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PAGE IOA HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 9, 2009 , services Congregation Ohev Sha- lom announced this year's Simchat Torah honorees. Joe and Pearl Baisuck and Greg Anderson will be honored during the COS Simchat Torah service on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. A Kiddush luncheonsponsored by the Barry & Vivian Woods funds and the congregation will follow the service. This year's Hatan v'Kalat Torah. called to the Torah for the last reading of the book of Deuteronomy, will be Joe and Pearal Baisuck. The award is presented annually for long- term service and participa- tion in the congregation's religious, programming and volunteer efforts. The Hatan B'reisheet hon- oree this year. called to the Torah for the first aliyah from the Book of Genesis, will be Greg Anderson. This award is presented to recognize mem- bers for their personal and increasing commitment to Judaism and the synagogue. The Baisucks are both from the Northeast. Joe was born in Beverly, Mass.. and Pearlwas born in NewHaven, Conn. They met in Boston at their cousins' wedding, but the sparks did not con- nect immediately. Thanks to Joe's mother's foresight and wisdom, they met again, and that was that. Joe and Pear| celebrated their 68th wed- ding anniversary last March. For 38 years, Joe ran a factory that manufactured steel cabinets. Joe's inter- est in metal, coupled with a few courses, resulted in Joe becoming a master sculptor. An interesting connection to this holiday season goes back to Joe's grandfather's business venture as an importer of Etrogim and Lulavim. Joe, at the age of 9, wore a sandwich board and advertised the business while his grandfather sold the ritual items to rabbis in Boston. Joe was honored as Distinguished Member of the Year at Temple B'nai Abraham in Beverly, Mass. Pearl had a successful career in the real estate field, working in real estate for over 25 years. Joe earned his real estate license as well so he could be Pearl's GPS and help show properties. As snowbirds, travel became an annual event. Pearl and Joe retired to Orlando and eventually joined Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom in 1991. Have you ever received a reminder about an upcom- ing Yahrtzeit for a loved one? Religiously, Pearl and Joe prepare that mailing weekly. In addition, they work with other members of the COS Seniors group to prepare the monthly bulletin mailing. Every month, when the COS Seniors group has their monthly gathering, Pearl greets everyone and meticulously collects and records each admission and attendee. Pearl was a volun- teer and visitor at Florida Hospital for over 15 years and volunteered many years in the COS Sisterhood Gift Shop. Joe keeps active and is at the JCC fitness center early many mornings each week. He gave up golf a few years ago, when he turned 87. Joe and Pearl have three children: Allen, who lives "in Hawaii; Phyllis, who lives in the Orlando area; and Michael. who lives in San Jose, Calif. Their grand- daughter, Amy, grew up Greg Anderson here at COS and now lives in North Carolina. Their other granddaughter. Debra and her husband Tom live in Syracuse, N.Y., with their two children Shaynah andAaron. Joe and Pearl have a very positive outlook. "We take care of each other is what we do." Joe says. "As you get older," Pearl says, "you have to make sure you're there, so you have to take care of each other." Greg Anderson was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and came to Orlando in February, 2007. Greg's vocation in the incen- tive travel and event organi- Joe and Pearl Baisuck zationindustry provides him the opportunity to blend his love of travel and his thirst for reading and learning. His interests include a love for languages and wildlife. He -especially enjoys-being on safari in Africa. Greg's work has taken him to over 66 countries and on one occa- sion to all the continents of the world, exceptAntarctica, within one year. Since childhood, Greg, "felt I had a Jewish soul. Rabbi Rubinger welcomed me into my true home. the Jewish people." Participa- tion in the COS Discover Judaism class provided An- derson with the learning and the knowledge to progress though conversion. He is active in several commit- tees and currently serves as secretary on the COS board of trustees. He says, "COS remains a place where I feel part of a family that cares about me and where I am nourished spiritually. COS has also inspired me to be truly com- mitted to the State of Israel." Anderson's philosophical insight he shares with the congregation is: "Faith and trust in the Eternal gives me hope and security in times of uncertainty." Simchat Torah is one of the most joyous days in the Jewish year. On this day, the annual cycle of reading the Torah ends and immediately begins again. Acknowledg- ing that the study of Torah is endless, the last aliya with its theme of the death of Mo- ses is followed immediately by the first aliya with its theme of Creation. Beth Am has chosen two exceptional members to receive special Simchat Torah honors th'is year. For each of them. Congregation Beth Am has become deeply entwined in their lives. The honor of Hatan Torah, the lastreading from the book of D'varim, is conferred upon Dr. Sherwood Weisman. For the past four years, Weisman has been responsible for the annual cycle of blood dona- tions by Beth Am to Florida's Blood Centers. His diligent work with the congregation has resulted in the donation of hundreds of units of life- needed blood for our com- munity. Passionate about this program, he was motivated by a member of his family who urgently needed transfusions. Weisman is a podiatric physician practicing in West Volusia County since 1969. An avid amateur radio hob- byist, he has