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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  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

2015 8 over 80 a great success!

There are many ways to judge an event a success.  Obviously, when it is a fundraiser,  a successful event raises more money than it did last year.  It also would attract more people and hopefully garner more support for the organization.  But all accounts, this year’s 8 over 80 was a tremendous success!  We anticipate to raise almost $60,000 and we had just over 220 people attend.  This is an increase over any event previously held.

What is wonderful about our 8 over 80 event, is it is not just about raising money.  I love the way we have the opportunity to honor some amazing seniors and showcase their talents, their commitment to their community and their love of their family.

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 Morris, Helen, Avie, Harvey, Ron, Betty, Sandy, and Mark.  Check out our 2016 8 over 80 Photo Album. Check back for a link to our video produced by A Magic Moment that tells the stories of these amazing people.

Save the Date for February 28, 2016 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.


Introducing our 2015 8 over 80 Honorees!

Plans are well underway for The Kinneret Council on Aging’s (KCOA) 4th Annual 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner that will be held on Sunday, March 1st, 2015. The 8 over 80 event 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. They are:
Avie Abramowitz, 81, moved here from Baltimore, Maryland in 1951 with his family. His father bought orange groves. After a year at Rollins, Avie returned to Maryland to get a degree in Agriculture. He returned to Florida in 1957. After the groves froze that same year, he decided to get into the life insurance business. He became very successful and consistently won awards for his sales efforts. Avie became very involved with the Central Florida community. He served on the Valencia Community College board; was appointed to the Orlando Housing Authority by Mayor Carl Langford and one of the first members of the Citrus Club. He spent many years raising money for Jewish and cultural charities and often hosted large events at his home. He is most proud of his efforts to bring the premier of Schindler’s List to Orlando in 1994. The premier benefited the Holocaust Center and was a big success. Avie spends his time with his wife Jeanne between Orlando and his home in Switzerland. He bike rides over 125 miles a week, plays tennis and travels. Avie was nominated by Phyllis Kamenoff, one of Kinneret’s first 8 over 80 honorees.
Helen Hosid, 95, was born in New York City at Lenox Hill Hospital in 1919. She just celebrated her 95th birthday on December 21st. After high school, Helen attended Long Island University. In her biology class she was seated alphabetically – right behind Jack Hosid. They were married on March 22, 1942 and had three daughters. Helen was extremely involved in both B’nai B’rith and Hadassah, receiving numerous local and national awards for her efforts. She was a leader in educating the public school system in Florida to recognize Jewish holidays and not have tests given on those days. Since 1956 Helen has been an active member of Temple Israel, serving on numerous Temple and Sisterhood committees. Helen was present at the ground breaking ceremonies of Kinneret Apartments and spent many years visiting her mother, Mary Jabitsky, who lived here. She was nominated by Lori Pearson-Wise.
Morris Rashy, 80 has been an active volunteer for the Kinneret Council on Aging for many years. He regularly conducts the residents’ Friday Night Shabbat services and leads the annual Passover Seder. Morris also volunteers his time at area nursing homes and has previously served on the board of RSVP. Morris lives in Altamonte Springs with his wife Sheila who often accompanies him to volunteer. He and Sheila will celebrate 58 years of marriage on January 19th. They have two children and numerous grandchildren. Morris was a long distance runner for many years, including running a 24 hour marathon at the age of 60. Morris was nominated by Kinneret residents Joan Rosenman and Jean Dolen.
Ron Shader, 82 was born in Orlando and raised by his parents Ben and Bessie on the Shader Dairy and Citrus Grove, an 80 acre cattle farm located in what is currently the John Young Parkway area. Ron became a Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Ohev Shalom in 1945, where his family was one of the original founding members. Ron attended the University of Florida for two years before begin drafted into the Army. He was assigned to the Supply Depot in Munich, Germany, issuing fatigues to the mechanics and traveling to Auschwitz Concentration Camp to deliver supplies. He returned to Orlando and met his future wife Mardi on a blind date. Mardi was his best friends date. They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on February 14th, 2015. In 1982 Ron and his brother Stanley started Personal Mini Storage on some property they owned after a chance meeting with a friend. The business still operates today and includes over 27 projects. Ron still goes to the office four days a week. He has been involved in Congregation Ohev Shalom, serving on many committees and the Board of Directors. Ron was nominated by Dick Appelbaum.
Sandy Silbert, 82 was nominated by Elise Schilowitz who described Sandy as a wonderful example of growing old gracefully with a zest for life. Sandy was educated at the Curtis School of Music and was an accomplished violinist. Several years ago she developed arthritis and was no longer able to play. She channeled her artistic expression into a new passion – creating beautiful watercolor paintings. Her artwork has been used by the Jewish Pavilion, an organization where she sits on the Friends Board and is active in their gala and walk. She is a 30 year member of Temple Israel and has served on their sisterhood and chaired their Program committee. She celebrated her 80th birthday by becoming a Bat Mitzvah. She and her husband Leonard live in Longwood.
Mark Silverberg, 80 was born in 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the Wharton School with a BS in Economics. After a stint in the US Army, Mark pursued his interest in drama by performing in community theater, summer stock and produced and hosted his own show, “Mark’s Playhouse” while living in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1962, he began to re-focus on his career and began a successful career with Jeannette Corporation. He re-acquainted with Lois Feldman, a friend from High School, during a visit home to Cleveland. Two dates later they were engaged and just recently celebrated 52 years of marriage. Mark has been involved in community organizations throughout his lifetime, including both in Pittsburgh and Central Florida. He has served continuously on the Kinneret Council on Aging Board since 1986, including two terms as President. He was instrumental in the creation of the Jewish Pavilion, and is created with the creation of their name. In 2002, he was encouraged to audition for a short sales film. That audition has led to his latest theatrical career that includes a large portfolio of national and regional TV commercials, print jobs, and roles in independent films and convention performances. Mark was nominated by Judy Kahan.

