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"On This and That"...
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Israel Leaders Praise Strike
Israel's leaders are hail-
ing America's punitive air
raids on Libya as an act of
self-defense against interna-
tional terrorism, but they
express repeatedly that
Israel was in no way involv-
ed and had no advance
knowledge of U.S. plans.
Premier Shimon Peres, ques-
tioned by reporters while visiting
Nazareth, said he does not know
yet what results the American ac-
tion might have, but "I know the
reasons for it. Libya was un-
doubtedly behind the bombing of
American soldiers at the discothe-
3ue in (West) Berlin, and it
oesn't surprise me that the
United States takes steps in its
own self defense," Peres said.
were masterminded by Khadafy.
Responding to a condemnation
of the air strike by Nazareth's
Communist Mayor Tewfik
Zayyad, Peres asked what else did
he expect the Americans to do
when they had proof that Khadafy
was planning to kill more
Americans, "sit back and praise
the Lord?" Asked to comment on
the Soviet charge of State-
sponsored terrorism by the U.S.,
Peres remarked, "The USSR has
a language of its own."
WITH RESPECT to Israel, he
said, "We were not invited (to
participate in the air strike), and
we played no role in it." He warn-
ed, however, that Libyan and
Palestinian terrorism would not
solve anything. "The Palestinians
are not our enemies, and Israel is
interested in solving the Palesti-
nian problem through negotia-
tions," he said.
Rabin, too, stressed that the
strike at Libya "was an American
action. Israel was not involved
and was not notified about it."
But, he added, "It is an attempt to
Continued on Page 10
French Veto of U.S. Fly-Over Explained
PARIS (JTA) Israeli Premier Shimon Peres, on a
two-day visit to France, met with President Francois Mit-
terrand for more than three hours at the Elysee Palace
Monday. Their discussion focussed on the U.S. air strike
and backing revolutionary movements; and exposing the
weakness of Soviet influence, and the unreliability of
Soviet-made ground-to-air missiles which the Arab states
had thought were a foolproof defense.
Peres said Mitterrand explained to him why France
against Libya and on other issues, such as East-West rela- refused to allow U.S. F-lll bombers to overfly French ter-
tions, Syrian policies and the situation in the Persian Gulf, ritory on their way to Libya but would not disclose the
Peres told reporters later that he had expressed his reasons.
view to Mitterrand that the American raid on Libya
seriously weakened Col. Moammar Khadafy's internal posi-
tion and Soviet influence in the area.
According to Peres, the U.S. air strike achieved its ma-
jor aims: forcing Khadafy to concentrate on the defense of
"It is up to the French to make their position known,"
he said. He stressed, nevertheless, that in his view France
can still be counted on as a firm backer of the Western
Peres went to Strasbourg Tuesday to address the
his country an J regime "instead of plotting terrorist acts Council of Europe and flew back to Israel Tuesday evening.
fpt^c^^^r^Chief Rabbis Are 'Divisive,' Says Head of Conservative Shuls
University that the U.S. action in
Libya was "a determined and dar-
ing action against a country which
took the lead in the encourage-
ment, finance and support of in-
ternational terrorism."
Foreign Minister Yitzhak
Shamir said in an Israel Radio in-
terview that the American action
was an act of defense of the U.S.
and the free world against inter-
national terrorism.
"It is clear to everybody that
terrorism can succeed only when
it has the support of countries like
Libya, Syria and others, and if we
want to put an end to terrorism
we have to punish these countries
and to convince them to change
their way of action in this
regard," the Likud leader said.
BUT EXCEPT for Britain,
Israel was alone among America's
allies n expressing unqualified
support for the U.S. air strike. It
was deplored even by the
moderate Arab states, including
Egypt which has long considered
Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy
a foe.
Peres said he "reserved judg-
ment" when asked if he thought
the U.S. action went far enough
toward eliminating terrorist acts
such as the discotheque bombing,
the bombing of a TWA airliner
over Greece, and the machinegun
and grenade attacks on the Rome
and Vienna airports last
December, all of which the
Reagan Administration claims
Delegation Exchange
and West Germany have agreed
to exchange delegations of
businessmen, industrialists,
bankers and trade specialists to
upgrade trade relations between
the two countries.
The head of the congrega-
tional branch of Conser-
vative Jewry has accused
Israel's two Chief Rabbis of
"divisive political action"
and said they used their
visit to the U.S. to interject
"political views and con-
cepts into a religious
Franklin Kruetzer, president of
the two-million-member United
Synagogue of America which
represents 850 Conservative con-
gregations in the U.S. and
Canada, spoke in response to
charges made by Rabbis Avraham
Shapira and Mordechai Eliahu,
the Ashkenazic and Sephardic
Chief Rabbis of Israel, respective-
ly, that the Reform and Conser-
vative movements "are creating a
new Torah that can divide the
Jewish people."
THE CHIEF Rabbis made their
comments in a special interview
with the JTA here. They claimed
that Reform and Conservative
rabbis do not conform to halacha
(religious law) and demanded that
they "stop converting to Judaism
according to their new laws."
"The issue is not whether the
Conservative movement observes
halacha, as we do, but the refusal
of the Orthodox establishment to
accept Conservative rabbis per-
forming religious conversions ac-
cording to halacha," Kreutzer
"The issue is not whether Con-
srvative rabbis observe halacha,
as they do in conversions and all
other religious observances, but
where the rabbi obtained ordina-
tion. If the ordination is Orthodox,
the procedure is accepted;
however, if a rabbi with Conser-
vative ordination follows strictly,
to the very letter of the law.
halachic principles, the conversion
is not accepted.
"WHY? The answer is obvious
politics," Kreutzer declared.
"This divisive political action on
the part of the two Chief Rabbis of
Israel is consistent with the Or-
thodox attempt to amend the
Laws of Return in the Knesset,
which has been repeatedly rebuff-
ed and rejected. It is 'chutzpadik'
for the Chief Rabbis to come to
America and state that 'We ask of
you, don't divide the Jewish peo-
ple' when it is they and their Or-
thodox communities that are sow-
ing the seeds of distrust and
"We ask only that the Chief
Rabbis cease in their determina-
tion to foist Israel's internal
politics and problems upon the
Jewish religion in the diaspora. If
halacha is observed, then the Or
thodox establishment must accept
the legitimate actions of diaspora
Jewry and its rabbis," Kreutzer
Would-Be Bomber's Brother
Said To Have Attacked Discotheque
LONDON Scotland
Yard Monday night charged
Nezar Hindawi with attemp-
ting to blow up an El Al
jetliner carrying 388
passengers and crew as the
747 jetliner was preparing
to resume its flight from
New York to Tel Aviv.
Authorities here also charg-
ed Hindawi with conspiring
to murder his pregnant Irish
girlfriend by concealing a
bomb in the hand-luggage
she planned to carry on the
Hindawi was arrested in Lon-
don last Friday after police
discovered his presence at a hotel
where he was apparently
recognized as the person who ac-
companied Anne-Marie Murphy,
32, to the plane on Thursday and
fled Heathrow Airport promptly
as Murphy was stopped by securi-
ty guards.
MURPHY apparently believed
that she was flying to Israel,
where Hindawi would RMi
later, and the two would be mar-
ried there. Scotland Yard later
released Murphy declaring that
she was tricked into carrying the
bomb aboard.
In Berlin, meanwhile, West Ger-
man security forces arrested a
Palestinian as the man possibly
responsible for the bombing of a
discotheque in that city. The bom-
bing at the La Belle nightclub kill-
ed a U.S. Army sergeant and a
Turkish woman, and it left 230
persons injured. It was this bomb-
ing that precipitated last week's
U.S. air raid on Libya.
The West German security
forces also revealed on Monday
that the Palestinian is the brother
of Nezar Hindawi now held by
London authorities for the at-
tempted bombing of the El Al
jumbo jet. He is said to have lived
in Jordan for a long time and that
his arrest "came through the Lon-
don case."
WEST BERLIN authorities
said the surnames on the two
men's documents were different
and that the London Hindawi may
have carried false papers. The
West Berlin Hindawi, when ar-
rested, had an identification card
declaring him to be a "stateless
Palestinian refugee."
Nezar Hindawi was earlier
described by Scotland Yard as be-
ing 35 and a Palestinian thought
to be from Jordan. But the charge
papers describe him as a 31-year-
old journalist.
Last Thursday, as Murphy at-
tempted to board the El Al jet, she
was seized by security police after
the explosives were found con-
cealed in her luggage at the El Al
check-in counter in a secluded
part of the airport's terminal,
which was immediately cleared of
Murphy was initially described
as in her 20's and of "European
appearance." Hindawi, who ran
off before he could be detained,
was described as of "Middle
Eastern" appearance.
MURPHY WAS trying to board
Flight LY016 bound for Tel Aviv
which arrived here from New
York. After the explosives were
discovered in a false bottom of a
suitcase tagged for the aircraft's
cargo hold, flights out of
Heathrow were suspended for
about 4 to hours.
Police Superintendent Stewart
Higgins said the exploit'
weighing about lit to 20 pom
Continued M ''age 2

Pag* 2 The Jewish Flondian of South County/Friday, May 2, 1986
Who Are Our Friends?

Would-Be Bomber Arrested
Even though the United States
is a superpower with "alliances"
throughout the world, our country
occasionally feels lonely. All of
America's European allies, not
just Britain, should have sup-
ported the air strike against
Libya. And yet, neither morality,
friendship nor logic could per-
suade our friends to do so, par-
ticularly France, who wouldn't
allow our flights in their air space.
For the past 10 years, a
dependence on Arab sources (such
as Libya) for oil has been cited as
the explanation for the pro-Arab
positions of these countries and
for their refusals to sell arms to
While giving into the threat of
Arab oil blackmail might be
regarded as immoral, at least
economic self-interest legitimized
the act. This was the rationale
France used when it released a
kownn PLO terrorist (one of the
many 'Abu's") Abu Daoud in
1977, despite West German and
Israeli requests for his
But today, with a world oil glut
and a relatively insignificant trade
between France and Libya,
France can hardly use economic
self-interest as a reason for refus-
ing the U.S. request.
Neither can one discern a streak
of pacifism in French foreign
policy. Granted, France has Buf-
fered a series of military defeats
dating back to Napoleon never-
theless, she has shown great will-
ingness to intervene militarily
when overseas interests were at
stake. Her use of force to prevent
a Libyan takeover of Chad, and
the French air strike on the Bekaa
Valley following the bombing of
the French barracks in Beirut
clearly demonstrate the lack of
compunction in the use of military
Surely, then, there was ample
precedent for cooperating if not
participating in a retaliatory
strike against terrorist centers in
Libya, and ample justification also
in that both French citizens and
pocketbooks have been victims of
Libyan-inspired terrorism. This,
despite France's efforts to remain
free of violence by permitting the
movement of terrorists and
weapons to transit French soil.
Also, since the United Kingdom
had permitted one of its bases to
be used as a jumping off point for
the U.S. raid, France would not
have been alone in facilitating the
Perhaps the basic reason for
Frances's infuriating refusal to
Papal Visit Seen As Major Step
In Process of Reconciliation
The visit by Pope John Paul
II to the main synagogue in
Rome was .hailed. b.y
American Jewish groups as
a major step in the process
of reconciliation between
the Catholic and Jewish
faiths. They also expressed
hope that it would lead soon
to Vatican recognition of
the State of Israel.
The American Jewish Congress
and the World Jewish Congress
declared in a joint statement that
the Pope's visit "and the content
of his eloquent remarks constitute
an important and hopeful new
chapter in the history of
Catholicism's relations with
"The Pope's formulation of that
relationship bespoke an unusual
warmth and friendship that em-
brace and confirm the con-
siderable progress that has occur-
red in the past 20 yeas since
Vatican II. More important, it
holds the promise of further pro-
gress in that relationship," the
AJC and WJC said.
in the name of Henry Siegman,
executive director of the AJC and
newly named chairman of the
WJC's Commission on Inter-
religious Affairs, hoped "that the
Pope's warm words of friendship
will find expression before too
long in the normalization of rela-
tions between the Vatican and the
State of Israel."
Rabbi Alexander Schindler,
president of the Union of
American Hebrew Congregations,
the congregational arm of Reform
Judaism in America, declared that
the Pope "has given flesh and
blood to the pronouncements of
Vatican Council II and, in so do-
ing, has given heart to Catholics
and Jews alike who seek to deepen
their understanding of each
Schindler added, however, that
"thi not mean overlooking
or ignoring the differences bewt-
ftt still remain. Ji
with the Vatican on
>I1 fend 'in diplomatic
ignition of brad and stili work
with Catholics on racial equality,
economic justice, world hunger
and nuclear disarmament,"
Schindler said,
president of the Appeal of Cons-
cience Foundation and spiritual
leader of the Park East
Synagogue in New York, called
the Pope's visit "a significant and
symbolic act that will serve as the
basis for broadening and deepen-
ing the relationship of Catholics
and Jews, including eventual
recognition of the State of Israel
by the Vatican."
Schneier also expressed con-
fidence that the Pope's condemna-
tion of anti-Semitism in all of its
forms and from any source "will
have a profound effect on the at-
titude of Catholics to Jews and
Jews to Catholics for generations
to come."
Dr. Ronald Sobel, chairman of
the Intergroup Relations Commit-
tee of the Anti-Defamation
League of B'nai B'rith, said in a
statement that the Pope's visit
was "both a symbol and reality
testifying to the revolution that
has taken place in Catholic-Jewish
relations during the last quarter
of a century."
Sobel, who is senior rabbi of
Temple Emanu-El in New York,
added, "The Pope's recognition
and reaffirmation of the ir-
revocable call to the Jewish people
by God also stands as an eloquent
witness to the growing sensitivity
that permeates the dialogue pro-
cess between Catholics and
RABBI MARVIN Hier. dean of
the Los Angeles-based Simon
Wiesenthal Center, said, "This
short journey from the throne of
St. Peter to the central synagogue
of Rome assures Pope John Paul
II a special place of honor in
Jewish history. Had such a
journey been made by Pious XII,
it is unlikely that Hitler's 'Final
Solution' would have reached its
demonic proportions."
Hier added, "Having ascended
the steps of reconciliation with the
Jewish people and vigorously con-
demned anti-Semitism, John Paul
II should now ascend the final step
by establishing full diplomatic
inns with the State of Israel."
permit U.S. aircraft to overfly her
airspace is an almost irrational im-
pulse to demonstrate in-
dependence from the United
States sometimes at any price.
