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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 20, 2014 Seniors becar00Le , Machaneh Ohev campers for a day PAGE 3A Campers with residents of Southland Suites. Hannah and Ruth with a Machaneh Ohev camper. Machaneh Ohev camper, Sofie, with Sylvia Lietner. Residents of Chambrel Island Lake and Southland Suites were welcomed as guests to a tea party at Machaneh Ohev. Camp Director Amy Geboff co- ordinated this program along with Jewish Pavilion Program Director Emily Newman to join the seniors with the 7th and 8th grad- ers of Machaneh Ohev. The theme for this program was welcoming guests to a tea party as seen in the Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast." The teens and the seniors decorated tea cups together while sip- ping iced-tea and enjoying refreshments. With lots of singing, dancing and kib- bitzing everyone was made to feel welcome. 1 00ourners find strength in a griefsupp,rt group--Part By Yvonne David Yvonne David suffered the loss of her father last September, and because she was swept up in her grief, she joined a grief support group sponsored by VITAS and the Jewish Pavilioin. This is her account of the support group and how it has helped her. David's article about the first three weeks of the class were published in the May 9 issue. The second half of the free six-week VITAS Bereave- ment Support Group course dealt with developing a new self-identity, searching for meaning, and receiving sup- port from others. My sincere thanks go to the Jewish Pa- vilion and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care for offering this most beneficial grief support group. Much appreciation also goes to Chambrel at Island Lake, a Brookdale Senior Liv- ing community, for providing the space and refreshments. Under the leadership of Rabbi Maurice S. Kaprow, a VITAS staff chaplain, I have transi- tioned from acute grief over the recent loss of my father to poignant acceptance. Week Four became a tran- sitional period: Adjusting and adapting to the loss of a loved one and making the current life your norm. Looking at photos of loved ones was key to bringing back cherished mo- ments together and remem- bering those special times. An important article in the VITAS Bereavement Support Group: Series II Participant's Guide is "Fifty ways to heal from the pain of loss." While the grief of losing a loved one cuts deeply into your heart, the wound will mend in time. However, the scar remains. You never get over the loss of a loved one; you only learn to accommodate your loss. Car- rying on and refusing to feel guilty are also essential for healing. You have to take time for yourself. This is especially true for those who have given so much of themselves in car- ing for a loved one. Walking around the block for half an hour, going to the gym, sitting down and reading the news- paper or a book can make you feel better. Ten or 20 minutes a day can be like a breath of fresh air toward reenergizing yourself. "If you don't fill that cup, you cannot give when your cup is empty," said Rabbi Kaprow. Week Five marked the be- ginning of Renewal--Part I. Meditation, guided imagery or relaxation exercises can again reduce tension. In addition, writing is a way to express unresolved feelings.. In the article"Healing grief through writing" of the Participant's Guide, the author explained that "death often leaves the bereaved with an overwhelm- ing sense of unfinished busi- ness, a need for completion." Responding to the assignment of writing a letter to a loved one who had passed proved more therapeutic than I ever could have imagined. When I did this exercise I wrote to both my parents. As I previ- ously mentioned, my mother Mourners on page 15A Yvonne David Kaplan is TI Sist00n'hood's woman of the year TI Sisterhood Executive Board (1- r): Roberta Schreiber, Patty Rose, Sandy Oser, Nancy Stern, Cathy Swerdlow, Sheri Denberg, Nicki D'Amato and Mollie Savage. Not pictured are Fanny Sernik and Valerie Kahn. Fabienne Kaplan, Woman of the Year. Sunday, June 8, Fabienne Kaplan was chosen Woman of the Year at the closing luncheon of Temple Israel Sisterhood for the year 2013- 14. The luncheon was held in the Roth Social Hall at the synagogue, and new of_ ricers for 2014-15 also were announced. The officers are: president, Cathy Swerdlow; VP education, Nancy Stern; Co-VPs of membership, Nicki D'Amato and Patty Rose; VP programming, Mollie Sav- age; VP fundraising, Sheri Denberg; corresponding sec- retary, Sandy Oser; recording secretary, Fanny Sernik; and treasurer, Roberta Schreiber. The past president is Valerie Kahn. Fabienne Kaplan's work on behalf of Sisterhood has been unending. She is in charge of preparing Onegs and Kid- dush luncheons each Shabbat, and she oversees the entire kitchen. Kaplan is a profes- sional photographer and is the official photographer for all occasions and events sponsored by Sisterhood. In addition, she is active on numerous committees and as an artist she is involved in many projects not only for Sisterhood but for the entire synagogue. Temple Israel Sisterhood gives her a hearty mazel tov. The mitzvah project for this luncheon was working in conjunction with Com- munity Based Care of Central Florida. Everyone was asked to bring a gift card from the store of one's choice to give to children who are aging out of foster care and need to set up apartments/homes of their own. Enough gift cards were collected to give each child/young adult in the agency's caseload one card to get him/her started on the road to independence. 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