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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 25, 2009 PAGE 11A The answer to the ques- tion, "Why does Chanukah last for eight days?" now has a new answer. Chanukah lasts for eight days so that the volunteers of the Jewish Pavilion have enough time to get to as many long-term care facilities as possible. Beginning with the first night of Chanukah, Jewish Pavilion volunteers were providing varied celebrations in many different settings. At the JCC respite program the Hebrew Day School students entertained the participants with songs. At the Parks and Emeritus at Crossing Pointe on South Orange Blossom Trail, Bonnie Stimmel served latkes while Penny Goldberg D'Agostino led the residents in Chanukah favorites as well as some show tunes. Phil Brown added Chanukah to the Shabbat celebrations at Life Care of Altamonte Springs and Horizon Bay at Lake Orienta. Ellen Hrav- bosky brought her warmth and joyful spirit to the May- flower. Debbie Meitin and Alma Kerben enhanced the Shabbat service at Cham- brel with festive tunes and foods and a spirited group of teens served dinner for the residents at The Heritage at Lake Forest interspersed with Chanukah melodies. Dec. 13 brought a new A new answer an age-old riddle round of Chanukah events with special help from the Temple Israel religious school and COSUSY. Second and third graders from Temple Is- rael entertained the residents at Chambrel while other youth delivered homemade Cha- nukah cookies to residents throughout the Longwood- Winter Springs area. USY'ers met at Consulate Health Care in Altamonte Springs for songs, dreidel and Chanu- kah bingo. Congregation Bet Chaim celebrated with their "adopted" facility, Emeritus of Lake Mary. The Jewish Pavil- ion was also found at Winter Park Care and Rehabilitation bringing latkes and music to the residents. The music program at Ho- rizon Bay at Lake Orientawas a special holiday treat. Paul Stenzler on guitar provided an outstanding concert that had everyone clapping and singing. Jackie Levitt's re- freshments were beautiful, festive and delicious reported those who were there. Jewish Pavilion officials said thanks to such won- derful volunteers as Pat Rubenstein, Hank Goldberg, Ruth Darvin and Joy Clark, parties continued on Dec. 14 and 15 at Island Lake Center in Longwood, Emeritus at Tuskawilla, Arden Courts and Emeritus at Oviedo. Selma Schwartz and Mimi Levin celebrate Chanukah outside under the gazebo at Island Lake Center. Emeritus of Crossing Pointe residents Minnie Kurrie, Henrietta Shipman and Anna Jabrocka-Chmiel share Shabbat and Chanukah together with the Jewish Pavilion. Leading Chanukah songs at The Heritage are Tami Segal (1), Rachel Suberman, Andrew Bloom and Jacob Suberman. Consulate Health Care resident Rose Gittles loves to cel- ebrate her Jewish heritage and especially enjoys seeing the teens from COS. Volusia congregation celebrates Chan00lka] Congregation Beth Shalom of Orange City celebrated Chanukah with a dinner at Too Jay's Gourmet Deli in Lake Mary and with the residents at Deltona Health Care, where they shared Chanukah songs, lit a menorah and told the story of Chanukah. Lillian Brownstein (1), Gale Barr, Rabbi Winston Weil- heimer, Ellen Koven and Marilyn Scherr share their Chanukah with residents of Deltona Health Care. Rabbi Winston Weilheimer lights Chanukah candles at Deltona Health Care. Rabbi Winston Weilheimer lights Chanukah candles at Too Jay's. Members of Congregation Beth Shalom celebrate Chanu- kah at Toojay's. Having a bail The relationship between the Jewish Pavilion and the assisted living facilities in town has become so "wonderful" that the facilities are providing Jewish holiday celebrations on their own, reported Jewish Pavilion staff members. Marian Rariden enjoys matzah ball soup prepared for by Vicki Krueger, a volunteer at Horizon Bay (top) in Altamonte Springs. Also enjoying the Chanukah meal provided by Horizon Bay are, from left: Billie Stevenson, Margaret Bridges, Etta Goldstein, Alice Schnur and Rosemary Roodman.