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of South Broward
Volume 15 Number 26
Hollywood, Florida Friday, December 20, 1985
Price 35 Cents
Million-Dollar Days for South Broward
$l-Million Sparks JCC Drive
IJCC MAJOR GIFT Dr. Saul Singer,
president of the Federation (loft) and
Joseph Raymond, associate campaign
chairman and 1986 Hillcrest chairman, pre-
ent Nina Silverman of Hillcrest with a pla-
que in honor of her $i-million gift to the
JCC building drive for the David Posnack
JCC on the Nina and Louis Silverman
Jewish Community Center Campus.
By Andrew Polin
Editor for the Jewish Floridian
of South Broward
The JCC is in ecstasy right now!
It is $l-million closer to its $8 million goal for the David
Posnack Jewish Community Center.
And the South Broward Jewish community can thank a
very special lady Nina Silverman of Hillcrest.
Mrs. Silverman recently donated $1 million to the
building fund of the David Posnack JCC.
"We're in seventh-heaven," Brenda Greenman, presi-
dent of the Jewish Community Centers of South Broward,
told the Jewish Floridian.
"We've been working hard to raise the money for the
JCC and now Mrs. Silverman's genorosity pushes us so
close to our goal," Mrs. Greenman said. "We can't thank
Mrs. Silverman enough.
In honor of Mrs. Silverman's gift, the 29-acre campus just
west of University Avenue and off of Stirling Road will be
named the Nina and Louis Silverman Jewish Community
Center Campus.
Joseph Raymond, associate campaign chairman and 1986
chairman of the Hillcrest Campaign, said Mrs. Silverman's
gift is the final boost the JCC drive needs.
"What can I say? Her generosity speaks for itself. Her
dedication to the JCC cause does not surprise me. This is a
fine tribute to Nina and her late husband both truly fine
Continued on Page 9-
remiere Gifts Raises $1.1 Million for UJA
The roaring '20s Premiere Gifts Dinner
[Dance raised $1,068,000 for the 1986
Federation-UJA Campaign, making it the
most successful Premiere Gifts affair in
[South Broward's history.
Former Secretary of State Alexander
I Haig, Jr. gave 90 of South Broward's
leading philanthropists a confidential
[briefing on U.S. policy and the Middle
I East conflict.
"General Haig knows the intimate
Idetails on what goes on behind the
[scenes," Dr. Saul Singer, president of the
(Federation, said. "His briefing was both
^resting and insightful."
This year's Premiere Gifts Dinner
Dance was a tribute to our community,"
Dr. Singer said.
Dr. Howard Barron, campaign chair-
man, expressed satisfaction because the
Federation-UJA Campaign now stands at
$1.6 million 16 percent ahead of last
year's tally at this time.
"We're a strong community, but, even
more important, we are a compassionate
community. Our people care, and that
came out tonight. That's a Jewish tradi-
tion," Dr. Barron said.
Sumner G. Kaye, executive director of
the Federation, said he expects South
Continued on Page 7
PREMIERE GIFTS From left, Dr. Saul Singer, president
of the Federation; former Secretary of State Alexander M.
Haig, Jr. with his wife Pat, and Dr. Howard Barron, cam-
paign chairman of the Federation. Haig spoke at the
Premiere Gifts Dinner Dance earlier this month.
'Who is a Jew' Issue Revives Political Tensions
The sharp differences over
the "Who is a Jew" issue
that erupted among
American Jewish leaders at-
| tending the meeting of the
"onference of Presidents of
fajor American Jewish
Organizations here earlier
this month revived political
tensions within and outside
I ^ Israel government.
"Who is a Jew" is the
I generic term for the provi-
an in the Law of Return
that defines as a Jew for
purposes of automatic
Israeli citizenship anyone
born of a Jewish mother or
converted to Judaism.
The Orthodox parties
have been for years pushing
an amendment that would
add the words "according to
halacha" with respect to
converts. It would implicitly
rule out conversions per-
formed by Conservative and
Reform rabbis which are not
recognized by the Orthodox
establishment that controls
religious life in Israel.
Conservative and Reform
leaders from the U.S. who
forcefully oppose the
amendment, have urged
Israel's leaders to reject the
Orthodox demands. The
leaders of six American Or-
thodox groups vehemently
denounced Premier Shimon
Peres' recent proposal to
freeze the issue for 10 years.
Both groups took time out
from the Presidents Con-
ference deliberations to hold
separate press conference
on the issue.
The "Who is a Jew"
amendment has come
before the Knesset twice in
recent years and was twice
defeated. Peres declared in
Tel Aviv that there would be
"no compromise" with the
religious parties on the
The latter indicated they
would not bring it before the
Knesset at this time.
Political observers said they
are aware it would probably
fail again. But they are em-
bittered toward Peres and
the Labor Party. Menachem
Porush, an Aguda Israel
Party MK, charged that
Labor "is apparently in-
terested in being in power in
the United States, not in
Israel." A spokesman for
Shas, another religious fac-v
tion, said Peres' statement
was "very serious and
Continued on Page 3

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South Browyd-Hollywood/Friday, December 20, 1985
International Newsline
Buenos Aires' Jews a Dynamic Community
(Editor's Note: Join the five
Gold Coast Federations in the first
Florida Regional Mission to South
America from March 16-t7. For
more information, contact Roe
Bein at 911-8810)
(Part Two Of A Two-Part
community in its relations with
one another, and with the exter-
nal world, does not speak with one
voice. Often at odds with the over-
all body, DAI A is the "conser-
vative" movement including Tem-
ple Beth-El and the SRL (the
Seminario Rabinico
Latinoamericano) founded in 1962
by Dr. Marshall Meyer, and the
largest in Latin America.
Its dedicated vice rector. Dr.
Richard Freund, is from Long
Island and appears intensely com-
mitted to every type of Jewish
cause and to the upgrading of the
community as a political and
religious force. He is a very active
member of the Jewish Committee
on Human Rights, founded by
Meyer and others in 1981 to in-
vestigate the disappearance and
death of 2,000 Jews during the
dark days from 1976 to 1983, and
to keep an eye on any continuing
violations of human rights.
The Committee feels that DAIA
could have acted more forcefully
than it did in protests to the
military regime regarding the ab-
duction of so many members of
the Jewish community. But other
influential Jews feel this group is
somewhat too harsh in its assess-
ment of DAIA's role.
They feel there is no need for a
special Jewish Committee, but
rather for a commission represen-
ting all religious faiths designed to
establish a dynamic momentum in
protecting the rights of all people.
Freund maintains that his
seminary has pioneered a Jewish
revival in Argentina and has ef-
fectively diminished the trend
toward secularization and
assimilation, which until 1971 was
as high as 50 to 60 percent.
The rate is decreasing, he said,
and is now about 40 percent,
largely because the new rabbis
and seminarians have been so in-
dustrious, not only in outlying
towns and regions, but in every
country in Latin America.
"It's chic to be Jewish" is part
of Freund's philosophy, and also
the motto of the synagogue he at-
tends, Temple Beth-El. It attracts
every Friday evening more than
1,000 young and youngish, well-
dressed congregants who pack the
sanctuary from wall to wall.
The atmosphere is charged and
exuberant, as the cantor, the
organist and the entire audience
as chorus, blend their talents in a
lusty, uninhibited 75-minute
musical service.
The community is kept well-
informed on what is happening in
Jewish life by the weekly "Mudo
Israelita" now in its 62nd year. Its
editor for the past 18 years,
Gregorio Fainguersch, came to
Buenos Aires from the Soviet
Union in 1928.
He likened the trial of the
Argentina army general to the
Nuremberg trials, and considered
the fact that it was held at all as a
supreme humanitarian act on the
part of President Raul Alfonsin.
During the seven-year reign of
terror, he had been forbidden to
mention it in his weekly.
Fainguersch singled out for
praise the two rabbis who had the
courage to visit the prisons where
Jews were held: Meyer, who had
the protection of a U.S. passport,
and Roberto Graetz, who later
was forced to flee this country
after receiving threats against his
life. Graetz is now the esteemed
rabbi of Temple ARI in Rio de
Hebraica, the Jewish communi-
ty center in downtown Buenos
Aires, is a vast, high-rise cultural
complex, which opens its doors at
7 a.m. and finally calls it a day at
1:30 in the morning, after receiv-
ing 3,000 Jews of all ages and in-
clinations. It provides for its 2,000
members a dazzling array of every
type of facility and instruction, in-
cluding movies, theater sports and
Israeli Donates $7,000 to
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NEW YORK (JTA) Israeli
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It has specialized programs for
singles, for the divorced, for mar-
ried adults, for senior citizens.
For the youngsters it has a Jewish
elementary and a high school.
Hebraica has an enormous coun-
try club, 30 miles from Buenos
Aires, on 330 acres which includes
five restaurants, a youth hostel, a
hostel for guests, 150 bungalows
and 350 condominiums, in addi-
tion to a huge sports complex with
its 18-hole golf course. Its
members can live the good life in a
congenial environment.
It all began in 1926 when Jewish
writers and intellectuals resolved
to fulfill a long-standng need to
create a social and cultural club of
their own, since they were not ad-
mitted into traditional Argenti-
nian society- Today, Hebraica is
an exhaustive and exhausting
Mendel Tennenbaum, the able
and respected director of the
Latin American Jewish Congress,
and a university professor, sees
the rather extreme differences
between the very liberal "conser-
vatives" and the "establishment"
represented by DAIA as a
stimulating and healthy portent of
what lies ahead.
donated $7,000 to St. Patrick's
Cathedral after he viewed
media reports on a robbery
there. "I saw the story on TV
and I was just mad, angry that
people should do that,"
Nathan told reporters. "There
are so many places to steal
from, I can't understand it.
I-t's terrible, absolutely
Two gunmen robbed the
Cathedral of more than $7,000
in poor box, votive candle and
collection plate donations. He
reportedly called his bank in
Israel and had the donation
wired to New York.
Nathan was here returning
from a visit to Colombia where
he aided victims of the volcano
eruption recently. Nathan has
been involved in various peace
campaigns and relief efforts
through the years.
Nathan, a former Israeli
fighter pilot, operates the
"Voice of Peace" radio station
from the Mediterranean that
broadcasts music and political
messages, urging peace bet-
ween jews and Arabs.
