By Gloria Yousha
Scene Around 

Scene Around


Former President George W. Bush

Three cheers for good sense...

I read this in the current World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest. I was pleased and I am sure you will be too. I pass it along:

"The World Jewish Congress hailed a recent decision by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the United States to reject a motion endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

WJC thanked the Episcopal Church Convention for lending its support to Israel on this issue and for taking a moral stand, expressing the hope that other major church denominations in America will follow this example and stop the BDS movement in its tracks.

The Episcopal Church has around 1.8 million members across the United States.

'Endorsing BDS does nothing to improve the plight of the Palestinians, in particular not of those employed by Israeli companies in the West Bank,' said WJC President Ambassador RONALD S. LAUDER. 'Endorsing BDS also doesn't contribute to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. All it does is to sow division and hatred. The BDS movement won't bring peace and justice to the Middle East; that will only come once the Palestinians and their supporters choose cooperation over confrontation.'

WJC also welcomed the decision of the delegates at the Mennonite Church USA to delay a vote on divestment from Israel until their next assembly in 2017.

Earlier, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) voted in favor of divestment from Israel."

Remembering Jewish history...

On Oct. 16, 2004, following approval by unanimous consent by both houses of the United States Congress, then President GEORGE W. BUSH signed into law the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act requiring the State Department to create a special office to monitor anti-Semitism worldwide and to submit annual reports to Congress.

A special reminder...

This is special indeed!

This Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. sharp, the Congregation Ohev Shalom Seniors Group is presenting a special musical ensemble in the sanctuary,

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Musical Ensemble will entertain. This will surely be a day to salute the wonderful and talented soldiers of the IDF.

The cost of this fabulous event is only $10 for seniors.

Congregation Ohev Shalom is located at 613 Concourse Parkway South in Maitland. The phone number is 407-298-4650.

For further information, contact COS Seniors president, BERNY RAFF at 407-767-6763.

Did someone say "taste"? YUM!...

On Sunday, Nov. 8 there is a wonderful place to go for fabulous food, entertainment, children's activities and much more... and it all benefits seniors in our community!

"A Taste in the Park," sponsored by the Jewish Pavilion, is the name of the event. It takes place from noon until 3 p.m. at the Lake Maitland Civic Center.

Featured will be food galore, a kid's Zone, entertainment and prizes, with proceeds going to enhance the lives of our elders.

Advance purchases are as follows: $15 per person; $40 for families of four; ($5 for each additional child.)

All admission donations are tax deductible.

Phone Jewish Pavilion Executive Director NANCY LUDIN at 407-678-9363 or go online to, or you can mail a check to:

Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgomery Road, Suite 131, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714

(Hope to see you there!)

Keep the great mood going...

I know. I know. I've complained about this show in the past because the divas were (and still are) much better looking than me!

But I attend every year anyway and I never come away disappointed.

Mr. KENNY LEE presents with BJ STEPHENS, "The Dazzling Divas, Tis the Season to Dream."

The spectacular show takes place on Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, 852 North Maitland Avenue, Maitland. The show starts at 1 p.m. in the afternoon.

Featured besides Kenny and BJ will be Geraldine Jones, Kaye Starr, Crystal Vahzz, Ramona and Reshae. All of the "ladies" are beautifully attired and super-talented... and I am soooooo envious. (Only kidding!)

Ticket price is $20 and for further information, phone Kenny Lee at 407-670-4418.

(I will remind everyone as the date comes closer.)

Assisting older adults...

"Assisting older adults and their families with the challenges of aging" is a slogan of the Orlando Senior Help Desk. The Jewish Pavilion is now helping families at no charge with all issues pertaining to older adults.

Information can be learned from an experienced social worker who will hold your hand throughout any crisis.

Finding resources and helping to arrange services? Contact EMILY NEWMAN, Senior Resource Specialist at 407-766-9032 cellphone; or 407-678-9363 office phone.

The Senior Help Desk is located at the Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgomery Road, Suite 131, in Altamonte Springs.

(Also ask them about Grief Support when you call.)

One for the road...

This joke almost (almost!) hit home:

A frugal widow goes to the local newspaper to take out an obituary notice for her late husband.

"How much," she asks?

The man behind the counter answers, "one dollar per word."

She says "make it Bernstein died."

Kenny Lee

He promptly answers, "It's a five word minimum."

She nearly faints but collects herself.

"Very well," she responds, "make it Bernstein died. Volvo for sale."

(Oy vay. Is she frugal or what?)


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