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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 9, 2012 5;)JC sponsors Eagle Scout's Holocaust Memorial The Southwest Orlan- do Jewish Congregation (SOJC) is sponsoring a Holocaust Memorial to be constructed in their synagogue. This project is being led by Eagle Scout candidate Max Waldor and is due to be constructed by Yom Hashoah of 2013. The project will be a wall of tiles memorializing the stories of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Max Waldor is a Life Scout with Troop 996 in the Sand Lake district and is an honors student at Dr. Phillips High School. This project is the culmination of years of service to his community both as a scout, a student ambassador for the People to People pro- Max Waldor gram, and a community volunteer to Give Kids the World and SOJC itself. This project is his gift to the Orlando community. Although there are oth- er Holocaust memorials throughout Florida, there is none in South Orlando. The memorial will con- sist of 288 photographic cork tiles at first, with potential for growth. Each tile will represent a story with pictures and quotes that depict each story. There will also be a website where the stories in their entirety will be posted for access to the public. The tiles will correspond to the stories on the website and some will have a QR code to link to their story. Max hopes for this project to become a type of legacy in which stories are continu- ally added to the memorial. "I am delighted that the SOJC board decided to sup- port this Eagle project of a Holocaust Memorial for our community," said Viv- ian Kerstein, vice president of SOJC. "It should be a beacon of light for peace and tolerance, and a les- son to not turn away when faced with injustices." Max is seeking support from the nearby commu- nity. There are three ways that you can contribute to this project. Max needs volunteers to help in the design and construction of the project. He also needs survivors and their families to come forthwith their stories to substanti- ate the content of the me- morial. Finally, he needs monetary contributions to facilitate the construction A sample of the tiles. of the project. To help design this proj- ect, he needs people with access to a computer with Photoshop and InDesign. Jewisll community strides in step Max will train these volun- teers in how to prepare the stories to be printed during mid-December. Another way to help is by construct- ing the memorial. He needs people to drill holes in the cork tiles and to attach the tiles together mid-March. He also needs more stories from survivors and their families. Any story will do as long as it is yours and it's not under any sort of copyright. It is an opportunity to include your stories in a memorial that will help to share them with many generations to come. The stories may be submitted now through Jan. 26, 2013. Visit: www. rial. for Pavilion's Walk in the Park joe gliksman @ Elegant Printing & Graphics Monique Eyal dances to the music. joe gliksman @ Elegant Printing & Graphics Susie Stone sounds the shofar, calling for the start of the walk. joe gliksman @ Elegant Printing & Graphics Rabbi David Kay was among the performers. joe gliksman @ Elegant Printing & Graphics Shirley Michael is Miss Lollipop the clown. By Pamela Ruben Special to the Heritage "Today we are on cloud nine," stated Jewish Pavilion executive director Nancy Lu- din, as more than 600 walkers participated Oct. 28 in the Pavilion's 3rd Annual Walk in the Park under blue skies. As Hurricane Sandy loomed toward the Northeast, the only surge at Crane's Roost Park was in the number of walk- ers and t-shirts distributed, up more than 100 from the Pam Ruben Walk chairwoman Karen Selznick with her husband, Steve. previous year. More than 60 participants stepped up to purchase "footprints on the path" to honor and memorial- ize loved ones. Walk chairwoman Karen Selznick and her husband, Steve, honored Nancy Ludin with a footprint for her hard work and dedication. More than five months of prepara- tion went into the annual fundraiser and Party in the Park, which brought in more than 100 vendors and a hand- ful of entertainers. joe gliksman @ Elegant Printing & Graphics Nancy Ludin, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion, announces raffle winners. "We are so proud to be as- sociated with an organization that takes care of its seniors like the Jewish Pavilion," said Ursula Cutler, marketing di- rector of Walk sponsor Vitas Hospice."What abeautiful day to celebrate a beautiful cause." Valerie Chestnut, Vitas community liaison concurred, "I met so many committed and caring people as a member of the Walk Committee. Working with the Pavilion, its staff and volunteers has truly been "a walk in the park."