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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 18, 2018 By Joserm Dolsten United Kingdom, GermanyStates officially moves its em- and Canada voting in favor bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusa- (JTA)--President Donaldof a United Nations resolu- lemonMayl4,itwillbejoined 1"rump's decision in Decem- tion condemning it. by Guatemala and Paraguay. ber to recognize Jerusalem But several countries saw Both countries are planning as Israel's capital drew wide Trump'sdecisioninadifferent tomakethemovethismonth, international criticism, with light: as an example to follow, and Honduras may be next: 128 countries including the Shortly after the United Its Congress recently passed a .< A celebration of 40 years of service at JFS Orlando JFS Orlando's 40th Anniversary Gala was held on Sunday April 29th at Rosen Plaza. Guests enjoyed a harpist during the cocktail reception and a Frank Sinatra impersonator during dinner as part of the evening's program. The George WoUy Com- munity Leadership Award was presented posthumously to Barry Goodman and was accepted by Craig Pearlman. Pictured here are (l-r) Madeline Wolly, Esther Vassar, Marly Sherman, Marian Sherman, JFS Orlando Executive Director Eric Geboff, and Betty Ann Leider. Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel ProuAl l Servin Our Qornrnunito Por Over Years Funerals Orlando Estrada/AFP/Getty Images A woman walks across Israel square in Guatemala City, Dec. 27, 2017. resolution urging its foreign tionthereof:Thecountriesare at the Hebrew University of ministrytomoveitsembassy, likely motivated by a desire to Jerusalem specializing in Along with the Czech curry favor with the Trump Latin America. Republic, whose presi- administration, theirleaders' "They pretty much need dent said last month it will personal views of the Jewish and want support and le- begin the process of moving state and strong historic ties gitimacy from the U.S. and its embassy to Jerusalem, to Israel. one way of achieving that is these countries belong to a In the cases of Guatemala by being on friendly, cordial small club (albeit one with and Honduras, both countries or even extraordinary terms a superpower). On a visit to are facing or recently faced with Israel," he told JTA. "So Venezuela on Monday, Pal- politicalcrises--Guatemalan if the U.S. is showing the estinian Authority President President Jimmy Morales is way on this particular issue MahmoudAbbasurgedother mired in a corruption scan- of Jerusalem, the natural LatinAmerican countries not dal and Honduran President candidates to followwouldbe to move their embassies. Juan Orlando Hernandez's those two Central American So how come? Why do these recent re-election was dogged countries." Latin American countries go by allegations of voter fraud. Though the countries are where others fear to tread? Their leaders are looking looking to strengthen ties Observers suggest a num- to the U.S. for support, said with Israel, that is not their ber of reasons, or a combina- Arie Kacowicz, a professor primaryfocus, Kacowiczsaid. f When you are a people watcher and you see residents at an assisted- living facility being brought into a group area, you see "it" The life- less stares are heart breaking. The program begins and some residents respond, a brief spark of life. You may not get all of them, but a few come alive. All it takes is simple change in the dreary pattern that has now become their life. Our goal at the Jewish Pavilion is to see that every resident is not forgotten in a facility where staff is unfa- miliar with Jewish heritage, history, holidays, traditions, and food and music. It is not as much about the religion as it is that part of our culture that makes us who we are. Some residents in memory care may have forgotten their prayers, but they are reminded of them when we chant them together; especially in song, as music is the last thing to go. There is such wondrous joy, for the residentwhen they remember and for the service leader, who has touched them in a way that the heart can't express. Being musical, focusing on song, the transportation of time is quickly achieved. Songs the residents have heard or sung with their parents or even grandparents bring out memories and tears of joy or sorrow. Knowing what to expect, and being prepared to find ways to turn tears of sorrow into joy is so gratifying. Having stories to Sheldon Silberman (1) and Walter director at the Jewish Pavilion. share and residents to listen enables tears to smiles. When Jewish Pavilion pro- grams end, all residents leave the room saddened only by the fact that the program is over until next time. With each visit, you become a familiar part of their lives. Every month, knowing of your imminent arrival, the residents come earlier and earlier to see you. The life- less stares they started with when you first met are now little twinkles of hope and joy. Multiple residents are talking to you about their days and things that happened when they were younger before you Goldstein, program even have the chance to put your things down. How can your heart not be full? Why wouldn't you want to do this? Compassionate? You bet! Caring? Most certainly! Why? In a quote from Tevya from "Fiddler on the Roof": "I'll tell you. I don't know. But it's a tradition. And because of our traditions, every one of us knows who he is, and what God expects him to do." At the Jewish Pavilion we keep our Jewish traditions go- ing, so they are notforgotten, as our residents would be if we didn't do what we do. -- Walter Goldstein, Jewish Pavilion program director.