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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 14, 2012 PAGE 3A First person by Wendy Levine Holidays are never the same when you have a moth- er with Alzheimer's disease. Traditionally, our mothers made holidays special. They cooked, baked and deco- rated. They carried on cus- toms that have been passed down from generation to generation. As Alzheimer's disease progresses, the way they participate in holidays changes. My mother still enioys holidays and I try to make her holiday experiences pleasurable by exposing her to traditions in ways she can relate. She lives in a memory care unit in Atria at Lake Forest. In cooperation with The Jew- ish Pavilion, a. community outreach agency, there was a celebration for residents for the Jewish New Year. give them up. When she saw A synagogue youth group my husband, she showed came ahd entertained, him the apple slices and She enjoyed Watching the said, "apples, New Year," the children, most coherent thing she had Food specific to the Jew- said ill months. I knew she ish New Year, apples and had related. honey, were served. I gave Chanukah is coming in my mother some sliced ap- December. I will cook, bake pies to eatwhile shewatched and decorate for her. Wewill the holiday program. She go to Chanukah programs carried the apple sliceswith together. It will be interest- her after the program for ing to see what she connects over an hour. She wouldn't " to on this holiday Wendy Levine and her mother Helen Ring On. Sunday, Dec. 2 more than 30 families gathered at the JFGO campus in Maitland to commemorate years since the Orlando joined the national PJ Li- brary program. The PJ Library is a project of the Jewish Federation of GYeater Orlando which, in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in Springfield, Mass., sends free, age-appropriate Jewish books and CDs to subscribing fami- iies in the mail each month. Pare Weissman and Heidi Zissman are both mothers of two children who are members of this program. Both are so thrilled with the impact the books are making on their sons and daughters that they wanted to give back to the community. This was actually the second consecu- tive year that Weissman has chaired this event and she recruited Zissman to help her out this year. The busy morns somehow managed to find time to coor- dinate a "Birthday party" for PJ Library. In just two years, more than 400 families in Orlando's Jewish community have joined and look forward to receiving the books and CDs each month. Families gathered On Dec. 2 to partici- pate in a range of activities." Children could make their own tzedakah boxes, decorate bookmarks and color notes for their friends in the Sfiriyat Pijama program in Israel in " Orlando's sister city Kiriyat Motzkin. Family photo left to right: Pam Weissman, Todd Weiss- man, Noah Weissman, Asher Zissman, David Zissman, Heidi Zissman, Maggie Rose Zissman Zissman read a few stories to the crowd before everyone headed out to the playground but not before enjoying some Heidi Zissman reads participants a story at PJ Library second birthday birthday cake which was do- eration hopes to reach the nated by the Flour Shop in 500 family mark this year. WinterPark.AgreattimewasFor more information or to had by all and the Jewish Fed- join the PJ Library program, please contact Karen Cohen at the Jewish Federation at 407-645-5933, ext. 228 or visit www.jfgo.org. In its continuing commit- passive support of terrorist mal cost to our community Board of Administration, a ment to serving its donors, operations and activities in or the investors in the fund. scrutinized company is one beneficiaries and the global Iran.TOP'snewpolicyfollows This is the only fund of its that has a "material busi- community, the Tampa Or- on the heels of the Protect- kind of which we are aware," ness relationship" with the landoPinellasJewishFounda- ing Florida's Investments said Jonathan Ellis, chair of governmentofIranorSudan; tion (TOP) has embarked on Act, which established a list the Tampa-Orlando-Pinellas is a government-created a new approach designed to of "scrutinized companies" Jewish Federation Alliance, project involving oil-related, avoid supporting Iran, Sudan that are not to be invested "Thisisaveryexcitingfeature mineral-extractiori, orpower- and terrorist operations and in or contracted with by the oftheTOPJewishFoundation, generation activities related activities in these countries, state of Florida. The list of and I'm proud to have been a to those two countries; has Through what TOP believes "scrutinized companies" is de- part of making this happen." involvement with the sup- is a unique approach for a signed to identify companies Ellis had brought the matter ply of military equipment; community foundation, (an that have certain prohibited up with the Tampa Jewish imparts a minimal benefit to approach that was developed business operations in Iran Federationboardseveralyears the disadvantaged citizens specifically for TOP with the or Sudan. The act, adopted in ago when he was president," typically located in the geo- he!pofGoldmanSachs),mon- 2007, impacts Florida's pen- at which time the process of graphic periphery of Iran or ies invested in funds at the ion accounts, intending for. crafting the policy began. Sudan; has been complicit in TOP Jewish Foundation now the State of Florida to avoid: "Ournewinvestmentpolicythe genocidal campaign in follow an anti-terror invest- investments in any of these has been received very posi- Darfur; or has made material ment policy. "scrutinized companies." tively. After all, it's hard to investments in enhancing Based on information that "After a fair amount ofargue with the approach that Iran's petroleum sector. has been received from Gold- work and investigation, I was we want to divest from all The state maintains two man Sachs, TOP believes that pleased that the TOP Jewish known sources of terrorist lists--one specific to Iran, this' is one of the first of its Foundation was able to reach support," added Debby Gen- theothertoSudan--through kind for community founda- an agreement with Goldman dzier, presidentofTOPJewish several "external research tions in terms of an approach Sachs to create an anti-terror Foundation. providers,'whichare charged to avoiding the direct and investment fund, with mini- According to the State with the research and analy- sis behind the information very distant to Iran and required to maintain such Sudan. These companies lists. Each quarter, compa- are run from Kuwait, China, nies are added and removed Thailand Morocco, India, from these lists by the State France, the United Kingdom, of Florida. These lists which Finland and even Bermuda. are maintained and published But despite these disparate by the State of Floridaare then locales, TOP Jewish Founda- monitored periodically for tion believes it has a respon- TOP by Goldman Sachs in an sibility to take a leadership effort to avoid investment of position on this issue, even TOP funds with any of these if by doing so it has a minor companies and to avoid any negative impact on invest- direct investments in any of ment performance, as we do these companies and to either not believe that the mission divest or take active steps to of tikun olam of TOP and its encourage divestment by any donors can be adhered to if mutual funds that are discov- we don't make these efforts ered to have investments in to avoid having our funds in any of these companies, any way comingled with or "It's a tremendously de- supporting these scrutinized tailedprocess,"notedEmilie companies." Socash, executive director For more information on for TOP. "The companies the Tampa Orlando Jewish on these lists originate Foundation, qall 813-961"- aroundthe globe: many have 9090 or visit topjewishfoun- countries of incorporation dation.org. Jackie Levitt, left, and Ruth Schultz take part in some of the Chanukah fun at Serenades By Sonata. Serenades By Sonata anddelighted the large crowd Chambrel at Island Lake, at both facilities. Many both in Longwood, offered families and friends joined Chanukah celebrations inaswellasJewishPavilion to their communities, volunteers. Live entertainment by the Vitas Innovative Hospice Smooth Vocal Duo of Diane provided gift bags for each Hawkins and Dana Kaplan, reside.nt, and everyone was Dana Kaplan, left, and Diane Hawkins perform for resi- dents of Serenades By Sonata. served latkes, applesauce, Check www.jewishpavil- cookies and gelt. Dozens ion.org or call the office of parties are scheduled at 407-678-9363 for a full throughout December. schedule of programs. Jewish Pavilion volunteers Emily Glickstein (left), Mildred Sokolow and Judy Suberman enjoy getting together with residents at Chambrel at Island Lake. Berny Raff (left), July Crawford, who provided entertain- ment by singing, and Elizabeth Crawford help spread holiday cheer at Chambrei at Island Lake.