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Volume 12 Number 8
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Largest Rally Supports Electoral Reform
TEL AVIV (JTA) Israelis
made clear their disgust with
current politics and disdain for
the politicians at a giant rally
for electoral reform here.
Between 100,000 and a quar-
ter-million people filled Mal-
chei Yisrael Square outside
City Hall and overflowed into
side streets, to hear speaker
after speaker condemn the
way the Knesset is chosen and
to propose changes.
They carried banners
addressed to Knesset leaders
and members reading, "We're
Fed Up With You" and
"You're All Corrupt."
According to one police offi-
cial, it was the largest public
gathering in Israel's history,
surpassing the Peace Now
rally of 1982 against the
Lebanon war.
But electoral reform is a far
less polarizing issue and seems
to transcend party politics.
The only hint of partisan
dissent was the relative abs-
ence of kipot, indicating that
the protesters were mainly
The religious parties, like all
of the smaller factions, would
probably be reduced in size and
influence if the present system
of proportional representation
is replaced by the direct elec-
tion of Knesset members.
Several Knesset members
and a few junior ministers, all
from secular parties, mingled
with the crowds, but none
addressed it.
Soviet Jewry activist Natan
Sharansky also spoke,
addressing his first political
gathering that had nothing to
do with Soviet Jews. He
recalled his musings during
the days when he was still a
prisoner in the Soviet Union,
when he believed he would find
a better political system when
he finally got to Israel.
Alas, "There is much still to
be done," Sharansky said.
But HUC Will Honor N. Y. Chief
Mayor Dinkins Defends
Jackson, Mandela, Tutu
York Mayor David Dinkins
defended Jesse Jackson, Nel-
son Mandela and Bishop
Desmond Tutu, while at the
same time criticizing Israel for
its relations with South Africa,
in a speech on black-Jewish
"In truth, there has never
been an absolute consensus
between our two communit-
ies," Dinkins said. "What we
have had is a remarkable deg-
ree of agreement on the ends
we seek, if not always the
means by which we would
arrive at those ends."
The mayor was addressing a
select crowd of prominent
Jewish and black community
leaders, who were assembled
at Hebrew Union College to
view a new photo documentary
exhibit, "Blacks and Jews: the
American Experience, 1654-
While Dinkins made refer-
ence to the "historic alliance"
between black and Jewish
Americans including the
1909 formation of the
NAACP, the civil rights cases
of the 1940s and '50s, the '60s
marches and the deaths of
Schwerner, Chaney and Good-
man he also addressed some
of the black positions and
issues that have been sore
points in the black-Jewish rela-
While Dinkins admitted that
Jewish apprehension over
Jackson's "Hymietown"
remarks "is understandable,"
he said that the black politician
had "humbled himself at the
1984 Democratic National
"It is not productive to con-
tinue to raise issues for which
Reverend Jackson has apolo-
gized," the mayor said.
Dinkins noted African-
American dismay over Israel's
past relations with South
Africa, saying Israel cut its
military ties to the apartheid
regime only after objections
were raised in the United
"Israel can be a true 'light
unto the nations' and lead the
fight against apartheid by
imposing full sanctions and
divestment," Dinkins said.
At this point in the program,
a note was passed to Paul
Steinberg, HUC vice president
and dean of faculty, from HUC
President Dr. Alfred Gotts-
chalk. It was announced after-
ward that the college would be
awarding Mandela an honor-
ary degree and would Dinkins
like to sponsor it.
DEMANDING ELECTORAL SYSTEM REFORM Tel Aviv A crowd of tens of thousands
Israelis gathered in a main Tel Aviv square to protest political corruption and demand reform
Arabs Told To Threaten
U.S. Mid East Interests
Egyptian government-
controlled newspaper Al Akh-
bar has urged the Arab world
to "threaten U.S. interests in
the Middle East."
In a strongly-worded edito-
rial, Al Akhbar called on Arab
states to adopt a more militant
posture in order to compel the
U.8. fee forooe Israel to make
territorial concessions.
"By creating Israel in 1948,
the United States and the
Soviet Union tried to gain
control of the Middle East,"
the editorial asserted. "The
U.S. has always supplied Israel
with arms and aid, making it
stronger than all the Arab
states combined."
Therefore, the editorial con-
tinued, "it is surprising that
the Arabs continue to deceive
themselves and hope that the
U.S. will help them to restore
the stolen rights of the Pales-
tinians The time has come
for the Arabs to realize that
only their own strength will
restore their ownership
rights." Those rights, the Al
Akhbar editorial declared,
"will be restored when Israel
and the U.S. realize that the
Arabs have the force enabling
them to threaten the Israeli
presence and U.S. interests in
the region."
"U.S. policy only strives to
gain time for Israel," the edi-
torial complained. "This is
reflected by the dozens of
envoys sent by the U.S. to the
states of the region during the
past twenty years, without
even a sign of hope appearing
that Israel might be ready to
surrender the territories it
conquered in 1967, and with-
out any effort being made to
New Olim Pouring In
compel Israel to implement
United Nations resolutions."
"The Arabs must under-
stand that force is the only
way to regain their rights," Al
Akhbar concluded.
Meanwhile, a second edito-
rial in Al Akhbar argued that
Egypt's strategic planning for
the 1990s should be based on
the principle that "the Arab
nation is in a fateful conflict
with Israel."
Endorsing the views of
Egyptian researcher Col.