Betty Stein, 89 was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a family of creative musicians and artists. She studied trumpet at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She was also a talented artist who could draw, paint, sew and sculpt and often filled her home with the beautiful art she created. Betty’s love of art and music influenced all aspects of her life and she brought this passion to her efforts in the classroom as an educator, as well as to the community where she was an avid fundraiser for many organizations. She was the fundraising chair for Chaverot Hadassh organization for over 27 years and active in Temple Israel Sisterhood activities since 1969. Betty also supported The Head Start Program, Give Kids the World and Jewish Family Services. Betty was nominated by her daughter Carol, who credits her mother for instilling in her not only a passion for music but also a desire to make the world a better place.
Harvey Titen, 92 was nominated by Bill Kahn, one of the 2014 8 over 80 Honorees. Harvey was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. He graduated Thomas Jefferson High School in 1939. Harvey started working in the engineering field, gaining hands-on experience and training and working on government contracts. At night, he would attend college, working towards his Civil Engineering degree. When the Martin Company was offered a government contract that Harvey had been working on, the government purchasing agent insisted that Martin hire Harvey to oversee the project. Harvey and his family moved to Baltimore, and Harvey begin his career with what was to become Martin Marietta and he finally got his Civil Engineering degree – 20 years later! The family would eventually move to Orlando and Harvey worked for Martin Marietta for 34 years, overseeing many programs including the Pershing Missile Program. He and his wife Gloria were married for 66 years. Gloria was the sister of Harvey’s childhood friend and first met when she was 10 years old. They raised three children and made their home in Dommerich Hills. Harvey served on the Dommerich Homeowners Association board for over 25 years. He also is an active member of Temple Israel and still serves on several committees. He operates HT Consultants and is currently working on a portable French Fry dispensing machine.

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 a traditional kosher meal of brisket and roasted chicken will be served.n 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 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 16th, 2015. Contact Leslie for information on the Tribute book or check the website at


2015 8 over 80 Honorees Announced!

The Kinneret Council on Aging has announced the honorees for their 2015 8 over 80 event to be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015. “We were thrilled with the support we have had from the community and were truly inspired by the number of outstanding individuals over the age of 80, who continue to contribute to our community and promote the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam,” said Faye Novick, 8 over 80 Chairperson. “We hope the community will join in honoring our “8 over 80” with a traditional Jewish Holiday meal. The honorees for the 2015 event are:
– Avie Abramowitz
– Helen Hosid
– Morris Rashy
– Ron Shader
– Sandy Silbert
– Mark Silverberg
– Betty Stein
– Harvey Titen

“It is truly a privilege to get to recognize these amazing and dynamic individuals,” said Leslie Collin, Executive Administrator for the Kinneret Council on Aging. “Their individual stories of commitment to their community and family are inspiring!”

The 8 over 80 honorary dinner will be held in the Delaney Dining Room at Kinneret Apartments and will benefit the Kinneret Council on Aging (KCOA). The Kinneret Council on Aging provides programs for residents that are not included in the resident’s monthly rent. These programs include:
– A hot meal program where residents receive a nutritious 5 course meal, served tableside Monday – Friday at 5pm. Residents pay $6 a meal and the rest is subsidized by the Kinneret Council on Aging.
– The Congregate Housing Services Program which provides transitional care to residents after an illness or injury that enables them to stay in their home as they regain their independence.
– Jewish programming including weekly Shabbat services, High Holiday and Passover meals
– Community Outreach and volunteer programs that bring educational and cultural programming to our residents.

