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Shamir Winner
In Cabinet Crisis
Prime Minister Yitzhak Sha-
mir may have saved the Likud-
Labor unity coalition govern-
ment by allowing Ezer Weiz-
man to stay in the Cabinet.
But his compromise with the
errant Laborite has aroused
the wrath of his chief rivals in
the Likud bloc, Ministers Ariel
Sharon, David Levy and Yitz-
hak Moda'i.
They were among the first to
congratulate the prime minis-
ter for toughness after he sum-
marily fired Weizman at the
Dec. 31 Cabinet meeting, for
allegedly maintaining contacts
with the Palestine Liberation
But now they are heaping
scorn on the 11th-hour deal
made Tuesday. Weizman
agreed to resign from the pres-
tigious, policy-making Inner
Cabinet of 12 senior ministers.
He will, however, retain his
Cabinet portfolio as minister
of science and development,
which has little influence on
affairs of state.
The compromise allowed
Vice Premier Shimon Peres
and Defense Minister Yitzhak
Rabin, the two senior Labor
ministers, to save face. Nei-
ther they nor their colleagues
wanted to break up the gov-
ernment, over the firing of
Weizman, a political maverick
who is not considered to have
much of a popular following.
But Peres could hardly have
ignored Shamir's violation of
the coalition agreement, which
states that the prime minister
cannot dismiss a Labor minis-
ter without the consent of the
vice premier.
A number of political ana-
lysts viewed the compromise
as strengthening Shamir and
further weakening Labor.
But according to Levy, a
deputy premier who is minis-
ter of construction and hous-
ing, Shamir's compromise was
a serious blow to Likud. It
gave Labor a "recipe" to beat
Likud in the future, he
Levy stressed that he and
his associates were not parties
to that "unfortunate compro-
mise," adding that what began
"like a drama" ended "with a
That is symptomatic of a
situation in which part of the
Likud's leadership has not
been privy to information and
decisions, he said.
Sharon, the fiery minister of
industry and trade, contended
that Shamir's handling of the
Weizman crisis gave legiti-
macy to the PLO. He said it
exposed "a weak performance
under pressure" by the prime
minister and a flawed decision-
making process.
Sharon, Levy and Moda'i,
who is minister of economics
and planning, met Thursday to
discuss the situation. They
decided to try again to con-
vene the Likud Central Com-
mittee to impose constraints
on Shamir's conduct of foreign
policy, especially his peace ini-
tiative, which the three minis-
ters oppose.
The Prime Minister's Office
said the critics failed to appre-
ciate that Weizman is no lon-
ger in the Inner Cabinet and
that a clear message was sent
to the world that Israel will
never negotiate with the PLO.
Weizman, for his part,
landed Thursday in Moscow,
on a long-planned visit to the
Soviet Union.
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Headquarters in Panama City. (AP/Wide World Photo)
European Upheaval, Soviet Jewry,
ADL 's Top News Stories
for democratic reform in
Eastern Europe and freer emi-
gration of Soviet Jews were
the most significant events for
the Jewish people in 1989,
according to the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
They topped the list of 10
events deemed most vital to
Jews during the outgoing
year, a list compiled by Burton
Levinson and Abraham Fox-
man, national chairman and
national director, respectively,
of the ADL.
The two observed that since
Jews historically thrive in
democratic societies, they
should be among the main ben-
eficiaries of events in Eastern
The departure of 60,000
Jews from the Soviet Union
during the past year exceed-
ing the 1979 high was
another milestone, while inside
the Soviet Union, Jews
enjoyed more cultural and reli-
gious freedom.
Of those who left, more of
them settled in Israel, due to
the newly adopted U.S. immi-
gration policies, Levinson and
Foxman observed.
But those Soviet Jews who
remained also faced a serious
menace in the rise of virulently
anti-Semitic groups like Pam-
yat, which also have benefitted
from glasnost.
Third on the list of the ADL
officials was Israel's peace ini-
tiative toward the Palestini-
ans, advanced with U.S. sup-
But with Yasir Arafat's
ambiguous acceptance of
Israel's existence, the Pales-
tinians remained intransigent,
according to Levinson and
They noted an alarming
increase in anti-Semitic vio-
lence and vandalism in the
United States, particularly on
college and university cam-
The Skinhead menace con-
tinued to proliferate, with acts
of violence occurring in vari-
ous parts of the country, but
federal indictments have been
The ADL regretted strained
Jewish-Catholic relations over
a number of issues during the
year, the most serious being
the Carmelite convent on the
grounds of the former Aus-
chwitz death camp.
Election of former Ku Klux
Klan leader David Duke to the
Louisiana State Legislature
was seen by the ADL as a gain
for the forces of racism and
Israel's slow but steady
gains in diplomatic relations
with the Soviet bloc and black
African nations was cited as a
favorable development.
Another was the conviction
and sentencing of political
extremist and anti-Semitic
propagandist Lyndon LaR-
Finally, the ADL saw signifi-
cance for Jews in the U.S.
Supreme Court's seemingly
contradictory decisions in two
cases involving the separation
of church and state.
The court ruled that a Nativ-
ity scene in a Pennsylvania
county courthouse was uncon-
At the same time, it upheld
the display of a Chanukah
menorah on the steps of the
Pittsburgh City Hall, a block
away, "delivering at best a
mixed message,' the ADL
Jerusalem Post Publisher Fires 20
Jerusalem Post, Israel's only
English-language daily, is in
the throes of a fierce dispute
over policy between its senior
editorial staff and its recently
appointed president and publi-
sher, retired Israel Defense
Force Col. Yehuda Levy.
The Post reported on its
front page that nine senior
editorial staff members, led by
Managing Editor David Lan-
dau, and 11 other journalists
sent letters of resignation to
Levy and to David Radler,
chairman of the Canada-based
Hollinger newspaper chain,
which bought the Post last
They said they would leave
the paper in 30 days if Levy
were not replaced.
