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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 How outrageous... This is once again a reminder that I write far in advance of publication.., so if the subjects I address are way in the past, or resolved, or whatever, they were timely when I commented on them: Hannah Montana is dead! Where is Miley's daddy, BILLY RAY CYRUS? Shouldn't he be outraged by her MTV performance? Another "outrage" is the horrible fire in Yosemite National Park that, at the time of this writing, is still out of control. I performed at the Beautiful Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite some years ago as the singer with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Great gig! Hopefully the land and all that's on it, especially the animals, the tall Sequoia trees and wonderful lodgings are spared. Scary stuff... And much too close to our hearts... This upsetting news comes directly from the World Jewish Congress Digest: "ALBERTO NISMAN, the lead prosecutor investigating the 1994 unresolved bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, claims that Iran is setting up terror cells throughout Latin America He says that a network of Hezbollah terrorists is in place to carry out mayhem in the Southern Hemisphere. Nisman recently issued a report contending that the 1994 bombing was not an isolated event and should be seen in the context of larger criminal activity being plotted Since 2005, the special prosecutor has been investigating the bombing and sees a linkage of subversive activity, naming ten Latin American states where plots are afoot by the active Lebanese terrorist group sponsored by Iran. Following Nisman's damning report, the World Jewish Congress called on the governments of Latin America to heed the warning and take energetic measures to stop infiltration of Iranian agents in their respective countries." (Those who know me, know my heart is in Brazil. I am extremely disturbed by this WJC report.) On a lighter note... Recently, TAMAR VILNAI was chosen by the Jewish Federa- tion to be their"Mensch of the Week." This is the reason given for choosing her: "Tamar came to Orlando from Israel to spend the summer in Orlando as the Israeli Culture/Teva (nature) specialist. She brought Israel to life at Camp J through song, dance, crafts, games, and more. Throughout the summer, Tamar, accom- panied by MAR MILON (Mr. Dictionary) taught the campers a new Hebrew word every day. Campers loved going to her throughout the week and learning about Israel. Tamar is a pioneer, as Camp J had not had a shaliach in a number of years. She will be missed, but the campers and camp staff will never forget her. Tamar was one of two emissaries working at the JCC summer camps in Orlando." A wonderful read... Dr. RACHEL NEWCOMB is a professor at Rollins College, Winter Park, and does both academic (nonfiction) and fic- tion writing. She also writes for several media including the Huffington Post. Rachel is a cultural anthropologist as well as a writer, who is currently an associate professor of anthropology at Rollins. Her latest book is titled "The Gift." Briefly, its content is as follows: Elise and Peter's marriage is on the rocks. She can't get pregnant, and he can't finish his dissertation. Is Celia, the Princeton scholarship student who answers Elise's advertise- ment for an egg donor, the answer to their problems? "The Gift" was a semifinalist for the "Amazon Breakthrough Novel" award One of the readers of her new book had this to say: "For anyone who has tried their own hand at writing, Rachel Newcomb perfectly captures the singular awkwardness of creative writing workshops, the subtleties and difficulties of marriage, and the isolation of anyone who has ever felt out of place on a college campus." Dr. Newcomb's book, "The Gift" is available from Ama- (I don't need an egg donor at this time in my life. My eggs are surely powdered! And besides, Irv and I have three sons. But, this sounds like the kind of novel I enjoy, so I am planning to read it.) Another mensch?... This comes directly from NANCY LUDIN, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion: "EMILY GLICKSTEIN takes the word mensch to a whole new level. Every month, Dr. Rachel Newcomb she helps organize a festive musical program at Horizon Bay, making sure that the residents enjoy ice cream sundaes and other holiday goodies. Along with her group of dedicated Jewish Pavilion volun- teers, she decorates for every musicale, making it more like a party than simply