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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 14, 2012 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 Don't believe in evolution?... Creative design should be taught in schools instead? The earth is only a few thousand years old? Oy ray! Dinosaurs? What are they? There are actually people who think this way! (I want to call them "stupid" but "low information" would be more politically correct.) This article comes directly from the World Jewish Congress Foundation Digest with asides by me: "During excavations near Jerusalem, archaeologists have uncovered two stone age figurines. (Could they be Adam and Eve?)- "On the site of preparation for a widened road in Tel Motza, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) found the crude figures of a ram and a wild bovine estimated from a period 9,500 years ago. (Now how could that be?) "The figurines are thought to have served as good luck charms used by Neolithic ancients prior to a hunt. "IAA dig director HAMOUDI KHALAILY said that the find of the artistic objects sheds light on the religious beliefs of the time and represents a transition from nomadism to a more settled social life." (Evolution deniers are often deniers of global warming as well... Gee, yesterday the temperature in Chicago was 70 degrees in December! I'm just saying... Actually, I have to fly to Minnesota on Dec. 28. As a Floridian for almost half a century, folks are advising me to dress warmly.., scarf.., gloves.., hat, etc. Nah... I'll pack shorts and a T-shirt!) IDF POW training... This is so timely, what with members of the Friends of the IDF re- cently entertaining folks at Congregation Ohev Shalom. This article also appeared in a recent World Jewish Congress Founda- tion Digest: "GILAD SHALIT, the Is- raeli soldier who was freed after five years in Palestin- tan captivity, underwent extensive debriefing; his experiences have resulted in the Israeli Defense Forces designing a course on dealing with captivity. GiladShalit "All special services soldiers and combat pilots are expected to take the course, which is intended to train them in coping with long-term captivity. "The IDF was reportedly impressed with Shalit's re- solve in dealing with the prolonged time he was held in solitary confinement. His abduction has also resulted in military protocols designed to prevent soldiers from being snatched by enemy combatants." (To free Gilad Shalit, Israel agreed to, and released, more than 1,000 Arab prisoners back in 2011. He has since been living safely back in Israel. See photo above.) A terrific "mensch"... The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando makes it a point of featuring people who give of themselves in many ways. They are be- stowed the title "Mensch of the Week." They are all wonderful but one, in particular, is extremely worthy of this notice. He is STEVE WOLF. "Steve gives and gives of his time to our Jewish community! He is a past leader of the Congrega- tion of Reform Judaism's Brotherhood. Steve Wolf "Steve cooks for resi- dents on holidays at Kinneret. He was so moved by his involvement that he joined the board and became president. "Steve is also active on the CRJ board, teaching at Belt Hamidrash and is now teaching at the Jewish Academy. Each of these places that he gives his time to are so valuable to the community. "Steve's commitment to the Jewish community is not only local but he is also an advocate on behalf of Israeli causes. As he has expanded his Jewish horizons he has become a valuable leader and an inspiration to many others." (What a joy for me to write about such a mensch!) Great local talent... Well... local now, but these musicians have been on the national scene and in some cases, the international scene, making great music! Here is a chance to see and hear them in person and for the small sum of $9 per person. (In New York, for instance, it would cost you at least seven times that amount.) On Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Altamonte Chapel in Altamonte Springs, the fabulous pianist, CAROL STEIN and friends--ED- DIE MARSHALL on reeds; CHARLIE BERTINI on trumpet; CHARLIE SIL- VA on bass; and BARRY SMITH on drums--will perform. I've had the pleasure of performing with all of these musicians. It just doesn't get any better Alan Rock than this! (Please note that Dec. 16 is not the last Sunday of the month!) The Altamonte Chapel is at 825 E. S.R. 436. The phone number is 407-339-5208. The music starts at noon and goes to 2 p.m. There are often other professional musicians and vocalists who come by and are welcome to "sit in" and share their talents with the audience. The wonderful (and always charming) emcee for the entire Altamonte Chapel Jazz Series is my buddy, the one and only ALAN ROCK. As most of you know, Alan hosts his own jazz radio show on WUCF FM each weekday morning. (This is a special holiday event.., not to be missed!) I just learned that the super-talented Dave Brubeck died on Dec. 4 (yesterday) of a heart attack. I feel I should mention his passing, especially since I am writing about jazz. His name, as you know, was synonymous with jazz... and in our hearts will always be. On the subject of radio personalities... NOAH HERSHMAN, a graduate of The University of Central Florida, is a multitalented guy. He has been working as a show producer, board operator and part-time on-air personality for South Florida's 640 AM sports radio. (We're listening.., when we're in South Florida, of course!) A school of many talents... Another University of Central Florida graduate, JASON GOLDBERG, joined the executive performance coaching firm, Fasold Global Consulting, as Chief Operating Officer and peak performance strategist. (UCF turns out winners! Am I too old to attend?) One for the road... Benny goes to see his doctor because he isn't feeling too well. After examining him, the doctor takes some samples from Benny and asks him to come back the following week for the results. When Benny returns, his doctor tells him, "I have some good news and some bad news for you, Benny. What do you want to hear first?" Benny replies, "Let me have the good news first." "OK," says the doctor, "they're going to name the disease after you." (Oy gevalt!) A Senior Living Community where Hospitality is a Way of Life. AssistedLiving +Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care Vadety of Apartment Suite Selections, some with Lake Views Weekly Happy Hour hosted by the Jewish Pavilion Monthly Shabbat Service Monthly Bagels and Lox luncheon Call us stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or afl of the above, You are always welcome/ .......... cJRt: &: ow