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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 18, -2013 PAGE 3A "There is no substitute for book~ in the life of a child." This comment by American educator, teacher and author Mary Ellen Chase could not be truer in an age when books yield to electronic media in the lives of our children. Rab- bi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, author of "The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales," and a mother of three children, brings her latest book to a storytelling and meet-and-greet session on Tuesday evening, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Congregation Beth Am, 3899 Sand Lake Road in Longwood. l~abbi Gelfand will share her new illustrated book of Jewish folk tales and lead a discussion of how to make "once-upon- a-time" last forever. Signed copies of the book will be available. Rabbi Gelfand received her rabbinic ordination ,in 1993 from the Jewish Theological Seminary and now serves as the director of JHub in London. JHub is an operating program of the London-based Pears Foundation and pro- motes social action, innova- tion and entrepreneurship in the British Jewish com- munity by providing physi- cal office space, mentoring, networking, seed grants and professional development op- portunities. Previously, she was the chief executive of the U.K. Movement for Reform Judaism and prior to that, vice president of the Wexner Heri- tage Foundation in New York. She writes a monthly column for the Jewish Chronicle, ap- pears regularly on BBC Radio, presented at TEDxJerusalem and just finished a speaking tour of South Africa. She is an internationally known speaker; and while her teach- ing takes her' around the world, she is never happier than when it brings her to her home community of Florida. Her newest book, "The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales," published by Barefoot Books, is a collection of eight stories of Jewish heritage. "Drawn from the Bible to 19th- century Poland, the stories are told in eventful, stand- alone chapters that make for excellent reading aloud for children ages 6 and older. All of the stories have an uplifting quality and deliver a powerful message that, though deliv- ered in a religious context, have meaning well beyond the originally intended audience. The stories explore many of the questions that challenge all of us: Why do bad things happen to good people? Is it more important to be clever, or kind? What happens to us whenwe die? This anthology is sure to resonate with children and adults Of all faiths. For more information on this special evening and upcoming events at Beth Am contact Julia Lustig, Rabbi Shoshana Gelfand, author of "The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales," will be in Longwood for a meet-and-greet. education resource and faro-, ily planning coordinator, at or go to the Congregation Beth Am web site. at www.Cong- By Pamela Ruben Longtime friends and Orlando philanthropists, Chuck Steinmetz and Harvey Kobrin, have shared many experiences since their days as fraternity brothers at the University of Florida in the 1960s. Kobrin and Steinmetz cemented their friendship at Pi Lambda Phi fraternity on the Gainesville campus, and have remained close for more than 50 years. This October the two men are joining forces to honor their late wives. The Jewish Pavilion's annual "Walk in the Park" will be co-sponsored this y~ar by Chuck Steinmetz and Har- vey Kobrin, and dedicated to their spouses, Nancye Kobrin and Lynn Steinmetz. "Harvey asked me if I want- ed to co-sponsor the walk with him this year. Harvey and I support each other, and the community. Of course, I said 'yes'," Steinmetz said. This free event will be held Oct. 27, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. Chuck and Lynn Steinmetz are longtime supporters of the Central Florida Jewish and greater communities. The Steinmetz's dedicated the religious school, the Steinmetz school of Chai, to the Congregation of Reform Judaism in October 2005 in the memory of her parents, Michael and Amy Ginson, founding members of CRJ. They are also significant donors to the University of Florida, where they have created five new permanent endowments. A campus building at UF's Department of Entomology and Nematol- ogy will bear the family name. Modern medicine has brought us near miracles. It's also brought us some of the most difficult decisions we'll ever have to face. Are we obliged to prolong life even at the cost of terrible suffering? Should we legalize the sale of organs, such as kidneys, to save the li~es of transplant patients? May a woman with a multiple-fetus pregnancy opt for fetal reduction, thus forfeiting the lives of some to possibly save others? When it seems that every available op- tion is morally questionable, how do we decide? Torah and the Talmud are not silent about such matters, and the Chabad Center is of- fering a course, titled "Life