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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 21, 2003 PAGE 15 d Based on the need for ad- itional housing for the older adult Jewish Do ulation in P the community, a new local ~gnanization, the Jewish Se- G ] r Housing Council of rearer Orlando, was cre- ~ted to focus on this project. Given that this community already served in the low in- come-housing arena, the JSHC determined the next step was to build an upscale complex. After an extensive land search, the committee was successful in finding 25 acres in' Lake Mary on the west usmg side of I-4 near the Heathrow community. Currently an active group of volunteers has made sure that the project will be a success by purchas- ing the land and hiring a professional senior housing developer, banker and archi- tect to work on the project. Through the foresight and generosity of the Jewish Federation of Greater Or- lando, funds were made available to proceed with the pre-development of the com- munity. It is expected to break ground in early 2003, and be completed in 2005. on senlol" The plan is to provide for the needs of the community by building more than 200 independent, assisted living and villa units. Members of the community who are in- volved in this project in- clude, Rhonda Pearlman, Mark Silverberg, Farlen Halikman, Howard Lefkowitz, Paul Mandeikern, Ed Kieiman and Judy Kahan. The mission of the JSHC is "Caring For Those Who Cared For Us." For addi- tional information one can contact Judy Kahan at 407- 425-4537. Where can one be served delicious kosher meals a Where can individuals attention as share their simchot, and concerns? Is a place that people can aSSured they will be on if they do not their home every day? can individuals be cer- that if they press their pendants, some- ll respond immedi- there a place in the community to have laugh, smile, sing, act, new skills, share years and take trips friends? Apartments offers services and more, than older adults. at Kinneret means secure and com- as well as an active Residents are safety measures their daily well-be- within their apart- as 24-hour secu- residents are he opportunity to take of a large range of offered at the down- apartment complex; one is an optional meal that allows residents if they would like to dinners during the meals to the resi- Days are never boring when you are in school, no matter what your age! Sylvia Kaplan, a Kinneret Resident and Samantha Trattner, a student at the Hebrew Day School read together one afternoon in Penny Gold's third grade class. dents as well as the opportunity to socialize and enjoy beingwith those with whom they live. Jewish Family Services con- tracts two social workers to the complex whose jobs are strictly to assist the residents with their daily lives, their needs, and with their difficult situations. Activities are supported through Kinneret transporta- tion. This includes buses that go to the supermarket; a spe- cial shopping trip each month and day trips to places all over Central Florida. There are many activities for the residents, such as par- ties, interest groups, computer classes, a YMCA exercise class, volunteer opportunities, cultural/religious activities such as Bible classes, activi- ties at the Jewish pavilion, a Rosh Hodesh group sponsored by Jewish Family Services, a Hadassah interest group and religious services, lectures on a wide range of topics spanning from medical topics to current. events to general useful t6pics of daily living. Kinneret also has numer- ous opportunities for the resi- dents to engage in intergenerational activities with the various agencies in the community, which in- clude tutoring at the Hebrew Day School, Mitzvah Mo- ments with the JCC Kid Con- nection students and pre- school children from the JCC campuses visit Kinneret to share in the Jewish holidays. Spending time with each other enhances the holidays for all those who participate. Kinneret strives to offer older adults the opportunity to live comfortably and happily in their homes. The JSHC team had its kickoff meeting December 2002. Shown are the architects, banker, developer and volunteers. Back row (l- r), WALTER FREY (Herbert J Sims & Co Inc.), HOWARD LEFKOWITZ , PAUL MANDELKERN, MARK SILVERBERG, ED KLEIMAN middle, MARTIN SATAVA (CRSA). Seated, !