This desire to somehow regain her
former "grandeur" has been a
thread running through French
foreign policy since World War II.
This contrariness has often paid
off since "the squeaky wheel gets
Examples of this spirit of going
it alone and having France as the
center of the universe abound.
Whether it was President Charles
DeGaulle's decision to pull French
troops out of NATO in 1966,
France's numerous flirtations
with Moscow, or development of
its own nuclear "force de frappe"
French actions have driven
American Secretaries of State to
distraction over the years. But
now, with public opinion in our
country so aroused as a result of
this latest rebuff, France might
inevitably have to come to the
realization that she cannot con-
tinue to have it both ways. With
thousands of American soldiers
buried on French soil, France
should not expect to continue to
enjoy the benefits of U.S. protec-
tion, tourism and trade without
displaying some gratitude as Bri-
tain did.
As for Italy and West Germany,
the former enjoys a reputation
when it comes to bearing arms of
"surrender first and ask questions
later." The latter, with the
strongest military force in
Europe, seems to have become
enamored of the Arab world as
if to show that the new Germany
need not feel any guilt over what
happened 40 years ago (since
hardly anyone realized what was
going on anyway).
Israeli support for the U.S. ac-
tion against Libya has largely
been taken for granted. With real
friends there is never a question.
Continued from Page 1
containied a timing device "that
OOllld have been set to explode at
any time." He credited an El Al
security guard with averting a
tragedy at the airport.
Higgins said the guard "wasn't
happv with the appearance of the
luggage. It appears it was
discovered through the keen eye
of El Al security." Baggage
handlers said the woman was only
about 30 yards from boarding the
El Al plane when the discovery of
the explosives was made.
LATER IN the day, British
police disclosed that the ex-
plosives were intended to destroy
the aircraft shortly after it left the
airport. They said it would have
killed the 388 passengers and
crew aboard and could have caus
ed many casualties on the ground.
Murphy herself had said, after
she was detained, that Hindawi
had asked her to do him a favor
and to take the luggage with her
to Tel Aviv.
The incident heightened fears
that Britain as well as the United
States will become the target of
renewed terrorist incidents
following the U.S. air strike
against Libya. The Heathrow Air-
port incident coincided with
Thursday morning's rocket at-
tacks on the British Ambassador's
residence in West Beirut and the
discovery of three bodies believed
to be those of kidnapped Britons.
Fears of anti-British terrorism
were sounded in a heated debate
in Parliament over Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher's decision to
permit U.S. Fill bombers to
operate from British air bases in
their foray against Libya.
ALTHOUGH THE government
won a comfortable majority at the
end of the six-hour debate, its sup-
port for President Reagan's tough
action was criticized by several of
its own opposition members, in-
cluding former Prime Minister
Edward Heath, as well as
members of the Labor Party.
Many of the politicians who |
criticized Thatcher in the debate
argued that Middle East ter- *
rorism could only be eradicated by
a settlement of the Palestinian $
issue acceptable to the Arabs, and
that the attack on Libya made the a
Mideast conflict more intractable, B
undermined British security, and
weakened its influence in the
Heath, the Conservative Prime
Minister at the time of the Yom
Kippur War, claimed credit for
the fact that at that time he refus-
ed to let the Americans use
British bases in Cyprus to help the
beleaguered Israelis in the early
stages of the war.
Supporters of Thatcher remind-
ed Heath that he had also been an
important member of the Conser-
vative government of the late Sir
Anthony Eden which in 1956 laun-
ched the Suez operation against
Eypt, much to the anger of the
United States.
Budget Approved
Knesset approved a 30.194 billion
New Shekel state budget after a
lackluster debate at which coali-
tion discipline prevailed. Although
many Labor and Likud MKs were
as critical of the budget as opposi-
tion members, they voted for it.
NEW YORK (JTA) Only 47
Jews emigrated from the Soviet
Union during March, the National
Conference on Soviet Jewry
(NCSJ) reported recently. The
March figure represents a
decrease in an already dwindling
number of Soviet Jews allowed to
emigrate. "What we are witness-
ing is emigration by 'eyedropper'
one Soviet Jew at a time," said
Morris Abram, chairman of the
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Friday, May 2, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
A Rabbi
Shoshana Miller is a convert to
Judaism who is so enamoured of
her new religion that she decided
to do what the vast majority of
born Jews in America refuse to do
- go on Aliyah to Israel.
Shoshana, born in Colorado,
daughter of a Baptist minister,
decided to do that in order to live
a full Jewjsh life. She was con-
verted in Colorado Springs in
1982, by Rabbi David Kline,
spiritual leader of a congregation
that is affiliated with both the
Reform and the Conservative
movements. The conversion
i-oremony was carried out in ac-
cordance with all halachic re-
quirements, including immersion
in aMiknh
Shoshana would not have it any
other way.
When she applied for Aliyah,
she was assured by all the proper
authorities that, in accordance
with Israel's Law of Return, upon
arrival there she would be con-
sidered a Jew in all respects and
would be issued an ID card as
Shoshana Miller arrived in
Israel in October, 1985. Like other
new olim, she was given an apart-
ment in an absorption center and
began intensive studies of Hebrew
in an Ulpan. When she applied for
her ID card at the Interior
Ministry in Jerusalem, she was in-
formed, after a lengthy run-
around, that her conversion was
not valid, and that the best they
could do for her was to give her a
card as a Christian immigrant.
The reason: the conversion was
performed by a Reform rabbi. If
she wanted an ID card as a Jew,
she would have to undergo
another conversion ceremony the
"proper" way.
anosnaiia reiusea to suomit to
that request, and, with the help of
many sympathetic Israelis is tak-
ing the matter to court. The
charge: Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz,
Minister of the Interior, who
refused to recognize her as a Jew
under the existing Law of Return,
is acting illegally by taking the
law in his own hands.
The matter has been widely
publicized in the Israeli press,
which, by and large, is giving her
full support.
Rabbi Morton Berman was an
outstanding spiritual leader and
an active and devoted Zionist for
many years. He was a descendant
of several generations of
distinguished Rabbis. When he
retired from his congregation in
Chicago 12 years ago, he settled in
Jerusalem, where he continued to
serve his people.
His wish was to live out his
Tension Flares
sion flared near the Temple
Mount in the Old City last Thurs-
day when a routine visit by
Jerusalem police chief Rahamim
Comfort was taken by Moslem
worshippers as a move to
establish an official Jewish
presence close to the Islamic
A group of worshippers, led by a
member of the Moslem Supreme
Council, protested vehemently
against an alleged attempt to
break into the Temple Mount, site
of the El Aksa Mosque and the
Dome of the Rock (Mosque of
The latest controversy began
several weeks ago when students
at the Aderet Cohanim yeshiva
were assigned a room near the so-
called Hakotel Hakatan (The
Small Wall) outside the Temple
Mount to store furniture.
Rabbi Nathan H. Fish
years in Israel and to be buried in
the cemetery on the Mount of
Olives, where his father, grand-
father and great-grandfather rest.
He died recently, and his wish was
carried out by his family.
When they came to dedicate his
tombstone, however, they found,
much to their horror, that a fence
of cement blocks had been put up
around his grave by a group of
Haredim (ultra-Orthodox Jews).
The purpose of the fence was
"to separate between the
'unclean' grave of the rabbi and
the 'pure Jews' buried near him."
It was done after large posters ap-
peared all over the streets of
Meah Shearim, denouncing the
burial of a Reform Rabbi on the
Mount of Olives as a crime, and is-
suing a stern warning not to dare
bury his wife near him when her
time comes.
Mercifully, the Hevra Kadisha
(Burial Society) of Jerusalem
removed the fence around the
rabbi's grave. A campaign is now
being waged by the Haredim call-
ing for separate cemeteries for
Reform Jews in Israel. Reform, to
these people, is a general term for
all who are non-Orthodox.
I read these stories and
wondered whether they were real-
ly happening in modern Israel to-
day, or whether they were tales
about life in a Medieval ghetto
somewhere in Galut.
I also pondered: who is more
deserving of being identified as a
Jew in the State of Israel? Is it
Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz of the
"Shas" party, Minister of the In-
terior, who makes his own Law of
Return in violation of the
established law of the State? Is it
the -stone-throwing, grave van-
dalizing fanatics of the Eda
Haredit? Or is it a woman like
Shoshana Miller, or a man like
Rabbi Morton Berman, may he
rest in peace?
Some 140 survivors of the volcanic eruption that destroyed the
town of Armero in Colombia are employed at the American
Jewish World Services Ladrillos for Colombia project manufac-
turing bricks for reconstruction of their town.
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Auschwitz Exhibition to Bring Evidence
of Holocaust To U.S. Communities
Dutch Holocaust Survivors
Bear Unique Scars
United Jewish Appeal has an-
nounced that it has signed an
agreement with the Polish
government to provide for a two-
year nationwide tour of Holocaust
artifacts and other documents
under UJA auspices.
The agreement, which was a
major goal of UJA National Chair-
man Alex Grass, was achieved in
association with the World Jewish
Congress and provides for a tour
of materials from the Auschwitz
State Museum.
The exhibition is called,
"Auschwitz: Crimes Against
Mankind." It consists of 80 items
such as suitcases, human hair,
oven parts and 135 photographic
panels. The exhibition was on
display at the United Nations this
winter in commemoration of
Human Rights Day, and was seen
by 70,000 persons. The exhibition,
which was organized in Poland by
the Auschwitz State Museum and
the International Auschwitz Com-
mittee, tells the tragic story of the
Auschwitz death camp in Poland
from 1940 until its liberation by
Allied troops in 1945.
The agreement, however,
represents two further advances
in the ongoing UJA effort to en-
sure that the realities of the
Holocaust are never forgotten so
as to prevent the possibility of a
"Unlike the exhibition as
displayed at the UN," Grass said,
"the display from now on will be
accompanied by a catalog com-
pletely revised for us in which the
Polish government recognizes the
centrality of the Jewish tragedy in
the Holocaust. That is, the Polish
government agrees that while
others died in the Holocaust, it
was an organized, methodical
let me add, evil program to kill
all the Jews in Europe. Sue million
Jews died including one million
children only for the fact that they
were Jewish.
"Second, this exhibition will be
brought to communities across
the U.S., and placed in museums
and other public areas so that all
Americans, Jews and non-Jews
especially those too young to
remember the Holocaust, will
know it really happened, that it
was horrific and that it could
happen again.'
"By sponsoring this exhibi-
tion," Grass added, "we are
enabling people who cannot visit
Yad Vashem in Jerusalem or the
site of Auschwitz in Poland to
directly experience the reality and
impact of a concentration camp
whose very name has become
synonymous with Nazi crimes and
Jewish suffering."
Grass added that in addition
many Americans would unders-
tand more about Israel and its im-
portance to all Jews when they
recognize that Israel rose from
the ashes of the Holocaust to
guarantee all Jews a home if they
need it.
Negotiations that led to the
agreement were supported by the
American Gathering of Holocaust
Survivors, the New York Jewish
Community Relations Council and
other groups. The UN Center for
Human Rights, which co-
sponsored the exhibition earlier
this year, will continue as sponsor
while it is on tour.
UJA will provide, in addition to
the fully revised catalog, educa-
tional and other materials to help
Americans understand what
Grass called "a fundamentally in-
comprehensible scheme to
eliminate the Jewish people."
UJA is receiving requests from
communities wishing to obtain the
exhibition, which will be made
available by the UJA free of
charge. The display requires 3,150
square feet, or about two-thirds
the size of a regulation basketball
Further information may be ob-
tained from Donna Lee Goldberg,
Special Projects, United Jewish
Appeal, 99 Park Avenue, New
York, NY 10016, (212) 818-9100,
extension 379.
Our Readers Write
EDITOR; The Jewish Floridian:
The headline and article in the
April 18 issue of the Jewish Flori-
dian of South County in regard to
my campaign was very misleading
and I would appreciate your
publishing the following
1) / initiated the meeting with
the Board of Rabbis as community
leaders to discuss with them the
merits of my candidacy.
2) Most of those who listened to
my presentation applauded my
knowledge of the issues facing the
3) All the readers of the non-
sectarian press interpreted the
identical language in the adver-
tisement "Don't leave home
without it!" as identifying my can-
didacy with community activists,
retirees and supporters of
neglected causes of the consti-
tuency of District 28.
4) Absolutely no ethnic appeal
was made in that article, no mat-
ter in which publication it
5) One of the key issues in my
campaign is the preservation of
the Constitutional guarantee of
separation of church and state.
6) To make a comparison in any
way between the scurrilous flyer
being circulated by a Mr. Plimp-
Adele Messinger
ton and my campaign material is a
gross injustice to the thousands of
my supporters who represent all
faiths, colors and creeds.
Candidate for State
Senate, District 28
Rabbi Bruce Warshal also
reacted to the same article in
which he was quoted.
I want to make my position
clear on the candidacy of Adele
Messinger for State Senate, since
I was quoted in the front page
"Floridian" article concerning her
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"ethnic" ads.
I was accurately quoted. I
believe that her ad using the term
"our" in a Jewish newspaper was
most unfortunate. Having said
that, I want it known that I
believe that Adele Messinger is a
fine candidate. She is bright, com-
mitted and very sensitive on
issues of violations of the separa-
tion of church and state.
I am not involved politically in
this race and do not endorse any
candidate, but I do not want to be
misunderstood. My criticism at a
Rabbinical Associaton meeting
concerning a particular advertis-
ing campaign is not a criticism of
Adele Messinger as a person or a
Boca Raton
Israel Will
Assist South
African Jews
To Migrate
Israel is prepared to assist South
African Jews who decide to im-
migrate here because of the moun-
ting unrest in South Africa, Ab-
sorption Minister Yaacov Tsur
told reporters at a press briefing
on his return from a nine-day visit
to South Africa. He predicted that
some 600 South African olim
would settle in Israel this year,
double last year's number.
According to Tsur, South
African Jews, like many other
white South Africans, are seeking
alternative homes in Australia
and North America, and only to a
lesser extent, in Israel. These in-
clude Zionist as well as non-
Zionist Jews, he said.
Tsur said he met with more than
3,000 South African Jews on his
visit, and "I told them I did not
come to compete with Australia in
offering attractions. There is no
way we can do that. But I said
that Israel is ready to help those
who come to Israel."
