The Jewish Floridian of Pinellas County


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The Jewish Floridian of Pinellas County
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Jewish Floridian
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Vol. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 25, 1980)-

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'Jem'sti Ftcricfi<3tf
Off Pinellas County
,2 Number 17..
St. Petersburg, Florida Friday, August 14,1981
"Price 10 Cents
1981 Jewish Federation Projects Total of $780,000
1981 Combined Jewish
Jewish Federation of
County has projected a
otal of $780,000, Saul
er, CJA Campaign Chair-
nounced at the Board of
vish Federation meeting
Schechter told the board
1981 CJA had a number
tives, many of which had
Jiieved. "The first was to
lard on the solid founda-
Ithe marvelous work done
Federations and CJA
i We tried to bring new
j the campaign. The base
ampaign was broadened
completed the campaign
|earlier than last year."
ll figure of $780,000 is
i pledges received to date
in excess of $730,000.
reful estimate of the 1980
pledges of individuals
I make their commitment
iv summer.
chter pointed out that
the campaign was
ended" the work will
lover the summer and
fall. We have no in-
\{ stopping until every
woman is successfully
itfully solicited for the
hechter indicated that
npaign fell short of its
[goal of $1,000,000 by
gh encouraged by the
vhich is projected and
) more than we raised
I campaign, we will not
ely happy until our
achieves what we
; its real potential."
Shrager, Chairman of
and Condominium
[of St. Petersburg,
. Schechter's com-
he said that he was
Campaign Starts to
SaulSchet : Mr
proud of this year's campaign
and was glad to see so many new
faces working for the Combined
Jewish Appeal. Reva Kent,
President of the Federation, sin-
gled out the Women"s Division
and the chairwoman, Mrs.
Maureen Rosewater, for her ef-
forts and more specifically for
their 45 percent increase in their
total achieved for the 1981 cam-
pagin. Mr. Schechter sum-
marized the 1981 campaign by
stating his belief that the Jewish
community of Pinellas County is
"turning the corner." We did not
achieve all our results this year,
but our enthusiasm was high and
we did raise substantially more
than last year, which will add to
our ability to meet our responsi-
bility as a community to our
fellow Jews in Israel, to social
agencies that serve all of our
families in Pinellas County, and
to help Jews in need throughout
the world. Most of all, I believe
that we have layed a foundation
for future successful campaign
The wheels of the 1982 Com-
bined Jewish Appeal Campaign
have begun to turn, according to
Reva Kent, President of the Jew-
ish Federation of Pinellas
County. She announced that Saul
Schechter has again accepted the
post of General Campaign Chair-
man for the 1982 campaign. Join-
ing him for this year's campaign,
Dr. Joel Shrager has agreed to
return as head of the South
County Retired and Con-
dominium Division, "Saul
Schechter is well known as a hard
worker and a doer," Mrs. Kent
noted. "His record in a variety of
leadership rolls in federation and
community service is an enviable
one. We can look forward to one
of our best campaigns with Saul
once again in command." Joel
Shrager, reviewing his roll in the
1981 campaign, looks forward to
the 1982 campaign as a peak in
Bernard Panush
what he sees as a new cycle in the
growth of the local Jewish com-
munity. Bernard Panush is a
new addition this year in a cam-
paign leadership roll," stated
Saul Schechter. "Bernie is well
known in the county as a leader, a
motivator and a doer." Mr.
Panush, the immediate past-
president of Congregation Beth
Shalom stated "I am delighted to
say that already men and women
have been calling to ask if they
can help to find out what they
can do." His goal, he said, is to
involve men and women from
every part of the spectrum of our
Jewish community. All ages, all
professions, all backgrounds, be-
cause it is important to us all for
our future as Jews. Bernie
Panush stated that he hoped to
reenact the success that Dr. Joel
Shrager had in South County in
the 1981 campaign in the Clear-
water and North County area.
Mr. Panush's efforts for the 1982
campaign have already added
hundreds of names to the com-
munity directory and a planning
meeting has been scheduled for
early fall, 1981.
Administration Offers Rationale
For A WAGS Sale to Saudia's
viet Jewish Activist a
Flees Moscow In
advance of His Trial


)RK (JTA) -
.Dbilsky, a prominent
vist of Moscow whose
rges of "resisting a
Ive of authority" is
id the Soviet capital in
Soviet warnings not
I was reported here by
New York Conference
Brence, which termed
nprecedented in the
y Soviet Jewish
[said that according to
it received directly
jow, Chernobilsky's
hrround late last week
garded by Jewish ac-
ne USSR as an act of
Blended to underscore
It the impending trial
fravesty of justice.
)BILSKY. who first
i migrate to Israel in
twas arrested May 10
at a gathering of Jewish refuse-
niks in a forest outside of Mos-
cow. Eye-witnesses report that
Chernobilsky refused to comply
when Soviet police ordered him to
leave the area" schnell. schntll
A radio engineer by profession,
Chernobilsky has been refused an
exit visa, along with his wife,
Leah (YelenaO, and their two
young daughters, on grounds of
"state secrecy." Since his first
refusal, Chernobilsky has led
Moscow Jewish activists in
public demonstrations.
In 1976, he served a 15-day
sentence on charges of "malicious
hooliganism." Following a world-
wide campaign to secure his re-
lease, Chernobilsky was released
without explanation by the
Soviet authorities. Since that
time, however. Chernobilsky has
been under almost constant KGB
i surveillance.
The Reagan Administration
appears to be basing its argu-
ment for the proposed sale of
AWACS reconnaissance planes
to Saudi Arabia on assurances to
Congress that the intelligence in-
formation forwarded from the
planes to the ground will be con-
trolled by the United States.
This was indicated by Senate
Majority leader Howard Baker
(R, Tenn.) and Defense Sec-
retary Caspar Weinberger in sep-
arate television appearances in
which they also indicated Israel
would also benefit from the in-
telligence information.
"The actual crewing of the
planes is not nearly as important
as the staffing on the ground,"
Baker said on CBS-TV's "Face
the Nation." He said the crew on
the plane does not really know
what information is being sent
back to the base. He said what is
important is "What access does
the U.S. have or do the Israelis
Weinberger, appearing on
ABC-TV's "Issues and Ans-
wers," said that the Administra-
tion is working out details on the
use of intelligence picked up by
the AWACS. However, he
stressed that the five AWACS
are being sold outright to the
Saudis. But he said this is being
done not only to help the Saudis
to prevent attacks on their oil-
wells, but also in the overall in-
terests of the Middle East,
"specifically including the United
States, specifically including
Both Weinberger and Baker
said the Administration would
begin the informal notification to
Congress on the proposed sale
after Congress returns from its
summer recess in September as
the State Department had an-
nounced last week.
This would mean, according to
Baker, that the final 30 day for-
' mal notification period would end
in October or Nobember. The
proposed sale would also include
enhancement material for the 62
F-16s previously bought by the
Saudis and other sophisticated
military hardware would go
through automatically unless
both houses of Congress adopt
resolutions to reject it.
Baker, who convinced the Ad-
ministration last spring to post-
pone the notification because of
strong opposition in Congress to
the sale, predicted today that it
still will be "a difficult fight." He
noted that Egyptian President
Anwar Sadat, who arrived in
Washington Tuesday night for
two days of talks with President
Reagan, other members of the
Administration and members of
Congress, supports the AWACS
sale and "urges it should be done
and done promptly," with safe-
guards to ensure Israel.
Baker said that the criticism of
Premier Menachem Begin for his
decisions to bomb the Iraqi nuc-
lear reactor and terrorist head-
quarters may "complicate" the
issue but has not "affected the
fundamental support for Israel
that exists in this country." He
said "there is an enormous reser-
voir of support and respect for
Israel" in Congress, including
"concern" for its security.
