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Congress Move To Deny Soviet
Trade Benefits Loses Steam
proposal to continue denying
the Soviet Union major trade
benefits until it allows Jews to
leave the country on direct
flights to Israel is quickly
losing support here.
Opposition to a linkage
between the direct flights
issue and a waiver of Jackson-
Vanik Amendment sanctions
was voiced by a State Depart-
ment official and representa-
tives of two leading Soviet
Jewry groups.
"We do not consider it
appropriate to add new condi-
tions to the waiving of Jack-
son-Vanik," Alexander Versh-
bow, director of the State
Department's Office of Soviet
Union Affairs, told the Com-
mission on Security and Coop-
eration in Europe.
The commission is a congres-
sional body that monitors
implementation of the Helsinki
human rights accords, which.
Shoshana Cardin
among other things, call on all
countries to allow their citi-
zens to emigrate freely. It is
chaired by Sen. Dennis DeCon-
cini (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Steny
Hoyer (D-Md.).
The 1975 Jackson-Vanik
Amendment denies U.S. trade
benefits to the Soviet Union,
known as "most-favored-
nation status," until the presi-
dent is satisfied that the level
of emigration from the Soviet
Union is adequate.
Vershbow said that Presi-
dent Bush is maintaining the
position he took during his
summit meeting with Soviet
President Mikhail Gorbachev
in Malta last fall.
At that time, Bush said he
would consider asking Con-
gress for a one-year waiver of
Jackson-Vanik if the Soviets
adopted and implemented a
promised new law institution-
alizing emigration reforms.
Implementation would
include allowing some 100
longtime refusenucs still in the
Soviet Union to emigrate,
Vershbow said.
But to add direct flights as a
condition would be a "mis-
take," Shoshana Cardin, chair-
woman of the National Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry, told the
NEW YORK (JTA) The Soviet Union expressed its gratitude to
the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee last month
for its Armenian earthquake relief projects. A special medal was
presented by Soviet Ambassador Yuri Dubinin to JDC President
Sylvia Hassenfeld at the Soviet Embassy.
In B'nai B'rith Men-Women Dispute
Klutznick Suggested As Arbiter
Jvwi$k Floridian Staff Writer
B'nai B'rith International
President Seymour D. Reich
has invited the leader of the
organization's estranged
women's division to meet "to
discuss any and all of the
issues that divide us."
But the fact that Reich's
invitation and the response by
B'nai B'rith Women national
president Hyla Lipsky were
conveyed through public media
releases, indicates the chill
between the two factions.
Tart, if not testy, public mis-
sives have been the venue for
communication since the
women's division leadership
unanimously decided to main-
tain its independence.
BBI, trying to consolidate its
organizational strength and
clout by drawing its 120,000-
member women's division
under its control, had given
BBW a mandate: surrender
your independence or be cut
off from B'nai B'rith. The
women's leadership, appar-
ently unintimidated, refused.
And Reich followed through
with the threat.
BBW president-elect Har-
riet Horwitz, of North Miami,
said as far as the women have
been concerned it's business as
usual. Horwitz maintained
that BBI can not take any
formal actions against the
women's division until its next
major conference in August.
But BBW delegates have
been denied votes on BBI com-
mittees since the January sha-
keup and new BBW members
have been refused membership
in the B'nai B'rith major
health plan.
Reich'8 letter to Lipsky is
the first public attempt for a
conciliatory talk since the
eruption. He suggested that
the meeting take place before
the BBW Delegate Assembly
meets in New Orleans in April.
Reich announced that he has
invited Philip Klutznick, a for-
mer U.S. Secretary of Com-
merce and honorary president
of BB, to help facilitate the
meeting process and he sug-
gested that Lipsky might wish
to invite a person of similar
stature from her organization.
Lipsky, responding through
a press release and not to
Reich directly, said, "I wel-
come this step wholeheart-
But she expressed concern
that Reich would "not be look-
ing to neai the aiairessiui rift
between us, but only to deal
with a painful separation
which the BBI Board of Gover-
nors has attempted to
Lipsky also suggested that
"greater objectivity" would be
provided by an independent
For at least one local B'nai
B'rith member, the dispute
would best be headed off at the
Ainslee Ferdie, past presi-
dent of the South Florida
Council of B'nai B'rith, said
the spat between BBI and
BBW has echoes of the 25-year
dispute between the Jewish
War Veterans and control of
its ladies division by the
national organization.
That dispute only recently
ended in a compromise after
three court battles and,
according to Ferdie, a waste of
time, money, effort and sup-
Philip Klutznick
E. Germany Will Pay Israel, Begin Relations
BONN (JTA) East Ger-
many fully recognizes its spe-
cial responsibility toward Jew-
ish victims of the Holocaust
and is ready to establish diplo-
matic relations with Israel,
East German Prime Minister
Hans Modrow has declared in
a letter to his Israeli counter-
part, Yitzhak Shamir.
The letter was presented at
the end of two days of talks
between East German and
Israeli diplomats in Copenha-
gen. The two sides, which first
convened for three days of
talks at the end of January,
met this time to discuss the
issue of indemnification of
Jewish Holocaust victims and
possible payments to the State
of Israel.
According to sources in East
Berlin, the East German and
Israeli delegations in Copenha-
gen also discussed the many
years that East Germany
trained Palestine Liberation
Organization terrorists, a pro-
Sram that ended with the
emise of the Communist
regime in East Berlin last fall.
Americans Open Placement Office
group of American business-
men has opened a job place-
ment office in Tel Aviv to try
to match arriving Soviet immi-
grants with approximately
40,000 unfilled jobs in Israel,
many of them calling for high
That is just one facet of an
all-out effort to promote job-
producing projects in Israel by
the Committee for Economic
Growth of Israel.
The committee, known as
CEGI, is chaired by Elmer
Winter, who believes that
employment in Israel is the
key to the successful absorp-
tion of Soviet Jews there.
Winter, a co-founder and
long-time president of Man-
power Inc., the world's largest
temporary employment
agency, says "The potential
for massive emigration from
the Soviet Union is a once-
in-a-lifetime event.

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, March 23, 1990
Position on Jerusalem United
Media accounts which indicate divisions
within Israel's major parties and among
American Jewish organizations over Presi-
dent Bush's comment on Jerusalem are
inaccurate and misleading.
All segments of the Likud and Labor
parties are in full agreement about the
status of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of
Israel, undivided but with protection for all
religions within the boundaries of Zion.
