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 By Pamela Ruben    News    November 17, 2017

Chabad CTeen members befriend Pavilion seniors

Do you remember when the original trolleys ran in New York state? On Thursday, Oct. 23, 90-year-old Carl from Brookdale Island Lake reflected back on when the trolley ran through the city of Buffalo,...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    October 27, 2017

Jewish Pavilion's Music Fest-A concert of note for the ages

On a recent sunny Sunday October afternoon, Jewish Pavilion Board of Directors Chair Paul Stenzler shared with an audience of over 400 community members of all ages that "All of you will require the...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    October 6, 2017

Don't miss the Jewish Pavilion's 'toe-tapping, finger-snapping' Music Fest

Have you given much thought to the power of music? Paul Stenzler, bandleader of Orlando's Rhythm Release and current president of the Jewish Pavilion Board of Directors, thinks about it each time he...

 

Got electricity? Neighbors of all ages 'lighten' blow of hurricane Irma

What could be the reason behind a 'slumber party' with guests ranging from ages 77 to 19? Hurricane Irma, of course. When Hurricane Irma came storming through, she created 'strange bedfellows' all...

 

Inez 'Teddy' and Myron Snyder honored at Jewish Pavilion's Music Fest

What better way to memorialize those who have loved and nurtured the arts than by naming a musical festival in their honor? Those were the thoughts of Jewish Pavilion Board member Geanne Share when sh...

 

How continuing education courses rejuvenate older adults

Like many back-to-schoolers, Ed April is preparing to return to classes. An eager student, he has already read through his required text on the Spanish American War. In just a few weeks, Ed will join...

 

Collecting life histories: Asking simple questions can get Olympic-sized results

"Collecting family stories not only benefits the senior-storyteller, but can add to the richness of their relationship with their family members and caregivers," said Emily Newman of the Orlando...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    Features    June 30, 2017

Preventing elder financial abuse: Six tips to make seniors a tougher target

"Fraud happens to everyone from youngest to oldest, and to people of all backgrounds. Today we are going to talk about making elders a tougher target... Just like you and I head into work on Monday...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    Features    June 30, 2017

Tidbits from the Sandwich Generation

My favorite Mother's Day gift was a refrigerator magnet set with more Yiddish words than even my "Bubbie" (grandmother) spoke. Every time someone passes through my kitchen, they rearrange the magnets...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    May 5, 2017

Schilowitzes fit Pavilion Golf Tournament to a 'Tee'

It all began in Valdosta, Georgia, in the late 1960s with a pair of his and her golf clubs. Elise and Henry Schilowitz, took up recreational golf as a way to spend time together, while Henry served...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    May 5, 2017

Jewish Pavilion's fashion show dressed for success

More than 100 guests gathered at Jewish Pavilion's "Spring into Fashion" event at Bloomingdales in Orlando on April 20, for a morning of friendship, fashion, fun and to raise funds for senior...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    April 7, 2017

Humor and BFFs always in fashion with Jewish Pavilion honoree Marlene Adler

If you are looking for Jewish Pavilion Fashion Show honoree Marlene Adler try giving her BFF, Susan Livingstone, a call. That's how Marlene's husband, Lee Adler, recommends finding her when she...

 

Recognizing stroke: Acting 'FAST' saves lives

Saving lives takes more than a 'stroke' of luck... While National Stroke Awareness month takes place in May, for my family it takes place all year-round... My mother's stroke was diagnosed by her...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    March 24, 2017

Got sneakers? Please share for the homeless

It's not hard to be moved by an article that shares the story of struggling families, whether they are dealing with homelessness, hunger, or underemployment. What is hard is taking that desire to...

 

Experiencing a 'virtual tidbit' of dementia or walking a mile in ill-fitting shoes...

My feet are absolutely killing me, and it's not from the 10,000 steps I have been walking daily to kick the New Year off on the right foot. The spring in my step has been hampered by the...

 

Relieving caregiver stress

If there were Jewish saints, my sister would probably be one. Not because she is the devoted mother of three girls, or a busy interior designer, managing a business and a family along with community...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    December 23, 2016

JP Gala honors community gem, Geanne Share

Please join the Jewish Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m. at Sheraton Orlando North (Maitland) for their Gems and Jeans Gala, as they honor Board members and community 'gems,' Geanne Share and...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    December 2, 2016

A 'superhero' who connects with seniors to be honored at Jewish Pavilion's JP Connections

Despite her first name, Longwood resident Lois Silverberg, isn't married to Superman. However, at 80 years young, the active volunteer and community philanthropist is something of a superhero...

 

An attitude of gratitude is healthful year-round

Thanksgiving in grade school was always about the same each year. We'd make a turkey by tracing the shape of our hands on brown construction paper (I can still picture the thumb as the head, with the...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    November 4, 2016

All generations 'got their groove on' at Pavilion's Sunday in the Park

Two weeks before the rest of the country begins daylight savings time, The Jewish Pavilion turned the clock way back to the 1960s, bringing the community together with their new fall festival, Sunday...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    October 14, 2016

Why the Jewish Pavilion's 'Sunday in the Park' Is good for your health

Looking for a "Good Day Sunshine"? On Oct. 23, The Jewish Pavilion will turn back the clock to the 1960s, bringing the community together with their new fall festival, "Sunday in the Park," with all...

 

Are we there yet, Maier? Traveling with seniors and the ages in between

Somehow, our first empty-nester travels, once again, became a "family vacation." Boarding our mini tour bus in Tel Aviv Israel, we met our traveling companions for the week, a small group, mostly...

 

Just for the record, honor a loved one at Sunday in the Park

When The Jewish Pavilion raised funds for the elder-care community with "A Walk in the Park" and then "A Taste in the Park," Pavilion annual member and volunteer, Dolores Indek, was right there,...

 

Pokémon Go connects seniors and the multi-generations

Chasing after Bulbasaurs, Jigglypuffs, and Pikachus started out as a way to spend time with our 'millennial' daughter, who like many members of her generation, is preoccupied with the game, Pokémon G...

 

Getting a head start on 'Aging in Place'

Years later, I can recall the moment when my friend's son got his head stuck between the wooden rails on our staircase landing. While we laugh about the predicament today, at the time it wasn't so...

 

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