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Ill inumlHlllilll PAGE 8A 00ngagement 00nnouncement Randi Ann Cohen and Adam I. Karron Warren Cohen of Lake Mary, Fla., and Beatrice Pal- ladino of Orlando, Fla., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Randi Ann Cohen to Adam I. Karron, son of Richard Karron of Miami, Fla., and Carole Rynston of New York, N.Y. The bride-elect attended Lake Mary High School. She is a graduate of Florida State University, earning her bachelor of science in communication in the spring of 2000. Randi started with Charles Schwab in June of 2000 and is currently working as a financial consultant for Charles Schwab in Orlando. The groom-elect attended The Browning School in New York City. He is a graduate of Villanova University, earning his bachelor of arts in psychology in 1992. He also earned his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1995 and is currently admitted to the State Bar of Florida. Adam has worked for several large investment firms and wealth management practices, including owning his own investment advisory firm. He currently works as a relationship manager for PNC Wealth Man- agement in Palm Beach, Fla. A March 2010 wedding is planned in Orlando. TI celebrates Kamenoff's 50 years One could only describe the celebration inside of Maison & Jardin restaurant on June 14 as a "family af- fair" as members of Temple Israel Sisterhood (Winter Springs) and members from the community honored Phyllis Kamenoff at a Golden Jubilee luncheon. The event was given in recognition of Kamenoff's many years in TI Sisterhood and the vital role she has played in the group's success. Kamenoff family members and close friends told the audience about her many achievements in Sister- hood, her active role in the community and about her personal life that has always included a warm, loving family and a strong support system. Bill Kahn, long-time member of Temple Israel, wrote, produced and directed a movie about the life and times of Phyllis Kamenoff. Celebrating at the at the Kamenoff Jubilee are Harriett Lake (1), Larry Brown, Elaine Lustig, Rabbi Gary Perras, Phyllis Kamenoff, Temple Israel President Lauren Brown and Temple Israel Sisterhood President Irene Lober. HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 3, 2009 Berkshires offer cultural getaway with a Jewi00;h touch By Hilary Larson New York Jewish Week Of the many verdant, bucolic getaway regions, few can boast the kind of cultural activity found in the Berkshires, which is just three hours northwest of New York City, a favorite getaway for Central Floridians. The Berkshires region has long been the gold standard of summer arts resorts, playing seasonal host to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, theater, dance and jazz at the Tangle- wood Festival. Over the decades, the cultural scene has evolved into a year-round calendar of sophisticated fare that is richest from June to September. The fabled Tanglewood first took shape in the 1930s, when the NewYorkPhilharmonicwas invited to play aseries of concerts for summering Berkshires arts lovers; the Boston Symphony Orchestra was invited the fol- lowing year, and became the event's resident group. As buildings went up, pro- grams expanded and other arts became involved, Tangle- wood became the linchpin of a beloved summer arts scene. Today, it draws crowds for programs that go well beyond classical music: families with children, dance lovers and pop fans will all find something to enjoy. If you're interested in a particular program, buy tickets early, as they frequently sell out. This summer's season opens with a broadcast of Garrison Keillor's"A Prairie Home Com- panion," featuring guests Steve Martin and Martin Sheen, as well as concerts by jazz singer Diana Krall and the Juilliard and Emerson String Quartets. The Mark Morris Dance Group, known for its exhilarating take on modern ballet, performs on Aug. 6 to the music of Haydn and Stravinsky. .Throughout the season, James Levine conducts the Boston Symphony in a se- ries of concerts that's heavy on Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner, with guest soloists that include violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Fans of the Yiddish theater will want to check out the Aug. 20 production of "The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater," featuring conductor Michael Tilson- Thomas as conductor and host, along with several Jew- ish guest performers. Hevreh of the Berkshires, a Reform congregation whose ranks swell in summer with visitors from the New York and Boston areas, is once again hosting its popular summer concert series. The series kicks off July 26 with a benefit event by singer-songwriter Doug Mishkin, a popular entertainer on the NFTYcircuitwhose style has been compared to Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. "This is a second-home des- tination and a tourist destina- tion, sowhile other temples are quiet during the summer, we're at our busiest," said Onnaka Dudley, a spokesperson for the temple. Like many in the area, Hevreh welcomes an influx of Jews that is notably diverse in summertime, from young families to snowbird retirees. The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires and its news- paper, the Berkshire Jewish Voice, are the public face of the year-round Jewish com- munity of about 10,000. Visi- tors looking for a daily minyan can find one at Knesset Israel, an egalitarian synagogue in Pittsfield, Mass. Several other nearby synagogues also wel- come weekenders. Gallim, a New York-based dance company whose Juil- liard-trained founder, Andrea Miller, draws on Israeli influ- ences, will perform from July 8-12 at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass. The festival is one of the country's best-known and most-respected dance events and it continues through the end of August. The Pillow will present 18 different dance companies that span