On other issues, Weinberger
said that the Administration still
has not decided whether to
resume shipment to Israel of 10
F-16s. State Department spokes-
man Dean Fischer indicated last
Friday that this decision will be
made by August 10, the date
when four more F-16s are
scheduled to be flown to Israel.
Coincidentally, Aug. 10 is the
day after Sadat leaves the United
Weinberger inplied today that
the decision will also include the
first two of the 15 F-15s which
Israel has ordered. This delivery
is also scheduled for the middle of
August. He stressed that the
U.S. policy in the Middle East is
based on what best serves that
area which he said included peace
and prevention of Soviet ex-
Fischer said last Friday that
the President's decision is to take
into consideration "the overall
climate in the Middle East" and
the "level of violence." Reagan
postponed indefinitely the de-
livery of the 10 F-16s after
Israel's raid on terrorist head-
quarters in Beirut July 17, when
many civilians were killed.
Secretary of State Alexander
Haig said at the time it would be
"inappropriate" to send such
weapons to the area while vio-
lence was going on there. After
the cease-fire went into effect
July 24 Haig indicated that toe
U.S. would hold up deliveries
while it waits to see if the cease-
fire holds.
El Al Lost $47.5 Million in 1981
lost $47.5 million last year, ac-
cording to its annual budget.
Nevertheless, the airline's
management expressed satis-
faction with the deficit, pointing
out that it was about half the loss
it incurred in 1979. They said this
was the result of strict measures
, taken to reduce expenditures.
Of the total deficit, $38 million'
was an operational loss with an-
other $9.5 million due to payment
of severance pay to pilots and
others persuaded to retire as" an
economy measure. El Al director
general Yitzhak Shander said the
airline will ask the new govern-
ment, as soon as it is formed, to
improve the capital structure of
the company.

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The Jewish Floridian of Pinellas County
Friday. August 14,19gi
Raising Money Is the Means
Saving Lives, Building a Nation
Emergencies and life threaten-
ing situations are. unfortunately,
common occurances to the Jew-
ish Federation of Pinellas County
and its beneficiary agencies
They are dealt with everyday by
a trained and dedicated pro-
fessional staff. Occasionally,
however, a situation arises which
is out of the ordinary, for ex-
ample, a financial emergency for
which there are no funds
allocated. In order to meet these
non-budgeted emergency needs,
the Jewish Federation has estab-
lished the Koved Fund.
Last week Robin King, a
psychiatric social worker with
Gulf Coast Jewish Family Serv-
ice came into the Federation
office with a heart rending story
about a Jewish single parent in
her middle age who recently
moved here from the North with
two teenage children. The woman
thought the warm climate would
be good for her arthritis, but un-
fortunately, it became apparent
that the woman had cancer. She
is too ill to work and because she
is new to the area, she has no
friends. There is no family for her
to turn to. when this woman's
tragic story became known to
Gulf Coast Jewish Family Serv-
ice, they immediately offered
their assistance to the woman.
Therapy is being provided to the
children and to the woman, who
still cannot accept the serious-
ness of her illness.
When Mrs. King came into the
Federation office, an additional
problem had arisen. The woman
simply did not have enough
money to pay for her monthly
supply of medication Her Social
Security Insurance money was
gone, and so Mrs. King came to
the Jewish Federation to seek
emergency money for the familv
Mrs King was immediately
given a check for the medication
from special donations given to
the Koved Fund Although the
amount of the check was small,
under $25. to the people involved
it represented a solution to a
serious medical emergency This
story is an example of the human
dramas that are played out
everyday at our Federation.
Monies given to the Koved Fund
are completely separate from
Combined Jewish Appeal dona-
The Combined Jewish Appeal
annual campaign, which serves
more than 40 different agencies,
continues to serve the needs of
Jews locally, nationally, and
overseas. In explaining the pur-
pose of the Koved Fund. Fed-
eration made it quite clear that it
is used solely for human services
which no one is able to foresee.
Donations to the Koved Fund are
made on happy occasions such as
a wedding, graduation, anni-
versary, etc.. and sad ones such
as in memory of a loved one. 11 is
said of the Koved Fund that "it
gives hope to those who have no
hope, and faith to those who have
no faith."
The Young Hoffmans
The youngest member of the
St. Petersburg based Hoffman
family is continuing in the foot-
steps of her three brothers as
winners of prestigious awards.
At the June 1981 conference of
the American Harp Society in
Portland. Oregon young Deborah
(age 201 was awarded first prize
in their Young Professional
Competition for harpists from
age 19to36.
The prize: $1,500 phis $1,500
towards a recital in the city of her
choice and an appearance with
the Richmond Und.) Symphony.
In addition, she walked awav
with the $2,000 Ruth Lorraine
Close scholarship
The young Hoffmans" Joe.
Gary, Toby and Deborah, with
their parents. Esther and Irwin.
continue to bring excitement and
the highest qualitv musicianship
Deborah Hoffman
to their Hoffman
If you think your
pledge can wail until
December, think again
Think about liana
For the past year, liana has spent her
days at a preschool nursery near Tel
Aviv while both her mother and father
work to make ends meet.
But liana's center may close soon
unless we help, unless you help. Every
month you delay means another
month of worry for liana's parents.
So if you've always thought your
pledge could wait until December,
think again. Because liana can't wait.
Payment May Be Made In December. -With Your Pledge We Can Eliminate
The Worry Of All Those Who Need Our Help.
On behalf of 40 Overseas,
National and Local Jewish
needs and the Combined
Jewish Appeal, I, the
undersigned, hereby
promise to pay the sum
shown to the Pinellas
County CJA-UJA Campaign.
Phone Number
The Sum Of
D Check Enclosed for $
? Please Bill Me
'please mail to Campaign Headquarters, 302 S. Jupiter Are., Clearwater 33515
Swarzman Appointed
Special Advisor On
Jewish Interests
Herbert Swarzman. president
of Gnlfcoast Consultants and
Investors. Inc. of Tampa, has
been appointed Special Adviser
on Jewish Interests by Florida
Republican Chairman Henry
Say li-r Swar/man will advise the
chairman and Florida Republican
During the 1980 election cam-
paign. Swarzman served as
(inane* chairman for the Reagan
and Hawkins campaigns in Hills-
Imrough County and was a dele-
gale to the 19H0 Republican
National Convention in Detroit.
IK- i^ treasurer of the Tampa
Jewish Federation and chairman
of its budget committee.
The purpose of the appoint-
ment, said Sayler. "is to con-
tinue our outreach program to
inform the Jewish citizens of
Herbert Swarzman
Florida about the policies f lhe
Republican party and. in turn, to
give those citizens a voice
through which they may < ommu
nuate their points of view t(
600 Jewish Leaders to
Participate in Israel
Bonds 30th Conference
than 600 Israel Bond leaders
from the United States. Canada.
Western Europe and other coun-
tries will join the leaders of the
government of Israel in a celebra-
tion in Israel of the 30th Anni-
versary of the Israel Bond Orga-
nization from August 10 to 20.
Announcement of the anniver-
sary conference, which will in-
clude visits to industrial projects
built with Bond proceeds during
the- past three decades, was made
Sam Rothberg. general chair-
man of Israel Bonds, and Rabbi
Leon Kronish of Miami, chair-
man of the 30th Anniversary
They pointed out that Bond
leaders will be coming to Israel
not only to celebrate Israel's
achievements as a result of our
ear partnership but also to
discuss Israel's economic future,
her energy needs, and the central
role which world Jewry must
continue to play in strengthening
Israel's economy
Among sites to be visited will
be Har Ya'ir near Masada where
conference delegates will partici
pate in a dedication ceremony at
the site of the eastern terminus of
the projected Mediterranean-
Dead Sea Canal energy project.
In January this year, the Bond
Organization undertook to
provide the seed money for the
project which is expected to meet
15 percent of Israels energy;
Rabbis Baseman and
Luski on Radio
Rabbi Arthur B^-eman
Temple B'nai Israel. C.earwater,
will be interviewing Rabbi .Jacob
Luski. Congregation B'n >rael.
M Petersburg on ''"[.. Sta-
tion r>7 on the AM ..' V Aug. 23
from 8 9 p m R. > Barman
will be discussing community
concerns and otlM the
day The program i Kcu
menical Phone" and is a learning
opportunity I < ning
audience regarding idaism It is
a calling program and people
having questions may call in dur-
ing this hour for the answers they
will be looking for regarding the
issues and interview with Rabbi
Michael Bernstein is Executive Director of Gulf Coast Jewish
Family Service, Inc. He has extensive professional training in
treating individual and family problems and will be happy to
answer all letters received in this column. Please address all
letters to Gulf Coast Jewish Family Service. Inc., 904 South
Jupiter Avenue, Clear water, Florida 33515.
DetrMr Bernstein
My wife heard recently that there are actually Jewa hi other
coutriee that suffer from malnutrition la that poavJbfe?
Dear Mr. N..
Not only possible, but sadly very real According to the Sa-
I twnal Council of Jewish Federations, there are serious Dockets
K of poverty among Jews in Israel. Sephardc nations, and other
:j:| areas. Our own Jewish Family Service has assisted Jews ot all
| ages faced with emergency financial, psychiatric or physical
:> problems that lead to serious malnutrition. Poverty and mal-
$ nutrition is particularly e< ident among Jewish elderH 1 r *
* out the count rv
Mr. Berr*' "
Gulf Coast Jewish FamUy Service* is a major beneficiary
I agency of monies raised by the annual Combined Jewish Appeal-
sa i*i

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Friday. August 14. 1981
The Jewish Floridian ofPinellas County
Page 3
Rabbi Charney Accepts
Position in Maryland
Agricultural training is an important aspect of the educational program of Youth Aliyah. Because of the
lack of funds and the rising inflation, Youth Aliyah programs such as these have been cutback for the
1982 fiscal year.
Rabbi Michael I. Charney,
founding rabbi of Temple Hillel
and Congregation Beth Chai of
Seminole, where he has served as
spiriual leader for the past five
years, has accepted the position
of rabbi and religious leader of
Congregation Nevey Shalom of
Bowie, Maryland.
Rabbi Charney has been ex-
tremely active in the overall
Pinellas County Jewish com-
munity serving as vice president
of the Jewish Federation, vice
president of the Board of Rabbis,
charter member of the Pinellas
County Jewish Day School, di-
rector of the Pinellas County
Midrashah. board member of the
Jewish Community Center,
member of the Seminole Clergy
Association, and a member and
reader at the City of Largo
Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. In ad-
dition, he has led his congre-
gation in Seminole through their
developmental years and into
their newly constructed per-
manent home.
Congregation Nevey Shale-m is
a conservative synagogue in a
Rabbi Michael I. Charney
suburban community of
Washington, DC. Its 200 family
members are eagerly anticipating
the arrival of their new rabbi and
his family who will begin on Aug
1. Those of the community who
wish to remain in contact with
Rabbi Charney or his family can
reach him in care of: Nevey
Shalom, 12218 Torah Ln., Bowie,
Maryland 20715; (202) 262-4020
or 262-9020.
A Very Good Campaign-But Great News For
*. __ -mm- & ^ ^**4 m -m
The Combined Jewish Appeal
- Federation Campaign has pro-
jected that its 1981 campaign will
raise $780,000. The projection
was based on pledges in excess of
$735,000 already secured and an
educated estimation of pledges
which will be received over the
summer months. This is an in-
crease of $200,000 over last year's
effort and campaign leaders are
to be applauded for raising more
funds during a difficult economic
General Campaign Chairman,
Saul Schechter, and his cabinet
deserve our commendation for
the funds raised and, in addition,
I |
Our Torah portion this week Masee {Numbers 33:1-36:13) ::|:
address a vital issue even in our day. The issue: Is it incumbent |
upon every Jew to make Aliya, to live in Israel?
The Torah tells us that after the children of ^ ivandered |
forty years in the desert, they were ready to enter UoCUMBtO
make it the Jewish nation. Moses decided to^*jg 1
pective land among all the different tnbes f Isi^L Howeverjo g
ana behold, the tribes of Reuben God tfM"CTJ3wB 1
to live outside the ancestral boundaries of the Holy Land! What |
did Moses say to them? What did he do?
Nothing! Moses grants them their request.
For many years Rabbis and scholars have attempted to ex- :j:|
plain why Moseys was not infuriated by I^WJJJ 1
the ancieVit boundaries of Israel. After aU. all the tribes had just |
suffered through years of turmoil to arrive at Canaan^It wouW ,,
seem both illogical and insensitive not to desire to enter this g
precious goal.
The answer to this dilemma can be found in the two English
words, honor and obligation.
Obligation is a duty performed, necessary act that may or
may not bring to the performer joy and satisfaction.
Honor is a duty performed, a necessary act that the per-
former accepts as sacred and special.
To our ancestors, it was an honor toenter the land-of Israel,
not an obligation. ,
To our ancestors, it was an honor to worship at the Holy
Temple in Jerusalem, not an obligation.
To our ancestors, it was an honor to sacrifice to God. not an
obligation. t .
It gives us reason to pause and think: Do *&***+
IsJl Judaism credit by telling us ^g^ffiSS
in Israel? Is it not really an honor to dwell in the Holy Landf
for a streamlined ertort resulting
in the campaign being completed
in record time. This year's cam-
paign was an exercise in dedi-
cation and commitment by hun-
dreds of volunteers. The concern
and hard work paid off in our
community, and Jews every-
where will benefit.
This annual community cam-
paign is the only means which we
have to fund our local agencies
and programs, which serve so
many thousands of our com-
munity members. Those who
contributed deserve everyone's
thanks, as it is they who provide
the sustenance on which this
community runs.
But even though more money
was raised this year than in re-
cent years, the campaign fell
short of its goal by $200,000. The
goal was a realistic one and
should have been realized. It
would have been reached had
more people given and if those
who did give would have pledged
just a little more. Let us hope
that next year's effort will result
in the goal being realized so
the needs of our Jewish com-
munity will be fully met and so
that our fellow Jews throughout
the world and in Israel will re-
ceive maximum assistance from
Jewish Singles
Three-hundred Jewish Singles,
between the ages of 20 to 40, from
St. Petersburg, Clearwater and
Tampa have joined together to
form the Tampa Bay Jewish
Group. Kresla Pila was elected as
the group's President.
ln the past month the group
has enjoyed swin parties,
brunches, and wine and cheese
The first in a series of discus-
sion groups will be held Aug. 25,
8 p.m., at the St. Petersburg
Jewish Community Center. At
this meeting those singles who
attended the UJA Singles Mis-
sion Tour of Israel will share their
experiences. Future rap sessions
will include, "Challenges of being
Jewish and single" or "Joys and
Pitfalls of Jewish Singles," "The
Trouble with Parents," "The
Dating Game" and many more
timely topics.
All Jewish singles are invited
to attend these functions. If you
know anyone who is not on the
mailing list please contact in Pin-
ellas, Eileen Hirsch 541-4791. In
Tampa, Kresla Pila 935-1326.
