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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 23, 2013 PAGE 19A Kosher From page 1A herself to opening a kosher restaurant. She was already doing in-house catering for Temple Israel, which was where "her food-service-self emerged," as she put it, be- cause Brown didn't start out in the food service industry. She holds a bachelor's degree in accountancy and a master's degree in taxation, and was a certified public accountant for 15 years, as well as a stay-at- home mom for several years. That might make for a great business manager, but a cook of home-style kosher meals? Hmm. Well, it's not like she didn't have any training in preparing meals. "My mother and grandmother were tre- mendous cooks," she said. "I've been cooking with them since I was big enough to be put on a counter and handed a bowl and a spoon. I've rolled stuffed cabbage since I was knee high!" Sometimes that is the best training of all. Brown comes from a large family where "holiday dinners were big." So when she started doing the in-house catering for Temple Israel, it wasn't such a leap to go from dinner for 50 to dinner for 150. After Brown committed herself to opening the res- taurant, that's when Kin- neret called. They needed someone with kosher skills to operate the dining servic- es out of its kosher kitchen. Would she do it? That was in March 2011, and her dream The ddcor inside the restaurant gives one a sense of being in a New York dell of opening Brown's Deli was put on hold. Then, last November, the Jewish Academy of Orlando approached her and asked if she would operate JAO's kitchen for the lunch meals. Most recently, Brown's staff took over the operations of the deli in the JCC' lobby. With her company, Brown's Deli, taking care of operations at Kinneret, JAO and the JCC's deli, Brown was then able to turn her attention to the restaurant. Inspections and food prepa- ration in the restaurant is under the supervision ofa mashgiach of the Greater Orlando Vad Hakashrut, an organization supported by the Greater Or- lando Board of Rabbis. What's good to eat? Brown suggests the brisket or stuffed cabbage. "The brisket recipe is my mother's," Brown said with pride. "They (her morn and dad, Arlene and Murray Schwartz) come here every day and they will let me know if we have deviated from her recipe! "And the stuffed cabbage is another house specialty that is authentic--it's my grandmother's, Sophie Schwartz." In fact, the stuffed cabbage is just one of many of her grandmother's hand-written recipes Brown cherishes. Which makes this a truly family oriented, home-style, kosher restaurant--Brown keeps her family close. Her oldest son, Matthew, (who just graduated from UCF with a degree in history) works full- time in the deli; her son Sam owns Sam's Smoothy Shop in Maitland Vice Mayor Linda Frosch (holding scissors), cut the ribbon as Lauren Brown, owner of Brown's New York Kosher Deli and Restaurant's held the red bow at the restau- rant's grand opening. Others in attendance were city council members, Brown's Deli staff, and customers. Lauren Brown's family photos, hand-written recipes, and a wooden spoon are well rep- resented in this windowbox collage that is on display in the dell the parking lot in front of the deli, and her two youngest, Daniel and Rachel are nearby in school. Brown's Deli is open for lunch and dinner, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week (closing at 4 p.m. on Fridays), and is at 1201 S. OrlandOAve., Maitland. Kim Fischer contributed to the article. Sharkansky From page 4A reflects police investigations and prosecutors' pondering for more than a decade. As it was, one of the two individuals that the prosecut- ing attorney had included in his indictment against Rabbi Elon refused to appear in court. This reinforces the image of personal reluctance or social pressure against coming forward against a prominent religious figure. Some time ago, when Rabbi Elon's practices or proclivities upset leading figures in the Orthodox community, he gave up his positions in elite Jeru- salem sites, and was "exiled" to the remote and down at the heels settlement of Migdal. According to the rabbinical forum that judged him to have acted improperly, Rabbi Elonviolated his agreement to Wallack From page 1A became PuzzlestoRemember, a non-profit that provides jigsaw puzzles to patients at Alzheimer's and veteran's fa- cilities internationally. Since its inception, the organiza- tion has distributed more than 23,000 puzzles to 2,000 facilities. Today the 17-year-old is a rising junior at Boston University, where he has been spending the summer working at the Laboratory of Molecular Psychiatry in Aging at BU's Alzheimer's Disease Center. He hopes to attend medical school in a few years. Wallack, who skipped kin- dergarten and fifth grade, was recently awarded the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award for avoid intimate, personal and private meetings with people seeking his advice. The forum decided to go public with its allegations "because they saw no other way to protect the public from possible harm." Rabbi Elon has not lost his capacity to attract loyal adherents. His Torah lesson in the evening after the courtverdict was crowded with support- ers who sang along with the rabbi. When a religious man spoke out and demanded that the rabbi acknowledge his sins and begin the