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PAGE 14A GA. From page 1A the October 2013 Forward Op-Ed. The Jewish Federations wants a growing number of communities to replicate a Jewish preschool- discount program launched by the Chicago Jewish federation in 2008. Called JUF Right Start, the Chicago initiative offers tuition reimbursements of up to $2,000 to families with a child enrolled in Jewish preschool for the first time. The discount, which varies according to the number of days per week the child is enrolled, is open only to the first child in a family to at- tend Jewish preschool and is offered just in the first year. It is not need based. Seven other federations now offer programs like Right Start; the Jewish Federations wants it to grow to 25 com- munities within two years. However, with full-time preschool tuition ranging anywhere from $10,000 to up- ward of $20,000, the discounts are a long way from free. "We need to ,triple the number of campers over the next five years." - Silverman at the 2013 G.A. and in the Forward Op-Ed. Before coming to the Jew- ish Federations, Silverman ran the Foundation for Jew- ish Camp, which has played a key role in expanding the number of children benefit- ing from nonprofit Jewish summer camp experiences. Last summer, for example, the foundation piloted a program called BunkConnect that of- fered first-time campers from middle- and lower-income families discounts of 40-80 percent on the camps' stan- dard rates. The foundation's One Happy Camper program already offers one-time $1,000 grants to first-time Jewish campers regardless of income level. Except for two or three very specificandlimited programs, the Foundation for Jewish Camp is not a beneficiary of federations, but Jewish Federations spokespeople say a growing number of local federations are investing in One Happy Camper programs. And in June, Siegal, the board chair, established a $1.25 million endowment to send Jewish children to Jewish overnight camp. Btat the endowment, designed to attract Jewish families who might not otherwise send their kids to Jewish camps, is a personal endeavor with his wife, not a federation grant. It's being carried out in part- nership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. "We need a Wikipedia of Jewishcommunal knowledge. We're going to build it and make sure it works right We have no margin for delay; this will be a top priority this year," Silverman said at the 2013 G.A. Asked about this, Silver- man talked about launching in 60-90 days an internal federation database with in- formation on 140 innovative federation programs from around the country The information-sharing initia- tive, which Silverman calls "fedovations" (think "federa- tion" plus "innovation,'), will be showcased at this year's G.A. In its initial phase, the database will not be open to the general public, but it may be eventually. Among the "fedovations" the G.A. will feature: "RAISE--A work-train- ing program for special needs adults" (Orlando, Fla.) "Amplify word-of-mouth to expand community and to redefine event marketing" (Santa Barbara, Calif.) "Holocaust Survivors Community Fund: Bringing enhanced quality of life ser- vices to over 200 survivors living below the poverty line" (Washington) "Chanukah in a Basket: Brings Chanukah and winter necessities in festive baskets to people in need" (Cleveland) "Online Campaign Dash- board: An innovative way for lay and professional teams to 'get their hands around' the annual campaign data" (Dallas) It's unclear whether this constitutes a nascent Jewish Wikipedia, whether it will be an internal mechanism to share best practices among federations, whether it will morph eventually into a way to showcase federation pro- grams or whether it will be something else entirely "There are over 350,000 alumni of the Birthright Israel experience We haven't effec- tively followed up with most of them .... Particularly, we are imploring the gatekeepers to share this vast database of alumni contacts with us so that we have a mechanism to engage them in Jewish life."--Silverman in the For- ward Op-Ed. Silverman credited Birth- right with opening up its lists, particularly to local federations and other Jew- ish institutions interested in reaching local Birthright alumni. Birthright, he said, has "done a great job in both educating us on how to best access the data. and have worked really closely and" colleially." HERITAGE Presents The CHANUKAH ISSUE Publication Date December 12, 2014 Deadline: November 9, 2014 A Chanukah Greeting is aGood Way to Thank Your Jewish Customers for Their Patronage or to Sell Your Holiday Merchandise For More Information Call 407-834-8787 As for follow-up, Silverman said, "The amount of Work on young adult engagement and follow-up to Birthright and campus work in partnership with various campus organi- zations has continued to grow and be nurtured." Three years ago, the Jewish Federations announced itwas replacing its historic overseas allocations model--in which 75 percent of overseas dollars automatically went to the Jewish Agency for Israel and 25 percent went to the Ameri- can Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for Diaspora needs -with a new Global Planning Table. Federation representa- tives from all over the country would sit together on the GPT and make decisions on global priorities they could all get excited about, and the money then would be doled out in line with those priorities rather than according to a set formula. The idea was to give federations with declining interest (and participation) in overseas funding a greater say and therefore more mo- tivation to participate in the system. . The Global Planning Table, however, was plagued by delays. A year ago Siiverman told JTA that the GPT was making "great progress" and was pursuing three priority areas, and would potentially launch a couple of "really exciting signature initiatives" in the following six