Special to SCJF
On the surface, the Dutch Jews
who hid from the Nazis during the
Holocaust were the lucky ones.
Spared the horrors of the concen-
tration camps, many of them hid
from the Germans in cellars, at-
tics or cupboards.
But the isolation and day-to-day
uncertainty left deep
psychological scars which many of
them suppressed for decades. On-
ly recently has this group of
Holocaust survivors been able to
express their anxieties and
"Who was I to complain? My
husband was in a concentration
camp I was only in hiding. I
never dared to tell my experience.
But I also suffered very much,"
said one woman at a seminar in
Jerusalem sponsored by Elah, a
psycho-social group founded in
1979 which counsels Dutch
In many other respects the ex-
periences of Dutch Jewry during
World War II set them apart from
other European Jews. They were
caught by surprise when anti-
Semitism became commonplace in
Holland, a country where Jews
lived for centuries without
"Polish Jews were used to
pogroms. They didn't have the il-
lusion that they were equal and
they didn't expect to be treated as
such. But anti-Semitism came as a
shock for the Dutch," said Ruth
Kaufman, director of Elah.
Particularly traumatized were
the thousands of Dutch children
and adolescents who were either
separated completely from their
natural parents and had to hide
alone, or those who were given
new identities as Christians and
went to live with a Christian
"The children who went into
hiding alone just couldn't unders-
tand why their parents had
vanished. They thought that they
were bad children. These children
grew up to be extremely
neurotic," said Kaufman, who at
age 10 was sent to Israel and
luckily did not have to endure the
years of hiding that her younger
brother experienced.
Those who were given new iden-
tities as Christians were caught
between bitter battles after the
war when their natural parents
returned to reclaim their children.
Many times the adoptive parents
didn't want to give the youngsters
back. Often the children became
attached to the non-Jewish family
and couldn't even remember their
Jewish parents. The issue was fre-
quently decided in nasty court bat-
tles, Kaufman said.
This scenario was always
traumatic for the children. Many
of them who are now between the
ages of 45 and 50 have still not ex-
pressed their anger over their
split childhood, Kaufman noted.
One woman recounted how she
spent most of the day with seven
other Jews in a tiny cupboard
where she hardly had enough air
to breath. Like most Jews who hid
from the Nazis, she was in cons-
tant state of anxiety that she
would be caught.
"In the concentration camps
there wasn't this kind of problem.
You were with others who were
suffering and the situation was
much clearer. The solidarity
helped them somehow," the
63-year-old Kaufman said.
"One woman who was in
Auschwitz told me that she knew
there couldn't be anything worse.
It was final you would either
survive or not. But for those in
hiding, the uncertainty was more
psychologically harmful than the
certainty," Kaufman maintained.
Through Elah's counseling pro-
gram, participants are now
recognizing and trying to over-
come their feelings of insecurity
and inability to have meaningful
relationships. Throughout the
years after the Holocaust the sur-
vivors were so intent on building
their new lives in Israel that these
psychological problems went
One major shock for the older
Dutch Jews was returning to their
old neighborhoods and realizing
that they were not welcomed as
they had thought they would be.
"They came back and saw their
non-Jewish neighbors walking
down the street with their fur
coats. The non-Jews looked at the
survivors with surprise and said,
'You came back!' The non-Jews
were sure that they hadn't surviv-
ed. But they didn't return Jewish
property and the dream of the
Dutch Jews of returning home
was shattered," Kaufman said.
Kaufman rejected the common-
ly held notion that most Dutch
Gentiles were sympathetic to the
Jews and helped them after the
Nazis entered Holland in 1940.
Many of them, she said, col-
laborated with the Germans and
betrayed the Jews who were in
"It's wishful thinking to believe
that the Dutch were behind us.
It's not easy to do something for
another group that will endanger
your own life," Kaufman said.
Leni Fortus was seven years old
when she was separated from her
parents and went into hiding at
the home of Dutch Christians. Her
four-year-old brother joined her
later, only to be betrayed by a
Dutch spy who had infiltrated the
underground. She watched
helplessly as the Nazis came to the
house and dragged her younger
brother away, never to be seen
Fortus, now 50, works as a
therapist for Elah, where she
counsels a portion of Elah's
clients formerly from Holland.
She still carries the guilt of having
escaped her sibling's fate,
although she said she recognizes
that there was nothing she could
have done to save him.
"After the war, my parents who
were hiding somewhere else, were
so overcome with grief over my
brother that they forgot to be
joyous because they still had me.
"Yes, I have a guilt feeling
about my brother. I made it; he
didn't. But because I survived, I
feel I have to live in a special way.
So I work for Elah in the hope
that I can somehow help other
Dutch Jews overcome their pro-
blems," she said.
Minister Leaves on Tour
To Dedicate Solar Energy Plant
Energy Minister Moshe Shahal
has left on a week-long visit to the
U.S. during which he will dedicate
the second solar energy plant built
in southern California by an
Israeli firm for a local electric
utility. He is also scheduled to
discuss American oil prospecting
in Israel with U.S. Energy
Secretary John Herrington and
with Armand Hammer, head of
The solar station Shahal will
visit was built by Luz, an Israeli
firm. It cost $90 million and 50
percent of the material that went
into its construction was imported
from Israel. Shahal will take part
in negotiations to export an even
larger Israel-made solar energy
plant, to cost about $120 million,
to a South American country.
Continental Petroleum.

On This and That
Friday, May 2, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
(EDITOR'S NOTE: As we went to press we were informed by the Journal of the AM A that reac-
tion to the article on the death of Jesus had been "unprecedented," with letters pouring in from all
over the country. The Journal's editors said they were planning a special issue in order to feature 18
Normally, the Journal may feature a maximum of 4 or 5 letters from readers.)
The recent article in The Flori-
dian on the death of Jesus, as
presented in a Journal of the
American Medical Association
(JAMA) article, seems to have
touched a very sensitive Jewish
nerve. Many people have asked me
in-depth questions concerning my
Utter to JAMA. The original arti-
cle merely summarized my
I believe this issue is of such
historical importance to the
Jewish people that it warrants my
reproducing the entire letter.
Journal of the American Medical
535 Deerborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Dear Editor:
I am afraid that the Journal of
the American Medical Association
has inadvertently embroiled itself
in an historical controversy by
publishing an article on the
physical death of Jesus in its
March 21 issue. It is unfortunate
that the article could not have
reviewed the medical aspects of
his death without making an-
cillary remarks about his
historical context. The attribution
of the trial to a Jewish religious
Sanhedrin, based on the gospels,
removes the article from medical
scholarship and enters an arena
where physicians are not the final
arbiters of truth.
Based on interviews that the
author, Born Again Christian
Mayo Clinic Pathologist William
Edwards, made to the general
press, the ultimate point of his ar-
ticle contradicts a view advanced
by some Christian Theologians
since the late 19th century, "that
resurrection was really a
resuscitation or revival, that
Jesus had not died on the cross."
This is an internal Christian
debate in which I as a rabbi have
no interest.
In no way do I impugn the
motives of Dr. Edwards or his two
co-authors. Although I have been
approached by irate Jewish physi-
cians who were shocked to read
this article in your Journal, I do
not see anti-Semitism involved. I
understand that the motivation of
the authors relates to an internal
Christian theological argument.
However, as a by-product of that
debate, the old accusation, based
on the gospels, that the Jews kill-
ed Jesus, resurfaces. It is par-
ticularly painful to Jews at a time
of enlightenment and ecumenism.
Concerning the historical ques-
tion of who crucified Jesus I will
make five points:
The New Testament is a
brilliant theological document
that needs not to be defended by
believing Christians. To say that
the gospels are more polemic than
historical does not denigrate the
total of 27 books that comprise the
New Testament. Yet, the fact is
that historical narrative as we
know it today, attempting to
reflect accuracy to minute detail,
did not exist in the Jewish world
of Jesus and is certainly not
reflected in the gospels.
The earliest gospel, Mark, was
written 40 to 60 years after Jesus'
crucifixion. The last gospel, John,
was written 90 to 120 years after
the death of Jesus. Although
great emphasis is placed on "oral
tradition," one can question the
historical accuracy of any book
written that many years after an
event, without modern libraries in
which to research the history. In-
deed, some Christian scholars,
recognizing this problem, have
posited a Q-source theory
namely that the gospel writers
were indeed relying upon a com-
mon source book that is no longer
extant, or at least uncovered at
this moment. Until such a source
surfaces, this remains merely a
thesis to solve a very difficult
historical problem.
To say that the gospels were not
historically accurate is not to say
that they are not brilliant
polemics in the evolutionary pro-
cess of Christianity carving itself
Not Very Soon, But. ..
out of Judaism into an indepen-
dent religion. Historical detail,
such as the precise date of Jesus'
birth, did not interest the gospel
writers. Our problem is that we
want to apply Twentieth Century
historical motivation to Second
Century writers who had their
own agenda. To say that they do
not meet our criteria is to
misunderstand their cultural
matrix and their motivation.
All crimes, and certainly the
crucifixion of Jesus was a crime,
have motives, unless we are deal-
ing with raving lunatics. No
scholars or Christian theologians
of whom I am aware have ever ac-
cused the Jewish establishment of
the First Century of being lunatic.
Even in our differences we have
respected each other's sanity.
Thus, a motive is needed.
Although Jewish history is
replete with killing for power as
unfortunately it is in the history of
all peoples there is no Jewish
tradition of killing for theological
reasons. Sadly, burning at the
stake for the sake of beliefs is a
legacy of our daughter religion
Christianity. Jewish liberality con-
cerning belief stems from the
salvation system of the religion.
In Judaism salvation is based sole-
ly on one's good deeds. Philosophy
is irrelevant. Within Christianity,
through the writings of Paul,
beliefs and dogma are as essential
to salvation as ethical behavior.
Jesus, whom most Christian
scholars would characterize as an
ethical teacher, would not have
been a threat to the Jewish
religious establishment of the
First Century even if his
teachings radically differed from
the Jewish norm, although many
scholars seem to indicate that this
was not the case. Indeed, there
were many strains of Jewish
thought at the time of Jesus. Far
from being monolithic, Judaism
was a cauldron of emerging
religious thought. Other than the
gospels, all other historical data
indicate no blood-letting over
these fervent religious and ethical
Passover, The Spring Festival,
May Soon Be In Summer
(Joseph Pfeffer, an expert on
astronomy and the Hebrew calen-
dar, has previously written a
number of articles on the accuracy
of the calendar, the factors which
determine when holidays occur,
the relationship between the solar
year and the lunar months, and so
(He has written this article to
honor the memory of his late belov-
ed brother Abraham Samuel Pfef-
fer, who died on March 11, in an
automobile crash in Richmond,
Passover, according to
the commandment in the Torah, is
to be celebrated in the first month
of Spring, or Hodesh Aviv, since it
was in the Spring month that the
Israelites went out of Egypt (Ex-
odus 12:2). The same thing is also
repeated in Deuteronomy (16:1),
commanding us to make the
Pascal sacrifice in Hodesh Aviv.
The start of Spring, contrary to
what many people think, is not
determined by the calendar date;
it is determined by astronomical
occurrences the vernal equinox,
in this case and attempts have
been made to adjust the calendar
to it.
This year, for example, the Spr-
ing month began, in effect, on
March 20, at 5:03 p.m. EST, when
the equinox took place.
However, because of the addi-
tion of the second Adar month in
the Hebrew calendar (the
Hebrew calendar, which is
lunar, gets an extra month on its
leap years), Passover this year
occurred on the evening of April
23 while the first Spring
month ended on April 19 ...
Are we failing, then, to comply
with the biblical commandment to
celebrate Passover in the month
of Spring? Moreover, have we fail-
ed to do so on previous occasions?
A similar situation occurred on
previous years 1929, 1932,
1940, 1943, 1948, 1951 and 1959,
to name a few. In fact, a study of
the years between 1900 and 2000
shows that in 19 of the 38 leap
years on the Hebrew calendar
during that period, Passover oc-
curs later than the first Spring
month. (There are seven leap
years, with an additional month of
Adar, in every cycle of 19 years,
as we have outlined in a previous
The question is not why this
happens we know why. The
Hebrew calendar's solar year is
based on Rabbi Adda's calcula-
tions of 365 days, five hours, 55
minutes and 25.44 seconds, which
is 6 minutes and 41.5 seconds
longer than the year of the "civil"
calendar. Does not sound like
much, right? Well, the ac-
cumulated difference since the
calendar came into use has
already added up to approximate-
ly eight days! This means that the
start of Passover has been shifted,
over time, by 8 days, and on some
leap years this puts the holiday
past the Spring month!
This brings up a second ques-
tion: What will happen when the
accumulated difference, eventual-
ly, drives Passover later and later
into the astronomical year, so that
eventually it will occur past the
Spring month ALL the time? Can
we then observe the Biblical com-
mandment on the observance of
Passover at all?
Leading scholars are studying
this problem and some solutions
have been suggested linked
to adjustments in the calendar.
Meanwhile, one school of thought
takes the position that so long as
the first day of the Hebrew month
of Nissan, in which we celebrate
Passover, falls within the Spring
month (that is, within 30 days of
the equinox), Nissan is then con-
sidered the first Spring month.
The celebration of Passover is
then in compliance, even on the
years cited above as past the time.
This answers the problems of
past years and this year, but even-
tually will not apply, as the ac-
cumulated differnce pushes even
the start of Nissan past the first
30 days. One of the other propos-
ed solutions will then have to be
employed to adjust for the
difference .
Continuing our search for
motivation, the gospels indicate
that Jesus was crucified and that
Pilate wrote upon the cross,
"Jesus of Nazareth, The King of
the Jews." In fact, when Pilate
asked the Jews, "Shall I crucify
your King," the chief priests pro-
tested, "We have no king but
Jesus lived in tumultuous times.
The Romans were vigilant against
incipient Jewish insurrection. This
vigilance was not without good
cause. The Jews of the First Cen-
tury had aspirations to reestablish
an independent Jewish state.
Merely 36 years after the death of
Jesus, the Jews staged a bloody
four-year war against Rome that
ended in the destruction of
Jerusalem and the Second Tem-
ple. The last stand of the zealots
at Massada is a well-known part of
this history. Again, in the years
132-135, the Jews staged a second
unsuccessful major offensive
against Rome.
The Romans were not paranoid.
They had every reason to fear the
least bit of evidence concerning a
challenge to their rule over Judea.
