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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 29, 2012 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 "Scooby Dooby Doo" I bet I don't have to write anything else and you will still know I am referring to Frank Sinatra (ale Blue Eyes The Chairman of the Board). True, Frank wasn't Jewish, but I challenge you to find a greater champion of the Jew- ish people and Israel. He could not and would not tolerate anti-Semitism in any form and had been known to use his powers (including physical powers namely his fists) to stand up to it. It's hard to believe we are living in a world without him. Frank Sinatra He died on May 14, 1998 at the age of 82. My world has never been the same. Beginning his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Frank became a highly successful solo artist in the early to mid 1940s. He was known as "the idol of the bobby soxers." Although his professional singing career stalled in the 1950s, his movie acting won him an Oscar and his musical career also was revived and never faltered again, right into the late 90s and his death. Although my trip to Chicago was planned around a gig that had to be cancelled due to hospitalization for back problems. I decided to travel there anyway to see our darling grandchildren. My spouse went with me and during Father's Day, our children and grandchildren treated us to a musical show titled "My Way," a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra. It was wonderful! L-R=Mimi Saunders, Alan Grayson, Lauren Morris Schulman Another champion for Israel Former United States Congressman ALAN GRAYSON fits that bill. He is running for the same office again. As I mentioned to my readers in an earlier column, I got a call from my friend MIMI P. SAUNDERS (also a member of our "tribe"), who told me she would be staffing Alan Grayson in a meeting with LAUREN MORRIS SCHULMAN; Florida's Regional Political Director of AIPAC. Well, that meeting occurred and according to Mimi it was nothing shy of intense and poignant. Numerous topics such as rocket ranges in Hezbollah, terrorist training camps and the Iranian Missile threat were discussed, in a meeting that lasted nearly two hours. Mimi said, "Both the congressman and Lauren have visited Israel so many times that I felt sadly unpatriotic having never been there myself." (Irv and I have visited Israel and plan to return shortly.) She continued, "The two of them spoke about Israel with such passion; it was incredibly moving." I remember Mimi telling me that one of the first things that drew her to Grayson was when he ended a particular speech with a profound motto by which he has stood for many years; "Tikun olam." That's right, healing the world. Congressman Grayson, now running for re-election in the newly drawn District 9, will continue to do all he can to heal the world. We can help him. Go to www.congressmanwithguts.com Bless Alan. Bless Israel. Bless the USA! More about good people Often I receive emails from our own NANCY LUDIN, executive director of The Jewish Pavilion of Central Florida. She tells of the wonderful folks who volunteer. I will pass her email along: "Conversations with Cathy" is one of the highlights of living at Oakmont Village, a gorgeous independent living community in Lake Mary. Every other month, CATHY SWERDLOW prepares a power point lecture on a Jewish topic of interest such as an upcoming holiday or a program about Israel. Jews and non-Jews engage in a learning activity while they enjoy a gourmet lunch. Cathy is a'volunteer extraordinaire' with the Jewish Pavilion. In addition to teaching, she leads a semi-monthly Shabbat service at Oakmonte Village and a monthly Shabbat service at Chambrel. 'Residents rave about her level of knowledge and her superb teaching skills,' says ELSIE SCHILOWITZ, president of the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion. She adds, 'Cathy Swerdlow is one of the best teachers I have ever had. She makes every- thing so interesting and relevant. The residents at Oakmont adore her and so do I.' (This world needs more folks like Cathy!) And more about special people Did someone say negative things about our young gen- eration? Take it back! There are wonderful young folks out there. Thank goodness! Here's just one example: KIERSTEN HARPE of Lake Mary was recently named to the Dean's List at the College of William and Mary, the second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. In order to achieve Dean's List status, a full-time degree Cathy Swerdlow seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hoursandearna3.6 Quality PointAverage during the semester. (There is nothing negative about that!) More to "kvelr' about Nobody "kvells" better than a grandmother no way no how! One such proud grandmother is our own BUNNY ROSEN. Recently Bunny told me about her grandson, HUNTER MASIN, son of SANDY and MELISSA MASIN of Longwood. Hunter is a member of MENSA, and he will be a senior at Lyman High School in the Fall. He is employed as a "bag boy" at the Publix Market on 434 in Longwood and gives all of his customers special treatment. (Now, if I lived nearby you know I would shop there because if Hunter is anything like his grandma Bunny, he is loving, kind and caring and smart. I forgot smart!) And speaking of excellent service On the evening before Mother's Day, my spouse took me out to Outback not Australia, rather the restaurant on Aloma Avenue in Winter Park. Ourwonderfulwaiterwas DJEMIL DANIEL, a quick, efficient and handsome (I notice these things.) young man who made our lovely evening complete. The food was great too! 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