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Price: 35 Cents
1,200 Acres
In Forest Fire
Nearly 1,200 acres of wood-
lands in the nature reserve on
Mt. Carmel, in Israel's north-
ern Galilee, were destroyed by
arsonists from September 19-
20, marking the worst forest
fire experienced by Israel dur-
ing 1989.
The fire was ultimately con-
tained after more than 30
hours of intense effort by Jew-
ish National Fund teams com-
prising hundreds of firefigh-
ters, backed by volunteers
from nearby settlements and
students from Haifa Univer-
sity. Due to the immensity of
the fire, 25 fire engines,
including five recently
acquired by JNF, and spe-
cially-equipped airplanes and
helicopters were brought in
from throughout the country.
Six Arabs have been arrested
on the suspicion of simultane-
ously igniting five fires in the
Dr. Joseph P. Sternstein,
JNF president, explained that
JNF foresters stationed in
newly-built watchtowers were
the first to report the confla-
grations and arrive on the
scene. "Although damage to
Israel's forests has decreased
in 1989 due to JNF's advanced
capability to deal with forest
fires," he stated, "one is
always alarmed by what
onlookers termed 'just like a
war!' He reported that thou-
sands of trees, animals and
rare species of wild life were
tragically lost; in addition,
some of the animals were air-
lifted from Iran at great peril
during the fall of the Shah. He
called the situation "not only a
great loss to the people of
Israel, but one more serious
blow to global efforts to
improve the ecosystem and to
preserve animal species near
U.S. Sets Terms
For Waiving
Jackson- Vanik
WALLENBERG PASSPORT Moscow Guy van Dardel and
Nina Lagergren, relatives of long-missing Swedish diplomat
Raoul Wallenberg, show his passport in Moscow, given to them by
the KGB. Wallenberg relatives visiting Moscow to learn more of
his fate have been told he died in 1947 in a Soviet prison.
Wallenberg disappeared as the Red Army swept into Budapest in
1945. He was credited with saving the lives of thousands of Jews
in the Hungarian capital. (AP/Wide World Photo)
Attorney General Dick Thorn-
burgh told Soviet officials in
Moscow that he would urge
President Bush to waive trade
sanctions against the Soviet
Union if it adopts emigration
reforms in three areas.
Thornburgh met with Rudolf
Kuznetsov, head of the Soviet
OVIR emigration agency, and
received a copy of the latest
draft legislation to ease Soviet
emigration restrictions, Mur-
ray Dick man, an aide to the
attorney general, told the Jew-
ish Telegraphic Agency.
Dickman said Thornburgh
told Kuznetsov that he would
recommend a waiver of sanc-
tions contained in the 1975
Jackson- Vanik Amendment if
the Soviets enact legislation
that would:
End emigration refusals to
those privy to "state secrets";
Prevent relatives of poten-
tial emigres from blocking
their emigration; and
Ease the requirement for a
"letter of invitation" from rel-
atives abroad.
Dickman said the Justice
Department had not yet trans-
lated the draft legislation pre-
sented to Thornburgh. He also
said Soviet officials initially
would not give the attorney
general a copy, on the grounds
that members of the Supreme
Soviet had not yet seen it. The
legislation is expected to be
considered by the Soviet parli-
ament as early as next spring.
Wallenberg's Personal Effects Given To Family
reports that Soviet authorities
met with the family of Raoul
Wallenberg recently was
greeted with reserved grati-
tude, as questions over the
exact fate of the former Swee-
dish ambassador still remain
an issue.
Wallenberg's family
received from the Soviets the
personal effects of the World
War II hero, in an emotional
ceremony in Moscow.
But despite repeated Soviet
insistence that Wallenberg
died of a heart attack in Lubi-
anka Prison in 1947, his family
remains unconvinced and
believes he may still be alive
In Washington, Rep. Tom
Lantos (D-Calif.) and his wife.
Annette, two Hungarians who
worked with Wallenberg and
who spearheaded a campaign
to find out his fate, welcomed
the ceremony.
Nevertheless, the Lantoses,
who are founder and chairper-
son of the International Free
Wallenberg Committee, were
net swayed by the Soviet
declaration that Wallenberg
died in prison.
"The Soviets have not told
the whole truth," Annette
Lantos said. "The story is not
closed, the mystery is not
Congressman Lantos said,
"The Soviet government must
do a much more credible check
of the facts. Repeating a lie
that has already been discred-
ited does not answer the ques-
tion 'Where is Wallenberg?'
Glasnost calls for the Soviets
to do considerably more to
resolve the mystery of Wallen-
In Los Angeles, the Simon
Wiesenthal Center released a
statement urging the Soviets
to "tell the family of Raoul
Wallenberg the entire, painful
truth about the fate of the
Holocaust's greatest hero.
"While we applaud the
Soviet Union's humanitarian
gesture in allowing this his-
toric trip, it would turn into a
cruel hoax if authorities con-
tinue to allege that Raoul Wal-
lenberg died in prison in
In New York, the Raoul Wal-
lenberg Committee of the
United States said it would not
issue a statement until the
Wallenberg family made one
of their own.
The family of the former
Swedish diplomat to Budapest,
who is credited with having
saved tens of thousands of
Hungarian Jews, was pre-
sented with his passport, sev-
eral notebooks and even some
money. But the artifacts "do
not prove that Raoul is dead,"
said Nina Lagergren, Wallen-
Continued on Page 2
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Shamir Acknowledges
Israel's worst forest fire this year destroyed 1,200 acres of
Prime Minister Yitzhak Sha-
mir acknowledged that Israel
has "differences" with the
United States over peace pol-
But the differences are "nei-
ther deep, nor sharp," and can
be overcome, Shamir told
reporters after briefing the
Knesset Foreign Affairs and
Defense Committee on the sit-
Shamir conceded he had spo-
ken to the Knesset members of
"tension" in the U.S.-Israeli
relationship, though he pre-
ferred to call it "an impression
of tension" heightened by the
intensive media coverage of
U.S.-Israeli diplomacy.
