The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County


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The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County the voice of the Jewish community of Palm Beach County
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Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County (Palm Beach, Fla. : 1985)
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Fred K. Shochet
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Vol. 11, no. 27 (Sept. 13, 1985)-
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Numbering in masthead and publisher's statements conflict: Feb. 20, 1987 called no. 4 in masthead and no. 8 in publisher's statement; Mar. 31, 1989 called no. 12 in masthead and no. 13 in publisher's statement.
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' FiWUwtit
Women's Division
Working Together To
Meet The Challenge
Sheila Engelstein
Inspired by their record
$2,331,801 fundraising
achievement last year, the
Women's Division of the
Jewish Federation of Palm'
Beach County will be working
even harder this year to in-
crease that total. "As one of
the most successful Women's
Division's in the country, we
recognize our increasingly im-
portant role in insuring a quali-
ty of life for the Jewish people
locally, in Israel, and
throughout the world," stated
Sheila Engelstein, WD Vice
President for Campaign.
Women's Division President
Carol Greenbaum is pleased to
be having Mrs. Engelstein lead
this year's Campaign. "Sheila
has worked in a great many
capacities over the years for
Women's Division and Federa:
tion and I am very pleased that
she will now be heading our
Campaign effort. She is a
devoted worker who is not on-
ly a superb organizer, but a
person who inspires others to
do their utmost, both as
volunteers and as
Throughout the ages women
have always played a major
role in philanthropic
endeavors, according to Mrs.
Engelstein. "The 'modern'
role of women (since the crea-
Muriel Lavffl returns with
Random Thoughts sftsr
summer hiatus... pags 7
Rosh Hashansh At Tha
Wastarn Wall... paga 4
Jewish Slnglaa... psgs 5
Attar tha Popa's Visit
psgs 9
tion of Women's Divisions in
1946) as active participants is
simply a continuation of the
age old tradition of
'Tzedakah.' Women's Divi-
sions at one time were con-
sidered vehicles through which
women would give a 'plus gift'
in addition to the one given by
her husband. However, as the
role of women changed in
society, it also changed in
Jewish communal life. Today
women who give to the
Federation Campaign express
their own financial commit-
ment and responsibility as a
Jew. Furthermore, this gives
them political clout as they
double the amount of con-
tributors which increases the
Jewish political voice at home,
nationally, and around the
This past year Mrs. Engels-
tein attended a United Jewish
Appeal Women's Division
Directors and Campaign
Chairmen's Mission to Israel
where she saw the needs of
Israel firsthand. She visited a
Youth Aliyah village, this com-
munity's Project Renewal
neighborhood in Hod
Hasharon, a moshav, a medical
center, and participated in
briefings with Jewish Agency,
Joint Distribution Committee,
and government officials.
"We also met with
refuseniks who had recently
made aliyah to Israel. I was
very impressed with a state-
ment by one of them who said
that Russians have only
yesterdays and todays, but
that a person needs to have
Continued on Page 7
Israel, Hungary Sign Accord
Will Establish Interest Sections
and Hungary signed an agree-
ment in Bern Monday, Sept.
14 to establish interest sec-
tions in their respective coun-
tries. It is the lowest level of
diplomatic representation but
could be a precursor to
stronger ties in the future.
The signing ceremonies,
which lasted an hour, were
held in private. At the request
of the Hungarians, no media
was allowed. The Israeli par-
ticipants were Yeshayahu
Anug, Deputy Director
General of the Foreign
Ministry, legal adviser Victor
Harel, and Israel's Am-
bassador to Switzerland,
David Rivlin.
Hungary was represented by
Yanos Goros, head of the legal
department at the Foreign
Ministry, and Wilmos
Continued on Pags 7
Jewish Community Center
Dinner Dance With A Difference
"Dinner, Dancing, and
Spirits" will mark the upcom-
ing Jewish Community
Center's comunitywide social
event which will be held this
year in support of the Jewish
Community Campus Capital
Campaign. The dinner dance
will be held on Saturday, Oct.
17, 7:30 p.m., at the Royce
Hotel, 1601 Belvedere Road,
West Palm Beach.
Zelda Pincourt Mason,
President of the JCC, said, "In
the past, the community has
enthusiastically supported our
Annual Dinner .nee which
helped us to fund our regular
programming. This year, since
Continued on Psgs 7
*? -
Stacey Levy

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, September 25, 1987
Victor Duke Memorial
Tribute Fund
Honor Roll
Many people have made donations in memory of community
leader Victor Duke to the Jewish Community Center to be
located on the new Jewish Community Campus on Military Trail
and 12th Street. The JCCampus will also house the Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach County and the Jewish Family and
Children's Service.
The late Mr. Duke was a member of the Board of Directors
of the Jewish Community Center and very active in the cam-
paign to raise $12.5 million to build the new facility.
"Due to space restrictions, the following is only a partial list
of contributors. Additional donors tvill be recognized in weeks to
B'nai Jacob
Welcomes New Rabbi, Cantor
Robert and Jeannette Becker
Sidney and Sylvia Berger
Sam and Harriet Biederman
B'nai B'rith Century Unit No. 5367
Joseph and Lillian Dorf
Harry and Anne Feinman
Daniel and Claire Giber
Henry Grossman
Isadora and Ceil Imberman
Jeanne Jacoby
Irving and Gertrude Kashdan
Sally Knobe
William and Sara Laminsky
Belle Laasner
Hyman Leibson
Miriam Levinson
Sylvia Lewis
Alex and Louise Mugmon
Nat Passon
Saul and Sally Rimberg
Jack and Selma Rind
Natalie Seversky
Edward Starr
Herman Tauber
Louis Weiner
Bernard Weiss
Gert J. Wertheim
Dr. Lewis and Saddle Wise
Lillian G. Wreschner
Contributions may be sent to the Jewish Community Cam-
pus Capital Campaign, 501 South Flagler Drive, Suite 305, West
Palm Beach, FL 33401, earmarked for the Victor Duke
Memorial Tribute Fund. For more information, contact Marjorie
Scott, JCCampus Capital Campaign Director, at 832-2120.
Jewish Community Campus
Building A Community
Mr. and Mrs. Heinz Eppler have chosen to
dedicate the Executive Director's Office in
the new Jewish Community Center.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Lander man have
chosen to dedicate a water fountain beside the
Auditorium in the new Jewish Community
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Levy have chosen to
dedicate the Youth Access Promenade in the
Child Development Center of the Jewish Com-
munity Center.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Levy have chosen to
dedicate the Directory Board in the Main Lob-
by of the new Jewish Community Center.
Mr. Ron Pertnoy has chosen to dedicate the
East Building Reception Area of the new
Jewish Community Center.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Silverstein have chosen
to dedicate the Library Furnishing of the
Cultural Wing in the new Jewish Community
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Tendrich have chosen
to dedicate the Outdoor Snack Bar in the Pool
Complex of the new Jewish Community


We're breaking ground!
Not only does Temple B'nai
Jacob have a new rabbi and
cantor, but they come from the
same congregation in New
York. What makes this even
more coincidental is that they
almost accepted their positions
here without knowing that the
other would also be serving on
the same pulpit
Both Rabbi Morris Pickholz
and Cantor Andrew E. Beck
are delighted with the con-
tinuation of their professional
affiliation. "We've always had
a good working relationship,"
stated Rabbi Pickholz. Cantor
Beck, who learned about the
coincidence when he came to
audition before the congrega-
tion, concurred, "We're nappy
being together once again.'
Both the rabbi and cantor
came to this community from
Congregation Beth Emeth of
Hewlett, New York with
whom they had been
associated for eight years.
Rabbi Pickholz was consider-
ing retirement before the op-
portunity with B'nai Jacob
came along, but he prefers to
be working full time.
However, he realizes that a
great percentage of his new
congregation is composed of
retirees. "I want to give them
the feeling that there is still
room for accomplishment, ac-
tivity and fellowship. I hope to
increase attendance at ser-
vices, promote adult educa-
tion, and social activities.
Rabbi Morris Pickholz
Cantor Beck had con-
templated a move to South
Florida for some time because
"the future of the Jewish com-
munity is in the Southeast," he
said. "I want to bring more
light to the Florida sunshine
by continuing the teaching of
Jewish music and bringing fur-
ther joy to the community
Rabbi Pickholz was ordained
in 1945 at Mesifta Torah
Vodath in Brooklyn, New
York. In subsequent years, he
served a Bachelor's degree
from Columbia University and
a Masters of Education from
Temple University. While ser-
ving as the spiritual leader of
B'nai Jeshurun in
Philadelphia, Pa. from
1950-1971, he taught Bible at
Lasalle College and was Presi-
Cantor Andrew E. Beck
dent of the Philadelphia Board
of Rabbis for two years. Prior
to accepting his position with
Beth Emeth, he taught Bible
and Yiddish literature in New
York City. Rabbi Pickholz is
married to Esther.
Cantor Beck graduated from
the Cantors Institute of the
Jewish Theological Seminary
of America in 1975. He served
as cantor of temples in
Syracuse, New York and Mor-
ristown, New Jersey before
becoming affiliated with Beth
Emeth. A member of the Can-
tors Assembly of America, he
also is a graduate of the
American Academy, a school
for funeral directing. Cantor
Beck is married to Jean and
they have two children,
Joshua, 6, and Alexander, 4.
Rosh Hashanah Greetings
From Prime Minister Of Israel
As we embark on the 40th
anniversary year of the foun-
ding of the State of Israel, I
send you warm wishes from
the people and the government
of Isrel. May this be a year of
health, peace, progress, and
joy for all our people.
Forty years is but an instant
in Jewish history. Yet not
since the infancy of our nation
has there been a period so
fateful, so inspiring and so rich
in achievement as the past 40
years. To remember Rosh
Hashanah of 40 years ago
when the tiny, poorly armed
"yiahuv" in Eretz Israel faced
possible destruction even
before the state was born is
to realize how far we have
come. It has been a saga of in-
comparable courage of a peo-
ple transformed, of a nation
The miracle of Israel is the
miracle of the Jewish people,
the creation of the Jewish
spirit, the Jewish mind, and
Jewish blood. It has erased the
humiliation of the Diaspora. It
has given every Jew a new
sense of pride, of national and
cultural cohesion, and of a
common lofty goal. Israel has
become the center of Jewish
thought, consciousness, and
Since the establishment of
the state the major events of
Jewish history have revolved
around Israel. Those who were
touched by these events, who
have felt themselves part of
this saga, know the incom-
parable excitement such par-
ticipation can impart. Nothing
can match the reward of part-
nership in this momentous
turn in the history of our
Israel's existence embodies
the age-old seminal prayer:
"Next year in Jerusalem."
Like the prayer, it ties all Jews
to this land. It is a tie with
obligations as well as
privileges. None of us can af-
ford to succumb to self con-
gratulation if the Jewish peo-
ple and the State of Israel are
to grow and thrive. Today a
huge part of the Jewish
Diaspora the Jews of the
Soviet Union is still en-
dangered and oppressed. Most
of the 400,000 Soviet Jews
who have expressed their
desire to join their families in
Israel are still denied their
elementary human right to
leave. It will take the
dedicated and untiring efforts
of every Jewish community in
the world to effect their re-
lease. Similarly, there are still
Continued on Page 13-
The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County is now be-
ing published weekly. All material submitted for
publication is due two weeks prior to the date of issue.
* ~v Events
Nov. 8
Nov. 22 Legislative Forum
Dec. 10Plea for Soviet Jewry

Friday, September 25, 1987/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 3
Jewish Education Making Great Strides In PBC
Over the past several years,
the quality of Jewish education
in the Palm Beaches has been
on the upswing, according to
Nathan Kosowski, Chairman
of the Jewish Education Com-
mittee of the Jewish Federa-
tion of Palm Beach County. He
recently has been named as
Chairman for the fourth con-
secutive year by Federation
President Erwin H. Blonder.
"Under Nat's administra-
tion, we have seen increased
enrollment in our community's
Judaic high school, new and in-
novative programs to enhance
teacher training, a reaching
out to the secular community
to educate them about
Judaism, a number of our
youth receiving scholarships to
study in Israel, and many
other creative programs and
activities geared to elevating
the level of Jewish education. I
am gratified that he has ac-
cepted this responsibility once
again which will enable our
community to continue to
make great strides in this
area," Mr. Blonder said.
In order to carry out this
mandate, the Jewish Educa-
tion Committee is comprised
of several sub-committees. The
Midrasha Committee, under
the Chairmanship of Dean
Rosenbach, oversees the
Midrasha-Judaica High School
which meets Wednesday even-
ings at the Jewish Community
Day School. "This year
Midrasha has the largest
enrollment in its history with,
to date, 130 students in grades
8-12. They are receiving an ex-
cellent Judaic education while,
at the same time, socializing
with Jewish youth from
throughout the county," Mr.
Kosowski said.
Projections for future enroll-
ment based on the current
figures indicate that Midrasha
may be looking at a student
body of 200 in the near future,
Mr. Rosenbach announced.
