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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 PAGE 3A ORLANDO--The Jew- ish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) will host guest speaker Marlis Humphrey, president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), at their next meeting on Tuesday, March 4, from 7 - 9 p.m. (6:30 p.m. for net- working and mavens), at the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., in Maitland. This meeting is free and open to the public. Humphrey will speak on "Using JGSs to find your ancestors." Jewish Genealogical Soci- Using JGSs to find your ancestors eties (JGSs), a network of 74 individual societies world- wide that are dedicated to providing assistance to those exploring their Jewish family history, is an invaluable re- source to finding ancestors. There are societies across the U.S. and in Canada, the Ca- ribbean, Central and South America, Israel, Great Brit- ain, France, Belgium, Den- mark, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, South Africa, and Australia that can provide local assistance to you where you live through their educa- tional programs, mentoring, and workshops. Additionally, JGSs can provide assistance to you remotely--in the area where one of your ancestors might have lived. Humphrey will explain and show some of the JGS resources avail- able: records indexes, data- bases, cemetery information, newsletters, research guides, archive knowledge, experts on call, local tours, and more. Learn about the myriad of re- sources available and how to use this resource to discover your ancestry. Prior to the program, starting at 6:30 p.m., there will be time for newcom- ers to network and receive free consulting assistance or mentoring from a Jewish genealogy maven. Marlis Glaser Humphrey, is also vice president of Pro- grams and Publicity for the JGSGO, and vice president and technology outreach committee chairwoman for the Florida State Genealogical Society. She has successfully discovered all her ancestral shtetls and is founder of myAncestories, a company that helps genealogists create family histories to treasure. She holds a B.A. in Russian and an M.S. in management of technology. JGSGO is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical informa- tion, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and fam- ily history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. For more informa- tion visit our blog at www. , "like" us at jgsgreaterorlando or call us at 407-494-4230. Marlis Glaser Humphrey Chabad unites UCF and Orlando Jewish Six-hundred and thirteen Orlando college students, faculty, staff and community members will gather together for a celebration of Jewish uni- ty at the second annual Mega Shabbat on UCF's campus. The traditional Shabbat dinner will be held in the Pegasus Ballroom in the Student Union on Feb. 21, at 5:30 p.m. for appetizers and student community with Shabbat 613 6:30 p.m. for Shabbat dinner. Shabbat 613 is a project developed by the Chabad on Campus National Foun- dation. Leaders of Chabad on Campus observed that, while many U.S. campuses have active Jewish student organizations, the majority of Jewish college students do not participate in Jewish life on their respective campuses. The goal of the Shabbat 613 program is to create an an- nual event, which is able to attract the interest of the entire Jewish student body. The program was first held at SUNY Binghamton, and has since been held at Harvard, UF, UGA, USC, Tulane and other universities. "The event has really caught the imagination of the student population here in Orlando," said Rabbi Chaim Lipskier, director of Chabad at UCF,"we have over 50 students working on making this program a success. I really hope that the faculty and greater Orlando Jewish community will be able to participate as well, helping to create a greater sense of Jewish community." Shabbat 500 was held last year for the first time on UCF's campus. It was a great success, and was the largest Jewish event on UCF's history. Nicole Erdfrocht, the chair- woman of last year's Shabbat 500 committee, commented on the ambitious and success- ful program, "Shabbat dinner is a celebration of Jewish life that brings people together. I believe that this dinner gave the entire student body a sense of fellowship and community." This event is open to the entire Orlando community. To reserve a seat, contact info@ For more information please contact Rabbi Chaim Lipskier at rabbi@jewishucf. corn, or 407-949-8838 or view the Shabbat 613 website at By Chris DeSouza Assistant Editor Let Jewish Family Services provide the RIDE A little known service that is offered by Jewish Family Services is the RIDE pro- gram. Through its partner- ship with ITN and Mears, JFS provides free roundtrip transportation for qualified senior citizens or disabled adults who need a ride to and from any medically related appointment. Claudia Tobin, the pro- gram coordinator, said it is easy to participate in RIDE--which stands for Reli- able Independent Drivers for the Elderly. There are some conditions--clients must be over 65 years of age or disabled and meet a specific income level. Tobin also asks each new client a few more questions to verify eligibility. A release form, which Tobin can mail with a stamped re- turn envelope, must also be signed. Once the release form is returned to JFS, the client will be on file in the system and can request a ride up to two times a month. Tobin asks that requests be made 72 hours in advance, if possible, so she can make ar- rangements with either ITN or Mears to take the client to his or her medical appoint- ment, whether it be a doctor's visit, dentist, lab work, or to pick up prescriptions. Rita Hopkins, a RIDE cli- ent, told fellow residents at a "Gratitude Meeting" where she lives that she is grateful for Jewish Family Services and this program. "The RIDE program is a fantastic op- portunity to be able to stay in the best health possible for my age. If it wasn't for JFS Orlando, I couldn't get the medical treatment I need. They help me stay alive and in the best health possible." A Holocaust survivor shares his story at UCF Irving Roth, a Holocaust survivor, writer and interna- tionally-known educator, will share his personal stories of the Nazi death camps at UCF Irving Roth on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Student Union--Garden Key, Room 221, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The event is sponsored by Christians United for Israel, Wikipedia with the support of Central Florida Hillel. There will be a meet and greet and refresh- ments immediately following the lecture. Tobin was pleased to hear this from a client. "It's true that many senior citizens just stop taking care of their health because they have no way to go to doctor's appointments or refill prescriptions," she said. Hopkins testimony proved that RIDE increases inde- pendence by providing access to healthcare for program participants. For RIDE information and appointments, call Claudia Tobin at 407-644-7593, ext. 239. 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