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N Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory 11A JTA News Briefs 13A Team Central Florida, 13 teens from Orlando, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tampa, & Sarasota--marching in during Opening Ceremonies, acca A delegation from Central Florida recently returned after competing in the 35th annual JCC Maccabi Games, a weeklong Olympic-style sports competition giving close to 3,000 teens the chance to gather with fellow Jewish youth this summer. The Central Florida delega- tion, with teens from Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, Gaines- ville, and Sarasota, partici- pated in the first week of JCC Maccabi, which convened July 30-August 4 in Birmingham, N.Y. (hosted by the Levite Jewish Community Center). JCC Maccabi is an initiative of JCC Association of North America, which is celebrat- "F -" CO @ I-" ~ Sara Stern and Jeff Gaeser pose with the Human Service Award plaque. ing its 100th anniversary this year, marking the centennial year of the JCC Movement. Orlando teen, Nathaniel Cohen, won the silver medal in boys 14U tennis. Cohen competed in the competitive division as opposed to rec- reational, meaning he won second overall. Other Central Florida teens to medal were Sarasota twins, Lana and Mi- cah Katz who participated in various individual swimming events. They follow in the footsteps of their older sister Fallon who medaled in swim- ming at the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games in Boca Raton. Bringing together Jewish teens from around Central Florida was a unique op- portunity as most cities have their own delegation. The Central Florida teens though had the opportunity to bond with other Jewish teens from around the area. Orlando teens, Nathan Waldbaum and Matthew Dvorchik par- ticipated on a 14U basketball team alongwith Ethan Grand from Gainesville and Daniel Swimming medalists Micah (1) and Lana Katz of Sarasota. were Natan Egosi, Tampa 16U basketball; Aidan Gonzaelz, Tampa volleyball; Zach Miz- rahi, Jacksonville baseball. JCC Maccabi is more than an athletic competition, pro- moting community involve- ment, teamwork, and Jewish engagement, and bringing to- gether teen participants, com- munity volunteers, coaches and host families. "While medals were won, site and sing Ha'tikvah, see the tribute to the Munich 11, and to participate in lo- cal community service, it's clear that the Games are much more than just another sports tournament. The JCC Maccabi Games are an iden- tity-strengthening, impactful Jewish teen experience." Together known as JCC Maccabi, JCC Maccabi Games and JCC Maccabi ArtsFest By Christine DeSouza The turn out for the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando's Annual Meeting wasn't as large as in past years. Perhaps the weather, casting a gloomy, gray, cloud-covered sky that threatened rain, put a damper on many families' plans to come because this year's annual meeting was also billed as Family Fun Day that included a picnic. Another change in the meeting was the agenda. It was much shorter--less than an hour to go through all the protocol: the approval of last year's minutes, the announce- ment of the Federation's strategic vision, nominating committee report, election and installation of new of- ficers and Board members, the president's report, and recognizing the Mensch Hall of Fame recipients. The only award given dur- ing the hour was the Heritage Human Service Award, given by Jeff Gaeser to Sara Stern, who received a standing ovation as she came to the podium to accept the award (and another standing ovation after she gave her acceptance speech). Michael Soil, immediate past president, speaking on behalf of Board President RhondaForestwhowas called away on a family emergency, expressed appreciation for Olga Yorish, outgoing execu- tive director, who came during JFGO on page 15A Alan Kornman was there he was in Israel to witness the ceremonies remember- ing the 1967 Six Day War and celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem 50 years ago. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at 7 p.m he will share with us, in film and in words, what it was like to join with the Israelis at this historic time. The event, sponsored by Zionistas, will take place at the Eastmonte Civic Center, 830 Magnolia Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 Kornman is the regional coordinator for the United West, contributing editor for Family Security Matters and has 40+ published articles on Alan Kornman Founded by Eva Lon- SantanaJr.fromTampa, both themoreimportanttakeaway engage the entire Jewish various national security top- don Ritt, Diana Scimone, partofCentralFlorida. Ayden was that friendships were community in a celebration ics. He has completed FDLE's Judy Shujman and Sandi Israel from Jacksonville par- made." said Robby Etzkin, of Jewish peoplehood with a FloridaCriminalJusticeExec, Solomon, the Zionistas are ticipated in flag football TheRothFamilyJCC'sexecu- love of Israel at its core. Each Institute Seminar, Under- a coalition of Christian and with Nathan King, from tive director andthe Central program gives Jewish teens standing Militant Islamist Jewish women and men Tampa. Nathan and his twin Floridadelegation head. "The the chance to give something Terrorism, and is a local Or- united for Israel. Advocacy, sister, Stella, (volleyball) are JCC Maccabi Games use back to host communities lando smallbusiness owner. Awareness and Activism is the grandchildren of CNN's sports asthevehicletoengage through JCC Cares, a day This program is open tothe driving force behind the Larry King who tweeted to Jewish teensfromaroundthe dedicated to acts of tikkun the community at no cost. Zionistas. his millionsoffollowerswords world and by all measures, olam, or repairing theworld. Donations are greatly ap- o uoto~ece um~e ot~e I ionoi~o~e ~e onei~!~i Florida delegation and about great success, especially for gold, silverandbronzemedals requested. Please contact the teens' great experience Central Florida. For Jewish in their sports competitions, Sandi Solomon at 407-575- at the Games. Other Central teens to stand together, more 9899or mailto:sansolomon@ Florida teens participating than 1,000 strong at each Maccabion page 15A