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JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 8, 2003 PAGE 7 TIM BOXER'S Traveling With the Stars Ketubah A Hot Item is at the forefront of trendy Judaica. Right a spiffy ketubah to HBO's "Sex and the City," m Las Vegas. The Bellagio ordered a special ling chupah, which Danny designed, to be used booked at the hotel/casino. Sex and the City" set decorator came to Judaica store on W. 30th Street in June for a that would reflect a sense of what Charlotte is - flowery, pink. Surprising," he said, "that the woman, who wasn't t, chose an Orthodox ketubah, not one with Reform or text." show Charlotte went through an Orthodox con- marry her boyfriend, Harry Goldenblatt. was $250. As the wedding scene was about to be an additional rush charge of $125 to fill in set decorator said they couldn't afford the extra The art department would do the calligraphy. aing, "Sex and the City" is a style conscious show, to fashionable trends. Now the ketubah has plans to marketing it as the Sex and the It will be available in Orthodox, Reform, and gay versions. must-have fashion item," Danny predicts. Heroes has a problem. He's afraid of speaking extem- tsly before large audiences. But give him a script him out on stage, and he's terrific. tere are two groups of actors," he said. group is terrific and can speak in front of any Second group is terrified unless, they're playing I am of the second group." er that confession he went on to serve admirably as of the third annual Gift of Life dinner at the Hilton ~is dinner has raised one million dollars," Rifkin an- "If that's not enough, Warren Spector says he'll for more." :.inberg founded the organization, which tests thou- to match up with individual recipi- recipient, Bobby Brown, who had suffered Ukemia, told a Mae West story to make a point. gorgeous fur coat as she made her ,bar to meet her friend Mae West. "I met ith a thousand dollars," she said. later they meet again, and this time Mae West is a beautiful fur coat. did you meet a man with a thousand dollars?" ,I met a thousand men with one dollar each." rues," Brown explained, "it takes a thousand the impact on a single individual." Spector thanked Feinberg: "You have given me my life. I now choose carefully the fights an extraordinary group of people we have in this Avi Weiss said. "You don't strap yourselves belts and take life - you give life." Is the best dinner I've ever been at," IDT honcho JOnas said. "I've been in this room with total heroes. I cry at movies. I definitely don't cry at dinners. At this dinner I cried." Dr. Pat Robertson, the noted evangelist and a personal friend of Jonas, revealed that last year he had prostate cancer. He had an Israeli urologist operate on him and now he's cancer free. Eyes Straight Ahead When a platoon of IDF soldiers run into enemy fire, each one wants to turn his head and make sure that his buddies are in close support behind him. "But if you turn your head," says Raanan Gissin, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's official spokesperson, "you lose concentration and the enemy has a chance to hit you." Speaking at an Israel Bonds real estate luncheon at the Grand Hyatt, Gissin told how Sharon developed a strategy to assist troops under fire. Every five or ten yards every man taps the helmet of the man in front. That way each k.nows that his buddies are behind him. They can proceed straight ahead without turn- ing their heads away from the source of fire. The luncheon honored Jonathan Serko of Cushman & Wakefield, Roy Appel of CB Richard Ellis, and Simon giffof Ackman-giff Real Estate Group. Lived For Laughs, Not Awe Bob Hope asked me to come along to Stockholm where his 1986 command performance for the king and queen of Sweden would be taped for an NBC special. The royal couple broke up when Bob said, "This is a command performance. I'm here because I don't want to be turned into a frog again." During my visit, I was afflicted with lower back pain. I had much difficulty getting to the theater where the royal couple was waiting - for Bob, not necessarily for me. Dolores was concerned with my distress. Waiting to board the jet for our return to New York, she raised her arms and leaned against the side of the plane. "Do this exercise and you'll be okay," she said. They were ensconced in first class. NBC put me in coach. Dolores was worried about my back. She sent a stewardess to escort me to the front where I'd be more comfortable. Two years later I was at a poolside press dinner at Bob's 65-year-old homestead in Toluca Lake, Calif. The occasion was to trumpet his 51st year on the network. He was relaxed, relieved, actually. "The writer's strike is over," he said. "Now I can ad lib again." Bob reigned for several years as headliner at the annual Fight for Sight benefit at Town Hall. Mildred Weisenfeld, who lost her sight at age 25, ran the organization for four decades, raising money to prevent blindness. At the end of one show Bobtailed on Dolores to join him on stage. She gave her handbag to my wife to hold while she pranced on stage with the star. "Let's leave," I told Nina. "We can probably retire with what's in that bag." Not known as a Catskill favorite, Bob appeared just once for a benefit at the Concord Resort. "Don't invite me back," he told his host. "Nobody laughed." "They were in awe, Bob. And they applauded." "I don't want awe. I want laughs." Bob and George Burns were 100 at the end. Comedians generally live to a ripe old age. Asked why, they'd say laughter keeps you young. That too must have been the secret of Bob's long mar- riage. "We're so happy together," he told us at his home. "We get up in the middle of the night and laugh at each other." He added: "We've been very compatible because Dolores has great confidence in my ability as a lover and a comedian. I just wish she'd remember when to stop laughing." Bob Hope would thank his family for keeping him going, and his barber for keeping him like he already went. I guess his hairdresser wasn't on hand Sunday, July 27. Tim Boxer is editor of a md Burman Memory," and Norman the comedian he most ad- Times Panama and Melvin Frankmired because of his "bril- wrote the screenplay for"The liant gift of delivery, breezy Who'sA Road to Utopia." attitude"andlight-as-airwit- .be our tribe's fa- Brooklyn-born Melville ticisms, hewrote in his 1993 game, asinun- Shavelson directed him in memoir. Jewish roots perhaps his best dramatic "He made it look so easy, ine Albright orfilm, "The Seven Little Foys." too," added Epstein. Unlike cder, but when it "On the simplest level, the many comics who 15receded Hope--who New York wise guy approach him, including Groucho at 100 his to humor appealed to him," Marx, "Hope wasn't manic. gave it away: said Lawrence J. Epstein, au- Hewasn't up there sweating. was not Jew- thor of"The Haunted Smile: There was a sense of being in Hope not only visited burn unifs and hospitals on hun- dreds of military bases world- wide -- performing for troops who needed a laugh as desperately as he craved their applause -- he also raised money for Israel in the 1940s at a rally in New York's Madi- son Square Garden. "It was at the invitation of screenwriter Ben Hecht," said Epstein. "It wasn't a The Story of Jewish Comedi- control. He looked the cam- popular time, but Hopewasa ~,~rnedy, inescap- ans in America." era in the eye, and he]et the good guy. And by rallying tie British Prot- Hope was ridiculed as aaudience in on the joke, as if troops around the world in :rrq d to the Acad] child because of his real first to say, this is only a movie World War II, on a deeper Ls,~hichhehostea name n Leslie --- so he be- about nothing-- let's have level you c.ould say he was as "Passover" be- came a master of the one- some fun." helping Jews around the won an Os- line zinger, which allowed This style paved the way world. his ca- him to "put on a brave front for Jewish comics "There are rumors that- Iewish even though he [was] chicken Jerry Seinfeld, said Epstein. [Hope resented] Jews' suc- underneath," said Epstein. But Hope's legacy is richer cess" in show business, for instance, Theshlemielcharacterwas than comedy alone. He per- Epstein added. "But if there one of Hope's greatest gifts formed during a centurywas a piece of documented and Rob- to comedians, said Epstein. fraught with war and con- evidence, I think somebody .~r wrote his signa- "You see it in Woody Allen." flict -- often in venues his would have put it out there "Thanks for theAllen has said that Hope is peers avoided, already. Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (Rec), Navigator School, 607 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, 407-596-5397, 7 p.m. first and third Fridays each month. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd Maitland, 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday, 8 a.m Mon-Fri, 7 a.m Fri 6:30 p.m Sat. 9:30 a.m. Family Service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 1033 Semoran Blvd Suite 151, Casselberry, 407-830-7211; Shabbat service, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862- 3505; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m Junior Cong 10:45 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave West Melbourne, 321- 779-0740; Services, 8 p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407- 855-0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom (C), 315 North 13th St Lcesburg, 352-315-0770 Congregation B'nsi Torah (C), 445 S. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 32"1-777- 2770. Congregation Chabad Luhavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:30 p.m Sat. l0 a.m. Congregation of Liberal Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr Orlando, 407-645- 0444; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; except 1st Friday, Family services begin 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321- 768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 Goddard Ave Orlando, 407-298- 4650; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; Junior Cong 10:15 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleicbem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, 407-935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation Shalom, Williamsburg(R), P.O. Box 691081, Orlando, 32869: Friday night services once a month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando. 407-238-7943. Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium, West Montrose St Clermont: Services on last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352-243-4890. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, 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 0313, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 407-647-3055; Shabbat service; 6:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Israd (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave Daytona Beach, 904-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel (C), 1001 E. New York Ave DeLand, 386-736-1646; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deitona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deltona, 904-789- 2202; Shabbat service, 10 a.m. Saturday. 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