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Volume 15 Number 31.
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Authors Claim Wallenberg
Family Aided Nazis
Two Dutch historians have
published a book charging that
the family of Swedish diplomat
Raoul Wallenberg collaborated
with Nazi Germany during
World War II, including the
purchase of assets seized from
According to the authors,
Gerard Aalders and Cees
Wiebes, Wallenberg's arrest
and subsequent disappearance
may have been an act of
revenge by the Russians for
his family's extensive eco-
nomic relations with the Nazi
Their theory was the subject
of television broadcasts in Hol-
land and Sweden on Sunday
night, to mark the publication
in both countries of their book,
"Business At Any Price The
The book, the culmination of
10 years of research, discusses
the transactions of the
Enskilda Bank owned by
Raoul's distant relatives,
Jacob and Marcus Wallenberg,
two brothers.
The bank allegedly made
large scale purchases of deben-
tures and shares in certain
American enterprises, which
Jews in Holland and elsewhere
in Nazi-occupied Europe had
been forced to hand over.
The bank knew full well that
this was stolen property, the
authors charge.
To "cover" themselves, the
bankers asked for a "bona
fide" declaration that the
assets were owned by the sel-
ler before May 10, 1940, the
Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel
met with staffwriter Ellen
Ann Stein for a personal
interview. Go for the soul,
he encouraged her with the
wisdom of a former jour-
Leave the auestions about
the Middle East peace
plan, the possibility of a
German reunification, etc.
to other reporters.
date of the German invasion of
The Enskilda Bank helped
the Nazis in other ways, the
authors claim, by assuming
"pseudo-ownership" of fore-
ign subsidiaries of I.G. Farben
and Bosch, which were vital to
the German war effort, to pre-
vent their confiscation by the
The authors say their
research was prompted by the
chance reading of an article in
a Swedish journal by a Profes-
sor Gunnar Carlsson, who cal-
led for an investigation of the
Wallenbergs' activities during
the war when Sweden was
Carlsson, who appeared on
the television broadcast, did
not believe the matter would
ever be fully aired because the
"vested interests," namely
bankers, diplomats and politi-
cians, were too powerful.
Raoul Wallenberg neverthe-
less remains internationally
acclaimed for his humanitari-
an ism and courage.
Arrested by the Red Army
when it entered Budapest in
1945, Wallenberg is credited
with saving tens of thousands
of Hungarian Jews from
deportation by giving them the
protection of the Swedish lega-
His fate too has never been
disclosed. The Soviet authorit-
ies insist he died in 1947 in
Lubianka prison. But many
people, including surviving
members of his family, believe
he may still be alive.
Woman Who Hid
Anne Frank Honored
The West German govern-
ment has presented its high-
est civilian award for a fore-
igner to Miep Gies, the Dutch
woman who hid the family of
Anne Frank from the Nazis
during World War II.
Gies received the Order of
Merit First Class from the
West German ambassador,
Otto von der Gabelentz, at
the Federal Republic's
embassy in The Hague.
She was cited for her help
to the Frank family from July
1942 to August 1944, and
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS. West German ambassa-
dor in the Netherlands Otto van det Kabletz awards the
highest medal in W. Germany for ordinary citizens to
Dutch Ms. Miep Gies at the W. German embassy in The
Hague. Ms. Gies helped Anne Frank hide from the Nazis
during World War II. (APIWide World Photo)
also for her lectures to youth
groups and schools in West
Germany in recent years.
Gies, who speaks fluent
German, was born in Vienna
and came to Holland at age
Accepting the a* rd, she
said she shared it with thou-
sands of others who had
tried, successfully or not, to
help Jews survive during the
Nazi occupation of Holland.
In the United States, Gies
received the Courage to Care
Award from the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith in 1987 for being a
"Righteous Gentile," and has
been the subject of a book,
"Anne Frank Remembered,"
and film, "The Secret Annex:
the Hiding of Anne Frank."
She said when she received
the ADL award that she had
agreed to come forward from
obscurity so that the wartime
story would not be forgotten.
"We were just doing what
people should do," she said
many times of herself, her
husband and the others who
helped hide the Franks and
'Eroticism'of Holocaust Concerns Wksel
Jrwxsh Floridian Staff Writer
So much has Elie Wiesel
written about other great Jew-
ish leaders, overall experi-
ences the Holocaust that
he questions whether the fire
of his own soul has been bared.
Wiesel has written 32 books,
and being a person who has
many projects occupying his
time, Wiesel is working on at
least three other books.
One is a volume of lectures
on the Talmud he has given at
the 92nd Street "Y" for the
last 23 years. Another book is
about great Talmudic masters
from Shammai to Hillel and
Rav. Ashi to Ravina.
Wiesel, born in Signet,
Transylvania was raised in a
Hasidic home until he lost his
parents and a sister in the
Holocaust, which is also when
he stopped playing his violin.
The third book, which he is
working out in his mind at the
moment, is to be his memoirs.
