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_EEBRUA.RY 1.1080 14 SHEVAT 5740 ORLANDO zz a Great Bunch of Kids!  ,? j i )!iiiiiii!/iiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiii  iii   ,, ii)iiiiiiiiiiiiii!iii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!ii !'i i:i:' iii i P l/Oung senior citizens were running around Orlando's "hot spots" this past Sunday and Monday during Senior weekend, hosted by the 39er's. Out.of.town guests were reported as saying that their new-made "sure know how to live." See more of the weekend's highlights on page 7. HERITAGE photo by nket Sale Conference zoo Task Force Rates High ale ;taft [C)rlndo Soviet sk Force from the on Sunday by nteer reset- , nn the state OWn SUC- in a accord. chairman, Ie situation Perspective !,With much es ," Sale .Peaks Well uPPort here ilies have rtive and thin the t date. ,IY Opted to ans," Sale reason to believe we knew anything about the immense problems of making a new home for people who have been com- pletely uprooted from their past and who couldn't even speak our language. Instead, we resettled 23. We learned from the conference that we did a pretty good job for amateurs, though we (the volunteer Task Force) had the expert help of trained veterans like Jewish Family Services when we got stuck." Sale said that, after hearing the experiences of commun- ities as varied as Miami and Daytona Beach, Orlando could be proud that all 23 of the Russians'who settled here were largely self-sufficient well before the three-month target date. "Apparently we are slightly unusual," he said, "in that we chose to get people working at something very quickly, while others concen- trated on teaching English for a much more intense, and longer period of time." Only one of the Orlando Russians still needs employment. Other participants noted that, regardless of experience, and size of community, all ten areas experienced similar problems in their approach to resettlement. As one observer put it, "We're amateurs and we have our own problems. What's great about the conference is that here is a large group of people representing towns all over Florida, who felt that come hell or high water we had to help our fellow Jews make a new home. Questions of where that home ought to be are academic. What we have here are Jewish humans and, even if we make mistakes, we are helping to create new lives for people where no Jewish life was possible before." The conference, sponsored jointly by HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) and CJF (Combined Jewish Fed- erations) was attended by about 100 resettlement personnel, most of them volunteers, from ten Florida communities that have reset- tled a total of 689 Soviet Jews in the past year. The point was made that the U.S. has responded to the problem of resettling Russian Jews with a sense of organized urgency and unity--some 25,000 Soviets were successfully assimilated into the American culture last year. It was also noted that, while more than 40 percent of the Russians opt for Israel, the likelihood exists that some 60,000 refugees may need to be resettled in the next year. Among those who attended the conference from Orlando, were Task Force members, Barbie Heller, Simmy Zimmer- man, Sheryl Meitin, and JFS coordinator, Marsha Feinman. Executive director Paul Jeser and executive vice president, Elliot Zerevitz, represented the Orlando Jewish Federation. First for Peacetime Campaign Nears $1 Million Mark by BARB*ARA COENSON-ROTH HERITAGE Staff Setting a new precedent for peace-time campaigns, Orlando is approaching the million dollar mark--only three weeks into the 1980 CJA Federation campaign, accord- ing to Sunny Mandell, general chairman. "Our community," Mandell said, so far, has pledged nearly $900,000 and the feeling of enthusiastic commitment that surrounds us makes our goal realistic." (Orlando pledged more than a million dollars in 1973 when Israel was involved in the Yom Kippur war.) "Each individual effort, each program.., is a step that brings Orlando closer together and nearer its goal of one-and-a-quarter million dollars," Mandell said. New gifts Division, after the second phone-a-thon, totalled $11,930 from 330 gifts. JCC, Hebrew Day School and Jewish Family Service phone volunteers on Sun., Jan. 20, surpassed their $4,000 goat to reach $5,068 from 137 gifts. AI Gamson of JFS was recognized as the individual who raised the most money and Charlie Gamson of the JCC as reaching the most gifts. The Center was awarded for organization that raised the most money and reached the largest number of gifts. The New Gifts Division will hold its final phone-a-thon on Thurs., Feb. 7. Occupational Division leaders met Thursdayto make plans for the upcoming final three weeks of the campaign. The Healing Arts Division will culminate its campaign efforts with cocktails and dinner on Sat., Feb. 2, 7 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel. Healing Arts Division chairman, Dr. Bob Lieberman, said he expects about 50 couples to attend the event and to hear guest speaker, Dr. Menachem Stern, a psychologist who worked as chief medical officer at the Good Fence on the Israeli- Lebanese border. Women's Division held a Leah Division brunch for campaign givers of $365 and over Thurs., Jan. 31, and four Sarah Division coffees for under Sf 00 pledgers on Wed., Jan. 30. Operation Neighborhood volunteers "hit the streets" on a rainy Sunday morning and will continue their drive this coming Sunday with a phone- a-thon at the 1980 campaign headquarters. Mandell urges all commun- ity members who have not been solicited to come forth and contribute to Orlando's campaign efforts. To make a pledge, call the Federation office at 645-5933. Inside Heritage: oHortz Performs ........................ Pag 3 oCensus ................................. Page 4 oBhtebbe Hostage ........................ Page 5 oSenior Weekend ......................... Page 7 oScene Around ........................... Page 9 Business Update ....................... Page 10 eSoltball ................................ Page 1 l oTop Hats .............................. Page 12 ISRAEL DEFENSE Force member plants yet another tree... Although Tu B'Shevat--the New Year of the Trees--comes during the winter season (SaL, Feb. 2) in Israel the whole countryside is bursting with spring blossoms at this time, in Israel on this holiday, a tree is planted for each child born during the year--a cedar sapling for a boy, a cypress for a girl. When the child grows up and marries, branches from these trees are used for the Chupah. I