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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 7, 2014 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha--Call 407-657-9405 or gloriayousha@gmail.com An unexpected meeting,,, I recently spoke and performed at a JCC 39er's meeting in Maitland with my talented accompanists, bassist, MOE LOWE and pianist, MICHAEL KRAMER. (I've had the pleasure of performing cabaret with Michael and his equally talented son, bassist, BEN KRAMER, in New York City a while back). After the presentation, a gentleman approached me with a bit of information about a book he had just written. His name is ABRAHAM GOLD, and he is a Holocaust survivor. (Right away I was interested.) I looked the book up on Amazon.com and found this statement by Abraham: "For me to talk about my past--the immense, terrifying madness that had erupted in history, and in the conscience of humankind--was too painful. As my children grew up they started grandmother and grandfa- W ther. Finally I told them a litt,ehistoryofthewar in Eu rope. The Nazis in Germany set out to build a society in which there simply would be no room for the Jews. Toward the end of their reign, their goal changed; they wanted to leave behind a world in ruins in which Jews would never have existed. The Ger- mans carried out the Final Solution by turning their machine guns on more than a million Jews, (six million by war's end) who were not only killed but were denied burial in a cemetery. It is obvious that the war, which Hitler and his accomplices waged, was a war not only against Jewish men, women, and children but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, therefore Jewish memory. Yet having lived through this experience, I could not keep silent.., no matter how difficult, if not impossible, it was for me to speak. I had many things to say, I did not have the words to tell them. How was I to speak of what happened without trembling, heartbroken for all eternity, the hunger, thirst, fear, transport,selection, fire, chimney. When it came time to tell them, what did happen to their grandparents, aunts and uncles, no words came out of my mouth, we all started to cry. In 1974, November, I was given a testimonial dinner for serving as post Commander of the J.W.V. (Jewish War Veterans) in Orangeburg, New York. The editor of our town's newspaper came to our house to interview me knowing that I was a Holocaust survivor." Reading this statement by Abraham made me want to learn much more about his Holocaust experience.., and I'm sure others did as well. With the writing and publishingof his book, titled "Darkness To Light With Hope" we will learn. A brief description of the book: "This book is a journey of life in a tumultuous period of the world's history, of a family's struggles and how they find and of how they hold on to hope in order to survive." To order the book, phone 888-795-4274, ext.7879 or go online to www.xlibris.com, www.amazon.com, www.bn.com, or visit your local bookstore. On the subject of talented writers... DEAN JOHNSON, former entertainment editor and colum- nist for the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.., and a friend, recently explained aword (unknown to me, although as a writer myself you would think I would know it.) The word is petrichor. (Okay, honestly, how many of you know it?) According to Dean, "We just had a deluge (of rain), so did you know there is a noun that describes the wonderful, earthy smell of soil after the rain?" (I probably should have known the word petrichor, as I have a dog and cat who love going out after the rain to whiff the air.., before they do their businesS, of course!) Second annual Holiday Boutique approaches... The Sisterhood of Congre- gation Ohev Shalom is now accepting applications for vendors and businesses who would like to participate in its second annual Holiday Boutique slated for Sunday, Nov. 16, from noon to 5 p.m. Dean Johnson at the synagogue, 613 Concourse Parkway South in Maitland. The cost is $100 for an 8-foot table or space with your own table. Additional table and/or space is $50. To date, COS Sisterhood has accepted applications from: Creations by Jan, Beads, Inc., Siegel's on Park Avenue, Mary- Miller-Weiner jewelry and wall plaques, Gay Harrison Hand- crafted Couture Jewelry, Lilla Rose and Origami Owl jewelry, Dean Prudence shop and many more. If you would like to participate in this upcoming event, please contact Susan Hochstadt at susan@thehochstadts. com, Cheryl Wiener at cheryl.wiener@gmail.com or call the synagogue at 407-298-4650. (I love jewelry.., count me in!) A shout out... And a well-deserved shout out at that! JEFF NARDELLI is the store manager of the Publix Super Market in Casselberry Commons. He recently went above and beyond the call of duty to help this old... (oops, did I say old? I didn't mean to!) Anyway, not being as strong as I was in my 20s (ah-hem) I was using a clever device I purchased at Publix more than a year ago to help me open all sizes of jar covers and bottle caps. Unfortunately someone (not saying who) broke it! Although that item is no longer featured in his store, Jeff was kind enough to go searching everywhere and also offered to re-order it for me if it were still possible. But luckily, his running through each and every aisle paid off (for me.) He phoned to tell me he had one and gave it to me gratis! One for the road... Who said women weren't equal