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PAGE 10A , ! 00!iiJ i FOR 63 YEARS, THEY HAVE GIVEN THE FREEDOM TO THRIVE WE OWE THEM THE SAME OPPORTUNITY. THEY DOH'T JUST SECURE ! S i A E L' S F g T g R E THEY AlE ISRAEL'S FUTgHE FIDF W|W.Fi|F.Ot| 305.354.1233 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 23, 2011 JCC basketball leagues begin Feb. 13 The Roth Jewish Commu- nity Center of Greater Orlando will tip off its winter men's basketball program Feb. 13, 2012. The program is open to the entire community 17years of age and up on a first-come, first-paid basis. More than 100 basketball players are ex- pected to participate with the program normally selling out. The JCC offers three league options. The NBA program is Monday night and the 40 + program is Thursday night. Both programs are based on an open draft system. Players enter as a free agent and are selected on a team by captains. The CBA league is played Thursday night. In this pro- gram you may enter up to six players to form your own team or enter as a free agent and be placed on a team. All games are played at the Ginsburg Family Gymnasium. Games are played 4 on 4 with six players on a team. Two certified referees officiate the games while a scorekeeper keeps the time and score. High school rules are followed. All teams play eight games plus participate in an end of season, single-elimination tournament. Trophies or t-shirts are awarded to the league cham- pions and tournament cham- pions. Games are played at 6:45 p.m, 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. JCC basketball program organizers say, "In addition to meeting new friends and getting some much needed exercise, the JCC basketball league promotes fun and enjoyment. Players also get an opportunity to showcase their skills in a competitive environment." For more information con- tact JCC sports director Eli Bercovici at 407-645-5933 or elib@orhndojcc.org. You can also view the information and download a registration form on the JCC website at www. Orlando jcc.org. Governor witnesses signing of memorandum BEER-SHEVA, Israel-- Florida Governor Rick Scott led a 50-member delegation to Israel thatvisited Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) lastTuesday. Duringthevisit, the governor was witness to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between BGU and the University of South Florida. "The people here care about Israel," he said, refer- ring to the impressive group from Florida that included business leaders, politicians, academics and representa- tives of Enterprise Florida, the organizers of the mission. The delegation was hosted by BGU's Rector Prof. Zvi HaCohen, Vice President for External Relations Prof. Amos Drory and Vice Presi- dent and Dean for Research and Development Prof. Moti Herskowitz. The group heard presentations by BGU faculty members that stressed the areas of future collaborative research. BGU is the only university on Scott's agenda during his week-long visit to Israel. The MoU was signed by the rector on behalf of BGU President Prof. Rivka Carrel who was overseas at the time, and University of South Florida President Dr. Judy Genshaft. "Our two universities have much in common," said Dr. Genshaft at the signing. "They are both young, exhilarating, dynamic and with the motiva- tion toachieve." She expressed her belief that global partner- ships are the best way for universities to offer students a truly international education. In May 2011, a Memoran- dum of Understanding was signed between BGU and the University of Miami on the occasion of UM President Prof. Donna E. Shalala receivingan honorary doctorate. During this visit to BGU, the governor also witnessed a supplement to that MoU being signed between Prof. Gabriel Sch- reiber, dean of BGU's Faculty of Health Sciences, and Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, dean of the School of Medicine at Miami University. Governor Scott is in Israel on a business development mission to deepen the links between Israeli and Florida institutions and businesses. Bilateral trade stood at $184.5 million as of July 2011. One of the goals of the mission is to offer Florida as a jumping off point for Israeli businesses interested in penetrating the Latin American market. Billie Thatcher returns to sing at Sinai Congregation Sinai brings back Billie Thatcher by popu- lar demand. She will present her Billie Thatcher Sings Broadway show at 7 p.m. Jan. 21, 2012 at the synagogue, 303A N. U.S. 27, Minneola. Thatcher is a multiple- award winning actress and singer, who will feature a tribute to Broadway com- posers from Berlin to Sond- heim, including songs from "Sweeney Todd," "Yentle," "Sunset Boulevard," "West Side Story" and many oth- ers. Tickets are $10. For ticket purchase or more informa- tion, contact Carlyne Gilbert at 352-242-0415. Jewish Academy Holds Poker Tournament Jewish Academy of Orlando held its annual Poker Tournament on Dec. 8. The event, a fundralser for the school, raised $7,000, which will go toward the school's scholarship fund. For more information on how you can help families in the Orlando area send their children to the only K-8 Day School in the area, call 407-647-0713, or visit unmv. iscando.org. Among the winners were, from left: Tomer Tagyort (4), Bill Holstein (2), Chris Kampouris II), Steve Caldstvin (8), Barry Render (3), Elena Blainoy (I), Aoran 8atill (7), Justin Presser (6), Ami Vizer and lrit Viz, er (5). Not pictured: Alan Cohen (9) and  a (10).