Ahmed Abd el-Halim, Al Akh-
bar pointed out that "the chal-
lenges to Egyptian national
security are both internal and
external," and one of the most
important of the external chal-
lenges is "the Israeli chal-
lenge." It did not further
explain what that "challenge"
consists of
Thousands of Soviet immi-
grants, who have been arriv-
ing in even greater numbers in
recent days, did have to wait
until "next year in Jerusalem"
to celebrate seder here.
More than 1,000 immigrants
from the Soviet Union arrived
here during the three days
before Passover began Mon-
day night, officials confirmed.
Few details were forthcom-
ing. For security reasons, the
Israeli authorities imposed a
blackout last month on the
exact number of new arrivals
and their routes. But flights
from Hungary, Finland and
Poland are much in evidence.
Absorption Ministry person-
nel waiting at Ben-Gurion Air-
port to process the newcomer?
are also in the dark, for techni-
cal reasons.
"Not only do we not know
how many flights are arriving
each day, but we also don't
know how many passengers
the flight is carrying," said
Ephraim Cohen, director gen-
eral of the Absorption Minis-
He said the situation eased
with the installation of a new
computer system Sunday.
Meanwhile, a direct flight
from Moscow landed at Tel
Aviv last week, but it didn't
bring immigrants.
News Scene
JERUSALEM Prime Minister-
designate Shimon Peres calls on Jordan's
King Hussein to rejoin the Middle East
peace process.
JERUSALEM The Construction and
Housing Ministry will build 30,000 apart-
ments for new immigrants, none of them in
the administered territories.
NEW YORK Yelena Bonner, widow of
human rights activist Andrei Sakharov,
deplores recent manifestations of anti-
Semitism in the Soviet Union, but says
pogroms are unlikely.
NEW YORK The Conservative move-
ment in Israel is about to open an institute
to assist in the conversion of non-Jews to
Judaism. The legality of its conversions is
sure to be challenged by the Orthodox
religious establishment in Israel.

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, April 20, 1990
JNF to Reclaim Land for Soviet Jews
NEW YORK A joint communique issued from Jerusa-
lem by Moshe Rivlin, JNF world chairman, and from New
York by Ruth W. Popkin, JNF president, and Dr. Samuel I.
Cohen, JNF executive vice president, announced the
inception of "Operation Promised Land," a campaign to
raise funds needed to reclaim land in the Galilee, Jerusalem
and Negev regions for the absorption of thousands of
Soviet Jews emigrating to Israel.
U.S. Opposition to PLO Renewed
GENEVA (JTA) The Arab bloc, preparing for a new
drive to have the Palestine Liberation Organization accep-
ted as a full member state by the World Health Organiza-
tion, will run into the same stony opposition from the
United States that foiled its efforts last vear.
OSI Seeks Witnesses to Nazi Crimes
NEW YORK (JTA) The U.S. Justice Department has
asked the World Jewish Congress for help in locating
witnesses to war crimes committed by the Nazis and their
collaborators in Poland between 1941 and 1942.
E. German Teens Fear Neo-Nazism
BONN (JTA While significant numbers of East
German teen-agers share views of the far right, nearly
two-thirds worry about neo-Nazism, according to a govern-
ment-sponsored study published in the East Berlin newspa-
per Berliner Allgemeine.
E.C. Mostly Aligns with Arabs
BONN (JTA) The European Community differs only
slightly from the Arab position on Israeli settlements in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to Gerard Collins,
the foreign minister of Ireland, who currently chairs the
E.C.'s Council of Ministers.
Argentina Plans to Extradite Suspect
NEW YORK (JTA) Accused Nazi war criminal Jozef
Schwammberger, ordered extradited from Argentina, will
be handed over to West German authorities May 3,
according to Manuel Tenenbaum, director of the Latin
American Branch of the World Jewish Congress.
Montreal Jewish Cemetery Desecrated
MONTREAL (JTA) For the second time in seven
months, a Jewish cemetery has been vandalized in Mon-
treal, and local Jewish officials hold neo-Nazi Skinheads
responsible. Swastikas and slogans were spray-painted on
headstones in the Baron de Hirsch Cemetery.
Black Reps Drop Idea to Slice Aid
SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) Ten members of the Con-
gressional Black Caucus have backed off from their
proposal to cut U.S. foreign aid to Israel to provide more
funds for Africa and the Caribbean. When the caucus
completed its budget and presented it to the House Budget
Committee, Israel's full $3 billion allocation was intact.
French Racists Arouse ADL Fears
New York Recent anti-Semitic articles and personal
vilification of French Jews by the far right, racist Front
National (FN) have raised new concern in the French
Jewish community, according to a report distributed by the
Anti-Defamation League.
B'ti Canada Urges Passage of Get Bill
OTTAWA (JTA) A senior delegation of B'nai Brith
Canada, seeking to curtail abuses of withholding the get, or
Jewish divorce, appeared before a committee of legislators
in Ottawa to urge passage of BUI C-61. The bill would
prevent a Jewish spouse from withholding a get from a
partner as a bargaining tool to gain advantages in
monetary settlements and/or custody agreements.
S Edilo' and Publisher
of South Countv
Fred Shochet
Adverlii! ig Director
AJCommitee Charges
Church Council With Bias
Upon entering the three-story permanent exhibition of the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum, visitors will be issued identity cards similar to the samples above. These passport-like
cards, which bear the identities of people caught in the Holocaust, will personalize the Museum
experience for visitors.
