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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 20, 2013 The Roth Jewish Commu- nity Center of Greater Orlando plans to celebrate the success- ful completion of its Roth JCC Renovation Project on Tues- day, Jan. 7, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at the Roth JCC's courtyard playground. The courtyard playground, located inside their Richard S. Adler Early. Renovation-celebration grand opening of JCC courtyard playground the two pools, adding shade structures to the kiddie pool and sitting areas, renovating the deck surface, installing new fencing and landscape, and updating the outdoor locker rooms; installing new auditorium dividers; resur- facing outdoor basketball courts and installing new Childhood Learning Center, represents the last major proj- ect to be completed within the fundraising endeavor. The project was launched in mid-2012 with the purpose of enhancing the overall experience of the JCC. Proj- ects included updating the swimming area--resurfacing Lessons from Hitler Youth for young people today The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Cen- ter in Maitland is known for hosting significant exhibits that help visitors explore the history and lessons of man- kind's darkest times. The Center's newest exhibit, Tempted, Misled, Slaughtered: The Short Life of Hitler Youth, Paul B, is a rare combination of his- tory with great modern-day implications. This collection from the Florida Holocaust Museum investigates how young people became involved in Nazi activities; more im- portant, it asks what those powers of persuasion mean for today's youth. It will be on display at the Center Dec. 21, 2013--March 14, 2014. The exhibit narrates the story of the nazification of the youth of Germany by focusing on the life and death of Paul Bayer. It shows how the Nazi state, through its control of the education system and through a propaganda effort, seduced the youth of Germany into active participation in its destructive mission. The exhibit's opening re- ception will feature a compel- ling conversation with Angela King, a former skinhead who is now the highly regarded editor-in-chief at Life After Hate. She grew up in South Florida, raised in an environ- ment of prejudice and hate. King says that she felt like she didn't fit in anywhere until she met a local group of skinheads, and soon they became her "family." Like "Paul B" of the exhibit, she felt welcomed and important in this environment, anxious to show how well she fit in. King was arrested in 1998 and sentenced to six years in prison for her part in an armed robbery of a small store. During her incarcera- tion she came to terms with the choices she had made, and was determined to make a dif- ference in the world. Since her release, Angela has devoted her life to speaking publicly about her "life after hate." She will be the guest speak- er at the Holocaust Center on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 2 p.m. She will talk about the need to reach out to young people, and talk about the lessons of the Holocaust with them, in order to make an enormous difference in their lives. The entire community is welcome to attend. There is no admission charge. Further information is available at glass backboards; resurfacing tennis courts; and renovat- ing the preschool courtyard playground. All five of these major projects were successfully completed, thanks to the $359,625 contributed by 81 donors, as of Nov. 30. The project was chaired by Daniel Coultoff and Dr. An- drew Kleiman, and supported by committee members, Marty Berman, Mark Chaet, M.D., and Jodi Krinker. "We are thrilled with the off. "Through improving the aesthetics and functionality of our JCC facilities, and creative programming, we are already experiencing increased usage and expect further growth as a vibrant community hub." In recent months, the JCC has capitalized on its updated facilities by creating partner- ships with local organizations to provide a swim team and aquatics services, as well as a new tennis program. Ad- ditionally, the renovated out- door basketball courts have Hadassah awards PAGE 3A success of the Roth JCC Reno- vation Project," said Coult- provided much-needed space for youth basketball practice, and have been used ffequently by other local Jewish-orga- nizations for programming. The Jan. 7 celebration will feature a grand opening of the renovated courtyard play- ground. The evening is free and open to the community, and guests are encouraged to bring their young children to enjoy the playground's offer- ings. The JCC will be provid- ing complimentary snacks and drinks. Those interested in attending the celebration should RSVP to Robin Merkel at or at 407-621-4036. Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Private Lessons & Services Flexible Schedule, Temple Membership Not Required Service in Hotel, Catering Hall or Your Home Rabbi Sanford Olshansky Serving Orange, Seminole & Osceola Counties 321-704-0702 outstanding members The Orlando Chapter of Ha- dassah will present awards to five of its members on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. This eventwill be held at the Hilton Hotel in Altamonte Springs, begin- ning at 11 a. m. The awardees are Rita and George SIotnick and Joan Schwebel, PhD, who will receive the coveted Myr- tle Wreath Award. Rita Weissmann, another award- winning member, will be presented with Hadassah's" Love of a Lifetime Award, and finally, Marcia Wasserman will be given the honors for Woman of the Year Award. Join Hadassah in honoring these people who have given so much work, love and devotion to Hadassah and Israel. This is a brunch, and the couvertwill be $36 per person. Reservations can be made with committee members Sharyn Lazar at 407-402- 2153 or Edith Schulman at 407-699-6061. A night at the museum More than 40 of Jewish National Fund (JNF)'s Women for Israel (WFI) supporters attended "A Night at the Museum" at Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College on Nov. 20. Director of the gallery, Ena Heller, was the docent for the evening as the ladies viewed exhibit Auktion 392: Reclaiming the Galerie Stern, Diisseldorf. WFI Orlando chairwoman, Debbie Meitin, gave an update on JNF's important work in Israel. Shown here (l-r): Monica DiGiovanni, Judy Kahan, WFI Orlando Chairwoman Debbie Meitin, and Es Cohen. 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