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PAGE 12 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 21, "Jewish New York is not only * Gotta Earn a Dollar: How enormous, itisalsoenormously They Made a Living - Jews in complex." - from Jewish New New York have made names for York themselves, and a living, in ev- Nearly seventy percent of eryimaginableway:aspushcart American Jewish American merchants and world-chain- families can trace their origins pionheavyweightboxers;stock- to New York City, and Jewish brokers and garment workers; New Yorkcelebrates these roots cops and firefighters; educators from the seventeenth century and entertainers. (really!) t9 the present day, de- .Caf6s, Knishes, andChallah: scribing where those families The Joys of New York's Jewish came from, how they got here, Food - Where to begin ! How where they settled, how they about "appetizing" from Russ made a living, what they ate, and Daughter's on Delancey on and where and how they wor- up to Barney Greengrass on shiped. The story comes alive Amsterdam Avenue; Ratner's with vintage photographs and Dairy Restaurant to Fine & memorabilia, portraits, paint- Shapiro on West 72nd Street; ings, souvenirs, postcards, handmadematzohtohotbialys. maps, and more. And whose knishes are better: The richly illustrated chap- Yonah Schimmel'son Houston ters explore different aspects of Street, or Mrs. Stahl's in Jewish life in New York, past Brighton Beach ? and present, including: Moving Up: Learning and The People of Jewish New Giving - Discusses the well- York- Shows the historical di- known Jewish reverence for versityoftheJewish New York- education, and the history of ersfromColoniaIJewsandearly generous philanthropy. American Jewish military he- From Yiddish Theater to roes, to Sephardim, German Jewish-American Culture - "OurCrowd"Jews, Russiansand George & Ira Gershwin, Stephen Eastern Europeans, and Jews Sondheim, the Marx Brothers; fromTurkey, Greece, andSouth George Burns, Sid Ceasar, America. Woody Alien, Mel Brooks, Jerry Jewish Geography: East Seinfeld, lsaacAsimov, Norman Side, WestSide, and Lower East Mailer, Arthur Miller, Mark Side- From Orchard Street to Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, the Grand Concourse; The Up- Louise Nevelson, Calvin Klein, per West Side and posh Fifth Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Avenue; Jews have lived, and Arnold Scaasi whewl (Meyer had a distinctive impactall over Lansky too, but then every faro- the city. ily has a black sheep !) E W [ S H N E W "1 0 R K Synagogues and Celebra- things come in small packages Travel & Leisure, Ms Fam- tions-Afascinatinglookatthe --awealthoffascinatinginfor- ily Circle, Metropolis, Spy, and history of Jewish spiritual ex- marion is packed into this col- ArchitecturalRecord. pression in New York, from orful little volume. Certainly Wolfman has made more Shearith Israel, the first syna- essential to the library of any than ]00 TV appearances and gogue founded in 1654 by a JewishfamilyinNewYork, what radio sponts, including ABC's congregation of 23 South Jewishpersonaroundthecoun- "Good Morning America," and American refugees, to Temple try cannot claim a connection NBC's "Today Show," CNN, Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue, to the "capital"of Jewish life in CNN/fn, theFoodNetwork, and which boasts a congregation America?Withoutquestion, this National Public Radio. today of 2,500. Jewish houses of little Jewish gem of a book is the HeistheauthorofClimbing worship in Manhattan include Chanukah gift of the year! Your Family Tree: Online and the tiny Garment Center and About the author: A jour- Off-line Genealogy for Kids Furrier's Synagogue, anActor's nalistandgenealogistwhohas (and Other Beginners) with Temple, and a Gay and Lesbian been covering Jewish life and 150,000 copies in print, and of Synagogue. cultureformorethan20years, the best-sellingMy Worldand Leader of World