House Approves
Loan Guarantee
The House of Representatives
approved $400 million in inv-
estment guarantees to provide
housing loans for newly
arrived Soviet emigres in
The $400 million was con-
tained in a $2.4 billion supple-
mental appropriations bill for
this fiscal year, which began
Oct. 1. President Bush
requested the bill, which also
includes emergency aid for
Nicaragua and Panama.
The bill, which was approved
362-59, also contains $35 mil-
lion to help Jewish groups
bring Soviet Jews to the
United States or resettle them
in Israel.
2 Jewish Governors
Will Not Run Again
Madeleine Kunin. the first Jew
and first woman to serve as
governor of Vermont, has
announced that she will not
run for a fourth two-year
term. The only other .low pres-
ently serving as ^rnvernor.
Neal Goldschmidt, also has
announced he will not seek
re-election, after serving one
four year term as Oregon's
chief executive.
NEW YORK The Ameri-
can Jewish Committee
charged that a "Prayer From
Jerusalem." composed by the
Middle East Council of
Churches and intended for use
on Palm Sunday, is a thinly
veiled attack on the State of
Israel in liturgical form.
The AJC asserted that the
use of the "Prayer" in
churches during the Christian
Holy Week would inject a divi-
sive and polarizing element
into such services.
The MECC is composed of
24 Middle Eastern church bod-
ies, and since its founding in
1974, the Council has reflected
a consistent anti-Israel posi-
Rabbi A. James Rudin, the
AJC's interreligious affairs
director, and Judith H. Banki,
the Committee's associate
interreligious affairs director,
declared: "We believe this
prayer, which has been distri-
buted to many American
churches by the National
Council of Churches, transmits
a strong anti-Israel bias. The
'Prayer from Jerusalem'
makes the reckless and unjus-
tified claim that Palestinian
Arabs ate being deprived of
their 'very right to life' by
Israel. Such language implies
that the physical destruction of
the Palestinian community is
the goal of policy of Israel.
This is a malicious slander."
German Firms Searched in Gas Probe
BONN (JTA) Two more West German firms are under
investigation for helping Libya manufacture poison gas,
the state prosecution in Stuttgart confirmed.
In this case, the firms, Abacus and Rose, are being
investigated for attempting to buy and send computer
components to Libya.
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JERUSALEM (JTA) Only 175 immigrants have
settled in the administered territories over the last 12
months, according to an internal Jewish Agency report
leaked to Ha'aretz. An additional 1,300 immigrants have
settled in portions of Jerusalem lying beyond the Green
Line, territory formerly controlled by Jordan.
ROME (JTA) Yasir Arafat took his campaign against
Soviet Jewish aliyah to the Vatican, telling Pope John Paul
II that the massive wave of emigration would cause
"dangerous demographic changes" in Jerusalem that
would "distort the historical character and civilization of
the city."
BONN (JTA) The extreme right-wing Republican
Party and 15 other reputedly neo-Nazi factions qualified to
participate in the parliamentary elections in the state of
Lower Saxony on May 13. But political observers say there
is virtually no chance any of them will receive the minimum
5 percent of the popular vote necessary for a seat in the
state legislature.
UNITED NATIONS (JTA) Israel has charged the
United Nations with "silence and passivity" on the subject
of Palestinian-on-Palestinian violence in the West Bank
and Gaza Strip. Claiming that between December 1987 and
March 1990, more than 200 Palestinians died at the hands
of their brethren, Israel's Ambassador Johanan Bein called
on U.N. Secretary- General Javier Perez de Cuellar to
make a "personal forceful condemnation of these despica-
ble activities."
STRASBOURG, France (JTA) The European Com-
munity's legislative body has called on the E.C.'s 12
member states to impose an arms embargo on Iraq. A
resolution introduced by the mainly left-wing factions of
the Parliament of Europe condemned the "aggressive
attitude of the Iraqi regime toward foreign countries and
toward its own population, notably the Kurdish peoples."
WASHINGTON Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard
Shevardnadze ends three days of talks with Secretary of
State James Baker showing little inclination to change
Soviet policy on the Middle East peace process, direct
flights to Israel and the renewal of diplomatic relations
with the Jewish state.
NEW YORK (JTA) Fears of anti-Semitic pogroms in
the Soviet Union are unfounded, but Jews have cause to
fear increased nationalism and populism among the Soviet
working classes, according to.Qr, Elena Bonner, human
rights activist and widow of Soviet dissident Andrei
LONDON (JTA) A document implying that Czar
Nicholas II was assassinated by a Jew was put on sale by
the famous Sotheby's gallery here, despite protests from
Jewish groups that it was perpetuating a discredited
anti-Semitic canard. It was withdrawn after failing to get
the minimum bid of 350,000 pounds about $370,000.
BRUSSELS (JTA) Justice Minister Melchior Wathelet
denied that Belgium has made any "pledge" to the Abu
Nidal terrorist group in exchange for the release of Belgian
nationals kidnapped by the gang two-and-half years ago.
AMSTERDAM (JTA) The 38th annual Yad Vashem
awards to Righteous Gentiles were presented here Tues-
day to 40 Dutch men and women who risked their lives to
save Jews during the Nazi occupation of Holland in World
War II. The awards are sponsored by the Yad Vashem
Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, and this year many were
accepted posthumously by the children or grandchildren of
BONN (JTA) An official of the former Communist
regime in East Germany who found asylum in the West
confirmed that his country had been a major provider of
weapons to Israel's Arab adversaries. Alexander Schalck-
Golodkowski said East German arms were sold to Iraq,
Jordan and Egypt, and to non-Arab Iran, an
implacable foe of Israel since the fall of the Shah.
