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Ben Kramer

"Whoever saves a single life is as if one saves the entire world"...

This magnificent saying comes from the Talmud.

I received the following from the Southwest Outreach, a newsletter of the Southwest Indian Relief Council:

You would be surprised by how many Americans don't realize the need or the challenging conditions that exist on American Indian reservations. Many don't know that unemployment averages 50 percent; The National Congress of American Indians says real per-capita income of Indians living on reservations is still less than half the U.S. average and 8 of the 10 poorest counties in the U.S. are on reservations; 30-43 percent of American Indian children are living in poverty; 29 percent of employed Indian individuals are earning wages below the poverty level; Many American Indians work full-time yet still fall below poverty level. Poverty ranges from 38 percent to 63percent; Roughly 90,000 American Indian families are homeless or under-housed; American Indians and Alaska natives die at higher rates than other Americans from tuberculosis, diabetes, and suicide.

(This touched my heart and made me reach out. You can too by typing Southwest Indian Relief Council into Google.)

The JCC 39er's Terrific Thursdays...

(Yes, we are all 39!) On Thursday, July 27th at 1 p.m., members of the JCC 39er's are meeting at Carabba's Italian Grill in Jamestown Plaza, Altamonte Springs, as part of their "Dine Around Town" series. (Yum!)

39er's Meet & Mingle Mondays...

There will be a "Life and Legacy" information session in the Senior Lounge of the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando on Maitland Avenue on Monday, July 24th at 1p.m. All 39ers and JCC members are welcome.

Leading the session will be JEFF GREENWALD AKA The Candy Man.

Tasty refreshments will be available after the program. (Double yum!)

All that jazz...

On Sunday, July 30th from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., the Altamonte Chapel will hold its monthly "Jazz Jam."

This one is soooooo great (to me, especially) because some of my very favorite musicians (whom I even performed with in New York City) are featured.

The program is called "MICHAEL KRAMER and Friends. Michael is my very favorite pianist to work with. His super-talented son, BEN KRAMER, (my favorite bassist to work with), fabulous TRACEY ALEXANDER on drums, and special guest, PAUL SCAVARDA on guitar, will entertain you. WOW!

And all for a measly $10! (You folks are saving at least $90 per for such a show!)

As usual, the second set invites musicians and vocalists to "sit in." (So bring your axe.) Our own ALAN ROCK is emcee.

The Altamonte Chapel is located at 825 E.SR 436, Altamonte Springs. Phone number is 407-339-5208.

Super songwriters...

"Some Enchanted Evening," the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, will be featured from July 29th thru Aug. 20th at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave Suite C, Winter Park. Their phone number is 407-645-0145. (There will be previews on July 28-29).

This beautiful musical revue celebrates the giants of musical theatre, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

Don't miss it!

One for the road...

Richard Rodgers

(Too much is happening in my life these days. I'm depressed. If I ever needed a joke, it is now. This is one of my personal favorites. Forgive me for repeating it.)

A Jewish man was sitting in Starbucks reading an Arab newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be in the same store, noticed this strange phenomenon.

Very upset, he approached him and said, "Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why are you reading an Arab newspaper?"

Moshe replied, "I used to read the Jewish newspapers, but what did I find? Jews being persecuted... Israel being attacked... Jews living in poverty. So I switched to the Arab newspaper. Now what do I find? Jews own all the banks. Jews control the media. Jews are all rich and powerful. Jews rule the world. The news is so much better!"


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