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Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Synagogue Directory .................. 7A B'nai Mitzvah .............................. 8A Scene Around ............................. 9A L i Shown here (l-r): Susan Bierman, Arnold Bierman, Moreno. Tony Moreno, Ellie Moreno, Karen Moreno, Tony Moreno and Carli JewishAcademyofOrlandoannounced Alan Rusonik, Head of School. "The gala night, we celebrate their contribu- it will be honoring the Bierman and Biermans are one of the founding fami- tionstoourschoolandtoourcommunity Moreno families at this year's annual lies. They, along, with the Morenos have as a whole," said Rusonik. gala, titled "Jeans, Jewels, and Jazz" on supported our school for over 36 years." Arnold and Susan Bierman have three Saturday, Nov. I at the Hilton Orlando/ Not only have they supported the daughters, LisaFranklin, SaraRothfeder Altamonte Springs, startingat 7:30p.m. school, they have led the school. With and Karen Bierman. Their youngest "We take great pleasure in honoring board positionsandcommitteepositions the Bierman and Moreno families," said they have made quite a difference. "This Ga/a on page 15A Jewish National Fund ONF) will honor Tess Wise, founder of the Holocaust Memorial Re- source and Education Center (HMREC) of Central Florida, with the Guardian of Israel Award at its annual Tree of LifeTu Award Dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, Nov. 18 Wise founded HMREC in 1980 and has worked for more than 17 years in a volunteer position as executive director of the Center. She was born in Poland and escaped from a concentration camp in 1943 at the age of 17. She and nine surviving relatives smuggled themselves into the Ameri- can zone in Germany, where the United Nations relief organizations and American Jewish organizations cared for them. Since coming to the United States in 1947, Wise has made it her life's work to make sure the lessons of the Holocaust are never forgot- rO Tess Wise ten, presenting a proposal to the Federation and Valencia Community College to initiate Holocaust education in the public schools. HMREC has been a focal point for national confer- Wise on page 15A By Christine DeSouza Assistant Editor When Harriett Lake ar- rives at an event, everyone in the room knows. In her fashionistastyle, she is (Hello) Dolly Levi, Cher, Lady Gaga and Elton John all rolled into one. From the top of her hat- covered head to the tips of her designer shoe-clad toes, she is always impeccably dressed "to a (second) t"---like her name. In fact, the only thing that tops her fashionable wardrobe is her extremely generous spirit. Both she and her late husband, Hy, have given financially to many Jewish organizations, includ- ing Kinneret, JFS Orlando, and the Holocaust Center, as well as the Orlando ballet, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the new Dr. Phillips Cen- ter for the Performing Arts. Now 92 years old, Harriett has decided it is time to part with many of her beloved ensembles and accessories and give the proceeds to The Orlando Ballet and a boutique for cancer survivors at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. "I have a new outlook on life.., or death," said the always straight-forward nonagenar- ian. "I'm not going to be around and the clothes are just hanging there." Hanging there in her Clos- i et. The famous Closet. Back in the 1990s, Harriett gra- ciously opened her Closet to Rishona-Masada Haddassah O for their annual Beautiful