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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 On behalf of the Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando, we want to express our best wishes to you and your fam- ily for a sweet New Year 5775. According to Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah is the birth- day of the world, and this is where our calendar begins. On this day, we are expected to conceive a plan, engage in a vision of the future, have ambition and desire to take an active part in the shaping of our future. Our plan will focus on bringing Federation back as a community builder. To do so, we have to start by mak- ing meaningful changes to the status quo, including ex- pense reduction, streamlin- ing our resources, devoting more effort toward fundrais- ing, outreach and commu- nity building. After achieving success in the aforementioned ar- eas, we will apply our energy to five major focuses will engage avision of the future. Our 2015 campaign has kicked-off and continues to be our community's oppor- tunity to shape the future. We must develop leader- ship, ensuring there are community-knowledge- able people willing and able to continue to lead not only the federation, but the whole Orlando com- munity. Jewish Community Rela- tions Committee (or as we all know it, JCRC) plays a leading role in Jewish com- munity affairs at the local, Rhonda Forest state and national levels, and addresses a broad range of local, national and interna- tional issues. Olga Yorish Shalom Orlando will con- tinue to strengthen this community's outreach ef- forts, welcoming newcom- ers by introducing them to all the community offers, including agencies, schools, services, and synagogues to name a few. An Israel Deskwill coordi- nate missions, and integrate returning, enthusiastic members of our commu- nity, including students who go on Birthright trips and Israeli camps, into our vol- unteer system to keep them inspired. Thiswill ensure our community's connection with Israel is continually a priority. And last, but most defi- nitely not least, fundraising. We are getting back to our main focus of allocating dollars to provide support to our Orlando community, our Jewish organizations, and our very important members. Each of these focuses will involve education. Learn- ing keeps us informed, and we intend to be breaking the barriers of indifference through teaching. We are the Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando, and we will be needing each and every one of you to help us get back to the business of being the community coordinator for all things Jewish. May this New Year be filled witlt health, happiness, and sweet moments for you and your family! L'Shana Tova UMetukah, Rhonda Forest, Chairman of the Board Olga Yorish, Executive Director Ronnie Bitman David Wayne At the start of 5774, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando embarked on a new chronological chap- ter--having just celebrated our 40th anniversary. And while the number 40 has ma- jor significance in Judaism, perhaps even more important in Jewish tradition is what comes after 40. After submersing oneself in a mikvah ritual bath of 40 measures of water, one becomes spiritually pure. After a biblical storm that lasted 40 days and 40 nights, the world became rid of evil. After 40 days on Mt. Sinai, Shana tova tikutavu Wishing you all a happy, healthy, sweet New Year Shelley, Marc, Linda, Lawrence, Karen, Dena and Abigail Kolin Appreciate the heartwarming outpouring of love and support From the entire Orlando community In memory of our beloved husband, father and grandfather Dr. Irving S. Kolin The measure of a life well-lived is a legacy of love and caringfor your fellow man Moses returned with the To- rah and made the Jews G-d's people. After the Jewish people wandered in the desert for 40 years, they reached the promise land. And after tile JCC of Greater Orlando celebrated its 40th anniversary, we emerged into a year of incredible growth, as we: Raised $360,000 from 88 donors to renovate our Maitland location through the Roth JCC Renovation Project Announced the reor- ganization of our two JCC locations, in Maitland and Southwest Orlando, to be- come independent non-profit organizations in 2015 Significantly increased enrollment in Maitland's Richard S. Adler Early Child- hood Learning Center (7 percent over last year), and Rosh One of the unique aspects of the High Holidays is that the focus is on the past, present'and future all at the same time. We reflect on the year that has just come to an end and ask our family and friends for forgiveness for past transgressions. Then, we think about the people we are today and what we can do right now to heal the world and make it a better place. And finally, when this is done with proper devotion and intention, we are able to grow and change, and create a better future for our com- munity and ourselves. At the Jewish Academy of Orlando, just as .the High Holidays, our approach to Jewish education is focused on the past, rooted in the pres- ent, and optimistic about the future all at the same time. At the Jewish Academy of Orlando, we teach our students the importance of learning about the past, as the Jewish people have a deep-seated sense of memory and have always maintained a strong connection to our history. At the Jewish Academy of Orlando, we teach our stu- dents about our holidays and traditions that have kept us viable as a people for centu- ries. We teach our students in Maitland's Camp J program (16 percent over last year) Achieved accreditation at the Rosen Campus Early Childhood Learning Center by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs Increased enrollment in the J University After School program at our Rosen Campus by 33 percent and by 31 per- cent at the Maitland Campus Successfully hosted our community-wide Israel Inde- pendence Day Celebration at the Roth JCC, strengthening our role as a community hub Recognized in the pre- school category in Orlando Magazine's Best of Orlando issue We look forward to another year of these positive trends and incredible growth, as we continue to fulfill our mis- Alan Rusonik about Torah and Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) while at the same time we encourage them to perform Mitzvot that will help transform our world today. We teach our students to engage positively with Is- rael, because we see in Israel and Zionism the hope for the Jewish people. We teach our students to love their heritage and to face the world today with a strong Jewish identity and a sense of pride. At the Jewish Academy of Orlando, we teach our students leadership skills because we know that in the classrooms and hallways of the Jewish Academy you will find the future leaders of the sion of building community, strengthening family life, and promoting Jewish values. We plan to: Implement a renewed ef- fort to strengthen our current portfolio of core programs and operations such as early childhood education, summer .camp, after school programs, fitness, sports and member- ship. Enhance board leadership to strengthen the JCC's role in the community and enhance philanthropic opportunities. " Continuously invest in and maintain our facilities to optimize customer satisfac- tion, utilization, and mission impact. Here's to life after 40! L'shana tova tikatevu, Ronnie Bitman, President David Wayne, Executive Director Dr. Jordan Steinberg Jewish people. The students at the Jewish Academy rep- resent the hope for a better and brighter future for the Jewish people for they have been given a foundation in academic excellence and sense of Jewish pride. L'Shana Tova Tikatevu! May it be a year of learning and growing for you and your loved ones! Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year from the board, administration and staff of the Jewish Academy of Orlando! Dr. Jordan Steinberg, President, Board of Directors Alan Rusonik, Head of School