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Volume 12 Number 3
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Vatican May Have
Failed To Aid Jews
LOS ANGELES (JTA) The Vatican may
have tacitly condoned the strengthening of the
Nazi regime and failed to aid its Jewish
victims, according to an unprecedented docu-
ment released by Catholic and Jewish leaders
in Southern California.
The document, the first of its kind to explore
the Catholic Church's role as an unwitting
accomplice in Adolf Hitler's consolidation of
power, will be sent to the Vatican, the National
Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington,
and to 3,000 Catholic schools, seminaries and
parishes across the United States.
"This is in my opinion unique and is pioneer-
ing and ground- breaking,' Rabbi A. James
Rudin, national director of interreligious
affairs for the American Jewish Committee,
told the Los Angeles Times.
The five-page statement was drafted by the
Catholic-Jewish Respect Life Committee, cons-
isting of 23 Southern California religious and
education leaders. It was released at a news
conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Leading members of the committee are
Rabbi Alfred Wolf and Monsignor Royale
Vadakin, both veteran leaders in Catholic-
Jewish relations here.
Relations between Jews and Catholics in
Southern California have long been considered
as a model for the rest of the country.
Vadakin said that while many Catholic-
Jewish committees in the U.S. have discussed
the Holocaust, the current statement is the
first to be published and distributed to educat-
ors. Parishes across the country will next
decide whether to incorporate the material into
their school curricula.
Titled "The Holocaust: At the Edge of
Comprehension," the document is based on
historical evidence, rather than church
$70 Million More Sought
For Refugees In U.i
Political changes in Central and Eastern Europe have opened up
fresh prospects of cooperation in Europe. In Bonn an economic
conference ofCSCE states is to be held from 19 March to 11 April
It will convene at a newly built congress centre in the German
Federal capital here seen from inside, above, and in scale model,
below. (Photo: DaDIHeim Engels/Stadt Bonn)
With Congress back in session,
one of the top priorities for
Jewish social service agencies
is to secure an additional $70
million for the State Depart-
ment's refugee budget.
The money will bridge a
shortage of funds needed to
U.S., Soviets Warn Israel
On Settling New Immigrants
Israel received strong warn-
ings from both the United
States and the Soviet Union
about settling newly arrived
Soviet Jews in the West Bank
and Gaza Strip.
In Moscow, the chief Israeli
consular official, Arye Levin,
was summoned to the Soviet
Foreign Ministry and warned
by the first deputy foreign
minister of the grave conse-
quences" of settling immi-
grants in the administered ter-
ritories, according to reports
from Jerusalem.
Later, at a Moscow news
conference, the Soviet Foreign
Ministry spokesman said an
influx of immigrants in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip
would "expose the Middle
East to grave dangers and
would jeopardize the peace
In Washington, the State
Department said the United
States had informed Israel
that housing the new immi-
grants in the territories would
not help Middle East peace
"Building settlements or
putting even more settlers in
the territories is an obstacle to
the cause of peace," said the
State Department's deputy
spokesman, Richard Boucher.
Boucher said the United
States expressed its concern to
Israel, because "we have seen
reports that some of the
(Soviet) emigres have chosen
to settle in the occupied terri-
One report estimated that of
12,056 Soviet Jews said to
have come to Israel in 1989,.
400 have gone to the West
The Israeli government is
not openly encouraging Soviet
immigrants to make their
homes in the West Bank or
Gaza Strip. Most who go there
do so to join families, because
of their own ideological bent or
at the urging of West Bank
settlers, who have been
actively courting Soviet immi-
British Question
Moscow Commitment
LONDON (JTA) Despite
unprecedented liberalization in
the Soviet Union, a group of
450 British academicians is not
satisfied that Moscow has fully
honored its commitments to
human rights.
The Student and Academic
Campaign for Soviet Jews
delivered a statement to the
House of Commons declaring
conditional withdrawal of their
support for the proposed
human rights conference to be
held in Moscow in 1991.
The petition was presented
on the first anniversary of the
Vienna Concluding Document,
in which the Soviet Union
affirmed its human rights
undertakings made 15 years
ago in the Helsinki agree-
It states that the Soviet
Union must fulfill six condi-
tions, including freedom to
emigrate and freedom of
speech and religion before it
can host a conference dedi-
cated to human rights.
The signatories charge that
Soviet abuses of human rights
continue, that many Jews are
refused permission to emi-
grate, that the Soviets have
broken their promise to
resolve outstanding emigra-
tion cases within six months
and to codify the emigration
bring 40,000 Soviet refugees
to the United States this fiscal
year with full government aid.
An additional 10,000 refugees
will be admitted with private
A $55 million shortfall in the
State Department's overall
refugee budget emerged last
fall, when Congress appropri-
ated only enough money to pay
for 84,000 of the 111,000 refu-
gees worldwide to be admitted
this fiscal year with full gov-
ernment funding.
The gap grew worse when
the State Department recently
cut its refugee admissions
budget by $15 million to pro-
vide additional funds for a
Health and Human Services
Department program that
assists newly arrived refugees
with initial resettlement costs.
In effect, the State Depart-
ment cut funds from the pro-
gram used to bring refugees to
the United States so it could
help resettle the ones who
have already arrived here.
That move brought some
financial relief to Jewish com-
munity federations, which
receive roughly $1,000 in cash
and medical assistance from
HHS for each newly arrived
refugee. The federations
match that amount with an
average of $2,500 per refugee.
But the $15 million transfer
angered relief agencies that
are short of funds to help bring
the refugees to the United
Because a number of these
relief agencies work on behalf
of non-Jewish refugees, the
Jewish community has now
been hit with "an enormous
number of community rela-
tions problems," said an exec-
utive of one Jewish agency
The transfer to the HHS
matching-grant program looks
bad, because "80 percent of
that program is ours," said the
Jewish agency executive.
Donald Hammond, director
of U.S. ministries at World
Relief, which, among other
things, brings Soviet Evangeli-
cal Christians as refugees to
the United States, said he
would have preferred that the
$15 million had stayed in the
State Department's refugee

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, February 9, 1990
Tu B'Shevat Shabbat
Tu B'Shevat 5750, which falls on Saturday,
Feb. 10, has been designated JNF Shabbat
by the Jewish National Fund.
That agency, designated more than 90
years ago to transform the once barren
Jewish homeland into a thriving greenbelt
of forests, has to meet more than its
traditional responsibility of continuing the
planting of trees in Israel.
More than two million trees have been
lost to the intifada since 1987, consuming
an estimated 70,000 acres at a cost of $68
million. JNF is committed both to the
replenishment of the devastated areas and
the purchase of modern fire-fighting equip-
Tu B'Shevat, however, is more than a
"Jewish Arbor Day" which provides a
convenient day for world Jewry to plant
trees in Israel.
