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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 26, 2013 PAGE 7A By Rabbi Rachel Esserman The (Vestal, N.Y.) Reporter The summer heat can be- come so enervating that it's too hot to move; fortunately, though, it's never too hot to read. In fact, reading is a great way to escape the heat. "Jo Joe" When 13-year-old Judith Ormond moves to a small town in Pennsylvania to live with her white, Christian grandparents, she faces true prejudice for the first time. The problem? Not only is she Jewish, but biracial. After finishing high school, Judith promises never to return. However, she breaks that vow 17 years later when an anonymous message arrives saying her grandmother needs her help. Unfortunately, Judith returns too late: her grandmother is already dead. In "Jo Joe" by Sally Wiener Gotta (Pixel Hall Press), Judith finds herself revisiting the violence and hatred that filled her teen years, in addition to discovering family secrets that might just change the course of her life. The reason behind Ju- dith's introspection is an unexpected bequest in her grandmother's will, which leaves her feeling dismayed and betrayed. She starts to take action against the only person she ever allowed to break her heart: her high school boy- friend. Unfortunately, her de- cision creates dissension, not only with the newly formed Jewish community in town, but with the friends of her grandparents. When events occur that make her fear for her life, Judith learns surpris- ing things about the town she longs to leave behind. Wiener Gotta does a won- derful job creating moving and powerful scenes. While parts of the plot were predict- able, there were still some un- expected twists. The best part of"Jo Joe," though, is Judith. Her pain, joy and fear were so palpable that I found myself getting angry over the slights and hardships she faced. In fact, it didn't take long before she felt like a friend, someone I wanted to console and help. The novel is perfect for book clubs since it offers numer- ous topics--from prejudice to forgiveness--to discuss. However, what readers will want most is to befriend its marvelous main character. "City of Slaughter" Life in the early 20th cen- tury can be brutal. Fourteen- year-old Cassie Akselrod learns that lesson early when her parents are killed in a po- grom. Seeking to escape the dangers of the Russian Pale, Cassie decides to immigrate to New York City with her younger sister, Lilia. In "City of Slaughter" (Fi- thian Press), Cynthia Drew follows the two young women as they make their way to the Lower East Side and try to free themselves from poverty and despair. Cassie is an interesting character whose growth and development are the core of the story. While her early life makes it difficult to open herself emotionally to the people she meets, Cassie does find herself drawn to the Labor Movement, particularly those who support equal pay for women. However, politics only forms part of the plot: OB TUAR RITA BERNSTEIN SHORE Rita B. Shore of Champions Gate died on Saturday, July 13, at her residence. She was 88 years old. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., she was born on March 15, 1925, to the late George and Rose Metzger Bernstein. A graduate of Erasmus High School she was voted "Miss Subway" for New York. She moved from NewYork to Miami Beach with her young son, Ron, in the middle 1950s. She grew up in a theater family where her relatives starred in the Jewish vaudeville cir- cuit. In Miami, Mrs. Shore became entrenched in the entertainment industry. She worked in many of the large Miami Beach hotels as entertainment director, securing name stars for their showrooms. Mrs. Shore also performed and starred in live theater and television and ultimately became a noted theatrical agent for many years. In 2000, she relocated to the Champions Gate area. Mrs. Shore is survived by her son, Ronald J. Shore, of Antioch, Calif.; her sister, Muriel Chaff kin of Champions Sudoku (see page 15 for solution Answers from 07/19/2013 URC MEA ANN NEE ..... n ,--_ RAT ONO AON N NY AR I LAM E D U X i S AOT N DAY RIO I N K ATE the large cast of characters includes sweat shop owners, gangsters and con artists, in addition to fellow immigrants who are also looking to im- prove their lives. Although "City of Slaugh- ter" is filled with tragedy, the absorbing plot keeps the pages turning, while at the same time successfully portray- ing its characters' complex- ity. Those who love reading about the Lower East Side in the early 1900s may want to explore Drew's imagining of the time period. "The Other Side of the World" While mixed reactions to a bookare not uncommon, I had great difficulty deciding how I felt about "The Other Side of the World" by Jay Neugeboren (Two Dollar Radio). When the narrator, Charlie Eisner, returns to the U.S. from Singapore after the death of his close friend Nick, his first stop is to visit his father, Max, a writer and retired professor. To his surprise, Charlie finds one of his father's for- mer students, Seana, living in his house. Seana is not only a successful writer, but controversial and unpredict- able in print and life. When she and Charlie travel to offer their condolences to Nick's family, Charlie finds himself re-evaluating his relationship