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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 18, 2014 PAGE 3P. Shalom Families beat tt!e heat at summer kickoff Maggie Rose and Asher Zissman Sophia Scheinberg, Jacob Scheinberg and Ari Weiss Jewish moms, dads and their youngsters gathered at the end of June for the Shalom Families summer kickoff. Kids were able to beat the heat at Downey Park's Splash Pad. Fifteen families came out to enjoy the event. Shalom Families provides opportunities foryoungfami- lies to gather for fun and friendship. JFGO introduces the Jewi.,;h Teen Education Network (JTEN) The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando announces the establishment of Jewish Teen Education Network (JTEN), an innovative response to the changing needs of to- day's teens. JFGO hopes this initiative will act as a clearing house for all Jewish teen educa- tion in Central Florida. For more than two de- cades, Jewish teens have come together to engage in Jewish learning through Beit Hamidrash (the Community Hebrew High School). Dur- ing this time, more than one thovsand teens have come thr ;gh its doors. As times change and the expecta- tions of teenagers continue to increase, the program has adapted as well. Today's teens are under tremendous pressure to build a college resume. With so much at stake, teens are often forced to make a choice between Jewish education and other activities. At the same time, in the past few years, the synagogues have introduced new ways to keep teenagers involved and engaged, such as Madrichim (teachers' as- sistants) program, which has become very popular with teens. It is with these changes in mind that JFGO has decided to retire the Beit Hamidrash model to make way for JTEN. "We have been very fortu- nate over the years to have the community's support and participation in Beit Hami- drash. Many have stepped up to teach classes to our teens. This passion from rabbis, educators, and com- munity members has been the hallmark of what made Beit Hamidrash so special. Today, it is imperative that we respond to the changes in the Jewish community and try new approaches," reflects Lisa Sholk, Beit Hamidrash Director. -The Jewish community of Greater Orlando has many offerings for our commu- nity's Jewish teens. Teens have opportunities through synagogues to participate in youth groups such as USY and GORFTY. These are connected to national movements and offer students the opportunity to attend regional and national conventions. BBYO has three local chapters in Maitland, Oviedo and South Orlando that offer nondenominational programming and connec- tions to national events as well. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando of- fers sports programs, J-Serve, JCC Maccabi Games, and camp programs for teens. JFGO's continued commit- ment to Jewish teen education will be the cornerstone of all of JTEN's initiatives. JTEN's first initiative will offer grants to synagogues and community agencies that provide Jewish educational opportunities for teens. Grantapplicantswillbe required to meet specific re- quirements including course length, staff qualifications, and program content. The grants will also require that all courses must be open to all Central Florida teens, regard- less of affiliation. Other initia- tives will include community- wide teen education days (the first will be held on November 9, 2014), providing resources and networking opportunities for Jewish educators, as well as awarding grants for organized teen Israel trips made possible by the Ronald Coleman Israel Scholarship Fund. J-Ten is one of the many ini- tiatives of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando that high- lights its innovative edge and attention to the community's needs. Through its programs and services; e Jewish Federa- tion makes an impact on the future of Jewish Orlando. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has been in existence for over 60 years. The Jewish Federation's mis- sion is to nurture a uni- fied Jewish community that transcends generations and neighborhoods. It is a part of a national umbrella organiza- tion, the Jewish Federations of North America, which repre- sents 155 Jewish Federations in the US, raises and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social services and educa- tional needs. The Federation movement collectively is among the top 10 charities on the continent, protecting and enhancing the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of charity, social justice and learning. For more information about the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando please visit www.jfgo.org. Tzofim entertained youngsters of all ages at the JCC On Monday June 23, 2014, an Israel Scouts Summer Friendship Caravan came to Orlando as guests of the Boy Scout Troupe 6 at Camp Ithiel. The visit was organized by Scoutmaster Brian Collins, who was first introduced to Israel Scouts (Tzofim) when his son did a bar mitzvah volunteer project. Since that time, Collins has worked on bringing the Tzofim to Orlando and this year his dream became a reality. The Summer Caravan had been traversing Florida last month, visiting summer camps and community centers. The day-long visit started with an interfaith program at the Islamic Society of Central Florida. Following that, the Caravan came to the Maitland campus and put on a song and dance show for Camp J youngsters and the 39ers Club seniors. The young and the old, all enjoyed the show and the lively interaction with the Tzofim. The day was rounded up with dinner and campfire with Boy Scouts at Camp Ithiel. The 10 talented young people brought the spirit of Israel to Orlando. Andrew and baby Sebastian Barson Y zP U oI,.,.A.. 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