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Paoe 4, HERiTA6E, Florida Jewish News, July 27, 1979 HIgHWaY Reaching 55,000 Jewish readers each =ek (except for two weeks during the summer) in separate Orlando, Tampa and PInellas editions. Published by Hedtage Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 7! ! E. ARamonte Dr., Suite 120, AJtamonte Springs, FL 32701. Second-class postage paid at Altamonte Springs, FL and additional mailing offices. Sulcdptlons: $11.00 per calendar year to Florida addresses ($1.00 more to the rest of the U.S.) and pro-rated thereafter. Mailir Acldreu: P.O. Box 446, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. GENE STARN, Editor and Publisher NICK RACKOFF, Business Manager EDITORIAL= Managin 9 Editor, TinkerSale; News Editor, Barbara Coenson-Roth; Bay Bureau Manager, Bette Damouny; Israel Con'espondent, Orah Elgar; Contributors, Linda Amon, Ada Begelman, Linda Endler, Ellie Geier, Anita Tritt. PRODUC'TION: Denice Lovequist, Fran Rackoff, Elaine Stare. ADVERTISING: Coordinator, Susan Estevez; Orlando, Ethel Goldberg; Tampa, Bill Murphy; Pinellas, Steve Mabel. PHONES: Orlando (305) 834-8787 to Altamonte Springs office , (305) 834-8277 to Altamonte Springs office Tampa (813) 224-0070 to Altamonte Springs office (813) 839-7915 to Bay Bureau office Rnellas (813) 441-3731 to Pinellas message center Membet of Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Religious News Seruice, American Jewish Press Assocfatiorc I Petrodollar Greatest Threat Says ADL Head NEW YORK (JTA) -- Na- than Perlmutter, the national director of the Anti- Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, believes that the greatest threat to the Jewish people today is the increasing influence of Arab petrodollar diplomacy. The "Zionism is Racism" resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1975 has made anti-Semitism more open in Europe, Perlmutter said. But he believes that more important is the growing Arab use of oil diplomacy which is making the Jewish people "'hostage to the price of oil." Pedmutter said it is for this reason the ADL is opening a European office in Paris. The office will be in the job of "consciousness raising" among European Jews, alerting them and helping them to meet this new danger, he said. Perlmutter, a 30-year veteran of the human relations field who was named ADL national director last Nov- ember, said Jews have to become aware of the impact of petrodiplomacy. He said the situation was analyzed in a one-day Burssells meeting on petrodollars but it was dramatized to him upon his return to New York. When he returned, he saw a newspaper story that ]00 members of the Japanese Parliament had called for support of the PLO. The next day it was reported that Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, "no friend," and former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, "an old friend," had met with PLO leader Yasir Arafat, "the single  PERLMUI"I'ER -most murderous anti-Semite in the world today." This was followed by a report that President Carter had asked West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt to lead Euro- pean pressure against Israel. This was evidence to him of the power of petrodiplomacy. Perlmutter pointed out that Americans as a whole have not blamed Israel or Jews for the gas lines. They blamed the oil companies or OPEC. But Perlmutter said a situation could arise where, due to the influence of Arab propoganda, Americans could begin calling for a "PLO state" as a means of assuring a steady supply of oil, as some in Europe are already doing. This is why, Perlmutter said, American Jews must support efforts to conserve find additional oil and use other sources of energy, develop synthetic oil and take other steps so the West does not become "hostage to the endless greed of the oil sheikhs." pQnol'QmQ Talmud on Jogging "Did you read in the papers," Joe said, "that President Carter on his visit to Jerusalem went jogging there? Abe, can you tell me maybe what the Talmud says about jogging?" Abe laughed, "Joe, you remind me of that international conference on the elephant," Abe said."A German spoke on the habits of the elephant, a Frenchman on the physical structure of the elephant and a Jew on the elephant and the Jewish problem. "But come to think of it," Abe continued, the Bible and the Talmud both have references to jogging. Especiallythe Bible. 'Zedek, zedek, tirdof,' says the Prophet. This translated in English means righteousness, righteousness, shalt thou pursue. The Prophets were always calling on Israel to pursue righteousness. And the Talmud, let me see. Yes, I recall one saying of the Talmud that God is always on the side of those who are pursued, not the pursuer. "Of course," Abe said, "that's a different kind of jogging. You are thinking of physical motion. As to that," Abe said, "1 can say that many rabbis have shown great interest in one form of foot motion- walking. The Roshptzer Rebbe, for instance, considered walking a religious obligation, citing the Scriptural command 'Thou shalt medidate on the Lord, when thou sittest in thy house and when thou walkest by the wayside.' The Helmer Maggid liked walking because, he said, he met so many nice people when he went out. '1 meet a cow,' he said, 'and she says to me, I am the one who gives you milk. And I meet the chickens and they say, 'How are you today and did you enjoy my eggs' and I meet a goat and he says, 'Oh, my, you've got a beard just like mine.' "Rabbi Luis Newman noted," said Abe, "that many famous rabbis liked to take long walks, wandering often about as beggars. It served, he wrote, as a corrective 'to the regular and aggreeable life' and during their walks they were about to work out problems of philosophy and morality. "To be sure," said Abe, "now and then you come across one not so enthusiastic about walking. When it was once suggested to the rabbi of Wolosin that he take a walk, he said, 'What's the use? I'll have to come back.' Everything, you know," said Abe, "has its disadvantages too." "Well," said Joe, "what you tell me is interesting but walking is not jogging." "It's a slower form," Abe said. "I think," said Abe, "it's more conducive to meditation and thinking than jogging. Rousseau said when he stopped walking, he stopped