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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 13, 2012 PAGE a A. By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 L-R: Carol Feuerman, Susie, Xleiman, Elise Schilowitz It is still the beautiful and meaningful holiday of Pass- over... And there are happy and exciting things to write about! For instance the following (written in part by REVA SHADER): "The Jewish Pavilion produces a yearly Gala to acclaim with enthusiasm the success of all extraordinary volunteers in their bringing love, joy, and life to needy and elderly people confined to retirement centers and nursing homes. The Jewish Pavilion honors every one of them, and on this auspicious occasion of their Gala, they spotlight special members who have given far beyond the call of duty. "Two of these outstanding volunteers are members of Congregation Ohev Shalom, SUSIE KLEIMAN and CAROL FEUERMAN, and the other is ELISE SCHILOWITZ, a member of Temple Israel." Susie, Carol and Elise will be honored for their Presidencies of the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion. Under their leadership, the Pavilion has coordinated dozens of successful events, raising funds to support elders of all faiths in long-term care. The community is invited to join the Jewish Pavilion for a "Magical Evening" honoring these wonderful ladies, Susie Kleiman, Carol Feuerman and Elise Schilowitz on Sunday, April 22 at The Westin Hotel, 2974 International Parkway, Lake Mary. The gala begins at 5 p.m. There will be hors d'oeuvres, a gourmet dinner, a silent and live auction and the evening will feature the brilliance of magician, CHRISTOPHER TRACY of Virtual Also, the absolutely beautiful centerpieces at the event are the "brainchild" of the Jewish Pavilion's devoted volunteer, CAROL ADLER. The cost of the event is $75 per person. Cocktail attire is suggested. For sponsorship information or RSVP information, contact WENDY LEVINE at 407-678-9363. (A magical evening, indeed!) Another magical evening... That's how I would describe the party recently hosted by ED ZITO. I understand that Ed throws these wonderful parties a few times each year and entertain- ers always show up with their instruments to make music and/or to sing. At Ed's most recent party, I showed up with my "Mr. Wonderful" and, of course, I sang and even told a joke! The musicians were the best, especially a guy I've known since he was a youngster, LARRY UNGER who plays a mean bass. SONJA MARCHESANO, Hilde Sands and Ed (Larry's proud morn) was also Toperzer present with her spouse, ARMAND, a well-known trumpet player and bandleader in Central Florida. Who really thrilled me (because I didn't know he could sing so well) was a nice guy named ED TOPERZER. Ed came from Pittsburgh and settled in Deltona with his family in 1984. He started singing in public at the Sundance Lounge in Altamonte Springs with singer/pianist, PHYLLIS DALE, a talented friend of mine. Phyllis gave Ed the opportunity to sing solo with her. That snowballed into a wonderful retire- ment and the chance to meet many new friends along the way. He said he was lucky that one of his friends has turned out to be HILDE SANDS, who is his significant other of many years. Ed and Hilde go to parties, friend's homes, cruises and other lounges. Of course Ed often "sits in" with the musicians and sings. He "sat in" at Ed Zito's party and really impressed me. He sounds like Billy Eckstein, who was always a favorite of mine along with Nat King Cole. (OK... I realize I'm dating myself by admitting who my favorites were. So now you know I am 60!...Shut up!) Not to change the subject... But let's change the subject! MOISHE FAFNIK, (who many of you know as JACK), lives in Florida during the winter months and returns to his other home in New York City in the summer months. He had to re- turn a little earlier than usual this year because he wanted to go to Israel to celebrate with his beloved grandson, EDAN ZABIHI, son of Jack's middle daughter, ARIELLE and her husband, RAFI, on the occa- sion of Edan's bar mitzvah. Raft is an Israeli and Edan and his brothers, JACOB and BEN, were born in the USA but were also raised in Israel. In preparing to leave Flor- :i ida on the auto-train (which would take him to Virginia and then to NYC for his flight to Israel) Jack encountered many £dan Zabihi mishaps! First, he had what he describes as "a stomach explo- sion." (Too much information!) Next, his car's GPS took him in the wrong direction instead of to the train station in Sanford. When he finally found his way, Jack purchased a ticket but left it in the trunk of his car, which was already loaded on to the train.., and much more happened to the poor guy[ (Oy vay[) Jack did make it to Israel though, for the joyous celebration and will be back in Virginia to continue the celebration with the family next week. Edan made him proud. Edan made his entire Israeli family and friends proud and, no doubt will make his American family and friends proud of him as well. (EDAN is a very special young man. Good luck to him, his entire family and his wonderful grandpa Jack and grandma CAROL.) Speaking of Jack's "explosion"... Although Jack is Sephardic, there is a well-documented link between being of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish origin and having an increased risk of Crohn's disease, also known as inflammatory bowel disease (the incidence is thought to be three to six times higher in these populations). The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's mission is to not only find a cure, but to also improve the quality of life of the children and adults affected by these diseases. Currently, over 1.4 million Americans are affected, including 150,000 children under the age of 18. Many people due to the embar- rassment never seek out help, and suffer all of their lives not understanding what is going on inside their bodies. Many of our local Central Florida Jewish families are dealing with these diseases. ROBYN BLOOM HEYMAN, a longtime resident and volunteer in our community has taken on the cause. Robyn's mother, Selina Galkin, suf- fered from Crohn's and passed away in August of 2011. Robyn has joined the Central Florida Team Challenge to Race for the Cure. She is training to complete a half- marathon in June and is looking for donations to support the research needed. Please go to Robyn's website and help out someone you know: FL12TCVACFRHeyman Also,on Sunday, April 15, there will be a Charity Magic Show starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Eastmonte Civic Center, Altamonte Springs. All proceeds will also go to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Come and enjoy the comedy magic of Greco, who has per- formed for years at Walt Disney World and in Las Vegas. This is a family friendly show and the whole community is invited• Prices are $8 for children under 10 years of age and $10 for adults. (Cash only at the door.) There will also be a silent auc- tion, with all proceeds going to the CCFA. One for the road... In honor of Passover I was emailed many jokes by my buddy ALAN ROCK and my cousin BEN PRIETO. Here are a few. (More to follow after Passover): A group of leading medical researchers have published data indicating that sederparticipants should not partake of both chopped liver and ctaroses, it seems that this combination can lead to Charosesof the Liver! At our seder, we L, ad whole wheat and bran matzah, forti- fied with Metamucil. The brand name, of course, is...'Let My People Go.' Old Jewish men in Miami get hernias from wearing chai's that are too heavy. This condition is called chaiatal hernia! (Had enough?) HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance • Air Conditioning • Electrical • Plumbing • Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 can be purchased at the following locations: ORANGE COUNTY JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland • JCC South, 11184 South Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando * Kinneret, 515 South Delaney Ave., Orlando • SOJC, 11200 S. 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