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Pap 4, HERITAGE. Florida Jewish News, March 14, 1980 Editor's Desk |y 6ene 8tarn, ]Mito r & Publishnr How Are They Going To Spend OUR Money? i Orlando's Jewish community has taken another step toward coming of age. It has learned that it is possible to raise more than $1 million in a peacetime fund-raising campaign--maybe $1,250,000 when all the pledges are finally tallied. Sunny Mandell and her cohorts really deserve the praise and congratulations they are receiving. She has p.roved that imagination, innovation and dedicated hard work, can inspire a group of virtual newcomers to the hard task of raising campaign dollars. lit  :k A million bucks is a lot of money. If you were one of the nearly 2100 who pledged to this year's Combined Jewish Appeal, you should now be very interested in how that money is spent. We certainly are, Our Jewish Federation Board of Directors will have the final say-so about how the money is distributed. They are responsible, thank goodness. And they have some guidelines to follow, like sending two-thirds overseas via the UJA and spending one-third locally. But it wouldn't hurt a bit to look over their shoulder to double-check them. In fact, we would go so far as to suggest you attend their meetings and let them know you're interested in what they do with your money. If you pledged $18 or more to the campaign ($36 for a family), you are automatically a member of the Federation and entitled to attend its monthly meetings. You should attend. You should even voice your opinions at these meetings. You can't vote, but you can be heard. The Federation Board meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at the JCC program building. The next meeting is March 26th and begins an hour earlier than usual--at 7 p.m.-- because of "many major items to discuss and act upon. Jk And while we're on the subject, we would suggest some changes in how this Board of Directors is selected each year. Unless you are a key member of one of the Federation's agencies (JCC, JFS or HDS), or a synagogue, or president of one of the recognized Jewish organizations (Hadassah, ORT, JWV, B'nai B'rith, etc), you don't stand much chance of getting on the Board. There are elective positions, but these seats are usually "rubber-stamped" from a slate prepared by a nominating committee that is appointed by the Federation president. This virtually assures NEAR EAST REPORT -- Editorial A Misguided Vote The U.S. vote in the UN Security Settlements should count for far Council condemning Israeli settle- less in the world than such acts as Idi ment policy was disappointing even to some critics of Israel's position. The U.S. vote was less an expression of traditional American policy than it was a bow to Arab extremism. This is no less true because of President Carter's revelation that the vote was cast by mistake. The U.S. has policy differences with every one of its friends, but it rarely joins in condemning them in the Security Council. Israeli settlements would not have come up for discus- sion were it not for pressure from A'rab states and terrorist organizations which do not recognize Israel's right to exist. In what the president thought was a legitimate exercise, the U,S. delega- tion to the United Nations worked closely with the initiators of the resol- ution for a document that would be "acceptable." That's rather like the governrhent collaborating with organized crime to catch someone who parks illegally in front of the mob's headquarters. While the U.S. intention in Saturday's resolution was a halt to Israeli settlement in the West Bank, most Arab states have yet to abandon the goal of eliminating Israel. The mistake was not in voting to condemn Israel but in voting for a resolution that included references to Jerusalem. Amin's murderous rule in Uganda or indonesia's forcible annexation of and slaughter in East Timor, but the UN is loathe to pass resolutions on such matters. The U.S. vote, while consistent with official U.S. statements opposing Israeli settlements, contradicted the previous official view of how the issue should be treated in the United Nations. After the United States abstained on a similar Security Coun- cil resolution last March, James F. Leonard, then on the U.S. delegation to the world body, said, "Now that Egypt and Israel have taken a first important move toward a compre- hensive peace settlement in the Middle East, we believe it is incumbent on the Secudty Council not to inject irritants into this process. Mistake or not, the Carter administra- tion is now willing to inject a new "irritant" into the delicate Middle East peace process. Rigid Policy Finally, there is the actual U.S. policy on settlements. It would be one thing if U.S. policy questioned the judgement or timing behind any or all of the Israeli settlements. But the administration opposes the settlements on the ground that they constitute violations of international law and are obstacles to peace. Most of Israel's West Bank settle- ments were built in sparsely popu- lated areas or on the sites of Jewish villages destroyed in the 1948 Arab- Israeli war. Most were built on state- owned land and involved no expropriation. Some of the settle- ments are on land that was boughtby the Jewish National Fund in the 1920s, settled during the British Man- date, conquered by Jordan in ! 