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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 12, 2018 By Pamela Ruben "How can you hate someone you have never even met?" was a question frequently pondered by 6-year-old Eva Mor, as a young child growing up in Poland in the year's following World War II. Often harassed and bullied on the way to and from kindergarten, or even from a short walk to the park, the child of two Holocaust and labor camp survivors was per- plexed by the hate and bigotry directed at the Jewish mem- bers of her community well after the war's end. In 1957, the family sought refuge in Israel, but the disturbing memories from her early childhood often came to mind. More than 50 years later, Eva, now a playwright along- side husband, Gabi, found herself haunted by the uptick of hate taking place in modern America, and throughout the world. Together, the couple brainstormed ideas for a play that addressed hate that comes from a place of cultural igno- rance, much like from her own childhood. The ideaforthe play "The Bigot" was hatched in late 2016,justas local news became filled with stories of injustice and intolerance. With the hopes of trigger- ing a global conversation, the Manhattan- and Orlando- based couple created "The Bigot," fleshed out in the form of a race-baiting char- acter named Jim. Answering the opening sentence to this article, Jim hates just about anybody he hasn't met, espe- cially thosewho are ethnically and socially 'diverse,' and look or act differently than himself. "The Bigot's" lesbian neigh- bors experience his wrath, and he is open about his racist tirades, with his son, (much to his dismay) a social liberal. When asked what makes Jim different than "All in the Family's"Archie Bunker, Gabi notes that while there are some similarities,"Archie has more of a gut reaction to his surroundings, Jim attempts to defend his responses with a twisted logic that he wants to see as the truth." Gabi shares The Rosen JCC is going back to the'80swith its Decades party on Jan. 27, 2018. The evening will include live music with local cover band Switch, silent auction prizes, food and drink and Good Humor Ice Cream. There will also be a '80s costume contest and an auc- tion to sing with the band. The event will be held at the Rosen JCC, 11184 S. Apopka- Vineland Road, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Babysitting is also available! Tickets are available at squareup.com/ store/rosenjcc/ All proceeds from this event benefit the Rosen JCC and the Children's Scholarship Fund. Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel Proudly rvinS Our Communit:9 Por Over 55 Years that one reviewer called Jim, 'Archie Bunker 2.0.' "Jim feels threatened by an era of change that is not part of who he is," Gabi continued. Ultimately, as a result of a surprise ending (which the Mors are not sharing), Jim's life opens up from the smallest glimmer of hope. Following the play's pre- miere this past summer at New York's Off-Broadway Manhat- tan RepertoryTheatre, Evaand Gabi recalled the numerous times neighbors and acquain- tances stopped them on the street to let them know they were still talking about the play. Central Floridians have an opportunity to join in on the conversation in February, during the play's Orlando pre- miere at Orlando Shakespeare Center-Mandell Theater on Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25. To find out more about "The Bigot" visit https://www. thebigotplay.com/ Tickets are $36 and can Super Bowl Sunday is just weeks away. That means the annual World Wide Wrap sponsored by the Men's Club of Congregation Ohev Shalom is just weeks away as well. Each year, Men's Clubs from Conservative and Masorti synagogues throughout the United States and beyond present this Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs program to encourage greater par- ticipation in the ancient and deeply meaningful ritual of wrapping t'filin. This year, Ohev Shalom Gabi and Eva Mor be purchased at the theater, located at 812 E. Rollins St Orlando; online at https:// Men's Club member and Jew- ish Academy of Orlando Head of School Alan Rusonik will start the morning with a new presentation. As Rusonik ex- plains it, those who attendwill have the opportunity to "learn how t'filin is made, examine the inside of the t'filin, and talk about its meaning and significance." Following the presentation, Rabbi David Kay will guide participants in the mechan- ics of wrapping t'filin as an introduction to the Sunday morning minyan service. thebigot.ticketleap.com/the- bigot-play/or by phone, 917- 945-7070. An elaborate breakfast will be served at the conclusion of the service. Three Men's Club members will then step forward with a surprise "dramatic" program to get everyone in the mood for the big game later that day. The program will be held at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Maitland Concourse Parkway South in Maitland, starting at 9 a.m. sharp on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Admission is free, but donations at the door are welcome and appreciated. Celebrate Shabbat with the synagogue that feels like family. The Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Karen Allen is on Friday, Jan. 12th at 7pro. The service will honor the members of our board of directors. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. The Rabbi's Torah Round- table Discussion Group with Rabbi Karen Allen of Con- gregation Beth Sholom, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18th at 1 p.m. at the Sumter County Administration and Library Building (with the golden dome) at 7375 Powell Rd. (near Pinellas Plaza and 466A), Wildwood. The Rabbi's Roundtable series explores the current Torah Portion and how it affects our daily lives. The roundtable provides a unique opportunity to talk with the rabbi as she leads an informal and interactive Torah study discussion. Saturday, Jan. 27th: Shab- bat Morning Service led by Rabbi Karen Allen, at 10 a.m. A Kiddush will follow the service. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th St. in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center Street. More information is avail- able on the synagoguewebsite: http://bethsholomflorida.org/ or by calling the synagogue at 352-326-3692. 000 OOO )! OO0 The strange names of the tiles in Maj Jongg are music to the ears of those playing in The Roth Family's Jew- ish Community Center 14th Annual "Maj Madness" Mah Jongg Tournament, tobe held Sunday, Jan. 28, 201& The festivities will begin at 9:15 a.m. with registration and coffee and light breakfast and games beginning at 10 a.m. The tournament format will include four rounds following the National Mah Jongg League Official Rules of Play. Open to people of all play- ing levels, Maj Madness is $36 per person ($30 for JCC members) and includes a light breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, drinks, door prizes, and awards. Co-Chairs Julie Levitt and Dale Perreautt anticipate a great turnout. "We are excited to offer a fun event in a relaxing atmosphere," Levitt said. "We want it to be multi-generational and an opportunity for people to socialize with friends." "We're thrilled that this is now the 14th annual Maj Madness and that the event has become such a mainstay of our community," said Per- reault. The registration deadline is Jan. 21, 2018, and after that there will be a waitlist formed. For more informa- tion, please call Julie at 407-926-0491 or Dale at 407- 622-0073. Registrations are accepted at the JCC, by call- ing 407-621-4036 or online at orlandojcc.org/calendar/ maj2018.