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ONE DREAM ... ONE PEOPLE ... ONE DESTINY
w^ The Jewish <^ y
FloridiaN
of South County
Volume 8 Number 19
Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach, Florida Friday, May 9,1986
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Inside
Fern Alien on Israeli
Yuppie Project... page 5
Bar Mitzvah in Prague...
page 7
Scholarship Ball Photos
...page 9
Prof. Leibowitz A
Maverick?... page 10
Nobil Becomes Federation President
James H. Nobil, a real
estate executive from Boca
Raton, was elected presi-
dent of the South County
Jewish Federation last
week, at the Federation's
annual meeting. Nobil suc-
GREETINGS
OF PRIME MINISTER SHIMON PERES
TO THE DIASPORA COMMUNITIES,
ON ISRAEL'S 38TH INDEPENDENCE DAY
(This Year on Wednesday, May 14)
The journey of our people to spiritual and political
rebirth, in its own land, has not all been paved with
joy. This is the longest and most revolutionary journey
undertaken by any people, any time in the history of
mankind. This is a journey which has not yet been
completed. While we may perhaps already pronounce
the benediction on deliverance, the time is not yet ripe
to congratulate ourselves on a task completed.
The journey is not yet over; neither have all the con-
troversies been resolved firstly between us, here in
Israel, and our brethren throughout the world. At the
same time, we will continue to maintain the unity of
the people, despite its pluralistic character, and will
continue to strive to assemble all Jews, from all cor-
ners of the world, here in Israel. It is only in our
historic homeland that we have attained national
freedom, self-fulfillment, and true, unqualified pride
and self-respect for every Jew: both as a human being,
and as a Jew. Continued on Page 2
Reagan Accepts Chair
Of Ben Gurion Centennial
century whose impact on
American and world history ranks
with that of Churchill and
Gandhi."
The Centennial Committee will
coordinate educational and
cultural activities throughout the
United States, from October,
1986, the anniversary of Ben
Gurion's birth, until May 4, 1987,
the 40th anniversary of Israel's in-
dependence, culminating with a
gala celebration at the Kennedy
Center in Washington in May,
1987.
The Committee is represented
worldwide by Herzog. In the U.S.,
it is chaired by Jack Spitzer,
honorary president of B'nai B'rith
International, and co-chaired by
Rosenne. Dr. Benjamin Hirsch, an
educator, clergyman and ad-
ministrator, is the Committee's
executive director.
To Synagogue
Experience
ROME (JTA) Pope John Paul II described his visit
to Rome's main synagogue on April 13 as a "very deep" ex-
perience, "especially from a religious point of view."
IN A TELEVISION interview, the Pontiff, the first
Pope in history to enter a Jewish house of worship, said, "It
was a deep emotional experience to enter that place which
at least ideally, bring us back to the times of St. Peter and
the first Christians."
He said the visit "was made possible by the Second
Vatican Council" more than 20 years ago and by its famous
declaration, "Nostra Aetate" (Our Times), in which the
Catholic Church repudiated Jewish guilt for the death of
Jesus.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -
President Reagan has accepted
the invitation of Israel President
Chaim Herzog to act as honorary
chairman of the David Ben Gurion
Centennial Committee of the
United States, it was announced
here by the Centennial Commit-
tee. Reagan's participation in the
year-long celebration of the birth
of Israel's first Premier
acknowledges the special relation-
ship between the United States
and Israel, the Committee said.
"The Ben Gurion Centennial
represents a unique event for
Americans," said Israel's Am-
bassador Meir Rosenne, who is
also the Committee's co-
chairman. "It is one of those rare
moments when Americans can
celebrate the birth of a foreign
hero a statesman of the 20th
Pope Says Visit
Was 'Deep'
ceeds Marianne Bobick, who
served the three con-
secutive terms permitted
under the community's by-
laws.
During the past year,
Nobil chaired the Federa-
tion/UJA Campaign's Men's
Division. He has headed a
federation once before, hav-
ing served as president of
the Jewish Federation in
Akron, Ohio.
Nobil was graduated from
Yale and NYU. He became
deeply involved in the com-
munity in Akron, where he
served as president of the
James H. Nobil
Jewish Family Service
Society, as well as a trustee
for Temple Israel, Goodwill
Industries, and the Summit
County Mental Hygiene
Clinic.
He went on to become a
board member of the Coun-
cil of Jewish Federations, of
the UJA National Cabinet
he was national chairman of
the Young Leadership
Cabinet of the Joint
Distribution Committee,
and of the Board of
Overseers of Hebrew Union
Continued on Page 2
A Message To The Jewish Community
From The New President
I look forward with great excitement at what is
about to happen in this community, and with great
pride and respect at what has been accomplished
here in the seven short years since our inception.
Each of us is an integral part of the South Coun-
ty Jewish Community. Therefore, I feel compelled
to spell out the challenges and responsibilities
before us.
The community's growth with more than
60,000 Jews living in it so far mandates an un-
precedented effort. To provide the necessary ser-
vices needed by the fastest growing, most dynamic
Jewish community in America, we have to extend
our campaign into a year-round effort, correspon-
ding to the year-round growth in numbers and in
the needs. This year-round campaign, this year.
must reach the $5.2 million mark to accomplish the
things we HAVE TO accomplish.
We have to bear in mind that Israel will always
be central to our survival. Yet, we must enhance
the quality of Jewish life and ensure a cohesive
Jewish community in South Palm Beach County
for our children and grandchildren. When we
strengthen Israel, it strengthens us; when we
strengthen our community, that enables us to
strengthen Israel and Jews around the world.
Starting a new Federation, building our agencies
and providing services for the community from the
ground up demands more commitment, time and
money than in a Jewish community that has been
established for many years. Pioneers need to give
Continued on Page 2
Israel Played No Part in Arms Sale
By HUGH ORGEL
TEL AVIV (JTA) -
Officials of the Foreign
Ministry and the defense
establishment categorically
deny that Israel was in any
way involved in a conspiracy
to sell $2 billion worth of
American arms to Iran,
following the arrest by U.S.
authorities last week of a
retired Israel Defense Force
general alleged to be one of
the plotters.
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Avraham
Baram, 52, an IDF veteran of 30
years' service, was one of 17 men
of six nationalities who were plac-
ed under arrest or had warrants
issued against them in New York
and Bermuda. Baram and four of
the men were arrested in Ber-
muda where they allegedly flew to
make final arrangements for the
arms deal.
ALSO NAMED in the plot were
two other Israelis, Guri
Eisenberg, 31, and Israel
Eisenberg, 55, and a man who
may be Israeli, identified only as
Hebroni. Others seized or wanted
on charges by Federal Prosecutor
Rudolph Giuliani are of US.
British, French, West Ge-
and Greek nationality.
Giuliani, the Chief U.S. Pro-
secutor for New York, said,
however that there is "no sugges-
tion of involvement by the Israeli
government" in the aborted arms
deal which he described as mind-
boggling in scope."
The U.S. State Department had
no immediate comment. But a
spokesman for the Israel Embassy
in Washington stated flatly that
"the government of Israel has no
connection or involvement with
this matter.' He described Baram
as long retired from the IDF.
MENAHEM MERON, director
general of the Defense Ministry,
called in the U.S. Charge d'Af-
faires after what he called an in-
tensive investigation. He inform-
ed the American official that no
link, direct or indirect, could be
found suggesting that Israel was
involved in the alleged plot.
According to Giuliani and U.S.
Continued on Page 4
Tagar Student Zionist Organization leader Glenn Monet- with reporters on the steps of the Libyan Mission in \
a news conference co-sponsored with the Herut 2
America and the Betar Zionists Youth Movem.
leaders called upon the United Nations to expel j
and other sponsors of terrorism.


Page 2 The JewishjToridian of South County/Friday, May 9 1986
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Nobil Becomes Federation President
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SIEMENS JEWISH Q AMPl JS
Richard Siemens Chairs Flagship
Gifts Of Capital Campaign
Richard Siemens, chairman of
the Federation's Development
Committee and chairman of the
Flagship Gifts Division of the
Capital Campaign, is excited
about the current caiftpaign.
He views the new campus as "a
multi-faceted facility which deals
with almost every stratum and
socio-economic level of the com-
munity." He believes that the pro-
ject "will have the effect of a
catalyst continuing to strengthen
and bring the community
together."
Siemens has lived in the South
County area since August, 1975.
During that period he has witness-
ed a tremendous growth in the
local Jewish community. He
recalled that he chose to live in
Boca Raton since the "composi-
tion of the population would be
more family oriented." He also
recalled that "there was not very
much in the way of an organized
Jewish community in 1975."
Reflecting on the rapid growth
of the local Jewish community,
Siemens commented that greater
numbers of Jews settled in this
Richard Siemens
area as they became "enamored
with the ambiance and orderly
growth of the community. ... It
just became a natural evolution
for the Jewish people to seek out
the best place they could find to
live." Siemens added that
"the Jewish community is conti-
nuing to grow more rapidly man
any other segment of the com-
munity." As such, he observed,
"the response of the organized
community should be providing
additional facilities and services
that are needed."
Siemens first became involved
with Federation activities in
Rockland County, New York, 10
years prior to moving to South
County. Shortly after his arrival,
he became affiliated with Temple
Beth El and subsequently, "when
contacted by the local Federation
and asked to participate, was very
happy to do so." That activity led
to his involvement as chairman of
the Development Committee.
He urged full community sup-
port for the Capital Campaign
since "it is a tool not only for
strengthening the community and
bringing it together, but also for
Jewish community survival and
identity." He stressed that the
development of the new campus
will make a very strong statement
to the rest of the community that
the Jeurixh community is together.
Books! Books!! Books!!!
Empty Bookshelves Are An Eyesore
We Have Some Empty Bookshelves
Can You Help Us Fill Them?
It may be too soon to talk of setting up a proper Jewish library but
we would like to make a start of sorts.
If you have any books Hebrew, English, Yiddish, in any wav
connected with any Jewish topic, Judaica, ancient or modern Jewish
history, scholarship we would be happy to arrange to pick them up
Please call Ginny, at: *'
368-2737
Continued from Page 1
College-Jewish Institute of
Religion.
Locally, Nobil has served
on the Federation's board
for the past four years, and
prior to taking on the chair
of the Men's Division, also
served as chairman of the
Boca Raton chapter of the
American Friends of Tel
Aviv University.
The presidency of a
Federation such as South
County, Nobil says, "is an
awesome challenge," which
he hopes to meet head-on by
putting an accent on
developing young leader-
ship, and involving ever
more volunteers not only
in the fundraising work
Nobil believes in innovation
and in a low-key approach
based on getting people to
be well-informed.
"Still," he notes, "money
is the bottom line, the essen-
tial which enables us to
build, to respond to needs
and to plan ahead. We have
a great theme we are
thinking in terms of what
this community will be like
in the 21st Century, which is
already here in some ways!"
(More on the Annual
Meeting in next week's
issue)
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Presidents Message
Continued from Page 1-
more and work harder and we are all pioneers in
South County.
We, in South County, have made promises: to
educate our children, to provide social services, to
give moral and spiritual support to this com-
munity's members. It is no secret that money is re-
quired to fulfill these promises.
During the allocation and budgeting process in
which I recently participated, it became clear that
we need to raise more money, NOW, to keep pace
with the explosive growth and needs of our Jewish
community, as well as with the ongoing needs of
Israel, which is constantly being put to severe
tests.
Therefore, the leadership of this Federation,
both lay and professional, have agreed to increase
their 1986 contribution and redouble their efforts
on behalf of the community's campaign through
the Spring and Summer and ask every one in the
community to follow suit. .
In future issues of the community's newspaper
will appear in-depth articles describing the com-
munity's agencies and services; while these should
be a source of pride, they will also clearly
demonstrate the overwhelming need for services,
which can be met only when the community will
react with the forward-looking spirit South County
possesses, and which will hopefully make it one of
the top Jewish communities in the nation, if not in
the world .
Greetings From
Prime Minister Shimon Peres
Continued from Page 1-
We believe that the construct
which has been created here in
Israel, in the last hundred years,
is not the sum total of declaration
or of chance but rather the
result of vision, of hard work, of
stubborn principles. Those who
remain true to the path of
pragmatic Zionism know that
this is the most humane course of
action the world has ever known.
The national unity government,
after 20 months in office, can
today credit itself with impressive
achievements, in important areas
of life. The withdrawal of the IDF
from Lebanon served t<>
consolidate our national security,
while safeguarding the lives of our
soldier-sons. We succeeded in
halting the inflationary spiral -
which threatened to sweep the
national economy into the abyss
We are now on the threshold of a
new economic momentum -
which will comprise the
encouragement of exports, the
replacement of imports, and a
structural reorganization of the
economy. On the political level, we
have broadened the gateway
between Israel and Egypt and
despite attempts to intimidate and
to terrorize us, both countries
remain resolved to deepen the ties
between us as a prelude to a
comprehensive peace in the
region. The Hashemite King has
also come a long way to meet us
on the road to the negotiating
table, while the PLO continues to
prove that it is an obstacle to
Omet, as we have p. .lated. The
present government of Israel can
also pride itself on the fact that, in
its time, internal tensions in the
country have been greatly
reduced: between religious and
secular elements, between Jews
and Arabs. Israel's image in the
world has also improved. Leaders
and governments are attentive to
our views; they appreciate our
firm stand against terrorism; and
they understand that our
continuing struggle, here in
Israel, is based not only on power,
but also on justice.
The State of Israel represents a
composite of three elements:
continuity, change, and
revolution. Continuity has kept us
faithful to the cultural and social
precedents of the Bible: 'The
Lord is exalted, for He dwelleth
on high. He hath filled Zion with
justice and righteousness.'
(Isaiah 33:6). Change is
superimposing a new physical
layer on our ancient, historical
foundations, without allowing
planning and deliberation to take
the place of daring and boldness.
While our revolution has been
directd against the attempt by the
nations of the world to imprison
our spirit in the ghettos.
From Jerusalem, the eternal
capital of our people, we issue to
you a clear and explicit call: come
and live with us in Israel. Come
and mainain with us Jewish
continuity. Come and consolidate
with us demographic change-
Come and carry out together with
us the Zionist revolution.


Autobiography of An Art Collector
Friday, May 9, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
Lithuania to Israel with many ex- have placed the author "in many
citing and interesting detours that worlds.
By MORTON I. TEICHER
In Many Worlds. By Jacob M.
Alkow. New York: Shengold
Publishers, 1985. 240 pp.
$13.95.
The author of this interesting
autobiography is a remarkable,
83-year-old man who now lives in
a lovely house in Herzlia, Israel,
surrounded by his magnificent col-
lection of paintings, sculpture and
Judaica.
