well attended Jewish Pa- pealinglight,"we made poems vilion programs there. up for all the things that we Newberger grew up in a were going to auction off." small town in Ohio until age Each year for many years, 12 and then in Philadelphia Schilowitz has stored the until college. After she mar- items for the Gala's auction ried, she and her husband, at her home as they were col- Edward, moved around with lected over several months, their two sons to New York devoting most of alittle-used and the Chicago area before room to the growing piles, settling in Philly, where their Ludin appreciates the work daughter was born. Schilwitz puts into docu- That daughter is Nancy menting and organizing the Ludin, who at the time her items, saying that when it mother moved to Orlando was comes time for Gala Com-the campaign director at the mittee members to finalize Jewish Federation of Greater and wrap the items, it makes Orlando and was an avid Jew- that big job so much easier, ish Pavilionvolunteer. Inspired Along with longtime by the Pavilion's mission and Friends Board member Mir- its potential to reach many iam Josephs, Schilowitz also seniors who need a friend, chairedthePearlsofthe Pavil- Newberger quickly became ion Luncheon for many years, active in the organization. The annual event invites the Recalled Ludin, "some Pavilion's significant donors of the seniors she visited at forafunafternoonoffoodand the very beginning had not culture. Under the guidance been visited by the Jewish Elise Schilowitz (l) visits with a senior. community ever." The first she'd move to the next person person Newberger was sent and sing with them, so they to visit, Shirley Sonne, had were gettingindividualatten- beenvery active in the Jewish tion. She was just wonderful community before moving withmakingpeoplefeelreally into senior living. Newberger special." vividly remembers the first Knowing her mother's time they met."When Iwalked wonderfulwarmth, Ludin en- in the door, she said,'I thought couraged her to be a greeter at the Jewish community had Jewish Pavilion events, along completely forgotten r~e.'" withanotherespeciallywarm Newbergerwasdeternined volunteer, Riva Shader. They to make Sonne feel lil~ part took that role very seriously, of the community agail. "My said Ludin.They thanked peo- momcameeveryweek,'Ludin ple for coming as they came said. "Whatever Shirley~sked in the door, and"they hugged for, my mother brougl~ her. them and kissed them, even She said, 'I like gefilt~fish,' if they had no idea who they mymotherbroughtherefilte were," Ludin said. fish; she said 'I like chpped They even did that at the liver,'shebroughthercbpped Pavilion's Annual Fashion liver. She did that with nany Show, standing at the top of people over the years." the escalators at Blooming- Newberger began v~iting dale's to greet guests as they Regent Park several ays a arrived at the second floor. week to visit with Sonre and "But our fashion show wasn't other residents. Thei she the only thing going on at started going to Savannah Bloomingdale's--someofthe Court. "For over 10 ~ears, people were just shopping," every Monday I did a iappy laughed Ludin. "And these hour," Newberger said.)ther twoolderladieswouldhugand Friends Board membes be- kiss them when they got off gan helping aswell, inchding the escalator. And they must Susie Stone, Shirley Sc~oen- havethought,'Bloomingdales bergerandCorinneBrai."We must be the nicest store in wouldvisitwiththeresi~ents, America! I can't believe I'm sing some songs, and serve re- being hugged and kissed just freshments,"Newberger said. to shop here!'" Newberger'ssunnyperson- Even when some of the alityis a big asset as she makes people told them theyweren't these visits.Ludinwasoftenat there for the fashion show, theSavannahCourtand~ther Newberger and Shader were eventsandisveryproud)fher unfazed and continued to mother's impact:"She'cwalk treat them warmly. Said in the building and people Ludin, "We really miss them who were dozing wouldwake doing that job. Nobody does it up with big smiles on their they way that they did it--it faces. She'd walk arounl and takes a special talent to hug hug everyone when sl~ got a stranger." there." When it was tine to Although Newberger no sing, said Ludin, her m~ther longer drives since moving to would"face eachperson~s she Oakmonte, her volunteering sangandsingwiththem~then continues. She walks over to Gloria Newberger (1) celebrates at a Jewish Pavilion Rosh Hashanah party. Oakmonte's assisted living and memory care buildings twice a month to help with Shabbat programs and looks forward to those days. In memory care, "they don't have that much to say some- times," she said. "But when you start singing songs like 'Ain Keloheinu,' they do come around, and they seem to look forward to it." Newberger has enjoyed her Jewish Pavilion volunteering very much andvalues the time she has devoted to it. "It's why I haven't played cards--I was so busy going to these various things," she laughed. "I felt very good about it." From page 7A kKlansman" is an alarm clock, telling Jews--who downAmericanflag--asignal still need police protection at of distress. It's an unmistak- their places of worship--to able comment: Everything in wake up. America is not OK, not only "If I am not for myself, who forblacksbutalsoforJewsand will be for me? If I am only countless others.Itisperhaps for myself, what am I? And asurprisinggestureofsolidar- if not now, when? And if not ity with Jews from a director me, who?" asks black radical whose past portrayals of Jews Kwame Ture (Corey Hawkins) were criticized as stereotypi- at a rally during the film. cal and unflattering. The line is a paraphrase of Nevertheless, "BlacK- Hillelthe Elder.