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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 By Jason Frances UCF graduate, Class of 2017 First person College years go by fast. Once it's all said and done, the only thing we leave campus with is a degree in hand and the memories we made. With Chabad, it can be more than that. You will be able to leave collegewith afeeling of impact and fulfillment that you won't find anywhere else. Here are 10 reasons to want to go to Chabad on Campus: 1) Fantastic people--Some of the greatest people you'll meet and friendships you'll make in college will happen at Chabad. From the second you walk in for the first time, youwill instantly be embraced by the warm, welcoming envi- ronment where you will make new friends for life. 2) Shabbat--lf you are looking for a delicious home- cooked Shabbat dinner along with some inspiration, Chabad on Campus is perfect for you. Every Friday night, there are dozens, or hundreds, of stu- dents that come to Chabad for an amazing Shabbat dinner with the rabbi and rebbetzin's adorable children. By the first week, you will feel like part of the family. 3) Awesome national events--Every fall semester, thousands of students from all over the country meet in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the national Shabbaton. The weekend retreat goes from Friday to Sunday and includes tours of NYC, an unforgettable Friday night dinner with a hasidc family, workshops, concerts and more. This was Jason Frances the highlight of my entire semester and something I'll never forget. Whether meet- ing new people, experiencing Brooklyn, or even finding your future spouse, this is an event that only Chabad on Campus can put on. 4) Diversity and inclu- sion-One of the best things about Chabad is mixing with Jewish students from all Jewish denominations and social backgrounds. You may be surprised to discover that few students at Chabad are Chabad themselves, they are every kind of Jew, all united in one incredible community! Chabad is a home away from home where students-can be themselves and feel welcomed no matter where they come from. 5) Israel opportunities-- Some of my greatest memo- ries in college are from the two school breaks I spent in Israel. (In fact, I recently made Aliyah and will be joining the IDF in December) Chabad offers all kinds of Israel opportunities like Birthright, a follow-up trip called IsraeLinks, as well as other internship and learning programs in Israel. Chabad also pro- vides resources back home to combat BDS and stand proudly for Israel. 6) Learning--College is one of the most important times in your life. For the first time, you live on your own without anyone telling you what to do or who to be. Chabad allows students to study about their heritage and grow spiritually with programs like weekly Torah study, Sinai Scholars, and one-on-one studying. Jewish National Fund's National Conference in South FL Jewish National Fund is set to host this year's National Conference in South Florida at The Diplomat Resort and Spa from Nov. 10-13. JNF's annual Conference brings together over a thousand committed leaders, philan- thropists, young profession- als, college students, and high school students from across the country and Israel for an impactful three-day experience to learn about the key issues of the day facing Israel and the world Jewish community. "This is a fabulous oppor- tunity to hear directly from those on the ground making a difference for, and in, Israel," said JNF's 2017 National Conference Co-Chair Vivian Grossman. "South Florida is so excited to host this year's National Conference and I know participants will come away more educated, moti- vated, engaged, and ready to roll up their sleeves to support the land and people of Israel." This year, JNF is honoring Jos~ Marfa Aznar, former president of the Government of Spain, with the esteemed Shalom Peace Award for his dedication to peace, human- ity, and efforts on behalf of the State of Israel. "We are thrilled to honor Jos~ Maria Aznar with the Shalom Peace Award," said 2017 National Conference Co- Chair Benjamin Gutmann. "He is truly supportive of Israel and works to ensure that Spain and the entire European Union, recognize Israel as the bulwark of democracy in the Middle East. His support for Israel has been unwavering and we look forward to hear- ing his remarks in November." Throughout his two terms as president of the Govern- ment, from 1996 through 2004, Aznar led an important process of economic and social reform. He continues to advocate for a firm policy against terrorism, one that is against any kind of political concession, combined with close international coop- eration between democratic countries. Under Aznar's leadership, a high level group met in Paris in the middle of 2010 to launch a new project in defense of Israel's right to exist. The "Friends of Is- rael Initiative" was created to counter the growing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and its right to live in peace within safe and defensible borders. Notable