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2nd Class postage paid at fern Park, FL $ubecrlptiel to FieIda addrMsm: MARCH 7, 1980 19 AOAR 5740 ORLANDO ,,, ,.,,..,l entry at 0.,.. FL Send ad,|re,, , ,eno, toP,O. Oe, 74Z. Fer, Park, F3730 S. ,.,=l.,'.,.,,,.,e,.,.,b" SINGLE COPY 35 II Purim Celebrated at Hebrew Day School A LITTLE HAMMING IT UP... pardon the expression, goes hand in hoof with Purim festititles and the Hebrew Day School celebrated Shushan Pudm Monday with all the vigor and endurance of long- distance pranksters. In the photo above, a number of queenly faces peered at the camera with total disregard for the shouted plea, "don't watch me/" Someone else, at left, seems totally unsure of what to do with the priceless package of candy he's holding. HERITAGE photos by Tinker Sale 'Project Renewal' Orlando 'Adopts' City of Tel Mond by Barbara Coenson-Roth HERITAGE Staff The Orlando Jewish com- munity will adopt a small agricultural city of 15,000 people located about 15 miles north of Tel Aviv as its specific program to fulfill its commit- ment to "Project Renewal." A ] 7-6 vote at Orlando's Jewish Federation board meeting on Feb. 27 called for adopting the city of Tel Mend, at a cost of a million dollars, to be paid in a five year period for social services to the poverty- stricien community. The Federation voted to take on a Project Renewal pro- gram upon the return of six Orlando community mem- bers--Hy Lake. Bill Goodman, Norman Rossman, Lester Mandell. Sunny Mandell and Paul Jeser--from the Prime Minister's Mission last August, "We were so shaken when we saw the extent of poverty, misery and hopelessness for fellow Jews," Mandell said, "'that we brought our obser- vations back to the people of Orlando" who. through the Federation, voted to contract with Project Renewal. There are 300,000 people in Israel "living on the botton rung of society," Mandell said, "200, DO0 of them children." Specific needs for the Israeli iii I community of Tel /ond. one of 160 neighborhoods labeled substan- dard by the Prime Minister's office, include youth and old age centers and social services. Tel Mend was founded in 1929 by Sir Alfred Mend who planted large citrus groves, en- listing other British Jews as share holders through his PalestinePlantations Com- pany. The city became a center for a group of small hold villages called the "Tel Mend Bloc." After 1948, many European immigrants were absorbed by the small citrus community. Orlando community mem- bers who make a pledge for the adopted city have five years from the time of com- mitment to pay. Project Renewal s a partnership project with the state of Israel " which will match the funds raised by the Orlando community. Federation to Purchase Neighboring Property Taking one more step in meeting the needs of Or- lando's growing community, according to JCC President Richard Appelbaum, the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando voted to purchase a piece of property immediately south of the current JCC- Federation land at a cost of $45,000. In a 22-2 vote, the Federa- tion passed a motion to purchase the 75 by 400 square foot lot on Maitland Avenue, subject to appxoval of funding and approval of "con- ditional use" by the City of Maitland. The purchase of the land is a "good deal" according to (Continued on Page 3) Winner Isaac Bashevis Singer ission to Bring Pleasure ader, Not Change the World Photos by Joe Belier HERITAGE Staff Singer, at the age of 76, mission in life as a writer of bring pleasure to the reader, to change the world. "Like a Hedonist," he Singer is "not ready to admit that Yiddish is a dead language. It's sick. But in Jewish his- tory, between being sick and dying is a long, long way. We suffer from many sicknesses, but amnesia is not one of them." One got the feeling that he has no plans to stop writing. Years ago he thought he might wind up his career when he was 60 or 6.5. "To my disappointment, l'm as dynamic today as I was when I was 16. It is a sickness I can live with." His advice to young writers? In the class he teaches in Miami, he tells students, "l'm (Continued on Page 12) was )resented to an overflow Week by the Lyceum Com- Junior College at -r Campus Fine Arts Auditor- informal appearance, he question and answer session faculty on the St. Peters- and was interviewed by the hope that the audi- not have difficulty in him. "1 speak all languages he said. "The Litvaks say I with an accent." He all questions from the whethei I know the answer or he write in Yiddish, which Consider a dead language?