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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 PAGE 7A Michael McKee Eric Geboff For40 years, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando has served the needs of our neighbors, regardless of race, religion, culture or national origin. We have cared for tens of thousands of those neighbors, keeping true to our mission of "providing services to stabilize indi- viduals and families in crisis, and enhancing the quality of life across generations to all members of the Central Florida community." We strive to ensure that our mis- sion is reflected in everything we do. Our mission gives us purpose and direction and we appreciate the opportunities that our mission provides. We continue to provide those services in four core service areas: Mental and Emotional Stability, Hunger, Homeless- ness Prevention and Aging Services. Annually, the Jewish New Year gives us the opportu- nity to reflect on the lives we changed and the impact that we have in our community. The delivery and relevance of our programs have allowed us to grow our services, thereby allowing us to serve more people. However, the need is still great. Whether a family needs counseling following a crisis, or a parent needs help putting food on the dinner table, Jew- ish Family Services provides the help necessary to meet these basic yet vital needs of our community. Our services are as diverse as those we serve. We are proud to offer counseling services that care for clients from age four and up; the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry that provides shelf stable foods, produce and meats; transportation for the elderly and disabled for medical appointments and es- sential shopping; emergency financial assistance; a struc- tured family stabilization program that has tremendous success and outcomes; and more. The efforts at Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando are a great example of a com- munity coming together because they need to. Because we still need to today. Because Central Florida needs us, the resources we offer and the services we provide. We need these sorts of pure motives to nurture genuine communi- ties. What we will continue to provide and create with your help will be something remarkable. On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and clients that we serve, our best wishes to you and your families for a happy, healthy and prosper- ous 5779. Michael McKee, president Eric Geboff, executive director Ellen Wise Lang The Journal of Moral Edu- cation published an article Pamela Cash Kancher titled "Holocaust Knowl- edge and Holocaust Educa- tion Experiences" predicting citizenship values among U.S. adults. The research investigated the relationship between Holocaust knowl- edge, Holocaust educational experiences and citizenship values. The authors con- cluded that learning about the Holocaust in school, hearing Holocaust Survivor testimony (in person or via electronic media) and visit- ing a Holocaust museum were the strongest predictors of citizenship values. They suggested that "Holocaust education provides the op- portunity to examine fun- damental moral and ethical issues related to diversity and human behavior in society, especially the causes and ef- fects of stereotyping and how it contributes to prejudice, racism, and the infringement of civil rights." For those who know Tess Wise, it is not surprising that she predicted this correlation in 1980 when she founded the Holocaust Project and planned a community-wide conference on the Holocaust and relevant human rights issues. According to Tess' original notes, the purpose of the conference was to "fo- cus on the social, historical, moral, ethical and economic implications of the Holocaust and to show how these relate to current human rights issues facing the world, the country and citizens of Cen- tral Florida." Our Holocaust Center's mission remains faithful to Tess' vision. To use the history and lessons of the Holocaust to create an in- clusive community free of anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice and bigotry. Through our exhibits and programs, we work to build a community where diversity is celebrated and all people feel safe and respected. At the dedication of our building expansion in 1994, Tess said the following: A wise man once said, "All that is necessary for the tri- umph of evil is for good men to do nothing." I know, because I once was there when evil triumphed. If this evil should ever again triumph, it will not be because I did nothing. I know it's important for you to be able to say the same thing to yourself." Rosh Hashanah is a time for joy, a time for new begin- nings, counting our blessings and for standing up and being counted. On behalf of the board and staff of the Holocaust Memo- rial Resource & Education Center of Florida, Shanah Tovah Umetukah. We hope that you have a good and sweet year. Ellen Wise Lang, president Pamela Cash Kancher, executive director N Rno Wishing you a year of peace health and prosperity! Your friends at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando Nova, Godi~a Gelukkig Nieuwjaar su~uX~~vo -ro v~:o ~roc; ' ~ " ~; ~ - ~"~~~ ~ ~ Felice Anno Nuovo Jewish Federation OF GREATER ORLANDO 851 North Maitland Ave. Maitland, FL 32751 407.645.5933