The Jews were not a docile subject
people. They were a difficult and
stiff-necked adversary. It is
historically consonant with what
scholars know of First Century
Judea to believe that Jesus was
crucified by the Romans for
political reasons, justified or
At this point I must say that I
believe that individual Jews were
involved in the crucifixion of
Jesus, Jews who were func-
tionaries of Roman power, but not
the Jewish establishment that was
busy preparing insurrection
against Rome.
In all occupations there are
quislings and collaborators. The
term quisling for traitor refers to
the Norwegian Vidkurr Quisling
who facilitated Nazi rule1 of Nor-
way. Even a covey of quislings
would not lead us to the conclu-
sion that Norway or the
Norwegian people as a whole had
complicity with the loathed Nazis.
So it was in ancient Judea. I do
not doubt that the Romans used
Jewish agents in their network of
rule and that such agents were a
part of most Roman crucifixions.
Having said this there is no doubt
that the crucifixion of Jesus was a
Roman act to further the ends of
Roman rule.
In his article Dr. Edwards in-
dicated that during the night
Jesus was brought before "a
political Sanhedrin" and that at
daybreak he was tried before a
religious Sanhedrin" (Bet Din).
The term political Sanhedrin
would be a euphemism for a quisl-
ing Roman-Jewish court. It has lit-
tle relevance to Judaism or the
true Jewish religious establish-
ment of the First Century.
The religious Sanhedrin was a
legislative body of 71 heads with
authority over Jews world-wide.
It decreed laws concerning mar-
riage, divorce, the religious calen-
dar and the like. This religious
Sanhedrin never tried cases in-
volving capital punishment since
it was only a legislative body.
A Sanhedrin composed of 23
members did try capital cases.
Most of the important cities in
Judea had a Jewish court of this
nature. But the gospels tell us that
this Jewish court sentenced Jesus
on the eve of Passover or on the
day itself. (The gospels differ as to
the exact, timing.) The Jewish
sources clearly indicate that no
authentic Jewish court would be
in session at those times (Mishnah
Sanhedrin 4:1). This would be
analogous to saying that a Florida
court convicted a defendant and
sentenced him to death on
December 25. We are aware that
no American court is in session on
this day.
Any court operating in the mid-
dle of the night or at daybreak
during the religious season refer-
red to in the gospels could not be
an authentic Jewish court but
would have to have been a bastard
creature of Roman domination.
One final small point. The fact
that Jesus was crucified and not
put to death in another fashion in-
dicated that the Romans, not the
Jews, killed him. Every nation has
its favorite method of capital
punishment. Dr. Edwards correct-
ly states in his article that the
Romans reserved crucifixion, a
particularly painful death, for
slaves, foreigners, revolutionaries
and the vilest of criminals.
- Historically, England has had
its gallows; France its guillotine;
New York its electric chair;
California its gas chamber;
etcetera. Name the method of
capital punishment and you can
almost isolate the geography and
the nationality of the executioner.
Crucifixion was as alien to
Judaism as it was common to
Roman rule. The fact is that the
traditional biblical method of ex-
ecution was stoning and that a
religious Sanhedrin had the right
to inflict only four modes of
capital punishment: stoning, burn-
ing, decapitation and strangling.
Jewish law did not permit
crucifixion. It is as simple as that.
In summary, it is unfortunate
that an article in a medical journal
strayed into uncharted historical
waters. The medical conclusions
could have stood on their own
without implicating Judaism. As a
rabbi I have an intellectual respect
for Christianity, although, ob-
viously, I am not a believer. This
important theology need not rest
on faulty historical premises.
Once again I state that I am
sure that it was not the intent of
the authors to offend Jews or
Judaism. But I believe that it is
important for your readership to
know the historical reality.
Although generally you do not
publish historical treatises, I
believe you owe it to every physi-
cian who is a member of the AM A
and who received the original arti-
cle to publish this clarification.
Vanessa Loses Boycott Bid
LONDON (JTA) A call by
actress Vanessa Redgrave and a
group of 38 supporters for a
cultural boycott of Israel was
defeated at the annual meeting of
the British actors union, Equity,
which broke up in chaos in a Lon-
don theater.
motion was read to the
t 300 union members by
jdgrave's brother, Colin. The
proposal demanded a ban on per-
forming in Israel and an end to
sales there of television and film
material involving Equity
members. It referred to Israel as
"occupied Palestine" and to its
law as "fundamentally racist."
But Colin Redgrave's reading of
the proposal was greeted with a
barrage of shouts of "anti-
Semite" and "Hitler" from angry
opponents. The motion was subse-
quently overwhelmingly defeated
by a show of hands of those in
Pamela Manson, a Jewish ac-
tress, described the motion as
"Marxist and racist" and said that
the union would be "disgraced
forever" if it supported it. "This
creed of anti-Zionism not being
anti-Semitism is a ploy," she said.
"It is as hard to separate them as
to separate the book of Exodus
from the Bible."

Page 6 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, May 2, 1986
Record Attendance At Women's
Division Annual Golf Tournament
The 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, held on behalf
of the Women's Division, South County Jewish
Federation 1985/86 campaign took place on April 7 at
the Boca Grove Country Club.
A record number of 144 women played the course.
Before teeing-off, a Continental breakfast was
served. After the tournament concluded, prizes were
awarded and a buffet luncheon was served.
Phyllis Squires, Women's Division chairwoman
thanked all the participants for helping to make the
day so exciting and successful!

Phyllis Squires,
Women' Division
Elayne Brenner
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Friday, May 2, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 7

Hank Yusem to Co-Chair Real Estate
Division of Capital Campaign
Capital Campaign
The Capital Campaign continues to gather momentum according to
Abby Levine, chairman of the effort. With a strong response to opening
solicitations, the campaign now nears the $3 million mark, of the $14
million goal.
Chairmen of the various divisions are preparing their reports for
the next Steering Committee meeting which will take place on May 8.
Abby remarked that "the enthusiasm and steady flow of positive con-
tributions from this group are moving the campaign ahead by great
bounds." He added, "our community is quite fortunate to have such a
committed and enthusiastic group of leaders."
Town Hall meetings are beginning to inform segments of the com-
munity about the Capital Campaign. On April 20, Arthur Jaffe, director
of the Jewish Community Foundation and Kim Marsh, director of
Capital Development, spoke to the Holocaust Survivors Club at Century
Village in Boca Raton. The 150 Club members in attendance expressed
enthusiasm in the project and stepped forward asking how they could
become involved. As one club member so aptly expressed, "We watched
one community destroyed, and now we have the wonderful opportunity
to build a fresh Jewish community here in South County for our children
and grandchildren."
Abby urges that anyone interested in working on the Capital Cam-
paign, please contact Kim Marsh, director of Capital Development at
the Federation, 368-2737.
Hank Yusem, co-chairman of
the Real Estate Division of the
Capital Campaign has lived, work-
ed and developed the South Coun-
ty Jewish community since 1968.
Hank believes that the Richard
and Carole Siemens Jewish Cam-
pus will be a valuable asset for the
future growth of this area.
As a leading builder, he is in
part responsible for attracting
hundreds of Jewish families into
our community in such areas as
Boca Lakes, Palm Greens and, of
course, Boca West where Yusem
is a household word.
Hank has been an active
Mandate Okayed
The mandate for the 5,825-troop
United Nations peacekeeping
force in south Lebanon was ex-
tended by three months last Fri-
day by the unanimous vote of the
15-member Security Council.
The unusual agreement among
Security Council nations marked
the first time the Soviet Union
and its allies did not abstain on the
mandate renewal vote for the
peacekeeping operation in south
Lebanon, established in 1978.
"The Soviet Union shares the
opinion of Lebanon on the need to
retain the presence of UNIFIL,"
said the Soviet Union's chief
delegate, Yuri Dubinin, referring
to the United Nations Interim
Force in Lebanon. "UNIFIL acts
as a decisive factor in impeding
the plans of Israel in Lebanon."
The Soviets have in the past not
given support for UN peacekeep-
ing operations. In Friday's vote,
Bulgaria joined with the Soviet
Union in favor of the UNIFIL
mandate extension. In the last six
months, UNIFIL troops suffered
18 casualties from gunfire, in-
cluding three dead.
Hank Yusem
member of this community. He
has chaired the Grand Ball for the
Federation campaign and
established a new standard of ex-
cellence for that event. He is also
deeply involved with Temple Beth
El. Additionally, he has supported
the Elizabeth Falk Foundation,
Florida Atlantic University, the
Boca Raton Community Hospital
and is a patron of the Arts.
Hank hopes that "other leaders
in the active real estate communi-
ty will become involved in the
ONE HOME Campaign." He con-
cluded that "this effort will add
immeasurably to our ability to of-
fer quality services in state-of-the-
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Page 8 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, May 2, iyb
Israel B<
Squires Honored At Del-Aire, As Bonds Drive There Nears $lm.
The Israel Bonds campaign in the
Del-Aire Country Club was
celebrated in an electrifying even-
ing at the home of Lee and Mickey
Weinstein, as Eugene and Phyllis
Squires were honored with the Ci-
ty Of Peace Award.
The residents of Del-Aire
enhanced the honor they did the
Squires by responding to the drive
with nearly $900,000 in Bonds
purchases, and, as the campaign
continues through June, chairman
Howard Pittman and his wife
Mildred hope to see the total reach
the $lm. mark.
Eugene Squires is curently com-
pleting his second year as Bonds
chairman for the South County
area, while Phyllis Squires is in
her second year as chairperson of
the Women's Division of the
South County Jewish Federation.
The Levities, Abby and
Mildred, presented the City of
Peace Award to the Squires.
Ben Pressner, past chairman,
introduced the guest speaker,
Eli Rubinstein.
Honored at the Del-Aire Bonds Event, were Levine, president of the Prime Ministers'
Phyllis and Eugene Squires, above, with son Club.
Buddy visiting from Boston, and Abner
Howard Pittman, chairman,
opens the event at Del-Aire, at
the home of Lee and Mickey
Guest speaker Eli Rubinstein,
an official of the Israel Em-
bassy in Washington, who
spoke candidly about the cur-
rent situation and terrorism.
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We of the South County Jewish family have inherited a historic
Thiwe who preceded us were far-sighted, generous individuals
who pooled their resources and energies to build their growing
community and to help newcomers.
Today, our Jewish Community through the Jewish Community
Foundation and the South County Jewish Federation and its
network of agencies, responds to the needs of Jewish men and
women by offering them a variety of services spanning the entire
age scale.
Our Federation annual campaign seeks to meet the financial
operating needs of our beneficiary agencies and institutions in
their day-to-day helping and healing services. Thus, life is made
fuller and richer for our elderly; the young are educated and
stimulated to lead meaningful lives as Americans and as Jews.
And the human needs of the people of Israel are likewise met
through our support.
This is the season when Jews all over the
world identify with our past, ancient and
recent, by saying: "WE WERE THERE."
Then .. and now.
The future can also he ours. We can make
certain we SHALL he there.
The following codicils are provided to help in the preparation of the wills of today's altruistic and
concerned individuals who wish to assure the perpetuation of a strong and viable Jewish community
in South County.
. I give and bequeath the sum of______________________________________
\($________________) Dollars to the South County Jewish Federation, Inc.,
to be held as part of its endowment fund by the Jewish Community Foundation
I of South County, with an office presently located at SS6 N.W. Spanish River
Blvd., Boca Raton, Florida.
I give and bequeath to the South County Jewish Federation, Inc., to be held
as part of its endowment fund by the Jewish Community Foundation of South
County, with an office presently located at SS6 N. W. Spanish River Blvd., Boca
Raton, Florida, all shares in__________,______________________________
which I may own at the time of my death, together with all dividends declared
I direct my Personal Representative to sell my real property located at
__________________________________________., and I give and bequeath
the proceeds of such sale to the South County Jewish Federation, Inc., to be
held as part of its endowment fund by the Jewish Community Foundation of
South County, with an office presently located at SS6 N. W. Spanish River
Blvd., Boca Raton, Florida.
I give and bequeath to the South County Jewish Federation, Inc., to be held
as part of its endowment fund by the Jewish Community Foundation of South
County, with an office presently located at S36 N. W. Spanish River Blvd., Boca
Raton, Florida, the sum of__________________________________________
($_______________) Dollars. It is my desire that this sum be used or set aside
for the purpose of_________________________________________________
However, this expression of my desire is not to limit the ability or right of the
Board of Trustees to use the money for any other purpose which they feel is
more essential to the said Foundation's programs.
I give and bequeath the sum of______________________________________
($________________) Dollars to the South County Jewish Federation, Inc.,
to be held as part of its endowment fund by the Jewish Community Foundation
of South County, with an office presently located at SS6 N. W. Spanish River
Blvd., Boca Raton, Florida, to be held as a memorial fund in the names of
the principal thereof to be invested, and the net income therefrom to be
used as the Board of Trustees of the said Foundation shall
determine, provided that any and all payments of such income shall be made
in the names of__________________________________________________,
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rage w ine Jewish t londian of South County/Friday, May 2, 1986
of the
Jewish Community Day School
Israeli, U.S. Leaders Praise Strike
Against Tripoli, Benghazi
The Passover holiday is long
awaited by the students at the
Day School as each class prepares
its own traditional Seder. After
extensive study of the historical
origin and current rituals practic-
ed on Pessah. the students eager-
ly await their Seder.
The degree of involvement in
both the preparation and par-
ticipation of the students pro-
gresses with the grade. Beit
Yeladim (the Preschool) held their
Seder at B'nai Torah Congrega-
tion, whose spaciousness afforded
the opportunity for the children's
friends and relatives to observe
their special meal. The
Kindergarten impressed their
families with their knowledge of
the prayers.
The Second and Third grades
explained the meaning of the sym-
bolic foods on the Seder plate
prior to commencing the meal.
The Fourth and Fifth Graders
held their Seder almost entirely in
Hebrew, proving their language
The Middle School's Seder was
quite extraordinary. Not only did
they perform the ceremony en-
tirely by themselves, but their ar-
ray of dishes was "nouvelle
Kosher." Turkey 'a l'orange and
matzah "rolls" were only some of
the delicious delights. The
students informed me that many
of their recipes were begged, bor-
rowed or stolen from their "Bub-
bas," many of whom made them
swear to secrecy.
The Seder meal, which is usually
shared with one's family and
closest friends, holds a special
place at the Day School. After
nine months of attending school,
the students are like one bie
mishpacha (family, in Hebrew)
eager to share one of their Seder
meals with their surrogate
brothers and sisters.