In recognizing the need of
greater community involvement
in the Jewish Federation of
Pinellas County's Board, Reva
Kent, President of the Fed-
eration, has again requested-rep-
resentatives from the various
membership organizations in
Pinellas County to sit on the
Board of the Federation as voting
members, to bring to the board
the hopes and aspirations of the
respective memberships, and to
actively participate in the de-
liberations of the Federation in
building a strong and better com-
munity for all.
Recently appointed as rep-
resentatives to the board were
Mary Feigenbaum of ORT
Westwind Chapter and Freida
Sohon for National Council of
Jewish Women.

Under the auspices of United Jewish Appeal in cooperation with the
Jewish Community Federation of Pinellas County
OCTOBER 11-21, 1981
meet the new leaders of Israel-delve into daily life-
explore historic sites
PRICE- $1,789 per person, double occupancy, includes hotels, meals and touring.
Deposit of $200 per person holds reservations. (Checks to Federation/Mission Ac-
GERALD RUBIN, Exec. Director
Jewish Federation of Pinellas
302 S. Jupiter Ave.
Clearwater. Fl. 33515

D Yes, I would like to join the
Federation Charter Mission to
Israel on October 11.
Enclosed is my check for $-------------
to hold_____________reservstions.
? please send me more information
NAME __________________________

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The .1 minimi. Pi
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The Jncish Floridian ofPineiias County
Friday, August U, i9g.

It's Temperature Time
We devoutly hope that the American Jewish I
S community would stop taking its pulse and temper-1
x ature in public as assiduously as it has been doing in 1
_ the recent
We refer to the just-announced findings of an I
g American Jewish Committee-sponsored Yankelovich !
i; report on the status of anti-Semitism in America \
I today. This is not meant as criticism of the American
I Jewish Committee, which does much excellent work %
I in the cause of the community. We are certain that it |
v. was felt that yet another study of just how many S
1 people hate Jews or Israel today would be most help- j
Still, it does seem that a more pleasant approach
t .....
might be to wonder. Who cares? Surely, we have I
% enough statistics on this and releated matters \
% amassed during the last few years to serve our in- I
:v formational needs for a long time to come. Small :
# swings in one direction or another can not be of such E;i
ij> monumental consequence as to evoke other dangers
% in the process. *
For example, does it not strike the American S
| Jewish community, as it does us. that few if any oth- I
I er minority or special interest group go around the j:
I country with such regularity, such devotion to sta- I
I tistics. such assiduous dedication to the highly in- :j:
I accurate methods of social science in the cause of dis- :;
I covering just who loves them at the moment and who |
1 does not.
On the other hand, what does the publication of k
a the results of this compulsive, doubtfully accurate I
I testing accomplish? Is it beyond the realm of prob-1?
xi ability to argue that announcements that anti- :j:
g Semitisro has increased in themselves encourage it to '>
1 increase? And reckoned in terms of the ancillary
I matter of Israel, what group gives such a commo- %
'/>. dious theatre as do American Jews to discovering I
1 through a public opinion poll whether or not a par- \
% ticular country should continue to exist? This is not
1 only gratuitous, it is absurd.
May we politely suggest: less compulsive test- I
;! ing please. Less attention for a while to discovering I
I just who loves us and who does not. What is impor- 1
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| tant is for us to love ourselves as Jews, and each
1 other.
Double Denials
Israel denies vociferously that it has dealt with :-.
the Palestine Liberation Organization in acceding to I
a ceasefire in Lebanon. Yasir Arafat denies equally i
vociferously that his FLO has dealt with Israel in \
acceding to a ceasefire in Lebanon.
For both, the issue is that each refuses to rec- I
* ognize the legitimacy of the other and that, there- I
| fore, acceding to the ceasefire was a larger gesture in ?.
x the name of peace rather than a specific act with an :j:j
':;. illegitimate entity.
I :|:j
In the end, what is important is the reiteration 1
:j; of the PLO refusal to accept Israeli national integrity g:
; under any circumstances. We are at a loss to under- ^
: stand how any of Israel's so-called friends can there- %
| fore insist that it is Prime Minister Begins alleged y.
/, intransigency or Israel's that is at the root of the
^ failure to achieve peace in the Middle East. That all %-
v' Israel has to do to achieve it is to make friends with %
[ Arafat
We are at a loss to understand how they do not
S perceive that only Israel's dissolution will satisfay S
1 this Muscovite puppet.
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14 AB 5741
Number 17
//7 United States
Decline of Anti-Semitism
Semitum in America has
deciinad tagnifVantry in tike last
two decades Today only 34 per-
cent of the non-Jews in the Unit-
ed States are anti-Semites
compared to 45 percent in 1964.
At the same tune there has been a
decline n support among .Ameri-
cans tor the State of Israel since
1977 While in 1977. 66 percent of
the .American public felt that the
continuation of Israel is im-
portant to the U.S.. only 51 per-
cent feel the same today
These are the major findings of
a survey on anti-Semitism in the
L need States just completed by
the opinion research company of
iankekAich. SkeUy and White.
Tht? survey was commissioned by
the American Jewish Committee
and its findings were disclosed at
m news conference at the AJC
headquarters here.
I nairman of the research com-
pany, said that the baseline for
comparison with current findings
w as a similar survey conducted in
law by a research team from the
university of California at
Berkeley, and published in 1969
under the title. The Tenacity of
Prejudice." The conclusion that
anii-bemiiLsm was declining, he
said, was based on an 11-item
index thai was used in both 1964
jihI lUOl. The national survey
released July 28 was based on
1.215 personal interviews which
included 174 Jews and 127
The survey shows that the de-
cline in anti-Semitic beliefs was
must pronounced in terms of tra-
ditional negative stereotypes
j!w>ut the Jewish character For
\ampk-. since 1964 there has
Ijwm decline in the proportion of
mn Jews who feel that Jews
have a lot of irritating faults"
i i- percent in 1961. down to 29
percent in 1981. or that Jews "are
not as honest." (from 34 down to
22 percent I
Kulh Clark, senior vice presi-
k-nl of the research firm, ana
yzmg the survey's findings, said
hat generally speaking, posi-
tive images of Jews are more
pervasive than negative ones. A
substantial majority of non-Jews
express the belief that Jews are
honest, hardworking, warm and
friendly, have a strong faith in
God. and have contributed much
to the cultural life of the coun-
The Findings
An analysis of the findings,
Mrs Clark said, reveals that:
15 percent of non-Jews can
be characterized as unprejudiced
relatively free of anti-Semitic
"SI percent of non-Jews are
neutrals without strong posi-
tive or negative beliefs about
a "23 percent of non-Jews can
be characterized as prejudiced
with strong negative beliefs
about Jews."
T f we exclude the neutrals and
examine the views of individuals
who are definitely prejudiced or
unprejudiced." Mrs. Clark said,
we find that 34 percent of non
Jews qualify as anti-Semitic
today compared to 45 percent in
THE SURVEY showed that
anti Semitism is also more wide-
spread among Blacks than a
mong Whites. But, the survey
disclosed. Black acceptance oi
Jews is quite similar to the level
of Black acceptance of Italian
Americans and Japanese Ameri-
cans. The result of the study also
indicates that the perceived busi-
ness power of Jews is responsible
for the way Blacks feel about
In contrast to the overall de-
cline in anti-Semitism, the level
oCanti-Semitism among Blacks
has remained unchanged since
1964. the survey disclosed.
According to Yankelovich. the
decline in anti-Semitism in the
United States "is not primarily
the result of changes in the view
of individuals, but the result of
generational change." In 1964. he
explained, older adults tended to
be highly anti-Semitic. Their
passing on and their replacement
by todays young adults has
resulted in lower levels of anti-
Semitism, since young people
today tend to be relatively un-
prejudiced. It is the changing of
generations then and not the
changing of altitudes which is
primarily responsible for a
decline in anti-Semitism.''
THE FINDINGS show that
i.nly 1> percent of lA-29-year-olda
Ate ureiudiced. compared to 31
percent of those 55 and over.
Mrs. Clark said that anti
Semitism is more widespread a
mong the older and less educated
than the young and the more
The decline in the support of
Americans for Israel was not
replaced in increased support for
the Arabs. "It has manifested it-
self in the form of increased un-
certainty about what American
policy in the Mideast should be "
Mrs Clark said. The survey
showed 31 percent of non Jews
believe Israel is wrong in refusing
to deal with the Palestine Libera-
tion Organization, while 25 per-
cent support Israel on this issue.
The survey said that while
there is a decline in anti-Semitism
since 1964 "Jews are increasingly
likely to be viewed as more loyal
to Israel than the United States
and as having too much power."
In 1964 only 13 percent of the
non-Jews believed Jews have loo
much power in the U.S.; today
that figure is up to 23 percent In
addition, in 1964, 39 percent of
non-Jews believed Jews are more
lo\al to Israel than to America:
today i he figure is 48 percent
Israel Has Made No
Agreement With PLO
TEL AVIV Israeli officials
are anxious lo avoid any impres-
sion of a deal with the Palestine
Liberation Organization. They
stressed repeatedly that the an-
nouncement did not contain the
nitk ceasefire." They were not
used either by Habib or Begin
because "ceasefire" implied an
agreement between the two
parties to a conflict, the officials
They insist that Israel had
made no agreement with the PLO
which it continues to regard as a
terrorist organization not to be
negotiated with directly or indir-
WHAT ISRAEL has done, the
Ilaials say. was to respond to a
call from the U.S. Habib negotia-
ted with the government of
Lebanon which, in turn, had been
in contact with other parties."
apparently a euphemism for the
PLO. Israel policy makers plainly
lew that the PLO will make po-
litical capital out of the entire
episode the two weeks of
bloody fighting followed by a ne-
gotiated truce.
The first senior government
official to try to explain the truce
to the public was Education
Minister Zevulun Hammer. He
said, on an Israel Radio inter
view, that The Cabinet was not
prepared for any direct arrange-
ment with the terrorists but we
were ready for some pacification
and peaceful relations on the
northern border. In fact, the for-
mulation agreed to refer lo a pa-
cification between Lebanon and
I low ever. Shimon Peres, chair-
man of the opposition Labor
Tarty, says thai the government
gave way lo American pressure
to agree lo a ceased fire.' The
government knows that a cease-
fire is not peace, and they know
I hat the negotiations were ac-
tually with ihe PLO." Peres said
Kalael Eilan says that the PLO
accepted the ceasefire "because
they had been broken or were on
ihe point of breaking following
Israel s massive blows." But ac-
cording to F.itan. the PLO will
take advantage of the halt in hos-
tilities to regroup and replenish
their arms from Syria, the Soviet
I nwin and Libya.
Gen Ben-Gal sums up the sit-
uation: 1 hope the calm will con-
tinue, but my experience of this
Iront makes me skeptical about it
lasting. 1 regard il more of a tem-
porary truce than a ceasefire. I
presume thai if the terrorists
shoot at us, we will shoot back
. But such a ceasefire is not the
way we can solve the problem of
the clash between Zionism and
the Palestine movement." he

August 14,1981
The Jewish Floridian ofPinellas County
Page 5
Leral years ago, when Meyer
r produced "THE SET-
fRS," a sa8a "^e m.I8rael>
ins'v>ere mixed in praise and
jism of its readability. Were
[readers comparing it to his
number of other real hits?
ember. .
,37 gave us "THE OLD
tfCH," a classic record of the
and 30's. Still today, third
.ation cnildren are reading
keen enjoyment nostalgic
about their grandparents
[about early first settlers in
;iTIZENS" is another out-
ding novel about America.
irV SEARCH" was called by
Imas Mann a "human docu-
{t of high order for enlighten-
chiatric thriller, which started
eluge of documentary crime
ething of a sensation. More
hat later.
evin was born in Chicago in
5. He attended the University
thicago and was a reporter on
fcpcr at the time of the Leopold
Loeb trial. He was a con-
utor to many magazines:
jrday Evening Post, Com-
Book Notes
mentary. Colliers, (remember this
one?), the New Yorker and he was
an associate editor of Esquire.
The names of some of these
magazines are, in essence, memo-
rabilia. Meyer Levin lived in
Hollywood until the war, when he
left as a correspondent on the
European front. He lived for
many years in Europe and Israel,
and contributed vivid articles
about the Jewish survivors of the
Holocaust. He returned to New
York City, married Tereska
Tores, a novelist, and they reared
a family of four. As we know,
Meyer Levin died this year,
leaving behind a wealth of
Thematically, he considered
his most important subject the
Jewish Ethos, and he dealt with
it in his works in many ways. He
was caught up with the many
contradictions that run counter
to the high ideals of Judaism at
its best. He had a controversial
viewpoint at times, but first, last
and always, he was a Jewish
writer about Jewish problems,
and others, and was an important
spokesman for our people.
Meyer Levin was an activist
long before the term became
popular and important, and some
of his subject matter was avant
garde, i.e. He was living in Pal-
estine and wrote about it first
hand in the 1930's. As stated, his
works in Europe and Israel, are
most enlightening, and his con-
cern with Judaism foremost. In
'THE FANATIC "he deals with
the philosopher of the Jews views
of justice on several different
levels: that of the young
American rabbi who cannot
continue in the Rabbinate untU
he comes to grip with under-
standing God's relationship with
the six million exterminated in
the Holocaust, and also that of
one man; a non-conformist who is
obsessed with his own inner
beliefs on justice and is branded a
To revert to "THE OLD
BUNCH". When Levin first sub-
mitted it to a publishing house,
the editor felt that it should be
reconstructed to include all races,
and to be more on the idea of a
melting pot, but Levin remained
firm and another publisher took
it unabridged and unchanged.
Levin has gone in battle many
times on Jewish views, and with
that book, branded his name in
the public eye permanently.
Meyer Levin cause a real sensa-
tion, but space does not permit
delving into this masterful
volume. When we lose an author
who is a great credit to us, who
has spent a lifetime writing in a
forthright manner about that
which he considered important
and timely, I think that we
should pause, take note, and even
render a moment of silent grati-
tude .
Another time, some thoughts
about another giant of the
written word, the Crown Prince
of Humor, Sam Levinson
Italian Jews Disturbed Over
Canned9s Unrestrained Activities
r positions ot the PLC
lOME (JTA) The Italian
Hah community is seriously
lurlnil by the Vatican's in-
||it> or unwillingness to
jh.nii Msgr. Hilarion Capucci,
former Mechite Catholic
Lriarch of Jerusalem, who has
krged of late as the foremost
Ipagundisl for the Palestine
leralion Organization in Italy
lot all ol Western Europe.
Despite the Vatican's pledge
lit he would nut be allowed to
{.Hi' activities "detrimental
llic Suite of Israel," Capucci is
riniUy touring Italian cities
umpioning the Palestinian
jsc and condemning Israel. His
ir lor self-dramatization has
iik (1 him immense exposure in
puss, radio and television.
media regularly refers to him
The Vatican's ambassador
r Mideast affairs."
|Capucci was convicted in Israel
Dec. 9, 1974 of gun-running
Palestinian terrorists and
|nicnced to 12 years imprison-
nt Hui he was released in 1977
President Ephraim Katzir in
sponse to an appeal by Pope
lauI VI. The Papal intervention
fas accompanied by written
ssurances from the Vatican that
apucci would be restricted
i-reafter to pastoral duties
vay from the Middle East.