For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Leslie Collin at 407-425-4537. The Kinneret Apartments are the Jewish community’s twin residence towers for low income senior citizens located in downtown Orlando.

Kinneret Council on Aging accepting nominations for our Annual “8 over 80” Honorary Dinner

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, March 1st, 2015. “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 Neal Blaher, President of the Board for the Kinneret Council on Aging.

“This year we are honoring those who have made our community feel like a family by promoting the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam”, said Faye Novick, Chairperson of the annual event. “We hope the community will join in honoring our “8 Over 80” with a traditional Jewish Holiday meal”.

This year’s event will once again be held in the Delaney Dining Room located at Kinneret Apartments. Our new in-house Chef, Jocelyn Faulkner, will be overseeing the preparation of the meal in our recently named “Nanny and Papa’s Kitchen” in honor of Dick and Dottie Appelbaum.

Nomination forms are available on the Kinneret Apartments website at or can be obtained by calling 407-425-4537. Individuals may nominate more than one person.

Kinneret residents get in the New Year Spirit!

Kinneret residents are taking steps towards a happy and healthy New Year! On Thursday, November 6th, 2014 over 40 health care vendors with be participating in Kinneret’s 5th Annual Senior Health Care Expo from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

The Health Expo will take place in the Delaney Dining Room located at Kinneret Apartments, 515 South Delaney Avenue in Orlando. This event is open to the public.

Vendors will be providing free health screenings, including Balance Testing, blood pressure and memory care. Information regarding senior services – from prescription services, Medicare advantage programs,skilled nursing and long-term care will also be available. Interested vendors may contact Leslie Collin at 407-425-4537 until October 31st.

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Kinneret Residents enjoy a Rosh Hashanah celebration!

Board members Geanne Share, Valerie Chestnut and Lauren Sharfstein (with daugther Maia), shared a sweet New Year celebration with Kinneret residents during the annual “Apples and Honey Celebration” on Wednesday, September 17 in the Jessie Render Social Hall.

In addition to the sweet treats, resdients were treated to the sounds of a Shofar and shared family stories. Holiday programming is a part of the Kinneret Board of Directors programming committee. Interested volunteers or community groups can contact Leslie Collin at 407-425-4537 for future programming opportunities!

Lillian has been a Kinneret resident for over 20 years.

Lillian has been a Kinneret resident for over 20 years.

Lauren and Maia Sharfstein share holiday stories.

Lauren and Maia Sharfstein share holiday stories.

Spring Fun Day for Kinneret Residents!

Kinneret Residents enjoyed a Spring Fun Day on Tuesday, May 13th.  Kinneret Council on Aging organized the event with the help of sponsors, volunteers and Kinneret staff.  The event was held in the Delaney Dining Room with free games and activities for residents.  Residents were also able to enjoy  manicures, face painting, food and the sounds of Tage’, who had the residents dancing and singing.    Thank you to Wellcare Health Plans; CSI Caregiver Services; CAC Florida: Humana Marketpoint; United Healthcare Medicare Solutions; Preferred Benefits Consultants; Senior Home Care; Kinneret Wellness Center and  Mederi Caretenders for providing the games and prizes!

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Kinneret residents celebrated their completion of a 3 month Learning Spanish class! The class was led by Kinneret residents Luz Mojica and Paula Martinez. Each participant received a certificate and everyone enjoyed a Spanish buffet luncheon!
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2014 8 over 80 Honorees Announced

The Kinneret Council on Aging has announced the honorees for their 2013 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner!  They are:  Ruth Goldhar; Bill Kahn; Don Kaplan; Gordon Kotzin; Robert Petree; Rose Savage; Helen Tishman and Barbara Weinreich.
These amazing people will be honored at a dinner on Sunday, February, 23rd at 5pm.  Click here for more information on the event.

DSC_6487Ruth Goldhar, 90, Ruth moved to Central Florida in 1956 with her husband to operate a family fish market and Chinese food restaurant.  In 1964 she began a very successful career with the State of Florida.  She worked on several of their vocational rehabilitative programs, including the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury program of which Florida was one of only 4 states in the United States to have.  She retired in 1996, after 32 years, and continued to be involved in her community.  Today, she lives in Village on the Green and is involved with their marketing committee; environmental committee and is a member of the Florida Life Care Residents Association which is a statewide organization that is considered the voice of residents living in Continued Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) and lobbies the state and Federal Government on issues important to CCRC residents. Ruth was nominated by Madeline Wolly.