Starting in Lithuania, Alkow
has indeed lived "in many
worlds." Not only has he worked
in different countries, but his
"worlds" include a variety of
careers, ranging from the rab-
binate to films, to television to
business and to finance. He im-
migrated to New York as a
youngster and, although he calls it
a "jungle," he found great
stimulation in the public library
and the Metropolitan Museum of
Art.
ALKOW STUDIED at the
Jewish Theological Seminary,
where he was greatly influenced
by Mordecai Kaplan. Before com-
pleting work for his degree and
ordination, he became ill with
what his parents feared was
tuberculosis. He was sent to his
brother and sister in Los Angeles
where he recovered his health and
completed his studies.
He then spent three years as
head of a Hebrew school and com-
munity center in the Boyle
Heights section of Los Angeles.
This was followed by a year's
work with Cecil B. DeMille as
historical advisor in connection
with the production of King of
Kings. Alkow tells fascinating
stories about the Jews involved in
making this film, including
himself, who were later roundly
criticized for having participated
in producing a film which was con-
sidered unfriendly to the Jews.
It is not clear whether it was
this criticism or the Holy Land
setting of the film which reminded
Alkow of his Zionist interests but,
in any event, when the film was
done, he decided to go to
Palestine.
ALKOW ARRIVED in
Palestine in 1929, and almost im-
mediately was plunged into
Haganah activities. His adven-
tures ended when he learned of
the stock market crash in 1929
which left him with just about
enough money to return to the
United States.
In the United States, Alkow
went on a speaking tour for the
In 1946, Alkow returned to Los
Angeles to become a television
film producer. His successful pro-
ductions included programs with
Jackie Gleason and Groucho
Marx. During the ensuing seven
years while AHcow was apparently
earning a good deal of money, he
kept up his interest in Zionism and
in collecting art.
His attachment to Israel led him
to accept a position in 1953 as the
Bookcase
Zionist Organization and then had
a series of odd jobs before he final-
ly became the rabbi of a temple in
San Bernardino, Calif. During his
period there, he married and was
active in a variety of community
affairs. In 1936, he made an ex-
tensive trip to Europe, Egypt and
Palestine, at the end of which he
decided to leave his work as a con-
gregational rabbi.
He accepted a position that en-
tailed responsibility for develop-
ing a market for oranges in the
Orient with Shanghai as his head-
quarters. He lived through the
Japanese bombing and occupation
of Shanghai, remaining there until
early 1941. While in the Orient,
Alkow collected Chinese, Korean
and Japanese art. He established
associations with dealers that
enabled him to open a gallery for
the sale of Oriental art when he
returned to California.
HOWEVER, with the bombing
of Pearl Harbor, supplies dried
up, and the business came to an
end. Alkow went back to work for
the community center in Boyle
Heights which broadened its con-
cerns to include services for
military personnel. Alkow held
this job for most of World War II.
In February, 1946, he became the
director of the American Zionist
Emergency Council. This meant
moving to New York where
Alkow worked with Stephen Wise
and other dignitaries in Jewish
life.
director of the Zionist Organiza-
tion of America House in Tel
Aviv. He ran this program for
three years and then moved to
New York where he joined a Wall
Street investment firm. Before
long, the firm became Alkow and
Co., and for eight years, he suc-
ceeded in making a financial suc-
cess. This period came to an end
when his wife became ill and
Alkow decided to move to Los
Angeles in order to provide a bet-
ter climate for her. After a year,
she died. Alkow remarried and
made up his mind to start life
anew in Israel. He produced a film
in Israel which was a financial
failure but which eventually
received artistic recognition.
ALKOW'S investments both in
the United States and Israel
enable him to live very comfor-
tably. He is a gracious and engag-
ing host with the manner of a
sophisticated individual who has
benefitted from his varied ex-
periences but who has never lost
sight of his Jewish identity and
Zionist commitment. He main-
tains his deep appreciation of the
Hebrew language, literature and
fine arts. Alkow has a special con-
nection to Miami through his
nephew, Dr. Jeremiah Unter-
mann, who is the head of the
Jewish Studies Program at Barry
University.
The book is written in a simple,
straightforward style. It is easy to
read and provides a useful record
of one man's journey from
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Poland Said To Plan New Mission in Israel
JERUSALEM Foreign Ministry sources said Monday that
an announcement is expected from the Polish government that it
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The sources were responding to a report Sunday by an Israeli
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According to Segal, steps toward an agreement in principle
were discussed between the two countries last week when the
Israel Embassy in Bonn hosted a high-level diplomatic delegation
from Poland, headed by the Polish Ambassador to West
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Proxmire Honored for Battle to Pass Treaty
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The Pope's Visit
Pope John Paul II has made a major contribution to
Christian-Jewish relations by making the first visit by
a pope to a Jewish house of worship. Addressing "our
dearly beloved brothers," the Pope said that the
Roman Catholic church "deplores" anti-Semitic acts
"at any time by anyone. I repeat, by anyone." The
Pope's historic visit cannot erase almost 2.000 years
of European anti-Semitism, anti-Semitism that was
often encouraged by the church. However, it does
make clear that Rome is determined to continue on-
the road toward respect for and acceptance of Jews
that was proclaimed two decades ago by Pope John
XXIII.
Unfortunately, the Pope did not go far enough.
Omitted in his speech was any reference to the State
of Israel, the central fact in Jewish life today. It is
Israel not acceptance by the Vatican or anyone else
that has liberated the Jewish people from the
scourge of anti-Semitism. It is Israel a symbol and
reality that enables Jews and Judaism to flourish.
It is Israel that enabled the Jewish people to survive
the Holocaust.
To accept the Jews and ignore the State of Israel is
a strikingly incomplete act of reconciliation. The
Vatican should recognize the State of Israel. Israel, at
this point, hardly needs such recognition. The
Vatican, however does need to extend it.
Slippery Slope
If you are looking for proof that anti-Semitic
diatribes are not the sole property of the far right,
check the March 22 issue of The Nation. It carries an
essay, "The Empire Lovers Strike Back," by novelist
Gore Vidal. The piece lumbers under the weight of
anti-Jewish, anti-Zionist, anti-Israel innuendo and
cliche.
For decades The Nation was a standard-bearer of
liberal-progressive politics in the United States. But
for some years now it has been sliding beyond
liberalism toward the fringe left. And on the fringe
the political spectrum bends into a circle and ex-
tremes merge. There right-wingers who fantasize
about Jewish conspiracies and left-wing ideologues
who equate Zionism with racism meet.
And that's where we find Vidal. The author who
used to duel regularly with William F. Buckley, Jr.
would now be disqualified from participating in such a
liberal-conservative duo. A better match for Vidal
now would be Lyndon LaRouche.
Pretending to respond to criticism from Commen-
tary editor Norman Podhoretz and his wife, writer
Midge Decter, Vidal launches a barrage of anti-
Semitic rhetoric.
He fires off the dual loyalty canard, charging that
for Podhoretz and Decter in particular and Jewish
supporters of Israel in general, their "first loyalty
would always to be Israel." Vidal finds Decter unable
to understand his purebred version of American
history that the United States has been a racist-
imperialist empire, diluted by waves of immigration.
The reason, according to Vidal, is that "like most of
our Israeli fifth columnists, Midge isn't much in-
terested in what the goyim were up to before Ellis
Island."
Decter doesn't understand him, Vidal says, because
"in the Middle East another predatory people is busy
stealing other peoples' land in the name of an alien
theocracy." He then proceeds to "spell it out" to
update the old conspiracy theory: To win U.S. aid for
Israel, "a small number of American Jews" have join-
ed forces with reactionary anti-Semites, militarists
and evangelical Christians. They help scream that
"the Russians are coming" so they can "continue to
frighten the American people into spending enormous
sums for 'defense' which also means the support of
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Volume 8 Number 19
'Highest Priority'
Our Reaching Out to Othtr Jews
By ROCHELLE SAIDEL
TORONTO
"The highest priority for
Jews must be to reach out to
Jews of different beliefs,"
Rabbi Henry Sobel of Sao
Paulo, Brazil, told delegates
at the World Union for Pro-
gressive Judaism Interna-
tional conference in Toronto
recently.
Calling for a dialogue with the
"moderate Orthodox," Sobel ad-
mitted there are "non-negotiable"
differences. "But that should not
prevent us from looking for areas
of cooperation and trust," he said.
"Support of Israel is one example.
The struggle for Soviet Jewry is
another."
Our position as Progressive
Jews must strike a good balance,
manifesting strong opposition to
the Orthodox establishment's use
of political power to suppress Pro-
gressive Judaism, while at the
same time calling for dialogue
with the Orthodox moderates,"
Sobel said. "There is a need for an
ongoing dialogue between Liberal
and Orthodox Jews on every level,
not only among rabbis and lay
leaders, but especially among am
cha, the people," he said.
WITH REGARD to the Reform
movement in Israel, Sobel said,
"We must continue our unrelen-
ting struggle for the recognition
of Progressive Judaism." Poin-
ting out that a December 1985 poll
showed that 66.8 percent of
Israelis interviewed felt that the
Reform and Conservative
movements should be recognized
and should receive the same rights
now held by the Orthodox, he
asked:
"If we have popular support in a
democratic society, why must we
subject ourselves to Orthodox
domination?" He suggested that
encouraging aliya of non-
Orthodox Jews would be an im-
portant step in "legitimizing" the
Reform movement in Israel.
Sobel's Sao Paulo synagogue,
Cognrecagao Israelite Paulista,
has a membership of 2,000
families and is the largest in Latin
America. Some 250,000 Jews live
in Brazil today, 90,000 in Sao
Paulo and 35,000 in Rio. Sao
Paulo, the fifth largest city in the
world, is the seat of the Con-
federacao Israelite do Brasil. the
umbrella organization of the
Jewish community (affiliated with
the World Jewish Congress).
ALTHOUGH THE Jewish com
munity is only a small fraction of
Brazil's population of 130 million,
95 percent of whom are Catholic,
Sobel told the JTA that the
Liberal Jewish leadership plays an
important role in the country. The
Jewish community is part of the
small economic and social elite in
Brazil, the five percent of the
population that owns most of the
big business and land.
In the 1970's the Liberal Jewish
movement made an alliance on na-
tional social action concerns with
the National Conference of
Brazilian Bishops, Sobel said.
Describing Brazil's Roman
Catholic Bishops as the most
liberal in the world, Sobel said
they consider it their mission to
build a just society in Brazil.
(Brazil has the largest Catholic
population in the world, with one-
tenth of the world's bishops.)
The Roman Catholic Church in
Latin America has been increas-
ingly assuming a role in pointing
out injustices in society, not unlike
the ancient Hebrew prophets," he
said.
UNDER THE sponsorship of
the National Confernce of
Brazilian Bishops, Sobel coor-
dinates a National Commission of
Jews and Catholics, comprised of
four Liberal rabhis. one Liberal
lay leader, one Bishop, three
Catholic spokesmen for social
reform, and one Catholic
medalist on Catholic-Jewish rela-
tions. Meeting on a monthly basis,
the group takes positions on
issues of national and interna-
tional concern. The Confederacao
Israelite do Brasil is consulted on
an informal basis.
The Catholic-Jewish group this
month published a 150-page
guidebook entitled "Israel: Peo-
ple, Land and Faith," which will
be distributed in all of the coun-
try's Catholic schools. Sobel said
that most Catholic children attend
parochial schools, and that the sue
Jewish schools in Sao Paulo and
two in Rio serve most of the
Jewish students in the country. At
least a third of Brazil's population
is at a bare subsistence level, and
has been left out of the country's
"development."
In November, 1985, Sao Paulo
was the site of the first Pan-
American Conference on Catholic-
Jewish Relations. Sobel said that
the Orthodox Jewish community
tried to "sabotage" the con-
ference, because Cardinal Jean-
Marie Lustiger, Archbishop of
Paris and a former Jew, was
keynote speaker.
THE CONFERENCE was,
nevertheless, a success, Sobel
said. One significant result was
the marking of the 10th anniver-
sary of the infamous United Na-
tions "Zionism is racism" resolu-
tion with an official resolution
signed by all of Brazil's bishops
stating that "Zionism is not
racism."
Asked about anti-Semitism in
Brazil, Sobel said that "overt
manifestations are only sporadic,
and the few that occur are fed by a
'pragmatic' anti-Israel govern-
ment policy." One reason for this
policy is Brazil's mounting inter-
national debt of $110 billion, and
the country's need for Arab oil
and petrodollars, Sobel said. But
he emphasized that "our most
urgent task in Latin America to-
day is not to obliterate anti-
Semitic trends, but to rediscover
and redefine what it means to be a
Jew."
Sobel's congregation was found-
ed by German immigrants in 1936
and still follows the German
Liberal traditions of separate
seating for men and women, with
an organ and mixed choir. Sobel
has headed the congregation since
his ordination from Hebrew Union
College 17 years ago.
In a sense, Sobel's decision to
live in Brazil is a return to his
"roots." The son of Belgian Jews
who fled the Nazis in 1939, Sobel
was born in Lisbon, Portugal in
1944. Portuguese could thus be
considered his "native" tongue.
But his family immigrated to the
United States from Lisbon when
he was yet toe young to talk.
Israel Denies Involvement
In U.S. Arms Sale to Iran
Continued from Page 1
Customs officials, the accused
men conspired to sell Iran several
hundred F-4 and F-5 jet fighters,
15,000 TOW air-to-air missiles
and scores of tanks as well as
helicopters, long-range artillery
and C-130 military transport
planes. They said the weapons
were to be delivered in Greek
ships and were presently stored in
Israel and several other countries.
The implication that the plot in-
volved the sale by Israel of combat
aircraft and other weapons it ac-
quired from the U.S. was describ-
ed as "ludicrous" by well inform-
ed sources here. The sources
noted that the U.S. knows exactly
how many American-built aircraft
are in Israel's possession and
about any that might be removed
from the Israel Air Force order of
battle. Moreover, Israel does not
sell F-48, has no F-5s and does not
sell TOW missiles.
EVEN IF Israel had sought to
sell weapons to Iran, a country it
regards as one of its most
fanatical foes, it would hardly do
so in the U.S., through an IDF
reserves general, the sources said.
Israel has admitted selling Iran
spare parts prior to the overthrow
of the Shah in 1979, and did so ap-
parently with the knowledge and
approval of the U.S.
Israel Radio described Gen.
Baram as a twice-decorated of
ficer cited for bravery. But he
retired under a cloud for allegedly
giving unauthorized weapons to
civilians.
Last year, Baram received per-
mission from the Defense
Ministry to act as a private consul-
tant on military supplies and
know how. But he was precluded
from dealing in arms or even
negotiating arms deals without
special permission.
