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HERITAGE FLORIDA J EWISH NEWS, AUGUST 27, 2010 PAGE 3A On Sept. 19at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Orlando, the Or- lando chapter of the Central Florida region of Hadassah will honor three women with its annual Hadassah National Leadership Award. The award pays tribute to members whose leadership accomplishments within Ha- dassah and civic, educational and cultural organizations reflect Hadassah's dedica- tion to the principles of the volunteer ethic. Award recipients are selected by their peers and represent a wide range of achievements. This year, the Sabra group will honor Rh0nda Levin.Des Islets; the Rishona-Chaverot group will honor Rita Pine; and the Orlando chapter hon- oreewill be Gloria Newburger. Rhonda Levin Des Islets was born and raised in Chi- cago and attended Northern Illinois University. Her first job after college was teach- ing special education in the Chicago public school system. In 1981, her parents retired to Orlando, and she soon followed. An advertising ac- count executive in print and cable TV. Des Islets was active in both American Women in Radio and TVand the Orlando Advertising Federation. She also appeared at the~Jewish Community Center in plays and in Silhouettes presenta- tions. She met her husband Scott while working for Time Warner. Her son Jordan has a rock band and step-son Derek is an art major at UNF. In 2000, a health condition forced Des Islets to leave the workforce, so she decided to use her business and musical skills for various organiza- tions. She is a former member of the Congregation of Reform Judaism choir, and is presently a member of the Beth Am sisterhood and choir. She vol- unteers for Ronald McDonald House. has been president of Women of Wekiva, is a mem- ber of the Jewish Pavilion, and has been an active mem- ber in Hadassah, serving as programming vice president and now membership vice president. She loves "being a part of such a worthwhile organization" and her high- light Hadassah experience is attending the regional conventions for education, and meeting intelligent and fascinating women. Des Islets says she would like to thank Rita Weissmann for her wisdom in getting her involved in Hadassah, along with Sharon Sisselsky and Donna Rubinger for always being there for her. "Leadership often means developing vision, taking risks, staying positive and fo- cusedwhile carrying through with projects," said Nancy Falchuk, national president of Hadassah. "Anyone who has dared to be a leader Understands the challenges. How delighted we are to wel- come you into a select group of women who have realized their leadership potential through Hadassah." Rhonda Des Islets The convert for the luncheon is $36 per person. For more infor- marion, or to RSVP, contact Su- sanLivingstoneat321-352-3003. This Rosh Hashanahwill be very sweet at Chabad of South Orlando as a new workshop will be introduced called the Honeybee Workshop, which is designed to fascinate and excite children as they view the world of the honeybee. As the Jewish custom of eat- ing apples dipped in honey is to symbolize prayer to God for a sweet year ahead, this work- shopwill show the importance The Roth Jewish Com- munity Center of Greater Orlando announces the ad- dition of Katharine Drake Teicher to its staff. She has accepted the position of director of admissions. in which she is responsible for the recruitment and enrollment of prospective families in the Early Child- hood Learning Center, sum- mer camp programs and J University, as well as new members for the JCC. "'We're thrilled to have Katharine join the JCC professional team. She's the ideal person to represent the JCC in the community," said David Wayne, executive director. Teicher has a long history with the JCC. She proudly states that everyone in her family, from bubbies to babies, have been active in "The J." When she and her husband. JFS is looking for compas- sionate and caring people who are interested in volunteering their time and talent to serve on a holiday campaign com- mittee. Get Caught Caring is Jewish Family Services' win- ter holiday toy/food drive and Kinder to Kinder is aimed at giving the youth in the com- munity an opportunity to give back to other children, while at the same time teaching the spirit ofvolunteerism and community service. Last year JFS provided toys for more than 300 children in need within the community. Unfortunately, because of demand, JFS could not sup- ply toys to all'the requests. so some families were turned away. This year JFS says it hopes to be able to fill the needs of all the children that come to them and make their holiday brighter. of honey to the Jewish people. Over 10,000 bees will be in attendance supervised by a bee-keeper in a safe and secure environment, Children will learn how honey is made and will get to see bees busily buzz about tending to their job of making honey. Kids will learn all about the use of honey during Rosh Hashanah and how the honey is kosher even though it comes from a non kosher insect (the honeybee). "This will be a fun and interactive display with Rosh Hashanah songs and activities for children of all ages to en- joy," says an event organizer. The Honeybee Workshop will be11:30 a.m.Aug. 29 at Chabad Hebrew School, 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando. For more in- formation contact Rabbi Yosef Konikov at 407-3354-3660. Katharine Teicher Nyles Teicher, moved to Central Florida from New York almost 16 years ago, they joined the JCC even before finding a home. Their daughters, Alexis, Ashleigh and Blayze, participated in the ECLC. summer camps and theater productions. Even her mother-in-law. Mimi Teicher, is active in the 39ers. "The JCC becomes a home away from home for our families, and I am so enthu- siastic to promote what has become the hub of Jewish life in Central Florida. Our 'legendary' educational programs are the best, and there's truly something for everyone. In this turbulent economy, families need child-care solutions about which they can feel confi- dent. They need to know that their children are in a nurturing environmentwith an excellent reputation," Teicher said. She also hopes to involve Orlando's business commu- nity in extending JCC pro- grams and memberships as a benefit to their employees. Katharine Teicher may be reached via e-mail at admis- O JFS provided toys last winter for more than 300 children. A meeting for interested volunteers will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 1. At that time, volunteers will be given de- tails regarding each project. The gathering will include complimentary lunch and RSVPs are required to attend. 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