"These figures are based on
the large number of students
who are now enrolled in our
lower grades. Additionally,
with the introduction of col-
lege credit this year for
selected courses, we expect to
insure that more students will
continue through graduation
and to interest youth who may
not have any other exposure to
Jewish life.
"Our social period at the end
of the evening has been im-
Nathan Kosowski
proved and will now include
games, basketball and
volleyball, Israeli dancing, a
choral group, dancing,
refreshments, and an oppor-
tunity for the students to rap.'
Held in the Merkaz, it will be
centered around the student's
needs," Mr. Rosenbach
Mr. Kosowski noted that the
Jewish Education Committee
is also in the process of form-
ing a Tuition Assistance sub-
committee to confidentially
review applications from
Midrasha students who need
help with the cost of the
The Rules Committee,
chaired by Harry Haselkorn
has been charged with under-
taking a self-appraisal of the
structure of the Jewish Educa-
tion Committee. "We hope to
complete the study this year
which will look into he respon-
sibilities and composition of
the overall committee," Mr.
Haselkorn said.
The Jewish Education com-
mittee is also involved in Israel
programming which includes
recruiting high school students
for Israel study trips. The
Scholarship Committee, under
the chairmanship of Hank
Grossman, has the task of
reviewing requests for scholar-
ships from students who want
to take advantage of going to
Israel either during the sum-
mer or studying during the
school year.
In addition to these sub-
committees, the Jewish
Education Committee has
been launching new initiatives
in teacher training which in-
clude teacher workshops, con-
ferences and in-service train-
ing, according to Mr.
Another component of
Jewish education adult
education is brought to the
Jewish community in two
ways. Dr. Elliot Schwartz, In-
terim Director of the Jewish
Education Department, is
available to present programs
to organizations in the com-
munity. He is also conducting
an on-going course, "Introduc-
tion To Jewish Education,"
held Mondays at the Federa-
tion office. "People are
welcome to attend and there is
no charge," stated Dr.
Nathan Kosowski has been a
member of the Federation
Board of Directors for the last
six years. He has been active
throughout the Jewish com-
munity having served as Presi-
dent of the Jewish Family and
Children's Service for three
years and as a former Presi-
dent of Temple Beth David. He
is a Senior Analytical
Engineer with Pratt and
National Young Leadership Conference
A Time To Learn, A Time To Lead
Judge Howard Berman
Washington, D.C. the
nerve center, news center
and focal point of world atten-
tion is the place where 3,100
young Jewish leaders from
throughout the country will
come together for the United
Jewish Appeal's 6th National
Young Leadership Conference
set for March 13-15, 1988.
Heading this community's
recruiting efforts is Judge
Howard Berman, an active
member of the Jewish Federa-
tion of Palm Beach County's
Leadership Development
Judge Berman was ap-
pointed to this position by
Leadership Development
Committee Chairman Soni
Kay who said, "We are very
pleased that Howard will be in
charge of informing young
adults, ages 22-40, about this
year's conference and en-
couraging them to join our an-
ticipated 30-member delega-
tion. Since he was a partici-
pant in the last Washington
Conference in 1986, he will be
able to present a first-hand ac-
count of this exciting and pro-
vocative conference.'
Judge Berman, who is in the
process of forming a commit-
tee to assist him, said, "The
Washington Conference is a
wonderful opportunity to join
with other involved young
Jewish comunity activists
from every part of the United
States to explore the future of
American Jewish life. Par-
ticipants will also be briefed by
important Senators, Con-
gressmen, White House and
State Department officials on
issues affecting us as
Americans and as Jews. Addi-
tionally, we take time to meet
with our local legislators to
discuss subjects which impact
us directly as Palm Beach
County residents."
The conference will
highlight the UJA gala
celebration of Israel's 40th An-
niversary. Sessions with top
Israeli government represen-
tatives and noted experts on
U.S.-Israeli relations will be
held as well as meetings on key
foreign and domestic issues
with veteran Washington and
Middle East observers.
"Since registration is limited
to 3,100 attendees, it is im-
perative that those in our com-
munity who are planning to at-
tend make their reservations
within the next 30-60 days,"
stated Judge Berman. "We
Is Your Name Here?
With the resumption of weekly publication of the Jewish
Floridian of Palm Beach County, the contributor list to the
Jewish Community Campus Capital Campaign will be
published once a month.
already have 12 people going
and look forward to filling up
our delegation quickly."
Leadership Development
Committee Program Co-
Chairman Mindy Freeman has
been working with Judge Ber-
man to recruit this com-
munity's delegation. "We'll be
holding conference briefings
soon for interested individuals.
In addition, there will be a ses-
sion for all of the South
Florida delegates prior to the
national conference," Ms.
Freeman said.
Judge Howard Berman is a
member of the Federation's
Leadership Mission to Israel
as well as the Washington
Conference. Judge Berman is
a member of the Board of the
Young Adult Division, a
member of the Federation's
Communications and Human
Resource Development Com-
mittees, and of the Community
Relations Council.
Professionally, Judge Ber-
man sits on the Fifteenth
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Page 4 The JewMh Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, September 26, 1987
Meeting In Miami:
Not Quite 'Historic'
Pope John Paul II met with a cross-section
of American Jewish leadership in Miami, but
the absence of major elements of Orthodox
Jewry and of the Zionist Movement added to
the substance of the gathering made it
somewhat less "historic" than the rhetoric
which preceded and followed.
All the prescribed form was followed. The
substitute designee of some 200 Jews in at-
tendance at the Civic Center read for 18
minutes. The Pope, who clearly had read the
text in advance, responded for 20 minutes.
No questions and answers. Only comments
at the end concerned his Hebrew
In summary, much form. Little substance.
The statement presented on behalf of ma-
jor segments of the American Jewish com-
munity was, all in all, a statement of consen-
sus. It clearly called for the establishment of
diplomatic relations by the Vatican with the
State of Israel. Its condemnation of the
Pope's reception of Austrian Kurt
Waldheim was, regrettably, muted.
The reminder of the responsibility of the
Roman Catholic Church to heed well the
lessons of the Holocaust was well presented.
Pope John Paul II, predictably, defended the
highly questionable actions by his
predecessors who served during the Nazi
period. But he did renew his promise of a
comprehensive document on Shoa, the
destruction of six million men, women and
children just because they happened to be
Yet the Pope said not one word on
Waldheim, even as he uttered the "Never
Again" phrase which drew the only applause
of his 20-minute talk.
And he coupled a commitment to the right
of Jews to five within secure boundaries
with a strident call for a Palestinian
It was that support for Palestinian rights
which made the headlines in the interna-
tional media.
Obviously, Israel and its allies including
world Jewry have not heen able to
establish the point that Jordan itself is a
Palestinian homeland, carved totally out of
the British Mandate of Palestine created by
the League of Nations after World War I.
Dialogue with the leader of nearly 900
million persons is a positive step towards the
slow progress towards freeing Catholic rela-
tions with the Jews of two millenia of pre-
judice, bigotry and hatred. The reversal of
those centuries of teaching has begun, but
surely not fast enough.
Ugly Scenes A
Credit To No One
The ugly scenes of ultra-orthodox Jews
clashing with Israeli policemen every Sab-
bath seemingly are escalating in Jerusalem.
What Mayor Teddy Kollek has achieved in
uniting the Israeli capital since its reunifica-
tion 20 years ago is in peril because of the
violence initiated by a significant but minori-

ty segment of Jerusalem's Jewish
Those Jews who do not follow the total
prohibition of activity on the Sabbath have
rights which must be respected as well as
those of the strict Sabbath observers.
What is at issue here is not Halacha, but
the right of all Jews to observe their own
religion in the Jewish State. The ultra-
orthodox, many of whom do not recognize
the State of Israel, simply cannot extend
their interpretation of the Torah to embrace
a city which is central to all Jews and Jewish
Indeed, one wonders how the strict obser-
vance of the Sabbath translates into the
throwing of stones at police and other acts
of violence. Since even the carrying of the
Shofar on the Sabbath or Yom Kippur is for-
bidden outside of the synagogue, from
whence come the stones?
Secular Jews are doing little to help by
busing in supporters from Tel Aviv to
heighten the confrontations. Indeed, if they
continue to move away from Jerusalem to
other Israeli cities they will in effect cede
the capital to the ultra-Orthodox.
With a far greater birth rate, the extreme
Orthodox Jews will become an increasingly
important part of the city's political as well
as religious life.
The Jerusalem crisis over Sabbath obser-
vance should hasten enactment by Israel of a
constitution which restricts the number of
parties. Only then can the exaggerated
political power of a minority which rebels
against religious pluralism within Judaism
be limited.
Rosh Hashanah Prayers
At The Western Wall
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Number 29
Rosh Hashanah morning,
8:30, the second day. The
white stone courtyard that
leads up to the Kotel (Western
Wall) is filling up. Against a
deep blue, cloudless Jerusalem
sky, the sun inches its way
over the Mount of Olives. The
raspy, distinctively Middle
Eastern sound of two nasal
elongated Arab words are
heard from a nearby minaret:
"Allah Akbar," God is great.
A steady flow of Jewish wor-
shippers make their way to the
Kotel men to the left,
women to the right. A 4-year-
old boy, knitted yarmulke
hanging over the tip of his left
ear, grabs his father's hand
and parts from his mother who
looks after them waving her
MEN FILE into the cour-
tyard past a stand filled with
cardboard yarmulkes for the
unprepared. Beyond the stand
the worshippers are met by
men trying to lure them to
their particular minyan. Pray
where the leader speeds
through the service, or where
he punctuates it with operatic-
sounding interludes. Pray
where the Hebrew accent is
Lithuanian, Moroccan or twen-
tieth century Israeli. The ac-
cents are different; the
prayers more or less the same.
Dozens of service are taking
place simultaneously. Some
have barely a quorum of 10;
others have well over 50. The
Kaddish of one service blends
in with the Mussaf recitation
of another. Here the Shema is
recited, there the shofar is
blown. It is an unorganized
emporium of services. While
one minyan is taking out the
Torah, another minyan puts it
back. It is jumbled and confus-
ed; it is fascinating to watch.
One of the minyans begins
the Haftorah reading. A
young, clean-shaven man in his
early twenties, wearing san-
dals, blue pants and a tallit
over his short-sleeved, wrinkl-
ed white shirt, reads from
Jeremiah: "Behold, I will bring
them from the north country,
and gather them from the ut-
termost parts of the earth."
verse seems as one looks out
upon the vast collection of
Jews gathered in front of the
Kotel. A list of their native
lands reads like the index of a
world atlas; Afghanistan,
Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia,
France ... The variety of their
native tongues seems a partial
catalogue of the world's
languages: Arabic, Belorus-
sian, Czech, Dutch, English
... Yet they have made their
way to Israel, and their sons
and daughters speak Hebrew.
The reader of the Haftorah
continues: "And there is hope
for thy future, saith the Lord;
and thy children shall return to
their own border."
A group of tourists speaking
a Scandinavian language lean
upon the iron chain that
separates the praying of the
courtyard from the socializing
of the plaza area behind it.
Here friends meet, high school
students flirt, people watch
people. One of the tourists
takes out a pocket camera and
points it at the praying, sway-
ing masses. An elderly Sephar-
dic guard, identified by a blue
hat with a badge attached,
runs toward the tourist yellng
ferociously in heavily accented
English: "No camera today.
No, No." The tourist, eyes
lowered, slips the camera back
into his pocket.
Indeed the sight would be a
photographer's delight. There
are worshippers in green army
uniforms; American tourists in
coats and ties; hassidim wear-
ing black pants, black coats
and fur streimels. Children
some with suspenders and cor-
kscrew earlocks, others with
shorts and sandals run,
jump and slide across the cour-
tyard as their fathers pray.
HERE A MAN sways wild-
ly, there a man stands dead
still with his arm upon the
Kotel, his head upon his arm.
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' *'.......................
Dilemma For Family Experts
Jewish Singles Events
Viewed With Concern
Friday, September 26, 1987/The Jewish Floridmn of Palm Beach Comity Page 5
Telegraphic Agency
A new conundrum for
Jewish family experts has
emerged from the radically
altered patterns of Jewish
family life: Should they con-
tinue to stress opportunities
for single Jews to meet with
the goal of matrimony, or help
the growing numbers of Jews
who are single by choice "to
feel more comfortable with
their unmarried status?"
That issue was examined in a
report in the spring newsletter
of the American Jewish Com-
mittee's William Petschek Na-
tional Jewish Family Center.
The report noted a tendency to
postpone marriage and a rise
in divorce rates.
Since 1970, the proportion of
never-marrieds among
Americans in their late 20's
and early 30's has doubled, and
the number of divorced per-
sons has tripled, the newslet-
ter reported. Single persons
living alone, unmarried
couples living together and
single-parent families "have
been the fastest growing types
of households in the United
States," the report added.
While the numbers vary,
"the same trends have af-
flicted American Jews who, on
the average, marry later and
divorce more than they used
to," the newletter reported.
