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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 'JP Connections' honors volunteers Members of the Jewish Pavilion are invited to attend "JP Connections: Honoring our Volunteers," a luncheon for volunteers and women who support the nonprofit, on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Orlando/ Altamonte Springs. Par- ticipants will enjoy a gour- met meal, a Chico's Fashion Show and a mini-holiday bazaar. Vendors will be sell- ing jewelry, purses, scarves, Judaica and other gifts for the holidays. Participants who purchase raffle tickets will have the opportunity to win gifts from the vendors. The cost of the luncheon is $25. 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 $36. Community mem- bers can join at any time of the year. Funds are used to provide holiday and Shabbat programs, friendly visits and intergenerational activities for seniors and frail adults Eve Homburger and Toby Vandemark at a previous JP Connections event. who live in long-term care facilities. No one wants to be forgotten... It is the mis- sion of the Jewish Pavilion "to enhance the lives of our elders and their families by strengthening their connec- tion to the community." "The Jewish Pavilion is known for its incredible volunteer force," said Nancy Ludin, executive direc- tor. "In addition to the 40 people who serve on either the Jewish Pavilion board or the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion board, a women's auxiliary, we have 40 more people who serve on our committees. We also have people who visit the elderly, lead services, participate in our holiday parties, office volunteers, bakers, musi- Models from the 2012 JP Connections event (l-r) Vivian Stone, Marcia Berman, Carol Feuerman, and Faye Novick. cians, artists and computer experts. Jewish children in the community have en- gaged with the Pavilion in a number of ways, including visitin, making holiday cards and gifts, playing games, entertaining and leading holiday programs. All in all, the Pavilion is blessed to have more than 400 volun- teers. While we can never thank them enough, the annual Volunteer Luncheon is to honor them for their service." Pat Rubenstein is chairing "JP Connections" which was combined for the first time this year with the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Ru- benstein has been involved with the Jewish Pavilion since its inception in 2001. Gargein, Corinne Brail, llene She has worked as a volun- teer and a program assistant for the nonprofit agency and she has spearheaded several service projects. She cur- rently serves on the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion board.. To receive an invitation or learn more about the event, call 407-678-9363 or email Nancy Ludin at nancyludin@ The Kinneret Council on Aging has announced the honorees for their 2014 "8 over 80" event to be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. "We were thrilled with the sup- port we have had from the community and were truly inspired by the number of outstanding individuals over the age of 80, who continue to contribute to our commu- 2014 '8 over 80' honorees announced nity," said Faye Novick, 8 over 80 chairwoman. The honorees for the 2014 event are: Barbara Weinreich, Robert Petree, Bill Kahn, Don Kaplan, Helen Tishman, Rose Savage, Ruth Goldhar, and Gordon Kotzin. "It is truly a privilege to get to recognize these amazing and dynamic individuals," said Leslie Collin, executive administrator for the Kin- neret Council on Aging. "Their individual stories of commitment to their commu- nity and family is inspiring!" The 8 over 80 honorary din- ner will be held in the Delaney Dining Room at Kinneret apartments and will benefit the Kinneret Council on Ag- ing (KCOA). The Kinneret Council on Aging provides programs for residents that are ukah, an f'Than This year, for the first time ever, Chanukah st.arts on Thanksgiving. Both holidays are about gratitude and giving. So as you plan your holiday meal, please give to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. Even a small donation can do so much in our community, Israel and around the world. Donate at now, while you're thinking about it. ](\\;%JiiSl'l i;dCl'l[ ion SHAPING THE FUTURE: 2013 Annual Campaign OF GREATER ORLANDO (407) 645-5933 not included in the resident's monthly rent. These programs include: A hot meal program where residents receive a nutri- tious five-course meal, served tableside Monday- Friday at 5 p.m. Residents pay $5 a meal and the rest is subsidized by KCOA; The Congregate Housing Services program provides transitional care to residents after an illness or injury that enables them to stay in their home as they regain their independence.; Jewish programming includ- ing weekly Shabbat services, High Holiday and Passover meals; Community outreach and volunteer programs that bring educational and cultural programming toour residents. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Leslie Collin at 407-425-4537. The Kinneret Apartments are the Jewish community's twin resi- dence towers for low-income senior citizens located in downtown Orlando. Special program at Cong. Beth Sholom tonight Join Rabbi Karen Allen on Friday, Nov. 22, at Con- gregation Beth Sholom for the Rabbi's Torah Round- table, a lively discussion of contemporary issues in the context of Jewish tradition. The program will begin at 4 p.m. with conversation and light refreshments. This informal and inter- active forum is a unique opportunity to talk with the rabbi and explore together the meaning of the Torah portion that will be read during Shab- bat service on the following morning. On Saturday, Nov. 23. at 10 a.m., Rabbi Allen will lead Shabbat morning service. A Kiddush luncheon will follow. Guests are encouraged to stay and enjoy the opportunity to meet and socialize with the members of the congregation. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th Street in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center Street. For more information see our website at or call 352-326-3692. Beit Harnidrash hosts Angela King, founder of Life after Hate On Dec. 9, all eighth- to 12-grade Jewish teens and their parents in the Orlando area are invited to come hear Angela King, a former racist skinhead and now founder of Life after Hate, at the Jewish Academy of Orlando at 7 p.m. as part of the Belt Hamidrash program. As a teen in South Florida, King became confused about the conflicting messages she was receiving about race, sexu- ality and religion. Ultimately, she felt embraced by a group of racist skinheads, and became deeply involved with them. Af- ter spendingadecadeofher life with the racist underground, and having served time in jail, she turned her life around, and formed the organization Life after Hate. King has been speaking publicly about her experiences since 2001. She routinely works as a keynote speaker, character educator, and con- sultant in schools, communi- ties, and religious centers. She has been interviewed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, National Public Radio, and the National Resource Center for Racial Healing, among others. Over the past decade, King has been recognized and received awards for her dedication and support of Prejudice Reduction, Building Communities of Justice, as well as Holocaust education. Most recently, King has served as a delegate and panelist at the Google Summit Against Violent Extremism, held in Dublin, Ireland, in June 2011, and was a panelist at a 9/11 commemoration event sponsored by the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism program (Department of Homeland Security initiative housed at the University of Maryland), held in Washing- ton D.C. Her story is one of insight and hope. She uses her experiences to educate people Angela King about tolerance, acceptance; and peer pressure. This is a powerful presenta- tion, and parents are encour- aged to come with their teens. The program is free to the community, thanks to the generous support of the Jew- ish Federation donors. Please RSVP to