Sixty-one years old is not a
young age, Wiesel notes. Since
1945 he has been keeping a
diary, sometimes writing 10
words, sometimes three pages.
The book would be ready in
about two years and would
first come out in French. It
will probably have the word
"celebration' in the title. Most
of his books published in
French have the word "cele-
bration," such as a "Biblical
Celebration," a "Talmudic
"The idea is to celebrate
Judaism, to show that in
Judaism, despite everything,
we celebrate, Wiesel says.
As for his memoirs, Wiesel
says he never speaks about a
book until the book is written -
"I have to carry it with me."
But other than "Night" -
his first book and one of his
favorites which was autobio-
graphical, Wiesel terms his
other works simply "fiction
and non-fiction."
"I believe what makes Jews
Jewish is testimony. We are all
And so the memoirs will
contain "all the things I
haven't said yet. I have not
really spoken about myself. I
have spoken about everyone
"I have to comment on my
books. My work is not a com-
mentary on my life. My life is a
commentary on my works."
Wiesel's eves, powerful for
their warmth and depth and
conveyance of his soul, search
his interviewer's eyes as he
asks, 'How long have you been
a journalist? Where do you
live? Where are your parents
While his books are taking
Continued on Page 2
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Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Fridav. November 17. 1989
The Baker Plan
In the flurry of press dispatches from the
Middle East this week, Israel appears to be
saying "yes" and Arafat seems to be saying
"no" to the Baker Plan.
The five points of the American Secret-
ary of State seem simple enough, but the
inner fightings among both the Israel Gov-
ernment and the PLO have clouded the
Fortunately, Prime Minister Shamir has
withstood the opposition of three hard-line
members of his Likud Party to accept in
principle the American plan to implement
Shamir's own proposal for elections in the
The Labor Party has to date resisted
suggestions that it withdraw from the
coalition government in Jerusalem, and
that too is helping Israel in the public
relations arena.
It is still too early to tell if all of this
dialogue leads to meaningful negotiations
on the process necessary to give the Pales-
tinians a voice in their own destiny.
In the wake of the obviously "leaded"
story of alleged Israeli supply of nuclear
assistance to South Africa, the Jewish
State's official position should help rein-
force traditional American support for
Continued from Page 1
shape in his mind, Wiesel con-
tinues to teach two classes a
week in the humanities (philos-
ophy and literature) at Boston
University. He is also an advi-
sor to PhD. students.
He travels to Paris fre-
quently, at least once every
two months. His sister Hilda
lives in Nice.
With the money he received
from the Nobel Peace Prize in
1988, Wiesel had arranged a
conference in Paris, where 79
Nobel Prize winners from
throughout the world gathered
to discuss the topic, "Con-
fronting the 21st Century:
Threats and Promises."
He is currently preparing a
conference to be called "The
Anatomy of Religious Ethnic
Hatred how do we dissolve
it?" It would take place in
three sections, one in Oslo, one
in Moscow and one in Israel.
"By definition, we will take
the best in the field" to be
there, Wiesel says.
"I believe hatred is the
threat facing our society...We
Jews suffer so frequently from
Hatred, racism, bigotry,
anti-Semitism are growing,
Wiesel says. The Anti-
Defamation League reports
that 60 Hate Groups exist in
America alone...
"They went down after the
Holocaust, maybe unde-
rground. Now it s surfaced
So soon after, he says.
"If I had to pin it down I'd
say mainly since the 1982
Lebanese War and we are
going farther and farther
away from the Holocaust.
"I travel a lot and less and
less people are taken by the
subject. They know, but it's
superficial. The cheapening,
trivialization, and commercial-
ization and the introduction of showing naked as docudra-
mas...they take extras and pay
them to undress...cheaply dra-
"It's losing it's authenticity
and I believe whatever is
superficial cannot last. Still,
there are more courses offered
today than ever before. More
books, more documentaries
and I applaud that, but..."
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Why Shamir Agreed
To Accept Baker's Plan
Friday, November 17,1989
Volume 15
Number 31
Prime Minister Yitzhak Sha-
mir's nearly unqualified accep-
tance of U.S. Secretary of
State James Baker's five-point
proposal for an Israeli-
Palestinian dialogue has
clearly enraged the hard-line
faction in his Likud bloc.
But it has also given political
pundits here a feast of specula-
The question being asked is
why Shamir, who prides him-
self on his leathery toughness,
backed off from a position to
which he had held firmly dur-
ing weeks of long-distance
jousting with the Bush admin-
The answers offered range
from a desire to keep the
Likud-led coalition govern-
ment intact awhile longer to a
notion that the Palestinians
themselves can be counted on
to wreck the process, thereby
getting Israel off the hook.
The Inner Cabinet's 9-3 vote
Sunday to accept the Baker
plan was indeed a retreat by
Shamir, given the importance
diplomacy attaches to the
nuance of language.
