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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 19, 2003 Ill I I I I I II I II PAGE 9 By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 I opened my eyes Nothing hurts maybe I'm dead? (Nah. That's an old joke.) Here it is, Sunday morning, Dec.14. As 1 said, I just woke up. What a miserable day rainy cold dank damp dark. As habit, after a bathroom stop I go directly to the computer and connect to the internet. WOW[ What a BRIGHT, SUNNY, HAPPY DELIGHTFUL morning[ SADDAM HUSSEIN HAS BEEN CAPTURED! 'Nuff said! Not that this will change things in Iraq a whole lot but it makes me feel personally better. Now I want revenge against anti-American, anti-Semitic France. Of course everyone knew that France and Saddam were business partners before we invaded. (One negative thing coming out of this in the past few months I was able to direct my anger away from my spouse.) Another bit of news coming out of lraq that delights me (aside from the fact that my sons are not there at the moment) is the news about Lt. Col. ALLEN WEST. West was the commander who was facing Court Martial just before his 20 year retirement from the military because of an action he took that saved his troops. It seems, after hearing about an imminent attack against his troops and not getting sufficient information about it from a prisoner, West shota weapon close enough to scare the captive into giving up the vital information. The captive wasn't harmed physically but was frightened into submission. (Oy vay what a crime against humanity. The poor prisoner actually thought he would be shot if he kept the attack against Americans under wraps.) I consider Lt. Col. Allen West to be a hero. He offered to help her carry her groceries upstairs and once inside her apartment he molested her[ Feeling that now he could go in peace, Goldberg began to dress for his journey back to Heaven. Just then, his neighbor, Mrs. Ludinsky, said, "Oy, Mr. Goidberg you have no idea what a mitzvah you've just done[" "The apple never falls far from the tree " What a terrific old saying and how often it is true! It is especially so in the case of ANDREWLOUIS BLAU, 14 years old. Andrew was named after his paternal great-grandfather, Aaron, who was a musician, singer and entertainer. To say that Andrew is following in his talented great- grandfather's footsteps would be an understatement. Andrew is on the verge of making it big in show business[ The son of Dr. GARY and GWENN BLAU, and the grandson of our own Dr. BURTON and LOUISE BLAU of Altamonte Springs, Andrew is now on a National tour of Oliver, playing one of the leads, the part of the Artful Dodger. Anyone who has seen Oliver knows how major that role is. EWISH can be purchased at the following locations: OaANG COUNTY JCC -Cascades Florist 851 N. Maitland Ave. 10069 University Blvd. Maitland Orlando 2624 Too Jays Cacades Florist E. Colonial Drive 711 N. Alafaya Trail Orlando Orlando 600 Borders Too Jays North Orlando Ave.715 N. Alafaya Trail Winter Park Orlando, FL 32828 Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Rd. Orlando SEMINOLE COUNTY Heritage News Amira Kosher Market 207 O'Brien Rd. 1351 E. Altamonte Dr. Fern Park Altamonte Springs Borders Books and Music Bagel King 880 W. S. R. 436 1472 Semoran Blvd. Aitamonte Springs Casselberry Borders Books and Music Too Jays 8285 Red Bug Lake Rd. 515 E. Altamonte Dr. Oviedo Altamonte Springs Kosher Kats Bekah's Bakery 1255 Belle Ave. #116 910 Sand Lake Rd Ste. 18 Winter Springs Altamonte Springs Too Jays 3577 Lake Emma Road Lake Mary OscwotA Cowry Goodings Super Market 600 Market Street Celebration And apparently so did most Americans, including media, who put pressure on the powers that be. He will NOT undergo Court Martial, which would have cost JUSTIN S. PEREIRA as Oliver andANDREWBLAUas the him his retirement after 20 years of impeccable service. ArtfuiDodger. He was just slapped on the hand with a fine. (what worries me here is that other officers will think twice The fact that Andrew is a mere 14 doesn't count though, as he before doing what I consider to be the RIGHT thing, for fear of started performing at half that age seven to be exact. Court Martial.),He scored role after role in show after show, mostly in To change the subject, tonight is Erev ChantiRah. Connecticut and New York areas where he resides with his Although a relatively minor Jewish holiday, given its proxim- parents. icy to Christmas, it takes on extra importance. Andrew has taken voice and dancing lessons during the past I buy dreidles, chocolate gelt, toys for my grandchildren, real several years. He can also skillfully juggle, does up-close magic gelt for my children and best of all I make potato latkes to and card tricks and has mastered rope tricks. eat with sour