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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 21, 2013 Body of quirk: The life ai !d come@ of Allan Sherman By Dan Pine j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California SAN FRANCISCO--Fifty years ago, a hit single took America by storm, one unlike anything on the top of the charts: "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah," a paean to summer camp angst, sung by a pudgy Jewish guy in horned-rims and a crew cut. That song about Camp Granada;where "all counselors hate the waiters, and the lake has alligators,"cementedAllan. Sherman's reputation as the nation's great song parodist. More than that, it opened pop culture to a Yiddish-inflected humor later perfected by Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld. But that normalization of modern Jewish humor beganwithAllan Sherman San Francisco Bay Area- based author Mark Cohen, who grew up laughing along with Sherman's songs, has written "Overweight Sensation," a biography of the late tune- smith ("Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman" by Mark Cohen, 320 pages, Brandeis University Press, $29.95.) Though not spoken of in the same hushed tones as Mel Brooks and Woody Allen, Sherman has always had fans, and lately has gotten a mqre serious look from pop culture scholars. Cohen thinks Sher- man deserves nothing less. "Sherman coming to tre- mendous stardom in 1962 was at the forefront of this movement of entertainers, literary people and historians who weren't content to leave Jewish identity behind, but knew it needed reworking and rethinking," says Cohen. "[Sherman] was doing that in a popc ulture way." Sherman's breakout suc- cess came the year before "Hello Muddah, Hello Fad- dah," with his debut album "My Son, the Foiksinger." It was the first of three best- selling LPs, eachwith the "My Son..." moniker. These were among the fast- est-selling albums in history up until then. They turned Sher- man into a Grammy-winning mega-star, a regular on the concert circuit and shows like "The Tonight Show" and "The Ed Sullivan Show" Who knew that behind the acerbic wit and roly-poly pleas- Mark Cohen antness was a tormented man hell-bent on self-destruction? The affable Sherman couldn't say no to his appetites, edible and sexual. His success flamed out only a few years after it began, and he died bloated, sick and lonely in 1973. He was 48, victim of a listing self-image that never righted itself. Fortunately, Sherman left behind a storehouse of comic masterpieces, most of them song parodies, many of them on Jewish themes, and almost all of them wickedly clever. In one early work, sung to the tune of "7.6 Trombones" from "The Music Man," Sherman satirizes the phenomenon of Jews fleeing New York for the suburbs and losing their Jewish identities: "Seventy-six Sol Cohens in the country club/Seventy-six Sol Cohens playing gin/But they're hard to identify/'Cause as time is passing by/One by one, they change their name to Quinn." Or one of Sherman's most inspired pieces, "The Battle of Harry Lewisi" based on "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," telling the story of a garment worker killed in a fire at Irving Roth's textile factory: "Oh, Harry Lewis perished/ In the service of his lord/He was trampling through the warehouse/where the drapes of Roth are stored." Songs like that elevate the parody genre higher than dit- ties like "Eat It" (by Weird AI Yankovic) or the thousands of versions of"Call Me Maybe." "The main point is not how easy or hard it is to do parody," Cohen says, "but does the parodist have something to say? When Sherman turned the 'Battle Hymn' into a song about a shlemiel in a garment factory, then you have something new." As Cohen notes in his book, Sherman came out of the generation that shied away Frank Tapia Allan Sherman is best known for his 1960 series of "My Son' record albums. from open expressions of Jew- ish identity. Whether by luck, talent or right time, right place, Sherman unabashedly drew on his Jewish background to create works anyone could enjoy. "When immigrants came to this country, they arrived as Jews," Cohen says. "When their children were born--Sher- man's generation--they were Americans. The question was: were they also going to be Jews? For alot of people itwas an open question how to cobble together a Jewish identity." Sherman did so, paving the way for comics to come. It was a masterful achievement that proved too much for him to handle. By the mid-1960s, as newer, hipper music by Bob Dylan and the Beatles tookhold, Sherman already was facing has-been status. "He worked constantly, coming up with new pieces, including a failed Broadway musical. But before the end of the decade, Sherman was old news. Cohen says Sherman never totally went out of style, and to- day is revered in many quarters. "There are some truths that can't be expressed or captured in any other way except for comedy," Cohen says "We're still living in the cultural mo- ment Allan Sherman helped create 50 years ago, of not being doubted we're American and at the same time not having to hedge our bets anymore about our Jewish identity." Dan Pine is a staff writer for j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California. OB--UAR, ES HERBERT MILLER Herbert Miller of Winter Springs died Sunday, June 16, 2013, He was 89 years old. Mr. Millerwas born onApril 4, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Harry and Diana Seidler Miller. He was mar- ried to the late Janice Miller for 38 years, when she passed away on 2006 Mr. Miller was a salesman in the pool service equipment business He is survived by his son, Douglas (Elizabeth) of Ovie- do; and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Daniel, and sister, Mildred. Graveside funeral ser- vices were held at Beth Israel Cemetery, Gotha, with Rabbi Robert Lefkowitz officiating. The family requests contri- butions in memory of Herbert Miller to the Alzheirner's As- sociation. Services entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. 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Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O), 39 Skyline Drive, Suite 1017, Lake Mary, 407-878-3011,; services: second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m.; every Saturday at 10 a.m. Cfiabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354-3660;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; services, Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd, Maitland, 407-644-2500;; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove, Casselberry, 407-830-7211;; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. at Savannah Court in Maitland. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 MeadowlaneAve.,WestMelbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R),2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-855-0772; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec), Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401S.R.200, Ocala,352-237-8277;; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Shoiom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692;; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds secvices at Social Hall of Our Lady of Lakes Church, 1310 Maximillian St., Deltona; 386-804-8283;www.mybeth: shalom.corn; Sha'bbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 403 N, Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174;; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st Friday; 8 p.m., 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-298-4650;; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.;. Junior Congregation., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec), Leesburg, 352-326-8745; egrae@; services last Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at vari- ous private residences. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kis- simmee, 407-935 -0064;; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Sinai (C/R), 303 N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243- 5353;;services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Healing Service, first Friday of the month, 7 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813- 324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386- 445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m, Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www,; Shabbat services: Friday, 5:50 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), 1109 N.E. 8thAve.,Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321- 631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave., Daytona Beach, 386- 252-3097; habbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800;www.newjewishcongrega-; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R) Services held in the EPICenter at University Carillon United Methodist Church, 1395 Campus View Court, Oviedo, 407-366-3556,; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352- 735-4774;; services: second and fourth Fridays and Saturday of the month. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) ORlibdox(Rec) Reconstructionist