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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 14, 2013 PAGE 3A Jewish Family Services Orlando (JFS Orlando), the Winter Park-based non-prof- it, human service agency, announces its partnership with Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) in provid- ing its Kids Konnect Family Circle program to students and their families beginning August 2013. Participating Orange County schools will host li- censed JFS Orlando therapists who will work on-site with school guidance counselors. The counseling program is geared toward students from homes that are expe- Each week Jewish Pavilion volunteers join with residents at Atria of Lake Forest to so- cialize and play mah-jongg. Mae'Gitles says she enjoys maj and could play every day of the week. These dedicated vol- unteers have become friends with Mae while perfecting their game. They recently cel- ebrated Mae's 96th birthday along with their weekly game of mah-jongg. Without these volunteers, it is likely that Mae wouldn't have a game of maj since many of the people living at area nursing facilities are not familiarwith the game or no longer have the patience to play, If you are interested in getting involved with the Jewish Pavilion to volunteer and share your hobbies please contact the office at 407-678- 9363. riencing family discuption or life-altering situations including, but not limited to: divorce, separation, parental abandonment, incarceration, a single-parent upbringing or grandparenting. In addition to school counseling sessions, therapists will make follow- up visits to participating students' homes to ensure that in-school sessions are translating to the home en- vironment. "We're delighted to intro- duce the Kids Konnect Fam- ily Circle program to Orange County Public Schools," said Eric Geboff, JFS Orlando's executive director. "This empowering program will provide a safe and supportive setting for Orange County students facing difficult situa- tions at an early phase in their lives. It's our goal is to reach as many children as possible in the Central Florida area, and our partnership with OCPS brings us one step closer." JFS Orlando is one of 12 agencies approved to pro- vide in-school counseling services. The Kids Konnect Family Circle program works as an extension to the existing counseling services the organization provides to Seated, from left: Sara Coffman and Mae Gitles; standing, Margie White, Toni Gitles and Gwen Sachnoff. They were celebrating Mae's 96th birthday. the general community viaply. Private pay, insurance, lando's 35th anniversary its Center for Counseling, Medicare and Medicaid will of providing social services Growth-and Development. be accepted. Registration to struggling children and Kids Konnect Family Circle is necessary to participate; families in CentraI FIorida. To will be accessible to students interested parties should learn more about the agency, .in elementary, middle and call Susan Weissman, JFS KidsKonnectFamilyCircleor high school, The program Orlando Clinical director, make a donation, please visit is not funded through at407-644-7593, or call agency dollars and fees ap- This:year marks JFS Or-407-644-7593. lSCrlmln, Bruce Gould, Jim Shapiro and Pam Kancher were on hand to hear about discrimination at Emory University's dental school. Teresa Finer, Dr, Perrl/ Brickman, Olga Yorish and Laurie Smith at a program presented by Brickman. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Mai- monides and Cardozo Soci- eties in partnership with the' Holocaust Center played host to an afternoon with Dr. Perry Brickman. His presentation recounted his experience at Em0ry University's Dental School as a Jewish student. After his first year, he re- ceived a letter ejecting him from the university. In 2006 he discovered by chance that 65 percent of all Jewish students in the dental school between 1949-1962 had been flunked or forced to repeat years of classes. Brickman then embarked on a journey to locate, meet and interview these students. He created avideo recounting their stories, which he pre- sented to Emory University. This past October, Emory invited all of the former dental students and their families to the campus for a formal apology. Brickman shared his personal story and discoveries while researching the topic, and he also showed a video that Emory commissioned and screened in October. Dr. Bruce Hoffen, an Or- lando area neurologist, who came with his family to the event, said: "I wanted my children to see for themselves a generation of Jews who had a passion for education, strove for cultural refinement, reflected the noblest ideals of our Jewish tradition and con- fronted discrimination with tremendous dignity. Through the prism of these truths, and with the character of such men, the apology from Emory University is the greatest vic- tory; it affirms the universal morality of our sacred Jewish heritage." The Temple Israel delegates at the Florida Region of Women's League for Conservative Judaism's annual convention included, back row, from left: Sandy Oser, Natasha Chisdes, Cathy Swerdlow, Nicki D'Amato, Edie Fenster. Seated, Sylvia and Dan Waldman (Sara- sota), Patty Rose. The Florida Region of Women's League for Conser- vative Judaism held its annual conference on May 19-21 in Sarasota. Temple Israel Sister- hood, which sent six women to the conference, received top awards. The theme this year was: "Sisterhood: Many Visions, One Goal." At the opening luncheon award certificates were pre- sented to sisterhoods which had met the requirements for the Jewels in the Crown Awards, which honor those sisterhoods that nurture and sustain Jewish life and vitality in their local com- munities. Sisterhoods must meet the criteria of a wide range of activities~those developed and sponsored by Women's League as well as home-grown programs and initiatives--to be acknowl- edged as the glittering jewels in the Women's League crown. Nicki D'Amato, past president of Temple Israel Sisterhood, accepted the highest award, Emerald, for programming thatoccurred during her term of office. Each conference also recognizes those sister- hoods that have reached milestones of continual affiliation with Women's League, at five-year inter- vals. Temple Israel was recognized for 55 years of af- filiation--the longest term at this year's convention. For more information about Temple Israel's Sister- hood, click on www.tiflorida. org~ For more information about Women's League for Conservative Judaism, click on R U Looking for the 3 R's in Your Religious School? It In Ruach Rabbi Reach Out to Temple Israel's Meitin Religious School Building Community Since 1954 50 South Moss Road .Winter" Springs, FL,~2708 407-647-3055 wwwAif]orida, org