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PAGE 8A ,zva aredgsaac Y--3aron Jared Isaac Baron, son of Roxanne and Michael Bar- on of Winter Park, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Congregation BethAm in Longwood, Fla. Jared is in the seventh grade pre-IB program at Glenridge Middle School where he plays violin in the chamber orchestra. His hobbies and interests in- clude vTolin, soccer and playing video games. Sharing in the family's simcha will be sister, Margot; grandparents, Ray and George B~/ron of Aventura, Fla.; and family and friends from Florida, California, New York and New Jersey. /tfex JC oss Jc-3renner Alex Moss Brenner, son of LindaandMarc Brenner of Maitland, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 17. 2009, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Orlando. Alex is in the eighth grade at Lake Highland Preparatory School where he is on the High Honor Roll. He enjoys playing tennis, guitar and piano. Alex is also an avid Florida Gator fan and a member of Kadima. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Alex's sister, Jackie. who will share the bimah with him for her bat mitzvah; grandparents, Alan and Sandra Moss of Long- wood, Fla." and family and friends from Florida. New York, North Carolina, Connecticut and England. Alex is also the grandson of the late Macy and Goldy Brenner. Jaclyn Hayley Brenner. daughter of Linda and Marc Brenner of Maitland. Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Orlando. Jackie is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Preparatory school where she is on the President's List. Jackie enjoys aancing, singing and playing piano. She is also a member of Kadima. Sharing in the family's simchawill be Jackie's brother, Alex, who will share the bimah with her f~r his bar mitz- vah; grandparents, Alan and Sandra Moss of Longwood, Fla.: and family and friends from Florida, New York, North Carolina. Connecticut and England. Jackie is also the granddaughter of the late Macy and Goldy Brenner. Geo[! , ]aron /s_oPer Scott Aaron Fisher, son of Wen@ and Jay Fisher of Maitland. Fla.. will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Congrega- tion of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Scott is in the seventh grade at Trinity Prep where he is on the junior high football team. He made Headmaster's List last year, which requiresan A average in all his classes. His interests include golf and hanging out with friends. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Scott's brother, Jack; grandmothers, Lynn Esko of Maitland, and Brenda Fisher of Altamonte Springs, Flag and family and friends Debbie and Samuel Meitin By Reva Shader The Shaders, Wittensteins, Meitins and extended family members are multitudinous in Central Florida, and have played an enormous role in the settling and development of Orlando's rich Jewish community. In May 2010, the Jewish Pavilion will honor the entire Shader clan as part of its annual gala. Jacob Meitin and his wife, Fanny Shader Meitin, arrived in the Pittsburg migration in 1913 and in time. their family grew to six: mother, father, son Ralph, and three beautiful daughters, Evelyn, Naomi and Ruth. Jacob Meitin and Israel Shader bought an 80-acre dairy farm. which they worked with Israel's sons. When pasteurized milk was introduced in the Orlando area, they were the first ones to offer iL Itwas in early 1930 that Jacob Meitin diversified from farming and bought an orange grove. The Miller family, the Meitins. and the Shader family formed MMS Fruit Company and it wasn't long before they had stores up arid down the Hudson Valley in New York. They shippe d fruit to be sold from November through April. In 1943, Ralph Meitin and his uncle. Myer Shader. formed a partnership to start a fresh fruit packing company and they called it Zellwood Fruit Distributors, Ralph's son, Julian, had joined the operation in,1965. It was in 1939 when a beauti- ful young lawyer from Chat- tanooga, Bluma Wise. was vacationing at Daytona Beach. It was here she met Ralph Meitin. They fell in love, married and eventually settled in Orlando in 1940. They had three children. Julian. Judith Toll Cope and Samuel. Ralph andBlumaMeitinwere very active in the civic aswell as the Jewish community; Ralph was the-president of Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom, and served as the president ofthe Jewish Com- munit~2ouncil in 1954. He was on the board of the symphony in its early years and also chairman of