The Jewish Floridian of Tampa

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The Jewish Floridian of Tampa
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Jewish Floridian
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[Miami, Fla
Fred K. Shochet]
Creation Date:
October 7, 1983
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v. : ill. ;


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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vo1. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 6, 1979)-
Numbering Peculiarities:
Issues for: v.2, no. 21; v.3, no. 14; v.4, no. 32, and; v.8, no. 3, omitted in numbering sequence and were not published.
Numbering Peculiarities:
Issue for Feb. 27, 1981 called also v.3, no. 8, repeating numbering of previous issue.
Numbering Peculiarities:
Issue for Nov. 12, 1982 called v.55, no. 46 in masthead, but constitutes v.4, no. 39, as stated in publisher's statement.
Numbering Peculiarities:
Issues for Jan. 9 & 23, 1987 called v.9, no. 2 & 3, but constitute v.9, no. 1 & 2 respectively.

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85_ Number 33
Tampa, Florida Friday, October 7,1983
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Price 35 Cents
Beth Israel Sold
Ijudith rosenkranz
[ Hillel School of Tampa has
J the sale of the Beth Is-
[Synagogue Building for
according to Richard
President of Hillel
| of Tampa.
closing was held during
aer," Gordimer said,
Hillel School of Tampa
to use the building on
ty nights and Sunday
[for the adult games until
ling matters were cleared."
aes are now being held
auditorium of the Jewish
aity Center.
ising the building and
lOO square feet of land for
[a medical facility was a
doctors using the name
Investments, Trustee.
to gut the interior of
ling and use it for offices
relating to their trans-
ad dialysis work. A
for the group who
Dt to be identified said,
I be no transplant work
Beth Israel Synagogue Building on Swann Avenue.
done here. It will be strictly
physicians offices and
All interior materials were
donated to Hillel School of
Tampa which then sold or
donated the contents. Construe-
\poort Only*
leagan Says Marine
lole Hasn't Changed
The Reagan
stration maintains
role of the U.S.
[contingent in Leba-
not changed des-
[resident Reagan's
eation to Marine
nders on the scene
lor air strikes if their
lire in danger.
[is no change in the role
the multinational force
(on of which the 1,200
ire a part. State Depart-
^puty spokesman Alan
[ stressed.
IEMARKS came after
House announced that
I had authorized Marine
ders to call for air strikes
warships off shore if
Dps were being endan-
rhe ships have already
ne Shouf mountains from
^ruze and other forces
firing on the Lebanese
?using casualties among
|around Beirut.
House deputy press
n Larry Speakes also
I that air strikes could be
|r in support of the Leba-
V if an attack on it en-
the Marines. Speakes
* that he was talking
> power'from the war-
the Lebanese coast and
Marines would not be
used on search missions into the
This apparently means that
the 2,000 Marines who arrived off
Lebanon will remain aboard their
ships and will not be used for the
present to increase the size of the
U.S. MNF contingent.
Romberg said the Marines will
only act in self-defense. "When
the Marines are fired upon, when
there's need for self-defense, they
will fire in self-defense," he said.
the U.S. is in Lebanon for the
"support of the central govern-
ment in Lebanon" and not to
support any "faction" there. He
said the Marines as well as other
members of the MNF who in-
clude French, Italian and British
units were sent there to help
the Lebanese government's ef-
forts for "national reconciliation"
and the reunification of the
Meanwhile, the increased au-
thority for the Marines is sure to
add fuel to the controversy in
Congress over the President's
refusal to invoke the War Powers
Resolution of 1973. Speakes said
that consultations are going on
with Congress.
The White House reportedly
wants Congress to approve a res-
olution backing the U.S. involve-
ment in Lebanon, while members
of Congress are seeking the more
formal war powers resolution
which would place a time limit on
the Marine's involvement.
ibassador Went to Hebrew U.
[EN EVA (JTA) Kassa Kebede, the new
"i Ambassador to the United Nations here, is a
~ of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and
fluent Hebrew. The 40-year-old envoy was the
* of Labor in Ethiopia from 1979 until recently. He
Jso chairman of toe labor commission of the
'kation of African Unity.
tion on the building is expected
to begin shortly after the first of
the year and be completed by
March of 1984. The purchasers
indicated they would "be willing
to affix a small brass plaque
indicating the original purpose of
the building."
Terms of the contract were
reported to be ten percent down
($60,000) with the balance paya-
ble in one year. Interest is paya-
ble monthly. The proceeds of the
sale were divided 75 percent to
Hillel School of Tampa and 25
percent to Congregation Rodeph
Congregation Beth Israel and
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
merged in 1979. The synagogue
building was given to HUlel
School of Tampa and all other
congregational assets were
turned over to Congregation
Rodeph Sholom.
Gordimer said, "All of the
money coming to the Hillel
School will be used for the
modular facilities at the JCC.
HUlel School should net over
$200,000." This money is not to
be confused with the current
Capital Gifts campaign for the
Hillel School of Tampa and the
Jewish Community Center. The
Hillel School funds are in addi-
tion to that realized from the
campaign. And the new class-
room will need all of these dollars
for construction.
Gordimer said that the first
thing Hillel School did was pay
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
the back rent which the school
owed for the several years it had
used the synagogue's facilities.
All plaques within the building
have been removed to Congrega-
tion Rodeph Sholom. The ark
from the Beth Israel synagogue
will be used by the HUlel School
for its daily services. The ark
from the Hy man Chapel will be in
a Hillel School classroom for use
by the students. The kitchen
equipment was either moved to
the Jewish Community Center
(for use by the HUlel School whan
it relocates) or was sold. All the
tables and chairs were donated to
the JCC. The books were donated
to Temple David and the pews
were donated to the Chabad
Joel Breitstein, executive Di-
rector of the T.O.P. Jewish
Foundation was asked to be the
recipient and disburser of all
Said one Hillel School of
Tampa board member, "All the
money is going into the construc-
tion of the new facilities. On
paper the money will just cover
it. But there is nothing for
the future."
