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THE MOGEN DAVID' (ConUnued from page 1) HERITAGE. Florida Jewish New s, June 27. !980. Page55 a "long 14 hours," according to Violeta, "not iroom ... no food." Although the Captain Henry Considered a small fishing boat, it seemed very to Violeta because of squeezed conditions with people. "Everybody was dizzy during the Voleta said. "There were many frightening and horrible thoughts that maybe the ship make it ... maybe it would turn over. Waves over the side of the boat ... again more Henry finally reached the shores of safely. They were immediately fed fruit and and given medical examinations by doctors in a different land. 1-41DA FOJO and VIOLETA MITRAN! Violeta was transported by bus to the Orange Bowl in Miami where she spent the next five days sleeping on the hard wooden seats in the stands ... finding some protection from the rain under the stadium. From the Orange Bowl, Violeta telephoned the Orlando family she was to stay with -- Andes and Laida Fojo, friends Violeta's father had known more than 30 years ago in Cuba. There Was frightened anticipation as the telephone rang and rang. Finally the Fojo's 18-year-old son answered. "Hello?" "This is Violeta Mitrani," she said in Spanish. Then Violeta broke into tears. The Fojos knew Violeta was coming, they just didn't know when. When told by her son that he spoke with Violet& Mrs. Fojo said she felt a big/,'ef. Their new family member had arrived. It was 4 a.m. when these friends of Violeta's father picked up the youngster at the Orange Bowl. She was taken to a final process center at Opa Locka where she spent one night, and then to the Miami Jewish Family Service which provided a home, food and some money for a week. The JFS also provided Mrs. Fojo with airplane tickets for the last leg of Violeta's journey to Orlando -- her new home. Violeta arrived in Orlando June 6 and is living with the Fojo family. She has hopes that her family she left behind will soon be allowed to come to the U.S. -- to come to live with her. Although here only a short time, she tells how she feels with two English words -- "More free." Explaining her feelings, Violeta said, for example, students in school in Cuba have no choice as to what to study. The State determines each student's field of education. The 45 days students receive for school "vacation" are spent, at the order of the Cuban government, working in the fields. Violeta remembers working on a potato farm. "Everything in Cuba is an obligation," Violeta said. Every night girls have to serve guard duty until midnight to guard against violation of curfews. Violeta asked Mrs. Fojo about synagogues in Orlando. Mrs. Fojo, who is not Jewish, had no answers for her. But a friend of the Fojo's contacted the Orlando's Jewish Family Service SIXTEEN.YEAR.OLD VIOLETA MITRANI JFS executive director Alvin Gamson said when Violeta entered the JFS office last week, she pointed to a menorah and said, "l used to have one of those in my room at home in Cuba." Since arriving in Orlando, she has been wearing the clothes of Mrs. Fojo's 15-year-old daughter. JFS is asking the Jewish community to help Violeta who needs clothing (junior size 7-8), shoes (size 6V2) and any cash donations to assist the Fojo's who receive no compensation for supporting Violeta. Violeta would also like articles symbolic of Judaism. She also wants to meet some Jewish youngsters her own age. JFS has asked that anyone wishing to help Violeta become a part of the Jewish community, or would like to make a cash or item donation, to contact JFS at 644-7593. Violeta will attend the Mid-Florida Academy English language training program this summer with hopes of learning enough English to enroll in Oak Ridge High School next fall. PRAGUE by on Winkler. The IPress, Inc., 521 Fifth N.Y. 10017. hardcovr, S 9.95 Spring of 1580, in the of the night, three into the .Forest near The hour was but not nearly as as their mission. ing the banks of the the eldest of the Yehuda Loevy ben ) drew the fa man on the muddy rabbi then circled figure seven reciting in Hebrew a of prearranged formulae. At the Sion of the rites, the clay mysteriously shape and appear- ordinary man. rabbis had left Prague as spring o! }980, the (golem) from return, this time dramatic confines kauntingly intriguing book: lhc )f Plll w. bv Gershon the documented res of the Golem as he lis secret mission of the Jews of 16th v Prague from' the bus :Blood Libel. episodes are sparked intriHue, Iht, uncommon, and rise to startling and ironic denoue- ments. The stories are prefaced by a comprehensive overview of kabbalah, a traditional Jewish perspective of the occult, science vs. miracles, and the other golems in Jewish history. For the past four centuries, the Golem of Prague has tantalized the uriousity of scholars and laymen alike, throughout the Western world, While both Jewish and Christian sources record the phenomenon of Golem- making from as early as the 36th century B.C. to as recent as the 18th century A.D., whenever people speak of The Golem, they refer invariably to the Golem of Prague. Some contemporary scholars have even credited the mystique of the (,i4en of Prague with havincl nspired Mary gheNev t} 1fT/vt",h'ifL Is the Golem of Prague fact, or fiction? Can we accept supernatural phenomena in the light of modern science? What makes the rites of kabbalah different from those of black magic? These are only some of the many related questions treated at length in The Golem of Prague. Following this comprehen- sive introductory overview of science, golems, and the occult, the book presents a fresh, dramatized adaptation of the original documented stories involving the Golem of Prague. These stories were reportedly authored by the 16th century sage, Rabbi Yitzchak ben Shimshon Katz, one of the rabbis involved in the making of the Prague Golem. Originally published in Hebrew (Warsaw, 1909), these episodes differed substan- tively from the standard Golem "tales" that had been circulating previously in many languages and countries. Now these fascinating adventures have been translated anew from the original Hebrew edition and expanded to include historical background, dialogue, and dramatization, as well as photographs and illustrations. fhc (;oh'n] o t'1agucis the first serious attempt to portray the Golem epic from a non  legendan/ viewpoint. 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