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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 How are things at the Jewish Academy of Orlando? Shofar, so good! The students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando begin each morning during the Jewish month of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah, by blowing the Shofar in anticipation and preparation for the New Year. The students are busy in their classes learning about the High Holidays, how to celebrate and why we celebrate. When the students begin each morning by hearing the sound of the Shofar, they are encouraged to search their souls and think about how they can become better people and new beginnings. The sounding of the Shofar each morning is just one way in which the students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando learn Jewish values and express their pride in the Jewish traditions. For more information or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact Alan Rusonik, Head of School, at or 407-647-0713. The Jewish Pavilion does far more than bring challah to the doorsteps of seniors living in long- term care facilities. We are all about community, companionship and continuity for our elders. In secular senior living facili- ties, the staff are unfamiliar with Jewish culture. They do not know when the holidays are or how they should be celebrated. Their dietary staff are inexperiencedwith Jewish cooking and traditional Shab- bat and holiday meals. Jewish Pavilion program directors work with activities directors and chefs so that residents receive traditional Shabbat and holiday mealS. We send holiday menus and recipes to 54 buildings in Orlando for the High Holidays with explanations about how to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippor. Our staff and volunteers conduct 50 High Holiday services for resi- All [ r~'(:;Y ~ AS[ II~JIA A,~,~,(.,:,~C_~ A~'S, (.)F (:'ii, N'lr/,.t~,[ cI. Ul~][:).~ Steven Rosenberg, M.D. Carlos M. Jacinto, M.D. Harleen Anderson, M.D. Treating patients in Centra/Florida ~ over 25 Years Treating Allergic Diseases of the Ears, Nose &. Throa~ Oul physicians are Board Certified Allergy, Asthma 8, Immuno/ogy & Board Cerfffled Pediatrics Winter Park 407-678-4040 Altamonte Springs 407-331-6244 Or~ndo 407-370-3705 Viera 407-678-4040 Sudoku (see page 21 for solution SUDOKU dents who can no longer go to synagogue, so that they remain connected to their Jewish heri- tage. The Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers also provide one-on-onevisitation, Shabbat services, musicales and inter- generational programming. Says Nancy Ludin, executive director, "Thanks to our work, the seniors know that they have not been abandoned in their old age!" Pavilion president, Elise Schilowitz adds, "From per- sonal experience I know how meaningful the programs of the Jewish Pavilion are to our seniors. As a resident in a long- term facility for several years my mom and many of her fellow residents have enjoyed the holiday and musical cel- ebrations and the wonderful lunch and learn educational experiences that the Pavilion provides. They take so much pride in sharing with non- Jewish friends the history and guiding principles of Judaism. I am grateful to the Pavilion for giving my mom and her fellow seniors many hours of stimulating enjoyment." Two years ago, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous do- nor, the Jewish Pavilion added a vital service for seniors and families. The Orlando Senior Help Desk, which is staffed by Emily Newman, an experienced social worker, offers older adults and their family members the advice and support they need when facing issues of aging. Members of the community or out-of-towners can call and get their questions answered pertaining to senior hous- ing, transportation, health, finances etc. Sometimes they Elise Schilowitz Nancy Ludin call just to vent their frustra- tions and a compassionate and understanding professional is just what they need to get through a crisis. The Jewish Pavilion wishes everyone a happy and healthy New Year! Elise Schilowitz, President Nancy Ludin, Executive Director L'SHANA TOVA from Andrew L. Reiff, P.A. Attorney and Counselor at Law you could sove 28%" Call 1-800-970-4376 to see how much you could save on car insurance. esuronce 3 56178 1 7 4 3 34 7 9 2 1 6 5 9 9 8 6 32467 5