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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 06, 2009 By Roxane Abelow Jewish Pavilion volunteer Rabbi Richard Address gave the keynote address Oct. 25 to a packed room at the Roth Jewish Community Center in Maitland for the Jewish Pavili.on's educational conference. "Honor Your Father and Mother Without Losing Your Mind." geared towards the sandwich genera- tion. Address is the director of the Department of Jewish Family Concerns for the Union for Reform Judaism. He helps congregations cre- ate "caring communities" to honor the sacred rela- tionships we have with the senior-most members of the community. His project. Jewish Sacred Aging, aims to prepare us with awareness and resourcesfor the coming longevity revolution. Speaking to a full house, he began by quoting text regard- ing the obligation to honor one's father and mother. He explained the passages and how they were worded so that part of caring for our parents is allowing them to maintain their dignity even as they lose their independence. With stories and midrash. Address detailed the differ- ence between just taking care of physicaJ needs and truly honoring one's parents by taking care of them physi- cally while striving to help Keynote speaker Rabbi Richard Address talks about the sandwich generation. them maintain their dignity. Address broached the dif- ficult subject of the obligation an adult child has in caring for an elderly parent who had been a neglectful or abusive parent. Situations and obliga- tions were discussed. He talked about other family situations and dy- namics that impact how a parent is cared for, includ- ing the plight of the only child. He said it was inter- esting that when there are several children, proximity of the children to the par- ent, does not determine which of the children will be the major care provider for the parent. The JCC auditorium was filled with vendors and guests. While the details of each situation are unique, so many in the audience ,shared tl~e common struggle of portioning their time and money between spouses, children, grandchildren and elderly parents They are sandwiched between the generations, with so many people depending on them. in what was supposed to be 'our time' to relax. While quoting from Jew- ish law and texts to make his points. Address took care to point out that Re- form, Conservative and Orthodox Jews, for once. were unanimous in their interpretation and under- standing of how to honor thy father and mother. He went on further to explain that a minister and a priest would also agree and give the same counsel. To honor thy father and mother is a part of all major religions. As he nimbly sprinted up the aisle to retrieve a book from the back of the room. Address jumped over stray legs and purses. He is the quintessential member of the Sandwich Generation. healthy and vigorous in his early 60s. with no eye on retiring at 65. And like so many of the Club Sandwich generation. Address is a grandfather, with a mother The Jewish Pavilion's Executive Director Nancy Ludin (1) and President Sheryl Meitin take a break. living 45 minutes away who is becoming increasingly dependent upon him. Twenty years ago, early and middle 60s were the ages when a couple would move into an independent living apartment in preparation for their later years when they would simply move to another section of the building designated for assisted living. Today, people live healthier longer and age in place, moving into that same buildings' independent living apartment in their early 80s, in preparation for the future when they will need assisted living. Small breakout ses- sions after the keynote address, focused on the varying aspects of caring for the elderly, including Alzheimer's, Planning for the Third Stage of Life. Assisted Living vs. Skilled Nursing facilities, Indepen- dent Living and Homecare Alternatives and Caring for the Caregiver. Those attending the confer- ence called it "a huge success due to the efforts of Joy Clark of the Jewish Pavilion. a very tiny and very hard working Jewish Pavilion staff and an army of dedicatedvolunteers." Roxane Abelow is a patient advocate at Patient Advo- cates of Orlando. She can be reached at www.patientadvo- catesfl, com. The Rishona-Chaverot group of the Orlando chapter of Hadassahwill holdafree mem- bership coffee on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Village on the Green in Longwood. The event is to acquaint guests and future prospective members about the projects and activities that are offered by the local group as well as in- formation about the national Hadassah organization. The Rishona-Chaverot group meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Orlando. At each meeting there is lunch and a program. The membership commit- tee in charge of this event is Gloria Newberger, Gloria Titen. Bernice Diamond, Etlie Tross and Betty Stein. Also attend- ing will be Rishona-Chaverot President Phyliss Milgrom. Lee Sami will display her array of cards and certificates that are available through Hadassah. For further information. directions to the event or to RSVP, contact Membership Vice-President Billie Ruth Goldhar. 407-678-7436 or Marge Pariser, 407-834-2029. Synagogue says thank you with food to church The new synagogue in Minneola, Congregation Sinai, made a significant donation of foodstuffs contributed by member families to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Clermont. The canned and packaged food helped to supplement the food pantry of the church for needy families in the community. The food was brought to high holiday services last month as a charitable offering to those in need, due to the current downturn in the economy," said Sheila Whit- man, president of the synagogue. "The food represented a token appreciation to the church, which provided a helping hand to our synagogue during past years." CRJmembers Alex and Sheryl Sacharoff have a few words with scholar in residence Rabbi Jack Romberg. Rabbi Jack Romberg (1) and Congregation of Reform Judaism Rabbi Steven Engel chat during the CRJ Scholar in Residence weekend. Congregation of Reform Judaism presented a Scholar in Residence weekend with Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel in Tallahassee on Oct. 23-24. sponsored by the Sid- ney R. Geist Memorial Scholar in Residence Fund. Friday evening the topic was: "A Look at Faith and Poli- tics. How Do They Influence Each Other?" A series of short texts drawn from American historical and public figures were compared to statements from Jewish texts and leaders. On Saturday, two pre- sentations occurred. In the morning, Romberg presented: "Delving Into the Talmud." a lookat a piece of Talmudic law wfth an eye not just for the obvious halachah, but to try- ing to see the hidden agenda of the rabbis. That eveningwas a presentation and dessert. The presentation was, "The Story Has Two Faces," which was a look at a Talmudic legend. reading with an eye for what the story is trying to teach us about ourselves. All thatjazz Director Maurice Terrell leads the Seminole State College of Florida'sjazz band Oct. 26 at the Roth Jewish Community Center in Maitland. The 20-student band is performing for the 39"ers, the JCC's seniors'group. The Jewish Pavilion has a new Web site thanks to Matt Sokoloff, son of board mem- ber Carol Feuerman. who works for the Orlando Sen- tinel. Sokoloff donated his Web site services last year to the Pavilion and agreed to redesign and update the site this year. Pavilion of- ricers urge readers to check out www.jewishpavilion.org to see the changes such as an events calendar, a link to Facebook, links to spon- sors. community resources, etc. The Jewish Pavilion takes pride in its ability to utilize the talents of its volunteers in areas such as Web site design, marketing, legal advice and more. The agency received $281,000 in in-kind donations last year. In-kind donations exceeded the entire budget for the nonprofit. To date, more than $100,000 in in-kind donations has been secured this year. Matt Sokoloff redesigned and updated the Jewish Pavilion Web site.