And with the exception of such individu-
als as Rita Hauser and Michael Lerner, the
mainstream of U.S. Jewry is solidly behind
opposition to Bush's apparent stand
against Jewish settlement in East Jerusa-
Hauser, who made a trip to meet PLO
chairman Arafat in Scandinavia which may
well have initiated American dialogue with
that terrorist body, and Lerner, editor of a
left-leaning periodical, simply do not speak
for a significant sector.
In Israel, the question which is being
hotly debated is whether or not residents of
East Jerusalem will be permitted to vote in
Palestinian elections. Likud says even the
discussion of their participation leads to a
question on Jerusalem's status. Labor says
all matters must be open to debate in order
to keep the peace process moving.
Whether Prime Minister Shamir's action
in firing Finance Minister Peres was
because of pressure on high right from the
Sharon-Levy-Ahrens wing of Likud or
because he himself thinks Labor has gone
too far is subject to question.
But Shamir has opted for confrontation
rather than compromise, and his reading of
the Israeli population may be better than
that of Peres and Defense Minister Rabin.
The bottom line is that it is up to the
Israelis themselves and not either the
Bush Administration or American Jewish
organizations to resolve the gravest
crisis to confront its fragile coalition gov-
Mandela Stand Questioned
American Jewish organizations which
raced with one another to embrace Nelson
Mandela's release hastened to make clear
their displeasure with the South African
anti-apartheid leader's pro-PLO and anti-
Israel statements.
Mandela seems unable to understand the
differences between the Palestinian inti-
fada and his African National Congress'
campaign against the rule of the Black
majority in South Africa.
Certainly there should be a firm message
to him that American Jewish backing for
more democracy in Mandela's nation does
not imply that Palestinian efforts to nullify
the only Jewish state in the world are
welcome to his support.
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Volume 12
Number 6
Catholics Study Vatican Nazis
late 1970s, I served as a script
consultant to NBC-TV in its
preparation of the miniseries,
"Holocaust." In connection
with that important program,
a survey was conducted of
high-school students across
the country, who were asked
to comment on what they
thought the Nazi Holocaust
was about.
"I think it is a Jewish holi-
day," one student in Seattle
To the overwhelming major-
ity of the Jewish people, the
Holocaust is buried into our
consciousness as the most
traumatic event since the
destruction of the Temple in
Jerusalem in the first century.
Many of us seem to believe
that most Christians should
know what anguishes Jews
about the Holocaust.
As the Seattle high school
surveys and many other stu-
dies document, Christian
knowledge in America about
the brutalities of the Nazis
against the Jews is a mile wide
and an inch thin.
It is for that reason that I
believe the Los Angeles joint
document of priests and rabbis
is an important development.
It is intended primarily for
Catholics in the pews, and it
contains basic information
about the Nazis' systematic
campaign to exterminate the
Jewish people that most Chris-
tians would not receive in this
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If it is understood as the
beginning of a process of edu-
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and not as a finished product,
then it should be welcomed by
Jews everywhere.
While individual Catholic
scholars have written coura-
geously about the world of the
Vatican and Pope Pius XII
maintaining "impartiality"
during the Nazis' rise to
power, this is the first time to
my knowledge that a group of
Catholic clergy have faced the
issue foursquare.
They joined their rabbinic
colleagues in declaring that
"in 1933, a Concordat was
signed between the Vatican
and Nazi Germany The
road was paved for a totalitar-
ian one-party state. We are
now free to ask whether the
compromises made by the
Vatican with the Nazis did not,
in the long run, do more harm
than good."
During our forthcoming
meetings with the Vatican in
the fall, we trust that this
spirit of candor and search for
truth will finally put an end to
the polemical way in which this
central issue has been avoided
in the past.
Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum is inter-
national relations consultant to the
American Jewish Committee.
In Brief
Israel Protests British, PLO Meeting
LONDON (JTA) Israel has lodged a protest with the
British Foreign Office over what it considers to be a change
of policy favorable to the Palestine Liberation Organiza-
Israeli officials are furious over a meeting between
Foreign Secretary Sir Douglas Hurd and Bassam Abu
Sharif, a senior political adviser to PLO leader Yasir
Neo-Nazis Fined For Hate Acts
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incitement to racial discrimination and for disturbances at
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Hadassah Study On Jewish Marital Status:
Feminism Vs. Family,
An Issue For The 1990's
all read the books; we've all
seen the movies. The inherent
conflict between career and
family that many modern
women have faced in the 1980s
has become almost a trite
cliche in the media world.
But for the Jewish family,
the tangibility of the conflict is
real, and the repercussions
could be dire.
The statistics are alarming:
Jews are losing a generation
every 30 years because couples
are having fewer children,
often because of late mar-
riages; dissatisfied Jewish sin-
gles have become a noticeable
reality in communities across
the country; and in the last
year alone, Jewish-Gentile
intermarriages in the United
States totaled between
400,000 and 600,000.
With this in mind, many
Jewish organizations are mak-
ing marital issues a top prior-
This is certainly the case at
Hadassah, the largest interna-
tional women's Zionist organi-
zation, whose education
department has recently pub-
lished "Jewish Marital Status"
(Jason Aronson Inc., 1989)
that deals with the issues.
"We tried to put together a
well-balanced book that port-
rays the whole spectrum of
views on Jewish marital
issues," said Carol Diament,
editor of the book and the
national Jewish education
director of Hadassah.
"The Jewish population is
shrinking, there is growing
singlehood, there is delayed
marriage, there is cohabitation
without marriage, there is
homosexuality, there is
divorce, there are dual career
families who are delaying
childbearing. And, of course,
the greatest threat of all to the
future of Diaspora Jewry is
Diament felt that in bringing
such issues out into the open
and discussing them from vari-
ous viewpoints in an open
forum, Hadassah could play a
vital role in combatting the
demographic dilemma of the
American Jewish Diaspora.
"This book seeks to convey
the interdependence of family
and community," writes Dia-
ment in her introduction to the
book. "Both are crucial ele-
ments of Jewish living.
"Marriage, according to our
tradition, is the finest institu-
tion in which men and women
can structure their lives, and
we at Hadassah are here to
promote and encourage it. But
in many cases it simply does
not work."
Issues discussed in the study
range from traditional aspects
of Jewish family law, ritual
and religion to the modern
viewpoints of Jews who iden-
tify along cultural rather than
religious Jewish lines.
"We tried very hard to be
fair," said Diament, noting
that for each issue, the book
tries to provide traditional as
well as more liberal or secular
Jewish viewpoints.
For example, Haskel Look-
stein, noted rabbi and scholar,
defends taharat hamishpa-
chah, or the laws of family
purity, in his chapter "Why
observe Niddah and Mikvah in
the 1990s?"
