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PaOli 4. NflllTAillLFIm4da Jewish NowL Alil II. 1990 Editor's Desk |y Oene 8tarn, IRditor & Publisher I Getting Married Couples Acquainted with Each Other One of the "complaints" I hear from so many of the Jewish couples in the community is "There is nothing to do around here." What they really mean is that they are having some difficulty meeting other Jewish couples to get together with on occasional evenings or weekends. Yes, it is difficult. Unless you are a gregarious couple, it is sometimes a long, agonizing process to make friends, let alone even get acquainted, in a new Jewish community. And that's what Orlando is, a relatively new Jewish community. With so many new people moving here, we can be considered somewhat a community of strangers. Oh, sure, there are more and more activities for the singles. And the "39ers Club" offers all kinds of programs for the seniors. New families with kids manage to find the JCC's nursery school or summer camps. The synagogues and various Hadassahs, ORTs, JWVs, etc., have their programs. But do these really fill the plain, old simple social need for an adult couple to meet, converse, play and fraternize with other mature married couples? We think there is a void that needs to be filled. It is the same kind of void that existed back in my home town in my younger days just after World War II. The parallel is worth mentioning because back in 1946-47, our Jewish community in Ohio found a successful answer that could be modified to Orlando's current need. Like in most American towns, the end of World War II found our Jewish community a town whose young people had become strangers. The men came home from the wars matured after three years in the service, the women had grown up. But even with the resiliency of youth, it took a singular effort to overcome the unfamiliar strangeness that existed, the same type of strange alienation that exists today with our married couples here. As I remember it, a group of the young people from all walks of Jewish life called a meeting of all young adults at the local Jewish Community Center They organized what was called a "Young Adult Group" that encompassed everyone who was single. They offered "something for everyone," including dances, serious discussion groups, Bridge classes, softball, bowling, self- improvement lessons, you name and if there were enough people interested, they did it. YAG lasted several years. Out of it many friendships developed, and, of course, many, many marriages. YAG filled a void and accom- plished in a few months what could have taken years. I don't suggest a massive new Jewish organiza- tion be established in Orlando. We already have one that could serve the purpose well. I might suggest that our own Jewish Community Center take the lead, however, in calling a mass meeting of mature married couples to find out exactly what this segment of the Jewish community wants and needs. I would also suggest that they especially draw upon those couples who are not actively participating in Center programs in order to get a truer perspective of the social necessities wanted. Of course such a meeting would be self-serving to the Center, and why not? But it would also be self-serving to the entire Jewish community if even a few dozen more couples were drawn into becoming acquainted with each other, and also becoming more cognizant and productive in an ever-improving Jewish social way of life. Jews Not Alone in Election Perplexities Our Jewish electorate is perplexed. But so is the rest of voting America. In so many past presidential election years there has been at least one candidate who has stood out as best meeting the prerequisites of Jewish Americans. Not so this year. President Carter, although vocalizing his support of Israel, has alienated us with his UN vote, OPEC wooing and PLO leanings. Senator Kennedy appears to lack both the charisma and electability of his brothers. On the GOP side, former Govemor Ronald Reagan appears to have locked up the nomina- tion, but we wonder about his foreign policy "aggressiveness" and his sincerity with regard to Israel. Both Rep. John Anderson and George Bush, whom many believe may have been in closer harmony with Jewish ideals, appear out of contention. In coming month we would hope a clearer image of the aspir.,ons of both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees in regard to Israel will emerge. We must also remember that our other national elective offices are also worthy of our attention. Florida's Senator Richard Stone is seeking reelec- tion against an ever increasing field of Demo- cratic