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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 October 2016 The new year started off late (according to our Gregorian calendar). Tishrei 1, 5777 was on Oct. 3, 2016. New enterprises began, such as Zayde's Kosher Catering, an extension of Zayde's Kosher Kitchen, which was already established in the Rosen Plaza Hotel--the only hotel in town with a kosher kitchen to serve all its hotel guests. Now the kosher service is available for anyone who wants any event catered by a completely kosher service. And what a way to en- ter the new year! Florida's 550,000-strong Jewish com- Rene Brent munity braced for the worst as Hurricane Matthew bombarded the Sunshine State on Oct. 7. The deadly Category 4 storm, downgraded to Category 3 by mid-morning, blasted the Florida coast with winds as high as 120 miles per hour afterwreaking havoc through the Caribbean. Chabad of Southwest Orlando set up a hotline and assisted tourists and residents. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's RAISE program, the only program of its kind in the United States, entered its third year recog- nizing abilities and inclusion of special employees with six new participants. Two local authors became celebrities of sorts. Joanie Holzer Schirm's nonfiction "Adventurers Against Their Will" became an educational Joan Holzer Schirm resource in the book "Essen- tials of Holocaust Education," and Rene Brent's book "How Big is Your But: became a bestseller. November 2016 The Rosen JCC welcomed its new executive director, Joel Berger. Former exec, Bonnie Rayman, moved to South Florida for a new job opportunity and to be closer to her family. Professor Moshe Pelli re- leased his newest book, "Ko- chvei Yitzhak, The Journal of the Haskalah in the Austro- Hungarian Empire (1845- 1873)." This is the sixth book in the series of monographs and annotated indices on the periodicals of the Hebrew enlightenment in the 18th and 19th centuries. Robby Etzkinwas promoted Joel Berger to executive director of The Roth Family JCC, which had created a new position of CEO for Keith Dorchik when he was hired. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando geared up for its debt-retirement plan, Campaign 2020. The goal is to pay off the remaining Maitland campus debt of $4.5 million by 2020. directorship of Tony award- winning producer and direc- tor Kenny Howard. Eleven future Jewish com- munity leaders graduated from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership De- velopment Program. The new alumni are Ari Vinokur, Andrew Gluck, Mollie Savage, Sam Friedman,AlainaWilder, Isaac Greenberg, Ming Marx, Heidi Zissman, Jessica Hoch, Marissa Branisavljevic and Michelle Zaltsberg. With fires destroying so many of the Israeli forests, local resident Bruce Gould, who is the National Major Gifts chair for JNF, visited one greater Jerusalem Yvonne David of the hardest hit areas in the region. He wanted to see the extent of the Jewish Academy student work on the latest iPad Pros, donated by Marc and Henrietta Katzen. Bruce Gould (r) stands with Chief Israel Officer Eric Michaelson (1) and Israeli fire firther Natan in the village of Beit Mehert, which took the brunt of some of the most serious fires. start--on Jan. 4 and 5 the Jewish Academy of Orlando received a bomb threat. The school and campus were evacuated and Maitland Police handled the situation quickly and proficiently. About 10 minutes later, Chabad of South Orlando received a bomb threat. The Orange County Sheriff's Office was prompt to respond. The children and staff were evacuated and K-9s sniffed the property. In both cases, there was no bomb. Again, on Monday, Jan. 9, the JCC received a bomb threat. In all there were 16 JCCs across the country that received bomb threats. Orlando Jewish Day School fifth-grader Esther Menoni won an elementary school spelling bee against 30 other elementary students and continued on the compete at the national level. February 2017 The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's 2017 Women of Choice (Back row, standing, 1-r) :Eve Homburger (Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center), Miriam Varnagy (Jewish Academy of Orlando), Ali Polejes (Kinneret Council on Aging), Es Cohen (The Roth Family JCC), Nina Oppenheim (Central Florida Hillel); (Front, seated, l-r): Wendi Harris (Rosen JCC), Madeline Wolly (Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando) and Elise Schilowitz (The Jewish Pavilion). The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's largest women's philanthropy event recognized not just one woman of choice, but eight. The Women of Choice are Es Cohen, Wendi Harris, Dr. Eve Homberger, NinaOppenheim, Ali Polejes, Elise Schilowitz, Miriam Varnagy, and Mad- eline Wolly. Congregation Ohev Shalom honored Amy Geboff for her years of service as the director of Youth and Family Educa- tion at its annual Gala. March 2017 The Kinneret Council on Aging honored honorees Amy Geboff for the 8 Over 80 event. Congratulations to the eight honored: Dick Appelbaum, Sheldon Brook, Judith Cohen, Phyllis Englander, Edith Fenster, Melvin Kohn, Sonia Mandell and Helen Tetenbaum. Five teen members of the Orlando chapter of HaZamir sang at Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York as part of the 400-member international Jewish high school choir. The teens, under the leadership of Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer, are Harrison Burke, Maya Milsom, Alexa Schein, Vicki Geismar and Hannah Schenkel. Chabad and the UCF Jewish community celebrated its fifth annual Shabbat 1000 on March 3. The goal of the project, which was developed by th eChabad on Campus International Foundation, is to continue building on Jewish unity until the dinner reaches 1,000 participants. The 2015-16 Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Class (l-r): Ari Vinokur, Andrew Gluck, Mollie Savage, Sam Friedman, Alaina Wilder, Isaac Greenberg, Ming Marx, Heidi Zissman, Jessica Hoch and Marissa Branisav evic. (not pictured: Michelle Zaltsberg). Robby Etzkin (1) and Keith Dorchik. devastation and assess how Americans can help restore the land, and prevent something like this happening in the future. January 2017 The Maitland Jewish Community Campus ensured the security of the campus by hiring a security director, Andrew Brennan who officially started on Jan. 3. And what a way to December 2016 With fewer Jewish residents living at Kinneret, and because only about 30 residents participate in the meal service, Kin- neret Council on Aging decided to restructure its meal pro- gram. Meals are now outsourced to Orlando Lutheran Towers; morning coffee and breads are provided; additional holiday meals were added; and the onsite Farmer's Market offers free produce twice a month. Thanks to a generous donation by Marc and Henrietta Katzen, all Jewish Academy students have access to iPads, enhancing their educations. Local author Yvonne David's book, "Out of the Apple Or- chard," went from written word to concert reading to a play. It was performed at the Orlando Repertory Theatre under the Chabad of South Orlando Rabbi Mendy and Mussie Bronstein and their children.