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PAGE 8A Magnes Publishing House of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem has announced the publication of a monograph and an annotated index on the Haskalah periodical "Kerem Hemed" by Professor Moshe Pelli. director of the University of Central Florida's Program of Judaic Studies and Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies. This is Pelli's thirteenth research book, and the third in the series of books on the Hebrew periodicals of the Haskalah (Hebrew Enlighten- ment) in the 18th and 19th centuries. The book is dedicated to the dean of Haskalah scholars, Professor Shmuel Werses, 94, who is the Israel Prizelaureate for the Study of Literature. PeUi handed over the book to Werses at a special ceremony held as part of the Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, at the Hebrew Uni- versity in Jerusalem this past August. "KeremHemed -Hochmat Israel As the New Yavneh" is a monograph and an anno- tated index to"Kerem Hemed" (1833-1856), the journal of Hebrew Haskalah in Galicia and Italy., It includes a comprehensive monograph on the journal and its writers, the subject matters HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 4, 2009 Professor Moshe Pelli publishes new book discussed in it and its edito- rial orientation as part of the Study of Judaism movement. The journal represents the creative efforts of the Hebrew scholars of"Hochmat Israel," the Study of Judaism. in the 19th century. "Kerem Hemed"wag mostly a scholarly journal devoted to the study of Judaism. Impor- tantly, all articles and essays were written in the format of letters, namely, as correspon- dence between and among the scholars of "Hochmat Israel" in Galicia and Italy. The book is the third in the monographs and index- ing project of Hebrew Has- kalah periodicals authored by Pelli and published by Magnes Press of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Previ- ously, it published "The Gate to Haskalah: An Annotated Index to Hame'asef, the First Hebrew Journal of the Has- kalah (1783-1811]" in 2000; and "Bikurei Ha'itim: The 'First Fruits' of Haskalah: An Annotated Index to Bikurei Ha'itim, the Hebrew Journal of the Haskalah in Galicia (1820-1831)" in 2005. The monograph delineates the background of the publica- tion of"Kerem Hemed," its edi- tors and its major writers, such as Shlomo Yehudah Rapoport (SHIR), Shmuel David Luz- Bat Mitzvah 6t;d 3S .t/; r .TC.r/ nd Shelby Heather Kur- land, daughter of Steven and Sheryl Kurland of Longwood. Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on ])ec. 12, 2009, at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Shelby is in the seventh grade at Rock Lake Middle School, where she is in the gifted program. She holds the position of first-chair tuba in the Advanced Band. In addition to playing the tuba, Shelby also plays the electric guitar and piano. Her interests also include math, computers and recycling. Sharing in the family's simcha will be family and friends from around the country. Birth 2 Announcements " :~" ":"-~'~'~:~ i;~:~ : ........... ~ ......... ~, ..;~-: .z~ -~ ~-~, ~:,.w the variety of topics in Jewish studies published in the jour- nal, and the cross-referenced author-and-subject index cov- ers a variety of topics in Jewish studies, such as Bible, biblical criticism and commentary, Talmud, Mishnah, the sages, and studies about them. The book discusses also studies on the Hebrew language, Jewish history, and newly discovered medieval Hebrew manuscripts, such as biblical commentary by noted biblical scholars as Abraham Ibn Ezra, talmudic Dara and Joey Hill of Orlando. Fla.. are proud to an- nounce the birth of their daughter, Haylee Rose Hill. Haylee was born on Sept. 8. 2009 at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando. She weighed 6 pounds. 11 ounces at birth and was 19 1/4 inches long. Also welcoming Haylee are her proud grandparents, Suzan Shader and Gary Nassoiy of Orlando. and Carol Norman of Orlando and Richard Slone of Atlanta; and great-grandmother. Reva E. Shader. Haylee also is the great-granddaughter of the late Charles A. Shader. The cover of Professor Moshe Pelli's book on "Kerem Hemed. " interpretation and historical review of Judaism as presented by the scholars of Hochmat zatto (SHaDaL), and Nahman Krochmal (RaNaK), and its relations to periodicals pub- lished before and afterward. The monongraph discusses Israel. as well as some secular subjects and science. For more information, contact the Magnes Press of the Hebrew University: www. magnespress.co.ii Professor Moshe Pelli (left) hands over his new book to Professor Shmuel Werses, to whom it is dedicated, at a special ceremony held as part of the Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Aug. 2-6. The life of longtime Orlandoan Jack Hosid: A daughter's remembrance By Irene Hosid Herman People-are remembered for the lives they touch. Jack B. Hosid passed away on Oct. 28, 2009, but everyone who had the privilege to know him carries part of his spirit with them. Jack was a man who loved and valued family, education, responsibility, a good work ethic, the Jewish way of life, and the fine arts. especially music he enjoyed every- thing from opera and classi- cal to jazz and rock and roll, including Elvis Presley. To learn about his life is to learn about the history of the Jewish community inAmerica, and in Orlando, in the 20th century. Here is part of a letter my fatherwrote onAprii 13.1995. in response to a letter sent by a cousin, Susan, looking for information about the Hosid family. "Dear Susan, "This letter is in response to the letter you sent my wife Helen requesting information about the Hosid family... I felt it was my responsibility to pass on all the information about my Hosid heritage... I was very happy to learn of your interest in ttSe family genealogy, so I. Jack B. Ho- sid, will start back from as far back as I can remember. My grandfather, Jacob Hosid, and his wife Liba (formerly Finkelstein) obtained a piece of land in Bereznick in the county(?) of Minsk, Russia, in the late 1800s. My... Aunt Rose couldn't tell me how a Jewish person like her father was able to get land. They farmed the land by planting fruit trees, potatoes, beets, and had some cows which gave them milk and possibly meat at various times. They no doubt also had chickens for egg production, a'swell as other farm products. They had four sons and two daughters... Benjamin, my father, was the youngest son and then Rose and Sarah... "I was born Dec. 29. 