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iilJI !il-im'- "m="lJ ""rim  -!!'mlillU n IllumNil!! I1 LIIEILUI lUllJimll : _-. ";. " ' .2 ....... I,-I HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 31, 2009 JFS receives stimulus grant from City of Orlando The City of Orlando Hous- ing and Community Devel- opment Department has awarded Jewish Family Services a stimulus grant as part of the American Re- covery and Re-Investment Act. This specific grant was directed to agencies that could immediately begin to provide housing and stabi- lization services for people PAGE 3A who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Jewish Family Services applied for the grant and was selected to receive nearly $260.000 to be used over a three-year period. The grant will be awarded in September. "This is the first time JFS has received a grant from the City of Orlando and the collab- orative value of this partner- ship is immeasurable)' states Karen Broussard. director of program development. The funding will be allocated, entirely to JFS' Family Sta- bilization Program to provide housing, case management and financial assistance. The Family Stabilization Program is designedto increase self- sufficiency in low-income families through an intensive six-month program. The program objectives are to improve money manage- ment skills, improve family functioning and parenting skills, improve coping abili- ties, improve employability, and improve and maintain current housing status. Out- comes indicate that 80 percent of participants experience significant increases in self- sufficiency upon completion of the FSP program. For less than $250 per month per family, the FSP program is able to move families from an imminent threat of homelessness to self-sufficiency. Grant money received will enable JFS to bring the program to an ad- ditional 200 at-risk people. Broussard adds. "Receiving this funding is a confirmation of the value'of our work and the benefits of a long term investment in stabilizing families. We're honored to be chosen for this grant." To learn more about the Family Stabilization Pro- gram and other services offered by JFS, contact JFS at 407-644-7593 or visit its website: www.jfsorlando.org. B BYO picks Feinman to guide Jewish teen movement BBYO. Inc.. the world's leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement, recently selected Marissa Feinman to serve as the program director for BBYO's North Florida Region. which spans from Jacksonville to Fort Myers with several active chapters in the Orlando area. "BBYO has experienced im- pressive and exciting change across North America over the past six years since I graduated from the program." said Fein- man..a BBYO alumna origi- nally from southern California. "I am eager to strengthen the Jewish community here even further by implementing a strategic plan to build com- munity relations, enhance our networkofvolunteers, connect with alumni and ultimately, develop innovative programs to engage teens in Jewish life." Feinman graduated from Marissa Feinman plans to strengthen the Jewish teen community in the North Florida Region of BBYO. the University of California at Santa Barbarawith a degree in psychology. Following gradua- tion she worked for Hillel. the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, in New Jersey and studied for a year in Jerusalem. As part of her minimum three- year BBYO tenure she will be participating in BBYO's ProfesSional Development Institute, which includes earn- ing her masters in business administration (MBA) from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a certificate in informal Jewish education from Hebrew Col- lege in Boston. "We are thrilled to welcome Marissa to our team," said Gary Levin. BBYO's SoutheastArea executive director. "Marissa is a dynamic leader who brings with her a strong background in program planning, Jewish life and community relations." Marissawill focus on increas- ing the number of BBYO par- ticipants in the community by New volunteer takes her show on the road Shelli Costa Shelli Costa. a new volun- teer with the Jewish Pavilion, will be performing for the Jewish Pavilion at Horizon Bay, 217 Boston Ave. in Altamonte Springs on Sept. 13. She will sing songs from "Fiddler on the Roof." Costa is coming off a star- spangled performance July 4 when she sang at five facilities in South Orlando two as- sisted living facilities and three nursing homes. The facilities were Spring Hills (ALF) and (SNF), both in Hunter's Creek. Then she went to the Parks and the Pavilion on Orange Blossom Trail. before moving on to Ivy Court nursing home in the Dr. Phillips area. The 20-minute program included the "Battle Hymn of the Republic,""My Country Tis of Thee,'"America the Beauti- ful." "This is My Country" and "God Bless the USA." Shelli Binder Costa has lived in the Orlando area for 21 years, but is originally from Long Island. where she spent many years training and performing in musical .theater productions, and vocal groups. In the New York area she portrayed such characters as Lady Thiang in "The King and I," Maria in "The Sound of Music," Josephine in "HMS Pinafore" and Maria in "West Side Story." In Florida, she once again played Lady Thiang at the for- mer Orlando Civic Theater. She also played roles at the Osceola Center for the Arts such as Anna in the five-voice musi- cal revue "Some Enchanted Evening," The Ayah in the musical "The Secret Garden." and the comic evil character of Katasha in "The Mikado." Costa studied privately for manyyearswith teachers from Julliard and trained in opera and classical repertoire, but Broadway has always been her favorite. She currently enjoys singingwith the Orlando Cho- rale, and as a guest performer for the Osceola Veterans Council. She has sung "The National Anthem" and other patriotic songs for many holi- days for the organization. This has become one of her favorite genres of music, as her son, 25, ArmySgt. Jared Binder is in the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, N.C. Costa's audiences will soon increase by one as her daugh- ter. Kimberly, 21, is expecting a baby in a few months. Temple Israel plans events for prospective members Three prospective member events are planned during August to welcome those in the communitywho are interested in learning more about Temple Israel in Winter.Springs. Two of the events will take place in members' homes, and the third will be held at the synagogue. This 55-year-old Progressive Conservative congregation moved to Winter Springs within the last few years and is located at 50 S. Moss Road. On Sunday, Aug. 9. at 7 p.m. a dessert will be held at the home of Eric and Amanda Hoffman in Winter Springs. All are cordially invited to come meet Rabbi Gary Perras, board members, chairpersons of all synagogue committees and congregants. Sunday, Aug. 23 is the date for "Family Fun Day" at Temple Israel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event will serve a two-fold purpose: tours of the synagogue (Rabbi Perras will be delighted to greet you) and tours of the school (teachers will be in the classrooms). It will be for the whole family with food. inflatable bounce houses, water fun and games. On Sunday, Aug. 30, Adrian and Geanne Share will host a coffee at their home in Orlando at 11 a.m. This Will be another opportunity to meet Rabbi Perras and Temple Israel congregants in awarm, comfortable setting. l%r more detailed informa- tion, including directions: please RSVP to the synagogue office at407-647-3055 or e-mail templeisrael@TIFlorida.org. promoting BBYO's innovative opportufiities for teens, launch- ing Teen Connection, BBYO's pre-high school experience created specifically to meet the needs of Jewish 6th-8th graders; and creating synergy between BBYO and the North Florida Jewish community. "North Florida is rich in BBYO alumni that want this program to thrive because they know the impact BBYO had on them and what it does for Jewish teens today," said Levin. "Marissa brings quali- ties that are critical to ensure success, and she will facilitate an experience that instills our teens with leadership, charac- ter and Jewish values." HARVEY V. 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