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September 21, 2018

Neil Simon

Another great move...

I read this recently and pass it along to you:

"Speaking at a meeting of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations in Jerusalem, which operates under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress, Paraguayan President HORACIO CARTES expressed satisfaction over the moving of his country's embassy to Jerusalem.

If anyone had any doubt about the appropriateness of the embassy move, Cartes said, 'just read the Bible.'

Cartes added that this would be his final trip to Israel, as his term of office is ending, and called the visit 'very emotional. I see Israel and Paraguay being very close in the future.'

The visit was the president's second to Israel: in July 2016, Cartes paid an official visit to Israel, the first Paraguayan president to do so.

Paraguayan Foreign Minister ELADIO LOIZAGA called the embassy move a 'great moment' and noted Paraguay's links to Israel dating back to its support for the Partition Plan in 1947. He added that Israel and Paraguay share common values such as 'defending human rights, free press, democracy and the rule of law," and as such, Paraguay feels an obligation to support Israel in international arenas such as the United Nations.

Tough losses...

Fabulous playright Neil Simon passed away on Sunday, Aug. 26th. He and his work will never be forgotten. I consider him a genius.

I also heard that the world lost a wonderful actor (and when he was younger, Hollywood's hottest heartthrob!), Burt Reynolds. He was a native Floridian and a gifted performer. Both will be missed by me and all those of my generation.

Winter Park Playhouse Mainstage...

From Sept. 21st through Oct. 14th, Irving Berlin's "I Love A Piano" will be performed at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711-C Orange Avenue, Winter Park.

For times and other information, phone the box office at 407-645-0145 or contact their website http://www.winterparkplayhouse.org.

Jewish Pavilion...

I received word that the Jewish Pavilion and Senior Help Desk are touting the wonderful care given to the residents of the beautiful Mayflower, Aloma Avenue, Winter Park. (As I get older, that's good to know!)

Congregation Ohev Shalom Seniors...

On Sunday, Oct. 7th, beginning at 2 p.m., the members and friends of the COS Seniors are holding an opening event. The featured performers are J.T. & JEN, doing a tribute to the golden oldies... a tribute to Buddy Holly, George Strait, Connie Francis, Whitney Houston, Etta James & Patsy Cline. (WOW!)

J.T. is a talented guitar player and singer. Jennifer is an accomplished vocalist and keyboard player.

This is the free paid up membership opening event. (Just pay your $10 annual membership fee.) Bring your friends. Everyone is welcome.

After the musical performance, there will be complimentary desserts, (This is the annual "Ice Cream" social but other desserts will be available.)

Oh yes, I almost forgot! They ask that we bring our dancing shoes... I was a professional dancer at 19. I think my feet are too big to wear them now!


The other day my friend and I dropped in to the Olive Garden Restaurant on Colonial Drive, Orlando. Our server was KRYSTAL BORKOWSKI, a beautiful, blond sweetheart and a terrific waitress. (The food was good too and Krystal said she took out all the calories for me so I could really enjoy!)

JCC 39ers...

On Meet & Mingle Monday, Sept. 24th, beginning at 1 p.m., SHELDON BROOK will present a bio on Jack Benny. And, of course, refreshments will be served afterwards! (Calories??)

And on Thursday, Sept. 27th at 1 p.m., "Dine Around Town" will be held at the Imperial Dynasty in Longwood.

For further details and to RSVP, phone FLO GOLDMAN at 407-859-5982.

Irving Berlin

One for the road...

Monty meets up with his friend Cyrll in the Altamonte Mall. "Nu, Cyril, why the glum face?" asks Monty. "It's not like you to look so sad." 

"Oy Vay iz meer, do I have a problem," replies Cyril. "The Credit Crunch is killing me-I just have to raise $200,000 in the next fortnight or else my 20-year-old business is doomed." 

"Don't worry, my friend," says Monty, "You can easily overcome your problem." 

"How can I do that?" asks Cyril. 

"Here's what you do," replies Monty. "Go out into the streets and sell 200,000 shoe-laces for $1 each." 

"But I don't have any shoe-laces," says Cyril. 

"Oy, then you have a problem," says Monty.


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