1918 on the farm about a year after my father married my mother, Gertie (Gittel). My mother's maiden namewas Kaplan. and she lived in the city of Slutsk, not too far from Bereznik. My father and your grandfather used to go to Slutsk to sell the extra farm products in order to bring money to their parents. "In early 1919, my father's sisters Rose and Sarah came to the United States. Rose came to Syracuse... I never knew my grandparents, Jacob and Liba, because they both died during the First World War from the flu epidemic. My father wanted to hold the farm, but the Bolsheviks were fighting in the area and my mother didn't want to stay there anymore. Meantime, my middle brother Philipwas born in November 1920. and my mother insisted on coming to the United States.Wewere able to get a visa to Argentina, so we wound up in Buenos Aires in 1920-1921. We then got a visa to the U.S. and we wound up in Syracuse in late 1921. My youngest brother, David, was born in September 1923. In Syracuse the whole Hosid and Sarkin families lived near each other... My fatherwas out of work in 1931, so we moved to Newark, N.J." My father's letter goes on to give family tree details, but the closing remarks are so true of Jack's personality: "Since I am a poor typist, I like to write my letters." His attention to detail and organization led to a successful automotive aftermarket representative business called Service Sales Company, and finally led to Jack B. Hosid Associates, Inc., when he retired 25 years ago. Jack's letter in his own words telling about his life demonstrates the kind of person he was a man who came from extraordinary times and challenges as a boy and young man, as did so many in his generation. He was a boy from Russia who immigrated to South America, to the U.S., and to his home in Orlando in 1951, where he went on to achieve the American dream. He graduated from Long Is- land University with a degree in Chemistry. He received his master's from Columbia, grad- uating with highest honors. He married Helen Jabitsky, his college sweetheart. He joined the U.S. Army when World War II came along, and became a captain and military instructor. Their daughter Irene made them a family of three, and they stayed together because familymeant every- thing. Daughters Lila (Lila Pittman) and Naomi (Naomi Williams) followed. Jack's sons-in-law, Chet Herman and Brent Williams, along with seven grandchildren (Adam " and Tracy Kosofsky, Dave and Shannon Herman, Jarett Evans, Elizabeth Herman and Catherine Williams) and three great-grandchildren (Alexa, Rosie and Owen) complete the family. Jack loved being Jewish and going to temple, being involved with everything from teaching Sunday school and being a Young Judea and BBYO advisor to belonging to Men's Club and to becoming Temple Israel's gabbai rishon. attending morning and shiva minyans: leading the Passover seder, and supporting Jewish organizations. He was espe- cially proud of belonging to B'nai B'rith, being a Hadassah associatemember, andvisiting Israel to marvel at Hadassah's accomplishments in medical research. He was also very proud to be a member of the lo- cal Jewish War Veterans post, and to serve on Temple Israel's ritual committee, Bikkur Holim committee and board of directors. But his highest joy was just being a mensch, a person who reached out and welcomed others. For his dedication, Temple Israel gave him the AvodahAward in 1993 . and the Greater Orlando Jew- ish Community on Behalf of State of Israel Bonds honored Helen and Jack in 2001. Donations in memory of Jack Hosid may be made to Temple Israel's Torah Preser- vation Fund, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, FL 32708. Maidens and Monsters brunch at the Polasek museum Dor Shalom will gather on Sunday, Dec. 13 at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave.. in Winter Park for a brunch and a tour ~f the Maidens and Monsters exhibit. The brunch will begin at 11 a.m., and then at noon collector and author Stephen Korshak will offer a guided tour of his world- renowned collection of science fiction, adventure and fantasy artwork. After the museum tour, guests will be able to take a boat ride on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. Maidens and Monsters in- cludes images of alien worlds. strange beasts, dashing heroes and buxom beauties by 22 pioneering illustrators includ- ing N.C. Wyeth. J. Alien St. John. Frank R. Paul. Margaret Brundage and Frank Frazetta. These illustrations appeared on the covers of timeless novels such as the Tarzan series by Edgar R. Burroughs and clas- sic pulp magazines from the 1930s through the 1960s, such as Amazing Stories, Fantastic Adventures. Weird Tales and Wonder Stories. Works in the exhibit date from 1914 to 1995. Korshak. an art collector. has lived in Central Florida for over 25 years. He is the author of several books, including "Grand Master of Fantasy: The Paintings of J. Allen St. John" and "A Hannes Bok Treasury." Korshak will be available for a book signing after the tour. Dor Shalom. in conjunction with Jewish Family Services. will sponsor a Toys for Tots drive at the Polasek museum. Organizers request those at- tending to bring an unwrapped toy to the brunch. Last year, JFS was able to donate 400 toys to underprivileged children. Cost for the brunch and the museum tour is $15. The boat tour will be $15. and there is limited seating. Reservations will be accepted through Dec. 11. Register at www.jfgo.org.