In our times, the JNF has planted some
200 million trees, meeting its challenge
declared at the first Zionist Congress. The
forests and woodlands provide not only
recreation areas for Israelis and visitors,
but are vital to the tourist industry.
Jews throughout our community should
convey a resounding message to Israel's
enemies regarding the futility of arson and
demonstrate anew our united support for
the integrity, security and future of the
Jewish State.
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Pluralism Can Ease Tensions
ever one looks across the
globe, innocent human beings
are being massacred by religi-
ous, racial, ethnic and tribal
In the Soviet Union, for
example, Christian Armenians
and Moslem Azerbaijanis are
slaughtering each other. All
over the world, fighting
between Christians and Mos-
lems, and Moslems and Mos-
lems is leading to the murder
of thousands of people in
Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, the
Sudan, Ethiopia the Philip-
pines. The toll of daily deaths
from religious and ideological
fanaticism is terrifying.
In virtually every case of
such group killings, one finds
that there is no religious or
political doctrine or ideology of
religious pluralism a convic-
tion of respect for difference.
of live and let live.
During my 30 years of work
in interreligious affairs in
many parts of the world, I
have come to believe that Jews
and Judaism have a fundamen-
tal contribution to make in
providing a moral and religi-
ous conception for human
unity in the midst of the diver-
sity of peoples and nations.
In an essay I wrote in 1974
called "Judaism, Ecumenism
and Pluralism" that appeared
in a book, "Speaking of God
Today" (Fortress Press), I
traced the Jewish views of
tolerance and pluralism begin-
ning in the Bible and devel-
oped by great Rabbinic sages
and Talmudists in almost
every century. It is remarka-
ble how advanced and positive
that tradition is.
The core of that tradition
was formulated by such promi-
nent rabbis as Maimonides,
Rabbi Menachem Hameiri,
Rabbi Jacob Emden, Rabbi
Samson Raphael Hirsch. Their
teaching was based on the Tal-
mudic principle, formulated by
Maimonides: "Whoever pro-
fesses to obey the seven Noa-
hide Laws and strives to keep
them is classed with the right-
eous among the nations and
has a share in the world to
The Seven Noahide Laws
prohibit idolatry, sexual
immorality, blasphemy, mur-
der, theft, cruelty to animals,
and the positive command-
ment of establishing courts of
justice (Sanhedrin 56).
Jewish leaders would do well
to sponsor conferences on the
Jewish doctrines of pluralism
as a serious means of helping
the human community, includ-
ing Israel, to avert further
bloodshed and intolerance.
Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum is inter-
national relations consultant to the
American Jewish Committee.
Tu B' She vat:
Meaning Of Jewish Roots
Friday, February 9,1990
Volume 12
14 SHE VAT 5750
Number 3
Tu B'Shevat is the name we
use for the New Year of Trees,
although its translation is sim-
ply 15th of Shevat, the date
when it is believed that the sap
begins to rise in the fruit trees
of Israel.
However, its real name in
Hebrew Rosh
Hashanah L'ilanot refers to
trees and planting, an agricul-
tural festival marking the date
from which to count the age of
a tree. This was used originally
for reasons of the tithe in
Temple times and also to indi-
cate the maturation of fruit.
The New Year of Trees is
mentioned in the Mishnah as
one of the four New Years.
Trees occupy a central posi-
tion in Jewish law and lore,
beginning with a mention in
the Bible during the story of
creation. Trees are also associ-
ated with important biblical
events, such as Abraham sit-
ting under the oak of Mamre,
and Moses having a vision of a
bush that is burning and con-
It is forbidden to destroy
fruit trees and use them dur-
ing a siege (Deuteronomy
20:19). The rabbis used this
verse to develop the idea of
"ba'al tashchit," meaning
"You nhall not destroy." It is
interpreted as a general princi-
ple prohibiting vandalism and
wanton destruction of any
Whole sections in the Tal-
mud deal with the proper and
improper use of trees. For
example, it is forbidden to
plant trees within 25 cubits of
a built-up area. Also, roots are
carefully studied in terms of
relationship to soil, when
branches protrude into a
neighbor's land, the value of a
tree, etc.
There is a whole series of
blessings centered about trees
to be recited on specific occa-
sions. When the fruit of a tree
In Israel, the Jewish National Fund has been
planting trees for over 80 years. Almost 200
million trees have been planted so that future
generations could benefit from them. It has made
the desert bloom and turned the barren
wastelands into forests.
is to be eaten, a blessing must
be recited. On smelling fragr-
ant woods or barks, there is an
appropriate prayer. When one
sees trees first blossoming,
one should say "Blessed is God
who has provided the world #
with everything and made
creation that was good, so that
people might take pleasure"
(Berachot 43).
Indeed, the Torah itself is
called "a tree of life." Leg-
ends, stories and parables
about trees fill volumes of
gages in Jewish literature,
ut, perhaps the best known
and most instructive is the tale
of the old man who was seen
planting a carob tree as the
king rode by.
"Old man," the king called
out, "how old are you?
"Seventy years, your maj-
esty," the man replied.
"How many years will it
take before that tree will bear
fruits?" the king asked.
"Perhaps 70 years," the
man replied.
Mockingly, the king contin-
ued: "Do you really expect to
ever eat fruit of that tree?"
"Of course not," the man
said, "but just as I found fruit
trees when I was born, so do I
plant trees that future genera-
tions may eat of them.'
Contemporary Jews who
understand their roots con-
tinue in this tradition.
In Israel, the Jewish
National Fund has been plant-
ing trees for over 80 years.
Almost 200 million trees have
been planted so that future
generations could benefit from
them. It has made the desert
bloom and turned the barren
wastelands into forests.
In the autumn of 1988,
Shomrei Adama, Guardians of
the Earth, was created in
Pennsylvania. Its purpose is to
express the classic Jewish
respect and reverence for our
ecological roots. Its program is
designed to weave together
traditional Jewish wisdom,
such as ecological teachings,
music, art and restoration
activities. They have already
developed resource materials
on Judaism and the environ-
Andy Lipkis is a bearded,
boyish, homespun person who
makes his dreams about saving
the planet realistic. Inspired
by the belief that planting
trees can reduce smog, protect
the ozone layer, feed hungry
people and preserve the earth,
Lipkis has become a global
Johnny Appleseed. The organ-
ization he founded 15 years
ago, Tree People, is directly or
indirectly responsible for
planting more than 170 million
trees around the world.
At the center of Tree Peo
pie's philosophy is the belief
that people can save them-
selves by saving the land.
