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Volume 20 Number 7
Hollywood. Florida Friday, March 30, 1990
Price 35 Cents
N.Y. Senator Says Jews 'Complacent' On Support
By ALLISON KAPLAN
NEW YORK (JTA) -
Sen. Alfonse D'Amato
(R-N.Y.) delivered a
verbal spanking to the
American Jewish com-
munity Monday, chas-
tising it for being
"silent" and "compla-
cent" in the face of
threats of reduced sup-
port for Israel from the
U.S. government.
Sen. D'Amato
"It seems to me that the Jewish community has
quit," the outspoken senator told 75 members of
the Conference of Presidents of Major American
Jewish Organizations.
He said Jewish constituents have not been
speaking up strongly enough to members of Con-
gress against the proposal by Sen. Robert Dole
(R-Kan.) to reduce foreign aid to Israel. They also
have not been vocal enough about the Bush
administration's attempt to link $400 million in
housing loan guarantees to a freeze on settlements
on the West Bank.
Most recently, he said, Jews have not spoken
loudly enough in support of a united Jerusalem.
They have been taking congressional support for
granted, he said.
D'Amato's "kick in the pants was well-
deserved," Seymour Reich, chairman of the Con-
ference of Presidents, commented afterward. He
agreed that there has not been enough grass-roots
pressure on members of Congress from the Jewish
community.
Michael Miller, executive director of the Jewish
Community Relations Council of New York, also
conceded that "there are some Jewish communit-
ies that are not reaching out to congressmen and
senators."
Papal Talks
May Heal Breach
Col Kovens, southeast regional chairman for the American Friends of Tel Aviv University and his
wife Roz congratulate former President and Mrs. Reagan at a gala held in the President's honor in
Los Angeles. President Reagan was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University.
U.S. Soviet Jewry
Group Attacks
Anti-Semitism
By DAVID FRIEDMAN
WASHINGTON (JTA) -
The National Conference on
Soviet Jewry, which has taken
a cautious approach to reports
of rising anti-Semitism in the
Soviet Union, is now urging
the Soviet government to
ensure the safety of the third
largest Jewish community in
the world.
Graham Sparks
Protests
On Refuseniks
WASHINGTON Two-
thirds of the U.S. Senate
signed a letter to President
Gorbachev protesting Soviet
denial of exit visas to long-time
refuseniks.
"We find the continued
denial of emigration permis-
sion to those families who have
already been in refusal for so
many years extremely disturb-
ing," the senators said.
Sixty-seven senators signed
the bipartisan letter, which
was circulated by Senators
Bob Graham of Florida and
Dennis DeConcini of Arizona.
The senators lauded Soviet
[irogress in resolving certain
ong-term, emigration cases,
but expressed disappointment
that other applications have
languished.
Soviets Hits Settlement
Will Maintain 'Exodus'
UNITED NATIONS (JTA)
The Soviet Union's U.N.
ambassador delivered a stin-
ging denunciation of the settle-
ment of Soviet Jews in both
the West Bank and East Jeru-
salem.
But he stated firmly that his
country did not intend to cut
off Soviet Jewish emigration.
Ambassador Alexander
Belonogov opened a Security
Council debate requested by
his country on the issue of
Israel's settlement of Soviet
Jews in the administered terri-
tories.
Calling such settlement
"extremely serious," he said
that Israel was attempting to
battle the intifada by deliber-
ately settling Soviet Jews in
the territories."
An issue singled out for spe
cial attention was that of East
Jerusalem, whose status has
recently become a point of
conflict between Israel and the
United States.
Belonogov said that recent
statements by Israeli leaders
encouraging large-scale settle-
ment in East Jerusalem had
not gone unnoticed by the
Soviet government.
Belonogov reminded the
Security Council of the Soviet
fovernment's position that
ast Jerusalem is an essential
part of the West Bank, which
is under "Israeli occupation."
But after these harsh conde-
mnations, the Soviet envoy
dismissed the notion of cutting
off the emigration of Soviet
Jews, saying that such action
would contradict progress
toward greater individual free-
dom of movement in the Soviet
Union.
He did, however, ask the
United States to "broaden" its
immigration guidelines for
Soviet Jews, saying that the
United States, not Israel, is
their preferred choice of des-
tination.
Israel's U.N. ambassador,
Johanan Bein, said in response
that there are "no grounds"
for charges that Israel is
directing Soviet newcomers to
the territories.
By RUTH E. GRUBER
ROME (JTA) Pope John
Paul II took a step toward
healing the breach that has
developed in Catholic-Jewish
relations in recent years by
meeting at the Vatican with a
delegation of American Jewish
leaders.
The pontiff reaffirmed the
Roman Catholic Church's
adherence to the 1965 Nostra
Aetate decree of the Second
Vatican Council, proposing "a
systematic study of the coun-
cil's teaching" on the irrevoca-
ble nature of God's bond with
the Jewish people.
"It is the task of every local
church to promote cooperation
between Christians and
Jews," the pope was quoted as
telling the delegation, which
included top officers of the
American Jewish Committee.
It was the first Jewish group
to have an audience with the
pope since he received a dele
gation of rabbis at his summer
residence outside Rome in
September 1987.
Jewish groups had refrained
from meeting with the pope
after the Catholic Church
broke an agreement to remove
a Carmelite convent from the
grounds of the former Aus-
chwitz death camp by the end
of February 1989.
