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Passover happenings courtesy of the Jewish Pavilion


Buddy, Al and Penny.

While many Jews were shopping, cleaning, preparing a guest list and shopping list, several senior living communities in town were doing just the same for their Jewish community. Early in April, Jewish Pavilion volunteer Cathy Swerdlow led a Lunch 'n Learn at Oakmonte Village discussing the history of Pesach and its true meaning. Residents adore Swerdlow for her passion for Judaism and warm kindness. Bagels and Lox were served at this bi-monthly luncheon co-sponsored by Jewish Pavilion and Oakmonte Village.

As the month grew closer to Erev Pesach, and with the support, knowledge and coordination of the Jewish Pavilion program directors, seniors and their families enjoyed many Passover seders together. 

Children of Congregation Ohev Shalom presented a few mini seders for their friends at Springhills Lake Mary and Oakmonte Village Assisted Living in Lake Mary. The laughter, smiles and singing lit up the faces of dozens of seniors who treasure the rich memories of this holiday. You might say, children and the elderly go together like matzah and butter. 

Judy and Pauline with COS girls.

On the first night of Passover close to 100 people gathered at Oakmonte Village to enjoy a seder led by Swerdlow. Oakmonte served a delicious kosher-style meal while Swerdlow retold the story of our history in a way everyone could enjoy. 

On the second night of Pesach, from the moment the doors opened until the final wine glass was cleared, Paul Stenzler and Terri Fine entertained a large crowd of people at Brookdale Island Lake in Longwood. Paul was on guitar and Terri held the mic with young Jason Tillman leading the candle lighting blessings for all. It was joyous event with delicious kosher-style Passover favorites and music for all to sing and clap along to.

In addition, there were dozens of other sederim taking place all over town for the many Jewish elders living in our community.

Next year in Jerusalem...

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