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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 7, 2014 I Ch00rll0000h Bake unites women around the world PAGE 3A Pamela Ruben The co-directors of Chabad's five Orlando Centers (l-r), Rivky Lipskier, Chani Konikov, Devorah Leah Dubov, Bracha Liebowitz, and Chanshy Mojesky. By Pamela Ruben The Mega Challah Bake has re-introduced the joy of challah-making to woman around the globe in recent months. On Thursday, Oct. 23, Orlando's five Chabad Cen- ters brought the Mega Challah Bake to Central Florida, with more than 200 Jewish women of all affiliations joining in the mix. The Challah Bake was led by all five women of Chabad, who each brought something unique to the table, which they shared at the gathering held at the Maitland Civic Center. Chanshy Majesky, co-di- rector of Chabad of North Or- lando, noted that the diverse group of women had many reasons for attending. Chal- lah Bake participant, Sara Danziger, called the evening "a gathering with a purpose." The active grandmother shared that she attended the event because she was open to learning something new about the challah-making process after making challah for years. Attendee Andrea Ko- rnbleau referred to herself as "Orlando's newest resident," and shared that she came to the Challah Bake to "meet women who find this experi- ence as meaflingful as I do, to network, and to make new friends." Maj esky pointed out that ev- eryone present had a common interest. "Tonight women are coming together as sisters to celebrate their Judaism," she said. Majesky shared that Challah Bakes were taking place all over the country, and were unifying Jewish women of all backgrounds. She compared the women in the room to the six strands of dough (coming from dif- ferent directions) that are braided together to form "a beautiful and unified challah," much like thewomen in the room who were tied together by their shared history. She added, "It's a beautiful show of unity for all sections of the Jewish community to come together, drawing women from all affiliations." Devorah Leah Dubov, co- director of Chabad of Greater Orlando explained the mitz- vah of separating the dough. Dubov shared that this sepa- ration goes back to "rashit" or creation. "This is where the mitzvah comes in. In a special moment of introspec- tion we women, separate a portion of dough and make a blessing. The lesson we learn is that all hard work and ef- "fort (becomes) a recognition of G-d. We can find G-d in every single thing we do, no matter how busy we are. G-d is in everything," Dubov said. Chani Konikov, co-director of Chabad of South Orlando, asked the rhetorical question, "Why do we have two challahs (on Shabbat) and not just one?" She answered, "In the desert G-d provided every- thing for us, and on Fridays G-d provided two portions of manna." Konikov noted that to this day it is traditional to make two challahs to repre- sent the second portion of manna. She added that we cover the challah (beneath Pamela Ruben Expert baker Sharon Fraifeld shows how easy it is to roll out challah strands. with a board, on top with a cover) to commemorate the dew that covered the challah from above and below. Bracha Liebowitz, program director at Chabad of Greater Orlando, explained the con- cept of Gematria, or the numerical value assigned to each Hebrew letter, andhow it related to challah making. Liebowitz demonstrated re- peatedly how the numerical value of Hebrew words related to the Shabbat meal came to equal the number 7, the same number as the days of creation. Liebowitz remarked Bake on page 15A Local alJthor self-publishes personal grief journals Joanne Fink had offers from several pub- lishers, but they all wanted to change the book in some way. Since I feel those changes would weaken its ability to help people who are griev- ing, I decided to self-publish instead." A world-renowned callig- rapher, designer, teacher and inspirational speaker, Fink used her experience writing and designing greeting cards to fill the book with power- ful yet easily understood "universal truths"--obser- vations and feelings which Filled with expressive, hand-lettered sentiments and charming original il- lustrations, "When You Lose Someone You Love" features .ex -;rvations and feehngs 'lly':onfamed in Longwood artist/author Joanne Fink's personal grief journals. Started as a way of dealing with her own deep loss when she lost her husband of 29 years, Andy Trattner, unexpectedly in 2011, the brook offers the gift of comfort to those grieving without sugar-coating the challenges of losing a loved one. "At some point in our lives, most of us will experience the loss of someone we love, and will need to deal with that loss in order to move on with our life's journey," notes the author. "I hope 'When You Lose Someone You Love' will help people do that." A small (3.5" x 5.5"), 112- page volume, the book fits comfortably in a hand, can be carried easily in a pocketbook, or kept on a nightstand. The size of the book is one of the reasons that the well-known author and artist decided to self-publish it. "I've actually can resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one. "I want to publish this book to reach out to others going through the grieving process because I know first-hand how devastating it can be to lose someone you love. Connecting with those who were