Data from Los Angeles were
cited that "from 1967 to 1979,
the percentage of never-
married Jews in their 30's rose
from 6.2 to 16.1." The percen-
tage of separated and divorced
Jews in that same age group
in the same period in Los
Angeles jumped from three to
12. The Los Angeles data were
compiled by Bruce Phillips and
published in the "1986
American Jewish Year Book."
The newsletter report
asserted that the organized
Jewish community has not
quite known what to do about
the phenomenon. "Clearly,
prolonged singlehood, which
puts off and may curtail
childbearing, does not bode
well for the Jewish
demographic future, and
singles are known to be much
less Jewishly involved than
their married counterparts," it
But Jewish leadership is
uncertain whether to create
more programs for the pur-
pose of matchmaking, or to
help Jewish singles "feel more
comfortable with their unmar-
ried state. Also, given the in-
tensely personal nature of the
decision whether and when to
marry, it remains unclear
what communal intervention
can accomplish."
Seeking to examine the
issues, the Petschek Center
sponsored by a day-long con-
ference. Participants included
rabbis, scholars, singles pro-
grammers for Jewish
organizations, owners of in-
dependent and commercial
singles enterprises as well as
several Jewish singles.
Prof. Peter Stein of William
Paterson College, Wayne,
N.J., stressed that the problem
of Jewish singles must be seen
"within the context of a chang-
ing American value system" in
which "emphasis on personal
growth and individual self-
fulfillment" has replaced com-
mmitment to family for many
young Americans.
In response, Ellen Lapidus,
a Congressional aide, describ-
ed "the immensely popular
events" for unmarried Jews in
the Washington area spon-
sored by Sen. Rudy Boschwitz
(R., Minn.) and Rep. Larry
Smith (D., Fla.). Susan
Weisfuse, who directs the
adult group programs at New
York's 92nd Street Y, explain-
ed how her work has convinced
her that Jewish singles pro-
grams should avoid stressing
marriage as the goal of such
efforts to bring Jewish singles
Summarizing the results of
the conference, Prof. Steven
Cohen of Queens College con-
cluded that successful singles
programs avoid "imposing an
agenda" on the participants
and instead tailor their ac-
tivities to the interests, tastes,
ages and occupations of the
He expressed that the
Jewish community's "valid in-
terest in enhancing the Jewish
identity and affiliation of the
unmarried can be expressed in
the context of addressing the
needs of the singles
Some 1,500 Peace Now members and sym-
pathizers hold lighted torches and banners as
they march to Deputy Prime Minister Shimon
Peres'office in Jerusalem to express their sup-
port for an International Peace Conference.
The large banner reads, Peace is dangerous,
but war is more so.
U.S., Soviet Panelists
Argue State Of Jewry
Editor Buffalo Jewish Review
"American and Soviet Jews
haven't met like this since the
end of World War Two," ex-
plained Jerry Goodman, ex-
ecutive director of the Na-
tional Conference on Soviet
He was participating last
month in a hastily arranged
panel discussion with Soviet
Jews attending the six-day
conference on Soviet-
American relations at the
Chautauqua Institution in nor-
thern New York state.
Although not part of the of-
ficial conference schedule, the
program filled the Hulburt
The Soviet participants
Samuel Zivs, a professor of
law and government pro-
secutor; publisher Tankrit
Golempolsky; playwright Alex-
ander Gelman; and Rabbi
Adolph Shayevich of Moscow's
Central Synagogue
presented through a translator
essentially official answers to
questions from Goodman and
members of the audience.
Yet, the Soviets frankly ad-
mitted the problems of the
past. They also emphasized
that although the situation for
Soviet Jews was improving,
many Soviet officials still op-
Forget the pebble, use a matzo ball.'
pose "glasnost," the openness
advocated by Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev.
Asked about his teaching
duties, Shayevich gave a wide-
ranging series of statements,
none of which answered the
question, "Most of the Russian
Jews in the U.S. never visited
a synagogue in the USSR and
don't do it here," he said.
"Should you struggle so hard
to snatch every Jew?"
Golempolsky argued that
"our language is Yiddish and it
exists .. We have 'aleph-bais'
grammars, dictionaries and
other books. There is serious
discussion of teaching all 100
of our national languages.
There will be schools when
there is need. I think my
children will learn Yiddish in
schools eventually."
He acknowledged that his
statement implied a lack of
Jewish education in the USSR.
Shayevich spoke of the Bais
Yaakov "Yeshiva," which
Goodman said actually is a
Shabbat study group for older
"The fact that Rabbi
Shayevich and his assistant,
Rabbi Juri Korjenevich, both
graduated from a yeshiva in
Budapest (because the USSR
has none) proves there still is
anti-Semitism in the in the
USSR .. There are institu-
tions in Russia that train
Roman Catholic priests,
Lutheran ministers and
Muslim mullahs but not rab-
bis," Goodman stated.
Zivs, reputedly a long-time
government spokesman,
discussed emigration. "On
January 1 there were 10,500
rejected applications," he said.
"More than 5,000 persons
have since left in seven mon-
ths, compared to 500 in 1986.
Some 200 persons who got
visas changed their minds and
"There is also an office of in-
quiry for those whose applica-
Continued on Page 13-

Page 6 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, September 25, 1987
The Outside
World In
Jeanne Glaeser (standing). Chairman of the Chaplain Aides of
the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, welcomes the
Chaplain Aides to the first meeting; of the season. She in-
most speaker Saeaa Fleischer, Geriatric Coor-
fac the Jewiah Family and Children's Service, who
> to the groap abeat "Helping People to the Institutional
The Chaplain Aides also discussed ar-
rangements for the High Holy Day services
that they conduct for Jewish residents of
nursing homes throughout the county.
Israeli In Iran/Contra Scandal Fired
Amiram Nir, the Israeli who
allegedly set up the sale of
U.S. arms to Iran and arrang-
ed diversion of the proceeds to
the Nicaraguan rebels known
as Contras, was fired Friday,
Sept. 11 as Premier Yitzhak
Shamir's advisor on counter-
terrorism, Israel Radio
reported Monday.
According to Israel Radio,
his dismissal and that of
several other officials was part
of an agreement signed when
Shamir took over the office of
Premier under the Labor-
Likud rotation of power agree-
ment last October. The Iran-
Contra arms sales scandal
broke the following month.
U.S. reports said Nir travell-
ed to Teheran to arrange for
the sale of American-
manufactured arms to Iran.
Lt. Col. Oliver North, the
former aide to then National
Security Adviser Adm. John
Poindexter, testified before
the Senate-House joint com-
mittee last spring that Nir in-
itiated the transfer of funds
from the arms sale to the
Yaacov Nimrodi, an Israeli
middleman fired by Nir before
the transaction was com-
pleted, told the newspaper
Hadashot that Nir was respon-
sible for the "botch-ups" that
thwarted the purported pur-
pose of the arms deal
release of hostages held by
pro-Iranian groups in
Continued from Page 3
Judicial Circuit Court
Florida. He is a former Assis-
tant District Attorney and
Assistant Dean at Nova Law
For more information and/or
to register for the Washington
Conference, contact Mark
Mendel, Leadership Develop-
ment Director, at the Federa-
tion office, 832-2120.
A-AAbot Answerfone offers:
"person to person service"
24 hours a day
A-AAbot Answerfone (305)586-7400
213 N. Dixie Highway Lake Worth, FL 33460
Radio/TV/ Film
MOSAIC -Sunday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. WPTV Chan-
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L'CHAYIM Sunday, Sept. 27, 7:30 a.m. WPBR
1340 AM with host Rabbi Mark S. Golub The Jewish
Listener's Digest, a radio magazine.
TRADITION TIME Monday-Wednesday Sept.
28-30 2 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 27, 11 p.m. WVCG
1080 AM This two hour national Jewish entertainment
show features Jewish music, comedy, and news.
* Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach
Community Calendar
September 25
September 27 ..
Congregation Aitz Chaim, 9:30 a.m. Jewish Community
Center, Super Star Sunday Track and Field Day.
September 28
Women's American ORT-Lake Worth West, 12:30 p.m.
B'nai B'rith Women-Boynton Beach, board, 9:30 a.m.
B'nai B'rith Women-Menorah, board, 10 a.m. Brandeis
University Women's Committee-Boynton Beach, Study
Group, 1 p.m. Federation, Human Resource Develop-
ment Committee, 8 p.m.
September 29 _
Na'amat USA-Sharon, board, 10 a.m. Federation,
Women's Division, Executive Committee, 10 a.m.
September 30
B'nai B'rith Women-Olam, board, 10 a.m. National Coun-
cil of Jewish Women-Palm Beach, 10 a.m. Federation,
Campaign Staff Meeting, 11-12:30 p.m.
October 1
National Council of Jewish Women-Okeechobee, board, 10
a.m. Labor Zionist Alliance, 1:15 p.m. Na'amat USA-
Theodore Herzl, 1 p.m. National Council of Jewish
Women-Flagler Evening, board, 8 p.m. Hadassah-Chai.
board, 10 a.m. Federation, Soviet Jewry Task Force
Meeting, noon.
October 2
Yom Kippur Eve Federation, Mid-East Task Force,
12:30 p.m.
For further information call the Jewish Federation of-
fice, 832-2120.
Now the community has something good to celebrate.
The Fontainebleau Hilton has invested $2 million in
an all-new Kosher Banquet Facility. We now offer:
Completely separate facilities dedicated
strictly to Kosher food.
Capability to serve up to 10,000 Kosher
meals at a sitting.
All food preparation under strict rabbinical
For great weddings or bar mitzvahs, the Fontainebleau is
just the beginning. Contact our catering department at
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Friday, September 25, 1987/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 7
Random Thoughts
I have long wanted to write a
column on growing older.
Please notice Quit I do not say
growing old, but rather grow-
ing older. We may add years to
our ages chronologically, but
this does not necessarily mean
that we have to fall apart.
Now let's examine this
theory closely. Although I am
married over 41 years, it
seems like only yesterday that
we stood under the chupah at
Temple Adath Israel in the
Bronx. So much has happened
to us during the ensuing years.
There has been plenty of
tzurus for sure, but also lots of
naches. Yet in my head I still
feel like the young and eager
person I was then. Of course I
enow in my heart it's not real-
y true, but go tell that to my
Fortunately I like to "think
young." My ideas and anticipa-
tions still fly into the future
and my mind is not always
bound up in the present. I en-
joy projecting and making
plans so that there is always
something good to look for-
ward to. It might be a trip, a
chasenah, or any kind of
celebration. I realize that some
people choose not to look
ahead and prefer to live from
day to day, but not I. My feet
may stand firmly on the
ground, but my head is in the
beautifully never-never land
waiting for something new
that is coming up. I suppose I
am really a luft-mensch at
But let's not kid ourselves.
The advancing years bring
plenty of aches and lots of
pains. We all kvetch and com-
plain, but I think that goes
along with the territory. One
of the nicer privileges of grow-
ing older is being able to talk
about it when our machinery
kind of breaks down. Being
Jewish gives one the right to
bortcheh a lot about anything
and everything ... and don't
you just love that? I know I do.
My husband often inquires if
this is what is meant by "The
Golden Years." Yes, kiddos,
the calendar says that they
are, and so does the hiatal her-
nia, the high blood pressure,
and the arthritis. I think we
might not appreciate our other
abundant pleasures if a little
krenking wasn't thrown in for
good measure.
At this point, I can go no fur-
ther without reminding you of
the myriad benefits that go
with being a Jewish Senior
Citizen. We have all raised our
kinder and levelled from their
accomplishments. They were
good kids and we were
wonderful parents, so they
grew up in a realistic world of
our making. We did our job
and now is the time to add up
the dividends, shep naches
beyond belief, and bask in the
reflected glory of our
aynecklach. What is there to
compare with the pride and
sheer plesure of holding your
first grandchild? The excite-
ment does not diminish with
each succeeding grandbaby
but rather intensifies. This is
our supreme reward for hav-
ing reached seniority and it is
the beautiful continuance of
family and tradition.
The Golden Years also bring
a sense of personal accomplish-
ment. We have lived a long
time and done pretty well at it.
Now is the moment to settle
down, relax, and be a little
selfish. Do all the things you
would like, live the way you
want, and concentrate on mak-
ing yourself happy. You have
earned it and you deserve it!
One of the most satisfying
percs of being a senior person
is the marvelous right to speak
your own mind. You can say
what you like and tell the truth
loudly and clearly. Of course,
discretion is advised because
truth might be painful to so-
meone. But short of being
downright offensive, we can
stop hedging issues and pussy-
footing around. Tell it like it is,
zug daym emiss, and hold your
head high.
I know about all the pro-
blems that come with aging
since I am also in the club.
There may be poor health, the
necessity to pinch pennies now
and then, and difficult family
situations. Considering the
possible alternatives, aren't
we lucky to wake up every
morning? And when I look at
the magnificent Florida
sunsets and admire the in-
credible seascape, I count my
blessings. I feel lucky to be
alive, thrilled to be living in
this wonderful Jewish comuni-
ty and eager to learn what new
excitement tomorrow will br-
ing. It is also a fact that
volunteering my services to
civic and Jewish organizations
has enriched my life beyond
mere telling. And all this has
happened since we made the
retirement move to Florida!
