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.11o. tnd CItu Immge imdd It fJt SLIM. FL MARCH 2, 1979 3 Adar 5739 ORLANDO EDITION ' ,.,,l,y,t O,.,.FL S,.d,,Vr,,* ===.. F.W,,,,,= SINGLE COPY 350 . dumlu II P.O. lex 14& AlimNte |pip. FL 32T01 $11 lier alr 1, prl-reil Imflw. to Announce in Programming, Next Week ng ' hours, wei'e Jewish execu- teal with the financial to an official announce- emergency eXpeCted to be next Week. cutbacks successful to of and building had been Jan. and had been anticipated in the Center's budget allocations. As of Fri., Feb. 23, only 26 of the more than | 20 members contacted had responded to the Center's plea for money, the source said. A second major decision reached by the executive committee is said to include plans to develop the coming year's budget around "major staff changes" to avoid similar funding problems in the future. As one board member commented, "If we are going to continue to find that people 'cannot afford' to keep promised made to their own Jewish Community Center, although they CAN afford high-cost lifestyles, we will have to adapt Our programs to their '1 don't care' attitude rather than try so hard to answer real needs in the community." The Jewish Community Center flea market has been re.scheduled for Sun., Mar. 4, from noon to 3 p.m., at the JCC. The flea market was cancelled last week because of rain. YASSER ARAFAT kisses Ayatollah start of his visit to/ran last month. oter the former lsraeU legation as has openly opposed Israel. Relous News Sece photo BEWARE! ,J wee Haman! All Queen Esthers, and King Ahasuerua', el and relatives are Invited to brste Purim at the Orlando Jewish o unity PURIM CARNIVAL to be 8un.,lLr. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. .gr. of Uberel Judaism. h.e. local Jewish organJzatinns will I te in celebrating Haman s ='foible by operating various -s and selling refreshments. k_ -=me Great Zuchinnl" (Paul Leps) will Itt this festive occasion performing a ],'inie nd clown show at 12:30 and n_ O P.m., in addition to pony rides, s  walk, dunk machine and much, morel Red Magen David Henry Ross Organizing Local Group An Orlando chapter of the American Red Magen David for Israel is currently being organized by Henry Ross at Orlando because "Israel's MDA needs the cooperation of every American Jew," according to Ross. Ross, who has volunteered to organize the Orlando chapter, one of approximately 60 in the U.S., is currently soliciting members, at a minimum of $10 per person. "Ninety percent of all fundsgo to Israel," Ross said, "only ten percent is used for overhead." /vff3A provides Israel with its only ambulance service, collects, processes and distributes blood to Israel's hospitals and maintains more than 200 first aid health stations and sub-stations throughout the country, in addition to first aid to Southern Christian Lebanese. "Orlando is a fast growing area with money and a good place to start a chapter," Ross said. "it's time we (the CI.S.) give more because Israel's MDA currently receives no cooperation from the Inter- national Red Cross Associa- tion," and because it receives only 2.5 percent of its funds from outside Israel. For further information about becoming a member of the Orlando chapter of the American Red Magen David for Israel, call Ross at 645- O619 evenings or 898-3086, days, except Mondays. to 'Sunbelt' Problems 'Super Scoops' at work ... 00:iiiii00ii!i!iiiiii00i00iiiiiiiiiiiii2 !, : THREE FUTURE ED/TORS of HERITAGE from the Newspaper Club of Ortando Hebrew Day School study their 'copy' Intently for their next issue. To learn more about what (l.to r.) Danny Bachrach, Mark Goldberg and Yonatan Rozwaski are doing, please turn to Page 6. HERITAGE photo by Unde . Syria Renews Restrictions NEW YORK (JTA) -- The According to Albert, who successfully managed to flee read a statement in Arabic which was translated, simul- taneously, "scores" of Syrian Jews have been escaping from Syria in recent weeks. "The remaining family members of those who escaped are tortured. Many are maimed and injured," Albert disclosed. He said that all the restrictions by Syrian authorities on the Jewish community, which were lifted in 1976, were fully reimposed since the beginning of last December when a few members of the Syrian Jewish community succeeded in escaping. Those restrictions ban free movement within the country, transfer of property, attending universities and other denials of basic human rights. The Muhabarat (Syrian secret police), Albert said, had in the last month alone brutally beaten some 20 men in Damascus and Aleppo because they weresuspected of helping Jewish families who 'situation of Syrian Jews has sharply deteriorated in the last two months, with the reim- position of restrictions on internal travel, intensified harassment, frequent arrests and torture of members of the community, a Syrian Jew who escaped with his family six weeks ago, charged at a press conference here last week. The 37-year-old Syrian Jew, who wore a black mask to conceal his identity, was presented only by his first name, Albert. He told the press conference, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, that he arrived in Israel with his wife, three children and other family members Dec. 10, 1978, after he escaped from Syria, "through the mountains," to a neighboring country. From that country he and his family were able to reach Israel, where they now reside. He did not give further details concerning his escape, claiming he did not want to endanger other would-be escapees. Inside HERITAGE ... Excuses 'Hall of Fame' ............ Page 2 Anti-semitism down in U.S ......... Page 3 The Clubs at Hebrew Day School .. Page 6 Scene Around .................... Page 7 the country. Appeals For Understanding, Help "1 appeal through the American media to world opinion to understand the plight of Syrian Jews and help us gain and enjoy our freedom," Albert said. Albert unfolded his personal story of life in Syria, where he was detained and tortured several times since he was 1.5 years old. At one point he lifted up his shirt and exposed to the reporters a huge scar, which he said was the result of torture in a Syrian prison. Richard Ravitch, president of the JCRC, expressed deep concern over the fate of the 4500-member Syrian Jewish community, particularly in the wake of events in Iran. Referring to a recent State Department report on the status of human rights in various countries, Ravitch charged that the report cited moves by the Syrian government to ease limita- tions on the rights of Syrian Jews but failed to note that these have been rescinded and more severe treatment imposed. Noting that Washington allocates $90 million in aid to Syria, Ravitch declared that the Jewish community will demand this aid be halted until the Syrian government stops denying its Jewish citizens their human rights. to Host First-ever Statewide Conference ever held by the nine Florida Confer. Jewish Federations, will involve professional and volunteer staff from Holly- April, wood, West Palm Beach, Miami, Sarasota, Jacksonville, Jewish Tampa, Orlando and Pinellas. Marcia Kerstein has been named program chairman of the two- the first day event, scheduled to be held at the Royal Raza on April 21-22. Because the Florida "sunbelt" has already attracted a Jewish community of a half million Jews, a figure that experts say "grows by thOusands almost over-night" the Conference will consider seven major areas of local concern. Workshops will be held to consider services to the aged, Jewish education, services to the youth, including Jewish Community Centers, community relations, Russian resettlement, leadership development, and budget/allocations. The Orlando Federation will be in charge of a workshop for community relations, under the leadership of CRC chairman, Eva Ritt and ,Jewish Federation executive director, Paul Jeser. Top leaders from the Council of Jewish Federations will address the gathering. The question of funding will be. discussed by director of the Washington, D.C. Action Office of the CJF, Mark Talisman, a federal funding expert Members of the (:ommunity wishing to contribute to any of the topic areas should contact Marcia Kerstein, or Paul Jeser, 645-5933.