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If^ The Jewish 1L T
Volume 10 Number 10
Tampa, Florida Friday, May 13, 1988
Price 35 Cents
Community Forum May 18 to FocusOn % #
Israel and the Territories
An In-Depth Review
On Wednesday, May 18, 8
p.m., the Jewish community of
Tampa will have a unique op-
portunity to be briefed by the
experts on the current situa-
tion in Israel and the ter-
ritories. The Community Rela-
tions Committee of the Tampa
Jewish Federation is proud to
present this informative even-
ing which is being held at Con-
gregation Rodeph Sholom,
2713 Bayshore Blvd.
This open community forum
is designed to present, from
several different viewpoints, a
discussion about "Israel and
the Territories an In-depth
Review." The program is an
outgrowth of the numerous
newspaper and television
reports that have been a daily
occurence in Israel.
"We are responding to many knowledgeable speakers
requests from members of the the subject," Rabbi H. David
community who have asked us Rose, chairman of the lampa
to bring together Jewish Federation Community
Rahamim Timor
Relations Committee, stated.
"We also feel it is important to
hear more than one side and
have included a representative
of the "Peace Now" move-
ment along with other
members who will make up
this distinguished panel,"
Rose, who will serve as
moderator, concluded.
Panel members include:
Ambassador Rahamim
Consul General of Israel
David Guberman, Esq.
National Advisory Ad-
visory Board,
American Friends of
Peace Now
Dean Ralph L.
College of Journalism
and Communications,
University of Florida
Dr. Ailon Shiloh
Dean Ralph L. Lowenstein
University of South Florida
Plan to join us and bring
your friends to this exciting
the opportunity to question the
experts so come prepared with
one or two concise questions.
Doug Cohn, president of the
Tampa Jewish Federation, ex-
pressed his gratitude to Rabbi
Rose and the Community Rela-
tions Committee "for putting
together this quality education
program for our community.
We are all concerned about the
continuing confrontation in
the Middle East and it is im-
portant that we, as a Jewish
community are as
knowledgeable as possible,"
stated Cohn.
"I sincerely hope that we
will see a very large response
from our community," Cohn
For additional information
call the Community Relations
Committee of the Tampa
Jewish Federation at
875-1618. Don't miss out
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Professor of Anthropology, evening forum. You will have See you there!!!
Beth Am Announces Rabbi Liss
Congregation Beth Am an-
nounces the appointment of
Rabbi Janet B. Liss to its
pulpit, following membership
approval at a special meeting
April 26. Rabbi Liss will begin
her full-time duties July 1,
The academic and rabbinic
credentials Rabbi Liss brings
to Beth Am are outstanding.
She received a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Judaic Studies
at American University and a
Master of Arts degree in
Hebrew Language and
Literature at Columbia
University, where she has also
completed all necessary
coursework for a Doctorate.
Additionally, she has com-
pleted various studies in
Israel, including graduate
work in Heberw literature at
Hebrew University in
Rabbi Liss served as Direc-
tor of Youth Programming
and subsequently as Coor-
dinator of Hebrew Curriculum
for Temple Israel, a congrega-
tion of 1,750 families, in
Boston. She has published a
computer program for Hebrew
instruction and an accompany-
ing textbook, and is a member
of the National Association of
Tempkle Educators (NATE).
With her enrollment to study
for the rabbinate at Hebrew
Union College in Cincinnati,
Rabbi Liss was assigned the
position of student rabbi at
Temple Emanuel in Pueblo,
Colorado, a position she held
for three years at the con-
gregation's request. This
responsibility has afforded her
considerable experience as a
pulpit rabbi filling ongoing
congregational needs and of-
ficiating at all life cycle events.
In addition, she has served for
the past two summers as a rab-
binic intern at Congregation
Bet Breira in South Miami.
"I feel that Beth Am is
privileged to have Rabbi Liss
as our spiritual leader," Dr.
Maurice Shaw, the congrega-
tion's president, stated. "I
urge each of you to meet her
personally at the upcoming an-
nual meeting on May 21, and
to experience her warmth in-
telligence at Shabbat services.
She is an unusual person who
will greatly enrich the quality
of our congregational life."
The rabbinic search commit-
tee, under the chairmanship of
Dr. Ralph Golub, has spared no
effort, and their dedication
and competence have con-
tributed substantially to the af-
filiation with Rabbi Liss. With
like enthusiasm, Rabbi Liss
looks forward to her first op-
portunity to meet the congr-
egation at large on May 21 at
the annual meeting.
united Jewish Appeal
1988 Campaign update
GOAL .............$ 1,370,000
1988ResuttS 5/4/88 .... 902,963
1967 Results 5/4/87 $ 794,928
TJFS Participates
in Conference
Tampa Jewish Family Ser-
vices has been invited to par-
ticipate in a conference ad-
dressing the needs of the
elderly in our community en-
titled "Growth Management
and Planning for Florida's
Elderly.. 2000 and Beyond."
The agency will present a
panel composed of therapists
Barbara Hodges and Toby
Krawitz and Dr. Anschel O.
Weiss, Director. This con-
ference is co-sponsored by the
Hillsborough County Board of
County Commissioners and
the Department of Health and
Rehabilitative Services.
Topics which this panel will
address include the following:
... How do we define the
basic quality of life, and how
much is that quality necessary
to our well being?
.. How do dwindling
economic resources affect the
attitude and behavior of the
aging person?
... How do economics af-
fect the quality of leisure time,
and how can the promise of
that leisure be fulfilled?
.. How is the emotional
well-being of an aging person
affected by his or her increas-
ing neediness and dependency
on others?
.. Can longevity be valued
for its own sake?
... How do economic and
political factors such as
eligibility for assistance, func-
tional power, affect the
The panel will be held from
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Thursday, May 26th, at the
Tampa Airport Marriott
Tallahassee Fly-In
The annual Jewish Federation Fly-In to
Tallahassee is May 25. The fly-in has been an op-
portunity for leaders from around the state to
join hands and help lobby our legislators on
behalf of the poor, homeless, elderely, and in-
digent in our state.
The one day fly-in will begin with registration
and continental breakfast at 8 a.m. in the
Cabinet Room on the lower level of the Capitol
Building. The program will commence at 9:30
a.m. A number of prominent legislators have
been invited to address our group on various
human-service topics. Later in the day we will
hear from the Governor's Budget Office and of-
ficials of many of the government agencies that
oversee human service programs.
An official State of Florida celebration of
Israel's 40th Anniversary will be held at a lun-
cheon in the beautiful Old Senate Chamber of
the Old Capitol Building. We have invited the
entire Legislature, Cabinet, Governor, and
Supreme Court.
In the afternoon you will have time to meet
with your legislators and/or their staff, and ac-
tually watch the Senate and House in action.
The day will conclude by 3:30 p.m.
If you are interested in attending this exciting
event, contact the Government Affairs Task
Force of the Tampa Jewish Federation at
875-1618 as soon as possible. Seats on the plane
are limited.

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of Tampa/Friday, May 13, 1988
Honored Architect Jake Gottfried was honored as
Volunteer of the Year by the Centre for Women at a recep-
tion saluting all of its volunteers. Jake has given many,
many hours through his involvement in the restoration of
the historical structure which houses the organization on
Hyde Park Avenue. The extensive project's completion is
slated to coincide with the building's 100th birthday in
another two years. Jake's entire family was on hand for
the special presentation, including his wife Debra, who has
served on the Centre's Board for several years. Con-
gratulations for an honor well deserved!
Elected The results are in from the elections at
Chamberlain High School and the winner is ... Stacy
Shor! She was elected vice president of the Student Coun-
cil. Stacy will be a junior in September, when her term of
office begins. She will attend a conference for state-wide
Student Council representatives in West Palm Beach,
Stacy's proud mom is Jolene Shor. Way to go!
Mathematically correct Darin Goldstein placed
FIRST in the state in a Florida State math competition in
Geometry. Darin, the son of Michelle and Burton Golds-
tein, is in the 9th grade at Berkeley Prep. He will be
representing Florida in the National competitions in the
near future. In addition to his proud parents, Darin's aunt
and uncle are also cheering him on. They are Sara and
Larry Goldkind. Keep us posted, and good luck!
Baby line Dana Nicole Le Strange was bom to
Renee and Gary Le Strange March 2,1988. She weighed 6
lbs. 7 Vz ozs. and was 19 W long. She is their first child.
Happy grandparents are Shirley and Larry Davis of Tam-
pa, and Irene and Edward Le Strange of Huntington,
New York. Great grandmother Frances Gelbsman lives in
Boca Raton. Other special relatives include Aunt Debbie
and Uncle Ron Hite and cousins Erica and Joshua Hite of
Huntington, West Virginia. Aunt June and Uncle Danny
Muccio live in Valley Stream, New York. What a happy
time for all of you!
Another bundle of joy Alan and Carol Landow are
thrilled to announce the birth of their second daughter,
Brooke Lauren. She was born April 13 and weighed 7 lbs.