Life is wonderfully sweet
and incredibly precious, and
who would dare to ask for
anything more!
Dinner Dance
Continued from Page 1
we are in the middle of a
capital campaign to raise the
funds to build a new Jewish
Community Center to be
located on the planned Jewish
Community Campus, we are
inviting donors who make a
minimum $5,000 commitment
to the capital campaign to be
our guests at this event. We
hope for the same enthusiastic
Gilbert Messing, Chairman
of the JCCampus Capital Cam-
paign, has named Judy Devore
and Stacey Levy as Co-
Chairpersons of the evening.
"Judy and Stacey are active
leaders of our community and
have been working unrelen-
tingly on behalf of the JCCam-
pus fundraising drive. They
are also experts in planning
superb parties and with this
combination, our 'Dinner,
Dancing and Spirits' will be an
unqualified success."
The Co-Chairpersons are
busy not only working to make
this dinner dance spectacular,
but are also involved in contac-
ting their friends and
neighbors to personally extend
an invitation to them. "We
want to see an unparallelled
turnout in support of our new
JCC. All of us who are involv-
ed with the Center are very ex-
cited that we are finally going
to have the new facility we
have needed for so long,"
stated Mrs. Devore.
Mrs. Levy continued, "The
enormously expanded pro-
grams will serve every seg-
ment of the community from
toddlers to seniors and we
hope that everyone who is able
will support the JCCampus
Capital Campaign."
The Community Campaign
Chairman for the JCCampus,
Arnold Lampert, has been en-
couraging this community's
young professionals to show
their support for the JCCam-
pus by attending the dinner
dance. "Our goal is to bring at
least 100 new donors into the
campaign who will be con-
tributing a minimum of $5,000.
We are especially reaching out
to those young people whose
families will receive the most
immediate benefits from the
new Center."
Judy Devore is a member of
the Board of Directors of the
Jewish Community Center.
During the years 1977-1983,
Mrs. Devore served as Direc-
tor of the Karen-Orr Pre-
School and was a teacher there
for four of those years. She
now is Chairman of the Karen-
Orr Pre-School Committee, a
position she has held for four
years, and a member of the
Camp Shalom Committee.
Mrs. Devore, who has a BA in
Early Childhood Development
from the University of Florida,
is in the process of starting the
Children's Center of the Palm
Beaches, a hands-on museum.
Stacey Levy is an active
member of the Jewish com-
munity. A Vice Chairman of
the Jewish Community Cam-
pus Campaign, she also sits on
the Executive Committee of
the Jewish Community Center
where she serves as Secretary
and is a member of the Board
of Directors of the Jewish
Community Day School. With
her husband, Mark, she served
as Co-Chairman of the Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach
County's Community Dinner
Dance this past year and of
Super Sunday in 1986. Mrs.
Levy has been a member of
Federtion's Leadership
Development Committee for
several years.
For more information, con-
tact Marjorie Scott, JCCam-
pus Capital Campaign Direc-
tor, at the Federation office,
SHARANSKY ON CAPITOL HILL: Natan Sharansky meets
with Florida Senator Lawton Chiles on September 9, the first
day of his two day visit to Washington, D.C. In his discus-
sions with Chiles and other Senate leaders, Sharansky em-
{thasized that the recent release of big-name refnaeniks is on-
y a diplomatic gesture and efforts must continue for the
release of all Soviet Jews seeking to gain their right to
emigrate. Chiles told Sharansky that he will seek to pressure
the Soviets to make the recent reopening of the emigration
gates a permanent not pre-summit policy. Chiles also
told Sharansky that he will continue his personal appeals for
Sharansky' friends, Aba and Ida Taratuta of Leningrad.
(See Page 10 for update.)
Israel, Hungary
Sign Accord
Continued frost Page 1
Kopanyi, head of the political
Anug told the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency that
Israel accepted the Hungarian
position that this should be a
first step and not normaliza-
tion of full diplomatic rela-
tions. Israel decided to have
something rather than say
"we want everything or
nothing," Anug said.
He added that Israel has to
be practical and develop new
economic, cultural and tourist
relations with Hungary. He
said both sides spoke openly of
the limitations which, for the
time being, do not permit
deeper relations.
Hungary has followed the
footsteps of Poland which
established an interests sec-
tion in Tel Aviv earlier this
year. Israel simultaneously set
up an interests section in War-
saw. Apart from Rumania,
they are the only Communist-
bloc countries to reestablish
any form of diplomatic rela-
tions with Israel since they
severed ties during the 1967
Six-Day War. Rumania alone
never broke with Israel and
the two countries maintain full
diplomatic relations on the am-
bassadorial level.
Last spring a Soviet con-
sular delegation visited Israel
for the first time to review the
status of Soviet nationals
there and inspect Soviet pro-
; perty. They rented an office in
Ramat Gan which some
observers believed would
become the nucleus of a per-
manent consular establish-
This has not yet transpired
and the Soviets have refused
to allow Israel to send a similar
delegation to the USSR.
The ceremonies in Bern
were also attended by the
Swedish Ambassador to
Switzerland whose country
represents Hungarian in-
terests in Israel. Reporters
remarked that the Hungarians
emerging from the ceremony
looked grim, "more like retur-
ning from a funeral."
Women's Division
Introducing The 1988
Campaign Leadership
Coatiaacd frem Page 1
tomorrows. The work that we
are doing in Israel enables
everyone to have tomorrows,"
Mrs. Engelstein related.
Here at home, Mrs. Engels-
tein feels strongly about help-
ing to provide for a growing
Jewish community. "It is with
a great deal of pride that 1
have worked to build our
Jewish community. Now as my
daughter, her husband, and
my grandson, as well as many
other families with young

children, are moving back to
this area, I personally see how
all our efforts are beginning to
Mrs. Engelstein indicated
that many new concepts for
the 1988 Women's Division
Campaign will be instituted
this year to increase women's
involvement and commitment.
"As women we must work
together to make our voices
heard and provide for our
fellow Jews in need," she said.
Sheila Engelstein served as
Women's Division President
for 1984-86. Last year she co-
chaired the Lion of Judah
event, the first former Presi-
dent to do so. Currently a
member of the Executive
Committee of the Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach
County, she was an Associate
General Campaign Chairman
of the 1987 Federation-UJA
Campaign. Mrs. Engelstein is
a founding member of Bat
Gurion Chapter of Hadassah.

Page 8 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, September 25, 1987
Women Discover Their 'True' Type At First B&P Event
Over 60 business and professional women learned more about their "true"
Esrsonality type at this season's first dinner program meeting of the
usiness and Professional Women's Group of the Women's Division of the
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. Held last week at the Hyatt Palm
Beaches, guest speaker Jan Horvath (second from left) used the Myers-
PlirsHty Type ladiratsr to discover each wwn'i personality
to exrittog, tfceufht prsvsktog jt flWMlhf her before the
igraai are (toft)Ntoa Breekner Silvenaaa. Prafram Chairper-
drd hmm toll) Peggy Murpmrge and (right) Dr. Debbie Labell, Co-
Three "generations" of BAP leadership attend the program meeting (left
to right) Ellen Rampell, immediate past Women's Division Vice President
for BAP; Barbara Sommers, Women's Division Vice President for BAP; and
Ingrid Roaenthal, BAP Chair Designate.
Lynn Applefield explains the concept she and members of her same per-
sonality type devised to describe the mission of the B A P group.
Mim Levinson, Susie Miller, Heather Mason, and Linda Zwickel discuss the
new building for the Jewish Community Center which will be built on the
Jewish Community Campus on Military Trail and 12th Street. During the
meeting, Mrs. Zwickel gave an update on the JCCampus and explained the
need for a new JCC facility which will provide expanded activities and
Charlotte Morpurgo, Marilyn Berke, Susie Miller, and Penny Masur
Jane Sirak, Rita Pearlman, Barbara Wunsh, and Sheila Lewis
Laura Bales, Audrey Roaenthal, Dr. Gerri Lee Frye, and Mimi Stein
Blanche Rotman, Marcia Bernhardt, and Marcia Greaack

Friday, September 25, 1987/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 9
A Year Of Debate
Encounter Of The Dialogue Kind
MIAMI (JTA) Though
the skies outside were stormy,
the air inside an auditorium at
the Miami Center for the Fine
Arts had cleared after Pope
John Paul IPs meeting with
the 196 Jewish leaders here
Friday morning Sept. 11.
Anger over the Pope's au-
dience with Kurt Waldheim
faded into warm words of
praise for the Pope's address
as Jewish leaders assessed the
meaning of his words.
Both Catholic and Jewish
representatives welcomed the
unprecedented meeting with a
Jewish delegation on
American soil, calling it a
highly significant statement of
Vatican ideology on key issues
of Jewish concern.
The spokesman for the
Jewish delegation which met
Pope John Paul II here Friday
morning challenged the
Catholic Church to put a halt
to revisionism of the Holocaust
and called on the Pontiff to
recognize the historical role
Christian teachings have
played in perpetuating the
anti-Semitism in Europe which
culminated in the Holocaust.
"While your sensitive con-
cerns and noteworthy pro-
nouncements about the Shoah
have been heartening, we have
obvserved recent tendencies to
obscure the fact that Jews
were the major target of Nazi
genocidal policies," said Rabbi
Mordecai Waxman, chairman
of the International Jewish
Committee on Interfaith Con-
sultations (IJCIC), and the
speaker chosen to represent
the 196-person Jewish delega-
tion which met with the Pope
at the Miami Center for the
Fine Arts.
The Pope spoke of the uni-
que Jewish experience in the
Holocaust and proclaimed the
legitimate rights of both Jews
and Palestinians to a
homeland. He reaffirmed the
Church's condemnation of
In a somewhat controversial
statement, the Pope said, "I
am convinced that history will
reveal ever more clearly and
convincingly how deeply Pius
XII (who served as Pope dur-
ing the Holocaust) felt the
tragedy of the Jewish people,
and how hard and effectively
he worked to assist them dur-
ing the Second World War."
Jewish groups have criticized
Pius XII for his silence on Nazi
persecutions of the Jewish
people during the Holocaust.
Waxman told the Pope, "We
hope that your strong condem-
nations of anti-Semitism will
continue to be implemented in
the schools, the parishes,
teaching materials and the
liturgy, and reflected in the at-
tiudes and behavior of
Catholics throughout the
Waxman added, "Greater
attention needs to be paid to
the Christian roots of anti-
Semitism. The 'teaching of
contempt' for the JewB and
Judaism must be ended once
and for all ... the Shoah was
the culmination of centuries of
anti-Semitism in European
culture for which Christian
teachings bear a heavy
Waxman said that Jews re-
main concerned with persis-
tent anti-Semitism and the
"Church's repudiation of anti-
Semitism is of critical impor-
tance in the struggle to
eradicate this virulent plague
from the entire human family.'
Waxman participated in the
delegation of nine which met
with the Pope September 1 at
his summer residence in Castel
Gandolfo outside Rome. In his
speech Friday, Waxman said
the differences expressed at
that meeting remain to be
resolved. He addressed two of
the major points of of disse-
nion between Jews and the
Vatican, the Pope's June au-
dience with Austrian Presi-
dent Kurt Waldheim, and
absence of formal Vatican
recognition of the State of
Calling the meeting at
Castel Gandolfo "highly
significant," Waxman said,
"You and high Church leaders
listened to the deeply felt con-
cerns of the Jewish community
that were raised following last
June's state visit to the
Vatican by Austrian President
Kurt Waldheim, who has
never expressed regrets for
his Nazi past."
Waxman urged the Vatican
to establish full and diplomatic
Pope John Paul II
relations with Israel quickly.
"We must express our concern
at the absence of full
diplomatic relations between
the Holy See and the State of
Israel," he said.
Waxman also cited the
positive progress in Catholic-
Jewish relations in the past
two decades, saying, "A
meeting such as this is part of
the healing process that is now
visibly under way between our
two communities." He added,
''One of the major
achievements of our joint en-
counters is the shared recogni-
tion that each community must
be understood in its own
terms, as it understands itself.
The Pope provided a
response to critics who charg-
ed that the Church has made
statements universalizing the
Holocaust. "Considering
history in the light of the prin-
ciples of faith in God, we must
also reflect on the catastrophic
event of the Shoah, that
ruthless and inhuman attempt
to exterminate the Jewish peo-
ple in Europe, an attempt that
resulted in millions of victims
including women and
children, the elderly and the
sick exterminated only
because they were Jews," he
Following the exchange,
several Jewish representatives
from the delegation said this
statement was the first affir-
mation by the Pope that the
Shoah was specifically a
Jewish plight.
