January 19, 2018
I received the following letter from Ambassador RONALD S. LAUDER, of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and pass it along in part:
"Every day, it seems, we hear another report of an anti-Semitic attack, a Jewish cemetery desecrated, a Holocaust memorial vandalized, or anti-Jewish hate speech posted online.
Neo-Nazis and white nationalists are proudly marching in the streets of major cities across the United States and Europe, unafraid to express their hateful beliefs in public, the anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic Boycott, (BDS) movement continues its global efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state, governments in several European countries are trying to pass laws banning age-old rituals of kosher slaughter and male circumcision."
(I repeat... deeply disturbing.)
"In order to respond effectively to these newest threats, the WJC must leverage its diplomatic strength and global advocacy as never before."
(Let's contact WJC at 212-894-4770 or
Proud of Prada...
The WJC recently commended the Italian high fashion women's clothing and accessory brand Miu Miu for quickly responding to a request to remove from its collection items of clothing containing a yellow patch resembling the Star of David Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust.
The WJC contacted Prada, the owner of Miu Miu, to express its discomfort over the items and demanded their removal. The company responded with swift attention and said that the items had been removed effective immediately.
Do you love Elvis?...
Then don't miss this performance!
The next gathering of the Congregation Ohev Shalom Seniors will take place on Sunday, Feb. 4th at 2 p.m. at the synagogue located at 613 Concourse Parkway South, in Maitland.
Well-known singer, DAVID JERICKO, will perform a fantastic tribute to Elvis, Neil Diamond and other famous musical artists from the Golden Oldies. (Okay... so I'm a "Golden Oldie.")
David was born in Chicago and has a very strong musical theater background. He brings different looks and vocals from the 1950s and 60s. He also plays a mean guitar.
The audience is invited to sing along to such Elvis hits as "Don't Be Cruel" (and be sure to wear your "Blue Suede Shoes.")
Admission is still $5, COS members; $8, non-members. You are encouraged to bring friends.
After the show, their will be a complimentary nosh and kibbitz. (Yeah! My cookies!)
For further info, contact co-presidents, BERNY RAFF, 407-767-6763 or JERRY LEIBMAN, 407-694-0546.
Do you love Daniel Kaminsky?...
(Oh please! You know I mean Danny Kaye!)
On Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 31st-Feb. 1st, super-talented WESLEY SLADE, presents "A Tribute To Danny Kaye" at the Winter Park Playhouse Cabaret.
Wesley's performance starts at 7:30 pm.
(This is a show I MUST see. After all, Danny Kaye was a nice Jewish Brooklyn boy. I am from Brooklyn and I'm a nice? Jewish girl.)
Appreciation for a dedicated volunteer...
This comes from NANCY LUDIN, CEO of the Jewish Pavilion about FAITH PARMET:
"Faith has been an enthused volunteer with the Jewish Pavilion for four years. She visits with seniors regularly, helps the program directors with events, and assists in the office once a week. She says, 'I just love the feeling of connecting with my Jewish roots, and I get so much from volunteering with this organization. I love the people I get to work with.' We are grateful for her energy and enthusiasm. Thank you Faith!"
On Monday, Jan. 22nd, the Meet & Mingle Monday topic will be Nutrition for Seniors, presented by ELIANA D'AGUIAR.
The meeting takes place at the Maitland JCC and is followed by refreshments.
One for the road...
Arnold is doing very well at his job and gets promoted to Departmental Manager. As a result of his increased pay, he and his wife Leah decide to start their long-awaited family. But many months pass and there's no sign of Leah getting pregnant, so they decide to visit doctor Levy.
When they enter doctor Levy's room at the surgery, Leah explains to him that they have been desperately trying to start a family but were having no success. When he hears this, doctor Levy decides to examine Leah right away. So he says to Leah, "Could you please remove all the garments from below your waist and I'll give you a quick check-over."
But Leah refuses. She points to Arnold and says to doctor Levy, "What, with him in the room watching?"
"Aha," says doctor Levy. "Arnold, I think I know what the problem is."