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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 18, 2015 PAGE 3A Five years ago, four moti- came up with a plan--and vatedwomenwent to lunch in Zionistas was born. Mount Dora. That in itself is Five years later, this coali- not unusual--but what hap- tion of Christian and Jewish pened as a result is. women has worked together Jewish andChristian, they in powerful ways to sup- realized each had a love for Is- port Israel and fight hatred. raelandadesiretosupportthe They've met bi-monthly and land and fight anti-Semitism have brought in nation- throughawareness, advocacy, ally recognized speakers and andactivism.Theyknewthere influential local speakers. were many other women in Zionistas gives these women Central Florida who felt the and men an important plat- same way. By the time they form to share with our cam- returned to Orlando, they munityabouttheanti Israel The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's annual Women's Philanthropy fun- draiser is set for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Formal invitations will go out in January, but Choices ambassadors gathered at the Maitland Jewish Community Campus on Dec. 9 to fill out "save the date" cards to send to friends and family. The theme for Choices 2016 is "Celebrating the Spirit of the Woman," with Barbara Chasnov being honored as the Harriet Ginsburg Woman of Choice. This year's Choices BDS movement, terrorism, and more. Now they'd like to ask for your help "At every meeting, we say we're unique not just because we're Jews and Christians working together but because we have no membership dues! In fact, we've only asked for donations at one meeting (and that was to cover the speaker fee of $500)," said co-founder Eva Ritt. They still don't charge Choices ambassadors Amy Goldberg, left, and Dr. Eve Homburger write personal messages to friends on their 'save the date' cards. co-chairs are Sandi Saft, Mendelsohn.Findoutthelat- Karen Selznick and Ronni est at peace your su dues--but they do want to ana Scimone, POBox951599, up in 2016 and information ask foryourhelpintwoways: Lake Mary FL 32795. Please will be coming in the next 1. If you agree with Zionis- include your email address, few weeks. tas'message, wouldyoumake 2. Would you tell a friend There has never been a an end-of-year donation? about Zionistas and invite her more critical time to stand You'll help them continue to the next meeting? (You can with Israel than today. "Thank to bring in top speakers and also invite a Zionisto; lots of you for sharing your heart provide security at the meet- men come to each meeting.) with us and responding to ings. You can mail a check Zionistas have an exciting this request. Together we can payable to"Zionistas," c/o Di- schedule of speakers coming make a difference," said Ritt. Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your family's-eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection. I THEVISIONCOUNOL FUNERAL HOME ~ CREMATORY Jew is h Graveside Packaae;iiiii!' On Dec. 8, middle school teaching about cities that are emystudentstaughtaboutthe students from the Geneva important to their different holiday of Chanukah. School, aChristian dayschool, faith traditions. The students "At the Jewish Academy of and Leaders Preparatory from the Jewish AcademyOrlando, we believe that this School, anIslamiceducation- taught about two different is an important program to al school, joined the middle cities in Israel: Jerusalem help promote peace and unity school students from the and Tel Aviv. In addition to in our very complicated and Jewish Academy of Orlando learning about cities that are fragmented world," said Head for amorning oflearningand important to our different of School Alan Rusonik. sharing. This was the first traditions, the students will For more information meeting between the three be creating "peace polls" that about the Jewish Academy of schools that will take place will be displayed to show that Orlando or to arrange a visit this year. The theme for this our differenttraditionssharea to the school, please contact year's multi-faith program is common desire to have peace Jessica Mishael, admissions "cities and peace." in our world, manager, atjmishael@myjao. Each different faith will be Finally, the Jewish Acad- org or 407-647-0713. Congregation Sinai of Minneola invites all families to bring their young children (first grade and younger) to its Tot Shabbat. The Tot Shabbat will begin at 6 p.m. tonight, Friday, Dec. 18, and will include candle lighting, prayers songs, and stories. Kiddush to follow at 6:30 p.m. Parents and siblings are also welcome. Congregation Sinai is located at 303 US-27, Minneola, FL 34715. For more information, call 352-243-5353. e Call us to rece /e 407-695-CARE (2273) www. Maitland Sanford West Orange 9001 N. Orlando Avenue905 Laurel Avenue 1400 Matthew Paris Blvd Maitland, FL 32751 Sanford, FL 32771 Ocoee, FL 34761