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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 06, 2009 ar Z cA y go/ 5 Zachary Ian Golub, son of Stephanie and Craig Golub of Winter Garden, Fla.. will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Sat- urday, Nov. 14. 2009, at Congregation Beth Am in L0ngwood. Zach is an honor roll student at Lakeview Middle School in Winter Garden. Where he is a member of the Student Council. He is a member of Troop 641. a predominently Jewish Boy Scout Troop in Maitland. He has held several positions in the troop, including assistant patrol leader and patrol leader, and is currently the troop photographer. Zach recently earned the rank of First Class and is very close to earning his Star Rank. When he is not busy with school and Boy Scouts, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family riding his bike. watching movies and listening to music. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Zach's sisters, Jillian and Leah: grandmother, Renee Maltz of Winter Ga.rden; grandparents, Poppy and Dell of The Villages; and family and friends from Florida, Tennessee, Califor- nia, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina and Canada. Rabbi Merrill Shapiro. who recently retired from Palm Coast's Temple Beth Shalom, has been elected vice-president of the Flagler Area Ministerial Association. Shapiro is currently associ- ated with Or Chadash, the Flagler Center for Jewish Learning. The Association has been meeting monthly, September through June for nearly two decades to promote fellow- ship among community cler- gy, encourage and support professional development, build interfaith relation- ships, promote community religious awareness, promote and support community services and strengthen the relationships among commu- nity religious organizations. Serving as president for the upcoming year will be Bishop Fred Lawrence, pastor of Palm Coast's Vision Soul to Win Crusade Ministry. The other officers are: treasurer, the Rev. Sims E. Jones, pas- tor, God's Love Ministry Soul Saving Station in Palm Coast; and secretary, Kathy Jones, pastoral care coordinator, Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church in Flagler Beach. The Rev. Philippa Jones, Pastor, God's Love Ministry Soul Saving Station will chair the benevolence fund of the association, distrib- uting funds to the needy of Flagler County and to tran- sients passing through the community. Chau T. Phan will serve as the organiza- tion's webmaster providing the community with impor- tant information at http:// As FAMA continues to reach out to community governments and organiza- tions, upcoming meetings will feature Flagler County Commission Chair Milissa Holland speaking on the FAMA officers are, from left, top row: President Bishop Fred Lawrence and Vice-President Rabbi Merrill Shapiro; bottom row: Benevolence Chair Reverend Philippa Jones and Secretary Kathy Ann Jones. Not pictured is Treasurer Reverend Sims Jones. role of clergy in the upcom- ing 2010 census, and Doug Baxter. president, Flagler County Chamber of Corn- merce, will discuss the connection between faith communities and business interests in the community. aiye Y ereofi/. einet" Paige Meredith Keiner. daughter of Sheila and Jeffrey Keiner of Heathrow. Fla.. will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 14. 2009 at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Paige is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Preparatory School where she is active in the envi- ronmental Green Club. Her hobbies and interests include piano, art and singing. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Paige's sister. Jamie: grandmother, Patricia Cano of Vermont: aunts, uncles and cousins from Texas, Vermont. Indiana and Illinois; and family and friends from Florida. Sharing the bima with Paige will be her friend Carli Moreno, who will also become a bat mitzvati. When the Jewish Pavilion's Pearls of the Pavilion luncheon is being served Wednesday, Jan.13 at 11 a.m., one of the pearl level donors will not be present. Instead. she will be attending classes at Markham Woods Middle School. The leadership of the Jew- ish Pavilion would like to share a portion of the letter Hannah sent to the charity following her bat mitzvah at Congregation Ohev Shalom. The letter begins: My name is Hannah Rubenstein .... On July 14, 2009, my Nana, Sue Rubenstein, passed away...My family found out how much the Jewish Pavilion was involved in her Jewish living. My fam- ily and I were very thankful. I would like