The Jewish delegation
greeted the Pope with
lukewarm applause as he
entered the small but packed
auditorium. During Waxman's
address, the Pope, dressed all
in white, appeared pensive and
serious. The Pope and Wax-
man shared the stage, sitting
side by side behind the lectern
from which they addressed the
Security was tight
throughout the Pope's stay in
Miami, and a smattering of
U.S. Secret Service dotted the
auditorium during the
The delegation interrupted
the Pope's speech with ap-
plause only once after he
avocated continuing education
on the Holocaust. "Similarly,
it is to be hoped that common
educational programs on our
historical and religious rela-
tions, which are well developed
in your country, will truly pro-
mote mutual respect and teach
future generations about the
Holocaust so that never again
will such a horror be possible,"
he said. The Pope then invoked
the traditional Jewish cry of
"Never Again," which was
met with resounding applause.
The Pope then addressed
another issue high on the
Jewish agenda, the State of
"After the tragic extermina-
tion of the Shoah, the Jewish
people began a new period in
their history. They have a
right to a homeland, as does
any civil nation, according to
international law," the Pope
said. But he immediately
followed by saying the Palesti-
nians also have the same right
to a homeland.
Notably absent from the
Pope's speech was any
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Page 10 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, September 25, 1987
Jewish Family and Childrens Service
Meeting The Community's Seeks Medical
Programming Needs
Equipment For Elderly
September is here, and with
that brings the start of a new
season for local organizations.
After a relaxing summer,
organization boards are now
planning their year's
Let Jewish Family and
Children's Service make this
an easier task.
After a successful year of
programming, Jewish Family
and Children s Service it? ready
to launch its second year of the
Program Bureau. Last year it
served over 3,000 individuals
with presentations to over 100
The Program Bureau sends
professional social workers to
organizations to speak on such
topics as "Over Sixty and Still
Sexy" or "Chicken Soup -
The Myth of the Jewish
Mother" or, on a more serious
note, "Long Distance Grand-
parenting," "Marital Com-
munication" or, "Feel Like A
Million: Self-Esteem."
In addition to dynamic, in-
formative presentations, the
JFCS is available to provide
Plays For Living, such as
"Roommates" or "O'Come All
Ye Faithful Jewish Identity
During The Christmas
The Program Bureau will
also develop a presentation
tailored specifically for one's
group. There is no charge for
this program.
For further information or
to sign up for a speaker, call
Barbara Friedlander, at
684-1991. Call now before all
spots are reserved!
Help Offered For Widows, Widowers
The Jewish Family and
Children's Service of Palm
Beach County, Inc., 2250 Palm
Beach Lakes Blvd., Suite 104,
West Palm Beach, is sponsor-
ing a workshop for recent
widows and widowers, dealing
with grieving and recovery.
The group will cost $25 for five
sessions, beginning Wednes-
day, Oct. 28, from 1:30 p.m. to
3 p.m. and continuing for five
consecutive Wednesdays.
Transportation is the respon-
sibility of the individual.
Information about the griev-
ing process, social, emotional
and practical changes will be
presented and discussed. Call
684-1991 for information.
Many persons served by the
Jewish Family and Children's
Service Geriatrics Department
have become disabled due to
frailitie8 of old age and require
wheelchairs, walkers, bedside
commodes, bath chairs, canes
and other medical equipment.
The Geriatrics Department is
seeking donations of these
devices in order to begin a pro-
gram of loaning them out to
seniors in need.
Often, the cost of these
items is not covered by
Medicare and older persons
only need the equipment for a
short time. As a result, the
elderly frequently are unable
or reluctant to purchase such
For instance, one client who
can walk, but whose frail legs
render her unable to climb
steps, can't utilize a public
transit bus or even a senior
citizen van when she needs a
ride to the doctor. Although
she could use a wheelchair lift
equipped vehicle, she does not
have a wheelchair. If Jewish
Family and Children's Service
had a wheelchair available to
loan her when she needed
transportation for her medical
appointments, it would solve
her dilemma.
The Geriatrics Department
would utilize all donated equip-
ment to loan out to elderly per-
sons in need. For instance,
persons recovering from a fall
could use a bath chair to make
it less likely that they would
slip in the shower. They also
might temporarily require the
use of a walker.
Anyone wishing to donate
equipment should contact
Jewish Family and Children's
Service at 684-1991.
U.S. Catholic-Jewish Relations Influence Vatican
longstanding positive relations
existing between American
Catholic and Jewish com-
munities were instrumental in
healing the wounds opened up
in Vatican-Jewish relations by
the Pope's audience with
Austrian President Kurt
Waldheim, said Michael A.
Pelavin, Chair of the National
Jewish Community Relations
Advisory Council (NJCRC).
Pelavin was addressing the
quarterly meeting of the Coun-
cil of Jewish Federations at
the Vista International Hotel
in New York.
"As regrettable and incom-
prehensible was the Pope's
meeting with Waldheim, it can
lead to deeper ties and
understanding between the
Catholic and Jewish com-
munities. It may have changed
the ground rules of the discus-
sion on the local national, and
international levels," said
Pelavin, who represented
CRCs and Federations at the
meeting between the Pope and
American Jewish leaders in
"There is a clear distinction
between American Catholic-
Jewish relations, which are
cordial and which no one
wants to suffer, and Vatican-
Jewish relations, which are
often more problematic,"
Pelavin said, adding that the
positive relations in the U.S.
can be utilized to influence
changes within the Vatican
Pelavin asserted that the
outcome of the meeting earlier
this month between American
Jewish leaders and the Pope in
Rome was "a function of the
regard that the Pope has for
the American Jewish Com-
munity, the Vatican's sensitive
relations with American
Catholic hierarchy, and the
cordial relationship that the
American Jewish community
enjoys with the American
Catholic church at all levels."
"The positive role played by
American bishops in the
Waldheim affair cannot be
overstated," Pelavin said.
"They understood the pain and
responded by pressing the
Pope to agree to the Jewish
community s request for a
meeting in Rome prior to his
visit to Miami."
"Relations between
Catholics and Jews in the
United States are not being
compromised by Vatican-
Jewish dilemmas," Pelavin
said. "Of 25 CRCs surveyed
almost everone has an ongoing
Catholic-Jewish dialogue and
half of the communities have
active programing together
with the Catholic community "
he said.
Pelavin urged the represen-
tatives of local Jewish com-
munities to build upon the ex-
isting relationships in the com-
munities and focus the
dialogue now on the Vatican's
commitment to develop a
paper on the Shoah, anti-
Semitism and the Catholic
Church, and on the Pope's
statement that the Vatican's
refusal to recognize Israel is
not based on theological
grounds, but on political
issues. Fruitful exchange on
these issues between Catholics
and Jews in the U.S. may lead
American Catholic hierarchy
to influence the Vatican's posi-
tions, he said.
Ten More Refuseniks Given OK To Leave
Five more long-term Jewish
refuseniks and their families
have received permisison to
emigrate from the Soviet
Union and will soon go to
Israel, the Long Island Com-
mittee for Soviet Jewry (LIC-
SJ) reported Friday.
The five Lev Elbert of
Kiev; Lev Furman, Yosef
Radomyslsky and Abba
Taratuta, all of Leningrad; and
Anna Lichterova of Moscow
were all first refused permis-
sion to emigrate more than 10
years ago.
Their permission follows the
announcement last week that
four other long-term
refuseniks including Iosif
Begun and Viktor Brailovaky
also would be allowed to
emigrate. In addition, it was
reported last week that
Austrialian Soviet Jewry ac-
tivist Isi Leibler had accepted
an official invitation to spend
Rosh Hashanah in Moscow as a
guest of the Jewish community
center there.
He is believed to be the first
non-rabbi involved in interna-
tional Jewish affairs to receive
a formal invitation from the
USSR in the Gorbachev era.
More than 300 Jews who
became refuseniks at least 10
years ago remain in the USSR,
according to Lynn Singer,
LICSJ executive director. She
considered the latest releases
as a bid "to get rid of the stars,
to take the pressure off'
before Soviet Foreign Minister
Eduard Shevardnadze's up-
coming talks with U.S.
Sen. Lawton Chiles (D.,
Fla.), who worked for the
release of the Taratutas, felt
the same way. He told the JTA
Friday that "part of this is
presummit, and there's still
another half million people
there who want to get out.
Chiles spoke with the
Taratutas by phone last May 3
from a Florida synagogue and
said he then induced the en-
tire Florida Congressional
delegation to write to Soviet
leaders on behalf of the
Taratutas and initiated phone
calls to Soviet officials. He said
he didn't know if his efforts
helped the Taratutas, and
noted he would try to help
other families seeking to
He said the U.S. must con-
tinue to place human righs
issues at the top of the agenda
with the Soviets.
Five more long-time
refuseniks have been given
permission to leave the Soviet
Union, the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency was informed by Lynn
Singer, executive director of
the Long Island Committee for
Soviet Jewry (LICSJ).
Singer said the information
was given her by Vladimir
Slepak and Mark Terlitsky in a
telephone call from Moscow,
both prominent refuseniks still
denied exit visas.
According to Singer, the five
who will be allowed to
emigrate with their families
have been granted permission
by the Soviet authorities, but
actually obtaining their visas is
a process that can take from
three weeks to two months.
They are:
Vladimir Prestin, 63, of
Moscow, an electrical
engineer; his wife Elena, 54;
and their son Mikhail, 33.
Prestin fist applied for an exit
visa in 1970 and was subjected
to harassment and frequent
Boris Kun, 30, of Moscow,
an aircraft engineer; his wife
Gedi, 30, an economist; their
daughter, Pavla, 16. Kun first
applied for a visa in 1974 and
was refused on grounds he was
privy to state secrets. He
resigned from his position and
has worked at menial jobs
since then.
Evgenya Palanker, 48, a
computer engineer from
Yerevan, Armenian SSR; her
husband, Vili, 52; their sons
Dmitri, 27 and Evgeny, 21;
and mother-in-law, Elizabeta
Demanovskaya. Palanker first
applied for a visa in 1980. Her
husband received permission
to leave the USSR but would
not without his family.
Emma Landsman, 46, of
Moscow, a computer program-
mer; her husband, Boris, 49,
an engineer; and their
daughter A viva, 4. They had
applied for visas in 1976.
Valery Lerner, 44, of
Moscow, a mathematician and
economist; his wife, Janna, 38;
and son,, Igor, 15. Lerner first
applied for a visa in 1977.

Friday, September 25, 1987/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 11
The Gap Gets Bigger
Pity the Reagan Administration spokesmen
who must convince a skeptical Congress of
Saudi Arabian assistance for the burgeoning
U.S. naval effort to protect Persian Gulf shipp-
ing. To help pave the way on Capitol Hill for
Gissible new Saudi arms sales requests, they
nt that the Kingdom recently has tossed a few
crumbs of cooperation our way.
For example, on NBC TV's "Meet the Press"
recently, Assistant Secretary of State Richard
Murphy said that Washington was "very
satisfied with the support that is coming from
the Gulf states." However, he added that he
hoped no one in Washington or the Gulf would
discuss specifics.
Why not? Because it terrifies Saudi Arabi and
Kuwait to name the two Gulf countries whose
economies and feudal political systems the U.S.
flag and Navy are doing the most to protect to
be seen as working with the United States.
These oil sheikdoms have provided Arab Iraq
with a reported $37 billion to finance its war
against Persian Iran. Tehran's response has in-
cluded mines in Kuwaiti waters and riots by
"pilgrims" in Mecca.
Yet in its hour of need, Saudi Arabia denied
that it had agreed to let carrier-based U.S.
planes refuel on Saudi soil. The Washington Post
had reported that "sources said the Saudis,
previously unwilling to extend landing rights to
U.S. combat planes, will allow carrier-based jet
fighters and anti-submarine planes to land for
refueling and other logistical aid under what the
sources called 'emergency' or 'in case of need'
Assume that the Post story was correct... If
true, it merely highlights the growing gap bet-
ween what the United States needs and what
our supposed allies are willing to provide. As
some observers have noted, one reason the
United States has been forced to increase the
number of ships in and around the Persian Gulf
from the usual five to seven to 30 (and tem-
porarily 40) in little more than a month is the
lack of on-shore facilities. The size of this fleet
which costs American taxpayers an additional
$1 million-plus per day could be greatly reduc-
ed if adequate support, including cover from
land-based combat aircraft, were available. So
could the potential danger to the 25,000 U.S.
sailors and airmen now protecting Arab oil
destined for Europe and Japan.
Sens. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) and Alan
Cranston (D-Calif.) wrote in the New York
Times (Aug. 23): "If the Saudis are changing
their tune, now is the time for public clarifica-
tions in writing from President Reagan and
from the Saudi rulers about the new Saudi com-
mitments in support of United States interests
in the Gulf region and in the Middle East (Arab-
Israeli) peace process. Year after year, the Con-
gress is asked to upgrade, enhance and improve
Saudi military capabilities without insisting on
getting anything in return."
Exactly. Assistant Secretary Murphy's posi-
tion notwithstanding, let's have the specifics,
plenty of them, and in public.
And, when the Administration next stresses
Saudi defense needs and Saudi moderation, Con-
gress should keep in mind last week's
statements by Interior Minister Prince Nayef, to
wit: "Saudi Arabia has enough defense
capabilities to repulse any Iranian aggression"
and "... the Iranians would have done better
for Islam if they had turned their anger (in Mec-
ca) to liberating Jerusalem from the Israeli
(Near East Report)
When Shimon Einy of
Jerusalem's Nachla'ot
neighborhood received special
recognition from Israel Presi-
dent Chaim Herzog last
September, there was a
number of things for which the
honor was not.
It was not for having laid
secret telephone cables for the
Haganah (Israel's pre-State
defense organization) in the
1930s and 40s. Nor was it for
illegally tapping British in-
telligence's phone lines in
Mandate Palestine. It was not
even for half a century of ser-
vice with Israel's Post Office,
laying cables, building ex-
changes, and ultimately bring-
ing the country's phone net-
work into the digital age.
President Herzog chose to
honor Einy for something
quite different: the award was
for his role in organizing a
group of Nachla'ot teenagers
to help the neighborhood's
needy at home, to tend the
local parks and to clean up the
public areas.
"I've lived in Nachla'ot since
the neighborhood was built in
1926," says Einy. "I was only
sue when we moved in. There
was no running water in the
neighborhood then, nor elec-
tricity or gas for many years.
Our water came from a cistern
which we shared with the
house next door, and our
night-lighting was from oil
lamps. My mother cooked over
a woodfire, until we got a
kerosene stove and even-
tually a gas cooker."
Nachla'ot today is a rising,
modern neighborhood in the
heart of downtown Jerusalem.
Among its concerns are traffic
and overcrowding. In the early
years, recalls Einy, "it was
outside the city, and you had to
cross a vineyard to reach it."
When Einy retired from the
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Page 12 The Jewish Ftorkhan of Palm Bench County/Friday, September 2ft, 1987
Senior News
The Comprehensive Senior
Service Center, through a
Federal Grant Title III of the
Older Americans Act, provides
a variety of services to persons
60 years or older, along with
interesting and entertaining,
educational and recreational
programs. All senior activities
are conducted in compliance
with Title VI of the Civil
Rights Act.
Monday through Friday,
older adults gather at the JCC
to enjoy kosher lunches and a
variety of activities. In-
teresting lectures, films,
celebrations, games, card play-
ing and nutritional education
are some of the programs of-
fered at the Center.
Watermelon feasts, special
dessert treats, contests are
also planned. Summer is a
great time at the JCC.
Transportation is available.
Reservations are required.
Call Lillian at 689-7700. No fee
is required but contributions
are requested.
Monday, Sept 28 Games
with Fred Bauman
Tuesday, Sept. 29 Helen
Gold, nutritionist
Wednesday, Sept. 30 JCC
movie of the week
Thursday, Oct. 1 Jeff
Roth, Channel 12
Friday, Oct. 2 David
Sandier, special Yiddish
Homebound persons 60
years or older who require a
kosher meal delivered to their
home are eligible. Each meal
consists of one-third of the re-
quired daily nutrition for
adults. Call Carol for informa-
tion at 689-7700.
Transportation is available
in our designated area for per-
sons 60 years of age or over
who do not use public
transportation, who must go
to treatment centers, doctor's
offices, hospitals and nursing
homes to visit spouses, social
service agencies and nutrition
centers. There is no fee for this
serivce but participants are en-
couraged to make a contribu-
tion each time. Reservations
must be made at least 48 hours
in advance. For more informa-
tion and/or reservations,
please call 689-7700 and ask
for Helen or Libby in the
Transportatioon Department,
between 9 a.m. and 4:80 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
The Jewish Community
Center is proud to offer classes
Provided by Palm Beach
unior College and Palm
Beach County School Board,
Adult Education. This year,
both agencies are requiring
fees for these classes along
with preregistration
The schedule is as follows:
Alzheimers" Time:
Wednesday, Oct. 14 through
Nov. 4 at 9:30 a.m. Fee: $10
for four sessions. Instructor:
Ruth Janko.
What is Alzheimers? How it
affects the individual, the
family, the children? What can
be, what is being done about
it? Paid preregistration by
Oct. 9. Minimum, 21 persons
"Increasing Your Memory
Power" Time: Wednesday,
Oct. 14 through Nov. 4 at 1:30
p.m. Fee: $10 for four ses-
sions. Instructor: Ruth Janko.
This course is designed to
alleviate anxieties regarding
memory loss. Learn what
memooory is, how it functions
and how to improve it. Paid
Registration by Oct. 9.
Miaitai 21 persona.
"The Gaags Weigh" -
Learn to control your weight
sensibly. Time: Tuesday, Oct.
18 through Nov. 24 at 1:30
f.m. Fee: $4 for eight sessions.
nstructor: Arthur Gang.
Preregistration is re-
quested. Feea are to be paid
at first session by check or
money order.
"Changing Aging At-
titudea" Time: Tuesday,
Oct. 13 through Nov. 24 at
1:30 p.m. Fee: $4 for eight ses-
sions. Instructor: Joyce
A potpourri of latest aging
information regarding skills,
ideas and knowledge about
your health, vitality, senses
and spirit.
"Exercise and Life Styles"
- Time: Wednesday, Oct. 14
through Nov. 25 at 10 a.m.
Fee: $4 for eight sessions. In-
structor: Shirley Sheriff.
Mild exercise and stretching,
breathing, relaxation techni-
ques and health issues.
"Writers Workshop" -
Time: Friday, Oct. 23 through
Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m. Fee: $4 for
eight sessions. Instructor:
Ruth Graham.
The "Write Stuff' how to
write creative non fiction, the
new American fiction. Learn
the art of wedding fact to fic-
tion and inventing the truth.
"Timely Topics" Meets
Mondays at 2:15 p.m.
Moderators: Sept. 28, Harry
Join a stimulating group in
an exciting discussion of cur-
rent events. Those interested
in lunch, which will be served
at 1:15 p.m., please call for
reservation at 689-7703
(Senior Dept.)
"Speakers Club" Meets
Thursdays at 10 a.m.
"Fan with Yiddish" -
Thursday, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 at
10 a.m. Lecturer: David
Sandier, educator and linguist,
will provide a morning of
humor and fun, filled with in-
teresting Yiddish content.
"Bridge Instruction" -
(beginners and intermediate
instruction). Wednesday, Oct.
7 at 1:30 p.m. Five sessions.
$12 for Center members, $15
for non-Center members.
"Health and Reflexology"
- Tuesday,Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Eight sessions. Ida Alter,
author of "How To Retain And
Regain Your Health And Your
"Thursday Filmiest" -
(First Thursday of each
month) starting Oct. 1 at 1:30
"Prime Time Singles" -
Sally Gurwitch. President.
Time: Thursday, Oct. 22 at
1:30 p.m. Singles over 60 meet
to socialize. A special program
is planned. Refreshments are
"Thurday Monthly Book
Reviews" Beginning
Thursday, Oct. 29. Book
reviewed "Maria Callas" a
Greek tragedy. Lecturer
Estelle Plaskow.
Do yon play canasta? Join
the many who are enjoying an
afternoon of fun and friend-
ship every Wednesday. Lunch
is served, followed by
Canastarama. Sophia and
Maurice Langbort are leading
this activity. There are prizes,
refreshments and fun. Reser-
vations are required and per-
sons attending should arrive
by 11:30 a.m. Make your
tables and come to the JCC
Canastarama. NO FEE for
lunch. Contributions are re-
quested. Please call Ruth for
your reservations, at
Beginners Canaata
JCC News
Singles from the 20's through the 50's are invited to
Break the Fast together on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Center.
Join us at any time between 6-9 pm. for all the bagels lox
and cream cheese you can eat along with all the extras that
make the meal complete (and a few surprise treats as well).
Advance registrations must be made by Sept. 28 by check.
Advance registration fees are: JCC members $4, non-
members $6. Add $3 to fee if payment is at the door and not
in advance.
YOUNG SINGLES (20's and 30's)
On Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. meet at a member's
home to plan exciting future activities for the group. For
location and directions call Ann at the Center between 1-3

Meet Monday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the JCC to plan g
upcoming events. Afterwards we'll all go out for a bite to g
eat together.
The JCC m a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation |
of Palm Beach County. For more information call 689-7700. g
Learn how too play Canasta
with Maurice Langbort who
will teach persons how to play
on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Cost:
$1 members, $1.50 non-
members. Please call Senior
Dept. at 689-7703 for
JCC Lido Spa Trip Sun-
day, Nov. 15, four days, three
"JCC Card Party" -
Wednesday, Oct. 14, at
Jason's (Okeechobee Blvd.,
next to Toys Are Us) at noon.
$7 per person (door prizes).
Reservations required.
Transporation available.
"Second Tuesday Council"
Meets second Tuesday of
each month at 2 p.m. Sabina
Gottschalk is chairperson.
Health Insurance Assistance
Third Thursday of each
Legal Aid The second
Thursday of the month to
discuss our legal needs (wills
will not be covered). By ap-
pointment only.
Home Financial Manage-
ment First and third
Wednesday of every month at
1:30 p.m. By appointment, call
Year of Debate
Continued from Page 9
reference to the Waldheim au-
dience which had so offended
the Jewish community.
However, press reports Friday
recounted the Pope's first
public remarks on the
Waldheim audience, made to
reporters on the flight to the
United States.
The reports said the Pope
had responded "No' to the
question of whether the
Waldheim audience may have
been a mistake. The reports
then quoted the Pope as say-
ing. "It was necessary. It's
necessary to show the same
appreciation, the same esteem,
for every people. He came as a
president, democratically
elected, of a people, of a
Thursday night at a dinner
given by the local Jewish com-
munity to their national col-
leagues attending the meeting
with the Pope, a highranking
Vatican official who spoke
alluded to the Waldheim au-
dience as a "faux pas."
Johannes Cardinal
Willebrand8, President of the
Holy See's Commission for
Religious Relations with the
Jews, said to the some 300
Jews and Catholics at the din-
ner, "let me hope that with
help from above we will
achieve what the Church has
asked us to do and that we can
do this the right way so there
becomes a new perspective for
the Jewish people ... We
should forgive each other
when there are missed occa-
sions or even faux pas on the
Both Jews and Catholics
who attempted to assess the
meaning of Friday's meeting
and the events surrounding it
stressed that the process must
be viewed in its proper
historical perspective. For ex-
ample, Henry Siegman, ex-
ecutive director of the
American Jewish Congress,
noted that although the Pope's
statement on Israel fell snort
of the full diplomatic recongni-
tion desired by the Jewish
community, ten years ago
when the Pope granted an au-
dience to a Jewish delegation,
the Vatican struck all
references to Israel from then-
Two events in recent
Vatican history catalyzed the
unprecedented exchanges bet-
ween the Pope and the Jewish
community both Friday in
Miami and two weeks earlier
in Rome. One of those events
was hailed by world Jewry, the
other, abhorred.
Twenty-two years ago, the
Vatican reversed its attitude
of contempt for Jews, pro-
pagated for nearly 20 cen-
turies, in a declaration known
as Nostra Aetate (Latin for
"In our times," the opening
words of the document). In
Nostra Aetate, the Catholic
Church described Christianity
as a branch of the tree rooted
in Judaism. Jews welcomed
the new era in interfaith rela-
tions. Three months ago, Pope
John Paul II granted an au-
dience to President Kurt
Waldheim and praised him as a
man of peace. The Pope's
silence on the Holocaust dur-
ing this meeting in face of
documented evidence of
Waldheim'8 membership in a
Nazi army unit met with
abhorrence among Jews. The
two events stand at the two
extremes of the continuum
that is modern Catholic-Jewish
relations. Many agree that the
events illustrate the complex
and often confusing signals the
Vatican sends out to Jews and
obscures the significance of
the two recent exchanges bet-
ween the Pope and Jews and
the larger significance of the
Catholic-Jewish dialogue.
In his speech to the Pope,
Waxman cited the progress
made since Nostra Aetate was
declared 22 years ago. "It is
clear that the teachings pro-
claimed in Nostra Aetate are
becoming major concerns of
the Catholic Church, and
under your leadership are be-
ing implemented in the
teachings of the Church and in
the life of Catholics
everywhere ... The last
quarter century has irrever-
sibly changed the way we
perceive and act towards each
But the process of reconcilia-
tion is far from complete,
Waxman said. "We still have
some way to go because
Catholic-Jewish relations are
often filled with ambivalence,
ambiguities and a painful
history which must be
The Pope in his address to
the Jewish leaders also noted
the progress since Vatican
Council II. "It is also desirable
that in every diocese Catholics
sould implement, under the
direction of the Bishops, the
Continued on Page 15

Friday, September 25, 1987/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 13
U.S., Soviet Panelists
Continned fro Page 5
tions have been refused, to
have their cases reviewed. It
asks the committee to explain
(the rejections). Twelve per-
sons have complained to this
office and all got their
Zivs also replied to a ques-
tion regarding the function of
the USSR's Anti-Zionist Com-
mittee. "It supports the ex-
istence of Israel as a state,
with safe boundaries, with
peaceful relations with its
invitation to visit here because
I wouldn't have been free to
express my thoughts. Today,
the situation for writers,
especially Jewish writers, has
changed drastically."
