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-,  uur  reDruary Z, 1980 World Jewish Population Reported to Be 14,396,000 NEW YORK, (JTA) -- Continuing a pattern of recent years, the Jewish popula- tion of the United States is moving in increasing numbers from the Northeast to the Sun Belt -- the Southern and Western parts of the country. This trend is demon- strated in demographic reports that appear in the 1980 edition of the American Jewish Year Book. The new edition, Volume 80 in the annual series, has just appeared. The American Jewish Year Book is pub- lished jointly by the American Jewish Com- mittee and the Jewish Publication Society d America. Its editom are Milton Himmelfarb and David Singer. Morris Fine is editor emeritus. The book sells/or $15. Figures on world Jewish population in the Year Book show an increase of 110,000 over the previous year, or a total current world Jewish population of 14,396,000; However, Prof. Leon Shapiro, of Rutgera University, who compiled the world statis- tics, cautions that "there are no precise data on Jewish population in the various countries. The figures psented represent the best possible estimates... The figures are of varying degrees of accuracy and are subject to substantial margins of error." Similarly, the authors of the demogra- phic report on Jewish population in the United States, Alvin Chenkin and Maynard Miran, research consultant and associate respectively of the Council of Jewish Federa- tions, warn that two factors combine to make their total estimate problematic: "The ..... ttent of the shift to the 'sun-belt' states may not yet be fully reported. On the other hand, the New York city area estimate is, in all likelihood, overstated." They estimate that the current U.S. Jewish population is 5,860,900, a modest increase over the previous year's figure of 5,780,960. The South andWest comprise 30.2 percent of the total, as compared to 29.1 in 1978 and 27.8 in 1977. The North- east and Northcentral states represent 69.8 percent of the total Jewish population, as compared to 70.9 and 72.2 percent in 1978 and 1977 respectively. Jews comprise 2.7 percent of the total population in the U.S. Estimating the New York City Jewish population at 1,228,000, a figure based on the 1970 National Jewish Population Study, the authors point out that unofficial esti- mates by the New York Department of City Planning show a 13.5 percent drop in the city's white population between 1970 and 1977. "An extrapolation of this figure to 1979 could reduce the Jewish population figure for New York City to around 1,000,000," they added. After the United States, countries with significantly large numbers of Jews are: Israel, 3,135,000; Soviet Union, 2,666,000; France, 650,000; Great Britain, 410,000; Canada, 305,000; Argentina, 300,000; Brazil, 150,000; and South Africa, 118,000. Among the Jewish population figures for U.S. cities listed in the Year Book's tables are: Greater New York, 1,998,000; Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, 455,000; Phila- delphia Metropolitan Area, 295,000; Chi- cago Metropolitan Area, 253,000; Miami, 225,000; Boston, 170,000; Greater Wash- ington, 160,000; Bergen County (N.J.), 100,000; Essex County (N.J.), 95,000; Bal- timore, 92,000; Cleveland, 75,000; Mont- gomery County (Md.), 70,000; St. Louis, 60,000; Fort Lauderdale, 60,000; Hollywood (Fla.), 55,000; Pittsburgh, 51,000. In Europe, including Asiatic USSR and Turkey, there are 4,142,450 Jews. The Jewish population of the Americas is 6,783,220. In Asia, there are 3,221,010 Jews; in Africa, 174,320; and in Australia-New Zealand, 75,000. The Jewish population in major cities in the Soviet Union is: Kharkov, 80,000; Kiev, 170,000; Leningrad, 165,000; Moscow, 285,000; Odessa, 120,000; Sverd- lovsk, 40,000; and Zhitomir, 20,000. Ben Levy Heads Portsmouth Chamber Benjamin J. Levy is the newly elected psidant of the Portsmouth Chamber o Commerce. Levy, a member of the Virginia 8tats Bar and other local, state and national bar associations, has been practicing in the City of Poratmouth since 1962 and in the City of Virginia Beach since 1976 and is mm'isted with the law firm of Guy, Crom- well, Bets and Lustig. Levy is a past director and vice president of the Junior Chmnber of Commerce and past director and vice president of the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce. He was the !975 Chairman of the United Jewish Appeal for the City of Portsmouth, and is currently a director of the National Association of Homebuildera. AdditionallY, he la pl'esident and or- Igmiztng director of the Dollar Savings and Loan Association, a new stock savings and loin, and prasidant of Asset Financing Cor- Imrstion, a holding company involved in real estate, finance and cemetry business. He is mamed to the former Marilyn Bell and the father of three children, a son and two daughters. Neff Newstein, Workshop Leader Neff Newstei executive director of Jewish Family Service, will conduct a workshop on - "Communicating About Sexual Values" on March 4 at the conference on "Human Sexuality: The Challenge to Families." The conference will be held from 7 until 9:30 p.m. at Lake Taylor Senior High School. Newstein's workshop will be from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. Other workshop titles include "Become An Aakable Parent," "Sy- stematic Training For Effective Parenting," "Dimensions for Growing Up," and "Com- munication With Parents: A Program For Teens." The conference, which is spnsored by The Tidewater Assembly on Family Life, is free and open to the general public. National Council Rejects Invitation Fourteen national Jewish organizations Egyptian -Israeli Peace Treaty and the Camp rejected an invitation from the National Council of Churches to participate in hearinp on the Middle East. In a letter to