Israel's acceptance was
made contingent "on the
understanding" that the
United States would soon pro-
vide assurances that it will rule
out any Israeli negotiations
with the Palestine Liberation
It was understood there
would be U.S. assurances on
other Israeli concerns. But an
"understanding" was not
what Shamir had fought for
this past month.
He had insisted until last
week that Israel's acceptance
of Baker's five points would be
"conditional" on certain U.S.
In the world of diplomacy,
there is a vast difference
between the two. As Vice
Premier Shimon Peres, Sha-
mir's Labor coalition partner
pointed out, setting conditions
would have been tantamount
to rejection of the American
Labor was perfectly content
to accept Baker's points with-
out amendment. A Likud
rejection could have precipi-
tated a potentially fatal gov-
ernment crisis.
According to the political
analysts, that was one factor
behind Shamir's decision.
The prime minister and his
aides, they say, were gen-
uinely worried that Peres
would be able to put together a
narrowly based, Labor-led
governing coalition with some
of the ultra- Orthodox parties.
Likud was seeking the same
hedge against collapse of the
unity government. But its
talks with the Agudat Yisrael
party were going badly.
Agudah is at the point of
seceding from the coalition
unless its demands for conces-
sions in the religious sphere
are met. Should it defect, its
five Knesset votes would be
available to support a no-
confidence motion against the
present government and join a
narrow government under
Another religious faction,
Degel HaTorah, is considered
firmly in Labor's camp, and
Likud fears the larger Shas
Cy might jump on the Labor
dwagon if other ultra-
Orthodox parties did.
Another possible motive for
Shamir's decision was that he
and his close associates
Foreign Minister Moshe Arens
among others had concluded
that a showdown with Likud's
hard-line dissenters is unavoid-
It is widely admitted in the
Shamir-Arens camp that the
prime minister made a grave
mistake at the July 5 meeting
of Likud's Central Committee,
when he yielded to hard-line
demands that he attach rigid
conditions to his initiative for
Palestinian elections in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip.
They placed constraints on
Israel s peace-making ability,
weakened Shamir's political
clout and strengthened the
hands of his chief rivals: Ariel
Sharon, David Levy and Yitz-
hak Moda'i.
The three say Shamir's
pledges of last July have been
"flagrantly breached," and
they vow vengeance.
Shamir believes he and the
party faithful can face down
his detractors in his own good
U.S. pressure was another
possible factor. According to
the pundits, it was becoming
increasingly insistent and dis-
Shamir and his aides real-
ized, perhaps belatedly, that
Baker and President Bush had
taken his elections initiative
more seriously than, perhaps,
some of Israel's policy-makers
themselves did.
At any rate, the U.S. admin-
istration invested a good deal
of effort and prestige in the
proposal, which the Israeli
Cabinet endorsed last May 14.
They were therefore irritated
that Israel's recalcitrance
might bring their efforts to
After mighty efforts to
secure the best possible word-
ing from his viewpoint, Shamir
gave in to American pressure.
According to this theory, he
sensed that Israel's position
would not be especially strong
in an all-out )iifrontation with
Washington at this time.
Analysts say he probably cal-
culates he can make his stand
against the PLO's involvement
in the peace process somewhat
farther down the road.
Therefore he prefers to go
along with Baker now, keeping
Israel's guard up against sub-
stantive encroachments on its
basic positions later, so the
speculation goes.
Finally, according to some
analysts, the prime minister
believes, and even hopes, that
the Arab side will balk and
bring the whole risky enter-
prise to a halt.
Some in Likud are convinced
that the "assumptions
around which the Inner Cab-
inet hedged its acceptance of
the Baker plan are enough to
deter the PLO from giving its
tacit assent to a dialogue with
Israel and to the proposed
elections in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip.
The flaw in that thinking is
that the Palestinians and
Egyptians are demanding
their own "assurances" from
the United States to counter-
balance what Washington
gives Israel.
Within the realm of what
former Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger often
referred to as "constructive
Continued on Page 6

Holocaust Historian Nora Levin, 73
PHILADELPHIA (JTA) Nora Levin, a noted Holo-
caust historian and author of the acclaimed "The Holo-
caust: The Destruction of European Jewry, 1933-1945,"
died of cancer Oct. 26 at the age of 73.
Gene Greenzweig, executive director of the Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE), left,
receives the Jerusalem Prize for Tor ah Education in the Diaspora from Israel President Chaim
Herzog. Greenzweig is one of four Americans ever to have received the award, and the only
American to have received it this year. It is presented every other year to individuals and
institutions that have made significant contributions to Jewish education in the diaspora.
Under his leadership, CAJE, an agency of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, focuses on post
Bar and Bat Mitzvah studies, teacher enrichment and licensing, and day and religious schools.
Officers Murder
Uncovers Crime Ring
shooting death of a young
police officer here has given
Israelis an inside loolc at an
Arab crime syndicate that has
more the makings of the Chi-
cago mafia than anything one
might expect to find in Israel.
The officer was killed in a
shootout with an Arab unde-
rworld kingpin who murdered
two family members, then
took his own life, in a heavily
fortified compound on the Tel
Aviv-Jaffa city boundary.
