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Step back in time at JAO's gala


November 2, 2018

Peter Burg

Nina and Dr. Ron Oppenheim

Jewish Academy of Orlando will host its annual gala with a Roaring Twenties theme at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at The Ballroom at Church Street. The event will honor Nina and Dr. Ron Oppenheim.

The Roaring Twenties Gala is the school's biggest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds fund new curricula, field trips, new programs, and provide scholarship funds. Gala tickets include signature cocktails, dinner, music by Two Left Feet, and a silent auction for $125 per person. Guest are encouraged to wear 1920s attire and join in for a roaring good time.

Gala honorees, Nina and Ron Oppenheim, have been part of the Central Florida community since 1983. During that time, they were active participants at the JCC, Hebrew Day School (now Jewish Academy of Orlando), Hillel, Jewish National Fund, and Congregation Ohev Shalom. While Ron built a respected neurology practice and served Florida Hospital as a department chair on several occasions, Nina devoted herself to teaching and volunteer work. Nina received the Jerome Bornstein Leadership award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, as well as the Human Service Award from the Heritage Jewish News. She was also a 2017 Federation Woman of Choice Award recipient. Because of Nina's great contributions, Jewish Academy recently appointed her a lifetime board member. Nina and Ron are also Orlando Museum of Art ambassadors. They have three adult children, all Jewish Academy of Orlando alumni.

"We take great pleasure in honoring Nina and Ron," said Alan Rusonik, head of school. "They have been a constant presence, influence, and strength for the school. Nina's positivity and support have been integral in the school's success."

To buy tickets, please visit http://www.jewishacademyorlando.org/gala/. To sponsor or advertise, please email Summer Simmons at ssimmons@myjao.org.

To learn more about Jewish Academy of Orlando, please visit: https://www.jewishacademyorlando.org or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JewishAcademyOrlando.


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