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iooooo,o o,** . o o o . . ooooo o. SA , Qo,6A Directory 7A B'nai Mitzvah 8A Scene Around 9A JEWISH Treats for the IDF soldiers ighth.grade students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando collected Halloween candy for the brave men and women serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. The candy will be distributed by UCF students this December as part of their Birthriglg trip through Central Florida Hillel. The 8th-grade students of the Jewish Academy of Orlando will:be going to Israel in March 2015 as a culmination of their Jewish learning at the school. By Pamela Ruben and Christine DeSouza Jewish Pavilion volunteers Norma Ball and Pam Ruben, as well as all Pavilion vol- unteers and members, will be honored at the Jewish Pavilion's annual JP Connec- tions luncheon. As the two volunteers of the year, Ball and Ruben both understand how important it is to spend time with our senior citizens. Longtime Pavilion vol- unteer Norma Ball never imagined she would spend her retirement years visiting seniors. The Sanford resident spent most of her working life in Jewish education in Albany, New York, specializing in middle school and high school students, both as a religious school teacher and as the principal of Albany Jewish Communal High School. "More than 35 years ago my oldest daughter, Amy, told me she was going to be a geriatric nurse," Ball said. "I asked her, 'Why would you --- Q --" O --~ ) =" 121 = -- 121 4 N On Sunday, Dec. 7, Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando will be hosting Sassy Reuven, a veteran of the Israel Defense Special Operation Forces. During the terror-filled years of 1973-1976 Reuven served in the IDF's elite "Red Beret" paratrooper unit. He participated in several covert operations in Israel's mighty struggle against Arab terrorism. In July of 1976, Reuven participated in the famed Entebbe counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission code named "Operation Thunder- bolt," flying thousands of miles over enemy territory to rescue Jewish hostages being held by terrorists in Uganda. A week earlier, on June 27, an Air France plane was hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the German Revolutionary Cells and flown to Entebbe, the main airport of Uganda. More than 100 Israeli and Jewish passengers remained as hostages and were threat- ened with death. Israeli transport planes carried 100 commandos over 2,500 miles to Uganda for the rescue operation, which took place at night. The op- eration lasted 90 minutes. 102 hostages were rescued. Five Israeli commandos were wounded and one, the unit commander, Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, was killed. All the hijackers, three hostages Sassy Reuven want to work with old people?' and she replied, 'Because they have so much to teach us.'" Ball continued, "After volun- teering with the Pavilion for six years, I can tell you that Amy was absolutely right. It is imperative that we listen and learn from our elders, and pass their wisdom on to the next generation." Ball, the grandmother of six, traded in the cold, dark winters of the Northeast for the year-round sunshine of Central Florida in 2002. As she said, "One blustery, freezing day I decided I'd had enough of the cold, the hats, the mit- tens, and the shoveling. I was tired of spending half of each winter day in the dark. My partner, Jola, had been want- ing to relocate down South for years, and before I knew itwe had moved to central Florida where everything was bright and sunny." Zena Zulkes became an Rinat Halon - RH Photography Communicatons Norma Ball ministrative role. I needed to do something hands-on that would help me get involved in the community." Ball left the board, joined the Pavilion's Friends Board, and found the perfect fit. "The Friends Board has been incredibly welcoming, and is made up ofawonderful group of woman who do whatever is necessary to help the seniors and the organization," said Ball. Nancy Ludin, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion stated, "Norma has been a fix- ture on the Friends Board for Rinat Halon - RH Photography Cornrnunicatons Pamela Ruben Jewish Pavilion's 4thAnnualA Walk in the Park, which is its largest yearly fundraiser. Ball said the Walk is her favorite Pavilion event, as the genera- tions come together and walk in step to honor its seniors. In her role as a Pavilion representativevisiting seniors at Lake Mary Rehab, Norma met Molly. Most seniors wel- come their Pavilion visitors, but Molly was in a bad place at that time. As Ball entered her room, Molly took one look and shouted"GET OUT, I don't want you here!" Never being one to give up, and 45 Ugandan soldiers were killed. Reuven will share his personal experience, step- by-step from the moment he was called to duty, includ- ing the preparation for the mission, landing in Uganda and completing the mission behind enemy lines. His story is Israel's story of courage, endurance, de- fiance and a willingness to sacrifice it all for the right to live in your homeland in freedom. The event will be take place at the Hyatt Place Lake Mary, 1255 S International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL 32746 More information or res- ervations, go to www.Jew- or call 407-878-3011. Tickets are $15 if pur- chased by Nov. 30 and $20 after Nov. 30. Sixty years ago, 1954, Temple Israel--with 89 char- ter members--was founded by a group of young Jews looking for a Conservative, yet pro- gressive, way of practicing Ju- daism. The Central Christian Church building, located at Ridgewood Ave. and Cathcart Street, one block from Lake Eola, was the congregation's first home--purchased for $40,000. Today, after having been housed in several build- ings over the years, stands on property located at 50 S. Moss Road in Winter Springs. On Dec. 6, the congregation will celebrate two diamond anniversary events. The first will be honoring the found- ers of Temple Israel who, 60 years ago, started this new the digital age hadn't even begun. Today, within the synagogue family, everyone still knows everyone, and the history of the synagogue holds many memorable milestones accomplished through the years. Rabbi Joshua Neely is the anchor and spiritual leader of Temple Israel. The evening will begin with cocktail hour, featuring Israeli hors d'oeuvres followed by din- ner and a silent auction. There will be live music, a profes- sional photographer and more. Cocktail attire is requested. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Tickets for this special anniversary event can be purchased online at www. or through the congregation, andthesecond synagogue office (407-647- will be in honor of the 60th 3055). Everyone in the com- early friend, and introduced many years, and a hands-on Ball went back each week, wedding anniversary of Rhea munity is cordially invited Ball to the Jewish Pavilion. volunteer since day one. She and each week Molly threw and Harry Rein, long-time to celebrate the special his- The active senior was placed is an extraordinary woman her out. "I would respect her members and supporters of tory and family ambiance of on the Pavilion's board of who has made a difference in wishes by leaving, but always the synagogue. Temple Israel. directors, but soon realized thelivesofsomany, andtakes left a small homemade treat Temple Israel was created that sitting on the board was on whatever job is given, no behind. But I always went in a "simpler" Orlando than she said, "I had sat on boards Most recently, Ball took on was my job to visit Molly and the third congregation in many times, and I wasn't the enormous job of serving the area, everyone knew interested in serving an ad- as a co-chairwoman of the Pavilion on page 15A everyone, and Disney and 6 5