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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 Choices 2014 to celebrate 20 years of greatness Choices co-chairs Monique Eyal, Rita Isaak, and Susan Bierman. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Choices 2014rathe Jewish commu- nity's biggest event for wom- en-will celebrate its 20 th an- niversary by paying tribute to past Harriet GinsburgWomen of Choice to thank them once and Susan Bierman, who again for their vision in pav- are planning a professionally ing the way for generations written and produced inter- to come. The event, to be active musical extravaganza held at the Rosen Plaza on highlighting the community Feb. 1, 2014, is co-chaired agencies and their impact on by Rita Isaak, Monique Eyal Jewish life in Central Florida. JFGO hires new office manager Marisa West The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando welcomes Marisa West to its admin- istrative team. West joins the team with a wealth of experience as office man- ager. She will be responsible for providing administrative. support to Executive Direc- tor Oiga Yorish, and will maintain daily operations for a smooth-running office. She also will provide support in numerous areas includ- ing. finance/bookkeeping, event logistics, customer relations, vendor relations, human resources, building maintenance and general office support. West attended the Univer- sity of Central Florida and has more than nine years management experience hav- ing worked in the hospitality industry as a spa manager. She brings an expertise in cost reduction, training, lo- gistics, operations, and policy and procedure creation. West lives with her husband and three children in Orlando. She is thrilled to get more involved with the Jewish community and explore all it has to offer. Special classes for Beit Hamidrash Throughout all the stress of the upcoming two months, Beit Hamidrash has some stress relief for students with free one-time classes and get-togethers to "create your Jewish life." Nov. 11, 7 p.m., students can take an hour to honor the memory of the 75th an- niversary of Kristallnacht with a visit to the Holocaust Center and create a piece of their own commemorative art work. For an extra special take on Chanukah, on Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., Amy Geboff invites 8-12th graders and their parents to learn about "Bal- ancing a Jewish life style in a non-Jewish environment." Chanukah represents the fight against assimilation. Students and their parents will explore the reality of assimilation and what it is like for a Jewish teenager in Orlando to maintain a Jewish lifestyle in a non- Jewish environment. The program will be hands-on and interactive. Finally, on Dec. 9, Beit Hamidrash welcomes Angela King back to the community. It has been many years since this powerful and engaging speaker hasvisitedBeit Hami- drash. King is a former racist skinhead, who served time in prison. She now runs an organization called Life after Hate, and speaks widely across the country, including being a delegate and panelist at the Google Summit Against Vio- lent Extremism, and a panelist with the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Re- sponses to Terrorism program (Department of Homeland Security) This program will be open to 8-12 graders and their parents. All programs are open to Jewish eighth- through 12-grade students, free of charge. A canned food dona- tion is .recommended for an entrance gift. For more information and to RSVP, contact Lisa Sholk at 407-261-3175 or lsholk@ jfgo.org. For more information about Beit Hamidrash, visit http://www.orlandojewishfed. org/BeitHamidrash.aspx. JFS Orlando thanks its partners Jewish Family Services Or- lando, the Winter Park-based nonprofit, humar service agency, is extending its heart- felt thanks to community partners who raised $5337 i cash and donated 4000 lbs. of nonperishable food for the annual High Holiday 2013 food drive. The food drive occurred during the High Holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur beginning Sept. 4 and ending Sept. 14, and were contributed by 11 temples and organizations: Congregation Ohev Shalom, Jewish Com- munity Center, Congregation of Reform Judaism, Congrega- tion Beth Am, Congregation Ahavas Yisrael, Beit Hami- drash, Jewish Academy of Orlando, Temple Israel, SOJC, Congregation Beit Chaim, and Congregation Shir Shalom. "We are grateful to those in our network who gave generously to support the food drive," said Eric Geboff, execu- tive director of JFS Orlando. "In 2012 we provided 80,000 healthy meals to hungry Central Floridians. With this year's donations we hope to serve more." JFS Orlando honored its community supporters dur- ing its 12th annual Evening of Valor celebration on Nov. 3. This year marks JFS Orlando's 35th anniversary of providing social services to struggling children and families in Cen- tral Florida. HERITAGE Presents The SPECIAL CHANUKAH ISSUE Publication Date November 22, 2013 Deadline: November 13, 2013 A Chanukah Greeting is a Good Way to Thank Your Jewish Customers for Their Patronage or to Sell Your Holiday Merchandise For More Information Call 407-834-8787 Dedicated To Serving Our Jewish Community Call on Central Florida's Exclusively Jewish Funeral Home for Details Regarding: Traditional Jewish Funerals Non-Traditional Services Interstate Shipping Pre-Arranged Funerals (Shalom Assurance Plan) Headstone, Grave Markers (Cardinal Memorials) 407-599-1180 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD Samuel P. (Sammy) Goldstein, Executive Director PAGE 3A