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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 6, 2012 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 There is still time... If you love the "Holy Land" (and who doesn't?), there is still time to catch a unique exhibition at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City. Running through Jan. 15 the museum is featuring the paintings of Ludwig Blum (1891-1974), a Czech born Israeli migr4 who focused his sights on the sweeping landscapes of his adoptive country, including exotic images of Jerusalem's old city and exquisite figurative oils and archival material. Elisheva Shira The 40 works on display cover more than a half century of the artist's visions of his neighbors and his haunts, showing the sublime and the mundane. (If you are going to NYC, try to include this exhibit. You will enjoy it.) Still on the subject of art and Israel (and extremely talented artists)... ELISHEVA SHIRA is an American born and trained artist living in Israel. She holds a bachelor's degree from Parson's School of Design in NYC and a master's of fine art from Surry New Paltz University. She has exhibited her work in the United States and abroad and is now liv- ing in the hills outside of Jerusalem, with her husband, AVI, and their five children. (Avi was born here in Central Florida and is remembered here by friends as Teddy.) Elisheva paints as a means to express the beauty, warmth and spiritual simplicity of everyday lives in Israel, as well as the incredible wonder of the land that surrounds them. Her paintings are a visual expression of a spiritual journey using the form of portrait, landscape or abstracted images. This internal quest is about finding and reclaiming all the lost places within. Her work is mainly in pastel and oils. She feels an affin- ity to these mediums with their immediacy, vibrancy of color and beautiful texture. She has more than 30 years of experience with the craft of painting and pushes the boundaries of the medium. Her paintings are fresh and surprise the viewer. She uses her skills to successfully integrate the lively play of light and color to bring her message of thanks, praise and illumination of the world and the Creator. Her website is www.elishira.com. (I recently received a beautiful card with a Chanukah message and a postcard, both adorned with Elisheva's unique artwork. They were sent to me by her proud mother-in-law, MILLICENT CHIRA.) I love this guy... (Take it easy Irving... I really don't mean L-O-V-E in the romantic sense.) The guy I "love" is ALAN GRAYSON. He recently ap- peared on the "Ed Show," a political television broadcast featured on MSNBC. I love him because to me he makes a lot of sense. Alan is a former United States Congressman and a member of our Jewish community. He is currently seek- ing the same office he once held. He tells it like it is and doesn't mince words. (A man after my own heart.) Guess what's coming to town... I'll give you one hint...say goodnight, Gracie. Oh, wait! I just gave you the name of the show coming to town! "Say Goodnight, Gracie" is coming to The Abbey. It is the hit Broadway production that chronicles the life, laughter and love of George Burns and Gracie Allen. (Surely you remember them. How could you not?) The production opens Jan. 10 and runs through Feb. 5 at the beautiful Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive in Orlando. General admission tickets are $41.50 per person and can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com or by calling 866-468-7630. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Florida Theatrical Associated Box Office at 100 S. Eola Drive, Suite 101, in downtown Orlando• For more information, visit www.AbbeyOrlando.com. "Say Goodnight, Gracie," starring JOEL ROOKS, is the hit Broadway play that invites you to spend a hilarious, heart-warming evening in the uplifting company of the world's favorite and funniest centenarian. George Burns, who spanned 100 years of American entertainment his- tory, is now miraculously alive and kicking in a stunning tour de force. "Say Goodnight, Gracie" was Broadway's third longest running solo performance show and was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for Best Play and won the 2003-04 National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Play. Deja vu... Yes...you read this before. Twice in fact! But I don't care. I shamelessly repeat it again so you will not miss it! On Sunday, Jan. 8, begin- ning at 2 p.m., the seniors group of Congregation Ohev Shalom, along with the COS Sisterhood and Men's Club, is inviting everyone to what they call "the show of the decade," a live production of "The Rat Pack." ARMANDO DIAZ, STEVE ROMAN and FELIZ J. DE- NEAU, JR., will do the portrayals. They make up the Central Florida Rat Pack, a tribute to Frank, Sammy and Dean. They have been entertain- George Burns ing fans all over Florida and the United States. They have received wonderful accolades for their performances• The Central Florida Rat Pack will pay tribute to some of the greatest entertainers of our time by recreating their performances on stage. It is a tribute show you just don't want to miss! The cost of the program is $10 per person and includes refreshments. Reservations are needed and can be made by the individual couple or by a table of five couples for $90. Phone MERYL in the COS office, 407-298-4650 to reserve your space and make checks out to COS Seniors. Only 200 people can be accommodated...so hurry! If you have any questions or need directions, phone BERNY RAFF at 407-657-8215 One for the road... Sadie is 65 years old and has always remained unmar- ried, yet she desperately wanted a baby of her own. 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