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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 15, 2013 By Rabbi Rachel Esserman The (Vestal, N.Y.) Reporter Why would someone risk their life-to save'a stranger? There's no easy answer to that question. However, it's one authors love exploring, especially when writing about Germany during the Nazi era. In his wonderful "City of Women" (Amy Eihorn Books/G. P. Putnam's Sons), David R. Gillham examines the life of Sigrid Schr6der, who, at first glance, seems to be a model German citizen. Not only does she have a sol- dier husband serving on the Russian front, she works as a stenographer in the patent office in Berlin. Although she is not fond of her mother-in-law, the two live together and make do with the rations allotted by the govern- ment. Sigrid's only vice seems to be her frequent trips to the movies. Yet, it soon becomes clear that Sigrid has depths few suspect: Not only does she have a Jewish lover, she soon finds herself involved in a worldfilled with secrets, some so dangerous they could cost her and her family their lives. Secrets in Berlin When the story opens in 1943, the mobilization of al- most every able-bodied male has made Berlin into "a city of women." British Air Force bombs fall on a regular basis and tempers flare from the lack of sleep and the discomfort of the shelters. However, it's still very dangerous to complain openly about the Nazi regime. Movie theaters serve as a shelter from the real world: "There's a crowd waiting for the ushers to open the door to the auditorium. In a city where the food is bad and getting worse, where rationing has emptied shop windows, in a city slowly suffocating on the gritty effluence ofanotheryear of war, movie houses are still places to spend a few marks without cutting coupons from a ration book, or waiting one's life away in a queue." Sophie doesn't go for the films--which are Nazi propa- ganda-but "to find an empty space in the day...to find a crevice of solitude." The dark balcony at the movie theater is a safe place for people to talk or make love. Her lover first approaches her there, as does hecneighbor--a young woman doing her duty year as a nanny--who asks her to lie to the police. Why does Sigrid take such dangerous chances? She's unsure herself. Although her instinct is to follow the rules, the rules don't always seem to apply now because there are larger questions of right and wrong. Perhaps it's her curios- ity that gets her into trouble. Sigrid wants to know what her neighbor is doing, but in Nazi Germany, knowledge is a dan* gerous thing. It forces you to choose--to give information to police or commityourselfto the work. Just keeping secrets is not a safe option: associating with a guilty person can cost you your job or your life. Sigrid also discovers how difficult it"is to keep secrets: she feels"closedoff," no longer able to talk openly to her one friend at work and completely unable to share with her mother-in-law, who tows the Nazi party line. Even those working to resist the Nazis parcel out information on a need-to- know basis. It's unsafe for everyone to know too much since they might be arrested and tortured. Yet, not knowing torments Sigrid: What hap- pens to the people they help? Are they safe? Have they been captured? What's the next step in their journey? This desire pushes her to take greater and greater risks. At the same time, she wonders whether life is completely random or if there is "some kind of unknowable clockwork in action. Some vast pattern, unseen at street level." Yet, Sigrid knows the pattern will never be revealed, that some things have to be taken on faith. "City of Women" is a power- ful, dramatic novel with won- derfully complex characters. The suspenseful, intertwining plots will keep readers on the edges of their seats. It's fascinating to watch Sigrid's character develop throughout the course of the book, as she moves from focusing solely on herself to caring about the good of others. Yet, even at the end, Sigrid is far from perfect: While she may try to do good, she also stumbles and falls like the rest of us. Gillham is to be congratulated for turning the story of an ordinary woman into an extraordinary novel. OBI-UARIES BEATRICE RABINOVITZ Beatrice Rabinovitz of Miami died recently. She was born in Chicago to the late Sarah and Morris Leibowitz. She moved to Miami to be with her daughters, who survive her, Marlene (Richard) Levy of Miami and Donna (late David) Levine also of Miami. Loved ones said she raised her children with total self- lessness, unconditional love and constant encouragement and was truly the matriarch of her family. Mrs. Rabinovitz, past president of her Hadassah chapter, was a firm believer in Judaism and a supporter - of Jewish causes, said those close to her. Mrs. Rabinovitz loved spending time with her family and was proud of all of her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. They adored her and shared many wonderful memories, according to those who knew her. Along with her two daugh- ters, she is survived by four grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. She was pre- ceded in death by her husband, Morris, and a granddaughter. A memorial was held at the Mount Nebo Kendall Chapel on March 4. The family requests that donations be made to a favorite Jewish charity. Services were entrusted to Beth ShalomMemorial Chapel, Orlando. MARTIN VALERI Martin Valeri, of Orlando, passed away on lhursday, March 7, 2013. He was 74 years old. A Philadelphia native, he was born on July 29, 1938, to the late Orlando and Pearl Quell Valeri. He joined the U.S. Navy immediately following high school and later graduated from Temple University, attending school on the G.I. Bill. Always a businessman, he was most recentiy in automotive sales. Mr. Valeri relocated to the Orlando area from Philadel- phia ih 1989. He and Ruth Gottlieb Gelfand immediately becarfle active members of the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation. In