BUT AFTER a brief stint in
ili America, Capucci brazenly
iolated the Vatican's solemn
iilertaking by attending PLO
eetings in Syria and Lebanon
i'l resuming his propaganda ac-
i\ ities on behalf of the terrorist
rganization. Protests from Jew-
h community leaders have been
o no avail.
11 is Palestinian connections
pparently convinced church
AfttLhorities that Capucci could be
r useful" in Vatican attempts to
mediate the Iranian hostage
crisis last year. He "intervened"
on behalf of the American
hostages without success but
with considerable publicity for
himself. Later, he played a role in
arranging an audience for Farouk
Kaddoumi, the PLO's foreign af-
lairs spokesman, with the
Vatican Secretary of State,
Cardinal Agoatino Casaroli
The Jewish community pro-
UwUkI vigorously. Last Apr. 1,
tin.- vice president and the sec-
retary of the Union of Italian
Jewish Communities, Tulia Zevi
and Alberto Levy, respectively,
were received by the Vatican Sec-
ulury for Public Affairs, Msgr.
Achille Silvestrini who acknowl-
edged their protest. But the
Vatican never denied Capucci's
involvement in gaining an
audience for the PLO's No. 2 man
- a clear violation of its promise
tlial he would not be allowed to
engage in political activities.
leaders have been trailing
Capucci on his propaganda tour
But their letters'to the editors are
a weak response to the lengthy
interviews with Capucci pub-
lished in the newspapers of
Leghorn, Genoa and Padua.
His most recent stopover was
in Venice at the end of June. He
was received there by a com-
mittee of local political leaders
headed by Carlo Bernini, presi-
dent of the Venetian regional
government. Two days of din-
ners, speeches and press con-
ferences, attended by representa-
tives of the .region and the
province, were arranged for
Capucci by'Walid Chazal, head of
the PLO office in Rome and
(Jianfranco Lai. leader of the
leftist Partito Democratico di
Unita Populare.
Capucci states that his ob-
"BUT HIS propaganda line is
identical to the most extreme
For Shabbat morning school
program. All Inquiries made to
Bob Wrestle. Principal- Opening
for Fall-1981 school yaar.
Congregation B'nal Israel, St.
The AWN Mtddle-ojthe Road Muuc Available
Mum-from the 40'i to Rock & Country
0Bot Wi&on
1 Copyright Morris B. Chapman
8 A bishop deplored violent crime with the soporific "violence g
H is as American as apple pie." :
A new theory links the Israelite exodus from Egyptian B
? bondage to the operation of a tidal wave Even skeptics must jg
| concede that whatever it was did alter significantly the tide of g
: events. ::
Begin asked Syrian President Assad "enemy to enemy" to
:: return to the state of military affairs before the recent missile 8
S crisis This might be called a reversion to the status quo anti. g
Ireland and Britain are bracing for vast disorders in the g
| wake of the death of hunger-strikers The English people will 8
1 find it hard to forgive them for pulling such fast ones.
positions of the PLO. |nan inter-
\ ii w published in the Leghorn
daily, // Tirreno. or May 24,
Capucci contended that Europe
must concentrate on "rec-
ognizing the inalienable national
rights of Palestinians, that is, the
right to national self-deter-
mination, to the return of the
refugees to Palestine, to the
build ling of an independent
Palestinian state and the recog-
nition of the PLO as the only
legitimate representative of the
Palestinian people."
Wliile Capucci insists that his
aim is "peace and brotherly love,
particularly on the part of my
Jewish brothers," he fails to
mention the PLO's covenant call-
ing for Israel's destruction. He
insists, in fact, that Israel's re-
turn to its 1967 borders would be
only a first step toward a re-
unification into a single Pal-
estinian nation with democratic,
secular state in which three reli-
gions can live in peace."
Jews here are particularly con-
cerned by the way the Italian
media accepts Capucci's prop-
aganda without question while
ignoring his involvement
with terrorists. To overlook his
false claims to have been "Arch-
bishop of Jerusalem," a post he
created for himself, or to be now
the "representative of the Pal-
estinian (Christian) church in
exile" is almost farcical.
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The White House made deals with southern Democrats to
1 ensure a victory for the Reagan budget and tax-cutting schemes
. Some politicians are incorruptible: their price is higher.
The USSR announced that Foreign Minister Gromyko
would pay Poland a "brief friendly visit" ... The Poles were
& grateful for the warning.
The draft legislation exempting women discriminates in :
their favor They automatically escape drafts while men are g
1 exposed to them. S
The Administration denies that deals were made for key jg
I votes in the budget hassle Good deals were not made but a
:: good deal was traded.
Food purveyors urged Americans to celebrate In- B
:$ dependence Day with an all-American outing... j:-:
$: Baseball-starved Americans preferred to celebrate with an all- :g
ijjj American inning. j|:
Lady Diana selects an alternative rite omitting "to obey" ig
8 from the marriage ceremony Paradoxically she makes an jft
3 obeisance to modernity by eliminating "obedience." 8
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Friday, August u
Congregations, Organizations Events S
Opening night for bowling for
the Jewish Mixed Bowling
League of Clearwater will be on
Thursday. Sept. 3, for the 1981-
82 season. The place is Hi-Lan
Lanes, at Highland Ave., Clear-
water. Teams consist of five
players with four bowling on
bowling nights.
There will be a kick-off break-
fast on Sunday, August 30, at
9:30 a.m., at the bowling lanes.
Breakfast is free for bowlers, a
charge of $2 for non-bowler
Anyone interested in bowling
with this Fun League (couples or
singles), or in attending the
breakfast, please call Ed Green-
wood. 595-4027, or Alice Karlin at
536*2647. We look forward to
seeing you soon.
A Family Picnic, sponsored by
the Clearwater chapter of ORT is
being planned for Sunday, Au-
gust 16 at 10 a.m. Raindate is
August 23. The picnic will be held
in the Clearwater area. The ad-
mission is baaed on the number of
members in your family. If inter-
ested, please call Fran Brickman,
at 586-4961.
Three hundred Jewish sin-
gles, between the ages of 20 to 40,
from St. Petersburg, Clearwater
and Tampa have joined together
to form the Tampa Bay Jewish
Group. Kresla Pila was elected aa
the group's President. '
In the past month the group
has enjoyed swim parties,
bruches, and wine and cheese
The first in a series of discus-
sion groups will be held August
25, 8 p.m. at the St. Petersburg
Jewish Community Center. At
this meeting those singles who
attended the UJA Singles Mis-
sion Tour of Israel will share their
experiences. Future rap sessions
will include. "Challenges of being
Jewish and single" or "Joys and
Pitfalls of Jewish Singles." The
Trouble with Parents," "The
Dating Game" and many more
timely topics.
All Jewish singles are invited
to attend these functions. If you
know anyone who is not on the
mailing list please contact in Pin-
ellas, Eileen Hirsch 541-4791. In
Tampa, Kresla Pila 935-1326.
Get the scoop on Israel from
people returning from a United
Jewish Appeal Singles Mission.
Join us for a lively discussion at
the Jewish Community Center,
8167 Elbow Lane N.. St. Peters-
burg on August 25 at 8 p.m.
Come to the "Happy Hour,"
August 12 at 6 p.m. at Sigis
Lounge at the Marriott Hotel,
Westshore Blvd.. Tampa.
There will be an Atlanta "Blue
Jeans Weekend" August 21-23.
Call Bob at 621-5074 for informa-
The Jewish Singles plus 40 are
going to the Columbia in Ybor
City on August 15. All interested
in joining, please call Gladys
Osher 866-2007 or Lil Brescia,
577-3106. Car pooling is required.
