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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 22, 2009 To meet the Central Florida community's surging need for economic help, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is launching a new initiative that will allow donors to di- rect their dollars to Specific programs. HelpDirectOrlando is a spe- cial direct giving campaign to alleviate the increased finan- cial pressures local agencies and sponsored programs are facing due to the country's recent economic downturn. HelpDirectOrlandowill fea- ture a selection of programs that are at risk of being elimi- nated or significantly reduced in scope because of funding shortfalls. Each program on the HelpDirectOrlando menu will meet the community priorities derived from the community survey completed earlier this year. Donors will also have the ability to make a gift tq an unrestricted emer- gency fund. Ian Robinson, president- elect of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, believes that targeted giving may be the best way to keep vital community programs from elimination. "Many of our donors would prefer to give to specific programs that fit their personal charitable interests." explains Robinson. "We believe that having them direct their philanthropic dollars to causes close to their hearts will be a win-win situation for our donors, the recipient programs and our community." The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has been building community in Cen- tral Florida for more than 60 years. The Federation is dedicated to strengthening Jewish identity, energizing the relationship with Israel and meeting human needs locally and globally. The Federation is the gateway to the Jewish community of the Greater Orlando and ~round the world. For rriore informa- ~tion, call 407-645-5933 or visit www.jfgo.org. On Friday, May 29, the first day of Shavuot, Jewish men, women and children will go to the synagogue to hear the reading of the Ten Command- ments. The fun starts at 11 a.m. that day for Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts. After the reading there will be a giant ice cream party at the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Satellite Beach. Rabbi Zvi Konikov fol- lows in the tradition of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. by encouraging the bring- ing of even the youngest of children to the reading of the Ten Commandments. This is in commemoration of the Jewish people declaring, "Our children are our guarantors [that we will keep the Torah]." On Saturday, May 30, a memorial service is recited (and charity is pledged) for the souls of departed loved ones. The holiday of Shavuot occurs 50 clays after the second day of Passover and marks the anmversary of the day when Jews received the Torah at Mount Sinai. During the "seven weeks fol- lowing Passover. the Jewish people cleansed themselves of the scars of Egyptian slavery and became a holy nation ready to enter into an eternal covenant with G-d with the giving of the Torah. According to Rabbi Zvi Konikov, Director of Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts. this holiday is likened to a wedding day. G-d swore eternal devotion to the Jewish People who in turn pledged everlasting loyalty to Him. says Konikov. For more information: Bob Barnes 321-777-2770 or bob~ jewishbrevard.com. Job loss. increasing mort- gage rates and other financial strains have added more stress to families in these troubled economic times. Financial woes are reported as one of the top 10 stressors, and stress is reported as the number one health problem in America. Prolonged stress weakens the body's ability to heal itself and has been linked to heart disease, cancer, depression and reproductive problems. To combat the effects of stress, Jewish Family Servic- es offers help. One resource is the Live Your Life Well Web site launched by Men- tal Health America in May in honor of Mental Health month. The site provides 10 specific, research-based tools to promote health and well- being. Log on to http://www. liveyourlifewell.org/to access the site and take advantage of the materials that offer awide range of resources to build resiliency and well-being. If more personal therapy is needed. JFS has a full staff of experienced licensed mental health counselors at The Center for Counseling and Growth Development. They provide assessment and counseling sessions for individuals, couples, families and older adults, regardless of religion or ethnic back- ground. Visitors will receive results-oriented therapy in a safe and caring environment. Fees are charged on a slid- ing scale basis and the pro- gram now accepts insurance payments from Medicare, United Healthcare, Aetna and non-provider Blue Cross/ Blue Shield. There are day and evening appointments available. The Center for Counseling, Growth and Development says there is no need to face these difficult times alone. For professional counseling call JFS at 407-644-7593. ext. 231. HDS choir to perform for seniors Children from the Hebrew Day School Choir will perform at Horizon Bay in A1- tamonte Springs at I p.m. May 24. The choir, under direction of Eric Levine, will entertain residents and their families at this free concert, part of a Jewish Pavilion monthly program. This will be the second performance of the year that includes the piano playing of Levine, music director at HDS. The choir he leads for this perfor- mance is in its first year, and it has had three public performances, including one last month at the Yore Ha'Atzmaut celebration at Cranes Roost Park. 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