2016 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner Kick-off Luncheon

The Kinneret Council on Aging (KCOA) hosted their Kick-Off Luncheon with their 2016 Honorees on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015.  The event brought together the honorees; their spouses and the individuals who nominated them.  The 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner will be held on Sunday, February 28th, 2016 and recognizes individuals over the age of 80 who continue to contribute to our community through their volunteer and philanthropy efforts.  This year’s honorees are a dedicated and dynamic group of individuals.  In attendance were:

Dr. Marvin Newman, 81 attended with his wife Myrna.  Marvin was nominated by a past honoree Phyllis Kamenoff who also attended the luncheon.  Marvin had a distinguished 50 year career as a Professor at Rollins College where he retired in 2011. He started there part-time in 1961 and continued to balance teaching with his law practice and his growing family.  In 1972, he resigned from his law firm to concentrate on teaching.  Marvin serves on the Ethics Committees of Orlando Regional Medical Center, Arnold Palmer Hospital and Florida Hospital.  He and Myrna volunteer weekly at Florida Hospital in the Department of Surgery.  He often works with seriously and terminally ill children and teenagers who are admitted for surgery.  Marvin is an author, researcher and a lecturer.  He, along with his law partner, established Orange County’s first Legal Aid Society.   He has been involved in many organizations including the Holocaust Education and Research Center of Central Florida; Jewish Family Services and has been involved in Temple Israel as a board member and as a religious school teacher.

Sheldon Greene, 89 was nominated by Geanne Share.  Sheldon had a successful construction and real estate business.  And although he has been retired over 20 years, he is still keeps up with his businesses and goes to the office twice a month.  Sheldon has served Temple Israel as the Comptroller, Vice President and most recently, President of the Cemetery Corporation for over 15 years.  He often serves as a mentor to the many committees in the organization. He has been a volunteer for Give Kids the World and the Orlando Science Center.  He is a loving husband to his wife Susan.

Irwin Feldman, 80 attended the luncheon with his wife Rita.  He was nominated by Don Kaplan, a past honoree, who attended with his wife Marilyn.  Irwin has been involved in all aspects of congregational life at Congregation Ohev Shalom since he moved here over 35 year ago.  He has served on many committees and is currently the Co-chair of Ohev’s 100 year Anniversary Committee; 100 years of Jewish Communal Life in Orlando where he is working with many local synagogues and organizations including the Orlando Regional History Center.  In addition to his work at Ohev, Irwin has volunteered at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center and at Kinneret Apartments, helping Don with the Resident Grocery Co-op.  He has also served as Vice President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Central Florida.

Carol Simpson, 87 is a Kinneret resident and was nominated by Lisa Harris of Volunteers for Community Impact (formally RSVP).  She was very involved with the Foster Grandparents program, supervising visits between foster children and their parents.  She is very generous with her time, often volunteering over 20 hours a week to help children and seniors in our community.  At Kinneret, Carol serves on the Kinneret Tenant Association board as 1st Vice President, organizing the Kinneret’s monthly programming calendar.  Carol also organizes senior trips, including cruises and casino trips several times a year. Carol is very generous of her time and often provides rides, baking and companionship to her many friends.

Robert Geller, 93 was nominated by past honoree Madeline Wolly and attended the luncheon with his daughter Susan and Madeline.  Robert lives in Village on the Green (VOTG) where he is very active on their Finance Committee, Resident Council and Health Care Committee.  Robert moved to Orlando in 1953 to join Joe Wittenstein in his accounting firm.  After two years, he was admitted as a partner and they worked together for 25 years.  For many years, he donated his CPA services to prepare the financial statements and income tax returns for organizations including Kinneret, Hadassah and the UJA.  He still assists friends,  temple members and Village on the Green residents with income tax questions, medicare problems and other age related issues.  He takes weekly Spanish classes; engages in line dancing, ballroom dancing, Zumba and Gangnam style dancing and visits his wife Rita twice a day at the Village on the Green Health Center.  He also presides over the annual Jewish Holiday services, attended by over 100 VOTG residents.

