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PAGE IOA HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 7, 2011 By Ruth Darvin Jewish Pavilion volunteer I lost a very dear friend recently. We visited with each other every other Tues- day for almost five years. He lived in an Alzheimer residence in winter Springs. He was a quiet, sweet and gentle man. When I greeted him I would ask how he was feeling. He always replied, "With my hands." He always told me he was just an "alta cocker." He called me "prin- cess." I would show him my Jewish Pavilion name tag and he read my name. "Ruth Darvin," but he still called a cloud in the sky. I asked me princess. Often he would him if he would like to take berestingonhisbedwhenI a walk outside. He agreed came in. He insisted that I and we walked along the sit on the foot of the bed. He beautifully landscaped gar- didn't like to see me st~nd- den path arm in arm. All of ing.He asked me questions, a sudden he began to sing the Same questions over "Blue Skies" with all the and over "Where do you words in the song and in live, and how old are you?" tune. I knew he was happy When it was time to leave, at that moment. he wanted to know where I When Joy Clark was in wasgoing.Itoldhimtovisit charge of the volunteers. the other Jewish people in I told her the story of the the home. He liked to hold song. One day she came with my hand. me to visit, and the three of My most memorable visit us walked down the hall. He occurred on a beautiful started to sing "Blue Skies" Orlando day. There wasn't again. She was amazed! One of the hardest things about volunteering for Jew- ish Pavilion is having a great friendship and having it end. I said good-bye to him a few weeks ago as things did not look good. Hospice was called in. I wanted you to know how I feel. Ruth Darvin, a Jewish Pa- vilion volunteer and board member, visited Hy Lake every other week for the past five years. She wrote this letter to the staff of the Jewish Pavilion, and it is published in the Heritage with permission. Ruth Dorvin (1) celebrates Hy Lake's 89th birthday. Also at the party and in the picture are Harriett Lake (with hat) and their daughter, Shelley Lake (second from right). The other two women were his caregivers. Each year Jewish Family Services is overwhelmed by the response from the community during its Get Caught Caring toy drive campaign. This year was no exception and the agency was able to distribute a record number of toys to 445 children to mak~their holidays brighter. "We'd like to thank ev- eryone who donated or volunteered their time to make the toy drive a suc- cess," said Es Cohen. JFS director of development. "Our goal going in to the campaign is to satisfy the requests of every family on our list and help them experience the magic of the holidays. We want to ensure that Suzie receives Seventh grade Hebrew school students from Congrega- [ion Ohev Shalom help sort toys ~or the JFS Get Caught Caring toy drive. a special Chanukah gift and Jimmy gets to unwrap a present from Santa. For some children, it is the only toy they will see all year." Even during especially trying times, JFS' toy col- lection efforts exceeded expectations. The agency not only gave toys to every child on its main list and waiting list. but was also able to give remaining toys to another charity for distribution. "At the end of the cam- paign, after all toys had been distributed, we had a few walk-ins that needed gifts for their family," said Adrienne Cooperman. JFS emergency services pro- gram manager. "I listened to stories that would break your heart. Luckily, we had leftover gift cards from Wal- Mart and Publix, so at least they could buy their kids a little something and make a holiday meal." A JFS official said. "JFS would like to give special recognition and thanks to the following agencies and organizations that contributed toward the Get Caught Caring program: the Orlando Margarita Society, Rosen Hotels and Resorts, Beit Hamidrash. Centra4 Florida Hillel, UCF Chabad. Baker Hostetler LLP. Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor and Reed, Publix Super Markets, Old Florida National Bank, Or H adash, Dor Shalom. the Jewish Community Cen- ter and local synagogues. Please accept our heartfelt apology if your organiza- tion was inadvertently omitted." The next opportunity for the community to get involved in a particular "need" drive is the Fein- stein Challenge. The Fein- stein Challenge, a national canned food drive to help end hunger, commences again this year in March. During this time. f~)od banks across the United States campaign to collect food and in return, are "'re- warded" with a percentage of $1 million provided by the Feinstein Foundation in Connecticut. For more information regarding food drives. volunteering within the agency, donations or gen- eral questions, contact 407-644-7593. You can also visit the JFS website at www.j fsorlando.org. WINTER PARK From poet laureates and re- nowned musicians to Pulit- zer Prize-winning authors. economists, environmen- talists and astronomers, Rollins College's Winter Park Institute has brought an array of intellectual heavyweights to town.