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" PAGE 18A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 September The JewishAcademy of Orlando celebrated its "Double Chai" anniversary. Rabbi Sharon Barr Skolnik was introduced as the new Hebrew/Judaic curriculum coordinator. The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center opened its art exhibit "In Remembrance: 75 Years after Krisl~allnachC with an art display with more than 25 pieces of artwork done by local artists. Accomplished artist and three- time winner of National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships Sarah Canright judged the artwork and awarded grand prize to Brian Demeter for his painting titled "Lost." Bunny Rosen received Hadassah's Love-of-a-Lifetime award for her life-long commitment to Hadassah. Rosen passed away shortly after receiving this award. Winner of the grand prize, Brian Demeter, and art judge Sarah Canright flank the winning painting, titled "Lost." and Temple Israel PresidentArlenevan de Rijn awarded the honor of Hatan Torah and Kallat Bereishit to Steve Berg and Mollie Savage, both ofwhom provided outstanding service in the areas of ritual, educational and/or spiritual life of the congregation. Cathy Swerdlow visited our JFGO Partnership2Gether community, Kiryat Motzkin, and saw how JFGO support is helping our sister city. Abe Wise, known as the "Father of the Center," and a com- munity leader, passed away Sept. 26. He was 90 years old. Hubbly Bubbly, the newest healthy-fast-food falafei shop in the area, opened its doors, and owners Mark and Heather Unger and her father, George Joubran, have been bubbling over its success. October Aaron Weil took over the helm of UCF Hillel as its new CEO executive director. Weil came to us from the Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University of Pittsburgh. Orlando philanthropists Chuck Steinmetz and Har- vey Kobrin co-sponsored the Jewish Pavilion s annual Walk in the Park in honor of their wives, Nancye Kobrin and Lynn Steinmetz. There was standing room only when local Holocaust survivors, Sonja Marchesano, Sylvia Rapp, Eva Ritt and Har- ry Lowenstein, shared their memories of Kristallnacht at a special program hosted by the Holocaust Center. Royal Webster is appointed Abe Wise as the Roth Jewish Com- munity Center's-new sports director, succeeding Eli Bercovici who retired after 31 years with the JCC. November Former Longwood resident, Emery Berger, made a real- world impact with the development a "Hoard" algorithm, which Apple adopted for its OS X desktop operation system, "Maverick," that speeds up a computer by reducing memory resources. His morn and dad, Sharon and George Berger of Longwood are very proud of their son. The Jewish National Fund honored 10 Orlandoans at its annual Tree of Life Awards Dinner with the Guardian of Israel award: Sy and Debra Israel, Caryn and Mark Israel, Lois Tan- nenbaum, Dick and Louise Weiner, Maura and Ben Weiner, and Orlando Mayor Byddy Dyer. Aaron Gorovitz, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, kantor & Reed, P.A., received the Personal Empowerment Cornerstone Award at the Central Florida Urban League's Annual Cornerstone Awards and Gala. Congregation Ohev Shalom dedicated its new eemetery Pavilion located at 6000 Old Winter Garden Road in Orlando. Beit Hamidrash hosted former racist and skinhead Angela King, now founder of Life after Hate. The Orlando Jewish community gets a peek into the life of U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg Robert Mandell--known in this community as Bobby Mandell, the son of Lester and Sonny Mandell. Rita Bornstein, actively involved in the creation of the Hebrew Day School, founder of Head Start in Orlando, and a community activist and philanthropist, died on Nov. 18. Famous violinist Yitzchak Perlman asked to meet with Rollins College Hillel students after giving a presentation at the college. Sam Behr, whose tagline "Tires ain't pretty," Was heard all over the country in the Allied Discount Tires commercials, died in his home in New Smyrna Beach on Nov. 16. He was 86 years old. Sgt. Benjamin Anthony, IDF reservist and founder of Our Soldiers Speak, spoke to a crowd of UCF students about what it is like to be a soldier in the Israeli Defense Force during the Arab/Israeli conflict. December The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando announces the new initiative in the works, RAISE (Recognizing Abilities and Inclusion of Special Employees), will roll out in March 2014. The Roth JCC threw a Twelve24: Orlando's Jewish Party of the Year at the Elixir downtown on Dec. 24. Instead of eating Chinese food and watching a movie, guests spent the evening dancing, socializing and playing games with other young Jewish adults. Jewish Pavilion honorees Faye Novick and Toby Vandemark Pew Study advisor, Dr. Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, senior director of Research and Analysis of Jewish Federations of North America, hosted a community talk on the Pew Study. Attendees included JFS Executive Director Eric Geboff, Rabbi Steven Engel of Congregation of Reform Judaism, Rabbi Arnie Siegel, and Emilie Socash and Robby Etzkin of the Roth JCC. Chabad at UCF paired with Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Epsilon Pi arid Zeta Beta Tau for a Grand Menorah lighting and toy drive, which benefitted Jewish Adoptions and Foster Care Op- tions. More than 200 toys were collected for JAFCO. The Jewish Pavilion honored volunteers Toby Vandemark and Faye Novick at a JP Connections luncheon. Central Florida Hillers Taglit Birthright Group visited sister city Kiryat Motzkin, that has a long-term partnership with Greater Orlando through the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and the Partnership2Gether program. January Hadassah paid tribute to Joan Schwebel, George and Rita Slotnick, Marcia Wasserman and RitaWeissmann at its annual Awards Brunch. Former Longwood resident, Matt Loory, fulfilled a dream of joining the Ringling Bros. circus, and made history by becoming the youngest Pie Car manager in the circus' 144- year circuit run. Beth Schafer, spiritual leader of Temple Shir Shalom, made the Union for Reform Judaism Top Ten Moments list as a producer of the celebration of Women of Reform Judaism's Centennial Anniversary. Rabbi David Kay of Congregation Ohev Shalom was the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Celebration, hosted by the Interfaith Council of Central Florida and the Orlando Mayor's Commission. Hadassah National President Marcie Natan met with Orlando Hadassah members at a meet and greet held at Sawyer Lake Pavilion in Heathrow. JCC's Jack & Lee Rosen Campus celebrated five years of service to the Southwest Jewish community. Mark Hara, passionate contributor to the Jewish and greater community, died Jan. 2. He was 59 years old. February The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando presented the "Schwartz plan" to the community and agencies to save the campus. UCF President John Hitt publicly opposed the boycott of Israreli academic institu- tions. Eagle Scout Max Waldor's Eagle Scout Service Project, Holocaust Memorial at SOJC, was awarded the Grove Adams Award by the Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council and National Eagle Scout Association Commit- tee. JCC's Jack & Lee Rosen Campus welcomed its new program director, Eric Light- man, from Bostod. Ben Weiner's Winter Park Eagle Scout Max Waldor Wealth Group joins Raymond James. Anne Frank's stepsister, Eva Schloss, spoke to an audience of more than 1,000 about her life during the Shoah and know- ing Anne. After the war, her mother married Anne's father, Otto Frank. The event was sponsored by Chabad of Orlando. Eight active octogenarians--Don Kaplan, Gordon Kotzin, Robert Petree, Bill Kahn, Helen Tishman, Barbara Weinreich, Ruth Goldhar and Rose Savage--were honored at The Kinneret Council on Aging's fourth annual "8 Over 80" Honorary Dinner. Six hundred and thirteen Orlando college students, faculty, staff and community members celebrated the sec- ond annual Mega Shabbat on UCF's campus. More than 300 people filled Temple Beth-El for the 31st annual communitywide Shabbat service in Volusia County. AIPAC and the Jewish Federation of Greater Or- landO's Community Relations Council held a community briefing at the JCC Maitland campus. The program titled UCF President John Hitt "Expanding the Base: Bipar- tisan Pro-lsrael Support Among African Americans" featured two leading activists from the community, Alisia Adamson and Lucas Boyce. UCF students ride the 'vomit comet' courtesy of NASA. UCF junior Samuel Benjamin flew at zero gravity to study the collection of dust particles in space. March Central Florida celebrated a "You Are Israel" day held at Congregation Ohev Shalom. Keynote speaker was Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico Chaim Shacham. Famous violinist Yitzchak Perlman meets with Rollins Beth Schafer (playing guitar) leads the Reform movement (Left) Liberator, Corp. Kenneth Berthold (retired) and College Hillel students after a presentation, in 2013. survivor Irving Roth.