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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 31, 2014 PAGE 11A Beyond the Challah: Healthy aging with the Pavilion .ion seniors experience By Pamela Ruben While the Pavilion has been breaking breadwith se- niors in long-term care since 1998, there is much more to the organization beyond the challah. Executive Director Nancy Ludin noted, "Lunch and Learn serves as a great example of how the Pavilion enhances the lives of seniors all year round, and not just during the holidays. Program Director Cathy Swerdlow, an experienced instructor in both Judaica and history, leads a bi-monthly discussion at Oak- monte Village in Lake Mary that promotes healthy aging through on-going education. Seniors in long-term care have a real need for mental stimu- lation, which is evidenced by the more than 50 seniors who attended Swerdlow's class." The most recent Lunch and Learn was held on Thursday Oct. 9, focusing on noted Jews in American history from 1850 to the present. Swerdlow shared that the day's lesson was the second part of a two- part lesson, which began with the American Revolution. "Our seniors value educa- tion, and have been learning their entire lives," she re- marked. "This shouldn't stop just because they have moved to an elder facility. Lunch and Learn allows our seniors to draw on their past experi- Swerdlow's latest Lunch and Learn took avery personal turn for a handful of audience members, as some came to realize that the history from the day's lesson overlapped with their own life experience. Others in attendance were reminded of historical events that had touched their own lives. In a discussion follow- ing class, participant Judith Kaye said, "It stirs me to see these (noted Jews in history) people as individuals," as she marveled that her own family members had been touched by the accomplishments of these notable figures. Kaye became teary eyedboth dur- ing class and afterwards when she referred to the poem "The New Colossus," which was read by Swerdlow as part of a discussion about poet Emma Lazarus. "When Cathy read the words 'give me your poor, you're tired, you're hungry' (which arewritten on the base of the Statue of Liberty), it reminded me of my parents. When I read Lazarus' words on the Statue of Liberty several years ago, I realized that my parents had seen those same words when they first came to this country," said Kaye. The hour-long presentation began with a discussion of the role of Jewish Americans during the Civil War. After- wards, attendee Zelda Siskind ences, and to sharpen their - summed up the presentation Oakmonte Village residents and Pavilion Lunch and Learn participants Rae Masin and Judith Kaye. the Civil War and afterwards. She named names of Jewish people in history, and (the reasons) why we remember them." Attendee Rae Masin, a Georgia native, explained that there was a closeness and sense of pride amongst Southern Jews, who had to work harder to make a Jewish community than those in the more populated Northeast. Masin iswellversed in Georgia history, and added personal insight to the infamous Leo Frank trial, which had been a topic conversation. During class, Swerdlow recounted that Frank had been a Jewish American factory superin- Atlanta in 1915. Masin grew up in Marietta, Georgia, close to where Franks' story took place. "I know where that tree was, and (Frank's story) always scared me," he shared. I enty-four-year-old Becca Leifer attended the LunCh and Learn along with her grandmother, Zelda Siskind. The graduate student noted how each experience with the Pavilion affected her grand- mother in a very personal way, as well. "My grandmother loves Cathy Swerdlow, and attends anything she has to offer. My grandparents were very active in the Sanford Jewish community. It means so much to her to stay con- minds bylearning something stating, "Cathy Swerdlow is tendent who was convicted new. The class reaches the always very interesting. She of murder in the Oll South. seniors in so many different talked about the Jews in the Frank was hangedby an and expected ways." Sotrthand inth rthduring - anti Semi 4ync /m near The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah presentsABookand Author featuring author Stu- art Omans on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom. Omans will captivate and delight attendees with tales from his recently published book"Ol' Man on aMountain." A buffet lunch will be served. Omans is professor emeri- tus and former chairman of English at The University of Central Florida. He is the founding artistic director of the nationally acclaimed Orlando Shakespeare Theater, created in partnership with the University of Central Florida, the Walt Disney Com- pany, and the City of Orlando. Actor, teacher, and director, he has written extensively on the theater, Shakespeare, education, and the arts. He has had avarying career ranging from baker to ditch digger to a Schoenbaum Fellowship at Northwestern University where he earned a PhD. and other post-graduate degrees. While in grad school, he supplemented his income to support his growing family (two little boys and one on the way) by working as a clothing salesman at Smoky Joe's, "the super-high-style, wild-style, boutique." Here he had a dif- ferent education, selling pink alligator shoes and matching silk suits, among other items to entertainers and less repu- table Chicagoans. As an academician and theater instructor, he's taught at Northwestern, Miami of Ohio, and Wisconsin. He also has taught in Great Britain at St. David's Col'- lege, in Stratford Upon Avon and in China. Awarded three National Endowment For The Humanities directorships, he is recognized internationally as a Shakespearean. After leaving academia, Omans began to write for a broader audience. His latest book details life in retire- ment as he and his wife, Jan, live a remarkable adventure on their small farm in rural North Carolina. Here they find Jan and Stuart Ormans that "All the world, including North Carolina, truly is a stage," filled with fascinating players. Signed copies of "Ol' Man on the Mountain" will be available for purchase at the Hadassah meeting as well as in e-book and paperback from Amazon books. To make reservations con- tact Nancy Greenfield at Nancyg357@Yahoo.com or 407-333-0204. Couvert is $12. nected," Leifer said. Miriam B. Cohen is anewer resident to OakmonteVillage, and Lunch and Learnwas her first Pavilion offering. She remarked, "This class (and the Pavilion) is something worthy and worthwhile." Cohen shared that the Pavil- ion was serving a need that wasn't offered by any other organization, and that she was pleased and impressed with her first sampling. She plans on attending the next Lunch at Learn and future Pavilion events. Lunch and Learn is open to the community. To find out more visit www.jewishpavil- ion.org or call 407-678-9363. Dr. Jonathan 'Matusitz, associate professor at the Nicholson School of Com- munication at UCF, will conduct a lecture on "Female Terrorism: Symbolic Mean- ings" on Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. at UCF's Business Administra- tion Building 1, room 119. The address is 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando (close to Paraking C). This lecture will cover in part, the statistics of female terrorism; female terrorists as architects of hatred; Pal- estinian and German female terrorists; female terrorists as revenge and restoration of honor; and beautiful female terrorists. For more information, con- tact Matusitz at matusitz@ gmail.com. Enjoying the Jewish Pavilion Lunch and Learn are Becca Leifer with her grandmother, Zelda Siskind. Simchat Torah, Sukkot and Shabbat service held at The Mayflower Long-term Jewish Pavilion volunteer Ellen Hrabovsky leads services for Sukkot as Mayflower Re- tirement Community resident Gloria Shapiro watches and waits her turn to shake the lulav. Shabbat services are held each month in the Country Kitchen and all residents are invited to attend. A musical afternoon at Emeritus Ocoee Forming a triangle at Emeritus Ocoee, a Brookdale Senior Living community, are Program Director Gloria Green (rear), who performed Broadway and other "classics" on the piano, accompanied by Paul Stewart, a volunteer vocalist. Five-year-old vol- unteer Emma Jacobson handed out and played percussion instruments. Emma is in kindergarten and looks forward to visiting "seniors." Her signature song has becomf "How Muchis that Doggy in the Window" which most in the audience remember and sing along. To become a volunteer for The Jewish Pavilion call 407-678-9363 or see www.jewishpavilion.org. P