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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS,SEPTEMBER 07, 2012 PAGE 12A September 2011 Hadassah honors Shelly Gross of the Orlando Chapter with a national leadership award. Edith Schulman of the Rishona-Chaverot Chapter is honored by Hadassah with a national leadership award. Marge White of the Sabra Chapter of Hadassah is honored as Woman of the Year. Ryan Lefkowitz and Michael Soil are named co-chairs of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. Jewish Family Services teams with Sharsheret for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Jewish Academy of Orlando participates inwortdwide peace project. October.2011 Madeline Wolly is named Jewish Family Services Good- will Ambassador. Barry Kudlowitz is honored at Jewish Family Services 2011 Evening of Valor. Jewish Family Services honors the Chapin family and the Mandell family. JewishNational Fund names Jim Riola as thenew Orlando board president. Congregation Ohev Shalom Seniors Club honors Berny Raft with its first and only Outstand- " ing Leadership Award. Temple Israel, Winter Springsl honors four members of the congregation, Bernie Kahn, Terri Susan Fine, Mark Kluger and Lauren Brown dur- ing Simchat Torah festivities. November 2011 Three local young wom- en, Rebecca Swerdlow, Judy Abramson and Jessica Swerd- low, who have made aliyah be- come part of the Israel Defense Forces Lone Soldier Program. The Swerdlows are in the Israeli Army and Abramson is in the Israeli Air Force. The Roth Jewish Commu- nity Center holds its Ninth An- nual Family Festival at Cranes Roost Park. Congregation Beth Am's Simhat Torah honorees are Debbie Z elkowitz and her "Care Team," Denise Reback, Helene Gold, Norma Greenberg, LiUian Tobias, Sondra Pritchard and Florence Kuppe. The year's Hatan B'raysheet was Dan Williams. Temple Shir Shalom par- ticipates in a breast cancer fundraiser. Central Florida philanthro-" " pist Tony Nicholson brings The Nicholson Center of Surgical Advancement to Florida Hos- pital Celebration. Jewish Family Services makes Thanksgiving meal deliveries all around Central Florida. The Roth Jewish Commu- nity Center hires Abby Paulson as the new youth and camp manager. Rabbi Rick Sherwin receives an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Hy Lake was posthumously inducted into Junior Achieve- ment's Hall of Fame. Jewish Federation Mai- monides Medical Society holds VIP reception. The evening's presentation was designed to increase ~wareness in the medical Community of the Nicholson Center and the Florida Hospital Partnership with Sheba Medical Center in Israel. Helen Greenspun . Decmber 011 Lyn Davidson, associate editor, leaves the Heritage for a management position at the San Francisco Public Library. Michael Etzkin is promoted to associate editor and Kim Fischer is appointed assistont editor. Chabad of North Orlando celebrates Chanukah in Lake Mary. PJ Library marks first birth- day. Chabad of Orlando hosts a Menorah Parade for the first time in the Greater Orlando area. Jewish Family Services pro- files M'flce McKee as a Goodwill Ambassador. JFS youth volunteers and their parents bring a partyto the Children's Home Society of Florida. JFS'Get Caught Caring cam- paign brings in 700 toys, $7000. January 2012 The Jerome J. Bornstein Young Leadership Program returns to the Jewish Federa~ tion of Greater Orlando with a group of 18 men andwomen. It is designed to create leaders in the Jewish community. Award winning columnist, novelist and nonfiction writer James Carroll visits Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom. Lake Mary resident Penny Gold applies to "The Guinness Book of World Records" for her 733 pairs of Converse gym shoes. Rabbi Kassel Abelson, a na- tionally recognized speaker on Conservative Judaism lectures at Congregation Beth Am on the Jewish outlook in the up- coming elections. Dr. Terri Susan Fine speaks on'q/oting Rights and the 2012 Elections," at Temple Israeli Winter Springs. Religious leaders of the Inter- faith Council of Central Florida, members of the mayoral office and hundreds of Central Florida residents of all backgrounds march from City Hall to Shiloh Baptist Church in memory of Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. Positive Jewish Living an- nounces the release of Beth Schafer's groundbreaking Jewishwellness primer, "Seven Sparks, Tools for Jewish Well- ness." The Holocaust Center hosts the opening reception for BESA: A Code of Honor. February 2012 Kinneret Council on Aging honors "8 over 80." This year's honoreesare Helen Greenspun, Bea Kellogg, Elaine Lustig, Tess Wise, A1 Gross, Dr. Nor- man Wall, Lester Mandell and Harvey Arnowitz. Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando Women's Division Choices 'A very extraordinary David Bigney (1) and Ryan Lefkowitz Harriett Lake (1) and Rene Brent night.' "Big Bang Theory" and "Blossom" star Mayim Bialik talks about how she relies on her Jewish values to keep her grounded as an actress. Spoken word artist Vanessa Hidary spouts her unique monologues about love and Judaism. Rene Brent is named Woman of of temple life for a combined participation as the Center 25 years, continues to serve as a corn- Rabbi David Kay of Con- munity hub. gregation Ohev Shalom leads JewishFederationofGreater a Hunger Seder at the Jewish Orlando holds its Women to Academy for Belt Hamidrash Women Luncheon to celebrate students and several commu- the generosity of its Lion of nity leaders.The Hunger Seder Judah and Morasha donors. is anadaption of the traditional The Jewish Federation hosts Choice. . Passover seder, tellingthestory JFS asks community to 0fExoduswithemphasisonthe 'Help Fill the Cart' during the Feinstein Challenge. JCC Eighth Annual Bruce Gould Poker Invitational Hold 'em Tournament is a success again. Jewish Academy of Orlando hosts two local schools in conjunctionwith