cream and apple sauce! Rope tricks, you ask? (With me it's always about food.) Yupl CONVENTION/I kRTY RENTAl. The miracle of Chanukah updated: My cell phone only had enough battery power f6r one day, yet it lasted for eight days! I don't know about you I'm happy today, but still feel the need for a joke: Three Nuns and their Mother Superior were sitting in a restaurant having dinner and deciding where to go for vacation. The first Nun said, "Let's go to Jerusalem." The Mother Superior said, "No. There are too many Jews there." The second Nun said, "Let's go to Florida." The Mother Superior said, "No. There are too many Jews there. The third Nun said, "Let's go to New York." The Mother Superior said, "No. There are too many Jews there." Overhearing them, a little old lady sitting at the next table leaned over and said with heavy accent, 'Tell Vy dun't ya go ta Hell. Dere ahr NO Jews dere[" (Please do not let me hear from Catholics. You know I love the Pope!) In fact, here is a bit of news I am proud and happy to pass along to you: On December 1, 2003, a delegation from the SimonWiesenthal You see before Andrew was cast in the National Touring Company of Oliver, he was in the National Touring Company of Will Rogers' Follies, starring LARRY GATLIN. I had the opportunity to glance at Andrew's bio. In spite of his young age, he already racked up an impressive background of commercials, voice-overs, video, theater, radio and television. I'm sure the next step for him is Broadway! "Break A Leg," Andrewl If you're like me If you're like me you love to give gifts of Judaica for any occasion, not just Jewish holidays. It gives me pleasure to tell you that our own KAREN WEINBERG is back at Scott-Laurent Gallery on North Park Avenue, Winter Park. Also SCOTT and LARRY are back! This holiday season there is a liquidation sale and everything in the Gallery is marked down. Scott-Laurent is also known for its fine line of Judaica. Park Avenue is Central Florida's answer to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Just enjoy a stroll and maybe brunch while you're there and Karen says "Please stop in and say hello!" Holiday Parties - Weddings - Birthdays Anniversaries Children's Parties Special Events Bus. MtgsJSeminar Rooms Avail. Lakeside/Poolside/IPenthouse/Catering Full Banquet Facilities & Hotel Rooms Daily/~Veekend Rates ****UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP***** For Reservations Call Today 407-834-7631 Repairs on All Makes and Models Refrigerators Washers Freezers Dryers Ice Makers Dishwashers Ranges Disposals Ovens Water Heaters Microwaves Centerhadaprivate4OminuteaudiencewithHisHolinessPope I plan to do just that, Karen. See you tomorrow! (407) 788-2590 John Paul II in the Vatican. Where will I be tomorrow? The Simon Wiesenthal Center presented its highest honor, theSimon WiesenthalCenterHumanitarianAwardtothe Pope I will not be far from the Scott-Laurent Gallery as I plan to drop in at Chapter's on Park Restaurant and Book Shop tomor- in recognition of his lifelong friendship to the Jewish people, row, Saturday, Dec.20. Now for another joke: Author, JEFF HALPERIN, is holding a book signing for his A very good and pious Jewish man, Samuel Goldberg, died first novel, The Day The Mirror Cracked, between 11 a.m. and went immediately to Heaven. An Angel greeted him at the gate but told him he could not 3 p.m. This is a must-read story of intrigue and it is written by a long- enter! time member of our community, as well as past president (three When Goldberg asked why, the Angel replied, "This is a little times) of Congregation Beth Am. embarrassing. But looking at your record you have absolutely Chapter s has a great lunch menu so my day is planned ao sins, just mitzvah after mitzvah. You have been an excep- tional person your entire life, married a fine woman, raised your First getting my book signed by Jeff, followed by Chapter s lunch, followed by a visit to Scott-Laurent to do some Chanukah children admirably nothing but mitzvahs for you.' shopping! Then the Angel said, "Only the Lord himself and the Angels have never sinned. I can't send you to Hell but what I can do ts send you back to Earth for 24 hours where you can commit One indiscretion that will go on your record as a sin and that will Ssure you entry here." 7- [ The next thing he knew, Goldberg was standing on his street ] in front of his building. ] He saw his upstairs neighbor, Mrs. Ludinsky, an elderly approaching (I get to do two of my very favorite things eating and shopping!) Make note of the location While you are at Chapter's on Park Avenue, make yourself a reminder to come back on Monday evening, Dec.29, to hear the See "Scene Around" on page 10 2478 Winter Park, FL 32792 S. Klein Contractors G Financing ]B B T Available Tahoe Circle Steve Klein 407-657-0158