Community Asked To Respond
To Capital Campaign Plea
David R. "Bob" Levinaon, Chairman of the Tampa Jewish
Community Capital Gifts Campaign has made a final appeal to
the Tampa community to step forward to reach the $400,000
Capital Campaign goal on behalf of the Jewish Community
Center and the Hillel School of Tampa.
"The current campaign has reached 60 percent of its goal and
we know that the money can be realized if those who have not
made their pledge will step forward," Levinaon stated. "We are
very grateful to those who have responded already, and ask that
those who have not to step forward and be a part of this most
important and worthwhile community effort," Levinson con-
According to campaign officials, a shortfall in the $400,000
campaign will present a myriad of problems for the Tampa
community. There are vital and necessary repairs to the Jewish
Community Center that cannot be left undone. The building
program for modular housing for the Hillel School cannot take
place unless the funds are available. This would be a serious set
back for the growth of Jewish education in Tampa.
Individuals are asked to call the Tampa Jewish Federation
office at 875-1618, to make their pledge commitment which is
payable over a two year period.
George Karpay Repeats As TJF
'84 Campaign Major Gifts Chairman
John OsterweU, 1964 Tampa
Jewish Federation Campaign
Chairman, announced the ap-
pointment of George Karpay as
Major Gifts Division Chairman.
"His leadership over the past two
years has greatly contributed to
the continuing growth of our an-
nual campaign and the services it
provides," OsterweU stated. "It
is very rewarding to know that a
man with the major business and
civic interests that George has is
willing to play a key role in the
1984 Campaign. WhUe chairing
the Major Gifts Division in 1963,
our twenty largest donors in-
creased their contributions by 22
percent over their previous year's
giving. This is significant in that
George was overall chairman of
the 1982 Campaign. I am con-
fident that with George's on*
going leadership the dornors in
this area of the Campaign will
continue to set a stimulating pace
for the rest of the community,"
OsterweU finished.
Karpay's leadership in the
Jewish community goes back
many years. In the early 1970's
he served as Campaign Chairman
and President of the Tampa Jew-
ish Federation. He is a board
member of the Federation and
has served on the boards of
several Jewish entities in Tampa.
His wife, Bobbe, is serving in her
second year as Federation
Women's Division Campaign Co-
Chairperson. George Karpay's
other community activities in-
clude the board of the University
of South Florida Foundation, the
President's Council at U.S.F. and
he is a member of the Tampa Art
A highly successful builder, he
and his family moved to Tampa
in 1969. His many housing
developments have been noted
for their efficiency and well
thought out homes for maximum
3i by their occupants. As
of Karpay Associates he has
received awards including
"Builder of the Year" by the
Florida Builder Magazine in 1972
and one of bis developments was
awarded "The Better Homes and
Gardens' Sensible Growth
Award." He has served on
numerous committees related to
the building industry, both local
and statewide.
On accepting the position,
George Karpay
Karpay stated, "1 am grateful to
be able to play a role in deter-
mining the growth of the Tampa
Jewish community. The
humanitarian needs locally and in
Israel must be met and we must
all make the maximum effort to
ensure that they are."

Page 2
The Jewish Floridian of Tampa
Friday. October'

Tampa Jewish Federation
Board Seminar October 9
The Board of Directors of the
Tampa Jewish Federation will
participate in a Leadership
Seminar on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the
Airport Marriott Hotel from 9:30
a.m. to 3 p.m.
In announcing the Seminar,
Michael L. Levine, President of
the Tampa Jewish Federation
stated: "We are devoting an
entire day to explore where we
are as a federation and a com-
munity, and to focus in on our
priorities for the coming year. By
meeting early in the organ-
izational year we will all come
away with a better under
standing of our roles as members
of the Tampa Jewish Federation
Board of Directors," Levine
Appointed to serve as chair-
man of the Board Seminar is
Roger Mock. Mock is a past
president of the Jewish Com-
municty Center, a member of the
Tampa Jewish Federation
Executive Committee and the
Federation Board of Directors.
He has held key campaign
positions in the past and has
served on the Federation Budget
and Allocations Committee.
According to Mock, Charles
Miller will serve as the consultant
and moderator for the day's
event. He is a recognized leader
in the field of Jewish communal
service and is known as the dean
of social planners in the Federa-
tion field. He is a former Presi-
dent of the National Conference
of Jewish Communal Service.
. Before joining the staff of the
Council of Jewish Federations,
Miller was for 23 years the Asso-
ciate Director of the Philadelphia
Federation of Jewish Agencies,
with special responsibility for
planning and leadership develop-
Miller has been a member of
the Graduate faculties of several
universities. His many papers
have been published in leading
professional journals. His booklet
entitled "An Introduction to the
Jewish Federation" is now being
widely distributed throughout
Roger Mock
the United States and Canada.
At the present time, Miller is a
Consultant on Community Serv-
ices on the staff of the Council of
Jewish Federations. He has
served as a consultant to more
than 60 Jewish Federations on a
wide variety of problems in
planning, budgeting, community
organization, leadership develop-
ment, and development of ser-
"We are very fortunate to have
Charles Miller with us for the
seminar and we are looking
forward to a very fruitful and
productive experience," Mock
News of Soviet Jewish Resistance
An unknown woman visited
POC Lev Elbert s father, Chaim
Elbert, and told him that Lev
asked her to contact his family
and have them "destroy drugs
hidden in their apartment since
the KGB is going to search it."
She said she had just returned
from visiting her son "who is in
prison with Lev." Chaim called
Lev's wife, Inna, who was
visiting friends in Moscow. She
then wrote a letter to Soviet
leader Yuri Andropov and the
prosecutor in Kiev protesting the
"clear provocation" made
against her husband in order to
charge him with smuggling
The provocation is believed to
have been made by the authori-
ties in an attempt to charge
Elberg without having to pro-
duce witnesses. Such tactics are
well known in Kiev, where two
Prisoners of Conscience, Vladimir
Kislik, and Stanislav Zubko,
were respectively accused of
attacking a woman and traf-
ficking in drugs.
