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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 8, 2013 Many people are faced with helping family mem. bers make difficult housing decisions based on health or age related issues. At EXiT Realty Central in Maitland, two agents, Terri Shayne Misek and Michael Berlant, are working together to help senior citizens make the transition out of their homes easier. They are personally expe- rienced in the specific issues affecting senior moves. Misek's mother was hos- pitalized for routine surgery in 2008 that resulted in her being in an intensive care unit for 107 days. After her -~ release from the hospital, her mother went to a local rehab center. Misek met families in that local rehab center that could not go back home and live on their own. She helped them downsize out of their family home to a smaller independent home. Berlant had a similar experience with his mother in 2006. These difficult experi- ences brought them to realize that there were other families in need of assistance in helping their senior members transition their home life. Realizing every situa- Samuel David Gorovitz, daughter of Elizabot4a and Aaron Gorovitz of Mait- land, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Samuel, who enjoys golf and basketball, is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Prepara- tory School. Sharing in the family's simcha will be his sister, Marisa of New York City; his brother. Jeremy of Miami; grandparents. Roz and Joe Gorovitz of Boynton Beach; aunt and uncle Beth and Brian Rothschild of Rye Brook, N.Y.: aunt and uncle. Stephanie and Barry Kissler of Woodcliff Lake. N.J.; aunt. Eve Krauth of Daytona Beach: and uncle Ken Shey of Las Vegas. Nev. tion is different, Misek and Berlant are qualified to aid seniors and their families' transition from one liv- ing situation to another. Whether it be downsizing, moving to a senior resi- dential community or even purchasing a larger home for multiple family living, Misek and Berlant can guide families through the process. They have put together a resource center of pro- fessionals involved With Mental health and sub- stance abuse are more prevalent than we care to admit in our local commu- nities. Susan Weissmann, LCSW, clinical director at the Center for Counseling. Growth and Development, reminds us that "depres- sion, substance abuse, relationship problems, or more serious brain disor- ders affect not. only the individual, but extends to care-givers, family mem- bers and even to a societal level." " As a result of recent heightened societal inter- ests in mental health as it relates to safety, the Cen- ter for Counseling, Growth and Development at Jewish Family Services says it is excited to partner with the Grove Counseling Center to help change the very behaviors that can destroy all aspects of elder moves and aging and are happy to share their knowledge and resources to make this dif- ficult time for families easier and less stressful. Their combined 30 years of real estate experience along with their immer- sion in understanding the problems of the elderly make them a top choice to help with senior transitions. You can reach Mike Berlant at 407-592-5763 or Terri Misek at 321-356-6991. the family and society as a unit. ,With this new partner- ship, JFS offers the com- munity an opportunity for families, who have a member struggling with substance abuse, a quality program in professional caring environment. Sub- stance abuse counseling helps families and individ- uals deal with issues and challenges. Families will ' be able to take advantage of these services provided by the Grove Counseling Center at the Lee Road- office. Another new program offered by the Center for Counseling Growth and Development at JFS is Art and Play therapy, available in Orange and Seminole counties. This program exists for young children and adolescents Terrl Shayne Misek and Michael Berlant from ages 4-18. Art andCounty office at 111 W. Play therapy is an interac- Magnolia St., Longwood. tive process for young chil- For more than 25 years, dren through adolescence CCGD has been offer- to express their feelihgs ing counseling services and learn positive coping through JFS. JFS' li- skills. Designed to help censed staff provides as- children and adolescents sessment and counseling with developing emotional sessions for individuals, literacy, improvingbehav- couples, families and ior and alleviating mental older adults, regardless health problems, Art and of religion or ethnic back- Play therapy offers a cre- ground. Fees are charged ative outlet. It provides onasliding-scalebasisand a safe and secure way for the program accepts Medi- youth to express their care and Medicaid (call feelings and behaviors in about which HMO Medic- a protected