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PAGE IOA HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 13, 2012 Why is this Passover seder different? Seated, from left, Vita Menasha, Longwood Health resident Mara Mantykow and her daughter Celia Menasha, pose with the fifth grade students and madrichim from Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom after the Passover seder at Longwood Health Care. Jennifer J. Hill of JJ Hill Photography Students from Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school mingle with seniors at Lake Mary Rehab after enjoying a seder together. Hebrew School student Lily Brenner (standing) Madrichim Shoshana Sernick (1) and Emily Slavkin, Hebrew school teacher Rachel Slavkin and students Lindsey Fortin and Leah Hornick prepare for the seder at Atria at Lake Forest in Sanford. Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school students Miriam Scheinblum and Natalya Cohen and seniors at Chambrel of Island Lake in Longwood, enjoy the Sunday morning explains some of the Passover traditions. By Roxane Abelow April 1, the children from Program director, Congregation Ohev Sha- Jewish Pavilion lom and their Hebrew school teachers conduct- On Sunday morning, ed a Passover seder for resident seniors at five different senior living communities throughout Seminole County, bringing something very different Passover seder together. into the lives of seniors and children. Lots of children are what made these sed- ers different. As seniors transition into long-term Congregation Ohev Shalom's Adult Conservative 100 Blessings: The Meaning and Practice of Jewish Prayer ***Spring Session - April 2 thru May 23, 2012"** Wednesdays 7:00 pm: Rabbi David Kay Portable Holiness: Creating Sacred Space (and Time) Wherever You Are Birkot ha-Nehanin are those legendary Jewish "blessings for everything." But what they really do is let us find the sacred in everything and every moment. Mondays 7:00 pro: Rabbi Sharon Barr Skolnik "Halleluyah! Praise God!": The Ancient Words of Hallel & Praising God Even in Difficult Times A closer look at the psalms of Hallel uncovers modem meaning and helps us understand how we can praise God even when the act of praise feels challenging. Classes are FREE of charge and open to the community. Please RSVP to Susan at 407.298-4650 or email Congregation Ohev Shalom 613 Concourse Parkway South * Maitland, FL 32751 Phone: 407-298-4650 * Fax: 407-296-7101 Web: * Email: care and seniors-only liv- ing communities, children are rarely seen. Some of the residents who enjoyed that morn- ing's seders, were lucky to live in a community that celebrates Passover with a first-night seder, yet, these Sunday morning seders will be memorable for what is different about this seder than all other seders in long-term care: the sight and the giggles, and the songs and the sweet young voices of children. Each year. for the last six years, the Jewish Pavilion and Congregation Ohev Shalom, have teamed up to bring Passover--and chil- dren-to seniors living in independent and assisted living communities. This year, the communi- ties served were expanded to five locations. When faced with all that food preparation and logistics, Amy Geboff, director of youth and family educa- tion at Congregation Ohev Shalom, responded with her familiar, "No problem. We can do that." Preparation began in the kitchen of Congre- gation Ohev Shalom as seder plates were pre- pared and wrapped, along with the traditional cer- emonial food, including matzah, celery, haroseth and horseradish. Students and teachers arrived with hagaddahs, songs and smiles, to the delight of residents, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Seders are open to resi- dents of all faiths. Non- Jewish seniors reminisce-- along with their Jewish friends--about their child- hood and past celebrations with family, friends and neighbors. Jewish seniors find great comfort and joy in the celebration and all of the attention given to them and their holiday. Seders are a service to all of the seniors in the community and a learning opportunity for the Hebrew school students. The Jewish Pavilion connects those in senior living communities to the greater Orlando Jewish community with Shabbat and holiday services, one- on-one visits, and other programs that involve seniors with volunteers of every age, from infant to 90. Each year, holi- days and special events provide opportunities for religious school students to become involved in Jewish Pavilion events. To volunteer in the office, or in a senior living com- munity, for one event or on a regular basis, contact the Jewish Pavilion by calling 407-678-9363 or send a message via face- book: https://www.face-