Levy responded by firing
More than 20 staff members
threatened last week to strike
unless Radler removed Levy in
30 days as the Post's president
and publisher.
Their action followed the
Dec. 25 resignation of Editor
Erwin Frenkel, who charged
that Levy had compromised
his editorial integrity.

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, January 12, 1990
Records Spotlight Challenge
The numbers themselves tend to numb.
A record 71,509 Jews left the Soviet
Union last year, far exceeding the 51,320
who emigrated in the previous 12-month
And Israel now expects a quarter of a
million immigrants from the USSR within
the next three or four years.
The only proper question is not whether
Israel can handle what is now termed
Exodus II, but how it will accept this
vitally-needed infusion of Jewish citizens.
A top-level Jewish Agency executive has
asked Israel to impose a mandatory loan on
its citizens, much as it did after the 1973
Yom Kippur War.
Both Israel Bonds and the United Jewish
Appeals have agreed to historic campaigns
for funds with which to help absorb the
Russians into the mainstream of Israeli
Simultaneously, the numbers of Soviet
Jews who are gaining admission into the
United States remain at high levels,
further taxing the resources of American
But if we are to demonstrate that our
pleas of "Let My People Go" were sincere,
we cannot hesitate at meeting and exceed-
ing all of the requirements and goals.
The Israelis will have to endure addi-
tional hardships to maintain the Law of
Return for every Jew. Diaspora Jewry, and
particularly American Jews, must gladly
share the burden.
Fascell Merits Honor
South Florida's Congressional delegation
has historically demonstrated unusually
strong support for Israel, with both Demo-
cratic and Republican representatives out-
spoken in their views.
Dean of the delegation, Rep. Dante B.
Fascell (Dem.-Fla.) has championed the
cause of the Jewish state throughout his
35-year tenure in Congress.
His position as Chairman of the House of
Representatives Committee on Foreign
Affairs makes Fascell's pro-Israel stance
even more significant.
It is therefore most fitting that he will be
honored with a doctorate in philosophy by
the University of Haifa at a Miami Beach
dinner and academic convocation next
We congratulate Dr. Fascell, whose
record as a legislator has been rewarded by
a lifetime of political victories. His stature
on the national scene is a tribute to our
entire community.
^^^ The Jewish ^
Editor and Publiaher
of South County
Fred Shochet
Advartlalng Diractor
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"Heartiest congratulations! you've been selected as Lebanons next Preeidentr
Geopolitical Shifts
Pose Challenges
speculating on what the upco-
ming 1990s might hold for the
Jewish people, Dorothy
Baker's well-known bon mot
comes to mind: "Jews are like
everybody else, only more so!"
No serious reflection on Jew-
ish interests in the 1990s can
take place without locating
them within the geopolitical
forces of East-West and
North-South relations.
Massive revolutions for
democracy and in opposition to
the ancient regimes of Com-
munist tyranny will have fate-
ful, and ambiguous, conse-
quences not only for European
Jewry, but for Jews every-
where, and especially for
Glasnost and perestroika
will continue to result in mas-
sive emigration for Soviet
Jewry, probably the dominant
human issue for world Jewry
in the 1990s. Challenges to
financial and human resources
for resettlement will be monu-
mental and will call for unpar-
alleled commitment and
Provision of Jewish religi-
ous, cultural and educational
support for the million-plus
Jews who opt to remain in the
Soviet Union will be a parallel
commanding Jewish concern.
Glasnost has made possible
unprecedented freedom of
speech in the Soviet Union and
in the East European coun-
tries, and certainly that human
right is to be welcomed by
But now, right-wing, nation-
alist and bitterly anti-Semitic
groups, foremost among them
the Pamyat, are beginning to
have a field day in spewing out
their anti-Jewish bile. Echoes
of that historic anti-Jewish
bias now circulates in the cul-
tural bloodstreams of Poland,
Hungary, East Germany,
Rumania and the other for-
merly Communist tyrannies.
Knowledgeable and skillful
Jewish leaders will have their
hands full counteracting both
the anti-Semitic and anti-
Israel biases which have sur-
faced on both sides of the
collapsed Iron Curtain.
The Vatican, which has qui-
etly emerged as a major archi-
tect in mobilizing the anti-
Communist forces in Eastern
Europe, could play a construc-
tive role in countering the reli-
gion-based anti- Semitism
that is, if Jews do not manage
to alienate the Vatican com-
pletely by strident, reckless
attacks on the Pope and the
Catholic Church when a mode-
rate, diplomatic strategy
would prove to be far more
effective in the Jewish inter-
World Jewry also will have
to be vigilant over the poten-
tial negative impact of a reun-
ification of East Germany with
the F?deral Republic of West
Four decades of the GDR's
hostility toward Israel and its
pro-PLO, pro-terrorist activity
could become a serious nega-
tive influence on West Ger-
many's positive attitudes tow-
ard Jews and Israel. Watch
that closely in the 1990s.
The North-South coordin-
ate's impact on Jews and
Israel is nowhere more dra-
matically shown than in the
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Friday, January 12, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
Ethnic Rivalries Put Jews In Middle
Sisterhood Temple Beth Israel
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia
(JTA) There is concern
among some Yugoslav Jews
that the complex ethnic and
?olitical rivalries besetting
ugoalavia may be placing its
tiny Jewish community in a
delicate and potentially diffi-
cult situation.
"Jews have been used as
short change in internal ethnic
conflicts," one Jewish source
put it bluntly.
Resulting tensions have
already been reported within
the Jewish community, but so
far, they have not been seri-
Yugoslavia is a loose federa-
tion of six republics and two
provinces, mostly drawn up on
ethnic lines. Recent years have
seen longstanding.tensions
and rivalries among the repub-
lics become sharpei. ,rr-1
ethnic nationalism hoa growi
more powerful.