"Before," he added, "anti-
Semitism was never spoken
about, as if nonexistent ..
though it was present. For me
there is no 'Jewish problem'
it's side-by-side with a whole
row of problems: deep, pro-
found reorganization, new at-
titudes toward human rights,
neighbors. That's why we sup- And there are many people, in-
port a multi-national con-
ference on peace in the Middle
East," he said.
"Mr. Gorbachev has an-
nounced that the nonexistence
of diplomatic relations with
Israel is an abnormal situation
and it's only because Mr.
(Premier Yitzhak) Shamir
won't accept a multi-nation
Gelman noted that "three
eluding Jews, who don't want
Goodman and several
speakers from the audience
emphasized American Jews'
commitment to free emigra-
tion for Soviet Jews as well as
calling for "the rebuilding of
Jewish culture and religious
life in the USSR."
"There are 1.8 million Jews
in Russia, but no seminaries.
years ago I'd have rejected an The third-largest Jewish com-
Rosh Hashanah
Continued from Page 2
thousands of Jews in Ethiopia,
many of them parents cruelly
separated from children for-
tunate enough to reach Israel,
who must be saved. None of us
in the free world can feel free
until our brothers and sisters
in the Soviet Union and in
Ethiopia are free. To save
them is our national mission,
our historic privilege, our
sacred duty.
Nor can we afford to neglect
Aliyah from the free countries.
Lack of Aliyah is a failure of
the Zionist dream and threat
to the Jewish character of the
State of Israel. Aliyah from
the West can make an in-
calculable contribution to the
state, and Israel can more than
reciprocate with its unique
cultural environment, its pur-
poseful life, and its sweeping
sense of peoplehood and mis-
sion. I call on the leadership of
the Jewish communities on
its Rabbis and teachers, its
movements and organizations
to give top priority to in-
troducing the young genera-
tion to the Israel experience.
What the vast majority of
Jews know about Israel is still
hearsay. Most have never even
visited us. I can think of no
finer way to celebrate this an-
niversary year than by having
Jews from all over the world
especially those who have
never been here join us in
the festivities.
It is a matter of regret that
we have not yet achieved
peace with all our neighbors.
We should all make a con-
certed effort to convince the
world that as long as countries
at war with us continue to be
armed to the teeth, and as long
as terrorism against us is
openly or tacitly encouraged,
there will be no peace in the
region. It is time our neighbors
realized that we are here to
stay, and that they should
follow Egypt's example by
coming to the negotiating
table for direct talks with us.
Only then can we hope that
after 40 years of wandering in
the desert of war shall we
come to the promised land of
Together, we have been able
Prime Minister Shamir
to overcome the most daunting
obstacles. Together, we have
been able to realize a dream
few deemed possible. Toge-
ther, we can pave the way for
a future that will surpass
even the incredible achieve-
ments of the past.
I wish the whole House of
Israel a Happy New Year
5748. May it be a year of con-
solidation, peace, and further
progress for Am Yisrale and
Eretz Yisrael.
munity in the world has no
religious or cultural institu-
tions," he said.
On the plus side, he noted, "I
think we are at a cross-roads.
Changes are taking place.
Mostly it's seen in the artistic
and cultural and academic
worlds, among the intelligen-
cia ... But so far glasnost
seems more gloss. There are
too many artificial obstacles
for those wishing to leave."
Golempolsky, the most-
polished of the Soviet
speakers, emphasized that
"Russia is undergoing really
serious change and the big
question is the old one: Is
glasnost good or bad for the
"Our history has been runn-
ing from one country to
another, and it is time to admit
there are countries where a
Jew can live and be happy.
Sure, there are some who want
to leave and should be allowed
to leave."
Goodman countered by ask-
ing: "Our figure is that there
are 385,000 Jews who want to
leave Russia. Even if half of
them are now dead, that's
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American Savings. Membership meeting Oct. 19 at Anshei j
Sholom at 1 p.m. boutique 12:30.
The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9:30 ]
a.m. at the American Savings Bank, West Gate of Century;
Village on Okeechobee Blvd.
Guest speakers will be Rabbi Alan R. Sherman and Ms.!
Marjorie Scott of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach
County. Refreshments will be served.
Theodore Herzl Club will meet on Oct. 1, 1 p.m. at the
Lake Worth Shuffleboard Courts, 1121 Lucerne Ave.,
Lake Worth. A musical program will be presented.
Flagler Evening Section will meet on Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
at Reflections Clubhouse, located off Haverhill Road, bet-
ween Okeechobee Blvd. and 45th St. The topic will be
"Censorship who draws the line?"
Okeechobee Chapter will hold their first meeting of the
season on Tuesday, Oct. 6, for a Mini-Luncheon at noon at
the home of Betty Katz in Village Walk. Guest speaker will
be Helen Bilawsky, former President of the North Palm
Beach County Region of ORT.
Poinciana Chapter will have their first meeting of this
200,000. At the current rate of season in the Social Hall of the Challenger Club on Monday,
exits allowed, that will take 20 % Sept 28, at noon. Dessert and coffee will be served.
years. 1 -------
"The only way to test our $ North Palm Beach County Region will have their
figures is allow the exit visas g Region Board Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 9:30
to rise and prove me wrong. In
the meantime, there are 52
synagogues and only four rab-
bis. Who will serve those con-
gregants? Obfuscation and
charm will not answer that."
a.m. at the Beach Federal Bank, Military Trail and Gun
Club Road, West Palm Beach.
Guest speaker will be Dr. Ed Eissey, President of Palm
Beach Junior College.
We hop* the coming months will be
tilled with many shining moments
Including the warmth of now friendship*
and the Joy of old ties with those you
love and surmounting thorn all,
the happiness of dreams come true.
Jordan /Marsh

Page 14 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, September 25, 1987
Rosh Hashanah 5748
We Stand As One
National Chairman
United Jewish Appeal
This is an awesome time of
year a time when our
thoughts turn solemnly inward
to balance our acts of omission
and commission. We reflect,
reevaluate and then look
ahead, that we may renew, in
the coming year, both our
ethical responsibilities to one
another and our commitments
We Jews are a diverse com-
munity. We are not a people
that thinks in unison. We hail
from different nations. Our
languages and lifestyles vary.
Nevertheless, no matter where
on this planet we gather, we
will stand as one in worship
and judgment.
At that happy, yet solemn
time, all of us our records of
the past year notwithstanding
are given the opportunity to
improve ourselves for the bet-
ter, for Rosh Hashanah is a
time for personal and com-
munal renewal. The means are
threefold: repentance, prayer
and tzedakah, righteous deeds.
During the past year, you
and I have been involved in
tzedakah which suggests that
through community involve-
ment our personal renewal
can be extended far beyond
the High Holidays.
The needs of the Jewish peo-
ple worldwide demand our at-
tention in every season. We
are concerned over the fate of
Soviet Jews, and are engaged
in supporting the resettlement
in Israel of those who are able
to emigrate. We are concerned
with the well-being of Jews of
all ages in 34 countries around
the world, from Israel to
Morocco, from Yugoslavia to
Argentina. When will we ever
be able to say that our respon-
sibilities are completely fulfill-
ed? Indeed, when the day
comes that only a single
righteous deed remains to be
performed, we will still remain
challenged a challenge Jews
have always accepted. Of the
613 mitzvot enumerated in
Jewish tradition, only
tzedakah is called The Mitzvah.
And so, this Rosh Hashanah,
as we review the past year and
look forward to the next, and
as we reaffirm our heritage,
let us make this time of awe in-
to a time of unity regarding
the needs of our people. We
stand as one before G-d. Let us
stand as one with one another.
May we all be inscribed for a
good year.
World-Wide Assembly of Jews To
Gather In Israel For 40th Anniversary
The first official event of
those marking Israel's 40th
Anniversary will be the
"Hakhel" pilgrimage and
assembly, which will take place
in Jerusalem on 12 October
1987, at 8 p.m.
The Biblical source of the
"Hakhel" assembly in Jewish
tradition is found in the Book
of Deuteronomy. The
"Hakhel" assembly is the
special encounter between the
highest authorities of the Land
and the People. Men, women
and children are called
together at the peak of the
pilgrimage, on the happiest
holiday, Succoth "The time
of our rejoicing" in order to
hear the king read the Law to
them, the Mishneh Torah. The
encounters occur every seven
years at the culmination of the
year of Shmitta, the Sabbatical
For the first time since the
Jews have returned from the
exile, the "Hakhel" assembly
is being officially re-instated.
The President of the State of
Israel will officially open the
ceremonies with a reading
from the Book of
Deuteronomy in almost the
very same way that it was
done 2,000 years ago. Follow-
ing him, the Chief Rabbis will
read, as well as the leaders of
the Government. The Prime
Minister, the Vice Premier.
and other officials will par-
ticipate in this gala assembly,
which will be a gathering of
Jews from Eastern and
Western cultures from around
the world.
The "Hakhel" gathering is
part of the ideal oi strengthen-
ing the bonds between Israel
and the Diaspora the
culmination of which is the
idea of "pilgrimage." The
mass assembly is indeed a high
point of the program, but
following it will come the in-
tensive effort to increase
motivation for the
"pilgrimage" to Israel, and the
call to participate in the
Jewish-Israeli experience via
study-groups and tours.
The Telephone Man
Coatiaaed frwa Page 11
phone company two years ago,
he decided to try and give back
to the neighborhood which as
been his home for 60 years.
A Minhelet -
Neighborhood Committee
has become active in Nachla'ot
in recent years," he says. "I'd
received their literature. So I
went to them to see what I
could contribute."
With Einy identified as an
engineer, a handyman and a
keen amateur gardener, he
was handed the Neighborhood
Improvement Project. "They
asked me for a morning a
week," he says, "and assigned
me seven high schoolers, a
budget for materials and
told me to go ahead."
The budget was from the
American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee-
Israel, part of its organiza-
tional and financial support to
Jerusalem's Neighborhood
Committee Project. Seven
Committees or Minhalot
have become active in
Jerusalem neighborhoods dur-
ing the past five years. The
Project, launched together
with the municipality, amis at
involving residents in
neighborhood improvement,
and encouraging better use of
neighborhood services.
"I had the youngsters go
from door to door in the
neighborhood, asking who
needed help and what kind of
help they needed," says Einy.
"We found elderly, isolated
people, unable to repair
broken locks or windows.
They also surveyed
Nachla'ot's public areas and
buildings its parks and
kindergartens. Once we
knew what was needed, we
made out a work-schedule and
began," says Einy. "One mor-
ning a week, the youngsters
come to the Minhelet, put on
their work shirts, and off we
go. They're young, strong and
enthusiastic even if they're
a little less disciplined than
children used to be. I usually
divide them into two or three
teams, and go from one to the
other, helping and
Reaching out to the
neighborhood's needy is only
part of what Einy sees to be
his new job. "I try to instill
good and responsible work
habits in the kids," he says.
"Cleaning and drying their
paint brushes, ensuring that
the saws are kept sharp and
tools clean is simply an exten-
sion to good work. Then, on
rainy days, I teach them extra
skills like woodcarving or
explain electricity or telephone
technology to those who are
More important still, con-
tinues Einy, "I talk to them
about why we're volunteering
in the neighborhood. For
them, of course, it starts
primarily as a morning free
from school. So I talk about
how nice it is to live in a place
with beautiful parks and
playgrounds, well-kept homes,
and bright and cheerful
schools and kindergartens ...
I talk about the good feeling
you get from doing something
for others ... and about how a
smile is often far higher pay-
ment than a wage."
After a few weeks on the
job, Einy believes, the
message comes through loud
and clear. His certificate from
the President hangs on the
Minhelet wall because, says
Einy, "it belongs to all of us
here to the kids who did
the work, and all the people of
Nachla'ot who are taking
responsibility for their
Religious Directory
N.E. 26 Avenue, Boynton Beach 33435. Phone 586-9428. Rabbi
Leon B. Fink. Cantor Abraham Koster. Monday 8:30 a.m.; Thurs-
day 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 5:30 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
GOLDEN LAKES TEMPLE: 1470 Golden Lakes Blvd., West
Palm Beach 33411. Phone 689-9430. Rabbi Joseph Speiser. Daily
services 8 a.m. Sabbath services Friday 8:15 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.
For times of evening services please call the Temple office.
Methodist Church, 6513 Dillman Road, West Palm Beach 33413.
Phone 478-4720. Rabbi Richard K. Rocklin. Cantor Abraham
Mehler. Services Friday 8:15 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.
TEMPLE BETH DAVID: 4657 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens
33418. Phone 694-2350. Rabbi WilHam Marder. Cantor Earl J.
Rackoff. Sabbath services, Friday 8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.
TEMPLE BETH EL: 2815 No. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach
33407. Phone 833-0339. Rabbi Alan L. Cohen. Cantor Norman
Brody. Sabbath services 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 N. "A" Street, Lake Worth
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 N.W. Avenue G, Belle Glade
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TEMPLE B'NAI JACOB: 2177 So. Congress Ave., West Palm
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Saturday and holidays 9 a.m., Monday and Thursday 9 a.m. Rabbi
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Sabbath services, Friday 8:15 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m.
