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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 Dr. Marian Stoltz-Loike NEW YORK--The New York-based Touro College and University System is pleased to announce the second lec- ture in the yearlong series it is bringing to Orlando in partnership with The Roth Family JCC. On Oct. 23, Dr. Marian Stoltz-Loike, dean, Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School and vice president of Online Education at Touro College in Manhattan, will be presenting "College Life: 1998 vs. 2018." The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at The Roth Family JCC, located at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland, Fla. Dr. Stoltz-Loike will dis- cuss both the dramatic changes that have taken place since 1998 and some of the arenas that make college education a challenge for today's students. "2018 is an exciting time for higher education," said Stoltz-Loike. "Technology is driving the development of new educational fields, such as cybersecurity. An aging population will create many opportunities in health care management. Online education enables students to create educational schedules that are flexible. Yet colleges and college life may be chal- lenging for students and, Jew- ish students, in particular." The inaugural lecture, "Hope in the Midst of De- spair," was delivered by Rabbi Alan G. Ciner, vice president of Community Engagement at TCUS, in May. "This lecture series and other such programs reflect Touro's sharing its academic and religious resources with communities throughout the United States and Canada," said Rabbi Ciner. "By going beyond the classroom, Touro offers individuals outside of the Touro orbit the benefit of learning and studying with Touro faculty and deans, thereby becoming part of the Touro family." Added Keith Dvorchik, chief executive officer of The Roth Family JCC, "We are so excited about our partnership with Touro College. Bringing high-level lecturers to The Roth Family JCC to speak on interesting and timely top- ics is a benefit to the entire Central Florida community." Touro is America's largest not-for-profit independent institution of higher and professional education un- der Jewish auspices. Touro's schools provide diverse, in- novative and engaging course offerings, from medicine and pharmacy to law; business to education; and speech pathology to Jewish stud- ies--all reflecting the Jewish commitment to values and respect for applied knowledge and discovery. Founded in 1970 by Dr. Bernard Lander, of blessed memory, TCUS has over 19,000 students spanning four states and four coun- tries, pursuing graduate, pro- fessional and undergraduate degrees at over 30 campuses and locations. "At Touro, Jewish and universal values are aligned to educate thoughtful citi- zens dedicated to building a responsive and responsible society," said TCUS President Dr. Alan Kadish. "Touro was established to follow the Jewish ideal of strengthening Jewish continuity while serving the global community," noted Rabbi Ciner. "We, at Touro, are most excited about this program and look forward to its success." Dr. Stoltz-Loike's lecture on Oct. 23 will be followed by seven others through May 2019 in an effort to share Touro's values and resources on other topics with the Cen- tral Florida community. The upcoming study and learning sessions include: Nov. 6--Dr. Steven Huberman, founding dean, Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, "Re- building Jewish Bridges: Alliances with the Hispanic and African American Com- munities" Dec. 11--Dr. Dana Fish- kin, assistant professor Hu- manities, Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School, "Medi- eval Hebrew Poets: Heroes or Villains" Jan. 24--Dr. Alan Kadish, president, Touro College and University System, "Quan- tum Mechanics and How God Might Run the Universe" Feb. 13--Rabbi Alan G. Ciner, vice president of Community Engagement, Touro College and University System, "Biblical Profiles in Courage: Bringing About a More Perfect World" March 14--Matthew Bonilla, M.S vice president of Student Administrative Services, Touro College and University System, "Contem- porary College Life as aVenue for Future Success" April 2--Dr. Henry Abramson, academic dean, Lander College of Arts and Sciences, "Jews Discover Politics" May 15--Dr. Steven Huberman, Founding Dean, Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, "Ex- tremism in America." By Lisa Levine Step out for a night on the town in your favorite pair of jeans, jazzed up with some glam accessories, at the Jewish Pavilion's Gems and Jeans 2018 Gala. The Oct. 28 affair will be a fun and festive evening of great food, live jazz, and enticing items to bid on in a silent auction. The slogan for the mile- Heritage readers have been reading Marilyn Shapiro's warm and nostalgic stories for several months. In addition to the Heritage, her stories also are published in The Jewish World newspaper. She has written illuminating stories about her life and travels for many years, enough to compile a first book, "There Goes My Heart," published in 2016, and she also has a following on her blog there- Now, she