On the other hand, Ellen
Umansky, professor of history
at Emory College, defends
premarital intercourse and the
decision to observe the family
purity laws in her essay: "The
Liberal Jew and Sex."
On the issue of intermarri-
age, Rabbis Harold Schulweis
and Mark Winer strongly
denounce non-conversionary
marriage and interdating. Jon-
athan Sarna, professor of his-
tory at Hebrew Union College
and Brandeis University, and
Joyce Ei sen berg, a freelance
writer, discuss coping with the
fait accompli of intermarriage.
Regarding homosexuality,
Rabbi David Feldman takes
the view that homosexuality is
not an acceptable lifestyle in
Jewish tradition; Janet Mar-
der, rabbi of a gay synagogue,
describes the strong Jewish
commitment of her congreg-
The spectrum of issues and
perspectives dealt with is
broad and all-encompassing.
The unifying factor, however,
is the book's noticeable femin-
ist emphasis.
Diament, a self-described
feminist, called it "a family
book with compassion for femi-
nism and insight and outreach.
We are searching to accommo-
date new lifestyles as well as
The modern feminist
dilemma is addressed immedi-
ately in the book's first section
on singlehood.
"Victoria VP," writes Helen
Rubinstein, referring to Miss
Joe-corporate-with-kids in her
essay "Spinsters of the '80s,"
"had the position, had the
clout, has the man, has the kid,
has the bucks, and now she's
watching Phil Donahue?
Where does that put all of us
who actually have to work for
a living and are single to boot?
"I'll tell you where it puts us:
searching frantically for that
Continued on Page 4
Olim 'Go To The Dogs,'
Hope To Get Big Price
prisingly large number of new-
comers from the Soviet Union
have been arriving at Ben-
Gurion Airport with dogs. But
it now appears that many of
the canine members of the
family are not longtime
beloved family pets but rather
recent acquisitions, purchased
as a means to get part of their
savings out of the country.
A Tel Aviv veterinarian
reports that she has recently
received many telephone calls
from Jews in Moscow, Odessa,
Kiev, Leningrad and other
Soviet cities, whom she did not
know, asking her advice as to
the "best and most valuable
breeds" in demand in Israel.
They said they had obtained
her name and phone number
from friends who have already
arrived here with dogs.
The vet says her advice to
her callers is to bring with
them any pets they may
already have, but not to buy
any dogs to be sold here at a
profit. Israel is a small coun-
try, she explains, which
already has a sufficient stock
of domesticated animals.
She says that in conversa-
tions with the Soviet callers,
she has been surprised to learn
that in many of the families,
only the husband works. Ask-
ing how they managed to save
enough money to buy expen-
sive dogs, she is told that there
are not enough goods available
in Soviet shops on which to
spend even meager incomes.
Hence, the extraordinary
opportunity to save money.
$60 Million Raised
At 'Exodus9 Kickoff
Some $60 million, the largest
amount ever raised at a single
event of the United Jewish
Appeal, was pledged at a
recent breakfast for Operation
Exodus, the special campaign
for the settlement of Soviet
Jews in Israel.
The event, the first major
fund-raiser for the operation,
was sponsored by businessman
Leslie Wexner.
The singular amount puts
Operation Exodus "well on its
way" to meeting its goal of
$420 million, said Raphael
Rothstein, UJA's vice presi-
dent for operations, at a news
conference at the National
Press Club.
Rothstein was pinch-hitting
for Marvin Lender, the bagel
tycoon from New Haven,
Conn., who was delayed by
The $420 million goal was
set to meet the needs of the
hundreds of thousands of
Soviet Jews expected to immi-
grate here this year.
Operation Exodus will take
150 Jewish activists to the
Soviet Union March 25 for 26
hours of intensive meetings,
before continuing to Israel for
the prime minister's confer-
ence on aliyah.
Dr. Joseph P. Sternstein, honorary JNF president, receives a
plaque in recognition of Zionist leadership from Ruth Popkin,
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Hadassah Study
Continued from Page 3
dream man who will get us out
of this mess!"
Rubinstein decries the ten-
dency of the Jewish commun-
ity to view Jewish singles as
deviants, "as needing to be
fixed ... or fixed up." She
poses the questions: "Can the
community help? Is there any-
thing to help? Isn't the issue
really dignity of choice?"
Rachi Shveel, a writer, jour-
nalist, teacher and Jewish
activist who is single, offers a
personal and admittedly bitter
response to the dilemma of the
single Jewish female: the sin-
gle Jewish male (also known as
the SJF and SJM in the now-
prevalent Jewish singles ads).
"Feminism, for me, has been
a nearly unremitting source of
tzuris, he writes. "Feminism
has simply not valued
indeed it has disvalued the
cultivation of compassion and
empathy toward men's needs
and men's pain.
"As I seek my own happi-
ness and to fulfill the
Torah's directives for family
life I am confronted with
feminism's bitter fruit: a gen-
eration of women fearful of
love, incapable of genuine
equality or initiative, and neur-
otically incapable of commit-
ment. "
Francine Klagsbrun, outspo-
ken feminist and journalist,
offers her own interpretation
of how to achieve a happy
marriage: an ability to change
and tolerate change, live with
the unchangeable, and achieve
a balance of dependencies.
"This is another way of say-
ing balance of power," says
Klagsbrun. "There has been a
great emphasis on egalitarian
marriages in recent years,
marriage in which both
spouses share economic earn-
ings and power and both share
household duties. Let us hope
these marriages increase in
But while modern, "egalitar-
ian" Jewish marriages are
becoming increasingly the
norm, Jewish halachic pre-
scriptions and ritual observ-
ance lag far behind on the
issue of women's equality.
Blu Greenberg. who has
written extensively on women,
Orthodoxy and the feminist
movement and is married to an
Orthodox rabbi, addresses one
aspect of sexual inequality
under halachic law: Jewish
divorce law.
Greenberg traces the history
of the "get" law, while
acknowledging that rabbinic
authorities nave reinterpreted
the law over the centuries to
allow women more rights to
redress through the Bet Din,
and then concludes, "the rab-
bis tried hard, but not hard
"What remains to be done is
to formulate a rabbinic decree
or firm qualifications of the
existing halachah that will
both eliminate any potential
for abuse of women and will be
acceptable to and unite all
branches of Judaism."
Further elaborating on her
views in an interview with the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency,
Greenberg observed that
society and the Jewish com-
munity are organic.
"Jewish law encourages har-
monious and equal relations
between husband and wife,"
she said. "Marriages are not
inherently hierarchical. This
(Jewish divorce law) is one
area that casts a pall over the
whole relationship."
