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H EERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2003 PAGE 9 I I By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 This poem came a little late for Rosh Hashanah But I think it's cute and will print it anyway. It's title is "The Rosh Hashanah Rancher." To city slickers it may sound strange, but there's a kosher cowboy who's home on the range His name is Moishe and his horse is Fagel They ride to town for Iox and bagel He has two sets of dishes out on the prairie, One is for meat, the other's for dairy On Rosh Hashanah he had some fish, A nice round challah and a warm knish And from the open spaces people heard him call, "Zie Gezunt, Pardners, L'Shana Tova, Ya'll" Last week I really laced it into France well, never the People I have nothing against them. Rather, I am angry with the Government of France for their anti-American, anti-lsrael, anti-Semitic stance. And today, I received this bit of news from the Simon MWiesenthal Center, accusing France of indirectly encouraging iddle East terrorism after President CHIRAC's top diplomatic advisor was reported to have told Israel's Ambassador to France that there was no proof that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are terrorist groups. buh! This really calls for more French jokes but I think I'll let up a little. Still I need some kind of a joke: Bette and Freda were talking about their sons, both of whom Were serving prison sentences. Bette says: "Oy, my son Michael has it so hard. He is locked away in maximum security, he never even speaks to anyone or Sees the light of day. He has no exercise and he lives a horrible life.', Freda says: "Well, my son David is in minimum security. He exercises every day, he spends time in the prison library, takes SOme classes, and writes home each week. "Oy," says Bette, "You must get such naches from David." And here's one about confessions: The night before their wedding, Izzy and Clara were sharing Confidences. Izzy said, ''You must know something before we get married. Iam a fanatic golfer. I eat, sleep and drink golf. Golf is my whole life. After we are married, I'll try for some balance but I doubt hether I'll succeed. Just understand - you're marrying a golf addict." I' "I can live with that," said Clara, "now I'll tell you my secret. ra a hooker." "A hooker?" lzzy repeated. "I can live with that." Next time, keep your head down and your left arm straight, swing through the ball (Oy vay he really is a golf fanatic, isn't he?) On the serious side, here is a prayer for Israel: "May it be thy will, oh Lord, that the fleas of a thousand Camels infest the crotches of Palestinian terrorists And may their arms be too short to scratch." (rll say "Amen" to that.) Sl lking of Israel ,lad in light of the Halfa bombing and retaliation against ) received a wonderful letter from MEYER (MIKE) POLLACK of Altamonte Springs. I want to pass it in Israel in August, my sixth visit going back and her fifth. SHLOMO POLLACK, and his older ELIE, age 18, were with us. year in an Orthodox Yeshiva and had never been. [Own here (l-r): SHLOMO, RUTH, ELIE and MIKE CK in Israel. In Haifa, and Tel Aviv. also in Safed and Meron the boys went to Tiberias : the to rest. we went to Sbarro's Pizzeria, which was ttiful memorial plaque there. (People a terrorist attack at Sbarro's in August, 2001. See took the tour under the wall and visited the model of at the Holyland Hotel. struck us, since I had not expected it, was the large from all over the world. to Israel was overbooked and full. All of us seemed to be tak- ing the attitude that if the ter- rorists interrupt our lives, they have won. We walked the streets and rode the buses. Bless you Mike and Ruth, and your grandsons, for not letting fear of terrorism keep you away from our beloved Israel. And thank you for your let- ter and photos. In the spotlight In the September 2003 is- sue of The International Mu- sicians (official journal of the American Federation of Musi- cians), the following article appeared in the "UPBEAT" sec- tion: Memorial Plaque at Sbarro 's. "CAROL STEIN, Local 389 (Orlando FL): The Piano (Wo)Man While Carol Stein's mother was cooking in the kitchen one day, she heard somebody singing nursery rhymes and playing them on the piano. She called to Carol, 'Who's in there with you?' Carors response was simply 'Me, Mommy!' Confused, Mrs. Stein rephrased the question. 'No, who's playing the piano?' Carol's response, again, was, 'Me, Mommy!' And when Mrs. Stein walked into the room, sure enough, there was her daughter, sitting at the piano alone. Now this story may not seem all that remarkable but it should be brought to your attention that, at the time, Carol Stein was just two years old. Recognizing that she had unusual talent, Stein's morn taught her how to read music and she began private lessons at age four. The teacher insisted that she was too young at first, but decided to give her a chance. So she gave her a book and told her to learn the first song. 'I came back the next week, of course, little smart aleck, with the whole book memorized:' said Stein, laughing. Ever since then, it seems that there has been no question as to what Carol, a member of Local 389 {Orlando, FL), was going to do for a living. She has even earned the nickname "The Piano Lady" (for obvious reasons). But she did have a back-up plan. 'Actually I have a master's degree in dental science. I wanted to make sure that I wasn't a starving musician,' she says. Her family supported her through that endeavor just as strongly as they have continued to support her musical career. 'My parents have come to 14 countries to see me play, but they never pushed,' she says. She noted that she also owes thanks to her brother and to her husband, actor/writer/puppe- teer JEFFREY BRESLAUER. 'He chills me. He's my stabilizing force,' she says. Today, Stein is anything but a starving musician. Her full-to- bursting calendar lists a gig nearly every night in various cities. She has played in venues all over the world from Europe to the Far East, and she could probably play just about any song you asked her to. She also enjoys composing and spontaneous arranging of pieces during a live performance. Sometimes, for instance, she'll take a child's melody and turn it inside-out in the style of Mozart, and then into a Bossa Nova, and end up with a Duke Ellington swing. Her bravura is far from being a show-off display, though; it's all just another facet of her love for the music. Stein says she also enjoys the energy and communication that comes from collaborating with other musicians. She played with the Mickey Finn Orchestra, Rosie O 'Grady's World Famous Banjo Band, and her own quintet, among other groups. She has four CD recordings (available on her website), and currently holds a steady gigat Disney World in Orlando, Florida, playing at Pleasure Island's Comedy Warehouse. With her talent and a deep-rooted love for all of the music she plays, The Piano Lady will, no doubt, be happy to take requests." Isn't that a great write-up? And well deserved! Carol's website is . Another trade write-up And this time, it's for me! If you can geta September 2003 edition of Focusln, an award winning newspaper that serves the film, television and arts industry, you will see a nice article on me on page nine. 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