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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 5, 2009 PAGE 9.A_ By Gloria Yousha--Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 Sometimes your beginning... Sometimes your beginning determines how you live your life and how you decide things. For instance, when I was very little I lived with my family in low-rent housing...the same as SONIA SOTOMAYOR, President OBAMA's pick for the Supreme Court. I was a minority living in a tough place (the Red Hook Projects, Brooklyn, N.Y.). We were on welfare and my parents had to struggle to put food on the table and clothes on our backs. It made us who we are in large part.., and I embrace that experience. This comes directly from the Internet: All told, Sonia Sotomayor spent six hours at the White House last week [two weeks ago], one of them with Presi- dent Obama. As it turns out, that interview was the most important one she had because she aced it, and as one senior administration official told, "she won it in the interview." In some ways, Sonia Sotomayor it's surprising, because the president actually "knew the least about her" of any of the Supreme Court candidates, according to this senior official. But in many ways, it's not surprising, since her life story also resembles that of the president himself: raised by a single (in Sotomayor's case, widowed) morn, excelling academically at elite universities and then deciding to devote her life to public service. So when the president talks of someone who has "life experience outside the law," she fits the bill. And when you look at her own words, it's as if she has been channeling Obama. As she told the Los Angeles Daily Journal in 1992, "I'm a down-to-Earth litigator, and that's what I expect I'll be like as a judge." That's exactly what the president was looking for. And the White House maintains that she is the ultimate bipartisan pick, since she was nominated by George H.W. Bush in 1991 and then again by Bill Clinton in 1997. In any case, no one can say she doesn't have the credentials. Conservatives are marshaling their forces to make the case that she isa bad choice because she ,'will allow her feelings and personal politics to stand in the way of basic fairness." That quote is direct from a crib sheet of talking points distributed by conservatives. Indeed, it continues," [she] readily admits that she applies her feelings and personal politics when decid- ing cases." But here's the question: Wouldn't it be more prudent for Republicans to save their fire for a better target? Someone perhaps not as qualified? Or someone who is not quite as historic an appointment as Sotomayor? Rush Limbaugh isn't the only one calling Sonia Sotomayor a racist. Newt Gingrich is, too.., and he's demanding that Obama's pick to the Supreme Court withdraw her nomination. (Rush Limbaugh? Newt Gingrich? What do they have to do with anything, let alone politics? I even saw Ann Coulter on a TV news program discussing her.) They are truly upset about this statement by Sotomayor: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclu- sion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." (Maybe that is racial.., but I would still feel better with her on the bench than I do about Clarence Thomas or even Chief Justice, John G. Roberts, Jr.) Young at heart... Our own BARBARA GOLD recently had her article published in a national case management magazine. It was about: "Our aging but vigorous population is transmuting the very definition of elder. With a change in meaning comes the subsequent and necessary modification of what it means to provide care to this demographic." (These are Barbara's thoughts.) I may have overlooked this... I certainly am proud and we all can be, of our own WOLF KAHN, who was honored recently for teaching African-Amer- Spiritual Reader and Advisor Tarot Card Reading by Start Known for my honesty and integrity I can tell you your problems without asking you a single question Regularly $50:$25 with this ad. Complete life reading: Call 407-347-7277 Tybe and Wolf Kahn ican youngsters to swim in Central Florida. The honor was be- stowed at a luncheon in his honor which was attended by Or- lando Police Chief, VAL DEMINGS and some of the young people, now grown, who were taught to swim by Wolf. Some even became lifeguards! Wolf was sent to prison for this deed in 1949. He was thrilled that his wife, always proud of him, TYBE KAHN, was present at the luncheon...and Wolf also was thrilled when he got a standing ovation from those in attendance. "Symmetry"... Featuring the sublime photography of GLENN LOSACK, will be held at Solas, 232 E. 9th St., Manhattan, until June 8. If you plan to be in NYC at that time, consider attending. It is absolutely free. Dr. Losack has relatives right here in Central Florida. He is a psychiatrist who is also a wonderful photographer. The showing of his photos will take place from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 212-375-0297. (If you do attend, tell him his cousin Gloria sends her love.) Don't miss this one... The senior group of Congregation Ohev Shalom will hold. a special meeting on Sunday, June 7, (this Sunday, fast ap- proaching) at 2 p.m. in the Social Hall. Two young groups are coming from the Arts Performance Center, Winter Springs, to entertain. No reservations are required. Refreshments will be served. The cost is still only $2.50 for COS Senior members; $5 for all others. Younger Group from the Arts Performance Center, Winter Springs. f Older Group from the Arts Performance Center, Winter Springs. Congregation Ohev Shalom is at 5015 Goddard Avenue, Orlando. For any questions, you can call BERNY RAFF at 407-657- 8215. This is the last meeting of the current season. It promises to be very special, indeed! More music and entertainment... All you dancers out there and lovers of good music, listen up. The Altamonte Springs Leisure Services and the Altamonte Springs Jazz Ensemble will sponsor, and The Altamonte Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of my friend MIKE ARENAwill play all the big band sounds you love, including those of Duke Ellington, Count Basle, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller and more, for your dancing and listening pleasure. The evening is called "Swing Into Summer." This event, featuring the great singing of LINDA COLE will take place on Sunday, June 7, from 7-10 p.m. at the Eastmonte Civic Center, 830 Magnolia Drive, Altamonte Springs. No reservations are required. Admission is only $5 and you can get more information by phoning 407-322-7528. Put on your dancing shoes, why don't you? (My doctor just told me that I can lose a lot of weight by dancing. See ya there!) One for the road... Maurice is in a hospital and knows he is dying. As he lies in bed in his private room, struggling to breathe, his family and children around him, he starts to talk very quietly. "Freda," he whispers. "Yes dear, what is it?" Freda asks. "I want you should know something before I die. Harry the butcher owes me $100, Levine the pharmacist owes me $400, and our next door neighbor, Moishe, owes me $600 and the return of my lawnmower. Don't let them off, will you?" "Of course I won't, darling," Freda replies. Freda turns to her children and says, "Oy, what a wonder- ful man your father is. Let this be a lesson to you all. Even though he's dying, he still knows who owes hfm money. What a mensch he is." Maurice then finds some strength to say a bit more. "Freda, I want you also to know that I still owe Bernard, my cousin, $3,000 of the $5,000 he lent me three years ago." 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