Hebraica has an enormous country club, 30 miles from
Buenos Aires, on 330 acres. Above is one of the cottages at
the country dab.
Whether there will be further
polarization or an eventual
entente, depends to a large extent
on the success or failure of the
democratic government of Alfon-
sin that succeeded the military
In Tennenbaum's view, Jews in
this magnificent country know
that, if the sweeping economic
reforms achieve their goals, and if
charismatic President Alfonsin
becomes, the catalyst for closer
ties with the Jewish citizenry and
Israel, their future will be
brighter and more assured. They
deserve no less after emerging,
with dignity and fortitude, from
the long, dark tunnel of the late
"70s and early '80s.
Ctommitment, it's what
makes us Jews. That's
why we're beside you
when you need us
most. After all, Our
Real Involvement is
zvith the Living.
Memorial Chapel
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Friday, December 20, 1985/The Jewish Floridian of South Broward-Hollywood Page 3
Orthodox Leaders Denounce Reform, Conservative Groups
Continued from Page 1
,,'ould have severe long-
term effects."
Labor Party Secretary
General Uzi Baram said the
party was keenly interested
in reviving its political
alliance with the religious
parties, but not at the ex-
pense of a measure which
would divide the Jewish
^Sources close to Peres
pointed out that he is
prepared to accept religious
positions on many other
issues for example, the
measure just passed by the
Knesset banning the sale of
pork and the Sabbath ban on
Haifa's funicular railroad.
But he will not bend the
^Who is a Jew" amendment
because it is an issue that af-
fects not just Israel but
Jewish unity all over the
world, the sources said.
Meanwhile, Conservative
and Reform leaders who op-
pose the change, called on
the leaders of Israel "to re-
ject the demand for a
change in the Law of
Return." In a statement
signed by 17 leaders of
Jteform and Conservative
affiliation, they said:
"The self-serving
demands of one group of
Jews that they be recogniz-
ed as the sole interpreters of
the Jewish religion and
specifically that their
authority to determine the
legitimacy of conversions
performed outside Israel be
Jjpelled out in the secular
law of Israel is morally
and religiously unacceptable
to us: it is contrary to the in-
terests and welfare of world
Jewry. The proposed
change in the Law of Return
will do harm to the principle
of Jewish unity ana jeopar-
dize the sense of solidarity
that binds the Jewish people
everywhere to the State of
At a separate press con-
ference, leaders of six Or-
thodox Jewish groups
declared, in a joint state-
ment that they reject the re-
cent proposal of Prime
Miniser Shimon Peres to
freeze the issue of "Who is a
Jew" for a period of 10
years, and not to bring it to
a vote in the Knesset.
They warned that the
decision to postpone a vote
would increase assimilation
by many Jews. They claimed
that the process has already
started in the decision of the
American Reform move-
ment to accept as Jews
children born to Jewish
fathers and non-Jewish
mothers. They appealed to
the Prime Minister and the
Israeli government not to
succumb to pressure from
abroad on the issue.
Among those who signed
the statement of the Con-
servative and Reform
movements were: Franklin
Kreutzer, president, United
Synagogue of America;
Rabbi Jack Stern, president,
Central Conference of
American Rabbis; Selma
Weintraub, president,
Women's League for Con-
servative Judaism; and Rab-
bi Wolfe Kelman, executive
"ice. president, Rabbinical
In a related event, leaders
of the Agudath Israel of
America and its Council of
Torah Sages delivered
scathing attacks on Reform
and Conservative Judaism
at their 63rd national con-
vention in the United States
earlier this month.
They strenuously decried
any form of dialogue with
"the official spiritual leader-
ship" of the two movements
but urged Orthodox Jews
nevertheless to create rela-
tionships on a personal level
with individual members of
Holocaust Sparked
Torah Scholarship
Holocaust and the creation of
I Israel sparked a "public explo-
Ision" of scholarly works
I designed to advance Torah
[study, according to a Brooklyn
I College expert.
Dr. Sid Leiman, Brooklyn
fllege Professor of Jewish
tory and Literature, made
hat assertion in an articles in
I Volume 43 of the Jewish Book
I Annual, published by the JWB
| Jewish Book Council.
His article, "Torah Scholar-
ship Since the Holocaust," was
lofiginally written as a
I background paper for the 20th
I anniversary meeting of the
I Memorial Foundation for
(Jewish Culture in Jerusalem.
Uiman wrote that "the
>-nber of different titles and
aitions of Torah publications
Pnnted from 1950 to 1983 ex-
Iteeds 50,000." He credited the
I upsurge to the fact that "the
Instruction of the centers of
I "earning of European Jewry,
pd of much of the literature
ladled by that Jewry, made it
Imperative that any
Reform and Conservative
Judaism who "have been
misled by their rabbis to
believe that 'you don't have
to be Jewish to be a Jew.' '
Rabbi Moshe Sherer, presi-
dent of Agudath Israel of
America, singled out for at-
tack Rabbi Alexander
Schindler, president of the
Union of American Hebrew
Congregations (Reform), in
response, he said, to
Schindler's attacks on Or-
thodoxy emanating "from a
growing realization among
the Reform leaders that
their brand of Jewish
religion is sterile, and is in-
capable of bearing children
who will remain a living part
of the Jewish people."
The "accelerated stri-
dent" attacks on Orthodoxy
by "the Reformers" serve
to "strengthen our resolve
not to give up on any single
Jew, and not to concede
even one iota in our dedica-
reconstruction of the culture
of European Jewry include the
republication of the literary
treasures it had produced."
Leiman declared that
"literary lines of continuity
are possible only when a living
community maintains its com-
mitment to the serious study
of literature. The Memorial
Foundation for Jewish Culture
has played a key and decisive
role in Jewish continuity."
But, he declared, there was
also "bad news," that assimila-
tion "continues to wear away
at the ever-expanding
periphery of the Jewish com-
munity and at an alarming
There are seven comprehen-
sive bibliographies of nearly
1,000 new Jewish books in the
Annual, dealing with
American-Jewish Non-Fiction
Books; American Jewish Fic-
tion Books; Jewish Juvenille
Books; American Hebrew
Books; Yiddish Books; Anglo-
Jewish Books; and Selected
Books on Judaica from Israel.
tion to save Jews from suc-
cumbing to the on slaught of
a hostile society," Sherer
The theme of the keynote
session was "Building
Bridges and Barriers for the
Unity of Klal Yisroel." One
speaker, Rabbi Shimon
Schwab, told the 3,000
delegates, "There is no
bridge between Torah
Judaism and any other kind
of Judaism," but he and
others implored Orthodox
Jews to extend themselves
personally with Ahavas
Yisroel (love of Israel) to
reach out to non-observant
Schwab, a scholar and
author who heads the
German-Jewish community
in America, urged that the
"battle against falsification
of Jewish religious beliefs"
be carried on without "com-
bativeness or gloating" but
with "tears in the heart" foi
the "tragic path taken by er
rant Jews.'
At another session, Rabb
Avrohom Pam, a member of
the Council of Torah Sages,
urged the Orthodox com-
munity to muster its
resources to provide a
Torah education for all
children regardless of cost,
even children of non-
religious backgrounds.
Pam pleaded for help on
the Israel scene, where, he
said, for shortage of funds
the Independent Torah
Schools (Chinuch Atzmai)
have been unable with
government funds alone to
open adequate facilities
around the country. "The
war for the image of the
Jewish people in Israel will
be waged in the educational
institutions," he said,
declaring that the respon-
sibility fell on the shoulders
of American Orthodox Jews
to ensure that the Torah
school system be able

Page 4 The Jewiah Floridian of South Broward-HoUywood/Friday, December 20, 1965
Press Digest
Growth or Dilution?
The Union of American Hebrew
Congregations (UAHC) at its re-
cent biennial convention in Los
Angeles heard its president, Rab-
bi Alexander Schindler, proudly
announce it now has 791 temples
with 1.3 million members.
This, according to Schindler,
placed the Reform movement as
largest in the country for the first
time. The Conservative move-
ment claims 850 congregations
with 1.25 million members, and
the Orthodox claim 1,800
synagogues with 1.2 milion.
According to these figures,
some 3.75 million North American
Jews, or about 64 percent of the
total, are affiliated with a
synagogue or temple, with an
average membership of 1,100 in
The reader will forgive us if we
express some doubts .
The most "favorable"
demographic studies on American
Jewry to date have placed the
figure somewhere between 40
percent and 50 percent. And this
does not take into account an
unknown number of multiple af-
filiations those who are
members in more than one con-
gregation, "on paper."
The United Synagogues of
America (Conservative) held its
biennial Convention immediately
following UAHC's; and heard
Rabbi Benjamin Kreitman, ex-
ecutive vice-president, criticize
Schindler's claim as extravag-
rant. Schindler, by his own admis-
sion, has encouraged the accep-
tance of non-Jewish spouses of
Jews as members of Reform
temples; this may increase
numbers, but rather than growth
it is a dilution of Jewry, Kreitman
Liberal, pro-Israel American
Jews may soon find themselves
facing a serious dilemma, if pro-
gnosticators of a split in the
Labor-Likud Unity government
prove to be correct.
Such a split has not occurred,
and is not likely to occur, because
of the historically bitter rivalry
between the two parties; even the
latest crisis involving Premier
Shimon Peres and Trade Miniser
Ariel Sharon, with Peres almost
dismissing Sharon, did not bring a
But a split, according to Israeli
experts, would be inevitable if and
when Hussein finally comes to the
peace-talks table and Peres agrees
to everything he has been said to
be ready to concede. Reportedly,
this includes aside from the bulk
of the areas in Judea and Samarai,
giving Jordan official status in
East Jerusalem and letting the
Jordanian flag be raised on the
Temple Mount (where the
Moslems have two major mos-
ques) above and behind the Kotel
or Western Wall.
The Likud, which opposes relin-
quishing any part of the "West
'Bank," will almost certainly op-
pose this vehemently and split
with Labor.
This would inevitably lead to a
narrow coalition between Labor
and some of the religious parties.
And the price Labor would have
to pay would be the long sought-
after revision of the Law of
Return, defining as Jews only
those converted strictly according
to Halacha, and dealing the
Reform and Conservative
movements a serious blow.
So that while many American
liberal Jews would like to see the
peace process move ahead with
Jordan, it is the very thing that
could lead to serious disaffection
among them with Israel. .