addition to Ruth, Mr. Valeri is survived by his son, Steven (Mama) of Philadelphia and his two grandsons. Addi- tionally, he is survived by Ruth's daughter Debra (Yehuda) Inger of New City, N.Y. andson, Steven (Kristie) Cohen of Windermere and her six grandchildren• Sudoku (see page 18 for solution Answers from O3/O8/2013 Graveside funeral services were at Temple Israel Cemetery with Rabbi Hillel Skolnik of- ficiating. The family requests contributions in memory of Martin Valeri to Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation, 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Funeral ar- rangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. IDA VAN BAALEN Ida VanBaalen, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013. She was 94 years old. Mrs. VanBaalen was born in Detroit on Feb. 13, 1919, to the late Nathan and Ethel Eagle Fitlow. A high school gradu- ate, Mrs. VanBaalen worked as a secretary in accounting and was a member of Temple Emanu-Il of Birmingham, Ala, for over 62 years. Mrs.VanBaalenwas married in 1946 to Harold VanBaalen who passed away in 1989. In 2009, she relocated to the Or- lando area from Birmingham to be closer to her daughter and family. She is survived by her daugh- ter, Dee Schwartz of Altamonte Springs and her two grandchil- dren. She is also survived by her sister, Mildred Miller of Grand Rapids, Mich., and her former son-in-law, Kerry Schwartz of Altamonte Springs. Funeral services were held at Elmwood Cemetery in Birming- ham, Ala. with Rabbi Jonathan Miller officiating. In memory of Ida VanBaalen, the family re- quests contributions to Temple Emanu-EI, 2100 Highlan d Ave, Birmingham. AL 35205 or Jewish Family Services, 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park, FL 32789. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Me- morial Chapel, Orlando. d'sh DISH NETWORK Starting at SAVEr & ASk About SAME DAY :; .... ....  Installation! " i PLUS 30 Premium Movie Channels cAu. 1-.Ho3-.004 .A 9 6 4 2 3 6 7 2 9 1 4 5 6 4 8 1 2 1 8 3 6 6 8 6 7 (© StatcPomt Media Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all digits 1 through 9. PAGE 7A Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian), services Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m. - national holidays)', 2nd floor Chapel - Jewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), services and holiday sched- ules shown at www.JewishCelebration.org; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O), 39 Skyline Drive, Suite 1017, Lake Mary, 407-878-3011, www.jewishorlando.com; services: second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m.; every Saturday at 10 a.m. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354-3660; www.jewishorlando.com; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; services, Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. • Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-644-2500; www.chabadorlando.org; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove, Cassclberry, 407-830-7211; www.betchaim.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd Saturday ofth e month, 10:30 a.m. at Savannah Court in Maitland. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; www.congbetham.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth E! (C), 2185 MeadowlaneAve.,WestMelboume, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R),2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-855-0772; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec), Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401S.R.200,Ocala,352-237-8277;bethisraelocala.org; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692; www.bethsholomflorida.org; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at Social Hall of Our Lady of Lakes Church, 1310 Maximillian St., Deltona; 386-804-8283;www.mybeth- shalom.corn; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; www.mybnaitorah.com; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; www.crjorlando.org: Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st Friday;, 8 p.m., 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 069847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-298-4650; www.ohevshalom.org; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.; Junior Congregation., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec), Leesburg, 352-326-8745; egrae@ hotmail.com; services last Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at vari- ous private residences. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvl., Kis- simmee,407-935-0064;www.shalomaleichem.com; Shabbatservice, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Sinai (C/R), 303 N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243- 5353; congregationsinai@cfl.rr.com; serviceS: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Healing Service, first Friday of the month, 7 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386 -677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813- 324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386- 445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www.mytbs.arg; Shabbat services: Friday, 5:50 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), 1109 N.E. 8thAve., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380 Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.tiflorida.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321- 631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave., Daytona Beach, 386- 252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800;www.newjewishcongrega- tion.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Tempte Shir Shalom ofOviedo (R) Services held in the EPICenter at University Carillon United Methodist Church, 1395 Campus View Court, Oviedo, 407-366-3556, www.templeshirshalom.org; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352- 735-4774; www.tcomd.org; services: second and fourth Fridays and Saturday of the month• (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist