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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.kinneretapartments.com.