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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014 5 years ago

Seniors enjoy Rosh Hashanah



A dozen guests enjoyed a Rosh Hashanah celebration Sept. 18, at Emeritus Ocoee Senior Living, in Ocoee. 

The event began with a short Rosh Hashanah service, including lighting of candles, and blessings over bread, wine and apple slices. It concluded with the blowing of the traditional shofar.

Each guest was given a sampling plate: apple slices to be dipped in honey; a slice of raisin challah bread; a piece of gefilte fish with a small cup of red horseradish; a dollop of chopped liver; a slice of traditional honey cake; and for the more adventurous, a few pieces of pickled herring.

Many of the guests were tasting these foods for the first time but enjoyed being exposed to new experiences.

Afterward, Lee Hoffman, a choral arts specialist visiting from California, provided entertainment by playing the piano and singing.  

Food for the party was donated by Vitas Hospice Care, TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli and Publix Super Markets. Emeritus Life Enrichment Directors Betty Phillips and Chris Gerard facilitated the event.

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