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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 11, 2013 Ambassador Andrew Young reminisces with Historical So, "" L00.00ty members Shown here (l-r): Ambassador Andrew Young, SAJHS's Sandra Parks, documentary filmmaker, journalist and public relations specialist C.B. Hackuan and SAJHS Board member Moises Szfylerman. "Whenever I speak with Sy, he is always quick to re- mind me 'Don't forget, I was arrested before you were!'" explained Ambassador An- drew Young in remembering his friend and colleague, Rabbi Israel Dresner. Rabbi Dresner was one of 16 rabbis arrested in St. Augustine on the afternoon of June 18, 1964 while supporting the work of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. It was the largest mass arrest of Jewish clergy in the United States. The former U.S. Ambassa- dor to the United Nations was speaking at Flagler College as part of the school's Ideas and Images: Visiting Scholars and Artists program. His personal archives are the foundation for Flagler College's new Civil Rights Library of St. Augustine, an Internet-based multimedia archive documenting the St. Augustine civil rights movement. Young, who was arrested hours after the 16 rabbis, spoke after his formal pre- sentation with a delegation of leaders from the St. Au- gustine Jewish Historical Society and emphasized the significance of the presence of Jewish leadership and white clergymen. During his formal presentation he spoke of the challenges of St. Augustine being greater than those faced in places like Selma and Birming- ham, Ala., and Atlanta, Ga. He spoke of how heartened Southern Christian Leader- ship Council members were in June 1964 upon the ar- rival, after a long journey, of the rabbis who were so ready to quickly "get into the middle of what was hap- pening!" Young was the proud 1978 winner of the NAACP's Spin- garn Medal, named for Joel Elias Spingarn, of a promi- nent New York Jewish family, early leader of the NAACP and co-founder of the publishing house Harcourt, Brace and Company. When invited by St. Augus- tine Jewish Historical Society leaders to join in marking the 50th anniversary of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in the U.S., Young promised he would "give it some serious thought!" Help a Florida I 00wish teen win $36K for vol00l r,!teer service SAN FRANCISCO--Know a socially-conscious Jewish teen who is creating change locally or globally? The Helen Diller Family Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Diller Teen Tik- kun Olam Awards, an awards program that recognizes up to 10 Jewish teens with $36,000 each for exceptional leader- ship and visionary actions that are helping to repair the world. Up to five teens from California and five from other communities across the countrywill be acknowledged for their socially-minded volunteer service. Visit www. dillerteenawards.org to be- gin the nomination process. Deadline for nominations is Jan. 5, 2014. Bay Area Philanthropist commitment in 2007 to sup- port California Jewish teens who exemplify the spirit of tikkun olam--a central Jew- ish precept meaning to repair the world. The prestigious awards program has since expanded nationally, recog- nizing 40 Jewish teens across the country with nearly $1.5 million dollars to support and further their volunteer service projects and education. Last year's recipients came from California, Iowa, New York, Rhode Island, Missouri and Massachusetts. Past recipients of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have created a wide range of projects supporting various causes, including providing clean drinking water to people living in third world coun- Helen Diller began a major tries, teen-basedwebsitesthat provide tools and resources for youth to pursue their own community service projects, educational nonprofits that help those living with Autism and Alzheimer's and many more. Video of the 2013 re- cipients and their projects is available here. Beyond bolstering national recognition of the teens and their social action projects, the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have nurtured a growing network of young leaders. Awards alumni, who are already driven to make a difference, have inspired and mobilized a"civic generation" committed to volunteerism. Past recipients have been recognized by some of the world's foremost institutions and leaders, including the United Nations Foundation, The White House and former president Bill Clinton. "Today's teens are tomor- row's leaders. It is our hope that this award will recognize some outstanding young people who are already help- ing to repair the world," said Helen Diller, president of the sponsoring foundation. "By celebrating Jewish teens com- mitted to social action in inno- vative ways, we hope to inspire many more young people to follow their example." The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and their network of 155 Jew- ish Federations throughout the country continues to collaborate with the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, to inspire and encourage Jewish teen volunteer service nationwide. "We are thrilled to once more collaborate with and support the Helen Diller Family Foundation as they sogenerously empoweryoung Jewish philanthropists across the nation seeking to make a real difference in the world," said Jerry Silverman, presi- dent and CEO of JFNA. Now in its 14th year of giv- ing, the Helen Diller Family Foundation has granted more than $200 million to support education, the arts, medical research and development, leadership training programs for teens, and many other charitable endeavors. Qualifications for nomina- tion: Teens may be nominated by any community member who knows the value of their project--except a fam- ily member--or may self- nominate. The candidate must be a U.S. resident aged 13-19 years old at the time of nomina- tion, and must self-identify as Jewish. Community service projects may benefit the general or Jewish commu- nity, locally, nationally or worldwide. Teens compensated for their services are not eligible. To nominate someone, please complete the simple online form at www.diller- teenawards.org. For more information, email dillerteen- awards@sfjcf.org or call (415) 512-6432. Footprints on the path Anyone can be a "path setter" on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Jewish Pavilion's Fall Festival and walk at Cranes Roost in Altamonte Springs. For a donation of $50 to the Jewish Pavilion, donors can have a sign with a Footprint along the walking path with the name of a loved one. For $100 donors can get a deal and have three Foot- prints along the path. Larger donors can purchase larger signage in the form of a high-heeled sneaker for $180. "This is a great way to pay tribute to walk sponsors Harvey Kobrin and Chuck Steinmetz who named the walk in memory of their beloved wives, Nancye Kobrin and Lynn Steinmetz," said Carol Feuerman, president of the Jewish Pavilion. For more information visit www.jewishpavilion.org or call 407-678-9363. COS first-graders' graduation Congregation Ohev Shalom Held it's Kitah Alef/first grade Consecration in conjunc- tion with Erev Simchat Torah on Thursday, September 26. The students sang two songs, received their own Torah and were blessed under a Chuppah that the families made together. The first graders carried their Torah followed by their parents carrying the real Torah for the first of the seven Hakafot around the synagogue. Mazel Tov to the Kitah Alef families and their teachers Judy Shujman and Vicky Countess and Madrichim, Bari Sholk, Sam Gorovitz, Brandon Israel and Josh Spalter. For more information about Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school please call the synagogue at407-298-4650 or go to the website www.ohevshalom.org. COS Hebrew school is open to non members in Pk-5th graders for their first year of school.