West German Military Cuts
Ease Jewish Draft
BONN (JTA) Impending
large cuts in the West German
military budget, a result of the
changed political climate in
Europe, may ease a dilemma
that Jewish youths of draft age
have been facing.
Jewish army recruits, who
had been pressured in the past
couple of years to join the
West German armed forces,
are more likely to be exempted
from military service, accor-
ding to defense ministry
experts interviewed here.
Under current law, every
young German male is obliged
to serve in the Bundeswehr,
the West German army, for a
period of 15 months. But Jew-
ish males had been largely
exempted from the draft,
because of an unwritten agree-
ment with the Jewish com-
munity that Jewish exper-
iences in Germany during the
Holocaust made it more trau-
matic for Jews to don German
army uniforms than for others.
While the nuns remain
there, ground was finally bro-
ken last month for an inter-
faith prayer and education
center that will house them
eventually.
"The successful resolution of
this crisis proves the ongoing
strength and not the weakness
of the Catholic-Jewish dia-
logue," AJCommittee Presi-
dent Sholom Comay said after
the Vatican meeting.
The American Jewish lead-
ers were generally pleased
with their audience.
But Alfred Moses, chairman
of the AJCommittee's Board
of Governors, expressed disap-
pointment that the pope did
not respond to Comay's plea
for the Vatican to extend full
diplomatic recognition to
Israel.
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Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South Broward-HollywoodFriday, March 30, 1990
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RUSSIAN MUSICOLOGISTS TRAIN IN U.S. -NEW YORK
Two Soviet Jewish musicologists are pursuing advanced
cantorial studies in the U.S. under a grant from the Memorial
Foundation for Jewish Culture. Reviewing a musical score with
Cantor Vladimir Pliss, right, of Moscow's Choral Synagogue are
Mikhail Touretski, left, director of the choral group established
last year at the Choral Synagogue, and Mikhail Pisman, an
instructor and soloist in the choir, who is studying to be a cantor.
The young Russians, who are at Yeshiva University, delivered to
the Memorial Foundation copies of a Passover Haggadah and
Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) in Hebrew and Russian first
two books of Jewish interest published in the Soviet Union since
the 1917 revolution. A total of 10,000 copies of each volume were
published last year with the support of the Memorial Foundation.
B'nai B'rith To Coordinate
Nationwide Holocaust Names Project
WASHINGTON -
B'nai B'rith International has
accepted the request of the
Speaker of the Knesset to
coordinate participation of
American Jewish communities
in the international Holocaust
memorial project, "Unto
Every Person There is a
Name."
Initiated by the Yad Vashem
Holocaust Institute in Jerusa-
lem, the project consists of
reading the names of Holo-
caust victims at public ceremo-
nies in hundreds of locations in
Israel and the Diaspora at the
annual commemoration of Hol-
ocaust Martyrs and Heroes
Remembrance Day (Yom
Hashoa).
Southern Historical Society
Seeks Grant Requests, Essays
The Southern Jewish Histor-
ical Society is accepting 1990
grant requests toward the
completion of books on the
Southern Jewish experience
and to works in other media,
such as exhibits, films or video-
cassettes.
The society also announces
its second annual competition
for the best paper dealing with
Southern Jewry by a current
graduate or undergraduate
college student.
Grant proposals will not
exceed $2,500 per year.
Awards will be presented dur-
ing the society's annual confer-
ence Nov. 3-4 in Jackson, Miss.
Essay judges include Dr.
Henry Green, University of
Miami.
More information, Society
President Rachel Heimovics,
20 Old Post Road, Longwood,
FL 32779.
Israeli Arabs Seeking
New Fundamentalist Party
JERUSALEM (JTA) -
Growing influence of Islamic
fundamentalism among Israeli
Arabs may soon be reflected in
the Knesset.
A key fundamentalist leader,
Sheik Abdullah Nimer Dar-
wish, announced that he
favored the establishment of a
new Arab party which would
have the Islamic movement at
its core, but would close ranks
with secular forces "to rally
the Arab voters behind us."
"We must establish a unified
Arab force which would unify
the peace camp in the Arab
sector, and would cooperate
with the peace forces in the
Jewish sector," Darwish told
the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency.
One of Darwish's first meet-
ings following his declaration
was with Arab Knesset Mem-
ber Abd-el Wahab Darousha,
leader of the Arab Democratic
Party, who had already wel-
comed the initiative.
The new list would be made
up of the Islamic Movement,
Darousha's Arab Democratic
Party, the Progressive Party
headed by Knesset member
Mohammed Miari, and a num-
ber of young, independent
and secular Arab mayors.
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Black And Jewish Leaders
Support Civil Rights Act
NEW YORK Leaders of
some of the nation's main
black and Jewish organizations
came together at the head-
quarters of the American Jew-
ish Committee to announce
their unified support for the
Civil Rights Act of 1990. The
bill was introduced to Con-
gress by a bi-partisan group of
senators.