the Tangerine Bowl in 1949. Bluma Wise Meitin actually helped start the City Health Department that hired the first school nurses in Orange County, and was a lifetime member of Hadassah. It was only natural that their offspring would follow the models of their parents. Julian Meitin has served as president of Temple Israel and of the Jewish Community Center. Hewas also active on the Jewish Federation board. His wife, Sheryl, also has devoted her life to humanitarian activities. She was involved in the Federation, on the board of directors and in the CJA cam- paign as the Woman's Division It's not too late. Monday night classes be- gan Oct. 5, but it's not too late to join us for week 2 says Beit Hamidrash officials. Trimester one began already, but it's not too late to sign up for trimester 2 or trimester 3. The Sunday program, BH Chugim, begins Oct. 18, so it's not too late to get in on the action. School officials say it's not too late to join the teen community even if you didn't attend in eighth grade (or ninth or 10thth...). Now is better than never. Officials say if you missed out on a community service opportunity at your school. it's not too late to take ad- vantage of one through Beit Hamidrash. You need to prepare for SATs and want to save money and make Jewish friends at the same time? It's not too late. Money is tight, but it's not too late to benefit from our scholarship program. So the message is clear: We are here for you. For more information check out our website at: www. or call407- 645- 5933, ext. 251 or e- mail chair, and she is a past president ofthe Hebrew Day SchooMtwas Sheryl Meitin, along with her friend Claire Chepenick, who spearheaded the formation of the Jewish Pavilion. Sheryl and Julian have two sons, Ross and Joshua. Samuel Meitin, who died in December 2007. was another. philanthropic man who had been on the executive com- mittee, and had been a board member of the JCC andofJewish Family Services. His wife, Deb- bie. carries on the tradition of community participation, and plays a significant role in the Jewish Pavilion; she actively leads Friday Shabbat services for senior citizens,-and had also assisted in that capacity at Temple Israel, and has sung in its choir. She has been teaching Israeli folk dance and leading a dance performance group at the JCC formanyyears. Samuel and Debbie Meitin's daughters are Jennifer and Rebecca. ludith Meitin Toll Cope was the first director of early child- hood education at the JCC and later a member of the JCC board of directors. She served on Temple Israel's education committee as vice president of programs for Hadassah. She and her husband Gordon Toll had two children. Data and Jason. After Gordon's death, Judith relocated to Washington, D.C. to earn her master's degree in counseling from George Wash- ington University, remarried and remained there. Jason Toll has taken an ac- tive role in Orlando's Jewish community, starting at the age of 25 as the local president of Jewish National Fund's National Future Leadership Group. He participated in the Federation's Jerome J. Bornstein Young Leadership Program and serried as a board member for the Jew- ish Community Center. Temple Israel and Or Hadash, and served three terms on the Federation's allocations committee. He and Young Ralph Meitin with his grandfather Israel Shader. his wife. Alyson, are the proud parents of their four-year-old Lily, who attends pre-school at the JCC. Ralph Meitin's sisters chose not to remain in Orlando: Naomi married Harold Webman and they lived in Miami, where they raised their two sons. Jeff and Mark. Evelyn married Harry Streifer and they had two daugh- ters, Ruth and Rosalyn. Evelyn presently lives in the Miami area with her husband. Oliver Wright. The third sister. Ruth Meitin, was a brilliant young woman and had aspired to be- come a physician, and at a very young age successfully fulfilled that dream. Shortly after her obtaining her medical degree, Ruth died of pneumonia. When first becoming ac- quainted with this large and influential clan of Floridians. it can be confusing. I arrived here in 1952. and it seemed to me that every new individual to whom I was introduced was a relative. but in time, it does become dear--especially if you have a genealogy chart in front of you. For more information about the Jewish Pavilion and its an- nual gala in May, visit www. or call ex- . ecutive director Nancy Ludin at 407-678-9363. Central Florida teens have fun at the eighth grade Beit Hamidrash orientation.