The State Department, in a
statement read by spokesman
John Hughes, strongly condem-
ned the narcotics charge against
Elbert, who "has no history of
drug abuse, and has no reason to
risk worsening his situation by
attempting to smuggle hashish
into a prison camp." Hughes
called the charge "unconvincing"
and "disturbingly reminiscent
of the Stalinist era."
POC Iosif Begun's attempts to
prepare his own defense were
hindered when the newly ap-
pointed judge, Nikolai Nikitovich
Kolosov, refused to give Begun
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background material. The
judge's action appears to be in
response to Beguns decision not
to accept Popov as his lawyer.
Begun is indicted for acts com-
mitted "under the pretext of
promoting Jewish culture" and
"for drawing a false picture of
Soviet nationality policy."
Begun's son, Boris, and friend,
Inna Speranskaya, left a food
package for him at Vladimir
Prison on Aug. 15. Several days
earlier, Speranskaya asked the
court's chairman, Mustafenkov
the reason for the postponement
of the trial, and was told that
Begun's file includes 18 volumes
which must be reviewed.
Among the numerous letters in
support of Begun is one from 23
of his former Hebrew students
who now reside in Israel. The
students include such famous
names as Esther Markish, widow
of the writer Peretz Markish,
executed under Stalin on the in-
famous "Night of the Murdered
Poets," and her son, David
Markish, the author.
Close to 100 American
mathematicians have petitioned
Soviet leader Yuri Andropov on
Beguns behalf. Coordinated in
conjunction with the Committee
of Concerned Scientists, the
petition was dispatched by parti-
cipants at the Joint Mathematics
Meeting of the American
Mathematical Society and the
| Mathematical Association of
1 America.
A blatantly anti-Semitic article
headlined "Genocide in the Nam*
of Jehovah," published in the
June 1983 issue of Science and
Religion, attacked "Jewish
clericals" and subverted the
Torah by describing the "bloody
massacre" in Lebanon as an act
prompted by "those Old Testa-
ment instructions which com-
mand the Choeen People' to de-
stroy everything that breathes'
in the conquered lands." The
article was authored by M.
Goldenberg, whose Jewish
sounding name is apparently
being used to give it an illusion of
legitimacy, in much the same
way as the Jewish members of
the Anti-Zionist Committee claim
to speak for Soviet Jews.
Assembly Prexy
Calls for Palestinian
State Under PLO
(JTA) The newly elected
President of the General
Assembly, Jorge Illueca,
the Vice President of Pana-
ma, called in his inaugural
speech for the establish-
ment of a Palestinian state
"under the leadership of the
Illueca said, at the same time,
that until "the right of all states
in the area to live in peace within
secure and recognized borders is
guaranteed," there will be no
peace in the Middle East.
But the Panamanian diplomat,
elected at the opening session of
the 38th General Assembly,
stressed the rights of the Pales-
tinian people. He said they in-
clude the right "to independence
and the establishment of its own
free, independent and non-
aligned state on Palestinian
territory, under the leadership of
the PLO, the authentic political
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representative" of the Pawl
tinian people. Until then, he said.
there will be no solution to tl
Middle East conflict.
addressed the General Assembly!
Monday. He outlined U.8I
foreign policy, including
Middle East positions. But
President devoted much of
speech to the downing of
Korean airliner by Soviet planes.
Israel is scheduled to addresi
the Assembly on Oct. 3. Foreign!
Minister Yitzhak Shamirl
originally was supposed to speakl
for Israel. But because he is i
occupied with forming a
government, Israel's Aiu.
sador to the UN Yehuda Bhiaj
will deliver Israel's major foreipl
policy address. President Hood
Mubarak of Egypt will addrenl
the Assembly a day later, Onl
Oct. 4.
There are 142 items for debatel
on the agenda of this session of I
the General Assembly. Middle!
East and Palestinian issues irel
expected to come up for debate it I
the end of October.
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Friday, October 7,1963
The Jewish Floridian of Tampa
Page 3
Women's Division Plans 'Super'
Fall Shalom-Tampa Get-Together
Nancy Ford, (right) Director of Public Affairs, University of South
Florida Medical Center, spoke on the "fabric of connections," net-
''working, at the September 26 meeting of the Tampa Jewish Business
and Professional Women's Network at the Commerce Club. This
group is sponsored by the Tampa Jewish Federation. With Nancy
Ford are Betty Triable and Linda Goldstein, chairman (standing).
Photo: Audrey Haubenstock
Dulzin Pledges WZO Support for
IWest Bank Settlement Near Nablus
iLeon Dulzin, chairman of the
Jewish Agency and World
|Zionist Organization Executives,
pledged the WZO's support
Dr the establishment of an
ducational institution for
Idiaspora youth at the settlement
|of Bracha. near Nablus.
Bracha, dubbed "upper
Nablus" by its detractors, is one
! the most controversial of the
law West Bank settlements. Its
tics claim it was set up by
biel Sharon with a view to its
oming a major Jewish town
verlooking the large Arab town
f Nablus. It is situated on a high
[just south of the city.
e 30 families are presently
living there, but a broad highway
leading up the hill to Bracha indi-
cates that its planners were
instructed to prepare a blueprint
for a major urban development.
Bracha hit the headlines earlier
this year when its official inau-
guration ceremony in the pre-
sence of Deputy Premier David
Levy was disrupted by a Peace
Now demonstration and had to
be. held indoors instead of out-
doors as planned.
Dulzin, on a tour of the settle-
ment this week, said the Bracha
residents had proved themselves
eager and resourceful and that
the WZO would be happy to help
them as it would help any Jew
contributing to Zionist settle-
ment in Eretz Yisrael.
Anti-Jewish Material
Appears in Egypt Again
enly anti-Jewish mate-
rial continues to appear in
the publications of opposi-
tion elements in Egypt
[despite that country's
urmal peace treaty with
Israel, says a report issued
fere by the Institute of
Jewish Affairs.
report by Dr. Raphael Is-
ieli, director of the Hebrew
University's pre-academic
f^d'es and an expert on Islam
Chinese history, concludes
no substantial changes ne-
ed in the popular Egyptian
Conception of Jews, Israelis and
p*nism during the years im-
Inediately after President Anwar
PMt's peace mission.