Baram's arrest focused atten-
tion on the problem of senior IDF
officers who have become arms
dealers after retiring from active
service. There is no legal way for
Israel to control their activities
abroad even if they sully the coun-
try's reputation.
THE NUMBER of officers
engaged in these activities has in-
creased of late because they have
had difficulty finding suitable
civilian jobs. If they are unable to
obtain licenses in Israel to deal in
weapons, they become middlemen
abroad, sources here said.
If Baram and the others ar
rested are found guilty of the
charges, each faces a maximum
prison term of five years and a
fine of $250,000. The U.S. has em-
bargoed arms sales to Iran since
the seizure of hostages at the
American Embassy in Tehran in
November, 1979. Even if no em-
bargo exists, the State Depart
ment must approve arms sales to
a foreign country.
Iran, engaged for nearly six
years in a war with Iraq, is known
to be paying premium prices in
cash for weapons of all types.
Sources in the U.S. speculated
that the alleged conspirators may
have been playing a confidence
game with Iran to obtain cash for
weapons they did not possess and
could not deliver.
Tehiya Wants
Refugee Transfer
JERUSALEM (JTA) The
right-wing opposition Tehiya Par-
ty has called for the transfer of
500,000 Palestinian refugees from
Israel-held territories to Arab
countries as a precondition for
peace negotiations.
According to Tehiya leader
Prof. Yuval Ne'eman, this would
be a "humane solution." He spoke
at the opening of the party's con-
vention here. The convention
moved to Kiryat Arba, the Or-
thodox township adjacent to
Hebron in the West Bank, long s
scene of tension between Jews
and Arabs.
The convention opening was^ at-
tended by President Chaim Her-
tog.


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The Paul Greenberg Column: To The Shores of Tripoli

It brought back a time when hope was in the air to
see Jehan Sadat widow of the Egyptian leader who
paid the price for his support of peace come
through Little Rock the other day. Reporters had a
hard time questioning her at the airport because of
understandable security precautions. Like her hus-
band, Mrs. Sadat is a prime target for the haters. In
town to give a speech, she paused to express sym-
pathy for the innocent victims of the American raid
on Moammar Khadafy's nest of terrorists but none
for his regime. Which just about sums up the way a lot
of Americans must feel.
To strike back at terrorism in its lair may inevitably
result in the loss of innocent lives. It is particularly
hard to think of the pain and suffering inflicted on
children, including Colonel Khadafy's. But not to
strike back, and thus acquiesce to that extent in ter-
ror against children and many others, to go on hoping
for the best and relying on paper protests and ineffec-
tual gestures .. that would be to risk the lives of
many more children, and adults.
Terrorism's toll over the years has grown in-
tolerable and threatens to become worse. In a civiliz-
ed world, it would have been stifled years ago. But
many, especially Europeans, still dawdle. One placard
in a demonstration at London read: Hands Off Libya.
But to confine the American reaction to an occasional
arrest of the small fry who follow orders, instead of
striking at those who give them, would be to give the
terrorists-in-chief a safety they deny their victims.
And they deserve no safe haven, from Lebanon to the
shores of Tripoli.
An old terrorist named Lenin once put it simply.
The purpose of terrorism, he said, is to terrorize. But
what happens when the victims won't be terrorized?
When they strike back not just in the usual, defensive
way but suddenly, massively, at the very center of the
terrorist network? What happens when the victims
refuse to be victims any longer when it is the ter-
rorists who cannot be sure of a good night's sleep,
when their once privileged sanctuaries turn into a ball
of flame, and suddenly this war isn't being fought
solely on the terrorists' terms? In short, what hap-
pens when the terrorists are terrorized? The world
may now see if (and it's a big if) American resolve
holds out and Europeans stop playing Munich.
Alone with "collateral damage," that disquieting
euphemism for the pain and suffering inflicted on the
innocent in these raids, there was another
troublesome phrase used in connection with this
operation against Libyan bases: "proportionate
response." If that means responding to years of Li-
byan and Libyan-backed terror around the world on
the same level by blowing up diplomats and discos,
attacking passenger airliners and innocent travelers
then such a response would be not only morally
repugnant but probably ineffective. What does Col-
onel Mad-afy care about a few or even scores of inno-
cent lives? The response needs to be sufficiently
dramatic to get his attention, or the attention of those
who would rather overthrow him than see Libya's
military and strategic assets turned into rubble.
One would think that, after Vietnam, the United
States would have learned about the drawbacks of
what was then called Graduated Escalation, meaning
ineffective escalation. The notion of Proportionate
Response has the same limited, self-defeating sound.
To be effective, the response to terrorism may have to
retaliate not only for the latest outrage but for a
whole train of them if it is to deter more in the future.
In that sense, it needs to be disproportionate.
Those who want to keep waging a low-level fight
against terrorism need to think on this: Nobody ever
won a war on the defensive. It's clear what will hap-
pen if civilized nations do nothing more than what
they have been doing; terrorism will go on, and it will
become more and more accepted. Eventually the ex-
plosion of another passenger plane, or another
massacre at an airport or disco, will no longer be big
news but just part of a continuing story, like the
weather. Newspapers can start carrying a daily Ter-
rorism Report; they almost do that now. The world is
already well on the way to the acceptance of that kind
of evil. The unspoken attitude becomes: So long as it
doesn't happen to us, who cares? Which may only in-
crease the odds of its happening to us. Not till victims
and potential victims band together and strike back
hard, directly, repeatedly, overwhelmingly may the
tide turn. Nobody ever won a war on the defensive.
An offensive strategy has its hazards, military and
moral. The rules of engagement that protect civilians
increase the risk for American air crews. Even so,
civilian targets are almost bound to be hit in-
advertently. But to continue solely on the defensive,
reacting instead of acting, granting the terrorists free
passage and safe haven, is to remove the threat to
those behind these murderous crimes. It is to risk not
just more lives but a minimal standard of civilization
in the world. That is the reason civilized nations must
fight this scourge and fight to win. Another exercise
in damage control won't get it.
There are still plenty of military targets left in
Libya, beginning with the 15 training camps for ter-
rorists already identified by the State Department
complete with their Syrian, East German, Palestinian
and Cuban cadres. It needs to be made clear to these
instructors in terror that training murderers and kid-
nappers in faraway places is no carefree vacation on
the beach. Given the demonstrated skill of American
pilots and crews, that point is being made.
A number of terrorist training bases can be located
on Libya's coastline or near it, a short hop for
American fighter-bombers with the Sixth Fleet in the
Mediterranean. These bases near Tobruk, Benghazi,
and Tripoli should be next on the list. After that
should come what Colonel Khadafy and his military
care most about: Libya's oilfields. Just knowing
they're on the list might exert a beneficial influence
on Libya's rulers.
If there is to be a change in the attitude or at least
the policies of the Khadafys and Arafats, it must be
made clear that America has just begun to fight. The
killers of Robert Dean Stethem, the American sailor
aboard a TWA flight hijacked last summer, should be
tracked down to the ends of the earth, if not beyond.
The killers already have been identified and a
$500,000 bounty offered for their capture. That's a
start.
The Justice Department should issue warrants for
the arrest of Yasser Arafat and Abu Abbas for their
role in the murders of American citizens; both already
are wanted by the Italians. The slow but exceeding
fine wheels of the criminal justice system should also
be set into motion in another case that of Khadafy,
Moammar. (Occupation: Terrorism.)
In short, these criminals should be treated like
criminals.
Copyright, 1986,
Freelance Syndicate
Bui la ana Be tie built
By FERN ALLEN
Special to SCJF
Every year, scores of Jewish Yuppies interrupt their
careers in computers, social work and other white-collar
professions to don hard hats and spend four hours each day
renovating the crumbling buildings in the ancient Israeli ci-
ty of Safed.
But the most significant changes occur within themselves
when they participate in daily classes on Judaism and
Zionism after long mornings of mixing cement and smear-
ing plaster. They are part of a three-month program called
Livnot U'Lekibanot (To Build and to be Built) which offers
people with little or no formal Jewish education an oppor-
tunity to explore their heritage.
The program, now in its sixth year, was developed by
Aaron Botzer, an emigrant from Cleveland, who renovated
his own Safed home 10 years .ago. As he dug the shoulder-
high dirt from his basement, Botzer discovered that he had
enough room to share his home with 20 people. The pro-
gram has allowed the participants to have a first-hand
glimpse of Orthodox family life while studying Judaism and
rebuilding other homes in Safed's Old City.
"People come out of here respectful of Judaism, though
not necessarily religious. That's not the purpose of the pro-
gram," said Botzer.
The program has attracted many people who had
previously been on secular kibbutzim. Many were
dissatisfied' with that environment where they found it dif-
ficult to learn about Jewish life. "I felt religion was lacking
there. There was nothing Jewish about it," said Andrew
Brooks, who grew up in a "Conservative but lax" home in
New York City.
Ignorance about Judaism is often a common denominator
among the participants who come fi om the United States,
Canada, Europe and even the Soviet Union. One woman
thought Yom Kippur was observed only since 1973 when
the war broke out she had no idea that the fighting coin-
cided with a holiday which has been observed by Jews for
thousands of years.
Another Jewish man did not know what a circumcision
was. During the program he had his brit performed. Sandra
Katz. a special education teacher who worked at the Shma
VeEzer school in Silver Spring, noted that she never knew
that religious women wore scarfs on their heads because
they were married.
Encounters with anti-Semitism at college caused 28-year-
old Glenn Goldberg of New York City to start raising ques-
tions about what it meant to be Jewish. "Before that I
never thought about it. Rooting for a Jewish athlete like
Sandy Koufax was Judaism for me," said Goldberg, whose
brown hair was sprinkled with plaster from his day of con-
struction work.
Watching Botzer's wife Miriam take care of their children
caused many ardent feminists to rethink their opposition to
motherhood. Noting that half of the participants come from
broken homes, she observed that they realize the role of the
Jewish woman is positive and does not mean that she stays
in the kitchen "barefoot and pregnant."
"One woman began the program by saying she was going
to send her children to boarding schools. Now she's the one
who takes care of my children the most," she said.
When the program first started, Botzer was reluctant to
accept women, since he thought lifting rocks, carrying
buckets of sand and hauling pipes would be too strenuous
for them. He was quickly proven wrong, and he readily ad-
mits it was one of the few mistakes he has made. "The truth
is the women work a lot harder than the men. It's a matter
of will. We even have one woman who pushes a loaded
wheelbarrow all day," he said.
He noted that the construction work is an important ele-
ment to the program and reflects the pioneer spirit of
Israel's original settlers who insisted on building everything
themselves. "Now you have to look far and wide to see
that," he said, referring to the current dependence on Arab
laborers.
"The work is positive, but it's hard. We're not trying to
make them professionals, but it's good that they have the
experience of building Israel," said Botzer, who was a
teacher in Safed before directing Livnot U'Lekibanot.
Most of the participants noted that a sense of
camaraderie develops between them while at work filling
cement between stones, raking out overgrown shrubs and
plastering walls. One group expressed their appreciation
for building by presenting Botzer with a paper mache hoe
which now hangs in his renovated home.
There is no cost for the program, which is sponsored by
the Gesher Foundation and the Jewish Agency's Center for
Ulpanim and Counseling for Young Adults. The work com-
pensates for room and board. However, participants must
make their own transportation arrangements to and from
Israel.
Applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 30. Par-
ticipants are expected to observe the Sabbath and kaskrut
on the premises. There are three sessions each year beginn-
ing June 1, Sept. 1 and March 1.
Most of the people who have been part of the program
have remained involved in Jewish communal life, even if
they are not personally observant. Some who have remain-
ed in Israel have gone on to study in yeskivas. although they
are limited in choice since most yeskivas for beginners in
Israel are non-Zionist.
"I'd like to live in a religious community," remarked
Brooks as he chopped cabbage for the group's dinner.
"They help you if you're lost or if you need a place for a Sab-
bath meal. They may not like my rock music, but they cer-
tainly do care."
Reform Marriages 'Kosher'
Says Orthodox Scholar
A leading Orthodox scholar argues, in a booklet just
published by the American Jewish Committee, that
the rejection by Orthodox Rabbinic judges of all mar-
riages at which Reform or Conservative rabbis of-
ficiate is "legally unjustified."
In the essay, titled "Unity in Judaism," Rabbi
Eliezer Berkovits asserts that "all that is needed for a
marriage to be legally binding is the espousal of an un-
married Jewess and unmarried Jew in the presence of
two witnesses." In our time, he adds, "there exists, in
the overwhelming majority of cases, no problem
regarding the qualification of witnesses."
Rabbi Berkovits cites two great Jewish authorities,
Rabba and Maimonides, arguing that witnesses are to
be judged according to their integrity regardless of
their formal level of religious observance. In an im-
portant ruling 40 years ago, which was subsequently
overturned, the Israeli Chief Rabbinate had arrived at
the same opinion. Therefore, Rabbi Berkovits con-
tinues, "It would be a monstrous act of injustice to
declare hundreds of thousands of non-observant Jews
to be untrustworthy witnesses" when significant rab-
binic courts have ruled oppositely.
Concerning Reform and Conservative conversions
where converts automatically take on a modified
degree of ritual obligation, Rabbi Berkovits adduces a
ruling of Maimonides, stating that ex post facto, such
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MOSHE DAY AN: art attracted flak.
Israel Museum Buys
Dayan's Art Collection
By London Chronicle Syndicate
The Israel Museum has purchased the archaeological col-
lection of the late Moshe Dayan from his widow, Rachel, for
$1 million and has put on display 600 of the 1,000 artifacts.
Dayan's action in collecting these treasures was a subject of great
criticism during his lifetime. His opponents alleged that he was break-
ing the Antiquities Law, which forbids private excavations, although it
may be permissible to retain small objects found on the surface of the
ground.
A COMPLAINT against Dayan was lodged by one of his critics, but
the state attorney of the day declined to prosecute. To add to his pro-
blems, Dayan suffered a severe back injury when there was a landslide
at a site he was excavating.
Most of the objects in the collection are from the earlier ar-
chaeological periods, which were Dayan's main interests the Bronze
(Canaanite) and Iron (Israelite) Ages.
But the collection also includes a 9,000-year-old Neolithic mask carv-
ed from limestone found near Hebron; a menorah relief from a Jewish
tomb of the late Roman period; Byzantine gravestones; funerary ob-
jects; clay vessels and figurines.
CONTROVERSY about Israel's great soldier-statesman and his finds
did not end with his death. His daughter, Yael, launched a savage attack
on his widow Rachel in a recent book, because, she alleged, Rachel had
"persuaded" her husband to disinherit her and her two brothers.
Mrs. Dayan replied that her late husband had made the gift of the an-
tiquities to her during his lifetime in a notarized deed.