JERUSALEM (JTA) The caretaker government will
allocate $160 million for development of the Voice of
America's powerful radio transmitter in the Arava region
of the Negev. According to the acting minister of communi-
cations, David Magen, Israeli entrepreneurs will be the
l>eneficiaries of B0 percent of the allocation.
Arab Terrorist
Attack On Plane?
TEL AVIV (JTA) Mystery
surrounds Tass reports that a
Soviet airliner carrying Jews
to Israel was the target of a
Palestinian terrorist attack in
Israeli and Cypriot authorit-
ies said they had no informa-
tion about the alleged incident.
Soviet airliners, moreover.
do not fly to Israel.
The official Soviet news
agency reported, nonetheless,
that an Aeroflot jet carrying
Jewish immigrants to Israel
was attacked by Palestinians.
An amended version issued
later by Tass referred to an
attempted attack on an air-
craft carrying Soviet Jews on a
scheduled flight to Israel via
Continued on Page 7
Friday, April 20, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
Gorbachev Statement
On Anti-Semitism Debated
President Mikhail Gorbachev,
addressing a meeting of the
Communist Youth League in
Moscow, has made what is
believed to be his first public
statement condemning anti-
Leaders of Soviet Jewry
advocacy groups responded to
the long-awaited statement in
mixed fashion, some welcom-
ing it, but others saying it
minimized or only partially
addressed the problem.
Gorbachev's long-awaited
remark came quietly, in
response to a question posed in
Moscow at the 21st annual
congress of Komsomol, the
Communist youth movement
of the Soviet Union.
Asked what measures he
intended to take in response to
"abnormal conditions of life
and activities of Jews in the
Soviet Union" because of anti-
Semitism, Gorbachev replied,
"I believe that we ought not to
allow raging of nationalism,
chauvinism, anti-Semitism or
any other 'isms' to occur."
"It is necessary to take the
path of harmonizing intereth-
nic relations, to set up legal,
economic and social prerequis-
ites for people of all ethnic
groups," wherever they live,
he said. "There is no other way
that I know of."
A copy of the statement was
forwarded by Yuri Dubinin,
Soviet ambassador to the
United States, to Rabbi
Arthur Schneier, president of
the Appeal of Conscience
Foundation, an interfaith
group that promotes religious
freedom in Soviet bloc coun-
tries and other nations that
experience any religious

Fll I HI s
Reform Body Issues
Russian Prayer Book

Soviet Jewish immigrants
with limited knowledge of
Hebrew or English can now
participate in Friday evening
services with the help of a
booklet containing a model
service in Hebrew, English
and Russian.
The 63-page publication, a
work first published 10 years
ago, has been reissued by the
Union of American Hebrew
Congregations, central body of
Reform Judaism in North
The model service, including
the candle-lighting ceremony
that ushers in the Sabbath, is
designed to introduce Soviet
arrivals to Reform Jewish lit-
urgy, with which few of them
are familiar.
The booklet explains that
while the basic structure of the
service is similar to the tradi-
tional format, a minyan is not
needed for such a service and a
rabbi need not be present,
since it can be conducted by a
lay person.
Republication of the booklet
is part of an intensive effort by
the Reform movement to
"reach out" to new arrivals.
Rabbi Alexander M. Schin-
dler, president of the UAHC,
criticized the failure of congre-
gations to do a more effective
job of bringing Soviet immi-
grants into American Jewish
religious and communal life.
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, April 20, 1990
Earth Day's 20th Anniversary
Earth Day. Sunday, April 22.
A mere 20 years after the first observ-
ance, Earth Day has burst onto the Ameri-
can scene as a major event, something
between a holiday and a global happening.
The statistics are frightening, if not
Every minute, 100 acres of tropical rain
forests disappear. Half of America's land-
fills may be full in just 10 years. Pollution
threatens more than half of the nation's
supply of drinking water.
Even as the centennial of Marjorie Stone-
man Douglas calls attention to the ongoing
threat to the Everglades, the vulnerability
of the Florida Keys to oil drilling remains
Congressman Larry Smith's measure to
ban such drilling deserves support from all
Floridians, not just environmentalists.
Passage of the omnibus Clean Air Act is a
good start, but there are many gaps to be
The Jewish Floridian this week under-
lines the involvement of some Jews in the
battle to save Planet Earth. Impressive as
are the stories described, they are too few
in number.
Just as the Jewish community took the
lead in the Civil Rights Movement, it must
be no less forceful in picking up the mantle
of ecology protection.
Public awareness of issues ranging from
global warming to recycling, from water
conservation to efficient energy use, all are
worthy goals of Earth Day. Establishment
of the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) was a direct result of Earth Day
Two decades later, a partially mobilized
populace must fight against the obvious
oil spills, ozone destruction and extinction
of animals. But it must search out the less
publicized issues as well, and do battle on
all fronts.
Because saving the Earth not only is
everyone's business, it's all-out warfare.
Young Judea Names New Director
NEW YORK Rabbi Glenn Karonsky has been appoin-
ted national director of Young Judaea, the national Zionist
youth group sponsored by Hadassah, the Women's Zionist
Organization of America. He succeeds Irv Widaen.
Iraq, Syria, Libya
lations of the massive chemical
warfare and growing missile
installations in Iraq, Syria and
Libya should give all Jews
and non-Jews a far more
realistic perspective of the
magnitude of the genuine
threats and challenges that
face Israel.
