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Page 4. HERITA6E. Florida Jewish News, May 9. 1980 Editor's Desk By Oone 8tam, Idltor & Publisher EXPO Reviews'Mixed" Needs Redeeming Value There are "mixed reviews," as they say in the critic's world, about last Sunday's 'Israel Expo,' our community's celebration of Israel's 32nd birthday anniversary. It seems that those who attended the first "public" celebration, co-sponsored by the Women's Cabinet of the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Students' League of Rollins College, enjoyed the kids of the Hebrew Day School choir and the rest of the entertainment. But they found little else to applaud-at the much publicized event. The setting was ideal -- on the campus of Rollins College on the shaded mall in front of the library. Dr. Thaddeus Seymour, president of Rollins, in his welcome "hoped for a continuing" of such events on campus. State Representative Dick Batchelor read a resolution the Florida House had just passed in recognition of Israel's 32nd anniversary, officially opening the afternoon's festivities. 'Expo' was supposed to have the flavor' of Israel, but as one person said, "Except for the Israeli flags strung everywhere, the only flavor I saw was the immensely inflationary prices for food; imagine $2 for a falafel filled with cole slaw and 50-cents for a two-gulp cola." Most of the crowd, estimated at about ! 500 for the entire afternoon, stayed just long enough to eat something, discover there was little doing at the so-called "displays", sit through.a song from the stage, and leave. Not that the committees in charge of the event didn't try. Many worked long and hard to make it successful, but their direction lacked professionalism and knowledge of showmanship to put on a first-class event. We would hope that future 'Expos' would have Executives To Discuss Orlando's Jewish Future And what do they do for an encore? That's the gigantic task facing our Jewish leadership as they try to follow-up the past four years of phenominal growth and success in making our Jewish community aware of what is being Jewish is all about. There is little doubt among some of these directors of our Jewish future that "we need our batteries recharged ... we need to call in the reserves ... we need new blood, new ideas, new inspiration!" The weekend after this one -- May 17-18 -- the executive committees of all of our Jewish synagogues and agencies will be gathering in a weekend of frank discussions of their inter- relationships with each other, the Jewish Federation, and the Jewish community in general. The agenda put together by the Federation's Planning Institute chairman, Jerry Bornstein, and his committee, is both provocative and directional. For instance, these are but a smattering of the subjects outlined for the program ... "Our Federation's Relationship ... what are they? What could they be? Should the structure be changed? "Federation and the Synagogue -- Cooperation or competition? "Federation and the Community: We and They? Are we talking about more participation or greater clout? Does the larger contributor receive preferential status, have special powers, should they? "Community Funds -- How Much and to Whom?" Our Jewish community has reached a plateau in its past four years of progress. It has more than doubled its capability for raising funds for local services and supporting our fellow Jews in Israel and elsewhere. It has provided the community with the resources for Jewish education and welfare by establishing a Hebrew Day School and a Jewish Family Service agency. In its relationships with the non-Jewish community it has deftly left its mark upon the school boards, the media, the politicians and some of the non- Jewish clergy about Jewish issues. Its accomplishments are many, even astounding in view of the disarray associated with a young, new transient society such as ours. Orlando's progress in the world of Jewish stature has far surpassed other Florida cities faced with the same problems. But the next four years may prove to have an even greater impact on our way of life in central Florida. So the importance of this weekend conference can not be overestimated, especially if those participating keep in mind that their responsibility lies with the entire Jewish community, not just those currently involved in Federation, synagogue or agency activities. The interrelationships, their organizational structures, their programs, their outlooks should all be ever mindful of the area's Jewry whose current commitments and involvements are not as powerful as their own,  but who nonetheless are members of our Jewish community and may some day soon be called upon to help shoulder the responsibility of "being Jewish." I a.o,,o, Ib/I W another VIEW" invites readers to submit their opinions and viewpoints on any subject of Jewish interest, local or national. It should be limited to 750 words, preferably typewritten double. spaced, and submitted to HERITAGE, P.O. Box 742, Fern Park, FL 32730. Lord Caradon at Rollins by Jim Shipley We Jews are a strange people. We seem to delight in self flagellation. If there is a speech or lecture wherein an anti-Israel or anti-Jewish view is to be espoused, we show up, listen, ask questions we know will not be answered, and go home shaking our heads. This is not altogether a bad exercise if it strengthens our determination to tell our story intelligently, and to learn more about the events that affect us and the future of our people. This was made abundantly clear to the handful of Jews in the crowd of some three hundred in the Rollins College gymnasium last Thursday night. They were there to hear a lecture by Lord Caradon, Hugh Foote. Hugh Foote, LORD Caradon. High Commissioner of Palestine, 1936-1939. Second in command, British Government on Cypress, 1939- ] 944. Her Majesty's permanent representative to the United Nations, i 964-1970. After disarming the audience with a sample of his dry British wit, Lord Caradon proceeded to play with history and the problem of a world that had an Israel in its midst In 1936, upon arriving in the Middle East for the first time, be was witness to Arab murders in Jerusalem and Hebron. "'To this day," he said, "1 can hear the cry of the mob as they left AI Aksa Mosque to take to the streets." But far from finding in this action an intolerable action, Lord Caradon sympathized with these people, "terrified of losing their land to the Jewish intruders." Hugh Foote has a way with history. To the audience at Rollins he said that Jerusalem had three plans for its future -- "continued domination by annexation" ... "an international city" ... or his own solution, a divided city with East Jerusalem under Arab rule, West Jerusalem under Israeli rule, and free access to all holy places. It took a lovely lady from the audience during the question and answer period (a non-Jewish lady, by the way) to ask under plan three, why it would be different than it was between 1947 and 1967 when Jewish synagogues and cemeteries were desecrated and Jews had noaccess to the Temple area. The former High Commissioner chose not to answer. It must be remembered that Lord Caradon was one of the authors of Resolution 242 in the United Nations. But his interpretation, stated on May 1.1980, at Rollins is that 242 means the return of all occup,ed territory, and Israel's return to pre- 1967 borders. As the icing on the cake, he wants Russia brought into the negotiating process on any settlement. Indeed, Lord Caradon sees no Russian threat to the Middle East, rather a severe Arab agitation with Israel and a continuing problem unless they are forced to stop "colonization of the west bank." Israel, according to Foote is responsible for the Iranian hostage situation, high oil prices and desert drought among other things. Hugh Foote--Lord Caradon--has his own view of history. At Rollins he presented his view of a world at peace. But, as Prime Minister Begin once said to Ambassador Samuel Lewis, "What good is peace to me if I am not here to enjoy itT' No great feat, Foote. a more redeeming value than the strinc table "booths" and hucksterism that prevailing last Sunday. It should have dis the achievements of Israel in a grand both the Jews and non-Jews could take this struggling young nation. Instead, we would like to see more on Israeli arts and crafts, her culture, and of Israel's contribution  the fields of medicine. We would think that 'Expo' opportunity to show, in pictures and Israel has accomplished in 32 years freedom and betterment of the Middle the Jewish State has made the desert life, and how Israel's progress has the living standards of both Jew and this tiny strip of land on the western end i Mediterranean. If it is to be a public event, let's or of the Jewish community toward it, like having photographers make the displays, the art galleries lend their lithos, have our new Technion socieb exhibit of their achievements, have picture their hospitals' contributions and l with the ORT schools. In other words, let's make 'Expo' truly exhibition and exposition to promote the Israel. 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