Yugoslavia's estimated
5,000 Jews out of a pre-
Holocaust population of 75,000
to 85,000 are centered
mostly in the republic of Ser-
bia, its province of Vovvodina,
and in the republics of Croatia
and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
More than once, amid the
complicated and emotional
ethnic conflict, attitudes by
one ethnic group against
another have been compared
to historic persecution of the
Lately, concern that Jews
may be squeezed by internal
tensions has been heightened
by the recent formation of a
Serbian-Jewish Friendship
Society and overtures to Israel
by Serbia.
This included a visit to Israel
this past fall by Serbia's
regional foreign affairs secret-
ary, Aleksandar Prlja, despite
the fact that Yugoslavia as a
whole does not have diplomatic
relations with Israel.
Motives Behind
Friendly Overtures
While on the surface, noth-
ing could seem better than
overtures of friendship to Jews
and Israel, there is concern
Continued from Page 2
current surrealistic drama in
While the Panamanian
struggle was, in general, a
conflict between U.S. and pro-
democratic forces and Nor-
iega's drug- sustained
tyranny, when the looting
started, Panamanian Jewish
shopkeepers and business-
Beople got the worst of it.
ndoubtedly, Latin American
Jewry will look increasingly to
their North American co-
religionists for appropriate
aid, both political and eco-
As my mother of blessed
memory used to say to
describe a special Jewish
pleasure; "A Jewish pleasure
is a cool Yom Kippur. I worry
with my fellow Jews, whether
the 1990s with all its upheavals
might not be a "cool Yom
Rabbi Mare H. Tanenbaum is inter-
national relations consultant to the
A meriean Jewish Committee.
that these moves are not disin-
"Under today's circum-
stances, there are various
manipulations, particularly
nationalist manipulations, '
said Filip David, a Jewish
writer in Belgrade. "A society
like (the Serbian-Jewish
Friendship Society) can
become the object of manipula-
tions and can fit into a scenario
that may be written outside
it," he said.
"Why have a Serbian-Jewish
Friendship Society?" asked
one Belgrade Jew. "I'm as
much a Serb as a Jew.
Wouldn't it be better to have a
Yugoslavia-Israel Friendship
Serbia is the largest of
Yugoslavia's six republics, and
its Communist leadership has
used appeals to rampant Ser-
bian nationalism to win
unprecedented popularity,
while at the same time antago-
nizing other republics.
Jews who are concerned
about developments feel that
the Serbian nationalist author-
ities are trying to use expres-
sions of friendship with Jews
and Israel to win support for
Serbian interests in the out-
side world.
"It's all so transparent that
you need not be a genius to see
through it," said one Jewish
intellectual in Belgrade.
"The final idea is to get the
Jewish lobby to lobby for the
Serbs," he said. "This is to go
through the Jewish people
here and Jews abroad in the
United States to explain cer-
tain things happening here.
'We Trust The Jewish
The Serbs want to tell Jews
and Israel their side of the
story, to counter the criticism,
a senior Serbian official said.
He did not want to be quoted
by name.
"Friendship with the Jews is
sort of a collective national
identity of Serbs," the official
said. "When you feel that you
are in unpleasant circum-
stances, you feel for your old
"We trust the Jewish people
as people who have always
been friendly with the Serbs,
as we were victims together
and lived in peace alongside
each other," he said.
Throughout history, he said,
the Serbs considered several
peoples to be their enduring
friends: the Jews, the Russians
and the French, in particular.
How to react to these Ser-
bian initiatives has caused
some tensions in the Jewish
On the one hand, said Cadik
Danon, Yugoslavia's only
rabbi, "it's difficult to reject a
hand extended in friendship,
certainly in Serbia, where
there is a tradition."
On the other hand, in addi-
tion to the uneasiness felt by
some Jews in Belgrade, Jews
in other republics particu-
larly the active community in
Croatia distrust the Serbian
motives, as Croats generally
distrust the Serbs. Croatian
Jews tend to align themselves
politically with Croats.
One Jewish source who dis-
trusts the Serbian initiatives
predicted that everything
could backfire onto the Jews
"Consequences of this med-
dling are already evident," he
said. "Naturally, there are dis-
agreements between Jews
within Yugoslavia in the dif-
ferent regions. Ultimately, it
will boomerang back.
Diplomatic Ties
Meanwhile, there are some
indications that Yugoslavia's
federal government may even-
tually broaden relations with
Israel. Diplomatic links were
cut in 1967, but since then, the
two countries have maintained
commercial and cultural ties,
as well as cooperation in the
areas of sports and tourism.
The Yugoslav news media
have correspondents in Israel.
"It's either stubbornness or
misjudgment on the part of the
federal government not to
resume diplomatic relations,"
said a Jewish source. "They've
been heavily criticized in the
Yugoslav press for this."
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January 11th, in celebration of
their 15th Birthday they pre-
sented a check in the sum of
$6500.00 to Dr. Abraham Git-
telson in support of the March
for the Living Program.
Henrietta Kalian, President
of the Sisterhood has planned
an active program of fund rais-
ing, the main event which is
their summer vacation at the
Imperial Resort Hotel (for-
merly Stevensville). All pro-
ceeds from this Vacation Trip
will be set aside for their Tze-
dakah distribution.
Town Seeks Settlers
The New York Jewish Week
Jewish community of Christ-
church, New Zealand, wants
Specifically, this community
in the land of sheep and kiwi is
hoping Jews will move there to
help boost its declining num-
A brochure produced by the
Canterbury Hebrew Congre-
gation in Christchurch
expresses the hope that read-
ers will consider "immigrating
to our pleasant, peaceful land
with its relaxed and rewarding
lifestyle. We are keen for Jew-
ish families to join our congre-
Christchurch, a city of
300,000 on the east coast of
New Zealand's South Island, is
known as the "Garden City"
for the beauty of its gardens.
