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NEW YEAR.' afdc c'}00if COMPLETE NURSERY STOCK PLANNING & DESIGN SERVICE LICENSED -- INSURED lesidential Commercial (3/4 mi. No. of 436) 10 10 603 MontQomery .d. Altamonte Springs -MA BODZIN pianist redentials and information, I%ase call 425-6132 Downtmw Orlando Colonial Plaza Hall Winter Park Mall Altamont Mall THE SCHECTER FAMILY poses at the airport just after their arrival In their new hometown. Shown (t to r) wtaly, Bor, Eleanora, Lldlya , Lud. tulle, Rafael, Shae and Sephlya. At left, Shae sheds a few tears of happiness to be in a free land. News-Journal photo by Bob Pesce HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News. Friday. September 21, 1979. Page A.5 Daytona Beach Community Joins Force To Welcome 8 Soviet Jews by TINKER SALE HERITAGE Staff After almost three years of working toward the day when a Russian Jewish familywould make Daytona Beach its new home, the huge crowd that welcomed the Schecter Family "home" on September 4 broke into spontaneous songs and joyous dances as the Leningrad family arrived. A three-generation family stepped off the plane into Florida sunshine, the day after Hurricane David swept through the area: grand- parents Shae and Sephiya Schecter accompanied their son, Boris, his wife, Lidiya, and their 1 l-year-old daughter, Eleanora; and Rafael, his wife, Ludmila, and their 14-year-old son, Vitaly. On a later flight, on September 13, Boris' and Rafael's cousin, Yevgeny (Eugene) Zanin joined them. According to Dr. Leonard Indianr, organizer and chairman of the area's Jewish Federation Soviet Jewry committee, the idea of settling a Russian Jewish family in the small community began three years ago during a visit to Russia. "1 realized how many families would have to come to this country as the Soviets let them go," Indianer said, "and became convinced that Daytona Beach could do its part for the resettlement program." After returning to the States, Indianer said, he and a small group of interested people gradually laid the groundwork -- a committee was formed, other communities who were involved in Russian resettle- ment were consulted; LEONARD INDIANER problems were anticipated and, as much as possible, solved. And gradually, Indianer said, almost the entire Jewish population of Daytona Beach became involved in one way or another with the unknown Jewish refugees who would eventually leave a homeland of persecution for an unknown town in Florida. "People have made this a community-wide project," according to Indianer. "Everybody seems to care a great deal. People have gone out of their way to donate furniture and necessities or to volunteer in some other way.'" Word of the Schecter family's imminent arrival was received only shortly before Hurricane David's onslaught and, as a result, furniture and final necessities were still being moved into the new family's home as the great winds struck. "We worked straight through the hurricane," Indianer commen- ted. "One could say that the Schecters' arrival was memorable in many ways." According to Rabbi Barry PJtman of Temple Beth [] (who shared resettlement committee leadership with Steve Pappas, Chuck Rembaum, Vera Bloom, his wife, Malka, and Sarah Unatin), "there isn't much happening in this community that doesn't involve both synagogues in some way. Responsibility for helping the Schecter family come here was really a total community, inter-synagogue project in which almost everybody participated." The family has been hosted by both congregations; Temple Israel of Daytona and Beth []. JM WISHES YOU A NEW YEAR FILLED WITH PEACE AND CONTENTMENT We hope the coming months will be filled with many shining moments, including the warmth of new friendships and the joy of old ties with those you love,.. and surmounting them all, the happiness of dreams come true. jordan! marsn A un=t of A;hed Stores omnl dadland =163rd street hollywood fauderhdl malt fort laudedale pompano west palm beach orlando altamonte sptmgs I merritt island