Dr. Harry Rein, 83 attended with his wife Rhea and his daughter Robin Katzman, who nominated him. Harry was born in Vienna, Austria and fled the country with his family just as the Nazis were locking the border crossings. They made their way across Europe and finally arrived in America only to be turned away.  They spent three years in Mexico City, and in 1941 they finally made it to the U.S.  His parents worked menial jobs so that their children would be educated and instilled in them the importance of education and hard work. Harry graduated from NYU and then enrolled in medical school.  He met his future wife, Rhea, during a summer vacation at Lake Hiawtha and they married half way through medical school.  Harry, Rhea and their young daughters moved to Orlando in 1960 and Harry opened a family medical practice.  He was the first Board Certified Family Practitioner in Orlando.  They joined Temple Israel, where Harry assumed numerous leadership roles, including President, and still remain active today. After many years in practice, Harry decided to go to the University of Florida Law School. Upon graduation, Harry became “of-counsel” to many firms.  Harry and Rhea, who has been by his side in his  medical practice as an office manager, and as a paralegal in his law firm, travelled the country and the world as Harry became a sought after speaker and educator.  He recently wrote his autobiography, “From Stehoscope to Gavel”. Rhea, along with his daughter’s, sons-in-law grandchildren and great children are the loves of his life.

Judy Godorov, 81, was nominated by her daughter Susan and her friend Marge Pariser. Judy has been volunteering her time at numerous organizations through-out the Greater Orlando area and through Congregation of Reform Judaism. Judy was an elementary teacher for many years, teaching at Rock and Grand Avenue elementary for 25 years.  She is still an Orange County School Addition volunteer and goes into the schools at least once a week.  She began collecting clothing, shoes and knitting hats for her students while still a teacher. She began the  “Sneakers that Fit” program at Congregation of Reform Judaism, over 25 years ago and still co-chairs this event that provides needy school children new sneakers at Christmas.  She is an active volunteer at Coalition of the Homeless; knits hats for the guests at Give Kids the World and the neonatal babies at local hospitals.  She volunteers on Christmas and Easter at the Hubbard House so the people who work there can be home with their families.  She loves playing tennis and raised two daughters as a single mom.

Edith Schulman, 81, attended the luncheon with her husband Charles, who was her nominator.  Edith was raised in Nashville, Tennessee.  She and Charles met in Nashville and will be married 62 years in April.  They moved to Orlando in 1958 and quickly became involved in the local Jewish community.  One of the first activities they became involved with was running a Jewish Teenage Coffee House with several other couples.  This was the fore runner of the Jewish Community Center.  Edith went to work for the Jewish Community Council (now renamed the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando) which was located at Kinneret Apartments.   At age 49, Edith went back to college at night and earned her degree in Journalism.  She worked at the Heritage Florida Jewish News for 12 years and served as a board member at Jewish Family Services.  She has been extremely involved in Orlando Chapter of Hadassah and held every office including President.  Edith’s passion is also genealogy. After 10 years of research on her family’s Jewish roots, dating back to 1747, she self-published a book as a legacy to her children and grandchildren.

The event will start at 5 p.m. in the Jessie Render Social Hall where passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.  At 5:45 p.m., guests will move into the Delaney Dining Room where an elegant sit down dinner will be served.  The highlight of the evening will be the introduction of the honorees and a viewing of a specially produced video. 

There are several ways for the community to support KCOA and celebrate this year’s 8 over 80 honorees.  For information on tickets, please contact Leslie Collin at 407-425-4537 or by email at lcollin@bellsouth.net.  Seating will be limited.  In addition, congratulatory ads and messages can be placed in the 8 over 80 Tribute Ad book.  Ads must be received by February 15th, 2016.  Contact Leslie for information on the Tribute book or check the website at www.kinneretapartments.com.