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FLORIDA JEWISH N EWS Editorials  4A ************************************* 0p-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Synagogue Directory .................. 7A B'nai Mitzvah .............................. 8A Scene Around ............................. 9A The Jewish Pavilion relies on support from every generation. UCF Hillel members show their support for ".,4 Walk in the Park." A Walk in the Park and family festival at Crane's Roost this Sunday This Weekend the Jewish Pavilion Everyonebenefits when the c0mmu- photographer Rinat Halon will donate, is hosting its fifth annual A Walk in nity comes together, and our seniors free "generations photos" for any inter- the Park and r.a,, r,,l h,,,;n, in Ir_tprrn rare hin/fit all year long Crane'sBunny Roser Roos !ill!/I 11 '/till I"lt. Ils '" Ill Ill I/lt.'l'" t/Itl I IIll I I' l It from 9:30 a.; Pavilion's biggest annual fundraising event, and delivers a message to the community about the importance of remembering our cherished seniors in long-term care. Come out and walk with us, and bring the whole family. be treated to free t-shirts, a bage! but- fet, a Kid's Zone, entertainment, music, and prizes galore. Master of Ceremo- nies Penny D'Agostino will entertain with crowd-pleasing show tunes. In addition, renowned American-Israeli enerational families walking together, iby e-maiL lk you for your support and do- with your help we can continue to enhance the lives of the elderly, and help ensure that no senior grows old all alone," said Ludin. It's not too late to register for the Walk. Register online or sign-up at the registra- tion tables at Crane's Roost. Nationally acclaimed artist and activist featured in JTEN Teen Conference JFGO's Jewish Teen Educa- tion Network continues its launch this November with the inaugural community- wide Teen Education Day. On Nov. 9, teens will gather at the Maitland Jewish Community _-= , -- X W Campus for"Justice: Whatwill you do today?" The program, open to all 8th through 12th graders will feature NaomiAckerman, who is a rlationally acclaimed Jewish artist and activist. Ackerman is an experienced actress whose credits include theater, musicals, films and television. She was born in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel in her childhood. Ackerman received a BA from Hebrew University and teaching credentials from the David Yellin Teachers Semi- nar. She has participated in various multinational the- ater productions with Arab and Jewish actors from the region. She was one of the founding members of "View Points," an Arab-Jewish the- ater group promoting toler- ance and dialogue, sponsored and produced by the Peres Center for Peace. Ackerman, a stilt-walker and professional clown, created the children's clown school for the Jeru- salem municipality and was part of the first groups of clowns in Israel to engage in Naomi Ackerman medical clowning. She has consulted with Dream Doc- tors, a project that integrates professional clowning into the medical services provided at Israeli hospitals. Ackerman is founder and director of the Advot Project, a registered 501(c) 3 that uses theater to facilitate social change. Her educational curriculum, "Re- lationships 101," is currently being implemented in public and private high schools as well as in juvenile detention camps in Southern California. She is a social activist, me- diator and conflict-resolution specialist. Naomi has worked for the past two decades us- ing art to promote peace, change, and encourage self- empowerment.Ackermanwill bring her incredible passion for social justice to the teen program, using her knowl- edge of Jewish sources, her relationship with numerous national and international social justice organizations, and her extensive experience helping others recognize their own ability to create a just world for their families, their local community and the global community in which we all live. The Jewish Federation looks forward to hosting Ack- erman and encouraging the growth of the Jewish teens in our community. This program is being sponsored by Edward and Marion Bromberg. For more informationabout this event and JTEN, contact Lisa Sholk at 407-645-5933 or lsholk@jfgo.org. RAISE invited to Fedovation at GA Rachel Slavkin, RAISE director of employment and educa- tion, and job coach Bonnie Finfer. By Christine DeSouza Assistant Editor The success of a program can best be measured by how it has affected its participants. Entering its seventh month of operation, RAISE (Recogniz- ing Abilities and Inclusion of Special Employees) has proven to be on track with its goal to offer its participants the chance to recognize their self-worth by contributing to their own success and.the satisfaction of being a par- tic.ipating rfiember of society: And now the Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando is proud to anflouncedthat the RAISE program has been se- lected in a nationwide compe- tition to give a presentation at this year's Jewish Federation of North America's General Assembly (GA) in Maryland. The General Assembly is the most significant gathering of thousands of Jewish com- munal and Federation leaders and volunteers from the U.S. and around the world. Last May, the RAISE program was submitted into the Fedovation competition for innovative progr.amming, along with more than 150 competing Federations and 300 indepen- dent communities. Loren London, RAISE pr 9- RAISE on.page 15A ADL alert: Uptick in online hackers The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has issued a se- curity alert to Jewish institu- tions across the country con- cerning a potential uptick in the number of online attacks by foreign hackers targeting the websites of synagogues and other Jewish organiza- tions, which could compro- mise synagogue membership lists and financial data. The latest attack was re- ported last week. As Jews were celebrating the festival holiday of Sukkot, a hacker group calling itself"Team Sys- tem Dz" attacked the website of a South Florida synagogue, redirecting visitors to a page with messages expressing support for the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. ADL's security alert urges synagogues and other Jew- ish communal institutions to ensure their websites are secure and important online data, such as membership lists, is protected behind secure firewalls. "Jewish websites in the U.S. have become a common target for hacker groups in the Arab and Muslim world," said Oren Segal, director of ADL's Center on Extremism. "While past hacking efforts against Jewish institutions have mainly focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the more recent attacks are being carried out in the name of the Islamic State." The attack on the syna- gogue server in Florida was just one of a series of incidents reported in 2014. Jewish synagogues in Houston and Pennsylvania also have been targeted. Those foreign-based hacker groups taking respon- sibility for the attacks vow to strike again. "Team System Dz," for one, has bragged about its "hacks of Jewish websites especially the website of the Miami Temple" on its Facebook page. The apparently Algeria-based group is now threatening additional attacks against American and Israeliwebsites. Other hacker groups such as "aljyyosh" ("the armies" in Arabic) claim to have hacked into personal information belonging to American Jews and Israelis and provided in- structions on how to hack into such personal information on their various online forums. 6 IIIl!!!!!ll!!!Ul!llll