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Local author's book premieres off-Broadway

Just in time for the High Holidays, Eden Grove and The Mesaper Theatre announced the New York premiere of “Out of The Apple Orchard,” an off-Broadway production based on award-winning author Yvo...

 By Pamela Ruben    News    December 3, 2021

Reuniting women through the sisterhood of challah

The Mega Challah Bake has re-introduced the joy of challah-making to women throughout the Orlando area, following a year and a half Covid break. On Thursday, Nov. 11, Orlando's Chabad Centers brought...


Remembering 'Newspaper Guy,' Mike Etzkin

"Mike Etzkin was a 'Newspaper Guy' through and through. He could write a good story, lay out the paper, and then write the headlines. "He could do it all," said Loraine O'Connell about her former...

 By Pamela Ruben    News    July 31, 2020

SCSB member, Abby Sanchez, on school reopening and her re-election

Abby Sanchez, member of the Seminole County School Board, represents District 3 in Central Florida. First elected in 2016, Sanchez's current term ends in 2020. She is running for re-election in the...

 By Pamela Ruben    News    July 24, 2020

Cantor Bryce Megdal joins CRJ

"Today is the day: The moment I (and many of you) have been waiting for! I begin my journey as the cantor of CRJ," posted newly hired Cantor Bryce Megdal in celebration of her first day on the job at...

 By Pamela Ruben    News    March 22, 2019

Rollins' students learn core life lessons from The Apple Tree Series

"Gratitude. Mindfulness. Community Engagement." These are just some of the merits, which Dr. Susan A. Bach, Ph.D., formerly the executive director of the Center for Leadership Development at Rollins... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    Features    June 1, 2018

Cyclist Andy Reiff is spinning his wheels for a cause

By Pamela Ruben How far would you go to help a worthy cause? So far, no distance is too great for Orlando real estate attorney Andy Reiff. Over the past 26 years, Reiff has logged over 4,000 miles on... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    March 2, 2018

With theme of 'Together We Will,' BBYO convention sounds prescient note on teen action

(JNS)-Mike Signer, who served as the mayor of Charlottesville, Va., during the rally and protests last August that brought white supremacists to the forefront of international attention, recalled... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    February 9, 2018

Jewish Pavilion's Gems & Jeans Gala shines light on seniors

On Sunday, Jan. 28, honorees and guests of The Jewish Pavilion's Gems & Jeans Gala demonstrated the impact that just one person can make on an entire community. Co-chairs Marci Gaeser, Sharon... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    February 2, 2018

Jewish Pavilion honors its Pearl's with Couture creation

The Jewish Pavilion's *Pearls of the Pavilion luncheon will take on a whole new luster when it is held at the home of Jewelry Designer Gay Harrison of Gay Harrison Handcrafted Couture Jewelry.... Full story


Tidbits from the Sandwich Generation: Why we need a national day of hugging

Like you, I was tempted to roll my eyes when I first learned that the calendar for late January declares a National Day of Hugging amongst its notable monthly holidays. Then, I thought back to all... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    January 19, 2018

What to wear to a denim-clad affair

Most women have that 'little black dress' that can be dressed up or down for almost any affair. But what's appropriate to wear for an event that doesn't follow stereotypical fashion expectations? If... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    January 12, 2018

Don't miss the Central Florida premier of 'The Bigot'

"How can you hate someone you have never even met?" was a question frequently pondered by 6-year-old Eva Mor, as a young child growing up in Poland in the year's following World War II. Often... Full story

 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,... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story


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 ove... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story


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