PLO Presides Over Proliferation
Anti-Israel films produc-
ed by the PLO some of
them using themes and
footage from Nazi anti-
Semitic films are flooding
college campuses, private
clubs and church groups
across the United States, a
leading Israeli expert on
propaganda said last week.
More than 400 of the films, of-
fered as documentaries and enter-
tainment, have been produced and
distributed by the PLO since
1972, reported Baruch Gitlis,
director of the Harry Karren In-
stitute for Propaganda Analysis
and senior lecturer in the
psychology of propaganda at Bar-
Ilan University in Ramat Can,
GITLIS SHOWED and analyz-
ed a number of PLO films and ex-
cerpts from others at public
seminars here at the conclusion of
a six-city tour sponsored by the
Zionist Organization of America.
The seminars at Cleveland
State University, the Sheraton
Hotel in Beach wood and at Case
Western Reserve University
are designed to teach partkipants
how to counter anti-Israel, anti-
Semitic and anti-Zionist
The PLO films, which run from
five to 45 minutes, include some
that incorporate Nazi-produced
footage. One, for example, makes
Of Anti-Israel Films
use of clips from "The Eternal
Jew," an infamous anti-Semitic-
film made during the Hitler era.
Gitlis recently conducted a four
day international conference on
Nazi propaganda films at Bar-1 Ian
University, and is showing ex<
cerpts from some of them on his
current tour.
The U.S. seminars Include
showings of the 1982 "Memories
and Fire," a catchy five-minute
salute to the PLO made expressly
for American audiences, and "The
Making of a Revolutionary ."
which runs 11 minutes and con-
sists only of music and image, thus
eliminating the need for multi
language narration or subtitles
"THE PLO films are
sophisticated and of good
technical quality," Gitlis said,
"and they are extremely effective
among audiences that don't know
the true historical facts."
Although some films use Nazi film
clips, the propaganda line
employed by the PLO is a product
of the Kremlin."
At the ZOA seminars, Gitlis also
discussed the image of Israel pro-
jected by American TV networks.
He declared:
"Most Americans form their
opinions about nations, people,
issues and events from what they
see and hear on television, so it is
not surprising that millions of
U.S. citizens consider Israel a
belligerent, racist, cruel and op-
pressisve state. This distorted and
unwarranted view is largely the
result of the presentation of
Israel, in words and pictures, that
viewers derive from watching the
major networks."
Gitlis observed that the view of
Israel as a "swaggering tough guy
with little concern for the rights
and feelings of Arabs living under
its thumb" has been especially evi-
dent since the war in Lebanon. He
says, however, that the anti-Israel
picture projected by the networks
l>egan nearly 20 years ago, "when
TV stepped up its coverage of the
Middle East and decided that it
would give 'both sides of the
story.' "
Nominations Slated
Council of Jewish Federations has
announced it is accepting nomina-
tions from regional, national and
international organizations,
Federations and their member
agencies for the William Shroder
Awards. The Awards are given in
recognition of achievement in the
advancement of social welfare by
voluntary agencies under Jewish
auspices in the U.S. and Canada.
The deadline for nominations is
May 31.
Continued from Page 1
deal with the sources of terrorism,
not only with those who carry it
"Therefore, as a matter of prin-
ciple, I believe that every country
that believes that something has
to be done against international
terrorism, in coordination with
the democratic free world, should
come and say that it is a justified
action," Rabin said. He dismissed
concern that a world war could
evolve from the American action.
MEANWHILE, the Foreign
Ministers of the 12 member states
of the European Economic Com-
munity (EEC) met in Paris last
Thursday to evaluate the conseu-
quences of the American air
strike. According to Western
diplomats, a majority of the 12
with the notable exception of Bri-
tain are opposed to the raid and
hope to convince the Americans to
abstain from further military ac-
tions agaist Libya.
The EEC Foreign Ministers,
meeting at The Hague last week
before the U.S. launched its
bombers against Libya, made
clear that they favored diplomatic
and political measures before
resorting to force. After the raid,
the Foreign Ministries of the EEC
states were either critical or non-
Only British Foreign Secretary
Sir Geoffrey Howe maintained, in
a BBC address, that the U.S. "has
exercised its right to self-
defense." Britain allowed a part
of the American strike force
F-lll longe-range bombers to
use NATO bases on British soil.
BUT BRITISH opposition par-
ties, especially Labor, condemned
the raids. Labor Party leader Neil
Kinnock said he was "horrified"
by the American action and main-
tained that there were "other and
more effective ways to fight
Denis Healy, Labor's foreign
policy spokesman, accused Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher ol
"grovelling subservience" to
President Reagan and warned
that Britain would now become
more of a target of Libyan ter-
rorism than it was. According to
opposition spokesmen, Khadafy
now has more friends than he had
before the action.
The French Foreign Ministry
refused permission for the
American bombers to overfly
French territory on the way to
Libya and expressed regrets over
the raid, which it said would
"escalate" terrorism.
THE RAID was also condemn-
ed by West Germany's Foreign
Minister, Hans-Dietrich
Genscher. Another member of
Chancellor Helmut Kohl's
< alunet. Economics Minister Mar-
tin Bangemann, called the raid
"inappropriate and incomprehen-
sible." The Dutch and Italian
governments were also highly
In the United States, Jewish
organizations expressed full sup-
port for thfl air strike against
In a telegram to President
Reagan last Tuesday, Kenneth
Kialkin. chairman of the Con-
ference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations,
hailed the action against Libya.
"We support your policies in
defense of freedom and in rejec-
tion of intimidation," the
telegram said. "Only when inter-
national terrorists are made to
realize that they must pay for
lawless conduct and are accoun-
table for the consequences of their
acts will there be a return to the
rule of law. Until then, your ef-
forts should be appreciated by all
of us who understand the dangers
of appeasement."
tional director of the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith, sent a telegram to Reagan
saying, "We applaud and fully
support your decision to attack
Libya." He added: "There is no
simple, short-term way to deal
with terrorists. Rather, it requires
hard decisions, risk-taking over a
period of time. We stand behind
you in this difficult but necessary
Sidney Kwetel, president of the
Union of Orthodox Jewish Con-
gregations of America, also sent a
telegram to the White House in
which he said his organization
"applauds the courageous action
taken by the U.S. in its effort to
combat Libyan-inspired and spon-
sored terrorism. We fully support
the Administration in its
worldwide war to end the scourge
of terrorism."
The leaders of the Herut
Zionists of America, the Betar
Zionist Youth Movement and the
Tagar Student Zionist Activist
Organization, jointly sent a letter
to United Nations Secretary
General Javier Perez de Cuellar
last Tuesday urging him to
mobilize the "nations of the world
in a united effort to punish the
sponsors of international
THE LETTER stated, in part:
"The Unitd States yesterday last
(Monday) took a courageous and
important step in the campaign to
eliminate the cancer of interna-
tional terrorism. Through military
action against Libya, President
Reagan reaffirmed America's role
as the leader of the free world and
boldly demonstrated that barbaric
acts of terrorism such as the
brutal murders sponsored by
Libya's Moammar Khadafy, the
PLO's Yasir Arafat, and Iran's
Ayatollah Khomeini will not be
allowed to continue unpunished."
The letter urged the Secretary
General to "take immediate steps
to expel Libya, Iran and the PLO
terrorist group from the United
Nations and all of its affiliated
agencies ensure formal inter-
national cooperation in the effort
to fully prosecute and punish
those states, organizations and in-
dividuals which participate in
global terrorism" and "implement
a program which will effectively
isolate and limit the global
capabilities of nations which fail to
participate in the campaign
against international terrorism."
Harold Jacobs, president of the
National Council of Young Israel,
strongly endorsed the U.S.
reprisal attack. on Libya and
stated: "We must be prepared to
confront not only Libya, but all
other international terrorist
havens, from the Syrian-
controlled Bekaa Valley in
Lebanon, to Tehran, to the ter-
rorist training centers behind the
Iron Curtain."
HE ADDED. "It is imperative
that other governments of the
free world abandon their policy of
appeasement and join the United
States in the war against interna-
tional, state-sponsored
Rabbi William Berkowitz, presi-
dent of the American Jewish
Heritage Committee, sent a
telegram to Reagan extolling the
strike against Libya as an
"historic and courageous action
that strikes at the very center of
the terror kingdom. The United
States has demonstrated by this
direct action its resolve to stand
firm against the evils of ter-
rorism," Berkowitz said.

. \
Friday, May 2, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 11
Israel Fears Syrian Weapons Buildup
Israel has issued several warn-
ings to Syria telling the latter that
a war she starts would not be
fought on Syria's terms and would
have dire results, according to a
Middle East expert from Tel Aviv
Syria's rapid and massive build-
up of weapons has Israel concern-
ed more than anything else in the
region currently, said Dr. Yossi
Olmert, of TAU's Dayan Center
for Middle East Studies. Dr.
Olmert spoke to the Seminar
Associates of American Friends
of Tel Aviv University last week,
at the Park Plaza Suite Hotel.
"The Syrians' arms build-up has
reached such proportions, that a
decision in Damascus as to how to
use it should be made soon, other-
wise there is no logic in what they
are doing," he said.
Olmert explained that Syria is
using 4,200 tanks, approximately
nine divisions, which are more
than the combined total of tanks
used by France and Great Britain.
The United States, he added, has
only five divisions in all of Europe.
And, American planning for a
possible confrontation with the
Soviet Union, mandates only nine
divisions, he said. "Just imagine
what it means that Syria has to-
day what is supposed to be the
first line of defense of the West
Syria alone! We have to brace
ourselves to this possibility.
The professor, who is the head
of the Syrian-Lebanon Desk of the
Dayan Center for Middle Eastern
Studies at the university, advised
the group that in the event of a
confrontation, the Syrians might
not necessarily heed the advice of
the Soviet Union. Olmert said he
could be wrong, "but I think that
the Soviets are not in a position
where they can completely control
the Syrians just as the
Americans cannot completely con-
trol Israel."
However, Olmert's main topic
of discussion with the Seminar
Associates was Libya and the new
American strategy towards ter-
rorism. "We in Israel fully ap-
plaud the American action against
the terroristic regime of
Khadafy." He offered two
reasons. First, he emphasized,
Israel and America are allies.
"We are not in the business of
stabbing America in the back like
other of your allies." Then, "it
was time for the greatest
democracy in the world to follow a
policy which is basically an Israeli
policy." For many years, the Ad-
ministration sought other
methods of dealing with ter-
rorism, until they finally came to
realize that there was no other
way than the military option, he
"Why didn't America apply the
diplomatic option instead? they
are asking around the world. But,
how?" He noted that Libya does
not have embassies or diplomats
throughout the world. From
Khadafy's own publication, the
Green Book, which Olmert called
"a collection of nonsense, it can be
deduced that the Libyan leader
negates the ordinary code of
world diplomacy."
What about the economic
option? Could that not have been
an alternative? This would have
required the support of the Euro-
peans, Olmert said. But, the Euro-
peans who are currently 'flooded
with oil" continue to buy oil from
Libya. "Who needs to buy Libyan
oil? He needs to sell it more."
In the meantime, he pointed
out, declining oil prices appear to
be undoing some of the most
negative aspects of the Yom Kip-
pur War '- at least from the
Israeli position. Israel is bene-
fiting from the Arabs' loss of
influence in tne world. "When the
Arabs had power, they blackmail
ed and extorted. There was a mix-
ture of conscience and oil, and the
Arab country has severed
diplomatic relations with the
United States as they might have
in the past. Statements
emanating from Arab countries
have been surprisingly mild, he
He reminded the Seminar
Associates that Italy deals with
terrorism in the same fashion as
Israel. For this reason, they have
succeeded in eliminating many of
Entebbe Hero:
their own internal problems. He
cited the British invasion of the
Falklands in 1982 to defend
the island from the whims of the
Argentine dictatorship. "Today,
there is no more dictatorship in
Argentina. There will not be a dic-
tatorship like Khadafy's in Libya
in the future. I assure you of
Asked whether the action had
been successful from a military
point of view, Olmert said, "It's a
matter of experience. Unfor-
tunately, we have more ex-
perience. In the war against ter-
rorism, you cannot achieve im-
mediate results. He also felt the
Administration was not publiciz-
ing its achievement fully enough
to counteract the negative media
emphasis. Public Relations is part
of the strategy, he said.
Finally, he advised that security
in the States be increased. "It is
always good to have more securi-
ty." He said that the terrorists
will act quickly out of desperation.
In doing so, they will make
mistakes, and it will be easy to
deal with them.
Anti-Terrorism Strikes Must Continue
Dr. Yossi Olmert
results were obvious." Still, he
cautioned, while Israel rejoices, it
must be remembered that pro-
blems in Arab countries can spill
over into Israel. He alluded
specifically to the "alarm" in
Egypt this past February.
Olmert reiterated Israel's en-
thusiasm for the American in-
itiative in Libya. Punishing
Khadafy should be an incentive
for moderate elements in the Arab
world, he said. The action has not
stopped the political process in the
Middle East. Khadafy was an
enemy of the process. And, no
senior Israel Defense Force
officer declared last week
that the American air strike
against Libya was the open-
ing round in a war against a
state which openly supports
international terrorism and
that the U.S., "once having
begun a fight against ter-
rorism, must continue" it
"until it achieves results."
Maj. Gen. Dan Shomron, Depu-
ty Chief of Staff of the IDF who
commanded the Entebbe hostage
rescue operation on July 4, 1976,
also stressed in a television inter-
view that the raid proved the ef-
fectiveness of modern U.S. air
Brooklyn Firm Fined $1 Million
For Selling Non-Kosher As Kosher
Brooklyn firm has been fined over
$1 million for selling non-kosher
meat products as kosher in viola-
tion of State law, Gov. Mario
Cuomo's office here announced
last Wednesday.
The State Department of
Agriculture and Markets levied
the record civil penalty of
$1,012,400 against Rachleff
Kosher Provisions of 5378 Kings
Highway in Brooklyn.
In a letter to the firm, Commis-
sioner of Agriculture Joseph
Gerace stated that "evidence has
been offered by this bureau (legal
bureau of the Department of
Agriculture and Markets) in-
dicating that during the year 1984
your establishment bought large
quantities of non-kosher beef
tongues, briskets and livers and
ducts." There was no immediate
comment available from the firm.