The officer was identified as
Inspector Ofer Cohen, who, at
age 30, had served four years
as head of the detective intelli-
gence section of the Jaffa
police force and was regarded
as an outstanding officer with
a brilliant future.
Cohen was buried in the
police section of the Kiryat
Shaul military cemetery out-
side Tel Aviv. He left a wife
and 5- month-old daughter.
His parents, who were vaca-
tioning in the United States
when he was killed, had to be
traced and returned to Israel,
which explains why the slain
officer's identity was initially
His suspected killer was
identified as Mohammed
Ahmed Snir, 50, who was
wanted for the attempted mur-
der of an underworld rival last
year. He had just been
released from prison, after
serving a sentence for gang-
land car bombings.
According to the police, Snir
murdered his brother, Sayed
Abu Snir, 51, and his nephew,
Osman Snir, 26, Saturday.
Then, after fatally shooting
Cohen, he shot himself in the
Police said he left a suicide
Cohen had been leading a
squad of police trying to break
into the Snir compound when
he was hit by automatic fire.
The large police force,
including an anti-terrorist
squad, was investigating
reports of shots fired in a
complex of seemingly ram-
shackle buildings in an old
orange grove owned by the
Snir family, a clan suspected of
murder and drug trafficking.
What they found was a
bizarre series of fortifications
bespeaking fear and paranoia.
But bulldozers have failed to
unearth the secret caches of
weapons and drugs the police
were expecting to find.
The Snir family "home" was
an illegally built compound
surrounded by three rings of
walls, each nearly 15 feet high,
made of steel barrels and
topped by electrified barbed
wire carrying high voltage.
There was an electrically
activated dummy, which police
suspect was used to draw hos-
tile fire from intruders. Doors
into the compound were of
4-inch-thick steel.
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, November 17, 1989
Belove To Chair Bonds Campaign
CHANGING HATS. Admiral William J. Crowe Jr. (center), recently-retired chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staffs, tries on an Israeli army beret presented to him by Israel's ConstU-General in
New York, Uri Savir (left), at a reception in his honor given by the Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish Organizations. Seymour D. Retch (right), chairman of the Conference,
Golda Belove, resident of
Hunters Run in Boynton
Beach has accepted the chair-
manship of the 1990 Hunters
Run/Israel Bond Campaign.
The first time effort on
behalf of the State of Israel
will feature an Israeli night
early in February at which
time six or more gatherings
throughout Hunters Run will
take place in one evening, with
a guest speaker addressing
each group.
Deeply concerned and com-
mitted to the survival of Israel,
Belove has organized a com-
mittee who understands the
role of Israel Bonds in develop-
ing the economic structure of
the State, while at the same
time recognizing the invest-
ment potential of the Bonds.
Anyone interested in serving
on the Committee or seeking
further information can call
the Israel Bond office at 686-
Arab-UN Romance
(United Nations) Despite
the fact that 20 members of
the League of Arab States
(LAS) drafted and supported a
resolution that would have had
Israel's credentials to the
United Nations General
Assembly declared null and
void, 143 member nations on
the same day voted in favor of
a resolution "to strengthen
cooperation between the UN
and the LAS; only the United
States and Israel voted against
Paradoxically, a majority of
the 143 countries that voted in
favor of the resolution sup-
porting closer ties between the
UN and the LAS also believes
that "an international peace
conference for the Middle
East" should be held under
UN auspices. Therefore, it is
an enigma why those countries
that support a role for the UN
in the Middle East peace talks
could approve a closer rela-
tionship for the UN with an
organization like the LAS that
is attempting to oust one of the
main participants Israel.
Or, in the words of Israeli
ambassador to the UN,
Johanan Bein, "what is ironic
is the demand for an interna-
tional peace conference under
the auspices of the United
Nations which is made by the
same forces (all the Arab coun-
tries except Egypt) seeking to
expel Israel from this organi-
Besides the Arabs' credenti-
als fiasco, Aaron Jacob, Coun-
sellor of the Israeli Mission,
cited more indictments against
the LAS as he gave Israel's
response to the UN/LAS coop-
eration vote. Jacob said that
since Israel's establishment,
the LAS had pursued objec-
tives and activities against
Israel which were in direct
contradiction to the Charter of
the United Nations.
He said that the LAS had
consistently rejected any real-
istic or viable approach to the
peaceful settlement of the
Arab-Israeli conflict, which
was reflected in operative par-
agraph 4 of the draft resolu-
tion calling for the imple-
mentation of "United Nations
resolutions relating to ... the
question of Palestine and the
situation in the Middle East."
With the "new" formalized
cooperation between the UN
and the LAS something
supporters of Israel would jus-
tifiably assume was de facto
for years a look into the
relationship between the
Arabs and the UN administra-
tion is certainly called for.