In her chapter, Greenberg
also poignantly discusses the
conflict she feels between the
desire to embrace the values of
the traditional Jewish family
and her need as a modern
woman to feel equal under
Jewish law.
"It would be dishonest," she
writes, "not to admit to a
sense of ambivalence, a hesita-
tion even a fear as I speak
of fundamental change from
the biblical principle.
"I am not unmindful of the
fact that the divinity of the
Torah has remained so strong
throughout our history pre-
cisely because the rabbis were
so careful not to 'forbid what
was permitted or permit what
was forbidden' in the Torah.
However, still another part of
me feels compelled to press, to
politicize, to call for change
with absolute certainty."
Greenberg's personal con-
flict consummately illustrates
the inherent tension between
the rigidity of Jewish tradi-
tional marital values and the
pressures of modern Jewish
marital practices.
What do we do as members
of a shrinking Jewish commun-
ity? Do we return to the tradi-
tions, as unegalitarian and
rigid as they may be perceived
by many to be, or do we push
for change?
The book does not attempt
to provide answers to these
Suestions. Rather, by posing
le question itself in the form
of a total of 43 different
essays, the book is meant as
food for thought a premise
for discussion.
With this in mind, Hadassah
has compiled a companion
guide to the book replete with
program suggestions, biblio-
graphies and addresses of
resource centers.
But Diament has her own
personal views concerning the
conflict: "I feel that the polari-
zation between feminism and
the family is really reprehensi-
ble," she told JTA.
" 'Jewish Marital Status' is
not urging women to go back
to the home and become sub-
missive. I urge women to look
seriously at the conflicts they
face between a chosen career
and the inexorable ticking of
their biological clocks. I urge
men to share in the responsi-
bilities of the family. Clearly,
the superwoman model has
failed. Women can't do it
"On the other hand, this new
woman is here to stay, and we
need the support structures to
help her have a life and a
family and a career within the
Jewish tradition.
"In a halachic structure that
is so rich and creative as ours,
I think that we can also adhere
to the needs of the times. We
need courageous interpreters
and communities and marital
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available at local bookstores or
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men, 1205 O'Neill Highway,
Dunmore, Pa. 18512.
The free companion guide
can be obtained by contacting
the Hadassah Order Depart-
ment, 50 W. 58 St., New York,
N.Y. 10019, or calling (212)
ORT Annual
Donor Luncheon
The South Palm Beach
County Region of Women's
American ORT will hold its
ninth Annual Donor Luncheon
on Monday, March 26, at
Brooks, Deerfield Beach, at
Lillian Goodman and Shelley
Stewart, members of the
Executive Committee of the
Region, will chair the event
which pays tribute to those
members who have contri-
buted at least one hundred
dollars to the ORT program.
Over several hundred ladies
from 13 chapters in Boca
Raton and Delray Beach are
expected to attend.
The afternoon will feature
an address by Carol Sue Press,
President of the Southeast
District and will also feature
special entertainment.
For information, call 496-
Aviva Chapter of Boca
Raton Hadassah will meet at
noon Wednesday, March 28, at
the Boca Raton Community
Center, Crawford Blvd.
instead of Patch Reef Park.
Betty Weiser of National
Hadassah will speak on Hadas-
sah summer camps and youth
activities including plans for
sponsoring a Russian child.
Ida (center) and Herman Singer of Delray Beach are presented
with Magen David Adorn Gxfi of Life award, by Pearl Stahl,
National Director of American Red Magen David for Israel
(ARMDI). The Singers donated the fully-equipped ambulance to
the people of Israel in honor of their fiftieth wedding anniversary.
ORT To Hold Open Forum
Members of the South Palm
Beach County Region of
Women's American ORT are
participating in the National
SPARC Campaign aimed at
recruiting 10,000 new mem-
bers to the Organization.
SPARC, which stands for
Spring Ahead Recruitment
Campaign, which began on
March 1, and runs through
June 30th. During this period
special recruitment activities
will be held by ORT chapters
throughout the country.
As part of its efforts, the
South Palm Beach County
Policy Reversal
Smooths Relations
Israel's total about-face on the
issue of German unification
has done much to smooth rela-
tions between Bonn and Jeru-
salem, following an angry
exchange on the subject
between Prime Minister Yitz-
hak Shamir and Chancellor
Helmut Kohl.
An aide to Kohl said in Bonn
that the chancellor is now pre-
pared to overlook the "misun-
derstanding" as to whether
unification would pose a threat
to the Jews.
Kohl was angered by Sha-
mir's remark while visiting the
United States in November
that the last time Germany
was strong and united it set
out to destroy the Jewish peo-
ple, and a strong united Ger-
many might try to do it again.
Region will be holding an Open
Forum entitled "The Winds of
Change in Eastern Europe ...
What Will It Mean?" on April
5th, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple
Emeth, Atlantic Avenue, Del-
ray Beach. Featured speakers
will be Michael Winograd.
Associate Director of the Flor-
ida Regional Office of the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith, and Professor James
Slitor, of Florida Atlantic Uni-
Marilyn Friedman is Presi
dent of the South Beach
County Region. For informa-
tion, call 395-6538.
On March 16, Rabbi Morton M.
Rosenthal, Director of the
Latin American Affairs
Department of the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith and the Jarkow Insti-
tute, was guest speaker at Con-
gregation B'nai Israel.
Ifs been an honor
and a pleasure
for generations.

Knights Of Pythias
Friday, March 23, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
Hadassah To Hold
11th Annual Donor Tete
Left, Sol Glide and Phil Rubin
at the Knights of Pythias
Atlantic Lodge 0S17 member-
ship breakfast.
Left, Murray Goodman, newest member of Knights of Pythias
Atlantic Lodge H17, ofDelray, and his wife, Irene, at the recent
weekend 'frolic' in Vero Beach.
Ruth and Harold Edelson set
the table for a Seville "L"
rondo breakfast meeting. Har-
old, a New Jersey resident and
Florida "snow-bird," recently
became a dual member of
Knights of Pythias Atlantic
Lodge H17, ofDelray Beach.
Masonic Club
Meeting, April 1
Robin Branch, Sun Sentinel,
Metro Section Columnist, will
be the guest speaker at the
West Delray Oriole Masonic
Club membership breakfast
meeting, Sunday, April 1,9:15
a.m., at the Delray Lodge No.
171, F & A.M., E. Atlantic
Avenue, (corner S.E. First
Avenue), Delray Beach.