948- with many Jews killed in the process--and recaptured and resettled by Israel in 1967. According to the rigid U.S. policy, young people born in these villages in the 1 940s, whose parents died defending them, are in violation of international law, or pose obstacles to peace, if they now choose to live in the place of their birth. Jordan formally annexed the area in 1950, something Israel has never done. If the State Department had been as vociferous in its opposition to Jordan's attempts to "create facts," perhaps the U.S. vote last weekend would carry more weight. But if the administration wants its view of Israeli settlement policy to carry some weight, it should divorce itself from one-sided resolutions instigated by Israel's enemies. NEAR EAST REPORT, Washington Letter on Amedcan Policy in the Middle East, is published weekly at 444 N. Capitol St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. It is available on a subscription basis at S 18 per year. i An Open Letter by a Common Man to VIPs of All Countries I want to go fishing and catch a little fish, as big as my finger; I want to go fishing and catch a big fish, as big as my arm; I want to go fishing and catch a giant fish, bigger than my whole body. I want to go fishing and I don't care what I catch. I told myself, "the best time to go fishing is when you feel like it,"  and I feel like it. I am fishing in a boat in the harbor. All is quiet. I am not thinking, but thoughts race across my mind like rabbits across a field. The thoughts are mere glimpses, wonder- ful glimpses of men and women and children, of ages and dvilizations, of worlds, of the whole cosmos. A glimpse of men and women, fine good men and women, quiet, peaceful, smiling, simple men and women, willing to work, wishing to give of themselves to those who need them. A glimpse of children, beautiful with the beauty of children, the simplicity, the truth, the wisdom of children. We should watch children closely; we can learn much from, them. A glimpse of nations fighting each other in many ways, nations talking nice, but holding daggers at each other's ribs. Small nations, big nations, giant nations. Listen, you nations! Listen to the men and women, listen to the Children, to those who live in your country and those who live in other countries. Listen to the common man. Listen, United States! Listen Russia! England and France and Germany, listen! China and India, listen! All the continents, listen! Listen to the story of Moses, of Jesus, of Buddha, of Mohammed, of Lincoln, of Ghandi, and all the other Great Ones. They loved freedom and they loved the people. They knew the people. Listen and learn what the people want. They want bread, they want a home, they want to love a man, to love a woman, to have and love children. They want quiet, and peace, and work, and play. They want to go fishing, and catch a little fish, or a big fish, or nothing. They want peace. Listen! '--ERNEST ZUKJN Published in the Congressional Record for May ! 7, ! 960, the above was sent to us by Helen Saltzman, Winter Park, who worked with Ernest Zuidn for 18 years. i that the same people will serve on after year. Now don't misread this. The Board composed mainly of capable people sincerely dedicated to the ideals and improvement of the Jewish But they are not necessarily your voicing your thoughts and ideas. We would suggest that Orlando's follow the lead recently instituted in The Federation there allows ! 0 members to be elected by a mail Federation members. To become large" nominees, a prospective submit a petition signed by at least This might not change much as far tion voting is concerned, because among some 60-plus total board seriously affect the outcome of any decision. But it would (I) make the democratic, (2) might allay the char that the Board is a "closed allow for a new avenue for exF and (4) could provide another source Jewish leadership in the community. Until the Federation takes this ation, why not attend the meetings. have a pot of coffee brewing, It could be an evening of both you and the Board. ANOTHER Shmeichel The rabbi learned that a member of his played pinochle the previous Shabbat. "You should you know that playing cards on Shabbat, is sinful." "I know, I know, but believe me, rabbi, I sin!" i Influencing 55,000 Jewistl readers each editions for the greater Orlando Published by Heritage Central Florida Jewish O'Bden Rd., Fern Park, at Fern Park, FL and additional Subscriptions: $11.00 per calendar year t ($1.(30 more to the rest of the U:S.) thereafter. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 742, Fern Parl FL GENE STARN, Editor and EDITORIAL: Assodate "Unker Sale Geier. PRODUCTION: Elaine Starn, Sharleen ADVERTISING: (Orlando), Gary (Pinellas), Anita Solar. mmu PHONES: (305) Members: American Jewish Jewish Telegraphic J Religious News