One UN organization that
has been caught in the act of
helping the PLO and other
Arab terrorist groups is the
United Nations Relief and
Works Agency for Palestine
Refugees in the Near East
According to the Near East
Report: Myths and Facts, 1989
Edition: "UNRWA's work
was increasingly subverted
with some UNRWA officers
supporting Arab terrorist
Two other UN organizations
that directly support the PLO,
the Committee on the Inaliena-
ble Rights of the Palestinian
People and the "Special Unit
on the Palestinian People,"
were established under the
regime of former Secretary-
General and accused Nazi war-
criminal Kurt Waldheim.
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Face New Era
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
Is Judaism really going
through changes "unparalle-
led" in its lengthy history? -
According to Rabbi Arthur
Green, president of the Recon-
structionist Rabbinical College
in Philadelphia, it is.
Within the past half century
changes in Jewish history
including the Holocaust, birth
of the Israeli state, and assimi-
lation of Western Jews have
brought the movement to a
"new era."
And Reconstructionism is
preparing its young future
leaders tor a "New Age"
Judaism, Dr. Green told The
Jewish Florxdian during a
recent visit to Miami.
"Reconstructionists believe
that Judaism has always
evolved. We have always
worked out of the roots of our
history and the roots of our
tradition to create a Judaism
appropriate to the age in which
we live," Dr. Green said.
He acknowledged that his
movement, begun with the
teachings of the late Rabbi
Mordecai Kaplan in the 1920s,
is on a different path from the
movement of Jews who are
returning to the strict Ortho-
dox customs of their ances-
But he preferred to down-
play what he said is a just-
emerging shift along denomin-
ational lines, and instead
focused on what he considered
more important: having a
Judaism that's "compellingly
important in people's
lives...that responds to peo-
ple's needs."
The 65 students at the Phila-
delphia rabbinical college -
more students than ever
before, he notes are learning
how to respond to the "tre-
mendous challenges" con-
fronting modern Jewry.
Avoiding a "long list" of
such challenges, Dr. Green
cited as a few examples: the
scientific theories about the
origin of matter, struggles
over morality of war and peace
and issues raised by the chang-
ing role of women in society.
He suggested that such
issues be addressed through
writings, teachings and con-
ferences, such as the annual
board meeting of the Federa-
tion of Reconstructionist Con-
gregations and Havurot,
Rabbi Arthur Green
which will convene in South
Florida for the first time Jan.
14-15, 1990.
Dr. Green lauded the merits
of having an "open society"
today and cautioned against
"going back to the ghetto."
Drawing a similarity
between his students and
young Jews who are returning
to Jewish observance along
more traditional lines, Dr.
Green noted that "most of our
students also are returning."
But the key difference, he
said, is that they "don't believe
in checking their western bag-
gage at the door," nor abadon-
ing such modern values as the
changing role of the woman.
Norton Gallery
Showing now, through Jan-
uary 7, the Norton Gallery of
Art will present "Drawn From
Tradition", an exhibition of
the major American drawing
and watercolor collection of
Susan and Herbert Adler, two
contemporary collectors of
19th and 20th century Ameri-
can works on paper.
A fully-illustrated catalog
published by Hudson Hills
Press (New York) will accom-
pany the exhibition, which tra-
vels to the Williams College
Museum of Art in William-
stown, Massachusetts, after
its showing at the Norton.
The exhibition opens with a
President's Council Preview
on Thursday, November 9
(6:00 8:00 p.m.), and a Mem-
bers' Preview on Friday,
November 10 (5:00-7:00 p.m.)
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Seminar To Explore Roots Of Heritage
Individuals with little or no
formal Jewish education have
the opportunity to discover
much about their heritage dur-
ing a weekend-long Discovery
Seminar Dec. 1-3 at the Park
Place Suite Hotel in Boca
The seminar, sponsored by
Aish HaTorah, will feature a
program of discussions and
workshops including "The
Jewish Way in Love, Dating
and Marriage" and "The
Secret Codes of the Torah."
Since its inception in 1983,
some 25,000 individuals have
attended seminars in Israel,
Europe, the United States,
Canada, Africa and Japan.
"Failsafe", the weekend's
focal segment, is a multi-
session presentation patterned
on the methodology used by
Mossad, Israel's intelligence
agency, to confirm informa-
tion sent by its operatives.
"Failsafe" applies this tech-
nique to validation of
Judaism's central document
the Torah.
"Discovery's rational
approach has been like a
breath of fresh air for today's
young, university-educated
Jew, who tends to view
Aliyah Up 54 Percent
gration to Israel during the
first nine months of 1989 was
54 percent higher than for the
same period last year, the Cen-
tral Bureau of Statistics
reported Monday.
A dramatic rise in the num-
ber of emigres from the Soviet
Union was largely responsible.
They numbered 5,821 this
year, compared to 1,574 in
Continued from Page 2
ambiguity," there may yet be
room for an Israeli-Palestinian
But if that does take place,
Israeli observers are unani-
mous in predicting that a crisis
will erupt when the talks open,
and it may pervade them for
the duration.
