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PAGE 8A By Anthony Weiss LOS ANGELES (JTA)-- Henry Koster had a long and successful career in Hol- lywood, directing a string of HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 5, 2014 Fleeing llurope's darkness, filmmakers too refuge in California sun hits from the 1930s through the 1960s, including "Har- vey," the comedy classic that paired Jimmy Stewart with a 6-foot invisible rabbit. But perhaps the most important t B'nai Mitzvah Aviva Michal Diamond, daughter of Laura Dia- mond of Orlando and Dr. David Diamond of Winter Park, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Aviva is a seventh-grade student in the honors pre- International Baccalaure- ate Program at Glenridge Middle School. She is a graduate of the Jewish Academy of Orlando. Aviva is a USTAstate ranked tennis player. Her other interests include playing the piano, reading, sports, and art. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Aviva's older sisters,Yaeland Shira; her grandmother, Marilyn Felson of Maitland; her grandparents, Dr. Morton and Louise Diamond of Ft. Lauderdale; along with family and friends from Georgia, New York, Yew Jersey, Indiana, and Massachusetts. Andrew LaMed/co, son of Tom and Jen LaMed/co of Healthrow, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Dec. 13, 2014 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Andrew is in the seventh grade at Markham Woods Middle School where he is in the gifted program, and a member of the drama club and art club. His hob- bies and interests include Lacrosse, Xbox, listening to music, all sports and hanging out with friends. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Andrew's brother, Jack; sister, Reggie; grandparents, Judy and David Cohen; and grandfather, John LaMed/co. Sudoku (see page 14 for solution SUDOKU you could save 28% Call 1-800-970-4376 fo see how much you could save on car insurance. esurance" "Naoncil overcge c-uol savings based on data from customers who reported sovings by switching to (}n A[ta' Esutar, ce between 12/1/11 od 4/30/12 7 1 8 3 9 9 5 7 2 3 9 5 8 2 5 6 4 8 4 5 1 4 6 3 2 7 StatPomt Media Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and box includes all digits 1 through 9. William Holden and Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard' made by the writer-director Billy Wilder, an Austrian Jew who fled Berlin for Hollywood. film Koster ever made was also his least famous. Koster's "From Europe to Hollywood I," a home movie he shot in 1936, followed his journey from Hegyeshalom, Hungary, to Los Angeles. For Koster the trip --across Eu- rope, the Atlantic and America alongside his wife and several friends-- was the difference between life and death. Displayed near the entrance to the new exhibit "Light and No/r: Exiles and Emigres in Hollywood, 1933-1950" at the SkirbaU Cultural Center here, Koster's filmed travel- ogue serves as a pattern for the display. The show follows a cohort of European filmmakers, many Jewish, who fled the rise of Nazis and made their way to safety--and in some cases fame and prosper- ity--in Hollywood. Indeed, along with compatriots who had made the journey be- fore them, these filmmakers helped to redefine Hollywood movies. And the exhibition-- filled with posters, movie clips and costumes--bears testamentto the fruits of their wildly successful labors. Ernst Lubitsch, a German Jew whose departure from Europe predated the Nazis, became famous for comedies that displayed the "Lubitsch touch"--ablend of humor, so- phistication and witty sexual innuendo that managed to managed to skirt the Hays Code's stringent limits on prurience. Fritz Lang (of Jewish heritage, though raised Catholic), molded urban crime movies that com- bined psychological darkness with a play of light and shadow that helped give birth to the name of a new genre: film noir. Yet in the films, and to be sure the lives of the emigres, darkness and light layered and intermingled in complex, even paradoxical ways. As the exhibition text by curator Doris Berger notes, "Com- edies of that era tend to have serious sides to them, while the dark thrillers often have comedic touches. Using simi- lar motifs-- such as people with troubled identities or deceptions that create m/sun- Joan Bennett in a publicity still for Fritz Lang's noir classic 'Scarlet Street.' derstandings--comedy and film noir are two sides of the same coin." The virtuoso of marbling dark and light was the writer- director Billy Wilder, an Austrian Jew who fled Berlin for Hollywood, where he be- came a Lubitsch protege and then a master filmmaker in his own right. Thus Wilder could set the 1947 comedy "Foreign Affair" in the ruins of postwar Berlin (incorporating actual footage of the bombed- out city) while opening the Gothic Hollywood drama "Sunset