"I don't feel it in my tele-
phone conversations with the
president," Shamir added.
His last publicly acknowl-
edged telephone talk with
President Bush was on Oct.
17. Shamir made the call
shortly after he scathingly crit-
icized American mediation
efforts, in a talk to members of
the Likud Knesset faction.
Shamir made clear to the
Knesset panel that he has no
intention of postponing his
scheduled visit to the United
States next month in order to
avoid possible U.S. pressure
for concessions by Israel.
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Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, November 3, 1989
'Why Isn't A Nice Person Like You Married?'
By Elsie Bliss
am asked "The Question" by
my mother's friends at every
wedding reception. Also at
every party and family gather-
ing by well-meaning relatives
and sometimes strangers. If it
were not for this question and
my creative response, some of
the people I meet wouldn't
find anything to say to me. But
the time it hurts most is when
an eligible man I've just met is
simply wondering aloud, "Gee,
it's a wonder you aren't mar-
Am I supposed to admit that
I am insecure yet demanding?
That no one I have ever met
who was available was suffi-
ciently desirable to justify giv-
ing up my precious independ-
ence? That no matter how I
searched, while appearing not
to be searching, there has not
been anyone who met my
rather rigid list of criteria? Am
I expected to actually unload
this emotional baggage on
some poor shnook who might
himself prove to be truly desir-
able? Of course not. Because
then I would frighten him off.
Speaking for many nice,
attractive, loving and desira-
ble single people, I'd like to
climb up on my soapbox and
explain a few things. It may
not hold for all single people,
but for some who have stayed
single for an inordinately long
time .
Being single is quite respect-
able. It is a valid way of life. It
is not a tragedy or a handicap.
It is being the boss; the captain
of your ship. I quite like it,
even though I readily admit I
frequently miss what married
people have when their marri-
age is going well, just as they
miss the freedom I have to
decide my own goals and prior-
I am sorry to say that statis-
tics are against their marriage
going well, unfortunately.
Marriage in the 20th century is
in trouble. Singlehood is not in
trouble, despite its bad press.
Singlehood has a lot going for
If you took a poll of your
friends and their feelings
about marriage, and if they
responded candidly, you'd find
that (as some brilliant mind
once noted), marriage is like a
besieged fortress: those who
are inside want to get out and
those who are outside want to
get in.
Wallenberg's Personal Effects
Continued from Page 1
berg's half-sister.
The Soviets said they found
the papers during a recent
search of KGB archives.
"It was just terribly emo-
tional to see Raoul's handwrit-
ing and his passport, his por-
Lagergren presented Soviet
trait, his identity papers in
Budapest," said Lagergren.
She was accompanied by
Wallenberg's half-brother,
Guy von Daniel, as well as Per
Anger, Wallenberg's diplo-
matic associate during the
war, and Sonia Sonnenfeld,
the secretary of the Swedish
Raoul Wallenberg Association.
It is the first time in the
nearly 45 years since Wallen-
berg vanished that the Soviets
have produced tangible evi-
dence of the man. His family
believes there may be more
Foreign Ministry spokesman
Gennady Gerasimov repeated
what he has said before that
there was no evidence to
refute the declarations that
Wallenberg had died.
"It is an irrefutable fact that
Raoul Wallenberg died in
1947," Gerasimov said.
Numerous alleged sightings
of a "tall Swede" in prison
camps have been made, espe-
cially in the last 15 years, but
the Soviets have always dis-
missed the charges.
Wallenberg, who issued
thousands of Swedish pass-
ports to help save Hungarian
Jews, hid them in safe houses
and even climbed onto the
trains to personally remove
Jews who were destined for
Auschwitz, disappeared in
January 1945, after Soviet
troops entered Hungary. It is
believed he had approached
the Soviets for help,
officials with a list of 20 per-
sons who said they had seen
Wallenberg since 1947.
Wallenberg was last seen at
that time in the company of a
Soviet officer en route to
Soviet military headquarters
in Debrecen. It is believed he
was arrested on suspicion of
being an American spy and
disappeared into the vast
Gulag archipelago of prison
camps. The Soviets never said
why they arrested him.
Perhaps the question should
be put to married people,
"Why is a nice person like you
Some day I may find a part-
ner who will allow me to be me
and who will even respect and
admire my need to be myself.
He won't criticize my liking
health foods or tell me I'm
uptight because I won't go to a
nude beach. He'll think I am
fine, quirks and all, even
though I love sitcoms and hate
game shows and violent mov-
If I am lucky, he will have
the same desire to be himself
and I'll respect and love him
for it. Our two selves may join
and become a couple of happy
individuals. Note, I did not say
we would become one, but a
couple of individuals. Where
did that myth originate that
you become part of another?
Better half, indeed.
Until that happens, no mat-
ter how long it takes maybe
never I will not be categor-
ized as a "JAP," "Jewish
Mother," "Liberated Woman"
or anything else. I am all of
these things and none of them.
I am the product of years of
development and growth,
including experiences of joy
and sorrow. I am like fine
chocolate, bittersweet.
I was liberated long before it
was fashionable and I was a
Jewish mother as a 10-year-old
child. (You don't even have to
be Jewish to be a Jewish
mother, nor do you have to be
female.) If the definition of a
J.M. is a protective, assertive,
overly sensitive, deeply
involved, demonstrative per-
son, then hallelujah! C'est moi!
Probably what causes the
greatest angst among single
people is when someone looks
at us with a mixture of wonder
and pity and says, "You are so
attractive, it's a shame you
aren't married, tsk tsk."
Would I gaze at anyone and
say, "You are such an attrac-
tive person; it's a shame you
are overweight." Or: "How
come a couple like you who
argue so much are not
divorced?" Or, "You seem so
nice, why can't you find a good
Of course no civilized person
would ask these things. But
there are those who consider
being single a national
dilemma and one that permits
constant probing into the sin-
gle person's psyche to demand
to know why.
The truth is that being single
is a trade-off a mixed bless-
ing of being private with time
of your own to use as you see
fit plus the occasional twinge
of being left out as you observe
hand-holding couples strolling
happily down life's road
To some single people, the
fear of failure is a great deter-
rent to marriage, especially if
they have feelings of insecur-
ity. Perhaps they are the chil-
dren of perfectionist parents
and this colors all decision-
making for them.
If you are single, and none of
the above applies to you, then
you will have no trouble reply-
ing easily when you hear that
ageless question: "Why isn't a
nice person like you married?"
You'll smile sweetly at your
friend's Aunt Minnie and say,
"Gee, I've been too busy to be
aware of it. But, gosh, you're
right. I'm not married! I didn't
realize. Thanks for telling me.
I'll give it some thought." That
ought to hold her, but only
until next time you meet.
Elsie Bliss is a Washington writer.
This article originally appeared in the
Washington Jewish Week.
Israelis To Build
Plants In USSR
David Schein, El Al Israel
Airline'8 vice president and
general manager for North and
Central America addressed a
conference Tuesday at Dinner
Key at the Asta Convention
outlining expanded plans for
El Al.
TEL AVIV (JTA) Israeli
businessmen will soon inject a
little capitalism into the Soviet
Union by building multimillion-
dollar plants to help ease the
shortage of consumer prod-
Eli Fisher, owner and chair-
man of the Dr. Fisher Cosme-
tics Co., announced Sunday
that he iust signed an agree-
ment with a senior representa-
tive of the Soviet Ministry of
Industries in Moscow.
The Fisher company special-
izes in skin care and hair prod-
ucts, which it exports to the
United States, Britain, Ger-
many and Austria.
The Ukraine plant will be
built on a 5,500-square-yard
site owned by a large Soviet
chemical conglomerate.
Meanwhile, Izhar Industries,
which manufactures deter-
gents and cooking oils,
announced last week that it
will build a factory in Soviet
Fungus Attacks
Chief Rabbi's Papers
LONDON (JTA) Histori-
cal records and vital docu-
ments of the Jewish commun-
ity of England over nearly 100
years are in imminent danger
of rotting away in a London
basement unless a new storage
place can be found.
Fungus has attacked papers
left by Britain's chief rabbis
from 1860 to 1960. Their resto-
ration would cost hundreds of
thousands of dollars.
They include information
about the attitude of the
Anglo- Jewish establishment
toward Jewish immigrants
from Eastern Europe at the
turn of the century, material
relating to the founding of the
State of Israel and hundreds of
volumes of marriage docu-
The Central Archives for the
Jewish People in Jerusalem
has offered to pay for restora-
tion and microfilming, pro-
vided the documents are depo-
sited in Israel.
A spokesman for the chief
rabbi s office here said an
export license has been
But the application is
opposed by the British
Library, the official repository
of historical archives, and by
Jewish scholars and historians
in Britain.
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Poland Needs Serious Attention
By Marc H. Tanenbaum
Nov. 27, Sir Sigmund Stern-
berg, Lori George Weidenfeld
and this writer will travel to
Poland at the invitation of
newly elected Prime Minister
Tadeusz Mozawiecki, the con-
troversial Cardinal Josef
Glemp and the harried Car-
dinal Franciszek Macharski,
archbishop of Krakow.
The inflamed controversy
over the Carmelite convent at
Auschwitz has made a number
of issues abundantly clear, one
of them being that there is
evidently a major intellectual,
religious/cultural and political
struggle going on within
On the one hand, there is the
pre-World War II old political
culture, joined by the tradi-
tional Catholic church, which
reinforced each other by using
anti-Semitism to assert their
domination over the Polish
people. Read the political plat-
form of the National Demo-
cratic Union and "the Camp"
in the 1930s, which cynically
exploited anti-Semitism to
achieve political unity.
There is also the old anti-
Jewish tradition of Cardinal
Hlond, who called for an eco-
nomic boycott of Poland's
Jews prior to 1938.
But there is now a new
Poland being formed under
Mozawiecki and Solidarity's
Lech Walesa, who are
ashamed of that hateful past
and who wish to forge a new
relationship with world Jewry
and Israel.
Our visit to Poland is
intended to help move forward
the concrete steps to building
the new convent away from
Auschwitz. It is also intended
to help establish programs in
key areas of Polish culture and
religion that will in time
uproot the worst weeds of
In the possible new East-
West reorientation, Poland
and Hungary may well become
linchpins in any European
reunion. It is in the interests of
the democratic West, and
especially of Israel and world
Jewry, to have a Poland rea-
sonably freer of its chronic
anti-Jewish past.
Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum is inter-
national relation* consultant to the
American Jewish Committee and is
immediate pott president of the Inter-
national Jewish Committee for Inter-
religious Consultations.
The Jewish Catacombs Of Rome
By Elena Nei
years of political pressure
from the Jewish community of
Italy, the Jewish catacombs,
for a century under the guardi-
anship of the Vatican and now
of the state, will soon be avail-
able for public viewing that
is, if world Jewry can foot the
The Union of Italian Jewish
Communities, the Superinten-
dency of Archaeology of Rome
and the newly formed Jewish
Heritage Council, a subset of
the World Monuments Fund,
are sponsoring a complete doc-
umentation or the two surviv-
ing catacombs of Rome and the
preparation of an extensive
report for future preservation.