~ "Right now. we're one of Winter Park's best-kept secrets, but we hope to change this," says Gail Sinclair, executive director ofWPI. "Our goal is to raise the level of intellectual engagement in the com- munity-and we're excited to bring such high-caliber intellectuals and artistic leaders not only to Rollins, but also to the Central Florida community." Many of the topics at the WPI in the spring lineup for 2011 focus on women and the Holocaust. All Paul Stenzler will per- form for the residents at Horizon Bay on Boston Av- enue in Altamonte Springs at ] p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9. Born in New York City, ,Stenzler grew up in the New York metropolitan area and started leading bands and writing music as a teenager. He played the guitar, piano and saxo- phone in various groups. Before moving to Florida in 1980, Stenzler lived and events arefree and open to the public, and no tickets are required. Parking is available in the SunTrust parking garage on Lyman Avenue. For more informa- tion, visit www.winter- parkinstitute.org or call 407-691-1995. Here is a brief summary of some of the events that focus on the Holocaust andwomen. Arlene Hutton- Whose Story Is It? From Page to Stage Wednesday, Jan. 5, 7 p.m. Rollins College, Annie Rus- sell Theatre Playwright Arlene Hut- ton will discuss the creative process of evolving text to script as it relates to her latest work, "Letters to Sala,'~ an adaptation from Ann Kirschner's book, "Sala's Gift: My Mother's Holocaust Story." Greg Dawson- From performed in Israel, Cali- fornia and Canada. While in Florida, he led the variety band Rhythm Release, as a guitarist and lead vocalist for more than 20 years and played throughout the state at private parties and music festivals. His interests include jazz, Middle Eastern, Latin and Jewish music. He is cur- rently a member of Temple Israel and participates in their monthly musical Ann Kirschner Ukraine to Juilliard: A Piano Prodigy's Holocaust Odyssey Wednesday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m Rollins College, Bush Sci- ence Center Auditorium Author and writer Greg Dawson was nearly 30 years old when his mother. Zhan- na, first told him of her escape from a death march in Ukraine and a four-year Shabbat service. Stenzler is the father of Michael and Rachael and husband to-Terri Fine. All are welcome and en- couraged to attend this free performance, which is spon- sored by the Jewish Pavilion, says an event planner. The Jewish Pavilion er~hances the lives of residents at assisted living and nursing homes throughout Central Florida. For more informa- tion: 407-678-9363. Greg Dawson and Zhanna journey of survival. Dawson and his mother will discuss and answer questions about "Hiding in the Spotlight," Dawson's account of her remarkable story. The Jewish National Fund Postcard Project Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m Rollins College, Keene Hall, Tiedtke Concert Hall Michael Isaacson, found- Paul Stenzlerwill sing and play music Jan. 9 at Horizon Bay on Boston Avenue in Altamonte Springs. Michael Isaacson ing music director of The Israel Pops Orchestra, en-- joys a distinguished career as a composer, conductor, producer and educator with more than 500 Jew- ish and secular musical compositions published. Isaacson will demonstrate and discuss a uniquely in- novative folk song strategy that became emblematic of a new musical environment for the about-to-be-formed Zionist state. Ann Kirschner- Whose Story Is It? A Collision of Public and Private Saturday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m Rollins College, Bush Executive Center, Crum- mer Hall, SunTrust Audi- torium In author Ann Kitsch- net's book. "Sala's Gift: My Mother's Holocaust Story," Kirschner discov- ers her mother's hidden past as a survivor of Nazi slave camps. Kirschner will discuss what she discovered about her mother, and how Lenore J. Weitzman she translated that very private experience into a public narrative. Lenore J. Weitzman- Women in the HolocauSt Tuesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m Rollins College, Bush Ex- ecutive Center, Crummer Hall, SunTrust Auditorium Lenore J. Weitzman-- author, educator, specialist in women in the Holo- caust will discuss issues related to women and the Holocaust. She co-edited with Dalia Ofer "Women in the Holocaust" (Yale 1999), and is currently working on a text, "The Kashariv- ot," about women couriers in the Jewish resistance. The Music of Judaism, Women, and the Holocaust Thursday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m Rollins College, Keene Hall, Tiedtke Concert Hall Composer Michael Isaa- cson will be conducting "Cradle of Fire" based on "Holocaust Songs" and "Kohelet" musical settings from Ecclesiastes texts.