D* ISRAELI'S report ia baaed
I" nis forthcoming book
Ijnalyzing the Arabs' stereotype
lcnptions of Jews and the wide
fringing accusations levelled at
i*?' P^icular concern, ha
"tos. are a number of publica-
Jj*. published at least until
l'*l. which were baaed on the
IWamous "Protocola of the
Pan of Zion,"- and blood libel
In Dr. Israeli's view, the exist-
ence of anti-Semitic publications
places "a long dark tunnel at the
end of the light which the peace
treaty has kindled."
The Shalom-Tampa Newcomer
Committee, a project of the
Tampa Jewish Federation
Women's Division, is gearing up
for their annual Fall Newcomer
get-to-get her.
Vicki Paul, Chairman of the
Shalom-Tampa Committee, and
Ruth Polur, Vice President of
Special Projects and the com-
mittee have planned the party for
Saturday, Oct. 16, 7:30 pjn., at
the home of committee member,
Greta and Saul Schiffman.
Serving on the committee are:
Merilyn Burke, Rosalie Cheffetz,
Harriett Cyment, Yvette Eich-
berg, Rita Garyn, Rita Hir-
shberg, Shirley Kerban, Rita
Leiber, Cindy Sper, Marlene
Steinberg, Greta Schiffman, and
Trudy Harris.
If you are new or know of
someone new to the area, call the
Tampa Jewish Federation
Women's Division office, 876-
1618, to be added to the in-
vitation list.
Women's Division
In Need of Artists
The Tampa Jewish Federation
Women's Division has begun
their 1983-84 year. Lili Kauf-
mann, president, states that
many committees have been
meeting over the summer
Shalom-Tampa, Campaign,
Leadership Development,
Community Education, Special
Projects. "Women's Wednes-
day" and are planning
"Super" educational and social
programs and events.
The Women's Division is in
need of several artistic people to
assist in the art work and letter-
ing on a project on a short-time
commitment. If you are arty and
creative and would like to assist
the Women's Division on this
project, please call Rhoda Davis
at the Federation office, 875-
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I ftjday, October 7,1963
The Jewish Floridian of Tampa
Page 6
Bat Mitzvah
Francie Nicole Linsky,
iiughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Michael Linsky will be called to
the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on
priday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. and
Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at
Congregation Rodeph Sholom.
francie is a student in the
Rodeph Sholom Religious School,
i a member of Kadima and the
.^confirmation class. She is in
the Eighth grade at Coleman Jr.
High School where she is an
j honor student and is a member of
I the Raiders Softball team of the
Tampa Bay Little League.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Linsky
I will host the kiddush luncheon
and Oneg Shabbat in Francie's
honor. Francie's grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Linsky and
Mrs. Ralph Roth, will host a
Sunday Brunch for the family
and out of town guests.
Special guests in town for
Francie's Bat Mitzvah include
Mr. and Mrs. Abe Furman,
Miami; Mr. and Mrs. Barry
Garlin, Ft. Lauderdale; Mr. and
Mrs. Max Garlin, Hallandale;
Dr. and Mrs. Howard Goldberg,
Miami; Mr. and Mrs. Herman
Kobland, Boca Raton; Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Lemberg, Potomac,
Md.; Susan Levins, Tallahassee;
Mark Linsky, Tallahassee and
Mitchell Linsky, Altamonte
Gov't. Makes Public List
Of New Economic Measures
The government, after nearly two
weeks of debate on budget cuts,
finally made public a list of new
economic measures to balance the
national budget, but most of
them are still subject to approval
by either the Knesset Finance
Committee or the full Knesset.
Two of the major decisions are
to cut back on government
financing of political parties and
to reverse an earlier decision to
designate the 25 municipal elec-
tions a national vacation day.
Officials said the two decisions
should be worth three to four
billion Shekels equivalent to
half the cuts this year in the
Defense Ministry budget.
A NUMBER of other ten-
tatively approved steps await
Knesset action. One is abolition
of allowances for births, unless
the government can find another
source of funds for this grant.
Another is abolition of exemption
from municipal taxes for Israelis
in the armed forces.
Child allowances for the first
two children in a family of up to
three children will be taxable,
except for low-income families.
The fees for water will be updated
at the same rate as those for
Income earned abroad will be
taxable at the same rate as local
income. Income taxes on
irregular earnings, such as
writers' fees and payments to
artists, will be raised from 40
percent to 45 percent.
BUT THE Cabinet rejected a
proposal by the Ministerial
Finance Committee, where the
initial proposals for budget
changes are hammered out, to
impose the value added tax
(VAT) on fruits and vegetables.
The Treasury still wrestled
with efforts to trim another 20 to
25 billion Shekels from the forth-
coming budget. The main
stumbling block continued to be
the education budget. The
Ministers of Finance and
Education failed to reach agree-
ment on the budget for
education, and they will meet for
another try.
NCJW to Host Annual Bundle Party
National Council of Jewish
Women, Tampa Section, will be
hosting its annual Bundle Party
to restock the relocated thrift
shop on Oct. 12 at the home of
Mrs. Connie Rosenberg st 9:46
am. Admission price for the
event is either updated and wear-
able clothes (designer, women's,
men's, children's) or household
items such ss art objects, an-
tiques, large or small appliances
and furniture (pick-up can be ar-
ranged for large pieces of fur-
Rovor Ssraotton
This annual event represents s
major effort to restock the Coun-
cil Closet the thrift shop's new
name. The proceeds of the Coun-
cil Closet support the many com-
munity projects sponsored by
NCJW such as A-OK and Tay
Sachs Screening Project.
A funfilled morning is planned
with food and prizes. All mem-
bers and prospective members
are invited to attend the Bundle
Party. Reservations can be made
by calling Mrs. Lois Tannen at
837-2806 or Mrs Muriel Altus at
251-0315. Council Closet Co-
chairmen are Mrs. Connie Rosen-
berg and Mrs. Doris Rosenblatt.
