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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 18, 2012 By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 The state of Jewry in Germany... The following (in part) comes from The World Jewish Con- gress Foundation. I find it disturbing. I'm guessing you will too: "Studies of recent German history reveal a three-fold surge of Jewish life since the late 1980s, but any Jew living there today is likely not surprised that German anti-Semitism is a deep rooted and persistent problem: this according to a recently released report by an expert panel appointed in 2009 by the German Parliament. The Bundestag study makes no bones: anti-Jewish expressions went underground after the Holocaust but are back, are widespread and are a source of serious concern to Jewish communities and the government, which points with pride at the re-emergence of Jewish artists, writers and business professionals. "The disturbing report cites the 'wider acceptance in main- stream society of day-to-day anti-Jewish tirades and actions.' "Commenting on the study, former German President Chris- tianWulffpledged that'Germanywould keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and would never abandon the Jewish people.'" (I guess that statement was designed to make us feel bet- ter. I don't!) Speaking of Jewish writ- ers... We have a fine one right here in our community. His name is JEFFREY J. HAL- PERIN, known to many simply as PAPA J. Jeffrey is an accomplished man in many areas. Writing is just one of them. His latest effort, an infor- mative book about the pitfalls and joys of retirement is titled "Life In Retirement..• It's Re- ally Simple. It JustAin't Easy." Jeffrey says about his book, "Money is not the most impor- tant thing you need to worry about for retirement... Living Jeffrey J. Halperin and experiencing the joys, pitfalls, fulfillment and concerns of retirement" are among the most important. Jeffrey gives insight into one of our most important goals as we approach and experience our senior years. His candidness and honesty is refreshing as he opens our minds and exposes the truth• Whether you are married or single, a senior or in your 40s like me (Shut up), male or female.., you need to know what will happen and what you need to do to prepare for and ensure a happy and fulfilling "Life In Retirement." I have this wonderful book and it truly is a treasure of information• It contains all you need to know about planning for and reaching retirement. And most important (especially to me) is the large and comfortable print. (My eyesight ain't what it used to be... and thankfully, neither is the eyesight of my spouse. I tell him I am still "eye candy" and he believes me!) Getting back to Jeffrey's book.., he wants to be sure we live our lives to the fullest with few regrets and he gives us much good advice to live by. I plan to re -read his book and always keep it handy as an important guide. I recommend it to all of you. You can purchase "Life In Retirement" by going to www. jeffreyjhalpern.com or www.amazon.com, on the computer... or you can go to the Spiral Circle bookstore at 750 N. Thornton Ave. in Orlando. (Tell them Jeffrey's great advice sent you. Now though, Jeffrey has to write a book about a wife's dilemma when her husband retires!) Still on the subject of wonderful folks... I refer to probably the most generous couple I know personally, GAIL and EDDIE MARCUS. I've written about this super couple before.., when they handed out money to complete strangers at a Walmart store just to put smiles on people's faces and to make people's lives a little easier. (They also brought along some of their grandchildren and taught them the wonderful lesson of tzedakah that day.) Gall and Eddie Marcus Lately they have been helping out in their local soup kitchen. Recently they found out that the soup kitchen's two ovens were breaking down. Without hesitation, Gall and Eddie do- nated more than 12 thousand dollars to purchase new ones. The "heavens" must be smiling down on this wonderful couple because they do so many good things for so many people. They donate to several causes and hardly ever (or never) say no when someone or a charity is in need. For instance, one year they donated dozens of bikes to the U.S. Marine Corps sponsored "Toys For Tots" and they give donations of money each month to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. They've also given gift bags of cosmetics to Hadassah. I've never known people with kinder or bigger hearts! (I'm proud to say that Eddie calls me his "biggest non- paying customer" of Grafton Products, a cosmetic firm that he and Gall founded and moved here from Connecticut years ago.) I love the word "free"... (You could probably tell that about me in the last story!) Anyway, this Sunday, May 20, at i p.m., there will be a free concert at Horizon Bay BostonAvenue inAltamonte Springs. The featured performers are MATITIAHU BRAUN on violin and HOLLY SMALL on piano. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the fabulous music, ice cream sundaes and other refreshments. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to WENDYLEVINE@ JEWISHPAVILION.ORG or phone 407-678-9363. This event was originally slated for last Sunday but Moth- er's Day took precedence, so it was changed to this Sunday. (Did you say ice cream sundaes? I'm there!) If you are about to travel••. And your destination is New York, then why not plan to spend Sunday, May 20 in a most pleasant way.., enjoying international jazz and Latin jazz recording artist, MANUEL VALERA performing original piano compositions at the AH Piano Salon, 38 Park Ave. W., White Plains, N.Y. It is curated by master piano technician/rebuilder ARLAN HARRIS. (Ar- Ian is also my recording producer, and a former member of our Orlando Jewish community.) Refreshments will be served. For directions and informa- tion, phone 914-909-4274. Based in New York City, producer, pianist and composer, Manuel Valera was born in Havana, Cuba. Well versed in many styles of music, from classical to jazz to R&B, Manny has become well known in the NYC jazz scene. He has gar- nered national reviews by lending his talents as a pianist, composer and producer to such notable artists as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Brian Lynch and Dafnis Prieto. Manny enjoys teaching and sharing his musical knowledge of Latin music, Latin jazz and straight ahead jazz in his master classes. His fresh, inviting and evocative musical concepts and teachings, brings a vitality and newness to the idioms of jazz and Latin jazz. Young, vivacious and an inspiration to young pianists around theworld;Manny is the new "Young Lion" on the current jazz scene today! Arian's piano soirees offer an intimate musical experience that brings performer, listener and instrument together as one! One for the road... I found this joke near the end of Jeffrey Halperin's new book, "Life In Retirement." Although it is R-rated, I found it very, very (very) funny and decided to pass it along to you anyway: One night an 87-year-old woman came home from a night playing bingo and found her 92-year-old husband making love to another woman. She became violent and ended up pushing him off the balcony of their 20th floor assisted living apartment, kill- ing him instantly. Brought before the court on the charge of murder, the judge asked her if she had anything to say in her defense. She began calmly, "Yes, your Honor. I figured that at 92, if he could make love.., he could also fly." Reva Pearlstein Assistant Director Monica DiGiovanni Registered Representative Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. 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