It is a busy manufacturing,
agricultural and horticultural
center, with a port and bus-
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The 125-year-old Jewish
community, established five
years after the city, has fewer
than 100 members and is
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United Synagogue of Great
Britain, an urthodox umbrella
"Our enthusiastic religious
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, January 12, 1990
Jews Leave USSR In Record
Numbers In '89
Figures released by the
World Jewish Congress show
that 71,509 Jews emigrated
from the Soviet Union in 1989,
the highest number ever.
Previous high for annual
emigration of Jews from the
Soviet Union was in 1979
when 51,320 left the USSR.
In December 8,540 Jews left
the Soviet Union, while the
highest monthly emigration
figure was registered in
November when 11,170 Soviet
Jews left the country.
Of the emigrants, 11,994
have settled in Israel, the most
since the early 1970's.
Lakeland Police
Refuse Klan Offer
Florida Regional Office of
the Anti-Defamation League
of B'nai B'rith has urged the
Lakeland Police Department
to reject an offer by the Ku
Klux Klan to act as its "eyes
and ears" in gathering evi-
dence against drug dealers.
Responding to the ADL,
Lakeland Police Chief Ron
Nenner, said his department
would have nothing to do with
the Klan, and would "vigor-
ously pursue any violation by
the law" by Klan members.
ADL contacted Chief Nen-
ner following a report describ-
ing a "Krush Krack Kocaine"
initiative by Klan members. It
involved two incidents in
which Klansmen identified
themselves as police officers
while supposedly gathering
evidence regarding prostitu-
tion and narcotics in a predom-
inantly black area of the city.
The ADL said it was pleased
by the firm rejection of the
Klan by Chief Nenner.
Arthur Teitelbaum, South-
ern Area director of the ADL,
said "It is the height of hypo-
crisy for the Klan, an organiza-
tion which has a long record of
lawlessness and violence, to
offer its services on behalf of
law and order." He noted
should a Klan member commit
a violation based on racial bias,
it would violate Florida's
recently-enacted Hate Crimes
Act which mandates increased
penalties for such crimes.
The WJC reports that since
Oct. 1, when new American
immigration regulations came
into effect, a steadily increas-
ing percentage of Soviet Jew-
ish emigrants has settled in
Israel. In December 1989,
more than 40% of the total
emigrants came to Israel
3,500 out of 8,540 who left the
Soviet Union.
Israeli officials predict that
between 30,000 and 50,000
Soviet Jews will arrive in 1990
because of liberalized Soviet
emigration laws and the new
U.S. immigration regulations.
Canada Makes 'Get* Mandatory
TORONTO Canada has
amended its Divorce Act to
prevent the requirements of a
religious divorce from being
used as a "bargaining chip" in
civil divorce proceedings.
The new regulations are
aimed at abuses of the get,
which Jewish religious law
requires must be delivered by
the husband and accepted by
the wife.
Without a get, neither party
can remarry. Under the new
laws, neither one may get a
civil divorce in Canada until
the religious barriers to remar-
riage are removed.
"It was felt that the with-
holding of the religious divorce
has been used as a device to
obtain concessions from a
spouse for custody and access
to children or monetary sup-
port," Justice Minister Doug-
las Lewis explained.
Under the recent amend-
ments, "a spouse who tries to
use religious divorce in this
fashion would not be permitted
to present his or her case
before a civil court until the
barriers to remarriage are
removed," Lewis said.
The change was welcomed
by the Reform, Conservative
and Orthodox branches of
Judaism and the major Cana-
dian Jewish organizations.
A study by B'nai Brith Can-
ada found that from 1982 to
1985, some 200 to 300 couples
were involved in cases where
the get was used to try to
extract concessions in civil
divorce proceedings.
Havdalah (the ceremony which separates the Sabbath from
the rest of the week) at Aish HaTorah's "Discovery"
Seminar held Dec. IS at the Park Place Suite Hotel in Boca
Raton. Eighty-five adults participated in the weekend which
explored the question "Why Be Jewish?" The next Discovery
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Saturday evening Feb. 24.
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Women's League
Nathanya South Chapter of
Women's League For Israel
will hold its annual paid-up
membership meeting on Tues-
day, January 16, at 10:45 a.m.,
at Patch Reef Park Commun-
ity Center, 2000 Yamato Road,
Boca Raton, (just West of Mili-
tary Trail).
The Chapter will also cele-
brate its 5th birthday at this
luncheon meeting. Featured
on the program will be staff
writer for The Sun-Sentinel,
Robin Branch, who will
address the group on current
topics of interest.
For information, call 495-
Boca Raton Aviva Chapter
of Hadassah will hold its
Hadassah Medical Organiza-
tion luncheon on January 22,
at 11:30 a.m. at St. Andrews
Country Club.
For information call 482-
Menachim Begin Chapter
of Hadassah, Delray Beach,
will honor several "Righteous
Gentiles" at its regular
monthly meeting on Wednes-
day, January 17.
Righteous Gentiles (those
who helped save the remnants
of European Jewry during
World War II) will be port-
rayed in a program compiled
by Theresa Klopman for mem-
bers and guests at Temple
Emeth, 5780 West Atlantic
Avenue, Delray Beach, at
12:30 p.m.
Boca Raton Aviva Chapter
of Hadassah will sponsor "For-
bidden Broadway''
starring R.G. Moore, Felicia
Rafield & Wm. Larson,
directed and produced by Jan
McArt & Bob Bogdenoff, to be
held at the "New Upper Deck
Cafe," Thurs., 6 p.m., Feb. 8,
located at Palmetta Park Rd.
and Al A in Boca Raton. For
information call 391-7995.
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Friday, January 12, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
Schmeling Hid Jews After Kristallnacht
Former heavyweight cham-
pion Max Schmeling sheltered
two young Jewish brothers in
his apartment while a Nazi
mob raged outside, one of the
brothers recently told guests
at a party honoring the Ger-
man boxer.
