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HERn'AGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 PAGE 3A By Paul Stewart job in Birmingham,Alabama, sence he would go to upscale he targeted his merchandise during the 1960s, working department stores like Saks toward customers from the As avolunteer for The Jew- for a children's wear firm. He and Lord and Taylor and ask large contingent of French ishPavilion, Iamfamiliarwith told me he and Adelle arrived what dresses were selling the Canadiansnow-birdsarriving their slogan "Imagine what when George Wallace was the best. Then he would recreate every winter. At their peak, it would be like to lose your famous segregationist gover- these top-selling fashions he and his wife ended up health, your spouse and your noroftheAlabama.Schwartz' to the best of his ability (he with seven booths and four home. No onewants to grow senses were shocked at how is a very modest man). His employees--Adelle selling old alone!" poorly the African-American employerwouldmakeandsell sterling and costume jewelry. Last week, along with people were treated andthose "knock offs" at stores .Schwartzwasverygrateful Gloria Green, aprogramdirec- paid. To be sure, Schwartz likeMacy'satafractionofthe for our visit, as most know tor of The Jewish Pavilion, I explained that one of his and price of the original designer growing old can be a lonely had the pleasure of meeting Adelle's happiest moments clothing, It's sort of the way existence without family to 88-year-old, PhillipSchwartz. was when they were able to Japan and China rose to eco- surround them. He teared up He is as sharp as a tack and leave Alabama after having nomic prominence, making whenwepresentedhimwitha regaled us with vivid recol- spent 8 to 10 years there "knock-offs" of best-selling Jewish calendar, immediately lections of his life. His wife, during those years of racial American products, recognizing all the colorful Adelle, died in 2007 and he turmoil. Schwartz' superior Bored with hisretirement pictures within the calendar still misses her. artistry had caught the eye in Central Florida, Phil- (i.e., menorahs, Seder plate, Schwartz was born in of a clothing manufacturer lip started "Tops & Tees-- etc). I look forward to get- Montreal, Canada. He is flu- in New York City. The firm "popular-priced, sportswear- ting to know him better and ent in French, Yiddish and was located in the clothing related merchandise." He learning a ton from his life English. He followed in his district, near Macy's and Her- bought merchandise whole- experiences. father's footsteps, becoming aid Square. The Schwartzes sale through his NYC con- To become a volunteer a fashion designer/designer settled in a home on Long tacts and sold them at a flea for The Jewish Pavilion, call pattern maker, specializingin Island. His specialty was, as market in Daytona Beach. 407-678-9363 or see www. children's clothing. He tooka he put it, "knock offs." In es- With his fluency in French, jewishpavilion.org. Phillip Schwartz (1) and Paul Stewart. Flossie Gluckman Flossie Gluckman in 1948 By Christine DeSouza Florida. This is the fourth Assistant Editor of a series. Florence Gluckman, better In honor of the fiftieth known as Flossie Gluckman, anniversary of the signing was a lot like her brother, Jerry into law of the Civil Rights Bornstein, when it came to Act, The Heritage has been justice, fairness, and respect- running a series of articles ing human beings simply be- about members of the Or- causetheyarehumanbeings. lando Jewish community "Making a difference was who helped bring about in her DNA," said her niece racial changes in Central Roz Fuchs. "She had a strong -comln: Alan Dershowitz Deborah Lipstadt sense of human dignity and opportunity for everybody." Although he was very young, Flossie's son Jeremy Gluckman remembers going with her to Woolworths for a sit-in at the lunch counter back in the 1950s. It was a small stand for equal rights, but Flossie and her dear African-American • friend, Lylah Hankins, would go from restaurant to restau- rant and wait in line to be seated together--an action that was unacceptable in the '50s and '60s here in Orlando. They were always booted out of each establishment, but that didn't stop them from continuing to try again and again. According to her sister Bea Ettinger, the two women ended up waiting in line at the dining room at the Orlando Airport, now the Executive Airport on Colonial Drive, and because itwas a federal facility they were eventually seated. "She was a dynamo, very intellectual and a mover and Jeff Greenfield CongregationOhevShalom conflicts in Israel, new waves refreshments can be taken and the Roth JCC are pleased of anti-Semitism in Europe into the multi-purpose room to announce an important andelsewhere.Theywilltackle where senior rabbi of Ohev special 92Y program they thetoughque stionsaboutwhat Shalom, AaronRubinger, will are sponsoring for the corn- the challenges and