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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 10, 2018 o Jacob Cohen enjoys leading a game of Lotto for residents of Savannah Court as a Jewish Pavilion volunteer By Lisa Levine Sometimes all it takes is some friendly encouragement and a little banter to add spark to a game that may otherwise seem tame. At least, that was Jacob Cohen's experience on a recent Monday when he took over as the "caller" for a game of Lotto at the Savannah Court Assisted Living Com- munity in Maitland. Cohen, 21, and a senior in the bachelor's in nurs- ing program at Florida Gulf Coast University, grew up in Orlando and is spending part of his summer volunteering for The Jewish Pavilion. In ~ddition to helping in the Pavilion's offices, he is also assisting with some of its programs at area senior liv- ing facilities and is making individual visits to some of the residents. At Savannah Court, the game of Lotto is played with a staff member pulling cards the size of small sign boards from a deck, calling out the card, and holding it up for residents to see. Residents are dealt extra large cards, and when one of their cards matches the card called, they hold it out for another staff member to take. The first player to hand over his or her last card wins a goodie bag filled with snacks and candies, and the game continues until two other players have handed over a last card and won their goodie bags. Then the cards are collected, shuffled and dealt again and the game begins anew. After helping resident Mary Louwith her cards and seeing how the game is played, Cohen took over as caller, and that's when the game got more lively. Cohen assumed a comfortable patter--part auctioneer, part play-by-play sportscaster--as he announced the cards, and he banteredwith the residents as they checked their hands. As the crowd warmed up, Co- hen began remembering and calling them by their names. Soon they were chuckling and making quips themselves. "Nice job, Jacob," called out one of the residents in a friendly way after the first round was finished. As Cohen learned in his nursing studies, "the tone of your voice and facial ex- pressions change how you're perceived," he said. In the hospital settingswhere Cohen has done a number of clinical rotations, adopting an upbeat and engaged demeanor can help patients feel that their nurse cares about them, contributing to their sense of well-being. Cohen applied a similar philosophy to his participa- tion in Lotto: "If you don't make it fun, they're not going to have fun," he said. Having done a rotation in gerontology at a skilled nurs- ing facility as part of his train- ing, Cohen knew it would be rewarding to work with eiders, and that's why he Sought out The Jewish Pavilion to satisfy his degree requirement for 80 hours of volunteering. "I'm here because I like it. I have to volunteer, but I don't have to do this," Cohen said, adding, "I thought it was kind of fun up there" calling the game. "We always have work at The Jewish Pavilion," said Nancy Ludin, the Pavilion's executive director. "Any teen or college student who wants to volunteer, we'll find some- thing for them to do. Some of it might be meaningful work, and some of it might be more boring office work, but all of it will benefit the community." Cohen has been helping to update the addresses in the distribution list for the Pavilion's monthly emails, a sizable task that must be ac- complished each year. He will also help confirm the contact info in the Pavilion's database before he returns to college for his final semester. He's good at such detail work, but it's the individual connections with seniors that Cohen looks forward to. One of the seniors Cohen is visit- ing individually is Murray, a sociable resident of Enlivant Wayman Place in Longwood. "We go out of our way to find the right fit for our young vol- unteers to visit," noted Ludin. Cohen said he had espe- cially enjoyed assisting with a Shabbat program at Brook- dale Island Lake. As a busy MED CA ALER Have you experienced from side effects such as Ketoacidosis caused by the Type 2 Diabetes medication Invokana? You may be entitled to Compensation. SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE KETOACIDOSIS, KIDNEY FAILURE, HEART ATTACK, STROKE, COMA OR DEATH. For Immediate Assistance CALL: LegalHelpAdvocates. com student in Fort Myers, Fla home," Cohen said. "And it's great way to earn community it has been some time since like being with my grandpar- service credit while support- he's had the opportunity to ents again. It feels good." ingavitalserviceinOrlando's connect with other Jews at a The Jewish Pavilion wel- Jewish community. To learn Shabbat service, comes student volunteers more, go to JewishPavilion. "It's kind of like coming throughout the year--it's a org or call 407-678-9363. Preparations are in full swing for the new academic year for the four growing Chabad Hebrew Schools in the Greater Orlando area. "Chabad Hebrew School is a warm and loving place," said Jenn Nero, who sends her son to Chabad Hebrew School in North Orlando. "My son doesn't want to miss a day." "The students come inwith a smile, leave humming a Jewish song," noted Chanshy Majesky, director of CHS of North Orlando. "We share the warmth and spirit of Judaism in a real and tangible way, and the children feel it." Each CHS location is run independently, but all four locations integrate a hands- on and in-depth teaching approach. "We offer an affordable educational experiencewhere your childwill enjoy acquiring a solid foundation in Jewish education in a positive atmo- sphere," said Rabbi Amram Hoffer, director of CHS of Greater Orlando in Maitland. Hebrew reading is taught using the acclaimed Aleph Champ motivational read- ing program, which clearly defines achievements and goals with color-coded levels like in karate. The newest Chabad Hebrew School recently opened in Winter Garden by directors of Chabad of South Orlando Rabbi Yosef and Chani Koni- kov, who already run a grow- ing Hebrew School at their main Chabad center on Sand Lake Road. Parents in Winter Children begin learning at an early age about the symbols of Judaism. Garden who were not being ing in cities across the globe. serviced approached Rabbi In Orlando this year there are Yosefand Chaniand requested over 100 children enrolled for a second branch in their area. the coming school year. "Our goal at Chabad is to Chabad Hebrew School is service every Jew. We want for every Jewish child, from to bring Hebrew School and kindergartentoBar/BatMitz- the joys of Judaism to as many vah age, regardless of affilia- kids as possible," said Chani tion, religious observance or Konikov. prior knowledge. Membership Theattendanceyeartoyearis not necessary. To register at Chabad Hebrew Schools and for more information worldwide is going up. More contact the Chabad Center and more branches are open- closest to you. Elders and children love Jewish Pavilion's Inter-Generational program A wonderful time was had by the residents at Brookdale Lake Orienta and the children from Camp J at the third annual get together hosted by the Jewish Pavilion's Inter-Generational program. From quiet one-on-one time, tech talk, puzzles, coloring books, cards, singing and dancing, everyone did it all and loved every minute. --Walter Goldstein, Jewish Pavilion program director