The actual excavation will be
up to Jewish philanthropy and
fundraising. "The stage is now
set," Tullia Zevi, president of
the Union of Italian Jewish
Communities, told the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency in New
York, "ft now depends on us.
We Jews can become masters
of these important relics of our
heritage if we can raise the
The support of the World
Monuments Fund, an Ameri-
can preservation organization
involved internationally, was
the result of years of political
maneuvering for the cata-
combs by the 35,000-member
Italian Jewish community.
Since Italy's reunification in
1870, and more formally since
the 1929 Concordat between
the Italian government and
the Holy See, the two remain-
ing Jewish catacombs in Rome
have been under the guardian-
ship of the Vatican.
During that time, the cata-
combs have remained closed to
the public, their artifacts
removed and stored in various
Vatican museums and ware-
In 1984, under Jewish com-
munity pressure, guardianship
was transferred back to the
state and ceremonies of trans-
fer took place in 1987 and
1988. Since then, the cata-
combs have been caught in a
bureaucratic spider web,
awaiting authorization and
funding for preservation pro-
"The Jewish community has
had to push very hard to get
authorization," said Bonnie
Burnham, executive director
of the World Monuments
Fund. "With only 35,000 Jews,
the state was unconvinced that
they had the resources. Moreo-
ver, for the private sector to
offer help is greeted with great
surprise by Italian authorit-
ies, who are overburdened
with worthy excavation pro-
The catacombs are of great
historical significance to Ital-
ian Jewry. Although it may be
small, the Italian Jewish com-
munity is the oldest continuous
Jewish settlement in Europe.
And the catacombs, which
date from the first to the
fourth centuries C.E., consti-
tute the most extensive evi-
dence of ancient Jewish Dias-
pora culture.
With detailed descriptions
about the people buried within
them, the catacombs reveal
the breadth of accomplishment
of the Jews of ancient Rome,
then comprising as much as 10
percent of the population of
the empire.
Wall frescoes depict menor-
ahs, the shofar and etrog, and
other Jewish ritual subjects
along with peacocks, serpents,
cupids, garlands, winged victo-
ries and nude athletes. This,
along with the fact that
inscriptions are written in
Greek, Latin and Hebrew, sug-
gest the cultural assimilation
of Roman Jews and Roman
toleration for Jews.
"The catacombs open a new
book of how our forefathers
centuries ago lived," said Zevi.
"We want this to become a
regular monument that tour-
Continued on Page 4
Again, PL0 Shows True Face
Once again, the true face of the Palestine
Liberation Organization surfaced this week
with the publication of captured documents
of Al Fatah, the supposed moderate branch
of the PLO headed by Chairman Arafat.
The letters, seized by Israeli forces in
action against the intifada in August, viv-
idly describe Fatah's plans to attack both
Israelis and Palestinians suspected of col-
laboration with Israel.
These were written many months after
Arafat and the PLO told the United States
that they were renouncing terrorism and
recognized the State of Israel.
PLO Terrorism Continues
The letters spell out a plan to blame the
attacks which appear to have started
soon after they were written on mythical
organizations, thus "clearing" the PLO of
direct involvement.
This is, therefore, another compelling
reason why both Likud and Labor parties
in Israel insist that Israel not negotiate
with the PLO, which appears to maintain
its status as a terrorist organization com-
mitted to the destruction of the Jewish
Prime Minister Shamir's reluctance to
accept either the Egyptian or American
variations of his proposal for Palestinian
elections may appear to be mere stalling
tactics to Cairo and Washington, and even
to some American Jewish organizations
and individuals.
Compelling Reasons
But an Israel which fought against com-
bined Arab armies in 1948-49, 1956, 1967
and 1973 is understandably wary of a PLO
which was formed at a time when Israel
held none of today's administered territor-
ies in Judea, Samaria or Gaza.
The Bush Administration should care-
fully review the captured PLO letters to
determine if they constitute the proof
necessary for the US to cut off its dialogue
with the PLO.
At first glance, the evidence is conclu-
B'nai B'rith Celebrates 146th
B'nai B'rith, one of the largest Jewish
organizations in the world, quietly cele-
brated its 146th birthday this year. Some of
its divisions, such as the Anti-Defamation
League and the Hillel Commission, are
household words.
Other activities extend to B'nai B'rith
affiliates in 44 countries, now including the
Soviet Union. Services for high school boys
and girls through BBYO, an intensive
Israefprogram and a successful housing for
the elderly program are particularly note-
Last year, both the Democratic and
Republican nominees for President took
part in a national B'nai B'rith dinner,
evidence of the high esteem in which the
nation holds the organization.
B'nai B'rith, now as at its birth in 1943, is
committed to the preservation of Jewry
and Judaism.
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German Right Wing
Activating Fight
Don Banks works to remove a swastika from a building in
Wellesley, Mass., which was one of many anti-Semitic and rascist
messages spray-painted on buildings, cars, and homes in the
Weltesley Sq. area over the Holiday. (AP/Wide World Photo)
Continued from Page 3
ists in Rome see."
Burnham agreed. "The cata-
combs are an important histor-
ical resource and a corner-
stone of the Italian Jewish
heritage. They are an aspect of
the history of antiquity that
deserves to be better known.
We hope to make a major
The Jewish Heritage Council
will begin with an investiga-
tion of the micro-climate, site
stability and fresco condition
of the catacombs, the cost of
which is approximately
$50,000. The Council esti-
mates the cost of possible
future preservation at
$400,000. Previous estimates
have been as high as $5 mil-
lion, however.
