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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 20, 2009 PAGE 3A Rene and David Brent received the third annual Max Fridman Humanitarian Award Nov. I for their contri- bution and support of Israel and Magen David Adorn. The Orlando Chapter of American Friends of Ma- gen David Adom established the humanitarian award in memory of its local leader of many years, Max Fridman. The Brents join past recipi- ents. Alan Ginsberg and Bob Yarmuth (2007) and Charlotte and Harold Rotenberg (2008) as honorees. During the Nov. 1 brunch at Maison & Jardin. David praised MDA saying, "Inside Israel. there is one singular" organization that best exem- plifies the spirit of working together to make the world a Photos by Allan Maxwell Rene and David Brent with American Friends of Magen David Adom's new "Red Bag," a replica of an Israeli first re. spander's professional kit. The bags are being used as prom Hand items at AFMDA events. better place. There is one orga- nization that unites all of the citizens of Israel toward one lofty goal. That organization is MDA. That goal is saving lives. All lives." Through Rene's words. guests were reminded of MDA's history. "MDA has had presence in Israel in some form for almost 90 years. The first seed of MDA in Israel • was planted at a meeting in Philadelphia in 1918. A few In attendance were David Ben Gurion. a young Golda Meir and Henrietta Szold." And today, "They continue to be there in time of war and peace. They are prepared prepared to save lives. I askyou, Is there anything more important?" Key note speaker, Scott McKenzie from 105.1 FM's Scott and Erica.Show, spoke about his personal challenge after being diagnosed with SIX women The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida will be screening a new documentary, "Swimming in Auschwitz," on Sunday Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. The movie is free. Some of the most moving Holocaust testimonies come from women who survived concentration camps, say event organizers. The women were subjected to the same harsh conditions as the men. but the ways in which women share their memories is quite different than most male testi- monies. Thanks to filmmaker Jon Kean's careful work. it is this introspection that "Swimming in Auschwitz" captures so well. The film introduces six women from throughout Eu- rope (Polaod, Czechoslovakia. Hungary and Holland) in the years before the war. As young teens, each of them witnesses the expanding Third Reich: schools close, laws change to exclude Jews and deportations into forced labor camps begin. In spite of the growing turmoil, these young women and their families try to continue with a life as normal as they can manage. Eventually Jewish life be- comes a never-ending saga of persecution, ghettoization and ultimately death. Start- ing in 1942, each of the six are herded on to cattle cars and transported through the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Separated from family after three or more days on a train with no food or water, stripped of clothes, shaved of hair, and with numbers tattooed on their arms. they are surrounded by Renee Firestone, one of six survivors highlighted in "Swimming in Auschwitz," is shown during her first re- turn to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1996. the stench of the many who died. They have to adapt to the Survivors on page 23A m l On Sunday, Dec. 6, children between the ages of 5 and 10 are invited to join and have fun at Chanukah Cop nection, a joint holiday program between Jew- ish National Fund's Women's Alliance and Jewish Family Services. Scheduled from 1-3 p.m., the holidov party will be held in the Hebrew Day School's multipurpose room. Chanukah Connection ig a "hands-on" family event. Participation is free and each child attending is asked to bringanew, unwrapped toy to be contributed to JFS' annual Get Caught Caring project. This children-helping- chil- dren holiday partywill include arts and crafts projects and music. A light lunch will also be served. Get Caught Caring is a JFS winter holiday toy drive that as- sists families in need. helping to give them a brighter, happier holiday season. Last year, JFS disbursed toys to more than 400 children, and this year the needs and requests are expected to be greater than in the past. Chanukah Connection is the brainstorm of Brenda Faiber. a local family and mar- riage therapist, member of JNF'sWomen'sAlliance group and former JFS employee. On a daily basis. Faiber says she hears stories about the stress- ful situations that confront many.families. Realizing the great need in the community, she went to JFS to discuss joint efforts for a tzedakah program. Very exciting and a great idea were the expressions of gratitude from Es Cohen. JFS director of development. "What a beautiful idea to have children help children. The smallest act of kindness can make a difference in some- one's life. and I know that the families that will be coming to see us in a few weeks will truly appreciate the good deeds of the Chanukah Connection participants" Chanukah Connection re- quires an RSVP. E-mail your RSVP to Faiber at hlrlmftl@aol.com. Include RSVP on the subject line and include the number of adults and children attending (all children must be accompanied by an adult). For additional information, contact Es Cohen at 407-644-7593. ext 241. the ’ Rabbi David Kay, assistant rabbi of Congregation Ohev Shalom, and pianist/singer Carol Stein are the headlin- ers for the Rishona-Chaverot group of Hadassah's Decem- ber meeting. On Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 11:30 a.m. at COS, the group will hold its annual Chanukah celebration meet- ing, called "Celebrating the Holiday." Rabbi Kay is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he received both rabbinic Music on page 23A fourth stage non-Hodgkin's 1.4,mphoma in April of 2008. and he praised Magen David Adom's Cord Blood Bank for its outstanding contributions and pro active role in blood related disorders. The Brents said they would like to dedicate ~ll proceeds from the morning brunch to a new blood donation room at the Nahariya Emergency Medical Station. The cost of the room is $200.000. AFMDA supports the life- saving efforts of MDA in Israel and represents MDA in the United States. MDA isIsrael's only government-mandated ambulance and emergency medical responders, although it receives no government At this table are, front row left to right: Phil Wolgel, Emely Katz and Henry. Crespin; back row, left to right: Beth Gru- ber, Mark Gruber, Kris Charles, Bob Charles, Bruce Hoffen, Deborah Hoffen and Ela Crespin. budgeted funding, serving as Israel's second line of defense. A team of 1.600 professionals and 12,000 trained volunteers are mandated by the Knesset (and only MDA) to provide all Honors on page 23A LAW OFFICE OF • Auto Accidents • Wrongful Death • • Nursing Home Negligence * • Defective Products • • Slip & Fall • Dental Malpractice • • Dog Bites • Insurance Claims • "Prepared to fight for you!" 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