Most fascinating is the fact
that Tu B'Shevat is now a
Navajo Indian word in the
Painted Desert region of the
Navajo Nation. On this north-
ern Arizona Indian reserva-
tion, an extraordinary partner-
ship has been created between
Israeli agricultural experts
Continued fro Page 2

Memorial Reflects
Architect's Expression
Friday, February 9, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
The Miami Beach Holocaust
Memorial Gardens is the most
important and serious work
that 59-year-old architect and
sculptor Kenneth Treister has
ever undertaken in his life.
For five years he poured his
heart and soul, creativity and
passion into the work that
hundreds will come to see at
the official opening Sunday
and hundreds of thousands will
visit in generations to come.
In a sense, the concept is
even too boggling for the
Miami artist to comprehend. It
is one man's expression of the
Holocaust and yet that man
admits the Holocaust is some-
thing that is unexpressable.
"It can't represent one min-
ute of the Holocaust. You can
try to do it, but you can't," he
Each person who visits the
memorial will bring to it an
individual interpretation based
on such factors as age, reli-
gion, background and sensitiv-
And Treister says that's
what he wants visitors to do.
As Treister supervised work
crews and prepared the finish-
ing touches in his khaki shorts,
lavender polo shirt, straw hat,
docksiders and sunglasses
constantly dabbing on Vasel-
ine for protection against the
hot sunhe shared intimate
thoughts about his design in a
poignant, walking interview.
He revealed the deep conflict
that he wrestled with before
the drawings even left his
board: How do you give a
proper memorial that respects
the death of a people, and at
the same time tell the horrors
of the Nazis?
He didn't want to use depic-
tions of barbed wire and other
Nazi death tools. That, he said,
would be like letting the Nazis
tell him how to express the
"I didn't want it to be grot-
esque. This was a beautiful
people, a beautiful civilization
of musicians, of dancers, of
folk lore, of religion and the
whole civilization was dest-
He decided upon mixing
despair with hope, life with
Tu B'Shevat
Continued on Page 3
and Navajo farmers.
Now in its sixth year, the
unique experimental project
has brought two Israelis to
Arizona to teach impoverished
Navajo farmers drip-irrigation
methods the system devel-
oped in Israel to grow crops in
inhospitable soil.
Last spring the fourth
annual Navajo "Tu B'Shevat"
ceremony took place. Guided
by a kibbutznik, Indian young-
sters and adults planted
hundreds of trees around the
reservation and on the
grounds of the Navajo school.
While celebrating
Tu B'Shevat this year, Feb.
10. we should be aware that
Jewish roots are spreading
Hahbi Bernard S. Raskin is rabbi
emeritus of the Temple of Aaron Con-
irrigation in St. Paul.
death, beauty with ugliness,
light with darkness and drew
heavily on the use of nature:
the sun, moon, water and sky
and foliage.
"This is a stage. See the
curtain of green, says Treis-
ter as he points to the newly-
planted forest of palm trees.
"It's all a backdrop."
As a visitor walks through
this living memorial garden he
becomes a part of the art.
If there would be such a
thing as an artist's instruc-
tions about how to approach a
work something Treister
prefers not to do it would
start on the patio by the
reflecting pond where the title
of the work is engraved: "In
Memory of the Six Million
Jewish Victims of the Holo-
You will be standing on Jeru-
salem stone, a special rock that
was quarried in Israel from the
same earth that was there in
biblical times. It is the largest
use of Jerusalem stone any-
where outside of Israel. And
its use in the memorial gives it
a special connection to the
Jewish state, which did not
exist during the Holocaust. .
He would suggest sitting on
one of the benches made from
whole slabs of Israeli stone,
under the wrought-iron light
fixtures or on the low-lying
spiral steps that form an ampi-
theater around the reflecting
"The spiral is an important
Jewish form," said Treister.
"The continuation of life never
WQrld-famous Victoria
water lihes with night and day
blooms will be placed on the
pond. A semi-circle with an
abstract of a menorah with
water from the pond running
through it extends in a small
You look up at the 42-foot
bronze patina sculpture
thai marks the
centerpiece of the
memorial: an arm with a
hand that is open and
reaching to the sky.
Hundreds of tragic
human figures climb
upwards from the base of
the statue. Each one is
trying to escape, to climb
out of the hell but they all
are in the act of helping
each other.
"It's a place to come and
think, and try to understand,"
said Treister.
From the emotional silence
of reflection, Treister would
then begin the intellectual
aspect of the tour. (The memo-
rial would not provide a whole
experience if it were viewed
with only one of the two essen-
tial ingredients: intellect and
emotions, he said.)
There is a sculpture of a
woman and two children and a
quote from Anne Frank talk-
ing about hope and the good-
ness of mankind.(The same fig-
ures are shown dead in a com-
panion sculpture at the exit).
Enter a colonade of solid
Jerusalem stone hewn in one
piece in Jerusalem. It supports
an arbor, wood trelis, which
will have white flowering bou-
gan villas.
The story of the Holocaust is
told in pictures etched into a
granite wall. They are graphic,
poignant and stark. So are the
captions which were written
along with a synopsis of the
Holocaust by survivor, educa-
tor and committee member Dr.
Immigrants Shun Territories
TEL AVTV (JTA) Only two percent of all immigrants
who have arrived in Israel during the last five years live in
the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights,
according to a report in Ha'aretz.
Army Commander Disciplined
JERUSALEM (JTA) An Israeli army company com-
mander has been relieved of his duties for involving his unit
in a confrontation that resulted in serious injuries to a
Palestinian child.
Summer Time Hours Protested
TEL AVIV (JTA) Secular Israelis are protesting
because the Orthodox-controlled Interior Ministry has
tailored daylight-saving time this year for the convenience
of the observant minority.
East Germans Cracking Down On Hate
BONN (JTA) The East German authorities are
cracking down on the dissemination of hate propaganda by
West Germany's extreme right-wing Republican Party.
The state prosecution said Republican activist Hans-Rudolf
Gutbrodt, 40, is under close surveillance because of his
connection with the Munich-based party.
Intifada Hikes Crime Rate
JERUSALEM (JTA) The intifada and an increasingly
polarized society were blamed by officials for the steep rise
in drug offenses and violent crimes.
Spanish King To Visit Israel
JERUSALEM (JTA) King Juan Carlos of Spain has
agreed in principle to make a state visit to Israel, Foreign
Minister Moshe Arens announced upon his return
from Madrid.
Neo-Nazi Release Ordered
BONN (JTA) Manfred Roeder, a major neo-Nazi
activist since 1960, will be released from prison Feb. 15
after serving eight years of a 13-year sentence.
W. Germany Excludes Far Right
BONN (JTA) Extreme right-wing groups are expected
to be excluded from East Germany's first free elections, to
be held May 6. A forum of government and opposition
representatives released a draft agreement barring parties
that propagate racial ideas, violence or xenophobia from
participating in elections to the Volkskammer, the East
German parliament.
