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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 29, 2008 PAGE 9P By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405or 407-834-8787 It smells like Russia to me Angry demonstrators protesting Kosovo's independence from Serbia attacked the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade last week, throwing rocks, breaking windows and setting fires. Serbian TV showed someone trying to set fire to the U.S. flag at the embassy, which was closed and unstaffed when the masked protesters attacked. Riot police fired tear gas at the rioters and lines of armored vehicles were on the streets before theembassy perimeter was secured. A State Department of- ficial told CNN, "Things are under control." Kosovo declared independence two weeks ago and the United States was among the first countries to offer official recognition of its split from Serbia. Since then most of our Western allies have joined us in the official recognition but Russia opposes. I think Russia was behind the attack on our embassy. Anyway, it is nice to know that a country like Kosovo wants to be a democracy. Now that Fidel Castro abdicated his role as leader of Cuba. do you think they will go the same route? (Probably not.L I am very proud Who wouldn't be? A documentary on 350 years of Jewish immigration to and influence on the United States was recently shown on PBS and released on DVD. The six-hour compilation, titled"The JewishAmericans." in- cludes stories on both individual personalities such as Supreme Court Justice RUTH BADER GINSBERG and comedian CARL REINER. as well as Jewish-American cultural institutions. The documentary is the work of Emmy winner DAVID GRU- BIN, who directed and produced, and actor LIEV SCHREIBER, who narrated. I saw this documentary a few weeks ago and had to own it. I want to show it to my grandchildren. I just ordered it on They have it at a bargain price. Check it out! A joke, of course Sharon is very despondent about her aging looks and makes an appointment to see a plastic surgeon. After he examines her. he recommends she undergo a full facelift. "Doctor," she says, six will Day! No Theresa Segers "what will present a Cabaret for the the operation to give me a full facelift cost?" "For you," says the doctor. I would estimate $25,000." "Oy veh. that's far too much. doctor." she says. "Isn't there something less expensive?" "Well." replies the doctor, "you could try wearing a veil." (I'm trying to type this column with a veil covering my face not an easy thing to do!) Come to the Cabaret Shades of LIZA MINNELLI and JOEL GREY, there will be a Cabaret afternoon sponsored by the Seniors of Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom on Sunday, March 2 at 2 p.m. in the Social Hall. Thevery talentedTHERESA SEGERS and her troupe of COS Seniors' Annual Theatre reservations are needed and refreshments will be served. The cost of this wonderful, tuneful afternoon is $5 for COS Senior members: $7.50 for all others. This is a very special after- noon of favorite old tunes and some new ones, including a few surprises. Don't miss it! For additional questions and directions, call COS Senior's president, BERNY RAFF at 407-657-8215. I love animals and so did he Representative Tom Lantos of California, the only Ho- locaust survivor to serve in Congress, has died at age 80. He had esophageal cancer (the same as my dad) and died at Bethesda Naval Medical Cen- ter in suburban Maryland. Although I admired him Joel Grey greatly, I didn't know what a stalwart friend he was to ani- mals across the globe, including the animals in Israel. He once said, "As a Holocaust survivor, I know that suffer- ing is suffering, whether human or animal." An advisory board member of Concern for HelpingAnimals in Israel (CHAI) for over two decades, along with his wife, ANNETTE LANTOS, he could always be counted on, whether the issue was urging government officials to care about an issue, pressing a mayor to provide Congressman Tom Lantos land.for an animal shelter, or appearing in a video on behalf of the organization. "Draft the letter and Tom will sign it," was the generous response to appeals for assistance. When CHAI sought to send the first animal ambulance to a shelter in Israel, the Finance Ministry demanded taxes and customs duties equaling the price of the vehicle, though identical vehicles donated to public hospitals entered the country duty- and tax-free. When appeals to officials and demonstrations went unheard, Tom Lantos sent a letter to every member of Israel's Knesset (Parliament), and at last, the life-saving ambulance was allowed in duty- and tax4ree. Although one city's town planner set aside land for an animal shelter, its mayor would not allow the land to be used for that purpose. While on a business trip to Israel with Tom, Annette Lantos took the time to call the mayor and praise the shelter's work, letting him know how much such a facility was needed. That afternoon, a delegation from the mayor's office appeared on the shelter's doorstep to let them know they could start building. The world has lost a tremendous fr lend to humans and animals alike. Tom Lantos' kindness and that of his wife, Annette, will never be forgotten. (I felt badly about the passing of Tom Lantos and watched his memorial service with many of this country's highest dignitaries in attendance on C-SPAN. However, I didn't know about his devotion to animals. I think even more of him now. if that is possible.) A lot of good things come from Pennsylvania Philly cheese steaks come to mind, but then I am always thinking about food! Of course, music is also a love of mine and it doesn't get any better than this: On March 2 at 2 p.m the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform as part of the 24th season of the Festival of Orchestras at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando. YAN PASCAL TORTELIER will be conducting and GARRICK OHLSSON will be piano soloist. For tickets and further information, phone 407-539-0245. One for the road A Jewish boy came home from school and told his mother he had been given a part in the school play. "Wonderful," said his mother. "What part do you play?" The boy answered. "I play the part of the Jewish husband." The mother scowled and said, "Go back and tell the teacher you want a speaking part." One more for the road Sidney loved dogs. He thought nothing of approaching any breed of dog, no matter how vicious a reputation it had. One day, however, he tried to stroke a Rottweiler and it at- tacked him. So serious was the attack that Sidney died of the injuries he sustained. If you ever come across Sidney's grave, you will find these words inscribed on his headstone, "HE HAD NO MAZEL." (Oy) And since that was sadder than funny One more joke for the road. Rabbi Levy and Rabbi Landau met one day and within min- utes were discussing how quickly morals in the Western world were declining. "Well. I certainly didn't sleep with my wife before I got mar- ried." said Rabbi Levy, "Did you?" "I can't be sure." said Rabbi Landau, "what was her maiden name?" (Double "Oy!") David and Shelly Sokol - Owners Join your Florida friends at ALL FLORIDA OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Register Now For Our 38th Summer For Boys & Girls 6-15 A magnificent 100 acre Air Conditioned camp in the hills near Ocala National Forest. Beautiful, Sandy Beach with Spring Lake, swimming pool, boating, fishing, canoeing, Wave Runner, and water skiing. On land, confidence ropes course/zipline, all sports, tennis, archery, riflery, crafts, and drama. 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