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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 PAGE 17A I Emma Kauffman and Jacob Stein donate their Gan Gov. Rick Scott grets children at the Orlando Torah Rishonim Four's classroom tzedekah money to CEO Keith Academy. Lazar Lowinger, wearing his God and Bronze medals, Dvorchik and #ThenNowAndAlways campaign chair Jodi with his coach, Todd Rubinstein. Krinker, who led the successful fundraising campaign. The Roth Family JCC launched a 24-hour $200K fundraiser and the community responded quickly, meeting the goal within a few hours. When the deadline came, $428,274 had been raised. Altamonte Springs welcomed a new Chabad rabbi to the community. Rabbi Mendy Bronstein, his wife Mussie and their three children eagerly engaged themselves into the community, which welcomed them with open arms. On March 23, an arrest was made in connection with the bomb threats across the U.S. The suspect is a Jewish teenager with dual Israeli and American citizenship living in Ashkelon. The Jewish Academy of Orlando hired a new director of academics. Nikki Buyna begins her job in June. Another Nikki is making news. Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the UN, is proving herself to be a staunch supporter of Israel. Another newcomer to the Jewish community is Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, LCSW. She was welcomed to the counseling, Growth and Development Program at JFS Orlando. April 2017 The Jewish community can be proud of three of its young people: Zev Halikman, grandson of King William and Pearl Halikman, and former Winter Park resident Ory Tasman, made the USA Maccabi Water Polo Team and will compete in the 20th World Maccabi Games in Israel in July; and Asher Ravede, son of James and Lisa Ravede of Ormond Beach and grandson of Joan Ravede of Orange City, became the youngest inductee into the Daytona Running Series Hall of Fame. Mazel Tov to these young men! Shown here (l-r): Seminole County School Board member Abby Sanchez; I,BHS student Alana Halperin; teacher Dan Smith; guest speaker Gene Klein; Rabbi Mendy Bronstein of Chabad of Altamonte Springs; I, BHS students Jordon Greenberg, Tuval Basher, Ofree Basher, Elie Basher and WPHS student Lily Gaber. Speaking of young people, Lake Brantley High School students, in an effort to combat hate, started a Jewish group called Club L'Chaim, sponsored by Chabad of Altamonte Springs. The group's first program, titled "Never Again," hosted Holocaust survivor Gene Klein who spoke before an overflow crowd of more than 750 people. Cathy Cotter, the Early Childhood Learning Center's preschool music specialst for 34 years, was honored with the Harriet Weiss JCC Legacy Award. On Friday, April 28, the Jewish Academy of Orlando bid farewell to Shari Wladis, who had been.principal of the school for 17 years. May 2017 Rabbi Steven and Beverly Engel of Congregation of Re- form Judaism are very proud Chef Zachary Engel of their son, Chef Zachary En- gel, who on May 1was honored with winning the James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Engel is the chef de cuisine at Shaya restaurant in New Orleans. Mazel tov to 15 fifth graders who graduated from the Jewish Academy of Orlando and will continue their educations at some of the best middle schools in the city, both private and public. June 2017 Gov. Rick Scott paid n unscheduled Torah Academy in Soutl est Orlando in early June Ac- companied by Mayor Bddy Dyer and State Represemtive Randy Fine, the gov nor spoke about his bill prov ing security funding for Jcvish schools throughout Floida. Looks like the Wefts ave the care of college-aged 9uth and senior citizens cowed. Sharon Weft, wife of Aron Weil, CEO and executive director of Central Fl,rida Hillel, was appointed dirctor of Programming and Devlop- ment at the Kinneret Comcil on Aging. She will be filing the shoes of Leslie Collin who led Kinneret for 10 years. July 2017 Ben Friedman (age 82) won Gold in Doubles visit to the Orlando Sharon F. Weil The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando hired Ben Friedman as its new director of Community Relations and Leadership Development, replacing Marni Porth. If his name sounds familiar, his brother, Sam Friedman is the assistant director of Central Florida Hillel. The Central Florida repre- sentatives to the 20th Mac- cabiah Games in Israel did well in their sports. While Ori Tasman and Zev Halikman didn't take home medals, they both did well in the water polo games. However, two tennis players medaled: Aviva Dia- mond won Bronze in the Girls Doubles and Lazar Lowinger and a Bronze in singles tennis. Ory Tasma~ (1) and Zev Halikman. Aviva Diamond (r) with her Doubles partner, Yana Gurevich. Nathaniel Cohen August 2017 Sara Stern was the recipi- ent of the Heritage Human Service Award. She received the most "likes" ever on the Heritage FB page. UCF student Alexa Goldstein was chosen to be one of only 17 members of the second cohort of the Hillel International Student Cabinet. This is the first time a UCF student has been selected for this honor. JFGO Executive Director Olga Yorish left her position to pursue other professional opportunities. Another notch for UCF Central Florida Hil- lel, the Nu Delta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity was named top Birthright recruiter in the world. The Central Florida delegation Alexa Goldstein largest Atlantic hurricane Sara Stern to 35th annual JCC Maccabi Games, held in Birmingham, N.Y returned with medals! Congratulations to Nathaniei Cohen of Orlando who won the silver medal in Boys 14U tennis, and twins Micah and Lana Katz of Sarasota who won silvers in swimming. September 2017 As the year began, so it will end. Last year came in with a whirlwind called Matthew, a category 3 hurricane by the time it hit Florida's coasts, and now as the Houston Jewish community began recovery efforts from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the South Florida and Central Florida Jewish communities faced Hurricane Irma, the in history. As the Heritage goes to production (early for fear of power failure), we are waiting to see where it will hit. Let's hope this currently category 5 storm quickly downgrades as it reaches our shores. L' shana tova! NATHALIE TOLEDANO REALTOR Owned And Operated By NRT LLC (407) 488-2763 CELL (407) 647-1211 EXT 3685 BUSINESS (407) 628-1210 FAX RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 400 Park Avenue South, Suite 210 Winter Park, FL 32789 [