Prof. Irwin Cotler of McGill
University joined A vital Scharan-
sky in Geneva during the Summit
meeting, to take part in a "Sum-
mit vigil" on behalf of her hus-
band Anatoly and other Soviet
dissidents incarcerated because of
their struggle for human rights.
Cotler, chairman of the Cana-
dian Helsinki Watch Group, has
been serving as Shcharansky's
lawyer for the past eight years,
and has authored a 900-page brief
on Anatoly's behalf. Anatoly was
arrested in 1977, and sentenced in
1978 to three years in prison,
followed by 10 years in a labor
Cotler told reporters he was op-
timistic that Gorbachev may
release Shcharansky and other
prominent prisoners of conscience
not because of any change in
Soviet policy, but because Gor-
bachev may well conclude this was
in the Soviet Union's best in-
terest. It would help remove some
of the major symbols for Western
protest against Soviet human
rights violation, and at little
political cost, will help refurbish
the Soviet image and remove the
pressures, so they could concen-
trate on their objectives in the
Star Wars and arms control
Shcharansky, Cotler emphasiz-
ed, is the "litmus paper test" for
detente, since progress toward
arms control and human rights
will occur together, or not at all.
The parents of some 500
Yemenite children who allegedly
"disappeared" in the early 1950's
have banded together to press for
an official government inquiry in-
to the affair.
It started with one or two
isolated cases, of Yemenite im-
migrants who were brought to
Israel on the famous "Operation
Magic Carpet" between 1950 and
1953, and lost their children. In
the past few years, for various
reasons, they became convinced
that their children were taken
away to be placed for adoption,
while they were told the children
died. But they looked in vain for
gravesites, or official death cer-
tificates, and instead found other
circumstancial evidence to rein-
force their suspicions.
As these cases received ex-
posure in the media other families
with similar stories emerged,
claiming their children had disap-
peared in suspicious, cir-
cumstances while they were
told the children died, they could
not be shown the bodies, saw no
documentation, and were shown
no gravesites. .
When the Yemenite immigrants
were brought to Israel at the
time a fledgling state not yet ex-
perienced in the absorption pro-
cess of mass immigration they
were placed in ma'abarot, transi-
tion camps, which often had
children's houses for the younger
children. Subsequently, many of
the children of these immigrants,
who came to Israel virtually pen-
nyless, were placed in various
youth villages, kibbutz programs
for external youth, and other in-
stitutions. During the '50s this
raised a major controversy within
the Jewish Agency and on the
Israel political scene, since all the
Yemenite Jews were religiously
observant, while many of their
children had been placed in non-
religious frameworks.
Arms Imports Still Rising
The worldwide economic recession cut arms im-
ports throughout most developing and third coun-
tries in 1983 except for the Middle East and
Latin America. According to a U.S. government
study released this fall, covering the years
1973-83, six Arab states received 40 percent of the
world's weapons imports total in 1983. The six
were Iraq ($5 billion), Saudi Arabia ($3 billion),
Libya ($1.9 billion), Egypt and Syria ($1.7 billion
each) and Jordan ($1.1 billion). In comparison,
Israel's arms imports totaled $370 million.
Iraq, Syria and Libya received most of their
weapons from the Soviets, as they had during all of
the 1973-83 period. Saudi Arabia and Egypt ob-
tained most of their arms from the United States
and France; Jordan's weaponry came primarily
from the United Kingdom, France and the United
States. Israel's dependence on America for arms
imports stands out. All but $5 million of the $3.8
billion Israel purchased overseas during the 11
years surveyed came from the United States.
As for exports, Israel ranked 21st in the report,
World Military Expenditures and Arms
Transfers, 1985, prepared by the Arms Control
and Disarmament Agency (ACDA). Israeli arms
exports have been the subject of recent publicity.
But ACDA's $220 million total left Israel behind
not only the export leaders, including the Soviet
Union, the United States, France, West Germany,
the United Kingdom and Italy (with arms
shipments which ranged from $9.4 billion for the
Soviets to $1 billion for Italy in 1984), but also
trailing Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czechoslovakia,
Finland, the Koreas, Pakistan, Poland, Romania,
Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Yugoslavia.
"More attention has been given to Israel than to
a lot of these other countries," said a Washington-
based military analyst. "The ACDA report shows,
for example, that from 1979 through 1983
Czechoslovakia exported almost $5 billion worth of
arms, Romania $3.1 billion with virtually no
publicity." In the same period Israel's weapons ex-
ports totaled $1.3 billion.
The study showed that the Middle East con-
tinues to grow as a market for arms dealers. In
1973 it received 27.4 percent of the world's
weapons imports; by 1983 the region took nearly
43 percent of such shipments.
ACDA figures also reveal just how heavily
militarized the Middle East is. Syria, for example -Vj
fields 22.7 soldiers per 1,000 population, Iraq at 1
war with Iran 34.5 Jordan, 26.2. Israel for-
mally accepted only by Egypt of the region's states
deploys 45 troops per 1,000 people. The respec-
tive Soviet and U.S. figures arc 16.1 and 9.5.
Middle Eastern states lead all others in percen-
tages of Gross National Product (GNP) spent on
defense. Comparative figures include Israel, 29
percent of GNP, Iraq, 47.2 percent; Saudia Arabia,
24.3 percent; Jordan, 29.5 percent; Syria, 13 per-
cent. Outside the region the Soviet Union spends.
14 percent of GNP on the military, the United*"
States, 6.6 percent, and Japan 1 percent.
"The availability of large oil revenues which are
administered by central governments" of the Arab
states has helped in large part to push Middle East
arms spending to such high levels of GNP, the
study noted.
The report seems to contradict recent Reagan
Administration assertions that Jordan lags behind
in military modernization. For the 1979-83 period,
King Hussein's government imported $3 billion
worth of weapons. Israel's total in that period was
$2.5 billion. Israeli domestic production does not
change the big picture, the analyst said.
While "Israel's defense budget has declined
every year since 1981 in real terms .. there is no-.
real indication that Middle East weapons spending"
has leveled off," the expert said. "Everyone in the
region is at record highs except Israel." In fact,
Finance Ministry figures show that in 1981 Israel's
defense budget was $6.8 billion. It dropped to $5.4
billion in 1983, and the 1985 estimate including
the recent austerity program cuts totals $4.2
(The above column appeared in a recent edition of
the Near East Report.)
Middle East
Update Set
For Jan. 8
Asher Nairn, minister for infor-
mation at the Israeli Embassy in
Washington, will be the guest
speaker at the Middle East Up-
date on Jan. 8 at Temple Sinai.
From 1981-85, Nairn was the
director for the Department of In-
formation in the Ministry for
Foreign Affairs. He then became
minister for information at the
He has served as a cultural and
press attache at the Israeli Em-
bassy in Japan, where he also
studied the Chinese and Japanese
cultures and far eastern interna-
tional relations at Sophia Univer-
sity. He has also served as a
representaive of Israel in both
Uganda and Kenya.
Previously, he served as the
consul general of Israel in
Philadelphia, which covered Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ken-
tucky, West Virginia and
southern New Jersey.
Nairn immigrated with his fami-
ly from Tripoli, Libya, to Israel in
1944. In 1956, he graduated from
the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem where he received a
master of jurisprudence degree.
He then joined the staff of the
ministry for foreign affairs in
There is no charge for the Mid-
dle East Update which will begin
at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at
Temple Sinai, 1201 Johnson
Viewpoint: PLO Eclipse
A just-released Harris survey demonstrates that the Achille Lauro
hijacking has badly damaged the PLO's already bad image in the United
States. In 1983 the PLO received a 75 percent-11 percent negative
rating. However, the poll shows that today by a majority of 86
percent-7 percent Americans hold negative views about the terrorist
organization. The poll also reveals that 73 percent of Americans feel
that the ship hijacking and the killing of Leon Klinghoffer "proved that
the PLO is no better than a band of terrorists, unfit for the United
States to have anything to do with."
The poll finds that Americans reject PLO participation in the peace
process while favoring the inclusion of non-PLO Palestinians and
also oppose any participation by the Soviet Union. By a margin of 72
percent-22 percent Americans believe that Israel now "has leadership
which is reasonable and will really work for a just peace settlement in ^
the Middle East."
None of this should be a surprise to anyone. Americans have never
been impressed by grenade toting terrorists and certainly aren't now.
They understand that America has precious few allies and that Israel is
one of them. The only surprise is that the permanent bureaucracies at
the State and Defense departments and various universities and
"think-tanks" around the country are riddled with personnel who
still believe that the PLO can somehow be rehabilitated. They fail to
grasp what the American public implicitly understands. It only confirms
our friend Mr. Orwell's adage: some ideas are so foolish that only ivory
tower intellectuals will believe them. ,
(The above editorial appeared in a recent edition of the Near East
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Volume 15
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Attorneys-accountants From left, Reuben
Schneider, chairman of the Attorney's Division's Seymour
and Caryl Berzofsky, co-chairmen of the Accountant's Divi-
sion; and Allen Grossman, of the ADL in Miami, who spoke at
a recent breakfast meeting.
45 Attend Attorneys,
Accountants Meeting
Forty-five attorneys and ac-
countants of the Jewish Federa-
tion of South Broward recently
''gathered at Hemmingway's
Restaurant for a Sunday
The guest speaker Allen
Grossman of the Anti-Defamation
League showed a video tape on an
anti-Semitic group called the
Aryan Nations.
Grossman discussed extremism
and terrorism in America and how
"important it is for all Jews to be
aware and enlightened about the
threats to our existence.
Jerry Winnick, associate cam-
paign chairman, announced that
there will be a mission to Germany
and Israel next year, and that the
attorneys and accountants would
be well advised to look into the
wonderful mission program spon-
sored by the Jewish Federation of
South Broward.
The next meeting for the Pro-
fessional's Division will be in early
January when Asher Nairn,
minister of information for the
Israeli Embassy in Washington,
D.C., will be in Hollywood to
speak. If you are interested in
learning more about the activities
of the Professionals Division of
the Federation, please contact Dr.
Jan Lederman at 921-8810.
