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NEWS, SEPTEMBER 3, 2004 PAGE 17 consultant for 2000-01 Jewish Popu- speaks at JCC. Congregation Ohev Shalom purchased by Charlotte Rotenberg to Safed. Jewish Arts Week features a variety Liberal Judaism's Executive Director Sammy P. Goldstein, is ordained as a rabbi by Hebrew Union College. Irving Tasman is honored with the Jewish Pavilion's 2004 Bessie Goldberg Volunteer of the Year Award. Philanthropist Charlie arden hosts a fundraiser to benefit the JCC South. The exhibit"Janusz Korczak and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto" opens at the Artist's rendering of planned appearance of ShiraLago. Orlando's Jewish children were on dis- Day School as part of the Jewish Arts g exhibitions, lectures and workshops; with Arts Week, the Congregation of Liberal Cohen. The Friends of the Jew- "Wine With the Modern Masters" gala event is g at his Millenia Gallery. Over 20 walk- community take part in the Crop Walk against hunger. Kim Fischer retires from her position as "Heritage" Associate Editor; Lyn Payne is hired as new Assistant Editor. Chabad of South Orlando dedicates its new Torah with a ceremony, procession and a festive cel- ebration. The Orlando Magic host the first Jewish Heritage Night featuring a pre-game Purim Carnival. Tess Wise of the Holocaust Memorial Re- source and Education Center joins Elie Wiesel and others at the Annual Scholars' Confer- ence on the Holocaustand the Think Churches in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Friends of the Jew- ish Pavilion present a check to The Jewish Pavilion; the money will provide to long-term-care residents. Temple Israel, program. : Hamidrash travel to Washington, D.C. gram sponsored by PANIM: The Institute for Values. 31eick RD "DICK" recipient of the Com- Award, minutes with Professor Alan Dershowitz speaks at annual Yam HaS- hash observance. Holocaust Center honors SunTrust Banks at annual Dinner of Tribute; comedian and writer Ben Stein is the fea- tured headliner; at the din- ner, the Holocaust Center's Executive Director Tess Wise announces her retirement. I. Richard "Dick" Weiner receives George Wolly Award at Jewish Family Services' "Celebrate 2004." Central Florida observes Yam HaZi- karon, Israeli Memorial Day, at Hebrew Day School. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando debuts its new Web site, Dr. Ruth Westheimer is the photo by Richard H. Gleick (!) introduces Alan Dershowitz at 2004's Yore at Hillel of Central Florida's first celebration, Longwood. JFGO's Women's Division trip to New York, N.Y. :leaders President Stuart Peisner, President- elect ports and Wellness Vice President JeffWeiss and Executive Director Marvin Friedman attend the JCCs of North America Biennial Convention in Montreal Over 100 people attend a VIP reception at Heathrow Country Club to introduce the new retirement community ShiraLago. Laura Abramson is elected to Women's American aRT's national board of directors. JFGO's Community Relations Committee and members of the Jewish community participate in the annual tribute to local heroes sponsored by the National Conference for Community and Justice. Thirteen adult B'nai Mitzvah students are called to the Torah at the Congregation of Liberal Judaism. Basketball star Bill Walton is the special guest at the JCC's third annual SPORTSNITE, which honors Sy, Mark and Caryn Israel and the law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor and Reed; over 350 people attend, and SPORTSNITE raises over $50,000 to continue the goals of the JCC. The JCC Children's Theatre Program stages "Michael and the Pied Piper." The Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation hosts its fifth annual "Star Trek and Judaism" class. Temple Israel, Longwood hosts a"Roaring '20s Speakeasy. JUNE 2004 Rabbi RICHARD CHIZEVER ROBERT "BOB" YARMUTH Temple Israel, Longwood welcomes its new spiri- tual leader, Rabbi Richard Chizever. Congregation Bet Chaim is "called to the Torah" as it celebrates its 13th anniversary and breaks ground for its new synagogue. Robert "Bob" Yarmuth is the recipient of the "Heritage Florida Jewish News" Human Service Award, presented by "Heritage" Editor/Publisher Jeff Gaeser at JFGO's annual meeting. JFGO honors Sunny Mandell, Rhonda Pearlman, Claire Chepenik, Susie Klei- man, Sheryl Meitin, Judy JODIKRINKER Kahan and Daniel Coultoff with Leadership Awards. Neal Crasnow is elected to unprecedented third term as Federation president. The Federation honors its retiring executive director Eric Geboff. Jodi Krinker is elected president of the JCC The Jerome Bornstein Leadership Class of 2004 graduates a group of 18. Shana Rachel Goldstein, daughter of Congregation of On Sunday, June 13, members of Congregation Bet Chaim and local dignitaries gathered to break ground on the site of the congregation's new synagogue on Seminola Blvd. in Casselberry. NEAL CRASNOW ERIC GEBOFF Holocaust Center. Lori Pearson-Wise announces her candidacy for Orange County School Board District 6. Former Orlando Magic basketball players Anthony Bowie and Jeff Turner lead JCC basketball camp. JULY 2004 Congregation Beth Am welcomes its new spiritual leader and first full-time rabbi in over three years, Rabbi Rick Sherwin. Wendi Harris, Hillel of Central Florida's executive director, leaves to take a position in the private sector. The Holocaust Center hosts its ninth annual Teachers' Institute. Congrega- tion Beth Am resumes "Sun- day Connection" featuring political discussions. Over 300 runners compete in the JCC/City of Maitland 2P~ annual "Beat the Heat" 5K road race. AUGUST 2004 Congregation Ohev Shalom welcomes Rabbi David Kay as its new assistant rabbi. Joshua Katz becomes Hillel of Cen- tral Florida's new executive director. Darden Restaurants Rabbi RICK SHERWIN awards a $35,000 grant to help fund the Holocaust Center. Fifty members of Congregation Ohev Shalom, including Cantor Allan Robuck and his family, journey to Israel. Local synagogues and agencies greet newcomers at "Shalom Orlando Chai Neighbor Brunch." Paula Preston is ap- Rabbi DAVID KAY pointed director of marketing at ShiraLago. Peace for Israel Festival returns to Central Florida. The Holocaust Center's exhibit "In Fitting Memory" opens. Congrega- tion Bet Chaim holds its first Black Tie Bingo and Monte Carlo Night to raise funds for Arnold Palmer Hospital as well as its own building fund. "Peer PowerS' teen program debuts at Jewish Family Services. The JCC hosts its "Health Beat" health fair. Central Florida Hillel opens fall 2004 with its new theme, "Make Bubble Proud." Hurricane Charley devastates homes and businesses throughout Central Florida; Jewish communal institutions and synagogues sustain minor damage; Central Florida's Jews assist in the community Photo by Amy Schwartz, Central Florida Hillel "Make Bubble Proud" is the theme as Hillel students head back to class at the University of Central Florida on August 23.