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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 8, 2012 I Seni00,r help specialist joins ,isn Pavilion staff The Jewish Pavilion has created a new Senior Help Desk. This free Information and referral service is avail- able to seniors of all faiths and their family members. Barbara Bonaparte, a so- cial worker, who has many years of experience work- ing with older adults will spearhead this program. Bonaparte, who has a mas- ter's degree in social work, is an experienced discharge planner. In the past, the Pavilion's executive director and office manager handled inquires about assisted living, Med- icaid planning, veterans' benefits, home health, etc. Pavilion staff was unable to follow up and make,sure that everyone who called received all the services he or she needed. PAGE 3A Barbara Bonaparte "Barbara will hold your hand through the entire process, says Nancy Ludin, Jewish Paviliofi executive director. "When family members call us, they are often in a crisis; someone fell or was hospitalized and they need immediate help. In the past, we answered their questions and referred them to our website for more information, but we were unable to take the time to probe and see if there was more that we could do to help. Barbara,has the time, skills and experience to do that." The Jewish Pavilion web- site contains a wealth of information, but what the Pavilion.wants most to provide is personal service. When you call the office (407-678-9363), there is an experienced social worker who can listen and answer your questions. Because Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers visit hundreds of residents in more than 50 retirement communities, assisted living residences and nursing homes in Or- ange and Seminole Coun- ties, Pay.ilion peolSle can share their experiences in these communities. Bonaparte will connect callers with the staff mem- ber and or volunteer who goes regularly and plans their holiday parties. These people have talked to resi- dents and know where they are happiest. She also will help callers make contact with the marketing/admis- sions professional in any building they would like to visit. When the Jewish Pavilion first started in 2001, all questions posed pertained to residential care settings. Over the years, the Jewish Pavilion staff has expand- ed their networking and can share what they have learned and the resources pertaining to the following and more" , Selecting an assisted living community; Selecting a nursing home; Medicaid planning; Finding the right phy- sician; Choosing a hospice provider; What to look for jn a professional guardian; How you know when it's time for elder care; Criteria for choosing a rehabilitation program; How to select a home care 'provider; How to find the right elder care law attorney; What health and long term care plans are avail- able; Brown's New York Deli te00tms up Options for seniors with dementia. The Jewish Pavilion goes wherever someone in the community is in need. They are there to look after loved ones, brighten someone's day with a gift or lift someone's spirits .with a visit or holiday celebration. Pavilion staff and volunteers come together to share the Jewish, culture with people of all faiths living in more than 50 retirement communities, assisted living residences and nursing homes. The Jewish Pavilion likes to say it is not a place on the map; it's a place in the heart. Visit www. OrlandoSe- for more information about the Se- nior Help Desk and www. for more information about the Jew- ish Pavilion. with l00inneret to provide dining service to residents The Board of Directors for the Kinneret Council on Aging has announced that Brown's New York Deli is now providing meals for Kinneret'Apartment's sub- sidized dining program and its Congregate Housing Services Program that pro- vides meals to Kinneret's frailest residents. Since the inception of the Kinneret Council on Aging's DLning Program in 1.996, KCOA has been subsidizing an optional hot, kosher meal to the residents who reside in Kinneret I and Kinneret II Apartments. The meal is served Monday - Friday at 5 p.m. "We are extremely pleased with the partner- ship we have made with Lauren Brown and Brown's New York Deli," said board president Neal Blaher. "The change has been a very positive experience for our residents. Participation in our dining program has in- creased and we are serving over 75 meals a day. This means that more of our residents are benefitting from the healthy meals and the social interaction that our dining program provides." Lauren Brown is. no stranger to Kinneret as her father, Murray Schwartz, was one of Kinneret's past presidents; her husband " Larry Brown was a former board member and both her grandmothers and her great aunt were longtime Kinneret residents. "I knew coming to Kin- neret would be perfect fQr me personally as well as professionally," said Brown. "I have brought in a great chef--Chef Don Dyleski. His experience has enabled us to provide a tasty new menu with a variety of meals that have really appealed to Kin- neret's residents." Brown will be opening Brown's Deli, an authentic kosher restaurant located in Mai- tland in August. Beth 00amprepares for summer [,it grt'mage to Israel In fulfillment of T'mikhat