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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.

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.