The Israel Museum stresses that the $1 million was contributed by a
New York donor and four Israelis, and did not come from its normal
funds.
f The Pines "
has everything!
Even the nearness of
your family.
Expect A Storm
If You Dare Criticize Lyndon LaRouche
By ROBERT SEGAL
If you dare criticize Lyn-
don H. LaRouche, the er-
ratic far-right politician, you
had better expect a storm of
harassment, accusations,
and threats.
Two years ago, after a careful
study of LaRouche propaganda,
both in print and on the air, I
wrote a column setting forth
logical conclusions about the
LaRouche political establishment.
Vitriolic wrath pounded against
my ears from members of the
LaRouche telephone squad. Then
followed a curious, accusatory,
angry letter from a press
representative of the LaRouche
campaign. The writer's hero was
at that time running for
President.
"I HAVE always had a very
strong sense of justice, which I
think comes from my Jewish
education," the writer informed
me. She went on to level a charge
of mistreating poor Lyndon
LaRouche, "perhaps for money, a
favor to someone, cowardice, or
stupidity."
Tarred thus with LaRouche
brand of Faustian mud, I felt
honored.
The letter writer, I must repeat,
mentioned her Jewish education.
Is one a money-grubber, coward, a
stupid fellow, then for expressing
amazement that this Mr.
LaRouche's Jewish press aide
would defend an extremist who
reportedly dismisses the
Holocaust as a Jewish myth,
equates Zionism with racism,
blames Jews for the Roman
crucifixion of Jesus, and finds
truth in the infamous Protocols of
the Elders of Zion which was long
ago pronounced an anti-Semitic
forgery by reputable historians?
No one has sounded the warning
against LaRoucheism more effec-
tively than New York Sen. Pat
Moynihan. Scolding the top
Democratic Party stewards for
weak effort to alert the faithful to
the strange tactics of various
LaRouche fronts, he branded
LaRouche a fascist and an anti-
Semite, a leader of a cadre that
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MOYNIHAN cited a tactic he
claimed to have been used by
Melvin Klenetsky, a LaRouche
faithful who tried but failed to
wrest the New York senatorial
nomination from him in 1981. Ac-
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depicted Averell Harriman as a
tool of Adolf Hitler.
Harassment?
Go back to 1980 and examine
the painful experience of top New
Hampshire officials, including
Hugh Gallen, then governor of the
Granite State. Hugh Gallen's
name reportedly was on a list of
New Hampshire public servants
to be targeted for abuse during
the LaRouche campaign for Presi-
dent that year. According to the
Associated Press, the list was
found in a Concord, N.H., YMCA
room rented to a LaRouche cam-
paigner. Instructions were:
"These are the criminals to burn
we want calls coming in to
these fellows day and night use
your networks to best
advantage."
Judging by the experience of
Thomas Roth, then Attorney
General of New Hampshire, the
SEN. MOYNIHAN
LaRouche workers seem to have
obeyed orders. "I got about 50
phone calls on Sunday at home,"
Roth reported.
It seems reasonable to conclude
that Gov. Gallen, who died in 1982
at the age of 58, received similar
treatment. Reared in poverty,
Hugh Gallen was one of New
Hampshire's most caring, effec-
tive, and beloved governors, sure-
ly not "a criminal to burn."
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In Prague's ISth Century Altneu Synagogue, the Sabbath ended, an unusual Bar Mitzvah
scene is recreated. From left are Rabbi Shay a Klimnick of Rochester, N.Y., who conducted
the ceremony; U.S. Congressman Ben GUman of Middletoum, N.Y.; Rabbi Daniel Mayer of
Prague; and 56-year-old Rubin Shafran of Middletoum, N.Y., who celebrated his Bar
Mitzvah.
A Bar Mitzvah In Prague
By GABRIEL LEVENSON
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia
Here in this Eastern European
capital, a 13th Century synagogue
the oldest in the world in con-
tinuous use was the scene of an
unusual ceremony recently. Rubin
Shafran, a 66-year-old building
contractor from Middletown,
N.Y., was having his Bar Mitzvah.
| That important rite of passage
I had been denied him at the usual
age of IS. By then, he was already
a member of a partisan band
fighting the Germans who had oc-
cupied Uchanie, his native village
in Poland, at the outbreak of
World War II.
He had already seen his grand-
father, with whom he had studied
the Torah, shot by the Nazis at the
gate to the local Jewish cemetery,
and he had witnessed the deporta-
tion of his mother and two sisters
to the concentration camp at
Subibor (where they were gassed
the following day, he learned
subsequently).
SHAFRAN HIMSELF had
escaped the same fate when he
was given shelter by a Polish
Christian who had a farm nearby,
but he had had to run away again,
when the farmer's neighbors
threatened to turn him in to the
Gestapo.
The sympathetic farmer gave
the boy a rifle he had salvaged
from world War I, and young
Shafran went off to join a partisan
band of Russian soldiers and
Polish Jews, who had fled im-
prisonment and were attacking
German outposts from hideouts in
forests and underground tunnels.
When the war ended, Shafran
returned to Uchanie, only to find
the handful of Jewish survivors
under attack again this time by
a gang of Polish fascists who were
still at large. Shafran made his
way to Bari, Italy, and joined a
kibbutz of youijg Zionists who
were studying (agriculture and
preparing themselves for the il-
legal journey to British-held
Palestine.
HE WAS recruited by ORT, the
American organization concerned
with providing young Jews with
vocational training, and he spent
the next four years in Bari,
developing skills in carpentry and
a fluency in the Italian language
which he retains to this day.
Meanwhile, his father, from
whom he had been separated and
I to &ve through
the ordeal of the concentration
camps, had gotten to the United
States and had established himself
as a chicken farmer in Williman-
tic, Conn.
Shafran joined his father and
met his wife-to-be, the former
Helene Hast, at a Yom Kippur
service in Willimantic, her home
town. When he was 23, he mar-
ried Helene and, that same year,
joined the U.S. Army for his se-
cond war, this one in Korea.
AFTER THAT war, Rubin and
Helene Shafran settled briefly in
what was then the territory of
Hawaii, where he obtained his
U.S. citizenship. In 1956, the
Shafrans return to the Mainland.
With his background in carpentry,
Rubin determined to go into con-
struction, and he has been a suc-
cessful builder of houses, par-
ticularly in Rockland County,
N.Y., ever since.
Over the years, the Shafrans
have raised three sons, all of
whom were Bar Mitzvah at Tem-
ple Sinai in Middletown.
Somehow, Shafran himself
never gave serious thought to
becoming himself a principal in
such a ceremony although he has
been the president of the con-
gregation, has served 15 years on
its board of trustees and been
named the Temple's Man-of-the-
Year.
It was not until his last trip to
Israel he has been there 14
times that the idea of a Bar
Mitzvah for himself took definite
shape.
SHAFRAN was at a ceremony
in Holon, at the dedication of a
monument to the people of his
native village. A long-time friend,
Donald Tirschwell of New City,
N.Y., who was also at the Holon
ceremony and who knew
Shafran's exciting history, spoke
up: "Ruby, isn't it about time you
caught up with where you left off
in Uchanie? How about your own
Bar Mitzvah?"
Tirschwell is president of the
Israel Bond Drive of Lower Hud-
son Valley, and he suggested that
Shafran have his Bar Mitzvah on
the Saturday just before Purim of
this year, in the course of the local
organization's Annual Mission to
Israel.
A stop-over had been planned in
Prague enroute. There, in the an-
cient synagogue, it was agreed,
Rubin Shafran would finally be
called to the altar to read the
selections from Leviticus and
Ezekiel which were requried for
that week.
A GROUP of 20 friends and
neighbors, most of them from
Rockland County, enthusiastically
decided to join Shafran and
Tirschwell on their memorable
journey. Among them were Con-
gressman Ben Gilman, the Minori-
ty Chairman of the House Foreign
Affairs Committee; Kenneth
Gribetz, the Rockland County
District Attorney; and Miles Ler
man, vice chairman of the Na-
tional Holocaust Commission and
like Shafran and Abe Baum,
another member of the group a
former partisan.
Rabbi Shaya Klimnick of
Rochester, N.Y., a leader in that
community's Israel Bond Drive,
and chairman of the Local Board
of Rabbis, joined them to serve
as spiritual advisor of the group
and to conduct the Bar Mitzvah
ritual.
They were also accompanied in
their mission by Yehudah and Gila
Frank, a Chassidic couple from
Monsey, N.Y., who brought along
with them on the plane trip from
New York to Prague a supply of
gefilte fish, as well as beans and
kosher meat for the traditional
cholent (beef stew) to be served at
Shafran's Sabbath Evening Bar
Mitzvah dinner.
ADDITIONALLY, Yehudah
Frank had baked and decorated a
huge cake for both the touring
Americans and the members of
the Prague Jewish community,
who would also participate in the
services at the Altneu
Synagogoue and at the banquet in
the adjoining Jewish Town Hall.
So it was that Rubin Shafran,
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rage 8 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday. May 9. 1986
Lights
of the
Jewish Community Day School
The Second Annual Scholarship Ball
THE SECOND ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP
BALL
The invitation pictured a colorful hot-air balloon
and read ''COME SOAR WITH US." Those that
attended the second annual Scholarship Ball Sun-
day evening, April 20, at the Park Place Suite
Hotel, soared all evening.
Upon entering the huge marble lobby, the guests
passed a large black marble pedestal on which a
gold painted wooden replica of Jerusalem sat.
They had arrived at their destination.
Reception hostesses Patricia Weisman. Dena
Man, and Shirley Enselberg greeted the guests
By ROBIN BRALOW
and handed out place cards. When asked where the
table numbers were written, the hostesses ex-
aplained that the tables were named for the 12
tribes of Israel. The 13th table was named
Jerusalem.
After posing for the photographer to assure the
memorable evening would be captured on film
(complimentary photographs are mailed to every
couple), the guests moved along to the beautiful
atrium styled dining room which is normally the
Cafe in the Park." Sunday night the atrium
belonged to the Day School guests. Surrounded by
lovely fountains magnificent hot air balloons
overhead it was a perfect room for cocktails.
1
(Left to right) Arnold and Elinor Rosenthal, Anne and Henry Brenner, SCJF president
Marianne Bobick, and Scholarship Ball chairmen Wileen and Martin Coyne.
The cocktail hour was a good in-
dication of just how special a night
this would be. The hor d'oeuvres
were delightfully different not
the standard fare including two
pasta bars, a caviar display with
iced vodka, skewered beef kabobs
with pineapple and peppers and
much, much more. The array was
especially surprising to those who
held stereotypic notions of kosher
affairs. No doubt that many of
those stereotypes were eradicated
as everyone marveled over the
delicious tastes and beautiful
presentation.
It seemed like only 15 minutes
but the cocktail hour was up, on to
the grand ballroom for dinner. At
the entrance of the room was the
Borovinsky table. Instead of
centerpieces two identical
photographs of a family sat on the
center of the table. Obviously, no
one was sitting there, for the table
was not set up. Chairman Martin
Coyne later explained that the
table was symbolic for the
Borovinskys, the Soviet refusenik
family which the Day School has
adopted. "Although their children
cannot attend our Day School, or
any Jewish learning center, they
are here with us spiritually,"
stated Coyne.
In his brief welcoming address,
Day School Chairman Arnold
Rosenthal eloquently compared
the South County Jewish Com-
munity Day School to that of the
shtetl school which had one
teacher with a single book. "As a
result, many of the children learn-
ed to read upside down," he ex-
plained. "In contrast, the Day
(Left to right) Oscar Kosh, Shirley Enselberg, Arnold Rosenthal,
(Left to right) James Nobil, Lynn Persoff, Sheldon Jontiff, Edith and Mel Clayman.
Patricia Weissman, Gary Bernstein. Dena Man.
School has numerous books, a
small student-teacher ratio and 20
Apple II computers. Yet, they
were the same beautiful Jewish
faces. The children of the shtetl
school did not survive the
Holocaust. That is why we are
here tonight," he continued, "to
make certain that every Jewish
child who desires a Jewish educa-
tion shall receive one."
Wileen Coyne sang the blessing
over the wine in a delicate soprano
that awed the room. Oscar Kosh
performed the Ha motzi. Then
came a presentation by the Fourth
Graders, whose adorable
costumes enhanced their well-
rehearsed Israeli dances. Many of
the guests remembered these
dances from their childhood bring-
ing back a flush of warm
memories.
Marianne Bobick, president of
the South County Jewish Federa-
tion, then presented Richard
Lubin with the Am Chai (Living
People) award for his successful
efforts on behalf of the Day School
in its "bingo litigation."
Sue easels surrounded the room
sharing Day School activities with
the crowd via photographs.
Weeks of work by the Day School
students seemed to have paid off
when the guests went wild over
the centerpieces they (the
children) created. Balsa wood,
spray-painted metallic gold and
silver on which an outline of the
Old City appeared, filled in with
multi-colored mylar tiles creating
a beautiful Jerusalem. This in-
novative concept by the art
teacher Susan Ze'ev was the focal
|M)int of a discussion: "Who takes
them home9"
Sometimes Balls are magical -
and this was such a time. It seem-
ed that everything everyone wish-
ed for came true. The center-
pieces did in tact go home with
every guest in the form of a
notecard whose photographed
cover was that of the centerpiece.
Area chairpersons Benjamin
I'ressner, Edith and Mel Clayman
from Del Aire, Gary Bernstein
from Boca Grove. Oscar and
Leona Kosh from the Hamlet.
Arnold Rosenthal presents poster from students to Marianne
Bobick.
Students of grade J, entertain at the Ball. .
Rosenthal presents award to the Coynes.
Oscar Kosh and Wileen Coyne as the "Hamotzi" is recited
Richard Lubin gets the "Am Chai" Award
from Marianne Bobick.




James Nobil and Lynn Persoff
from the Ocean, Patricia and
Peter Weisman, and Dena Man
from the Day School parents com-
mittee and Sheldon Jontiff from
Boca West were all thanked by
Martin Coyne as general chair-
man, who fulfilled their wishes
when he announced that during
the course of the evening the
number of scholarships had swell-
ed from 87 to 112!
Arnold Rosenthal presented a
framed poster from the children
of the Day School, which read:
"Marianne Bobick, We love you!,
children of the South County
Jewish Community Day School,
surrounded by all of their
signatures. This will hold a special
place in her home she told the
guests.
Martin and Wileen Coyne ac-
cepted a beautiful framed
photograph of a child which
recognized them for their dedica-
tion and hard work chairing the
ball.