Preoccupation with the inti-
fada and the ups-and-downs of
the peace process between
Israel and the Palestinians
have tended to Obscure the
real reasons for much of
Israel's anxieties over being
pressured to take "risks for
The Middle East today is the
most concentrated scene of
arms transfers in the entire
world. Not only do Iraq, Syria
and Libya constitute growing
and grave threats of chemical
and missile warfare against
Israel, but Saudi Arabia and
the renewed PLO concentra-
tions in Lebanon are added
weights to the mounting mili-
tary scales against the Jewish
Personally, I am a moderate
and a centrist, and I want to
see careful responsible steps
being taken to resolve the
Israeli- Palestinian issues.
But the prevalent notion,
even in some Jewish circles,
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Beth Ami Congregation of Boca Raton held its second Annual
Dinner Dance on March 18 at the Gleneagles Country Club held to
honor (right) Rabbi Nathan Zelizer, and (left) Cantor Mark Levi.
Adam Linn
On Saturday morning, April
28, twins Adam and Alison
Linn will be called to the Torah
at Congregation B'nai Israel of
Boca Raton. They will share
the reading of the portion of
the Torah called Tazria Met-
Adam and Alison will be
joined at this simcha by their
mother, Jill Hoffman, and sis-
ter Merfdith. Grandparents
Erica Ann Kagan
On Saturday morning. April
21. 1990. Erica Ann Kagan.
daughter of George and Susan
Kagan. will be called to the
Torah at Congregation B'nai
Israel of Boca Raton. She will
read the Shemini portion of
the Torah.
Erica will be joined at this
simcha by her brother. Aaron
William and her grand-
mothers. Ann Kagan and Mar-
guerite Miller both of Miami.
A student at the Boca Raton
Middle School Erica enjoys
reading, swimming and dance
while indulging her hobby
On Saturday morning. April
7. Jessica Wasserman, daugh-
ter of Ted and Leslie Wasser-
man, was called to the Torah
at Congregation B'nai Israel of
Boca Raton. She read the Tzav
portion of the Torah.
Jessica was joined by grand-
parents Murray and Mildred
Ross of Lake Worth and Lil-
lian Wasserman of Greenacres
City, Fl.
ii .-.-;. ,i ,u tflids l in' Boca
Katun Middle School and
indulges her love of music by
studying the piano, modern
dancing and enjoys horseback
Alison Linn
Irving and Lorraine Hoffman,
Boca Raton, will attend along
with many other guests.
Both attend Loggers Run
Middle School and share a love
of music. Alison takes her
physical exercise through
dancing, while Adam prefers
soccer and weight lifting. Both
are active members of
the B'nai B'rith Youth Organi-
Newly elected officers of the Knights of Pythias 11th District Assn
of Palm Beach County are, from left, Bill Sheldon, secretary;
Morris Snetiker, treasurer; Al Goldberg, vice-president and Dave
Altbuch, president.
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according to a leading nutri-
tionist at the Hebrew Univer-
Connie Steinberg, who
advises the general university
community on proper diet pro-
cedures at the University's
Cosell Center for Physical
Education, says that Rabbi
Moses ben Maimon, also
known as Maimonides, or the
Rambam, was not only one of
the greatest religious authorit-
ies of all time but also a unique
authority on diet and exercise.
Steinberg said the sage's
advice concurs with some of
the latest theories. Maimo-
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whole-grain, low- fat, fresh-
food diet, frowned on between-
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Israel Ever-Changing Magnet For All Tourists
Jewish Floridxnn Staff Writer
Our rabbi always says on the
Sabbath, an extra soul enters
us and for that day we are
elevated to the highest level.
For this American visitor,
each day in Israel gave that
Poets can sing its praises
and artists capture its beauty,
but there is something about
the Jewish state that exceeds
words and physical grasp.
Perhaps no where else on
earth can the politics be as
chaotic, the problems as over-
whelming, the burdens as
heavy, yet the unity in an
indescribable way be as
As a short-term visitor to
Israel it is impossible to under-
stand what it is like to live the
daily life of an Israeli.
It is especially difficult
because from a tourist's per-
spective, Israel lives up to its
motto: "Come to Israel, Come
Stay With Friends." Eretz
Yisrael becomes your home,
the people your hosts. And like
a gracious host, it tucks away
its problems as best as
possible and brings out its
My recent visit to Israel
coincided with the first day of
spring. Wildflowers of every
shape, size and the most bril-
liant colors turned the country
into a Van Gogh palate.
It remains hard to grasp how
a country just a little larger
than the state of New Jersey
can offer a taste of geography,
climate, religion, archeological
sites, botany, food and culture
that one would almost have to
zig-zag the world to otherwise
In less than three hours, one
can leave the lush green moun-
tainous Galilee in the north,
cross the Negev desert and
arrive at the Dead Sea, the
lowest elevation on earth.
In less time than that, one
can stop at Jericho, the oldest
city in the world, and arrive at
development towns and new
settlements built just within
the past decade. Or better yet,
stand in one spot and look
upon thousands of years of
ancient cities whose various
layers have l>een uncovered in
archeological digs.-
Jerusalem is a keen example
of the gentrification process
underway in Israel. Just last
month, bulldozers began clear-
ing land across from the Jaffa
(late, one of the entrances into
the walled Old City, for what
officials are calling the single
Jews Cautious
huanian Jews are cautiously
supportive of the Soviet repub-
lic's declaration of independ-
ence, according to members of
an American Jewish group just
returned from there.
