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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS ......... 4A d .......................................... 5A dar ...................................... 6A Synagogue Directory .................. 7A B'nai Mitzvah .............................. 8A Scene Around ............................. 9A Riley Beim, Jackie Brenner, Sydney Beim, Jennifer Danuff and Michelle Hajdenberg. Sophie Libow and Emily Botwin. Chad Sikora, Samantha Jaeobson, Matt Jamoon and Rebecca Goldberg. Elizabeth Cohen, Robert Kaplan, Lindsay Gassman and Ross Bloom. Learning to pursue justice and making a difference JTEN (Jewish Teen Education N. onFacebok,teet0ttei,arbn ' si wasl]edby Schfer, an had teens work) had its first communitywide Da   Ifisagram h imte theyZose.' : ........... |i't:: 6fr hce in of Jewish Learning for all Jewish teens in the area on Sunday, Nov. 9. Over 70 teens attended the program held at the Jewish Academy of Orlando. The theme of the program was Justice: A Call to Action, and featured actress and activist Naomi Ackerman. After excited greetings with all of their friends, the teens started by choosing a quote about justice or social activism that they felt strongly about. At the end of the day, the teens were asked to share After a brief breakfast, Ackerman led the teens in a workshop to spark some ideas about how using their voices can affect change. Beth Schafer taught the song "Im Ein ANi Li Mi Li" (If I am not for myself, who will be for me). Then everyone was divided into three groups to rotate through breakout sessions. One session was led by Ackerman, and challenged students to think about the way they speak to others and treat others in their daily life. A second ses- their own community, and how they can use those to make adifference. The third session was led by Erin Mooalem, an AJWS fellow, who came from South Florida to teach the students about the work of Jews all over the world to help end poverty. When the students came back together, they were challenged to begin seeking justice as soon as they left the program. Justice on page 15A Sol Schick receives George Wolly Leadership award By Christine DeSouza Assistant Editor Back in 1967, when Sol Schick was a mere 27 years old and just starting his insur- Q. 09 o mm Qf,.1 " ance business, he met Hy Lake who challenged him to start giving back to the community. "The more you give, the more you get," Lake told the young businessman. So, Schick accepted the challenge and wrote a small check to a charity--small in many people's definition perhaps, but a large amount for this little insurance com- pany. Six weeks later, Lake's secretary phoned Schick's office. Mr. Lake wanted to meet with Schick. "Oh, oh, the check bounced," he thought. Schick met with Lake, whom he found to be very down to earth. "I was in awe of the way he treated people," he remembered. Lake had wanted to meet with Schick to ask him to take on the insurance needs of his company. "Remember, the more you give, the more you get back," Schick stated softly as he spoke to a little more than 200 well-wishers at the JFS Or- lando brunch honoring him. Christine DeSouza Madeline Wolly presenting the George Wolly Leadership award to Sol Schick. Schick then shared an- other incident in which he met David Pearlman, who owned Kane's furniture. As Schick was leaving his office, Pearlman asked him if he would mind taking a bag of groceries over to JFS, which at the time was located close to Schick's office. It was his first visit to the JFS facility. "You could almost see pain and fear on the faces of the people in the waiting room," he recalled. He was told the groceries he just brought in would be gone by noon. People were there for Schick on page 15A G.A. from a local perspective By Olga Yorish Executive Director JFGO There is nothing like a General Assembly of the Jew- ish Federations for running into long-time friends and colleagues, for unexpected and exciting encounters, and for making new and promis- ing connections. For Rhonda Forest, Loren London, Rabbi Maurice Kaprow, and myself this GA was rich with these experiences. Today, I would like to mention just a few of them. Saying hello and thank you to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, a former chief rabbi of the UK, and one of the great- est modern spiritual leaders Of the Jewish people, is akin to coming'close to after he inspired the audience with his speech during one of the plenary sessions. "I know we have many problems, Israel isolated, anti-Semitism in Europe, the Pew report, etc. etc. but with the ingenuity of the Jewish people, we can solve even most seemingly unsolvable problems," said Rabbi Sacks. A nightat tke Smithsonian was a fun and exciting social event held on Sunday night. As Rhonda, Loren, and I roamed the exhibition halls, Loren ran into a friend of hers from her days as a newly minted nurse at the New York Hospital. This friend is now a member of the Board of the Joint Distribu- tion Committee and a vice president of JFNA's Women's Philanthropy. The theme of this GA was "the world is our backyard," and how wonderful it was to chat with old and new friends at GA's backyard--a huge ex- hibition hall set with booths, food stands, picnic tables, and complete with a white picket fence! At a breakfast table on Tuesday, Rhonda and I found ourselves next to the treasurer of