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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 in Central Florida Jewish Film Festival committee, (l-r) Jay Glick, Dolores lndek, Harriet Weiss, Risa Tetenbaum and Sheila Greenspoon. September 2017 Myrtle Skop Rutberg, z"l, celebrated her 106th birthday with 360 women at Chabad's annual Mega Challah Bake. She left us on Aug. 8, 2018, just shy of the new year. She would have been 107 on Sept. 17. Hurricane Irma had come pounding on Central Florida's door, causing damage and power losses throughout the com- munity. J FS Orlando was ready to assist any and all who needed food, counseling and emergency financial assistance. The Central Florida Jewish Film Festival committee spent hours reviewing films to be featured at The Roth Family JCC's very successful three- day event. October 2017 Congregation Ohev Sha- lom's senior rabbi, Aaron Rubinger, stepped down from his position, stating that itwas a "good time for a change." He assumed the title of rabbi emeritus. The Jewish Pavilion brought together many of the commu- nity's talented musicians and held a "toe-tapping, finger- snapping" Music Fest. This first-time musical event fea- tured Carol Stein, Michael and Ben Kramer, Barbara Jones, Rabbi Aaron Rubinger Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer, Howard Herman, Penny D'Agostino, Walter "Sky" Goldstein and Paul Stenzlerwho showcased music from jazz to Broadway. Compared to national norms, Jewish Academy of Orlando students are ahead of their peers. For the third straight year, JAO students were shown to be performing at least two grade levels ahead of their peers, according to the results of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Gov. Rick Scott came to The Roth Family JCC to announce his proposal of $1 million to provide extra security to Jewish day schools throughout Florida. November 2017 Central Florida Hillel students with Senator Joe Lieber- man at an AIPAC event. programs. It was a success, raising $12,000. "This was a first- time happening with men in the Jewish community," said Jeff Gaeser, publisher of the Heritage. The Kehillah: A History of Jewish life in Greater Orlando exhibit opened at the Orange County Regional History Center. More than 500 historical photographs, interactive displays, artifacts and examples of current generations' contributions and accomplishments were displayed for three months. Former U.S. Senator and vice-presidential candidate Joe Lieberman came to town to speak at an AIPAC meeting held at Congregation Ohev Shalom. Students from Central Florida Hillel attended the event and Lieberman spent time with them afterwards, entertaining their questions and sharing stories. Shown here (l-r): Club L'Chaim co-presidents Alana Hal- perin and Jordan Greenberg, faculty adviser Dan Smith, speaker Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, and Rabbi Mendy Bronstein. High school students at Lake Brantley's Club L'Chaim, sponsored by Chabad of Altamonte Springs, stood up to hate by hosting keynote speaker Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor at an event that packed the high school auditorium. The message students took away from the meet- ing was not to shy away from anti-Semitism and to be proud of their heritage. Bruce K. Gould at Jewish National Fund's 2017 National Conference in South Florida. December 2017 Bruce Gould was appointed to the positions of president- elect and vice president of Campaign for the Jewish National Fund National Board. The Jewish Academy of Orlando celebrated its 40th anniversary on Dec. 17. Joe Hara died on Dec. 24, just five days shy of his 92nd birthday. A true community leader, he always likened his life to a Horatio Alger tale--a man who rose from a humble background and achieved success beyond his wildest dreams. His wife, Anita, died on April 27, 2018. January 2018 Congregation Ohev Shalom celebrated its 100th anniver- Joe andAnita Hara sary with a centennial gala weekend. The Jewish Academy of Orlando opened enrollment to students of all faiths, offering the benefits of the independent school's academic and cultural excellence to the broader community. After three years of searching, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center Board of Directors offered a proposal to lease the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, located at 75 S. Ivanhoe Blvd the proposal was acceptedby the Orlando City Council. The agency plans to move within five years from its current location on The Roth Family JCC campus. , AviAbramowitz, ArnoldBierman andAlan Ginsburgenjoy the fun at Men's Night Out. The 8 Over 80 honorees are (standing, l-r): Gerald Ro- bison, Dick Weiner, Bette Anne Leider, Charles Schulman; (seated, l-r): Eva Ritt, Rosalind Levitt, Doris Gilbert, and Lillian Berkowitz. Kinneret Council of Aging announced its 8 over 80 honorees. They were Gerald Robison, Dick Weiner, Bette Anne Leider, Charles Schulman, Eva Ritt, Rosalind Levitt, Doris Gilbert and Lillian Berkowitz. February 2018 With the theme of "Together We Will," BBYO hosted its international convention in Orlando. This epic event gathered more than 3,000 teens from 36 countries, and thousands of educators, business leaders, celebrities, political figures and philanthropists. Consul General Nagesh Singh, Jeff Colman and Dr. Terri Susan Fine. The Kehillah leadership (l-r), Rachel Heimovics Braun, script editor; Sara Stern, script editor, Roz Fuch, exhibit chair; Marcia Jo Zerivitz, exhibit curator; Lisa Schwartz, IT collections database and photo editor. Orlando's synagogue Men's Clubs and JFGO introduced a Men's Night Out to benefit local Jewish youth educational India and Israel found common ground between the two countries, and this spurred Drs. Amish Parikh and Daniel Layish, members of the Central Floida Association of Physi- cians from the Indian Subcontinent and the J FGO Maimonides Medical Society respectively, to bring community awareness to the growing relationship. Guest speakers of the event were Consul General of India in Atlanta Nagesh Singh and Deputy Director of Policy and Government Affairs for AIPAC Jeff Col- man. Dr. Terri Fine moderated the discussion. Rollins College, in partnership with Central Florida Hillel, created a Hillel on campus, making Rollins the only small, liberal arts college in the state of Florida to have a full-time Hillel professional. Emily Block, formerly the assistant direc- tor of Hillel at The University of Connecticut, was hired as the associate director of Jewish Student Life. Stoneman Douglas High School alumni say the blessing over the challah at the Shabbat of Champions, in honor of the fallen Parkland students and staff