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I never cease to be amazed …

I refer to Jewish people — so talented! How about John Garfield. (Those of you who are as old as me will remember him and what a fine actor he was!)

He always played brooding, rebellious characters. He was active from 1932 until his untimely death from a heart attack in his late 30s.

His real name was Jacob Julius Garfinkel. He was born in March 1913 and died in May 1952, much too young!

John was the father of three children.

(I remember him well and, I repeat, what a fine actor he was!)

And speaking of fine …

How about a magnificent newsman like JAKE TAPPER? (It doesn’t get any better than that!)

Jake was born March 12, 1969, and is an American journalist, author, and cartoonist. He is the lead Washington anchor for CNN, and hosts the weekday television news show The Lead with Jake Tapper and hosts the Sunday morning public affairs program State of the Union.

Before joining CNN, Tapper worked for ABC News as Senior White House Correspondent, where he received three Merriman Smith Memorial Awards from the White House Correspondents’ Association. Tapper helped with the coverage of the inauguration of President Obama that earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story. Tapper was part of a team that was awarded an Edward R. Murrow Award for Video: Breaking News for “Target bin Laden: The Death of Public Enemy #1”. His book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor” debuted at No. 10 in November 2012 on The New York Times Best Seller list for hardback non-fiction. Tapper’s book and his reporting on the veterans and troops were cited when the Congressional Medal of Honor Society awarded him the “Tex” McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism.[The Republican primary debate Tapper moderated in September 2015 drew more than 23 million viewers, making it the most-watched program in the history of CNN and the second-most watched primary debate ever. He also moderated the Republican presidential debate in Miami on March 10, 2016, which drew almost 12 million viewers and according to Variety, “garnered acclaim for its substance.”

(All I can say is WOW!)

This always seems to bother me …

LOUIS FARRAKHAN, leader of the Nation of Islam, who is openly antisemitic and homophobic, has said many upsetting things. Here are just a few: “Satanic Jews have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.”

“The Jews have control over those agencies of government. When he want something in this world, the Jew holds the door.”

And … the remark I remember the most: The false Jew will lead you to filth and indecency. That’s who runs show business. That’s who runs the record industry. That’s who runs television.”

(Wow! Farrakhan’s remarks are true in this sense, we are a very, very talented people!)

Thank goodness for the World Jewish Congress …

The WJC is always on the ground … in more than 100 countries across six continents … working to provide support to our global network of Jewish communities. Today, at a time of crisis, challenge and conflict, when the people in Ukraine and millions of refugees are suffering, and as we face a critical moment in history, the WJC is helping in every way possible.

(So, if we have a chance to help the WJC in any way possible, let’s do it!)

JCC Seniors on the Go …


On Monday, July 11th will be Gentle BeMoved.

And on Monday, July 18 — Dedicated Care Group will be bringing lunch (salad bar) and tech talk to help us better use our smartphones and tablets.

On Monday, July 25 — Gentle BeMoved.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando …

Join Orlando City SC along with the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, The Roth Family Jewish Community Center, and the gracious sponsorship of the Homburger Jacobs Family at Exploria Stadium for Jewish community night on Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m.

The first 50 tickets sold will be able to participate in an exclusive experience and get their photo taken on the field pre-match.

For more information, phone the Federation at 407-645-5933

One for the road …

I didn’t know the meaning of polygamy until recently. Polygamy is sort of a vague term. Actually, if you have one wife, it’s called monogamy. (That I knew!)

If you have two wives, it’s called bigamy. And if you have more than two wives, it’s called pigamy! (Am I right or am I right??)


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