In conjunction with the Ball's
theme "Come Soar With Us" a
door prize of an elegant hot air
balloon ride over Boca Raton was
chosen from among those who at-
tended. The lovely Honorary
Chairperson, Anne Brenner who
served with her husband Henry,
selected the winner none other
than Edward and Marianne
Bobick. In accordance with his
philanthropic nature Ed Bobick
offered to turn over his skylined
trip for another scholarship which
he would match, bringing the total
to 114.
The wonderful band kept
everyOM out on the floor. A most
memorable number was their half-
hour rendition of the Hora to
which teachers, parents, and
friends of the Day School danced
together reflecting the spirit of
the evening a community joined
together to support and
perpetuate Jewish learning.
Bar Mitzvah
Continued from Page 7
surrounded by old friends from
Kockland County, and new friends
from Czechoslovakia, chanted the
designated Bible portion of the
week, in a clear and confident
Hebrew, from the bimak (the
Altar) of the high, vaulted Gothic
synagogue.
Members of the local congrega-
tion, together with the visitors
from abroad, completely filled the
sanctuary. Among those present
was Wiliam H. Luers, the U.S.
Ambassador to Czechoslovakia,
who had entertained the
American delegation the day
t>efore at his private residence.
THERE HAD been a time when
this house of prayer, the Altneu
(Old-New), had been the center of
what was then the largest Jewish
Community in Europe. Such
figures as Rabbi Judah Loew, Ben
Bezalel, called the "Maharal," had
worshipped here. One of the
leading scholars of the 16th Cen-
tury, he is better known for the
unfounded legend that he created
a golem a man-like creature
moulded from clay who would
save the Jews of Prague from the
wrath of the reigning Emperor.
There was no golem to rescue
the community from Hitler. In
1939. at the outbreak of World
War II, 56,000 Jews lived in
I'rague. Today, the community
numbers little more than 1,000.
Most of the others were killed by
the Nazis: some found refuge in
Israel or the U.S.
For the first time in more than
two decades, the Altneu con-
gregants have an ordained rabbi.
Young Daniel Mayer, a native of
the city, now leads Sabbath ser-
vices every Friday evening and
Saturday morning. He alone has
the privilege of sitting in the high-
backed, carved chair which is plac-
ed against the eastern wall of the
synagogue, next to the Holy Ark.
and which was the Maharal's.
MAYER HAS but recently
Panic Studied
Friday, May 9, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 9

Financial Institutions Flinch At Critical Eye
By GIL SEDAN
And HUGH ORGEL
JERUSALEM (JTA) -
Israel's financial establish-
ment is reeling from the im-
pact of a report released by
the special commission set
up to investigate the col-
lapse of bank shares and
other stocks that touched
off a financial panic three
years ago.
The commission, headed by
Supreme Court Justice Chaim
Beisky, was scathing in its
criticism of the country's leading
commercial banks and their senior
officers, the Stock Exchange and
the entire banking system.
IT RECOMMENDED, among
other things, that the Governor of
the Bank of Israel and the heads
of the five largest banks be forced
to resign within 30 days, and that
few, if any, of them should be en-
trusted in the future with posts of
responsibility in their banks or
any other financial institutions, at
home or abroad.
The immediate response from
the banks and bankers ranged
from defensive to "no comment."
The prevailing reaction was that
the report, a 550-page document
representing 13 months of labor
by the commission, deals with
past events and the public must
now be reassured that the banking
system is safe.
The Knesset State Control
Committee adopted the recom-
mendations of the Beisky commis-
sion and requested the govern-
ment, the Tel Aviv Stock Ex-
change management and the
securities authority to implement
them. The committee warned
against rushing to adopt legisla-
tion that would give the banks im-
munity to legal action.
PREMIER Shimon Peres is
known to have consulted with
financial and legal authorities,
after seeing the commission
report, on the need for special
regulations to prevent a flood of
private lawsuits against the banks
by customers who may claim, on
the basis of the report, that they
were defrauded.
But State Comptroller Yitzhak
Tunik recommended strongly
against immunity for the banks.
He told the Knesset committee
that it would be improper to
revoke the basic right of citizens
to go to court. Tunik was respon-
ding to a proposal by Energy
Minister Moshe Shahal to enact
protective legislation to preserve
the stability of the banking
system
Finance Minsiter Moshe Nissim,
who took over the Treasury in a
Cabinet portfolio switch with Yit-
zhak Modai, said that the banking
system was not in danger as a
result of the Beisky commission
report. He said he would appoint a
team of experts from the Finance
and Justice Ministries to study the
report and draw practical conclu-
sions. Nissim had been Justice
Minister until two weeks ago,
when he replaced Modai as
Finance Minister.
MINISTER of Economy Gad
Yaacobi said that confidence in
the stability of the banks should be
maintained. He noted that the
commission's report referred to
events that occurred in 1983.
Justice Beisky said that the full
record of the commission's hear-
ing comprising thousands of pages
of testimony would be made
available to the Attorney General
to institute criminal proceedings
against individuals if he deems it
necessary.
The commission's report severe-
ly criticized two former Finance
Ministers Yoram Aridor and
Yigael Horowitz both of whom
held the office in the Likud-led
government before the crash.
According to the report, they
knew the banks were grossly in-
flating the value of their shares
sold on the Stock Exchange but
did nothing to halt the practice.
The leaders of the Stock Ex-
change were also taken to task for
failing to heed warnings of an im-
minent collapse.
Among the banks cited in the
report, Bank Hapoalim has pro-
mised "cooperation." The chair-
man of its Board, Giora Gazit,
resigned and asked that he not be
named to any other office at the
bank.
AHARON MEIR, managing
director of the Bank Hamizrachi,
critiziced the harsh nature of the
report and denied its accusations
against him. He stressed he was
speaking for himself, not his bank.
Ernest Japhet, board chairman
of Bank Leumi, declined comment
as did the heads of the Israel Dis-
count Bank, Bank of Israel Cover-
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Page 10 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, May 9, 1986
Prof. Only Rarely Fails To Evoke His Listener's Passion
By HERB KEINON
Hailed by some as the "closest
thing Israel has to an Old Testa-
ment prophet," and denounced by
others as a "traitor in need of a
mental examination," Prof.i
Yeshayahu Leibowitz only rarely
fails to evoke his listener's pas-
sion. The world according to
Leibowitz has God "completely
transcendent," Golda Meir an
"old, very wicked woman," Ben-
Gurion a "hater of Jewish
history," Jerusalem's Western
Wall a "religious disco," and Gush
Emunim a movement propagating
"false messianism"
For these and similar sen-
timents, the eighty-three year old
former Hebrew University pro-
fessor has variously been called a
"heretic," "gadfly," "penetrating
mind," "enfant terrible," and
"the most devout Jew in the coun-
try today."
One thing for certain, and on,
this even the Professor agrees,
Yeshayahu Leibowitz is an
iconoclast: a breaker of idols, an
attacker of cherished beliefs and
institutions.
IF, AS Will Durant maintains, j
"philosophy begins when one
learns to doubt, particularly to
doubt one's cherished beliefs,
dogmas and axioms," then
Yeshayahu Leibowitz is a
philosopher par excellence. With a |
PhD in both bio-chemistry and
medicine, and extremely well
versed in Judaism, physics,
genetics and philosophy,
Leibowitz claims to be interested
only in fact, not opinion or
ideology. Nothing, no mater how
sacred, escapes the Professor's
critical mind.
The Western Wall, Zionism,
Divine Providence, the Holocaust,
Jerusalem: all this must, in
Leibowitz's socratic fashion, be
defined free of the preconceived
notions which often blur our vi-
sion. In books and at personal ap-
pearances, on the radio and
through numerous newspaper and I
magazine articles, Prof. Leibowitz
has annoyed and entertained,
fascinated and antagonized a
never bored Israeli audience. For
over two decades he has con-
tinuously challenged consensus
opinion which many Israelis felt
somehow fell outside the pale of
public debate.
Characterized by a can-
tankerous, arrogant and often
supercilious presentation, Prof.
Leibowitz has nothing but scorn
for those who would believe that
modern Jewish history proves
that God is watching over His peo-
ple Israel. For, in Leibowitz's
view, the Holocaust has no
theological meaning, Israel's War
of Independence was not a
modern Parting of the Red Sea,
and the Six-Day War does not pro-
ve that God actively intervenes in
the affairs of man.
God, in each of these three
historical events, was where He
always is in relation to man: com-
pletely transcendent. "Anyone
who sees the hand of Divine Pro-
vidence in history," Leibowitz
declares, "is a blasphemer."
YET DESPITE a belief that
God is absent from history,
Leibowitz continues to observe
Kashrut, keep Shabbat and pray.
His reason is simple: "We are so
commanded." In Leibowitz's
unemotional theology, Judaism is
solely concerned with serving
God. It is not, as many believe,
concerned with morals, ethics,
philosophy, folklore, literature or
political and social organization.
Leibowitz contends that a Jew can
only serve God through the
scrupulous performance of His
commandments as elaborated by
man in Halachan (Jewish law). It
is Halachan, therefore, which
becomes the only truly unique
Jewish value or contribution.
The Professor's unconventional'
views are not confined to the
theological realm. He is as much a
political as he is a religious
maverick. In the euphoric wake of
the Six-Day War, to those who
claimed that Israel's victory
would provide a magic cure for all
the nation's ills, Yeshayahu
Leibowitz called for an im-
mediate, unilateral and complete
withdrawal from all the ter-
ritories, including East Jerusalem
and the Golan Heights.
Again, his reasoning was sim-
ple: the demographic and
T1 J'1
In Cordoba stands a statue to its native
son Maimonides, Talmudic scholar,
philosopher, physician.
logistical problems involved in
"occupation" would severely tar-
nish the moral and Jewish color of
the state. In January, 1968, while
many Israelis had already taken it
for granted that more territory
means grater security, Leibowitz
declared: "Israel should forthwith
return every inch of territory
taken in the Six-Day War. The
demographic problems involved in
incorporating over one million
Arabs in the territories will, in a
short while, turn Israel into a
Levantine country, shot through
with corruption and without
either Jewish farmers or workers.
Even those Israelis agreeing to
territorial compromise were
aghast, however, at the prospect
of returning East Jerusalem and
her holy sites. The Professor's
blunt reply: "There is no such
thing as a holy place ... A kibbutz
which raises pigs on its farm is as
much the Lord's heritage as
Jerusalem and Rachel's tomb."
LEIBOWITZ HAS become
even more convinced, in the in-
tervening 19 years, that such a
withdrawal is in Israel's best in-
terest. By no means naive, the
Professor realizes that such a
move will not ensure peace.
However, in the cut-and dry world
which characterizes his thought,
such a step is the only alternative
to a "war until the death with the
whole Moslem world." Besides,
Leibowitz maintains, territory
does not necessarily guarantee
security. Security can only be en-
sured by the superiority of Israel's
armed forces which in turn, is
dependent upon the moral
superiority of Israeli society and
the backing of other nations: both
of which have seriously been erod-
ed due to Israel's continued
"occupation."
"What kind of Jewish State is it
when on Arab holidays Jewish fac-
tories are closed for lack of
laborers, Jewish restaurants are
closed for lack of kitchen workers,
and even the operating theaters at
Hadassah are unable to function
because Arab cleaning personnel
do not show up? Leave the ter-
ritories," Leibowitz thunders, "so
we can return to being a nation of
Jews."
Yeshayahu Leibowitz,
throughout his public life, has at
one time or another managed to
alienate nearly everybody. The
religious detest his idea of an im-
personal God, the secular don't
like his stand on Halachan, the
"Right" can't stomach his posi-
tion on the territories and though
he is the darling of the Left," it is
the results of his pragmatism
rather than his overall views they
Eighty-three-year-old
Yeshayahu Leibowitz, hailed
by some as 'the closest thing
Israel has to an Old
Testament prophet' and
denounced by others as an
iconoclast and political
maverick.
espouse.
MOST CONCEDE, however,
that without Prof. Leibowitz,
Israel would be a much poorer
place from an intellectual,
spiritual and political point of
view alike. All the sacred cows in
Israel are subject to his
penetrating and piercing treat-
ment. Conformists of all hues and
colors rightly see Prof. Yeshayahu
Leibowitz as a challenge which
they cannot afford to overlook.
Those who have tried to take him
lightly in public debate would be
the first to agree that whether one
accepts or rejects him, he is a
thinker of unusual stature.
Welcome News
Meeting Spain's Rich Jewish Heritage
The establishment of
diplomatic relations bet-
ween Israel and Spain is
welcome news. With the ex-
change of ambassadors bet-
ween Jerusalem and.
Madrid, travelers will be
more inclined to explore
Spain's rich Jewish heritage
and to make contact with
the vibrant communities
which have been restored,
almost five centuries after
the expulsion of 1492.
For the present, the speedier
links between the United States,
Spain, and Israel are by air. The
stopover in Madrid, the Spanish
capital, is the first stage of a
rewarding journey through
history en the Iberian
for the most part, Sephardim
whose families had settled in
Morocco in 1492 and who
themselves elected to leave that
country when it won in-
dependence in 1956. Some even
brought with them the keys to the
houses their ancestors had sur-
rendered at the time of their forc-
ed departure.
Community life is centered in
the Beth Yaakov synagogue at
Calle Balmes 3 (Metro station, Ig-
lesia). It is a handsome, modem
structure, built in 1968 as the first
Jewish house of worship erected
in Madrid since the 16th Century.
Kosher meals are available at the
synagogue, but only upon
reservation.
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THE CRT'S 8,000 Jews are,
,*
titan an hour from Madrid
is Toledo, once the very Jerusalem
of Spanish Jewry. The medieval
walled town is perched on a hfll
afcwre the Tagut River, looking
joat Bke the faux** dtyseapTb;
Toledo's great painter-in-
residence, El Greco a case, as it
were, of nature imitating art.
LIKE AN earlier flowering in
Moslem Cordoba, Jewish culture
achieved a high level under the
Christian kings of Toledo. In a
community of 12,000, then the
largest and most prosperous in
Spain, there were poets like Judah
Halevi and a galaxy of rabbi-
scholars holding forth in a dozen
synagogues.
Two synagogues remain,
magnificent, unused and now
designated as national
monuments: El Transito, with its
adjoining museum, considered the
gem of medieval synagogue ar-
chitecture; and a few hundred
yards away, on the same Calle de
Samuel Levi, Santa Maria, La
Blanea, dedicated a century
rlier and reflecting the graceful
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Friday, May 9, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 11
Israel Bonds
Advisory
Spain's Recognition of Israel
Revives Jewry's Glorious Past
Israel Bonds Celebrates the 'Hamlet T
At a recent cocktail party at the
home of Anne and Henry Bren-
ner, seven residents were
presented with silver wine cups
toasting their participation in
making $1,000,000 available to
Israel.
