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Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Kannerland Orphanage children show their artwork, and Ambassador Mandell holds his self portrait. O 9 By Chris DeSouza Mel Martinez, introduced him to Presi- ever be able to do. But I still take French Assistant Editor dent Obama, who appointed Mandell to classes every week, so I know there's the President's Export Council and his more to do. It's a beautiful language." Being an ambassador was not part of life changed. He added that now he is working on his his career plans, but U.S. Ambassador to "The roles and responsibilities require "Luxembourish." Luxembourg RobertMandell--known to a nice mixofall parts of my former lives-- A day in the life of an ambassador many Central Floridians as Bobby Man- my business skills, my board responsibili- Atypical day as an ambassador is never dell-- loves his job. In a way, one could ties, my work on the Obama campaign typical. Mandell admitted that he never say that Mandell has reinvented himself, and my service on the P~esident's Export ~ gets bored. Some days are filled with as so many have done in their later years. Council," Mandell said. "I even find my meetings, staff briefings on projects and He grew up in his father's (Lester Man- rusty law skills are needed occasionally, developments. dell) business, starting out as alaborer at So I brought a lot in with me." "I get to share my vision and ideas Greater Construction Co. and eventually What he didn't bring--and had to and we work on new programs and ways became its CEO. He earned a law degree learn--were how to run an embassy, to reach our goals," he said. Challenges from the University of Florida, bought learn a foreign language, and how the run the gamut from keeping up with his father's Greater Homes business in State Department, in general, works, cables from Washington to meetings 2005, turning it into Greater Properties, "Learning French has not been easy," with government officials to repairing Inc., and operated Meritage Homes of he confessed, but he is proud that he a water leak in his residence. Central Florida. He could have remained can now converse easily in the romantic Mandell enjoys his business and educa- a successful real estate developer right tongue. "I have had meetings in French tion outreach. He has visited more than here, deeply involved in his community, andIhaveevengivenspeechesinFrench, However, his friend, former U.S. Senator which is not something I thought Iwould Bobby on page 15A The Holocaust Center in Maitland has announced that the honoree for its 2014 Din- ner of Tribute will be Harris Rosen, president and CO0 of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. Rosen, whose name is most often associated with his world-class resorts, hotels and restaurants, is being honored for his history of phi- lanthropy in Central Florida and beyond. The Holocaust Center Ex- ecutive Director Pam Kancher said that honoring Rosen was a "natural fit" for the Center and its work. In particular, his approach to giving--what he calls "responsible capital- ism"--speaks clearly to the Center's mission of working to create a more just, more compassionate world. "The level of his philan- thropy is impressive," she said. "He has long supported the Holocaust Center and a number of other causes. His projects in Tangelo Park and in Haiti, his healthcare out- reach for his employees, his wonderful support for UCF, all speak to his ability to identify with his employees and their off-duty lives. We often use the Hebrew phrase, tikkun olam, which means 'repairing the world.' That is clearly what Harris Rosen Harris Rosen is doing with his generosity." Rosen's best-known local projects include adopting the neighborhood of Tangelo Park, a small community that he has supported through free universal preschool, parent- ing resources, college scholar- ships, and recreational oppor- tunities. Rather than simply donating funds, Rosen also attends community meet- ings and is actively involved in defining and addressing neighborhood needs. "Harris Rosen is a great Rosen on page 14A By Marcy Oster (JTA)--Obviously wanting to get back to work as the medical manager of the field hospital set up by the Israel Defense Forces in the Philip- pines, Lt.-Col. Dr. Ofer Merin speaks hurriedly about the three days his team has been seeing patients in the typhoon-ravaged nation. He tells of at least 12 babies the hospital has delivered-- most of them premature-- and the stabbing victim who may have died if not for the Faye Novick Toby Vandemark IDF hospital in Bogo City on Cebu Island, one of the areas By Pamela Ruben Novick grew up in Atlanta hardest hit by last weeks and lived in New Orleans prior Typhoon Haiyan. Jewish Pavilion volunteers to moving to Orlando in 1998 By 5 a.m. Sunday, Merin Faye Novick and Toby Vande- with husband, Bill. She has says at least 50 people had mark live by the creed,"It is had an exciting career path lined up in front of the field better to give than to receive." ranging from buying engines i hospital to receive treatment. Israeli military personnelassist survivors of the typhoon Novick and Vandemark have for Lockheed Martin, serving "If we stayed here two that ravaged the Philippines last week. volunteered with the Jewish as the personal assistant for months or even two years, we Pavilion, a charitable organi- amulti-millionairetomanag- ~ ~ would have patient work, he local hospital in Bogo City, running water or electricity, zation that serves seniors in ing her family's Atlanta wall ~ said during a phone call with the Israeli field hospital is the Others with untreated dis- long-termcarewith compan- covering business. She cur- the media from the Philip- only one located in a region eases, including those with ionshipandholidayprogram- rentlyworksasaweddingand pines early Sunday morning, of about 250,000 residents, advanced cancer, also have ruing, in many capacities, barmitzvahplanner, ajobshe o~ The field hospital began Merin says. Representatives made theirway to the facility. Both women serve on theloves as it allows her to help ~ operating on Friday morn- ofothercountrieshavevisited Some 22 members of the Pavilion s Friends and Execu- make her client's special day ing, about seven hours after to view its operation, team are medical doctors, 15 tive boards, andwere integral 8 ~ the team arrived on theThe 125-member Israeli are nurses and the rest are tothesuccessofthePavilion's Pavilion on page 14A island. The parents of the team has been seeing about technicians, lab workers and "Walk in the Park," and will " Israeliteamthatfirstmorning either injured in the typhoon Commandwhoarecoordinat- the year at the J P Connec- ~ namedhim Israel in gratitude or unable to care for chronic ing logistics. 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