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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 27, 2009 PAGE 9.6 By Gloria Yousha--Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 Where's my bonus?... This comes directly from the internet: The head of battered insurance giant AIG told Congress last Wednesday that "we've heard the American people loudly and clearly" in their rage over executive bonuses, and he appealed to employees to return at least half the money. Testifying under oath at a Congressional hearing as intense as any in recent memory, Edward Lid@ said some workers already have stepped forward to give money back. The company became the target of a political firestorm after the disclosure last week that it had paid $165 million in "retention bonuses" to its employees at the same time it was accepting bailout funds from U.S. taxpayers. Some of the pay- ments were made to the same traders and executives whose risky financial behavior caused the company's near collapse. (Now we're rewarding bad behavior!) I need a joke.., and a bailout... A man walked to the top of a hill to talk to God. The man asked, "God, what's a million years to you?" And God said "A minute." Then the man asked: "Well, what's a million pounds to you?" And God said: "A penny" Then the man asked: "God...can I have a penny?" And God said: "Sure, a minute." (That'll teach him not to ask!) I received this late... But decided to tell you about it anyway. There is a party today (March 27) from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando. It is a special luncheon honoring the spirit and vision of HARRIETT LAKE to benefit The Harriett Lake Scholarship Pund for the Orlando Ballet School. Featured will be perfor- mances by the Orlando Ballet Company and Orlando Ballet School Dancers, an exclusive silent auction, informal mod- eling of Harriett's clothing, fabulous goodie bags.,, and all of Harriett's favorite things from her famous hats to the luscious color pink[ Everyone attending is en- Harriett Lake couraged to wear a hat! The cost of the delightful event is $100 ladies, $125 gentlemen and different sponsor- ship levels. Harrier also requests that guests bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Pearlman food pantry. How proud am I?... Attention all you vacationers that plan to go north to Manhattan: Dr. CLENN LOSACK, a prominent psychiatrist who lives in Greenwich Village, is also an award-winning photographer who has had his work displayed in many top magazines, including the "National Geographic." On Thursday, April 16, there will be a showing of his fine photographs. Cry America, in cooperation with Dr. ROBI LUDWIG, proudly presents "India Unplugged," featuring the photography of Glenn Losack, M.D. The event will take place at Solas, 232 E. 9th St., NYC from 6-10 p.m. If you are going to be in the city at that time, plan to attend this event.., and when you do... give my love to my cousin, Glenn. Tell him how proud I am of him. His photographs are truly amazing. Just "G0ogle" his name and you will see many of them. Glenn is the son of DORIS LOSACKand the lateAL LOSACK. He is the grandson of the late JackAlicke, my late mom's brother. I was enthralled... What a great Ptarim WMFE, Channel 24! Dudu Fisher gift...a concert by DUDU FISHER on The concert took place in the Roman theater at Belt Shean, Israel. Besides Dudu and his glori- ous voice, there was a stage filled with top musicians. Some facts about Dudu, taken from the internet, who is probably the most famous star in Israel these days: DAVID "DUDU"FISHER, born on Nov. 18, 1951, is an Israeli cantor and stage per- former. He is best known for his Broadway performance as Jean Valjean in the musical "Les Miserables." The son of a Holocaust survivor, Fisher was born in Petah Tikva, Israel. He began studying at age 22, after the Yom Kippur War and his discharge from the army following three years of service. Fisher studied at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music, and studied privately under famous cantor Shlomo Ravitz. He then took up the cantorial position at the Great Synagogue in Tel Aviv, followed by four years in South Africa. For over 20 years, Fisher was the cantor at Kutsher's Hotel in the Catskills during the Jewish high holidays. In 2005 Fisher became the Chief Cantor of New York Synagogue. After be- ing mesmerized by the London performance of the 1980s hit musical, Fisher, despite no prior acting experience, requested the part in a Hebrew production of"Les Mis rables." He played its leading role, Jean Valjean, in Israel from 1987 to 1990, and made local fame. He played the role on New York's Broadway during the win- ter of 1993-4, and later at London's West End, where he was invited to perform before Queen Elizabeth II. At both venues, Dudu was the first performer excused from Friday night and Saturday performances, as he is an Orthodox Jew and was not able to perform because of the Sabbath. Among Fisher's other performances is his one-man Off-Broadway show, "Never on Friday," an anecdotal work exploring the complications of his experience on Broadway as an observant Jew. He performed in many tours around Israel, the United States, and the world, particularly in Jewish communities, performing classics, as well as musicals, such as "Over the Rainbow,"which toured Israel with Fisher performing 40 Broadway show tunes. He performed for United States President BILL and HILLARY CLINTON, and for Britain's Royal family, and the Thai Royal family. He has also performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by ZUBIN MEHTA with a performance televised in France, andwith the Baltimore Symphony Orches- tra and the Queens Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded an album of show tunes with the London Symphony Orchestra. He was the first Israeli artist allowed to sing in the 50viet Union before perestroika. In addition to his stage and synagogue performance, Dudu Fisher has released over 25 albums, including songs in Hebrew, Yiddish and English, many classics and cantorial pieces, as well as music for children. He also sang the part of Moses in the Hebrew version of Steven Spielberg's animated film, "The Prince of Egypt"...and he also sings in Ladino all the Sephardic songs that are beloved. (What joy to hear him and see him perform!) Now, that's a familiar face... I'm referring to our own JUDY GODOROV, who appeared on WESH TV News on March 9. ;She was 5peaking on behalf of keeping small schools open. (Children are our future. We shouldn't take from them. Better to get the AIG bonus money back!) One for the road... I don t think this will work in today's economy but it's worth a try; Israel's economy is in a bad way, inflation is getting higher and immigrants are flooding in from all over the world. Problems, problems, problems, but what should they do? So the Knesset holds a special session to come up Judy Godorov with a solution. After several hours of talk without progress one member, Yitzhak, stands up and says "Quiet everyone, I've got it, I've got the solution to all our problems. 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