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w^ The Jewish -m y
of South County
/olume8 Number 10
Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach, Florida Friday, march 7,1986

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Genocide Pact... page 3
Ethiopian Jewry... page 4
Aid For The Aged Dinner
... page 9
Defence Initiative Can
Prevent War, Help Israel
By MARTY ERANN divided along the lines of
Throughout the U.S. and "lf&" ^ "right," with the
Europe, the debate on the left opposing it and the right
Strategic Defense Initiative backing it. Even most of the
has little to do with its scientists taking stands do
technical aspects though so according to their
it is supposed to. It is clearly political bent.
Argentina Denies Bail to War
Criminal Pending Extradition Study
ed Nazi war criminal Walter
Kutschmann will not be granted
bail by Argentine authorities pen-
ding a decision on a request for ex-
tradition by West Germany, ac-
cording to information received
here by the Latin American Af-
fairs Department of the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
Kutschmann was denied bail by
an Argentine court and the deci-
sion has been upheld by that na-
tion's Federal Appeals Court.
Kutschmann was taken into
custody by Interpol in November
at the request of West Germany
after having lived under a false
identity in Argentina since 1957.
According to Elliot Welles,
director of ADL's Task Force on
Nazi War Criminals, Kutschmann
is accused of having directed the
mass murder of 1,500 Polish Jews
and the assassination of 20 Jewish
professors in Poland and 18
members of their families.
Except for Israel. There,
everyone is for defense; the right
openly, the left admitting it in
whispers.. .
This is how Dr. Edward Teller,
one of the world's most renowned
scientists, introduced his lecture
on the SDI recently at the
Seminar Associates meeting of
the American Friends of Tel Aviv
University in Boca Raton.
Dr. Teller, a staunch supporter
of President Reagan's Strategic
Defense Initiative, spurns and is
somewhat bitter about the
misnomer "Star Wars" which the
media quickly stuck on the pro-
posal. Even the proper term is not
accurate, he pointed out for the
proposed program is not really an
initiative but a response.
The Soviets, he said, have well-
developed missile systems, and
they can efficiently duplicate,
store, redeploy everywhere, in a
matter of a few months. The only
exception is in the field of radar,
in which they are slower to
develop and experiment. Radar
systems are not supposed to be
built in any case, according to
treaty, but we know they are in
the process of completing a major
one currently.
In all the public hoopla about the
so-called Star Wars, there is really
little technical understanding of
what SDI is all about, Dr. Teller
charged. Rockets, to be effective,
must be used in far larger
numbers than intended to hit the
targets in order to ensure results.
In addition, to ensure penetration,
they have to be accompanied by
large numbers of decoys. But the
decoys are far lighter, and upon
reentry, burn up. So that at this
point, it is possible to tell which
are the real missiles, and shooting
them, causing a small nuclear ex-
Continued on Page 5-
'Complex' Rights Status on W. Bank
Despite Shcharansky Example
Soviet Emigres Stay Away
From Fight for Freedom
Special to the South County
JERUSALEM For years,
Avital Shcharansky attended
demonstrations holding aloft
posters of her husband Anatoly or
draping herself in a prisoner
uniform to dramatize his plight.
Her untiring public appeals paid
off as Anatoly Shcharansky
recently became free. But in con-
trast, thousands of Soviet Jews
who left the USSR have not
followed her example, even
though they too have family and
friends unable to leave the
"They have an endemic fear of
organizations, since the only
organizations they knew were the
Communist Party or the KGB,"
said Lynn Singer, executive direc-
tor of the Long Island Committee
for Soviet Jewry.
"Their fear is a terrible impedi-
ment to them and their pro-
blems," Singer said. Many have
no idea that Soviet Jewry groups
are gathering details on their
families. "On Solidarity Sunday
some come and watch, but they
never offer to join," she added.
Former Prisoner-of-Zion Yosef
Mendelevitch, who spent 11 years
in Soviet prisons, says most
Soviet Jews never experienced
this type of activism. "In Russia,
they were used to being passive,"
he said. He also noted that those
Soviet Jews who opt to go to
America instead of Israel are not
interested in working on behalf of
others. Such a move "denies any
expection that they will act," he
"They have no feeling of being a
part of the nation (of Israel), so
how can they be expected to work
for their nation?" he said.
Mendelevitch noted that over
the years there have been at-
tempts to mobilize former
refuseniks and activists who have
come to Israel. But such attempts
were frustrated as the Israeli
Jewish Sailor Asks for Asylum
By DAVID FRIEDMAN authorities and the Arab
WASHINGTON (JTA) residents of the areas taken
- Israel's human rights pro- in the 1967 Six-Day War, ac-
blems are largely due to the cording to the State Depart-
"tensions" between Israeli ment's annual report on
human rights throughout
the world.
This assessment in the Depart-
ment's 10th annual "Country
Reports on Human Rights Prac-
tices' released last Thursday is
essentially the same as has been
made in the past. The 1,140-page
report, which is mandated by Con-
gress, covers human rights condi-
tions in all countries that are
members of the United Nations.
rights situation in the occupied
territories is largely the result of
the fact that since the 1967 war
and in the absence of a peace set-
tlement, the territories remain
under military administration and
there is friction between occupa-
tion authorities and the Palesti-
nian population which opposes
Israeli control," the 1985 report
"Among the symptoms of fric-
tion are active resistance to the
occupation, including episodes of
violence, sometimes encouraged
by outside extremist groups. Fric-
tion also arises from security
measures taken by Israel to
counteract terrorist acts and
threats of terrorism, and to
counter other kinds of activities
which the Israeli authorities
assert endanger security."
The report adds that "another
cause of friction is the introduc-
political establishment tried to
convince them to adopt the
neutral posture of established
Soviet Jewry organizations.
He also pointed out that there is
a lot of jealousy among Soviet
Jews which stifled attempts to
organize as a group. However in
1983, two years after his arrival in
Israel, Mendelevitch formed the
Soviet Jewry Education and In-
formation Center in Jerusalem
the first successful effort to in-
volve Soviet Jews in Israel in the
plight of Jews still left in the
"It's our fault that such a group
didn't exist before," Mendelevitch
Continued on Page 20
tion of civilian settlers, although
settlement activity has slowed."
IN ADDITION, the report
noted that "frictions are exacer-
bated by some Israeli political
elements who advocate annexa-
tion or permanent Israeli control
of the territories as well as by the
refusal of the principal Palestinian
organizations to recognize the
State of Israel."
The report also pointed to "a
marked increase in violent acts in
1985" against both Jews and
Arabs in the West Bank. "One or
another faction of the PLO as well
as a variety of PLO dissident
groups claimed responsibility for
nearly all acts of violence against
the IDF or Israeli civilians," the
report said. But it adds that most
of the violence "appears,
however, to have been spon-
taneous and local."
Israel itself is praised as a
parliamentary democracy
"characterized by its openness
and by its wide-ranging and lively
public debate of all issues."
The report also contains infor-
mation on the condition of the
Jews in other coutnries.
ON SYRIA'S 3.000-4,000 Jews,
the report said they are free to
practice their religion, and their
general situation "has improved
in recent years, despite continu-
ing uncertainty over the com-
munity's future" and they enjoy
"a relatively good standard of liv-
ing, access to higher education,
and entrance into the
Continued on Page 6-
Soviet Jewish merchant seaman
who jumped ship in Antwerp two
months ago has asked Belgium for
political asylum. Didzis
Rosenberg, who has a family in
the Soviet Union, deserted from
the Russian freighter Engineer
Netchiporenski on Dec. 18.
The Belgian authorities have
refused to disclose his
whereabouts despite protests
from the Soviet Embassy here
that they were violating interna-
tional law and human rights.
Rosenberg's appeal for asylum
has been routinely transferred to
the local representative of the
High Commissary for Political
Refugees and is currently under
Watch the "Shalom" Program
On Sunday, march 9,8:30 a.m. Ch. 39
Or Sunday, April 6,8:30 a.m. Ch. 29
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The Paul Greenberg Column
Friday, March 7, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 8
Now that the United States
Senate has approved the genocide
treaty, won't it be nice not to have
to worry about that terrible crime
any more?
The 83-11 vote made the
headlines for a day. No such atten-
tion was paid to the continuing
depopulation of large parts of
Ethiopia by its Marxist regime, or
the Soviet approach to population
control in Afghanistan. At last
report, the repertoire of Soviet
techniques there included more
than wiping out Afghans
regardless of age or sex. The
Soviets also were deporting large
numbers of young Afghans to the
Soviet Union, where they are to
be reared as dutiful little Com-
munists far from the corrupting
influence of their families, coun-
trymen, and native soil. Then,
properly trained, they can return
one day as proper Soviets in
Afghan skins. There appears no
end to the forms that genocide
the murder of a people can
take. Nor of the number of
signatories of the genocie treaty,
which at last report still included
the Soviet Union.
The United States is the 90th-
some-odd nation to approve this
less than solemn treaty, for no one
can remember its ever being en-
forced against anyone or at
least anyone in power. Indeed, a
selective list of the signatories of
the treaty would bear a
remarkable resemblance to the
sites of genocidal massacres in
this latter half of a genocidal cen-
tury. Communist China, which in-
gested Tibet long ago in the most
systematically homicidal and
culturally destructive way, is
listed as a signatory. So is Cam-
bodia, which may have come
closest to repeating Hitler's Final
Solution on its soil. So are Iran
and Iraq, which competed at wip-
ing out the Kurds until they turn-
ed on each other. The United
States finds itself in some piquant
company in this war against
genocide. If one didn't know any
better, some of our fellow
crusaders against genocide might
be mistaken for the world's
leading practitioners of it.
The genocide treaty is this era's
version of the old Kellog-Briand
Pact, which outlawed war in 1928
though not so's you'd notice it.
That treaty began circulating
round-robin fashion in the sum-
mer of 1928, with 14 nations sign-
ing up on a single day in August of
that year. Eventually the pact
would be approved by 62 nations,
or roughly the number involved in
the world war that would follow.
Kellogg-Briand was more than a
dream that failed, a meaningless
farce, an empty shibboleth, a
New Ideas Examined
To Give Peace Steam
Two prominent West
Bank Palestinians have urg-
ed the Arab population in
the administered territories
to exert pressure on King
Hussein and Palestine
Liberation Organization
chief Yasir Arafat to renew
their talks aimed at finding
a formula for joint participa-
tion in the Middle East
peace process.
But the Jordanian ruler, in his
latest remarks in Amman Satur-
day, appeared to be asking the
Palestinians under Israeli rule to
seek an alternative to the PLO as
their representative.
Anwar Al-Hatib, who was
Governor of Jerusalem during the
Jordanian occupation before 1967,
and Hikmat Al-Masri, Deputy
Speaker of the Jordanian Senate,
who lives in Nablus, proposed that
a West Bank delegation go to Am-
man to mediate between Hussein
and Arafat. Their call was publish-
ed Friday in the East Jerusalem
Arabic daily A l-Kuds.
BOTH MEN, considered very
close to the King, stressed the
need to continue the Jordanian-
PLO dialogue which Hussein
declared, in a 3V?-hour-television
speech last Wednesday, had come
to an end.
Premier Shimon Peres, in an in-
terview in Yediot Achronot Fri-
day, issued a call of his own.
"King Hussein and ourselves
should lead the wagon of peace,
and the residents of the territories
can join," he declared.
The proposal by Al-Hatib and
Al-Masri was the First political rip-
ple in the West Bank since Hus-
sein's speech in which he express-
ly blamed PLO intransigence for
the impasse in putting together a
Jordanian-Palestinian negotiating
Interviewed in his palace in Am-
man, Hussein said, "The Palesti-
nians must now make a decision.
Are they happy with creeping an-
nexation hi their land by Israel
and their possible expulsion from
,'.' If they're unhappy.
what do they want us to do about
"respect" a decision by the
Palestinians to keep the PLO as
their "sole legitimate represen-
tative" the language of the
1974 Arab League summit deci-
sion in Rabat, Morocco but
would also welcome a move by the
Palestinians to find another "ap-
paratus" for political expression.
He denied he was asking the
Palestinians to renounce the PLO
or to make a choice of leadership.
"I am simply saying that the
Palestinians must begin their own
dialogue. They must say whether
we are right or wrong, or come up
with something else."
But in light of the King's harsh
words about the PLO last week,
most observers saw his remarks
as a challenge to the Palestinians
to decide soon who would speak
for them. Hussein said in his
Wednesday speech, "We are
unable to continue to coordinate
politically with the PLO leader-
ship until such time as their word
becomes their bond, characterized
by commitment, credibility and
HUSSEIN rejected the notion,
suggested in many quarters, that
his break with Arafat meant the
peace process has foundered.
Some Israeli analysts agreed with
his remark that "This is the end of
a chapter, not of the book."
But Hussein left open the
possibility that he might enter in-
to negotiations with non-PLO
Palestinians through an interna-
tional conference if the Palesti-
nians choose such a scenario. He
discounted speculation that he
would now seek Syria as a
negotiating partner, stressing
that Jordan's recent rapproche-
ment with Damascus was a
bilateral matter.
A leading Israeli Mideast ex-
pert, Hebrew University Prof.
Emanuel Sivan, maintained that
under present circumstances Hus-
sein would find it hard to eonvinoa
the residents of the territories to
adopt an independent stand.
Sivan pointed out that Jordan has
neglected the Palestinians 11 re
cipher. It was a contributing cause
of the war that would come.
Because it lulled the naive into a
false sense of security. It used up
energy and imagination that
might have been used in more pro-
ductive and effective ways to keep
the peace, like arming against ag-
gression. It offered peace on the
cheap peace without sacrifice,
effort, or risk. It was peace by
magical incantation. Kellogg -
Briand's "outlawry of war" was
the 1928 version of today's
"nuclear freeze" or "mutual-and -
verif iable n uclear-d i sar mamen t,''
or "no-first-use." It offered
slogans instead of deterrents.
Like the genocide treaty.
Have you ever read the
genocide treaty? It's good for a
laugh if you have a particularly
grim sense of humor. Guess who's
going to enforce this treaty
against genocide. Answer and
punch line: The United Nations.
The same outfit that tactfully
avoids any mention of Soviet
responsibility on those rare occa-
sions when it notices that
something unfortunate is happen-
ing in Afghanistan. This is the
same group of distinguished
statesmen who think Zionsim, the
struggle of one small people to
keep its identity, is racism.
Article VIII of the treaty
assures the world: "Any Contrac-
ting Party may call on the compe-
tent organs of the United Nations
to take such action under the
charter of the United Nations as
they consider appropriate for the
prevention and suppression of
acts of genocide ..." For anyone
who has followed the history of
the UN, down and down to its pre-
sent nadir, that's one assurance
that doesn't assure.
Does anyone think the genocide
treaty is ever going to be
employed against genocide? Can
anyone imagine it being applied to
Soviet actions in Afghanistan?
Against the Chinese Communists
for their amalgamation/oblitera-
tion of Tibet? To extradite Idi
Amin, Uganda's former dictator
and butcher, from his safe haven
in Saudi Arabia? To prosecute
Ethiopia's junta? Or Iran's
ayatollahs for their elimination of
the Baha'i? Or Nicaragua's San*
dinistas for their treatment of the
Miskito Indians?
Not very likely not as long as
the UN has anything to say about
it. That's not a cynical judgment;
it's reality and history. The UN's
voting bloc Communist, Arab,
Third World and overlapping com-
binations thereof have turned it
into the juridical version of a lynch
Not that this treaty won't be
brandished, or possibly even used
on occasion. If it is used, you
kanow whom it'll be used against
- the United States, South
Africa, or Israel. Maybe Costa
Rica, it being a democracy. South
Africa is no democracy, of course;
it's a racial tyranny. But it's an
isolated tyranny, unlike the huge
voting blocs of tyrannies at the
UN. So it qualifies for being
brought before the bar of in-
justice. The operative crime under
this treaty isn't genocide; it's be-
ing in the minority.
By the time the UN's mad hat-
ters finish interpreting this trea-
ty, genocide will include heinous
infranctions like the free market,
oppositioa to racial quotas, and
maybe double-parking and
cheating at craps. Anything but
genocide. Because when
everything is declared genocide,
nothing is. The more nations that
ratify this treaty, the more
genocidal the world seems to
become. This isn't a treaty so
much as one more illustration of
how the devaluation of language
leads of the disappears of
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Ethiopian Jewry: Urgent Unfinished Business
Those who do not learn from
history are doomed to repeat it."
Before our unseeing eyes San-
tayana's warning is being fulfilled
again. The case is that of Ethio-
pian Jewry both those in Israel
and those left behind and the
situation is a moral scandal.