been active in Rotary Club of DeBary- Deltona and was named Ro- tarian of the Year in 2006. He has been married to Susan for 34 years, and he is the father of Katie. When asked why he was so willing to take on this task, he responded, "It was easy. Like in Rotary, just say yes when asked!" This year's Hatan B'raysheet, called for the first aliya from B'raysheet. is Scott Halperin. Relocating to Central Florida from New Jersey, Halperin, a certified general contractor, offered his services to Beth Am with- out hesitation. His lifelong love for repairing things was just what was needed as the synagogue was embarking on a series of projects to make - the facility more handicapped accessible and inviting. His handiwork can be seen in the renovated bima, the newly tiled lobby and the refurbished social hall. Husband to his wife Cindy and father to Samara, Alana and Jadyn, Halperin has made his new home in Florida and is sought after forhis contracting services. He credited the warm and friendly way in which his family was greeted when they first visited Beth Am as the motivation for his volunteerism. "I feel proud to walk through the doors of Beth Am knowing that I had such an integral part in the remodeling of the facility," Halperin said. He plans to keep on offering his services as Beth Am continues to improve to meet the needs of its congregational family. Synagogue officials said, "The strength of these outstanding gentlemen has brought strength to the en- tire Beth Am congregation. in earns To Sherwood Weisman and Scott Halperin, the extended family of Beth Am offers the traditional statement of appreciation. Y'yasher koch'khem, and honors them as Beth Am's Simchat Torah honorees for 5770. Join the entire congregation for this joyous celebration on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m." For more information on activities at Beth Am, con- sult the synagogue's web site at Caring for the careglver is Roxane Abelow Jewish Pavilion volunteer Melissa Singh, LCSW, MSW, of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida will present "Caring for the Care- giver--Taking Care of You" at the Jewish Pavilion's Oct. 25 community workshop at the JCC Maitland campus from noon to 3:15 p.m. The workshop, "Honor Your Father and Mother Without Losing Your Mind." aims to l~repare adult children to take on the increasing levels of responsibility for care and deci- sion making for their parents' third stage of life. The educa- tional conference--a "how to" of caring for your parents is a complement to the Jewish Pavilion's "Honor thy Father & Mother" tribute book. Singh, aVITASsocialworker~ says, "Hospice focuses on en- hancingapatient'scomfort and overall quality Of life during the last months of life. By treating symptoms and providing pain management, hospice can make the dying process more Melissa Singh meaningful for patients and their loved ones." Singh's focus at the Jewish Pa- vilion's educational conference is on stress and the importance of taking care of the caregiver. "You put your oxygen mask on in the airplane before you help others. It's the same thing. You need to be emotionally fit. "Taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually sounds like a lot of work. It doesn't have to be. It can be 30 seconds of purposeful deep breathing. Acknowledging the situation and what's going on and how it is affecting you. Being in touch with yourself and stopping for that~moment may prevent an accident." Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter said. "There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregiv- ers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.'" Workshop planners say this is one of 10 valuable sessions that one may choose after attending the keynote session that provides "A Practical Ap- proach to Living in the Sand- wich-Generation," by Rabbi Richard Address. There Will be vendors catering to seniors in an exhibition hall. To register for the conference contact the Jewish Pavilion at 407-678-9363. Roxane Abelow is a partner in Patient Advocates of Or- lando and a Jewish Pavilion volunteer. Nancy Ludin, executive director of the Jewish Pavil- ion. received her Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Rollins College Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership Center. The school provides a practical foundation for those pursu- ing a career in the nonprofit sector. Leading today's non- profit organization requires expertise in multiple areas of business, a broad knowledge of fundraising, and unique leadership skills in order to be successful. Ludin completed 75 hours of professional education and developed the creden- tials and expertise to ad- vance her nonprofit career. She also has two master's degrees one in social work in the area of community organization and one in education. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in sociology and continued her studies in the school's fundraising certificate pro- gram. - - -- Under her leadership for the last 18 months, the Jew- ish Pavilion now provides more visitation to seniors in long-term care facilities. and more Shabbat, holiday and special event program- Jewish Pavilion executive director Nancy Ludin displays her certificate in non-profit management from Rollins College. ming, due to the increase in the number of volunteers from 40 to 200. Also during Ludin's tenure, the board has adopted a business plan and developed a policy manual in compliance with all IRS 990 regulations; de- signed a new Web site; and set in place several success- ful membership, marketing and fundraising initiatives. "No one wants to be forgotten." says Ludin. "It is the mission of the Jew- ish Pavilion to enhance the quality of life of our elders in long term care by strengthening their con- nection to the community."