The Jewish Pavilion presents a complimentary grief support initiative conducted twice yearly over five weeks. Sessions are scheduled on Mondays at 10:30 am, spanning from May 6 to June 3, hosted at Village on the Green in Longwood (470 Village Place, D Building Lounge). Led by social worker Judy Kahan, this program offers a compassionate avenue for individuals to navigate their grief through a Jewish perspective. Participants are encouraged to engage in all five sessions to benefit fully. Enroll by contacting 407-678-9363.

Judy Kahan, a native of Central Florida, boasts a rich history of service within the Jewish community, having contributed to organizations such as the JCC, Jewish Federation, and Kinneret Apartments, where she notably laid the groundwork for the establishment of the Jewish Pavilion. Armed with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, Judy’s commitment to community care extends beyond her professional endeavors. She presently serves on the board of Share the Care, a non-profit dedicated to providing elderly day care services and support for caregivers. Following the loss of her spouse after 25 years of marriage, Judy found solace in remarriage with Elliott Davis, who now serves as Past Chairman of the board of the Jewish Pavilion.

The role of a caregiver often entails profound sacrifice, encompassing relocation, career adjustments, and diminished personal time as we prioritize the well-being of our loved ones. However, when the inevitable loss occurs, the journey toward reintegration into the world commences. Each individual navigates this process uniquely and at their own pace.

Here are some suggestions to facilitate this transition:

  • Consider joining a grief support group.
  • Reconnect with old friends.
  • Pursue fulfilling employment or engage in volunteer work.
  • Rediscover past hobbies or explore new interests.
  • Prioritize cultivating supportive friendships, where open communication is valued and empathy prevails.

Through our commitment to caregiving and subsequent journey through grief, we emerge transformed, carrying with us the enduring love we shared with our departed loved ones. While the process may be challenging, it ultimately shapes us in profound and positive ways, ensuring that our connections with the world are rekindled with newfound resilience and understanding.