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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 9, 2009 PAGE 3A By Joan Sosnoff Okun Susie Kleiman's work with Jewish Pavilion brightens the lives of Orlando's senior community members. When I sat down to talk with her, it was a cloudy morning, but her inner glow illuminated the entire coffee shop. Here is what she had to say: What events in your child- hood made you the person you are today? Lansing Michigan was my home until I was ten and my parents divorced. With my mother and siblings, I moved to North Miami, but my father remained in Michigan, and we had little contact. The breaking up of my family made me de- termined to give my own children security, love and a strong family bond. The two years l attended the University of Florida were difficult ones for me. emotionally; I was searching for something. I needed my father. Hoping to make him a part of my life. I trans- ferred to the University of Michigan. l reached out to him. and for the last 20 years of his life. we had a warm relationship. It was at University of Michigan that I met my husband. Ed Kleiman. Coin- cidentally, he was also from Susie Kleiman (1) and Karen Selznick enjoy a recent community event. the Miami area. Our mothers were beauty shop friends who often talked about us as they were having their hair done but had no ideawe knew each other. One school vacation, Ed and I flew to Miami on the same flight, and both of our mothers came to the airport to pick us up. Imagine their surprise when Ed and l strolled off the plane together holding hands. I'll never forget their expressions. After graduation. Ed and I married, and we lived in Lansing, where I taught elementary school until we had children. I loved staying home to care for my sons Andy, Jeffrey, Rob, and Steve. They felt safe and ~ecure knowing l was there. We relocated to the Orlando area in 1983. My husband joined Concord Management. and I taught at the JCC pre-school. Right now. I have a won- derful life. I'm a hands-on grandmother to my five grandchildren. My mother, siblings, children, and grand- children get together often. Why is theJewz~sh Pavilion special to you? It all began with my be- loved mother-in-law. As she aged, I organized her care, and we spent lots of time together. When she died, I was devastated and at a loss for how to direct my energies. It was serendipity when one afternoon I ran into Sheryl Meitin. whose path I rarely cross. She asked me how I was and I burst into tears. Sheryl invited me to a meeting about a new organization she and Claire Chepnikwere forming to provide services for Jewish community seniors. Later, they asked me to be president of the Jewish Pavilion Friends division. Although the leader- ship position was way outside my comfort zone. with my family's support, I accepted and served in that capacity for four-years. The amazing women involved are a true sisterhood, and they have become my dearest friends. Warm andwelcoming to both long-time and. new volun- teers; these true friendships formed are key to the Jewish Pavilion's success. I'm currently the first vice president, a member of the executive board, and liaison between the Jewish Pavilion and residents' families. Our growth and development under the incredible lead- ership of executive director Nancy Ludin makes me feel very proud. What do you love to do? My family is my greatest pleasure; I love being involved in my grandchildren's lives. I encourage my sons to stay LAW OFFICE OF close to each other and to remember the importance of their unbreakable family bond. Spending timewith my wonderful husband and dear friends is also a high priority. How can we improve Jew- ish comrtfunity life? Although our current econ- omy has made fundraising a challenge, we have to push forward because they need our support. Agencies should focus on what they know and do belt. It's like the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child." Orlando is still, in many ways, a child. The various Jewish organiza- tions should work together to benefit our community. The Jewish Pavilion, a Central Florida charity that enhances the lives ofseniors by strengthening their con- nection to the community, is honoring Susie Kleiman of Altamonte Springs at.their Fashion Show on Thursday, Nov. 12at 10:30 a.m. at Nei- man Marcus Orlando in the Mall at Millenia. Kleiman was the first president of the Friends of the Jewish Pavil- ion, a fundraising auxiliary that plans special events to heighten awareness of the Jewish Pavilion in the com- munity. Tickets for the show are $50. For more informa- tion, call 407-678-9363. Joan Sosnoff Okun is a freelance writer based in Orlando. • Auto Accidents • Wrongfid Death • • Nursing Home Negligence • • Defective Products • • Slip & Fall • Dental Malpractice • • Dog Bites • Insurance Claims "Prepared to fight for you!" FREE & CONFIDENTIAL INITIAL CONSULTATION MEMBERSHIPS: * Florida Bar Association * • U.S, Disrarict Court For the l~dddle District of Florida • • Orange County Bar Association • American Bar Association • • Association of Trial Lawyers of America • Jewish Family Services will host a special Women's Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from noon to I p.m. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The topic of the forum. "Is Your Ancestry a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer?." will be mod- erated by Dr. Kamy R. Kemp, a renowned specialist in the field. Kemp opened the Breast Care Center of Florida in 2006 to address the challenges and anxieties of women diagnosed with breast cancer. She will discuss the conditions that may increase a woman's chances of getting breast cancer and actions to take after diagnosis. Here are some facts taken from the Breast Cancer Site at: http://www.thebreastcan- cersite.com/. ; Worldwide, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer after lung cancer. • The incidence of breast cancer has been increasing steadily in incidence from 1 The Kinneret Council on Aging will hold its annual Gala on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. The theme of this year's event is "Bet You Can't Guess How Old We Are?" It's a birthday celebration and casino night. The pro- ceeds from this event will benefit the subsidized hot meal dining program avail- able to residents of Kinneret Apartments. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Delaney Dining Room. Guests can learn to play the casino games and in 20 women being diagnosed in 1960 to I in 7 women today. • The National Cancer In- stitute and U.S. Department of Health recommend that women in their 40s and older have mammograms every one to two years. • Mammograms are among the best early detection meth- ods. yet millions of women in the U.S. over the age of 40 have never had a mammogram. • In 1985. the month of October was declared "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, preven- tion and cure. • Pink ribbons are often worn to commemorate a sur- vivor or a loved one who has lost the battle. There is a $6 charge and a light lunch will be served. To attend the forum, contact LauraVictoriaat407-644-7593. ext. 237 or e-mail her at laura. sign up for a Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament and Bingo games. The casino will open at 5:30 p.m. Cocktails • and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be available all evening. The evening will conclude at 8:15 with a d~'awing for prizes and a silent auction. A ticket for a casino guest is $100 per person and includes $2,500 in funny money. Casino patrons re- ceive an additional $1.000 in funny money and are recognized in the KCOA Birthday Program and on Dr. Kamy R. Kemp victoria@jfsorlando.org to register. Seating is limited and RSVPs are requested by Oct. 19. The Women's Forum is sponsored by Jewish Family Services and funded in part by White Picket Fence Counseling and JFS' MarciaWitten Memo- rial Fund. its Sponsor Board with their donation of $180 per person. In addition, individuals and/ or organizations can sponsor a slot machine for $250 or can be a Casino Game spon- sor beginning at $500. For information on tickets and sponsorship opportuni- ties. contact Leslie Collin, director of development and community affairs at 407- 425-4537. 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