There are still 8,000 Jews left in
Ethiopia. Since many of the Beta
Israel who trekked to the Sudan
were younger and stronger peo-
ple, the remaining group is older,
sicker, more vulnerable. Ethiopia
is still threatened by famine. The
government is turning to the in-
ternational community for
massive food lifts and help. In-
stead of exhausting all efforts to
employ every possible form of
rescue, the Jewish organizations
have fallen to quarreling about the
historical record and to showing
up each other.
Excerpts from the recent book
by Tudor Parfitt, Operation
Moses: The Untold Story of the
Secret Exodus of the Falasha Jews
from Ethiopia, have been widely
reported and commented on. Par-
fitt seems to have excellent access
to the Mossad and to Jewish
Agency circles and he lambastes
the American Association for
Ethiopian Jewry up and down.
The AAEJ has won the undying
anger of those groups for its role
as gadfly and critic of inaction on
Ethiopian Jewish rescue. Through
this book and other revelations,
rescue routes once usable are be-
ing revealed and thereby closed
off for future escape.
As it is, Operation Moses was
cut off due to premature
disclosures. In a stunning display
of competitiveness with the
AAEJ, the rescue was publicly
leaked by Agency officials. In
response to the publicty, the
governments involved closed
down the Operation. The change
of government in the Sudan was a
major setback to rescue efforts.
To allow this issue to drop off the
priority agenda and to spend
energies to settle scores is nothing
less than a disgrace.
I recently attended a dinner
tendered by the AAEJ honoring
Graenum Berger for his devoted
work for the rescue of Ethiopian
Jewry. Here was an opportunity
for the 'establishment' to reach
out to the AAEJ and to create a
new tone for the future. Even
those who totally deny the value
of the AAEJ's work now admit
that the Israeli government badly
neglected the issue until
Menachem Begin came to power
in 1977. Here was a belated
chance at last to admit publicly
that Graenum Berger had played
a pioneering role in placing the
issue on the agenda of world
Jewry. There is an afterglow of
good will and joy which world
Jewry feels after Operation
Moses' relative success. Here was
a chance to begin to close ranks
behind the task of saving the rem-
nant and, equally important, the
exquisitely difficult challenge of
successfully integrating the Beta
Israel into Israeli society. With
but one or two exceptions,
establishment leaders were not
present at the dinner. Apparently,
on this issue, there is neither
forgiveness nor forgetfulness.
Rather, the long knives of hatred
and rivalry are out in full force,
trying to carve up blame and
AAEJ itself is struggling to
define its appropriate role in
working for successful incorpora-
tion of the Beta Israel into Israeli
society. An important policy in-
itiative intended to enable AAEJ
to play a greater role in integra-
tion has backfired and resulted in
a split both in the Board and bet-
ween its Israeli volunteer commit-
tee and the organization. This set-
back comes when the Israeli
government is freezing or cutting
budgets in all areas of social
welfare due to the economic crisis.
The problems of integration are
enormous. In coming to Israel, the
Beta Israel are jumping centuries
of culture and technology. In all
immigrant groups, the change of
language and culture means that
families forfeit social standing.
Parents are less able to cope and
they lose authority in the eyes of
their children. There is a real
threat of loss of roots, compound
ed here by the wider cultural gaps
which the Ethiopian Jewish youth
experiences. Religion has been the
major anchor of Beta Israel
culture and is a main source of
values and stability. But the Beta
Israel religious practices are
somewhat different from the rab-
binic religious tradition. Ethio-
pian Jewish religion suffers from
double jeopardy. It is identified
with the immigrant status rather
than the Western "modern" host
culture; and it is even treated as
an outsider by the traditional com-
munity which upholds religion.
The gap is increased by the Chief
Rabbinate's disputed ruling that
the Ethiopian Jews must undergo
immersion. And the most tradi-
tional elements in Israel, which
reached out to Sephardim and,
later, to Russian immigrants,
have pretty much unanimously
treated the Beta Israel as non-
Jewish, for all practical purposes.
Thus, Lubavitch has excluded
them from its schools in Israel.
In the late 1940s and early
1950s, the majority secularist
Yishuv treated the Sephardic olim
heavy-handedly, undercutting or
removing parental authority and
breaking religious values to
"liberate" the youth for moder-
nization. The resultant heavy
deracination. loss of religion and
values, and weakening of family
helped create Israel's Sephardi
Ashkenazi gap. Poverty, social
resentment and some pathological
phenomena such as discrimina-
tion, crime, delinquency, and
broken families followed. All
those problems raised to a
higher power are likely out-
comes of Ethiopian Jewry's
The situation cries out for high-
level coordination of welfare care,
job training, counseling, linked to
religious education. A highly im-
aginative proposal to create a
village for Ethiopian Jews in the
South to serve as their national
center and as a place to preserve
their culture was put forth.
However, the plan is struggling to
stay alive in the face of the
austerity budget. American and
Israeli "progressive" Zionist Or-
thodox institutions have proposed
to operate special programs for
Ethiopian Jews but they have
been turned down on budgetary
Israel is making real efforts.
The costs of the special help now
needed are enormous. However,
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the level of sophistication and
coordination in the present situa-
tion is not up to the job. One
revealing personal incident: I
spent one night at the Kfar Saba
absorption center for Ethiopian
Jews. The olim (immigrants) look-
ed wonderful; their physical
health and care is manifestly an
enormous improvement over con-
ditions in Africa. The Israeli staff
made a fine impression on me.
However, the evening program
was a textbook example of
cultural memory loss in the mak-
ing. The children performed a
medley of Hebrew songs mostly
taken from the old Western
Zionist secular youth movements'
repertoire, songs long since drop-
ped by Israeli youth as antiquated
and irrelevant. During dinner.
while everyone at and talked, an
old man played melodies from the
old country, e.g.. the Beta Israel
tradition, on an African instru-
ment. In the din, the assembled
group totally ignored him.
Business-as-usual is the enemy
in this matter. The sense of
destiny and history moved
American Jews to a high-powered
response to Operation Moses;
pledge levels and the speed of
cash payments were outstanding.
Let integration of the Ethiopian
Jews get the same priority atten-
tion as their rescue; let a total
plan be formulated and world
Jewry will respond. The alter-
native could well be an immigra-
tion failure, deculturation, and
social pathology. I fear the crea-
tion of an underclass in Israel with
different skin pigmentation that
will besmirch the miracle of
redemption of the Beta Israel.
(c) 1986, CLAL National Jewish
Center for Learning and
Why A Shiksa?
Shiksa. A Yiddish term, loosely
translated as "a non-Jewish
female." There is an attitude
about that word that is contemp-
tuous. In times past, a Jewish man
who married a shiksa was
ostracized by the Jewish
Times have changed. Have
Jewish practices changed? Nol
really. The mores and what is
socially acceptable have
undergone transformation.
We could go back in time to that
stage of interrelations "BT,"
Before Television. Then, "the
shiksa" was not a part of
everyone's subconscious, selling
everything that is beautiful from
hosiery to hamburgers "have
some it's good for you." It has
been more than 40 years since
that time, after the Holocaust.
The decades have swept away dif-
ferences melting them as in a
crazy kaleidoscope. There were
many of us, here in America, who
never asked our parents what
happened. Our parents kept low
profiles then.
Isolation and pain gave way to
need. The majority of American
Jews sought out acceptance;
many whose parents were im-
migrants wanted no part of the
burden of heritage. Survival, mak-
ing a living, staying alive
What's the difference, "See-I'm
an American" was the attitude.
How many American-Jewish
men now have any concept of the
beauty of Judaism? How many
relate it to their daily lives? So
many reach out to Zen Buddhism,
muscle building, astrology, and
even, of course, to other peoples'
causes but not our own. In that
type of shuffle, where is the dif-
ference between dating, having
affairs with, and marrying a
Shiksa"? When there is no caring
abour perpetuating a religion and
culture thought to be non-
significant for this day and age,
Judaism becomes reduced to
"bagels with lox and cheese."
Ethically, I am Jewish, but
religiously forget it all
religion does is to produce
wars ." (That's one argument I
certainly have heard).
Caught up in the outward, the
superficial, attention is focused on
the conquest of the beauty queen
without regard to the welfare and
perpetuation of future genera-
tions. Temptations to Jewish men
in the Diaspora abound.
So much for the type of Jewish
male who has no Jewish identity
the total assimilationist. Then,
there are those-who have been fed
on the bad public relations pro-
gram that proclaims all Jewish
women as demanding. The term is
"Jewish American Princess." A
cartoon character could be made
out of a female type with haute
couture styling in hair and
clothing, featuring a large bosom
and bottom pulling at a thin,
bedraggled male victim saying
"Buy me, give me. take me.
Myth has it that non-Jewish
women don't want material
wealth, they just want their
man." "Dumb shiksa are an
anachronism, a remembrance ot
the past, the 1950's. These women
have heard that Jewish men aw
generous and good providers. And
these women doit'l remind the
sons of Abraham of their emo-
tional baggage.
The second group consisl
men who have not shaken the con
flicts that have held them in
chains from childhood. Rather
than seeking counsel for neurotic
fixations, they try the escape
In some of the literature the
Jewish woman brings up the old
Freudian "Mother complex" a
tug-of-war struggle for the boy-
man who sexually desires his
"Mommy" and on a reality level is
still tormented, struggling with
the love-hate he has for her
wanting to dominate and at the
same time wanting to be told what
to do. He fantasizes having his
chicken soup waiting for him upon
the sign of a first sniffle.
If men in this category have no
affiliation with Judaism at all,
they are non-distinguishable from
the first group. But if they have,
and they have an identity (waffly
as it may be) guilt is there with
a capital "G. They feel guilty that
they are abandoning their tradi-
tion (mother and father included)
and want acceptance, universal
acceptance, simultaneously. The
result of which is excruciating
pain for the male on the deepest
level. He becomes "Mr. Generosi-
ty." Often he will give, give and
give to his non-Jewish wife far
more than would be expected even
in the "JAP'S" wildest dream.
Why? Underneath the trappings,
while not lighting a single Shabbat
candle, he feels the Jewish identi-
ty of the victim, the burden. The
little voice inside of him tells him
"Sammy, if you don't give her
more, more and more she might
leave you, because after all, what
are you but a Jewish boy."
Self-contempt, guilt, gelt. This
is not to say that this type of
Jewish male will be any better to a
Jewish woman. But she will be
given no option, he will have
precluded her from his purview
and will not work through his
emotional "hangups," but con-
tinually seek to escape and hide
from his turmoil.
Lest you think that I feel con-
tempt for such a male, perhaps I
do. a little. I feel more pity
though. It is a tragic loss of
energy. The poor fellow is running
with his brakes on. concentrating
on defending himself rather than
giving to others.
In such a scenario, manipulation
plays a large role. Since the object
of this game is to "play safe, the
chief player must contr-v his in-
terpersonal environme ^
the program, calls the tune. Most
Jewish girls are too independent
to dance to someone else's tune. A
more pliable non-Jewish girl will,
for a time, go along with it; but,
she too, will not accept it unless
she is content to make the deal
"beauty for riches."
Sometimes, the shiksas will
wholeheartedly Lake the Jewish
religion to her Ixisnm, and become
more Jewish than a born Jew and
many times more "Jewish" than
her wavering spouse. This situa-
tion has its positive features.
However, this again leaves the
Jewish woman out in the cold,
seeking a more understanding
Gentile man, thus forcing her out
of the Jewish community and com-
promising her Judaism because
there are only so many Jewish
males of marriagable age in a
given area. This is not to say that
many Jewish women themselves
care. However, statistics show
that with regard to intermarriage,
men marry out of religion in a far
larger proportion than do women.
Looking back to Biblical times
for some guidance, one finds no
help. Moses, our teacher, was
married to a Midianite; Joseph
was married to an Egyptian.
There is more documentary scrip-
tural evidence of male intermar-
riage than any female diversion.
Devoted convert Ruth is used as a
role model for all feamales who
wish to convert. There is no
similar role model for a male.
Although Queen Esther (who is
probably fictional) saved the
Jewish people from the gallows,
the story shows that she wasn't a
practicing Jew, or else the king
would have seen it sometime or
Perhaps you can adduce from
this that I feel a Jewish man who
marries a shiksa is emotionally ill.
Probably egocentric (which is in
itself an illness) and indifferent to
the responsibility to perpetuate
the heritage. A lady sitting next
to me at the Israeli ballet related
the tearful story of a father who,
(all of a sudden) wanted his son to
become Bar-Mitzvah. He'd never
given the boy a Jewish education,
nor did he ever bring a challah in-
to his home or any symbol of
Yiddishkeit. The boy had no desire
to become Bar-Mitzvah how
could he? Tears fell from the
father's eyes as his life history
flashed before him.
What is the answer to this
dilemma? Is there an answer?
Perhaps the Jewish people no
longer belongs in diaspora
because the temptations are too
great. Perhaps the religious com
munity needs to "market" Judism
in an attractive package to
counteract the "quick fix" thou
shalt-melt theology pervasive
within the larger American
culture. Certainly soul searching
within the committed community
might help and an outreach
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Friday, March 7, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
Defense Initiative Can
Prevent War, Help Israel
Restoring Graves of Ancient Rabbis
Special to The South
County Jewish
The graves of the famous an-
cient kabbalists of Safed were in
ruins until a few years ago when
Moshe Shebabo started to have
his dreams.
In his recurring vision, an old,
pious man with a long, gray beard
pleaded with him to do something
about the neglected graves. Final-
ly Shebabo, then 36, gve up his job
as a physical recreation teacher in
a local community center, picked
up a shovel and began clearing
away the centuries of debirs and
rubble around the tomstones.
Now the once neglected graves
are painted bright blue in accor-
dance with the mystic tradition
that blue represents closeness to
heaven. Oil lamps which Shebabo
keeps constantly lit are propped
on the tops of the tombstones.
A Problem Beyond Diplomacy
Watching all the diplomatic mo-
tion of the "peace process," the
uninitiated conclude that
something must be going on syas
Meron Benvenisti, leader of the
controversial West Bank Data
Base Project and former deputy
mayor of Jerusalem. But, he adds,
the problem of Arabs and Jews
living together west of the Jordan
River epitomized by the 1.3
million Palestinian Arabs and the
52,000 Israeli settlers on the West
Bank and Gaza Strip may now
l>e beyond the power of diplomacy
to solve.
He told an American Enterprise
Institute audience recently that
the 1986 report of the Data Base
Project saw changes in two areas.
One had nothing to do with Israeli
policy. It was the dramatic drop in
Arab emigration from the West
Bank and Gaza, a result mostly of
shrinking job markets in the oil
states of the Persian Gulf and in
Whereas earlier editions of the
rpeort predicted that the ratio of
Jews-to-Arabs west of the Jordan
would remain constant at 63 per-
cent to 36 percent, the new trends
could change the ratio to 61
percent-39 percent in 1991 and
under 55 percent-45 percent at
the end of the first decade of the
21st century. Complicating the
problem for Israel is the fact that
only 53 percent of those under 15
years of age are Jews; 47 percent
are Arabs.
The second major area of
change has been "the develop-
ment of grassroots Palestinian
resistance in the territories .. .
usually not connected with PLO
cells originating abroad."
Benvenisti asserted that more
than half the acts of terrorist
violence against Jews in ter-
ritories and Israel are now in-
itiated by Arab residents. He sug-
gested that the conflict is again
becoming a communal one, as it
was before 1948.
These developments, plus "self-
destructive acts of the Palesti-
nians in the last year" help push
the problem out of the range of in-
ternational diplomacy and back to
an internal political struggle bet-
ween Jews and Arabs west of the
river, Benvenisti claimed. "Even
symjjathetic Israelis. are not
ready to rely on the Palestinians'
ability to ensure peaceful coex-
istence." He said that the "peace
camp" in Israel "is very tired now
of the whole problem," and the
general public, disillusioned over
the unfulfilled peace with Egypt,
"is exhausted over the West
Benvenisti stressed that "one of
the most dramatic events of the
last year had nothing to do with
the West Bank. It was the killing
of seven Israeli tourists in the
Sinai" by an Egyptian policeman.
It emphasized "the shortcomings
of peace treaties" and undermin-
ed the premise of the preace pro-
cess based on UN Resolutions 242
and 338 of "trading land for
Although "there is no peace
process," Benvenisti said that a
mutual problem the presence of
large numbers of Palestinian
Arabs under Israeli authority
compels Israel's Prime Minister
Shimon Peres and Jordan's King
Hussein to try for one. "Both
know that their system of control
can't be counted on indefinitely.
And the problem (of so many
Palestinian Arabs) can mutilate
their systems from within."