3 ozs. and was 19 xk long. Brooke has a not-so-big sister
Erin Rose, who is 19 months old. Grandparents are Melvin
and Shirley Landow of Boca Raton, Florida, and Eva and
Morris Harwell, from Tampa. Great grandparents Birdie
and Henry Chandler live in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, A
baby naming was held for Brooke at Kol Ami on April 23.
Welcome to the world!
A great Singer Betsy and Gil Singer are the happy
parents of Zachary David, who was born April 29. He
weighed 8 lbs. 9 ozs. and was 22" long. Excited, big brother
Daniel is 4 years old. Grandparents are Rabbi Frank and
Adrianne Sundheim of Miami, and Dr. Herbert and Ber-
nice Singer of Roslyn, Long Island. Wishing your family
the best of everything at this wonderful time for you!
Awarded Gene Davis, executive vice president and
managing director of Bay Distributors Inc., has been
presented with a centenary bottle of Glenfiddich Single
Malt Whiskey for being the winner in "The Glenfiddich
Centenary Challenge," a six-month program that involved
Glenfiddich distributors nationwide and raised more than
$78,000 for the Save the Children Federation. He is mar-
ried to Helen Gordon Davis. A meaningful recognition for
a fine job.
A big welcome Moving to Tampa within the last
year are Drs. Sara and Larry Goldkind. They came here
from Israel, where they lived for a year, but are from
Boston. Sara is an internist and Larry specializes in
gastroenterology. They have two sons, Joshua, who is
three, and Clifford, 10 months. Larry's sister is Michelle
Goldstein, who is thrilled that Sara and Larry are in Tam-
pa. They both enjoy archaeology and playing tennis. The
Goldkinds live in Carrollwood Village and are members of
Kol Ami. We're glad you decided to move here, and know
you'll love it!
Happy Birthday,
Ten Commandments
This article appeared in the
Congregation Kol Ami "Chai-
During a single week one
television channel showed
"The Ten Commandments,,"
while other channels featured
programs that broke six of
However shabbily the Ten
Commandments are treated
today, their pronouncement on
Mount Sinai some 3,000 years
ago was surely one of the most
important events in all human
history. The world was never
quite the same after that mo-
ment when our ancestors
stood at the foot of a quaking
mountain and, amidst thunder
and lightning, heard the
Divine words.
On the Festival of Shavuot,
(May 22, 23), we celebrate the
"birthday" of the Ten Com-
mandments. The command-
ments are a blessing to which
we need deepened
Shavuot, "the time of the
giving of our Torah," has ex-
traordinary significance for
our people. It commemorates
the event which molded our
character, regulated our
behavior and shaped our
Whatever the impact of
Sinai on the course of the
subsequent history of mankind
in general, one thing is certain.
For our people, something pro-
foundly revolutionary and ir-
reverisble happened there.
After Sinai the Jewish people
would never be the same.
It was at Sinai that our
ancestors heard that heavenly
verdict: "On this day you have
become a people." A horde of
ex-slaves, so recently
liberated, was elevated into a
consecrated people and given a
priceless gift the Torah.
And that made all the
We did not become a people
when we threw off the chains
of the Pharoah; we became a
people when we enlisted in the
service of God.
Centuries later the Jewish
philosopher Saadiah could
write with every justification:
"Our people is a people only by
virtue of our possession of the
To possess the Torah meant
to be possessed by it. Torah for
our people became our
magnificant obsession. And
thus the Torah grew. Other
books were added to the
original five, the books that
became our Bible, then the
Mishnah, the Gemara, Respon-
sa, Commentaries; the works
of grammarians, philosophers,
mystics, kabbalists, ra-
tionalists all inspired by
Torah and included within it.
It was to the study of this en-
tire body of literature that
Judaism applied the rabbinic
verdict: "The merit of Torah
study is equal to all the
Torah study was to begin as
soon as a child was old enough
to read and the process was to
continue throughout life. Only
death could interrupt it.
We who appeared on the
stage of history carrying a
Book earned the proud
designation the People of
the book. We carried the Book
and the Book carried us. It
gave us strength to resist,
courage to persevere, and a
special dimension of joy in
The greatest threat to
Jewish survival in America
derives from the growing
distance between the People of
the Book and the books of our
people. More and more of our
people know less and less
about the rich heritage of our
people accumulated over long
centuries of spiritual and in-
tellectual creativity. Ignorance
leads to indifference and indif-
ference leads to loss of identi-
ty. An empty sack cannot
The words of Adah Ha'am
are no less true in contem-
porary America than they
were in early twentieth cen-
tury Russia where they were
written: "Learning! Learn-
ing!" That is the secret of
Jewish survival.
Long before Ahad Ha'am,
our Sages emphasized the
crucial centrality of study in
two rhetorical questions: "If
you have acquired knowledge
what do you lack? If you lack
knowledge what have you
Rabbis Harold Kushner and
Jack Riemer, have summoned
us to study and acquaint
ourselves with our ex-
travagant legacy. Their words
are especially meaningful as
we approach Shavuot and once
again face Mount Sinai:
"We owe it to our ancestors to
keep Torah alive;
They struggled and suffered to
preserve our way of life;
They knew this to be their
most precious gift to us.
We owe it to our children to
keep Torah alive;
For why should they be
spiritual paupers
When the riches of this
heritage can be theirs?
We owe it to the world to keep
Torah alive;
This is a message which the
world needs to hear.
We owe it to God to continue
as a people,
To share His dream, to bear
witness to His
And to live the words of the
Aida Weissman
Chairs Annual Meeting
Aida Weissman will chair
the 1988 Combined Annual
Meeteing, which is co-
Aida Weissman
sponsored by the Tampa
Jewish Federation, the
Women's Division of the Tam-
pa Jewish Federation, the
Jewish Community Center,
Tampa, Jewish Family Ser-
vices, and the Hillel Day
School. The meeting is
schedule for Tuesday, June 14.
"Weissman's past leader-
ship in our local community
will provide the necessary
direction to make this year's
annual meeting a major suc-
cess," commented DougCohn,
Tampa Jewish Federation
President. Aida has served as
both the Education and Cam-
paign vice president for the
Women's Division of the Tam-
pa Jewish Federation. She is a
past president of O.R.T. and
she also serves on the Jewish
Community Center board.
The annual meeting commit-
tee has already secured Mark
Talisman, Director of the
Washington, D.C. office of the
Council of Jewish Federations
to be the keynote speaker.
Further details will be for-
thcoming in the Jewish
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Tobin Chairs
Livnot Mission
Lee Tobin is going on the
Livnot Mission to Israel, Oc-
tober 23-31. He invites the
Tampa Jewish community to
join him, along with hundreds
of fellow Jews from across the
United States, in this lifetime
The Livnot Mission will com-
bine touring and programming
and will include recreation. It
will also seek to explain and
give an in-depth awareness of
the Israel of today, including
special attention to the crises
that have raged in the
headlines. In addition to the
mission, the first three days
will include individualized pro-
gramming for first time mis-
sion participants, those in-
terested in archaeology or
security needs.
The Mission cost is $1,800
per person (excluding round-
trip airfare to New York). No
minimum campaign gift is re-
quired, however the Tampa
Jewish Federation will sub-
sidize an individual dollar for
Lee M. Tobin
dollar for gifts between $500
and $1,000. For further infor-
mation, contact Lisa Bush at
the Tampa Jewish Federation,
875-1618 or Lee Tobin, chair-
man at 247-1069.
UJA Establishes Fellowship
NEW YORK (JTA) The United Jewish Appeal has
established a program to recruit and train UJA campaign
staff and potential Jewish community professionals.
The Pearlstone Fellows Program will select applicants to
participate in a work-study program leading to a master's
degree. The fellows will work under supervision at national
UJA here in association with local Jewish federations
located in areas with strong fund-raising potential.
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posal that the European Com-
munity administer the West
Bank and Gaza Strip under a
United Nations mandate is
making the rounds of
diplomatic circles here, but so
far there has been no official
reaction from the E.C. foreign
The idea was floated by Bet-
tino Craxi, leader of Italy's
Socialist Party, as a transition
measure pending a settlement
of the Israeli-Arab dispute.
Italian Foreign Minister
Giulio Andreotti relayed it to
his 11 colleagues at a meeting
of the E.C. Council of
Ministers in Luxembourg. He
stressed that the proposal has
not been formally adopted by
the Italian government.
The Socialists are members
of the recently formed five-
party coalition government in
Italy headed by Premier
Ciriaco de Mita, a Christian
Craxi's formula is aimed at
easing the tension in the
Israeli-administered ter-
ritories and giving the Euro-
pean Community a direct role
in Middle East affairs. But
observers in Luxembourg
doubt it could ever be im-
Bay Area
Jewish Singles
Join the Tampa Jewish
Federation in a unique oppor-
tunity to meet Jewish singles
from across the U.S.A. and
share the experience of explor-
ing Israel with them. The
dates available are July 17-27
and July 31-Aug. 10, 1988.
