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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 12, 2013 . The Sunday Connection at Congregation Beth Am pres- ents "Laughter in the Wings-- Great Jewish Celebrities," starring Arnold N. Bremen, an author, retired impresario and arts administrator. Bremen will be speak- ing at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 5 at the synagogue in Longwood. An insider's look at Jewish celebrities After nearly half a cen- tury directing four major American Performing Arts Centers, including Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater and The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, and pre- senting more than 2,000 artists and attractions, Bre- man has seen it all. In his book "Laughter in the Wings," Breman recalls backstage encounters with the biggest names in the entertainment business including some of the most beloved Jewish performers of our time. The stories in the presentation feature: Beverly Sills, Itzhak Perl- man, Benny Goodm,n, Sammy Davis Jr., Cary Grant, Victor Borge, Marcel Marceau, Isaac Stern, Joel Grey, Sid Ceaser, Milton Berle, Henny Youngman, Haxry James, Alan King, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers and many of others. This is the story of crowd pleasers who left audiences dazzled and managers frantic, told with humor and candor of a presenter who kept laughing all the way through it. His presentation is animated, funny and entertaining and includes photos and videos of the performers. The show is free and open to the community. Coffee and a nosh will be provided. For more information: 407- 862-3505. Arnold iV. Bremen JGSGO mavens set to answer brick-wall questions The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is presenting a roundtable discussion fea- turing genealogy brick-wall problems and solutions. Many genealogists encoun- ter one or more brick walls when researching their family history. The paper trail seems to vanish. Theirancestors may have changed their names. All sources seem to have been exhausted. The trail has run dry. They may have run out of ideas on where to look next. Bringyour brick-wall gene- alogy problem to the JGSGO's mavens. In advance of the April 30 meeting, submit a research Problem statement, description and background for your Jewish genealogy brick-wall problem to jgsgo. maven@gmail.com. JGSGO asks that you be in attendance at the Brick Wall Roundtable meeting in order to hear what its mavens have discovered. The mavens will share their findings and their research methods.. The earlier you submit your brick-wall problem, the more time the mavens will have to research it. Even if you do not have a brick-wall problem to submit at this time, the JGSGO Brick Wall Roundtable provides a great opportunityto learn Jewish genealogy research methods, said an event plan- ner. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando is a not for profit organiza- tion dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research A closer look at the evil eye Judaism really believe in the evil eye? "The idea pervades Rab- binic literature," Rabbi David Kay of Congregation Ohev Shalom observes. "It seems like folklore or super- stition to us. The Talmud and Midrash are not above delving into folklore--but the notion that there is some evil force lurking in the world, ready to pounce on the unsuspecting or the careless, seems rather un- Jewish." With its firm belief in free will, Jewish theology doesn't include a separate source of evil. "There is a yeitzer ha-ra," says Kay, "a human inclination to behave badly. That's a natural part of free will. But an 'evil eye' sug- gests some external and independent source--and, as Creator of the universe, nothing is external to God." Even more problematic, Kay notes, is belief in de- mons or spirits. "In Judaism, angels are God's creations which carry out the divine will without question or choice. A demon or evil spirit suggests conscious action, seeking out victims deliberately. Mischievous evil or damaging beings acting independently rival God's authority." And yet, Rabbinic literature--and Biblical allusions--include just such beings. These tales grow in the telling, though, and pass- ing and sometimes cryptic references in the Talmud or Midrash take on addi- tional dimensions through the centuries. A simple if puzzling teaching of Rabbi Yehoshua in Mishnah Avot--"The evil eye, the in- clination to evil, and hatred of others take a person out of the world"--evolves into the stuff of legend. The how and why of that evolution is t.he subject of a new three-part series be- ing presented this month through COngregation Ohev Shalom's daytime adult edu- cation program, Mondays at 1:00. On three successive Mondays, beginning April 15, Kay will teach "Demons, Spirits, and the Evil Eye." Mondays at 1:00 is open to the public at no charge and sessions will take place at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Parkway S., Maitl'and. For more in- formation or to RSVP for the series, contact Susan Sparrow at ClergyAsst@ OhevShalom.org or 407- 298-4650. PAGE 3A tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and fam- ily history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. For more information visit our blog at www.jgsgo. blogspot.com and "like" us at www.facebook.com/jgs- greaterorlando . An illustration from 'Jew- ish Fairy Tales andLegends,' a 1919 book by 'AuntNaomi' (Gertrude Landa). "What an adorable baby.'" "Kineora!" "So I hear you got the promotion." "Kinehora!" "Did the doctor say your blood pressure was OK?" "Kinehora!" There was a time not too long ago when making any positive statement in a room full of Jews elicited a chorus of voices saying, "Kinehora!"--a Yiddishized contraction of a phrase meaning "no evil eye." The belief that focusing on the positive invites misfortune is understandable, given the history of the Jews. But does HE I Central Florida's Fastest Growing Segment of the Jewish Community Advertising Deadline: April 17, 2013 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL: 407-834-8787 HELP WANTED Part-time assistant edit pr Approximately 22 hours per week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, from 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday 11 - 5 p.m. Responsibilities will include editing, writing, page layoui, photography and some misc. clerical. Knowledge of the Jewish community and computer experience helpful. Please send resume.to : eff@orlandoheritage.com or call Jeff at 407-834-8787.