Bill Kahn, 81, was born in New York City in 1932.  Bill moved to Miami in 1949 and graduated from Miami Senior High.  He attended the University of Florida and obtained his Electrical Engineering degree.  He met his wife, Fran, his senior year and they have now been married 58 years. One of Bill’s first jobs sent him to Yucca Flats, Nevada, where he witnessed 4 atomic bomb blasts.  In 1958, he and Fran moved to Orlando as Bill began his career at Martin Corporation.  While at Martin, Bill won many technical and engineering awards.  He invented/developed an automated diagnostic tool for computers that was widely used by computer companies well into the ‘80’s.  He also invented/developed the world’s first digital large scale Paging and Cellular Telephone system – a predecessor to our modern cell phones.  He retired in 1992 and began a new journey that included travel and community service.  He performs as a clown for Jewish Pavilion and has served on the Board at Temple Israel, the JCC, as well as the PACE Center for Girls.  He currently gives free seminars on how to avoid scams, frauds and cons to groups throughout the Central Florida area and is currently working on a book about “Legal Scams”.  Bill and Fran live in Maitland.  He plays doubles tennis 3x a week and has 2 children and six grandchildren.  Nominated by Phyllis Kamenoff.

DSC_6503Don Kaplan, 83, was born in Brooklyn, New York.  He started working at a young age and left his home at 17 to move to Pennsylvania to live with his uncle.  He met his future wife Marilyn, who was 16, at a July 4th picnic. Don enlisted in the Air Force and began a 20 year career as a Flight Engineer and studied at the University of Illinois.  He had a fascination with airplanes from an early age, and flew his first propeller airplane at age 12.  Don and Marilyn married in 1951 and had two sons.  They moved the family to Sky Lake in Orlando in 1966 when Don retired from the military.  He and Marilyn than began a very successful 2nd career as the first Amway Direct Distributor in Orlando.  Don has been an active volunteer since his military days.  When he was stationed in Massachusetts for 9 years, he became a leader in the Boy Scouts of American; was PTA President; coach and managed Little League and began a fundraising campaign for a local orphanage.  When he retired the second time from Amway in 1974, he began his full time job of volunteering in the Central Florida community.  He has been involved with Congregation Ohev Shalom serving on many committees and Vice President of their Senior Group for 20 years.  He worked at Kinneret, purchasing food for the resident grocery co-op; cooking an annual July 4th barbeque and even driving the bus if needed.  Don has been a passionate volunteer of the Central Florida Zoo for over 20 years. He still does weekly education programs for school age children and can be found exercising the large animals! Don was nominated by Irwin Feldman.

DSC_6508Gordon Kotzin, 85, was born in Rochester, New York.  He operated a very successful automotive business with his brother-in-law before retiring and moving to Florida in 1992.  Gordon, with his late wife Min, immediately began their relationship with Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation (SOJC).  Gordon’s love of landscaping has him at SOJC taking care of the shrubs and grounds.  Each year before the High Holidays he undertakes the task of detailing all of the beds, spreading mulch and planting fresh flowers.  He volunteers on the Ritual committee; serves as an usher and helps with the pre-school.  He is extremely generous to his family, friends, and even strangers – often working in the background in his quiet, unassuming way. He is an accomplished musician and still performs with a local Klezmer band.  He works several days a week collecting parking tolls at the Orange County Convention Center. Gordon was nominated by his sons, Steve and Kurt Kotzin.

Robert Petree, 80, was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He graduated from American University in Washington, DC and then graduated from Duke University College of Law.  He became active in the Democratic Party at a young age, working on the campaigns of Hubert Humphrey and Lyndon Johnson and later founding an organization designed to involve teenagers in state, local and national politics.  In 1960 he moved to Orlando and soon after began a 40 year friendship and partnership with Jerry Bornstein.  The firm of Bornstein and Petree, was recognized for arguing most of the cases pushing for school integration, civil rights, freedom of speech and the rights of religious minorities in Central Florida in the 1960’s and early ‘70’s.  He began his long association with the organized Jewish community with his involvement with Jewish Family Services, serving as a board member and pro bono legal counsel. He has also served on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and is an ardent supporter of Israel.  He has been recognized by many community organizations for his passion and commitment, receiving the JFS George Wolley Leadership Award; the Federation’s Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Award, and the Heritage Human Service Award. He has been married to Grace for 40 years and lives on a quiet island in Lake Mary.  His loves birds, nature, cats and ancient history and surrounds himself with a library with over 7000 books.
Robert was nominated by Dick Appelbaum.

DSC_6494Rose Savage, 92, was born in Salem, North Carolina.  She attended Salem College and married her husband Alvin in 1942.  Alvin became a dentist, and after living in New York for a year, they moved to Charleston, South Carolina while Alvin served in the Coast Guard.  They joined Rose’s family in Orlando in 1946 and raised 3 children.  Rose has been an active member of Temple Israel for over 49 years, including serving as a President of their Sisterhood.  She has been a lifetime supporter of many charitable and cultural organizations and continues to support Jewish Family Services; Jewish Pavilion and Hadassah.   She is most proud of her efforts with her late husband that founded a program to bring dental care to indigent people.  She is very active with her family that now includes grandchildren and great children; plays mahjong weekly, and still knits blankets. Rose was nominated by her granddaughter, Mollie Savage.

