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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 Families I PAGE 17A Rabbi Neely blowing the shofar for Shalom Families during a PJ Library program. NEW YORK- Taglit-Birth- right Israel, the organization responsible for sending over 400,000 young Jewish adults on a free 10-day trip to Israel to learn about their heritage, will launch its improved appli- cation portal for its 2014/2015 Winter season. Registration opened Tues., Sept. 9. The new registration pro- cess will provide an improved user-friendly experience, al- lowing applicants to select the exact date of their national, niche, campus or community trip and plan according to their schedules. "We are thrilled to kick off the winter season with this new registration process," said Taglit-Birthright Israel CEO Gidi Mark. "All of our partici- pants are either in school or work full-time. With a more precise scheduling process. registrants can plan around theirschool orworkvacations. Now, they can even choose the same trip as their friends." The non-profit group is currently celebrating its 14th anniversary year. Taglit- Birthright Israel has become a "rite of passage" for Jewish adults between the ages of 18 to 26. The trip aims to strengthen each participant's Jewish identity; to build an understanding, friendship and lasting bond with the land and people of Israel; and to reinforce the solidarity of the Jewish people worldwide. Taglit-Birthright Israel has sent Jewish young adults to Israel from 66 countries. from all 50 U.S. states, in- cluding students from nearly 1,000 NorthAmerican college campuses. Attendees are im- mersed in an active education- al experience that includes visits to Jewish historical sites, history museums, Holo- caust remembrance sites, the WesternWall, arts and culture programs as well as, touring, hiking, discussions, social events, camel andjeep rides in the desert and more. The trip focuses on three main areas: the narratives of the Jewish people, contemporary Israel, and the formative values of Judaism. Taglit-Birthright Israel is a partnership between the Government of Israel, private philanthropists and PJ Library Families were treated to story time led by Susan Bernstein, Temple Israel's new congregational life coordinator. The story imparts a great lesson about our responsibility in making the world a better place. The story says: On the birth- day of the world, all of God's creatures pass before Him as He asks whether each has been the best giraffe, or bee, or child they could be, helping to make the world a better place. Later in the morning, Rabbi Neely blew the shofar and explained the meaning of the different blasts to the children. Apple stamps were used to make Rosh Hashanah cards for family members: And snacks of aplfles, honey, apple juice and graham crackers were munched on by all in attendance. Jewish communities around the world including the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel and Keren Haye- sod. For additional questions on registration for winter trips, please call the Taglit- Birthright Israel Hotline at 1-888-994-7723. ..... ~ ...... ~er ~'~ ~" ~ .... ~::~. ~'-- ~ ~'~ We Only H ave Join Me to Keep PJ Library helps grow our children's values with Jewish concepts. It ensures that they make Judaism second nature, instead of second best. It nurtures relationships to Jewish tra- dition, learning, beliefs and practices. The beauty of the PJ Library is that it creates Jewish memories by bringing Jewish content to the recipi- ? ents' homes. With beautifully written and colorful books, parents read to their children stories of treasured Jewish values like kindness, respect, and tolerance as well as the Jewish holidays sparking an interest in the child and a sense of belonging. JFGO then magnifies the effect of the books by pro- viding relevant community "To help kee~lsrqel strong I funded the amphitheotre at Ammunition Hill." Bruce Gould. JNF Board of Directors, Assistant Treasurer programs and partnerships with our synagogues and agencies. The Jewish Federa- tionwas excited to collaborate with Temple Israel for this wonderful event. PJ Library is part of the Sha- lom Families initiative that is a program locally funded through JFGO. To learn more about Shalom Families please visit, t of s30"°° or more. Buy I cartridge at regular pr:ce, receive 35 off 2-= one of equal or lesser value. (=30 max value). Good on..Car~..'dpe World cartdd .ges only. Valid.only with coupon. Umit one per customer, nousenold or Dusmess. Valid at participating store. Not valid with any other offer. TM JEWISH NATIONAL FUND EL ng up to 40% SAVINGS • 100% GUARANTEE • FREE DELIVERY Cartridge Wodd-Altamonte Springs 801 W SR 436, Ste 1025 407-767-0680 Cortrid e orld www.¢