Joint appearance by leaders
of the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored
People, the Anti-Defamation
League of B'nai B'rith, Ameri-
canJewish Congress, AJCom-
mittee and other organizations
appeared intended, at least in
part, to dispel the image of
growing antagonism between
blacks and Jews over strate-
gies to combat discrimination
in the workplace and else-
where.
it also served to lay to rest a
dispute that had arisen in
recent weeks between several
Jewish organizations over
whether to demand a "religi-
ous accommodation" section in
'Largest'
Torah Assembly
Scheduled At
Madison Square
NEW YORK The
National Siyum Hashas of Daf
Yomi, scheduled for April 26
at Madison Square Garden
here, may turn out to be the
largest Torah assembly in
American Jewish history.
The gathering will mark the
culmination of the ninth cycle
of Daf Yomi, the international
folio-a-day Talmud study pro-
gram. It will cap off the com-
pletion of the Talmud by thou-
sands of Jews worldwide who
pursue Daf Yomi study.
Finishing the Talmud is one
of the most cherished aspira-
tions of Orthodox Jews, who
cover the entire Talmud
through the Daf Yomi plan for
2,711 days, keeping pace for
seven-and-a- half years despite
family responsibilities and car-
eer pursuits.
the Civil Rights Act.
"It is an overemphasis to say
there is any real break among
those of us who lead large
organizations," said Benjamin
Hooks, president of the
NAACP, referring to the
reported black-Jewish split.
"Some of those black leaders
who criticized this [alliance]
wholecloth couldn't fit their
whole movement into a tele-
phone booth."
"The issue of black and Jew-
ish relations has been played
up in a rather dramatic way
that suggests a serious falling
apartbetween blacks and
Jews," said Henry Siegman,
executive director of AJCon-
gress. "I think this is mislead-
ing. Unfortunately, the kind of
cooperation we see here, and
in the House and the Senate,
go largely unreported because
they are not all that dramatic.
I hope [this campaign] will
highlight our joint commit-
ment to work together."
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Regarding Farrakhan, New-
man admitted that he did not
agree with a great number of
the Black leader's positions.
Nevertheless, he states une-
quivocally that Farrakhan "is
not the enemy of the Jewish
people. He is deeply respected
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Newman said he was not
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NAP has done its share of
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World Jewish Congress Will Meet In Berlin
Marking the 45th anniver-
sary of the Allied victory over
the Nazis, the World Jewish
Congress will convene a spe-
cial meeting in Berlin May 8,
the first such meeting by the
WJC on German soil since the
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A recent directive
by Na'amat USA national pre-
sident Harriet Green of Miami
Beach urged all members to
give highest priority to fund
raising efforts for the Tikvah
Fund, which helps absorb and
integrate new Olim arriving
from the Soviet Union.
Forty-eight branches
of Na'amat in Israel have orga-
nized committees of local
volunteers who work with
incoming families as soon as
they arrive in their area.
Attempts are made to match
families by age, profession,
education, and similar inter-
ests, wherever possible.
The Israeli families act as
interpreters, intermediaries,
and advocates, as they guide
the newly arrived immigrants
through the unfamiliar labyr-
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and government institutions.
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In New York, the WJC
announced the meeting will
issue a major declaration out-
lining "a Jewish perspective
on the issue of German unifica-
tion." The "process of unifica-
tion cannot be isolated from
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the world at the prospect of a
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be treating this issue so lightly
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past," Bronfman said.
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meeting, the WJC President
authorized a poll of the consti-
tuent member communities in
70 countries to ascertain their
views and provide input for the
formulation of the declaration
to be issued on May 8th.
"This will be a worldwide
poll of Jewish leadership on an
issue of deep-felt significance
and emotion to the Jewish
people as a whole," WJC
Secretary General Israel Sin-
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be attached to the views pre-
sented by the various Holo-
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added.
The Berlin meeting is being
convened by the Executive of
the 22-member communities of
the European branch of the
World Jewish Congress at the
invitation of Heinz Galinski,
chairman of the West German
Jewish Community. The lead-
ership of the East German
Jewish Community will also be
participating.
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Kelman, Chairman of the WJC
United States Section,
announced its participation in
the Berlin meeting. The WJC
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sents a broad cross-section of
American Jewry, which
includes the congregational
bodies of Orthodox, Conserva-
tive, and Reform Judaism, as
well as the entire Zionist
movement.
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than European Jewry, has an
important stake in the out-
come of the German unifica-
tion question, an issue which
history has taught us must be
of critical concern to all peo-
ples," Rabbi Kelman said.
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Passover Keys On Peace Process, Exodus II
By MARC H. TANENBAUM
NEW YORK (JTA) Jews
throughout the world begin on
April 9 the observance of Pas-
sover, the oldest and undoubt-
edly the most influential of
Jewish festivals. Known in
Jewish tradition as Z'man
Cherutenu, the season of our
freedom, Passover commem-
orates the liberation of the
Israelites in Egypt from bond-
age to Pharaoh!
The Exodus from Egypt was
simultaneously an event of
physical and spiritual libera-
tion that decisively trans-
formed the religious and moral
consciousness of mankind. To
the ancient Israelites, the spir-
itual liberation was more than
a religious conflict. It involved
a monumental struggle in daily
life against the spiritual values
of ancient Egyptian culture.
That culture is epitomized by
statues of pharaohs found
today in the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York,
as well as other exhibitions of
Egyptian archeology. Before
the "divine" pharaoh sitting
royally on his throne, rams and
other animals are shown being
sacrificed to appease the
"Godman." This pharaoh com-
manded idolatrous submission,
and Egyptian life was charac-
terized^ by cruel human sla-
very.
