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As we reach the end of July we are also getting close to the time for Federation’s annual meeting.  Each year, our annual meeting provides an opportunity to highlight the amazing work done by the Federation, recognize outstanding leaders in our community, and give a view into the future.  This year will be no different.

Hosted by Federation Board Member Yeosh Bendayan, this year’s annual meeting, scheduled for Thursday 26th at 7 pm, this year’s meeting will be held both in person and via Zoom so that everybody has an opportunity to attend in a manner they desire.  Some of the highlights of this year’s meeting include:

  • The Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership award will be presented to Michael and Stacey Soll
  • The Byron B. Selber Young Leadership award will be presented to Danielle Krise
  • The Jewish Communal Professional Award will be presented to Aaron and Sharon Weil
  • The Heritage Florida Jewish News Human Service Award will be presented to…… you’ll have to read the Heritage for their announcement, but I promise you it’s somebody who is very deserving.

Having a chance to celebrate and honor our amazing leaders is enough however this year will be highlighted by not only a summary of the past incredible year during these challenging times and hear about what’s coming in the year ahead.  While you may think you know about what’s happened this year with RAISE, Women Together, PJ Library, Family Engagement, Empowering Connections, the Bornstein Leadership Development Program, JTEN, the Human Service Matching campaign and more, I promise you that there is more than you realize that has happened. Even more important will be a chance to get some highlights from our 2020-21 Orlando Jewish Community Study which will be presented in full to our community by The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University later this year.  Finally we will get to celebrate our amazing Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development class. These leaders are impacting our community by serving on the Board of Directors of The Jewish Academy of Orlando (JAO), Jewish Family Services (JFS), Kinneret, Central Florida Hillel, The Roth Family JCC, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando as well as serving on committees for many other organizations.

For those of you considering the next Bornstein class, I encourage you to apply. The next class begins in January 2022, and you will want to be a part of it!!

So before Shabbat begins, take a minute to register for the annual meeting and put it on your calendar.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Shabbat Shalom,