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PAGE 2B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 19, 2017 ages By Pamela Ruben "We're going to the Brook- dale, and we're gonna get ma-a-arried, going to the Brookdale of Love." The flowing of happy tears, the reassuring gazes, the intertwining of hands. Signs of true love abounded at the remarkable nuptials of Penny Linder and Buddy Bach on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, as the happy couple wed in the presence of more than 200 people, including family members and friends. What sets this adoring couple apart from other brides and grooms is their place of residence. With Penny in her 70s and Buddy in his early 90s, the couple have been assisted-living residents for many years, with Brookdale Island Lake in Longwood serving both as home and wedding venue. The couple first met a little more than 5 years ago at a weekly Shabbat service hosted by the Jewish Pavil- ion, held onsite in the com- munity's social hall. Buddy was a new resident, with Penny already a resident at the senior living community for several years. A girlfriend of Penny's noted her interest in the "new kid on the block," but Penny could sense that Buddy was not yet recovered from the loss of his beloved first wife. Not long after their first run-in, Buddy left town for several weeks to visit an ail- ing family member. When he returned, he began to see Penny in a new light, sud- denly noticing the "beautiful girl" who had been sitting at his dining table since he had moved in. Linder noted, "After some time away, Buddy had become ready to open his heart, once again. From that time on we were inseparable as a couple. He is like an angel, and I am so lucky to have him in my life." Buddy's displays of af- fection toward his new bride demonstrate that he feels the same way, too. The loving pair supPort one another through the aging process. When Buddy comments that he is 86, Penny reminds him, that he is in fact 92. Together, they Chuckle that sometimes "the memory is not what it used to be." Penny asks Buddy if he has any tissues on hand for her. Buddy comments, "Don't I always," pulling sev- eral from his pocket. While Penny uses a walker and a wheelchair at times, Buddy is right behind her, ensuring her safe arrival. Recently, the couple de- cided to make their relation- ship official, and have been making wedding plans over the past several months with the help of Brookdale Island Lake Activities Director An- nie Lee. Lee served as wedding planner extraordinaire, cov- ering every available service of the social hall in the couple's signature lavender colors, including a hand- made chuppah (marriage canopy). The bride's and groom's children and grand- children comprised the wedding party, with Buddy's son-in-law, Joe Lupis acting as Best Man. Rabbi Arnold Siegel of- ficiated over the ceremony, sharing the crowd had gath- ered to celebrate, "love, hope, and the future." As Buddy stomped on the ceremonial glass gifted from his friends at The Jewish Pavilion, Rabbi Siegel remarked that the many shards of glass were as abundant as the couple's love. The Jewish Pavilion has been bringing community to the doorsteps of elder-care residents since 2001. Resi- dents of all faiths enjoy our programs. You can personal- ly make a difference. Become a fan at jewishpavilion. Make a dona- tion or learn more by visiting (L-r), Rabbi Arnold Siegel with bride, Penny Lindner and groom, Buddy Bach. By Joanna C. Valente (Kveller via JTA)--Kveller often writes about trending Jewish baby names--butwhat about more retro names that are due to come back in style? Parents-to-be may notwant to gowithwhat's popular right now and instead choose some- thing ahead of the curve--by which we mean way behind. So we rounded up some of our favorite names from the past--names that prob- ably sound familiar, as you probably have uncles and grandparents with them. Here's a baker's dozen + one: 1. Hyman. Hyman, a ver- sion of Chaim, is a male name in Hebrew that means "life." 2. Meir. Meir is a Hebrew male name meaning "one who illuminates." Famous Jews: Meir Shalev, Meir Ariel 3. Myron. While Myron is actually Greek, many first generation Jewish men were given the name. It means "fragrant, an aromatic shrub, myrrh." Famous Jews: Myron Wald- man, Myron Cohen 4. Morton/Morty. Similar to Myron in that it's not a Hebrew or Yiddish name, but in English, it was commonly used for Jewish immigrants. It means "town near the moor." Famous Jew: Morty Sein- feld(Jerry Seinfeld's TV father on"Seinfeld" played by Barney Martin) 5. Irving. Irving, another name used by Jewish immi- grants and first generations, is Scottish and means "green river, sea friend." Feel free to use Irv for short. Famous Jews: Irving Wal- lace, Irving Stone, Irving Berlin 6. Harold. Harold, another non-Jewish name used by Jew- ish people, is Scandinavian and means "army ruler." Hal or Harry are fun nicknames. Famous Jews: Harold Ra- mis, Harold Norse 7. Melvin. Melvin, a non- Jewish name also commonly used by Jews, is English and means "council protector." Mel, anyone? Famous Jews: Melvin Schwartz, Melvin Rosen, Melvin Calvin, Mel Brooks 8. Seymour. Seymour, a non-Jewish name also com- rnonly used by Jews, is English and means "marshy land near the sea." Famous Jews: Seymour Siegel, Seymour Melman, Seymour Martin Lipset 9. Lucille. LuciUe, a female non-Jewish name also com- monly used by Jews, is French and means "light." Who doesn'twant to be called Lucy? Famous Jews: Maya Ru- dolph's daughter Lucille, alas Lucille Ball is not Jewish (though her second husband was) 10. Rhoda. Rhoda, a female non-Jewish name also com- monly Jews, is Greek and means "rose." Famous Jews: Rhoda Haas Goldman, Rhoda Pritzker, Rhoda Morgenstern (TVchar- acter played byValerie Harper) 11. Esther. Esther is a Hebrew girls name meaning "star." Queen Esther, the Jew- ish wife of the King of Persia, saved the Jews in the Purim story. 12. Gertrude. Gertrude, a non-Jewish name for girls also commonly used by Jews, is German meaning "strength of a spear." Trudy is a great nickname. Famous Jews: Gertrude Stein, Gertrud Rittmann 13. Shirley. Shirley, a non- Jewish name typically for girls also commonly used by Jews, is English meaning "bright meadow." Famous Jews: Shirley Po- vich (the rare man with the name) 14. Sheldon. Sheldon, a non-Jewish name also corn- monly used by Jews, is English meaning "steep-sided valley." Shel for short iS uper cute, Famous Jews: Shel Silver- stein, Sheldon Leonard Joanna C. Valente is the staff writer at Kveller. Jo- anna is the author of Sirs & Madams, The Gods Are Dead, Xenos, and Marys of the Sea. She received a master's de- gree in fine aits from Sarah Lawrence College. You can follow @joannasaid on Twit- ter, @joannacvalente on Ins- tagram, or email at joanna@ Kveller is a thriving com- munity of women andparents who convene online to share, celebrate and commiserate their experiences of rais- ing kids through a Jewish lens. Visit ways semors can (StatePoint) With the rapid pace of new developments in smartphone technology, it can be hard to keep up with all the changes, especially if you grew up in an erawhen phones were attached to a cord. Phones these days aren't what they used to be--but that's for the best, as smart- phone technolog~ can actu- ally improve your life. Here are three easy ways that seniors can get more from smartphones: 1. 'Read' audiobooks. Whether your hands are tied up gardening or cooking, or you simply want to give your eyes a rest, consider listening to books on your smartphone. You can purchase audiobooks a la carte or opt for a subscrip- tion plan, which offers deals, such as unlimited selections for a flat monthly fee. 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To download the free app or learn more, visit arthri- 3. Video chat with loved ones. Talk and see grandkids and other far-flung friends and loved ones between visits with video chatting. It's the perfect way to ensure you don't miss important milestones. Many such video communi- cations services are free, even internationally, and can pres- ent affordable alternatives to placing long-distance calls on a landline. Your smartphone is the world at your fingertips. Make great use of it.