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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 28, 2014 I took the elevator going up PAGE 3A The BBO IC conference 2014. Shown here (l-r): Robby Etzkin, Roth JCC assistant executive director; Sarah Guccione, Austin BBYO teen, 11th grade; Lory Conte, BBYO North Florida Region pPogram associate; and Sarah Yonas, Austin BBYO city director. By Robby Etzkin Just a couple weeks ago, I had the fortunate opportunity to experience nearly 2,000 Jewish teens from around the world come together in Dallas, Texas, at BBYO International Convention (IC) 2014. Just as the teen participants were, I was "welcomed home" with hundreds of staff, volunteers, advisors, community part- ners, supporters, and alumni. I was motivated and inspired to see teens leading 20+ varieties of Shabbat services that they created, learning sessions on Saturday after- noon, and teen leaders from around the world making a home together all weekend long. The teens created this natural habitat, or home, within Dallas, which may seem like an unlikely place. Sure, it's home to some unique wildlife, varied terrain and weather, and certainly people from all walks of life, but visitors aren't always used to products like armadillo milk, a unique Texas twang where saying y'all is totally normal, and 10-gallon cowboy hats actually counting as kippotl For many of my colleagues, though, I know that just the thought of nearly 2,000 teenagers is frightening and may even cause anxiety; and, from the outside looking in, certainly from other hotel guests, I can understandwhy. After all, sharing a small, closed space like an elevator with a group of teenagers who are so amped up and excited just to be together could ab- solutely result in some people taking the stairs for the rest of the weekend, even from the nineteenth floor. Not me, though. I followed through on the expectations of adult staff and volunteers to ride the elevators with the teens through the last night (more than 15 trips that night). It's amazing what you can learn from groups of Jewish teens in an elevator at nearly 1 a.m., when their exhaustion is up, their barriers are low, and their emotions are high. Informal time with people, specifically teens, has al- ways been when I've thrived. There's just no replacement (no texts, tweets, Instagram pictures, Facebook messages, or iPhone FaceTime...) for actual face time in someone else's habitat or home. And, by everyone's last night together, there was certainly a sense of this convention feeling like home. I sure didn't leave that elevator smelling like roses, but time and time again I left feeling hopeful. My feeling of hope came from explaining not short of 200 times in five days why I was there. You see, I don't work for BBYO nor am I part of their international network of dedicated, volunteer advisors. Yet, when given the opportu- nity to explain myself, I ar- ticulated to teens, volunteers, staff, and guests that I was at BBYO's IC because I believe in BBYO as a Jewish communal professional. Furthermore, I believe just as deeply in the partnership between BBYO and JCCs. Itwas great for me as an assistant executive director to learn about and experience BBYO firsthand. BBYO is not about taking teens from other youth groups and is not about competition--it's about be- ing open to all Jewish teens, which aligns with JCCs. I saw BBYO on page 15A Resolving legal and financial aspects of a loved one's estate By Barbara Coenson These documents are to beneficiaries. Florida law one exists), and appoint you plan. Commonways toavoid surviving owner to take the This article was reprinted with permission from Lake Mary Life Magazine. When a loved one dies, sorrow can overcome us while our hearts long for one more moment together. Yet, through our time of grief, we must contend with resolving the legal and financial aspects of our loved one's estate. Where does one begin? Locating your loved one's estate plan documents, such as a last will and testament and trust, will begin the process. These documents direct the passing of property to the beneficiaries who will inherit the property. Other important papers to locate are life insurance policies, stock certificates, bank state- ments, deeds, vehicle registra- tions, and other records that demonstrate your loved one's ownership of property. key to determine how and to whom property passes. For example, if property is in a trust, then the trustee will distribute the prop- erty according to the trust's instructions. Insurance companies and financial institutions holding assets naming beneficiaries upon death, such as life insur- ance, annuities, IRAs, and transfer-on-death accounts, will distribute the proceeds directly to those benefi- ciaries. Property owned as husband and wife or "with right of survivorship" will automatically pass to the surviving owner. All other property owned by your loved one will pass to beneficiaries through the probate process. Probate is a court-super- vised process for identifying your loved one's assets, paying taxes, creditors, and expenses, and distributing the property provides for two types of pro- bate--formal administration and summary administration. Formal