According to Zevi, the Ital-
ian state will pick up a large
share of the preservation
costs, but the major financial
problem is paying for guards.
The cost of keeping up a public
site is high, and Zevi's plans at
present is to have the cata-
combs open only two days a
Zevi has been looking for a
financial partner in the United
States, but has had little luck
so far. In 1985, Zevi initiated
the formation of the Italian
Jewish Heritage Foundation
of America for the purpose of
raising money for the cata-
combs. "It never worked," she
said. "For many years, there
has been little interest on the
part of American Jews in Jew-
ish projects outside of Israel."
Zevi is hoping that with the
recent opening of "Gardens
and Ghettos: the Art of Jewish
Life in Italy" at the Jewish
Museum in New York, Ameri-
can Jews will become
acquainted with the rich Jew-
ish heritage of Italy and the
need for financial help in pre-
serving its ancient past.
BONN (JTA) The latest
electoral success of the far
right-wing Republican Party
appears to have galvanized
mainstream politicians.
All of the major parties were
vowing to fight back against
the extremists, whom many
call neo-Nazi.
The ruling Christian Demo-
cratic Union reiterated its
pledge never to form a coali-
tion with the Republicans, who
are led by a former Waffen SS
officer, Franz Schoenhuber.
The nature of the party
makes the results of local elec-
tions in the federal state of
Baden-Wurtemberg all the
more disturbing.
The Republicans not only
improved on their generally
good performance in last
month's North Rhine-
Westphalia elections; they recently, East German refu-
scored most heavily in the gees.
large cities, where the old The fact that the Republi-
established political parties are cans are squabbling among
strongest. themselves Schoenhuber's
The Republicans won 9.5 opponents accuse him of
percent of the popular vote in
Stuttgart; 6 percent in Karls-
ruhe; more than 10 percent in
Mannheim; 12.5 percent in
Pforzheim; 7.5 percent in Frei-
burg; and 7.2 percent in Ulm.
Those returns seem to
reflect a successful switch of
strategy by the Bavarian-
based Republicans, whose
original power base was
power abuse does not seem
to bother the voters, political
observers say.
Success at the polls will only
consolidate Schoenhuber's
leadership in the extremist
Although he has astutely
avoided gutter anti-Semitism
in his campaigns, Schoenhuber
has been at odds with the West
among disaffected rural vot- German Jewish community
ers. and particularly its feisty
Still exploiting popular dis- leader, Heinz Galinski.
content, they have turned to Schoenhuber has stated pub-
the urban dwellers fearful of Hcly that the German Jews
housing and job competition constitute "the fifth occupying
from foreigners, including eth- power," the others being the
nic German emigres from United States, Britain, France
Eastern Europe and, most and the Soviet Union.
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Solomon Appointed President
Friday, November 3, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
Allan B. Solomon of Boca
Raton, has been appointed
President of the Florida Asso-
ciation of Jewish Federations,
according to Mandell L. Ber-
man, President of the Council
of Jewish Federations.
Solomon is presently Chair-
man of the Campaign for the
South Palm Beach County
Federation and serves on its
Executive Committee and
Board of Directors. His new
position entitles him to sit on
the CJF Board of Directors.
The Florida Association of
Jewish Federations, which is
staffed by Barry Swartz, Con-
sultant for the CJF Southeast
Area Office, is an organization
which functions on a state-
wide level in areas tradition-
ally undertaken by local Feder-
ations. It seeks to: enhance the
quality and range of services
provided to Jewish citizens of
Solomon is listed in "Who's
Who in America," "Who's
Who in American Jewry" and
"Who's Who in World Jewry."
He received a B.S. in Econom-
ics from the University of
Pennsylvania Wharton School
of Finance and Commerce, a
J.D. Degree from Boston Col-
lege Law School and a Mas-
ter's Degree in Law in Taxa-
tion from New York Univer-
sity School of Law.
ORT To Hold Golden Circle Dinner
The South Palm Beach
County Region of Women's
American ORT will hold the
annual Golden Circle dinner on
Tues., Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. at
Brooks, Deerfield Beach.
Evelyn Savino is Regional
Chairman of Capital Funds
and Co-Chairman is Charlotte
Cohen. Following dinner the
guests will hear the speaker
Joshua Flidel of Argentina,'
and Director of World ORT
Union for Latin America. Rep-
resenting the Southeast Dis-
trict of Women's American
ORT will be Mary Ellen Pey-
ton, Chairman of the Execu-
tive Committee. For informa-
tion, call 483-4760, 499-7222
or 498-2553.
Smith Meets With INS
(Washington) In an effort
to solve the Soviet emigration
crisis, Congressman Larry
Smith (D-FL) recently met
with Italian Jewish leaders,
State Department officials,
Immigration and Naturaliza-
tion Service (INS) officials,
and Soviet refugees in Rome.
Congressman Smith arranged
the meetings to discuss the
high rate of denial to Soviet
applications for refugee visas,
the excessive delays in proc-
essing applicants, and the
status of two Soviet families
who have friends or relatives
in Congressman Smith's Con-
gressional district who have
been stranded in Italy for
After making a series of
inquiries, Congressman Smith
was assured by Dudley Suprel,
the Consulate General of the
American Embassy in Rome,
that all Soviets who had been
previously denied refugee
visas to enter the U.S. would
have their cases re-examined,
and in most cases, their denials
retracted, within the next 4-6
Planning the National Council of Jewish Women Boca-Delray Section's Fifth Annual Holiday
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NCJW Plan Holiday Boutique
The National Council of Jew-
ish Women Boca-Delray Sec-
tion will hold its Fifth Annual
Holiday Boutique. Twinkles
the Clown and Mr. Mouse will
entertain the kids.