Majority of Lithuanian Jews
view independence as better
for them than Soviet rule, said
Dr. Barnett Zumoff, who
spent four days in the Lithua-
nian capital of Vilnius as part
of an eight-person cultural
mission to the Soviet Union.
Staff writer Ellen Ann Stein at Dead Sea resort near Masada.
most ambitious development
project to date.
For 20 years plans were
drafted and redrafted until the
project was accepted by Jeru-
salem city officials. Slated to
include a major hotel, shopp-
ing mall, restaurants and cafes
and extremely expensive
apartments, the project is
expected to give the area an
important economic injection.
Yet, officials claim, it will be
constructed in such a way that
it will not ruin the flavor of old
Israelis who live under
constant threat of attack from
hostile Arab neighbors none-
theless forge ahead with the
toil and sweat and energy that
has given unparalleled sophis-
tication to a country preparing
to celebrate its 42nd birthday.
They are more than willing to
share the fruits of their labors,
and not surprisingly, are con-
fused by potential visitors,
particularly their Jewish
brethren, who stay away
because of safety concerns.
There is no denying that it
would not be wise to drive into
a turbulent Arab village
even though drivers will take
you there or pick flowers on
the Syrian or Lebanese bor-
der, particularly in the times of
the Intifada or Arab uprising.
Israelis point out that such
precautions would be the same
as avoiding certain neighbor-
hoods in New York or Miami.
But that aside, they maintain
Israel's crime rate is much
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Synagogue News
Anshei Shalom
Holocaust Remembrance
Day, Yom Hashoa, will be
observed on Sunday, April 22,
at 3 p.m.
A ceremony has bee/i
planned in the Temple culmin-
ating at the Holocaust Memo-
rial Monument on the outside
of the Temple.
Temple Anshei Shalom will
celebrate the groundbreaking
for the expansion of the Tem-
ple on April 29, at 1 p.m. Many
dignitaries will be present.
Beth Ami
Friday evening April 20 at
8:15 p.m., Rabbi Nathan Zel-
izer will conduct services. He
will speak on "The Holocaust
Where Was God?" Rabbi
Zelizer will be assisted by Can-
tor Mark Levi. An Oneg fol-
lows services.
Saturday morning April 21
at 9:30 a.m., Rabbi Nathan
Zelizer will teach the weekly
portion of Shemini and will
preach on "Learning From
Tragedy." A Kiddush follows
Beth Ami Women's Club will
hold a "Chai Fashion Installa-
tion and Luncheon, at the Syn-
agogue, Tuesday April 24 at
noon. For information, 487-
Friday evening April 27 at
i:15 p.m. Rabbi Nathan Zelizer
ill conduct religious services,
ind will speak on "Do, Not.
sspair 0 Israel." He will be
ssisted by Cantor Mark Levi,
/ho will chant. An Oneg fol-
lows services.
Saturday morning April 28
it 9:30 a.m. Rabbi Nathan
Zelizer will teach the weekly
portions of Tazria-Me^zora,
and will speak on "Israel Inde-
endence." A Kiddush follows
Beth Ami Brotherhood will
lold its next breakfast meet-
ing at the Synagogue, Sunday
aorning April 29 at 10 a.m.
Section and Installation of
lew officers will take place at
^hat time. R.S.V.P., 483-4849.
Anshei Emuna
Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks will
>reach the Sermon on the
^heme "The Art of Accep-
ance" at the Sabbath Morning
Service on April 21, at 8:30
^.m. Kiddush will follow.
Rabbi Sacks will preach the
permon on the theme "The
lammer And The Anvil" at
Ihe Sabbath Morning Service
}n April 28, at 8:30 a.m.
Kiddush will follow.
Daily classes in the "Judaic
lode of Religious Law"
schulchan Oruch) led by Rabbi
Racks begins at 7:30 a.m. pre-
leeding the Daily Minyon Ser-
vices and at 5:30 p.m. in con-
junction with the Daily Twil-
ight Minyon Services.
A D'var Torah in Yiddish is
)resented by Rabbi Sacks in
[injunction with the Seu'dat
>hli'sheet celebrated each Sab-
f>ath between the Twilight Ser-
For information call 499-
Temple Kol Ami
On Friday evening, April 20,
services will begin at 8:15
under the leadership of Rabbi
Sheldon J. Harr and Cantor
Seymour Schwartzman. At
this time, Sindy Reich, daugh-
ter of Janet and Richard
Reich, and Mark Halpern, son
of Carol and Robert Halpern,
will be called to the Torah in
honor of their B'Nait Mitzvah,.
On Saturday morning, April
21, services will begin at 10:30.
At this time, Damon Geller,
son of Stacey and Preston Gel-
ler, and Robin Silberman,
daughter of Adrianne Silber-
man and Joel Silberman, will
be called to the Torah in honor
of their B'nait Mitzvah.
On Sunday morning, April
29, at 10:30, Temple Kol Ami
of Plantation will be holding a
Prospective Membership
Brunch. For information, call
Temple Beth El
At Shabbat Services on
April 20, a Yom Hashoah Ser-
vice Holocaust Observance
at 8 p.m. will commemorate
the Six Million Jews who per-
ished in the Holocaust. Special
emphasis will be placed on
behalf of the million and a half
children destroyed by the
Temple Beth El will hold its
regular Shabbat worship Ser-
vices this Friday evening at 8
p.m. Rabbis Merle E. Singer
and Michael L. Feshbach will
officiate. i .