Benvenisti discounted a peace
process dependent on agreement
by either the PLO or the extreme
right in Israel and he opposed an-
nexation of the territories and
their Arab populations by Israel.
Instead, he suggested incremen-
tal, local steps which might take a
long time. He distinguished these
from "old stories" like interim
agreements or limited autonomy
because in these situations Jordan
figured as "senior partner."
"Perhaps we have to look for
different healers, communal
leaders" who understand that the
conflict is both "primordial" and
"internal They have to find a
way out because there is not going
to be an external solution You
can't deal with such things at a
Geneva conference."
Milson Views the Territories
"Nothing has undermined tht
political efficacy of Israeli
moderates more than the absence
of counterparts on the Palestinian
side." It also has contributed to
Arab-Israeli violence in the West
Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel pro-
per. That is the view of Menachem
Milson, former head of the civil
administration of Judea and
Samaria and a professor of Arabic
Literature at Hebrew University.
Milson, now finishing a stint at
the Woodrow Wilson Interna-
tional Center for Scholars at the
Smithsonian Institution, told
NER that "the urban elite of the
West Bank that group with
both the economic power and the
political say while certainly
politically frustrated is not willing
to take initiative and responsibili-
ty." Instead, it prefers to have a
peripheral role in Palestinian and
Arab politics and to follow the
"Arab consensus" formed outside
the area.
"There is still on the Arab and
the PLO side especially the
PLO side the notion that Israel
is illegitimate. In practice, most of
the Palestinians living in the ter-
ritories realize that Israel is a
reality and will continue to exist.
Some even privately believe it
Continued on Page 19
Next to the lamps are piles of
small rocks which recent visitors
have placed when they pay their
respects to the deceased.
Shebabo, whose family has lived
in Safed for the past 14 genera-
tions, learned from his father and
grandfather where each sage's
grave was located.
Among the 15th and 16th cen-
tury kabbalists buried in the old
cemetery are Solomon Alkabez,
author of the Sabbath song
"Lecha Dodi"; Joseph Caro, who
wrote the famous code of Jewish
law known as the Shulchan Aruch;
and Isaac Luria.
Safed, one of Israel's four holy
cities, is famous for the kabbalistic
writings produced there during
the late Middle Ages. These works
attempt to discover the hidden
meaning of scripture.
Shebabo noted that he did not
receive any help for the cemetery
restoration from the local
municipality or from the many
Hasidic sects and religious groups
in Safed.
One of Shebabo's major tasks
was to dig out the window-high
dirt, which filled the building
where the prophet Hosea is believ-
ed to be buried. The building has
miraculously withstood the
numerous earthquakes that have
occurred in Safed over the years.
It is traditionally a place where
Jews have come to pray for
children or relief from disease.
Handwritten notes from recent
visitors now hang on the walls of
the building.
The scattered graves in the old
Safed cemetery are in sharp con-
trast with those in the new
cemetery located at the bottom of
the same hill. Here the tomb-
stones are in well-defined rows. A
special area is designated for the
Safed schoolchildren who were
massacred in 1974 by PLO ter-
rorists during a trip to Maalot.
Shebabo explained that the an-
cient rabbis were buried in a hurry
because invading armies often
traveled through Safed and
disrupted daily life there. As a
result, their graves were dug
haphazardly on the hill.
Shebabo, the father of 11
children, was not religious until he
had his dreams. His ritual fringes
now flutter in the wind as he
bends down to clear away recently
accumulated debris from the old
Although Shebabo has located
and restored the graves of the ma-
jor sages, he noted that thousands
of other ancient graves, hidden by
years of vegetation, need to be
Shebabo's restoration of the old
cemetery and his discovery of the
historic graves parallels the con-
cern of Rabbi Isaac Luria, a 16th
century kabbalist who lived in Saf-
ed for about three years until his
It was there that the sage would
often take long walks with his
closest disciples, pointing out the
graves of revered Jews which
were never before known. It is
said that he too discovered their
grave sites through his spiritual
intuition and revelations.
Continued from Page 1
plosion a few miles up does not
present a serious threat, even
from subsequent fallout.
The Soviets, on this level, are
well prepared.
Three years ago, President
Reagan proposed to change things
by establishing a defense system
here as well; not in the stars, not
by satellites, and not in space
even though the media immediate-
ly picked it up as "Star Wars."
Defense makes the most sense,
Dr. Teller emphasized, provided it
is less expensive than the cost of
attacking. The idea is not an im-
penetrable "umbrella" but a
defense system sufficiently effec-
tive to make it not worthwhile, in
terms of the numbers of missiles
needed for penetration, to in-
crease the offensive systems. This
would reduce, not increase, the
danger of nuclear war. As we
develop more defenses, we need
to devote less and less to
retaliatory measures, which is
what the offensive capabilities
are, essentially, at present.
There are many and varied
possibilities being explored, not
for weapons which sow
destruciton, but for "anti-
weapons." One of them is the
laser, which can be used with
great intensity and accuracy a
divergence of eight parts in a
million. It can destroy both
rockets and decoys much more
easily. But more important, it can
be employed against the offensive
projectiles at take-off, when the
rockets are at the booster stage
and most vulnerable.
Any thoughts of doing this from
outer space are not as practical,
since such anti-weapons would be
hard to place, and easy to bring
down. But using them on the
earth's surface turns out to be
safer than was thought, and we
have discovered that the Soviets
have been developing such a laser
capability for the past 10 years,
and have actually tried it out, Dr.
Teller said.
(He added two notes here: con-
trary to what many people
believe, the Soviets are today
ahead of the rest of the world in
technology except for com-
puters both in quality and quan-
tity. They might be far behind on
the civilian level, largely because
they have concentrated their
resources and capabilities on
developing military technology,
but they have succeeded in sur-
passing the U.S.
(Also, their development of the
laser has been seen and it has been
made public. Unfortunately, a
great deal more of what is known
from intelligence about Soviet
developments and capabilities is
classified, because of Pentagon
and State Department policies.
Dr. Teller said he does not entire-
ly agree with this approach, large-
ly based on the fear that revealing
what we know might jeopardize
intelligence sources. By and large
the Soviets know how much we
know about them in any case.)
In view of the above, the mutual
retaliatory threat becomes not on-
ly immoral, but also is growing
more and more impractical.
The defense approach based on
getting the rockets at take-off is
primarly good for short-ranjfe
missiles (which, today, are con-
sidered most dangerous). The
laser cannot be used against long-
range missiles until after they rise
above the horizon line.
It is precisely the short-range
missile defense capability which
makes the SDI of great interest to
Israel, Dr. Teller said. Strategical-
ly, Israel's greatest danger lies in
the possibility that short-range
missiles supplied by the Soviets to
her adversaries might be used to
hit bases at which mobilization
takes place. History has proven
that Israel can be surprised with
an attack, and its basis for any
military capability lies in rapid
and efficient mobilization. This
mobilization can be defended from
attack by the lasser anti-weapon.
At the same time, Israel can
play a role in a broad defense
system even against the long-
range missiles. President Reagan
has clearly stated that what he
wants to develop is not merely a
defense for the U.S., but a defense
system as a way of doing things
which is the best weay to avoid
World War III. This is a clear, ob-
vious necessity in view of Soviet
developments, he added.
Israel will be in a position to
contribute to the development of
such defense, and thereby benefit
the world. It is in a unique posi-
tion, with its scientists not split,
as elsewhere, along the political
lines of Left and Right. The dif-
ference between France and Ger-
many, for example, is not as clear
cut as the split on SDI between
the Left and Right, Teller pointed
out, adding: "As I have always lik-
ed to tell my friends in
Washington, Israel will survive
about five years less than the
U.S. ." If Israel will go, so will
Boca Raton and Stanford.
Asked how much Israel could
benefit from SDI, Dr. Teller
pointed out that the U.S. is
prepared to pay for intelligence
and inventiveness, both of which
Israel can supply. Moreover,
technological development
benefits both military and
peaceful needs it is not
technology which is dangerous,
but how it is used. In the areas of
lasers and computers Israel is
capable of keeping up and con-
tributing as it has been, for ex-
ample, in medical technology.
Craig Donoff, chapter chairman
of American Friends of Tel Aviv
University, later said he was im-
mensely impressed and awed by
Dr. Teller, who held his audience
spellbound throughout the lec-
ture, even though he informally
declined the use of a podium and
microphone and preferred to sit
on an adjacent table as he talked.
Another prominent leader and
supporter of the university com-
mented after the lecture: "I agree
with Dr. Teller that our own peo-
ple, who tend to be 'liberals,' are
among the strongest opponents of
SDI merely because they are
liberals and it is a Reagan plan.
Liberals are among the most il-
liberal and closed-minded at
times, on issues which conser-
vatives support."
More Taba Progress
Israel and Egypt report some pro-
gress at the end of another round
of talks on Taba. The Egyptian
delegation left Herzliyah Sunday,
and the talks are to resume in
Cairo early in March.
(It's only 2 hours and benefits for years)
Call Joy London, 368-2737


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Status on W. Bank
Israel Bonds
Temple Sinai Launches
First Bond Campaign
Arnold Waldman, Chair of
Temple Sinai's first Israel Bond
campaign, was congratulated for
his successful efforts by Rabbi
Samuel Silver and the Israel
Bonds Organization.
The enthusiastic audience, in
response to Emil Cohen's humor
and bond appeal, showed over-
whelming participation in the pur-
chase of bonds.
Past President Bernard Etish,
Jerome Gilbert, Samual Roths-
tein, and Lawrence Sommers
were honored for their dedication
in helping to form Temple Sinai
from the ground purchase to the
formation of the congregation
which now numbers 650 families.
Julie Jackson, Director for
South County Israel Bonds had
the pleasure of announcing the
congregation's first bond pur-
chase. Rabbi Silver accepted the
"Prayer for Israel Award" for the
Temple's cooperation and untir-
ing loyalty to Israel.
TempUSinai honors (Uft to right), Larry Sommers, Bernard
Mxsh, bam Rothstein, Jerome Gilbert, and Arnold Waldman
200 American Rabbis in Israel to
Plan Promotion of Tourism
More than 200 rabbis
representing 52 Jewish
communities in the U.S. and
Canada met in Israel last
week at a special rabbinic
conference to promote more
tourism to Israel and help
strengthen the nation's
The conference, called on
short notice, was organized
auspices of die Israel Bonds
National Rabbinic Cabinet
with the cooperation of
"Operation Independence,"
the Israel Ministry of
Tourism, El Al Airlines and
the Synagogoue Council of
America. "Operation In-
dependence" is a joint pro-
gram by the Government of
Israel and prominent
business and communal
leaders abroad, whose aim is
to help expand trade, invest-
ment in Israel and tourism.
Conference sessions included
meetings with Prime Minister
Prime Rate Note Available
The Israel Treasury has
just announced that the
$250,000 Prime Rate Note
is now available to
"This opens up a huge
area of potential funds rais-
ed for Israel, since in-
dividuals can borrow the
money from a bank, use the
note for collateral, and
essentially complete the
transaction at little or no
personal cost," reported
Edward Bobick, Note
What this means to Israel
is utilizing an individual's
Kaye Elected Prexy
Kaye of Westlake Village, Calif.,
was elected president for 1986 of
United Synagogue Youth at its
35th annual international conven-
tion attended here recently by
some ^00 high school students
fro- >i over North America.
Blatt Reelected
Robert Blatt was reelected presi-
dent of the Jewish Federation of
Cincinnati at its 89th annual
borrowing power for raising
capital. The interest among
people in South County has
been high since the execu-
tion of a loan for this pur-
pose by South County
Jewish Federation, which
bought a $1 million note.
"This is a wonderful op-
portunity to make a large
sum available to Israel at a
wash to your balance
sheet," said South County's
Bonds Chairman Eugene B.
Squires. "If you need more
information don't hesitage
to call Julie Jackson at the
Bonds Office, 368-9221. We
will put you in contact with
our financial advisors to
help facilitate the process."
Shimon Peres; President Chaim
Heraog; Finance Minister Yitzhak
Moda'i; Tourism Minister
Avraham Sharir; Mayor Shlomo
Lahat of Tel Aviv and senior
representatives of the hotel,
travel and tourism industries.
"The purpose of this conference
was to acquaint the rabbis with
the full Israel tourism picture.
When they get back home, it is
hoped that they will motivate peo-
ple to visit Israel, as well as
organize tourist groups from their
congregations and their com-
munities." explained David
Hermelin, Israel Bonds National
Campaign chairman and tourism
co-chairman for "Operation
"Tourism is Israel's biggest
source of earnings of foreign
revenue," he added. "Tourists
last year brought $1.4 billion to
Israel, which helped considerably
in moving the economy closer to
stability. More than 50,000 Israeli
families derive their living direct-
ly or indirectly from tourism."
Attending the Conference from
South County were Rabbi Richard
Agler, Rabbi Donald Cram, Rabbi
Merle Singer, and Rabbi Elliot
Tina Hersh, who just joined The
Jewitk Floridian of South County
accompanied tne raoois on ineir
trip, and will cover the story in
next week's issue.
Senior Rabbi Named
Sheldon' Zimmerman, formerly
the spiritual leader of New York's
Central Synagogue, has been
named Senior Rabbi of Temple
F.manuel, Dallas.
Continued from Page 1
But "Jews are subject to restrio
tions on foreign travel, however,
and unlike other Syrian communal
groups, the passports and identity
cards of Jewish citizens contain a
notation that the holder is
Jewish," the report adds.
In Iraq, where the Jewish com-
munity now numbers only about
400, the report finds "there is no
evidence of recent persecution."
In 1985 a Western journalist
visited the last known synagogue
in Baghdad and confirmed that it
is still functioning.
The report noted that
"Lebanon's tiny Jewish minority
has been intimidated by kidnapp-
ings during 1985 and very few
Jews remain in their traditional
neighborhoods in west Beirut."
In Morocco, the some 10,000
Jews operate schools and institu-
tions as well as 20 major
synagogues, and have the support
of the King. Unlike the situation
in other Arab countries, Moroccan
Jews are allowed to maintain close
ties to Jews elsewhere, including
JEWS ALSO worship freely in
Tunisia, although synagogues and
Jewish-owned shops have been at-
tacked during periods of tension,
according to the report. But it
notes that after the Israeli raid on
PLO headquarters in Tunis, "the
government took extraordinary
measures to protect the Jewish
In the Yemen Arab Republic,
the report finds that the tiny
Jewish community lives peaceful-
ly, practices their religion freely
and suffers no unusual economic
"They maintain only very
limited contact with Jews
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abroad," the report adds. "Com-
munications between Yemeni
Jews and their coreligionists and
relatives in Israel are strictly
The report said that in Iran,
Jews are permitted to practice
their religion, but unlike other
groups Jews are subject to travel
In Ethiopia, the government
continues to prevent emigration
and to restrict Hebrew instruc-
tion, according to the report. But
the report said that claims of
genocidal or brutal action against
Ethiopian Jews is unfounded.
THE REPORT repeats the
criticism of the Soviet Union cited
in another recent State Depart-
ment report of official anti-
Semitism, crackdowns against
Hebrew teachers and continued
low emigration.
At a recent briefing Richard
Schifter, Assistant Secretary of
State for Human Rights and
Humanitarian Affairs, was asked
if he believed the release of Anato-
ly Sharansky may mean a change
in the Soviet attitude. He said he
had "high hopes" that emigration
may be allowed to increase.
The report found conditions bet-
ter for Jews in other Eastern bloc
countries. In Rumania, the
government continues to support
a widespread and active Jewish
community organization. The
same is true in Czechoslovakia.
In Argentina, the report found
that the 250,000-member Jewish
community practices its religion
freely, although anti-Semitic in-
cidents do occur occasionally. The
government has condemned
religious prejudice and there is
legislation pending that would
provide penalties for racial,
religious and other forms of
Nine More Soviet Jewry
Activists Convicted for Demo.
WASHINGTON (JTA) Nine more Soviet Jewry
activists were convicted last week of demonstrating too
close to the Soviet Embassy here. The nine were among a
group of 42 Hebrew school teachers and others who had
themselves arrested at a protest on the eve of the Geneva
summit between President Reagan and Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev last November.