Also attending are Mr.
Benjamin Stearn, Miami; Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Sutksr,
Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Waldorf, Miami; Richard and
Daniel Linsky, Fort Worth,
Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Msury
Lewis, Winnetka, 111.; Henry
Factor and Elsie Lewis, Miami;
Mrs. Ben Klein, Ashevflle; Mrs.
tH.-nard Goldstein, Asbeville,
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Green-
berg, Van Nuys, Calif.; Mr. and
Mrs. Lwrence Greenberg, West
Palm Beach and Mrs. Sy Stem,
Tracy Michelle Coller,
daughter of Nand and Wayne L.
Coller will become a Bat Mitzvah
at Congregation Kol Ami on
Saturday Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. Rabbi
Leonard Rosentbal will officiete.
Traci is first vicepresident of
Kadima and will be a student in
the Kol Ami Hebrew High
program. She is in the eighth
grade at Buchanan Jr. High
School where she is in the
Buchanan Choir. She is a Patriot
Varsity cheerleader.
Edythe Coller, Hallandale,
Traci's grandmother, will host
the kiddush following services.
Relatives attending will in-
clude grandparents Mr. and Mrs.
Lawrence Farkas, Pembroke
Pines; Linda Kaplan, Michigan;
Mr. and Mrs. Stanford Abram,
Davie; Brett Olitsky, Davie;
Jerry Farkas, Detroit and Neal
Farkas, California.
Kari Anne Solomon, daughter
of Dr. and Mrs. David Solomon,
will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at
Congregation Schaarai Zedek on
Saturday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. Rabbi
Frank Sundheim will officiate.
Kari, an eighth grade student
at the Hillel School, is the
secretary of the eighth grade, on
the honor roll, and a member of
the yearbook staff. She swims for
the University Swim Club and is
also s member of Schaarai
Zedek's Junior Youth Group.
Special out of town guests who
will celebrate with Kari and her
family are Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert
Lean of Baltimore and Mr. and
Mrs. Irving Solomon of Silver
Spring, Maryland. Also at-
tending will be Karl's aunts,
uncles, and cousins from
Maryland, Pennsylvania, New
York and Florida.
Friends of the family will be
hosting the Friday evening Oneg
Shabbat. Following Saturday's
service, in honor of the occasion.
Dr. and Mrs. Solomon will host a
luncheon and reception.
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The Jewish Floridian of Tampa
Friday, October 7,1983
Congregations/Organizations Events
Bay Horizons Day Chapter
The Bay Horizons Day Chap
ter of Women's American OR!
(Organization for Rehabilitation
through Training) will end th<
summer season with an elegant
excellent, simply delicious
Sunday brunch. Outstanding
food and it's all you can eat.
The brunch is at the home of
Jerry and Sunny Alt man, 4124
Carrollwood Village Drive,
Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2
p.m. The donation is $7.50 per
person. For reservations call:
Sandy Solomon, 963-1436 or
Sunny Altman, 962-7774.
Through these affairs, the Day
Chapter of ORT shares in the res-
ponsibility for the future of the
Jewish people in Israel and all
over the world educating people
to build better lives.
Judaism Conversion Class will
begin on Sunday, Oct. 9 at noon
in Zielonka Hall of Congregation
Schaarai Zedek.
This course is one in Basic
Judaism. It is hoped that not
only will people contemplating
conversion attend, but also
members of the congregation who
wish to further their Jewish
knowledge. For anyone the
course will provide an excellent
refresher course in Judaism.
The opening meeting of
Congregation Schaarai Zedek
Brotherhood was attended by
almost 100 members according to
Leo Shaw, Brotherhood Secre-
tary. The program feature was
the Tampa Bay Bucs Com-
mentator who explained football
from the commentators view-
The next regular meeting is
Tuesday evening Oct. 11 at 6:30
p.m. in the Congregation
Schaarai Zedek Social Hall.
Jewish Singles
The Kol Ami Jewish Singles
group will get together at 6 p.m.
on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at
People's Rstaurant, 14703 N.
Dale Mabry.
City Wide 56er's
Calling 6th and 6th Graders
Are you currently in the 5th or
6th grade? Are you looking for
something to do? If you can
answer "yes," then the Tampa
Jewish Community Center 56er's
is for youf
56er's is a special social group
for all 5th and 6th graders to
meet the needs and interests for
social get-togethers. This new
program is under the leadership
of Sharan Juris.
Come meet Sharan on Sunday,
Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. for a parent and
56er's orientation. Children
coming from religious school may
come early and brown-bag it;
however, dessert will be served
after a stimulating volley ball
Mothers'Rap Group
This program is designed to
provide the young mother with
discussions about trying to be
the "super woman." Robin King
MSW from Tampa Jewish
Social Service will lead these ses-
sions. This group will meet every
Thursday beginning Oct. 13 from
10:30 a.m. until 12 noon at
Congregation Kol Ami. Babysit-
ting will be provided. The cost for
this program is $10 per month for
members and $16 per month for
Sunday Funday at the JCC
will be super this year, offering
classes and a first-run movie.
This program will meet every
Community Calendar
Friday, October 7
(Candle lighting lime 6:50 p
Women 10 a.m. Study
Square Mall.
fn.) National Council of Jewish
Group at Robinson's, University
Sunday, October 9
Tampa Jewish Federation Board Leadership Seminar 9 a.m.-3
p.m. Hillel School Parents Group Family Picnic 10 a.m. ORT
Bay Horizons Brunch 11 a.m. 56ers Youth Group at JCC 2
Monday, October 10
Schaarai Zedek Executive Committee 12:30 p.m. Jewish War
Veterans Auxiliary Board Meeting 1:30 p.m. Tampa Jewish
Federation Housing Board Meeting 4:30 p.m. Parents
Effectiveness Workshop 7 p.m. by Tampa Jewish Social Service
Jewish National Fund Board Meeting 8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 11
Schaarai Zedek Brotherhood Meeting 6:30 Hillel School
Executive Board 7 p.m. Board -8 p.m. Hillel School of Tampa
Open House, Grades 4-8 7:30 p.m. Kol Ami Men's Club- 7:30
Kol Ami Financial Committee 7:30 p^m. ORT Tampa
Evening Chapter Board Meeting 7:30 Kol Ami Executive Board
Meeting -8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12
National Council of Jewish Women COUNCIL CLOSET PARTY -
9:45 a.m. at home of Connie Rosenberg Temple David
Sisterhood Board Meeting 10 a.m. Brandeis Women's
Committee Membership Tea 10 a.m. Kol Ami Sr. Socialites -
noon Kol Ami Sisterhood Board Meeting 7:45 p.m. TOP
Community Endowment Fund Parlor Meeting
Tbersday, October 13
ORT Tampa Evening Chapter Bowling 9:30 a.m. Jewish
Community Center Board Executive Board Meeting 6 p.m.;
Board 8 p.m.