Edith and Alvin Schreibman,
Bess and Phil Rosenblum, Helen
and Rudy Lidsky, Leona and
Oscar Kosh, Anita and Martin
Karri, Ruth and Sam Fox, Anne
and Henry Brenner paid the
spread between prime rate and
the bank charge, making it possi-
ble for the Federation to buy an
Israel note and not have to use
their charitable funds. It was an
example of two organizations
working together in harmony as
one community. "It is our hope
that other organizations turn to
the community for similar
endeavors so that Israel can
benefit from these loans," said
Henry Brenner.
In addition to the celebration,
Hamlet residents raised close to
$700,000 in the purchase of
Bonds. The community had the
privilege of viewing the South
County State of Israel Bonds' pro-
duction entitled "A Celebration
Of: We the Jewish People." This
slide presentation reinforces the
positive contributions to society
by Jews throughout the world in-
cluding the marvelous State of
Israel.
Chairmen Sam Fox and Phil
Rosenblum were jubilant over
their efforts in this campaign
culminating with such wonderful
results.
Julie Jackson, Executive Director State of Israel Bonds, presen-
ting each of the Hamlet "7" with a silver wine goblet toasting
their achievement.
Left to right, Sam and Ruth Fox, Marty and Anita Kam, Alvin and Edith Schreibman
Henry and Anne Brenner, Bess and Phil Rosenblum, Helen and Rudy Lidsky, and Oscar
Kosh.
Terrorism Not Immune Netanyahu
LOS ANGELES (JTA)
Israeli Ambassador to the
United Nations, Binyamin
Netanyahu and a former
senior Reagan Administra-
tion official agreed at a con-
ference here that sponsors
of international terrorism
cannot remain immune from
reprisals, which may include
the use of military action
hke that used by the United
States against Libya last
Monday.
"Unless the terrorists know
there is really a cost to them for
harming Americans, then ter-
rorism is going to be cheap to
them," Robert McFarlane, the
President's former National
Security Adviser, told some 400
persons attending an all-day con-
ference here several days before
the Libyan raid.
The. United States, McFarlane
continued, has a "legal and moral
r'ght to move preemptively
against terrorists." He said
Washington^ Yr*s? MA" closely
with its European allies in the bat-
tle against terrorism, a battle he
said which was not being won
through the use of economic
sanctions.
NETANYAHU, also addressing
the conference on international
terrorism sponsored by the Simon
Wiesenthal Center, said the war
on terrorism should be waged by
using diplomatic and economic
sanctions against those who sup-
port terrorist activities.
But he conceded that these
methods have not always proved
successful. "Terrorism is an
undeclared war," he stated. "Fin-
ding when, whom and what focus
to apply is difficult, but terrorists
are servants of the governments
that launch them. Military force
then becomes a legal response. A
posture of weakness invites fur-
ther aggression."
According to Netanyahu, "if a
government has harbored, trained
and launched terrorists, it
becomes a legitimate object of
military response." Libya, for ex-
ample, has 20 known terrorist
training camps and "such a
governroent/QrfeiU.aW claim,of
immunity."
ALSO PARTICIPATING in
the conference at the ballroom of
the Sheraton Premier in Univer-
sal City was Brian Jenkins, a ter-
rorism specialist with the Rand
Corporation, and Joseph Joffe,
foreign editor of the West Ger-
man newspaper, Die Deutsche
Zeitung.
According to Jenkins, who
serves as a consultant to a number
of U.S. government agencies,
there were 480 incidents of inter-
national terrorism in 1985 with
854 deaths and 1,268 injuries.
Jenkins said that the does not
believe there is a solution to the
problem, but added that a "defen-
sive posture does not rule out us-
ing force."
In addition to the panel discus-
sion, those attending the con-
ference unanimously approved a
resolution calling for "govern-
ments of the United States. Euro-
pean allies and all friendly nations
to revoke landing rights at all in-
Wrnafiorial airports of any nation
supporting terrorists."
Continued from Page 10-
style of the Moors who had
formerly reigned in Toledo.
Southward 200 miles is Cor-
doba, famed as the birthplace of
Maimonides and venue of what
has been called the Golden Age of
Spanish Judaism. The city is reso-
nant of that era of Jewish physi-
cians, poets and philosophers
almost 1,000 years ago.
TWO-STORY white houses,
their stucco walls laced with vines
and the tendrils of rose bushes,
line the narrow alleys of what was
once the Juderia, the 11th Cen-
tury Jewish quarter. A contem-
porary sculpture of Maimonides
dominates the little square known
as the Plazuela de Maimonides.
Around the corner, on the Calle de
los Judios, is the tiny synagoga.
the only one of the many in Cor-
doba still extant. It is also a na-
tional monument.
In 1935, the municipal govern-
ment observed the 800th anniver-
sary of Maimonides' birth. In
1985, Cordoba once more marked
a Maimonides anniversary this
time the 850th. Scholars from
Spain, Israel and the United
States joined in a series of events
which, by their scope and intensi-
ty, signaled the ultimate tribute to
Maimonides which has followed
only a few months later -
recognition of the Jewish State.
Still further south, on the Costa
del Sol, is Malaga, metropolis of
the region. There are no longer
any artifacts of the Jewish
presence in the city, but one
native son the medieval poet,
Solomon ibn Gabirol is
memorialized by a bronze statue
in the small park near the central
police station. The work is by an
American, Reed Armstrong, who
is currently living in Spain.
THERE IS a kosher butcher in
Malaga but no kosher restaurant.
Sabbath services are led by
Moroccan-born Rabbi Joseph
Cohen in the small sanctuary the
community maintains in a
downtown office building, near
the waterfront, at Calle Duquesa
de Parcent 4.
Spain's third, and largest, major
community is an hour's plane
flight to the north, in Barcelona,
capital of the province of
Cataluna. Two congregations
the larger, Sephardic; the smaller,
Ashkenazic harmoniously share
a modern, five-story building
(erected in 1954) at Calle Porvenir
24, near the Plaza de Gala Piacidia
(Metro Station, Gracia). By far the
larger group, the Sephardim have
their sanctuary on the street-level
floor; the Ashkenazim are
usptairs on the third floor.
There is a kosher butcher on
Calle Porvenir, close to the
synagogue, but no kosher
restaurant. There is a vegetarian
restaurant at Calle Canud 41
(Metro Station, Cataluna).
Barcelona was the seat of one of
the oldest Jewish communities in
Spain. There are only scattered
remnants: to the west of the city is
Montjuich (Catalan for the
"Mountain of the Jews"), the site
of Jewish-owned land and
cemeteries dating from the 10th
Century; in the Gothic Quarter,
around the main cathedral, is the
cluster of narrow, cobblestoned
streets of the old Jewish quarter.
ONE IS designated "Carrer de
Call" Catalan for "Street of the
Kehillah." In the same area of the
city is its municipal museum, in-
cluding a permanent exhibit of an-
cient tombstones from Montjuich.
Little else remains.
As elsewhere in Spain, the ex-
pulsion of 1492 aborted Jewish
history. Recent events, and most
especially recognition of Israel,
augur well for a sustained
resumption.
Rabin Criticizes Reaganites
For Urging 'No Mideast Trips'
By HUGH ORGEL
TEL AVIV (JTA) -
Defense Minister Yitzhak
Rabin is being sharply
critical of the Reagan Ad-
ministration for cautioning
traveling U.S. Congressmen
to avoid the Middle East.
At the same time, however, he
has praised the U.S. initiatives
against international terrorism,
including the recent naval action
in the Gulf of Sidra against Libya.
Rabin, addressing a luncheon
meeting of the Foreign Press
Association here, faulted the
State Department advisory to
members of Congress to
"reassess" whether planned trips
to the Middle East were necessary
at this time in view of threats by
Libyan leader Muammar Khadafy
that he would launch a wave a ter-
rorism against Americans in the
region.
SUCH ADVICE was giving into
terrorism, Rabin said. It should
not be part of the policy of a coun-
try which seeks to be the
spearhead in the fight against ter-
rorism. At least two Senators,
Gary Hart (D., Colo.) and Bennett
Johnston (D., La), cancelled visits
to the Middle East which were to
include stopovers in Israel.
Rabin emphasised in his
remarks that Israel was freer
from serious terrorist acts than
many other countries. No Israeli
Prime Minister has been
assassinated, as was the Swedish
Prime Minister, Olof Palme, last
month.
There has been no major attack
in the main streets of Tel Aviv, as
has happened in Paris in the past
few weeks. And no hotel or
building housing a political con-
vention in Israel has been bombed
by terrorists, as happened with
the Conservative Party in
England, Rabin said.
NEVERTHELESS, he conced-
ed, Israel has a problem with ter-
rorists. He said the number of in-
cidents in Israel and the ad-
ministered territories increased in
recent months but the number of
casualties has fallen.
He said much of the blame for
terrorist activities from inside
Lebanon could be laid to the com-
petition between various guerrilla
groups there and the growth of
Islamic fundamentalism inspired
by the Ayatollah Khomeini of
Iran. Khomeini has succeeded in
exporting his brand of fundamen-
talism to Lebanon alone. He failed
to do so elsewhere in the Arab
world where Shiite Moslems live,
Rabin said.
Rabin said Israel continues to
hope for peace in the region. The
two major issues are how to
stengthen the peace with Egypt
and how to lay the groundwork
for peace with Jordan.
IN THE first instance the top
priority was to advance the nor-
malisation of relations with Cairo.
He said a good start has been
made in finding a compromise
solution to the Taba border
dispute.
On the eastern front, however,
tricks and gimmicks by the U.S.
or Israel itself would not bring
about a dialogue with Jordan and
the moderate Palestinians with
whom Israel is ready to negotiate.
He saw little chance of any peace
talks with Syria.


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THE ADOLPH and ROSE LEVIS JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
HAPPENINGS
&
An Agency of ttw South County Jowith Fodoration
mvBi
Above: Philip Towsner, veteran cantor (and retired at-
torney) leadina the Seder at the Levis JCC. On the right is
his wife, Edith Towsner, and on the left is Katie Broock,
current chairperson of the Prime Timer Committee, which
sponsored the two Seders. This is the second year in which
the JCC has sponsored these greatly successful Seders, led by
Cantor Towsner both years with his own innovative pro-
gram and specially prepared Hagadah.
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
Center.
"How To Live Longer and
Look Younger"
with Dr. Alsofrom
Robert K. Alsofrom, prominent
clinical psychologist of West Palm
Beach, Florida, will be delivering
SOUTH COUNTY JEWISH
SINGLES
HAPPY HOUR AT THE
WILDFLOWER
FOR SINGLES. Ages: 20-40
Wednesday. May 14, 5:30-7:30
p.m. Happy Hour at the
Wildflower, 551 Palmetto Park
Road, Boca Raton. We had 70 peo-
ple last month!! Cash Bar, Tasty
Treats.
HAPPY HOUR
AT THE OLYMPIAD
FOR SINGLES, Ages: 40-60
Thursday, May 15, 5:30-7:30
p.m. We're returning to the scene
of good food and pleasure of the
Happy Hour at the Olympiad
Sports Club, 21069 South Military
Trail, Boca Raton. Cash Bar.
Members: No Cost/Non-members:
$3. -------
JCC MEN'S
SOFTBALL LEAGUE
This year the Levis JCC has six
teams participating in a Sunday
morning Men's Softball League,
which plays at Patch Reef Park in
Boca Raton.
Spring Pool Hours
/\^r- Tuesdays
rCV^\^w^r^|W*' Thursdays
t^ / M1 Noon-6p.m.
r-n c\^ Sundays-
sL ^t s Z2 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
(Watch for further announcements
regarding Summer Pool Hours.)
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 die 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
County.
Admission is $2 members and
$4 non-members.
We will be using this column on
a weekly basis to keep you up to
date on results and highlights of
the play of the Grey Team (Capt.
Bela Luber), Tan Team (Capt.
Mark Margolis), Red Team (Capt.
Steve Lesser), Green Team (Capt.
Phil Wishna), Gold Team (Capt.
Larry Juran), and the Blue Team,
captained by our very own David
Sheriff.
The League will play a 10-Game
schedule and the championship
will be decided and trophies
awarded on Aug. 10.
LINE AND FOLK
DANCING
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.
NEW SINGLES
ACTIVITY HOT LINE
The Levis JCC has recently
Bank Governor Resigns Post
By GIL SEDAN .. -
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to^qm fi? Tita\ waX.8totheFederal *"*Bank
JERUSALEM (JlA) in the U.S.
Moshe Mandelbaum, Gover-
nor of the Bank of Israel,
resigned last Monday in the
wake of a scathing indict-
ment of Israel's banking
system by a commission set
up to investigate the col-
lapse of bank shares in 1983.
The commission, headed by
Supreme Court Justice Chaim
Beisky, released its report last
Sunday night. It recommended,
among other things, that the
Governor of the Bank of Israel
and the heads of the five largest
commercial banks be made to
resign within 30 days.
Mandelbaum had planned to leave
office shortly as head of Israel's
central bank, which plavs a
HIS EARLY departure set off a
search for a replacement and
several names were mentioned
Tuesday as likely candidates.
Finance Minister Moshe Nissim,
who took over the Treasury two
weeks ago, said he has his own
choice but would not name him
before consulting with Premier
Shimon Peres and Foreign
Minister Yitzhak Shamir, leader
of Likud, which is Nissim's party.
Among the possible
replacements for Mandelbaum are
Deputy Finance Minister Adi
Amorai; Michael Bruno, a pro-
fessor of economics; Emanuel
Sharon, Director General of the
Finance Ministry; and Moshe Zan-
bar, who was Mandelbaum's
predecessor at the Bank of Israel

The Bank Hapoalim is also look-
ing for a replacement for its board
chairman, Giora Gazit, who
resigned last Monday. Its direc-
torate and the directors of the
Bank Leumi met last Tuesday to
consider the Beisky commission
report and possible replacements
for other senior banking officials
who may resign in the coming
weeks. The Bank Hapoalim also
released its annual report, which
showed profits up by 86 percent in
1985 compared to 1984.
THE TEL AVIV Stock Ex-
change, whose management was
blasted by the Beisky commission
for failure to heed warnings of the
market collapse three years ago,
appeared to be unaffected by the
report. Since it was released the
prices of most shares rose by an
average of about one percent and
advances far outnumbered
declines.
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Entertainment for ALL AGES Music Magic
Israeli Dancing Children's Parade
Children's Carnival Games Pool Races Booths
Poster & Essay Competition Israeli "Gift Shop"
FOOD DRINKS INTERNATIONAL SIDEWALK CAFt-

FREE ADMISSION!
"Please note: Parkins ONLY at
north end of Florida Atlantic University.
