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PAGE 8A Tayarim Night Out Ice Skating Middle school students met at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando on Saturday night, Oct. 19, for dinner and a night out at the RDV Ice Den. HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 Seeking Kin: The. quest to honor an Arab h00',:co doctor Waldflowers BBG Chapter Meeting High schoolgirls BBYO chapter, Waldflowers BBG #326, met for a chapter meeting in October. They read out loud the menorah pledge principles and covered old and new chapter business. Shown here are (l-r) Emily Weinstein, Maddie Gordon, Sari Misek, Janna Gluck, Danielle Benghiat, Rylie Breiner, and chapter advisor Lyla Halikman. Ilan Ramon BBYO Harvest Festival High school teens in Oviedo met on Sunday, Oct. 20, for a fall festival. They baked pumpkin pie, held a canned food drive and discussed upcoming programs for Speak UP week, when Jewish teens all around the world connect, discuss and celebrate Israel in their own way. Speak UP week is over Nov. 4-8. Your in Orlando Real Estate!!!! Over 25+ years Residential Real Estate Sales experience Over $200 Million+ Lifetime Sales GALE MILGRIM, P.A., Realtor 407-443-9832 Visit www" OrlandJewishRealtr'cm To read my Glorying Client Testimonials and my BIO!!!!! Member Congregation Ohev Shalom Parent of 2 Jewish Academy Alumni Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando Supporter REAL T.I, TE SERVICES courtesy Carla Greenspan At their Berlin home in 1980, Mohamad and Emmi Helmy flank Anna Gutman; Carla Greenspan and her husband, Barry, appear behind them. By Hillel Kuttler BALTIMORE (JTA)--For Carla Greenspan, the news was upsetting: A relative by marriage of the man who saved her mother's life during the Holocaust was spurning an award from Yad Vashem. "It's a sad legacy for him if this is truly how they feel," Greenspan said from her home on Manhattan's East Side. "Their great-uncle went out of his way and risked his life to save my mother." Mohamad Helmy, an Egypt native who worked as a physi- cian in Berlin when World War II broke out, helped hide the family of Anna Gutman (nee Boros), Greenspan's Bar Mitzvah GAarh'00 Yf00rr,,'00Ol, 00/ron00on Charlie Harrison Aron- son, son of Stacy Aronson and MarkAronson of Mait- land, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at Congregation Ohev Shalom. Charlie is in the seventh grade at Trinity Prepara- tory School where he is a member of the Blue and Gold Society. His hob- bies and interests include baseball and music. Sharing in the family's simcha will be his grandpar- ents, Laurence and Rochelle Richman of Maitland, and Judie and Joel Aronson of Hilton Head, S.C.; as well as many relatives and friends traveling from near and far to enjoy this special day. 00ngagernent Mona Bachove and Barry Cook Mona Bachove of Lake Mary, Fla., is pleased to an- nounce her engagement to Barry Cook in this way: Mona Bachove and Barry Cook Met and dated that's all it took. Engaged to be married, what a fine pair. Love led to marriage, which is only fair. The union is planned for April, the celebration of spring. Love and joy in our hearts, let the world sing. mother. For his bravery, Yad Vashem recently recognized Helmy as Righteous Among the Nations the first person from the Arab world to be so designated since the award's establishment in 1963. But Mervat Hassan, a Cairo-area resident and wife of Helmy's unnamed great- nephew, told The Associated Press that the couple would not accept the award because of its source--Israel's preemi- nent Holocaust-commemora- tion institution. "If any other country of- fered to honor Helmy, we would have been happy with it," Hassan was quoted as saying. Greenspan says she doesn't want to "rush to judge" Helmy's relatives, since they might face harm or ostra- cism in Cairo for accepting the award. She shared with "Seeking Kin" several documents relat- ing to her family's connection to Helmy. All were contained in an old suitcase that her brother Charles has kept since their parents' death; Anna Gutman died in 1986. Greenspan also provided pho- tographs that show Helmy. Despite the spurning by Helmy's kin, Yad Vashem said itwas searching for other rela- tives so it can have a recogni- tion ceremony. Officials from the Jerusalem institution had told "Seeking Kin" that they possessed no images of Helmy, who died in 1982, and that the publication of such pictures could help spark recognition by relatives or friends. Helmy and a friend or col- league, Frieda Szturmann, had hid the family--Anna: her mother and stepfather. Juliana and Georg Wehr: and her grandmother, Cecilie Rudnik in multiple loca- tions in and around Berlin from March 1942 until the war ended more than three years later. The family later moved to the United States. Dieter Szturmann said in an interview that he would gladly accept Yad Vashem's medallion and certificate in memory of his grandmother, who died in 1963 at age 66. His late father. Gunther, often spoke of Frieda's heroism, he said. "For my grandmother, it was very dangerous to save these people, so he was very Doctor on page 15A