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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 Jewish Pavilion Gala Committee members (l-r), Melissa Masin, Marlene Adler, Mary Carter Eick of Griswold Home Care, Elise Schilowitz, gala co-chair Susan Livingstone, gala co-chair Shirley Schoenberger, Sammy Goldstein, Brenda Fisher Wetmore, Corinne Brail, Pavilion CEO Nancy Ludin, and Friends Board chair Faye Novick. By Lisa Levine It all started 18 yearsand Meitin and Chepenikcome to live in The Jewish ago when Sheryi and Julian were able to secure a wing Pavilion, The Jewish Pavilion The Jewish Pavilion Gala Meitin, with aging family in Westminster Presbyterian wouldcometothemwherever committee is in full swing, members in town, becameHome in Orlando, housing they lived. planningafestiveandmemo- concerned that Orlando's 20 Jewish seniors. There they "We started with three fa- rable celebration to mark the Jewish seniors were not hav- workedwiththestafftoensure cilities where we knew there organization's 18th--Chai-- ing their needs fully met by kosher-style meals and, with wereJewishresidentsandthey anniversary, the loca| facilities. Sheryl's a committed group ofvolun- would appreciate us coming Since chai means "life" in friend Claire Chepenik was teers, saw to it that there was to them," recalled Chepenik. Hebrew, the slogan for the active in the Kinneret Coun- appropriate programmingSoon, at their temporary Oct. 28 gala is"To Life!" Itwill cil onAging, and they decided and care. The Jewish Pavilion office within Julian Meitin's be a celebration of the spark to work together to secure a became a reality, business offices, people began of Jewish life and culture that place where Jewish seniors But when the Westminster calling them to request visits the Jewish Pavilion brings to in need of care could feel at home wanted to reclaim the to their family members in hundreds of seniors living in home. wing about two years later, other facilities. elder care and independent At first, the focus was on Meitin and Chepenik and a At that point, Meitin said, living facilities in Central finding a place where Jewish team from Kinneret decided "We realized that the Jewish Florida. residents could live together, that if Jewish seniors couldn't people were really spread out all over the community--Seeing the growth and north, east, south and west. continued thriving of the Westartedsendingvolunteers organization they started 18 to spend time with them, do- years ago is very rewarding ing services, having musical for both Meitin and Chepe- programs, whatever we could nik. "I am totally awed," said dotomakethemfeelthatthey Chepenik. "I am humbled, I weren't forgotten." am grateful. As a Jewish com- Andit isthis model of reach- munity in Orlando, we do care ing Jewish seniorswhere they about our elders." live that has been a key factor Meitin compares it to in the Pavilion's success. In- watching a child grow and stead of reaching 20 or even come ofage."It's incredible to 40 or 50 seniors in a single think that we created some- place, the Jewish Pavilion thingthatsomanypeoplecare is able to reach ALL of the aboutandputyearsofservice local Jewish seniors--now into. We've touched so many numbering several hundred lives of families as well as the residents in more than 70 elderly." facilities throughout Central At the Jewish Pavilion, vol- Florida. unteers are central to the mis- Equally important, Meitin sion and the seniors it serves said, are the many people are a source of strength and who have found an outlet purpose. That's why, over the for volunteering in the Jew- next few months, the Pavilion ish community, including a will be telling the stories of number who may not have some of the volunteers who been very involved before, have served since its early "These were people who care days, as well as the stories about the elderly," she said, of some of the seniors whose "and The Jewish Pavilion was lives it has enriched for many the vehicle that helped them years. to put their care into action." Mark your calendars for "They have become the the Oct. 28th Gems and backbone ofthe organization, Jeans 2018, to be held at becausejustabouteverything Hilton Orlando North in we do is done by volunteers," Altamonte Springs, and stay Chepenikadded."Andthere's tuned for more informa- a place for anyone who wants tion--and for heartwarming to volunteer." stories. To Life! Holocaust Center founder Tess Miller and Ted Maines. Wise is flanked by Jeffrey On May 10, the Holo- The Tess Wise White Rose Brion Price Photography caust Memorial Resource & Award is given annually to The honorees family having HaMotzi (l-r): Dr. Gary Grossman, Jonah Grossman, Alex Grossman, Karin Grossman, Education Center of Florida community leaders who ex- honoree Jeffrey Miller, honoree Ted Maines, Althea Miller, Mark Miller, Adam Miller, Linda Miller, and Juan Fajardo. celebrated its annual Dinner emplify the ideals, courage of Tribute honoring Jeffrey and compassion of Sophie definition of an UpStander. each individual has the power "a world without hate," the Generous sponsors of this Miller and Ted Maines. The Scholl and her brother Hans Together and individually to transform themselves and night's theme, year's event included Rosen event was a tremendous who, alongwithfellowcollege they generously invest their the community into one of Leading this year's event Hotels & Resorts, PenguinEn- success with more than 625 students, formed the White time, talents and resources to UpStanders.Theeveningsent were Dinner of Tribute co- tertainment, Harvey Produc- people in attendance and Rose Movement to stand up improve the quality of life for an inspiring message of hope chairs Mitchell Barnett and tions, WKMG/SixAdvertising, raising more than $400,000 and speak out against Hitler all wholiveinCentralFlorida, and humanity, and the need Jill S. Schwartz, and a dy- and more than 120 corporate to benefit the Holocaust Cen- and the Nazi regime. Miller The presentation explored to move forward to create namic planning committee, and individual investors. ter's educational and cultural and Maines personify those the power of one. Video, song programs, samequalitiesandarethevery and dance illustrated how Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, hut invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your family's eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UY pretectien. In partnership with JFS Hehasbeenastrongadvocate as he brings his decades of Orlando, the Legal Aid So- for the protection of children experienceasbothanattorney ciety of the Orange County and handicapped individuals, and judge to JFS Orlando to Bar Association, Inc. now He has been recognized as bestassistourclientsnavigate offers free confidential legal JudgeoftheYearbytheAmeri- the legal system," said Eric consultations toJFS Orlando can Board of Trial Advocates Geboff, executive director of clients. JFS Orlando and andhasreceivedmanyawards JFS Orlando. The Legal Aid Society have for distinguished service. Judge J. Leonard Fleet (re- enjoyed a great partnership "We are overjoyed to con- tired) will offer these services for several years, tinue our partnership with every Thursday from 10 a.m. Prior to becoming a judge, the LegalAid Society. We will to 4 p.m. at the JFS Orlando Attorney J.LeonardFleetcon- work together to benefit our offices located at the George centrated his law practice in mutual clients, and be able Wolly Center, 2100 Lee Road, the fields ofcriminallaw, civil to assist clients overcome the Winter Park, Florida 32789. rights, and appellate matters, legal hurdles that often hold Appointments can be made Several ofhis cases resulted in them back from achieving by calling the JFS Orlando changes in Florida law, many success. We are so glad to office at 407-644-7593. Walk drawing national attention, have Attorney Fleet join us ins are welcome.