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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 18, 2014 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call Oh baby, oh baby... This seems to be a topic much discussed in American politics these days, so when I read the following in the World Jewish Congress Digest, I knew it would be of interest: "New and expectant fathers in Israel are said to be thrilled over a proposed law that would grant dads eight days leave. Israeli media reports that the idea is a first for Israel. Lawmak- ers had reportedly considered legislation in other progressive Western nations that provide avariety of paternity leave benefits. The Israeli proposal under consideration would allow new fathers three vacation days and five sick days, provided by employers. Gay and Transgender groups are critical for being excluded under the proposed paternity leave measure. For the proposal to become national law, the Knesset would have to give its majority blessing." (I've nothing against Gay and Transgender groups but I can't figure how this law might apply to them. The law should apply to them as well, however, possibly in cases of adoption. I'm just saying.) And on the subject of newborns... This report also comes directly from the World Jewish Congress Digest under the heading 'Council of Europe Hears Jewry On Ritual Circumcision': "Forces of Jewry have prevailed upon the Council of Europe to change its stance on ritual circumcision. Diplomats from Israel and the World Jewish Congress successfully lobbied the Council to reconsider its earlier resolution banning religious circumcision. The Council of Europe, an intergovernmental body that proposes policy, initially condemned circumcision on the grounds that it violated children's rights. The newly worded motion recognizes the practice of Jews and Muslims as 'a religious rite which does not present risks for children and should be respected as a longstanding religious tradition.'" Somehow these first two stories tie in with estrogen?... (Don't ask me how!) "An Evening of Estrogen" will be coming to Mount Dora on Saturday evening, April 26 at the Mount Dora Community Center. The venue address is 520 North Baker Street, Mount Dora. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission; $25 for the reserved section. "An Evening of Estrogen" is an all-female come@ show, 90 minutes in length with no intermission so visit the ladies room beforehand. The performers featured are super-talent, AMY BECKHAM (an optometrist from the Jacksonville area) who talks about her married life, being a morn and a doctor. Amy's high-energy delivery is something to behold in person. She has luxurious hair and will explain how she keeps it that way. Her material covers diets, celebrities...even deer hunting! (Don't ask!) Super-talent, MARY THOMPSON HUNT is a Disney veteran with more than 25 years as an improvisational come@ actor and singer. She moved to Orlando in 1990 to work at Walt Disney World's Comedy Warehouse where she performed for 18 years acting in almost 15,000 shows! (Sometimes, she even went home at night). She does voice- over work, hosts talk shows and has been the 'Voice of Epcot' for more than 12 years. Today, Mary can be seen performing at Disney's Hollywood Studios and at special events for Disney. Our own fabulous CAROL STEIN, also a Disney veteran per- former, is the pianist at the Rose and Crown Pub at the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot. She was the resident musician for the Comedy Warehouse Improv group for years and has been the guest solo artist with the Space Coast Pops Orchestra. Carol enjoys composing and arranging and has performed all over the world including Europe, Asia, Switzerland and Hong Kong. (Carol is also a super tal- ent.., trust me, I know.) Another super-talent who is a member of our commu- nity is brilliant comedian, JILL SHARGAA. She writes, sings, performs and (in her own words) does damage with a guitar. Jill has written and sold one-liners to JOAN RIVERS and CAROL LEIFER. Jill Shargaa She's performed with LILY TOMLIN, LOUIE ANDER- SON, PAULA POUNDSTONE, ROSIE O'DONNEL, JANIS IAN and more. She gave a very successful power-point show at the "Pecha Kucha" event in Orlando in September 2013, to a sold- out audience and she's excited that her show, "An Evening of Estrogen" was asked to return to Mount Dora. Jill says she's looking forward to a great night out. (And with such talent, you know it will be!) Also, Jill wants me to pass this message on to you: "For the love of G-D, get off Facebook and come out to see real live comics perform onstageI" For more info or to purchase tickets: phone (352) 383-2679 or (352) 383-2627 or visit the website . 407-657-9405 or If you'd rather buy tickets in person, visit the Barrel of Books and Games shop, located at 128 W. 4th Avenue in Mount Dora. (Take my advice.., laughter is the best medicine and "An Evening of Estrogen" will provide that to you in spades!) A well-deserved honor... I received this email recently from NANCY LUDIN, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion. It's about a gal I've known for many decades, ELAINE GAMSON. I am so delighted to pass it on to you: "What makes Elaine Gamson extra-special is that she is so much more than a dutiful daughter, a wonderful wife and mother and a philanthropist. Elaine Gamson with Horizon Bay resident, Sylvia. Elaine has a heart of gold! For more than 10 years, she turned her frequent visits to her mother into a compassion- ate visitation experience for many of the residents at Horizon Bay. In most cases, she visited the residents far more than their families did. Elaine's mother, Rebecca, has (recently) passed, yet Ehine continues to visit her senior friends. This is why she is being honored by the Jewish Pavilion at their upcoming fashion show and brunch on May 1." (You can read all about it in today's Heritage.) (As I've said, I've known Elaine for many decades. She has always been loving, caring, gentle.., and always smiling! I con- sider her and her spouse, BOB, their children and her siblings, to be very special. No one is more worthy of this honor, in my opinion, than Elaine.) Speaking of knowing someone for decades... SYLVIA SEMEL is a lovely gal I've known for many years. (Of course I'm upset that I've aged since we met so long ago, but she hasn't!) Recently, Sylvia and her equally good-looking close friend, dancing partner and co-host, JOHN McDANIEL, threw a birthday gathering at Sylvia's lovely home. The cocktail party was catered by Arthur's Catering, prob- ably the best in the entire area. (I could kvell from those lamb chops and meatballs!) Everyone had a terrific time, including yours truly and my spouse (who wants me to learn to cook lamb chops like that!) Among the interesting guests, I bumped into SALLY and MAURICE SALAMY. In spite of her 100 plus years, Sally always goes dancing with Maurice and she loves to bowl! (That's probably the secret to her keeping her slim and trim figure.) I also saw my dear friend (who I consider to be a sister al- though we hardly ever see each other), SONJA MARCHESANO with her loving spouse, ARMAND. Too bad we didn't spend more time together as my spouse and I came to the party late and the Marchesanos left shortly after. All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon.., and as my husband would say... "especially when eating the delicious food thanks to Arthur's Caterers.") (It's all about food with him...and me!) Music is also very special in my life... Jazz, to be exact.., but I like all kinds of music (not rap). For those of you who feel as I do about good music and good musicians, here is information you must have: On Sunday, April 27, starting at 12:30 p.m., our own wonder- ful pianist, MICHAEL KRAMER; his son, bassist, BEN KRAMER; drummer, GREG PARNELL; trumpet and cornet player, DAVY JONES; and guitarist, JAKE JONES, will be appearing at the Altamonte Chapel, 825 East S.R. 436. Altamonte Springs. Wonderful ALAN ROCK is emcee of this superb gathering of musicians. (professional musicians and vocalists are welcome to "sit-in" during the second set.) For further information, phone the Altamonte Chapel at 407-339-5208. One for the road... MARVIN KOVEL of Clermont was kind enough to email this joke to me: A Texan walks into a crowded bar and bangs on a table to get everyone's attention. He says, "Now listen here I am holding a Colt 45 gun with a magazine of 7 bullets and I want to know right now who's been sleeping with my wife?" Avoice from the back yells back"you ain"t got enough ammo." 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