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4A 5A 6A Synagogue Directory 7A B'nai Mitzvah 8A N Scene Around 9A The cast of pilots at Duxford, England. i [ Laurie and Marc Smith, Orlando co- fought in Israel's War of Independence. Mark Israel, who saw the film at this chairsofAIPAC,theAmericanIsraelPub- With WW II fighter pilot experience year's AIPAC Policy Conference agreed. lic Affairs Committee, have announced under their belts, and a lot of chutzpah, "It is fantastic, I wanted to stand up and that in honor of the 67th anniversary of these pilots overcame tremendous odds cheer when it was over." the establishment of the State of Israel, and helped Israel survive the onslaught The film includes newsreels, inter- AIPAC is bringing the four-star film from large well-supplied and trained views, photos, reenactments, andspecial "Above and Beyond" to Orlando. This neighboring Arab armies on all sides effects from George Lucas's Industrial feature-length documentary, produced whenstatehoodwasdeclared.Thisistheir Light and Magic company. by Nancy Speilberg (sister of Steven story. Much of it in their words, and it is The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for Speilberg) will have one screening at the filled with humor, bravado, warmth and students (use promo code: STUDENT), Orlando Science Center on May 11, at 7 determination. For security purposes tickets must be p.m. "Above and Beyond" has won "Best "You will laugh and you will cry", purchased in advance by May 8 at www. Documentary" and "Audience Choice" said Roz Fuchs Schwartz, who saw, or you can awards at Jewish Film Festivals across this film at the Atlanta Jewish Film contact NinaUribe in theAIPAC Florida the country. Festival in February. "It is exhilarating, Office at 954-382-6110. Tickets will be The film shares the stories of Jewish inspiring and heart warming--a true sold on a first come first serve basis, so andnon-Jewish foreignvolunteers (most- suspense filled adventure story with a don't wait too long or there won't be any ly American) who at great personal risk happy ending." seats left. roc David Kay as Lazar WolfeTom Limbacher as Tevye The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Great- er Orlando has revived its longtime theater program, staging a 50th anniversary production of"Fiddler on the Roof" from May 2-10. Since 1980, the JCC has staged hundreds of produc- tions under the name "The Center Players" at its Har- riett & Hymen Lake Cul- tural Center Auditorium in Maitland. The Center Players went on hiatus in 2012, due to financial and operational considerations, focusing its theater efforts solely on chil- dren and teenagers through its after school and summer camp programs. However, theater at the JCC is now back--under the aptly renamed moniker of "Theater at the J." Kerry and Amanda Giese, a mainstay of the local Orlando Fringe and Peri Goldberg as Golde theater communities, are directing the efforts. Kerry Giese is thrilled to be bringing main-stage the- ater back to the JCC. "Being Fiddler on page 15A r~ The entire community is invited to the Edward S. Ack- erman Scholar-in-Residence Weekend at Congregation Ohev Shalom, April 24 and 25, featuring Dan Kaufman and his group Barbez, avant- garde rock musicians who set Roman-Jewish history to a beguiling soundtrack. "When you're listening to spiritual music," Barbez ther- emin player Pamelia Kurstin ing you to look deeper and ask questions." Barbez guitarist Dan Kaufman did just that once he heard the recordings of the late musicologist Leo Levi, whom Kaufman told NPR is "sort of like the Alan Lomax of Italy." Levi, who died in 1992, captured the unique sounds of the Roman-Jewish community, and many of his findings are collected on the 2001 CD "Italian Jewish By Pamela Ruben On Wednesday, May 6, the Jewish Pavilion will host its annual fashion show at Bloomingdales in Orlando, told National Public Radio, Musical Traditions from the where giving back to the Gabrielle Plucknette "there's something that's call- LeoLevi Collection." In2009, New York musiclan Dan Kaufman (third from right) trav- senior community is always Kaufman traveled to Rome to eledtoRometolearnmoreaboutthecity'sJewishcommunitg in style, honoring Pavilion dig deeper, which resulted in and the Italian resistance during WWIL The result is a new Friends Board member Susan Barbez's eclectic 2013 album, album byhis bandBarbez, based in part on thelost melodies Livingstone. Currently the president of the Orlando Chap- "Bella Ciao." of Roman-Jewish music. Neither Ashkenazi Jews ter of Hadassah, Livingstone (descending from Central with an Israeli-style dinner late 1990s in Brooklyn, N.Y has been an active member and Eastern Europe) norFridayevening(contactMeryl weaves a mosaic of avant- of the Friends Board for the Sephardic Jews (who trace Poweski at 407-298-4650 for rock, Old World cabaret, past sevenyears and chaired their ancestry to the Iberian more information and tocontemporary classical, and lastyear's fashion show. :!:ii Peninsula),RomanJewshave make reservations by April Eastern European folk music "Susan Livingstone has = maintainedadistinctidentity 20), followed by traditional into a uniquely beautiful and giventothe Pavilion commu- Susan Livingstone that they trace directly to Friday-night (7:30 p.m.) and personal soundscape, nity, notto mention a host of --=---" o ancient Israel. Their litur- Saturday-morning(9:30a.m.) The synagogue is located other Jewish and community levels. When my kids were O gical music was passed on Shabbat services, during at 613 Concourse Parkway organizations, withasenseof small, I volunteered at the ----- a o orally from generation to which Kaufman will engage South, Maitland, Florida style, grace and humor. We schools.NowIgivebacktothe ---< m / generation, surviving the synagogue attendees with a 32751. are pleased to get 'all dressed community by volunteering = D w / Holocaust. In fact, "Bella lively discussion about the The Dr. Edward S. Acker- up with someplace to go' in with the Jewish Pavilion. I ---" a. ! Ciao" serves as a musical fascinating history of the man Memorial Scholar-in- Susans' honor," said Nancy give mytimebothlocallyand ":"= [ ode to the Italian Resistance Roman-Jewish community.Residence Weekend is funded Ludin, executive director of nationally with Haddassah," ::~ O / --- Z [ during World War II. On Saturday, April 25, im- by an endowment by Dr. the Jewish Pavilion. she explained. - O I-- Kaufman will share his mediately following Mincha/ Ackerman'swidow, Dr.Shelley For the past 40 years, Liv- Pavilion on page 15A ~ i ~< [ discoveries--andmusic--at Maariv services at 7 p.m Fleet;andtheirchildren, grad, ingstone has fashioned a life ---"