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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 20, 2009 a voice By Dori Gerber HDS In Israel. the Knesset is the legislative branch of the country's government, where its job is to elect the president and prime minister, enact laws. etc. At the Hebrew Day School in Maitland, the Knes- set is the student government organization that helps to build school spirit and con- nections to the community. Recently, the school held its elections in both its elementa- ry and middle school divisions. where the students in true democratic fashion chose their Knesset officers. The elementary students elected fifth graders to fill the posi- tions of president, vice presi- dent. secretary, and treasurer. whereas in the middle school the positions were open to all of the students in grades sixth through eighth. Primaries, campaigning, speeches and on-line voting were all part of the election process at HDS. Lynne Shefsky, head of school and head of the lower school's Knesset, says she feels that having a student govern- ment organization is important because it gives the students a voice and away to express their needs and wants for the school through their peers. "I am thrilled to head the The officers of the elementary school Knesset enjoy having lunch together during their first meeting of the year. In the photo are president Michelle Hajdenberg, secretary Reegan Moskowitz, vice president Ari Wolf and treasurer Z'ev Sernik. Knesset this year as it gives me an opportunity to recon- nect with students of HDS on a more personal level." said Shefsky. "This is an opportu- nity for me to help guide our future leaders, perhaps even a future head of school." In addition, Susan Cohen. head of the middle school, is also the head of the middle school's Knesset. and is excit- ed for what her students have planned for this school year. "The middle school Knes- set's function is to organize a range of student activities [e.g. social events, fundraisers. community service projects), to communicate student per- spectives to the community at large, and to provide hands-on leadership opportunities and experiences for middle school students," says Cohen. At HDS, the Knesset is also a family affair. This is the first year where the presidents in both the elementary school and middle school are related. Sisters. Jackie and Michelle Haj denberg both hold the presi- dential positions for their divi- sion's Knessets. The girls have a clear vision about what they hope to accomplish this year. Fifth grader Michelle said, "One main goal we have in the elementary Knesset this year is to start a schoolwide recycling program, one that we may even try to do together with the JCC.'" Eighth grader Jackie Hajdenberg, said. "We have both school and community goals in mind this year. Short- ly, we will be collecting toys to donate to a charity for this holiday season. Also. we would like to hold middle school Macabee games over a two- week period in conjunction with the HDS Gets Healthy program we have this year." Both girls said that they use the car ride home and time around the dinner table to share ideas and motivate each other to be the best Knesset presidents they can be. They also said they want to work together to develop events and programs that the entire school can participate in and give back to the community. The Hebrew Day School will be holding Open House Fridays throughout the month of November. Call Susan Cohen, director of admissions, at 407- 647- 0713, to schedule a visit. Also, visit the HDS Web site at www. hds-orlando.org. The Middle School Knesset officers pose together for their first of cial photo of the year. They are, from left: 7B representative Teddy Zerivitz, secretary Janna Gluck, sixth grade representative Yael Diamond, vice president Samuel Carbunaru, 7A representative Ariana Spalter and president Jackie Hajdenberg. Sisters Michelle Hajdenberg (l) and Jackie Hajdenberg are both the presidents for their grade-level's Knessets. +7-[annabc J(rint er Leah Hannah Krinker. daughter of Jodi and Da- vid Krinker of Maitland, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 28. 2009 at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Orlando. Leah is in the seventh grade at Trinity Prepara- tory School where she is on the soccer team. Blue and Gold Society, and honor roll. Her hobbies and interests include soccer, music, working with young children and being with friends. She also is a member of Kadima. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Leah's sister, Lauren: grandparents, Simon and Ellen Snyder of Winter Park. Fla.. and Margaret and Raymond Krinker of Sao Paolo. Brazil; aunt Susan and uncle Michael Schadick of Michigan; aunt Marci Snyder of Casselberry, Fla.. uncle Phillip Krinker of Sao Paolo. aunt Myra Darlow of New York. and other relatives and friends from Chicago, California. Brazil, Virginia, Texas, New York and Florida. ar U- i g rd Og/ g Logan Richard Ulch, son of Richard and Heidi Ulch of Altamonte Springs, Fla.. will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 28 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Logan is in the seventh grade at Rock Lake Middle School where he is in the gifted program and competes in the Seminole County math competition with honors. He enjoys football, baseball, playing bass guitar and spending time with his friends. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Logan's broth- ers, Morgan and Justin; his sister, Sierra; grandmother, Mae Weisman of Longwood; and family and friends from around the country. Beit Hamidrash is launch- ing the second trimester and it isn't too late to sign-up, The trimester starts Dec. 7. Hebrew High officials say they offers innovative, fun and interactive classes and educational Ju- daica programming for eighth through 12th grade Jewish teens. Some of the class high- lights for trimester two are: Leadership Lessons for Life with Rachel Gebaide. You Can Change the World with Jen Braunstein. Fundamentals of Jewish Meditation with Rabbi David Kay, When Push Comes to Shove...it's No Longer Love with Pam Goldsmith and Golden Nuggets: Famous Quotes from Jewish Literature with Michael Stern. Join the 175 teens that have already made a commit- ment to Jewish teen educa- tion, say school officials. For more information visit www. beithamidrashorlando.org or e-mail beithamidrashC fgo.org. Hebrew High student Moriah Pitcher tries out a bullet- proof vest belonging to Robbie Manson of the FBI. Beit Hamidrash students were treated to a break-time discussion group Nov. 2 featur- ing Robbie Manson, ayounglo- cal Jewish FBI agent. Manson, an Or Hadash member, famil- iarized the Hebrew High teens with the ins and outs of the FBI. He spoke about his Jewish up- bringing, his Israel experience and what it is like to be a Jew in the FBI. He said there are Sarah is in a wheelchair and can no longer get to the stove to cook. Her daughter is in Cali- fornia and cannot afford the travel expense to come home for the holidays. The thought of being alone and without a home-cookedmeal for Thanks- giving saddens Sarah. Jewish Family Services realizes that there are many homebound seniors in the Orlando community that are in need of goodwill during the holiday season. Beginning with Thanksgiving, JFS will answer the need by delivering meals to elderly people who are homebound. Volunteers are needed to help with Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas meal delivery on the following dates: Nov. 25. Dec. 11 and Dec. 24. Vol- unteers should contact Marni Chepenikat407-644-7593. ext. The Beit Hamidrash J-Vibe class learns about Jewish pop culture. The FBI's Robbie Manson handcuffs Hebrew High student Jared Pitcher. only two Jewish agents in the state. Students enjoyed videos and photographs of some of Manson's recent jobs and several students put on his bullet-proof vest and tried out his hand-cuffs. All in the name of education (and fun), of course! For information on Beit Hamidrash. contact: beithamidrash@j fgo.org or 407-261-3177. 227 or e-mail marni.chepenik@ jfsoflando.org. JFS officials say, you may also contact Chepenik if you are a homebound elder in need of a holiday dinner delivered to your home. Clients of the JFS collab- orative Hospice ofthe Comforter program. Yad L'Hesed. are also eligible to receive these meals. Thosewhowould like to make a donation and help JFS defray the cost of the kosher dinners. the cost of one holiday meal is $10. Checks can be made pay- able to Jewish Family Services and mailed to JFS, The George Wolly Center, 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park. FL 32789. Please indicate on the check that the donation is for Holiday Meals. The JFS Holiday Connec- tion program is sponsored in conjunction with the Kinneret Council onAging's KosherMeal Program. 1 LI