administration is re- quired if your loved one died within the past two years and the property remaining in his or her sole name has avalue in excess of $75,000. In a formal administration, a personal representative is appointed. Your loved one's last will and testament instructs the court whom to appoint as the personal representative of the estate. If no will exists, then the court appoints a personal representative as directed by Florida law. If you are the personal representative, Florida law requires you to hire an attor- ney to represent and guide you through the probate process. The attorney will prepare and submit documents that ask the court to open a probate proceeding, admit the will (if as personal representative. Most estates include both assets that pass through probate and assets that do not require probate. The personal representative is appointed to manage only those assets that go through the probate process. As personal representa- tive, you are responsible for administering the estate including identifying probate assets, notifying beneficiaries and known creditors that an estate has been opened, publishing a notice to credi- tors in the newspaper to alert any unknown creditors of the probate, filing tax returns, paying bills, and distributing the estate according to the will. If no will exists, then Florida law will determine who will receive your loved one's assets. Probate can be avoided with a comprehensive estate probate include: 1) holding assets in trust; 2) opening transfer on death accounts;, 3) naming beneficiaries on annuities, retirement plans, and insurance policies; and 4) titling property in joint ownership with rights of the property at the death of the other owners. Attorney Barbara Coen- son practices in the areas of estates and trusts, elder law, and business law. She is a platinum sponsor of the Jewish Pavilion. Have senior-care questions? For more information and referrals for senior care and issues related to your aging loved ones, contact the Jewish Pavilion's Orlando Senior Help Desk. The Orlando Senior Help Desk is a free service pro- vided by the Jewish Pavilion for people of all faiths. You can contact a senior resource specialist with extensive experience in dealing with issues older adults face. You can access a website at your convenience providing an abundance of information regarding any and all issues you or your families face. The sponsors on the website are vetted for their quality of service. Emily Newman, can be reached for consultation and assistance at 407- 678-9363. Not only will she provide an assessment and referrals, but emotional support and "hand holding." Visit the website at Michael Andrew featured entertainment at Dinner of Tribute The Holocaust Memorial Center in Maitland is hon- oring Harris Rosen at its annual Dinner of Tribute on Wednesday, April 30. The theme for the event is "What If," with storie s , visuals and entertainment that explore how the world would be different if indi- viduals like Rosen had not shown the compassion, courage and generosity it takes to create a better community. Featured entertainment will be Michael Andrew & The Atomic Big Band. Andrew, whose vocal style has delighted audiences in major cities throughout the nation, is a special favorite of the Central Florida commu- nity. He will be presenting a concert of updated Big Band and Swing music that carries out the theme of "What If," featuring composers whose music was possible because of the extraordinary efforts of others. In a recent interview, Michael Andrew said that he is delighted to be part of the evening's entertainment. "What Harris Rosen has done for others is remark- able," he said. "The people I admire most are the ones who break down barriers, people who think about the wellbeing of the broader community." Andrew says that he learned about the world of philanthropy from his idol and mentor, Jerry Lewis. Working closely with Lewis on the musical version of "The Nutty Professor", Andrew has had a remarkable opportunity to hear about the quiet philanthropy of the superstars of the past. "People like Sinatra, Sam- my Davis, Dean Martin, they did whatever they could, anytime they could. Helping others was clearly a priority for them. And I got to know Merv Griffin very well when he hired me to sing at the Coconut Club at the Beverly Hilton. Those men set a very high standard for kindness." Andrew says he is also a fan of the Holocaust Center. "I've seen what intolerance looks" like," he says. "It's important to keep teaching people to stand up for others, to do the right thing." Dinner of Tribute co-chair Michelle Feinberg says that inviting the band to perform was a bit of a departure for the Holocaust Center's fund- raising event. "Some years the entertainment has been serious drama, a couple of years we've invited the ballet to perform. This year we're setting up a dance floor, and after the dinner we'll all have a chance to get up and move to some really great music." The Dinner of Tribute begins with cocktails and auction at 5:30 PM. It is be- Michael Andrew ing held at the Rosen Plaza, still being accepted at www. 9700 International Drive in or by call- Orlando. Reservations are ing 40.7-628-0555.