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Poles And Jews: Problems And Opportunities

Walesa, leader of the Solidar-
ity movement in Poland,
recently completed a highly
successful visit to the United
States. In each community he
visited, there was an impres-
sive outpouring of admiration
for the man, not only from
Polish-Americans but from all
Americans who cherish liberty
and democracy.
Walesa made a point of
meeting with several Jewish
groups. In these discussions
in a cordial and admiring
atmosphere some of the
Jewish spokesmen urged him
to recognize a troubled history
of relationships between Pol-
ish Catholics and Jewb, and he
subsequently responded posi-
tively to that request.
According to press reports,
a Solidarity spokesman said
Walesa was moved by the mes-
sages he received: "We have
to deal with the past in order
to better deal with the future."
It was the painful contro-
versy over the Carmelite Con-
vent at Auschwitz that
brought to the fore the hurt
and resentment of Jews and
Poles toward each other. The
majority in both groups tend to
approach the relationship in a
simplistic way:
To many Jews, unfortun-
tely, all Poles are anti-
mites (to quote Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir,
Poles drink anti- Semitism
with their mothers' milk), and
to many Poles, the Jewish
complaint that there was
intense anti-semitism in
Poland, particularly during the
period between the two World
Wars, is unjustified and repre-
sents anti-Polish attitudes.
As a Polish Jew who came to
the United States in the mid-
dle 1930s at the age of 18, I
admit to having experienced
anti- Semitism in Poland,
which indeed led me at the
time to embrace militant Zion-
ism-Revisionism, the present
Herut party of Shamir.
But I also experienced the
richness and complexity of
Polish society, both Jewish and
Christian. I was to realize later
that blanketing all members of
a group under a label or a
stereotype is wrong and
should especially be recognized
as such by Jews who have
suffered for centuries from
allegations of group guilt.
Jews had been in Poland for
almost a thousand years. The
growth of the Jewish commun-
ity dates back, however, to the
14th century, when Jews were
invited to Poland by Casimir
the Great at a time when they
were being expelled all over
While living under severe
restrictions, common in many
countries, they developed a
rich, thriving and diverse
society with a complex love-
hate relationship with their
Christian neighbors, a society
which grew to 3.5 million peo-
ple by the time the Nazis
invaded Poland 50 years ago.
While many Poles were
indifferent or even welcomed
the "Final Solution," the mon-
strous factory like extermina-
tion of Jews was executed by
the German Ni
There were many black-
mailers among Christian Poles
and survival "on the Aryan
side" was extremely difficult.
Yet there were Polish Chris-
tians in the best sense of
that term who risked their
lives to save Jews, or there
would not have been even the
relatively few survivors in
occupied Poland.
Hundreds of these rescuers
have trees planted in their
honor at the Yad Vashem
Memorial in Jerusalem, and
many are being assisted in
their old age by the Jewish
Foundation for Christian
Rescuers, established to carry
the message that, besides
"man's inhumanity to man,"
there was also, in this tragic
period, human courage and
compassion which persisted
despite all odds.
Which People,
Which Poles
When I heard my fellow
Jews say with glee after the
declaration of martial law and
the suppression of Solidarity in
Poland in 1981 that "it could
Stereotyping, and even
more, heaping guilt
indiscriminately on a
whole group or a whole
people, is dead wrong,
whether we Jews do it to
the Poles or whether the
Poles accuse all Jews of
being Communists who
helped impose
Communism on Poland.
Certainly we Jews should
know better.
not happen to nicer people," I
could not help but ask, which
people, which Poles?
Were my brethren talking
about the rightist students at
the University of Warsaw who
beat my best friend unmerci-
fully and left him for dead, or
the Socialist students who
(ticked him up and saved his
Were they talking about my
aunt Lola's maid's sister in the
country, who took my aunt and
her two daughters in and then
proceeded to blackmail them
and ultimately turn them over
to the Nazis, or about Marja
Fedecka in Vilna, who saved
my aunt Susanna and her
daughter at a considerable risk
to her own life?
Stereotyping, and even
more, heaping guilt indiscrim-
inately on a whole group or a
whole people, is dead wrong,
whether we Jews do it to the
Poles or whether the Poles
accuse all Jews of being Com-
munists who helped impose
Communism on Poland. Cer-
tainly we Jews should know
What transpired during
World War II, and before and
after in this incredible century,
is history which might well be
better left to objective histori-
ans and not used to perpetuate
bitterness and group conflict.
Also, let us remember the
common heritage, for there is
no Polish history without Jews
or Jewish history without
'Dramatic' Shift
Towards Autocracy?
Israelis may support democ-
racy in spirit, but in fact they
may be ready to give it up,
according to a survey just con-
ducted for the Israel-Diaspora
It showed a "dramatic" shift
toward authoritarian solutions
which could be ascribed to the
intifada, said Eric Carmon,
who heads the institute.
"There is no doubt that over
the past two years, different
elements have been at work to
undermine the Israeli political
system and its democratic
foundations," he said.
The survey, conducted by
Professors Ephraim Ya'ar and
Yohanan Peres of Tel Aviv
University, showed that 78
percent of Israeli citizens sup-
port democracy, as defined in
general terms.
But when translated into
Actress Raises
Awareness Of
Almagor, one of Israel's lead-
ing actresses, seems generally
to have succeeded in raising
the consciousness of young
Egyptians about the Holo-
Almagor, the daughter of a
Holocaust survivor, lectured in
Cairo at the invitation of the
Israeli Academic Center there.
The center, established in
1982 to facilitate research by
Egyptians studying Hebrew
and Jewish-related subjects,
features weekly lectures by
Almagor spoke in Hebrew.
For most of her audience of
about 60 Egyptian university
students, it was their first
exposure to the effects of the
Holocaust on the survivors,
their children and on Israelis
in general.
hypothetical specifics, the sup-
port erodes markedly.
About 45 percent ot the
1,200 Israelis questioned
agreed with the statement,
"In Israel's current situation,
a strong leadership is needed
to bring order to the country,
independent of elections or a
Knesset vote."
Disagreement was regis-
tered by 42 percent, and 13
percent had no opinion.
When the same question was
posed in 1987, before the inti-
fada began, it was rejected by
59 to 34 percent.
Similarly, only 44 percent of
the respondents disagreed
with the statement that "a
slight threat to national secur-
ity is sufficient to justify a
serious limitation of democ-
Two years ago, 56 percent
opposed that statement.
The survey also showed that
supporters of the political left
and right have both hardened
their positions in the last two
Poland, the origin of the
majority of Jews in the world
Our task, especially for those
of us who live in and profit
from the American pluralist
miracle in which diversity of
heritage enriches the society
far more than divides it, is to
try to understand, if not feel,
each other's pain and resent-
ment and even guilt.
Certainly, we should modu-
late the angry rhetoric and
establish closer relationships
as we reach out and expand
the scope of our understanding
of other perceptions, even if
we don't necessarily agree
with them. We may discover
that whatever real wounds
may still haunt us, they are not
as important as the ideals and
common interests we share as
George Szabad is a founding member
of the National Polish American
ewish American Council and chair-
man of the American Jewish Commit-
tee's Council on Immigration and
Dr. Morton Rosenbluth of North Miami Beach, center, was
re-elected Chairman of the Board of the Alpha Omega Foundation
in Jerusalem Dr. Rosenbluth is chairman of a $7 mtUum drive to
refurbish the Hebrew University School of Dental Medicine.
President of Israel, Chaim Herzog, is left Dr. Jomph Jacobs is
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U.S. Israel Relations
'More Important Than Ever'
Friday, February 9, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
We do not know where the
changes sweeping Eastern
Europe or the improvement in
superpower relations will lead;
therefore, "it is more import-
ant than ever to enhance U.S.-
Israel strategic relations in
this transition period," Rep.
Dante Fascell (Dem.-FL) told
Near East Report.
Fascell, Chairman of the
House Foreign Affairs Com-
mittee, also expressed his
concern about Iraq's reported
development of a long-range
missile, anarchy in Lebanon,
and the continuing threat
posed by Iran.
Because of these sources of
instability, he said, "Israel's
value as an American ally has
not declined."
Fascell reported that fru-
stration is growing in Con-
gress because of the inability
to end the Arab-Israeli con-
flict. "People want a quick,
easy solution, but there isn't
one," he stated.
Despite the discomfort, Fas-
cell declared "there is no lack
of strong, deep, bipartisan sup-
port for Israel." He cited the
latest votes on "direct and
indirect" aid as evidence of
Congress' overwhelming sup-
port for Israel.
Financial constraints are
growing, he noted, and
warned this could lead to cuts
in foreign aid. He said little
sentiment exists for cutting
Israel's assistance for policy
reasons, but suggested that
Israel would face greater com-
petition from other aid recip-
ients &ba4*&** acaretrcs.
"Foreign aid remains a vital
foreign policy necessity," Fas-
cell emphasized. He disagreed
with the premise that there is
a lack of public support for aid.
"Americans know the world
needs money to trade with us.
Whatever we provide comes
back to us many fold," he
added. "People are just conc-
erned the aid is used wisely
and enhances the recipients'
quality of life." Aid to Israel is
important, Fascell said,
because the Jewish State is the
"only democracy in the region
and a strong ally."
On the peace process, he said
it is important that "Israel's
policy does not favor maintain-
ing the status quo." Fascell
acknowledged Israel has taken
steps to improve relations with
its Arab neighbors. He cited
Israeli Foreign Minister
Moshe Arens' agreement to
meet with his counterparts
from Egypt and the United
States as a step in the right
Fascell said "nothing has
been accomplished in the U.S.-
PLO dialogue." He thought
restrictions on the dialogue
adopted by Congress were
helpful in maintaining Israel's
bargaining position.
He called efforts to enhance
the PLO's status at the UN
"stupid" and initiated a letter,
co-signed by Rep. William
Broomfield (Rep-MI), warning
that Congress would cut off
funding to the UN if the PLO's
status was enhanced.
"If past is precedent," Fas-
cell said, Congress will
oppose the sale of fighter
planes to Saudi Arabia/' He
added that he has always
opposed such sales. "I don't
think escalating the arms race
while the (Arab-Israeli) war is
going on is prudent or sensi-
China's sale of weapons, par-
ticularly intermediate-range
missiles, has exacerbated the
arms race in the Middle East.
Reports indicate China may
now be selling' missiles to
"We take a dim view of what
the Chinese are doing," Fas-
cell told Near East Report. He
noted that Congress has
imposed sanctions on China
and could do more, but said
"there is a question about how
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"Congress would immedi-
ately take whatever actions
were available against Syria,"
if the Syrians were proven to
be involved in the downing of
Pan Am 103, Fascell stated.
He acknowledged the United
States had little leverage over
Syria. On the other hand, he
said Syria could improve its
standing in the United States
"if it let the Jews emigrate and
those who chose to stay in
Syria practice their religion.
Anti-Semetic Consequence
OfGlasnost 'Perverse*
NEW YORK (JTA) A He said that "progress has story of tension, divisiveness
high-ranking State Depart-
ment official speaking here
been made and continues to be
made" to free those who con-
tinue to be denied permission
to emigrate.
We are on the threshold of
called the re-emergence of
popular anti- Semitism in the
Bgvfat M^'^ySK.Pq; "We are on the threshold of
Fascell also suggested Ethi- ff^ft^ M^ a new order in Europe," Seitz
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ble that we are now coming to
Raymond Seitz, assistant
secretary of state for Euro-
pean and Canadian affairs,
said that with the "dismal"
economic situation in the
Iraq been AS S** Union, it seems inevita-
ble that "some people at some
opia could take an important
step to ease tensions with the
Unites States by letting its
Jews go to Israel.
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Seen As
Major Threat
TEL AVIV (JTA)-A strat-
egic survey of the military
balance in the Middle East lists
Iraq, Syria and Jordan as
potential threats to Israel in
the next few years.
Biggest potential threat is
Iraq, which by conservative
estimates will be able to pro-
duce nuclear weapons within
five to 10 years, according to
the end of a long European
and confrontation."
When asked about German
reunification, Seitz said that
while he understands concerns
on the part of some, he
believes it is the will of the
German people to reunify and
that the Western nations can-
not stand in their way.
Brazil President Promises
To Review 'Zionism-Racism'
time will seek out a scape-
Nevertheless, he said, it is in
the U.S. interest that Gorba-
chev's program of perestroika,
or restructuring, continue.
Seitz made his remarks at a
meeting of the Jewish Com-
munity Relations Council of
New York.
Seitz said that President
Bush would put forward a
president-elect of Brazil said
here that Brazil's vote in 1975
supporting the "Zionism is
racism" vote at the United
Nations was "a mistake" and
that he would review it when
he returned to Brazil.
Fernando Collor de Mello.
who last month was elected
Brazil's first popularly elected
president in 25 years, told
Edgar Bronfman, the presi-
dent of the World Jewish Con-
gress, that "Brazil made a
mistake" in 1975 and will not
vote that way again, Bronf-
man said.
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Page 6 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, February 9, 1990
Jews Of Prague Rejoice In Freedom
17, 1989, a peaceful revolution
liberated Czechoslovakia after
more than 40 years of Com-
munist rule.
Like the rest of the nation,
Czech Jews took their first
breath of freedom, and Chanu-
kah was all the more memora-
ble for it.
Dec. 29 was the last night.
As the winter dusk set in early
and Shabbat arrived in Pra-
gue, Jews converged on the
700-year-old Altneuschul on
Maiselova Street in the old
Jewish quarter.
The bells in the clock tower
of the Jewish Town Hall
sounded 4 p.m., the hands of
the clocks, one Roman, one
Hebrew, arriving at the hour
from different directions.
It is a tiny shul with high
vaulted ceilings, the work of a
13th-century Christian archi-
tect of extraordinary sensibil-
,*y* He was engaged by the
Jewish community because of
the impressive job he had done
on the St. Agnes church and
convent nearby.
But this was a Jewish house
of prayer which presented dis-
tinct problems.
For one thing, by custom it
had to be lower than the
nearby church so as not to
offend Christians. The archi-
tect solved that problem by
sinking the vestibule below
street level.
He understood that Jewish
worshipers would not want to
look up at the vaulted Gothic
ceiling and see the traditional
four spines joined at the top to
form a cross.
So he added a fifth spine.
Entering the Altneuschul
Alteneu Shul the last night of
Chanukah, we descended the
five steps into the vestibule,
under the arch of a Gothic
doorway, and entered the
beautifully serene sanctuary.
Its Renaissance alter radi-
ated that night. The crimson
satin banner of Czech Jews
stretched over an intricately
forged iron grating.
In the middle of the banner
is the Star of David, with a
unique Swedish military cap at
its center, a coat-of-arms
awarded the Jews of Prague
for defending the Crown of
Bohemia against the invading
Swedish hordes in the 17th
All was ready for the Mincha
and Ma'ariv services. Here
they are shortened in defer-
ence to the elderly of the com-
Cantor Victor Feurlicht
chanted the prayers. His voice
soared to the vaulted ceiling
and descended like a cloud of
sound over the assembled con-
One by one, worshipers,
young and old alike, were cal-
led up to kindle the Chanukah
candles, until all eight were
ablaze in the 16th-century
This was the first Chanukah
in freedom under a new presi-
dent, Vaclav Havel, elected by
the Parliament and installed
only a few hours earlier.
He is the very same man the
leader of the Jewish commun-
ity, Dr. Desider Galsky,
greeted personally and con-
versed with at length about
mutual concerns and interests.
The new president had a
personal invitation sent to
Galsky, himself newly installed
as president of the Council of
Jewish Communities of the
Czech Lands, to sit in a special
section to witness the swear-
ing-in ceremonies.
Later he was one of those
received by the president in
the 15th-century castle where
Bohemian kings traditionally
were crowned.
This had happened only once
since the war, when Eduard
Benes was inaugurated, and
once between the wars, when
Jan Masaryk, a beloved friend
of the Jews, became Czechos-
lovakia's first president.
At the break in the services,
a special prayer was chanted in
Hebrew for the health and
success of the new president.
Then Galsky read a letter he
was sending Havel on behalf of
the Jewish community, con-
taining greetings and a pledge
of unstinting support for the
new democratic regime.
A representative of the gov-
ernment was in the shut to
receive the letter and take it to
the president.
As we streamed out of the
Altneuschul Alteneu Shul
after services, we hugged each
Many a face was tear-
stained, but they were tears of
joy, cognizant of the profound
power of the day's and even-
ing's events shaping the his-
tory of the Czech nation and of
its Jewish community.
Undaunted now, they
recalled that Hitler had not
succeeded, nor had the Stalin-
Glancing back, I saw a
luminescent glow over the
prayer bench of the great Mah-
aral, Rabbi Judah ben Bezalel
Loew. And I swore I saw his
shadow cast across the length
of the Aaron Kodesh.
No matter, it is clear that all
eyes will focus on develop-
ments along Maiselova Street
in Prague to see how freedom
takes root once again in this
unique Jewish community.
Surely he appeared once
again to watch over his special
flock as they renewed their
quest for greatness in their
new- found freedom.
Mark Talisman is director of the
Washington office of the Council of
Jewish Federations.
Israel Left Splits Wtih Palestinians
appeal by Palestinian national-
ists to end the flow of mainly
Soviet immigrants into Israel
drew a sharp rebuke from left-
ist parties in the Knesset that
generally support Palestinian
A statement issued jointly
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Mapam, the Citizens Rights
Movement and the Center-
Shinui Movement termed the
Palestinian position "unrea-
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They were referring to a
memorandum addressed to the
Western countries by 26 Pales-
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prevent Israel from settling
thousands of immigrants in
the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
"The grotesqueness of the
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Synagogue News
B'nai Israel
On Friday evening, Febru-
ary 9th, Shabbat Services will
be held at Congregation B'nai
Israel at 8 p.m. Rabbi Richard
Agler will lead the worship
service. The kindergarten
class at the School for Living
Judaism, will be participating
in the service; the theme will
be Tu Bishvat.
On Saturday morning, Feb-
ruary 10th, at 10:15 a.m.,
Rabbi Richard Agler will lead
the congregation in worship
and Torah study. Michael Sil-
verstein will become a Bar
On Sunday, February 11th,
the Sr. Youth Group, under
the direction of Jill Baime, will
be having a TIE-DYE Party,
at 1 p.m. at the home of one of
the group members.
On Monday, February 12th,
at 4:30 p.m., the Prayerbook
Hebrew I Class, of the Akiva
Academy for Continuing Jew-
ish Education, will take place.
Non-members are welcome.
Inquire at the synagogue
office: 241-8118. The Board of
Education will be meeting at
7:30 p.m. at the synagogue.
On Tuesday, February 13th,
the Akiva Academy continues.
The adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah
class, taught by Edna Baram,
will be given from 7-8 p.m. The
course, Is there a resurgence of
anti-Semitism?," taught
by Dr. Milton Greenberg, will
be held from 8-9:30 p.m.
On Thursday, February
15th, from 10-11:30 a.m., the
course Say it in Yiddish is
being taught by Sol Moskow-
itz. In the evening, 8-9:30 p.m.,
Rabbi Richard Agler will teach
the course Tzaadikim-Jewish
Teachings on Righteous Behav-
ior. Inquiries about participa-
tion in the Akiva Academy
courses should be made at the
synagogue office (241-8118).
Temple Anshei
On Sunday, February 11th,
at 8 p.m., Temple Anshei Sha-
lom of Delray Beach will pre-
sent Murray Waxman, come-
dian actor and storyteller will
entertain with Howard Shor,
song styling.
For details call 495-1300.
The Sisterhood will hold its
regular monthly meeting on
February 19, at 9:30 a.m.
February 18th, at 7 p.m.,
Temple Anshei Shalom will
install Rabbi Israel Jacobs as
the spiritual leader of the Con-
Rabbi Jack Reimer will offi-
ciate at the ceremony.