- r, PHIL GIEWONT (CRSA), GARY STEINER (Darsky Hodgson & Partners) and CORNELIA HODGSON (Dorsky Hodgson & Partners). Not shown, Rhonda Pearlman, Farlen Halikman and Judy Kahan Jewish Pavilion enhances care for elderly The Jewish Pavilion was the vision of numerousCen- tral Florida community lead- ers for several years. The Jewish Senior Housing Coun- cil of Greater Orlando set out to provide care for those who cared for others, the frail elderly. In 2001, the Council partnered with Westminster Care of Orlando, a skilled nursing facility, and the Jew- ish Pavilion was born. This June the Pavilion will cel- ebrate its second anniver- sary. The Jewish Pavilion is the preferred provider of long term care for the Jewish Senior Housing Council. Residents of the Pavilion enjoy an enhanced service package, optional kosher meals and the marvelous benefit of cultural and reli- gious programming, made possible through a generous grant from the Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando. Making the decision to move a family member into a nursing home is often a difficult one. Residents must not only deal with health care issues, but with separa- tion from their home envi- ronment and loved ones. The Jewish Pavilion focuses on providing an environment that embraces our Jewish heritage, values and tradi- tions and brings comfort found in the practice of life- long beliefs. It provides dig- nity and peace of mind dur- ing infirm and frail years. For more information about the Pavilion or volun- teer opportunities, call 407- 648-9363. This year, the Federation allocated a total of $82,000 to Kinneret to fund its As- sisted Services at Kinneret (ASK) program and to un- derwrite the cost for Jewish services and programming at The Jewish Pavilion. In addi- tion, over $730,000 has been allocated from the Commu- nity Capital and Endowment Campaign for the purchase of land and initial development costs for the Jewish Senior Housing Oakmonte Village project. Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando celebrates 25 years of service Jew- Jewish Family ty began help- The mission "to ,life and to meet service needs of the mission contin- what JFS does jh ~2st this past year the has enhanced the lives ~1~'~re than 10,000 people. Only a phone call away talk about tren, your parents, Only a phone call away need information adult services, addi- resources, opportunities, fi- assistance and food to ar family. person who ,calls ,or attends one support groups is Their stories are from their heart. Their tears are from their souls. Their fears are everyone's fears. When Charles came to JFS three years ago, he was a bro- ken man. He was a very suc- cessful businessman who had suffered multiple strokes that left him with short-term memory loss. His job was in jeopardy and he was unable to meet his household expenses. With the fear of being home- less, he called J FS. A team went into action, helping him with his rent, his utility bills and food. Counseling helped Charles appreciate the need to adapt to a new lifestyle and empowered him to take new directions. "Thank God for JFS. The support I received saved my life." Brian, an eight year old from JFS KidsKonnect support group for children whose par- ents are divorced or separated, summed up his experience with this program, "I like the KidsKonnectprogram because now I know it wasn't my fault that my parents got divorced." And while Laurie looks back on her caregiver days, she re- members the giving and help- ing from people who were there for her through her husband's illness and at the end of his life. The Jewish Hospice Program was there. "I felt so alone and helpless. I felt frustrated and frightened. I felt obligated and resentful. Everyone at JFS was there to help me. It was a real good feeling." Laurie now attends a bereavement support group for spouses and continues to get support as she adjusts to the changes in her life. The leadership at Jewish Family Services is committed to the agency and its mission. Each year there is a gala event that celebrates their good work and raises much-needed funds to sustain successful pro- grams. The celebration will be held on Sunday, April 27 at 5 p.m. at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on International Drive. The community is invited. This year the prestigious-George Wolly Community Leadership Award will be awarded to Dr. Mimi Hull for her years of com- munity leadership. Some other opportunities for the community to partici- pate in tikkun olam are Cen- terpieces for Tzedakah (cen- terpieces are available for rent and that fee goes to help stock the food pantry), a two-month (March and April) Feinstein Foundation Food Challenge; (money raised helps feed fami- lies and will be partially matched); the ongoing trib- ute card program (honoring, memorializing or paying trib- ute to a dear one on a special occasion); JFS Helps holiday program (gift certificate do- nations allow people to buy their own holiday gifts) and the holiday meal program (ko- sher meals are delivered to homebound older adults). Community members are invited to visit JFS at The George Wolly Cente r, 2100 Lee Rd/, Winter Park for a tour of the facility and to meet the people who are the heart of Jewish Family Services. Any questions about Jewish Family Services can be di- rected to Barry J. Kudlowitz, M.S.S.W A.C.S.W executive director at 407-644-7593. This year, the Federation al- located a total of $126,500 to Jewish Family Services to fund its Family Life Services, Volun- teer Connection and Emer- gency Services programs. The Federation continues to part- ner with JFS and the Greater Orlando Board of Rabbis in fundinga community chaplain.