THE NOVEMBER demonstration was the most re-
cent in a series of arrest rallies outside the Soviet Embassy
that began last May. Like almost all of the more than 100
demonstrators convicted to date, the nine who were tried
last Wednesday were given a 15-day suspended prison
sentence as well as six months unsupervised probation and
a $50 fine. y
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Federation/UJA 1986 Campaign Update
Rainberry Bay Revitalized
Nearly 100 people took part in a
cocktail party recently at the
home of Edith and Milton Cotton
in Rainberry Bay, Delray Beach,
as part of the revitalization pro-
cess of the Federation/UJA Cam-
paign in that area under Isadore
and Lillian Dymond as co-
The Cottons, who chaired the
event as well as being its hosts,
were gratified by its results --
both in the response from a larger
number of volunteer workers for
the area, and the increase in gifts
over last year which is current-
ly running at a whopping 68
Jerome Gleekel, a dynamic
speaker who pioneered in Israel in
the early days of the state, gave a
moving picture of what Israel was
like then and compared it to its
current state, as a means of show-
ing the listeners what their efforts
can achieve. He also discussed the
latest developments in the hi-tech
and medical research fields there.
(Left to right) Ben Bussin, chairman of The Family Division;
Isadore Dymond, co-chairman, Rainberry Bay; Milton Cotton,
host and co-chairman of the party; Lillian Diamond, co-
chairwoman of the area; Edith Cotton, hostess and co-
chairwoman of the event.
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cocktail party.
Israel Hails Hussein's Move To End Talks With Arafat
King Hussein's announce-
ment that he has ended his
fruitless year-long efforts to
bring the Palestine Libera-
tion Organization into the
peace process because of
continued PLO intran-
sigence has been hailed by
Israeli leaders as an
"historic opportunity" for
the Palestinian people to
"take their fate into their
own hands."
Premier Shimon Peres, speak-
ing at Tel Aviv University, called
on the Palestinians in the ad-
ministered territories to "seize
the moment." Defense Minister
Yitzhak Rabin, in a television in-
terview, urged the Palestinians in
the West Bank and Gaza Strip to
cut themselves away from the
PLO and "stand up for
yourselves, take care of the 1.25
million Palestinians in the ter-
ritories and join Hussein in a move
to peace."
PERES, declaring that the pro-
spects for peace have improved,
summoned the Palestinians to act
immediately. The Jordanian ruler,
he said, did the right thing by "ex-
posing the truth about the PLO,"
and "a great deal will now depend
on the inhabitants of the occupied
areas Will they let time pass,
eating away at their fate, or will
they take the opportunity, take
their fate into their own hands?"
Hussein, in a 3'/ hour television
address to the Jordanian people
last Wednesday, expressed in
unambiguous terms his frustra-
tion with the PLO and its leader,
Yasir Arafat. "1 and the govern-
ment of the Kingdom of Jordan
announce that we are unable to
continue to coordinate politically
with the PLO leadership until
such time as their word becomes
their bond, characterized by com-
mitment, credibility and constan-
cy," Hussein said.
Peres warned the Palestinians
that "to follow the PLO is to go
nowhere and get nowhere. They'll
kill a few more people; a little
more terrorism. But basically
they're killing their own future,"
the Premier said. Hussein's an-
nouncement came as "no surprise
to me. Two weeks ago I saw
already that the Hussein-Arafat
talks were a total failure." The
public rift between Hussein and
the PLO is "something to rejoice
over," he added.
television appearance that he
spoke "as Minister of Defense, the
man in charge of the territories, in
appealing to the Palestinians in
the territories to come forward
and, together with Hussein,
negotiate with Israel." He called
Hussein's speech "an opening to
Rabin observed, "If only five or
six West Bank figures would rise
up and take up the leadership call,
realizing that the PLO has con-
sistently foiled peace efforts, this
would bring a breakthrough.
What are they waiting for? A
miracle? Here is a golden oppor-
tunity," Rabin declared.
In private conversations later,
he said West Bank Palestinian
leaders will have to admit the
PLO has led them into a dead end.
"I hope they will come forward
now and say this publicly and
move ahead without the PLO," he
between Hussein and Arafat, en-
couraged by the United States
during the past year, and similar
contacts over the last few years,
were aimed at finding a formula
by which Jordan and the PLO
could negotiate with Israel on
behalf of the Palestinian people. A
minimal condition, insisted on by
Israel and the U.S., was PLO ac-
ceptance of United Nations
Security Council Resolutions 242
and 338 which would imply
recognition of Israel and renuncia-
tion of terrorism.
Hussein said he told Arafat last
October that he needed a written
agreement to the American condi-
tions. 'Hinging on this agree-
ment, of course, was an im-
mediate opening of an American-
Palestinian dialogue on the basis
of which we would have continued
our efforts for convening an inter-
national peace conference, to
which the PLO would be invited to
participate as a representative of
the Palestinian people," Hussein
"But our brethren in the
Palestinian leadership surprised
us by refusing to accept Security
Council Resolution 242" even
though American assurances
"met the PLO's requirements"
and "reflected a significant
change in the United States posi-
tion" by accepting a PLO role in
peace talks," Hussein said. "Thus
came to an end another chapter in
the search for peace," the Jorda-
nian monarch declared.
YET HUSSEIN'S speech was
not "a final divorce" from the
PLO, but rather "a move design-
ed to challenge the PLO's claim to
exclusive representation of the
Palestinians," according to Tel
Aviv University's Prof. Aaher
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YLD Successful Education
Programming Goes On
The Young Leadership Division
continued to develop a tradition of
educational programming last
week, as some 50 members took
part in an innovative program on
Jewish Stereotyping.
After a wine-and-cheese party,
the members of the committee
which planned the program
presented a series of skits and im-
provisations to stimulate discus-
sions on issues of anti-Semitism.
Portions of "The Merchant of
Venice," "Fiddler on the Roof,"
and others were performed by
members of the audience.
Larry Pitts, YLD Educational
Committee chairman, and the pro-
gram's committee were gratified
with the enthusiasm shown.
This week, 16 members of the
YLD, a respectable delegation for
a newly formed division, set out
for Washington, D.C. to par-
ticipate in the National Young
Leadership Conference. A report
on the conference will be publish-
ed in a future issue of the
Federation Sabbaths
During "Federation Sabbaths" held recently in Temple *
Beth El of Boo Raton and in Temple Sinai of Delray, South
County Federation president Marianne Bobick presented
framed copies of the poster depicting the community theme g
(top) to Rabbi Merle Singer of Beth El, and to president Ber- >
nard Zeldin of Sinai.
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Friday, March 7, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 9
Aid For The Aged Annual Dinner
Left to right, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Klein, Mrs. Beti Slesinger, and r pfi tn r~inht u~ w *. ah.~* n .#
Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon FantU. o%J? ftf "V* Mr% Albert Gortz, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Softer, and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Merkert.
Aid For The Aged, Inc. recently
held its Annual Dinner Dance at
the Boca Rio Golf Club. Aid For
The Aged is a charity based in
Boca Raton dedicated to the sup-
port of social service agencies that
meet the needs of poor elderly.
The Dinner Dance was chaired
by Emmanuel Seideman and
featured a tribute to the late Abe
Meltzer, founder of the charity.
Five new members of the
Founders Society, representing
the highest level of commitment
to the continuance of Aid For The
Aged, were recognized. They
were Morton Howard, Steven
Klar, Bruce Meltzer, Irving
Meltzer, and Gale Brudner.
A short report on the 15 pro-
grams that are sponsored for the
1985 grant year was presented to
those in attendance. Organiza-
tions receivcing grants for this
year are: Alzheimers Disease
Association of Palm Beach Coun-
ty, Alzheimers Association of
Greater Fort Lauderdale, The
Mae Volen Senior Center, Crisis
Line, The Adolph and Rose Levis
Jewish Community Center,
Catholic Community Services,
Hospice By The Sea, Center For
Group Counseling, Ascension
Lutheran Church Home Delivered
Meals Program, Kosher Meals
Konnection, West Boca Communi-
ty Center, The Northwest Focal
Point Senior Center, The Boca
Tones, and The Jewish Family
and Children's Service.
Mrs. Florence Meltzer, who
assumed the presidency of Aid
For The Aged upon the death of
her husband, said "The Dinner
Dance was a great success and
reflects the momentum that we Left to right, Mr. and Mrs. Baron Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. James
have had this year in carrying on Halperin, and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Entin.
the work of this important
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The Aged, Inc.: Morton Howard, Steven Klar, Bruce Meltzer, Irv-
ing Meltzer, and Emanuel Seideman, chairman of the evening.
French Jew Named President
Of Constitutional Council
PARIS (JTA) Robert
Badinter has been appointed
president of France's Constitu-
tional Council, one of the coun-
try's highest legal bodies, in some
way the equivalent of the
Supreme Court. He replaces in
this post Daniel Mayer who
resigned the presidency but re-
mains a member of the Council.
Both Badinter and Mayer have
been active in Jewish communal
Badinter, 57, who served until
his resignation last Wednesday as
Minister of Justice, is a former
member of the executive commit-
tee of the Fond Social Juif Unifie
and has served on the Board of
dozens of other Jewish organiza-
tions. He is married to Elizabeth
Badinter, a writer and the
daughter of Marcel Blaustein-
Blanchet, who is a prominent
French Jewish philanthropist.
As a Minister, Badinter will be
remembered as the man who
abolished capital punishment and
liberalized France's 200-year-old
criminal code. A personal friend
of President Francois Mitterrand,
he will head the nine-member
Council which rules on bask con-
stitutional matters. In spite of his
official functions, he has remained
active in campaigning for the
rights of Soviet Jews and especial-
ly for Anatoly Sharansky's
Mayer, 77, is the former presi-
dent of the ORT International Ex-
ecutive and a former president of
the League for the Rights of Man.
Active in the French anti-Nazi
resistance, he was a member of
several French post-war govern-
ments and also served from 1953
to 1957 as president of the Na-
tional Assembly's Foreign Affairs
Both Badinter and Mayer have
often visited Israel and have
shown their personal commitment
to the Jewish State. Badinter's
appointment is for nine years,
starting March 5.
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Israeli Women Work
Side by Side With
Men in the Army

Israel may be the only
place in the world where
women are drafted into
their nation's defense
forces. As soldiers of the
Israel Defense Forces, or
Zahal, Israeli women pre-
sent a proud and vital image
both at home and abroad.
Their role was born out of
necessity in a time when
other male strongholds either. In
the years following independence,
women retreated from the fields
into the office and, although still
soldiers, they laid down the pre-
state banner of equality and serv-
ed their time in a more
"feminine" manner.
IN 1977 however, history began
to reverse itself. Israeli women
returned to the frontlines. not as
combatants, but as instructors
and experts in artillery, tanks and
pretty much anything was jet f ^ters Today th'ey hold key
In pre-state Israel, women
fought in the Palmach and the
Hagana. They carried arms in the
underground and, above ground,
served with the British in World
War II, some parachuting into
Nazi-occupied Europe. During the
War of Independence, women
drove convoys through Arab ter-
ritory to a beseiged Jerusalem,
many dying enroute in defense of
the new State.
WITH independence came legal
recognition of their contributions
when Minister of Defense David
Ben-Gurion created CHEN
(Chayal Nashim or Women's
Forces), a special corps for
women. In 1959, under the
Military Service Law, women bet-
ween the ages of 18 and 26 were
required to do up to 24 months of
compulsory service.
Today, despite exceptions
sometimes controversial ones
granted for religious, marital and
maternal reasons, 65 percent of
Israel's young women are still in-
ducted into the military.
But, since the heroic days of the
1940's, the role of the woman
soldier has changed. While no
longer part of the country's
fighting machine a status few
seek or support until recently
they were not members of any
jobs in communications, in-
telligence, computer operations
and as drivers of military vehicles.
There are 700 occupations in the
IDF and, in order to free men for
action, females now work in more
than 200 professions once open
only to males.
Twenty-year-old Hagit Sagiv is
part of the new trend. A Second
Lieutenant at a School or Armor,
Hagit is putting in an extra six
months of service as a tank in-
structor and coordinator of the
teaching program at her base,
which houses several thousand
soldiers. Her training, like that of
the other instructors, more than
half of whom are women, is
rigorous. In three months, a
soldier not only learns about the
tank and its systems turret,
body, engine and guns but also
masters the specialty she'll be
showing the guys. She learns
teaching techniques as well and,
in order to complete her exper-
tise, spends a week field training
in the Negev, and three days driv-
ing the tanks and shooting the
Two and a half years of tanks
and dust are a tough tour of duty
for anyone. Still, Hagit has no
regrets. She feels lucky to have
landed the job and she says she's
learned things no civilian could.
Jewish Agency Budget Revealed
Board of Governors of the Jewish
Agency, concluding its two-day
meeting here, approved a Jewish
Agency budget of $381 million for
fiscal 1986/87.
Leon Dulzin, chairman of the
Jewish Agency Executive, told a
press conference that two
highlights of the new budget are a
$50 million allocation for rural set-
tlements in Israel which face
financial difficulties and a $20
million allocation for housing for
new immigrants.
He said the $50 million will be
disbursed over a period of two
ears, and the $20 million will be
Activist Voices
Eliahu Essas, the Soviet Jewish
aliya activist who became and Or-
thodox Jew while still in the
USSR, spoke critically of the way
Russian Jews have been absorbed
in Israel. According to the
40-year-old Essas, too much
stress has been placed on material
benefits and not enough on the
"spiritual" needs of the
He claimed this contributed to
the high dropout rate among
Soviet olim. "If coming to Israel
is only about apartments and cars
and not about aliya, going up to
the holy land, then it is no wonder
that the dropout rate has reached
80 percent or more," said Essas.
used to purchase 4,500 housing
units for newly arrived
Dulzin said the budget also in-
cludes $1.8 million for four new
settlements to be established in
Galilee and in the Arava region of
the Negev. Jerold Hoffberger,
Board of Governors chairman,
who took part in the press con-
ference, stressed that the Jewish
Agency does not allocate money
for settlements or projects in the
administered territories. "We
operate strictly within Israel's
1967 borders," he said.
Both Hoffberger and Dulzin
noted that the Board of Governors
meeting, the first ever held in the
U.S. was successful. They ex-
pressed satisfaction that the
Jewish Agency has been able to
maintain a balanced budget for
the last four years.
their role was born out of necessity in a
time when anything was acceptable.
Climbing into tight tank quarters
and commanding classes of new
recruits is a far cry what some
might call the more cushy life of a
clerk, yet Hagit claims she wanted
no part of such a position.
NEITHER DID some other
young women studying at the
School of Armor. Tanya and
Avigail had just finished an exam
"not a very difficult one"
and. while hanging out at the
tanks, were quick to tell why they
chose to master the machinery.
"All the girls in the army are
secretaries," they concurred.
"Tanks and engines are all new to
So are Tanya and Avigail to
many of their compatriots. "Peo-
ple think it's unusual, amazing
and hard for women to do this, but
that's not true. We manage as
well as the men," they agreed.
"We teach them to fix the tanks,
to clean them, to drive and to
shoot from guns."
Both in and out of the IDF, the
training women are now getting
will open careers to them in such
technological fields as electronics,
electro-optics and computers.
Hagit plans to study at the Tech-
nion, although she's a bit cautious
about being accepted, it's clear
that her tank know-how and
leadership experience have given
her the confidence to continue in
At Central Military Headquarters
in Tel Aviv, the Chief of the
Women's Corps shares the pride
of soldiers like Hagit, Avigail and
Tanya. She attributes the change
in women's roles not only to a
switch in IDF thinking, but to the
whole system of public education.
And, she maintains, the process
must start early when a girl is
still in high school.
The IDF, she says, is doing its
homework. Six months before in-
duction, girls are being taught
new skills. Outside the ranks,
women's organizations, the
Ministry of Education and other
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first a field camp, then head of a
Druze unit responsible for man-
power, and in 1971, a CHEN posi-
tion in the Southern Command
before becoming deputy to the
Chief of the Women's Corps
She, herself, is struggling for
equality. The top post a woman in
the IDF can reach is full colonel,
unlike the big brass in the male
corps who hold ranks of general
and brigadier general. Boundaries
are fixed, she states, and she does
not expect to see any about-faces
in the near future. "The more
pressure they get, the less they
do," she admits, somewhat
But for those lower down in the
ranks, Dotan is more optimistic.
Although change is taking place a
lot slower than she had hoped
when she took office in October,
1982, there is movement. The
pride and assertiveness of the
women at the School of Armor are
evidence of this. If women like
these remain in the IDF, Dotan
says, they will reach new posi-
tions. "I think when they will be
my age, the ranks will be higher,
and a lot of changes will be
created. Within a decade," she
predicts, "something will
Although Dotan's ascent to
power was "smooth and easy"
groups are pitching in to change
cultural norms, as well as to meet
the practical needs of supplying
the manpower ("and woman-
power," she adds) the IDF re-
quires for its new technological
Although it was almost 40 years
ago that Ben-Gurion envisioned
men and women sharing the op-
portunities, as well as the
demands of the new State, it's on-
ly now, Dotan says, that the cam-
paign is off the ground. She claims
its delayed launching is due to the
norms of a people who, while
recognizing women's equality in
the home, do not generally spread
the egalitarian spirit outdoors.
