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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 3, 2014 PAGE 7A Beyond the ChaUah: Healthy aging with the Pavilion .4 By Pamela Ruben Many believe Yiddish, a mixture of German and He- brew spoken by Eastern and Central European Jews before WWII, is a dying language. However, Yiddish has been alive and well for the past two years in greater Orlando, thanks to Yiddishe maven Joan Pohl and the support of the Jewish Pavilion. Pohl can be found in a makeshift classroom at Chambrel As- sisted Living Center on the third Thursday of each month surrounded by a crowd of seniors, eager to practice the Yiddish language during the one hour Nosh of Yiddish class. The Pavilion sponsored and coordinated the course, providing the students, the snacks, and the helping hand of area Program Director Em- ily Newman. "We create high interest programming to give our se- niors something meaningful to do. The Pavilion's programs give them a break from their everyday routine, which can become repetitive and de- pressing. Joan's Yiddish class gives our seniors in elder care variety, mental exercise, and an opportunity to socialize within our greater commu- nity," said Pavilion Executive Director Nancy Ludin. The Nosh of Yiddish brings a taste of the Yiddish culture and language to the 15-20 students who attend the monthly class. Pohl, a retired speech pathologist, welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. She noted that the class contained both fluent speakers and "curiosity seek- ers," with the majority having some exposure to the Yiddish language. While most students are Chambrel residents, others have driven from surrounding areas, even as far away as The Villages, for the one-of-a-kind chance to communicate in a forgotten tongue. Pohl is a hands-on educa- tor, and uses contemporary teaching methods and best practices to impart this age- old language. She differenti- ates her lesson to appeal to her students' five senses, reaching the visual, tactile, and audial learner. The taste of Yiddish was found in the rich and flaky almond cookies baked by Joan Pohl's 80-year-old mother. "I always like to bring a nosh from my morn. It's like I am bringing a part of her along with me," she said. During the next 60 min- utes, students saw, heard and manipulated Yiddish words and vocabulary. The class ended with a concert of tra- ditional Yiddish- and Jewish- influenced music played by class participant and pianist Mimi Shader. Pohl grew up in New York and Miami, the child of Ho- locaust survivors. Her grand- mother, Rachel Kornicki, spoke Yiddish in the home while her parents were away at work. Pohl has fond memories of her Yiddish roots, and is happy to have a skill that she can she share with the senior community. Pamela Ruben Yiddishe Maven John Pohl with Emily Newman, Pavilion program director. Mimi and Stan Shader. Pamela Ruben "I love being able to see a senior recall old memories," she shared. "The languages we speak in our childhoods become some of our longest lasting memories. Students oftenbecome emotional or get tears in their eyes when they think of a word, expression, or memory that they haven't accessed for many years." Pohl's background in geri- atric speech pathology helps her meet the needs of her students, and keeps the class running smoothly. "Because of my back- ground, I know when to push a senior to help pull out a thought, and I also knowwhen to stop and to give a senior a moment to put their own thoughts together," she noted. "Practicing Yiddish or any other language is great men- tal exercise, and encourages healthy aging. In addition, it can be helpful therapy for seniors with memory issues, and can help ward off decline. When the language class and music program are combined, they are an excellent form of therapy, bringing seniors back to their earliest connections." Pohl's spirited approach to teaching is a crowd pleaser, and ideas flowed freely around the classroom on a recent Thursday in September. As an opening exercise, Pohl shared some recent articles about the Yiddish language and culture, which recently appeared in periodicals from around the country. Pohl noted that the mainstream Time Magazine profiled a Yiddish educator this past June in their "high rent" back page. Additionally, she shared a copy of The For- ward, presenting an English version of the nation's only Yiddish paper, as well as an article in the Jewish Journal about non-Jewish students learning Yiddish so they can research documents from the past at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Yiddish is a communal lan- guage, and the seniors making up the classroom community chimed in throughout the discussion. One participant said that she read The For- ward for many years as she was employed in the same building as is headquarters for more than a quarter century. Another, added that she had taken classes at the Amherst Center, where Yiddish books are given a safe home after being rescued from destruc- tion. The tomes are preserved, digitized, and stored for perpetuity. According to Pohl, Yiddish words can have a variety of meaning or connotations, as something can be lost in the translation to English. "One word in Yiddish translated into English can mean so much more," she explained. Pohl presented her Yiddish learners with a list of words, asking "what do these words mean to you?" A lively discus- sion ensued about the mean- ing of the word "mensch," which most agreed meant "a good person." One senior added, "Everyone's heard someone say, 'He's such a good person. What a mensch.'" The word "plotz" came up in conversation, and was sug- gested to mean "fallen over" by student Berny Raff. Pohl agreed, but felt the word in Yiddish was more emotionally charged. An enthusiastic se- nior shouted out an example: Pavilion on page 15A Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian), services Monday- Friday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m. - national holidays); 2nd floor Chapel- Jewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), services and holiday schedules shown at www.; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O), 39 Skyline Drive, Suite 1017, Lake Mary, 407-878-3011,; services: second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m.; every Saturday at 10 a.m. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354-3660; www.; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; services, Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), 1190 Highway AIA, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-644- 2500;; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove, Casselberry, 407-830-7211; www.; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; www.; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth E! (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-855-0772; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Ree), Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401 S.R. 200, Ocala, 352-237-8277;; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352.326-3692;; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at 1308 E. Normandy Blvd., Deltona; 386-804-8283; www.mybethshalom. corn; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174;; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444;www. Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st Friday; 8 p.m., 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321,768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-298- 4650;; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.; Junior Congregation., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec), Leesburg, 352-326-8745;; services last Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at various private residences. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-935- 0064;; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Sinai (C/R), 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregation-; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka- Vineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444 ; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:3O p.m.; Saturday, 9:3O a.m. Temple Beth E! (R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www.; Shabbat services: Friday, 5:50 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave., Daytona Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www.; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.rn. followed by Torah study. Temple L'Chayim (R/C), 4420 South Rd. 27, Ste. 4, Clermont, 352-978-6357; Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-785-5724; www.; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R) Services held in the EPICenter at University Carillon United Methodist Church, 1395 Campus View Court, Oviedo, 407-366-3556, www.; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www.; services: second and fourth Fridays and Saturday of the month. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist