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14 Av 5737 JULY 29, 1977 ann X  i residents were on hand last weekend in New York as personal pests of Israeli Premier Menachem to Begin answer questions from an Israeli newspaper Ha'eretz reporter are (I to r) former Irgun commanclg of Winter Park, Tunik's daughter, and Rachel Shipley. Photo was taken by Dr. Mitchell Shapiro, (More photos on Page 6) Report Back ell and Happy Pres. Carter Talks left for Israel and confident continued Wish state, ac- residents few days with New York. Performed an in- people this Shipley in t instant rapport state had with wife, Rachel, Park, were  Begins at the in New and Marilyn also spent 11/2 in their suite the area Bonds and UJA Israeli head of Rita Coenson, guests at the for the on Tuesday. for the rernarking on his Is gentlemanly of of - SUch dignity and hand,,, said Mrs. old European friends of the became the government, as the Kissingers, N.Y. Gov. Hugh Carey, N.Y. Mayor Abe Beame, and other dignitaries parade through the Begin's hotel rooms. One morning, Alisa Begin and Rachel Shipley went shopping as they had done during their other visits to New York. "But this time we went in the biggest bullet-proof limousine, you couldn't believe," said Mrs. Shipley, "with a dozen or so bodyguards, both Israeli and American, tagging along." Begin was lavish in his praise of Carter with whom he had five hour s of meetings during two days of talks, including a 90-minute private meeting in the President's quarters at the White House. He said of his talks with Carter, "We established a personal rapport which will not be for the months ahead but for the years to come." Begin stressed that "There is no confrontation between the U.S. and Israel" and that he and Carter had developed a "deep and lasting" friendship between their countries. Begin told sources that a 12-page document he gave to Pres. Carter at their initial meeting may have had some bearing on establishing a "true friendship." The document listed the top- secret work done by the Israeljs for the security of the United States. According to Begin, the American president was not aware of Israeli's part in directly aiding the U.S. The Israeli Premier was in the best of spirits in New York and looked healthy and vigorous despite his rigorous schedule. Asked about the Premier's physical condition an Israeli of- ficial said he was holding up remarkably well. He confirmed that no extraordinary medical precautions were taken on the visit in view Begin's heart ailment. Sunday, Begin again reviewed his peace proposals on NBC-TV's "Face the Nation." He said the Geneva talks in October should be aimed at first ending the state of war, second, the establishment of permanent boundaries, and, third, the establishment of diplomatic and economic relaitons followed by agreements on less vital matters such as tourism and fishing rights. He flatly ruled out any negotiations with the Palestine Liberation organization because that group wants "to destroy our country and destroy our people." However; he said Israel would not object if Palestinians -- but not the PLO -- were members of the Arab states' delegations. Begin's peace plan contained two alternative proposals if the Arabs refused to go to Geneva without the PLO as a participant. One would have separate talks between Israel and her neighbors, set up through the good offices of the U.S., or the participating coun- tries could convene in New York with "proximity talks", the parties meeting under the same roof but they would negotiate indirectly through U.S. mediators. To Attend ORT Miami Convention from the Orlando ff Women's be attending convention In Miami Beach. delegation is President. Also attending will be Adele Ring, vice- pres., membership; Phyllis Zissman, vice-pres., honor roll; Lynn Watch, vice-pres., special projects; Sandi Picheny, vice- pres., community; and Sharon Berger, education chairman. Some 2oo delegates from nine. southern states are expected at the District VI conclave at the Konover Hotel, attending seminars, workshops and plenary sessions. The delegates represent some 18,000 members of ORT in the district. ORLANDO, FLA. SINGLE COPY 50 JCC Approves $300,000 Gym A new athletic building, com- plete with gymnasium and health- club style facilities, received the go-ahead last week from the direc- tors of the Jewish Community Cen- ter and the executive committee of the Jewish Federation, according to Paul Jeser, Exec. Dir, of both organizations. The $300,000 building would be built next year on the Maitland Ave. site of the JCC, with half of the cost paid froma proposed grant by the Central Florida Capital Funds Committee (CFCFC). The CFCFC serves a function similar to the United Way, raising money every three years for private, non-profit community or cultural capital improvement projects. Representatives from the area's larger businesses, such as Walt Disney World, Martin- Marietta, Tupperware, and banks, serve on the CFCFC. They provided the JCC with matching funds for its $150,000 program building that opened last year. The other $150,000 necessary to build the athletic building, says Jeser, will come from a $100,000 mortgage increase and $50,000 from fund-raising. He says JCC boardmembers kicked off the fund- raising drive with pledges of $8,000. Jeser pointed out that ap- proval by the entire Federation board of directors was not necessary because the JCC was not asking for additional funds from the Federation. He says a 5-year, $217,000 loan held by Barnett Banks, that becomes due next year, will be renegotiated to a 20-year, $325,0OO mortgage with another area bank. In addition to a full high school sized gymnasium, the new building would have multi-purpose facilities capable of housing such JCC projects as the Senior Health Fair, "Hear Is Israel," Israel Ex- po, carnivals, etc. It would be capable of seating about 500 people. The gymnasium itself would con- tain nearly 10,000 square feet in a building measuring 80 by 120 feet. It would be attached to the present swimming pool building. The lockerrooms in the swim building would be enlarged to accomodate the increased necessities of the gymnasium. Preliminary plans, says Jeser, call for a universal exercise room, sauna, handball courts and gym- nastics and tumbling equipment in addition to the basketball, volleyball and other indoor sport facilities. CFCFC is expected to give final approval for their $150,000 mat- ching funds at a meeting scheduled August 9. Groundbreaking for the gym is expected sometime in late winter or early spring of 1978. Alan Helman is architect for the building. Eban Coming Here For UJA Conclave Abba Eban, former Israeli foreign minister and UN Am- bassador, will be the principal speaker at a United Jewish Appeal regional conclave to be held in Orlando this September it was reliably learned this week. Eban recently accepted an offer from Moshe Dayan, current foreign minister under Menachem Begin, to come to the U.S. on a public relations mission for the governmnet. The Florida region of the UJA is meeting in Orlando the weekend of Sept. 23-25, immediately following Yom Kippur. Abba Eban HERITAGE Survey Reveals Jewish Population Growing At 24 Annual Rate The Jewish population Of metropolitan Orlando is growing at a rate of nearly 24% a year, ac- cording to figures compiled by HERITAGE, and will exceed 21,00 people by mid-1980. The study, using reliably established marketing figures ap- plied to information acquired by HERITAGE, also shows that a large portion of the Jewish people have been settling in the north Orange and south Seminole county suburbs in recent years. According to the analysis, the area's Jewish population has grown from a handful of 624 in 1966 to over 11,000 today. The last two years has seen the greatest influx of Jewish people in- to the area, despite depressed economic conditions. Since 1975, the Jewish population has been in- creasing by more than 1750 per- sons a year,, or about 500 families. Some marketing experts foresee an even greater rate of growth in coming years because of the up- swing in economic conditions in the central Florida area. The city of Orlando still has the largest number of Jewish residen- ts, primarily in the Palomar area off Edgewater Dr. and in the Kin- neret Apts. near downtown. But Jewish people can be found living in almost every part of the city, north and south, east and west. Outside the city limits, Maitland has the largest Jewish population, following by Winter Park and Altamonte Springs. Longwood and Casselberry are also growing in Jewish numbers. Almost one-third of all the Jewish residents here are either native Floridians or have moved (Continued on Page 5)