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Zionistas say goodbye to Garden Gate Tea Room


David Moldau 

(L-r), Karen Sandvick, owner of the  Garden Gate Tea Room, Mt. Dora; and three of the four founders of the Zionastas: Eva London Ritt, Sandi Solomon, and Diana Scimone. Missing is Judy Shujman.

The formulation of the Zionistas, an organization of Christians and Jews who love and support Israel, began over lunch at the Garden Gate Tea Room in Mt. Dora. Owner Karen Sandvick, originally from Norway, spent her earlier years as a photojournalist working for international news organizations. She has been a devoted supporter of Israel since her first assignment to Israel. At the end of June, the doors closed at the Tea Room and the Zionistas lunched there for their last visit on June 25. 

The group wanted to wish Karen great success and joy in any new endeavor she plans. "We thank Karen and her staff for the exceptional hospitality and kindness  we experienced on each visit," said founding member Eva Ritt.


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