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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 ts gotng By Pamela Ruben its new Licks and Hugs Pro- gram at Oakmonte Village in The Jewish Pavilion is going Lake Mary under the guidance to the dogs- and the residents of Pavilion Program Director they serve in long-term care Emily Newman, with help couldn'tbehappier.OnJan.26 from Sanford's Pet Rescue the Jewish Pavilion launched by Judy. On a chilly Tuesday Daniel and Jason Franzel, sons of Steven and Karen Franzel of Maitland, will be called to the Torah as b'nai mitzvah on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 and Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Daniel is in the eighth grade at Quest Kids Academy, and is a member of Central Florida Buddy Ball and OCA Special Olympics. He enjoys horseback riding and circus acrobatics. Jason is in the seventh grade at Orange County Vir- tual School, and is a member of Maitland Little League Intermediate Division and Quinco Baseball Academy. He enjoys fishing and baseball. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Daniel's and Jason's grandparents, Rev. Dr. Raleigh Hairston of De- catur, Ga. And Helen Covington Hairston, who is unable to attend due to illness but wishes them "the very best for their b'nai mitzvah and in life"; great-aunts, Julie Iken of St. Louis, Mo., and Brenda Covington Knox of Virginia; aunt and uncle, Jeff and Joanne Franzel of New York City; and cousins, Jon and David Franzel of New York City, and Rich Iken of St. Louis, Mo. Jenna Marie Richman, daughter of Scott and Gwen Richman of Gotha, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Sat- urday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Congregation of Reform Judaism. Jenna is in the seventh grade at Gotha Middle School where she is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and plays cello in the school orchestra. Her hobbies and interests include dance, volleyball, reading and spending time with her friends. She has been a Girl Scout for seven years. Sharing in the family's simchawill be Jenna's brothers, Evan and Jaret; bubbe, Barbara Richman and grandpar- ents, Karen and Jerry Tumbush; as well as family and friends from across the country and Israel. Sudoku (see page 16 for solution SUDOKU Get a Pam*Reheing Knee Brace At Li~e or No Cost to You You May Qualify for Free Shipping We Do AI~ The P~erv+olx Shoulder Brace~ AnkI~ Brace~_ Back Braces Aiso Available .~i:i::::: Medicare Patients ~:;~: Call Us R ght Now ' ,800-984-0360 1 4 2 7 2 3 1 37 637 4 7 6 2 591 9 5 6 4 1 3 7 4 6 StatcPohlt Media Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all digits 1 through 9. morning, rescue dogs Molly, Frasier, and Cookie brought the warm fuzzies to dozens of assisted living and memory care residents as part of the visiting pet program. New- man gave dogged praise to volunteer Sharon Pinhas, who suggested the program, which is planned to take place on a monthly basis. "Our new Licks and Hugs program is very much in line with our mission of bringing companionship and com- munity to the seniors we serve. The licks and hugs are just one more way we help them smile," stated Newman. Oakmonte resident Shirley S. concurred, beaming from ear to ear, as she rubbed noses with a furry friend. Judy Sarullo of Judy's Pets noted that pet visits invigo- rate seniors and aid memory function by bringing up long- forgotten memories of the past. Oakmonte resident Mel G. reinforced this point when he exclaimed, "What a shayna hunt (pretty dog)," using the Yiddish language of his youth, as rescue pup Cookie nuzzled at his knee. He continued his trip down memory lane and reminisced about his child- hood in Brooklyn. He shared By Pamela Ruben With the average volunteer model aged 40 years plus, the Jewish Pavilion's "Spring into Fashion" held at Blooming- dales' in Orlando on Feb. 5 showcased beauty and fash- ions for all ages. More than 100 women gathered at the eighth annual Jewish Pavilion Fashion Show for a morning of friendship, food, fashion and fun. A handful of Pavil- ion volunteers, ranging from college students to retirees, graciously served as runway models as event commenta- tor, Rachel Jensen, shared the latest seasonal fashion trends. Event honoree Marci Gaes- er served as event coordinator and also as avolunteer model. "Marci graced the podium and the runway with her usual un- stoppable style," noted Jewish Pavilion Executive Director Nancy Ludin. "This mother of four and young grandmother has a flair for working with people and unwavering energy for our mission for enhancing the lives of our elders. We are so grateful to Marci for coor- dinating the fashion show, co-chairing the gala, spend- ing time with our seniors, and her generous sponsorship of this event with husband, Jeff." Friends Board President Faye Novick, provided open- ing remarks and introduced the honoree. She stated, "Marci Gaeser joined the Friends Board two years ago and hit the ground running. She is a fabulous wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and a friend. She is a superb, efficient, detailed organizer who gets each and every job accomplished. Marci has worked endlessly and tire- lessly for the Jewish Pavilion and the Jewish community, and is a role model for every- one in this room." Gaeser took her turn on the that his mother had always wanted him to have a dog, but they weren't able to have one because she had to work long hours at the family's store. Mel's daughter, Randi Cunningham, expressed ap- preciation for the program, noting that Mel missed his cat, who had passed before he relocated to the continuing- care community. Sarullo stated that she is very careful when choosing pets to visit senior homes, and picks only calm, affectionate and easy-going ones. On this particular day, toy dogs Molly and Frasier are passed from lap to lap, never running out of hugs, licks, and sniffs for the crowd of residents. Cookie, a smallish shepherd mix, quietly nuzzles at the knee of several of the seniors. "Our visits enliven the residents and are great opportunity for our pets to socialize, too," Sarullo shared. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes the benefits of pets for people of all ages. Its website shares that pets help lower blood pressure and benefit overall health. They also can help ease feelings of loneliness. Pet visits are becoming increas- Molly and Frasier visit with Oakmonte Village residents. inglycommonatseniorliving To attend a future Licks communities, and Newman and Hugs program with the feels they offer a myriad of Jewish Pavilion, cal1407-678- benefits for older adults. 9363. To make a donation or "Visiting pets offer comfort for more information, please and provide a soft touch in contact www.jewishpavilion. moreways than one.They can org or call 407-678-9363. fulfill a tactile as well as an To find out more about emotionalneed, andmaybring Molly, Frasier, or Cookie back memories of a beloved or other rescue pets please pet or a happy time," she said. styl at Volunteer models were (l-r), Shari Klafter, Alison Polejes, Ruth Darvin, Susie Stone, Jo Fischer, Jennifer Ruben, Caity McDonald, Jane Edelstein, Elise Schilowitz, and Marci Gaeser, who was both volunteer model and honoree. podium, crediting her parents and in-laws with the inspira- tion for her volunteerism. She shared that she first learned about the "great work of the Pavilion"when her mother-in- law, the late Rebecca Gaeser, received its services and atten- tion as a resident at Brookdale/ Horizon Bay. Her father, the late Jerry Miller, inspired her to get involved in the com- munity, and role-modeled giving back throughout his lifetime. The visibly moved honoree expressed apprecia- tion for everyone who helped make the event possible in- cluding Bloomingdale's, and Jennifer Bentson, its public relations specialist. Additional acknowledgements went to the volunteer models, and the 100+ participants who made a fashion statement out of giving back to Orlando's elder-care community. Volunteer model Alison Polejes with Fashion Show honoree, Marci Gaeser; and Shari K/after.