Enter from Spanish River Blvd. Follow signs!
Busses will shuttle you to and from the campus.
Call
395-5546
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Judge's Experiences In Holocaust Affect Philosophy On Family
Mainzer Teaches Course On Family Law At Yeshiva University's Cardozo School Of Law
When Gertrud Mainzer, a
former judge on the Family
Court of the State of New
York, began to teach her
course in Family Law this
semester at Yeshiva Univer-
sity's Benjamin N. Cardozo
School of Law, she informed
her more than 60 students
of her bias.
"I am always in favor of trying
to keep families together," Judge
Mainzer said.
JUDGE MAINZER knows that
her bias comes from her own
background. The 71-year-old
native of Germany saw her family
scattered during World War II,
and she had herself smuggled into
a concentration camp so that she
could take care of her children
there.
In 1933, the young Gertrud
Mainzer (nee Sinzheimer) whose
father was a law professor, a
founder of German labor law, and
a prominent practicing attorney
fled from the Nazis in Germany
to Holland.
Later, when the Germans invad-
ed Holland, Mrs. Mainzer was
separated from her husband,
Richard, her parents, sisters, and
her two children, Gabriele and
Frank.
"From 1942 on, we were all
hiding in different places, and
none of us knew where the other
members of the family were," she
explained.
WHEN ONE of her father's
former students found out and
told Mrs. Mainzer that her
children had been sent to Wester-
bork, from where they were to be
sent to a German concentration
camp in 1943, Mrs. Mainzer decid-
ed to join them there.
"I am one of the few people ever
to be smuggled into a concentra-
tion camp," she said. "But I
wanted to try to save my children
or at least be with them if I could
not save them."
She and her two children surviv-
ed the Bergen-Belsen concentra-
tion camp, and after they were
liberated in June, 1945. They
went to Havana in February,
1946, where Mrs. Mainzer's hus-
band had waited to join them and
to emigrate together with them to
the United States.
A THIRD child, Susan Daniela,
was born in Cuba.
In 1949, the Mainzers succeeded
finally in coming to the United
States, and Mainzer, who had
been an attorney in Germany,
went to law school in New York.
Mrs. Mainzer worked as a
librarian in order to contribute to
the support of her family and then
attended law school herself in
1962, realizing at last her profes-
sional dreams.
In 1965, at the age of 51, Mrs.
Mainzer received her law degree
from New York University Law
School. A year later, her husband
died.
After working a year for New
York University Law School's
Project on Social Welfare Law,
Mrs. Mainzer practiced law with
the firm of Salomon and Mainzer
from 1966-75, and with the firm of
Herzfeld and Rubin from 1975-79
specializing in estate and family
law matters, especially adoptions.
IN ADDITION, she was
counsel for Selfhelp Community
Services in New York, where she
negotiated and drafted leases for
nursing and senior citizens homes,
represented children in foster
care and juvenile delinquency pro-
ceedings, and served as par-
ticipating attorney with the New
York Civil Liberties Union and
the American Civil Liberties
Union.
In 1979, Mrs. Mainzer was ap-
Slippery Slope
Continued from Page 4-
Israel in its never-ending wars against just about
everyone."
Such Jews, he asserts, should all register with the
Justice Department as foreign agents. Their country
is not the United States, he declares. The United
States is his possession. No, says Vidal, Podhoretz
and Decter's country is Israel, which he doesn't much
like.
Vidal, for all his pretensions to learning and culture,
seems to have missed a few basics. Among them:
America's support for Israel stems from public
recognition of Israel's value as a democratic ally and
strategic asset. Twenty Arab countries and numerous
terrorist groups chose to be at war with Israel not
the other way around. Jews returned to Palestine not
as predators but as builders in their own land. The
Judeo-Christian ethic underlies the liberal Western
values of the society that Vidal lives in and so
disparages. Charges o! subverted loyalties -
"Israel's fifth columnists" echo those made by
bigots against minority groups throughout American
history. And America spends great sums on defense
because while fascism was defeated 40 years ago, its
mirror image, communism, still threatens.
The indulgent explanation for his outburst is that
Vidal may have been engaged in parody self-
parody. After all, he refers to himself as America s
''current biographer." He sounds almost comic luce a
modern Know-Nothing, when he asserts that the oil-
rich, strategically vital Middle East is irrelevant to
Americans.
Self-parody might also explain a racist eruption not
directed at Jews, in which Vidal broods about the
coming Sino-Japanese world." He fears that if the
United States and Soviet Union don't band together,
the "white race" will "end up as farmers or worse,
mere entertainment for the more than one billion
grimly efficient Asiatics." First the Jewish con-
spiracy, then the "yellow peril."
Of course, the other explanation is that Vidal was
serious. In that case, as The New Republv: puts it:
"This man is ready for the funny farm."
(The Near East Report)
Gertrud Mainzer
pointed to the Family Court bench
and served as a judge until she
reached the mandatory retire-
ment age of 70 at the end of 1984.
During her five and a half years
on the Family Court, she observed
many changes in the substance
and procedures of family law.
"THERE ARE new scientific
advances now," she said. "We can
determine probability of paternity
by blood tests, and the results of
these probability computations
are used in court proceedings.
When I first came to the Family
Court, blood tests were only per-
mitted into evidence when they
excluded somebody as a father.
"And areas that just a few years
ago were barely considered as
part of the teaching of family law
have been greatly developed, such
as child neglect and abuse, and the
battered women syndrome.
"Family law now includes the
beginning of the family: the crea-
tion of a child including the
issues of abortion, contraception,
artificial insemination, surrogate
parenthood, and other forms of
procreation. In this respect, scien-
tific advances have made the law
more complex."
HOWEVER, event with this
new complexity, Judge Mainzer
said, "family law is still about
relationships we all can unders-
tand, relationships between
parents and children, between
spouses. Family law is about rela-
tionships in which we all par-
ticipate, thereby making it the
branch of law that is nearest to
life itself."
Bar Mitzvah
Coatiaaed from Page 9
come back to Prague after
finishing his training at a Rab-
binical Seminary in Budapest, the
only such institution in Eastern
Europe. The Rabbi's Bar Mitzvah,
16 years ago, was the last per-
formed in Prague before Rubin
Shafran's.
Bernard Kaplan, director of
Jewish Heritage Tours, who was
present for this latest celebration,
is a frequent visitor to the city.
His New York-based agency
organizes missions to Eastern
Europe and Israel.
News Briefs
Eastern Airlines To Drop
Third World Magazine
By JTA Services
NEW YORK Eastern Airlines says it will no longer make the
magazine, South, available to its passengers as part of its in-flight
library. A complaint lodged with the airline by the American
Jewish Congress charged the Arab-owned publication with being
"devoted almost exclusively to maligning Israel and the United
States."
A letter of reply from Donald Lohr, an Eastern Airlines official,
said that the complaints from AJCongress and others "have con-
vinced us to discontinue boarding this publication."
South, which calls itself 'the Third World magazine," recently
described PLO chief Yasir Arafat as "one of the great freedom
fighters of our time," according to AJCongress, which charged
that Arafat personally had ordered the assassination of the U.S.
Ambassador to Sudan in 1973 as well as other terrorist acts.
Massive Manhunt Seeks Slayer of Briton
JERUSALEM Israeli security forces are engaged in a
massive manhunt for a lone killer who fatally shot a British
tourist in the Old City last Sunday. The murder was the fourth at-
tack on foreign visitors and Israelis in the Old City in the past two
months and the second to result in death. It has contributed to a
sharp decline of tourism that has the industry worried.
Security sources are convinced that Paul Appelby, 28, from
Bristol, was the victim of an assailant who approaches his targets
closely and fires an 0.22 caliber pistol point blank into their heads.
Appelby was killed by a bullet fired into the base of his skull as he
was about to enter the Garden Tomb, the burial place of Jesus ac-
cording to Protestant tradition.
Peres Hints of Quiet Diplomacy With Jordan
TEL AVIV Premier Shimon Peres said Sunday that a path
toward developing quiet diplomatic contacts with Jordan has
developed, though he warned that the breakthrough is
characterized by mutual understanding more than agreement
Peres declined to amplify on his remarks, but his optimism was
immediately dampened by Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir and
Foreign Ministry officials who insisted that recent contacts bet-
ween Israel and Jordan had so far failed to yield any tangible
breakthrough.
Shamir told reporters, "I don't think we're very near a peace
treaty or any similar development.
Conservative Woman Rabbi To Be Ordained
NEW YORK In a development similar to one which enabled
Amy Eilberg to be ordained in May, 1985 as the first Conser-
vative woman rabbi, another woman rabbinical candidate will be
ordained in graduation exercises at the Jewish Theological
Seminary of America (JTS) on May 11 as the second Conservative
woman rabbi.
The second woman to become a Conservative rabbi is Nina
Bierber Feinstein of Dallas, Tex., a member of the incoming class
of September, 1984.
Like Eilberg, Feinstein qualified for graduation and ordination
through transfer credits and credits earned in the JTS rabbinical
school since September 1984. according to a JTS spokesperson.


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Panic Studied
Chief Rabbis of Israel, France and Rumania meet with Yeshiva University t'resident Dr.
Norman Lamm during their visit to the University-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan
Theological Seminary in New York City to help the institution celebrate its Centennial 'Chag
HaSemikhah' (celebration of ordination). From left are Rabbis Moshe Rosen of Rumania,
Mordechai Elyahu of Israel's Sephardic community, Dr. Lamm, and Rabbis Avraham
Shapiro of Israel's Ashkenazic community and Rene-Samuel Sirat of France.
Gap Widening Between
Western and Oriental Jews
By DAVID LANDAU
JERUSALEM (JTA) Two
sobering sets of statistics released
here recently showed a widening
gap between Western and Orien-
tal Jews in higher education and
an unemployment rate among
new immigrants four times higher
than the national average.
Mary Menkin, 82,
Community Activist
Mary K. Menkin, community ac-
tivist, died April 13 from injuries
sustained in an automobile acci-
dent. She was 82 years old.
Mrs. Menkin, a long-time Delray
Beach resident, was a founding
member of the Boca-Delray Sec-
tion of the National Council of
Jewish Women, and a founding
member of Temple Sinai.
She had served as treasurer of
NCJW; bulletin editor for
Brandeis University's National
Women's Committee; treasurer of
the Naomi Chapter of B'nai
B'rith; treasurer of the League of
Women Voters of South Palm
Beach County; and treasurer of
the Temple Sinai Sisterhood.
Most recently, she was serving
as the bulletin editor for the
Naomi Chapler of B'nai B'rith;
bulletin editor for the South Point
Section of NCJW and as finance
director for the League of Women
Voters.
Mary Menkin was the widow of
Herman Menkin who died in 1985.
She is survived by two sons who
live in New York State.
GAMABEL
Harry, 75. of Boca West, was originally
from New York. He is survived by his wife
Harriet. (Beth Israel-Rubin Memorial
Chapel)
HALFON
HALFON
Julia, 69, of Heritage Park. Delray Beach
was originally from Greece. She is survived
by her husband Max; son Robert; daughter
Dorothy; brothers Benny. Albert and Irving
Termo; sister Betty Samarel and nine
grandchildren. (Beth Israel-Rubin Memorial
Chapel)
KLAMKA
Abraham, 74, of Country Manor, Delray
Beach, was originally from Hungary. He is
survived by his son Arthur; daughter Arlene
Meyer; sisters Ruth GanU and Bernice
Ashworth and five grandchildren. (Beth
Israel-Rubin Memorial Chapel)
ROSENBERG
Jacob, 76, of Kings Point, Delray Beach,
was originally from Massachusetts. He is
survived by his wife Lillian; sons Stephen
and Martin; daughter Martha Rosenberg;
brother Maurice; sisters Marion and
Nathalie Rosenberg and one grandchild.
(Beth Israel-Rubin Memorial Chapel)
WALDMAN
Mildred. 78. of Villages of Oriole, Delray
Beach, was originally from Massachusetts.
She is survived by her husband Samuel M.
Waldman; son Lawrence and two grand-
children. (Beth Israel-Rubin Memorial
Chapel)
Statistics from the Education
Ministry indicated that while the
general level of education in the
country is rising, only 12.8 per-
cent of Israelis from Oriental
families received a higher educa-
tion compared to 43.7 percent
from Western families.
Yosef Bashi, the Ministry's
chief statistician, said the gap will
narrow only when the govern-
ment gives the problem high
priority. At the present time, it is
growing, he said.
Meanwhile, a Histadrut survey
of 18 areas with high immigrant
populations showed that 32 per-
cent of people who immigrated to
Israel during 1984-85 are
unemployed. The survey covered
3,550 wage-earners.
Yitzhak Barkai, chairman of
Histadrut's absorption depart-
ment, said the highest levels of im-
migrants unemployment were
recorded in Afula (64 percent);
Carmiel (63 percent); Jerusalem
(48 percent); Beersheba (47
perent) and Kfar Saba (40
percent).
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nor Moshe Mandelbaum and
former Finance Minister Aridor
who was in New York.
But Uri Slonim, a legal adviser
to the Bank Leumi, thought the
report was too hard on the heads
of banks and too easy on the
former Finance Ministers because
the latter no longer hold office.
David Shoham, director general of
the Bank Klali, likened the com-
mission to "the Romans throwing
people to the lions."
Bank shares were the most
popular form of personal savings
until 1983 when deteriorating
economic conditions and periodic
devaluations of the Shekel
precipitated a rush to sell them off
in order to buy Dollars and other
hard currency.
THE BANKS which issued the
shares were shoring up their value
while keeping the public in the
dark. That practice had been go-
ing on since the early 1970's when
the Labor Party was in power. It
reached serious proportions after
the Likud took office in 1977, the
report said.
That drew an angry response
from Minister-Without-Portfolio
Moshe Arens, a Herut hardliner,
who claimed the report reflected a
situation created not by Likud but
by the "leftist parties." He charg-
ed, "This is a Bolshevik economy
in which people cannot work but
everything is run by an army of
officials."
Ran Cohen of the Civil Rights
Movement maintained that if the
Beisky report had been publicized
during the Likud regime, the
government would have toppled.
Shabbat, 1 lyar, 5746
Weekly Sidrah Kedoshim
Candlelighting 7:36 p.m.
Sabbath Ends 8:48 p.m.
[Religious Directory I
B'NAI TORAH CONGREGATION
1401 N.W. 4th Ave., Boca Raton, Florida 33432. Conservative.
Phone 392-8566, Rabbi Theodore Feldman, Hazzan Donald
Roberts. Sabbath Services: Friday at 8:15 p.m., Saturday at 9:30
a.m. Family Shabbat Service 2nd Friday of each month.
