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By Gloria Yousha
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Pope Francis

After years of writing this column...

How amazing! About 37 years of writing this column and I am only 45 years old! (Oh shut up!)

So sorry I missed last week but recently becoming a widow and then hurting my back on top of that, proved to be too much for me to handle. But the column has returned! Here's to another 37 years! (Oy vay.)

I like this Pope...

I read in the current World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest the following, found it enlightening and pass it along to you:

"Pope Francis welcomed over a hundred leaders of the World Jewish Congress in late October and issued a strong condemnation of anti-Semitism.

At a private audience with WJC president Ambassador RONALD S. LAUDER, the Pontiff made it clear that 'To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism. There may be political disagreements between governments and on political issues, but the State of Israel has every right to exist in safety and prosperity,' Pope Francis told Amb. Lauder.

Jews and Catholics marked the anniversary of the 1965 declaration Nostra Aetate, which condemned anti-Semitism and completely transformed and improved relations between Jews and Catholics.

Recalling Nostra Aetate, Pope Francis told the crowd in St. Peter's Square, 'indifference and opposition were transformed into cooperation and benevolence. Enemies and strangers have become friends and brothers. The Council, with the declaration Nostra Aetate, paved the way. It said yes to the rediscovery of the Jewish roots of Christianity, and to any form of anti-Semitism, and condemnation of any insult, discrimination and persecution derived from that.'"

(Irv and I visited the Vatican in Italy a few years ago. I plan to return one day. It's on my bucket list.)

What a great show!...

One of the best performances I've ever seen in Orlando took place on Feb. 7th at Congregation Ohev Shalom. I'm talking about the COS Seniors meeting.

The entertainment, singer CHARLES RUSSO and his trio blew me away. Talk about memories of Frank Sinatra and other legends of my time. (Okay, so I'm old.) I also must mention Charlie's pianist, JERRY BRUNO, known to many of us who enjoy great keyboard artists. Jerry works locally and I have had the pleasure of performing with him once or twice.

And if this show blew me away, just wait until the next COS Seniors meeting! It features those dazzling divas that we all love... well maybe I feel jealous when they perform because they are prettier than me and have great legs! (Okay. I hate them!)

The meeting takes place on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. sharp and features my buddy, KENNY LEE, B.J. STEPHENS, CRYSTAL VAHZZ, RAMONA DA WHORE (oy vay), CHANTEL RESHAE, GERALDINE JONES and KAYE STARR.

The show will be fabulous as always and will be followed by refreshments.

The cost is only $5 for COS Seniors members; $8 for all others.

Any questions? Phone president BERNY RAFF at 407-767-6763.

And speaking of Berny... he is stepping down as president of this group shortly and needs a replacement to start the new season after the summer. If you are interested, let Berny know.

Kenny Lee

On the subject of great shows...

The next Altamonte Chapel Jazz Jam will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 825 East SR 436 in Altamonte Springs. Their phone number is 407-339-5208.

Our own ALAN ROCK is emcee and the musicians featured that day are DAN JORDAN backed by his pianist, CONNIE FAY, bassist, MARCO BOJORQUEZ and drummer, DOUG GROVER.

The music begins at 12:30 p.m. and goes until 2:30 p.m.

(Don't miss it!)

One for the road...

My cousin GAIL MARCUS called the other day and asked me this riddle:

"What are the two words that can get you anything in the world you want?"



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