Henri Lewin, now president
of the Sands Hotel in Las
Vegas, was a 14-year-old boy
in Berlin on Nov. 9, 1938,
when organized bands of Nazis
smashed Jewish stores, burned
synagogues and attacked Jews
during the infamous Kristall-
nacht, the Night of Broken
At a special tribute party at
the Sands for the now 84-year
old Schmeling, Lewin, with
tears in his eyes, recounted
what had happened. Pointing
to Schmeling, who was seated
at a table next to Mike Tyson,
the present heavyweight
champ, Lewin said:
"I'm going to tell you what
kind of champion Max Schmel-
ing is. Beginning on Nov. 9, for
four days, Max hid my older
brother Werner and me in his
Berlin apartment. He risked
everything for us. If we had
been found in his apartment, I
would not be here this evening
and neither would Max.
"The first day (of the riots),
Max didn't leave the apart-
ment. He told the front desk
that he was sick and not to let
anyone come up ... After four
days, Max felt it was safe to
take us to an apartment my
father owned in another part
of Berlin."
Lewin later said that he had
not publicly revealed the story
before, at Schmeling's
request. Even after Schmeling
agreed to attend the tribute in
Las Vegas, he asked Lewin not
to "glorify" him, Lewin said,
adding "he told me what he
had done for me and my
brother was 'doing the duty of
a man.' "
From his early days in Berlin
as a little known light-
middleweight boxer, Schmel-
ing had many Jewish friends
and, according to Lewin, con-
tinued to assist German Jews
even during World War II.
Levin recounted one particu-
lar incident when Schmeling's
American Jewish manager,
Joe Jacobs, came to Berlin in
1935. Jacobs had booked a
room at the Adlom, one of
Berlin's finest hotels, but was
told that the management
could not accommodate him.
When Schmeling, then Nazi
Germany's most idolized ath-
lete, heard about it, he went to
the authorities and warned
them that he would stop box-
ing if Jacobs didn't get his
room. The Adlon manager rap-
idly changed his mind.
During the same visit, Lewin
said, Jacobs decided to attend
services at the Fasanenstrasse
Synagogue to hear its charis-
matic rabbi, Joachim Prinz,
and Schmeling accompanied
his manager to the lobby of the
Relationship between the
Lewin family and Schmeling
began in the mid-19208, when
the boxer frequently stayed at
a hotel owned by Lewin's
father in the Berlin suburb of
Potsdam. The senior Lewin
also was proprietor of a fashi-
onable clothing store, called
The Prince of Wales, where
Schmeling bought his suits.
On June 12,1930, Schmeling
won the world heavyweight
crown in New York on a foul
from Jack Sharkey, and lost it
to the same fighter on a deci-
sion two years later.
However, Schmeling is best
known for his two dramatic
fights with Joe Louis. In 1936,
before Louis became cham-
pion, he suffered his first car-
eer defeat when Schmeling
scored a knockout.
Victory was headlined in the
Nazi press as "a victory for the
white race." Hitler had been
trumpeting Schmeling
throughout the 1930s as the
great Aryan warrior.
An angry Joe Louis had his
revenge two years later when,
as world champion, he knocked
out the 33 year old Schmeling
in the first round at New
York's Yankee Stadium on
June 22, 1938.
Schmeling served with a
German paratroop unit during
World War II and Louis
served in the American Army,
but after 1945, the two champs
got in touch with each other
and developed a lasting friend-
In the post-war years,
Schmeling became wealthy as
the Coca-Cola distributor for
West Germany while Louis
lost his ring earnings and
found himself deep in debt to
the Internal Revenue Service.
"Schmeling helped support
Louis for 20 years," Lewin
Said, and when Louis died in
1981, Lewin received a phone
call from Schmeling. Max
asked me to attend the funeral
and give Joe's widow a sub-
stantial sum of money, which I
did," said Lewin. didn't want any publicity about
that, either."
Lewin decided to override
Schmeling's request and go
public at the Sands party, he
said, because "Max is 84,
though in excellent shape, and
I am 67, and I wasn't sure how
much longer both of us would
Shortly after Kristallnacht,
Lewin and his brother were
Eicked up by the police and
eld in prison for six days, but
then released.
The Lewin family decided it
was time to get out of Ger-
many and settled in Shanghai.
David Lewin, the father,
started managing a hotel, but
after Pearl Harbor and the
city's conquest by the Japan-
ese army, the Lewis were int-
erned in a camp for the dura-
tion of the war. They survived,
but almost all their relatives
perished in Nazi concentration
In 1946, the family moved to
San Francisco and went back
into the hotel business. Henri
Lewin eventually became vice
president of the Las Vegas
Hilton and eight months ago
was named president of the
Neo-Nazis Join Forces
BONN (JTA) Reunifica-
tion of Germany may not be an
immediate prospect. But neo-
Nazis on both sides of the
crumbling Berlin Wall are los-
ing no time.
Official East German news
agency, ADN reported that
neo-Nazi groups in East Ger-
many have contacted their
West German counterparts for
mutual support and to coordin-
ate their activities.
The news agency estimates
there are as many as 1,100
neo- Nazi activists in East Ger-
But in recent weeks, many
reports have surfaced of neo-
Nazi incidents, and fear has
been voiced that it may be out
of control.
Scholars and experts on the
subject are warning of an
upsurge of extreme right-wing
violence, ADN reported.
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Tourism Consul Expands Market
Jewuk Floridian Staff Writer
Dvora Ganani is tapping
some new sources in order to
fuel Israel's number one indus
try, tourism.
The AFL-CIO, priests, min-
isters, rabbis, politicians
these are some of the groups
Ganani is trying to lure to the
Holy Land.
Four months into her job as
Israeli consul for tourism in
Miami, Ganani's strategy is
beginning to take shape, and
Like a new machine that is
slowly fired up, the initial roar
is starting to sound more like a
smooth hum.