Friday, December 20, lfl8&The Jewish Floridiari of South Brbward-Hollywood
Douglas Gardens Turns 40
"Today is a celebration of life
and of new beginnings. We are a
part of it. We are the history and
the future. We are the fulfillment
and the promise. It is a proud and
honorable place for all of us to
With these words, Judge Irving
Cypen, chairman of the board of
the Miami Jewish Home and
Hospital for the Aged at Douglas
Gardens (MJHHA), began the
40th year of service by Douglas
Gardens to the elderly of South
Florida with the dedication of the
Harry Chemin Skilled Nursing
Gov. Bob Graham, speaking
before more than 1,000 civic and
philanthropic leaders who filled
the gardens for the morning
dedication ceremonies, compared
the Miami Jewish Home to a
strong tree whose roots are deep
and well-planted. "It is to those
roots of foundation and tradition
and ultimate strength that we
dedicate this facility and that we
express our thanks to the Chernin
family for their contribution," he
Commenting on the unique posi-
tion of Florida and Miami in terms
of its large elderly population,
Graham noted that "extended
ages create new challenges, and
premiere among those is how to
provide for years of respect and
dignity and independence and in-
volvement as our years become
longer." Shifting his focus to
Douglas Gardens, he concluded,
"It is to that dignity and respect
of those advanced years that this
great institution has been
Judge Cypen, in acknowledging
the many people who helped lay
the foundation for the Cherning
Building, gave special thanks to
Jewish Federation of South
Broward, Greater Miami Jewish
Federation and United Way of
Dade County. "We have built the
buildings," he said. "These
organizations have allowed us to
open our doors to all those in
need," he continued, referring to
their role in meeting the deficit in-
curred in caring for the indigent
residents of the Home. More than
70 percent of the resident popula-
tion falls into that category.
Cypen also noted that, in addi-
tion to long-term skilled nursing
care, the five-story, 192 bed
Harry Chernin Skilled Nursing
DOUGLAS GARDENS Miami Jewish Home and Hospital
for the Aged at Douglas Gardens recently held its 40th annual
meeting and dinner dance. From left, Sumner Kaye, ex-
ecutive director of the Jewish Federation of South Broward,
Arthur Pearlman, re-elected president of MJHHA, State Rep.
Elaine Gordon, Irving Cypen, MJHHA chairman of the board,
and Fred D. Hirt, MJHHA executive director.
Building will
offer short-term
and hospital ser-
vices to the general community
for the first time.
Federation TV Guide
Recent editions of "Jewish Television Magazine," the
30-minute news feature show, are now being shown on local
South Broward cable TV stations.
And we want to hear from you! Your opinions about the recent
shows! What you like or dislike! We want to know!
Hollywood Cable airs the progam on Channel 14 (lo) on Mon-
days at 4:30 p.m. Selkirk airs the show on Channel 30 on Mondays
at 3:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m.
Recent editions of JTM include segments on the important
work being done with the elderly in Israel and with learning-
disabled children in California.
In Israel, as in the United States, the population is aging but
old people do not necessarily have to spend their last years in
lonely isolation. Watch a heartwarming look at a facility in Israel
where some elderly people live and others just spend their
daytime hours enjoying a program that ranges from traditional
holiday celebrations to yoga classes.
Viewers are also taken to a vary unusual Hebrew school in Los
Angeles where teachers with great warmth and patience are
reaching out to children who have learning disabilities so that
those children do not lose out on the chance to learn about their
Another edition takes the audience to Israel where they learn
how a professional Israeli basketball team Maccabi Haifa has
imported some young Jewish basketball players from the United
JTM also introduces a new feature dcalled "Daddy's World," in
which Paul Bodner describes some of those sometimes
frustrating, sometimes gratifying little moments in life that
should ring a familiar note to anyone who has ever been a parent.
But remember we want tohear from you. Your opinion counts.
You can write us at Jewish Federation of South Broward,
Public Relations Department, 2719 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood,
FL 33020, or you can call 921-8810 and ask for Andrew Polin.
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Activities scheduled at the
JCC or the Southeast Florida
Focal Point Senior Center are
located at 2838 Hollywood
Blvd. unless otherwise
Hearing Impaired
Eleanor Bernstein, director
of the Southeast Focal Point
Senior Center said that a group of
hearing-impaired deaf people
recently met to discuss future
meeting plans with Keith Muller,
executive director of the United
Hearing and Deaf Services. Inc.
This group will meet every
Wednesday (except Christmas
and New Year's Day) at the
Senior Center. This will be a year
round program.
A miniprint computer (TTY) has
been provided by UHDS so that
the Senior Center may com-
municate with the hearing im-
paired via telephone.
This is a first for the South
Broward area. Other services
which will be available include:
* Direct casework services and
group discussion
* Captioned films
* Speakers and demonstrations
* Card playing
* Arts and Crafts, Painting
* Specialized classes-including
integration into existing
Southeast Focal Point programs
as appropriate.
For further information, please
call Carmen or Aida at 921-6518
Aging Parents
The next meeting for
Children of Aging Parents will be
held on Tuesday evening. Jan. 7 at
7:30 p.m.. at the Jewish Com-
munity Center.
For further information call
Dvora Friedman 921-6518.
The next meetings for the re-
cent (less than two years)
Widow/Widowers Support Group
will be held on Thursday. Jan. 9,
and Jan. 23 at 12:45 p.m. at the
Jewish Community Center.
For further information call
Dvora Friedman at 921-6518.
Support Group
There will be a meeting of
the Alzheimer and Related
Disease Support Group for
Caregivers on Thursday, Jan. 16,
at 12:45 p.m. at the Jewish Com-
munity Center.
Dr. Barry Baumel of the
Neuromedical Research
Associates will be the guest
speaker. He will speak on
"Memory Loss" and the new
research now being used on
Alzheimer and stroke victims.
For further information call
CHICAGO The JCCentertainers are
gearing up for the final weeks of rehearsal
for their production of the Broadway
musical "Chicago," which opens Jan. 18.
Performances will be held on Jan. 18,19.23
and 25 at Miramar High School. For infor-
mation about tickets, please contact Ed
Hoffman at 983-4722 or 983-4209 or
Seymour Berzofsky at 962-1112 or Dene
Gross at 921-6511.
Dvora Friedman at 921-6518.
Get in shape, look better and
feel better through yoga with
Karla. Come to the JCC of South
Broward on Monday evenings
7-8:45 p.m. Cost for eight weeks is
$30 for member; $35, non-
member. New members welcome.
Call Dene
to register at
f60pl40sll54qc The JCC is of-
fering a new French conversation
class with Simone Cohen. Classes
will be held on Thursday evenings
at 7 p.m. Come learn French the
easy way! We have room for more
people! For more information and
registration call Dene at
Israel Top
Join us for our exciting Israel
trip with our own special
itinerary. Two weeks March
16-30. Breakfast and dinner daily.
Includes: airline, transfers, first-
class accommodations, profes-
sional tour guide, all entrance
fees, airport tax and extras! Cost
for JCC members $1,810; non-
members $1,860. Includes double
room occupancy. Single supple-'
ment: $154. Call Dene today for I
reservations at 921-6511.
Special Events
The JCC is offering several
exciting specials in February and I
March. Feb. 10 Picasso ill
Miami; Feb. 11 Dreamgirlsatl
TOPA; March 19 Alvin Aileyatl
Baily Hall. Call Dene at 921-65111
for information and reservations |

Holiday Greetings
to the Jewish Community
Senator Paula Hawkins
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Friday, December 20, 1985/The Jewish Floridian of South Broward-Hollywood Page 7
From left, Jack and Janet Malamud.
From left, Dr. Irving Karten, Brenda Greenman, president of the JCC, Carol
Karten and Susan Singer.

From left, Silvia Sperber, Dr. Silvio Sperber, premiere gifts chairman, Dr.
Laurence Weiss and Judy Weiss perform "havdallah," the traditional clos-
ing ritual for Shabbat.
Sylvia Kalen breaks bread in the traditional "motzi."
Premiere Gifts Event
Smashing, Beautiful Success
Continued from Page 1
Broward to surpass its record-breaking
1985 total of $6.5 million.
"We're working hard, and our com-
munity knows that Israel's livelihood
^depends on our commitment," Kaye said.
r -Dr. Barron also addressed the Premiere
' Gifts Dinner Dance with a forceful speech
about Israel and its achievements, as well
as its future.
"We need to remember that if Israel
had existed only 10 years before 1948 we
might have six milnon more of our co-
religionists alive today," Dr. Barron said.
"We need to remember that Israelis took
a land that had been almost empty for
2,000 years, and in 37 years made it into a
country that can, and does, take in Jews
*rom anywhere they want to come.
"That's part of our commitment ...
yours ... and mine! That's what the
Jewish Agency is all about," he added.
"And with all this, Israel has had to
%ht five defensive wars and build an
economy in which one-third of what she
produces has had to go for weapons and
ammunition. Israel is a dream ... by most
non-Jewish standards it should not even
"But it has made it. It is making it," Dr.
Barron added. "It has cemented together
a people and is making from 102 nations
... one. And succeeding.
Yes, Dr. Barron said, there are pro-
blems in Israel.
, "It is not the problems, but how we
meet the. challenges that are created by
those problems, that counts.
"We, here in this room, in this com-
munity, have been an essential part of
these miracles. Hold your heads up high"
Dr. Barron said.
"It is now our sacred task as Jews of the
Diaspora, to continue to nurture the peo-
ple... help water and protect the land we
have all helped create...
"In doing so we stand with our fellow
Jews everywhere. We proclaim the kind
of people we are... and the hope we have
for the entire world and for peace
everywhere," Dr. Barron added.
From left. Donna Barron and Susan Singer.

Page 8 The Jewish Floridian of South Broward-Hollywood/Friday, December 20, 1985
ZAHAV Weekend
Retreat a Smash Hit
Retreaters discuss Jewish indentity. From
left, Anne Passes, Flo Rosenbloom, Jack
Levine, the moderator, Sharie Balmuth
Jean Brotz and Trudy Russe.
Rabbi Lewis Littman and
"Jewish Life in Music."
daughter Jody performed
Israeli folk dance lessons offered energetic frivolity as you
can tell by Ruth Friedman (right).

Havdallah service provided poignant moment during retreat.
Jewish Group Organizes Community Patrols
Mordechai Levy, head of the
Jewish Defense Organization
(JDO) which he describes as
"more militant" than the Jewish
Defense League (JDL), is organiz-
ing night patrols to "teach a
lesson" to vandals that "Jews
won't be pushed around."