Friday, October 14
(Candle lighting time 6:42 p.m.) National Council of Jewish
Women Study Group 10a.m.
Kol Ami Jewish Singles Happy Hour and Dinner People's
Restaurant, N. Dale Mabry 6 p.m.
other Sunday from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
sterting Oct. 16 and continuing
Oct. 30, Nov. 6, and Nov. 20. The
first and last dates coincide with
Buccaneer football games.
The classes are: Movement
Experience instructor Sal
Colombrita. Sal was the activi-
ties specialist at Camp Chai and
was a favorite of all the children.
Grades K-3 will participate 1:30-
2:30 and Grades 4-6 from 2:30-
Arts and Crafts: Instructor
Terry Didrick. Terry's talent and
charm wiD enhance any child who
comes to her class. Terry will in-
Record Attendance Anticipated For
Nov. 16-20 CJF GA in Atlanta
hospitality events are planned by
NEW YORK, NY Israel's
President Chaim Herzog, author
Elie Wiesel, CJF President
Martin E. Citrin, UJA General
Chairman Robert Loup and Meir
Rosenne, the Israeli Ambassador
to the United States, will be
among featured speakers ad-
dressing major sessions at the
General Assembly of the Council
of Jewish Federations, Nov. 16-
20,1983 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The General Assembly brings
together volunteer and profes-
sional leadership from CJF's 200
member Federations in the
United States and Canada and is
the largest gathering held each
year of North American Jewish
community leaders. Registration
is expected to exceed 2,600, ac-
cording to Osias Goran of Los
Angeles, OA Program Com-
mittee Chairman.
"Coping with Change Federa-
tions Confront the Challenges of
an Uncertain Future" is the
theme of the 52nd GA, which will
include over 100 plenaries,
forums, workshops, seminars and
study groups.
Elie Wiesel will share his vision
of "Jewish Fate and the Jewish
Future" at the Opening Plenary,
Wednesday evening, Nov. 16,
and CJF President Martin E.
Citrin of Detroit will also present
a major address reviewing the
year just past. The Plenary on
Thursday morning will be
devoted to a presentation on
"Coping with Change," followed
by 16 concurrent workshops
dealing with issues such as
Utilizing the New Technologies;
Jews on the Move; The Growing
Number of Unaffiliated; the
"New" Anti-Semitism; Financial
Resource Development; Rein-
forcing Jewish Commitment, and
Integrating the Growing Number
of Singles into Jewish Com-
munity Life.
President Chaim Herzog of Is-
rael will address a major plenary
session scheduled for Thursday
evening, Nov. 17.
Other topics to be covered at
GA sessions include the Impact
of Chronic Unemployment;
Ethiopian Jews; Professional-
Volunteer Relations; Soviet Jew-
ry; The Middle East; Leadership
Development; Jewish News-
papers; Aliyah; The Arab World;
Cable TV; Campaign Planning;
Population Studies; Federation-
Synagogue Relations, and many
In addition, a variety of
Menorah Manor
Menorah Manor Our Home
for Jewish Living, a Jewish
Home for the Aged on the West
Coast of Florida, will have its
groundbreaking ceremonies on
Sunday Oct. 9 at 11:30 a.m.
The groundbreaking will be at
the site of the project, directly
south of Menorah Center, 250
58th street North, St. Peter-
sburg. The entire Tampa Bay
area community is urged to
attend by president of Menorah
Manor. Irwin H. Miller.
The six-million dollar goal for
Menorah Manor, "The single-
largest fundraising effort ever
undertaken to promote the
quality of Jewish living on
Florida's Suncoast" according to
Miller, is about two-thirds
complete. Construction is ex-
pected to beam in late October
with a completion date of early
the Atlanta Federation in
celebration of the 260th An-
niversary of Jewish settlement in
Georgia. Candy Berman and Rita
Goldstein co-chair the Atlanta
GA Host Committee.
Information and GA Registra-
tion Forms are available from all
local Jewish Federations in the
United States and Canada.
The CJF is the association of
200 Federations, Welfare Funds
and Community Cooncils which
serve nearly 800 communities
embracing a Jewish population of
more than 6.7 million in the U.S.
and Canada.
Established in 1932, the
Council serves as a national
instrument to strengthen the
work and the impact of Jewish
Federations through leadership
in developing programs to meet
changing needs in the Jewish
community; through the ex-
change of successful experiences
to assure the most effective com-
munity service; through
establishing guidelines for fund
raising and operation; and
through joint national planning
and action on common purposes
dealing with local, regional,
national and international needs.
struct Grades 4-6 from 1:30-2:30
and Grades K-3 from 2:30-3:30.
There will be a movie from
3:30-5 p.m. Please note: All chil-
dren coming from Religious
School may "brown bag it" and
there will be a supervisor avail-
able until classes begin.
Fees for the Sunday Funday
are $6 per session for JCC mem-
bers and $10 per session for non-
Lunch Bunch
Come to lunch on Oct. 26 at
Kol Ami for a stimulating lecture
and discussion with Dr. Greg
Firestone, Ph.D. Lunch Bunch is
a program meeting once a month
highlighting various guests and
entertainment. The cost of this
program is $6, and babysitting is
included; however, reservations
must be made in advance.