Proceeds from the Holiday
Boutique will help fund
NCJW s community, educa-
tional and social projects
including The Haven, Guard-
ian Ad Litem, Safe Place.
Healthy Mothers/Healthy
Babies and Project Child.
The holiday boutique will be
held Sunday, November 12
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at
Mission Bay Plaza on the
northwest corner of Glades
Road and 441 (State Road 7) in
Boca Raton. NCJW welcomes
the public and admission is
Knesset Salutes Hebrew Language
Knesset began its winter ses-
sion with a festive salute to the
Hebrew language.
It was in honor of "Hebrew
Language Year," which is
being celebrated in all Israeli
"We don't fully appreciate
the miracle we have lived
through the revival of our
ancient language," Education
Minister Yitzhak Navon told
the packed chamber.
The special session was
attended by President Chaim
Herzog, members of the
Hebrew Language Academy
and relatives of Eliezer Ben
Yehuda, the acknowledged
father of modern Hebrew.
But Navon, a former presi-
dent of Israel, excoriated the
infiltration of foreign words
into the Hebrew vernacular,
sometimes "adapted" by
Hebraized pronunciation.
He said their use, when the
Hebrew language had per-
fectly adequate words of its
own, revealed a national psy-
chological syndrome.
People seemed to lack pride
in their own culture and heri-
tage, he said.
The Hebrew Language
Academy regularly coins new
words, usually new forms of
existing roots, to cope with the
changing needs of modern
But many of them fail to
catch on.
For example, Israelis persist
in referring to supermarkets
as the "super" pronounced
"sooper" rather than the
Language Academy's "mar-
Another word frequently
heard is "bigdil," a Hebraiza-
tion of "big deal" used to
express cynicism. But that
quality can also be expressed
in modern or biblical Hebrew.
Knesset Speaker Dov Shi-
lansky admonished his collea-
gues to improve their Hebrew
style, diction and vocabulary.
"We must show an example,
because the ears of the nation
are bent to hear us," he
exhorted the lawmakers.
A cynic might not agree.
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Page 6 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, November 3, 1989
Bar/Bat Mitzvah
On Saturday, Oct. 28, Seth
Skolnick, son of Shelley and
Louis Skolnick was called to
the Torah of Temple Beth El
of Boca Raton as a Bar Mitz-
vah. As an ongoing Temple
project he was "Twinning"
with Aleksandr Rozentsvayg
of the Soviet Union.
Seth is an 8th grade student
at Pinecrest School and
attends the Temple Beth El
Religious School.
Family members sharing in
the simcha were his brother,
Ethan and grandparents, Ruth
Zimring of Boynton Beach and
David Skolnick of New York
City. Mr. and Mrs. Skolnick
will host a kiddush in Seth's
honor following Afternoon
Synagogue News
On Fri. evening, Nov. 10,
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton
will celebrate Shabbat with a
Family Service at 8 p.m. This
will be preceded by a Shabbat
dinner at 5:45 for Grade 2
children and their families.
The Religious School of
Temple Beth El of Bocal Raton
is sponsoring a Book Fair on
Sun., Nov. 12 from 9:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. This is part of Parent
Involvement Day, which is an
opportunity for parents to
meet their children's teachers
and do a learning activity with
their children in the classroom.
The last part of the day is the
Book Fair. For information,
call 391-8900.
Synopsis Of The Weekly Torah Portion
. "Go forth from the ark, thou, and thy wife"
(Gen. 8.16).
NOAH Noah was commanded to build an Ark for shelter from
the Flood that would overwhelm the earth. In the Ark he placed
his wife and three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, together with
their wives; also two of each species of creature on earth, one
male and one female to perpetuate the species (seven were
allowed for the species that were ritually clean). The Flood that
covered the earth drowned all living things except those in the
Ark with Noah. After a year, the waters receded and the earth
dried. Noah let all the creatures out of the Ark, that they might be
fruitful and multiply on earth. He sacrificed in thanksgiving to
God. God, for His part, promised Noah that He would never again
send a flood that would destroy the earth. The sign for this
agreement, or covenant, is the rainbow.
Men increased and spread over the world; in the land of Shinar
they sought to build a tower whose peak should reach to heaven.
Here, they thought to concentrate all the earth's population. But
God, irked at man's presumption, confused their speech. Previ-
ously all men had spoken one language. Now they spoke various
languages; not being able to understand each other, they could
not work together, and the building of the Tower of Babel ceased.
Terah, the father of Abram, came to Haram.
(The recounting of the Weakly Portion of the Law is extracted and
based upon "The Graphic History of the Jewish Heritage," edited by
P. Wollman-Tsamir, published by Shengold The volume is available
at 75 Maiden Lane, New York, N.Y. 10038.)
Anshei Emuna
Sisterhood Events
Congregation Anshei
Emuna Sisterhood will hold its
regular meeting Tuesday, Dec.
5, noon, at 16189 Cartier
Road, Delray Beach.
Muriel Sherman will play the
piano accompanied by George
who will have a sing-a-long.
December 4 through 7
Anshie Emuna will hold its
annual mid-week get-a-way to
the Saxony Hotel in Miami
Beach. For reservations, call
A Chanukah party will be
held on December 24. Call the
office for reservations at 499-
Menachem Begin Chapter of
Hadassah, Delray Beach, will
hold a three day trip to
EPCOT, the New MGM and
Cypress Gardens.
The round trip charter bus
will leave Delray Beach on
Tues., Nov. 7, and return on
Thurs., Nov. 9. For informa-
tion, call 496-2336 or 498-1775.
