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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 6, 2012 i Never tgo young PAGE a Diana Rolfes (back left) and Judith Arieli with their gan rlshonim students. Proving that no one is too young to make a differ- ence, pre-schoolers in Diana Rolfes' and Judith Arieli's gan rishonim Jewish Community Center class made Chanukah menorahs for many of the areas seniors living in long- Diana Rolfes poses with gan rishonim preschool students and the hanukiahs they made for the Jewish Pqvilion to deliver to area seniors in long-term care. term care. The gold and silver of the Jewish Pavilion that no hanukiahs were deliver[d to one be forgotten, and no one seniors by Jewish Pavilion is too young to help in that volunteers. It is the mission endeavor. Norma Ball, a Jewish Pavilion volunteer, has adopted Lake Mary Rehab, visiting Jewish residents weekly. At a recent Jewish Pavilion Chanukah party for residents of all faiths, she presented long-time resident Charlotte Shapiro with a Chanukah bear, purchased with a do- nation from iritas Hospice, and a Chanukah menorah, made by the gan rishonim class of the JCC pre-school. Chanuk'00!h t'nspir,00n' Gen. Washt00wton Bonnie (1), Sofia, Pavilion volunteers Joe and Bernice Davids, and Margaret celebrate Chanukah at Savannah Court. Did you know that when George Washington was depressed and felt that his small army at Valley Forge was unlikely to defeat the entire British empire, he was Alzheimer's and demen- tia patients benefited from music, songs, movement and taste sensations, all incorporated into a recent Jewish Pavilion Chanukah celebration at Serenades Memory Care Assisted Living by Sonata in Long- wood. Jewish Pavilion vol- unteers helped residents shake rhythm instru- ment.s; decorate cookies Dr. Mark Davids, board member of the Jewish Pavilion, tells Chanukah stories at a Savannah Court Chanukah event. the American Revolution and the Jewish star can be found on the dollar bill as a thank you for their help in winning the war? Mark Davids told these stories and shared llttle-known information about Chanu- kah to residents, staff and volunteers at a Chanukah party at Savannah Court on Dec. 23. inspired by the Chanukah story of a small army (the Maccabees) who were able to defeat the Roman empire in battle? Did you know that the Jews helped finance Volunteers Barry Rubanstein, Pat Rubenstein and Max- ine Thomas share a holiday moment with Savannah Court resident Jack Sigman, who is 103. Music, movemen00 make a connection for Alzheim000000:'s patients and eat latkes, for a multi- sensory event. Speaking of demenlia patients, Dr. Oliver Sacks, professor of clinical neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University, said, "Music is no luxury to them but a necessity, and can have power beyond anything to restore them to themselves and to others at least for a while." Nancy Ludin, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion, livens up the party Dec.22 at Serenades Memory Care Assisted Living by Sonata in Longwood at the Pavilion's C, hanukah party for Serenades residents. Residents enjoyed Penny D'Agostino's songs and joined her with musical shakers. Chanukah style Lunch and Learn On Dec. 21Catt Swerdlow's monthly Lunch and Learn at Oakmonte lllage presented the Chanukah story with fresh insights, histo'cal perspective and songs. With great interest and raised voices for the songs, Oakmon idlage residents and Jewish Pavilion volunteers eqylmt the program and the buffet hmchvon. SWerdlow (standing in the back) began the nch ond Lem program at Oakmonte irdlage as an  of the Jewish Pavih'on. She now continues as a Jewish Pavih'on volunteer. Her Lunch and Learn pro- grams atOalmonte Irlage are welledbyJewish andnen-Jewish residents alike. Generation to generation Jean Kaufman (seated in wheelchair with headphones), was able to enjoy a very special Chanukah celebration at Lake Mary R ehab with her family complete with lathes, songs, a theatrical rendition of the Chanukah story by Nancy Ludin (standing), and candle lighting, while living in a long-term care residence. Not every senior is lucky enough to have several generations of family in town, yet Pdor v'dor (generation to generation) is felt by all when Jewish Pavilion volunteers of every age come to parties and events together, says an event planner.