opponents. And there are already three Democratic candidates and one Republican seeking the congressional seat now held by Richard Kelly of the Fifth District. Kelly himself hasn't said if he will seek reelection. We at HERITAGE will try to keep you informed. HERITAGE welcomes and encourages letters to the editor, but they must be signed. We will withhold your name ifyou so request. Please limit letters to 250 words. Due to space limitations, we reserve the right to edR letters if necessa]. Send letters to P.O. Box 742, Fern Park, FL 32730. Will Share Cult Information with Parents to know how we go about setting up our anti-cu|t programs. Since there are so few resources that can help, we would be ready to share our experiences with anyone that is interested in fighting the perils of destructive cult recruitment and activity. RABBI RUBIN R. DOBIN, Consultant, Concerned Parents of Cult Children EDITOR'S NOTE: Rabbi Dobin philosophy that is diametrical- ly opposed to the Judeo-Chris- tian ethic. We use this infor- mation in our efforts to rescue the unfortunate and innocent young people who fall prey to their deceptive entrapment schemes When we confront the Christian and Jewish Clergy with the peculiar teach- ings fostered by these cults they immediately join us in our fight to rid the community of their poison. I call this to your attention . can be reached at: Dear Editor: From time to time you have published information about the destructive cults and the serious dangers they pose for the :ommunity. You are to be commended for making your readers aware of this problem and for the need to remain alert, so that these aberrant philosophies can be exposed. Our ' Concerned Parents group has made quite a reputation for itself in this area and has been instrumental in involving community leader- ship as part of an overall pro- gram in battling the 26 cults that are spreading their venom in our area. We have found that nearly 17720 N. Bay Rd., Ste. 8D Miami Beach. FL 33160 Phone (305) 931-0001 because l know that accurate information about anti-cult activity is very limited. Among your readers there may be some who would want to have help in some cult problem. all ". qf. them espouse, a CommunityJeadersmayw:aht Sam Levinson To be Honored WASHINGTON --Famed humorist. Jewish folklorist and "teacher of the human spirit" Sam Levenson will be honored with the B'nai B'rith Chai Award April 21. at the annual meeting here of the B'nai B'rith Commission on Community Volunteer Services. The award is given to "an individual or group who has made outstanding contribu- tions in community service, citizenship and humanitarian- ism." It is so named because "chai" is Hebrew for "life" and the recipient honors life through his dedication to others. Previous winners of the award are the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark; Harold Russell, Chair- man of the President's Commission on Employment of the Handicapped; Ambas- sador Arthur Goldberg; and Veterans Administration chief ' . Max Cleland ........ Dry Bones NEAR EAST REPORT Another White House King Hussein of Jordan has angril to Washington in the near future, flap apparently resulted from another communicate" between its ambassadors. Nicholas Veliotes, the U.S. envoy to instructed to seek an audience with raise the possibility of a Hussein-Carter Washington on April 17. Veliotes was notl advance that President Sadat of Egyp t Minister Begin of Israel would also Washington in April. On the day Hussein--March 19--the White House ! the Sadat and Begin visits and a official also said Hussein would soon after, inadvertently implying was connected to the negotiations he much to avoid. Senior Jordanian officials premature White House announcement( visit as "clumsy, silly and totall3 Hussein's contribution to the Middle l process so far has been nil. But the House foul-up hardly contributed to task of getting the Jordanian monarch Shmeichel The sales clerk told a housewife shopping store, "This machine is guaranteed to do you ." "Fine," she replied, 'TII take two. Influencing 21,000 Jewish readers each week if Orlando, Daytona Beach and Space Florida. Published by Heritage Central Florida Inc., 207 O'Brien Rd., Fern Park, Fla. 2nd at Fern Park and other mailing offices. Subscriptions: $ I 1.00 per calendar year to ($I .00 more to the rest of the U.S.) and thereafter. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 742, Fern Park, GENE STARN, Editor & Publish# EDITORIAL: Associate Editor, Barbara PRODUCTION: Elaine Starn, Sharleen So ADVERTISING: Gary Winder, Vici Rock. Phones: (305) 834-8787 Members: American, Jewish Telegraphic AgenCY Religious News ServiceS