STILL, the Colonel is willing to
call what's going on a revolution,
even if it's one being heralded
without much fanfare. "It's a
quiet revolution," she explains,
"in that we're blending the values
of the Jewish people who see
women as proud and equal in the
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Friday March 7, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 11
The Israel Defense Force
has called off its massive
search in south Lebanon for
two Israeli soldiers kidnap-
ped by Shiite Moslem ex-
tremists Feb. 17 and still
The search, begun last week
when Israeli infantry, supported
by tanks, half tracks, armored
personnel carriers and helicopters
fanned out of the border security
one into south Lebanon, eased
off last Friday. On Saturday mor-
ning. Defense Minister Yitzhak
Rabin, chief of Staff Gen. Moshe
Levy and the commander of the
northern region, Maj. Gen. Ori
Orr, brought the operation to an
VIRTUALLY all IDF Units are
now back in Israel, the Cabinet
was told at a briefing Sunday mor-
ning. Rabin said Israel would con-
tinue to seek "relevant informa-
tion" as to the whereabouts of the
missing soldiers. "Once we get
the relevant information," Rabin
told Voice of Israel Radio, "we
shall decide how to act." Military
sources said earlier that the
search will now be carried out "by
other methods."
In the course of the four-day
operation, the IDF conducted
house-to-house searches in some
20 Shiite villages in south
Lebanon. About 3,000 villagers
were questioned and 90 were de-
tained. Large caches of weapons
and ammunition were seized in
many of the villages.
The arms were said to belong to
the Hezbullah (Party of God)
movement, the fanatical Iran-
linked Shiite group which was
believed behind the kidnapping of
the soldiers, and Amal, the
mainstream Shiite militia and
|M)litical organization.
THE TWO soldiers were seized
after their convoy was ambushed
in the Lebanese border security
zone by a group calling itself the
Islamic Resistance Movement. It
is believed to be a front for Hez-
bullah. They were identified by
the IDF as Yossi Fink of Raanana
and Rahamim Alsheich, of Ro&h
Haayin, both 20 and both yeshiva
students doing their military
'Their captors announced last
Thursday that one of the two had
been "executed" because Israel
ignored an ultimatum to pull the
France Lets
2 Palestinian
Leave Country
PARIS (JTA) France has
released two Palestinian ter-
rorists serving 15-year prison
sentences for murder, apparently
as part of a deal with the terrorist
group headed by Abu Nidal to
refrain from terrorist acts inside
The deal reportedly dates back
to 1982 after French police found
conclusive evidence that the Nidal
?&ng was responsible for the
machinegun and grenade attack
on a Jewish restaurant on the Rue
Des Rosters in the summer of
1982 in which six people were
The government apparently
was anxious to prevent a recur-
rence of such outrages in France.
But newspapers here Mid the two
terrorists were set free this month
to improve chances of freedom for
[our French nationals being held
hostage in Lebanon by pro-Syrian.
Pro-Iranian extremists.
IDF out of south Lebanon. There
was no evidence to confirm this.
The whereabouts of the men re-
main unknown.
The IDF suffered two fatalities
in the course of the search opera-
tion. A 19-year-old soldier, Sgt.
Alon Ben-Shahar of Jerusalem,
was killed when Shiite gunmen at-
tacked his unit with bazooka and
machine-gun fire from an ambush
near Sreifa village outside the
border security zone. Eight of the
attackers were killed in the hour-
long skirmish.
ON FEB. 18, the day the search
began, Daniel Amar of Netanya, a
19-year-old naval rating, was kill-
ed by a sniper who fired at his
patrol boat from a Lebanese beach
near Tyre.
MILITARY AND political
sources indicated that the search
was called off for several reasons
apart from the fact that it was
proving fruitless. Israel wanted to
avoid renewed friction with the
largely Shiite population in south
Lebanon. According to Uri
Lubrani, government coordinator
for south Lebanon, the Shiites
were beginning to doubt that
Israel had any intention to
withdraw, and there was moun-
ting pressure for guerrilla action
against the IDF.
In addition, the continued
search posed a threat of retalia-
tion against Israeli towns and set-
tlements in the north. About a
dozen Katyusha rockets were
fired toward Israel territory
without causing casualties or
damage. Several explosions were
heard in western Galilee Sunday
morning. Soldiers searched the
area for impact signs. It was not
immediately clear whether
rockets fell in Galilee or inside the
security zone.
Premier Shimon Peres had high
praise for the search operation at
Sunday's Cabinet meeting. He
said it demonstrated the concern
of the army for the welfare of each
and every soldier. Lubrani ex-
pressed the view Sunday that the
pullback of the IDF would restore
calm in the area.

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Rabbi Kahane
At Center of New Controversy Again
Meir Kahane, the
American-born rabbi who
now heads the extremist
Kach Party he founded in
Israel, effectively lost his
citizenship when he took up
a seat in the Knesset, the
State Department has
argued in a legal brief.
The brief maintains that in ad-
dition to committing an ex-
patriating act by accepting the
parliamentary post, Kahane has
demonstrated through words and
deeds that his action was taken
with the intent of relinquishing his
American citizenship.
American can be found to have
lost his citizenship if he voluntari-
ly performs what is defined as an
expatriating act committed with
the intent of giving up his status
as a citizen here. The assumption
of an important post with a
foreign government is considered
to be an expatriating act.
Kahane was notified by the
State Department last October
that his citizenship had been
revoked, or, in the preferred
jargon of the government at-
torneys, had been "lost."
Kahane was notified by the
State Department last October
that his citizenship had been
revoked, or, in the preferred
jargon of the government at-
torneys, had been "lost."
Represented by Charles Sims of
the American Civil Liberties
Union (ACLU), Kahane took the
case to court, where he was told
that he had not yet exhausted all
the administrative channels for
contesting the government's deci-
sion. Back to the State Depart-
ment went the Kahane citizenship
issue, now awaiting the ruling of
its Board of Appellate Review.
IN THE churning out of briefs
and counter-briefs, a more poten-
tially charged question of princi-
ple somehow worked its way into
the case which might have other-
wise been of little interest to
mainstream Jewish organizations
with their aversion to Kahane's
political views.
Sims notified New York Times
correspondent David Shipler that
the State Department's legal of-
fice had produced a brief that the
ACLU lawyer called "an invita-
tion to anti-Semitism."
He said the document's
repeated references to Kahane's
personal beliefs suggested that
religious and political affinity for
Israel could be grounds for depriv-
ing an American of citizenship.
In a written response to ques-
tions from the New York Times,
State Department legal adviser
Abraham Sofaer maintained that
the references had been taken out
of their context They were used
only to underscore the argument
that Kahane viewed his loyalty to
Israel as conflicting with his loyal-
ty to this country and that
therefore he had not intended to
retain his U.S. citizenship, Sofaer
MANY OF the references in the
brief that were cited by Sims
quote Kahane specifically address-
ing the question of conflicting
He is said to have stated, for ex-
ample, that when the duty of a
Jew to the land of Israel conflicts
with that of "the land in which he
temporarily resides," the person
"must leave the land, give up his
citizenship, and resolve the con-
flict by returning from exile to his
permanent home, the land of
But other Kahane quotations
appearing in the brief speak in
more general terms about the cen-
tral role of Israel for all Jews.
These, Sims maintained in a
telephone interview with the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, were
irrelevant to the State Depart-
ment's own argument and should
never have been included.
Sofaer himself, Sims pointed
out, appeared to acknowledge
that the references were out of
place when he wrote in his
remarks to The Times that
although he would still approve
the brief in its present form he
would insert language in future
writings on the case "making
clear that a religious Jew is not by
that fact any less loyal an
American than anyone else."
SOFAER SAID he would
clarify the language so as not "to
allow anyone (even Kahane's
lawyers) a basis for making the
claim" that the State Department
was questioning the rights of
religious Jews to maintain citizen-
ship here.
American Jewish groups here
have interpreted the entire issue
as, at worst, the product of poor
wording both on the part of the
State Department attorneys and
that of the New York Times.
The Times story on the Kahane
case appeared to suggest that the
brief actually argues that
"religious and political affinity for
Israel may be a reason to deprive
an American Jew of citizenship."
But some thought the State
Department may have also been
sloppy in its argumentation.
A spokesman for a major Jewish
organization here said he had
heard that Sofaer had not seen the
brief before it went out and the
legal adviser was "not at all happy
with some of the terminology."
KAHANE'S OWN attorney
said he doubted that Sofaer had
seen the brief and that "when
forced to recognize the implica-
tions" of its argument, he acted
like "a good bureaucrat" by
defending the document while
promising "not to do it again."
Sam Rabinove, legal adviser to
the American Jewish Committee,
told the JTA after reading the
State Department document that
he did not see how the brief "as a
whole can be considered by any
stretch of the imagination as bad
for Jews."
"I would be proud to associate
myself with such a brief,"
Rabinove said.
Hyman Bookbinder, the Com-
mittee's Washington represen-
tative, said he regarded the issue
"as one of the less critical crises"
for the Jewish community here,
but expressed unease over the
linking of Kahane's case to overall
"Jewish" concerns.
"Once again this man, Meir
Kahane, has really done the
Jewish people a disservice by
pressing his case of citizenship
and visa rights and all of that in
such a way that he has confused
and confounded the whole dual
loyalty issue," Bookbinder said.
IN HIS written statement to
the New York Times, Sofaer, who
is Jewish, pointed out that he
himself has "strong feelings
toward Israel," as do President
Reagan and Secretary of State
George Shultz, "but we do not
regard those feelings as creating
even a conflict of allegiances, let
alone a situation in which we
sacrifice our allegiance to the U.S.
to satisfy some religiously based
obligation to Israel."
Invitation to anti-Semitism or
not, the controversial references
in the State Department brief are
now being downplayed by the
very one to have raised the issue
in the first place. Still maintaining
that the Department's argument
"is an outrageous point of view
for the government, Sims said he
did not even make reference to
the issue in a counter-brief that he
has since submitted on the case.
Given Okay
To Leave
National Conference on Soviet
Jewry (NCSJ) has confirmed that
Isai and Grigory Goldstein of
Tbilisi have been given permission
to leave the Soviet Union. They
are expected to go to Israel. The
Goldsteins were among the
founders of the present-day
repatriation movement among
Soviet Jews.
The Goldsteins, both of whom
are physicists, have been
refuseniks since 1971. Over the
years, they were periodically
harassed and questioned by the
KGB. Grigory, the older of the
two brothers, was arrested for
"parasitism" in 1978 and sentenc-
ed to one year in a labor camp.
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Page 14 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, March 7, 1986
Studies Examine Working Pros
Good Faith and Credit. By Got-
tlieb Hammer. New York: Cor-
nwall Books, 1985. 258 pp.
Bashert: Five Decades of Jewish
Community Service: By
Seymour S. Weisman. Wilton,
Ct.: Hadeira Press, 1984. 204
pp. $11.95.
An interesting development in
the organized Jewish community
since the end of World War II has
been the emergence of the Jewish
professional as an influential
figure. Although volunteers and
lay leaders still receive public ac-
claim, more often than not their
speeches and statements are
prepared by professionals, and the
policies they enunciate are
develop.^ and formulated by
Th> of the profes-
sional i.- attributable, in part, to
the transient nature of lay leader
-hip Organizational presidents
hold off year or two. hut
professional executives tend to
stay on for long periods.
More important, the com-
plicated nature of Jewish com-
munity problems requires the at-
tention of full-time, qualified per-
sons rather than the temporary
and part-time consideration which
is given by lay leaders whose sole
qualification is often their finan-
cial success in business.
JEWISH professionals today
are usually holders of graduate
degrees, at least a Master's and
increasingly, a doctorate. They
are not only well educated, but
more and more of them have good
Jewish backgrounds and a deep
sense of dedication to Jewish com-
munal service. Professional
associations, annual conferences,
journals and university educa-
tional programs all contribute to
the continuing development of a
devoted corps of Jewish civil
Two such individuals have writ-
ten autobiographies which clearly
demonstrate the importance of
the Jewish communal worker.
Gottlieb Hammer represents the
earlier breed of Jewish civil ser-
vants who acquired many of their
skills through on-the-job training.
Seymour Weisman is more typical
of today's Jewish communal
worker, having earned both a
Master's degree in social work
and a doctorate in public
Hammer worked his way up to
become the head of the Jewish
Agency in New York. He began
his career in Jewish communal
work as the comptroller of the
Jewish Palestine Pavilion at the
1939 World's Fair in New York.
The organizer of the exhibit was
Meyer Weisgal who went on to
years of important Zionist activi-
ty, culminating in his leadership of
the Weizmann Institute of Science
in Rehovoth. His friendship was
an important element in Ham-
mer's career development.
WHEN THE World's Fair end-
ed, Hammer became the com-
ptroller of the Jewish National
Fund. Its offices were in the same
building where Weisgal had open-
ed an office for the World Zionist
Organization, and Hammer found
himself spending more and more
time with Weisgal through whom
he met Chaim Weizmann and
other Zionist leaders. In 1945, a
Jewish Agency office was opened
in New York with Weisgal as
director and Hammer as com-
ptroller. Three years later. Ham-
mer became the director, a posi-
tion he held until 1974 when he
Hammer successfully
negotiated many loans for Israel
from banks and insurance com-
panies. The title nf his book is
taken from his response to a
banker when Hammer was asked
the nature of his collateral for a
loan he was seeking. He said that
he had no assets but that he had as
backing "the good faith and credit
of the American Jewish communi-
ThrOUgfa the years, he i
the has!
good taith and credit."
In his- nook. Hammer descril
a number of experiences that
' significance in the
daj just l>efore and after the re-
ition of the State of Israel. He
played a crucial role in many of
these events and his description of
them is vivid and informative. The
book ends with sketches of leaders
in Hammer's "pantheon of
heroes" Chaim Weizmann,
David Ben-Gurion, Moshe
Sharett, Eliezer Kaplan, Levi
Eshkol, Pinchas Sapir, Nahum
Goldmann and Golda Meir. Ham-
mer brings them to life as he sets
forth his personal experiences and
interactions with them.
We are fortunate to have Got-
tlieb Hammer as a member of our
Miami community.
been director of the City College
Alumni Association for the last 30
years. During all this time, he has
served as a consultant to the
Jewish War Veterans after first
spending five years as a staff
member in that organization. He
also spent one year as its acting
executive director. It is this ex-
perience with the Jewish War
Veterans that Weisman refers to
when he described himself as "a
leader in the American Jewish
He represented the Jewish War
Veterans in a number of Jewish
community organizations, and he
is a good illustration of the impor-
tance of professional longevity.
The national commander of the
Jewish War Veterans holds office
for only one year. During his long
association with the organization.
Weisman worked with more than
30 national commanders.
In his role as representative of
the Jewish War Veterans.
Weisman was involved in a
number of activities both here and
abroad. His description of these
events makes interesting reading
but it is sometimes necessary to
recognize the natural tendency to
over-emphasize the importance of
one's personal involvement and to
exaggerate the significance of the
organization one is representing.
The book is marred by sloppy
editing which results in a number

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of typographical errors and such
factual mistakes as awarding a
Master's degree in social work to
a prominent Jewish communal
worker who, in fact, has no such
degree and closing the Graduate
School for Jewish Social Work in
1938 rather than its actual closing
date of 1940.
THE TITLE of the book,
Bashert, is Weisman's way of say-
ing that his career was fated and
inevitable. He asserts that it was
bashert for him to fulfill himself
through his commitment to the
American Jewish community.
Taken together, these two
books show that Jewish communal
work offers satisfying career op-
portunities. Young people seeking
a profession which requires
knowledge, skill and Jewish com-
mitment would do well to look into
Jewish communal service The
autobiographies of Gottlieb Ham-
mer and Seymour S. Weisman are
: i! introductions to t4ie field.
Scientists and supporters of the Weizmann Institute of Science
mark the first anniversary of the founding qf Israel's National
Center for Art ifir mi Intelligence with a science forum at the Har-
vard Club in New York. Among speakers were (left to right) Dr.
Frank Field, ofWCBS-TV;Prnf Shimon Ullman. director of the
Center and the ma in speaker: Prof. A ryeh I ivuMzky. president of
tin Institute; and Norman l>. <'<>hcn. chairman uftht Board of th
rican "iiirmt/ti for the Weizmann Institute.
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News In Brief ...
lefuseniks To Strike Against Commies?
