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F , lllJ.llLdJlLhJJJJilLtl!ttl HI IIL!II[JI+IIIt+kL,'ili|IIIfliLJIIIIUIIJJ ILIILJIJJ.JlLilllJlI_J+J+J.j.gLJ.!+__ .... J_Jj+_J._ .JJ'lj ..... hiJJhLilJ]llll+ _ "- +JL" =' I - " -+ '_ . _ PAGE 2B "Who knew," says Janet Kaplan of Go Travel, "that the idea of bar and bat mitzvahs at sea would be so popular?" With that observation, Go Travel announces the expan- sion of its popular Bar and Bat Mitzvah at Sea through 2013. Why a bar mitzvah at sea? It is different, all-inclusive and provides something for everyone. No driving to and from hotels, synagogues or reception halls, and no deal- ing with a variety of different suppliers. It is one stop and usually much more economi- cal than a land-based event, according to Go Travel. "The growth potential for this is boundless," says Kaplan. Donating to a charity in memory of someone who has passed or in honor of some- one's special occasion stich as a significant birthday or life event is a gesture of kindness, and a new trend is emerging. Socially conscious couples, kids and individuals are dis- covering creative ways to incorporate charitable giving into their celebrations as well. While deciding on chocolate or fruit cake filling and black or white table linens, celebrants are adding another decision to their checklist: should we help fight hunger, should we aid victims of catastrophe or what cause could we help benefit? Philanthropy can take on many forms in a celebration. whether it's donating leftover buffet trays to a shelter, sending floral centerpieces to a nursing HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 27, 2017 B'nai mitzvah at sea is a shipshape idea Planning the event usually begins at least one year prior to the cruise. Early planning is absolutely essential for a variety of reasons: reserving on-board event and reception space, obtaining the best pric- ing and getting the commit- ment of a rabbi are just a few of the myriad details that the program deals with for each bar mitzvah. "This year gives me the time to know the family, which is very important. If I under- stand the personality and needs of my client, then the event will be an unparalleled success," says Kaplan. "Before they make any commitment, I usually spend hours sitting down and listening to the fam- ily and child. I make sure that I understand their desires and dreams. They must be com- fortable with me, and I must take their wishes, desires and budget into consideration. By the time we sail, I am a member of the family." The Bar and Bat Mitzvah at Seaprogram arranges for DJs, on board reception rooms, private shore excursions. special dining arrangements and ocean-view spots for the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony. Three-night cruises are the most popular choice among customers. This length of cruise offers an evening Shabbat service conducted by either a rabbi invited by the family or provided by the program, followed by an oneg Shabbat. The actual bar/ bat mitzvah service is held the next morning, and the Havdalah service is held on the night of day two. Day three brings a continuation of the festivities with guests getting together and participating in the different fun events sched- uled per the family's requests. The best moment of the entire cruise for Kaplan is seeing the multiple generations of a family together sharing a continuation of faith moe than 3,000 years old. An interesting turn of events, Kaplan has noticed, involves the ship staff as they help prepare for the various events and services. "They have a great curiosity and a genuine desire to learn about the rituals involved. I feel we provide both education about and an enhanced respect for the Jewish faith," says Kaplan. She went on to add that growth will continue with this product, expanding to include cruises in the Mediterranean Sea, which feature overnight stops in Israel. This will al- low the opportunity to have several events aboard the ship and perform the actual bar or bat mitzvah in Israel itself. Kaplan has done two bar mitzvahs for her children, and Making a celebration more meaningful home, purchasing Center- pieces for Tzedakah from JFS, or helping to raise awareness about a specific cause. Did you know you can donate your weddingor bridesmaid gown to BridesAgainstBreastCancer. org? Proceeds from sales of the gowns benefit cancer patients and their families. Asking for charitable do- nations in lieu of gifts stems partly from the changing de- mographics of today's marry- ing couples. Since couples are marrying older, most already have the toaster oven and blender and have dual incomes to support their lifestyles. In terms of the bar orbat mitzvah. adolescents are rediscovering the true meaning behind the event, which takes the focus away from self and places the emphasis on giving to others. Deciding on a charity can also be away for the celebrants to create an event that is truly their own. In 2010, Terri Fine and Paul Stenzler dedicated their nuptials to World Food Day. Their wedding coincided with the designated date of Oct. 16. Their decision to make their celebration a conscious- raising event, resulted in providing more than 800 meals to hungry individuals and families. JFS officer says, "Consider making your next event extra special by asking guests to make a food donation to JFS. Each dollar donated can buy $6 worth of food and provide two meals to a hungry child." Contact Es Cohen at 407- 644-7593. ext. 241 to coor- dinate charitable giving for your event. her experience ensures flawless execution of all events she di- rects, which include weddings on top of bar/bat mitzvahs. "Whatever needs to be done, I am there to do it. I bring a variety of music, I can bring a challah, and if the hem of a dress is torn, I'll sew it. Whatever is needed, I'm on it," Kaplan assures her customers. Go Travel, now in its 34 ta year, is headquartered in Longwood. For more infor- mation, visit http://www. You can reach Janet Kaplan, director of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs at Sea Pro- gram at 407-774-7730, ext. 115 or by email at janetk@ Paul Stenzler and Terri Fine dedicated their nuptials to World Food Day, which provided 800 meals. > BES00TENW00ST ANTIQUES ,,run Tliings Fine '2hires Furniture, Porcelain, Jewelry & Glass Silver, Linens & Other Valuables 1 Ill[ 1 I INCLUDING WATERFORD, HAVlLAND, LENOX, NORITAKE ROYAL DOULTON, LLADRO, TIFFANY GORHAM ,KIRK, LUNT e TOWLE * ROGERS III BUY SELL APPRAISE ENTIRE ESTATES OR SINGLE ITEMS 40 7-64 7-0533 ' ROYAL PLAZA CORNER OF HORATIO & 17-92 145 S ORLANDO AV ' MAITLAND Bonnie Shams Owner O " continuously in the Orlando Area since 1980. JFS provides centerpieces with a conscience Centerpieces for Tzedakah is a JFS program that provides beautifully decorated centerpiece baskets for rent for special occasions from Jewish Family Services. Funds raised through the rental of the baskets are used to purchase food for those in need. "We encourage our chil- Services' program thatpro- dren to be philanthropic, vides"tastefully"decorated so it was no surprise that- centerpieces+and bimah Jbh wanted i+o help al trUnkS for special events. leviate hunger as part of his bar mitzvah project. I knew about Centerpieces for Tzdekakah from another event I attended and sug- gested that we rent them for decorations at his cel- ebration. He loved the idea and so did the guests at his party. The shopping cart centerpieces sparked a lot of conversation, and Josh was able to tie it into his hunger project." Emma C. Centerpieces for Tze- dakah is a Jewish Family The centerpieces come in the form of both baskets and miniature shopping carts and are filled with a repre- sentation of assorted pack- aged foods and wrapped in clear cellophane with bows. Individuals and groups can rent the centerpieces from JFS for bar/bat mitz- vahs, weddings, graduations or any occasion in lieu of expensive flowers, which eventually wilt and get thrown out. The "rental" money helps support JFS pantries, which feed less fortunate individuals within the community, The concept is r/6t only charitable, but it is also "green.,' In addition, JFS delivers and picks up the baskets at the site where the function is taking place-- with no delivery fees, and it is 100 percent tax-deductible. JFS encourages anyone planning a special function to make the event more sig- nificant by renting tzedakah centerpieces and/or bimah trunks for the occasion. To reserve your centerpieces, contactJFS at407-644-7593. 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