The Sisterhood will sponsor
the showing of "Guys &
Dolls," at the Royal Palm The-
ater on Wednesday, February
21st, at 6 p.m.
For information, call 499-
Bar Mitzvah
On Saturday, February 3,
Blaine Michael Minton, son of
Jaye & Dr. David Goldberg
and David Minton, was called
to the Torah of Temple Beth
El of Boca Raton as a Bar
Family members sharing in
the simcha were his grandpar-
ents, Roslyn & Merwin Joseph
of Boca Raton, Elly & Herb
Minton of Margate, and Mable
Minton of Palm Beach.
Dr. and Mrs. Goldberg
hosted a kiddush in Blaine's
honor following Shabbat
Morning Service.
Temple Beth El, AJC
Sponsor Interfaith Program
Songs and art exhibits by
students of Temple Beth El
and St. Joan of Arc Roman
Catholic Church, both of Boca
Raton, will highlight a two-day
exploration of the practical
aspects of religious education.
The meetings will mark the
third year of interfaith activi-
ties undertaken by the across-
the-street neighbors, under
the program guidance of the
American Jewish Committee,
on February 15 and 16.
The Thursday evening ses-
sion, which will begin at 7:30
p.m., will feature talks by
Robin Eisenberg and Sister
Patricia, heads of the syna-
gogue and church religious
education programs. The talks
will focus on curriculum pre-
paration and classroom teach-
ing techniques. They will be
followed by roundtable discus-
sions by the teaching staffs of
the church and synagogue.
Friday evening, there will be
a Shabbat dinner, celebrated
by Rabbi Merle Singer and the
Temple staff for the two insti-
tutions. Also invited will be
members who are participat-
ing in joint church/synagogue
programming, such as Snared
Care and the Dialogue Group.
Shabbat Services will fea-
ture William A. Gralnick,
Committee's S.E. Regional
Director, who has been the
program director for the three
years' activities. Gralnick will
speak on "Religious Education
As a Tool To Combat Preju-
Beth Ami
Beth Ami Congregation of
Palm Beach County will con-
duct religious services at its
Synagogue, 1401 N.W- Fourth
Ave., Boca Raton. Friday
evening Feb. 16th at 8:15 p.m.
Rabbi Nathan Zelizer will
deliver a sermon on "The Most
Important of the Ten Com-
mandments?" He will be
assisted by Cantor Mark Levi.
An Oneg follows services.
Saturday morning Feb. 17th
at 9:30 a.m., Rabbi Nathan
Zelizer will teach the weekly
portion of Yitro and will speak
on "Listening Alone Is Not
Enough." A Kiddush follows
Anshei Emuna
Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks will
preach the Sermon on the
theme "A Push or a Pull ...
Which! at the Sabbath morn-
ing service on Saturday Febru-
ary 10, at 8:30 a.m.
Kiddush will follow.
Rabbi Sacks will preach the
sermon on the theme "Rever-
berations From Siani" at the
Sabbath morning service on
Saturday, February 17th, at
8:30 a.m.
Kiddush will follow.
Daily classes in the "Judaic
Code of Religious Law"
(Schulchan Oruch) led by Rabbi
Sacks begin at 7:30 a.m. pre-
ceeding the Daily Minyon Ser-
vices and at 5:30 p.m. in con-
junction with the Daily Twil-
ight Minyon Services.
A D'var Torah in Yiddish is
presented by Rabbi Sacks in
conjunction with the Seu'dat
Shli'sheet celebrated each Sab-
bath between the Twilight Ser-
For information call 499-
Temple Emeth
An Israel Bond Rally will be
held on Sunday, February 11,
at 7 p.m., at Temple Emeth,
5780 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray
Beach, Miriam Blinder, Presi-
Feb. 9
Feb. 16
Feb. 23
Mar. 2
5:52 p.m.
5:57 p.m.
6:05 P.M.
Benediction upon Kindling
the Sabbath Lights
Blessed art Thou, O Lord our
G-d, King of the universe who
hast sanctified us by thy com-
mandments and commanded
us to kindle the Sabbath light.
dent of Sisterhood, has been
chosen to represent Sisterhood
as Honoree for the evening.
An evening is being planned
with Joey Russell, as the guest
speaker. Russell, who recently
returned from a trip to Israel,
will give an account of his most
recent visit and the progress
being made with the proceeds
from the sale of Israel Bonds.
He is the son of an Orthodox
Rabbi and he is a member of
the Prime Minister's Club.
A collation is being planned,
under the direction of Adeline
Kamen. Louis Medwin is
Chairman of Israel Bonds for
Temple Emeth.
Aaron Lansky will be the
guest speaker at the Monday
Morning Lecture Series on
Monday, February 12, at 10:30
a.m. in the Rimai Auditorium
at the Temple. His topic will be
"Yiddish For A New Genera-
tion Of Non-Yiddish Speak-
On Thursday, February 15,
at 1:30 p.m. an Israel film will
be shown, titled, "Wedding in
Temple Beth El
Temple Beth El's Boca Jew-
ish Connection (young singles
group), and B'Yachad (mid-
singles group) will hold a Sin-
gles Shabbat Service on Feb-
ruary 9 at 10 p.m. in the
Chapel. Guitarists and singers,
Ann Turnoff, Dawn Snyder,
Robin Snyder, Jessica Turnoff
and Steven Beck will be fea-
tured. An open discussion, led
by Rabbi Michael Feshbach
will follow in the youth lounge.
B'Yachad, Temple Beth El
Mid-Singles, will hold a House
Party at Hedda's home on Feb-
ruary 10. Call 483-9420 for
The Boca Jewiah Connection
will hold a Valentine's Day
Dance on Saturday, February
10, at 9 p.m. For information
call 483-4175.
Los Romeros, "The Royal
Family of Guitar", will be
appearing in the Distinguished
Artists Series on Wednesday
evening, Feburary 14, at 8:15
p.m. The concert will be held in
the sanctuary. For information
call 391-8600.
The Solos will hold a Valen-
tine Day Dance, on February
18, at Temple Beth El of Boca
Raton, 333 S.W. 4th Avenue,
Boca Raton. For information
call 395-2226.
The Sisterhood will hold its
annual Candlelight Luncheon
on Thursday, February 22, at
11:30 a.m. at the Temple. Carl
Bernstein, author/correspon-
dent will be guest speaker. For
information call 391-8900.