Levy, 24, a journalism major at
Hunter College, told the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency that this was
in response to the recent window-
smashing of Jewish-owned shops
in Boro Park and the Midwood
section of Flatbush, Brooklyn
neighborhoods heavily populated
by Orthodox Jews. He said the
patrols, on foot and in cars, would
be armed with "legal but deadly"
weapons. Asked what such
weapons were, he mentioned
"chains and baseball bats."
But New York State
Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who
represents the districts, strongly
opposes the JDO's plans. He told
the JTA there was absolutely no
need for its presence in the af-
fected neighborhoods.
He accused the JDO of "taking
advantage" of a situation of con-
cern to the community and warn-
ed their tactics would only arouse
fear, especially among elderly
Jews, that conditions are worse
than they are.
Hikind confirmed that he
recently spoke to Levy, trying to
dissuade him, but without success.
He dismissed as "baloney" Levy's
claim to the JTA that the very
presence of his patrols would br-
ing more police into the streets
where Jewish property is
Hikind said the police are doing
an "excellent" job. Nevertheless,
there have been no arrests and ap-
parently no clues so far to the per-
sons resonsible for heaving heavy
rocks through the windows of 13
Jewish-owned shops in Boro Park
during the early hours of Satur-
day, Nov. 9, and, again, Saturday
morning, Nov. 23, smashing the
windows of five shops in Boro
Park and three on Avenue J, the
main shopping center of Midwood.
Hikind has asked the FBI to
help local police track down the
vandals but the federal agency
must determine there was a civil
rights violation before it can enter
the case.
New York City is offering a
$10,000 reward for information
leading to the arrest and convic-
tion of the perpetrators. The
Jewish Community Relations
Council of New York has offered a
$5,000 reward.
Levy said the JDO Opened
"headquarters" in Boro Park with
a "mass rally" recently and
already has "over a hundred
volunteers" for the patrols. He
said they ranged from teen-agers
and college students to older
adults, including women. But the
JDO accepts only males, he said
"for protection reasons."
He said the patrols would cover
Boro Park, Flatbush and
"anywhere else" that Jews or
Jewish property are threatened.
He suggested the police should be
"glad of the help."
Levy did not say his patrols
would summon the police if they
caught anyone in a destructive
act.- He stressed "teaching a
lesson." He claimed that 10 JDO
members gave a lesson "in Jewish
justice" to six teen-age vandals
they found desecrating
Washington Cemetery, a Jewish
cemetery on the borderline bet-
ween Boro Park and Midwood on
Oct. 31, the night of Halloween.
Asked what constituted "Jewish
justice," he said "beating up and
Hikind, a Democrat who con-
firmed that he was once a member
of the JDL, indicated he deplored
the JDO's actions in his district
but suggested they might be
"useful" in other areas. He said
he told Levy they should go to
East New York and Brownsville,
severely depressed neighborhoods
in Brooklyn and to Manhattan's
Lower East Side where, he said,
elderly Jews live in terror and are
afraid to leave their apartments.
Hikind said he thought it was
"healthy" for Jews to learn how
to use weapons and other forms of
self-defense and that he did not
want to "impugn the intentions"
of the JDO. But he insisted their
tactics were not needed and would
be counter-productive in his
district. He said there is virtually
no problem of anti-Semitism in
Boro Park, "probably because 85
percent of the residents are
Jews," 65 percent of them
Hikind said that while the wave
of rock throwing at Jewish-owned
shops non-Jewish shops in the
neighborhoods were spared -
smells strongly of anti-Semitism,
"we have no leads. We don't know ^
for sure if it was anti-Semitism." '
He stressed again that "no one
asked the JDO to come" and
noted that there is a community
patrol in Boro Park made up of
"professionals" who carry licens-
ed weapons.
Robert Dole, the senate majority leader,
addressed the recent 54th General
Assemblv of the Council of Jewish Federa-
tions. Dole called for the Soviet Union to
open its doors and let Soviet Jw8

Friday, December 20, 1985/The Jewish Floridian of South Broward-Hollywood Page 9
Faith Council of Greater Hollywood recent-
ly held its Thanksgiving; service at the
Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hallandale.
Rabbi Robert Frazin of Temple Solel
hosted the program.
Mubarak's Message Sparks Cautious
Optimism About Improved Relations
. -
dent Hosni Mubarak's latest
message to Premier Shimon Peres
has raised genuine, if cautious op-
timism, here, that Israeli-
Egyptian relations will soon be
significantly improved.
The message was delivered to
Peres earlier this month by
Egypt's Oil Minister, Abdul Hadi
Kandil, who came here on a two-
_^ day official visit. Its contents were
released recently on the eve of the
departure for Cairo of a high level
Israeli delegation to resume talks
with Egypt over the Taba border
The message, warm and friend-
ly in tone, dealt with the peace
process, bilateral issues and the
murder of seven Israeli tourists at
Ras Burka in Sinai in October by
an alleged berserk Egyptian
policeman. Four of the victims
were children, and passions are
still running high in Israel because
of allegations the Egyptian
authorities were tardy in pro-
viding medical help and because
their official investigation is still
not completed.
Mubarak expressed understan-
ding of Israeli anger. He termed
^*the crime a deviant act that did
not reflect the feelings of the
Egyptian people. He said the in-
vestigation is being pursued inten-
sively, and if there has been a
paucity of details it was only to
avoid interference with the
judicial process which he hoped
would be completed shortly.
Mubarak said he hoped the
;,ji Israelis would not judge the Ras
*Burka tragedy simplistically. He
added that it was important for
Egypt to preserve its tradition of
safeguarding its guests.
The Egyptian President had
warm words for Israel's peace ef-
forts. He said he was aware of
Israel's opposition to inclusion of
the Palestine Liberation
Organization in peace talks but
was convinced that PLO Chief
Yasir Arafat understands he must
take a stand against terrorism.
According to Mubarak, the
chances for regional peace have
improved because certain parties
who did not accept the idea of co-
existence with Israel have recent-
ly moved in that direction. He
hoped bilateral relations with
Israel would improve, though they
have not as yet, and noted that the
Taba talks are about to be resum-
ed after a long hiatus.
The Israeli view here is that the
new round of talks will take place
under much more auspicious cir-
cumstances in light of Mubarak's
letter to Peres.
The Israeli negotiating team
which went to Cairo consists of
Gen. Avraham Tamir, director
general of the prime minister's of-
fice; David Kimche, director
general of the foreign ministry;
and Dov Sion, of the defense
Kimche recently accused Egypt
publicly of some 40 violations of
the 1979 peace treaty clauses
dealing with the normalization of
relations between Egypt and
Normal relations and the Ras
Burka killings are the first items
on the agenda of the Cairo talks.
They were to be followed by the
Taba border dispute. The Israeli
delegation is itself divided on that
issue. The Prime Minister's Of-
fice, representing Labor Party
views, is willing to accept Egypt's
demand for arbitration. The
Foreign Ministry, controlled by
Likud, insists that conciliation
must be given a serious try, with
arbitration only a last resort.
With respect to the Ras Burka
affairs, Sion is scheduled to con-
sult with Egyptian Gen. Tarek
Labib on procedures for the
evacuation of Israeli tourists from
Sinai in cases of emergency or
serious accidents. Israel has pro-
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with the Multinational Force in
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Dr. Saul Singer, president of the Federation, said the
Jewish children of South Broward owe a great debt to Mrs.
Silverman as well as to the late David Posnack.
"The Nina Silvermans, the David Posnacks, the Jack
Malamuds all these people have been dedicated to Jewish
survival," Dr. Singer said.
"And the JCC is about Jewish survival. Jewish identity.
Our Jewish children's survival and identity. The JCC and
Campus will forge a strong Jewish future for South
Broward," he added.
Sumner G. Kaye, executive director of the Federation,
said construction of the Posnack JCC is laying the cor-
nerstone for a strong Jewish future.
"Nina Silverman's gift is helping save our Jewish
future," he added.
South Broward's Jewish community is now operating a
Jewish Community Center without walls. While South
Broward is the 17th largest Jewish community in the coun-
try, it does not have a JCC complex. Yet it serves 29,000
clients out of 23 locations.
Even without a JCC complex look at what the JCC has
accomplished. The JCC offers 70 to 90 courses at any given
time, summer camps for Jewish youth, a pre-school pro-
gram with a waiting list as well as programs geared
specifically for the elderly in our community.
And much more. Space does not permit listing all the
JCC activities. If all this is being done without walls, it bog-
gles the mind to think what the JCC will be able to ac-
complish at the David Posnack JCC on the Nina and Louis
Silverman Jewish Community Center Campus.
With Mrs. Silverman's $l-million gift, the Federation and
JCC leadership have now raised approximately $6 million.
The JCC still needs to raise $2 million more for a final goal
of $8 million.
Now, local leaders say they expect a bandwagon effect.
"The $1-million gift should spark additional gifts from
people who have been waiting in the wings," Kaye said.
"When construction begins this summer the community
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For more information about the JCC campaign, please
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Tragedy on Egyptair Flight 648
Eyewitnesses Tell of World's Bloodiest Hijacking
VALLETA, Malta (JTA) The
world's bloodiest hijack 59
dead. 32 wounded began Nov.
23. shortly after Egyptair Flight
648 took off uneventfully from
Athens, bound for Cairo.
It ended 24 hours later in an in
ferno of fire and machinegun
bullets on the airport of this tiny,
rockbound island nation in the
mid-Mediterranean between Sici-
ly. Tunisia and Libya.
I arrived here a day after the
harrowing events. Through inter-
views with survivors,
eyewitnesses, Maltese officials
and foreign diplomats. I was able
to piece together an account for
the orderal which still shocks the
world and has raised many serious
questions that remain
One of the survivors I spoke to
was Tamar Artzi, 24, a trim, at-
tractive brunette from Kibbutz
Revivim in the Negev. She and
her travelling companion, Nitzan
Mendelson, 23, of Kibbutz Hulata
in Galilee, were the only Israelis
among the nearly 100 passengers
and crew of 14 nationalities
aboard the Egyptian Boeing 737
when it left Athens for the two-
hour flight to Cairo.
I could not speak to Nitzan
Mendelson. She was shot point
blank in the back of her head by a
hijacker and shoved off the plane.
(She later died.)
