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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 31, 2014 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha--Call 407-657-9405 or gloriayousha@gmail.com This is indeed a small world... The following is a poem titled "I'm Free." The author is unknown to us: "Don't grieve for me, for now Fm free, Fm following the path God laid for me, I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all, I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play, Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found the peace I sought today, If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys, A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Oh yes, these things I too will miss, Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow, My life's been full, I savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don't lengthen it now with undue grief, Lift up your hearts, and peace to thee, God wanted me now, he set me free." Many young people in our Jewish community were friends and acquaintances of my brother-in-law, Solomon Yousha. I say "were" because Sol passed away of cancer, much too young, on Oct. 9 of this year. They may have known him as aspiritual leader in the Jewish community, a USY leader to Israel, a member of the staff of Camp (Ramah) Nyack, an educator, and much more. Speaking of a small world, a few days after his death, I received a phone call at my home from my Heritage editor informing me of a Facebook tribute to Sol, written by the daughter of her close friend. The daughter's name is EREN BODEN. Eren wrote: "The world lost an amazing Moon" in the ballroom. Great songs and refreshments are the order of the day. The cost is $5,members; $8, all others. Questions? Okay... just ask BERNY RAFF, COS Seniors president, 407-767-6763. A good ole Central Florida boy comes home... I'm referring to JIM STAFFORD, a famous comedian, singer, musician, songwriter... (and charmer!) Jim was born right here in Central Florida and besides his many years of perfor- mances all over, he has been headlining at his own theater in Branson, Missouri, since 1990. Jim is self-taught on guitar, fiddle, piano, banjo, organ and harmonica. On Saturday evening, Nov. 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Dora Community Building, Jim will be headlin- ing during the Mount Dora Music Festival. Tickets for the event are reserved, $30 & $45; VIP, $60; Jim Stafford There will also be a "Meet & Greet." For more details, call 352-383-2627, 352-385-1010 or go online to www.mountdoramusicfest.com. This makes me sooooo mad!... I recently heard from the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) about the famous department store (all over the U.S.) Sears selling a most disgusting item under the guise of it be- ing identified as "men's fashion punk rock style jewelry." It is a Swastika ring! (Yes, you read right!) According to one media report, Sears has removed this list- ing. But the swastika ring is still available on the Sears website. They are treating it as just any other piece of jewelry, and not a symbol of the attempted genocide of the Jewish people. I understand that Sears continues to make the swastika ring available for purchase from third-party vendors on the Sears website. Of course, I write far in advance and it may be gone, but man yesterday. Solomon You- Solomon Yousha sha, Mr. Yo, was my teacher you can check with the webslte to see ]f it is still available and and mentor for many years. I if so, make your feelings known. can safely say that everything I knew about participating in, For those who never heard of ZOA: following, and leading a service in synagogue, I learned from The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is the oldest him. His beautiful singing voice will be forever embedded in and one of the largest pro-Israel organizations in the United my mind. Mr. Yo is waiting to sing the song of Shabbat ...(I'm) States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOA feeling a great loss." educates the public, elected officials, the media, and college/ Eren's Facebook post prompted many other posts from high school students about the truth of the ongoing Arab war young folks.., all lovingly mourning Sol's passing. I printed against Israel. The ZOA works to strengthen U.S.-Israel rela- themoutandgavethemtohiswidowanddaughtersandfound tions through educational activities, public affairs programs out that hundreds of like feelings were expressed through and work on Capitol Hill, and to combat anti-Semitism and posts on all social media by many who were touched by "Mr. anti-Israel bias in the media, in textbooks, in schools and on Yo." Our sons, and all the cousins were personally and deeply college campuses. touched. Our eldest, David, a lieutenant commander in the One for the road... U.S., said "Uncle Sol (a former Green Beret in Viet Nam) was (After that last story, I need a joke!) most instrumental in my choosing a lifetime of government Six retired Orlando men were playing poker one evening in service." (I never knew that.) Abe's house when all of a sudden, one of them, Shlomo, loses WhenmyspouseandIattendedSol'sfuneralattheOceanside $650 on one big hand, clutches his chest and drops dead at Jewish Center in New York, we were touched by the amount the table. of people who turned out for the service. It was like attending The other five continue playing but this time standing up to the service for a head of state, literally standing room only show respect for their departed friend. Later, Abe asks, "Who's for hundreds of people, inside the Jewish Center and outside, going to tell his wife, Hilda?" They cut cards and Moishe loses. Solomon Yousha touched a lot of lives in a wonderful and Before he leaves, he is advised to be discreet and kind and to meaningful way. He will never be forgotten, try hard not to make a terrible situation anyworse. "Discreet?" An important reminder.., says Moishe, "I'm the most discreet man there is. Discretion is This Sunday, Nov. 2, is very special, my middle name. Just leave it to me and don't worry about a Members of the Congregation Ohev Shalom Seniors invite thing." So Moishe goes over to Shlomo's house and rings the everyone to attend a most terrific entertainment event begin- doorbell. Hilda opens the door and asks, "Nu, so what do you ning at 2 p.m. at the synagogue, 613 Concourse Parkway South, want?" Moishe replies, "Your husband just lost $650 and is afraid in Maitland. For directions, phone 407-298-4650. to come home." On hearing this, Hilda yells, "SO TELL HIM The talented Company Players will perform "Fly Me To The HE SHOULD DROP DEAD." 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