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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 PAGE 19A Jewish Pavilion honors Eve Homburger and Valerie Chestnut at their annual gala. The honoree for the JCC's annual J Ball event was Bruce Gould. Buchenwald survivor Irving Roth was reunited with one of his liberators, Corp. Kenneth Berthold (retired) at the UCF Chapter of CUFI event where Roth spoke of his captivity and liberation at Auschwitz. Six Jewish Academy of Orlando students--Joshua Finkel- stein, Sophie Libow, Jordan Greenberg, Shira Weiss, Rachael Henig and Estrella Varnagy--were inducted into the American Hebrew Academy Honor Society. Heritage columnist David Bornstein published two books, "Me and E: A Baseball Odyssey" and "The Good Word--A z h" Decade of Jewish Thought and Chut pa . Assistant Executive Director Robby Etzkin attended the BBYO IC conference, held in Dallas, and was surrounded by nearly 2,000 Jewish teens from around the world. April Harris Rosen was honored at the annual Holocaust Center Dinner of Tribute. The Central Florida Jewish community's eyes were opened as it took the "J-Street Challenge," the documentary film that exposed hypocrisies in the J-Street organization. Lauren Brown announced that Brown's Deli would be open and kosher for Passover. Hundreds of folks attended the Jewish Heritage Festival, held at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach, and enjoyed Jewish music, blow- ing of the shofar, Noah's Land- ing petting zoo, Masada rock climbing and much more. Two of the most significant items on display were the ancient Torah scroll that was hand written on deerskin by three scribes in the 15th century, and the array of ancient He- Alan Rusonik brew scrolls. Alan Rusonik was named Head of School of the Jewish Academy of Orlando. May The Jewish Pavilion honored Elaine Gamson at its annual Spring into Fashion show. RAISE launched with its first five employees. Orlando JCC won four JCC Excellence Awards at JCCs of North America Biennial Swastikas were found on walls and a mezuzah was found broken on the ground of a UCF off-campus private apartment Harriett Lake complex. Savannah Courtwelcomed Jewish community with me- zuzah hanging. Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of North America honored Har- riett Lake as the recipient of the Kipnis-Wilson Friedland Award. This award recognizes Jewish women who have made a positive, invaluable and last- ing influence on their Jewish communities. Temple Israel dedicated its renovated Roth Social Hall. Temple Israel members Daniel Wise, Harry Rein an Rhea Rein bring Torah scroll home to German synagogue for the 160th anniversary of the opening of the building that housed the then-newly-built Berkacher Synagogue (1854). Hollywood legend. David Weiss. creator of characters such as The Smurfs. Shrek. The Rugrats and Boy Genius, regaled Jewish Orlando courtesy of Chabad of Lake Mary. June The 13 members of the Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Program graduated. These leaders are Leah Silver, Nathalie Toledano, Eric Sugarman, Whitney Kuvin, Sabrina Kalish, Yeosh Bendayan, Rebecca Anders, Natalie Lauber, Jay Kohler, Leigh Schwartz, Danielle Krise, Jacob Hara and Haley Forest. Congregation Ohev Shalom announced it has authorized same-sex Jewish unions at the synagogue and Torah honors for same-sex Jewish couples. Professor Moshe Pelli, pro- fessor and program director of the Judaic Studies Program at UCF, was the 2014 winner of the AJL Judaica Bibliography Award. JNF hosted several get- togethers with basketball legend Tal Brody, who was the 2014 JNF goodwill ambas- sador for Israel. JCC's Jack & Lee Rosen campus was accredited for Early Care and Education programs. Local Eagle Scout, Max Waldor, won top national awards at the Boy Scouts ProfessorMoshePelli of America Central Florida Council's annual Recognition Banquet for Eagle Scouts for his service project, the Holocaust Memorial at SOJC. Fabienne Kaplan was chosen as Temple Israel's Sisterhood Woman of the Year. The Orlando Jewish community rallied for the three kid- napped Israeli boys--Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah--to show support for these young men. Temple L'Chayim's congregants take a Torah walk with its Torah to the new synagogue. . July The Central Florida Jewish community stands as one in mourning the death of the three young Israelis who had been kidnapped in June. Temple L'Chayim announced Isaac Kriger as its new cantor/ spiritual leader. JFGO introduced the Jewish Teen Education Network. Rabbi Rubinger, Rabbi Dubov and Rabbi Skolnik at com- munity vigil for memorial to the three murdered lsraeli youths. More than 350 turned out to show support at an Israel Solidarity gathering held at the JCC. August Loren London was chosen as the Heritage Human Service Award winner. At their annual meeting, themed "There's no place like home," the JFGO honored many who made an impact in the community, including Tess Wise, the Shalom Families com- mittee, and Amy Geboff. The announcement was made that the Roth JCC Maitland and the Rosen JCC will become separate entities. Chabad of South Orlando sent Yuda Meer and Folli Tesler to Israel to help support soldiers at the Gaza border. Chabad provided necessities such as underwear, undershirts, socks, Tzitzit, sandwiches, energy drinks, shampoo, deoderant and other needs. It was discovered by the Heritage that one of the Monu- ments Men was in our community. Rouben Sami, 94, was assistant-deputy director of the Offenbach Archival Depot Alan Ginsburg with award from Pope Francis. Lee and Rouben Sami. where more than 2,500,000 books and artifacts were re- turned to the countries they were stolen from by the Nazis. Elana Goldstein, 18, shared her story of what it was like in Israel during Operation Protective Edge on her Taglit Birthright trip. Kara Finkelstein, 10, published her first book, "The Forest: A Magical Adventure of Crys, tal and Rebel," and is already writing a second book. The Jewish Academy of Orlando began its 37th school year. Alan Ginsburg received the Papal Benemerenti medal from Pope Francis. It is the highest honor that a layperson of any faith can receive from the Catholic pope. Rabbi Rick Sherwin at- tended a one-day AIPAC symposium on U.S./Israel relations. Orlando teens won big at the JCC Maccabi games. September Three hundred UCF StevenSotloff Knights held a vigil for for- mer UCF student and freelance journalist Steven Sotloff who was beheaded by 1SIS. 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