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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 21, 2014 T By Emily Newman Program Director, Jewish Pavilion When recruiting new volunteers to touch the lives of seniors in our com- munity, reaching out to the synagogues is one avenue I pursue, more specifically the youth. Each program director attempts to contact different synagogues in an effort to reach awide variety of people who hold different gifts to share with the Jew- ish elderly. The teens and students of Congregation Ohev Shalom have been involved for years at various senior living communities all over town. Most recently, the USY teens have lead Shabbat services at Chambrel Island Lake. Their compassion, generos- ity and extensive knowledge of the Shabbat program have been shared with dozens of seniors living at Chambrel. Not only the teens, but the third and fourth graders have shared the holiday of Purim with many seniors living in Longwood and Lake Mary by bringing Mishloach Manot, songs and laughter. Young teens planning for their bar and bat mitvahs are welcome to lead prayers and song for the seniors at a holiday and Shabbat program. This allows the Abby Newman and Sofie Cohen youth to practice for their energy of theyoung people. 'big day' and the seniors to Two bat mitzvah-age girls, enjoy the enthusiasm and Jenna Gould and Sofie Co- Sylvia Sprung and Sofie Cohen hen, are currently fulfilling their bat mitzvah projects with Jewish Pavilion. Abby Newman, a graduate of COS religious school and currently a freshman at the University of Florida, spent years working as a teacher's assistant at the religious school and counselor at Camp Macheneh Ohev. "It was a satisfying ex- perience leading a service with Sofie when at one time she was my student," said Newman. "Because of my former involvement at Ohev Shalom, I know the grand- children of many seniors now living at Chambrel. It offers me a special bond with them and something to talk about and share with them." Children and teens are valuable volunteers who carry a lifetime of joy and gratitude to others in their future. Buddy, a current resident at Chambrel, shares memories of his wife (in photo) with Valerie Chestnut of VITAS In- novative Hospice. Everyone grieves in their own way. Members of the Jewish community have the opportunity to explore bereavement and heal- ing through a Jewish lens thanks to a partnership be- tween The Jewish Pavilion, VITAS Innovative Hospice and Chambrel at Island Lake, an independent and assisted living community in Longwood. All adults are bound to experience the loss of friends and family. A grief support group can lessen the pain. There will be a series of six free workshops with refreshments. The first one will be on April 2 at 7 p.m. at Chambrel. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Wendy Levine at 407- 678-9363 or wendylevine@ Custom Print Marketing Invitations & Annour~ements Digital & Offset Printing Brochures & Booklets Direct Mail Services Forms&Letterheads 407-767-7110 205 Nor'thSm~- ~ FL ~750 j.~S] ww~~net Menuc~,'~ThisAdand Receive 18% Disccx.~