A native of Israel, she was
born on kibbutz Kfar Masarik
near Haifa. After serving in
the Israel Defense Force, she
received degrees from Tech-
nion and Hebrew University
and began her career as an
assistant spokesman for Jeru-
salem mayor Teddy Kollek.
Ganani was the first woman
in Israel to be a government
spokesperson. She worked for
the ministries of finance, tour-
ism, health and justice.
A divorced mother of two,
Ganani brought her teen-age
son and daughter to Miami
Beach and enrolled them in the
Rabbi Alexander S. Gross
Hebrew Academy of Greater
She travels frequently to
various cities and towns in her
region which includes Florida,
Louisiana and Mississippi.
Although she is based in
Miami, the Jewish community
here is not her biggest target.
"I can't push any more in
Miami, she says. "They know
about Israel."
Ganani is promoting Israel
to Jews only 18 percent of
American Jews have been to
Israel, she says. But she is
attempting to reach the non-
Jewish community on a
broader base than her prede-
'Israel is a holy place for the
Jews, Christians and Mos-
lems," Ganani says
So on one hand, Ganani pre-
sents Israel as a tourism des-
tination: the wonderful miner-
als and spas at the Dead Sea,
the scuba diving at Eilat, the
mountainous charm of the Gal-
ilee, the port town of Haifa
and the New York-like Tel
On the other hand, she sells
"the holiness" of the country:
'the bible can be the best
guide," she says.
Ganani has sent 2,000 per-
sonal letters to priests and
ministers in her area. She says
State Sen. John Grant of
Tamps ^* agreed to lead a
delegation of ministers on
their first mission to Israel.
Ganani is also planning to
meet with local Hispanic legis-
lators to organize missions
within the Cuban-American
Her strategy also includes
"incentive tours" or going to
organizations and unions such
as the AFL-CIO and suggest-
ing the merits of group visits
to Israel.
In turn, Israel's tourism
industry is making a visit more
economically appealing.
Gidon Patt, Minister of
Tourism, was successful in his
push for the hotel association
to lower its prices by 25 per-
cent, she says.
The intifada, or Palestinian
uprising, had an initial affect
on tourism, but Patt has main-
tained that it should not deter
tourism. He argues that the
main areas of danger are along
16 percent among Floridi-
Ganani's Florida campaign
is focusing more on the central
and northern portions of the
state. She recently met with
rabbis in the Tampa area. And
she says large missions to
Israel are already being
planned by Jewish communit-
ies in Del ray Beach, Tampa
and Tallahassee.
These missions are following
the pattern set first by Phila-
delphia and now the Miami
Jewish Federation, which is
planning to send a group of
1,000 to Israel in March.
Ganani is seeking even
further connections and sug-
gestions for boosting Israeli
"I need help from the Jews. I
need more support from the
communities," says Ganani.
Ganani says she has received
substantial help from State
Rep. Elaine Bloom, whose sup-
port, particularly in Tallahas-
see, has been "just gorgeous."
"To come to the country is
better than anything. We want
to see our brothers in America
on Israeli streets."
Israel's borders. And Ganani
points out, "Israel for 40 years
had all kinds of battles. We are
a tourism destination and we
have to show the world what
we are."
Ganani recently sheparded
an agreement between Florida
and Israel that will give Florid-
ians a glimpse of Israel's artis-
tic side and hopefully extend to
an exchange of artists.
Tourism figures, down in
1988, are showing signs of a
rebound. American tourism
was up by 10 percent in 1989
with an even greater increase
Ganani is promoting
Israel to Jews only
18 percent of
American Jews have
been to Israel, she
says. But she is
attempting to reach
the non-Jewish
community on a
broader base than her
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Synagogue News
Bar Mitzvah
Anshei Emuna
Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks will
preach the Sermon on the
theme "Come With Me" at the
Sabbath Morning Service on
Saturday, January 27, at 8:30
i.m. Kiddush will follow.
ongregation Beth Ami
The Women's Club of Beth
imi Congregation is selling
ickets to "Chiribim-
'hiribom!," a Jewish Musical
tevue, in Yiddish, English,
id sprinkled with Hebrew, to
>e presented at the FAU
Isther Griswold Theater,
Thursday Feb. 22nd at 8 p.m.
!"or information call 994-6179.
Beth Ami Congregation of
IPalm Beach County will hold
jits second annual Dinner
[Dance to honor Rabbi Nathan
[Zelizer and Cantor Mark Levi
Ion Sunday evening March 18,
at 6 p.m. at the Gleneagles
Country Club in Delray Beach.
For information call 483-3676,
after 6 p.m.
Temple Beth El
On Friday, January 12, the
Religious School of Temple
Beth El of Boca Raton will
hold a Family Dinner for the
Grade 6 students and their
parents, at 5:45 p.m. Follow-
ing the dinner the Sabbath
Family Service will be held at
8 p.m.
B'Yachad, Temple Beth El
Mid-Singles, (between the ages
of 30 and 50) will hold its
Distinguished Artist Series
opening concert on January
13, at 8:15 p.m. at the temple.
The artists featued will be
Dick Hyman and Derek Smith,
the Due Jazz Pianists. For
information call 483-9420.
The Young Artists series
Tenth Anniversary Season will
begin with Rina Dokshinsky,
Pianist, at 3 p.m. at the Tem-
ple Beth El Sanctuary and
Social Hall.
Temple Anshei Shalom
The Men's Club of Temple
Anshei Shalom at 7099 W.
Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach,
Fla. will sponsor a breakfast
meeting on January 21 at 9:30
a.m. Guest speaker will be
Charley Hertzendorf (humor-
ist). For information phone
Temple Emeth
Temple Emeth Sisterhood,
5780 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray
Beach, will hold its Passover
Holiday at the Shelborne in
Miami Beach, on April 9 to 18
(10 days and 9 nights). For
information call 498-3536.