Yisrael, the traditional mitzvah to support Israel spiritually and physically, Rabbi Rick Sherwin and Elissa Sherwin will lead a pilgrimage to Israel from June 11-22. Twenty-five travelers from Congregation Beth Am in Longwood will join the Sherwins in this Jewish experience. Rabbi Harold Kushner suggests that many citizens of the world are puzzled by the role that Israel plays in the minds and hearts of Jews worldwide. It has no analogue in the Christian world. It cannot be com- pared to the religious Catho- lics' feelings toward the Vatican, or the Lutherans' to Germany. It is different from the emotional attach- ment of Italian-Americans to Italy. or Irish-Americans to Ireland. The ancestors of most American Jews came from Europe, not Israel. Few can trace ancestry back far enough to identify a forebear who lived in the Middle East. Moreover, the attachmentis emotional, not nostalgic or theological. It cuts across all religious and secular bor- ders. Jews are more united by their love for Israel than any other single subject on the Jewish agenda. Israel, says Kushner, symbolizes the idea that we are a people, a timeless community. When asked about the concern for safety, Rabbi Rick was quick to respond, "Every visitor returning now from Israel has laughed when asked if they felt safe, explaining that they felt safer there than downtown in their home cities. The Israeli government will not let American tourists be threatened in any way. Ironically, everyone feels safer because smiling Israeli soldiers are everywhere!" Jim liola, a traveler with Beth Am's 2007 tour and a frequent visitor to Israel with the Jewish National Fund, added, "Anyone who has been to Israel shares a special relationship with the country and the Israeli" people that lasts a lifetime. My first thought when I set foot back on U.S. soil is when can I return?" "We have to go and show Israel that we are proud of our spiritual homeland," said Rabbi Rick. "The Bible cha.rges the people and the Land of Israel to be L'or Goyeem, a beacon of light to the nations of the world. For 60 years, Israel has fulfilled that mandate, leading the world in technology, medi- cal procedures, investment stability and humanitarian .advanceS. We and the rest of the world are beneficiaries of all that'Israel has to offer." The group plans', among many activities, to visit the historical sites from antiquity to today, climb Masada, swim in the Dead Sea, descend into the grot- tos at the Lebanese border, ride Jeeps in the north and .camels in the south, stay at kibbutzim and visit the Jew- ish National Fund's play- ground in Sderot. While dahvening an egalitarian morning service at the Western Wall, the Beth Am pilgrims will each be called to the Torah as post-b'nai mitzvah.students chant their Torah portions. According to Steve Lei- bowitz, president of Con- gregation Beth Am, ."We are proud that there areso many congregants who feel called to join the Sherwins on this pilgrimage to Israel. We know that they will return home with memo- ries that will remain with them for the rest 'of their lives as individuals and as a strengthened and renewed par t of our Bth Am family. We wish them n'siah tova, a safe trip, and we look for- ward to them sharing the stories of their experiences with us." To celebrate Memorial Day, Brown's planned a spe- cial meal that included hot dogs, hamburgers and tradi= tional foods such as water- melon, macaroni salad and cole slaw, baked beans, and an apple cobbler for dessert. Entertainmentwas evenpro- vided, courtesy of Brown's son Daniel, 13, who is work- ing his Bugler Merit Badge for the Boy Scouts. More than 90 residents enjoyed the dinner, enteiainment and festive atmosphere. The Kinneret Apart- ments are the Jewish com- munity's twin residence towers for low-income senior citizens located in Downtown Orlando. For information on our facility please contact Leslie Collin at 407-425-4537, ext. 215. Daniel Brown entertained Kinneret residents during the Memorial Day dinner at Kinneret. Kinnl;ret Board of Directors announce newofficers President Neal Biaher, board member Rhonda Pearlman and Genie Blaher The Board of Directors for the Kinneret Council on Aging and Kinneret I and II Apartments have announced their new executive board for 2012-2013. Newly installed officers are: Neal Blaher, president; Alison Polejes, vice president of donor development; Geanne Share, vice president ofprograrnming; Lauren Sharfstein, secretary; Mark Silverberg, treasurer, and moving into the past president position, is Stephen Wolf. The following people will be joining the newly elected. executive board as direc- tors: Robert Hara, Jacob Hara, Dick Appelbaum, Faye Novick, Paul Mandelkern, Rhonda K. Pearlman, Mat- thew Sokoloff, Amy Lefkow- itz, Carol Feuerman, Laurie Levin and newly appointed members Mollie Savage and Todd Udeison. The Kinneret Apartments are the Jewish community's twin residence towers for low income senior citizens located in downtown Orlando. The Kinneret Council on Aging (KCOA) is a non-profit agency that subsidizes a nutritious meal program available to residents and other life en- hancing programs. Kinneret is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation. For information on the facility please contact Leslie Collin at 407-425-4537, ext. 215.