months To date, no initiatives have been launched formally, but two have been approved by the JFNA board. One is Kristallnacht From page 1A Conservatory of Music. In 2009 she joined the faculty at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, where she currently holds the position of associate professor of music. Dr. Aaron Ichiro Hilbun is currently on the faculties of both Rollins College and Bethune-Cookman Univer- sity. In addition, he is principal oboe at Music New England, Orlando Wind Quintet, and at Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and a member Campaign From page 1A munities to bring her message of caring and responsibility. She shared her reasons for involvement and giving and encouraged everybody to reach into their hearts and commit to the future of the Jewish people. Hurwitz's pas- sion and enthusiasm inspired many people in the audience HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 7, 2014 called JQuest, which aims to promote Israel experience programs for Jews ages 18-34 that are longer than 10-day Birthright trips but shorter than Masa's five- to 12-month programs. JQuest would be more of a clearinghouse than a producer of new programs, helping with marketing, pro- gram evaluation, subsidies for participants and follow-up. "JQuest will give more North American Jews access to immersive Israel experi- ences with follow-up," Silver- man said. At this point, JQuest is still more of an idea than anything tangible. "We are just at the very earlieststage of development," Jewish Federations spokes- woman Rebecca Dinar said. The second initiative is Is- rael Children's Zones, to help low-income Israeli children and their families break the cycle of poverty. The idea is based on the Harlem Chil- dren's Zone, which runs three schools and a preschool pro- gram, parenting workshops and child-oriented health programs. Silverman says the program is "in the beginning of the execution mode." A third initiative related to religious diversity in Israel is still being concretized, Silver- man said. "We hope to see these initia- tives begin their work in the next year," he said. When the 150-plus North American federations gather outside Washington next month, there will be some good news to share. Col- of the Brevard ymphony (FL) Orchestras, and princi- pal oboist of the Northeast Symphony Orchestra (NH).  He is co-principal oboist of the Walt Disney World Or- chestra and has toured and performed with artists such as Ray Charles, Dennis DeYoung (formerly of the band Styx), Clay Aiken and the Moody Blues, and has recorded for Warner Brothers. He holds degrees in oboe performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Iowa and the lectively, federation annual campaigns are up by 7 percent over last year at this time, according to the Jewish Fed- erations. Overseas giving is up slightly- not including the emergency campaigns over the last year that raised more than $50 million for Israel and a smaller sum for Ukraine. The goal of the G.A., Silver- man says, is to inspire. Vice President Joe Biden will be speaking as part of a lineup that includes Supreme Court justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, Israeli op- position leader Isaac HerzOg, former U.K. chief Rabbi Jona- than Sacks, and media person- alities Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd and Nina Totenberg. Featuring the theme "The world is our backyard," the conference has been designed with its physical format to facilitate conversations-- what's known in Jewish con- ference-speak as schmoozing in the hallways Here's how Silverman de- scribes it: "We're going to be really pushing the envelope," he said. "We used to have an exhibition hall, where you'd walk up and down and see exhibitors. We've now created a whole space that has spaces for people to sit and have dialogue, spaces for different groups to meet. It's real, new dynamic open space ...We'll see different groups go into a fedovation and then, whether it be volunteers or profession- als, will come out and have a space to go really unpack them and say, 'How can we apply it to our federation?'" to make increased gifts to the 2015 annual campaign. Rene Brent, this year's chair of the women's Lion of Judah campaign, spoke about the power of women's philan- thropy to change the world. Moved by her experience at the recent International Lion of Judah Conference, Brent has joined the ranks of the Lions who have created a Lion of Florida State University, with additional study at Varderblt University, and studies in music theory at the University of South Florida. He, along with his wife, violinist Lisa Ferrigno, has provided music for the Holocaust Center's Yom HaShoah program for many years. There is no admission charged for the concert, and reservations are not required. It will be held in the audito- rium of the Jewish Commu- nity Center, 851 N Maitland Avenue. 378456 12 91 482375 26571983 52196748 73654891 84923167 1 5267439 49738526 683 1 9254 Judah Endowment to perpetu- ate their commitment to the Jewish community. As a tribute to Harriett Lake, who introduced the Lion of Judah to Orlando 30 years ago, the event fea- tured a fashion runway show that narrated Harriett's life and philanthropic achieve- ments. In honor of this spe- cial anniversary, Lake has become the first Platinum Lion of Judah in the Orlando Jewish community with an outstanding leadership gift of $100,000 to the 2015 an- 6 nual campaign. The evening ended on a note 4 of excitement and enthusiasm as Federation continues to raise the funds to shape the future of this Jewish commu- nity. The mission of the Jewish ' Federation of Greater Orlando is to nurture a unified Jewish community that transcends generations and neighbor- hoods. For more information and to be counted in the 2015 Shaping the Future An- nual Campaign please contact Emely Katz at 407-645-5933 or at or make a 7 generous contribution on our secure web site