The Mission highlights
Opportunity to meet and
mingle with your Israeli peers
Visit Tampa's Project
Renewal neighborhood and
meet with residents
Disco and BBQ on Lake
Participate in an ar-
chaeological seminar at
Zedekaya's cave
Kabbalat Shabbat the
Western Wall
Ascend Massada and float
in the Dead Sea
Included in the $2,100 cost
Round trip airfare
Five star hotel accom-
modations in Tel Aviv,
Tiberias and Jerusalem
Touring with UJA guides
in air condictioned buses
UJA Hospitality Deck
Entrance fees to all sites
Don't delay. Space is on a
first come basis and it's filling
up. Applications and deposits
must be received by May 31.
For additional information
contact the Young Adult Divi-
sion at the Tampa Jewish
Federation at 875-1618.
Friday, May 13, 1988/The Jewish Floridian of Tampa Page 3
T.O.P. Endowment Fund Award
Erwin and Wendy Katz are presented a bronze bust oj
Maimonides in recognition of their gift to TOP Endowment fund.
Mark Glichman (left) executive director of the fund made the
presentation. Maimonides Founders must maintain a minimum
of $10,000 in an endowment for five years and make a one-time
gift of $2,500 to the Tampa Unrestricted Endowment fund.
plemented in the face of ex-
pected opposition from Israel.
Meanwhile, snags are
developing over the scheduled
meeting of the E.C.-Israel
Cooperation Council here on
May 24. The council is the
ministerial body that monitors
the trade and financial
agreements between Israel
and the 12 E.C. member
Spain, Italy and Greece have
expressed reservations over
the meeting unless Israel
agrees to include political
issues on the agenda. They
want to discuss such issues as
the unrest in the administered
territories, prospects for an in-
ternational peace conference
and the assassination of the
Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion's second in command,
Khalil al-Wazir in Tunis.
According to Foreign
Minister Hans-Dietrich
Genscher of West Germany,
current chairman of the E.C.
Council of Ministers, if Israel
agrees to discuss these issues,
the meeting of the Coopera-
tion Council certainly will take
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of Tampa/Friday, May 13, 1988
Haftel, Schwartzes Host Weizmann Scientist
Professor Ruth Arnon, the
eminent immunologist-
scientist of Israel's Weiz-
mann Institute of Science,
was the guest speaker
recently at a Science Forum
and Dinner Reception in sup-
port of the Institute hosted
by Tarpon Springs citrus
grower Harold Haftel at the
Cypress Run home of Mavis
and Herb Schwartz.
Prof. Arnon outlined for
the 30 invited guests her four
primary areas of research:
synthetic vaccines, acute im-
munological diseases, cancer
and immunological aspects of
parasitic infections.
The discussion focused on
Prof. Arnon's research on
the synthetic drug called
Copolymer 1, or Cop-1,
originally developed by Ar-
non and Weizmann colleague,
Prof. Michael Sela, which ap-
pears to slow and possibly
reverse the effects of
multiple sclerosis, a
degenerative disease of the
nervous system. Cop-1 is a
polypeptide synthesized from
four amino acids, or building
blocks of proteins.
Prof. Arnon cautioned that
Cop-1 will require more
research with far larger test
groups before it is ready for
commercial use. Two studies
have been conducted in the
United States and a third will
be underway shortly. More
than 250,000 people in the
United States alone suffer
from multiple sclerosis.
In addition to the reception
at the Schwartz home in Tar-
pon Springs, Prof. Arnon's
four-day whirlwind tour of
the Florida West Coast in-
cluded meetings with
members of the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society in
Tampa, immunologists and
faculty members at the
University of South Florida
and Moffitt Cancer Research
Center, and a reception at
the Longboat Key home of
Dorothy and Sol Levites in
Sarasota, all sponsored by
the Weizmann Institute's
Florida Region.
Prof. Ruth Arnon is shown with Harold Haftel, Tarpon Springs
citrus grower and Chairman of the Weizmann Institute Florida
West Coast Region, at reception and dinner at home of Mavis and
Herb Schwartz.
RCA Convention
Several hundred rabbis from throughout the U.S. will at-
tend the 52nd annual convention of the Rabbinical Council
of America, Monday, May 9, through Wednesday, May 12,
at the Hotel Americana, at Lake Geneva, Wise, located
midway between Chicago and Milwaukee.
Bill Jackson Retires
William Jackson, Florida
Director of State of Israel
Bonds since 1975, has an-
nounced his retirement, effec-
tive July 1.
Jackson joined the staff of
UJA in 1948, and was assigned
Bill Jackson
to communities from North
Carolina to Texas. In the
1940's and 50's most com-
munities did not have Federa-
tions and the UJA campaign
was the only fundraising which
supported the massive absorp-
tion of new immigrants that
Israel was experiencing.
Taking a leave of absence in
1950, Jackson made his first
visit to Israel aboard a ship
carrying refugeees, landing at
Haifa just before the advent of
the High Holy Days. He visited
tent cities (ma'abarot) which
had been thrown up to provide
primitive but temporary
In 1955 Jackson joined the
staff of the flegling Brandeis
University, as Southern
Regional Director. Jackson
recalls that Dr. Abram Sachar
addressed all major fundrais-
ing dinners in those years and
was the inspirational force
that brought Brandeis to its
present prominence.
Joining Israel Bonds in 1975,
Jackson worked in Tampa and
communities along the west
coast of Florida as well as
Palm Beach to Jacksonville.
He became Director in 1981
and the office was relocated to
Sarasota but included all com-
munities in Florida with the
exception of Dade, Broward
and Palm Beach counties
where five Israel Bonds offices
are located.
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and reading.
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Rosensaft Advocates Criticism
Friday, May 13. 1988
Volume 10
IYAR 5748
Number 10
When Menachem Rosensaft
appeared at a Mideast peace
rally in New York, he was the
only scheduled speaker who
was also a member of the Con-
ference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish
And when Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir ad-
dressed the Conference of
Presidents more than a month
ago, and warned American
Jewish leaders about speaking
out in criticism of Israel,
Rosensaft was one of only two
of those leaders to stand up
and challenge the premier:
'A lot of people came up to
me afterwards saying 'We
agree with you.' I said 'thank
you,' but told them I'd rather
they had told Shamir that,"
said Rosensaft.
As newly-induced president
of the Labor Zionist Alliance,
Rosensaft said he refuses to
believe that in sharing the
ideology of Israel's Labor par-
ty, the LZA represents the
minority opinion in the
American Jewish community .
Rosensaft assumes the
stewardship of the LZA suc-
ceeding Ezra Spicehandler
after having founded and serv-
ed as chairman of the Interna-
tional Network of Children of
Jewish Holocaust Survivors.
He also chairs the executive
committee of the World-
Jewish Congress-American
Section and the collections
committee of the New York
Holocaust Memorial
Sitting in his office a day
afer his induction at the LZA's
triennial convention, and a
week before his fortieth birth-
day, the New York lawyer ex-
plained his views on the
Zionist movement in general,
and the Labor movement in
But whatever the topic,
whether speaking about the vi-
sion of Israel's founding
Laborites or what he called the
"inaction" of his own
organization over the past ten
years, he returned again and
again to the subject of "speak-
ing out."
"During the past several
decades, (Israel) had the
tendency to view the Zionist
organization as merely a sup-
port body for Israel. Of course,
that's part of their role, but
not their entire role," he said.
The "entire role," he added,
is more akin to a partnership.
"To view the American Jewish
community as nothing but a
philanthropic arm or political
rubber stamp ... is both in-
sulting and unrealistic.
"We support Israel fully and
identify with her totally. But
that does not mean we have to
agree with every single deci-
sion or policy set by the
government or a particular
minister. Voicing our concerns
does not indicate disloyalty."
Shamir, he argued, "doesn't
purport to be apolitical on his
trips to the U.S." And if the
Conference of Presidents
nevertheless reaches a consen-
sus to support the prime
minister as the leader of
Israel, "then it is the respon-
sibility of those in the leader-
ship of the liberal organiza-
tions to make our views heard
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Executive Vice President
Tampa Jewish Federation
On Wednesday evening,
May 18 at Congregation
Rodeph Sholom beginning at 8
p.m., the Community Rela-
tions Committee of the Tampa
Jewish Federation will spon-
sor a special open community
forum dealing with the current
problems Israel is facing.
The big question that the
staff and leadership of the
Federation is asking is will
there be an audience in atten-
dance on May 18? Are there
enough members of the Tampa
Jewish community interested
in not only hearing from a
panel of experts on the sub-
ject, but to also participate by
asking questions of these
This is not a fund-raising
meeting. It is designed to in-
form the Jewish community
about a subject that is reported
almost daily by our television
and newspaper media. We are
dealing with a very complex
issue and even inside Israel
there is heated discussion
about the problem, its implica-
tions, and solutions.
We were indeed fortunate to
have been able to obtain an
outstanding panel of experts
who will give brief presenta-
tions. Included on the panel
are: Rahamim Timor, Consul
General of Israel; Dean Ralph
Lowenstein, College of Jour-
nalism and Communications,
University of Florida; Dr.
Ailon Shiloh, Professor of An-
thropology, University of
South Florida. We have also
included David Guberman, an
attorney in Boston who is a
member of National Advisory
Board of the American
Friends of Peace Now. We felt
it was important to include a
representative from the Peace
Now movement on the pro-
gram so that we could hear
diferent points of view on this
important issue.
Our goal (as a Federation) is
to provide the opportunity to
our community to explore
some of these issues and to
come away from this program
with a greater understanding
of both the problems and the
possible solutions. To me, this
is a very important role for the
Tampa Jewish Federation to
play, and I hope that you will
agree. Only by your atten-
dance at the program on May
18, will we be able to deter-
mine that you, also, are con-
cerned about the State of
Israel and our Jewish Com-
munity. In this case
numbers do count!
T.O.P. Offers
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TOP Did you know the
State of Florida has a will for
you? Did you know how it
distributes your estate? Are
you one of the estimated 80
percent of American adults
without a will, the simplest of
all estate planning devices?
The Tampa Orlando Pinellas
(TOP) Jewish Foundation will
be offering a free one-hour
wills seminar in Tampa on
Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.
at the JCC North, 3919
Moran Road, Tampa. The two
guest speakers will be Les
Barnett, an attorney with
Barnett, Bolt and Kirkwood,
and Mark Glickman, TOP's ex-
ecutive director.
Among the topics to be ad-
dressed are: why is it impor-
tant to have a will; how a will
can be changed; can an in-
dividual write his or her own
will; and what happens if you
die without a will. For addi-
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TOP Jewish Foundation office
(407) 740-7332.
John Wayne, the well-known
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death, appraisers set a value of
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which he intended to go to his
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didn't have a will.
His estate, which is tied up
in the probate process in the
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million in Federal and State
death taxes. Probate fees have
consumed another quarter of a
million dollars. It is sad to
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You owe it to yourself and to
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informed about wills. Even if
you have a will, you'll find this
seminar interesting and
total of 1,088 Jews left the
Soviet Union during the month
of April, according to figures
provided by the National Con-
ference on Soviet Jewry and
the Geneva-based In-
tergovernmental Committee
for Migration.
This is the highest number of
Jews to leave the Soviet Union
in a single month since May
1981, when 1,110 emigrated.
The April figures bring 1988
emigration to date to 3,526
Jews, surpassing the 1982
year-end total of 2,688, and
totals for all years since.
Soviet Jewry activists,
however, note that emigration
levels are still well below those
of 1979, when more than
51,000 Jews were allowed to
leave the country.
Of the 1,088 Soviet Jews
who left in April, 11 took
direct flights to Israel via
Bucharest, Romania. But 908
Jews or 83.5 percent chose to
go to countries other than
Israel, making April the worst
ever month for neshira, accor-
ding to the Public Council for
Soviet Jews in Israel.
Friday, May 13, 1988/The Jewish Floridian of Tampa Page 5
Aliyah Head Urges
New Priorities
Uri Gordon, the newly
elected head of the World
Zionist Organization's Aliyah
department was in Tampa
recently to meet with com-
munity leaders from the Bay
area at a luncheon in his honor
at the Jewish Community
Center, sponsored by the
Israel Aliyah Center, Florida
Regional office and the Tampa
Jewish Federation.
For Uri Gordon there is no
question. He is proud to be an
Israeli, but being Jewish
comes first. "Before being an
Israeli I am a Jew and proud to
be Jewish."
Gordon's wife, a sixth
generation sabra and his three
daughters do not necessarily
agree with him, and that is an
indication of the problem that
exists between the Israeli and
Diaspora Jew.
He said he has seen letters
exchanged between his
daughters and friends in the
Western world. The letters are
about Western culture, movie
stars and music stars. He said,
"We have built a system, we
raise money, but we have stop-
ped raising Jews. What will be
the relationship in twenty
years between Israeli and
Diaspora Jews? We must
strengthen the bonds between
the two and start raising
"We need to see a total
world picture and return to the
Jewish values that encompass-
ed the past generations. Our
parents lived their Judaism
daily, that was their common
language. What will the com-
mon language be for our
grandchildren? To future
generations will the Holocaust
be a sentence in a history
Gordon noted the success of
the partnership and relation-
ship between the Israeli and
Diaspora Jews, especially in
the rescue of the Ethiopian
Jews during Operation Moses.
"I am optimistic when I see
so many good, young people
across the country. They must
be nurtured, for like flowers
without water they will die.
We must develop a new set of
priorities between Israel and
the Diaspora. I urge you to put
more about Israel on your
agenda, Israel needs your
help, bring Israel to the center
of your life."
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TUESDAY, MAY 24,1988,7:30 p.m.
JCC North 3919 Moran Road
Even if you have a will, you'll find this free Seminar INTERESTING & IN FORMA TIVE
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2808 Horatio St.
Tampa, Fla. 33609
Jewish Commun
For All Children Regardless of Race, Color, or Creed.
Year olds
Two/Three/Five Day Programs
are designed for our Preschoolers
to solo with his/her classmates.
It provides a wide variety of
appropriate activities.
Please Call 872-4451
for further information on this
program and all our other pro
grams for PlatTots through
Main Branch, 2808 Horatio. Tampa, Florida 33609, (813)962-4451
North Branch, 3919 Moran Road. Tampa FL 33618, (813)962-2863
Claudia's (gorqer
As the PreSchool year winds down, it is time for us to focus on
all those very special people who are the reason we love the JCC
PreSchool the teachers. It is difficult for me to honor these
people adequately, so as I write these words there is a lump in
my throat and great pride in my heart.
I can best describe my feelings about the JCC staff by telling
you what I see every day: a teacher kneeling down, greeting
child and parent at the door, a teacher carefully assisting a child
with a wonderfully creative art project; a teacher sitting at a
table with a small group of children, playing a special game; a
teacher reading on the carpet to the children with two on her lap
and several more huddled close by; a teacher lovingly consoling a
crying child; a teacher firmly but warmly setting rules and enfor-
cing them; a teacher preparing and planning long before and
after PreSchool hours; a teacher on the telephone calling a con-
cerned parent; a teacher singing, dancing, crawling, smiling,
jumping, leading, helping, laughing, meeting, hugging, cooking,
cutting, cleaning, waiting, caring, hoping, striving, loving.
At the JCC PreSchool, our teachers are so very special. I
thank all of you for a truly wonderful year. Because of you, I am
proud to be part of the Center's PreSchool staff.
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are now accepting applica-*
tions for the positions of teacher
and assistant teachers for the
1988-89 school year. Full time and
part time positions available. If in-
terested, please contact Claudia at
962-2863 or 872-4451

new summer camp group
18-24 MONTHS
North Branch
Tuesday& Thursday
June 20-July 15
July 18-August 12 |

4 Weeks 8 weeks
s90.00 s135.00
Non-Members s135.00 s205.00
and o
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Camp applications are available for Summer
Camp staff at the J.C.C Main Branch.
Senior Counselors (entering 1st year of college and older)
Junior Counselors (entering 11m or I2tn grade in
September, 1988)
CIT' S (entering 9th or 10th grade in September, 1988)
For more information contact:
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unity Center
Friday, May 13,1988/The Jewish Floridian of Tampa Page 7
3919 Moran Road
Tampa. Fla. 33624
Children entering 7th & 8th grade September, 1988
Early Bird Regular Non-Member
8 Weeks $900.00 $1,200.00 $1,800.00
6Weeks $825.00 $1,100.00 $1,650.00
4 Weeks $600.00 $ 800.00 $1,200.00
Sandie Ivers, Camp Director
Nancy "Spanky" Williams, Travel Director
Camp Maccabees will spend the first, third and the
fourth week of camp on our JCC Camp Grounds. Many
afternoons will be spent traveling and exploring Tampa
and our local Florida Funtastic areas.
The second and sixth week of each Camp session will
be spent as a total travel experience, for our "Camp
JCC Travel Troop". Our Maccabee Troop leaves Tampa
Sunday mornings and returns Friday afternoons.
Travel Troop Itinerary
Session I June 26-July 1 Session II July 24-29
Florida Keys, Florida Atlanta, GA
There will be no discounts given lor campers not participating In Travail Trip.
We'll start our Keys trip with an air-boat ride in
the Everglades and then we'll head for Sun-
shine Key Campground to set-up camp. After
the work is finished, we'll hit the beach for a lit-
tle "R & R," Florida Keys Style.
Today we'll catch tomorrow's dinner. A great
day of deep sea fishing aboard Gulf Sream II.
A lounging morning at the beach, followed by
an afternoon of touring Key West's Duvall
Street Shops. We'll see Hemingway's House,
Sloppy Joe's, the southern-most point in the
continental U.S., and more. The day will be cap-
ped off with a sunset party on the Mallory
Square Pier, complete with artists, jugglers,
musicians and a beautiful sunset.
A day filled with underwater sights as we
snorkle through the John Pennekamp Under-
water State Park in Key Largo.
