Articles written by Susan Bernstein

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Profile of a unique couple

The best part of being a program director for the Jewish Pavilion is that it gives me the opportunity to meet interesting and sometimes outstanding individuals in our community. Two of these...


Caring for senior residents during Ian

Hurricane Ian came through Central Florida as a Category 4 storm on Sept. 28, bringing devastation to the West Coast of the state. As it traveled across to the East Coast, it lessened in strength, however, much damage was yet to be seen in Central...


The origins of mahjong

Mahjong was the popular game played by my mother and most Jewish woman of her generation. I heard somewhere that it originated in China and that Chinese men are those who have played it religiously. Only recently was I given an article from Newsweek...


Volunteering with the Jewish Pavilion

It didn't take long for Susie Stone to get involved with the Jewish Pavilion. She and her husband, Mark, first came to Orlando in 1974 for a brief visit for few years. They eventually moved back for...

 By Susan Bernstein    News    June 5, 2020

COVID-19 can't stop the work of the Jewish Pavilion

Indeed, we are living in challenging times with national lockdowns, social distancing, and wearing protective masks in public. Programs and activities which the Jewish Pavilion has provided in the past are temporarily sidelined until the time when...


Allie Casey is lifestyle coordinator extraordinaire

Walking through the corridors at Cascade Heights in Longwood, most visitors get the sense that there is an abundance of activities and a variety of programs in which to engage. This is, in part, due... Full story


Volunteers-The spirit of the Jewish Pavilion

The definition of volunteer work refers to activities performed willingly and without pay to produce goods or provide services for others outside the volunteer’s household or family. However, when w... Full story


The Jewish Pavilion offers an experience for residents of all faiths

Colleen Norris has been associated with The Mayflower in Winter Park for over 23 years. She is the assisted-living director and recently stated that she is "happy to get up and go to work every day."... Full story


Debbie Meitin is a gifted volunteer in the community

From Israeli dance instructor to cantorial soloist, Debbie Meitin has proven that her talents span across many disciplines. Meitin's Judaic foundation began as a young adult growing up in Cleveland,... Full story

 By Susan Bernstein    News    July 19, 2019

Everyone needs a 'lick and a hug' sometime

The Jewish Pavilion has long been partnering with Pet Rescue by Judy, a "no kill shelter" that rescues dogs and cats and prepares them for adoption. The partnership takes the form of pet visitations... Full story

 By Susan Bernstein    News    July 12, 2019

Giving back to community through the Jewish Pavilion

Zena Sulkes has dedicated her professional life to education. As a Hebrew School Aid at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Detroit, Sulkes began to feel her way around the classroom and understand the esse...


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