Pharaoh was thus revered as
the source of all law, but never
the servant of the law. The
rejection of Egypt by Moses
and the Israelites was a trans-
forming victory in the struggle
for human dignity and spiri-
tual truth.
But Passover celebrates not
only the redemption from sla-
very and oppression as a past
event; it is also celebrated as a
present-day experience
through the magnetic Pas-
sover seder.
At Passover services this
year, uppermost on Jewish
minds will be intense concern
for the continued security of
Israel and the advancement of
the peace process, side by side
with the massive challenge for
receiving and caring for tens
of thousands of Soviet Jews,
the modern-day Exodus.
Beyond all else, there will be
the millennial refrain of hope
for a better, less violent, and
more humane world symbol-
ized by the prayer, "Next Year
in Jerusalem.'
South African Official Denounces
Right-Wing Anti-Semitism
CAPE TOWN (JTA) The
South African minister for
foreign affairs issued a state-
ment here expressing concern
over recent incidents of anti-
Semitism in South Africa.
The incidents included the
burning of an Israeli flag and
the display of Nazi flags at a
right-wing rally in Pretoria.
Foreign Minister Roloef
(Pik) Botha said that the inci-
dents, occurring at a time
when the government is striv-
ing to promote reconciliation
in Africa, should be conde-
mned in the strongest possible
terms.
Most serious incident
occurred at a rally in Pretoria
of the far right-wing Afrikaner
Resistance Movement, com-
monly known by the Afrikaans
abbreviation AWB.
During the rally, a Star of
David was ceremonially burnt.
Original Nazi flags, not the
copy of them sported by the
right- wing movement, were
paraded. Men wearing Nazi-
style brown shirts chanted
anti-Semitic slogans and
waved anti-Semitic placards.
The slogans linked the Jews
to the Communists and blamed
the Jews for all the ills of
South Africa.
Brazil President Recants Vows to Jews
BRASILIA (JTA) Brazil's new president seems to
have retreated from assurances he made to Jewish leaders
on his position toward the Middle East. Fernando Coll or de
Mello hinted in his inaugural speech that his government
would condition its policy on the Middle East on the
country's economic ties with the Arab world.
Mack Joins Protest To Bush On Jerusalem
Nine members of Congress
asked President Bush in a let-
ter to issue a clarification that
U.S. policy on East Jerusalem
has not changed. In an appar-
ent swipe at Bush's March 3
statement equating Jewish
settlement of East Jerusalem
to the West Bank, they wrote,
"In our view, the status of
Jerusalem need not be settled
early in the current peace pro-
cess."
The letter, initiated by Sen.
Rudy Boschwitz (R-Minn.),
stated that "Jerusalem should
never again be divided." In
addition, within East Jerusa-
lem, "People should be free to
live wherever they wish with-
out regard to their faith." Sen.
Connie Mack of Florida is one
of the nine signers.
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Friday, March 30, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of South Broward-Hollywood Page 5
By JONATHAN MARK
New York Jewish Week
NEW YORK The Bronx
division of the American Jew-
ish Congress has voted to dis-
band itself in protest of the
national organization's dis-
senting positions on Israel's
foreign and defense policies.
The division charged that
the national organization's
criticisms of Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir have "resulted
in undue presaue on Israel to
accept Middle East settlement
terms that may jeopardize
Israel's security.'
The division said it was not
appropriate for American
Jews to voice public criticism
of Israel in the media. At the
same time, it also criticized the
AJCongress Chapter Disbands,
In Protest Over Israel Policy
national organization for being
"a dissident force" within the
mostly-private forums of the
Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish
Organizations.
The national organization
dismissed the move as invalid.
"There are two things the
Bronx board cannot do," said
the group's national executive
director, Henry Siegman.
"They cannot pretend that
they are the voice of democ-
racy, and according to the by-
laws, they can't dissolve a
chapter. All they can do is
individually resign."
In a telephone interview,
Bronx division President Nor-
man Liss charged that his
group's membership dues do
nothing except support the
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gress leaders who are "playing
the role of Henry Kissin-
ger...only to come home and
issue statements that are
harmful to Israel." AJCon-
gress leaders have met fre-
quently with Egyptian Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak and Jor-
dan's King Hussein, among
others.
Liss said that if AJCongress
leaders "think they are learn-
ing anything in those meetings
beyond what is printed else-
where in the newspapers,
they're fooling themselves."
Liss also protested what he
called the "elite dictatorship"
that runs the organization. He
detailed various specific
actions he said Siegman had
undertaken, including
allegedly supporting a Pales-
tinian state; meeting with
Poland's Jozef Cardinal Glemp
during the Auschwitz convent
controversy; accusing Ortho-
dox Jews "of espousing less
than human rights for non-
Jews," and contributing "at
least in part" to President
Bush's remarks that Jewish
housing in East Jerusalem
amounted to "settlements" in
"occupied territory."
The mention of Glemp
appeared to highlight the fact
that many of the Bronx divi-
sion leaders live in the bor-
ough's Riverdale section,
whose longest-serving and
best-known rabbi is Avi Weiss,
spiritual leader of the Hebrew
Institute of Riverdale.
