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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 17, 2014 Orlando's J-Serve Teen Task Force participates in an icebreaker activity at their first meeting of the year. Thirteen teens were se- lected to be a part of Orlando's J-Serve Teen Task Force 2014-2015. The Teen Task Force is a unique leadership opportunity for Jewish teens in grades eight through 12 to plan the community's annual J-Serve day of teen commu- nity service. These teens have a desire to plan and lead their peers through community service, representing all local Jewish youth groups. The team members are: Hannah Fenster (senior at Lake Brantley High School), Jonah Goldberg (junior at Lake Mary Prep), Jordan Harris (8th grader at Jew- ish Academy of Orlando), Taylor Harris (junior at Vir- tual School), Jonathan Hefley (sophomore at Seminole High School), Rebecca Michel (sophomore at Winter Park High School), Sarah Michel (senior at Winter Park High School), Daniel Perreault (junior at Lake Highland Prep), Dana Samelson (senior at Lake Howell High School), Danielle Samelson (senior at Lake Howell High School), Emily Weinstein (junior at Lake Brantley High School), Hannah Wieselthier (senior at Lyman High School), and Zachary Wieselthier (senior at Lyman High School). The first Teen Task Force meeting was held on Sept. 10 at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando. The meeting focused on creating a team out of the new group, sharing ideas, answering questions, and even included a short color war activity! "At the first meeting, we got to know each other through many different icebreaker activities. I'm excited to work with a group that loves com- munity service as much as I do," said Taylor Harris. The beginning months of planning for the April 12 J- Serve eventwill focus on team- building, selecting atheme and creating an action plan. The Task Force will work together on all aspects of event planning from marketing to fundraising and outreach to programming. Local Jewish professionals will come to Task Force meetings to share their expertise. The guest educator for the Novem- ber meeting is Amy Geboff, director of Youth and Family Education at Congregation Ohev Shalom. In December, Dr. Sheryl Sacharoff, director of education at Congregation of Reform Judaism, will lead a learning session for the Task Force. J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service, held on April 12, 2015. J-Serve provides teens with the op- portunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tze- dakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkun olam, the responsibility to repair the world. Across the globe, teens will join together to make their community and the world a better place. For more information, contact Robby Etzkin at RobbyE@ orlandojcc.org. The Sisterhood of Con- gregation Ohev Shalom is now accepting applications for vendors and businesses that would like to participate in its second annual holiday boutique slated for Sunday, Nov. 16, from noon to 5 p.m. at the synagogue, 613 Concourse Parkway South in Maitland. The cost is $100 for an 8-foot table or space with your own table. Additional table and/or space is $50. To date, COS Sisterhood has accepted applications from Creations by Jan; Beads, Inc.; Siegel's on ParkAvenue; Mary- Miller-Weiner jewelry and wall plaques; Gay Harrison Handcrafted Couture Jewelry; Lilla Rose and Origami Owl jewelry; Dean Prudence shop and many more. The boutique will be free and open to the public. If you would like to par- ticipate in this upcoming event, please contact Susan Hochstadt at susan@the- hochstadts.com, Cheryl Wie- ner at cheryl.wiener@gmail. com, or call the synagogue at 407-298-4650. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's RAISE program (Recognizing Abili- ties and Inclusion of Special Employees) has been so suc- cessful with its first group of employees, that one local business recently hired a RAISE employee, leaving a position open. Positions do not open often and may be filled quickly. RAISE is taking applications. Anyone who is interested may ap- ply online at http://orlando- jewishfed.org/inclusion-for- adults-with-special-needs or contact 407.645.5933 ext 236. For Seminole Count Schoo! Boar Vote RiCH SLOANE November 4