in the balance: Jewish perspec- tive on everyday medical dilemmas" that will address these issues. When it comes to the ethics of medicine, this course will get real--in the most dramatic possible way. We'll discuss actual case studies, examin- ing many possible viewpoints as we come to grips with the issue that matters most: What kind of action "---or inaction-- should we take? When should we take it? And when do we edge too close to playing G-d? choices that you or a loved one may be called upon to make. It is also a fascinating . exposure to little-discussed aspects of Judaism. This course is offering CLE credits for attorneys, CME credits for medical profes- sionals, and CE credits for dentists. The class will run for six Tuesdays, starting Oct. 29, from 7 p.m. -8:30 p.m. at Chabad Center, 7504 Univer- sal Blvd. Orlando, Fla.. Chabad offers the same course in Lake Mary under the leadership of Chabad of North Orlando with Rabbi Yanky Majesky, from 7:30 p.m,- 9 p.m. at The Courtyard Marriott, 135 International Parkway, Lake Mary, Fla. The cost is $70 (textbook included; 10 percent couples discount; 5 percent earlybird discount; attend the first class free (with no obligation to continue). For more information: Vis- it: Call: 407- 354-3660 Email: office@Jew- or Chabad North Orlando: 407-878-3011. On Sunday, Oct.27, a panel of four local Holocaust survi- vors--SonjaMarchesano, Syl- via Rapp, Eva Ritt and Harry Lowenstein--will share their memories of Kristallnacht at a special program at the Holo- caust Center, 851 N. Maitland Avenue. They will talk about their experiences on the night of Nov. 9, 1938, that 'began Hitler's Final Solution. They will also discuss how they survived the war. The panel will be moderated by Professor Richard Gair of Valencia College. The pro- gram, which starts at 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on site, and the building is fully handicap accessible. This event is being held as part of Central Florida's Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Kristall- nacht--the beginning of Hitler's Final Solution. A remarkable group of arts and cultural organizations are hosting a series of events to promote respect and diversity in our society, and to empower our com- munity to speak out against injustice. More information about the community-wide collaboration is online at For information about other programs at the Holocaust Center call 407-628-0555. Correction Catnp Barney Medintz will present its annual new musical slide production on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., at the Jewish Academy of Orlando, not the Jewish Com- munity Center as was reported in the Sept. 27 issue of the Heritage. In addition, Chuck and Lynn were passionate supporters of the arts, serving on boards and raising funds for the Orlando Philharmonic, the Orlando Art Museum, and the rfew Dr. Phillip's Center for the Performing arts. "Lynn and I shared some- thing very special for almost 40 years. We were very lucky," said Steinmetz about his late wife, who passed away in October 2012. "We met at the University of Florida and reunited 11 years later. Lynn took great joy in supporting the arts. First at the art museum, and then at the philharmonic." Last fall the Orlando Philhar- monic Orchestra presented its John O. Blackburn Dis- tinguished Service Award to the philanthropic couple for their commitment to the Central Florida arts for more than 20 years. Steinmetz shared that Lynn's ease with people made her a natural comm.unity leader and family beacon. Chuck Steinmetz "Her giving nature and en- thusiasm made her a joy to be with." on, Matthew, of Maitland; and grandchildren, Kayla, Reid and Lexi remain an integral part of daily life. About five years ago Lynne was diagnosed with lung cancer. Steinmetz cared for her in their Winter Park home for several years. When Lynn's cancer advanced and required more assistance, she moved into the Serenades by Sonata, a memory care center in Longwood. "Harvey Kobrin recommended the Serenades, where (his wife) Nancye was receiving care," Steinmetz said. The two friends consoled and sup- ported one another, as their wives lost the battles to their respective conditions. While at Serenades both Lynn and Nancye received visits from the Jewish Pavil- ion. Steinmetz and Kobrin thought it would be fitting to name the Jewish Pavilion's fall fundraiser (A Walk in the Park) in honor of their wives. Steinmetz notes, "We were lucky that Lynn (and Nancye) had an influx of local support and visitors. The Jewish Pavilion serves a need by making sure that all seniors in assisted living have company and support." Heritage Florida Jewish News ran an article about Harvey and Nancye Kobrin in the Sept. 13 issue. Presents The ablication November 22, 20 3 Deadline: November 13, 2013 A Chanukah Greeting is a Good Way to Thank Your Jewish Customers J for Their Patronage or to Sell Your Holiday Merchandise For More Information Call 407-834-8787