DSC_6498Helen Tishman, 93, lives at Chambrel in Longwood where she serves as President of the Residents Council and is an active Jewish Pavilion volunteer and member of the JCC 39’ers.  Helen was born in 1920 in Brooklyn, NY.  She married Leon Tishman in 1943 and raised of family of 5 children.  The family moved to Miami in 1949 when her oldest daughter was 3 years old.  Helen was very involved with her children’s activities as well as her community.  She took an active role in promoting ethnic tolerance, working  with the Anti-defamation  League, the American Jewish Committee and the Round Table of Christians and Jews running a program, “Similarities of Religion” at a time where anti-Semitism and the presence of the KKK was prevalent in the South Florida area.  Her husband died when she was 48 and still had three children at home.  To support her family, she went back to school to become a Social Worker and graduated from Barry College.  She had a successful career working with Family Court and then under Janet Reno, the Dade County District Attorney.  She retired and moved to Ft. Lauderdale and continued to become involved in her community as President of her new homeowner’s association and as a COPS volunteer.  She moved to Orlando in 2004 to be by her children.  Helen was nominated by Nancy Ludin.

DSC_6489 (2)Barbara Weinreich, 82, was raised in Queens, New York.  She received an English degree and a Masters of Education from Cornell University.  She married in Great Neck, New York.  She raised her four children in Orlando.  As a stay-at-home mom, she became a Hadassah President; Girl Scout chairman, and was involved in her children’s many school and sporting activities.  In 1975 she began a 25 year career as a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Eastbrook Elementary in Seminole County.  Upon her retirement in 2000, she began her involvement with the Jewish Federation of Central Florida. Barbara currently chairs the Jewish Community Relations Council and serves as the representative from the Holocaust Center on the Federation board.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Holocaust Center and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Judaic Studies Department at UCF.  In addition to volunteering at Temple Israel, she enjoys reading and playing mahjong. She has lived in Orlando for the past 53 years.  Barbara was nominated by Larry Gutter and Debbie Meitin.

Aging & the Loss Of Indepedence: Adult Children and Their Aging Parents

Join the Kinneret Council on Aging, Jewish Family Services of Orlando and Congregation Ohev Shalom Men’s club for a community dialogue on Aging & the Loss of Independence.

The event will be held on Sunday, April 14th, 2013 at 10:30am at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Parkway S., Maitland, FL, 32741.

The speakers’ panel will be:

Randall Hunt, President & CEO, Senior Resource Alliance

Susan Weissmann, LCSW, Clinical Director JFS

Leslie Collin, Executive Administrator, Kinneret Council on Aging

RSVP to JFS at 407-644-7593.  Donations gladly accepted at the door.  Light refreshments will be served

8 over 80 Honorees Announced

The Kinneret Council on Aging has announced the honorees for their 2013 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner!  They are:  Claire Mercer, Anita Hara, Bunny Rosen, Gloria Newberger, Charlotte Ettinger Getz Rotenberg, John Lowndes, Irv Shargaa and Madeline Wolly.

These amazing people will be honored at a dinner on Sunday, February, 24th at 5pm.  Ticket prices begin at $100.  Congratulatory ads can also be placed in the Tribute Book.  For information, contact Leslie Collin at or by calling at 407-425-4537.