process of repentance, he was drowned out by heckling and hustled outside. The rabbi's support- ers said that someone must have put the critic up to his performance, and that he was attracted by the television coverage of the rabbi's Torah lesson. The rabbi, family members, and adherents continue to assert his innocence. They say that the court (and the rabbinical forum) have not understood the rabbi's per- sonality and counseling tech- niques, and deny improper sexual elements in how he deals with young men. They assert their loyalty to Israel and its courts. They adhere to the rule of law to which the rabbi's father dedicated his life. But in this instance, they assert, the court erred, and they intend to appeal the decision. In all probability, a Jew- ish pope would not solve this kind of problem. The Roman Catholic Church has its rouge priests. It deals with some by sending them to distant parishes, or to homes for priests with per- sonal problems. The Church defrocks some, but some of those attract a following of what they consider to be true catholicism. Mormons are another well-disciplined reli- gious community, but has its own variety of charismatic rebels, typically adhering to polygamy, who consider themselves superior to the established Church. Judaism may be stronger by its acceptance of diversity, or by its age old recognition that it cannot overcome what some may consider improper, extremism, or practices best described as something other than Judaism. Leaving aside converts--who may find themselves ousted from or- thodoxy for being caught failing to observe religious law, and in Israel thereby denied the benefits associated with being Jewish--the vast majority of Jews are members his service project. He plans to apply a little of the $36,000 prize toward his research and "a lot towards my tuition," he said. Working with Alzheimer's patients, Wallack said, "re- ally is my calling; it's really important to me." JTA spoke to Wallack about his plans for the future, his biggest influences and how he still makes time to have fun. What sort of puzzles have you found are best for people with Alzheimer's disease? Usually puzzles that have bigger pieces but are the same dimensions of a large [500-piece] puzzle but in 12 or 36 [total] pieces, with color- ful, vivid, memory-provoking scenes. Who or what have been the biggest influences inyour life? The two biggest influences give other teens interested in in my life have been Jan Da- launching a service project? v ds n from the Davidson Try something you're pas- Young Scholars Program for sionate about and do it. Even gifted children. She started me on my path. And my great-grandmother for show- ing me what I'm going to do for others. What do you think you'd like to be doing professionally in perhaps five or 10 years? I want to be a geriatric psychiatrist, interacting with patients and their caregivers, but I also want to be doing research. What's your favorite Jewish holiday? Shabbat is really impor- tant. I try to really think about theweek--what I've done and what I'll do and how to be a better person. What advice would you the smallest thing, it will grow from there. What kind of things do you like to do for fun? I like biking, swimming, Ping-Pong, video games, bil- liards. I try not to procrasti- nate. I have a lot to do. The Teen Heroes column is sponsored by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, which is dedicated to celebrat- ing and supporting teens repairing the world. To learn more about the foundation's $36,000 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, visit htlp://dil- Please tell us about teens who deserve attention by sending an email to of the community by birth and not by faith. The tribal basis of mem- bership pretty much creates the situation where anything goes. Rabbi Moti Elon is not the first rabbi to fall afoul of what Israeli courts are willing to accept by way of sexual, financial, or other improper behaviors. Still to come is the sentencing by the lower court, and whatever appeals the rabbi and his lawyer de- cide to file. Insofar as Rabbi Elon has a proven capacity to attract a spiritual follow- ing, no amount of jail time or enforced community service may end his career. The Orthodox community is divided into those who side with the court and the rab- binical forum, those who say that Rabbi Eion's activities have been misunderstood, and those who shy away from tak- ing any position. The aura that attaches to the title of rabbi keeps many religious Jews from hard analysis. There is also something extraordinary about Rabbi Elon that may protect him from what would bother the rest of us should we cross a line of generally accepted behavior. Contributing to discomfort within the Orthodox com- munity is the pressure to face up to homosexuality. All of the allegations against Rabbi Elon pertain to his behavior with young men. With respect to the rabbi's future, what comes to mind is Douglas MacArthur's penulti- mate line when speaking to a Joint Session of Congress after being removed from military command by President Harry Truman. He predicted, ac- curately, that he would "fade away" like other old soldiers. We'll see if Rabbi Moti Elon fades away, or continues to inspire followers who travel to Migdal in order to study Torah or ask his advice. 367852941 129476835 458139762 246583197 913627584 785941623 592318476 834765219 671294358 2,