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IU .............. 8outheastern Vlrlma Jewish News Evening of music and inspiration coming to Hampton Roads JuJa Warn being happy. But at the time that was still a big mystery to me. The glimmer comes with a lot of mis- ery like anorexia, bulimia, drugs, suicide, alcohol abuse- and I know what I'm talking about." Today, Julia is the academic director of the Beverly Hills Tutoring Center catering to ele- mentary and high school students who are high academic achievers. "Julia's talent is still as evident now as it always was," observes Seth Riggs, her former voice coach. Having toured throughout the United States and Canada as being rich and famous," says Julia. "Life is about making the world a better place. I learned that to achieve that you first have to become a better person your- self. By being a good person you can inspire other people. And that's what I wanted to do; I start- ed to focus on the internal." Making the transition from a promising career in Hollywood to a much more personal, spiritual quest was not without its share of struggles and heartache, and the perspectives Blum has now differ greatly from the perspectives of some 15 years ago. "I was busy getting famous," she recalls, "all my friends were involved in show business. I thought that was the way it should be. I accepted that people would lie and cheat, that they would treat each other badly. That was normal to me." Now, looking back on all the glamour and glitz of her earlier years, Julia has come full circle. "It has nothing to do with inner happiness. Appearing happy is something totally different than Musical. Mystical. Magical. These are words aptly describing Julia Blum. Born with extraordi- nary musical talent, Julia began performing in commercials, recording studios and the theater at the age of 12; by the time she reached Bat Mitzvah age she already had an agent. She won the lead role in every production at Beverly Hills High School in her California home- town before taking her gifts cross-country and attending Yale University. There, her promising career continued its meteoric ascent as she was cast in graduate school performances, virtually unprecedented for an undergradu- ate. From there Julia went on to Harvard University where she further advanced her studies and experience in the world of music and theater. Following her graduation in 1988, Julia traveled through Europe and Greece, eventually arriving in Israel; as the saying goes - the rest is history. "In Israel I found that life was more than f 0 0 0 • (I Q (I 0 • 0 • 0 11 el • • • • • 11 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  iK;00 r " ooo00 ;. / r_ i Cafe & Market • • • • • • Roast Turkey • Cooked Brisket * Tzirnmes * Kugles * Honey * • • Cake • Veal Floast5 * Shoulder Roasts • Rotisserie Chicken . " LAREiE SELECTION OF KC)SHER WINE i • Plus Our Full Selection of Fresh Meats. Poultry, : 0 • Frozen Foods. Kosher Eirocmries & Canclims : 0 " HOLIDAY CHALLAHS| i Q ." PLAIN __ANn RAISIN i " COM I : • www.KOSHE RP CECAFE. • * 738 West 22nd Street Under Supervision of Vaad , Norfolk, Virginia 23517 Ha kashrus of Tidewater • 623-1770 -U" . ,,_  and • • MON THI! n'- •   Kosher Oivision of Chabad of • .- 11 '-i-l .... " FRI • 91 Hoewoter . J "'IF you can't stand the heat ... get out of the kitchen!" www. KOSH ERPLACECAFE. COM well as overseas, Julia has con- nected with audiences all over the world, conveying her message in her own unique fashion. A superb singer, gifted songwriter, talented actress and dynamic speaker, Julia employs all of these quali- ties in her moving presentations focusing on getting the most out of life, maintaining a strong sense of identity and the unique strengths of women. Set to origi- nal music and lyrics, her words may move you to laugh and to cry, but almost certainly to be inspired. Thanks to the Women's Divi- sion of the Norfolk Area Commu- nity Kollel, the JCC and the Nor- folk Chapter of aRT, that light will shine in Hampton Roads this fall, as Julia Blum is scheduled to appear at 6:30 on Sept. 24, 2002 at the JCC Norfolk. There will be a dessert reception in the JCC succah following the perfor- mance. Cost for the evening is $18 in advance, $20 at the door; childcare will be available with advance registration. All women are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to share in the refreshing joy and inspiration that is Julia Blum. Those requesting more informa- tion may contact Miriam Brunn Ruberg or Marge Kramer at the JCC at 489-1371. In Israel Reverend Jesse Jackson shaking hands with a patient at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem daring a visit, Wednesday 7/31, to show solidarity after a terror attack in a crowded cafeteria at Hebrew University which hilled 7 people and brought 54 victims to Hadasseb hospitals. Rev. Jesse Jackson met with 3 of the victims of that day s explosion. • Consider Adoption Resources of Jewish Family Service Experienced ,caring professionals, We will help you with: Infertility Counseling • Home Studies Parental Placement • Agency Adoption International Adoption ° Post Adoptive Supervision • Attorney Collaboration For more inform:tion call: l (757) 459 4640 Serving families of all religions. 1 J