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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 7, 2013 Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, the Orlando- based nonprofit, human service agency, announces its partner- ship with the Fern Park Winn- Dixie in hostingascan program now through Tuesday, June 11. Fern Park Winn-Dixie cus- " tomers will be encouraged to Fern Park Winn-Dixie supports JFS Orlando via Scan program make a monetary donation to JFS at check out. Contri- butions raised during the program will go directly to JFS' Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry, which positively impacts more than 20,000 Central Florida residents each customers may also contrib- ute nonperishable food items to the JFS offices at 2100 Lee Road in Winter Park. "We're delighted to partner with the Fern ParkWinn-Dixie to further support our mission," says Eric Geboff, JFS executive with such a well-established grocer and we're incredibly grateful for the staffs' support. We can't thank Winn-Dixie enough for its dedication to helping feed the local com- munity." The Fern Park Winn-Dixie 160 in Fern Park. In addition to its Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry, JFS also pro- vides other emergency ser- vices to the entire Central Florida community, includ- Ing counseling programs via its Family Stabilization year. Fern Park W, jnn-Dixie director."It'saprivilegetowork is at 7800 S. Hwy. 17-92, Unit Program, and free trans- Last day for Heritage Human Service Award nominations Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nomina- tions through today for the 2013 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be pre- sented in August at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando. "For more than 25 years, The leadership of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's Early Childhood Learning Centers returned in March from the JCCs of North America Professional Confer- ence at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, where they studied together in the JCC Association's new early childhood framework Sheva. More than 80 early childhood leaders, including directors Carol McNally from the Roth JCC's Richard S. 'Adler Early Childhood Learn-. ing Center in Maitland/and Brenda Sher, from the JCC's individuals who have made major, voluntary contribu- tions of their talent, time, energy, and effort to the Central Florida community have been honored with the selection and presentation of this award," says Jeff Gaeser, editor and publisher of the Heritage. Last year's recipient was Dr. Zena Sulkes. The Heritage is accepting nominations until Friday, June 7. As in previous years, the award will be presented at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's annual meeting. According to Gaeser, "Each recipient chose their own path, but made considerable and long lasting contributions to the Jewish community. Nomi- nees for the 2013 award are individuals who do not look for recognition but perform tikun olam--repairing the world-- out ofnternal motivation." Nominations should be 'emajled or typed on 81/2 x 1l- inch paper and sent by mail. Included should be the name and phone number of the nominee, a documented list of his or her accomplishments, and the name and phone number of the nominator(s). JCCjoins Sheva Learning Community Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest thoughtafldpractice.Because partners munity. Joining forces with Orlando Campus, learned together for five days, includ- ing an additional day after the full conference ended and formed Learning Communi- ties throughout the continent. "The conference's Sheva learning workshops were fascinating," said Sher. "The learning philosophies delin- eated within a framework of Jewish values will further strengthen our already strong curriculum." The number seven has ex- traordinary power in Jewish of its deep roots ih Jewish tra- dition, JCC Association chose the word sheva, which means Seven, as the name of its early childhood education initia- tive. The seven core elements of Sheva are firmly rooted in the latest research on child development. They are: 1. Children as constructivist learners 2. Early childhood directors as visionaries 3. Early childhood educators as professionals 4. Families as engaged Google Glass portends brave new Jewish world 5. Environments as inspira- tion for inquiry 6. Discover: CATCH as Sh'mirat HaGuf (taking care of our bodies) 7. Israel as the story of the Jewish people. "We believe that this frame- work will make the JCC the central address for high quality early childhood education in the community," said Mark Horowitz, vice president of early childhood education and family engagement for JCC Association. McNally agreed. "In many ways, we are already a model of early childhood education for the Central Florida com- this national initiativewill only make us stronger." McNally and Sher, along with their teams, will be studying together for two years using Sheva's seven core elements as the founda- tion, participating in virtual learning opportunities, and brihging their discoveries to Orlando JCC's early childhood staff and community. Sher said she is also pleased to implement a complementa- ry initiative, Discover: CATCH, which will teach healthy habits through a grant by the Florida Blue Foundation. Early childhood educa- tion has been a centerpiece PAGE 3A portation to senior citizens through its RIDE program. This year marks JFS' 35th anniversary of providing social services to struggling children and families in Central Florida. To learn more aboutJFS or make a donation, visitwww.j fsorlando. org or call 407-644-7593. Submit the information to Heritage Florida Jew- ish News Human Service Award, 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730 or email news@ orlandoheritage.com (in subject line add "Human Service Award"). of JCCs for almost a cen- tury, and historically it has been a gateway into JCC programming for families with young children. Just as the early years are a critical time for a child's individual development, the time spent ifl early childhood centers is also a critical time in a family's identity formation and connection to their lo- cal JCC. For more information about Sheva, or the JCC's Early Childhood Learning Centers, contact Carol McNally at 407-645-0923- or CarolM@ orlandojcc.org, or Brenda Sher at 407-387-2.741 or BrendaS@ orlandojcc.org. Justin Sullivan/Getty/JTA Participants wearing Google Glass May I during Google's !10 Developer Conference in San Francisco. By Yaffa Klugerman HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (JTA)--Over the past few weeks, strangers have begun stopping high school com- puter science teacher Chaim Cohen on the street. A few accuse him of recording them without their knowledge. Even fewer blame him for all of society's ills. But many just want an answer to a simple question: Is he wearing Google Glass? Cohen is among the ap- proximately 2,000 developers throughout the United States who are trying out the search giant's much-hyped wear- able computer, a futuristic Internet-connected gadget that users wear like a pair of glasses and enables them to stream info'mation from the Web directly into their field of vision. Using voice commands and hand gestures, Google Glass users can take pictures, record videos, get directions and send messages. "I offer to let them try it on," Cohen said. "My goal is to advocate for this and show people.that this is not a bad thing. It's a good thing." Well before Google Gass is expected to be publicly avail able sometime in 2014, the device already is generating controversy. Critics worry that users will be able to sur- reptitiously take photographs with an app that permits wearers to snap pictures just by winking. Some bars and casinos, citing privacy concerns, have preemptively banned the device. In West Virginia, legislators have tried to make it illegal to wear Glass while driving. But none of this concerns Barry Schwartz, CEO of the Web development firm Rusty- Brick, who can hardly wait to get his hands on it. Schwartz is one of the 8,000 "explorers" chosen by Google to receive the device for $1,500 apiece. "We would be programming Jewish-relatedapps to help Jew- ish people use the technology to live their Jewish lives," said Schwartz, whose company has already developed popular Jewish applications for smart- phones, like a digital prayer book and Hebrew translator. 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