environment, aid insurances are accept- The Center for Counsel-ed), United Healthcare, ing, Growth and Develop- Aetna, Cigna, Value Op- ment now has two offices tion. Golden Rule and Blue where confidential, car, Cross/Blue Shield. Day ing therapists can provide and evening appointments therapy in a safe and pro- are available. If you. or tected environment: Thesomeone youknow, could George Wolly Center at benefit from professional 2100 LeeRoad in Winter counseling, call 407-644- Parkand the new Seminole'~ 7593. ext 231. nouncemen[ Megan Elyse Minkow and Peter Seth Kessler Megan Elyse Minkow and Peter Seth Kesslerwere mar- ried March 2, 2013 at Loew's Portofino Bay in Orlando. Rabbi Rick Sherwin officiated. The bride graduated from the University of Miami with honors. She earned a Bachelor of Science in communica- tions, and she was certified in project management by New York University. She is an event director at Worldwide Business Research. Megan is on the steering commit- tee for New York City Ballet Young Patrons Circle, and she is a volunteer at God's Love We Deliver. The bride is the daughter of Lynn Pearlman MInkow and David Minkow of Orlando. The groom graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in finance and accounting. He then received his JD from Brooklyn Law, and graduated cure laude. Peter. 29, is a legal and compliance director in New York City for Morgan Stanley. The groom is the son of Barbara and Floyd Kessler of East Meadow, N.Y. Following a "mini-moon" at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the couple will honeymoon this summer in Eastern Africa. The couple will live in Manhattan. N.Y. By Jill Cousins Special to the Heritage On Sunday, March 17 at the Congregation of Reform Judaism there will be lots of delicious food samples and wine samples, plenty of music and activities, and fun and educational activities forboth children and adults. But what makes this event Birth Announcements - eoi ff--Jen/amlb J-Jress[er Hillary Bressler of Winter Park. Fla., is proud to afl- nounce the birth of her son, Levi Ben}am'm B essler on Dec. 19, 2012. Leviwas born atWinnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando. He weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and Was 21 1/2 inches long. Also welcoming Levi are his proud grandparents, Yvette and Sidney Bressler of Maitland. and uncle, Brett Bressler and aunt. Monica Bressler of Orlando. different than other events? It's all about Passover. The A to Z Passover Festival will b~the first of its kind in Central Florida. It is free and open to the public and will be held in CRJ's social hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is designed to answer all your questionsabout this festive holiday, especially the Passover seder, and it even includes a Q&A table with CRJ Rabbi Steven Engel. "This event is particu- larly for people who aren't 100 percent comfortable with Passover, maybe be- cause they are young, they haven't done it before or they are new to Judaism." said Norma Ball, the event's chairwoman. "They will be exposed to Passover in many different ways, Also. if you are new in town. this is the perfect opportunity to connect with the Jewish community in the Central Florida area." More than a dozen ac- tivities and displays will be featured at the festival. including arts and crafts projects, a play area and sto- rytelling for preschoolers. a community art project, Passover music, a tasting booth from the popular Bagel King restaurant, a horseradish-eating contest for adults, and samplings of kosher-for-Passover wines. Bagel King will also of- fer lunches available for purchase, as well as samples of some Passover favor- ites. There will be cooking demonstrations featuring different types of charoset, fresh horseradish and flour- less desserts. A gardening expert will provide starter plants for parsley, so you can grow your own for your seder plate. Another important part of Passover is the hag- gadah, the text that pro- vides the guidelines for the Passover seder. While most adults grew up with the traditional Maxwell House version, many people are now composing their own haggadot, tailor-made for their families'~needs and their children's attention spans. The A to Z Passover Festival will offer a make- your-own haggadah dem- onstration. "I grew up in a home with the Maxwell House haggadah, but I can't tell you how many I've tried since then." B;ill said. "A traditional seder can take three or four hours, but for the past three years I've used one called 'The 30-Minute Seder.' That's a great op- tion for families with young children, because it's a challenge to keep their at- tention.'" Call CRJ at 407-645-0444 for more information about the A to Z Passover Festival or register for the event at www.crjorlando,org.