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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 9, 2012 I Choices 2013 chooses comedian Funnywoman Carol Leifer will entertain at Choices 2013 on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Leifer is a sought-after comedy writer and producer, who has written for such shows as "Saturday Night Live," "Seinfeld," "The Larry Sanders Show," and the Era- my-award winning "Modern Family," for which she won a 2012 Writers Guild Award. She also was the head writer for the 2012 Academy Awards. Choices isan evening where more than 450 Jew- ish women from all over Orlando gather to celebrate the Jewish community's achievements as volun- teers, philanthropists and advocates. Co-chairs for the annual event sponsored by the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando are Jeannie Leavitt and Ren Brent. The Heritage Florida Jew - ish News will soon be an- nouncing the recipient of the 2013 Harriet Ginsburg Woman of Choice Award. In the meantime, a Federation official says contact Karen Cohen at the Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando at or 407- 645-5933, ext. 228 with any questions or to get involved. Carol Leifer JP Connections is for members Eat, drink and be merry. Members of the Jewish Pa- vilion are invited to attend JP Connections, a luncheon for women slated for 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Heathrow Country Club in Lake Mary. For $25, participants will enjoy a gourmet meal and informal modeling from Wearable Art. The event will also include a mini-holiday bazaar. Vendors will be sell- ing jewelry, purses, scarves, ties, Judaica and other gifts for the holidays• Participants who purchase raffle tickets will have the opportunity to win gifts from the vendors. The Jewish Pavilion's mem- bership year coincides with the Jewish calendar. It goes from September through August. Annual membership in the Jewish Pavilion starts at only $36. Community members can join at any time of the year. Funds are used to provide holiday and Shabbat programs, friendly visits and Barbara Chasnov (left), Marge Dreayer and Pat Rubenstein enjoying themselves at JP Connections 2011. intergenerational activities for seniors and frail adults who live in long-term care facilities. Pat Rubenstein is chairing JP Connections. Rubenstein has been involved with the Jew- ish Pavilion since its inception• in 2001. She has worked as a volunteer and a program assis- tant for the nonprofit agency, and she has spearheaded several service projects• She currently serves on the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion Board• To receive an invitation or learn more about the event call 407-678-9363 or e-mail Nancy Ludin at nancyludin@ No one wants to be forgot- ten. It is the mission of the Jewish Pavilion "to enhance the quality of life of our elders in long-term care by strength- ening their connection to the community•" Beth Am to commemorate All Jewish veterans, our military men and women on active duty and their families are invited by Congregation Beth Am to attend its Shab- bat morning service at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 10. Included in the • invitation are the surviving families of those who have served our country. This year Beth Am en- .courages the families of our young men and women cur- rently stationed in American, Afghanistan, Iraq and on military posts throughout the world to attend this special service. Rabbi Rick Sherwin said he believes that the Jewish community must acknowledge those who have Veterans Day served our country through the sacrifices they made. It is the years in times of peace powerful for us to understand and times of war. that we are Jews and we are Rabbi Yonina Creditor, as- Americans. We honor those sociate interim rabbi at Beth who bring the two together•" Am and a Navy chaplain, Simon Mendel, Beth Am expressed her fee!ings on the treasurer, who served in the importance of the continued United States Air Force in observance of Veterans Day. Southeast Asia, added, "We "The observance of Veterans oweadebtofgratitudetothose Day, especially on Shabbat, who have stepped forward acknowledges the core values to serve our country and, in of what it means to be a Jew. some cases, put their lives on These include maintaining a the line. Veterans Day is the positive connection to Israel, perfect time to show them being a part of the Jewish and their families how much community, nurturingarela- we appreciate them." tionship with God and loving All military personnel, where you live. Our veterans past and present, the Ladies fought to defend the place we Auxiliary of the Jewish War live and we must recognize Veterans and spouses of vet- erans will be honored during this service. A "Kaddish" prayer, which will be honoring the memory of the departed men and women who served with courage and sacrifice in • the many wars of the United States, will be offered. Those serving in our military de- serve the recognition of their service and their willingness to fight for the ideals that • make our country the beacon for freedom in the world, said an event organizer. Beth Am is at 3899 Sand Lake Road in Longwood. A map with directions to Beth Am can be found on the con- gregation's website at www. Halligan to speak on cyberbullying The Holocaust: Memorial Resource and Education Cen- ter in Maitland has announced two special community pre- sentations featuring John Halligan, a renowned speaker on bullying, cyberbullying and teen suicide. He will be speaking on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Annunciation Catholic Academy, 593 Jamestown Blvd. in Altamonte Springs, and Wednesday, Dec. 12 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 526 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park. Both sessions are scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m., and no admission is charged. Hailigan's son Ryan com- mitted suicide after years of being bu|lied. Since then, Halligan has been doing presentations with a focus on what he and his wife wish that they had known before their son's tragic death. During his program he will discuss some of the most ef- fective ways family and friends can intervene when a child is displaying signs of stress due to bullying. He also will provide a nuhlber of Internet safety tips that can help par- ents understand the dynamics of cyberbullying and harass- ment through social media. These events are part of the Holocaust Center's UpStand- ers" Stand Up to Bullying initiative. 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