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JNF's Tree of Life dinner honored 10 Orlandoans


Karen Dyer with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and JNF Orlando Board of Directors member Jim Pugh.

More than 400 Jewish National Fund (JNF) supporters attended the 2013 JNF Tree of Life™ Award dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on Nov. 6 to honor Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer with the Tree of Life™ Award, presented by JNF Orlando Board of Directors member Jim Pugh, in honor of his outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to peace and security of human life.

JNF Orlando Board of Directors member Aaron Gorovitz with 2013 Guardian of Israel honorees Sy and Debra Israel and Mark and Caryn Israel.

Receiving the Guardian of Israel Awards were Sy and Debra Israel, Mark and Caryn Israel, Dick and Louise Weiner, Ben and Maura Weiner, and Lois Tannenbaum.

The evening ended with a comedic performance by stand-up comedian and writer Joel Chasnoff.

"I was delighted to attend this year's Orlando Tree of Life™ Dinner. We honored two wonderful community leaders and two generations of great families, all who are dedicated supporters of JNF and Israel," said Bruce K. Gould, JNF Florida chairman.  "All of the honorees exemplify the Jewish tenent of Tikkun Olam- the biblical teaching that we are all obligated to heal the world.  They are all outstanding individuals in their own right and make our community, Israel and the world a better place."


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