By JTA Services
Washington a group of
lie! refuse n i ks have called for a
rldwide hunger strike to make
27th Communist Party Con-
iss in Moscow this week, the
Bon of Councils for Soviet Jews
^SJ) reported.
lie 13 refuseniks, who are
|stly from Moscow and Kishinev
lude Simon Shnirman, a
gently released Prisoner of Con-
ence, issued an appeal in which
y said they "have lost hope of
jiieving our right to emigrate to
ael resulting from Soviet and
ernational law through Soviet
?rnal affairs offices."
The declaration made no
ference to the recent release
emigration to Israel of
tisoner of Conscience Anatoly
aransky as part of an exchange
[prisoners with the West.
The group of refuseniks who
the declaration called on
27th Soviet Communist Party
)nnress which convenes
Ibruary 26 to "be concerned
th this problem and to authorize
emigration to Israel."
lyssen Trying to Outwit
hns to Arabs Restriction
ImONTREAL B'nai B'rith
inada is protesting to West Ger-
any through its diplomatic of-
fcials here against plans by the
ant Thyssen conglomerate to
Itablish an armaments plant at
fipe Bretton, Nova Scotia, which
ould export weapons to Persian
ulf and other Arab countries
tstile to Israel.
Thyssen is seeking a five-year
>rt license from the Canadian
Ivernment. According to B'nai
frith Canada, its purpose is to
rcumvent West German restric-
ts on the export of weapons
anufactured on German soil to
jions of tension. Thyssen is try-
to avoid this "sound moral
Enciple," a B'nai B'rith delega-
|n stated in a memorandum
psented to the West German
|nsul General, Dr. Egon Raster.
he memorandum noted that
irssen plans to ship tanks, ar-
red vehicles and other weapons
the proposed Cape Bretton
nt to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait,
irein, the United Arab
lirates, Pakistan and Algeria.
ku, Wiessnthal Center
Itle Lawsuit Challenge
lerican Civil Liberties Union
PLU) and the Simon Wiesen-
Center have announced the
Foment of an ACLU lawsuit
Jlenging a State grant of $5
flion for the Center's construc-
i of a Museum of Tolerance" on
[Yeshiva University campus.
tie ACLU filed the lawsuit last
ober in Los Angeles Superior
on behalf of David and
etta Cohen contending that
grant violated the State's
"dated separation of church
i state. The grant was approv-
|by the State Legislature and
led into law by Gov. George
nejian last July.
ne settlement was announced
week at a news conference at
Greater Los Angeles Press
Austria Moves Against
Neo-Nazi Activities
VIENNA The Austrian
Parliament unanimously adopted
an amendment to the penal code
that will make it easier for the
authorities to enforce laws
against the dissemination of neo-
Nazi and anti-Semitic
Existing laws provide for stiff
penalties. Fines for neo-Nazi ac-
tivities are high and the minimum
prison sentence is 10 years if con-
victed. But precisely for those
reasons, juries have been reluc-
tant to bring in a guilty verdict,
especially if the accused are
juveniles, as many arrested for
distributing Nazi propaganda are.
Meanwhile, high school teachers
in Vienna and in the provincial
capitals have complained of the re-
cent flood of racist and anti-
Jewish leaflets spread by far
rightwing groups. Under the
amended law, the police, not the
courts, will fine violators.
Israel's Envoy to Spain
Presents His Credentials
Hadass became Israel's first Am-
bassador to Spain when he
presented his credentials last
Thursday to King Juan Carlos in
Madrid. Hadass has been Israel's
unofficial representative in Spain
since 1981 while serving as
representative to the World
Tourism Organization in Madrid.
Spain and Israel announced the
establishment of diplomatic rela-
tions last month. The an-
nouncements were made
simultaneously in Jerusalem,
Madrid and The Hague where the
documents of mutual recognition
were signed by Yeshayahu Anog,
deputy director general of the
Israeli Foreign Ministry, and
Maximo de Cajal, director of the
European Affairs Department of
the Spanish Foreign Ministry.
Spain is the last Western Euro-
pean nation to establish full
diplomatic ties with Israel, a move
sought for many years by the
Jewish State. The two countries
stated that the decision to
establish formal diplomatic ties
was made, among other reasons,
because of the deep historic con-
nections between the Spanish and
Jewish people.
Klarsfeld Again Seeking
Release of Hostages
PARIS Nazi-hunter Serge
Klarsfeld has gone in Beirut in an
effort to obtain the release of a
small group of Lebanese Jews be-
ing held hostage by Shiite ex-
tremists. Four Jewish hostages
have been murdered in recent
weeks and five men are still miss-
ing and presumably in the hands
of the kidnappers.
Klarsfeld said before leaving for
Beirut that he wanted to replace
his wife Beate, who earlier this
month returned from Lebanon
where she had tried to find the
kidnappers and to negotiate with
them for the release of the miss-
ing Jewish hostages. Beate
Klarsfeld had been in Beirut for
three weeks before returning
She said she had offered to take
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ed to establish direct contact with
the kidnappers. Upon her arrival
here, she said, "This is a crime
against humanity, similar to the
Nazi crimes against the Jews."
She called for world public opinion
to help obtain the release of the
five missing Jews.
Economic Situation Brings
Widened Labor-Likud Qap
ministers of the Labor Party and
Likud met at Premier Shimon
Peres' office Sunday night to
grapple with the growing split
between the coalition partners
over which course the economy
should take in the months ahead.
A similar meeting last Friday,
which lasted 4"A hours, failed to
bridge the differences.
Peres proposed, and Likud re-
jected, the creation of a five-man
Cabinet committee to supervise a
national investment drive in in-
dustry and agriculture. It is
Peres' firm belief that with the
monthly inflation rate now under
two percent, the time has come to
stimulate economic growth, ex-
pand employment and help
distressed areas with
Finance Minister Yitzhak Modai
(Likud-Liberal) insists with equal
vigor that the austerity economic
program begun last July must re-
main in force lest its achievements
to date fall apart. Likud sources
saw Peres' proposal as a
deliberate effort to whittle away
at the Finance Minister's
Likud politicians openly accuse
Labor of trying to precipitate a
government crisis over the
economy as a pretext for breaking
up the unity coalition before the
rotation of power.
Bolivia Cites
Jewish Group
ceremony presided over by Presi-
dent Victor Paz Estenssoro, the
Bolivian government has awarded
its highest national decoration to
the umbrella organization of the
nation's Jewish community, the
World Jewish Congress reported
The award, the Condor of the
Andes, was given in honor of the
50th anniversary of the Circulo
Israelite de la Paz, the represen-
tative body of Bolivian Jewry and
the WJC affiliate here.
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An Agency of the South County Jewish Federation
On Monday morning,
June 30, 44 teens and their
adults staff will depart from
Miami International Airport
to Denver where their
5-week "western" trek
The Jewish Community
Centers of Southern Florida
have banded together to put
together this adventure of a
The tour includes such
highlights as Colorado Spr-
ings, Rapid City, Grand
Teten Nationas Park,
Yellowstone National Park,
Salt Lake City, Reno,
Yosemite National Park,
San Francisco, Chinatown,
Fisherman's Wharf, Los
Angeles, Hollywood, Bever-
ly Hills, San Diego, Las
Vegas, Grand Canyon Na-
tional Park and much, much
The JCC's of Ft. Lauder-
dale, West Palm Beach,
South Broward and Miami
are working together with
the Adolph and Rose Levis
Community Center to map
out a great summer. The
trip is open to all JCC
members entering grades
9-12. "The trip is priced
substantially lower than any
tour agency. That is the ad-
vantage of working
together with the other
centers," says David
Sheriff, Director of Camp
Maccabee. "This is a once in
a lifetime experience. We
are delighted to be able to
offer this opportunity."
The openings for the Tour
are limited. If you would like
more information or a sup-
plemental brochure, please
call David Sheriff at the
Center, 395-5546.
Camp Maccabee this sum-
mer is going to be made
even more special, by ad-
ding Tween Travel to its
Tween Travel is for
campers in sixth through
eighth grades. It includes a
full summer of traveling and
touring to a number of ex-
citing Southern hotspots, as
well as in-camp specials and
local activities. Trips include
John Pennycamp State
Park, Disney World, Epcot
Center, Quiet Waters Park,
Busch Gardens in Tampa,
River Ranch Resort, and Six
Flags Over Georgia in
Make your summer the
best it can be! Join in Tween
Travelers of Camp
You can't match this pro*
gram. It's an ace of an idea.
Come on out and volley with
your friends at the Center
on Sunday afternoons. All
you need is a racket and a
playing knowledge of the
game, we'll supply the
barbeque and refreshments.
The format will be round-
robin doubles. It is not an in-
structional program. Par-
ticipants mus tregister by
phone by the Friday
precedings each game. Fee
can be paid at the door.
Volleyball will also be
DATES: Sundays, March
9, April 6, May 4.
TIME: 2-4 p.m.
AGES: 11 to 14 years
COST: Members $3, Non-
Members $5
To register for the March
9 game, call Bari right away
at 395-5546.
The Levis Jewish Com-
munity Center is now offer-
ing a SAT Preparation
Course for High School
students. Research shows
that good preparation and
practice can raise students'
test scores significantly. Ex-
perienced, certified
teachers from the Academic
Achievements Center will
give instuction in verbal and
math skills as well as test-
taking techniques. This
calss is sure to help you
build self-confidence and
overcome test anxiety!
DATES: Sundays, star-
ting March 16 (in prepara-
tion for May test)
TIME: 11 a.m. to 2:30
COST: Memmbers $30,
Non-Members $155
Classes are held at the
Levis Jewish Community
Center located at 336 NW
Spanish River Blvd., Boca
Raton. To register call Bari
at 395-5546.
Edward M. Schwartz,
M.Ed.; Verbal-Diane
Adams, M.A.
'Students bring Kosher
lunch; we supply drink and
The Levis Jewish Com-
munity Center is offering its
Second Series of Computer
A Beginning Class will
take place on Mondays,
from March 17-April 21.
The class time is from 7-8:30
p.m. and the cost is $30 to
JCC Members and $45 to
The advanced class will
take place on Tuesdays,
from March 18-April 22
from 7-8:30 p.m. The cost is
the same as the Beginner's
Both classes will be in-
structed by Haya Ron and
will take place at the South
County Jewish Community
Day School, located on 414
NW 35th St. in Boca Raton.
For further information,
please contact Marianne
Lesser at the Center.
The Levis Jewish Com-
munity Center wil be offer-
ing ACBL sanctioned
Duplicate Bridge for ex-
perienced plavers every
THURSDAY at 12:30 p.m.
Cost for Members is $1.75,
Non-Members $2. Free
plays to winners.
Refreshements will be
served. For more informa-
tion, call the Center
The Levis JCC will hold a four
(4) part Investment Series on
Wednesdays, March 26, April 2,
April 9, and April 16 from 2-4 p.m.
Investing on a Fixed Income, In-
vestment Planning and the Stock
Market are some of the topics.
Each Lecture is FREE to
Members, $2 to Non-Members,
payable at the door.
The Levis JCC will hold a pro-
gram entitled "Vacation with
Elderhostel" on Thursday, March
27, 7:30 p.m. The evening will
feature a slide show, speakers and
refreshments. Cost is $1.50 per
person, payable at the door.
Thursday, March 6, 7:30-9:30
p.m. Yaacov Sassi teaches Israeli
Dancing with flair, and it's fun!!
Members: $2/Non-Members: $3.
Saturday evening, March 15,
6:30 p.m. Join us for a delightful
evening at the Musicana Dinner
Theatre, Belvedere Road, West
Palm Beach. $21.95 includes Tip,
Tax, a Full Course Dinner. plus
... a Broadway Gala, (music from
Broadway Shows) performed by
the Waiters and Waitresses.
Reservations required by March
14!! Meet us at the JCC at 5:30
p.m. if you wish to carpool.
Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.
Drop by and kibbitz with us at the
JCC. Le's just relax and enjoy
each others company and conver-
sation. Refreshments. Members:
No Cost/Non-Members: $2.
1*0-60 YEARS
Thursday, March 6, 5:30-7:30
p.m. A special "Spread" awaits
you at the Happy Hour at the
Olympiad Sports Club, 21069
South Military Trail, Boca Raton.
Cash Bar. Members: No
Cost/Non-Members: $3.
Sunday, March 9, at noon.
Brunch at Shirley's Condo
Clubhouse. Bring yur bathing
suits if you wish, but plan to
"visit" with us after a scrump-
tious Brunch at this picture-
postcard-perfect scene on the In-
land Waterway. Members:
$2/Non-Members: $5.
On Wednesday, March 19, we will be having our First Ai
nual Membership Meeting. In accordance with our By-Law
our Membership will elect the Officers and Board of Directo
to serve the next term. In addition, we will be presentir
Awards to those people who have helped us in the past yeaJ
Please join in with many of your peers in attending oi
First Annual Membership Meeting.
President....................................Peter Kamins 1 year teri|
Administrative Vice President..Robert Mufson 1 year ter
Finance Vice President.............Stuart Darrow 1 year te
Membership Vice President.........Linda Melcer 1 year ten|
Vice President...............Roberta Meyerson 1 year terii
Secretary.................................Henry Brenner 1 year ten
Past President..........................Betty C. Stone 1 year ten
1 Year Term
Karen Weiss, Adult Cultural Chairperson
Nancy Weingard, Early Childhood Chairperson
Jack Torgow, Tween and Teen Chairman
Katie Broock, Senior Adult Chairperson
Ronald Rubin, Health and Physical Education Chairman
Steve Melcer, Camp Maccabee Chairman
Leah Temor, Israel Program Commitee Chairperson
Betsy Juran, Youth Committee Chairperson
1 Year Term
Norman I. Stone, Esther Omansky, Louis I. Heller, Bonni
Fishman, Adolph Levis, and Rabbi Donald Crain
2 Year Term
Nina Mufson, Ruth Krawetz, Barry S. Halperin, Budd
Himber, Abby Levine, Robert E. Byrnes, Martin Freedman
Laura Litinsky, Dick Romanoff, Lester Entin, Ury Kalai, am
James Baer
Wednesday, March 12, 7:30
p.m. Wouldn't you like the chance
to hear a professional restaurant
critic talk about the local
restaurants? You're in luck, if you
go to the JCC this night to hear
Robert Tolf, Professional Writer
for Florida Trend Magazine and
restaurant critic of the Ft.
Lauderdale News and Sun Sen-
tinel. Refreshments. Members:
No Charge/Non-Members: $3.
Daddy-And-Me: A Delightful Event
Dr. Brad Cohen and his daughter
Sarah enjoyed Daddy-and-Me. Be-
ing new to town. Dr. Cohen en-
joyed meeting the other fathers.
The Adolph and Rose Levis JCC
held its first Daddy-and-Me
Breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 16.
The strong turnout and great
spirits made for a most successful
The highlight of the Program
was the One Way Puppet Show.
The children were mesmerized by
E.T., Michael Jackson, and
Snoopy who were brought to life
by the colorful marionettes. The
fathers all agreed it was a most
enjoyable way to spend time with
their children.
Reserve your place before
March 7 395-5546.
Steve Melcer (right) with daughters Shira and Maureen, and Jeff
Kahan with son Jordan loved the program.


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The Academy of Jewish Studies
Director Burt Lowlicht
Assistant Jean O'Neill
Sponsored by:
South County Jewish Federation in cooperation with
South County Rabbinical Association and all
Synagogues in the area:
Beth Ami Congregation, B'nai Torah Congregation,
Boca Raton Synagogue, Congregation B'nai Israel,
Temple Anshei Shalom of West Delray, Temple Beth-El,
Temple Beth Shalom, Temple Emeth, Temple Sinai.
Program A series of courses and lectures germane to Jewish life
and study. Two semesters of six consecutive weekly sessions will be
offered at two different locations in the South Palm Beach County area
Purpose To encourage a sophisticated series of study sessions
for interested adults, and to raise the standard of Jewish awareness
and scholarship in the community.
2475 West Atlantic Avenue Delray Beach, Florida 33445
The Jewish religion sanctifies each life cycle event. By partaking in the various rituals
customs and ceremonies of their religion, Jews have found meaning and purpose Iri
each of their major life events.
Over the next six week period we will explore these events, the methods of Jewish
expression and the nuance of meaning and Importance afforded them in the scope of
Jewish practice.
10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Temple Sinai
Tuesday, March 4
Tuesday, March 11
Tuesday, March 18
Tuesday, April 1
Tuesday, April 8
Tuesday. April 22
Death and Mourning
Rabbi Sam Silver
Rabbi Ted Feldman
Rabbi Nathan Zelizer
Rabbi Donald Cram
Rabbi Mark Dratch
Rabbi Greg Marx
16189 Carter Road Delray Beach, Florida 33445
The Israeli reality, the Zionist dream, the place of Israel in the religious expression of
the Jew are all issues that confront modern American and world Jewry. In order to
better understand the historical underpinning and present implications of these
issues, we will devote a six week series to a broad spectrum of thoughts related to
Israel and its role and meaning In Jewish life.
