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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 22, 2014 PAGE 3A Students attending last gear's 'think' club sponsored by Chabad of North Orlando. Empowering Teens to Build a More Meaningful and Value- driven Society. Beginning Oct. 24 Chabad of North Orlando will be offering The JLI Teens Dis- covery Program, a think- and-debate club for Jewish high school students. This program encourages teens to think deeply about their identity and values as they discuss real-life situations and debate fascinating so- lutions to life's intriguing conundrums. "Adolescence is a time in which teens struggle between dependence and indepen- dence as they attempt to forge their own sense of self and identity in the world," says clinical psychologist Dr. Joel Cahn. "By providing a forum for safe exploration, the JLI Teens program helps to serve ouryouth by stimulating criti- cal thought as well as truly impassioned, discussion, debate, and learning." "Our teens confront criti- cal choices on a daily ba- sis," explains Rabbi Yanky Majesky who directs the JLI Teens Discovery Program in Lake Mary. "We try to provide therewith a moral framework to guide their decisions, a framework that is based on 3,000 years of Jewish wisdom, and we hope it inspires them to do good and to make this world a better place." The program explores an array of contemporary top- ics of unique importance to teens, including making sense of the whirlwind of emotions they experience, analyzing scenes from popular Hol- lywood films to discuss their values and messages for life, and debating the possibility for peace in the Middle East and the significance of Israel to Jews. This series will give teenagers a place to explore, grow, and participate through critical thinking, challenging activities, textanalysis, public speaking, mock debates, and multimedia presentations. The JLI Teens Discovery Program states that its mis- sion is to provide a forum for students to think deeply about themselves and build the strong foundation of beliefs and values necessary for suc- cess in school and in life. In his discussion of this program, McGill University's Profes- sor Gil Troy said, "People are more successful when they know who they are and have a strong identity. This is prepa- ration for life, and the sooner they have this conversation, the better off they will be.". The Rohr Jewish Learning In- stitute (JLI), producer of The JLI Teens Discovery Program, has succeeded in exciting thousands of teens from all walks of life, motivating them to join together for a dynamic and enriching experience. At JLI Teens, high school stu- dents enjoy debating real-life issues with good friends in a wholesome environment. The classes will be held for 3 seasons of 6 consecutive Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The fall season"Why I love Israel" begins on Oct. 22, 2014; the winter season "Hollywood Idol" begins on Jan. 7, 2015, and the spring season "Com- plicated Me!' begins on April 15, 2015. To sign your teens up visitwww.JewishNorthOr- To learn more about the program, contact Rabbi Yanky Majesky at 407-878-3011 or Rabbi@JewishNorthOrlando. com. This August, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is recognizing outstanding' leaders who have made an impact in Jewish Orlando this past year. The awards presentation will be made on Aug. 24 at the JFGO Annual Meeting. This year's Creative Programming Award will be given to the Shalom Families Committee: Whitney Kuvin, Aleah Matthews, FionaAnavi, Pam Weissman and Julie Oshins. The Creative Programming Award is given annually by the Federation to a person or committee that through programming promotes Jew- Hundreds of miles apart, the Scouts of Boy Scout Troop 641 finished the summerwith fun and adventure, Thirteen boys and their leaders con- cluded a successful week at Camp Woodruff in northern Georgia. The Scouts, com- bined, earned over 50 merit badges at the camp, including shotgun shooting, archery, personal fitness, forestry, gaming and many more. A day of white water rafting and horseback riding were some of the high!ights of the week. Two of the Troop's Scouts returned from a week at Philmont Scout Ranch in Northern New Mexico, as part of the Central Florida Council Contingent. The Scouts and their fathers hiked through the 214 acres on the ranch for a week with all of their food, water and supplies in their backpacks. The boys of Troop 641 are about to begin a new adven- ture in August. Boy Scout Troop 641 is open to all young men, age 11 to 17. Check out the www. website for times of meetings at the JCC of Maitland. Or for more information, send an email to Scoutmaster@troop641or- ish continuity, awareness, affiliation or identity in the Orlando Jewish community. In October 2013, the Jewish Federation launched Our Jew- ish Orlando (OJO) an initiative focused on connecting the next generation of Jews in Central Florida. One focus of OJO includes reaching out to young families and thus, Shalom Families was born. Shalom Families hosts monthly interactive, cultural and Jewish holiday events. Growth has been impressive, far exceeding expectations. From exploring m the trucks at the Orlando Fire Departmentto learning about the importance of tzedakah at the local park, there have been up to 100 people at these gatherings with new faces at- tending every month. Shalom Families has atso been a great enhancement for the PJ Library, a Feder- ation-supported program that provides 400 families in Greater Orlando with free Jewish books each month geared toward their child's age. Shalom Families has held very successful collaborative programs with the Jewish Academy of Orlando and the JCC Early Childhood Learn- ing Center, and as the group continues to grow, there Boy Scouts white water rafting at Camp Woodruff in northern Georgia. Boy Scouts camping at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Northern New Mexico. The Shalom Families Committee: Top (l-r), Whitney Kuvin, Aleah Mathews; Bottom (l-r), Pam Weissman, Fiona Anavi, Julie Oshins. will be more opportunities for partnerships with other community agencies and synagogues. Shalom Families provides families the opportunity to come together and connect with other Jewish families, creating community. The success is due in no small part to the committee whose enthusiasm and dedication have set the tone for a wel- coming environment at every gathering. New and unaffili- ated families find a warm and inviting Jewish community to be part of and seamlessly find their place within Orlando's Jewish community. Shalom Families is building a strong Jewish community for the future and we are honored to have these five ladies' com- mitment to this incredible program. The Shalom Families com- mittee will be honored at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando Annual Meeting on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. in the JCC Audito- rium at the Maitland Jewish Community Campus. All members of the community are welcome to attend the an- nual meeting. To RSVP, visit or call Becca Ginns at 407-645-5933.