the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest Jewish foundations in the country. We had a very good conversation, and who knows where it may lead. You may have already heard that Federation's RAISE program was fea- tured as one of the Fedova- tion (Federation+innovation) programs at the GA. At the session where Loren was one of the four (and the onlyvolun- teer) presenters of innovative programs for persons with special needs, I found myself sitting next to Jeffrey Cohen, preskient of the Washington Societ Of Jewish Deaf, and had a t4derfu! conversation with him oUt his organiza- tion and his work to make Jewish life better for people with hearing challenges. Speaking of hearing chal- lenges, the most eloquent, fascinating, and inspiring speeches at the GA was delivered by Marlee Matlin, an Academy Award-winning actress and activist, who has been a speaker at one of our past CHOICES events (save the date, CHOICES 2015 will be held on Feb/19). Shaking hands with Natan Sharansky is akin to touch- ing a living legend, so when I sighted Natan at the Part- nership2Gether reception, I quickly elbowed my way through a throng of admirers and introduced myself to him (no, not in Russian. Natan speaks a very good though G.A. on page 15A 14K expected to experience Israel Taglit-Birthright Israel is currently opening its winter season and preparing for 2015. During the next few months, Taglit-Birthright Israel will bring more than 14,000 young Jews between the ages of 18 -26 from around the world to visit Israel as part of the 10-day project. Gidi Mark, the CEO of Ta- glit- Birthright Israel,"We are thrilled to kick off the winter season, we will continue to ex- pand and deepen the activities among young Diaspora Jews by bringing them to Israel through Taglit- Birthright Israel" The past summer season proved as one of the most dynamic seasons for Taglit- Birthright Israel. During this time, 27,700 young Jews from over 42 countries came to Israel, 8,400 of them during operation 'Protective Edge'. Taglit-Birthright Israel has passed a significant mile- stone this past season with the designation of the program's 400,000th participant as well as the program's 70, 000th Israeli participant. "Each year, Taglit-Birth- right Israel attempts to reach new heights and we strive to surpass our own goals and ex- pectations and this year, we've gone way above and beyond those expectations," said Gidi Mark, CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel. "We remain dedicated to the ideology that bringing the next generation of Diaspora Jews to Israel is a must, not a choice. It is crucial for the survival of the Jewish people as well as for the bond between Israel and the Diaspora." 61111!!!!!ll!!!!UIIlls D FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS ......... 4A d .......................................... 5A dar ...................................... 6A Synagogue Directory .................. 7A B'nai Mitzvah .............................. 8A Scene Around ............................. 9A Riley Beim, Jackie Brenner, Sydney Beim, Jennifer Danuff and Michelle Hajdenberg. Sophie Libow and Emily Botwin. Chad Sikora, Samantha Jaeobson, Matt Jamoon and Rebecca Goldberg. Elizabeth Cohen, Robert Kaplan, Lindsay Gassman and Ross Bloom. Learning to pursue justice and making a difference JTEN (Jewish Teen Education N. onFacebok,teet0ttei,arbn ' si wasl]edby Schfer, an had teens work) had its first communitywide Da   Ifisagram h imte theyZose.' : ........... |i't:: 6fr hce in of Jewish Learning for all Jewish teens in the area on Sunday, Nov. 9. Over 70 teens attended the program held at the Jewish Academy of Orlando. The theme of the program was Justice: A Call to Action, and featured actress and activist Naomi Ackerman. After excited greetings with all of their friends, the teens started by choosing a quote about justice or social activism that they felt strongly about. At the end of the day, the teens were asked to share After a brief breakfast, Ackerman led the teens in a workshop to spark some ideas about how using their voices can affect change. Beth Schafer taught the song "Im Ein ANi Li Mi Li" (If I am not for myself, who will be for me). Then everyone was divided into three groups to rotate through breakout sessions. One session was led by Ackerman, and challenged students to think about the way they speak to others and treat others in their daily life. A second ses- their own community, and how they can use those to make adifference. The third session was led by Erin Mooalem, an AJWS fellow, who came from South Florida to teach the students about the work of Jews all over the world to help end poverty. When the students came back together, they were challenged to begin seeking justice as soon as they left the program. Justice on page 15A Sol Schick receives George Wolly Leadership award By Christine DeSouza Assistant Editor Back in 1967, when Sol Schick was a mere 27 years old and just starting his insur- Q. 09 o mm Qf,.1 " ance business, he met Hy Lake who challenged him to start giving back to the community. "The more you give, the more you get," Lake told the young businessman. So, Schick accepted the challenge and wrote a small check to a charity--small in many people's definition perhaps, but a large amount for this little insurance com- pany. Six weeks later, Lake's secretary phoned Schick's office. Mr. Lake wanted to meet with