Rabbi and Mrs. Sidney I.
Lubin of Congregation Beth
Sholom of Gulfport are spending
an extended vacation in Israel
and the rabbi's native England.
During the Rabbi's absence,
Sabbath services at the Syna-
gogue will be conducted by the
Congregation's Rabbi Emeritus,
Morris Kobrinetz.
Shoshana Group
If you are new to the upper
Pinellas area, Shoshana Group
needs you. Come and join this
young evening group of Hadas-
sah. They are celebrating their
first birthday, and invite you to
share in their exciting and enjoy-
able evening. For information.
call Phyllis at 784-1595, or Sara.
A prospective membership tea
will be held August 26, at 1 p.m.
at the home of Elaine Belkin,
1906 Sandpiper Drive, Clearwa-
ter. "Come and meet some
beautiful people." Please make
reservations with Ethyl Ferkel.
Vice-President, Membership.
585-7600, or Elaine Belkin, Vice-
President, Education. 531-6698.
"A Paid-Up Membership Mini-
Brunch" Help the Chapter cel-
ebrate its 30th Birthday! They
will take you on a nostalgic trip
through the years. The date is
September 16, at 11:30 a.m., at
Spotos Restaurant. Reservations
must be made. Guests $5. Please
call Ethyl Ferkel 585-7600, Jean
Mallin 397-4429, Betty Zwigoff
The Suncoast Chapter of the
American Technion Society will
hold a party on Saturday, Au-
gust 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the home
of Beverly and Ira Mitlin. It will
be a casual evening and will
feature dancing, swimming,
singing, and entertainment.
Supper will be served. Reserva-
tions may be made before August
20 by calling Mary Wygodski,
381-3908. For more information,
call Beverly Mitlin 381-9100 or
Peggy Kkinmetz 360-7391.
Treasury Dep't. Presses
For Investment Figures
Priceless Geniza Collection
Preservation Project Concluding
- (JTA) Cambridge
University is about to com-
plete the huge task of pre-
serving for posterity the
world's greatest treasure
house of Medieval Hebrew
manuscripts the famous
Cairo Geniza Collection.
The last of the 140.000 frag-
ments and documents, some up
to 1.000 years old. are being un-
ravelled, cleaned and sealed in a
specially developed plastic casing
by experts at Cambridge Univer-
sity Library.
Dr. Stefan Reif, the scholar in
charge of the priceless collection,
says the conservation work be-
gun about 80 years ago when the
material came to Cambridge, will
be completed in the autumn of
Religious Directory
400 S Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg 33707 Rabbi David
Susskind Rabbi Robert Kirzner Sabbath Services: Friday evening
at 8 p.m. Tel. 347-6136.
Congregation BETH SH ALOM-Conservative
1844 54 St. S., St. Petersburg 33707 Rabbi Sidney Lubin Sabbath
Services: Friday evening at 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Tel 321-
Congregation B'NAI ISRAEL Conservative
301 59 Sf N., St. Petersburg 33710 Rabbi Jacob Luski Sabbath
Services: Friday evening 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.: Sunday 9am
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.: and evening Mlnyan Tel. 381-4900,381-4901.
8400 125 St. N., Seminole 33542 Rabbi Hsrman Klrshner Sabbath
Services: Friday evenings 8 p.m.: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Tel. 393-5525
1325 S Belcher Rd., Clear water 33516 Rabbi Peter Mehler Sab-
bath Se-vices: Friday evening 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m., Sunday morn-
ing Mi~an9a.m. Tel.531-1418.
1685 Belcher Rd.. Clearwater 33516 Rabbi Arthur
7oV 'Sabbath Se'.ices: Friday evening at 8 p.m., Saturday
10:30 a m. Tel.531 -5829 x
S^rV096, Dun?,n M528 "">' Jan Bresky Sabbath Ser-
vices Friday evening 8 p.m. Tel. 734-9428
THE PARALLEL task of cat
aloging the fragments may not be
finished until the end of the cen-
tury, and Reif fears that it will be
delayed or even suspended by
lack of funds. Nevertheless, the
completion of the conservation
work will be an important mile-
stone in an archeological epic in
some ways as remarkable as the
finding of the Dead Sea scrolls.
This accumulation of Hebrew
manuscript material and Judaica
was recovered from the thousand-
year-old Ben Ezra Synagogue of
old Cairo in 1896-97 by the noted
scholar, Dr. Solomon Schechter,
who later founded the Conserva-
tive movement in American
The Geniza was the syna-
gogue's depository for worn-out
copies of sacred Jewish writings.
Schechter, then reader in Tal-
mudic literature at Cambridge,
was sent to Cairo by his friend
and patron. Dr. Charles Taylor,
master of St. John's College,
IN CAIRO. Schechter secured
the approval of the synagogue
authorities to empty the Geniza,
and the fragments which he
brought back from what is now
called the Taylor Schechter
Geniza collection.
Over the following 80 years,
the Geniza collection has ushered
in a new era of Jewish learning.
AccordinK to Reif, "There is
hardly an area of Hebrew and
Jewish studies that has not been
revolutionized by findings that
originated in the Geniza. Taken
together, its fragments make up
a literature of the sacred, the
heretical and the mundane which
reaches back to Biblical times
and extends forward to the 19th
Among the many lost Hebrew
books recovered from the hoard is
the original version of "The Wis-
dom of Ben Sira," a work dating
fronj the Second Century BCL
Jewish doubt about its sacred
ness had led to its exclusion from
the Hebrew Bible and eventually
the loss of its Hebrew text, but
the Geniza ensured that it waa
not lost forever by preserving a
10th Century copy.
American Jewish Congress today
brought suit in Federal District
Court here for copies of Treasury
Department records showing the
dollar holdings of Saudi Arabia,
Kuwait and the United Arab
Acting under the Freedom of
Information Act, the Jewish
group asked for the release of
government documents listing
the amount of funds on deposit in
U.S. banks and the amounts of
Treasury bills owned or held by
the three Arab oil-producing
states. Joel Levy of Washington,
a vice president of the Congress,
filed the suit.
An earlier request for the infor-
mation was denied by the
Treasury Department, which said
that the International Invest-
ment Survey Act and the Bret ton
Woods Agreements Act pre- ,
eluded the government from dis-
closing the information sought.
In requesting the documents,
Marc Stern, staff attorney for the
American Jewish Congress,
wrote to the Treasury Depart-
"A matter of particular con-
cern to the American Jewish
Congress is the growing size of
investments by Arab countries in
the United States, with concom-
itant increase in influence
these countries over Arneri
foreign policy in the Middle!
The information obtained L
this request may for*
basis for recommendation
further legislation."
Thomas B. Leddy, Deputy J
sistant Secretary of the Treasu^
wrote to the Congress that 1A
information had been classify
as "confidential" under an Ei
utive Order and was thereS
"exempt from disclosure uneWl
the Freedom of Informal
When the request for oWl
ments was rejected, the a!
can Jewish Congress appealed
the Treasury Department. 1
reply, Marc E.Leland.AssisuJ
Secretary of the Treasury^*,
to Mr. Stern: ""* "Wi
"The percentage of the U5
bank deposits and Treasury bills'
held by a single customer in each
of the three countries is so high
that any publication of these data
would be considered a disclosure
of the positions of these single
customers. This would preclude
us from releasing this informa-
tion without the written consent
of the customers involved."
tla. It

Sept. 2 13
Zionist Organization of America, Leadership Conference and
Study Mission. Israel
Sept. 13
United Synagogue of America, Board of Directors Meeting. New
York City.
Sept. 13-14
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Executive Com-
mittee of the Board of Trustees. New York City.
Sept. 13 14
National Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, Inc.. Officer-
Executive Board Meeting. New York City.
