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PAGE 8A .HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 11, 2011 JFS set to Jl"L00t00',e Thanksgiving meal deliveries Chef George Daponte "I thank you so much for your offer to deliver a meal. I occasionally go.to the market with my scooter, but am not up to a Thanksgiving dinner preparation. I have much to be thankful for during Thanksgiving. I am a Holo- caust survivor and thank the Almighty for those people who had compassion with an 18-year-old; struggling to get through a very difficult time. I would like to wish JFS a very happy holiday." -- A note to JFS from meal recipient Joe Zollman JFS created its holiday meal delivery program for people like Joe Zollman that are ho.mebound, lonely, without family locally and and Kinneret dining room manager Ted Johnston. unable to cook for them- selves. Marni S. Chepenik, oordi- nator of volunteer services for Jewish Family Services, says, "Thanksgiving is such a family event. But the reality is that there are many older adults in our area who don't have nearby family. On this day, our compassionate volunteers become their family. Showing up with awarm Thanksgiving dinner and a smile, shows them that someone cares." If you are a homebound elder in need of a holiday din- ner delivered to your home for Thanksgiving or know some- one who is, contact Chepenik at 407-644-7593, ext. 227 or email her at marni.chepenik@ 00ngagement g 00nnouncement Amy Lynn Rubin and Daniel Jacques Vaknin. Ruthie and Richie Rubin of Longwood, Fla., are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Lynn Rubin, to Daniel Jacques Vaknin, the son of Asher Vaknin and Georgette Vaknin of Boca Raton, Fla. The bride-elect is a graduate of the University of Florida with a specialist degree in Mental Health and School Counseling. She is currently teaching AP/IB Psychology inGainesville. The groom-elect graduated from the College of Central Florida in Ocala with a degree in Physical Therapy. He currently practices in Ocala.He is also the bass player for the up-and-coming band Red Paper Birds. Amy's free time is devoted to her dog, Scampi Ciem- entine, while Dani tends to his cat, Rallen. Both have strong ties to their family and friends, their Jewish heritage, and a healthy lifestyle. The wedding will take place in Gainesville on Dec. 18, 2011. After a honeymoon in Costa Rica, the couple plans to buy a home in Gainesville. jfsorlando.org. Meals are prepared by Chef George Daponte at the Kin- neret kosher kitchen. They will be delivered Nov. 23. JFS covers the cost of the more than 60 meals that are delivered. If you would like to help defray these costs, consider making a donation of $18 or more toward the meal delivery program. Checks may be mailed to Jewish Family Services, 2100 Lee Road, Win- ter Park, FL 32789 or credit card information can be taken over the phone. Additionally, volunteersare always needed to help with the meal delivery program. If you would like to volunteer, contact Chepenik. JFS volunteers Dena Wild and Iris Segal. JFS volunteer Marten Kaufman. Teens get behind the wheel in CTeen of South Orlana, program Anna Lazimi, leader Chana Knapp, Malky Lessel, Charles Lazimi, Mug Levy, Jamie Sheer, Jacob Schulz, Megan Lehrer, Sam Davis, Elad Galili and Tamir Galili at a recent CTeen of South Orlando program. CTeen of South Orlando fs, getting behind the wheel Nov. 16 in its third program of the year at'The Chabad Center. The Get Behind the Wheel program, will empower each teen to take charge of his or her life and choose the direction in which to go. The program will also tackle the need for today's teens to stand up to the social pressures of unsafe driving habies, such as texting, applying makeup or listening to distractingly loud music while on the road. "I don't know any teens who don't'occasionally fall into the habit of multi-tasking while driving," admits Anael Cohen, a member,of CTeen. "And we would rather not wait for disaster to strike close to home before we take action." "The core of the dangerous driving issue is essentially the careless attitude expressed in all areas of a person's life," explains CTeen advisor Chana Knapp. "Taking charge and initiating awareness at school, at home and in the community will automati- cally invigorate the teens with confidence to keep their eyes on the road ahead and ignore the 'back seat drivers,' peer and social pressure, in both a literal sense and in choosing their future paths." In an effort to boost con- sciousness of the dangers of unsafe driving, teens will decorate bumper stickers and cupcakes promoting these values. The teens will also get a taste of the potential fatal consequences of texting and other distractions by having them navigate an obstacle course designed to-mimic a routine drive. The first time they attempt course as they will be steering through While texting on their phones. CTeen is a social envi- ronment where teens learn about themselves and their heritage through giving to others and participating in interactive, hands-on ac- tivities. CTeen is open to all Jewish teens in the commu- nity regardless of affiliation. Visit: www.JewishOrlando. com/CTeen, - email: office@ jewishorlando.com or ctll: the course they will be focus- 407-354-3660 for more in- ing only on the course, the formation about Get Behind second time will leave them the Wheel and other CTeen vulnerable to the pitfalls of the events.