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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 25, 2014 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha--Call 407-657-9405 or Anti-Semitism is alive and well... Sad to acknowledge, but we must keep our eyes open to such hate and we must always remember the slogan, "Never Again." FRAZIER GLENN CROSS (also known as Glenn Miller), doesn't want us to remember it, believe me. He's the hater that shot and killed three innocent people, thinking they were Jewish, on the eve of Passover. While doing the dirty deed, he shouted anti-Semitic slogans, including "Hell Hitler!" The three unfortunate souls he murdered hap- pened not to be Jewish, but nonetheless, this crime has been classified as a "Hate Crime" by the FBI and rightly so. Retired doctor William Lewis Corporon, a 69-year-old grandfather, who was proudly accompanying his grandson, 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood, to a singing competi- tion at the Overland Park, Kansas JCC, was shot dead in the JCC parking lot together with his beloved grandson, who likewise perished. The "monster" Glenn Miller also killed a 53-year-old lady, Terri LaManno, as she visited a resident at Village Shalom, Jewish assisted-living facility nearby. Glenn is 73 years old, a former leader of the defunct North Carolina-based White Patriot Party (formerly known as the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan). Convicted of criminal charges related to weapons and violation of an injunction against paramilitary activity, he has often been a candidate for public office. He is an advocate of white nationalism, white separatism, neo-paganism and a proponent of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.. (Most frightening? There are more like him in this country. That's most frightening!) Anti-Semitism is also thriving in Europe... This report comes directly from the World Jewish Con- gress Digest: "Stemming the tide of right-wing fringe party growth in Europe was one of the major items on the agenda of the National Jewish Community directors meeting recently in Brussels. Jewish leaders and representatives from the European Union and the American section of the WJC brainstormed ideas to confront issues of concern to Jews on the continent. Sponsored by the WJC affiliate, European Jewish Con- gress, the strategy meeting took on issues of bolstering eroding J_ rights, combating anti-Semitism and Strengthen!n" gIrael's position in Europe. From far-flung communitie4n Latvia to major Jewish strongholds such as the United Kingdom, national Jewish community lead- •  ers wrestled with policy goals to protect Jews in Europe, where hot-spots of anti-Jewish sentiment and actions have erupted over the past few years. These have included issues such as restrictions on Jews in some countries consider- ing laws to prevent ritual circumcision (I mentioned this in last week's column) and slaughter (koshering) of animals." A most meaningful event... I refer to the second Seder held at Congregation Ohev Shalom. It was led by Rabbi RabbiAaron Rubinger AARON RUBINGER and ca- tered by Amira and her staff. Although I've been to many seders in my long (don't ask how long) life, I found this one to be truly entertaining. Rabbi Rubinger read most of the Haggadah but did call on volunteers to read often also. Most enjoyable were the voices of youngsters.., so clear and sweet. All the traditional foods were served, which Rabbi Rub- inger explained to us, and the presence of so many old and dear friends made it a very special occasion indeed. And speaking of meaningful seders... I received this email from NANCY LUDIN, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion: Passover Seder at Spring Hills with Carol & Betty Stein. "The ten commandments teach us to honor your mother and father. Rarely do you see CAROL STEIN without her beloved mother, BETTY. She takes her out to meals, movies, shows and musical performances. Over the years, they have traveled together to many exotic and not-so exotic places. Betty Stein lives at Spring Hills, Hunters Creek, which is serviced by the Jewish Pavilion. They celebrated Passover in style last week. Prior to her mother's residence, Carol and her husband, LEE, have entertained at Spring Hills. Now, she (Carol) entertains there more often. While everyone in the world loves to hear Carol play the piano and sing, no one enjoys her performances more than Betty Stein." (I could have told you that!) A reminder... Speaking of the musical talents of Carol Stein, I am reminded of a very special event happening in just a few days: On Sunday, April 27, starting at 12:30 p.m., tal- ented 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 in Altamonte Springs. Our own ALAN ROCK will emcee and professional musi- cians and vocalists are always welcome to "sit-in" second set. For directions and information, phone the Altamonte Chapel at 407-339-5208. Music and food (nothing better in the world)... (Yep, you guessed it! My spouse and I ate out again!) I usually don't like to eat fish (unless it's gefilte fish, of course) but Long John Silvers is an exception. While in the SR 436 restaurant, Fern Park, recently (before Pass- over, of course) we were given the very best service by a wonderful gal named KRYSTALEE TOSADO. She did all she could to make sure we were happy and content.., which isn't easy when your customers (me and Irv) are married almost 54 years! But she did it! (I hope Irving doesn't read this column.) One for the road... My little bit of sick humor (above) reminded me of this joke: An excited woman called her husband at work. "I won the lottery," she exclaimed! "Pack your clothes!" "Great!" he replied. "Should I pack summer or winter clothes?" "All of them," she said. "I want you out of the house by six!" Festive 'Shabbat and Shabbat dinner at Congregation Sinai in Clermont More than 150 members and the community members enjoyed an inspiring and fun time at Cong Sinai Friday night services when spiritual leaders, Joe and Lynn Goldovitz accom- panied by two others played their musical instruments and sang Hebrew prayers to con- temporary familiar tunes. Red and white sweetheart decora- tions adorned the table as congregants gathered for a traditional pre-service Shab- bat meal consisting of chicken soup, salad, roasted chicken and kugel (noodle pudding) prepared by the ladies of the Cong. Sinai. Congregation Sinai in Clermont is a full-service mainstream progressive Jew- ish congregation offering weekly religious services, so- cial activities, adult and youth education as well as an active Men's club and Sisterhood. For further info about our synagogue and our special introductory offers for new members, contact us @Www. A tribute to 00Vl00!tt Cohen On March 21, Congregation Sinai of Clermont had a spe- cial Shabbat service to honor Matthew Cohen, who, along with his late wife Bea, have been Congregation Sinai's largest benefactors. Cohen has generously contributed the synagogue's two Torahs, the Ner Talmud and monies to help the congregation refresh their current sanctuary, as well as his donation of many prayer books. The Beatrice Cohen Memorial Fund was set up to help with Congregation Sinai's children's education. Cohen and his wife Claire are moving back to Philadel- phia and the members of the synagogue will miss his jolly presence, his sense of humor and how good he has made everyone feel. 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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