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2nd Class postage paid at Fern Park, FL hkcrlll=..,,=,,,,.*: SINGLE COPY 35 FEBRUARY 29, 1980 12 ADAR 5740 ORLANDO with additional entry at Orlando. FL Send address $1! Imr lkllNhlr per. In-ilUl LlrMItw. - changes to PO Box 742. Fem Park. FL 32730 At Vlctorg Celebration Record Breaking Total Announced by Gene Starn HERITAGE Staff Announcing a record- breaking 51,151,679 already pledged--"and still counting" --Orlando's 1980 Combined Jewish Appeal officially "cele- brated" last Saturday night. CJA chairperson Sunny Mandell, this week, called on her key campaign leaders to finish their solicitations quick- ly in order to achieve the goal of T1,250,000 set for the year. Hundreds turned out at Congr. of Liberal Judaism and cheered as Mandell unfurled a banner showing the large dol- lar figure emblazoned across it. She heaped praise on the nearly 200 volunteers who col- lected more pledges in the abbreviated six-week cam- paign than had ever been gathered before in the Orlando area, except during Israel's Yom Kippur War emergency in 1973. But it was Mandell herself who was visibly touched bythe ovation given her when pre- sented with a token of appreciation by Jewish Feder- ation President Marcia Kerstein. Kerstein noted that the CJA leadership was the first major project within the Jewish com- munity for Mandell, as she recalled asking her to take over the campaign chairman- ship in October 1978. Kerstein recounted how Mandell, filled with doubts as to her abilities to head such a pretigious event, told her one night as they shared a motel room while attending a south Florida Jewish function, "1 can't do it, I can't go through with it." But the next morning, she had changed her mind. "1 saw a vision of what might be done," she told Kerstein, "and ] have decided to do it." Sixteen months later, having brought about a virtually complete reorganiza- tion of campaign administra- tion, solicitations and per- sonnel, Mandell's efforts were climaxed with the 51,151,679 announcement What those pledges mean in terms of services to both local and world-wide Jewry can be shown in comparisons with previous years' contribu- tions. Under a formula that first makes a 12 percent allow- ance for uncollected or late- paying pledges, the remaining funds are then earmarked with two-thirds going to the United Jewish Appeal for use over- seas, primarily in Israel. The remaining one-third is avail- able for budgeting to local and national agencies during the 1980-81 fiscal year that begins next Setlember 1. The 1,151,679 represnt- more than a 33 percent increase over last year's campaign. It automatically earmarks nearly $676h for the UJA compared to $507M this year. A figure of 5337M would be available for local and national agencies, compared to 5253/% this year. RECENT CJA CAMPAIGNS & ALLOCATIONS Year 1977 1978 1979 1980" Pledged Shdnkage Funds to Locai/Nat'l. CJA Campaign AIIowance U.J.A. Agencies $ 615,000 -- $395,000 $220,000 715,000 85,800 419,676 209,524 865,000 I03,800 507,720 253,480 1,151,679 138,200 675,990 337,488 *incomplete, as reported 2/23/80 loue|y as a queen.., as Queen Esther that is, and th/s is the season. Queen Esthers will be seen in this Sunday at the community wide PuHm carnival. And if one looks hard enough they might see some King Ahasueruses, Queen Vashtis and maybe a Haman or two. Alarmed by Plan to je Resolution 242 tinians political status. The before his departure from (JTA) -- A resolution, adopted in 1967 Israel to become High Com- that would and accepted by all parties as missioner in Australia, Resolu- the basis for a Middle East set- claimed that the British pro- o recognize tiement, makes reference only posal would undermine the to the Palestinian refugees, peace process by knocking a sharp rebuke Carrington's amendment out one of the pillars of the Menachem would also recognize the PLO Camp David accords, ng with British as representative of the Pales- meaning Resolution 242. 1,he John Mason tinian people_ The PLO, for its He said the idea "smells of initiative is part, would be required to appeasement" of powerful Foreign Seo recognize Israel. Arab oil interests. He is support for Begin ReJects Approach Begin flatly rejected the of the At a meeting with Mason, British assertion that the PLO Com- Begin said Israel totally was becoming more moder- foreigh min- rejected Carrington's ate. He claimed that, on the this week. approach. The same message contrary, it continues to prac- suggested was delivered to Carrington by tice terrorism and its attacks promote an the Israeli Ambassador in on Israel would worsen were it o Resolution London, Shlomo Argov. not for the vigilance of Israel's Begin, who saw Mason just security forces. Purim is traditionally a time for rejoidng at parties and masquerades, the "feasting and gladns" having been prescdbed in the text of the megillah. In order to obsewe the rabbis' Injunction to "be moderate in all things Includ- Ing moderation," Pudm is the one time in the year when chil- dren are encouraged to make noise in synagogue and adults to get so high that they literally do not know the dif- ference between Haman and MordecaL According to Mann U.S. Jews Must Resist Pressure from Home American Jewry can look forward to a great deal of pres- sure in the coming months, the head of American Jewish organizations told several hundred Orlando campaign workers last Saturday, as the administration tries to forge a solid front in the Islamic world by having Israel make concessions to the Arabs. "The call will come," said Theodore Mann, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organiza- tions, "in the name of patriotism for American Jews." "We must resist it," he affirmed. Explaining that the U.S. theory to unite the Moslem nations against the Sovie Union is hampered by Israel is "so much nonsense," Mann said, "There is nothing Israel can do to bring about a solid Islamic front" He pointed out that, except for Egypt, not a single Arab nation has come forth and said, "If Israel changes its attitude, we would recognize the Jewish state," or make some concession toward recognition. He called the Arab attitude "schizophrenic," pointing out that their hatred for Israel couples with a fear of a Pales- tinian state run by the Palestine Liberation Organiza- tion. Despite their propa- ganda, the last thing the Arabs want is such an entity, he said. In resisting administration pRssures, Mann called it "our right under the First Amend- ment to petition the govern- ment when we see it going down the wrong path." "We are finally a peoplewho regard it as our responsibility as JeWs to safeguard  welF being and security of Jews even.vhere," he said. Mann spoke in Orlando at the Combined Jewish Appeal "Victory Celebration," held at the Congr. of Liberal Judaism last Saturday evening.