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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 gear a, Aaron Weil, executive director and CEO It is a convenient occur- rence (philosophically at least) that the Jewish New Year comes each year so close to the start of a new year on campus. Each year we get prepared to greet the New Year filled with possibilities, opportunities and chances Dana C. Bial, Board chair to do better for ourselves and the world. At virtually the same time, we are greeted by thousands of new faces on campus who themselves are the very epitome of new possibilities, opportunities and chances for us to do better for them, while helping them to do better for the world. If the start of this New Year is any indication, we are in for an incredible year! This summer, a UCF stu- dent was one of 17 Jewish students in the world selected to join the Hillel International Student Board. In addition, our AEPI chapter was honored as the top Birthright recruiter among all AEPI chapters around the world. This was a real affirmation that Central Florida students regard our Birthright Trip as the best Israel experience, and one that is far superior to the any "off the shelf trips" marketed on campus. At our annual Welcome Back event, we had over 250 students show up more than double from last year. Our first "Hump Day Nosh" (Wednes- day food party at Central Florida Hillel) had over 100 students, nearly double from last year. Finally, our first continues into the new year meeting the need of community Eric Geboff As we prepare to enter our 40th year of serving those in need in Central Florida and the Jewish New Year, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando reflects on the lives we changed and the impact we have in our community. The delivery and relevance of our programs have allowed us to grow our services, thereby allowing us to serve more lives. However, the need is still great. Michael McKee We are lead by the words in our mission To Provide Vital, High Quality and Innovative Social Service to People in Need. We strive to ensure that our mission is reflected in everything we do. Our mission gives us purpose and direction and we appreciate the opportunities that our mission provides. Whether a family needs counseling following a crisis, or a parent needs help putting food on the dinner table, Jew- ish Family Services of Greater Orlando provides the help nec- essary to meet these basic yet vital needs of our community. Our services are as diverse as those we serve. We are proud to offer counseling services, a food pantry that also offers produce products, transpor- tation for the elderly and disabled, emergency financial assistance, a structured fam- ily stabilization program that has tremendous success and outcomes, and more. The effort at Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando is a great e]cample of a commu- nity coming together because they need to. Because we need to. Because Central Florida needs us, resources we offer and the services we provide. We need these sorts of pure motives to nurture genuine communities. What we will create--with your help--will be something remarkable. On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and clients that we serve, our best wishes to you and your families for a Happy, Healthy and Prosper- ous 5778. Michael McKee, President Eric Geboff, Executive Director Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UY) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to uv radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your familY's eyes) from harmful UY rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UY protection. For more informatien visit A public service mes#ge from The Viskm t;ooncii. ~ THEVISiON(~:OUNCK Shabbat of the year had over 160 students packed into our ballroom which was not only at capacity, but we had to set up a table in the outside hall- way to serve all the students. This was the largest Shabbat dinner crowd, we have had since the inauguration of our new building in 2013! As you may already have seen and heard yourself, the word has gotten out across Florida and the United States, that there is now a vibrant Rhonda Forest Shalom, friends, The staff andBoard of Di- rectors of the Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando wish you and your family a sweet New Year 5778! We enter a new year filled Nancy Ludin, Executive Director Transitioning to an inde- pendent, assisted or skilled nursing facility can be chal- lenging for many seniors, as it is never easy to lose a lifetime of independence. However, Jewish elders face a host of ad- ditional challenges. Like their neighbors, they lose their independence, their homes, and access to friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage, their community, and their faith, just when they need them the most. Imagine a lifetime of Jew- ish living heritage erased in a "home" where no one un- derstands your culture. Like many American institutions, the bulk of senior facilities fol- low a"Christmas and Easter" calendar. While caregivers may receive training on the physical needs of their resi- Jewish community at UCF and we are open for business! Our model is simple. We hire the very best profes- sional staff to work with and empower self-selected student leaders with drive and passion. With generous support from parents, alumni, and the Or- lando community, we enrich the lives of our students so they are inspired and com- mitted to Jewish life, Jewish learning, and Klal Israel. They are learning how to become the leaders in the Central Florida Jewish Community now and in the years to come wherever they travel. CFH is a great example of the old adage, "it takes a village." Best wishes to you and your family, from all of us at Central Florida Hillel, for a Happy, Healthy and Prosper- ous New Year! Aaron WeE, Executive Director and CEO of CFH Dana C. Bial, CFH Board Chair with great promise and great expectations. Fittingly, your Federation is simultaneously embarking on a promising new journey, guided by an updated strategic vision that we believe will enrich the lives of all Jews in Central Florida. In the months ahead, JFGO will focus on functions that are essential to the commu- nity and can be executed most effectively by the Federation, such as leadership develop- ment, outreach, advocacy on crucial political issues, and support of Israel and global Jewish causes. Federation will continue to raise funds to accomplish our core goals while devoting ad- ditional resources to directly support our community's outstanding Jewish organiza- tions and synagogues. JFGO aims to partner with these organizations to help them achieve their respective goals. To learn even more about what our community needs, we continue to host executive and board president gather- ings, where we discuss the challenges our organizations face. Federation wants to be- come the catalyst to finding solutions to all our challenges, and these gatherings are a crucial collaborative tool that will ensure our success. We enter 5778 fueled by renewed confidence and strength, both of which are made possible by your support of Federation. We thank you for helping us nurture and sustain the Jewish future. We can't wait to embark on this bold, new journey with you in the year ahead! L'Shana Tova UMetukah, Rhonda Forest, President, Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando ay Paul Stenzler, President dents, few have been schooled in meeting the cultural and emotional needs of a diverse and growing older population. This is where the Jewish Pavilion steps in as a "mobile community center on wheels." We have been bringing com- munity, culture and com- panionship to the doorsteps of senior living communities since 2001, serving as a re- source that provides room visits, festive holiday celebra- tions, intergenerational and memorial programs to 400 Jewish residents in more than 70 facilities for your mom's and dad's in long-term care. We also offer cultural diver- sity awareness education to their staff through training programs, which highlight the need to accommodate the elderly from many back- grounds. The Jewish Pavil- ion promotes inclusion as loneliness knows no cultural borders, and thousands of seniors of all faiths attend and are welcomed into our programs each year. Our Senior Help Desk has been an additional resource since 2012. The "Help Desk's" Senior Resource Specialist has assisted hundreds of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues. Click on postings on the Jewish Pavilion Face Book page and you will see tre- mendous enthusiasm for musical entertainment. Music sooths the soul, brings back memories and offers a mode of communication when verbal skills have deteriorated. On Oct. 15th the Jewish Pavilion will bring their mu- sical expertise to the entire community, andwill hosttheir fall festival at Lake Brantley High School. Music Fest 2017 will feature live entertainment from local musical profession- als, a vendor extravaganza, refreshments and prizes ga- lore. More than 500 guests will enjoy Broadway, jazz, con- temporary and classical music. Visit The Jewish Pavilion wishes everyone a happy and healthy New Year! Paul Stenzler, President Nancy Ludin, Executive Director