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Page 6, HERITA6, Florida Jewish News, July 27, 1979 Orlando's Jewish climate to runs according to our newest DIN : ! B L_LER PTL U. IIMCN liD. AT liT. 431i} CASSELBERRY l |!" " 'l 1 la.m.-9 p.m. -- Mon.-Fri. a a [%,, ! IO a.m.-5 p.m. -- Sat. 1 n v', Ji\\;".J t t - , T ..-',-z--T it ... " -  n i [671-2424 l! FIIEEOELIIiY&T--UP-- " / - _.L- ..... i u Matthew N. Apter, M.D. Ira Shafran, M.D. 400 W.  .. gui 220 k/o "f, ( 327gq 628=4949 Our Advertisers Want to Know. Tell Them You Saw it in HERITAGE! A HERITAGE Staff Report by UNDA AJION 6  ] used to participate in synagogue activities and youth groups," said C:taig O}enson, "and it might sound like an excuse, but I just can't seem to find the time to always be involved." He also thinks that programs always attract younger kids, that very few his age participate. He would be in favor of more programs for older (17-20) students, and would gladly participate. On the other hand, Michelle Halpem feels there is plenty of activity in Orlando for the Jewish youth if they are willing to make an effort to look for it. She has been this past year's president of USY (United Synagogue Youth) at Congr. Ohev Shalom where she's had an opportunity to meet kids from many synagogue youth groups. Sandy Grossman has spent this past year as a freshman at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She feels disappointed, she said, in the seeming weakening of what used to be a strong sense of Judaism among her Orlando friends and youth group members. Steven Tresser just graduated Trinity Preparatory School and plans to enter Harvard University this fall. Like many of our Jewish youth, Steven has spent many years in religious school and has been involved in the Kadima group at Temple Israel. He looks back over those years and says he feels resentful that he was indoctrinated. Now, at the age of ] 7, he doesn't actively support, or look to, the Jewish community for his friends. Led Bernstein enjoyed the preparation and instruction at Temple Israel that led towards her Bat Mitzvah and confirmation but somehow has drifted away from the Temple and its youth. There really isn't any reason, she explains, "it's just after so many years I found my interests ddft away from the synagogue and the people there. That doesn't mean to say that being Jewish isn't important to me, it is and I hope perhaps at college to get involved once again." Elyse Tannenbaum says that, as she gets older, she realizes the importance of her heritage. Last year's trip to Israel really brought all her feelings together. 'Tin very proud that I was born Jewish. We have a history and a heritage to be proud of. And we have Israel, our homeland. I know a lot of people who think I'm lucky to be Jewish and who wish they were too." 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I I I 830-6705 has actively participated in our Jewish community for many years and although not involved in the synagogue or youth groups anymore, he enjoys working at the JCC summer camp where he sees an excellent opportunity being provided for young children. He feels that here they are exposed to Judaism in a way they can accept. "If we try to force things down their throats and into their heads," he said, "it just won't work; they'll rebel when they get a little older." Is this what happens to our young people? Do some of them rebel against their Jewish teachings and associa. tions? 661, ml not sure why or how it happened," Sandy Gross- man said, "but many kids who had a strong feeling of Judaism, don't have it anymore. It's as if when they left home for college they tucked Judaism in their back pocket ... when they left home and were on their own they had the opportunity to make their own decisions so they chose to be unaffiliated." She has tried without much success to co-ordinate summer activities for college students who are home on vacation but she feels she has received little support. Sandy admitted that at school it is often difficult to maintain Jewish contdctS. At Oglethorpe, though a member of a synagogue, Sunday School teacher and a youth advisor there, she was never able t0 of a congregational family. She feels it contact that perhaps has turned many Although concerned about the lack among Oglethorpe's 40 plus Jewish plans to continue there. Next yea I' synagogues and will form l Association with the hopes of fostering Judaism on the campus. Her help the students form social bonds. Steven Tresser looks forward to decisions as he reaches out t people. He doesn't want to be a community to the exclusion of the rest c "People are people," he said, "and about that matters, not their religion.', what's best but he feels that "religious! growing experience." Steven's long range plans do. not Orlando his home. He would liketo live feels there are more will find more education-minded and people. Although she is not active in time, Michelle Halpern feels very community. "Being Jewish is very important to been a big part of my life way." She admits that she because she feels more comfo bond" with them. While being Jewish is observe all the traditions. "1 do "what's important and meaningful tel knows for sure, "1 could never Jewish." Michelle feels it's also important Jewish community and she people who are unaffiliated. It kids as well as their parents religion and their heritage. She students in her school Who about it. "1 would like to see more people i] involved and work together. groups do different things and they should)," she said, "there are I all do things together. The Jewish Youth Federation is a together." Although Elyse Tannenbaum is Israel's USY group are very active, she feels that there youth who don't get involved in programs. She break into an established kids try, the5 New programs have been tried,  hopes of attracting some shows up. "I'm no the existing groups or the kids whO  affiliate." She feels that different programs and "if you belong to have to choose between consolidation of the groups the conflict and only a handful of people tion, limiting the activities that can Elyse feels that this whole ,Jewish community, does not activities for her age group. except maybe a movie. Hone go to the Center anymore." Lod Bernstein tried to absence from the youth groUl she didn't give the groups a more in common with the School with and see every day," that "religion isn't the only friendship." While experience, she saw through the it down" all the time. This was troubled her. "1 saw things understand fully but things that had little power to change." Lori said she doesn't mean to she's been happy in Orlando another place she'd rather live. Dave Carnow feels that geared to fun and should be stressed the importance communication with express their feelings. He community functions in which can be tapped. "Let them get l their energies towards that more than a common goal,"