Friday, May 30, 2008

Jewish Heritage Night

Anshe S'Fard president Ben Berman and daughter enjoy "Jewish Heritage Night"

The New Orleans Zephyrs had their annual Jewish Heritage Night last night and members of the Jewish Federation of New Orleans and readers of the Deep South Jewish Voice were encouraged to attend the doubleheader against the Round Rock Express. The night started off well enough with the Zephyrs ahead 2-0 in the fourth inning of the first of two seven inning games to be played, but Round Rock eventually scored 3 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to end the game with a 3-2 win. The second game was a bit of a defensive show for the Express with pitcher Chase Douglass showing his prowess on the mound with six shutout innings out of seven and a 2-1 edge over the Zephyrs. The unfortunate part of the night was the lack of support from the Jewish community. Rabbi Uri Topolosky of Congregation Beth Israel was there with his wife Dahlia as were Chabad Rabbis Mendel Rivkin and Yossi Nemes and their families, but no Reform or Conservative rabbi was there. Touro Synagogue and Conservative Congregation Shir Chadash executive directors were there, but no others. At $5 per ticket (and $3 per car for parking), the cost of the evening wasn't the main factor for keeping members of the Jewish community away. I want to thank the Zephyrs organization for holding Jewish Heritage Night and hope that next year's event will be better attended.
Sad news from Hollywood is the loss of Harvey Korman, one of the great comic actors most notably recalled from TV's "The Carol Burnett Show" and films like "Blazing Saddles" and "High Anxiety." Korman, 81, got his first break on TV as a cast member on "The Danny Kaye Show" in 1964 before joining the Burnett show three years later. He will be linked forever with his "Carol Burnett Show" co-star Tim Conway with whom he toured nationwide for several years. Married twice, Korman leaves behind his wife Deborah Fritz and four children, two from each marriage.

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