Rise and Shine! We'll break camp early and
head to Ft. Lauderdale for a funfiiled, water-
packed day at Six Flags Atlantis. Tonight we'll
sleep at the Ft. Lauderdale JCC.
Wake up Early and Head for Home!
ri The Fast Break!
An exciting and instructional Basketball
Camp for Boys and Girls entering Kinder-
garten through Sixth Grade by September 1988
Camp staff includes: University of Tampa
Spartan Basketball coaches,
Richard Schmidt and Don Bostic, along with
UT players, including former Chamberlain
Star, Fred Lewis.
One Week Sessions
Monday-Friday 9:00-3:00
June 13-17,1988 D cneckone
August 15-19, 1988 fj cbeckone
August 22 26, 1988 q enact.on,
Payments Early Bird byM.y27.iste
All applications must be accompanied by a $15 deposit par child
Tins deposit will be applied to the total camp tee and is nonretundabie
J.GC. Shabbat
at Rodeph Shalom
on Friday,
May 20,1988
at 8 pan.
Lyn Meyerson
! Excellent tape of Jackie Mason's perfor-
| mance in New York wil be shown at the
, Jewish Towers Recreation Room on Wednes-
May 18th, at 7 p.m. Popcorn will be serv-
are welcome! No charge.
A day, M
f ed. All
Of The Center
Our sincere thanks to
the Friends of the Jewish
Community Center. The
additional income derived
from this $100 donation
above basic dues enables
the JCC to maintain our
facilities and provide the
staff and resources to of-
fer quality programs and
special events to the
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Mr. aad Mra. Edward Leibowiti
Mr. aad Mra. Rkkard Liiaair
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Dr. aad Mra. Clifford Levitt
Mr. George Levy
Mr. aad Mra. DaaaM Liaaky
Dr. aad Mra. Sterea Marc.
Mr. aad Mra. Jay MarkowiU
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Mr. aad Mra. Roger Mack
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Page 8 The Jewish Floridian of Tampa/Friday, May 13, 1988
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir is the subject of a special Israel UOth anniversary feature in the
May issue of "Life Magazine." The exclusive photo essay by (UJA documentary photographer and
National Young Leadership Cabinet member) Robert A. Cumins profiles Israel's head of state dur-
ing the recent Palestinian rioting and U.S. peace initiative. In a photograph by Cumins, Shamir
is seen here looking at a picture of himself taken forty years ago when he was a commander in the
Jewish underground. Photo Credit: Robert A. Cumins via the UJA Press Service)
Have No Fear,
The Computers Are Here
This year, along with nine
new computers, Hillel started
a new computer programm-
ing class for the 5th and 6th
Grades taught by Mrs. Lynda
Byrd. According to Mrs.
Byrd, "most of the students
were not knowledgable about
computers." So, the course
began with teaching the
history of computers, as well
as, the internal and external
parts of the computer.
Once all that knowledge
was tucked away in their
memory banks, the children
advanced to learning the
language of basic programm-
ing, which is basically, telling
the computer what you want
it to do. At this date the
children know about 20 com-
mands and have written
several programs
Mrs. Byrd feels that "this
is a great age to start the
children on computers
because they've already
developed their creativity.
And this is a class that
rewards their imagination."
Right now the students are
creating computer graphics.
Mrs. Byrd is looking for-
ward to next year's class
where the new 6th graders
will be challenged with dif-
ferent applications to the
computer. They plan to start
a school newsletter with
graphics, and learn advanced
programming, and word
The language of computers
is the language of the future.
And the Hillel School of Tam-
pa is certainly making sure
that their students are skilled
and knowledgable about the
computer, the main instru-
ment of the information age.
$3.6 Billion in Arms
Israel will again this year be
the major recipient of U.S.
arms sales abroad, according
to a confidential State Depart-
ment report.
The New York Times disclos-
ed the administration's pro-
posed arms sales for 1988,
after it received a copy of the
so-called Javits Report, which
the administration is required
to send Congress annually.
This year's report, submit-
ted in late February, contains
$15 billion in proposed sales,
$3.6 billion of which are ex-
pected to be offered to Israel.
Hillel School
of Tampa
Our Students Learn Better
After all that has been said about our
innovative bi-cultural program, one
thing is still most important Our
students team better.
In recent national testing, Hillel
School students finished between 1-4
years above their grade level in every
Grades Total Battery Reading Lang. Arts Math Science S.S.
1 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.3 -
2 4.0 3.8 4.5 4.2 4.9
3 5.8 6.3 6.6 5.8 5.5
4 8.5 9.1 10.0 7.3 6.3 7.8
5 8.7 7.4 11.9 8.1 7.3 8.8
6 10.8 10.3 12.9 9.7 10.1 10.1
7 12.9 12.9 12.9 12.9 12.9 12.9
8 12.9 12.9 12.9 11.2 10.3 10.3
For more information call 875-8287 or write: Hillel School of Tampa, 501 S. Habana
Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33609.
Yeshiva University Commencemen
Vernon Walters, the United States Ambassador to thJ
United Nations, will deliver the commencement address al
the 57th Annual Exercises of Yeshiva University June 2nd
at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.1
Ambassador Walters and Israeli-born violinist Itzhalf
Perlman are two of seven personalities who will receive
honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees at the Cor
mencement Exercises.
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Bat Mitzvah
Temple News
[Jill Allison Kalish, daughter
Mr. and Mrs. William
Jish, will be called to the
lorah as a Bat Mitzvah on
aturday, May 14 at 9:45 a.m.
; Congregation Kol Ami. Rab-
li H. David Rose and Cantor
lam Isaak will officiate.
The celebrant is a student in
le Hey Class of the Kol Ami
teligious School and the
lergeant at arms of Kadima.
fill is a 7th Grade Honor Roll
itudent at Berkeley
'reparatory School. She is a
lember of the Spirit Club,
student Forum, and Service
Mr. and Mrs. William Kalish
/ill host the Oneg Shabbat
Friday evening, the Kiddush
luncheon on Saturday follow-
ing services in honor of the oc-
casion, and a reception Satur-
day evening at the Tampa
Westshore Marriott.
Special guests will include
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Myron Liberman of Syracuse,
New York and Mrs. Hyman
Kalish of Delray Beach; Nancy
and Arthur Liberman, Erica
and Gregory of Syracuse; and
many other relatives and
friends from Florida, New
Jersey, Washington, D.C.,
New York, Michigan, and
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald
Rudolph will host a dinner on
Thursday evening. A Friday
Shabbat dinner will be hosted
by Dr. and Mrs. Irwin Browar-
sky, Dr. and Mrs. Richard
Eatroff, Dr. and Mrs. Steven
Field, Dr. and Mrs. Stephen
Hirshorn, and Dr. and Mrs.
Stanley Rosenthal at the Tam-
pa Westshore Marriott. A Sun-
day brunch will be hosted by
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Aaron, Dr.
and Mrs. Lewis Berger, Mrs.
Jay Fink, Dr. ajid Mrs.
Stephen Sergay, Dr. and Mrs.
Arthur Simon, Dr. and Mrs.
Gerald Sokol and Mr. and Mrs.
Alton Ward.
Gift baskets will be provided
for out of town guests by Mr.
and Mrs. Richard Rudolph.
Danes Say Media Biased
JERUSALEM (JTA) A visiting group of veterans of
Denmark's World War II anti-Nazi underground believes
Israel is getting a raw deal from the international news
The group, numbering 140, including Denmark's am-
bassador to Israel, said after touring the administered ter-
ritories and East Jerusalem that while they are concerned
by the situation, they found it different from the "often
one-sided and manipulative picture created by certain mass
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Schaarai Zedek
Nineteen teenagers of Con-
gregation Schaarai Zedek will
celebrate their confirmation
on Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. at
the Temple, 3303 Swann
Avenue, with a special
Creative Service they have
written themselves.
These young people are part
of a long continuing chain of
confirmands. Old newspaper
clippings give evidence of
Schaarai Zedek confirmations
as far back as 1917 and
recollections by Temple
members speak of confirma-
tions held as early as 1912.
Congregation Schaarai
Zedek's religious school open-
ed its doors November 4,1894.
"Confirmation," said the Tem-
ple's Rabbi, Richard J. Bir-
nholz, "marks the completion
of our children's formal
religious training and is the oc-
casion upon which they public-
ly confirm their desire to con-
tinue and grow in the Jewish
Members of the 1988 Con-
gregation Schaarai Zedek Con-
firmation Class include: Jen-
nifer Robin Balis, Steven Mor-
ris Birnholz, Beth Browarsky,
Julie Paige Buchman, Joanne
Cohen, Jason B. Goldfeder,
Lisa Beth Goldman, Jamee
Elise Goldsmith, Shira Jaye
Kapplin, Bryan Mitchell Katz,
PARIS An Israeli
diplomat reportedly has met
here with Soviet officials in
connection with the
American peace initiative
launched by Secretary of
State George Shultz when
he visited the Middle East in
BONN The opposition
Green Party is supporting a
parliamentary initiative to
exhibit art produced during
the Nazi era in West Ger-
man museums. But the par-
ty also insists on both of-
ficial recognition and
reparations artists declared
degenerate by the Nazis,
who banned their works
from public display.