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Boulevard, Boynton Beach 33437. Mailing Address: 6085
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Cantor Alex Chapin. Sabbath Services Friday evening 8 p.m.;
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287-8833. Rabbi Benjamin Shull. Services Friday evenings 8 p.m.
and Saturday 10 a.m.
CONGREGATION AITZ CHAIM: 2518 N. Haverhill Rd., 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 6:15 p.m. Rabbi Oscar
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services 8 p.m., Saturday morning 10:30 a.m. Phone 335-7620.
TEMPLE BETH AM: 759 Parkway Street, Jupiter. Phone
747-1109. Services Friday 8 p.m. Student Rabbi Elaine Zechter.
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 Blvd., Vero Beach 32960. Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2113, Vero Beach, FL 32961-2113. Rabbi Richard D.
Messing. Phone 1-569-4700.
TEMPLE BETH TORAH: 900 Big Blue Trace, West Palm
Beach, FL 33414. Friday services 8:15 p.m. Saturday morning 10
a.m. Rabbi Steven R. Westman. Cantor Elliot Rosenbaum. Phone
TEMPLE ISRAEL: 1901 No. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach
33407. Phone 833-8421. Rabbi Howard Shapiro. Cantor Stuart
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Sisterhood will have a
"Once a Month Couples Bowl-
ing League" starting Sept. 26
at 7:30 p.m. for a brief meeting
and bowling at 8 p.m.
Thereafer they will bowl on
the second Saturday of each
month at 8 p.m. The cost is
$15 per couple. Everyone in
the community is invited to
become involved. Call the
Temple office for information.
Temple Judea will observe
XYZ Shabbat during Sabbath
Services on Fridav evenine.
Sept. 25 beginning at 8 p.m.
Rabbi Joel Levine and Cantor
Anne Newman will officiate.
XYZ represents "Xtra
Years of Zest" and is the Tem-
ple's social club for senior
citizens. Outgoing and Foun-
ding President Jean Fritz will
be honored. Fred Wall man, in-
coming president will be
Following services, the con-
gregation is invited to an oneg
shabbat. Childcare is available
during services.
Year of Debate
Continued from Page 12
statement of the Second
Vatican Council and the subse-
quent instructions issued by
the Holy See regarding the
correct way to prach and teach
about Jews and Judaism. I
know that a great many ef-
forts in this direction have
already been made by
Catholics, and I wish to ex-
press my gratitude to all those
who have worked so diligently
for this aim."
Both Jewish and Catholic
figures who participated in the
Miami meeting stress the
significance of Vatican II and
Nostra Aetate as the backdrop
on which all current Catholic-
Jewish dialogues are based, a
backdrop of mutual recogni-
tion and legitimacy.
The declaration legitimized
an interfaith dialogue and
touched off a major revision of
Catholic textbooks, liturgy and
sermons which resulted in the
deletion of many of the most
contemptuous portrayals of
Jews as bearing collective rep-
sonsibility for the crucifixion
of Jesus.
Rabbi Solomon Schiff, direc-
tor of chaplaincy for the
Greater Miami Jewish Federa-
tion and also a member of the
Jewish delegation which met
with the Pope in Miami, said,
"Vatican II recognized that
Jews cannot be held accoun-
table for the crucifixion." One
significant revision of the
liturgy was removing the term
"perfidious Jews" from the
traditional Catholic Easter
service commemorating the
resurrection of Jesus, "ft may
seem like a small thing, but it's
a step, Schiff said.
"Historically, the liturgy
speaks of Jews in derogatory
terms and this led to pogroms,
persecutions and ultimately,
the Holocaust ... You can't
undo 2,000 years of a very
unhappy relationship in 20
years. The only thing you
could hope for is to turn the
tide around," he said. On the
darker side of the nascent
Catholic-Jewish dialogue lies
incidents like the Waldheim
audience, Schiff said. "The
Waldheim meeting gives
credence to many revisionists
who preach that the Holocaust
never happened. When the
Pope meets with Waldheim, it
could give the signal that
there's nothing wrong with
recognizing former Nazis, and
it casts doubt on Waldheim's
guilt. "The revisionist are
looking for straws to build
their straw house, and the
Waldheim meeting was a
straw," Schiff said. But the
Pope's failure to condemn
Waldheim or Nazi war crimes
and the added pain for Jews
upon hearing the Pope praise
Waldheim as a man of peace
does not stand out as aberrant
in the Vatican's various inter-
pretations of the Holocaust's
meaning. Schiff noted that the
Catholic Church's beatification
of Edith Stein, a Jew who con-
verted to Catholicism and later
died in Auschwitz, represents
"confusion and distortion of
the Holocaust." Stern was
murdered because she was a
Jew, Schiff said. But she was
made into a martyr for
Mark Freedman, American
Jewish Congress executive
director of the Southeast
region, said the greatest pro-
gress in Catholic-Jewish rela-
tions since Vatican II has been
the document's impact on
church institutions. "Change
has been visible," he said. One
area of great progress has
been in the Catholic-Jewish
dialogue which Freedman call-
ed "productive and fruitful."
On the other side, the pre-
Vatican II theology and
literature depicting Jews
negatively still exists," he
said. "There is still a great
deal to be done in education
relating to that doctrine. We
can still see instances of
quoting the gospels," but a
great deal of the texts,
liturgies and sermons have
been revised, he said.
Arthur Teitlebaum, Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith Southern area director,
said the recent exchanges bet-
ween the Vatican and Jewish
leaders have produced four
significant areas of progress:
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The Vatican has indicated
a willingness to raise the
meetings with the Jewish com-
munity to a level of greater im-
portance by assuring the par-
ticipation of its Secretary of
The Pope has stated no
theological reason exists as an
obstacle to normalizing rela-
tions with Israel. The Church
has cited two major political
obstacles to formal diplomatic
relations with Israel: a resolu-
tion to the Palestinian ques-
tion and concern over the
security of Christian com-
munities in Middle East coun-
tries. But political obstacles
are easier to overcome than
theological ones.
The promise of a Papal
encyclical within 12 to 24 mon-
ths stating the Church's posi-
tion on contemporary anti-
Semitism, the Church's role in
anti-Semitism, and its relation
to the Holocaust.
The Vatican has agreed
that in the future the ex-
changes with Jewish groups
will be regular and not only
when a crisis arises.
"We understand that the
Church moves in incremental
ways," Teitelbaum said. "We
expect evolutionary, not
revolutionary change.'
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The Bar Mitzvah Dinner Dance and Souvenir Booklet Com-
mittee of Temple Beth David is boating a gala social to
kickoff the celebration of the temple's Bar Mitrvah year. The
event, which will take place 7 o'clock, Sammy evening, Oct.
4, at 4657 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens, ia the first in a
series of Bar Mitzvah festivities which will calminate with *
dinner dance on March 12, 188. For farther information call
the temple office. Temple members attending an informal
planning meeting, are (aeated from loft to right) Sheila
Lewis, Elaine Sherman, Belle Ohm and Charlotte Monmrgo.
Standing are Sanaa Mark, Hank Gilbert, Sam Olea, Howard
Levine. Eliae Levine and Sanford Pearl.
Bat Mitzvah
Stacey Ellen Lightman,
daughter of Harold and Janice
Lightman of Palm Beach
Gardens, will be called to the
Torah on Saturday, September
26 at Temple Israel. Rabbi
Howard Shapiro will officiate.
Stacey is an eighth grade
student at Howell Watkins
Junior High, where she is in-
volved in tennis and chorus.
She enjoys horseback riding,
singing and water skiing.
Family members and friends
sharing the simcha are her
brother, Mark; maternal
grandparents, Phillip and
Marilyn Swartz, Lake Worth;
paternal grandparents, Julius
and Terry Lightman,
Lauderhill; and great grand-
mother; Hattie Botvin, Rhode
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Some men have a tallit draped
over their heads, others have it
loosely around their shoulders,
still others just have fringes
jutting out from underneath
their shirts. Some wear
fedoras while others sport only
In the plaza area, a group of
four border patrolmen, iden-
tifiable by their green berets,
sit smoking and laughing, their
Ml 6s resting on their knees.
They sit and watch as the
variegated Jewish world
parades before them.
On the women's side there
are no organized services; no
minyan groups. Rather, the
women crowd close to the wall
and pray privately. Some weep
loudly, others raise their hands
imploringly toward heaven. A
few place their ears close to
the six-foot slatted metal
mehitza (partition), hoping to
hear some of the Torah being
read on the other side. But the
din is so great it is doubtful
anything can be heard.
At the entrance to the
women's section, a guard
hands shoulder shawls to
women he deems to be im-
modestly dressed. Many are
the elegantly coiffured wigs,
the black scarfs and colorful
kerchiefs and hats worn by
married, observant women.
Many, also, are the heads left
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Absorbing Ethiopian Refugees
On a warm, clear Jerusalem
evening, three Israeli soldiers
an American, a sabra and an
Ethiopian descend the steps
of Yemin Moshe to attend a
ceremony marking the end of a
hard summer's training.
Members of the elite Gollani
unit, the three present a pic-
ture of absorption and accep-
tance. But it is a misleading
picture for, despite some suc-
cess, Ethiopian Jews must
overcome many obstacles
before they are fully in-
tegrated into Israeli hie.
Ethiopian Jewry is stilll
recovering from a trauma of
catastrophic proportion: Of
the 13,000 Jews who set out
for Israel in 1983 and 1984
during Operation Moses, 3,000
perished enroute. And left
behind in Ethiopia were ap-
proximately 10,000
defenseless women, children
and elderly. Those who arrived
in Israel, mainly young people,
feel a double sense of guilt, ac-
cording to Yaffa Chase, an
American who worked in
Ethiopian absorption centers
in Israel for two years, "They
feel guilty that they survived
the trip and that they left so
many behind."
Reunification of families is
the main concern of the 16,000
Ethiopian Jews in Israel, said
Tamar Eshel, former chairper-
son of the National Council for
Ethiopian Jewry in Israel.
"They have a very real fear
that the community in
Ethiopia will disappear. They
are afraid they will not survive
a long separation in Ethiopia
(where) there is infiltration by
non-Jews, no security, women
left with babies, pressure for
their land, outsiders who burn,
pillage and kill, and pro-
serjrtMation. Time is working
against them."
Separation from loved ones
and their intense devotion to
family has occasionally imped-
ed the Ethiopians' absorption
into Israeli society, said Eshel.
Some have resisted placement
in towns away from family
members. In one case, Ethio-
pians refused to help a felllow
immigrant because she was
not in their family. One young
woman told an absorption
volunteer that grief over los-
ing her parents in Sudan
prevented her from studying.
It is no wonder that weddings
and other family events have
become occasions for large
reunions and absenteeism
from work. One statistic is
perhaps the most telling: 1,500
Ethiopian children remain in
Youth Aliyah facilities in
Israel awaiting their parents.
Eshel said that Ethiopians
40 and older what she calls
"the desert generation"
have found it particularly dif-
ficult to adapt to life in Israel.
"They live on social security.
They find it hard to learn the
language. They might find
work in some form of non-
skilled labor but generally they
have little to do and they don't
want to be helped."
Children, Eshel said, are a
different story: "They will be
well-integrated if they are put
through the right educational
tracks." She took issue with
educators whoTuwe sought to
teach Ethopian chldren un-
marketable skills or who have
pushed them into academic
proograms for which they have
no background.
Adults from 20 to 40, the
majority of Ethiopian Jewry in
Israel, are sometimes too am-
bitious," Eshel said. "They are
trying to bridge a 2,000-year
cultural gap in a year or two."
She describes these individuals
as responsible, conscientious
and motivated.
"Still, there are far too many
Ethiopians in menial jobs," she
added. Ethel faulted govern-
ment officials for settling
these Jews in development
towns where economic oppor-
tunities are
forts to relocate
already sparse. Ef-
?cate Ethiopians to
agricultural settlements have
been opposed by the im-
migrants themselves who
traditionally saw agriculture
as a menial occupation and
resorted to farm work only as
a means to preserve their com-
munity and prevent
A trickle of Ethiopian Jews
still arrives in Israel every
month, said Eshel, "but that is
not enough.'' This
underground railroad suffered
a setback early this year when
37 operatives were arrested in
Ethiopia. Although seven have
since been released, Eshel call-
ed for international assistance
in gaining freedom for the
Israeli Prime Minister
Shamir promised at a rally, of
Ethiopian Jews last summer
that efforts would continue to
bring the remaining Jews in
Ethiopia to Israel. A senior
Israeli Foreign Ministry of-
ficial told NER that this could
occur within the next five
years. But even that is too long
for Ethiopians awaiting their
families in Israel.
(Near East Report) J.R.
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Sylvia Lewis
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Rosh Hashanah
From our family to your family, may
the new year bring peace, joy
and love.

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