The investigation was initiated
last year when the firm failed to
pay a $17,500 fine for possessing
sev" pnrtonR of non-kosher
boneless beef briskets. After sub-
poenaing the records of suppliers,
the investigators charged that the
practice of mislabeling meat was
one of long standing on the part of
the firm.
The records indicated that more
than 33,000 pounds of tongues
from one supplier, more than
14,000 pounds of briskets from a
second supplier and more than
1,000 pounds of brisket and livers
from a third supplier all non-
kosher were ordered by
Rachleff and offered for sale as
kosher. The firm was fined $400
for each article of non-kosher
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weaponry and the ineffectiveness
of Soviet ground-to-air missiles
with which the Libyans are
on the U.S. for undertaking the
strike against Libya. It was the
first time a major power has taken
action against international ter-
rorism, he said.
"The harm (to Libya) doesn't lie
in the damage to houses or in the
numbers killed. The harm lies in
the damage to a ruling center.
This is the first time that, in the
context of terrorism, an ad-
ministration has been hit, and the
head of that administration
himself, namely (Muammar)
Khadafy, the ruler of Libya,"
Shomron said.
"The significance is far-
reaching. But it must be borne in
mind that Libya is a unique
phenomenon a state whose
ruler supports a revolutionary
ideology. In fact he is involved
everywhere in the world where
there is unrest and revolt," the
IDF general said. "In fact, Libya
is a terrorist state, unlike other
countries that work by proxy in a
limited sector," he maintained.
an example of the latter but did
not think the Libya raid would
necessarily have to be followed up
by similar operations against
Damascus. He said that while
Syria aids terrorism it did so "by
proxy and within tactical-local
range, even against us (Israel). It
will never admit to being a ter-
rorist state as an ideology. At the
political level this is a tolerable
state of affairs, and it is very dif-
ferent from Libya, where the
leader openly stated, 'I am leading
the terrorism in the world',"
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DM ADDITION, he said, "We
must bear in mind that in the
background is the Soviet Union, a
superpower, which perceives
Syria as its primary foothold in
the Middle East with Libya being
of a lower order even though it is
also a client state."
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would learn from the U.S. strike
against Libya that "the U.S. plane
overcomes the Eastern missile
that it is impossible to rely to a
large extent on this equipment
against the Israel Air Force. In
my view the fact that the (Soviet
SA-5 missile), which is a strategic
missile and from the (Syrian)
point of view was supposed to be a
deterrent element vis-a-vis Israel,
was exposed in its weakness."
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Page 12 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, May 2, 1986
An Agency of the South County Jewish Federetion
The 'State' of The Levis JCC d
There are those of you who may
wonder what is happening on the
Baer Jewish Campus at 336 N.W.
Spanish River Blvd. in Boca
Raton. For almost two years,
now, the campus has been affor-
ding social, educational and
recreational programming to local
residents aged one to 91.
The Adolph and Rose Levis
Jewish Community Center offers
an extraordinary activity
schedule, including Early
Childhood Education for Tots ag-
ed 1-3 years; After School Pro-
grams for Children 3-12 years;
Teens and Tweens ages 12-15
years; Camp Maccabee including
Toddler, Youth, Computer and
Travel Camps; Creative Educa-
tion, Health and Physical Educa-
tion Programs for adults and a
specialized schedule of interest for
Prime Timers (55 ano^ over).
The Earry Childhood" Education
Department's programs provide
an environment which is rich in
activities, led by a warm, nurtur-
ing staff.
Karen Albert, Early Childhood
director, says "the programs pro-
vide a vehicle for children to begin
developing a sense of Jewish iden-
tity from a very early age. The in-
structors take every opportunity
to share their love and enthusiasm
for a beautiful heritage."
Registration is now open for the
coming Fall Early Childhood
Education session which begins
Sept, 15 (space is limited)!
The After-School Program of
the JCC, coordinated by Bari
Stewart, allows children ages 3-12
the opportunity to learn Karate or
make a Ceramic piece, score a
goal on the soccer field or ace
their opponent on the tennis
court, perfect the second position
in dance class or "sketch a story."
To enhance the accessibility of
these programs by families, the
center provides van transporta-
tion from many Boca elementary
The After-School classes start
at 2:45, 3:45 and 4:45 p.m.,
Monday-Thursday. Registration is
now open in this area for Spring
(Session III) classes which begin
the week of May 5.
There is currently an SLD
(Slightly Learning Disabled
Children) group meeting, held
weekly at the Levis JCC. Harold
Cohen, executive director, and
Bari Stewart supervise the pro-
gram which provides area families
with minimally learning-disabled
children the opportunity to come
together in a "Social Club" con-
text. This group meets Sundays
and more information is available
by calling the Levis JCC at
The JCC'8 summer schedule is
outstanding. The response to the
JCC's Camp Maccabee 1986 has
been overwhelming. They have
filled almost every spot that was
available in all age groups from
our half-day Toddler Camp to our
Tween and Teen Travel Camps.
Camp director David Sheriff
points out that there still may be
some places available for the Se-
cond Session of Camp (July 21 to
Aug. 15). You can call the center's
registrar for more information
about the JCC's Camp Maccabee
The Tween Club was created for
6-8th grade students. Many dif-
ferent activities are planned and
the group is an excellent oppor-
tunity for Tweens to meet and ex-
pand their social and educational
High School students may join
the B'nai B'rith Youth Organiza-
tion which meets at the JCC. The
Youth program is comprised of
Cultural, Social, Athletic,
Religious, and Community Ser-
vice activities. Bari Stewart, who
acts as BBYO City Coordinator,
says "membership in the groups
has doubled in the last year, and
the Teens have really established
a strong foothold in this
The JCC Health and Physical
Education Department, under the
direction of David Sheriff, is offer-
ing a Spring/Summer Men's Soft-
ball League and the 2nd Annual
5K Race/Walk (which was on Sun-
day, April 20).
"These events, as well as our
ongoing tennis programs and
swim instruction sessions in our
Jr. Olympic size Swimming Pool
for Toddlers, Youth and Adults
complement each other and allow
the center to offer the Community
an opportunity to be healthy and
active," says David Sheriff.
Next, a very successful South
County Jewish Singles Program
offered by the JCC is coordinated
by Joan Tabor. "We have created
two age sections (20-40 and 40-60)
and offer those single and newly-
single the opportunity to meet in
social, recreational and/or educa-
tional settings." Joan adds: "I
look forward to every function in
hopes of welcoming someone new
into our active singles' family."
The JCC prints a monthly
schedule of events for singles and
also offers activity information
which is available via the
"Singles' Hotline" recording at
Married couples can look to the
JCC for several other program-
matic offerings this summer.
"Young adults don't often
visualize the JCC for them. They
often see it only as an establish-
ment for children and seniors,"
said Marianne Lesser, Adult Pro-
gram Director. "We're working
very hard to change that image by
offering a Couples Club and
Singles programs in addition to
our Israeli Program Club and Pro-
jenet, our Young Professional
Jewish Business Network. These
activities have paved the way
toward the JCC becoming the
Young Adult Center."
Activities and classes at the
Levis Jewish Community Center
for all adults are scheduled year-
round and offer many topics from
Hebrew to Yiddish; Ceramics to
Kosher Cooking, and many, many
The JCC offers a separate pro-
gram section for its 55-and-over
.. Prime Timers. The Commit-
tee for this area oversees classes,
lectures, social events, community
Passover Seders, trips, etc. .
There are also several support
groups sponsored by the JCC as
well as a Telephone Reassurance
Program. Director of Senior
Adult Programs Bobbi Goldman,
pleased with the growth of par-
ticipation in the Center's Prime
Timers activities, says: "Our
Senior population now has a
center to come to ... to meet new
friends and learn about new and
exciting things. We hope to add a
Programming Center in West
Delray to expand our ability to
reach out to our many neighbors."
The Adolph and Rose Levis
Jewish Community Center is a
membership-supported division of
the South County Jewish Federa-
tion. Contributory and Regular
Membership dues help support the
many programs designed to meet
the needs of our South County
community. The center also in-
vites area businesses and profes-
sionals to become "Business
Friends" and through their Tax
Deductible contribution support
the JCC Scholarship or Publicity
Funds of the Center.
Under the leadership of outgo-
ing president Betty C. Stone and
incoming president S. Peter
Kamins, many dedicated and
responsible staff and lay leaders
of the local community have work-
ed hard and have helped to create
what is today a most vibrant and
growing agency serving the needs
of many residents of South Coun-
ty; the Adolph and Rose Levis
Jewish Community Center.
"How To Live Longer and
Look Younger"
with Dr. Also from
Robert K. Alsofrom, prominent
clinical psychologist of West Palm
Beach, Florida, will be delivering
his famous talk "How to Live
Longer and Look Younger" on
Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at
the Levis JCC.
Dr. Alsofrom will present his
unique views on how people can
improve their mental and physical
health. He will explain the rela-
tionship between stress and il-
lness (such as cancer) and how
people can maintain their full in-
telligence and a sharp memory
throughout their lives. He will
also demonstrate how hypnosis
can control chronic pain.
As a special feature, he will
discuss the unusual topic of
iatrogenics or how doctors
make you sick.
Dr. Alsofrom's talks are filled
with easy to understand facts and
presented in an informal, often
humorous fashion.
Dr. Alsofrom conducts a televi-
sion program, "The Second Fifty
Years," on Channel 5, and a radio
program, "Calling Dr. Alsofrom,"
on radio station WPBR in Palm
Beach. He is a recipient of the Jef-
ferson Gold Medal for service to
the community in Palm Beach
Admission is $2 members and
$4 non-members.
Session III Begins!
On Monday, May 5,
following the Passover holi-
day, After-school classes
will resume at the Levis
JCC. Third session's line-up
is filled with the same ex-
citing choices as the last,
plus a few notable additions:
We have added a ceramics
class on Thursdays at 2:45
for 3 and 4 year olds. Even
more special, is an addition
to our bus route. We will
now be making a pick-up at
Beth El at 2:30 p.m. Mon-
day through Thursday.
Don't miss the bus! Enroll
now! We will take registra-
tion on classes with open-
ings up until the first day of
each class.
Our Tween Club is spon-
soring two super programs
during the month of May.
On the 4th, we'll be heading
to Six Flags Atlantis for a
full day of Wet-N-Wild fun.
Call Bari for more informa-

YouthJAfter-School programs such as tennis instruction are
slated to begin again the week of May 5 (Spring Session III).
Earl Everett puts the final touches on "Blast-Off" Day with his
rocketry students recently at the JCC.
tion. On the 11th, there will
be a Tween Tennis Tourna-
ment and Bar-B-Que. To
register, call the Center.
The Youth Committee
would like to take this op-
portunity to thank
everyone, parent and child
alike, who has participated
in our programs this past
season. As we move into
May and prepare for camp,
the good times of After-
school classes will become
memories. But friendships
we made will carry on into
the summer months and
hopefully, even longer.
The Levis JCC has started a
Line and Folk Dance Group on
Wednesdays, now through May
28, 10-11 a.m. Singles and
Couples, Beginners and In-
termediate Dancers all welcome.
Cost for members is $1.50, non-
members pay $2 each week. For
more information, call 395-5546.
The Levis JCC has recently
established a new Singles Activity
Line. This is a 24-hour recording
and provides up to date Singles
Programs that are occurring at
the Center for Singles, ages 20
through 60. This is a recording on-
ly and does not take messages.
The phone number is 368-2949.
For further information regar-
ding this new activity line, please
contact Marianne Lesser at the
Saturday, May 3, 9:30 p.m. -
Join us at the Sheraton of Boca
Raton (one block West of 1-95 at
the Glades exit) for a delightful
evening. "Speakeasy" is a musical
review in a cabaret setting.
(Drinks available) We have only 20
tickets at the JCC. Please send
your check of $10 (made payable
to the JCC) to Joan at the JCC, or
Spring Pool Hours
/\^r^ Tuesdays
4==a^// i^r Noon-6p.m.
Sundays -
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
(Watch for further announcements
regarding Summer Pool Hours.)

pick them up at the JCC. Last
year "Speakeasy" rated rave
reviews!! This year a complete
new show is promised for your
(AGES 20-40)
Sunday, May 4, 11:30 a.m.
Friendly folks and a huge Buffet
Brunch await you at our Program
Planning Meeting at the Holiday
Inn, 8144 Glades Road (by the
Turnpike). Cost: $6.95 plus tax
and tip.
Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.
Come out and hear Scott Stein,
Account Executive of Dean Wit-
ter Reynolds Inc., who will speak
at the JCC. His topic is: "How To
Invest For Profit In Today's
Volatile Stock Market And Invest-
ment Choices Available Today."
Refreshments. Members: No
charge/non-members: $3.
(AGES 40-60)
Sunday, May 4, 7 p.m. -
Everybody's "doing it" at Ma
Glockner's Restaurant, 7251 N.
Federal Highway (HI Miles South
of Linton), Boca Raton. We're
dining and planning future pro-
grams, and you're invited to join
us! About $10 including tax and
tip for complete dinner.
The "Prime Timers" Depart-
ment of the Levis JCC will offer a
variety of programs this summer
to area Seniors. Classes will in-
clude, Bridge, Yiddish Conversa-
tion, Canasta, Reincarnation, Art
Appreciation, a Drama Workshop,
Scrabble Club, and more .. Also
on the Agenda: a Beach Picnic,
Matinee Show and Lunch at Burt
Reynolds Theatre, and a Lun-
cheon Cruise. For more informa-
tion on these programs, call
The Levis JCC regrets that
ACBL Duplicate Bridge, held
every Thursday at 12:30 p.m., has
been discontinued. Duplicate
Bridge will be resumed in the Fall.
Beginning Sunday, May 4, the
Adolph and Rose Levis JCC will
be offering a full slate of tennis
and golf classes. On Sundays,
Steve Miller will return to teach
Beginners, Intermediates, and
Stroke of the Week. Steve is also
available for private lessons.
Hy Neuman will take to the
courts on Wednesday, May 13, to
teach Beginners Tennis. Hy will
also once again be straightening
out hooks and slices as he returns
to teach Golf. Hy has taught golf
and tennis for years in Delray and
is a welcome addition to our
teaching staff.
David Sheriff will be teaching
an Advanced Beginners class on
Thursday mornings beginning on
May 7.
The Center offers excellent in-
struction at a price that can't be
beat. Don't miss this opportunity
to pick up a racquet or club. It's
never too late.
