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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.

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