Boulevard" with the wry voice-over of a dead man floating face down in a pool. By the same token, when Lubitsch made the anti-Nazi film "To Be or Not To Be," he did so as a comedy about a troupe of actors in Polandwho dress as Nazis to escape. When the father of lead actor Jack Benny saw his son, an Ameri- can Jew, dressed onscreen as a Gestapo officer, he left the theater in disgust. "There's a naughtiness to it, a wry sensibility that gives it more richness," said the exhibit's assistant curator, Linde Lehtinen. "The way that 'To Be or Not To Be' is struc- tured, with layers of identity switching and actors playing Nazis, pulling your feelings both ways, so that you don't know whether to laugh or to cry--so satirical and sharp-- it almost feels wrong at first, but it's so clever." The same masquerade quality was reflected in other movies, too. "Casablanca," a film of exile, was made with a cast of real-life exiles whose accents lent the movie authenticity and texture. The movie's lead villain, the Nazi Major Stras- ser, was played by Conrad Veidt, a staunch Nazi critic Filmmakers on page 15A Applications open for fifth cohort of Masa Israel Teaching Fellows NEWYORK--Applications for the 2015-2016 Masa Israel Teaching Fellows are officially open. For the program's fifth cohort, Masa Israel Journey will select 200 outstanding Jewish college graduates to teach English in Israel's periphery and, for the first time ever, in Israeli youth villages for immigrant and overcrowded and less than 25 percent of Israeli English teachers speak English at a native level, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows work as teachers' aides in underserved classrooms, where they help reduce class sizes and improve English learning outcomes for Israeli students. Since its inaugural session at-risk youth, in 2011-2012, 535 Jewish Masa Israel Teaching Fel- young adults from the United lows is a joint initiative of States, Canada, England and Israel's Ministry of Education, Australia have served as Masa Masa Israel Journey, and the Israel Teaching Fellows. The Jewish Agency for Israel. The Fellowship has expanded 10-month service-learning from five cities to nine cities fellowship was created to in Israel's periphery: Ashdod, address the achievement gap Be'er Sheva, Netanya, Petach in Israel's education system. Tikvah, Rishn Lezion, Re- As Israel's classrooms are hovot, Ramie and Lad. Hadassah meeting Hadassah of Williams- burg is having a general membership meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Parkview Pointe Clubhouse, 5650 Parkview Drive in Wil- liamsburg, at I p.m. The children from the Orlando Torah Academy will sing Chanukah songs. Members, associates and friends are cordially invited to attend this program, held on the first night of Chanukah. Refreshments will be served. For further information please call Eleanore at 407- 351-9189 or Sylvia at 407- 470-4812. "It's more than just teach- ing," explains Debbie Stone, assistant director of The Brady Jewish Center, Hillel at University of Virginia, and 2013-2014 Masa Israel Teaching Fellow alum. "You learn so much more about yourself and how resource- ful you can be. You find the most creative ways to communicate something as simple as 'take out your notebook'" she said. Many Masa Israel Teaching Fellows return to their home countries to take on leader- ship roles in their local Jew- ish communities. Some, like Debbie, even pursue careers as Jewish professionals in Hillels, youth movements, and Jewish Federations, as well as other Jewish organizations across the country. "Masa Israel Teaching Fel- lows was incredible," says Seth Reder, director of Jewish Student Life at Central Florida Hillel, and 2013-2014 Masa Israel Teaching Fellow alum. "The opportunities that it provided and the doors that it opened- meeting Israelis and being immersed in Israel- re- ally helped me see the Jewish world outside of the world I had known." And, immersed in Israel, they are: Masa Israel Teaching Fellows quickly become inte- gral parts of the communities in which they work, live and volunteer. As Brittany Walter, Israel engagement coordinator at Central Florida Hillel notes, Petach Tikvah's local radio sta- tion made an announcement as soon as she and the rest of the 2013-2014 Masa Israel Teaching Fellows arrived in town. "We felt really>10ved, in our apartment building, the streets, the shuk--every- where," she remembers. To apply for Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, visit: www. Ap- plications are due on Dec. 15, 2014 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Nominations from commu- nity members are also encour- aged at www.israelteaching- For more information, contact Allison Green, Masa Israel Journey, North Amer- ica's Marketing and Com- munications Coordinator at (212) 339-6976 or all/song@