is thrilled that her second book, "Tikkun Olam: Stories of Repairing an Unkind World," has just released. The Hebrew moral principle that every person should leave the world a better place than he or she found it is what tikkun olam is all about. Anyone who knows Shapiro or has read her stories, knows that she never loses her unwavering beliefs in truth, kindness and community service--and her ability to see humor and compassion in all circumstances. "'Tikkun Olam' is a collec- tion of essays that were origi- nally published in the (Capital Region) Jewish World and more recently the (Orlando) Heritage Florida Jewish News," said Shapiro. "Many reflect my own life: grow- ing up in a very close knit family in a small town on Lake Champlain in Upstate New York, getting married stone 18th--chai--anniver- sary gala is "To Life!" It will be a celebration of the spark of Jewish life and culture that the Jewish Pavilion brings to more than 1,000 seniors living in elder care and independent living facilities in Central Florida. The Pavilion's staff and hundreds of volunteers visit individual seniors, cel- ebrate holidays, and conduct engaging programs that to Larry and raising our children Adam and Julie, spending my career in adult education, and volunteering in my community. Since retiring, I have had the op- portunity not only to share my stories but also to capture the heartwarming accounts of others who, through their actions, are helping to make the world a better place." draw active participation of residents from all religious traditions. The Gems and Jeans Gala will be held this year at Hilton Orlando North in Altamonte Springs. The evening will be- gin with a cocktail hour with appetizer stations and passed gourmet hors d'oeuvres, while guests can view and bid on si- lent auction items. The dinner will include an array of options Samuel Johnson wrote, "A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it," and with that, Shapiro would love for all Heritage readers to 'com- plete' her book by ordering a copy of it from Amazon in either paperback or Kindle edition. Feel free to share comments and stories with Shapiro at to please every palate, plus desserts and coffee. Michael Kramer's Swing State with special guest Michael Andrew will entertain, so wear your dancing shoes. New this year will be a "wine pull": an opportunity to choose a wrapped bottle of fine wine (at least 90 points on a recognized wine rating scale) for a modest donation. Also being offered are a 50/50 raffle and a very special raffle to win a gift certificate for $1,800 worth of jewelry from Addeo Jewelers of Lake Mary. Shirley Schoenberger, who is co-chairing the gala with Susan Livingstone, is look- ing forward to a memorable evening. "It's just fun, and a great way for you to spend your time and your money!" she said. "The Pavilion brings special programs to seniors all over town, and that is a good cause, because they really need that connection." Each year, the Jewish Pa- By Christine DeSouza Last week, Heritage ran a story about Kehilat Yonatan, a Reform congregation in Israel, winning a legal battle to build their synagogue. Heritage attempted to contact Lori Stein Erlich for com- ment. However, because of the High Holidays and the time difference between Israel and the States, a response wasn't received until the Sept. 14 is- sue went to press (we received her response about 10 minutes after the paper went to the printers). Erlich is a founder of Kehilat Yonatan and an im- mediate past president of the synagogue and shared with our Jewish community back in 2014 the uphill battle they were fighting to build a Re- form synagogue in Israel. She is also the daughter of Nira Paul Stenzler vilion honors two exemplary volunteers for their dedication in supporting the organiza- tion's mission. Honored at this year's gala will be Paul Sten- zler and Jason Mendelsohn. Stenzler is the Pavilion Board of Directors' immedi- ate past president and served on the board for several years Lori Stein Erlich and Arnold Stein, members of Congregation of Reform Judaism. "How nice of you to re- member me and us at Kehilat Yonatan! And how exciting that you saw our news on JTA Jason Mendelsohn prior. Born on Manhattan's Lower East Side and raised in the New York metro area, Stenzler moved to Orlando in 1980. He and his wife, Terri Fine, are active in Orlando's Jewish community. The for- mer vice president of sales for Gala on page 14A e win regarding our court appeal for the building of a synagogue for Kehilat Yonatan in Hod Hasharon," she said in email. "We are very relieved that the Court ruled in our favor, as the City of Hod Hasharon was not processing our re- quest for building the only non-orthodox synagogue in a lawful manner." Erlich went on to explain that there are now 62 Or- thodox synagogues in Hod Hasharon on public land, and not a single Reform/Progres- sive synagogue. "Yes, it has truly been a very long journey, and we won't 'truly' believe it until we actually have our first prayers/services in our new synagogue," she said, The congregation hopes to break ground and begin the first stages of their building very soon.