the gamut from ballet and jazz to avant- garde. In addition to Gallim, the festival will feature such highlights as the Merce Cun- ningham Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. The Berkshires also has one of the country's most vibrant summer theater scenes, regu- larly drawing boldface-name actors to its breezy open-air stages. Jewish names and faces are prominent this summer at the The Berkshire Theatre Festival, one of the country's oldest professional theaters, whose 81st summer season opened at the end of June. Big-ticket productions are shown on the Main Stage, while the Unicorn Theatre is a smaller, more intimate space designed to showcase newer works and those by emerging playwrights; there is also a family theater program with children's offerings. Highlights on the Main Stage this year include "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" by Neil Simon, that faithful chronicler of New York-Jewish anxieties. Directed by Warner Shook, the play tells the story of a middle-aged New York couple whose life and sanity unravel during a particularly hot sum- mer--and a garbage strike. Also coming soon is "The Einstein Project," written by Paul D'Andrea and Jon Klein and directed by Eric Hill; the play is an exploration of the science genius through a re- imagined series of interviews with his son, Edmund. Another major theater institution, the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, recently opened its summer season on two stages as well. This summer's shows include productions of "Carousel," "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "High School Musical 2," along with several other plays, cabaret nights and children's theater events. While undoubtedly the high- light of the Berkshires' summer scene, performing arts are only part of this region's stellar cultural array. If you like your visual art on the edgy side, there's the Massachusetts Mu- seum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, known as Mass MoCA, where a retrospective of massive wall drawings by the Jewish artist Sol LeWitt is on view (www.massmoca.org). If you're more of a traditionalist, there's the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge (www. nrm.org). And The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown has one of the country's strongest collections of paintings (Impressionism is a particular strength), photog- raphy and prints. Through Sept. 7, the Clark is showing "Dove O'Keefe: Circles of Influence," a block- buster exhibition of the works of two great American paint- ers, Georgia O'Keefe and Arthur Dove. Dove, one of the first artists to work with abstraction, and O'Keefe, whose idiosyncratic render- ings of natural forms ensured her perpetual popularity, were introduced by the pho- tographer Alfred Stieglitz and became two of the 20th century's most groundbreak- ing modernists. Curves and circular shapes are guiding motifs for both painters, as well as a metaphor for their mutual influence. Any fan of 20th-century painting should not miss this exhibition. Those planning to visit both Tanglewood and the Clark In- stitute in one weekend should look into a special combination package offered by the Clark (described on its Web site). For $45, a pair of culture-vultures get two tickets to the museum and two lawn tickets to a Tan- glewood concert. The price may be modest, but the experience is as rich as anything you'll find; it's the perfect recession getaway. Hilary Larsonis astaffwriter at the New York Jewish Week, from which this article was reprinted by permission. Resources: Hevreh of the Berkshires: www.hevreh.org Tanglewood Festival: www.tanglewood.org Jacob's Pillow Festival: www.jacobspillow.org/festival Berkshire Theatre Festival: www.berkshiretheatre.org Berkshires Tourism information: www.berkshires.org Clark Art Institute and Stone Hill: www.clarkart.edu Barrington Stage Company: www.barringtonstageco.org Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: www.jewishberkshires.org Lawyer who er,00bezzled from survivors 00t?sbarred BERLIN (JTA)-- A lawyer who won reparations for Ho- locaust survivors in the 1990s was disbarred in New Jersey after he swindled some of the very survivors he helped. The New Jersey Supreme Court found on June 23 that Edward Fagan had taken $350,000 from the ac- counts of survivors Gizelle Weisshaus, Estelle Sapir and others without their permission to pay his bills. The court also reportedly froze his assets. Fagan also was disbarred last year in New York on an unrelated case. John McGill, the attor- ney who brought the case against Fagan 10 years ago, told the Swiss Jewish weekly Tachles that he was pleased with the outcome. "After all these years, jus- tice has finally triumphed," McGill said. Fagan had participated in class-action suits in the 1990s against Swiss banks, German firms and other entities on behalf of survivors, helping win more than $1 billion for more than 30,000 survivors. He earned millions in fees, but told the court that he used the money to pay off debts and fulfill the terms of a $2.6 million divorce settlement. The New Jersey Law Journal reported June 24 that Fagan was found guilty of "knowing misappropriation of client and escrow funds," withdrawing money from their accounts without their permission and using it to pay the rent on his law office in New York. Fagan had argued that he had not intended to betray his clients, but that his book- keeping had been disorderly, partly through no fault of his own. But the court said Fagan needed merely to document any work he had done for which he had not been paid. Fagan has brought 80 lawsuits since 2000, none of which has succeeded. Tachles reported that New Jersey court documents showed that Fagan owed more than $15 million to former clients and creditors who had backed his lawsuits. Ill I Illl]l,,llll]]llltll]llllltlllmElllill lllllili  t111 I,,IFI e -' ],  T:T: 17; ], llr EI-:  .... ,T   7-';I