Delray Lodge Worshipful
Master, Bernard Pollack, will
also address the members and
their Masonic guests with
words of welcome on behalf of
his officers and lodge mem-
For information call 495-
The eleventh annual Donor
Luncheon of the Menachim
Begin Chapter of Hadassah,
Delray Beach, will be held on
Tuesday, at noon, at Strebs III
Restaurant, 2320 South Fed-
eral Highway, Boynton Beach.
There will be entertainment
and door prizes.
Dorothy Mofson Kaye,
speaker for this occasion, is a
member of the National Ser-
vice Committee of Hadassah.
Among the many positions
Mrs. Kaye has held in Hadas-
sah are President of the Flor-
ida Atlantic Region, member
of the National Board, Area
Service Advisor and Vice Pres-
ident of the Florida Central
Region, as well as Conference
Chairman, President of the
Maimonades Group, Brooklyn,
N.Y., and more recently was
President of Golda Meir
Group, Boynton Beach.
In addition, Mrs. Kaye is a
member of the Community
Relations Council of the Jew-
ish Federation and is involved
with its Holocaust Committee
and Soviet Jewry activities.
Chairmen for the luncheon
are Helen Coleman and Lillian
Torczymer To
Address Series
Jacques Torczvner, execu-
tive member of the World
Zionist Organization and chair-
man, Herzl Institute, will
speak on "The Russians are
Coming!!! The Russians are
Coming!!!-to Israel," in the
Distinguished Lecture Series
of the Academy of Jewish Stu
dies, Herzl Institute, Tuesday
March 27, at 10 a.m., at Con
gregation Anshei Emunah
15189 Carter Road, West Del
The public is invited, at no
charge. For information call
Doak Campbell, Mayor of Delray Beach, second left, presents
proclamation declaring Knights of Pythias Founder's Day
February 19, 1990 to Knights of Pythias Atlantic Lodge H17.
From left, Eli Goldman, Campbell, Harry Wilson, Joe Zonen-
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Irving Schulman, president of the 11th District Association,
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'Atomic Spies' Exhibit
Renews Rosenberg Debate
Northern California Jewish Bulletin
The 40-year-old controversy
over Julius and Ethel Rosen-
berg is reverberating again as
the Jewish Community
Museum in San Francisco dis-
plays its newest
exhibit,"Unknown Secrets:
Art and the Rosenberg Era."
The problem revolves
around a local appearance by
Robert Meeropol, the younger
son of the executed "atomic
Meeropol, whose name was
changed when he was adopted
after their deaths, kicked off
the exhibition with a talk at
the U.C. San Francisco Laurel
Heights campus.
But Jewish "organizations
here didn't want to be co-
sponsors [of the talk] because
they were afraid of being
labeled as taking a particular
[political] position, and tem-
ples didn t want to call atten-
tion to the Jewish issue,"
charges museum director
Linda Steinberg. "Some
[museum] volunteers don't
even want to come because
they don't like the associa-
"I was looking for a co-
sponsor for the Meeropol lec-
ture, naively thinking, 'What
an exciting thing.' I wanted to
know how he felt, the personal
story. Can you imagine what it
was like to live through that?"
The Rosenbergs were con-
victed in 1951 of passing the
secret of the atomic bomb to
the Russians, and were exe-
cuted in 1953 when Meero-
Sol was 6 and his brother
[ichael was 10.
Controversy over the cou-
ple's guilt or innocence has
continued, as have questions
about whether they received
the death penalty because of
the anti-Communist hysteria
of the time or because they
were Jews.
As if to prove the Rosen-
bergs remain too hot to han-
dle, a number of Jewish com-
munity leaders in the Bay
Area have refused to discuss
the issue on the record. Those
who do talk cite other reasons
for turning down the Meeropol
lecture and related events.
Israeli Arabs Divided On Soviet Ally ah
Some Israeli Arabs have added
their voices to the growing
chorus of protest in the Arab
world against the large-scale
immigration of Soviet Jews to
But the Israeli Arab com-
munity as a whole seems div-
The most vocal opposition to
the Soviet aliyah was sounded
by Sheik Raed Salah Mahaj-
neh, a Moslem fundamentalist
who became mayor of the town
of Umm el-Fahm after its long-
time Communist administra-
tion was ousted in the 1988
Mahajneh spoke at a rally in
Haifa protesting the lack of
government funding for finan-
cially destitute Arab munici-
Soft-spoken but resolute, he
warned that the massive immi-
ration of Jews from the
oviet Union would be at the
expense of the local Arab pop-
But Knesset member Haggai
Meirom of Labor calls it a
"political petrol bomb" threat-
ening Jewish-Arab coexistence
in Galilee. He wants the police
to take action against the
sponsoring group.
Abna el-Balad is a relatively
marginal force in Israeli Arab
Far more influential are
Arabs like Assad Azaizeh,
mayor of the village of Dabbur-
iya, near Nazareth, who says
that "aliyah is a proven eco-
nomic incentive from which we
can all benefit, Jews and Arabs
The same theme was
sounded by Deputy Finance
Minister Yossi Beilin, chair-
man of the interministerial
committee on absorption.
Beilin said that large-scale
immigration stimulates eco-
nomic growth for the benefit
of all.
Even Mahajneh has backed
away from his anti-aliyah posi-
Addressing a joint meeting
of Arab mayors and Knesset
members, he said he had spo-
ken in Haifa out of frustration.
U.S. Soviet Jewry Group
Attacks Anti-Semitism
The National Conference on
Soviet Jewry, which has taken
a cautious approach to reports
of rising anti-Semitism in the
Soviet Union, is now urging
the Soviet government to
ensure the safety of the third
largest Jewish community in
the world.
"All we are asking the
Soviet Union is to enforce
their constitution and their
laws to ensure the Jewish pop-
ulation is not subject to physi-
cal harm," Martin Wenick, the
conference's executive direc-
tor, said in a telephone inter-
The conference's constituent
organizations decided at a
meeting in Washington to
heighten its profile on the
issue, raising the matter pub-
licly with people inside and
outside the U.S. government.
The group issued a state-
ment saying that the meeting
was held "to voice our concern
over the rising tide of anti-
Semitism in the Soviet Union,
whose pernicious manifesta-
tion we perceive as a threat to
the physical and emotional
well-being of that nation's
Jewish population of more
than 1.5 million.
"Mindful of recent events in
the Soviet Union, in which the
Jewish community has been
threatened by certain national-
ist groups, we urge the Soviet
authorities to take action,
including enforcement of their
own laws, to ensure the safety
of the Jewish community," the
conference said in the state-
It also urged the Bush
administration to continue
raising the issue during high-
level meetings with Soviet
Wenick said that while there
is no certainty that the lives of
Soviet Jews are in danger,
"they perceive a threat" and
many are in a state of panic.