Weiss and Siegman recently
fought a bitter war of words
regarding tactical efforts to
move the Carmelite convent at
Auschwitz from its proximity
to the camp. Siegman favored
negotiations with Polish cler-
ics and attacked Weiss for his
demonstration last May on the
grounds of the convent.
Liss said the Bronx division
did not formally support
Weiss's actions, but he said his
board was angry at Siegman
for telling Cardinal Glemp,
during a meeting in Warsaw,
that Weiss did not have a
constituency. "We were
offended by that," said Liss.
"That took up a big part of our
meeting" to dissolve.
Some of the board members
of the Bronx division are
known to be close to Weiss,
through friendship, synagogue
attendance or financial sup-
port.
State Assemblyman G.
Oliver Koppel, a member of
the Bronx division's executive
board, was the only member of
the board who voted not to
resign; however, he recently
arranged for a $5,000 state
legislative grant to Weiss for a
free lecture series to be held at
Weiss' synagogue featuring
Weiss and various Jewish lead-
ers such as Malcolm Hoenlein,
executive director of the Con-
ference of Presidents. In order
to avoid church-state issues
involved in giving a grant to a
synagogue, Weiss set up "The
Coalition for Contemporary
Jewish Issues," whicn offi-
cially sponsored the events.
Weiss said he did not
endorse the dissolution of
AJCongress or any of its chap-
ters. AJCongress "makes its
own unique contribution," he
said. "It's important for the
leadership to be challenged,
but for the Congress to be
dissolved, God forbid."
Liss, who has been associ-
ated with AJCongress for
decades, said there were 1,200
members in the Bronx, but "a
substantial amount" of them
are members in name only.
Much of the AJCongress finan-
cial support, said Liss, comes
from the organization's tour
programs, which charge a
nominal amount for dues in
AJCongress.
AJCongress frequently has
also supported positions of the
Israeli government, endorsing
them with full-page advertise-
ments in newspapers on occa-
sions such as Israel's kidnapp-
ing last August of a Lebanese
sheik.
Siegman said the Bronx
group s defection was a reflec-
tion of a what he called a
tendency within certain Jew-
ish circles to crush any criti-
cism under an avalanche of
name-calling, comparing it to
the 1950s-era anti-Communist
excesses of the late Sen.
Joseph McCarthy.
Computerized Israel Center
Available Through AZF
The World Zionist Organiza-
tion announced it has begun
distribution of he "Computer-
ized Israel Center," a revolu-
tionary educational and infor-
mational resource designed to
provide every age group with
extensive information on all
aspects of Israel.
The center brings Israel to
any user at the touch of a
button. Using the latest com-
puter technology, the Compu-
Passover 'Hot Line'
NEW YORK (JTA) The
Union for Traditional Conser-
vative Judaism is setting up a
toll-free hot line for the fourth
year in a row, in order to
provide information on all
aspects of Passover observ-
ance. Called "Operation
Pesach," the phone lines
(800) THE-UTCJ will be
open to anyone, regardless of
affiliation, on Thursday, April
5, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
terized Israel Center provides
a multi-media presentation on
Israel.
The program is fully interac-
tive and contains six major
sections. Additional informa-
tion may be secured from the
American Zionist Federation
office, according to president
Gerald Schwartz.
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Alfred Golden Again Appointed
Hillel National Vice-Chairman
Alfred Golden, South Flor-
ida community leader, has
been reappointed as national
vice-chairman of the Hillel
Commission of B'nai B'rith
International.
Hillel is a Jewish college
youth program on more than
400 campuses throughout the
free world.
Golden has been active in
communal affairs here for
almost a quarter of a century,
having served as a member of
the boards of directors of three
federations Miami, Hollyw-
ood and Fort Lauderdale
the only person in the United
States to nave served on three
boards simultaneously.
He is a life commissioner of
the Anti-Defamation League
and a life governor of B'nai
B'rith. Golden served three
years as president of the Cen-
tral Agency of Jewish Educa-
tion of Greater Miami and also
as National vice-president of
the Jewish Educational Ser-
vices of North America.
He was on the Personal
Advisory Board of Dade
County and the Citizen's Advi-
sory and Public Relations
Boards of Miami Beach. Gol-
den also was a vice-president
of Kiwanis and was nominated
for Citizen of the Year of Dade
County three times.
Golden is the president of
Beth David Memorial Gardens
in Hollywood and Mt. Nebo
Cemeteries in Miami, a service
of Levitt-Weinstein.
European Commission
Denies Rescinding Sanctions
Israel Bonds Seeking Billion Dollars
PARIS An international Jewish communal effort to
provide $1 billion in Israel bonds proceeds during the
campaign year to help Israel create jobs and housing for
Soviet olim is well under way.
Maxwell to Publish Russian Daily
TEL AVIV (JTA) The Israeli daily newspaper Ma'ariv
plans to publish a Russian-language daily to provide news
to the great influx of Soviet Jews, according to Hatzofeh,
the newspaper of the National Religious Party. The
venture will be funded by British media tycoon Robert
Maxwell, who has already bought an interest in Ma'ariv,
Hatzofeh reported.
Editor:
We agree with the conclu-
sion of your February 23 edito-
rial that the Jackson-Vanik
amendment is still necessary.
