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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 9, 2004 PAGE 7 TIM BOXER'S Traveling With the $1 Themes When Chicago playwright James Sherman went to Seoui to professor at a drama school, he realized he hadn't make a seder. He wondered if there were in town. anybody know any Jewish people?" he asked the class. Woman raised her hand. "Barbra Streisand," she said. t of his latest play, "From Door to Door," on three generations of Jewish women living in Same house in Chicago. photo by Tim Boxer SHERMAN and his mother LILLIANE r debut ofhis intergenerationalplay, From got script to a Korean producer. After reading it is just like my grandmother." In the play, ide Theater, Grandma Bessie unleashes a on the Roof," accusing it of misrepre- shtetl life. that idea from his grandmother, also named Bessie. When "Fiddler" came to Chicago, James went to the theater with his grandmother and mother Lilliane. "My grandmother was offended," he said. "She said the actors weren't dressed nice, and she didn't like it." The dialogue is replete with Yiddish phrases. Some of the words are so com- mon, such as "shpilkes," "meshugeh" and "plotz." On the other hand, Mike Nichols once said there are words that people think are Yiddish but are not. The top three that sound Yiddish are svelte, ladle and farfetched. Four Letters Make A Difference "Elem" might be a word made of four letters but I'm sure PresidentAnn Bialkin didn't intend its annual dinner at Sotheby's to fall into the four-letter category. It started with Jason Flom, head of Lava Records and the man who put Twisted Sister on the rock'n roll road to fame. That tells you right away where he's coming from. First he amused: "I was told Elem works with troubled youth in Israel. I thought I'd walk into a room full of Palestinians." As a child, he revealed, he had disciplinary issues. In first grade he was sent home from school. His father demanded to know what happened. "The teacher asked us what's 2 times 3, and I said 6." "What happened next?" his father persisted. "Then she asked what's 3 plus 3." "What the f---'s the differ- ence?" "That's what I said!" Needless to say, that shocked the 350 dinner guests, including honorary president Nava Barak, and honorees Janina Brandes, Jenny Brandes, Karen Hendler Kremerman and Stephanie B. Mudick. Not to be outdone, Israeli consul general Alon Pinkas got up to flaunt his four-letter repertoire. He recalled a short conversation between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Ambassador Abba Eban. "I'm so glad to welcome you to the White House," the President said in his southern drawl. "I was in the shower, scratching my b--s and thinking how can I help Israel." "Hey," Pinkas told the startled audience, "it's in the Presidential papers!" Minister of Trade Ehud Olmert didn't have any four- letter words, not even in Hebrew. Before Olmert left Israel for the Elem dinner in New York, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said, "Are you crazy? Is it so important that you fly there and back in two days?" "I don't know about the speech," Olmert replied, "but I must hear the introduction." Kenneth Bialkin did not disappoint. He gave the guest speaker an effusive introduction. "Kenny," Olmert said, "it was worthwhile." Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founding president of the Fellowship of Christians and Jews, told how his group funded 250 projects, including an See "Boxer" on page 16 eland security fund for Jewish groups? IGTON (JTA)-- sdi- use of federal funds to found a COncerns over spearheading garner federal dollars di- who security up- and other the flow of the federal siteswould'seekc[ualif'tcation the useby. nagogues or day from their states' homeland schools of federal funds, even security departments, if they come through a middle Each state then would sub- man, violates the constitu- mit a prioritized list of sites to tionalseparation ofchurchand the Department of Homeland state. Security. Jewishgroups have been The federal governmentdiscussing the issue with the would decide which sites to UJC for months, and several fundandwouldenterintocon- organizations were pushing tracts with security firms that for the community to promote would administer the work. loan guarantees for Jewish Rep. Jerroid Nadler (D- sites rather than direct aid. N.Y.), who is sponsoring the Indeed, the proposed bill in- bill in the U.S. House of Rep- eludes loan guarantees as an resentatives with Rep. George alternative to federal funding. Nethercutt (R-Wash.), said he That would allow Jewish sites would not have supported di- to pay for the improvements rect federal aid to religious themselves, but over time and institutions but feels the sug- at a more affordable rate. gested mechanism is accept- able. the contrac- "It's exactly equivalent to longer will bewhat we do in getting a cop COncerns," said outside a synagogue on Rosh 'unzgsberg, vice Hashanah or Yom Kippur," [ic policy at organiza- Jew- ish groups program on church-state Supporting the oxman, of the Anti- "It's still Synagogues, ng Thursday, were ex- bills in au- million to up- at high-risk, The expected to SUpport, whether money for the national bud- Nadler said. The bill, to be sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Aden Spec- ter (R-Penn.