Artzi was also shot in the head
by the same hijacker and shoved
from the plane. Fate was kinder
to her. The small caliber bullet,
fired at about a six-foot range,
Book Review
grazed the right side of her cheek
and ear lobe. When I visited her at
the hospital a few days later, she
had only a black-and-blue mark on
her cheek and a small bruise on
her ear. But she was still suffering
the traumatic effects of her
Artzi recalled that her name
was one of 11 called over the
loudspeaker. She believed she was
about to be released. Other
passengers recall that as she stood
at the edge of the plane door, a hi-
jacker shot her, and she was push-
ed or fell from the plane. Accor-
ding to Artzi, "I stumbled down
the steps and lay under them."
She could not remember
whether she felt pain. But she did
know deadly fear. She remembers
that a few minutes later there
were several more shots from in-
side the plane and first one body,
then another, fell down the steps
next to her. The first body to fall
was that of her friend, Mendelson.
Other surviving passengers told
me that when Mendelson heard
her name called she was frighten-
ed and crouched in her seat as if to
hide. The passengers recall that a
hijacker walked over and tried to
pry her out.
One passenger, Tony Lyons, an
Australian, said that a person who
seemed to be an Egyptair crew
member dragged Mendelson out
of her seat at the orders of the hi-
jacker. Other passengers confirm-
ed this. Though they are not sure
if the crew member was a man or
woman, they recognized the dark
jacket of the Egyptair uniform.
According to these accounts.
Mendelson clung to her seat, digg-
ing her fingernails into the cloth
cover. She screamed. "Save me,
spare me." She was dragged by
her feet along the central aisle,
digging her nails into the carpet.
Survivors said this was an
unbearable scene, worse even
than the actual shootings. At the
open door to the plane, Mendelson
was shot point blank in the back of
her head.
A few minutes later a third vic-
tim was shot, Patrick Scott Baker,
a 28-year-old American
fisherman-biologist. He tumbled
down the steps. Like Artzi, his
head was only grazed by the
bullet, and as soon as he recovered
his wits he sprang from the wet
tarmac and raced for the airport
control tower. Two other
Americans with him, both women,
were less fortunate.
Artzi lay under the steps,
disoriented, for what seemed like
ages, she said. "I did not know
where I was. I did not know
whether I was in Saudi Arabia or
Libya," she told me.
After lying motionless in the
rain and dark for about three
hours, she began to crawl from
the plane. One of the hijackers
saw her move and fired a bullet
which struck her thight. It as a
superficial wound from which she
has made a rapid recovery.
While Artzi lay dazed under the
plane steps alongside her un-
conscious companion, Mendelson,
a 38-year-old American woman,
Scarlett Marie Rogenkamp, a
U.S. Air Force employee from
Athens, was shot in the head and
died on the spot.
Anti-Semitism Revisited
A Certain People: American Jews
and Their Lives Today. By
Charles E. Silberman. Summit
Books, 1230 Avenue of the
Americas. New York, NY 10020.
1985. 458 pages. $19.95.
Reviewed by Mark Friedman
There is a joke that goes "Just
because you are paranoid, it does
not mean that you are not being
chased." The Jewish people is un-
questionably paranoid, but
Charles Silberman has written an
important book telling us that we
are not being chased.
Spurred by the pessimism
clouding the Jewish horizon dur-
ing the time of the energy shor-
tage, the Andrew Young affair,
and Billy Carter, the noted jour-
nalist and social observer Charles
Silberman undertook to study the
state of American Jewry. His fin-
dings are optimistic: Jews are
secure; anti-Semitism is not a
significant factor in American
Jewish life; all the doors to
American society are now open to
Jews; the Jewish establishment is
becoming more Jewish; Judaism is
being renewed in America; inter-
marriage is lower than we feared;
American Jewry may be
strengthened by Gentiles by birth
who become Jews by choice.
The United States is indeed dif-
ferent. It has no history of
medieval anti-Semitism to over-
come. But it is a very small world,
and attacks on Jews in Rome,
Paris, Copenhagen, London, and
many other places in recent years
.make it difficult for Jew
anywhere to feel too secure.
There is no question that anti-
Semitism is not respectable in
America. It is unfashionable on
the suburban commuter lines, but
it is alive on the subways. There is
a difference between the lower
class in America and "the middle
and upper classes in how they
relate to the Jews. Neither all the
Gentiles, nor all the Jew have
moved to the civil society of
Silberman does not write about
the Jews of downtown the Jews
who are today of the first or se-
cond generations. He is not kind
to the Orthodox. The text, notes,
and acknowledgements show that
he did not listen to the Orthodox,
much less to the different groups
among them.
America is the ultimate
laboratory for the experiment of
modernity. The community of
Jews is dissolving as today's Jews
no longer share common roots.
Even the lowest common
denominator of Jewish identity
and unity caring for other Jews
is deteriorating as the basis for
tying American Jews together. It
is more difficult now for Jews of
different types to speak to each
other and there are no signs on
the horizon that this will change.
This makes it all the more dif-
ficult to write about American
Jews. Silberman might well have
paid more attention to the
economic factor as it affects
Judaism. He might also have done
well to compare America's Jews
to Jews elsewhere. But Silberman
has done a marvelous job of
presenting a certain view of a cer-
tain people, one that will certainly
enliven the debate on Jewish life
in America.
(Mark Friedman is Director of
Cultural Affairs of the World
Jewish Congress, New York.)
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Another American woman,
Jackie Pflug, was wounded and
left sprawling on the steps. Both
women had their hands bound
behind their backs with neckties
taken from male passengers. At
about 3 a.m., local time, the hi-
jackers allowed Maltese rescue
workers to recover the bodies of
the dead and wounded.
The critically wounded included
a 20-year-old Arab, known as
Omar Marzuk, believed to have
been the leader of the hijackers.
The authorities have been unable
to interrogate him. There were
five hijackers in all.
According to the account of the
Egyptian pilot, Capt. Hani Galal.
the hijack occurred about 10
minutes after leaving Athens,
when the plane leveled off at its
cruising altitude of 34,000 feet.
He said two men, one dressed in a
grey suit, burst into the cockpit.
One held a live hand grenade to
the pilot's head.
Galal recalled later there were
no political statements, and the
only demand was that he change
course from Cairo to Malta. As
soon as the air crew realized what
was happening, co-pilot Emad
Bahey pushed an emergency but-
ton which alerted dozens of radio
stations in the area.
Behind the cockpit, the
passengers heard a voice speaking
in English with what they describ-
ed as a heavy Arab accent. The*"
voice on the loudspeaker told
them. "This is a hijack." They
were warned to obey all orders,
the first of which was to hold up
their right hands with their
passports. One of the two hi-
jackers who had been in the
cockpit walked up and down the
aisles collecting the passports.
The first bloodshed occurred
when the hijacker came up to a-"
passenger sitting near the front of
the plane who was an Egyptian
security agent. A 20-year-old
Egyptian woman, Lauretana
Chafik, who was sitting next to
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Friday, December 20, ft85/The Jewish Floridian of South Broward-HoUywood___Page 11
embers of United Synagogue
kth raised more than $153,000
[their Tikun Olam (Building A
(tter World) Tzedakah Program
1984-85. In announcing the
hults of the 1984-85 Campaign,
pes Gutin, director of the pro-
am, emphasized the key role
SY mmebers play in all aspects
' the program is unique in that
Le high school students make all
the decisions regarding the
{location of funds and the struc-
re of the program.
Under the current structure of
lie program, 30 percent of the
Tragedy ,h
Continued from Page 10
pum, recalled that he reached
ehind as if hi? passport was in his
Ihip pocket, pulled out a gun and
[fired point blank into the hi-
jacker's face.
The man was mortally wounded,
I but his companion shot and
seriously wounded the Egyptian
security man. He survived only
because the hijackers were con-
vinced he was dead.
Two Egyptair flight attendants
were wounded in the shoot-out.
Two or three bullets breached the
fuselage, causing decompression
in the cabin. Capt. Galal dove the
plane to 14,000 fet and oxygen
masks were released.
A tense calm reigned for a
while. The hijackers began to
rearrange the passengers accor-
.ding to nationality. Palestinians
were seated at the left rear, Greek
passengers at the right rear.
Those seat changes proved fatal
to eight Palestinian children who
died when the plane was stormed,
apparently from smoke
The two Israelis were seated at
the right front, American and
Australian passengers next to
them. It was a process of selektzia
reminiscent of the death camps.
The plane made its first ap-
proach over Luqa Airport, Malta,
at about 9:80 p.m., local time.
Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici, prime
minister of Malta, told the Parlia-
ment later that if landing had
been refused the plane might have
disintegrated. As far as this
reporter knows, he did not explain
why. The hijacker's only demand
of the Maltese authorities was for
food and for a doctor.
Who they were, what their
motives were, remains a mystery.
Here are other questions yet to be
What role did a U.S. task
force play in the preparations for
the storming of the plane? Why
did the Maltese prevent the
Americans, who might have sup-
plied the Egyptian commando
with much needed technical know-
how and probably saved many of
the 59 lives lost in the attack,
from arriving in time?
Was the Egyptian paratroop
commando as inefficient as it ap-
peared, or did it act on the basis of
wrong or misleading information?
Why did only one of the four or
five Egyptian security men on
board resist the hijack attempt?
Why did the other Egyptian air
marshalls fail even to try and
rescue their colleagues?
* Did the Egyptian crew, as
some survivors charge, cooperate,
willingly or unwillingly, with the
hijackers in dragging out of their
seats for executions some of the
passengers, including the serious-
ly injured Israeli?
* Where did the weapons used
by the hijackers come from? Were
they on board the place when it
landed at Athens from Cairo
before it was forced to fly to
Malta, or where they smuggled on
hoard at Athens Airport.?
Who were the hijackers, what
did they want and who was behind
them? During the 24 hours they
controlled the plane, they made no
political demands adn said
nothing which could reveal their
identities or political ideology.
funds collected are distributed to
USY'ers in need of financial aid
for participation in USY Israel
Pilgrimage, the USY on Wheels
Cross Country Tour, and the
Nativ USY Year Program in
Israel. In 1985 more than $45,000
in scholarships were distributed
on a regional basis to USY
members' in need of such
assistance. The guidelines' for the
distribution of these scholarships
were determined by the USY'ers
An additional 30 percent of the
funds are distributed to Conser-
vative Movement Programs in
Israel. As in the past, these funds
were distributed to Noar
Mesorati, USY's sister organiza-
tion in Israel, and for scholarships
for rabbinical students of the
Jewish Theological Seminary's
Jerusalem Campus at Neve
Schechter. In the coming year
some of these funds will also be
used for a special outreach pro-
gram at the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem sponsored by the
Jerusalem Center for Conser-
vative Judaism. The operating ex-
penses of the Tikum Olam Pro-
gram also come from the
The final 40 percent is divided
amongst a list of 60 Jewish
organizations and institutions
throughout the world. In order to
be included on this list, the reci-
pient must be approved by a com-
mittee of USY Board Members
from all parts of North America.