It is imperative that the
American people understand
that the Soviets have not yet
institutionalized emigration
reforms that will comply with
the standards set by the Hel-
sinki Accords. Many long-term
Refuseniks are still being
refused, and emigration from
the Soviet Union remains a
privilege not a right.
The Soviets have been prom-
ising the enactment of these
emigration reforms for over
two years. President Bush and
the State Department have set
conditions for the waiving of
the Jackson-Vanik amendment
which include the codification
and implementation of these
reforms. Yes, the emigration
numbers are way up, but this is
an arbitrary procedure that
can change at the whim of an
official. Numbers are not as
important as basic rights. An
emigration law that complies
with Helsinki standards would
make emigration a right and
not a privilege.
With the rise of virulent
anti-Semitism in all parts of
the Soviet Union, we have the
responsibility of doing every-
thing possible to insure
greater emigration. We must
do everything possible to
increase the number of flights
leaving the Soviet Union, and
we must let the Administra-
tion and our Congressmen and
Senators know that it is still
premature to grant a waiver of
the Jackson-Vanik amend-
ment.
Hinda Cantor
Co-Chairman
Shirley Pollak
Co-Chairman
By YOSSI LEMPKOWICZ
BRUSSELS (JTA) An
official of the European Com-
munity has denied an Israeli
newspaper report that the
body will reverse itself on
sanctions against Israel.
"As far as I know, the ele-
ments which prompted the
European Community to
decide several measures of dis-
pleasure against Israel have
not changed, so I don't think
that the E.C. position has been
modified so far," an E.C. offi-
cial told the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency.
The official was responding
to a question about a report
published in the daily newspa-
per Ma'ariv, which said the
E.C. had notified Israel that all
E.C. sanctions against it would
be rescinded before the next
meeting of the community's
foreign ministers in April.
This meeting, which is
attended by Israel's foreign
minister and his 12 colleagues
of the European Community,
reviews the cooperation
between the E.C. and Israel,
as well as developments in the
Mideast.
The European Parliament,
the E.C.'s legislative body,
voted in January to recom-
mend measures against Israel,
such as freezing the scientific
cooperation between the E.C.
and Israel, because of its
alleged contempt for human
rights in the administered ter-
ritories and for closing Pales-
tinian universities in the West
Bank.
The European Commission,
the E.C.'s executive body,
which is based in Brussels,
followed suit by postponing
the signing of an agreement on
energy cooperation, during the
visit of Israel's Energy Minis-
ter Moshe Shahal here at the
end of January.
Postponement was achieved
by delaying the visit to Israel
of the European commissioner
in charge of Mediterranean
countries, Abel Matutes of
Spain, and by canceling sched-
uled talks on scientific cooper-
ation in Israel.
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Friday, March 30, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of South Broward-Hollywood Page 7
Israel's Strategic Role Vital For U.S.
Changes in Eastern Europe
have provoked a great deal of
discussion suggesting Israel no
longer can contribute to Amer-
ican strategic objectives. This
assertion is based on one hope-
ful assumption and one incor-
rect one. The former is that
the Soviet Union will not
revert to past tendencies and
the latter is that Israel's strat-
egic value to the United States
is solely a function of East-
West tensions. As we will
show in coming weeks, Israel's
value as an ally has, if any-
thing, increased in the last
year.
It is a mistake to view the
U.S.-Israel strategic relation-
ship through a Cold War lens.
To do so would result in the
mistaken devaluation of Israel
in the era of glasnost. Regard-
less of the Soviet threat, the
United States needs stable,
reliable allies.
On an operational level,
after the reflagging of the
Kuwaiti tankers in 1986, the
U.S. Navy discovered during
its operations in the Persian
Gulf it had no RPVs (remotely
piloted vehicles) to locate
mines. The Navy turned to
Israel and obtained RPVs that
had been developed for recon-
naissance in Lebanon. And, in
January 1988, after two U.S.
Navy fighter aircraft downed
Libyan MiGs, their ship pulled
into Haifa harbor.
There are other examples of
strategic cooperation. Accord-
ing to Gnehm, the United
States and Israel now cooper-
ate "on the practical hands-on,
day-to day working level."
Since the beginning of the
strategic relationship, there
have been at least 27 combined
exercises. U.S.-Israeli maneu-
vers provide an opportunity
for the forces of both countries
to share expertise and meth-
ods. In the past, exercises have
centered around such areas as
anti-submarine warfare, a
threat common to both navies
in the Eastern Mediterranean.
In addition, the Marine
Corps uses Israeli-made Kfirs
as "aggressor" fighters in
pilot training for air-to-air
combat at a base in Yuma,
Arizona. Since American
pilots have difficulty getting
training in Europe because of
the weather, they use Israeli
bases where the climate is
more predictable and amena-
ble to Air Force training
requirements. Israel also pro-
vides an important testing
ground for U.S. equipment
designed for non-European
contingencies, such as fighting
in extreme heat and deserts.
Israel's cooperative research
on strategic defense projects,
like the Anti-Tactical Balistic
Missile (ATBM) system to
shoot down short-range mis-
siles, contributes to the com-
mon need to develop a defense
against rapidly proliferating
missiles and the increasing
danger of chemical weapons.
