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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2018 his 3 ]By Paul Jeser what I shared with shocked, of the founders of our com- every ounce of strength we heartbroken and grief strick- munity's Hebrew Day School. have to work for the survival One of the most loved and en family and community And just recently, he accepted of all Jewish people. respected members of Or- "Byron's life, althoughthe position of President of Chapter9. During thenine lando's Jewish community, short, was like many of the Temple Israel. months of pregnancy one Byron Selber z'l, passed away short books that we have Chapter 4. The four M's-- plans for the future of one's at the age of 46 on Oct. 6, read--few in pages, but full Michelle, Mindy, Marni and new child. Byron helped to 1983. His 35th Yahrzeit will of teachings for all of us. Miriam--Byron and Gerry's conceive and give birth to be 29 Tishrei which falls on A book full of life. legacy to the future strength Jewish life in our community. Oct. 8, 2018. A book of 18 chapters, of our Jewish Community. Chapter 10. The basic tenets Byron playedanimportant Chapter 1. Byron alwaysChapter 5. The five Sel- of ourJewishheritagearede- role in recruiting me to come believed that the slogan "We bers--Hymie, Byron's late rived from our 10 command- toOrlandotoheadtheJCCand Are One" was much more mother Bert, sister Ina, ments. Byron took these Federation.Webecamebestof thanjustrhetoric.Hewanted brother Joe, and Byron. A ancient precepts and made friends and worked together our community to develop strong Jewish family com- them alive for each one of us. on many communal efforts a strong unity--to build as mitred to a strong Jewish Chapter 11. The eleven including starting the Hebrew one--to achieve as one.community, stars of Joseph. We pray that Day School (along with the Chapter 2. Byron led two Chapter 6. The six basic their light and warmth will Zissmans, Biermansandafew lives. He always was one of phrases ofthe kaddish. Byron brighten Gerryand her fam- other families), the hardest working, most alwaysstoodtosaythisprayer ily's life fromnow on. Even though we did not sensitive, most sincere, most in memory of the millions of Chapter 12. The 12 tribes know how serious it was at effective leaders our commu- Jews who lost their lives just of Israel. We pray that their first, Byron's illness shocked nity could ever hope to have, because theywere Jews.All of combined strength will pro- all of us. It was during Kol andheandGerryalsofulfilled uswillbesayingthiskaddish, tect Gerry and her family Nidreservices (Sept. 16, 1983) the biblical commandment now, for Byron. from now on. at Congregation of Liberal "Be fruitful and multiply." He Chapter 7. Seven days aChapter 13. The 13 attri- Judaism, thatArnoldBierman was a man extremely devoted week,52weeksayear--Every butes of G-d. We pray that told me how serious Byron's to his entire family, day committed to the true they give guidance to Gerry fastmovingcancerwas.From Chapter 3.Three times concept of Tzedakah. Byron and her family from nowon. that day on, until he passed in our Jewish community's was not just charitable, he Chapter 14. In Hebrew, 14 away on Oct. 6th, I sat with history Byron took on ma- was a righteous Jew--full of is written as Yud Dalid, which him every evening, giving jor community leadership justice and compassion for can be translated as Yad--or Gerry some much needed roles--three times moreevery humanbeing, memorial--asinYadVashem. time with her family. I was than most of us, and a role Chapter 8. As we perform Our community should dedi- with Byron and Gerry when for us to consider. Years ago, the Brit Milah on the 8th day cateitselftobeingaYadByron. she said her final words to at a young age, he chaired of life to commemorate G- Chapter 15. The 15,000 him and he left us. our community's Combined d's covenant with Abraham, Jews of our community who I was honored to give a Jewish Appeal Campaign.Byron taught us that our cov- have benefited, are ben- eulogy at his funeral. Here is More recently, he was one enantwithG-dw,astocommit efitting, andwill continue to ing the March of the Living and/or applying for this need- based scholarship should call the March of the Living Southern Region office at 561- 852-6013.Additional informa- tion is available on its website https://www.molsouth.org/. The March of the Living South- ern Region office will screen applicants and review all scholarship requests. Selected student(s) will be expected to participate in educational seminars designed to prepare them for the March. benefit from Byron's life here on earth. Chapter 16. In Hebrew, 16 is written Yud Vav, the abbrevia- tion of G-d's name. May G-d protect Byron's soul. Chapter 17. The 17 beautiful and fruitful years that Gerry and Byron spent together. And finally, Chapter 18. The Chapter of Life, the long life that Byron greatly deserved but was not given. As short as this book and Byron's life were, he has left an unmeasur- able and unerasable mark on all of our lives. We loved Byron, we love him now, and we will forever love and miss him." May Byron's life continue to be a blessing to his family, to his community, and to the Jewish People J.T. (r) and Jen Stroll down memory lane with COS Seniors The COS Senior's are hosting its opening event on Sunday, Oct. 7, starting at 2 p.m. sharp. Featured are the dynamic duo of J.T. & Jen who will perform a tribute to the age of the Golden Oldies, featuring the vocals of Buddy Holly, Connie Francis, Whitney Houstoni Patsy Cline and more. Admission is $10 per person. At the conclusion of the performance there will be a complimentary nosh. This even is open to the public. Young people from all over the world attend the March of the Living. The Holocaust Memorial The InternationalMarch of HaShoah, HolocaustRemem- Resource & Education Center the Living, which next year brance Day, the March of the of Florida is pleased to an- willbeheldfromApri128-May Living itself is a 3-kilometer nouncethatitisworkingwith 12, 2019, is an educational walkfromAuschwitztoBirke- March of the Living, Southern program bringing teens from nau as a tribute to all victims Region USA to award annual around the world to both of the Holocaust. scholarshipstostudentsfrom Poland and Israel to study The full cost of the trip is thegreaterOrlandoareatobe the history of the Holocaust $5800 and does not include funded through the Tess and and to examine the roots of round-trip domestic airfare AbeO.WiseMarchoftheLiv-prejudice, intolerance and to NYC. ing Endowment Fund. hatred. Held annually on Yom Students interested in join- Dear Sam, The pressure you're putting me under is too much. Sincerely, Your Heart Don't let your heart quit on you. If you are living with high blood pressure, just knowing and doing the minimum isn't enough. Uncontrolled high blood pressure could lead to stroke, heart attack or death. Get yours to a healthy range before it's too late. Find out how at heart.org/BloodPTessure Spotlight on Bill and Adrienne Katz Often, it is those "unexpected connections" that are made with the residents who are in our local living facilities that are the most rewarding. Such is the case of a dear couple who reside at Westminster Winter Park. Allow me to introduce William (Bill) and Adrienne Katz. They have been attending the Jewish Pavilion programs for years and they always welcome us with open arms and gentle hugs. They are both very active in their community and they have the most wonderful sense of humor. During this past month's Rosh Hashanah service, they were holding each other's hand. Their public display of affection was so calming, so peaceful and reflective of our celebrations. Today we are honored to spotlight these residents, this adorable couple and to acknowledge their participation in The Jewish Pavilion events and programs offered at Westminster Winter Park. -- Judy Appleton, Jewish Pavilion program director