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Sylvia Hershbein of Winter Springs died Tuesday, June 9, 2015. She was 95 years old. Mrs. Hershbein was a retired civil servant. She was born in New York City and moved to Orlando in 1969.

A Life Member of Hadassah, she served as both the president of the Orlando Chapter and the Chaverot Group, culminating with her recognition as “Woman of the Year.” She served on numerous boards throughout the region including the Sisterhood of Temple Israel and the Civic Theater Guild of Central Florida.

Mrs. Hershbein’s love of the theater led her to a life of trouping and dancing, entertaining audiences while performing with the Jewish Community Center Players, the Theatre for Young People field trip troupe and the Civic Theatre, where, in 1989, she was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Hanna the Matchmaker in “Crossing Delancy.”

Whether she was working as an educational docent for the Orange County Historical Society, teaching second-graders about the impact of prejudice with “Green Circle,” volunteering as a Pink Lady at the Orlando Regional Medical Center or displaying the very first menorah to commemorate Chanukah in the Civic Theater’s main lobby, Mrs. Hershbein never turned away from any opportunity to delight and enlighten all those who crossed her path.

She is survived by her son, Jack E. Herman of Encino, Calif., and a myriad of family and friends who made up the the greater mosaic of her life.

In memory of Sylvia G. Hershbein the family requests contributions be made to Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Road, Winter Springs 32708.

A funeral service was held at the Yank Frank Pavilion at Temple Israel Cemetery with Rabbi Arnold Siegel officiating. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810.


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