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i :r 2nd Clue putage peld al rn Park, FL liurlptlal II FIidde MI4rmm: JANUARY 18. 1980 29 TEVET 5740 ORLANDO I with edditJofleJ ofltry e| Of'J.do. FL dlfld ad(Jro841 ||| W -,,do, m,'. m-.,tN ,w.t,, SINGLE COPY 350 changu to P,O. Box 742. Fern Park, FL 32730 One Week palpable stage at evening as Performers to Shine L the largest ever Orlando their and Comments Uthor of the Miron, sound assure a script sat Orlando '--he Yars, and h to at the sts who or the 10- When massive YOu're a of it, that people war ... can yelled. n Early Pledges Reach $600M r RING, CLICK, "Hello, I'm calhng for the Unzted Jewish Appeal..." Members of Congr. Ohev Shalom and Congr. of ----Liberal Judaism Men's Clubs kept the phones busy at campaign head. quarters Sunday morn- ing, At left, Sunny Mandell, Orlando's Jewish Federation 1980 CJA general chairman takes a look at the many pledges being taken over the telephone, uERrr^a photos by Barbara Coenson-Roth II AND THE WINNERS... Shown left to fight, Nat Ginsberg (accepting award for Congr. Ohev Shalom "s Men's Club), Al Koenig and Ron Shader (accepting award for Congr. of Uberal Judaism Brotherhood). Charles Gamson, not pictured, also received an award. iii: by BARBARA COENSON-ROTH HERITAGE Staff Only one week into the 1980 Combined Jewish Appeal/Federation campaign gifts reached $600,000, a 50 percent increase over last year's total at this time, according to campaign chairperson Sonia Mandell. Contributing to community efforts to reach Orlando's goal of $1.25 million this year, more than 100 men in the Occupational Division have been personally soliciting for funds, while the Golda Division of the Women's Division held a brunch Thursday for campaign givers of $1,000 and over. The men's clubs of Congr. Ohev Shalom and the Congr. of Liberal Judaism set a beginning pace for the campaign last Sunday, surpassing their goal at the synagogue phone-a-thon -- the official kickoff of solicitation for the campaign. Making telephone call after telephone call from campaign headquarters, men's club members kept all 15 phones buzzing to reach 193 donors, many first-time givers, to raise a total of $6,862. Their goal was $6,000, compared to last year's $4,500. "We had the opportunity to feel the pulse of the community following celebra- t.ion of the opening of the campaign with "The Night Shall Shine as the Day," Mark Cooper, New Gifts chairman said, "and the pulse is sound." He said he believes the "spirit of such involvement and concern e,y.Jst throughout the community at every level." Awards were presented to Charles Gamson of Ohev's Men's Club for reaching the largest number of pledges; AI Koenig of Liberal's Brother- hood for the most money pledged; Congr. Ohev Shalom's Men's Club for the largest number of pledges and most money; and Liberal's Brotherhood for the highest average quality gift. Eight members from Obey, six from Liberal and one solicitor unaffiliated with a men's club, participated in the campaign solicitation kickoff. The phone calls were made from the community's first campaign headquarters-- Room 2 of the Jewish Community Center's program building--set up by David Witkind with cost of the telephones underwritten by Sun Banks of Flodda. This Sun., Jan. 20, board members of the JCC, Hebrew Day School and Jewish Family Services will partici- pate in solicitation by telephone from the headquar- ters. The following Sunday, Jan. 27, Jewish War Veterans and B'nai B'rith will also take part in efforts to reach this years campaign goal. Backstage, the Night Was Shining "That's why this program," he nodded toward the dark stage, "is such a joy ... so remarkable." Theodore Bikel sat, totally relaxed, with Giora Feidman at a littered table in the dark, listening to the growing noise of a big audience being seated. 'Tm botherable," he said, "1 enjoy being bothered back stage. It's relaxing. Is that an A or B flat," he interrupted himseff to call to guitarist Uri Ludevig as he turned up in the gloom. "My travel schedule is about as heavy as anybody's," he commented then, "and I travel both inside and outside the Jewish commun- ity so I get 'readings' from both ... but I spend much more time now doing mostly Jewish music." The ten-minute warning interrupted conversation and Bikel shouted, "Is this the real warning or a phoney?" Reassured, he leaned back and commen- ted on his own future in light of a "changing oil climate." "The sad fact is," he said, "that even when the country is in the midst of a terrible economic problem, such as the depression, the arts don't suffer. The arts were used as a weapon, as solace, expression, comfort -- that's when Yiddish theater was created. I don't anticipate having to learn to be something else as a result of an economic disaster that seems to be around the corner." An activist in civil rights and labor movements, Bikel said he felt that eventually people would have to learn to be self-sufficient, "to burn only what we can produce and change our life-style ... no more strawberries in Florida in the middle of winter. We ship a lot of indulgence and luxury we shouldn't ship. Sometimes the chicken that ends up on our broiler has traveled 1,600 miles to get here. No, that's unconscienable. Chicken should travel no more than 10 miles to get to US.,. Pausing as curtain time draws near and only stage lights filtered back to the table where he sat with his friends, Herschel Bernardi turned his enormous energy to social issues. Of anti- Semitism he said, "1 wouldn't call it rising. I would call itun- leashing. The anti-Semites (Continued on Page 5) SITTING IN THE DARK, backstage before the per. formance began, Glora Feldman answers ques- tions during an interview while Theodore Bikei quietly plays a tune in the background. HERITAGE photo by Barbara Coenson-Roth