Call the JCC, 872-4451, for
your reservation. Also, mark on
your calendar that the next
Lunch Bunch meeting will be
Nov. 9.
Lunch Bunch is open to every-
one. Call for a reservation and
come to lunch.
Center Stage
The Jewish Community Center
is proud to offer once again "Cen-
ter Stage" children's theatre.
This group will focus on develop
ing specific strengths of talent,
movement technique, and
singing and emphasizing. This
program will culminate with a
theatrical production under the
direction of Louis Bernstein and
Trent Mullins (Coach).
These classes are being offered
on Monday and Wednesday
starting Oct. 3 and 5. The fee for
this six-week course is *45 to JCC
members and S55 for non-
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Friday, October 7,1983
The Jewish Fhridian of Tampa
Page 7
What Happened in Hama?
Assad's Butchery: Amnesty Report Reveals What World Ignores
By London Chronicle
Amnesty International
has finally come out with
its long-awaited study on
the Syrian government's
massacre at the ancient city
of Hama in February, 1982.
"When law and order was
restored estimates of the
dead on all sides ranged
from 10,000 to 20,000," it
The State Department, in its
latest human rights report on
Syria released earlier this year,
did not publish a specific figure.
It simply said: "Evidence on the
number of people killed is scanty
because the government
restricted access to the city for
some time, and has attempted to
stifle information on events
there. Nevertheless, there have
been press accounts that several
thousand persons were killed."
The Washington Post had
reported a few weeks after the
massacre that aa many as 20,000
orphans may have been created
during the ordeal. Last Dec. 9,
David Hirst, the veteran Middle
East correspondent of The
Guardian in Britain, quoted
Muslin Brotherhood sources aa
saying that as many as 30,000
people may have been killed. The
Syrian governor of the area
insisted that only 1,200 people
were killed on both sides. "The
physical devastation is the only
reliable measure of the scale of a
calamity whose other aspects,
s-ach as the number who died, are
w ully contentious," wrote Hirst.
AT THE time of the massacre,
of course, the Syrian regime of
President Hafez Assad had
hermetically sealed off the entire
city to the outside world as heavy
artillery and aerial bombing
pounded away at positions held
2> by Assad's bitter opponents, the
Muslin Brotherhood. That
fundamentalist group had
organized disturbances against
his rule.
The Syrian President, a
member of the minority Alawite
sect, apparently decided to teach
his opponents a lesson. "Some
6,000 to 8,000 soldiers, including
units from the 21st mechanized
brigade of the 3rd Armored Divi-
sion, the 47th Independent
Armored Brigade, the Sony al-
Difa and ai-Wahdat al-Khassa
were reportedly dispatched to the
_V city,' according to the Amnesty
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President Assad
International report.
The report said that "old parts
of the city were bombarded from
the air and shelled in order to
facilitate the entry of troops and
tanks along the narrow roads.
The ancient quarter of Hadra was
apparently bombarded and razed
to the ground by tanka during
the first four days of fighting."
On Feb. 15, the Syrian Defense
Minister, Major-General
Mustapha Has, announced that
the uprising had been sup-
"HOWEVER," Amnesty
International continued, "the
city remained surrounded and cut
off. Two weeks of house-to-house
searches and mass arrests fol-
lowed, and there were conflicting
reports of atrocities and
collective killings of unarmed
innocent inhabitants by the
security forces.
"It is difficult to know for
certain what happened, but
Amnesty International has heard
that there was, among other
things, a collective execution of
70 people outside the municipal
hospital on Feb. 19; that Hadra
quarter residents were executed
by (Syrian} troops that same
day; that cyanide gas containers
were alleged to have been
brought into the city, connected
to rubber pipes to the entrances
of buildings believed to house
insurgents and turned on, killing
all the buildings' inhabitants;
that people were assembled at the
military airfield, at the sports
stadium and at the military
barracks and left out in the open
for days without food or shelter."
The U.S. government's super
secret National Security Agency
(NSA), which is charged with
technological intelligence
gathering, ordered high-flying
American reconnaissance aircraft
and satellites to take pictures of

two local tons;
the Hama area as soon as first
word reached Washington that
some disturbances had erupted
against the Assad regime.
THIS IS standard operating
procedure for the NSA.
Whenever trouble looms
anywhere in the world, the first
thing it always does is send the
planes and the satellites to take
pictures from way up in the sky.
The state of photo technology is,
simply put, awesome. Trained
specialists reading the pictures
can make out unbelievable details
of what is happening on the
The planes and the satellites
flew over Hama after the mas-
sacre as well. Additional pictures
were taken. Thus, the U.S.
government now haa two sets of
pictures the before and after.
One well-placed U.S. intelligence
official who actually saw those
pictures has said that they are
The "before" picture, he said,
showed an ancient Arab town,
complete with small streets and
alleys and a large marketplace.
The most distinctive feature of
Hama, however, waa its large
number of mosques, each with its
own protruding minaret from
which the Qadi would call the
faithful to prayers five times
every day. The "after" picture,
however, clearly showed that
virtually all of those mosques
were levelled during the mas-
sacre. The reason was clear: the
Muslim Brotherhood had based
themselves in those mosques. By
destroying them, the Syrian
government presumably thought
it could deal a complete blow to
the Muslim Brotherhood.
dispatch from Hama, reported
that the standard tourist guide of
the old town described the Great
Mosque as the city's chief glory,
spanning at least three civil-
Jewish Floridian
Relocates To JCC
The Jewish Floridian of Tampa
has moved its offices to the
Jewish Community Center, 2808
Horatio Street. The newspaper
joins the Tampa Jewish Federa-
tion, Senior Citizen's Project,
Kosher Lunch Program and the
Hillel School of Tampa's Sunday
and Thursday night games on the
premises of the Jewish Com-
munity Center and its pro-school
program. It is anticipated that
the Hillel School of Tampa will be
moving to the grounds of the
JCC in January in modular class-
The phone number of the
newspaper remains the same:
izauons, the mosque having
grown out of a Byzantine church,
which in turn had replaced a
Roman temple. But that mosque,
like nearly every other one in the
city, was destroyed by the Syrian
army. "The only edifice that
seemed to have been deliberately
spared in two acres of demolition
is one that haa no historic in-
terest at all a concrete
lavatory," he said.