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The threat does not exist in
every region of the Soviet
Union, Wenick stressed. Jews
in the Baltic republics feel
safe, he said. The anti-Jewish
threats come from Russian
nationalists, parts of the
Ukraine and such republics as
Azerbaijan, Turkestan and
Wenick also suggested that
the anti-Semitic campaign is
part of the opposition to Soviet
President Mikhail Gorbachev,
particularly among right-wing
News Briefs
Neusner Joins USF Faculty In Fall
TAMPA Jacob Neusner, 57, one of the most prolific
scholars of Judaic Studies in the world, will join the faculty
of the University of South Florida in the fall of 1990.
Neusner will come to the university as a tenured Graduate
Research Professor in the department of religious studies.
B'B Women, ABA Set Strategy
Washington B'nai B'rith Women, along with the
American Bar Association, Amnesty International and
representatives of over 15 national advocacy organizations,
set a strategy for reaching a common goal: ratification by
the United States of the U.N. Convention on the Elimina-
tion of All Forms of Discrimination (Women's Convention).
At the moment, 101 countries around the world have
ratified the convention. So far, the United States has not.
City of Hope Scientist Develops AIDS Therapy
Duarte, Calif. Use of "molecular scissors" to snip out
the chemical code of the AIDS virus within a cell and thus
prevent the infection of other cells, is described in the
March 9 issue of Science by City of Hope molecular
geneticist Dr. John J. Rossi. He said the procedure has
promise as AIDS therapy.
Reforms Could Change Status of Refugees
WASHINGTON (JTA) Continuing improvements in
the Soviet legal system could mean that fewer Soviet Jews
will qualify to be admitted to the United States as refugees,
Attorney General Dick Thornburgh said.
Brooklyn Yiddish Editor Arrested
NEW YORK The editor of a weekly Hebrew newspa-
per in Brooklyn was arrested for what appeared to be the
act of extorting money from an official of the Satmar
Hasidic community, in exchange for not printing derogat-
ory articles about the Satmar rebbe.
Boy Scouts Remove
Swastika-like Symbol
New York The Boy
Scouts of America will remove
an Indian symbol which resem-
bles a swastika from future
editions of the organization's
catalogue, the Anti-
Defamation League learned.
Decision was announced after
Jeffrey P. Sinensky, director
of ADL's Civil Rights Division,
wrote to Ben H. Love, the Boy
Scouts' chief executive, point-
ing out that a photograph of
the "Indian Pictograph Stamp
Set" in the 1990 catalogue
included a swastika as an ele-
ment of Indian art.
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B'nai Israel
On Friday evening, March
23, Shabbat Services will be
held at 8 p.m. Rabbi Richard
Agler will lead the worship
service and speak on "Watch
That Fur Coat Animal
Rights and Human Rights." A
guest cantor will lead the con-
gregation in song.
On Saturday morning,
March 24, at 10:15 a.m. Rabbi
Richard Agler will lead the
congregation in worship and
Torah study. Adam Fleischer
will become a Bar Mitzvah.
On Sunday, March 25, Sis-
terhood will hold a Rummage
Sale at Fidelity Bank, Atlantic
Avenue & Military Trail, in
Delray Beach. A Whirley Ball
trip will be held that day from
12:45 to 3 p.m.
On Monday, March 26, Sis-
terhood Meeting, featuring a
Holiday cooking class, led by
Synagogue News
B'nai Mitzvah
Justin Lee Zacks
On Saturday, May 24, Justin
Lee Zacks, son of Shelly &
Paul Zacks, will be called to
the Torah of Temple Beth El
of Boca Raton as a Bar Mitz-
As an ongoing Temple pro-
ject he will be "Twinning"
with Mikhail Fridman of the
Soviet Union.
Justin is a 7th grade student
at Unity School of Delray
Beach and attends the Temple
Beth El Religious School.
Family members sharing in
the simcha are his sister, Eden
and brother, Seth; and grand-
parents, Miriam & Sam Zacks
of Southfield, Michigan and
Betsy Allowitz of Delray
Justin's parents will host a
kiddush in his honor following
Shabbat Service.
Emily Klepner
On Saturday morning,
March 10, Emily Klepner,
daughter of Louis and Leslie
Klepner, will be called to the
Torah as a Bat Mitzvah at the
Congregation B'nai Israel of
Boca Raton. She will read that
portion of the Torah called
She will be joined at this
Mitzvah by her brother
Andrew, 14, and her grandpar-
ents Seymour and Thelma
Klepner of Delray Beach.
A student at Logger's Run
Middle School Emily s interest
involves art and fashion and is
an avid reader. .
Alison Hand finger
On Saturday morning,
March 31, Alison Handfinger,
daughter of Bruce and Wendy
Handfinger will be called to
the Torah, as a Bat Mitzvah, at
the Congregation B'nai Israel
of Boca Raton. She will read
the Vayikra portion of the
Ali will be joined on this
joyous occasion not only by her
brother Adam, 15, but by her
grandparents Ralph and
Delores Solomon of Boca
Raton and Howard and Edith
Rudley of Philadelphia, PA.
A student at the Logger's
Run Middle School Ali is
involved with all aspects of the
dance, jazz, tap and ballet, and
is in the "Steppin' Out" Dance
Company at the Walker Dance
Studio. She is also a member of
Teen Connection and Secret-
ary of the Youth Group.
On Saturday, March 24,
Maria Stuart Schaiken, daugh-
ter of Rose & Paul Schaiken,
will be called to the Torah of
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton
as a Bat Mitzvah.
Maria is a 6th grade student
at Boca Raton Middle School
and attends the Temple Beth
El Religious School.
Family members sharing in
the simcha are her sister, Loni;
and grandmother, Elsie Ber-
nardini of Boca Raton.
Mr. & Mrs. Schaiken will
host a kiddush in Maria's
honor following afternoon ser-
March 23
March 30
April 6
April 13
6:16 p.m.
6:19 p.m.
6:22 p.m.
6:25 p.m.
Benediction upon Kindling
the Sabbath Lights
Blessed art Thou, 0 Lord our
G-d, King of the universe who
hast sanctified us by thy com-
mandments and commanded
us to kindle the Sabbath light.
Mindy Agler at the home of
one of the Sisterhood members
at 8 p.m.
On Thursday, March 29,
there will be a Parent Work-
shop, "Passover," taught by
Susanne Young at Spanish
River High School, 4:30-6 p.m.