further along on their grief journey made a differ- ence to me... and I'd like to help make a difference for others. It helps to know that you are not alone, that there will be days when you feel overwhelmed, nights when you can't sleep, and times when waves of sadness wash over you unexpectedly." The author credits the help she received by reach- ing out to other widows. "I was blessed to connect with Carolyn Moor, founder of the Modern Widows Club (www., and to be mentored by those who are further along on their grief journey than I am. The Modern Widows Club (MWC) is an amazing organization that has made a difference in many lives. By self-publishing 'When You Lose Someone You Love,' I'll be able to donate a portion of the book sales to MWC. It's away that I can give back to some of the people who have guided me along in my grief process." An active member of the Congregation of Reform Juda- ism, Joanne has a long history of community service. She was the founding president of the International Association of the CalligraphicArts, one of the six founding board mem- bers of the American Guild of JudaicArt, and chaired Jewish Arts Week in Orlando for sev- eral years. A graduate of the Bornstein Young Leadership Program, Fink was the 2006 recipient of the Federation's Byron B. Selber Young Lead- ership Award. She has served on the boards of the Jew- ish Community Center, the Holocaust Center of Central Florida, the Greeting Card Association, and chaired the Craft & Hobby Association's License & Design Section. Her company, Lakeside Design, regularly contributes design services to many local Jewish agencies and synagogues. Joanne's husband Andy Trattner was also heavily involved in the Jewish com- munity. He was on the boards of ARZA (American Reform Preview of her self-published book. Zionist Organization), the Union for Reform Judaism's SouthEast Leadership Coun- cil, and was an active mem- ber of Orlando's Sister City program, which enabled him to visit Israel often. Their chil- dren, Samantha and Jonathan Trattner, are graduates of The Hebrew Day School (now called The Jewish Academy of Orlando). Jonathan, a 10th grade student at Lyman High School, has spent the past five summers at camp Ramah Darom. Samantha, a graduate of Seminole High, currently attends USF where she is studying to become a speech pathologist. A Kutz Camp alum, Samantha, talented singer/songwriter, spent the past two summers working as the music director at the Roth JCC summer camp. For additional information on the author/artist's other books, products and services, visit or contact Joanne by phone at 407-960-3960 or by email at joanne@zenspirations,com. JFGO hon00,red Israeli police officers with Shabbat dinner On Friday Oct. 24, the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Or- lando hosted a festive Shabbat dinner in honor of the Israeli Police Inspector General Lt. General Yochanan Danino, the Israeli Police Attachg to North America Menachem Chaver, and a group of senior police officers from Israel who were visiting Orlando to attend the International As- sociation of Chiefs of Police Conference held Oct. 24-26. Inspector General Daninowas also accompanied by his wife, Yael, and daughter, Tom, and a group of friends who came to Orlando to cheer him as he received a prestigious leader- ship award from the Police Ex- ecutive Research Forum. This award is presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of law enforcement, and who exemplify the high- est principles and standards in policing. This year, the Israeli police chief was sharing the award with the Jordanian and the Palestinian police commis- sioners. Past award recipients have included Sir Hugh Orde, for his leadership as chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (2008); New York City Police Com- missioner William Bratton (1997); and Charles Ramsey, for his work in reforming the Washington, D.C., Metropoli- tan Police Service (2007). In his brief remarks dur- ing the dinner, Inspector General Danino gave a num- ber of concrete examples of productive cooperation with the Jordanian and Palestinian police that had improved law enforcement and. increased security. He acknowledged his colleagues, the four police chiefs from southern Israel, who have displayed courage during this summer's Protec- tive Edge oPeration. Inspector General Danino thanked the Orlando Jewish community for honoring him with a spe- cial Shabbat dinner. The dinner was held at the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation. Rabbi Hillel Skolnik, Cantor Doug Ram- say, and Michele Fischer, its immediate past president, represented SOJC. The dinner was co-spon- sored by the Orlando chapter of the Jewish National Fund. The chapter was represented by Jim Riola, its immediate past chairman and a current co-chairman of JNF's Nation- al Community Campaign, and a number of chapter members. The Jewish Federation was represented by President Rhonda Forest and a number of lay leaders. During the din- ner, Israeli guests mixed with their American hosts and had a lively and friendly conversa- tion. The common thread that united everybody that evening was their passionate love for and support of Israel. The Jewish Federation was gratified by this unique opportunity to welcome and honor a senior Israeli official and show our community's support for Israel. Lt. General Yochanan Danino