Thursday, March 6
Zionist History
Rabbi Sam Sliver
Modern Zionism began In nineteenth century enlightened Europe. Theodore Herzl, the
first man to clearly articulate the political need for a Jewish homeland helped formulate
a plan as well as a structure for gaining Zionist goals. The Zionist congress brought
together both secular and religious Jews who raised issues that elicited often times
vitriolic responses from both the Jewish and non-Jewish world. This debate
foreshadowed much of the modern stratification of modem Israeli religious, political
and social life, and helps us understand some of the often Wmes contradictory and
complicated reactions of diaspora Jewry and non-Jews to the modern state.
Thursday, March 13
Contributions of Israel
to Jewry and The World
in General
Rabbi Nathan Zelizer
The renaissance of Jewish activism experienced since the founding of Israel and
especially after the six day war is a phenomenon of major importance to the survival of
the Jewish people. Israel has made major contributions to Jewish life, culture, and
religion throughout the world. The scientific, military, cultural and social successes of
Israel have also astounded the world. We will explore these successes and contribu-
tions of the Israeli nation and try to reveal the reasons and basis for its successes.
Thursday, March 20
Inside Israel: Ethnic Conflict
Rabbi Elliot Wlnograd
Israel, the love of world Jewry, is sadly filled with turmoil and inner conflict in its
political, religious, and social life. All these concerns are often times brought about
solely on the baals of ethnic differences, culture and standards. This lecture shall
analyze the condition and suggest Its causes, manifestations and possible solutions.
Thursday, March 27
What Direction Israel
Rabbi Louis Sacks
Israel, the expression of the Jewish dream, Is In 1966 a complicated reality. Is she ful-
filling the Zionist dream? Does she serve as a testament to everything Jews have ever
believed in or worked for? What might be the future and direction of Israel and how
might this affect our own lives? These issues are of cardinal Importance to the future
and well being of the Jewish people.
Thursday, April 3
Diaspora Jewry/
Israel Relations
Rabbi Ted Feldman
Most Jews do not live In Israel. They are Jewish by religion yet have a separate
nationality. Aa American Jews we are both Jewish and American. How does our Jewish
love of Israel and American love of country relate? Die* It complicate our lives, and if so
how? Do we have dual loyalties as some have charged? What about Jews living In
countries hostile to Isrfael like the Soviet Union? How does It affect their lives?
Thursday, April 10
larael Among the Nations Rabbi Richard Agler
the modern state of Israel has from Its birth In 1946 been surrounded by enemies
Today, the middle East Is a complicated moealc of religious Ideologies and poimcai
jMances. Ancient tribal hatreds amongat the Arabs can and do boll over into bloody
20th century armed conflict. This regional conflict has spread around the world in the
orm of terrorism and cold-blooded murder. Israel, often times the target and/or excuse
or hostility, has In Its short life span fought five ware and lives In constant Mateof
military preparedness well beyond that of any nation In the world. Other enemies
Include the Soviet Mock and many third world nations.
vt with th#t# prow^,,, and adversaries, Israel manages to have good rjlatlona
with many nations especially In the Weat and assists many countrlea with
various forms of technology and nation building know-how.
Rabbi Richard Agler is the founding Rabbi of Congregation B'nai Israel In Boca Raton.
'He holds s Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from New York University. Upon
graduating college he entered Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and
studied in Jerusalem and New York. He was awarded the degree of Master of Arts in
Hebrew Literature In 1976 and received semichs-Rabblnical ordination in 1978. Rabbi
Agler served at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan before moving to
Florida in 1980. Here he served pulpits In Vero Beach and Boca Raton. Rabbi Agler is
especially Interested In projects relating to Soviet Jewry, black/Jewish relations,
handgun control and other social action activities. He is also active In the movement to
bring renewed faith and spirituality Into the nations' synagogues. He Is the area
coordinator of the South Florida Conference on Soviet Jewry and serves as the Social
Action Chairman for the State of Florida Reform Rabbis.
Rabbi Donald David Craln, D.D. is the Rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom in Century Village.
He Is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he was ordained
'and also received his Master's degree and doctorate. In addition to serving as a pulpit
rabbi, he served as the Executive Director of the Chicago Region of United Synagogues
of America. He is a pastoral counselor and a marriage, family and sex therapist, having
trained at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshlva University and the Division
of Family Studies/Psychiatry Department of the School of Medicine of the University of
Rabbi Mark Dratch is presently the Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue. He received his
B.A. in Political Science from Ysshiva University as well as his M.S. in Jewish
Education. Rabbi Dratch was ordained from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological
Seminary of Yeshiva University in 1982. He was assistant Rabbi at the Congregation
Agudath Sholom In Standord, Connecticut, which is the largest Orthodox synagogue in
New England. He is also involved In JACS Jewish alcoholics, chemical dependents
and significant others.
Rabbi Theodore Feldman is presently the Rabbi of B'nai Torah Congregation in Boca
Raton. He is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America with also a B.A.
from Roosevelt University In Chicago, Illinois. Rabbi Feldman haa a special interest in
counseling and adult education. He Is presently president of the South County
Rabbinical Association, president of the Southeast region of the Rabbinical Assembly
of America and chaplain of the local Jewish War Veterans of America.
Rabbi Gregory Marx is presently the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton.
He received hia B.A. In Religion with a minor in History from Oberlln College in Oberlin,
Ohio and he was ordained In 1964 from Hebrew Union College-Jewisff Institute of
Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Marx waa the Chavurah Director at Adath Israel
Synagogue in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1961-83. He la certified in pastoral counseling and
criala Intervention from the Cincinnati Police Department and Bethesda Hospital.
Rabbi Dr. Louis Sacks Is the Rabbi of Congregation Anshei Emuna, Delray Beach the
first orthodox synagogue in South County. He has earned three doctorate degrees a
Ph.D. In Philosophy; T.H.D. in Theology, D.H.L., doctorate of Hebrew Letters. Rabbi
Sacks has Smicha the classical ordination from the Hebrew Theological University of
Chicago. He was the flrat recipient of the rabbinical award given by the South County
Federation at the general assembly in Toronto.
Rabbi Samuel Sliver, D.D. is presently the Rabbi of Temple Slnal Reform Congregation
in Delray Beach. Rabbi Silver waa ordained at The Hebrew Union College and is Rabbi
Emeritus of Temple Sinai in Stanford, Connecticut. In addition to his spiritual
. leadership responsibilities, Rabbi Silver Is a lecturer and an author.
Rabbi Elliot Wlnograd is presently the Rabbi of Temple Emeth In Delray Beach. He has
returned to the rabbinate after twelve years working for the stats of Florida. He was
born in Jerusalem, larael and Is eighth generation Rabbi. His grandfather established
the only Yeshlva In the old city of Jerusalem which survived the Arab Invasion. He is s
graduate of Yeshlva University Teachers Institute and the Mesvfta Rabbi Chalm Berlin
Rabbinical Academy In Brooklyn, New York. He earned a masters degree In psychology
, at Brooklyn College. He has had pulpits In St. Augustine, Psnsscols, Mlrsmar and
' Brooklyn.
Rabbi Nathan Zelizer, D.D. is presently Rabbi of Beth Ami In Boca Raton. He is a
graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. In addition he holds Bachelor
of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Hebrew Letters and D.H.L. of Hebrew Letters. He
has served as Rabbi for Congregation Tlfereth Israel in Columbus, Ohio for many years
where he is Rabbi Emeritus. While serving In Ohio, Rabbi Zelizer was actively Involved In
his large conservative synagogue as well as amny organizations and committees. He
waa the Jewish Chaplain for the army and for various penal and psychiatric institutions.
Presently he Is active In many Jewish and non-Jewish organizations in Pslm Beach
County, Florida.
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In The Synagogues
And Temples ...
Anshei Emunm Sisterhood will
hold a Purim Party at the Shule,
16189 Carter Rd., Delray, Sun-
day, March 16, noon. Lunch will
be served and Queen Esther
crowned. The cost is $6 per per-
son. For tickets call Chairlady
Lucille Cohen 499-9496, or co-
chairpersons Ann Feld 499-0797
or Helen Lasky 499-0575.
Temple Emeth Sisterhood will
hold the last of their concert
series, Sunday, March 16, 8 p.m.
at the Temple, 5780 W. Atlantic
Ave., Delray. The Gold Coast
Opera will present soprano Lor-
raine Buffington, Tenor David
Rampy, bass Baritone Gustavo
Malley in Broadway tunes and
semi-classical music. For informa-
tion call the Temple Office
498-3536. The Sisterhood is spon-
soring a "Passover Holiday" at
the Sherlborne Beach Hotel,
Miami Beach for ten days, nine
nights, two Seder dinners on April
23 and 24. $580 double occupancy
includes three Kosher meals daily,
four live shows, transportation
and gratuities. For further infor-
mation call Rita Lewitas
499-1769, Gert Silverman
499-2161 or the Temple Office
Temple Emeth Singles Club
will hold their next meeting Mon-
day, March 10, noon at the
synagogue. Their guest speaker
will be Dr. Andre Fladell who will
give an informative talk on Com-
munity Affairs and Local Govern-
ment. Refreshments will be serv-
ed. The Singles are also planning
a Mvstery Ride, Wednesday,
March 19.
Temple Emeth Brotherhood
will present "Humor and Song,"
Wednesday, March 12, 8 p.m. at
the Temple. Featured will be Max
Willner, Yiddish Comedy Folk
Songs; Bud Garrig, International
Baritone. Mann Sanctuary $4 and
S3. Winkk Hall $2. Proceeds aro to
"Phil Blazer-Torah Scroll Fund."
For tickets call Julie Daroe
Temple Siaai Outreach-
Intermarriage Prvfraa will be
held Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m. at
the Temple, 2476 W. Atlantic
Ave., Delray. There will be a
moderator, in conjunction with a
panel comprising of several local
interfaith couples who have taken
a course under the auspices of the
"Union of American Hebrew Con-
gregations," entitled "Times and
Seasons; a seminar for unaf-I
filiated interfaith couples." They1
will talk about their personal ex-
periences. A question and answer
session will follow. This program
is open to the public and no reser-
vations are necessary. No admis-
sion fee. Refreshments will be
served. For further information,
please call the Temple office
Temple Sinai Brotherhood will
hold a brunch, Sunday, March 9, 1
p.m. at the Temple. Their guest
speaker will be Congressman Dan
Mica. Tickets $2.50 per person.
Call Charles Moss 499-2167.
Temple Sinai Sisterhood will
hold a card party, Saturday,
March 8, 7:30 p.m. a"t the Temple.
Bridge. Mah jong. etc.
Refreshments. $5 per person. For
reservations call Grace Gilbert
499-5563 or Ruth Rothstein
B'nai Torah Congregation
presents Rabbi Jules Harlow,
editor of Siddur Sim Shalom, as
their guest speaker at the
Synagogue, 1401 N.W. 4th Ave.,
Boca. Thursday, March 6. 7:30
p.m. For further information call
the Synagogue office at 392-8566.
Congregation B'nai Israel will
have guest speaker Rabbi Bruce
Warshal of South County Jewish
Federation on the pulpit, Friday
night, March 14. Rabbi Warshal
will speak of the active role played
by our local Federation in the
community and in Israel.
Anshei Shalom Oriole Jewish
Center Sisterhood and Men's
Club will host a Purim costume
party in the Temple, 7099 W.
Atlantic Ave., Delray, Sunday,
March 23, 7:30 p.m. There will be
live music, wine and cheese will be
served plus coffee and haman-
toshin. Costumes optional. Prizes
will be awarded for the most
original. Tickets are $7.50 each.
For more information call Renate
Eckstein 499-8462 or Morris
Asher 499-4181.
B'nai Torah Congregation
Israel Pilgrimage
Escorted by Rabbi Theodore Feldman.
Returns Monday, July 14th
Double Occupancy
Round Trip Bus Transfers from Boca Raton to Miami
There will be an information meeting at
B'nai Torah Congregation, 1401 NW 4th Avenue,
Boca Raton on Tuesday, March 4,1986 at 8 p.m. ^
For more information, please call the synagogue
office at
U.S. Farm Crisis Needs More Attention
The national coordinating
body of community relations
policies in the American
Jewish community has urg-
ed that its 113 local and 11
national constituent agen-
cies direct more attention to
the plight of the American
farmer and support various
efforts aimed at easing the
growing farm crisis.
The National Jewish Communi-
ty Relations Advisory Council
(NJCRAC) adopted a resolution to
this effect during the organiza-
tion's annual plenary session at
the Waldorf Astoria here last
week. It is believed to be the first
time the issue of the farm crisis
has been directly addressed by a
national Jewish community
THE ACTION comes amid
growing concern in the American
Jewish community on increased
activism by rightwing extremist
groups, many preaching virulent
anti-Semitism, in the farm belt.
These organizations have sought
to depict Jews and other minority
groups as responsible for the con-
tinuing problems facing the
American farm community.
The resolution adopted by the
NJCRAC stated: "The Jewish
community relations field should
call attention to the economic and
social problems affecting a large
segment of America's farm belt
population and should explore
participation in coalitions that
support private funding and social
services, and should study ap-
propriate legislation to alleviate
the plight of farmers and their
David Goldstein, executive
director of the Jewish Community
Relations Bureau (JCRB) of
Greater Kansas City, spearhead Ii.-issage of the resolution, which
he described as just the first step
toward greater Jewish community
involvement in the plight of
distressed farmers.
"FARMERS WILL begin to
understand that the Jewish com-
munity cares," Goldstein said dur-
ing an interview. He said the
resolution will be "enormously
helpful" to communicate to the
leadership of the farm movement
that the Jewish community will
actively participate in easing their
But Goldstein said: "Forget the
problems of anti-Semitism for the
moment Think of this issue in
regard to the effect of this on
other human beings. Think about
the fact that an entire way of life
is being destroyed. Think what it
means to the people."
Goldstein said the JCRB, for its
part, is a member of the Interfaith
Rural Life Committee of the Kan-
sas Council of Churches, a recent-
ly formed group of about 40 per-
sons, including farmers, clergy
and state leaders. "This is not on-
ly a crisis for farmers but a crisis
for all people who live in rural
areas," he said.
one of its projects, has assisted in
the distribution of a total of about
$30,000 since last October in the
form of $100 checks to farmers'
families in need of emergency
assistance. Goldstein said the
funds came from the Farm Aid
concert benefit extravaganza and
also the American Baptist
Other efforts are underway that
will seek to provide legal assitance
to distressed farmers facing
foreclosure on their property, and
working with farmer self-help
organizations. The Jewish Com-
munity Relations Council of Des
Moines has raised several thou-
sand dollars directed toward
istintf farmers, he said, citing
this as an example of the growing
Jewish community involvement in
this area.
"I believe that it was a priority
concern to inform the national
Jewish community about this pro-
blem, because by doing so we
could obtain the resources of the
whole Jewish community," he
WHILE anti-Semitism among
some segments of the farm com-
munity has received considerable
attention in the past year, Golds-
tein sought in the interview to
stress the human dimensions of
the farm crisis and its effects on
an American way of life.
On Saturday, March 1, Michael
Scott Steinberg, son of Gail
Packman and Joseph Steinberg,
was called to the Torah at Temple
Beth El of Boca Raton as a Bar
Mitzvah. Michael is a seventh
grade student at Boca Middle
School and attends the Temple
Beth El Religious School. Familv
members sharing in the simcha
are his grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Stanley Packman of Boca
Raton; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard
Steinberg of Philadelphia, Pa.;
and great grandmothers, Miriam
Packman and Jean Snyder, both
of Philadelphia. Michael's parents
hosted a collation in his honor
following Havdalah services.
Shabbat, 27 Adar 1,5746
(Parshat Shekalim)
Weekly Sidrah-Vayak'hel
Candlelighting 6:06 p.m.
Sabbath Ends 7:14 p.m.
1401 N.W. 4th Ave., Boca Raton, Florida 33432. Conservative.
Phone 392-8566, Rabbi Theodore Feldman, Hazzan Donald
Roberts. Sabbath Services: Friday at 8:15 p.m., Saturday at 9:30
a.m. Family Shabbat Service 2nd Friday of each month.
Mailing Address: 22130 Belmar No. 1101, Boca Raton, Florida
33433. Orthodox services held at Verde Elementary School
Cafeteria, 6590 Verde Trail, Boca, Saturday morning 9:30 a.m.
