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! lillll/l HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 2, 2009 Jewish chaplains serve the Jewish Pavilion Jewish chaplaincy offers spiritual presence and com- fort. personal relationship and community connection to Jews who are encountering life losses or are otherwise in need. pain, or transition. One of the most important services provided by the Jewish Pavil- ion of Central Florida is the chaplaincy service. "Without the Pavilion. residents of nurs- ing homes and assisted living facilities would no longer receive spiritual counseling at a time when they may need it the most" says Nancy Ludin. executive director. A professional Jewish chap- lain is educated to relate to these treasured members of our com- munity, in the words of the Torah. ba'asher hu sham (in the place where he or she is), in whatever they are expe- riencing, be it sadness, joy, anger, loneliness, gratitude. lament, peace, or pain. Ac- cording to Rabbi Osachy, "Through careful listening and a gentle, supportive pres- ence. chaplains offer a sacred connection to our shared culture and tradition: to God. Torah and the Jewish People; to Jewish prayer, ritual and custom: and to the spiritual resources that reside within every human being." Rabbi Osachy is a pro- fessional Jewish chaplain with 16 years of experience providing pastoral care and counseling in a wide variety of clinical settings, includ- ing long-term nursing care. acute care hospital, com- munity center and hospice. He holds a certificate in Geriatric Chaplaincy from the Philadelphia Geriatric Center and taught pastoral care to chaplains under the auspices of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Edu- cation. Osachy is also the chaplain at VITAS Hospice, where he serves terminally ill patients and their families of all faiths and backgrounds. The Jewish Pavilion consid- ers itself fortunate to have the services of Rabbi Arnold Siegel, the Community Rabbi. Through the Jewish Pavilion. Rabbi Siegel devotes five hours a week to people who reside in long-term care facili- ties. Whenthe Jewish Pavilion expanded its services to resi- dents of 50 facilities all around town. Rabbi Osachy was added to the staff to accommodate the expansion. He. too. works about five hours per week for the Jewish Pavilion. For more information on the Jewish Pavilion or the rabbinical services it pro- vides, contact Arlen van de Rijn, program coordinator. at 407-678-9363 or Arlene@ Mass. community reeling from foundation collapse Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation Children's program of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, which was forced to shut down in the wake of the Bernard Madoff scandal. By Ben Harris NEW YORK (JTA)--Like a sudden death in the family, the news sifted through the Jewish community north of Boston. sparking shock, sad- ness and regret. The Robert I. Lappin Chari- table Foundation, a pillar of the North Shore commufiity and a supporter of popular programming like the Youth to Israel program, joined the mounting list of Jewish casualties of the still-unfold- ing Bernard Madoff financial seam. The foundation's four staff members were terminated early Dec. 12 andall programs were suspended. "It is with a heavy heart that I make this announcement," Lappin wrote in a letter to his staff. "The Foundations' programs have touched thou- sands of lives over many years in our efforts to help keep our children Jewish." The  foundation's Web site said that the money used to fund its programming, some $8 million, was invested with Madoffand had been frozen by the federal courts. "The money needed to fund the programs of the Lappin Foundation is gone," the state- ment said. As Jewish institutions and investors cross the country struggle to gauge the damage more immediately in smaller communities like the North Shore. Lappin, 86. was the com- munity's biggest philanthro- pist, and the collapse of his $8 million foundation is having both a material and a psycho- logical impact. "It's devastat- ing," said Arthur Epstein, another major supporter of local Jewish charities. "It's one of those things that could pull people closer together. But some of the programs he ran, I don't think we're going to get them back." Lappin made his fortune in the vacuum cleaner business and now manages his investments and foundation from a former sea captain's residence near the waterfront in Salem, Mass., and from his winter home at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. His foundation supports a number of programs aimed at combating what he sees as the dilution of Jewish identity through intermar- riage or, as the foundation's erstwhile mission statement puts it, "helping to keep our children Jewish?' Among the discontinued piorams are Rekindle Shabbat, which pro- vided free Shabbat dinners to local families, and Teachers to Israel, a professional enrich- ment trip for Hebrew school instructors. The foundation also sponsored the Great Shofar Blowout, which in simultaneously--796 blowers showed up at Phillips Beach in Swampscott, Mass. Lappin had hoped the Blowout. which started in 2001, would spark a yearly competition among Jewish communities. But the biggest impact is likely to be with the loss of the foundation's flagship pro- gram, Youth to Israel, which offered free, all-expenses-paid summer trips to Israel for local youth a sort of youth ver- sion of the popular Birthright Israel program for those aged 18 to 26. Over its 38-year his- tory, the program has evolved into a rite of passage for North Shore teens. Rachel Jacobson, the pro- gram director, had to set aside her emotions and get to work sending out letters to 97 families telling them that the summer trip was off. "I have pai'ents who are dev- astated for their kids and for the program," Jacobson said. "I think the whole community is in shock, including us." Jerry Somers, a North Shore community leader and board member of the Jim Joseph Foundation, recently helped secure $1 million to fund programs for a new teen outreach program, the North Shore Teen Initiative, for the next three years. "I think that our program and the Youth to Israel pro- gram seriously complemented the ommunity would enjoy that is going to be negatively impacted, depending on how the community responds." The local federation is not expected to suffer directly from the foundation's col- lapse. Lappin, who once gave an estimated $500.000 anriu- ally to the Jewish Federation of the North Shore. withdrew his support a few years ago after clashing with the ex- ecutive