On Friday evening, March
30, Shabbat Services will be
held at 8 p.m. Rabbi Richard
Agler will lead the worship
service and the 6th grade class
and Gimel class from the
School for Living Judaism, will
participate in the Service. The
theme will be "Torah
On Saturday morning,
March 31, at 10:15 a.m., Rabbi
Richard Agler will lead the
congregation in worship and
Torah study. Alison Handfin-
ger will become a Bat Mitzvah.
On Monday evening, April 2,
the Center for Justice will hold
its meeting at 8 p.m. at the
Temple Beth El
Temple Beth El of Boca
Raton will sponsor an Inter-
faith Shabbat Dinner with St.
Gabriel's Church as their
guests, at 5:45 p.m., followed
by Shabbat Worship Services
this Friday evening at 8 p.m.
Rabbi Merle E. Singer and
Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach
will officiate.
BOFTY The Senior Youth
Group of Temple Beth El of
Boca Raton will have Election
of officers on Saturday, March
24. Following the elections,
and food, they will go to the
Comic Strip in Ft. Lauderdale.
On March 24, Shabbat Morn-
ing Bible Study Class at 9 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Services
begin at 10:30 a.m. Justin
Zacks will celebrate his Bar
Mitzvah this Saturday morn-
Ory Shihor, Israeli Pianist,
will be the guest artist for the
Young Artist Series, "Sun-
days at Three," to be held at
the temple in the sanctuary
starting at 3 p.m., March 25.
CLUB CHAI The Junior
Youth Group of Temple Beth
El of Boca Raton, will hold a
Karate Night on Sunday,
March 25, from 6-8 p.m. in the
Youth Lounge.
pianists, will present an All-
Gershwin program for the Dis-
tinguished Artists Series at
the temple on Wednesday
evening, March 28, at 8:15
Anshei Emuna
Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks will
preach the Sermon on the
theme "The Call of Love" at
the Sabbath morning service
on March 31, at 8:30 a.m.
Kiddush will follow.
Rabbi Sacks will preach the
Sermon on the theme "The
Sabbath For Greatness" at the
Sabbath Morning Service on
April 7th, 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-
Beth Ami
Religious services will be
conducted Friday evening
March 23 at 8:15 p.m. Rabbi
Nathan Zelizer will speak on
"Israel, A Small People A
Great Drama." He will be
assisted by Cantor Mark Levi,
who chants. An Oneg follows
Saturday morning March 24
at 9:30 a.m., religious services
will begin. Rabbi Nathan Zel-
izer will teach the Biblical por-
tion of Vayakhel-Pekudeh and
will speak on "Jews Waited
Too Long." A Kiddush follows
Religious services will be
conducted Friday evening
March 30 at 8:15 p.m. Rabbi
Nathan Zelizer will speak on
"The Jewish Concept of Sin."
He will be assisted by Cantor
Mark Levi. An Oneg follows
Religious services will be
conducted Saturday morning
March 31 at 9:30 a.m. Rabbi
Nathan Zelizer will teach the
Biblical portion of Vayikra and
will speak on "Progress Is Not
Accidental." A Kiddush fol-
lows services.
Beth Ami Congregation of
Boca Raton, Florida will hold
the service for the Dedication
of its building and Sanctuary,
Sunday, April 1st, at 1 p.m.
Various dignataries, among
whom will be the Honorable
Emil Danciu, Mayor of the city
of Boca Raton, will attend.
Mayor Danciu will be a guest
A special part of the pro-
gram will be the presentation
to the Congregation of a char-
ter to the United Synagogues
of America.
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descriptive motto: "people
instead of profits."
But a recent study by the
Anti-Defamation League
of B'nai B'rith contends that
the NAP's philosophy might
just as well be "profits instead
of people."
In "The New Alliance Party:
A Study in Deception," the
ADL claims that the left-of-
center party that ran black
candidate Lenora Fulani in the
1988 presidential election is
nothing less than "part Marx-
ist sect, part therapy cult, part
entertainment enterprise.'
"Like the extremist politics
of Lyndon LaRouche," the
study says, "the New Alliance
Party has the trappings of a
cult.' Its politics "is an amal-
gam of eccentric 'therapy' the-
ories, revolutionary rhetoric,
black nationalism, sexual ref-
erences, anti-Semitism and
intense anti-Israel bias."
Report refers to numerous
statements by Fred Newman,
whom ADL says is the leader
of the party, in which Newman
expressed support for PLO
terrorist Abu Jihad, Libyan
Colonel Moammar Gadhafi and
Nation of Islam leader Louis
Farrakhan. He also referred to
Jews as "the storm troopers of
decadent capitalism' who
"sold their souls to the devil."
ADL also alleges that New-
man a one-time college
teacher and the director of
eight "therapeutic centers"
where his unique method of
"social therapy" is practiced
used the centers for the
indoctrination of NAP mem-
bers and for political fund rais-
"It's the potential to lure the
unsuspecting or the innocent
into support for various activi-
ties of the party that is the
source of concern," explained
Alan Schwartz, director of
ADL's research and evalua-
tion department and editor of
the study.
"The NAP has all the fea-
tures commonly associated
with cults: a father figure in
Newman, the strict inculcation
of a specific point of view into
members that seem to do his
bidding, the extreme secrecy
"It's the potential to lure
the unsuspecting or the
innocent into support for
various activities of the
party that is the source of
concern," explained Alan
Schwartz, director of
ADL's research and
evaluation department
and editor of the study.
of much of their activity, the
deceptiveness in the running
of these so-called therapy cen-
ters as a vehicle for promoting
Newman's ideology, as well as
the anti-Semitic scapegoat-
ing," Schwartz said.
But according to Newman,
the ADL study is not only
misrepresentative but slander-
"This characterization of the
NAP is a complete distortion
of the organization," said
Newman in a telephone inter-
Rabbinic Consensus
On 'Get' Elusive
The Jewvtk Advocate
BOSTON "Get" is the
Hebrew word for divorce.
G.E.T. is also an acronym
for Getting Equitable Treat-
ment, a New York-based
organization which assists
individuals seeking a Jewish
divorce from a recalcitrant
Its aim is to promote the use
of a prenuptial agreement to
prevent future problems with
Agreement, which engaged
couples would sign, stipulates
that in the case of a civil
divorce, neither party will
withhold from the other a reli-
gious divorce.
Overwhelming number of
problems in Jewish divorce
involve men who, despite com-
pletion of civil divorce pro-
ceedings, refuse to give the get
to their wives.
Often the get is withheld as a
means of bribery or blackmail
regarding money, property, or
access to children.