Peres hinted as much after
Sunday's Cabinet meeting,
when he said the next step
now would be the composition
of the Palestinian delegation,
"which no doubt will cause
Eroblems. If it doesn't, I shall
e pleasantly surprised," the
Labor Party leader remarked.
Meanwhile, Likud's rebel
triumvirate Sharon, Levy
and Moda'i had to be con-
tent with invective.
They referred to the prime
minister as the "rotten apple"
and his young ministerial sup-
porters Dan Meridor, Ronni
Milo and Ehud Olmert as
"worms with big appetites,
who gnaw from the rotten
Sharon, who toured north-
em Israel on Monday, insisted
that Israel is already negotiat-
ing with the PLO, indirectly.
"From the Israeli govern-
ment to the U.S. secretary of
state, from him to the presi-
dent of Egypt, from the presi-
dent of Egypt to (Yasir) Ara-
fat, and Arafat returns his
"That is simply negotiations
with the PLO,' Sharon said.
Judaism as a set of quaint
rituals at best, and at worst,
an unwanted burden," says
Rabbi Ephraim Shore, Direc-
tor of Aish HaTorah in South
"Many past participants
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seminar experience by pursu-
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adult education programs.
This is especially true of the
previously unaffiliated, for
whom the Seminar has opened
a door to unsuspected know-
ledge in self-awareness," he
Past Discovery participant
Jerome C. Berlin of Miami said
"It was not only the most
memorable and awe-inspiring
weekend I've spent, but one
that expanded my knowledge
of self and heritage which was
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Religious Directory
NE 26 Avenue, Boynton Beach 33435. Phone 586-9428. Rabbi
David Shapiro. Cantor Abraham Koster. Daily, 8:30 a.m. Sabbath
services, Friday 8:15 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.
West Palm Beach 33417. Phone 684-3212. Office hours 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. Rabbi Isaac Vander Walde. Cantor Mordecai Spektor. Daily
services 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday night 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. and 7:15 p.m.
GOLDEN LAKES TEMPLE: 1470 Golden Lakes Boulevard
West Palm Beach 33411. Phone 689-9430. Rabbi Joseph Speiser!
Daily services 8 a.m. Sabbath services Friday 8 p.m. Saturday 9
a.m. For times of evening services please call the Temple office.
Road, Lake Worth. Phone 967-3600. Rabbi Richard K. Rocklin.
Cantor Abraham Mehler. Services Friday 8 p.m., Saturday and
holidays, 8:45 a.m. Daily minyan 8:15 a.m., Sundays through
TEMPLE BETH DAVID: 4657 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens
33418. Phone 694-2350. Rabbi Randall J. Konigsburg. Cantor
Earl J. Rackoff. Sabbath services, Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30
TEMPLE BETH EL: 2815 No. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach
33407. Phone 833-0339. Cantor Norman Brody. Sabbath ser-
vices Friday 8:15 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. Daily Minyan 8:15
a.m., Sunday and legal holidays 9 a.m.
TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM: 315 No. "A" Street, Lake worm
33460. Phone 585-5020. Rabbi Emanuel Eisenberg. Cantor
Howard Dardashti. Services Monday and Thursday, 8:15 a.m.
Friday evening, 8:15 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.
TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM: 224 NW Avenue G, Belle Glade
33430. Phone 996-3886. Services: Second Wednesday of every
month, 7:30 p.m.
TEMPLE BETH ZION: 129 Sparrow Drive, Royal Palm Beach,
FL 33411. Phone 798-8888. Sabbath services Friday 8 p.m.,
Saturday 9 a.m. Rabbi Stefan J. Weinberg.
TEMPLE B'NAI JACOB: 2177 So. Congress Ave., West Palm
Beach 33406. Phone 433-5957. Sabbath services Friday 8 p.m.,
Saturday and holidays 9 a.m., Monday through Friday 9 a.m.
Rabbi Morris Pickholz. Cantor Andrew E. Beck.
TEMPLE EMANUEL: 190 North County Road, Palm Beach
33480. Phone 832-0804. Rabbi Leonid Feldman. Cantor David
Feuer. Sabbath services, Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m.
TEMPLE TORAH: Lions Club, 3615 West Boynton Beach
Boulevard, Boynton Beach 33437. Mailing address: 9851D Mili-
tary Trail, Box 360091, Boynton Beach 33436. Phone 736-7687.
Cantor Alex Chapin. Rabbi Theodore Feldman, part-time. Sab-
bath Services Friday evening 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.
BETH ABRAHAM: 3998 SW Leighton Farms Road, Palm City
33490. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2996, Stuart 33495. Phone
287-8833. Services Friday evenings 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.
CHABAD HOUSE LUBAVITCH: 4623 Forest Hill Blvd.,
West Palm Beach, 108-3, 33415. Phone 641-6167. Rabbi Shlomo
Ezagui. Sabbath Services, Saturday, 10 a.m.
