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The Jewish Pavilion helps people feel at home


Marilyn and Lisa Levin

This is Marilyn Levine and her daughter, Lisa Levin.

Marilyn moved to Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary within the past year from South Florida to be near her two daughters who both live in the Orlando area.

Marilyn is thrilled to be within 20 minutes of each daughter and their families. She has made many new friends at Oakmonte Village and is very happy with her decision to relocate.

The Jewish Pavilion is dedicated to helping new residents like Marilyn feel at home wherever they reside. Following her mom's move, Program Director Emily Newman reached out to Marilyn's daughter Lisa to asked her if she could help at Shabbat services held biweekly on Friday afternoons. Volunteering not only benefits the Pavilion, but is a nice way for family members to meet the other residents and to feel more connected to their loved one's new community. In Marilyn's case, Lisa's presence helped encourage her to attend Shabbat services, where she met many other residents and began to feel at home in her new place.

Thanks to Marilyn, the Jewish Pavilion has two new friends: a wonderful, generous, kind volunteer, and the delight and privilege of knowing Marilyn.

All are welcome to attend Shabbat programs and become involved by volunteering.

Orlando Senior Help Desk is an information and referral service for families and community members seeking senior services. 407-678-9363.


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