director, though he restored some of that support last year. "I'm shocked and sad- dened." said the federation's executive director. Liz Don- nenfeld. "I'm incredibly sad- dened for Bob Lappin and the entire staff of the foundation. This comes as a terrible shock to all of us. Whatever we can do. our doors are open to them." As the community grapples with the news. some hope is stirring. Several federation leaders met this weekend to discuss ways to respond, while the North Shore Rabbinic Association has pledged to continue the Introduction to Judaism course that had been paid for by the Lappin Foundation. Baruch HaLevi. the head of the rabbinic association and religious leade r of Congrega- tion Shirat Hayam in Swamp- scott, said the rabbis will meet with Lappin Foundation's executive director. Deborah Coltin, nextweek to talk about ways the temples and syna- gogues can potentially help continue some programs. "They did such great works, I would not like to see ev- erything lost," said HaLevi, who likened the news of the foundation's collapse to a death in the family. "The foundation had its hands in so many different lives. It's a sad day for the North Shore." Jewish Journal Boston North editor Bette Keva con- tributed to this report. Full Journal coverage of the Lap- pin Fogndation is available at http://www.jewishjournal. org. [Editor's note: Although the" Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando received a grant from the Lappin Foundation two years ago to help send Orlan- do teens to Israel, the Federa- tion has funded subsequent teen Israel trips through other sources, according to Erica PAGE 7A Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), Services and Holiday schedules shown at; 407-566-9792. Chabad of SouthOrlando [O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando. 407-354- 3660; Shabbat Services Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. CongregationAhavasYisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake HowellRd.,Maitland. 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday. 8 a.m.. Mon-Fri. 7 a.m., Fri 6:30 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m. Family Service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove. Casselberry, 407-830- 7211; Shabbat service. 8 p.m. Congregatioh Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road. Longwood, 407-862- 3505: Shabbat service. 8:00 p.m. (7 p.m. on Fourth Friday of the month); Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Beth El(C),2185 MeadowlaneAve., West Melbourne, 321-779- 0740; Services. 8 p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle. Orlando. 407- 855-0772; Services once a month. 8 p.m Congregation Beth Shalom (C),  15 North 13th St., Leeburg, 352-326-3692 or 352-787-1999; Services on second Friday at 7 p.m. and last Saturday at 10 a.m. Congregation Beth Sholom of Orange City (Progressive Conservative1. services at Our Lady of Lakes Church, 1310 Maximillian St.. Deltona, 386- 804-8283: Services Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. Congregation B'nai Torah (Ch 403 N. Nova Rd.. Ormond Beach, 32174. 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m Congregation CIrabad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62. Satellite Beach, 321- 777-2770. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona(O), 1079 W.. Granada Blvd.. Ormond Beach. 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:30 p.m.. Sat. 10 a.m Congregation of Reform Judaism (RI. 928 Malone Dr.. Orlando, 407-645- 0444: Shabbat service, 7 p.m. 1st Friday; 8 p.m. 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m. 4th and 5th Fridays. Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906. 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom(C), 5015 GoddardAve., Orlando, 407-298-4650: Shabbat service. 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.: Junior Cong., 10 00.a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd.. Kissimmee. 407-935-0064; Shabbat service. 8 p.m., 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation of Shaarei Yerashalyim (O), 9869 Kilgore Rd.. Orlando. 407-928-8972: Services: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday Minha 7:30 p.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. Congregation Sinai (C). Jenkins Auditorium. West Montrose and 7th St.. Clermont: Services on second and last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352- 243-5353. New Jewish Congregation (R), 13563 Country Road 101. Oxford. 352-748- 1800: Shabbat Services every Friday of the Month: 7:30 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C. 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd.. Orlando. 407-239-5444: Shabbat service. 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R). 579 N. Nova Rd.. Ormond Beach. 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R). P.O. Box 031233. Winter Haven. 813-324- 2882. Temple Birth Shalom/C), 40 Wellington Drive. Palm Coast. 386-445-3006: Shabbat service. 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (Ck 5995 N. wickham Rd. Melbourne. 321-254-6333: Shabbat Services 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R),49 Banyan Course. Ocala. 352-624-0380: Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055: Shabbat service: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive. Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave., Daytona Beach. 386-252-3097: Shabbat service. 8 p:m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave.. DeEand. 386-736- 1646: Social Hour. 6 p.m.; Shabbat service, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deitona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona. 386-789- 2202; Shabbat service: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R); Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Most Fridays at Carillon Elementary School. 3200 Lockwood Blvd., Oviedo. Call 407-366-3556 for information. (Check with individual synagogues for the dates and times of services if not listed) (R) Reform (C) Conservative (0) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist David and Shelly Sokol - Owners Join your Florida friends at... CAMP SHALOM OF CENTRAL FLORIDA : Register Now For Our 39th Sunnner For Boys & Girls 6-15 A magnificent 100 acre Air Conditioned campin the hills near Ocala National Forest. Beautiful, Sandy Beach with Spring Lake, swimming pool, boating, fishing, canoeing,Wave Runner, and water skiing. On land, confidence ropes course/zipline, all sports, tennis, archery, riflery, crafts, and drama. 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