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PAGE 4B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 1, 2014 B BYO connects local teen.,; to a s :lc()ng, vlorant community BBYO North Florida Region teens attended Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC) this summer. Back row, l-r: Sabrina Hutcheson, Lauren Wagner, Maddie Gordon, Sari Misek, Rachael Kramer, David Rosenthal, Evan Altman. Front row, l-r: Robbie Kramer and Eli Rosenthal. CONG PxEGATION R00FOP00DA1SM Sarah Michel, BBYO Director Lory Conte, and Austin Kausol celebrated Shabbat together at International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC) at Perlman Camp this summer. Founded on May 3, 1924 with the first chapter of the high school fraternity, the I The Steinmetz Family School of0000hai I Experience a Reform Jewish education in a fun, caring, and innovative environment! Classes meet: Sundays (Grades Pre-K through 6th) 9:30-12:30 Wednesdays (Grades 3-6 &amp; Chevruta) 4:00-6:00 Please join us on Sunday, August 24 th at 9:30am in the Sanctuary as we begin the school year. Meet the teachers, connect with the Youth Education Committee, and enrollyour children for a great year of fun and learning! 10am - CRJ Open House: Come meet the clergy, CRJ leadership, tour the synagogue and religious school and see all that CRJ has to offer. Membership specials will be offered that day. Bit.ly/CRJopenhouse For more information on joining the Steinmetz Family School of Chai, please contact Dr. Sheryl Sacharoff, Director of Education at (407)645-0444; "Find a teacher to challenge your answers. Acquire a friend to challenge your questions. Allow everyone the room to doubt, the ability to challenge opinions, even your own." -Pirkei Avot 1:6 Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), for young men in Omaha, Nebraska, BBYO grew to include young women with the founding of the B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG),AZA's sister program, on April 22, 1944 in San Francisco, Calif. Today, BBYO is a welcom- ing home to the more than 40,000 Jewish teens who take part in programming around the world. Participants find a safe place where they can be themselves, learn, lead, serve and have fun with friends who become brothers and sisters. "I attended ILTC (Interna- tional Leadership Training Conference) this summerand participated in Jewish learn- ing sessions to learn more about my Jewish leadership style. I'm now able to explain what I believe in, why I believe it, and how I will advocate for it," said Austin Kansol, high school junior and regional secretary. As a part of BBYO North Florida Region, local Jewish teens not only connect to an organization with a rich, vibrant history and inspiring alumni network, but they also have access to programming focused on leadership skills, community service, identity- building and Jewish values. Over the past year, BBY0 teens in Orlando have led canned food drives for the Pearlman Food Pantry, campaigned for clean water in countries around the world, and devel- oped meaningful friendships with Jewish teens throughout Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota and Naples. Internationally, they heard from community leaders like Israeli Prime Min- ister Benjamin Netanyahu and Facebook CO0 Sheryl Sandberg at BBYO's annual International Convention and joined 10,000 other Jew- ish teens giving back to their community through J-Serve, the international day of Jewish youth service. "BBYO is my home away from home. I've learned an amazing amount from BBYO, not only about Judaism, but also about myself," said Sarah Michel, high school senior and currentWaldflowers BBG chapter president. BBYO in Orlando kicks off the school year with a pool party at the Roth Jewish Com- munity Center on Aug. 17 for teens entering 9th through 12th grade. It will include a short parent meeting for parents to meet other BBYO parents and learn about the variety of opportunities BBYO has to offer over the next year. For more information, contact Lory Conte, BBYO Director at LConte@bbyo.org or 407-621-4032. Roth JCC's VPK Ki cks off this month Beginning Aug. 18, the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando will begin offering a Volun- tary Pre-K program as a part of its Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center in Maitland. VPK is a free prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds who reside in Florida and were born on or before Sept. 1 each year. The JCC's Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus has offered VPK since it opened its new facility several years ago. The daily three-hour pro- gram will be offered both in the morning (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) and afternoon (12:30-3:30 p.m.). Parents do not pay anything, as the program is fully funded by the Orange and Seminole Early Learning Coalition. "We are thrilled to be able to open the doors to our award-winning center to more families through VPK," said Carol McNally, early child- hood director. The Roth JCC's VPK program will be taught by experienced, degreed, and VPK-trained teachers and will include the following curricular units: Land of the Letter People Math Their Way Handwriting Without Tears Human Rights Curricu- lum "Project Protect" * "The Art of Discovery" science program Nemours' "Healthy Hab- its for Life" e The Vanderbilt School of Social-Emotional Compe- tence program The Arts: Music, Move- ment, Creative Art, Dramatic Play The school year dates are August 18, 2014 to June 5, 2015. The JCC's early child- hood program is accredited by the National Accredita- tion Commission for Early Care and Education Pro- grams. Extended care is avail- able for parents who require it. For more information or to arrange a tour, contact Carol McNally, Early Childhood Director, at 407-621-4065 or at CarolM@orlandojcc. org<mailto:CarolM@oflando_ jcc.org\>.