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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 4, 2009 Jewish sorority bakes Loaves of Love for Kinneret seniors UCF sorority AEPhi and Chabad at UCF baked chalah for senior residents at Kinneret Aparlments. By Cathleen Manville Chabad Jewish Student Group As we enter the Hebrew month of Kislev, a season of giving that includes the holi- day of Chanukah, the Jewish sorority on the University of Central Florida's campus" joinedwith the Chabadat UCF for a unique take on giving charity. Alpha Epsilon Phi was founded by seven Jewish women at Barnard College in 1909, and a chapter was begun at UCF in 2006. The sorority remains primar- ily Jewish and exists with the mission to "inspire and support exemplary women dedicated to friendship and a lifelong commitment toAlpha Epsilon Phi while building on the vision of our Jewish founders." AEPhi prides itself on many things, not the least of which is their dedication to sisterhood and philanthropy, and that was exemplified by the more than 30 UCF AEPhi Sisters that showed up at the UCF Chabad House Nov. 19 to participate in an event called Loaves of Love. The girls, joined by several other mem- bers of the Chabad Jewish Student Group, braided and baked two loaves of challah bread each. One loaf they kept for themselves, and the other was set aside as "tzedakah" or charity. The event provided an opportunity for the girls to join together for an evening that was not only fun, but gave the students a chance to give back to the community around them. "Being in a roomwith about 30 Jewish women making challahs for seniors at Kin- neret not only felt rewarding, but had a feeling of love and togetherness," said Deena Willis, one of the AEPhi UCF vice-presidents. "Though we all have busy lives, we all came together to learn how to make challah and the meaning of it. This event was a chance to learn more about Jewish history while making others happy." There's no place like USA.gov. Have you ever wondered how the Wizard of Oz seemed to know everything?. Well, the secret,s out and it's USA.gov. You can find everything from student loans to government auctions and government benefits to, well, almost anything. So go to the official source of federal and state government information, USA.gov. Itcan make you as all-knowing as the Wizard of Oz. USA.gov 1 (800} FED-INFO A public service message from the U,S. General SepJices Administration, Elissa Feldman (1) and Jill Weintraub flank a irio of Kinneret Apartments residents as members of AEPhi and Chabad at UCF delivered ChaUah they baked for a recent Shabbat. At the end of the eve~, over 40 loaves of challah were packed up in gift bags, a UCF Chabad newsletter and a card wishing "Shabbat Shalom." The loaves ofchallah were brought to the Kinneret Apartments in downtown Orlando by Chabad at UCF co- director Rivkie Lipskier and a few members of the Chabad Jewish Student Group. Jill Weintraub, an active member of the group, was among those who delivered the challah. "I loved getting to see the looks on everyone's faces as they received the chal- iahs. The room was filledwith smiles as everyone opened the goodie bags," said Weintraub. "Being able to spread the joys of Shabbos throughout the Orlando Jewish community by helping out in events such as Loaves of Love has truly been meaningful to me, and I look forward to helping out at many more events with Kinneret, God willing, in the future." Rucheli (Cathleen) Man- ville is a student at the Uni- versity of Central Florida, and active member of the Chabad Jewish Student Group at UCF, and the Judaism columnist for the Orlando Examiner online newspaper. E-mail her at OrlandoJudaism@gmail. corn or read her column at www.JewishOrlando.tk. Appelbaum family to help make a difference Life's road is not always smooth. Many encounter a bump or a pothole along the journey. It's comforting to know that the Jewish Com- munity Center of Greater Orlando has an ongoing fi- nancial assistance program where families in crisis can continue to access the programs and services of the JCC. " ,. Both Dick and Dottie Ap- pelbaum care a great deal about children that's the reason for their generous gift some years back to the community capital cam- paign naming the infant toddler wing at the Maitland JCC. Ask them why, and they will tell you that they have three beautiful daugh- ters, all past alumni of the JCC nursery, plus loads of wonderful grandchildren, a number of whom have come through the Center's early childhood learning center. The Appelbaums recently decided to create a JCC en- dowment at TOP that will be funded through their estate when they pass on, to enable financially disadvantaged children to participate in Center sponsored youth programs. "Through this significant endowment," said former JCC Executive Director Marvin Friedman, "Dick and Dottle Appelbaum have adopted generations of chil- dren, filled with hope and promise for a bright Jew- ish future. The afterschool care, nursery, and summer camp programs at the J help PrOvide the building blocks for a rich Jewish life and an ongoing connection to our community. Lifelong friend- ships are often made in this wonderful and safe, nur- turing environment. The families and children of tomorrow will always ben- efit from the unselfish act Dottie and Dick Appelbaum of tzedakah taken by the Appelbaums today. "Dick has held numer- ous leadership positions on the JCC and Federation boards," according to Fried- man. "Dottie has always been there at his side, willing to give back to the commu- nity. Dick and Dottie are also among numerous com- munity families who have become lifetime members of the JCC. They are really quite special." JCC's vice president of development, Jodi Krinker, said that "all of us have in- herited a great deal from the past. Our fathers and grand- fathers have provided us with a rich cultural legacy. We in turn have an obliga- tion to invest in our children and grandchildren by pro- viding the support needed for the enrichment of our young people's lives, and the preservation of our Jewish traditions. Like the Appelbaums, our family too has become JCC Members in Perpetuity, because we believe that all of us have a responsibility to help secure the future. "We hope that others will include the J in their plans for our commu- nity's future. Through the Tampa Orlando Pinellas (TOP) Jewish Founda- tion, our community's endowment, families can arrange to maintain Jew- ish continuity by passing along to future generations an incredible legacy. We know that some might not have the funds today, but they too have the ability to memorialize their family's name by leaving a simple bequest in their will." For more information about planned gift op- portunities, which provide substantial income and es- tate tax benefits and other advantages to the donor, contact the J's executive director, David Wayne, at 407-645-5933, or e-mail Marvin Friedman at fried- manjcc@yahoo.com. Your contact may be made in confidence and with no obligation.