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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 13, 2012 By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 A call to action... Anti-Semitism continues to plague world Jewry at alarming rates. Here are only a few of the abhorrent incidents that occurred a few months before the end of 2011: Vandals destroyed a memo- rial site commemorating the Jewish victims of a pogrom in a village in Poland. Argentinean priest Rever- end Oscar Belli spewed slurs during a sermon... "Jews are such liars that they have their souls rotten to the bones," Chinese Restourantsign he said. During the 'Occupy Wall Street' protests in the U.S., par- ticipants blamed Jews for the financial crisis with comments like, "The fingerprints belong to the Jewish bankers who control Wall Street." And what is most alarming is that these outbreaks occurred in countries where Jews see themselves as relatively safe. Please join with the World Jewish Congress Foundation and urge Special Envoy, HANNAH ROSENTHAL of the office to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, to use every tool at her disposal to work with embassies, non-governmental or- ganizations and watchdog groups around the world insisting that heads of government and heads of state take the swiftest actions possible to address, censure and punish all acts of anti-Semitism in their countries. You may write to her at the following: U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, D.C. 20520 (In Jewish unity there is strength. I will be going to Wash- ington, D.C. in a few months and I hope to find that Hannah is bombarded with letters.) I write far in advance... Usually, I write this column about ten days before publica- tion, but because Irv and I had a wonderful visit from our son and daughter-in-law, Dr. STEVEN YOUSHA and Dr. JESSICA GOLUB, with their children, LAUREN, 12, and ZACHARY, al- most nine, from the Mid-West, I really wrote far, far in advance. (Zach sleeps in the room with the computer.) Because of that, I am just now writing about the joyous holiday of Chanukah that has long since past. I received awonderful emailwith song lyrics to"As Time Goes By" from MYRON BLATTNER. Why not sing along? Here goes: "You must remember this, a bris is still a bris, A chai is just a chai, Pastrami still belongs on rye as time goes by. With holidays in view, A Jew is still a Jew, on that you can rely, No matter if we eat tofu as hours slip by. (Bridge) Old shtetl customs never out of date.., all those potatoes mother has to grate... Honey, tsimus, latkes, chopped liver on our plate, The best that gelt can buy. Some would send us to perdition, but we're strengthened by tradition, That no one can deny, we roam but we recall our birthright, as time goes by. (2nd Bridge)Dreidels and chocolate, never out of date, an- cient Jewish stories that we all relate, blue and white giftwrap, everything that's great, (and festive chazerai), It's still the same old Torah, it's still the same menorah, we've latkes still to fry, It's at Yomtov when we feel most bless, as time goes by. (And at the very end Myron wishes us all a very happy Chanukah!) And speaking of Chanukah... What a terrific celebration we took our grandchildren to. Itwas held in downtown Winter Park in Central Park on Park Avenue on Dec. 25. It was sponsored by Chabad of Greater Orlando, Congregation Ahavas Yisrael. They have this celebra- tion yearly. It began at 5:30 p.m. with a beautiful ice menorah sculpting and live Jewish music. That was followed at 6 p.m. by the formal welcome and singing by the JCC and Jewish Academy youngsters. Then came greetings from former chief of police (and can- didate for U.S. Congress) VAL DEMMINGS. There was even a parade of vehicles with menorahs lit on top! That was followed by the grand menorah lighting. Everyone took part by holding an individual candle. (Very emotional moment.) Then it was time for the joyous Chassidic dancers. What energy they have! (Was I ever that young? Did I ever move like that? Believe it or not, I did!) There was food and a raffle. The grand prize drawing was for one thousand dollars! (So nu... who won? I need a loan!) The evening's entertainment was topped off by the famous Shlock Rock band in live concert and a sing along. Our family (including our friend, PAMELA PORES) had a great time.., one they will never forget. I especially want to thank a lovely gal, VIRNA CARDONA, for making our evening perfect! Virna was always available and willing to watch our belong- ings so we could walk around and shmooz. (I accidentally got Doris Pines on the face painting line. I thought it was the face lifting line.) I can't wait until next year! Is this sign funny or what?... While in New York City, LINDA SCHLESINGER took a photograph of this sign in the window of a Chinese Restaurant (See photo). She emailed it to me and I am passing it along to you. This is what the sign says: "The Chinese Restaurant Association of the United States would like to extend our thanks to the Jewish people. We do not completely understand your dietary customs... But we are proud and grateful that your God insists you eat our food on Christmas. Happy Holidays." Another great laugh... When it comes to a sense of humor, nobody tops our own DORIS PINES. ~ • Year after year she makes these fabulous calendars with wonderful themes and sends them out. I am delighted to be on her "calendar giving" list. This year's theme is "The many faces of Doris." (One thing I know.., they are all beautiful! Doris is beautiful inside and out!) This year "Charlie's Angels" is depicted for January 2012. "Titanic"was her choice for February and"Gilligan's Island" was chosen for March. April features Doris as Jeannie in "I Dream of Jeannie." (See photo). May features Doris as the singing Nun in "The Sound of Music." (Hey... it's just for fun!) In June, Doris portrayed a television bride in "Bridezilla." (Irv says that's my role!) In July she took her chances as Vanna White on "Wheel of Fortune." August proved to be most exciting with Doris playing op- posite Indiana Jones in the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark." My personal favorite television show, "Golden Girls" starring Doris was the September selection. How scary can you get? Doris and the rest of her 'kooky' family posed as members of"The Addams Family" for October. In November Doris was just adorable in the teen favorite movie "Grease." And in December 2012, she played Cruella DeViile in "101 Dalmatians." (I love doggies. I do... I really do... and I love my Doris Pines calendarD Guess what's coming to Orlando?... The magnificent blockbuster musical, Les Miserables, will open at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, Jan. 17 for a run through Jan. 22, brought to us by Broadway Across America/Orlando and the Florida Theatrical Association. Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniver- sary production of Boublil & Schonberg's legendary musical, Les Miserables, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The New York Times calls this Les Miserables "an unques- tionably spectacular production from start to finish." (There's no way I'm missing this one. I suggest you rush for your tickets too!) One for the road... Benny, the matchmaker, goes to see Abe, a confirmed bach- elor for many years. 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