For information regarding Friday, Sundown services Mincha-
Maariv, call Rabbi Mark Dratch. Phone: 368-9047.
16189 Carter Road 1 block south of Linton Blvd., Delray
Beach, Florida 33445. Orthodox. Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks. Daily
Torah Seminar preceding services at 7:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sab-
bath and Festival Services 8:45 a.m. Sabbath Torah class 5 p.m. |
Phone 499-9229.
2134 N.W. 19th Way, Boca Raton, Florida 33431. Conservative.
Phone (305) 994-8693 or 276-8804. Rabbi Nathan Zelizer; Cantor
Mark Levi; President, Joseph Boumans. Services held at the
Levis JCC, 336 N.W. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton; Friday
evening at 8:15 p.m., Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Services at Center for Group Counseling, 22445 Boca Rio Road,
Boca Raton, Florida 33433. Reform. Rabbi Richard Agler. Sab-
bath Services Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 10:15 a.m. Mailing ad-
dress: 8177 W. Glades Road, Suite 214, Boca Raton, FL 33434.
Phone 483-9982. Baby sitting available during services.
Located in Century Village of Boca Raton. Orthodox. Rabbi
David Weissenberg. Cantor Jacob Resnick. President Edward
Sharzer. For information on services and educational classes and
programs, call 482-0206 or 482-7156.
7099 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, Florida 33446. Conser-
vative. Phone 496-0466 and 495-1300. Cantor Louis Hershman.
Sabbath Services: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Daily
services 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
333 S.W. Fourth Avenue, Boca Raton, Florida 33432. Reform.
Phone: 391-8900. Rabbi Merle E. Singer, Assistant Rabbi
Gregory S. Marx, Cantor Martin Rosen. Shabbat Eve Services at
8 p.m. Family Shabbat Service at 8 p.m. 2nd Friday of each
month, Saturday morning services 10:30 a.m.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 340015, Boca Raton, FL 33434. Con-
servative. Located in Century Village, Boca. Daily Services 8 a.m.
and 5 p.m. Saturday 8:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.
and 5 p.m. Rabbi Donald David Cram. Phone: 483-5557. Joseph
M. Pollack, Cantor.
5780 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, Florida 33445. Conser-
vative. Phone: 498-3536. Rabbi Elliot J. Winograd. Zvi Adler,
Cantor. Sabbath Services: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8:45 a.m.
Daily Minyans at 8:45 a.m. and 5 p.m.
2475 West Atlantic Ave. (Between Congress Ave. and Barwick
Road), Delray Beach, Florida 33445. Reform. Sabbath Eve. ser-
vices, Friday at 8:15 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. Rabbi Samuel Silver,
phone 276-6161.

Local Club &
Organization News
Friday, March 7, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 19
Hadassah Menachem Begin
Chapter will hold their Donor
Luncheon, Tuesday, March 25 at
Boca Pointe, 7144 Boca Pointe
Dr., Boca. For further informa-
tion call 498-1713 or 272-3535. In
keeping with Jewish Music Month
during March, Cantor Zvi Adler
will be their guest at their next
meeting, Wednesday, March 19,
12 noon at Temple Emeth, 5780
W. Atlantic Ave., Delray. New
members welcome. For further in-
formation call Estelle Weinberger
will peform sketches "From
Berlin to Broadway."
Brandeis University Boca Cen-
tury Village Chapter wil hold a
Book Fair in the Boca Mall, Fri-
day and Saturday, March 21 and
B. if you have any paper-back or
hard cover books to donate, please
call Dorothy Korn 483-0138 or
Dora Fox 482-5120 for pick-up
Hadassah A viva Chapter will
attend Jai Lai in West Palm
Beach for lunch, Wednesday,
March 19, 11:30 a.m. F'or reserva-
tions call Ann Kaplan 487-8292 or
Belle Rubinoff 392-7745.
Women's American ORT
Delray Chapter will hold their
membershp meeting, Wednesday,
March 12, 12:30 p.m. at Temple
Emeth, 5780 W. Atlantic Ave.,
Delray. Their guest speaker will
be Rebbitzen Frances Sacks of
Congregation Anshei Emuna.
There will also be Purim
festivities and dancing with Edith
Bunis. Refreshments will be serv-
ed. A bus trip to Seminole Indian
Reservation is planned for Mon-
day, March 17. The cost is $18 per
person. Doughnuts and coffee
served. Bus leaves Flanders
clubhouse 10:15 a.m. For further
information call 498-5958 or
Women's American ORT Boca
Century Village Chapter will see
"Biloxi Blues" at "Topa," Tues-
day, March 18. Donation, $30, in-
cluding bus. For reservations call
Midred 482-4627 or Florence
Brandeis University
Boca Chapter will present
Dr. David Demko as their
guest speaker at their next
meeting to be held at Tem-
ple Beth El, 33 NW. 4th
Ave., Boca, Monday, March
17, 10 a.m. Dr. Demko's
topic will be "New Thoughts
on Later Life." Dr. Demko
holds a PhD and Specialist
in Aging Certification from
the University of Michigan.
B'nai B'rith Safed Unit No.
5288 will hold their next meeting
Sunday, March 9,10 a.m. at Pines
of Boca Barwood Rec. Center,
2338 Barwood Lane So., Boca.
Their guest will be Nancy Tobin,
Hillel Director to give a presenta-
tion on Education. For informa-
tion please call William Berger
483-1737 or Herman Sokoloff
B'nai B'rith Women Naomi
Chapter will hold their next
meeting Monday, March 17, 12:30
p.m. at Temple Emeth, 5780 W.
Atlantic Ave., Delray. Their
speaker will be past ADL commis-
sioner Charles Seibel. Winners of
their Essay Contest at Carvez
Middle School will also read their
essays on Brotherwood and
receive their prizes.
Women's American ORT All
Points Chapter will hold their
next meeting. Tuesday, March 18,
at noon at American Savings
Hank. W. Atlantic Ave., Delray. A
talk on "How and Why of ORT
will be featured. Bagels and Cof-
fee served. All are welcome.
Women's American ORT Del
Pointe Chapter will hold a Rum-
mage Sale, Sunday, March 9 star-
ting H a.m. at Fidelity Federal
savings Bank, Military Trail and
Atlantic Ave., Delray. All are
Brandeis University Delray
Chapter will hold their next
meeting. Thursday, March 13,
?if v?nv in PomPy Park, where
"ie Honda Repertory Company
B'nai B'rith Women Boca
Chapter will hold their paid-up
membership luncheon, Monday,
March 17, at noon at Temple
Sinai, 2475 W. Atlantic Ave.,
Delray. Their guest speaker will
be Rose Rifkin to speak on
"Jewish Humor." For reserva-
tions call Marilyn 482-8335 or
Florence 482-6384.
B'nai B'rith Women Integrity
Council will hold their next
meeting, Sunday, March 9, 10
a.m. at the Frontier Restaurant,
Boynton Beach.
Na'amat Beersheeba Club will
hold their next meeting, Tuesday.
March 11 at the American Sav-
ings Bank, Kings Point Plaza, ^
B'nai Torah to Show Judaica Art
A Judaica Art Show and Sale
" be sponsored by B'nai Torah
congregation's Women's League
on Sunday, March 30. ItTthe
nr annual show to be held by the
congregation, and will be preced-
ed by a wine-and-cheese party and
fn7'fwat 7:15. with the^aletak-
lnK Place at 8 p.m.
. J*e arranements for the art
andI artifacts have been made
^ough Masada Imports, which
recently opened its South County
branch ,n the Boca Del Mar area.
PalmeVf Power,ine and
jahnetto Park Road. Owner
Jewtt (Siern' for ny years a
nwi ?"cat0" and always a pro-
Jr o Judaica has undyerUen
suPPl.v paintings, lithographs.
sculpture, glass, pottery and a
variety of unusual art items done
in innovative media most by
Israeli artists and craftsmen.
Stern promises the sow will
have a unique collection, which
will be worth seeing even for
those not seeking to buy art
Arrangements for the show
and the preparation work have
been made by chairwomen Lu
Dordick and Vivian Hoffman,
who emphasized that admission
to this first annual event is free
of charge. The art show will
benefit the library in the new
synagogue which B'nai Torah
plans to build soon on S.W. 18th
Street, near Boca Pointe.
of the
Jewish Community Day School
2nd Scholarship Ball Set;
Coynes Will Chair It
The Scholarship Ball of the
South County Jewish Community
Day School will be chaired this
year by Martin and Wileen Coyne
of Boca Raton, board chairman
Arnold Rosenthal announced last
The second annual ball will be
held on Sunday, April 20, at the
Park Place Suite Hotel.
The Coynes, who attended last
year's first Scholarship Ball, said
they were impressed with the
commitment to Jewish education
demonstrated in the Day School,
and with the enthusiasm and rapid
progress which characterize the
school. They were surprised to
learn that approximately one-
third of the students in the school
are on partial to full tuition
"Like many people, I was under
the misconception that everyone
who lives in the Boca area is
relatively affluent. I was not
aware of the many single-parent
families and others who are
unable to meet the tuition re-
quirements," said Martin Coyne.
The Coynes strongly support
the Day School's philosophy that
"every Jewish child who desires a
Jewish education shall receive it
as Jewish education is a right
not a privilege." This played a ma-
jor role in their taking on the task
Martin and Wileen Coyne
of chairing the event.
Wileen Coyne, who was born
and who grew up in Providence,
Rhode Island, studied education
and taught both in the public
school system and in a religious
school. She has been active in the
National Council of Jewish
Women, the PTA (in Long Island),
has undertaken numerous
volunteer assignments in
hospitals and nursing homes, and
currently serves as executive
doctor of AMORE Asset
Management for Our Retired
Elderly. She is also a board
member of the Florida Affiliate of
Continued from Page 5
isn't such a bad country." But,
Milson explained, "that is
politically unutterable and
therefore not effective."
The local elite does not con-
tradict the outside consensus. It
thereby safeguards itself, its large
investments in the Arab world
and its role as chief beneficiary of
PLO-controlled funds funneled in-
to the West Bank. The secretary
of the joint Jordanian-PLO com-
mittee for the territories recently
announced that PLO money is be-
ing transferred into the area
unimpeded, $438 million in the
past five years. "There is sym-
pathy for the PLO as a symbol of
Palestinian nationalism, but we
are talking not just about symbols
but the PLO's ability to keep peo-
ple in line and prevent any devia-
tion," Milson added.
"Therefore, unfortunately,
diplomatic efforts made against
this background will inevitably re-
main sterile a lot of talk about
process which becomes a
euphemism for moving in circles."
Improvement can come, Milson
believes, through emergence of
Palestinian spokesmen from the
territories who are ready openly
to join peace negotiations with
Israel preferably in association
with Jordan or through une-
quivocal public change in the
PLO's position on Israel, or a com-
bination of the two.
Such changes "will have great
effect on the Israeli public and on
Israel's readiness to make com-
promsies which involve both
strategic risks and painful conces-
sions. But unless there is such a
palpable change on the Palesti-
nian side there is not going to be
that readiness for taking risks and
for concessions on the Israeli
Milson recognized that Israel
may have to live without a peace
agreement for a long time. But
this, he argued, should be all the
more reason why Israel should en-
courage the emergence of
moderate Palestinian Arab
leaders in the territories. This is
essential to help reduce tension
and violence and to support peace
Growing Moslem fundamen-
talism in the Arab world "adds yet
another element of incitement and
possible provocation." It and
the appearance of Jewish
millenarianism aggravates the
situation. But so far Islamic fun-
damentalism has not supplanted
Palestinian Arab nationalism as a
source of tension, Milson said.
"The only way in which there can
be coexistence between the 3.5
million Jews and the 1.9 million
Arabs living side-by-side" west of
the Jordan River is through a
ooliticalm compromise.
(Erie Rozenman, in the NEAR
Continued from Page 4
Tor those of us who believe in
Judaism, friendly education to
others and positive "PR" is essen-
tial. Not everyone responds to the
quiet, intellectual "goodies" in-
herent in Judaism initially; but
pride, self-pride, is a feeling that
must be nurtured. The Jewish
man who seeks a Jewish home and
is happy with himself does not
shrink away from the type of
Jewish woman who yearns to
share those wonderful ex-
periences with him.
American Federation for Aging
Martin Coyne is well-known in
the area of commodities trading,
having served as president of the
New York Cocoa Exchange, presi-
dent of the N.Y. Cocoa Clearing
Association, member of the Board
of Managers of the N.Y. Coffee,
Sugar and Coca Exchange and of
the Board of Governors, Chicago
Mercantile Exchange. Coyne
started his career with Rayner
and Stonington, where he served
as vice-president, went on to
become senior vice-president and
director when it merged with J.
Aron and Co., and became a
limited partner when the company
was acquired by Goldman, Sachs
and Co. in 1981.
The Coynes, who have a
daughter, Melissa Ann, and a son,
Russel, moved to South Florida in
1980, and have resided in Boca
Raton since 1983.
Among Martin Coyne's com-
munity and Philanthropic ac-
tivities, he has been president of
the New York Chamber Opera-
Theatre for the past two years,
serves on the board of directors of
the New York City Opera, and on
the board of the Samuel Waxman
Cancer Research Foundation and
of the American Federation for
Aging Research.
The Coynes, who have extensive
experience in organizing formal
social affairs, are confident the
Scholarship Ball this year will be a
truly memorable event.
Florence, 79, of Kings Point. Delray Beach,
was originally from New Jersey. She is sur-
vived by her daughter Audrey Sackin;
brothers Charles and Henry Sumka. three
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
(Beth Israel Rubin Memorial Chapel)
Blanche, 93. of Crosswinds, Delray Beach.
was originally from Israel. She is survived
by her son Philip, daughter Muriel Marks;
sister Ann Margoliea and two grand-
children (Beth Israel Rubin Memorial
Lillian, 78, of Delray Beach was originally
from Russia. She is survived by her son
Gerald Burakoss. brother Albert Yelner;
sister Edith Sherman and two grand
children. (Beth Israel Rubin Memorial
Michael, 89, of Delray Beach, was originally
from Long Island, New York. He is survived
by his daughter Bernice Kaufman.
(Gutterman Warheit Memorial Chapel)
Abe. 85. of Kings Point, Delray Beach, was
originally from New York (Beth Israel
Kubin Memorial Chapel)
Milton, 72. of Delray Beach, was originally
from Poland. He is survived by his wile Lee;
son David; daughter Hyla; sisters Ann Hur-
wiu and Lucille Brown (Beth Israel Rubin
Memorial Chapel)

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Despite Shcharansky Example

Continued from Pare 1
The success of the organization
was particularly evident as it
acted as a nerve-center for the in-
ternational press during the time
of Shcharansky's release. Televi-
sion crews and reporters gathered
at the center to interview former
refuseniks while Yuri Stern, the
center's spokesman, passed out
shots of vodka.
"We feel that we can save
others if we work hard. If they are
as well known as Shcharansky, it
is possible," Stern said as
volunteers passed out information
sheets on other refuseniks.
"Soviet Jews had become very
cynical," Stern said. "They would
say, 'Look what's happening to
Shcharansky nothing.' They
were frustrated after so many
"Some people are also afraid
that their involvement would
backlash against their families
still in Kussia. Others are ex-
hausted from trying to integrate
into Israeli society," said Stem,
who emigrated in 1981. "Unfor-
tunately, most Soviet Jews are
not like me."
Though activism by former
refuseniks and Prisoners of Zion
is still minimal, some of them have
made dramatic attempts to
publicize the plight of the two
million Soviet Jews left in the
During the Geneva summit,
Mendelevitch led five activist* in
an hour-and-a-half sit-in at the
Aeroflot office there. The move
attracted worldwide media atten-
tion as Mendelevitch taped pic-
tures of Jewish prisoners on the
wall, sang Hebrew songs and
recited Psalms.
The five, who included other
American and Israeli Soviet
Jewry leaders, were arrested and
later deported from Switzerland.
Soviet Jewry organizations
recognize the importance of hav-
ing former refuseniks spearhead
the struggle for Soviet Jews. "We
rely on Mendelevitch to get across
the hell that it is there," said Rita
Eker, chairwoman of the 35's, a
London-baaed Soviet Jewry
While Shcharansky's continued
outspoken concern for the right of
Jews to emigrate from the USSR
will certainly be a boost to the
Soviet Jewry movement,
Mendelevitch said he doubts
Shcharansky's example will
motivate other Soviet Jews to be
involved in the cause.
Other Soviet Jewry leaders are
more hopeful. Said Eker, "Maybe
this has been a lesson to everyone.
If you fight as much as A vital did,
the answer is that you can
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