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Jewish music with a country twang

Joe Buchanan, a convert to Judaism inspired by the traditions of Americana music and his faith, will be Artist in Residence on March 1 and 2 at Congregation Ohev Shalom. It was just after a harrowing...

 By Lisa Levine    News    June 14, 2019

Entertaining evening benefitted Jewish Pavilion

A sellout crowd of 225 Jewish Pavilion supporters and Citrus Club members gathered in early June for a fun and relaxed networking and social event in the Citrus Club's opulent downtown setting. The... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    May 31, 2019

Celebrating Israel's independence in words and song

Seniors at The Mayflower in Winter Park were treated to a very special program of Israeli folk and Jewish music that focused on themes related to the founding and history of the Jewish state. Paul Stenzler, a Jewish Pavilion board member and past... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    May 24, 2019

Citrus Club happy hour will benefit Jewish Pavilion

Join other Orlando professionals after work on Monday, June 3, at the Citrus Club downtown for Central Florida Connects, a relaxed networking and social event in an opulent setting. Enjoy heavy hors d... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    Features    May 17, 2019

Golfers made drives for the Orlando Senior Help Desk

Early on a bright and pleasant Sunday morning, more than 100 players teed up at Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club for the Pavilion Golf Society's annual golf tournament. The May 5th event benefitted the... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    May 10, 2019

First holidays for New Jewish Pavilion program director

Late winter and early spring, with the festive and fun holidays of Purim and Passover to celebrate, is a very busy time for Jewish Pavilion program directors, who each plan and lead dozens of programs... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    May 3, 2019

Orlando Senior Help Desk expands service area

With the large and growing number of seniors living in Lake and Sumpter counties, where the sprawling The Villages development acts as a magnet for retirees, it was only natural that the Orlando... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    April 26, 2019

Seniors celebrate Passover with the Jewish Pavilion

Remembering is the essence of Passover: Each year on the holiday, we hold seders to retell the stirring story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt and passage from slavery to freedom. Not all of Orlando's... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    April 19, 2019

Jewish Pavilion fashion show was a 'runway success'

More than 100 women enjoyed a morning of food, fashion and fun at the annual Jewish Pavilion Spring into Fashion show at Bloomingdale's department store in The Mall at Millenia on April 9. Volunteer... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    April 12, 2019

Golf tournament supports Orlando Senior Help Desk

Hit the greens for a good cause at the seventh annual Pavilion Golf Society golf tournament on Sunday, May 5, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club. Hosted by the Jewish Pavilion and benefiting the... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    April 5, 2019

Purim festivities with the Jewish Pavilion

Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers worked hard to bring the joy and fun of Purim to seniors in living facilities all over town last month. At more than two dozen festive parties and special events,... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    March 29, 2019

Staffing changes at Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion welcomed Cantor Lance Rhodes as a new program director in early March. Cantor Rhodes is coordinating Pavilion programming at all of the south Orlando senior living facilities as... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    March 22, 2019

'Mitzvah Maj' is fun for Jewish Pavilion volunteers and residents

The clatter of a bagful of mahjong tiles spilling onto a table broke the quiet of the commons at Tuskawilla Nursing and Rehab Center on a recent Thursday morning. Jill Cousins had just arrived and... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    March 15, 2019

Spring into fashion with Jewish Pavilion

Modeling the latest styles, a group of 11 fashionable supporters of the Jewish Pavilion will sashay down the runway at the Spring into Fashion show at Bloomingdale's Orlando on Tuesday, April 9. The... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    March 8, 2019

Jewish Pavilion supporters enjoyed a pearl of an event

The Pearls of the Pavilion luncheon on Feb. 22 treated some of the Jewish Pavilion's most generous supporters to a gracious afternoon social affair. Attendees were celebrated as "pearls" because of... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    March 1, 2019

Connecting with others as a Jewish Pavilion volunteer

As I-4 traffic became aggravatingly slow on a recent late Friday afternoon, Michelle Bilsky arrived at Cascade Heights Senior Living in Longwood a little breathless from her rush to make it on time... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    February 22, 2019

A tribute to Rabbi Rubinger

Congregation Ohev Shalom and members of the Orlando community will gather together at the Shabbat service on Saturday, March 9, and at the evening Gala on Sunday, March 10, to honor and celebrate... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    February 8, 2019

Orlando Ballet to perform at Pearls of the Pavilion luncheon

The Jewish Pavilion's annual Pearls of the Pavilion Luncheon, on Feb. 22, will be a gracious affair, with a catered gourmet meal accompanied by a private performance by Orlando Ballet II dancers. The... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    February 1, 2019

Jewish Pavilion friendly visits bring a personal touch

On a brisk early January morning, Randi Cunningham entered the graciously appointed lobby of Oakmonte Village's Cordova building and greeted the desk attendant with a wave and a smile. As a volunteer... Full story


Helping caregivers understand Jewish residents

By Lisa Levine If you are an American Jew, chances are good that you have encountered many non-Jews who know little or have misconceptions about Jewish religion or culture. So if you or a loved one... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    December 28, 2018

Orlando Senior Help Desk offers free advice

Whether you are a senior or a caring family member, investigating and choosing among the wide range of options available to assist seniors with their special needs and concerns can feel overwhelming.... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    December 21, 2018

Bringing a taste of Shabbat in a box

For Jewish seniors in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, it can be a challenge to keep up the Shabbat traditions of lighting candles and saying the blessings over challah and wine. But... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    December 14, 2018

Parties galore as the Jewish Pavilion celebrates Chanukah

During the festive Chanukah season, most Jews host or go to at least one party. For the Jewish Pavilion, the season is extra festive (and very busy), with five program directors hosting at least 30... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    November 30, 2018

Suberman and Bernstein-two dedicated volunteers

It takes very special people to devote themselves to befriending and uplifting seniors in living facilities who might otherwise be forgotten, and Judy Suberman and Susan Bernstein are two of those... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    November 16, 2018

Jewish Pavilion celebrates volunteers at JP Connections

Imagine a fun date for lunch and shopping with 120 friends-that's the essence of JP Connections. The annual luncheon and holiday bazaar hosted by the Jewish Pavilion will be held on Dec. 6 at 11 a.m.... Full story


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