Rabbi Schacter To Speak At Anshei Emuna
Rabbi Herschel Schacter, a
I leader of the American Ortho-
dox Rabbinate and former
president of the Conference of
I Presidents of Major American
Jewish Organizations will be
the Eleanore Goldblum
I Scholar-In-Residence at the
Anshei Emuna Congregation
on Saturday and Sunday, Feb-
ruary 10th and 11th.
Rabbi Schacter will share
the pulpit with Rabbi Dr. Louis
L. Sacks at the Sabbath morn-
ing service commencing at
8:30 a.m., at the afternoon
service at 5:00 p.m. and at the
Special Event on Sunday at 10
a.m. followed by an extended
The Scholar-In-Residence is
sponsored by Mr. Ernest Gold-
blum, Philanthropist and
Social Justice Activist, and
Mrs. Anita Penzer in memory
of Eleanor Goldblum.
JNF Role In Israel Widening
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
Dr. Samuel I. Cohen, the
_ espected rabbi, educator and
executive vice president of
Jewish National Fund of
America since 1977, put down
his cup of coffee and pointed to
the date on the morning paper.
December 29, 1989, it read.
An historic date, he told The
Jewish Floridian during an
interview at a Miami Beach
On that date 88 years earlier
- Dec. 29, 1901 the JNF
was founded at the Fifth Zion-
ist Congre&s in Basel, Switzer-
land. Its purpose was to pur-
chase lana and hold it in trust
for the Jewish people's return
to their ancient homeland.
Over the years, the JNF's
role expanded from land recla-
mation to land development.
Now the sole agency for land
development, JNF, and its
Israeli counterpart Keren Kay-
emeth Leisrael, is responsible
for planting and maintaining
| forests throughout Israel and
building parks and outdoor
recreational and tourist facilit-
It is also charged with con-
structing roads that connect
rural communities with major
highways, preparing land for
new communities and indus-
tries, developing irrigation
systems and water reservoirs
and bringing agricultural life
I to the dusty Negev.
Unfortunately, JNF has
| received major attention in the
past two years because of its
campaigns to counter the ter-
rorist-sparked arsons that
have destroyed hundreds of
thousands of trees that were
Planted with JNF contribu-
Unfortunately, JNF has received major
attention in me past two years because of
its campaigns to counter the terrorist-
sparked arsons that have destroyed
hundreds of thousands of trees that were
planted with JNF contributions.
"There hasn't been a day in
the last year or so where there
haven't been a few fires
reported. The assumption is
the large majority have been
arson," Cohen said.
But there is a silver-lining in
the arson-fed clouds above
Israel's forests. JNF's emer-
gency campaign helped Israel
acquire 14 new fire engines.
In addition, unprecedented
cooperation from the U.S. For-
estry division, has given Israel
a better strategy to fight the
fires, Cohen saw.
According to a November
report given at the JNF
administrative committee
meeting, damage from fires
has been reduced by 75 per-
The report said that in 1988
there were 3,000 fires, $40
million in damage and a loss of
1.2 million trees. In 1989,
there were 1,200 fires, $15
million in damage and a loss of
410,000 trees.
Until 1987, the year the
Palestinian uprising broke out,
there had never been fires of
any significant level or scope
in Israel. Caught off guard,
Israel simply had not been
prepared for the fight.
This deficiency resulted in
what Cohen called "an historic
connection" between the U.S.
and Israel. Within the past 18
months, four delegations of
U.S. Forest Service experts
have visited Israel and three
delegations from the KKL
have visited America.
Cohen announced that Dale
Robertson, chief of the U.S.
Forest Service is planning to
visit Israel for the first time in
May, accompanied by a staff of
Exchange, initiated by an
attempt to counter Arab
arsonists, has opened other
doors between Israel and the
U.S. _____
America, which has never
had a need to plant trees in
desert areas, is interested in
Israel's "arid land afforesta-
Israel's success in afforesta-
tion and agricultural develop-
ment in barren areas, called
"dedesertification," has
resulted in an agreement with
the University of Georgia's
agricultural school. Goal is to
see whether Israel's desert
development can have a
broader application to other
developing countries.
With world attention
increasingly focusing on envir-
onmental issues, such as the
global warming trend, the
JNF's longtime work is begin-
ning to gain respect and atten-
tion, Cohen said.
JNF has benefited by draw-
Continued on Page 8
Ari Sharet
On Saturday, January 13,
Ari Sharet, son of Shelley K.
Sharet, will be called to the
Torah of Temple Beth El of
Boca Raton as a Bar Mitzvah.
Ari is a 7th grade student at
Boca Raton Middle School and
attends the Temple Beth El
Religious School.
Family members sharing in
the simcha are his brother,
Steven; and grandparents,
Annette & Robert Nissman of
Hartsdale, New York and Beta
Sharet of Ashdad, Israel.
Ari's mother will host a kid-
dush in his honor following
Shabbat Morning Service.
Elliott Throne
On Saturday, January 6,
Elliott Throne, son of Joyce
and Steven Throne, was called
to the Torah of Temple Beth
El of Boca Raton as a Bar
As an ongoing Temple pro-
ject he was "Twinned" with
Oleg Kerber of the Soviet
Elliott is an 8th grade stu-
dent at Boca Raton Middle
School and attends the Temple
Beth El Religious School.
Temple members sharing in
the simcha were his brother,
Jason; and great-
grandmother, Jennie Cash of
Mr. & Mrs. Throne hosted a
Kiddush in Elliott's honor fol-
lowing the Shabbat Morning
B'nai Israel To Hold Joint Service
Congregation B'nai Israel,
for the 6th consecutive year,
will hold a joint service with
the members of the Ebenezer
Missionary Baptist Church on
Sunday, January 14, Martin
Luther King Weekend, at 11
a.m. Rabbi Richard Agler will
address the congregation and
express his sentiments for
eternal peace and understand-
ing between the two groups as
he conveys this message from
the pulpit of Ebenezer Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.