to men? (Or superior?) Read on: One day, three men were hiking and unexpectedly came upon a large raging, violent river. They needed to get to the other side, but had no idea of how to do so. The first man prayed to God, saying, "Please God, give me the strength to cross this river." Poofl God gave him big arms and strong legs, and he was able to swim across the river in about two hours, but only after almost drowning a couple of times. Seeing this, the second man prayed to God, saying, "Please God, give me the strength ... and the tools to cross this river." Poofi God gave him a rowboat and he was able to row across the river in about an hour, but only after almost capsizing the boat a couple of times. The third man had seen how this worked out for the other two, so he also prayed to God saying, "Please God, give me the strength and the tools...and the intel- ligence.., to cross this river." And poof! God turned him into a woman. She looked at the map, hiked upstream a couple of hundred yards, then walked across the bridge. 3-D printers, flight simulators and lasers, oh my! At the Jewish Academy of Orlando, science was all the rage at the Community Open House featuring Fam- ily Science Night Tuesday night, Oct. 28. Each class in the school offered hands- on science experiments in which the students could participate. In addition to doing these experiments themselves, the students could also interact with sev- eral scientists in the school demonstrating experiments for the students. These ex- periments included two 3-D printers, a demonstration of lasers, and flight simulation computers and software. Not only was this program available to the students of the Jewish Academy, but also to the community at-large. This was a wonderful event to showcase the entire Jewish Academy curriculum to its current and prospective families with a focus on the science curriculum. It was a fun and informative evening, and a joy to see the children so engaged in their learning. For more information or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact Alan Rusonik, Head of School, at arusonik@myjao.org or 407-647-0713. 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. Apopka Vineland Rd., Orlando • Brown's NewYork Deli, 156 Lake Ave., Maitland • Most Publix Supermarkets • All Winn Dixie Supermarkets SEMINOLE COUNTY Heritage News, 207 O'Brien Rd., Fern Park • Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 451 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 2317, Altamonte Springs & 1260 Oviedo Marketplace Blvd., Oviedo • Bagel King, 1472 Semoran Blvd., Casselberry • Kosher Kats, 744 W. S.R. 434, Longwood • Central Florida Hillel, 4250 Alafaya Trail, Ste. 212-363, Oviedo Most PublixSupermarkets • AllWinn Dixie Supermarkets VOLUSIA COUNTY Federation of Volusia/Flagler, 470 Andalusia Ave., Or- mond Beach • Most Publix Supermarkets • All Winn Dixie Supermarkets • Barnes & Noble, 1900 W. Inter- national Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach • Perrys Ocean Edge Resort, 2209 South Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach • Debary City Hall • Debary Library • Vienna Coffee House, 275 Charles Richard Beall B1 • Starbucks, 2575 Enterprise Rd • Orange City City Hall • Orange City Library • Dunkin Donuts, 1296 S Woodland • Stetson University Carlton Union • Deland Chamber of Com- merce • Deland City Hall • Sterling House, 1210 Stone St • Temple Israel, 1001 E New York Ave • Beth Shalom, 1310 Maximilian St • Deltona City Hall • Deltona Library • Temple Shalom, 1785 Elkam Dr. • Temple Israel, 1001 E New York Ave, Deland • College Arms Apt, 101 Amelia Ave, Deland • Boston Gourmet Coffee House, 109 E. New York Ave, Deland • Stetson University Carlton Union, 421 N Woodland Ave, Deland • Family Bookstore, 1301 N Woodland Ave, Deland • Deland Chamber of Com- merce, 336 Woodland Ave, Deland • Deland City Hall, 120 S Florida Ave, Deland • Beth Shalom, 206 S. Sprng Garden Ave, Deland • Orange City Library, 148 Albertus Way, Orange City • Boston Gourmet Coffee House, 1105 Saxon Blvd, Deltona • Deltona Library, 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona • Temple Shalom, 1785 Elkam Dr., Deltona • Deltona Community Center, 980 Lakeshore Dr, Deltona • Debary City Hall, 16 Colomba Rd, Debary • Debary Library, 200 Florence K. Little, Debary OSCEOLA COUNTY Cindy M. Rothfield, P.A., 822 W. Bryan St., Kissimmee • Most PublixSuperrnarkets • Verandah Place Realty, 504 CelebrationAve., Celebration • AllWinn Dixie Supermar- kets • St. Cloud City Hall, 1300 9th St, St. Cloud • St. Cloud Library, 810 13th St, St. Cloud • Southern Oaks, 3865 Old Canoe Creek Rd, St. Cloud • Plantation Bay, 4641 Old Canoe Creek Rd, St. Cloud • Osceola Chamber of Commerce, 1425 Hwy 192, St. Cloud • Valencia Col- lege, 1800 Denn John Ln, Kissimmee • Kissimmee City Hall, 101 Church St, Kissimmee • Kissimmee Library, 211 E. Dakin, Kissimmee • Robinson's Coffee Shop, 114 Broadway, Kissimmee • Osceola County Courthouse, 2 Courthouse Sq, Kissimmee • Barnies, 3236 John Young Pwy, Kissimmee • Reily's Gourmet Coffee, 3831 Vine St, Kissimmee • Shalom Aleichem, 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd, Kissimmee • Books-A-Million, 2605 W. Osceola Pwy (522), Kissimmee • Lower East Side Deli, 8548 Palm Parkway, Lake Buena HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance • Air Conditioning • Electrical • Plumbing • Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960