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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 17, 2014 PAGE 3A By David Bornstein In conjunction with the JCRC's Grits and Bagels Brunch, over the next few weeks, The Heritage is run= ning a series of articles about local Jewish commu- nity members who made an impact on the Civil Rights movement. This is the first in the series. While many civic leaders select an organization or a cause to champion, Jerome J. Bornstein (Jerry to his friends) selected many. Known in the Jewish community as a visionary--president of both the Jewish Community Council and Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando, one of the founders of Temple Israel and the Kinneret Tow- ers, and a moving force behind the scenes to secure, among other foundations of the local Jewish community, the prop- ,g sctence erty on which the Maitland community campus stands, he was equally committed to upholding and protecting civil rights and liberties for all Americans. Armed with a law degree from the University of Chi- cago, Jerry firstworked for the famously left wing law firm of O. John Rogge in New York City--the firm that defended the Trenton Six, African- Americans convicted by an all-white jury of the murderof an elderlywhite shopkeeper-- and David Greenglass, who was charged.with espionage and in the process implicated his sister Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. When he returned to Central Florida with his wife Rita, he continued his work as an attorney on behalf of minorities whose rights had been denied or compromised by the entrenched Southern conservative power brokers of Orlando. For years Bornstein was the only American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)lawyer practic- ing between Miami and Jack- sonville. He also volunteered his time as an attorney for the Legal Defense Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and it was in this role that he oversaw one of the most famous cases in his career, when he defended eight black families in a class action suit that sought to overturn the long-standing practice of segregation in Orange County schools. In the 1962 case Ellis vs. Kipp, Board of Public Instruction of Orange County, Florida, he finally succeeded in 1964 in forcing the school board and the courts to implement a desegregation policy for both students and teachers in the local school system. He was largely responsible for integrating the schools in Orange and Brevard counties. During this time he received anonymous letters threaten- Jerome Bornstein in 1979 i ng to tar and feather him, had swastikas drawn on the back wall of his house, and once, a cross was mistakenly burned on his neighbor's yard (the cross burners mistook their address for his). In 1960 he represented 39 families, members of the Jewish community as well as other faiths, in suing the Orange County School Board to halt the distribution of Gideon Bibles on public school campuses in an effort to up- hold the separation of church and state. He won the case in the Federal District Court of Appeals. After the school board appealed the ruling to the United States Supreme Court, he argued before the court and won a final ruling against the Bible distribution practice in 1970. He also represented Orange County teachers who refused to sign a loyalty oath (another case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court), students who objected to the strict dress codes against long hair, anti-Vietnam protesters, and even defended the right of Tammy Faye Baker to have a church in an industrial area. He sat on the State of Florida Commission on Civil Rights, and actively volunteered at the Neighborhood Law Office, an Orlando organization he helped found that provided free or low cost legal aid for the poor (this was long before this need was acknowledged by local and federal agencies). While he may be known to many as a member of the great generation that founded the Central Florida Jewish Com- munity, he is known to all as a champion Of the individual, the voiceless, and the disem- powered, and he dedicated his life to defending the rights of the minority against the oppression of majority rule. The Grits and Bagels Brunch, featuring Brad Her- zog, will be held Sunday, Nov. 2 at i pm in the auditorium of the JCC. Admission is free but RSVP is requested. The program is hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando and is sponsored in part by The Florida Humanities Cogmcil and Landry's Restaurants. For more information about Grits andBagels, please contact Lisa Sholk at 407-261- 3175 or lsholk@jfgo.org. Jewish Academy Choir Ensemble performing at the Solar Bears hockey game last spring. The Choir Ensemble will be performing at the Community Open House featuring Family Science Night on 7 esday, Oct. 28. The Jewish Academy of Orlando is opening its award- winning day school for an open house featuring family science night. On Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m., the Jew- ish Academy of Orlando will host current and prospective families. The event is designed for families with children ages 5-13 years old. Free babysit- ting will be available for fami- lies with younger children. Families can meet and mingle with the school's dis- tinguished staff and explore the kindergarten through eighth-grade curriculum, including diverse elective courses, and extracurricular sports and arts programs. The open house will in- clude interactive science experiments throughout the school, including demonstra- tions by two local scientists. The junior chorus will also perform. Not only will the event showcase the day school's awardwinning use of technol- ogy and advanced academic programs, itwill demonstrate why this school has continu- ally been recognized as breed- ing ground for some of the top academic students in Central Florida since 1976. Alan Rusonik, Head of School, who took the reins in July 2014, will showcase the Jewish Academy and share what is behind the strength and dedication of the teach- ing staff, rigorous curriculum and daily teachings of charity, kindness and gratitude to make well rounded students. "A strong Jewish Day school is key to having a strong Or- lando Jewish community," says Rusonik. The school is now enroll- ing for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents are encouraged to take a tour of th school in addition to attending this interactive event. The event will be held on the Jewish Academy campus located at 851 N. MaitlandAve, Maitland. RSVP by calling 407- 647=0713 or office@jewishacademyor- lando.org The Jewish Academy is Orlando's award winning and Apple Distinguished Jewish day school in Orlando. It is the only Kindergarten through 8th grade Jewish day school in Orlando and is celebrating its 37th year. for '8 80' The Kinneret Council on Aging will proudly pay tribute to eight individuals over the age of 80 who have made sig- nificant contributions to the Jewish and Central Florida community on Sunday, March 1, 2015. "The 8 over 80 event really resonates with our mission of the Kinneret Council on Ag- ing and the inspiring stories we hear about seniors who contribute to our community through leadership, activism, altruism and philanthropy", said Neal Blaher, president of the board for the Kinneret Council on Aging. "This year we are honor- ing those who have made our community feel like a family by promoting the Jewish tradi- tion of tikkun olam," said Faye Novick, chairperson of the an- nual event. "We hope the com- munity will join in honoring our 8 Over 80 with a traditional Jewish holiday meal." This year's event will once again be held in the Delaney Dining Room located at Kinneret Apartments. The new in-house chef, Jocelyn Faulkner, will be overseeing the preParation of the meal in the recently named "Nanny and Papa's Kitchen" in honor of Dick and DottieAppelbaum. Nomination forms are available on the Kinneret Apartments website at www. kinneretapartments.com or can be obtained by calling 407-425-4537. Individuals may nominate more than one person. The Kinneret Apartments are the Jewish community's twin residence towers for low- income senior citizens located in downtown Orlando. Funds raised at this event will sub- sidize the hot meal program for the residents of Kinneret. Each day, Kinneret Council on Aging spends over $300 to provide meals and services to the residents of Kinneret Apartments. I II This Special Issue is full of features relating .to financial issues affecting you and Central Florida, Your ad in this Special Section will reach an audience of heads of households who are qualified business and professional people who have the income necessary to live well today and invest wisely tomorrow, Publication Date: October 31, 2014 Deadline: October 22, 2014