threats facilitateaPostProgramCon- munity on Monday, Nov. 24, facing the Jewish people today versation, "The Take Away." at COS. in the U.S., Israel, Europe and Tickets will be sold at the Titled The State of World elsewhere are, and will anti- door for $10 per adult, and Jewry, outspoken law profes- Semitism ever be eradicated? students are free. The doors sor Alan Dershowitz and Award-winningtelevisionjour- will open at 7 p.m,, the pro- renowned historian Deborah nalistandauthorJeffGreenfield gram will begin at 7:30. Call Lipstadt will discuss and will moderate the discussion. Merylat COS (407-298-4650) debate many facets of the Following the program, for more information. shaker. She was able to open causes.WhenshewasCentral familiestotutortheirchildren doorsthatcommunityleaders Florida Jewish Community using college students to couldn't," said Fuchs. Council president, she heard teach them during the sum- "She was a member of the about a low income, elderly mer. They also were the liai- NAACP and we went with housing program offeredsons between the parents and black friends who were also by the U.S. Department of the schools. A lot ofthe black members," said Gluckman. Housing and Urban Develop- childrenweregoinghungryat "We socialized with her black mentandwas instrumental in lunch time becausetheir par- friendsatothertimesaswell." formingaJewishseniorhous- ents couldn't write andwere "She'd have the ideas and ing council that brought into ashamed to put down an "X" then delegate the work and being Kinneret apartments, tosign formsfor theirchildren move on to her next idea!" the Jewish senior housing to get free lunches. Flossie said Fuchs. facility in Orlando. Flossie and her crew smoothed out Flossie once volunteered became the first president of a lot of these problems that hersontobepartofateenage its board of directors,developed because of a lack panel at an NAACP meeting After the Civil Rights bill of communication. backaround 1961. "I remem- passed, things didn't get Flossie also had a late night • berbeingaskedwhatIthought better right away. In fact, it call-in radio show. "We did about interracial marriages. I got tougher for the African- a few shows together based got loud cheers when I told American children who were upon my expertise as a con- them that ! thought it was a nowthrownintoanintegrated sumer law specialist for poor matter of love and not race," schoolsituationwithoutequal people, but I know that she said Gluckman. educational backgrounds. It talked about race and preju- Growingup, Gluckmanand seems that the quality of the dicealotoftimeswithcallers," his brothers andsisters (there educationintheblackschools Gluckman remembered• were five of them) were taught was not on par with the white After graduating from law that as Jews they had both a schools• school in 1965, Flossie ran responsibilityandself-interest "It was a recorded fact that her own legal aid office and in supporting integration, mostoftheblackschoolswere represented a lot of minority "After what happened inalmosttwoyearsbehindtheir clients in family law cases, WorldWarII, shesaidthatpro- white counter-parts," said often offering her services for tecting other minority groups Ettinger. free to the indigent. made very good sense, both Flossie lobbied the school That same year, along with on a moral basis, and because board seeking tutoring for her husband Sidney, she re- onceotherminoritiessuffered these children who were fall- ceived the Eleanor Roosevelt prejudice, we were certain to ing into the gaping cracks in HumanitarianAwardfortheir be the next in llne, if we had the system. The school board diligent service for human notalreadybeenmadetargets, responded that there was not rights for all people• Ithinkthatherownexperience enough money to fund such a Reflecting on his mom, astheobjectofbigotrygaveher program. Not one to take no Gluckman summed her up averystrongprejudiceagainst for an answer ever, Flossie, with this, "Flossie was a very thosewhowerebigots, nomat- along with Ettinger and her small person, but she had a terwhotheyhatedorwhythey sister-in-law Rita Bornstein very large brain, large heart hated them," Gluckman told (Jerry'swife),organizedapro- and a large commitment to The Heritage. gram called Wider Horizons seekingwhatwouldbebestfor Flossie fought for manythat worked with the black all of the human race." Local Orlando area Philanthropy looking for part-time Administrator and Marketing Coordinator. Involves Community Outreach and Education, Coordination of Marketing, interaction with Potential Beneficiaries, and Business/Organizational Overview. Requires familiarity with Orlando,area Jewish Institutions, positive attitude, self-motivation, and business orientation, Home based flexible work schedule of 15 hours per week. Ability to attend occasional night time meetings. Remuneration hourly plus auto expenses. Send Resume and Cover letter to Jeff@OrlandoHeritage.com with the subject line: Resume.