The Ebenezer Church will be
represented by their new Rev-
erend, Kelly Brown, who is
also the Principal designate or
the new middle school under
construction across from
Spanish River High School.
Reverend Anthony Holliday
will be present as well.
The service will begin at 11
a.m. on Sunday, January 14th,
at Ebenezer Missionary Bap-
tist Church, 200 N.E. 12th
Street, in Boca Raton (on
Glades Rd., east of the fire
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Christian Pro-Israel
Lobbying Group Registers
Richard Hellman, a pro-Israel
activist here, came to the reali-
zation one day that many of his
fellow Christians do not under-
stand that Israel "needs to be
supported politically as well as
through prayer and under-
So earlier this year, Hellman
created the Christians' Israel
Public Action Campaign,
which joined the American
Israel Public Affairs Commit-
tee as the only pro-Israel
groups registered to lobby
CIPAC's $100,000 budget -
virtually all raised from
"Christians at the grassroots
across America" pales in
comparison to AIPAC's $9.6
million budget, so its board
members also will serve as
pro-bono staff and lobbyists.
CIPAC so far has just two
board members, Hellman and
Cal Hubbard, a Baltimore resi-
Among the top items on
CIPAC's agenda are to
end the U.S. dialogue
with the PLO and to
encourage Secretary of
State James Baker to
visit Israel.
dent who is also a U.S.
regional representative of the
International Christian
Embassy in Jerusalem.
Various pro-Israel Christian
groups have reacted positively
to CIPAC, including the Jeru-
salem-based International
Christian Embassy, Bridges
for Peace and Christian
Friends of Israel, the Spring-
field, Mo.,-based Churches
United for Israel and the New
York-based National Christian
Leadership Council for Israel.
"Our positions are not neces-
sarily governed by what they
say, and we don't attribute our
positions to them, but we want
to make sure that they are
basically supportive," said
Hellman. He expects to be able
to represent them at congres-
sional hearings discussing
issues affecting Israel.
Hellman is a member of
AIPAC and Americans for a
Safe Israel. He has testified
before House and Senate com-
mittees on legislation to move
the U.S. Embassy from Tel
Aviv to Jerusalem, and pre-
pared proclamations for the
first two international Chris-
tian Zionist congresses, in
1985 and 1988.
AFSI sponsored Hellman's
trip to Geneva a year ago,
where he gave a press confer-
ence opposing the U.S. deci-
sion at the time to open a
dialogue with the Palestine
Liberation Organization.
Hellman said that when he
was growing up, "I looked at
Israel as a small and strug-
gling state and I had a lot of
respect. I went through the
whole ethos of the Exodus, the
book and the movie, and so
forth, but I don't think that it
was in the forefront of my
But when he became a born-
again Christian in the early
1970s, "The Bible became
exciting. Israel became real
and I took a lot more interest
in it," he said.
"Our positions are not necessarily governed by
what they say, and we don't attribute our
positions to mem, but we want to make sure that
they are basically supportive," said Hellman. He
expects to be able to represent them at
congressional hearings discussing issues
affecting Israel.
On Hellman's first visit to
Israel in 1976, he met with
Israel's environmental protec-
tion service and accepted an
offer to work in Israel to help
prepare new environmental
regulations and treaties. He
ended up staying seven years.
Hellman said CIPAC is
needed because there has been
"a stalemate achieved by the
Kro-PLO and pro-Arab forces
ere in the United States."
It was wrong this fall "for
the President to take weeks to
decide whether he really
wanted to meet with (Israeli)
Prime Minister (Yitzhak) Sha-
mir," he said. "Things like this
would not have happened in
years past."
Among the top items on
CIPAC's agenda are to end the
U.S. dialogue with the PLO
and to encourage Secretary of
State James Baker to visit
Hellman said that Baker,
who is trying to gain support
for Israel's May 14 election
plan for Palestinians in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip,
"will soon see that that's a
Hellman said he is worried
that if elections process
doesn't work out, the United
States will "perhaps to some
extent withdraw support for
CIPAC also plans to speak
out on Soviet Jewry issues and
against anti-Semitism. "We
think that the Holocaust
should be remembered and
that those who perpetrated it
should be apprehended, should
be tried and should be pun-
ished," he said.
Hellman is organizing a
CIPAC study mission to Israel
this spring tor 50 U.S. Chris-
tian leaders. He is trying to
encourage delegates to Chris-
tian convention groups meet-
ing in Washington, such as the
National Religious Broadcas-
ters, to lobby lawmakers on
behalf of Israel.
Hellman reiected the notion
that conservative Christian
support for Israel as an anti-
communist force in the Middle
East will decline because of a
diminishing Soviet threat.
He said that Christian sup-
port for Israel and its holding
of the West Bank and Gaza
Strip "will outlast" support
from those who support it for
geopolitical or ethnic concerns.
"Many Christians just
believe God gave this land to
the Jews and that the Jews,
and in this case the Israelis...
ought not give it over to
others," he said.
Continued front Page 7
ing a broader base of support
from Jews and non-Jews alike,
Cohen said.
Sometimes though, Cohen
said the public needs to be
reminded that "JNF is more
than trees." Of its $75 million
annual budget, more than 50
percent has nothing to do with
afforestation, but rather with
land reclamation.
The Negev will take on
increasing importance.
Emphasizing the need for new
housing that is especially
prompted by new Soviet olim,
Cohen called the Negev
Israel's "new frontier."
The Negev makes up 60 per-
cent of Israel's surface but
holds only some six percent of
the population.
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vinced there is enough water
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ish, to make it flourish. The
JNF is planning to build wells
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belts and parks around com-
munities such as Beersheva to
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Israel's future is in its heart-
land; outlying areas and not
major cities, Cohen said. And
never in its history, has the
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voice over its own destiny.
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Cohen. "You can't buy it, can't
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