Singles Service
The Boca Jewish Connection
a singles group for ages 18
30, is sponsoring a Friday
Night Singles Service at Tem-
ple Beth El of Boca Raton, on
Fri., Nov. 3, at 10 p.m. Dawn
Snyder will be the guitarist for
the Service. For information
call 391-8900 or 305-943-1734.
Lindsay Lassman, daughter
of Jane and Kenneth Lassman,
will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah
on Saturday morning, Novem-
ber 11, at Congregation B'nai
Israel of Boca Raton. Lindsay
will lead the Congregation in
prayer and study of the Torah
portion, Lech-Lecha.
Lindsay is a student at Log-
gers Run Middle School in
Boca Raton where she is on
the honor roll of her seventh
grade class. She was desig-
nated student of the month in
February of this year. She
enjoys reading, tennis, and is
on the school's soccer team.
Also sharing in the celebra-
tion of this special day will be
Lindsay's brother, Daniel, and
grandparents Rose and Arnold
Swartz of Brockton, Mass. and
Beatrice and Samuel Lassman
of West Hartford, Conn.
Sharing this occasion with
Lindsay, in absentia, will be
Avadyaeva Avshag Kiinova of
Derbent, U.S.S.R.
Kenneth Michael Ferranti,
son of Robin and Michael Fer-
ranti, was called to the Torah
of Temple Beth El of Boca
Raton as a Bar Mitzvah on
Sept. 16.
Kenneth is an 8th grade stu-
dent at Ramblewood Middle
School and attends the Temple
Beth El Religious School.
Family members sharing in
the simcha are his brother,
Zachary, and grandparents,
Irwin and Marion Levine of
Coconut Creek; Roger Fer-
ranti and Wilma Lanzi of
Rhode Island.
Mr. and Mrs. Ferranti
hosted a kiddush in Kenneth's
honor following Shabbat morn-
ing service.
Erica Racow, daughter of
Marilyn and Steven Racow,
will be called to the Torah at
Congregation B'nai Israel of
Boca Raton as a Bat Mitzvah
on Saturday morning, Novem-
ber 4. She will lead the Con-
gregation in study and prayer
of the Torah portion, Noach.
Erica will be sharing this
religious occasion in absentia
with her twin, Lina Zaslaus-
kaya of Moscow, U.S.S.R.
Erica attends Loggers Run
Middle School in Boca Raton.
She has been active in organiz-
ing the Congregation Junior
Youth Group. She also enjoys
swimming and socializing with
others of all ages.
Joining Erica and her par-
ents in the celebration this day
will be her sisters, Faith and
Bari, and grandmother Lillian
Racow of Miami Beach.
Mesianic Group Barred From
Laying Cornerstone Of 'Third Temple'
band of messianic Jews who
consider themselves ordained
to build the Third Temple were
thwarted in their plans to
plant the first stone of the holy
edifice. But they vowed to con-
Police halted Gershom Solo-
mon, longtime leader of the
Temple Mount Faithful, and
about a dozen supporters who
were carting a large stone to
the Temple Mount in the Old
They were told that since
Moslem prayers were in pro-
gress, they could not enter the
"This stone will be erected
on the Temple Mount if not
now, then later; if not today,
then tomorrow," Solomon
declared. "And a second stone
is ready and waiting, and then
a third."
The Temple Mount is the
third holiest site of the Islamic
faith, after Mecca and Medina.
Two shrines, Al-Aksa Mosque
and the Dome of the Rock, are
usually packed with worship-
ers, who are extremely sensi-
tive to intruders.
Clashes have occurred in the
broad, open space when
ultranationalist Jews, often
led by right-wing politicians,
made provocative forays into
the area.
To keep the peace, the gov-
ernment has banned Jewish
worship on the mount. Jews
pray directly below at the
Western Wall. But Jewish
extremists have vowed to
reclaim the entire area.
The Temple Mount Faithful
claim to have readied blue-
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Friday, November 3, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 7
Military Balance Shift In Middle East?
Since the Yom Kippur war,
Syria, Jordan and Egypt have
doubled the size of their tank
and aircraft inventories. From
a combined force of 4,500
tanks in 1973, Israel's three
Arab neighbors built up their
armored forces to 7,300 tanks,
an increase of 62%. Fighter
aircraft in the three countries
almost doubled from 750 in
1973 to the current level of
approximately 1,400, while the
level of assault helicopters
increased by 150% from 200 to
500. Growth levels in the
peripheral states of Libya,
Iraq and Saudi Arabia have
been even more striking.
A number of factors account
for this dramatic level of mili-
tary expansion and moderniza-
tion. First and foremost, the
Arab states increased the size
and sophistication of their
arsenals to regain superiority
over Israel, following the set-
backs they suffered during the
fighting in October 1973. This
rationale primarily affected
Egypt and Syria immediately
after the war as they replaced
war losses with increasingly
modern equipment, and con-
tinues in Syria to this day.
It also extended, however, to
states which played only a
secondary role in 1973, such as
Libya, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
The monarchy in Saudi Arabia
began its buildup with the pur-
itwoo -r
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chase of American F-15 figh-
ters in 1978. During the last 10
years, the Saudis acquired
arms and other military ser-
vices from the United States
worth $30 billion. Just two
months ago, the Administra-
tion sold them another pack-
age worth $850 million.
One factor driving the influx
of arms into the region during
the last 15 years has been the
economic power brought about
by petroleum exports, allow-
ing the Arab oil states to spend
vast sums on their armed
forces. The leverage provided
AIDS Victims
total of 528 Jews suffering
from AIDS symptoms or their
precursor, AIDS-related com-
plex, received clinical care and
other forms of help over a
12-month period from 36 Jew-
ish family service agencies
throughout the United States,
a recent survey disclosed.
