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l r, 21111 Cius limMaoe _pitd at Fern Park, FL IkMlom te Flerld| ad: MARCH 21, 1980 4 NISAN 5740 ORLANDO ,,l*,*.,.,.o.,. FLs,.m, S. w=--,,er m-l.,. SINGLE COPY 35 chanlm to pit llex 142, Fern P|rk, FL 32730 , : ii!  ! !i  i  'Swing Your Partner' REAL SOUTHERN FUN... The JCC 39'ers had a real foot stompin' time as they wound up their weekly square dancing sessions for the year Thursday, March 13 The room at the Center was full of "swing your partner" and "dosey doe" and a lot of clappin ' and laughin" The dancing sessions are held in cooperation with Valencia Community College. HERITAGE photo by Barbara Coenson, Roth Orlando Torah at Liberal by Tinker Sale HERITAGE Staff r Cardboard box bearing a perfectly restored arrived at Orlando International Airport synagogue's daily life for the dying hands lost it to the Nazis in WWII. Lent to the Congr. of Liberal , the Memorial Scrolls Commit- Synagogue in London, Rabbi Larry Halpern member, Helen Beerman, who had in memory of her late husband, Mattias. said that, when the scroll had been nuary, it had been anticipated that arrival year. "We could only hope it would as possible after completion of our sanctuary," he said, "assuming they request at all." Because it is a kosher scroll, in worship services, "we feel that using it zerer lonies in the rjew sanctuary memorial." oneof some 1,564 sacred scrolls which by the Nazi official, Adolph of annihilation of synagogues in Aside from the scrolls, a vast array booty had also been recued by following the war--books, pictures, vestments, countless kiddush cups, Toi'ah breastplates. Many of these articles of the State Jewish Museum in Prague; FIRST GLIMPSE of the Holocaust Torah entrusted to the custom's shed at Orlando Regional Airport. , others have been sent to nuseums and collections all over the world. The T0rah scrolls themselves lay for 20 years in dark piles at the disused Michle Synagogue, before arrange- ments were made to send them to London's Westminster Synagogue, where a Memorial Scrolls Committee under- took the laborious process of inspection, cataloguing, repair and distribution of the. scrolls. As memorials to the Jewish communities of Bohemia and Moravia, even the most badly damaged scrolls are being restored. Work began in 196.5 and is continuing today. Since the original press announcement in 196.5, hundreds of requests have been received from First Jewish 'Root" Hadassah Forms At Williamsburg A new Jewish community has taken root in Central F'lorida, as the Williamsburg Chapter of Hadassah, the first Jewish-affiliated group in the area, scheduled its first formal meeting for next week. Although 15 members are needed to form a chapter, Ruth Levitt, president pro-tern of the new group, has already reported 13 paid-up mem- bers, some not previously affiliated with Hadassah, and is sure that more will join at the meeting set for March 26. The chapter was formed after representatives of the Orlando Chapter of Hadassah met with interested residents of Williamsburg a couple of weeks ago. Orlando's  president, Sylvia Herschbein, said the formation of a separ- ate chapter at Williamsburg is only practical because of the distance between the two communities. (Williamsburg is located approximately 3.5 miles east of Disney World ,.._ ======================================================= .......... and adjacent to Sea World.) Levitt, who came to the area last October with her husband, a retired podiatrist, said she feels the chapter is important because Hadassah is a worthwhile organization and Jews have to have some kind of affiliation to their people. Sources say that between 30 and 40 percent of Williams- burg residents are Jewish. Levitt, who said she hopes to get the Williamsburg Chap- ter "off.the ground soon," is a past president of the Dover, N,J. Hadassah chapter, served as the regional board secre- tary and.was active in two other Hadassah groups in the north. All those interested in becoming members of the Williamsburg chapter should attend the meeting on March 26 at the Lime Tree Club beginning at 2 p.m. Members of the Orlando chapter will attend to answer any questions about Hadassah. rrrnlll 'Shalom Orlando' To Welcome Newcomers Newcomers and prospective residents of the Orlando area are cordially invited to attend the ,Shalom Orlando brunch to be held at the Jewish Community Center on Sun., Mar. 23 Guests will have an opportunity to meet and talk with leaders from the Jewish Federation and JCC, and repre- sentatives of all local Jewish organizations and synagogues. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation to help newcomers learn of the programs, organizations and entertainments in the Orlando community, as well as meet socially with new neighbors, the brunch will begin at 10:30 a.m. Congr. of Liberal Judaism "in perpetuity" was in the HErrOE pto    synagogues, schools and communities wishing one them. No one congregation or organization can own a scroll; they belong to the Jewish people. Several hundred of them have been placed in synagogues, Jewish day schools, community centers, hospitals and old age homes in far-flung and often-isolated communities around the world. The scroll that has been lent to the Congr. of Liberal Judaism in perpetuity is a nearly perfect torah, which will be dedicated when the congregation's new sanctuary is completed. In the meantime it rests, wrapped in a Torah cover made by religious school students in a corner of the ark.