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August 31, 2018

Ralph Lauren

Who knew? department...

When I was younger and much better looking (oh quiet!), I loved to wear the latest fashions and I adored the famous fashion designers. My favorite was RALPH LAUREN.

I just found out that his real name is not Lauren, rather Lifshitz!

(A landsman!)

If you were born in 1925-1955...

This is a note to all the kids who survived the 1930s, '40s and '50s.

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, we are awesome!! Our lives are living proof!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. (No one knew the dangers.)

We slept in rooms with lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode bikes, we wore baseball caps, NOT HELMETS!

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts and no air bags.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar and we weren't overweight. Why? (Because we were always outside playing, that's why!)

We would get spankings if we deserved them and no one would call child services to report abuse.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. (Imagine that!) Also, the idea of a parent bailing out a kid who broke the law and got caught was almost unheard of!

They actually sided with the law!

Let's face it, our generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME!

(I hope you can spend a few minutes to reminisce as you read this...and most important of all... WE DON'T LIKE RAP!)

JCC39ers Cinema Sundays...

On Sept. 2, 2 p.m. in the JCC Senior Lounge, the movie "The Post" will be shown. It features stars TOM HANKS and MERYL STREEP.

Refreshments are available.

JCC39ers Terrific Thursdays...

On Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m., "World Fair Senior Expo" featuring Milan, Italy, will be presented by the Rosen JCC, Orlando.

A bus will be available to take all 39ers and JCC members at no charge.

To RSVP, phone BARBARA GOLDBERG at 609-902-3077. (It's a cellphone).

(I've been to Pisa, Venice, Florence, Rome... and more, but never visited Milan. Sounds like great fun!)

Jewish Pavilion volunteers...

Their mission is Connecting elder-care community residents and their families with a caring Jewish community that provides life-enhancing resources and experiences, but that takes a lot of moving pieces.

They are a 501c3 non-profit organization located in Central Florida serving Orange and Seminole Counties. The Jewish Pavilion is not a "place" but it has a place in the hearts of seniors throughout Central Florida. The staff and hundreds of volunteers visit seniors in more than 70 local assisted-living, long-term care, nursing, memory and rehabilitation facilities. They offer one-on-one visits, holiday programs, classes, inter-generational programs, pet therapy, Shabbat services, traditional meals, grief support, memorial programs, concerts, musical programs and so much more. They bring smiles to residents of all faiths. 

When you make a donation to The Jewish Pavilion-94 percent of your money goes directly back into programs, parties and holidays for Central Florida Seniors...not administrative services, not salaries, but directly to your mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and other loved ones right here at home!

They currently have four amazing program directors that coordinate volunteers, arrange services, classes and meals, facilitate programs, sing, dance and generally make seniors happy! They need to make it easy for them to succeed in their mission and you can help by volunteering, attending and donating time or money toward their goals. You can help make a difference.


If you find yourself dining at the Outback Steakhouse on Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, you will be lucky to get as your server, a lovely gal named KATIE LONG. She was pleasant, caring and very cute!

(Oh no! I can't handle competition!)

One for the road...

Staff of Jewish Pavilion

As Leah is visiting her late father's grave in Ohev Cemetery, she passes close by a woman who is sobbing and wailing at another grave. Leah can easily hear that the woman is saying, "Oh why, oh why did you die? Why did you have to die?" This question is repeated many times. 

After paying her respects to her father, Leah is leaving the cemetery when she again passes the sobbing woman. She is still wailing, "Why, oh why did you have to die?" 

Leah feels pity for this woman and walks over to try to comfort her. "Pardon me, I hope you don't mind me coming over, but I heard your cries of pain and anguish. I assume the deceased was a relative of yours?" 

"No she's not," says the other woman, "in fact I never met her before." 

"Then why are you so sad?" asks Leah. "Who was she? Who is buried at this grave?" 

"My husband's first wife," replies the woman.


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