The survey was conducted
by the Association of Jewish
Family and Childrens Agen-
cies, according to Burt Gold-
berg, executive director of the
umbrella association head-
quartered in Kendall
Park, N.J. Goldberg said the
association sent question-
naires to 61 of its 135 member
agencies known to be qualified
to provide such care.
Goldberg estimated that
infected Jews probably consti-
tute no more and no less than
the general population. But
because AIDS victims can
carry the virus for years
before developing the fatal
symptoms, there is no way to
compare either the numbers or
percentages of inf jcted Jews
and non-Jews, he said.
The survey, covering the
period Aug. 1,1987, to July 31,
1988, revealed that 109 family
members of AIDS victims
received counseling in that
period and eight additional
families obtained financial aid
from the family agencies.
Of the 528 Jewish AIDS or
ARC sufferers, 26 received
financial help, 80 were pro-
vided with meals-on-wheels
and seven received home-
maker services.
Survey data showed that, in
addition, 14 of the ill received
Passover baskets; 14 received
information and referral help;
two obtained job assistance
and each received dental care
and chaplaincy visits. Jewish
agencies assisted with two
The agency reported it had
been "working closely with the
gay Jewish community and
have been using members of
the Dallas gay havurah as
resource people and volun-
teers for other programs at
the agency."
Six patients in the terminal
stage of their illness received
hospice counseling, Goldberg
A family agency in Spring-
field, Mass., reported that one
of its programs was Chesed
House, an "independent living
facility for homeless persons
with AIDS or ARC."
The Jewish Social Service of
Metropolitan Washington
reported that all of its services
are available to Jews suffering
from AIDS or ARC.
The agency said these
included counseling for indi-
viduals, family and friends;
home delivered kosher meals;
escorted transportation to
medical appointments; home
health care; and home-based
hospice care.
by petroleum allowed these
states to have significant influ-
ence over the arms supplier
nations, particularly in West-
ern Europe. A number of arms
purchases were paid for by oil
The oil boom also indirectly
assisted non-petroleum pro-
ducers in the region, as states
such as Saudi Arabia financed
military acquisitions by Jordan
and Syria, among others. By
contrast, Israel, with its lim-
ited economic resources, has
had to be more selective in
choosing which weapons sys-
tems to import, and more con-
servative in determining what
quantity of each weapon to
Petroleum income for the
oil-producing states is still rel-
atively high. Where shortfalls
have occurred it has been poss-
ible to continue purchasing
weapons by reducing civilian
imports. When faced with a
choice between curtailing
weapons purchases or reduc-
ing investments in economic
infrastructure, the common
result has been a decision to
acquire more military hard-
In addition, large-scale Arab
arms imports have often been
prompted by domestic political
considerations, such as the
prestige created by the posses-
sion of modem technology and
the assurance of continued loy-
alty by the nation's armed
forces. For example, Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak sub-
stantially increased arms
imports and total military
expenditures after Anwar
Sadat's assassination to win
the allegiance of the Egyptian
It is likely that arms imports
in the Middle East will con-
tinue at a high pace for the
next few years as more weap-
ons are purchased and delivery
is" made of previously ordered
equipment. Although annual
imports probably will not
exceed the record $18.5 billion
in deliveries recorded in 1982,
it is doubtful that they will
drop below the $10 billion-plus
level maintained since the late
1970's. Further, while the
total volume of arms sales may
level off slightly as Arab coun-
tries reach the limit of their
ability to deploy the quantity
of arms delivered, major arms
sales of increasing technical
sophistication will continue as
forces are modernized to
replace obsolote equipment.
The latest example of this
trend is the expected proposal
to sell Saudi Arabia America's
top-of-the-line M-1A1 tanks.
Though there is no apparent
military threat for which
weapons of this sophistication
are needed, the Saudis are
insisting on the need to replace
older tanks.
As Arab forces grow,, Jeru-
salem will be forced to devote
more resources to defense at a
time when economic realities,
including a reduction in the
real value of U.S. foreign aid,
are pushing the Israeli budget
in the reverse direction. The
Jewish State is still capable of
meeting this growing external
threat, but unless multilateral
efforts are made to restrain
the regional arms race, Israel
will find its deterrent capabil-
ity increasingly diminished.
Charles Perkins is senior military
analyst for the American Israel Publxc
Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Reprinted with permission from
"Near East Report."
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prints for the Third Temple,
designed by a panel of archi-
tects whom they refuse to
Their efforts have met with
almost universal disapproval
in Israel's religious establish-
The former Ashkenazic chief
rabbi, Shlomo Goren, a nation-
alist with strong religious
attachments to the Temple
Mount, has called Solomon's
activities a travesty of biblical
prophesies about rebuilding
the Temple.
That would be done by divine
intervention, "certainly not by
Gershom Solomon," Goren has
Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, the
chief rabbi of Tel Aviv,
believes the Temple Mount
Faithful are well motivated
but misguided.
He approves of their "educa-
tional message" that "the
Temple Mount belongs to the
Jewish people and has been
taken over by aliens."
Lau says the medieval rabbis
were divided over whether the
Temple would be rebuilt by
God or by the Messiah. But in
either case, it would not occur
until the ingathering of the
exiles was completed and the
Messianic Age had com-
menced, Lau said.
"We must keep patiently
praying for that to happen,"
he said.
In the Western Wall plaza
just below the Temple Mount,
hundreds of Kohanim draped
in prayer shawls energetically
blessed thousands of worship-
ers in the traditional "Birkat
Kohanim" event that takes
place during Hoi Hamoed (the
intermediate days of) Sukkot.
They hardly took notice of the
Temple Mount Faithful
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