John Lowndes, 81, founded what has become the largest law firm in Central Florida, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.  John instilled in his firm and each of its members a culture in which a centerpiece is the commitment to give back to the community, whether in volunteer hours, financial support or leadership roles.  John has served on numerous boards in healthcare and the arts over the years. One example has been the establishment of the John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Theatre.  John is known for his wit, wisdom and charm and lives in Winter Park with his wife Rita.
Madeline WollyMadeline Wolly, 88, has been active in the community since 1985 when she and her late husband George first become involved with Jewish Family Services.  They were instrumental in raising funds and awareness to spotlight how the agency was improving the lives of individuals and families in the greater Orlando area.  JFS’ current building, located on Lee Road, was dedicated in George’s memory due to his years of dedication in 2001.  Madeline continues to serve on the board of Jewish Family Services and is actively involved in the annual Gala.  She has previously served on the board of the Jewish Federation.  Madeline started a Hadassah chapter in 1947, and is still involved today.  She lives in Village on the Green and serves on two resident committees.
Gloria NewbergerGloria Newberger, 84 moved to Altamonte Springs in 2004 and quickly became involved in the Central Florida community. Her involvement in community organizations began in high school where she was class president and continued on at Syracuse University where she was elected Chief Justice of the Student Court. As a young mother she was President of four different PTA’s as well as President of a camp for underprivileged girls. When she moved to Orlando, she continued her involvement by visiting seniors who were living in long-term care facilities. This has led to her involvement on the board of the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion. She is active with Hadassah, exercises daily and loves to live by her daughter, Nancy Ludin.
Bunny RosenBunny Rosen, 84, is an active and vibrant woman whose volunteer efforts benefit many local organizations.  Bunny was raised in Cologne, Germany in a close-knit Jewish family.  They fled Germany in 1936 and lived in Belgium until they immigrated to Pittsburgh when Bunny was 12 years old.  Bunny has always contributed to her community.  At 19, she started Group 9, a Hadassah group for young business women. She has continued her involvement in community organizations here in Central Florida for over 30 years; serving on numerous boards including Jewish Pavilion,  Congregaton Ohev Shalom and Hadassah.  She also collects gently used children’s clothing for homeless students through the Seminole County School Board.
Irv ShargaaIrv Shargaa, 83, has been operating his upholstery business, Tropical Decorators, just off Orange Blossom Trail, for over 63 years.  He has dedicated his professional and personal life to his family and his community.  Through his business, he has been known to donate mattress pads to the Coalition for the Homeless or donate his services to make Torah covers for Temples.  He has been an active member of the Central Orlando Kiwanis Club and has spearheaded many of their philanthropy projects, including playing Santa Claus for over 25 years.  When he is not in his office, he can often be found buying toys, delivering turkeys or working at a polling place.  Irv and his wife Barbara have been married for 58 years.
Anita HaraAnita Hara, 87, is mother of three with seven grandchildren and one great grandchild, will celebrate 65 years of marriage with Joe Hara.   Anita became a resident of Orlando 43 years ago.  In Chicago, at the age of 18, she was first introduced to community work through HIAS, the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society who had the responsibility of bringing Jews persecuted in their home countries to America.  This opened her mind to community service and when she came to Orlando with her family, she found ways to help those in need in our community.  She worked with both Jewish organizations such as Hadassah, Jewish Family Services and the Kinneret Council on Aging as well as community groups.  She was involved with the Human Service Council and raised funds for heart research through the Florida Hospital Foundation board and served as chairman of the March of Dimes Gourmet Gala.  To increase her knowledge in the performance of social work and to better serve the community, she returned to college at age fifty for her degree in social sciences.
Claire MercerClaire Mercer, will turn 84 in December.  She has been involved with the Jewish Community Center in Maitland for over 24 years.  She is a leader in the 39ers Senior Group – working on the board and ensuring that newcomers are always welcome and have the opportunity to get involved.  She has volunteered for Give Kids the World and still knits hats and booties for the newborn nursery at Florida Hospital.
Charlotte Ettinger Getz RotenbergCharlotte Rotenberg, 88, was the youngest of 5 children born in Miami Beach, Florida.  She became involved with community service a Red Cross volunteer nurse as St. Vincent’s Hospital in Miami during WWII.   She also was a volunteer for the National Council of Jewish Women.  In 1963 she first moved to College Park, Florida.   She became involved in the Jewish Federation as well as the civil rights movement – working with Mabel Butler to sign up voters in the Parramore area.  She was the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s second recipient of their annual “Woman of Choice” award.  In 1969, she married her late husband Harold Rotenberg and began a new journey that included travel and philanthropy.  For her 80th birthday, she sent an ambulance to Safed, Israel to honor her parents.  She also started a foundation for a medical center in Safed to provide needed medical equipment that was not provided by the government when the center was built.  She continues to support many local organizations including Kinneret, Jewish Federation, and the ambulances in Israel.

Delaney Dining August News

It’s hot out there! …and it’s as spicy-hot as you like it in the dining room. With the addition of hot sauce bottles on every table, diners can customize seasonings to their own tastes. Meeting the needs of a variety of diets and preferences can be a challenge for any chef, so you will always find salt, pepper, and now hot sauce to enhance food to your own liking.

Summer fruits and vegetables are still in abundance. Chef Don brings a creative flair to fresh dishes he places on our menu. And yes, he does requests. There were many good suggestions on the comment cards that you will see making their way to your table. The next round of comment cards will look for your feedback on menu items you like the most and how often you would like to see them repeated. We are always open to suggestions for new menu items as well. Please feel free to share your ideas and comments.
As the Brown’s Deli restaurant gets closer to opening, exciting menu items may appear. We look forward to your feedback on these dishes and hope you enjoy being part of this dynamic process. You may also see some new faces in the kitchen. Our new pastry chef, Kevan Murphy, will be preparing special desserts for the dining room as she selects the pastry recipes to appear on the menu at the restaurant. Freshly baked dinner rolls will make an appearance on your tables as well.

