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Page 4, Fridoy, July 29, 1977, HERITAGE By Gene Starn Family Services .... Finally.&apos; It's about time we did something here to provide ser- vices to Jewish families in need. Despite the progress our community has made in recent years toward helping Israel, organizing a community cen- ter, in our relations with the non-Jewish population and, in general, making more of us aware of our Jewish heritage, we have been sadly lacking in the field of helping those - who need it most -- our troubled, our destitute, our elderly, our questioning youth, and those of us who need answers of one sort or another but don't know where to turn. You may ask, "Aren't most of these services already provided by the city, county, state and federal agencies?" Some, yes. Most, maybe. All, no. But most important, we have been taught to take care of our own. And as Jews, we most certainly are in a better position to understand other Jews and the special problems they encounter. We are told there is at least one call a day for assistance at the Federation offices...a young Jewish woman, single, pregnant, no family here...a couple with three children, destitute, no place to go, no one to turn to...a couple inquiring about adoption.., parents having problems with their teenagers...teens having problems with their paren- elderly woman asking for medical aid for her ill husband...a homosexual seeking and women looking for employment, full-time or part-timei and on and on and on the phones keep ringing. Those of us able to solve or find our own solution to problems can not stand by without helping those who can not. It is time we took strong steps toward organizing an active, professional family services unit. We commend the appointment of Louise Franklin to set up such a program and suggest that many in our commun- ity, especially those professionals who are capable of making worthwhile contributions, volunteer to assist her. Shalom and Best Wishes, Rabbi Perras Rabbi Gary Perras leaves this weekend for a new synagogue in nearby Jacksonville. His honesty and willingness to speak the truth as he saw it is a rarity these days. Sometimes what he said and did displeased a few people, but then" the truth sometimes hurts." We will miss the good Rabbi for many reasons. He was a newsmaker here and always "good copy." His work toward a better understanding among Jews, Arabs and Christians, his help in the many problems in the com- munity and his unswerving understanding of the need for better religious education are marks he leaves behind. But most of all, we will miss Rabbi Perras because he was a man of conscience and truth. We wish him well. Shalom, Rabbi Perras. .. 11_ I i l el i- I i HERITAGE Central Flor,da JEWISH NEWS Published Every Other Friday by HERITAGE, Central Florida Jewish Hews, Inc. sacond-Class postap paid at Altamente Springs, Fla. with additional entry at Orlando, FI Mailing Address and Offices: P.O. Box 446, 711 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 120-A * (H. 436, samoran Blvd.), Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 -. Phone (305) 834-8787 GENE STARH Editor & Publisher MARTIN GELB Advertising Sales Manager Member:. Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Religious Hews Service, Jerusalem Post Hews Service. Subscriptions: (Local Area) $7.50 one year, $13.00 two years, 50 cents single copy. Rates for other areas on request. Unless notified otherwise, it is understood that all subscriptions are repewed at their expiration. Advertising rates upon request. HERITAGE *Central Florida Jewish News* does not guarantee the kashruth of the merchandise advertised in its column Vol. I, No. 25 July 29, 1977 i m  I IIII l I I III The Jewish tradition teaches ' that service to one's fellow man is a great privilege which bestows 'great rewards. I have been par- ticularly fortunate to serve here in Orlando and have been enriched . many-times over for whatever ef- forts I have exerted on behalf of the Jewish community. Before leaving Orlando I would like to pinpoint some of our major areas of achievement as a com- munity. The most significant area of our growth has been in developing new medalities of ed- ucation of our youth and our adults, particularly through sharing resources. Perhaps the single-most significant achievement in education is the establishment of a day school. Our day school will undoubtedly mark a revolution in Jewish education i for sheer achievement in depth and fluency of knowledge, commit- ment to Judaism, and the joy of expressing oneself Jewishly. Another major area of which we can all be proud is the development of significant dialogue with our non-Jewish neighbors. In order for us to survive, I believe'we must be highly visible as Jews. We must be able to articulate our identity, our sensitivities, and our needs. In a relatively short time we have ex- changed views in a meaningful way with the Catholic, Protestant, black, Baptist, and Arabic com- munities. Our joint Venture with the Arabic community was a turning point for Jewish-Arab relations in the United States and we can be proud of that fact. Our guiding principle has wisely been - "we cannot influence people from