founding members of the Initiative include, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lord William David Trimble, Former Prime Minis- ter to Canada Stephen Harper, Former United States Ambas- sador to the United Nations John Bolton, Former Prime Minister of Australia John Howard, British historian Andrew Roberts, and others. Jose Maria Aznar "I feel deeply honored to receive this award and to be recognizedwith all of its mean- ing," said Aznar. "I do believe in Israel as a dynamic, vibrant and promising country. Israel is an indispensable and vital part of the Western world and of our civilization, and I'm grateful for the positive effect of having a strong Israel at our side and for the many benefits the rest of the West." Past recipients of the Sha- lom Peace Award, one of JNF's highest honors, include: former Vice PresidentAl Gore; Colin Powell, a former secre- tary of state and retired four- star general; Jehan Sadat, the widow of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat; former British JNF on page 15A UCF students at the Kotel during a trip to Israel. Students attending the National Shabbaton in 7) Leadership opportuni- ties--The Chabad exec board is a great opportunity for those who are looking for leadership roles and resume boosters. The work that students do on the board is so important and it can be a very fulfilling experience for students. 8) Holidays--Chabad goes big for Jewish holidays! Cha- nukah means a huge menorah in the center of campus with plenty of latkes and dancing. On Sukkot you can see the rabbi peddling his sukkah bicycle around campus (no joke). For the High Holidays and Pesach you can expect a large and meaningful service at Chabad. Chabad's Jewish pride is infectious and you'll be proud to celebrate our special days in the biggest way possible. 9) Roadside assistance-- When I was a student, one of my first experiences with Chabad was the time I got into a car accident just outside of campus. I was new to the school and away from home for the first time. After I got off the phone with my father, I got a call from the campus Chabad rabbi. Within 10 minutes, he was on the scene with hot food and stayed with me for about five hours until A worldwide registry of Sukkahs has been set up, and is listed online at www. localsukkah.org. The directory has been designed for Jews to locate a Sukkah near to them, so that they can go there to eat. The idea of this service is not to list every Sukkah, but to try and have a Sukkah listed for every area in which Jewish people may find themselves during Sukkos. The main focus of this service is to enable peoplewho work on Chol-Hamoed to eat lunch in a Sukkah, which is close to their place of work. As all listings are confirmed an- nually prior to publication, the benefit of the list is that users of it can be almost certain that the Sukkah that they wish to use is indeed available prior to heading there. The list also includes details of numerous Sukkahs thatwould otherwise remain unknown to many users of the list. The worldwide list of Suk- kahs began in 1994, as a local service to the Jewish commu- nity in Melbourne, Australia. In the first year there were only nine Sukkahs on the list as it was organized only a few days before Sukkos. Last year there were 336 Sukkahs listed, located in 26 countries. These Sukkahs were mainly located in shuls, schools, and busi- nesses. The list also included some Sukkahs located in shopping centers, universi- ties, and amusement parks. In Melbourne the service was initially nicknamed the"Suk- kah at Work project." The list was started, after it was realized that there are many Sukkahs in workplaces that nobody knows about. The person who suggested the compilation of the list, pointed Brooklyn, N.Y. the entire process was over. These are the kind of people that Chabad on campus rabbis and rebbetzins are. No matter the time, or the need, they will always be there to support and assistance you. 10) To walk away from col- lege with something more, as I stated at the beginning! Jason Frances is a recent graduate of University of Cen- tral Florida with a degree in marketing. While on campus, he was active with Chabad on Campus and Jewish life at UCF as a whole. Upon gradu- ation, Jason made Aliyah and will be joining the Israeli Defense Forces in December. out that a few friends of his had not been able to eat a proper lunch on Chol-Hamoed as they had no Sukkah at their workplace and did not know that he had a Sukkah nearby that he was willing to share. The list publicizes all Suk- kahs regardless of the affilia- tion of their owners, and all Jews are welcome at any of these Sukkahs. The idea of this project is merely to pro- mote achdus (Jewish unity), and to help other Yidden. There is no charge for this service. In 2011 Android and Apple Apps were released for this service, making it even easier for people to locate the nearest registered Sukkah. If you have a Sukkah that you would like to register, you can do so by sending an email with the details to register@ localsukkah.org.