Celebrate birthdays with us in the dining room. We will be honoring all birthdays of the month on the first Wednesday of each month with a special dessert and festivities. Check your menus for details.

Thank you again for dining with us and tell all your friends!

~ Lauren Brown

Dining Update

I want to thank the residents who took their time to share with me their concerns about the Dining Program. Your input is always appreciated. As many of you are aware, Lauren, Chef Don and I met with a focus group of 3 residents to get some input and feedback. We felt the meeting was very productive. We will be having these focus groups again in the future and will include new residents in these discussions. We feel this is the best way to get immediate input. If you want to be considered for a future focus group, just let me know.

Attached to this Mirror is the Delaney Diners’ Bill of Rights. It is very important to us that you know that your voice can be heard. Please use the available comment cards – or just talk to Lauren, Mark or me. It is everyone’s goal to have a congregate dining program that is healthy, affordable, and one that gives Kinneret residents the opportunity to socialize with friends and neighbors. Studies have shown that seniors who participate in congregate dining programs are happier, healthier, and experience less depression and feelings of isolation.

If you are new to Kinneret or new to the dining program, just stop by the kitchen any day after 11am and ask for Mark. He will make sure you find a place to sit, and he will introduce you to your tablemates!

We have added a Birthday Celebration to the first Wednesday of each month during dinner. Dessert choices that night will also include a slice of birthday cake.

KTA Update for August

Hi Everyone,
I hope all of you are well and happy. In these hot summer months I hope all of you are drinking lots of water. If you walk to keep fit, please walk indoors where it is cool.

We celebrated Independence Day on Sunday, July 8th. The food was delicious, and the entertainment was excellent. What a beautiful Sunday evening we had. I feel bad for those who didn’t sign up to attend. Everyone needs to read the flyers that are posted so you don’t miss the exciting events we are planning.

Sophia Berlinger passed away, and she will be missed. She worked Thursday night Bingo for many years collecting money as you entered the Social Hall. She not only worked the bingo, but she thoroughly enjoyed playing Bingo as well.

That’s all the news for now. Remember, walk indoors, drink lots of water, and please remember to read the flyers that are posted. In the meantime, take good care of yourselves and be kind to your friends and neighbors.

Carol Simpson
KTA President

Service Network Update for August

Hello everyone! Happy August! Hope everyone is keeping cool, hydrated and DRY with our daily rain showers!

We had a great success in July with Acute Home Healthcare’s kosher luncheon and information session. Many of you asked for them to return with other topics, so they will be coming back on August 22nd at 11:00AM. Please RSVP at the reception desk if you would like to attend.

Two other highlights in August will be Bill Kahn’s session on the 10th and Refreshment & Conversation with Judge Leon B. Cheek III. Bill Kahn travels the country educating people about how to avoid Scams, Frauds, and Cons, and Judge Cheek III will keep you well informed with answers. These are sure to be two interesting sessions! The Center for Independent living will be here on the 8th again, as they were last year, giving away free phones for the hearing impaired. Please RSVP at the reception desk. Ryan would like to thank to everyone who has met with him the past two months to update paperwork! He is almost done, and he only has a few people left to visit. If you get a letter from him, please try to contact him. It’s very important we have updated information from you each year, as situations change for everyone.

It’s a great month for lemonade! Our favorite thirst quencher celebrates its 382nd birthday this month! Lemonade was first served for King Louis XIII on August 20th, 1630, and it became a hit. So be sure to celebrate your August with some lemonade to beat the heat!

Your Service Coordinator Team,
My-Dung (Me-Yung) & Ryan

Heather’s Corner for August

Whew, it sure is hot out there. Can you believe the year is halfway over? Time flies when you’re having fun! Leslie and I ate dinner in the Delaney Dining Room in July, and we are hoping to make it a regular thing. I enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and conversation. Thanks to Chef Don for a wonderful meal; I’m looking forward to next time. As some of you know, we have been converting one of our maintenance shops to the new KTA Boutique. Stop by the boutique and enjoy this bigger and better space to shop and socialize. Have a great month, and I’ll see you around. ~ Heather

