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Simply, it was the biggest Over the course of the three-day par- That was the question bouncing "get" the system could have landed and ley, however, it became clear that there aroundthehallslastweekattheGeneral reinforced efforts to give participants was still a big story about a fresh new Assembly of the Jewish Federations of a sense that theirs was still the Jewish leader--andattendeesdidn'thavetolook North America, the annual conference community's most important charitable beyond the conference halls to find him. of the Jewish federation system,network. This GA was the first for Jerry Silver- For about two weeks leading up to Then on Saturday night [Nov. 7] the man since he took over in September as the GA, held here at the Marriott Ward- eve of the start of the GAorganizers CEO of Jewish Federations. man Park, there was a clear-cut answer: receivedword from the White House that A federation outsider, Silverman came Obama. the president had to cancel to attend a totheorganizationafteramuch-heralded The U.S. presidentwas set to make the memorial service for the 13 killed in the conference of more than 3,000 lay and shooting in Fort Hood, Texas. Silverman on page 22A new spin By Lyn Payne Associate Editor So two nice Jewish boys walk into a theater--prom- ising to bring a whole new world of laughs to Orlando tonight. "World of Jewtopia," the creation of Los Angeles writers/producers/performers Bryan Fogel and SamWolfson, comes to the Plaza Theatre downtown Nov. 20- 22, fresh from a national tour and on its way to Broadway. The multimedia, stand- up, audience-participation "two-man comedic extrava- ganza," as Fogel puts it, is based on their hugely popular play "Jewtopia"--which the duo believes is the longest- running non-musical off- Broadway show at some 1,300 performances. The Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia says Fogel and Wolfson's talents will "knock that fiddler off his damn roof." 6 Courtesy of Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson Bryan Fogel (l) and Sam Wolfson bring their comedic take on Jewish life in "World of Jewtopia" to the Plaza Theatre in downtown Orlando Nov. 20 - 22. Gentile boy wanting to thing to remember here is ning. Fogel, originally from meet nice Jewish girl (be- that, as a Jew, you have to a "Conservadox" background cause "I was having a hard pick something on the menu in Denver, and Wolfson, time making decisions on my andalteritbeyondallrecogni- who grew up Reform in own") goes to Jewish singles tion."Thiscoresketchfindsits Jacksonville (Wolfson High mixer, bumpsintohighschool way into "World," along with School there is named for Jewish friend who also wants material from the spin-off his grandfather), were both to meet a nice Jewish girl, book "Jewtopia: The Chosen doing stand-up in L.A. They and they join forces. Jewish Book for the Chosen People" met through perhaps the Adam (played by Wolfson)and plenty of new bits. only gentile unaware that teaches gentile Chris (Fogel) The whole thing was per- the ropes: "The important haps beshert from the begin- Jewtopia on page 22A By Sue Fishkoff TORONTO (JTA)--When Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, delivers his Satur- day-morning sermon at the group's biennial conference, he sets the movement's .priorities for the coming two years. His message this month in Toronto: Let's eat like Jews. He was not asking Re- form Jews to observe kosher laws. Rather, acknowledging America's increased interest in food choices in general, and pointing to Jewish values concerning stewardship of the earth, sustainable agriculture and treatment of workers, Yoffie urged Reform Jews to develop consciously Jewish and ethical food policies for themselves and their con- gregations. "This is not about kashrut," he said as he outlined the main points of the Reform move- ment's new Green Table/Just Table Initiative. "We need to think about how the food we Union for Reform Judaism With Reform leader Rabbi Eric Yoffie urging a cutback on red meat, only fish, chick- en and vegetarian entrees were served at the Union for Reform Judaism's biennial Nov. 4-8 in Toronto. eat advances the values we hold as Reform Jews." That, he said, is how Re- form Jews can eat food that is "proper and appropriate'-- Diet on page 22A Courtesy of the Enzian Theater Ido Port (1) as the precocious Proffy Leibowitz makes an unlikely friend in British soldier Sergeant Dunlop (Alfred Molina) in Lynn Roth's "The Little Traitor," set in Palestine on the eve of Israeli Independence and based on Amos Oz's short novel "The Panther in the Basement." The film leads off this year's Central Florida Jewish Film Festival at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, Nov. 22 and 23. The 11th annual Central geles Jewish and Palm Beach Florida Jewish Film Festival International Film Festivals, is a cinematic celebration of "The Little Traitor" is based Jewish life, culture, and his- on the novel "Panther in tory. "Using the power of film the Basement" by world-re- to inform, educate, and most nowned author Amos Oz. Set of all entertain, the festival in 1947 Palestine, just a few challenges conventional per- months before Israel becomes spectives on issues facing all a state, this coming-of-age of us," says the Enzian's Web tale written and directed by site. This program is part of Lynn Roth centers on Proffy Enzian's cultural festival cir- Liebowitz (Ido Port), a preco- cuitandis co-presentedwith cious 12-year-old boy who the Roth Jewish Community has grown up under British Center of Greater Orlando. occupationandwantsnothing Heritage AssociateEditorLyn more than for the British to Payne reviews all four selec- get out of his land. But when tions on page 12A. he's caught breaking curfew This year's films all come by the worldly and kihd Ser- from Israel: Winner of the geantDunlop (Alfred Molina, Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2008 Los An- En~ian on page 23A