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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 PAGE 15A Pare Kancher Jeff Miller The Holocaust Center has and women involved in local a long history of cooperating, civil rights activities. The coordinating and collaborat- exhibit tells the story ofactivi- ing with a diverse group of ties leading up to integration cultural, civic and religious in the 1960% and traces the organizations in order expand impact of the heroism and the reach of our mission and sacrifice of individuals from vision of embracing a diverse both the Jewish and Black community where everyone communities who knew that feels respected and safe. segregation must end. The In 2006 we partnered with exhibitwas recentlyon display the WellsBuilt Museum of in Orlando's City Hall during African American History to the city's celebration of the developauniqueexhibittitled, 50th anniversary of the Civil "Embracing the Dream" that Rights Act and will continue honored Central Florida men to travel to different venues throughout the fall. In 2007 the Holocaust Cen- ter used the United States Ho- locaust Memorial Museum's exhibit, "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals", as the corner- stone of our award-winning collaborative partnership with the Orlando Gay Chorus, Empty Spaces Theater and Gay Days. This partnership allowed our Center to high- light another group that was brutally targeted by the Nazis. Under Paragraph 175 of the German criminal code, male homosexuality was illegal. The Nazis arrested an esti- mated 100,000 homosexual men, 50,000 of whom were imprisoned. Between 5,000 and 15,000 gay men were interned in concentration camps in Nazi Germany. These prisoners were marked by pink triangle badges and, according to many survivor accounts, were among the most abused groups in the camps. Two years ago when we decided to develop a commu- nity-wide commemoration for the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, we successfully partnered with a remarkable group of arts and cultural organizations to host a series April over 50 religious, civic, educational programs. They of events to educate the com- arts and cultural organiza- allow us to expand our reach munity about the historical tions responded to our invita- by exposing more people in importance of and the lessons tion to attend a collaborative our communitytothehistory to be learned from Kristall- designsessionatValenciaCol- and lessons of the Holocaust nacht. The overarching goal lege that was hosted by VC's and its relevance for today. ofthepartnershipwastostart Peace and Justice Initiative. Your investment in our Ho- a dialogue about building a While the last 50 years have locaust Center enables us more respectful and engaged brought some remarkableto be an important voice in Central Florida community- changes, we acknowledged buildingamorerespectfuland where diversity is celebrated that there are still divisions accepting community that is and bystanders are encour- of race, religion, culture and free of all forms of prejudice aged and inspired to become statusthatmustbeaddressed, and bigotry. UpStanders. We asked those in attendance On behalf of the Center's And now, once again the to work together to plan, board of directors and staff, Holocaust Center is at the present and support program- we want to wish you and your forefront of a community- ming around this important family a happy, healthy and wide partnership to celebrate anniversary, peace-filled New Year. and commemorate the 50th Collaborative partnerships Jeffrey Miller anniversaryoftheCivilRights have become an important President Act with the underlying goals building block for our Holo- Pam Kancher of education and action. In caust Center's cultural and Executive Director Eric Geboff At a time when our friends and neighbors may be strug- gling to put food on their ta- bles and keep roofs over their heads, it is up to every one of us to do what we can to help them. When acquaintances may be under stress with the challenges that life throws at us, JFS can help. Over the last year, JFS has helped thousands of individuals and families in Central Florida get back on their feet; however, still more of our neighbors need our help. During the High Holidays, when we look at ourselves and look to how we can improve the world, I urge you to join JFS Orlando in our efforts. Take up a food collection drive, volunteer to deliver meals to a homebound elderly person or make a donation of time, money or other resources to help less fortunate members of the community. For more information on JFS Orlando and its services, visit us at www.jfsorlando.org, or call us at 407-644-7593 and we'll talk about how you can join us in making our corner of the world a better place for all. Eric Geboff, JFS Orlando Executive Director Whether the emergency is a rocket attack or a heart attack, the paramedics of Magen David Adorn, Israel's emergency medical response and blood-banking agency, save lives in Israel every day. As we enter the new year hoping for peace, we must continue to prepare for routine and terror-related emergencies, replenishing supplies depleted during Operation Protective Edge. If you're looking to make a difference for Israel and secure the nation's health and safety for the coming year, there's no better way than through a gift to MDA. Please give today. Shanah Torah. ~ AMERICAN FRIENDS OF MAGEN DAVID ADOM SAVING LIVES IN ISRAEL AFMDA Southeast Region .~_.~.~ 1900 NW Corporate Blvd., Suite W-310, Boca Raton, F/33431 Toll-Free 800.626.0046. southeast@afmda.org www.afmda.org In a week, Jews around the world will celebrate Rosh Ha- shanah, the Jewish New Year. This is not the same type of celebration revelers enjoy on the eve of January 1 but a time when we review our deeds from the past year with the hope of improving ourselves and our actions in the year to come. Rosh Hashanah serves as an annual reminder that we must constantly work at becoming better people. The traditional Rosh Ha- shanah greeting, "L'shana Tova Tikatevu - May you be inscribed in the Book of Life," speaks to our reflective desire to be ethical and moral human beings, to be better than in the prioryear. Rosh Hashanah helps us remember that those of us who are fortunate have the responsibility to make the world a better place for those who struggle. The message of Rosh Ha- shanah rings true today as it has for thousands of years. Today, it is more important than ever to believe in the power of compassion to repair our world; a tradition which is at the core of Jewish Family Services' mission. ........ ~ ..... ~ .~. ~ ~,~ For Annette Rosch, moving to The Mayflower from St. Petersburg was a family decision. Her daughter, a physical therapist, and her son-in-law, an attorney, wanted her to live closer. "We visited various communities and talked to people who worked in the industry and who had older parents. The Mayflower name kept coming up," says Jeannie. "From the first minute of our initial visit here, we knew this was the place. All levels of care are right here." That, as things turned out, was a good thing. Just prior to moving in, Annette broke her arm and wound up going straight to The Mayflower's Health Center, followed by rehab and physical therapy right on-site, was a wonderful experience," she says. "The staff was very gracious; I was well taken care of.~ Now Annette is settled in her new apartment and couldn't be happier. For her daughter, it is a huge relief. "Mom is in good hands," adds Jeaunie. %he has peace of mind and feels secure. And so do we. ff yo r oved needed lon -terrn what woultl you do? Cal today, and let's tatk about it: 407,672.1620.