Synopsis Of The Weekly Torah Portion
.. "And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon
the dry ground; and the waters were a wall unto them on their
right hand, and on their left"
BESHALAH Fearful of the hostile tribes the Israelites might
encounter on the direct route to Canaan through the land of the
Philistines, God sent the newly-freed slaves by way of the desert
near the Red Sea. As they journeyed, they were guided by a pillar
of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. The Israelites had left
Egypt presumably to worship their God in the desert. When
Pharaoh learned that the children of Israel would not return to
Egypt, he pursued them to the banks of the Red Sea at the head of
an army of chosen troops. But s miracle occurred: the children of
Israel were able to pass between the waves of the Red Sea that
divided before them and stood upright like columns. The
Egyptian hosts, plunging into the Red Sea after them, were all
drowned. At this sight, the children of Israel sang a song of praise
to God. On their journey through the desert, the children of Israel
were sustained by manna from heaven; water issued from a rock
for them at the bidding of God. The Amalekites did battle with the
Israelites, but were defeated by Joshua, the son of Nun, and his
(The recounting of the Weekly Portion of the Law is extracted and
based upon "The Graphic History of the Jewish Heritage," edited by
P. Wollman-Taamlr, published by Shengotd. The volume is available
at 45 West 45 Street, New York, NY 10036 (212) 2404011.)
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Reform Seeks Ways To Cope With Teen Suicides
brochure on "Youth Suicide
Prevention," one of 11
resource materials available
through the Reform move-
ment's Task Force on Youth
Suicide, reports that suicide
has become the leading cause
of death among adolescents in
North America.
Rabbi Sanford Seltzer, direc-
tor of the Task Force, spon-
sored by the Union of Ameri-
can Hebrew Congregations,
told the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency that in 1984, 5,000
suicides took place among
young Americans 15 to 24
years of age, and that 2,000
suicides occurred among teen-
agers under 15.
Recent studies indicate that
more than half a million high-
school students try to kill
themselves each year.
Seltzer said his Task Force
lacked information on how
many of the teen-agers and
young adults were Jews.
The Task Force is one of a
number of Reform groups
organized under the rubric of
Yad Tikvah, which means
Hand of Hope.
Rabbi Daniel Syme, now a
vice president of the UAHC,
helped found Yad Tikvah after
his brother committed suicide.
Other components are a
Committee on the Jewish
Family, a Committee on AIDS,
a new Task Force on Drug and
Substance Abuse and research
programs for the four units.
Yad Tikvah was organized in
1984 and the Task Force on
Suicide in 1985. Much of its
work depends on lay and rab-
binic volunteers, he added.
Seltzer agreed that given the
nature of the problem, it is
almost impossible to cite
unquestionable evidence that
the Task Force program
works. But the rabbi is con-
vinced that it has made a dif-
He said the program raised
the consciousness level about
youth suicide among thou-
sands of persons.
It "has taken what was once
taboo and made it into an
important topic for discussion,
education and intervention.
"Most significantly, it has in
some instances prevented a
suicide from occurring," Selt-
zer said.
The Task Force makes avail-
able 11 resource guides, three
without charge.
Three offered free are:
"You're Only Human (Second
Wind)," a videotape version of
pop singer Billy Joel's song
hit; "Teens in Crisis: A Sister-
hood Program Opportunity";
and "Preparing for College:
Programs for High School
Juniors, Seniors and Their
"You're Only Human" can
help teen-agers recognize
depression in themselves and
"When Living Hurts," by
Sol Gordon, is a 122-page book
for teen-agers and young
"Youth Self-Esteem and
Suicide Prevention" is a 94-
page joint project of the Task
Force and the UAHC Religion
Department. It is made up of
curricula for school grades 7 to
"Youth Suicide Prevention:
Programs and Resources for
Congregations" is a pamphlet
presenting the essentials of
the two themes of all 11 publi-
cations: how to recognize
symptoms of suicidal intent
and how to cope with the
"Suicide and How To Pre-
vent It" is a pamphlet pre-
pared by the American Associ-
ation of Suicidology, described
as suitable for professionals.
"Keeping Posted Teen-
age Suicide" is available in
editions for both students and
Treister Explains
Continued from Page 3
Helen Fagin.
The etchings Fagin pain-
stakingly selected for this
aspect of the memorial are
based on authentic pictures
taken from Holocaust
Fagin included two maps in
the exhibit; one showing how
many centuries and millenium
Jews lived in the various East-
ern European countries, the
other showing how many were
murdered in each country.
Another pause for reflection
by an etched quote from the
23rd Psalm and then one
enters a dome with a yellow
stained-glass Star of David on
the ceiling. Depending on the
time of day, the reflection
from the sunlight above the
glass casts a reflection of the
star on the walls of the dome.
Treister intentionally made
scratch marks on the stucco
walls of the dome to symbolize
how Jews desperately clawed
at the walls of the gas cham-
bers trying to escape the death
of the poisonous air.
Then one enters a tunnel
"Inside I Ache" is a 25-
minute 15-mm color film pre-
pared by the Mass Media Mini-
stries of Baltimore, providing
"a sensitive story of a teen-age
A poster, "Suicide ... Break
The Silence," is a 15 inch by 20
inch two-color glossy photo-
graph suitable for framing or
Also available is a fact bro-
chure which asks the question
on page one: "How Would You
Know If Your child Was Con-
templating Suicide?'
There are sections on teen-
age suicide statistics; suicide
symptoms; adolescent feelings
and stressful events; and how
parents can help, including
direct intervention.
A warning made repeatedly
to adults is, "Do not promise
the suicidal person that you
will swear to secrecy. You may
lose a friendship, but you may
save a life."
that was designed to appear
longer than it is. It's confining,
dark, serious, sad. Only little
slits let in shafts of light to see
the names of the concentration
camps on the wall: Mauthau-
sen-Babi Yar, Treblinka,
Buchenwald, Majdanek-
Theresienstadt, Gurs,
From the tunnel one
emerges into a semi-circle of
black granite walls. You look
up at the 42-foot bronze patina
sculpture that marks the cen-
terpiece of the memorial: an
arm with a hand that is open
and reaching to the sky.
Hundreds of tragic human fig-
ures climb upwards from the
base of the statue. Each one is
trying to escape, to climb out
of the hell but they all are in
the act of helping each other.
Some figures are free-
standing: an old couple saying
goodbye to one another, a little
baby, alone, crying, arms
stretched out but no one there.
Yet no figure manages to
climb beyond the wrist. It is as
if only G>d, in His time, will
come and grab the waiting,
outreached hand and never let
There is a wall at the memo-
rial that will be engraved with
the names of the Jews who
perished in the Holocaust. The
victims of that silence.
That is why Treister said it
was so important to make his
memorial educational as well
as symbolic.
"I had to do it so future
generations wouldn't come
here and say, 'What is this?'
"The only important thing is
reaction, not in 1990 but in
years to come. This is a public
memorial hopefully for genera-
tions. One of the most frequent
things people thought in the
Holocaust was: Will people
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