In addition, American inter-
ests in the Middle East have
not changed. It is still vital, for
example, that the United Americans Open Placement Office
States ensure the free flow of
oil to Europe. And many of the
countries tnat threaten Ameri-
can interests are along the belt
from Libya to India. Israel has
a role to play as such an ally in
helping the United States con-
front dangers posed by ene-
mies like Libya. The Jewish
State can also deter the
growth of radicalism and fun-
damentalism that endanger
America's Arab friends.
Military planners must also
prepare for worst-case scenar-
ios in which the Eastern Medi-
terranean is NATO's most vul-
nerable spot. Recognizing this,
it is clear the Administration
will not pull the Sixth Fleet out
of the Sea. Moreover, these
naval forces will grow more
important because of the abs-
ence of naval arms control.
Arms and troop reductions in
Europe force the United
States to use naval deploy-
ments for force projection.
The Intermediate-range
Nuclear Forces (INF) talks
caused a shift from land to
sea-based weapons. After Con-
ventional Forces in Europe
(CFE) negotiations conclude,
most theater nuclear weapons
will be at sea.
Consequently, it is not sur-
prising the U.S. Navy's rela-
tionship with Israel has grown.
Access to Israel's shipyards,
Edward Gnehm, Deputy
Assistant Secretary of
Defense, told a House Subcom-
mittee last March, "helps
maintain our ships at peak
readiness." Haifa shipyard's
Eerformance in ship repairs
as won rave reviews from
Navy officials. American sail-
ors also prefer liberty in Haifa
because they don't have to
worry about getting the kind
of hostile reception they
receive in many other coun-
tries. The U.S. now averages
about 25 ship visits to Israel
annually.
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MILWAUKEE (JTA) A
group of American business-
men has opened a job place-
ment office in Tel Aviv to try
to match arriving Soviet immi-
grants with approximately
40,000 unfilled jobs in Israel,
many of them calling for high
skills.
That is just one facet of an
all-out effort to promote job-
producing projects in Israel by
the Committee for Economic
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employment in Israel is the
key to the successful absorp-
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Winter, a co-founder and
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Boy Scouts Remove
Swastika-like Symbol
New York The Boy
Scouts of America will remove
an Indian symbol which resem-
bles a swastika from future
editions of the organization's
catalogue, the Anti-
Defamation League learned.
Decision was announced after
Jeffrey P. Sinensky, director
of ADL's Civil Rights Division,
wrote to Ben H. Love, the Boy
Scouts' chief executive, point-
ing out that a photograph of
the "Indian Pictograph Stamp
Set" in the 1990 catalogue
included a swastika as an ele-
ment of Indian art.
The United States is also
procuring Israel's Popeye air-
to-ground missile. This long-
range, highly accurate weapon
would eventually be used to
re-arm America's fleet of B-52
bombers for conventional mis-
sions. The Pentagon is also
interested in testing Israel
Aircraft Industry's Harpy
anti-radar attack drone. This
system needs no pilot, so it will
reduce the risk to U.S. airmen
by independently seeking out
and destroying enemy radars.
Most of the elements of
strategic cooperation remain
secret. One that has recently
been disclosed is the pre-
position ing of U.S. military
supplies in Israel. So far this
has been implemented on a
small scale, but is the subject
of on-going discussions. Simi-
larly, "dual use," that is,
allowing the Israel access to
these Americna-owned weap-
ons stockpiles, is currently
being negotiated.
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Book Report
Rabbi Asks 'What's So Bad About Guilt?'
In "What's So Bad About
Guilt?: Learning to Live With
It Since We Can't Live With-
out It (Simon and Schuster,
$18.95) Rabbi Harlan J. Wech-
sler demonstrates how feeling
guilty and knowing why we
feel guilty can help us, ulti-
mately, to learn to love our-
selves, other people and,
finally, G-d.
Sooner or later, the bug that
tempts you to make your life
better will surely bite. And you
will look for the resources that
make it possible for you to
change. First step on this road
is feeling good.
Sometimes strange as it may
seem, feeling guilty is a stepp-
ing stone to feeling good: the
woman who has lost her hus-
band is finding out something
about herself that, while pain-
ful, is eventually going to ena-
ble her to feel better; the man
with a guilty conscience about
how he has betrayed his wife;
the woman who is in agony
over the impact that her work
is having upon her child all
are in the middle of resolving
problems that threaten feel-
ings of integrity and self
worth.
"Feeling guilty is the begin-
ning," says Rabbi Wechsler.
Feeling guilty is the source of
powerful behaviors and of the
deepest levels motivating
change. But there is good guilt
and bad guilt or psychologi-
cal guilt and ontological guilt.
Psychological guilt feeling
guilty is a desirabble neces-
sity of human existence wher-
ein feelings of wrongdoing
send messages to the consci-
ence, and conscience trans-
forms this unbalanced state of
affairs into an action plan that
can restore the soul's equilib-
rium.
Ontological guilt being
guilty breeds the compelling
and troubling certainty that
human existence is built on an
evil foundation, that we are
bad. It arises where eveil itself
is understood to be a part of
the essential fabric of being.
Ontological guilt is not con-
structive and must be com-
pletely destroyed.
Rabbi Wechsler illustrates
how we can start over again,
renewed, if we repent. And he
shows us the five "R's" of
repentance:
1. Remorse: Thou shalt ..
feel bad and be remorseful
about what you have done.
