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An informative and fun afternoon at Kinneret’s Health Expo 2017

The November 2nd Health Fair was a huge success with 35 exhibitors and over 160 Kinneret residents and seniors from the neighboring community in attendance.  Participants were offered flu shots, blood pressure checks, information on wellness topics including personal hygiene, dental and counseling and more.  A special thank you to our sponsors: CAC Medical Centers, CarePlus Health Plans, DaVita Medical Group, Humana, IMA Medical Group, Orlando Health and Rehab and Vitas.

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KCOA hires new director

Sharon F. Weil has been hired as the new director of Programming and Development at the Kinneret Council on Aging. She follows Leslie Collin who led Kinneret for 10 years from 2007 to 2017. Weil will be responsible for creating in-house events and developing community outreach programs as well as Kinneret’s yearly Health Expo and 8 over 80 fundraising event. In addition, she will be responsible for overseeing the onsite food pantry and daily continental breakfasts.

“I am really excited to be working with such an incredibly warm and professional lay leadership at KCOA,” said Weil. “There is a lot of opportunity at this time in KCOA’s history and I am looking forward to partnering with all relevant parties in our community to advance our mission… together.”

KCOA provides low-income elderly families, and elderly individuals, on a nonprofit basis, rental housing and related facilities and services, especially designed to meet the physical, social, and psychological needs of the aged, as well as contribute to their health, security, happiness and usefulness in longer living.

“The Kinneret Board is very excited to welcome Sharon as our new director of Programing and Development,” said Carol Feuerman, KCOA Board president. “With her wonderful enthusiasm and extremely positive attitude, we know that she will enrich the lives of our residents. In addition, her diverse background will enable KCOA to continue providing all the programming and services that are the basis for our mission. We all look forward to working with Sharon as we move forward in our new chapter!”

Weil is no stranger to the Jewish community. Before relocating to Orlando four years ago with her three children and husband, Aaron, who is the executive director and CEO of Central Florida Hillel, she ran the annual fundraiser for Hillel in Pittsburgh which was the largest fundraiser in the Pittsburgh Jewish community in terms of attendees and dollars raised. Prior to event management for Hillel in Pittsburgh, Weil ran her own professional organizing business where she assisted clients in the organization of their homes and/or small office operations, and created “a safe place” for individual clients to go through the emotional process of transitioning and separating from their accumulated life “clutter.”

Prior to that, Weil lived in Israel for a decade with her family where she worked in the high-tech sector organizing international trade shows on three continents. She has a BA in social work with a minor in business administration from The University of Maryland where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991.

History and background of KCOA

Constructed between 1968 and 1972, the Kinneret Apartments provide housing for over 300 seniors with very-low to low income. The apartments were built with federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spearheaded by leading members of the Jewish community. One bedroom and efficiency apartments are available and include appliances, air conditioning and 24-hour security. The cost of utilities is included except telephone and cable. Specific eligibility requirements for Kinneret I and Kinneret II are covered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Later formed as a separate 501C3 nonprofit organization in 1985, the Kinneret Council on Aging (KCOA) is specifically tasked with funding and supporting the supportive services for the residents of the Kinneret Apartments. KCOA provides, oversees and manages the apartments’ independent living community lifestyle, with amenities, social activities, and programming. Kinneret offers an extensive lineup of ongoing programs aimed at enhancing residents’ quality of life. These include onsite weekly exercise classes, cultural activities and holiday celebrations. Excursions include trips to Publix, Walmart and area restaurants and an optional meal delivery program is offered during the week for a nominal fee. KCOA is continually looking to better serve the need of the diverse, resident population.

While Kinneret was founded on Jewish traditions and values, all programs and services are provided to our low-income residents on a not-for-profit and non-discriminatory basis. Kinneret residents are low-income seniors from all backgrounds, all walks of life and who have limited resources beyond their ability to pay rent. No other federally or community-funded housing facility in Central Florida can boast the array of services that are available to the residents at Kinneret.

Nominations now being accepted for 2018 8 over 80!

The Kinneret Council on Aging will proudly pay tribute to eight individuals over the age of 80 who have made significant contributions to the Jewish and Central Florida community on Sunday, February 25th, 2018. “The 8 over 80 event really resonates with our mission of the Kinneret Council on Aging and the inspiring stories we hear about seniors who contribute to our community through leadership, activism, altruism and philanthropy”, said Geannie Share, President of the Board for the Kinneret Council on Aging.

“We are, once again, honoring those who have made our community feel like a family by promoting the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam”, said Sharon Weil, Director of Programming and Development at the Kinneret Council on Aging.“We hope the community will join in honoring our “8 Over 80”.

This year’s event will be held in the Delaney Dining Room located at Kinneret Apartments.

Nomination forms are available by clicking here or calling 407-425-4537. Individuals may nominate more than one person.

The Kinneret Apartments are the Jewish community’s twin residence towers for low income senior citizens located in downtown Orlando. Funds raised at this event help subsidize the continental breakfasts, bi-monthly food pantry and other programs for the residents of Kinneret.

View Gallery here.

2017 8 over 80

Congratulations to this year’s honorees and thank you to everyone that supported our event and the Kinneret Council on Aging.

I know there is no one secret to longevity.  But I know that this year’s honorees showed us that laughter, family, and love are what is most important in life.  It was such a pleasure getting to know Dick, Sheldon, Judith, Phyllis, Edie, Melvin, Sonia and Helen.

Save the Date for February 25th, 2018 for our next event! Please help to make it successful by nominating a senior over 80 who continues to inspire and contribute to our community!  Nominations are  now being accepted by completing this form.  Check out our 2017 photo album and check back to this site to see this year’s video produced by Brandon Kari that tells the stories of these amazing people.


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Orlando, Florida, February 27, 2017 – The Kinneret Council on Aging (KCOA), a non-profit agency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, has announced additional activities and engagement to better meet the changing needs of its residents.
KCOA has added numerous onsite activities including a free continental breakfast Monday thru Friday featuring assorted breads, pastries and fruit as well as coffee. Breakfast is provided in the dining room from 9am – 1pm where a large screen television has been installed. The dining room remains open and available for residents to congregate for social activities, meals and movies. For those who depend on a prepared meal, this service is still provided through a partnership with Orlando Lutheran Towers. In addition, each month the “Kinneret Kitchen” now offers all residents packaged ingredients such as meat, canned vegetables, fruit, pasta and sauces, along with recipes so that they can easily cook healthy meals. A Farmer’s Market also provides residents the opportunity for fresh fruits and vegetables on a monthly basis. The Kinneret Kitchen and the Farmer’s Market are provided through a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank with funding from KCOA. Both programs have been well received with strong and growing participation from residents.
The “Be Healthy Zei Gezunt” program, that began in February 2016, offers residents an array of wellness activities including yoga, chair exercise classes and health screenings. This program has recently been enhanced to encourage participation in the wellness activities as well as the onsite food distribution and special events. Prizes will be awarded for completing a minimum number of activities. Residents continue to have a full activity schedule including onsite games, birthday celebrations and boutiques as well as excursions to grocery stores, restaurants, malls and area attractions. All the above activities are provided at no charge to Kinneret residents.
“The enhanced activities better meet the health and well-being needs of our residents who continue to enjoy an active, independent lifestyle and offers additional opportunities for engagement,” explained Leslie Collin, Executive Administrator of KCOA. “It is exciting and rewarding to see so many of our residents participating in the new activities.”
Kinneret Apartments is a low income independent living senior facility located in downtown Orlando. For information on the facility or to find out how you can donate to KCOA, please go to or contact Leslie Collin at 407.425.4537 ext. 215.