For more information or to
register, please call David Sheriff
at the Center, 3R-5546.
Friday, May 2, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 13
Breaking the tape in first place (overall), above, is Bob Spear,
with a time ofl8.%l.
5K Race/Walk A Huge Success
Monday, May 5, 7 p.m. at
the Levis JCC.
In cooperation with The
Community Relations Council
and The Rabbinical Associa-
tion of The South County
Jewish Federation. The Levis
JCC is proud to present a
Public Community Memorial
Service and a lcoal volunteer
production of the "Diary of
Anne Frank." Directed by
Andrea Mossovitz of The
South County Jewish Com-
munity Day School, the cast
Vinny Barett, Marcia In-
gber, Sherrie Marcus, Larry
O'Neill, Gail Rabinovitch,
Elyse Resnick, Ben Shulman,
David Sturmer, Jacqui
Wright, Al Yeager, and
Caroline Yeager
There is no admission
charge for this evening.
(Seating is limited.) For more
information call Bobbi at the
Center at 395-5546.
The Levis JCC's second annual
5K Race/Walk was a huge suc-
cess, with 125 participants. The
Race/Walk was followed by a
brunch and pool party with live
music by Moria Fischer.
David Sheriff, Director of
Health and Physical Education at
the Center said the great turnout
wouldn't have been possible
without the help of the committee,
which consists of Ron Rubin,
chairperson, Steve Lesser, David
Jacobson, Larry Juran, and Joel
The 5K Race/Walk was spon-
sored by Woolley's Food Em-
porium, B.C. Leasing Associates,
A.M.I. Single Day Surgery,
Gulfstream Jacaranda Realty,
Inc. and Beth Israel-Rubin
Memorial Chapel. The center
would like to thank its sponsors
and looks forward to an even big-
ger Race next year.
Mala Overall
1. Bob Spear18:41; 2. Doug Schooler, 18:59;
S. Ed Norton, 19:37.
Female Overall
1. Tracy Kierce, 23:56; 2. Janice Tamaro,
24:27; 3. Sharon Swanaon. 24:28.
1. Bob Pine, 31:02.4; 2. Ron Smith, 33:39.8;
3. Emil J. Smith, 87:47.2.
Female (Herall
1. Laura Kaplan, 23:55.8; 2. J.L. Cron,
35:25.5; 3. Lynda Snyder, 43:48.0.
Age Category
14-aader Male
Ronnie Ron, Time: 20:11; Roman San tana,
24:54; Jason Guy, 25:03
M-ander Female
Ronit Ron, Time: 26:45; Monica Kleinman,
32:54; Missy Fowlkes. 33:05.
15-19 Male
Bill Johnson, Time: 20:44; J.Fowlley, 20:56;
Joseph Trudeau, 36:40
15-1S Female
Lisa Perel. Time: 27:40
Ken Frankel, Time: 20:17; Mark Simmons
20:57; Joe Frangie 21:01
20-29 -Female
Cindy Lou Vila, Time: 25:12; Carol Nicoiau,
26:34; Lisa Weinatein 27:03.
-Jf Male
John CorreU. Time: 19:42; Mike Kaye 19:54;
John Saylor 19:59
30-Jl- Female
Nancy Feldman, Time: 25:44; Sue Cooley,
27:49; Rebecca Kleinman, 83:45.
Dave Burns, Time: 20:12; Frank Bethel
20:32; Doug Loeffler 21:14
40-49 Female
J.P. Listkk, Time: 26:01; Sheila Greenberg,
Darid Branch, Time: 21:46; Wayne Gruber
22:44; Hank Ayala 22:58
5S-44 Feaaale
Peggy Gruber. Time: 27:20
J. Barbanei, Time: 31:16
RaavrU by Category
Are Category
Baby Stroller Female
Katherine Schayes. Time: 57:47.2. Sarah
Schayes, 15 months.
Jeremy Strauss, Time: 34:40.3; Daniel
Adelson, 1:02:06.2; Justin Adelson,
15-19 Male
Eric J. Smith, Time: 33:47.2.
20-29 Female
Laura Kaplan, Time: 23:66.8; J.C. Cron.
35:25.5; Reba Himelstein, 44:00.6.
Ron Smith, Time. 33:39.8.
10-39 Female
Lynda Greene. Time: 46:45.0; Saerina
Taurin, 49:43.7.
40-49 Female
Lynda R. Snyder, Time: 43:48.0; M.J.
Mueller, 44:44.5; Laura Coloz. 46:54.0.
Bob Fine. Time: 31:02.4; Gene Greenberg,
65-over Male
Sam Gables, Time: 37:52.5.
Shoah,' 'Holocaust Memoirs'
Sense-of-Congress Resolution
Urges Soviets To Grant Visas
Members of the House
and Senate introducted a
resolution last week calling
on the Soviet Union to grant
emigration visas to a
10-year refusenik and his
critically ill wife.
At the same time, Sen. Paul
Simon (D., 111.) vowed he would
continue a month-old Senate
"vigil" until the couple Naum
and Inna Meiman is permitted
to leave the country. Beginning
Mar. 6, Simon has spoken on the
Meiman case every day since the
Senate has been in session.
He follows in the footsteps of
Sen. William Proximire (D.,
Wise.), who held a similar vigil for
nearly 20 years in support of
Senate ratification of the
Genocide Convention. The con-
vention was finally approved last
resolution was announced at a
press conference at the Capitol
Tuesday, coordinated by the Na-
tional Conference on Soviet Jewry
together with Simon and other
members of Congress, in order to
call attention to the Meiman case.
Sen. Gary Hart (D., Colo.) and
Rep. Timothy Wirth (D., Colo.)
said they were submitting the
resolution Tuesday and called on
their collegues to join in sponsor-
ing it.,
Naum Meiman, a 74-year-old
physicist, first applied for a visa in
1975, and was turned down on the
pretext that he knew state
secrets, althought his classified
work actually ended in 1955. Soon
after his first application, Meiman
was fired from his job at the In-
stitute of Theoretical and Ex-
perimental Physics.
Inna Meiman, a refusenik since
1979 who has been married to
Naum for four years, received her
second refusal of an emigration
visa on the grounds that she was
privy to the classified information
that her husband possessed.
FOR THE past two years Inna
Meiman, 54, has been battling
cancer and has already undergone
four operations for the removal of
tumors from her neck. Doctors in
Moscow have told her there is lit-
tle more they can do for her, in
spite of the appearance of a fifth
tumor on her neck. She has
already received invitations to
undergo cancer treatment in
Israel, the U.S. and Sweden.
Shoah. By Claude Lanzmann.
New York: Pantheon Books,
1985. 200 pp. $11.95.
Holocaust Memoirs: Jews in the
Lwow Ghetto, the Janowski
Concentration Camp and as
Deportees in Siberia. By
Joachim Schoenfeld. Hoboken,
N.J.: Ktav Publishing House,
1985. 328 pp. $17.50.
Holocaust books and Holocaust
films are designed to help us
remember and, in remembering,
to prevent any recurrence of the
most heinous chapter in human
history. We need to remind
ourselves and everyone else about
the unspeakable atrocities which
were perpetrated by the Nans.
Their appalling bestialities repre-
sent a blotch on human civilization
which can never be removed or
There are those who argue that
the revelation of Nazi brutalities
has gone on far too long. Perhaps,
they say, it is time to let the
shadows of history overlie the
seemingly incessant stories of in-
human horrors.
tion of books and films on the
Holocaust reflects a contrary
view. Advocates of this point of
view argue that we must keep
mourning the six million martyrs
who were slaughtered by the
Nazis for no reason other than the
fact that they were Jews. And,
they say, that keeping their
memory green will help to make
sure that their martyrdom will
never be repeated.
It is this latter view which
animates these two books and the
film on which one of them is
"Shoah" is a 9Vi-hour documen-
tary film made by Claude Lanz-
mann. It shows what happened in
the Holocaust as seen through the
eyes of victims, participants,
witnesses and survivors. The book
contains the words of these peo-
ple. It gives the reader the script
of the film; the scenes have to be
imagined. If we have seen the
film, we can recall just how ex-
traordinary an achievement it is
by viewing the words which evoke
our recollection of the scenes. If
we plan to see the film, the book is
excellent preparation for an un-
forgettable experience.
In any case, the book stands by
itself as a remarkable record of
the Holocaust. It opens in Poland
at a place called Chelmno where
Jews were first gassed to death.
Lanzmann took one of the two
survivors of Chelmno back to
Poland where he gave a gory ac-
count of what happened. The
other survivor was interviewed in
Israel. Jews who outlived Sobibor,
Treblinka and Auschwitz were in-
terviewed in Europe and the
United States.
Their stories are shocking
enough but they do not compare
to the consternation which strikes
the reader as a present-day resi-
dent of Auschwitz says that the
Jews of Auschwitz "were expelled
and resettled, but I don't know
where" or when Polish villagers in
Chelmno today say that before the
Germans conquered the country
in 1939, "all Poland was in the
Jews' hands."
probrious are the words of a Nazi
who prepared the timetables and
coordinated "the movement of
special trains with regular
trains." These "special trains"
were the "resettlement" trains,
headed for Treblinka or
Auschwitz and this individual in-
sits that he was just a
"bureaucrat;" he knew nothing
about the meaning of Treblinka or
Auschwitz. They were simply a
Another Nazi who downplays
his role was Dr. Franz Grassier,
who was interviewed in Germany.
He was second in command of the
Warsaw Ghetto. It is frightening
to read his tortuous effort to
justify his activities there. "Our
job was to maintain the ghetto and
try to preserve the Jews as a work
Confronted with the fact that
5,000 Jews died in the ghetto each
month in 1941, Grassier says,
"There were far too many people
in the ghetto." It was a
"paradox" that so many died even
though his mission was to keep
the ghetto alive, "to maintain it.'
THE BOOK shows that
although some Poles were
"righteous Gentiles" who, at
great peril, tried to protect Jews,
most Poles were pleased to see the
Nazis killing Jews. The conclusion
of the book consists of interviews
with two Warsaw Ghetto sur-
vivors who were seen at the
Lohame Haghettaot Kibbutz
Museum (Ghetto Fighters Kib-
butz). They describe the final days
of the Warsaw Ghetto in distress-
ing and dolorous detail, telling
more than flesh and blood can
The words of the book have a
life of their own. They give great
insight into the Holocaust as seen
in retrospect by some of those
who participated one way or
another in that ghastly
Another vivid account of the
Holocaust is contained in the
memoirs of Joachim Schoenfeld.
Now living in Toronto, he manag-
ed to survive the Lwow Ghetto
and the Janowski Concentration
Camp in Poland. In painful detail,
he describes his shattering ex-
periences which make the reader
wonder in respectful awe about
the capacity of a human being to
surmount such unbelievable
SCHOENFELD tells about life
in the ghetto, about the Jewish
ghetto police and about the
methods used by the Nazis to
destroy Jews. The particulars
which he provides curdle one's
In addition to his own story,
Schoenfeld supplies an appendix
which contains the stories of 13
relatives and friends who survived
the Holocaust. These are further
tales of woe which at least have
the virtue of a happy ending in
that the tellers of these tales en-
dured and lived through their suf-
ferings. One of them, who is only
identified as Yetta F.. now lives in

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Rabbi Singer Addresses Reagan
Gets Award From National Body
(Editor'$ Note: Rabin Merle E.
Singer of Temple Beth El in Boca
Raton addressed President
Reagan in Washington last week
as a keynote speaker at the
Domestic Policy Association/Na-
tional Issues Forum.
The rabbi spoke before a ses-
sion entitled "The Soviets: What is
the Conflict About?" one of the
three major critical issues covered
at the three-day forum.
The National Issues Forum
(NIF) is a nationwide non-
partisan program of discussions
designed to engage Americans
directly in thi formation of public
policy. It is sponsored by the
Domestic Policy Association
iDPA) a loosely linked network of
educational and community
organizations already involved in
bringing people together to learn
about public issues.
As the Floridian went to press
this week. Rabbi Singer was still
in Washington. However, we did
receive word that he was the reci-
pient of the Outstanding Service
Award of the Domestic Policy
Association/National Issues
Forum, the third such award
presented in the organization's
Below are excerpts from Rabbi
Singer's address.)
. Mr. President, in the area of
Rabbi Merle E. Singer
human rights, our forum address
ed the truism that a nation's treat-
ment of its Jewish population has
historically proven to be the
barometer of that nation's health.
The failing Soviet economic and
social conditions have been
reflected in the repressive treat-
ment of its Jewish citizens.
Though when our forum was held
the fate of Anatoly Shcharansky
was still undecided, it was our
hope and prayer that his freedom
and the freedom of other
Prisoners of Conscience
languishing in the Gulags of the
Soviet Union would be achieved
through your efforts. Now we
pray that the freedom granted to
Anatoly Shcharansky, following
your meeting with General
Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev,
could be a signal that as the
United States and the Soviet
Union expand trade and cultural
agreements, human rights for all
Soviet citizens in general, and the
Jewish Refusnik community in
particular, will be assured. A na-
tion that is not hungry does not
have to find relief through war,
neither do that nation's leaders
have to seek scape-goats for its
economic failures.
It was generally understood
that the Soviets, just as we do,
have legitimate security concerns,
and that we share with the Soviets
a desire to avoid a suicidal nuclear
confrontation. There was serious
concern that while our military
defense be securely in place,
restraint be exercised so as to not
feed the paranoia of the Soviets.
Specifically, the leadership of the
Kremlin is not composed of mad-
men like Col. Moammar Khadafy,
but rather as expressed in words
of a contemporary ballad quoted
at our forum, the Russians are a
people who do not want a nuclear
holocaust any more than we do
for, "the Russians love their
children too."
Reagan Veto Eyed If
Senate Nixes Saudi Arms Sale
Although a majority of
the Senate has signed a
resolution to disapprove
President Reagan's propos-
ed sale of $354 million in
missiles to Saudi Arabia, a
leading Senator warned last
Thursday that the President
would veto such action.
Reagan and Secretary of State
George Shultz are "absolutely
firm" that the sale "is fundamen-
tal to our foreign policy," said
Sen. Richard Lugar (R., Ind.),
chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee.
