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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 e e Loren London received the Heritage Human Service Award from publisher Jeff Gaeser. Andrew Mackler, son of Jay and Robin Mackler of Lake Mary, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Congregation Beth Am. Andy is in the seventh grade at Sanford Middle School in the Pre-IB pro- gram. His hobbies and interests include playing tennis competitively in USTA tournaments, math and science, and ping pong. He also volunteers at Beth Am's Sunday School. Sharing in the family's simcha will be his brother, Ryan; grandparents, Audrey and Arnold Feingold of Connecticut; Phil Mackler of Naples, Fla.; and Sally and Irwin Mindell Clearwater, Fla.; also numerous aunts, uncles and COtusins. SudOku (see page 18 for solution SUDOKU you could save 28% Call %800-970-436 fo see how much you could save on car insurance. *Nohonol ovefoge QnnuQI sov~gs hosed on dQto from cuslomers who reported sovings by switchirK:j to Esufc,~ce bel~een 12/1/11 ond 4/30/12 2D17 ~r c~ Insu~c.~ Se~v~ces.~ A~ 6ghls Cese~ved CA bcen~.e ~r.}G87E~ 2~ esuronce on AIIstate'compony 8 7 4 3 6 4 5 7 9 25 64 16 75 4 73 6 8 1 3 2 8 4 6 1 StatcPoint Media Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all digits 1 through 9. Federation's annual meet- ing reflects on the past and looks to a bright future On Sunday, Aug. 24, com- munity members, rabbis, and staff and leadership from Jewish agencies gathered together for the Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando's annual meeting, themed "There's no place like home." The event was emceed by JFGO board members Jeannie Leavitt and Yeosh Bendayan, who were in costume as Dorothy (complete with Toto in basket) and the Tin Man, and the crowd was treated to an informative and enter- taining meeting, including an incredible performance by Andra London who sang 'Somewhere Over the Rain- bow,' which was fitting for the meeting's Wizard of Oz theme. The meeting reflected on this year's achievements, plans for next year and the kick off of the 2015 annual campaign. A fun theme complete with yellow brick road and rainbow of cupcakes didn't take away from the business at hand. The meeting discharged the 2013-14 board of directors and officers, elected and in- stalled the 2014-2016 slate of officers and directors. Rhon- da Forest, chairperson of the Board 2014-2016 spoke about her vision for the Federation. Executive Director Olga Yor- ish reflected on the successes of the past year and called for support in moving forward to the 2015 campaign. The event featured a panel of next generation Jews: An- dra London, Matt Broffman, and Danielle Krise. The three spoke on their reflections of Jewish community and shared their own stories. Three different stories, three different paths. London grew up in Orlando, and has always felt the strong embrace of our Jewish community. As she moved to another city, she was eager to plant Jewish roots in her new commu- nity. Luckily for her, there was a Jewish community planted and built for her and other young people. Danielle Krise, on the other hand, grew up in another Jewish commu- nity, and when she and her family moved to Orlando, they found a Jewish com- munity built by us and ready to embrace them. And finally, Matt Broffman, who was born and grew up in Orlando and now plans to raise his family here as well. The Federation believes in the importance of engaging the next generation of Jews in our community. And the three presenters spoke volumes to why this must be done and how we can best do it. This past year, Broffman has been involved with launching Federation's latest initiative, Our Jew- ish Orlando (OJO), which is focused on building mean- ingful connections and en- gagement for young Jews in Orlando. Krise just gradu- ated from the revamped J.J.Bornstein Leadership Program. She and the 2014 class are confident that its members will enrich Jewish life in Orlando. The JFGO annual meet- Next generation Jewish community members Ana'ra London, Matt Broffman, and Dani- elle Krise. Dressed as Dorothy is Jeannie Leavitt and Yeosh Bendayan (the Tin Man), emcees of the event, with JFGO Executive Director Olga Yorish and Tess Wise, recipient of the Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Award. (L-r) Jeannie Leavitt, Yeosh Bendayan, Olga Yorish and Amy Geboff, recipient of the Jewish Communal Professional Award. members are recognized and honored for their contribu- tions to the community. The Heritage Florida Jewish ing is also the time when News'HumanServiceAward outstanding community was presented to Loren London. This year, Tess Wise received the Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Award. The Creative Jewish Programming Award was bestowed upon the Shalom Families committee--Whit- ney Kuvin, Aleah Mathews, Fiona Anavi, Pam Weissman, and Julie Oshins. Amy Geboff received the Jewish Com- munal Professional Award.