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 By Lisa Levine    News    November 9, 2018

Jewish Pavilion celebrates life at chai anniversary

The community came out in enthusiastic support of the Jewish Pavilion at its 2018 Gems and Jeans Gala at the Hilton Orlando North on Sunday, Oct. 28. More than 215 people turned out in casually glam... Full story


Fighting cancer with help from Jewish Pavilion 'family'

Jewish Pavilion program directors touch many lives, and many in the community reacted with shock and concern upon learning recently that Walter Goldstein, the program director for south Orlando, was... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    October 26, 2018

Celebrating Shabbat brings feelings of community

When Mae Weisman was in a skilled-nursing facility, recuperating from a recent illness, it was only natural for her to miss doing the things she enjoys. One of the things she most looked forward to... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    October 12, 2018

Gift basket raffle benefits the Jewish Pavilion

Just about every Monday, residents of Savannah Court and Cove Assisted Living in Maitland enjoy an Ice Cream Social and play a group card game called "Lotto." It's a fun program of the Jewish Pavilion... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    September 28, 2018

Jewish Pavilion hosts High Holidays breakfast for Maitland Chamber

A warm, sweet noodle kugel makes a wonderful goodwill ambassador. Throw in bagels and lox and apple cake alongside breakfast staples such as boiled eggs and oatmeal, and you’ve got yourself a satisfied and receptive crowd. That’s what Nancy Lud... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    September 21, 2018

Time to reserve tickets to the Gems and Jeans 2018 Gala

Step out for a night on the town in your favorite pair of jeans, jazzed up with some glam accessories, at the Jewish Pavilion's Gems and Jeans 2018 Gala. The Oct. 28 affair will be a fun and festive... Full story


Susie Stone brings seniors the joy of the shofar

Each year for the High Holidays, the plaintive, soul-stirring sound of the shofar rings out in synagogues all over the world, and congregants are moved by that ancient tie to their ancestors. For the... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    September 7, 2018

Jewish Pavilion brings the flavors of the High Holidays to seniors

Ask people what they look forward to as the High Holidays approach, and most will respond with descriptions of a treasured family recipe for apple-honey cake or a steaming bowl of matzoh ball soup,... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    August 31, 2018

New boards usher in a New Year at The Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion Board of Directors welcomed a new executive committee and six new members at its August meeting. Former board member Dick Appelbaum reviewed the past year's accomplishments and... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    August 24, 2018

Appreciating volunteers

As it gears up to celebrate its milestone 18th anniversary at its Gems and Jeans Gala on Oct. 28, The Jewish Pavilion and its Friends of the Pavilion Board are looking back with nostalgia and... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    August 10, 2018

Volunteering with seniors can be fun

Sometimes all it takes is some friendly encouragement and a little banter to add spark to a game that may otherwise seem tame. At least, that was Jacob Cohen's experience on a recent Monday when he to... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    August 3, 2018

Jewish Pavilion Intergenerational program brings Camp J students to seniors

The seating areas in the light-filled lobby and commons of Brookdale Lake Orienta were abuzz with youthful energy on a recent Wednesday when a group of more than 40 middle schoolers from the Camp J's... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    July 27, 2018

Orlando Senior Help Desk: What can we help you with?

When Gloria Danvers was preparing to move her mom to Central Florida to live with her, she had a lot of questions she needed answered in order to make the transition successful. Her mom, Ann, was a... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    July 13, 2018

Jewish Pavilion volunteer spotlight: Shirley Schoenberger

Whenever Shirley Schoenberger visits, the room always gets a little warmer. That's because Schoenberger, an active Jewish Pavilion volunteer for more than four years, brings with her a wonderfully... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    July 6, 2018

Walter Goldstein lights up lives with a song and a smile

When Walter Goldstein comes to seniors facilities to do programs, the residents know they're in for a treat. Goldstein, a program director for The Jewish Pavilion's south Orlando region, has a warm... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    June 29, 2018

Students enrich their summer as volunteers with the Jewish Pavilion

When Lake Brantley High School incoming juniors Jennifer Simon and Alexandra George were looking for a place to volunteer this summer to fulfill the Bright Futures scholarship requirement of 100... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    June 22, 2018

After a loss, the Jewish Pavilion's Grief Support Group helps people to heal

A few years ago, Howie Appel lost his wife of almost 40 years to cancer. About a year before that, Jane Edelstein lost her mother. Grief is such a personal, individual experience, and no two people... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    June 15, 2018

Jewish Pavilion gears up to celebrate its 18th anniversary

The Jewish Pavilion Gala committee is in full swing, planning a festive and memorable celebration to mark the organization's 18th-Chai-anniversary. Since chai means "life" in Hebrew, the slogan for... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    June 8, 2018

Orlando Senior Help Desk offers hurricane season advice

An approaching hurricane fills many people with dread and uncertainty. And as Central Florida was reminded only last September with Hurricane Irma, any year can bring us one (or more) of these... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    Features    June 1, 2018

Local veteran recalls his World War II service

George Braunstein is a member of a storied group whose numbers dwindle as each Memorial Day passes: Jewish American veterans of World War II. As he approaches his 95th birthday, the Kinneret resident... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    May 25, 2018

Jewish Pavilion volunteer Susan Bernstein engages seniors with music

As about 40 Jewish residents of Oakmonte Village's independent living building sat expectantly on a recent Friday evening, Jewish Pavilion volunteer Susan Bernstein strapped a thin, boxy "travel... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    May 18, 2018

Golfers teed up to raise money for the Orlando Senior Help Desk

More than 100 players hit the greens at Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club on Sunday, May 6, for the Pavilion Golf Society's annual golf tournament. The event raised more than $18,000 to benefit the... Full story


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