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), would pro- vide some of the $1 billion that sponsors estimate is needed to secure non-profit institutions. After last year's bombings of synagogues in Istanbul and Casablanca, Nadler said, he believes the government has an obligation to help secure U.S. sites that are vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Konigsberg said he believes the new system would expe- dite the process because money would be given directly to those performing the work. However, some lawmakers remain concerned that using contractors would make the process more bureaucratic-- and that issue may put a hitch into UJC's plans to roll out the program this week. Some groups also argue that However, UJC believes its approach is more in keeping with the needs of its member federations, which face rising security costs because of in- creased fears of terrorism and the perception of rising anti- Semitism worldwide. UJC has garnered support from the American Jewish Congress, Orthodox Union and United Synagogue of Conser- vative Judaism. Outside the Jewish commu- nity, the legislation is backed by, among others, the Ameri- can Red Cross, YMCA of the USA and the American Hospi- tal Association. The American Jewish Com- mittee, Religious Action Cen- ter for Reform Judaism and Jewish Council for Public Af- fairs still are reviewing the suggested provisions. "While we certainly appre- ciate the new realities this leg- islation seeks to address, we continue to have concerns about its application to houses Of worship and other perva- sively sectarian institutions," said Mark Pelavin, the RAC's associate director. "We are working closely with the bill's sponsors, and our leadership is in the process of reviewing the most recent draft of the legislation." Even Jewish groups that are not inclined to support the legislation aren't expected to oppose it actively because of the community's pressing security needs. "We will continue to raise the concerns," Foxman said. "Will I be testifying against it? Probably not." Jewish oppo- nents of the plan also worry that the legislation could pit Jewish communities against each other for federal aid, ques- tioning whether synagogues in smaller cities would get as much attention as those in places like New York or Chi- cago. In recent years, federal di- saster aid and historical*pres- ervation money have gone to all classes of Jewish institu- tions, though there is debate about whether Jewish institu- tions should accept such funds. The Bush administration has pushed faith-based initia- tives and other initiatives to allow religious groups to seek federal dollars. While the Or- thodox community has em- braced such proposals enthu- siastically, most Jewish groups either have opposed them or have been ambivalent. Some Jewish groups have complained that UJC has rushed the effort without al- lowing enough discussion in the Jewish community on the legislation's ramifications. Sources said UJC wanted to have the legislation introduced before it brings its leadership to Capitol Hill to lobby this month. Konigsberg, however, says a more important factor in the timirig was Congress' appro- priations process. Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (Rec), Navigator School, 607 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, 407-596-5397, ~ p.m. first and third Fridays each month. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (0), 708 Lake Howell Rd Maitland, 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday, 8 a.m Mon-Fri, 7 a.m Fri 6:30 p.m Sat. 9:30 a.m. Family Service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 1033 Semoran Blvd Suite 151, Casselbeny, 407-830-7211; Shabbat service, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862- 3505; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m Junior Cong 10:45 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave West Melbourne, 321- 779-0740; Services, 8 p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407- 855-0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom (C), 315 North 13th St Leesburg, 352-315-0770 Congregation B'nal Torah (C), 445 S. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 321-777- 2770. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:30 p.m Sat. 10 a.m. Congregation of Liberal Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr Orlando, 407-645- 0444; Sbabbat service, 8 p.m.; except Ist Friday, Family services begin 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Match Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321- 768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 Goddard Ave Orlando, 407-298- 4650; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; ]unior Cong 10:15 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, 407-935-0064', Shabbat service; 8 p.m 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation Shalom, Williamsburg (R), P.O. B ox 691081, Orlando, 32869: Friday night services once a month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando. 407-238-7943. Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium, West Montrose St Clermont: Services on last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352-243-4890, Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, 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 0313, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 407-647-3055; Shabbat service; 6:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave. Daytona Beach, 904-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8'p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel (C), 1001 E. New York Ave DeLand, 386-736-1646; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deltona, 904-789- 2202; Shabbat service, 10 a.m. Saturday. 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