The Conservative movement
has dealt with the problem in
two ways, both unacceptable
to the Orthodox. The Reform
movement does not require a
One method used by Conser-
vatives is the "Lieberman
clause," which is added to the
ketubah the marriage con-
tract. The clause, created by
the late Rabbi Saul Lieberman,
former head of the Jewish
Theological Seminary, states
that divorce disputes will be
referred to the court, or bet
din, of the Conservative move-
ment, which shall take the
necessary remedies. The civil
courts in New York have
abided by this.
But Orthodoxy says Jewish
law prohibits changing the ket-
ubah, even by adding to it.
The second Conservative
method is known as "kiddu-
shin al t'nai," which imposes a
conditional status on the mar-
Idea is that by signing the
ketubah and consecrating the
woman to him "by the law of
Moses," the husband is prom-
ising to abide by Jewish law. If
he refuses to give a get, he is
not abiding by Jewish law and
thus there was never a valid
marriage and a get is not
This is totally unacceptable
to Orthodox rabbis, who insist
that marriages cannot be con-
"When a couple is deciding
view. "The report is filled with
error after error. They didn't
do much research at all. They
equate anyone opposed to
Zionism as an anti-Semite.
"As usual, the ADL is doing
their dirty work for them," he
said in a statement referring
to Israeli leaders. "The estab-
lishment Jewish leadership in
this country is working over-
time to protect the profoundly
racist, neo-fascistic Israeli gov-
ernment from criticism."
The controversial party was
formed in 1979 in New York
by community and labor activ-
ists, many of them Jewish, as a
progressive party for Ameri-
can underdog minorities. It
describes itself as a Black-led,
multi-racial eft-wing party,
and has taken outspoken views
on gay and lesbian rights and
racism, as well as a staunchly
anti-Zionist and pro-
Palestinian orientation.
In 1981, it received notoriety
for launching the Dump Koch
movement, and in 1984 it vig-
orously backed Jesse Jackson
for the Democratic presiden-
tial nomination.
"It was a political organiza-
tion that was an organic part
of a movement of black, white
and Latino working class peo-
ple," Dennis Serrette, NAP
1984 presidential candidate,
described the party in a politi-
cal autobiography, "The Mak-
ing of a Revolutionary."
Since 1984, however, Ser-
rette's attitudes toward the
NAP have changed considera-
bly, and it was testimony he
gave in 1987 that ultimately
served as the basis for the
ADL report.
When serving as a witness in
the lawsuit of plaintiff Emily
Carter of NAP against the
Jackson, Miss., Advocate, Ser-
rette testified, "(The NAP)
seemed more preoccupied to
me around therapy than they
did the political. There was no
other organization I could ever
recall that controlled their peo-
ple the way the New Alliance
Party with therapy had con-
trolled their people."
He said that the bulk of the
finances and the membership
of the party came from New-
man's therapy centers, and
that NAP, "an organization
which portrays itself as a
Marxist organization, (is) noth-
ing more than a power play by
an individual to exercise con-
trol over a large number of
"He's just lying," said New-
man of Serrette s testimony.
"He was a longtime leftist.
When he came to the NAP, he
said it was the only left party
that had any relationship to
the people.
"Anyone who thinks Fulani
doesn't have power, doesn't
know who Fulani is," he said,
referring to the black 1988
presidential candidate who
serves as NAP chairperson.
"And Serrette had a relation-
ship with her. It's not only a
lie, it's a Hitlerian lie," he
Newman was equally dispar-
aging of ADL allegations
about his anti-Semitism and
questionable political alliances.
He did not deny having made
various statements in The
National Alliance, the NAP's
weekly newspaper, in which he
called Jews, "dirty," "self-
righteous dehumanizers,"
"murderers of people of
color," "racist bigots," and
"colonizers of Palestine."
"I have a statement to make
about Jews," he explained. "I
have a responsibility as a Jew
and as an American to say
what is wrong. It is precisely
because of my Jewishness that
I am so outraged that the
Zionist leadership is doing
unto others what was done
unto us.
"The devil I refer to is inter-
national capitalism and Wash-
ington, D.C. I don't think that
has anti-Semitic overtones at
all. I think it's a very pro-
Jewish position. I have a very
strong Jewish identity.
"From the ADL's vantage
point, the problem with NAP
is not that it's deceptive, but
that it may turn out to be
attractive to other progressive
Jews such as the ones who are
already building NAP," he
Regarding Farrakhan, New-
man admitted that he did not
agree with a great number of
the Black leader's positions.
Nevertheless, he states une-
quivocally that Farrakhan "is
not the enemy of the Jewish
people. He is deeply respected
by the black community, and I
respect the right of the Afro-
American community to sup-
port its leaders that are
expressive of their struggle.
Newman said he was not
surprised at all by the ADL
study. "They've been on us for
years now,' he said.
NAP has done its share of
baiting as well. Over the years,
Newman has publicly called
the ADL "a multimillion dollar
slander machine," a "disgrace
to Judaism," and "a pack of
bullies." A lead article in the
Feb. 2,1989, National Alliance
was entitled, "The ADL: Jews
Without Principles."
to get married, they can't be
signing an agreement about a
divorce," said Rabbi Menashe
Klein of Boro Park, Brooklyn.
Prenuptial agreements dis-
seminated by G.E.T. stipulate
that in the event of divorce,
spouses will appear before a
Rabbinical Court to terminate
the marriage according to
Jewish law.
Some versions also state
that breach of contract entitles
the injured party to legal dam-
ages and relief by civil courts.
The agreements do not deal
with the division of property
and assets.
"Hope you don't mind."
different prenuptial agree-
ments written by Orthodox
rabbis, and rabbinic consensus
on the subject appears remote.
Primary issue, according to
halachic authorities, is that a
Beth Din cannot "coerce" a
husband into giving a get.
Asked if being required to
live up to the terms of a pre-
nuptial contract is not similar
to being required to live up to
the terms of the marriage con-
tract, the Bostoner rebbe, Levi
Horowitz, replied that the ket-
ubah is a document separate
from the institution of marri-
There are currently eight It delineates the husband's
financial obligations to the
wife, but the marriage holds
even if he doesn't provide,
Horowitz explained. In any
event, it cannot be enforced.
Rabbi Aaron Soloveitchik of
Chicago, a halachic authority
whose opinion would be highly
respected if he were to
endorse one particular docu-
ment, agreed that the Bet Din
has no authority.
Even if the husband has
signed an agreement, he can-
not be forced give a get, Solo-
veitchik said.
G.E.T. is opposed to making
the divorce contingent on
property settlements or visita-
tion rights.

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