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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 3, 2014 CTeens of Central Florida join for winter vacation trip CTeens enjoy ice skating during their'winter break vacation. PAGE 3A By Chanshy Majesky at the RDV and then drove to South Orlando to the Kosher Jewish teens from across Gourmet Restaurant where Central Florida joined for theyweretreatedtoawonder- the Chabad Teen Network fulIsraeli-style dinner. trip during the winter break Following dinner, the vacation. The CTeens had a CTeensgatheredatChabadof wonderful time ice skating SouthOrlandoforaworkshop on the Jewish perspective on showing gratitude and ap- preciation 'Hakarat Hatov' led by Rikki Gurewitcz. A video was shown of Nick Vojicic - a man born with no arms or legs but he's always happy and optimistic while thanking G-d for the things that he does have. "This trip and all CTeen programs are designed to have funwhile learningabout Juda- ism and to be sure the teens are proud to be Jewish,'said Rabbi Shmuel Konikov of Daytona Beach. The CTeens were shown a blank screen with three dots on it--A Chossid once came to his Rebbe and 'kvetched' about all the'Tzaros' in his life. The Rebbe showed him these three dots on a sheet of paper and asked him what he sees. "Three dots" came the reply. '"Why do you see the three dots when most of the paper is white?" This story really helped the CTeens internalize the lesson. "It was so much fun hang- ing out with other teenage kids," said Andrew and Josh Kocken from Geneva. "The food was great and it was a great opportunity for me to have a great time with other Jewish kids," added Gabriel Shames of Altamonte Springs. "I really enjoyed bonding with each new teen I met. I found that I had so much in common with them and I absolutely loved the program! It taught me to appreciate ev- erything I have because there are less fortunate people who do not have much," said Reba Wagoner of Heathrow. "In light of the recent Pew Study regarding Jewish as- similation in America, it is clear that we are loosing our youth and it is critical that we focus a spotlight on this demographic--keeping the teens involved with Judaism beyond their bar/bat mitzvah and through college," Rabbi Yanky Majesky explained. "When a child graduates from our Hebrew school, it is our responsibility to do all we can to keep yideshkeit in their lives while they are in high school, and even when they go off to college I make sure to connect them with one of my colleagues in the Chabad on Campus network," Majesky added. Joining for the evening were the CTeens groups of Daytona Beach with Rabbi Shmuel Konikov, North Orlando with Rabbi Yanky Majesky, Greater Orlando with Rabbi Ed Liebowitz, and South Orlando with Rikki Gurewicz. For more information about programs for Jewish Teens in Central Florida, please contact a local Chabad. No affiliation or background is necessary. The annual CTeen Shabbaton to New York City is scheduled for the end of February" and at least 40 teens from Central Florida are expected to join the more than 1000 teens from across the U.S. for an action-packed weekend in the Big Apple. Jewish newspapers in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library RebeccaJefferson April Hines Learn about the Jewish newspapers in the newly created Ethnic Newspapers Database within the Florida Digital Newspaper Library at the University of Florida, and find out how to navigate this important new resource. The new database was created thanks to a Library Services and Technology Act grant (The Florida Digital News- paper Library: Broadening Access and Users) enabling the digitization of one of Florida's longest running ethnic newspapers, The Jew- ish Floridian. This database ORLANDO--Join the Jew- ish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) at the Maitland Public Li- brary, 501 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. (6:30pro for networking and mavens) for a program featuring Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida (UF). Curator Rebecca Jefferson and Journalism and Mass Com- munications Librarian at UF, April Hines, will present "Jew- ish Newspapers in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library: an introduction and tutorial." is online and there is no charge for access. The Jew- ish Floridian was the first ethnic newspaper of note to be published in Florida. Founded in 1927 by J. Louis Shochet, its editorship was taken over by his son Fred K. Shochet until the paper was disbanded in 1990. The one hour presentation and training will include: an overview of the newspapers within the Ethnic News- papers Database, compris- ing 7,526 items with over 139,000 pages; a history and survey of The Jewish Florid- ian newspaper, 1928-1990; a tutorial on how to access these materials: searching, viewing results, saving im- ages etc.; and a Q&A ses- sion. Prior to the program, starting at 6:30 p.m., there will be time for newcomers to network and to receive free consulting assistance or mentoring from a Jewish genealogy maven. Rebecca Jefferson is the curator of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at UF's George A. Smathers Libraries. With holdings of more than 100,000 volumes, the Price Library is considered the foremost Jewish studies One-of-its-,0000nd EVENTful moment It is the first of its kind. EVENTful Moments is a one-stop showcase that is everything, and more than anyone planning a bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, or a party in Orlando could ask for. This isn't a mega-convention with dozens of vendors. "We've done the work for you and narrowed the field to a select few caterers, DJs, florists, photographers and videog- raphers, invitation special- ists, and event planners," said event co-chairwoman Joy Bochner. Twenty-six of Central Florida's fin.est event vendors will display their spe- cialties and offer tastings at EVENTful Moments, held at Congregation Ohev Shalom on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2-5 p.m. "We are excited to partake in this event. What a great idea to bring the different vendors under one roof so anyone plan- ning an event can get to know each of us personally," said Matt Zohler, of Zohler-Sobel Entertainment. Guests wilt have the op- por tunity to bid on significant vendor discounts in the silent auction. Raffle tickets will also be sold to win great prizes. The Collection of Winter Park will be hosting a fashion show, including bat mitzvah and party dresses, as well as select bridal fashions. Designer Daniel Thomaswill be present to discuss the dresses with interested guests. It promises to be a fun, inexpensive afternoon. Even those who aren't currently planning an event, this is a great venue to meet the best in Central Florida. Admission is $5 per person, and is open to the commu- nity. For more information, please call Joy Bochner at 407.491.1638, or e-mail her at joyousb3@gmail.com. research collection in the southeastern United States. In terms of its scarce late 19th and early 20th century imprints, it ranks among the top 20 academic libraries in the world. Jefferson is the project investigator on the LSTA grant The Florida Digital Newspaper Library: Broadening Access and Users, and has been involved in nu- merous digitization projects at UF. Jefferson's background is in special collections: prior to moving to the U.S., she was the bibliographer for a large collection of medieval Hebrew manuscripts in Cambridge University Library, England. April Hines is the Journal- ism and Mass Communica- tions librarian at UF's George A. Smathers Libraries. Her areas of responsibility include research assistance, instruc- tion, outreach and collection development. A Southwest Florida native, she received her bachelor's degree in journalism from UF in 2004. Hines did freelance work for the Gainesville Sun before completing a master's degree in library and information science from the University of South Florida. She has more than a decade of academic library experience, having worked at the UF Law Library and UF Education Library. The event is free and open to thepublic. For more information visit www.jgsgo.blogspot.com , "like" us at www.facebook. com/jgsgreaterorlando or call 407-494-4230. 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