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KCOA hires new director

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

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

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

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

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

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

History and background of KCOA

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

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

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


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

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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