Every USY Chapter has the right
to allocate 40 percent of its con-
tribution to one or more of these
recipients. Local needs are also
emphasized. As a result, a chapter
may choose to allocate funds to a
local Jewish organization or in-
stitution in need of their support.
Close to $10,000 was allocated
by the USY'ers in 1984-85 to aid
in the rescue and resettlement of
Ethiopian Jews. Another major
recipient was Maon Latinok. a
residential facility for children
with Down's Syndrome, located in
Ramat Gan.
USY is the high school affiliated
of the United Synagogue of
America. Founded in 1951, it in-
cludes over 20,000 members in
Conservative synagogues
throughout North America. The
Director of USY is Rabbi Paul
Freedman, who served as USY's
first president in 1951.
Women's Perspective
If we look around, up and down the beach and then look east
and west who do we see? Many different grandmas and grand-
pas all over the place.
When I was a young girl living up North grandma and grandpa
lived upstairs, downstairs, next door, down the block or a short
ride away by car or, if you weren't lucky, by bus. Today many of
those northern grandmas and grandpas live here in South
Florida. How does this affect if it does the continuity of
Jewish life?
As a child, I could always ask my grandmother how to make
chopped liver, gefilte fish and matzoh ball soup or if the moon was
the same in Minsk or Pinsk. I fear that the grandchildren of today
lose something of the warmth and sense of well being that this
family closeness brought to those of yesterday. Grandparents also
lose the joy of seeing their little ones experiencing the little things
in life. By no means am I advocating the ghetto mentality that
families must live one on top of the other, but rather, does a week-
ly telephone call or a mid-session school vacation together really
allow us to know our close relatives. Does it give the grand-
parents the opportunity to pass on their values, their morals,
their yiddishkeit and their sense of justice and their link to the
This is probably happening in all of the different ethnic groups
around us, and if it is, isn't it more important for the Jewish fami-
ly unit so that we will survive for 1000s of years to come?
I don't pretend to know the answers. These are just questions.
Don't forget to keep Feb. 19 open and support the Women's
Divisions Big Event. TV correspondent Marvin Kalb will be our
guest speaker along with Rabbi Marshall Meyer. Our theme on
that day wil be Generating Generations, a celebration of our
diversity and our unity.
Hanukkah Love
HIGH SCHOOL IN ISRAEL Approximately 20 Broward
County Students will be attending an eight-week High
School in Israel program in Hod Hasharon. Here the students
recently met during an orientation meeting with Judy Arm-
strong, director of admissions for the program (center).
Special to the Federation
Hanukkah arrived at the South
Florida State Hospital in the form
of gifts bought and paid for by
many of the employees of the
Jewish Federation of South
Holiday season at the State
Hospital could have been a
depressing experience inview of
the high, dull, cold walls surroun-
ding the area where the 10 emo-
tionally disturbed children are
housed. Instead, it turned into a
festive, tear-filled and loving ex-
perience as these smiling and hap-
py children aged from 7 to 18
received Hanukkah gifts they
were not expecting. They clapped
their hands, sang Hanukkah songs
with Rabbi Harold Richter direc-
tor of Chaplaincy, although they
could not read the words and their
faces positively radiated their
One of the highlights came after
the children had opened their
presents and one lttle boy jumped
up, raised his hand and asked,
"Rabbi, can I give you a hug?"
Quickly, all the other children ran
to the Rabbi and Federation
employees and began hugging and
kissing them. No other thanks
were necessary as the employees
walked out with tears in their eyes
but with their hearts and minds
rilled with the knowledge that
they had brought so much hap-
piness and joy into the lives of
these unwanted children.
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Woman Rabbi in Israel
Breaks 'Male' Mold
Olympus Mounts Drive
Special to The Federation
TEL AVIV When Kinneret
Shiryon began working as the
first female congregational rabbi
in Israel, several members of her
Reform synagogue found it hard
to relate to the petite woman as
their spiritual leader.
"They had no problem with it on
an intellectual level. But emo-
tionally they found it difficult to
accept that the title 'rabbi' came
with a female body. After all, I'm
not the image one has when you
picture a rabbi," said Shiryon,
who last September assumed her
post at a north Tel Aviv
However, Shiryon has slowly
broken down that stereotype held
by some of the 70 family members
of the synagogue, and she is now
spreading her message of religous
equality throughout Israeli socie-
ty. Though she realizes the strug-
gles ahead, she is determined to
change the rigid perceptions
toward religious observance that
most Israelis have.
"The Orthodox political
monopoly has brainwashed the
public into believing that the only
authentic affiliation is with them.
And the Israeli public bought it,
even though they don't agree with
it," the 30-year-old woman said.
Shiryon maintains that most
Israelis act like Reform Jews on a
practical level without realizing it.
On the Sabbath, for instance, they
light candles and have family
meals. But Shiryon doesn't want
their observance to end there.
"There is a need in the secular
population to express themselves
spiritually, but not in the
framework of Orthodoxy," she
said. Israelis who visit her
synagogue often find it "an eye
opener" to see families sit
together during services and
watch womnen lead prayers and
read from the Tor ah.
"When they see it they are very
impressed. People have told me,
'If I knew that this type of
religious expression was
available, I would have been here
years ago,' she said.
She noted that religious expres-
sion is much more flexible in the
diaspora than it is in Israel.
"Religious pluralism is a given
there. In Israel, it's like a new
strand from Mars," she observed.
"It's ironic that in the Jewish
State, where we can govern our
own lives, there isn't religious
freedom. Only a minority of peo-
ple, such as the Christians and
Moslems who live here, have
that," she said.
Kinneret Shiron
To her surprise, the fact that
she is a woman rabbi is generally
played down in Israel, and she
finds that she is not alone in her
quest to attain religious pluralism.
"My male colleagues face the
same battles as I do. It takes some
of the sharp edges out of the
fights," noted Shiryon, who was
ordained in 1981 by the Hebrew
Union College in New York.
Her recent television ap-
pearance and the flurry of
newspaper articles written about
her have sparked some negative
responses. "Crank calls have
started," she said. "But nothing
has happened on a serious level. I
hope it will stay that way."
"I intentionally didn't take a
congregation in Jerusalem
because there is an atmosphere of
intolerance there. I was aware
that there could be a reactionary
response, but that wasn't my main
consideration. If you believe in
something, you have to take the
good with the bad," said Shiryon,
who chose the 13-year-old Ramat
Aviv congregation because it is in
an accepting environment.
So far, Shiryon hasn't challeng-
ed the Israeli religious establish-
ment in areas such as conducting
marriage ceremonies. According
to Israeli law, such ceremonies
must be done under Orthodox
supervision. Though some Or-
thodox rabbis co-officiate with
Reform rabbis, Shiryon wonders
aloud whether the same arrange-
ment would be made with a
woman rabbi.
She is also quick to point out the
inconsistencies within Israeli
religious law. "Couples I've mar-
ried in the U.S. who move here
are recognized under the Law of
Return. But any marriage that I
perform here isn't," said Shiryon,
who has served as congregational
rabbi in Wilton, Conn., as well as
in Adelaide, Australia.
Shiryon, who grew up in the
upstate New York city of
Schenectady, moved to Israel in
1983 with her husband, an Isaraeli
scriptwriter. At first they tried
communal living on a moshav, but
when the group's plans dissolved,
the couple decided to move to the
city with their infant daughter so
that Shiryon could practice her
She was eventually appointed to
her present congregation, which
is a mixture of Ashkenazi and
Sephardic Israelis as well as im-
migrants from the U.S., Canada,
South America, Europe and
Her husband, who is often teas-
ed with rebbetzin jokes, is very
supportive of her work and is
equally committed to insuring
religious pluralism in the country.
Shiryon acknowledged that all
the publicity surrounding her ap-
pointment has slowly contributed
to revolutionizing the image of
women. During a television ap-
pearance she pointed out that the
Hebrew word for husband baal
had disparaging connotations
becuase it literally means
"owner." Soon after, she began
overhearing Israelis similarly
criticizing the term.
Though the soft-spoken, brown-
haired woman claims she is not a
"political mover," she never-
theless hopes her struggle for
women's rights and religious
plurality will spread.
"I realize I'm influencing a
whole generation of Israelis," she
said. "Maybe one of my 12- or
13-year-old students will eventual-
ly become a Knesset member.
Who knows?"
Israel Faces Risky Cuts
Only the Iraq-Iran war and lack of unity among Arab states
permitted Israel to make the massive defense budget cuts includ-
ed in the country's current economic reform program, according
to Defense Minsiter Yitzhak Rabin. The Middle East "arms race
goes on. The Soviet Union continues to supply Syria, Libya and
Iraq. The total defense budget for Middle East countries exceeds
$20 billion per year," Rabin said on his recent Washington visit.
But ^because of inter-Arab problems, the capability of Arab
countries to have a concerted military policy against Israel is
limited. Therefore ... we can take the risk of cutting the defense
budget," he added.
However, Rabin cautioned that once the Persian Gulf war ends,
"I don't believe we'll be able to do what we've done" and reduce
military spending further. "Of all the countries in the region,
Israel is the only one which cut its defense budget." Signs of
reconciliation between Syria and Jordan also are creating a new
concern for Israeli planners.
Israel's military spending put at $5.4 billion in 1983 by the
Finance Minister was estimated at $4.2 billion for 1985. Asked
about suggestions from some Israeli economists that the govern-
ment needs to cut several hundred million dollars more next year
and that some can come from defense, Rabin replied, "We cannot
take too many (more) risks for the security of Israel."
The Defense Minister praised the Israeli public for accepting
wage attrition of up to 15 percent in real terms as part of the anti-
inflation austerity program. He said that only the current na-
tional unity government made the austerity program possible.
