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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 29, 2013 PAGE 3A By Chris DeSouza Assistant Editor "A mold breaker, a cause fighter, the underdog sup- porter, like a true queen of Israel, and a woman who ac- cepts all people'--these are all descriptions from friends ofRita Peisner Bornstein, who died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family and friends, on Nov. 18, 2013. BornApri119, 1925, shewas the daughter of Ed and Jenny Peisner, and sister of Marvin, Larry and Fred Peisner. Mrs. Bornstein earned her master's degree in English at the UniVersity of Chicago, where she also happened to meet her future husband, Jerome (Jerry) Bornstein. In 1950, she and Jerry moved to Orlando, where Jerry's very large family was actively involved in the Jewish community, and Rita didn't hesitate to jump right in. She joined Hadassah and Sister- hood, and later accepted the positions of vice president of education for Hadassah, chair- woman of education for the Federation and vice president of education for Temple Israel. She taught third and fourth graders in Sabbath school at Temple Israel before teaching eighth-graders history. Rita was also actively in- volved in the creation of the Hebrew Day School She and Tess Wise hosted the first fundraiser for the school, and Rita and her committee developed the curriculum for Hebrew High, where she taught eighth-graders com- parative religion. She served on the Jewish Community Council and the Federation boards, and was a permanent HDS board member. Tirelessly, Rita taught Jewish education at Temple Israel, literature at Elder Hostel and ran book clubs with members who enjoyed her classes for many years. Rita was a founder of Head Start in Orlando, and with the same concern as Jerry about racial integration in schools, she organized and implement Wider Horizons in the late 60s and early 70s. This program helped disadvantaged chil- dren integrate more smoothly into their local schools. In 2009, the Jewish Pavilion honored Rita Bornstein for her life of community service. At that time, Sheryl Meitin, then president of the Pavilion, said, "Rita is a true communi- ty activistand philanthropist. She is loved by everyone she meets and is respected for her intellect and wit." "Rita devoted her life to her family, friends, community and tikkun olam. Even when she and Jerry lost a son, she did not let sadness and the loss stop her life. She kept on do- ing everything she had always done with style and grace," her cousin, Ellen Bornstein Hrabovsky, said. When Rita was honored by the Pavilion, Rabbi Aaron Rubinger of Congregation Ohev Shalom had this to say: "To me, Rita Bornstein represents the ideal modern Jewish woman. First of all she is deeply educated, extremely intelligent and has a profound love of learning. She is also an individual of true integrity and character. Her heart is wide and thus she cares about so many important causes and issues in our world and in our community. Her faith I know is deep, yet she is hardly a fanatic. Rita listens, thinks, and considers what all people have to say. She posseses such extraordinary dignity, like a true queen of Israel. And can you imagine a more beautiful smile than hers?" Rita Bornstein is the moth- er of three children, Ayal Hurst, David (Pat), and Ray (of blessed memory); grand- mother of five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In memory of Mrs. Born- stein, the family requests that contributions be made to Congregation Ohev Shalom Rita P. Bornstein Hebrew School Scholarship Fund. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Beth Shalom Me- morial Chapel, Orlando. TAVARESnCornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care has joined more than 60 hospices nationwide in be- coming accredited with the National Institute For Jew- ish Hospice (NIJH). The accreditation links Corner- stone Hospice with NIJH which provides staff train- ing, insights on treating Jewish patients who are terminally ill, and access to resources and education about Jewish custom and practice that may arise while caring for a hospice patient who is Jewish. The ac- creditation was earned after ORLANDO--Jewish Fam- ily Services Orlando, aWinter Park based non-profit human service agency that provides social programs to those in need from all faiths, raised more than $156,000 during its 12th annual Evening of Valor, which also marked the orga- nization's 35th anniversary. One hundred-seventy guests attended the event themed "A past to cherish and a future to fulfill." Evening of Valor is JFS' main fundraiser and this year recognized past agency presidents, former George Cornerstone's spiritual man- ager, Rich Behers, attended the NIJH 28th Accreditation Conference in New Jersey this month. "The training and resources now available through NIJH enables Cor- nerstone's interdisciplinary teams to provide specialized care to patients of the Jewish faith who are at the end of their life," said Behers. "We can now offer appropriate emotional and spiritual sup- port to our patients and their families as they go through this most difficult journey." The NIJH conference brought together people from Wolly Community Leader- ship Award recipients and Spring Fiesta honorees. Among those recognized was George Wolly, the first JFS executive director and the namesake for the Leadership Award. Wolly and all of the honorees have been instru- mental in establishing JFS Orlando's existing building and programs. "It was a tremendous honor to publicly recognize the people who have sup- ported our organization and the community through the years," said Eric Geboff, hospices across the country in related fields, including rab- bis, administrators, chaplains of all faiths, psychologists, nurses, bereavement coun- selor and social workers for an intensive day of sessions, presenting the best minds in the field to lecture and discuss all aspects of hospice and the Jewish terminally ill. "We congratulate Corner- stone Hospice for earning this important accreditation," said Rabbi Maurice Lamm, founder andpresident of NIJH. "Cornerstone is now part of a database of accredited Florida hospices that NIJH will refer executive director of JFS Orlando. "Their support and generous donations are the reasons that we have been able to sustain our programs and services to aid Central Florida's families." Donations are still being received and JFS hopes to top the $175,000 mark when ev- erything is tallied. Each year, more than 20,000 individu- als are positively impacted by one or more of the three major services JFS provides: emergency services, counsel- ing and community outreach programs. patients, families and rabbis to when they seek the best care for the Jewish terminally ill." NIJH was established in 1985 to help alleviate suffer- ing in serious and terminal illness. Its 52,000 members are comprised of business and professional leaders, and a consortium of endowing foundations. NIJH serves as a resource and educa- tional center for hospices, hospitals, family service, medical organizations and all health-care agencies, educating them to the issues and challenges of serving the Jewish terminally ill. For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, call 888-728-6234 or visit http:// ~~ Development Corporation for israel Isroet Bonds i 2600 South Belcher Road, SuSte ~ OIA !~RA~Li~ BONIb5 ................... 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