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NEWS, AUGUST 6, 2004 PAGE 3 talk? Need an open r to lean to the new teen Power bridg- between peers beginning on at Jewish Family for this by Dr. Ron "The Second ow Adolescent ~allenging the ~mily." In Dr. d family Peergroupofcon- which is pop second family has an enormous amount of power and influence over today's teens. This influence threatens to overwhelm the "first family" of adults at home and at school. Jewish Family Services says, "Teens often feel pushed and pulled between two conflicting sets of values--those of their peer group and those of their family--causing even the best kids to make bad choices. Amongst 'Planet Youth' the rules have changed: lying is the norm, drug and alcohol use is increasing, and sex is more casual. Most parents continue to operate under the assumption that today's youth aren't much different than the youth of yesterday. They're wrong. Today's youth are much different and the motivation for their behavior has changed dramatically. "Kids aren't rebelling so much anymore. They don't engage in risky or unhealthy behaviors because they are angry, or want attention, or don't care. They make decisions based on what feels comfortable and fun. Today's teens are hedonistically pur- suing what feels good. They are inspired by the pop cul- ture to seek pleasure and avoid BlackTi O pain, to live for the moment, to make themselves feel better through consumption. "The good news is that along with the negative, teen peer groups contain many healthy characteristics. Mod- ern teens are capable of deep intimacy and connection. They are honest and open with each other, thus creatinga haven of safety and support. They are better communicators than their parents were at their age. They often adopt a 'live and let live' attitude, making peer pressure almost obso- lete. Today's teens are more sophisticated, resourceful, and psychologically astute than ever before." "Peer Power bridgingthe gap between peers and fami- lies" is an innovative 10-week group that is designed to help teens navigate the confusing landscape of modern society by tapping into the positive power of the second family. The group will examine the myriad issues faced by today's teens and help them learn to make effective and healthy de- cisions. Issues to be discussed include: sexuality, drugs and alcohol, how to make better decisions, what to do when your parents don't like your friends, communication, how to help a friend who is in trouble, self awareness, how to cope with depression and anxiety, how to get your parents to pay attention to what's going on, self esteem building, how to deal with a world that seems to be going crazy, and more. The participants of this group will help choose the topics as the group progresses. They will have an opportunity to speak freely and openly in a setting that will honor confidentiality and privacy. The group will be facilitated by a licensed mental health professional and will cost $10.00 per session. Call either Susan Weiss- mann or Pamela Goldsmith at The Center for Counseling, Growth and Development at Jewish Family Services at 407-644-7593 for more in- formation or to register. Hospital Bet Chaim first Black Tie Monte Carlo Aug 21 d Palmer Well as its own will be Construction of Semi- at U.S. 17-92 land Civic Lake Lily, the from 7 to 11 community is invited to join in the festive evening. For a $25 donation, each attendee will enjoy live music from Steve Moore of Moore than Jazz, a light buffet, one raffle ticket and $5,000 in play money. There will also be a Silent Auction for prizes donated by area businesses, including hotel getaways, spa packages, jewelry, NASCAR and other sports memorabilia, and show tickets, as well as sev- eral door prizes. Bet Chaim says, "For all you chocolate lovers, be a little decadent! Schakolad Chocolate Fac- tory of Winter Park Village will be supplying the event with a Chocolate Fountain where you will be able to dip your favorite fruits and more in flowing Premium Belgian Chocolate." For additional information or to obtain tickets, contact Richard Salzburg at 407- 682-3385 or e-mail him at ve newest syna- gregation Sinai annual drive for fatal- in the South membership a "Mem- Klatch" on 15 from 3 synagogue's at 635 W. SR in downtown mem- greet the officers grega- p. Irnportant that Jewish people affiliate with a synagogue," said a congre- gational officer. "in addition to attending religious ser- vices throughout the year, the synagogue provides a venue to recognize life cycle events, such as marriages, anniversaries and deaths. Further, membership helps individuals to focus on their Jewish identity and enriches their Jewish education and culture." Congregation Sinai con- ducts regular services on the last Friday evening of each month at 8 p.m. Services are held at Jenkins Auditorium in downtown Clermont. The services are described by the Congregation as"mainstream Judaism." Each service is con- ducted by lay leaders or by a student cantor. Refreshments are served to the congregation after the service. The synagogue has en- gaged Rabbi (Emeritus) J. Harold Romirowsky to con- duct High Holiday services this year. Rabbi Romirowsky has received numerous awards from Jewish and communal organizations and is past vice-president of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia. For more information, in- cluding membership informa- tion, contact Steffi Morgen- stern at 352-243-5750. of the Jewish Pavilion to host 'Friend ~Bring your friends and your favorite game" Thursday, August 12, at 7p.m. as The Jewish Pavilion's of the Jewish Pavilion, sponsors Game Night. This is not a "friend" raiser it's just for fun and for making friends who all r for the Jewish elderly in CentralFlorida. Chairing this event Ruth Bernstein, Barbara Weinreich, and Harriet Weiss. are essential because space is limited. RSVP to Harriet Weiss at are board members (from ! to r) SUSIE KLEIMAN, LOIS SILVERBERG, and PAT RUBENSTEIN. LAw OFFICE OF Auto Accidents Wrongful Death Nursing Home Negligence Defective Products Slip & Fall Dental Malpractice Dog Bites * Insurance Claims "Prepared to fight for you!" 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