Reverend Tracey K. Jones, Jr. ,the chairperson of the National Council of Churcbes'Middle East Panel ,the agencies objected to the formulation of the Panel iuues for Consideration" because they reflect "slanderous charges" that are 'k grmm misrepresentation of fact and history." The statement went on to say that %he tluust can be judged by the omission of any David Accords:' The organizations also protested the hearing format, declaring that NCC's stated 'mission of reconcilia- tion" can be better achieved by 'fraternal dialogue ." The statement concluded by expressing readiness to explore in depth all the sub- stantive and moral issues involved in the Middle East controversy in a "mutually acceptable format" and urged the NCC to- move quickly with representatives of the mantion of the single most positive develop. Jewish community %0 establish a time and merit in the Middle Eut conflict: the   place for this important dialogue." '80 SUMMER JOBS FOR JEWISH STUDENTS Businessmen and Professionals: You have just received INFOR- MATION about JOB MATCH... a Community Service designed to give Jewish students aged 14 - 21 summer jobs. WE NEED YOUR HELP Register your summer job needs with us now by returning the card you have received or by calling Rachel Lindenthal at 489-8040. WASHINGTON, (JTA) -- Political scientist Hans Morgenthau forecasts that the Soviet Union will "continue its generous emigration policy" for Soviet Jews despite the "overall situation" between the U.S. and USSR which he believes to be "more threatening than the media may make it appear." He said he didn't think the Soviets will "clamp down on the Jewish community" but cautioned that "it is a pos- sibility." Addressing the B'nai B'rith Board of Governors meeting here, he said Jewish emigration would continue because "the Russians want to get rid of the emigres simply because they are a pain in the neck." Morgenthau was presented with a special humanitarian award by B'nai B'rith presi- dent Jack Spitzer, on the occasion of his 76th birthday, for his work on behalf of Soviet Jews. Daniel Thuraz, executive vice president of B'nai B'rith, was presented with a Chanukah menorah for his 25 years of service to the organization which began when he was a member of Hillel during his student days at Queens college, New York. OO TEL AVIV, (JTA) -- A group of 45 Egyptian Jews, most of them elderly, are in' Israel as guests of a group of travel agencies, hotels and transportation companies which joined together to make the tour possible. The purpose is to enable them to meet Israeli relatives and to see the country from which they have been cut off for more than 30 years. They will also meet with Premier Menachem Begin and other Israeli leaders. Most of the visitors are from Alexandria. WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Sen. Robert Byrd (D. W. Vs.), the Senate majority leader, declared in a press interview that it would be "unwise" for Israel to oppose a proposed multi-billion dollar arms pro- gram for Egypt which includes F-16 jet fighters and other sophisticated U.S. mili- tary equipment. In comments to a reporter here which were confirmed by Byrd's press secretary, the Senator said the Israelis should focus their energies on settling the autonomy issue. "As long as there is this West Bank autonomy program, our ability to cooperate with Arab countries in meeting the common danger of Soviet expansionism is hampered," he said. Byrd was a leader on obtaining Senate approval of the contro- versial arms package last year which pro- vided weaponry for Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel. Israeli soureeshere say they are ot opposed to Egypt acquiring U.S. arms ut question Egypt's need for F-16 fighters and wonder how Egypt would use them. The point is being made that Israel's concern is not what President Anw& Ssdat would do with the F-16s tnd Phoem'x missiles but that a more radical Egyptian government might use them against Israel. NEW YORK, (JTA) -- A spokesman for the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the association of Reform rabbis, said that the appointment of Rabbi Stuart Gertman and his wife, Cantor Jean Sager, by the Fairmount Temple in Cleveland was the first husband-and-wife rabbinical and can- torial team to work in one synagogue. The appointment is effective July 1, when Gert- man, who has been director of the New York Federation of Reform Synagogues since 1976, will assume primary responsi- bility as associate rabbi, for the education program of the Temple, of which the senior rabbi is Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld. Cantor Sager, who is presently cantor and music director of Temple Beth Am in Merrick, N.Y., will become cantor and music director of Fairmount Temple. ASHBURY PARK, N.J., (JTA) -- Rabbi Sol Roth, fwst vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America, denounced recent out- breaks of violence and "rabid fanaticism" within the Orthodox Jewish community. He told several hundred delegates attending the sFecial Torah Convocation of the Ortho- dox rabbinical organization that "we are  shocked and ashamed by the recourse to physical violence, the smearing of swas- tikas and the vandalizing of synagogues within Orthodox ranks" which ',defame the image of the entire Orthodox community and expose our faith to public ridicule and Hillul Ha Shem, the desacratibn of God's holy name." Roth assailed the "irrespon- sible and misguided" Jews who, "while claiming :to speak on behalf of Torah,', smeared the swastikas and epithets on a synagogue in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn. He issued an appeal to all Ortho- dox Jews to "repudiate violence" and to achieve a "state of mutual respect among Orthodox and Hasidic groups." 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