Sept. 13 15
National Association of Jewish Vocational Services, Project
Voice National Seminar. New York City.
Sept. 13-16
Pioneer Women, 27th National Biennial Convention. Kiamesha
Sept. 15
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, American Associates
Annual National Dinner-Dance. New York City.
Sept. 17
United Israel Appeal, Board of Directors Meeting. New York
Sept. 17 20
Council of Jewish Federations, Board and Committee Meetings;
including Large City Budgeting Conference. New York City.
Sept. 17 20
State of Israel Bonds, International Fall Leadership Conference.
Boston, Mass.
Sept. 19 20
Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies, Executive
and other Committee Meetings. New York City.
Sept. 20
HI AS, Board of Directors and Awards Dinner. New York City.
Sept. 21 -24
National Council of Jewish Women, Joint Program Institute.
Washington, D.C.
Sept. 22
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Budget
and Finance Committee Meeting. New York City.
Sept. 23
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Executive
Committee Meeting. New York City.
Sept. 23
American Society for Technion-Israel, Institute of Technology
Annual National Dinner. New York City.

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L.August 14. 1981
7Vte Jewish Floridian ofPinellas County
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(l/maAin^ is a favorite pass time for these two residents of the Eshel Home for the Aged in
ila, Israel. The finished products will be sold at annual bazaars held at the Home.
Activist Sentenced to Four Years
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National Conference on Soviet Jewry re-
lihat Stanislav Zubko, a Jewish emigration
jit, has been sentenced to four years in a
f.imp. The 43-year-old chemist was con-
in charges of alleged "illegal possession of
ind firearms" in a court trial in Kiev on
[ lie declared his innocence, saying that
>1 and hashish found in his apartment has
fntwl there by the security police.
.s received by the NCSJ indicate that a
before Zubko's arrest on May 16, police-
[c came to his home and took his mother
lice station. Subsequently, they returned
[I a search on the pretext that "a neigh-
(artment had been broken into." They
quantity of hashish and a gun.
[lional Council of Young Israel has
drive to establish new Young Israel
aagogues in Orthodox Jewish commu-
|ughout the world. According to Dr.
Jacobs, national president of the
the expansion campaign will concen-
Lliose established Orthodox communi-
[still lack synagogues that meet the
pus standards of the Young Israel
Is pointed out that the Young Israel
has helped local groups establish hun-
fthodox synagogues over the seven
Is existence and is, in this area, "the
fenced and successful synagogue orga-
(e Jewish community."
, $550,000 by a Cleveland family
iave the effect of aiding students
(reel's seven institutions of higher
mnounced by Henry Zucker, execu-
Sident emeritus, Jewish Community
t Cleveland.
. which is a gift of Mr. and Mrs.
[rers and the Inez P. and David N.
ship Fund, will help to meet the m-
nd for a university education by
jig student population by providing
[fellowships and other financial aid.
|ide: $100,000 each to the American
Dr the Weizmann Institute of
American Friends of the Hebrew
I Jerusalem, the American Society
V Israel's Institute of Technology,
ban Friends of Tel Aviv University.
k-s grant also provides a gift of
ft American Associates, Ben-Gurion
Ithe Negev, American Friends ot
\merican Friends of Haifa Univer-
|ien, the nation's seventh secretary
cation and Welfare, has been ap-
B'nai B'rith Commission on
iteer Service by Jack J. Spitzer.
. dent.
brrently is a professor at the Lyn-
[ School of Public Affairs at tht
?xas in Austin, will serve a two
I on Community Volunteer
ned with many of the problems
1 community. Among its pro-
for senior citizens, assistance
to U.S. military veterans, aid to new immigrants
from the Soviet Union, conservation and the de-
velopment of new sources of energy, gun control,
and safety both in the home and on the road.
"Withholding the F16 shipments from Israel is
not an appropriate response to the problems in
Lebanon." Jewish War Veterans National
Commander Irvin Steinberg states. "We are
concerned that the wrong message is being sent,
that this suspension signals a weakening support
for Israels defense and a decline in America's
struggle against terrorism in spite of administra-
tion statements against terrorism in general, and
against Russian sponsored terrorism, the PLO, in
Quoting Deputy Secretary of State William
(lark as saying. "We don't ship gasoline to a
fire." referring to sending F16s to Israel. Stein-
berg noted: "But the Soviets are freely fueling
the fire with shipments of increasingly
sophisticated weapons to the PLO.
"Since the first weeks of July, the situation in
Lebanon has changed drastically. The PLO has
been supplied with massive quantities of new
weapons, including Russian manufactured tanks,
artillery, trucks and a new model Katusha
rocket." the J WV Commander warns.________
Ralph 1. Goldman, executive vice president of
the American Jewish Joint Distribution Com-
mittee (JDCI, has asserted that Jewish communal
professionals throughout the world "have a re-
s|H)ii.sibility to the Jewish communities of the
future" and challenged them to bring to then-
work a "flexible outlook," an "acceptance of
changing times" and a "vision of the Jewish
In a background paper prepared for the Fifth
Quadrennial of the International Conference of
Jewish Communal Service to be held Aug. 23 to
28 in Jerusalem, Goldman slates that the
communal executives face the concerns of both
Israel and the Diaspora, whose "destinies are in-
tertwined. Israel remains surrounded by hostile
forces. The forces of evil elsewhere are peri-
encing a recrudescence, stimulated by OPEC oil
and the lure of petrodollars. The Diaspora courts
disaster by the steady erosion of Jewish values
a nd traditions.'' ___________________.__,
Dr Gerson D. Cohen, chancellor of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of America, has announced
the election of three new members to the
Seminary's Board of Directors. They are Nathan
B. Kogan, New York City and Atlantic Beach,
NY; Elizabeth R. Varet Riverdale N.Y.; and
Harold M. Williams. Los Angeles. All three wfll
serve on the board for terms of three years.
Judge Kogan is chairman of the Seminary's
Bernstein Center-Brand Foundation Institute for
uastoral psychiatry. Varet a graduate of Radcliffe
College and Columbia University and manages an
investment portfolio in New York City.
Williams is president and chief executive officer
of the J. Paul Getty Museum in California.
Hebrew University s School for Overseas Stu-
dents, a key link between Israel and Jews in the
Diaspora last week was named for Sam Kotn-
berg. of Paoria. 111., honorary chairman of the
University's Board of Governors.
Tordim' Called Deserters
JERUSALEM (JTA) "There is no other word
to describe yordim they are deserters," World Zionist
Organization Executive Chairman Leon Dulzin told a
gathering of Israeli youngsters here. "They quit the State
and Israeli society which is the frontline of the Jewish
people." Dulzin urged Israeli youngsters to "rebel"
against their parents in cases where parents are planning
He recalled that the early Zionist pioneers were
nearly all "rebels" against their families and their sur-
roundings. The gathering marked the foundation of the
Zionist Council of Israeli Youth, an offshoot of the Zionist
Council in Israel which propagates Zionist values among
Former Knesset Member;
Yosef Goldschmidt Dies
JERUSALEM (JTA) The top leadership of the
National Religious Party, headed by Interior Minister
Yosef Burg and Education Minister Zevulun Hammer, led
mourners at the funeral of Yosef Goldschmidt, a former
NRP Knesset member and Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem.
Goldschmidt died Saturday night from a brain tumor. He
was 74 years old.
In the early years of the State, he headed the relig-
ious education department at the Ministry of Education
and in that capacity laid the foundation for State religious
education in Israel. Today nearly 40 percent of Israeli
school children attend State religious schools. In the
Knesset during the early 1970s Goldschmidt served as
chairman of the Law and Constitution Committee and
later was Mayor Teddy Kollek's deputy.
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