an hour of entertainment. Emily is exceptionally compassionate. She visits with residents one-on-one at Adventist and Savannah Court, often bringing them presents and helping to fulfill their needs. Most residents visited by the Jewish Pavilion arewithout local family. Emily has gone over and above to insure that they receive the love and attention they crave. While loneliness cannot be cured, Emily's companion- ship is the best medicine in the world." Okay, it's about food Ann Gobey (l) and ~ again... Emily Glickstein Wanna make me happy? Serve me matzo ball soup! That's what waiter, ED GIBSON, did at Too Jay's Restaurant, Altamonte Springs, the other day. But his service was unique. (Besides, he is good-looking and I think he was flirting with me? He wasn't? Oh well. I can pretend!) His service was unique, as I was saying, because he placed a bowl of matzo ball soup before me and sent me home with another complete serving! (I told Irv I cooked it and scored marital points!) One for the road... Osama bin Laden died and went up to the pearly gates to learn his fate. He was met there by none other than George Washington, first president of the United States. Washington beat him and when Osama was down on the ground, he kicked him repeatedly in the head. When Washington was finished delivering his beating, Thomas Jefferson took over. beat Osama once more to the ground and stomped on him over and over again.., then he was joined by Patrick Henry and 69 others! They all pounced and trounced and finally, beaten to the core, Osama shouted "this is not what I was promised!" An angel replied... "Oh yes, it was! You were promised 72 Virginians and you got them!" The American Jewish Story explored. Later versions ap- Jews, were opposed to making has been so ably presented. Through Cinema, by Eric A. peared that featured Danny thesefilms.Itwasanon-Jewish This surprisingly unexpected Goldman Thomas, Jerry Lewis, andNeil prducer'DarylF'Zanuck'wh ending detracts from what is As the title suggests, this Diamond. Yiddish variations successfullyadvocatedmaking otherwise a thoughtful con- book explores American Jew- of "The Jazz Singer" were "Gentleman's Agreement." sideration of how American ish history by examining alsoproduced.Theimmigrant Both films were well received Jewish life has been depicted movies as reflections of the generation is personified in the and, according to Goldman, on the screen. Goldman leaves experiences encountered by father, a cantor who is ill or they"were part of a coming of the door wide open for a American Jews. Author Gold- dying just before Yom Kippur. age for America's Jews." sequel on the contemporary man is a teacher in the field The American Jew has inher- A chapter on Irwin Shaw's Hollywood scene in which he of film studies, lecturing ited his father's singing ability "TheYoung Lions"ably exam- might examine the contribu- at Queens College, Yeshiva but is using it to become a ines how this film represents tion of the Coen brothers, University, and the Jewish Broadwaystarandtheconflict American Jews in the period Steven Spielberg, Holocaust Theological Seminary. focuses on whether or not he following World War II. This is films, Jewish actors today and After an over-view intro- will take his father's place in followedbyachapteronBarbra othermanifestationsofJewish duction, Goldman devotes six the synagogue for Kol Nidre. Streisand, focusing on "The influence in the world of film. chapters to looking indepth at "Gentleman's Agreement"Way We Were"and"The Prince Dr. Morton I. Teicher is the ninefilms, beginningwiththe and"Crossfire,'bothreleasedin of Tides."Thelasttwochapters Founding Dean, Wurzweiler firsttalkingpicture,"TheJazz 1947, explored anti-Semitism discuss "Avalon," "Liberty SchoolofSocialWork, Yeshiva Singer," starring A1 Jolson, in in the United States Interest- Heights," and "Everything University and Dean Emeri- which the stresses and strains ingly, several leaders of Ameri- Is Illuminated," concluding tus, School of Social Work, between American Jews and can Jewish organizations and rather abruptly without any University of North Carolina their immigrant parents are Hollywood moguls, mostly effort to summarize what at ChapelHill. EWISH NEWS can be purchased at the following locations: ORANGE COUNTY JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland JCC South, 11184 South Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando * Kinneret, 515 South Delaney Ave., Orlando * SOJC, 11200 S. 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