BOCA RATON SYNAGOGUE
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.
CONGREGATION ANSHEI EMUNA
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.
CONGREGATION BETH AMI
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.
CONGREGATION B'NAI ISRAEL
Services at Center for Group Counseling, 22445 Boca Rio Road,
Boca Raton, Florida 33433. Reform. Rabbi Richard Agler. Cantor
Norman Swerling. Sabbath Services Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday
at 10:15 a.m. Mailing address: 8177 W. Glades Road, Suite 214,
Boca Raton, FL 33434. Phone 483-9982. Baby sitting available
during services.
CONGREGATIONI TORAH OHR
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.
TEMPLE ANSHEI SHALOM
7099 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, Florida 33446. Conser-
vative. Phone 495-0466 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.
TEMPLE BETH EL OF BOCA RATON
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.
TEMPLE BETH SHALOM
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 Grain. Phone: 483-5557. Joseph
M. Pollack, Cantor.
TEMPLE EMETH
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.
TEMPLE SINAI
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.
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In The Synagogues
And Temples ...
Friday, May 9, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 15
Congregation
B'nai Israel Has New
School Director
Congregation B'nai Israel has
engaged Malka Z. Kornblatt to
serve as Education Director for
the congregation's School for Liv-
ing Judaism for 1986-87, Presi-
dent Renee Nadel and Rabi
Richard Agler announced last
week.
Ms. Kornblatt has extensive ex-
perience in Jewish education. She
is active in the Conference on
Alternatives in Jewish Education
(CAJE), the nationwide forum
that has been at the forefront of
creative programming in the field.
She is also recognized by the
Board of Jewish Education of
Greater New York as one of the
nation's leading educators of
religious school teachers and
principals.
A resident of Coral Springs, she
moved to Florida from St. Louis
in 1985. In St. Louis, in addition
to working in the field of Jewish
education, she served as the Assis-
tant Dean of the College of Arts
Local Club&
Organisation News
HADASSAH
Hadassah Ben Gurion will hold
their next meeting, Thursday,
May 15, 12:30 p.m. at Temple
Emeth, 5780 W. Atlantic Ave.,
Delray. Installation of new of-
ficers. Memoriam for Holocaust.
Drawing of valuable cash prizes.
Refreshments.
Hadassah Menachem Begin
will hold their installation of of-
ficers at their next meeting
Wednesday, May 21, at noon at
Temple Emeth, Delray. Their
guest of honor Helyn Burger will
install the new officers. The Kings
Point Steppers will entertain.
Hadassah Boca Maariv will
hold their next meeting, Wednes-
day, May 21, 1 p.m. at Temple
Beth Shalom in the Administra-
tion building. Their honored guest
will be Sandy Crain who will in-
stall the new officers.
Refreshments will be served and
the boutique open as usual.
Hadassah Shalom Delray will
hold their annual Donor luncheon,
Tuesday, May 13, at noon at Boca
Pointe. Their guest speaker will
be Elaine Ellish, member of Na-
tional Board of Hadassah. For fur-
ther information call 498-9424.
B'NAI B'RITH
B'nai B'rith Women of Boca
will hold their all day planning ses-
sion, May 12, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
at Town Center Community
Room, Glades Rd., Boca. This ses-
sion is for Board members only.
ORT
Women's American ORT
Region will hold their annual
Planning Conference, Wednes-
day, May 21, 9:30 a.m.-l:30 p.m.
at Boca Teeca Clubhouse, 5800
NW 2nd Ave., Boca. The con-
ference will focus on learning
about various ORT portfolios and
n-viewing ORT accomplishments.
The format will include portfolio
workshops and reports will be
presented on each workshop. All
ORT presidents, board members,
outgoing board members, newly
elected and appointed chairper-
sons and any interested ORT
members are invited to attend.
Lunch will be served at a nominal
cost at the conclusion of the con-
ference. Roz Schneider is charing
the conference.
Women'a American ORT
Lakeside Chapter will hold their
next meeting, Thursday, May 15,
12:30 p.m., at Temple Sinai, 2475
W. Atlantic Ave., Delray. A pro-
gram put on by the telephone com-
pany "Safety In Your Home
When You Go Away" will be
presented. Refreshments will be
served and all are welcome to at-
tend. For further information,
please call chairpersons Celia
Krod, 276-1524 or Belle Wittlin
276-9592.
Women's American ORT
Delray Chapter will hold their in-
stallation of officers membership
meeting, Wednesday, May 28,
12:30 p.m. at the American Sav-
ings Bank, W. Atlantic Ave.,
Delray. The program will be a
Concert by the Kings Point
Barber Shop Harmony Group.
Refreshments will be served.
Women's American ORT Boca
Glades Chapter will hold a Man
Jong and card party/lite luncheon,
Friday, May 16, at noon at Patch
Reef Park Clubhouse, Yamato
Road, W. of Military Trail. The
cost of admission is $6.50. For
reservations call 482-5190.
Women's American ORT All
Points Chapter will hold their
next meeting, Tuesday, May 20,
at noon at the American Savings
Bank, Kings Point, Delray. Bagels
and coffee will be served. Their in-
stallation luncheon will be held,
Monday, May 19, 11:30 a.m. at
Streb's III, Federal Hwy., Boyn-
ton Beach.
NA'AMAT
Na'Amat USA Beersheeba
Club will hold their installation of
officers and luncheon Tuesday,
May 13, 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday
Inn, 2809 S. Ocean Blvd.,
Highland Beach. Singer and
humorist Max Wilner will enter-
tain. For reservations and infor-
mation please call 499-4495.
AMIT
"AMIT" Beersheva Chapter
will hold their next meeting,
Wednesday, May 14,12:30 p.m. at
the American Savings Bank,
Kings Point, Delray. A represen-
tative of the HMO Gold Plus
Plan will be their guest speaker.
Door prizes and refreshments. All
are welcome to attend.
BRANDEIS
At Boca Point Country Club,
300 members and guests of Boca
Raton Chapter of Brandeis took
part in their 10th anniversary lun-
cheon honoring Charter members.
Chairman Sylvia Samuels and
co-chairman Grace Leader
presented each lady with an
Honorary Degree. President
Marie Fisher introduced "Woman
of the Year," Jamie S. Snyder,
member of Boca Raton
Redevelopment Agency, Palm
Beach Council of the Arts and sus-
taining member of Junior League
of Boca, who spoke and accepted a
Brandeis University Special Book
Collection in her honor. Regional
(.resident Katharine Packer in-
stalled the newly elected Boca
Chapter officers and directors.
Entertainment was provided by
"Spring Fest Quartet."
and Sciences at Washington
University.
Ms. Kornblatt won first prize in
the Connie Belin National Essay
Contest sponsored by the Union of
American Hebrew Congregations.
She holds a Master of Arts in
Education from Washington
University, and a Bachelor of
Science (magna cum laude).
Congregation B'nai Israel will
honor all of their Founding
Members as they celebrate their
second anniversary of their first
public meeting, Friday evening,
May 9. For further information
call 483-9982.
TEMPLE SINAI
Temple Sinai will incorporate a
Mother's Day segment into the
service, Saturday, May 10, 10
a.m. at the Temple, 2475 W.
Atlantic Ave., Delray.
Temple Sinai Brotherhood is
staging a Mother's Day Brunch,
Sunday, May 11, 1 p.m. in the
Temple's Social Hall. Every
mother will be given flowers at
the event.
ANSHEI EMUNA
Anshei Emuna Sisterhood will
hold a card party/luncheon, Tues-
day, May 20, at noon at the
synagogue, 16189 Carter Rd.,
Delray. The cost, $4.50 per per-
son. For tickets, call Muriel
Segelnick 499-1332 or Harriet
Herskowitz 499-3761.
Bernard Stregevsky conducts a Passover Seder for residents at
the Boca Raton Convalescent Home.
Bernard Stregevsky wishes all residents a good Yom-Tov. Above,
he extends greetings to Eva Tegay.
Jewish residents at the Boca Raton Convalescent Home were
able to enjoy a Passover seder last Wednesday afternoon thanks
to caring participants in the South County Jewish Federation's
Chaplaincy program.
Approximately 25 residents and their families attended the ser-
vices conducted by lay leader/volunteer, Bernard Stregevsky.
Assisting Stregevsky was his wife, Geraldine and Mrs. Al
Wechter whose husband is a resident at the home.
Think of the Future Today
Pre-Arrangements.
Another Smart Investment and more
1980
All your life you've taken pride
in your ability to handle
money. You've invested and
saved. You've been smart be-
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Today there's another smart in-
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about death or dying, but it is
a very real part of lite and funer-
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average pre-arranged funeral
cost $1,525. Today, that
same pre-arranged funeral
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$3,395. You can see that pre-ar- 41525
rangements can save your
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loved ones thousands of dol-
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When you take care of these
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ones do not have to make an
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when grief hinders their
thinking.
Why not call for an appoint-
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'Silent no more'
Soviet Jewry update
When Anatoly Shcharansky
was finally released by the
Soviets, the amount of publicity
surrounding the event was
tremendous and rightly so as
was the joy at his release.
More recently, the brothers
Grigori and Ishai Goldstein were
also released, and arrived in
Israel. They waited some 15 years
for their exit permits, under most
unpleasant conditions. This time,
partly at their own request, there
was virtually no "hoopla."
But in both cases, the released
refuseniks emphasized that which
every Jew in the free world must
repeatedly engrave on his cons-
cience daily: these Jews are finally
out, but there are thousands, hun-
dreds of thousands more, who still
are being refused their freedom
and identity.
MOSCOW. Dismayed that on-
ly 47 Jews were allowed to leave
the Soviet Union in March, long
time activists sent an urgent ap-
peal to the Conference of Experts
meeting in Bern, Switzerland.
Representatives of 35 countries,
which signed the 1975 Helsinki
Accords, met to discuss issues of
human contacts, including
telecommunications, tourism, and
family reunification during the
six-week conference.
The activists wrote, "The
signatories of this letter are Jews
who have been trying for many
years to get a chance to reunite
with their relatives and their peo-
ple in Israel. We appeal to you
with the request to help us in
realizing our legitimate right to
leave the USSR, the right that has
been guaranteed in particular by
the Helsinki Accords."
Citing the fact that many East-
West problems could be inter-
preted differently, "in the case of
Jewish emigration from the
USSR, any alternative interpreta-
tion is impossible, for there are
thousands and thousands of living
witnesses whose rights have been
violated and whose names and ad-
dresses are widely known."
The Jews raised the question of
trust and stated that "If no solu-
tion to such a simple problem as
Jewish emigration from the USSR
is found soon, then other issues of
the Helsinki Accords, more dif-
ficult to resolve and control, may
be in danger of being indefinitely
shelved."
The signatories also requested
that the problems of emigration
be on the agenda of the forthcom-
ing meeting on Security and
Cooperation in Europe, to be held
in Vienna later this year.
Among the 43 signatories were:
INNA BEGUN; ALEXANDR,
ROSA, and OLGA IOFFE;
ALEXANDR LERNER;
MIKHAIL KHOLMIANSKY;
LEV OVSISHCHER; LEONID
OZERNOY; and SERGEI
RUZER.
MOSCOW. There is a report
on a rare instance of the quashing
of a dissident's sentence. The
story is of interest, in that the
man, Vladimir Poresh, was the
first political prisoner to be
sentenced under a pernicious new
part of the Criminal Code of the
RSFSR, on "Malicious Disobe-
dience to the Administration of a
Corrective Labor Institution."
Poresh, a young historian and
employee at the Library of the
Leningrad branch of the USSR
Academy of Sciences, was first ar-
rested in 1979 with others par-
ticipating in religious-
philosophical seminars. He was
sentenced to five years in strict-
regime camps and three years' ex-
ile for anti-Soviet agitation and
propaganda, and to an additional
three years in 1984. His sentence
was revoked as a protest by the
chairman of the Supreme Court of
the USSR, and was released last
February.
ULAN UDE. Medical
authorities informed TANYA
EDELSHTEIN that her husband
YULI will undergo a series of
operations to correct the injuries
he sustained after an accident at
Vydrino Labor Camp. The opera-
tion may take several months to
complete. While Tanya's request
that Yuli be released will be con-
sidered, she believes that his
recovery has been severely
hampered because of inadequate
hospital facilities.
JERUSALEM. Convinced
that the arrest of his son
ALEKSE Y on charges of possess-
ing drugs was KBG-provoked,
ZE'EV MAGARIK has sent an
urgent appeal from Israel, where
he and his daughter now live:
"For those who know Aleksey and
who are acquainted with the con-
ditions of life of Hebrew teachers
in the USSR, it is clear that the
charge is completely false.
Because of his vulnerability to
provocation, no refusenik would
knowingly break the law or lay
himself open to criminal arrest.
My son has never taken drugs nor
been involved in distributing
them."
Aleksey and his wife
NATALYA applied for an exit
visa to Israel in 1983 and were
told their "departure from the
USSR is not desirable at the pre-
sent moment."
There is concern about the
situation since it is the fourth case
in which drugs or ammunition
have been found in the belongings
of Hebrew teachers or refuseniks.
Previous victims have been
sentenced to long prison terms,
and several subjected to physical
attacks by common criminals,
ostensibly instigated by the KGB.
MOSCOW. The demand for
performances of a Purimshpiel
created by refuseniks is so great
that the show continues. More
than a thousand people attended
the 10 performances in private
homes. "Bookings are still com-
ing in," said one of the artists.
"We might have to extend the
season."
NEW YORK. A letter was
received from the wife of DR.
VLADIMIR BRODSKY, who was
sentenced last August to three
years for alleged "malicious
hooliganism," expressing
gratitude for "your concern for
the destiny of my husband,
Vladimir Brodsky." She believes
it is important lor Vladimir to
realize while in camp "that he has
many good friends, who are so
concerned for his freedom and for
that of others like him. I hope that
you will continue your efforts."
MOSCOW. The High Court
here rejected VLADIMIR LIF
SHITZ'S appeal that his three
year sentence for allegedly
"defaming the Soviet state" \w
quashed, despite the claims of his
lawyer. Mr. Ostrovsky, that the
prosecution had failed to prove
their case.
Reform Marriages
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conversions are legal if the immersion or circumcision
took place before authentic witnesses.
On a less esoteric level, Dr. Berkovits exhorts the
various religious groups to try every possible avenue
to facilitate communication, saying: "Disrespect
toward fellow Jews violates the unity of destiny that
has its origin in the covenant between God and
Israel."
Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits was educated at the Or-
thodox Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin
and taught philosophy at the Hebrew Theological Col-
lege in Skokie. He is the author of many books on
Jewish thought and law, including the award-winning
Not in Heaven: The Nature and Function ofHalakha.
He now resides in Israel.
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