New Israeli Hero, Spinoza
Once A Heretic
By DAVID KLEIN
NEW YORK (JTA) A
Question that has been vexing
ews for centuries and often
threatens to divide them has
turned a scholarly tome about
an abstruse 17th century philo-
sopher into a best seller in
Israel.
That same question what
it means to be a Jew in a
modern society is likely to
make the two-volume "Spin-
oza and Other Heretics" a hit
among American Jews, as
well.
Written by Yirmiyahu
Yovel, a 54-year-old philoso-
Ehy professor at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem,
"Spinoza and Other Heretics"
reached the best seller lists
within weeks of publication
and went through four print-
ings in four months to keep up
with demand.
To Yovel, who also is the
director of Jerusalem's Spin-
oza Institute, the popularity of
his book was not surprising.
The work, he says, talks to
Israelis about "a problem they
feel in their belly.
"Israelis are very deeply
concerned by the problem of
modern Jewish identity," says
Yovel. The non-Orthodox
majority "want to be modern,
want to be part of and heirs to
the traditions of modern West-
ern civilization. But they also
want to be part of and heirs to
Jewish history and the tradi-
tions of the Jewish people.
They want to put the two
together and they don't quite
know how.
"There are fundamentalists
who keep telling them, very
vociferously, that Jewishness
and Western values do not go
together. These fundamental-
ists' fanaticism is rejected by
most Israelis. And because
they reject it, they want to
read more about the two ingre-
dients of their identity gen-
eral modernity and Jewish
modernity. I think this book
provides both to them."
The two-volume work details
the life, times and teachings of
Baruch (Benedictus de) Spin-
oza, the 17th century Dutch
philosopher.
As a boy in Amsterdam, he
grew up studying Torah and
Talmud, but what his rabbis
taught and what he learned
were two different things.
They taught that God is "King
of the Universe." To Spinoza,
God is the universe. He has no
form, but is a part of every-
thing that was, is, or will be.
His "miracles" are events that
follow the natural course of
history.
"Spinoza wants to do away
with the concept of sacred
history, history controlled by
God, as if God wrote the script
for history and now He directs
it," says Yovel. Spinoza
"wants to secularize history..
. In history, there are only
natural causes. Natural causes
means sociological, historical
all causes of this world, no
supernatural causes."
These are tame thoughts in
1990. In the 1600s, however, it
was enough to get Spinoza put
in c her em, the closest thing
Judaism has to excommunica-
tion. The philosopher was ban-
ished from the community,
contact with him was prohib-
ited and his works were
banned.
"They wrongly called him an
atheist," says Yovel. "He cer-
tainly was a heretic in terms of
the established religion ... For
him, God was the natural uni-
verse and the laws of God were
the laws of nature, but still the
universe was Divine; there was
a sense of divinity, of salva-
tion, of piety, of ethics in
accepting and behaving
according to its laws ."
It also explains why "Spin-
oza and Other Heretics" has
sold so well in Israel and why
Yovel expects it to do well
among American Jews. An
English-language version has
just been published by Prin-
ceton University Press. The
two-volume set lists for $45.
"We have a kind of a kultur-
kampf going" in Israel, Yovel
says. "Many ideologies have
died out there. The socialist
ideology is dying out. Zionism
is no longer as vibrant as it
used to be; it is frozen into the
structure of the state.
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2. Recantation: Thou shalt
. turn feelings into words
and confess your sins.
3. Renunciation: Thou shalt
. willfully renounce your
wrongdoings, removing them
from your feelings and
thoughts and deciding not to
commit them again.
4. Resolution: Thou shalt. .
resolve to follow a better path
in the future, to lift yourself up
to where you want to be.
5. Reconciliation: Thou shalt
.. ask for forgiveness.
Rabbi Wechsler is spiritual
leader of Congregation Or
Zarua in New York City and
Visiting Assistant Professor at
The Jewish Theological Semin-
ary of America. He is chair-
man of the board of the Hospi-
tal Chaplaincy in New York
City.
Spinoza, Yovel says, "is one
of the most spiritually attrac-
tive people in all ages, the kind
of attraction and spiritual fas-
cination one feels toward a
man like Socrates. He's in that
class, that category."
"I don't think he was the
first secular Jew because secu-
lar Judaism was still inconceiv-
able at that time, both as a
concept and as a social reality.
I call him the first modern
Jew, not because he had all the
answers, but because he
embodies all the questions that
we are still asking ourselves
today ."
Irving Spiro, the 78-year old
semiretired founder of Spiro
Enterprises in North Miami,
was named State Inventor of
the Year by the Palm Beach
Society of American Inventors.
He is the developer of both
Tennis and Bowling Elbow
splints.
Germans Expect
Few Convictions
WEST BERLIN (JTA) -
West German State Prosecu-
tor Adalbert Ruckerl now
believes it is almost impossible
to get a Nazi war criminal
convicted for crimes commit-
ted nearly a half century ago.
The federal investigation
offices in Ludwigsburg con-
tinue to amass evidence and
prepare charges against indi-
viduals, he said.
But very few Nazis are
expected to be charged this
year, and it is highly improba-
ble that war crimes charges
will be filed in future years, the
prosecutor said.
He spoke after the screening
here of a Paramount newsreel
on Nazi war criminals and
death camps, which was first
released to theaters on May 5,
1945, at the end of World War
II.
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