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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 20, 2012 Sherwin to discuss moral issues in politics Rabbi Rick Sherwin of Congregation Beth Am in Longwood, in conjunction with Oakmonte ViSage at Lake Mary, will facilitate a monthly study of "Moral Issues in Politics" starting at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jly 24 at the Oakmonte Village. This ongoing program will focus on concerns such as social welfare, women's rights, sexuality and civility in debate. This discussion group is open to all seniors in the Greater Orlando area regardless of faith. Oakmonte Village is a new 25-acre luxury senior living community in Lake Mary. Committed to enhancing the lives of senior citizens in the area, Oakmonte Village maintains an active sched- ule of programs in the arts, economics and politics. Rec- ognizing the need to expand the opportunities available PAGE 2.A to seniors in Central Florida, Rabbi Rick committed to this informative series on topics that will be of great concern to seniors during this year's election cycle. According to the U.S Census Bureau, 70 percent of citizens 65 and older reported casting a ballot in the 2008 presidential election. Along with those 45 to 64, people 65 and older had the highest voter turnout of any age group. The Sun Sentinel reported that Democrats and Repub- licans are targeting older voters in Florida this year knowing they turn out in big numbers and could sway the presidential election as well as majority control of Congress. Therefore, an in- formed senior citizen will be vital to the election process this November. In addition, both Rabbi Rick and Renee Court, entertainment director at Oakmonte Village, em- phasize the importance of activities that exercise the minds of the community's seniors. Researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medi- cal Center in Boston believe that just like physical fit- nes.s, cognitive function in seniors can be maintained or even improved with mental "exercise. In fact, they believe "use it, or lose it." Seniors are encour- aged to try new things that continually challenge them and exercise their brains to function. This discussion series is open to all interested seniors at no charge. Contact Renee Court at 407-732-5807 or rc0urt@oakmontevillage. corn for more information or to indicate your interest in attending. Give children opportunith',s to practice compassion S00tve this. date for Tasu of the J By Nancy Ludin Executive Director Of the Jewish Pavilion According to Marilyn Price- Mitchell, Ph.D., compassion cannot be learned by talk- ing about it. Children must practice compassion in their daily lives. "Inspiring a spirit of volunteering in elementary and middle school helps kids develop their compassionate muscles--muscles they will use over and over again as they reach adolescence and adulthood." Developing com- passion in elementary and middle school-aged children is akin to developing muscle strength. The more you use your muscles, the stronger they get." Price says that children can learn to feel con- nected to their communities and know they can make a dif- ference in the world through acts of compassion. The Jewish Pavilion is a non-profit that encourages people of all ages to interact with seniors who reside in independent, assisted and skilled nursing communities. For the past two years, they have received a grant from the Joseph and Frieda Ross Foun- dation for intergenerational programming. They have worked with Congregation Ohev Shalom, Temple Is- rael, Beth Chaim and Temple Shir Shalom inspiring and mobilizing children to de- velop their compassionate muscles. The Children from Congregation Obey Shalom have haa "extra practice" through visiting their elders on a monthly basis. Visit and contribute to a compassion- ate world. Pictured are the children from Ohev Shalom interact- ing with seniors at multiple facilities. Matthew Marsel prOares to dig in to some of the goodies at a previous Taste of the J. Save the date (and room in your belly) for Sunday, Aug. 26 for the 4th Annual Taste of the J: a Festival of Local Food and Fun, which will be held from 2-5 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus. The event will allow participants to experi- ence interactive activities provided by the JCC and sample some of the best food in Southwest Orlando from restaurants like the Palm Restaurant, Taverna Opa, Flippers Pizzeria and Cantina Laredo. The event costs $5 per personwith online registra- tion at " by Aug. 19. It's free for JCC members at both campus- es. After Aug. 19, the price is $10 per person, and $5 for JCC members. Kids 10 and under get free admission. To register for the event, or sign up to be a vendor, visit and click on Taste of the J. I r b Due to a reporting error, the name of the husband of Heritage Human Service Award recipient Dr. Zena Suikes was incorrect in the July 14 edition of the Heritage. His name is Daniel. Also, Norma Ball's name was misspelled. The Heritage regrets the errors.