CONGREGATION AITZ CHAIM: 2518 N. Haverhill Road, West
Palm Beach 33417. Phone 686-5055. Sabbath services 8:45 a.m.
and 7:30 p.m. Daily services 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Rabbi Oscar
Street, P.O. Box 857146, Port St. Lucie, FL 33452. Phone
335-7620. Friday night services 8 p.m., Saturday morning 10:30
TEMPLE BETH AM: 759 Parkway Street, Jupiter. Phone
747-1109. Services Friday 8:00 p.m. Rabbi Rachel Hertzman.
TEMPLE BETH EL: 4600 Oleander Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL
34982. Phone 461-7428. Sabbath Services Friday 8 p.m.
TEMPLE BETH SHALOM: St. Helen's Parish Hall, 20th
Avenue and Victory Boulevard, Vero Beach 32960. Mailing
address: P.O. Box 2113, Vero Beach, FL 32961-2113. Rabbi Jay
R. Davis. Phone 1-569-4700.
TEMPLE BETH TORAH: 900 Big Blue Trace, West Palm
Beach, FL 33414. Phone 793-2700. Friday services 8:15 p.m.,
Saturday morning 10 a.m. Rabbi Steven R. Westman. Cantor
Elliot Rosenbaum.
TEMPLE ISRAEL: 1901 No. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach
33407. Phone 833-8421. Rabbi Howard Shapiro. Cantor Stuart
Pittle. Sabbath services, Friday 8 p.m.
TEMPLE JUDEA: 100 Chillingworth Drive, West Palm Beach.
FL 33409. Rabbi Joel L. Levine. Cantor Rita Shore. Phone
Temple Israel Dissplays
Unigue Wedding Canopy
A unique Jewish wedding
canopy containing over
900,000 stitches, about 2,000
beads and pearls and 8 differ-
ent kinds of thread was used in
its first wedding ceremony on
November 11, at Temple
Israel, West Palm Beach.
Rabbi Howard Shapiro offi-
cially dedicated the canopy
during the Sabbath service.
The canopy is at six feet
square, sewn with wool, silk,
cotton and metallic threads
and contains about 50 differ-
ent shades of color. Over a
span of eight months, Joan
Lustig drew the design and
applied it to canvas while Mari-
lyn Cohn designed the stit-
chery. From there, a group of
twelve people, made up of tem-
ple members and the local
chapter of the Embroidery
Guild, stitched intricate
designs working for two years
before completion. "It's more
than a beautiful work of art,"
said Rabbi Shapiro. "It is a
labor of love."
The unique design of the
wedding canopy is comprised
of a collection of Jewish sym-
bols which include: the hands
of blessing, the Sabbath can-
dles, the Kiddush cup, the wed-
ding rings, the Western Wall,
the Domes of Jerusalem, a
Hebrew quote from the marri-
age ceremony and various
flowers native to Israel
morning glories, tulips, lilies, a
rose, a bachelor button and a
*^s*&e-^>$*'2KZ^m REITER-ELINOFF 2KZ^&s*K2Kz2S*t&*&i
Mrs. Edith H. Reiter of
West Palm Beach announces
the engagement of her daugh-
ter, Janet Sara, to Edward H.
Elinoff, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Bernard Elinoff, of Pitts-
burgh, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Reiter is a graduate of
State University of New York
at Albany with a B.S. in
Mr. Elinoff is a graduate of
Duquesne University.
Ms. Reiter is an Assistant
Vice President and Trust Offi-
cer with First American Bank
and Trust, and Mr. Elinoff is
an Administrative Assistant
with The Institute for Econo-
metric Research in Fort Laud-
A March wedding is planned.
Two Synagogues Open Doors
To Quake Ravaged Non Jews
At least two Jewish congre-
gations in San Francisco have
opened their doors to non-
Jewish groups whose buildings
suffered major damage in the
Oct. 17 earthquake.
About 200 members of the
Korean Presbyterian Church
began worshipping at Temple
Emanu-El Sunday, after their
Fillmore- McAllister structure
was condemned.
Emanu-El offered its facility
to the church, which has a total
of 310 parishioners, as soon as
temple members heard the
Geary Boulevard building was
to be demolished.
"The Hebrew Bible says that
'my house should be a house of
prayer for all people,'" said
Rabbi Robert Kirschner,
whose congregation also
spearheaded a quake relief
drive. "At this time of crisis,
we take that to mean we
should open our doors to our
fellow San Franciscans so
they, too, may worship in their
own way."
After the 1906 quake,
Kirschner said, several local
churches offered their facilit-
ies to Emanu-El, whose build-
ing was virtually destroyed
then. "Nearly a century later,
we have the opportunity to
Church members are using
the synagogue's Martin Meyer
Auditorium for Sunday ser-
vices, as well as five class-
rooms for Sunday religious
school, and the Cantor Reuben
Rinder Chapel for Wednesday
night Bible study sessions.
Leaders of the church have
been told they can stay at
Emanu- El rent-free until they
determine whether they will
reconstruct their building or
move to a new location.