a distance - anti-semitism can only be combatted when we come together with those who might misunderstand us." Another area of achievement has been programming for Soviet Jewry. We once had an opportunity to save six million and failed. We dare not overlook the plight of the 3 million Jews in the Soviet Union. The Jews of Orlando can be proud of the establishment of a Jewish interest community newspaper such as the Heritage which promises to be one of the major vehicles of Jewish ex- pression in the area. But significant events only occur when dedicated people of vision strive together for a noble goal. I would like to recognize and thank some important people in my professional life who helped bring some of these outstanding achievements to fruition: To my rabbinic colleagues in the pulpit for their sharing of knowledge, their vision, and com- mitment. I would urge everyone to try to get to know Rabbi Adler and Rabbi Halpern in a more personal way and avail themselves of the many gifts of leadership and wisdom which these men can im- part readily and willingly. To our educational directors Dov Kentof, Moshe Elbaz and Rabbi Hillman, who labored diligently to bring our children into the Jewish way of life. To Meredith Cohen, Yank Frank, Roy Scheinberg, Sol Brenner, Trina Herman, Sam Stillman, and that By Rabbi Gary G. Temple Israel  element of synagogue which encouraged me and served as an example I tive lay leadership can b ted and yet respectful to the synagogue, To Paul Jeser for hie ding efforts at for the religious Judaism and :achieve a truly community. To Marcia Kerstein for ceasing labors to understanding of Jewish community. To Eva Ritt, for her intensive efforts to conscience concerning distress. To Elaine Farb, Shirley Sonne, Carol Brenner, Tresser, for sharing talents and reminding richness and variety music and culture. To Katie diligently behind the  guarantee the quality kosher food at community events and sures that the needs vant Jew are met To Gene Starn for his cooperation forts to achieve a Jewish communit And finally I would everyone who shared my labors hope I have served my my fellow man. I knOW grown. Thank I. About Rabbi Perras Article Dear Editor: I don't know how the other mem- bers of the Jewish community reacted to Rabbi Perras article "The Way I See It" but I for one see it as he does and salute him for his daring to tell the people the truth. I have always been too weak to ventilate my views in public for fear of what people will think. Now, I care what 'T' think! ! ! Everyword he wrote hits home. It isn't easy to digest the truth but we must start facing the realities of our faith. Non-Jewish people used to think that all of us Jews stuck together and helped one another. Not true-Not anymore ! ! , In our Temples it seems the rich businessmen or professionals are our leaders. Where is the middle man? The average guy who may have a small business or a profession that is not as lucrative as other professions. After all, it is the guy in the middle who gK, es the nickels and dimes and dollars which add up to quite a bit and they feel it more than the so called "Elite". How can I explain to my children that these are hard cold facts when on the other hand, teaching them of their wonderful heritage? I hope the people of our Jewish Community will stop being so materialistic. ARLENE WEINER Orlando EDITOR'S NOTE: We received a number of letters regarding Rabbi Perras' article in "The Way I See It" (7/1/77), but because they were unsigned they went unprinted. We remind you that we will withhold your name, or use a pen-name, if you let us know. Our Adopted Soviet Jewish Families In May Moshe Eidelman received his denial of visa to join his family in Israel. He is eligible to apply again in July; however, as time goe by his spirits decline and HERITAGE welcomes and encourages letters to the e they must be signed. We will withhold )four mime request. Please limit to 250 words. Due ! limitations, we reserve the right to edit he loses his strength to fight the unknown force that separates him from his loved ones. The only remaining strength for him comes from his friends in the outside world who write to him regularly and the phone calls which are far apart. If you could only hear him say, when he hears my voice, "Niro, Shalom. I have been waiting all day for you." It breaks my heart that I cannot call him every week, especially this last time when I heard his weak voice barely able to talk because he was ill in bed, completely alone. Mikhail Eidelman's birthday is July 30. His address is P.O. Box 79 RIGA 9 USSR. Won't you please write to him or send him a cable on his 61st birthday? Please be sure to Tegister the letter with a return receipt and let me know when you o so that we can be sure that he Dry Bones i00ll0000$1"e'R'<J receives it. Last week my who is spending the Israel, visited "family," the Neifach' immediately "adopted' The emotional much walkir together. Lori 'are not to write to ddaughter in as Anya was applying school and therefore mitted to correspond outside of the USSR. Please help by by sending your the Soviet Jewry that I can continue your interests with Mikhail Eidelman and  are waiting for help. _, NIRA S Tj i I 1OG UP