(Editor's Note: The above article appeared in a recent edition of
the Near Ea*t Rennrn
UJA DRIVE Ben and Roz Faivus will be hosting a cocktail
party on Feb. 9, and Sam Aptner will be helping to put
together a breakfast later in February for the Federation-
CIA Drive in Olympus. Dave Berlin will be helping to
organize the committee in the 500 building. From left stan-
ding, Roz Faivus, Max Nevis, Julius Brenner, Nathan Rosen
ind Ben Faivus. From left seated, Leo Hilzenrath, Sam Apt-
ner, Myer Kirsner and Raymond Ackerman.
OLYMPUS The Federation-UJA Campaign is beginning at
Olympus. Committees are forming in each of the three
buildings and events are being planned. Ruth Friedman will
be the hostess of a Premiere Gifts Pacesetter Dinner on Jan.
10. From left standing, Ann Rosen, Ben Faivus, Roz Faivus
and Gertrude Ackerman. From left seated, Ann Reubenfeld,
Charlotte Griesdorf, Annette Rubin and Selma Dolgen.
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iviet Jewry Update
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Friday, December 20, 1985/The Jewish Floridian of South Broward-HoUywood Page 13
, JEWRY Sheila Smith, wife of Congressman
Smith, recently spoke before the Federation's Soviet
./ Committee. Mrs. Smith is a member of the Advisory
j-d of the Congressional Wives for Soviet Jewry and she
.licipated in the Third Annual International Conference of
rliamentary Spouses for Soviet Jews in London along with
tlit other congressional wives. From left, Beverly
bllander, chairperson of the Soviet Jewry Committee, Mrs.
nith, Dick Marks, Ellen Lapidus, an aide to Congressman
jiith, and Renee Marks. The Marks related their ex-
igences with Soviet Refuseniks they recently met.
>viet Jew To Receive Exit Visa
promised visas shortly before the
Geneval summit meeting but have
still not heard from the
authorities, the SSSJ said.
128 Soviet Jews
Allowed to Leave
Russia In Nov.
__i of Moscow, who has waited
[ years for permission to leave
Soviet Union, will receive an
t visa to go to Israel if a pro-
Bse made to a U.S. Congressman
[kept, the Student Struggle for
bviet Jewry has reported.
[The SSSJ said it was informed
l Rep. William Lehman (D. Fla.)
hat a ranking official of the
Soviet Embassy in Washington
promised him that Essas, a
9-year-old mathematician who is
bne of the leading unofficial
Jewish religious educators in the
JSSR, would be granted a visa.
Essas so far has not heard from
I the Soviet authorities, the SSSJ
I reported. His position is similar to
.. of most of the 10 families,
everal of them Jewish, who were
tional Conference on Soviet Jewry
has reported that 128 Jews were
allowed to leave the Soviet Union
in November. This brings the total
number of Soviet Jews allowed to
emigrate in the first 11 months of
1985 to 1,047. Last year, 8% Jews
were allowed to leave the Soviet
Summit Review
White House and State Department sources said that the Arab-
Israeli conflict and Iran-Iraq were the subject of only general
discussion during the recent Reagan-Gorbachev summit.
However, a detailed exchange on the Soviet invasion and occupa-
tion of Afghanistan reportedly did take place, with a hint of a
possible improvement in Moscow's policy.
The topic of human rights under which the status of Soviet
Jewry and any resumption of large-scale emigration would have
been mentioned was reserved for the private meetings between
the President and General-Secretary. A White House source 3aid
that the exchange on human rights was "forceful, direct, but
private ... I think Gorbachev is well aware ... of the U.S. posi-
tion on human rights. It remains to be seen if their understanding
(of the U.S. stance) will have an effect." The official labeled
"purely speculative" a pre-summit claim by a top PLO figure that
the Kremlin had promised not to agree to a resumption of Jewish
Several Capitol Hill sources agreed discontinuing any such
promise, if it extists. "The Soviets don't mind saying different
things to different people," one observer said, noting that rela-
tions between the Russians and the PLO reportedly have been
strained. Moscow opposes Yasir Arafat's Feb. 11 agreement with
Jordan's King Hussein and probably "would like to move the PLO
(hack) toward the Syrians."
Continuing Soviet interest in the PLO was demonstrated by
lengthy talks in Baghdad between Arafat and other PLO leaders
. and Vladimir Ployakov, head of the Near Eastern section in the
Soviet Foreign Ministry. The meetings were held in conjunction
with (recent) five-day session of the PLO executive committee.
The committee disappointed some observers, who expected it to
soften the PLO's opposition to U.N. Security Council Resolutions
242 and 338, the generally accepted basis for Middle East peace
talks. The fact that the meeting lasted longer than expected and
that no positive statements on the two resolutions were issued
probably indicated continuing division within the PLO over
whether and how to respond to recent diplomatic activity bet-
ween Jordan and Syria, Jordan and Israel, and Israel and Morn-
cco, whose ruler, King Hassan II, currently chairs the Arab
Meanwhile, Kol Yisrael reported on Nov. 22 that while the
Soviets "Make the resumption of relations conditional upon the
beginning of Israeli withdrawal" from territories gained in 1967,
unofficial contacts between Israel and Soviet bloc allies are
"intensifying" in Europe, East Germany and Czechoslovakia
reportedly have signaled an interest in renewed ties with Israel
and "contacts with Poland are also continuing..." Poland
already has agreed to restalbish some diplomatic and trade rela-
tions with Israel. Analysts assert that the eastern European
states would not act without Moscow's blessing.
(Editor's Note: The above article appeared in a recent edition of
the Near East Report.)
Visiting Russia?
Soviet Jewish Refuseniks want
to meet American Jews who visit
If you are planning to visit the
Soviet Union, contact the Jewish
Federation of South Broward to
find out how you can meet and
help your fellow Jews in Russia.
Don't be Jews of silence. Con-
tact your brethem.
For more information, please
contact the Jewish Federation of
South Broward at 921-8810.
Hillel Plans for
Federation Drive
If the student Federation-
United Jewish Appeal campaigns
begin after winter break, then
spring has come early to South
Florida campuses. Leadership
training is underway, calendars
are being planned, and workers
are being recruited. Students are
now preparing to put their pro-
grams into action in the coming
Preparations for the campaign
began at the National Student
Leadership Training Conference
in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 1-3.
Workshops were conducted on
calendar planning, publicity and
promotion, solicitation training,
outreach techniques, and special
"The group clicked Organizing
our own campaigns can be very
demanding. There was a tremen-
dous feeling of mutual support
and commitment from the beginn-
ing, and together we developed a
lot of exciting new ideas for our
own schools," said Mark Rubens,
chairperson of the Florida Atlan-
tic University campaign.
Two weeks later a workshop on
campaign organizing was con-
ducted for local student campaign
leaders at the B'nai B'rith Hillel
Foundation at the University of
Miami, sponsored by Hillel Jewish
Student Centers of Greater
Maimi, Broward and Palm Beach
counties. Rabbi Steven Abrams,
director of planning at the Jewish
Federation of South Broward,
discussed the function of Federa-
tion in meeting community needs
and emphasized the importance of
student participation in that
Wendy Glass, chairperson of the
, Broward Community College
campaign, explained how her cam-
paign will affect students. "It
teaches us about our responsibili-
ty to help others by giving of
ourselves. Our major purpose is to
tell students and everyone we can
reach about the needs of other
Jews and to show them how to
make a difference by working
together with us."
Several of the chairpeople will
participate in a mission to Israel
from Dec. 24 to Jan. 3. Planned by
UJA for national student cam-
paign leadership, the mission is'
the final program to be held
before the campaigns begin.
Jewish students have conducted
campus campaigns for several
years, dating back to the after-
math of the Six-Day War. Locally,
the student campaign was in-
itiated by Hillel at the University
of Miami during the late 1970s.
Campaigns are now being con-
ducted at the University of Miami,
Florida International University,
Miami-Dade Community College,
Barry University, Southeastern
College of Osteopathic Medicine,
Florida Atlantic University,
Broward Community College, the
University of Florida and Florida
State University.
U.S. Critical of Soviet's
Human Rights Record
WASHINGTON (JTA) The Reagan Administration has
charged that the Soviet Union and its East European allies con-
tinue to have a "seriously flawed" record in human rights.
This assessment was made by the State Department as it
released the 19th semiannual report on compliance with the
Helsinki Final Act. The report, which covers the period April 1 to
October 1, 1985, was submitted to Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R.,
N.Y.), chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation
in Europe.
"Although the record of compliance varies among the Eastern
states during the six-month period covered by the report, overall
performance remained seriously flawed in the human rights and
humanitarian area," State Department deputy spokesman
Charles Redman said.
For Jews, the main area of concern continues to be the Soviet
Union where persecution by Soviet authorities continues and only
457 Jews were allowed to emigrate from April 1 to August 31.
"Individual Jewish refuseniks have responded in various ways
to official intransigence on emigration," the report noted. "Some
in resignation have currently stopped applying to leave, while
others apply as frequently as possible once every six months.
The report points out that during the period it covers there was
"a continued crackdown on Jewish, primarily refusenik, cultural
activists and teachers of Hebrew." Describing the June trial and
"confession" to Zionist and anti-Soviet activities by Moscow
Hebrew teacher Dan Shapiro, the report concludes that it "was
widely interpreted as a stern warning against assertion of Jewish
culture and identity."
The report outlines the arrest of other Hebrew techers and said
"the number of Hebrew teachers and other Jews imprisoned for
political reasons was conservatively estimated at 22 at the end of
the current review period."
During the six months covered there has been "a continuation
of past patterns of thinly-veiled and hostile 'anti-Zionist'
rhetoric," the report said. "Soviet propaganda maintains that
Israeli and Western intelligence agencies encourage emigration
in order to obtain state secrets from Soviet citizens.
"It further alleges that 'Zionists' collaborated with fascists dur-
ing World War II to send many innocent Jews to their deaths.
These 'Zionist elements,' so the argument goes, now comprise the
ruling circles of Israel, which have inherited Hitler's fascist
"The anti-Zionist Committee of the Soviet public, an officially
sanctiined group, continues to lead the propaganda aganst Jewish
refuseniks and 'Zionists.' A Soviet TV documentary and a new
Soviet 'White Book' have alleged links between 'Zionist' activities
and Western intelligence organizations.
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