the Multifaith Education Project. Orlando Jewish teens join hundreds from around the world in New York at the CTeen Shabbaton in Crown Heights, N.Y. Eighty-eight of Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom's Kadima and USY members attend annual HaNe~ev Regional Yom Disney. The event brings together Jewish teens from as far as North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and around Florida for a day of fun. March 2012 Jewish Heritage Festival in Daytona Beach features nation- ally acclaimed entertainment. Congregation Ohev Shalom was one of the 64 sites across the country celebrates Israel's 64th birthday with a unique tribute. April 2012 Jewish National Fund hon- ors Jack Freeman as Guardian of Israel at the 2012 Orlando Tree of Life Award Dinner. The event also bestows the Tree of Life award upon John Hil~ lenmeyer and Lars Houmann, both well known for their commitment to the Orlando community. " The Holocaust Center's Dinner of Tribute honors Dr. Richard Lapchick, a man who has devoted his life to race and gender equality in sports. Rabbi Steven Engel and Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszerare honored by the Congregation of Reform Judaism. Both are deeply involved in all aspects moral imperative to end hunger in America. Internationally renowned genealogist Megan Lewis speaks at the Jewish G enealogi- cal Society of Greater Orlando. She presented on "Resources for Genealogists at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum andhow rouse them via the Internet. The Jewish Pavilion pres- ents a Magical Evening while honoring Susie Kleiman, Carol Feuermanand E lise Schilowitz for their successful presidencies of the Friends of the Jewish Pavilio~n. The evening raises $30,000. The three Jewish Federations that service Tampa, Orlando, Pinellas and Pasco counties agreed to a cooperative effort that will be named the Tampa- Orlando-Pinellas Jewish Fed- eration Alliance. May 2012 Jewish Family Services received 2,200 pounds of food from the staff of Personal Mini Storage's 25 locations thrOugh- out Central Florida. * Yom HaShoah creates a call to action. Dr. Ellen Kennedy, foufider and executive director of World Without Genocide, presents keynote address on "Children Of Genocide: The Holocaust, Cambodia and Rwanda." In her call to action to the 350 attendees, Kennedy asked people to remember the children who have died in geno- cides through creating and participating in local events. JCC launches renovation project with hetp from the Jewish Capital Alliance, The project aims to improve the aesthetics and functionality of its Maitland facilities, enhance the overall experience for the members and attract more a first of its kind men's only fundraiser, Man Cave. The event provided fun and entertain- ment while raising funds for JFGO's critical services. Jewish Family Services ended its spring fundraiser Canfina 2012, on a positive note. The event hosted 160 supporters. JFS honors the Pearlman Family: Craig and his wife Rhonda, Lynn Pearl- man Minkow, Donna Pearlman Bolton and husband Bill, and their families with the Chesed Award for their commitment to JFS and the community. June 2012 The J Ball---the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's main fundraiser--is a big hit on May 12. The event raises money for the JCC's Marvin Friedman Scholarship Fund. The JCC holds its annual meeting May 22 with the theme:"JCC Rocks." The annu- al gathering honors volunteers and staff for their accomplish- ments this year. In fulfillment of T'mikhat Yisrael, the traditional mitzvah to support Israel spiritually and physically, Rabbi Rick Sherwin and Elissa Sherwin led a pil- grimage to Israel. q venty-five travelers from Congregation Beth Am in Longwood join the Sherwins for this Jewish experience. June marks the arrival of a new Jewish chaplain, Lt. Joshua Sherwin, son of Rabbi Rick and Elissa Sherwin, at the United States Naval Academy in An- napolis, Md. The Roth Jewish Commu- nity Center of Greater Orlando installs the new board of the 39ers and the senior Nite Club, longtime seniors groups based in Maitland. July 2012 One of the Holocaust Re- source and Education Center's most active volunteers, Helen Greenspun, is honored by the USANetwork's 2012 Characters Unite campaign, which identi- fies leaders in addressing social injustices and bridging cultural divides, CTeen, the Chabad Teen Network, enjoys end of year trip. Chapters from all over the state of Florida got together for a. BBQ dinner and a campfire. They spent the next day at Universal. Studios and ended the event with dinner. More than 60 of Kinneret's residents particiPate in an educational program provided by Acute Home Health Care. August 2012 Jewish Family Services hold an interactive evening focus- ing on hopes and passions. Participants learn how to take the essential steps to achieve a more meaningful life. Guest speakers includ Cindy Price, Di- ana Scimone and Jennifer Lee. Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala welcome a new rabbi. Rabbi KarenAlien brings to the Reconstructionist congrega- tion a wealth of experience in the world Of music, drama and Jewish learning. The Heritage Florida Jewish News Human Service Award is presented to Dr. Zena Sulkes. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando hands out several awards at its annual meeting. They includ the Jew- ish Communal Professional award to Eric Geboff, execu- tive director of Jewish Family Services; special recognition to Hope Kramer; the Jerome J. Bornstein Award to Henrietta Katzen; the Byron B. Selber Young Leadership Award to Tomer Taggart and the Cre- ative Jewish Programming Award to the committee of the Man Cave. September 2012 The Jewish Community Center holds a golf outing for women in early September spe- cifically geared toward women who have never picked up a golf club before, with all levels joining in on the fun.