On April 21, a morning Bible
Study Class at 9 a.m. Shabbat
Morning Services begin at
10:30 a.m.
Brett Goffin, son of Rosaline
and Peter Goffin, will cele-
brate his Bar Mitzvah this Sat-
urday morning at 10:30.
A Talmud Study Group is
held every Saturday morning
at 10:40 in the Chapel.
The Shabbat Services at 8
p.m. on April 27, will celebrate
the Adult B'nai Mitzvah of
Beverly Goldstein, Kathleen
Raskin and Sam Ehrenthal
and the Adult Confirmation of
Gail Smith-Gottheim. Rabbis
Merle E. Singer and Michael
L. Feshbach will officiate.
Rabbi Feshbach will deliver
the sermon.
B'Yachad, Temple Beth El
Mid-Singles group, will hold an
evening of fun at the Pompano
Harness Race Track. You
must reserve before April 21.
Call 392-8726.
B'nai Israel
Founders Ball
April 28
The Inaugural Founder's
Day Ball tor Congregation
B'nai Israel will be held on
Saturday evening. April 28. ai
the Marriott Crocker Center.
Honored at this event will be
Joel \'a ident since its founding in
1JI86. Mr. Joel Xadel is Presi-
dent of American Media
Chairing the ball ate Bar-
bara and Abel Zalcberg. Reser-
vations by railing 241-8118.
The dedication of the Sanctuary and building of Beth Ami
Congregation was held Sunday April 1. Ritual chairman, Louis
Fisk (left) and Aaron Rudd are placing the Torah in the Holy Ark
during the dedication.
Israel Museum Building Last Wing
JERUSALEM (JTA) The last wing of the Israel
Museum complex in Jerusalem is to be completed in the fall
of this year, in time for the museum's 25th anniversary
Labor Asked To 'Give' One Month
NEW YORK (JTA) Rabbi Avraham Ravitz, leader of
the Degel HaTorah party, told the daughter of the late
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat that Labor Party leader
Shimon Peres should return to the government of Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir on one condition: that Shamir be
given a one-month time limit to respond positively to the
peace initiative of U.S. Secretary of State James Baker.
Joan Bronk Elected President of NCJW
New York Joan Bronk of Teaneck, N.J. was elected
President of the National Council of Jewish Women at the
organization's 38th national convention in St. Louis.
Canadian Journalists Score Publisher
MONTREAL (JTA) A French-Canadian press tycoon
who admires Adolph Hitler was accused by a professional
journalists association here of skirting Canada's anti-hate
Iraqi Offer
reported offer by President
Saddam Hussein of Iraq to
dismantle his weapons of mass
destruction if Israel does the
same seemed to satisfy four of
the five U.S. senators who
held a news conference win-
ding up their fact-finding mis-
sion to the Middle East.
Only Sen. Howard Metzen-
baum (D-Ohio), the lone Demo-
crat in the group, led by Sen-
ate Minority Leader Robert
Dole (R-Kan.), was dubious of
Hussein's peaceful intentions
and in fact suggested that the
Iraqi leader suffers from a
"war psychosis."
In Washington, the Bush
administration welcomed Hus-
sein's reported offer, but not
the condition attached to it.
The senatorial junketeers
visited Egypt, Jordan and
Syria before coming to Israel.
But it was their unscheduled
side trip Thursday to Iraq
reportedly arranged by Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak of Egypt
which aroused greatest
That was possibly because
Hussein shocked the world
with a threat to destroy "half
of Israel" with chemical weap-
ons in his arsenal.
Arab Terrorists
Continued from Page 3
The report said, "After clos-
ing the airport, police escorted
passengers to the port of Lim-
assol, where they took a ferrv
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Page 8 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, April 20, 1990
Ethiopian Jews Israel Bonds
Suffer Uncertainty campaf^n
Editor. Near East Report
Most of the Jewish commun-
ity's attention is rightly
focused on the plight of Soviet
Jewry. It is essential to ensure
that all Jews who wish to
emigrate from the Soviet
Union are able to do so. At the
same time, the smaller, but no
less embattled, Jewish com-
munity in Ethiopia must not be
ing Jews from their homes,
and encouraging assimilation.
The United States and Ethi-
opia had been allies, but
Jimmy Carter severed rela-
tions with the Marxist govern-
ment because of Mengistu's
abysmal human rights record.
Mengistu is now fighting to
save his regime and has
appealed to the United Sates
to improve relations. He
claims his Marxism was a con-
George Bush played a key
lives five years ago. He is
position to do so again.
role in saving Jewish
in an even better
Five years ago, Israel and
the United States worked
together to secretly rescue
7,000 Ethiopian Jews. When
the original Israeli effort
Operation Moses was
halted, every member of the
Senate wrote to President
Ronald Reagan requesting
that he do what he could to
help in this effort. The Presi-
dent responded by dispatching
Vice President George Bush to
Sudan to help arrange the air-
lift known as Operation
Integration of those Ethio-
pian Jews in Israeli society is
one of the Jewish State's
greatest success stories.
Though some problems
remain, the majority of Ethio-
pians in Israel have adapted
well to living in a dramatically
different culture. Hundreds
now attend Israeli universities
and serve in the army while
thousands more contribute to
the Israeli economy by their
much-admired work ethic.
