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PAGE 8A ! HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2012 Imagine what it would be like to lose your health, your spouse, your friends and your home. No one wants to grow old alone. Yet, most people do. Isolation, loneli- ness and depression afflict most seniors in long-term care. People sleeping is what you see,when you walk into, a nursing home. Why bother to remain awake when there is little to look forward to? To make mat- ters worse. Jewish seniors in assisted living and nursing homes often feel abandoned by the Jewish community. They no longer have the opportunity to participate in Jewish holiday celebra- tions. As former members of a vibrant community, they feel isolated from com- munal life. The Jewish Pavilion is a lifeline for elderly Jews in long-term care. The Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers go wherever someone in the community is in need. Pavilion staffandvolunteers are there to look after loved ones. brighten someone's day with a gift or lift some- one's spirits with a visit or holiday celebration. It's in all 54 of the long-term care facilities where the Jewish culture is shared with resi- dents of all faiths. It's not a place on the map. It's a place in the heart. Recruiting, training and overseeing a network of volunteers takes time and money. You can help out by participating in "A Walk in the Park" at 9:30.a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at Cranes Roost. Enjoy a free break- fast, live entertainment, including the Orlando Jazz Band, a health expo. vendors and activities for children (bounce house, clowns and face-painting). There will be giveaways and prizes. There is more information at www. jewishpavilion.org. The Pavilion has four paid program directors (North. South. East and West). who coordinate up to 100 vol- unteers in their area. They plan and facilitate all of the activities in a dozen build- ings in their area including Shabbat meals, holiday festivities, musicales and intergenerational activities. Help is needed when someone calls the Pavilion. Usually, there fs a crisis such as Mom just fell and now the family needs to determine whether she can continue to live by herself. The Pavilion's new resource specialist is a trained social worker who offers a helping- hand to families, in transi- tion; assisting seniors and their loved ones with all aspects of elder care. Providing Shabbat, holi- day programs and weekly visitation to seniors, staff and volunteers to meet their needs requires financial support. In-kind donations must be sought to cover the expenses of more than 50 parties a month, all over town. Ninety-four percent of the agency budget goes toward.the provision of program, so that the elders in every facility are visited. feel loved and included in t~ae Jewish community. Residents of all faiths are invited to share in these celebrations and acquire a taste for the Jewish culture. Their staff is trained by the Pavilion on Jewish foods and traditions. No one wants to be forgot- ten. It is the mission of the Jewish Pavilion to enhance the lives of our elders in long-term care by strength- ening their connection to the community. While the word "Pavilion "implies that the agency offers an edifice, instead it offers a promise the promise to remember our Jewish elders as they transition to a long-term care setting. Your support is needed to ensure that our elders live their final clays in contentment. a Jewish Pavilion volunteer Susan Mazlin shares challah and honey cake for the Jewish New Year with a resident at Madison House. This Special Issue is full of features relating to financial issues affecting you and Central Florida. Your ad in this SpeciaiSection will reach an audience of heads of households who are qualified business and professional people who have the income necessary to live well today and invest wisely tomorrow. Publication Date: October 19, 2012 Deadline: October 12, 2012 For information -- Call 407-834-8787 I Stupendous Stu will be part of the UpStander Family Day event. The Holocaust Center has " Choir and Winter Springs announced the entertainers confirmed for its Second Annual UpStanders Family Fun Day at Lake Eola. The event, scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. will feature music by The Rep's Power Chords, Hagerty High School's Jazz Band, Orlando Circle of Friends, Central Florida Community Arts High School Bear Voices. Local magician/entertainer Tony Brent will be on hand in the character of Pip Squeak, using comedy, magic tricks, juggling and costumes to hu- morously teach children how to cope with being bullied. A variety of children's activities will be offered throughout the day, in- cluding Stupendous Stu's balloons, face painting and crafts. Information tables will be staffed with informa- [ion and materials on local programs that support safe, healthy families. The event is open to the Public free of charge. More information is available online at www.holocaust- edu.org. Day school, summer camp, teen programming connects teens to Judaism Pollster Meagan Buren spoke to members of the Orlando community Sept. 11 about the Next Generation and Israel. Buren spoke to'the group about how today's younger generation sees Israel and the importance of connecting Jewish teens to Israel before they head off to college. Buren has worked for The Israel Project managing focus groups and polling on issues that affect Israel's security in the United States, Europe, Russia and the Arab world. Buren has conducted interactive language and media training sessions for ambassadors, top-ranking Israeli officials, professionals and leaders key to impacting Israel's image. As part of a small group of advisors she has impacted the messaging of Israeli prime ministers and their key staff and orchestrated media tours of Israeli spokespeuple worldwide. She left The Israel Project to serve as senlor project director for Luntz Global, a leader in corporate, political and nonprofit message creation and image management worldwide. Buren holds a master's in communications, culture and technology from Georgetown University. This program was initiated on behalf of the Israel & Overseas Committee powered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. For more information on upcoming programminjl initiatives, visit, www~fgo.org.