Every March, The Jewish Pavilion hosts Purim parties at dozens of senior communities throughout Central Florida. It’s just another way the organization helps keep the traditions our elders have experienced throughout their lives, current in their hearts and minds and helps to create a sense of belonging.
At many of the Purim parties, you’ll see Lisa Eichenblatt. She’s often the one portraying Queen Esther. “I like performing for the seniors and I really enjoy interacting with them,” Lisa says. “It’s a lot of fun. I can see that it brightens their day, as it does mine. I feel blessed to be able to create joy in their world.
“I had heard of the organization and knew they existed, but I really wasn’t sure what they did,” she adds. “And I thought I was too young to be involved. My friend Alex (Lehrer) introduced me to Nancy (Ludin) who made me aware of the services The Jewish Pavilion provides for our aging community. I was very impressed and saw the importance of this organization, and knew I wanted to be a part of it”.
Lisa has served on the board of The Jewish Pavilion for the last two years. She is currently a Vice Chair.
Lisa was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1975. Two years later the family moved again to Longwood. She grew up in Wekiva, and graduated from Lake Brantley High School in 1985. As a young adult, Lisa wore many hats. In addition to cleaning houses, waiting tables and helping people reach their personal fitness goals, she dedicated over a decade of her life working for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and the JCC (Shalom Orlando) in a variety of roles. Some of these include fitness center staff, senior volunteer coordinator, front desk and preschool offices at the JCC and central services coordinator for the federation.
Lisa married her first husband in 1989 and had three children, Jared, Moriah and Justin Pitcher. She raised them in the Seminole County area. After divorcing her first husband, and while raising her children Lisa worked as the office liaison for Florida Emergency Physicians for 14 Years. She met her current husband Keith Eichenblatt on eHarmony.com Following that Lisa started her career in real estate.
Lisa is quite successful in her line of work which focuses on helping serve seniors. Her current designations among others include that of a Senior Real Estate Specialist. In addition, she is working on completing her Certified Senior Housing Professional certification of which there are a limited number of these specialists throughout the United States.
In addition to her participation at many of the events hosted by the Jewish Pavilion, Lisa has committed on a philanthropic level to support the organization. If you SELL or PURCHASE a home or refer an individual to Lisa and mention The Jewish Pavilion she will make a generous donation to The Jewish Pavilion in your honor.
Today, Lisa and Keith live in Altamonte Springs with two dogs and four chickens. Her children all live in the Orlando area too. Lisa spends a tremendous amount of time outdoors, and enjoys life on and in the water. She’s also in the process of transforming her yard into an edible landscape.
Although she is very busy, Lisa manages to make time for volunteering in our community.. She is being recognized for her volunteer efforts at the upcoming Fashion Show on February 15. If you would like to honor Lisa for her volunteer service, please come to the Annual Fashion Show.