Biggest problem Ethiopian
Jews in Israel face is psycholo-
gical the uncertainty of the
fate of their families and the
guilt of having left them
behind. As many as 15,000
Jews most women, children,
and the elderly were unable
to be rescued. Some 1,600 chil-
dren in Israel, orphaned by
circumstances, have parents
trapped in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia's leader, Mengistu
Haile Mariam, agreed at the
end of last year to allow family
reunification, but this has not
yet occurred. Israel just reo-
pened its embassy in Addis
Ababa after restoring rela-
tions severed in 1973. It is
hoped this improvement in dip-
lomatic ties will facilitate the
immigration of Ethiopia's
remaining Jews.
Meanwhile, about 3,000
Jews have moved to the Ethio-
pian capital in the hope they
will be allowed to leave. These
Jews have little or no money,
no jobs, and difficulty finding
food and shelter. And they
may be the lucky ones. Most of
the other Jews are trapped in
regions that are either war
zones or already occupied by
rebel troops.
Ethiopia's Jews have always
been persecuted by their
superstitious neighbors who
believed they possessed the
"evil eye" because they were
involved in crafts that other
Ethiopians eschewed. Today,
the government is trying to
combine small villages into lar-
ger towns, thereby breaking
up family structures, separat-
version of convenience necessi-
tated by the U.S. action that
forced him to turn to the Sovi-
ets for help. The Soviet Union
has now turned its back on
The United States is reluc-
tant to improve relations with
Mengistu because of continu-
ing human rights violations.
But there is no love here for
the Eritrean rebels either.
They are supported primarily
by Arab states, including
Libya and Saudi Arabia. The
Arabs object to Mengistu
because his government is not
Muslim and is an impediment
to their goal of making the Red
Sea an Arab lake (Israel is a
bigger obstacle).
Members of Congress,
including the 40 senators and
90 representatives who belong
to the Congressional Caucus
for Ethiopian Jewry, believe
Mengistu must take concrete
steps to protect human rights
in his country before U.S.-
Ethiopian ties can be
improved. One such step would
be to fulfill his humanitarian
commitment to allow the reun-
ification of Jewish families.
George Bush played a key
role in saving Jewish lives five
years ago. He is in an even
better position to do so again,
both in the case of Ethiopian
and Soviet Jews. For the
American Jewish community,
the saving of these lives is a
mitzvah of the highest order
and an invaluable means of
strengthening Israel.
CHICAGO State of Israel
Bonds is launching an emer-
gency campaign as well as a
new bond issue in an effort to
raise an additional $100 million
for the resettlement of Soviet
Jews in Israel.
45 Bonds local campaign
chairmen representing com-
munities in the United States
and Canada met here last
month to launch "Operation
Aliyah" to enroll Israel Bond
purchases in the $100,000 cat-
A new $100 million issue of
State of Israel Zero Coupon
Dollar Savings Bonds, called
the Infrastructure and
Absorption Issue, is being
offered for that purpose.
The new bond will be added
to other offerings by the Bond
Although all proceeds from
Israel Bond sales this year will
be applied solely to resettle-
ment, the task of fund raising
is still challenging.
The bond organization's goal
for 1990 is $1 billion; in the
entire history of Israel Bonds,
total bond sales have totalled
$10 billion.
Over 180 unit owners, including their friends, attended the Third
Anniversary Luncheon of the Villas of Seville Area Condo
Association ofDelray Beach, at the Crystal Lake Country Club.
The committee included Sylvia Waldner, chairperson, Saul
Gutkin, Sarah Kenyan and Bill Sheldon (left), Eve and Bernie
Rudin, and Kate and At Belok, dance at the Seville Area
Association Third Anniversary gala celebration.
(Left), committee members, Sarah Kenyon, Saul Gutkin and
Sylvia Waldner, chairperson, respond to condo-ites checking in
at the Seville Area Condo Association Third Anniversary
Israelis Leave Because
Of Economic Reasons
Israeli emigrants leave for eco-
nomic reasons, not because of
political dissatisfaction or the
Arab "intifada," according to
a new study.
Study was conducted by Mir-
iam Weiss of Columbia Univer-
sity, for the Jerusalem Center
for Public Affairs.
Contradicting claims by
some Israeli doves that the
rate of emigration has
increased because of the Arab
rioting, Weiss found that
"most Israelis who leave the
country" do so because they
"feel thev have very little
opportunity for (financial) suc-
cess in Israel."
Majority of the emigrants
are males between the ages of
24 and 35, and "many have
just completed their regular
army service and have no pro-
fession," Weiss writes.
"Others have completed six-
month job training courses and
then cannot find jobs."
Many of those who even-
tually become permanent emi-
grants initially go abroad as
tourists, Weiss notes.
"When their money supply
diminishes they look for jobs
and often end up doing work
that they would never think of
doing in Israel," Weiss contin-
"As time passes, it gets har-
der and harder to return to
Israel, especially for those who
have no profession ... A great
number marry locals, become
citizens, and have children who
assimilate and often have no
Jewish education."
"Much the same is true of
graduates in the professions,"
according to Weiss. "There
are some 34,000 professionals
with second and third degrees
who are jobless since there are
not enough openings for peo-
ple of these ranks. Recently
qualified academics suffer
from lack of opportunities in
Israel due to budget cutbacks
at universities.
Wartime Slave Laborer Sues Siemens
BONN (JTA) A former slave laborer at the Ravens-
bruck concentration camp is suing the giant Siemens
electronics company for more than $40,000 in unpaid
wages and damages.
Unification Holds Up Reparations
BONN (JTA) European Jewish circles seem to be in
agreement that the question of East German reparations
to Holocaust victims should be held in abeyance until
German unification is effected.
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