Kelly Sue Kehoe, William
Mark Kopelman, Goldie Mac-
Donald, Matthew H. Minkin,
Jessica Lee Older, Lisa Beth
Rementer, Cheryl Renee
Rothburd, Marcus Scott
Sacks, and Michael Shimber.
Rodeph Sholom
On Sunday May 22nd, at
10:00 a.m., Rodeph Sholom
will hold its annual Confirma-
tion Ceremony as part of the
Shavuot service. During the
service, the seventeen Confir-
mands will participate and per-
form their class Cantata entitl-
ed, "Leaving Mother Russia".
Sammy Silver, class president,
will deliver a speech and Fran-
cine Bass, class vice-president,
will present the class gift.
Following the ceremony, there
will be a Kiddush reception
sponsored by the parents of
the Confirmands.
The Confirmands are as
follows: Francine Marie Bass,
Daniel Albert Cohen, Gil
Even, Tanya Jeanine Failla,
Jeffrey Louis Feldman, Seth
Dov Forman, Aaron Micah
Germain, Shimon Jessica
Goldman, Jonathan Samuel
Kolodner, Alison Anne Lewis,
Jonathan Charles Long,
Jonathan C. Mallin, Samuel
Jerome Silver, Jason Harris
Slohn, Jessica R. Weinstein,
Monica Lyn Weinstein, Robert
Andrew Zamore.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold
Brock, of Capetown, South
Africa, announce the engage-
ment of their daughter,
Margot, to David J. Hirsch,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester
Hirsch, Jr.
A June 14 wedding is plan-
ned in Jerusalem, Israel.
to Head Party
The National Religious Party,
the most moderate of Israel's
several Orthodox political fac-
tions, veered sharply to the
right, when its 1,050-member
Central Committee elected
hard-line Knesset member
Aver Shaki as its new leader.
Shaki edged out Religious
Affairs Minister Zevulun Ham-
mer for first place on the
NRP's Knesset election list.
The No. 3 spot went to Hanan
Porat, a Gush Emunim mili-
tant who heads the NRP's
right-wing Matzad faction.
The NRP has been in virtual-
ly every coalition government
since the state was founded.
Its small Knesset faction
makes up the balance of power
among the major parties, none
of which has ever been able to
obtain sufficient votes to
govern alone.
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The Brotherhod of Con-
gregation Schaarai Zedek has
planned a special dinner dance
this year to celebrate the occa-
sion of the installation of the
1988-89 officers. This lovely
evening will take place on
Saturday evening, May 14 at
6:30 p.m. at the Palma Ceia
Country Club. The "Michael
Eisenstadt Band" will provide
the entertainment. The of-
ficers who will be installed in-
clude Bob Waltuch, President;
Michael Cohen, 1st Vice Presi-
dent; Howard Greenberg, 2nd
Vice President; Howard Ray-
mond, Treasurer; and Mark
Mandel and Jules Deutsch,
secretaries. This evening is
open to everyone but reserva-
tions through the Temple of-
fice 876-2377 are mandatory.
For Brotherhood members
and their guest the evening is
free, for non-Brotherhood
members and their guest the
cost is $45 per couple.
Closing Day Program
Religious School
Congregation Schaarai
Zedek's Religous School clos-
ing day program on Sunday,
May 15 will be highlighted by a
multi slide media presentation.
This slide show will review the
exciting Religious School ac-
tivities since last September.
Parents are invited to come
and see their children in this
entertaining review of the
school year.
"Fireside Celebrity
On Sunday evening, May 15
Congregation Schaarai
Zedek's monthly "Fireside
Celebrity Series" will be held
at the home of Dr. and Mrs.
Martin Adelman, 16307 Avila
Blvd. The evening will begin at
7 p.m. and run until 9:30 p.m.
Rabbi Richard Birnholz will
show and then discuss the in-
herent Jewish values in Gene
Wilder's film, "The Frisco
Kid." Refreshments will be
served following the discus-
sion. Attendance is limited to
45 people, so please make your
reservations soon by calling
the Temple at 876-2377.
We congratulate the newly
elected officers of USY and
Kadima. They are as follows:
USY President Katy
Sinsley, USY Exec. Vice
President Jeremy Wax, USY
Membership Vice President
Sammy Silver, USY Fundrais-
ing Vice President Mara
Tache, USY Secretary Shimon
Goldman, USY Treasurer Avi
Berger, Kadimah President
David Goldman, Kadimah Vice
President Deborah Feldman,
Kadimah Secretary Betsy
Farley, Kadimah Treasurer
Craig Kurtzman.
Lunch And Learn
Rabbi Berger's next Lunch
and Learn Torah session will
be held on Thursday, May 19,
from 12-1:30 p.m. Please set
aside on your calendar this
most important time for
Jewish study. To make your
reservations, please contact
the Rodeph Sholom synagogue
Shavuot Services
Congregation Kol Ami will
be honoring Rabbi H. David
Rose, Natalie and Avigali Rose
at Shavuot Services on Sun-
day, May 22 at 9:45 a.m.
Following services the con-
gregation is having a luncheon
for the Rose family to thank
them for their many contribu-
tions to Kol Ami as well as the
Jewish Community of Tampa.
It is with mixed emotions that
we bid farewell, yet we wish
them a hearty Mazel Tov as
they leave for Herzl Ner
Tamid Conservative Con-
gregation in Mercer Island,
Please note that Shavuot
services, including Yizkor, will
also be held on Monday, May
23 at 9:45 a.m.
Youth Advisor
Kol Ami must also say good-
bye to a very special friend,
Marci Harris, who has been
USY advisor and most cur-
rently served as Youth Direc-
tor. After graduating from the
University of South Florida
she returned to the East Coast
of Florida where she will be
working with the Jewish Na-
tional Fund.
Religious School
Plan to attend Shabbot ser-
vices on Friday, May 20 at 8
p.m. for Religious School com-
mencement, grades Pre-school
through High School.
Farewell to Staff at TJFS
Tampa Jewish Family Ser-
vices will bid farewell to two of
its professional staff, Natalie
Merkur Rose and Robin King.
Robin King has been with
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and became involved in testing
and programming at Hillel
School. Robin facilitated fami-
ly life education programs
such as "Strangers and Other
Dangers" and a rap group for
young mothers. In addition,
she was involved in doing
therapy with both individuals
and with families. Robin and
her husband now move to
Atlanta, Georgia, where her
husband is starting his own
ceramic tile distributorship.
She hopes to continue with her
career there.
Natalie Merkur Rose has
been on the professional staff
of Tampa Jewish Family Ser-
vices for almost three years.
She and her husband, Rabbi H.
David Rose, moved to Tampa
from Seattle when he became
Rabbi of Congregation Kol
Ami. Natalie has been involved
in doing therapy with in-
dividuals and with families,
and she has also made a signifi-
cant contribution as Intake
Coordinator during her time
with the agency. She and her
husband now return to Seattle
where he will take on the posi-
tion of Senior Rabbi.
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vices staff and Board of Direc-
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Abul Abbas Seeks
PLO Slot
TEL AVIV (JTA) The ter-
rorist leader responsible for hi-
jacking the Achille Lauro is
seeking the No. 2 spot in the
Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion, according to Avi
Benayahu, writing in Al
The aspirant is Mohammed
Zaidan, also known as Abul
Abbas, leader of the Palestine
Liberation Front which seized
the Italian cruise ship in Egyp-
tian waters in October 1985,
and murdered one of its
passengers, an American Jew
named Leon Klinghoffer who
was confined to a wheelchair.
Zaidan would like to replace
Khalil al-Wazir, who was
assassinated at his villa in
suburban Tunis by a
commando-style hit squad,
widely believed to have been
Wazir, better known by his
nom de guerre, Abu Jihad,
which means Father of the Ho-
ly War, was the commander of
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Friday, May 13
Candlelighting time 7:61 p.m.
11:30 a.m. Tampa Jewish Federation/Personnel
5:30 p.m. Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood Cradle Roll and Tot
6:30 p.m. Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood Family Shabbat and
8 p.m. Rodeph Sholom Sisterhood Installation
Kol Ami USY Reginal Convention
Saturday, May 14
8 p.m. Tampa Bay Jewish Singles House Party New
Port Richey
Sunday, May IS
Tune in "The Sunday Simcha" WMNF 88.5FM 11 a.m.-l
10 a.m. Jewish War Veterans Membership meeting
Rodeph Sholom Men's Club Picnic
Kol Ami Youth Group Installations
Monday, May 16
1:30 p.m. Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary Board meeting
6 p.m./ Tampa Jewish Federation/YAD Board meeting
8 p.m. Schaarai Zedek Board meeting
Tuesday, May 17
10 a.m. ORT/Bay Horizons Board meeting
4 p.m. Jewish Towers Board meeting
6 p.m. Tampa Bay Jewish Singles Planning meeting
Chi-Chi's, Clearwater
7:30 p.m. ORT/Tampa Chapter General meeting
7:30 p.m. Kol Ami Board of Education meeting
Wednesday, May 18
Jewish Community Food Bank
11 a.m. Hadassah/Tampa Chapter Installation Luncheon
12:30 p.m. Kol Ami Senior Socialites
7:30 p.m. Tampa Jewish Federation/CRC Program at
Rodeph Sholom
Thursday, May 19
5:50 p.m. JCC Executive Board meeting
7:30 p.m. Menorah Manor Budget and Finance
8 p.m. JCC Board meeting
Friday, May 20
Candlelighting time 7:55 p.m.