Schick. "Oh, oh, the check bounced," he thought. Schick met with Lake, whom he found to be very down to earth. "I was in awe of the way he treated people," he remembered. Lake had wanted to meet with Schick to ask him to take on the insurance needs of his company. "Remember, the more you give, the more you get back," Schick stated softly as he spoke to a little more than 200 well-wishers at the JFS Or- lando brunch honoring him. Christine DeSouza Madeline Wolly presenting the George Wolly Leadership award to Sol Schick. Schick then shared an- other incident in which he met David Pearlman, who owned Kane's furniture. As Schick was leaving his office, Pearlman asked him if he would mind taking a bag of groceries over to JFS, which at the time was located close to Schick's office. It was his first visit to the JFS facility. "You could almost see pain and fear on the faces of the people in the waiting room," he recalled. He was told the groceries he just brought in would be gone by noon. People were there for Schick on page 15A G.A. from a local perspective By Olga Yorish Executive Director JFGO There is nothing like a General Assembly of the Jew- ish Federations for running into long-time friends and colleagues, for unexpected and exciting encounters, and for making new and promis- ing connections. For Rhonda Forest, Loren London, Rabbi Maurice Kaprow, and myself this GA was rich with these experiences. Today, I would like to mention just a few of them. Saying hello and thank you to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, a former chief rabbi of the UK, and one of the great- est modern spiritual leaders Of the Jewish people, is akin to coming'close to after he inspired the audience with his speech during one of the plenary sessions. "I know we have many problems, Israel isolated, anti-Semitism in Europe, the Pew report, etc. etc. but with the ingenuity of the Jewish people, we can solve even most seemingly unsolvable problems," said Rabbi Sacks. A nightat tke Smithsonian was a fun and exciting social event held on Sunday night. As Rhonda, Loren, and I roamed the exhibition halls, Loren ran into a friend of hers from her days as a newly minted nurse at the New York Hospital. This friend is now a member of the Board of the Joint Distribu- tion Committee and a vice president of JFNA's Women's Philanthropy. The theme of this GA was "the world is our backyard," and how wonderful it was to chat with old and new friends at GA's backyard--a huge ex- hibition hall set with booths, food stands, picnic tables, and complete with a white picket fence! At a breakfast table on Tuesday, Rhonda and I found ourselves next to the treasurer of the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest Jewish foundations in the country. We had a very good conversation, and who knows where it may lead. You may have already heard that Federation's RAISE program was fea- tured as one of the Fedova- tion (Federation+innovation) programs at the GA. At the session where Loren was one of the four (and the onlyvolun- teer) presenters of innovative programs for persons with special needs, I found myself sitting next to Jeffrey Cohen, preskient of the Washington Societ Of Jewish Deaf, and had a t4derfu! conversation with him oUt his organiza- tion and his work to make Jewish life better for people with hearing challenges. Speaking of hearing chal- lenges, the most eloquent, fascinating, and inspiring speeches at the GA was delivered by Marlee Matlin, an Academy Award-winning actress and activist, who has been a speaker at one of our past CHOICES events (save the date, CHOICES 2015 will be held on Feb/19). Shaking hands with Natan Sharansky is akin to touch- ing a living legend, so when I sighted Natan at the Part- nership2Gether reception, I quickly elbowed my way through a throng of admirers and introduced myself to him (no, not in Russian. Natan speaks a very good though G.A. on page 15A 14K expected to experience Israel Taglit-Birthright Israel is currently opening its winter season and preparing for 2015. During the next few months, Taglit-Birthright Israel will bring more than 14,000 young Jews between the ages of 18 -26 from around the world to visit Israel as part of the 10-day project. Gidi Mark, the CEO of Ta- glit- Birthright Israel,"We are thrilled to kick off the winter season, we will continue to ex- pand and deepen the activities among young Diaspora Jews by bringing them to Israel through Taglit- Birthright Israel" The past summer season proved as one of the most dynamic seasons for Taglit- Birthright Israel. During this time, 27,700 young Jews from over 42 countries came to Israel, 8,400 of them during operation 'Protective Edge'. Taglit-Birthright Israel has passed a significant mile- stone this past season with the designation of the program's 400,000th participant as well as the program's 70, 000th Israeli participant. "Each year, Taglit-Birth- right Israel attempts to reach new heights and we strive to surpass our own goals and ex- pectations and this year, we've gone way above and beyond those expectations," said Gidi Mark, CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel. "We remain dedicated to the ideology that bringing the next generation of Diaspora Jews to Israel is a must, not a choice. It is crucial for the survival of the Jewish people as well as for the bond between Israel and the Diaspora." 61111!!!!!ll!!!!UIIlls D