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Nancy Ludin

CEO/Executive Director

In 2001, Nancy Ludin’s oldest son chose to do his community service with the Jewish Pavilion. She drove him weekly to Savannah Court to deliver challahs to the residents, and once a month she and her sons worked as servers at their Shabbat dinners. The entire family developed a wonderful rapport with the residents and thoroughly enjoyed their Sabbath meals with the elderly.

Nancy Ludin has been the CEO of the Jewish Pavilion since 2008. With her background in Jewish communal service and social work, the job was a perfect fit for her personality and skills. Nancy has a bachelor’s and two masters degrees as well as certifications in fundraising and nonprofit management. During her tenure, the agency has expanded, and thousands of seniors have enhanced their connection to the Jewish community. Nancy Ludin moved to Orlando in 2000 to direct the Jewish Federation Campaign. She has served as director of education at a synagogue, marketing director of a school and summer camp, and fundraising director for a Jewish school and synagogue.

Nancy is happily married to Craig Ludin. They have three adult sons—Daniel, Aaron and Evan. She is a voracious reader, an avid traveler, and a daily exerciser.


Alexandra Lehrer

Administrative Assistant

Alex was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. At a very young age, she immigrated to Israel with her family, where she resided on the kibbutz. Alex knew very little about Jewish culture, values, and religion as a whole. While living in Israel, she embraced the opportunity to learn Hebrew and the core values of Judaism. Now, Alex is very active in the Jewish community and excited about being a part of the Jewish Pavilion organization.

Alex’s background is in finance, primarily consumer banking, investments, and insurance. She has always cared about her customer’s financial tomorrows. Alex brings her passion and 25+ years in the business world to the Jewish Pavilion. Now she can share her considerable talents helping seniors stay connected to their Jewish heritage. (Ask her about her Challah recipe!) Alex resides in Orange County with her husband, has two daughters and three precious grandchildren.

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Susan Bernstein

Program Director - North and East Orlando

Susan Bernstein came to volunteer for the Jewish Pavilion upon her arrival to Orlando in 2014. Monthly Shabbat visits with the Temple Israel Hebrew School students at Brookdale Island Lake enabled Susan to experience firsthand the importance of reaching out to our Jewish senior population. When her mother relocated to a Brookdale community in 2015, she decided to officially join the team of volunteers who provide Shabbat and holiday programs throughout the area. The joy and meaningful engagement that she witnessed while her mother and friends celebrated each week made her decision to accept the position of Jewish Pavilion program director in 2018 an extremely easy one.

Throughout her career as public school music instructor or Judaic studies educator and school director, Susan always made time to volunteer in the various communities she lived in across the country, serving on the chevrah kadisha, tutoring teens and visiting seniors in their independent or assisted living residences. Susan brings her musical skills as song leader and Judaic background to her weekly programs that include 12 facilities in the Longwood, Lake Mary and Sanford communities.

Susan loves to teach and to continue learning from her students and those she comes in contact with. Her love for travel has brought her to Guatemala, where she visits each year in support of the Mayan women artisans in expanding their Fair Trade markets in the States.

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Judy Appleton

Program Director

Judy Appleton has recently re-joined the Jewish Pavilion staff (previously 2010-2019). She continues to bring the blessings of Judaism to elders where they live. She happily shares her culture and religion with all, and her programs and services are filled with love, joy, and deep meaning. 
A true Florida native, Judy grew up in Central Florida before she moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Family Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Sociology and Education. Her many years of community service, temple involvement, and experience as an educator gives her a strong background for her role as a Jewish Pavilion Program Director. 
Judy speaks proudly and lovingly of her two beautiful daughters and two Grandsons. As a breast cancer survivor, she speaks publicly to educate others on the importance of early detection of cancers. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, travel, live music/entertainment, and supporting the arts. Judy’s personal motto is “Making a difference in the lives of others.”

Nikki Namdar

Director of Operations

Nikki Namdar is a multifaceted creator specializing in content creation and brand marketing, with a background in developing small businesses and nonprofits. Although she is originally from New York, Nikki has a deep love and invested interest in her current city. She attended the JCC, as well as the Hebrew Day School at Temple Israel. While completing a degree in Creative Writing and a Public and Professional Writing Certificate, she launched @OrlandoVegans in an effort to build the vegan community in Central Florida. Working with local and corporate brands, Nikki has produced content and developed successful strategies that have helped put Orlando on the global map as a leading city for ethical living.  

After the death of her father in October 2021, she wanted to be more in touch with her faith, bringing her to The Jewish Pavilion. She is dedicated to being more involved in her religion, participating in the fulfilling mission to seniors, and helping the organization advance.
Passionate about her career and education, Nikki has a Master's in Business Administration from UCF, her alma mater. Nikki loves to cook, especially Persian family recipes, travel anywhere in the world, and enjoys all of the arts.

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Ashley Fisak

Community Relations

Ashley is often the lovely voice that answers the phone, you may see her out at a community networking event, or perhaps you have read her stories in the Heritage, or you have been to a Bake that she has helped co-ordinate. Like all of the staff at the Jewish Pavilion, Ashley wears a lot of hats. She also keeps her loving husband and two wonderful kids smiling. In her spare time, amazingly, she is also a Keller Williams Real Estate agent. We are very lucky to have her spirit and smile since 2018. You can email Ashley at 

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Julie Levitt Bain

Program Director - Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Maitland

Julie has been a Program Director at the Jewish Pavilion since September 2010. She enjoys making residents happy through planning parties and holiday celebrations. The relationships she has made with the seniors and volunteers she works with will always hold a special place in her heart.

Julie is originally from Highland Park, IL, and is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she studied business. She moved to Orlando in 1995. Julie worked in sales in the temporary employment industry until she became a full-time mother. She returned to the workforce after almost 15 years of volunteering at her children’s schools, advising a sorority at UCF, and other community involvement.

Julie is the mother to Brandon and Brooke, and she is thrilled to have recently been married to Mike Bain. In her free time, she loves to play mah jongg, play tennis, work out, and snow ski.

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Cantor Nina Fine

Program Director - South Orlando

Nina Fine moved to Winter Park with her husband Tony and son Dylan from New York City 4 years ago to improve their quality of life.  She comes to The Jewish Pavilion with a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Growing up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Ms. Fine was educated at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, B-CC High School and The George Washington University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  Ms. Fine got her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in working with families with young children.
Ms. Fine became an ordained cantor in 2016, and had previously been a social worker in abuse and neglect prevention, a parent educator, a preschool teacher, a mommy and me program leader and family holiday programming creator and leader.
Ms. Fine has led holiday celebrations and participated in fundraising efforts, adult education and lifecycle events.  Ms. Fine has taught first grade and tutored children in Hebrew, as well as created a Jewish mommy and me program.  She also officiates at weddings, funerals and unveilings along the East Coast.