By any standard, of course, the
Hama massacre paled the Sabra
and Shatila tragedies which
followed by seven months. Leba-
nese Christians, members of the
Phalange, had gone into those
Palestinian camps and com-
mitted their own wholesale
slaughter. During l the seven
earlier years of civil war in
Lebanon, there were numerous
other massacres committed by
Christians, Palestinians, Syrians,
Druze and Muslims, both Shiito
and Sunni. Some 100,000 people
were killed in Lebanon before last
year's Israeli invasion, Lebanese
President Amin Gemayel told the
United Nations General
Assembly earlier this year.
Israeli officials, of course, have
carefully monitored all the
massacres in their part of the
world. Along the Iraqi-Iranian
border these past three years,
they noted, as many as 300,000
people may already have been
killed, with whole towns and
villages scorched. What has
aroused the Israelis, under-
standably, is the blatant double
standard in the international
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Did the Arab League or the
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Alternative for Jewish Quarter
Among the numerous
synagogues and minyans in
the Jewish Quarter of the
Old City here, only the
small but vibrant Mesorati
(Conservative) congrega-
tion is non-Orthodox.
Organized by a few families
of American olim in the
autumn of 1979, the
congregation is a Con-
servative alternative for
Jewish Quarter residents.
"For us. the synagogue is our
community," said Frances
Alpert, one of the founders.
Along with her husband, Ber-
nard, a former Midwest United
Synagogue of America president,
and their two teenagers, she came
on aliya in 1979 from Highland
Park, 111.
THAT YEAR the congrega
tion met in each other's homes foi
Kabbalat Shabbat services every
Friday evening: once a month
communal Shabbat service
followed. A volunteer student
rabbi from Neve Schechter
taught monthly Talmud classes.
Since then there have been
classes in Jewish philosophy and
51 Families from
U.S. Decide
To Make Aliya
Some 51 families of the 240
families who came to Israel from
the U.S. this summer as part of
Project 1000 have decided to
make aliya, it was announced
here by the Jewish Agency's
immigration and absorption
Project 1000 was designed for
families who expressed interest in
making aliya and came to Israel
to explore the scene. Most of
those who decided to immigrate
said they would settle here within
the coming year. Some said they
would do so within three months.
According to a questionnaire
distributed among the
prospective immigrants, some 70
percent said that the program
"got them considerably closer to
aliya." Most said that one of the
main factors in deciding to
immigrate was pressure by their
Eleven of 15 families who spent
their pre-aliya visit near
Jerusalem have already opened
local bank accounts. Four
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Alpert said the Mesorati
movement cooperates with the
congregation and provided a
Torah and their first prayer
books. The Jewish Quarter
congregation is not only con-
veniently located for neighbor-
hood residents and visitors, but
is also informal, and "heimish."
Today the congregation has
grown to about a dozen families,
and services are held every Fri-
day evening at the Yigal Allon
Center in the Jewish Quarter.
The building is owned by the
Histadrut, which allows the
congregation to meet there rent-
free. Membership costs only S25
per family. Most members are
Conservative American olim, or
American-Israeli "mixed
marriages." Their children are
either very young or no longer
living at home.
"WE ARE never going to be
that big," Alpert said of the
congregation's size. "The nature
of the area we live in gives us that
problem." There is housing in the
Quarter for only 600 families; 75
percent are Orthodox and most
others are secular.
Despite the largely Orthodox
makeup ot the Jewish Quarter,
Alpert said that the congregation
has never been harassed by
neighbors. "Sometimes our
posters are torn off bulletin
boards, but that happens to
everyone," she said. When a re-
sident Hasidic rabbi needs extra
beds for his overflow of young
guests on Shabbats, he does not
hesitate to ask Alpert or other
congregation members to house
At present, the congregation
meets regularly only on Friday
evenings and on holidays. "Only
four of our families are Shomer
Shabbat and the rest drive on
Saturdays," Alpert explained.
"We can't alwavs catch them on
Saturdays. Everyone in the Jew-
ish Quarter goes to Kabbalat
Shabbat 'services, so it's a lot
easier to get a minyan then. Fri-
day night at home is an Israeli
tradition." Men and women are
counted in the minyan, and
women are called to the Torah for
ALPERT SAID that getting a
minyan of ten people is a "worry'
for the small congregation, even
on Friday nights. She said she
"thinks twice before going away"
for a weekend, and she en-
courages American visitors to
join the minyan. During the High
Holy Days, however, some 120
people attend services.
On special occasions such as
Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, the
congregation also meets on
Saturday mornings. For these
Saturdays and on the High Holy
Days, a rabbi and cantor are
engaged. Between Succot and
Shavuot. there is a student rabbi
on alternate Friday evenings, and
during summer months, visiting
Conservative rabbis from
America frequently lead Kab-
balat Shabbat services.
Congregation members would
like to see more American fami-
lies celebrate Bar and Bat
Mitzvahs with them. "We're in
the heart of the Jewish Quarter,
overlooking the Kotel," (Western
Wall) Alpert said. She also sug-
gested that United Synagogue
Youth groups visit the Jewish
Quarter minyan, as an alterna-
tive to the "segregated Kotel."
Bar and Bat Mitzvah kiddushes,
elegantly catered by members,
provide income for the congrega-
Congregation is Walter Roth,
who came on aliya in 1978 with
his wife, Lois, and their children.
Like the Alpert family, the Roths
were active in the Conservative
movement in America.
The congregation reached a
milestone on July 23, 1983. with
the first Brit Milan of a
congregational family. The
friends, relatives and neighbors
of the baby's American olah
mother and Israeli father created
a fascinating mosaic of secular,
Orthodox and Conservative
Jews. To complete the picture,
officiants were a Hasidic mohel,
complete with fur hat, and Rabbi
Yosef Green, spiritual leader of
the Agron Street Conservative
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