July Brown’s Deli Update

Dear Residents,
July will be an exciting month for the Delaney Dining Room! Fourth of July Celebration Dinner, new menu items, and more focus on input from residents. Since Brown’s Deli stepped in to reopen the suspended dining services at Kinneret Apartments, there have been many adjustments and changes. This process is still ongoing as we get to know each other better and respond to the needs of diners.
On Wednesday, July 4, there will be a family style dinner celebration. Record attendance at the Memorial Day dinner reinforced the message that the dining room be open on National holidays to celebrate together. Check out the menu when it is distributed this week. It will include the classic 4th of July fare…including quarter-pound dinner franks (Yes, you were right! Those puny Hebrew National franks were not big enough!)
Summer is a time of fresh and cool ingredients. Chef Don Dyleski is working up new and exciting dishes to present this summer. The focus is still on healthy living for active seniors. To meet the varied needs and tastes of diners, salt and pepper are always on the table, but the foods will be gently seasoned when they arrive on your plate. That will allow everyone to enjoy dinner their own way.
Comment cards have been placed on every table, and there is a sealed collection box in the dining room. Brown’s Deli has no other goal than to please the guests and increase participation in both buildings. Opinions and suggestions are of the utmost importance, and every comment is taken seriously. Anyone who has set foot in the Kinneret kitchen cannot help but comment on the greatly improved cleanliness, organization, and professionalism of the staff. New ideas are always welcome… such as possibilities for lunch! There has been nearly a 100% increase in the number of residents participating in the dining program. Thank you for your patience and support during this transition period. ~ Lauren Brown

July KCOA Update

The Kinneret Council on Aging and the Kinneret I and Kinneret II Board of Directors and Staff extend their sincere condolences to Esther Wallace on the death of her daughter Starr. The Board members and staff were able to raise over $800 to assist Esther with her daughter’s funeral arrangements.

To celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of several of our Kinneret residents, the KCOA board has purchased new candlesticks and Kiddush cup for use during the Friday night Shabbat services. A date is being planned when all of the Bar Mitzvah are in town to present these gifts.

~ Leslie

Kinneret Senior Health Fair Expo to Take Place in November

Save the Date! Mark your calendars! Our 2nd Annual Senior Health Expo will be held on Thursday, November 1st, 2012 from 1 – 3:30pm. I have already heard from many of our vendors from last year that can’t wait to come back. This event is open to you, your family and friends. More information will be available in the coming months. If you have ideas on what information you would like to see, please contact Leslie.

July KTA Update

Hi Everyone,
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Esther Wallace, who lost her daughter to complications of multiple sclerosis. Thanks to all who donated, we, the residents of Kinneret, were able to raise $329.00 to assist her in her time of need. The KCOA members donated a much larger amount, and we are most grateful.
I hope everyone signed up for our July 8th Celebration of Independence Day. We are having hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, lemonade and brownies. The entertainment planned is new to Kinneret, but it came to us highly recommended. The musician plays all types of music — even salsa! — so get your dancing shoes ready.
Bea Kellogg had a surprise 90th Birthday Party in the dining room. She was so pleased, and she said it was the wedding she never had. Pablo’s friend Elsa made enough beautiful cakes to serve 100 people. They were delicious with edible flowers on them. It was presented so beautifully with a fountain in the center. The singer sang to Bea many times, and they sang a duet together. It was a great evening, and the residents enjoyed themselves.
It’s hard to believe its already July. Please be sure to drink lots of water; it’s easy to become dehydrated. Until next time, be kind to your friends and neighbors.
Carol Simpson, KTA President

July Service Coordinator Update

Hello everyone! It’s July, and the heat is on! Are you ready to celebrate Independence Day?
We had great success in June for both Jay Alpert’s kosher luncheon and Mederi’s spaghetti luncheon. To continue this success, our newest vendor Acute Home Healthcare will host a kosher luncheon in the dining room on July 9th at 11:30 AM. Please RSVP at the receptionist desk.
– United Health Care and Wellcare are sponsoring Coffee and Conversation on July 9th and July 16th respectively at 10:00 AM. Join us as we enjoy Einstein’s coffee and bagels.
– Mederi is sponsoring a “European Style Tea Party” on July 20th at 2:00 PM in the JRSH. Everyone bring your own your tea cup and saucer. Ladies, wear your hats! We will take pictures, and Mederi is giving prizes for the best hats.
It is great to see more participants around our scheduled events. Ryan is very excited to help you! He still has many more residents to visit. Don’t be surprised if you get a call or invite notice from him. In the meantime, Happy July to everyone, and keep COOL!

Your Service Coordinator Team,
My-Dung (Me Yung) & Ryan

July Newsletter

Happy July to all. Summer is here, and it sure is hot. Stay cool, and drink lots of fluids to keep hydrated when out. As always, we strive to bring the best service to our residents at all times. If for any reason you are not happy, please feel free to come talk to me. The common area space reorganization project is underway, and I appreciate your patience. I am excited for the end result! Have a wonderful month, and enjoy the warm Florida weather.
~HeatherDownload the July 2012 Newsletter