Ted Kim, a San Ramon resi-
dent who is treasurer of the
Area Death
Rachel, 89, of West Palm Beach. Levitt-
Korean church, said he and
other parishioners were sur-
prised and pleased by the
offer. "It felt great because
here were people who cared
about us," he noted, adding
that church members hope to
work out an arrangement to
pay Emanu-El for using its
Kirschner, referring to Jew-
ish and Asian youngsters run-
ning around the Moorish-style
synagogue grounds together
before and after religious
school Sunday, said that per-
haps "this kind of ecumenical
experience is a blessing hidden
beneath the rubble of the
At the same time, 120 fresh-
men and sophomores of St.
Rose Academy have been
using classrooms at another
historic synagogue, Congrega-
tion Sherith Israel in San
Although they originally had
been expected to stay at the
Pacific Heights synagogue
until the end of the year, the
academy board last week
approved the lease of portable
classrooms that are expected
to be ready by the middle of
this month.
Nonetheless, St. Rose's
presence at Sherith Israel
won't end then the school's
play, "A Midsummer Night's
Dream," will be presented in
the synagogue's auditorium
Dec. 1 and 2.
Principal Dr. Frank Grijalva
explained that St. Rose
doesn't have an auditorium as
a result of the quake, "and
we're taking [Rabbi Martin
Weiner] up on his offer" to use
Sherith Israel's.
The academy, at 2507 Pine
St., is just a few blocks from
the synagogue, one of the
buildings that survived the
1906 quake.
Jewish help to the general
community certainly hasn't
been limited to synagogues.
The Jewish Community Cen-
ter of Greater San Jose, for
example, has been serving as
the Los Gates headquarters of
FEMA, the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency,
Continued on Page 8
Synopsis Of The Weekly Torah Portion
. "As he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; and he lifted
up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood over against him"
(Gen. 18.1-t).
VAYERA God appeared to Abraham as he sat at the door of
his tent in the heat of the day. Lifting up his eyes, Abraham
beheld three men (actually, angels in the form of men). Abraham
ran toward them, took them into his tent, and treated them
hospitably. One of the angels foretold that in a year Sarah would
bear a son. The other angels went on to Sodom to destroy the city
because of its wickedness; only Lot, Abraham's righteous
nephew, was to be saved. God revealed this plan to Abraham, who
pleaded that Sodom be saved for the sake of the righteous persons
living in it. But it turned out that Sodom could not be saved
there were not 10 righteous persons in the whole city. Lot was
saved, and lived in a cave. There his two daughters bore him two
sons: Benammi, or Ammon, and Moab. In fulfillment of the
angel's prophecy, Sarah bore a son, who was named Isaac. When
the lad grew up, God tested Abraham's devotion by bidding him
offer Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham prepared to carry out God's
bidding; at the last moment, an angel intervened, and Isaac was
saved. Abraham had passed the hardest trial of all.
(The recounting of the Weekly Portion of the Law is extracted and
based upon "The Graphic History of the Jewish Heritage," edited by
P. Wollman-Tsamir, published by Shengold. The volume is available
at 75 Maiden Lane, New York, N.Y. 10038.)


Page 8 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, November 17, 1989
Continued from Page 7
and as a disaster relief center.
According to Joshua Malks,
executive director of the JCC,
more than 1,000 people who
suffered losses during the
quake have come there for
official help.
Malks said the JCC offered
the space simply because
"we're part of the commun-
ity." To do so, however, some
of the JCC's own programs
had to be displaced temporar-
ily including its senior nutri-
tion program, which moved
from a large room to several
small ones, and its aerobic
exercise classes, which "by the
blessing of California weather,
is taking place on our tennis
Elsewhere in the Jewish
community, the struggle to
resume business as usual con-
For example, Jewish Family
& Children's Services expects
to have its Utility Workshop
operating fully, in a new loca-
tion, after the building it had
been renting was condemned
after the quake.
The new quarters, at 598
Potrero near 18th Street,
includes 14,000 square feet of
warehouse and office space,
and is served by nearby public
transportation. "It's very
accessible for both the people
who work at the sheltered
workshop as well as the cor-
porations and businesses that
use its services,''
noted JF&CS executive direc-
tor Anita Friedman.
JF&CS, meanwhile, still is
continuing to collect money
and canned foods for distribu-
tion to the many Jews who
were displaced by the quake.
In addition, using funds
from United Way and the
Koret Foundation, JF&CS will
be adding two additional full-
time caseworkers to handle
services specifically for people
with quake-related problems.
"We simply can't manage
our existing programs, which
are already full, and take on
hundreds of new clients who
are coming in," said Fried-
man, noting that the agency is
expecting to continue provid-
ing post-quake services for at
least six more months.
The Jewish Federation of
the Greater East Bay has
issued an urgent appeal for
both emergency shelters and
for volunteers to prepare and
serve food. "We count on your
assistance in fulfilling this
important community mitz-
vah," a spokesperson said.
Reprinted with permission from The
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