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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 26, 2014 PAGE 3A This holiday season, a have been distributed since philanthropist best known' " ................... the program's inception in for giving out free books to 2005. Locally, PJ Library has children is mailing a quarter !: more than 300 participants. of a million tzedakah boxes The Jewish Federation of to the same children--and Greater Orlando is working more--to encourage and to secure funding that will spread the spirit of generos- expand the program to reach ity and giving. And the local even more children in our PJ Library families will be community. receiving this generous gift. PJ Library is a program lo- Harold Grinspoon cally funded through JFGO. launched the project at the The Jewish Federation of holiday season because it Greater Orlando has been in is a time when families of existence for over 60 years. different faiths try to teach The Jewish Federation of theirchildrenaboutcharity, ers in need. Some of their Greater Orlando's mission fairness and justice, messages include,"Donate is to nurture a unified "Generosity of spirit is books you no longer read," Jewish community that a learned trait, taught to "Say sorry for mistakes," transcends generations children by their families and "Don't use more water and neighborhoods. We are andtheir communities and, than you need." part of a greater umbrella, iftaughtwell, benefits those The tzedakah box project the Jewish Federations of communities for genera- includes a robust social me- North America which rep- tions," said Grinspoon, the dia campaign to spread the resents .155 Jewish Federa- founder ofthe Harold Grin- word about the boxes and tions and over 300 Network spoon Foundation and its the values they represent, communities, raise and flagship PJ Library program. Participants are encour- distribute more than $3 "These boxes are a Cha- aged to share photographs, billion annually for social nukah gift to families with stories and lessons using welfare, social services and young children who are al- #kidsgive. educational needs. The ready nurturing the spirit of The colorful, kid-friendly Federation movement col- charity, and an opportunity tzedakah boxes are aproject lectively is among the top 10 for those same families to of PJ Library, which dis- charities on the continent, spread that light into the tributes children's books protecting and enhancing world, for years to come," and literature focusing on thewell-beingofJewsworld- Grinspoon said. Jewish stories, customs wide through the values of Inside each tzedakah and values around the charity, social justice and box are four different card world in partnership with learning. To learn more games reinforcing the local Jewish organizations, about our impact locally principles of giving to oth- More than six million books please visit, Cemetery burial plots Two side-by-side Ohev Shalom Cemetery Orange County, Florida Owner paid $5,000 Sell: $3,000 Interested parties only: 407-314-0612 On Jan. 9, 2015, Congre- Paul and Mary; Bob Dylan; Dinner will be served prior gation Sinai will celebrate and The Mamas and the to the service. Cost for the Shabbat with a new con-Papas. dinner is $12 per member, cept--ShabbatUnplugged, a "Remember Woodstock?" $15 for nonmembers, and folk music Shabbat. On this asked Peter Sobel, a congre- $10 for children 13 and under. Shabbat, the congregation gant member. "Well, bring Deadline for payment is Jan. will have a short Kabbalah your beads andyour tie-dyed 2, 2015. Seating for dinner is Shabbat service followed by shirts and you best friends limitedtothefirst48reserva- folk music and songs from with their beads and join us tions. For more information, the 1960s, such as Peter, for lots of fun!" call Qwen at 352-243-4890. @ Three cheers for Boy Scout Troop 641 JOIN SPECIAL CELEBRATION ISSUE ANUARY 30, 2015 Hundreds of different parties will be held in the Jewish community throughout the coming year. HERITAGE readers will be in need of a variety of products and services, including hotels, hair salons, clothing stores, jewelers, printers, florists, restaurants and many others. You can reach this exclusive buying market by placing your advertising message in the HERITAGE Special Celebration Issue. Don't let those weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other simchas pass you by. Make sure your business is included on our readers' shopping lists. i!iii!ii!iiiiiiiii It was not just another Camporee for Boy Scout Troop 641. One hundred and forty- two Boy Scout Troops from around Central Florida attended the Camporee at Camp LaNoche in Paisley in December. Maitland's own Troop 641 placed third overall in the weekend's competitions. The Scouts took first place in two of the eight physical challenges at the "Toughest Scout Games" at the Central Florida Camporee. Three new scouts joined in the fun and learned a lot from the older scouts in the Troop. Boys ages 11 to17 are invited to visit the Troop's meetings held at the JCC in Maitland on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. For more information about upcoming events, visit or email For More Information, Call: 407-834-8787