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PAGE 8 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 24, 2004 Fifty volunteers stuffed, labeled and stamped over 3,500 invitations inviting the women of the Orlando Jewish Community to a spe- cial annual evening of cama- raderie and education. Invi- tations should begin to ar- rive next week for "Choices 2005," the annual Women's Division Campaign Dinner sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Or- lando, which will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2005, at Temple Israel's improved social hall. The honoree for this year's "Harriet Ginsburg Woman of Choice Award" will be Susan Bierman, who moved to Orlando in ],962 and immediately began giv- ing her time and resources to the Jewish Federation, and who became one of tile few women Federation presi- dents in 1985. Herunwaver- ing support for the Orlando community, Israel,Women's American Oft and her syna- gogue has set the standard of giving and volunteering for Central Florida's Jewish community. "Susan is not only a role model to her three daughters but to all the women of the Orlando community," says Jeannie Leavitt, co-chairwoman of Choices 2005. This year, the annual auction has been revised as a raffle. There will be five grand prizes, which include a flat-screen televi- sion; a woman's Baume and Mercier watch; lasik surgery (valued at $4,000) by Dr. Ross Parks of the Florida Eye Clinic and Laser Cen- ter; a"lifetime tribute video" donated by Big Picture DVD; and a 10-chain steriing silver heart necklace and bracelet set from Tiffany's valued at $670. Tickets for these items will be $25 each or 6 for $100. Ticket buyers do not need to attend the event to win these items. Tickets will go on sale after January5. Therewillalsobe specialty baskets that will be raffled off the night of the event for attendees. For more information, call Jeannie Leavitt at 407- 578-9993 or Lori Brenner at 407-830-6884; or call the Federation office at 407- 645-5933, ext. 237. Get Connected: change of luncheon location The Get Connected Luncheon, sponsored by the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando and scheduled for January 18, 2005, has been moved to Gina's Lakeside Grill, 309 Cranes Roost Blvd. in Altamonte Springs. The restaurant will be serving salmon to everyone who likes fish and pasta primavera to the non-fish eaters. The couvert is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Jennifer Ritter, executive director of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, will be the guest speaker. For more information about Get Connected or to make a reservation, contact Nancy Ludin at the Fed- eration office at 407-645-5933, ext. 239, or e-mail her at Shown here (i-r): good friends who met at Get Con- nected, ANNETTE MARGULIES, ANNE BARRON and DENISE REBACK, who are all active members. By Erica Hruby BBYO Regional Director The Orlando B'nai B'rith Youth Organization teens and their families are team- ing up with the Lisa Merlin House to provide Christmas dinner to the 28 residents and their families. The Lisa Merlin I louse is a respite and healing center for ~vomen dealingwith drug addiction. "As Jews and Orlando residents, it is our duty and obligation to help those less fortunate than ourselves," says Joel Cohen, Rebels member. On Shabbat, late afternoon, the teens will bring the residents everything from brisket to pasta salad to green bean cas- serole, all of the makings of a traditional Christmas dinner. In addition, the BBYO teens will bring toiletries, make-up, and the like to donate to the women. It is important that our teens participate in this type of project in the community. "We have allowed this pro j- er to On Sunday, Dec. 12, Jew- ish Family Services sponsored its ninth annual Kinder to Kinder program. Coordi- nated by Kinder to Kinder chairperson Bernice Walker- Schwartz, nineteen children from various synagogues and organizations, along with their parents, gathered to wrap holiday gifts they purchased for children at the Crisis Nursery. Once the presents were wrapped, the children and and hugs. Holiday excitement filled the facility as the chil- dren decorated cookies, played games and ate delicious snacks. At the end of the day, every child was presented wit h a fleece blanket bought by the parent of each volunteer. Kinder to Kinder is aimed at giving the youth of the local communityan opportunity to give back to other children, while at the same time teach- ing the spirit of volunteerism and community service. ect to take place on Shabbat afternoon because it empha- sizes all that is good in the Jew- ish heart and giving selflessly to those in need," says Carol creates Miller, North Florida BBYO Commission president. This project is a true mitz- vah and a taste ofTikkun Olam (to heal the world). tement