LUGAR SPOKE in support of
the testimony before the commit-
tee by Richard Murphy, Assistant
Secretary of State for Near
Eastern and South Asian Affairs,
after all other committee
members present questioned the
proposed sale. Sens. Alfonse
D'Amato (R N.Y.) and Frank
Meyer, 80, of Kings Point, Delray Beach,
was originally from New York. He is surviv-
ed by wife Rhoda: son Dr. Kenneth
Goldberg; sister Dorothy Shulman and two
grandchildren. (Beth Israel-Rubin Memorial
Benjamin, 77. of Kings Point, Delray Beach,
was originally from Rhode Island. He is sur-
vived by his wife Beth; sons Gerald and
Barry; daughters Carol Stockman and April
I.i.sthkeghe; brother Abraham; sister Sally
'lutner; nine grandchildren and one great-
.Tandchild. (Beth Israel-Rubin Memorial
Stanley. ti2. of Highpoint, Delray Beach,
was originally from New York. He is surviv-
ed by his wife Ann; brothers Ronald Harris
and Lawrence Harris. (Beth Israel
Memorial Chapel)
Max, 72. of Delray Beach, was originally
from New York He is survived by his wife
Anne. (Gutterman Warheit Memorial
Tillie, 85, of Delray Beach, was originally
from Russia. He is survived by his son Dr.
Herman Novinsky; daughters Mollie Serin-
sky and Rose Present; brother Harry Silber-
man, eight grandchildren and five great-
grandchildren. (Beth Israel-Rubin Memorial
Lautenberg (D., N.J.), who are
not committee members, testified
against selling the missiles to
Saudi Arabia.
Sen. Alan Cranston (D., Cal.),
who initiated the resolution to re-
ject the sale, said it has been sign-
ed by 63 Senators. The sale goes
forward unless both the Senate
and House pass resolutions of
disapproval by May 8.
With the Democratic-controlled
House expected certainly to reject
the sale, the real battle will be in
the Senate as it was over the 1981
sale of AW ACS to the Saudis. But
Lugar stressed that the President
has said he would veto a resolu-
tion of disapproval, adding that
opponents will need a "two-vote
strategy." It would take 67
Senators to override a veto.
begin thinking about our in-
terests," Lugar said. One such in-
terest he pointed to was Murphy's
assertoin that when the Saudis
recently purchased British Tor-
nado fighters because they could
not get U.S. F-15s it "cost the
American economy from $12 to
$20 billion."
The Senators opposed to the
sale stressed Saudi Arabia's op-
position to the Middle East peace
process, its support for anti-
American regimes such as Syria
and Libya and its bankrolling of
the Palestine Liberation
Noting that the sale is being
labelled a "test" of U.S. friend-
ship for the Saudis, Cranston,
said, "The Saudis keep wanting us
to prove our friendship. When do
they prove their friendship?"
D'Amato noted while the U.S. has
proved its friendship for the
Saudis "over and over" the
Saudis "have neither the will nor
the determination" to support the
BUT MURPHY rejected "a
direct linkage between our
routine arms supply to Saudi
Arabia and peaceful resolution of
the Arab-Israeli dispute. This is a
narrow approach." He said rejec-
ting the sale would help Middle
East radicals who "argue that the
U.S. cannot be friendly with Israel
and friendly with Arab states
alike." Murphy argued that the
Saudis have been helpful to the
peace process although most of
their efforts are not done publicly.
When asked for specific ex-
amples by Sen. Claiborne Pell (D.,
R.I.), he said that in 1982 the then
Prince Fahd's Fez Declaration
turned around the 1967 Arab
declaration never to negotiate
with Israel and sought ways to br-
ing those negotiations about. He
said the Saudis also supported the
efforts by King Hussein of Jordan
and the PLO to reach an agree-
ment on negotiations with Israel
which Hussein dropped ealier this
But Murphy stressed that the
sale is needed to send a "signal"
to Iran that the U.S. supports
Saudi Arabia and other Persian
Gulf states against any treatened
attack from the Iranians. "Saudi
self-defense reduces the probabili-
ty of direct U.S. military involve-
ment" in the Gulf, Murphy stress-
ed. He said the sale is not a
reward to the Saudis, since the
Saudis will be protecting U.S. in-
terests in the Gulf.
HOWEVER, Sen. Joseph Biden
(D., Del.) argued that Teheran
knows that if Iran attacks Saudi
Arabia it would bring in both the
U.S. and Israel. When, it was sug-
gested that the Iranian air force is
not a major threat with most of its
planes outdated, Murphy replied
that it would be a "serious
mistake to underestimate the
sting that remains in the Iranian
air force or the Iranian military
Both Murphy and Richard Ar-
mitage, Assistant Secretary of
Defense for International Securi-
ty Affairs, said that the missiles
the U.S. wants to sell the Saudis
would replace its existing
weapons which would be depleted
by 1991 when delivery is expected
to be completed.
Several Senators also expressed
concern about providing the
Saudis with Stinger shoulder-fired
missiles since they fear they could
fall into the hands of terrorists.
In conclusion, Mr. President, I
believe the ideas expressed at our
forum on U.S., Soviet relations
reflect the challenge expressed by
a 19th century Rabbi who, living
in the Ukraine, had to like us in
the 20th century, daily face a life
and death struggle with a Russian
regime. Rabbi Nahman of
Bratslav said:
"The whole world is all one nar-
row bridge, / And the essence of it
all, / Is not to be afraid to cross
Though our nation's approach
to the Soviets ought to be cautious
and moderate, if our survival is to
be assured, we ought never be
afraid to risk crossing the bridge
of cooperation with the Soviet
Union. Even if we alone, have to
take the first step.
Thank you, Mr. President.
B'nai Mtiyvah
On Saturday morning, May 3,
Matthew Fox, son of Rene Fox
will be called to the Torah at Tem-
ple Sinai, as a Bar Mitzvah.
Matthew is a student at Temple
Sinai Religious School.
Participating in the service will
be his Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Moe Lindenthal and Mr. and Mrs.
Abe Fox. Matthew is the Nephew
of Temple member, Seymour
Family members attending will
be coming from California, Con-
necticut, New York and many
Florida communities.
Kiddush will follow services.
Shabbat, 24 Nissan, 5746
Weekly Sidrah Aharei Mot
Candlelighting 7:32 p.m.
Sabbath Ends 8:44 p.m.
1401 N.W. 4th Ave., Boca Raton, Florida 3?432. 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. Rabbi Morris Silberman.
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 Crain. 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.

. ,1 .
Local Club &
Organization News
Dr. Helen Popovich, left,, receiving ORT's Community Award
from Anita Kessler, regional ORT president, at the recently held
Donor Luncheon. Looking on are Doris Glantz, luncheon chair-
woman, and Pepi Dunay, District VI president.
South Palm Beach County
Region ORT Donor Lunncheon
The annual Donor Luncheon of
the South Palm Beach County
Region of Women's American
Organization for Rehabilitation
and Training ORT took place
at the Park Place Suite Hotel
recently. Doris Glantz, Donor
Chairperson, introduced all the
honored guests: Dr. Helen
Popovich, President of Florida
Atlantic University, Pepi Dunay,
Pres lent of District VI WA ORT,
Mary-Ellen Payton, Vice-
President, ORT District VI, Anita
Kessler, President South Palm
Beach County Region ORT, and
Elayne Fischer, Chairman, Ex-
ecutive Committee South Palm
Beach County Region ORT.
Guest speaker, Mary-Ellen
Payton, focused her ideas on what
the contributions of the assembled
donors had already accomplished
100 schools in 19 countries pro-
viding their students with skills
needed to succeed in a high-tech
world and in addition, providing
not only the means to an educa-
tion but concern for the in-
dividual, his needs, and his sense
of pride.
The first South Palm Beach
County ORT Region Community
Award was then presented to Dr.
Helen Popovich by Anita Kessler.
Dr. Popovich in her acceptance
speech related the goals of ORT in
education to the involvement and
purposes of FAU. She pledged to
work as hard as she can so that
FAU will continue to provide
outreach cultural programs to the
surrounding communities.
B'nai B'rith Shomer Lodge
will hold their breakfast meeting,
Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m., upper
level of the Century Village W.,
Administration bldg. Their guest
speaker will be Albert Nawy who
was born in Baghdad, Iraq and
will speak on Iraqi Jewry.
The fifth annual Community Open Forum sponsored by the
South Palm Beach County Region of Women's American
ORT was held at Florida Atlantic University last month.
Entitled "What Price Freedom?" the program featured
prominent area activists. Pictured above (left to right) are
Dr. Andre Fladell, coordinator of the South County
Political Cooperative; Sylvia Waldner, chairperson of the
Forum; Adele Messinger, Florida State Senate candidate
and Robert HoUey, state board member of the American
Civil Liberties Union.
Brotman Is Boca Teeca BB President
Dr. A. Allen Brotman, a retired
dentist, is the newly elected presi-
dent of Boca Teeca B'nai B'rith
No. 3119.
Among his many activities,
Brotman has served as President
Lodge, South Mountain, and was
President of the Northern New
'Tsey Council.
He was a member of regional
boarda of the Anti-Defamation
' ,:'gue, B'nai B'rith Youth, Voca-
tional Guidance and Leadership
ning Institute, and he ais<>
-d as a member of the Ad-
ministrative Board and as
Treasurer of District Grand
Lodge No. 3 B'nai B'rith involving
35,000 members in four states.
He was the recipient of many
awards, from the state of Israel,
United Jewish Appeal and local
community activities.
Brotman not only intends to
carry on the ideals of the past
presidents, but hopes to make the
Lodge the leading chapter in
South Florida.
He will chair his first meeting
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Friday, May 2, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 15
I In The Synagogues
And Temples ...
New Boca Congregation Aids
Sister Synagogue In Israel
When Congregation B'nai
Israel of Boca Raton and Kehilat
Ramat-Aviv of Ramat Aviv,
Israel, "adopted" one another
following a visit by the American
group to Israel last year, the two
congregations embarked upon a
wide ranging program of educa-
tional and religious exchange.
But, inasmuch as both congrega-
tions were working towards the
construction of their respective
first permanent homes, it was ex-
pected that the friendship would
manifest itself in areas other than
the financial one. Now that is be-
ing changed as the Board of Con-
gregation B'nai Israel voted to
send a "modest but significant"
contribution to Ramat Aviv in
support of the congregation's
building campaign.
"Even though we are in the
midst of raising funds ourselves,"
explained Rabbi Richard Agler,
"there is really no comparison to
the difficulties that our friends in
Israel face. The economic situa-
tion there is most severe and
unlike the orthodox synagogues,
which receive government sub-
sidies, the non-orthodox communi-
ty in Israel must raise every last
shekel on its own." Due to the
overwhelming security needs,
Israelis do not have the kind of
discretionary income that
Americans do. "We wanted to
help in some way," said Rabbi
Agler, "after all, according to
Jewish law, even those who are
themselves in need are required to
give tzedakah" (charity).
Despite the fact that they are
separated by 6,000 miles of ocean,
the two congregations are similar
in many ways. In addition to the
fact that both are relatively young
and looking towards their first
permanent home, both see
themselves as making up in en-
thusiasm and programmatic in-
novation what they lack in
material resources. In Boca Raton
Congregation B'nai Israel has
taken a leading role in the effort
for Soviet Jewish emigration,
black/Jewish relations, support of
Israel, and interfaith activities. In
Israel, Kehilat Ramat-Aviv has
achieved nationwide recognition
for their program of bringing
Arab and Jewish teenagers
together, for their role in the
resettlement of the Ethiopian
Jews, in programming for the
elderly, and of course, for the
cause of Progressive Judaism.
The program of exchange bet-
ween the two communities has
Rabbi Richard Agler
been a productive one. In addition
to the visit and joint service held
in Israel last year, there has also
been an exchange of cor-
respondence between religious
school students, symbolic gifts
from the Israeli students to the
American Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and a
sharing of programming ideas and
monthly newsletters.
In addition, the Rabbis of the
two congregations, Rabbi Richard
Agler and Rabbi Kinneret Shiryon
were schoolmate contemporaries
at the Hebrew Union College-
Jewish Institute of Religion in
New York.
According to Rabbi Agler, "The
two congregations have had a
wonderful relationship so far. We
are looking forward to
strengthening one another in the
years to come."
The ascendancy from the
depression of the Holocaust to the
celebration of the State of Israel's
Independence Day will be
featured in a combined program
at Temple Emeth on Wednesday
evening, May 14, 7 p.m. Rabbi
Elliot J. Winograd, Cantor Zvi
Adler and retired Cantor David J.
Leon will conduct the program.
Members of the congregation.
Holocaust survivors, will repre-
sent the 6.000.000 Jews who
perished in the extermination
camps. All neighbors and friends
in the area are welcome to attend.
A collation will follow the service.
Temple Emeth Singles Club
will hold their next meeting Mon-
day, May 12, noon at the Temple,
5780 W. Atlantic Ave.. Delray.
Helen Furman will entertain and
Rabbi Kinneret Shiryon
refreshments will be served.
From Auschwitz to Redemption
will be the theme of Friday night
services, May 2 at Temple Sinai in
Delray Beach. Reverend William
Reese of Lakeview Baptist
Church in Delray Beach and Dr.
Louis Golder of Christ Lutheran
Church of Fort Lauderdale will
join Temple Sinai's spiritual
leader, Rabbi Samuel Silver. Palm
Beach County Commissioner,
Dorothy Wilkens will also attend
the services.
Three generations representing
the congregation will participate
in the candle lighting ceremony:
the Holocaust survivors, members
of Kukuiu, comprised of young
adults born after the war and
students from the religious school.
Clara Hilt, a survivor, will address
the congregation. Her topic will
deal with the Holocaust and its
aftermath, the birth of the State
of Israel.
Temple Sinai's choir, under the
direction of Elaine Silver, will
enhance the services by their ren-
dition of "Loz Nit Keinmol" and
"Hatikvah." Services start at 8:15
The Congregants of Temple
Sinai have started a letter writing
drive, particularly with Passover
cards, to let their adopted Russian
family know that American Jews
remember their Russian brothers
and wish them a happy Passover.
Friday evening May 2, Rabbi
Richard Agler will speak on the
upcoming Holocaust Remem-
brance Dav observance. For infor-
mation, call 483-9982.
a Yom HaShoah Observance Production
DIARY OF > also... a Memorial Service
by the Rabbinical Association
Presented as a Public
Community Service
by the
Adolph and Rose
Levis Jewish Community Center and the
Community Relations Council
division of the South County Jewish Federation
MONDAY, MAY 5, 1986
336 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton
Admission: FREE

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