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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, 2003 school year beginning, By Rachel Pomerance HONESDALE, Pa. (JTA)-- In an ode to pop culture, one oT the world's largest annual gatherings of Jewish student activists began with a video .~/Poof of MTV's "The Real Orld." Last week's gather- ~g organized by Hillel and peld at Camp Moshava in ennsylvania, also featured JeWish hip-hop artist Remedy, ~vho sported a Jewish version ~the genre's bling-bling-- a monstrous Magen David -- ~1~ belted an angry anthem ut the Holocaust. And students wore Hillel Stickers alluding to college cult ~aVorites like Homer Simpson and John Goodman, who Played an over-the-top Jewish convert in the movie "The Big Lebowski." Indeed, the extent to which Hillel used pop-cul- ture cool to court students at Hillel's Charles Schusterman International Leader's Assem- bly hints at the key challenge for Jewish activists on college campuses: attracting students. Heated pro-Palestinian ac- tivism on campus has prompted an outpouring of pro-Israel advocacy, but the foremost concern for Jewish organizations on campus re- mains the basic battle against Jewish apathy and ignorance. "It's very easy to make Is- rael the total issue, and we have got to prevent that from happening," said Avraham Infeld, Hillel's interim di- rector. Apathy, or the possibility to just "drop out of being Jew- ish" in college, is still the num- ber one challenge for Hillel, he said. The "first step is to coalesce and get a group of people to- gether," agreed Shoshana Rudnick, 19, who discussed the draw of a possible Hillel sports team with a fellow Ithaca College sophomore, Laura Bauman. But Israel remains an in- tense focus. Many Jewish students are struggling to craft a message on Israel that appeals to the liberal mentality prevalent on campuses-- and among many Hillel students. See "Hillel" on page 19 PAGE 3 for renewed activism Students dance at Hillel's recent2003 Charles Schusterman International Student Leaders Assembly. Federation partners with Orlando Ballet for 'Bistro at the Ballet' j On Saturday, Sept. 20 the eWish Federation of Greater Orlando is partnering with Orlando Ballet to help increase ~e $1,000+ donors to the oe mbined Jewish Appeal and eXPose potential new sub- ~ers to Orlando Ballet. he Federation serves as the unified voice of the Central l~lorida Jewish Community. !Pco ,raises community dol- ~r~,t.hrough their annual -~3'nDmed Jewish Appeal and i!loeates the funds to agen- s, beneficiaries and syna- ~, " es to the Jewish '~rnmunity of Central Florida. The Orlando Ballet, estab- [~h~ in 1974, is celebrating ^ Oth "anniversary and is Uentral Florida,s premier ro fex~ P - --lOnal ballet company THe ~rg~nization employs 24 na- ~.~?01 and international pro- , . nal dancers under the ~Xlstic direction of world-re- " ~ the Oldest and most excit '-~ Professional dance com- Plies in the southern United States. toTs~t COmpany's mission is dar t ana promote the stan- (Is of dance, not only as an form, but also as a vehicle :: uucation to the commu- The company is made u ur an international mix o1} Orlando gifted dancers, whose world- class performances have gar- nered outstanding reviews and brought ballet to a growing Orlando audience. In addition to the company performances last season, the Orlando Ballet performed 51 free outreach programs, entertaining more than 75,000 individuals. The Orlando Ballet School offers two educational options, a general track and a profes- sional track. The school is home to more than 400 stu- dents and has trained some of the brightest up and comers in the world of dance today. The Orlando Ballet is Central Florida's only fully profes- sional ballet company. The organization performs through their annual season spanning eight months from September through May at the Bob Cart PerformingArts Cen- ter. The Orlando Ballet Com- pany is located in the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Cen- ter - downtown Orlando. The evening will include appetizers and an exclusive presentation by the Orlando Ballet dancers, performing a mixed repertoire program. Bistro at the Ballet begins at 8 p.m. at the Dr. Phillips Per- forming Arts Center at 1111 N. Orange Ave. Cover admis- sion is $18 per person. All par- ticipants must make a mini- mum family gift of $1,000 to the Federation's 2004 Com- bined Jewish Appeal Cam- paign. The goal of the Federation's fundraiser this year is to in- crease the donor base and the level of giving. As an additional incentive, members who choose to increase their gifts will receive complimentary tickets to Orlando Ballet's 2003 - 2004, Thirtieth Anniversary Season of Pearls. For additional information or to receive an invitation to Bistro at the Ballet, contact Nancy Ludin at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, 407-645-5933, Ext. 239, or e- mail nancyl@orlandojewish honors its own do Chapter of ~r four out- ,brunch Sunday, Sept. 7, 11 Radisson Plaza .' Blvd )rlando Chapter of has chosen Linda 2003. 2004 Leader- . Sharyn Lazare will Women of the ~Awardand will be named her vol- with the Little Brown- joined of Jewish president received the Solomon Award in i After mov" rnrnedia, mg to Orlando she '~Y got involved. She joined Congregation Ohev Shalom and its Sisterhood, served on several committees and now can be found every Wednesday in the Judaica Shop. She became a bat mitzvah in 2001 while bat- tling breast cancer. Now as a survivor, she works with new patients to help allay their fears. Living in Heathrow she joined the Women's Club, be- came actively involved and served as president. Wiah joined Hadassah as a Life Mem- ber, became treasurer, serv- ing in several vice presidential posts and became president of the chapter in 1999. She is chair of Keeper of the Gate for the Florida Central Region. She will proudly tell you that she has a three genera- tion Life Membership Family, with her daughter Sandy and granddaughter Allison and that her husband, Peter; son, David and grandsons, Andrew, Jonathan and Ryan are all as- sociate members. Sharyn Lazare, a relative newcomer to Orlando, has been chosen by Sabra Hadassah to be''Woman of the Year". She is a Life Member, a Life Member of Jewish Women International of Canada and Life Member of Jewish Nurs- ing in Montreal. Her educa- tion is in special care and she worked with intellectually handicapped children and adults in Canada and Israel for a total of 12 years. Fifteen years ago Lazare made a career move to the business world and is pres- ently an office/accounting manager of an Orlando firm. In Hadassah she has been recording secretary for Chaverot, then joined Sabra and became Youth Aliyah chair, Fundraising vice presi- See "Hadassah" on page 19 You Can Choose Any Assisted Living Facility to Care for Dad, But Lake MarT's Premier Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Community combines spacious accommodations and a truly committed staff to provide central Florida's best choice for seniors. Care for the HERITAGE WOODS Call Today to Arrange a Tour (407) 321 7550 Located OirectlyBehindtheLakeMary " Post Office on Middle Street O2CO3, Heritage WOOds ALF LiC. 10162 A SlOnature Property of senior Living Management Corp. NOTHING'S MORE REWARDING THAN AN EDUCATION OF A LIFETIMEt. 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