8 p.m. Kol Ami Youth Service
8 p.m. Rodeph Sholom Family Service Religious School
8 p.m. Schaarai Zedek Confirmation
8 p.m. Tampa Bay Jewish Singles Services B'nai
Israel, Clearwater
Saturday, May 21
6 p.m. Tampa Bay Jewish Singles 40's Isn't Fatal
Draft House, Pinellas
7:30 p.m. Schaarai Zedek Brotherhood Installation
8 p.m. Kol Ami Confirmation
8 p.m. Rodeph Sholom Confirmation
Sunday, May 22
Tune in "The Sunday Simcha" WMNF 88.5FM 11 a.m.1
JCC dosed
9:45 a.m. Kol Ami Shavuot Services
Monday, May 23
JCC Closed
9:45 a.m. Kol Ami Services
10 a.m. Rodeph Sholom Yiskor Services
5:30 p.m. Tampa Jewish Federation/B&P Women's Net-
work Membership meeting
Tuesday, May 24
7:50 p.m. Kol Ami Executive Board meeting
8 p.m. Hadassah/Ameet Installation
Wednesday, May 25
Jewish Community Food Bank
9:30 a.m. National Council Jewish Women Post Board
10 a.m. Rodeph Sholom Sisterhood Board meeting
12:30 p.m. Kol Ami Senior Socialites
5:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Jewish Singles Happy Hour
Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa
7:30 p.m. Kol Ami Men's Club meeting
7:30 p.m. Tampa Jewish Family Services Board meeting
8 p.m. Rodeph Sholom Executive Board meeting
Thursday, May 26
11 a.m. Tampa Jewish Federation/Women's Division
Board meeting
1:30 p.m. Jewish Towers Resident/Management Associa-
tion meeting
4:30 p.m. Tampa Jewish Federation Board meeting
Friday, May 13, 1988/The Jewish Floridian of Tampa Page 11
Israelis to Consult With
U. S. Forestry Experts
Friday, May 27
Candlelighting time 7:59 p.m.
11:30 a.m. Tampa Jewish
A Back-to-Basics Primer
With all the news com-
ing out of the Middle
East, it might be a
good time to get back to
basics. Often the sheer volume
of coverage missile attacks,
riots, hijackings, presidential
candidates' statements, etc.,
produces a kaleidescope in-
stead of a clear picture. As the
media focus shifts back and
forth, the application of logic
and common sense often gives
way to confusion leading to er-
roneous and naive conclusions.
The answers to some basic
questions may provide a more
rational basis for judging un-
folding events.
Q. If the Palestinians on the
so-called West Bank say the
PLO represents them, why
won't Israel negotiate with the
A. The PLO is still pledged
by word (its covenant) and
deed (its latest terrorist attack
on Israeli civilians) to the
destruction of Israel. There is
no reason to believe the PLO
and even more extremist
groups would ever settle for a
mini-state. It is not only
Jericho and Nablus most
Palestinians want, but Haifa
and Jerusalem. A recent poll
of West Bankers
demonstrated this loud and
Q. Why won't Israel agree to
"land for peace" and rely on
guarantees from the United
A. Paper guarantees in the
Middle East are no substitute
for defensible borders. Israel's
pre-1967 borders are simply
not defensible against the
modern arms in the hands of
Israel's Arab foes and Israel
did not have peace before
1967. There is also the pro-
blem of whom to negotiate
with and what kind of "peace"
Israel could expect to get from
inherently unstable Arab
regimes. Prime Minister
Shamir has stated if direct
negotiations begin,
"everything is on the table."
Sadat paid with his life for
making peace with Israel even
though he got back "every
inch of sacred Egyptian soil."
Q. Why don't Israeli leaders
listen more carefully to the ad-
vice of American Jews?
A. Ultimately it will be
Israelis, not Americans, who
must live with the conse-
quences of security decisions
made by the leaders. Living in
the United States, American
Jews do not send their children
to the Army, serve two months
a year in the Reserves, nor are
they subject to terrorist at-
tacks. Since Israel is a
democracy, its own people can
change their leadership if it
does not represent the views
of the majority. While not
always agreeing with
everything Israel does, or with
every word her leaders say,
there is a special responsibility
to be more understanding.
Q. WiU there ever be peace in
the Middle East between Arabs
and Jews?
A. There will probably be
conflict and tension for the
foreseeable future, given the
lack of Arab unity and the
refusal of too many Arabs to
be reconciled to Israel's right
to exist as a Jewish State.
What can be hoped for is the
emergence of realistic Arab
leaders (a la Sadat) who will
acknowledge Israel's per-
manence in the region and
reach some kind of accom-
modation, formal or informal,
with Israel. However, the rise
of Islamic fundamentalism and
the unhelpful (until now)
Soviet role militate against
any positive trend.
Q. WiU U.S. support for
Israel continue, given pressing
domestic needs and changing
public opinion?
A. America's friendship with
Israel is based on both sen-
timental and strategic
grounds. The values both
share as fellow democracies
complement Israel's position
as a reliable, battle-proven ally
in an unstable region. Israel's
military capabilities help pro-
tect U.S. interests in the
Mediterranean and elsewhere
at relatively low cost. Polls
continue to show that the
American people overwhelm-
ingly support Iserael as oppos-
ed to its Arab adversaries.
Q. What can American Jews
do to help ensure the security
and well-being of Israel during
these troubled times?
A. Being informed of the
facts and transmitting them to
friends, local newspapers and
elected representatives, is in
the best traditions of our
democracy. It is precisely
when Israel is under attack
that Jews in this country must
be counted upon to come to her
defense and be even more
stalwart in their support.
In this regard there is a final
question we might wish to ask
ourselves can we imagine
what it would be like if there
were no Israel?
The Israeli Forest Depart-
ment of the Jewish National
Fund will send a delegation of
three top-ranking officials to
the U.S. in late May, as part of
an ongoing cooperative effort
between the U.S. Department
of Agriculture Forest Service
and JNF to develop advanced
means of forest fire suppres-
sion and prevention in Israel.
The delegation includes Dr.
Chaim Zaban, JNF director of
land development; Mordechai
Rouach, director of the Israeli
Forest Department, and
Natan Sass, central regional
director of the Israeli Forest
Department. The delegation
will consult with U.S. Forest
Service officials and meet with
JNF local boards in California,
Virginia, Washington, D.C.,
Georgia, New York, North
Carolina and South Carolina.
Announcing the delegation's
tour, Dr. Samuel I. Cohen,
JNF executive vice president,
said, "JNF and the USDA
Forest Service have establish-
ed an unprecedented working
relationship, in an attempt to
combat the devastating effects
of forest fires in Israel." He
stated that in one day in July
1987, four fires near
Jerusalem destroyed 1,150
acres of forests, including
80,000 trees, and that there
were a total of 925 fires in
Israel in 1987. Recognizing the
need to strengthen Israel's
forest fire-fighting resources,
Dr. Cohen and other JNF
leaders entered into discus-
sions with L.A. "Mic"
Amicarella, director of Fire
and Aviation Management
Division for the Forest Ser-
vice, resulting in the USDA's
sending a team of three fire
experts to Israel in December
The three U.S. Forest Ser-
vice experts included Michael
J. Rogers, a forest supervisor
in the Cleveland National
Forest in San Diego, Califor-
nia; Kimberly Brandel, a fire
planning specialist from the
Washington, D.C., Forest Ser-
vice, and Gordon Reinhart, a
supervisory forester in the
Umatilla National Forest, in
Pendleton, Oregon. As a result
of their tour of Israel's forests,
the team submitted a com-
prehensive report to JNF, in-
cluding specifications for up-
dating fire training and equip-
ment, an advanced com-
munications network for rapid
fire detection and control, and
effective new strategies in fire
prevention and suppression.
The objective of the upcom-
ing tour, Dr. Cohen explained,
is to expose Israel's foresters
to fire management programs
of the USDA Forest Service in
the areas of fire planning, sup-
pression, prevention, detec-
tion and fuels management.
Dr. Cohen noted that plans
are being made for a team of
experts from the USDA Soil
Conservation Service to travel
to Israel to consult with JNF
officials in July 1988. "The
historica relationship between
the USDA and JNF will con-
tinue to grow, as there is a
broad basis for professional
cooperation, shared
knowledge and mutual
creativity, which will ultimate-
ly further the close ties bet-
ween the U.S. and Israel," he
Deterrence and Justice
The criminal justice system appears to be utiliz-
ing well the Florida statute which makes it a felony
to desecrate houses of worship.
