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A glimpse into the future at the Federation's Annual Meeting


The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting the morning of Sunday, Aug. 5, on the Maitland Jewish Community Campus.

The meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m. and will wrap up at noon. Coffee and bagels will be provided.

Those who attend will hear a comprehensive update on what has been a year of great transition for the Federation, which saw the departure of its executive director, the appointment of an interim executive director, and ongoing refinement of the Federation’s role so that it can best serve local Jewish organizations and the larger Central Florida Jewish community.

While the Annual Meeting always tries to provide a glimpse into the future, there will be a least a little reminiscing, as the Orlando Federation, like the State of Israel, marked its 70th birthday in the past year. (The modern-day Federation was established as the Central Florida Jewish Community Council in 1947).

Getting down to business, the following names will be placed into nomination as officers for the 2018-2020 Board of Directors:

President: Brad Jacobs

Vice President: Ming Marx

Treasurer: Danielle Krise

Secretary: Carol Feuerman

At-large board member Yeosh Bendayan also will be re-nominated for another term.

Of course, Federation’s Annual Meeting is also synonymous with community awards, and three important ones will be presented Aug. 5:

This year’s Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Award winner is Loren London. A longtime Federation volunteer, supporter and Lion of Judah, London is the director of Federation’s RAISE program for adults with special needs.

The Jewish Communal Professional Award will be presented to Robby Etzkin and Eric Lightman, of the Roth Family and Rosen Jewish community centers, respectively, for their successful collaboration in organizing the Israel at 70 community celebration in April at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando.

The Heritage Florida Jewish News will present its annual Human Service Award. The winner will be announced in an upcoming edition of the Heritage.

Federation will also honor the 10 members of the current Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development class with a brief graduation ceremony during the meeting. Program co-chair Patricia Bornstein is scheduled to speak.

The final segment of the Annual Meeting will be a presentation and question-and-answer session about the Federation and The Roth Family JCC collaborating on key operations, as well as a discussion of a potential merger between the organizations.

You can RSVP for the meeting online at http://www.jfgo.org/meeting or by calling Federation office manager Marisa West at 407-645-5933, ext. 236.


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