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2lid Clol8 Iloalnoo pold nl AIIIM liP. FL hllalCdlltlem Io Floddll allah'm: MAY !!. 1979 14 lyar 5739 ORLANDO EDITION .,m.,,v,O.... FL=,.= a W=.,'-r ,,.',Ul., SINGLE COPY 35 dump le P.O. kx ,1141, AituNm SI. FL 32701 A FRESH more than begrl an early to n honor of annlver. to l nket S=l Israel's 31 st Draws 1,000 to Festival More than 100 Walkathon Sp)cipants raised nearly 2500 for the Combined Jewish Appeal campaign as they opened Orlando's Jewish community's annual obser- vance of Israel Independence Day last Sunday with the ]979 "We Walk As One" march. The all-day festivities drew nearly 1000 people to the Jewish Community Center for afternoon activities that included a shopper's bazaar with Israeli products, jewelry and art, Israeli-styled food, "land and water" Maccabiad featuring a greased water- melon competition, softball and volleyball games and the Maccabian tennis tournament finals. The younger festivity-goers participated in a variety of game booths in a carnival setting, a kibbutz petting farm, pony rides, archeological "digs," and Israeli birthday party cake and bounce machine fun. Photo Stow on Page 6 The celebration was coordinated by Roz Haipern, president of the Women's Cabinet, sponsors of the evenL Shed Denberg was in charge of the afternoon's activities and Barbara Haberman chaired the Walkathon. , Sharin, 'Know-how ah Conference Called 'Showcase' host to Florida 29, 30 busy with Utgoing inside 7 LeVine e local SUCCess Pace for ah is the largest women's volunteer organization in the Clnited States, and the largest Zionist organization in the world. It is growing so rapidly in Florida that this year, under the policy of "divide and multiply," the state was divided into four regions. American and Zionist Affairs Plenand Speaker Jerome Bakst Warning that the "battle- front is here (in the Llnited ,States), not the West Bank, and not the Golan Heights," energy expert and director of Research and Evaluation for the ADL, Jerome Bakst, explained that the real "battle" is for American public opinion. As oil-rich Arab countries continue to "inject petro- dollars into the American bloodstream and increase lobbying efforts in Washing- ton, Bakst said, "Jews must be armed as never before with the facts," We must be able to explain to critics that of the five billion dollars spent on the recent Eygptian-lsraeli peace treaty, most are loans and grants to be repaid, and that "Egypt has never defaulted on a loan." We must work to change the American tax structure which makes it more profitable to import oil than to produce it. And we must remember that there is one answer, that the solution to the problem is going to be a "laundry list" of things, and we must make sure they don't cancel each other out. National Hadassah Advisor Blanche Kaminsky "Professional volunteer" Blanche Kaminsky was elected to the national board of Hadassah in ] g77. Active in many Jewish organizations, she values Hadassah because "we are motivated to human needs, completely dedicated to what we are doing." What "we are doing" includes building Mt. Scopus, the largest medical complex in the Middle East, which houses a teaching hospital with nursing school, pharmacy school and a program for dental technicians, she said. The only neo-natal unit in Israel is to be found at Mr. Scopus, and an ambulance fitted with all the neo-natal equipment makes it possible to move infants from one hospital to another when problems arise. Kaminsky also cited the tremendous work done with eye transplants and cataract surgery (Israeli physicians were the first to install lenses during the operation). In addition to its achievements in the medical field, Hadassah sponsors an Israeli vocational high school and a community college with a vocational guidance department usL-d by all of Israel. Hadassah is the largest contributor to Youth Aliya. In her keynote address, Kaminsky echoed the message issued by Jerome Bakst earlier, stressing the important of American Jews being educated and aware, and ensuring that "our children also receive a strong Jewish education." Federation Election June 10 Zerivitz Named for New Executive Post Elliot Zerivitz, president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando in ] 967-68, has been nominated for the Federation board's newly created position of Executive Vice President on the board, to be voted on at the F'ederation's annual meeting June 10. Announcement of Zerivitz' acceptance, and what he called "one of the soundest board slates ever proposed," comes from chairman of the nominating committee, immediate past-president Sy Israel. Current Fecleratlon president, Marcia Kerstein, has been nominated to a second term. She feels confident that "solid priorities have been established for the Orlando community and that the board combines the kind of solid leadership needed to attairL our .qoals." Aside from Kerstein and Zerivitz, the slate of executive officers includes: v.p. for Jewish education, Julius Haberman; v.p. for community relations committee, Eva Ritt; v.p. and general campaign chairman, Sunny Mandell; sec'y., Jim Shipley; treas., Sheryl Meitin; leadership development, Mark Cooper; women's division, Susie Bierman; and women's cabinet, Roz Haipern. Nominees for the eight seats on the board to be elected this year include: Norman Rossman, Bill Goodman,Julian Meitin, /M Siskind, Dr. Ed Zissman, Zelis Wise, Bob Weinrich, and Bonnie Friedman. Both Goodman and Friedman are first-time nominees. Board members serve three-year terms, with one-third of the 24 members elected at each year's annual meeting. Sy Israel's nominating committee included Hy Lake, Mark Cooper, Sunny Mandell and Zelig Wise. 'Free-Wheelers' Glory With Gold Cup By Bette Damouny HERITAGE Staff Team manager-trainer, Rubin Heller, port of wheelchair basketball. the waist up," he urges and "tell me I tell they're handicapped." Irnost impossible to tell that the healthy, ren, racing from one end of the court to baskets and yelling encouragement to Jnusual in any way. The chairs are plainly -- "like a horse or a is in Tampa this week to compete in the cup tournament, the handicapped cup competition. They won the most award in 197.5 and are fiercely the honor. , have been practicing two and just before leaving Israel, they full-time at a Kibbutz camp. a substitute for normal life for these I SHOWING the stun- ning form that won Israel the gold cup for wheelchair basketball in 1974, a team member ls shown at right, dancing with casual elegance on the dance floor during last Saturcag eoenlng's Peace Party. HERITAGE photo by Eva Durann (continued on page 4) !i i