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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 28, 2014 The words of Martin Niemoller... "First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out... because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out...because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out... because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me... and there was no one left to speak for me." (I remembered these famous words as I was preparing to write this column. I feel they are most appropriate, especially at this time.) Trouble in Ukraine... The following report comes directly from the March 2014 World Jewish Congress Digest (WJC). It is extremely timely: "The vicious beating of an Israeli-born Hebrew teacher in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in what local Jewish leaders say was an anti-Semitic incident drew sharp condemnation from the World Jewish Congress. (Remember Babi Yar during World War II? It was a ravine in Kiev, Ukraine. Just saying.) "BORIS FUCHSMANN, president of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, and JOSEF ZISSELS, chairman of the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine, both vice presidents of the WJC, said the community believed the beating was the result of anti-Semitic incitement and extrem- ist activity seen in Kiev in recent days, including a torchlight march by supporters of the anti-Semitic party Svoboda and the appearance of swastikas in Jewish areas. Communal officials met with state security services to seek more police protection r the Jewish community." Also, recently a synagogue in the Crimean city of Simferopol was defaced as Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces clashed. The synagogue's facade was sprayed with swastikas and the words "Death to Jews." There are more than 15,000 Jews in Crimea and the situation continues to change daily. The future remains uncertain. The WJC has contacted Ukrainian authorities to ensure the safety of Jewish communities. But it is important that Jews around the world (including us) remain active, engaged and vigilant. What can we do? Money is always needed and for further information, we can go online to Ukraine. Remember the two words... "NEVER AGAIN." The three S's... Shalom Senior's meeting on Sunday, April 6 at the synagogue, 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland. The show begins promptly at 2 p.m. in the Ballroom. The voice of Shawn Paris has been described as a "vocal martini made of equal parts... Softness... Smoothness .... Special romantic twist!" (Don't forget Sexy!) Everyone is welcome to attend and you can bring your friends. (I am attending and bringing my spouse.., or maybe not.) The cost is only $5 for COS Senior members; $8 for all oth- ers. Refreshments will be served after the entertainment and is included in the modest price. There is also a raffle available. For further information or directions, you can phone COS Seniors president, BERNY RAFF at 407-767-6763 or the synagogue at 407-298-4650. I received a phone call... A lady contacted me about starting a new career as a singer and recording artist. She mentioned she was elderly so I ad- vised her to become a singer in nursing homes and assisted living facilities where she could bring happiness to residents and I told her not to expect much (if any) compensation. What I should have done, was to direct her to contact RACHEL SHIPLEY who is now a life coach. She refers to herself as an EJM (experienced Jewish mother). I love dogs... (But you know that already!) Another gal who loves dogs as I do is our own GERRY ECKSTEIN. Actually, Gerry loves all animals, including her smart and wonderful cat named Lucky. About six months ago, Gerry and Lucky lost a dear mem- ber of their family.., a dog named Hank. He was bright and a devoted companion. Shawn Paris "What are they?," you ask. They are 1. soft, 2. smooth, 3. special.., but what about the fourth S? Okay, here it is. 4. sexy. All these S's apply when one refers to singer, SHAWN PARIS! Shawn is the entertainer at the next Congregation Ohev Gerry Eckstein with dog, Mike. When Hank died, Gerry felt a tremendous hole in her heart, an emptiness that she thought she could never fill.., but re- cently, she has found some joy in her life. The "bundle of joy" is her new dog, Mike, a one-year-old Chihuahua. (The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. The breed comes in a wide variety of sizes, head shapes, colors and coat lengths.) As I mentioned, Mike is one-year-old, short-haired, black all over except for splashes of white. In fact, he has the same coloring and markings as Hank. He only weighed four pounds when Gerry first got him and now he is about double that! Before she met Mike, Gerry saw his photo and fell in love with him. (Who could blame her?) I met Mike the other day at a"play date" with my dog, Chloe, and I fell in love with him too. (A doggy play date? What do you expect? I can't have more kids after my three grown sons. My eggs have turned to pow- der by now!) One for the road... Lucy is walking the path around Lake Eola and meets her friend Naomi. Lucy is surprised to see that Naomi is walking a dog. "What's with the dog? I've never seen you with a dog before. Is it new?" Naomi replies, "Yes it is. I got this dog for my husband. I wish I could make a trade like that everyday." (Of course, she was kidding!????????) Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala invites the community to its annual Passover seder to be held on the second night of Passover, Tuesday, April 15, at Stone Creek Grill in Ocala at 6 p.m. The menu includes gefilte fish, matza ball soup and the choice of three en- trees: stuffed chicken breast with apple raisin stuffing, sliced roast beef with mush- room gravy and tilapia with pineapple salsa. All entrees include roasted potatoes and carrots. Sponge cake with strawberries will be served for dessert. The seder will be con- ducted in English by co- president Judi Siegal and Sonia Peterson, treasurer of Congregation Beth Israel. Participation by the attend- ees is encouraged and the seder will feature traditional favorites as well as rituals associated with Reconstruc- tionist Judaism. Cost for the seder is $30 for members; $35 for nonmem- bers. Reservations must be made by April 11, to Estelle @ 352 861-2542 or Sonia @ 353 307-3662. 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