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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 18, 2009 Two years ago an infor- mal meeting took place to discuss the creation of a new program under the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando banner that would appeal specifically to the 40-plus age group. Dor Shalom was created in re- sponse to avoid where Jewish adults could meet new and old friends. Programming wouldbe developed in the social, cultural, educational, travel and community ser- vice arenas. A steering committee was established, and the name Dor Shalom was selected. The steering committee was an evenly balanced representation of our market target, married and single people in their 40s and 50s. The objective was to meet like-minded Jewish people that otherwise would not have any forum to do so. The steering committee studied what Or Hadash had suc- cessfully accomplished in its development and wrote their own script to coincide with the age group and mix of married and single people. The Kick Off Event was held Oct. 2008 with 110 people in attendance at the Millenia Fine Art Gallery. Since then, Dor Shalom Blankets are Chanukah gifts for Consulate Health residents For many residents of Consulate Health, a Medicaid facility in Altamonte Springs, the Jewish Pavilion's services are the highlight of their week, reported Jewish Pavilion staff members. In addition to the camarade- rie, residents share challah, grape juice and cookies. At their December service, all participants received Chanukah gifts of hand-knit blankets designed by Jo Fischer, a Jewish Pavilion volunteer. hosted a Chanukah party with the Jewish Pavilion, had shopping events at Scott Laurent Gallery and Cerise Boutique for the benefit of JFS, a lecture on Marc Chagall, a Super Bowl party at Absolute Sound, evenings at the Orlando Opera and Orlando Ballet, Happy Hours around town, Shabbat services, a group movie event and discus- sion, attended the Jewish Film Festival, had a brunch before the Maitland Arts festival, a wine tasting at Luma, a tour of the Maidens and Monsters Art Collection at the Polasek Museum by collector Stephen Korshak, with brunch and a pontoon boat road on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, and a biking/ cycling group has developed. Over 143 pounds of food has been collected and over $300 has been raised for the "There are times in our lives when we have the privilege of experiencing a moment when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts," says a Jewish Pavilion staff member. "On Dec. 2, those who were lucky enough to be in attendance at theJPConnectionmembership event were treated to just such a moment. "The event was chaired by Pat Rubenstein who did an outstanding job of coordinating the bazaar, the food, the setting and even the weather, as it was the last beautiful day of that week!" Entertainmentwas sup- plied by the Hebrew Day School chorus under the direction of Eric Levine. "These amazing children sang with such joy and enthusiasm that there were tears mixed with smiles all around the room," says a Jewish Pavilion staff member. Adding to the day was the celebration of Alice Schnur's 85th birthday. She is a resident at Horizon Bay Vibrant Retire- ment Living on Montgomery RoadinAltamonte Springs and was one of several residents who attended this event. As Elise Schilowitz, presi- dent of the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion, remarked, "Where else could you get such a remarkable return on your membership investment? A beautiful luncheon, unique shopping, joyful children, shar- ing a special birthday moment and supporting the work of a wonderful organization all rolled up in one." Volunteer Ruth Darvin (1) and JP Connections Chairwoman Pat Rubenstein pause for a breather during event activities. Orlando JNF Women's Alliance held an evening of cooking, eatingand schmooz- ing recently at the Aggressive Appliances showroom. In opulently designed model kitchens, the women prepared a four-course meal under the direction of a local chef. Event planners said ev- eryone enjoyed sipping Israeli wine while dining on what they had prepared. Dinner was followed by Pearlman Pantry at Jewish Family Services. Best of all, says Dor Shalom officials, it has facilitated many new friendships. Dor Shalom organizers say upcoming events include travel to Savannah, Ga., and Israel; and the "event of the year," Party on the Wild Side at the Central Florida Zoo on Jan. 30. "As you can see," a Dor Shalom spokeswoman says, "Dor Shalom provides social, educational, cultural, travel, and community service op- portunities for everyone, married and/or single, in the 40-plus age group. Please visit our Web site at www., and join the activities. If you would like to help in any way--through existing programs or the creation of new ones-- please contact Lynn Minkow at," Alice Schnur celebrates her birthday with Colleen Chris- topher, director of community relations at Horizon Bay. The Hebrew Day School chorus performing. up an informative presentations by three local participants in High School in Israel and Alternative Spring Break: Jason Feldman, Justin Faiber and Julie Barker. Debbie Meitin, chairwom- an of the local group, spoke about her visit to the Sderot indoor playground and shared some pictures. She also spoke about the next Queen of Sheba Women's Mission to Israel in March 2010. Part of the pet set Longtime Jewish Pavilion volunteer Hillary Cohen visits seniors at Regents Park in Winter Park every Wednesday along with her dog, Morgan. The residents love Hillary, but they adore Morgan. Pet therapy offers a special connection for seniors in long-term care. Chanukah came early at Savannah Court and Cove Chanukah started a week early at Savannah Court and Cove in Maitland. It began after JP Connections when Jew- ish Pavilion volunteer Bunny Rosen delivered all of the leftover stuffed Chanukah bears to all the Jewish residents. Savannah Court residents of all faiths then learned about the history of Chanukah when Dr. Zena Sulkes (second from right), who is a Jewish Pavilion board member and volunteer, taught her weekly lesson on Dec 7. The Jewish Pavilion also provided a Chanukah-themed Happy Hour and a Chanukah party for residents of all faiths.