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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 23, 2011 PAGE 11A I Single Jewish Female J ISeeks Male Lookingfor Marriage] I II I Ben's Bakery: New name, same challah of fame By Pamela Ruben Special to the Heritage The kosher bakery in the EthanAllen Plaza inAltamon- te Springs has a new name, "Ben's Bake Shop". Formerly, B&K Bakery, the proprietor, Ben Breslauer wants you to know that despite the new name, the famous challah has not changed one bite. Sharon Fraifeld, a longtime customer states, "My boys and I love the challah, it's the best in town. When my mother visits from Peru, she eats a whole loaf in one sitting." While the recipe is secret, Ben allowed that he adds, "a little extra sweetness, along with some special flavorings (all kosher!) which make our challah delicious, and some- thing special on Shabbat." In addition to being kosher, all of Ben's baked goods are preservative free and pareve. Store manager, Michelle Kucaba, notes that many times customers make comments like, "this place reminds me so much of our bakery back home" or, "my grandmother used to make this." Michelle adds, "We are thrilled to provide our patrons with the comfort and taste of home." Though challah is their specialty, Ben's Bake Shop offers a variety of traditional and "modern" baked goods, including rugaleh, strudel and bobka (an Eastern European poppy seed pastry from the old country) cupcakes, iced and decorative cookies. Ben likes to keep his inventory fresh, and recently created a "mocha roll". Ben noted, "The handmade desserts literally roll off the shelves." In addition, Ben's hand deco- rated Chanukkah cookies are available all month. To help families in these recessionary times, Ben recently rolled back prices on many items. Ben's Bake Shop also donates challah and other baked goods to charitable organizations like the Jewish Pavilion and Hos- pice of the Comforter. Nancy Ludin, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion notes, Ben Breslauer "The other day I brought seven boxes of donated chal- lah from Ben's Bake Shop to one of our assisted living centers. News of the challah's arrival traveled fast, and resi- dents rolled, walked, or were pushed in our direction until all the challahs were snapped up in about five minutes. For many residents, Ben's chal- lah is the highlight of their week." Kucaba noted that, "Everyone deserves some- thing sweet, and the ability to carry on their traditions, wherever they reside." Ben's Kosher Bake Shop is located at W. Highway 436 in Altamonte Springs in Ethan Allen Plaza. Eye Physicians welcomes new specialist Eye Physicians of Central Florida is pleased to announce that board-certified oph- thalmologist and glaucoma specialist Jerry N. Shuster, M.D., is joining the practice Jan. 3, 2012. Dr. Shuster has served the Central Florida community as a glaucoma specialist for more than 27 years, originally in downtown Orlando and most recently in Volusia County. One of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, glaucoma is a disease which destroys the optic nerve, resulting in vision loss. It is typically due to increased pressure in the eye caused by poor drainage of the fluid from the eye. It is often called the sneak thief of sight because it usually produces no symptoms until its late stages. Dr. Shuster offers the latest in early glau- coma diagnosis and treatment, including automated optic nerve analysis and visual field testing, and performs laser and glaucoma surgery. Prior to coming to Central Florida, Dr. Shuster served on the faculty at the University of Florida. He completed his fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, and served his residency and in- ternship at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Dr. Shuster earned his medical degree Jerry N. Shuster, M.D. Shuster, M.D., and optometric physician Larry S. Lewis, O.D., of Eye Physicians of Central Florida care for children and adults of all ages, providing routine examinations, glasses, contact lenses, ophthalmic evaluation, treatment and surgery. They also specialize in pediatric ophthalmology, adult eye muscle disorders, cataract and laser surgery, neuro-oph- thalmoiogy, glaucoma, cornea and external disease, and oculoplastic, reconstructive and cosmetic eyelid surgery. The practice is celebrating 30 years of serving the commu- nity this year. With offices in Maitland and MetroWest, it is a division of Florida Pediatric Associates, LLC, and accepts most major health insurance plans. For more information or to schedule an appointment, ca11407-767-6411 orvisitwww. eyephy.com. from the University of Florida. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Glaucoma Society. In addi- tion, he currently serves on the voluntary faculty of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. "We are so happy Dr. Shuster chose to join our team," said Eye Physicians of Central Florida's Robert S. Gold, M.D. "We have known, respected and referred patients to him for years. Not only is he an experienced leader and special- ist in the field of glaucoma, he has served this community for most of his career and is abso- lutely beloved by his patients and fellow physicians alike." "Moving to Eye Physicians of Central Florida, I feel like I am coming home," said Dr. Shuster. "I look forward to be- ing a part of such an esteemed, well-rounded team that shares my philosophy of personalized patient care and also offers a full range of eye care - from routine to the most special- ized -- under one roof." Established in 1981, Robert S. Gold, M.D., F.A.A.P., David B. Auerbach, D.O., Louis C. Blumenfeld, M.D., F.A.A.P., Victor B. Thomas, M.D., Ja- mie L. 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