thinking." "Maybe," said Joe, "according to your reasoning, if we had classes in school in which pupils walked, we would get better thinking." "Well," said Abe, "maybe. You know, the Greeks were great we speak of their peripatetic. That word about.' They reasoned Both jogging and good physical exercises. "Speaking of and running should be there. Jerusalem a hilly city and Franklin, walkin times the exercise as level." "Both get one outside' air," said Joe. "Yes," said air outside, but a fresh ( outside we become family of all humanity. said, "'there is an old Methuseleh, lived longest of all age of 500, an finding him living he build himself a "'How much asked Methuseleh. him he had 500 more Methuseleh said wasn't worth while. "But I guess peOl living inside houses words of the Prophet:' require of but mercy and least two miles a day. Federation Personnel: The Jewish Federations in this country, which raise close to $500 million a year for communal purposes and for needy Jewish communities overseas, including Israel, are considered the financial backbone of American Jewish communal life. Inasmuch as they embrace g0 percent of the Jewish popu- lation in the U.S. and Canada and they are looked upon as the organized Jewish commu- nities. They have a high grade Of lay leadership both locally a9 well as in their central representative body, the Council of Jewish Federa- tions. What about their profes- sional leadership -- the people who meet the day,to- day requirements and chal- lenges in Federation work? The Council of Jewish Federations considers attrac- ting, maintaining and developing most highly quali- fied personnel a vital concern to the Federation field. It therefore appointed a Task Force to conduct a compre- hensive study of Federation personnel and to recommend a total program of personnel development responsive to the needs in the field for some years to come. The expanding scope of the Federations in the last years has made such a study increasingly urgent. Many Federations now rep- resent multi-million d.ollar operations. In addition to their fund-raising campaigns, they are now heavily involved in government funding and in developing extensive endow- ment programs. Not to speak of the fact that I0 years ago only 21 community cam- paigns exceeded $l,000,000 while today 75 cities are in this class. Assuring effective, competent and committed staffing in Federations is a major CJF responsibility in order to achieve the goals of Jewish community c'_velop- ment. The CJF Task Force amassed very interesting data on the current personnel in the Federations. It also presented very important recommenda- tions for personnel develop- ment. It established, that at present the Federations have a total of about 1000 men and women in professional positions; 60 percent of them are concentrated in the largest cities with Jewish populations of 40,000 or more. The annual turnover among executives, campaign and pro- gram personnel is about 20 percent, including retire- ments, the Task Force study found. It is therefore anticipated that during the next l0 years about 200 vacancies per year will need to be filled in the major categories. While expecting that 25 percent of the openings will be filled by professionals already employed in Federations, the study stresses that 75 percent of the needed professionals will have to be recruited from other sources. Foreseeing a growing need in highly educated executive personnel, the Council of Jewish Federations estab- lished a few years ago a Feder- ation Executive Recruitment and Education Program with a curriculum that coordinates university study at university graduate schools of social work. and college of Jewish. studies, leading to placement in Federations after field training. This is a two-year graduate program, which is already in effect in New York, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland and Los Angeles. Liberal scholarships in the form of stipends and loans totalling up to $6,000 in the first year, and similar, long-term loans for the second year, are available for those who qualify for the program which leads to a Masters degree. Who are they?Jewish moti- vation is by tar the major reason given by professionals for entering the Federation field, the CJF study reports. The Task Force established that there is high job satisfac- tion among the Federation total professionals. Almost all feel quite their work to be important and men. challenging. Viewed as a total group, campaign Federation professionals are, but they according to the study, in their re middle years, with a median age of 41.2. They are highly constitute educated and have a personnel considerable prior Jewish communal experience. About Women 80 percent of them are cated married and have two men children. Close to 75 percent back of the men -- but less than .50 was percent of the women -- had and graduate education. One-third of all professionals in all po- sitions had a Masters in social work. They seem to have a greater degree of Jewish background and affiliation with Jewish insti- tutions than the average meat. American Jew has. Thus, jobs, about three-fourths of them to are affiliated with synagogues related whereas community studies indicate that this is true of Solid only about 50 percent of the total Jewish :x)pulation; 38 The pepcent are. members of Conservative synagogues, 22 percent belong to Reform of Since temples and. 12 percent to Orthodox synagogues. With regard to their Jewish education, the study brings out that 57 percent are fluent tions' in Yiddish and 24 percent are Force fluent in Hebrew but only 9 CJF percent have received formal Jewish education in all-day on schools, while 57 percent It attended afternoon schools conduCt and 21 percent went no direCH further than Sunday schools, cornp' The remainder did not indicate their Jewish education. Silberrn A significant number of The professionals have had a back- ground of volunteer activity in keen the Jewish community. Over of per one-third'[eported that close family members have been or the are professionals in Jewish organizations. More than half based of all professionals were employed in a Federation or tions related Jewish agency in their last prior job. Women in the field consti- i tute about 2.5 percent of the nel.