Jewry - Ira Woifman has written for Globe:Anlnteractivelntroduc- Since 1840, New York's Jewish B'nai Brith Monthly, tion to Geography, which has community has played a vital Hadassah Magazine, Dorot: more than 500,000 copies in role in aiding and defending The Journal of the Jewish Ge- print. Jewsaroundtheworld, andhere nealogicalSociety, and Long Jewish New York: Notable you will find stories of its dedi- Island Jewish World, among NeighborhoodsandMemorable cated leadership, others. He has also been pub- Moments by Ira Wolfman, Uni- This beautifully designed lished in national magazines verse Publishing 2003. bookprovestheadagethatgood including '~Nolfman's passion for the SHN city comes across on the -The Jewish Weeh+. , illustrated books of season Jewish New rich history of Jewish New York City." - New Jewish Week "Author Ira Wolfman managed to create a del: little gift book that culture, food, nei; occupations, legacy of education and in New York if you love just can't ~ JewishNewYork treat definiteb tention." - The Blueprint 'q'his delightfully smalll comes alive with vintage I tos - Jewsweek Audience participation is always fun and part of Robbo'$ entertainment. I w,'r, Kick:in' 14igh r Than Evt, rt I Robbo delighted a crowd of over 150 people at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando on Sunday, Oct. 26. Performing as part of the JCC's Arts for the Family series, Robbo got the crowd on their feet with dancing, singing and general frivolity-and thatwas just the parents. The children were equally amused at his antics and loony tunes. "Our daughter first saw Robbo two years agowhen he came to the JCC," said Center member, Mike Brodsky."This time, our howled (and clucked) son also had the pleasure of with Erica enjoying Robbo's unique SamanthaTrattner brandofmusic. It's been over putable crowd a week, now, and the kids are "Chicken Soup," and still singing songs they re- bitof member from the show." JCC Richard S. Robbo got the house rock- Childhood Learning ingandthen, inasinglebound, Pre-K classes also turned into the ever-popular, Robbo onstage to "Mitzvah Man." However, this "Sammy Slippery was short lived as he soon re- Robbo was the vealed that he was really Elvis in the 2003/2004 Arts in disguise, launching into the Family Series. classic hit, "Fried Latkes." have loved the Then, justwhenyouthoughtit in the past," added was safe to crack a smile, he "Webecame~ called all dads onto stage for a sure other chiLdren little"BukuTukuDance."Even families would be able theJCC'sownAssistantExecu- joy the wonderful tive Director, David Wayne, plays from this wasn't spared. "This is the type The next of family fun and atmosphere be on Jan. we want to continually offer at renowned the JCC," said Wayne. Nathanson, Ofcourse, thechildrenwere "Jeremy's Jungle Adv ~l[ s.a' ~'Op/~ P i the main attraction. Joining Tickets and patron ~ ~, i,:~ in on a rap rendition of "milk ships are still available ,~:,~e"~e/t~ and cookies" were Harrison be purchased by calli~.~ ! Auerbach (milk) and Alex 645-0923. Sponsorsh~ , House (cookies). "I went to a $100 and tickets are $]~.I'~ d v~, lot of plays as a child," said adults and $7 for chil~ ;; l'l+~'l~+r t;; mother ofthe cookie. DebbieH use'JCCParentingJCCmembers'and$'~'~hild' I think ,~ iOUa CS ra+tiq~+ ~f Center coordinator and adults and $9 for child ~/;~c ip, " nonmembers. Pizza d" : lidoys also available after thC - es18 NO ~ +M+a h+~+) eha~gl~ t" it's important for children to seevarious live culturalevents fora nominal fee. Patr~.~idel f to help bring the static char- sorships are also avail~:~i in tt, acters of books and television the remainder of the[e~+imals. to life." It was standing room Aontact Jodi Alter at~a~4u~:'+Pvol, only on the mats as the crowd 0923 for more infor -'jlE- " "KNOCKS A HIGHLY F! .ew yo T meS ENJOYABLE, SLAP-HAPPy NIGHTW - Liz Smith Rates A vai/able Joining Robbo in on a ral HARRISON AUERBACH (milk)