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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 29, 2013 00ce-cream and must00; "j a magical:!1 00rnula for Jewish success Gloria Newberger with cookies Seniors respond positively to the use of music in their life. Lively, upbeat music can help the person feel less lonely or isolated, especially when they sing in a group environment. Singing with others is fun! Similarly, calm and soothing music can help to relax the elderly person and ease fea]" or anxiety. Through music, assisted living residents with various health conditions are able to live more fully. They are not defined by their conditions or their need for medicines and skilled medical care. The Jewish Pavilion has found a magical formula for success. By combining ice- cream socials with music, everyone has a delightful experience, the residents, the volunteers and the staff at the facilities. B'nai Mitzvall e// go /& /on e Maxwell Goldstone, son of David and Juli Goldstone of Apopka, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Max is an A student in the gifted program at Apopka Memorial Middle School. When not involved in academics, Max is active in local theater, either per- forming or working behind the scenes. His hobbies include writing, comedy, science fiction, comic books, music, singing, going to the theater, and traveling as often as he can. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, especially with his cat, Dreidel. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Max's sister; Maia; his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his extended theater family. dyd00ey 6h00ag00Lg Yerreau/! Sydney Elizabeth Per- reault, daughter of Dale and Phil Perreault of Mai- tland, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Sydney is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Preparatory School, where she is on the President's list and was a cheerleader in the fall. She was a member of the Braveheart lacrosse team, played soccer for the LHPS middle school team and volunteered at the Coalition for the Homeless since first grade. Through the Remember Us Project, Sydney is remembering Serl Sazman, a 5-year-old girl who perished in the Holocaust. Sydney loves hanging out with friends and spending time with family, but most of all she loves her summers at Tripp Lake Camp in Maine. Sharing in.the family's simcha will be her brothers, Daniel and Benjamin; grandparents, Dr. Lawrence and Sheila Pakula of Baltimore and Daniel and Judy Perreault of Heathrow; aunts, uncles, cousins a.nd friends from Orlando and around the country. Bonnie Epstein and Margaret Every Monday, Gloria New- berger leads an Ice Cream So- cial/Sing-a-long at Savannah Court. She is usually joined by her cohorts, Bonnie Epstein, Joe Davids, Jan Burg, Bernice Davids and Zelda King. Almost every week, she is joined by members of the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion Boardwho assist with the serving of ice cream. Board members bring their own delicious treats to complement the ice cream. For a few years, Marge Dreayer, a retired professional Trudy Phillips and Craig'Newberger entertain singer led the music. These days, Bonnie Epstein carries the tune. When joined with musicians, the weekly Ice Cream Social becomes extra special, On Monday, March 18, Newberger's son, Craig Newberger,and his wife, Trudy Phillips, entertained on piano. The Jewish Pavilion runs musicales monthly at Horizon Bay under the leadership of Julie and Jackie Levitt and Emily Glickstein. They too serve ice cream sundaes at every event. Zelda King sings By Chavie Lieber NEW YORK (JTA)--Adver- tising, it's fair to say, is in Ben Feldman's blood. Yes, he technically plays a fictional advertiser, the Jewish copywriter in AMC's award- winning drama "Mad Men." But Feldman says it was his excellent marketing skills that landed him the role. "The casting loved that I was a Jew in real life," Feldman told JTA."They were looking for the typical character, a Jew with a heavy accent, and I played it up for all it was worth." A 32-year-old traditional Jew from Washington, Feld- man is best known as the token MOT on "Mad Men:" the terrible blazer-wearing, Brooklyn-accent talking, shamelessly outspoken Mi- chael Ginsberg. Feldman's first acting gigs were in off-Broadway plays. Eventually he scored roles in TV shows such as "csr' and "Living With Fran," as well as in small films. He thought he was about to hit it big when he moved to Los Angeles for a sitcom produced by Adam Sandler titled "The Mayor." Feldman starred in the pilot, but the show never aired and eventu- ally was dropped, providing the struggling actor a crash course in the capriciousness of the entertainment industry. Persevering, he closely followed casting calls for his favorite show, "Mad Men," and was thrilled when he 'Mad Men' AMC Ben Feldman as Michael Ginsberg, the Jewish copy- writer in AMC's "Mad Men." landed the part of the Jewish copywriter. Feldman said it wasn't so surprising that the show incorporated a Jewish character into the cast. "If you look at the history of advertising, most of them were Jews, so itwas only a matter of time before 'Mad Men' explored that area of advertising," Feld- man said. "Plus, the show illustrates the boundaries that were broken in that time period, with women in the workplace, race and such. So it makes sense that the show was going to bring a Jew on." Feldman is the success of his character, but he knows it could end at any time: The producers of "Mad Men" love to leave their audience and their actors in suspense on plot twists. The sixth season premieres on April 7. "Even if I wanted to tell you what was in store for Michael Ginsberg, I couldn't," Feldman said. "There's no way of know- ing if he'll run off with Joan or Peggy because the writers of the show keep everything top secret. And if one of us leaks a page of our script, everyone will know who it is because they have big, bold letters with our names on it." Feldman, who grew up in a Conservative Jewish home, considers himself a tradi- tional Jew. Though he noted sadly that he never had a bar mitzvah, Feldrnan says he oc- casionally attends synagogue and hosts a Passover seder every year for his friends. The gefilte fish, he says, is"a must." To get fully into, character, Feldman says he tries to impersonate other Jews he knows; hence, the accent and quips.Andwhile his imitations might seemalittle over the top, Feldman says he enjoys having fun with the character and isn't aiming to represent all Jews. The show's writers, he says, are using Judaism as a meta- phor for being an outsider. "The thick accent isn't just about being Jewish. It's that Michael is less cultured, less educated than everyone around him, but someone who is trying to step in," Feldman said. "He's in a totally differ- ent social class, as you can see from his clothing, and I try to show how hard it is for him to fit in." Feldman's parents are ar- dent "Mad Men" fans. His father, Robert, runs an ad agency in Maryland. And they were excited for him when he landed the role--until they found out the role. "My mother's first reaction was like, 'Oh I'm so excited. You're going to star next to the handsome, silver-haired actor,' " Feldman recalled. "And I was like, 'Well, I'm in a show full of good-looking people, but I'm going to stand Out as the weird, ugly one. But honestly, it's more rewarding to fly solo and play a different sort of character. There's more room to grow." Feldman wouldn't reveal any details of the upcoming season, but he did mention that he was present recently at a reading for the season's 10th episode. As for his career steps after "Mad Men," Feldman sees a mad dash to find a new show once the season wraps. But he has other things on his mind, like planninghis Octoberwed- ding--an event, he promises, that will have a chuppah and the breaking-of-the-glass ritual. "Here's the thingaboutJews in Hollywood," he said. "Not to stereotype, but the Jews I know here are the funniest, most self-deprecating people I know. And it's rare to find a Jew that is actually offended by comedy about them. "It's sort of like Seth Mac- Farlane at the Oscars. I'm not trying to offend anyone with my character. I'm trying to be as authentic as it gets." Feldman hams up the Jew l!actq)r on