This is the heartening side of the renewed occur-
rences of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel messages on
the walls of South Florida synagogues.
Coming on the heels of the speedy and positive
response from the Christian and general com-
munities, it is another sign of the growing maturity
of one of the nation's fastest growing metropolitan
And even as prosecutors and judges prepare to
invoke the full measure of the law against those
who perpetrate mindless affronts to one religion,
compassion tempers the path toward justice.
Thus, the decision to try some of the offenders as
juveniles offers them another chance before stamp-
ing them forever as convicted felons.
Let us hope that the guilty justify the faith shown
in their future actions, but that the penalties meted
out are severe enough to severe as deterrents to
future acts of bigotry.
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Sanctuary for a Nazi
This article is reprinted from
the February 1988 issue of the
ADL Bulletin, national publica-
tion of the Anti-Defamation
League ofB'nai B'rith.
For more than 30 years the
government of Syria has pro-
vided sanctuary and protection
to Alois Brunner, who heads
the list of most wanted Nazi
war criminals still at large.
Known as the "Monster of
Vienna," the now 75-year-old
Brunner was a key aide and
close associate of Adolf
Eichmann, the Nazi official
charged with masterminding
the "Final Solution."
Brunner has been described
as "a second Eichmann" by
Holocaust historians. Born in
Rohrbrunn, Austria, in April
1912, he joined the then
underground Austrian Nazi
Party at the age of 19 after
failing to attain a position as a
policeman. Prior to the Third
Reich's annexation of Austria
in 1938, Brunner acquired Ger-
man citizenship. With the
Anschluss, he joined the SS
and worked in Vienna for
Eichmann's Jewish affairs
department, the Nazi Central
Office for Jewish Emigration.
Working as secretary to
Eichmann, he won his praise
as "my best man." The ac-
colade was evidently well
deserved as he proved when
Brunner later became director
of the office and, by 1943 had
deported some 48,000
Austrian Jews to concentra-
tion camps. Called to Berlin,
he planned the deportation of
Jews living there. Sent next to
Salonika, Greece, site of one of
the oldest Jewish communities
in Europe, he masterminded
the mass evacuation of some
46,000 Jews in February 1943
to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where
all were gassed to death. While
in Salonika, Brunner lived in a
mansion complete with torture
chambers in the basement.
Witnesses said that Brunner
reveled in inflicting torture
and was obsessed with killing
Jewish children and women of
child-bearing age.
In June 1943, he organized a
round-up of some 23,500 Jews
in France. Placed in charge of
the Drancy concentration
camp located north of Paris, in
July 1944 he personally
ordered the arrest and depor-
tation of more than 300 Jewish
children from France to
Auschwitz, none of whom ever
was seen again. Brunner then
was transferred to the Sared
concentration camp in
Czechoslovakia, where he
directed the deportation of
more than 13,500 Jews.
By war's end in 1945,
although only a captain in the
SS, Brunner was responsible
for organizing the roundup
and mass murder in Nazi death
camps of more than 135,000
Jews from Austria, Germany,
Greece, France and
Czechoslovakia. In reviewing
his wartime activities, one
publication characterized him
as "the SS' roving mass-
murder expert, traveling from
country to country to help
supervise killings."
Brunner was arrested and
interned in Germany by
American and British
authorities after World War
II. He went unrecognized,
however, because he used an
alias (Alois Schmaldienst) and
did not possess the telltale SS
blood-type tattoo. He even
worked for a time as a civilian
truck driver for American
forces in Munich and subse-
quently lived undetected in
postwar Germany for nearly a
decade, despite the fact that
his name continued to appear
on wanted lists in Austria,
Greece, Czechoslovakia and
When a French court con-
demned him to death in absen-
tia in 1954, Brunner fled
Europe to Egypt and then to
Syria. Using the name Dr.
Georg Fischer, he ran a
trading company and acted as
a representative for West Ger-
man firms. His true identity
was disclosed to Syrian
authorities in 1960, when he
was arrested by the secret
police on suspicion of drug
smuggling. Brunner reported
that a police captain shook his
hand and said: "Welcome to
Syria. The enemies of our
enemies are our friends."
Syrian officials subsequently
enlisted Brunner's aid in a
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scheme to free Adolf
Eichmann from captivity in
Jerusalem following his ap-
prehension in Argentina by
Israeli agents. However,
Israeli security proved too
tight and the plan was aban-
doned. Syrian authorities then
sought Brunner's help to plant
a bomb at a meeting of the
World Jewish Congress in
Vienna in 1961. The planned
attack was foiled when
Austrian police learned of the
Brunner later served as a
security advisor to the Syrian
government, trained security
police in interrogation
methods and was a security ad-
visor to the brother of Syrian
President Hafez Assad.
Efforts by the Austrian
government in 1961 to ex-
tradite Brunner proved unsuc-
cessful. Syrian authorities
responded that because of
"certain and special cir-
cumstances" they did not con-
sider him a "common
criminal" subject to extradi-
tion. When in 1974 a news ser-
vice reported that Brunner
was living in Damascus and
employed by the Syrian
government as an advisor on
Jewish affairs, the Austrian
government concluded that to
renew its request for Brun-
ner's extradition would not
have any positive result.
In September 1984, when a
court in Cologne issued a war-
rant for Brunner's arrest bas-
ed on "fresh material and
documents" concerning his
responsibility for the deporta-
tion and deaths of Jews, the
West German government re-
quested his extradition. Syria
flatly denied that Brunner was
in the country. Moreover,
Syria did not even bother to
respond officially to the re-
quest; citing the fact that it
does not have an extradition
treaty with West Germany.
In October 1985, Bunte, a
West German magazine, inter-
viewed Brunner, who was
located living alone in a third
floor apartment at 7 Rue Had-
dad Street in Damascus under
the name Georg Fischer. The
magazine's photos of Brunner
walking in the streets of
Damascus showed him to be a
balding, gaunt man with
deformed hands and only one
eye, the results, he claimed, of
Israeli letter bombs in 1961
and 1980. Bunte reported that
Brunner was accompanied at
all times by two armed
uniformed bodyguards provid-
ed by the Syrian government.
Brunner readily admitted
responsibility for sending
European Jews to their
deaths. He told Bunte that he
had "no bad conscience" for
"getting rid of that garbage."
In reviewing the political situa-
tion in the world, Brunner fur-
ther stated: "The Communist
East is bad, the capitalist West
is much worse. Jews, with
their Christian and Islamic
sects, are the crowning
achievement of the devil."
Following the Bunte inter-
view, West Germany renewed
its request to Syria to ex-
tradite Brunner. "Despite his
Brunner's relatively low rank
in the SS, he is probably the
most incriminated Nazi still
alive," said Alfred Streim of
the Central Office for the In-
vestigation of Nazi Crimes. A
Boston Globe editorial said:
"The very survival of a man
like Brunner is a shame that
taints several nations. His
escape from justice is one of
many signs that the evil he
personifies still flourishes."
Jn 1986, the Syrian govern-
ment once again rebuffed the
request for his extradition.
Subsequently, West Germany
asked Interpol to seek out
In October 1987, Brunner
told the Chicago Sun-Times in
a telephone interview from
Damascus that he regretted
nothing he did in World War II
and he called the Jewish
Holocaust victims "the devil's
agents" and "human
The following month both
West Germany and Austria
renewed their requests for
Brunner's extradition.
ADL's Task Force on Nazi
War Criminals has worked
closely with authorities in both
Austria and West Germany to
promote actions leading to
Brunner's apprehension.
Although justice has been
too long delayed, hopefully it
may yet be meted out to this
unrepentent Nazi murderer.
Gerald Baumgarten is assistant to
the director of ADL's Research and
Evaluation Department. Elliot Welles
is director of the Task Force on Nazi
War Criminals. Both are departments
of the League's Civil Rights Division.
Soviet Move to Thwart
Western Emigration
Israel is now issuing invita-
tions that Soviet Jews need to
apply for exit visas with the re-
quirement that they go direct-
ly to Israel via Romania. The
move is an effort by Israel to
stop most Soviet emigrants
from going to other countries,
including the United States.
But an Israeli Embassy
source, who confirmed that the
new invitations have been sent
out for the last month, stress-
ed that for now, there is no
change in how Soviet Jews
who receive exit visas leave
the USSR.
Emigrants can go to
Bucharest, as a small number
have done for the last sue to
eight months, or to Vienna, as
most emigrants do, and then
on to either Israel or another
If the Israeli requirement
were to become mandatory,
those who receive invitations
would not receive their exit
visas until they reached
Bucharest and would thus
have no choice but to go on to
Karl Zukerman, executive
vice president of HIAS, sug-
gested that this mandatory
policy would not go into effect
until Israel is allowed to open a
mission or consulate in the
Soviet Union.
Negotiations have been go-
ing on for some time between
Israel and the Soviet Union,
which broke diplomatic rela-
tions after the 1967 Six Day
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