to his friend and his connec- tion to Seana, in addition to deciding whether or not to return to his job in Singapore. Parts of "The Other Side of the World" are wonderful: The vivid descriptions of set- tings--from the neighbor- hoods of New York City to the wilderness of Borneo--are extremely well done. The author's excellent analysis of Charlie's relationship to his father forms the emotional core of the book. However, the violent events that oc- cur were severely disturbing (to say more would spoil the plot), as was the fact they are never adequately discussed or examined. That made it difficult for me to appreciate the novel as a whole. "Zix Zexy Stories" Somewhere there is a per- fect audience for Curt Leviant's "Zix Zexy Stories" (Texas Tech University Press). Leviant is capable of great descriptions and clever plots. The story "The Golden Necklace" which fea- tures an architect who makes an unexpected and surprising discovery at a conference is Europe--is also very moving. "Say It Isn't So, Mr. Yiddish" uses an ingenious plot device to perform a character assas- sination of Israeli professor Shmulik Gafni, while pretend- ing, at the same time, to defend him from a charge of adultery. Teenage friendship and lust form the core of"Mooncake," which also focuses on the fear of anti-Semitism. A nasty American version of a French farce--including locked doors and confused identities--can be found in "The Metamorpho- sis of Freddyy Cole." Unfortunately, I soon grew tired of these tales, which featured men who not only confused lust with love, but saw women only as objects of desire. The wise-guy narra- tion also grated at times. Yet, objectively, I can appreciate what Leviant accomplishes in these seven stories. That ~lso left me with a question: why does the title say "Zix" and not "Zeven'? Gate; her nephews, Bruce Chaffkin and Robert Bern- stein; and her niece, Jaclyn Bernstein. She was prede- ceased by her brother, Lester Bernstein (a.k.a. Jay Lester). In memory of Rita B. Shore, the family requests contributions to the AI- zheimer's Assn., 378 Center- Pointe Circle, Suite 1280, Al- tamonte Springs, FL 32701. Graveside funeral ser- vices were held at Bet Chaim Cemetery, Gotha, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel officiating. Services entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. you could save 28%" Cell 1-866-929-9071 to see how much you could save on car insurance, f,~-~ cu~o~e~ who Eepo,t~d :~,,:r:9~; by ' ',~:~r,cj ~ .................................................... on Allstate' compony 9 2 74 8 4 3 6 2 4 946 713 5 5 4 3 1 5 1 8 7 9 "~:J StatePoint Media Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all digits I through 9. Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian), services Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m. - national holidays); 2nd floor Chapel - Jewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), services and holiday sched- ules shown at www.JewishCelebration.org; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (0), 39 Skyline Drive, Suite 1017, Lake Mary, 407-878-3011, www.jewishorlando.com; services: second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m.; every Saturday at 10 a.m. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354-3660; www.jewishorlando.com; 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 AIA, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-644-2500;www.chabadoflando.org; 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; www.betchaim.org; 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; www.congbetham.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth E1 (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 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;bethisraelocala.org; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692; www.bethsholomflorida.org; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at Social Hall of Our Lady of Lakes Church, 1310 Maximillian St., Deltona;386-804-8283;www.mybeth- shalom.corn; Shabbat 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; www.mybnaitorah.com; 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; www.crjorlando.org: 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 Cha'tm (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-298-4650; www.ohevshalom.org; 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@ hotmail.com; 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;www.shalomaleichem.com; 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; congregationsinai@cfl.rr.com; 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.mytbs.org; 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; www.tiflorida.org; 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; Shabbat 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- tion.org; 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 ofOviedo (R) Services held in the EPICenter at University Carillon United Methodist Church, 1395 Campus View Court, Oviedo, 407-366-3556, www.templeshirshalom.org; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352- 735-4774; www.tcomd.org; services: second and fourth Fridays and Saturday of the month. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (0) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist