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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 25, 2009 PAGE 3A Wanted: Jewis[00 l:een athletes The JCC Maccabi Games have been offering a life and personality shaping experi- ence to Jewish teenagers since 1982. At this Jewish Olympic style event, each athlete has the chance to participate in one of 14 sports in events spanning a weeklong experience. The Games coming up will be held Aug. 1-6, 2010 in Omaha, Neb.; Denver; Balti- more; and Richmond, Va. The Orlando delegation will be go- ing to Richmond. Orlando has participated in the games for over 10 years and have medaled on three occasions, with the most recent victories being a gold medal in 16 & under boys basketball in 2008 (Akron, Ohio) and a bronze medal in 14 & up boys soccer in 2009 (San Antonio, Texas). For the 2010 games the Or- lando JCC is looking for girls 14 and under (must be 13 by Aug. 1, 2010 and not 15) in soccer, and boys and girls ages 13-16 for tennis, pingpong (table tennis), swimming, bowling and dance. The JCC Maccabi Games can be called the Olympics for Jewish teens, but they serve a larger purpose than athletic competition. The Games also promote community involve- ment, teamwork and pride in being Jewish. The Games are the largest Jewish teen event in the world--each summer over The Orlando JCC team marches in Opening Ceremo- nies. They are, from left, front to back, row l: Eric Finkelstein, Daniel Maser; row 2: Davis Ferguson, Jonathon Wolf, Danny Altman; row 3: Ryan Daly, Jacob Wladis, Evan Wladis; row 4: Marnie Bernstein, Dana Penrod. Part of the Orlando contingent arrive in San Antonio, Texas. They are, from left, top row: Danny Altman, Jesse Lerner, Ryan Daly, Jonathon Wolf and Daniel Maser;, bottom row: Davis Ferguson, Jacob Wladis, Evan Wladis, Eric Finkelstein and Dana Penrod. JFS needs help to start a ripple Marcy holds a master's degree in her field, but be- cause of massive layoffs in the corporate sector, she finds herself currently unemployed. She has two young children to support and is separated from her husband. On a daily basis she scours for employment opportunities, both online and in the newspaper, but comes up empty-handed. Her family is scraping by on her unemployment wages, but it is not enough for a family of three. Each day she worries whether she will be able to feed her family tomorrow. Jewish Family Services says, there is a mistaken no- tion that small deeds are not as important as the larger deeds. This is far from being true. Like ripples on a lake, one small deed rolls into the next and becomes larger as it moves across the lake. The ripple gains strength and energy along the way. Each of us has the ability to change the world in small ways. Even the smallest, most simple act of kindness can make a difference in some- one's life in a very big way. As Anne Frank said, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single minute before starting to improve the world." JFS says, "As you consider an end-of-the-year gift, Jew- ish Family Services asks that you think of the families and children in need during these difficult economic times. Please help support JFS and start a ripple. What you do today will have a considerable significance on someone's tomorrow." Donations may be mailed to JFS, 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park, FL 32789. For more information, call Es Cohen, director of development, at 407-644-7593, ext. 241. Holocaust Center presents Teachers Forum on bullying On Thursday, Jan. 14 the HolocaustMemoriat Resource and Education Center will be sponsoring a Teachers Forum entitled "Avoiding Blind Spots: How to Navigate Your Own BiasWhen DealingWith Bully- ing." Created as part of the Ho- locuast Center's anti-bullying initiative, the workshop will focus on understanding how a teacher's own prejudices and assumptions can make it more difficult for him or her to recognize and deal with bullying in schools. The speaker will be Nadine Smith of Equality Florida. Smith says that teachers, as the child's first responders, need to be more aware of the dynamics that our own prejudices create. "We all have biases," she Nadine Smith says. "It makes us human, but it can lead to errors in judgment. This workshop will help teachers avoid common traps that allow some forms of bullying to go unchallenged." An informal reception with light refreshments is sched- uled for 5:15 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6 p.m. The session will last about 90 minutes and is geared to active teachers (inservice credits can be earned). The general public is invited to attend on a space- available basis. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Con- tact Mitch Bloomer at 407- 628-0555, ext. 283 or e-mail mbloomer@holocaustedu. org. Future Teacher Forums include "Berlin Remembers the Holocaust" (Dr. Ed Harrell) on Tuesday, Feb. 23 and "Hitler Youth" on Thursday, March 25. 6,000 Jewish teens participate in the Games. Over 100,000 teens have participated in the JCC Maccabi Games since 1982. The energy and excitement make it a unique and unfor- gettable experience for every participant, from athletes to volunteers, from coaches to host families, say JCC offi- cials. The JCC Maccabi Games are made possible with the help of many sponsors and volunteers who donate time and resources. For more information, con- tact Dana Penrod at dana@or- landojcc.org or 407-645-5933, ext. 260 or Marnie Bernstein atmarnieb@orlandojcc.orgor 407-645-5933, ext. 293. A group from Orlando dresses up for Opening Ceremonies. They are, from left: Jesse Lerner, Eric Finkelstein, Danny • Airman, Jonathon Wolf and DanielMaser. HARVEY V. 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