to make this dona- tion in memory of my Nana; Sue C. Rubenstein. Hannah Rubenstein fully understands the meaning of tzedakah. She felt her dona- tion of $1,000 was not enough. When she came to the Jewish Pavilion-to receive her Pearls of the Pavilion necklace, she asked how she could be involved with the charity. Hannah of- fered to serve Shabbat dinner each month to the residents and their family members at the Heritage at Lake Forest in Sanford. Thanks to a partner- ship with the Jewish Pavilion, Shabbat family dinners and services have become an inte- gral part of life at the Heritage at Lake Forest. Hannah is very active in the community. She plays on a flag football team. has a black belt in tae kwon do, participates in the madrachim program and youth group at Ohev Shalom. Her parents, Norman and Megan Ruben- stein, and her brother. Jacob, said they are proud of all of her accomplishments and her desire to live a philanthropic Jewish life. Hannah Rubenstein ~q " Car/i Y oreno Carli Anne Moreno. daughter of Karen and Tony Moreno t)f Winter Park, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitz- vah on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Carli is in the seventh grade at the Hebrew Day School of Central Florida where she is a member of the yearbook committee. "Her hobbies and interests include soccer, hanging out with her friendS, video chatting, making home music videos and babysitting. She is also a n~ember of the CFU Girls' Premier U13 soccer team. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Carli's l rother, Tony; sister, Ellie; grandparents, Susan and Arnold Bierman, and Miriam Moreno of Orlando; aunts, uncles and cousins from around Florida, and other family and friends from Georgia, Caifornia. Kansas and Missouri. Sharing the bima with Carli will be her friend Paige Keiner. who will also become a bat mitzvah. On any given Friday, at al- most any hour of the day, you will find a Kabbalat Shabbat service taking place in an as- sisted living facility or nursing home around town. How is this possible? Through the volunteer network coordinated by the Jewish Pavilion. Some facilities, such as Chambrel at Island Lake in Longwood, haveaservice every week. The Chambrei service originated over 15 years ago when the Jewish residents orga- nized themselves and decided to meet for services. Then, in 2000, Deborah Swerdlow was looking for a bat mitzvah proj- ect and the Chambrel residents needed some help with the service, and she began as the service leader. She zontinued weekly until she went offto the University of Florida and asked the Jewish Pavilion to take over. Today a group of volunteers ro- tate through the month so that this weekly service continues. The Heritage at Lake Forest has a monthly Shabbat dinner on the second Friday of the month and a service on the fourth Friday. On Oct. 23 Sara Hoffen. daughter of Dr. Bruce and Debbie Hoffen,led the ser- vice. Those who attended said her "beautiful smile and clear, young voice was a wonderful treat for the residents. Phil Brown leads services every other week at Life Care Center of Altamonte Springs and Horizon Bay at Lake Ori- enta. Debbie Meitin and Pat Rubenstein goto Indigo Palms and Horizon Bay at Altamonte Springs on a monthly basis. Hank Goldberg and Ann Funk can be found twice a month at Westminster Care of Orlando. Once a month, Ellen Hrabovsky teams with Goldberg for a ser- vice at the Mayflower. Twice a month Gitty Adler and Cathy Swerdlow visit Village on the Green to conduct a service in the Health Center. But there is still a need for more. There are some facilities that do not have a regular ser- vice because there is no volun- teer available in that particular area of town. "Sometimes volunteers are frightened by the thought of'leading' a service," says Cathy Swerdlow, program director. "They envision their synagogue bimah and get in- timidated. But these services Shabbat at Heritage in Lake Forest includes Evelyn Mas- .teroff (1), Cathy Swerdlow, Sara Hoffen, Ben Bierman and Faye Aronowitz. Shabbat at Chambrel includes, from left, front row: Lois Barr, Vera Berenson and Florence Shapiro; back row: Ben Rosenbaum and Burt Kurland. are in informal settings, some take place around the table, some in cozy nooks." The Jewish Pavilion visits over 45 facilities from Sanford to Hunter's Creek and Oviedo to Ocoee. No matter what part of town you live in, there is an opportunity for you. For more information about becoming a Shabbat volunteer, contact Swerdlow at the Jewish Pavilion, 407-678-9363 or cathyswerd-