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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 19, 2003 PAGE 3 IIIII I II III [ I [ coming Once again OJEP, the Or- lando Jewish Enrichment Pro- gram, came to town to offer its Wide array of programming during the Thanksgiving Weekend. Josh Marder, Robert Shut and Kenny Berg planned and orchestrated the weekend. Traveling from New York City, Yeshiva University with a To- ~eah in arms, they planned for a autiful Shabbat community Weekend. The weekend began Friday evening with a lively musical Kabbalat Shabbat service to bring in the Sabbath queen. Ninety children have filled the JCC-South Early Child- ,hood Learning Center Pre- School to capacity. The huge enrollment required the JCC- ~uth to place an additional fifteen children on a waiting list, according to ECLC-South birector Brenda Sher. The Dr. P. Phillips Founda- lion approved a $250,000 grant t~ fund the construction of four classrooms for infants and t~ldlers. A permanent JCC- preschool building will needed relief, as well as ool to increase capacity. Over sixty South- ~st residents have joined over dozen committees operat- . Fifty women stuffed 3000 Invitations inviting thewomen of the Orlando Jewi h Com- munity to an evening of cama- and enter- Invitations should to arrive next week for 2004," the annual Division Campaign sponsored by the Jew- Federation of Greater Or- which will be held on Jan. 27, 2004, at The honoree for this year's g Woman of be Harriett who moved to Orlando 1962 and immediately be- giving her time and re- to the Jewish Federa- The Jewish Community nter announced the hiring Lisa Fineman, to fill the director Kinneret Apartments, premier senior in downtown Born and raised in Cherry N.J Fin man spent the 11 years in Baltimore, Fineman received her degree in y Health from State University in Md. After receiving degree, she worked as a Educator from 1996- DO for Maryland's Teen Prevention pro- where she completed !r student internship. this position, she the opportunity to plan aal conferences and educational work- she moved on ;rican Can- Society as a Community The services, and the meal that followed, were both hosted by the Marder family of Altamonte Springs. The room was packed and the singing rocked the walls, leaving everyone's soul touched and enriched. The following night fea- tured a rocking Havdalah ser- vice and concert, hosted by Congregation Beth Am of Longwood. This eve nt signaled a new chapter for OJEP, for this was ttleir first event held in one of the local synagogues. The event featured a concert ing the South Campus Build- ing Drive. In a November report for the Dr. Phillips Foundation, Attorney Richard Geller, a Dr. Phillips resident, wrote, "We view the Infant and Toddler Center as a valuable addition to the Southwest community. The level of education pre- sented at the existing, tempo- rary facility is truly outstand- ing in our experience. We very much look forward to making a permanent facility available to hundreds of parents with children in our community." A permanent facility would give preschool children care- fully supervised access to a .tion and was one of the founders of the Women's Divi- sion. Her unwavering support for Israel, Hadassah and Women's AmeriCan Oft has set the standard of giving and volunteering our Jewish com- munity. This year, Choices will fea- ture Annie Korzen in the One Woman Off-Broadway Show, '~/enta Unplugged Excuse me I'm talking!" The show is half autobiography and half a wryly humorous look at the peculiar predicament of American Jew- ish women. Korzen, an author and actress, is perhaps most familiar to television viewers as the argumentative condo neighbor Doris Klumpus on new ac LISA FINEMAN Specialist, providing educa- tional outreach and manag- ing programs for cancer pa- tients. Fin man has been a FIo- ridian since August 2003 and Kinneret's Activity Director since November 2003. She jumped right in and accom- given by Josh and Robert, with insights and Torah thoughts woven into the show. The evening capped off with a lively rendition of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's classic"Am Yisroel Chai", which brought the crowd to its feet. For many, this was their first encounter with an OJEP program, and from the reactions of the audi- ence, it definitely won't be their last. Sunday afternoon featured a lecture given by Josh Marder entitled "The Meaning of Bless- ings" at the Hebrew Day gymnasium, swimmi~g pool, and other recreational facili- ties not currently available. The ECLC-South preschool is open to children of all faiths. Upon the completion of con- struction, the facility will be known as the Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Infant and Tod- dler Center. For more information about the JCC-South ECLC Pre- school, please contact Director Brenda Sher at 407-239-7411. . To volunteer on one of the South Campus Building Drive committees, please call Marge at the Campaign Headquar- ters on Hiawassee Road, at 407- 299-1998. "Seinfield. (For more informa- tion on the show and Annie Korzen read the community issue Jan. 9, 2004.) This year, the Choices 2004 auction will feature jewelry from Tiffany's and Company, various dinner packages and a parking spot of the winner's choice at the Jewish Commu- nity campus lot. The auction wil! start at 5:30 p.m. with dinner (catered by the new Arthur's Kosher Caterer) at 6:45 p.m. For more information, please call Marci Greenberg at ,407-975-0812 or Jeannie Leavitt at 407-578 -9993 or call the Federation office at 407- 645-5933, Ext. 237. panied the residents on trips, published the resident news- letter, and assisted with many other activities. Lisa is eager and excited to work with all of the residents and hopes to continue the tradition of pro- viding a first-class activities program. Residents and staff alike are pleased with the appointment of Fineman and many have expressed their good fortune at having her talents. Fineman looks forward to developing new programs and activities that will enhance the existing programs. Up~ coming activities include a trip to St. Petersburg to visit a Russian art exhibit, educa- tional programs on breast cancer and updates to keep residents informed on the changes to Medicare and their drug benefits. For additional information on Kinneret Apartments one can call 407-425-4537. School. The lecture inspired a spirited debate afterwards, duringwhich the audience got to share their ideas and clarify the topics covered during the lecture. It was a busy weekend for the OJEP team, as this also was the start of the major preparations for the OJEP Ill winter seminar, heading this way this year January 8th to the 18th. Meetings were held, schedules were made, and a program started to take shape. Keep an eye out for more in- formation about the January seminar coming soon. To find out more information, or how you can get involved with OJEP, you can email OJEP coordinators, KENNY BERG. (l-r) ROB SHOR, JOSH MARDER and LAw OFFICE OF Auto Accidents Wrongful Death Nursing Home Negligence Defective Products * Slip & Fall Dental Malpractice Dog Bites Insurance Claims "Prepared to fight for you.r" FREE & CONFIDENTIAL INITIAL CONSULTATION u.5. 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