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N Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Synagogue Directory .................. 7A B'nai Mitzvah .............................. 8A Scene Around ............................. 9A Akiva Paris wins Flrst place in Orlando Torah Academy's Science Fair. Orlando TorahAcademy hosted its first Science Fair on Dec. 3rd. Nine students from grades 2-5 participated, displaying their findings from experiments com- pleted at home. Parents, teachers and fellow students all turned out for the fun. Akiva Paris, from Mrs. Dottino's 5th grade class, took first place with "Which Material Will Best Protect a Falling Egg." Ezra Ellman, a second grader from Mrs. Wittlin's class, placed secondwith"Water & Ice." Third place was awarded to Rikki Yachnes, from Mrs. Dottino's 4th grade class, for her "Crazy Egg" experiment. All participants did a great job! r@ "Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front," a poignant coming-of- age documentary film, will be shown at Congregation Ohev Shalom on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at 7 p.m. Most of the film is in Hebrew with English subtitles. This documentary follows five diverse Israeli high school graduates as they enter the army at age 18. Through this compelling documentary you begin to truly understand and digest the fact that in their young hands, and others like them, rests the responsibility w _ of protecting and defending is co-sponsored by The Jew- across the country. "The side- Israel. ish Federation of Greater by-side blending of strength From surfing and makingOrlando and Friends of the with humanitarian values is music on the beach one day, IDF. It will be shown free of one the IDF pursues. We are to packing up, leaving home charge and the entire com- very pleased to be bringing and family the next to begin munity is invited to attend, this message and this film to training in the IDF, we see "We hope parents will bring Orlando," commented Rikki the difference between our their teenagers to see this Hanin, anothermemberofthe 18-year-olds looking forward documentary," stated Daniel Ohev Shalom IsraelAdvocacy to college and university life Coultoff, a member of the Committee. in the United States, andtheir committee."Wewantourkids Come a little early on Jan. counterparts in connect to Israel, to know 24 and pick up information Following the film, an IDF its history, and value Israel's from various pro Israel Or- soldier, brought to Orlando role in our lives as Jews and ganizations in Orlando, and by the Friends of the IDF, will as Americans." speak to some of their mem- speak and answer questions. Thedocumentaryhasbeen bers. AIPAC, Friends of the This film, a program ofscreened on over 100 U.S. IDF, JNF, Jewish Federation Congregation Ohev Shalom's university campuses as well of Greater Orlando and the Israel Advocacy Committee, as in Jewish Film Festivals Zionistas plan to participate. Lawrence Kolin, a mediator and arbitrator with Upchurch Watson White & Max, is one of only 50 attorneys to be honored as The National Law Journal's 2015 Litigation Trailblazers. He accepted his award at a reception honoring the distinguished recipients in New York City on Dec. 14. "The National Law Journal proudly recognizes the people who have truly 'moved the needle' in facilitating the changing ways that law firms conduct business," says Ken- nethA. Gary, the journal's vice president and group publisher. "Whether it be technological developments, operational efficiencies, marketing and business development break- throughs or research--we think this list embodies the spirit that will shepherd and shape modern law firms as a business going into 2016 and beyond." Only in their second year, the litigation awards recog- nize top legal professionals who have promoted signifi- cant change in the way cases are resolved, using inventive techniques or technologies, bringing unique types of cases to court, or executing novel approaches, according to ALM Media Publisher Tom Larranaga. "They have raised the bar in several meaningful ways and are establishing important new standards as the legal landscape continues to evolve," he said. Inaugural winners last The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has ap- pointed a new campaign director. Macey Markowitz has extensive experience and a strong track record of success in management, program administration and fundraising coordination in the nonprofit sector. Markowitz has held devel- opment positions with The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies and The Salvation Army in Toronto, Ontario, playing an instrumental role in developing and executing strategies that brought new relevance and urgency to the values and causes of those or- ganizations. She also served as program coordinator for a Toronto nonprofit that that supports learning and self- development opportunities for young adults with physi- cal and cognitive challenges. At the Jewish Federation, Markowitz will help to lead and refine the organization's fundraising and develop- ment strategies, as well as focusing on community interactions. Markowitz arrived at Fed- Lawrence Kolin year included David Boies, one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2010, and Ted Olson, who was Boles' opposing counsel in the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore and a former U.S. solici- tor general. This year's group includes Barry Richard, also of the 2000 presidential election case, and famed national trial lawyer Billy Gunn. Kolin, who chaired pio- neering efforts to modernize Florida's civil procedure rules to include electronically stored information, attributes his win to his innovative work in the Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR field, par- ticularly in promoting the use of E-Neutrals. "I'm pleased to be in such good company," he said. Kolin on page 14A I Macey Markowitz eration in early December and is already hard at work on the 2016 Do GoodAnnual Campaign and a host of other endeavors. "I am really enjoying working with such a dy- namic team at Federation," Markowitzon page 15A