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HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, April 13, 1979 FORMER SEMI.PROFESSIONAL SOCCER player Yof Sarnira coaches teenagers in his free time in the dLsadvantagee community of Shen Arle. mP.rr A photo from CUA Photo Se, osef Sam/ra From Semi-pro Soccer to Project Renewal Coaching by CHARLES J. LEVINE and JUDITH MANELIS Yosef Samira has the quick reflexes and athletic grace of an lete. He feels more at home on the playing field than he does working days as a technician fixing electrical appliances in one of Tel Aviv's numerous repair shops. Several nights a week, Samira leaves his overalls bahind in Tel AvN and dons a sweatsuit for his trip to Jaffa, where he leads a procession of ragtag soccer players to a neighborhood playing field for their regular evening workout. Samira is a volunteer soccer coach, who with his players, lives in Shen Arie, a disadvantaged section of Jaffa which bears little resemblance to the city's remnant ancient port or the chic artists' quarter frequented by international toudsts: It is one of the first 30 neighborhoods slated for rehabilitation under Project Renewal. Samira's volunteer work provides the area's steering team with a positive such things. People wereliving model for social planning now in tents and they needed roofs in progress, over their heads. Prior to the War of "How evee recognizes Independence in 1948, Jaffa that housing alone is not was a sleepy Arab town enough to meet the needs of a bordering the all-new Jewish healthy community," he city of Tel Aviv. During the continued. "It is absolutely fighting, Jaffa served as a essential for children to have a haven for snipers and Arab gathering place." irregulars who used it as a In his neighborhood, base acjainst Tel Aviv. After the Samira found restless war, the government used teenagers hanging around in many of Jaffa's abandoned the streets of Jaffa with buildings as temporary nothing to do. Deciding to do housing for Jewish refugees something about it, Samira, from Arab lands, while other well known in Shen Arie as a areas like ShenAriewere built former semi-professional as instant resettlement soccer player, offered these nei clhborhoods. But, the youngsters a chance to play buildings deteriorated rapidly, soccer under his tutelage. causing severe social Samira's background is problems among its residents, similar to the backgrounds of "Today things are most of the youngsters he different," Samira said. coaches. He came to Israel "Whenever a new town is from Iraq with his parents and established anywhere in Israel, eight brothers and sisters one of the first buildings shortly after the War of constructed is a community Independence and lived in a center. But when Shen Arie Ma'abara, one of the tent cities was built there was no time for improvised by the government to shelter the influx of newcomers. The family moved to Jaffa in 1951, and Samira settled in the Shen Ade section in ]971. Samira, who is 33-years-old, married and the father of two young children, loves to talk about the ! 4-17 year-olds he coaches. "My kids are boisterous and aggressive. At first I had to knock on their doors to get them to come back a _second orthird time, but now they show up before I do and get upset when we have to break for the night." The coach seems reluctant to claim that he is "rehabilitating" his players, but he concedes that he consults frequently with a neighborhood social worker to help him deal with some of his more problematic youngsters. "Too many of these kids cannot continue their education, even through high school," he said, "because THE OLD PORT C/TY OF JAFF& wh/ch arlLsts subsidized b U the Israeli surrounded on the mainland by communities such as Shen Arle. HJERITAGE their families need the extra A income. The team at least helps those who study stay in touch with those who drop Project out, and everybody learns meantime, from his fellow teammate, found, three "What we need is a whistle in community center. A center players. means professionalism and excited facilities. It means an indoor gym where teenagers can junior work out when it rains outside, marked It means access to books and cultural programs and so much more." league of hiS q Bomb Explodes TEL AVIV (JTA)--Officials here re by Frankfurt police that an explosion Frankfurt Airport cargo terminal came postal bag slates for delivery to Israel, parcels. 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